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by Bill Pearis


Whitney, the new band from former Smith Westerns members Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek, are wrapping up their debut album which will be out later this year, details still TBA. They have shared a song from the record, "No Woman," which is a lovely country-tinged number with soulful horns, pretty strings and a laid-back VU-style solo. Erlich talks about the song's birth:

'No Woman' started to take shape when I woke up on a friend's floor one morning. He was taking a shower and the chorus popped into my head while I was grabbing my stuff to go home. Later on Max and I sat down and wrote the chords and song structure in our apartment. It's about losing the love of your life and being thrown into an aimless journey because of it.
The video for the song, directed by Hugh Donkin, has the band chilling at a cabin in the woods. Axes and smoke bombs are thrown, beer is drunk. Watch it below.

Whitney have a few tour dates in March, including SXSW and a few Midwest shows with Ne-Hi. Those are listed below.

Related: ex-Smith Westerns singer Cullen Omori will release his solo debut via Sub Pop in March.

Continue reading "Whitney (ex-Smith Westerns) share new single/video "No Woman," playing SXSW ++ dates with Ne-Hi"

by Bill Pearis

Cullen Omori

Former Smith Westerns frontman Cullen Omori will release his solo debut, titled New Misery, via Sub Pop on March 18. The lead single is the shimmering "Cinnamon," and you can check out the Abigail Briley Bean-directed video for it below.

Cullen has announced a spring tour, which hits NYC on April 22 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale January 15 at noon with an AmEx presale starting January 13 at noon. All dates are listed below.

For those keeping score, Cullen's former Smith Westerns bandmates Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich formed Whitney.

Continue reading "former Smith Westerns frontman Cullen Omori releasing solo debut on Sub Pop, shares "Cinnamon" video, touring (dates)"

Whitney Band Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich

Smith Westerns broke up at the very end of 2014 and since then members Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich (who also played drums in Unknown Mortal Orchestra) have formed the new band Whitney that doesn't seem to stray too far from the warbly glam of their old band. Check out the Big Star-esque "No Matter Where We Go" below. It's the lead track from Whitney's debut EP, due out this month on the Lead Riders label. Read a statement from the label about the band below as well.

Whitney were just on tour, having played their first NYC show at Shea Stadium last week with Frankie Cosmos. Anybody go to that?

Continue reading "Whitney is ex-Smith Westerns/UMO, played first NYC show with Frankie Cosmos"

by Bill Pearis

Sky / DIIV @ Glasslands' final show

New Year's Eve was the last-ever show for Glasslands on Kent Ave in Williamsburg. The night's secret lineup turned out to be DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Smith Westerns, and openers Beverly. Right before midnight, Glasslands/Popgun owners Rami Haykal and Jake Rosenthal took the stage to thank everyone, bring a few other staffmembers up and ring in 2015, right after which Sky and her band came out, kicking of their set with "Everything's Embarrassing."

Beverly's opening set finished with a cover of The Smiths' "I Know It's Over," which they worked up especially for the night. For the Smith Westerns, who flew in from Chicago just for this show, it was not only their last show at Glasslands, it was their final show ever. (The band decided to break up when guitarist Max Kakacek quit; frontman Cullen Omori is going solo.) DIIV played a handful of new songs alongside favorites like "How Long Have You Known" and "Sometime." Once the live music ended, the danceparty with DJs Discovery began and continued to late into the night.

With that, the once busy block has now gone quiet, musically, as Vice moves into the spaces that once were Glasslands, Death by Audio, Indiescreen, etc. RIP Kent / S. 2nd. Glasslands have said, it's "not forever," so maybe we'll see a new location (or a new club from the same folks)?

A few more cameraphone/instagrams from Glasslands' final night, below...

Continue reading "Glasslands, RIP (DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Smith Westerns & Beverly were the last bands to play)"

photos by Adela LaConte

Sky Ferreira @ Webster Hall
Sky and Smith
Sky and Smith

Sky Ferreira is currently on a tour with Smith Westerns which hit NYC on Monday (11/11) at Webster Hall. (And then Smith Westerns did their own smaller NYC show last night, 11/14.) Pictures from the Webster Hall show, including openers Gang of Youths, are in this post.

Sky, who also recently took part in the Elliott Smith tribute in Brooklyn and did some dates with Vampire Weekend and How to Dress Well, has been added to her pal Miley Cyrus' massive 2014 tour, along with Icona Pop. That tour comes to Brooklyn on April 5 at Barclays Center, and also hits IZOD Center (4/3) and Nassau Coliseum (4/24). Tickets are currently on presale, and general on-sale begins Saturday (11/16) at 10 AM. "I'm so lucky. I always get to tour with the best people," Sky notes.

Sky is also doing an in-store on opening day (11/25) for Brooklyn's new Rough Trade NYC. Admission is free with a purchase of her new Night Time, My Time: B-Sides Pt. 1 EP (which comes out that day) at Rough Trade on the day of the in-store. Performance starts at 7 PM. EP tracklist below.

All dates are listed, along with more Webster Hall pictures, below...

Continue reading "Sky Ferreira played Webster Hall w/ Smith Westerns (pics), playing Rough Trade, touring with... Miley Cyrus & Icona Pop"

Smith Westerns at Webster Hall - 11/11/13 (via James Ryang)
Smith Westerns

Chicago guitar pop band Smith Westerns have been on a tour opening for Sky Ferreira which hit NYC for a show at Webster Hall last night (11/11). The tour picks back up in Boston on Wednesday (11/13), and after that Smith Westerns will swing back around to NYC for a headlining show here at the new Baby's All Right on Thursday (11/14) before hooking back up with Sky in Philly the next day. Tickets for Thursday's show are on sale now.

Check out both Sky Ferreira and Smith Westerns' setlists from last night's Webster Hall show, plus a video of Sky playing "You're Not The One" and the updated list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Smith Westerns played Webster Hall w/ Sky Ferreira, playing Baby's All Right (video, setlists & updated dates)"

photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

QOTSA / Okkervil River / Blind Boys of Alabama / the scene 10/11/2013
ACL Festival - Week 2 - Day 1 - 10/11/2013
ACL Festival - Week 2 - Day 1 - 10/11/2013
ACL Festival - Week 2 - Day 1 - 10/11/2013

Will Sheff and his band Okkervil River showed up for work Friday at the Honda Stage in a much different frame of mind than they did the previous Friday. "Playing festivals is the most fun, but also the most stressful thing we do," he said. "But having played here just last week makes it less nerve-wracking." All the sound mixes from last week have been kept on hard drives for every band returning.

Since this is the first year the Austin City Limits Music Festival has taken place on two consecutive weekends, with nearly identical lineups, Friday was the day to see if the lack of spontaneity would zap any of the enthusiasm from the first weekend. But the only difference seemed to be that everyone -- from bands to crews to fans -- seemed to be a bit more relaxed. We know how to do this. -[The Statesman]

Weekend 2 of Austin's ACL Music Festival is underway as we speak, with an almost identical line-up and schedule and the first. Friday night (10/11) featured sets from Arctic Monkeys, Okkervil River, Queens of the Stone Age, Blind Boys of Alabama, Vampire Weekend, and more. Pictures from those bands' sets and more of the action are in this post.

Weekend 2 continues today (10/12) with sets from The Cure, Wilco, Passion Pit, Kings of Leon, Junip and loads of others. If you're not there, you can stream it live. We'll have more coverage of Weekend 2 of ACL 2013 BrooklynVegan and on BV Austin so stay tuned. You can check out pics from Weekend 1 as well. Meanwhile, more pics from Weekend 2, Day 1 below...

Continue reading "ACL Fest Weekend 2 day 1 in pics: Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, QOTSA, Okkervil River, Pinback & more"

by Andrew Sacher

Sky Ferreira at Barclays Center last week (more by Dylan Johnson)
Sky Ferreira

Sky Ferreira is set to release her debut album, Night Time, My Time, on October 29 via Capitol, and she just revealed one of its singles, "You're Not the One." It's total '80s era Cyndi Lauper/Madonna-style pop, and proof that "Everything Is Embarrassing" isn't the only catchy tune Sky's got up her sleeve. Check out the video for the new single, along with the album tracklist, below.

Sky is currently wrapping up her tour with Vampire Weekend (which just hit Barclays Center), and after that she'll head out on another tour with indie pop-rockers Smith Westerns (who also put out a new album this year). That tour hits NYC on November 11 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/25) at noon.

Smith Westerns will have a tour-only 7" on the road with them for that tour, and they just released the 7"'s b-side, "3am Spiritual." You can listen to that, along with the Sky Ferreira video/tracklist, and the list of all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Sky Ferreira released a single from her debut LP, announces tour with Smith Westerns (dates & video)"

photos by Paige K. Parsons

Chromatics / Chic / The National w/ Bob Weir @ Outside Lands 8/9/2013
Outside Lands 2013 8/9 - 8/11
Outside Lands 2013 8/9 - 8/11
Outside Lands 2013 8/9 - 8/11

Frontman Matt Berninger strolled into the spotlight in a three-piece suit, sipping what appeared to be a glass of Sauvignon Blanc from any one of the festival's Wine Lands vendors. The band then launched into one of the best sets of the day, breaking into "Fake Empire" within the first three songs and interspersing their typically melancholy lyrical matter with a fun, humorous stage presence (Berninger made sure to note that his daughter's pre-school teacher was in the crowd, putting himself in strong position for the "Best Dad on Stage" award this weekend). And to cap it all off, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead popped up on stage, grabbing a guitar and singing along to the bands' last number.
[Santa Barbara Independent]
The 2013 Outside Lands Festival happened last weekend across seven stages at San Francisco's sprawling Golden Gate Park. The fest kicked off Friday (8/9) and included headliner Paul McCartney, plus sets from Chromatics, The National, Chic (subbing for an ailing D'Angelo), Jessie Ware, Rhye, The Men, Smith Westerns and more. Pictures from their sets are in this post.

Like at Lollapalooza and Firefly, and like we'll be doing again at Bumbershoot, BrooklynVegan was set up each day of Outside Lands in the Soundwave tent where our hosts Christen Thomas and Dave Hill DJ'd, told jokes and interviewed and hosted bands that were playing the fest.

Pics from Outside Lands Day 2 are HERE. More pictures from day one below...

Continue reading "Outside Lands 2013 - Day 1 pics (Paul McCartney, Chromatics, Chic, The National, Rhye, The Men, Smith Westerns & more)"

photos by Cory Dewald

Ghost BC w/ Chris Gethard / Jessie Ware / Frightened Rabbit
BrooklynVegan Soundwave Tent @ Lollapalooza 2013
BrooklynVegan Soundwave Tent @ Lollapalooza 2013
BrooklynVegan Soundwave Tent @ Lollapalooza 2013

We were just over in Chicago for tons of Lollapalooza fun, including three full days spent at the festival, and some afterparties we threw too. As you may know, while we were at the festival, like we did at Firefly in Delaware and are doing again this weekend at Outside Lands in San Francisco, we hosted two hours easy day inside the Soundwave Tent, which included interviews and stripped down performances by Ghost BC, Frightened Rabbit, Jessie Ware, School of Rock All Stars, and Deap Vally on day 1; Local Natives, Smith Westerns, IO Echo,, Drowners and another set of School of Rock All Stars on day 2; and Bear Mountain and The Orwells on day 3. The BV-portions of the tent were hosted by Billy Jones and comedian Chris Gethard of The Chris Gethard Show.

We'll have the full audio from these sessions available at some point, but meanwhile I can tell you that we learned Ghost's guitarist was not very Ghostly at all and he speaks beautiful English (when we could hear it though his mask), Chris Gethard has two Morrissey tattoos, Jessie Ware likes to ride the subway, the kids from School of Rock do in fact rock, the frontwoman of IO Echo has stage fright and a thing for Enya, each member of Bear Mountain has a different symbol tattooed on them and our show was their first-ever try at going acoustic, the Smith Westerns like to party, and the ladies LOVE the Orwells. who were collecting phone numbers from girls in the audience throughout our entire interview with them. Though short, both Frightened Rabbit's and Local Natives' super intimate sets in our tent were huge treats for the crowd in attendance, some of whom were in the tent waiting on line to get their bodies painted.

Pictures of all three days of our activities are in this post. They continue below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan @ Lollapalooza 2013 -- pics from Soundwave (Local Natives, Jessie Ware, Frightened Rabbit, Ghost BC, more)"

Outside Lands 2012 (more by Amoreena Lucero)
Outside Lands

Lollapalooza and Osheaga are behind us, but the summer festivals keep rolling on with San Francisco's Outside Lands this weekend (8/9-8/11). The festival is sold out, but if you've already got tickets and are going, you might like to know how to get there, and once you're there, the festival map will help you find your way around inside.

Meanwhile, if you're not going to Outside Lands, but still want to watch the fun go down, you can stream it live on Purevolume. Artists whose sets will stream live include Jessie Ware, The National, Band of Horses, Yeasayer, and more on Friday; Nine Inch Nails, Grizzly Bear, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baauer, Gary Clark Jr and more on Saturday; and Vampire Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dawes, Kurt Vile, Foals, Rudimental, Camper Van Beethoven and more on Sunday.

D'Angelo has officially dropped off the festival, after recently cancelling other shows due to illness. He was replaced by Chic. You know, the band that guy who worked with Daft Punk is in.

The full Outside Lands schedule can be found at their site. Full streaming schedule below...

Continue reading "Outside Lands this weekend, streaming online (schedule)"

Ghost at the BV Soundwave Tent at Lollapalooza (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)

As you may know, this weekend's Lollapalooza 2013 just got underway in Chicago's Grant Park with lots of big names (some of which we're excited to see). The BrooklynVegan portion of the Soundwave Tent is currently underway where hosts Chris Gethard and Billy Jones just interviewed Ghost BC, as you can see above. Still to come at the Soundwave Tent today: interviews with Jessie Ware, Deap Vally and a performance from School of Rock. If you're there, stop looking at your phone and swing by.

If you're not there, you can watch the live webcast which starts today at 2:30 PM CDT and the schedule is as follows:

For more Lollapalooza coverage, visit BV Chicago, and follow us on Twitter (BrooklylnVegan, BV Chicago) and Instagram (BrooklynVegan, BV Chicago).

Lollapalooza live stream below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza is underway in Chicago: stream it live (Nine Inch Nails, QOTSA, Crystal Castles & more)"

Smith Westerns

As mentioned, Smith Westerns will release their third album, Soft Will, via Mom + Pop on July 24. The record was made with producer Chris Coady (who worked most recently Beach House's Bloom) and you can watch the makeout-heavy video for first single, "Varsity," below. Awash in glistening keyboards, but highly melodic as usual, nobody's gonna compare this one to T-Rex.

The band will be on tour this summer too, including an NYC show on the day of the album's release (7/24) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/10) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Smith Westerns release first video from 'Soft Will' and announce summer tour (dates)"

acl lineup

The 2013 ACL Festival happens in Austin, TX on two consecutive weekends: October 4 - 6 and October 11 - 13. Weekend passes are on sale now and the full line-up is below...

Continue reading "2013 ACL Music Fest lineup announced (Depeche Mode, The Cure, Atoms for Peace, The National, Vampire Weekend + more)"

Outside Lands Fest 2012 (more byAmoreena Lucero)
Outside Lands

The 2013 edition of San Francisco's Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival with happen at Golden Gate Park on August 9 - 11. This year's line-up includes Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, D'Angelo, Willie Nelson, Grizzly Bear, Band of Horses, Hall & Oates, Foals, A-Track, Jurassic 5, Kurt Vile and many more. Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/18) at noon PDT.

This is the sixth edition of Outside Lands, and the full announced line-up is below.

Continue reading "Outside Lands Fest 2013 line-up: Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs ++ more)"

Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)

After it was already confirmed that Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service, The National, The Killers, and Mumford and Sons were playing Lollapalooza 2013, a pretty promising leak came which appeared to potentially reveal the rest of the lineup, and it turns out that leak was real.

In addition to the previously mentioned artists, Lollapalooza will include Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, The Cure, New Order, Baroness, Beach House, Cat Power, Death Grips, Jessie Ware, Father John Misty, DIIV, Wavves, Alt-J, Hot Chip, Disclosure, Baauer, Palma Violets, Angel Haze, Band of Horses, Crystal Castles and many others.

Lollapalooza goes down in Chicago from August 2 - 4 in Grant Park. Single day passes go on sale Wednesday (4/3) at 10 AM.

Full day-by-day lineup below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2013 lineup announced (Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Postal Service, Cure, New Order, Kendrick Lamar & more)"

Veronica Falls @ MHOW, Feb 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Veronica Falls

Today is the Day @ Saint Vitus (more by Caroline Harrison for IO)
today is the day

today in NYC
* Simja @ Barbes
* Many Arms @ The Stone
* Danny Tengalia @ Pacha
* Don McLean @ B.B. King's
* People's Champs @ Barbes
* Celestial Shore @ The Stone
* Justin Vivian Bond @ Joe's Pub
* Oh Land @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Alpine, MO, White Prism @ Glasslands
* Kavinsky, Alex English @ Webster Hall
* Sweet Cyanide, Jak @ The Knitting Factory
* Cardboard, The Top, Free Time @ Big Snow
* What Model Citizens, Your Youth @ XPO 929
* The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
* Justin Vandervolgen, Sophie @ Cameo Gallery
* Stars, Milo Greene @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Todd Barry, Jay Oakerson, Paul Virzi @ The Stand
* Primes, Daddy Don't, Sirens @ Brooklyn Fireproof East
* Javelin, Hard Nips, Chances With Wolves @ Glasslands
* Art Decade, Rain Machine, Kelli Rudick @ Cameo Gallery
* Literature, Ski Lodge, The Hairs, Teen Age @ Muchmore's
Sam Lipsyte, Mike Doughty, Dave Hill @ Le Poisson Rouge
Jon Langford & Skull Orchard, Chris Mills @ The Bell House
* Weep, Siff-Rip-Us, Friendly Knowledge (DJ Set) @ Littlefield
* Lichens, Loud Objects, Rites Wild, Doron Sadja @ Silent Barn
* ALGO-RITHM, HOLOSOUND, Cry Baby, Das Moth @ Le Bain
* The Tossers, The Lost Brothers, Continental @ Mercury Lounge
* Napoleon, Haybaby, Hippy, Shark Muffin, Lunchbox @ Matchless
* Future Shuttle, Highllife, LF Wind, Blondes (DJ Set) @ Union Pool
* Sons Of Jove, I Am The Third, Thank You Scientist @ Bowery Electric
* Hector's Pets, Pop Zeus, A Rex & J Rex, Las Rosas @ Death By Audio
* The Veda Rays, Spires, The Pinkies, Rob Karpay @ The Grand Victory
* Todd Snider, Chuck Mead, Elizabeth Cook, Kevin Gordon @ Irving Plaza
* Silent Drape Runners, Pajama People, Phantom Power @ Ran Tea House
Today is the Day, Black Tusk, Ken Mode, Fight Amp @ Studio atWebster Hall
* Darlings, Permanent Collection, Field Mouse, Honey Drum @ Shea Stadium
* Crazy Pills, Bridges and Powerlines, Kit Operations, Jon Mizrachi @ Cake Shop
* Lee and The Mumbles, Bill Bartholomew, The Pushovers @ Pete's Candy Store
* Veronica Falls, Cold Showers, Juan Wauters (of The Beets) @ Bowery Ballroom
* Small Black, Heavenly Beat, Imperial Topaz, Beach Fossils (DJ Sets) @ 285 Kent
* Palenke Soultribe, Kadavar, Grandfather, Little Children, Heyerdahl, Anni @ Pianos
* XNY, Bella's Bartok, The Mayor of Bad News, Chamber Band, Joshua and the Giant @ Spike Hill
* Soulive, Robert Randolph & Lee Fields, The Expressions Horns, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds @ Brooklyn Bowl

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UK band Cheatahs were supposed to open for Veronica Falls tonight at Bowery Ballroom but are no longer on the bill, unfortunately. They'll be here next month though, with Wavves and FIDLAR. You can stream a new Cheatahs track below.

Remember we said Ben UFO was revealing something from Mount Kimbie's new album on his radio show last night? Well he ended up premiering the track "Made to Stray," a bass-y cut with some UK style art pop vocals coming towards the end. Check it out below.

Smith Westerns will release their third album, Soft Will, on June 11 via Mom & Pop. Stream the first released track from it, "Varsity," below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

The Smith Westerns

Chicago band The Smith Westerns headlined the final date on their tour with Porcelain Raft and Bleached on Saturday 2/4 in Milwaukee, four days after the band hit Webster Hall on 1/31. Pictures from the NYC date are in this post.

Porcelain Raft blogged their way through the US tour and will head to Europe for a string of dates, presumably blogging on the way. Check out a recent video for "Unless You Speak From Your Heart" by the band below.

If you missed Bleached, make sure and check them out at Knitting Factory on Saturday (2/11) with their tour-mates Black Belles. Tickets are still available for the show which also features the recently-renamed Bleeding Rainbow and Habibi.

All tour dates, that video and more more pictures from Webster Hall are below...

Continue reading "Smith Westerns played Webster Hall w/ Porcelain Raft & Bleached (pics)"

Smith Westerns at MHOW in October (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Smith Westerns

After releasing their sophomore LP Dye It Blonde at the beginning of this year, Smith Westerns have gone on a number of tours in support of it, most recently opening for Arctic Monkeys which culminated in a MHOW show at the end of last month. They'll continue in 2012 with a headlining tour that will bring the band back to NYC on January 31 on Webster Hall with Porcelain Raft and Bleached. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (11/16) at noon. Other dates on this tour haven't been revealed yet, but the tour announcement should come soon. Meanwhile those from the band's hometown of Chicago can catch them for free on 12/2 at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Speaking of Porcelain Raft (aka Mauro Remiddi), he recently signed to Secretly Canadian and will release his debut full length, Strange Weekend, on the label on January 24. You can stream album track "Put Me to Sleep" below, along with the album's tracklist. The show with Smith Westerns takes place during a break in Porcelain Raft's European tour with M83. All Porcelain Raft dates are listed below.

All dates, song stream, and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Smith Westerns headlining Webster Hall as part of tour w/ Bleached & Porcelain Raft (who announced an LP)"

words by Andrew Sacher, photos by Toby Tenenbaum

The Arctic Monkeys

At 10:15 PM on Wednesday night (10/19), the lights dimmed over the packed Music Hall of Williamsburg, save for a single spotlight shining over the empty stage, as the demonic organ intro of Arctic Monkeys' "Pretty Visitors" rang through the club's PA. Shortly after, the band entered the stage and Alex Turner, decked out in Gene VIncent-style leather jacket and hair, grabbed the mic and leaned over the crowd as he and the band went directly into the song's frantic first verse. Alex stuck to the mic for most of the song, only arming himself with a guitar for the song's sludge-drenched ending. Keeping up with the sludgefest they had just created, the band followed "Pretty Visitors" with "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair" off this year's Suck It And See.

At this point Arctic Monkeys are used to playing much larger venues, but they still fit perfectly in the small club environment of Music Hall of Williamsburg, where they ended their North American tour. Demand from fans might be sending these guys to huge stages, but for a band whose genre of music connotes playing in a garage, smaller venues will always feel like home.

After a few of their lighter songs, Alex took off his jacket and said, "Alright, enough fucking about," before the jackhammer drums and strobelight craze of "Brainstorm." Refusing to slow down, the band went into the one-two punch of Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not's "The View From The Afternoon" and "I Bet You Look Good Dance On The Floor," which began with Alex jumping off the bass drum as he struck the song's first chord. The familiar songs gave the band a chance to work in some sillier antics, like extra-long pauses (something they did quite often), but these were delivered with a slick confidence that only increased the crowd's constant approval.

The band pummeled through more excellent cuts, and though they've undergone some changes in sound over the last few years, they effortlessly blended new and old tracks with a setlist that tore down the boundaries of each album's overall sound. Before leaving the stage, Alex Turner began the crowd-singalong intro of "When The Sun Goes Down," leading directly into the band's abrupt entrance which yielded the most intense push pit of the night.

After a short break, the Arctic Monkeys returned for a three-song encore, beginning with the choppy energy of "Teddy Picker" and leading into the britpop meets stoner jam "Crying Lightning." Ending their set the way it began, keyboard samples floated through the air as Alex crooned the lyrics of their closing track, "505." Upon finishing the song, Alex flung his guitar onto the stage and walked off, ending the show after about an hour and fifteen minute set which easily could have been far longer without any complaint from the crowd.

The Smith Westerns opened the show. More pictures, video and setlist below...

Continue reading "Arctic Monkeys played Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Smith Westerns (pics, video, setlist)"

Arctic Monkeys @ Lollapalooza 2011 (more by Grant MacAllister)
Arctic Monkeys

Remember how I was saying that one of the shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg during CMJ was not part of CMJ? It has now been announced:

Arctic Monkeys are pleased to announce a special registered members show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York on Wednesday 19th October 2011.
U.S. fans on the band's mailing list should keep an eye on their inbox for ticketing information.
This show is limited to 500 fans.
Tickets are already on Ticketmaster, but require a password.

The Smith Westerns open the show like they are currently doing on the rest of the tour.

photos by Tim Griffin

James Blake / Kanye West
James Blake

"Light sprinkles ushered in the first day of the tenth annual Austin City Limits Music (ACL) Festival, but it was a welcome reprieve from the humid heat that has been plaguing the area and the state. Music and festival fans came in droves to see their favorite ACL artists, and rumors swirled throughout the day as to who the main headliner of the evening, Kanye West, would share the stage with..." [Pegasus News]
Kanye, who was playing opposite Coldplay on Friday night, didn't share the stage with anyone except his dancers. Those who have seen or read about any of Kanye's recent shows know what his set at ACL looked like, complete with multiple acts, ballerinas and big backdrops.

Austin City Limits continues today, Saturday (9/17). You can stream it online. More pictures from Friday below...

Continue reading "ACL 2011 -- Day 1 in pics (Kanye West, Bright Eyes, Big Boi, Cults, Wild Beasts, James Blake, Kurt Vile & more)"


CMJ takes over NYC venues from October 18-22, and they just announced another round of bands that are playing. They are:

J Mascis, Shonen Knife, Gang Gang Dance, Boy & Bear, Cloud Nothings, Free Energy, T. Mills, Kendrick Lamar, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Casiokids, Oberhofer, Smif-N-Wessun, Pujol, Zomby, Joker, Painted Palms, Flatliners, Robbers on High Street, Bag Raiders, Young Buffalo, Skeletonwitch, Gary Clark, Jr. and 1, 2, 3.
if you click the links above, you'll see where some of those shows are happening. The previous CMJ announcement is HERE, though collectively that's still not a lot of bands announced by CMJ yet (many more have been announced by venues). Badge info here, but remember if all you want to do is go to shows, you can also just buy tickets to those shows.

Zomby is also playing Glasslands even sooner.

Arctic Monkeys at Summerstage in May (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys, who just headlined Summerstage, are back for another North American tour late this summer and early fall. First they'll play a run of August dates which include Lollapalooza and Outside Lands. Then, after returning to Europe for a few festivals there, the Monkeys will head out on another North American run in September and October with Smith Westerns opening most of the dates. The tour doesn't hit NYC at the moment, but the band will play Atlantic City, NJ on October 14 at Showboat Atlantic City. Check Arctic Monkeys' website for pre-sale info and ticketmaster for general sale, which starts Friday (7/15) at 10 AM. Hopefully the band will find time to stop in NY while they're here.

Arctic Monkeys also recently made a video for Suck It and See track "The Hellcat Spangled Shalala." The video was directed by Focus Creeps, who were also the duo behind the acid visuals of Arctic Monkeys' "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair" video.

Check out both of those videos and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Arctic Monkeys touring w/ Smith Westerns (2011 dates, video)"