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by Andrew Sacher

Stars

Canadian indie popsters Stars recently announced that they'd put out their new album, No One Is Lost, on October 14 via ATO, and they've since released a single from it, "From The Night." As the album art (above) may have led you to believe, Stars are going for shiny pop this time around. Hints of disco and '80s synth-funk are all over the new single, but it's still got Stars-style minimalism in its verses. Check it out below.

We already knew Stars would be coming to NYC for the Modern Sky Festival in Central Park (10/4-5) with The Blood Brothers, Liars, Cat Power, The Both and more; and now a full US tour with Hey Rosetta! has been announced to take place about a month after that. The new tour brings Stars back to NYC for a show on November 10 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon via Ticketmaster.

All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Stars streaming track off new LP, touring w/ Hey Rosetta! after Central Park fest (dates)"

Modern Sky

Modern Sky Festival has already existed for seven years in China, and this year the first US edition of the festival will take place in NYC on October 4 & 5 at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield. It's got a pretty cool lineup, including The Blood Brothers, Liars, Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor (lineup TBA, but the last one featured David Byrne, members of Hot Chip, Bloc Party, Blood Orange, The Rapture and more), Cat Power, Stars, The Both (AImee Man & Ted Leo) and more. Full lineup below. Tickets, including single day passes and 2-day passes, are on sale now.

The festival happens not long before Stars release their new album, No One Is Lost (due 10/14 via ATO), so maybe we'll hear some new material from that.

This festival is another date on The Blood Brothers' expanding reunion tour which also includes a BrooklynVegan-presented NYC show the next day.

Full day-by-day lineup below...

Continue reading "US edition of Modern Sky Fest happening in Central Park w/ Blood Brothers, Cat Power, Stars, Atomic Bomb!, more"

Riot Fest

Riot Fest is happening in Toronto, Chicago and Denver again this year, and the lineup for Toronto was just announced. It happens on September 6 & 7 and features The National, Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Death Cab for Cutie, Death From Above 1979, Brand New, Paul Weller, Stars, Metric, The Head and the Heart, Tokyo Police Club, The New Pornographers, Taking Back Sunday, Afghan Whigs, Alkaline Trio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Thurston Moore, Buzzcocks, Clutch, Manchester Orchestra, Lucero, Title Fight and many more. Full initial lineup below. Tickets go on sale Saturday (5/10) at 10 AM.

As mentioned on BV Chicago, the Chicago fest happens from September 12-14 this year, and Denver from September 19-21. Stay tuned for those lineups.

Full initial Toronto lineup below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Toronto 2014 lineup (The National, Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, DFA1979, Afghan Whigs, Buzzcocks, more)"

photos by Cory Dewald

Blondie / Glassjaw / Public Enemy fans
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With about 20 albums under their belt, it was interesting to see what songs Guided By Voices would pick for their Riot Fest set. Keeping in mind that most audience members might not be familiar with everything in their vast discography, frontman Robert Pollard announced each song's name with a short introduction throughout the whole set. The band opened with "Xeno Pariah" and followed up with songs like "Island," "Shocker in Gloomtown," and "The Challenge Is Much More," only stopping to take a quick swig from a small bottle to oil up his voice. [BV Chicago]
Riot Fest Chicago (the second of three Riot Fests this year) continued on Saturday (9/14) for its second of three days. The second day had tons of multi-generational alternative music representation including punk's late '70s heyday (Blondie, X, FLAG -- the Keith Morris version of Black Flag), second wave ska (The Selecter), third wave ska (Rancid), classic indie rock (Dinosaur Jr., Violent Femmes, Guided by Voices), modern indie rock (Surfer Blood, Stars, The Sidekicks), classic hip hop (Public Enemy), and turn-of-the-millenium poppunk/emo/post-hardcore (blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, Glassjaw). Pictures from that day are in this post, and there's more pictures, plus a review, over at BV Chicago.

Update: Day 3 pictures are here and here.

If you missed them, check out day 1 pics and more day 1 pics. More of day 2, below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago day 2 in pics (Blondie, X, FLAG, Rancid, The Selecter, Stars, Glassjaw, Public Enemy, GBV, Dino Jr. & more)"

by Bill Pearis

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Australian ethereal folky duo High Highs (who play as a full band live these days) will be on tour starting later this month, grabbing the support slot for Stars' upcoming tour which hits the NYC area at Asbury Park, NJ's Stone Pony on October 4 and Huntington, NY's The Paramount on October 5. Tickets to both shows are still available. All dates are listed below.

The band, whose very nice debut LP came out early this year, have been performing a cover of College's "Real Hero" (from the Drive soundtrack) for a while now but have just recorded a studio version. Their take on the song is also on the synthy side, but definitely more expansive than the minimal original. You can stream it below.

Continue reading "HIgh Highs covered College's "A Real Hero" from the 'Drive' soundtrack, opening for Stars on tour (dates & stream)"

Iggy and the Stooges at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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We've talked about the epic Riot Fest Chicago more than a few times lately, but as mentioned, there are also (only slightly less epic) Riot Fests happening in Toronto and Denver this year.

The Toronto one happens from August 24-25 in Fort York and features sets from The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges, The Weakerthans, Rocket from the Crypt, Dinosaur Jr., Best Coast, The Flatliners, and Single Mothers (who all play day 2). Tickets for that day are on sale now. Flyer below.

The Denver one happens from September 21 to 22 at May Farms and features sets from The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges, AFI, Brand New, Rocket From the Crypt, Guided by Voices, The Dismemberment Plan, Superchunk, Against Me!, Best Coast, Minus the Bear, Chuck Ragan, Bosnian Rainbows, This Will Destroy You, Touche Amore, Single Mothers and more on day 1; and blink-182, Rancid, Public Enemy, Matt & Kim, FLAG, Bad Religion, Yo La Tengo, Naked Raygun, Stars, Peelander-Z, Off With Their Heads, and more on day 2. Tickets (2-day passes and single day tickets) are on sale now. Full day-by-day lineup below.

Continue reading "updated Riot Fest Denver and Toronto lineups & tickets"

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Beck / Explosions in the Sky / Tricky
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Osheaga Day 2 - 8/3/2013
Osheaga Day 2 - 8/3/2013

Tasty textures, rocking drum fills, and a dazzling light show were just three of the reasons why Texan post-rockers Explosions in the Sky performed what was likely the best set Osheaga 2013 had seen thus far. Beginning and ending as a quintet, with three guitars, one bassist, and a drummer, the instrumental rockers proved they didn't need vocals to drive their lengthy songs, with all the guitarists playing clear, calculated riffs to provide ample sources of melody.

During the middle of the set, touring bassist Carlos Torres stepped offstage, and guitarist Michael James picked up the bass for some fast and furious picking. The songs were seven- to ten-minute-long soundscapes that shifted and evolved, never getting stale, and the band navigated through any changes expertly. The band members engaged in no banter between songs, instead allowing the denouement of one song to slowly transform into the intro of the next, but the visual spectacle was present in the form of the lights, bursts of colour that accentuated the music. [Exclaim]

Montreal's 2013 Osheaga Festival continued on Saturday (8/3), after kicking off a day earlier. We caught Beck, Explosions in the Sky, Tegan & Sara, Tricky, Stars, and more, which you can check out pictures of in this post. Other bands that played (who we didn't get shots of) include Bob Mould, The Breeders, Angel Haze, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, and more.

Check out pictures of day 1. More of day 2, below...

Continue reading "Osheaga 2013 day 2 in pics: Beck, Explosions in the Sky, Tegan & Sara, Tricky, Stars and more"

Stars at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Stars

Canadian indie pop band Stars have been on the road a few times recently supporting their 2012 album, The North, and they'll head back out this fall. The new tour kicks off with their set at Riot Fest Chicago, and though they aren't actually set to hit NYC this time, they'll be in the area for shows in Asbury Park on October 4 at The Stone Pony and Long Island on October 5 at The Paramount. Tickets for both of those shows are on sale now.

Stars recently made a video for "Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It" from The North. Check out that video, along with a list of all dates on their fall tour, below...

Continue reading "Stars touring this fall, playing NJ & Long Island (dates, video)"

Grimes aboard the SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Grimes

Names like Grimes, Stars, Woods of Ypres (RIP), Crystal Castles, Metric and Leonard Cohen sit side-by-side with names like Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jebsen, Celine Dion and Drake as part of the 2013 nominees for the Juno Awards, Canada's answer to the Grammys.

"Electronic Album of the Year" nominee Grimes is most likely stoked to be named in the company of some of her favorite artists of 2011 (namely, Beiber & Taylor Swift). Her competition in that category is pretty stiff: Purity Ring, TRUST, Crystal Castles and Daphni. Meanwhile, I'm guessing Justin Bieber is stoked to not be mentioned anywhere near his arch enemy Patrick Carney, even though Carney has backed off a bit and is now known as himself again on Twitter.

The 2013 Juno Awards will be given out on April 21. Nominee list below...

Continue reading "Grimes, Justin Beiber, Metric, Leonard Cohen, The Weeknd, Crystal Castles and Drake among the 2013 Juno nominees"

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Stars at Webster Hall in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Stars

Stars have been touring their new album, The North, a good deal this year, and will continue to do so internationally into 2013. They're in Europe now, and after hitting up Australia and multiple countries in Asia this February, the band will head back to North America where they'll play NYC on March 8 and 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Tickets for those shows, which will be more intimate than their sold out Webster Hall show in September, but not nearly as intimate as their Mercury Lounge show from later that night, go on sale Friday (12/14) at noon. All dates are listed below.

For the Asian portion of their tour, Stars have launched a Pledge Music project, which will enable fans in any country to follow along with them, gain access to a live digital EP, and more.

In other news, Eight and a Half, who call Arts & Crafts (Stars' former label) home, have just revealed a remix of their track, "Backlines." A stream of that remix, and a list of all dates are below.

Continue reading "Stars announce international tour, remixed by Eight and a Half (dates & stream)"

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We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

With the opening of the Barclays Center (follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter for some scenes from the chaos), both New York and Time Out ponder the changing landscape of Brooklyn in this week's issues.

Speaking of the new venue, Lady Gaga's MSG (2/22) & Barclays Center (3/6) shows sold out today, so she added one more at each venue. The new dates are 2/23 @ MSG and 3/7 @ Barclays. Both go on sale Friday, October 5th at 10am.

Other NYC shows that went on sale today include JEFF the Brotherhood, Field Report, Diamond Rings, Anais Mitchell, Kelly Hogan, Callers and Petty Fest.

And regarding that Staten Island politician talking shit about her, Lady Gaga thanked him.

As mentioned, Soundgarden is releasing a new album, their first in 15 years, on 11/13. Now you can hear the first song which is streaming at the bottom of this post.

In other bands who were good in the '90s Barclays Center news and, Smashing Pumpkins warmed up for their arena tour with an intimate, two-and-a-half-hour show at Stubb's in Austin last night. The tour hits the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Halloween.

Listen to the title track from Bad Brains' forthcoming new album.

Apple knows its maps app sucks.

Trevor Dunn, who is currently on tour as a member of Melvins Lite, took to his tour diary to comment on Green Day frontman BIlie Joe Armstrong's recent freakout: "That guy's main problem is that he doesn't realize that he is Justin Bieber."

Do you love the blown-out, pixelated artork on MIA albums? You may want to buy here coffee table book then.

On a somewhat similar publishing tip, Diplo "and photographer Shane McCauley are launching the zine series Blow Your Head. Each volume will explore a different country and musical genre.

Tour diaries are hot these days. (Have you read ours with Kelly Pratt whose touring with David Byrne and St. Vincent)? Diamond Rings and Stars writing about their adventures on the road for The Huffington Post. Those adventures included a show at Webster Hall this week.

Winter is coming for everyone, it seems. Neko Case tweeted today: "Dude. I'm just gonna admit to being balls-deep in Game of Thrones on CD."

While on the subject of rock star confessions, a recent quote from Pete Townshend: "What I remember of the size of Mick Jagger's penis - I remember it as being huge and extremely tasty."

If you need more, maybe you'd like to read some Phil Collins erotic fan fiction?

Speaking of St. Vincent, today is Annie Clark's 30th birthday. Happy Birthday, Annie! We always liked this picture of her, by Chris La Putt, from her days as a member of the Polyphonic Spree:

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Catch St Vincent and David Byrne in Williamsburg Park on Saturday. How was their second Beacon show? Check out pictures from the first (also by Chris La Putt).

It's also Les Claypool of Primus' birthday, who turn 49. Catch Primus on tour this fall.

Not that surprising, but awesome -Austin just became the first Texas city to endorse marriage equality.

Austin music venue Scoot Inn, a popular place to be during SXSW, has a new owner.

Kreayshawn's new album flopped.

Mumford & Sons' new album probably won't.

more stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: new Soundgarden & Bad Brains songs; MIA art book; Diplo's new zine; Phil Collins erotic fan fiction; Apple maps & more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Stars / Diamond Rings at Webster Hall, 9/22/2012
Stars
Diamond Rings

Stars played twice in NYC on Saturday (9/22), playing an "early" show (meaning done at the usual time) at a sold-out Webster Hall followed by a later show that night at Mercury Lounge with Savoir Adore. Both shows, and the rest of their current tour, are in support of Stars' fine new album, The North.

The tour with Diamond Rings, who joined them at Webster Hall with California Wives, stretches till late November, at which point Stars will hop the pond to play a string of dates in the EU. Diamond Rings, meanwhile, will continue to tour North America with a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on December 4 in support of his new album, Free Dimensional. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (9/28) with a AmEx presale happening Wednesday (9/26).


All Stars and Diamond Rings tour dates and more pictures from Webster Hall are below.

Continue reading "Stars played Webster Hall with Diamond Rings who will play Bowery Ballroom in December (pics, dates)"

Stars at Deluna Fest 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Stars

As mentioned, Stars came out with a new album, The North, earlier this month and will kick off a tour with Diamond RIngs next week in support of it. That tour hits NYC on September 22 at Webster Hall with California Wives. That show is sold out but Stars will play a free show later that night at the much smaller Mercury Lounge (9/22) with Savoir Adore. You can reserve yourself a spot at that show by picking up "tickets" from the Thrillcall iPhone app, starting Tuesday (9/18) at 10 AM.

An updated list of Stars dates is below.

Continue reading "Stars playing an intimate show at Mercury Lounge after their sold out Webster Hall show (updated dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Diamond Rings at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Diamond Rings

Diamond Rings, the synth pop project of John O'Regan, will release his sophomore LP, Free Dimensional, on October 23 via Secret City. The album was produced by Damian Taylor (Bjork, Austra). You can watch the video for the album's first single, "I'm Just Me" and a teaser video for the album below. A Yelle remix of the single is available in exchange for your email address here.

Like fellow new waver Twin Shadow did on his recently released sophomore LP, Diamond Rings is favoring much bigger and more polished production for this one, and and can definitely no longer be referred to as bedroom pop. That's not necessarily a bad thing though -- check the song out for yourself and let us know what you think.

Diamond Rings will be heading out as a support act for fellow Canadians Stars on their upcoming tour, which hits NYC on September 22 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available, and they include a download of the new Stars album. California Wives is on the tour as well.

Stars have also just revealed another new track off of their upcoming LP, The North, called "Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It" which you can stream below.

That stream, a list of all dates, and the Diamond Rings videos are below...

Continue reading "Diamond Rings releasing new LP, touring w/ Stars, who have a new song (dates, videos & streams)"

Stars

As previously mentioned, Montreal's Stars have a new album, The North, coming out in September and the band just announced a North American tour, including an NYC stop at Webster Hall on September 22. No openers have been announced yet but tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today (7/11) at noon and are on sale to the general public on Friday, July 13 at noon.

All Stars tour dates are listed below, along with a stream of The North single, "The Theory of Relativity."

Continue reading "Stars announce tour, playing Webster Hall (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Stars

It's been a couple years since Stars released a new album. That will be remedied when the Montreal group release their sixth album, The North, on September 4. (It's probably not a Song of Ice & Fire reference but that's where my brain goes immediately these days.) The album's being released by the band's own Soft Revolution records in Canada and ATO in the U.S.

You can listen to the LP's lead single "The Theory of Relativity" below or download it at Stars' website. It sounds like Stars, all right, and after 2010's lackluster The Five Ghosts, this seems promising. No word on live shows just yet, but you can check out The North's cover art and track list below.

Continue reading "Stars releasing 'The North' in September (stream a track)"

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After teasing us with lineup addictions day by day over the past few days, the full lineup of Austin City Limits 2012 is finally here. Check it out below....

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William Fitzsimmons
William Fitzsimmons

The Wedding Present, Built To Spill's Doug Martsch, Tanya Donelly, Telekinesis, Stars, Katy Goodman, Kitten, William Fitzsimmons, and many others appear on "please, please, please," a new Smiths tribute album that will see the light of day in December via American Laundromat.

Meanwhile Morrissey is about to kick off a North American tour in Chicago on 11/10.

William Fitzsimmons' soft-spoken folk/rock is currently breaking hearts across the EU, a treak that will continue until just before the holidays. After a month off in January, he'll embark on another US tour in support of his recent LP Gold In The Shadow that will include dates from coast to coast and a stop at Bowery Ballroom on 2/18. Tickets for all US dates are currently on fan presale, with regular sale starting today for the Bowery Ballroom date.

All tour dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "William Fitzsimmons on new Smiths tribute album, announces tour (dates)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by BBG

Weeze & Matt & Kim @ Deluna Fest
Deluna Festival
Deluna Festival

Do you think Matt & Kim ever get depressed? Like down-in-the-dumps, face-on-the-bathroom-tile, razor-to-the-wrist bummed? And do you think any of that anger is channeled into their music in ways not visibly noticed? Is that perma-simpleton-smile actually a front for an aryan-supremacy agenda spelled out in morse code via the band's shiny light show? Head to a New Year's Eve celebration at Hammerstein Ballroom with Super Mash Brothers to do some investigation and report back if you come across some leads. Tickets are on sale. All of their dates are listed below.

Matt & Kim was one of many artists to perform in Florida at Deluna Fest from 10/14 - 10/16, joining names like Ra Ra Riot, Stars, Ladytron, Girl Talk, Weezer, Cake and others. Belated pictures from the first day of that festival that Jane's Addiction also played, are in this post. Many more below.

Ra Ra Riot has been touring since Deluna. They don't have anything scheduled in NYC, but they will be on the road for a while and all of their dates are also listed below...

Continue reading "Deluna Fest Day 1 pics w/ Weezer, Ladytron & many more, a Matt & Kim New Year's Eve show, Ra Ra Riot tour dates"

The observant Dan Mangan sees a bird flying around the photo studio
Dan Mangan

Fans of Arts & Crafts are in for a night of good jams, with (ex-A&C-ers) Stars at Music Hall of Williamsburg (with North Highlands) and an early show with Dan Mangan at Mercury Lounge (with Icewater), both going down in NYC TONIGHT (10/11). If you're just making the decision to try and do both, I hope you have your tickets to Stars already, though tickets for Dan Mangan are still available, Stars is sold out. Mangan welcomed his new LP Oh Fortune, which hit stores on 9/27 and is streaming in full below. All of his tour dates are down there too.

In related news, Zeus recently posted "Are You Gonna' Waste My Time?", the new song (streaming below) from their forthcoming A&C release due in early 2012. Zeus has dates scattered across October and into December, including an East Coast tour that will stop in Brooklyn at Knitting Factory on 11/16 supporting Sam Roberts Band. Tickets are on sale. All dates are below.

Feist's Metals is out now. The chanteuse took a few minutes out of her crypt-performing schedule to post a few songs which are streaming below. Catch Feist in a goth-in-a-different-way venue when she plays Howard Gilman Opera House on 11/2. "Very limited availability remains" for tickets, so call 718-636-4100 for more details.

All tour dates and song streams are below.

Continue reading "Dan Mangan & Stars are touring (not together, but both in NY) -- Zeus coming soon (dates, song streams & stuff)"

Stars at Littlefield in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Stars

Stars have announced a short run of US dates this October. The dates kick off in Brooklyn on October 10 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/29) at noon. All dates, mostly in Florida, are listed below.

Stars have recently released The Bedroom Demos, an album of demos from their In Our Bedroom After the War album. According to Arts & Crafts:

"THE BEDROOM DEMOS" are the heart and soul of STARS' revered 2007 record 'In Our Bedroom After The War'... the real and honest bones of the album, before it was an album.

Fresh from touring the world with their breakout record 'Set Yourself On Fire', STARS hit their Montreal studio with Jace Lasek from The Besnard Lakes at the controls, and tracked a slew of new songs, live off the floor. Rough, unpolished and unfinished, these versions nevertheless give a secret glance into the world of their stellar songwriting, from a helter skelter 'Take Me To The Riot' to the definitive, single microphone recording of 'Barricade'. If you have loved a STARS song, you deserve to love 'The Bedroom Demos'

You can purchase and stream the MP3 album on Stars' website.

Speaking of Arts & Crafts, Dan Mangan has announced that:

"The new album is called Oh Fortune. It includes eleven songs. I thought of the title after reading about Gertrude Ederle, a female swimmer who swam the English Channel in the 1920s and crushed the previous world record (held, of course, by a man). She was a massive celebrity for but a moment, and they threw a momentous ticker-tape parade on her return to New York. Neat, hey?

The album will be released on September 27th on a fine label called Arts & Crafts and I must admit, I'm anxious to hear what you think of it. We like it, but, admittedly, it's an unbiased opinion. A-hem."

Dan Mangan has a bunch of upcoming shows scheduled, but only one in the United States and that happens at Mercury Lounge TONIGHT (7/26).

All tour dates and the NSFW Stars video for "Changes" below...

Continue reading "Dan Mangan is in NYC, Stars announce short tour, both have new Arts & Crafts albums"

Evan Dando at The Bell House (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Evan Dando

Evan Dando & The Lemonheads have a few random upcoming dates scheduled. The Lemonheads will share a bill with The Canon Logic on April 28th at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Tickets are still available. You can also catch Josh Lattanzi of The Lemonheads at Bowery Ballroom on May 26 & 27 as part of the Bob Dylan tribute that will also include members of the Strokes, Hold Steady, etc, etc.

All other upcoming Evan Dando dates are in other countries at the moment, including a June 16th Evan & Juliana Hatfield show in Toronto for the NXNE festival which, like Brooklyn's own multi-venue festival Northside, recently expanded its lineup. Some of the other bands playing are in the title of this post. The rest are listed below.

All Dando-related dates and some videos below too...

Continue reading "Lemonheads playing shows, NXNE expands lineup (includes Descendents, Stars, Devo, OFF!, Juliana Hatfield, more)"

Stars

First came Friday night at Terminal 5 and then a surprise show at Littlefield last night. Now it looks like tonight's day off in Stars' tour schedule is not a day off at all. See above tweet by Gilt City. Location = The Studio at Webster Hall (same building that is housing tonight's Tallest Man show). Let us know if you're able to get in.

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Rachel Kowal

Stars

Since their Friday night show at Terminal 5 was not sold out, Stars kept their Sunday night performance at Littlefield a secret until the last minute, but word spread quickly, and last night the line to get into the venue continued well down the block.

Seeing Stars play such a small room is a treat. After quite a lengthy wait for the show to begin (the doors were at 8, but the start time was 9:45), the audience was eager to show their support - especially one fan who could hardly contain his excitement. Between nearly every song, he'd lavish some sort of praise on the band. ("I love you!" "You are beautiful!" "You guys blow my brains out!" and my favorite, "You're not REAL!") The crowd's energy helped fuel the band and elevated their performance.

"It's the city so nice, we had to play it twice," joked former New Yorker Torq Campbell when they finally walked on stage. "We're so happy people came out," he continued, then launched into an appropriate introduction for the evening, the slowly building song, "The Night Starts Here."

As per usual, the band scattered long-stemmed white roses and handfuls of petals throughout the crowd between songs - only this time, nearly everyone in the room got showered, not just the people crammed into the first few rows.

Though they seemed a bit tired, Stars played a solid show and creatively drew a handful of more obscure from their discography to reward the T5 attendees for coming out to another show. Initially, Campbell's vocals were way too low in the mix, but (finally) after the ninth song, an audience member yelled out, "Turn up the vocals!" and the sound technician quickly complied. (Yet another benefit of playing such a small space.)

As was the case at their recent T5 show, Stars played a generous 5-song encore, which included a Smiths cover ("This Charming Man") and some banter about global warming, bad vibes, and Amy Millan's pregnancy. After the third song, Campbell addressed the room. "Do we have time for a couple more or is that sufficient?" Upon receiving an enthusiastic response from the audience, he continued as the opening notes of the crowd pleaser "Your Ex-Lover is Dead" rang out. "You know... I'm going to keep playing music until the day when I ask that question and people are silent."

Before their final song, the overzealous fanboy made his way to the front and whispered something into Campbell's ear. "You're going to marry your girlfriend?" Campbell repeated into the mic. "She's a lucky woman. Fantastic. Give it up for this dude. He's been awesome all night. He's half naked, he's in love. What more do you want from this man?" It was a nice moment. Then, after a sarcastic segue about heartbreak and failed relationships ("This probably has nothing to do with you"), Stars concluded their intimate set with "Tonight."

More dates HERE. Terminal 5 pics and setlist HERE. More pictures and the setlist from Littlefield, below...

Continue reading "Stars played little Littlefield (pics & setlist) "

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