Entries tagged with: Passion Pit
Mayer Hawthorne @ Brooklyn Bowl in October (more by Tim Griffin)
The "retro" tag is added to almost any contemporary work that sounds like it was originally recorded between 1966 and 1974, and Mayer Hawthorne, among the newest contributors to the genre, is aware of how trends come and go. After being introduced to Stones Throw label head Peanut Butter Wolf by mutual friend Noelle Scaggs of the Rebirth, even his current boss was skeptical. "He showed me two songs and I didn't understand what I was listening to," Wolf recalls. "I asked him if they were old songs that he did re-edits of - I couldn't believe they were new songs and that he played all the instruments." [Stones Throw]Soul singer Mayer Hawthorne will team up with Passion Pit for shows from March 28th to April 15th (but no NYC date). But before that, Hawthorne is going on his own headlining tour with his band The County and singer Nikki Jean. The trip includes SXSW and a March 4th show at Webster Hall. Tickets are on AmEx presale now and go on general sale Friday at noon.
And like PP & TPC, Mayer will also be at Coachella in April. His label recently followed Mayer to the record store. That clip, music videos and all tour dates are below...
Passion Pit @ Terminal 5 on January 10th (more by Samantha Marble)
On the heels of their three-night Terminal 5 run (Jan. 8-10), Passion Pit have announced that they'll be playing one of this year's Celebrate Brooklyn 'benefits' at Prospect Park Bandshell on Tuesday, June 29th. The night also includes "very special guest" Tokyo Police Club. Tickets go on sale Saturday, January 30th at noon. More tour dates to be announced?
Both bands are also on the lineup for this year's Coachella, which is happening April 16th-18th. Passion Pit's other tour plans (Australia, Japan, the UK and, in March/April North America) are outlined HERE.
Tokyo Police Club are working on a new album to be released in 2010 on mom+pop Records. They've been blogging about their progress on the album, titled (they say) Masterworks In The Key Of Mastery, Feat. Baron von Fantastic and the Even More Simon Express. The band writes "Hopefully we'll be finished everything in the middle of February, and then we'll start mixing."
Videos of Passion Pit interviewed and at T5 are below...
Wow...Public Image Ltd, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Grace Jones, Fever Ray, Devo, Hot Chip, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Mew, Camera Obscura, Gil Scott-Heron, The xx, John Waters, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deer Tick, Gary Numan... Full Coachella 2010 lineup below....
photos by Samantha Marble
"Gigantic LED screens lit the stage as Passion Pit took the stage with entrance music pounding through the speakers, an evolutionary gesture. The crowd, a mixture of hardened hipsters with their battle stories and tweens with tickets bought on parental credit cards, lost their collective minds in that cocktail of excitement and uncertain celebrity usually associated with mid-level professional athletes and reality television stars. Passion Pit, the kids from Boston with that independent EP turned Columbia Records LP, proved as magnanimous as confident in their pose, saying something unspoken like, "Dear 3,000 people, thanks for buying tickets to see us. Appreciate it. Now we're going to light this place up, okay?"" [32Ft/Second]Passion Pit finished their three-night run at Terminal 5 with s final show on January 10th opened by Tragedy (an "all-metal BeeGees cover band") and Brahms (who have a show coming up with Lemonade and Delorean). Tragedy brought out a special guest fitness instructor (aka Dave Hill) in very tight shorts. More pictures of that night are posted below.
Passion Pit has shows in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Europe coming up, and they'll be back to tour North America with Mayer Hawthorne in late-March/April (no NYC dates yet). We already posted most of the dates. They are updated with more pictures from Sunday below...
photos by Vincent Cornelli
"It's been a lot of shows since SXSW ," says [The RAA's lead singer, Nils Edenloff] with a chuckle, taking a few minutes to call from a Tim Horton's somewhere off the 401. "I think by the end of  we might hit 100 shows. I'm hoping we hit 100 because that would be pretty cool to say."The Rural Alberta Advantage just completed a four-show-in-three-nights run in the NYC area. Last night it was two shows in a row at Mercury Lounge which came one night after opening for Passion Pit at Terminal 5 which came after a show at Maxwell's. More pictures from Terminal 5 with one of the Mercury Lounge setlists, below...
Just add it to the band's list of milestones. In addition to the above, you can score a No. 1 on the Canadian college radio charts, inclusion on the bill for Vancouver's Cultural Olympiad this February and credit for writing the Prime Minister's (or maybe just his assistant's) favourite song of the moment, "Edmonton."
Edenloff has a harder time ticking off his achievements from the last year. "It's funny because it feels like every step is a new high," he reflects. "When we first played New York [in January] at this little bar, Piano's, we felt like 'This is the most amazing thing ever.' I never thought anything would top that. And then SXSW, it was a crazy-amazing time down there, everything just went really well. And, you know, playing Alberta for the first time, if just feels like everything is getting better and better." [Dose.ca]
photos by Vincent Cornelli
"The reeling - passion pit. Rad stuff!" - Jonas Brothers
"I think the craziest photo I have--and actually my parents thought it was really amazing--we were at Glastonbury, I got to meet Bruce Springsteen, and being from New Jersey, he's like the town hero and icon, and like, I met him and hung out with him, and we took a picture together, and I was like, 'Holy crap, I can't believe that happened.' Of all places, we were in England, and I met Bruce Springsteen. Just crazy stuff like that. Things like, 'Hey I'm at my parents' now and two or three weeks ago I was in L.A. and we met the Jacksons, and it's like, what? That happened? That's weird.'"Passion Pit played their first of three sold out shows at Terminal 5 in NYC on Friday night (1/8). We'll have more recaps and pictures of the openers after the final show on Sunday. More pictures from night one, below...
[Jeff Apruzzese of Passion Pit to the Aquarian]
members of Passion Pit @ Pianos on NYE (drivemycarlye)
Member of Passion Pit played DJ at quickly-sold-out party at Pianos in NYC on New Years Eve. Tonight (1/8), they kick off their sold-out three night run of live shows at Terminal 5 in the same town. Each night has a different set of openers with Sunday being the official WTF member of the set...
Fri, 1/08 w/ The Rural Alberta Advantage & Joy Formidable
Sat, 1/09 w/ Joy Formidable & Arms
Sun, 10/10 w/ Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees & Brahms
On Monday, the band will be in Brooklyn filming a video. In March they'll kick off yet another tour of the United States, starting in Buffalo. Those dates below...
"We are shooting a video in Brooklyn on January 11th and need real fans. The director is requiring that you send picture of yourself and contact info to email@example.com. Space is extremely limited so email quick because it's on a first come first serve basis. See you on Monday!"
Webster Hall - New Years Eve 2008 into 2009
"When most Americans think of New Years Eve, the Big Apple may be one of the first things that come to mind. Millions of Americans all around the country tune in to watch the ball drop in Times Square on television as they ring in the New Year.Ha. Well, for those who actually live in NYC, two more New Years Eve options are below...
For those not able to make it to Manhattan for this special night, why not bring a little bit of Manhattan to your New Year's Eve party? A New York City themed New Year's Eve party requires a bit of creativity in the party planning. Brainstorm all of the things you associate with New York City from food to attractions. For food, you may want to consider having lox on bagels and cream cheese, pizza and cheesecake.
For drinks, try making Manhattan cocktails and see if there are any New York based beers available in your area; Brooklyn Lager is a popular brew." ["Have a Big Apple New Year's Eve in your living room"]
photos by Tim Griffin
Passion Pit / Phoenix
Phoenix and Passion Pit shared a NYC concert bill for the third time this year last night at Hammerstein Ballroom (12/2). The WRXP-sponsored holiday show also included sets by Jack's Mannequin and Manchester Orchestra, as well as hosting by the radio station's morning host Matt Pinfield.
It was a big night for Phoenix who were nominated for a Grammy in the "Best Alternative Album" category on the same evening.
Best Alternative Album nominessFor Passion Pit, it was their 2nd recent show in one of the big NYC venues. They played the Woodies at Roseland last month. They complete the trifecta when they hit Terminal 5 (for three nights in a row) in January.
David Byrne & Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Death Cab For Cutie, The Open Door
Depeche Mode, Sounds Of The Universe
Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It's Blitz!
For Phoenix and WRXP, it was their first of two NYC shows this week. More pictures with setlists, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Indie darlings Matt & Kim kicked off the show -- which celebrates the year's best music as determined by MTVu's college-centric audience -- with an energetic performance of their breakout single "Lessons Learned." Later, the duo returned to accept their Best Video Woodie award.Cyndi presented an award with Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester who also recently made an appearance at the Weezer (and Matt & Kim) show on Halloween that was sponsored by RXP aka the Matt Pinfield station. Matt was also at the Woodies as was Diplo who was DJing and David Cross, Zooey Deschanel, Janelle Monae, Dave 1 from Chromeo, and Mary Louise Parker. Matt and Kim didn't get naked like they do in their winning video (their second MTV win for that video), but their backup singers did strip down to their underwear.
"We've had one heck of a year," said Matt Johnson, before counterpart Kim Schifino leapt into the crowd.
Additional performers included veteran alt-rockers Death Cab for Cutie, who rocked the audience with its "New Moon" soundtrack single "Meet Me on the Equinox," as well as Passion Pit, the Dead Weather and Clipse, who were joined onstage by fellow rappers Cam'ron and Rick Ross.
Presenter highlights came from Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz and pop prankserts 3OH!3. Wentz rolled onto the stage holding a red Solo cup, while 3OH!3 gave a nod to Lady Gaga by dressing in her various VMA outfits. Asher Roth, will.i.am, and surprise guest Cyndi Lauper also presented awards. [Billboard]
The Dead Weather also played a show one day before the Woodies in Brooklyn. The Woodies air December 4th at 10pm. More pictures from the event (11/18 at Roseland Ballroom in NYC), below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Passion Pit and the Clipse -- featuring Cam'ron and Rick Ross -- have just been confirmed to perform at the sixth-annual Woodies, joining already-announced acts Death Cab for Cutie, the Dead Weather and Matt & Kim. Breakout Woodie nominees Passion Pit will be performing their breakout single "The Reeling," while the Clipse will take on a pair of tracks, teaming with Cam on "Popular Demand (Popeye's)" and Ross for "I'm Good." Genre-blurring DJ/producer Diplo, who lately has been spending time as one half of Major Lazer, has also been announced as the house DJ for the night.Tickets to the Woodie Awards were mainly given out to college students. Last night (11/17), The Dead Weather played a pre-Woody show with Violent Soho at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Less than a day earlier the news broke that Dead Weather drummer Jack White would be working with Wanda Jackson on her new album. More pictures and a video from the Brooklyn show, below...
But all the onstage action won't just be of the performance variety. On Monday (November 16), the Woodies also announced a slate of big-name presenters, including Pete Wentz, Zooey Deschanel, 3OH!3, Mary-Louise Parker, David Cross, Janelle Monáe, and Woodie of the Year nominee Asher Roth.
The 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards will take place this Wednesday [tonight] at the Roseland Ballroom in New York. The show will then premiere Friday, December 4, at 10 p.m. ET on mtvU, MTV, MTV2 and Palladia.
B.B. King is playing United Palace Theatre in NYC on February 12th. Tickets are now on Live Nation Presale (password = record) and Citi Cardmember presale. General sale starts Saturday at 10am.
Twisted Sister holiday shows are now a yearly tradition. They return to Nokia Theatre in Times Square on December 6th. Tickets are on sale.
The Mary Onettes kicked off a tour of the USA last night (10/3) in Boston. Tonight (10/4) they play their first of three NYC shows. It's at Union Hall. Blacklist opens. Tickets probably available at the door.
Phoenix @ The Apple Store in September (more by Ryan Muir)
Phoenix and Passion Pit played two big NYC shows together in September. Phoenix also played their own shows at Terminal 5 that same month (a benefit), and a few months before that (which they accompanied with a smaller show at MHOW). Meanwhile, Passion Pit, who played two shows at Bowery in June, now have THREE headlining shows of their own coming up at Terminal 5 in January.
It seems unreasonable to believe at this point that Phoenix and Passion Pit would be teaming up for yet another NYC show that will happen before 2010 even gets here, but it's true! They are two bands on a four band bill that also includes Jack's Mannequin and Manchester Orchestra at Hammerstein Ballroom on December 2nd. Tickets for Matt Pinfield's Holiday Extravaganza go on sale Friday at 10am with a Live Nation presale starting Wednesday at the same time (password = 1019RXP).
After NYC, Phoenix will head up to Canada for a few shows. All dates below...
Passion Pit @ boat cruise in May (more by Tim Griffin)
Passion Pit were nominated for a Q Award this year, though they didn't win at last night's ceremony in London (where Amy Winehouse debuted her new boobs). A list of who did win with a video of Passion Pit at the event, and updated tour dates, below...
photos by Oren Loloi
"Last, but in no way least, was Rural Alberta Advantage, who played their last NYC show of 2009. If you can believe it, the trio's percussive elements are highlighted even more live than on their smash album, Hometowns. In addition to the strong beats, Nils Edenloff's warbly croon wowed the audience throughout the mostly-originals set. A highlight was RAA's cover of Abba's "SOS" (of course, it's only fitting that a band that was formed at an open mic night would nail a re-interpreted Abba song!) Should, for some odd reason, you not care for RAA's music, it's worth going to a concert just for the history lesson. At the show, for instance, we learned that petrified wood is the provincial stone of Alberta, which is why it makes its way into "Drain The Blood" and that the best thing to do if you ever find yourself in Edmonton is to go to the Legislative Grounds and look directly at the lights. [CMJ]The Rural Alberta Advantage headlined Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday night (10/7). The Openers were Kittens Ablaze and The Lovely Feathers. The latter, also from Canada, are now on tour and will be back in NYC for CMJ.
Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the show Rural Alberta are playing with Passion Pit at Terminal 5 on January 8th. More pictures from Bowery Ballroom, and all Lovely Feathers dates, below...
Passion Pit @ Central Park Summerstage (gohingplaces)
"This whole summer - the past three months - have been all festivals," said Passion Pit bassist Jeff Apruzzese. "So I feel like I'm finally getting used to it and now it's over."Passion Pit played the rainy Austin City Limits festival over the weekend. Not long before that, they opened two nights in a row for Phoenix at Central Park Summerstage. They're still a relatively new band, but they've also played multiple nights at Pianos, Glasslands, a Rocks Off Boat, Bowery Ballroom more than once (more than twice even), Music Hall of Williamsburg, and technically even Webster Hall. Next up: a headlining show at Terminal 5 on January 8th. Tickets go on AmEX presale Wednesday at noon, and then general sale Friday at the same time.
So, was this exhausting, rainy weekend worth it?
It was for Passion Pit who said they would "love" to play at ACL again.
"Definitely [we would come back]," said keyboard player and guitarist for Passion Pit Ian Hultquist. "Hopefully when we come back it will be more relaxed and not super intense like it was today." [the battalion]
Opening the T5 show is a Canadian band who also got their NYC start at Pianos, and who is headlining their own show at Bowery Ballroom this Wednesday night (Oct 7). I'm talking about The Rural Alberta Advantage. Tickets are still on sale. Kittens Ablaze and The Lovely Feathers are the openers.
All dates below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Phoenix's Thomas Mars in the SoHo Apple Store
"As a devoted follower of Phoenix, I was considerably excited to see them perform again after their appearance at the Apple Store last Thursday. While the music was gorgeously executed and the setlist was everything I could ask for, the quotidian annoyances of attending a large-capacity outdoor concert presented considerable obstacles. But Phoenix is the kind of band that is worth seeing even if frat boys are elbowing and shoving you, sorority girls are trampling on your feet, and everyone in your vicinity is blowing a variety of unpleasant smokes into your face all the while.Phoenix played the Apple Store on Thursday (9/24) and then appeared on Fallon that same night (I would include that video, but it's been deleted off the Internet). Friday and Saturday were the two shows at Rumsey Playfield aka Central Park Summerstage. Pictures and the setlist from SoHo, and the setlist & videos from Summerstage (including the part where Thomas came into the crowd), below...
With that said, Phoenix played a set of songs mostly from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, but with a few from Alphabetical and United, their earliest records. Thomas Mars owned the stage with great warmth, more so than at the Apple Store, and the band passed their enormous energy on to the vast crowd, which was undeterred by the rain that began to fall toward the end of "Rome" and steadily increased through the end of the encore. The two songs that Thomas and Laurent Brancowitz performed alone during the encore provided a glimpse of what a Phoenix show might sound like in a venue like the Bowery Ballroom." [Trust Me On This]
EUREKA -- Sequoia Park Zoo has announced the results of its recent "Name Our Foxes" contest.Phoenix the band can be found ambling, and performing, around MacBooks, iPods and iPhones this evening at the SoHo Apple Store. From there they continue into the wilds of Central Park where they join Passion Pit for two big Summerstage shows on Friday and Saturday night.
Of the hundreds of names suggested by zoo visitors, the zookeepers voted for Farrah Foxcett (for the female) and Phoenix (for the male). Three people -- Matthew Sain and Miya Vasek of Humboldt County and Amber White from New Jersey -- suggested Phoenix and local resident Candida Wolff-Vodden came up with Farrah Foxcett.
"Our foxes were both rescued locally after sustaining injuries in the wild. The Humboldt Wildlife Care Center was able to offer the medical care they needed and rehabilitated both the foxes over the course of a few months," said Melinda Booth, fund development director. "Although both Farrah Foxcett and Phoenix healed well and are now healthy and strong, their injuries were such that they cannot be released back into the wild. So, Sequoia Park Zoo was delighted to be able to offer a permanent home for these two beautiful creatures. If you haven't seen them yet, you can usually find them sunning themselves on the rocks or snoozing on a platform in the tree while Rosemary (the bear) ambles around them. " [Times Standard]
Passion Pit recently played in Juan's Basement for Pitchfork.TV. Watch that below....
Les Savy Fav @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple in March (more by Natasha Ryan)
For some, 9/9/09, is a special date because it is the last time we will see single-digit repeating numbers in a date until January 1, 2101. According to Livescience.com, 9/9/09 is significant to numerologists because the number 9 is, to coin a term, "yingyangy." In other words, it istonight in NYC
associated with noble qualities such as forgiveness, compassion and success and ignoble qualities such as arrogance and self-righteousness. Some are excited about 09/09/09 because Tim Burton's movie "9" (which reportedly has nine heroes) opens today.
But if you are a die hard Beatles fan, none of the aforementioned reasons for being jazzed about 9/9/09 (or, if you prefer, 09/09/09 or September 9, 2009 or 9/9/9) is more significant and exciting than the fact that 09/09/09 marks the day that the entire digitally remastered Beatles catalog is being released by Apple, and that "The Beatles: Rock Band" video game is being launched. [AC]
* Jay-Z @ Gramercy Theatre
* Golem, Killsonic @ Zebulon
* Skeletons Big Band @ Roulette
* Bill Frisell Trio @ City Winery
* Skits 'n Tits @ Bowery Poetry Club
* Marmoset, The March Fourth @ Cake Shop
* Boredoms: Boadrum 9, Lichens @ Terminal 5
* Dead Meadow, Hopewell @ Rocks Off Boat Cruise
* The Drones, Zaza, Bridezilla @ The Bell House
* Air Waves, Trashed on Fiction @ Columbus Park
* Sondre Lerche, JBM @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* N.E.R.D., Asher Roth @ Beach at Governors Island
* Jason Anderson, Tim Garrrigan @ Pete's Candy Store
* Death Vessel, Outernational, Cinema, Cinema @ Maxwell's
* Princeton, Phil and the Osophers, Ice Palace @ Union Hall
* Les Savy Fav, Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Tim Easton, AA Bondy, Willy Mason, Dave Godowsky @ Mercury Lounge
* Lecherous Nocturne, Gigan, Wetnurse, Mutant Supremacy @ Union Pool
* Boat Party w/ Gildas + Masaya, Cobra Krames, more @ Half Moon Cruise
* Motorhead, Reverend Horton Heat, Nashville Pussy @ Roseland Ballroom
* Elevated (film) w/ music by David Lang & CONTACT Contemporary Music @ MoMA
* Wordless Music w/ 802 Tour, Nico Muhly, Sam Amidon, Doveman @ Miller Theatre
* Database, Pfunkt, French Horn Rebellion, Kap10Kurt, Savoir Adore @ Santos Party House
* Circulatory System, Nesey Gallons, Pipes You See, Pipes You Don't @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
There's a slew of ATP NY warm-up shows tonight. Circulatory System play (Le) Poisson Rouge with band member Nesey Gallons and Pipes You See, Pipes You Don't opening. Boredoms perform Boadrum 9 with Lichens at Terminal 5. Hopewell play a Rocks Off Boat Cruise with Dead Meadow. The Drones perform at the Bell House with Zaza and Bridezilla.
Marmoset are in town for two nights - tonight they play the Cake Shop with The March Fourth.
Jay-Z is at Gramercy Theatre, a much smaller venue than the show he's playing on 9/11.
N.E.R.D. and Asher Roth play Beach at Governors Island.
Tonight is Round 2 for Sondre Lerche and JBM - this time across the river in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Wordless Music at Miller Theatre kicks off with 802 Tour featuring Nico Muhly, Sam Amidon and Doveman.
Princeton celebrate the release of their new CD with Phil and the Osophers and Ice Palace at Union Hall
Alabamian A.A. Bondy joins Tim Easton, Willy Mason and Dave Godowsky for a show at Mercury Lounge.
Hannibal Buress recently landed a slot as a writer on SNL. Tonight the comedian opens for Les Savy Fav at the new Knitting Factory Brooklyn's first concert.
Air Waves and Trashed on Fiction play a free outdoor show at Brooklyn's Columbus Park (in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall) before a screening of The Fifth Element. Bands at 5:30. Film at 7:30.
Skits 'n Tits is a monthly burlesque/music variety show at Bowery Poetry Club...
A dizzying array of subversive comics, video shorts, skits, burlesque, and live music conceived by the twisted comedic minds of Jessica Delifino, Diane O'Debra, and Steph Sabelli. This month's very special HOWL Festival Edition will feature comedy from Heather Fink and Jenny Rubin, alongside stunning burlesque from The Chi-Ciones, Suspicious Package, Lil Miss Lixx and Akynos! Hilarious New Sketches and raunchy little songs from Diane O'Debra, Jessica Delfino, and Steph Sabelli. PBR will sponsor drink specials and sweet raffle prizes. You don't wanna miss this amazing all night showcase showdown, from 10pm til you fall off your chair. Live electro-rock music from guest band Hank and Cupcakes as they kickoff the dance party @ midnite! Hosted by Uncle Shappy.There's a Rocks Off Boat Party tonight with Gildas + Masaya, Cobra Krames, Robot Blair and David Bruno aboard the Half Moon which is not the boat Dead Meadow will be on. The flyer is below.
The video for Micachu & The Shapes' "Turn Me Well" is posted below.
Passion Pit gets interviewed below.
The final lineup for Monolith Festival, which takes place at the Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, on September 12th-13th, is below. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Girl Talk headline Saturday night at the festival, and the Mars Volta and MSTRKRFT top the bill on Sunday. Deer Tick, Passion Pit, Doom, The Walkmen, The Thermals, and HEALTH are also some of the bands on the two-day bill.
Tickets and two-day passes are still on sale. We also has a pair of weekend tickets to give away. Details on that, with the full lineup, below...
Bat for Lashes
tonight in NYC
* Raekwon @ Mahoney Park
* Baye Kouyate @ Joe's Pub
* Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
* Antifolk Festival @ Sidewalk Cafe
* Black Moon, Smif N Wessun @ Brower Park
* Bat for Lashes, Other Lives @ Webster Hall
* Hull, Giant Squid, Grayceon, Bezoar @ Union Pool
* Bonnie Rait, Taj Mahal @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Royal Bangs, The xx, Katy Gunn, City Riots @ Pianos
* The Starlight Mints, Wye Oak, JP Inc. @ Bowery Ballroom
* No Mas Bodas, Miho Hatori, Archibald Adams @ Monkey Town
* Cartright, Your 33 Black Angels, Soft Black @ Bruar Falls
* Friendly Fires, Phenomenal Handclap Band @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Freestyle Music Series w/ James Chance, Elliot Sharp 3 @ Local 269
* Less the Band, The Little Death (NYC), TV Torso, Linfinity @ Mercury Lounge
* Out of Doors Fest w/ Brooklyn QawWali Party, Susheela Raman @ Damrosch Park
* Shai Hulud, Reign Supreme, The Carrier, Capital, Advent @ Santos Party House
* Blue Album Group, Small Black & Eternal Sunshine (film) @ McCarren Park
* Woodstock party w/ Jefferson Starship, Canned Heat, Ten Years After, Big Brother & the Holding Company @ Nokia Theatre
Tonight's free outdoor music includes two great hip-hop shows: Raekwon, whose Only Built For Cuban Linx II comes out next month, plays Mahoney Park, and Black Moon and Smif N Wessun perform all of their classic Enta da Stage and Dah Shinin' LPs (respectively) at Brower Park. McCarren Park SummerScreen hosts a free showing of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with music from Weezer cover band Blue Album Group and Small Black. The Lincoln Center Out of Doors Fest presents Brooklyn QawWali Party and Susheela Raman at Damrosch Park.
The xx's last warm-up before their Seaport gig on Friday comes tonight at Pianos with Royal Bangs, Katy Gunn and City Riots.
Tori Amos plays Radio City tomorrow.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' old friend TV on the Radio played Prospect Park last night.
Steven Tyler from Aerosmith is still out of comission.
Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal, in what they call the 'BonTaj Roulet' tour, play Prospect Park Bandshell. Last night they hit Jersey.
The Sidewalk Cafe's Antifolk Festival continues with Dots Will Echo, The Relatives and others.
"Serious brush with law for Cameron Douglas' girlfriend - arrested for smuggling heroin in toothbrush"
The Starlight Mints and JP Inc (formerly Pleaseeasaur) play a Bowery Ballroom show with Wye Oak, who return to the venue on their tour with Blitzen Trapper this fall.
Freestyle Music Series, soon to be a weekly occurance, brings James Chance, Elliot Sharp 3, Fire of Love featuring Bobby Radcliff, and The Howling Magic Waters with Felice Rosser to Local 269 tonight.
"The host of a television crime show in Brazil is under investigation for allegedly ordering killings to boost the popularity of his show. Wallace Souza is a state lawmaker who hosted Canal Livre which aired in Manaus, in a remote Amazon region. Police say he is suspected of trafficking in drugs and commissioning at least five murders aimed at simultaneously boosting his show's ratings and killing off his competition in the drug trade." [Voice of America]
Yo La Tengo's video "Avalon Or Someone Very Similar" is posted below.
photos by Bao Nguyen
The nominees for this year's MTV Video Music Awards Breakthrough Video are Anjulie, Bat For Lashes ("Daniel"), Chairlift, Cold War Kids, Death Cab For Cutie, Gnarls Barkley, Major Lazer, Matt and Kim, Passion Pit, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Bat For Lashes, who is also up for this year's Mercury Prize, and who will be back in NYC on August 12th, has a new video for the song "Sleep Alone". Check it out, with more pictures of Passion Pit playing the Diesel Party at Webster Hall on 7/30, below...
The big Diesel show happens at Webster Hall in NYC tonight (7/30). Hopefully you already have a ticket or wristband. Special guests at the show will in fact be Lykke Li (who is here to play All Points West and will probably perform a song at Webster Hall with The Roots) and Clipse (who will probably perform a song at Webster Hall with Kanye West) (remember, Diesel likes live mash ups). There's a Jay-Z rumor going around, but all I've heard is "not true". For Passion Pit the Diesel show will be their second with the Roots in two nights. Last night it was on the Jimmy Fallon show. Video from that below...