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Tennis at Glasslands in August (more by Jessica Amaya)

Concept albums are nothing new, but the story behind the latest seven-inch from the band Tennis feels pretty fresh. The summery, lo-fuzz songs on the "Marathon" EP, which was released.. on Underwater Peoples, are based on the sailing trip taken by the husband-and-wife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore in 2009 -- an eight-month journey along the East Coast that took them from "Bimini Bay" in the Bahamas through "Marathon" Florida, "South Carolina" and up to "Baltimore" on their 30-foot "Cape Dory." Not bad for two kids from Denver who'd never sailed before -[New York Times]
Denver's Tennis are going on tour in December. That tour, includes two shows with the Walkmen. One of those two show is the December 2nd gig atTerminal 5 (the other is in DC). Tickets for the NYC show, which School of Seven Bells are also opening, are still on sale.

You don't need to trek all the way to T5 to see the band named after a sport though. They will also will headline a show of their own at Mercury Lounge the night before (12/1). Tickets are currently on AMEX presale, and go on regular sale at noon Friday (10/15). All dates below.

School of Seven Bells meanwhile will be around for CMJ.

Tennis's Marathon 7" is sold out via Underwater Peoples, but the band recently popped by Daytrotter to bless them with "Cape Dory" from that effort, as well as three other live jams you can download for free.

All current tour dates with some videos below...

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The Walkmen on Governors Island in August (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Walkmen

"We took two trips to Lisbon over the course of writing this record... None of us had ever been there, and we were really blown away by the place. The topography and architecture are stunningly handsome. Even when we were there for the rainy season - it literally never stopped raining - it was a trip that outshone a lot of others. We've never had much luck at all in Europe, and the Portuguese were surprisingly accommodating. I think those two trips really helped keep us motivated while making this record. We named the record Lisbon as sort of a 'thank you' and a small tribute." -[The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser to NPR]
The Walkmen, currently on a tour of the west coast, will return to the town that inspired the album on November 14th. That's exactly two months after the album's U.S. release date. "Lisbon" is out Tuesday, September 14th, in various packages that include 7" vinyl, 12: vinyl, CD, tees, and everything in between. It's also currently streaming at NPR.

The last NYC show took place on Governors Island in August. The next will happen at Terminal 5 on December 2nd. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday (9/15), and then regular sale at noon two days later.

All Walkmen tour dates and a bunch of Big Ass Lens videos from Governors Island show, below...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Andrew Frisicano

Grizzly Bear

The summer of Governors is almost at an end. If you haven't gotten to the island yet, there are two more free chances this weekend - with Neon Indian headlining Saturday and Dr. Dog on Sunday. Beyond that, Governors Island has a number of ticketed shows coming up: Rick Ross/P Diddy on August 22nd and Rock the Bells on August 28th, John Prine on September 10th and Panda Bear on September 11th.

Grizzly Bear, who played one of last summer's most memorable outdoor shows (and played a Williamsburg Waterfront show earlier this year), headlined the Beach on Thursday (8/12). The night's drizzly rain was an exception to the summer's remarkably hot and dry weather, but the spotty light rain, which started during the Walkmen's opening set, didn't spoil the show. Grizzly Bear's first move was a massive song ("Showcase") that opened with an attention-getting roar. From there the band worked through their catalogue, giving songs like "Southern Point," "Knife" and "Fix It" a nuanced and dynamic reading. Grizzly Bear is all about contrast, and the band's ability to go from a whisper to face-shaking heights is felt on a literal level during their live show (especially when they play a big stage with a view, like at the Beach). Going at full thrust, the band seemed to be playing to the skyline across the water.

For the Walkmen, the rain provided a cinematic backdrop to their set, which included new album songs like "Blue as your Blood, "Angela Surf City" and "Stranded," and a guest brass quartet. The Walkmen dealt in contrasts too, but with a more even keel. Singer Hamilton Leithauser stood with one hand in pocket before exploding into a yelped chorus, the band swelling up behind him.

Though the Walkmen were the only band with a new album set for release, Gang Gang Dance frontwoman Liz Bougatsos announced that her band's first two songs - extended jams both - were new ones. About the second song's strange sampled interlude that sounded like flute squeezed through an AM radio, Bougatsos quipped, "Do you guys know that TV show Taxi?" The band stretched their four Ibiza-meets-dub songs across a forty-minute set (really made for a headlining slot). "It's a full moon tonight," said Bougatsos, looking through the clouds.

More pictures from Thursday night's sold out (despite competing with a free Deerhunter gig) show, and a video and GB's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen & Gang Gang Dance played Governors Island (pics & setlist) "

photos by Peter Applebaum

The Walkmen in Camden, July 2010
The Walkmen

"Lisbon, the fifth album by critically acclaimed band The Walkmen, is due September 14 with iTunes pre-orders beginning August 10. The album's first single "Angela Surf City" is currently available via iTunes. This summer and fall the band will embark on a nationwide tour in support of the record including newly announced stops in Montreal (October 8) and Chicago (October 13).

The band will also be appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on August 12, the same day they perform in New York City at Governors Island with Grizzly Bear. Additionally, they [were] on WNYC FM's Soundcheck on August 10 at 2:30pm EDT;

Lisbon was recorded over a two-year period in warehouses on Girard Ave. in Philadelphia and on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn." [PR]

As that blurb points out, you can catch the Walkmen twice tonight - first when they open for Grizzly Bear on Governors Island (the sold out show that Gang Gang Dance is also opening) (update: day-of-show tickets were just released), and second on Fallon on your TV.

The Walkmen's recent appearances included the WNYC thing and Camden's XPoNential Music Festival in July. The pictures in this post are from the latter. More of them, along with a stream of the WNYC appearance (which includes new songs), updated tour dates (many with Japandroids), and info on how to take the ferry to Governors Island tonight (8/12), below...

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Solange & Ed...

Her recent credits include playing with Dirty Projectors at Fashion Week and singing with Of Montreal at Highline and Terminal 5. Now Solange is DJing at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday, June 18th. I'm not totally sure if she's a good DJ or not, but tickets are on sale.

That's her in the picture above with her friend Ed Droste from Grizzly Bear who maybe she'll be checking out Sunday at Williamsburg Waterfront (again).

Grizzly Bear also have a NYC show coming up later in the summer at Governors Island with the Walkmen (tickets are still on sale). The Walkmen have just announced a new album! Pitchfork reports:

"Yesterday, we reported that Interpol's new album comes out September 14. As it turns out, September 14 will be a big day for bruised, world-weary New York indie rock, since that's also the date that Fat Possum will release Lisbon, the new album from the Walkmen.

The band recorded the follow-up to 2008's You & Me over two years, working in warehouses in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. They also wrote a few songs on trips to the Portuguese city that gave the album its title. St. Vincent/Mountain Goats/Thermals knob-twiddler John Congleton produced the 11-song album, and Passion Pit/Les Savy Fav veteran Chris Zane engineered it."

As Pitchfork said right there, Interpol's new album is coming soon too, and their old label Matador will be releasing it in the US! In the UK it will be Interpol's "own newly formed label, Soft Limit" that puts it out on September 13th (one day before the US). More details below. Interpol, now with a new 5-person lineup, are playing a free NYC show on June 26th.

Back to Solange for s second... She blogs that that she is in the process of finishing her new, indie (as in not on her former label, Interscope) album with indie rocker Dev from Lightspeed Champion (something that was originally reported a while back). That update is below...

Continue reading "Interpol (on Matador!), the Walkmen & Solange Knowles (who is DJing Brooklyn Bowl) are releasing new albums "

Grizzly Bear @ Coachella 2010 (more by Rachel Carr)
Grizzly Bear

Luke Benge: Has it been a wild ride? Since Veckatimest came out things been going pretty ape shit right?

Chris Taylor: Ha. It's been such a positive feeling apeshit, there have been constantly surprises coming about but I feel really lucky and I'm really excited so I can't really say that I'm feeling weathered by it. I've been recording a lot. So that's kind of been my life when I'm not on tour. Straight back to the studio every time I get off tour, it's literally like I was in the studio the entire time I was off from this last tour to this one. I'm producing Jamie Lidell's record now.

It was kind of weird to hear that Grizzly Bear was opening for Band of Horses (at Williamsburg Waterfront on June 20th), and I guess it's also kind of weird that the Walkmen are opening for Grizzly Bear at Governors Island on August 12th. Gang Gang Dance are also on the bill. $38 tickets (which is itemized as $33 + $5 for the round trip ferry ticket) go on sale Friday at noon.

The show is one of many happening at Governors Island this summer, some that cost money, and some that are free. Many more also still TBA. All GB dates, and a video of Chiddy Bang freestyling over "Two Weeks" and other songs, below...

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Grace Potter & The Nocturnals @ Rockwood in April (more by Chris La Putt)
Grace Potter

XPoNential Music Festival will take place over three days, July 16th-18th in the waterfront Wiggins Park in Camden, NJ. The lineup includes Rosanne Cash, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, The Walkmen, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Free Energy, Nicole Atkins and Dawes. Tickets and three-day passes are on sale now.

The current lineup as of now (more are TBA) and more info are posted below...

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"The 2010 Lollapalooza line-up is official: Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and Phoenix will headline, joined by Social Distortion, MGMT, Jimmy Cliff, Hot Chip, and The Black Keys. With 130 bands on this year's bill, its sure to be a weekend long feast for the ears.

It's a monumental year for Lollapalooza, filled with homecomings, reunions, and first-times. Soundgarden, 1992 and 1996 Lollapalooza alumni, return to the Lollapalooza stage for their first performance since 1997. Green Day will rock Grant Park sixteen years after their first Lollapalooza appearance. While Lady Gaga will headline the festival only three short years after playing the BMI stage at Lollapalooza 2007.

Arcade Fire returns to Grant Park, having played the reincarnated Lollapalooza in 2005. This is the first Lollapalooza for The Strokes - and also their first show in four years. And making their Lollapalooza debut: Phoenix." - Lollapalooza
After extremely accurate early leaks and then much teasing, Lollapalooza oficially announces this year's lineup. Check it out below...

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The Walkmen last time they played the same venue (more by Jonny Leather)
The Walkmen

To quote my friend CD who was at the Brooklyn show last night (I unfortunately missed it), "Fucking awesome. talk about a talented band. such skilled writers and arrangers. so in control of their instruments." The Walkmen closed the show with a three song encore including "Wake Up", a new song (they played a bunch of those), and "Red Moon". The encore songs are not written on their setlist which you can see, along with a short video, below...

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photos by Vincent Cornelli

The Walkmen @ MoMA

"Some jackass made his way out of Johnny Brenda's after our show in Philadelphia with a handmade, custom built baritone guitar. Luckily for us we do have the show on tape and the face of our sticky fingered friend has been recorded. Any info out there to help us i.d. this person would be gratefully appreciated. Please let us know if you know anything. Thanks!" [Alec Ounsworth]
The guitar was actually stolen over 2 months ago and it still hasn't been recovered. It belonged to guitar player Matt Sutton who will join CYHSY frontman Alec Ounsworth again as part of "Flashy Python" tonight (they're the opener) at the Bell House (4/1) with The Walkmen ("advanced tickets are sold out" according to the venue's website). The Walkmen recently played SXSW and before that MoMA... which I just realized we never posted pictures from. Those continue below...

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photos by Brian Reilly


It was a happy St. Patrick's Day for Spoon. The Austin, Texas, indie-rock band received a hero's welcome during its hometown show on Wednesday at the South by Southwest music festival.

The group, this musical city's biggest export in recent years, has been on a roll as of late. Spoon's newest CD, the recently released "Transference," debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, selling more than 50,000 copies in its first week on shelves. In honor of its achievements, the band was rewarded with the highly coveted opening night, headlining slot at Stubb's, SXSW's largest venue.

The group didn't disappoint the hometown crowd, which had filled the venue to capacity well before Spoon actually took the stage. The quartet wasted no time getting to the good stuff, opening the show with the solid new single, "Written in Reverse," and then quickly following with the even stronger "Don't Make Me a Target," from 2007's "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga." The latter had a punky snarl to it, but also a dramatic piano line, reminding one of a classic Joe Jackson cut.

The one misstep, and it was a big one, came when Spoon covered the Damned's "Love Song." The band put its own spin on the track -- which I applaud -- but the lackluster, loopy result was something that would make punk-rock fans cringe. [Mercury News]

Spoon's tour with Deerhunter has arrived in NYC for a massive show at Radio City Music Hall tonight (3/26). The Strange Boys play first of three. Tickets are still on sale now seem to be gone.

The NPR-presented Austin showcase on March 17th also had Visqueen, The Walkmen, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Broken Bells (who played earlier that day in a parking garage) on the bill. More pictures from that show with Spoon's setlist below...

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The Walkmen @ Bell House Haiti benefit in January (more by Jonny Leather)
The Walkmen

Greetings everyone. We are finishing up recording our record in New York. We've been working our little asses off for the last year on it and we're actually really psyched now. We think it's almost done. We produced the whole thing ourselves and we even recorded a bunch of tracks all on our own like the old days. When we brought the tracks to our favorite engineer Chris Zane for mixing, he gave our engineering skills a B-. We've recorded something like 28 songs but we don't know how many will be on the record. We did a lot of it here in Manhattan, and some of it down in the greater Philadelphia area.  We're thrilled to report that it will be coming out on Oxford, Mississippi's legendary Fat Possum Records.  

We're also thinking it's time to go out and start playing some shows, so we have a bunch coming up. First we're playing at the Museum of Modern Art in midtown Manhattan on March 3rd to celebrate the opening of the Armory show. Tickets are available here. Then we're heading down to Austin TX and playing NPR's showcase on March 17th at Stubbs with Spoon. NPR will present, broadcast, and "webcast" the show live on March 17th. Also, we're going to play a show at Brooklyn's The Bell House on April 1st....that isn't some stupid April Fool's prank though, we'll be there. Now that I think about it, maybe the prank is on us. Well, there's going to be this pre-jack presale that we're doing for the first time so the tickets will be available here first starting at NOON EST on Thursday, February 11th. The "secret" password is "eatinpuppies2". DON'T TELL ANYONE! Tickets will officially go on sale to the public Friday, Feb 12th. Ok have a good one, and we hope to see you around. -The Walkmen

Well, that about sums it up. Songs from the Walkmen's set at the Bell House Haiti benefit are postd below. They played a new song at Pitchfork Fest last summer - that's below too...

Continue reading "The Walkmen now on Fat Possum, playing MoMA, SXSW, NYC"

photos by Jonny Leather

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Pat Kiernan
Bell House Haiti Benefit

Jimmy Fallon
Bell House Haiti Benefit

"Without being too cheesy, I have to say there was a really beautiful spirit at last night's concert. The venue was sold out and aside from the silent auction, Bell House raised $35,000.00 for Save the Children and Partners in Health. I missed the first hour or so because I had to stop by my place, but got there in time to see Jimmy Fallon do a Neil Young impression. Then Freelance Whales played. You all should check them out. They're getting crazy attention right now and they are based out of Queens. Now that's special! Anyway, it was good times all around. Cat Power and Pavement records and CDs were given away for trivia knowledge, Ted Leo who also has shows in town, was adorable and even though Cold War Kids pulled out of the show, the Walkmen did an amazing job closing the show." [Petunia Eats]
The long show ran from 7pm-2am with, as pointed out, the Walkmen closing out the night. Actress Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) and her band The Leisure Class were a surprise guest that Ryan Muir said were "blowing me away. Now they are covering St Vincent. 'Marry Me'". (St. Vincent herself played covers at the Haiti benefit that happened at Music Hall on Saturday). NY1's Pat Kiernan (possibly who I wanted to see the most on the bill) hosted trivia. Eugene Mirman introduced him as the guy you see every morning on TV if you don't have Fios.

All artists, including Here We Go Magic, played short sets. If you want to see more of them (HWGM), they play as a headliner at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday.

More pictures and some videos (by Tim Duffy of Pop Tarts Suck Toasted) from the Bell House (in alphabetical order), below...

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The Blow @ SXSW 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
The Blow

As the Bell House's Haiti benefit on Wednesday, January 27th approaches, the show's lineup keeps getting more and more interesting. Since the initial announcement a few changes have been made (The Walkmen replacing Cold War Kids for one) and more acts have been announced. The schedule below reflects the expected set times, with the disclaimers that "performers will be playing abbreviated, acoustic and/or stripped down sets" and "line up subject to change."

AC Newman (who's putting out a new New Pornographers record), Rhett Miller and Nicole Atkins are playing as a Seekers cover band (a supergroup similar to what St. Vincent & Bon Iver did at MHOW on Saturday). Zach Galifianakis was also at the BV Haiti event,

UPDATE: Despite a press release that went out, The Bell House says that Paul Rudd & Zach Galifianakis are not on this benefit (they never said they were, but the press release did). Also the venue says that the set times that were posted (including here last night) are wrong.

Freelance Whales (who have quite a few shows, NYC and otherwise, coming up) are playing, as is Ted Leo (who himself has longer shows planned).

One notable addition is The Blow, aka Kaela Maricich, who played Art Basel in Miami this December, but hasn't played NYC in quite a while (possibly since CMJ 2007).

Tickets for the benefit show are still on sale.

The Blow's last album was 2006's Paper Television, when Jona Bechtolt from YACHT was still in the group. For YACHT's upcoming tour, Bechtolt and member Claire Evans will bolster their live show (previously them and a laptop) by a band consisting of Rob Kieswetter of Bobby Birdman (who is also opening), Jeff Brodsky of Jeffrey Jerusalem, and D. Reuben Snyder of Rob Walmart. The backing band's name is 'The Straight Gaze'. A tour preview clip is posted below.

More Bell House info with full lineup & poster below...

Continue reading "Bell House Haiti benefit expands (to include The Blow & more) - WEDNESDAY NIGHT"

New Pornographers

Coming on May 4: the new album from The New Pornographers, entitled Together. Their fifth full-length was produced by the band and Phil Palazzolo, and recorded in Vancouver, Brooklyn, Woodstock, and Catskill, NY. The album is comprised of 9 A.C. Newman songs and 3 Dan Bejar numbers, and features the full eight-person lineup of Carl, Dan, John Collins, Neko Case, Kurt Dahle, Kathryn Calder, Todd Fancey and Blaine Thurier. Additional musicians include Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Zach Condon (Beirut), Will Sheff (Okkervil River), and the Dap-Kings Horns, among other talents.
The artwork for the new album is posted above. There are no sounds from it available yet, but the band has posted pictures from its recording on New Pornographers' site

Lead pornographer A.C. Newman appears at The Bell House's Haiti benefit on Wednesday, January 27th. Also at the even will be The Walkmen (they replaced Cold War Kids who had to drop off), Ted Leo, The Wrens, Sondre Lerche, Eugene Mirman, Rhett Miller and Nicole Atkins. Tickets are still on sale.

Panda Bear

He actually published this list in August, but in case you missed it...

Continue reading "Gorilla Vs Bear's favorite 'songs of the decade'"

photos by Chris La Putt


"The show opened with Saviors, a heavy metal band out of California... there wasn't anything too original about this band. The second act was The Walkmen, an indie-rock band from NYC. They played mostly new music, saying they'd be recording these new songs this week. It was good, but once again, nothing original and nothing I'd pay to see. Dinosaur Jr. came on around 5:45pm with the sun still blazing away, which made taking pictures a bit difficult. Dinosaur Jr. formed in 1984 and is a band that many consider to be one of the grandfathers of alternative rock." [soundZtastee]
Nothing original?! Granfathers?! Ouch! Dinosaur Jr. pictures and setlist HERE. Saviours and Walkmen below...

Continue reading "Saviours & The Walkmen @ Central Park Summerstage - pics "

Monolith Festival

The final lineup for Monolith Festival, which takes place at the Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, on September 12th-13th, is below. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Girl Talk headline Saturday night at the festival, and the Mars Volta and MSTRKRFT top the bill on Sunday. Deer Tick, Passion Pit, Doom, The Walkmen, The Thermals, and HEALTH are also some of the bands on the two-day bill.

Tickets and two-day passes are still on sale. We also has a pair of weekend tickets to give away. Details on that, with the full lineup, below...

Continue reading "Monolith Festival - final 2009 lineup ++ WIN a two-day pass"

photos by Kurt Christensen


"[Friday] night, The Walkmen headlined It Came from Brooklyn, [The Guggenheim's first] concert series [which highlights artists from Brooklyn and happens to coincide with the museum's] 50th Anniversary. The band were sleek in dress and voracious in music. As they rattled off numerous tracks off their 2008 release, "You & Me", they also were accompanied by a section of trumpets and trombones. The Walkmen's songs, some straightforward and mellow and some more palpitating and post-punk, filled the rotunda beautifully without so much as a word or a chord being lost. In fact the venue of the night seemed to enhance the whole performance; the grandiosity of the Guggenheim could pose an air of overwhelmingness, but instead the performance felt wholly intimate..." [Gothamist]
High Places, the Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band, novelist Colson Whitehead, and comedian Leo Allen were also on the museum bill. For the Walkmen it was the first of two NYC shows this weekend; the second was on Sunday in Central Park (pics coming soon). For the Guggenheim it was the first of this new series. The next will feature a performance by Interpol front-man Paul Banks aka Julian Plenti. More pictures from Friday below...

Continue reading "The Walkmen, High Places, Leo Allen, Colson Whitehead & a marching band @ The Guggenheim Museum in NYC - pics "

Alec Ounsworth

Alec Ounsworth to Pitchfork: That's precisely the confusion with this [ANTI solo] record. I actually have another project right now called Flashy Python that's more about me trying to erect some grand statement [laughs]. Not to say the Alec Ounsworth record or Clap Your Hands aren't personal statements. But the Alec Ounsworth record was me going down to New Orleans for a short period of time and trying to piece something together based on a collection of mostly old songs. I figured this would be a good opportunity to purge myself of those songs in a very precise and particular setting.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's Alec Ounsworth is releasing a solo album on ANTI-Records on October 20th. That was to be his solo debut until this even newer one came along which is available as an instant download now, although maybe since it's actually considered a Flashy Python (his long-time alter ego) record, and not an Alec Ounsworth one, it doesn't count.

The Flashy Python record includes contributions from members of the Walkmen (Matt Barrick the drummer), Dr. Dog (Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken), and Man Man (Billy Dufala). Alec's wife also plays some trumpet. He plays just about everything. Grab one track below...

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It Came From Brooklyn

Tickets for the first show of the Guggenheim's It Came From Brooklyn series on Friday, August 14th are on sale now. They cost a whopping $45 for non-members, and museum members don't do much better with a reduced cost of $40. The night will feature sets from The Walkmen and High Places, and an opening performance by Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band. Hosting will be comedian Leo Allen; novelist Colson Whitehead "reads selections from Walt Whitman between performances." The next edition of the series is scheduled for September 25th. None of the acts have been confirmed.

Two days after on Sunday, August 16th, the Walkmen will playing a free Central Park Summerstage show with Dinosaur Jr.

More info on the It Came From Brooklyn series, below...

Continue reading "It Came From Brooklyn w/ The Walkmen, High Places, Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band - tickets on sale"

Cass McCombs

Cass McCombs doesn't know how many more winters he may be able to spend in Chicago. He told me that he just can't stomach the icy cold temperatures during the cruelest and most drawn out season that the Midwest always buckles under, no matter how prepared we all are for its impending beat down. We all become either become ninnies and turn hermitic come late January/early February or we get aggressively perturbed and grouchy, grumbling about it all - the weather from Siberian hell. It all seems so strange because McCombs - one of America's finest songwriting talents, who deserves many more dollars to his name - does icy and desolate so well. [Daytrotter]
Cass McCombs is opening up five dates of the Walkmen's summer tour, though none of the band's NYC shows. Both bands will instead play NYC on their own.

The Walkmen perform at the Guggenheim on Friday, August 14th with High Places, and then at a free Central Park Summerstage show two days later (August 16th) with Dinosaur Jr.

Cass McCombs plays a show at Joe's Pub on Monday, July 27th with Mike Bones. Tickets to that are on sale. Then he performs at Brooklyn's Union Hall on Saturday, August 1st with Jennifer O'Connor. Tickets are on sale.

McCombs's new album, Catacombs, comes out July 7th (in North America) on Domino Records. The video for its first single, "Dreams Come True Girl," which features Karen Black (Nashville, The Great Gatsby, more), is posted below. Album art and track list, with all tour dates, are also below...

Continue reading "Cass McCombs - new album & tour dates (Joes Pub, etc..)"

by Andrew Frisicano

The Walkmen @ Sasquatch 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
The Walkmen

It Came From Brooklyn inaugurates a new series of live music concerts in the [Guggenheim] rotunda. The program will showcase ten bands over the course of five Friday evenings commencing mid-August, with each night featuring a music set by two bands, interspersed with a short reading by a Brooklyn-based writer or actor. The series, taking place within the rotunda, will cast a spotlight on Brooklyn's musical renaissance by providing a platform for a new crop of musicians. The line-up includes bands such as The Walkmen and High Places.
In fact, High Places and The Walkmen will play the same It Came From Brooklyn show, its inaugural night on Friday, August 14th. The Gugg website also NO LONGER reports that Grizzly Bear will be one of the series' acts. Stay tuned for more announcements.

UPDATE: We are told Grizzly Bear is not confirmed for this. They have been removed from the museum's website....

Those shows will be the second scheduled NYC gigs for both Grizzly Bear and The Walkmen (and only upcoming U.S. show currently for High Places). The Walkmen play a free show at the Central Park Summerstage with Dinosaur Jr. on Sunday, August 16th. Grizzly Bear will also play a free show, at the Williamsburg Waterfront with Beach House on Sunday, August 30th.

The museum's Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda should add some interesting reverb effects to Grizzly Bear's harmony-heavy tunes. Especially good news if you missed the last three Grizzly Bear NYC shows, when they played May 28th and 29th at Town Hall and May 31st at MHOW.

Grizzly Bear collaborator Nico Muhly, who premiered a "scent opera" at the Gugg on May 31st and Jun 1st, recently defended the band's Town Hall show (at which he played keys) against the not-so-nice Times review...

Times: But wow, these songs are precious, and they occasionally came spangled with extras that made them even more so. The chorus was one of those elements, sorry to say.

Nico: Oh snap! Apology accepted. Now, I have major objections to the word "precious." It tends to be borderline homophobic in its coded usage, first of all, but second of all, it's a derogatory adjective with no alternative. It's reviewspeak. What I mean is: if you say, "that's ugly" somebody else can say, "no, it's beautiful." If you say, "it's over-stuffed" somebody can say, "really, I thought it was pretty thin." So the problem with a word like precious is that the scale of adjectives with "precious" on it belongs solely to the reviewer and is just a way of being mean. Case in point: this whole nonsense about Sufjan Stevens's's BQE Thing. Words like fey, twee, and precious have become these little nuggets of coded disdain, but they are really just useless self-congratulatory gestures on the part of the reviewer. What is the opposite of twee? Muscular? It all reminds me of the insane misogynist critiques of Jane Austen's novels. I guess the place for a word like that would be in a larger piece about the music world -- there was an enormous brouhaha in Iceland about the so-called Krútt scene. Krútt is probably the closest approximation in Icelandic of "precious" -- it refers to Múm, kind of Sigur Rós, and a lot of imitators: it denotes little bells, reversed glockenspiels, fairytale vocals, cutely-outfitted brass bands. Now, all of that is just a description and not derogatory; my iPod overflows with this shit. Anyway, to go to a concert of that kind of music and be like, "it's precious," all you're doing is going to a Chinese restaurant and being like, "wow, they were serving mad chinese food up in there!"

The full nearly-point-by-point analysis is up at his blog. David Byrne also recently took on a NY Times review on his blog.

All Walkmen, High Places and Grizzly Bear tour dates below...

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The Wrens
The Wrens

"Some major changes have been made to the lay-out of the [Sasquatch] festival. The medium-sized stage (Wookie Stage) had been moved, as had the small stage (Yeti Stage) to make room for the new Comedy/Dance Tent. It didn't take long to get used to that, though...

...[The Wrens] did most of the songs from "Meadowlands", their bassist/keyboardist Kevin Wheelan exhorted the crowd multiple times and climbed atop his amplifiers, and the guys played like their lives depended on doing the best they have ever done. Their approach to the music is, in a word, fierce. [VARIOUS ECSTASIES]

The 2009 Sasquatch Festival ran from May 23-25 (Memorial Day Weekend) in Gorge, Washington. Pictures from Day One, HERE. More pictures from Day Two, below...

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Mutek banner in Montreal - May 27, 2009 (bneely)

Mutek, the electronic music festival celebrating its tenth year, is currently underway in Montreal. The five-day fest runs to Sunday, May 31st, and it's streaming online. Moderat, the Modeselektor & Apparat supergroup, performed at Mutek on Thursday, May 28th; the group plays NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, May 30th (the show was originally planned for Webster Hall). Tickets are still on sale.

Speaking of parties up North this summer... three other biggies are Ottawa Bluesfest (July 8th-19th), Vancouver Folk Music Festival (July 17-19th) and Calgary Folk Music Festival (July 23rd-26th). Each of those suitably transcend the "blues" and "folk" labels, hosting bands like The Dead Weather and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (in Ottawa), The Weakerthans and Rock Plaza Central (in Vancouver), and The Decemberists, Apostle of Hustle, Kid Koala and Akron/Family (in Calgary). Full lineup for the Calgary Fest (Ottawa in particular is much too massive to post) and ticket info below.

And don't forget about the previously reported Breeders-headlined Sled Island Fest in Calgary on June 24th-27th, Montreal's Osheaga, NXNE, and Toronto's Olympic Island Fest on July 11th, which will host Broken Social Scene and its Arts & Crafts cohorts.

Across the pond, UK's Glastonbury Festival, which runs from June 24th to 28th, has been sold out since February even though the full lineup wasn't announced until this week. Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and Blur will be joined by The Specials, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Spinal Tap, Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Madness, Tom Jones, Animal Collective and many others.

And finally in the States, Monolith Festival, which runs from September 12th to 13th at Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorado, has announced its intial lineup, Girl Talk, Passion Pit, and The Walkmen included. The whole thing is posted below.

The weekend before Monolith, Bumbershoot will take place in Seattle (September 5th-7th). That fest's lineup has been updated too. New additions include Vivian Girls, Akron/Family, and Elvis Perkins. All new additions, with previously announced acts, are below. Tickets are still on sale.

In Michigan, the Rothbury Festival over July 4th weekend will feature the only summer fest performance by The Dead, as well as sets by Bob Dylan, String Cheese Incident, Broken Social Scene and more. A few more jam-friendly acts were also just added to the bill. Full lineup below. Tickets are on sale.

Info on all the above fests, with ticket info, below...

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