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by Bill Pearis

Hollerado at Bowery Ballroom, June 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Hollerado

Ottowa's good time party rockers Hollerado will be bringing their confetti cannons into America (or perhaps buying them while here), opening a few shows for Passion Pit in the South and Midwest. Before they had back across the border, though, they'll stop in NYC for a late show at Mercury Lounge on November 7 with Royal Bangs. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/12) at noon. After that, Hollerado will play a few shows in Canada with their old tour pals Tokyo Police Club. All dates are listed below.

Hollerado's 2010 debut album, Record in a Bag, reamins a fun listen, full of sing-a-long anthems the kind of which used to be heard on alt-rock radio in the mid-'90s and they are a ton of fun live. You can stream it at Spotify. The band are finishing up their second album which should be out early next year and there is video of them in the studio below.

Meanwhile, Passion Pit play SNL this week (10/13) with Christina Applegate hosting.

Continue reading "Hollerado working on second album, playing NYC after tour with Passion Pit (dates)"

Passion Pit @ The Backyard in Austin - 9/15 (more by Tim Griffin)
Passion Pit

As mentioned earlier today, Muse are the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this Saturday, but we also just realized Passion Pit is playing the week after that! Congrats guys! Christina Applegate will host that one which is one week before Bruno Mars hosts and sings. The full list of known hosts and musical guests for this season so far (Mumford & Sons played two weeks ago), and other upcoming Passion Pit dates, below...

Continue reading "Passion Pit playing SNL (but first Muse)"

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Grizzly Bear are on the cover of the new issue of NY Magazine, which makes two weeks in a row that Brooklyn was prominently featured.

Despite making it into Billboard's Top 10 with their new album, Shields, the band still aren't making a lot of money.

Check out pictures from the show they just played in Chicago with Lower Dens.

And speaking of Brooklyn, get ready for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.

"The Artwork of Robert Pollard & Tobin Sprout" is opening in Brooklyn soon. Meanwhile check out our recent Guided by Voices pictures from both Austin and the Deluna Fest in Florida.

Crystal Castles and HEALTH play Roseland on Wednesday (10/3). We're giving away tickets here and on our Facebook too.

Also on Wednesday, M83 plays Hammerstein Ballroom and we're giving away tickets to that on Facebook too. Tickets are also still on sale.

Another Facebook contest: win tickets to see Raveonettes and Melody's Echo Chamber at Webster Hall on Friday (10/5).

The Compact Disc turns 30 years old today. The first CD pressed in America was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (though Billy Joe's 52nd Street came out in Japan before that). What was the first CD you bought?

Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, Kenny's Castaways, where he used to play is hosting their final show tonight.

Producer and TV On the Radio member Dave Sitek has launched Federal Prism, "a new record label where Sitek will personally record, mix, produce, and release a series of limited edition 12-inch vinyl picture discs with a uniquely curator-driven perspective. The vinyl will be limited to 500 numbered copies each with a jacket personally hand silkscreened by Sitek."

Federal Prism's first release is "Destroyer" by Telepathe. "The b-side of the vinyl will feature a remix by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor with Alessandro Cortini and Atticus Ross. Sitek adds, "I told Trent I was starting my own label and would love to have him remix something on the first release. I sent him the session and before he actually said 'YES', he sent back this mighty dark space that he, Alessandro and Atticus had built for me! I was shocked and am certain I will have to keep ripping them off for years!"" It's on sale now.

Speaking of Trent Reznor, he says his his band How To Destroy Angels, have "formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases. The first of these will be available in November and it's called An Omen EP."

Scary: Ryan Adams revealed via Twitter: "Recording a track with my new pal @deadmau5 today. Sounds like BladeRunner starring Don Henley."

More scary: As if it wasn't bad enough that Bruno Mars has been announced as the host of the 10/20 episode of SNL, they're letting him be the musical performer for that episode too!

But here's some good news: Now That's What I Call Music 83 will reportedly be the last in the series.

more stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: Grizzly Bear on cover of New York; CDs turned 30; Dave Sitek's new label, Trent Reznor, Ryan Adams, Deadmau5, more"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Jay-Z & Kanye / Passion Pit / D'Angelo at Made in America 9/2/2012
Made in America Festival - 2012 - Day 1 in Pictures
Made in America Festival - 2012 - Day 1 in Pictures
Made in America Festival - 2012 - Day 1 in Pictures

Closing out the first day of Made in America was rap legend and festival organizer Jay-Z's behemoth set. "Allow me to re-introduce myself," Jay rapped as he entered the stage, a screaming crowd of thousands joining him in every word and making clear that no introductions were necessary. Breaking the day's tradition of rappers surrounded by hype men, Jay-Z struck a dramatic pose alone on stage.

His set's first surprise was a video from President Obama, who voiced his support of Made in America's patriotic vision and urged concertgoers to register to vote, a call to action greeted with cheers.

Backed by a live band and celebrating his recent NBA partnership by sporting a Brooklyn Nets hat, Jay-Z flew through a sampler of his most beloved hits, from early hit Izzo (H.O.V.A.) to crowd favorite Big Pimpin. He gave plenty of love to his new material as well, performing an ode to his hometown of New York City with a euphoric rendition of Empire State of Mind and leading the crowd in singing Run This Town, before playing the hard-driving On to the Next One...

...Jay-Z's turn at Made In America wasn't complete without a few high-profile guests. As the show neared its end, Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music posse stormed the stage. West, joined by Pusha T, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Common, showcased new tracks Mercy and New God Flow with his crew before splitting off to perform several songs solo. With the crowd in near pandemonium, Jay and Ye closed the night with collaboration N----- in Paris.- [USA Today]

Jay-Z's inaugural Made in America Festival happened Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia and the first day (9/2) featured a wide variety of acts, including Janelle Monae, Passion Pit, Rick Ross, Dirty Projectors (who have a show coming up at Carnegie Hall) and J himself (and a few of his friends). More pictures from Sunday are below, along with Jay-Z's setlist...

Continue reading "Made in America Fest: day 1 in pics (Jay-Z, Dirty Projectors, D'Angelo, Janelle Monae, Passion Pit and more)"

Gary Clark Jr. at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Gary Clark Jr

As mentioned, Philly's Made In America Festival goes down this weekend (9/1 - 9/2) on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Since we last spoke, the lineup was expanded and now includes Drake (who was rumored but not on the initial lineup announcement), Jill Scott, Chris Cornell, The Hives, and Run DMC, who are all playing the second day (9/2), in addition to blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., who will be on the only performer on the bill playing both days, and others. Day 1 (9/1) will be headlined by festival head Jay-Z, and also includes Skrillex, Passion Pit, D'Angelo, Dirty Projectors, Janelle Monae, and others, and day 2 (9/2) will be headlined by Pearl Jam and also includes Odd Future, X, Santigold, and others. Tickets for the festival are still available.

If you're going to the fest, Philly is only about a two hour drive from NYC and this FAQ should help you find your way over (for directions use the address of Ben Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval in Philadelphia or the Philadelphia Museum of Art). Once you're there, that FAQ will also help you find your way around, parking tips, and more. There will be a free filtered water service at the festival site, but you can't bring glowsticks (sorry Skrillex fans).

A #MadeInAmerica video for Gary Clark Jr. and the lineup for the festival are below.

Continue reading "Jay-Z's Made In America Festival is this weekend; Gary Clark Jr. playing both nights (full lineup, directions & more)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Passion Pit/Bloc Party/The Shins at Osheaga - 8/5/12
Osheaga 2012 - Day 3 in Photos
Osheaga 2012 - Day 3 in Photos
Osheaga 2012 - Day 3 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 wrapped up on Sunday, August 5. It was one of the few dates for Passion Pit this month after they cancelled much of their tour. Exclaim caught their set and wrote:

Leadoff "Take a Walk" set Angelakos in motion, his vocals wandering octaves. Similarly, the ascending "Moth's Wings" grew from its telltale jangly strands to a sonorous sing-along and the aforementioned "Carried Away" juxtaposed driving synths with a stickier-than-cotton-candy vocal hook.

Cuts from the excellent Gossamer fared well, though old faves "Little Secrets" and "Sleephyhead" pushed the gig over the top with wet punters writhing under ponchos.

Day 3 of Osheaga also included sets by The Shins, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Metric, Santigold, and many others.

Pictures and review of day 1 are HERE. Pics of day 2 are HERE. More from day 3 are below...

Continue reading "Osheaga day 3 in pics (The Shins, Passion Pit, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Metric, Santigold, Dan Mangan & more)"

photos by James Richards IV

Black Sabbath / M83 / the crowd, Lollapalooza 8/03/2012
Lollapalooza 2012 - Day 1
Lollapalooza 2012 - Day 1
Lollapalooza 2012 - Day 1

A bell tolls, a bass guitar moans, and Ozzy Osbourne sings. "What is this that stands before me?" the former archnemesis of John Cardinal O'Connor intones with chilling deliberation. Black Sabbath - three-quarters of them, anyway - are back to reprise the doom-ridden, Beelzebub-baiting classics from the '70s. Osbourne sounds in good voice initially, slicing through Tony Iommi's granite-hard guitar riffs and Geezer Butler's nuclear-strength bass. He even lays down some credible blues harp on "Wizard." But, as if to prove he isn't lip-synching, Osbourne struggles to nail some of the high notes in "War Pigs." No matter, Sabbath was never about sex appeal or perfection. They were dead-end working-class kids who had no use for the romanticism of the flower-power era, and instead peered into the abyss that awaits us all. The songs, which just happened to invent an entire genre of music, still sound magnificent, from "N.I.B." to "Iron Man." [Chicago Tribune]
Lollapalooza, the mother of indie U.S. festivals, is happening this weekend at Grant Park in Chicago. Friday (8/3) kicked things off with such bands Black Sabbath, Afghan Whigs, Passion Pit, The War on Drugs, Tame Impala, Metric, and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. If you're not in Chicago but would still like to have the Lollapalooza experience, just skip showering, turn off your A/C, crack open a beverage and watch the festival's livestream on YouTube.

More Lollapalooza Friday pics are below.

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2012: Day 1 in pics (Black Sabbath, Passion Pit, M83, Afghan Whigs, Metric, SBTRKT, Tame Impala and more)"

photos by Sara Pieper

Passion Pit at House of Blues in Chicago - 8/2/12
Passion Pit

While in Chicago for Lollapalooza, which they play today (8/3), Passion Pit played what is their only North American club date since the tour cancellation at House of Blues last night (8/2) for an official Lolla aftershow with Givers and Kishi Bashi. Pictures from that show are in this post.

Passion Pit resurfaced this year with Gossamer, a hugely successful followup to their debut, but as you may know the sweet doesn't come without the bitter. Frontman Michael Angelakos opened up in an interview with PItchfork about his bipolar disorder, manic depression, and suicidal encounters, all of which are addressed in the heavy lyrical content of Gossamer. In need of improving his mental health, Michael was forced to cancel a number of dates on the band's tour, including the NYC show at Apollo Theater that they would have played last month.

Fortunately, the band chose to remain on the lineups for Lollapalooza, Osheaga, Outside Lands, all of which happen this month. They are also still set for Made in America in Philly this September.

More pics from last night's show are below...

Continue reading "Passion Pit played a rare show in Chicago before Lolla (pics)"

Cold Specks at Hotel Vegan, March 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

today in NYC
* Tom Rainey @ Barbes
* The Do @ Mercury Lounge
* Marty Ehrlich @ The Stone
* Kathy Mattea @ City Winery
* Jonny Corndawg @ Mercury Lounge
* Rob Base @ Tappen Park Summerstage
* New York Chamber Trio @ The Stone
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Doom Squad, North America @ Zebulon
* Mumford & Sons, Dawes @ Pier A Park
* Peter Yarrow @ McNally Jackson Books
* Le Blorr, Sunbears! @ Knitting Factory
* Cold Specks, Doe Paoro, ARMS @ Glasslands
* Sanctuaries, Life Size Maps @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Family Band, Jennifer Castle, El Dorado @ Union Pool
* The Voices In Your Head, The Can't Tells @ Cameo Gallery
* The March Fourth, Ruby Fray, Globular Cluster @ Cake Shop
* Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, JDH & Dave P @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Big Black Cloud, Girls of Porn, Family Curse, Necking @ Death By Audio
* Dream Affair, Anasazi, Religious To Damn, Nao Katafuchi @ Public Assembly
* Yemen Blues, Khaira Arby, UkanDanZ @ Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park Bandshell
* CMA Songwriters Series w/ Little Big Town, Natalie Hemby, Bob DiPiero@ Joe's Pub
* Dukes of September (Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs) @ Beacon Theatre
* Lucy Wainwright Roche, Maggie Roche, Sloan Wainwright, Suzzy Roche @ Madison Square Park
* Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, Todd Barry, Starlight Girls, Liam McEneaney @ The Bell House
* Summerscreen ('The Princess Bride') w/ Extreme Animals, Soft Circle, PC Worship @ McCarren Park

"Tell Your Friends" comedy comes to The Bell House tonight, and in addition to the listed guests like Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, and Todd Barry, there's a "JUST CONFIRMED: A SURPRISE GUEST" which they "can't say too much about this guy, except to say, if you've seen one of the TYF! surprise guests before, you know it means we've got someone goddamned amazing to close out the show. Trust me, if you miss this you're going to be very very sad."

"Celeste and Jesse Forever" opens in theaters this Friday. Hopefully you already caught our free screening on Monday at Sunshine Cinema. Tonight you can "Meet the Filmmakers: Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, and Lee Toland" at the Apple Store in SoHo.

"Senna", which maybe you caught when we screened it for free at Knitting Factory, screens at Socrates Sculpture Park tonight.

High On Fire were supposed to play Bowery Ballroom tonight and MHOW on Thursday (8/2) but unfortunately, those shows were cancelled.

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The xx play Terminal 5 on Thursday (8/2). Check out video of new song "Swept Away" from their recent LA show below.

Grimes DJ'd 285 Kent this past Sunday (7/29), you can check out video from her set (she's cranking Marylin Manson) below. Don't forget she plays a free River Rocks show next week (8/9) with Wild Nothing and DIIV.

Passion Pit made a video for their single "Constant Conversations" and you can watch that below too.

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday?"

Beach House at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beach House

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Daniel Higgs @ Zebulon
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* The Killers @ Webster Hall
* Dave Hill @ The Half King
* Grouplove @ The Studio @ Webster
* Sepalcure, Francois K @ Deep Space
* Frank Fairfield @ Living Room
* Rain Machine, SORNE @ Mercury Lounge
* Father Figures, Visuals @ Glasslands
* The Gowanus All-Stars @ The Rock Shop
* Surfer Blood, Grand Rapids @ Maxwell's
* Matisyahu, Dirty Heads @ The Paramount
* Swaai Boys, Sweet Soubrette @ Cake Shop
* Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen @ Littlefield
* Milk Music, Nude Beach, Zulus @ 285 Kent Ave
* Hugo, Thunder and Lightning @ Mercury Lounge
* Beach House, Lower Dens @ Central Park Summerstage
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Patterson Hood & The Downtown Rumblers @ The Bell House
* Wilco, Lee Fields & The Expressions @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* These Days, Maica Mia, Big Brave, Verses Narrow @ Death By Audio
* Corporal (feat. Michael Shannon), Defibulators, Mesiko @ Fontana's
* Hammers of Misfortune, The Gates of Slumber, Occultation @ Saint Vitus
* King of Calypso The Mighty Sparrow @ MLK Jr. Concert Series at Wingate Field
* Icarus, Torrential Downpour, Family, For Sleeping or Jumping @ Lit Lounge
* Male Nurses, Goosebumps, Dopestroke, Savage Sex Boys, Munchausen @ Acheron
* Nekromantix, The Casualties, Down By Law, Lower Class Brats, Flatfoot 56, The Sheds @ Gramercy Theatre

Passion Pit were supposed to play the Apollo tonight, but were forced to cancel that show and a handful of other dates to give frontman Michael Angelakos time to improve his mental health. Read more about that in Pitchfork's excellent feature on Michael from last week.

A beardless Matisyahu plays Long Island's Paramount Theatre tonight before playing Catalpa Fest this weekend. He'll also do an in-store and signing at Barnes & Noble Union Square on Tuesday (7/24).

Lower Dens, who headlined Bowery Ballroom the other night, open for Beach House at Central Park Summerstage.

Australia's Husky, who are Beach House's Sub Pop labelmate and touring soon, posted an acoustic version of "Tidal Wave" to YouTube which you can watch below...

Speaking of beaches, Nude Beach open for Milk Music at 285 Kent.

Wilco play their first of two shows in Prospect Park tonight, with their first of two Lees.

"The Muppets" screens in Coney Island.

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Jack White, who we caught at the Firefly Music Festival over the weekend, recently released a video for "Freedom At 21" which you can watch below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Monday?"

Lower Dens @ Glasslands in April (more by Joe McCabe)
Lower Dens

today in NYC
* Val-Inc @ The Stone
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* David Dondero @ Joe's Pub
* Spryo Gyra @ Blue Note
* Langhorne Slim @ The Bell House
* Holy Ghost! DJ set @ Marquee NYC
* The Japonize Elephants @ Barbes
* Mike Lee & New Tricks @ The Stone
* WAR @ Queensbridge Park
* Heliotropes, The Loom @ Union Pool
* Lower Dens, No Joy @ Bowery Ballroom
* Los Amigos Invisibles @ Le Poisson Rouge
* MNDR, Javelin, Delicate Steve @ the Intrepid
* Elzhi, Sene, 41 Strings, Joe Cool @ SOB's
* Outside, Artifact, Doggiesatnight @ Zebulon
* Slavic Soul Party @ Jewish Museum
* Deleted Scenes, The Spinto Band @ Mercury Lounge
* Death Cab For Cutie, Surfer Blood @ Wellmont Theater
* Way Yes, Strange Shapes, Rimar, Railbird @ Pianos
* Shady Hawkins, TinVulva, Mannequin Pussy @ 285 Kent
* "secret headliner," Grand Rapids, Shark? @ Cake Shop
* Trabajo, 100 milkteeth, Y/Y, Body Building @ La Sala
* DJ Rockin Rob, DJ Biz Markie, DJ Cash Money @ Crotona Park
* Here We Go Magic, SINKANE @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Kayo Dot, Triple Cobra, The Big Con @ Bowery Electric
* Lotus Plaza, Hollow Stars, Warm Ghost @ Knitting Factory
* Lorelei, The New Lines, Mansions and Junipers @ Glasslands
* Electric Six @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise - The Harbor Lights
* Dolores Boys, Insect Ark, Hot Tub Panorama, Ice Balloons @ XPO 929
* Soft Black, Island Twins, Weird Rivers, Makeup Monsters @ Shea Stadium
* Eric Andre, Mike Dobbins, Mr. Muthafuckin Exquire @ Santos Party House
* Grasshopper, Alan Watts, Warcries, Kel Valhaal, Future Shuttle @ Big Snow
* Angel Haze, Carrie Wilds, King Leo, Venus X, Covert Kids @ Santos Party House
* The Parlor Mob, Kelle Calco & The Colored Boys, Carleigh Jade @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Sarah Barthel of Phantogram (DJ), Punches (DJ), Sean Glass (DJ) @ Hudson Terrace
* Kids & Explosions, Heloise & The Savoir Faire, Wolf In a Spacesuit @ Mercury Lounge
* Eugene Mirman, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kristen Schaal, OK Go & more @ Williamsburg Park @ 9pm
* Thank You Good Night free comedy w/ Erin Lennox, Nate Fernald, Joel Walkowski, Adam Sokol, Mike Lawrence @ Cake Shop

Lower Dens headline a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom tonight, and were officially added as the opener for Beach House at Summerstage on Monday.

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Some movie called The Dark Knight Rises makes it debut in theaters tonight at midnight.

"Summer of Sam" screens in Tompkins Square Park.

"Slumdog Millionaire" screens in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Passion Pit made a video for "I'll Be Alright" from their new album Gossamer which you can watch below.

Antibalas, who play a free show with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings in Williamsburg Park next month, have made their first ever video for new song "Dirty Money." You can watch that below.

Meanwhile there's a free show in Williamsburg Park tonight with Eugene Mirman, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kristen Schaal, OK Go & more.

The Vaccines have a video for their new single "Teenage Icon" which you can watch below as well.

Death Cab For Cutie and Surfer Blood play Wellmont Theater in NJ tonight.

There's a secret show at Cake Shop.

You can also check out a new Freelance Whales track below too.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Thursday?"

by Andrew Sacher

Passion Pit at Governors Ball in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Passion Pit

Some good news and some bad news. The bad first: Passion Pit recently expanded their tour to include a NYC show scheduled to happen on July 23 at Apollo Theater (which sold out immediately) three days after they were scheduled to play Firefly Music Fest in Delaware. Unfortunately, both of those dates, and many others have been cancelled. Frontman Michael Angelakos posted this message to the band's website:

Hello all,

On behalf of the band and myself, I would like to greatly apologize for the show cancelations. In order for me to ensure that there will be no further disruptions, I am going to take the time to work on improving my mental health. For now, I'd like to thank all of our fans for their understanding. I hope to see all of you very soon in a much different light.

The tour page on our website currently reflects all upcoming tour dates.

With love,
Michael

Everything in July is affected, but the August and September dates, which include Lollapalooza, Osheaga, and Made in America in Philly, are still on. No word yet on ticket refunds for the Apollo show but check ticketmaster for updates. Bummer, but feel better soon Michael.

On the bright side, the band are streaming their sophomore LP, Gossamer, on NPR. If you've had any doubts about this album, whether it be a distaste for their mainstream attention (and thus, tween fanbase) a feeling of "people still listen to Passion Pit?" or "who cares? Passion Pit sucks! (but I secretly have 50+ plays for Manners on my iTunes)," then let it be known that Passion Pit have more than succeeded in following up their debut and Gossamer is definitely worth a listen. Check it out for yourself.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Passion Pit cancel dates (Apollo Theater & Firefly Music Fest included), streaming new album"

by Andrew Sacher

Passion Pit at Governors Ball in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Passion Pit

Modest Mouse aren't the only band who recently played Governors Ball, will play Firefly Music Fest in Delaware, and just announced a NYC area gig around that fest. Passion Pit have followed suit, and will play Apollo Theater on July 23, after Firefly Fest wraps up. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/11) at noon.

Passion Pit's sophomore LP, Gossamer, is due out on July 24 via Columbia. They've already revealed two great and very different tracks from the album -- "Take a Walk" and "I'll Be Alright" -- and now they've got a third cut out, "Constant Conversations," which as just as solid and just as different. In case you haven't been keeping up, "Take a Walk" has got big vocals and Beach Boys-y drums, "I'll Be Alright" is a spastic, glitchy pop song with pitch-shifted vocal clips that aren't too different from Purity Ring (whose new album comes out the same day as Passion Pit's), and now on "Constant Conversations," the band are crossing into chilled out R&B territory with clap snares and a toned down, smooth vocal delivery from Michael Angelakos. In an interview with Pitchfork, Michael himself compared the song to James Blake, saying, "he does this really soft, serious stuff; I make a mockery out of it, because I make a mockery out of myself."

Stream that song below, along with a list of updated dates.

Continue reading "Passion Pit reveal new song (stream), expand tour, playing The Apollo Theater (dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Passion Pit / Kud Cudi at Governors Ball - 6/23/12
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

Governors Ball went down in Randall's Island over the weekend (6/23-6/24) with 26 bands across two stages and no overlapping sets. Day 1 was "headlined" by Passion Pit (though Kid Cudi played after them) and also included Chromeo, Major Lazer, Atmosphere, Santigold, Duck Sauce (Armand Van Helden and A-Trak), James Murphy & Pat Mahoney (Special Disco Version DJ set), and more. Probably the most anticipated set of the day was Passion Pit's, who were playing their first NYC area show in about a year and a half, and first since announcing their new album and releasing two singles from it (both of which they played). NY Times didn't seem to approve much of their set though, writing:

Saturday played out as a party punctuated by angst; there were many, many calls for putting hands in the air. Party and angst mix in Passion Pit, who work in two main modes: the shimmering anthem and the pulsating dance-pop song, both with more cryptic lyrics than might be expected. Passion Pit stacked the anthems at the beginning of the set-among them a new song, "Take a Walk," about an immigrant who finds himself financially ruined-before revving up the dance tunes. But the stage didn't add much beyond subwoofers to Passion Pit's songs; Michael Angelakos's vocals, mostly falsetto, needs studio help.
They wrote similar criticism of Kid Cudi, mentioning that he also needs the safety net of the studio, but were very positive about Day 1's selection of dance music, including Special Disco Version, Duck Sauce, and Major Lazer. What did you think? Or did you just go on the (much better day) Sunday?

Pictures from Sunday are on the way. More from Saturday below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2012 - day 1 pics (Passion Pit, Santigold, Chromeo, Special Disco Version, Kid Cudi, Major Lazer & more)"

Governors Ball

As mentioned, Governors Ball goes down in NYC this weekend on Randall's Island from June 23-24. You can check out the full schedule for both days HERE. The lineup includes a number of bands who haven't played NYC in a while, like Passion Pit, who have a new LP coming out which you've heard two songs from; Modest Mouse, who also play the Metallica-headlined Orion Music & More festival in Atlantic City this weekend, Beck, Devendra Banhart, and more.

Fiona Apple did play in NYC pretty recently, but those shows were her first in a while and were also small venues for her and sold out instantly. Fiona also just finally released her new album and it's great, which is all the more reason to catch her set this weekend. She also recently announced a ton of new dates and performed on Fallon with the Roots.

Other bands playing include Built to Spill, Explosions in the Sky, K.Flay (who also plays Glasslands on 7/13), James Muprhy & Pat Mahoney DJ Set, Cults, Phantogram, and still many more. In addition to the music, there will be some other activities like ping pong, beer pong, silent disco, lawn games (bocce ball, croquet, etc), and from looking at the weather forecast, probably the most important of them all: free water refill stations. Tickets for the festival are still available.

Shuttles to the festival from Brooklyn and Philly are sold out but regular ferry tickets ($25), and parking passes if you plan to drive are still available. If you are heading down there by car, subway, bike or foot, here are some directions from NYC, Long Island, Westchester, and Jersey. Once you've found your way there, this map should help you get around the festival grounds. Leave your nunchucks at home.

Firefly

Firefly Music Festival goes down in Dover, Delaware from July 20-22 (which is only about a three hour drive from NYC). The lineup includes Jack White, The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, The Black Keys, Polica, Cults, Death Cab for Cutie, Ra Ra Riot, The Felice Brothers, Mariachi El Bronx, Silversun Pickups, Lupe Fiasco, The Head and the Heart, Heartless Bastards, The Killers, John Legend, Bassnectar, Girl Talk, and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now, and camping is available.

No schedule yet, but the full announced lineup is below...

Continue reading "Firefly Music Fest happens in Delaware --- 2012 dates & lineup (Jack White, Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, Black Keys, Polica, Cults, Death Cab & more)"

MFNW 2012

The 2012 edition of MusicFestNW takes place in September 5 - 9 at 18 venues in Portland, OR and will feature performances from over 150 bands, including Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Girl Talk, Danny Brown, Beirut Silversun Pickups, Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, many more.

In addition to those previously announced artists, MFNW has just added The Hives, Flying Lotus, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Quasi, Moon Duo, My Goodness, DZ Deathrays, and Strand Of Oaks to the already impressive line-up. Wristbands, available various levels and packages, and tickets to individual shows are on sale now. Check out the complete MFNW lineup below.

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Mogwai at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Mogwai

today in NYC
* Little Richard @ BB King's
* Kristen Schaal @ UCB East
* Mogwai, Balam Acab @ Webster Hall
* Kool Keith, Lushlife @ Brooklyn Bowl
* With Lions, Via Audio @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Oliver, Sean Glass @ Hudson Terrace Roof
* EPMD, DJ Scratch @ Herbert Von King Park
* KOORTWAH, Black Cloud (DJ set) @ La Sala
* Ramona Falls, The Darcys @ Mercury Lounge
* Theresa Andersson, Lucius @ The Bell House
* King Tuff, Natural Child, Habibi @ Maxwell's
* Lisa Hannigan, Joe Henry @ Highline Ballroom
* Langhorne Slim, Ha Ha Tonka @ Bowery Ballroom
* Philip Glass, Tristan Perich @ Issue Project Room
* Niki & The Dove, Selebrities, Beacon @ Glasslands
* Pontiak, White Hills, Rhyton, EULA @ 285 Kent Ave
* Cold Cave, White Ring, Burning Star Core @ Europa
* ARMS, Friend Roulette, Birdwire @ Pete's Candy Store
* Lisa Marie Presley, Angela McCluskey @ Gramercy Theatre
* Daughn Gibson, Bell, Motion Studies @ Cameo Gallery
* Widowspeak, Nude Beach, Ex Cops, The Everymen @ Union Pool
* Such Hounds, Wailin' Storms, Golden Bones @ The Charleston
* Dragged Into Sunlight, MAKE, The Year Is One @ Saint Vitus
* Ceremony, Citizens Arrest, Royal Headache, Magrudergrind @ Warsaw
* Laura Marling, Michael Kiwanuka, Willy Mason @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Shaved Women, Degreaser, Family Curse, Parquet Courts @ Death By Audio
* Wild Child, Dipers, Goosebumps, Nuclear Spring, Sad Boys @ 538 Johnson
* Sectarian Violence, The Love Below, Poison Planet, Pharaoh @ The Acheron
* The Pass, Miracles of Modern Science, Port St. Willow, Beady @ Spike Hill
* Extra Life, The Dreebs, Epistasis, Mad Osztrosis @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Fat Trel, Fat Tony, Mess Kid (DJ set), Farrington G (DJ set) @ Santos Party House
* Dinosaur Feathers, Sat Nite Duets, The Fatty Acids, Radical Dads @ Cake Shop
* GZA & Grupo Fantasma perform "Liquid Swords", Brownout @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Secret History, The Barettas, Graveyard Lovers, Your 33 Black Angels @ Trash Bar
* Shenandoah and the Night, Natureboy, Gunfight, Give To Light, Grow Up To Be Cowboys @ Pianos
* Class Actress, Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow, Beach Day, Zambri, Air Waves @ Knitting Factory
* A Wilhelm Scream, Raindance, Man The Change, When Thieves Are About, Thirsty! @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Chain and the Gang, Magik Markers, M.A.K.U. SoundSystem, Mucca Pazza, Dustin Wong, and Dope Body @ Public Assembly

Today is the first day of the Northside Festival. BrooklynVegan is proud to host THREE shows during the festival, the first of which is tonight at Saint Vitus with Dragged into Sunlight, Make and The Year is One. If you dont have a badge you can get one here, and tickets are still available. Friday (6/15) is a BrooklynVegan doubleheader, featuring Harkonen, The Atlas Moth, Fight Amp and Whores at Union Pool as part of a BV-BBG/Brutal Panda showcase (tickets) as well as the official BV showcase with Frankie Rose, Caveman, Hume and Fort Lean at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets).

There's lots of hip hop shows tonight and this weekend. The Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) show which would have happened at the Apollo tonight was rescheduled for October 28.

Beach Boys play Good Morning America tomorrow morning (6/15).

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Pretty fruitful day for videos! Passion Pit have a new video for "Take a Walk" from their forthcoming LP Gossamer. Watch it below.

Best Coast has a new video for the title track from their new LP The Only Place. Catch them on tour, including in NYC. Watch the video below

Yeasayer have a new video for "Henrietta" from their forthcoming Fragrant World LP. Catch them on tour and in NYC too! Watch the video below.

You may have heard that Edvard Munch's The Scream was sold for a whopping $120 million dollars to an anonymous telephone bidder. Funny or Die got the scoop and it can now be revealed that The Darkness are the winners of that prized piece of art. See what happened after they purchased the painting below.

What else?

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Future Islands at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Sarahana)
Future Islands

Future Islands have a bunch of dates coming up this summer, including a run with Passion Pit on their tour. Before that, they'll play their own show in Brooklyn at Death by Audio on July 11 with Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Darlings.

Speaking of Passion Pit, they revealed another track off their upcoming LP, Gossamer (due out 7/24 via Columbia). It's called "I'll Be Alright" and you can stream it below, along with a list of all Future Islands and Passion Pit dates...

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Made in America

The following items are NOT ALLOWED
• Weapons of any kind
• Fireworks or explosives
• Illegal or Illicit substances of any kind
• Outside food & drink (except your factory sealed water)
• Pets (except service animals)
• Flyers, handbills, posters, stickers (no solicitation allowed)
• Chairs
• Glass containers
• Skateboards, motorized vehicles or Scooters
• Coolers
• Professional recording devices or cameras (no-detachable lenses or tripods or other commercial uses)
• Glowsticks
• Laser Pointers
• Items to obstruct other fan's views (kites, flag poles, large signs, etc)
The above list comes from the Philadelphia fest's FAQ page. Many of the above listed artists were leaked yesterday. More artists to be announced. Tickets are in various stages of going on sale.

PREVIOUSLY: Pearl Jam, Passion Pit & Dirty Projectors & others playing Jay-Z's Made in America Fest

Skrillex
Jay-Z

Pearl Jam says:

We are pleased to announce that Pearl Jam is headlining Made in America Music Festival curated by Jay-Z. Made in America takes place Labor Day Weekend (Saturday, September 1st - Sunday, September 2nd) at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.

PLEASE NOTE: Made In America Festival will announce Pearl Jam's exact performance date and time in the coming weeks.

In addition to Pearl Jam, this 2-day music festival will include performances from fellow artists like Jay-Z, Passion Pit, Dirty Projectors and much more.

The full lineup is not announced yet, but Philly.com points out that Drake, Santigold, Skrillex, Afrojack, Odd Future, and Miike Snow might also all be on the bill, which if all true, means this thing really is going to be huge. There will be 28 performances on 3 stages over 2 days total. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, May 23rd at 10am ET / 7am PT.

Osheaga

We just posted about Austra who's coming back to North America (including 9/19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg) after a tour of Europe. She's also one of many artists playing the 2012 Osheaga Festival in Montreal which happens August 3 - 5Tickets are still available for the three-day event.

In addition to Austra, Osheaga plays host to The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Justice, Metric (who play Radio City Music Hall soon), Sigur Ros (who play Prospect Park and are streaming their new LP), Florence & The Machine (who plays Jones Beach this summer), The WeekndPassion Pit (who play Governor's Ball soon), The Jesus & Mary Chain, MGMTSantigold (who just played Irving), Zola Jesus (who just played the Guggenheim) and many many more.

Full Osheaga lineup is below.

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Bumbershoot

The 2012 music lineup was announced today for Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, which is produced by non-profit arts organization One Reel and takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3, at Seattle Center. The 42-year-old urban festival stands on top nationally in its variety as it showcases both familiar and up-and-coming regional and national talent in many musical genres, as well as in comedy, theater, literary and visual arts, dance, film and children's programming.

Bumbershoot's Mainstage in KeyArena will feature two multi-act performances each day. Artists scheduled to perform there include groundbreaking alternative rock band Jane's Addiction, jazz legend Tony Bennett, electronic phenom Skrillex, a hip hop double bill with Mac Miller and Big Sean, M83, and AWOLNATION among others. Additional Mainstage acts will be announced in coming weeks.

Tickets are all-inclusive. All festival offerings, including Mainstage admission on a first-come, first-served basis (no separate pass required), and late-night electronic music curated by Decibel Festival for Bumbershoot After Dark, are included in the price of a single-day or 3-day ticket
The complete Bumbershoot 2012 lineup below...

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Passion Pit are finally getting around to following up their 2009 debut, Manners. The new album, Gossamer will be out July 25 on Columbia Records. You can stream the album's first single, "Take a Walk," at the bottom of this post and the song will be available to purchase digitally on May 8. The band doing the outdoor festival circuit this summer, including a June 23 performance at the Governors Ball Fest. All Passion Pit dates are below.

Continue reading "Passion Pit share a song off their new LP, schedule dates"

Outside Lands

"Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, are proud to announce the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. The world's only gourmet music festival will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 10 - 12, 2012. Tickets will go on sale Thursday April 19 at 12 noon PDT via www.sfoutsidelands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department."
Pretty massive lineup for the San Francisco festival this year. Check it out below....

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