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Sexwitch / Songhoy Blues / St. Vincent / SFA / GOAT @ Green Man 2015
Green Man Festival 2015
Green Man Festival 2015
Green Man Festival 2015
Green Man Festival 2015
Green Man Festival 2015
Green Man Festival 2015

The Green Man Festival has been taking place in Wales' beautiful Brecon Beacons for the past few years, drawing an increasingly impressive line-up of worldwide and Welsh musicians to the sprawling Glanusk Estate. The 2015 edition happened August 20 - 23 and added enough extras (Hot tubs! A cinema! A beer festival! A science garden!) that you didn't really even need to see any bands at all. But that would be silly, because the bands are great. Read on for some of the best bits from the last two days.

Most anticipated set: Sexwitch - the act billed only as "Special Guest" turned out to be the debut performance of a new project from Bat for Lashes' Natasha Khan, TOY and Dan Carey - dark, droney and insistent.

Best set by someone we hadn't heard of before: Hannah Lou Clark and her band, equal parts angsty and dreamy.

Best place to hide out to during the sudden three-hour heatwave on Saturday: The Cinedrome tent with Gulp, because angel-voiced dream pop makes everything better, even when you're simultaneously horribly sweaty and covered in mud (somehow singer Lindsey Leven was immaculate in head-to-toe white, which reinforces our theory that Gulp are slightly magic.)

Most fun to shoot portraits of: Girl Ray, three London ladies who were finalists in the Green Man Rising competition and are very fun to hide between tents with.

Song we still have stuck in our heads: "Moons in My Mirror" by H Hawkline, whose pleasingly intriguing songs and deadpan demeanour were so appealing that the tentful of watchers were quite happy to comply with his request that they whistle the theme from the Great Escape while he tune his guitars, twice.

Most talked-about performance we failed to see: Northumbrian balladeer Richard Dawson [and not the late Family Feud host - Ed] in the Walled Garden, who we are assured was brilliant and unusual.

Youth enterprise award: The three children at the festival entrance with an acoustic guitar busking Super Furry Animals songs: Charlotte, Amelia and James. "Fire in My Heart" was a delight:

Green Man Festival 2015

Most packed tent: Songhoy Blues from Mali, because they manage to combine deeply cool rock-star stage presence with an overwhelming sense of glee. Plus singer Aliou Touré does really good dancing, and everything they played was brilliant.

Most unfortunate scheduling: Stealing Sheep, who are great but played at the same time as (and right next to) Songhoy Blues.

Most committed crowd: Super Furry Animals. Fans stood ankle-deep in mud and didn't seem to mind the torrential rain, and in return received a predictably first-class set. There can't be any better setting to hear "Mountain People" than the Mountain Stage at Green Man. (Extra points to the gentleman who crowd-surfed all the way to the front sitting in an eight-foot inflatable dinghy.)

Best between-songs chat: Welsh folk legend Meic Stevens, who at one point delightedly exclaimed, "I've had cancer for three years, you know, and I've had 150 hours of radiotherapy on my throat - they said 'I wouldn't have thought you'd be able to talk after that, let alone sing!' but you've got to sing, don't you?! Because it makes people happy!"

Most appropriate name: Towel, who played just after the 21-hour rain storm (complete with 6am wake-everybody-up thunder) stopped.

Best impromptu special guests: Deep Throat Choir who, 24 hours after Matthew E White apparently asked them to join him, appeared en masse at the end of his set and started making up dance routines while singing the outrageously catchy backing vocals to "Rock & Roll is Cold."

Most rapt audience: Father John Misty, who was throwing himself on the floor by the first chorus of the first song and had row after row of grown adults grinning with glee like kids on Christmas morning.

Most apt headliner: Goat, whose vaguely pagan masked glory closed the final night of the Far Out stage and were followed by the ceremonial burning of the giant Green Man. Plus, "Run to Your Mama" might've been the best performance of the entire festival.

Pictures from the first two days of Green Man 2015 are HERE. Lots more pics from the final two days, below...

Continue reading "Green Man fest 2015 pics/review Pt. 2: Sexwitch, St. Vincent, SFA, Father John Misty, Goat, Songhoy Blues & more"

photos by Wilson Lee

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

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

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

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

Pictures from their sets and more continue below...

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Outside Lands stream

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

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

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

St. Vincent / Nelly Furtado, tUnE-yArDs, Dev Hynes / finale
Contemporary Color
Contemporary Color
Contemporary Color

In "Contemporary Color," a copresentation of Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mr. Byrne has organized collaborations among 10 elite color guard teams and recording artists, including St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado and Devonté Hynes. Between acts, the showcase, performed on Saturday at Barclays Center, included video clips making it clear that for many students, color guard is a way to find like-minded souls in what can be the most harrowing of American experiences: high school.

The idea to pair color guard with live music is an intriguing one, but the results don't entirely click. One exception was the pairing of Somerville High School in New Jersey with Money Mark and Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys whose music, not unlike that of a marching band, grew in power. But too much of the music was on the slow side, suffocating the routines and making it apparent that the earnestness of the performers clashed with the musicians who had difficulty shedding their personas. They may have been in bands in high school, but it didn't feel as if they had ever been band geeks. - [NY Times]

After two shows last week in Toronto, David Byrne brought his music-meets-color-guard "Contemporary Color" extravaganza to Barclays Center on Saturday (6/27) and Sunday (6/28), pairing performers such as St. Vincent, How to Dress Well, Dev Hynes, Ad Rock & Money Mark, tUnE-yArDs, Nelly Furtado and Zola Jesus (performing songs written just for this production) with high school color guard teams. Pictures from Saturday's performance, plus video of St. Vincent and David Byrne's performances from Sunday, continue below...

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a misty GovBall entrance today (photo via @xxdylandark0)

The 2015 Governors Ball just got underway at NYC's Randall's Island and if you can't make it, performances from throughout the three-day festival will be broadcast on on SiriusXM via Alt Nation channel 36 now through Sunday, June 7. Select performances will also air on The Spectrum, channel 28; Jam On, channel 29; Electric Area, channel 52 and SiriusXMU, channel 35. So if you're a subscriber, tune in.

Confirmed performances to be broadcast by SiriusXM include My Morning Jacket, The Black Keys, Big Gigantic, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Angus & Julia Stone, Chromeo, Hot Chip, Florence + The Machine, A-Trak, Vance Joy, Royal Blood, The Districts, Death From Above 1979 and Moon Taxi. More details about channels and broadcast times are here.

photos by Debi Del Grande

St. Vincent / Robert Plant / Ex Hex / Temples @ Sasquatch 5/24/2014
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 3
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 3
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 3
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 3
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 3

On stage Annie Clark, or as she's known, St. Vincent, is like an alluring, otherworldly android. She skitter steps around rapidly on high stiletto heels, staring blankly and doe-eyed, smiling at odd times while tearing through guitar lines seemingly effortlessly. Much of her show seems almost choreographed, moves precise, robotic, and at times in unison with her rhythm guitar player/keyboardist. Hers is a very conscious stage presence, each strange move intentional, and it is completely captivating. But her set on the Sasquatch main stage proved her to be not just an engaging performer, but an excellent musician as well; Clark is the complete package. Her confident guitar lines lead the way on her early hit "Cruel", and the single "Digital Witness" from her 2014 self-titled album was very danceable over the massive, bass-heavy sounds coming from the stage. Her set was fairly light on stage banter, but when she finally spoke she said, "good evening ladies and gentlemen, and a special welcome to the others, and the queers, and the dominatrixes, and the dominated of Washington State," before launching in to "Huey Newton", drawing her fingers across her exposed neck in a throat slitting pantomime. - [KEXP]
The third day (Sunday, May 24) of the 2015 Sasquatch Music Festival in Gorge,WA featured such performers as Robert Plant, St. Vincent, Temples, Lana Del Rey, Jenny Lewis (who also recently played Chicago), Jose Gonzlez, Twin Peaks and more. Pictures from day 3 are in this post.

Pics from Sasquatch day 1 are HERE and day are HERE. We'll have pics from day 4 soon, meanwhile check out more of day 3 below...

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by Zack Baker

Nelsonville Music Festival

This year's edition of the Nelsonville Music Festival takes place from May 28-31 in Nelsonville, Ohio. The lineup features The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent, Built To Spill, The Black Lips, Merle Haggard, Mavis Staples, Lucero, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Oblivians, Ryley Walker and many more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now, with four-day and single-day passes both available. Kids under 12 get in free, and there are activities for children at the fest too.

Folk music has always been a key focus for the festival, but as you can see the lineup is pretty diverse. The fest is tucked away in the woods, which is a pretty great environment for this kind of stuff, and there's usually a chance to see artists play intimate acoustic sets in the No-Fi Cabin too. If you're coming from NYC, it's just about a 9-hour drive, and you can camp there.

Check out the lineup in full along with a video of last year's headliner Dinosaur Jr. playing the festival, below...

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Long-running UK dance duo The Chemical Brothers will release their new album Born In The Echoes on July 17. The record features guest vocals from Beck, St. Vincent, Cate Le Bon, Q-Tip and more. Tom and Ed have shared the album's opening cut, "Sometimes I Feel So Deserted," which you can stream below, and look for official first single "Go" (featuring Q-Tip) on May 4. Album art and tracklist is below, too.

The Chemical Brothers will be on tour for most of the summer. No shows in NYC yet, but all dates are listed below...

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The 2015 Osheaga Festival happens July 31 - August 02 in Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau. This year's lineup includes St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Future Islands, Hot Chip, Nas, Father John Misty, Alt-J, The War on Drugs, Weezer and lots more. Festival passes are on sale now and the full Osheaga lineup is listed below...

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photo: Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)

Outside Lands, which happens August 7-9 in San Francisco with Elton John, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, D'Angelo, St. VIncent and more, announced its daily lineups today. Check those out below.

3-day passes are sold out, and single-day passes go on sale Thursday (4/2) at 10 AM PDT.

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photo: Sleater-Kinney at T5 in February (more by PSquared)

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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Outside Lands

Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly and Starr Hill, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, have announced [the] lineup for the eighth annual Outside Lands Festival. After four consecutive sold-out years, the world's only gourmet music festival that Rolling Stone hailed as "one of America's best," and the Huffington Post called "a well-rounded cultural event," will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 7 - 9, 2015. While the Eager Beaver on sale had the fastest sell-out in the history of the festival, a limited number of 3-Day General Admission and VIP regular tickets go on sale this Thursday, March 26th at 10am PDT via SFOutsideLands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department. The festival has given more than $10 million to the department since its inception.
The full lineup for this year's fest is listed, and in Funny or Die video form, below...

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photo: My Morning Jacket @ CBGB Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The 2015 edition of WXPN's yearly XPoNential Music Festival happens July 24 - 26 at the Susquehanna Bank Center and Wiggins Park in Camden, N.J. They've just announced that My Morning Jacket and St. Vincent will headline the 7/25 show at Susquehanna and that tickets go on sale Friday (3/20) at 1 PM with a WXPN presale starting Wednesday (3/18) at 10 AM and Live Nation presales happening Thursday (3/19) at 10 AM.

Full lineup will be announced and three-day passes will go on sale for the 2015 XPoNential Festival on March 31.

My Morning Jacket's tour and St. Vincent's tour also both hit NYC at Governors Ball.

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St. Vincent won "Best Alternative Music Album" at the Grammys tonight (before the telecast)! Past winners of that award include U2, REM, Tom Waits, Beck, Nirvana, Radiohead, Beastie Boys, Coldplay, The White Stripes, The Black Keys, Bon Iver, Gotye, and Vampire Weekend. This year she beat Alt-J, Cage The Elephant, Jack White and Arcade Fire who have lost in this category three times (but have won in other categories).

Beck, no longer "alternative", won "Best Rock Album", but lost "Best Rock Song" to Paramore (who also beat Jack White). Jack White however did win "Best Rock Performance", beating Ryan Adams, The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, and... Beck.

UPDATE: Beck also won Album of the Year!

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Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to Quincy, WA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, at The Gorge. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Spoon, James Blake, Hot Chip, SBTRKT, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War On Drugs, Little Dragon, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, Future Islands, Ab-Soul, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Rustie, Courtney Barnett, Strand of Oaks, Merchandise, Ex Hex, and more.

Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Saturday (2/7). Full lineup below...

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With the most recent run of David Byrne's Here Lies Love now in the past, David Byrne has just announced his next high-concept project which is on an even bigger scale. It's called Contemporary Color which happens at Barclays Center on June 27 & 28. A co-production with BAM (part of their 2015 Winter/Spring Season), it's a mix of live music and color guard (the synchronized flags will be familiar to anyone who's watched a high school or college marching band). The live music portion feature performances from Byrne, Nelly Furtado, How to Dress Well, Devonté Hynes, Kelis, Nico Muhly + Ira Glass, St. Vincent, and tUnE-yArDs, plus 10 color guard teams from the US and Canada.

Tickets are on artist presale now (password: DBCOLOR). Tickets are also on sale today (1/21) for Friends of BAM, with an AmEx presale starting Friday (1/23) at 10 AM. Tickets go on sale to the general public January 28 at 10 AM.

Here are more details from Byrne:

Some years ago, a Colorguard team wanted to use some music I'd written (from a theater piece I did with Robert Wilson, called The Forest) for one of their routines. I said,  "Fine, no charge... you are a high school team after all." But I asked that they send me documentation out of curiosity and for my archives. I eventually got a DVD of the whole World Championship competition. I watched, and was amazed and delighted to find myself in a new world that I didn't know existed.
What I was viewing is more properly referred to in that world as winterguard--as it takes place in the winter and spring--after fall football season, when the colorguard teams are more closely associated with drum lines and marching bands. Off season they do their own thing--still employing flags, rifles and sabers--but their routines are less about formation than about themes, emotion, concepts and visual spectacle. Over recent decades, the teams have evolved into something strange and wonderful; they've created a vibrant, innovative and original vernacular artform that is wildly popular across the whole North American continent, but is all but unknown in many of the big urban centers--like New York, where I live. Contemporary Color aims to remedy that situation.

I was stunned at what I was seeing, and being a musician I naturally wondered to myself, "What if these performances had live music? Really great live music! Wouldn't that be amazing? And wouldn't that lift it to another level?" (Besides being fun for the musicians too!). The competitions these teams engage in already fill arenas with their fans and supporters, so I thought to myself, "Let's take it from there!"
You can watch a video trailer about Contemporary Color below and learn more at its website. The extravaganza will make its world premiere the week before (June 22 & 23) at Toronto's Luminato Festival.

In related news, a lot more artists were announced for the David Byrne/Talking Heads tribute at Carnegie Hall.

Continue reading "St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Dev Hynes, HTDW, Ira Glass ++ 10 color guard teams & more performing at David Byrne/BAM's 'Contemporary Color' at Barclays (tix on sale)"

photo: St. Vincent in Chicago in 2014 (more by Brigid Gallagher)

St. Vincent will release a deluxe edition of her 2014 self-titled album on February 9, which will feature four unreleased songs and the Darkside remix of "Digital Witness." She just premiered one of those new ones, "Bad Believer," over at The Guardian. Listen below.

St. Vincent next plays NYC at Governors Ball.

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photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

The spring edition of the biannual music festival Boston Calling happens this year from May 22-24. They've once again put together a great lineup (curated by The National's Aaron Dessner, produced by Crash Line Productions), this time including Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tenacious D, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Jason Isbell, Gerard Way, Run the Jewels, Sharon Van Etten, Krill and more. Early bird tickets go on sale at noon today (1/14), using the password "BOSTON."

Once again there will be no overlapping sets. Full lineup and announcement video below...

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Yesterday was Coachella, and today another spring 2015 festival lineup is announced: Governors Ball. The fest takes place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 5-7 and includes Drake, Bjork, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Ratatat, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Weird Al Yankovic, The War on Drugs, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, SBTRKT, Conor Oberst, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten, DIIV, Rustie, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Florence + the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chromeo, Flume, Sturgill Simpson, Kiesza, Strand of Oaks, Bishop Nehru, Kate Tempest and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.

Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...

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photos by Brigid Gallagher

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Future Islands

St. Vincent, who's finding herself on top of a few year-end lists, has been on tour and earlier this month she hit Chicago for holiday show with the amazing double bill of her and Future Islands. We caught that show, and pictures from it are in this post.

Following St. Vincent's ongoing tour with The Black Keys, she's playing more shows in 2015. Though none of the upcoming dates are in NYC, you won't have to travel too far to see her at Clifton Park, NY's Upstate Concert Hall on March 7. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated dates are listed, with more pictures from Chicago, below...

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Best of Lists Season continues, here with AV Club's favorite records of 2014. As it's a cumulative list with ballots from the site's music writers (most of whom are in their 30s), you get a pretty typical list but we'll leave the suspense of whether The War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten or St. Vincent landed at #1 for you to check out below.

For a little more flavor you can check out the individual ballots and AV Club's annual "Least Essential Albums" list which is always entertaining.

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This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.

UPDATE: Full list of nominations (except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.

UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.

The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.

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St. Vincent at Prospect Park in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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St. Vincent, whose self-titled album topped NME's 2014 list and also appeared on Uncut, MOJO, Q, and Rough Trade's lists, followed that album with a Record Store Black Friday single featuring two previously-unreleased tracks, "Pieta" and "Sparrow." Did you pick that up on RSDBF? If not, there's plenty of copies up on eBay and Discogs (some are reasonably priced too) and you can also stream both tracks below.

St. Vincent will soon kick off a tour with The Black Keys, followed by international dates in 2015. No NYC shows scheduled at the moment.

Song streams below...

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by Johnny Zachman

Belle & Sebastian at Pitchfork Paris on Friday - 10/31/14

Pitchfork Paris continued yesterday (10/31) in the city's Grande Halle de la Villette, after kicking off on Thursday.

Perfect Pussy began the second day of the festival, but I showed up a little later and my night started with Australian songwriter D.D Dumbo, a one man act. Dumbo used a Danelectro 12-string guitar, an octave pedal, drums, pan flute and recorder to generate an entirely loop-based sound. I thought that Dumbo was an incredibly proficient looper, but sometimes the layers were so thick that it became difficult to follow the songs.

Up next was Son Lux, the project of New York City's baroque experimental songwriter Ryan Lott. On stage, Lott (playing keyboards and vocals) was joined by drummer Ian Chang (also of Brazos) and avant-jazz guitarist Rafiq Bhatia, a highly impressive trio. The song's arrangements left room for Bhatia's improvisations to shine, and the guitarist responded with an arresting series of sounds, combining distortion, panning and tremolo to send his guitar soaring around the room through a series of seemingly broken speakers. Chang drummed with mechanic deliberation and Lott added layers of effects on his vocals to match the grand nature of his soundscapes.

Future Islands came out dressed in Halloween costumes, which included lead singer Sam Herring in vampire makeup (which he quickly sweat off after the first few songs). It's no secret that Herring is an incredibly engaging performer, and last night he danced all over the stage with remarkable fluidity, bending his knees in ways I never thought possible, jumping into the photo pit to sing with the crowd, and injecting his delivery with more than a little of the theatrical. The band nailed a variety of high-energy selections from their 4AD debut Singles, including "Seasons," which has apparently just been dubbed a "miracle" by Bono.

Danish singer-songwriter MO kept the energy high, performing her style of synth-heavy electronic pop backed by a drummer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, and complemented with a series of projections. If last night was the post-rock and ambient night, then tonight was the pop night, and I thought that the upbeat hook-heavy run from Future Islands all the way through Belle & Sebastian gave the night a great energy.


CHVRCHES brought out the most extensive lighting set up of the festival thus far, complementing their arena-ready songs with equally commanding visuals. Lauren Mayberry's voice was spot-on - the best I've heard it thus far - and the band performed many of the highlights from their full-length, including "Recover," "The Mother We Share," "We Sink" and "Gun."

St. VIncent was next. It's been such a pleasure to watch St. Vincent's live show evolve into the aggressive, fully realized animal that it is now. A set that started with "Rattlesnake" only grew in intensity throughout, with the guitars and synths especially screaming on new songs like "Huey Newton" and "Bring Me Your Loves." It's inspiring to witness the variety of textures that Annie Clark can pull out of her guitar - it felt like a jet airplane, a synthesizer, a vacuum cleaner and a theremin at various points in the night - and it helped propel the band through an incredibly engaging set, closing out with an updated version of "Your Lips Are Red" from Marry Me.

And what a treat it was to see Belle & Sebastian! Stuart Murdoch and company brought out a four-piece string section to complement their already intricate arrangements, and there could be no complaints about the setlist: The show opened with the rocking "You're Just A Baby" and included magnificent takes on "Fox In the Snow," "Like Dylan In The Movies," The Boy With The Arab Strap" and "Sleep The Clock Around." Murdoch was in excellent form and as charming as ever, attempting his best French, pulling out some Sam Herring-esque dance moves, inviting fans to come dance on stage, and (most importantly) delivering his gorgeous vocal with delightful ease. The band received what appeared to be a true encore from the loudest crowd of the night, ending on the ever-so-appropriate "Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying."

The festival continues tonight with tUnE-yArDs, Caribou, Four Tet, Jamie xx, Foxygen and much more. If you're not there, you can stream it live HERE. Archived videos of previous sets at that link too.

UPDATE: Day 3 is up. Read our day 1 review here.

A few more pictures from Friday (including one of Belle & Sebastian's setlist) below...

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