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Run the Jewels/Tame Impala/Disclosure @ ACL Fest 10/2/2015
ACL Festival - Weekend 1, Day 1 - 10/2/2015
ACL Festival - Weekend 1, Day 1 - 10/2/2015
ACL Festival - Weekend 1, Day 1 - 10/2/2015
ACL Festival - Weekend 1, Day 1 - 10/2/2015

They came onstage blaring Queen's "We Are the Champions" -- and then threw all irony out the window, by actually proving it. Run The Jewels are untouchable.

Is there anyone in hip-hop with a live show this good? Actually, how about anyone in any genre? The manic energy, the must-bounce-to-it beats, the laser sharp wordplay and social commentary. Killer Mike and El-P in a class of their own.

They started with their killer track, "Run the Jewels," and the crowd lost its mind. Thousands of hands moved to the beat and the MCs went to work. - [Austin 360]

The first weekend of the 2015 Austin City Limits Festival kicked off Friday (10/2) with sets from Tame Impala, Run the Jewels, Disclosure, Foo Fighters, Billy Idol, Gary Clark Jr., Brand New, Albert Hammond Jr, Leon Bridges and more. Lots more pictures from Day 1 are below.

Day 2 of ACL features sets from Drake, Father John Misty, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, San Fermin and more. (UPDATE: Day 2 pics HERE.) You can stream ACL live (via Red Bull TV) below...

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by Bill Pearis

LA Priest @ Baby's All Right 9/30/2015 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)

LA Priest, aka onetime Late of the Pier frontman Sam Dust, played his first NYC show on Wednesday night (9/30), part of his North American tour. Dressed in white satin pajamas, Dust was solo onstage, using some sort of homemade-looking drum machine / sampler / sequencer for most of his backing, with occasional use of guitar and a keyboard. It was pretty effective, despite Dust saying his voice was shot and he couldn't hit all the falsettos (but he mostly did), and the crowd was definitely into it. He sampled the audience, actually, for the last number which got warped into the beat which he let play while he jumped off stage and danced with fans. A short but fun set.

It will be curious to see how this act translates to somewhere bigger, like when he opens for Tame Impala in Philadelphia and NYC next week. There are still a few tickets for the 10/6 Radio City Music Hall show, but Terminal 5 (10/7) is sold out.

Check out a few LA Priest music videos below.

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photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr

Laura Marling w/ Marika Hackman / War on Drugs / Ex Hex / Sleaford Mods / Hinds
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015

The 2015 End of the Road Festival happened September 4 - 6 at Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire, England. The lush, pastoral setting -- it is apparently not uncommon to see a peacock wandering around -- makes for a unique setting, and this year's lineup included The War on Drugs, Laura Marling, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Torres, Ex Hex, Django Django, Natalie Prass, METZ, Saint Etienne, Sleaford Mods, Mac DeMarco, HInds and many more.

Taking advantage of the surroundings was The Piano Stage, somewhat hidden within the woods, which recreated a Victorian-era sitting room with a piano at its center. Artists like Kevin Morby, and East India Youth played unannounced sets, usually only to a handful of people. Rising UK singer-songwriter Marika Hackman played the stage and was joined by Laura Marling for an impromptu cover of Foo Fighters' "Tired of You."

More photos from the 2015 End of the Road Festival below...

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by Bill Pearis

photo: Tame Impala @ Governors Ball 2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Tame Impala Governors Ball

Tame Impala's eight-minute "Let it Happen" was the first track to be released from their new album, Currents, and five months later it still sounds pretty fresh. The band have also just released a video for the song, directed by David Wlson (who made Arcade Fire's "We Exist" video). With the song cut down to a spare four minutes (though there's a visual reference to the song's original running time), the video stars Michael Instone as a man who really looks like he really needs a vacation, though that's probably not why he's at the airport here. It leads to a long, strange trip. Watch it below.

The band will be in America this October, including sold-out NYC shows at Radio City Music Hall and Terminal 5.

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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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Metallica / Brand New / Tame Impala / Mick Jenkins
Lollapalooza 2015
Lollapalooza 2015
Lollapalooza 2015
Lollapalooza 2015
Lollapalooza 2015

The only thing missing from Tame Impala's trippy light and video presentation is the cover of darkness. Somehow, this band's time-bending, shape-shifting music makes more sense at night, rather than under the blazing early evening Sun. But these Australians are tough as nails when it comes to weathering heat and sunshine -- they play their entire set without sunglasses. Though Kevin Parker is a master guitarist, his music is well beyond what most new millennial rock bands are offering. He turns his rock songs into what could be epic club tracks. "Let it Happen" manages to be both cerebral and danceable at once. Parker's deeper exploration of keyboards and club music has broadened his musical scope, so that Tame Impala now moves fluidly among what were once deemed distinct categories: progressive rock, soul, psychedelia, electronic dance music. He's just as liable to conjure the majesty of King Crimson as he is the post-house flourishes of Kaskade. - [Chicago Tribune]
Day two of Lollapalooza 2015 featured sets from Metallica, Sam Smith, Tame Impala, Brand New, Django Django, Tyler the Creator, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death from Above 1979 and lots more. A little trouble too: The Tribune reports that there were at least five arrests reported, most of them drug related. Texas rapper Travi$ Scott was charged with disorderly conduct for inviting the crowd to jump the security barricades to get closer to the stage.

Sunday (8/2) is the final day of Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park, featuring Florence + the Machine, TV on the Radio, FKA Twigs, A$AP Rocky, Bully and more. Albert Hammond Jr, who also plays today, will be be interviewed in the Toyota Tent by BrooklynVegan Lolla correspondent Billy Jones. And if you can't be there, Lollapalooza is streaming live starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) and you can watch below.

Photos from day 1 of Lollapalooza are HERE and more from day 2 are below...

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photo: Tame Impala @ Levitation Austin 2015 (more by PSquared)
Tame Impala

Tame Impala, whose new album Currents is out this Friday (7/17), are playing NYC's Radio City Music Hall on October 6. It's one of a few dates they're playing between weekends of the 2015 ACL Fest in Austin. You can still tickets for that, but if you'd like to see them in more of a rock club setting, they've just added a show happening at Terminal 5 the next night (10/7). Tickets for the T5 show go on sale Friday at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/15) at noon.

Updated dates are listed below...

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Tame Impala Currents

Tame Impala's third album, Currents, will be out this Friday (7/17). If you're sick of just listening to "Cause I'm a Man" and "Let It Happen" on repeat, the whole thing (which just got Best New Music at Pitchfork) is now streaming via NPR. Listen below.

Last here for Governors Ball, Tame Impala's tour will hit back in NYC in October where they'll play Radio City Music Hall. Tickets are still available.

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photo: Tame Impala at Governors Ball 2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Tame Impala at Governors Ball

Hot off their Governors Ball set,  shaggy heads Tame Impala have expanded their tour in support of their highly anticipated third studio album, Currents, (due 7/17 via Interscope). In between weekends at Austin's ACL Fest, they'll jet to NYC to headline Radio City Music Hall October 6. Tickets for that big show go on sale Wednesday (6/26) at 10 AM with AmEx, Chase and MSGE presales starting Wednesday (6/24) at 10 AM.

Tame Impala have also added dates in San Diego and Philadelphia. Updated dates are listed, along with streams of the first three singles off Currents, below...

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photos by Gretchen Robinette and P Squared Photography

Weird Al / Hot Chip / Flying Lotus / War on Drugs @ Governors Ball 6/7/2005
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball

Weird Al came swinging right from the bell, brandishing his accordion and taking a polka tour through a number of recent top 40 hits. It was a good way to bait the crowd, likely expecting a set heavy on numbers from last year's smash, Mandatory Fun. The first of these was "Foil", set to the tune of Lorde's "Royals". Some of the props from its music video were wheeled out, plenty of aluminum foil included. The song's Illuminati-referencing second half may have been lost on a festival crowd, but that was quickly forgotten. Weird Al darted offstage as soon as the song finished, leaving the crowd hotly anticipating what Weird Al would bring next. The thing he brought was IT. And by "IT" I mean one of his most dearly loved classics, the Michael Jackson parody "Fat", complete with a fat suit that was a perfect replica of the one Weird Al sports in the song's music video. If festivalgoers were still warming up to the Weird Al festival phenomenon, they were fully in his hands by this point. Even the sound guy was singing along. - [Popmatters]
Governors Ball finished up its 2015 festival on Sunday (6/7) with sets by The Black Keys, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Flying Lotus, A-Track, The War on Drugs, Sturgill Simpson and more. But the most talked-about set may have been Weird Al who tore through hits and costume changes at a frenzied pace. Pictures from his set and the rest of day 3 are in this post.

Pictures from Governors Ball day 1 are HERE and day 2 are HERE. More from the final day, below....

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Puppet Tame Impala / Feltworth watching the video...
Tame Impala
Tame Impala

Tame Impala, in puppet form, just released a "live" video for single "Cause I'm a Man" from their forthcoming album, Currents. It's pretty cute and you can watch it below.

This new video has, however, raised the ire of actual puppet band Feltworth who have just issued a video response which you can watch below. Feltworth, after years toiling in the kids band circuit, are currently finishing up recording their "serious rock" debut album. You can stream one of their songs, and watch more of their adventures in the music industry, below.

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Future Islands / Run the Jewels / Tame Impala / Courtney Barnett / Kendrick Lamar
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 4
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 4
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 4
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 4
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 4

Backed by a four-piece band, [Kendrick Lamar] bent the crowd to his will with roaring energy. He roamed the stage and made sure no side was ever too far away from him -- early on, he pit the right and left against each other in a cheer war, a tactic ensuring they'd be engaged for the evening.

Lamar's confidence seems beyond question -- this is the MC who dropped the "Control" verse, after all -- yet he didn't spend much time on the songs of this year's triumphant "To Pimp a Butterfly." An ferocious, intricate work, it pushed the MC to new heights -- or rather, old ones, the vintage achievements of jazz and soul. Their sounds permeate the album, illuminating the through-line of black American music in the way Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, Common and other hip-hop innovators have before. Perhaps "King Kunta" and its fellows are too complicated to bring to life just yet: either way, when Lamar left the stage after 80 minutes, the audience wanted more. - [The Oregonian]

Sasquatch 2015 wrapped up on Memorial Day (5/25) with performances by Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Courtney Barnett, Natalie Prass & Ryan Adams, and more. Pictures from those performances and more are in this post.

Pictures from Sasquatch day 1 are HERE, day 2 are HERE and day 3 are HERE. More from day 4, below...

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photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis

Tame Impala / Metz / Spiritualized / White Fence @ Levitation Fest 5/8/2015
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1
2015 Levitation Fest Day 1

When it rains it pours. Last year, Austin Psych Fest was a duststorm. This year (renamed Levitation), literal dark clouds hung over, threatening thunderstorms all three days even though it only ended up raining on Friday (5/8), and before bands started playing. But it was enough to turn Carson Creek Ranch into a mudpit on that first day. Add lack of lighting on much of the grounds and it was slow and treacherous moving around between Levitation's three stages. People were a little cranky, a little dirty, but good vibes were mostly maintained thanks in no small part to the great lineup of bands.

Among Friday night's highlights were Tame Impala, Spiritualized and DIIV on the main stage; METZ, The Sword and Lightning Bolt in the Levitation Tent (which was covered but still muddy); and The Soft Moon, White Fence and Holy Wave on the Elevation Stage which had been moved up the hill from it's usual creekside location because of the weather. (The move was disappointing to some, as usually they project trippy visuals on the trees across the water, but they still positioned the stage near foliage to use as a screen.)

The night before, Levitation had kickoff parties at Austin venues Mohawk (Ariel Pink, Octopus Project, and more) and Red 7 with Brian Jonestown Massacre members Joel Gion and Matt Hollywood, plus sets from Brooklyn's Christines, Sweden's Les Big Byrd, Austin's Golden Dawn Arkestra and more.

Pics from the 13th Floor Elevators' Sunday night set are HERE. Stay tuned for pics from the rest of the fest, but a few instagrams from Red 7's kickoff party and more from Levitation Fest Day 1 pics, below...

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photo: ACL 2014 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

The Austin City Limits festival returns to Zilker Park from October 2-4 and October 9-11, and though the lineup wasn't supposed to be announced until this Tuesday, Austin 360 points out that the festival's website leaked it early. The posting was quickly taken down, but not before 365 Things Austin could screenshot it. It was accurate and the ACL 2015 includes Foo Fighters, Drake, The Strokes, The Weeknd, Disclosure, Deadmau5, Bassnectar, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, Sturgill Simpson, The Decemberists, Brand New, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Billy Idol, Chance the Rapper, Father John Misty, Brandon Flowers, Run the Jewels, Sylvan Esso, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse and more.

Check out the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (5/5) at 10 AM CDT.

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by Bill Pearis


Tame Impala have shared a third song from their forthcoming third album Currents. "Disciples" clocks in at less than two minutes and is a very catchy little pop song. From the sound of the songs released so far, Currents (which still doesn't have a release date) is shaping up to be a good one. Stream "Disciples," along with the two other released songs from it, below.

The band will play Austin's Levitation Festival next weekend and will be in NYC for Governors Ball in June.

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Tame Impala revealed details of their new album, which is titled Currents and will be out later this year via their new home, Interscope. That's the cover art above. You may have already heard krauty single "Let it Happen," and they've now shared "Cause I'm a Man" which is more of a slow jam, in their own pyschedelic way, of course. Listen below.

You can catch Tame Impala live this summer on tour, which includes festival stops like Coachella, Austin's Levitation, and NYC's Governors Ball. All dates are listed below...

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MGMT-related band Kuroma are a few days away from releasing their new album, Kuromarama (produced by MGMT's Ben Goldwasser), on Votiv Music, and they're now streaming the whole thing via Nerdist. You can listen below.

The band have upcoming dates supporting Ex Hex (including NYC on 4/23 at LPR), and supporting Tennis (including NYC on 5/13 at MHOW and 5/16 at Merc). All three of those shows are sold out, but you can also catch Kuroma in their hometown playing a record release show on Tuesday (4/7) at Baby's All Right with Love As Laughter and Glyph City. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and come with a Kuromarama CD, or on LP for $3 more.

They also open some shows on the Tame Impala tour, but no NYC stops on that one. All dates are listed, with the album stream, 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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Lollapalooza returns to Chicago's Grant Park from July 31 - August 2, and this year's lineup includes Paul McCartney, Metallica, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Brand New, Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death From Above 1979, Django Django and more. Tickets are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale at 10 AM CT.

Full 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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by Bill Pearis

photo: Tame Impala @ Beacon Theatre, November 2015 (more by PSquared)
Tame Impala

Tame Impala will be releasing their third album at some point this year and dropped its first track in the form of the nearly eight-minute, hypnotic "Let it Happen." Led with a krauty, martial beat and a glitchy breakdown that may have you thinking your computer froze, it's pretty rad and an exciting first taste of what's to come. Stream it below and you can download it for free over at Tame Impala's website.

Meanwhile, Tame Impala will soon be on tour hitting festivals and other dates throughout the spring, including NYC for Governors Ball. All dates are listed below...

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Cincinnati's Bunbury Music Festival returns this year from June 5-7 at Downtown's Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove. The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers and Snoop Dogg are headlining, and the rest of the lineup includes The Decemberists, Brand New, Tame Impala, Father John Misty, Temples, The Front Bottoms, Atmosphere, Reverend Horton Heat, Old Crow Medicine Show, Matt & Kim, Manchester Orchestra, Bleachers and more. Still more acts TBA. Tickets are on sale now.

Full initial lineup below...

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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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Drive Like Jehu in 2014 (photo by Tod Seelie)

Earlier today, we mentioned the a couple Coachella sideshows (Brand New/Built to Spill/Desaparecidos and Desaparecidos/Touche Amore/Joyce Manor), and now the full schedule of sideshows is here. There's also one with the reunited Drive Like Jehu, one with the reunited Ride and Eagulls, one with Interpol and Perfume Genius, one with Belle & Sebastian and Mac DeMarco, one with Swans and Angel Olsen, one with Father John Misty and King Tuff, two Jenny Lewis shows, a Cloud Nothings show, a War On Drugs show, a Panda Bear show, and still plenty more.

More details at Goldenvoice's website. Full schedule on the poster below...

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