Entries tagged with: The Walkmen
by Andrew Sacher
Sharon Van Etten at NeilFest - 9/14/15 (photo by U of Music)
Though Sharon Van Etten was billed for NYC's Neil Young tribute show NeilFest, she didn't show up on night 1. But fortunately for anyone who went last night (9/14), Sharon was there (along with Ryan Adams, Kim Gordon, Norah Jones and many more). There's a picture above.
Sharon covered another folk legend recently too, and released that cover today. She takes on Donovan's "Teen Angel" for the upcoming tribute album Gazing With Tranquility: A Tribute to Donovan that Rock the Cause Records is releasing on October 16 (proceeds go to Huntington's Hope). Sharon offers up a great take on the song, and she tells NPR: "I've admired Donovan's voice and minimal psychedelic songs since I was a child. In the folk world he was still very 'left' and it stood out to me. Even though he was a trippy cat, he was still a romantic and I loved seeing both of those sides."
Also on the album is The Flaming Lips, The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser, Ivan & Alyosa, Astronautalis, Lissie and more. Check out the full tracklist, and stream of Sharon and Hamilton's covers, below.
photo: Hamilton Leithauser in Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Walkmen singer Hamilton Leithauser is playing North Carolina's Phuzz Phest this year, and after that he'll head out on a tour supporting the folky Lord Huron. That includes NYC on April 30 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (2/13). All dates are listed below.
In related news, Hamilton's Walkmen bandmate Peter Matthew Bauer will be going on a living room tour that begins later this month. The Brooklyn show happening March 7 is unfortunately sold out, but you can still get tickets to other dates.
All of his dates, and Hamilton's, below...
Walter Martin & Kat Edmonson at Joe's Pub in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It's that time of year, when artists put out one-off holiday singles to get everyone in the mood for winter festivities. Walter Martin, formerly of The Walkmen, has delivered an early present to his fans in the form of "I Walk So Slow (Under The Mistletoe)," a collaboration with singer-songwriter Kat Edmonson.
The track eschews much of the holiday cliches in favor of a simple tale of two individuals catching eyes across a party and hoping to meet under the mistletoe. The song follows the more lighthearted approach of Martin's kid-friendly solo debut We're All Young Together from earlier this year, loaded with whimsy and conversational lyricism. Check out the song's stop-motion lyric video in this post.
Martin and Edmonson are celebrating the release of the track with a special holiday show at Joe's Pub on December 18 (where Martin, Edmonson and many others played earlier in the year). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Check out the lyric video for "I Walk So Slow (Under The Mistletoe)" below...
Hamilton Leithauser @ AV Club Hideout Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Hamilton Leithauser has spent most of his time since releasing his solo debut opening for other people -- Broken Bells and Spoon to be specific. Those tours are done and while the former Walkmen frontman hasn't announced a headlining tour of his own, he'll cap off 2014 with a hometown show at Bowery Ballroom on December 11. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (10/8) at noon and will be available to the general public beginning Friday (10/10) at noon.
His only other scheduled show is opening for Spoon in London in November. Meanwhile, you can watch video of him acoustic in a marina, below...
Walter Martin at Joe's Pub in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Walkmen's Walter Martin has lately been using the extreme-hiatus of the Walkmen to produce "family music." He's got a second album as such coming out, which is "all about visual artists," and he'll be previewing music from that project on an upcoming living room tour, where he plays solo sets in spaces provided by fans. There are no NYC dates, although there are several upstate NY, PA and NJ dates. Tickets for the whole tour are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
In other Walkmen-related news, Hamilton Leithauser, who is still on tour, just covered "I Need A Lover" by John Cougar (Mellencamp) for the AV Undercover series at the AV Club. You can see the results of that, with the list of Walter's dates, below...
Former Walkmen bassist Peter Matthew Bauer released his debut album, Liberation!, this week via Mexican Summer. It's a lovely record and you can stream the whole thing below and if you need more convincing to buy it. You can also watch a short "infomercial" on the record as well.
As mentioned, Peter plays a NYC record release show on Thursday (6/26) at Rough Trade with AM Mills, and Skyler Skjelset (who is also a member of Peter's band). Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair. Details on that are below.
After the Rough Trade show, Peter will head off on a proper tour of the Southwest and West Coast. His former bandmate, Hamilton Leithauser, is busy on tour this summer himself. All PMB dates are listed, along with the album stream and the infomercial, below...
The 5-day RadioLoveFest festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music is underway as we speak with radio-related events each night though June 8. Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen takes part in a live edition of Soundcheck on Saturday (6/7) along with comedian Wyatt Cenac and San Fermin. Tickets for that event are still available.
One night earlier, this Friday (tomorrow, 6/6), you can get up close and personal with Hamilton at Manhattan Inn (in Brooklyn). Details in the flyer above.
Later in June, Mr. Leithauser leaves on a tour of North America in support of his new solo LP. All dates, some of which are supporting Ray LaMontagne, are listed below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Walter & Karen O / Hamilton Leithauser with the chorus @ Joe's Pub 5/16/2014
NPR: So is this just something to entertain parents, or is this - which by the way, I should say is a worthy endeavor in and of itself - or is this intended to start a conversation about music between kids and their parents, adult listeners?With the Walkmen on "extreme hiatus," keyboardist/bassist and father of two Walter Martin released the family-friendly solo album, We're All Young Together earlier this month. The first proper show around that happened on Friday (5/16) at Joe's Pub. For the all-ages event, Walter had a full band -- including The Walkmen's Matt Barrick, Kat Edmonson and members of French Kicks -- and some very special guests. Walter's cousin and Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser sang as part of the chorus, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O and Nick Zinner who also played on the album, joined him too.
WALTER MARTIN: Well, I think of stuff that will appeal to kids will hopefully be - I like the beat, maybe. But looking back on what I've made, I think it's sort of saying to parents, like, this parenting stuff is really hard and kind of insane. But take a step back as often as you can to remember how fun and hilarious the whole experience can be. - [NPR]
Walter also played Littlefield on Sunday (5/18) which was slightly less star-studded BUT had free ice cream -- which most kids would probably say was a better deal. Their parents...hard to say. More pictures from Joe's Pub, and an instagram from Littlefield, below...
by Bill Pearis
Former Walkmen bassist Peter Matthew Bauer will release his solo debut, Liberation!, on June 24 and a second song from the album has just been shared. Unlike the Petty-ish rocker "Latin American Ficciones," this new one, "Philadelphia Raga," is gentler, with brushed drums, acoustic guitar and reverb-soaked vocals. It's a lovely little song and you can stream it below.
Bauer will be playing a few East Coast shows around the release of Liberation!, including one at Brooklyn's Rough Trade on June 26. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/2) at noon.
Other release week shows include Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Dates are listed, along with streams of both available songs from Liberation!, below...
Earlier this year, former Byrd Gene Clark's 1974 solo album, No Other, was paid tribute to on a tour with an indie supergroup that featured members of Beach House, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Wye Oak, Fairport Convention and others. The tour hit NYC for two sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg in January -- here's what we said about one of them:
Gene Clark's 1974 solo album, No Other, was dismissed by critics at the time as being bloated and overproduced but in recent years has become a lost classic. So taken with it were Andy and Victoria of Beach House, they spearheaded a tour to recreate the album live with a host of their Baltimore musician friends (plus some notable non-Baltimore friends to sing lead), and a chorus of singers.Pitchfork filmed one of the Music Hall of Williamsburg shows, and has now posted a video of the full show, which you can watch below.
I'm not sure how many people were there because they loved No Other and how many people thought, like, Beach House might play a few of their songs, but certainly by midpoint in the show the crowd was fully on-board. After an excerpt of Gene Clark documentary The Byrd Who Flew Alone, Bella Union's Mark Byrne came out to introduce the evening and how things would be working. The album was played in order, with Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold opening the night with lead vocals on "Life's Greatest Fool." When the harmonies kicked in about a minute into the song -- courtesy Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Victoria Legrand (Beach House), Tony Drummond (Celebration) and Cricket Arrison -- Clark's orchestral vision blossomed to life. Robin would also sing "Strength of Strings" a few songs later.
The Walkmen's Walter Martin is releasing his children's album, We're All Young Together, on May 13 via Family Jukebox, and as previously mentioned, he has upcoming appearances in NYC including Friday (3/28) at Housing Works with Wesley Stace and Sam Lipyste, and May 16 at Joe's Pub (tickets).
Ahead of those shows, Walter previewed three of the album's tracks for WNYC's Soundcheck recently. You can watch videos of him playing "Rattlesnakes," "I-M-A-G-I-N-A-T-I-O-N," and "Sing To Me," the latter of which is normally a duet with Karen O, but was rearranged as a solo performance.
Check those out below...
As discussed, Walter Martin is one of the many Walkmen who are using the band's hiatus to dive into solo career territory, and his guest-filled debut LP, We're All Young Together, is coming out on May 13 via Family Jukebox. It's an album for children, but not "kids music." Since we last spoke, he released a live video of one of its tracks, "The Beatles (When Ringo Shook His Mop)," which features contributions from Walkmen singer Hamilton Leithauser, Caveman singer Matt Iwanusa, and Nick Stumpf & Josh Wise (both of French Kicks) on the studio version. You can check that out below. If you pre-order the album on iTunes, you get an instant download of "Sing To Me," which features Karen O. Walter also revealed the album artwork (above), and full tracklist (below).
He's got two NYC appearances scheduled at the moment too, including a "special collaboration" with Wesley Stace (who has other dates) at Housing Works on March 28. That starts at 7 PM, and will also feature Walter discussing the album with author Sam Lipyste (The Fun Parts). He'll also play a full band release show at Joe's Pub on May 16. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Walter Martin LP tracklist and new video below...
We already let you know that The Walkmen's Peter Matthew Bauer would be releasing his solo debut at some point this year. We now know the specifics -- Liberation! will be out June 24 via Mexican Summer. That is a ways off but you can stream the stomping, anthemic "Latin American Ficciones" from it right now in this post.
Bauer will be previewing the album over the next couple weeks with a few live dates. He plays Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on Thursday (3/6) with Eastern Midwestern and tickets are still available. After a show in Philly on Saturday (3/8), he'll head to Austin for SXSW so look out for him there if you're going.
The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser has a solo record on the way, too. All Peter Matthew Bauer dates are listed, along with the Liberation! tracklist and new song stream, below...
Hamilton Leithauser at Gene Clark tribute at MHOW (more by Gretchen Robinette)
News on The Walkmen members' solo careers keeps coming. We recently got details on the new Walter Martin album and some upcoming Peter Matthew Bauer shows, and now here comes more details on frontman Hamilton Leithauser's solo LP.
He already mentioned it would include contributions from his Walkmen bandmate Paul Maroon, plus Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Richard Swift (The Shins), and Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes, Cave Singers, Blood Brothers). We now know it's called Black Hours and will be out on June 3 via Domino imprint Ribbon Music. Get a taste of it with the video for new single "Alexandra" (which also comes out as a 7" on Record Store Day), along with the tracklist, below.
You can also catch Hamilton live in his hometown of NYC on April 15 and 16 at Joe's Pub. He's doing two shows each night, and tickets go on sale Thursday (2/27).
Video and LP tracklist below...
The Walkmen at T5 in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
As discussed, The Walkmen are going on an "extreme hiatus" but the members are keeping busy with solo material. Peter Matthew Bauer already mentioned that he'd release a solo LP, Liberation!, at some point this year, and though we're still awaiting more details on that, he did recently announce a couple solo shows, including one happening in NYC on March 6 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. His other upcoming show is in Philly, and all dates are listed below.
Another Walkman, Walter Martin, just announced that his solo album, We're All Young together, comes out on May 13 via Family Jukebox. The record has some pretty impressive guests, including his Walkmen bandmates Hamilton Leithauser and Matt Barrick, The National frontman Matt Berninger, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah frontman Alec Ounsworth, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs members Nick Zinner and Karen O, the latter of which sings a duet with Walter on the record's new single, "Sing to Me."
You can stream that single, along with an illustration of the song's lyrics by Marcellus Hall, and the list of Peter Bauer dates, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Iain Matthews / Jenn Wasner @ MHOW 1/26/2014
Mr. Scally, 31, first heard "No Other" in 2004, when he began collaborating with Ms. Legrand; her father gave her the L.P. "I thought it was one of those classic rock records like 'After the Gold Rush,' one of those well-known canonized great records," Mr. Scally said. "But I found out over the years that it's just a record no one knew."The short Gene Clark 'No Other' tour came to close on Sunday night (1/26) in NYC with the second of two sold-out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg. We've got a review of Saturday night's show, as well as two sets of pics from that show, and here's a set from Sunday, featuring Fairport Convention's Iain Matthews (looking much younger than his 67 years), Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner and the whole show.
Beach House has been listening to it "constantly" since then, discovering its "onionlike quality," Mr. Scally said, adding: "The first thing you hear is the production, the general feel. Ten listens in, you start fixating on the lyrics. And some of the lyrics on the record just destroy you, they're so strange and wonderful." - [New York Times]
photos by P Squared Photography
Victoria Legrand / Hamilton Leithauser @ MHOW, 1/25/2014
After The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser crooned the country-rocker "From a Silver Phial" and the album-closing "Lady of the North," the whole ensemble returned for an encore that kicked off with a vibrant rendition of The Byrds' jangly "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better." The crowd cheered heartily when Legrand stepped out from the chorus line to deliver a truly arresting lead-vocal performance on "Hear the Wind," a gorgeous country-folk ballad from Clark's Two Sides to Every Story. Finally, The Byrds' classic "Eight Miles High" opened with haunting a cappella harmonies before Scally intoned the song's familiar bassline, Strohmeier's twelve-string guitar riffs and Mike Lowry's percussion steadily intensifying into an epic crescendo. As the musicians traded verses and frolicked about the stage, their camaraderie and enthusiasm were infectious, festively capping a stirring celebration of Clark's music. - [DCist]The above review was from Friday night's DC stop on the Gene Clark 'No Other' tour, which featured a live recreation of the former Byrds' 1974 album featuring Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen, Victoria Legrand of Beach House, members of Wye Oak, Lower Dens and more. The next night (1/25), the tour hit NYC for it's first of two shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg. A review and a first set of pictures are here and another set of pics are in this post.
Pics from Sunday's show (1/26) are here. More of Saturday's MHOW shows (Pt 2) below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette; words by Bill Pearis
Robin Pecknold / Daniel Rossen @ MHOW 1/25/2014
Gene Clark's 1974 solo album, No Other, was dismissed by critics at the time as being bloated and overproduced but in recent years has become a lost classic. So taken with it were Andy and Victoria of Beach House, they spearheaded a tour to recreate the album live with a host of their Baltimore musician friends (plus some notable non-Baltimore friends to sing lead), and a chorus of singers. The short tour they put together hit Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg over the weekend for sold-out shows on Saturday (1/25) and Sunday (1/26). We're got three sets of pictures from these shows -- two from Saturday and one from Sunday -- the first of which is in this post.
I was at the Saturday show. I'm not sure how many people were there because they loved No Other and how many people thought, like, Beach House might play a few of their songs, but certainly by midpoint in the show the crowd was fully on-board. After an excerpt of Gene Clark documentary The Byrd Who Flew Alone, Bella Union's Mark Byrne came out to introduce the evening and how things would be working. The album was played in order, with Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold opening the night with lead vocals on "Life's Greatest Fool." When the harmonies kicked in about a minute into the song -- courtesy Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Victoria Legrand (Beach House), Tony Drummond (Celebration) and Cricket Arrison -- Clark's orchestral vision blossomed to life. Robin would also sing "Strength of Strings" a few songs later.
Next up was onetime Fairport Convention singer/guitarist Iain Matthews who has long championed Clark and was the only one to play guitar while singing (he also played as part of the band). Matthews was also the only one to really talk about Clark, mentioning that sales of No Other have gone up 4000% since the announcement of this tour. He sang "Silver Raven" and would come out later for "True Love."
Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear probably was the best vocal match to Clark, both having a similar husky, dusky quality. His lead on No Other's grandiose, rocking title track was maybe the highlight of the evening, and returned to sing "Some Misunderstanding."
The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser made his first appearance on "Form a Silver Phial" and though one associates him a cigarette hoarse style of singing, the softer side of his vocals were on display here, though he looked no less intense doing so. He also closed out No Other with the lovely "Lady of the North." The band -- which included members of Celebration, Beach House, Lower Dens, Cass McCombs' band, Mt. Royal and others -- did a fantastic job, definitely no half-assed "let's try this" kind of thing.
Once the album proper was played and a brief intermission, the band returned for three songs. The Byrds' "Feel a Whole Lot Better" saw Pecknold, Rossen and Leithauser trading verses; Victoria Legrand had a moment in the spotlight taking lead on "Hear the Wind" from Clark's 1977 solo LP, Two Sides to Every Story, and the evening finished with a psyched-out version of "Eight Miles High." This was a knockout show.
The Walkmen at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Bassist/organist Peter Bauer of The Walkmen revealed in an interview with the Washington Post that the band is going on an "extreme hiatus" after their upcoming show in Philly this week. He continues...
"We really just have no idea," Bauer says. "I don't think any of us wanted to write another Walkmen record. Maybe that will change down the line, maybe it won't, maybe we'll play shows. I think it's weird to make a hubbub about something if there's nothing to really make a hubbub about. At the same time, I don't think we've been a gang properly for a long time, so there's not much to break up, I guess."The band's Philly show happens on Wednesday (12/4) at Union Transfer and is a fundraiser for Rail Park which also features Sun Ra Arkestra, Sharon Van Etten, Spank Rock, Birdie Busch, Light Heat, Chris Ward, Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler. Tickets for what may be the band's final show for a long time are available.
"When we play shows it's a really fun time seeing old friends," Bauer says. "It's not the archetypal rock band where everyone lives in an apartment. We all live in different cities and we call each other occasionally. It's like going to Thanksgiving."
"I think it's cool that we're all still pals and all," Bauer says. "It's nice to be removed from [being a band] and to be friends, or something like that, and to see what happens from there.
"It's been almost 14 years now," Bauer adds. "I think that's enough, you know?"
The members will remain active musicians though, and a few have solo albums planned. Frontman Hamilton Leithauser is prepping a solo album which is due out in 2014 and will feature contributions from his Walkmen bandmate Paul Maroon, plus Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Richard Swift (The Shins), and Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes, Cave Singers, Blood Brothers). Peter Bauer is also releasing one called Liberation! under the name Peter Matthew Bauer (and it also features other Walkmen members), and Walter Martin is planning one too.
photos by Tim Griffin
Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.
After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]
We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1 HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.
by Andrew Sacher
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."Both Lee Ranaldo and Ira Kaplan just helped commemorate the closing of Maxwell's.
"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."
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.
Watch a video of members of The National performing with the Dead's Bob Weir in 2012, below...
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10, and now the full lineup was finally announced. It includes Television, Slayer (again!), Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Snoop Dogg/Lion, The Locust, Subhumans (performing Cradle to the Grave), The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, Retox, Chromatics, XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Merchandise, Lemuria, and many more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale today (7/10) at 10 AM CST.
Full lineup and flyer below...
As mentioned on BV Austin, Fun Fun Fun Fest just announced the first five artists who will play the eighth edition of the fest, which happens at Austin's Auditorium Shores on November 8, 9 and 10. This year's line-up will include The Julie Ruin (who just played Northside), The Walkmen (ditto), Bonobo, Judge, and Ice-T. A limited number of FUN2 Early Bird discounted tickets are on sale Thursday morning (6/20) at 10 AM Central.
Meanwhile, FFF is also playing "Guess the Fest" where they invite you to name 20 bands/comedians you think will play FFFF8. The person with the most right answers will win airline tickets to Austin and deluxe "Homie Passes" for two. You can enter until July 2 and GtF's website has all the details.
Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It's been crazy both in and not-in the NYC-area for festivals this past week. NYC was taken over by a very muddy Governors Ball last weekend (6/7-9), and this past weekend (6/14-16), while almost every Brooklyn venue took part in the Northside Festival, Toronto was hosting NXNE and Tennessee had Bonnaroo to name the ones we were most focused on. That's all behind us now, but those who are into festivals still have much more to look forward to this summer including another big one on the east coast this weekend.
This coming weekend, Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23, the Firefly Music Festival is returning to Dover, Delaware's Dover International Speedway, which is only about a 3 hour drive (directions) from NYC. The festival debuted last year, and like Governors Ball, they've upped their game a bit this year. There will be a bunch of great bands across four main stages, like:
On Friday, there's sets by Django Django, Dr. Dog, Action Bronson, Foxygen, Public Enemy, Grizzly Bear, Red Hot Chili Peppers,
Earl Sweatshirt (who was added to the lineup in May) and more. And besides RHCP vs Earl (who start 15 minutes apart), the conflicts that day aren't too bad.
On Saturday, there's sets by Japandroids, Jim James (who replaced Imagine Dragons, so bonus points for that), Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes vs Lord Huron at 5 PM, then CHVRCHES vs Edward Sharpe, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT vs Azealia Banks, and finally Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline the day, plus still more.
And on the festival's final day, Sunday, you can catch Haim, Matt & Kim, Toro y Moi, Passion Pit vs The Walkmen both going on at 6:30, Vampire Weekend, and more. Plus, if you need to leave early to get home from work on Monday, you can leave before Foster the People's headlining set. Two birds, huh?
UPDATE:Both Earl Sweatshirt and The Lumineers have cancelled, but were replaced by Schoolboy Q & Ben Harper.
And in addition to the main stages, there's some smaller side stuff too, like the Red Bull Sound Select Hub Stage which features bands who have joined the Red Bull Sound Select Program. We aren't familiar with all the bands playing that one, but we suggest you stop by Saturday for NYC's Heliotropes (who, by the way, are playing a record release show in NYC on 6/18, and streaming their new record). The Skins and Oxymorrons are both on that stage too, both NYC bands who we caught when they played the Afropunk-curated RBSS show at Knitting Factory with Danny Brown.
Last but not least, in addition to just being there as fans and covering the festival, BrooklynVegan will be producing two hours of entertainment from 1-3pm each day inside the Soundwave tent, presented by Toyota and Spinmedia, and hosted by musician & BV contributor Billy Jones. Take a look at the festival map - our stage is toward the top left next to St. Jude.
Hosted overall by one of our favorite comedians, Dave Hill, the Soundwave stage will also feature programming by SPIN (5-7 each day) and Hype Machine (3-5 each day) in addition to the BrooklynVegan stuff (1-3 each day). Stay tuned for our full stage schedule, but get there on Friday at 1pm for a live interview with Django Django and look forward to a second performance by and audience Q & A with Amanda Palmer on Sunday at 2pm. More details soon!
As mentioned, White Fence's new album, Cyclops Reap, is out this week on John Dwyer's Castle Face label. Tim Presley doesn't seem to be running out of songs and this is another quality batch of paisley-scented psychedelia. You can stream "To The Boy I Jumped In The Hemlock Alley" below and hear the whole record over at Pitchfork.
White Fence will be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival in June, playing two shows: the Panache showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13 and then a late show at Knitting Factory on June 14. Tickets to the Knitting Factory show are on sale now; no word on Brooklyn Bowl tickets just yet.
The whole Panache showcase line-up is still forthcoming but we do know its being headlined by Mac DeMarco and we have updated dates for him below as well.
These are just a couple of the additions to the 2013 Northside line-up that includes that free Walkmen show in McCarren Park. Other new additions, Kylesa, Torche, Sonny & the Sunsets, Nü Sensae, Kisses, The Luyas and more. Northside line-up as it stands now is below.