Entries tagged with: Spoon

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NXNE

NXNE returns to various Toronto venues from June 13-22, and since we last spoke the lineup has expanded. It now includes Spoon, Sleigh Bells, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, A$AP Ferg, Metz, Ryan Hemsworth, Swans, Goat, Oneohtrix Point Never, Fuck Buttons, Low, Tim Hecker, Eagulls, Glasser, Kelela, Ratking, Perfect Pussy, Small Black, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, Swearin', Dan Croll, DJ Jonathan Toubin, Astro, Juan Wauters, Mutual Benefit, Guerilla Toss, Calvin Love, Alvvays, Hunters, Saint Rich and more Those join previously announcd artists like St. Vincent, Speedy Ortiz, Danny Brown, Courtney Barnett, Mac DeMarco and more. Badges and wristbands are still on sale.

Split Single in Chicago in January (more by Jeff Ryan)
Split Single

Back in 2012, after Spoon's Britt Daniel formed the "supergroup" Divine Fits, he joined another new band, Split Single, which is the project of Jason Narducy (of Bob Mould's band and formerly of Verbow) and also features fellow Bob Mould collaborator Jon Wurster (also of Superchunk, Mountain Goats, etc) on drums. That band has been working on their debut album, and just finally announced that it's called Fragmented World, and will be out on April 1.

The band are planning to tour, though so far they've only announced SXSW and a release show in Jason's hometown of Chicago at Schubas on April 5. According to a press release, Jason's touring band includes Ben Trokan of Reigning Sound and Tim Remis. In the same press release, Britt Daniel said "I loved the idea of being in a band where all I do is play bass on someone else's stuff. I felt like a session musician," but maybe he'll make an appearance with them when they play his hometown during SXSW? Fingers crossed.

Album artwork, tracklist and trailer video below...

Continue reading "Split Single (Jason Narducy, Britt Daniel & Jon Wurster) announce debut album, 'Fragmented World,' playing SXSW"

Sasquatch

Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.

The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.

Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

Full lineups for both weekends below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch! 2014 lineups announced (Outkast, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kraftwerk, New Order, QOTSA, The National, Frank Ocean, tUnE-yArDs, Deltron 3030 & WAY more)"

Slowdive
Slowdive

One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.

Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.

Continue reading "Primavera Sound 2014 line-up: Slowdive, Arcade Fire, NMH, Kendrick Lamar, Disclosure, QOTSA, and more"

Shaky Knees

Governors Ball and Hangout Fest lineups were just announced today (and Firefly yesterday and Coachella not long before that), and now comes the lineup announcement for another big fest, Atlanta's Shaky Knees Festival. The fest goes down from May 9-11 at Atlantic Station with The National, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Local Natives, The Gaslight Anthem, Violent Femmes, Conor Oberst, Iron and Wine, Jenny Lewis, Dawes, Foals, Deer Tick, The Hold Steady, Tokyo Police Club, Graveyard, Mutual Benefit and many more. There's also one headliner still TBA. Outkast?

Tickets go on sale Friday (1/17). Full lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "Shaky Knees Festival 2014 lineup announced (The National, Modest Mouse, Conor Oberst, Iron & Wine, Spoon & more)"

Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
GovBall

We already knew that Outkast would be headlining this year's Governors Ball music festival, which goes down on NYC's Randall's Island from June 6-8, and now, one day after the lineup of Firefly Fest was announced, and a few days after we found out who was playing Coachella, the full lineup has been announced. It includes Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Interpol, TV on the Radio, Julian Casablancas, Disclosure, Spoon, Broken Bells, Damon Albarn, James Blake, Neko Case, The Kills, Grimes, Janelle Monae, Tyler the Creator, Washed Out, Earl Sweatshirt, Kurt Vile, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Run the Jewels and many more.

UPDATE: The Strokes are playing too!

Tickets go on sale today (1/15) at 3 PM. Full lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2014 lineup announced (Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Interpol, TVOTR, Disclosure, Broken Bells, Damon Albarn, James Blake, Grimes, many more)"

Lake Street

A new Midwestern-themed bar, Lake Street, is opening next Tuesday (7/9) in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The bar is run by Brooklyn musicians who originally hailed from the Midwest, including Hold Steady drummer Bobby Drake, onetime Freedom Fighters frontman Frank Bevan, Primitive Weapons bassist Eric Odness, and Spoon bassist Rob Pope. A press release about the new bar reads:

Comprised of four Midwesterners and a Northern Irishman, Lake St. brings its low-key anthem to 706 Manhattan Ave. (btwn Norman and Meserole) in the form of a classic Midwestern tavern meets local neighborhood hangout. Wanting to create a bar in Brooklyn that reminded them of the bars they loved growing up in the Midwest the space has a decidedly old bar feel as evidenced by the 80 year old bowling lane bar top and checkerboard floor. The partnership team includes members of indie rock stalwarts Spoon, The Hold Steady, Primitive Weapons, W/O., and pop culture craze boy band, The Wanted. Lake St. offers a full liquor bar, twelve taps of locals, seasonals, favorites, and an array of Midwestern canned and bottled brews. Look for special guest DJ's on selected nights on their website, twitter, and Instagram.
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by Bill Pearis

The Relatives

Mixing in psychedelic soul and funk, Dallas gospel group The Relatives were Texas legends in the '70s, sharing bills with The Staple Singers, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, and The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, among others. They disbanded in the early '80s but when Heavy Light records put out a compilation of their obscure, out-of-print 45s a few years ago, The Relatives got back together.

Now, with production help from Spoon's Jim Eno and backing from former Black Joe Lewis guitarist Zach Ernst and others, The Relatives are set release their first ever album, The Electric Word, on February 19 via Yep Roc. We've got the premiere of "Things Are Changing" from it which you can stream below.

Before the album drops, The Relatives will be bringing the Gospel to NYC for three shows: a free show at Lincoln Center on January 10 (info); the WFMU benefit at The Bell House on January 13 with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and more (tickets); and Joe's Pub on January 14 with Debo Band (tickets).

A list of all tour dates, track stream and some vintage and recent Relatives videos are below...

Continue reading "legendary Texas gospel funk group The Relatives releasing first-ever album and playing NYC in 2013 (dates, streams)"

Foxygen @ BVCMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Foxygen

Crafty social commerce site Etsy has a holiday pop-up shop at 113 Greene St. in SoHo that runs through Saturday (12/8). In addition to selling various wares there are also free craft demonstrations and musical performances. Tonight (12/5) at 8:30 the musical guest is listed as "Secret Performer" but we have it on good authority that it's Foxygen (for whom we just premiered a video, and open up for Of Montreal at Webster Hall next week).

Other musical performances this week include Izzy & the Catastrophics today at 4 PM; Eric Harvey of Spoon performs on Thursday night (12/8); Gem Club play Friday afternoon (12/7, 4 PM); and Reggie Watts (who is one of the holiday shop's curators) will perform Saturday (12/8) at 7 PM. Again, all shows are free and open to the public (but subject to capacity, obviously). The full list of the Etsy Holiday Shop's musical performance schedule is below, and you can see the entire list of upcoming events here.

Continue reading "Etsy Holiday Shop in NYC hosting free musical performances this week (Foxygen, Gem Club, Reggie Watts + more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Divine Fits / Cold Cave @ Webster Hall, 10/21/2012
Divine Fits
Cold Cave

While many were sleeping off their CMJ hangover, musical or otherwise, Divine Fits were headlining Webster Hall on Sunday night (10/21) joined by support from Cold Cave as part of a larger string of dates. The tight supercrew ran through tracks from their Merge debut, covered Frank Ocean ("Lost") and Wipers ("Doom Town"), and even took a time out to throw fried chicken into the audience (*cough*KoolKeith*cough*).

Cold Cave, the brainchild of Wesley Eisold, was sporting a new version of Cold Cave at the NYC date, now that Dominick Fernow has flown the coop to concentrate on his project Vatican Shadow. Eisold's new band definitely leans more toward the punk end of things, employing the talents of Hunter Burgan (AFI), Cody Votolato (Blood Brothers, yes the brother of Rocky), Jessie Nelson (Head Automatica), and London May (Samhain, Dag Nasty).

More pictures and the setlists from Webster Hall are below.

Continue reading "Divine Fits played Webster Hall with Cold Cave (pics, setlists)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Divine Fits at Music Hall of Williamsburg 9/10/2012
Divine Fits

We've known about Divine Fits for a while, songs have been trickling out since early this summer and their terrific album has been out for a couple weeks now. Some of us even saw them in Austin and Chicago. But it took me seeing them live last night (9/9) at Music Hall of Williamsburg -- their NYC debut -- to realize that this is not just some offshoot supergroup timekiller project from guys in Spoon and Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs. Divine Fits are the real deal and their show is easily one of my favorites of the year to date.

Divine Fits bring together two like-minded souls (and voices) in Dan Boeckner and Britt Daniel who had giant grins on their faces the whole show, feeding off a legitimately pumped crowd. "You're too kind, really," Boeckner sheepishly said at one point, seeming a little astonished at the audience's reaction to "My Love is Real," "Would That Not Be Nice" and "The Salton Sea." Daniel, meanwhile, was clearly having a blast and it was cool to watch him digging the sounds the rest of the band were making. Maybe it's puppy love, but Divine Fits were a marriage made in heaven and this was definitely a honeymoon show.

Speaking of digging the band, the contributions of the other two members of Divine Fits should not be dimissed. New Bomb Turks' Sam Brown is a machine behind the kit, and keyboardist Alex Fischel's dexterous style is integral to the band's sound. The group ripped through the entirety of their album (which includes Rowland S. Howard's "Shivers," the encore last night) plus two covers: a nervy but faithful read of Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky" and Wipers' "Doom Town" that fit in seamlessly with the band's two sides (dancing and rocking out).

Divine Fits will be back in NYC on their tour with Cold Cave which hits October 21 at Webster Hall and tickets for that show are still available. The setlist and more pictures from the Music Hall of Williamsburg show, including opener Sean Bones, are below.

Continue reading "Divine Fits played Music Hall of Williamsburg with Sean Bones (pics, review, setlist)"

by Tim Griffin

Divine Fits @ The Continental Club - 7/31/2012
Divine Fits @ The Continental Club - 7/31/2012

Tonight (8/1), indie rock supergroup Divine Fits (Britt Daniel from Spoon, Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs, and Sam Brown from New Bomb Turks - and auxiliary member Alex Fischel) are set to play their official first show at a sold-out Beerland in Austin, TX.

But last night (7/31), they got together and played a secret show at Austin's The Continental Club. Billed as 'The Hot Skull', they were sandwiched between Austin's The Laughing (who were playing their first show) and TV Torso. Divine Fits ran through the almost the entirety  of their forthcoming Merge debut (out Aug. 28, which includes a cover of Nick Cave's "Shivers") plus a take on Tom Petty's 'You Got Lucky'; pretty sure all in attendance felt like they did.

As for the rest of the country, Divine Fits haven't announced a full tour yet, but they do have a few dates set up, including stops in the members' respective hometowns. They play Dan's homebase, Montreal, on Friday, August 3 (not part of Osheaga Fest), and visit Brown's Columbus, OH stomping grounds on August 6. They also play Chicago on August 5 and Salt Lake on Aug. 9.

UPDATE: Brooklyn and Toronto shows were also announced.

All tour dates are below, along with more pictures (and video) Divine Fits, The Laughing and TV Torso below...

Continue reading "Divine Fits played a secret show at the Continental Club in Austin, their first-ever live performance (pics, video, setlist)"

Divine Fits

Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade) and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks) have confirmed the existence of their new band, Divine Fits.

Divine Fits' as yet untitled debut album will be released later this year by Merge Records in the U.S. The album was was produced by Nick Launay.

Further details regarding the record's release date, live dates, etc. will be announced as they are confirmed.

This news comes just a few days after Dan announced that his other band Handsome Furs was over.

photos by Tim Griffin

Spoon @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
fun fun

Spoon had nothing to promote and no surplus of new songs to unveil. This was just an Austin band -- Austin's biggest indie band ever -- playing an Austin festival for their only major show of 2011 (at least so far). As a live unit, the four-piece that recorded Transmission (augmented here by an additional percussionist) is as precise as Spoon has ever been, cranking out savagely controlled, often slow-building versions of such songs as "Written in Reverse," "Delicate Places" and the instantaneously applauded "I Turn My Camera On." "We got horns!" frontman Britt Daniel proclaimed, bringing out a six-man section for "Cherry Bomb," "The Underdog" and "Jonathan Fisk." By the four-song encore, the crowd had both increased in enthusiasm and decreased in size -- no doubt some people had wandered to another stage to see the Damned, which Daniel himself had said he wished that he could do. [SPIN]
Personally I started at the Damned (who were great) and finished Saturday with about 30 minutes of Spoon which felt like the perfect chill ending to a long first-two-days of the outdoor Austin fest (right after their set I went back to the hotel, skipped all afterparties and crashed for 12 hours straight which made Sunday great).

Our first set of pictures from Saturday, Damned included, are HERE. Our second set continues, more of Spoon included, below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 -- Day 2 pics (part 2) -- Spoon, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Tinariwen, Purity Ring & more"

DOWNLOAD: Okkervil River - Your Past Life as a Blast (MP3)

Okkervil River at Terminal 5 in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Okkervil RIver

After the Soundtown Music Festival and a few shows with The Decemberists and Fruit Bats this month, Okkervil River will kick off a headlining tour, much of which is with Wye Oak. The tour kicks off at State Theatre of Ithaca in Ithaca, NY with Bird of Youth and NewVillager and also includes appearances at VIrgin Free Fest and Midpoint Music Festival. Okkervil River and Wye Oak were both scheduled to also play Truck America in the Catskills but the festival has since been cancelled (hence the Ithaca show). All dates are listed below.

Okkervil River recently released a 7-inch for "Your Past Life As A Blast" off their new record I Am Very Far. Grab that song for free above.

Bird of Youth (aka Beth Wawerna), who opens the Okkervil River show in Ithaca and whose debut album Defender was produced by Will Sheff of Okkervil River, has some of her own shows coming up too. She plays tonight (8/18) at The Living Room at 9 PM after a 'WFUV Live members only broadcast' by Nick Lowe at 7 PM (Nick also opens for Wilco in September at Summerstage). Bird of Youth also plays September 29 at Union Hall with Amy Klein (of Titus Andronius) and Jo Schornikow (of The Shivers). Tickets are on sale now for that.

Okkervil River are also set to play Fun Fun Fun Fest which takes place in Austin, TX from November 4 - 6. The festival announced more artists for the already-incredible lineup today including fellow big Austin indie band Spoon (their only 2011 show), the Black Lips, Omar Souleyman, Sergio "Sexy Sax Man" Flores, Cannibal Corpse, "and more". The full lineup is at FFFest's site and tickets are still on sale.

All dates and a video below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest adds bands (like Spoon), Okkervil River touring, Bird of Youth playing shows too (dates)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Austin City Limits

""This festival is super-cool," said Strokes singer Julian Casablancas from the stage at Austin City Limits on Friday night. "Lotta stuff." It's true: The festival, now in its ninth year, packs 130 bands onto eight outdoor stages arranged around the 350-acre Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. The lineup is a mix of huge rock acts (the Eagles headline Sunday) and big-name indie bands, plus DJs, country singers and the occasional rapper. With an expected attendance of around 70,000 a day, the festival similar in size, if not in spirit, to Lollapalooza. "Lollapalooza has that city energy. It's like the hot girl you want to take home," one organizer, Lisa Hickey, said. "ACL is more laid-back -- it's like your best friend." And unlike South By Southwest, the music and film showcase that takes over the Texas town every spring, ACL doesn't have much of a music-industry angle -- it's almost strictly for fans.

On Friday night, the packed lineup presented the crowd with a happy problem: Four big-name guitar bands -- Spoon, Sonic Youth, Vampire Weekend, and the Strokes -- all had sets starting within two hours of each other, and seeing each set in its entirety was impossible."
[Rolling Stone]

Of those big four, Tim managed to catch three, and a bit of Vampire Weekend's favorite band Phish from afar. Phish's set included a Velvet Underground and a Talking Heads cover. Full setlist at the end of this post.

Kings Go Forth pictures are HERE. The rest of the pictures from the first day of the 2010 Austin City Limits Music Festival (where Ezra Koenig joined Miike Snow on stage), continue, with a bunch of setlists (including Spoon's which points out that Eleanor Friedberger played a Fiery Furnaces song with Spoon) (video proof too), below...

Continue reading "ACL 2010 Day 1 in pics (Strokes, Phish, Black Keys, Spoon, Beach House, Vampire Weekend & more) "

Ray Davies

Ray Davies has a new LP on the way entitled See My Friends due on November 1st. The release will see The Kinks frontman pairing with multiple bands to re-record, and sometimes re-imagine, Kinks songs. And these bands have names like Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Spoon, Black Francis, Metallica, Mumford & Sons... and the legendary Alex Chilton (RIP).

"This project came about almost by accident," says Davies of the project, which was kick-started when he recorded a version of 'Till The End Of The Day' in the summer of 2009, with Alex Chilton.
The full list of collaborators is below.

Davies is getting back on the road as well, though so far he just has scattered dates in Europe, and a newly-announced show in the United States. He'll be performing his 2009 LP The Kinks Choral Collection with the Dessoff Chamber Choir at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ on November 26th. Tickets go on sale at noon today (10/8). NYC got that show in 2009.

All dates, the See My Friends tracklisting, and some video are below...

Continue reading "Ray Davies re-recorded Kinks songs w/ special friends, playing NJ & other dates "

photos by Jessica Amaya

Spoon

Spoon played Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (9/13) with Sean Bones, one of two shows that the band played yesterday with the first being a video shoot at Cake Shop. At MHOW, Spoon covered their recent LP Transference and reached back as far as 1998's A Series of Sneaks for the opener "Car Radio". Everything in between seemed represented as well, with Spoon even tagging on a pair of covers: "Modern World" (Wolf Parade) and "No Time" (Jay Reatard).

Spoon has no other East Coast dates scheduled at the moment, though the band is scheduled to play the West Coast (leading up to Matador 21) and the Southwest (leading up to Austin City Limits) before jetting out to the EU. Full tour dates, pics/video from MHOW, and setlists from MHOW and Cake Shop are below...

Continue reading "Spoon played Music Hall of Williamsburg - pics, video & setlist (and the Cake Shop setlist too) "

"Just saw Spoon for free at the Cake Shop and they played "Car Radio" and I'm seeing them later tonight too best day!!!!!!!" - Kelly Conaboy

Spoon
Spoon

Spoon just played a free lunchtime show in Cake Shop's intimate basement room. The occasion was reportedly a video shoot for "Nobody Gets Me But You". The written setlist was approximately eight songs long (we'll have the whole thing later), and they played "Car Radio" by request for an encore.

The above cell phone snaps show the line to get in, and the band bathed in red lighting during soundcheck (thx PP).

Catch Spoon again (if you have a ticket) tonight at MHOW.

Spoon says, "We're playing a short, free lunchtime set at Cake Shop in NYC tomorrow. Entrance at 1245, show at 1pm." Tomorrow = Monday. Cake Shop = SMALL. They play a slightly bigger show at Music Hall of Williamsburg later the same night. Sunday was their free show in Jersey. The setlist from that is below...

Continue reading "Spoon played MusicFest, playing free lunchtime show Monday"

If you missed the presale yesterday, tickets are now on general sale for the Spoon show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Other Music and Sound Fix also have tickets. hurry.

Spoon @ Lollapalooza 2010 (more by Josh Darr)
Spoon

Spoon's last two NYC shows took place at Madison Square Garden where they opened for their Merge labelmate Arcade Fire. And there's been a rumor floating around that the band might also be playing their own show at Williamsburg Waterfront this summer or fall, but it has been announced that Spoon will play the much smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 13th (one day after they play a free show in NJ).

The new show is part of Music Hall's 3rd anniversary celebration, though unlike the Wooden Shijps show which costs $3.00, Spoon will set you back $33.33. Stay tuned for Tickets go on sale Saturday.

All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Spoon playing small Brooklyn show -- updated 2010 tour dates "

most of the photos by Josh Darr

The Strokes
The Strokes

Lady Gaga & Semi Precious Weapons (pic via Krista Davis)
Lollapalooza

Phoenix
Phoenix

"Lollapalooza wheeled out some big headliners in its sixth year on the Chicago lakefront, as a record 240,000 people poured into Grant Park over three days to see 130 performers, including Lady Gaga, Green Day and reunited grunge-era icons Soundgarden.

Size matters at Lollapalooza, as the festival expanded its reach westward by shutting down Columbus Avenue and spreading eight stages across 110 acres, up from 80 acres in previous years. Columbus Avenue was converted into a giant sidewalk lined with portable toilets, a simple but effective improvement that allowed fans to avoid the dreaded Buckingham Fountain bottleneck that had turned previous festivals into human traffic jams. The festival topped its previous three-day record of 225,000, reached the last two years.

Still, there was little room during some performances at the northernmost stages on Butler Field, where fans jostled shoulder-to-shoulder for space to see performances by Metric, Phoenix and Arcade Fire. Note to Austin, Texas-based promoters C3 Presents: How about widening the southern entrance to Butler Field or moving one of the stages onto Columbus Drive to relieve what is becoming an annual problem? It's only going to get worse if the festival approaches its new capacity of 95,000 a day in future years." [Chicago Tribune]

The 2010 edition of Lollapalooza went down in Chicago on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A set of pictures from the first two of those days, continue below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2010 -- Day 1 & 2 in pics "

words by Andrew Frisicano, some photos by Jonathan Bayer & Yvonne Rodriguez

"Once you've reached Madison Square Garden, you've reached the peak. You're the success story of the day, so one relaxes. There's no where to go, there's no higher, there's only the abyss waiting. So live free, for one night only." -Terry Gilliam on the Unstaged Pre-show video q

a win Win situation (by Jonathan Bayer)
Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire looked perfectly at home on the stage of Madison Square Garden Thursday night, the second show in their two-night run. At this one, the audience exceeded the nearly-full stadium, with an at-home crowd watching a live stream directed by Terry Gilliam broadcast over YouTube (the live channel has something like 600,000 views currently, though not sure that number means anything).

That bodes well for the band, who are still waiting on the first-week sales numbers for their possible #1, The Suburbs, which came out on Tuesday (and has been on sale digitally for $3.99 at Amazon). At the show, the new record's songs weren't totally unfamiliar. One, "The Sprawl II," even made the encore, and spurred a roar of recognition from the girls in front of me, who informed our cozy section of the song's title (with a peace sign for the two) and described its arc (slow at first, but then really awesome) as it started up. A faulty drum machine forced the band to restart the tune a minute in, allowing a reflective pause for the victory lap in progress.

The band was clearly reveling in the moments of the show. Win Butler sailed into the crowd multiple times, occasionally with his guitar still attached. In one impressive maneuver, the frontman walked along the seated section's railing like a balance beam, before jumping into the general admission pit, tangles of mic cord trailing behind him (a play from the Matt Berninger handbook). The band frequently rotated instruments, with pianos, keys, two drums kits, violins and an array of percussion all playing a part.

The second night's songs were close but not identical to night one's (and both differed from their Boston show a few nights ago). As before, their debut LP, Funeral, provided ripe stadium-level material for the set, filling a little less than half of it. The order changed, but only one new song was swapped outright: "Empty Room" replacing "Half Light II."

For me, the stadium aspect of MSG was kind of a strange novelty. From the distant seats, the experience of watching a band while reclining, huge soda and personal pizza/popcorn/whatever in hand, is in some ways closer to a YouTube stream than a crowded, sweaty live concert. Still, the in-person event had its rewards for those that weren't up front - the band's backdrop for the evening depicted an abandoned bridge overpass, with an rectangular block of lights similar to a football stadium. In front of that was a video screen, mostly likely meant to be a billboard, which projected forms and images for each song. Antiquated ghosts lit up "No Cars Go" and what I can only hope is the video for "The Suburbs" depicted a gang of kids riding bikes in Reservoir Dogs-style slo-mo through an eerie neighborhood development.

And the people: a view-obstructing beer vendor trolling the aisles, a group of teens trying to find someone to buy them beer, an energetic (chemically-enhanced?) man pirouetting around the stadium's perimeter, and thousands of fists raised in unison for the group rite of "Wake Up" (the latter being inspiring or frightening, depending).

and there was confetti...
Arcade Fire

Owen Pallett started out the night to a minimally filled stadium. "I'm so happy to be playing here for the 200 of you," he joked. Then responding to a heckler, "No, I'm not taking it off, I just got this. Sorry." The empty hall added a nice element of reverb for the people who were there, amplifying the work of Owen's orchestra-in-a-box loop pedal.

Similarly, Spoon sounded great, with help from a horn section and drums borrowed from Phil Collins (both on only a few songs). The band jammed through a taut set with favorites like "Jonathan Fisk" and "I Summon You" taking their place along the new Transference batch. For "No One Gets Me But You," the Roots' Owen Biddle joined to make a two-piece bass section (as he did on Fallon).

Some videos from the show's "Unstaged" live stream are already online. Fan videos too (including a nice close-up of Win in the crowd). The set list, some more picturs from night two (night one are HERE), and those videos are below...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire played MSG again (night 2 setlist, videos, pics) "

photos by Bao Nguyen

"The Arcade Fire was majestic." - Tumbleweed

"that arcade fire show was unreal." - Anonymous

"I never thought in a million years I would say this.....but Arcade Fire at MSG was one of the best things I've seen in years. I am still reeling and still thinking about how fucking amazing it was." - Anonymous

arcade fire at msg

Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" is making a run for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry sources suggest the new set could sell maybe between 120,000 to 140,000 by week's end (Aug. 8).

It's understood that "The Suburbs" is greatly benefiting from its promotion in Amazon's MP3 store, where it's been sale priced for $3.99 since Monday. (The store began selling the album one day earlier than its official street date.)

There's a chance that Eminem's "Recovery" may possibly retake the No. 1 slot. The album slipped to No. 2 this past week, selling 159,000 (down just 15%).

Arcade Fire's last release in 2007, "Neon Bible," started at No. 2 with 92,000. It was blocked from the top spot by the No. [Billboard]

Arcade Fire, Spoon, and Owen Pallett played their first of two NYC shows at MSG on Wednesday night. The second show, which will also be streaming online, happens tonight, Thursday, August 5th. Tickets are still on sale.

More pictures and the setlist from Wednesday (8/4), and a video of "Wake Up" with the entire very large venue singing along, below...

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