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photos by Vladislav Grach & Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Morrissey / Modest Mouse / Run the Jewels / crowd
Firefly Festival
Firefly Festival
Run the Jewels
Firefly Festival

Back in 2012, the seemingly random location of Dover, Delaware got the new Firefly Music Festival, and it was instantly a success. This past weekend it wrapped up its fourth year, and this thing is more massive than ever. I mean for one, they got Paul McCartney to headline the Friday night (more on that here), and there may not be a bigger deal of a headliner on the planet than him. But Paul wasn't even the half of it. The grounds are huge, and they were packed all three days. To get an idea of the size, it sometimes took about 10-15 minutes to get from the Firefly Stage to the Lawn Stage -- the two that always seemed to have the biggest acts. Unfortunately this also meant it was often impossible to see a full set, the worst case for me being Morrissey straight into Modest Mouse straight into Paul on Friday. It meant I missed when Morrissey played "Meat Is Murder" with his graphic on-screen projections, and apparently sent a portion of the crowd away in disgust.

I'm not sure how many other people who missed that happen were bummed out though, because realistically, Morrissey isn't a main draw at a festival like this. The biggest and most hyped crowds I saw were for the EDM acts like White Panda and Zedd, or the current wave of festival-ready bands like Bastille and Walk the Moon. Those bands have this vaguely-alternative pop rock sound that's danceable, easy to digest, and full of a lot of whoa-ohs. It's pretty easy to see why that sort of thing does well on a major festival, but it's not too surprising that their fans don't want to hear angry songs about the meat industry.

Even if Morrissey didn't get the fists pumping though, he sounded great. When he and the band played "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before," his voice sounded as rich as it does on Strangeways, Here We Come. And his stage presence isn't wild or anything, but he still managed to seem larger than life. Whether he was playing recent tunes like "World Peace Is None of Your Business" or classics like "Suedehead," his live show lived up to the expectations I had for someone as legendary as Moz.

Manchester Orchestra
Firefly Festival

Throughout the weekend, there were a few other artists avoiding the festival-pop trends too. Earlier on Friday on the same stage that Moz and Macca would play was Manchester Orchestra. I haven't loved a full album of theirs since the singer/songwriter-y indie rock of 2006's I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child, but in the time since then they've basically transformed into a grunge band and they really pull it off live. In my opinion, the only thing holding back a song like "Top Notch" off last year's Cope is the production, but in a raw live setting those Headbanger's Ball-worthy jams live up to their full potential. And when M.O. do whip out the older ones like "I Can Barely Breathe" and "Where Have You Been?," they sound tighter than ever.

Modest Mouse were fantastic as always too. The only real conflict of the weekend for me was that they were up against Run the Jewels, but having seen RTJ five days earlier, I opted for the Mouse. We got a good amount of their new album, and they worked in old favorites towards the end, giving us a stretch of "Dramamine," "Doin' the Cockroach," "Float On," and "Dark Center of the Universe" all in a row.

Zola Jesus
Zola Jesus

Saturday the highlights were fewer for me, the biggest being Zola Jesus' set. She played at The Forest Stage, which is this cool small stage that's a little out of the way in comparison to the others. It gets its name as it's surrounded by a thick wooded area, which also makes it a nice way to escape the sun. Zola played to less than 100 people (the masses were gathered at the main stage for Matt & Kim), but she and her band brought a much welcome darkness to this festival. It was appropriate to have her on the shady stage. Her band (three men in all black clothing) were all business as Zola belted her powerhouse vocals, lurched around the stage, and at one point came up to the crowd and walked along the barrier. She left the stage abruptly after closing song "Vessel," and had the small but loving crowd yelling for an encore (no such luck).

Sunday had the hardest-rocking afternoon band I saw since Manchester Orchestra, Benjamin Booker. I didn't fully realize from his self-titled 2014 debut how rocking he is, or how he could be opening for Social Distortion and playing the punk/metal stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest later this year. But after seeing him live, I get it. He might smile and laugh a lot on stage, but when he and his band locked in for a feedback-y jam and then Benjamin ripped a string-bending solo, they were no joke.

The only artist I was excited to see that ended up being a disappointment was Snoop Dogg. Even though the guy's got countless songs dating back over 20 years, he spent the majority of his set essentially doing karaoke to other people's songs. Sure, it was fun when he got the huge crowd singing "I Love Rock and Roll" and "Jump Around," but it could've been anyone up there doing it. And a lot of the Snoop songs we did get were cut short. Things should go over better when he plays Doggystyle in full at Riot Fest.

Right after his set, I ended my weekend at The Killers. You might argue they're no better than the Bastille/Walk the Moon-type stuff I was talking about earlier, and sure they have some cheese in their sound. What bothers me about those bands though isn't their poppiness, it's that they all sound so anonymous. But "Mr. Brightside," "Somebody Told Me," "Smile Like You Mean It" and later hits like "When You Were Young" and "Human" are all bangers, and hearing all those songs at Firefly was a blast. Even their more recent, less banging songs pretty much sound like mid-'80s Bruce Springsteen, which was a refreshing change from the interchangeable festival-pop bands.

The Killers also did the Firefly crowd a favor by covering two songs by Kings of Leon, whose Saturday night set was cancelled due to lightning. And any classic rock fans hanging around were treated to a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," which they pulled off surprisingly well. These guys are total rock stars and they clearly know it, but at least they do what they do really well. (Unlike Foster the People who I saw a day earlier with an open mind but just kept thinking ...what are they even doing?)

More Firefly pictures (including some from Thursday night, which I didn't attend) below. Paul McCartney wasn't allowing photos but we did get pics of him in Philly on Sunday.

Continue reading "Firefly Music Festival 2015 pics & review: Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Run the Jewels, Snoop Dogg, Zola Jesus & more"

photo: Paul McCartney in Austin, 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Macca

You may remember that when Firefly Music Fest announced its 2015 lineup, the first headliner was blurred out on the poster. Well, as rumored, it's Paul McCartney, the fest revealed today. Macca will join Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more at the fest which happens June 18-21 at the Woodlands in Dover, DE. Updated lineup below.

General admission passes to Firefly go on sale Monday (3/2) at noon, EST.

McCartney was just in NYC for a surprise Valentine's Day show and an appearance on the SNL 40th Anniversary special. He since spent some time skiing in Vermont, much to the delight of the J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery in Peru.

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Firefly Music Festival

Delaware's annual Firefly Music Festival comes back June 18-21 and the lineup's now been released. Kings of Leon, The Killers and a TBA third act rumored to be Paul McCartney (update: it's Paul) sit atop the list, with Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more joining them on the list of performers. Pre-sale passes are sold out, but more general admission and VIP passes will be available soon at the festival's website.

Firefly is Morrissey's first US date since canceling his dates last summer, and no other US dates are announced yet.

Check out Firefly's full lineup below...

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by Andrew Sacher

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Photo: Modern Baseball @ MHOW - 12/15/14

Modern Baseball wrapped up their tour with Foxing (who told us their favorite LPs of 2014), Somos, Crying and Knuckle Puck in NYC last night (12/15) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It was their second show here after playing Gramercy Theatre on Friday (12/12). There was a good amount of collaborating from the bands on the bill throughout the night, with Foxing singer Conor Murphy joining Crying for a cover of Smashing Pumpkins side project Rage Against the Machine's "Testify," and Crying drummer Nick Corbo sitting in with Modern Baseball as MoBo drummer Sean Huber took the mic for his part in "Your Graduation."

"Testify" wasn't the only fun cover on this tour. Modern Baseball put their scrappy pop punk spin on a rendition of Smashing Pumpkins side project The Killers' "When You Were Young," with bassist Ian Farmer taking over on lead vocals. No videos yet of the MHOW show specifically, but you can check out a video of the Killers cover from another tour stop (with Brendan Lukens singing this time) and a short clip of the "Testify" cover, below.

Modern Baseball's next NYC-area show is opening the second of two Taking Back Sunday holiday shows at NJ's Starland Ballroom (12/28) (sold out). TBS' first night is with The Menzingers, who also play a holiday show with Tigers Jaw.

Videos below...

Continue reading "Modern Baseball played 2 NYC shows, covered The Killers; Crying & Foxing covered Rage Against the Machine (videos)"

Lionel Richie upon seeing this list (more by Tim Griffin)
Lionel

According to some dumb survey making the Internet rounds ("carried out by online streaming service Blinkbox Music, which questioned 2,000 adults"), below is the list of the 10 weirdest song lyrics....

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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...

Continue reading "Outside Lands 2014 lineup: Kanye, Tom Petty, Arctic Monkeys, Flaming Lips, Disclosure, Spoon, Death Cab & more"

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...

Continue reading "Hangout Fest lineup announced (Outkast, QOTSA, Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Conor Oberst, Andrew WK & more)"

Ghost at the BV Soundwave Tent at Lollapalooza (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
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As you may know, this weekend's Lollapalooza 2013 just got underway in Chicago's Grant Park with lots of big names (some of which we're excited to see). The BrooklynVegan portion of the Soundwave Tent is currently underway where hosts Chris Gethard and Billy Jones just interviewed Ghost BC, as you can see above. Still to come at the Soundwave Tent today: interviews with Jessie Ware, Deap Vally and a performance from School of Rock. If you're there, stop looking at your phone and swing by.

If you're not there, you can watch the live webcast which starts today at 2:30 PM CDT and the schedule is as follows:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2
2:30PM - SMITH WESTERNS
3:30PM - ICONA POP
4:15PM - CRYSTAL CASTLES
5:15PM - IMAGINE DRAGONS
6:15PM - QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
7:30PM - BAND OF HORSES
8:30PM - THE KILLERS
10:00PM - NINE INCH NAILS
For more Lollapalooza coverage, visit BV Chicago, and follow us on Twitter (BrooklylnVegan, BV Chicago) and Instagram (BrooklynVegan, BV Chicago).

Lollapalooza live stream below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza is underway in Chicago: stream it live (Nine Inch Nails, QOTSA, Crystal Castles & more)"

Tickets

Tickets to see Baroness and Royal Thunder at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see FLAG at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Pinback and Deathfix at venue go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see The Cult at Roseland Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see FIDLAR and The Orwells at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Dax Riggs at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Omar Rodriguez Lopez's band Bosnian Rainbows at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Superchunk on two nights at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Patti Smith and Friends play the Federico Garcia Lorca Birthday Celebration at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Odd Future and Meek Mill at Williamsburg Park for Peter Rosenberg's 2nd Annual Birthday Show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Jenny O. show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Young Empires and Black Light Dinner Party are playing Mercury Lounge on June 25. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Phil Lesh & Friends are playing The Capitol Theatre on July 22 & 23. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Robert Randolph & The Family Band is playing The Capitol Theatre on August 10. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Two Door Cinema Club and St. Lucia are playing Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom on October 11. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

The Killers are playing Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on August 8. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 11 AM.

Marisa Monte is playing Beacon Theatre on June 28. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 11 AM.

Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Lollapalooza

After it was already confirmed that Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service, The National, The Killers, and Mumford and Sons were playing Lollapalooza 2013, a pretty promising leak came which appeared to potentially reveal the rest of the lineup, and it turns out that leak was real.

In addition to the previously mentioned artists, Lollapalooza will include Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, The Cure, New Order, Baroness, Beach House, Cat Power, Death Grips, Jessie Ware, Father John Misty, DIIV, Wavves, Alt-J, Hot Chip, Disclosure, Baauer, Palma Violets, Angel Haze, Band of Horses, Crystal Castles and many others.

Lollapalooza goes down in Chicago from August 2 - 4 in Grant Park. Single day passes go on sale Wednesday (4/3) at 10 AM.

Full day-by-day lineup below...

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Vampire Weekend at ACL 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
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We're still a month away from an official Lollapalooza 2013 line-up announcement, but The Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot is reporting that Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, the National, The Postal Service, and the Killers are playing. Lollapalooza 2013 will happen August 2 - 4 at Chicago's Grant Park.

Tickets on sale

Tickets to The Who and Elvis Costello benefit concert at Madison Square Garden go on presale (password: THEWHO) today at 10 AM.

The Killers have rescheduled their canceled MSG show from December which will now happen May 14 and tickets are back on sale. Additionally, the band will play Barclays Center on May 18 and tickets to that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

The B-52s are playing Capitol Theatre on June 6. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the intimate Wavves, FIDLAR, and Cheatahs shows at Glasslands and Shea Stadium go on sale today at 9 AM.

Tickets for the Boris shows at Le Poisson Rouge go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Fleetwood Mac show at Jones Beach go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Garbage at Terminal 5 go on sale at noon today.

Tickets to see She & Him and Camera Obscura at Central Park Summerstage go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see James Blake at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Father John Misty and Adam Green & Binki Shapiro show at Maxwell's go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Jim James at Webster Hall go on sale at noon today.

Tanlines and Crystal Ark (DJ set) have been added as openers to the Hot Chip show at Roseland Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

Tickets to see The Cave Singers at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see OMD at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Pinback at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Marina & the Diamonds play Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on May 29. Tickets go on sale at noon today

Tickets for the Screeching Weasel and Down By Law show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Frank Turner at Bowery Ballroom go on sale at noon today.

Tickets to see Opeth at The Wellmont Theatre in NJ go on sale at noon today.

Tickets to the just-added 11th Allman Brothers Band show at Beacon Theatre go on sale todayt 9 AM.

Tickets to see Phosphorescent at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Bonobo and Shigeto at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Bleached at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Besnard Lakes at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see the View at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tegan and Sara

First, Tegan & Sara were supposed to play MSG and Susquehanna Bank Center with The Killers, but had to cancel it due to Killers singer Brandon Flowers' illness, and now Tegan & Sara have also had to cancel their Beacon Theatre shows, which were supposed to happen tonight (1/28) and Tuesday (1/29), also due to illness. The shows have been postponed to February 19 and 20 and all tickets purchased for the 1/28 and 1/29 dates will be honored, respectively.

The Killers have also rescheduled their dates and the NYC area shows now happen on May 14 at MSG and May 19 at Susquehanna Bank Center, though it isn't clear if Tegan & Sara are on the new dates or not. Both of those shows are sold out, but all tickets purchased for the original dates will be honored.

You can stream Tegan & Sara's new album, Heartthrob, in its entirety and check out a list of all remaining dates below...

Continue reading "Tegan & Sara postpone Beacon Theatre shows; Killers reschedule dates"

Christmas is cancelled

Tegan and Sara just added a 2nd headlining show at Beacon Theater in NYC, and lost an even bigger one that they were supposed to open this week...

In addition to cancelling tonight's show at Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center, The Killers are forced to cancel their show at New York City's Madison Square Garden tomorrow, December 14th due to lead singer Brandon Flowers coming down with laryngitis. Organizers hope to have a new date for The Killers' return to NYC very soon. Ticket holders are encouraged to hold on to their tickets for this future date; refunds are also available at point of purchase.

The Killers would like to apologize to their fans in New York City for this cancellation.

That is a big show to cancel!

Q MagQ Mag

Q Magazine put out their Top 50 albums of 2012 list, choosing to do so in no particular order this year, making it more a pile than a list. Check out Q's picks in alphabetical order below.

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Tegan and Sara at MHOW in 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara are going on a tour with The Killers which hits NYC on December 14 at Madison Square Garden and Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center (12/13) a day earlier. But if you'd like to see them without the Killers at a much smaller venue, you're in luck because before that tour kicks off they'll headline Bowery Ballroom on November 19 with Chaos Chaos. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (11/7) at noon. You can also catch them on Letterman on November 20.

Tegan and Sara will release their new album, Hearthrob, in January 2013 and you can stream two of its tracks, "Closer" and "I'm Not Your Hero," along with a list of all dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Tegan & Sara playing Bowery Ballroom & Letterman before Killers tour (updated dates)"

Negative Approach earlier this month in Chicago (more by Carmelo Espanola)
Neg Approach

Penn Badgley in 'Greetings From Tim Buckley'
Penn Badgley

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

Did you know that Penn Badgley (aka Dan on Gossip Girl) is playing Jeff Buckley in upcoming biopic, Greetings from Tim Buckley? He's even been doing some stealth secret shows in NYC. Watch the trailer below.

Randy Newman is dreaming of... a white president.

As mentioned before, The Killers show at The Paramount is being webcast tonight, which will be directed by legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog. He also directed a mini Killers documentary, which you can watch below.

Speaking of The Killers, they just announced a tour with Tegan & Sara that will hit Madison Square Garden.

Speaking of MSG, tourmates Aerosmith and Cheap Trick just announced a show there too. Madonna plays there twice in November which is when Neil Young is there too.

Whose new cover art is better: Neil Young's or Titus Andronicus'?

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs has a new video for his single "Your Love" which you can watch below.

You can stream Natural Child's new album, Hard in Heaven, over at Spinner.

Read part 2 of Kelly Pratt's tour diary written on the road with St. Vincent and David Byrne. Part 2.5 also went up today at BV Chicago.

A plethora of heavy music live photographs by Carmelo Espanola also went up today on BV Chicago.

A music monitoring firm has determined that Drake is currently the most pirated musician in the United States. If you live in the UK, it can tell you what artist is the most pirated in your neighborhood.

more stuff below...

Continue reading "Also: Penn Badgley IS Jeff Buckley, Drake most pirated in US, Herzog's Killers doc, MSG shows, Promise Ring cover Adele & more..."

by Bill Pearis

Werner Herzog dealing with massive egos on 'Cobra Verde' set
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Brilliant German filmaker Werner Herzog likes extremes, having spent most of his cinematic career exploring man's role with nature. He has cooked and eaten his shoe, dragged a massive boat over a Peruvian mountain, and repeatedly worked with nutjob Klaus Kinski (not our Klaus, who is a peach). He'll face what could be his most difficult directing challenge yet when he gets behind the cameras for the webcast of The Killers' upcoming show at The Paradise Theatre in the Bronx on September 18. Tickets are currently on pre-sale for that one with the general on-sale starting Friday (8/31) at noon.

Inexplicable on its own, this is part of the American Express Unstaged series where bands are paired with iconoclastic filmmakers. Previous match-ups in the series include David Lynch / Duran Duran; Hamish Hamilton / Usher; and Gary Oldman / Jack White. Stream for the show, which happens the same night (9/18) as the release of The Killers new album Battle Born, will happen here.

Werner Herzog's next film is Queen of the Desert, a biopic about British writer/explorer Gertrude Bell starring Naomi Watts in the title role.

via @thisisfrankierose
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The Killers play Paradise Theatre in the Bronx on September 18. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Levon Helm tribute at the Izod Center are on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Miguel show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Margot & the Nuclear So and So's show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the 2:54 show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for their Knitting Factory show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Mouse On Mars show at Santos Party House are on sale now.

Fred Falke (who played NYC in April) is playing Santos Party House on September 6 with Ghost Beach. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Shigeto is playing Glasslands on October 4 with Michna and Dabrye. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets are on sale now for the Das Racist show at Irving Plaza with Le1f and SAFE. Das Racist played Afropunk Festival over the weekend, and if you haven't been keeping up with our coverage of the fest, you can check out pics of day 1 HERE and HERE, and pics of day 2 HERE and HERE.

Dead Can Dance begin their 2-night run at Beacon Theatre tonight. Tickets for tonight's show and tomorrow's show are still available and we're also giving away a pair to each show.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Modest Mouse / Lupe Fiasco
Firefly Festival 2012 - Day 2
Firefly Festival 2012 - Day 2

The Firefly Music Festival continued in Dover, DE on Saturday (7/21) with sets from Modest Mouse, Polica, Cults, Charles Bradley, Lupe Fiasco, Cake, The Killers, and more. Passion Pit were scheduled to play that day, but unfortunately the Delware festival was one of the dates that the band had to cancel. They were replaced by Yeasayer at the last minute, who played at the same time as Lupe Fiasco (and we unfortunately missed).

The festival has already announced they'll be back next year. Pre-sale for 2013 general admission tickets go on sale Wednesday (7/25) at noon.

Pics of day 1 are HERE, pics of Death Cab for Cutie's set from day 3 are HERE (the rest from day 3 coming soon) and more of day 2 are below...

Continue reading "Firefly Music Fest day 2 in pics (Modest Mouse, Polica, Cults, Charles Bradley, Lupe Fiasco, Cake & The Killers)"

Angry Cassette

Slash is playing Hammerstein Ballroom on September 18 with Myles Kennedy and Foxy Shazam. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

With all the '90s nostalgia that goes on, here's a bit that we might have been okay with not coming back. The Summerland tour with Everclear, Sugar Ray, Lit, Gin Blossoms, and Marcy Playground hits NYC for a show at Roseland Ballroom tonight (7/18). Tickets for tonight's show are available. The tour also hits Bethal Woods Center for the Arts on Friday (7/20) in Bethel, NY and PNC Bank Arts Center on Saturday (7/21) in Holmdel, NJ.

Speaking of '90s nostalgia that should have stayed put in the '90s, The Offspring are playing Terminal 5 on September 19. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general sale starting Friday (7/20) at noon. In other news, did you hear that new Green Day song?

The Morning Benders, who changed their name (and err, their sound too...) to POP ETC are playing NYC shows on Sunday (7/22) at Bowery Hotel with Angela McCluskey, Sean Rowe, and special guests, and August 2 at Santos with Haim. They will also perform live on East Village Radio on Friday (7/20) at 4 PM. RSVP for the Bowery Hotel show is open and tickets are on sale for the Santos show.

Day 1 and Day 4 of the Revelation Records 25th Anniversary are sold out but 4-Day passes are still available.

Tickets for the Sharon Van Etten show at Town Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Flying Lotus show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Dan Deacon shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for They MIght Be Giants' 3-night New Year's run go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Other Lives and Indians shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Two Gallants shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Jaill and Fergus & Geronimo show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Devotchka shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

The Killers (early '00s nostalgia?) play Webster Hall on July 23 after Firefly Music Festival. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/20) at noon. They also play a "private" NYC show one day later (7/24) for a taping of 'Live from the Artist's Den.' You can enter for a chance to go. What do you think of their new song?

Firefly

Firefly Music Festival goes down in Dover, Delaware from July 20-22 (which is only about a three hour drive from NYC). The lineup includes Jack White, The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, The Black Keys, Polica, Cults, Death Cab for Cutie, Ra Ra Riot, The Felice Brothers, Mariachi El Bronx, Silversun Pickups, Lupe Fiasco, The Head and the Heart, Heartless Bastards, The Killers, John Legend, Bassnectar, Girl Talk, and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now, and camping is available.

No schedule yet, but the full announced lineup is below...

Continue reading "Firefly Music Fest happens in Delaware --- 2012 dates & lineup (Jack White, Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, Black Keys, Polica, Cults, Death Cab & more)"

The EraserThe Eraser

"Thom Yorke and Flea's new supergroup will play a Radiohead song at their upcoming debut gigs in Los Angeles., it's been revealed.

The as-yet-unnamed band's drummer Mauro Refosco told Brazilian website Abril.com they will play Thom Yorke's 'The Eraser' album in its entirety, four new songs and one Radiohead track at the shows on Sunday and Monday (October 4 & 5).

It's rumoured the band will air Thom Yorke's song he wrote for the Twilight New Moon soundtrack, 'Hearing Damage', as one of the "new" songs." [gigwise]

LA Weekly is also reporting that their might be a secret Thom Yorke show at the Echoplex this Friday night, October 2.

The new Twilight soundtrack, as you may have heard, also includes tracks by many familiar names including Death Cab For Cutie, Muse, Sea Wolf, Grizzly Bear & Beach House's Victoria Legrand, Bon Iver & St. Vincent, and Editors...

Speaking exclusively to Gigwise, Editors frontman Tom Smith said: "The films aren't aimed at people our age but I look at the bands that we're next to on that soundtrack and it's just a good thing.

"It's not selling out, it's not putting your song on an advert or selling a product.

"It's just being part of something that, to me, as collective seems like a pretty attractive thing."

New Moon is the second instalment of the vampire franchise, which stars British actor Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

Cover art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Thom Yorke's LA setlist, a secret show?, Twilight soundtrack"

photos by Tim Griffin

Petty Fest

"I went to Pettyfest 2009 at Bowery Ballroom [Thursday] night, which was sick. Lots of drunk and stoned people shouting along to the hits and some great performers-- Nicole Atkins, Adam Green, Steve Schiltz, Antony Ellis, members of The Strokes and The Killers.

One of my favorite performances-- and this took me by surprise -- was the dude from Augustana singing "You Got Lucky." They're not a band I generally have a strong opinion about one way or another, but his voice was sick and he had a commanding presence-- like a subdued Mick Jagger with the wrist at the hips with a dash of Joe Cocker in the vocal tone." [EYTAN]

Jesse Malin, Hymns, Teenage Prayers, The Pierces, and members of Little Joy, Love as Laughter, Longwave (Steve) and Five O'clock Heroes (Anthony) were also among those who performed Tom Petty songs at the show. Most of the Killers were there. It was a night off on their current tour with Wolfmother (who used the evening to play a show at Bowery Electric right down the avenue). Kid Rock was there too (are you scared yet?), but didn't perform. He was in town to play a benefit at Terminal 5 one night earlier. More pictures and some pictures of the setlist below...

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by Ryan Barkan

Miller Chili or mojitos anyone?
DodosMatt and Kim

AC DCPhone wars 2009 - Verizon vs. AT&T. It is always a battle when these two giants square off with their :60 second spots in tow to prove which company provides the best cellular service and coverage. In recent years, Verizon has enlisted the likes of AC/DC and The Killers. Included in the deal with the Aussie rockers was the right to exclusively offer the band's music digitally. On the other side, AT&T has hammered home their phone offerings and 5-bar messages with a spot including a track from Lupe Fiasco featuring Jill Scott, "Daydreamin", one with Mates Of State, and an Amos Lee commercial, among others. Both have recently gone to the licensing well again to soundtrack new technology and coverage, but with different strategies.

Verizon's new "Hub" decided to go the synergy route, using one of the most popular mainstream tunes of the last year, Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours", in multiple spots showcasing the company's new phone technology.

AT&T meanwhile went with different tunes for each of the new 5-bar spots, matching songs with each commercial's creative direction. In "Backpackers", the sentimental "Falling in Love in a Coffeeshop" by Landon Pigg tells the story of two lovers who met on a brief European backpacking trip. However, because of the quality of the service and technology, they not only can stay in touch with great coverage but end up together again with a touching beachfront reunion. Another boxing themed spot brings to mind Rocky with "Gonna Fly Now." Eighties rockers Journey power this commercial for the symphony. Lastly, an inspirational spot based on Venice, CA, store Tom's Shoes. The store has one premise -- each pair of shoes bought equals one free pair for a child in need. The commercial uses an instrumental version of James Blunt's "Same Mistake." Watch that spot here.

Other Notable Commercial Licensing News:

An instant classic commercial from Heineken -- the beer company celebrates responsible drinking (title is called "Let A Stranger Drive You Home") with the help from Biz Markie's "Just A Friend". Watch the spot below.

Beer maker Miller went with San Fran's The Dodos as the music for their new Miller Chill commercial. Watch it below.

"Daylight," a track by Matt & Kim, provides the vibe in a new commercial for Bacardi Mojitos. See it below.

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