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Sasquatch

Festival creator Adam Zacks and Live Nation have announced the lineup for the Sasquatch! Music Festival, taking place May 27th - 30th, with over 120 artists including performances by The Cure, Florence & The Machine, Disclosure, Major Lazer, Alabama Shakes, A$AP Rocky, Sufjan Stevens, M83, Grimes, Chet Faker, and Jamie xx. Created by Adam Zacks in 2002, the festival's stellar lineups have featured a blend of established and emerging artists at the stunning Gorge Amphitheatre set atop the cliffs overlooking the Columbia River, making this festival an international destination as well as a uniquely Pacific Northwest mainstay. Tickets to the 2016 Sasquatch! Music Festival will go on sale Tuesday, January 12 at 10 a.m. (PST) at SasquatchFestival.com
Co-headliner Florence & The Machine was also announced on Shaky Knees today too, and just announced a tour with Grimes.

Check out the full Sasquatch lineup below...

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photo: Speedy Ortiz at Webster Hall earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Speedy Ortiz

Speedy Ortiz singer Sadie Dupuis has released a solo demo of a new Christmas song called "Krampus (In Love)." She promises, "all of ur family will luv my xmas song it is adequately depressing." Here's a sample of the lyrics:

Here we go a-wassailing, assaulting what was right. Co-sign on the love of the earth to feel its light. Sign me up for choir if I'm the only lady singing. 'Cuz all I want is solitude. Gift me reprise from you and you.

Bite down 'cuz I love her, not because I need a muzzle. Even supervillains plead insanity in love. In the hero years we kissed under the mistletoe we're missing. Sick of firing first shots on and off? Let's make a break so we can say next winter we're in love.

Listen below...

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 Forecastle Festival

Kentucky's Forecastle Festival released its 2016 lineup today. It features The Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes, Ryan Adams, and Death Cab for Cutie as headliners, along with Dr. Dog, Sylvan Esso, Speedy Ortiz, Nothing, Washed Out, Bully, Alex G, Big Gigantic, Brandi Carlile, Gary Clark Jr. and plenty of others. It'll take place from July 15-17 and tickets are currently on sale.

The full lineup is listed below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Parquet Courts & Lee Ranaldo / Rainer Maria & Meredith Graves / Kurt Vile & Kim Gordon / Waxahatche & Mac McCaughan / Titus' Patrick Stickles
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary
Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary

None of the acts on any of Webster Hall's three stages last night (12/2) asked if anyone actually knows what Ground Control Touring is, but their name was on the marquee and many of them thanked them. I guess for those not in the biz it doesn't really matter when in one night you get to see Kurt Vile, Superchunk, Parquet Courts, Deer Tick, Rainer Maria, Screaming Females and more.The booking agency, who usually do their magic only behind the scenes, handles tours for many of indie rock's biggest names and was celebrating 15 years in business. The main ballroom was already packed when Hop Along kicked off the night and things stayed that way.

Very few of last night's acts played what you'd call a normal set, instead opting for fun collaborations and covers. Waxahatchee brought out Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and The Clean's Hamish Kilgour to cover The Clean's "Getting Older." Kurt Vile, with Violators guitarist Rob Laasko, played two songs before bringing out Kim Gordon, former Violater Steve Gunn (who'd just played a great solo set in the Marlin Room) and Woods' Jarvis Taveniere for a cover of Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray."

Kurt Vile would later turn up at Woods' set in the Marlin Room to cover Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Woods also had Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage out for two Neil Young covers" "Barstool Blues" and "Powderfinger." Parquet Courts' performance in the Marlin Room, meanwhile, basically had them as Lee Ranaldo's backing band, performing Sonic Youth's "Mote" and "Eric's Trip." (For those who already thought that Parquet Courts' Austin Brown looks like Thurston Moore, this underlined it.) That was the whole set. But cool. It was that kind of night.

Elsewhere at Webster Hall: Rainer Maria had Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves onstage for "Tinfoil" ("Rainer Maria are my favorite band", Meredith said to the crowd); Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles played solo to a sardine-packed Studio; and Perfect Pussy finished off the night with a typical crazed energy, and Meredith Graves writhing on the floor. They played a new song. Superchunk, meanwhile, just did what they always do: knocked out the hits with an energy most bands half their age can't muster. Tonight's sold-out Superchunk show at Baby's should be a treat.

Deer Tick can sell out Webster Hall on their own, but were added last minute to a show full of big names after it was already sold out, so that surely contributed to them closing out the main room to a less than full crowd, but it was a special treat for their fans that were there, and John McCauley and his seasoned band still gave it their all. Catch them again twice this month at Brooklyn Bowl.

As the night progressed there was overlap, and with navigating Webster Hall's stairs (fine going up, slower going down) and set times which weren't always adhered to so closely, meant missing some acts. (Sorry Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz and Felice Brothers) But it was a fun, unique night even if don't know what the hell Ground Control Touring is. More pictures from the whole night (our photographers actually did catch everyone), plus some videos of those special collaborations/covers (with more on the way), below...

Continue reading "Kurt Vile, Superchunk, Deer Tick, Waxahatchee, Parquet Courts, Sonic Youth members & more celebrated & collaborated @ Ground Control 15 (pics, video)"

photo: Deer Tick at Forest Hills Stadium in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Deer Tick

The Ground Control Touring 15th anniversary show at NYC's Webster Hall happens this Wednesday (12/2) with "short sets, collaborations, covers and surprises" from a very impressive lineup. That lineup now also includes Deer Tick, and other artists that were added since we last spoke are Screaming Females, Lee Ranaldo, Perfect Pussy and Woods.

Those additions join the initial lineup of Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Steve Gunn, Parquet Courts, The Felice Brothers, Rainer Maria, Torres, Titus Andronicus, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz, Hop Along, Porches and Frankie Cosmos. (Conor Oberst dropped off.)

The show is totally sold out, but we're giving away tickets. Head below to enter our contest to win a pair. Also, if you're a Jukely member, they still have some tickets available too.

Also below is the flyer with set times...

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by Andrew Sacher

Very Fresh

Speedy Ortiz recently announced their benefit tour for the Girls Rock Camp Foundation, including NYC shows on December 11 at Silent Barn with Downtown Boys, Eskimeaux and Very Fresh; and December 12 at Palisades with Aye Nako, Dirty Dishes and Gemma. When we last posted, the Palisades show appeared sold out and tickets for Silent Barn had not been posted yet, but now tickets for Silent Barn and Palisades are both on sale.

You may already know about Downtown Boys and Aye Nako, but if you're looking to go to one of these shows, it's worth catching Brooklyn's Very Fresh too. Their sound isn't very far removed from Speedy's, and it probably won't surprise you to learn that Speedy singer Sadie Dupuis used to be a member of Very Fresh and that both Sadie and VF singer Cindy Lou Gooden were in the Pavement cover band Babement together.

Very Fresh release their "Clean Touch" b/w "Pale Lips" 7" this week (11/13) via New Professor Music. The A-side has been out digitally since October, and we've got the premiere of the B-side in this post. Listen to both below.

Very Fresh have other shows coming up too, including two more in Brooklyn. One is the release show for their 7" on Saturday (11/14) at Other Side (338 Moffat St) with Railings (which Cindy Lou is also a member of), Montreal's Jo Passed, and Retail. That show is $5-8 at the door. The other is December 9 at Aviv with Topshelf signees Infinity Girl, plus Norwegian Arms and The Gradients. Ticket info TBA for that one.

All dates are listed, with the song streams, below...

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photos by Chad Wadsworth, Clair Taus, Dave Mead, Greg Giannukos, Jackie Young, Pooneh Ghana, Reagan Hackleman, & Roger Ho

Grimes / Neon Indian / Wu-Tang Clan / Fuzz / Fucked Up @ FFF 11/7/2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015

That joy carried over to the Black Stage, where I caught epic Toronto hardcore act Fucked Up. Word was that this would be one of Fucked Up's last shows for a while, and they had one of the biggest crowds I had seen yet at the Black Stage join them. Damian Abraham later confirmed that they were taking it easy for a while, since he just had his third kid and needed to "be responsible" for a while, which added further excitement to the show. The thing about Fucked Up is that they're a hardcore band that deals in righteous celebration, and their shows are giant parties, where Damian works the crowd by becoming part of it. This was no exception, as he walked around hugging the crowd, smiling at fans, letting them sing and take part. The set was rightfully heavy on David Comes to Life material, and while the complexity of that epic work may not have come across as clearly while Damian had a mic in his mouth as he hula hooped with a fan, it made for a particularly fitting send off. The band seemed overjoyed to have the opportunity to make one of their last shows before their break be at FFF, shouting out Transmission booker Graham Williams for being "the only festival booker who once roadied for Hatebreed" as well as Torchy's, where Damian had been commanded to go by his wife in order to smuggle their hot sauce back to Canada. - [Ovrld]
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest continued on Saturday (11/7) with some rain and tons of great sets. In addition to Head Wound City and Shamir, Saturday saw Grimes, Fucked Up (who are "slowing down" as frontman Damian Abraham just had his third kid), Wu-Tang Clan, Gogol Bordello, Neon Indian, La Dispute, Ty Segall's Fuzz, The Charlatans, Archers of Loaf (who replaced Desaparecidos) and more. There were also comedians (Doug Benson and Tig Notaro performed on Saturday), plus extreme sports and more.

Pictures from FFF Fest day one are HERE and more from day 2 continue below...

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photo: Speedy Ortiz at Brooklyn Bowl in September (more by Carly Hoskins)
Speedy Ortiz

Earlier this week Speedy Ortiz announced a Girls Rock Camp Foundation benefit happening in NYC at Palisades on 12/12 with Aye Nako. Turns out that show is part of a full tour benefiting GRCF with varying support from both Aye Nako and Downtown Boys. Speedy's singer Sadie Dupuis says:

We toured non-stop in 2015 and wanted to cap it off playing a series of all ages shows (which is always our favorite kind of show). We've also wanted to do a tour with a charity fundraising component for a long while. We've done a few fundraisers this year--for the Ferguson Library and the Baltimore Food Bank--but for this tour, we wanted to do something that had a national impact while still supporting local communities.

The Girls Rock Camp Foundation was the perfect choice. GRCF provides funding and support to the the various Girls Rock organizations around the world, which in turn provide affordable music education to kids. Girls Rock helps level the music business' playing field by coaching girls to form bands, develop skills in music engineering and technical production, and build their self esteem along the way. We love the work GRCF does, and are proud to support them on this tour--and can't wait to play with a Girls Rock Boston band at our hometown show! We're also so lucky that our friend Michael DeForge, one of the best comics writers and illustrators around, has designed a narrative poster series to help benefit GRCF as well.

The donation options for the shows look something like this:
$10 = ticket only, no donation
$15 = ticket +$5 GRCF donation (free custom Speedy Ortiz poster by Michael DeForge for that night's show!)
$20 = ticket +$10 GRCF donation (free custom Speedy Ortiz nail art stickers!)
$40 = ticket +$30 GRCF donation (free GRC print (ex: http://www.girlsrockcampfoundation.org/fully-funded) + all other prizes included!)
That Palisades show appears sold out, but the tour also includes another NYC show on December 11 at Silent Barn with Downtown Boys, Eskimeaux and Very Fresh, and DJ sets by Jenn and Liz Pelly. As of yet there are no advance tickets.

Speedy are also playing that loaded Ground Control Touring anniversary show at Webster Hall, so there's now three chances to catch them in NYC.

All dates are listed, with their video for "Swell Content," below...

Continue reading "Speedy Ortiz expand Girls Rock Camp benefit tour, 2nd NYC show (with Downtown Boys & Eskimeaux) included"

photo: Speedy Ortiz at Brooklyn Bowl in September (more by Carly Hoskins)
Speedy Ortiz

Speedy Ortiz and Aye Nako (who already played NYC together this year) have more shows coming up together in December. A full tour announcement hasn't come, but we know one of the shows is a benefit for the Girls Rock Camp Foundation in NYC on December 12 at Palisades with support from Dirty Dishes and Gemma. Tickets are on sale now.

Speedy Ortiz have been and continue to be very busy this year. They just finished up a European tour and soon they'll play Fun Fun Fun Fest. They also play the stacked Ground Control 15th anniversary at Webster Hall with tons of great bands.

Aye Nako are currently on tour with Joanna Gruesome, having hit NYC twice over the weekend, and as mentioned they also open for Screaming Females at MHOW on November 8 (tickets).

All dates for both bands are listed below...

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photo: Superchunk at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Superchunk

Booking agency Ground Control Touring turns 15 this year, and they'll be celebrating that anniversary with a seriously stacked NYC show on December 2 at Webster Hall.

The show will take over all three rooms, and include Conor Oberst, Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Steve Gunn, Parquet Courts, The Felice Brothers, Rainer Maria, Torres, Titus Andronicus, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz, Hop Along, Porches, Frankie Cosmos and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/23) at 10 AM with a presale starting Thursday (10/22) at 10 AM (password = GCT15).

You can catch Parquet Courts, Hop Along and Torres at other upcoming NYC shows too. Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee and Titus Andronicus just played.

Webster Hall show flyer below...

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Plus: New Speedy Ortiz video and European tour dates

photos by Carly Hoskins

Doomtree / Speedy Ortiz - 9/24/15
Doomtree
Speedy Ortiz

The short tour of alt-rap group Doomtree and indie rockers Speedy Ortiz hit NYC on Thursday at Brooklyn Bowl (9/24). Opening was another alt-rapper, Serengeti, making for a cool bill all around. Did you go? How was it? Pictures continue below.

Speedy also have a new video for "Swell Content" and an upcoming European tour. Dates and video below...

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photo: Speedy Ortiz at Outside Lands 2015 (more by Wilson Lee & Andy Lei)
Speedy Ortiz

Speedy Ortiz have been on tour, having played NYC at the end of last month, and now they added more dates once again. They'll be opening a few shows on Doomtree's tour, including the NYC show on September 24 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for that show are still available.

This tour will also be their first since launching the Speedy Ortiz Hotline this past weekend, which is an attempt to make their shows safer spaces for all audiences. Here are the details:

Speedy Ortiz

All tour dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

The best thing we saw on Day 1 of the 2015 fest...

Riot Fest
photo via BrooklynVegan Instagram

Riot Fest Denver kicked off yesterday (8/28) at its new location of the National Western Complex, which (as the mechanical bull and scent in the air reminded you) is usually home to rodeo shows. It's across five stages, one of which is indoors, and also offers carnival rides, Colorado-specific treats like Chronic Candy (though I was told that's only hemp) and more. Like most festivals, it had newer, buzzy bands who played great sets like Speedy Ortiz, Cayetana and The Hotelier, but for me at least, the real highlights were the masses of classic artists we got to see. (Unfortunately one of those, Motorhead, had to drop off at the last minute due to Lemmy's breathing issues. He cut a show short a day earlier in Salt Lake City for the same reason.)

There was a lot to love about Riot Fest Denver day 1, but here's five highlights:

THE GET UP KIDS: It's The Get Up Kids' 20th anniversary, and they don't seem shy about the fact that everyone's favorite songs were written in the '90s because that was mostly what we got. "Holiday," "Action and Action," "Valentine," "Red Letter Day," "Ten Minutes," "Don't Hate Me" and more were played from their classic period and it was a singalong the whole time. The Get Up Kids may have taken an extended period off from being a band, but you'd never know it at this point. They're super tight, they look like they're having a ball on stage, and the crowd is eager to have as much fun as the band is. Their Riot Fest set got off to a rocky start due to sound issues, but it quickly became one of the best sets I saw all day.

TESTAMENT: Of everything I saw, the band who truly got the daytime crowd going wild was '80s-era thrash legends Testament. The pit was going so hard that if you were anywhere near the front you were getting dust in your eyes, and the band delivered expertly. Every extended scream, every guitar solo -- they were flawless. Testament were always smiling, always engaging the crowd, but never at the expense of delivering intense music. People talk a lot about the decreasing interest for rock on major festivals, but between Testament and Anthrax (who took the same stage right after them), fests may just need more classic metal bands.

IGGY POP: Is there anyone as ageless as Iggy Pop? With classic albums dating back to the '60s, he's one of the few people you could safely credit with inventing punk rock, and he hasn't lost that spirit one bit. He runs around stage like he's half his actual age, and genuinely seems like he's giving us every ounce of energy in his body. We got so many favorites -- "No Fun," "I Wanna Be Your Dog," "The Passenger," "Lust For Life," "1969" -- and they all sounded exactly like you'd hope they would. The fact that we get to experience Iggy in full force all these decades later is truly an amazing thing.

ICE CUBE: It's pretty safe to say it's the year of NWA. There's a hit biopic in theaters, the soundtrack to which is Dr. Dre's first album since the '90s, and talk of the groundbreaking rap group is just in the air. So it was perfect timing for Ice Cube to reunite with his old groupmates MC Ren and DJ Yella (like he did at the BET Experience in June) for "Straight Outta Compton," "Fuck Tha Police," "Dopeman" and more classic jams. Sadly (like at the BET Experience) Dr. Dre did not come out, and neither did their pal Snoop Dogg (who did join the group at the BET Experience and plays Riot Fest on Sunday), but it was still a surreal experience to see those three on stage together. And they sounded as fanastic as you'd want. The partial NWA reunion was the real draw, but even when Ice Cube dove into his solo career ("Check Yo Self," "Natural Born Killaz," etc) he made it feel like the G-Funk era was alive and well.

SYSTEM OF A DOWN: Look, when System of a Down were added to Riot Fest, I thought people were going to think it was lame. I mean this is a festival that sold tickets because people wanted to see Iggy Pop, Pixies, The Damned, American Nightmare, Swervedriver and 7 Seconds. These people don't like System of a Down. But not only was I wrong, they had the biggest and wildest crowd of the day. It makes sense that of all the bands to come out of early 2000s nu-metal, System of a Down would work so well at what's largely a punk festival. Most of that stuff was deservedly laughed at by cynics, but SOAD were different. They were weird, and they were way closer to a hardcore band than a pop band. If Refused never broke up, those two might've toured together. And that came across in full force on Friday night. Thousands of people were raging to this band who were playing the weirdest songs that anyone played all day. It was a strange, awesome experience.

Video of Ice Cube, MC Ren & DJ Yella playing "Straight Outta Compton" and more pictures below...

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photo: Speedy Ortiz at Outside Lands 2015 (more by Wilson Lee & Andy Lei)
Speedy Ortiz

Speedy Ortiz have been non-stop tourers lately. They played NYC two times this summer and already have plans to return this month.

They'll play Saint Vitus on August 31 with Aye Nako (who have other shows) and one more TBA. $5 tickets go on sale today (8/17) at 4:30 PM.

It's a Noisey/Shiner show, and each person gets one free Shiner beer with their ticket. The poster for the show (below) also includes a "redacted" listing for August 30, which presumably means there's another Noisey/Shiner show at Vitus that night too. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: It's Royal Headache and Sheer Mag.

All Speedy dates are listed below...

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photos by Wilson Lee & Andy Lei,

Hurrray for the Riff Raff & Giraffage playing bonus sets in the tent
Outside Lands 2015
Outside Lands 2015

Like we did a week earlier at Lollapalooza, BrooklynVegan co-hosted/presented/curated the Toyota Tent inside the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco this past weekend. We already posted some pictures which included the Friday sets by Speedy Ortiz and Natalie Prass. Here are more from both of those sets and from Saturday and Sunday too.

Saturday included live set by Waters, The Drums, Classixx and Hurray for The Riff Raff whose upcoming tour includes a show at Carnegie Hall. There was also live Q&A with Django Django whose live set was a major highlight for one paper:

The London art-rock quartet came in a close second to [Kendrick] Lamar, turning in a sensational set that surely earned them hundreds (thousands?) of new fans. The group isn't all that well known in the U.S., but that will change if they keep rocking the house like they did at Outside Lands. Indeed, just plan on being head over heels for this band in, say, about a week. Grab a copy of the group's new album, "Born Under Saturn," and the transformation could happen even sooner.
On Sunday DJ Rezound (aka Jamie Granato who was also our BrooklynVegan host for the weekend) started warming up the crowd at 1pm to get the crowd ready for a Q & A with Dan Deacon at 2:00. One of the last songs he played was off the new Tame Impala record, which felt good when an audience member later asked Dan which records he had been impressed by recently and he mentioned their new one. Dan felt immediate comfort on the stage, telling the crowd he and Jamie were an improv group and asking for suggestions. Dan waxed poetic about everything from human perspective (being trapped inside a painting) to hoarding (he is self-proclaimed). Lastly, he reminded everyone to not litter on the beautiful festival grounds. Giraffage drew a crowd that spilled out of the tent and had people dancing wildly to his brand of house, trap and mash-up. Shakey Graves left everything on stage with their performance, an emotive show that had girls running past security for selfies the minute he stepped down the stairs.

Hot Chip DJing the tent
Outside Lands 2015

With 15 years and six albums behind them, Hot Chip took to the main stage with an army of synths prepared to get the audience moving with their fusion of disco, pop and hip-hop. Tracks like "I Feel Better," "One Life Stand" and "Over and Over" had the audience dancing along to the band's makeshift choreographed moves. [Billboard]
METZ stopped by the Toyota Tent for a picture, and Rezound DJ'd more while Hot Chip finished their main stage performance and walked over to our tent for their own DJ set. After a fun set of old and new classics, Alex Bleeker and The Freaks took the stage to play a set of all new material that sounded great. They were jazzed up from their performance earlier that day of Grateful Dead covers where original Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann took the stage with them on the 20th anniversary of Jerry Garcia's death (Bill has two shows coming up at MSG with actual Grateful Dead members).

More pictures from the whole weekend continue below...

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photos by Wilson Lee

Speedy Ortiz in the Toyota Tent @ Outside Lands
Outside Lands 2015

"In order to maximize your enjoyment," spoke a computerized voice at the start of St. Vincent's set, "please refrain from digitally capturing your experience": A fitting introduction for a musician whose increasingly mechanized sounds explore what it means to be human. As proven by her Friday afternoon performance, Annie Clark isn't just an exemplary singer-songwriter and exceptionally inventive guitarist, she's also a striking performance artist who revels in chilly artifice in order to examine the uncomfortable heat of 21st century reality.

Her makeup both exacting and blurred, her black outfit covered in peek-a-boo holes, Clark resembled Prince looking like Catwoman -- and like Prince, she's confrontationally sexy with a purpose. [Rolling Stone]

St. Vincent was a major highlight of Outside Lands day one, the day that also featured two sets each by both Natalie Prass and Speedy Ortiz. We caught Natalie and Speedy in the Toyota Tent, a stage we co-presented with Stereogum and SPIN. Natalie Prass started the day playing her soulful tunes to a crowd that drew in passberbys in from the churro stands and beer gardens in the distance. She told a story about getting stung by a scorpion in a tent on a camping trip once and so tents now freak her out. Speedy Ortiz ran through their songs with lead singer Sadie on acoustic guitar for the first time in years.

Pictures from their sets and more continue below...

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Outside Lands stream

The 2015 Outside Lands festival is now underway in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. If you're there, make sure to come say hi to us in the Toyota Tent. If you're not, you might be interested to know you can livestream performances on three separate channels starting at 3:30pm PT (6:30pm EST) each day (Aug 7-9) at sfoutsidelands.com/.

The actual fest schedule is HERE, and the streaming schedule is below...

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Big Freedia
photo: Big Freedia in last year's Toyota Tent @ OSL (more by Wilson Lee)

Outside Lands is taking over San Francisco's Golden Gate Park this weekend with headliners Elton John, The Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, Wilco, Tame Impala and more.

BrooklynVegan, SPIN and Stereogum are returning to the sold out festival this year with a presence in the Toyota Tent which is located in the Polo Field near the Lands End Stage. The tent is called "Sound Central" on the festival map.

OSL

Like previous years, and like at Lollapalooza last weekend, 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, Hurray for the Riff Raff play the Sutro stage at 12:20 on Saturday. You can then see them again in the Toyota tent at 5pm the same day).

BrooklynVegan's OSL representative this year will be Jamie Granato, also known as DJ Rezound and the man behind Group Tightener. Watch Jamie interview Dan Deacon and METZ on Sunday. Come see bonus performances by Natlie Prass, Speedy Ortiz, The Drums, Django Django, Shakey Graves, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker and more. Check out the full weekend schedule below....

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Courtney Barnett
Speedy Ortiz
Torres

On Tuesday, Courtney Barnett, Sadie of Speedy Ortiz and Torres headed to the LES for an art show (pictures), and last night (7/22) those three acts played a huge sold-out NYC show at Terminal 5. All three were supporting great new albums -- Courtney's Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Speedy's Foil Deer, and Torres' Sprinter -- and all three played rocking sets. Courtney went 10 minutes past Terminal 5's 11 PM curfew, and seemed like she woulda kept on going if allowed, quipping, "I thought New York was the city that never sleeps?" We've got pictures from the show in this post.

After the show, Torres headed to Elvis Guesthouse for a tiny midnight show (pictures). Anyone catch that? She'll play NYC again on her tour with Garbage.

More pictures from T5, with Courtney's setlist, a picture of Speedy's, and a video of Courtney playing "Avant Gardener," below...

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photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Art by Courtney Barnett
Art by Courtney Barnett
Art by Courtney Barnett

In town for tonight's big show at Terminal 5, Courtney Barnett had a showing of her photographs documenting her 2015 tour as well as the artwork from her new album, that happened Tuesday (7/21) at a Lower East Side gallery. The tour photos were of a theme -- hotel bathroom showerheads -- and the artwork, as you may have seen, is all drawings of chairs. You could buy prints of all of these -- the hanging prints all curiously bore the edition number (4/20) -- and proceeds went to benefit the Australian Marine Conservation Society. Like most gallery openings, there was free booze and they also had fortune cookies with Courtney Barnett lyrics in them. Torres and Sadie from Speedy Ortiz, who open tonight's sold-out T5 show, were the night's DJs. Fun time.

Check out more pics from "Art by Courtney Barnett" below...

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photo: Iggy Pop in Austin in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Iggy Pop

The full Riot Fest Denver and Chicago lineups were already announced, and more recently the day-by-day lineups were revealed. Check those out below.

You can still get tickets to Denver and Chicago, and now Groupon is also offering an exclusive presale on single-day tickets for Chicago.

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Art by Courtney

Fresh off her appearance at this past weekend's Pitchfork Fest, Courtney Barnett is back in NYC for Wednesday night's sold-out show at Terminal 5. Before that, she'll be displaying some of the photographs she's taken on her current tour as well as some of her artwork at a private gallery exhibition TONIGHT in NYC featuring DJ sets by Torres and Speedy Ortiz's DJ SAD13, both of whom are opening for Courtney at T5. Again, this event -- which goes from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM in Manhattan -- is private but if you'd like to go we have a few guest list spots to give away. Enter to win below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Speedy Ortiz / Weyes Blood
Speedy Ortiz
Weyes Blood

The annual River Rocks series of free shows on NYC's Pier 84 kicked off yesterday (7/9) and thanks to the weather, it got off to a rocky start. Rain and lightning caused headliner Waxahatchee's set to be cancelled, for which the band apologized and said "we'll make it up to NY." Speedy Ortiz did get to play, but unfortunately the weather wasn't too kind to singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis' gear:

As far as we know, everything went over just fine for opener Weyes Blood's set though. Pictures of her and Speedy are in this post.

Waxahatchee are set to return to NYC on their tour with Kurt Vile, which hits Webster Hall on October 7 (tickets). They also have an Asbury Park show with Weyes Blood on 10/10 at Asbury Lanes (tickets).

Speedy will be back here on July 22 at Terminal 5 with Courtney Barnett and Torres. That show is sold out.

And Weyes Blood recently announced a tour with Little Wings that hits NYC on September 10 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale today (7/10) at noon.

River Rocks continues with We Were Promised Jetpacks and Krill on 7/23 and U.S. Girls and Yuck on 8/6.

More pictures from last night's show, below...

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photo: Death Grips at FYF Fest 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Death Grips

First Toronto, then Chicago, now here's the 2015 Riot Fest Denver additions: System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie, Chef'Special, Input & Broken, and... Death Grips whose current tour surprisingly includes actual shows being played!

The additions join Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Ice Cube (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Iggy Pop, Run DMC, Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in The Sky, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, Testament, The Damned, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, The Get Up Kids, The Vandals, American Nightmare, Joyce Manor, 7 Seconds and more.

Riot Fest Denver happens August 28-30 at the Western Rodeo Complex. Tickets are still available. Updated poster and lineup below...

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Riot Fest Chicago 2015

Following the Riot Fest Toronto lineup additions, the 2015 Riot Fest Chicago lineup has now been expanded. Additions include System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie and Chef'Special.

They join Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, BIlly Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix(, Drive Like Jehu, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, The Damned, Death, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, and more.

Riot Fest Chicago goes down September 11-13 in Douglas Park. Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below.

Update: Denver additions announced too.

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