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by Bill Pearis

Rock Lottery

The fourth-annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery will happen December 7 at Knitting Factory. As before...

The premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.
While the full participating musician list hasn't been released yet, look for this year's Rock Lottery to include members of Small Black, Here We Go Magic, Porcelain Raft, Balkan Beat Box, Oneida, The Make-Up, Rainer Maria, and Cave In. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds benefit the Willie Mae Rock Camp.

I went to last year's Rock Lottery and thought it was a lot of fun. You can check out a video feature on it below.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Sigur Ros / Bat For Lashes / Spiritualized
Coachella 2013 - Day 2
Coachella 2013 - Day 2
Coachella 2013 - Day 2

"It was a mixed bag for veteran acts on Saturday. On one hand, The Evens, featuring ex-Minor Threat and Fugazi man Ian MacKaye, drew a respectable (and respectful) Gobi Tent crowd early in the day; the Descendents' influential melodic-punk found a fairly large following at the Outdoor Theatre under the stars; and New Order brought a solid throng along for its night-capping Mojave Tent performance (despite going up against headlining Phoenix and post-rock favorites Sigur Rós, among others). But reunited D.C. garage-soul outfit The Make-Up, underground hip-hop icon El-P and British ska survivors The Selecter played to some of the weekend's sparsest audiences in the Gobi Tent." [Las Vegas Weekly]
Coachella 2013, now streaming live, continued on Saturday with the previously discussed sets by Phoenix (and R Kelly) and The Postal Service (Jenny Lewis included), as well as Sigur Ros, Bat For Lashes, Major Lazer, Descendents, 2 Chainz, Savages, The Evens, and many more. Pictures from Friday are HERE and HERE.

UPDATE: Pictures from Sunday are HERE.

Saturday photos are in this post and continue below...

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Postal Service
Postal

We mentioned that Blur and The Stone Roses are reuniting for Coachella 2013, and as usual there some other interesting reunions at the festival too.

Violent Femmes, who called it quits in 2009, appeared on the lineup announcement. Unlike Blur or The Stone Roses, this is the first we're hearing about them getting back together, so hopefully we'll get some more shows from them. They last played NYC in 2007. Some classic Violent Femmes videos are below.

As promised, The Postal Service are in fact confirmed for Coachella. They recently confirmed their 2013 reunion, and are also part of the Primavera Sound lineup.

It wasn't even two full years ago that Nick Cave said he was done with his Grinderman project for a while, and we know that The Bad Seeds are back this year (and also playing Coachella), but he's got Grinderman on the lineup too. Grinderman plays day 1 and the Bad Seeds play day 3.

One of Ian Svenonius' many bands, The Make-Up, reunited last year and played ATP NYC, and they're also included on this year's Coachella lineup. Meanwhile, you can catch Ian in NYC on his book tour tonight (1/25) at LPR and Monday (1/28) at WORD Bookstore.

New Order (without Peter Hook) made their live return last year, and after releasing their "lost" album, Lost Sirens, this year, they were announced for Coachella as well. The way things have been going, we probably can't count on Hook being there, but like Ian Svenonius, you can catch him in NYC on Monday (1/28) for his book talk.

Fellow new wave icons Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (aka OMD) returned in 2010 and they're promising a new album out on April 9, just before Coachella begins. They've also talked about a North American tour, which presumably will be announced soon with dates surrounding the festival.

Descendents have been back for a little while at this point, but a reunion show from them is always exciting, and this year's Coachella should be no exception.

Dead Can Dance have been back for a bit too, having released a new album, Anastasis, and gone on a tour last year, and they'll be at Coachella this year as well. They're also playing Primavera Sound and just launched a video competition.

Two-Tone legends The Selector (they shared a side of the label's first-ever 7") will play as well. The band have reformed a few times over the years, with different members offer rival versions of the band. Singer Pauline Black and Gaps Hendrickson feature in the line-up coming to Coachella.

And maybe most surprsingly on this list of Coachella reunions is The Three O'Clock who were intregral in the '80s "paisley underground" scene in Los Angeles. Fronted by bassist Michael Querico, the band made 1985's cult classic Arrive Without Traveling, ended up signed to Prince's Paisley Park records where they made one album before breaking up in 1988.

LA hip hop collective Jurassic 5 are also reuniting for Coachella. More on that and other hip hop at this year's festival coming later.

Violent Femmes videos below...

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photos by Erik Erikson

The Make-Up / Godspeed at ATP NY, 9/23/2012
The Make-Up
Godspeed You! Black Emperor

The festival's best music tried to knock you off your equilibrium. This happened most often on Sunday. The Psychic Paramount got levitating within a few minutes; Benjamin John Power, also known as the English one-man laptop-electronics project Blanck Mass, produced layers of drone, with twinkling rising tones inside of melodic cycles, at fantastic, physically massaging levels of volume; Thee Oh Sees, from San Francisco, played its revved, mutated, scurfed-out garage-rock, controlled and stretched at will by the singer, guitarist and bandleader John Dwyer, who has an intense relationship with his wide-range voice and his gear. (They're not getting rich, but a tighter rock band you will rarely see.) And Godspeed You! Black Emperor played its three-guitar, two-drummer, one-violin electric dirges for two hours -- repeating vamps, clobbering dynamics, in front of film loops of urban decay and antiwar demonstrations. It's powerful, until it's grandiose. - [NY Times]
As promised here are more pictures from the third day (9/23 )of ATP NY, including shots of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, a reunited The Make-Up (their only NYC show), Hot Snakes and more. There is also a second set of pictures from Friday (9/21), including Frank Ocean and Philip Glass, below as well.

More pics and review of Sunday are here and Friday (9/21) here.

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Grab & Root and Growl

In this fiercely divided election year, The Citizens Band is releasing Grab A Root and Growl, a musical call to action for those discouraged by the increasingly vitriolic campaigns across the country. Over 16 tracks of classic interpretations and original songs, the band declares war on apathy, and seeks to remind the country why democracy matters.
The Citizens Band currently has snippets of Grab A Root and Growl streaming at their webstore, where shockingly you can preorder your copy as well. In addition to the upcoming release on this election year, Citizens Band will also take to the streets with shows in NY and LA in the coming months. Look for the band to play Los Angeles on 9/19 at Avalon and a four day residency in NYC at Abrons Arts Center 0n 10/24 - 10/27 (tickets). The Abrons Art Center site lists members of The Citizens Band (including Karen Elson, Zoe Kravitz, Nina Persson, Rain Phoenix and many many others), but not contributor Craig Wedren (Shudder to Think, etc). No word on if he'll be in attendance at the NYC or the LA dates.

While we're on the subject of Dischord Records alumni, a reminder that the members of Ian Svenonious' great late-'90s mod band Make-Up will reunite to play ATP I'll Be Your Mirror on 9/23. In addition, the band will also play a one-off date in their homebase of DC at The Black Cat on September 20 (tickets).

And finally while we're on the subject of Dischord, the previously discussed Salad Days documentary on DC punk rock is hopefully coming to fruition, that's if they raise enough funds via kickstarter.

Your donations will offset the upcoming costs of editing, animation, graphics, mastering, color correction, sound editing, travel and more. We have a daunting task ahead of us--and yet we're so passionate about telling this story that we're anxious to share it with the world as soon as we can. We hope SALAD DAYS will see a Q3 2013 release and we have high hopes for its festival run. Thanks in advance for your support--we can't do it without you!
Best of luck to Salad Days who is currently at close to 6k of their 32k goal with 29 days left to go. Head below for a video on the project and to kickstarter to contribute.

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