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TV Ghost @ Cake Shop in May (more by Chris La Putt)

TV Ghost morphed from discordant post-punk noise to something much more textured on their new album Disconnect (stream it via Spotify). Their live show remains pretty intense, though, and the band have made their way through NYC a couple times this year already, and will do so again this month as part of their tour with Sweden's Holograms. That's a good double-bill and it hits Brooklyn on December 6 at 285 Kent. Tickets are still available.

The band have given us their Top 10 LPs of 2013. In democratic fashion, each of the five members picked two records. Check out their list below...

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by Bill Pearis

The National

Bob's Burgers is not just one of the funniest shows on TV, it's also got some of the best original songs. This past week's episode was all about Thanksgiving, and Gene and Linda wrote a song just for the occasion, called "Gravy Boat" with the odd (but makes sense in their world) chorus of "Sailors in Your Mouth." You can watch it below.

Much like they did last Thanksgiving, the producers of the show have turned over the song to The National who have then turned the happy little ditty into... a somber, weighty-sounding National song. Who says these guys don't have a sense of humor? They made a video for it too, which you can watch over at Entertainment Weekly.

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by Wyatt Marshall

Deafheaven at 285 Kent in July (more by Lukas Hodge)
Deafheaven

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

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

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

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The National at Barclays Center in June (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The National

St. Vincent is the latest artist to review a record on Michael Azerrad's website The Talkhouse. Her target? The new Arcade Fire:

Google search #1: Madonna "Like a Virgin" bass sound.
(The bass sound on "We Exist" vaguely reminded me of Madonna's 1984 classic Like a Virgin.)
Result: Sequential Circuits Prophet 5
(Unconfirmed and will likely need to follow Nile Rodgers on Twitter and hope he @replies to my query directly.)

Unsatisfied, I contacted Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire drummer) and asked what they'd used for the bass. Turns out it was NOT a Prophet but a Korg MS-20 -- the vintage kind, not a new one or Reason, nerds! He even sent me a picture of the exact one! I was glad to have one pressing matter settled, but I continued down a Madonna rabbit hole and downloaded The Immaculate Collection. No "Oh Father"?????? Grievous oversight, Sire Records.

Related search: Is Seymour Stein still alive?
Result: Yes.

"FLASHBULB EYES" IS SUPER SICK AND DUBBY! KING TUBBY?! KING DUBBY?! AM I THE ONLY NON-STONED PERSON TO EVER MAKE THAT PUN?

Google search #2: Very-tall-men-fronted rock*^ bands
(Related: Glenn Danzig height)
*Co-fronted! No disrespect, Regine!
^Catch-all term for music in 2013 featuring at least one guitar
Results: Turns out Bryan Ferry isn't even that tall: 6'1". Some people just seem tall. Also Joey Ramone. (Apple autocorrected this to "ram one" -- usually so puritanical, Apple! Loosening your tie or was that a Joel Osteen-esque slip-up?)

Okay, so maybe "review" is a stretch in this case, but whatever St. Vincent wrote about the album and/or her Google searches is quite a read.

In other St. Vincent news, she is part of the recently-released Boardwalk Empire soundtrack, which also features Elvis Costello, Neko Case, Rufus Wainwright, Patti Smith, and Matt Berninger of The National (among others), and can be streamed HERE.

And speaking of The National songs on soundtracks, after contributing a song to Game of Thrones last year, they now appear on the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack along with Patti Smith, Antony, The Weeknd, and more. The soundtrack will be out on November 19 via Lionsgate/Republic and you can stream The National's contribution, "Lean," now, below...

Continue reading "The National release new song for Hunger Games soundtrack (listen); St. Vincent reviews new Arcade Fire (read)"

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013
The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

The first of two weekends of Austin City Limits went down in Austin over the weekend, a ton of official aftershows included. One of those shows was headlined by The National at Stubb's on Saturday. Thao and The Get Down Stay Down opened. Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver), who was in town to play with his band The Shouting Matches, surprised the lucky crowd by joining the National for their last two songs, "Terrible Love" and "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" (Justin also sings on the album version). National frontman Matt Berninger gave the crowd even more love by jumping into it at the end of the latter. Watch video of both, along with a set of pictures from the show (though no pictures of Justin), and the National's setlist, below....

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Divine Fits / Tame Impala / Franz Ferdinand @ ACL Fest 10/6/2013
ACL Music Festival 2013 - Day 3 - 10/6/2013
ACL Music Festival 2013 - Day 3 - 10/6/2013
ACL Music Festival 2013 - Day 3 - 10/6/2013

Going by evidence presented all weekend at ACL Fest, of all the bands of their generation, Franz Ferdinand might be the only ones with a sense of humor.

You can see it in the deliberately cartoonish oversized guitar amps with huge dials, knobs, and red lights erected in front of their actual backline. You can hear it as they morph one of their songs into Donna Summer's "I Feel Love."

The Glaswegian New Wave revivalists prove a master class in taut, muscular rock & roll and how to engage and entertain even the largest audience. - [Austin Chronicle]

The first weekend of the 2013 ACL Music Festival wrapped up on Sunday (10/6) with another big day of bands, including Phoenix, Atoms for Peace, The National, Tame Impala, Divine Fits, Franz Ferdinand, Toro Y Moi, Dawes, pop superstar Lionel Richie and lots more. Pictures from those bands and other Sunday performers are in this post.

ACL will do it all again -- almost identically -- this coming weekend (October 11 - 13). Many of the bands will be sticking around Texas in between to play official ACL Late Night shows which happen not just in Austin, but Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio too.

Divine Fits will be in NYC this weekend for the CBGB Festival, playing the big free Times Square show on Saturday afternoon (10/12) with My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear and a DJ set from James Murphy.

Pics from ACL day 1 are here (and an additional set of Depeche Mode here), and day 2 are here and here. More pics from day 3 below...

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photos by Paige K. Parsons

Chromatics / Chic / The National w/ Bob Weir @ Outside Lands 8/9/2013
Outside Lands 2013 8/9 - 8/11
Outside Lands 2013 8/9 - 8/11
Outside Lands 2013 8/9 - 8/11

Frontman Matt Berninger strolled into the spotlight in a three-piece suit, sipping what appeared to be a glass of Sauvignon Blanc from any one of the festival's Wine Lands vendors. The band then launched into one of the best sets of the day, breaking into "Fake Empire" within the first three songs and interspersing their typically melancholy lyrical matter with a fun, humorous stage presence (Berninger made sure to note that his daughter's pre-school teacher was in the crowd, putting himself in strong position for the "Best Dad on Stage" award this weekend). And to cap it all off, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead popped up on stage, grabbing a guitar and singing along to the bands' last number.
[Santa Barbara Independent]
The 2013 Outside Lands Festival happened last weekend across seven stages at San Francisco's sprawling Golden Gate Park. The fest kicked off Friday (8/9) and included headliner Paul McCartney, plus sets from Chromatics, The National, Chic (subbing for an ailing D'Angelo), Jessie Ware, Rhye, The Men, Smith Westerns and more. Pictures from their sets are in this post.

Like at Lollapalooza and Firefly, and like we'll be doing again at Bumbershoot, BrooklynVegan was set up each day of Outside Lands in the Soundwave tent where our hosts Christen Thomas and Dave Hill DJ'd, told jokes and interviewed and hosted bands that were playing the fest.

Pics from Outside Lands Day 2 are HERE. More pictures from day one below...

Continue reading "Outside Lands 2013 - Day 1 pics (Paul McCartney, Chromatics, Chic, The National, Rhye, The Men, Smith Westerns & more)"

conan

The National, who have been making the festival rounds lately (like Lollapalooza and Outside Lands and are also up to other things like that Grateful Dead tribute, stopped by Conan last night (8/14) to perform "This Is the Last Time" off their new album, Trouble Will Find Me.

Watch the video of that performance below...

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Outside Lands 2012 (more by Amoreena Lucero)
Outside Lands

Lollapalooza and Osheaga are behind us, but the summer festivals keep rolling on with San Francisco's Outside Lands this weekend (8/9-8/11). The festival is sold out, but if you've already got tickets and are going, you might like to know how to get there, and once you're there, the festival map will help you find your way around inside.

Meanwhile, if you're not going to Outside Lands, but still want to watch the fun go down, you can stream it live on Purevolume. Artists whose sets will stream live include Jessie Ware, The National, Band of Horses, Yeasayer, and more on Friday; Nine Inch Nails, Grizzly Bear, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baauer, Gary Clark Jr and more on Saturday; and Vampire Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dawes, Kurt Vile, Foals, Rudimental, Camper Van Beethoven and more on Sunday.

D'Angelo has officially dropped off the festival, after recently cancelling other shows due to illness. He was replaced by Chic. You know, the band that guy who worked with Daft Punk is in.

The full Outside Lands schedule can be found at their site. Full streaming schedule below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

The National / guy in a unicorn mask
Lollapalooza Day 2 - 8/3/2013
Lollapalooza Day 2 - 8/3/2013

We recently posted day 2 pictures of Lollapalooza 2013, and now we've got shots of some of the other artists from that day, including The National, Matt and Kim, The Lumineers and more, along with more of The Postal Service, Charles Bradley, Reignwolf, and others. Not any of Death Grips though.

The festival is currently on its last day (check out our Sunday preview), and if you're not there, you can stream it live from home.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Lollapalooza coverage, you can check out day 1 pics, more day 1 pics, and another set of day 2 pics.

Update: Day 3 pics (part 1) and day 3 pics (part 2) are up now too.

More of day 2, below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza Day 2 pics (part 2): The National, Matt and Kim, The Lumineers, Charles Bradley, Reignwolf & more"

by Andrew Sacher

Grateful Dead

One of the more polarizing bands, as far as indie rock fans are concerned, is the Grateful Dead. But despite all the hipsters who want to make sure no one thinks they're hippies, there's a big chunk of the indie community who actually likes this band, so it's pretty cool that The National have gathered members from a bunch of great indie bands -- Vampire Weekend, The War on Drugs, Bon Iver, The Walkmen, and Kurt Vile & the Violators -- to participate in a Grateful Dead tribute album, as Relix reports. (They announced it yesterday [8/1], aka Jerry Garcia's birthday.)

Like Dark was the Night, which The National's Dessner brothers also curated, this will benefit AIDS organization Red Hot. But unlike that one, which was a compilation, this one "will hone in on a few all-star ensembles assembled for the project as well as select featured guests." The Relix article continues:

The Dessners also cite Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan as big-name indie guitarists with an affinity for the Dead who'd fit on the album. In 2012, Aaron Dessner, The Walkmen's Walter Martin and the Devendorf brothers performed with Bob Weir at benefit show held at the Dead guitarist's TRI Studios. Vampire Weekend's Chris Tomson has also performed with Weir at TRI while The War on Drugs regularly cover "Touch of Grey." As they mention in the September issue of Relix, the Dessners riffed on "Eyes of the World" for eight hours during their first jam session with Bryan Devendorf in middle school."

"There are all kind of corners of the musical world that are deeply influenced by the Dead that one wouldn't expect," Bryce Dessner says. "Lee Ranaldo is a crazy Deadhead. So that was part of the idea but I think it is broader than that now. Jerry Garcia was a total cat."

Both Lee Ranaldo and Ira Kaplan just helped commemorate the closing of Maxwell's.

Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra just announced two Best Buy Theater shows (11/29-30). Tickets for those are on sale now.

Onetime Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is taking his Mickey Hart Band to Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on September 21. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter is playing a few Northeast shows this year, including 9/26 at The Paramount (tickets), 10/5 at Capitol Theatre (tickets), and 10/10 at Town Hall (tickets). All dates are listed below.

And, both Vampire Weekend (tickets) and Kurt Vile (tickets) are each about to play their biggest NYC shows yet this fall.

Watch a video of members of The National performing with the Dead's Bob Weir in 2012, below...

Continue reading "The National enlist members of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Kurt Vile, Walkmen & War on Drugs for Grateful Dead tribute"

Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Tame Impala

We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.

If you wanna see if you agree with Rolling Stone's assertions, you can catch some of the artists who made their list in NYC soon, like Tame Impala, Fiona Apple, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, and more.

Check out the full list below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

Ecstatic Summer @ Brookfield Place Plaza - 6/30/2013
Ecstatic Summer @ Brookfield Place Plaza - 6/30/2013
Ecstatic Summer @ Brookfield Place Plaza - 6/30/2013

Indie/classical concert Ecstatic Summer 2013 went down last month over the course of two evenings (6/29-30) as part of the free River to River Festival. The concert featured premiere compositions from Holly, Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Reggie Pace (Bon Iver), Dave Douglas, Susie Ibarra, Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family), People Get Ready, and Son Lux performed by members of The National, yMusic, Plastic Ono Band, and more. The show featured some unconventional percussion, including synchronized ping pong players. Originally scheduled to happen outdoors at the Brookfield Place Plaza, the events were moved inside due to the weather forecast (which ended up being sunny). Pictures of the second day are in this post.

They continue below...

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Holly Herndon at MoMA PS1 in 2012 (more by Robert Altman)
Holly Herndon

On November 4, Le Poisson Rouge is teaming up with Wordless Music to present a pretty cool bill that should appeal to fans of indie/classical crossover. The show will be headlined by vocal octet Roomful of Teeth (who have worked with tUnE-yArDs), who will be performing the world premiere of Caroline Shaw's "Partita," in addition to works by Caleb Burhans, Brad Wells, and William Brittelle. Opening the show will be experimental musician Holly Herndon, whose newest album, Movement, was released last year via RNG Intl. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now.

Holly is also taking part in Ecstatic Summer 2013, which happens at Brookfield Place Plaza on Saturday (6/29) and Sunday (6/30) as part of the River to River Festival. There will be premiere compositions from Holly, Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Reggie Pace (Bon Iver), Dave Douglas, Susie Ibarra, Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family), People Get Ready, and Son Lux. The pieces will be performed by members of The National, yMusic, Plastic Ono Band, and more. Like all RIver to River events, this one is free and open to the public. 5 PM start. Check out the full list of compositions being premiered, below.

In related news, Wordless Music is also presenting the previously discussed Oneohtrix Point Never show happening in NYC on September 17 at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral (113 Remsen St). OPN is releasing his new album, R Plus Seven, on September 30 via Warp, and he recently revealed an excerpt of a new song, "Still Life." You can listen to that below.

Continue reading "Roomful of Teeth & Holly Herndon playing LPR; Oneohtrix Point Never released a new song; Ecstatic Summer this weekend"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Tom Petty / Kendrick Lamar / Tame Impala @ Bonnaroo 6/16/2013
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 4
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 4
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 4

Bonnaroo 2013 wrapped up on Sunday (6/16) with main stage action from Tom Petty, David Byrne & St. Vincent, The National (who played NXNE just two days before), Tame Impala, Kendrick Lamar and more. Pictures from their sets -- and others -- are below.

On the smaller stages, Bonnaroo crowds were treated to Royal Thunder, White Lung, and famed mustache enthusiast John Oates. The Comedy Theatre had Bob Saget working with Jared Logan and The Improvised Shakespeare Company, and in the Cinema Tent had Mistaken For Strangers, the documentary about National singer Matt Berninger and his brother, Tom (who directed the film).

Pics from Day 1 are HERE, Day 2 are HERE and Day 3 are HERE. More photos from Sunday are below.

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2013 day 4 in pics: Tom Petty, Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, David Byrne & St. Vincent, The National ++ more"

photos by David Andrako

The National @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 6/14/2013
NXNE 2013, Day 2
NXNE 2013, Day 2

While the Northside Festival was going on here in Brooklyn, and Bonnaroo was going on in Tennessee, Toronto was hosting its annual NXNE festival. Day 2 of NXNE had some great shows like Buke & Gase and more at Horseshoe Tavern, Julian Lynch/Luyas, Majical Cloudz and more at Sneaky Dee's (pictures of both of those coming soon), Odonis Odonis, The Soft Moon and more at The Garrison, and more. It also had one of the most exciting free Yonge-Dundas Square concerts of the weekend with headliners The National. Pictures of that show (including openers CTZNSHP and Hayden) are in this post.

We already posted NXNE day 1 pics, more day 2 pictures are HERE and more coverage is still on the way. More pictures of the National's Yonge-Dundas Square show below...

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by Bill Pearis

The Polyphonic Spree at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Polyphonic Spree

As you may know, Bonnaroo is happening this weekend in Manchester, TN, kicking off today (6/13) and going through Sunday (6/16) across a dozen or so stages and tents. Everybody knows about the big names -- that include Paul McCartney, Bjork, Tom Petty and many more (stream it live) -- but there are some  cool things going on away from the main stages, too

The Polyphonic Spree (who played a BVSXSW day party this year) play the Cinema Tent tonight (6/13) at 11 PM, performing The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack in its entirety (!). Then the band are doing a second secret Bonnaroo set at 2 AM by the Fountain.

There's actually a lot of cool stuff going on in the Cinema Tent. Matt & Kim will host a panel discussion called "How to Make a Fun Music Video" where they'll also perform live (Thursday, 4:30 PM); Mike Birbiglia (who performs in the Bonnaroo Comedy Theatre) will present his terrific film Sleepwalk with Me (Friday, 5:45 PM); Reno 911/The State folks Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant will show their new comedy, Hell Baby (Friday, 11:55 PM); Police Academy human sound effects machine Michael Winslow will perform on Friday (9:10 PM); and The National's Matt Berninger will present the new documentary, Mistaken For Strangers (6/16, noon).

Chris Gethard, who famously walked to Bonnaroo from L.A. last year, will be doing a bunch of things there this year:

Last year I did The Chris Gethard Show which is an experimental, crazy thing, but this time it's just stand-up. I have a pretty in-depth exploration of my Bonnaroo experience last year that I may tell on stage and see how the crowd likes it. I would call my act stand-up but I'm less of a joke writer and more on the confessional, philosophizing or whatever end. They're true stories. I'm playing Thursday and Friday. Then Saturday I'm hosting a look at public access TV with clips from my show and other public access shows that inspired mine. Things like Uncle Floyd--which I grew up with in New Jersey--and Chic-a-Go-Go from Chicago. Also, clips from my favorite prank call footage on various public access shows. And a lot of it will be clips from The Chris Gethard Show that I'm really proud of. But overall I just want to have fun and meet a lot more people. - [Fuse]
Other comedy things -- besides what BV's Klaus Kinski already wrote about -- include The Improvised Shakespeare Company, who combine improv comedy with Elizabethan theatre, will be performing with Bob Saget for two performances on Sunday. Should be interesting.

There's good music away from the three main stages too: Deer Tick cohort Jonny Fritz (formerly Corndawg) will be tonight (New Music On Tap Lounge, 10 PM) and Friday (Sonic Stage, 12:45 PM); Ex Cops play the New Music On Tap Lounge on Friday at 8 PM; Canada's awesome White Lung play the Cafe Where? stage on Sunday at 7:45 PM; and Georgia rockers Royal Thunder play the New Music On Tap Lounge on Sunday at 8 PM. And look out for Mac DeMarco all over the place.

And last but not least, John Oates is the butt of a lot of good-natured ribbing, but you'll get to hear his side of the story when he performs and participates in a Q&A on the Solar Stage on Friday at 5 PM. Here's you chance to learn the real story behind "Maneater" without constant interjections by Daryl Hall.

Check out the full Bonnaroo Schedule (scroll down, down down for smaller stages) for more.

by Klaus Kinski

Letterman

For those keeping score, your man Klaus has played drums in many many unpopular and unsignable bands since 1991. I've dragged my 1964 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl 4 piece kit (2nd rack tom not shown) with 1965 Gretsch snare (all of which were purchased in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts for $175) from one end of the earth (the Northeast) to the other (the Midwest mostly) hundreds of times. 'Tis a gorgeous kit, in phenomenal condition, and I have endured hundreds if not millions of compliments regarding it's eye-watering beauty. I am a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. And I'm a man who appreciates a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. Therefore, I am a man who appreciates this wonderful compilation video featuring the great David Letterman appreciating his various musical guest's gear, focusing primarily, but not exclusively, drums. The video, and a list of who is in it, including GBV, Feist, Beirut, James Blake, The Strokes, Mastodon, St. Vincent, and many many more, is below. Behold!

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NXNE

While Bonnaroo is happening in Tennessee and Northside is going down here in Brooklyn, up in Toronto, ON it's time again for NXNE. Much like SXSW, the festival spans film, interactive, comedy and art, but the music portion runs tonight (6/12) and runs through Sunday (6/16) at various venues all over city. The centerpieces are the free big concerts thrown at Younge Dundas Square. This year's Social Distortion on Thursday (6/13), The National on Friday (6/14), Billy Talent on Saturday (6/15), and Ludacris with Joey Bada$$, Deniro Farrar, The Underachievers, Fat Tony, and more on Sunday (6/16).

Our friends at M for Montreal are throwing two parties at NXNE. The first is at Sneaky Dee's on Friday with with Mauves, Webster, UN, Brazos, plus Julian Lynch and The Luyas who are on a collaborative tour (that plays Northside too). There's also a "special guest" at 2 AM and for the real partiers, Psyche Tounge at 3 AM.

Then on Saturday (6/15) its the Panache Booking and M for Montreal Bruise Cruise (which they did last year too) with Mikal Cronin, We are Wolves, Odonis Odonis and Fat Tony... on a boat! Flyer for both parties is below.

There are over 1000 acts playing NXNE this year, including Fucked Up, Dan Deacon, Villagers, Still Corners, FLAG, Mikal Cronin, Calexico, Why?, Merchandise, just to name a new -- check out the full NXNE schedule. BV photographer David Andrako will be there covering the action so look for pictures in the coming days.

Sloan, who moved from Halifax, NS to Toronto a long time ago, are celebrating the 21st anniversary of their label, murderecords, with a party at Great Hall on Friday June 14. Sloan will perform the entirety of their first EP, Peppermint, which was the label's innagural release, The Super Friendz (which at times included Sloan's Chris Murphy) and and Mike O'Neill who some of you may remember from his '90s band The Inbreds. There's also a limited-edition box set of murderecords 12 7" singles they released in the '90s that will come with a commemorative book. Only 500 of these are being made and will go on sale next week via Sloan's Website. Sloan, you may remember, also recently released a hardcore tribute 7". You can check out a video about the murderecords box set, along with a flyer for the NXNE party, below.

In addition to those free shows (and the other ones we mentioned above), there's a bunch of other shows we're looking forward to at NXNE. Take a look at what those are, and where/when you can see them, below...

Continue reading "NXNE is kicking off in Toronto this week: The National, Bruise Cruise, Sloan 'murderecords' party & more"

Savages at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Sasvages

As mentioned, Savages are going on a tour this summer, which includes a NYC show happening at Webster Hall on July 11 (sold out). The band is coming back to North America in September to play Detroit's Laneway Festival and will be stopping in NYC on the way there for their biggest show here yet: Terminal 5 on September 12. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/14) at noon.

This is the inaugural Detroit Laneway Festival (which has happened in other cites since 2004) which will take place at Meadow Brook in Rochester Hills, Michigan. The line-up also includes The National, Sigur Ros, Alunageorge, Charli XCX, Chet Faker, Chvrches, Deerhunter, The Dismemberment Plan, Flume, Frightened Rabbit, Haerts, Icona Pop, My Brightest Diamond, Phosphorescent, Run The Jewels (El-P + Killer Mike), Solange, Warpaint, Washed Out, and Youth Lagoon. Tickets for the are on sale now.

Updated dates are listed, along with the videos of Savages performing two songs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, below...

Continue reading "Savages playing Terminal 5 in September before Detroit's Laneway Festival (updated dates & lineup)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin; words by Bill Pearis

The National @ Barclays Center, 6/5/2013
The National
The National
Youth Lagoon

"We've played probably 35 different venues in New York over the years. Tonight we just wanted to go back to our roots, where it all began," joked Matt Berninger from the stage last night (6/5) of the still brand-new and massive Barclays Center arena. Having played a handful of surprise shows at tiny NYC venues on the day of their new album's release, The National were here for their their big league moment, playing their largest hometown show to date. While it wasn't sold-out, it was pretty full. The band definitely have the scope for an arena show like this, making the sort of anthemic, widescreen rock that fills a huge, boomy room.

While I didn't have the worst seats in the house, I was pretty far away from the stage so I can't comment so much on performances, but I thought it sounded pretty good, even from the nosebleeds. They definitely had an impressive light show, with a giant LCD screen behind them that combined pre-made films with the band's live performance. Really well-done.

Including the four-song encore, The National, with a string and brass section in tow, played 24 songs. Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent), fresh off the plane, apparently, came out to sing on "This is the Last Time" from the new Trouble Will Find Me. The band also did "Sorrow," which Berninger said was "probably the most rehearsed song on the tour."

The National's tour rolls on, playing Merriweather Post Pavillion in Baltimore tonight (6/6). The setlist and more pictures from Barclays -- including openers Youth Lagoon (who I missed) -- below...

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Daughter at Mercury Lounge, CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Daughter

UK group Daughter have clearly gotten a lot more popular. The band, who were here just a month ago for two shows at Bowery Ballroom, will return this fall for a North American headlining tour whose stop in NYC will be at Terminal 5 on October 5. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (6/5) at noon with the general on-sale happening Friday (6/7) at noon.

All tour dates, including a few opening for The National, are listed below.

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Daft Punk

Daft Punk are back, as you know because you don't live in a cave with no internet or cell service, but now it's officially in a big way. The duo's new album, Random Access Memories, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album Chart, selling 339,000 copies their first week. The single, "Get Lucky," is currently at #10 on the Hot 100.

The National's Trouble Will Find Me did pretty well its debut week two, enough for it to hit #3 with 75,000 copies. Sandwiched in between is former Hootie & the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker whose new solo album, True Believers, sold 83,000 copies putting it at #2. The #4 and #5 slots are held by rapper French Montana's Excuse My French and The Great Gatsby soundtrack.

Last week's #1, Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City, fell to #7.

Still no word on Daft Punk touring plans. What gives?

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rainy Saturday at Boston Calling Music Festival (via Kevin Begley)
Boston Calling

The first-ever Boston Calling Music Festival went down over the weekend (5/25-26) at Boston's City Hall Plaza. It was headlined by The National (whose Aaron Dessner also curated it, and who just did lots of album celebrating in NYC), and also included sets by The National's tourmates Dirty Projectors, The Shins (who also played a NYC show this past weekend), The Walkmen (who play a free show during Northside), Youth Lagoon (who open The National's Barclays Center show), and more.

Despite the rain and cold temperatures we were faced with over the weekend, the inaugural festival still seemed to be a success and festival organizers have already announced that Boston Calling will return this fall on September 7 and 8. The fall lineup is being headlined by Vampire Weekend on the Saturday, along with sets by Local Natives, The Gaslight Anthem, Bat For Lashes, Deer Tick, Okkervil River, and more; and headlined by Passion Pit on the Sunday, along with sets from Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer, Solange, Flosstradamus, Flume, and more. Full lineup below (via Pitchfork).

Early bird 2-day passes go on sale Friday (5/31) at 10 AM and single day tickets go on sale June 7.

Both Local Natives and Kendrick Lamar also play NYC festival Governors Ball in June, which is only one of Kendrick's upcoming festival appearances in the NYC-area. Vampire Weekend and Solange play a NYC show together, and Solange also plays a free show during Northside. Major Lazer and Flosstradamus will hit NYC for their Mad Decent Block Party. And The Gaslight Anthem play two NYC shows this summer too.

Full Boston Calling fall lineup and flyer below...

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by Bill Pearis

People Get Ready @ MHOW, 2/1/2013 (more by David Andrako)
PGR

Art pop combo People Get Ready have a new EP, Zelda Maria, out now. The title track comes from last year's self-titled debut and a video for that song has just been released as well. Working with acclaimed choreographer Tere O'Connor and video artist Ty Flowers, the clip is retrofuturistic without relying on old VHS-style tropes. You can watch it below.

The band, who are equally known for occasionally doing special, highly-choreographed lives shows (watch one below), recently played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry and are currently opening for The National (in more traditional rock band mode) on a few dates. While that does not include The National's show at Barclays Center, People Get Ready are also playing Tropfest in Prospect Park on June 22 with Chairlift and Bear in Heaven. Free tickets are still available.

Tour dates are listed, along with videos, below...

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