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Passion Pit @ Central Park Summerstage (gohingplaces)
Passion Pit

"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."

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]

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.

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...

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photos by Ryan Muir

Phoenix's Thomas Mars in the SoHo Apple Store
Phoenix

"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.

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]

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...

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foxes

EUREKA -- Sequoia Park Zoo has announced the results of its recent "Name Our Foxes" contest.

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]

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.

Passion Pit recently played in Juan's Basement for Pitchfork.TV. Watch that below....

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Les Savy Fav @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple in March (more by Natasha Ryan)
Les Savy Fav

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 is
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]

tonight in NYC
* 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.

Skeletons Big Band perform for one more night at Roulette before opening the newly redecorated Death By Audio tomorrow.

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.

What else?

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Monolith Festival

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...

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Bat for Lashes
Bat For Lashes

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* 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.

Friendly Fires and the Phenomenal Handclap Band play (Le) Poisson Rouge. Both bands also have other upcoming shows.

The xx's last warm-up before their Seaport gig on Friday comes tonight at Pianos with Royal Bangs, Katy Gunn and City Riots.

Bat for Lashes's North American tour visits Webster Hall tonight. Other Lives, who played a show at Union Hall last night, open. Bat for Lashes is up for an MTV Video Music Award.

Tori Amos plays Radio City tomorrow.

Tickets are on sale for the show Regina Spektor is playing at Radio City Music Hall. Yeah Yeah Yeahs too.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' old friend TV on the Radio played Prospect Park last night.

Depeche Mode will not play San Francisco tonight. Bob Dylan cancelled a show yesterday due to heat.

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.

Steely Dan make up their canceled July 29th show with a gig tonight that's the last of their ongoing Beacon Theatre run.

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.

What else?

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photos by Bao Nguyen

diesel party

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...

Continue reading "Passion Pit (Webster Hall pics) vs Matt & Kim vs Bat for Lashes (new video) vs others for MTV Video award"

Clipse and Kanye

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...

Continue reading "Clipse & Lykke Li (and Kanye West?) are playing the Diesel show w/ The Roots & Passion Pit (who played Fallon)"

Dead Weather @ Home Sweet Home (more by Ryan Muir)
Dead Weather

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* Cheveu @ Silent Barn
* Paul McCartney @ Citi Field
* Metropolitan Opera @ Crotona Park
* Abe Vigoda, Grooms @ Whitney Museum
* New York Philharmonic @ Central Park
* Gabriel Kahane @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Cinema 16 w/ Nathan Whipple @ Starr Space
* Superchunk, Versus @ South Street Seaport
* Christina Courtin, Aerial East @ 92YTribeca
* Died Young, Stayed Pretty (film) @ IFC Center
* Grand Duchy, The Bunnies, Demander @ Maxwell's
* Frightened Rabbit, Oxford Collapse @ Maxwell's
* C. Spencer Yeh, John Wiese @ Issue Project Room
* The Dead Weather, Screaming Females @ Terminal 5
* Mannequin Men, Davila 666, The Back CC's @ Southpaw
* Andrew D'Angelo's Gay Disco Trio @ Cornelia St. Cafe
* Freedom Party NYC w/ Little Dragon @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Savoir Adore, Acrylics, Love Like Deloreans @ The Cameo
* Midsummer Night Swing w/ Ponderosa Stomp @ Lincoln Center
* Metal Mountains, Son of Earth, Spectre Folk @ Market Hotel
* LA Riots, Wolfgang Gartiner, Nick Catchdubs @ Webster Hall
* The End (film), Midnight Masses @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Abe Vigoda, Talbot Tagora, Dinowalrus, Men & Women @ Cake Shop
* Kurt Vile & the Violators, Blues Control, Coconuts @ Bruar Falls
* JEFF the Brotherhood, and many other bands @ Dead Herring
* Celebrate Brooklyn w/ Robert Cray, The Sweet Divines @ Prospect Park
* Eyes of Noctum, Malkuth, Shot Heard Around The World @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Died Young, Stayed Pretty after-party w/ BM Linx, Hypernova @ 92YTribeca
* The Spinto Band, Big Band TV, And The Moneynotes, The Swims @ Mercury Lounge
* JEFF the Brotherhood, Narwhalz of Sound, Michael Jordan, others @ Death By Audio
* Cherie Lily, Tatisha Busay, Bad Brilliance, House of Ladosha, DJ Andrew WK @ Santos

Free outdoor music tonight includes a Celebrate Brooklyn show with Robert Cray and The Sweet Divines at Prospect Park, Metropolitan Opera in the Bronx's Crotona Park and Superchunk and Versus at South Street Seaport.

Two bands from Siren Fest, one of several free-music events this weekend, play Maxwell's tonight. Frightened Rabbit and Oxford Collapse (in their second to last show) play an early. Frank Black's Grand Duchy headline the late show.

Paul McCartney is playing another outdoor show tonight, at Citi Field.

Abe Vigoda and Grooms play the Whitney Museum's Dan Graham series tonight. Abe Vigoda are on tour with Talbot Tagora. They'll both appear at Cake Shop later the same night, and Monster Island Market Hotel tomorrow.

The Dead Weather play their second and last night at Terminal 5 with Screaming Females. They are also on Jimmy Fallon tonight.

Kurt Vile & the Violators (who just played Woodsist Fest a couple weeks ago) and Blues Control (who have a new album out) play Bruar Falls with Coconuts.

It's the second night of the Ponderosa Stomp at the Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing. Tonight they host a rockabilly-themed lineup.

Gabriel Kahane, who had a residency at Rockwood last month, returns for a show tonight.

Movies tonight include the NY premiere of rock-poster doc Died Young, Stayed Pretty at IFC Center (with an afterparty at 92YTribeca), a screening of The End at MHOW with a set by Midnight Masses, and Cinema 16, which brings "experimental dixieland piano player" Nathan Whipple to accompany a lineup of silent films at the Starr Space.

The Mannequin Men/Davila 666 tour visits Southpaw with The Back CC's opening.

Freedom Party NYC features Little Dragon at (Le) Poisson Rouge tonight. Or catch Little Dragon tomorrow with Q-Tip for free in Central Park.

Grizzly Bear, whose member Ed Droste just guested with Wilco in Coney Island (and rode the Cyclone with Feist), was on Letterman last night performing "Ready, Able." That video, below.

Andrew WK will be DJing at Santos as Cherie Lily headlines a bill of dance-ready acts. Check out Andrew, a frequent guest on Fox News' Red Eye, in a clip from that show, below.

Passion Pit has a new video. Watch it below...

What else?

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Passion Pit (more by Tim Griffin)
Passion Put

Not quite on the scale of their last NYC music event (that I know about), but Diesel Jeans's U:Music tour will visit NYC for a show at Webster Hall on Thursday, July 30th. The lineup for that includes The Roots (with a special guest), Drake, Cobra Starship (huh?), Passion Pit, Theophilus London, and contest winners (two bands won a contest to get on the bill) The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! (as seen HERE and HERE) and Heartsrevolution. "To get in, one has to appear at the store's participating NYC locations wearing a pair of Diesel jeans, though tickets are limited."

All Diesel fans will have a chance to witness this private event with a limited amount of invitations to be given away at participating Diesel stores. One must show up to participating stores in a pair of Diesel jeans to qualify...
The rest of the info below...

Continue reading "Diesel throwing shows @ Webster Hall (Passion Pit, Roots, more), in their store & in their store window..."

photos by Graeme Flegenheimer

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The eighth annual Bonnaroo drew about 75,000 people to 700 acres of farmland here in Manchester, 60 miles from Nashville, for a lineup headlined by a jam band (the reunited Phish, playing three-hour shows on Friday and Sunday), rockers whose careers are measured in decades (Bruce Springsteen, Nine Inch Nails and David Byrne) and rappers who now qualify as old school (the Beastie Boys). [NY Times]
Far from a complete representation of what went down in Tennessee from June 11-14, but nonetheless, one set of pictures from the fest (catching up this weekend), below...

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Passion Pit fans @ Bowery Ballroom - June 20, 2009 (TimmyGUNZ)
Passion Pit

"The members of Passion Pit -- Mr. Angelakos, Ian Hultquist on keyboards and guitar, Ayad Al Adhamy on keyboards, Jeff Apruzzese playing bass and Nate Donmoyer behind the drums -- were arranged onstage amid a maze of synthesizers. It was a stymieing set-up; even when the band was sonically flamboyant, it was visually dull.

That was no obstacle to the crowd. On the single "Sleepyhead" most of the audience members pumped their fists in the air; a few pounded the walls. On "Little Secrets" Mr. Adhamy and Mr. Hultquist led the crowd in an enthusiastic chant. (On the album these vocals are provided by the chorus from Public School 22 on Staten Island.)" [NY Times]

Passion Pit played two sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Friday (6/19) and Saturday night (6/20). Phoenix played a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (6/18) and one at Terminal 5 on Friday (6/19).

Up next for both bands: Two will-be-sold-out shows at Central Park Summerstage in NYC this fall. There is the previously-announced show happening on September 25th (tickets), and the new show they just added at the same venue one day later. Tickets for the September 26th show go on AmEx presale Wednesday at 11am, and then regular sale on Thursday at noon.

All dates below...

Continue reading "Passion Pit played Bowery Ballroom (twice) +++ Phoenix add 2nd Summerstage show (tix)"

Passion Pit @ Sasquatch 09 (more by Chris Graham)
Passion Pit

American-Statesman: You've been selling out shows across the country. Why do you think people are so excited to see you?
Adhamy: People tell them to be excited. We have a really awesome publicist. It's a word of mouth or word of Internet thing. It's nothing we're doing.
Donmoyer: ... It's our first tour through a lot of these towns so it's still a litmus test, an 'are these guys worth our time?' kind of thing. It'll be a few more tours before they're actually here to see us.
Adhamy: We met these two girls yesterday in Dallas that said they were doing a Passion Pit Texas tour, coming to all three shows (Dallas, Austin and Houston). I'm really humbled by that.
Donmoyer: They don't have jobs, so they can follow us around.
PhoenixPhoenix and Passion Pit have announced one of at least two shows they're playing together in September, and that is Friday, September 25th at Rumsey Playfield aka Central Park Summerstage. Tickets for the NYC show are on AmEx presale NOW, and go on regular sale Friday at noon. The other show the bands share on their schedule is the Monolith Festival happening earlier that month (September 12-13) at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO.

This is the third upcoming NYC show for both bands. Phoenix play Music Hall of Williamsburg and Terminal 5 this month. Passion Pit, who recently played a boat, has two shows at Bowery Ballroom. All four of those upcoming shows are sold out. All currently known dates below...

Continue reading "Phoenix & Passion Pit playing Summerstage & other places "

photos by Chris Graham

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

"Sasquatch was hot. H-O-T. Not Paris Hilton "hot," but temperature hot. For a mossed-over clutch of Northwesterners who have been shrouded under rain and clouds for the past eight months, the brutal sun at the Gorge this weekend was a shocking jolt into summer. Sure, it was generally nice to be out in the sun, but any shade cover at the 'Squatch was few and far between, and there was almost no chance of relief. A small row of spindly trees dotted the upper walkway, and overheated concertgoers crammed themselves underneath them. When the sun dipped behind a cloud during Animal Collective's generally unimpressive set, the crowd cheered louder than they had for any band. Clothing sweated clean through, energy was conserved, and water was at a premium. It was a weekend of dizzy sunburning and frizzled brain." [Portland Mercury]
The 2009 Sasquatch Festival ran from May 23-25 (Memorial Day Weekend) in Gorge, Washington. More pictures from Day One, below...

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Mutek banner in Montreal - May 27, 2009 (bneely)
Mutek

Mutek, the electronic music festival celebrating its tenth year, is currently underway in Montreal. The five-day fest runs to Sunday, May 31st, and it's streaming online. Moderat, the Modeselektor & Apparat supergroup, performed at Mutek on Thursday, May 28th; the group plays NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, May 30th (the show was originally planned for Webster Hall). Tickets are still on sale.

Speaking of parties up North this summer... three other biggies are Ottawa Bluesfest (July 8th-19th), Vancouver Folk Music Festival (July 17-19th) and Calgary Folk Music Festival (July 23rd-26th). Each of those suitably transcend the "blues" and "folk" labels, hosting bands like The Dead Weather and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (in Ottawa), The Weakerthans and Rock Plaza Central (in Vancouver), and The Decemberists, Apostle of Hustle, Kid Koala and Akron/Family (in Calgary). Full lineup for the Calgary Fest (Ottawa in particular is much too massive to post) and ticket info below.

And don't forget about the previously reported Breeders-headlined Sled Island Fest in Calgary on June 24th-27th, Montreal's Osheaga, NXNE, and Toronto's Olympic Island Fest on July 11th, which will host Broken Social Scene and its Arts & Crafts cohorts.

Across the pond, UK's Glastonbury Festival, which runs from June 24th to 28th, has been sold out since February even though the full lineup wasn't announced until this week. Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and Blur will be joined by The Specials, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Spinal Tap, Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Madness, Tom Jones, Animal Collective and many others.

And finally in the States, Monolith Festival, which runs from September 12th to 13th at Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorado, has announced its intial lineup, Girl Talk, Passion Pit, and The Walkmen included. The whole thing is posted below.

The weekend before Monolith, Bumbershoot will take place in Seattle (September 5th-7th). That fest's lineup has been updated too. New additions include Vivian Girls, Akron/Family, and Elvis Perkins. All new additions, with previously announced acts, are below. Tickets are still on sale.

In Michigan, the Rothbury Festival over July 4th weekend will feature the only summer fest performance by The Dead, as well as sets by Bob Dylan, String Cheese Incident, Broken Social Scene and more. A few more jam-friendly acts were also just added to the bill. Full lineup below. Tickets are on sale.

Info on all the above fests, with ticket info, below...

Continue reading "Mutek underway, Monolith & Glastonbury lineups, Rothbury, Bumbershoot, Calgary Folk & other festival updates"

photos by Tim Griffin

Passion Pit

Passion Pit's last-minute, one-off NYC show on a boat was the fastest selling Rocks Off Concert Cruise in history (according to one of the promoters I talked to). It sold out in less than two days. Bad Brains took five. The show (last night) was timed to coincide with the release of the band's new album, Manners, out today (5/19) via Frenchkiss. As anyone who likes the band can probably imagine, the boat show was a super good time.

As the cruise, which departs from 41st on the west side, sailed up and down the Hudson River, there was lots of dancing, high-pitched singing, and birthday cake (Happy Birthday Michael). I think MTV was there filming too. More rehearsed than they were at SXSW in March (which is where I last caught them), the band seemed more confident playing the new songs. The audience, not surprisingly, went most nuts for the "old" (EP) stuff (like the song "Sleepyhead", which they actually also put on the new full length). More pictures from the show below...

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by Ryan Barkan

Miller Chili or mojitos anyone?
DodosMatt and Kim

AC DCPhone wars 2009 - Verizon vs. AT&T. It is always a battle when these two giants square off with their :60 second spots in tow to prove which company provides the best cellular service and coverage. In recent years, Verizon has enlisted the likes of AC/DC and The Killers. Included in the deal with the Aussie rockers was the right to exclusively offer the band's music digitally. On the other side, AT&T has hammered home their phone offerings and 5-bar messages with a spot including a track from Lupe Fiasco featuring Jill Scott, "Daydreamin", one with Mates Of State, and an Amos Lee commercial, among others. Both have recently gone to the licensing well again to soundtrack new technology and coverage, but with different strategies.

Verizon's new "Hub" decided to go the synergy route, using one of the most popular mainstream tunes of the last year, Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours", in multiple spots showcasing the company's new phone technology.

AT&T meanwhile went with different tunes for each of the new 5-bar spots, matching songs with each commercial's creative direction. In "Backpackers", the sentimental "Falling in Love in a Coffeeshop" by Landon Pigg tells the story of two lovers who met on a brief European backpacking trip. However, because of the quality of the service and technology, they not only can stay in touch with great coverage but end up together again with a touching beachfront reunion. Another boxing themed spot brings to mind Rocky with "Gonna Fly Now." Eighties rockers Journey power this commercial for the symphony. Lastly, an inspirational spot based on Venice, CA, store Tom's Shoes. The store has one premise -- each pair of shoes bought equals one free pair for a child in need. The commercial uses an instrumental version of James Blunt's "Same Mistake." Watch that spot here.

Other Notable Commercial Licensing News:

An instant classic commercial from Heineken -- the beer company celebrates responsible drinking (title is called "Let A Stranger Drive You Home") with the help from Biz Markie's "Just A Friend". Watch the spot below.

Beer maker Miller went with San Fran's The Dodos as the music for their new Miller Chill commercial. Watch it below.

"Daylight," a track by Matt & Kim, provides the vibe in a new commercial for Bacardi Mojitos. See it below.

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DOWNLOAD: Passion Pit - Moth's Wings (MP3)

Passion Pit @ Radio Room (BV day party) (more by Leia Jospe)
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Passion Pit's new album Manners is out via Frenchkiss on May 19th. One night earlier, the band will celebrate that release with a special show aboard a Rock Off Boat Cruise in NYC. Tickets are ON SALE NOW.

Passion Pit's tour proper kicks off May 23rd at the Sasquatch Festival and hits Bowery Ballroom for two sold out shows in June. New MP3 above. New video, and all tour dates below...

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!!! is playing ACL 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
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"The 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival will showcase a diverse blend of acts both fresh and familiar at the eighth edition of the event in Zilker Park October 2-4. Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, and Beastie Boys are performing for the first time at the Festival, with Kings of Leon, Ben Harper and Relentless7, and Thievery Corporation returning to Zilker Park once again. John Legend, The Dead Weather, and The Levon Helm Band will also make their ACL Festival debut, while Austin's own Ghostland Observatory will no doubt deliver another memorable set for festival goers.

With over 130 artists on this year's bill, the list of acts awes at each note with the likes of Sonic Youth, Mos Def, Toadies, Flogging Molly, The B-52s, Lily Allen, Citizen Cope, Arctic Monkeys, The Decemberists, Coheed and Cambria, Andrew Bird, Girl Talk, and many more.

In the tradition of the TV show from which it was born, the Festival has always aimed to offer musical discovery for the fans. The 2009 lineup is rich with pop, country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, indie rock, hip-hop, and gospel, to name a few, spanning cultures and countries from New Orleans to Venezuela to France."
The entire 2009 lineup is below...

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Lollapalooza

"Though promoters around the country report strong early ticket sales for festivals and summer tours, the recession is causing jitters. This year Coachella, which has the most glamorous reputation of all American festivals, began selling tickets on layaway, and 18 percent of its customers took that option, Mr. Tollett said.

The proliferation of big festivals, like Bonnaroo near Nashville and Lollapalooza in Chicago, has not been without casualties. This year Langerado in Miami shut down, citing the economy. The Pemberton Festival in British Columbia is on hiatus after only one year, although its promoter, Live Nation, said the problem was permit delays." [NY Times]

With all the leaks of bands playing Lollapalooza this year, there are almost no surprises in the official lineup announcement, except maybe the Animal Collective DJ set... The whole thing below...

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DOWNLOAD: Harlem Shakes - Strictly Game (MP3)

Harlem Shakes @ Highline Ballroom (more by Ryan Muir)
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Harlem Shakes' new album, Technicolor Health, is out now on Gigantic. The disc's first single , "Strictly Game," which we've posted before, is posted again above.

The band has upcoming May/June tour dates with Passion Pit and Cale Parks, though none in New York. But that doesn't mean there aren't any Harlem Shakes shows to be had.

First the band plays a "Big Ups to Jules De B." show at Bushwick's Starr Space on Thursday, April 23rd with LD Beghtol (Magnetic Fields, Flare), Hospitality, and Mr. Dream. That show is a party for Jules De Balincourt, who did the artwork for the band's newest record. (More details and artwork below.)

Then the band has a free early show at Pianos on Wednesday, May 6th with The Cringe and Sean Bones. (That's before the Japandroids, The Octagon, Heavenly States show the same night.) Poster for the Shakes gig below.

Then, after a May 16th Sarah Lawrence show (in Westchester County) and the Passion Pit/Cale Parks tour, Harlem Shakes return for a July 1st show at the Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 24th at noon. Openers aren't announced yet.

Before embarking on that tour, Cale Parks (you may know him as one of the guys who plays percussion/piano/vibes in Aloha) is performing at Santos Party House on Saturday, May 9th with Cymbals Eat Guitars, So So Glos, Real Estate and Luke Temple (Here We Go Magic). The show, hosted by Andrew WK, is a benefit for DKMS, which is the world's largest bone marrow donor center. Tickets for that show are on sale.

One day after finishing their tour with the Harlem Shakes, Passion Pit play two headlining shows of their own at Bowery Ballroom (both now sold out).

Video from the Harlem Shakes' March 26th MHOW gig, details on the band's Bushwick show, and all upcoming tour dates below...

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Passion Pit @ SXSW (more by Leia Jospe)
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Passion Pit recently announced updated stops for its upcoming tour, which starts at Sasquatch! Music Fest Washington on May 23rd, hits Bonnaroo on June 11th, and ends with the two previously announced NYC shows. Both June 19th Bowery Ballroom tickets and June 20th Bowery Ballroom tickets are on sale now.

"The Reeling," the first single off the band's forthcoming debut, Manners (out May 26th on Frenchkiss Records), is up on the band's Myspace. The whole album can be pre-ordered from Insound where you get a free poster if you do.

Manners album art, a video interview recorded at SXSW (that other bands are also a part of), and all tour dates below...

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Amadou & Mariam @ All Points West 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
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The contest to guess the lineup of this year's All Point West festival continues. I honestly don't even know the lineup yet - I'll be receiving it right before I post it at 7am Monday morning.

Will Coldplay be on the lineup? A lot of people seem convinced based on the band's current tour schedule (which you can see in its entirety below). If they are playing the fest, well, that will be weird.

UPDATE: yes, Coldplay are in fact playing the festival

Amadou and Mariam played All Points West last year, are touring the US with Coldplay in July, and have some headlining dates scheduled in June (including a show at Webster Hall on June 8th). The Mali duo was also just added to this year's Bonnaroo lineup.

Also recently added to Bonnaroo (music and comedy): Public Enemy, Ani Difranco, the Itals and Wailing Souls, Murs, Shadows Fall, High on Fire, Janelle Monáe, Pretty Lights, Tony Rice, Passion Pit, Hockey, White Rabbits, Jimmy Fallon, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, John Oliver, Rob Riggle, Rory Albanese, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Aziz Ansari, Kristen Schaal, Arj Barker, Todd Barry, Nick Thune, Wayne Federman, Nick Kroll, Kurt Braunholer, Amy Schumer, Kumail Nanjiani and Pete Holmes. Full Bonnaroo (June 11 - 14 in Manchester, Tennessee) lineup below...

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photos by Leia Jospe

These Arms Are Snakes / Thao / Daniel Johnston & Hymns

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Thirteen bands were scheduled to play the BrooklynVegan / Agency Group day party in Austin on Thursday, March 19, 2009. Twelve ended up playing - one of them twice. I think the story is that The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, who had a zillion other shows also scheduled during the SXSW week, got confused about what their set time was. For that reason (and traffic), they showed up too late to go on in their slot. Instead, The Wheel, who was our last-minute addition as opener on the inside stage, immediately went outside and played a second set on the larger outdoor stage in the late band's place. We got at least one "boo" when the "scheduling mixup" was announced, but what could we do? (sorry!) It was awesome of the Wheel to fill on a moment's notice. Hopefully the people outside enjoyed him after they got over the awkwardness. I didn't watch his second set, but he sounded amazing inside.

Due to overlap on the two stages, it was hard to see everyone that played the party. The most painful two decisions were Cursive or the Wrens, and These Arms or Snakes or Daniel Johnston. I think we originally had it worked out a little better in terms of that, but the main stage started to run late. I went back and forth and caught pieces of as much as I could (and all of Daniel).

Thanks to everyone who came!

Leia managed to catch 8 of the 12 bands (she missed The Wheel, Avett Brothers, New Villager and Au Revoir Simone). Her pictures are below...

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DOWNLOAD: Passion Pit - Sleepyhead (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Passion Pit - Sleepyhead (Wallpaper remix) (MP3)

words by Andrew Frisicano

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Down at SXSW last week, MA band Passion Pit played the Brooklyn Vegan day party on Thursday afternoon (pictures above and below), the Spin day party on Friday afternoon, and the Thursday night Frenchkiss/Startime International showcase. French Kiss is putting out the band's debut, Manners, on May 26th. The same album comes out on Columbia Records in the UK on May 18th..

"A real deal album in other words, one that delivers on the blissful and bright promises of early fan favorites like "Sleepyhead." It took nearly two months of "explosive" off-the-cuff sessions with producer Chris Zane (Les Savy Fav, The Walkmen) to get there-everything was written and recorded on the fly-but Manners is exactly that, an irresistible, filler-free glimpse into the mind of a man who'd like to unleash his very own Pet Sounds someday.

Check the carefully-sculpted songwriting on display: the speaker-panning synths and slightly sinister children's chorus (straight outta P.S. 22 in NYC) of "Little Secrets" and "The Reeling," the lead dulcimer loops and melancholic melodies of "Moth's Wings," the ecstatic, riled-up climax of "Folds in Your Hands." All part of a greater plan, the next step of which is taking Passion Pit's live show to a level that matches, and eventually exceeds, Manners' ambition and kaleidoscopic soundscapes. Because when Angelakos says he wants to be the next Randy Newman, he's dead serious. And when he adds that Passion Pit is "a band with a lead songwriter, not just Michael Angelakos and these guys," it's clear he's just getting started." [Manners press release]
Passion Pit recently canceled a set of Canadian dates planned for the next few weeks. That aside, the band will tour Europe in April and May, returning in time for two shows at the Bowery Ballroom on June 19th and 20th. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday, March 27th at noon. (The band last played NYC at the same venue in February.)

Updated tour dates and more pictures from the BV day party below...

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