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ACL

The Austin City Limits Festival returns to Austin's Zilker Park for two weekends, October 3-5 & October 10-12. The lineup was just announced and includes Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast, Beck, The Replacements, Spoon, Belle & Sebastian, Interpol, Broken Bells, St. Vincent, Jimmy Cliff, The Gaslight Anthem, Jenny Lewis, The Rosebuds, Sam Smith, Real Estate, tUnE-yArDs, Jagwar Ma, Mac DeMarco, Polica, My Brightest Diamond and many more.

Tickets go on sale today (4/22) at 10 AM CDT. Full lineup below...

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Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)

As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.

There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.

Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.

UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.

Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.

Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2014 line-up announced! (Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave, Damon Albarn, Jack White, Elton John, Neutral Milk Hotel & more)"

by Bill Pearis

Polica @ Webster Hall, Nov. 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Polica

Polica's second album, Shulamith, came out last year to much acclaim and the band will release a new single from it, "I Need $," on March 3 via Mom & Pop. You can watch the new video for that single, which also includes the song "So Leave," below.

While the band, who were in NYC back in November, haven't announced full tour plans for 2014, Polica will be in NYC before hitting some European festivals. They've got two shows: June 16 at Bowery Ballroom and June 17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for those NYC shows go on sale Friday (2/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/12) at noon. All tour current tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Polica made a video for "I Need $ // So Leave," playing Bowery Ballroom and MHOW this summer ++ other dates"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Polica @ Webster Hall
Polica

"It was clear onstage -- less so than on Polica's two albums -- that the two drummers rarely play in unison. In each song, they've orchestrated a dialogue of half and double speeds, of stolid backbeats behind rushing cymbals, of seismic crescendos that converge from two directions into a furious shared rumble, only to drop suddenly away.

On Polica's albums, Ms. Leaneagh's voice is often processed through effects that make her nearly unintelligible: a lot of Auto-Tune on the band's debut album, "Give You the Ghost," and other processes on its new album, "Shulamith" (both released by Mom & Pop). The band had some arty rationales for doing so, but the resulting mixes make the songs more remote than they should be.

Live, the combination of ache and back-to-the-wall tenacity in Ms. Leaneagh's voice comes through as clearly as it should; it made perfect sense for Polica to perform Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me" among its encores. Stripped of its old electronic clutter, "Wandering Star" -- which Ms. Leaneagh performed simply as a duo with Mr. Bierden's bass -- sounded as sad and solitary as what its lyrics describe: "Now the world turns without me."

Near the end of the set, Ms. Leaneagh suddenly announced, "I'm having, like, one of the worst shows of my life." But she had sung with purity and finesse, and the audience disagreed, loudly." - [New York Times].

Minneapolis pop band Polica brought their tour to NYC last week (11/08) for a show at Webster Hall. Having just released their sophomore LP, Shulamith, they naturally played many songs off of that. Among their encores was a cover of Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me," and a stripped down version of "Wandering Star."

It was an all Minneapolis evening at Webster Hall (where Justin Vernon's Volcano Choir recently played when they were in NYC) with Twin Cities supergroup Marijuana Deathsquads opening. The band features Gayngs/Polica member Ryan Olson, Har Mar Superstar (and sometimes Polica's Channy Leaneagh and Drew Christopherson, to name a few) and they brought their noisy, multi-hyphenate show to open, including a chaotic three drummer drone collage. Pictures of both bands are in this post.

Polica still have a ways to go on their tour and all tour dates are listed, along with more pictures from Webster Hall, below...

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Polica at Radio City on Monday (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Polica

Polica recently announced they'd be touring with Marijuana Deathsquads this year, and now that their nights at Radio City with The xx are in the past, the tour with MDS has been expanded to include a NYC show happening on November 8 at Webster Hall. Tickets for the Webster Hall show go on sale Friday (9/27) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

Polica also just released "Smug," the newest single from their upcoming sophomore album, Shulamith, due out on October 22 via Mom + Pop. You can listen to the new single below.

As discussed, Marijuana Deathsquads will be in NYC before that show for the Totally Gross Natural Product CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory on 10/17 with P.O.S. (who they're also backing), The Cloak Ox, Lizzo, and Pony Bwoy. Tickets for that show are still available.

All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Polica released a new song, add NYC show to tour with Marijuana Deathsquads (updated dates & stream)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

The xx / Polica at Radio City Music Hall - 9/23/13
The XX, Polica @ Radio City Music Hall - 9/23/2013
The XX, Polica @ Radio City Music Hall - 9/23/2013

The xx may have an intimate sound, but they have no trouble filling big rooms. They sounded great at Terminal 5 last year, and Monday night (9/23) they filled the halls of Radio City with people dancing all the way up to the balconies. Monday night was their first of two shows at the historic venue, both of which are opened by Polica, who share a knack for combining indie pop, R&B, and electronic music. The two bands then did it again last night (9/24) Pictures, videos, and The xx's setlist from night 1 are in this post.

More below...

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Polica at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Polica

Polica are releasing their new album, Shulamith, on October 22 via Mom + Pop, and after already releasing one of its tracks, "Tiff" (feat. Justin Vernon), they've just released another, "Chain My Name." You can listen to the new song below.

Polica are also going on a tour this year, which includes two NYC shows with The xx happening on September 23 and 24 at Radio City Music Hall. Tickets for both nights are still available.

In addition to the new Polica album, singer Channy Leaneagh contributed to the upcoming Supreme Cuts album. Supreme Cuts will be in NYC soon when their tour with AlunaGeorge hits Bowery Ballroom (9/5) and MHOW (9/6). Both shows are sold out.

Speaking of Polica collaborator Justin Vernon, his band Volcano Choir are currently streaming their new album in full.

Listen to the new Polica song below...

Continue reading "Polica release a new song from LP +++ updated dates"

by Andrew Sacher

Supreme Cuts in Chicago in 2012 (more by Tyler Trykowski)
Supreme Cuts

Chicago production duo Supreme Cuts are set to release the followup to 2012's Whispers in the Dark with their new album, Divine Ecstasy, on October 1 via Dovecote. The first single, "Envision," features guest lead vocals from Channy of Polica (who they've toured with), and it's one of the poppiest (and best) songs Supreme Cuts have done to date. Check it out below.

Since we last posted, Supreme Cuts have been added as an opener to the previously discussed AlunaGeorge tour, including both NYC shows: Bowery Ballroom on September 5 (sold out) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 6 (tickets). AlunaGeorge also just made their fantastic debut album, Body Music, available to stream in full.

All dates (including Lollapalooza) are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Supreme Cuts made a song with Channy from Polica, opening for AlunaGeorge on tour (dates & stream)"

Dawes at SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Dawes

As mentioned, Bob Dylan's AmericanaramA is coming to the NYC area for a few shows in July, including one at Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center on July 28 with Wilco and My Morning Jacket. Since announcing that tour, it's been revealed that the Camden tour stop is also part of this year's XPoNential Music Festival. The fest is also features Polica, Dr. Dog, and others at Susquehanna Bank Center the day before (7/27) Dylan and co. play.

And a number of bands will also be performing in Wiggins Park that weekend, including Phosphorescent, Dawes, Dr. John, Michael Kiwanuka, Justin Townes Earle, Jose James, Lord Huron, Matt Pond, Red Baraat, Edward Sharpe, and more. 3-day passes for the festival are on sale now, and tickets for just the Bob Dylan/Wilco/MMJ show are still available.

Dylan's tour also includes NYC-area shows on 7/19 at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard in CT with Wilco and MMJ, 7/26 at Pier A Park in Hoboken with Wilco and MMJ, and 7/27 at Jones Beach with Wilco and Beck. Tickets for the Harbor Yard, Pier A Park, and Jones Beach shows are still available.

Initial XPoNential Music Festival lineup below...

Continue reading "XPoNential Music Festival 2013 lineup & tix (Bob Dylan, Wilco, MMJ, Phosphorescent, Lord Huron, Dawes, Dr. John & more)"

The xx at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The xx

As mentioned, after playing Governors Ball, The xx and Polica announced that they would be returning to NYC for a show together on September 23 at Radio City Music Hall. Tickets for that show went on sale today, though Ticketmaster is already saying "not many left."

Chances are those tickets will be fully gone pretty soon, but fortunately, The xx and Polica have announced a second Radio City show happening a day later (9/24). Tickets for the newly-added show are on sale now.

Updated dates are listed below...

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shulamith

You may have already heard new Poliça track, "Tiff," that features vocals from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. That song is from their new album, Shulamith, which will be out later this year, date TBA. That's the cover art above, you can check out the tracklist below and the lyrics to all the album's songs are up on Poliça's website. The band just released the video for "Tiff" which was directed by Nabil (Kanye, Bon Iver, James Blake) and finds singer Channy Leaneagh at odds with herself. It's intense and you can watch it below.

Maybe you caught Channy last night (6/10) at Mercury Lounge where she made a surprise appearance with Marijuana Deathsquads (like we said she would) which also featured both of Poliça's two drummers. Did you go to that show? How was it?

Poliça, who also just played Governors Ball, will next visit NYC opening for The xx at their recently-announced show at Radio City Music Hall on September 23. Tickets go on presale Wednesday (6/12) at 10 AM and the password is "coexist."

All Poliça tour dates are listed, along with the "Tiff" video and album tracklist, below.

Continue reading "Polica announce new LP and release video for song w/ Justin Vernon ++ presale code for Radio City show with The xx"

shulamith

You may have already heard new Poliça track, "Tiff," that features vocals from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. That song is from their new album, Shulamith, which will be out later this year, date TBA. That's the cover art above, you can check out the tracklist below and the lyrics to all the album's songs are up on Poliça's website. The band just released the video for "Tiff" which was directed by Nabil (Kanye, Bon Iver, James Blake) and finds singer Channy Leaneagh at odds with herself. It's intense and you can watch it below.

Maybe you caught Channy last night (6/10) at Mercury Lounge where she made a surprise appearance with Marijuana Deathsquads (like we said she would) which also featured both of Poliça's two drummers. Did you go to that show? How was it?

Poliça, who also just played Governors Ball, will next visit NYC opening for The xx at their recently-announced show at Radio City Music Hall on September 23. Tickets go on presale Wednesday (6/12) at 10 AM and the password is "coexist."

All Poliça tour dates are listed, along with the "Tiff" video and album tracklist, below.

Continue reading "Polica announce new LP and release video for song w/ Justin Vernon ++ presale code for Radio City show with The xx"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

The xx at Governors Ball - 6/9/13
The xx

Speaking of bands that just played Governors Ball that have since announced NYC shows, here's two that will be playing together: The xx, who played the Ball on Sunday (6/9), plan to make their way back around these parts for a show at Radio City Music Hall on September 23 and support comes from Polica. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/14) at 10 AM.

Polica's two drummers (UPDATE: and Channy) will also be in NYC tonight to back Marijuana Deathsquads at their Mercury Lounge show (tickets).

Pictures of The xx's Governors Ball set are in this post. Check out more of those, along with The xx's newish video for "Fiction", Polica's newish Justin Vernon-featuring song, "Tiff," and all lists of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "The xx played Governors Ball (pics), announce Radio City show w/ Polica (dates)"

note: these pictures were posted for about a minute yesterday, but due to a website malfunction, they disappeared. so here they are...

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Polica / Beach House / more muddy people
Governors Ball
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

You've already seen pictures of the rainy, muddy, first day of Governors Ball, and here's more in this post. They continue below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball day 1 in pics (part 2): Beach House, Polica, Holy Ghost!, Bear Mountain & more"

Grizzly Bear in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
Grizzly Bear

As we realized/mentioned today in our Cut Copy post and our Feist post, single day tickets for Governors Ball are back on sale.

The festival goes down on Randall's Island this weekend (6/7-9). We also just made a Spotify playlist of many of the artists we're excited to see this weekend. Listen to that below or on Spotify. Full Governors Ball schedule is also below...

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Kanye West in Sweden in 2011 (more)
Kanye West

NYC festival Governors Ball is totally sold out of regular tickets, but if you weren't able to get yours and still want to go, there are still a few options. From now until Monday (5/27) at 11:59 PM, you can enter the Governors Ball Ticket Lottery. Entering the lottery gives you a chance to be selected to purchase either a 3-day pass or a single day ticket. More details on how the lottery works below.

DoNYC is also giving away VIP passes and tickets to every after party, so you can also head to their site to enter that contest too.

Ticket lottery details and festival set times below...

Continue reading "sold-out Governors Ball offers last chance on tickets via lottery"

Deerhunter at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Deerhunter

Governors Ball is less than a month away, and the fest has now released the daily schedule. They've done a pretty good job with not too many giant conflicts -- though there's a few like Grizzly Bear vs Beirut, Bloc Party vs The xx, Erykah Badu vs Beach House, and Nas vs Guns N Roses. Check out the daily line-ups across their four stages below.

Continue reading "Governors Ball announces set times"

POS remix

Marijuana Deathsquads, the psychedelic and experimental Minneapolis supergroup led by Gayngs' Ryan Olson, have remixed the entirety of POS' 2012 album, We Dont' Even Live Here. (POS still hasn't gotten that needed kidney transplant but is doing better) Titled POS WDELH MDS RMX, the record features Lizzo, Doomtree collaborator SIMS, new verses from POS and more. It will be a free download available in June via Rhymesayers but you can stream "Piano Hits" from it below.

After a May residency at Minneapolis' Icehouse, Marijuana Deathsquads -- armed with Polica's two drummers -- will head out on tour in June, with two stops in NYC: Glasslands on 6/8 and Mercury Lounge on 6/10. Tickets for Glasslands are currently on sale, and tickets to Mercury lounge go on sale Friday (5/10) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, plus the POS remix a live MDS radio session and a lyric video, below...

Continue reading "Marijuana Deathsquads remixing POS (who still needs a kidney), going on tour (dates, streams)"

DFA1979 @ Treasure Island Fest 2011 (more by Autumn Andell)
DFA1979

We already knew Japandroids would be playing a Governors Ball afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 7. That one is sold-out, but they are far from the only ones in on the afterparty action. There are a bunch happening over the course of the festival (June 7 - 9), which were all announced today.

Friday (6/7) has the most. In addition to Japandroids, there'll be more Canadians afoot with Death From Above 1979 and Fucked Up at Irving Plaza. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (4/26) at 10 AM with a Governors Ball presale starting Wednesday (4/24) at 10 AM, and LiveNation and Music Geeks presales on Thursday at 10 AM.

Also on Friday night, Polica and Solid Gold play Brooklyn Bowl and tickets go on sale Friday (4/26) at noon.

For those inclined to dance, Friday night also has Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs DJing at Webster Hall. Those tickets are on sale now.

And one last Friday afterparty: The Revivalists, Roadkill Ghost Choir and Swear & Shake play Bowery Ballroom. Tickets to that go on sale Friday (4/26) with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday at noon.

On Saturday (6/8), Haim and Kate Boy will play Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/26) at noon.

Also on Saturday, over at Gramercy Theatre it's Griz, and Cherub. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/26) at 10 AM with a Governors Ball presale starting Wednesday (4/24) at 10 AM, and LiveNation and Music Geeks presales on Thursday at 10 AM.

Only one afterparty on Sunday (6/9) and it's at Brooklyn Bowl with Sister Sparrow, Hollis Brown, and Shakey Graves at Brooklyn Bowl.

And for those who like to pre-party, Governors Ball is doing that too. Kate Boy, Hey Champ, and Gemini Club will play Santos Party House on Thursday, June 6. Tickets to that show are on sale now.

Flyer for the Governors Ball afterparties is below.

Continue reading "Governors Ball afterparties announced (DFA1979, Fucked Up, Polica, Haim, TEED ++ more) "

photos by Wei Shi

Passion Pit / Alt-J / Purity Ring & Danny Brown / crowd
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 1
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 1
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 1
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 1

Coachella 2013 is currently going down in Indio, CA for its second weekend after kicking off this past Friday (4/19). We've already posted pics of day 1 (HERE and HERE), day 2 (HERE) and day 3 (HERE) from weekend 1, and now we've got pictures of day 1 from weekend 2 in this post. This time around we caught sets by Passion Pit, Earl Sweatshirt, Polica, Youth Lagoon, Purity Ring, (who were joined by Danny Brown, whose new album they appear on), Foals, Modest Mouse, Alt-J and more.

Check out more pictures from 4/19, along with a "Coachellavated" video of the festival filmed from the top of director Chris Crutchfield's head and a video of Passion Pit's full set from weekend 1, below...

Continue reading "Coachella Day 1 Weekend 2 in pics (Passion Pit, Polica, Earl Sweatshirt, Youth Lagoon, Purity Ring, Modest Mouse & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Polica w/ Justin Vernon at Coachella 2013 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)

At Coachella 2013 this past week, Polica were joined on stage by singer Channy Channy Leaneagh's Gayngs bandmate Justin Vernon (who was there not with Bon Iver, but with his side project The Shouting Matches) to play a new track, "TIff," which they've just released the studio version of. It's a great track that should appeal to any fans of their debut album, Give You the Ghost, and it probably comes as no surprise that Justin's cameo fits the song perfectly. The track will appear on their second album, which is due at some point this year. Meanwhile, you can stream it below and purchase it on iTunes. Also below are videos of Polica playing "Wandering Star" and "Amongster" at Coachella.

Continue reading "listen to a new Polica song feat. Justin Vernon, watch videos from their Coachella set"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin (more at BV Chicago)

Stone Roses / How to Destroy Angels / Johnny Marr
Coachella 2013 - Day 1
Coachella 2013 - Day 1
Coachella 2013 - Day 1

Coachella 2013 is underway and streaming live. if I had to choose a theme musically for day one (Friday), it would have to be new, solo and side projects. The NY Times agrees...

Friday's lineup was teeming with such line-jumpers, performing with various degrees of laurel-resting. Early in the day came the Shouting Matches, a shambolic blues-esque outfit whose sales pitch is that it includes Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. The group took almost a half-hour for sound check, and its set was almost as loose. Mr. Vernon, such a precise and processed singer in Bon Iver, was here far more at ease, pushing his vocals no harder than the amiable songs demanded.

Later, in the dance-centric Sahara tent, Dog Blood performed a loud but not thunderous set. It's a collaborative project of Skrillex and Boys Noize, and does not quite live up to Skrillex's typical punishment or Boys Noize's characteristic exuberance.

There was also Divine Fits (Britt Daniel of Spoon + Dan from Wolf Parade), Deathfix (Brendan Canty of Fugazi on drums), Grinderman with Nick Cave, Johnny Marr of the Smiths, Trent Reznor of NIN in How to Destroy Angels (who made their live debut days earlier), Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys with his band The Guantanamo School of Medicine, and more. And of course reunions and britrock galore with Blur, The Stone Roses, Sparks, and Jurassic 5 all also playing Friday. Here are our pictures from day one (which do not include Polica, but check out our instagram for a shot of Justin Vernon joining them on stage).

UPDATE: Day Two pictures are HERE and Day Three pictures are HERE.

Day One pics continue at BV Chicago and below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2013 Day 1 photos (Stone Roses, Blur, Trent Reznor, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Divine Fits, Sparks, Johnny Marr, more)"

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Governors Ball

As mentioned, NYC music festival Governors Ball keeps growing and its returning this year for it's largest and most exciting festival yet on Randall's Island from June 7 - 9. Early bird 3-day passes go on sale today (1/25) at noon at $190, and once they sell out, they become $205 and then $220. According to the festival's website, single day tickets may or may not become available so if you'd like to go, they advise you purchase a 3-day pass.

The lineup has tons of great names this year and if you're going, we're sure you've got a bunch of stuff lined up to see already, and while you're making your wish list, here's our list of ten bands that we're excited to see at the festival, that you might not want to miss.

Kanye West is one of the headliners, and any chance to catch him in the NYC area is one to take advantage of. It's pretty amazing how far he's come and with seven albums under his belt (including Watch the Throne and Cruel Summer), he's got more than enough material for a hits-filled set, which he tends to do. And there's no telling what else he might do, like break out some snow monster masks or something.

A newer, but no less exciting rapper, Kendrick Lamar, will be there too. He turned the rap world on its head with last year's good kid, m.A.A.d. city, and us New Yorkers only got our chance to see him before its release. So now that we know all the words to his record, we pretty much can't wait to see him perform songs off of it at Governors Ball.

The term "supergroup" doesn't always mean the group is "super," just that the members are all known for other projects. But in the case of Divine Fits, featuring the songwriting talents of Spoon's Britt Daniel and Handsome Furs' Dan Boeckner, it was two great tastes that taste great together. And as a band, Divine Fits were pretty much amazing live right out of the gate, and their danceable vibe is festival-ready.

Deerhunter have been promising a new album for 2013 and while they haven't revealed any formal plans for it, we're hoping to hear some of the new material at Governors Ball. Plus, though we've seen side projects like Atlas Sound, Lotus Plaza, and Moon Diagrams in NYC recently, we haven't gotten an actual Deerhunter show since 2011.

Death from Above 1979 have played NYC a couple of times since reuniting in 2011, and whether you've caught them or not, it's a treat that they have another one on the horizon.

UK art rockers Alt-J became infinitely bigger since first coming to the US last May, and they've got the kind of songs that would sound great on a big outdoor stage. The band have been on tour constantly and we've seen their onstage confidence grow leaps over the visits they've already had here. They should be primed and ready for big crowds by the summer.

Japandroids have already come to NYC a few times in the past year (and those liars said it'd be a while before they came back!) and anyone who has seen them knows every Japandroids show is destined to be a wild time. The band is always nuts on stage and so is the crowd, so it's the kind of thing that will be a killer time at an outdoor festival.

Another band, like Alt-J, that have also had a pretty significant and quick rise since first catching our attention, is Polica, who will be at this year's Governors Ball. Their mix of indie pop and R&B is endlessly catchy and the dueling drummers are a thrill to watch live. Whether you're already a fan or not, they'd be a great band to catch.

Unlike many of the bands on the Governors Ball line-up, it's been a couple years since Australia's Cut Copy have played North America and absence makes the heart grow fonder. CC seem to write their songs with giant crowds in mind and show no shame in working the crowd into a frenzy.

Most of the artists on this list are artists we've been fans of for a while, but festivals are also always good places to discover new artists, and one new group we're excited to see at Governors Ball is Vancouver's Bear Mountain. Last year, they released their debut album, XO, which combined club-ready dance tracks, arena sized atmospherics, and an indie pop sensibility in the songwriting. It's a pretty great mix and sounds like it will be totally fun live. You can stream the album in its entirety below.

Continue reading "Ten Bands We're Excited to See at Governors Ball 2013 (which goes on sale today)"

Governors Ball

Governors Ball, which started as a small NYC festival on Governors Island and moved to the larger Randall's Island last year, keeps getting bigger and bigger. This year's fest takes place June 7th, 8th & 9th, and tickets go on sale Friday. Check out the full lineup, in list, video and flyer format - one unannounced headliner included, below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2013 lineup (Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Grizzly Bear, xx, Cut Copy, Kendrick, Anco, Beach House & MUCH MORE)"

Tom Blankenship

"My Morning Jacket was formed in 1998 in Louisville, Kentucky by singer, songwriter and guitarist Jim James (real name: James Olliges Jr). The original line-up also included three members of the Shelbyville emo-punk band Winter Death Club; namely John McQuade (later known as Johnny Quaid - guitar and vocals), Tom Blankenship (later known as Two Tone Tommy - bass) and J. Roberts (later known as J. Glenn - drums)." [Wikipedia]
My Morning Jacket will stay busy this holiday season, with three shows at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre (tickets) that lead up to a New Year's Eve show in Boston, and then the Hurricane Sandy relief benefit at Asbury Park's Paramount Theatre on January 2 (tickets), a show that's hosted by Matt Pinfield and also features Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Joseph Arthur, Nicole Atkins, River City Extension, Tangiers Blues Band and "special guests."

MMJ bassist Tom Blankenship (who also recently helped out with Brooklyn Rock Lottery) gave us his list of Top 10 LPs of 2012. While it includes year-end list mainstays Frank Ocean and Alt-J, there are some surprises as well. You can check out his year-end picks below.

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