Entries tagged with: Robyn
Santigold @ Bowery Ballroom, 12/10/2012 (more by David Andrako)
As you may have seen last night, HBO's Girls won big at the Golden Globes, grabbing both Best Comedy series and Best Actress for creator/star Lena Dunham. At the same time Dunham was giving her acceptance speech, Season 2 of Girls (now featuring Donald Glover as Hannah's new boyfriend) was making its debut on the pay cable channel.
The soundtrack to Girls just came out last week and one of the songs exclusive to it is Santigold's "Girls." We've got the premiere of its video right here in this post. Shot here in NYC the cool little clip features girls from all walks of life (and all ages) lip-synching to the track and you can watch it below. The Girls soundtrack also features Sleigh Bells, Fleet Foxes, Robyn, Belle & Sebastian and more.
Santigold played Bowery Ballroom back in December and her only upcoming live date is at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on February 9. Video and Girls OST artwork and tracklist below...
Toronto art pop musician Sandro Perri has a few dates scheduled to take place surrounding his appearance at this year's FYF Fest. They're a bit scattered at the moment so it looks like more might be revealed, but we know that one of them is a NYC show which happens on September 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All currently known dates are listed below.
Sandro Perri is also one of the many musicians being featured on the new Arthur Russell tribute album, This Is How We Walk on the Moon, that AIDS organization Red Hot (who are also responsible for Dark Was the Night, Red Hot + Rio and many other compilations) and Pitchfork are putting out. Sandro will join Robyn, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, Dan Boeckner, Twin Shadow, Washed Out, Laurel Halo, Sam Amidon, Devendra Banhart, Olof Arnalds, Jose Gonzalez, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Chad VanGaalen, Glen Hansard, and many others for the album. The project is being funded on kickstarter. The Kickstarter video and a list of all participating artists is below.
Earlier this year, DFA put out a remix 12" of material from Sandro's 2011 LP, Impossible Spaces. The stream of Eluvium's remix of "Changes," a list of all currently known Sandro Perri dates, and the Arthur Russell tribute info are below.
Coldplay at All Points West 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Swedish duo Icona Pop will be heading to North America this month, where they'll play Glasslands on June 22 (tickets). Before they play that show, they'll DJ a VIbrations party one day earlier, 6/21 at Hudson Terrace Roof Deck with DJ sets by Cassian, Sean Glass, and guests. The party is free til midnight with RSVP.
In related news, Charli XCX (who wrote Icona Pop's song "I Love It") has a new EP out today called You're the One. You've already heard "Nuclear Seasons" and the Balam Acab remix of that song. Now you can listen to the EP's title track as well, which is streaming below. The EP also includes a Blood Orange remix of that song.
Charli is one of the many artists opening for Coldplay (who will never work with Justin Bieber) on their upcoming tour, including the Chicago date with Marina and the Diamonds. Other openers on the tour include Robyn (who opens their Texas shows), Frank Ocean (who recently announced his own tour), Wolf Gang (who has nothing to do with any group Frank Ocean is part of), Temper Trap, The Pierces, and Emeli Sande.
Emeli was in NYC last week to play Bowery Ballroom and MHOW with Selah Sue (if you went, how were those shows?) and she'll be opening the East Rutherford, NJ shows at Izod Center on August 3 and 4 with Marina and the Diamonds. Tickets for those shows are available. If you're going to the Coldplay shows, be careful with the "Xylobands" that are being given out at the concerts. Fans are reporting that these bands, "which create a dramatic effect at Coldplay gigs," have been randomly reactivating after the shows and causing traumas such as waking fans up in the middle of the night. "It is believed the only way to stop the glowing is to jam a pencil clip into the band." Maybe they should call them jam bands.
As mentioned, Marina and the Diamonds will return to the NYC area after that for two headling shows at Webster Hall (8/16 & 8/18) with MS MR. The 8/16 show is sold out but tickets for the 8/18 show are still available. MS MR will play NYC even sooner than that at Santos Party House on June 27.
Speaking of Coldplay openers, Rita Ora just recently opened a few dates for the band and she's in NYC tonight for a free show at Gramercy Theater. RSVP is closed but you maybe don't wanna go anyway? Beyonce and Jay-Z on the other hand, might already have plans to be there. They went to support her at Coldplay's show in Manchester on Sunday (6/10) and were then spotted headbanging during Coldplay's set. A video of said headbanging is below.
That video, the Charli XCX stream, and a list of all Coldplay dates below...
Robyn @ Way Out West in Sweden
Robyn was one of the highlights of the Way Out West Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden over the summer. I took a whole bunch of pictures of her performance in her home country, but never got to post them, so here they are along with videos of her performance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend (Katy Perry who she opened some shows for in the past was the host). Check them out below...
Mastodon fans (more by Greg Cristman)
Bon Iver was nominated for four high profile Grammys (though not "Album of the Year" which is what Arcade Fire won). Adele & Katy Perry nominated for a zillion, and other nominees include The Black Keys, Foster the Peepee, Cee Lo, Duck Sauce, Robyn, Cut Copy, Skrillex, Deadmau5, Coldplay, Radiohead, Mumford & Son, Mastodon, Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie, My Morning Jacket, Jay-Z, Kanye West, The Civil Wars, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Fleet Foxes, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, Patton Oswalt, Louis CK, Weird Al, Danger Mouse, Memory Tapes, TV On the Radio, A Tribe Called Quest, etc...
"The 10th anniversary [of Bonnaroo] was a celebration of how far the festival has come but also reminded us how it got there. There was something for everyone. The String Cheese Incident and Widespread Panic, who played at the first Bonnaroo, were there to remind people of the festival's jam-band roots. Lil Wayne and Big Boi were there along with Eminem to represent what the festival has become. In between, there were legendary acts like Robert Plant and The Band of Joy, Buffalo Springfield, Gregg Allman, Loretta Lynn, Dr. John, and Bruce Hornsby, which attracted an older crowd that resembled festival crowds of years past.
There were also more recently successful bands that attracted a younger crowd, such as Arcade Fire, The Strokes, The Black Keys, Neon Trees, Mumford & Sons, and The Decemberists.
One of the greatest features of Bonnaroo is that there are plenty of non-music entertainment options for those who need a break from music, the heat, or just need a diversion.
There was a cinema tent where rockumentaries and movies were screened, if you wanted to get out of the heat and cool down. There was a comedy tent that has been graced by comedians like Conan O'Brien and Margaret Cho. Dave Attelland hosted one of my favorite Bonnaroo performances when Flight of the Conchords performed in 2007. This year saw funny-men Lewis Black, Cheech Marin, and Tim Minchin among others in a strong rotation.
Sports fans concerned about the NHL and NBA Finals were happy to find the Bonnaroo Sports Bar where they could play pop-a-shot and watch the games on flat-screen monitors.
Artists were encouraged to show their stuff on the graffiti walls that lined much of the 700-acre farm. By the end of the weekend, you could spend all day walking up and down along the wall, finding some beautiful (and some not so beautiful) creations. " [The Epoch Times]
Bonnaroo 2012 is on sale at noon. The 10th Bonnaroo happened last weekend. Pictures of Karen Elson from Day One are HERE, with the rest of Day One HERE. Pictures of Decemberists from Day Two HERE, with the rest of Day Two HERE. Pictures of Gogol Bordello from Day Three are HERE, and the rest of Day Three are HERE. Robyn from Day Four HERE. The rest of Day 4, and the end of our 2011 Bonnaroo pictures, below...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
Robyn @ Bonnaroo
Robyn played Bonnaroo this past weekend, where she spoke to MTV News about her current tourmate... Katy Perry. After initially avoiding the question of whether or not she is a fan of Katy Perry's, she told MTV at Bonnaroo:
"I think that girls are always expected to have opinions about each other, and maybe I don't have an opinion about some things, you know? That doesn't mean I have a bad opinion or a good opinion, it's just that, at that point, I never met her," Robyn said. "I didn't know much about her album that was out, and it was hard for me to have an opinion, and that's all. There's some songs that she's made that I think [are] amazing: the pre-chorus in 'Teenage Dream,' I wish I had wrote that. So, it's all good."Good that things aren't awkward between them, because they're on tour together now. They'll play Nassau Coliseum on June 17 and Prudential Center in NJ on June 19.
The day after the NJ show, Robyn plays a free show at Terminal 5. No, not that Terminal 5. She's playing the Jet Blue one inside JFK Airport on 6/20. Like Jet Blue shows at JFK Airport in the past, the show will be for contest winners and people who happen to be catching a plane.
And speaking of indie-leaning, major label-signed, future Scandinavian female pop stars that are playing in NYC this week and opening shows for Katy Perry (yuck), Oh Land is playing a Northside Festival show at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday (6/17) with Rye Rye and Deluka. Doors are at 10:30pm, and Oh Land headlines the show at 1am. Tickets are on sale..
Hopefully Oh Land has a chance to rest after the late show, because she's also playing the NYC Pride Rally in Central Park the next day, Saturday, June 18th, 2011, 3:00 - 6:00 PM. Oh Land opens for Katy Perry in California in August, after her tour with Sia that brings her to Webster Hall this summer.
Janelle Monae, Marina & The Diamonds, and Jessie J are also opening dates on Katy's current tour.
Rye Rye (also on the bill of the Oh Land show at Brooklyn Bowl) just released a new video starring... Robyn! Titled "Never Will Be Mine", the track is basically Rye Rye rapping along with Robyn who is singing her 2005 hit song "Be Mine". Check out that video, along with more pictures from Robyn's set at Bonnaroo, a video of Oh Land playing Craig Ferguson recently, and all tour dates, below...
Portugal.The Man @ SXSW 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Aura Noir @ Maryland Deathfest 2011 (more by BBG)
today in NYC
* Red Hook Fest
* Baby Soda @ Barbes
* The Go-Go's @ Irving Plaza
* Martin Sexton @ City Winery
* Bettye Lavette @ Cafe Carlyle
* Anthony Coleman @ The Stone
* Marty Ehrlich Trio @ The Stone
* Clouds, Disappearer @ Saint Vitus
* Aloe Blacc @ Highline Ballroom
* The Radiators @ Best Buy Theater
* Electric Six, Township @ Maxwell's
* Falu, John Medeski @ Rockwood Music Hall
* She Wants Revenge, Nico Vega @ Maxwell's
* Mamarazzi, Chicago Afrobeat Project @ Zebulon
* Modeselektor & friends (DJ Sets) @ Webster Hall
* The Losers Lounge Tribute To Queen @ Bowery Ballroom
* Joshua Light Show @ American Museum of Natural History
* Eli Paperboy Reed, Lily & The Parlour Tricks @ Southpaw
* Larry Graham & Graham Central Station @ BB King Blues Club
* Drunken Sufis, Ben Franklin, The Press, EULA @ Bruar Falls
* ABC Collision, The Zambonis, Spike Priggen @ The Rock Shop
* Hellbent Hooker, Cheeseburger, Call of the Wild @ Union Pool
* Apollo Run, Lelia Broussard, Julia Darling @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Medals, Psychic Friend, Pacific Theater, Daniel Hart @ Union Hall
* Jason Forrest, Star Eyes, Dev Null, Lil Internet @ Public Assembly
* Hospitality, Numbers and Letters, Edelweiss, DJ Sportcoat @ Cake Shop
* Living Days, Neighbors, Dinosaur Bones, Decades, Illuminator @ Glasslands
* Yankee Bang Bang, Wise Girl, Care Bears On Fire, Spanish Prisoners @ Pianos
* Portugal The Man, Telekinesis, Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Webster Hall
* Boy Sets Fire, The May 4th Massacre, Defeater @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Liquor Store, Wesley Coleman, Spider Bags, Center Divider @ Death By Audio
* Big Sandy & His Fly-rite Boys, Eilen Jewell, Smokey's Round-Up @ The Bell House
* Marduk, Aura Noir, Black Anvil, Panzerfaust, HOD, Natur @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Where's Yr Chld w/ Sex Worker, Psychic Reality, Sun Araw DJ, Todd Pendu @ Coco66
* Either/Or (music by Luigi Nono, Horatiu Radulescu, Giacinto Scelsi, Rapha'l Cendo and Erin Gee) @ The Kitchen
* Nick Zinner & Brian Chase of YYYs, Shahin Motia of Oneida, MV Carbon of Metalux @ Metropolitan Museum of Art
* Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Yellow Ostrich, Charlie Brand (of Miniature Tigers), Miracles of Modern Science @ Mercury Lounge
* The So So Glos, The Eskalators, The Toothaches, No Courage, The Wild, Problem Solver, ZEBU!, The Brave Little Abacus, Let Me Crazy, Humbert Humbert, Sharpless (Hillstock Festival) @ 285 Kent Ave
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Okkervil River is streaming a show from Philly (since noon).
Mutek is this weekend in Montreal and its prescence will be felt in NYC tonight too.
Gil Scott-Heron's viewing is tonight.
Chaos in Tejas is happening in Austin.
Screaming Females made a video for "Laura and Marty." Check it out below...
Robyn has a new video for 'Call Your Girlfriend'. Watch it below...
photos by Josh Darr
Robyn / Death From Above 1979
The four-day, sold out Sasquatch Music Festival is underway in Gorge, Washington this Memorial Day Weekend. Maybe you're listening to it online? Here are some pictures from the first two days, with more from Day 2 HERE (and Day 3 and 4 coming soon). They continue below...
photos by David Andrako
Here are a few things that happened on Coachella Day 1:
- it was hot.
- lots of celebrities, like Coachella regular Danny Devito, were walking around
- The Black Keys, Kings of Leon and the Chemical Brothers were the big headlining acts of the day (all on the main Coachella Stage)
- people wore funny outfits, and sometimes NSFW outfits.
- people sinned.
- Lauryn Hill started late, but not too late (aka she still got to play).
- Cee Lo showed up very late, apologized, but acted mad he had to play a short set. He used that anger to give his set-closing hit "Fuck You" context.
- Odd Future predictably drew a huge crowd, and were joined by Pharell.
- Odd Future's set resulted in a possible broken nose (again)
- There were 20 arrests
- Paul McCartney was there, and along with Usher, stood on stage during Afrojack's set.
- YACHT played
- Many other people played, and lots of other stuff happened too, as you can see in the pictures below...
What were your highlights of Coachella Day One? Are you there or watching the stream?
Photographer David Andrako managed to catch 18 acts and other random stuff in between on Friday. His pictures from the whole day continue below...
Bonnaroo (June 9-12 in Manchester Tennessee) has announced the 2011 lineup (slightly early), and like the rumored Lollapalooza lineup, Eminem is among the headliners. Bonnaroo also has Grammy winners Arcade Fire and the Black Keys, in addition to Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, The Decemberists, Florence & the Machine, Girl Talk, Beirut (haven't seen them in a while), and many more. Full list below...
Big names and regulars aside, there are a few bands I want to highlight on the just-announced Sasquatch lineup: Wolf Parade ("indefinite hiatus" rumors be damned), The Flaming Lips (performing "The Soft Bulletin"), Death From Above 1979 (now three reunion shows total), Guided By Voices (they're not done yet), and... Archers of Loaf (!). The full lineup of the fest that goes down in Gorge, Washington in May (Memorial Day Weekend), is below...
photos by Chris La Putt
"Mazel tov to Robyn for selling out Radio City Music Hall and making 5400 people go completely bananas. What a memorable night!." - laura hess
Diamond Rings backstage @ Radio City
Robyn on stage @ Radio City
PS I Love You
Eye Weekly: This is an obvious question, but people want to know. Are you named after that terrible Hilary Swank movie? Or The Beatles song?PS I Love You, who you may have caught in December, have a sprinkling of shows scheduled before they hit the road on a larger scale in late February on their way towards SXSW. After Austin they'll tour their way back east eventually passing through NYC for two shows: March 30th at Mercury Lounge (tickets) and Glasslands on March 31 (tickets).
PS I Love You: Neither. That movie really haunts me; I've never seen it, but I know that I hate it. The name PS I Love You came about six or seven years ago. It's kind of silly but some friends of mine in Kingston decided that if there was ever a fan club for me, that's what it would be called. PS is my initials -- that's the joke, all my friends call me PS, so it's kind of like this statement where I'm being very self-indulgent and making fun of that, all at the same time.
Neither NYC show has support bands listed yet, but most of PS I Love You's March run is with fellow Canadian Diamond Rings who will pass through NYC when he plays Radio City Music Hall... as part of his tour with Robyn who is headlining the venue on February 5th. All dates for both bands below...
And the nominees for "Album of the Year" are:
* The Suburbs by Arcade FireCrazy.
* Recovery by Eminem
* Need You Now by Lady Antebellum
* The Fame Monster by Lady Gaga
* Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
Also funny: Mumford & Sons are up for Best New Artist against Justin Bieber (and Drake, Florence & The Machine, and Esperanza Spalding)
Robyn is up for Best Dance Recording against Lady Gaga (and Goldfrapp, La Roux, and Rihanna).
Arcade Fire are also nominated for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals against Muse, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, and... Jeff Beck & Joss Stone.
The Black Keys also landed in the "Best Rock Instrumental Performance" along with... Dave Matthews.
The Black Keys and Mumford & Sons and Kings of Leon and Muse are also all in the "Best Rock Song" category.
"Best Alternative Album" category:
* The Suburbs by Arcade FireSo they give that to Arcade Fire, since Lady Gaga will probably get Album of the Year, or maybe Arcade Fire will just get screwed and they'll give it to someone on a major.
* Infinite Arms by Band Of Horses
* Brothers by The Black Keys
* Broken Bells by Broken Bells
* Contra by Vampire Weekend
Other names that got nominated: Cee-Lo, Janelle Monae, Big Boi, John Legend & The Roots, Jay-Z, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Flight of the Conchords, Devendra Banhart (for "Best Recording Package"), Oh No Ono (ditto), Anais Mitchell (ditto), Danger Mouse, Gorillaz, and Carol Burnett. Full list at the Grammys site.
Robyn @ Terminal 5 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Robyn is having the best year ever... and it took her long enough! Back in 2005 and in 2006 and in 2007 and even in 2008 it seemed like it might never happen (again) for the potential pop star from Sweden. But now, in 2010, it's all happening. Hot on the heels of her sold out show at Terminal 5 that was followed quickly by an appearance on Fallon, it has been announced that Robyn will headline Radio City Music Hall in NYC on Saturday, February 5th, 2011! Tickets go on general sale Friday, November 19th at 10AM. All seats will cost $39.50.
Meanwhile, she is still on her November tour that brings her to the west coast this week, but she never actually made it to Toronto after NYC. According to her own site, it was "postponed due to illness." She did make it to Metro in Chicago one night after that though, and to Minneapolis one night after that (aka last night). Videos from those recent shows below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Robyn @ Terminal 5
During "Dancing On My Own," a song about seeing a lover with someone else, Robyn transformed a somber subject into an empowering dance-your-worries-away anthem that inspired singing from the audience.NYC loves Robyn, and she loves 'em right back. After playing Music Hall of Williamsburg in late July and two shows in August at Webster Hall with Kelis, in addition to a private show (pictures from night 1 at Webster Hall), Robyn circled back to the tri-state area on Wednesday night (11/10) to play Terminal 5 with her tourmates, NYC's Maluca and LA/Londoners Natalia Kills. Robyn ripped through 18 songs across two encores. The full setlist is below along with more pictures from the show.
Robyn continued to "body talk" with each movement, even during the interludes. After pelvic gyrations against her drummer's drum set and enough twirling in circles to make a person drop dead, Robyn pounded through songs -- her newest single "Indestructible," "Love Kills," "The Girl and the Robot," and "With Every Heartbeat" -- before professing her deep love for New York and exiting the stage.
She reemerged for two dance-infused encores. On the second, she performed her recent song "Dancehall Queen," then transitioned it into a cover of Abba's "Dancing Queen" before performing a gentle version of her 1997 hit "Show Me Love." The crowd was more than happy to do that. -[MTV News]
Last night Robyn appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (which is taped in NYC). Tonight (11/12), she continues her November tour in Toronto.
Video from Fallon, with more pictures from Terminal 5, the setlist, and some live videos, below...
DOWNLOAD: Das Racist - Sit Down, Man mixtape (ZIP file)
Many of Das Racist's friends make appearances on their new 19-track mixtape which you can download for free above. The tracklist is below along with the video that contains the above cassette tape image. And many of their friends will make appearances at the release party taking place at Santos Party House tonight (9/16).
One of those friends playing the Santos show is Maluca, who, along with Natalia Kills, will open all dates on Robyn's just-announced November tour. Tickets are still on sale for the show at Terminal 5.
All Robyn dates, Das Racist's two new videos, and the mixtape tracklist, below...
Spoon @ MSG in August (more by Bao Nguyen)
today in NYC
* whiplash @ UCB
* free comedy @ Pianos
* ZZ Top @ Beacon Theatre
* Spoon @ Cake Shop (afternoon)
* Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* Jay-Z & Eminem @ Yankee Stadium
* Spoon, Sean Bones @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gringo Star, Caveman, Soft Black @ Cameo Gallery
* On ODDSAC, Avey Tare & Danny Perez in conversation
* The Charlatans UK, Sherlock's Daughter @ Bowery Ballroom
* Deakin, Prince Rama, Silk Flowers, Amen Dunes @ Glasslands
* The Bouncing Souls @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise (The Temptress)
* Birthdays, Mark DeNardo, Emily Reo, Philip Seymour Hoffman @ Cake Shop
Unsound Lounge: On ODDSAC, Avey Tare & Danny Perez in conversationAvey DJ'd the Panda Bear show on Governors Island Saturday night (pics coming soon).
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To celebrate the release of their unique "visual album" DVD project ODDSAC (Plexifilm), Animal Collective's Avey Tare and director Danny Perez will join moderator Andy Battaglia in a discussion about how they see and hear--and work to blur the boundaries between the two.
Spoon plays early and late.
Jay-Z and Eminem play their first of two shows at the new Yankee Stadium tonight.
The VMAs happened Sunday. The Black Keys won for "Breakthrough Video" and pretty much everything else went to Lady Gaga (Eminem and Jay-Z got some too). Robyn was there. Video of her on the red carpet below...
Robyn expands her pool of collaborators on Body Talk PT 2, bringing aboard Snoop Dogg and Savage Skulls for the second in a trilogy of albums she'll release this year on Cherrytree Records. Body Talk PT 2 is out on September 7th.If you missed Robyn at Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg, or anywhere else she toured with Kelis over the summer, you'll get another chance in November including a NYC show on November 10th at Terminal 5. Tickets for that one are on AmEx presale now. General sale begins Friday at noon.
The moody "Love Kills" was recorded with Swedish techno-pop duo Savage Skulls and Snoop Dogg is featured on "U Should Know Better." Robyn teamed up again with Klas Ahlund and Diplo for the steely, tongue-in-check rap-pop of "Criminal Intent." Other collaborators include Carl Bagge and Kleerup, producer of the international No. 1 single "With Every Heartbeat" from Robyn's GRAMMY®-nominated, self-titled album,released in 2008 on Cherrytree Records. "Hang With Me" forms a bridge linking the first two Body Talk collections, evolving from a lush, acoustic ballad on PT 1 to a shimmering dance floor delight on PT 2 and tapped as a future single." [PR]
If you did catch one of those August shows, then you may have gotten there early enough to catch Robyn/Kelis-tour opener Dan Black who headlines his own bigger show at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday.
All new Robyn dates below...
photos by kolored
Robyn @ Webster Hall
"Kelis and Robyn (whose Body Talk Pt. 2 will be out in September) may have been billed as co-headliners for Tuesday night's show at the Trocadero [in Philly], but it was in words only.Robyn (whose Body Talk Part 2 will be out in September - cover art and tracklist below), Kelis (whose milkshake brings all the boys to the yard) & Dan Black (who was just nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards - nominated video below) are on a tour (that also includes Far East Movement) that brought them to Music Hall of Williamsburg last week and Webster Hall last night (8/4).
In a multiracial crowd of men and women in their 20s and 30s, Robyn was the clear favorite.
Kelis took the stage first. The 30-year-old singer hit pop culture with her infectious and slightly risque "Milkshake" back in 2003, but has since transformed herself from a Neptunes-produced rap/hip-hop/neo-soul star into a club diva.
She came on stage in a one-sleeved, sequined mini-dress - wearing five-inch heels and a platinum-blond wig with a partial weave of Christmas-tree tinsel - and said that all she wanted to do was dance. She wasn't kidding. In fact, while she sang a few songs off her latest album, Flesh Tone, most of her set was a karaoke collection of Top 40 hits from past decades interspersed with snippets of her own songs... [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Last night's high energy show was the first of two for the artists at the same venue (they return to Webster Hall tonight, 8/5). All three NYC shows are/were sold out. More pictures from Wednesday's, including Dan and Kelis's setlists, below...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
Robyn @ The Music Box in L.A.
Sensitivity didn't equate to softness at the Music Box, where Robyn was backed by a four-piece band that included two drummers; they gave tracks from "Body Talk Pt. 1," the singer's terrific new disc, a muscular, hard-hitting energy. Over those precision-geared grooves Robyn contemplated vulnerability with disarming honesty: "I'm in the corner, watching you kiss her," she sang in "Dancing on My Own." "I'm right over here, why can't you see me?" Later, in a song from her self-titled 2005 album, she concluded, "You never will be mine."The review and pictures are both from Robyn & Kelis's tour stop in L.A. on Friday, July 23rd.
None of this came off as self-pity, thanks in large part to Robyn's powerful singing, which has warmed and deepened since she emerged during the mid-'90s teen-pop craze. Friday she encored with "Show Me Love," her signature phase-one hit, and the tension between the childlike lyric and Robyn's grown-up voice was as juicy as pop gets. [LA Times]
The two singers are in NYC for three concerts - the first is tonight (7/28) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, followed by August 4th and 5th at Webster Hall. All three are sold out.
Robyn is also playing one of those iheartradio.com private shows at the P.C. Richard & Son Theater (32 Avenue of the Americas in Tribeca) on Thursday, July 29th at 7pm (doors at 6pm). You can't buy tickets, but we have two pairs to giveaway. Details below.
Robyn, who 'dominated' at Pitchfork Fest earlier in July, put out Body Talk Pt. 1 in June. Part 2 of the triology is due August 17th in the US, and the video for its first single, "Hang With Me," is below. Kelis is also working off a new album, Flesh Tone, which came out in May.
The mentioned video, contest, and more pictures from the LA gig are below...
photos by Kate Gardiner
"And Yawnfork continues." - Jim DeRogatis
Robyn dominated Friday @ the Pitchfork Festival
"Who knew the best performer of the day would be a blonde bombshell spinning Euro-disco? Robyn -- another Swede and a former child star who's fought hard to regain her own artistic control -- came out throwing punches in the air when she wasn't doing that elbows-high, shoulder-leaning dance all '80s female singers used to do. Fiesty, sexy, spunky, Robyn opened with the virtues of being a "Fembot," assured us that love hurts "With Every Heartbeat" and sang flawlessly through new single "Dancing on My Own" in front of a band dressed in all white, twiddling knobs and pounding synth-pad drums. The latter really exploded at the end of "Cobrastyle," with Robyn showing some kick-box dancing. Her Pink-ish pluck reached its zenith in "Don't F---ing Tell Me What to Do," during which she led some kind of aerobics class (sporting a totally Pat Benatar green beret, too). And she was the crowd favorite. Go figure." [Chicago Sun Times]Robyn is now on tour with Kelis (that tour includes three NYC shows).
This post comes five hours into Day Two of the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival (which is streaming online). Tonight's remaining acts are Wolf Parade, Panda Bear, and LCD Soundsystem. More pictures and a few videos from most of what came prior, below....
Robyn's new 3-D video is killing me.
Robyn and Kelis have added yet another NYC show to their upcoming tour schedule. Tickets for July 28th at Music Hall of Williamsburg are on AmEx presale now. General sale starts Friday at noon.