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Here is the initial lineup for Willamette Week's MusicfestNW, scheduled for Sept. 7-11, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, and it's pretty great. The multi-venue fest includes big outdoor performances by Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9), in addition to shows with everyone from Archers of Loaf to Big Freedia to Butthole Surfers to Neurosis. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd. Check out the full list below...

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photos by Andrew St. Clair

Ra Ra Riot
Ra Ra Riot

Syracuse, N.Y., band Ra Ra Riot borrowed elements from the Cure, the Smiths and New Order -- though much less morose -- and molded them into a string-filled sound that embodied indie rock at its best. Their upbeat energy lifted the packed all-ages crowd at the Nike Sportswear Stage. Beats were propelled by bassist Mathieu Santos, guitarist Milo Bonacci and drummer Gabriel Duquette, but it was the engaging vocals of singer Wes Miles that moved this group. His emotive, high voice drew the crowd closer, and his ever thankful politeness -- he thanked the crowd numerous times throughout the hour-long set -- made him a fit for a young crowd he called "very attentive."...

The group played copiously from its two albums, "The Rhumb Line" and the just-released "The Orchard." Their indie pop sound shined on tunes like "Boy," "Shadowcasting" and the uber-catchy "Too Dramatic." Their sound was less shoegazing indie and more celebratory pop, making for a strong start to the festival. Heck, some tunes would have even fit neatly into a Molly Ringwald-John Hughes movie.

New York synth-dance electro duo Phantogram proved a worthy warmup. Sarah Barthel's sweet voice floated over ethereal '80s and '90s style synth pop as guitarist Josh Carter used heavy effects to create solid grooves and a nightclub vibe. -[The Oregonian]

The above review comes from a recent Portland, Oregon show that was part of Music Fest NW, where Ra Ra Riot also shared a bill with Phantogram, like they did last night at Bowery Ballroom (9/21).

Last night was also Ra Ra Riot's first of four NYC shows and one of two sold-out shows at Bowery Ballroom (they play there again tonight with Lower Dens). On Thursday, RRR head over the river to Music Hall of Williamsburg for a pair of shows, with tickets to the first night (on Thursday 9/23 with North Highlands & We Barbarians) still available, though the second night (9/24) is sold out. After NYC, Ra Ra heads out on a bigger tour with more assorted openers.

The show was a tour kick-off for Phantogram who hit Rochester tonight and eventually make their way back to NYC for an October 29th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with their tour-mate Josiah Wolf (of Why?). Tickets for the Brooklyn show are still on sale. Updated dates below.

More pictures from Bowery Ballroom, the headliner's setlist, and some videos from the show, with the dates, below...

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Jemina Pearl @ the Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Bao Nguyen)
Jemina Pearl

"introducing my band! maxwell peebles on rhythm guitar, ben pearson on bass, erik ratensperger on drums, and john eatherly on lead guitar. what a good looking group of guys! i can't wait to start traveling in a smelly van with them.

we had a another great practice last night after a full of day of recording. we are getting ready for our two shows next week, and we are all very excited! also some more shows got added to our tour in october, so see if we're coming to your city on the myspace page.

finished up the b sides yesterday. we had ben and max come play on one song. it was the first time we actually had a live band recording. usually it's just john and i doing everything, and really it's mostly john. anyway, we might play one of the covers on monday if we can get it together." [Jemina Pearl on August 15th]

Jemina Pearl (former singer of Be Your Own Pet) has a bunch of shows coming up, four of which are in NYC.
Jemina Pearl - 2009 NYC Tour Dates
8/27 J&R Music World (City Hall), Manhattan NY (6pm)
9/15 Southpaw, Brooklyn NY
9/19 Pianos, Manhattan NY
11/5 Bowery Ballroom, Manhattan NY
The November show is part of her tour with Islands. The August date is a free show, and one of the previously-unannounced slots at the J&R Musicfest (that Buckshot, KRS-One, Clipse and others are also playing).

At the September 15th show, she's opening for The Zeros (tix) who are also playing Maxwell's one day earlier (tix).

On August 25th (not one of the dates above) (tomorrow) (at 2:30 pm), Jemina is filming a video in Long Island City. Want to be an extra, or maybe just watch? Find out how, with all tour dates, below...

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photos by Tim Griffin


As Buckshot reminded the Nokia Theatre crowd at the end of his solo appearance opening for De La Soul on Thursday night (8/14), he has an album coming out with KRS-One called Survival Skills. That album drops on 9/15. On Saturday, August 29th, at 1PM, the duo will perform a free show at City Hall Park in NYC as part of J&R MusicFest, a three-day 'block party' in the Wall Street area (near J&R) that will feature multiple free shows including one by Clipse at 6:00PM on Friday the 28th.

Full J&R schedule with more pictures, and a bunch of videos, from the Nokia Theatre show, below...

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Musicfest NW

Willamette Week's Musicfest NW announces this year's festival line-up which will be held at various venues around the Portland, OR metropolitan area on September 16, 17, 18 & 19. On the heels of the most successful MFNW to date, MFNW 2009 launches with nothing but the hope of a bigger and better festival. MFNW's ultimate aim is to provide Portland with a unique and special musical experience that features all types of acts including nationally renowned artists while still honoring and supporting the special musical scene of the Northwest.
Four-day passes to the fest are on sale now.

The lineup so far, including the newly-reunited Sunny Day Real Estate, is below...

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TPC @ the 2007 Woodie Awards (more by Leia Jospe)
Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club were scheduled to play Webster Hall on October 18th, but things came up and they had to cancel. One of those things that came up was an opening spot on Weezer's upcoming tour. The NYC date (at Madison Square Garden) is September 24th. Tickets are still on sale.

TPC's next NYC-area show can probably be considered Musifest in Cranford, NJ on September 6th. The lineup for that three-stage bill also includes Everclear, The B-52's, and Cracker. September 8th they're in Baltimore, but September 7th they're off, so who knows... All dates below...

Continue reading "Tokyo Police Club - 2008 Tour Dates (Musicfest, not Webster)"