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photo: Arcade Fire & David Bowie at Summerstage in 2005 (more)
David Bowie Arcade Fire

Yesterday, tons of artists shared tributes to the late David Bowie, and there are more still coming in today.

Arcade Fire, who have collaborated with Bowie more than once, wrote:

David Bowie was one of the band's earliest supporters and champions. He not only created the world that made it possible for our band to exist, he welcomed us into it with grace and warmth. We will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of our lives. A true artist even in his passing, the world is more bright and mysterious because of him, and we will continue to shout prayers into the atmosphere he created.
In a statement to Pitchfork, Deerhunter and Atlas Sound frontman Bradford Cox said:
First of all, who cares what I have to say about David Bowie? I've been reading all of these amazing tributes written by people who actually knew him and I feel kind of weird talking about it, but I'm very honored to be asked. Honestly, I got more texts and phone calls about Bowie's death than I did back when I got hit by a car, which is oddly flattering because it just means that people that know me also know how much I loved him.

There's no question. There's nobody that's had a bigger influence on my entire life--not just on the way I make music, but also the way I think and feel about things--than David Bowie. I literally wouldn't do what I do if it weren't for him...and looking back, there's honestly not a part of my life that can't be somehow defined by whatever David Bowie record I was listening to at the time. I can't really say that about any other artist. I mean, if I want to relive my childhood and young adulthood I can basically just listen to the Sound + Vision box set.

Read the rest of Bradford's lengthy tribute here.

We already posted Kim Gordon's, and here's one from her Sonic Youth bandmate Lee Ranaldo (via The Talkhouse):

In 1997, we in Sonic Youth were amazed when we got word from David Bowie, inviting us to perform with him onstage at Madison Square Garden in celebration of his 50th birthday. That he even knew who we were was amazing to us! We had been so inspired and influenced by his music for so long, and it was a huge thrill to join him in performance. Hanging out with him leading up to the concert, it was clear that he was still fully engaged and informed about all kinds of music and art going on around him, curious and open to new influences. Not many of his generation were tuned in to the kind of thing that we were doing, but he certainly was.

A few days before the show, we all trooped up to Connecticut for rehearsal. David had rented the Hartford Civic Center arena for the day so we could rehearse and get comfortable in a venue with a stage the same size as Madison Square Garden! He had asked our friend Tony Oursler to do some of his video projections as the stage set for the concert. Tony was a fellow artist-traveller who had directed our "Tunic" video a few years prior. David impressed us with his focus and his friendly and positive demeanor throughout a long day. He was excited, and certainly we were! We were only halfway thru our thirty-year career as a band at that time, while he was already past that mark, and obviously still going strong. A Radical Adult.

This morning, for some reason I woke unexpectedly at 6:00 AM and couldn't sleep. I reached for my phone to check the New York Times, and was completely shocked -- devastated! -- to read the news. A new album, new theatre production, new musical directions -- he was so active this last year. To realize that he was accomplishing all this while knowing his fate makes his recent accomplishments all the more inspiring.

In a statement to Pitchfork, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore says:
David Bowie's energy was charged with light. His love and passion for art, in all its intrigue and interplay with nature, was manifest in his smile, his charm. He loved to experiment while honoring the grace of tradition and subsequently informed and inspired anyone lucky enough to be there when Ziggy Stardust took the stage and hit the racks. When punk rode into town and every rock n' roller pre-1976 was denounced as a dinosaur, there were few exceptions. Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Captain Beefheart, Yoko Ono, Neil Young, Marc Bolan, Eno, Bryan Ferry and definitely Bowie.

He was the one gentleman who excitedly applauded Devo and Suicide and in the 80s was rumored to have been checking out Pixies, Sonic Youth, et al. He asked Sonic Youth to play "I'm Afraid of Americans" with his band at his 50th birthday party at Madison Square Garden in 1997. We met and rehearsed a couple of times and played the gig and it was all amazing, another realm of experience from where we traversed, but the one thing I always remember is him coming into the communal dressing room area where all the other artists were to say hello and have some photos taken. As he was leaving he turned and shouted, "Hi Coco, I'm so happy you're here! Have a great time!" to my three-year-old daughter Coco, who I was holding in my arms. She was the only person unaware of any hierarchy of celebrity in the room.

It brings to mind Bowie's early connection with Buddhist philosophy, practice and meditation, studying with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Lama Chime RInpoche. Legend has it that David had considered a life as a monk but his teachers saw his light was needed beyond the monastery and advised him to follow it. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in later years, became the Buddhist teacher to Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman and so many others who employ kindness and contemplative thought as activism towards peace. Bowie, fabulous Capricorn, touched each of us in a remarkable and personal way, sharing not only his genuine brilliance for songwriting, but his joy for life, his rock n' roll love. Now we see, the Starman who'd "love to blow our minds" was indeed the man himself, dignified in his devotion to creative bliss, light and love.

Also via The Talkhouse, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio:
I was coming back to California from France on January 9th, had bought and downloaded Blackstar right before I got on the plane, listened to it a bunch, passed out at home and woke up to all of this very sad news. Still seems like a dream. I was working on some music with a friend the day before I'd left and we talked about how excited we were to hear Blackstar after hearing the singles and how great it was to be alive and able to say, "Hey, the new Bowie's coming out tomorrow." Talked about how many millions of people had said that, had thought that, over the course of four-plus decades, and every time with the sincere question attached, "Well, what is it going to BE?" "What is it going to be LIKE?" "WHO is he now?" Listening to the record, reading the lyrics, it seems like maybe he had the same questions about living and leaving.

I feel insanely lucky that he took an interest and was so incredibly supportive of anything we were doing with TV on the Radio, and the fact that he was kind enough to record a song with us is something I don't think I'll ever be able to fully process. In the very, very little time he spent with the band he was so humble it was eerie. He was incredibly funny, and chatting casually about bands like Lightning Bolt and Black Dice, and how into them he was, pushed me out of the deep shock of "I'm talking to him" and into the even deeper shock of "I love these bands completely, but why would YOU know or care about... oh right... you're... David Bowie. You probably know and care a bit about everything... which maybe no one can, but maybe... you're... no one? Who ARE you?" Then he sang on the song and we, as a band, shat our collective pants. And still, afterwards...Who WAS that? Which one was that? Who was that person who had, and had lived so many ideas that he'd actually become an idea himself?

Huge artist lessons from that idea: Change is the law. Get to it. Get lost. Try it out. Don't get scared of your pain. Sit with it. Maybe it matters so much because it doesn't. Don't get stuck. Freak yourself out. Crack up. Stay interested. Make something. If you recognize it too well, mess up its face, bend it, make it something else. Make THAT something else. Stay on top of it. Drop it. Get magic. Build ways in, build ways out. Be disciplined. Make it count, be kind and stay true to yourself, whichever one you happen to be at the time.

The news, like this beautiful man, this art and artist, fills and empties and refills your heart and just keeps going. I don't know that he ever was, or could be fixed in one place, but now I think he's just everywhere, in a fine mist, every single one of him, all of them love.

Blondie Bowie

Blondie singer Debbie Harry, in a statement to Dazed, said:

In NYC there is a yearly Bowie Ball when local musicians all perform a Bowie song. It happens every year and this next one will be a sad and extremely heartfelt evening for everyone. Who doesn't love Bowie? A visionary artist, musician, actor, a completely renaissance man who has given us a long list of songs like "Heroes", "Rebel Rebel", "Young Americans", "Diamond Dogs", "The Jean Genie" and many, many more, and some memorable film performances like The Man Who Fell to Earth, Basquiat, Labyrinth, The Hunger.

I can't say enough things about David Bowie to show how much I love him. When the Low album was out and Iggy Pop was about to tour, David played keyboards in Iggy's band. They asked Blondie to open for them, and as they say, the rest is history. Without this visionary and his friend Iggy Pop, where would Blondie be today? Silly question and one that can't be answered really, but there is no doubt in my mind that Bowie played a big part in our future successes. As for now, love you David Bowie. Xx

Madonna wrote:
I'm devastated.
David Bowie changed the course of my life forever. I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan. Like an oddball or a freak. I went to see him in concert at Cobo Arena in Detroit. It was the first concert I'd ever been too. I snuck out of the house with my girlfriend wearing a cape.
We got caught after and I was grounded for the summer. I didn't care.
I already had many of his records and was so inspired by the way he played with gender confusion .
Was both masculine and feminine.
Funny and serious.
Clever and wise.
His lyrics were witty ironic and mysterious.
At the time he was the thin white Duke and he had mime artists on stage with him and very specific choreography
And I saw how he created a persona and used different art forms within the arena of rock and Roll to create entertainment.
I found him so inspiring and innovative.
Unique and provocative. A real Genius.
his music was always inspiring but seeing him live set me off on a journey that for me I hope will never end.
His photographs are hanging all over my house today.
He was so chic and beautiful and elegant.
So ahead of his time.
Thank you David Bowie.
I owe you a lot. .
The world will miss you.
Love
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Madonna also covered "Rebel Rebel" at her show on Tuesday in honor of him. Video below.

Ozzy Osbourne said "It knocked the shit out of me." Read his interview with Rolling Stone about it.

Billy Bragg talked about his love of Bowie...

All of the artists that me and my mates at school listened to were reassuringly heterosexual: Slade, Rod Stewart, Status Quo. Bowie was something else. As 14-year-olds in 1972, if we knew anything about him it was that he was a 'bender' - in the spiteful parlance of the playground - and so best avoided. Then I heard 'The Jean Genie'. With no foreknowledge of the Velvet Underground, this just sounded to me like a thumping great dose of bootboy pop that beat Slade at their own game. I was hooked.

When 'Aladdin Sane' came out a few months later, the open gatefold sleeve was displayed in the window of the local record store: Bowie standing, hands on hips, naked except for the red/blue lightening bolt across his face. The fact that he had no discernable genitalia seemed only to confirm that he was not as other men.

Coming out as a Bowie fan would leave me open to jibes about my own sexuality, but I couldn't resist the sock hop pop of 'The Prettiest Star' and the fretful grandeur of 'Drive-In Saturday'. I took the record into school and found that, rather than being called names, it made me more popular with the smart girls in our class who got together in the lunch break to listen to 'Hunky Dory'. Bowie's androgyny - making him popular with both boys and girls - had created a bridge across what had been, for me, an unfathomable chasm.
After he played Romford Odeon on the last leg of the Ziggy Stardust tour in April 1973, the whole of the 4th year seemed to go Bowie mad. My parents wouldn't buy me anything androgynous to wear, but I did take the cover of 'Aladdin Sane' to the local barber's to get the 'Bowie cut'.

I remained a huge fan of his work as he has moved effortlessly forward, engaging with new ideas and media. I ended up spending my life with a girl who saw the Ziggy Stardust tour and we take great delight in the fact that our son has grown up to be a huge Bowie fan.
But whenever I hear his music, I'm a teenager again, taking my first taste of something ungendered, transgressive. At a crucial moment in my adolescence, David Bowie showed me that masculinity wasn't the only way to attract girls and, for that, I thank him.

Britt Daniel of Spoon uploaded a cover of Bowie's "Never Let Me Down" and wrote:
I went to bed early last night. Woke up at 3 and glanced at my phone. It's 515 now and I'm realizing there'll be no more sleep tonight. I was just saying last week isn't it amazing how Bowie is still with us and we get another album from him? No other artist has meant as much to me personally or inspired my own songs as much. What a spirit. What an inspiration. What a shining example of the beauty that humanity can create. Bless him.
Head HERE to read tributes by Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Brian May, Jarvis Cocker, Brian Eno, Devo, Nile Rodgers, J Mascis, Jimmy Page and more. Head here for Iggy Pop.

Listen to Britt's cover and TV on the Radio's (not new) cover of "Heroes" below...

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by Bill Pearis

Fargo soundtrack

The first season of FX series Fargo, loosely based on the Coen Brothers 1996 film of the same name, defied expectations by being really good. The second season continues to defy, by actually being possibly better than the first -- something True Detective could not pull off. (Final judgement withheld till Monday's season finale.) Season 2 also cleverly draws from the rest of the Coen Brothers universe, incorporating flashes from their other films into Fargo's world, this season set in 1979. It's got a great cast (Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Nick Offerman to name a few), balances humor, tension and very human moments deftly, and is one of the best-looking shows on TV.

The second season also ups the ante with an amazing soundtrack filled with brilliantly chosen, sometimes surprising, songs from the era, but also cover versions of songs used in various Coen Brothers films. The fourth episode uses The Chieftains & Bon Iver's version of "Down in the Willow Garden" (which is woven throughout Raising Arizona), but they've commissioned a number of covers just for the show, including: Blitzen Trapper's great, '70s southern-fried boogie take on "Man of Constant Sorrow" (from O Brother Where Art Thou?); Tweedy doing Jose Felciano's "Let's Find Each Other Tonight" (originally in Fargo); White Denim turn Kenny Rodgers' "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" (used in The Big Lebowski) into cheesy disco; and Spoon's Britt Daniel delivers a fine solo acoustic version of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Run Through the Jungle" (also Lebowski). It comes off like a Coen Brothers tribute album (for that matter Fargo is at times like a Coen Brothers tribute series).

None of the original recordings of these have been released yet in any official way, and there's been no word on a soundtrack yet, apart from there will be one. But people have been ripping them and putting them on YouTube. Listen to rips of Blitzen Trapper, Britt Daniel, and White Denim's contributions (and that Cheiftains/Bon Iver cover), and check out the soundtrack listing of each episode (courtesy show music supervisor Maggie Phillips' blog), below.

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That huge John Lennon tribute is coming up on December 5 at the Theater at MSG, and there are some new guests that have been announced. John Fogerty and Spoon will join previously-announced performers Aloe Blacc, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Brandon Flowers, Peter Frampton, Juanes, Kris Kristofferson, Pat Monahan, Tom Morello, Willie Nelson, The Root, Chris Stapleton and Steven Tyler. The show will also feature video appearances from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr and will be hosted by the one and only Kevin Bacon (no word yet on if The Bacon Brothers will make an appearance). In any case, tickets are still on sale.

photo: The Pop Group at Rough Trade in 2015(more by Greg Cristman)
The Pop Group

The music world is pretty much always caught up in nostalgia, so it's no surprise that albums from the past are always getting reissued. Here's a roundup of some cool ones to look forward to:

Post-punk pioneers The Pop Group are reissuing of their second album For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?, which will be out via Freaks R Us on February 19. It's the first reissue of the album, and the first time it will be released on CD and digitally. It also features "We Are all Prostitutes," which was originally intended for the album but didn't make the cut. That song will also be reissued as a limited edition 7" in its original sleeve artwork.

Faith No More are celebrating the anniversary of their debut album We Care a Lot, which had Chuck Mosley as a frontman pre-Mike Patton. The reissue will be out via Koolarrow Records next year, and will include rare photographs and bonus tracks.

Another important album that is being reissued is the iconic Jagged Little Pill, to commemorate its 20th anniversary. This album made Alanis Morissette become the youngest musician to win a Grammy for Album of the Year and sparked the two-decade long debate of the meaning of irony. This reissue is out now on Rhino Records. The 20th anniversary sparked nostalgic feelings for Alanis, who wrote the story behind the making of the album in her site, where she mentions that the album wasn't well-received by record companies at first. She explains:

There were a few songs we re-recorded to see if my intensity could be stamped out a bit (heavy forbid a woman be intense)...and they were rejected by everyone. To their credit, they could tell something was lost in that process. Thank God. When the songs "You Oughta Know" and "Perfect" were written, we went and visited many record companies, none of which were impressed. Rejection for me, over the 10 years I had been in the music industry at that point, intimated I had not found my "home" yet...so I persevered.
Jimmy Eat World are also celebrating a 20th anniversary. This year marks their two decades since their debut as a band. They're reissuing their five major albums on vinyl, which will be out in December. These include Static Prevails, Clarity, Bleed American, Futures, and the Stay On My Side Tonight EP which has never been out on vinyl (and which includes one of their best songs, "Distintegration"). Most will be out as double LPs on December 11 but Bleed American and SOMST come out as single LPs on December 4 and 18, respectively.

Another 20th anniversary: Rancid is reissuing their best album, 1995's ...And Out Come the Wolves, on December 11 via Epitaph. This reissue follows a few shows where they performed it in full.

Spoon's 10th anniversary of their album Gimme Fiction is this year as well. They are reissuing the album on December 11 via Merge and Matador (they're reissuing the international release). It's a double LP that features twelve unreleased demos, nine bonus tracks, and a book with photos and the story behind the making of the album. They shared a demo of "Was It You?" which is featured on the reissue.

Stream Spoon's demo of "Was It You?" and Alanis Morissette's reissue below...

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by Bill Pearis

RSD Black Friday 2015

The folks at Record Store Day have announced this year's RSD Black Friday releases for your post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy needs. (Black Friday 2015 is November 27.) This year's crop includes that Deerhoof live album, a double-vinyl reissue of Outkast's classic Stankonia, Lush's best-of Ciao!,  a new Ariel Pink single that features Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, and a new Spoon 10" featuring their cover of The Cramps' "TV Set."

Some other RSD Black Friday exclusives/firsts: vinyl reissues of Buzzcocks' Music in a Different Kitchen, The Clash's debut album, Faith No More's pre-Mike Patton 1985 debut album We Care a Lot, Ween's The Pod, a two-disc colored vinyl edition of Garbage's debut album, The Jesus & Mary Chain's odds-and-sods compilation Barbed Wire Kisses, and the rock-meets-rap Judgement Night soundtrack (where Mudhoney met Sir Mix-a-Lot).

In the more curious department, there's a 30th anniversary double-vinyl reissue of the 1985 Transformers Movie soundtrack that featured Stan Bush's "The Touch" (later reused in Boogie Nights to great ironic effect).  The gatefold jacket "completely 'transforms' all four sides from an Autobot themed jacket to a Decepticon themed jacket." Cool? There's also a vinyl soundtrack for Sharknado 3, which if you're an indie band/label wondering why you can't get your album pressed till July, this could be a contributing factor.

There are lots more RSD Black Friday 2015 releases and you can peruse the whole list here.

photo: Ryan Adams at last night's Neil Young tribute (more by PSquared)
Ryan Adams

Neil Young's annual benefit concert for The Bridge School, a "non-profit, innovative organization educating children with severe speech and physical impairments through the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems and assistive technology," happens this year from October 24 - 25 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA.

Neil plays as always (with his band Promise of the Real), and so does Ryan Adams (who just played a big Neil Young tribute in NYC), St. Vincent, Spoon, Gary Clark Jr, Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow and Nils Lofgren. More info here.

photos by Vladislav Grach & Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Morrissey / Modest Mouse / Run the Jewels / crowd
Firefly Festival
Firefly Festival
Run the Jewels
Firefly Festival

Back in 2012, the seemingly random location of Dover, Delaware got the new Firefly Music Festival, and it was instantly a success. This past weekend it wrapped up its fourth year, and this thing is more massive than ever. I mean for one, they got Paul McCartney to headline the Friday night (more on that here), and there may not be a bigger deal of a headliner on the planet than him. But Paul wasn't even the half of it. The grounds are huge, and they were packed all three days. To get an idea of the size, it sometimes took about 10-15 minutes to get from the Firefly Stage to the Lawn Stage -- the two that always seemed to have the biggest acts. Unfortunately this also meant it was often impossible to see a full set, the worst case for me being Morrissey straight into Modest Mouse straight into Paul on Friday. It meant I missed when Morrissey played "Meat Is Murder" with his graphic on-screen projections, and apparently sent a portion of the crowd away in disgust.

I'm not sure how many other people who missed that happen were bummed out though, because realistically, Morrissey isn't a main draw at a festival like this. The biggest and most hyped crowds I saw were for the EDM acts like White Panda and Zedd, or the current wave of festival-ready bands like Bastille and Walk the Moon. Those bands have this vaguely-alternative pop rock sound that's danceable, easy to digest, and full of a lot of whoa-ohs. It's pretty easy to see why that sort of thing does well on a major festival, but it's not too surprising that their fans don't want to hear angry songs about the meat industry.

Even if Morrissey didn't get the fists pumping though, he sounded great. When he and the band played "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before," his voice sounded as rich as it does on Strangeways, Here We Come. And his stage presence isn't wild or anything, but he still managed to seem larger than life. Whether he was playing recent tunes like "World Peace Is None of Your Business" or classics like "Suedehead," his live show lived up to the expectations I had for someone as legendary as Moz.

Manchester Orchestra
Firefly Festival

Throughout the weekend, there were a few other artists avoiding the festival-pop trends too. Earlier on Friday on the same stage that Moz and Macca would play was Manchester Orchestra. I haven't loved a full album of theirs since the singer/songwriter-y indie rock of 2006's I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child, but in the time since then they've basically transformed into a grunge band and they really pull it off live. In my opinion, the only thing holding back a song like "Top Notch" off last year's Cope is the production, but in a raw live setting those Headbanger's Ball-worthy jams live up to their full potential. And when M.O. do whip out the older ones like "I Can Barely Breathe" and "Where Have You Been?," they sound tighter than ever.

Modest Mouse were fantastic as always too. The only real conflict of the weekend for me was that they were up against Run the Jewels, but having seen RTJ five days earlier, I opted for the Mouse. We got a good amount of their new album, and they worked in old favorites towards the end, giving us a stretch of "Dramamine," "Doin' the Cockroach," "Float On," and "Dark Center of the Universe" all in a row.

Zola Jesus
Zola Jesus

Saturday the highlights were fewer for me, the biggest being Zola Jesus' set. She played at The Forest Stage, which is this cool small stage that's a little out of the way in comparison to the others. It gets its name as it's surrounded by a thick wooded area, which also makes it a nice way to escape the sun. Zola played to less than 100 people (the masses were gathered at the main stage for Matt & Kim), but she and her band brought a much welcome darkness to this festival. It was appropriate to have her on the shady stage. Her band (three men in all black clothing) were all business as Zola belted her powerhouse vocals, lurched around the stage, and at one point came up to the crowd and walked along the barrier. She left the stage abruptly after closing song "Vessel," and had the small but loving crowd yelling for an encore (no such luck).

Sunday had the hardest-rocking afternoon band I saw since Manchester Orchestra, Benjamin Booker. I didn't fully realize from his self-titled 2014 debut how rocking he is, or how he could be opening for Social Distortion and playing the punk/metal stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest later this year. But after seeing him live, I get it. He might smile and laugh a lot on stage, but when he and his band locked in for a feedback-y jam and then Benjamin ripped a string-bending solo, they were no joke.

The only artist I was excited to see that ended up being a disappointment was Snoop Dogg. Even though the guy's got countless songs dating back over 20 years, he spent the majority of his set essentially doing karaoke to other people's songs. Sure, it was fun when he got the huge crowd singing "I Love Rock and Roll" and "Jump Around," but it could've been anyone up there doing it. And a lot of the Snoop songs we did get were cut short. Things should go over better when he plays Doggystyle in full at Riot Fest.

Right after his set, I ended my weekend at The Killers. You might argue they're no better than the Bastille/Walk the Moon-type stuff I was talking about earlier, and sure they have some cheese in their sound. What bothers me about those bands though isn't their poppiness, it's that they all sound so anonymous. But "Mr. Brightside," "Somebody Told Me," "Smile Like You Mean It" and later hits like "When You Were Young" and "Human" are all bangers, and hearing all those songs at Firefly was a blast. Even their more recent, less banging songs pretty much sound like mid-'80s Bruce Springsteen, which was a refreshing change from the interchangeable festival-pop bands.

The Killers also did the Firefly crowd a favor by covering two songs by Kings of Leon, whose Saturday night set was cancelled due to lightning. And any classic rock fans hanging around were treated to a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," which they pulled off surprisingly well. These guys are total rock stars and they clearly know it, but at least they do what they do really well. (Unlike Foster the People who I saw a day earlier with an open mind but just kept thinking ...what are they even doing?)

More Firefly pictures (including some from Thursday night, which I didn't attend) below. Paul McCartney wasn't allowing photos but we did get pics of him in Philly on Sunday.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Spoon / The Antlers @ The Wick 6/17/2015
Spoon
Spoon
The Antlers

"This is a good room for that one," Britt Daniel remarked after Spoon played "Outlier" at The Wick on Wednesday night (6/17). The cavernous former brewery favors bass and danceable songs like that are definitely a good fit for the space, but Spoon (and The Wick) sounded really good last night overall. It's also nice when a band 20 years into their career are still making records people want to hear played live, with last year's They Want My Soul being well represented with six songs, plus favorites from most of their other records (including rare inclusion "Metal Detektor" from A Series of Sneaks). Printed setlist is below. This was the second of two Brooklyn shows for the band, having played the much bigger Kings Theater the night before (anybody go to that?). With some dramatic lighting working well with the industrial vibe, it made for a fun evening.

Both Brooklyn shows were opened by tourmates The Antlers whose expansive sound also worked well at The Wick. The venue, by the way, is coming along, with bathrooms finally open so you don't have to go over to The Well anymore. Unless you want a (much) better beer selection -- when I asked what the two choices on draft at The Wick were, the bartender said "light or dark." Okay then! A/C seemed to be working too, but it was also a cool night.

More pics from Spoon and The Antlers at The Wick, below...

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UPDATE: Stream Bonnaroo 2015 here.

bonnaroo is streaming live on brooklynvegan.com

Bonnaroo 2015 is this week with four days of music and comedy from Thursday (6/11) through Sunday (6/14) in Manchester, TN. For those who can't make it, you'll be able to watch many of Bonnaroo's performers right here on BrooklynVegan.com via three different video channels. Live streaming begins Thursday at 7 PM Central (6 PM Eastern) and sets being broadcast over the four days include Courtney Barnett, Against Me!, Belle & Sebastian, My Morning Jacket, Billy Joel, D'Angelo & the Vanguard, Jamie xx, The War on Drugs and many more. Full list of confirmed streaming Bonnaroo performances below.

UPDATE: Stream Bonnaroo 2015 here.

While there won't be any Bonnaroo comedy sets streaming, Comedy Central has put together a Spotify playlist of bits from many of the comedians peforming at the fest this year, including Chris Hardwick, Jeff Ross, Kurt Braunohler, Reggie Watts, Michelle Wolf and more. Stream that below.

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photos by Debi Del Grande

Spoon / Fuzz / Modest Mouse / Father John Misty / Syvan Esso / Diarrhea Planet
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 2
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 2
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 2
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 2
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 2
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 2

While Friday and Sunday nights are topped with EDM, Saturday belonged unequivocally and inarguably to good ol' rock and roll.

It climaxed early with a face-melting set from five-guitar band Diarrhea Planet, who brought every rock god dream to fruition: Head banging. Windmilling. Soloing behind your head. Soloing with your teeth. A dusty mosh pit kicked up in front of the stage, the wild-eyed youth unleashing their inner demons, all to the ritualistic howl of the electric guitar...

...The onslaught of guitars continued after sunset and well into the night, with veteran indie rock acts The Decemberists and Modest Mouse anchoring the main stage. The day concluded with a great set from fellow veteran band Spoon, but by that late the crowds had largely given up on guitar rock, trading it in for the synthesized sounds of ODESZA. - [Oregon Live]

Day 2 of the 2015 Sasquatch Music Festival, which happened Memorial Day Weekend in Gorge, WA, featured such heavy-hitters as Spoon, Modest Mouse, Decemberists, and Father John Misty, as well as Arcade Fire's Will Butler, Sylvan Esso, and greasy-haired upstarts Diarrhea Planet, King Tuff and Ty Segall's proto-metal trio, Fuzz.

Pictures from Sasquatch day 1 are HERE, and we'll have photos from the fest's final two days soon. More pics from day 2 below...

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by Bill Pearis

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The remake of Poltergeist comes out this Friday (5/22). I'm not sure we need it as Tobe Hooper's 1982 original holds up pretty well, but what can you do? (Not see it, I guess.) Give the new one a little credit -- given the film's iconic image of little Carol-Ann staring at white fuzz on a no-signal TV -- for getting Spoon to cover The Cramps' classic "TV Set" for the soundtrack. Few things are as wonderfully, wildly unhinged as The Cramps and Lux Interior were in the prime ("TV Set" was 1980) but Britt Daniel and crew do a nice, straightforward job here. We can only hope the film does as well. Stream it (via Stereogum) below.

Spoon's tour with The Antlers will be in NYC next month for shows at King's Theatre on June 16 with The Antlers (buy tickets or win them) and June 17 at The Wick (sold out).

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Brand New at Forest Hills Stadium in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
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Brand New are more the type to gradually reveal dates than announce a lengthy tour at once, and today their first New York show of 2015 has been announced. They'll return to Cooperstown's Brewery Ommegang on August 16, the same venue they played last year with Modest Mouse. It's a good bill all around, with support from old friends Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine. Additionally, at the show they'll debut the new Brand New/Ommegang beer collaboration, which will be the first-ever Brand New beer. The presale is already sold out, but tickets go on sale to the general public Friday (5/8) at noon.

Brand New's tour schedule also includes Shaky Knees Festival, Primavera Sound, Bunbury Festival, Lollapalooza, Osheaga, Bumbershoot, ACL, and shows with Basement, Desaparecidos and more. They also headline the Friday of Arizona's Summer Ends Music Festival with Jimmy Eat World, Spoon, Thrice, Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine. All dates are listed below.

Last month, Brand New released "Mene," their first single in six years, followed by the live debut of another new song, "Sealed to Me." Last week, Jesse Lacey joined Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull and Kevin Devine at Andy's NYC show to sing Manchester's "Where Have You Been?" Video of that, the two new BN songs, the list of dates, and the Cooperstown show flyer, below...

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photo: Spoon at SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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As previously mentioned, Spoon and The Antlers are touring together, and hitting NYC on June 16 at Kings Theatre (buy tickets or win them). Now they expanded their tour to include a couple more shows, including a much smaller Brooklyn show happening the next night (6/17) at The Wick. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon.

Updated dates are listed below...

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photo: The Antlers at Brooklyn Masonic Temple in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
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The Antlers were added as an opener to some dates on the upcoming Spoon tour, including the Brooklyn show happening June 16 at Kings Theatre. Tickets for that show are still available (though Ticketmaster is saying "not many left"), and we're also giving away a pair.

Details on how to enter to win, with The Antlers' list of tour dates, below...

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photo: Sleater-Kinney at T5 in February (more by PSquared)
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Sleater-Kinney, who first said they weren't playing festivals but then were announced for Primavera Sound, have now also been added to home stage festival Sasquatch!, taking place Memorial Day Weekend (5/22-25) at The Gorge. Other new additions include Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib (who plays NYC tonight), THEESatisfaction, Helms Alee, AlunaGeorge, Kaytranada, Goldlink and a few others.

Those additions join previously announced names such as Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent and many more. Festival tickets are still available.

Updated lineup below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Spoon / DJ Windows 98 @ SXSW FloodFest, 3/18/2015
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As the static from the modem faded, Butler played about five seconds of Shania Twain's 1999 hit "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" before launching into Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation," during which time he he fussed despondently with his levels and repeatedly yelled to the stage managers, "Cut the lights. Cut the lights PLEASE." The house finally obliged, drenching the stage and audience in darkroom red. Then it was time to worry about sound. "Turn up the monitors," Butler intoned, calmly at first, then loudly, "TURN UP THE MONITORS, I BELIEVE IN YOU."

To be fair to Butler, the FLOOD fest stage was kind of a shitshow. The sound was mostly unintelligible, and the entire evening was about an hour behind schedule. But the sense that on some level this performance was a joke to Butler didn't help the vibe, especially during the first half of the set, during which I could see several girls up in the VIP section side-eyeing the stage. - [The Verge]

Win Butler's DJ Windows 98 persona has gone from being something he did while on tour with Arcade Fire to becoming a well paid attraction in his own right. He's in Austin for SXSW and played right before headliners Spoon at Wednesday night's FLoodFest, the takeover of Cedar St Courtyard by Flood (the magazine from the people who brought us Filter [who had SXSW parties in the same spot for years]). On Thursday (3/19), Butler and his brother Will as well as New York Times columnist Paul Krugman at a panel titled "Celebrity Economy in Music." Stereogum was there:
Although current topics like the unique opportunities provided by the the internet, the rise of streaming, and the utility of data were all addressed, much of the discussion returned to some very familiar themes -- concerns and debates about "selling out" are hardly new. When Simonian spoke about corporate sponsorship as a crucial source of revenue for emerging bands, arguing that it shouldn't necessarily be viewed as "selling out," Win was quick to set her straight: "It is selling out, though, just for the record." Although the importance of brands over labels may be on the rise, he wryly stated that "artists have been getting screwed over at pretty much the same rate, but now slightly different people are screwing us over."
Spoon, meanwhile, played a big SXSW show last night at Auditorium Shores which was broadcast live via SXSW's 24-hour streaming service. More pics of Spoon and DJ Windows 98 at FloodFest below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Despite what it sometimes seems like by reading music sites like this one, most people are not in Austin for SXSW (and that includes the person writing this post). However, if you would like to follow along at home, you can do so this year via SXSW ON, which is streaming panel discussions, special presentations and live music front the fest non-stop no through Saturday night (3/21). Much of that is live streaming, such as Spoon live from Auditorium Shores on Thursday (3/19) at 8 PM CDT, a panel discussion with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman on Friday (3/20) at 3 PM CDT, and Swervedriver and The Church live from Emo's on Saturday (3/21) starting at 10 PM CDT.

You can view SXSW ON on via YouTube and on Roku too. The YouTube stream and list of daily programming highlights are below...

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Jimmy Kimmel Live is broadcasting from Austin this week, partaking in all the SXSW craziness. Last night, hometown heroes Spoon stopped by, performing "Rainy Taxi" and "I Just Don't Understand" from last year's They Want My Soul. You can watch both below. Spoon's SXSW shows wrap up on Thursday (3/19) with a big free show at Auditorium Shores.

Appearing on Kimmel's SXSW shows this week: The Weeknd on Thursday and Willie Nelson on Friday (3/20). He's also been offering to make commercials for local Austin businesses, and got Matthew McConaughey to help out for spot for DVD/VHS rental place Vulcan Video. You can watch that below too.

BrooklynVegan is in Austin for SXSW as well, with free day parties at Red 7 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

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photo: Spoon taping for ACL TV in 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Spoon are the focus of La Blogothéque's latest Take Away Show, with Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel performing beautiful acoustic renditions of "I Just Don't Understand" and "Inside Out" from last year's full-length They Want My Soul. The session was shot last October while the artists were visiting Queens' Knockdown Center during the setup for "Debut", which Blogothéque director Derrick Belcham co-designed.

The band have a tour announced for this summer (including Brooklyn's renovated King's Theatre in June), but first they'll be heading back to their spiritual home of Austin for a slew of performances during SXSW. Their first performance is actually going down before the festival's music portion even starts, playing the SXSWi Umbelmania party this Friday, March 13 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. The party also features DJ Chicken George and luchadors, so it'll surely be an interesting time. The party is free with RSVP, admission is first come, first serve.

Britt and company will also be headlining another SXSWi party -- the free Tumblr and Entourage presented Fuck Yeah show at The Mohawk on Monday (3/16). The party hosts a wide variety of support in RAC, Yung Lean & Sad Boys, ASTR, Badbadnotgood, Kali Uchis, Holy Child, Tei Shi and Twin Peaks. No RSVP needed.

Conflict of Interest

Spoon will also be making an appearance at this year's edition of the Hype Machine Hype Hotel as headliners for the Syndicate curated 'Conflict of Interest' show on Tuesday (3/17). The party also features Parlour Tricks, Amason, San Fermin, Milo Greene and Odesza. Check out the rest of the week's massive Hype Hotel presented by Feed the Beat lineup here and RSVP to get into the week's worth of parties.

If you won't get into town until the music festival officially starts, you can catch Spoon at FLOODfest's Wednesday (3/18) night showcase at Cedar Street Courtyard with support from DJ Windows 98 (aka Arcade Fire's Win Butler), Speedy Ortiz, Basecamp, Dotan and Taymir. FLOODfest's night shows are official showcases, so you'll need a badge or wristband to get in.

The band headlines the official SXSW showcase at Auditorium Shores on Thursday night (3/19) with support from Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and My Jerusalem. The show is free and open to the public provided you secure a Guest Pass, and they're taking badges/wristbands as well.

There's also a listing for an official showcase featuring Spoon on Saturday (3/21) but the venue and other acts aren't yet announced.

All upcoming Spoon dates (SXSW and otherwise) are listed, along with  the Take Away performance of "I Just Don't Understand" and "Inside Out" as well as the Fuck Yeah schedule and flyers for FLOODfest, below...

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photo: Spoon at ACLTV taping in 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Once again, Hype Machine returns to SXSW for five days of Hype Hotel presented by Feed the Beat. It runs from March 17-21 at 1100 East 5th Street, Austin, TX. As usual, they've got some pretty big and exciting names with many of the lineups curated by different blogs like Gorilla vs Bear and Consequence of Sound.

The lineup includes Spoon, Best Coast, Twin Shadow, Autre Ne Veut, Earl Sweatshirt, Rae Sremmurd, iLoveMakonnen, Hudson Mohawke, Hundred Waters, Alvvays, Sophie, King Tuff, Twerps, Viet Cong, Yumi Zouma and more, plus a few DJs including DJ Carles.buzz. The exact schedule will be announced soon,, but meanwhile you can RSVP.

This year's Hype Hotel also celebrates Hype Machine's 10th birthday, and is co-sponsored by Mazda, Taco Bell, Tito's Vodka, and Miller Lite.

Full lineup below...

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photo: Paul McCartney in Austin, 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
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You may remember that when Firefly Music Fest announced its 2015 lineup, the first headliner was blurred out on the poster. Well, as rumored, it's Paul McCartney, the fest revealed today. Macca will join Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more at the fest which happens June 18-21 at the Woodlands in Dover, DE. Updated lineup below.

General admission passes to Firefly go on sale Monday (3/2) at noon, EST.

McCartney was just in NYC for a surprise Valentine's Day show and an appearance on the SNL 40th Anniversary special. He since spent some time skiing in Vermont, much to the delight of the J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery in Peru.

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Delaware's annual Firefly Music Festival comes back June 18-21 and the lineup's now been released. Kings of Leon, The Killers and a TBA third act rumored to be Paul McCartney (update: it's Paul) sit atop the list, with Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more joining them on the list of performers. Pre-sale passes are sold out, but more general admission and VIP passes will be available soon at the festival's website.

Firefly is Morrissey's first US date since canceling his dates last summer, and no other US dates are announced yet.

Check out Firefly's full lineup below...

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photo: Sufjan at Big Ears Fest 2010 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
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Part of the lineup already leaked for Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner's Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, and now the whole thing has been announced. It includes their bands Bon Iver and The National, as well as Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Polica, The Tallest Man on Earth, Low, Liturgy, Hiss Golden Messenger, S. Carey, Phil Cook, Doomtree, Marijuana Deathsquads, Charles Bradley, Boys Noize, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Amidon, Field Report, Indigo Girls (performing 1994's Swamp Ophelia) and more.

The fest takes place July 17 & 18 at the Foster Farm in Eau Claire, WI. The pre-sale sold out, but tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday (2/12) at noon CST.

Full lineup, announcement video, and flyer, below...

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Alabama's Hangout Music Festival returns from May 15-17, and the lineup's just been expanded. Joey Bada$$, Sylvan Esso, JEFF the Brotherhood, Sam Smith, Natural Child and more were added to the fest, joining Foo FIghters, Beck, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, TV on the Radio, Jenny Lewis, Future Islands, Father John Misty and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Updated lineup below...

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pictures: Spoon @ ACL Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Spoon will be back on the road this spring, touring around Bonnaroo, Sasquatch, and Hangout festivals, and dates include another visit to NYC. This time, they'll play the just-opened, newly renovated Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on June 16. Tickets to the Kings show go on sale Friday, February 13 at 10 AM.

All dates are listed below...

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