Entries tagged with: TV on the Radio
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
TVOTR at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
TV on the Radio have remained an active band and are on upcoming festivals like Treasure Island and Riot Fest (and the members, who are now scattered on both coasts, are even more active on their own with their various projects), but it's been over three years since they've released an album. That will change this year, when they follow 2011's Nine Types of Light with Seeds, which is due out in the fall. It's their first since leaving Interscope, and will instead come out on Harvest Records (also home of Morrissey). It's also their first since TVOTR member Gerard Smith sadly passed away.
Watch a teaser video for the album, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Outkast @ Firefly Fest 2014
We went to the music festival that happened in Delaware over the weekend, and not surprisingly, Outkast was one of the headliners. Pictures from their set are in this post.
Yesterday, Las Vegas music festival Life is Beautiful announced their October 2014 lineup, and not surprisingly, Outkast are one of the headliners.
Check out the full Las Vegas lineup along with more details pictures from Firefly Fest, below...
Treasure Island Music Fest returns for its eighth edition on October 18 & 19 in San Francisco. This year's initial lineup has been announce and includes 2014's festival circuit MVPs Outkast, plus Massive Attack, Alt-J, TV on the Radio, Janelle Monae, The New Pornographers, and many more. Tickets will go on-sale Thursday, June 19th at 10 AM PDT.
Initial lineup below...
Outkast / Damon Albarn / Grimes / Phoenix
NYC music festival Governors Ball kicked off its 2014 edition yesterday (6/6) with sets from the reunited Outkast, Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, Grimes, TV on the Radio, Phoenix, Neko Case, La Roux, Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis, Washed Out, Janelle Monae, Kurt Vile, Run the Jewels (Killer Mike + El-P) and still more.
Outkast's much-anticipated set (like many of their other festival sets this year) started with both Big Boi and Andre 3000 on stage for tons of favorites right off the bat including "B.O.B.," "Gasoline Dreams, "ATLiens," "Rosa Parks," "Aquemini," "Ms. Jackson," and more. Then Big Boi did three songs alone, Andre did three alone (including "Hey Ya!" for which Janelle Monae came on stage to dance), and then another Outkast set. The second set ended with "The Whole World," for which they brought out Killer Mike to rap his verse. Pictures of all artists mentioned (and more), plus Outkast's setlist and a video of "Hey Ya!" are in this post.
GovBall continues today (6/7) with Diarrhea Planet taking the stage in about two hours (12:45 PM), and other sets include Jack White, Spoon, The Strokes, Disclosure, Broken Bells, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven and more.
More pictures from day 1 below...
Chicago has The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Metric, the reunited Samhain (!), Cheap Trick, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Patti Smith, Taking Back Sunday, Mastodon, Afghan Whigs, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Superchunk, Lucero, Murder City Devils, Mudhoney, Failure, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, Get Up Kids, Kurt Vile, Wavves, ALL, Mineral, Title Fight, Samiam, Menzingers, Front Bottoms, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Denver also has The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Taking Back Sunday, Lucero, Failure, Hot Snakes, ALL, Mineral, Menzingers, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers plus Primus, TV on the Radio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Violent Femmes and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full Chicago and Denver lineups below...
Phoenix @ Barclays Center, 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As you may know, the 2014 Governors Ball happens at Randall's Island from June 6-8. Individual day line-ups have been announced with Outkast, Phoenix and TV on the Radio headlining Friday (6/6), Jack White, The Strokes and Skrillex headlining Saturday (6/7), and Vampire Weekend and Axwell ^ Ingrosso headining Sunday (6/8). You can check each day's full line-up (though set times are still TBA) below.
Additionally, individual day tickets go on sale this Friday (4/4) at noon, with a limited Citi cardmember presale beginning Wednesday (4/2) at 10 AM.
Daily Governors Ball 2014 lineups below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Husker Du's Bob Mould & X's John Doe rehearsing Paul Simon @ City Winery
Tickets are still available for tonight's Paul Simon tribute show at Carnegie Hall with Allen Toussaint, Angelique Kidjo, Ben Sollee, Bettye LaVette, Bob Mould, Brett Dennen, Dan Wilson, Isobel Campbell & Andy Cabic, Joe Henry, Josh Ritter, Joy Williams, Judy Collins, L.P., John Doe, Madeleine Peyroux & Jon Herington, Sam Moore, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Bob Forrest & Gibby Haynes (who mentioned the show on the Daily Show), Richard Marx, Antibalas, Mike Gordon, and more.
Last night (3/30), as usual on the night before a Michael Dorf event at Carnegie Hall, there was a rehearsal at Dorf's club City Winery with many of the performers doing the same Paul Simon songs. We have pictures from that one along with the setlist of songs they played (TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe did 'Think Too Much'). Check out the setlist and more pics below...
by Andrew Sacher
The first time I saw Ice Balloons, I thought they were way too off the wall to ever gain popularity outside of basement shows and Rubulad parties. But is that such a bad thing? This lurching, fuzzed-out act--fronted, naturally, by a half-man, half-fly creature--is just the thing to make you feel you've stepped into another dimension, especially when accompanied by B.A. Miale's trippy projections. [New York Observer - 'Best Bands of 2013']NYC's Ice Balloons count TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone and Wild Yaks' Rob Bryn as members (along with Sean Powell, Dan Scinta, Giselle Reiber, and B.A. Miale) and together they make a truly weird blend of psychedelic synths, art punk, noise, and other eccentric sounds. They're currently on the road for their first-ever tour with Kyp and Rob providing solo sets as support on select dates. The tour includes a NYC show on Thursday (3/13) at Death by Audio, and at that one, both Kyp and Rob will open. Likeminded Brooklyn trio Alien Trilogy are on the DbA bill as well. $7 at the door gets you in. All dates are listed below.
In 2013, they released their debut self-titled album, which you can stream, along with videos of two of its tracks, and the list of dates, below...
Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We already knew that Outkast would be headlining this year's Governors Ball music festival, which goes down on NYC's Randall's Island from June 6-8, and now, one day after the lineup of Firefly Fest was announced, and a few days after we found out who was playing Coachella, the full lineup has been announced. It includes Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Interpol, TV on the Radio, Julian Casablancas, Disclosure, Spoon, Broken Bells, Damon Albarn, James Blake, Neko Case, The Kills, Grimes, Janelle Monae, Tyler the Creator, Washed Out, Earl Sweatshirt, Kurt Vile, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Run the Jewels and many more.
UPDATE: The Strokes are playing too!
Tickets go on sale today (1/15) at 3 PM. Full lineup and flyer below...
Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, the newish band of TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, did a Union Pool residency not too long ago, and they'll be playing another show in their hometown of NYC this Sunday (12/15) at Baby's All RIght with Endless Boogie. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer below.
Speaking of TV on the Radio, as discussed, member Dave Sitek is producing the new Kelis album, Food. That album was originally supposed to come out on Sitek's Federal Prism label this year, but it was just announced that she's instead releasing it on April 28 via her new label, Ninja Tune (!), a label mostly known for forward-thinking electronic music from Bonobo, Machinedrum, The Bug, and others. It's the first album that will not be on a major label for Kelis, who has had at least one major pop breakthrough. Kelis says of the signing:
I'm really happy to be partnering with Ninja Tune on my new record. This is the album I've wanted to make for a long time and I want the team around me to be as excited and energetic about it as I am. I'm also very happy to be working with some of the most creative people in the industry.And the people at Ninja Tune note:
Entirely produced by Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio), 'Food' is a soul record that's as raw and alternative as it is classic. In choosing Ninja as her new home, Kelis is another example of a world-class talent turning to the independent music world in order to work outside the constraints often put in place by major labels.In other Ninja Tune news, we just posted a live Machinedrum video and an upcoming Floating Points show.
Flyer for HIggins Waterproof Black Magic Band show below...
HWBMB at their first show, December 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
As mentioned, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, a newish project from TVotR's Tunde Adebimpe and drummer Ryan Sawyer, will release their debut EP on October 1 via their own ZNA Records. You can stream a track from that below.
In celebration of the EP, the group have an October residency at Brooklyn's Union Pool, playing every Sunday of the month. It's where the band made their live debut when they opened for Yeah Yeah Yeah's Hurricane Sandy relief benefit last December. They've also invited friends to open:
10/6: Little Shalimar and a quartet of Chris Corsano, Daniel Carter, Demian Richardson, and David MossNo advance tickets for any of the residency shows. Check out a flyer for the residency and the song stream below.
10/13 : Leverage Models and Invisible Familiars
10/20: Soft Location and Abdoulaye Diabaté/Banning Eyre
10/27: William Tyler
TV on the Radio @ FYF 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Having left Interscope back in the spring, the gears are clearly starting to move again for TV on the Radio who will now putting out music through guitarist Dave Sitek's Federal Prism label. They were just out in LA for the FYF Fest and have released a couple digital singles this summer, both of which have come with impressive videos. "Mercy" is probably the most immediate, driving rock song the band have done since the early days of "Wolf Like Me"; and "Million Miles" is more ethereally soulful. TVotR just performed "Mercy" last night on The Late Show with David Letterman last night (9/5) and you can watch that below.
The two tracks' respective videos are both productions of a MySpace project called Music Video Collaborations With Artists We Like. The funny, thoughtful one for "Million Miles" was co-directed by singer Tunde Adebimpe. They're both worth watching and you can do so below.
Meanwhile, you may remember that a Tunde Adebimpe side project, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band (with Ryan Sawyer on drums), opened for Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Union Pool last November. The band will release their debut EP on October first via their own ZNA label. You can listen to a track from that, "The Blast, The Bloom," below.
photos by Wei Shi; words by Fred Pessaro
Death Grips /
Its really a sad state of affairs when a band making a scheduled appearance is news, but nevertheless it was somewhat of a surprise that Death Grips did make their headlining appearance (on the Miranda stage) at the first day of FYF Fest in LA on Saturday (8/24) while Yeah Yeah Yeahs played at the adjacent Carrie stage (yes, stages were named after Sex & The City characters). The two-day festival, which took place in LA State Historic Park over the weekend, also featured many other notables, including appearances from TV on the Radio, FLAG, a reunion set from The Locust, as well as sets from names like The Breeders, Waxahatchee, METZ, Joyce Manor, Ty Segall (who's in NYC for two shows this week), and more. Pictures from FYF including all of the mentioned artists above -- as well as shots of Jim Hamilton, Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiana, Crystal Antlers, Charles Bradley, Toro y Moi, Classixx, Nosaj Thing, comedians and more -- are in this post.
We'll have pictures from Day 2 soon. More pics from FYF Fest Day 1 below...
Kronos Quartet / Superhuman Happiness
The free 2013 Lincoln Center Out of Doors season is beginning at Damrosch Park this Wednesday (7/24) with "KRONOS at 40," a "festival within a festival" that includes the Kronos Quartet performing a number of works with many different special guests. The first show in the series is Red Hot + FELA LIVE!, a concert in honor of Fela Kuti that also features Tony Allen and Superhuman Happiness with
Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Kyp Malone (TVOTR), Sinkane, Baloji, Abena Koomson, Sahr Nguajah, and Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket). At this show, Superhuman Happiness will be premiering their score to How to Survive a Plague.
UPDATE: Both TVOTR members actually dropped off a while ago, but Bajah, M1 (of Dead Prez), and Alex Toth (of Rubblebucket) have since been added to the lineup. To be more exact it now looks like this:
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Red Hot + FELA LIVE! (World premiere)
featuring Tony Allen and Superhuman Happiness
with Baloji, Abena Koomson, Kronos Quartet, M1 (of dead prez), Sahr Ngaujah,
Sinkane, and Alex Toth and Kalmia Traver (of Rubblebucket)
Musical Director: Stuart Bogie
Red Hot + FELA LIVE! is produced with Anthony Demby and Paul Heck for the Red Hot Organization.
Superhuman Happiness: Music from How to Survive a Plague (World premiere concert version)
Composed by Luke O'Malley and Stuart Bogie
Also at that show, Lincoln Center will be launching their new video portal, which will stream Lincoln Center events live online, in addition to interviews, bonus performance content, and more. The shows will stream directly through LincolnCenter.org/watch, and Wednesday's Red Hot + FELA LIVE! show will also be streaming right here on BrooklynVegan. Join us and use the hashtag #LCStream if you're tweeting while you're watching.
Check out the full lineup for this year's free Lincoln Center Out of Doors series for more shows and information
by Andrew Sacher
Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Webster Hall in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
NYC indie rock mainstays Yeah Yeah Yeahs are still on the heels of an awesomely weird new album, Mosquito, for which they played a relatively intimate release show at Webster Hall, which followed two far more intimate benefit shows in the year or so prior at Union Pool and Brooklyn Bowl. (They also had a set at this year's Brooklyn festival GoogaMooga.) And they're now set to do the exact opposite of that.
Like NYC bands The National and Vampire Weekend before them, YYYs have announced that they'll headline new Brooklyn arena Barclays Center on September 19! Tickets for their largest hometown show yet
are not on sale yet go on sale Friday (7/19) at 11 AM with a presale starting Wednesday (7/17) at 11 AM.
In related news, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek just remixed Mosquito track, "Despair," which you can listen to at Pitchfork.
All upcoming YYYs dates are listed, along with the video for the original version of "Despair," below...
by Klaus Kinski
For those keeping score, your man Klaus has played drums in many many unpopular and unsignable bands since 1991. I've dragged my 1964 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl 4 piece kit (2nd rack tom not shown) with 1965 Gretsch snare (all of which were purchased in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts for $175) from one end of the earth (the Northeast) to the other (the Midwest mostly) hundreds of times. 'Tis a gorgeous kit, in phenomenal condition, and I have endured hundreds if not millions of compliments regarding it's eye-watering beauty. I am a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. And I'm a man who appreciates a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. Therefore, I am a man who appreciates this wonderful compilation video featuring the great David Letterman appreciating his various musical guest's gear, focusing primarily, but not exclusively, drums. The video, and a list of who is in it, including GBV, Feist, Beirut, James Blake, The Strokes, Mastodon, St. Vincent, and many many more, is below. Behold!
LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...
CSS' fourth album is titled Planta and will be out June 11 via SQE Music. That's the cover art above. The Brazilian band, currently a quartet following the departure of Adriano Cintra, made the record in Los Angeles with Dave Sitek. The album's first single, "Hangover," is a definite departure than the band's previous new wave-y sound and you can stream it below.
Further connections between Sitek and CSS happen this weekend (5/10) as the group play ATP in Camber Sands, UK which is curated by TV on the Radio. No formal announcement on a North American tour has been made but one seems to be forthcoming as CCS will play NYC on July 8 at Bowery Ballroom and July 9 at Brooklyn Bowl. Both shows are with IO Echo.
UPDATE (5/13): There's a full tour now. All current tour dates are listed below.
Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As noted, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival will return to BAM from April 25 - 27 and is again curated by The National's Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner. A partial list of 2013 performers has been announced and includes headliners The Roots, Solange and TV on the Radio, as well as Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Julia Holter and Here We Go Magic. Full list of announced performers is below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Union Pool, 12/8/2012
Yeah Yeah Yeahs teamed with Higgins Waterproof Blackmagic (a new side project from Tunde of TV on the Radio) and a DJ set from Creep at Union Pool last night (12/8). Yes, the room was absolutely minuscule for a band of the YYY's size, but the occasion was to help raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy, specifically via Waves 4 Water (follow that link to donate if you can). The YYYs were a quartet for the evening, adding collaborator David Pajo to the mix on that rainy Saturday.
More pics from Union Pool are below, including one of the setlist (which included the new song "Despair" presumably from their forthcoming LP).
Tunde Adebimpe w/ TVOTR @ Radio City, April 2011 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe is teaming with artist/sculptor Ivan Navarro for what looks to be a one-of-a-kind performance. Dubbed "OÍDO: An Experiment in Sound and Sculpture" will take place at Saints Peter & Paul Theater in Williamsburg on December 15. Navarro's sculpture was created for the event and will be used like an instrument for the performance. The event is a fundraiser for PS 84's Rooftop Hydroponic Greenhouse Classroom. Tickets are on sale now and includes an opening reception with hor d'oeurves and beer by Brooklyn Brewery. There's an afterparty too with DJ Krycheck, which you can buy tickets for separately (same ticket link).
Meanwhile, Tunde will perform this Saturday (12/8) at Union Pool as part of Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band. They're the opening act for Yeah Yeah Yeahs which is a Hurricane Sandy relief benefit. That show is, no surprise, sold out.
Flyer for the OÍDO event is below.
John Joseph with Vernon Reid at Bowery Electric 11/6/2012
Last night's Rock for Light benefit featured a rotating cast of musicians who all sat in on Bad Brains songs at Bowery Electric. The show, part of a benefit to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy (as well as Amnesty International), featured Bad Brains frontman H.R., as well as John Joseph of Cro-Mags, Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, members of Antidote, TV on The Radio, The Mob, Extra Life, and many many more. Watch the entire performance below, right beside the setlist.
Bad Brains have a new album on the way, too, due on November 20.
Check out pictures from the show they just played in Chicago with Lower Dens.
And speaking of Brooklyn, get ready for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.
The Compact Disc turns 30 years old today. The first CD pressed in America was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (though Billy Joe's 52nd Street came out in Japan before that). What was the first CD you bought?
Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, Kenny's Castaways, where he used to play is hosting their final show tonight.
Producer and TV On the Radio member Dave Sitek has launched Federal Prism, "a new record label where Sitek will personally record, mix, produce, and release a series of limited edition 12-inch vinyl picture discs with a uniquely curator-driven perspective. The vinyl will be limited to 500 numbered copies each with a jacket personally hand silkscreened by Sitek."
Federal Prism's first release is "Destroyer" by Telepathe. "The b-side of the vinyl will feature a remix by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor with Alessandro Cortini and Atticus Ross. Sitek adds, "I told Trent I was starting my own label and would love to have him remix something on the first release. I sent him the session and before he actually said 'YES', he sent back this mighty dark space that he, Alessandro and Atticus had built for me! I was shocked and am certain I will have to keep ripping them off for years!"" It's on sale now.
Speaking of Trent Reznor, he says his his band How To Destroy Angels, have "formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases. The first of these will be available in November and it's called An Omen EP."
Scary: Ryan Adams revealed via Twitter: "Recording a track with my new pal @deadmau5 today. Sounds like BladeRunner starring Don Henley."
More scary: As if it wasn't bad enough that Bruno Mars has been announced as the host of the 10/20 episode of SNL, they're letting him be the musical performer for that episode too!
But here's some good news: Now That's What I Call Music 83 will reportedly be the last in the series.
more stuff below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn at Apple Store SoHo, 9/18/2012
R&B great Bobby Womack blessed the Apple Store in Soho yesterday (9/18), roping in Damon Albarn and XL Records exec Richard Russell, Kwes, and TV on the Radio's Jaleel Bunton and Remi Kabaka to perform a short, five-song set and Q&A. The teaming was in celebration of Womack's Albarn-produced The Bravest Man In The Universe, which features some of the cast of characters from last night's show.
Womack and his all-star backing band will play Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday (9/21). More pictures and the setlist from the Apple Store appearance are below.