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Governors Ball

"Founders Entertainment are proud to present the inaugural Governors Ball Music Festival (www.govball.com), a one day event to be held June 18 on New York City's Governors Island. Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, and Empire of the Sun are joined by Big Boi (of Outkast), Neon Indian, People Under The Stars, Mac Miller, Miami Horror, Passion Pit (DJ Set), Reptar, Outasight and other artists to be announced over the coming weeks. Closing out the festival will be Pretty Lights, whose rising popularity will be complimented by his brand new state of the art production.

The Governors Ball promises to be a massive mid-summer dance party of epic proportions. Performances will take place on two stages without overlapping sets, and feature stunning views. The artists appearing at the inaugural Governors Ball are diverse in scope and sound, spanning indie rock, dance, electronica, and hip hop, but the common theme and guiding force behind the festival is music that gets people of all walks of life moving, dancing and having a good time." - PR

Early Bird Tickets go on sale Thurs. Feb. 24th at 10 AM EST. They start at $75 each and go up in price as the date gets closer or if you want VIP options.

The closest thing we've seen to this on Governors Island is HARD Fest that took place with M.I.A. in July. This lineup, with more than one artist on the bill who can headline multiple nights at Terminal 5, is bigger though.

Meanwhile Girl Talk kicks off the next leg of his Winter Tour at a sold out Terminal 5 on 2/24. His last area show was at Wellmont earlier this month.

Passion Pit @ Wellmont Theater - 12/30/10 (el_jong)
Passion Pit

Man Man have replaced Slick Rick as the Passion Pit opener at Wellmont Theater tonight (New Years Eve). Titus Andronicus opened the show for Passion Pit at the same venue last night, and will headline their own New Years Eve show tonight, but not at Ridgewood Masonic Temple:

====| NEW YEARS EVE @ 285 KENT AVE |====

:: TITUS ANDRONICUS
:::: REAL ESTATE
:::::: Andrew Cedermark
:::::::: Julian Lynch

| 285 KENT AVE | -------- note: NEW VENUE!
285 Kent Ave @ S 1st St | Williamsburg, Brooklyn L-Bedford, JM-Marcy | 8pm | all ages | $15 adv, $16 @ door | no phone

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@ DESERT ISLAND BOOKS
UPDATE: Sold out
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Man Man also open for Gogol Bordello at Terminal 5 on New Years Day. Julian Lynch also headlines Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 7th.

A shaky video from last night's Passion Pit show, below...

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus at a new venue for New Years Eve, opened for Passion Pit at Wellmont (like Man Man now does tonight)"

photos by Andrew St. Clair

yes, that's Matisyahu & Tokyo Police Club...
Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club and We Barbarians played an invite-only show at the Wired Store on 12/15, much like Ra Ra Riot did a week earlier. It was the Foundations Artist Management Holiday Party and was marked by a surprise appearance from Matisyahu who joined TPC for a cover of his own "Miracle (The Hanukkah Song)". Ayad and Michael from Passion Pit didn't play the party, but they did introduce TPC after jokingly introducing themselves at Foundations interns.

After the Wired Store show, Andrew St. Clair joined TPC at Nancy Whiskey in TriBeCa where they played We Barbarians in a gentlemanly game of shuffleboard.

Matisyahu played a string of Hannukah related shows, including four NYC shows recently, and has a show coming up at Mercury Lounge. TPC have a tour coming up with Two Door Cinema Club which will hit Terminal 5. Passion Pit are playing Wellmont Theater on 12/30 and 12/31.

More pictures below...

Continue reading "Matisyahu played w/ Tokyo Police Club after a set by We Barbarians & a Passion Pit intro @ the Wired Store (pics)"

Titus Andronicus @ Webster Hall (more by kolored)
Titus Andronicus

NEW YEARS EVE @ RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLE

:: TITUS ANDRONICUS
:::: REAL ESTATE
:::::: Andrew Cedermark
:::::::: Julian Lynch

| RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLE |
1054 Bushwick Ave @ Gates | Bushwick, Brooklyn J-Gates | 8pm | all ages | $15 | no phone

For Real Estate, that makes three upcoming shows, all of which are in NYC. The other two are at Union Hall and Brooklyn Bowl.

For Titus Andronicus that makes four upcoming NYC-area shows and even more elsewhere now that they've been added as the opener on the upcoming Pogues tour. Passion Pit play Wellmont Theatre on New Years Eve with Slick Rick, and one night earlier with Titus. All dates below...

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus touring w/ the Pogues, playing New Years Eve show w/ Real Estate (dates)"

DOWNLOAD: ARMS - Heat and Hot Water (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: ARMS - Heat and Hot Water (Passion Pit remix) (MP3)

ARMS @ Mercury Lounge in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
ARMS

As previously mentioned, ARMS, aka Todd Goldstein and band, play a show at Brooklyn Bowl with Oh Land and many others tonight (11/8). Currently working on a new album in a studio in NYC, maybe ARMS will try out some new material at the gig. In the meantime, grab the brand new Passion Pit remix of "Heat and Hot Water". The regular version, which you can get up there too, is one of four tracks on ARMS' free EP (get it here) which was released earlier this year.

Todd Goldstein can also be caught playing a solo show at Living Room on November 11th, and that's it for now for ARMS. Passion Pit have a bunch of shows coming up though, including two at the end of the year at Wellmont Theater in NJ. All dates below...

Continue reading "Passion Pit remix ARMS (who are playing shows) -- MP3"

Passion Pit @ Governors Island in June (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Passion Pit

New Year's Eve plans you say? Passion Pit will be doing two nights - a December 31st show, and one the night before on the 30th - at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 8th at noon.

Now Passion Pit just need to add a 1/1 show and they'll be playing all three nights that Phish are at Madison Square Garden.

All tour dates for the band (who play some gigs with Muse, as well as some college shows this fall) are below...

Continue reading "Passion Pit playing New Year's in NJ --- updated tour dates "

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Governors Island

The music is/was great, but part of the reason I trekked out to see Passion Pit, Tokyo Police Club, We Were Promised Jetpacks & Suckers on Governors Island on Wednesday night (June 30th), especially after having just seen 3/4 of the bill one night earlier in Prospect Park, was to check out Colonel's Row, the area where the show was actually being held.

Unlike "The Beach" where most of the Governors Island concerts are held, there was no sand - just lots of beautiful trees and grass and old buildings on either side. It was a lot like a college campus. The sound was great, the weather was great, and despite the approx-7000 capacity, it wasn't too crowded at all (though the lines for the ATMs were super long). The sides were lined with food vendors (mostly gross-looking food) and there were lots of bars set up all over. I wish they would do more shows there actually (Passion Pit is unfortunately the only one happening in the space this summer).

Colonel's Row, during Tokyo Police Club (via my phone)
Colonels Row

Another reason I was really motivated to take the ferry was to see We Were Promised Jetpacks who didn't play Prospect Park the night before. The Scottish band did a great job warming up the crowd with their wailing vocals, wall of guitar sounds, and tension-building rock songs. Many in the young audience cheered along, though the excitement that the three openers experienced didn't come close to what I saw two nights in a row for Passion Pit who had thousands of people cheering, dancing and just generally going crazy to their falsetto-fronted dance songs.

I unfortunately had to leave Passion Pit early this time to catch Delta Spirit at Bowery Ballroom, but photographer Andrew St. Clair not only stayed for the whole show, he stuck around afterward for the backstage karaoke afterparty (the show was the final stop on TPC & PP's tour together). Andrew's pictures from the whole night, below...

Continue reading "Passion Pit, Tokyo Police Club, We Were Promised Jetpacks & Suckers played (and sang karaoke on) Governors Island - pics "

"Gone to Governors" (more by Ryan Muir)
Gone to Governors

Wednesday, June 30th
Passion Pit
Updated Ferry Information

Doors open at 5:00PM, show is at 6:00PM.

ALL Ferries for Passion Pit will be departing regularly from lower Manhattan at the North end of the Battery Maritime Building ONLY starting at 5:00PM - 10 South Street, New York, NY. The Battery Maritime Building is easily accessible from the the 2-3, JMZ, and AC subway stops.

Returning ferries from Governors Island will run approximately every 20 minutes back from the Island all evening. Please note that returning ferries may stop at either the Battery Maritime Building OR Pier 11 (Wall Street & South Street) which is only a few hundred yards North of the Battery Maritime Building and also accessible to the the 2-3, JMZ, AC subway stops.

Passion Pit is not free. You must have a ticket to get on the ferry and the show is sold out. And by "show is at 6", they mean Suckers play at 6pm sharp.

Note also that tonight's Passion Pit show is not on "the Beach". The Beach, where Yeasayer and the Morning Benders played free shows, is the smallest of the three "venues" on Governors Island. Passion Pit play Colonel's Row which is about double the size of the Beach. M.I.A. and Rock the Bells happen at the even bigger space which is more than double the size of Colonel's Row.

This holiday weekend there are three free shows on Governors Island. Note the updated lineups:

  • July 3rd - Portugal. The Man w/ Alberta Cross & Hopewell
    (Doors: 6:00 pm/ Show: 8:00 pm)
  • July 4th - Rosanne Cash (2 PM - 4 PM)
  • July 4th - She & Him w/ Oakley Hall (4:00 pm Show)
Portugal and She & Him are part of the "Gone to Governors" series which is presented by Converse (and take place on the Beach). All shows are first come first served. Check thebeachconcerts.com website for updated ferry info on the day of those shows, and the official ferry schedule for getting there early.

There is also a Victor Calderone event on the Beach of Governors Island on July 4th from 6pm - 2am, so I guess She & Him is over before then. The switchover of crowds should be interesting.

"Please note: Due to location of fireworks, they cannot be seen from Governors Island"

Lucero play a free show on the Beach with J-Roddy Walston and The Business (recently added) & TBA on July 10th. More of the schedule is HERE.

words by Rachel Kowal, photos by David Andrako

Passion Pit

Before the show started, the crowd in front of the bandshell sat and chatted leisurely to pass time, but when they saw Suckers walk on stage, they immediately jumped to their feet, cheering. In their cool shades and neon-colored clothing, Suckers had definitely embraced the outdoor park setting. "We're from Brooklyn. Celebrate!" shouted Suckers singer Quinn Walker early in the show. Drummer Brian Aiken thrashed around with such intensity that before long, his face was nearly the color of his fuchsia shirt. They only played seven songs, but the group harmonies, well-placed trumpet cameos, and over-the-top facial expressions from the drummer made for a pretty entertaining show, and the Brooklyn band's music proved to be a good introduction to the evening. Many of their songs had slower starts, but they definitely filled out by the time the choruses hit.

Tokyo Police Club's music was more immediate. Instead of building up their sound gradually, they seemed to put it out there up front, and their sound was a bit more raucous overall. Like Suckers, Tokyo Police Club really seemed to be enjoying the picturesque setting. It had been another hot day in Brooklyn, but it cooled off just enough to be pleasant for the show. "I hope you enjoyed the beautiful day in the park," said singer Dave Monks. "You guys should really check out these trees when you get a chance. The trees are killing it." And he was right. The trees lining the back side of the bandshell were waving gently in the wind as if swaying to the music.

Passion Pit

Tokyo Police Club showcased a number of songs from their recent album, Champ. After their set had ended, the eager crowd tried a few different methods to get Passion Pit out on stage, but neither the chanting nor the slow clap did the trick. Shortly after 9:00, the tech guy gave a signal with his flashlight and yellow lights started flickering madly on stage as the band walked out. The production value definitely went up with each band's performance. For Passion Pit, each song seemed to have its own color scheme for lights: reds, oranges, purples, blues, and greens all made an appearance as the evening progressed. By the third song, a colorful banner (resembling the cover art of the Manners re-issue) fell against the backdrop to the delight of the audience.

For the most part, the sound throughout the evening was pretty good for an outdoor show. But the vocals did seem to be a little low in the mix - especially for Passion Pit. I'm not sure if it was just where I was standing or if there was a technical oversight, but there were times when I'd see Passion Pit singer Michael Angelakos open his mouth as if to sing but no sound came out. Of course, it didn't help that he had a tendency of holding the mic a bit too far away. (Were the officials trying to thwart the non-paying park goers from hearing the show outside of the official venue space?)

Regardless of the levels, the crowd seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. Throughout the show, they sang along, clapped to the beat, jumped up and down, and danced. There was also more than one attempt at crowd surfing as the evening progressed and the excitement mounted. The band was clearly thrilled to be performing in front of such a large, enthusiastic audience. Angelakos paced and danced around the stage with glee and kept effusively thanking everyone in between songs, eventually saying, "People make fun of me for always thanking everybody, but we're just in awe of everything that's just happened in the past year. This show sold out in like ten minutes. We're from Boston, but this city made us. Thank you so much! This is the biggest show we've ever played."

Passion Pit

For their encore, Passion Pit played a delightful cover of the hit 1994 song "Dreams" by The Cranberries before closing with their own hit - "Sleepyhead." Though the crowd left behind a wasteland of bottles and cups, the tinkling of the aluminum Bud cans as they rolled over the cement surface made for an oddly melodic exit.

They do it again, at an even bigger venue with the same lineup (and the addition of We Were Promised Jetpacks) tonight (6/30) at Colonel's Row on Governors Island. More pictures from last night, some videos and Passion Pit's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Passion Pit, Tokyo Police Club & Suckers Celebrated Brooklyn in Prospect Park - pics, video & setlist"

Passion Pit @ the Classic Car Club in Tribeca (more by Tim Griffin)
Passion Pit

tonight in NYC
* Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
* J*Davey with Hal Linton @ SOBs
* Papa San @ Soundview Park
* Greg Cohen, Marc Ribot @ The Stone
* Beach Fossils @ Santos Party House
* Alexa Wilding, Callmekat @ Mercury Lounge
* The Prids, Soft Tags, Ceremony @ Death By Audio
* Robert Randolph and The Family Band @ Bowery Ballroom
* Haney/Slusher/Derosa Trio, C. Lavender, Kilt @ Zebulon
* Animal Tropical, Afuche, Ice Cream, Hannah Fairchild @ Pianos
* Dinosaur Feathers, Lowry, The Casey Shea Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Bizi Gara, Imaginary Friends, Jean-Eric, Wild Yaks @ The Cameo
* Dream Diary, Soft Spot, Nite Flights, Little Racer @ Cake Shop
* Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, Elk City @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Passion Pit, Tokyo Police Club, Suckers @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* We Were Promised Jetpacks, Bear Hands @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* ICE & JACK Quartet: Darmstadt Send-Off Concert @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Blissed Out, The Present Moment, DJ Shawn Noeq, DJ Katie Rose @ Glasslands
* Lawrence Welks, Tooth Ache, Toby Aronson, Jets and Snakes, Sink Tapes @ Silent Barn
* Lapis Lazuli, Dave Sims, Peter Aaron, unFact, Avondale Airforce @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Jay Electronica, Joell Ortiz, CyHi Da Prynce, DJ Greg Street, STS of MMJB @ Highline Ballroom
* Definitely Poetry: Daniel Bernard Roumain, Emeline Michel, Erol Josué, Cave Canem @ Central Park SummerStage

The PS1 schedule was announced.

To quote BBG, "unFact is also scheduled to play the Knitting Factory on June 29th alongside two other bands that feature figures from other great bands: Lapis Lazuli (which features Kurt Wolf of Pussy Galore & Boss Hog) will headline the night with an assist from Avondale Airforce (which features Peter Aaron of Chrome Cranks & Stanton Warren)."

Passion Pit headline a ticketed (not free) show at the Prospect Park Bandshell tonight. Tokyo Police Club and Suckers open.

The same lineup plays Governors Island Wednesday, but with the addition of We Were Promised Jetpacks who headline their own show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.

Passion Pit recently played Summerfest. A backstage interview with members of the band below.

No shows at the Rock Shop tonight, but there will be soon.

It's unclear if there will be any more shows at Berry Park.

Phish covered Neutral Milk Hotel over the weekend.

The Gay Pride Parade happened on Sunday.

Speaking of Sunday, Sunday Best has a new home.

Mystery Jets, who have two shows coming up at Mercury Lounge, filmed a "Serotonin Session". Video below....

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday?"

interview by Billy Jones, top photo by Ryan Muir

DOWNLOAD: DOM - Jesus (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: DOM - Living In America (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: DOM - Burn Bridges (MP3)

DOM

Dom, pictured above playing at a party inside Pitchfork's Brooklyn offices on Tuesday night, are in town to play two Northside Festival shows. The first happens tonight, Thursday, June 24th, at the Knitting Factory. Dom opens for Cloud Nothings and WAVVES. That show is sold out. After that it's Saturday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg aka the BrooklynVegan showcase with Zaza, Twin Sister, and Memory Tapes. That one still has tickets available. Both shows are also accessible with a Northside Festival badge (first come, first served, capacity permitting, etc).

It's been an exciting few months for Dom whose next scheduled NYC show after Northside is the 2010 Siren Festival. Their most recent show before Northside was "Fader Bowl".

Billy Jones (you may have read his recent interview with Dave Sitek) caught up with Dom (the person) via gchat on Wednesday. They talked about Dom (the group), the Pitchfork party, Cults, gingers (they both are), Total Slacker, salvia, Party Expo, merch and more...

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Billy: sup man
Dom: nothing much. chillin.

Billy: i am ginger
Dom: sick! u kno we are less than 10 percent population

Billy: have you seen the M.I.A. video?
Dom: yes i have

Billy: how do you feel about mia? i am left handed and ginger. fucked.
Dom: i love mia. yeah i wasnt really moved one way or another by the vid. great concept, butttt, i could have done it better

continued below...

Continue reading "an interview w/ Dom (about MIA, gingers, drugs, Pitchfork's Brooklyn office party, the Northside Fest & stuff) "

photos by Tim Griffin

Passion Pit

Passion Pit played a free "Kin"-sponsored show at the Classic Car Club in Tribeca last night (5/14). The location of the NYC event was revealed at 4:00 p.m., and by 4:10 there were people on line to get in. Less than three hours later they closed off the line that wrapped around 2 corners. Passion Pit in turn played to a capacity crowd, some of who were wet from the quick rain storm that hit while people were waiting to get in.

The "Kin secret gig tour" kicked off last week with shows by N.E.R.D., Asher Roth and Yeasayer in San Francisco and continues TONIGHT (5/15) with free Black Keys and Ting Tings shows in NYC. Look for the locations to be revealed on the event's Facebook page.

More pictures from the PP show and the setlist below...

Continue reading "Passion Pit played a free Kin show in NYC - pics & setlist"

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Dam-Funk And Master Blazter is playing Bowery Ballroom on June 12th. Tickets are on sale.

Tame Impala is playing Pianos on June 24th. Tickets are on sale.

Brahms is playing Pianos on May 1st (with ARMS / Bell / Aislyn & Wet Bandits aka Passion Pit DJs), May 25 (with Das Racist / Gordon Voidwell / Shadowbox & DJ Aaron Pfenning) and June 1st (with Class Actress / Tony Castles / Baby Alpaca / Cool Places Soundsystem DJ). Tickets for all three shows are on sale.

Das Racist also play the LES venue on May 20th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are now on sale for the Peggy Sue show happening at Pianos.

Peter Wolf Crier, Pocahaunted, Greg from Bouncing Souls, and other Pianos shows are on sale too.

Tickets are on sale for the Heartless Bastards / Peter Wolf Crier shows at Bowery & MHOW.

Tickets are on sale for a lot of Black Crowes shows at Nokia Theatre.

Tickets are on sale for the Vatican Commandos (featuring Moby) hardcore show at Mercury Lounge.

Swans and Danzig tickets went on sale.

Zola Jesus Glasslands tickets are on sale.

A Toro y Moi show at Glasslands is on sale.

Weezer & other Waterfront & Governors Island shows on sale.

Tickets are on sale for the Cass McCombs show at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale for two Empire of the Sun shows at Terminal 5.

Tickets are on sale for the Black Mountain show at Knitting Factory.

Yeasayer Kin show in San Francisco
yeasayer

Not to be confused with their DJ set at Museum of Natural History, Passion Pit will perform their previously-mentioned, free "Kin" show at a secret Tribeca location in NYC tonight (5/14). The location and other details will be revealed at some point on the event's Facebook page. Same goes for Saturday's Black Keys show, Saturday's Ting Tings show, and the newly-announced Dead Weather show happening in Chicago on next Sunday Saturday (5/22).

For the Black Keys, it's one of three NYC shows in a week. The other two happen at the very tiny Housing Works Bookstore and the very large Madison Square Garden.

"Kin" hosted their first promotional shows in this series the other day in San Francisco with performances by Asher Roth, N.E.R.D. and Yeasayer. Pictures from those continue below...

Continue reading "Passion Pit & Black Keys play Kin shows this weekend, Dead Weather in Chicago, Yeasayer & NERD played California (pics)"

Passion Pit @ Terminal 5 in January (more by Samantha Marble)
Passion Pit

Passion Pit, The Black Keys and Ting Tings will all be playing free shows in NYC sometime soon. There's a Facebook event page for the shows, but very little information otherwise. They're being sponsored by Kin, which is a new Windows-based phone. Kin is also putting on two free shows in San Francisco - one with Yeasayer and one with NERD & Asher Roth - on May 8th.

Two of the bands playing NYC have other shows coming up in the city and world: check out our latest posts on Passion Pit and Black Keys.

Yeasayer headlined Webster Hall in NYC on Tuesday night.

a Muse & Metric show @ SXSW (more by Tim Griffin)
Muse Metric

Muse have their North American tour for this fall already plotted out. The first half will be opened by Passion Pit, and the second will be opened by Metric. For the NY-area shows in October, it'll be Metric. Those will happen October 23rd at Nassau Coliseum and October 24th at NJ's Prudential Center. Tickets go on WRXP presale Wednesday at 10am, and Fanclub presale starts at the same time. General sale starts Friday at 10am.

There are plenty of chances to see Passion Pit before then. And Metric will be in NYC too. They play a May 16th show at Terminal 5 with Bear in Heaven. Tickets are still on sale.

Metric's other upcoming shows include Europe in May and select dates of Lilith Fair. They recently shared a bill with Muse at SXSW. All Muse and Passion Pit tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Metric & Passion Pit touring w/ Muse - 2010 tour dates "

Suckers @ SXSW (more by Tim Griffin)
Suckers

Suckers play two sold-out shows with their labelmates Local Natives on May 6th and 7th at Bowery Ballroom. They'll have an NYC show of their own at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, June 18th as a release party for their debut, Wild Smile, out June 8th on Frenchkiss. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

Suckers have also been added to the lineup of the sold-out Passion Pit/Tokyo Police Club show at Prospect Park on June 29th and the show the next night at Governors Island with the same bands plus We Were Promised Jetpacks.

Local Natives play Governors Island in August. On Sunday they played Coachella. Passion Pit played the California fest on Friday. Tokyo Police Club played Saturday.

All Suckers dates below...

Continue reading "Suckers opening Passion Pit shows, headlining their own"

photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer

Jay-Z, Beyonce & Johnny Rotten
Coachella 2010
Coachella 2010

This year, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival reveals that tattoos are more ubiquitous among social scenes than ever before. A walking museum of quotes and legendary faces from Jesus to Michael Jackson decorates the backs, shoulders, calves and fingers of people fashionably reliving their favorite historical decades at this heat-stroke inducing music marathon.

I thought Wale didn't show up, but later found out that he showed up late. Baroness demonstrated the art of rocking out at least three to five times before each song reached a satisfied climax. Metal can be a real turn on, especially surrounded by sweaty good-looking people. Deer Tick performed an R+B version of "Ashamed" followed by John McCauley caressing his nipples. LA band Iglu and Hartly had enthusiasm, but is this Mickey Avalon without the drugs and prostitutes? Which leaves what? Sleigh Bells began with a booty melting bass line palpable from the VIP section across the field, soon overtaken by hipster hop metal pop for people that like beaches and children. The Avett Brothers made an exciting second Coachella appearance on the Outdoor Stage. Two years ago, the band played Sunday gospel time, all manners and simplicity, but the Bros returned with a full band, and a few thousand people singing every word, stomping to the banjo, and hugging during the sweet parts. The banjo will take over America. Just wait. Country music is infiltrating avant-garde and above ground indie worlds alike.

Standing midway between the big stages, just a few feet from yet another girl with the words "Have u seen my friend Molly?" scrawled on her back, the Avett Brothers' heart-wrenching "January Wedding" got a reggaeton remix from Calle 13 booming on the Main Stage. This Puerto Rican dancefloor marvel used a tea kettle for a mic effect, and taught the audience to say "No me jodas las pelotas" against negativity ("Don't fuck my balls"). Speaking of balls, Yeasayer's crowd went absolutely nuts screaming, but the guys barely seemed aware, transported as they were to some space station cloud. The harmonies rocked like angelic aliens-but, smile, guys. Hockey demonstrated a genuine interest in moving indie rock standards forward, especially attracting the PG-13 festival contingency. M. ward raspy singing "Roll Over Beethoven" during She & Him's set delivered tingly shivers, but Zooey Deschanel's approach to "I Put A Spell On You" did not crumble souls. Her jazzy voice and bouncy energy otherwise made for a good time that elicited repetitive shouts of "I Love You!" from the first row.

Gil Scott-Heron
Coachella 2010

Music should be at least marginally weird or infinitely classic, but Tom Morello's band, Street Sweeper Social Club, brings nothing new to either category and so seems a waste of great musicians. Get weird or the future will never arrive. That being said, the musicians Coachella digs up from history often present the most exciting moments. Rock steady ska pioneers The Specials sent a crispy, warm message to Rudy that every witness appreciated immensely, but it was outrageous that barely any photographers showed up for Gil Scott-Heron's smooth, soulful set [editor's note: ours did!]. The man is partly responsible for getting Martin Luther King, Jr. a holiday, godfathered hip hop, and that doesn't merit attention? A large crowd attended his every word, but the photos won't show it. Later on, James Murphy screamed Gil Scott-Heron's name during "Losing My Edge" as if it were the name of God. Glad he gets it. LCD Soundsystem's first single in 2002, "Losing My Edge" is a historical document worth preserving for the ages, an essence that speaks to what Coachella seems bent on capturing and rewriting every year. Echo & The Bunnymen rode the high-hat zealously-as many have copied since-giving chapped lips sugar kisses. Public Image, Ltd., could not take Jay-Z's audience away from him nor unglue Fever Ray fans from Karin Dreijer Andersson's encompassing fog spell, but I'll be damned if PiL wasn't the best show all day. John Lydon's hair stood on edge and he rolled his rrrr's heroically. His gang of old men put the good junk in post-punk.

As this first 12 hour music summary comes to a close, a few acts remain worth giving a hoot about. Grizzly Bear's hypnotic power hardly needs mentioning and Vampire Weekend knows you love "Horchata." New cool La Roux magnetizes with a disco flavor that Anita Ward might approve. As hoped, Little Dragon's gentle fire breathing soul pop fronted by Yukimi's sexy voice and adorable stage presence comes in as Friday's second favorite. The music's weird enough, bent on discovering surprises. One-woman band Imogen Heap, as well, is the queen of surprises. She moves around her instruments, looping this and dubbing that as if casually mixing a magic potion or prepping a sandwich. Jay-Z's "On To The Next One" is an appropriate theme song for the attention span needed to get your money's worth at Coachella. And then Beyonce came out. We all bowed down before her short shorts.

Them Crooked Vultures, Passion Pit, Dillinger Escape Plan, Yo Gabba Gabba, and The Whitest Boy Alive also played sets on Friday. The Cribs were among those who could not. Coachella continues for a second day today/Saturday (Record Store Day). More pictures and videos and stuff from the first day, below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2010 - Day One in pics, video & review "

photos by Tim Griffin

Lucero
Lucero

"...The bands were running late at Club Deville, but I was pleased to hear Centromatic on the stage. They sounded like classic rock and when Steve Miller Band's "Rock'N Me" came on after their set, it was in the same vein, but Centromatic was above and beyond.

Lucero came on next and killed it. Nichols' voice is like sandpaper on gravel and it has a booze-soaked and sorry quality that makes it sound like the hard nights and heartbreaks that he sings about are real experiences. Lucero is one of the few bands that I've seen (Free Energy comes to mind as well) that broke through to fans. Quite a few folks were dancing, jumping, singing and generally rocking out during their set..." [Rock Candy]

...It was a perfectly rowdy ending to the BrooklynVegan/DailyMotion day party at Club DeVille on Friday, March 19th (one of our seven shows this year). The day's eclectic lineup ranged from country to electro to singer-songwriter to comedy. We also made a huge effort to feed people and give away free stuff this year. Those who stopped by the free show got free Ear Piece ear plugs, Magic Hat beer, Firefly Sweet Tea vodka (that lasted the entire 6+ hours), Gundlach Bundschu wine, Raw Rev bars, Nadamoo ice cream, Hail Merry "Grawnola", breakfast tacos and Daily Juice catering. Action For Animals was on hand with baked goods for sale that helped raise $800 for charity. Somebody (and every band and comedian) won some Original Penguin clothes. Members of Passion Pit (aka the Wet Bandits) played the music between bands. KEXP was filming video. All in all an amazing day.

Catch Lucero in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg this Tuesday, March 30th with Glossary (tickets are still on sale). Centro-matic kicks off a house tour in Houston the same day.

You've already seen some of this Friday party HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. Pictures, reviews and videos from it continue below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

"Oi! @brooklynvegan gig was a riot! Met new fans who said my singing sounded like DirtyProjectors guy and Michael Buble, respectively!?!" - Sondre Lerche

Sondre Lerche

Sondre Lerche & JBM share (a manager and) a bill at City Winery in NYC tonight (3/22). Tickets are still on sale. Before SXSW, Sondre played a NYC-area show at Maxwell's in Hoboken (JBM was supposed to open that show, but instead went on tour with Rogue Wave - something he'll do again in April).

Both Sondre and JBM were in Austin for SXSW, and one of Sondre's shows was the BrooklynVegan/DailyMotion day party at Club DeVille where the pictures in this post are from. Later in the week Sondre took part in the Big Star tribute at Antone's, and before that he paid tribute to Alex Chilton in a small way at the BV show too. That video segment is below with all dates and more pictures from the party (and a video of JBM at another Texas show too)...

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Passion Pit @ Terminal 5 on January 10th (more by Samantha Marble)
Passion Pit

Passion Pit and Tokyo Police Club are already setup for a Tuesday, June 29th show at Prospect Park Bandshell. Tickets for that are gone. They'll follow up the show with a June 30th show at Colonels' Row @ Governors Island. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 19th at noon (presale info TBA).

Members of Passion Pit will be DJing down at SXSW this year. You can catch them Friday during the day at the BV/DailyMotion party at Club DeVille, and then Saturday during the day at a Pianos day party. Yes, the same Pianos they DJ'd at on New Years Eve.

Also on Governors' Island this summer: a 12-hour theatrical performance of Dostoyevsky's "The Demons," put on by Lincoln Center.

All Passion Pit tour dates are below...

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SXSW flyer

*Friday, March 19, 2010*
BrooklynVegan Free Day Party Presented by DailyMotion
@ Club DeVille - 900 Red River St, Austin, TX (NOON - 6 PM)
*free and open to the public, no RSVP necessary

Main stage:
12:00 Princeton
12:45 Twin Sister
01:30 Nicole Atkins
02:15 Sondre Lerche
03:00 Holly Miranda
03:45 The Antlers
04:30 Centro-matic
05:15 Lucero

DJs: Passion Pit

Inside stage:
12:30 - Active Child
01:15 - Pearly Gate Music
02:00 - Tig Notaro (comedian)
02:15 - Katie Stelmanis
03:00 - Joe Mande (comedian)
03:15 - Zola Jesus
04:00 - Abe Vigoda
04:45 - MNDR
05:30 - The Wave Pictures

FREE DRINKS COURTESY OF: Magic Hat & Firefly Vodka
(while supplies last)
FREE VEGAN BREAKFAST TACOS FROM: Izzoz Austin
(starting @ noon. while supplies last)
VEGAN BAKE SALE FOR CHARITY BY: VegAustin & Action for Animals
MORE FREE FOOD COURTESY OF: Daily Juice (catering from 2-5)
MORE FREE FOOD COURTESY OF: Raw Revolution Bars
MORE FREE FOOD COURTESY OF: Hail Merry
FREE EAR PLUGS FROM: Ear Peace
+ more TBA

If you've been following along, both on this site and at our @bvSXSW Twitter account, you probably pieced most this lineup together already. And I'm extremely happy to report that this is the final BrooklynVegan party lineup we have left to announce this year. We'll see you on Wednesday at Emo's and Club DeVille, Thursday at Hoek's and Spider House, Saturday at Red 7 and Galaxy Room and on Friday right here at Club Deville from noon-6pm (on TWO stages) (the second stage is inside).

Thanks to DailyMotion for helping make this all possible. They're not only our presenting partner on this party, but we'll be uploading live footage from SXSW all week long to our account at their site. Some of that footage, including from this party will be shot by our official radio partner, KEXP.

Thanks to also to Original Penguin clothing for providing some clothes to giveaway to a few lucky attendees at the show.

Like at Emo's and Red 7, we'll have 10 kegs worth of Magic Hat beer to give out at this show, not to mention lots of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka to pour. And like at Emo's and Galaxy Room, we'll have free breakfast tacos and then late afternoon free catering by Daily Juice. All of our parties will be stocked with free Raw Revolution bars and Hail Merry Grawnola as well. And as if that's not enough, we're hosting a vegan bake sale for charity, courtesy of the fine folks at VegAustin.com and Action for Animals at this show. All money raised goes to Food for Life, an organization feeding Haitian and Chilean earthquake survivors.

Flyer design by Tammijean Triplett. Videos below...

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Sasquatch

We'll get a more complete press release in the morning (and confirm what is listed below is 100% correct), but in the meantime below is a picture of the 2010 Sasquatch poster (that someone Tweeted) and the lineup as read by Bradford Cox at tonight's Atlas Sound show in Seattle (and being listed all over the Internet)....

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by Ryan Barkan

Tracy Morgan & Stevie Wonder (picture via Hipster Runoff)
Stevie Wonder and Tracy Morgan

Super Bowl XLIV (44) took place Sunday night in Florida between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints. The Saints semi-upset the Colts to win the big game for the first time in the franchise's history. This post is a special edition of the long lost "Week In Music Licensing" post and as such, that's the last you will hear about the game. Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire, many videos and more below...

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