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The Antlers @ ACL 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)

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

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)

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?

Continue reading "What's going on Friday?"

Beirut @ Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)

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...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Friday?"


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...

Continue reading "MusicfestNW 2011 -- dates & initial lineup"

photos by Josh Darr

Robyn / Death From Above 1979

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...

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2011 in pics (Day 1, part of Day 2)"

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...

Continue reading "The Antlers opening for EITS @ Wellmont (on sale now) -- updated 2011 Tour Dates"

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...

Continue reading "The Antlers on tour with Little Scream, played Bowery & Music Hall of Williamsburg (pics & setlist)"


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...

Continue reading "Austin City Limits 2011 festival lineup is here, tickets on sale"

photos by Amanda Hatfield & Dominick Mastrangelo

Peter preparing backstage (photo by Dominick)
The Antlers

the new guy on stage (photo by Amanda)
The Antlers

The Antlers are one of the many artists now over in Brighton to play a showcase at the Great Escape. It's like SXSW, but smaller, but in England by the sea. The Antlers play their showcase on Saturday, which means if you're there you can see that without having to miss the BrooklynVegan/M For Montreal showcase happening tonight (5/13) (well, happening like now). The UK festival kicked off yesterday (5/12), and we have Tim Griffin over there covering. His pictures of PS I Love You, Warpaint, Twin Shadow, DJ Shadow, The Joy Formidable, Emika and more, are currently posted over at the BrooklynVegan Facebook page.

Exactly one week ago today, or technically one week ago tomorrow, The Antlers played a FREE, BrooklynVegan-presented show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn at 1am. Somehow it worked out perfect - I think exactly the right amount of people showed up. I don't think anyone got turned away, and we were at capacity. And the show was extra special because the Antlers played their entire new, Best New Music-winning (take that Tyler!) record Burst Apart from start to finish (like they did at SXSW/on NPR), in addition to an epic two-song encore. Their sound is also fuller than ever due to the addition of a fourth member, which, like the show in general, was a great thing. Listen to the whole show courtesy of NYC Taper who taped it and posted the MP3s (and FLAC).

If you miss them, don't worry. The Antlers will return to the states soon to kick off their tour with Little Scream in DC on May 17th. Though if you waited to get tickets to either of the two NYC shows, you are now out of luck.

More pictures from the Knitting Factory show (two sets of them) and all dates, below...

Continue reading "The Antlers now @ Great Escape, released 'Burst Apart', played it for free @ Knitting Factory (pics, setlist, a recording)"


... after the Holly Golightly show at the same venue (Friday night).

If you can't make it, tickets are still on sale for The Antlers' May 19th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Their May 20th show at Bowery Ballroom is sold out. Both shows are part of their May tour with Little Scream in support of their new album 'Burst Apart', which is currently streaming over at NPR, and which has cover art that looks a lot like the flyer above (Burst Apart is out May 10th on Frenchkiss. above flyer designed by Tonally Dude).

Meanwhile... come drink and then see BOBBY, Alex Bleeker & Prussia at Knitting Factory tonight (5/5).


Tickets go on sale at noon for the Antlers shows happening at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg in May. The shows are in support of the band's new album "Burst" which is out via Frenchkiss on May 10th. That's the cover art above. The track list and all tour dates are reposted below...

Continue reading "Antlers tix going on sale ++ 'Burst' cover art & track list"

words by Rachel Kowal, photos by Ryan Barkan

The Antlers @ The Parish
The Antlers

One of the highlights of my day on Thursday at SXSW was the NPR showcase at The Parish. Though I didn't arrive in time to see Colin Stetson or tUnE-yArDs (I saw the latter the following day), I stuck around for the rest of the line-up, including the grand finale: The Antlers, who, as advertised, played their unreleased upcoming album (Burst Apart) in its entirety for the first time in public. But more on that later.

I arrived to the sounds of Malian singer Khaira Arby, who Jon Pareles of the New York Times later confessed to me was his go-to recommendation for the festival. I don't typically see much world music, but there's no denying Arby's effortless ability to captivate the audience with her rich vocals and rhythmic percussion.

The Joy Formidable @ the Parish
Joy Formidable

Up next were The Joy Formidable/ I confess it was hard to get past singer/guitarist Ritzy Bryan's wild stare, but if anything, the sheer intensity of her gaze was well suited to the tough indie rock strains of the London-based trio.

The energy level in the room continued to climb as Wild Flag took the stage. Not only does singer/guitarist Carrie Brownstein have a dedicated fan base thanks to her past band - Sleater-Kinney, she also received quite a warm welcome from NPR Music's Stephen Thompson due largely to the time she spent blogging and contributing to the site. This familiarity imbibed an otherwise strictly rock performance with a genuine warmth that made for a compelling combination on stage. Though their current musical project is young, these veteran lady rockers put on a triumphant and confident performance. Of course, it helps that the remaining three band members (Mary Timony, Rebecca Cole, and Janet Weiss) each have quite an impressive musical ability (and resume), themselves.

Wild Flag @ The Parish
Wild Flag

Next came the part of the showcase that I was most anticipating - the preview of Burst Apart. After the Antlers' 2009 release, the cinematic and harrowing concept album Hospice, I was eager to hear what course they would take in their follow-up. Apparently, one of the biggest challenges the band faced leading up to the show was figuring out how to effectively translate all of the layers and effects found in the studio recording into a live setting. Being unfamiliar with the material, it's hard to tell if they achieved this goal.

I enjoyed the chance to hear the new material without having read any spoilers online, but at first listen, it seems that Burst Apart does not boast the same kind of sparse, sweeping intensity and catharsis that distinguished Hospice... but maybe that's a good thing.

In an interview with Pitchfork a few months ago, chief singer/songwriter Pete Silberman confessed:

For a while, I thought the next logical step from Hospice was to make some very sad, post-Hospice concept record. But thinking in those terms started to feel really manipulative and gimmicky. So I just let go of that idea and, from that point on, I was much happier. In a lot of ways, this album is an easier record to listen to than Hospice; you can put it on and not feel like it has to be a severe emotional experience. It might be. But it could also be on in the background.
Like Hospice, portions of the new album seem to project a dark kind of resignation to pain, sickness, and heartbreak. But in addition to the darker songs, it ended in a surprisingly hopeful, (albeit Gothic) vein as Silberman sang, "I'm not going to die alone. I stitched the stuff up so to close up the hole" in a particularly Hospice-like song.

You can check out the whole show for yourself (or whichever portion most interests you) over at NPR Music. All of their performances were archived and are now stream-able online (Antlers HERE).


Burst Apart will be releaesd by Frenchkiss Records on May 10th. The Antlers will head out on tour a week later with stops at both Music Hall of Williamsburg (May 19th) and Bowery Ballroom (May 20th). Both shows and much of the tour is with Little Scream who meanwhile is on tour with Sharon Van Etten. Tickets for both NYC shows go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then general sale Friday at the same time.

All tour dates and more pictures from the NPR show at the Parish, below...

Continue reading "The Antlers performed 'Burst Apart' @ SXSW w/ Wild Flag & more (pics & NPR stream), touring w/ Little Scream (dates)"

Raphael Saadiq
Raphael Saadiq

R&B great Raphael Saadiq is one of a few notable names playing Stubb's on 3/16 as part of the Time Out North America NPR SXSW showcase. If you can't be in Austin, NPR will be streaming the show (which also includes sets by James Blake, Bun B, and the Smith Westerns) on their website.

NPR will also be streaming a show happening the next day at the Parish where the Antlers will play their entire new album, Burst Apart, from start to finish! More details on that new album are below.

Raphael has other dates lined up as well. After a sprinkle of shows in the Lone Star, Saadiq will hop on a plane to Europe. Not long after he gets back, he releases his new album, Stone Rollin, on May 10th (it's currently up for pre-order on iTunes). That same day you can catch him live at Webster Hall in NYC. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now. Regular sale begins Friday at noon.

And speaking of rolling stones, a video of Raphael performing with Mick Jagger, all tour dates, and other stuff, below...

Continue reading "Raphael Saadiq announces new album, tour dates & streaming SXSW show (The Antlers too!)"

Savoir Adore
SAvoir Adore

As mentioned in "What's Going on Sunday," 1,2,3 band were scheduled to play the next installment of 'Communion' at Public Assembly in Brooklyn tonight (3/8), but their label Frenchkiss Records reports that they have cancelled. Savior Adore, Keegan Dewitt, Lachi, and Paul Dempsey are still on the bill though.

Tonight's show will be Communion's third party at Public Assembly since they kicked off in early January, and their second unlucky cancellation. Laura Marling pulled out of the second one.

For Savoir Adore, tonight's Communion appearance will be their last NYC show before they head to Austin for SXSW. If you're going to be in Austin, make sure to stop by and see them play a BrooklynVegan party right at noon on Thursday, March 17th at Swan Dive/Barbarella (full lineup TBA). They play their official showcase one day later at Easy Tiger.

1,2,3 are also headed to SXSW where they'll play at least six shows including the Frenchkiss Showcase at The Parish on Wednesday, March 16th with The Antlers, The Dodos, Young Man, Fidlar & Ivan & Alyosha. More dates are listed below....

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Big names and regulars aside, there are a few bands I want to highlight on the just-announced Sasquatch lineup: Wolf Parade ("indefinite hiatus" rumors be damned), The Flaming Lips (performing "The Soft Bulletin"), Death From Above 1979 (now three reunion shows total), Guided By Voices (they're not done yet), and... Archers of Loaf (!). The full lineup of the fest that goes down in Gorge, Washington in May (Memorial Day Weekend), is below...

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photos by Jessica Amaya

Sharon Van Etten

Though I only caught Sharon Van Etten due to dinner plans that went longer than expected (everyone was raving about opener The War on Drugs though), I can say that Saturday night's show at Bowery Ballroom was an amazing and extremely emotional one. I knew it would be a special show. Headlining, not to mention selling out, the approx-600-capacity Bowery Ballroom is a milestone in an artist's career. It means even more when it happens to a beloved, local and talented artist who has worked her way up and truly deserves it. I didn't want to miss it.

The moment was not lost on Sharon either. In the most sincerest of ways, Sharon fought back crying (the crowd didn't always have as much luck) and often addressed her family, who not only seemed to be taking up one side of the entire balcony (with her parents in front), but were also peppered throughout the front of the crowd (most notably her cousin who made her voice heard more than one). Sharon often spoke to and thanked the entire crowd, and she played songs - new songs, very old rare and solo songs, and the 'hits' off her 2010 Badabing release 'Epic.'

If you've seen her lately, you know about the full band she now plays with (she mentioned that it was the band's first time playing Bowery Ballroom) (she has opened for other people there). The band, complete with a new keyboard player and the similarly-hair-styled Cat Martino on backing vocals, really round out her sound in a grand way. Megafaun's Brad Cook also played on some songs, and the Antlers' Peter Silberman sang one with her as the rest of the Antlers watched from the audience (she sang with the Antlers when she opened for them on the same stage, and she mentioned that Megafaun was the first band to ever back her on her transition from solo artist to full band).

But don't take my word for it... listen to/relive the whold show courtesy of NYC Taper's recording that you can download now.

The show closed with the most perfect cover of R.E.M.'s "Strange Currencies". Video of that, with more pictures from the whole show, and her (and opener Sebastian Blank's) setlist, and an updated set of Sharon's tour dates, below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Big Freedia
Fun Fun Fun Fest

The 2010 edition of Fun Fun Fun Fest is now complete. You saw pictures from the first night. We have lots of possitive things to say coming up, but for now here is a part two of our photos - all from day two aka Saturday (11/6). They continue below...

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by BBG
Devo, Crocodiles, and Dum Dum Girls have all cancelled their appearances at Fun Fun Fun Fest in the past few days. Sucks, yes. But the evil geniuses at the Austin, Texas Festival (November 5-7, 2010) have already drummed up some replacements. New bands include Cults, and Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos (who were originally on the fest, but had to drop off a few weeks ago and were replaced by The Antlers, and now are back but on a different day). Washed Out also recently replaced Cold Cave, and the Nortec Collective was a recent addition too. Oh, and to replace Devo: new headliner Descendents!

"I really can't believe it. The Descendents were one of those bands on my dream list that I thought I would never get to book" Says Graham Williams, FFF Founder. "A week ago, we had no idea what we were going to do, and now we couldn't be more happy".
The show is The Descendents' lone US scheduled appearance, and only appearance before the re-reunited band heads down under in December for some dates in Australia. Get your Fun Fun Fun Fest tickets at their site.

Speaking of Cults, they recently played a gang of shows during CMJ, and their only other show at the moment is with The Morning Benders and Twin Sister at Webster Hall in NYC on 11/18 instead of Oberhofer (tickets).

I'm preparing to head down to Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin next weekend as well, and along with all of the incredible heavy music that's already going on at the festival (Mastodon, Floor, Snapcase, High on Fire, Kylesa, Municipal Waste, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatred Surge, Ringworm... the list is endless) we'll be hosting an event of our own. On Sunday, November 7th BrooklynVegan will host a killer after-party at Red 7 (doors at 9) with incredible secret guests, along with Landmine Marathon, Mammoth Grinder, and Ratking (mems MOoB, Gorilla Biscuits). The show will be FREE to Fun Fun Fun Fest wristband holders and a measly $5 at the door for those of you without.

Not into metal or need something to do on the other nights of that weekend in Austin? Not to worry. Like the lineup of the festival itself, the selection of bands playing other afterparties on each night of the fest is diverse. There are plenty of options including a November 5th Gorilla Vs Bear shindig (also with secret guest), and many more.

BrooklynVegan show flyer, some video of those bands in action, info on the fest's 2010 Circus Stage, and more, below...

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DOWNLOAD: The Antlers - Atrophy (Sybarite remix) (MP3) (via)
DOWNLOAD: Bell Horses - Still Life (ML on drums) (MP3)

Bell Horses (Jenny and Sybarite)
Bell Horses

"Bell Horses is a left-field pop outing from Xian Hawkins & Jenny Owen Youngs. The 8 songs that comprise their debut album [This Loves Last Time] work together to create a world of contrasts both challenging & familiar. Arrangements blend acoustic instruments (guitars, strings, piano, percussion) with synthetic textures and samples while vocals sit up front in the mix, often doubling as instruments themselves...

...Xian Hawkins records as Sybarite - making distinct & lauded electronica for a variety of labels, most notably 4AD, Temporary Residence & Ghostly International. His music has been featured in film & television. Jenny Owen Youngs is a singer songwriter who signed to Nettwerk Records in 2006 and recently released her sophomore record, Transmitter Failure, to critical acclaim. Also on the album is Alexander Ericson (Alberta Cross, Stjarna) contributing vocals to three of the tracks, Michael Lerner, drummer for NYC band The Antlers (Frenchkiss) & classical string player Eve Boltax." [Bell Horses]

Grab Sybarite's Antlers remix, courtesy of Hob Nob Wines where the track first premiered, above. A Bell Horses track, which features The Antlers' Michael Lerner on drums, is up there too.