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Major Lazer @ Pitchfork Fest Sunday
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"The tempo picked up again with Major Lazer at 6:15 p.m., and--hallelujah!--it stayed at a pretty high level through the end of Pitchfork 2010...

...Though Young is missing from the [Pavement] reunion, Stephen Malkmus and his bandmates were musically concise, tight, and focused, and they delivered many of their best songs--"Range Life," "Frontwards," "Greenlander," and "Unfair" among them--in versions that were every bit as strong as they were back in the day, and better in some cases than that last stage of the group. Since the music always seemed timeless, there was less of a taint of nostalgia here then with, say, the Pixies reunion, though to be sure, the motivations probably were very much the same, and mostly colored green... [Jim DeRegatis]

The 2010 Pitchfork Festival has come to an end, and if you've been following along, you saw pictures from Day 1 & 2, pictures of LCD Soundsystem, and more pictures from Day 1 & 2. Now a set of pictures from the third and final day, with a bunch of setlists from all three days (including Pavement's), below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest 2010 in pics & setlists (Day 3 - Pavement, Big Boi, St Vincent, Major Lazer, Lightning Bolt & more) "

Day 1 photos by Weekly Dig, Wolf Parade photos by Kate Gardiner

Panda Bear @ Pitchfork Fest Saturday evening (Suckafreemike)
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"Dear panda bear: you're playing a music festival, not an art installation." - Etan

"The only explanation for Panda Bear's set at the Pitchfork Music Festival is that it's a practical joke on people who are not on drugs." - lifeinzembla

"Panda Bear was nice but wayyyy too low key for a festival crowd" - Carleton Atwater

"hey i'm watching online and panda bear sounds amazing!!" - Nicole H

"Bet this new Panda Bear stuff sounds great on headphones but it's not really festival music" - Joe Colly

"Panda Bear mixing footage on the screen of a little girl jumping up and down and a Great White Shark eating a cow...weird" - Anthony Adamowicz

"Really Panda Bear?!! No "Comfy in Nautica" or "Bros??" Lame." - Michael Roche

"Panda Bear just put 20000 people to sleep at @pitchfork2010. No joke." - angelabosworth

"Panda Bear killed it. set was almost exclusively new stuff. pushing the art to the next level." - Luke Tipton

Panda Bear @ Pitchfork Fest Saturday evening (iissaaacc)
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More pictures from the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival, below...

Continue reading "mixed reactions to Panda Bear & more pictures from the 2010 Pitchfork Festival (Days 1 & 2)"

Sasquatch photos by Chris Graham, Pitchfork photos by Kate Gardiner

James Murphy @ Sasquatch (May 30, 2010)
LCD Soundsystem

James Murphy @ Pitchfork (July 17, 2010)
LCD Soundsystem

"Day Two of Pitchfork Music Festival far surpassed my expectations and far surpassed Day One.

Firstly, James Murphy is a rock god. LCD Soundsystem was phenomenal tonight and all my objective journalistic ethics have been shed and all I can do is gush. Taking the stage at 8:30, LCD brought the energy and never let it down, even on tamer songs like "Someone Great" the entirety of Union Park was rapt. Murphy has such a keen knack for dynamics and showmanship, regardless of a concert-goers knowledge of LCD, his concert was a non-stop dance fest. Honestly, this was one of the best live performances I've attended." [Chicago Now]

LCD Soundsystem made everyone else look bad this summer. It all started with their live return at Music Hall of Williamsburg in April, continued through the Sasquatch Festival at the end of May, and most recently happened last night at Pitchfork in Chicago.

But that's it for now. They have less than 10 shows currently scheduled between now and Austin City Limits in October, and all of those shows are mixed between Asia, Australia and Europe. All dates and more pictures from Pitchfork AND Sasquatch (I never got a chance to post them before), below...

Continue reading "LCD Soundsystem played Sasquatch & Pitchfork Fest (pics)"

photos by Kate Gardiner

"And Yawnfork continues." - Jim DeRogatis

Robyn dominated Friday @ the Pitchfork Festival
Pitchfork Fest

"Who knew the best performer of the day would be a blonde bombshell spinning Euro-disco? Robyn -- another Swede and a former child star who's fought hard to regain her own artistic control -- came out throwing punches in the air when she wasn't doing that elbows-high, shoulder-leaning dance all '80s female singers used to do. Fiesty, sexy, spunky, Robyn opened with the virtues of being a "Fembot," assured us that love hurts "With Every Heartbeat" and sang flawlessly through new single "Dancing on My Own" in front of a band dressed in all white, twiddling knobs and pounding synth-pad drums. The latter really exploded at the end of "Cobrastyle," with Robyn showing some kick-box dancing. Her Pink-ish pluck reached its zenith in "Don't F---ing Tell Me What to Do," during which she led some kind of aerobics class (sporting a totally Pat Benatar green beret, too). And she was the crowd favorite. Go figure." [Chicago Sun Times]
Robyn is now on tour with Kelis (that tour includes three NYC shows).

This post comes five hours into Day Two of the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival (which is streaming online). Tonight's remaining acts are Wolf Parade, Panda Bear, and LCD Soundsystem. More pictures and a few videos from most of what came prior, below....

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest 2010 - Day 1 & most of Day 2 (pictures & video) "

the vegan ice cream is ready to go @ Pitchfork 2010 (chicagosoydairy)
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Sharon Van Etten will play the very first set at the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival at 3:30pm Chicago time today, Friday, July 16th. She also plays the first set that streams live via their webcast at the festival's website. Full streaming schedule below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest this weekend, starting today (stream it) "

DOWNLOAD: Sharon Van Etten - Love More (MP3)

photo by Kristianna Smith

Sharon Van Etten will be putting out her second record, a seven-song collection called Epic, on October 5th through Ba Da Bing. The track above is the last song off that. If you've seen her live recently (like at the Chris Knox Benefit), you may have caught it. In April, the song was covered at the Music Now Fest in Cincinnati by Bon Iver and members of the National. Their version (captured quite blurily) is posted below, as is a stripped-down acoustic rendition by Sharon.

The new record was recorded at Philly's Miner Street Studios and features vocal assists by Meg Baird (Espers), Cat Martino and Jessica Larrabee (She Keeps Bees). A seven-inch is also due this summer on Polyvinyl.

Live, Sharon will be at Zebulon on July 7th to perform with a screening of The Builder. After that she has a pair of shows in Chicago including the Pitchfork Fest, and then a Saturday, August 7th show at Bushwick Starr with Mike Visser. She's also on the schedule for the Panda Bear- & Public Enemy-hosting Hopscotch Festival in North Carolina this September.

Tracklist for the new album, live videos and dates are below...

Continue reading "Sharon Van Etten releasing 'Epic' - new MP3 & tour dates"

Modest Mouse @ Terminal 5 in March 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse will join Faith No More and Nas & Damian Marley (tickets) as one of the acts set to play at Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn this summer. Their Friday, July 23rd show will be ticketed/non-free (like the others mentioned). Tickets go on sale Friday at noon (which is when the just-added Faith no More show goes on sale too).

Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is a week after they play the Pitchfork Festival which recently updated its lineup. New acts playing the Chicago fest include Big Boi, Major Lazer, Neon Indian, Beach House, Free Energy, Local Natives, Robyn & more. Check that out in full below. Single day tickets are still on sale.

UPDATE:
Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is one day after they play one in NJ.

Modest Mouse will be reissuing their third album, The Moon & Antarctica, on vinyl for its 10th anniversary, on Record Store Day - this Saturday, April 17th. "The album features restored original artwork and replicates the infinite lock groove found in the original vinyl pressings of 2000. The new vinyl reissue includes a download card for the album." All dates the the P4K Fest lineup, below...

Continue reading "Modest Mouse playing Williamsburg Waterfront, the Pitchfork Festival (updated full lineup) & other tour dates"

Wolf Parade @ Terminal 5 in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Wolf Parade

The Wolf Parade fansite reports that Wolf Parade will be touring the USA this July (which is supposed to be timed to coincide with a new album - see the comments). Dates include a NYC show back at Terminal 5 and the Pitchfork Festival (thx Hiro). All dates below...

Continue reading "Wolf Parade - 2010 tour dates (NYC, Pitchfork Fest, more)"

Pitchfork Fest

The Pitchfork Music Festival celebrates its 5th anniversary this year at Union Park in Chicago. It runs from Friday July 16th - Sunday July 18th. Three-day passes are now sold out, but you can still get single-day passes on Ticketweb.

The Updated Lineup is below:

Continue reading "Pitchfork Festival updates lineup (Broken Social Scene, Jon Spencer, Panda Bear, Girls, El-P & more) "

Pitchfork Fest

the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival will be held at Chicago's Union Park on July 16 - 18. We are pleased to announce the first batch of bands slated to perform, as well as proclaim that tickets are on sale today at 12 PM CST! This year's festival welcomes the highly anticipated return of legendary band Pavement as they make one of their first appearances since reuniting! Pavement will perform on Sunday night. Friday features indie-rock, chart-topping mainstays Modest Mouse, while Saturday and Sunday sees performances by LCD Soundsystem, Raekwon, Here We Go Magic, St. Vincent, Lightning Bolt, Cass McCombs and Sleigh Bells. Stay tuned, as more bands will be announced in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Sleigh Bells will be keeping busy by touring with both Yeasayer and Major Lazer. Pavement's first North American reunion date so far is Coachella. The list of confirmed Pitchfork bands, by date, is below...

Continue reading "2010 Pitchfork Music Fest - dates, tickets, initial lineup "

photos by Joseph Xu

The National

Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.

More pictures from the 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival, below...

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words by Andrew Frisicano, P4K photos by Joseph Xu

DOWNLOAD: Elvis Perkins in Dearland - Shampoo (MP3)

Elvis Perkins @ Clearwater Festival 6/21 (more by Chris La Putt)
Elvis Perkins

Drift: You're playing Bonaroo this year, and you did last year. Do you enjoy playing festivals?

Elvis Perkins: Yeah. The festival atmosphere and scene is good fun. Especially when people are all sort of holed up in one place, have pilgrimaged their way to a certain spot, like what you get at Bonaroo or Sasquatch, that you don't necessarily get at Lollapalooza. That behind-the-scenes thing is fun, and just taking part in something like a modern day religious-less pilgrimage, a Mecca of sorts, if good. It lets everyone know that they're alive. The playing of the sets themselves can sometimes be challenging, but once you get thrown to the fire, you get used to the temperature. And if you can accept that it's going to be somewhat chaotic and that it's not going to sound very good, at least to you, on stage, then it can definitely be an enjoyable moment. The last time I was at Bonaroo, I certainly wasn't in the best spirits, or in the best shape rest-wise or nutrient-wise, so it was a bit of a struggle for me against the heat and the dust. But this time I'm prepared, and I know what awaits. This time I'm going to take Bonaroo before it takes me.

If you caught Elvis at Bonnaroo, you may have noticed Justin Vernon of Bon Iver joining the band on stage for the last two songs of their set. Elvis Perkins in Dearland returned the favor by adding horns to Bon Iver's "For Emma" and their cover of Yo La Tengo's "I Feel Like Going Home." See the videos below.

Bonnaroo wasn't the only festival Perkins played this summer. We recently posted pics of him at Newport Folk Festival and at the Clearwater Festival. He'll also be at Seattle's Bumbershoot in September.

Perkins's winter '09 tour made two NYC stops - one at the Bell House and one in March at the Bowery Ballroom. At the latter, Perkins ended the night by leading the packed crowd through the soapy confines of the NYC subway system for an encore. Elvis Perkins in Dearland will return to that venue for a show on Friday, December 4th with Bowerbirds. Maybe this time they'll head over the Williamsburg Bridge. Which would leave them not far from their next show, December 5th at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for the NYC shows go on AmEx presale Wednesday, August 12th at noon; general sale starts Friday at noon.

Bowerbirds are not playing the Music Hall show - opener TBA on that one. Bowerbirds are currently still on tour with Megafaun who they played Bowery Ballroom with in July 2009 which was not that long before they played the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago (more pictures from that show below). In July 2008, Bowerbirds opened for Bon Iver at Bowery Ballroom (it was part of a larger tour).

Bon Iver has a new project with a new album and tour dates too.

Videos of the above-mentioned Bonnaroo collaborations, P4k pictures, and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Elvis Perkins & Bowerbirds played festivals, returning to NYC (pictures, videos & 2009 tour dates) "

FF photos by Joseph Xu

DOWNLOAD: Mountain Goats - Genesis 3:23 (new MP3)

Final Fantasy @ P4K
Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy played the Pitchfork Festival on July 18th, which is where the photos in this post are from (check out his Mayhem t-shirt). About a week later he played the Hillside Festival at Guelph Lake in Canada during a storm (probably not a good idea)...

A few songs into his bravura one-man baroque-pop set, the skies filled with thunder and lightning as rain began to drench Pallett, who continued shredding his bow fiercely across his violin.

As stagehands covered equipment with plastic, and organizers frantically tried to cut him off, Pallett kept playing the appropriately dramatic 'Lewis Takes His Shirt Off.' "One more minute," he yelled, as sheets of water hit him full force.

The stunned (and soaked) crowd broke into wild cheers as one minute turned into two and Pallett sped toward the song's big finish like a man possessed -- until the stage crew finally pulled the plug. Still, his heroics had already created Hillside's most memorable moment. [Spinner]

Video from that moment below.

This November he (Owen Pallett) heads out on tour to open up for The Mountain Goats (John Darnielle), who will be playing as a full band (though there is a much shorter string of Darnielle solo dates too). The trip ends with a pair of NYC gigs on December 1st and 2nd, when they respectively visit Webster Hall and the Bell House. Tickets for Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon; general sale starts Friday, August 7th at noon. Bell House tickets are on sale today at noon.

The occasion for this tour is a new record from The Mountain Goats, enigmatically titled The Life of the World to Come, which comes out October 6th on 4AD. All song titles on the new album are Bible verses. John says,

The album was recorded between April and June: first at Electrical Audio with Brandon Eggleston; then at Sonic Ranch with John Congleton; and finally at Baucom Road with Scott Solter. Scott also mixed the entire album at Baucom Road. The band is still Jon Wurster, Peter Hughes, and me; Owen Pallett did string arrangements & played on the Electrical session.

I guess the obvious question is going to be: "John, have you had some sort of religious awakening?" and while I guess lots of people might want to be coy about answering that, that's never really been my style, so: no. It's not like that. It's not some heavy-narrative-distance deal either, though, and it's not a screed. It's twelve new songs: twelve hard lessons the Bible taught me, kind of. More than that I'd want to wait to say until some people have heard it, which won't be long.

One track "Genesis 3:23" is posted above. The verse in question there, "Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken," may aid in your listening. Album art & tracklist, with tour dates, the FF Hillside video, and FF@P4K pics, below...

Continue reading "Mountain Goats - new Bible album, MP3, 2009 tour dates w/ Final Fantasy (who played Pitchfork & Hillside in a storm) "

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Joseph Xu

DOWNLOAD: Pharoah Monch vs the Black Lips - "Drop I Mayor" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Lips - Drop I Hold featuring GZA (MP3)

Pharoahe Monch @ the 2009 Pitchfork Fest
Pharoahe Monch

Though APW's addition of Jay-Z is rather notable (just a tad), it's the reunion of Organized Konfusion that sets the stage for a big hip hop weekend at APW. Organized Konfusion originally stepped away from the mic in 1997, flirting with a return as recently as 2004, but APW marks their first show back.

Since 1997, both Prince Po and Pharoahe Monch of Organized Konfusion have been busy as solo artists, with Monch recently logging time at the 2009 Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest (pics here) and Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. Pics from Pitchfork in this post, along with fellow hip hop luminary (who didn't send a decoy?) Doom. Chicagoist dug Monch, but Doom... not so much.

After that was Pharoahe Monch, who's hip hop set was everything Doom's Saturday set wasn't: intense, ferocious, and with a level of personality the masked wonder couldn't summon on Saturday. Drawing from the crowd, Monch gave props to those such as Rakim, Mos Def, and Michael Jackson. He was the act we knew least about going into the weekend and coming out he's left us only wanting to hear more.
Speaking of Mos Def, the routing for The Ecstatic Tour is solidifying more and more. Details are below. Tickets are still available for his show at The Beach at Governor's Island on 9/12.

Mos Def's partner in the recently reunited Black Star, Talib Kweli, is making his way back to the stage with Reflection Eternal at BB Kings on August 28th, a little more than a month after Rock The Bells. Tickets are now on sale.

Styles P, who provided direct support for Pharoahe Monch at Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest, will headline the first night of the Rock The Block Fest at Southpaw (Aug 6, tix here), with Freeway taking over for the second (Aug 7, tix here). Tickets are also available bundled together (here).

DJ STV SLV (of The Hood Internet) recently remixed Pharoah Monch's "Mayor" with The Black Lips "The Drop I Hold". Hilarity ensues. Download that above. Black Lips' collaboration with GZA is is up there too.

The previously mentioned Ghostface, Redman/Method Man jumpoff at Nokia Theater on July 30th is sold out. We're still waiting for Diesel to announce who the special guests will be at the Roots Webster Hall show happening the same night. Speaking of the Roots, their Highline Ballroom residency has now been extended through November 24th. Tickets are on sale.

In other hip hop news, Q-Tip is paying tribute to Michael Jackson at Nokia Theatre, Jedi Mind Tricks and Brother Ali have announced tours, and The Cool Kids are playing SOB's less than a month after All Points West.

More Pitchfork pics, the Rock the Block flyer, and all Mos Def tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Pharoahe Monch (and DOOM) played P4K (pics), (Organized Konfusion) playing APW ++ tix on sale, Mos Def dates & more"

photos by Joseph Xu

The Flaming Lips

As previously announced, the World's most lovable band, THE FLAMING LIPS, will release a trio of brand new songs from their forthcoming album beginning today [7/28]. The "Songs From The Future Album Embryonic," 3-track EP will be available for sale via the band's newly redesigned web site. Go to: http://www.flaminglips.com/ for complete details, concert updates, merchandise and general good vibes.

"Songs From The Future Album Embryonic EP," will contain: "Convinced Of The Hex," The Impulse," and "Silver Trembling Hands;" just a tasty taste of things to come in the form of EMBRYONIC, their new studio album to be released later this year. [Warner Brothers]
The Flaming Lips are currently in Australia (7/26-2/29), and are then going to Japan, and then they play various dates in the US and Europe in August and September leading up to their September 13th ATP NY gig where they are also curating the lineup of that entire festival day. On July 19th they played the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. More pictures from that set below...

Continue reading "The Flaming Lips - new EP out ++ pics from Pitchfork Fest"

photos by Joseph Xu

"Damn homeboy in M83 has the weakest slap I have ever seen...inviting the crowd on stage is almost as stupid as stage diving to watered down synth-pop" - Jay Reatard

M83

Anthony Gonzalez of M83 played a free NYC show at the WFC Winter Garden on July 14th. He then traveled to the Pitchfork Fest for a set on July 19th (which is where the photos here are from). On the way, Gonzalez had a bit of trouble at his show in Columbus, OH.

Moments before M83's set came to a finish, during closer "Couleurs", Kibby invited the mainly docile crowd on stage to "bring down the house together." While 30 or so accepted the invitation (including myself), and one concert-goer even went so far as to knock over the glass shield in front of Maurin, all three members remained unfazed and continued through their dynamic jam. Unfortunately, not everyone held those exact sentiments.

Production staff at the Wexner Center started breaking it up. Fans were ushered off stage, then abruptly pushed off, to which it became a screaming jamboree. Although the fans followed orders, Gonzalez was not happy. He wasn't having it. Because 30 seconds later, he waved fans on stage again, all in the name of dance. This time, however, production staff became angry, violent, and irate. Immediately, they pushed oncoming fans off the stage and stood at the front blockading people from jumping back up. This didn't sit well with Gonzalez, who blew up, yelling "Fuck you" into the microphone at the production staff for messing up their set, all while the two accompanying musicians continued playing. You can only imagine the musical genius at hand.

While one member of their touring staff tried to quell the argument, it was too late. Gonzalez left his post and confronted the production manager for the venue head on, hitting him violently with the open palm of his left hand. The crowd, which continued dancing, appeared stunned as well. Strangers turned awestruck to their neighbors as if to say, "Did you see that?". What's more (and kind of, um, bad ass), the band actually finished its song, and Gonzalez jumped into the excited crowd, who threw him up jubilantly. Soon after, M83 exited and the fans dispersed, knowing they not only saw a great show, but saw their newfound hero (Gonzalez) kick ass in their name.[Consequence of Sound]

This morning (as reported by Pitchfork), Anthony issued an apology.

That apology, a video of the event and Gonzalez discussing it the next day at Pitchfork (as the Thermals play in the background), with more pictures from Pitchfork, below...

Continue reading "Anthony Gonzalez (M83) slapped security (video), apologized (letter) +++ he played the WFC in NYC & Pitchfork (pics)"

photos by Joseph Xu

Mew

Sunday 7:58 p.m.: Mew might be the best dressed band at Pitchfork; singer Jonas Bjerre sports an expensive-looking cardigan and tailored jeans, while his bandmates are wearing crisp oxford button-ups with the sleeves rolled just so. The Danish group's sound is equally dapper. Indeed, even the rockers are hopelessly lush--as though everything the band touches is forced to blossom (think King Midas meets Johnny Appleseed). This feel is abetted by Bjerre's lullaby of a voice, an effortlessly melodic instrument with watercolor-soft edges. Mew imbues a decadent "The Zookeeper's Boy" with enough romantic longing to make Jane Austen blush and turns "Special" into a velvet-smooth, disco-rock shuffle. Only two complaints: (1) at just 40 minutes the set is at least 20 minutes too short and (2) the crowd is on the small-ish side as everyone readies for the Flaming Lips performance in the opposite corner of the park. (AD) [Chicago Tribune]
Tickets are on sale for Mew's upcoming Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Mew's Terminal 5 show goes on pre-sale this afternoon. A few more shots from Pitchfork and updated North American tour dates below...

Continue reading "Mew played Pitchfork (pics) - updated dates & NYC tickets"

DOWNLOAD: Times New Viking - Time No Hope (MP3)

Breeders

Since we last spoke, The Breeders have expanded the dates and added openers to their August tour. Joining them at first will be Times New Viking (who have an MP3 off their forthcoming record, Born Again Revisited, above), and then Whisptertown 2000, who will be opening both of the Breeders' NYC shows at the Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows, happening August 18th and 19th, are still on sale.

Though the Breeders didn't play the Pitchfork Festival over the weekend, if you were there you did hear their song "Saints" coming off the stage courtesy of The Thermals, who also covered Sonic Youth's "100%," Nirvana's "Sappy" and Green Day's "Basket Case."

After the show, Harris and bassist Kathy Foster told Spinner they've been playing the Nirvana and Breeders songs fairly often, but the other two were new. "Those are all of our favorite songs," Foster said. "We were a little nervous, but it was really fun."

Harris said he wasn't sure how 'Basket Case' would pop. "Pitchfork's such a hipster thing," he teased. "You've got to play it a little cooler. And it's Chicago too, so you gotta be cool. But we're not embarrassed to love Green Day."

They also played the Breeders and Nirvana covers at their last Brooklyn show. All tour dates, and TNV album art and release info, below...

Continue reading "the Breeders (covered by Thermals) - tour dates w/ Times New Viking (new album, MP3), Whispertown 2000 (in NYC)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Frightened Rabbit @ the Siren Festival
Frightened Rabbit

"Before starting their encore, Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit admitted to the crowd, "We had such a crazy year of touring last year that it was like 'Oh fuck, touring again?' But you guys have changed our mind tonight." It was clear that he was being sincere. The sold out crowd at Maxwell's in Hoboken (7/17) was a rabid one. They cheered loudly after each song, listened intently to most, and sang along to a few. The band grew more comfortable as the set went on despite how hot the room got." [Blackraptor]
Scotland's Frightened Rabbit will continue touring North America, on and off, for most of July, August and September. Like Built to Spill, Frightened Rabbit played Maxwell's, the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago, and the Siren Festival in Brooklyn over the weekend (including Thursdaya)....
07.17 - Hoboken, N.J. @ Maxwells
07.18 - Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Siren Festival
07.19 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge w/ Headlights
07.19 - Chicago, Ill. @ Pitchfork Festival
The NJ show was also Oxford Collapse's 2nd-to-last show before breaking up. They opened, and Oxford's Michael Pace joined Frightened Rabbit on stage for "Keep Yourself Warm". More Siren pictures, with the Pitchfork and Maxwell's setlists, and some videos below...

Continue reading "Frightened Rabbit played the Siren Fest, Pitchfork & Maxwell's w/ Oxford Collapse (pics, setlists & video)"

photos by Joseph Juechao Xu

Jesus Lizard

"TORTOISE was good and everything, but way better the first year i ever went (when i was 14) probably because they were the headlining band that year and played late at night when it was dark. and their setlist flowed better....the request the night thing was cool but i think it really put a damper on the band's moods. EXCEPT! for the JESUS LIZARD. that was so awesome and intense. they didn't act old at all. BUILT TO SPILL on the other hand was a disappoint. sadly :( they looked like they were having the worst night of their life and i could barely hear it. to top it off....drunk bros were behind me screaming the words. you don't scream or dance or yell for built to spill. they even "wooed" the instrument parts between singing. bleh. but it was still pretty sounding and cool to see. i didn't watch YO LA TENGO. i think they're eh." [maybemae]
I watched some of the stream and what I saw of Yo La Tengo was much better than "eh"!, and I thought Tortoise sounded great (though it was funny to hear them say something like, "we have a new album out, but we're not playing any of those songs... BECAUSE NONE OF YOU REQUESTED THEM!"). I do agree 100% with the above review of the Jesus Lizard though. David Yow is still a monster, and I can't wait for the Irving Plaza show. I didn't watch Built to Spill, but according to Jim DeRogatis, that was probably the right decision anyway.

Tortoise is on tour and plays Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on Tuesday night. The rest of the pictures from Day One of the 2009 Pitchfork Festival, below...

Continue reading "Jesus Lizard, Tortoise & Yo La Tengo @ 2009 P4K Fest - pics"

Siren photos by Chris La Putt, Pitchfork photos by Joseph Juechao Xu

Built to spill

"Even if you weren't a big fan of Built to Spill--and I was never converted by their postmodern updates of classic Neil Young and Crazy Horse guitar jams--you had to pity bandleader, guitarist, vocalist and Idaho native Doug Martsch for having the unenviable task of trying to follow the Jesus Lizard, headlining over that band in its home town.

Martsch and his bandmates tried their best, making impressive use of dramatic dynamics shifts with quiet interludes exploding into six-string rave-ups. But it was sort of like following a gourmet meal with a Twinkie for desert: It might have been fine as a snack at a different time, but after what had preceded it, there simply was no point." [Jim DeRogatis - Chicago Sun Times @ Pitchfork]

Built to Spill played the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago on Friday night (7/17). Saturday they headlined the Coney Island Siren Festival in Brooklyn. Sunday they played a much smaller show at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ (where they played for almost 2 hours). Pictures, videos and the setlists from the two festival shows, below...

Continue reading "Built to Spill played Pitchfork, Siren Festival & Maxwell's (pics, setlists, & videos)"

DOWNLOAD: Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit - The Very Best Mixtape (ZIP)
DOWNLOAD: The Very Best - Warm Heart Of Africa (w/ Ezra Koenig) (MP3)

The Very Best

European producers Radioclit and Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya have been working together under the name The Very Best for the past two years. You can check out their debut mixtape, which came out last year and samples M.I.A, Vampire Weekend and Michael Jackson, reposted above. "For the recording, the band brings some guests on board: M.I.A. for 'Rain Dance' and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig sings on 'Warm Heart Of Africa.'"

The Very Best are making a limited number of US stops before their set at the Pitchfork Festival on July 19th. One of those will be at NYC's (Le) Poisson Rouge on Saturday, July 18th, where they appear with Dragons of Zynth, the Que Bajo?! dance party, DJ Uproot Andy, Geko Jones, Zuzuka Poderosa, DJ Supervixen and A├žai Girl. Tickets are on sale.

Two Very Best videos, with a flyer for the show, and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "The Very Best are here - playing CA, NYC & the P4K Fest"

Frightened Rabbit @ Bowery Ballroom in January (more by Natasha Ryan)
Frightened Rabbit

Frightened Rabbit are one of the bands playing both the Siren & Pitchfork festivals in the same weekend this year. They're also one of the bands playing a show at Maxwell's in Hoboken right before Siren happens. Tickets for the July 17th NJ show are on sale. It's an early show. Fellow Siren player Grand Duchy plays Maxwell's later that night. All dates below...

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WAVVES @ Less Artists More Condos (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Wavves

WAVVES headlines a Todd P-like bill at Bowery Balllrom in NYC on July 15th. Opening the show is Woods, Real Estate, and Popo. It's one of just two U.S. shows WAVVES has scheduled at the moment. The other is July 18th at the Pitchfork Music Festival (July 17-19 in Chicago) which recently announced its final lineup additions. They are Final Fantasy, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Bowerbirds, Michael Columbia, The Thermals and Killer Whales. Full lineup below...

Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then regular sale on Friday. All dates below...

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