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Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is set to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. The 10th anniversary of the festival features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can scope out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.

Denver single day tickets are on sale too. Day-by-day lineups HERE.

Toronto single day tickets are also on sale. Day-by-day lineups HERE.

RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...

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by Andrew Sacher

Modest Mouse (via @jo_db)
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crowd (via Bryce Larsen)
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The May 2014 edition of Boston Calling went down this past weekend. I went on the Sunday (5/25) which, among other things, was a day full of nostalgia and mutual admiration. Brand New thanked Built to Spill and Modest Mouse on stage, saying they wouldn't be a band without those two groups, and only about an hour later, Modest Mouse also told the crowd they wouldn't have existed without Built to Spill. All three of those bands haven't put out new music in roughly five years, and while a festival full of the hottest flavor-of-the-month acts can be exciting, sometimes you just want a stacked lineup of bands playing the songs you know and love.

Earlier in the day Kurt Vile & the Violators did their thing, opening with "Wakin' On A Pretty Day" on what was undoubtedly a pretty day, and following that 10-ish minute song with more of their lengthier jams, setting what may be the perfect mood for an afternoon in the sun. If there's any artist right now that you need to see outdoors, it's Kurt Vile. After Kurt was Built to Spill who were less fit for a huge festival stage than the two artists that paid them tribute later in the day, but still an excellent sounding band. They were more reserved on stage, far from rock stars, but when Doug Martsch ripped guitar solos they were met with cheers from the crowd almost every time, which still only few indie rock bands (like Dinosaur Jr) can pull off.

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Then came another fun-in-the-sun set from Phosphorescent, the new megapop version of Tegan & Sara which was actually very solid even if you miss them being a rock band, an over-the-top set from indie pop phonies Bastille, and finally Brand New.

The band may hail from the early 2000s Long Island emo scene, but they got up there sounding closer to Sonic Youth than Taking Back Sunday. Their set was made up entirely of material from their third and best album, 2006's The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me, it's practically equal predecessor Deja Entendu, and its likeminded followup Daisy. (Yes, that means no "Logan to Government Center.") And sure, it would've been nice to hear "Jude Law" or "Seventy Times Seven," but it felt like an artistic decision to omit those songs, not a diss at their fans. They're now a heavy, noisy rock band who were legitimately intense on stage. Even the Deja songs like "Sic Transit Gloria" and "Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't" were fleshed out with the feedback that fills their later albums. And if you're wondering just how hard Brand New goes these days, during set-closer "You Won't Know," Vinnie Accardi threw his guitar 30 feet in the air (twice), crashed a cymbal with it, and used a stage lamp as a slide.

Then Modest Mouse took the stage for what would be the second of three times this year the two bands play back to back. (They co-headlined a Cooperstown show a day earlier and will co-headline a Queens show in August.) That may sound like a weird double bill, but it worked so well. After being pushed around and squeezed in like sardines for Brand New's aggressive set, the crowd was looser for Modest Mouse, and broke out into a sea of Deadhead dancers at least once (during "Bukowski). Relatively speaking they were more laid back for most of the set, but not in a lazy way. Most of these songs may be over ten years old (the set was most Good News For People Who Love Bad News plus a few from each other album), but Modest Mouse really delivered like they meant it. I last saw Modest Mouse at Orion Fest in 2012, and their Boston Calling set easily blew that one away. A picture of Modest Mouse's setlist (which they didn't 100% stick to) and few more pics from the fest, below.

The bi-annual Boston Calling happens again in September with The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Replacements, Nas x The Roots, Spoon, The Hold Steady and more. Tickets for that one are on sale now.

A few more pics and a couple videos from the May Boston Calling below...

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Riot Fest

The initial lineup for Riot Fest Toronto was recently announced, and since then the Riot Fest Chicago (Sept. 12-14) and Riot Fest Denver (Sept. 19-21) lineups were announced as well.

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...

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Outside Lands

Outside Lands Festival returns to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from August 8 - 10. This year's lineup was just announced and includes Kanye West, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Haim, Lykke Li, and more.

Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM PDT. Full lineup below...

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Tegan & Sara at The Paramount in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Tegan & Sara have continued to become significantly more famous in part thanks to their poppy new album Hearthrob, and their trek into the mainstream will continue when they tour with Katy Perry this year. Fortunately, they're not on her MSG and Barclays Center shows and we'll get to instead see them in NYC headlining their own show. This one's not an arena, but it's still a big one: Hammerstein Ballroom on June 24. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/28) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/26) at 10 AM.

It's part of Tegan & Sara's headlining tour, dubbed the "Let's Make Things Physical" tour, and will be opened by My Midnight Heart and Vancouver indie pop trio The Courtneys, whose self-titled 2013 album is worth checking out if you're into '80s/'90s Flying Nun-style bands. You can stream some tracks from it, along with the list of Tegan & Sara dates, below.

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Madonna, Pussy Riot, a crotch, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips @ Barclays Center - 2/5/14
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What a (long) night! The Amnesty International show at Barclays Center wrapped up around 1am Wednesday night with a concert-ending performance by The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono. Many more, including Lauryn Hill, Colbie Caillat (I think that's her crotch), Tegan & Sara, Cake, Bob Geldof, Madonna, Susan Sarandon, Blondie and of course Pussy Riot (who were on Colbert one night earlier) also took the stage at the home of the Brooklyn Nets. Those sitting too far away to see could watch what was going on on the big screens, though sometimes that content was a bit questionable. Did you go? What did you think? We'll have more on the whole shebang with pics later.

Meanwhile check out some video below...

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Sasquatch

Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.

The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.

Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

Full lineups for both weekends below...

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Television @ Rough Trade, November 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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Now in its 32nd year, the 2014 edition of Canadian Music Week happens in Toronto from May 6 - 10. The festival/conference (not unlike SXSW) has released its initial line-up which includes M.I.A., Tegan & Sara, Ellie Goulding, Television, Neko Case, OFF!, The King Khan and BBQ Show, No Age, Woods and more. Wristbands and festival badges are on sale now.

On the conference side of things, speakers include deadmau5, Nile Rodgers, Amanda Palmer, Bruce Cockburn and more. The full Canadian Music Week 2014 initial line-up is listed, along with a flyer, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Go Forth, Feminist Warriors (MP3)

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Pitchfork points to this month's Rookie theme song, "Go Forth, Feminist Warriors," which features Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag/Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein, Waxahatchee, Tegan & Sara, Dum Dum Girls, Thao Nguyen, Kimya Dawson, Kate Nash, Ted Leo, Aimee Mann and more. Check it out by downloading it for free above, or streaming it, along with the full list of credits, below...

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Boston Calling

After spring and fall installments of the Boston Calling Music Festival in 2013, it's been announced that the fest will return again this spring, expanding from 2 to 3 days. It happens from May 23-25 at City Hall Plaza, and though the lineup hasn't been officially announced, the people behind the fest hid 10 vinyls with the lineup printed on it for a Twitter contest. Consequence of Sound points to one of those pictures (above), revealing that artists playing include Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Brand New, The Head and the Heart, Tegan & Sara, Jenny Lewis, Frank Turner, Phosphorescent, Built to Spill, Kurt Vile, Warpaint, Cass McCombs and others, not to mention festival favorite JACK JOHNSON. Tickets will be on sale Friday (1/31) at 10 AM via the festival's website.

Lineup below...

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Pussy Riot

We already mentioned the Amnesty International Human Rights Concert would be going down in Brooklyn on February 5 at Barclays Center with The Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Tegan & Sara, and others, and there's just been a very interesting addition:

Members of the Russian art collective Pussy Riot, who were recently freed from prison after 21 months, will participate in Amnesty International's landmark Bringing Human Rights Home concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on February 5, Amnesty International announced Tuesday.

"We are happy to support Amnesty International's work on behalf of human rights and political prisoners," said Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, whose imprisonment was the subject of hundreds of thousands of online actions by Amnesty activists after they were jailed for publicly criticizing Putin in a church. "We, more than anyone, understand how important Amnesty's work is in connecting activists to prisoners."

"A month ago we were freed from Russian prison camps. We will never forget what it's like to be in prison after a political conviction. We have vowed to continue helping those who remain behind bars and we hope to see you all at the Amnesty International concert on February 5th in Brooklyn!"

Pussy Riot's Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova and Maria "Masha" Alekhina, who are now working to improve conditions for prisoners in the Russian penal colony system, will address attendees at the concert to raise awareness about prisoners of conscience--people who have chosen a non-violent path yet are jailed for their beliefs, color of skin, gender, or sexual orientation, and whose rights Amnesty has championed throughout its 50-year history. The star-studded lineup includes The Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara, The Fray, Cold War Kids, Colbie Caillat, Cake and more yet to be announced.

"Today, as we work to improve human rights conditions in the United States, we can't abandon the fight for the rights of imperiled individuals around the world," said Amnesty International USA Executive Director Steven W. Hawkins. "When we come together on February 5 in Brooklyn, our voices will be amplified by the presence of Pussy Riot, who continue to demonstrate the power we share when we take a stand against injustice. Join us next month and become a part of the next wave of the human rights movement."

Tickets are still available.

Big Guava

Florida gets a new festival this year with the inaugural Big Guava Music Festival which goes down from May 2-4 across four stages in Tampa's Florida State Fairgrounds and Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheater. They're promising thrill rides and craft beers in addition to the music lineup which is another one for Outkast, plus Vampire Weekend, Haim, Girl Talk, Tegan and Sara, Violent Femmes, Earl Sweatshirt, Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, Jacuzzi Boys and more.

Tickets go on sale Saturday (1/18) at 10 AM. Full lineup and flyer below...

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by Bill Pearis

Pazz & Jopp

The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll was published this week, surveying a whole mess of music writers and tallying up the vote. As with anything where it's a collective list, the winners won't be surprising to anyone who's perused 2013 Best Of lists. Kanye West, Vampire Weekend and Daft Punk top the LPs list; Daft Punk, Haim and Kanye have the top three singles. The late deadline for voting did, however, allow for the inclusion of Beyoncé's self-titled LP, which came in at #4.

You can check out the Top 20 LPs and Tracks in this post and peruse the whole lists at the Village Voice. You can also check out individual ballots and read essays on Kanye, Miley, R Kelly, the emo revival, and others, not to mention loads of pithy blurbs and pie charts.

Pazz & Jop Top 20 LP & Singles lists below..

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Hangout

Another of the many festivals Outkast are reuniting for this year is Alabam's Hangout Music Festival, which goes down in Gulf Shores from May 16-18. The rest of the lineup is pretty impressive too, including The Black Keys, The Killers, Queens of the Stone Age, Modest Mouse, Flaming Lips, Conor Oberst, Tegan and Sara, Chance the Rapper, Andrew WK, Black Lips, Valerie June, Le1f, Diarrhea Planet and more.

Tickets go on sale Thursday (1/16) at 10 AM. Full lineup below...

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Firefly 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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As discussed, Dover, Delaware's annual Firefly Music Festival is returning this year and has expanded to a four-day festival happening from June 19-22. Since we last spoke, the lineup has been announced and it includes Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, Band of Horses, Chance the Rapper, Courtney Barnett, Iron & Wine, Phantogram, Phosphorescent, Sky Ferreira, Sleigh Bells, Tegan and Sara, tUnE-yArDs, Washed Out, not to mention everyone's favorite festival act Jack Jackson as one of the headliners. Tickets go on sale Monday (1/20) at noon, and VIP passes are already on sale.

Full lineup below...

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Matthew Dear at Capitale in 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
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Electronic musician Matthew Dear has no plans announced for a full tour at the moment, but after returning to NYC from DJing Montreal's Igloofest on Friday (1/17), he'll be making an appearance at Brooklyn's Paper Box on Saturday (1/18). It's a Verboten-presented show that also features Matt Tolfrey, Ryan Crosson and jozif. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's not totally clear if he'll be DJing or playing live.

Last month/year, Matthew teamed up with Tegan & Sara (who play the Amnesty International concert at Barclays Center) for a cover of Tears for Fears' "Pale Shelter." You can stream that cover, along with Matthew's list of dates, below...

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The Flaming Lips in San Francisco on Halloween (more by Chris Tuite)
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The Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Tegan & Sara, Cold War Kids and Cake are among the artists announced for the next Amnesty International Human Rights Concert, which takes place this year at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on February 5. The concert also features Colbie Caillat, Imagine Dragons, The Fray, and other special guests. Tickets go on sale Saturday (1/11) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (1/9) at 10 AM and an Internet presale starting Friday (1/10) at 10 AM.

Some background on the Amnesty concerts, via press release:

Twenty-five years after its initial concert series, which featured U2, Sting, Lou Reed and others, Amnesty International is bringing back the concert - with a digital twist - to raise awareness about human rights to a new generation. The Amnesty International Bringing Human Rights Home concert will use technology to connect the music and message in real time from the stage of the Barclays Center to activists across the globe.

"The fight for global human rights begins at home," said Steven W. Hawkins, executive director for Amnesty International USA. "This concert is part of an evolving conversation about human rights that grounds the universal struggle for dignity and freedom in the injustices we see every day in our own backyard in the United States. We're bringing back the concerts to show a new generation of activists how to stand up for justice at home and abroad - whether it is fighting for the right to voice dissent peacefully on social networks or in the streets, protecting the rights of women and girls, or standing in solidarity with individuals persecuted for who they are or what they believe."

Watch some recent Flaming Lips and Lauryn Hill videos below...

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Vampire Weekend @ Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
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The Monday after Thanksgiving Weekend is looking to be Official Year-End List Day, as we've already got SPIN, and Paste, (plus ones from UK mags  Q and Mojo) and now here's the one from elder rock statesman Rolling Stone, who have Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City in the top spot, with Kanye West's Yeezus at #2. RS' Top 10 also makes room for John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Lorde and more. Haim are at #31 for those keeping score. You can check out their entire Top 50 LPs of 2013 list (which includes a couple EPs) below...

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by Andrew Sacher

SPIN

It's the first work week of December and the year-end music lists for 2013 keep piling in. We just saw album lists from Q and Mojo, and now we get a list from a US publication, SPIN. There's not too many surprises on this one. Like last year, it shares its #1 with the highest Pitchfork-rated album of the year, and in general it features many of the albums we expect to see on these kinds of lists, including a lot of the year's big-name comebacks like My Bloody Valentine, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Queens of The Stone Age, Boards of Canada and Nine Inch Nails, plus big breakouts like Haim and Disclosure. There are a few interesting omissions though, like Savages.

Check out their full list below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

Deafheaven at 285 Kent in July (more by Lukas Hodge)
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The discerning folks over at Amazon have announced their picks for the best albums, songs and artists of 2013, and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City and Chvrches' The Bones of What You Believe filled out the top three spots on their best albums list.

A bit more of a surprise was Deafheaven coming in sixteenth overall with Sunbather and landing "Best Hard Rock & Metal" honors in both the artist and album category--Russian Circles won "Best Hard Rock & Metal" song with "1776", stealing the trifecta that was just within Deafheaven's grasp. Sixteenth-best album of the year and best hard rock and metal album of the year on a huge site like Amazon is pretty high profile for Deafheaven, the San Francisco post-black metal band that still road warriors-up for shows at small clubs. But they've been on the big stage before--to be specific, for Apple's keynote announcement for the iPhone 5c, when the cover of Sunbather graced one of the five iPhones on the projection screen behind the presenter.

Check out the top 20 best albums according to Amazon below, compare that to more old school and indie retailer Rough Trade's list, and head over to Amazon to see what else they thought was a cut above...

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Tegan & Sara at The Paramount in July (more by Greg Cristman)
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Tegan & Sara have seemingly not been off the road since the release of their poppy new album Hearthrob. They've already played multiple NYC-area shows this year, and they'll be doing another US run in December which includes one more NYC-area show before the year ends: December 14 at Capitol Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon. All upcoming dates are listed below.

Tegan & Sara contributed another poppy song, "Shudder to Think," to the Dallas Buyers Club soundtrack that also includes songs from Shuggie Otis, My Morning Jacket, T. Rex, and more. Stream that song, along with their list of tour dates, below...

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Metric @ Radio City Music Hall 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
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The 2013 winner of Canada's Polaris Music Prize will be named tonight (9/23) at a gala ceremony in Toronto that will include live performances from Metric, METZ, Purity Ring, Colin Stetson, A Tribe Called Red, Whitehorse, Zaki Ibrahim, and Young Galaxy. (The other nominees, Godspeed and Tegan & Sara, won't be playing.) Weren't invited? You can stream the whole thing live. The pre-show begins at 7 PM with the ceremony starting at 8 PM Eastern. One neat thing about the stream, the embedded player in this post allows you to toggle between the actual gala and backstage where you can "interact with performers, past nominees, presenters, and Polaris jury members" via Facebook and Twitter.

You can also check out mini-documentaries on eight of this year's nominees, along with the live stream, below.

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photos by Toby Tenenbaum

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

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photos by James Richards IV

Vampire Weekend / Cat Power / The Cure
Lollapalooza Day 3 - 8/4/2013
Lollapalooza Day 3 - 8/4/2013
Lollapalooza Day 3 - 8/4/2013

Even Goth-rockers love singalongs. After the opening synth chords, the Cure's Robert Smith begins to belt out "Just Like Heaven" and is instantly joined by a Grant Park choir numbering in the tens of thousands. Smith and his bandmates sprinkle Cure classics such as "Pictures of You" and "Friday I'm in Love" through a set that continues the weekend's '80s nostalgia theme, begun by New Order and Nine Inch Nails. Smith is in fine voice, and he even pulls off a few interpretive dance moves -- a rare bout of friskiness from a singer who still sports frazzled hair, eye shadow and lipstick. It's become his trademark, and it's turned Smith somewhat timeless -- an ageless figure still singing about a type of loss, heartache and yearning that never dissipates. [Chicago Tribune]
Lollapalooza 2013 wrapped up yesterday (8/4) with sets from Cat Power, Phoenix, The Cure, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, Angel Haze, DIIV, Bear Mountain and more. Pictures of those (and other) artists are in this post, and we've got a second set of Sunday pics HERE on the way.

We at BrooklynVegan were also there on Sunday from 1-3 PM in the Soundwave Tent with School of Rock, Bear Mountain, and The Orwells.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Lollapalooza coverage, check out day 1 pics, more day 1 pics, day 2 pics, and more day 2 pics. More of day 3, below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

Tegan & Sara @ The Paramount - 7/25/13
Tegan and Sara

Tegan & Sara came to NYC this week for two big shows with fun., a free show at the MLB Fan Cave, and last night (7/25) they wrapped up their stay in the area with a Human Rights Campaign benefit in Long Island at the Paramount. The show was hosted by Amanda Leigh Dunn of The Real L Word, and also featured a DJ set by The Jane Doze. Pictures and the setlist from the show are in this post.

Tegan & Sara's tour brings them back to the NYC-area for a show at NJ's Starland Ballroom on September 27 (tickets).

More pictures and setlist below...

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