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by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

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We love year-end lists -- reading them, making them, arguing about them. BrooklynVegan editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis have once again figured out their favorite albums of the year which you can check out, with commentary, below. Someday we may be able to come to an agreement on an official BV year-end list, but as you'll see there's not a lot of commonality between their two lists. (Specifically, there is zero commonality.) Which is ok! Diff'rent Strokes to rule the world. This year, they've also added their Top 20 favorite songs as well.

Find out what made their lists, below...

Continue reading "Our Favorite Albums & Tracks of 2014"

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Photo: Operators in Central Park in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)

As discussed, Dan Boeckner's current band Operators are set to support the upcoming Future Islands tour, including the NYC shows on January 8 & 9 at Terminal 5 (night 1 still on sale, night 2 sold out). Right before those shows, Operators will play their own NYC show on January 5 at Baby's All Right, the same place they made their NYC debut at the BV Northside show in June. Tickets for the Baby's show are on sale now.

After the Future Islands tour, Operators will hook up with The New Pornographers for a run of February dates. Nothing in NYC, but there's a few other Northeast shows on that tour. All dates are listed, with a stream of their track "True," below...

Continue reading "Operators playing Baby's before Future Islands tour, then touring with The New Pornographers (updated dates)"

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As mentioned, Tom Scharpling's much loved, much missed The Best Show makes its return tonight (12/16) in live podcast form with the whole gang (Mike, Gary, Roy, Vance) in tow. Listen (and call in) live tonight from 9 PM - midnight. It will be available as a podcast as well through iTunes, etc. You can also relive some (ok, a whole lot) of Tom and comedy partner Jon Wurster's finest bits from The Best Show's WFMU years on the 16-disc The Best of the Best Show box set which will be out in March via the Numero Group.

While making sure he has all his mics plugged in and ducks in order, Tom put together a Top 10 For 2014 list just for us:

I kept my head down and didn't go out a whole lot so my list might not be as diverse as it would have been in past years. (Sorry, 4:35 PM!). These were some of the things I loved this year that I remembered before other things.
Scharpling's list includes albums, live shows, movies and TV, and commentary as well. Read the whole thing below...

Continue reading "Tom Scharpling tells us his "Top 10 For 2014"; new online version of 'The Best Show' debuts tonight"

Pitchfork

Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.

Check out the full list below...

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SPIN

SPIN returned with their Top Albums of 2014 list today. It's got a lot of the indie albums that usually show up on these lists (Caribou, Future Islands, FKA twigs, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, How to Dress Well, Swans, St. Vincent, Real Estate, etc), a handful of rap albums (YG, Young Thug, Shabazz Palaces, Run the Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, etc), metal (Pallbearer), punk (Against Me!, Joyce Manor), mainstream pop (Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert), and a couple headscratchers (Betty Who at #11?). You-know-who scores the #1 slot once again here. Check it out for yourself below.

Continue reading "SPIN's Top 50 Albums of 2014"

Uncut

We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.

Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "Uncut's Top 75 Albums of 2014"

photos by Chris La Putt

"Would it be cool if @TheNewPornos play for too long tonight in NYC? I'm thinking we should really wear out our welcome." - AC Newman

New Pornographers / TPOBPAH @ Hammerstein Ballroom 11/17/2014
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Carl Newman wasn't kidding about a lengthy set. The New Pornographers have been playing upwards of 30 songs on their current tour, and did so at Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday (11/17), including 10 of Brill Bruisers' 13 songs. With Neko Case and Dan Bejar both on this tour, it's made for a very fan-friendly, hit-filled time.

Opening this show and the whole tour were The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, whose lineup currently features frontman Kip Berman's cousin Elspeth on backing vocals. Pictures of both bands from the Hammerstein show are in this post.

You can catch TPOBPAH again in NYC soon -- they play Glasslands on Monday (11/24) with Hooray For Earth, GABI, and related band Ablebody. Tickets are still available and it's one of the special shows Glasslands is doing before they close at the end of the year.

More pictures from Hammerstein and New Pornographers' setlist, below...

Continue reading "The New Pornographers played Hammerstein with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (pics, setlist)"

photos by Tim Griffin

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Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.

Now we've got pics of the whole three days on BV Austin. Check out day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE and day 3 HERE.

The New Pornographers with new drummer in Columbus last month (via @JoeSeiders)
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As mentioned The New Pornographers' longtime drummer Kurt Dahle left the band abruptly in September, just a few days after playing NYC's The Brill Building. The band have replaced him (on this tour at least) with Joe Seiders of Beat Club who has also played drums for Tracy Bonham, Juliana Hatfield, and others.

In other member shuffle news, Amber Webber of Black Mountain and Lightning Dust filled in for an absent Neko Case on their two recent Vancouver shows, but Neko rejoins the band tonight (10/6) in Seattle at The Showbox. (They played live on KEXP earlier today, look for archive video soon.) They'll be at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 17 with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (tickets).

by Bill Pearis

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One of the catchiest songs on The New Pornographers' Brill Bruisers (an album filled with super-catchy songs) is "Dancehall Domine" which is the new single and just got a video from directorial team Leblanc + Cudmore. It's a hodgepodge of ideas but all very stylishly shot in widescreen. Says one half of the directorial team, Scott Cudmore:

Sometimes I like watching the b-roll or behind the scenes or outtakes on DVDs and blu-rays...'Dancehall Domine' is meant to feel like a whole bunch of those clips sort of strung together as if they're taken from some fucked up Italian or French musical maybe. Or a bunch of fragments from films like that--thrillers, bad romances, in one case we're clearly referencing Clouzot's famous L'enfer tests. We even have the man himself in there!
It's about time someone referenced L'enfer in a New Pornographers video! Watch it below.

You can catch New Pornographers (with new yet-unnamed drummer) when their tour hits NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 17 (tickets) with Pains of Being Pure at Heart. All dates are listed, along with the new video, below...

Continue reading "The New Pornographers made a video for "Dancehall Domine" (watch)"

by Bill Pearis

Kurt Dahle w/ The New Pornographers @ The Brill Building (more by Chris La Putt)
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Not the best known member of The New Pornographers, but drummer Kurt Dahle was maybe the most fun to watch live, making funny faces while dropping fills, never missing a beat. With that it's sad news that the band posted on their Facebook over the weekend:

Kurt Dahle is leaving the New Pornographers. It has been a great 15 years playing with an amazing drummer, singer and performer. We wish him the best.

Everything is still full steam ahead with the band and we look forward to continued rocking and singing of songs.

Well that is a bummer. Dahle was with them just ten days ago when they played The Brill Building. Kurt, we'll miss seeing those faces when The New Pornographers' fall tour hits NYC in November.

No word on his replacement yet. (Jon Wurster, what are you doing this fall?) Video of Dahle behind the kit from earlier this summer, below...

Continue reading "The New Pornographers drummer Kurt Dahle leaves the band"

by Bill Pearis

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The New Pornographers played the Brill Building last week and NPR now has pro video up of the entire show.

While there, the band's chief songwriter, Carl "AC" Newman, applied for a job as a hitmaker in the pop landmark's storied offices. Apparently there's only one songwriting team (Julie Klausner and Anthony Atamanuik) left in the building and they've been relegated to not the nicest space there. (The heyday of Leiber/Stoller and Goffin/King it ain't.) Needless to say, Newman won't be quitting his day job. Watch his video encounter, written by Jake Fogelnest for Funny or Die, below.

You can catch The New Pornographers live when their tour with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart hits NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 17 (tickets).

Continue reading "AC Newman tries out for a songwriting job at The Brill Building ++ watch New Pornographers' Brill Building set (video)"

photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

The New Pornographers @ The Brill Building 9/4/2014
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"This is a throwback to those classic Brill Building basement shows...you know, like when Carol King would do Sonics' covers? It's in the book. That I'm going to write." Carl Newman, defacto leader of Canadian supergroup The New Pornographers, was joking about the deserted Brill Building storefront (technically next door to the famous golden BB entrance) that was hastily converted into a venue for this record release party. Anyone there who bothered to look up could see up into the next floor via holes by the building supports. Same for the floor -- Newman warned "Please don't fall into the abyss!" This was closer in vibe -- and in un-AC'd temperature -- to 285 Kent than something you'd expect in Times Square. It was HOT in there but a cool nod to pop songwriting's past that clearly is an influence on The New Pornographers in general and their great new album, Brill Bruisers, specifically.

The show, which was presented by NPR and hosted by All Songs Considered's (and nonstop showgoer) Bob Boilen, featured The New Pornographers in full effect, with Neko Case and Dan Bejar both there, along with the rest of the band, including new touring member Coco Hames (of The Ettes). (NPR gave away tickets via Twitter.) The band sounded fantastic and they were all clearly having a blast, despite the sweatbox atmosphere. Drummer Kurt Dahle, in particular, seemed to be having a particularly good time, making faces while dropping crazy fills on new LP track, "Spidyr." (I think I spent half the show just watching him.)

The crowd was eased into the new album, starting with a couple oldies first -- "Moves" from Together then Bejar sauntered out for Challengers' nugget "Myriad Harbor." Then we got our first taste of Brill via the driving "Dancefloor Domine," which is a good showcase for the new arpeggiated-keys-ELO-ABBA vibe of the new album. We got about half of Brill Bruisers, including the title track which is much more a wall-of-sound force live than on record. (They played it on Letterman the night before, video below.) Bejar came back out for single "War on the East Coast" which was extra-energized by some crazy/effected guitar blasts by Newman.

Other older tracks included "The Laws Have Changed," "Twin Cinema," "Mass Romantic" (many cheers for that), and they finished the hourlong set with the "hey las" of Twin Cinema deep cut "The Bleeding Heart Show." I woulda personally liked a couple more from the new album -- specifically "Champions of Red Wine" and "Marching Orders" -- but it was a solid, leave 'em wanting more set and was easily the best New Pornographers show I've seen since the Electric Version tour.

The New Pornographers -- with Neko and Dan -- will be back in NYC when their fall tour hits Hammerstein Ballroom on November 17 with openers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (tickets). More pics and setlist from the Brill Building show, plus the Letterman performance video, below...

Continue reading "The New Pornographers played The Brill Building & 'Letterman' (pics, setlist, video)"

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The New Pornographer's great new album, Brill Bruisers, is out today on Matador and if you haven't dug into it yet, you can stream it via Rdio. The band will be in NYC next week to play The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday, September 3. They'll be sticking around the Times Square area the next night to play a special title-appropriate show: The Brill Building on September 4. That, of course, in the '50s and '60s was home to some of the greatest pop songwriters of all time (Goffin and King, Leiber and Stoller, Neil Diamond, Paul Simon and more). For a chance to get in the tiny space, follow NPR or The New Pornographers on Twitter. (They're doing trivia questions as we speak.) NPR will also have video and audio from the show up afterwards.

September 4 is busy day for big bands playing tiny shows, with Interpol at Bowery Ballroom as well. The New Pornographers will be back in NYC on November 17 at Hammerstein Ballroom with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (tickets).

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The New Pornographers' new album, Brill Bruisers, comes out next week (8/26) via Matador, and it can now be streamed ahead of its release date on iTunes Radio.

Their upcoming tour hits NYC on November 17 at Hammerstein Ballroom, which (like most dates), is with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. There's also a Detroit show with Perfect Pussy and Pity Sex.

List of dates and a video from the LP, below...

Continue reading "New Pornographers streaming new LP (listen)"

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Move over, James Murphy. The indie rock coffee competition is getting more crowded. In conjunction with their new album, Brill Bruisers, The New Pornographers have partnered with Intelligentsia Coffee on a limited edition signature blend called Brill Brew. Says bandleader AC Newman:

As absurd as it may seem for us to have a signature blend, I think it is important that there is some sort of marker, some flag planted in the earth, so that whoever walks into Intelligentsia, whoever drinks this, will know: 'The New Pornographers really really loved coffee.'
A 12oz bag of Brill Brew is $19.95 and comes with a download card for the new album. What does Brill Brew taste like? Stephen Morrissey (not that one)of Intelligentsia Coffee says:
After hearing The New Pornographers visit our coffee bars when they're in town, we invited them to choose an exclusive lot to call their own in celebration of their new album, Brill Bruisers. Carl tasted samples with us in the garden of our Chelsea shop in New York and chose a Kenya coffee grown by Harrison Kiongo Miti. Flavors of mango, nectarine and green apple shine in this cheerful and sweet coffee.
For those not near an Intelligentsia store, Brill Brew can be ordered online. It and the album will be available August 26.

Perhaps The New Pornographers will be selling it at their merch table on tour too? They play November 19 at Hammerstein Ballroom with openersThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Tickets are still available.

While its brewing, check out the "War on the East Coast" video below...

Continue reading "New Pornographers getting 'Brill Brew' signature coffee blend"

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Sounds like show bookers in Detroit are definitely amusing themselves!

The Detroit show is September 6th. Most of New Porn's tour is later in the fall, and with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

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The New Pornographers declare "War on the East Coast" in post-apocalyptic new video (watch)

by Bill Pearis

War on the East Coast

The New Pornagraphers have just released the video for "War on the East Coast" from their forthcoming Brill Bruisers album (8/25, Matador). The video was directed by Thom Glunt and takes the title literally, droping some slo-mo The Purge-style mayhem across LA (subbing effectively for North Brooklyn) as Dan Bejar and AC Newman walk cooly through it all. It's a Bejar song -- and a good one -- but Newman handles the lip-syching. Says Carl:

We were going for some mid nineties second tier brit pop attitude. In the past, I've never really wanted to be in the video. But with this, we wanted to have fun and fully be IN the video.
Enjoy the single-take destruction that is "War on the East Coast" below.

The band's fall tour hits NYC on November 19 at Hammerstein Ballroom with openers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Tickets are still available.

Video below...

Continue reading "The New Pornographers declare "War on the East Coast" in post-apocalyptic new video (watch)"

treasure island

Treasure Island Music Fest returns for its eighth edition on October 18 & 19 in San Francisco. This year's initial lineup has been announce and includes 2014's festival circuit MVPs Outkast, plus Massive Attack, Alt-J, TV on the Radio, Janelle Monae, The New Pornographers, and many more. Tickets will go on-sale Thursday, June 19th at 10 AM PDT.

Initial lineup below...

Continue reading "Treasure Island Music Festival announces initial 2014 lineup: Outkast, Massive Attack, Alt-J, New Pornographers & more"

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As mentioned, The New Pornographers have a new album, Brill Bruisers, coming out in August and they're playing NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 17 (tickets just went on sale). If you'd like to hear the dulcet tones of frontman AC Newman's voice sooner than that, he'll be the musical guest at Night Train with Wyatt Cenac this Monday (6/15) at Littlefield. The lineup also includes the very funny and increasingly popular Chris Gethard, the funny and talented Kate Berlant, SNL cast member Brooks Wheelan, and Sheng Wang. Tickets (a mere $5) are on sale now.

If you haven't heard the title track to Brill Bruisers yet, stream that below.

Continue reading "AC Newman playing this Monday's 'Night Train' at Littlefield with Chris Gethard, Kate Berlant, Brooks Wheelan & more"

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The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....

Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.

This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.

Ditto for emo vets Mineral

So much more greatness listed below....

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 lineup! (Judas Priest, Nas, Death Cab, Neutralk Milk Hotel, King Diamond, Failure & much more)"

Riot Fest

Riot Fest is happening in Toronto, Chicago and Denver again this year, and the lineup for Toronto was just announced. It happens on September 6 & 7 and features The National, Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Death Cab for Cutie, Death From Above 1979, Brand New, Paul Weller, Stars, Metric, The Head and the Heart, Tokyo Police Club, The New Pornographers, Taking Back Sunday, Afghan Whigs, Alkaline Trio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Thurston Moore, Buzzcocks, Clutch, Manchester Orchestra, Lucero, Title Fight and many more. Full initial lineup below. Tickets go on sale Saturday (5/10) at 10 AM.

As mentioned on BV Chicago, the Chicago fest happens from September 12-14 this year, and Denver from September 19-21. Stay tuned for those lineups.

Full initial Toronto lineup below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Toronto 2014 lineup (The National, Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, DFA1979, Afghan Whigs, Buzzcocks, more)"

AC Newman

As mentioned, New Pornographer AC Newman will release his new solo album, Shut Down the Streets, on October 9 via Matador and will kick off a tour with The Mynabirds later that month which hits the NYC area on October 22 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets) and October 24 at Maxwell's (tickets). All dates are listed below.

But you won't have to wait that long to catch AC Newman in NYC because we're happy to announce that he'll be playing a BrooklynVegan-presented show at The Rock Shop on October 8, the day before the album's release. Entry can be obtained by purchasing the album early from one of the following NYC record stores:

Other Music (in-store only, not online)
Generation/Bleecker
Academy
Sound Fix
Ear Wax
Halcyon
Permanent
In Living Stereo
Rebel Rebel
Co Op 87

The stores will have the album on sale starting October 6 (three days ahead of its official release) and tickets at each store will be limited. You can also get in by winning a pair from us. We have a few, and contest details are below.

UPDATE: You can also get a ticket if you order from the Matador store and then email store@matadorrecords.com with the subject "AC Newman ticket" and your order number (while supplies last).  

We've also got a new short film inspired by AC Newman's new album called "Want You To Know." The film was made by James Blose. You can watch it, along with a list of updated dates and those contest details, below.

Continue reading "BV Presents: a free AC Newman release show in Brooklyn (buy the CD/LP or win tix to get in)"

Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks came to "CBS This Morning" yesterday (7/11) for an on-air interview, during which she revealed that Fleetwood Mac plan to reunite "next year, so far." "It's the plan. Because that's what we do. I do my thing. And Lindsey (Buckingham is) out doing his thing now." During that interview, Stevie also spoke about the recent suicide of Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch, saying "I can't even tell you what in the world would have pushed him to do something that crazy."

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham are both currently on their own solo tours. Stevie hit the NYC area a few times in the past month, including Beacon Theater and she plays tonight (7/12) at Mohegan Sun in CT. Lindsey's tour is ongoing as well, and it hit NYC back in June for a show at BB King's.

As mentioned, there's also a Fleetwood Mac tribute in the works which comes on August 14 and features covers by mostly indie rock artists. Since we last wrote, many of those covers have surfaced on the internet. 10 of the 17 total covers are streaming below, including Lee Ranaldo Band and J Mascis' "Albatross," Antony's "Landslide," Billy Gibbons & Co.'s "Oh Well," Best Coast's "Rhiannon," The New Pornographers' "Think About Me," Lykke Li's "Silver Springs," Karen Elson (produced by Beck)'s "Gold Dust Woman," Matt Sweeney and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's "Storms," MGMT's "Future Games," and The Kills' "Dreams."

Those streams and lists of all Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham dates are below...

Continue reading "Fleetwood Mac reuniting in 2013; stream songs off their tribute LP; Stevie Nicks & Lindsey Buckingham on tour (separately)"

oh the humanity...

Festival For Humanity

Just noticed this note posted today on the homepage of the upcoming Festival For Humanity:

May 12th, 2011

To Those Involved With The Festival For Humanity,

It is with sadness that we inform you that the Festival for Humanity has been cancelled.

The founder of the festival, Anders Thueson has been doing everything in his power to secure financing and as of this late hour, the Festival For Humanity will not take place. "The concept of Festival for Humanity was a Celebration of Art and Music to Benefit Charities of Suicide Prevention, Health and Nutrition. I strongly believe we will find a way another way to help those in outreach, education, awareness and funding, this I pledge," says Thueson.

All paid ticket holders will be notified and refunded.
Refund questions: refunds@festivalforhumanity.com
Non-Refund questions: info@festivalforhumanity.com
Phone Inquires: (914) 215-5334
Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Best,
The Festival For Humanity Founder
Anders Thueson

Note: The Festival For Humanity was the 'merchant of record' for your transactions

Most people reading this are probably wondering what the Festival For Humanity is (and that's probably part of their problem), but the Vernon, NJ festival's lineup included The New Porngraphers, and, well (another part of their problem...), and Cracker... Third Eye Blind... Sister Hazel... the Misfits... Soul Asylum... Good Charlotte... John Popper... Ok, it was for charity, so that sucks.

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