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Q Mag

Rough Trade were the first out of the gate with year-end lists but now long-running UK monthly music mag Q has just published their end-of-the-year issue (with cover star Ed Sheeran) which includes their Top 50 LPs of 2014. The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream comes in at #1. Have you made your list yet? Check out the rest of Q's favorite albums of 2014 below...

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by Johnny Zachman

P4k

Pitchfork Paris began yesterday (10/30) in the Grande Halle de la Villette, a slaughterhouse-turned-cultural center in the city's 19th arrondissement. The festival featured two stages at opposite ends of the venue, with acts performing in immediate succession on alternate sides of the room.

Montreal's four-piece art-punk band Ought kicked off the night, injecting the already sizable crowd with good energy off the bat. Lead singer Tim Beeler channeled David Byrne, David Bowie, and most especially Jonathan Richman in his performance - which was spoken almost as often as it was sung - and the band's combination of keyboardist Matt May on Nord Electro 3 and the rhythm section's tight, dynamic and often repetitive grooves made for a refreshing take on punk.

How To Dress Well performed next, also as a four-piece. "It's nice to be back in the barn" remarked singer and songwriter Tom Krell, before saying hello to his mentor Beck, who was watching the show via live stream. The band performed many of the highlights from this year's excellent album "What Is This Heart?" while a series of muted, abstract visuals were projected behind them. I was impressed by the band's ability to recreate the album's sounds in a live atmosphere. On stage, Krell performed with two microphones - one dry and the other soaked in full reverb - between which he would modulate throughout the show, sometimes mid-phrase. Krell was backed by a drummer and two multi-instrumentalists covering violin, maracas, guitar, vocals and keys. Krell gave props to Ought for their excellent performance and also expressed his excitement to see The War On Drugs later in the night, who are his current favorite band.

The Notwist brought a packed stage including two xylophone players to the party. Compared with other times I had seen the band, I was impressed by how quickly they moved away from their songs and into heavier psychedelic territory, executing multiple movements of noise-based chaos that each felt earned and not excessive. Markus Acher's relaxed voice contrasted nicely with the more dissonant, anticipatory mood of the music, and the festival's extensive lighting rigs played especially well into The Notwist's swirling experimental soundscapes.

The War on Drugs
P4k

The War On Drugs performed "Burning," "Eyes To The Wind," "An Ocean In Between The Waves," "Under The Pressure," "In Reverse" and "Red Eyes" to the most palpably energetic crowd of the night. The band was as tight as the last time I saw them (in June at Williamsburg Park), and I was happy to see so many young Frenchmen jumping up and down to Adam Granduciel's guitar solos and singing along to the "Woo!"s from the album. Even within the 45 minute format, the band still took their time with the instrumental sections, extending multiple guitar solos well beyond the album's length, including an exceptional version of "Red Eyes" to end the set.

Mogwai's performance began with remarkable force. The Glasgow natives played to the biggest crowd of the night, sending their dynamic waves of emotional post-rock slamming down on the audience's ears. The band played with excellent restraint: quiet instrumental passages were pursued for minutes at a time; louder peaks were continued well past their originally-perceived climax. I was surprised by how much louder Mogwai's set felt than everyone else's - not in amplitude but in thickness. The band had a confidence in them that flowed into their music, setting a dark, almost terrifying mood within the room.

Jon Hopkins carried the mood from dark to hypnotic, delivering his tastefully emotional electronic compositions along with projections whose concepts included an alternating series of solid colors and the "Collider" music video. Hopkins was very active within his setup - which added to the energy of the performance - and a constant stream of red lights flashed around the room to enhance the ambience. The crowd reacted well to Hopkins' cinematic soundscapes, with relatively subtle shifts in the music drawing various cheers.

James Blake closed the night with performances of "Retrograde," "The Wilhem Scream," "Limit To Your Love," and an arresting show-closing rendition of the entirely loop-based "Measurements." Blake's voice was in stellar form, modulating between multiple octaves and singing over his loops with remarkable ease. I'm always impressed by how much Blake adapts his sets to fit the mood of the room, and last night's late show was rightfully less song-based and more reliant on the ambient, with a healthy dose of songs (including one new one) mixed in.

It was an excellent first day for Pitchfork Paris. The sound was spot-on for all of the artists, and I especially enjoy festivals when only one artist performs at a given time so that there is no sound bleed between stages.

Belle & Sebastian, St. Vincent and more play today's portion of the festival, and we'll be back with coverage of that too. If you're not at the fest, stream it live HERE. Today's stream begins at 1:30 PM EST with Perfect Pussy.

UPDATE: Day 2 and Day 3 reviews are up.

A few more pictures from yesterday below...

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Belle & Sebastian at Pitchfork Chicago 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Pitchfork Paris begins this Thursday (10/30) and continues through Saturday (11/1), but if you won't be in Paris for it you can still stream many of its sets from the comfort of your own home. (Buy some croissants and it will be just like you were there!) You can watch sets from Belle and Sebastian, St. Vincent, Mogwai, Four Tet, Future Islands, tUnE-yArDs, Foxygen, the Notwist, Ought, Son Lux, Perfect Pussy, Jungle, D.D Dumbo, Kwamie Liv and possibly more TBA, in the video player below.

Stay tuned for Thursday, meanwhile check out the fest's schedule and a teaser video below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Paris is this week, streaming sets from St. Vincent, Belle & Sebastian, tUnE-yArDs, Four Tet, Future Islands, more"

photos by Chris Graham and Rae Graham

Outkast / Foals / Chance the Rapper / crowd
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 1
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 1
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 1
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 1

Playing essentially the same set they've begun taking across America, the version with "Hey Ya!" in the middle instead of left for desert, there were no hints of the awkwardness some saw in the hip-hop duo's Coachella performance in April: just urgency. While both men are no doubt happy to collect their headlining cheddar, on Saturday night, their performance was about legacy. They appeared within a cube with black-and-white projections of the American flag, evoking their "Stankonia" cover art, and their banter guided the crowd between songs as the set pivoted from hits to deep cuts, remembering the days they rehearsed rap verses around the kitchen table and crowing over OutKast's eternal coolness before "So Fresh, So Clean." [The Oregonian]
Washington state music festival Sasquatch went down this past weekend (its only weekend) for three days packed with loads of bands. We just posted pictures of Yelle from day 1 (5/23), and we've got way more pictures from the first day in this post, including shots of Outkast, Die Antwoord, Rudimental, Mogwai, Damien Jurado, Phantogram, Foals, Phosphorescent, Chance the Rapper, De La Soul, Eugene Mirman, Rhett Miller (of the Old 97's) and so many more.

White Sea (Morgan Kibby of M83) also played that day and just announced a NYC show.

More day 1 pictures below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2014 day 1 pics (Outkast, Mogwai, Foals, De La Soul, Chance the Rapper, Phosphorescent & many more)"

photos by P Squared Photography

"I may have done a bit of hearing damage but it was well worth it!" - Drea Still

"Mogwai. So loud. So good." - Ron Richards

"This is what purgatory sounds like
#mogwai 5.9.14 #crying @ Terminal 5" - John Vallarelli

"Mogwai tore up terminal 5 on Friday night.
So good live. #facemeltingsound" - Amit Nerurkar

Mogwai

As my friend David and I were being hurled around the mosh pit at the Terminal 5 show of legendary post-rock ensemble Mogwai, I thought back to how earlier that day I had assured my mom that there wouldn't be any moshing. "Mom," I said, "Mogwai's music is too ambient to mosh to." Post-rock is an ambient genre, that's true; it's ethereal and sedate. However, it can often get pretty heavy, and Mogwai totally proved that on Friday, May 9. [Scene Point Blank]
Post rock giants Mogwai brought their tour with Majeure to NYC for a big show at Terminal 5 this past Friday (5/9). They included a handful of tracks from their new album, Rave Tapes, but reached back for old favorites like "Mogwai Fear Satan," "Ex-Cowboy," and others too. Pictures of the show (including one of the setlist) are in this post.

Mogwai also just made a video for "Simon Ferocious" from Rave Tapes, and added more dates to their tour. Watch the new video, with the updated list of dates, and more pictures and a couple videos from Terminal 5, below...

Continue reading "Mogwai played Terminal 5 w/ Majeure (pics, video, setlist), made a new video, expanded tour (updated dates)"

Majeure at Le Poisson Rouge in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Majeure

Majeure, the synthy film-score-meets-krautrock side project of Zombi drummer A.E. Paterra, have been supporting post rock veterans Mogwai on their current North American tour since April. That tour brings them to NYC for a show at Terminal 5 TONIGHT (5/9) and wraps up in Vancouver later this month. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. All remaining dates are listed below.

Mogwai's tour is in support of their new album Rave Tapes. They've also got their own line of scotch, and if you missed it, read our recent interview with them.

Majeure last released the Romance Language EP in 2013. Stream the title track, with the updated list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Majeure on tour w/ Mogwai, in NYC tonight (updated dates)"

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England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...

Continue reading "Glastonbury 2014 line-up announced: Arcade Fire, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Jack White, Dolly Parton, Elbow, Dexys & more"

by Jonathan Dick

Mogwai's Barry Burns @ Bonnaroo (more by Dana 'Distortion' Yavin)
Mogwai

Having released their eighth full length last month with Rave Tapes, Glasgow's post-rock kings, Mogwai, have time and again shown themselves to be a band unhindered by demand or anticipation. Theirs is a kind of creative elasticity that's allowed them to move comfortably both within and without of any particular sound with which they might be associated. From soundtracks to punk to post-rock minimalism (to scotch), Mogwai's sound has continually and thankfully been difficult to corner, and it's a characteristic that continues to guide its five members well into what will soon be the twentieth anniversary for the band. BrooklynVegan reached out to Barry Burns (guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals) of Mogwai to talk about Rave Tapes, the band's influences, and what the secret to band longevity is.


BV: You guys have a story that goes back to 1991. In the twenty-three years since that time how have you seen yourselves evolve both personally and artistically? What's the journey been like for you guys, and what have you learned along the way?

Barry: Actually only since 1995 but that's still a long time to be doing this for a job. I joined in '98 for the 2nd album and we've really kind of grown up together, spending terrifying amounts of our time on buses, planes and stages. We've learned how to "be in a band" and we're still learning new things since self-releasing our music a few years back, there's been a lot of trial and error. On the whole, the experience has been incredible, from watching the entire record industry crumble to getting to play very unusual places around the planet and then being asked to score soundtracks for films or TV. We're lucky, but we work hard too.

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Continue reading "an interview w/ Mogwai's Barry Burns (on the band's longevity, new 'Rave Tapes', soundtracks & more)"

Sasquatch

Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.

The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.

Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

Full lineups for both weekends below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch! 2014 lineups announced (Outkast, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kraftwerk, New Order, QOTSA, The National, Frank Ocean, tUnE-yArDs, Deltron 3030 & WAY more)"

Slowdive
Slowdive

One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.

Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.

Continue reading "Primavera Sound 2014 line-up: Slowdive, Arcade Fire, NMH, Kendrick Lamar, Disclosure, QOTSA, and more"

by Wyatt Marshall

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As we've mentioned, Scotland's Mogwai released their eighth album, Rave Tapes, earlier this week, and it was also just announced that the Scottish post-rock greats will be playing Coachella this year. That's big news from the Mogwai camp, but they're not done yet -- Mogwai's channeling their heritage and putting out a limited edition Scotch, RockAct81w, named for the next available slot in the Rock Action catalogue. RockAct81w is being produced at the Glenallachie Distillery, which is in Speyside, so expect something with a lighter profile, possibly grassy or sweet. Only 324 bottles are being made, and it will be available on January 28 for £55.

In other booze-related news, big stuff out of South Florida today as Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami this morning and charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license when police saw Biebs street racing in a residential area of Miami Beach. Bieber was in a tasteful yellow (banana?) Lamborghini, his opponent a red Ferrari. They were doing 55-60mph in a 30. Despite a litany of legal woes, this is Bieber's first arrest.

Some details from CNN, quoting Miami Police Chief Raymond Martinez:

The officer pulled Bieber's car over, but the singer was "was not cooperating with the officer's instructions," Martinez said.

"At first, he was a little belligerent, using some choice words questioning why he was being stopped and why the officer was even questioning him," he said.

"When he opened up the window and confronted Mr. Bieber, he smelled a strong odor of alcoholic beverage," Martinez said. The officer believed "Bieber may have been impaired."

Bieber failed his sobriety test. Martinez told reporters that Bieber "made some statements that he had consumed some alcohol, and that he had been smoking marijuana and consumed some prescription medication." According to the arrest report, when pulled over, Bieber asked "Why did you stop me?" and when the arresting officer asked Bieber to exit the vehicle, Bieber asked "Why the fuck are you doing this?" You can read the whole report, with a lot more "What the fuck"s and an "I ain't got no fucking weapons" over at Gawker and video of the arrest is below (via TMZ)

CNN notes that two SUVs blocked the road so Bieber could race, bringing to mind a potential Bieber Fast and Furious casting. South Florida police are also investigating a report that police officers escorted Bieber's caravan between strip clubs in Miami over the weekend without authorization. Back in LA, LA police executed a felony search warrant on Bieber's house, seizing Bieber's iPhone and security camera system in an investigation into who threw eggs at Bieber's neighbor's house. Somehow, the eggs did $20k in damage.

Read about more of Bieber's legal troubles over at CNN, including the one where a neighbor accused Bieber of spitting in his face.

Continue reading "Mogwai gets own line of scotch; Justin Bieber gets DUI arrest"

by Doug Moore

Mogwai

Scottish post-rock masters Mogwai are releasing their eighth album, Rave Tapes, on January 21. They're streaming the album on The Guardian today; you can also listen below.

First impressions -- including my own -- have been pretty positive so far. I'm generally predisposed towards Mogwai's noisier, more strident material, but Rave Tapes makes the most of their patient side. Though they've always had an electronic component, it's really on display here; digital tones fill out airy compositions that drift more often than they swell or crescendo. The sampled discourse on rock'n'roll subliminal messaging on "Repelish" is an especially endearing touch: "Satan. Gotta live for Satan. Master Satan."

You can preorder it here and stream it in full, along with a track stream and the video for "The Lord is Out of Control," below...

Continue reading "Mogwai streaming new album, 'Rave Tapes'"

by Doug Moore

Rave Tapes

You may recall that long-running Scottish post-rockers Mogwai announced last week that they've got a new album, Rave Tapes, on the way. Today, the band announced that they'll be touring North America in support of that album in April and May of 2014. The six-week tour will start in New Mexico and swing across the South before looping up the East Coast and back west; it'll hit NYC at Terminal 5 on May 9. Tickets will go on sale this Friday (11/8) at noon.

Well before their North American dates, Mogwai will be at the final ATP UK (11/29-12/1). All dates are listed, along with that new track stream, below...

Continue reading "Mogwai announce 2014 North American tour, including NYC stop at Terminal 5 (dates)"

by Doug Moore

Mogwai at Webster Hall, 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Mogwai

Scotland's Mogwai have been around for almost twenty years now; they've got seven studio albums, 11 EPs, and two soundtracks under their belt. That's a long track record. Still, it remains surprisingly tough to predict what they're going to do next. Like the cinematic critter they're named for, Mogwai are changelings. Though their work with a recurring palette of sounds, that palette is broad enough that they still have the capacity to occasionally surprise.

Mogwai have revealed the details for their upcoming eighth album, Rave Tapes, and have released the first taste from it, "Remurdered." It's a bit of a curveball, albeit not a dramatic one. Earlier this year, Mogwai recorded some score music for the French zombie show Les Revenants. Ironically, "Remurdered" sounds more like the score to a '70s horror flick than the Les Revenants material. It's a tense, synth-driven instrumental that reminds me of a beefed-up John Carpenter score, though the raunchy synthetic bass in its second half is more dance-friendly than Carpenter's tinny tones ever were.

Stream "Remurdered" and check out the LP cover art and track listing below; make sure to catch Mogwai at ATP UK (11/29-12/1) if you're going.

Continue reading "Mogwai announce new album, 'Rave Tapes' (stream a track)"

Slint

Post-hardcore-leaning post-rock legends Slint haven't performed live in six years, but that will change this year when they play ATP End of An Era Part 2 at Pontins Holiday Camp in Camber Sands, UK. The festival runs from November 29 to December 1, and is being billed as the "last ever" UK Holiday Camp.

As mentioned, this year's festival is being co-curated by Loop, who are also performing, along with Mogwai, The Pop Group, Fennesz, Goat, Superchunk, Comets On Fire, Om, Girls Against Boys, Michael Rother (presents the music of Neu! and Harmonia), Ty Segall, Dirty Beaches, Hookworms, Balam Acab and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now.

Updated lineup, flyer, and a Slint video below...

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The XX at T5, Aug. 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
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Hot Water Music @ Bamboozle 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Hot Water Music

today in NYC
* Mic The Robot @ Barbes
* Victor Calderone @ Cielo
* Ed Askew Band @ Barbes
* Holly Williams @ Joe's Pub
* The Wailers @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Big Daddy Kane @ B.B King's
* Colbert Report Writers @ UCB
* Tom Odell, St. Claire @ Pianos
* Phosphorescent @ John Varvatos
* Caro Emerald @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Growlers @ The Kniting Factory
* Biz Markie (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Trey Anastasio @ The Capitol Theatre
* Snowmine, Faye, Dalton @ Glasslands
* HNNY, Jacques Renault @ The Woods
* Hardbodies, Ice Balloons @ Union Pool
* The xx, Austra @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* The Chapin Sisters @ Pete's Candy Store
* LEESSANG, Jung In @ Best Buy Theater
* Eddi Front, Gambles @ The Slipper Room
* Urban Cone, Ski Lodge @ Mercury Lounge
* Concrete TV 20th Anniversary @ Videology
* Puss N Boots, The Tall Pines @ The Bell House
* Zula, Tony Castles, Hooney Octo, Candide @ Pianos
* Corey Smith, Joe Robinson @ Bowery Ballroom
* Lil Kids, Tron & DVD, Charlie Sima @ Legion Bar
* Eastern Phoebes, My Plastic Sun @ The Rock Shop
* Mr. Dream, Yvette, Bueno, Advaeta @ Shea Stadium
* Money & King, Maude, Vox Pop @ The Grand Victory
* Tennessee Thomas, Alix Brown @ Tribeca Grand Hotel
* Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Joe Morris @ The Stone
* William Parker, Joe Morris, Gerald Cleaver @ The Stone
* Adam's Castle, Live Footage, Chimneys @ Cameo Gallery
* Antwon, Cities Aviv, Weekend Money @ Santos Party House
* DJ Jay Mcelfresh, Former Belle, James Iris @ Pianos (Upstairs)
* Y/Y, Alien Triology, What Model Citizens, Ravenous @ Muchmore's
* Great Caesar, Sean Wood, Floodwood @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Hot Water Music, La Dispute, The Menzingers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Cold Fronts, Eastern Midwestern, Young Rapids, Adios Ghost @ Cake Shop
* Hirsute Pursuit , Boyd Rice, Non, Cult of Youth, House of Blondes @ Europa
* Great Thunder, Heaven's Gate, The Guts, Marvin Berry and The New Sound @ Death By Audio
* Wild Yaks, Unstoppable Death Machines, Habibi, Violent Bullshit, Ken South Rock @ 285 Kent
* Eola, Gem Trails, Katrina Stonehart, Zooey (Matt of Majical Cloudz), Jerry Paper @ Silent Barn
* Bertie Blackman, Matt Duke, You Sister's Canary, Caitlin Canty @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Plastic Flowers, Psychobuildings, Bright Future, Vaudeville, Nao Katafuchi (Superfortress) @ Bowry Electric

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Foals third album, Holy Fire, is due out next month. The band recently released the video to new single "My Number" which takes your standard performance clip and spins it just a hair. You can check it out below.

TRUST just released a new single, "Heaven," with a number of remixes from the likes of Cloudland and Sir Stephen Hips. You can stream the "Heaven" single package below.

Scottish post-rockers Mogwai have scored the soundtrack to French zombie serires Les Revenants. Check out one of their creepy compositions from it below.

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Mogwai @ Webster Hall -- 6/14/2012
Mogwai

"There was an amazing quote from Andrew Eldritch from the Sisters of Mercy who said, "The best thing about never being cool is that you're never that uncool." No, I'd rather we go on with our music and people who like it, listen to it and the thought that people turn out because it's in some way relevant or trendy, is kind of depressin.' I'd rather people just, like, came and heard the music because they like it or because it kinda had some sort of emotional connection to them. I also think that when, say, like ten years ago or whenever it was, when lots of instrumental music was really trendy, people were sick of it! It got to the point where we'd bring our record and some people would be like "Oh, no. Not another one of these records!" It was like "Really?" But it's gotten to the comical point now where like I'll meet people in bands making completely different kinds of music and they'll be like "I used to be in a band that sounded like you." I'm like "Oh, god." [laughs]" [Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai]
You already saw a set of pictures from the 6/15 show at Webster Hall, though without opener Balam Acab. Here's a set from the first of two Mogwai shows at the NYC venue, opener and Mogwai setlist included. They continue below...

Continue reading "Mogwai and Balam Acab @ Webster Hall (night 1 pics, setlist)"

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Mogwai at Webster Hall - 6/15/12
Mogwai

We're pleased to announce that we're in the middle of putting together a remix album, titled 'A Wrenched Virile Lore' it'll feature remixed versions of tracks from our 'Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will' so far we've got contributions from Tim Hecker, The Soft Moon, RM Hubbert, Robert Hampson, Zombi, Justin Broadrick, Xander Harris, Umberto and Cylob. The record will be available on CD, LP and Digital Download and we'll have more details on release dates soon.
Mogwai are offering a free download of the Xander Harris version of "How To Be A Werewolf" from their forthcoming remix album. Download that for the price of an email address.

Judging from the setlist from June 15th at Webster Hall, Mogwai did not enter into remix terrritory at their NYC shows, but stranger things have happened. The band played a two night stint at the venue (playing the first on June 14th) as part of a batch of North American dates that also saw them at Bonnaroo 2012. Pictures and the setlist from June 15th at Webster Hall (unfortunately none of opener Balam Acab) are below.

Continue reading "Mogwai played 2 nights at Webster Hall (pics) w/ Balam Acab, releasing remix album (MP3)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Das Racist / Battles... get a leg up
Bonnaroo Day 3
Bonnaroo Day 3

While Bonnaroo's roots come from the jamband scene, the festival's outlook has grown each year. The Red Hot Chili Peppers set provided a nod from the festival's past without losing the band's foothold in the present day. In various combinations, members Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer along with touring percussionist Mauro Refosco improvised their way before returning to the next number on the setlist... Earlier in the day, HR of Bad Brains looked and acted nowhere near the part of a hardcore hero. His bandmates kept the music's mix of powerful, fast numbers with an occasional reggae cooldown. The latter style was necessary after a dust cloud erupted from the crowd moshing and bodysurfing. A pleased Flea of the Chili Peppers watched from the side of the stage. -[Jambands]
Bonnaroo 2012's third day (on June 9th) featured a trio of  headline performances including Alice Cooper, Spectrum Road (which featured John Medeski, Jack Bruce, Vernon Reid and Cindy Blackman Santana), and a "Superjam" put on by Questlove of The Roots that featured  Mr. Brown Sugar himself, D'Angelo, in his first US appearance in over ten years. The "Superjam" also featured appearances from members of The Time and Parliament-Funkadelic, who covered somgs by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Hendrix and more across the 90 minute set. Setlist and video from that set is below.

More photos from Day 3, including Bad Brains, Das Racist, Battles, Santigold (who plays a free show in Chicago Thursday), Gary Clarke Jr., Mogwai (who performs in NYC twice this week), Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, Skrillex, Danzig Legacy (who went on an anti-photo tirade), GZA with Grupo Fantasma (who perform together in Brooklyn twice this week) and more are below. If you missed it, check out photos from Bonnaroo's first day HERE and second day HERE.

Continue reading "Bonnaroo Day 3 in pics (Battles, Das Racist, Danzig, GZA, Mogwai, Alice Cooper, Bad Brains, Skrillex and more)"

Niki & the Dove

Niki & the Dove's show during the Northside Festival this week -- the Popgun showcase on Thursday (6/14) at Glasslands -- is sold out (badgeholders can still get in based on capacity) but you've got another chance to see the Swedish duo. They'll play Tribeca Grand on Friday (6/15). The show is free but you should RSVP to rsvp@heartymagazine.com if you wanna go, though that probably won't guarantee entry. Late show, doors at 10PM. After that your next chance to see them live will be when they open for Twin Shadow at Webster Hall on September 27. (Tickets are still available.) Updated tour dates are listed below.

Additionally, Niki & the Dove are performing live on internet show YouTube Presents today (6/13) at 4PM EST. And you can listen to them live on KEXP tomorrow at noon EST. Niki & the Dove's Instinct is out on vinyl and CD in August on Sub Pop, but AAC lovers can get it via iTunes right now.

While on the subject of Sub Pop recording artists, we'll note that Niki's labelmates Mogwai are also in town playing on Thursday (6/14) and Friday (6/15) at Webster Hall with Balam Acab and tickets to both shows are still available.

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Balam Acab at Mercury Lounge in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Balam Acab

Balam Acab, who just played the Mogwai-curated ATP in London last month, has been added as an opener to Mogwai's tour. That tour comes to NYC for the previously discussed shows on June 14 and 15 at Webster Hall. Tickets to both NYC shows are still available.

Balam Acab recently dropped his most in-your-face track yet and it's called "Ass Pop." Stream that below, along with a list of all dates...

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The Soft Moon at 285 Kent in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
The Soft Moon

The Soft Moon (aka the main project of Luis Vasquez) posted the following to his facebook last week: "New album nearing completion!!! I'll announce a release date soon!!!" The album will presumably be out on Captured Tracks, who released his self titled debut LP and the Total Decay EP.

Hopefully the album will see a release before The Soft Moon's just-announced Brooklyn show, which takes place on May 31 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/30) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/28) at noon.

The only other North American date we're currently aware of is when The Soft Moon opens for Mogwai in Boston on 6/16 as part of Mogwai's upcoming tour.

UPDATE: Despite what the Live Nation show listing says, we found out The Soft Moon are not opening for Mogwai in Boston or anywhere.

That tour hits NYC right before the Boston show at Webster Hall on June 14 and 15 but no openers for those shows have been announced yet. Tickets for both are still available.

All dates and The Soft Moon's video for "Total Decay" below...

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Bonnaroo

"Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 11th annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 7 - 10 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2012 lineup will total over 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days.Tickets for the event will go on sale on this Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 12 noon EST exclusively at bonnaroo.com."
Radiohead, Beach Boys, Phish, Little Dragon, SBTRKT, The Antlers, Bad Brains, Laura Marling, St. Vinent, Tune-Yards, Flying Lotus, and many more are playing Bonnaroo this year. Full list below...

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Sasquatch

"Following last year's 10th anniversary, which crushed previous attendance records and set a new mark for the speed with which tickets sold out, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2012 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 25-28 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA."
The Sasquatch! Music Festival takes place, as usual, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington over Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28). And this year's lineup is:

Continue reading "Sasquatch! 2012 lineup announced (Bon Iver, Jack White, Beck, Tenacious D, Shins, Portlandia, Spiritualized & more) "

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