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Boston

Converse is moving into Boston and throwing some killer free shows to celebrate:

Converse Rubber Tracks Live Boston, a free five-night event set to take over the Sinclair, a club in Harvard Square.

From April 27 through May 1 may perhaps be the only time fans will be able to see major acts such as alt-rock pioneers the Replacements, Boston-bred electro-pop sensations Passion Pit, thrash-metal titans Slayer, rap star Chance the Rapper, and punk-rock progenitors Descendents in a cozy venue that holds 525 people. All are acts that easily draw crowds triple that size.

"We knew when we were moving into Boston that we wanted to do something that really celebrated the move and the local community and wanted to give something back," said Jed Lewis, Converse's global music marketing director, noting that the company will soon uproot its world headquarters from North Andover to Boston. "It's important for us to be active in the creative community." [Boston Globe]

The shows are free, but you'll need a ticket. Those go "on sale" on Monday (4/20) at noon. More info at converse-music.com/boston/. Full lineups below:

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photo: Passion Pit at Pianos in 2008 (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
Passion Pit

After sharing three songs from their upcoming album Kindred, Passion Pit are now streaming it in full ahead of its April 21 release date (via Columbia). Listen at iTunes Radio.

Check out Passion Pit's tour dates (including a sold-out NYC show) here. Video for "Lifted Up (1985)" below...

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Passion Pit

We've already heard two songs from the new Passion Pit album, Kindred (due 4/21 via Columbia), and they've now put out a third, "Until We Can't (Let's Go)." It's an arena-ready synth pop track that you can hear over at NPR.

You can watch the video for previous single "Lifted Up (1985)" below, and check out their tour dates here.

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photo: A$AP Ferg in Queens in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Ferg

Late last year, A$AP Ferg returned with the new mixtape Ferg Forever, a nice tide-over while we wait for the followup to his excellent Trap Lord. In the past week, he's dropped videos for two of that mixtape's tracks. The first was for "Doe-Active," directed by Spike Jordan and featuring a cameo from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, and the second was for "Dope Walk," directed by Matt Starr and featuring appearances by Kanye West, Beyonce, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Haim, Rihanna and Justin Bieber. Watch both below.

In related news, this Sunday (3/1) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, A$AP Nast and A$AP Twelvyy will play a free show presented by DXC/Dunkxchange. At the show, you can buy, sell and trade sneakers and apparel. There will also be performances by GRZLXMODE and GI Dara, and music by DJ Mpure and DJ Rob Cast. Unlike most BKNB shows this one is ticketed ($15 advance, $20 at the door) and the flyer is below.

Ferg also has shows coming up, mostly in Australia and New Zealand, but also a couple US festivals including Pitchfork. All dates are listed below.

A$AP Rocky's also on board for US festival BUKU Music + Art Project happening in New Orleans on March 13 & 14 with Passion Pit, TV on the Radio, Run the Jewels, BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah, DJ Windows 98, Die Antwoord, Flosstradamus, RL Grime, Portugal. The Man, Hudson Mohawke, iLoveMakonnen, XXYYXX, Raury, Big Freedia and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale.

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photo: Passion Pit at MSG in 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Passion Pit

Tickets for the Passion Pit show at Kings Theatre go on venue presale today at 10 AM. Password is KINGSFAN.

Tickets for the Pixies show at Kings Theatre also go on venue presale today at 10 AM. Password is also KINGSFAN.

There's a promoter presale for the Pixies' Beacon Theatre show at 10 AM too. Anyone know the password?

photo: Passion Pit at MSG in 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Passion Pit

Passion Pit are releasing album #3 this April and already had some tour dates announced, including a sold-out NJ show with Death Cab. They've now added many more dates, including a show at Brooklyn's recently re-opened Kings Theatre on May 11. That's a somewhat intimate show for a band who's headlined Madison Square Garden. Holychild open that show and other dates. Tickets for Kings Theatre go on sale Friday (2/27) at 10 Am with Fan Club/AmEx presales starting Wednesday (2/25) at 10 Am and a venue presale starting Thursday (2/26) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with streams of the new album's two singles, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Passion Pit

Yesterday, Passion Pit put out the first song from their upcoming third album, Kindred (due 4/21 via Columbia), and now the second single has already followed. This one's called "Where the Sky Hangs," and unlike the arena-ready "Lifted Up (1985)," it's a more low-key tune. Listen below.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Passion Pit at Pier 26 in 2013 (more by Luis Ruiz)
Passion Pit

Passion Pit recently announced that their third album, Kindred, would be out in April via Columbia, and now more details have been revealed. Frontman Michael Angelakos produced it with longtime collaborators and co-producers Chris Zane and Alex Aldi, with contributions from hitmaker Benny Blanco (Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Jessie Ware). The official release date is April 21, the tracklist is below, and so is a stream of the first single, "Lifted Up (1985)." It's an arena-ready synth pop anthem, but distinctly the kind that still no one makes quite like Passion Pit. If you pre-order the album on iTunes, you get an instant download of "Lifted Up (1985)" plus a second track, "Where the Sky Hangs."

The band also have tour dates coming up, and they'll be nearby NYC for Radio 105.4's Birthday show on May 10 at Susquehanna Bank Center with Death Cab for Cutie and others. That's now sold out.

All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

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photo: Death Cab at Beacon Theatre in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Death Cab

We already knew that Death Cab for Cutie's next NYC show would be Madison Square Garden, and today they announced that it would happen at MSG on September 12 with killer support from Explosions in the Sky. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/13) at 11 AM with AmEx, local, and Citi presales starting Wednesday (2/11) at 11 AM.

UPDATE: MSG PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

Their tour also includes another appearance not far from NYC at Radio 104.5's Birthday show on May 10 at Susquehanna Bank Center with Passion Pit and others. Tickets for that are on sale now too.

In related news, Explosions in the Sky member Mark T. Smith and Eluvium's Matthew Cooper have a new album coming out as Inventions called Maze of Woods on March 17 via Temporary Residence Ltd. You can watch a new video from that below.

Also, Ben Gibbard recently filmed a video of him playing DCFC's new single "Black Sun" acoustic for SiriusXM, and you can watch that below.

UPDATE: The band have now put out a new video for "Black Sun" and added a few more tour dates. Those are listed, with that video, below...

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photo: Passion Pit on Pier 26 in 2013 (more by Luis Ruiz)
Passion Pit

Passion Pit are finally ready to follow 2012's great Gossamer. Today they've announced that their third album, Kindred, will be out in April via Columbia, and put out a short teaser video that you can watch below.

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Palma Violets @ Glasslands - 1/23/13
Palma

We already posted BV contributor David Andrako's favorite live photos (that he took) of 2013, and now here's another from longtime BV contributor Dominick Mastrangelo. The one of Palma Violets above is one of his "13 for 13" pics picks, and you can check out the rest, along with a list of his favorite songs of the year, below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Justin Vernon w/ The Shouting Matches / Grimes / Autre Ne Veut
ACL Music Festival Week 2, Day 2 - 10/12/2013
ACL Music Festival Week 2, Day 2 - 10/12/2013
ACL Music Festival Week 2, Day 2 - 10/12/2013

The second weekend of Austin's 2013 ACL Festival went down this past Friday (10/11) and Saturday (10/12) (Sunday was cancelled) with the second day giving us sets from The Cure, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, Shouting Matches (Justin Vernon's blues band), Wilco, Grimes, Junip, Haim, Autre Ne Veut, Parquet Courts and more. Pictures of those artists (except none of Kendrick), and others from weekend 2 day 2 are in this post.

If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage of the festival, check out weekend 2 day 1 pics here and here, and weekend 1 pics here. More of weekend 2 day 2 below...

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Death Grips
DG photo by Wei Shi @ FYF Fest

Passion Pit was kind enough to take the time to let fans know "a few" of the reasons bands cancel shows, like "weather", "general illness", "metal illness" and "conflicting schedules" (did they mean "emergency situation"?). We'd like to add a few more to the list:

1) Low Ticket Sales - Sometimes bands cancel shows because they don't want to play to an empty room, or it will be cheaper to refund everyone's money than pay the expenses associated with playing to a half-filled room. Sometimes they or the promoters are honest about it. Sometimes they aren't. Sometimes this can be solved by moving the show to a smaller venue instead of cancelling.

2) "Visa Issues" - This is a legitimate issue many artists face when trying to play overseas, and that sucks. Artists and/or the people who work for them can be overly optimistic and announce overseas shows before the band has the proper approval to play them, partially because they need to announce the show way in advance and the government can be slow. Sometimes it's easier to blame the country than yourself for filling out paperwork late. Sometimes you just need to say something that sounds better than "low ticket sales".

3) Drugs

4) Offered Something Better - Sometimes artists get offered late night TV shows or tours with Paramore but they already scheduled shows during that time. Sometimes those artists decide that taking that new opportunity is important for their career, and worth pissing off a few fans and complicating things.

and last but not least...

5) Death Grips.

Add your own reasons in the comments!

Passion Pit @ Pier 26 last month (more by Luis Ruiz)
Passion Pit

Nobody likes cancellations. Passion Pit, who were in NYC last month and have had to cancel a few shows in their time (but have also done shows during a "blizzard"), have written a letter on their site about this very subject and how they also hate them but sometimes it happens. The well-meaning but kinda obvious post is mostly in handy list form:

1) General Illness. Though many bands play through illness, sometimes it's absolutely necessary to take a night off to ensure that the rest of the tour survives instead of beating your body up only to have to risk canceling more shows in the future. This is how so many singers lose their voices, or people develop long-term illnesses. It's just not worth it.

2) Mental illness. Most of our fans know about my condition but this only hurt us a few times, and it was well over a year ago, and I work my ass of to make sure I can get out on stage and tour. More on how we made up all of these shows later.

3) Weather. Outdoor stages that are built into muddy grounds have caused death (so many examples of this). Rain and electronics, as we all know, also really don't mix. Sometimes, other stationary stages are said to be "rain or shine" but do not actually have the capability of fully protecting the gear. As some of you may know, we lost SO much gear and money a few weekends ago due to a storm, and we're not about to mess it up on our final trek for "Gossamer." That could potentially end an entire tour and then that'd be it. No more touring. See you maybe in 2014. Not fun.

You can read the rest here but guys you forgot the obvious one: volcanos.

Passion Pit are on tour as we speak and their current dates are listed below.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

The Cure / Kendrick Lamar / Passion Pit
ACL Music Festival 2013 - Day 2 - 10/5/2013
ACL Music Festival 2013 - Day 2 - 10/5/2013
ACL Music Festival 2013 - Day 2 - 10/5/2013

Opening with a sluggish "Plainsong," the band - led, as always, by founder Robert Smith - scanned tentative, with a chunky and worn-looking Smith seeming particularly unhappy. Yet the Cure founder emoted the follow-up "Pictures of You," and by the time the band hit "Lullaby," the entire group was more animated. Momentum established, the Cure could do no wrong.

Loosely dividing the concert into thirds, the band spent the first part on hits both massive and missed, from the jangly "High" and moody "Lovesong" to the funky "The Walk" and brooding "Fascination Street." A buoyant "Just Like Heaven" indicated the band isn't burned out on its biggest hit yet. [Austin Chronicle]

Austin's 2013 ACL Festival kicked off on Friday (10/4), its first day of two consecutive weekends, and continued on Saturday (10/5). Day 2 gave us sets from The Cure, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, Passion Pit, Haim and more. Pictures from the second day of the fest are in this post, and there's another set at BV Austin.

The festival's first weekend wraps up today (10/6) with sets from Atoms for Peace, The National, Phoenix, and more. Then it all happens again next week (10/11-10/13). If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage, check out pics of day 1 here and more here.

Update: Day 3 pics are up now.

More day 2 pics below...

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photos by Luis Ruiz

Passion Pit / Best Coast
Passion Pit - Pier 26, NYC - photos by Luis Ruiz - September 6th, 2013
Best Coast - Pier 26, NYC - photos by Luis Ruiz - September 6th, 2013

After performing Live on Letterman last Wednesday (9/4), Passion Pit brought their ongoing tour to Pier 26 for two sold-out shows with Best Coast (Friday, 9/6 and Saturday, 9/7). The band are still on tour in support of 2012's Gossamer, the awesome, lyrical followup to their huge 2009 debut, LP Manners. Their set on Friday was split pretty evenly between those two albums, and it also included Gossamer bonus tracks, their song from the Twilight soundtrack, and one from the Chunk of Change EP. Pictures and the setlists of both bands from Friday's show are in this post.

They continue below...

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Passion Pit on 'Live on Letterman' - 9/4/13
Passion Pit

After playing Chicago's North Coast Music Festival this past weekend (where they lost most of their equipment during the storm that hit), Passion Pit made their way to NYC (with new instruments) to perform on "Live on Letterman" last night (9/4). The performance was just under an hour and saw the band playing mostly off of last year's Gossamer, but also a few cuts from their debut LP, Manners. Check out the full video and setlist, below.

Passion Pit are about to continue on their extensive tour, which includes their two NYC shows this weekend with Best Coast on Pier 26 on Friday (9/6) and Saturday (9/7). Tickets to those shows are still available, and we also have a pair for each to give away.

Updated dates are listed, along with the Letterman video, below...

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Passion Pit at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Passion Pit

Ahead of Passion Pit's Pier 26 shows, they'll be performing live on Live on Letterman on September 4. The concert is taped at the Ed Sullivan Theater and airs on CBS.com and VEVO at 8 PM EST. You can also vote for what their last song will be on CBS.com. We've also got two pairs of tickets to give away for this show. Details on how to enter are below.

Passion Pit also just released their Taco Bell-sponsored documentary that they filmed during SXSW. The documentary, titled Hello Everywhere, was directed by Sam Jones (who did Wilco's I Am Trying to Break Your Heart) and features footage of the band and opener Wildcat! Wildcat! performing at Hype Hotel. You can watch the whole thing below.

Wildcat! Wildcat! are also touring with Black Light Dinner Party this year and hitting NYC for shows on September 26 at Glasslands (tickets) and September 28 at Mercury Lounge (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Tickets for Passion Pit's Pier 26 shows (9/6 and 9/7), which Best Coast open, are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to each.

Their tour also includes a stop at Chicago's North Coast Music Festival this weekend (8/30-9/1), which we're also giving away tickets to.

Updated dates are listed, along with the documentary video and contest details, below...

Continue reading "Passion Pit released a documentary (watch it), playing 'Live on Letterman' before Pier 26 shows (win tix!)"

Best Coast @ Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Best Coast

Special guest Best Coast has been added to the bills of both Passion Pit shows happening at Pier 26 in NYC this September (9/6 & 9/7). Tickets are still available for both shows, and we also have a pair of tickets to give away for each show. Details on how to enter to win, below.

Passion Pit, who have been spending their summer at festivals like Firefly and Bonnaroo, and will be out and about through the fall. Updated tour dates are listed below.

Best Coast, meanwhile, have dates scheduled on the west coast, some with Lovely Bad Things, and play Riot Fest Toronto at the end of August before getting to NYC to play with Passion Pit. They then play Riot Fest Chicago with the Replacements and Pixies before hitting the road for some dates with Bleached. All dates are listed below...

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Le1f at the Whitney in April (more by Ryan Muir)
Le1f

NYC's W Hotels have been doing a free live music series this summer at their various locations called W Gangs of New York, which has mostly consisted of artists DJing but there's a few live shows going on too. The series began on July 10 and continues every Sunday through August 25. The next show happens at their Midtown location on 7/21 with DJ sets from Dirty Projectors' David Longstreth and The Drums' Johnny Pierce. That's followed by a DJ set from Todd Terry (not to be confused with Todd Terje) and a live set from rapper Le1f on 7/28 at the Times Square location. And then it's DJ sets from Kidnap Kid and Shuttle (ex-Passion Pit) on 8/4 at the Union Square location. The rest of the lineup is TBA, but you can check W's site for updates. All shows are free, but RSVP to WGANGSNY@WHOTELS.COM is required.

Trailer video for the series below...

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Passion Pit at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Passion Pit

Passion Pit, who played Camp Bisco over the weekend (7/13), have been on a tour all year, which included a huge NYC show at Madison Square Garden back in February. You may remember that the MSG show went on as planned despite the huge blizzard that hit NYC that day.

Passion Pit have just expanded their tour, and to make up for anyone who missed the MSG show because of the storm, they've scheduled "make up shows" happening in NYC on September 6 and 7 at Hudson River Park's Pier 26, right before the band plays Boston Calling. Tickets for the Pier 26 shows go on sale Friday (7/19) at noon, and discounted tickets will be offered to anyone who had purchased a ticket for their MSG show but couldn't make it. Proceeds will also go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Passion Pit's tour also includes an Atlantic City show happening on November 1 at House of Blues Atlantic City. That show, and many others on the tour, is being opened by The Joy Formidable, but no openers have been announced for the Pier 26 shows yet. Tickets for the AC show go on sale Friday (7/19) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/17) at 10 Am and Ticketmaster/Total Rewards presales starting Thursday (7/18) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, along with a couple videos, below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Passion Pit / Vampire Weekend / Amanda Palmer / devoted fan
Firefly 2013, Day 3
Firefly 2013, Day 3
Firefly 2013, Day 3
Firefly 2013, Day 3

Firefly Music Festival went down 6/21-23 in Dover, Delaware. You already saw our pictures of day 1 and day 2, and here we finally are with pictures of day 3.

The final day of the fest gave us sets by a number of artists including Haim, Toro y Moi, Matt & Kim, Vampire Weekend, The Walkmen, and Passion Pit, whose set was cut short. Reports Fuse...

On Sunday Passion Pit also had problems with their vocals, but in this case the culprit wasn't technical... it was allergies.

Clearly the Firefly fates have it in for Passion Pit. Last year the band had to cancel their performance at the fest so that frontman Michael Angelakos could undergo treatment for his bipolar disorder. This year they at least got to take the stage, but only for an abbreviated set.

Diving right in with "I'll Be Alright," "The Reeling" and "Carried Away," the band - and in particular drummer Nate Donmoyer and bassist Jeff Apruzzese - displayed a powerful musicianship that explodes in a live setting much more so than on record. Only after slowing things down for "To Kingdom Come" did Angelakos confess to the crowd that he needed help singing, because allergies had caused him to lose his voice. He also referenced last year's cancellation by saying he "can't catch a f-cking break with this festival."

...

Just seven songs in, Angelakos raised the white flag, admitting "I don't know how long I can go." At that point the band threw out their setlist and chose to "wrap this up with songs people know."

We missed Toro y Moi and The Walkmen in part due to the rain that showed up that day too, but everything we did see is pictured in this post.

We at BrooklynVegan also took over a stage in the Soundwave tent with our hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones each day from 1-3pm. On the Sunday of the festival we had Trails and Ways and Amanda Palmer stop by for live performances and interviews. They were both great, but naturally Amanda left us with the most to talk about, not just from the day but from the whole weekend. A loyal crowd showed up to see her at 2pm and she proceeded to take requests, play 'Happy Birthday' and the "best song she ever wrote" which ended up being 'The Truth'. She invited one lucky fan to play ukulele and that fan ended up being Sabrina who killed it with a Gotye cover. She ended her set with a group singalong to 'Creep' which started in our tent and ended in the middle of the field.

More pictures from our last day in Dover, Delaware this year, below...

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Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Firefly
firefly

It's been crazy both in and not-in the NYC-area for festivals this past week. NYC was taken over by a very muddy Governors Ball last weekend (6/7-9), and this past weekend (6/14-16), while almost every Brooklyn venue took part in the Northside Festival, Toronto was hosting NXNE and Tennessee had Bonnaroo to name the ones we were most focused on. That's all behind us now, but those who are into festivals still have much more to look forward to this summer including another big one on the east coast this weekend.

This coming weekend, Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23, the Firefly Music Festival is returning to Dover, Delaware's Dover International Speedway, which is only about a 3 hour drive (directions) from NYC. The festival debuted last year, and like Governors Ball, they've upped their game a bit this year. There will be a bunch of great bands across four main stages, like:

On Friday, there's sets by Django Django, Dr. Dog, Action Bronson, Foxygen, Public Enemy, Grizzly Bear, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Earl Sweatshirt (who was added to the lineup in May) and more. And besides RHCP vs Earl (who start 15 minutes apart), the conflicts that day aren't too bad.

On Saturday, there's sets by Japandroids, Jim James (who replaced Imagine Dragons, so bonus points for that), Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes vs Lord Huron at 5 PM, then CHVRCHES vs Edward Sharpe, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT vs Azealia Banks, and finally Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline the day, plus still more.

And on the festival's final day, Sunday, you can catch Haim, Matt & Kim, Toro y Moi, Passion Pit vs The Walkmen both going on at 6:30, Vampire Weekend, and more. Plus, if you need to leave early to get home from work on Monday, you can leave before Foster the People's headlining set. Two birds, huh?

UPDATE:Both Earl Sweatshirt and The Lumineers have cancelled, but were replaced by Schoolboy Q & Ben Harper.

And in addition to the main stages, there's some smaller side stuff too, like the Red Bull Sound Select Hub Stage which features bands who have joined the Red Bull Sound Select Program. We aren't familiar with all the bands playing that one, but we suggest you stop by Saturday for NYC's Heliotropes (who, by the way, are playing a record release show in NYC on 6/18, and streaming their new record). The Skins and Oxymorrons are both on that stage too, both NYC bands who we caught when they played the Afropunk-curated RBSS show at Knitting Factory with Danny Brown.

firefly
firefly

There's also the Coffee House Stage with other smaller acts including The Spinto Band, Jenny Owen Young, Pearl & the Beard, Hey Marseilles, Selah Sue, Trails & Ways, and many more.

Last but not least, in addition to just being there as fans and covering the festival, BrooklynVegan will be producing two hours of entertainment from 1-3pm each day inside the Soundwave tent, presented by Toyota and Spinmedia, and hosted by musician & BV contributor Billy Jones. Take a look at the festival map - our stage is toward the top left next to St. Jude.

Hosted overall by one of our favorite comedians, Dave Hill, the Soundwave stage will also feature programming by SPIN (5-7 each day) and Hype Machine (3-5 each day) in addition to the BrooklynVegan stuff (1-3 each day). Stay tuned for our full stage schedule, but get there on Friday at 1pm for a live interview with Django Django and look forward to a second performance by and audience Q & A with Amanda Palmer on Sunday at 2pm. More details soon!

Meanwhile, check out the full main stages Firefly lineup and schedule at Firefly's website where you'll also find much more info if you're attending, like the festival map which is also below...

Continue reading "Firefly Fest is in Delaware this weekend (schedule, map, BrooklynVegan Soundwave, other side stages & more)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

ZZ Top / The Wu-Tang Clan / Jim James / green girl @ Bonnaroo 6/14/2013
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 2
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 2
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 2
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 2

Depsite a couple cancelations (Mumford, Earl Sweatshirt), Bonnaroo 2013 had more than enough starpower to keep the masses entertained throughout the 2013 edition which happened over the weekend. Friday (6/14) featured one of the most famous musicians in the world, Paul McCartney, plus sets from ZZ Top, The Wu-Tang Clan, Wilco, Of Monsters and Men, Passion Pit, Jim James, Grizzly Bear, The xx, Big K.R.I.T. and loads more. Pictures of day 2 are in this post.

We missed Animal Collective (they went on at 2 AM), but you can check out a video of Police Academy's human sound fx machine Michael Winslow joining them on stage below. Besides the main attractions, there were other cool things too, including Johnny Fritz (aka Johnny Corndawg) on the smaller Sonic stage, comedy throughout the day, and the big hip hop superjam with Schoolboy Q, RZA, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Solange, and more.

Pictures from Day 1 are HERE with more on the way. More pictures from Friday below...

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rainy Saturday at Boston Calling Music Festival (via Kevin Begley)
Boston Calling

The first-ever Boston Calling Music Festival went down over the weekend (5/25-26) at Boston's City Hall Plaza. It was headlined by The National (whose Aaron Dessner also curated it, and who just did lots of album celebrating in NYC), and also included sets by The National's tourmates Dirty Projectors, The Shins (who also played a NYC show this past weekend), The Walkmen (who play a free show during Northside), Youth Lagoon (who open The National's Barclays Center show), and more.

Despite the rain and cold temperatures we were faced with over the weekend, the inaugural festival still seemed to be a success and festival organizers have already announced that Boston Calling will return this fall on September 7 and 8. The fall lineup is being headlined by Vampire Weekend on the Saturday, along with sets by Local Natives, The Gaslight Anthem, Bat For Lashes, Deer Tick, Okkervil River, and more; and headlined by Passion Pit on the Sunday, along with sets from Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer, Solange, Flosstradamus, Flume, and more. Full lineup below (via Pitchfork).

Early bird 2-day passes go on sale Friday (5/31) at 10 AM and single day tickets go on sale June 7.

Both Local Natives and Kendrick Lamar also play NYC festival Governors Ball in June, which is only one of Kendrick's upcoming festival appearances in the NYC-area. Vampire Weekend and Solange play a NYC show together, and Solange also plays a free show during Northside. Major Lazer and Flosstradamus will hit NYC for their Mad Decent Block Party. And The Gaslight Anthem play two NYC shows this summer too.

Full Boston Calling fall lineup and flyer below...

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