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sledisland

The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.

Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.

Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.

Festival passes, individual tickets for some clubs shows, and tickets for the Olympic Plaza events only are all on sale. The full festival schedule iwill be announced in June.

Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...

Continue reading "Feist, Stephen Malkmus, The Hold Steady and lots more playing Calgary's Sled Island Festival (full line-up)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Rachel Kowal

Ok, I'll admit it. The first time I heard about BAM's Crossing the Ferry series, I quickly concocted an idyllic scenario that may or may not have involved sipping white wine on the deck of a boat lit with twinkling Christmas tree lights with Sufjan or an unidentified Dessner brother at my side. (Really, could someone get on the whole ferry show idea, please? Something other than the booze cruise?) Luckily, I had a few days for the disappointment to wear off.

Curated by the Bryce and Aaron Dessner of The National, The Crossing the Ferry series is a three-night, multi-room spectacle of music and film. Many of the likely suspects are there (My Brightest Diamond and Beirut Saturday, Sharon Van Etten on Thursday). But there are also a few wild cards.

Due to an early start time, I missed the first few sets, but arrived on Friday in time to catch a few in rapid succession, starting with the indie-soul outfit Ava Luna, who had a much more raucous, percussion-heavy sound than I remember. Back downstairs in the gorgeous Howard Gilman Opera House, I caught an intense performative DJ set by composer Tyondai Braxton (formerly of Battles) who sat atop a crazy metal table, surrounded by a complex web of blinking lights, laptops, and samplers.

The back and forth nature of the event created a festival-like atmosphere. Following Braxton's set, I headed back to the BAM Cafe to check out another artist I had never seen - Sinkane, whose spacey sound effects seemed a good match for the room's clean, futuristic design. Though the cafe space itself was visually appealing, the acoustics were lacking, so I soon set up camp in the Opera House where impeccable sound and gorgeous lighting provided the perfect accompaniment for The Antlers' brooding, atmospheric sound. With the exception of a song or two (including one that was brand new), The Antlers focused on the material from last year's Burst Apart.

With the upstairs cafe running some 20 minutes behind, I regretfully decided to skip Buke & Gass to ensure a prime seat for St. Vincent. While The Antler's multi-layered, methodical sound encouraged me to sink calmly into my plush red seat, I quickly perked up from the first notes of St. Vincent's set. Clad in rock star black, her hair loose and wild, Annie Clark is a force behind the guitar and a charmer at the mic.

Backed by a talented three-piece band, Clark covered a wide array of songs, from a handful of older favorites ("Actor Out of Work" and "Marrow") to a number from last year's excellent Strange Mercy and a cover by The Pop Group ("She Is Beyond Good and Evil"). During "Krocodil," an aggressive new song (that was released as an exclusive 7" for Record Store Day), Clark catapulted off stage and forcefully made her way through the crowd, stepping onto chairs and reaching out to hit people as she made her way. (There's video below.) After fearlessly crowd surfing in the orchestra pit, she managed to end up back in stage at precisely the last moment of the song, and darted off, only to return for a brief encore ("Your Lips are Red").

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Pictures and video from night 1 are here. Night 3 is on the way. Pictures from all the night 2 bands are below, along with video of St. Vincent performing "Krokodil."

Continue reading "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry night 2 review & pics (St. Vincent, Antlers, Tyondai Braxton, Ava Luna, Buke & Gase, and more)"

Bowery photos by Amanda Hatfield, MHOW photos by Anna Webber

Sharon Van Etten & alien balloon @ Bowery Ballroom
Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten's recent round of East Coast dates came to a close over the weekend with a trio of homecoming shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom. The first and second shows featured support from Shearwater and went down on 2/24 at MHOW and 2/25 at Bowery; pictures of Sharon from both adorn this post. Sharon's next date was at Bowery Ballroom on the following evening (2/26) with Carter Tanton and Glass Ghost (no pics).

The Saturday show was especially joyous, being that she was back home, it was at her favorite venue Bowery Ballroom (where it once seemed like a big deal that she sold out for just one night), her family was in the house, she was celebrating a birthday, there was a huge balloon alien on stage that was a gift from the Antlers (who were all in the audience), and it was her last date with Shearwater who came out for the encore to play as one big happy band with Sharon and crew. (like they have on other dates of the tour). "Sharon Van Etten melting hearts and faces" I tweeted from the show.

Sharon Van Etten boards a plane later this week for a short string of dates in Europe, but will be back on US soil in time to play two shows at SXSW: the big NPR show at Stubb's with the just-added Fiona Apple and the Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans showcase at Mohawk Patio on 3/15 with Brazos, Gardens & Villa, Bear in Heaven, and The War On Drugs. SVE will also play ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in NJ, Newport Folk Fest, and the Dessner-curated fest at BAM in Brooklyn this year View all of her current tour dates below.

Shearwater pictures and dates HERE. All Sharon tour dates and pictures, below...

Continue reading "Sharon Van Etten played 3 NYC shows (pics), playing SXSW, BAM, ATP, Newport & other dates"

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

Remember that Dessner brother-curated festival, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," which is happening at BAM from May 3-5? And remember how when we posted the National-curated ATP lineup we suggested (for obvious reasons) that it might hint at the BAM lineup? Well, the lineup is out now, and there are definitely some similarities to that, and also not surprisingly, to the ongoing Ecstatic Music Festival which is great at highlighting the growing mix between indie rock and indie classical that the Dessners are huge fans of and participants in.

The three day Brooklyn Academy of Music festival includes The Antlers, My Brightest Diamond (w/ yMusic), Sharon Van Etten, and Buke and Gase who are all playing ATP, in addition to The Walkmen, St. VIncent, Beirut, Atlas Sound, Tyondai Braxton (formerly of Battles), Oneohtrix Point Never, Caveman, Sinkane, Twin Shadow, Jherek Bischoff, Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang (DFA DJ set), Ava Luna, and others which are all listed below. As mentioned, the fest also includes the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the NOW Ensemble.

3-Day Festival Passes go on sale Monday (3/5) to friends of BAM and Tuesday (3/6) to the general public. More details and schedule at the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry website.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "National-curated BAM Festival lineup announced (Walkmen, St. Vincent, Beirut, Sharon, Antlers, Zs & many more)"

Afghan Whigs
ATP

They say:

ATP are very pleased to confirm our return to Asbury Park, New Jersey USA with a new I'll Be Your Mirror event, the Saturday night of which will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs (who have reunited after a 13 year hiatus) and curated by their frontman Greg Dulli. Formed in 1986, the bands career from then until 2001 saw them release six critically acclaimed albums during their career. Fusing classic rock with grunge-era distortion and a heavy soul influence, The Afghan Whigs were one of the most renowned live bands of their time and ATP is excited to be a part of this long awaited reformation.

We are also very excited to present Grammy Award winner LOUIS C.K. (handpicked by Greg Dulli) who will be making a rare festival appearance, the fantastic THE ROOTS, JOSE GONZALEZ, a show from the reformed THE MAKE-UP and many others, see below for full line-up confirmed so far.

After previous years in upstate New York, ATP moved to the iconic Asbury Park waterfront in 2011 for a hugely successful I'll Be Your Mirror event co-curated and headlined by Portishead, and we are very happy to return to this very special location in September. The Convention Hall has seen the likes of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and Rolling Stones grace its stage and the Paramount Theatre has welcomed stars such as Tony Bennett who often insists on playing a song with all the electrics turned off to demonstrate the amazing acoustics of the room. Once again the ATP experience will be taking over the boardwalk, with the main shows taking place at the Convention Hall and Paramount Theatre, and other events happening at the Berkeley hotel (former home of Johnny Cash).

As well as the live music line-up of 35+ acts across the weekend, Friday will feature a Comedy stage, and we're very pleased to announce that our friends at The Criterion Collection will return to run the Cinema across the weekend. All three days feature DJs and other activities to be confirmed in the months ahead. Performances take place indoors with great soundsystems, so you have no need to worry about the weather, and Asbury Park is easily accessible via public transport from nearby cities.
Tickets, which were slightly delayed from original estimates, go on sale Monday at 10am (but are on PRESALE NOW). Initial lineup below...

Continue reading "ATP I'll Be Your Mirror NJ -- initial 2012 lineup (Louis CK, Make-Up, Mark Lanegan, Dirty Three, Hot Snakes, Antlers, Roots, more!)"

Bonnaroo

"Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 11th annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 7 - 10 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2012 lineup will total over 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days.Tickets for the event will go on sale on this Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 12 noon EST exclusively at bonnaroo.com."
Radiohead, Beach Boys, Phish, Little Dragon, SBTRKT, The Antlers, Bad Brains, Laura Marling, St. Vinent, Tune-Yards, Flying Lotus, and many more are playing Bonnaroo this year. Full list below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2012 lineup announced"

DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - "Brains" (MP3)

ATP UK

The National have announced that they're headlining and curating at ATP in Minehead UK, which is happening from December 7-9, 2012. So far, in addition to The National, the lineup (not very surprisingly) includes Sharon Van Etten (who plays the sold out Mercury Lounge tonight), My Brightest Diamond, Wye Oak, Megafaun, The Antlers, Buke and Gase (FKA Buke and Gass), Lower Dens, Owen Pallett, Boris, Tim Hecker, Kronos Quartet, Suuns< and Dark Dark Dark. More artists TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/20) at 2 PM.

Maybe this lineup will shed some light on the bands Aaron and Bryce Dessner will be choosing when they curate BAM in May.

ATP's NJ festival happens in September and is being curated by Greg Dulli.

Speaking of Lower Dens, they've just revealed plans to release a followup to their 2010 debut LP, Twin-Hand Movement. The new album, titled Nootropics, will be out April 30 via the Domino affiliate label Ribbon Music. Grab the fast paced lead single, "Brains," at the top of this post and stream it below. Also below is the album artwork and tracklist.

Continue reading "The National curating an ATP; Lower Dens announce new LP"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

The Antlers

The Antlers recently got back from Europe and played their largest hometown show yet at the sold out Webster Hall on 12/10 with Canadian band Suuns. The majority of The Antlers' set was material from 2011's Burst Apart, which they played almost every song off of, but though it was given less attention at the show, a CMJ reviewer believes, "the Antlers' strongest album when performed live is Hospice, not Burst Apart." To quote Amanda, the Antlers "totally owned that room. Was amazing."

NYCTaper recorded the show and you can download a free zip file of the files at their website. More pictures, videos and setlist below...

Continue reading "The Antlers @ Webster Hall (pics/video/setlist/live recording)"

DOWNLOAD: The Antlers - "VCR" (The xx cover) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Korallreven - "Sa Sa Samoa" (ft. Julianna Barwick) (MP3)

The Antlers at Moogfest (more by Diana Wong)
The Antlers

We recently mentioned that Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater are planning a tour together that hits NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 24 and Bowery Ballroom on February 25. Tickets for both NYC shows are available for AmEx presale now, and general sale starts Friday (11/11) at noon. All dates have also since been announced and are listed below.

After the tour, Sharon will go on a string of dates with The War on Drugs, who open for The National at Beacon Theatre the night before Sharon does. Sharon's new album, Tramp, comes out February 7 via Jagjaguwar.

Sharon's friends and fellow Brooklynites The Antlers are following their release of Burst Apart, which came out earlier this year, with the (together) EP, which features material from the Burst Apart sessions. It includes collaborations with Neon Indian, Bear In Heaven, Nicole Atkins, and a cover of The xx's "VCR," which you can download above. The EP's tracklist is below. The Antlers are currently on a European tour and will return to NYC for a Webster Hall show on December 10 with Suuns. Tickets for that show are still available.

Speaking of The xx, they've recently begun working on a new album and have started a blog, where they've posted the message:

We have started recording our second album! We have also started this blog where we will post our inspirations + pictures + favourite songs. We hope you enjoy it! Lots of Love, The xx
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The Walkmen, whose drummer Matt Barrick guests on Sharon's new album, are also working on a new album with producer Phil Ek which will be released next year on Fat Possum/Bella Union.

Julianna Barwick, who is also a guest on Sharon's album, recently released the Matrimony Remixes EP, which features remixes of two of the tracks off of her most recent LP, The Magic Place, which came out earlier this year. The entire EP is available to stream and download for $5 on bandcamp and features remixes by Diplo & Lunice, Helado Negro, Alias Pail, and Prince Rama. Julianna also provided guest vocals to Korallreven's debut LP, which comes out November 15 via Acephale. Her vocals appear on the song "Sa Sa Samoa," which you can download above.

All dates and (together) tracklist below...

Continue reading "new Antlers EP, an xx cover, updated Sharon Van Etten dates, Julianna Barwick & more"

photos by Diana Wong

Tangerine Dream & fan
Tangerine Dream
Chromeo

The annual music festival Moogfest took place this Halloween weekend down in Asheville, North Carolina. Countless bands we know and love played over the course of its three days including The Antlers, Atlas Sound, Austra, Anika, The Field, AraabMuzik, Flying Lotus, Chromeo, TV on the Radio, Moby, Matthew Dear, Tangerine Dream, and many more. And that was just Friday. Friday pictures are in this post.

As NPR points out:

"Tangerine Dream has wore many hats during a prolific 35-year career: Krautrock, New Age, film scores and pioneering synth music, to start. The group has consistently worked at a steady clip, generating 116 (!) live and studio albums in spite of its many personnel changes. Edgar Froese, the creative force behind Tangerine Dream, is the only remaining original member."
Tangerine Dream played a two hour set at the fest. You can listen to the whole thing at NPR who have streaming sets from Austra, Atlas Sound, Tim Hecker, The Field, CANT and others too. The rest of our pictures from the first of three days, below...

Continue reading "Moogfest 2011 - Day 1 in pics & streams (Tangerine Dream, Moby, TV on the Radio, Austra, Chromeo, Antlers & more)"

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Explosions in the Sky @ Wellmont
Explosions in the Sky

Explosions In The Sky took the stage and ploughed through one and half hours of hugely dynamic, instrumental music. The band's signature "soft/loud/soft" style was truly effective--arguably more so than on record. Some drum sections from the band's new album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care were surprisingly brutal and heavier live, proving the band's mastery of dynamic range.

It was definitely the tracks from EITS' 2009 album All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone that got the most attention from the crowd. The band ended with "Your Hand In Mine" to a sea of hands in the air, and left the stage with squealing guitar feedback. -[CMJ]
The Antlers supported instrumental juggernaut Explosions In The Sky on 10/3 at Wellmont Theatre. Pictures are in this post, as is the headliner's setlist.

If you missed the openers, then make sure and swing on over to Webster Hall on December 10th. Tickets are currently on AMEX presale, but hit regular sale at noon Friday (10/7). The show is one of a select few US appearances currently scheduled outside of their inclusion on the Weezer Cruise. Tour dates are below.

Explosions in The Sky will hit Europe with The Drift later this fall, but are now on the road with Baltimoreans Wye Oak. The Baltimore pair also has an NYC show in their near future, on 12/14 at Rock Shop with Pattern Is Movement. Tickets are on sale for the show that happens one day before they open for the National at Beacon Theater. Mostly EU, but also US tour dates for Wye Oak are below.

EITS's setlist, more pictures from Wellmont and all tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Explosions in the Sky & the Antlers played Wellmont (pics), Wye Oak playing Rock Shop b4 National show (tix)"

The Antlers @ ACL 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Antlers

Tickets will be available at the door to tonight's Explosions in the Sky/Antlers show at Wellmont Theater in NJ (10/3). The Antlers play an opening set at 8pm. From there they stay on the road for a couple more days before coming home. They head to Mexico and California later this month, and then it's off to Europe in November. By December 10th they're back home because that's the date they'll headline their own NYC show at Webster Hall! Ticket info TBA shortly. All tour dates below...

Continue reading "The Antlers add Webster Hall show (play Wellmont w/ Explosions in the Sky tonight) ---- updated tour dates"

photos by Tim Griffin

Arcade Fire / The Antlers
Arcade Fire
The Antlers

Rain showers fired up crowds for the second day of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, even as much of the excitement Saturday was for headliner Stevie Wonder, who had fans claiming spots by the main stage throughout the afternoon.

Out-of-towners might not have understood the joyful reaction -- which included singing and dancing -- that rain got throughout Zilker Park. "I say, 'God bless the rain,' and we need it," said Austin photographer Greg Davis, who for the fifth year was selling his photos in the fest's art market. "It's bad for business but great for the community."

Some people used shelters put up for extra protection from the sun to escape the intermittent showers, while others didn't let a little water keep them from staking out spots early around the stage where Motown legend Wonder was to perform. The periphery filled so quickly that by the time R&B singer Cee Lo Green took the stage at 6 p.m., several hundred fans had planted chairs in nondesignated areas, causing security to ask them to move so the expected throng of people would have space to approach the stage.

"Our whole plan today has been to scope out a spot so that we don't have to fight the crowds," said Joelle Barnes of Austin, who along with her husband, James, were among the people asked to move their chairs. Although Barnes and her husband had enjoyed Alison Krauss and Union Station, Cee Lo and other performers they had seen on Saturday, the day was all about Wonder. "He's a legend -- you can't argue with that," James Barnes said. "This is such a rare opportunity"... [Austin360]

Pictures from the second day of Austin City Limits 2011 are in this post. They include pics of Sunday night headliner Arcade Fire, at an Austin City Limits TV show taping which took place downtown at the new Moody Theater on Saturday.

Pics from Day One HERE. Day Three streaming online today (9/18). More Day Two pictures below...

Continue reading "ACL 2011 -- Day 2 in pics (Antlers, Phosphorescent, Aloe Blacc, Twin Shadow, Arcade Fire TV taping & more)"

photos by Autumn Andel

Neurosis / The Antlers
MusicFest NW
MusicFest NW

Typhoon played a great set with thirteen people on stage, a friend notes that every time she sees the band there's someone else in it. After their set, lead singer Kyle Morton goes and sits with his family in the crowd after and obliges a female fan who asks to take a picture with him...

The incredibly good-looking boys in Antlers are nearly as sedate as the comatose crowd filling the square. Good thing the crowd is almost as incredibly good-looking as the boys in Antlers. I am distracting myself with untoward thoughts until something interesting happens...

Here's the thing I don't get about Explosions in the Sky: There's really no reason for them to be an instrumental band. Their music isn't evocative enough to NOT require a singer. All the dudes are currently rocking out in great disproportion to the actual rock-out quality of the music. We head to Virginia Cafe. Uh oh...

It's been four years since Neurosis last played Portland. For the full house at Roseland tonight, this is like going to church....

I don't get easily overwhelmed at concerts, but I don't know how much more of Neurosis I can handle. Standing by the PA speakers, my puny earplugs aren't standing much of a chance. And damn if they don't look possessed up there on stage. It's one of the most amazing things I've ever witnessed but am so tired that it's starting to scare me a little bit. - [Williamette Week]

Day four of MusicFestNW was, for some, a day of high drama and emotion. Any time you put the swelling post-rock of Explosions In The Sky, the tense and powerful Neurosis, the shimmering beauty of The Antlers, and psychedelic soundtracking of Grails and Eluvium in one place, there's bound to be some epic moments (even if they're not all appreciated).

MFNW Day 3 pics HERE. Day 2 HERE and HERE. Day 1 HERE.

More pictures from Day 4, at Pioneer Square and Roseland Theater, below...

Continue reading "MFNW Day 4 pics (Neurosis, Grails, EITS, Antlers, Eluvium...)"

The Antlers at Sasquatch 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
The Antlers

Levi's recently launched The Commuter, a line of jeans designed for biking the city streets. In honor of the new clothing line, Levi's are teaming up with Urban Outfitters for the "Get in the Saddle Tour," where they'll travel around America "to cyclists' hot spots promoting The Commuter". The tour kicks off in NYC with performances by The Antlers and Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Liberty Hall in the Ace Hotel tonight (8/5). We didn't post this earlier because we were told it was turned into a private show. That still might be true. Go at your own risk. Doors are at 7pm.

You can also catch The Antlers on their international tour that includes opening for Explosions in the Sky at Wellmont Theatre (10/3). Tickets for that show are still on sale.

UMO will go on tour soon too and play Webster Hall on September 14 with Toro y Moi and Ava Luna and Glasslands on September 15 with Woven Bones, Blouse, and Man/Miracle. Tickets are on sale for the Webster Hall show and the Glasslands show.

St Vincent

Treasure Island Music Festival is returning to San Francisco, CA on October 15 and 16. The lineup includes Cut Copy, Beach House, The Hold Steady, Flying Lotus, Death From Above 1979, YACHT, Shabazz Palaces, The Antlers, St. Vincent, and many others. 2-Day passes go on sale Wednesday (7/27) 10 AM and single day tickets on Friday (7/29) at 10 AM.

Speaking of St. Vincent, if you haven't already, check out her new track at StrangeMercy.com. The full album is out September 13th via 4AD. More info and tour dates HERE. Still no info on tickets for her Met show.

Full Treasure Island lineup below...

Continue reading "Treasure Island Fest announces 2011 lineup, includes St. Vincent (who recently released a new song)"

photos by Josh Darr

Flaming Lips @ Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on 7/7
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Cruises are all the rage. There's Jam Cruise and Holy Ship!, and to a smaller extent Bruise Cruise, and now this January Weezer are launching the first ever Weezer Cruise. The cruise takes place over the course of 4 days (1/19-1/23) on the Carnival Destiny from Miami to the island of Cozumel, and features performances by a lineup curated by Weezer, who will also be performing themselves. The lineup is pretty heavy on members of the Dinosaur Jr. family including Dinosaur Jr. themselves, Sebadoh, J. Mascis, and Lou Barlow. Hey, they're all trapped on a boat together for four days, might as well mix up the formats. Other bands playing include Wavves, The Antlers, Yuck, and many others. Full lineup below.

As recently mentioned, Weezer and The Flaming Lips will set up "side-by-side" (sort of like "in the round") at their co-headlining shows happening at PNC Bank Arts Center in NJ (7/28) and at Jones Beach in NY (7/29). Both dates are with Yeasayer. Tickets for both are still on sale, and BrooklynVegan is giving away 2 pairs of Flaming Lips/Weezer tickets EVERY DAY between now and 7/26. Each day we'll award one pair of tickets to the NJ show, and one to the NY show. This will be the last time you see a post about it on the site though, but check our Facebook each day for an updated chance to win. Instructions on entering via email are below.

The Flaming Lips have also added more shows this summer, including a weird one: in Long Beach, Long Island on September 9. No more details on that at the moment. All dates are listed below along with a set of pictures from the 7/7 Lips show at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

The Flaming Lips, who released collaboration EPs this year with Neon Indian and Prefuse 73, are currently working on one with Lightning Bolt. According to Wayne Coyne's twitter, "Mixing the final master of Flaming Lips/Lightning Bolt tracks!!!!". Video below.

All tour dates, video, contest details, and full Weezer Cruise lineup below...

Continue reading "Weezer Cruise announced, more Flaming Lips dates & pics too +++ WIN TIX to Weezer/Flaming Lips (we're giving away 60!)"

Syl Johnson @ Maxwell's in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Syl Johnson

Florence & the Machine @ Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Florence

Dam-Funk @ Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Dam Funk

today in NYC
* PS 122 Benefit
* Undead Jazz Fest
* Blue Note Jazz Fest
* Roberta Flack @ BB King's
* Estelle @ Blue Note Jazz
* The Moonlighters @ Barbes
* David S. Ware @ The Stone
* Ende Tymes Fest @ Silent Barn
* Youssou N'Dour @ Terminal 5
* Rich Medina @ Brooklyn Bowl
* White Hills @ Permanent Records
* Cooper-Moore Solo @ The Stone
* Sade, John Legend @ Izod Center
* Hanni El Khatib @ Mercury Lounge
* A Night in Treme @ Jazz Standard
* Bill Carney's Jug Addicts @ Barbes
* Galactic, Corey Glover @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Bob Mould's Blowoff @ Highline Ballroom
* John Moran & Saori @ Issue Project Room
* Martin Bisi, Quiet Lights, Zaza @ Littlefield
* The Suzan @ Open Road Rooftop (Rooftop Films)
* Mark Sultan, Daddy Long Legs @ Knitting Factory
* Charlie Wilson, Mint Condition @ Beacon Theatre
* One Step Beyong @ the Museum of Natural History
* Syl Johnson, The Sweet Divines @ The Bell House
* Free Blood, TMEye, Many Mansions @ Dead Herring
* Sic Alps, Spectre Folk, Weekends @ Death By Audio
* Pendu Disco feat. Jokers of the Scene @ Public Assembly
* Reggie Watts, DJ Stormin' Norman @ Red Hook Park
* Great Caesar, Justin Levine, Clinton Curtis @ Ars Nova
* Mike Wexler, Nymph, Future Shuttle (DJ set) @ Zebulon
* Nick 13, Laura Stevenson & The Cans @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Strange Boys, White Fence, The Babies @ 92YTribeca
* The Sights, The Insomniacs, The Electric Mess @ Union Hall
* Doveman, Lisa Hannigan, Mike Doughty, more @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones, Los Straitjackets @ City Winery
* Endless Boogie, Hans Chew, Prince Ruperts Drops @ Union Pool
* Akim Funk Buddha's Urban Opera @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Roy Hargrove Quintet, The Badwagon @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Yoni Gordon, The Bynars, Boy Genius, Les Racquet @ Bruar Falls
* The Dig, The Kickdrums, Two Lights @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* The Beets, Tony Castles, Gardens and Villa, Moon King @ Glasslands
* Bush Tetras, Friends, Coathangers, Religious To Damn @ 285 Kent Ave
* The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, Blood Orange @ South Street Seaport
* Amy Correia, Greta & The Universal Thump, Zak Smith @ Bowery Electric
* Hospitality, Friend Roulette, Pajama People, Chair-O-Planes @ Cake Shop
* Thievery Corporation, Raphael Saadiq, Dam-Funk @ Williamsburg Waterfront
* Roy Hargrove Quintet and The Bandwagon featuring Jason Moran's Bandwagon & The Bad Plus @ Celebrate Brooklyn
* Matthew & The Atlas, Aunt Martha, Lauren Shera, Birdlips @ The Rock Shop
* Florence & The Machine, Twin Shadow, Bubbles @ Central Park Summerstage
* Title Fight, Touche Amore, The Menzingers, Dead End Path @ Santos Party House
* Mike Stern Band w/ Esperanza Spalding, Bob Malach & Lionel Cordew @ Iridium
* Lily & The Parlour Tricks, JP & the Gilberts, Musicianers, Joey Figgiani @ the Gutter
* Hubble, Diamond Terrifier, Drawlings, Guardian Alien, W-H-I-T-E @ Monster Island
* Sharp Lads, The Dunnie Bobos, Drunken Sufis, John-Severin & the Quiet 1s @ Cameo Gallery
* Dean Bowman, David Torn, Erik Friedlander, Jim Black, Elliott Sharp @ Bell House
* Hannah Miller, Angel Snow, Mary Bragg, Ménage à Twang, Not Waving But Drowning, A Big Yes and a small no, Sleepy Feet @ Living Room

Jack White & Stephen Colbert are at the High Line this afternoon.

Check out This Week In Indie.

It's a big night for big outdoor shows, though the shows at Williamsburg Waterfront and Central Park Summerstage both cost money. Reggie Watts in Red Hook Park, the jazz show in Prospect Park, and Sean Lennon's band at South Street Seaport are all free.

The Bicycle Film Festival continues.

Head to the Fulton Stall Market on Sunday for a free show by My Teenage Stride.

Meanwhile head to South Street Seaport tonight for the first free concert of the season there.

Dead On (A Note For Note Recreation Of The Grateful Dead's American Beauty & Workingman's Dead) @ Best Buy Theater is cancelled.

My Morning Jacket was on Conan. The Antlers were on Leno. Both videos below..

The Kills made a video for "Future Starts Slow." Check it out below.

What else?

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Beirut @ Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Beirut

today in NYC
* Northside
* Blue Note Jazz Fest
* Thee Oh Sees @ Death By Audio?
* Robyn @ Nassau Coliseum
* Birdlips @ Rooftop Films
* Joe Budden @ Irving Plaza
* Oneida @ Secret Project Robot
* Smokey's Round-Up @ Barbes
* Joseph Arthur @ The Living Room
* Tea Leaf Green @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Eszter Balint, Chris Cochrane @ Barbes
* Freddy Hall, Declan Bennett @ Ars Nova
* Jose Gonzalez (DJ set) @ The Bell House
* James McMurtry, Jonny Burke @ Maxwell's
* Deafheaven, Gholas, Ken Mode @ Cake Shop
* Dom, Weekends (Northside) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Clean Teeth, Colossus, Wizardry @ The Acheron
* Alela Diane, The Parson Red Heads @ City Winery
* Zulfu Livaneli, Manga @ Central Park Summerstage
* Gowanus, .357 Lover, Valley Lodge @ Mercury Lounge
* Kathryn Calder, Mattison, Old Monk @ The Rock Shop
* The Books, Junip, Doveman @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Oh Land, Rye Rye, Deluka (Northside) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Joe Morris, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver @ The Stone
* Pika*Yuka, Soft Circle, Hard Nips, Starscream @ Union Pool
* Nels Cline, Billy Martin, Jacob Sacks, Oren Bloedow @ Blue Note
* Origin of M, Death First, Agitator (Northside) @ The Charleston
* Big Christmas, Nine 11 Thesaurus, Dj Crystal Clear @ Union Hall
* The Slackers, The Del-Reys, Maddie Ruthless @ Bowery Ballroom
* Woods, Ed Askew, Magik Markers (Northside) @ St. Cecilia's Church
* Peter Frampton (playing 'Frampton Comes Alive') @ Beacon Theatre
* Dean Wareham (plays Galaxie 500), The Vacant Lots @ The Bell House
* Beirut, Sharon Van Etten, Yellow Ostrich (Northside) @ McCarren Park
* Space Ghost Cowboys, The Shakes, Small Wonder, Quilty, Sharpless @ Silent Barn
* Decades, Unsolved Mysteries, Smokey Robotic, Fish Doctor (Northside) @ Matchless
* The Crystal Ark, Saheer Umar (DJ Set), Ghe2o Gothik DJs (DJ Set) @ Sugarhill Disco
* Bleeding Knees Club, Seapony, Wolf Ram Heart, Tristan Clopet, Tor Miller @ Pianos
* Milk Music, German Measles, Reports, Yvette, PC Worship (Northside) @ Bruar Falls
* Blondes, The Miracles Club, Rewards, Sensual Harassment (Northside) @ Cameo
* Lucky Dragons, Wires Under Tension, RYAT, Big Spider's Back, duYun (Northside) @ Shea Stadium
* Anni Rossi, Boy Without God, Jo Schornikow, Twi The Humble Feather (Northside) @ Pete's Candy Store
* Like Diamonds, Selebrities, Darlings, Rocky Business, Memberz Only (Northside) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* D. Charles Speer & The Helix, The Black Swans, Colin L. Orchestra, Sean Walsh & The National Reserve (Northside) @ Coco 66
* We Can't Enjoy Ourselves, JM Airis, Sgt. Dunbar & The Hobo Banned, The Toys & Tiny Instruments Band (Northside) @ The Gutter
* Odd Logic (DJ), Jangula, MiniBoone, Life Size Maps, Ravens & Chimes, This Frontier Needs Heroes, Phantom Power (Northside) @ Spike Hill
* Prurient, Iceage, Cult of Youth, The Men, Yellow Tears, Lost Tribe, Pop. 1280, Anasazi, DJ Wes Eisold (Cold Cave) (Northside) @ Public Assembly
* Laurel Halo, White Rainbow, Tonstartssbandht, La Big Vic, Co La, Time Wharp, Brian DeGraw (Gang Gang Dance - DJ set), Weird Magic (DJ set) @ 285 Kent Ave
* Surfer Blood, Eternal Summers, Grooms, Pepper Rabbit, Xray Eyeballs, Zambri, Dream Diary, DJ Andy French (Northside) @ Knitting Factory
* Frankie Rose, Brilliant Colors, Sherlock's Daughter, Regal Degal (Northside) @ Glasslands

Check out Bill's Northside picks for tonight.

That crazy looking guy with the beer dripping off his face is at The Charleston tonight.

rain, rain go away.

The Mermaid Parade is Saturday.

Listen to a new Prurient track before the show at Public Assembly tonight.

BrooklynVegan is co-presenting the Deafheaven show at Cake Shop tonight. Flyer below.

We're giving away tickets to see Thievery Coporation, Raphael Saadiq and Dam-Funk at Williamsburg Waterfront, via our Facebook.

Sharon Van Etten plays McCarren Park tonight hopefully. Her friend The Antlers have a new video for "Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out". Check it out below...

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MFNW

Here is the initial lineup for Willamette Week's MusicfestNW, scheduled for Sept. 7-11, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, and it's pretty great. The multi-venue fest includes big outdoor performances by Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9), in addition to shows with everyone from Archers of Loaf to Big Freedia to Butthole Surfers to Neurosis. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd. Check out the full list below...

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photos by Josh Darr

Robyn / Death From Above 1979
Sasquatch
Sasquatch

The four-day, sold out Sasquatch Music Festival is underway in Gorge, Washington this Memorial Day Weekend. Maybe you're listening to it online? Here are some pictures from the first two days, with more from Day 2 HERE (and Day 3 and 4 coming soon). They continue below...

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The Antlers @ Music Hall (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Antlers @ MHOW

As you know, Explosions in the Sky just announced a big tour that includes an October 3rd show at Wellmont Theatre in NJ. That show now also includes an opening set by the Antlers! Tickets are on sale (at noon). Wye Oak are opening other dates on the Explosions tour (and it's possible that the Antlers are opening all the dates around then that Wye Oak aren't).

The Antlers are currently out west on tour. They play Sasquatch this weekend. Last week they played sold out shows at both Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. By the time the Wellmont show gets here, they will have also already played Pukkelpop in Belgium, Greenman in Wales, and Austin City Limits (in Austin). All tour dates are below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

The Antlers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Antlers

"Anchored by Michael Lerner's drumming, the group used a familiar, slow-building approach, eventually making full use of loud/soft dynamics. Initially hushed songs metamorphosed into gripping, intensely executed exercises in rock catharsis. The haunting "Kettering" was one example, a suitably brooding number off Hospice, the Antlers' debut album (essentially a solo Silberman song cycle concerning a terminally ill patient's drawn-out death).

Now a full band, the Antlers still deal on their new album with dark themes, albeit more generalized. "Putting the Dog to Sleep," which closed out their regular set at [Philadelphia's First Unitarian Church] (and concludes Burst Apart), makes clever use of mournful metaphor over a lilting, classic pop-song beat." [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Not long after performing their new album in its entirety for free at Knitting Factory (on 5/5), The Antlers brought their tour with Little Scream back home to NYC for sold out shows at both Music Hall of Williamsburg (5/19) and Bowery Ballroom (5/20). The Antlers played most of the new album and threw in a few cuts off Hospice too at the recent shows. The full set list, the rest of their tour dates (the next one is Sasquatch) and more pictures from the MHOW show, below...

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ACL

The 10th Anniversary ACL Festival line-up is on the books. Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Nas & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley and Cee Lo top the bill of the over 130 bands. Bright Eyes, Social Distortion, Empire of the Sun, Santigold, Pretty Lights, TV On The Radio, Skrillex, Big Boi and Randy Newman are also on tap to rock September 16-18.
3-Day passes are sold out. 1-Day passes go on sale at 10am. Full lineup below...

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