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Outkast / Belle & Sebastian / St. Vincent
ACL Festival - Day 1 - Weekend 1 - 10/3/2014
2014 Austin City Limits - Day 1
2014 Austin City Limits - Day 1

Murdoch is an effortless master of banter and was the most magnetic presence I saw on stage all day -- flirting with the crowd, sitting with legs crossed on the stage's edge, and pointing out that pretty much all songs are about sex. He also had some observations about Austin.

"Last time I was here none of those buildings were there," Murdoch said, pointing to the Austin skyline. "What the [expletive] happened? Are y'all having loads of children or something?"

On stage behind Murdoch and the 13 other members of the band was a backdrop with black-and-white shots of Belle & Sebastian's eight full-length albums arranged in a grid. Later in the set it was replaced with a couple of music videos accompanying a pair of new songs, "Perfect Couples," which was sung by lead guitarist Stevie Jackson, and "The Tricks in Your Head Are Alive." - [Austin 360]

The 2014 ACL Festival wrapped up its first weekend, kicking off on Friday night (10/3) in Austin, TX's Zilker Park with sets from Belle & Sebastian, Outkast, Beck, St. Vincent, Sam Smith, Jimmy Cliff, Temples and lots more. Pictures from those sets and more are in this post.

UPDATE: Day 2 pics and day 3 pics are up. More of day 1 below...

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Noveller opening for St Vincent in Chicago (more by James Richards IV)

Drone guitar master Noveller (aka Sarah Lipstate) recently wrapped a tour opening for St. Vincent, during which she kept a video diary. It's 40 videos and just over an hour and a half long. You can watch the whole thing below.

Noveller has other live appearances coming up, mostly in her hometown of NYC. She'll open the second of two Sun Araw shows happening at Baby's All Right on September 3 & 4. Night 1 will be opened by Man Forever and Hiro Kone, and night 2 also has Psychic Reality on the bill. Tickets for both shows are still available.

She also has two duo sets with J.G. Thirlwell (Foetus) coming up, one of which we previously mentioned, the David Lynch Foundation benefit happening at Saint Vitus on October 4 (tickets). The other happens two days earlier at Joe's Pub (10/2). Tickets for that one are on sale now.

Sarah will also play a duo set with Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo in the Amphitheater space at Lincoln Center on November 20, along with a screening of Sarah's filmwork.

All dates are listed, with the video diary from the STV tour, below...

Continue reading "Noveller made a video diary on St Vincent tour, playing shows w/ Sun Araw, JG Thirlwell & Lee Ranaldo (dates, videos)"

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Trombonist Ryan Keberle has played as a member of Sufjan Stevens' Age of Adz band, St. Vincent & David Byrne's band, and appeared with Sufjan, Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly at their Planetarium shows. He's also played with Escort, The Welcome Wagon, Nedelle Torrisi, Alicia Keys and more. He leads his own Brooklyn-based group, Catharsis, who will release their new album, Into The Zone, on September 30 which features collaborations with Chilean singer Camila Meza. His time playing with Sufjan Stevens (and being a longtime fan) inspired him to cover "Djohariah" last year, and now he takes on another Sufjan song, "Sister" (from Seven Swans) as a bonus track to Into The Zone. Here's what Ryan had to say about his Sufjan influence:

I, like so many others, spent the majority of my 20's listening to the music of Sufjan Stevens. Most good music connects with me on a deep emotional level, but there are those rare composers whose music moves me in ways that I've only otherwise experienced through sex, drugs, alcohol, good friendship and great comedy. My list of composers with this kind of musical emotional power is short and includes the likes of Lennon and McCartney, Maurice Ravel, Duke Ellington, and Maria Schneider, and after listening to Sufjan Stevens' music for the past 10 years now, I have officially added him to this list. In 2010, I had the great fortune to not only perform with Sufjan, but tour the world with him, performing the music from his last LP, "Age of Adz". Aside from being a true dream gig, this time spent on the road with Sufjan was filled with poignant lessons about music and life that I've drawn from thoroughly as I continue to delve deeper into the art of songwriting and band leading.

This track, "Sister", the second Sufjan Stevens "cover" recorded by my band, Catharsis, is a culmination of these lessons learned, both musical and personal. The music, although delivered in a jazz context, has much more to do with the universal and emotional power of all styles of music than it does with current jazz trends. Both Sufjan Stevens tracks we've covered, "Djohariah" and now, "Sister", are songs he wrote inspired by his sisters which I personally relate to having two sisters of my own.

The track premieres in this post and can be streamed below.

Ryan & Catharsis have shows coming up too, including a release show in NYC happening on October 7 at Jazz Standard (116 E 27th St). All dates are listed, with the new Sufjan cover, below...

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Jessie Ware at Flow Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Jessie Ware

We mentioned not long ago that to get tickets to Jessie Ware's upcoming tour you had to enter via a ballot on her website. The NYC show happens on October 28 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, and it turns out they've actually decided to release some regular tickets to the show that you can purchase. Tickets for NYC go on sale Wednesday (8/27) at 10 AM.

The shows are in support of Jessie's upcoming album, which we recently posted a new remix from. The album can now be pre-ordered on iTunes.

Jessie also recently spoke to NME about the Kate Bush comparisons she's gotten:

It's a massive compliment to be compared to her. I don't think I'm anything like Kate Bush. I mean, I just... I'm not there yet. She inspires me. I love the femininity in her voice and the way she uses it but I don't really see how I'm like her. But there's definitely been influence from Kate in some of the more high-registered stuff for this album ['Tough Love']. I definitely think on this album I've been like, "Let's make it a bit more Kate".

I just think the way she puts across a song with such emotion and feeling, there's nobody quite like her.

Jessie also mentions in the interview that she has a ticket to Kate's first live dates in 35 years, which begin this Tuesday, August 26 (all at London's Hammersmith Apollo). Don't take any pictures, Jessie!

In other Kate Bush news, BBC recently aired an hour-long documentary where they talk to St. Vincent, Bat for Lashes, Elton John, Bret Anderson (Suede), comedian Steve Coogan and more. It's really good and can be watched below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.

You can check out the full list below...

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Fred Armisen has been busy indie-fying the late night world with his stint as bandleader of Late Night with Seth Meyers' 8G Band, and when he took some time off last night (8/11) the show didn't miss a beat. Fresh off a huge Celebrate Brooklyn show, St. Vincent filled in as bandleader (as was announced) for the band which included Marnie Stern, who often sits in with the band. The musical guest for the evening was Strand of Oaks, who played "Shut In" off his new full-band rock-oriented album, Heal. Unfortunately though, J Mascis who has guested with Meyers' house band before and is on Strand of Oaks' new album, did not show up for this one. Below, check out the full episode of "Late Night" of Annie doing her thing, as well as Strand of Oaks' performance.

Strand of Oaks is currently on tour with Christopher Denny and as previously mentioned, they'll hit NYC on Rough Trade on September 15. Tickets for that show are still available.

St. Vincent will be continuing her reign as bandleader tonight, so look out for that. Videos from last night, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

St. Vincent
St. Vincent

St. Vincent, who we also recently caught at Pitchfork Fest, closed out the Celebrate Brooklyn season in the best way possible on Saturday night (8/9). Apparently people were on line as early as noon for the free, 7:30 pm Prospect Park show. I got there during San Fermin's opening set. The Brooklyn venue was already packed, but there were still long lines at both doors wrapping in different directions around the park, and around all the people who decided to just sit outside the gates and listen.

Annie Clark is a rock star who never misses a beat, as she shreds, sings and dances her way around the stage. Banter is kept to a minimum. The robot-like, conveyor belt moves she pulls off in heels with perfect posture while continuing to play notes are almost as impressive as her songs. There was never a dull moment in the show which, unlike Neutral Milk Hotel on the same stage recently, went right to the 10:30 outdoor show curfew. The weather was perfect, and so was Annie's band which includes her dance-mate, bassist and keyboardist Toko Yasuda (you might also recognize her from The Lapse, The Van Pelt, Blonde Redhead, and Enon), Daniel Mintseris (keyboards), and Matt Johnson (drums).

The concert, which maybe you heard on WFUV (if not, LISTEN NOW BELOW), included almost every song from the new self-titled album. Her 17 song set also included 5 from Strange Mercy, 2 from Actor, 1 from Marry Me. Highlights included the post-encore version of "Strange Mercy" she did along on top of a riser with the sound of crickets in the background, and a stint on someone's shoulders to get closer to the crowd towards the end of the show.

Look for Annie on Late Night With Seth Meyers tonight (8/11) and tomorrow.

More pictures from the show, the setlist, the full audio stream of it and more, below...

Continue reading "St. Vincent closed out Celebrate Brooklyn with San Fermin (pics, setlist & full audio stream of the show!)"

St. Vincent at Pitchfork 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
St Vincent

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

St. Vincent, San Fermin @ Prosepct Park Bandshell
St. Vincent's art pop is at its most accessible on this year's self-titled LP, but without sacrificing any of what makes her a unique musical force. Fans of her baroque influences (and Sufjan's) may dig opener San Fermin too. Like many Celebrate Brooklyn shows, this one is totally free.

Mad Decent Block Party w/ Big Gigantic, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Dougie F & DJ Fire, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Grandtheft, Vic Mensa, Walshy Fire, Young Kyle 187 @ MCU Park
The Mad Decent Block Party tour returns to NYC, this time happening in Coney Island's MCU Park. As usual, it's a bill of electronic music and rap that's bound to live up to its name and become a huge party.

Modest Mouse, Brand New @ Forest Hills Stadium
Neither Modest Mouse nor Brand New have released new music in five years, but their diverse discographies only sound better as time goes on. This is one of a few co-headinling dates the two bands are playing together this year, and one of a few shows happening this summer at Queens' recently-reopened Forest Hills Tennis Stadium. Should be a special night all around.

The Rock *A* Teens, Bird of Youth @ Glasslands
'90s era indie rock band The Rock*A*Teens formed in 1994 in Georgia. While they took from rockabilly (love of reverb, crazed playing), they added elements of music hall and powerpop, creating a boozy sound all their own. Having been broken up for a while, the band reformed for Merge 25 and are playing a few more shows while back in action, like tonight's

George Fitzgerald, Martyn, Leon Vynehall, Aurora Halal, Matrixxman @ MoMA PS1
Warm Up continues with another day of forward-thinking electronic music under the sun, this time from UK deep house wiz George Fitzgerald, Dutch dubstepper Martyn, jazz/video game/tape hiss-inspired Leon Vynehall, Mutual Dreaming's Aurora Halal, and San Francisco house producer Matrixxman.

Summer Thunder w/ Har Mar Superstar, Cheap Shots @ Union Pool
Today's edition of Union Pool's free outdoor series Summer Thunder should be a fun one, with party machine Har Mar Superstar at the helm.

Shockwave Riderz, Places To Hide, G. Green, Black Pony @ Baby's All Right
It's the second of two NYC shows for Pittsburgh motorik garage rockers Shockwave Riderz (ex-Modey Lemon) this week, and the bill's made doubly great by Atlanta indie rockers Places to Hide who just inked a deal with Tiny Engines and put out a promising new single.

Drowningman, Pilot to Gunner, As We Were @ Saint Vitus
Fans of late '90s - mid '00s metalcore should be happy to know that Drowningman are back (if you're unfamiliar, they released a split with Dillinger Escape Plan to give you an idea of their sound), and tonight the reunited band descend upon Brooklyn for this Saint Vitus show. Opening are local post-hardcore regulars Pilot to Gunner, whose initial career overlapped with Drowningman's a bit and who also recently reactivated.

The Austerity Program, Gnarwhal, Pinecones, Voice Coils @ Shea Stadium
Speaking of recently-reactivated local post-hardcore, The Austerity Program put out their first new album since 2007 and first release overall since 2010 earlier this year. It picks up where they left off, in a good way.

Ghost Beach, DOM, AYER, Dreamers @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight is a lineup features indie-rockers-turned-ravers DOM.

Roseanne Cash, The Lone Bellow, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale @ Damrosch Bandshell at Lincoln Center Plaza
Once just known as Johnny Cash's daughter, Roseanne Cash has been a country star in her own right for nearly 40 years. Catch her at this free show, part of both the Americanafest and Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

Tiny Ruins, Cassie Ramone @ Mercury Lounge
NZ folk act Tiny Ruins will soon be on tour with Sharon Van Etten but they'll be playing NYC club shows first, tonight's with Cassie Ramone being the first.

Detroit Swindle, Shit Robot, JDH & Dave P @ Output
Shit Robot (aka a.k.a. Dublin native Marcus Lambkin) recently released his second album, We Got a Love, via DFA featuring guest appearances by Reggie Watts, Nancy Whang, Luke Jenner, and Museum of Love. This is a DJ set.

Profligate, P.O.I., Ciarra Black, Miguel Alvarino @ Palisades
Profligate makes dark, synthed-out techno that's best played loud, which we're sure it will be at Palisades tonight.

Dinowalrus, Tashaki Miyaki, Honey Wild, Turnip King @ The Studio at Webster Hall
LA band Takashi Miyaki make sleepy psych a la the many bands of David Roback (Mazzy Star, Rain Parade). This is the trio's second of three shows in NYC and features a good mix of local indie pop bands.

Temples @ Surf Lodge
UK psych band band Temples released their debut album earlier this, which is slick but well-done Britpop. If you're out in Montauk, this is a free show.

Horse the Band, Infinity Shred, We Are Not Our Bodies @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Horse the Band successfully combined metallic post-hardcore and Nintendo synths back in the aughts, and this year they're saddling back up again for their first tour in a while. They have a sense of humor too, so tonight's show should just be a fun time.

Pale Lights, Makeout Vertigo, Gingerlys @ Friends and Lovers
Pale Lights, fronted by former Comet Gain member Phil Sutton, just released Before There Were Pictures,and it's quite good, the sort of lightly psychedelic janglepop that Postcard Records and Creation used to release. It's also not that too far off from what Comet Gain does, either. (Also, Phil sounds a little like Lloyd Cole.) They headline a bill that also includes Gingerlys who are worth going early to see.

Dangles, Giggly Boys, Beech Creeps, Milk Dick @ Rippers
Spend your Saturday at the beach with the noise rock show at Rockaway burger joint.

Pure Hell, Dead Tricks, Done with You, Sharp Lads @ The Grand Victory
Some call '70s-era band Pure Hell "The World's First Original All Black Punk-Rock Band." The jury's still out on whether them or Death came first, but either way, these guys made some real killer punk back in their day which was both ahead of its time and worthy of being ranked among the other '70s greats if only they had gotten the recognition they deserved. They've been playing shows again and if this kind of stuff interests you, you won't want to miss this one.

Sky Ferreira @ Verboten
Sky Ferreira has the bright pop songs ("You're Not the One") and the grungy, angsty ones ("I Will"), so it makes sense she's successfully catered to crowds while sharing bills with both Miley Cyrus and DIIV. Tonight she's on her own though at one of Williamsburg's poppin' new dance clubs.

Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang, Dana Buoy @ Baby's All Right
Akron/Family's Dana Janssen makes electronic pop as Dana Buoy, and he'll be touring with Sylvan Esso soon, but plays this show tonight with Sierra Leonean musician Janka Nabay. Should be a groovy night.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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St. Vincent @ Pitchfork 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Annie Clark

St. Vincent, who recently did a 'Live on Letterman' concert, will continue her talk show conquest by filling in for Fred Armisen next week as the bandleader of Late Night With Seth Meyers' 8G Band. While other musicians have sat in with the band before, Clark will be the first official guest bandleader on the show. She'll be on August 11 & 12.

Some might argue that Late Night with Seth Meyers' house band (featuring members of Girls Against Boys and Les Savy Fav) is more interesting than the bands they get to perform on the show (Rixton and Christina Perri were recent guests). Marnie Stern and Eleanor Friedberger regularly guest with the band, and J Mascis and Bangles singer Susanna Hoffs have played with them too. 8G Band bandleader Fred Armisen hasn't been on the show in over a month, off filming the new season of Portlandia. Clark and Armisen are pals, and she's appeared on the IFC sketch series a few times.

Before her stint on Late Night, St. Vincent plays a free Celebrate Brooklyn! show in Prospect Park on Saturday (8/9) with San Fermin (who play NYC again on their tour with Courtney Barnett).

Meanwhile, Fred is playing as part of a supergroup called Dead Men Walking, featuring Captain Sensible of The Damned, Slim Jim Phantom of The Stray Cats and Mike Peters of The Alarm. They play their first show ever at LA's The Troubador on September 14 with Chris Cheney of The Living End and The Wrights, and Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses along for the ride.

photos by Erina Uemura

Flaming Lips / Outcast / Arcade Fire @ Fuji Rocks 2014
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2014 Fuji Rock Fest
2014 Fuji Rock Fest
2014 Fuji Rock Fest
2014 Fuji Rock Fest

The transition from indie darlings to stadium-rockers is rarely a painless one, although a decade on from the release of its debut album "Funeral," Arcade Fire proved that it has at least navigated that path better than most. The band's performance was mature and assured, although lacking the latent spark of aggression that had originally marked it as such an exciting prospect. Occasionally there was a flicker of the Win Butler and co. of old, such as the wonderfully anarchic and incongruous modular synth solo during "Reflektor." The group's renditions of "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" and "No Cars Go" were also particularly spirited, even if the latter's lyrics are perhaps a little bit too timely: "We know a place where no planes go."

Conversely, it's hard to imagine The Flaming Lips ever changing their style for anyone. Wayne Coyne, as ever, looked delightfully shambolic, outfitted in a combination of tinfoil and an "Attack on Titan" cosplay bodysuit that he'd no doubt copped from Don Quijote the night before. Naturally, he was flanked by giant dancing mushrooms. The group wasted no time, jumping almost straight into fan favorite "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1″ while unleashing a shower of confetti, setting the tone for a relatively short but saccharine sweet love-in. - [Japan Times]

The Fuji Rock Festival has been happening has been happening the last weekend of July since 1997. Originally held at the Base of Japan's most famous mountain, since 2000 Fuji Rocks has happened at Naeba Ski Resort and the 2014 was last weekend (July 25 - 27), featuring Arcade Fire, Outkast, The Flaming Lips, Saint Vincent, Franz Ferdinand, White Lung, Slowdive, SBTRKT, Disclosure, The Waterboys, Yoko Ono and lots more over its three days. Pictures from all three days are in this post.

Outkast, Lorde, Temples are among the Fugi Rocks performers who are in Chicago's Grant Park this weekend for Lollapalooza. Lot more pictures from the 2014 Fuji Rocks Festival below...

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Strangely, the KahBang Music Art & Film Festival, which happens August 7-10, sent out press releases in mid-July announcing the fest was moving from Bangor to Portland (Maine, not Oregon as we original put, whoops). Maybe not surprisingly then, they've now announced just one week before the fest that all music is cancelled this year. The lineup wasn't actually huge, but it did include shows by St. Vincent, DMX, Wheatus and many more.

Read the letter they sent out, in full below...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Zach Pollack and Milos Markicevic

Neutral Milk Hotel / St. Vincent / Danny Brown @ P4K Fest 7/19/2014
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2

Day 2 of the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival featured a headlining set by Neutral Milk Hotel, plus sets from St. Vincent, Wild Beasts, Danny Brown, FKA Twigs, tUnE-yArDs and more. Pictures and field report from Saturday's goings-on are in this post. Here we go...

Day 2 began with an early afternoon set from locals Twin Peaks. Although guitarist/main vocalist Cadien Lake James was confined to a wheelchair due to a recent leg injury, the band still managed to put on the kind of appropriately rowdy performance that they've become known for. James and co. got things started with the Sunken standout "Stand in the Sand," and they also played their great, newish single "Flavor" off of their forthcoming LP Wild Onion. James traded lead vocals with fellow guitarist Clay Frankel and bassist Jack Dolan throughout the set. Before playing their final tune, James seemed to be feeling reflective -- he offered, "This is definitely our high point so far in our... whatever the fuck this is." -ZP

After Twin Peaks, I moved over to the nearby red stage to catch the Chicago debut of Brooklyn-based rapper Ka. Ka was able to hold a sizable crowd with his down-tempo beats and methodical delivery. His slow-moving tunes contain rich lyrical content and are undeniably impactful. Before playing the somber cut "Summer," he spoke about how the season in his Brownsville neighborhood isn't full of bikinis and BBQs, but rather an increased level of violence -- he also acknowledged that we've got a very similar summer landscape here in Chicago. Memorable numbers from his performance include "Our Father" and "Jungle." -ZP

Saturday's P4K-goers were treated not to one, but two Elephant Six Collective bands, both of whom have been touring together. Circulatory System was the first of the two, (the other being the day's headliner Neutral Milk Hotel) playing a solid set of '60s-influenced indie rock under the cool shade of the Blue Stage. Each of the band's members played multiple instruments, casually adding everything from a clarinet to a xylophone, with frontman Will Cullen Hart even contributing some additional drumming. One highlight was an excellent instrumental interlude, a duet between the band's violinist and cellist. The band played some new songs off their most recent release, Mosaics within Mosaics, which was released earlier last month. Fans of Yo La Tengo had a lot to enjoy here. - MM

2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2

Back over at the Red Stage, Merrill Garbus and the rest of tUnE-yArDs were a few songs into their set and playing "Hey Life" off of their 2014 LP Nikki Nack. In addition to bassist Nate Brenner, two backup vocalists and a percussionist rounded out the band. This allowed for expanded versions of Whokill favorites "Gangsta" and "Bizness." The additional members took a breather during "Powa," providing the room for Garbus and Brenner to experiment a bit. Though the project is now more pop-forward, tUnE-yArDs' funky and jammy backbone was still able to peek through. -ZP

Danny Brown intended to throw a party during his Pitchfork Fest set. The Detroit rapper sprinted back and forth across the stage while performing fan favorites like "Break It (Go)," "Smokin' and Drinkin'," "I Will," "Bruiser Brigade," and "Kush Coma." It was without a doubt the funnest set of the day, and Brown appeared to be having just as much fun as the massive crowd watching him perform. -ZP

Swedish techno minimalist The Field played a largely ambient set to a crowd that was eager to get out of the sun and recharge before the day's headliners played. The set started slow but progressively built up to include a live drummer. Generously borrowing stylistic cues from early Warp Record signees like Aphex Twin, The Field kept things simple and steady, opting for a more IDM approach. The set might have been better suited for a venue with less light, but listeners, myself included, were entranced throughout. - MM

St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) brought her now-choreographed performance to Pitchfork Festival for an evening set on the red stage. The choreography only enhances and doesn't hinder her guitar heroics and pitch perfect vocals. Clark and her band began their set by playing "Rattlesnake" into "Digital Witness" into "Cruel." For "Cheerleader," she mounted her podium-like setup and the song was played slower than usual, reminding me of "We Are The Champions." During "Birth in Reverse" the band left room for a freak-out section, and Clark ended up kneeling on the stage to headbutt her drummer's bass drum. Clark has consistently reinvented what St. Vincent is from album to album, and has now honed the live chops to be able to play to whichever attribute she'd like. -ZP

Headliners for the night were storied indie rock band Neutral Milk Hotel whose two '90s album have become massively influential since main man Jeff Mangum dropped out the music world shortly after making 1998's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. That has turned the band into a huge draw for their current reunion tour and his songs still hold power. The fests big projection TV screens were turned off for the performance that showcased favorites from the band's two albums. (Setlist is below.) NYC can expect the same when Neutral Milk Hotel play Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park on Tuesday (7/22) and Wednesday (7/23). Tickets are still available for Tuesday's show.

Pictures from Day 1 of Pitchfork Fest are HERE and HERE and a second set from Day 2 (including FKA Twigs) are HERE and Day 3 are HERE. More of Day 2, including sets from Pusha T, Empress Of, and Wild Beasts, below...

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St. Vincent at Terminal 5 in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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This month, the CBS Live on Letterman concert series will be bringing in St. Vincent for a web-broadcasted live performance following her taping on the show on July 16. (The webcast series' July lineup will also showcase David Gray on July 30.) This is one of many notable dates that St. Vincent coming up as she continues to tour in support of this year's St. Vincent, including a free Celebrate Brooklyn set on August 9, a show with Queens of the Stone Age in Maryland, and a prime spot at Pitchfork Fest. Later in the Summer she'll head out on overseas before heading back to the U.S., and then back to Europe again, then back to the U.S. again for some dates with The Black Keys. There's no letup in sight.

In other noteworthy Letterman performance news, Dave brought in Angel Olsen on June 16 and Sam Smith on June 18. Olsen played "Hi-Five" from Burn Your Fire for No Witness, and Smith continued his fast rise with a rousing, large-band rendition of "Stay With Me." Even more recently, The War on Drugs and Kiesza both played in the last week. Flanked by a dance crew and a graffiti-covered set, the Canadian pop songwriter, who will play her first US show at Santos Party House, stopping by last night (July 10) to perform "Hideaway" from her recent EP of the same name. Though she ends her set inside, part of it happens on the street. The War on Drugs were around on July 7 for a rendition of their standout "Red Eyes" from Lost in the Dream replete with ripping guitar work.

And in non-Letterman late night highlights, Sylvan Esso made their network TV debut on Fallon on Wednesday (7/9), where they were joined by Questlove himself, who just can't resist.

All the performances can be seen below, as well as a complete list of St. Vincent's many tour dates.

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photo by Kevin Mazur
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As you probably heard by now, the surviving members of Nirvana performed at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and then at Saint Vitus after with a number of guests including St. Vincent, Kim Gordon, Joan Jett and more. HBO will be airing the Induction Ceremony special this Saturday (5/31) at 8 PM, but you can get a sample of what you'll see in that special by watching a clip of St. Vincent performing "Lithium" with Dave, Krist and Pat, below.

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The Black Keys at Roseland Ballroom in January (more by Chad Kamenshine)
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The Black Keys, who have a new album Turn Blue (due out 5/13 via Nonesuch) and an SNL appearance on the way, just announced a massive tour, which has them at arenas across the US and Canada from September through December. Many of the dates are with St. Vincent, but unfortunately not the NYC date happening on September 24 at Barclays Center, which is with Cage the Elephant.

Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, May 16 at 10 AM with a Citi presale starting Tuesday (5/13) at 10 AM, a Facebook presale starting Wednesday (5/14) at 10 AM, and a Live Nation presale starting Thursday (5/15) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with a track from the new album, below...

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St. Vincent in Chicago earlier this month (more by James Richards IV)

A few of the paid Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park have already been announced, including The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, plus the free Janelle Monae show, and now BRIC has announced the full lineup for the 2014 season.

The full lineup is listed below. Some highlights of the FREE shows include:

Dum Dum Girls, Hospitality and TEEN on June 21.

Warpaint and Yellowbirds on June 26.

Shovels & Rope, Valerie June and Shakey Graves on June 27.

Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Talib Kweli, Glenn Kotche and Aja Monet on July 5.

Deltron 3030 and Nomadic Massive on July 19.

Nickel Creek on July 24.

Kes the Band and Kuenta I Tambu (KiT) on August 2.

St. Vincent and San Fermin on August 9.

All of the above-mentioned shows are FREE, all ages, and open to the public. Most start at 7 or 7:30 PM. Check out the full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule below...

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St. Vincent @ Chicago's Riviera Theatre (more by James Richards IV)
St. Vincent

Saturday Night Live has announced the hosts and music performers of the last three shows of the season. On May 3, a couple days before their sold-out Beacon Theatre performance, Coldplay will play SNL with host The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Andrew Garfield.

Then on May 10 the musical guest will be Black Keys, whose new album Turn Blue will be out three days later. Charlize Theron, who is starring in Seth McFarlane's new comedy, A Million Ways to Die in the West, will host.

St. Vincent, last seen singing "Lithium" and "About a Girl" with the remains of Nirvana at Saint Vitus, will be the musical guest on the season finale which will air on May 17, and is hosted by SNL alum Andy Samberg. Annie Clark is no stranger to comedy, having appeared on a few episodes of Portlandia, so maybe she'll turn up in a sketch.

This Saturday (4/26), is a repeat of the Louis CK / Sam Smith episode.


The Austin City Limits Festival returns to Austin's Zilker Park for two weekends, October 3-5 & October 10-12. The lineup was just announced and includes Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast, Beck, The Replacements, Spoon, Belle & Sebastian, Interpol, Broken Bells, St. Vincent, Jimmy Cliff, The Gaslight Anthem, Jenny Lewis, The Rosebuds, Sam Smith, Real Estate, tUnE-yArDs, Jagwar Ma, Mac DeMarco, Polica, My Brightest Diamond and many more.

Tickets go on sale today (4/22) at 10 AM CDT. Full lineup below...

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We recently mentioned that the Hopscotch Music Festival will return to various downtown Raleigh, NC venues from September 4-6, and now the initial lineup has been announced. It's looking pretty great as usual with Spoon, Mastodon, St. Vincent, Sun Kil Moon, Death, High On Fire, Jamie xx, Thurston Moore, Phosphorescent (solo), White Lung, How to Dress Well, The Haxan Cloak, Power Trip, Mutual Benefit, Deniro Farrar, Diarrhea Planet, Nik Turner's Hawkwind, SubRosa, KEN mode, Yvette, Potty Mouth, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Ryley Walker, Eagulls, Krill, Axxa/Abraxas and many more. 3-day wristbands are on sale now and single day wristbands go on sale in June. There will also be individual tickets on sale soon for the shows happening at City Plaza.

Full initial lineup below...

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The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony happened last night (4/10) at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, which among other things, saw Nirvana getting inducted. You already saw pictures of their acceptance speech and performances with Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent and Lorde, and fan-made videos have since surfaced of them playing "Lithium" with St. Vincent, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" with Joan Jett, and their introduction speech by R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe.

Stipe's speech talked about how Nirvana came from the '80s hardcore underground, called them greater than pop music, "artists in every sense of the word" and said they captured lightning in a bottle. In that same video, after Stipe's speech, Dave Grohl gives his acceptance speech in which he honors the four Nirvana drummers that came before him -- Aaron Burckhard, Dale Crover of the Melvins ("my absolute drumming hero"), Chad Channing (who he credited for the "In Bloom" drum fill), and Dan Peters of Mudhoney. Up next was Kirst Novoselic's speech, in which he thanked Sub Pop, Buzz Osborne of the Melvins, Nirvana producers Jack Endino, Steve Albini and Butch Vig, and others.

As you may have heard, after Nirvana's induction, the members and their guests headed to tiny Brooklyn venue Saint Vitus for a full set of Nirvana songs.

HBO airs the induction ceremony on May 31. Meanwhile, watch those fan-made videos below...

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After the Rock and Rall Hall of Fame induction at Barclays Center, "Nirvana" headed over to Saint Vitus for another show.

Actually it's happening right this second (2:30am Thursday night). Follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter for more. UPDATE: 4am: It's over.

Joan Jett, J. Mascis, Annie Clark aka St. Vincent, John McCauley of Deer Tick (and Deervana when Deer Tick is a Nirvana cover band), and Kim Gordon fronted Nirvana (aka Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear) at the gig.

More photos, video setlist from the surprise Greenpoint gig, below...

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"Nirvana inducted in the Rock n Roll HOF tonight. Joan Jetted sang "Teen Spirit" Kim Gordon sang "Aneurysm" and Annie Clark sang "Lithium"" - Jody H

"Lorde joins Nirvana, St. Vincent and Kim Gordon for "All Apologies" - Rock Hall


More pictures from Barclays Center in Brooklyn below...

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St. Vincent at Chicago's Riviera Theatre - 4/5/14

St. Vincent is an alien from another world.

This much might be obvious to anyone who has digested the sonic mayhem of her albums, with guitars distorted beyond recognition, baritone saxes providing a funky bite and a Theremin being tortured in place of a solo.

And yet Annie Clark's meticulously choreographed stage show for her self titled tour suggest that this alien has a scarily deep insight into our heads and a palpable tension as she readies an attack.

"Hello ladies and gentleman, and hello others," Clark addresses the audience. "We're not so different, you and I." In between songs she'll slyly suggest the questionable behavior and thoughts we all share while leaning heavily on her own creepy confessional. She'll admit to fantasizing about seeing people naked on the L, about looking at her hands and believing there to be a mix-up, or telling a lie and fearing the universe might be punishing her.

Such is the way an alien might communicate, but Clark utilized the remainder of her near two hour set at the Riv Saturday night seducing, entrancing and terrorizing through her exotic dancing and strobe lighting used "extensively." [Brian Welk]

St. Vincent has been supporting her new self-titled album on her ongoing tour which already hit NYC at Terminal 5, SXSW, and came to Chicago this past Saturday (4/5) for a show at the Riviera Theatre (which the above review is from). Like on the rest of her tour, she played a lot from the new album and Strange Mercy, in addition to earlier favorites like "Your Lips Are Red," and because this show coincided with the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, she covered Nirvana's "Lithium" in the encore. A video of that cover, plus pictures (including opener Noveller) and the setlist from the show, are in this post. Her tour brings her back to Chicago in the summer for Pitchfork Festival.

In related news, Nirvana get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this Thursday (4/10), and Courtney Love gave some updates on the Hole reunion which were less than hopeful.

More St Vincent pictures, the "Lithium" video and setlist, below...

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Though the 2013 Sled Island Festival got flooded out, it returns to Calgary, AB this year from June 18 - 22. The full line-up will be announced on April 29, but artists appearing include St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt (who play NYC tonight), Rhye, Touche Amore, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, The Julie Ruin, Killer Mike, White Lung, and more. Festival passes are on sale now, with tickets to individual shows going on sale April 11.

Full initial line-up of Sled Island 2014 artists, and a teaser video, below...

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St. Vincent on Portlandia...

Portlandia is no stranger to indie rock guest stars, and St. Vincent is no stranger to Portlandia, having appeared on the IFC comedy series a few times, most recently this past week's episode. On it Annie Clark plays a singer who must endure exhausting know-it-all Ghavin the "studio guy" (Fred Armisen), who quizes her about her gear and tries to one-up her at every move. (He also annoyed Jack White in S3.) You can watch that (via Stereogum) plus a clip from earlier this season where Carrie Brownstein explains hip hop to Fred, below.

This week's episode of Portlandia features guest appearances by Maya Rudolph and Wilco singer Jeff Tweedy (who is going to be on Parks & Recreation too). It airs Thursday (4/3) at 10 PM EST.

In other news, St. Vincent just got remixed by Darkside. Portlandia video clips below...

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