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This week, Led Zeppelin will continue their reissue campaign with a release of the 40th anniversary reissue of Physical Graffiti. Also in honor of that anniversary, MOJO is releasing a tribute compilation to the album with their April issue, featuring noted Zeppelin fan Sun KIl Moon, Laura Marling, Hiss Golden Messenger, White Denim, Michael Kiwanuka, Rose Windows, Syd Arthur and more. Check out Sun Kil Moon and Laura Marling's covers and the full tracklist below (via Stereogum).

Meanwhile, Sun Kil Moon has an album of his own on the way. Laura Marling does too and she's also touring.

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Dawes at SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

As mentioned, Bob Dylan's AmericanaramA is coming to the NYC area for a few shows in July, including one at Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center on July 28 with Wilco and My Morning Jacket. Since announcing that tour, it's been revealed that the Camden tour stop is also part of this year's XPoNential Music Festival. The fest is also features Polica, Dr. Dog, and others at Susquehanna Bank Center the day before (7/27) Dylan and co. play.

And a number of bands will also be performing in Wiggins Park that weekend, including Phosphorescent, Dawes, Dr. John, Michael Kiwanuka, Justin Townes Earle, Jose James, Lord Huron, Matt Pond, Red Baraat, Edward Sharpe, and more. 3-day passes for the festival are on sale now, and tickets for just the Bob Dylan/Wilco/MMJ show are still available.

Dylan's tour also includes NYC-area shows on 7/19 at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard in CT with Wilco and MMJ, 7/26 at Pier A Park in Hoboken with Wilco and MMJ, and 7/27 at Jones Beach with Wilco and Beck. Tickets for the Harbor Yard, Pier A Park, and Jones Beach shows are still available.

Initial XPoNential Music Festival lineup below...

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Phosphorescent at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)

As mentioned, Newport Folk Festival is returning this year to Fort Adams State Park from July 26 to 28, and since we last spoke, the lineup has been revealed. This year's fest includes Beck, The Avett Brothers, Feist, Jim James, Colin Meloy, Andrew Bird, The Mountain Goats (who just announced a tour), Father John Misty, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Dawn McCarthy, Justin Townes Earle, Felice Brothers, Jason Isbell, Amanda Palmer, Phosphorescent, Beth Orton, John McCauley, Michael Kiwanuka, Lord Huron, Frank Turner, Black Prairie, Langhorne Slim, TIft Merritt, Spirit Family Reunion, Blake Mills, Houndmouth, Cold Specks, and others, plus more TBA.

Hope you acted quick back in January. 3-Day passes and 2-day passes are sold out, as are single day tickets for Saturday and Sunday, but you can still get single day tickets for Friday.

Speaking of the Rough Trade-signed, Lumineers-like Houndmouth, you have two chances to catch them in NYC this week before they become as big as the Lumineers. They're at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (4/10) and Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday (4/11).

Full initial Newport Fest lineup below...

Continue reading "Newport Folk Festival -- 2013 lineup (Beck, Feist, Jim James, Phosphorescent, Father John Misty, Bonnie Prince Billy, Houndmouth & more)"


Says the PR

On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The
, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
Woot. 2013 Lineup below...

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Alabama Shakes at T5, October 2012 (more by Tracy Alison)
Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and members of fellow Nashville band Clear Plastic Masks were robbed at gunpoint outside a friend's home over the weekend. Nashville Scene reports that:

Two hoodie-clad, "skinny little" teenage boys -- who Riddle estimates as being approximately 15 or 16 years old -- approached Tokic, Howard and the rest with guns drawn. Thankfully, no one was injured, and the assailants got away with nothing more than a few dozen dollars in cash and some cellphones.
Glad everyone was all right. Apart from that recent bit of unpleasantness, Alabama Shakes have had a pretty great year, their debut album Boys & Girls has ended up on a number of Best of 2012 lists, including Rolling Stone, NPR Music and Q. And if you're curious about what their favorite albums of the year are, we have that too.

After the holidays, Alabama Shakes will head to Australia and New Zealand for a two-week tour before returning to North America to hit the road with Michael Kiwanuka. That tour doesn't stop in NYC, unfortunately, but all tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Brittany Howard robbed at gunpoint (she's okay); Alabama Shakes continue to tour in 2013 (dates)"

Alabama Shakes at Central Park Summerstage in June (more by Chris La Putt)
Alabama Shakes

One of the biggest success stories of 2012 was blues rockers Alabama Shakes, who quickly escalated from selling out relatively small shows to much larger ones in a matter of months. They're already showing up on multiple year-end lists, and are sure to end up on more, but we reached out to them to see what their year-end list is.

Alabama Shakes' Best LPs of 2012 list includes some associates like Fly Golden Eagle, who they took on tour with them, and Jack White, who took the Shakes on tour with him. It also includes another supporter of theirs, Patterson Hood, who also took them on tour, and Deer Tick/Los Lobos side project Diamond Rugs, who they played with at Central Park.

Some other great albums are on there too. You can check out the whole list and a performance and interview video of the band filmed in Chicago. below...

Continue reading "Alabama Shakes' Top 10 Albums of 2012"

photos by Jessica Amaya

Michael Kiwanuka at Webster Hall, 9/18/2012
Michael Kiwanuka

British singer Michael Kiwanuka is having a pretty good year, having won the BBC "Sound of 2012" poll back in January and now is one of the frontrunners for the prestigious Mercury Prize. He's catching on in America too, playing a packed Webster Hall last night (9/18) with openers Foy Vance and Marcus Foster. He'll play NYC again on Friday (9/21) at Music Hall of Williamsburg and you can still get tickets.

If you have yet to check out his lauded debut album, you can do so via Spotify. More pictures from last night's show at Webster Hall are below.

Continue reading "Michael Kiwanuka played Webster Hall with Foy Vance and Marcus Foster (pics)"

by Bill Pearis

Django Django at Glasslands, March 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Django Django

The shortlist for the 2012 Mercury Prize, an award voted on by a panel of music industry professionals and journalists honoring UK albums of the year, was just announced:

The Maccabees - Given to the Wild
Jessie Ware - Devotion
Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
Richard Hawley - Standing at the Sky's Edge
Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
Lianne La Havas - Is Your Love Big Enough
Ben Howard - Every Kingdom
Sam Lee - Ground of its Own
Field Music - Plumb
Django Django - S/T
Roller Trio - S/T
Plan B - Ill Manors
Odds seem pretty good for Alt-J (who play Bowery Ballroom tonight), who have not only made a great album with An Awesome Wave, but also the kind of album the Mercury Prize voters like. Though, though we shouldn't count out Micheal Kiwanuka's Home Again or Jessie Ware's Devotion. Now in its 20th year, this year's Mercury Prize will be given out November 1. (I am rooting for Django Django.) Last year's winner was Let England Shake by PJ Harvey.

Michael Kiwanuka at Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Michael Kiwanuka

As mentioned, Michael Kiwanuka will be going on a tour this September and October which kicks off in NYC with a show at Webster Hall on September 18. Tickets for that show are still available, but if you'd like to see Michael at a smaller venue, he also just added a show happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 21. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/5) at noon.

Since we last spoke, Foy Vance, who sang a song at the BV-presented Daniel Johnston tribute show during SXSW, has been added to the tour, and will open at both NYC shows. Marcus Foster (not Mark Foster) has been added as well.

A video and a list of updated dates are below.

Continue reading "Michael Kiwanuka adds MHOW show to tour which Foy Vance and Marcus Foster are opening (updated dates)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Passion Pit/Bloc Party/The Shins at Osheaga - 8/5/12
Osheaga 2012 - Day 3 in Photos
Osheaga 2012 - Day 3 in Photos
Osheaga 2012 - Day 3 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 wrapped up on Sunday, August 5. It was one of the few dates for Passion Pit this month after they cancelled much of their tour. Exclaim caught their set and wrote:

Leadoff "Take a Walk" set Angelakos in motion, his vocals wandering octaves. Similarly, the ascending "Moth's Wings" grew from its telltale jangly strands to a sonorous sing-along and the aforementioned "Carried Away" juxtaposed driving synths with a stickier-than-cotton-candy vocal hook.

Cuts from the excellent Gossamer fared well, though old faves "Little Secrets" and "Sleephyhead" pushed the gig over the top with wet punters writhing under ponchos.

Day 3 of Osheaga also included sets by The Shins, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Metric, Santigold, and many others.

Pictures and review of day 1 are HERE. Pics of day 2 are HERE. More from day 3 are below...

Continue reading "Osheaga day 3 in pics (The Shins, Passion Pit, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Metric, Santigold, Dan Mangan & more)"

Michael Kiwanuka in Prospect Park in June (more by Jessica Amaya)
Michael Kiwanuka

UK soul singer Michael Kiwanuka will be back in the US later this summer for Lollapalooza and a few other shows, including one in LA with Alabama Shakes, who, like Michael, are experiencing pretty fast rising success this year. About a month after that Alabama Shakes show, Michael will return to NYC for a show at Webster Hall on September 18. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (7/11) at noon.

Michael's debut LP, Home Again, was released earlier this year. The video for that album's title track and a list of all North American tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Michael Kiwanuka going on tour this summer (dates)"

The Hives at the Studio at Webster Hall in April (more by Ryan Muir)
The Hives

today in NYC
* Hillstock
* Carrie Wilds @ Mishka
* Jon Pfeffer @ The Stone
* Bad Reputation @ Barbes
* G-Side @ Slumerican Loft
* Donovan @ J&R 23 Park Row
* Las Rubias Del Norte @ Barbes
* fun. @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Roky Erickson, Sputnik @ Maxwell's
* Slowdance, Weeknight @ Skipper's
* Landmine Marathon @ Ollie's Point
* Cory Branan, Audra Mae @ Mercury Lounge
* The Miracles Club @ South Street Seaport
* The Hives, Fidlar, Flesh Lights @ Terminal 5
* Jen Baker and Kyoko Kitamura @ The Stone
* The Mynabirds, Sean Bones @ Mercury Lounge
* The Slackers, 100dbs @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Keb' Mo' and Natalia Zukerman @ Prospect Park
* Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band @ Jones Beach
* Graham Lambkin, C. Spencer Yeh @ New Museum
* Talk Normal, Religious To Damn, ATM @ Glasslands
* Soul Rebels Brass Band, Nigel Hall @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Los Campesinos!, Yellow Ostrich @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Celestial Shore, NT, LUSHES, Eartheater @ The Gutter
* Icona Pop, Ille (DJ), Xaphoon Jones (DJ) @ Glasslands
* Hypha, DuBudha, Binary Bits, Mess Kid @ Cameo Gallery
* Robert Glasper Experiment, Alan Hampton @ Littlefield
* Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Osei Essed, Chittlin Cookers @ Union Hall
* Blood of Kings, Mutilation Rites, Brohammer @ ABC No Rio
* The Losers Lounge Tribute to Sonny & Cher @ Joe's Pub
* Michael Chapman, Mike Wexler, Zachary Cale @ Union Pool
* Empires, Team Spirit, Hrvrd @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Diamond Rugs, Richard Buckner, Roomrunner @ The Bell House
* The Infamous Stringdusters, Jonny Corndawg @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Freezepop, Lifestyle, Kitten Berry Crunch @ Knitting Factory
* Bag Raiders, Nobody Beats The Drum, The Knocks @ Webster Hall
* Susan Alcorn, Jon Mueller & James Plotkin, Marc Orleans @ Zebulon
* Jukebox The Ghost, Savoir Adore, Bright Moments @ Bowery Ballroom
* Elliot & The Ghost, Shivery Shakes, Bobby Jealousy @ Cameo Gallery
* Like Pioneers, Magic Magic, Sleepy Kitty, Intuitions, Kelsey Byrne @ Pianos
* New Beard, Xenia Rubinos, The Mast, Cocoon Central Dance Team @ Littlefield
* BLOWOFF (Feat. the DJ Sounds of Bob Mould & Richard Morel) @ Highline Ballroom
The New Facility, Midtown Dickens, Georgiana Starlington, Linda Moody @ Cake Shop
* Mykki Blanco, Autre Ne Veut, Airbird, Arca, Napolian, Dutch E Germ, Gobby @ 285 Kent
* Agnostic Front, WIsdom in Chains, Suburban Scum, Undivided, Low Road, Back & Forth @ Dingbatz (NJ)
* Darmstadt 2012: Gamelan Son Of Lion: The Braid Pieces of Barbara Benary and other works @ Issue Project Room

Hillstock begins today and continues all weekend. The schedule still lists a surprise guest.

FMLY Fest continues today and tomorrow too.

Other NYC-area festivals this weekend include Orion Music & More, which Metallica headlines and Roky Erickson (who plays Maxwell's tonight) and Landmine Marathon (who play Ollie's in Amityville tonight) also play; and Governors Ball on Randall's Island with Fiona Apple, Passion Pit, Modest Mouse (who also play Orion) and more.

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A few days after opening for Laura Marling at Prospect Park (6/14), Michael Kiwanuka made his way over to the Late Show with David Letterman, where he performed "I'm Getting Ready" off his debut LP, Home Again. A video of that performance is below.

What else?

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Rock Werchter

We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.

Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now sold out.

The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.

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photos by Jessica Amaya

Laura Marling at Prospect Park - 6/14/12
Laura Marling

Laura Marling brought her tour to NYC for a free show at Prospect Park last night (6/14) with Michael Kiwanuka and Willy Mason. Here are some pictures from what was a perfect night outdoors.

Willy opened the show with a short set at 7pm sharp followed by crowdpleaser Michael Kiwanuka, who like Laura was here visiting from the UK, and who had played a sold out show at Highline Ballroom just one night earlier. To quote NPR (who will also be streaming some of the Celebrate Brooklyn shows this year), "Michael Kiwanuka combines roots and soul with such old-school, retro-sounding verve, it's hard to believe he's still a rising star -- let alone a 24-year-old." He was backed by a full band and his set included a Jimi Hendrix cover (one of his inspirations to play guitar).

I was afraid that Laura had to follow him, but those fears were washed away seconds into her set; she need not ever fear being the headliner. Captivating the crowd for over an hour (With no encore. She doesn't do encores), the 22 year old British singer-songwriter ended her set just after 10pm with an extremely moving rendition of "I Speak Because I Can". As promised, there was very little banter, except when she introduced her band and asked them to each tell us a "fact". The band member, who in his English accent said the Celebrate Brooklyn sound booth reminded him of a "walker" from Return of the Jedi, and that him thinking about that caused him to almost miss the start of one song, won in the story department. Laura, who stayed seated all night, won in the "I can command a giant field of people by just singing into my mic and looking toward the sky" department (though the best songs were the ones she played with her full band. She did a few new songs and one cover solo on the stage that was, as she pointed out, a bit too big for that.). Amazing show.

Celebrate Brooklyn began this year in Prospect Park with a show by Jimmy Cliff and continues tonight (6/15) with "Geri Allen & Carrie Mae Weems: Slow Fade To Black With ESPERANZA SPALDING / TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON / LIZZ WRIGHT / PATRICE RUSHEN AND MORE".

More pictures and some videos from Thursday's free show, below

Continue reading "Laura Marling played Prospect Park w/ Michael Kiwanuka & Willy Mason (Celebrate Brooklyn pics & video)"

photos by Ryan Muir

Jimmy Cliff at Prospect Park - 6/5/12
Jimmy Cliff

The 2012 Celebrate Brooklyn series at Prospect Park kicked off on June 5 with Jimmy Cliff. Pictures from that show are in this post.

JImmy Cliff is planning to release a full album with Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong this July called Rebirth. It follows the Sacred Fire EP that the two did together last year. Jimmy was just interviewed about that and going back to his reggae roots for Chicago Tribune:

"We were planning to look back," says Cliff, 64, by phone from a tour stop near Connecticut, "but when I arrived, it was really satisfying, and I felt, 'I have to tap into this again.'"

What Armstrong and Cliff came up with, late last year, was "Sacred Fire," an EP with roots-reggae versions of The Clash's "Guns of Brixton," Rancid's "Ruby Soho," Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" and Cliff's "Ship Is Sailing." It's the first glimpse of Cliff's new direction with producer Armstrong -- they're planning a full album, "Rebirth," in mid-July. "He made me reflect and remember the values of those things that we did then. He opened that for me and allowed me to look into that again," Cliff says. "There's a tendency to move on and create something new."

Jimmy will return to NYC next month for Groovin in the Park.

Celebrate Brooklyn continues this week with a free Laura Marling show TONIGHT (6/14). That show also includes Michael Kiwanuka and Willy Mason. On Friday (6/15), it's a free show with Geri Allen, Carrie Mae Weems, Esperanza Spalding, and more. And on Saturday (6/16), its another free one with Balkan Beat Box, Chico Trujillo, and Nation Beat. Check out the full 2012 schedule here.

More pics from Jimmy Cliff's show are below...

Continue reading "Celebrate Brooklyn kicked off w/ Jimmy Cliff (pics), continues w/ Laura Marling, Balkan Beat Box, Esperanza Spalding, more"

Home Again

British soul singer Michael Kiwanuka, who won the BBC 'Sound of 2012' poll (beating out Azealia Banks, Frank Ocean, A$AP Rocky, Skrillex, and others), is in the US for some shows this month (he just played Bonnaroo) including two in NYC this week. He plays Highline Ballroom tonight (6/13). That show is sold out, but you can catch him for free on Thursday (6/14) at Prospect Park opening for Laura Marling, along with Willy Mason (the Celebrate Brooklyn show starts at 7pm). He's also got a bunch of other North American festival appearances on the way including ACL, Osheaga, Outside Lands, and Lollapalooza.

Michael put out his debut LP, Home Again, this past March via Polydor. It's got a real classic soul feel -- even down to the cover art (pictured above) -- with a bit of Sly Stone-ish rock crossover, perhaps due in part to the album's production by Paul Butler of indie rockers The Bees. You can check out three videos from Home Again, along with a spotify stream of the whole thing, and a list of all dates, below.

Continue reading "Michael Kiwanuka released LP, playing shows, opening for Laura Marling in Prospect Park (dates, video & album stream)"


After teasing us with lineup addictions day by day over the past few days, the full lineup of Austin City Limits 2012 is finally here. Check it out below....

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We just posted about Austra who's coming back to North America (including 9/19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg) after a tour of Europe. She's also one of many artists playing the 2012 Osheaga Festival in Montreal which happens August 3 - 5Tickets are still available for the three-day event.

In addition to Austra, Osheaga plays host to The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Justice, Metric (who play Radio City Music Hall soon), Sigur Ros (who play Prospect Park and are streaming their new LP), Florence & The Machine (who plays Jones Beach this summer), The WeekndPassion Pit (who play Governor's Ball soon), The Jesus & Mary Chain, MGMTSantigold (who just played Irving), Zola Jesus (who just played the Guggenheim) and many many more.

Full Osheaga lineup is below.

Continue reading "Justice, Metric, The Black Keys, Sigur Ros and more playing Montreal's Osheaga Festival in August "

Outside Lands

"Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, are proud to announce the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. The world's only gourmet music festival will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 10 - 12, 2012. Tickets will go on sale Thursday April 19 at 12 noon PDT via www.sfoutsidelands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department."
Pretty massive lineup for the San Francisco festival this year. Check it out below....

Continue reading "Outside Lands 2012 lineup (Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Jack White, Foo Fighters, Beck, Skrillex...)"

Lollapalooza (more by Grant MacAllister)

Chicago Sun Times reports:

Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers -- a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen mainstage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.

The annual music festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.

Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.

The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weeknd, Bloc Party and more -- all bands that wound up on the bill.

Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2012 lineup (Jack White, At The Drive-In, Sigur Ros, Black Keys, RHCP, Afghan Whigs, M83, Weeknd, SBTRKT, Black Sabbath & more)"

Friends (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The BBC's list of 15 bands who will make up the "Sound of 2012" is below...

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