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Bumbershoot

Like we did at Firefly, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands, BrooklynVegan will be taking over 2-3 hours of the Soundwave tent each day at Bumbershoot in Seattle this Labor Day Weekend. We'll have a mix of live interviews and performances with our hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones, and a very special 3 hour session on Sunday dedicated to Barsuk Records' 15th anniversary.

The Soundwave tent is #18 on the Bumbershoot map. Check our the full fest schedule HERE, and our current, full Soundwave tent schedule below. See you in Seattle!

Continue reading "Bumbershoot this weekend, look for BrooklynVegan & Barsuk in the Soundwave tent (schedule)"

Ra Ra Riot @ Barclays Center (via @karianneco)
Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot just played NYC, opening for the second of The Postal Service's two shows at Barclays Center on Saturday (6/15). The band will be back in the area on Saturday (6/22) , playing a free show at The Surf Lodge in Montauk. Then, after taking most of the summer off, they'll be back in NYC this fall to headline Terminal 5 on October 9. Tickets go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (6/19) at noon with the regular on-sale starting Friday (6/21) at noon.

That's RRR only October show announced so far. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Ra Ra Riot opened for The Postal Service, play The Surf Lodge this weekend and T5 in October (updated dates)"

MusicFestNW

Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.

Initial lineup below...

Continue reading "MusicFestNW 2013 lineup announced (Animal Collective, Godspeed, Deerhunter, Shuggie Otis, Ty Segall & more)"

MS MR @ MHOW this month (more by Toby Tennenbaum)
MS MR

Montauk venue Surf Lodge's 2013 free Summer Concert Series has an impressive line-up that kicked off Memorial Day Weekend with Theophilus London and Portugal. The Man, and continues this weekend with MS MR on Saturday (6/1). This year's slate includes Bear Mountain (6/8), Willie Nelson (6/9), Django Django (6/16), Ra Ra Riot (6/22), Phosphorescent (6/30), Blonde Redhead (7/13), Father John Misty solo (7/28), Jamie Lidell (8/3) Autre Ne Veut (8/24), and the previously discussed YACHT show (8/31). Again, the shows are free.

Full Surf Lodge Summer Concert Series line-up below...

Continue reading "Willie Nelson, Django Django, Phosphorescent, Father John Misty & more playing free shows at Montauk's Surf Lodge"

Bumbershoot

Bumbershoot is returning to Seattle this year from August 31 to September 2 at Seattle Center. This year's lineup was just announced, and it includes Death Cab for Cutie performing Transatlanticism (in case The Postal Service reuniting wasn't enough Ben Gibbard nostalgia for you), Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, The Breeders, The Zombies, Alt-J, Deerhunter, Baroness, Crystal Castles, Gary Numan, Joey Bada$$, Eric Burdon, Bob Mould, David Bazan, Charli XCX, Redd Kross, The Men and more.

Tickets (3-day passes, 2-day passes, and single day tickets) for the festival are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Bumbershoot 2013 lineup & tix (Death Cab for Cutie, MGMT, Kendrick Lamar, Breeders, Zombies, Alt-J, Deerhunter & more)"

Ra Ra Riot (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Record Store Day

How was your Record Store Day? Did you get your hands on one of the limited Binary Mind 10-inches? "Binary Mind contains the title track and the unreleased song "All I Fear" plus three demo versions of "Binary Mind," "Wilderness" and "I Shut Off," all from the Beta Love sessions." If you missed it, ypou can stream "All I Fear" below.

Ra Ra Riot and We Were Promised Jetpacks have added a show together at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ on June 13, 2013. Tickets are on sale.

For Ra Ra Riot the show is a headlining date in the middle of their tour with the Postal Service who they play with two nights later at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

For We Were Promised Jetpacks the show is so far a one-off in the USA, so I can't help but assume we'll find out about a NYC show very soon, though we know that so far it won't be part of Summerstage.

All currently announced WWPJ dates, and Ra Ra Riot dates and that unreleased song, below...

Continue reading "Ra Ra Riot released a song on RSD (listen), playing NJ with We Were Promised Jetpacks during Postal Service tour"

The Postal Service @ Mondavi Center, Davis, CA last night (via @naseemk)
Postal

It's a big week for The Postal Service, whose 10th anniversary edition of their sole album, Give Up, was released on Tuesday (4/9). On that same day, the band played their first show of their reunion tour in Reno Nevada. You can watch a few videos from that show, as well as last night's performance (4/10) in Davis, CA, below. You can also watch Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello talking about how the Postal Service came to be in a short documentary and stream the reissue via Spotify below.

After their performances at Coachella 2013's two weekends, The Postal Service's tour will eventually hit NYC at Barclays Center on June 14 (sold out) and June 15 (still tickets). It has since been announced that Mates of State will open night 1 and Ra Ra Riot will open night 2. Both bands open other dates on that tour as well. This comes after Ra Ra Riot's run with The Shins.

Updated Ra Ra Riot tour schedule, streams and videos below...

Continue reading "Postal Service now on tour -- watch live video; Mates of State & Ra Ra Riot added as openers (updated dates)"

Ra Ra Riot at MHOW in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ra Ra Riot

As mentioned, The Shins are going on a tour this year which hits NYC on May 26 at Williamsburg Park (tickets go on AmEx/AEG Live presale today [3/28] at 10 AM). Man Man is opening that show, but most of the other dates on the tour are being supported by Ra Ra Riot.

And though you won't be able to see Ra Ra Riot with The Shins in NYC, you can catch them in here TONIGHT (3/28) at Apple Store SoHo, which is totally free. The band will be there from 7 - 9 PM doing a 'Meet the Musicians' session and then playing a short set.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Ra Ra Riot opening for The Shins, playing Apple Store SoHo tonight (dates)"

A still from 'Mistaken for Strangers'
Mistaken for Strangers

The National, who'll headline the Barclays Center in June, are the subject of a new tour documentary, Mistaken for Strangers, which will make its premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival (April 17 - 28). The film was directed by Tom Berninger, whose brother Matt is lead singer of The National. Here's the synopsis:

Adrift in life and fuelled by the desire to create, Tom Berninger accepts his brother's offer to come on The National tour as a roadie and decides to chronicle his experiences with the band. Although Tom starts off with dreams of making a rock documentary (you can watch the portaits he made on each of the band members), a different story emerges as tensions among the band members lead to unforeseen drama. Following the band from Berlin to Paris to Los Angeles to a 2010 Obama rally in Madison, Wisconsin, Mistaken for Strangers is not your typical road documentary.
The film will screen on April 17 and will be followed by a special live performance by The National.

Festival packages go on sale to AmEx cardholders on Monday (3/4), which is one day before the entire slate of films for Tribeca will be announced. Festival passes go on sale to the general public following Monday (3/11). Individual tickets will go on sale 4/9 for AmEx cardholders, 4/14 for downtown residents and 4/15 to the general public.

In related news, The National are co-headlining (with fun.) the Boston Calling Music Festival which goes down in Beantown on May 25 and 26. The fest also includes appearances by The Shins, Of Monsters & Men, Dirty Projectors, Andrew Bird and more. Tickets to Boston Calling go sale Friday, March 8 and the whole line-up is below.

Continue reading "The National (band & documentary) playing Tribeca Film Fest, headlining Boston Calling Music Festival"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Ra Ra Riot @ MHOW, 1/22/2013
Ra Ra Riot
Ra Ra Riot

Congratulations are in order for Ra Ra Riot, who released their latest LP, Beta Love, via Barsuk yesterday (1/22). The release was celebrated at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night with Savoir Adore, the first of two NYC shows.

You could sense a change in the crowds temperament when the band reached back and delivered "Too Too Too Fast", "Can You Tell", "Oh, La", "Ghost Under Rocks", and "Boy." The band took a risk and covered U2′s "Two Hearts Beat As One" and they surprisingly nailed it. You wouldn't normally put Ra Ra Riot and U2 cover band in the same sentence, but trust me, it worked.

To no surprise the grand royal was "Dying Is Fine." It's arguably the bands finest moment to date. It's where the bands energy and the crowds reciprocation connected to form their own super-group. Hearing the song in such a magical moment caused a whole bunch of memories to come flooding back to me that were associated with that song years ago.-[We All Want Someone To Shout For]

Hopefully you got into the sold-out show and if not, then maybe you streamed it on Youtube. If you did neither, you can still catch the archived show streaming below. Ra Ra Riot, who have been without Alexandra Lawn for almost a year now, play NYC again on Friday (1/25) at Webster Hall with Guards (sold out).

More pics and a stream of last night's show are below...

Continue reading "Ra Ra Riot played Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Savoir Adore (pics, setlist, video), play Webster Hall this week"

Widowspeak @ Brooklyn Bowl, 1/13/2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Widowspeak

Ex Cops @ Pianos, CMJ 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Ex Cops

today in NYC
* Taarka @ Barbes
* Wildlife @ The Stone
* Them Jeans @ Lillium
* Matt Costa @ City Winery
* Ryan Ferreira @ Sycamore
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Johnny Winter @ B.B. King's
* Ellie Goulding, St. Lucia @ Terminal 5
* Dwight Yoakam @ The Capitol Theatre
* Soundgarden @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Ex Cops, Hunters, Gambles @ Glasslands
* Danielia Cotton, Muasic @ Bowery Electric
* Christopher Owens, Melted Toys @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mrs. Adam Schatz, Half Waif, Yost @ Cake Shop
* Carl Testa, Anne Rhodes, Joe Morris @ The Stone
* Mieka Pauley, Alastair Ottesen @ Pete's Candy Store
* Ra Ra Riot, Savoir Adore @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Jib Kidder, Wanda and Wonder, Creeptone @ The Delancey
* The Dreebs, Guerilla Toss, Tonstartsbandht @ Death By Audio
* The Zen Tricksters, Rob Baraaco, Keith Kenny @ Brooklyn Bowl
* "The Big Story" w/ Malcolm Gladwell and David Goldhill @ Joe's Pub
* The Top, Cardboard, Cassandra Jenkins, Free Time @ Cameo Gallery
* The Weeks, Junior Astronomers, Street Smells @ The Knitting Factroy
* Juan Wauters, The Hairs, Eleanor, Liz Hogg, I'm Turning Into @ Muchmore's
* Widowspeak, Murals, Alex Laliberte (of Vensaire), Prince Rupert's Drops @ Mercury Lounge
* Alec Berlin, Alex Battles & The Whisky Rebellion, The British and the French @ Pianos (Showroom)
* Nick Francis, Salina Sias, Ana Egge, Freddie Stevenson, Michael Daves @ Rockwood Music Hall

Tonight's sold-out Ra Ra Riot show at Music Hall of Williamsburg will be streamed live via Bowery Presents YouTube page. Tune in at 10 PM.

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Widowspeak, who play a record release party at Mercury Lounge tonight, were interviewed by Bleary Eyed Brooklyn about their new album, Almanac. You can watch that below.

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Arts and Crafts 10

Toronto record label Arts & Crafts, which was co-founded by Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and in honor of that, they're presenting the Field Trip Music & Arts Festival in Toronto on June 8 at Fort York and Garrison Common. The festival's lineup is made up entirely of Arts & Crafts-affiliated bands, including Broken Social Scene, Feist, Bloc Party, Ra Ra Riot, Trust, Cold Specks, Timber Timbre, Jason Collett, Zeus, The Darceys, Hayden, Gold & Youth, and Still Life Still. For Broken Social Scene, the show is an exclusive return from the hiatus they began after their 2011 tour. Early bird tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/16) at 10 AM EST via the festival's website, and full price tickets go on sale Friday (1/18) at 10 AM via the festival's site, ticketmaster, and Toronto retailers Rotate This and Soundscapes. VIP ticket options are available too. Kids get in for free. The festival flyer is below.

The festival happens two days before Canadian music marathon NXNE and a limited number of NXNE wristbands will also gain admission to the festival. It's nice that this time around, the BSS show won't actually be during NXNE.

In addition to the festival, Arts & Crafts will be celebrating the anniversary in other ways, including releasing the double CD/4xLP boxset, Arts & Crafts // 2003-2012, which includes a collection of hits, rarities, and b-sides from the label; and also releasing Arts & Crafts // X, "an entirely original collection of collaborative recordings by artist pairings from the Arts & Crafts roster, including new compositions and fresh, unexpected interpretations."

The label will also be presenting a photography exhibit with photographer Norman Wong, a fashion collaboration with Canadian designer Jeremy Laing, a short fiction contest inspired by Broken Socal Scene's You Forgot It In People, and a pop-up shop which will be open from late May into mid June and serve as a headquarters for AC10 and Field Trip at a TBA location, plus possibly more stuff to come.

The trailer video and flyer for Field Trip are below...

Continue reading "Arts & Crafts celebrates 10 years with Broken Social Scene / Feist-headlined Field Trip fest, compilations, art exhibits & more "

DOWNLOAD: Ra Ra Riot - "Beta Love" (MP3)

Ra Ra Riot at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Ra Ra Riot

As mentioned, Ra Ra Riot will release their new album, Beta Love on January 22 via Barsuk. You can download the title track above and stream it, along with another album cut, "When I Dream," below.

As discussed, the band will support that album with a tour, which hits NYC for a hometown show on January 25 at Webster Hall with Cults-related band Guards (who also have a new album coming). Tickets for the Webster Hall show are still available, but if you'd like to see Ra Ra Riot in a smaller venue, you can catch them a few days earlier at Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 22 with Savoir Adore. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/4) at noon and if you can't make it, you can watch it from the comfort of your own home when it streams live on the Bowery Presents YouTube channel.

An updated list of dates and those song streams below...

Continue reading "Ra Ra Riot adds MHOW show to tour (updated dates, MP3)"

by Bill Pearis

Guards

Guards are gearing up for the release of their debut album, In Guards We Trust, which will be out February 5. A couple tastes from the album are ready to scoop into now -- the new single "Coming True" is streamable below, as is the video for "Silver Lining." If you like "whoa-ohs" and instantly sing-a-long choruses (they're not that far from what the Rosebuds do, really), check it out.

They're an engaging live band too, at least when I saw them during CMJ this year. You can find out for yourself as Guards, fronted by Richie Follin (who is also a member of Cults with his sister Madeline), are on a tour now which includes a NYC stop at Knitting Factory on December 15 with TEEN and Your Youth. Tickets for that show are on sale. They'll hit the road with Menomena in February as well, though no dates in NYC for that jaunt.

A list of all Guards dates, video, and streams, below...

Continue reading "Guards releasing debut in 2013, on tour now (dates, streams)"

photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis

Jeff Goldbloom / fish. @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 3
Jeff Goldbloom
Fish

The third annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery happened at Knitting Factory on Saturday (12/1). Musicians of varying styles and ages met at 10 AM and put their names in a hat and the five drummers picked their bandmates at random out of it. They then spent the day coming up with a name, writing original songs and practicing and made their stage debut that night. Proceeds from tickets and merch went to Hurricane Sandy relief. It was a lot of fun.

Even though the members were chosen at random, it seemed like the bands formed kind of naturally and had a cohesive sound. First up for the night was Jazz Karate, which featured Kenny Bernard (Ra Ra Riot), Franz Nicolay (ex Hold Steady / Against Me!), Pamela Martinez (Teletextile), Matt Singer, and Tom Blankenship (My Morning Jacket). With a harp and an accordion onstage, their music veered towards gypsy jazz and included a song about Tony Danza.

Next was Jeff Goldbloom whose members were Lua Rios (Gold Lake), Nick Sylvester (Mr. Dream), Noah Kardos-Fein (YVETTE), and Craig Lulada Pfunder (VHS or Beta). With a distinct sound -- heavy, shoegazy guitar epic-ry -- they were definitely the one group of the night that I'd actually want to see again. Good!

Then came the band I was most looking forward to, that had Yuck drummer Jonny Rogoff, Hospitality bassist Brian Betancourt, and Spanish Prisoners main man Leo Maymind, not to mention Dave Harrington from Nicholas Jaar's band and Gang Signs' Bryan Quackenbush. I was expecting melodic pop, but their name -- fish. -- shoulda been a giveaway. They played one 12-minute "jazz odyssey" type jam that showed just how good their collective musicianship was, but this has never been my thing.

Hardcore Lørd were next and it was almost entirely electronic, with tons of gear and lots of wires onstage. The band was Oliver Chapoy (Certain Creatures / ex Warm Ghost), Michael Sheffield (Sweet Bulbs / Heaven's Gate), Sara Lucas (Callers), and Christopher Puidokas (who toured with Blonde Redhead / The Silent Years). They took forever to set up but were probably my second favorite of the night, warm and ethereal.

The last band of the night was Nylon Guy and easily the most odds-n-sods, with Tyler Villard (Bezoar), Ian Young (touring saxophonist of M83), George Langford (Javelin), Jen Goma (People Get Ready / Sunny Day in Glasgow), and David Sheinkopf (The Subjects). No concessions were made to have a cohesive sound and everybody got to do their thing -- Villard doing a lot of hammer-on soloing, and Young smnoothing things out with his horn, and everyone else just kind of filling in the gaps. They did do a decent cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark," though.

ANIMAL New York were there too and got straight-off-the-board recordings of everybody except Nylon Guy. Check out streams of the other bands, as well as more pics from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 3, below.

Continue reading "members of My Morning Jacket, Yuck, Hospitality & more joined forces for Rock Lottery 3 (pics, streams)"

Ra Ra Riot at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot (who no longer count Alexandra Lawn as a member) will release their third full length, Beta Love, on January 22 via Barsuk. The album was produced by Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, The Hives, Wavves) and you can check out the tracklist below.

The band will support the record on tour which includes a hometown show in NYC on January 25 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale October 31 at noon with a general on-sale starting November 2 at noon.

A list of all tour dates, the album tracklist, and the video for "Too Dramatic" from 2010's The Orchard are below.

Continue reading "Ra Ra Riot announce new album and tour (dates)"

The Kills at Terminal 5 in February (more by Devan Council)
The Kills

As mentioned, Montauk vacation spot The Surf Lodge is hosting shows (like the Dirty Projectors one in June) all summer. The summer is nearing its end, but there's still a handful of notable shows left taking place at the venue.

On August 11, Frankie Rose will play, the day after she opens for Little Dragon at Prospect Park (8/10). Then on August 18 it's Chairlift (who tour with The xx this fall) and a day later (8/19), The Kills will play, after playing their free Hudson River Park show (8/18) (which is "sold out"). As mentioned, Nite Jewel plays the Montak venue on August 25, and finally, Ra Ra Riot on September 1. More info at The Surf Lodge's website.

Firefly

Firefly Music Festival goes down in Dover, Delaware from July 20-22 (which is only about a three hour drive from NYC). The lineup includes Jack White, The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, The Black Keys, Polica, Cults, Death Cab for Cutie, Ra Ra Riot, The Felice Brothers, Mariachi El Bronx, Silversun Pickups, Lupe Fiasco, The Head and the Heart, Heartless Bastards, The Killers, John Legend, Bassnectar, Girl Talk, and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now, and camping is available.

No schedule yet, but the full announced lineup is below...

Continue reading "Firefly Music Fest happens in Delaware --- 2012 dates & lineup (Jack White, Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, Black Keys, Polica, Cults, Death Cab & more)"

photos by Bryan Bruchman

Ra Ra Riot @ the Rock Shop
Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot played a last minute show at intimate Brooklyn club the Rock Shop last night (3/19). To quote their announcement, they "leave on Tuesday to record a new album and want to play you some new songs" before they go. Those new songs were performed in part by a new member of the band who it appears, at least for last night, has replaced Ali Lawn.

As advertised, the doors opened at 8pm and the show started at 9. They played the songs you can see listed below on the setlist and three more during an encore. All proceeds "will be donated to the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls." More pictures below...

Continue reading "Ra Ra Riot debuted new songs & a new member @ the Rock Shop (pics)"

Ra Ra Riot @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more)
Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot, who no longer count Alexandra Lawn as a member, announced last night:

Dear NYC fans,

We leave on Tuesday to record a new album and want to play you some new songs before we go. Tomorrow night (Monday) we will be playing at the Rock Shop in Brooklyn. Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm.
Tickets are $10 and all proceeds will be donated to the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. Show is 21+.

See ya tomorrow!

Ra Ra Riot

Tickets will be sold at the door.

Alexandra Lawn @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011
Ra Ra Riot

Oh no!

While this is not a 'goodbye', the time has come for me to leave Ra Ra Riot.

Thank you for the wonderful 6 years-- so many beautiful places visited, with incredible fans & close friends made along the way. I will carry on what I have learned from each and every one of you in future endeavors, whether it be music, becoming a pilot, or the next Iron Chef.

Playing music with Rebecca, Milo, Wes, Mathieu, John, Kenny, Gabriel, and Cameron has provided some very special opportunities in my life, alongside all the talented and amazing bands that have shared the stage with us throughout. I have learned so much from all of you, and most importantly, you have have taught me to strive every day to be a better musician and songwriter.

much love,

Alexandra Lawn

Countdown to news of a solo record?

The pictures in this post are previousy unposted pictures from Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 which took place in Austin in November not long before the band played Metro in Chicago (pics at the link). Chicago was the fourth-to-last date of the band's November tour. They've maybe played a few shows since then, but not many. More (of these pictures from one of Ali's last shows with the band) below...

Continue reading "Ali Lawn leaves Ra Ra Riot!"

photos by Tim Griffin

Spoon @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
fun fun

Spoon had nothing to promote and no surplus of new songs to unveil. This was just an Austin band -- Austin's biggest indie band ever -- playing an Austin festival for their only major show of 2011 (at least so far). As a live unit, the four-piece that recorded Transmission (augmented here by an additional percussionist) is as precise as Spoon has ever been, cranking out savagely controlled, often slow-building versions of such songs as "Written in Reverse," "Delicate Places" and the instantaneously applauded "I Turn My Camera On." "We got horns!" frontman Britt Daniel proclaimed, bringing out a six-man section for "Cherry Bomb," "The Underdog" and "Jonathan Fisk." By the four-song encore, the crowd had both increased in enthusiasm and decreased in size -- no doubt some people had wandered to another stage to see the Damned, which Daniel himself had said he wished that he could do. [SPIN]
Personally I started at the Damned (who were great) and finished Saturday with about 30 minutes of Spoon which felt like the perfect chill ending to a long first-two-days of the outdoor Austin fest (right after their set I went back to the hotel, skipped all afterparties and crashed for 12 hours straight which made Sunday great).

Our first set of pictures from Saturday, Damned included, are HERE. Our second set continues, more of Spoon included, below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 -- Day 2 pics (part 2) -- Spoon, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Tinariwen, Purity Ring & more"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by BBG

Weeze & Matt & Kim @ Deluna Fest
Deluna Festival
Deluna Festival

Do you think Matt & Kim ever get depressed? Like down-in-the-dumps, face-on-the-bathroom-tile, razor-to-the-wrist bummed? And do you think any of that anger is channeled into their music in ways not visibly noticed? Is that perma-simpleton-smile actually a front for an aryan-supremacy agenda spelled out in morse code via the band's shiny light show? Head to a New Year's Eve celebration at Hammerstein Ballroom with Super Mash Brothers to do some investigation and report back if you come across some leads. Tickets are on sale. All of their dates are listed below.

Matt & Kim was one of many artists to perform in Florida at Deluna Fest from 10/14 - 10/16, joining names like Ra Ra Riot, Stars, Ladytron, Girl Talk, Weezer, Cake and others. Belated pictures from the first day of that festival that Jane's Addiction also played, are in this post. Many more below.

Ra Ra Riot has been touring since Deluna. They don't have anything scheduled in NYC, but they will be on the road for a while and all of their dates are also listed below...

Continue reading "Deluna Fest Day 1 pics w/ Weezer, Ladytron & many more, a Matt & Kim New Year's Eve show, Ra Ra Riot tour dates"

photos by Toby Tenenbaum, words by Andrew Sacher

"The highlight had to be Ra Ra Riot coming
on stage to "Raining Blood" \m/" - Debbie Encalada

Ra Ra Riot
Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot played a free Celebrate Brooklyn show, the second to last one of the summer, in Prospect Park Friday night (8/5) with support from Buke & Gass and Delicate Steve.

Buke & Gass kicked things off with their unique brand of avant-pop, driven by their self-built instruments and whatever percussion the duo can manage to pull off with their feet. The circumstances definitely weren't the best for the Brooklyn-based band, who were opening a large, sparsely filled out venue for a much poppier act. But given the attention they deserved, Buke & Gass were able to prove that they've got some really interesting material. The duo focus more on rhythm than melody (which are usually far off-kilter) and are able to loop you in to hypnotic patterns, somewhat similarly to tUnE-yArDs, who they have opened for. On top of the attractively unsettling chord progressions, singer Arone Dyer delivers with a surprisingly beautiful voice, unlike the howls of the aforementioned tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus. As I said, the circumstances were not ideal, but I was definitely won over by their set and look forward to hopefully catching them in a smaller venue.

Their set was followed by Delicate Steve, who I first saw when they opened for Yeasayer at Governors Island last summer, and they haven't changed a bit. They played a mainly instrumental set which was sonically more fit for the jam scene, except for the fact that everything felt way too scripted. The band's bland chord progressions and overused jungle drum beats were added to only by uninspired, repetitive guitar solos.

At around 9 PM, the lights completely darkened and Slayer's "Raining Blood" blasted through the PA system as Ra Ra Riot ran out onto the stage. WIthout saying a word, Slayer faded out and Ra Ra Riot went directly into "Too Too Too Fast" off 2008's The Rhumb Line. The band played what they said may have been their longest set ever, which included most of both full lengths, a track off their self titled EP, and two covers. Save for a few exceptions, The Rhumb Line tracks stood out pretty significantly among the rest. The Orchard is a solid album start to finish, but many of the songs lack the urgency of their earlier material, which resonates so strongly in a live setting. When the band powered through classics like "Can You Tell," "Oh La," and "Ghost Under Rocks," the members were having so much fun on stage that you couldn't help but join them. They did hit some highs with the newer material though, notably on the Alexandra Lawn-fronted slow-burner "You And I Know" and when they closed their set with the frantic pop of "Boy." The band opened their two song encore with a cover of Steve Winwood's "Valerie," before diving into another standout, "Dying Is Fine," which saw singer Wes Miles run through the audience.

More pictures, videos, and Ra Ra's setlist from the show below...

Continue reading "Ra Ra Riot, Delicate Steve & Buke & Gass played Celebrate Brooklyn (pics, video & setlist)"

MTK

The MTK: Music To Know Festival planned for Saturday - Sunday, August 13 - 14, in East Hampton, New York, is cancelled. A statement is as follows:

"It is with heavy, heavy heart that we regret to inform you that the inaugural MTK: Music To Know Festival in East Hampton will not take place. Despite our unique vision and arranging a world-class line-up, ticket sales were not adequate to allow the event to continue. We wanted to let everyone know now before engaging more deeply.

Along with our ticket holders, vendors, sponsors, business associates, colleagues and friends in the community, we too are filled with deep disappointment. We pledge to endure during this difficult time with the same integrity and professionalism displayed throughout the creation of this event.

Ticket holders should check www.musictoknow.com next week for more information.

Strangely Escape to NY, the other new Hamptons music festival, is going on as planned as we speak. Patti Smith and Best Coast played it last night.

The MTK Fest's lineup included Vampire Weekend, Chromeo, Dawes, Bright Eyes, M Ward, Ra Ra Riot, Fitz and the Tantrums, Matt and Kim and more.

Truck America, another NY Festival, was cancelled last week (though no official announcement has been made about that yet).

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