Entries tagged with: NPR
Real Estate @ Treasure Island Fest 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
As you might be aware, Real Estate's new album, Atlas, is due out March 4 via Domino. A few days before, the band will perform the LP in full at NYC club SubCulture on February 27. The show is part of NPR's "First Listen Live" series and will be streamed live at 8PM. Tickets will be given out through NPR's Twitter and Facebook. (Schoolboy Q is doing one too.)
In other news, last week, Real Estate stopped by WNYC to perform live on "Sound Check" and SPIN visited singer Martin Courtney's Brooklyn apartment for a segment of their series "In My Room". Video of that, plus an audio stream of the WNYC performance, below...
Schoolboy Q at Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
We're less than two weeks away from Schoolboy Q's much anticipated new album Oxymoron (due out 2/25), but we'll get to hear it just ahead of its release date when Q performs it in full at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on February 23 for NPR's First Listen Live. For details on how to get into the show, follow @NPRHipHop on Twitter, and for the rest of us, it will stream live on NPR at 8 PM on 2/23.
Schoolboy Q returns to NYC when his tour with Isaiah Rashad and Vince Staples hits Best Buy Theater on March 4. Tickets for that show are still available. If you'll be at SXSW, you can also catch all three artists there.
Real Estate is playing NPR's "First Listen Live" too.
Updated dates are listed, along with a song from Oxymoron, below...
NPR Music posted their 50 Favorite Albums of 2013, and as usual it included a lot of classical, jazz, world music, but also many of the indie/pop/rap/metal that shows up on these lists like Bill Callahan, Blood Orange, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Flaming Lips, Haim, James Blake, Kanye West, Laura Marling, Run the Jewels, Sky Ferreira, Waxahatchee and more. Their list is in alphabetical order, and you can browse the full thing below.
Cut Copy at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Australian synth popsters Cut Copy returned this year with the new Free Your Mind LP, and they've been out on the North American leg of their world tour supporting it. The tour previously included no NYC dates, but they've just squeezed in a free, very intimate show happening on November 19 at Le Poisson Rouge. It's for an NPR/KCRW taping and KCRW's Jason Bentley is hosting. Like we said, it's totally free, but you do need to RSVP, which IS OPEN NOW (11/13) and will probably close very fast.
UPDATE: And they were gone pretty much instantly. Did you get tickets?
Updated dates are listed, along with a video from the new LP, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pusha T spent most of the '00s as one half of respected hip hop duo Clipse, and more recently he's struck out on his own, releasing multiple mixtapes, and becoming a frequent Kanye collaborator. This week (10/8), he finally put out his first official solo album, My Name Is My Name, which was produced almost entirely (and executive produced) by Kanye West. You can hear hints of Yeezus in the production, but while 'Ye used his own record to see how far he could push the boundaries of hip hop, for this one he keeps his beautiful dark twisted fantasies within the classicist realm of the genre. 2 Chainz and Big Sean, who are becoming the dynamic duo of goofy guest verses, show up to lighten the mood on "Who I Am," The-Dream gives Pusha a dose of PBR&B (sorry) on "40 Acres," and Kendrick Lamar appears in characteristic game-murdering mode on what may be the album's best track, "Nosetalgia." You can watch the video for "Nostetalgia" (via NPR), along with a full stream of the album (via Myspace), below.
Pusha T is about to go on a UK tour with collaborators Chase & Status, but before that he'll play a couple US dates, including NPR's CMJ showcase, which happens on October 16 at Le Poisson Rouge. The rest of the lineup is stacked, including Syrian pop star Omar Souleyman (who has a new Four Tet-produced album on the way), NYC pop duo Cults (who have other shows too), and a DJ set from A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad (who also DJed last year's NPR CMJ showcase). The show is free with RSVP, which opens today (10/10). Check @NPRHipHop and @NPRMusic for updates. If you can't make it, you can also watch the live stream on NPR Music.
All Pusha T dates are listed, along with the video and LP stream, below...
The Front Bottoms on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series
NJ folky pop punks The Front Bottoms have seemingly not left the road since the release of their catchy, lyrical new album Talon of the Hawk, and they've just announced another set of US dates for this fall. They'll be opening for Manchester Orchestra on the tour, and it hits Brooklyn on November 13 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday, August 29 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Monday (8/26) at 10 AM.
The Front Bottoms also play a headlining hometown show this month at The Stone Pony on August 30 (tickets).
The band just filmed a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR, which you can watch, along with the list of all tour dates, below...
Japandroids at Pitchfork, July 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
NPR Music have announced their "50 favorite" albums of 2012, which includes names like Pallbearer, Andy Stott, Cat Power, Fiona Apple, Death Grips, and Swans. (No Grimes, though.) The list is also deep with hip hop, with shouts to Homeboy Sandman, Kendrick Lamar, Killer Mike and many others. Much like Q magazine did, NPR opted to list them alphabetically instead of one better than the next. Check out the full list below.
Jonathan Coulton and past collaborator/tourmate John Roderick (of The Long Winters) released a Christmas album, One Christmas At A Time, together with ten original Christmas songs by the two musicians ("actually one of them is a Chanukah song, so OK, nine"). Listen to two tracks from the holiday release below.
They'll support the release with another tour together this fall which brings them to NYC on December 14 at City Winery. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Jonathan Coulton is also the house musician on NPR/WNYC puzzle show Ask Me Another which tapes live at The Bell House in Brooklyn . The shows are hosted by Ophira Eisenberg and tickets are on sale for five upcoming dates, all also listed below...
FlyLo (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Just a few days after we pointed out that Flying Lotus will be all over NYC in just a few days, and right after we announce that Death Grips is finally touring again and visiting NYC in November, NPR hits us with this surprise:
For the first time, NPR Music and WNYC's Soundcheck come together during the CMJ Music Marathon to present a showcase of singular artists. Los Angeles electronic composer Steven Ellison, a.k.a. Flying Lotus, headlines an October 17 concert on the heels of his new album, Until the Quiet Comes. He's joined by the uncompromising noise-rap group Death Grips, playing its first New York City show since releasing a major-label debut back in April.CMJ just got a bit more exciting this year (though it is unclear if they'll be letting any badges - probably yes).
Ali Shaheed Muhammad, one-third of the legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest and co-host of NPR Music's Microphone Check, will DJ throughout the evening.
More artists will be announced soon.
Watch the show live from (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City at this page or via NPR Music mobile, and listen for highlights on Soundcheck. Listeners in the New York area will be able to RSVP for free tickets next week. Stand by for details.
You can pick up Flying Lotus's new album on iTunes now.
Last year, Tori Amos released Night of Hunters, an album where instead of working with the band she had for the last decade, was an orchestral pop album recorded with a variety of new musicians, including the Apollon Musagete Quartett. It made Billboard history by making Tori the first woman ever to end up in the top 10 for Billboard's Classical, Alternative, and Rock charts simultaneously. She's now following that album with Gold Dust, an album where she re-interprets songs from throughout her career in an orchestral setting. The album is due out on October 2 in the US and Canada and a day earlier in the UK via Deutsche Grammophon/Mercury Classics. You can stream Gold Dust in its entirety at Paste.
Tori will be performing the arrangements from her new album, "plus classic originals," in NYC at the intimate Le Poisson Rouge on October 5. The show is being presented by NPR, who will stream it live at their website and host an archive of the performance afterwards. No tickets to the show will be sold but there are a limited amount of tickets that you can win at Tori Amos' website and at WFUV.
All Tori Amos dates are listed below.
When writer David Rakoff died Thursday at the age 47, he was barely the age he said he was always "meant" to be. In his 2010 memoir, Half Empty, he wrote, "Everyone has an internal age, a time in life when one is, if not one's best, then at very least one's most authentic self. I always felt that my internal clock was calibrated somewhere between 47 and 53 years old."Rest in Peace David.
Rakoff died in New York City after a long struggle with cancer -- an ordeal that he wrote about with sobering honesty and biting wit.
"I can see a great beauty in acknowledging the fact that the world is dark," Rakoff said in a 2010 interview. It's healthy, he insisted, to employ "a certain kind of clear-eyed examination of the world as it is."
Rakoff was born in Montreal, studied East Asian literature and was diagnosed with lymphoma at 22. He recovered, and wrote a fan letter to humorist David Sedaris, which led to frequent contributions to This American Life. In his first essay on This American Life, Rakoff reflects on his role as -- oddly enough -- Sigmund Freud in the Christmas display of an upscale department store.
"In the window I fantasized about starting an entire Christmas Freud movement: Freuds everywhere, providing grown-ups and children with the greatest gift of all: Insight."
In May, Rakoff and some other This American Life contributors appeared onstage before a live audience in New York City. By then, a recent surgery to remove a tumor had severed nerves in his left arm, leaving him unable to feel or move that limb. He spoke wistfully about the pleasure he once took in the rigorous study of modern dance:
"You become this altered humming -- dare I say beautiful -- working instrument of placement and form and concentration," he said. "But like I said, that's a long time ago and a version of myself that has long since ceased to exist. Before I became such an observer ..." His voice trailed off and he was not able finish. He just stood there on the stage. But then, he did something wonderful: He danced. Gracefully, always gracefully. [NPR]
Some videos starring David are below.
Nels Cline of Wilco (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The 2012 Newport Folk Festival begins in Rhode Island tonight with a concert by Wilco (7:30pm), Blitzen Trapper (6pm), and Megafaun (5pm). If you're not there, you can, as previously mentioned, listen live at NPR which will also be broadcasting from the sold out fest all weekend long.
Jack White's debut solo album, Blunderbuss, is out April 23rd but streaming on iTunes now.
As mentioned yesterday, "Tickets for the April 27 performance at Webster Hall in New York City are available for American Express Cardmembers during an exclusive presale window beginning Tuesday, April 17th at 12:00 PM ET at www.Ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available to the general public beginning Tuesday, April 17th at 3:00 PM ET at www.Ticketmaster.com."
Watch and listen to Jack discuss the new album with Bob Boilen at NPR in the video below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
The mysterious club that housed The Shins last night (3/8) was not too much of a mystery in the end; it was Le Poisson Rouge, a venue that has been known to stream shows for NPR on many occasions. Here are some pictures and the setlist.
Did you catch the show or the stream on iPad via NPR? What did you think? So far the LPR show and an aappearance on Saturday Night Live are The Shins' only NYC outings that we know aobut. They hit the road for a string of dates in April (dates below). Look for them in a town near you, and look for their new LP Port of Morrow due on March 20th.
One of those towns that The Shins will hit is outside of DC at Merriweather Post Pavililion, where the band joins on as part of the Sweetlife Festival on April 28th. The Shins with play alongside names like Kid Cudi, Explosions In The Sky, Fitz & The Tantrums, A$AP Rocky, and fun. with more still TBA.
All tour dates and pictures/setlist from LPR are below.
The Shins at Terminal 5 in 2009 (more by Natasha Ryan)
The Shins are set to perform on SNL on March 10, ten days before the release of their new album, Port of Morrow, due out on March 20 via Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records. It will be the band's second SNL performance (they first performed in 2007).
While they're in town they'll be playing a streaming show too:
The Shins are back! NPR invites you to experience the anticipated new album Port Of Morrow in an exclusive live concert stream via the new NPR Music iPad app. Download the free NPR Music app to watch the live show on March 7 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.The show will take place at a club in NYC.
They just released a video for the album's single, "Simple Song," which you can watch below, along with a lyric video for that song's b-side, "September," and all dates...
Sasquatch Festival runs from today, Friday through Sunday in Gorge, Washington.
Highlights on this year's lineup include DFA1979 (Friday), Wolf Parade (Saturday), The Flaming Lips (Sunday), Archers of Loaf (Sunday), and Guided By Voices (Monday). Wilco, Foo Fighters, The Decemberists, Sharon Jones, Deerhunter, Modest Mouse, Reggie Watts, Wye Oak, Bob Mould and many more artists are playing too.
If you can't be there, the fest will be streaming sets, Saturday through Monday (hence the dates in the picture above), on both NPR and KEXP. Each are listing slightly different schedules. KEXP's posted broadcast schedule is listed below (and of course if you miss it, you can always listen later in NPR's archives)....
The Antlers @ The Parish
One of the highlights of my day on Thursday at SXSW was the NPR showcase at The Parish. Though I didn't arrive in time to see Colin Stetson or tUnE-yArDs (I saw the latter the following day), I stuck around for the rest of the line-up, including the grand finale: The Antlers, who, as advertised, played their unreleased upcoming album (Burst Apart) in its entirety for the first time in public. But more on that later.
I arrived to the sounds of Malian singer Khaira Arby, who Jon Pareles of the New York Times later confessed to me was his go-to recommendation for the festival. I don't typically see much world music, but there's no denying Arby's effortless ability to captivate the audience with her rich vocals and rhythmic percussion.
The Joy Formidable @ the Parish
Up next were The Joy Formidable/ I confess it was hard to get past singer/guitarist Ritzy Bryan's wild stare, but if anything, the sheer intensity of her gaze was well suited to the tough indie rock strains of the London-based trio.
The energy level in the room continued to climb as Wild Flag took the stage. Not only does singer/guitarist Carrie Brownstein have a dedicated fan base thanks to her past band - Sleater-Kinney, she also received quite a warm welcome from NPR Music's Stephen Thompson due largely to the time she spent blogging and contributing to the site. This familiarity imbibed an otherwise strictly rock performance with a genuine warmth that made for a compelling combination on stage. Though their current musical project is young, these veteran lady rockers put on a triumphant and confident performance. Of course, it helps that the remaining three band members (Mary Timony, Rebecca Cole, and Janet Weiss) each have quite an impressive musical ability (and resume), themselves.
Wild Flag @ The Parish
Next came the part of the showcase that I was most anticipating - the preview of Burst Apart. After the Antlers' 2009 release, the cinematic and harrowing concept album Hospice, I was eager to hear what course they would take in their follow-up. Apparently, one of the biggest challenges the band faced leading up to the show was figuring out how to effectively translate all of the layers and effects found in the studio recording into a live setting. Being unfamiliar with the material, it's hard to tell if they achieved this goal.
I enjoyed the chance to hear the new material without having read any spoilers online, but at first listen, it seems that Burst Apart does not boast the same kind of sparse, sweeping intensity and catharsis that distinguished Hospice... but maybe that's a good thing.
In an interview with Pitchfork a few months ago, chief singer/songwriter Pete Silberman confessed:
For a while, I thought the next logical step from Hospice was to make some very sad, post-Hospice concept record. But thinking in those terms started to feel really manipulative and gimmicky. So I just let go of that idea and, from that point on, I was much happier. In a lot of ways, this album is an easier record to listen to than Hospice; you can put it on and not feel like it has to be a severe emotional experience. It might be. But it could also be on in the background.Like Hospice, portions of the new album seem to project a dark kind of resignation to pain, sickness, and heartbreak. But in addition to the darker songs, it ended in a surprisingly hopeful, (albeit Gothic) vein as Silberman sang, "I'm not going to die alone. I stitched the stuff up so to close up the hole" in a particularly Hospice-like song.
Burst Apart will be releaesd by Frenchkiss Records on May 10th. The Antlers will head out on tour a week later with stops at both Music Hall of Williamsburg (May 19th) and Bowery Ballroom (May 20th). Both shows and much of the tour is with Little Scream who meanwhile is on tour with Sharon Van Etten. Tickets for both NYC shows go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then general sale Friday at the same time.
All tour dates and more pictures from the NPR show at the Parish, below...
R&B great Raphael Saadiq is one of a few notable names playing Stubb's on 3/16 as part of the Time Out North America NPR SXSW showcase. If you can't be in Austin, NPR will be streaming the show (which also includes sets by James Blake, Bun B, and the Smith Westerns) on their website.
NPR will also be streaming a show happening the next day at the Parish where the Antlers will play their entire new album, Burst Apart, from start to finish! More details on that new album are below.
Raphael has other dates lined up as well. After a sprinkle of shows in the Lone Star, Saadiq will hop on a plane to Europe. Not long after he gets back, he releases his new album, Stone Rollin, on May 10th (it's currently up for pre-order on iTunes). That same day you can catch him live at Webster Hall in NYC. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now. Regular sale begins Friday at noon.
And speaking of rolling stones, a video of Raphael performing with Mick Jagger, all tour dates, and other stuff, below...
"PBS and NPR, here we go again. Apparently the ever-lasting platform planks of the Republican Party are protect the unborn, protect the nation from bad guys and attack public broadcasting.Visit 170 Million Americans For Public Broadcasting to find out how you can fight for public broadcasting like NPR and PBS.
I could write about PBS's trusted journalism, about the minute slice of the federal budget pie it takes for the good it does or how the Republicans galvanize the left every time they do this. I won't. Instead, I'm going to interview Big Bird." [Forbes interviews Big Bird]
Tickets go on AmEx, Fan Club, MSG & Bowery presale at 11am for the April 13th TV on the Radio show at Radio City Music Hall. You can of course use your American Express card or you can use the password "9light".
Iron & Wine were just revealed as the mystery band playing The Greene Space (44 Charlton at Varick) in NYC as part of NPR's "First Listen" series, TONIGHT (1/5). Not only that, but Sam Beam and band will be playing the new Iron & Wine album, "Kiss Each Other Clean," in its entirety. It's out January 25.
Tickets for the show are on sale UPDATE: Sold out. UPDATE 2: On sale again (keep trying). If you don't get one in time, or you can't be there, you can also watch the webcast hosted by John Schaefer of Soundcheck.
Iron & Wine support the new album on a proper tour starting later this month with shows in LA and at Radio City Music Hall in NYC.
photos by David Andrako
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Buke & Gass @ Mercury Lounge
"It's Buke and Gass' homemade quality that draws you in at first. Dyer plays a modified baritone-ukulele run through effects that squeal with delight, while Sanchez runs his guitar-bass hybrid through two amps (one for the three low-end strings, another for the treble). The junkyard-Shellac set-up is geeky, yes, and might strike a chord of novelty. But ultimately, it's hard not to be sold on the songs." [NPR]Buke & Gass ended a short tour with Talk Normal at Mercury Lounge on Saturday night (12/11). The close-to-sold out NYC crowd included Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson who are sharing a bill with Buke & Gass in February. I wonder if Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon like Buke & Gass too. We know they like Talk Normal.
If you missed the show, Buke & Gass have shows coming up at Silent Barn (with Extra Life), Ridgewood Masonic Temple (with Deerhoof) amd the above-mentioned show at the Stone all before they head to the Netherlands to play some shows with The National, Owen Pallett, Efterklang, and Sharon Von Etten. All dates, an NPR Tiny Desk Concert video, and more pictures from Mercury Lounge, below...
photos by Ryan Schwartz
"Jerry Douthett was initially very angry with his pet Jack Russell after his pet pooch ran up to him and chomped off his big toe -- but after going to hospital to treat the wound, it appears his furry best friend has actually saved his life.Dr. Dog headline the free show on Governors Island tonight (8/15). If you can't be there, you can always stream it live on ConverseRadio.com.
Douthett, a 48-year-old musician from Rockford, USA, had an infection in his foot for weeks, but hadn't wanted to seek any medical care for it, but after coming back home after a night out drinking and celebrating, Kiko, his dog, thought it best to take matters into his own hands. Or mouth, as it turned out.
Unbeknownst to Mr Douthett, he was in fact suffering from undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes, and the condition is now being treated thanks to his faithful friend's seemingly unfaithful act.
And if you were worrying how exactly the canine 'operation' occurred, don't worry -- Douthett was so drunk he has passed out on his sofa. At which point Dr Dog, who knew some free anesthetic when he saw some, took the opportunity to bite off the big toe." [Asylum]
one of eight covers...
"Last year's war of words between the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Arcade Fire front man Win Butler was, at the time, an enjoyable diversion. Although Coyne's comments (about what he perceived as arrogance in Butler's crew) seemed somewhat impolite and petty, the flare-up between the two acts injected some energy and fun into a modern rock scene that is too often stuffy and image-conscious. Butler responded, Coyne apologized then retracted his apology, and finally the whole affair died down. Both bands continued to sell records and make money.NPR is streaming "The Suburbs" in full.
Recently, I received Arcade Fire's latest album The Suburbs and listened closely and repeatedly to its hour of malaise. Suddenly, the conflict between Coyne and Butler didn't seem so inconsequential, but rather relevant and perfectly understandable. Coyne is an eternally youthful figure fronting a band that, decades into its career, all but demands participation, energy and joy from listeners and fans. Butler is an intense, brooding 30-year-old who received unparalleled acclaim right out of the gate, but for some reason seems increasingly remote and filled with angst. If Coyne experienced first-hand even a small dose of the dissatisfaction that permeates The Suburbs, then it stands to reason that he found the attitude off-putting. The two worldviews have very little in common." [PopMatters]
Arcade Fire's current tour had them at the Osheaga Festival in Montreal on Saturday and at Bank of America Pavillion in Boston last night. Tonight (8/2) they play the Mann Center in Philly. Then August 4th and 5th are the two giant shows at Madison Square Garden, both with Owen Pallett and Spoon, the second of which will be streamed on YouTube...
Terry Gilliam will direct the live webcast of Arcade Fire's concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden.American Express also sponsored the National show that was streamed online and directed by D. A. Pennebaker. AmEx also sponsored the 5-SPIN25 shows that were streamed online too.
The Arcade Fire show kicks off Unstaged, a new online concert series being launched by American Express and streamed on YouTube. The Montreal-based band will live stream their Aug. 5 concert at 10 p.m. ET, the second of two shows at MSG.
Gilliam, whose films include Brazil and 12 Monkeys, last released The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus in December.
The concert will stream on the Google Inc.-owned YouTube via Vevo, the music video site owned by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Abu Dhabi Media Co.
It's the first in a planned series of five live streamed concerts, with John Legend and the Roots to follow. Others will be announced later. [USA Today]
The Arcade Fire stream happens HERE. But why watch the stream when you can experience it live for free? I have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to that 8/5 show (you can also still buy them). Contest details, with the stream trailer, below...
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Jim James @ Newport Folk Fest Saturday (by Laura Fedele for WFUV)
""I've always dreamed of playing at the Newport Folk Festival," Steve Martin said Friday night, "and tonight I am one step closer to that goal."Steve Martin played the opening night show. Saturday's sets included Sarah Jarosz, The Low Anthem, Nneka, Blitzen Trapper, Yim Yames (Jim James of My Morning Jacket) (Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore joined him on stage too), Andrew Bird, O'Death (now back in action), and John Prine. I listed those because those are the ones NPR taped and have archived for streaming. Today's sets include Cory Chisel, Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, A.A. Bondy, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Punch Brothers, featuring Chris Thile, The Avett Brothers, Horse Feathers, and Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros. I mention those because those are the ones NPR is streaming live today (and will also archive for future listening). Elvis Perkins and Dearland also play today, instead of Justin Townes Earle.
He was joking, of course -- the famous funny man was at George Wein's Newport Folk Festival, headlining the opening-night bluegrass concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame before an estimated crowd of 2,300 people. But throughout his set fronting the North Carolina quintet The Steep Canyon Rangers, Martin's serious talent on the banjo was evident." [The Providence Journal]
Some videos from the fest so far, especially of What Cheer? Brigade, below...