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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Mew / The Dodos
The Dodos

Danish dream proggers Mew returned this year with +/-, their first new album in six years, and they brought their tour in support of it to NYC over the weekend. First they played an acoustic in-store at Rough Trade NYC on Saturday (10/10) afternoon, and then they headed to Webster Hall for a proper show. They played plenty of the new album, a few of which had New Zealand's Kimbra joining them, and we got plenty of old favorites too like "Am I Wry? No," "156," "Comforting Sounds" and more.

The Dodos, who also released a new album this year, opened the show. Pictures continue, with Mew's setlist and a video of Kimbra joining them, below...

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photo: Mew at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)

Mew are on a North American tour with The Dodos as we speak, and that brings them to NYC on October 10 at Webster Hall (tickets). That will actually be their second NYC show that day though. Since we last spoke, they added a 2 PM acoustic in-store at Rough Trade to happen that day too. To get in, you have to pick up Mew's album from the Rough Trade store and get a wristband. More details here.

Updated dates are listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

Mew Remix

Mew's North American tour with The Dodos starts this week on the West Coast, making its way east and will hit NYC on October 10 at Webster Hall. Tickets for the NYC show are still available. Updated tour dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Metronomy bassist and Mew megafan Olugbenga Adelekan has remixed Mew's "Witness" which is off of the band's current album, +/-. He's stripped the soaring original of everything but the vocal, while using the odd, loping beat of the verse as starting point, taking the song into a totally different sonic arena. Olugbenga told us about the remix and his love for the band:

I caught the video for The "Zookeeper's Boy" on MTV2 one day after school. Then I heard "Apocalypso." I have been hooked on the music of Mew ever since then. There is always a giddy smile on my face as I follow the strange perambulations of this music that should not work and yet works so well. The indelible melodies play a big part. I could have remixed any song from + -, because I love this album just as much as the others. I had a lot of fun with "Witness" and I'm honoured that people will get a chance to hear it
Olugbenga's "Witness" remix premieres in this post and you can stream it below.

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photo: Bo Madsen with Mew at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bo Madsen

Earlier this year, Mew released +/-, their first album since 2009 and one that has their prog/dream pop blend in excellent form. Not long after that great news though, comes something not so great. Original guitarist Bo Madsen, who has been with the band since they formed in 1995, will be leaving the band... for now at least. A press release states:

After 20 years playing together in Mew, the band and Bo Madsen have decided to part ways for the time being.

At present the rest of us will continue with Mew.

We are happy to tell you that guitarist Mads Wegner will be joining us on our upcoming shows, and we look forward to seeing you all out there.

Thank you for your understanding and support,

Jonas, Johan and Silas

Bummer! Fingers crossed that the "time being" ends sooner rather than later. The band is set to tour with The Dodos later this year, and will hit NYC on October 10 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

All tour dates are listed, with the recently-released "The Night Believer" video, below...

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photo: Mew at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)

Everyone's favorite woozy prog-rock Danes Mew enlisted the help of 1,000 fans from 65 countries to make their new video for "The Night Believer," as featured on their newest album +/-.

Mew gave fans access to their own digital workbooks via Microsoft's OneNote app, where participants could view and interact with all creative data channeled into the project. Fans shared photos of themselves performing the song, all of which were cut into the video alongside Mew's own performance. It's always nice to see such solid support for a band, and their varied visages are nicely soundtracked by "The Night Believer"'s warm roll.

The video, directed by Danish animator William Reynish, comes hot off the laurels of a tour announcement with The Dodos, who also released a new album this year. Tickets for their NYC show October 10 at Webster Hall are on presale now (password = waterslides).

Watch the new video below, and in case you missed them, find tour dates below that...

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photo: Mew at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)

Danish dream proggers Mew returned this year with +/-, and percussive popsters The Dodos returned with Individ, and now they're touring together.

The two bands will hit NYC on October 10 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on presale Wednesday (6/10) at 9 AM (password = waterslides), and the general on-sale starts Friday (6/12) at 9 AM.

All dates are listed, with videos from both bands' new albums, below...

Continue reading "Mew & The Dodos announce North American tour together"

by Andrew Sacher


Mew will release their new album, +/-, next week (4/28) and they're now streaming the entire thing in full. Like their last few albums, it's equal parts prog and dream pop, and if you like those records you'll probably find a lot to dig here too. Check it out over at NPR.

photo: Mew at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Danish dream-proggers Mew are releasing their new album, +/-, in just over two weeks (4/28), and they've now shared its third single, "Witness," which is keeping the excitement for this album pretty high. Listen below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Mew / Iceage @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

The three 2015 BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 wrapped up on rainy Saturday (3/21) with a multi-genre lineup across the venue's inside and outside stages. Check out Friday pics HERE and HERE. Thursday is HERE and HERE. Saturday is in this post.

Kicking the day off inside was the hyped, XL-signed UK electronic artist East India Youth who played solo with a variety of synths and drum machines. He was followed by a rare US appearance by Vietnamese rapper Suboi (with Fool's Gold-signed DJ Sammy Bananas). She was the first Vietnamese artist to ever play SXSW, the BV show was one of only two sets she played in Austin this week, and it definitely seemed like an excited crowd came out specifically to see her. Before SXSW she played San Francisco, and since SXSW, was in NYC (last night).

Then it was Philly's Alex G whose DIY indie rock was as entertaining as his deadpan stage banter. Following Alex was The Lees of Memory, the current band of Superdrag singer John Davis and guitarist Brandon Fisher, who were joined by four other musicians. Their album is shoegaze, but the live show was more like the '90s alternative of Superdrag and (in this writer's opinion) one of the day's most enjoyable sets.

Things got darker and more intense after The Lees for Ex-Cult, whose abrasive psych punk was loud, in your face, and full of attitude. That kind of intense attitude didn't go away when post-punk pioneers The Pop Group followed. It's easy to throw around the phrase "ahead of their time," but The Pop Group's set even sounded radical in 2015. Frontman Mark Stewart praised the US for having a great underground music scene, which was pretty amazing coming from a person still embodying underground music over 35 years after his band's debut album. Iceage, a comparatively much newer band who owe much to the scene The Pop Group helped start, wrapped up the day on a high note.

The Pop Group / Screaming Females @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

The outside stage began with Australia's Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders (who also played NYC last night), a quirky crew fronted by the Nick Cave-like frontman Jack Ladder and featuring a cast of backing musicians (Kirin J Callinan included) who all looked like very different genuine weirdos (in a good way). Their set of baritone-fueled new wave was great, and Jack's stage banter was funny too.

They were followed by Public Access TV, the new-ish New York band who hearkened back to the city's early 2000s garage rock revival. They've since gotten some very bad news while still out on tour.

Then it was soulful singer Gabriel Garzon-Montano, whose voice first caught our ears on the new Drake album and sounded great live too. The filled-in-trying-to-stay-dry crowd was into him too. Things then changed pretty drastically as UK folk punk Frank Turner played solo acoustic, which was a pretty great laid-back set to hear outdoors mid-afternoon. He was followed by a band who weren't laid back at all, the shredding punk trio Screaming Females. We caught them back in NYC only a few weeks prior, but no matter how many times we see them their shows never fail to be totally intense. Then came Ceremony, the ever-changing punk band who played an excellent set with material from most phases of their career. They also played songs off their new album coming out this May, which had serious Joy Division vibes.

Frank Turner @ BrooklynVegan SXSW @ Red 7 - 3/21/2015
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

Then wrapping up the day was my personal favorite set of the BV day parties (and maybe of everything I saw at SXSW): Mew. The proggy, dreamy Danish band paired stuff off their new album (like "Satellites") with older favorites (like "Am I Wry? No" into "156"), and all of it sounded great. The fact that this year was a very rainy SXSW was unfortunate, but it started coming down pretty hard during Mew's set and that whole atmosphere was perfect.

Thanks to our sponsors MailChimp, Dropkloud, and Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) for helping make it all possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for supplying drinks to our bands.

More pictures from the whole day, below...

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photo: Mew at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Power Trip
photo: Power Trip at BV-RBSS in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)

The three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 in Austin begin TODAY (Thursday, 3/19). We're taking over both stages of the 6th & Red River venue from noon-6pm and doing it again Friday (3/20) and Saturday (3/21) too. You can RSVP for all three days. If you're in Austin, hope to see you there!

Over the course of the three days there's sets from Mew, The Pop Group, Swervedriver, Frank Turner, Ceremony, Iceage, Screaming Females, METZ, Speedy Ortiz, Power Trip, United Nations, Pianos Become the Teeth, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, The Octopus Project, Broncho, Frog Eyes, Girlpool, Mitski, Chastity Belt, Alex G, Yumi Zouma, KEN mode, Kevin Devine, The Velvet Teen, Pity Sex, Makthaverskan and more.

Check out the flyers and set times for all three days, below...

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flyer temp

We already announced Thursday (day 1) and Friday (day 2) of the three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7, and finally, here's Saturday (day 3):


12:00 East India Youth (XL Records)
12:40 Suboi (with DJ Sammy Bananas)
01:30 Alex G
02:30 The Lees of Memory (ex-Superdrag)
03:15 Ex-Cult
04:00 The Pop Group
05:15 Iceage

12:00 Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders (Kirin J Callinan included)
12:40 Public Access TV (Terrible Records)
01:20 Gabriel Garzon-Montano (on new Drake album)
02:00 Frank Turner
03:15 Screaming Females
04:15 Ceremony
05:00 Mew

RSVP for all three FREE BrooklynVegan day parties is open.

Saturday's inside show begins with XL-signed UK electronic artist East India Youth followed by a special set by Vietnamese rapper Suboi, for whom SXSW is part of her first-ever US tour. Fool's Gold signed DJ Sammy Bananas will be backing what will be one of only 2 SXSW shows she's playing (the other is at night).

Then comes raw indie rocker Alex G and shoegazers The Lees of Memory which is the new band with two Superdrag members. Then it's Ex-Cult, followed by post-punk pioneers The Pop Group (who just put out their first album since 1980), and finally a comparatively much newer post-punk band, Iceage.

Outside, Australian synth-popster Jack Ladder and his band The Dreamlanders (which includes Kirin J Callinan) kick off the day followed by New York throwback rockers Public Access TV who just announced a signing to Terrible Records. Then it's Gabriel Garzon-Montano (whose voice you might recognize from the new Drake album), UK folk punk Frank Turner, shredding NJ trio Screaming Females, shapeshifting heavy band Ceremony, and finally the proggy Danish band Mew, whose first album since 2009 will be out in April.

photo: Mew at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Pop Group
photo: The Pop Group at ATP NY 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)


As mentioned in our Thursday (day 1) and Friday (day 2) posts, this year we're partnering with DropKloud, a new app that's launching just in time for SXSW. Recently acquired by TuneCore, DropKloud uses GPS technology to allow people to unlock exclusive music content in specific geo-targeted locations. You'll be able to try it out at our parties at Red 7 where we'll have special content from the artists playing our shows. Once you unlock it, you can listen later. Stay tuned for more details, but meanwhile get that app on your phone via Google Play or iTunes.

Want to skip the lines? Visit the Esurance Glove Box in the Austin Convention Center, or the Esurance Lounge at 6th and Trinity, to pick up an #EsuranceAccess Pass. Then follow @Esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can get preferred entry.

Thank you also to MailChimp who powers the daily BrooklynVegan newsletter you'll get if you RSVP for our shows.

Follow @BVSXSW on Twitter for more updates all week long, and keep an eye on BrooklynVegan.com/SXSW for full lineups and more info too.

Listen to some of the bands playing, below...

Continue reading " BrooklynVegan SXSW 2015 Saturday Day Party lineup (Mew, Frank Turner, The Pop Group, Ceremony, Screaming Females, Iceage, Alex G & many more)"

by Bill Pearis


Danish proggy space rock outfit Mew have shared another song off their new album +/- (Plus Minus) which is out April 28. "Water Sides" shows off the band's more ethereal side and you can let it wash over you below.

Mew will be in the US next week for SXSW where they'll play a handful of shows, including the BrooklynVegan Day Party on Saturday, March 21 at Red 7. We'll be at Red 7 for three days from March 19 - 21 and we'll be announcing full lineups and details of all our SXSW day parties soon.

Mew's first SXSW show will be at the Fader Fort for a special preview event on Tuesday (March 17) that will show off the high-def streaming technology they'll be using to webcast all of this year's Fader Fort performances. These will be the first concerts ever to be streamed in 4K HD, so claims the press release. In other news, the Fader Fort is an official, invite-only event this year at SXSW, much to the chagrin of party-hardy spring breakers looking for endless free beer.

Still no word on any non-SXSW shows in North America for Mew, but stay tuned. All known dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below.

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by Bill Pearis


As you may know, Danish space rockers Mew have a new album, +- (Plus Minus), that'll be out in April, and the band have just released the video for first single, "Satellites." Directed by Casper Balslev, it's a fairly straightforward performance clip, though the lighting is dazzling and hopefully hints at what their tour stage might look like. Watch it below.

As for that, Mew's only North American shows at the moment will be at SXSW.

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by Bill Pearis


Danish proggy spacerockers Mew return with their first new album in six years. Titled +- (aka Plus Minus), the record reunites them with producer Michael Beinhorn who twiddled the knobs on 2005's And the Glass Handed Kites and the new album also features Bloc Party's Russell Lissack on the song "My Complications." You can stream "Satellites," which is instantly recognizable as Mew, below.

Mew's last album was 2009's No More Stories Are Told Today Sorry... which they toured in 2010. They'll be back in North America for SXSW. Lets hope they play a few non-Austin shows while here. There are UK/EU dates for the spring and summer and all are listed, along with new album art, tracklist and song stream, below...

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The Cribs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)

A ton of artists were already announced for SXSW 2015 (March 17-22), and now the second artist announcement has come with several more including Twin Shadow, The Cribs, Swervedriver, Gang of Four, KEN mode, Weyes Blood, Wild Throne, Elvis Depressedly, SURVIVE, Juan Wauters, San Fermin, Lydia Ainsworth, The Blind Shake, Ex-Cult, Ikonika, King Tuff, Pujol, The Velvet Teen, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Yumi Zouma and tons more.

Full round 2 list below...

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Mew's bassist @ SXSW 2007 (not their bassist anymore) (more)

Confusingly, there are two Northside Fests that happen the same weekend in different parts of the world. If you read this website, you're well acquainted with the one in Brooklyn. However, you may not have realized that one also just went down in Denmark. It was at the Danish one where Mew history happened. The PR reads:

Over the past 10 years, Mew have proved to be one of the biggest bands in the Nordic countries, winning numerous awards (Steppeulvs Prize, Danish Music Award, MTV Award, Gaffa Prize) in their native land Denmark and in addition achieving several Gold and Platinum albums in the Nordics along the way.

With 3 international album releases to date, Mew have been a huge influence on the music scene with the major milestones 'Frengers', 'And The Glass Handed Kites' and 'No More Stories' albums; defined by an incredible originality and variety.

The band has always had an affinity with the symphonic grandeur of indie rock's troubled creature and pop immediacy. This unique combination has not only given the band chart topping albums, lots of airplay and many fans in the Nordic countries, but also across the world with huge followings established in Europe, Asia, and the USA. In addition to their own extensive worldwide headline tours, Mew have also been invited as special guests on tours with amongst others Nine Inch Nails, Pixies, Muse and Kings of Leon.

Mew surprised fans and media at Northside Festival on Saturday by welcoming original bassist Johan Wohlert back to the band who had left the group in 2006, and are now pleased to announce his full return to the band.

Now in the final phase of recording their new album with producer Michael Beinhorn (who also produced the "And The Glass Handed Kites" album)´, slated for a 2015 release, Mew will be touring as a re-united 4-piece across Scandinavia in November 2014. Fans can expect to hear favourites from all 3 previous albums as well as being the first to hear new material ahead of its release next year.

No word on North American dates yet, but if you'll be in Sweden, Denmark, Findland or Norway this fall, check the list of dates along with the video for classic track "Special", below...

Continue reading "Mew working on LP, get their old bassist back at Northside Fest (the one in Denmark)"

Dogs in Snow

It's the first snowfall of 2014, and not only a pretty big one, but we've also been given such freezing temperatures that it's probably not going anywhere anytime soon. New York actually got it pretty easy in comparison to nearby cities, but there's still a bunch of school closings, road closings, and flight cancellations in the area. (Nothing stops the cronut line, though.) So there's a good chance you're staying in today (maybe you're shoveling, like new Mayor Bill de Blasio), and if you are, we've put together 14 snow-related songs for your first snowfall of 2014 that you can spend the day inside listening to.

Have at it below...

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Wow...Public Image Ltd, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Grace Jones, Fever Ray, Devo, Hot Chip, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Mew, Camera Obscura, Gil Scott-Heron, The xx, John Waters, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deer Tick, Gary Numan... Full Coachella 2010 lineup below....

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words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo


Webster Hall seemed a perfect fit for the Danish band Mew on Friday night (12/4). With songs that require so much space to swirl about, the venue was better suited than their show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in the summer. All the wondrous video projections were back though the set list changed around from their last visit. Unfortunately, gone was the opening one-two punch of "New Terrain"/"Introducing Palace Players" (that lead off their new record, No More Stories...) and worked to perfection at MHOW. "Terrain" made an edited, stripped down appearance during a medley midway through the show. "Palace Players" was arguably the highlight of the night, sandwiched into a flurry of sprawling rockers including "Special" and "Am I Wry? No". The wandering intro gave way to the Flaming Lips-like choral arrangement (reproduced via synth live) before dropping into a back and forth between Bo Madsen's jagged guitar riff and Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen's pulsing back beat, which held the song up for the briefest of moments, before the bass launched the song forward and it was on from there. Lead singer Jonas Bjerre's falsetto was clear and pitch perfect during the intro to "Sometimes Life Isn't Easy" (complete with school children's choir projected on screen behind them) after the instrumental "Reprise" turned intro for the beautiful, mid-tempo "Silas The Magic Car". "Louisa Louisa", "A song we haven't played in a couple of years or something," Madsen told the crowd, finished off the show.

Editor's note: Part of me knew I was in a venue more suited for Mew (as Dominick pointed out) than the smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg - the massiveness of the crowd and strobes even made it seem all the more epic, but as someone who got there just in time for the headliner (aka I was stuck all the way in the back of the packed venue and/or peering over people's heads in the balcony), I was longing for the more intimate and focused experience I had at Music Hall.

Bear in Heaven opened the show. Echo & the Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch played a set in the same building on the same night. More pictures from Mew (with the setlist) below...

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by Bill Pearis

Oh No Ono

Denmark's Oh No Ono are set to make their NYC debut early in the new year, playing Mercury Lounge on Jan 27 (with Bear in Heaven) and Union Hall on Jan 28 -- the same week as their second album, Eggs, gets its U.S. release via Friendly Fire Recordings. You'd be forgiven for making Mew comparisons, and not just because they're both Danish. They've both got otherworldly vocals and a sound that leans towards the epic side. But where Mew are fully in the rock world, Oh No Ono are harder to categorize. Eggs is all over the place -- you get honey-glazed pop, angular new wave and, on their current single "Swim," hazy grandiose-ness a la Grizzly Bear. Be sure to check the creepy/funny video for "Swim" too, which is below, along with all dates...

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DOWNLOAD: Mew on AOL's The Interface (MP3)

Mew opening for NIN @ T5 in August (more by Tim Griffin)

Best surprise. Mew are coming back to the United States before the end of the year to play some shows including one on December 4th at Webster Hall. Tickets for the NYC show go on American Express presale at noon, and then general sale Friday at noon. Other announced gigs include Philly and Boston. All currently known dates and four videos from their recent visit to AOL's The Interface (MP3 above), below...

Continue reading "Mew played the Interface (MP3), playing Webster Hall (dates)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Nine Inch Nails

"And so ... my NYC NINventure has come to a close. Last night, Nine Inch Nails played their second show at Terminal 5, which was their last in NYC for the foreseeable future. It's hard to believe that all 4 NYC shows are over already but the band are already on their way to Chicago, IL for the 2 shows there before they make their way to Canada for their final festival performance there. Last night's Terminal 5 show clocked in at about 2 hours and 45 minutes and provided a raucously fun send off for the NYC fans.

Peter Murphy was, once again, a special guest performer for last night's show but he managed to out do his surprise appearance at Tuesday night's show." [Pink is the New Blog]

Last night's setlist HERE. More pictures and video below....

Continue reading "NIN & Mew @ Terminal 5 (the 4th NYC show) - pics & video "

review and photos by Dominick Mastrangelo


As people filed out of the Music Hall of Williamsburg Monday night (8/24), comments like "gave me chills" and "that was amazing" could be overheard. Yes, it's garden variety, post-concert stuff, but as the buzz drifted down N. 6th toward Bedford Ave. it was clear those claims were not just hyperbole. Yes, Mew, the Danish art rockers, do epic as well and as effortlessly (and chill-inducing) as anyone. Despite confiding to the sold out Music Hall that they get "extra special nervous" when playing to a New York crowd ,the trio produced a breathless display of pulsating beats, soaring vocals and bizarre, and at times creepy (but always perfectly synced), video projections

Their new record No More Stories... (Sony BMG) drops today (8/25) and yet you could tell who already had the record by those mouthing the words to the set and record openers "New Terrain" and "Introducing Palace Players". The former featured band members, Jonas Bjerre, Bo Madsen, and Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen in spotlights in the middle of the stage to start before Madsen and Jørgensen moved to their instruments on the sides. Their supporting musicians took the stage to finish off the song and launch right into the angular, staccato beats of "Players."

The crowd found full voice though on older numbers "Special" and "The Zookeeper's Boy" from 2005's And The Glass Handed Kites (Song BMG). The youngest of the 16+ crowd lined the stage, pushing and straining to touch Bjerre like he was Jesus, or Morrissey.

The projected visuals were beautiful and twisted: cats playing violins, contrasty doll heads floating over the musicians, children providing the chorus of "Sometimes Life Isn't Easy" and on "Am I Wry? No", the simple squiggly script, 'Am I wry?'

For the encore, the sprawling "Comforting Sounds", Madsen came out, gushed his affection for the crowd who gushed right back, and as he began playing was joined by Bjerre and finally Jørgensen with the rest of the band building the song into its eight-minute fury. - Dominick


Amazing show, though a bit on the short side. Definitely the best Mew show I've seen so far. The choice of venue helped. Violens opened. Mew's next show is Wednesday night (8/26) at Terminal 5. It's their first date with Nine Inch Nails on the 'Wave Goodbye' tour (all dates here). More pictures below...

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Mew @ Pitchfork Fest (more by Joseph Xu)

tonight in NYC
* Britney Spears, Ciara @ MSG
* Moodswing Orchestra @ Nublu
* Loudon Wainwright III @ City Winery
* It's Casual, Goes Cube @ Lit
* Rev. Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* Mew, Violens @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Les Paul Trio w/ Bucky Pizzarelli @ Iridium
* Air Waves, Jacksonknife @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Howlies, The Wild Yaks, more @ Public Assembly
* Vandaveer, Essie Jain, Robert Francis @ Pianos
* Machel Montano, The Mighy Sparrow @ Wingate Field
* Whiplash w/ Pete Holmes & Anthony Jeselnik @ UCB Theatre
* Helado Negro, The Silent League, Tavo Carbone @ Cake Shop
* Highline Piano Series: Christopher O'Riley @ Highline Ballroom
* Mon Khmer, Promising Young Talent, Desert Stars, Sally Head @ The Cameo
* Street Meat w/ Jon Glaser, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Hannibal Buress, more @ Cake Shop

Trinidadian singer Machel Montano will replace Sean Paul, who has laryngitis, at tonight's free show at Wingate Field.

Mew play MHOW tonight with Violens. The Danish group will be opening for Nine Inch Nails on Wednesday at NIN's final NYC show. Before then, NIN play T5 on Tuesday with The Horrors, who've been opening their other NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom on Friday and Webster Hall last night.

LA is getting a MEWseum.

Howlies are here. If you miss them tonight at Public Assembly, there's also Aug 28th at Maxwell's, and Aug 30th at Mercury Lounge (not to mention The Bog in Scranton on Aug 26th)

Bucky Pizzarelli plays with the Les Paul Trio (less the recently-deceased Les) at Iridium Jazz Club tonight.

Rev. Vince Anderson plays Union Pool.

Lit Lounge is hosting It's Casual and Goes Cube tonight.

Highline Piano Series, which now runs till next Monday with the rescheduled Cecil Taylor show,
presents Christopher O'Riley.

Breden Benson played "A Whole Lot Better," the lead track off his new record, on Letterman last Friday. The video is below. He visited NYC's Bowery Ballroom earlier this month.

Lightspeed Champion performed at the John Hughes tribute at Cake Shop on Saturday. Video Bill took below...

Pearl Jam put out a new video for "The Fixer". That's also posted below...

What else?

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photos by Joseph Xu


Sunday 7:58 p.m.: Mew might be the best dressed band at Pitchfork; singer Jonas Bjerre sports an expensive-looking cardigan and tailored jeans, while his bandmates are wearing crisp oxford button-ups with the sleeves rolled just so. The Danish group's sound is equally dapper. Indeed, even the rockers are hopelessly lush--as though everything the band touches is forced to blossom (think King Midas meets Johnny Appleseed). This feel is abetted by Bjerre's lullaby of a voice, an effortlessly melodic instrument with watercolor-soft edges. Mew imbues a decadent "The Zookeeper's Boy" with enough romantic longing to make Jane Austen blush and turns "Special" into a velvet-smooth, disco-rock shuffle. Only two complaints: (1) at just 40 minutes the set is at least 20 minutes too short and (2) the crowd is on the small-ish side as everyone readies for the Flaming Lips performance in the opposite corner of the park. (AD) [Chicago Tribune]
Tickets are on sale for Mew's upcoming Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Mew's Terminal 5 show goes on pre-sale this afternoon. A few more shots from Pitchfork and updated North American tour dates below...

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