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Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Solange

Solange (Knowles) released the impressive Dev Hynes-co-written/produced True EP late last year and supported it with two sold out NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom. Now she's announced that she'll support the album with a proper tour that includes a show at the much larger NYC venue Webster Hall on February 20. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/11) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/9) at noon.

Solange has plans to follow True with a full length album this year, but details are sparse. Check out the video for True single "Losing You" and a list of all dates below...

Continue reading "Solange announces tour (Webster Hall included) -- 2013 dates"

photos by David Andrako

Solange

With her mini-LP, True, out and its terrific single "Losing You" starting to catch on, it seems Solange's time has finally come. Bowery Ballroom was packed last night (12/11) for her sold-out show, and the crowd included David Byrne and Solange's sister, Beyonce. Like on their appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (watch below) her band included collaborator/producer Dev Hynes of Blood Orange (who seems to be having a lot of fun in this role) and Chairlift's Patrick Wimberly. It was a short set -- eight songs, mind you True is seven -- but the crowd was into it. Kelela, who contributed vocals to Teengirl Fantasy's Tracer LP and has performed live with TGF, opened the show.

Solange plays Bowery Ballroom again next week on December 18 with Sinkane opening that show, and it is sold out too. More pics and the setlist from Tuesday night, and the video of Solange's Fallon performance are below.

Continue reading "Solange and Kelela played Bowery Ballroom (pics, setlist)"

by Andrew Sacher

Solange

As mentioned, Solange Knowles has a lone US show scheduled before the year ends happening in NYC on December 11 at Bowery Ballroom. That show sold out, but if you weren't able to grab tickets, you're in luck because she added another show happening at the same venue on December 18. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/30) at noon.

Solange released the Dev Hynes-co-written/produced True via Chris Taylor's Terrible Records this week (11/27), the follow-up to 2008's Sol-Angel and the Hadly St. Dreams. Perhaps most famously known as Beyonce's sister who convinced Bey and her hubby Jay-Z to go to a Grizzly Bear show in 2009 and then signed to Grizzly Bear bassist Chris Taylor's label, Solange may always be pegged as the indie alternative to the pop star that is Beyonce. But on True, Solange proves that those comparisons aren't really fair. She might be on an indie label, but those things matter a lot less in 2012 anyway, and True is a pop record in every way, and a very genuine one. She might not have the maximalist empowered soul and R&B that her sister does, but Solange channels pop music the way it was defined when Madonna was dominating the charts in the mid-'80s. It's more stripped down than Beyonce and her radio-friendly peers, but it doesn't feel like an attempt at indie/pop crossover like Toro y Moi or Twin Shadow. Instead, it just sounds like Solange making the pop music that she loves and if True reaches the right audiences, it has the potential to please the mainstream and the indie crowds, the same way Beyonce did with last year's 4.

A spotify stream of True and a list of all Solange dates are below.

Continue reading "Solange adds 2nd Bowery Ballroom show; 'True' is out now"

Solange and Dev
Solange and Dev

As pointed out before, Solange Knowles has a new seven-song mini LP, True, which she made with Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, that comes out digitally November 27 on Terrible Records with a physical release to follow in early 2013. If you haven't heard its terrific single "Losing You" you can check out the video below.

NYC folk can catch Solange in concert when she plays Bowery Ballroom on December 11. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (11/16) at noon.

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FNO

Tonight (9/6), the stylish and the lovers of free booze and music will be out in force on the streets of Soho, the Meatpacking District and other parts of NYC for Fashion's Night Out.

We posted a giant list of FNO music happenings yesterday and turns out there's way more including: Yoko Ono reveals her new collection at Swarovski Crystallized; A$AP Rocky at Adidas Originals SoHo Store (see below); St. Vincent performing at at a speakeasy themed (and Boardwalk Empire-sponsored) party at Rag & Bone; Sonlange Knowles and Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear at The Ace Hotel; Theophilus London will be at The Rose Bar; Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. performs at Bloomingdale's Soho; Wild Belle at Mulberry (update: this is a DJ set); Frankie Rose and Alex Winston at Theory and more.

Basic info on these additional FNO performances/parties is below. Our previous post is here. All events are free and open-to-the-public unless otherwise noted. You can check the FNO website for more info. Some flyers below too.

What else?

Continue reading "more Fashion's Night Out free shows happening today all over NYC (St. Vincent, Alex Winston & more)"

UPDATE: We found even MORE

FNO

As mentioned, Thursday (9/5) is Fashion's Night Out. Basically another excuse to throw a party (in the name of bringing money and attention to fashion), the evening has become music-oriented in the last few years with bands playing stores all over New York City. There's a lot of stuff going on, including the Azealia Banks / DJ Cosmo performance at M.A.C. Soho we already told you about; plus Icona Pop and Maria Minerva at Urban Outfitters; Matchbox Twenty (!?!) at Bloomingdales; Haim at Topshop; La Sera at Helmut Lang; We Were Promised Jetpacks at Rockefeller Center; and Cyndi Lauper at Manolo Blahnik, just to name a few.

Below is a list of all the shows we could find with basic details and links where applicable/helpful. All shows are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Many have free food and booze as well. For more into visit the Fashion's Night Out website. Let us know what we missed, in the comments.

Continue reading "Fashion's Night Out is Thursday -- a list of musical goings on (Chairlift, La Sera, Icona Pop, Haim, Maxwell, Cyndi Lauper & more)"

Santigold at MHoW in January (more by Bao Nguyen)
Santigold, MHoW

Santigold, who recently played Irving Plaza with guests Andy Samberg and Pharrell Williams (videos below), will be the performer at MoMA's annual Party in the Garden benefit afterparty on Tuesday, May 22. Solange Knowles will DJ as well. Tickets are still available and proceeds benefit "the Museum's general operating fund, supporting our award-winning educational programs and the care, study, and exhibition of the collection." Tickets start at $150 for basic afterparty entry and go up to $100,000 if you want to sponsor a dinner table for ten.

Last year, Kanye West was the afterparty performer, and M.I.A., James Murphy, Estelle, and Karen O & Nick Zinner have all performed in the past. The flyer for the Party in the Garden and videos from Irving Plaza below...

Continue reading "Santigold playing MoMA's 'Party in the Garden' afterparty, played Irving w/ Andy Samberg and Pharrell (videos)"

Dev Hynes w/ CANT @ Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more)
Dev Hynes

Blood Orange, aka the R&B-leaning solo project of Dev Hynes aka Lightspeed Champion (ex-Test Icicles), was in Australia for a couple shows earlier this month, possibly losing some of his equipment along the way. "I want to go home. I love NYC," the NYC-via-the-UK musician wrote on his Tumblr after reporting a theft last week (bummer!).

Though slightly more rare lately, there have been plenty of chances to catch Blood Orange around town since Dev started using that name in 2009. Apparently none of them have been headlining shows though because Dev will play his first headlining Blood Orange show in the city at Glasslands on February 25. Tickets are on sale now.

Dev released Coastal Grooves, his Chris Taylor co-produced debut LP for his Blood Orange moniker, last year. You can buy it on eMusic and watch the video for album single "Sutphin Boulevard" below. The "Dinner" 7" is still on sale now at Chris' Terrible Records, though they note: "FEW MORE LEFT. HOT." Listen to that single below too.

In other news, Dev and Pharrell Williams have been producing the new album for Solange Knowles (who recently became an aunt).

"Dev was a complete surprise, his role changed substantially throughout the process," Solange says of the singer-songwriter who's written for Florence and the Machine, the Chemical Brothers and more. "It's very rare that you work with someone with whom you have this creative chemistry, it's almost like a relationship. You have a sort of musical love affair." [Billboard]
The new album will be released sometime this year.

Blood Orange video/songs below...

Continue reading "Blood Orange headlining a show; Solange album coming soon"

Shit Robot at Terminal 5 (more by Andrew St Clair)
Shit Robot

Shit Robot has a few DJ and performance dates in the near future as part of a tour that kicks off in Chicago on Friday night at The Mid where James Murphy will also DJ. The NYC date is a DJ set at Le Bain on August 14th (no James). Full tour dates and a new mixtape and a remix by Shit Robot are below.

In other DFA Records news, The Rapture will play a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg on 8/20 which is followed by a bunch of European touring (updated dates below). The band recently released a new remix via an Adult Swim series. You can download the original for the price of your email at DFA. Adult Swim has since released the new Clams Casino track, "Wizard".

Juan MacLean has a few upcoming dates as well, including the previously discussed date on 8/20 at PS1 with Pictureplane (who just played a hot 285 Kent), Blood Orange, Solange Knowles and more. Full tour schedule is below.

Rewards aka Aaron Pfenning of Chairlift has signed to DFA and is releasing a 12" called Equal Dreams which is a track featuring vocals by Solange Knowles. Blood Orange aka Devonté Hynes contributes to the flip, "Asleep with the Lights On". Stream both songs below.

LCD Soundsystem guitarist Phil Mossman and Will Bates are Fall On Your Sword, and the duo are preparing to release the DFA debut too. The new single features extended versions of tracks from the soundtrack of Another Earth. Stream both songs, with a video for one too, below.

And last but not least, Holy Ghost hit the road as part of the Identity Festival in middle August, tagging PNC Bank Arts Center on 8/14 and Jones Beach Ampitheater on 8/21. Tickets are still available for both dates (they are no longer $20 though).

All tour dates and those Shit Robot mixes are below.

Continue reading "DFA Updates -- Shit Robot shows, Rewards, Fall on Your Sword & more (dates & songs to listen to)"

words and photos by Gabi Porter

Midnight Juggernauts posing @ Brooklyn Bowl Saturday night
Midnight Juggernauts

Midnight Juggernauts played two NYC shows during their most recent visit. There was Thursday's show with HEALTH at Santos, and then Saturday night at Brooklyn Bowl where they shared a bill with Yawn and Teengirl Fantasy. Pictures from that show, with a quick interview Gabi conducted with the band at the show, below...

Continue reading "an interview w/ Midnight Juggernauts w/ pics from Brooklyn"

DOWNLOAD: Of Montreal - Coquet Coquette (MP3)

Of Montreal @ Highline Ballroom in January (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Of Montreal

False Priest, the forthcoming record by increasingly glammy and theatrical Of Montreal, will be their tenth album. It's due September 14th through their label Polyvinyl. The record's first single, "Coquet Coquette," above. A second track, "Hydra Fancies," which will also be part of The Believer's Music Issue, has also turned up online.

The album, co-produced by Kevin Barnes and Jon Brion, features contributions by indie/pop crossovers Janelle Monáe and Solange Knowles. Both have been known to perform with Of Montreal at the band's gigs (at Terminal 5 even). And there's good odds the band will jam with Janelle, the confirmed opener, at their brand-new Terminal 5 dates on Friday, September 17th and Saturday, September 18th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at 11am. General sale starts Friday at noon. Who knows, maybe Susan Sarandon will even show up to spank people again.

All tour dates, appropriately weird album art and tracklist are below...

Continue reading "Of Montreal announce new album (MP3s, cover art, tracklist), more NYC shows w/ Janelle Monae (dates)"

Solange & Ed...
Solange

Her recent credits include playing with Dirty Projectors at Fashion Week and singing with Of Montreal at Highline and Terminal 5. Now Solange is DJing at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday, June 18th. I'm not totally sure if she's a good DJ or not, but tickets are on sale.

That's her in the picture above with her friend Ed Droste from Grizzly Bear who maybe she'll be checking out Sunday at Williamsburg Waterfront (again).

Grizzly Bear also have a NYC show coming up later in the summer at Governors Island with the Walkmen (tickets are still on sale). The Walkmen have just announced a new album! Pitchfork reports:

"Yesterday, we reported that Interpol's new album comes out September 14. As it turns out, September 14 will be a big day for bruised, world-weary New York indie rock, since that's also the date that Fat Possum will release Lisbon, the new album from the Walkmen.

The band recorded the follow-up to 2008's You & Me over two years, working in warehouses in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. They also wrote a few songs on trips to the Portuguese city that gave the album its title. St. Vincent/Mountain Goats/Thermals knob-twiddler John Congleton produced the 11-song album, and Passion Pit/Les Savy Fav veteran Chris Zane engineered it."

As Pitchfork said right there, Interpol's new album is coming soon too, and their old label Matador will be releasing it in the US! In the UK it will be Interpol's "own newly formed label, Soft Limit" that puts it out on September 13th (one day before the US). More details below. Interpol, now with a new 5-person lineup, are playing a free NYC show on June 26th.

Back to Solange for s second... She blogs that that she is in the process of finishing her new, indie (as in not on her former label, Interscope) album with indie rocker Dev from Lightspeed Champion (something that was originally reported a while back). That update is below...

Continue reading "Interpol (on Matador!), the Walkmen & Solange Knowles (who is DJing Brooklyn Bowl) are releasing new albums "

by Andrew Frisicano

Dirty Projectors at Allen Room on Feb 19th...(via)
Dirty ProjectorsDirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors' 2005 album, "The Getty Address," is far more a contemporary chamber opera than indie-rock. It uses woodwinds, brass, strings and orchestral percussion; its music has dissonances and complexities galore, and only fitfully settles into a steady beat. Lincoln Center's American Songbook series is a natural place for it, and on Friday night at the Allen Room, Dirty Projectors performed "The Getty Address," backed by the chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound. It was arranged for the concert by Matt Marks and conducted by Alan Pierson.

It was probably the most abstruse offering to date in the series. Just five years after its release "The Getty Address" sounds like both a precursor and a tangent to the rock Dirty Projectors went on to make. It delved into compositional obsessions that would later be channeled into barely less complex songs. [NY Times]

Dirty Projectors played The Getty Address in full on Friday, February 19th, joined by new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. For the encore, the band returned to play drummerless Bitte Orca tracks "Temecula Sunrise," "Cannibal Resource," "Two Doves" and "No Intention." The show took place at Lincoln Center's Allen Room, one night after Nellie McKay played there. Dirty Projectors do it again on February 27th in L.A.

Between those shows, Alarm Will Sound plays at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Tuesday, February 23rd to showcase the music of the group's own Caleb Burhans. Tickets are on sale. Caleb also performs at a late show at the venue with his layered, lush guitar/violin duo itsnotyouitsme. Avant-electronica act Son Lux opens - tickets to that are on sale. The show is a CD release party for itsnotyouitsme's new album, fallen moments, out now on New Amsterdam Records. AWS's A/Rhythmia came out last year on Nonesuch.

Dave Longstreth and three other composers will be on hand to introduce their work when it's premiered on Wednesday, February 24th at Merkin Hall by Bang on a Can All-Stars (it'll be the world premiere of Longstreth compositions "Instructional Video," "Matt Damon" and "Breakfast at J&M"). Tickets are still on sale.

As Dave Longstreth and Dirty Projectors get more involved with the classical world, they're also getting more intertwined with mainstream pop. Solange Knowles, who performed with Of Montreal (again) in January, covered the DP's popiest tune, "Stillness Is the Move," in 2009. The singer joined the band for a performance of the song and a cover of Groove Theory's "Tell Me" at a Fashion Week party held at Ace Hotel on Feb. 13th. Videos of that set are below...

Continue reading "Dirty Projectors played an album w/ an orchestra @ Allen Room & with Solange during Fashion Week ++ more shows "

words & photos by Benjamin Lozovsky

Susan Sarandon punishes a pig
Of Montreal

Of Montreal didn't come out with quite as many theatrics as usual during their show last night at Highline Ballroom. Playing a smaller venue than they've played before for a rabid all-ages crowd, they could have played motion and emotionless. The furor generated by their die-hard fan base would still rage mightily. Minus the strobe-lit crucifixion scene and the cameo by Susan Sarandon as a schoolteacher with a ruler and a streak of corporal punishment for two misbehaving pig characters, one could almost call it a mellow set visually. Oh and there was the confetti shooting machine, but that's just normal nowadays at shows right?

Of Montreal member and tour-mate James Husband opened and showed flashes of promise, especially when his smooth and almost haunting voice gave way to energetic group breakdowns full of noise and unexpected developments.

Even despite Of Montreal's minutely toned down performance act, musically the band sounded tight and focused, switching effortlessly from insidiously bubble gum sing-alongs to dark, discoed-out dance-hop material. All with the power and professionalism of a hardened rock band. Sporting one less musician on this tour meant none of the instrument swapping and running around that was such a presence at their last several New York City tour stops, and maybe that enabled a little more time for poise and togetherness amongst the members of the band. The band was augmented by one member for the encore, as indiephile Solange Knowles joined Of Montreal to play a chill, funky version of The Jackson Five's "I want You Back." Even that addition was just for musical engagement, no hoopla required. Maybe for Of Montreal, sometimes less is more.

Solange is one of a few collaborators announced for the next OM album. More pictures from Highline Ballroom, including one of the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Of Montreal was joined by Susan Sarandon & Solange Knowles @ Highline Ballroom in NYC - pics & setlist"

DOWNLOAD: Hesta Prynn, Can We Go Wrong (MP3)

The Walkmen @ the Guggenheim in 2009 (more by Kurt Christensen)
The Walkmen

today in NYC
* Paul Dianno @ BB King's
* The Necks @ Issue Project Room
* Hesta Prynn, Workout, Sally Head @ Pianos
* Daniel Higgs, Stellar Om Source @ Maxwell's
* Darius Jones' Elizabeth-Caroline Unit @ Roulette
* Kevin Devine and The Goddamn Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Jessica 6, Yes Giantess, Body Language, Brahms @ Santos Party House
* Bear in Heaven, Oh No Ono, ArpLine, The Jaguar Club @ Mercury Lounge
* The Holy Experiment, Skeletons, Mirrorgate, Nude Photo @ Glasslands
* Wild Yaks, Steel Phantoms, I'm In You, Ball of Flame Shoot Fire @ Union Hall
* Haiti Benefit w/ Breakfast In Fur, No Eye Contact, El Medio, Drew Citron @ Bruar
* Private Income, White Hills, Romanian Buck, Cheryl or Sheryl? @ Knitting Factory
* Hal Willner's I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues? Music and Readings from A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, featuring Rufus Wainwright, Bill Frisell, Van Dyke Parks, and more @ The Allen Room
* Haiti Benefit w/ The Walkmen, Ted Leo, The Wrens, Freelance Whales, Sondre Lerche, A.C. Newman, Rhett Miller, Nicole Atkins, Here We Go Magic, Lauren Ambrose and The Leisure Class, The Blow, Senator Diane Savino, Jimmy Fallon, Michael Showalter, Eugene Mirman @ The Bell House

Skeletons play a benefit at Glasslands for show space ParisLondonWestNile with Mirrorgate, Nude Photo and Holy Experiment (flyer below). They play with Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog at LPR on February 2nd. Then they're at Zebulon for a BAM Sounds Like Brooklyn show with Up Died Sound.

Hesta Prynn of Northern State has gone solo. She plays a show at Pianos tonight. MP3 from her forthecoming album above.

Cale Parks has stopped going solo and is now in a trio called Brahms (who already opened for Passion Pit at Terminal 5). They plays Santos Party House tonight with Jessica 6 featuring Nomi who some thing of as the frontperson for Hercules & Love Affair.

Tonight may be the first public appearance Rufus Wainwright makes since the very recent death of his mother.

Solange Knowles helped Of Montreal cover the Jackson 5 at Highline Ballroom last night. Video below...

Beach House played The Bell House last night. Video of them playing "Norway" at SXSW 2009 below...

Jeffrey Lewis read/sang "the And song" at the recent Tuli Kupferberg Benefit St. Ann's Warehouse. Video below...

What else?

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DOWNLOAD: James Husband - A Grave in the Gravel (MP3)

Of Montreal @ Lollapalooza 2009 (more by Paul Birman)
Of Montreal

The anticipated new of Montreal album may or may not be complete. Kevin Barnes says it all depends on how some upcoming sessions with Jon Brion work out. Barnes, who's always worked at home, alone, will meet up with Brion in early spring to work on the 16 songs that will likely make the new record. "If I wasn't going to go out there with Jon then they'd basically be done. They could be done. If I go out there with Jon and we both decide it's not working or whatever, I'll still have an album. And if I go out there and figure this is really great, then I'll have a different album," he says. Either way, the album won't be Skeletal Lamping over again. Barnes says the band is using this break to rethink their live performances, and have made an album that accommodates that. His plans are ambitious: he'd like to get rid of of Montreal's pre-recorded backing tracks, and round out the band line-up to ten or so musicians. "We're going to try to do something closer to the kind of bands that Curtis Mayfield or Stevie Wonder had in the '70s," says Barnes. [Stereogum]
Of Montreal's follow-up to Skeletal Lamping will include "cameos from Solange Knowles, Janelle Monae and "one or two other people..."

More importantly, Of Montreal is launching a last minute tour in Baltimore on January 25th. They hit NYC's Highline Ballroom the very next day (1/26). Tickets go on sale at noon. All dates are with James Husband "which features longtime of Montreal band members Husband, alongside Dottie Alexander, and Davey Pierce". All dates below...

Continue reading "Of Montreal working on new album, touring w/ James Husband, playing Highline Ballroom THIS MONTH"