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Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.

As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.

Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:

"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)
Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.

Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.

As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver's new iTunes session, Bjork's new program at the NYPL & the full Oya & Way Out West festival lineups"

Q-Tip @ Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest (more by Brook Bobbins)
Q-Tip

"Unfortunately we have recently been told that Q-tip will have to cancel his planned tour of Europe this summer. This means he will not be appearing at The Øya festival in August. This is sad news, first of all for the fans. We know that many of you have been looking forward to seeing Q-tip in the Medieval park. We have not yet recieved much information concerning the cancellation, but we have been told that this is a health related matter as the artist has to go through an operation around the same time that The Øya Festival takes place. As you can understand, this is entirely beyond our control. We hope Q-tip will soon recover, and that he will be able to guest Øya at a later date." [Oya]
Q-Tip was supposed to hit Oya Fest in Norway, Flow Festival in Finland, Way Out West in Sweden, and a bunch of other festivals on a tour that was set to last August 11 - 27. Lots of disappointed Europeans right now. That said, Q-Tip says "The european tour is currently being rescheduled. Even in festival cities."

Meanwhile catch Q-Tip on the 1s and 2s at Brooklyn Bowl Sunday night (8/7), and live (I think) with the Flaming Lips, Neon Indian, and Wavves in Long Island in Sept.

UPDATE: Q-Tip cancelled his Brooklyn Bowl DJ gig too, but will be replaced by Reptar and a DJ set by Talib Kweli

The xx @ Webster Hall in March (more by Bao Nguyen)
The xx

"Marry me, Oliver!" was the cry from a desperate girl in the crowd when the trio finally took the stage under low light to begin systematically breaking hearts, including mine. (Mr. Blue Sky, don't fail me now!!) For those who missed Joy Division the first time, I am so happy you have your own version now -- as Oliver Sim and Romy Croft whispered the first words of a delicately slowed-down "Crystalised," they were joined by hundreds of quiet, worshipful voices in the crowd, and I found myself mesmerized by their totally depressing stage presence. (Croft's sadness alone could make a dorm at Sarah Lawrence crumble into dust.) Their strength comes in stillness, in the ability to distill all the dance grooves of their contemporaries into a single note plucked over and over from a single string. At close distance, they are a stunning live band.

In the back of a muddy tent? Maybe not so stunning -- I crawled out from the mobbed sidestage and wrapped around to the center of gen pop, where the crowd was already starting to wander away, engaged in conversation or spastic dancing or the eating of brown foods. Some dude walked past me and muttered something to his buddy about what would happen if "the dude from Depeche Mode who killed himself" could see this band. I started to notice that from afar, the stoic plucking of a single string with whispered lyrics layered on top doesn't really hold anyone's attention. But there wasn't much I could do short of find a border collie and try to herd people deeper into the tent, so I hung for a while, heard "Basic Space" (my patented I Can Leave If I Hear This Song™ system having gone into effect at midnight), and headed for the car. I may have shuffled my feet despondently a bit on the way there.
[Entertainment Weekly on the xx at Bonnaroo]

The band's full Bonnaroo set is currently streaming at NPR.

As previously mentioned, The xx will be in NYC for a free show at the Central Park SummerStage on Sunday, August 8th with Jack Penate and Chairlift. That's the day after the band plays Lollapalooza, and right before the band heads to Europe for a trip that includes an appearance at Oslo, Norway's Oya Festival. The full Oya lineup is below

The xx will be back in New York this fall for an October 2nd show at United Palace Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 18th at 11am. That date is part of a fall tour that includes stops at Pop Montreal and Austin City Limits.

All dates, a video from Bonnaroo, the Oya lineup, and the German Melt Festival lineup (they play that too), below...

Continue reading "The xx played Bonnaroo, playing United Palace, Summerstage, Lollapalooza, ACL, Oya, Melt!, Pop Montreal & other dates"

M.I.A. @ Outside Lands 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
M.I.A.

M.I.A. will be playing "HARD Fest" shows in L.A. and NYC this July - her first scheduled US shows for 2010. The L.A. date is July 17th at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. NYC's is July 24th.

Tickets for L.A. go on sale Friday, March 26th. NYC ticket info TBA.

M.I.A. has a new record due this year (possibly in June). Her Neet Recordings will be putting out Treats, the debut record from Sleigh Bells (who play SXSW and have plenty of other shows coming up), in conjunction with (as previously mentioned) Mom + Pop Records on May 11th. Neet has also signed Blaqstarr.

M.I.A's other shows include Øya Festival in Oslo on August 10th-14th, and Underage Festival in London on August 1st.

A flyer for the L.A. show, the current Oya lineup, and a teaser video for an M.I.A. song called "THERES SPACE FOR OL DAT I SEE" is posted below...

Continue reading "M.I.A. playing NYC & LA Hard Fests & Oya (lineup), co-releasing the new Sleigh Bells"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Megaphonic Thrift - Acid Blues (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Good The Bad - 004 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pirate Love - A Kiss Hello (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Choir of Young Believers - Action/Reaction (MP3)

Casiokids
GWAR

By now you hopefully you know that Norway's awesome Casiokids are playing our Brooklyn Vegan Pre-SXSW party, alongside Let's Wrestle, The Wave Pictures, Banjo or Freakout and WhoMadeWho. There's now also free PBR for an hour or two (exact details on that soon). And I'll be DJing in between sets. It's all very exciting, isn't it? There are still some tickets available -- only $8.

In that previous post about Casiokids, we mentioned a compilation of the band's 2009 singles called Topp stemning på lokal bar that was, as of that writing, only coming out in Norway. The band have since announced that they've signed to Polyvinyl in the U.S. who will release the album, complete with bonus disc of remixes just like in Norway.

The Knitting Factory show is actually one of three that Casiokids will be playing in NYC before they head to Austin for SXSW. They will also play Pianos this Saturday (3/13) along with Banjo or Freakout, Denmark's synth-rock quintet Spleen United and our Italian friends A Classic Education. Casiokids also play Littlefield on Sunday (3/14) afternoon for an all-Scandinavian party that again features Spleen United, plus Denmark's only surf/flamenco band, The Good The Bad, and The Megaphonic Thrift.

Megaphonic Thrift

The Megaphonic Thrift are made up of members of Casiokids and The Low Frequency in Stereo and are definitely of the '90s indie rock variety (in this case think GBV or Dinosaur Jr.) that seems to be coming back into style lately. You can download their single "Acid Blues" at the top of this post. Their debut, Decay Destroy, just came out in Norway and is available here through your favorite digital store. I haven't seen them play yet, but BV caught them at by:Larm and said they were pretty good. Pictures from their February 18th show at Oslo club Sub Scene are below.

In addition to the Littlefield show, Megaphonic Thrift are playing Sunday night (3/14) at Bowery Electric and then on Monday night at Santos Party House for a Oya Fest / Oh My Rockness party with fellow Norwegians Pirate Love (High energy, Hives-ish garage) and Hanne Hukkelberg (orchestrated pop), plus The Depreciation Guild. Mind you this is the same night as our Knitting Factory show, so Megaphonic Thrift will play Santos then certain members will race across the Williamsburg Bridge to join their Casiokids bandmates in time for that set. It's all going to work out fine.

Pirate Love will be back after SXSW for a couple shows with UK garage act Thee Vicars. Catch them at Cameo Gallery on March 26 and Lit Lounge on March 27.

Spleen United @ CMJ 2009
Spleen United

The aforementioned Spleen United are also playing this Wednesday (3/10) at Union Hall with fellow Danes Choir of Young Believers. I caught Spleen United at CMJ back in October and they reminded me of the kind of band that 20 years ago would've been on Wax! Trax! or Play it Again Sam records -- the poppier side of goth/industrial. They've had #1 albums in Denmark I've since learned. With multiple percussionists, they put on a pretty good live show too.

Choir of Young Believers were also here at CMJ. Their debut, This is for the White in Your Eyes, is elegiac folk that gets the band compared to Fleet Foxes quite a bit but CoYB are a bit more instrumentally varied and grandiose than Robin Pecknold and co.  It really is a lovely record. The Union Hall show also features The Loom (who played that BV loft show during CMJ 2009) and Spain's The Right Ons. Choir of Young Believers also play Pianos on Thursday (3/11) with Brooklyn's ARMS who are worth checking out in their own right.

Choir of Young Believers
Choir of Young Believers

That's more than enough for one post. Below are videos, flyers and tour dates for some of the bands mentioned here...

Continue reading "Megaphonic Thrift, Casiokids, Choir of Young Believers & other Scandinavian bands playing SXSW, NYC, other dates"

Spoon @ Oya Festival 2007 (more photos)
Oya Festival

The annual Øya Festival is happening August 11th-15th in Oslo. If you can't get from NYC to Norway, don't worry -- its lineup includes many bands that will or have recently played in the NYC area. That's not to say the fest won't be a great time though. Bands in both Oya and NYC this summer include Wilco, Grizzly Bear, Jenny Lewis, Band of Horses, Dirty Projectors and Vampire Weekend. Beirut, a group that's yet to announce any summer shows beside Pitchfork Fest and a pair of July shows in Toronto and Montreal, will be there as well. Five-day passes for the Norwegian festival are sold out, but one day tickets are still on sale.

We've already discussed the summer "folk" and "blues" fests in Ottawa, Vancouver and Calgary (which is also hosting Sled Island Fest)...well, Edmonton and Winnipeg are planning similarly well-appointed festivals. The lineup for the Winnipeg Folk Fest, which runs from July 8th-12th, includes Neko Case, Okkervil River, Elvis Costello & The Imposters and Iron & Wine, among others. Neko Case and Iron & Wine will also be at the Edmonton Folk Festival, which will happen August 6th-9th. Joining them at the fest will be Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Great Lake Swimmers, Steve Earle and more. Passes for the Winnipeg Fest are still on sale. Individual tickets for Edmonton are available too.

Full lineups below...

Continue reading "ØYA, Winnipeg & Edmonton Folk Fest - 2009 festival lineups"

DOWNLOAD: Casiokids - Fot I Hose (Axemax Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kittens Ablaze - Gloom Doom Buttercups (MP3)

Casiokids @ On the Side @ the Seaport (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Casiokids

One of our favorite bands from CMJ is coming back to the United States in March. Norway's Casiokids will play two shows in NYC before they head to Austin to play a bunch of shows at SXSW. The NYC shows are March 17th at the Annex with BM Linx, and one day earlier at The Bell House with fellow Norwegians The New Wine, NYC's Anamanaguchi, and NYC's Kittens Ablaze. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale.

Norway's annual by:Larm music conference went down in Oslo this past weekend. Billboard reports:

In total, 280 bands participated in over 500 concerts (a substantial increase from 2008's 350), with several more playing unofficial by:Larm shows in fringe venues during the event. Attendance was strong from the international delegate fraternity as well as local residents, amounting to an approximate total audience of 25,000, according to organizers.

Some of the hot tips packing out venues were recent Universal Music Norway signing Harry's Gym, Icelandic outfit Hjaltalin, Norwegian-language group Casiokids and the Whitest Boy Alive, an electronic act featuring Erlend Øye of Norwegian indie-folk duo Kings Of Convenience. Danish electro group WhoMadeWho headlined the Saturday night main tent finale.

Moshi Moshi is releasing a new Casiokids single on March 2nd. One of the songs on that is the instrumental "Fot I Hose". A remix of that song above, and its new official video, and all tour dates, are below...

Continue reading "Casiokids - NYC & SXSW dates, by:Larm + new video, remix"

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Bloodbath - "Slaughter The Will To Live" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Samothrace - "Slaughter The Will To Live" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: North - "Eidolon" (MP3)

Attila Csihar of Mayhem, The Winterdemon (metalnorge)
Attila

Highly influential black metallers Mayhem have announced that they will tour the US in spring of 2009! The 21 date tour will be announced soon, but in the meantime, look for the band to announce a new guitarist to replace departing axe-slinger Blasphemer. Mayhem's Attila Csihar lent his unholy vokills to the new Jarboe record Mahakali due Oct 14th on The End. Skip on down for video of Thurston Moore discussing Mayhem.

Doomriders are currently grinding away at their new album due on Deathwish in 2009! In the meantime, look for the band to hit the Autobahn on a European tour with Disfear & SSS. SSS is currently streaming two new tracks from their upcoming record The Dividing Line. Doomriders recently played Europa.

Metallica is streaming six tracks from Death Magnetic. Check out my review for their new record below.

Guitarist Kris Norris has left Darkest Hour and is "actively pursing some producing routes and any band that might want a guitarist".

Corrupted LIVE (tawaraya)
Corrupted

The extremely elusive Japanese doomers (in fact, the above is one of the only pictures I have ever found of them), Corrupted announced a brief West Coast tour with Asunder, check out the flyer here. Asunder's Works Will Come Undone recently dropped on vinyl via Kreation Records, pick it up here. Corrupted's (current? these guys are elusive I tell ya!) bassist Lowell Isles's old band, YOB recently reformed.

Vikings Amon Amarth are streaming a new track, "Guardians of Asgaard", from their upcoming Twilight Of The Thunder God.

Bloodbath, the death metal supergroup featuring Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth), Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström (Katatonia), Jonas Renkse (Katatonia), Martin "Axe" Axenrot(ex-Witchery, Opeth), and Per "Sodomizer" Eriksson, will drop their new studio album The Fathomless Mystery on Oct 28th via Peaceville Records. Filled with ""nothing but hateful brutality", check out "Slaughtering The Will To Live" available for download above and stream another track, "Mock The Cross", at their myspace.

Bloodbath's cover art, plus news on Danzig, Celtic Frost, Landmine Marathon, sunn 0))), Necrophagist, Immortal and so much more....

Continue reading "This Week In METAL (09/15/08)"

Matt and Kim @ Oya

Tickets go on sale Tuesday for a March 6th Matt & Kim show at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Fort Greene. Matt & Kim are also returning to SXSW in Austin this year, and they're playing at least one show that looks like it will be amazing....

Saturday March 15th @ MOHAWK - Austin TX

:: TODD P / FREE AGENCY / SILENT BARN SHOWCASE

:: OUTSIDE STAGE
::
:: MATT AND KIM
:::: High Places
:::::: Abe Vigoda
:::::::: Ponytail
:::::::::: Pig Out
:::::::::::: Team Robespierre

:: INSIDE STAGE
::
:: DAN DEACON
:::: Ecstatic Sunshine
:::::: These are Powers
:::::::: Best Friends Forever
:::::::::: Woods
:::::::::::: Foreign Islands

:: mc VICE COOLER aka HAWNAY TROOF
:: djs & more buds tba

[ MOHAWK ]
912 Red River St @ E 9th St | Downtown - AUSTIN, TX
3 blocks North of Emo's | ALL AGES | 512.482.8404 | doors 6:30pm | $tba
--MYSPACE--> http://myspace.com/mohawkaustin
--MAP--> http://maps.google.com/maps?q=912+red+river,+78701

So, like most of the pictures I took at the Oya Festival in Norway this past summer, I never posted the ones of Matt & Kim. I started to write a "Matt & Kim are huge in Norway!" post a few times, but I never finished. Here they finally are...

Continue reading "Matt & Kim playing Brooklyn & SXSW ++ pics from Oya"

Tinariwen

Tinariwen's new album Aman Iman is out now. Clips from it are playing in a player at their site. Listen to a feature at NPR. Catch the band of Tuareg rebels at Highline Ballroom in NYC tonight (Nov 27, 2007). I caught them when they were here in 2005, and though I didn't end up watching their performance at the Oya Festival in Norway this summer, you couldn't miss them walking around the crowd in their blue robes. All tour dates, and some videos, below....

Continue reading "Tinariwen - 2007 Tour Dates (tonight), new album"

DOWNLOAD: Bonde Do Role - Gasolina (MP3)

Bonde DO Role @ Oya Festival

If I didn't go to Austin this past weekend, I for sure would have tried to see Bonde Do Role at either the Museum of Natural History (9/14), or at the Music Hall of Williamsburg (9/15). How were those shows? I loved them at the Oya Festival (Aug 8) - WAY tighter and better than when I saw them the year before at Warsaw. The Norweigian crowd was going wild - it had just rained a bit - here are the pictures...

Continue reading "BONDE DO ROLE played a NYC museum, a new Brooklyn venue & a Norweigian music festival (pics)"

Cocorosie @ Oya

You may have spotted CocoRosie marching down West Broadway at the 2007 Deitch Art Parade this past weekend - one of them at least (and one of the few who were fully clothed). And thanks also to Deitch, you'll be able to see Cocorosie perform for free in NYC on October 6th. (More tour dates at the end of this post).

Cocorosie @ Oya

The last time I saw the Cassidy sisters perform was while attending the Oya Festival in Norway last month - that's where I took all the pictures in this post. They, their human beatboxer, and band played to a large, appreciative crowd (aka not Americans who don't really dig them as much). It was the second day of the four-day festival (Thu August 9th), and it was hot - really hot...

Continue reading "a free show, tour dates, & pictures of COCOROSIE in their underwear @ the 2007 Øya Festival in Oslo, Norway"

DOWNLOAD: Melvins - The Brain Center at Whipples (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Melvins - Talking Horse (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Melvins - Sweet Willy Rollbar (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Melvins - Civilized Worm (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Melvins - Going Blind (MP3)

I saw a lot of bands at the four day Oya Festival in Norway this year, but only a few performances REALLY stuck out. One of them was Nine Inch Nails, another was Gogol Bordello, and another one of my favorites was by the Melvins. I always need a little metal in my life to balance out all the folk & indie rock, and - with the help of two drummers - Melvins rocked so hard. It was perfect. The second they were done playing, I was thinking I wanted to see them again. It was tempting to try and go find the afterparty they were playing in Oslo, but I never did.

The Melvins @ Oya

I think I'll go see them again when they play in NY - October 5th @ the Fillmore Irving Plaza, or the next day at Luna Lounge in Brooklyn. Tickets go on sale Friday. More pictures and tour dates, below....

Continue reading "Melvins - 2007 Tour Dates & pics from Oya"

Malajube @ Oya

Malajube actually played at the same time (on a different stage) as Gogol Bordello at the 2007 Oya Festival in Norway, so since I watched all of Gogol, I only ended up catching Malajube's last two songs. I won't judge them based on two songs, but if I didn't already like them a lot, I probably wouldn't have become a fan at that second. Then again, it's probably even completely unfair to say that since seconds earlier I had just witnessed one of the best live bands at the whole four-day festival.

Tickets are on sale for a November 15th Malajube show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. All known tour dates, and more Oya pics, below....

Continue reading "Malajube - 2007 Tour Dates & Oya pics"

Last time I saw Gogol Bordello in NYC, was at Irving Plaza. Last time I saw Gogol Bordello anywhere, was in Norway. Both shows were great, and in Norway I took a bunch of pictures which I'll post some time before I die hopefully. In the meantime, here's one of my favorites:

Gogol Bordello @ Oya

Gogol Bordello's next NYC show is at Terminal 5 (which I'm not going to knock before I try) on November 3rd. Tickets are on sale. All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Gogol Bordello - 2007 Tour Dates (Terminal 5)"

I'm not a huge Nine Inch Nails fan, but I would never pass up the opportunity to see them live. Such was the case at this year's Oya Festival where they headlined the first day - Wednesday August 8, 2007 at 9:45 pm on the Enga stage. No complaints...

NIN @ Oya Festival

My only Norweigian celebrity sighting The only person I recognized during all four days of the festival (that wasn't playing), was the unmistakable (even in Norway) Hilma Nikolaisen of Serena Maneesh. In 2006 she and Serena Maneesh played the festival. This year she was just watching bands and hanging out. I saw her twice actually. Once during Jesus & Mary Chain, and once during Nine Inch Nails - who she had the honor of opening for just a few months earlier in Australia & Japan.

In related news, Trent Reznor is pitching a TV show based on the new Nine Inch Nails concept album Year Zero. More photos below....

Continue reading "NIN @ the 2007 Øya Festival in Oslo, Norway - pics"

DOWNLOAD: Spoon - Revenge (MP3)

If I don't start getting some pictures up from my recent trip to Norway, I'll be lucky if I finish this coverage by the time next year's Oya Festival rolls around. So here's are some photos I took of Spoon. They played at 3:10 pm on the third day of the festival - Friday August 10th the Sjøsiden stage....

Spoon @ Oya

And a funny story: I guess in Norway (in Europe?) it's complimentary to throw stuff at a band you like. It didn't happen a lot, but occasionaly I saw things get hurled towards the stage - a beer usually. Well, a girl (I think it was a girl) in the front row of Spoon managed to land something right on Britt Daniel's head. Not amused, he asked who threw something at him. Quickly realizing who it was, he said something like "She threw it? Out biggest fan threw something at us!". A few minutes later he decided to return the favor by spitting a mouthful of beer in her general direction. I couldn't see her face to see how splattered she got with the mix of warm beer and mucus, but I have a feeling she probably liked it - others around her were definitely smiling. It works both ways, right?

Anyway, some people might say Britt Daniel is a jerk. I don't have enough evidence to support that theory though. The show was good.

More pictures below.....

Continue reading "Spoon @ the 2007 Øya Festival in Oslo, Norway - pics"

The best thing happened the other day at the Oya Festival in Norway. Because Lily Allen called out sick,....

Lily Allen w/ doctor's note
Lily Allen with doctors note

...Jens Lekman was called in to replace her!

Jens Lekman - Øyafestivalen 2007
Jens Lekman @ Oya 2007

No offense Lily (and feel better), but I've been dying to see Jens again, and he was so, so good....but more on Oya later - I have so much to catch up on now that I'm back - including a full four-day recap and tons of pics.

Jens Lekman will visit the U.S. this Fall. I can't wait.

Lily Allen will play some shows (if she gets better, AND works out her Visa issues). All of her tour dates below....

Continue reading "Lily Allen is sick. Jens Lekman is awesome."

Handsome Furs (CRED)
Handsome Furs

I flew all night, haven't slept, and it's 6 hours ahead here, and the festival has started, SO today may be a little weak.

How were Handsome Furs, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, etc...???

Talk to you soon!

Lollapalooza 2007, Chicago, Illinois (CRED)
Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza kicks off today in Chicago, and Elvis Perkins, Ted Leo, and LCD Soundsystem are among the artists you'll be able to watch live from your computer.

Oya FestivalMuch farther away - across the sea in Oslo, Norway - another music fetival is about to happen (Tuesday August 7 - Saturday August 11 to be exact). It's Øyafestivalen 2007 (a 'green' event), and the 5-day lineup includes many familiar names, like: Nine Inch Nails, Tool, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Trail of Dead, Albert Hammond Jr., Amy Winehouse, Architecture in Helsinki, Battles, The Besnard Lakes, Bonde Do Role, Boredoms, Cocorosie, Cheeseburger, Devendra Banhart, Eagles of Death Metal, The Go! Team, Gogol Bordello, Justice, Lady Sovereign, Lily Allen, Low, Malajube, Matt and Kim, Melvins, New Violators, New Young Pony Club, Patrick Watson, Roky Erickson, Shout Out Louds, Spoon, Tinariwen, TTC, The Twilight Sad, Woven Hand and Yo Majesty. The festival also features many, many unfamiliar names - many of them being local Norwegian bands.

OsloI'll be there (reporting on the festival) for four of the five days. The first day is only DJs - no offense DJs, but it made more sense for me to show up just in time for day two (Wednesday) - that's when the bands start playing. I'm not sure how much non-music time I'll have while I'm there, but this will be the closest thing I'll have to a vacation this whole year. This was also an offer I couldn't refuse because Øya representatives personally invited me (on their dime) to represent the American press at their festival. I went to Germany, Spain, Amsterdam and the UK a bunch of years ago, but it's been a while since I've flown anywhere that wasn't Austin, and I've definitely never been to Norway. I'm pretty excited.

The bad news: I'm personally going to miss Daft Punk, Handsome Furs, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beastie Boys, The Hold Steady, Tokyo Police Club, Ted Leo, The Thermals, Los Campesinos!, and Metronomy (to name a few) while I'm gone (further proof New Yorkers don't necessarily need to go to music festivals).

That said, I plan on keeping the site running while I'm there - both with contributors, and updates live from Norway. Things might seem a little slow at times, but I'm confident it will all work out okay.

Please post your tips on bands I should check out, and/or just stuff I should see or eat (note: vegan) in Oslo (assuming I have time). Thanks!