Entries tagged with: SPIN
Happy December! SPIN are celebrating the first day of the last month of the year by putting out their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list. It's a diverse list, with the top 10 ranging from DIY-indie (Alex G) to mainstream country (Kacey Musgraves) to leftfield major label rap (Vince Staples and Kendrick Lamar). The list also has metal from Deafheaven and Krallice, electronic from RP Boo, Rabit, Oneohtrix Point Never and SOPHIE, R&B veteran Janet Jackson, and plenty more. Check out the whole thing below.
They also put out their 101 Best Songs of 2015 list, which is topped by Justin Bieber.
photo: Killer Mike in the Toyota Tent in 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Lollapalooza is taking over Chicago's Grant Park this weekend with headliners Metallica, Paul McCartney Sam Smith, The Weeknd, Florence & the Machine, and more.
BrooklynVegan, SPIN and VIBE are returning to the sold out festival this year with a presence in the Toyota Tent which is located within the grounds of the Chicago festival. The tent, just north of the BMI stage, is marked "Toyota Sound Central" in this map:
Like previous years, the Toyota Tent will host live performances, live Q&As and DJ sets from 1-7 PM each day. Stop by to check out intimate, bonus sets by artists playing the festival (For instance, Glass Animals play the Samsung Galaxy Stage Friday at 2:15. You can then see them again in the Toyota tent at 6pm the same day).
Come see BrooklynVegan Lolla representative Billy Jones interview Albert Hammond Jr of the Strokes on Sunday at 1pm. Stick around to say hello to Toyota Tent host Yassir Lester, and to see Of Monsters & Men and Gogol Bordello play inches from your face. Come see BrooklynVegan-presented performances by Twin Peaks and Pell on Saturday afternoon. Check out the full weekend schedule below....
SPIN returned with their Top Albums of 2014 list today. It's got a lot of the indie albums that usually show up on these lists (Caribou, Future Islands, FKA twigs, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, How to Dress Well, Swans, St. Vincent, Real Estate, etc), a handful of rap albums (YG, Young Thug, Shabazz Palaces, Run the Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, etc), metal (Pallbearer), punk (Against Me!, Joyce Manor), mainstream pop (Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert), and a couple headscratchers (Betty Who at #11?). You-know-who scores the #1 slot once again here. Check it out for yourself below.
photos by Ryan Muir
Superchunk / Danny Brown
SPIN put together a pretty killer lineup for their annual 'Year in Music' show this year. Taking place at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on 12/10, the bill included rising pop star Charli XCX (whose set included the hit song that not many people realize she wrote for Icona Pop), indie legends Superchunk (who recently made a new video), and one of 2013's greatest and most fun rap stars Danny Brown (who Charli XCX also joined on stage towards the end of the night). It was a well rounded night that delivered from start to finish, even without the complimentary drinks that were flowing in the balcony. Comedian Hannibal Buress hosted the festivities and told the jokes.
The show was free and packed, but also guestlist only. We gave away ten pairs of tix here at BrooklynVegan.
Pictures from the show, which featured two of the artists on SPIN's Favorite Albums of 2013 list, are here and continue below....
by Andrew Sacher
It's the first work week of December and the year-end music lists for 2013 keep piling in. We just saw album lists from Q and Mojo, and now we get a list from a US publication, SPIN. There's not too many surprises on this one. Like last year, it shares its #1 with the highest Pitchfork-rated album of the year, and in general it features many of the albums we expect to see on these kinds of lists, including a lot of the year's big-name comebacks like My Bloody Valentine, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Queens of The Stone Age, Boards of Canada and Nine Inch Nails, plus big breakouts like Haim and Disclosure. There are a few interesting omissions though, like Savages.
Check out their full list below...
Dave Hill & Billy Jones will reunite in New Orleans (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, and The Cure co-headline the Voodoo festival in New Orleans this weekend. Anamanaguchi, Those Darlins, The Gaslight Anthem, F. Stokes, Matt & Kim, Cults, Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra and many more will also play sets as part of the New Orleans-music heavy, but eclectic 3-day lineup. Check out the full festival schedule.
This is also the 5th and final festival of 2013 that you'll find a Toyota Soundwave tent where BrooklynVegan, SPIN and Purevolume will be set up all weekend with host Dave Hill, BrooklynVegan co-host Billy Jones, and a full schedule of additional live interviews and sets that you won't find on the festival's main schedule.
Stop by today/Friday to catch a live interview with Anamanaguchi at 2:30 and one with Preservation Hall Jazz Band at 4:00, right before a live set by Those Darlins. Saturday Cults play a set at 1pm before rapper F. Stokes takes our stage. Sunday we get a set by Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra shortly after their earlier bigger stage show.
When festival artists aren't playing or talking to us, Dave Hill and Billy Jones will be telling jokes and spinning tunes. Please stop by and heckle them, and check out our full Soundwave schedule below...
Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It's been crazy both in and not-in the NYC-area for festivals this past week. NYC was taken over by a very muddy Governors Ball last weekend (6/7-9), and this past weekend (6/14-16), while almost every Brooklyn venue took part in the Northside Festival, Toronto was hosting NXNE and Tennessee had Bonnaroo to name the ones we were most focused on. That's all behind us now, but those who are into festivals still have much more to look forward to this summer including another big one on the east coast this weekend.
This coming weekend, Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23, the Firefly Music Festival is returning to Dover, Delaware's Dover International Speedway, which is only about a 3 hour drive (directions) from NYC. The festival debuted last year, and like Governors Ball, they've upped their game a bit this year. There will be a bunch of great bands across four main stages, like:
On Friday, there's sets by Django Django, Dr. Dog, Action Bronson, Foxygen, Public Enemy, Grizzly Bear, Red Hot Chili Peppers,
Earl Sweatshirt (who was added to the lineup in May) and more. And besides RHCP vs Earl (who start 15 minutes apart), the conflicts that day aren't too bad.
On Saturday, there's sets by Japandroids, Jim James (who replaced Imagine Dragons, so bonus points for that), Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes vs Lord Huron at 5 PM, then CHVRCHES vs Edward Sharpe, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT vs Azealia Banks, and finally Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline the day, plus still more.
And on the festival's final day, Sunday, you can catch Haim, Matt & Kim, Toro y Moi, Passion Pit vs The Walkmen both going on at 6:30, Vampire Weekend, and more. Plus, if you need to leave early to get home from work on Monday, you can leave before Foster the People's headlining set. Two birds, huh?
UPDATE:Both Earl Sweatshirt and The Lumineers have cancelled, but were replaced by Schoolboy Q & Ben Harper.
And in addition to the main stages, there's some smaller side stuff too, like the Red Bull Sound Select Hub Stage which features bands who have joined the Red Bull Sound Select Program. We aren't familiar with all the bands playing that one, but we suggest you stop by Saturday for NYC's Heliotropes (who, by the way, are playing a record release show in NYC on 6/18, and streaming their new record). The Skins and Oxymorrons are both on that stage too, both NYC bands who we caught when they played the Afropunk-curated RBSS show at Knitting Factory with Danny Brown.
Last but not least, in addition to just being there as fans and covering the festival, BrooklynVegan will be producing two hours of entertainment from 1-3pm each day inside the Soundwave tent, presented by Toyota and Spinmedia, and hosted by musician & BV contributor Billy Jones. Take a look at the festival map - our stage is toward the top left next to St. Jude.
Hosted overall by one of our favorite comedians, Dave Hill, the Soundwave stage will also feature programming by SPIN (5-7 each day) and Hype Machine (3-5 each day) in addition to the BrooklynVegan stuff (1-3 each day). Stay tuned for our full stage schedule, but get there on Friday at 1pm for a live interview with Django Django and look forward to a second performance by and audience Q & A with Amanda Palmer on Sunday at 2pm. More details soon!
photos by Ryan Muir
Santigold / Grizzly Bear @ Bowery Ballroom, 12/10/2012
We already posted one-and-a-half sets of photos from the private SPIN's "The Year in Music" party that happened on Monday (12/10) at Bowery Ballroom with Grizzly Bear and Santigold, but here's another set, these from Ryan Muir. More of his pics, including a few backstage shots with Santigold, below...
Grizzly Bear / Santigold @ Bowery Ballroom, 12/10/2012 (Andrako)
"So, you guys go to a lot of shows?" asked Chris Taylor of the Bowery Ballroom crowd last night (12/10) which was private "Year in Music" party thrown by SPIN, mostly for advertisers. Definitely not your normal Grizzly Bear crowd. That said, Grizzly Bear sounded great as usual, even if some of the visual flare of their recent shows was replaced by a lit-up SPIN logo.
Also playing the party was Santigold who seemed to be a little more the crowd's speed. With a set featuring multiple costume changes, umbrella-armed backup dancers and a pantomime horse, Santi put on a very fun show. She's a charmer.
Grizzly Bear's next show is this Friday (12/14) at Terminal 5 as part of a Hurricane Sandy relief benefit that also includes Sleigh Bells, The Antlers and Cults. That show is sold out. Meanwhile, Santigold plays Oakland, CA on Wednesday (12/12) and Miami on New Year's Eve.
More pictures from Bowery Ballrooom are below.
by Andrew Sacher
SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.
The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.
photos by David Andrako
"Main attraction of the night @araabmuzik @spinmagazine #cmj event CRAY!" - Amia Serrano
Chromeo @ DCTV Firehouse, 10/18/2012
It was a night for dancing not posing, but Chromeo's David "Dave 1" Macklovitch couldn't resist during the duo's DJ set at SPIN's CMJ party (brought to you by Red Diamond Wine, CABO Wabo®, Tito's Handmade Vodka, and JBL) on Wednesday night at the DCTV Firehouse in New York's Chinatown. So, just before theatrically dropping a beat and transitioning out of Moodymann's "Freeki Mutha F cker (All I Need Is U)," Dave 1, wearing his customary suit jacket, tight jeans, and hi-top poof of black curls, turned to the sidestage area and flashed his best glossy, flossy smile for a photographer, who was so tickled upon getting the shot that he ditched his camera soon thereafter to dance to a remix of the remix of Chief Keef's "I Don't Like." [SPIN]SPIN threw a CMJ party at DCTV Firehouse in Chinatown on Thursday (10/18) with DJ sets by Chromeo (who DJed a few other shows last week), Araabmuzik and MNDR. More pictures from the party are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Azealia Banks / Hunters at Wythe Hotel 9/5/2012
At yay high, Azealia Banks is a tiny little thing, about 50% weave and 50% moxie. I didn't really have much expectation for her live show, especially given the setting -- a blingy Fashion Week party thrown by SPIN and fashion website Refinery29 -- but she definitely brought it last night (9/5) Flanked by two black-clad dancers (evoking early '90s club music more than anything hip-hop), Banks worked the floor and oozed charisma for her short but energized set. The crowd even stopped snapping pics on their phones (and in a couple cases, iPads) to dance to "212" which explosively closed her set. I don't know what it's like seeing her in a real venue (I personally missed her Bowery Ballroom performance, one of the very few live shows she's played to date), but in an intimate setting like the hype is understandable.
Azealia is on the cover of the new issue of SPIN which is rumored to be its last print edition. "Thanks to SPIN," Banks said in between songs. "I believe this is your last visible cover and I'm glad to be on it." From Madonna in 1985 to Azealia Banks in 2012. She's performing again tonight (9/6), a free and open-to-the-public show at M.A.C. Soho (506 Broadway) as part of Fashion's Night Out. She's on at 7:30 (but get there early).
Banks wasn't the only performer at this Virgin Mobile-sponsored party, held at swanky boho Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. Danceable punks Hunters put on another great set, despite most party attendees elbowing their way to the bar unaware a band was playing. As at our 480 Pixels party, platinum-pink-haired singer Isabel Almeida commanded attention, be it belting it out or writhing on the floor tangled in her mic cord.
In related news, Azealia Banks recently confirmed that she worked on a song with Lady Gaga, but is still not sure if it will end up on Gaga's upcoming album, ARTPOP (due out in 2013), which is "not just an album", but also an iPad/iPhone/mobile app (looks like someone's been listening to Bjork). That announcement comes only two weeks after Gaga confirmed she'd be recording a song with her friend Kendrick Lamar for his new album, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, which has been pushed back from its original release date of October 2 to October 22.
Meanwhile, Lady Gaga also has a huge international tour in the works in support of ARTPOP. She's on tour in Europe with The Darkness as we speak, and she'll return to our shores in 2013. While she's here, she'll hit NYC on February 22 at Madison Square Garden and March 6 at Barclays Center (which opens this month with eight shows by venue director Jay-Z). Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet, but check ticketmaster for updates.
All Lady Gaga tour dates and more pictures from the Azealia Banks and Hunters show are below.
photos by Ryan Muir
Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame played a private show at the Bowery Hotel on Wednesday, April 25th. The appearance celebrated his appearance on the cover of Spin's "Loud" issue. Before the set, Flocka walked through the room chatting with attendees and posing for photos. The performance itself, which included a few cuts from his forthcoming second LP Triple F Life: Friends, Fans and Family, featured lots of dreadlocked head-banging, crowd-surfing, etc. See Flocka on tour with Drake this summer. Pictures are below...
photos by Bryan Bruchman
The Rapture, Crystal Castles & A-Trak played a show at DCTV firehouse in Chinatown on Saturday night (10/22). Here are some pictures from the dance party (hopefully you danced with that lineup!). They continue below...
photos by Tim Griffin
As you may have heard, SPIN is throwing a Ray Ban-sponsored party in NYC Saturday night with the giant lineup that is the Rapture, Crystal Castles and A-Trak. They're giving away tickets through various methods. One of those is right here on BrooklynVegan. For instructions on how you can enter to win a pair (if you're 21+), see below.
The Rapture were just on a tour that brought them to La Zona Rosa in Austin on 10/12. Here are some pictures from that show too. More of them with the contest details, below...
photos by Ryan Muir
The Rapture @ SPIN
The Rapture, whose last proper NYC show was a sold out one at Music Hall of Williamsburg, play a sold out show at Webster Hall tonight (9/23) as part of a larger tour in support of their recently released DFA album. Tonight's show, with Chain and the Gang, is now sold out. Earlier this week the the Rapture played six songs at an invite-only event at SPIN's NYC offices...
"Opening with a newbie, "In The Grace of Your Love," the guys warmed up the already-sweaty room before delving into four classics: "Get Myself Into It," "W.A.Y.U.H.," "House of Jealous Lovers" and "Echoes." The band's antics showed not an ounce of age, which can sadly often cripple performers aiming to reestablish themselves years later. The Rapture, however, moved and wailed with the energy and passion of teenagers and immediately brushed aside any notion that time had gone by.A few pictures from that event are in this post. They continued below...
I was close enough to see Luke Jenner close his ultramarine blue eyes and grip the mic as if he were right where he should be. Gabriel Andruzzi switched off between saxophone and cowbell, and to be honest, I am not sure which was more captivating. I have seriously never seen a cowbell upstage anyone before, and on Tuesday night, I'm confident I did." [Huffington Post]
photos by David Andrako
Anna Calvi played a private show on the roof of Spin's offices as part of their "Spin House Live" series last night (7/28). She played a public show at LPR the night before (7/27). The shows were her only US appearances as part of a July visit that also included a stop on David Letterman where she played "Desire". She does hit Osheaga in Montreal this weekend before she heads back to Europe though.
We posted LPR pics. SPIN pics are in this post. More of them and the Letterman video below...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
TVOTR @ Stubb's (SPIN Party)
"Since TV On The Radio is preparing to drop Nine Types Of Light soon, I just assumed that its Spin party set would be heavy on new, untested material. And as the band slowly warmed up with a few free-jazz drones while Dave Sitek attached a giant set of wind chimes to the end of his guitar, those assumptions turned to worry that said new material was going to herald the beginning of the group's deathly dull "blue period" or something. But all fears were allayed by the crash of opening number "Young Liars," as TVOTR went all the way back to the beginning to remind fans why they'd been missed during their hiatus. Older numbers like "Staring At The Sun" got the benefit of the band's newly forged arena-rock assault, with the set never once waning in energy as it barreled through uptempo songs such as "Dancing Choose" and "Wolf Like Me." Tunde Adebimpe introduced new number "Repetition" by asking everyone whether they would dance if they played it: "But what if it's terrible?" he asked. No worries there. The group turned in easily the best set I've seen all week." [AV Club]Like OMD, TV on the Radio played Stubb's twice during SXSW. One was their official showcase at night, and one was the daytime SPIN party (Unlike at OMD's showcase though, equipment didn't fall on people at TVOTR). Some pictures from the SPIN party that both bands played are in this post.
Since Austin, TV on the Radio (whose new album is now up for pre-order) have announced who will be opening for them on their upcoming tour. It varies by date. Some shows have Lissie Trullie, others get Glasser, some are with Celebration, and the Radio City show will be opened by Light Asylum.... who play Glasslands in Brooklyn with Banjo or Freakout tonight (3/25). Radio City tickets are still on sale.
All dates (with openers listed), those pictures, and TV on the Radio's new video for "Will Do", below...
TV on The Radio at Roots Picnic 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Tickets are still available for TV On The Radio's date with Radio City Music Hall on 4/13, and since we last spoke the band announce many more tour dates. They kick things off on 4/8 in Philly and all dates are listed below.
Those heading to Austin this month don't need to wait as long. Spin has announced their annual SXSW party (that Hole played last year) and the lineup includes TV on the Radio, The Kills, OMD, The Vaccines, OFF!, and the Smith Westerns on the main stage, with MNDR, Young the Giant, Dom, Electric Child, and 28 North holding down the indoor stage. Skrillex, Wolfgang Gartner, Designer Drugs, and Anika man the 1's and 2's. It happens 12:30 - 6PM at Stubb's on Friday, 3/18 (about a block away from the TBA BrooklynVegan party happening that day - stay tuned!)
OFF! probably wont be off too much during SXSW. The Keith Morris-led band, in addition to the Spin party, the Pitchfork #OFFLINE party, and an official showcase, are also playing other shows including the just-announced MWTX fest (formerly Mess With Texas)! The free show goes down on 3/19 at The East Side Drive Inn (where Pitchfork's #OFFLINE festival will be the two days prior) and will feature appearances from The Dead Milkmen, Odd Future, !!!, Surfer Blood, The Dodos, Deer Tick, and many others. The full lineup so far is below. (and there's also BrooklynVegan parties this day, but MWTX runs much later, so you can do both!) (stay tuned for more about that).
This now makes three shows total for the Dead Milkmen who also have shows coming up in Brooklyn and Chicago.
All TVOTR tour dates, the MWTX lineup (thus far) and the flyer is below.
Both Rolling Stone and Spin Magazines have released their top LPs of the year. Guess who tops them both? Full lists below....
photos by Bao Nguyen
Local Natives played a private SPIN/Ray Ban party (that we gave away a pair of tickets to) at the Firehouse (87 Lafayette St.) in NYC on October 21st, the same night as the BrooklynVegan showcase at MHOW. Local Natives will be back to play two nights at Webster Hall this week. Titus Andronicus, who played a short set at our Saturday day party at Public Assembly, opened the SPIN show. Animal Collective's Geologist DJ'd. More pictures below...
Local Natives @ Sasquatch 2010 (more by Chris Graham)
There is so much going on tonight. Here are two more sort-of-options.
Local Natives (who have two shows coming up at Webster Hall) are playing their only CMJ-week show at a secret venue for SPIN and Ray Ban with Titus Andronicus (who play two more shows Saturday - ours and Pitchfork's). The SPIN show is invite-only, but I have a pair of tickets to giveaway. Oh and Geologist from Animal Collective is spinning. Details and flyer below.
Also on the sort of invite-only tip is Cut Chemist who is playing a record release party at the Red Bull Space. The difference here, is that the address is on this flyer (below), and Cut Chemist posted the RSVP info too.
All Local Natives tour dates are down there, with contest details and flyers, too....
...with a choir and an orchestra with strings and horns. Mindblowing, mesmerizing, massive, epic, surreal, amazing, glorious, fantastic, "Best Concert Ever", "I can Die Happy Now"... whatever adjective you choose, Spiritualized was it at Radio City Music Hall on Friday night. Jason Pierce and band performed their most acclaimed album, 1997's Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, in NYC's swankiest venue, followed by a 2-song, 'spellbindingly sensational' encore of "Out Of Sight" and "Oh Happy Day" to close out the setlist.
The Friday night show was the fifth of five ZYNC-presented SPIN 25th Anniversary shows (the other four were all at Terminal 5). And thankfully there was an online stream, so those who couldn't be at the concert, could still experience it live, and can probably experience it later since the whole thing is sure to show up in various bootleg forms including on YouTube fairly soon. Speaking of the stream, since it's Friday night and the show just ended and we won't have any real pictures anytime soon, a whole bunch more stream screen caps that still give you a good idea of what it looked like, continue below...
photos by Matthew Eisman
"They opened with a strong, stirring rendition of "Start A War" (Featuring the immortal lyrics: "You were always weird but I never had to hold you by the edges like I do now. Walk away now. And you're gonna start a war.") and they never looked back. Highlights included stellar performances of "Bloodbuzz, Ohio," "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks," "Fake Empire" and "Mr. November" some charming, semi spastic arm waving gestures by the tall skinny lead singer with the wonderfully soulful baritone voice and a delicious veggie dog from the roof deck. They closed the show with "Terrible Love"--the opening song from their newest album. The only disappointment for me was they they did not perform "Racing Like a Pro" or the magnificent "Gospel." But it was a really great night. And a great live musical christening of my second half century." [Teddy Vegas]Two days after their Prospect Park show, The National headlined the fourth SPIN/ZYNC party at Terminal 5 (The National's 2nd ZYNC gig this year). Openers at the Thursday night show were Kurt Vile and Suckers. NYC Taper taped the show and you can download it at his site. More pictures and the National's setlist, below...
photos by Diana Wong
"Black keys midnight show at Terminal 5 melted my face. I officially have no fuckin face!" - Joe Thompson
Despite playing a headlining show at Summerstage earlier in the evening, the Black Keys still managed to melt faces for 90 minutes and 22 songs at Terminal 5 last night (7/28). The SPIN/ZYNC show, the third in a series of five, was opened by The Whigs and Lee Fields and the Expressions (including some familiar Daptone faces)...
"But the show belonged to Auerbach and Carney -- even when they had help. About halfway into the set, two members of Fields' backing band came out to play bass and keyboard for a few numbers. The extra muscle made songs such as Brother's "Everlasting Light" sound a tad conventional when compared to the lean aggression that fired "I Got Mine," from 2008's Attack & Release, but the former song's creeping eighth note bassline and eerie, clanging keyboard stabs were thrilling in their own right." [SPIN]The show also streamed online, like the National/Suckers/Kurt Vile gig happening at the same venue will tonight. More pictures from it, with the Black Keys' setlist, below...