Entries tagged with: Ra Ra Riot
photos by Eric Townsend, words by Andrew Sacher
Ra Ra Riot are currently on a massive tour (with Guster?) that brought them to Ives Concert Park in Danbury, CT last night (8/3). It rained pretty hard the entire ourdoor show but (Guster) crowd feedback seemed positive regardless. Check out more pictures of Ra Ra Riot's set below.
Ra Ra Riot won't open Guster's 8/8 Central Park Summerstage show with Jack's Mannequin and Boy & Bear, but you will be able to catch Ra Ra Riot in NYC this Friday (8/5) at the far more interesting (and free) Prospect Park Celebrate Brooklyn show with Buke & Gass and Delicate Steve. 7:00pm show / gates 6:00pm. Hopefully the weather is better than last night's rainy Sufjan Stevens show (which happened the same time as Ra Ra in CT).
In related news, Ra Ra Riot bassist Mathieu Santos released his debut solo LP Massachusetts 2010 this past Tuesday (8/2) via Barsuk. The album is named after the album track of the same name, which is a reworking of "Massachusetts" off Ra Ra Riot's most recent LP The Orchard. You can stream the entire album on Spinner and check out a video for album track "I Can Hear the Trains Coming" below. You can also purchase the album as LP and MP3 on Amazon. The whole thing pretty much sounds like Ra Ra Riot with a slightly different singer. So there's nothing too groundbreaking here, but it definitely makes for an enjoyable listen.
Album art, tracklist, video, dates, and more pics from the Ra Ra Riot show below...
As mentioned, Music to Know Fest makes its debut in East Hampton, NY over the weekend of August 13-14, and features artists such as Vampire Weekend, Bright Eyes, Matt & Kim, Ra Ra Riot, Dawes, and others. Set times have been announced for the festival, which you can check out below.
MTK, not to be confused with Escape to NY, have also teamed up with MTA Long Island Railroad (LIRR) to add an official westbound train for concertgoers:
The train, departing from the LIRR East Hampton station at 10:56 PM, is aptly timed to ensure concert goers will have sufficient time to enjoy the day's line-up and festivities and will be making all the local stops on Long Island into Brooklyn and Manhattan.For more fun, you can download the official MTK 2011 App for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad at the iTunes app store. The fest also features fashion tents. According to a press release:
The fashion pop-up tents will be set up in a "retail village" and the merchants are anything but your average festival brands. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were first to purchase pop-ups from MTK: Music To Know - planning to debut their much-anticipated website StyleMint and their successful contemporary line Elizabeth & James to the crowd of almost 10,000 people gathered at the event in the Hamptons during the height of the season.Hmmm... Tickets for the festival are still available. Set times and a list of the clothing brands that will be on display at the fest below...
Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.
The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others
2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.
Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.
"Matt Talbott tells me there's some Hum shows coming this fall! I don't have all the details yet, but here's what I know: there will be one on September 10th, and it won't be in Champaign. A show in Champaign is possibly going to be planned for September 9th, and they are playing Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX in November." -[h-u-m.net]The above quote comes from a Hum fansite, and while we have yet to receive official word, it does seem within the realm of possibility considering that Hum have reunited occaisionally since officially dissolving in 2000. More news to come.
Hum released You'd Prefer an Astronaut in 1995 and the follow-up Downward Is Heavenward in 1998.
Though they haven't confirmed Hum, Fun Fun Fun Fest did recently "leak" some more of their Austin festival lineup. The first leak had Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, and X (performing "Los Angeles"). The second leak added Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot and Kid Dynamite!
That now makes two upcoming shows for Kid Dynamite who are also playing FYF Fest in LA.
The Hold Steady at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more)
Last month, we announced that Truck America is returning to the Catskills in September (the 9th through the 11th) and will be headlined by The Hold Steady and Okkervil River. The only other confirmed bands at the time were Ra Ra Riot and Wye Oak. The lineup has since been updated to include Fruit Bats, Vetiver, The Felice Brothers, CItay, Gary Higgins, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Takka Takka, Hospitality, The Low Anthem and others. Check out the full list below. Early bird tickets are still on sale.
For The Low Anthem, it's one of many dates they just announced including one at Terminal 5 with Iron & Wine.
Speaking of The Hold Steady, frontman Craig Finn posted to his Tumblr that he's making a solo album:
"I'm in Austin TX for a few weeks. Making a record. Staying in a friend's guest house. Got here yesterday. So far so good. I'll be tracking the progress here."He has also been tracking his progress on the Tumblr.
Check out the full Truck America lineup update below...
DOWNLOAD: Yellow Ostrich - "Mary" (Alternate) (MP3)
Yellow Ostrich at McCarren Park (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Yellow Ostrich will share dates with Ra Ra Riot and Delicate Steve in the coming months, and though they aren't on board to join the pair at Prospect Park on August 5th, the band will play an upcoming show at Glasslands on August 19th. Tickets are on sale though the rest of the Brooklyn bill is still TBA.
Just three days before that Glasslands appearance, Yellow Ostrich will welcome The Mistress on August 16th via Barsuk Records. Check out a new track from that LP, an alternate version of "Mary" (the original appears on the record as well), available above and streaming below alongside the cover art, full tracklist and all tour dates...
DOWNLOAD: Ra Ra Riot - "Too Dramatic" (Anamanaguchi Remix) (MP3)
Ra Ra Riot at MHOW last year (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ra Ra Riot play Seattle's Capital Hill Block Party on Friday (7/22) to kick off a round of dates that include Fuji Rock in Japan before skipping to the East Coast for a string of dates that will include August 5th at Prospect Park Bandshell with Delicate Steve and Buke & Gass (FREE with suggested donation). The band will then prepare for additional dates across the US and in Canada that will stretch them into middle November with openers like Delicate Steve and Yellow Ostrich (who are also signed to Barsuk). Full tour schedule is below.
Ra Ra Riot recently had their track "Too Dramatic" given the 8-bit treatment by Anamanaguchi. Check out the remix (which makes its debut here) above and streamable below. Anamanaguchi play Music Hall of Williamsburg on 7/22 (Friday) with MATH The Band and Talk To Animals. Tickets are still available.
Yellow Ostrich has their own show coming up at Glasslands on August 19th.
All tour dates, the song stream and the video for the original is below.
The British music festival Truck Festival is returning to America again this year and back in the Catskills at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY from September 9-11. This year's Truck America will be headlined by The Hold Steady and Okkervil River. Other confirmed bands include Ra Ra Riot and Wye Oak, and an announcement with over 30 other bands is coming soon. Early Bird tickets are on sale now. The first 200 people who pre-order their passes will receive the special $99 rate for the entire weekend (kids can get in even cheaper).
Last year was the fest's first year in the US. Read more about it HERE.
The National show in Prospect Park (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We already knew that 'Celebrate Brooklyn' is hosting an impressive lineup of ticketed Prospect Park Bandshell shows this summer: The Decemberists, Animal Collective, Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver & Cut Copy. And we knew that the 33rd annual series of free shows would start with an Andrew Bird show on June 10th, and that BRIC is also hosting three free 'dance parties' in Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer too.
Now the entire 2011 lineup of "24 free performances, including 20 music concerts, two dance performances, two film screenings with live music, and a family concert" is here! You can check it all out (The Feelies, Real Estate, The Books, Junip, Doveman, Justin Townes Earle, Punch Brothers, Raekwon, Oumou Sangaré, Times New Viking, Ra Ra Riot, Delicate Steve, Buke & Gass and Hal Willner included), below...
alternate headline: Vampire Weekend headlining Hamptons Music Fest, go figure
Vampire Weekend @ Coachella 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
MTK: Music To Know Festival announces its inaugural line up headlined by Vampire Weekend on Saturday, August 13th and Bright Eyes on Sunday, August 14th. Other confirmed bands include Matt & Kim, Cold War Kids, Chromeo, Tame Impala, Ra Ra Riot, Fitz & The Tantrums, Tom Tom Club, Dawes, M Ward, We Are Scientists, The Limousines, Naked and Famous, Francis and the Lights, Suddyn, Nicos Gun and Young Empires -- 18 of today's most critically-acclaimed and successful new, emerging and well-known bands. The music begins at noon each day, ending at 10PM.Cheesy marketing and opinions of the ritzy location and potential crowd aside, I have to say that MTK did a pretty kick-ass job of curating a relevant indie rock lineup for an East Hampton crowd (filled with bands that do a good job of moving tickets, relatively speaking). Tickets are on sale now. Two-day passes start at $195 each+fees+parking if you need it. VIP tix will cost you much more.
According to Co-Founder Chris Jones "The Hamptons are a unique market to say the least -- full of decision makers, trend setters, and taste generators who have always been eager to embrace the best and the brightest in our culture -- whether that is in literature, film, fashion or music. We are excited to bring this collection of artists together in our community, and hope this is the first of many annual events."
Without knowing how willing people are to travel to the Hamptons, how many people are already in the Hamptons, and how many tickets they need to sell (possibly only "9,500 people over both days"), it's hard to guess how successful the fest will be (from a business/longevity point of view) (Bing is a sponsor so that probably helps), but it definitely beat expectations so far (relatively speaking). More details below...
Ra Ra Riot @ MHOW in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Ra Ra Riot played the pop-up Wired Store (at 692 Broadway in NYC) on 12/8 as part of a series of private events at the store. Their friends Tokyo Police Club, whose next public show in NYC is at Terminal 5, play the same place tonight (12/15)
The night before their appearance at Wired, Ra Ra Riot played "Boy" from their recent LP The Orchard on Letterman. Video of that and more pictures/setlist from the Wired Store are below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
While Pavement was waving goodbye across town, Ra Ra Riot played Music Hall of Williamsburg with Anamanaguchi on 9/24. It was RRR's fourth and final show of their residency across two venues (Bowery pics from night one and night two). Now that the four dates are over, the Syracuse band can get to the business of hitting the road, where the band will be for the remainder of the year. They play Toad's Place Tuesday with their tour-mates Chikita Violenta and We Barbarians.
In other news, Ra Ra Riot was on NPR's Soundcheck last week and recently announced a new split 7" with Stornoway. The split, which is limited to 1000 pieces and will appear on 4AD, features 'Fuel Up' by Stornaway as well as Ra Ra Riot's "Boy", both of which appear on the bands respective new LPs. Reminder, Stornaway is scheduled to play Bowery Ballroom on 12/2 with Franz Nicolay (tickets) as part of a larger US tour. Their updated dates below.
Anamanaguchi's MHOW appearance meant two shows in two days, as the band also played Death By Audio with Tera Melos, Pteradactyl, and Fiasco the previous night. Pics from that show are on the way with a new song by Anamanaguchi. Stay tuned.
More pictures from the 9/24 MHOW show, with the Stornoway dates, below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
they played w/ Ra Ra Riot Wednesday night @ Bowery Ballroom
Just four years ago Ra Ra Riot was playing house parties in Syracuse, NY. Then, the mostly alum college band landed a tour with The Editors, released a self-titled EP in 2007, a debut, The Rhumb Line, one year later, moving course into music .The above review comes from the band's first headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on 9/21 (pics here) where Ra Ra Riot was supported by Phantogram. Ra Ra Riot played Bowery Ballroom again the next night, on Wednesday, but with Lower Dens opening. Pictures from that show are in this post. As you can see in the picures and videos, they were joined by some extra musicians (horns and even more strings).
Supporting their sophomore album, The Orchard, the upstate rockers had new material that sounded like seasoned songs, more soulful than the pop-driven Rhumb. In fact, Ra Ra Riot even appeared as a veteran band in some manner. Perhaps it's their confidence on stage or that they've had four tumultuous, long years together. In rusty red jeans, singer Wes Miles walked out singing almost hymnal as the rest of the band materialized on stage for a brief instrumental into opener "Boy," one of eight Orchard tracks off the 15-song set. To kick off their first New York City shows on their North American tour, the band shared a few firsts, including Miles admittance to playing guitar for the first time on "Kansai." Timid and concentrated on the chords, he held up, providing enough crunch to complement guitarist Milos Binocci. Secondly, during the first of three encore songs, Alexandra Lawn stood her silent electric cello behind her to front the band for some sultry Stevie Nicks vocals on Orchard's "You and I Know," seeming at times lost in the moment then getting quite gun-shy as if she realized she's actually fronting Ra Ra Riot. -[New York Press]
More pictures, the setlist and some videos from the 2nd Bowery show, below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Ra Ra Riot
Syracuse, N.Y., band Ra Ra Riot borrowed elements from the Cure, the Smiths and New Order -- though much less morose -- and molded them into a string-filled sound that embodied indie rock at its best. Their upbeat energy lifted the packed all-ages crowd at the Nike Sportswear Stage. Beats were propelled by bassist Mathieu Santos, guitarist Milo Bonacci and drummer Gabriel Duquette, but it was the engaging vocals of singer Wes Miles that moved this group. His emotive, high voice drew the crowd closer, and his ever thankful politeness -- he thanked the crowd numerous times throughout the hour-long set -- made him a fit for a young crowd he called "very attentive."...The above review comes from a recent Portland, Oregon show that was part of Music Fest NW, where Ra Ra Riot also shared a bill with Phantogram, like they did last night at Bowery Ballroom (9/21).
The group played copiously from its two albums, "The Rhumb Line" and the just-released "The Orchard." Their indie pop sound shined on tunes like "Boy," "Shadowcasting" and the uber-catchy "Too Dramatic." Their sound was less shoegazing indie and more celebratory pop, making for a strong start to the festival. Heck, some tunes would have even fit neatly into a Molly Ringwald-John Hughes movie.
New York synth-dance electro duo Phantogram proved a worthy warmup. Sarah Barthel's sweet voice floated over ethereal '80s and '90s style synth pop as guitarist Josh Carter used heavy effects to create solid grooves and a nightclub vibe. -[The Oregonian]
Last night was also Ra Ra Riot's first of four NYC shows and one of two sold-out shows at Bowery Ballroom (they play there again tonight with Lower Dens). On Thursday, RRR head over the river to Music Hall of Williamsburg for a pair of shows, with tickets to the first night (on Thursday 9/23 with North Highlands & We Barbarians) still available, though the second night (9/24) is sold out. After NYC, Ra Ra heads out on a bigger tour with more assorted openers.
The show was a tour kick-off for Phantogram who hit Rochester tonight and eventually make their way back to NYC for an October 29th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with their tour-mate Josiah Wolf (of Why?). Tickets for the Brooklyn show are still on sale. Updated dates below.
More pictures from Bowery Ballroom, the headliner's setlist, and some videos from the show, with the dates, below...
Ra Ra Riot @ Sound Fix in August (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Move over Pavement, Syracuse band Ra Ra Riot kick off their own four-night run of shows in NYC tonight (9/21), each with their own special guest opener... including the now-revealed Phantogram who open tonight at Bowery Ballroom. It's sold out, but (maybe they actually have some left and) tickets are still available for the show happening at Music Hall on 9/23 with North Highlands and We Barbarians.
Brand new Daytrotter session HERE. Updated tour dates below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Wes of Ra Ra Riot & Vampire Weekends question Rostam's song choice
Ra Ra Riot completed their invasion of NYC with two appearances yesterday (8/24) as part of a celebration of their new LP The Orchard, out now via Barsuk. Photos from their Sound Fix (live set) and Brooklyn Bowl (DJ) appearances continue below.
The Syracuse band will be back in NYC at the tail end of September for a string of four appearances that are part of a larger tour. The NYC shows are at Bowery Ballroom (on 9/21 & 9/22) and MHOW (on 9/23 & 9/24). Tickets are on sale for all four shows (9/21 tickets, 9/22 tickets with Lower Dens, 9/23 tickets with North Highlands & We Barbarians, and 9/24 tickets with Amanaguchi). More openers to be announced.
DOWNLOAD: Ra Ra Riot - Boy (new MP3)
Scissor Sisters @ Mercury Lounge in 2008 (more by Kevin Tachman)
today in NYC
* CREED @ JONES BEACH
* Mogwai screening @ MHOW
* Shelley Burgon @ The Stone
* Ra Ra Riot @ Sound Fix Records
* Motel Motel, Bronze @ Union Pool
* Bill Frissel & friends @ Village Vanguard
* Marianne Dissard, Cordero @ Joe's Pub
* Scissor Sisters, Sammy Jo @ Terminal 5
* Kayo Dot, Cleric, Bad Girlfriend @ Bowery Electric
* Thieving Irons, Yellowbirds, The Poison Tree @ Union Hall
* Hard Nips, Moepion & Moepions, Starscream @ Death By Audio
* 80s hardcore reading & signing @ Powerhouse Arena
* Ra Ra Riot (DJ set) & Vampire Weekend (DJ set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Chiddy Bang, Donnis, XV, 2AM Club, Samuel @ Highline Ballroom
* Khann, Mockingbird, Before The Eyewall, Divider @ The Acheron
* Groundation, iLa Mawana @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise - The Jewel
* The Press & The Canon Logic (Cross Pollination) @ Pianos
* Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers & My Morning Jacket @ Izod Center
* Edan, Paten Locke (+ a screening of Edan's "Echo Party") @ Knitting Factory
* Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Teenage Bottlerocket & the Flatliners @ Irving Plaza
* Midnight Masses, Submarine Bells, Monogold @ a Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Jessie Torrisi & The Please, Please Me, Bird of Youth w/ Charles Bissell, Caravan of Thieves @ The Living Room
Marianne Dissard, the female voice in Calexico's song "Ballad of Cable Hogue", plays Joe's Pub tonight with Cordero who I saw live when they opened for Calexico.
Thieving Irons is the new band from Pela Nate. They play Union Hall tonight.
Tonight will be one of the last Cross Pollination shows at Pianos, and it's on the main stage.
As BBG previously pointed out, "Florida's Khann will team up with Mockingbird, Before The Eyewall, and Divider for an all ages show at Acheron on August 24th. $10 gets you in the door. Khann are prepping their new LP, Erode, due on Black Market Activities later this year. The band recorded the LP with Chris Owens (Lords) during a recent East Coast tour that saw them appear at Lit Lounge with Tiger Flowers."
Scissor Sisters play their first of two shows at Terminal 5 tonight.
Ra Ra Riot at BAM (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Ra Ra Riot will be making even more appearances in NYC in the coming month. The Syracuse band's onslaught begins on August 24th (Tuesday) when the band celebrates the release of it's new LP The Orchard (via Barsuk) with a FREE acoustic set at Soundfix Records at 6PM. Later that night, the band will be at a second FREE event, a 21+ DJ party at Brooklyn Bowl featuring the band and Vampire Weekend swapping turns on the wheels of steel (neither band is scheduled to play live music).
Less than one month after the band blesses NYC with those gratis events, Ra Ra Riot will play a two night stint at Bowery Ballroom (on 9/21 and 9/22) followed by another two night stint at MHOW (on 9/23 and 9/24). 9/21's support at Bowery has yet to be announced (tickets), but 9/22 at Bowery will feature Lower Dens (tickets), 9/23 at MHOW will feature North Highlands and We Barbarians (tickets), and 9/24 at MHOW will feature Amanaguchi (tickets). If each date will have two openers, then there's still a lot to be announced too.
As previously mentioned, the dates are part of a much larger tour that will see Ra Ra Riot play from sea to shining sea (and Bumbershoot) as part of a full US campaign towards total da-da-domination.
We Barbarians open much of the tour. Other tour openers and updated tour dates, and a video, below....
Titus Andronicus in Austin in March (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Phish @ Jones Beach
* Janka Nabay @ Zebulon
* Neighbors @ The Bell House
* Steve Dalachinsky, Matt Shipp @ The Stone
* Kimya Dawson @ Art & Technology Center
* New Politics, Funeral Party @ Mercury Lounge
* MGMT, Amazing Baby @ Radio City Music Hall
* Diehard, The Vandelles, the Sanctuaries @ Bruar Falls
* Tyburn Saints, Dean Wareham @ The Rock Shop
* Vienna Teng, Alex Wong, Joey Ryan @ Highline Ballroom
* Weekend, Procedure Club, Ceremony, No Joy @ Silent Barn
* MC Chris, Math The Band @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise - The Jewel
* Titus Andronicus, Bad Credit No Credit, Bottle Up & Go @ Glasslands
* Air Waves, The Beets, Easter Vomit, Rifle Recoil @ Death by Audio
* Hypodive, Jennings, Lily Sparks, Anna Rose, Kendra Morris (NYC Women in Rock) @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Julian Lynch, Family Portrait, Guardian Alien, Family Trees @ Pianos
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LA buzz band Funeral Party play Mercury Lounge tonight. It'll be their first-ever NYC show. Their album, Golden Age Of Nowhere, will be released through RCA "in early 2011".
Julian Lynch will be surrounded by Family tonight at Pianos... Family bands anyway. Family Portrait and Family Trees both open the show.
Tickets are still available for the Titus Andronicus show at Glasslands tonight, which is pretty amazing since the band is already headlining Webster Hall. The Brooklyn show is a benefit for NAG (Neighbors Allied For Good Growth).
New Ra Ra Riot video for "Boy" below...
After Young Man, the second act of the evening, We Barbarians, stepped up the intensity with their pounding drums and deeper and more desperate vocals. In between songs, Young Man talked enthusiastically about playing in Paris. We Barbarians told the audience to buy more beer. After playing a handful of songs, including a cover of a David Byrne/Brian Eno song and a couple of new tunes from their upcoming EP, the group expressed their excitement to be playing and offered some concluding words. "Thanks for showing us a good time. This is an amazing setting, so thank you, you guys. We'll play one more and give you what you've been waiting for."
If you missed them, they open for Maps & Atlases & Cults at Mercury Lounge on Thursday before heading back to California and then going on tour with Ra Ra Riot. All dates and more Governors Island pictures below...
Ra Ra Riot @ Union Hall in April (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Ra Ra Riot have planned an extensive tour of the US and Canada this fall in support of their new album, The Orchard, which comes out August 24th on Barsuk Records. There will be four shows in New York to kick off it off. They'll play September 21st and 22nd at Bowery Ballroom and September 23rd and 24th at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on sale Wednesday at noon.
Before those, the band has dates in Japan this July, and a few shows in Canada (Montreal for Osheaga), Ohio (for the Ohio State Fair) and elsewhere. They're also playing a pre-NYC show at Cracker Factory in Geneva, NY, on September 18th.
A preview of the song "Keep It Quiet", off the new LP, the album cover and all tour dates are below...
Memorial Day Weekend officially opened the summer, and for those in the Pacific Northwest it also brought Sasquatch Music Festival (pictures from all three days are coming soon). Now the lineup for its Labor Day cousin, Bumbershoot 2010, has been announced. That fest, happening at Seattle, WA's Seattle Center September 4th-6th, will include headliners Bob Dylan, Mary J. Blige, Weezer, Hole, Rise Against, Neko Case, The Decemberists, J. Cole and "one more very special guest to be announced soon."
Tickets (including non-Mainstage 'economy' passes) are on sale now. The rest of the lineup (by day) for the seven-stage festival is posted below...
photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer
Jay-Z, Beyonce & Johnny Rotten
This year, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival reveals that tattoos are more ubiquitous among social scenes than ever before. A walking museum of quotes and legendary faces from Jesus to Michael Jackson decorates the backs, shoulders, calves and fingers of people fashionably reliving their favorite historical decades at this heat-stroke inducing music marathon.
I thought Wale didn't show up, but later found out that he showed up late. Baroness demonstrated the art of rocking out at least three to five times before each song reached a satisfied climax. Metal can be a real turn on, especially surrounded by sweaty good-looking people. Deer Tick performed an R+B version of "Ashamed" followed by John McCauley caressing his nipples. LA band Iglu and Hartly had enthusiasm, but is this Mickey Avalon without the drugs and prostitutes? Which leaves what? Sleigh Bells began with a booty melting bass line palpable from the VIP section across the field, soon overtaken by hipster hop metal pop for people that like beaches and children. The Avett Brothers made an exciting second Coachella appearance on the Outdoor Stage. Two years ago, the band played Sunday gospel time, all manners and simplicity, but the Bros returned with a full band, and a few thousand people singing every word, stomping to the banjo, and hugging during the sweet parts. The banjo will take over America. Just wait. Country music is infiltrating avant-garde and above ground indie worlds alike.
Standing midway between the big stages, just a few feet from yet another girl with the words "Have u seen my friend Molly?" scrawled on her back, the Avett Brothers' heart-wrenching "January Wedding" got a reggaeton remix from Calle 13 booming on the Main Stage. This Puerto Rican dancefloor marvel used a tea kettle for a mic effect, and taught the audience to say "No me jodas las pelotas" against negativity ("Don't fuck my balls"). Speaking of balls, Yeasayer's crowd went absolutely nuts screaming, but the guys barely seemed aware, transported as they were to some space station cloud. The harmonies rocked like angelic aliens-but, smile, guys. Hockey demonstrated a genuine interest in moving indie rock standards forward, especially attracting the PG-13 festival contingency. M. ward raspy singing "Roll Over Beethoven" during She & Him's set delivered tingly shivers, but Zooey Deschanel's approach to "I Put A Spell On You" did not crumble souls. Her jazzy voice and bouncy energy otherwise made for a good time that elicited repetitive shouts of "I Love You!" from the first row.
Music should be at least marginally weird or infinitely classic, but Tom Morello's band, Street Sweeper Social Club, brings nothing new to either category and so seems a waste of great musicians. Get weird or the future will never arrive. That being said, the musicians Coachella digs up from history often present the most exciting moments. Rock steady ska pioneers The Specials sent a crispy, warm message to Rudy that every witness appreciated immensely, but it was outrageous that barely any photographers showed up for Gil Scott-Heron's smooth, soulful set [editor's note: ours did!]. The man is partly responsible for getting Martin Luther King, Jr. a holiday, godfathered hip hop, and that doesn't merit attention? A large crowd attended his every word, but the photos won't show it. Later on, James Murphy screamed Gil Scott-Heron's name during "Losing My Edge" as if it were the name of God. Glad he gets it. LCD Soundsystem's first single in 2002, "Losing My Edge" is a historical document worth preserving for the ages, an essence that speaks to what Coachella seems bent on capturing and rewriting every year. Echo & The Bunnymen rode the high-hat zealously-as many have copied since-giving chapped lips sugar kisses. Public Image, Ltd., could not take Jay-Z's audience away from him nor unglue Fever Ray fans from Karin Dreijer Andersson's encompassing fog spell, but I'll be damned if PiL wasn't the best show all day. John Lydon's hair stood on edge and he rolled his rrrr's heroically. His gang of old men put the good junk in post-punk.
As this first 12 hour music summary comes to a close, a few acts remain worth giving a hoot about. Grizzly Bear's hypnotic power hardly needs mentioning and Vampire Weekend knows you love "Horchata." New cool La Roux magnetizes with a disco flavor that Anita Ward might approve. As hoped, Little Dragon's gentle fire breathing soul pop fronted by Yukimi's sexy voice and adorable stage presence comes in as Friday's second favorite. The music's weird enough, bent on discovering surprises. One-woman band Imogen Heap, as well, is the queen of surprises. She moves around her instruments, looping this and dubbing that as if casually mixing a magic potion or prepping a sandwich. Jay-Z's "On To The Next One" is an appropriate theme song for the attention span needed to get your money's worth at Coachella. And then Beyonce came out. We all bowed down before her short shorts.
Them Crooked Vultures, Passion Pit, Dillinger Escape Plan, Yo Gabba Gabba, and The Whitest Boy Alive also played sets on Friday. The Cribs were among those who could not. Coachella continues for a second day today/Saturday (Record Store Day). More pictures and videos and stuff from the first day, below...