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photo: Matt Berninger w/ EL VY over the weekend (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Matt Berninger

We mentioned earlier this year that The National began recording their long awaited Grateful Dead tribute album in Woodstock at Dreamland Recordings. A new Stereogum feature on the band reports that the wait will finally be over in early 2016, and that they'll once again be teaming up with the Red Hot organization to release it (the same organization the Dessners did Dark Was the Night with).

More details since the initial announcement on who's contributing to it keep coming to. The band told Stereogum that the album has "somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 contributions," now including Perfume Genius, Tunde Adebimpe (of TV on the Radio), Marijuana Deathsquads (doing "Truckin'"), Unknown Mortal Orchestra ("Shakedown Street"), Fucked Up, Daniel Rossen (of Grizzly Bear) on two songs including "Terrapin Station," Phosphorescent main man Matthew Houck, Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus and more. Plus there's all the previously-mentioned names like Bon Iver, Sharon Van Etten, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo), Kurt Vile & J Mascis (doing "Box of Rain" together), The War On Drugs ("Touch of Grey"), and of course The National themselves (including their take on"Peggy-O," a traditional the Dead played a lot). The latter two have been played live before, and you can check out videos of those below.

The wait for this compilation has been long, but it sounds like it'll be worth it. The National's Bryan Devendorf said, "Some of the interpretations of the songs, you hear it, and you go, 'My god, this is fucking killer.'" With a solid group of some of the best indie artists out there covering the Dead, it's hard to go wrong.

In other "indie musicians covering the Grateful Dead" news, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker and his band The Freaks doing another of their Dead tribute shows, and this one's in Brooklyn. It happens at Rough Trade on December 30. Tickets will be on sale on Wednesday (11/18) at noon. Alex Bleeker & The Freaks just played Brooklyn Bowl last week and are currently on tour in support of their new album.

All of The Freaks' upcoming tour dates are listed, with the National and War on Drugs videos, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Christine and the Queens

"I cannot believe what's happening right now," said Héloïse Letissier, the force behind France's Christine and the Queens, after playing the first song of their set to a sold-out crowd at NYC's Webster Hall last night (11/11). The place was clearly loving her, cheering several times during that one song alone, when Letissier hit the high notes, when one of her dancers did a particularly impressive move, or when Letissier did herself. She played a few smaller NYC shows since making her debut here in April, and had just opened for Marina and the Diamonds across two nights at Terminal 5 this week, but this was by far her biggest headlining gig in the city yet. She's clearly a huge hit here already, especially with the French community (that's not an assumption: Letissier asked "who here is French?" and about 80% of the room screamed).

Christine and the Queens make pop music, but they certainly toy around with the boundaries of the genre. She shouted out a few fierce females in pop music (her words) during the set, namedropping Beyonce, Rihanna, and Grimes, which should tell you something. She has dancers on stage, but more in the way that Grimes does than a true mainstream pop star. There's just two, and they're working more with abstract modern dance than say, Darrin's Dance Grooves. She's also always referencing various types of music during her set. She took the line "She's a man now, and there's nothing we can do to change her mind" from "iT" and transitioned into "Cause I'm a man, woman, don't always think before I do" from Tame Impala's "Cause I'm A Man." She played her song "Paradis Perdus," which is a cover/mashup of French singer Christophe's 1973 song of the same name and Kanye West's "Heartless." That was only one of two times Kanye came up, as later in the set she played a bit of "I'm In It" over the PA. And she played "No Harm Is Done," which samples the melody of Arctic Monkeys' "Do I Wanna Know?". (She did not cover "Pump Up the Jam," which she's done before.)

Christine and the Queens

That last one features a guest verse from Philly rapper Tunji Ige, and he was projected onto the screen behind her mouthing along as his verse played. They did the same thing for Perfume Genius for his verse in "Jonathan." She's not just playing with genre, but she's playing with gender too. She's talked before about gender fluidity, and that was very clearly on display last night. Her performance went back and forth between appearing stereotypically feminine and stereotypically masculine. The same could be said of her two male dancers.

Their live show is clearly incredibly professional already, between the choreography, the visuals, the sound, everything. Her only backing band is one guy on samplers/keyboards and another on guitar/bass/backup vocals. I usually complain about bands who don't have drummers, but here I didn't notice it at all.

The show opened with a DJ set from INSTRUM. Pictures continue below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Christine and the Queens

France's Christine and the Queens will release their self-titled debut album this week (10/16) via Neon Gold/Because/Atlantic, and the whole thing is streaming now via Hype Machine. It features the single "Paradis Perdus," which is a mashup/cover of fellow French singer Christophe's 1973 song of the same name and Kanye West's "Heartless." It also features "Jonathan" which includes guest vocals from Perfume Genius. Another song has a verse from Pennsylvania rapper Tunji Ige. Like a lot of Christine's Neon Gold labelmates, it's a synthpop record, but it's a bit darker and weirder than the stuff that label's best known for. Pitchfork caught their NYC debut at LPR in April and wrote:

It's been a week of firsts: a debut set at (Le) Poisson Rouge, a performance on VH1, a show at the UN (thus [performing for] Hillary [Clinton]). And she was in California last week--another first. "The East and West Coasts are like two different movies," she says. White flowers float off the trees, fall on our faces. Christine, about to catch a plane back to Paris, is wearing her overstuffed carry-on backpack. I ask if it's not too heavy for a walk. "Oh no," she says quickly, hoisting the bag up on her shoulders. "Keeps me grounded."

Christine is not Christine's real name. She was born Héloïse Letissier, a strange kid in a family of teachers, a creative maniac who spent her afternoons in ballet and her nights writing short stories. ("I was 11," she says, "and my mother would come to me like, 'Did you write this? It's about a murder.'") Her live set, like her minimalist, color-saturated music videos, is dance-heavy. Aided by her intensely charismatic backup dancers Diablo and Nick, Christine punctuates her sweet, off-kilter pop music with a distinct type of movement: a mix of Michael Jackson, fluid contemporary, vogue. She's glad to be dancing again. She gave it up briefly in her late teens, just a few years before the depression that brought her to making music--and before that, into the arms of three drag queens at Madame Jojo's, a now-closed venue in London, where Christine was trying and failing to go to school.

Christine is about to begin a North American tour this month opening for Marina and the Diamonds, which includes sold-out NYC shows at Terminal 5 on November 9 and 10. Right after those shows, she'll play her own NYC show on November 11 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the album stream, below...

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photos by James Richards IV

Courtney Barnett / The Julie Ruin / Run the Jewels
Pitchfork Festival 2015
Pitchfork Festival 2015
Pitchfork Festival 2015
Pitchfork Festival 2015

Waxahatchee seems all grown up since its 2013 appareance at Pitchfork. Back then, crowd chatter and indifferent fans drowned out a majority of leader Katie Crutchfield's lyrics on the small stage. Here, Crutchfield receives support from a backing quartet that adds muscle, volume and thickness to her musings. In her world, holding back emotions is for sissies. Framed by fuzz-rock and elastic pop arrangments, she navigates gray areas of romantic relationships and insecurities of getting older. Her deceptively sweet voice relays the worries, wishes and misgivings common to almost every 20-and 30-something. For 45 minutes, Waxahatchee functions as a personal diary, complete with smart analogies that spare no one blame, including Crutchfield herself. [Bob Gendron for Chicago Tribune]
You've seen day 1, more day 1 and day 2, and here's pictures of the third and final day of the 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival. This time we got Chance the Rapper, Todd Terje & the Olsens, Run the Jewels, PC Music's AG Cook, Caribou, Clark, Jamie xx, How to Dress Well, Courtney Barnett, Perfume Genius, Madlib & Freddie Gibbs, The Julie Ruin, Waxahatchee, Mourn, Viet Cong, SIngle Mothers and Bitchin Bajas. More pictures below...

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photo: Perfume Genius in London last week (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
Perfume Genius

The Basilica Soundscape festival returns in 2015 for its fourth year from September 11-13 at Basilica Hudson in Hudson, NY (about 2 hours from NYC by train). The festival is once again curated by founders/creative directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone, with Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy and Leg Up Management's Brian DeRan, and the lineup is great as always.

This year has Perfume Genius, Viet Cong, Jenny Hval, HEALTH, Circuit des Yeux, Weyes Blood, Wolf Eyes, The Haxan Cloak, Blanck Mass, Actress, the duo of tablaist Gourisankar & sitarist Indrajit Banerjee, and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.

photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr

also, watch Belle & Sebastian's entire Primavera set

Perfume Genius

Perfume Genius has been on tour this year, and just played what was reportedly his largest gig yet. It happened Wednesday (6/10) at London's 2,500-capacity Royal Festival Hall, and we've got pictures of it in this post. That show was not long after his set at Barcelona's Primavera Sound:

Hadreas and his band came out all in black, and, bathed in red and white lights. The disparity between Hadreas when he's singing and when he's speaking is half stunning and half funny. During the highlights of the set -- the brooding, electronic-oriented stuff like "Grid" and "Longpig" -- he swayed and thrashed, possessed. And then he'd sorta-bashfully say "Thanks y'all" in between songs, like he'd very briefly come back down to earth. I was going to leave early to make it to Sleater-Kinney, but I wanted to hear "Queen," one of the best songs of 2014. Hadreas wisely saves it for the end, where it functions as a closer that burns down whatever's left of the place. [Stereogum]
You can watch some videos from that below. Soon, he plays another big festival on that side of the Atlantic, Glastonbury, where he annoyingly plays against Belle & Sebastian. B&S just played Radio City, and also played Primavera. Watch their full set from that below too.

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photos by Samantha Saturday except Jack White (courtesy the artist)

Jack White / Run the Jewels / Alt-J / Father John Misty / Tyler, the Creator
Coachella 2015 - Day 2
Coachella 2015 - Day 2
Coachella 2015 - Day 2
Coachella 2015 - Day 2

[Jack] White, wearing his hair slicked back and dressed in a dark pinstripe suit with a handkerchief in his lapel, opened his set with a torrid version of a White Stripes song that contained a locally relevant political statement - "Icky Thump," with its line, "Why don't you kick yourself out, you're an immigrant, too."

White was making his first appearance with his solo band after appearing twice with the White Stripes and once each with his bands, Dead Weather and the Raconteurs. He played a set representative of his musical career with a six-piece band including a violinist that was highlighted on his old-timey, "Hotel Yorba."[The Desert Sun]

Coachella 2015 brought its usual throng of huge acts and party-seeking crowds to Indio last weekend and Day 2 (April 11) hosted an impressive bill. In addition to White, there was Run The Jewels, the return of Ratatat, Bad Religion, Swans, FKA Twigs, Drive Like Jehu, Perfume Genius, Father John Misty, Tyler the Creator, and many more.

Pics of day 1 of Coachella 2015 are here. Pics of day 3 are here. Check out more pics (and a few videos) from Day 2 below....

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The 2015 Glastonbury Festival, which sold out in 25 minutes back in October, has announced it's initial lineup. In addition to Lionel Richie, which they confirmed a while back, this year will feature Patti Smith, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Pharell Williams, Motorhead, Alabama Shakes, The Fall, Alt-J, Suede, Fat White Family, The Chemical Brothers, GOAT, Caribou, fka twigs, George Clinton, Father John Misty, Kate Tempest, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and more.

The annual UK festival takes place June 24-28 on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England. All announced Glastonbury 2015 performers are listed below...

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photo: Sleater-Kinney at T5 in February (more by PSquared)

Sleater-Kinney, who first said they weren't playing festivals but then were announced for Primavera Sound, have now also been added to home stage festival Sasquatch!, taking place Memorial Day Weekend (5/22-25) at The Gorge. Other new additions include Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib (who plays NYC tonight), THEESatisfaction, Helms Alee, AlunaGeorge, Kaytranada, Goldlink and a few others.

Those additions join previously announced names such as Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent and many more. Festival tickets are still available.

Updated lineup below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Jenny Hval

Norway's Jenny Hval signed to Sacred Bones for her next album, which is called Apocalypse, girl and comes out on June 9 via the label. The album was produced by a fellow Norwegian musician, noise veteran Lasse Marhaug, and it features Thor Harris (of Swans), Oystein Moen (of Jaga Jazzist), Okkyung Lee, Havard Volden, Kyrre Laastad, and Rhodri Davies. The new single, "That Battle Is Over," is out now, and it takes the art pop of 2013's Innocence Is Kinky into slightly bigger-sounding territories. Listen below.

As mentioned, Jenny has tour dates supporting St. Vincent and Perfume Genius, including his NYC show on March 19 at Stage 48 (tickets). She's now added her own much smaller NYC show happening at the new Bushwick venue Alphaville on March 29 with SoftSpot. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/6) at 10 AM.

Updated dates are listed, with the song stream and LP tracklist, below...

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photo: Michael Gira in Chicago last month (more by James Richards IV)

The upcoming Big Ears Festival happening March 27-29 in Knoxville, TN, has been expanded once again. Like in past years, the festival will include a film portion, and a selection of that has been curated by filmmaker/musician Jim Jarmusch and Michael Gira, whose respective bands SQURL and Swans were already on the lineup. Like they just did In NYC, Jarmusch's band SQURL will perform scores to Man Ray's silent films. Here's more:

SQÜRL, film director Jim Jarmusch's band with drummer Carter Logan, will perform music that they wrote for several silent films from the 1930s by the legendary surrealist Man Ray. This project was premiered in late February in New York as part of WNYC's Silent Films, Live Scores program. SQÜRL, joined by lute virtuoso Jozef Van Wissem, also performed the score for Jarmusch's most recent film, Only Lovers Left Alive.

The occult electronic duo Demdike Stare will perform their re-scoring of 1922 silent Swedish/Danish documentary / horror classic, HÄXAN, Witchcraft Through the Ages. Technically filmed as a documentary about how superstition and the misunderstanding of disease and mental illness could lead to witch hunts, its dramatized sequences push it into the realm of horror films. It was originally banned in the United States.

Rounding out the Big Ears film programs for 2015, indie director Jim Jarmusch and Swans founder and leader Michael Gira have collaborated with the Criterion Film Collection in curating a program of select films, which will be screened on Sunday at Regal Entertainment Group's downtown Riviera Cineplex. Jarmusch's program is "Three in Black and White," an international triptych featuring Satayajit Ray's The Music Room, Aki Kaurismäki's La Vie de Bohéme, and Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg. Gira has selected a single film: the cult classic Eraserhead, David Lynch's groundbreaking feature film debut.

There will be a Bill Morrison retrospective too, during which jazz guitarist Bill Frisell's quartet performing Frisell's live score to Morrison's The Great Flood (like he did at MoMA last year).

These additions join Swans, tUnE-yArDs, Silver Apples, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Ben Frost and more. Festival passes are still available.

Updated lineup below...

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Pitchfork Fest
photo: Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Already on sale for a while, Pitchfork Festival just announced the lineup to this year's fest at Chicago's Union Park, and it looks like this...

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Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to Quincy, WA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, at The Gorge. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Spoon, James Blake, Hot Chip, SBTRKT, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War On Drugs, Little Dragon, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, Future Islands, Ab-Soul, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Rustie, Courtney Barnett, Strand of Oaks, Merchandise, Ex Hex, and more.

Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Saturday (2/7). Full lineup below...

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The lineup has been expanded for the 2015 Big Ears Festival, happening March 27-29 in Knoxville, TN. New additions include psych pioneers Silver Apples, former Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton (performing HIVE), Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, folk singer Ryley Walker, guitar wiz William Tyler, modern classical collective Bing & Ruth, electronic/ambient musician Loscil, cabaret singer Little Annie, and Chinese composer Wu Man.

They join previously announced artists such as Laurie Anderson, tUnE-yArDs, Swans, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Sam Amidon, Max Richter, Ben Frost and more. Tickets are still available.

Updated lineup below...

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Long-running, eclectic and generally well-regarded music festival Iceland Airwaves will happen November 5 - 9, 2015 in Reykjavík. They've just announced the initial lineup which includes Ariel Pink, Perfume Genius, GusGus, Spanish bands Mourn and Hinds, East India Youth and more. Lots more bands still to be announced, but tickets are on sale now.

Initial 2015 Iceland Airwaves line-up listed, along with an announcement video, below...

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Drive Like Jehu in 2014 (photo by Tod Seelie)

Earlier today, we mentioned the a couple Coachella sideshows (Brand New/Built to Spill/Desaparecidos and Desaparecidos/Touche Amore/Joyce Manor), and now the full schedule of sideshows is here. There's also one with the reunited Drive Like Jehu, one with the reunited Ride and Eagulls, one with Interpol and Perfume Genius, one with Belle & Sebastian and Mac DeMarco, one with Swans and Angel Olsen, one with Father John Misty and King Tuff, two Jenny Lewis shows, a Cloud Nothings show, a War On Drugs show, a Panda Bear show, and still plenty more.

More details at Goldenvoice's website. Full schedule on the poster below...

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The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer,  Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.

That fake poster wasn't too far off. Tickets are on sale now....and apparently traveling to Europe hasn't been this affordable for Americans in a long time.

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photo: Jenny Hval at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Jenny Hval

Norwegian art pop musician Jenny Hval had somewhat of a breakthrough with 2013's Innocence Is Kinky, and that continued with last year's well received collaboration with Susanna, Meshes of Voice. Now she's announced that she's signed to Sacred Bones, making her labelmates with fellow Swans openers Pharmakon and Marissa Nadler. She plans to put out her next LP in the coming months.

As previously mentioned, Jenny will be heading out on a tour with Perfume Genius which hits NYC on March 19 at Stage 48 (tickets). Before that, she's also got dates with St. Vincent (who released a new song today), none in NYC though.

All dates are listed, with the "Innocence is Kinky" video, below...

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Belle and Sebastian have announced openers for some of their North American shows. Real Estate will be opening the June 10 show at Radio City Music Hall and tickets for that show are still available. Real Estate will also play the April 12 show in Los Angeles, along with Perfume Genius, who will open a few other B&S dates on the West Coast. Honeyblood, who play NYC on their own sooner, are opening a few shows as well. Additionally, Belle and Sebastian have added a few dates and all are listed below.

If you haven't heard Belle & Sebastian's new album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, you can stream it via NPR.

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Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.

Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...

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Michael Stipe
Photo: Michael Stipe @ Webster Hall - 12/29/14 (via Laura Lakeway)

Though the 3/4 of R.E.M. who are not Michael Stipe reunited in 2013 on stage, Michael hadn't performed a set since that band broke up... until last night (12/29). He played a surprise six-song opening set at Patti Smith's first of two year-end shows at Webster Hall, playing a few R.E.M. songs and a few covers, including one of Perfume Genius' "Hood." You may remember that Michael joined Patti on stage at her 2011 New Year's Eve show, but this time was a full set. Slicing Up Eyeballs has audio and video from his set which you can check out below.

Patti does it again tonight (12/30) which is sold out. Will another special guest open?

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intro by Bill Pearis

Klaus Johann Grobe

Swiss duo Klauss Johann Grobe released their second album, Im Sinne de Zeit near the start of the year via Trouble in Mind and I'm pretty sure there's only been a handful of days since that I haven't listened to it. With only organ, bass and drums (and vocals in Swiss-German), they merge krautrock drive and tropicalia's spirit into one of 2014's grooviest albums. You can stream the whole thing via Spotify, and check out a video, below.

The band, which includes a third member on bass live, just wrapped up a European tour opening for Temples and spent most of the rest of 2014 playing festivals and touring the album. Hopefully, they'll head to North America in 2015, we shall see. KJG have given us their Top 10 LPs of the year, telling us, "These couple of records helped us make all the touring a bit more comfortable in 2014." You can check out their list with commentary, below.


Brooklyn's TEEN, who released their second album this year, included KJG's Im Sinne der Zeit on their Best LPs of 2014 list, after being wowed by them at the Netherlands' Valkhof Festival this summer. You can check out their whole list of the year's favorites below. TEEN spent most of their 2014 on tour, had all their gear stolen (and launched a successful PledgeMusic campaign to help them keep touring), and are currently on break, though you may have seen singer Teeny Lieberson at this year's Brooklyn Rock Lottery.

Both TEEN and Klaus Johann Grobe's lists for Best LPs of 2014, plus song streams, below...

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Grunge-folk singer Torres wrapped up a short tour with Strand of Oaks earlier this month that hit NYC on 12/4 at Bowery Ballroom. Anyone catch that? That's a picture of her and Strand of Oaks hanging out the NYC show, above. Her next NYC show is a free one, happening January 30 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Mainland and Ancient Ocean (aka John Bohannon, who's in Torres' live band). That's her only announced date at the moment.

She also posted a list of her favorite albums of 2014, which (like Strand of Oaks' list) includes her friend/collaborator Sharon Van Etten. (While we're talking about collaborators, both Sharon Van Etten and Strand of Oaks also happen to be J Mascis collaborators.)

Find out who else made her list, and watch a video of Torres & SVE's 2014 single "New Skin," below...

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The Knife @ Terminal 5 4/30/2014
The Knife

BrooklynVegan photographer Amanda Hatfield shoots a ton of shows for BV every year, and 2014 was no different. Now that it's coming to a close, she's put together her 15 favorite photos she took this year. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below. Also below is a list of her 15 favorite albums, and she's got an ongoing playlist with her favorite songs of the year on Rdio. Check it out.

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Photo: Grouper @ the Guggenheim in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Tiny Mix Tapes posted their Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2014, and as TMT lists usually are, it's a pretty eccentric one with a lot of stuff that wasn't making everyone's list this year. Sure you've got Grouper, Andy Stott, Sun Kil Moon, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Arca, Pharmakon, Perfume Genius, Ariel Pink, Swans and FKA twigs, but you've also got Ninos Du Brasil, Gem Jones, James Ferraro, Call Super, C L E A N E R S, Kevin Drumm & Jason Lescalleet and more.

Read their entertaining intro and commentary on the albums here, and browse their full list below...

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