Entries tagged with: Sleigh Bells

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Sleigh Bells at Webster Hall (more by David Andrako)
Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells will begin their Reign of Terror this year, with the release of their new LP which features "Born to Lose", a track you can listen to below (alongside an album teaser). Sleigh Bells will begin a reign over Florida in early February when they play a string of dates with Diplo and Liturgy. The dates will conclude by 2/14 and Sleigh Bells will soon be back in NYC to headline Terminal 5 on February 17. Tickets for that show go on AMEX presale at noon on January 11th, with regular sale hitting two days later.

Liturgy will also head back up to NYC, but to play Webster Hall on February 18. They'll support Zola Jesus at that show. Tickets are still available.

All tour dates, the SB song stream and that video teaser, below.

Continue reading "Sleigh Bells playing Terminal 5; Liturgy opening for Zola Jesus"

Sleigh Bells at MHOW in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sleigh Bells

RCRDLBL and Bing are presenting a show at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center on December 15 with Smoke and Mirrors and special guest Diplo. The 21+ show is free but RSVP is required. The flier for this show is below.

Diplo also just announced a Florida tour with Sleigh Bells and Liturgy. The tour, which has been dubbed the 'Paradise Lost' tour, will be in support of the new Sleigh Bells album, Reign of Terror, which is due out on February 14 via Mom + Pop. No music from the album has been released yet (except for the riff-heavy album trailer) and a lot of the track titles share names with other popular songs and/or bands ("Born to Lose," "Leader of the Pack," "Comeback Kid," "Never Say Die," "D.O.A." etc). The album trailer and tracklist are below.

Speaking of Liturgy, they recently recorded their first ever Daytrotter Session, playing songs off of their Aesthetica album, which came out earlier this year. You can listen and download the entire session for free HERE.

All dates, video, fliers, and other stuff below...

Continue reading "Diplo playing free NYC show, going on tour w/ Liturgy & Sleigh Bells (who announced a new album)"

DOWNLOAD: CSS - "Hits Me Like A Rock" (feat. Bobby Gillespie) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: CSS - "Hits Me Like A Rock" (Dillon Francis Remix) (MP3)

photos by Andrew St. Clair

CSS @ Bowery Ballroom

The last time we mentioned CSS, they had no North American dates announced. Since then, they've added a string of North American dates with fellow party starters MEN in October, including October 22 at Webster Hall. Tickets ($20 advanced) go on sale Friday (7/8) at noon. All dates are listed below.

CSS have a new single, "Hits Me Like A Rock," off their upcoming album La Liberacion. The track features Bobby Gillespie (of Primal Scream). Grab the MP3 and a Dillon Francis remix of the same track above.

All tour dates, and a yet another set of pictures from their Bowery Ballroom show in May with Sleigh Bells and Princeton, below...

Continue reading "CSS going on tour w/ MEN ---- 2011 dates, a new song, remix & more pics from one of their Sleigh Bells shows"

photos by David Andrako

CSS @ Bowery Ballroom

CSS, no longer a Sub Pop band, are set to release their third full length La LiberaciĆ³n on August 22 via V2/Cooperative/Downtown. The album features contributions from Ratatat, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream and Mike Garson (who provided piano on David Bowie's "Aladdin Sane"). Check out the new artwork and tracklist below.

CSS recently finished up a tour with Sleigh Bells, who also have an upcoming album in the works. They told Rolling Stone:

"Emotionally, it's a really heavy record," guitarist and producer Derek E. Miller says of the new tunes. "Even the early demos that we have now, a lot of the stuff that Derek has recorded, sounds more immense to me," says singer Alexis Krauss. "It sounds really huge, so there's going to still be tons of volume."
Sleigh Bells play Bonnaroo this weekend and Lollapalooza later in the summer. CSS are keeping much more busy, though no more US dates to report yet..

All international CSS dates, and a set of pictures from the 5/15 CSS/Sleigh Bells/Princeton Bowery Ballroom show (we posted the Webster Hall show in a more timely fashion), with La LiberaciĆ³n artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "CSS & Sleigh Bells new album details & belated pics from their Bowery show w/ Princeton"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Sleigh Bells

The Sleigh Bells / CSS tour plays its 3rd NYC show at Bowery Ballroom tonight (5/15). Wednesday night was at Webster Hall, and Thursday was Music Hall of Williamsburg. Princeton opened the latter, like they do again tonight, and pictures from that Brooklyn show are in this post. More of them below...

Continue reading "Sleigh Bells & CSS played Webster Hall & Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Princeton (pics)"

photos by Tim Griffin

CSS @ La Zona Rosa

Sleigh Bells @ La Zona Rosa
Sleigh Bells

CSS and Sleigh Bells have been on the road since Coachella. In mid-May they finally reach NYC for THREE shows, all of which are now sold out. And though they have not added a fourth NYC show, tickets are on sale for an afterparty happening at Santos Party House on Thursday, May 12th. CSS are DJing it. Party host "Dark Disco" writes:

"Missed your chance to score tickets to the CSS show? Dark Diso is back this month as the OFFICIAL AFTER-PARTY featuring a CSS DJ SET!!! Sometimes you want to be surrounded by the beautiful people, the dangerous people, the smartest people, the creative people. The people who sometimes, shine a little more in the depths of darkness. Enter into a club where you can disappear and have the best night of your life. Where you can love and hate equally and then drink and dance it off. With lineups that are surprising, insightful, and always on the absolute tip of the edge featuring DJ's, Producers, and artists who are true creators and who's only goal is to keep the dancefloor live. The environment is an ever changing inspiration of visual artists who's installations fill the void of your mind with something new to deconstruct."
The CSS/Sleigh Bells tour hit La Zona Rosa in Austin, TX on 4/23. The pictures in this post are from that show which featured an opening set by Bosco Delrey. More of them below...

Continue reading "CSS & Sleigh Bells on tour, played La Zona Rosa in Austin (pics), announce NYC afterparty @ Santos"

Lollapalooza last year (more by Josh Darr)

Lollapalooza celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with some huge names on its just-announced lineup. See it in full below.

The festival has obviously changed over the years. What started out as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction with a 'touring festival' lineup that included the Rollins Band, Nine Inch Nails, Butthole Surfers, and Souxsie & The Banshees, has turned into a one-weekend Chicago festival that Lady Gaga co-headlined last year. As leaked a while ago, Foo Fighters, Muse and Eminem all play this year, as will Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, and My Morning Jacket along with the reunited Cars and the continuing-to-be-reunited Big Audio Dynamite and Death From Above 1979, and a bunch of other bands which may or may not be worth the ticket price depending on how you feel about the headliners and generally seeing bands in big, hot, outdoor crowded parks (Lollapalooza happens in Chicago's Grant Park from August 5th - 7th).

Full 2011 Lineup and a couple of videos (one from 1991, one from 2010), below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2011 lineup announced"

photos by David Andrako


Here are a few things that happened on Coachella Day 1:

And Day Two is today!

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...

Continue reading "Coachella 2011 Day 1 in pics (Chemical Brothers, Black Keys, Robyn, Interpol, Cee Lo, Crystal Castles, Sleigh Bells & more)"

CSS at Lollplaooza 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)

Both NYC shows went on sale today
SOLD OUT today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
O m G
Thank you all. We feel loved. -[CSS]
That's true - May 11th at Webster Hall and May 12th at Music Hall of Williamsburg, both part of the upcoming Sleigh Bells/CSS tour, are sold out. The good news is that the bands have added another show. It happens May 15th at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

Princeton, who were just in town not long ago, will open the new Bowery date and the sold out MHOW date. Mr. Dream and Seagull open at Webster Hall.

CSS are currently working on a new LP (24 songs written) and according to a recent Brazilian article will release it in 2011.

All CSS and Princeton dates and some recent live video below...

Continue reading "CSS & Sleigh Bells add 3rd NYC show, 2nd w/ Princeton (who open other dates on the tour too) "


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...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2011 lineup is here"


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...

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2011 lineup announced (Archers of Loaf, Guided By Voices, Wolf Parade, DFA 1979 & "The Soft Bulletin" included)"

by BBG


In case you somehow missed the crush of commercials on cable television, MTV has a new and possibly NSFW show called Skins based on a UK series about teens, sex, drugs, mental health and family. Skins, whose demographic seems to be "hip teens" who like nudity (read: teens) and pervy would-be pedophiles, will be celebrated at a FREE NYC party at the tail end of this week.

Rusko, Sleigh Bells, Klever, Drop the Lime, and Kill the Noise will perform at an undisclosed NYC location on January 14th. The party jumps off at 10PM and you must be 16 to get in ("16 to party, 21 to drink."). More details, and directions on how to get in are on the Facebook invite though even with an RSVP, "ENTRY BASED ON CAPACITY AND IS NOT GUARANTEED."

Sleigh Bells' "Kids" is the theme song to Skins, which premieres on Jan 17th. And the show is Sleigh Bells' only U.S. appearance in the coming months. The duo will spend the rest of January into February in Europe. All dates are listed below.

'Skins' party DJ Rusko went on a HARD Fest tour over the summer with Crystal Castles, Sinden & Destructo, though he wasn't on the bill when the tour hit NYC's Terminal 5 in August. Rusko won't be there either when Crystal Castles and Destructo play the same NYC venue on March 18th, 2011 (also a HARD show), and Rusko won't be there when HARD and Destructo return to Terminal 5, one night later, for a March 19th show with Simian Mobile Disco, Skream and Benga, and Fake Blood. Tickets are on sale. It's a "HARD Weekend" (flyer below).

Before then, Simian Mobile Disco are going on tour with Juan Maclean and Blondes (dates below). After then, Crystal Castles, Simian Mobile Disco AND RUSKO (and many others) will play the Ultra Music Festival in Florida (Friday, March 25, Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27, 2011 in downtown Miami's Bicentennial Park). Currently announced lineup at the link.

All SMD & Sleigh Bells tour dates, flyers and some videos below....

Continue reading "Skins is coming... (MTV party Friday w/ Sleigh Bells & Rusko) + a HARD Simian Mobile Disco gig, Ultra Music Fest, other dates"

words and photos by Chris Gersbeck

LCD Soundsystem

The day after LCD Soundsystem rocked Wellmont Theater with Sleigh Bells, the pair played at the Philadelphia Naval Cruise Terminal (on 9/24).

Urban Outfitters threw a pre-party outside the venue for all ticket holders. Why? I don't know, but I don't question free drinks and It was a really chill environment for a pre-party with DJ's spinning obscure disco and local retailers/artists selling records, art and t-shirts. The venue itself, the Philly Naval Cruise Terminal, is a really large space which comfortably housed thousands of anxious LCD fans, more than a of which dozen were dressed as the violent pandas from the "Drunk Girls" video.

Sleigh Bells opened with an energetic, albeit predictable set. They sounded great, but I'd personally like to see them get a full band together... there's really no reason for them not to as this point.

LCD Soundsystem took the stage about a half hour after Sleigh Bells finished and opened with "Dance Yrself Clean", which as far as I know had not been played before this current tour that just began on Thursday. Of course by this point, every LCD fan has become wholly familiar with This Is Happening and all its greatness, so new songs like "I Can Change" and "You Wanted a Hit" were greeted with the same enthusiasm as the rest of their catalog. Classics like "Daft Punk is Playing at My House" and "Tribulations" had the entire place going insane and "Losing My Edge" during the encore had everyone (except event staff) bouncing... not sure how that floor didn't collapse for that. All in all, this certainly beat the show at Terminal 5 in May I made it to, and can't wait for Murphy and Co. to announce the inevitable final New York City shows (and the one happening Wednesday doesn't count).

More pictures and the setlist are below. Please note that the actual setlist varies from the one on stage...

Continue reading "LCD Soundsystem & Sleigh Bells played Phildelphia Naval Cruise Terminal (pics & setlist) "

"Not quite as good as the music hall show but definitely better than T5. Really glad to see LCD switch up the set list for this one. It's about time" - Anonymous

LCD Soundsystem @ Wellmont Theatre (photo by Ken Lavey)
LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem will spend most of the fall on tour, and that includes a show in Philly tonight (9/24). They kicked it off last night at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Two videos and the setlist from that show (which Sleigh Bells opened), below...

Continue reading "LCD Soundsystem played Wellmont Theatre (pic/video/setlist)"

Sleigh Bells at HARD NYC (more by Matthew Eisman)
Sleigh Bells

The last time we caught the duo Sleigh Bells they were sharing the stage with a none-too-happy M.I.A. and the Gummo-bounce of Die Antwoord at Hard NYC on Governor's Island (photos here, here, and here).

The band will be at Wellmont on 9/23 as part of their tour supporting LCD Soundsystem (tickets), but also just announced a headlining show at The Studio at Webster Hall three days earlier (9/20). The show is part of "MTV's Live in NYC" series and tickets are on sale now.

Sleigh Bells @ Governors Island in July (more by Matthew Eisman)
Sleigh Bells

Though it wasn't clear from the initial announcement, Sleigh Bells will in fact be opening for LCD Soundsystem at Wellmont Theatre. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Tickets are on sale now for the Omar Souleyman show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the Peter Hook "Unknown Pleasures" show at Webster Hall.

Tickets are on sale for six separate Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival events happening at the Bell House (including Yo La Tengo, David Cross, Mike Birbiglia, John Wesley Harding & more).

Like they did at Brooklyn Bowl, John Legend and The Roots will team up for a NYC show, but this time at Terminal 5 on September 23rd. Tickets are on AmEx presale now and go on general sale Monday at noon.

Tickets are still on sale for the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at MHOW, a show that will include a live set by Yuck.

Tickets are on sale for the Black Milk show at Southpaw.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the El Guincho show at Mercury Lounge.

Three Old 97's shows are on sale at noon today.

Two Clinic shows are on sale at noon today.

Two Los Campesinos! shows are on sale now.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the Phosphorescent show at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale for the 2010 Brooklyn Soul Festival.

Big Freedia plays 2 shows in NYC this Saturday (no advanced tickets)

LCD Soundsystem @ Sasquatch Festival 2010 (more by Chris Graham)
LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem still don't have any NYC dates coming up (maybe they're holding out for a big announcement?), but they will be in the area (if you're willing to drive to take a bus/train/plane). The band is spending the rest of August and part of September in Europe before returning to the US for a September 24th show at Naval Cruise Terminal at the Philadelphia Naval Yard. The lineup also includes Sleigh Bells (who just played Governors Isle) and DJs brought by the Making Time party (who are co-presenting it). Tickets are on sale.

LCD and Sleigh Bells play the Virgin Mobile FreeFest the next night (9/25) at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland, and other dates. They're all listed below.

Shows after that include an October 1st show at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY (not sure if it's open to the public) and more across the country, before a return to the UK in November. The first leg of those US dates is with Sleigh Bells, the second is with Hot Chip, who play Central Park SummerStage tonight (8/4) with Hercules & Love Affair and Holy Ghost.

Speaking of Making Time, they'll be hosting a repeat of their 2009 pool party (at an actual pool) at the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford, NJ on Sunday, August 15th. Deerhunter will again play with DJs, swimming, etc. Tickets are on sale. Deerhunter play a free NYC show at Pier 54 on August 12th.

LCD videos and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "LCD Soundystem playing shows w/ Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells & at a Philly Naval Yard (dates)"

photos by Andrew St. Clair


"The [Saturday night Governors Island HARD FEST] set started with "Steppin Up," with M.I.A. backed by about a dozen power drills as part of the rhythm track: noise triumphant. But M.I.A.'s vocals were often so buried in echo, and the bass so bloated, that her lyrics just became more of the din, and the songs that she segued together like a disc-jockey set were barely distinguishable. Instead of a barrage, it was a morass.

Her set was cut short by thunder and lightning, which she attributed to God and answered with a last defiant gesture: rapping "Born Free," which vows to speak her mind, a cappella as her backup group shut down. But an exodus from her set had begun well before the downpour." [NY Times]

I was there and I have to agree about the sound. M.I.A. agrees too, and not surprisingly, has taken to Twitter to deal with the accusations, and the rain. About the sound she wrote, "money doesnt buy u shit! i thought more money means better sound guys in america/\/\/\! i was wrong, the higher u go , they turn u lower!", and "fuck technology! even the stage broke + parts of it fell off in the storm". And about the rain, well, check out the Twitter screenshot above! Don't have a Hard Fest ticket? Don't worry because Maya also promises that "if u do me a lil dance , ill let u in too!" We'll make sure to keep you posted when and if more details emerge.

In related news, the rained-on Modest Mouse show that happened one night earlier has been rescheduled, and the rained-on Williamsburg Waterfront show that happened one day later went on as planned, but later and in a different venue.

OK, so if you're following along, you saw: "Die Antwoord steal the show while topless girl dances (video), M.I.A. spits on a photographer (pics), rain, lasers & more... (HARD NYC in review - part 1)" which was followed by "Die Antwoord played MHOW & Governors Island (pics, video)" which was followed by "HARD FEST NYC in pics (part 2.5) (Ninjasonik, Rye Rye, Theophilus London, MIA & more)". That makes this post PART THREE, and it includes photos from the same artists as well as more crowd pics and Skream + Benga who played too. Those pictures, which include a shot of M.I.A,'s planned setlist, continue below...

Continue reading "M.I.A. promises free NYC show for HARD Fest ticket holders! (and here's another set of pictures from that show) "

photos by Matthew Eisman

Ninjasonik / HARD FESTival goers
Theophilus London

"Hard provided a music experience for those New Yorkers who love to rave, get down and dirty with thousands of strangers and weren't afraid to show some skin. (Looks like some attendees took notes from our Summer Music Fest trend report!)

Also, depending on how much you felt like raging, you could choose the "Hard" stage or "Harder" stage. (Which to me, is almost as character defining as choosing between "fire" and "ice" on the Dueling Dragons ride at Universal Studios.) Guests who didn't want to be bothered with making such a life-altering decision set up camp where ever and proceeded with their very own impromptu dance party.

The culmination of the evening came with M.I.A.'s much anticipated performance. Unfortunately, she wasn't properly miked, her voice was drowned out by her mashed up beats, and the only time she was heard was when she was yelling at the sound team...Thankfully mother nature was on her side, and it began to downpour, cutting her set short. At the end of the day the only press she received was spitting in a photographer's face, but all wasn't lost! She brought the noise, and really, isn't that what music festivals are all about?" [Guest of a Guest]

Saturday's NYC HARD FEST on Governors Island wasn't all just M.I.A., Die Antwoord and Sleigh Bells (and more Die Antwoord), it was a 2-stage extravaganza that fit up to 15,000 concert-goers (not sure how many tickets actually sold, but it was far from empty looking) in a large field just a short ferry ride away from South Street Seaport (Pier 11 actually). Destructo, Ninjasonik, Rye Rye, and Theophilus London were also among those on the bill. More pictures from those sets (and the big three), below....

Continue reading "HARD FEST NYC in pics (part 2.5) (Ninjasonik, Rye Rye, Theophilus London, MIA & more) "

photos by Alexander Stein

Yo-Landi Vi$$er
HARDNYC @ Governors Island

"the show last night [ridiculous] and awesome and bad, and magic--mia [sucked] so bad, she must must have done [it] on purpose. she's got some tricks and some ideas, but [I] think she just got so cagey when die anterwoord blew her out of the water that she pulled this weird ass rockstar theatrics and sabotaged herself and the sound system, along with throwing a big fuck you to the crowd that actually came to see her. [I] mean at some point before she went on, they cut the Dj off and there was this whole sound from the backstage VIP area, and the crowd got [to] listen to it for a few minutes in silence, and it was like "that's were the party is at, suckers". I don't know if she drinks or not, but the bit about having a shot of [tequila] in her seemed by far the realest part of the night. The best was the rain over the lazers, but she didn't even know how to make that to work for her, so it seemed like Nature taking pity on her." [Anonymous]
That review refers to Saturday night's HARD FEST on Governors Island which we'll be covering in multiple parts.

This post contains Alexander's pictures of the final three main-stage acts (M.I.A. who spit down on Alexander while Alex captured the saliva on film, Die Antwoord who made at least one female member of the ecstasy-filled crowd go wild, and Sleigh Bells who also sounded great), and two videos (topless girl and lasers/rain), below...

Continue reading "Die Antwoord steal the show while topless girl dances (video), M.I.A. spits on a photographer (pics), rain, lasers & more... (HARD NYC in review - part 1)"

photos by dailybeatz, words by Andrew Frisicano


Hopefully all goes well with the HARD NYC show at Governors Island's South Island Field this Saturday (7/24). The show, which still has tickets on sale, will be happening despite the cancellation of its sister HARD LA show. The disappointing HARD LA cancellation came right after the disappointing lukewarm critical reaction to Maya (though Metacritic rates it as 69/100, so not so bad overall actually).

MIA, who is also playing the Virgin FreeFest this year, is on a lineup that includes Die Antwoord (who play the next night at MHOW) and Sleigh Bells, who just played Pitchfork Fest's third day.

A full list of who's at HARD NYC, with set times, and more pictures and some palpably sweaty videos of Sleigh Bells at the Pitchfork Festival (on the stage and in the crowd) are below...

Continue reading "Sleigh Bells played P4K (pics), playing HARD NYC (set times)"

photos by Chris Graham

Pavement @ Sasquatch Fest 2010

The above-pictured Pavement show took place in May 2010 (and wasn't free). In September, Pavement will play Virgin Mobile FreeFest (and it is free)....

"Breaking from traditional festivals, the Virgin Mobile FreeFest presented by Kyocera unveiled its lineup for the award-winning festival, selecting relevant, important, and eclectic headliners to represent this year's free show. This morning, Chairman of the Virgin Group Sir Richard Branson announced the lineup on Virgin Mobile Live, the company's new Internet music stream available on Virgin Mobile websites.

The lineup will include:



Virgin Mobile FreeFest will be held Saturday, September 25 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. Tickets to the 2010 Virgin Mobile FreeFest will be available to the public on www.ticketfly.com at 10 am EST on Saturday, July 24th.

Not bad for a free show (and yet another Pavement show!). More details, with the full set of pictures of Pavement playing this year's Sasquatch Fest, below...

Continue reading "Virgin Mobile FreeFest lineup +++ Pavement Sasquatch pics "

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Ryan Barkan

Mark Ronson & MNDR @ Milk Studios
Creators Project

The show spaces were predictably cozy and cramped, and USA lost their World Cup match again Ghana, but besides those qualms, not many bad things can be said about the Vice/Intel Creators Project event on Saturday (6/26). Interpol played their first hometown set since unveiling their new lineup earlier in the week, and M.I.A., the night's secret guest, put on a singularly ridiculous, entertaining show, albeit in the crowded, low-ceilinged second floor space. Even the un-affiliated soccer game screened amicably on a huge projector before the music started. If there was one caveat, it was that not that many people, relatively, got in to enjoy the art and music presented. Then again, that's one reason the labyrinthine network of art installations and stages was so surprisingly bearable and easy to navigate.

The same second floor stage that filled up for M.I.A. was also packed to capacity for Sleigh Bells. How much you enjoyed either's set depended a great deal on where you stood (and how early you got there). Cramped in the back, Sleigh Bells sounded pitchy and uneven - but jostled up in the front, the spectacle and body-shaking bass of Die Antwoord were entirely enjoyable. It also depended on your affinity for personal space, which was in short supply anywhere with a decent view of the stage.

And a view was pretty essential to enjoying the antics of the Antwoord crew and M.I.A.'s coterie of stage guests. Mia opened with caustic punk song "Born Free" (video below) a loud if not exactly melodious entrance choice. The stage-show continued the flashy political baiting of the "Born Free" video, which played behind the song. M.I.A. donned pot leaf goggles, rainbow hair and a hooded camo jacket, with a band who alternately wore glow-stick lined clothes and MIA-logoed burkas. Others on stage included a pair of dancers (one ginger-haired), Sleigh Bell's Alexis and Derek, and Ninjasonik. More new songs came, as did "World Town" and crowd-pleasing closer "Paper Planes."

Three of the night's other bands - The Rapture, Gang Gang Dance and Interpol - set up on the first floor studio's back loading dock, which was open to 14th street and the adjacent High Line Park. Gang Gang Dance sounded dependably sturdy in the cavernous garage. Interpol played an 11-song set with four new songs (including the slow-building "Lights") - tight and together, and ready for bigger arenas. The stage was open on three sides, so even without a spot in the front of the stage you didn't get locked out.

I didn't see much on the first floor lounge - Salem took a while to set up and I skipped them to catch Interpol. Neon Indian played the downstairs too, where DJs spun throughout the day. The eighth floor of the building was also part of the show (as was the penthouse/roof VIP-area above it). On eight, there was a screening room where Spike Jonze's I'm Here, a surrealist robot drama, played among other things, as well as installations like Nick Zinner's gothy, minimal photo and ambient-score room.

After M.I.A. I went to downstairs to find Mark Ronson DJing in the first floor gallery. MNDR was on stage with him singing her song "Fade to Black". She also reportedly performed Ronson's new single "Bang Bang Bang" before I got there. NME also says...

"Phantom Planet's Alex Greenwald [sang] the Ronson-tweaked version of Radiohead's 'Just' while executing an impressive crowd-surf.

Ex-[Pipettes] singer Rose Elinor Dougall took to the stage for two new 'Record Collection' tracks, 'Hey Boy' and 'You Gave Me Nothing' - the latter a song co-written by Jonathan Pierce of The Drums. Ronson ended the night with the first public airing of 'Somebody To Love Me', which features vocals from Boy George.

The rest of Ronson's set that I saw, before the end, was mostly soul and early '00s hip-hop (Pharell, Snoop, Stevie, Jay-Z). Upstairs, MIA was still on the stereo, with NASA mixing the verses of "Bombs over Baghdad" over her song "Boyz." Much of the remaining audience was on stage partying with two arthropod-looking creatures. Back downstairs, some diehards were still dancing - the bar was still stocked, and Mark Ronson behind the decks didn't give much reason to leave.

Ryan's Die Antwoord pictures were already posted (as were Ben's of Interpol). The rest of Ryan's pictures, and some videos, below...

Continue reading "a take on the Creators Project event @ Milk Studios - pics & video of Mark Ronson, MIA, MNDR, Rapture & more included"

Glass Candy
Glass Candy

If there's such a thing as an earthy disco queen, it's Ida No.

The silken-voiced singer for cosmic beat-pumping duo Glass Candy isn't as urbane as you might expect. In fact, many of her lyrics, melodies and themes are inspired by hikes in the lush tree-lined hills that surround her Portland home.

"I go on really long walks and won't come back for four hours," says No. "I'll go for a walk and a theme will come up or I'll get overcome by a feeling."

She then conveys these vocal lines to long-time musical partner Johnny Jewel, who writes and composes Glass Candy's analog-synth-based jams. These writing sessions have become a long-distance affair of late. Jewel recently relocated to Montreal to be with his romantic interest. [Now Magazine]

Glass Candy plays a NXNE show on Thursday, June 17th (tonight) with Trust at Wrongbar.

Glass Candy will be in NYC for a July 2nd show at Highline Ballroom with DJ Mike Simonetti (the head of Italians Do It Better, their record label) and Xeno & Oaklander. Tickets are on sale.

Two days after NYC, Glass Candy will join Sleigh Bells for an Independence Day show at Bamboo Bar in Philly. The "Making Time" party is part of Sleigh Bells' July tour that leads up their show at Governors Island with M.I.A.. Sleigh Bells also play the free Creators Project shindig on June 26th (which is now "sold out").

Tons of Glass Candy's electro-pop is streaming on their official Facebook. Videos and all tour dates are below...

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photos by Erez Avissar, words by Andrew Frisicano

Alan Palomo

In May, Vice and Intel announced the Creators Project, an art & music series that would be hosting events in various cities and on its website. The NYC kick off for that will be Saturday, June 26th at Milk Studios and will include performances by Interpol, Mark Ronson, Die Antwoord, The Rapture, Sleigh Bells, Gang Gang Dance, Salem, N.A.S.A., Neon Indian, Lemonade and others, plus a "very special guest." The event is free; RSVP here. How big is the space exactly? They write that "the eight-floor art gallery and performance space will host thousands of people for live concerts, art exhibits, film screenings and panel discussions by leading artists and the next generation of innovators."

It's the first of five events in different cities- the others are slated for London, Sao Paulo, Seoul and a three-day event Beijing.

For Die Antwoord, it will be their first NYC show, making the July gig at Governors Island their second.

For Interpol, it will be the first time we see them with their new lineup (unless they announce something else soon).

Pictures from the Creators Project announcement event, and a flyer and the full lineup of music and visual art (which includes work by Spike Jonze, Nick Zinner, Danny Perez/Animal Collective's ODDSAC and more) are below...

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