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Nina Persson, Jessie Ware & Fans @ Flow Fest (8/8/14)
The first day of Flow Festival began with a cruise around the Helsinki archipelago. The folks at Visit Helsinki invited press on an hour-long cruise that circled Suomenlinna (where I visited the day before) and stopped on Lonna Island, once home to a 19th Century Russian mine storage that was re-opened to the public in May.
From there it was on to Suvilahti, a power plant which closed nearly 40 years ago, which Flow Festival calls home. 'Flow Talks' were in progress when we arrived. I took some time to explore the grounds and get a lay of the land. The thing you quickly learn about Flow is that it's manageable. There's plenty to see and do but getting from one place to another is not as overwhelming (or impossible) as say Lollapalooza.
My festival began outright with three Finnish bands. I made a quick stop by the Main Stage to catch a bit of alternative rock band Risto before hustling over to the Blue Tent for the penultimate performance by Magenta Skycode. The Turku-based band is calling it a day and this was their final performance in Helsinki. For me, their blend of atmospheric, guitar-driven rock, and soaring vocals was the highlight of the day. Talking with Finns afterward, I learned there was a lot of nostalgia and a sense that they would be missed.
At the Other Sounds indoor stage was Finnish singer-songwriter, Joose Keskitalo. Keskitalo's easy set was a mix of hushed folk and old-timey songs and was a nice and marked contrast to both of the previous bands.
The Main Stage featured two solo singers back-to-back with The Cardigan's Nina Persson and UK pop chanteuse Jessie Ware. Between the two, Ware's performance was the better as she assuredly moved across the stage, engaging the gathering crowd. She also sprinkled her set with new songs from her forthcoming sophomore record.
I left Persson's set early to catch Slint who are back together after another hiatus. Their droning post-rock set was perfect for the dark environs of the Black Tent.
My festival night ended at Flow's most intriguing and beautiful stage - the Balloon 360-degree Stage. The crowd swayed in unison under the colorful glow of the giant ball to the hypnotic, guitar-inflected songs of Tuareg outfit, Tinariwen.
The night didn't end there though. A bunch of us ventured off to an afterparty behind Suvilhati right out by the water where a DIY sauna was located. DJs played a range of dance music deep into the night. Beer was sold out of a van, three cans for 10 euros. Some people sprawled out on the asphalt while others jumped into the water for a late-night swim after hitting up the sauna. As I left, the sun was coming up and the party was still going. But at least a few hours of sleep were needed if I wanted to be at all functional for Day 2.
Day 1 final thoughts:
One thing I noticed in my walkabout at the Main Stage were the no alcohol signs as you approach. If you want to drink, that's fine, just don't expect to get close to your favorite main stage artist. Alcohol is not allowed inside a roughly 50-yard perimeter. So, inside the alcohol-prohibited area you have plenty of space, especially toward the back to enjoy the show and not worry about people perilously holding three beers and two gin and tonics trying to maneuver their way through a packed crowd to friends at the front. I can't even begin to express how nice that is.
The other thing you notice is the trash on the festival grounds. Or I should say lack thereof. Reading about Flow prior to leaving for Helsinki I came across this stat: "In 2013 out of all the waste created at the festival 95% was recycled." 95%. That's mind-boggling.
And the grounds reflected it. As I moved among the crowd, I was genuinely startled if I stepped on a plastic cup or accidentally kicked an empty beer can because it was the exception and not the rule. The level of social responsibility at Flow far surpasses that of any festival in the United States. Or at least any U.S. festival I've attended.
Pictures from Day 1 continue below...
Helsinki has some nice architecture...
After spending three days shooting portraits and other SoundWave tent activities for us at Lollapalooza in Chicago, BrooklynVegan photographer Dominick Mastrangelo took off to Finland for this year's Flow Festival. Keep checking back for his coverage from the fest throughout the weekend, starting now...
With Lollapalooza in the books for another year, this weekend's summer festivals look west to San Francisco for Outside Lands. And they also look east, way east, across the pond to the Scandinavian and Nordic countries whom are all holding their own festivals. Norway's Oya Festival is up and running while Sweden's Way Out West and Flow Festival in Finland take place Friday through Sunday. At the time of this writing, I'm 31,000 feet over Iceland and bound for the beautiful seaport city of Helsinki for Flow. The lineup is a healthy mix of heavy hitters, indie-popular bands as well as Finnish talent.
Last week's Lollapalooza headliners, Skrillex and OutKast, are headlining on Friday (8/8) and Sunday (8/10)respectively. The National, whose seemingly endless tour in support of last year's Trouble Will Find Me, roll in to town after playing Oya and Way Out West to headline on Saturday.
In addition to the headliners, the fest also features Röyksopp & Robyn, Polica, Little Dragon, Marissa Nadler, The Horrors, Darkside, Bill Callahan and Janelle Monae are also performing. And a handful of artists who performed at Pitchfork a few weeks ago will be making their way to Helsinki as well including Slowdive, Real Estate and Neneh Cherry.
Flow also gives a nod toward festivals like SXSW and CMJ with a host of talks on tech and music as well as a screening over 40 short films. The National will also feature on the film side with a screening of the documentary Mistaken For Strangers.
Update: Being seven hours ahead of New York, I've been out and about in Helsinki today. Posters for Flow are everywhere, the weather was gorgeous and I spent most of my afternoon out on Suomenlinna, a fortress built on six islands in the Gulf of Finland. (That beautiful weather disappeared in less than an hour as it's presently pouring outside.) Some photos from my afternoon jaunt, plus the full Flow lineup, below...
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....
England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...
Tinariwen at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Malian band Tinariwen are about to drop their new album, Emmaar, next week (2/11) via ANTI- and they're about to kick off a North American tour too. That tour would have had them at Rough Trade NYC earlier this week (2/3), but that show was cancelled (the venue is still having sound issues). However, you'll still get a chance to see them in NYC this week, as they've since added a FREE show happening at Ace Hotel TODAY (2/6). It's part of the venue's 5at5 series, which means they'll be playing five songs at 5 PM. Admission is first come, first served.
As discussed, their tour also includes a not-free (but later and longer) NYC show happening on March 23 at Brooklyn Bowl with The Melodic. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates are still available.
Also, you can stream Tinariwen's new LP in full on NPR.
All dates are listed below...
Tinariwen already announced a tour that brings them to Brooklyn Bowl in March, and they've since added another NYC show happening sooner at Rough Trade on February 3. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Bear Hands and Miniature Tigers are playing Rough Trade on February 27. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Tinariwen at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Malian band Tinariwen have announced that they'll release a new album, Emmaar, on February 11 via ANTI-, who also released their last album, 2011's Tassili. Like Tassili, which featured contributions from Nels Cline, members of TV on the Radio, and others, Emmaar will feature popular-music guests including Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Zwan), Saul Williams and others. It's being produced by Vance Powell, who often works with Jack White. You can watch a video for "Toumast Tincha" off the upcoming album, below.
Following the album's release, Tinariwen will head out on a US tour that brings them to SXSW for their first time and NYC for two shows at Brooklyn Bowl on 3/23 & 3/24. Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates.
All dates are listed, along with the video, below...
by Tim Griffin
BRMC / Acid Mothers Temple / Warpaint at Austin Psych Fest - 4/26/2013
Last year Austin Psych Fest was held at Emo's East and Beauty Ballroom (RIP), the year before at the Seaholm Power Plant, and this year APF, which happened last weekend (4/26 - 4/28) has found what might be a permanent home at Carson Creek Ranch. The two seemed to fit well; open skies, trees, and a river (just minutes from downtown Austin) made for a great new location. Pictures of the ranch, and many of Day 1's bands (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Warpaint, Raveonettes, Tamaryn, Acid Mothers Temple, Tinariwen and more) and other goings-on are in this post.
Sailor Jerry invited me along for the ride and hired me to take some pictures for them as well. They had an AirStream back stage where much ink was dispensed (in the form of tattoos) as well as happiness (in the form of rum). Austin Tattoo artists Keith Underwood and Philip LaRocca manned the needles for those who stopped by for some permanent souvenirs. Pictures of some of that in the set, too.
Over at BV Austin, you can check out portraits taken at the fest by photographer Natasha Ryan. More pics from Day 1 of Austin Psych Fest below...
While Led Zeppelin's appearances last year were limited to press conferences and late-night TV interviews, Robert Plant will be going on a tour this year with his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters. That tour kicks off this June in Texas, and after making its way over to the West Coast and back, it culminates in a Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park on July 27. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/26) at noon with an AmEx and a BRIC presale starting Thursday (4/25) at noon.
In addition to Robert Plant, The Sensational Space Shifters' lineup includes Justin Adams (Tinariwen, SInead O'Connor), John Baggot (Massive Attack, Portishead), Billy Fuller (Beak>, Massive Attack), Liam "Skin" Tyson (of The La's offshoot Cast), Juldeh Camara, and Dave Smith.
All tour dates are listed, along with the tour trailer and a live video of the band from 2012, below...
Tamaryn is DJing at New York's Museum of Modern Art on Sunday evening (4/7) as part of a PopRally event called "Abstract Currents." Against projections of one-minute videos submitted by the public, Tamryn will provide a "hypnotic soundtrack to the collectively built abstract videoscape." It's in conjunction with MoMA's Abstraction, 1910-1925 and Abstract Generation: Now in Print exhibition and tickets are still available.
Later this month, Tamaryn will be in Texas' state capital for Austin Psych Fest (Apr. 26 - 28), which features a pretty amazing line-up that runs the gammut of "psychedelic," including Deerhunter, Spectrum, Black Mountain, OS Mutantes, The Moving Sidewalks, Clinic, Besnard Lakes, Elephant Stone, Roky Erickson, Sweden's GOAT and a bunch more. The fest just announced the day-by-day line-ups which are listed below.
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...
Sasquatch! 2012 (more by Chris Graham and Rae Graham)
Quincy, WA music festival Sasquatch! has announced that it will return for its 12th installment to The Gorge over Memorial Day Weekend (5/24 - 5/27) in 2013. A limited number of discounted four-day festival passes will go on sale Friday (11/23) at 9 AM PST at the Sasquatch! website. The lineup will be announced in February.
In other US festival news, as recently mentioned on BV Austin, Austin Psych Fest will go down in Carson Creek Ranch from April 26 to 28 with Deerhunter, The Black Angels, Boris, Spectrum, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Clinic, Warpaint, DIIV, and many more. More info HERE.
Rain Machine at BAM in 2010 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Rain Machine (aka Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio) has announced a hometown show in NYC which will go down on July 23 at Mercury Lounge with Austin art rocker Sorne (aka Morgan Sorne). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/15) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/13) at noon.
While Sorne is in the area, he'll also play Pianos on July 24 and Brooklyn Bowl on July 26. You can stream/download his debut LP at bandcamp. Name your price.
In related news, Tinariwen (whose album features contributions from Kyp Malone) will be in the NYC area this week. They'll play a Northside show at Warsaw on Friday (6/15) with Buke & Gase and Piers Faccini. Then they'll head slightly north to Croton, NY for Clearwater Festival with Dawes, Deer Tick, Punch Brothers, and more.
A list of all dates and a recent live video of Rain Machine below...
Deer Tick at Brooklyn Bowl on NYE (more by Tracy Allison)
Clearwater Festival is returning to Croton Point Park from June 16-17 in Croton, NY. This year's festival includes Dawes, Deer Tick, Alejandro Escovedo, Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck, Arlo Guthrie, Martin Sexton, Ani Difranco and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full Clearwater lineup below...
Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys, Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.
Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.
Primus at Roseland (more by Kurt Christensen)
Primus recently announced a MHOW show happening on February 8. Tickets went on sale last week and are now sold out. They've since added another NYC show happening one day later at Gramercy Theatre (2/9). The show is a benefit for Les Claypool's nephew Matthew who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and at 2 months old was admitted into the hospital. All proceeds from the show will go toward his medical bills. Tickets for this show go on sale at noon today (11/26).
If you are unable to get tickets to the show before it sells out, but would still like to donate in support of Matthew, you can do so at www.babymatthew.org.
Primus were also recently announced on the lineup of the 2012 Wakarusa Festival which goes down in Ozark, Arkansas from Mary 31-June 3. The jam band-heavy fest also will host sets by Girl Talk, Fitz & the Tantrums, Gary Clark Jr., Daedelus, Tinariwen, Blitzen Trapper and more. Full list below.
Our thoughts go out to Matthew and his family. Updated Primus dates, the Wakarusa lineup, and more about Matthew below...
UK music magazine Uncut weighs on this year's best albums. Like Rough Trade, they give Josh T Pearson serious placement. They put Tinariwen, who appeared on The Colbert Report last night (!) with Tunde and Kyp from TV on the Radio, at #18. Check out their whole list and video from Colbert, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Spoon @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Spoon had nothing to promote and no surplus of new songs to unveil. This was just an Austin band -- Austin's biggest indie band ever -- playing an Austin festival for their only major show of 2011 (at least so far). As a live unit, the four-piece that recorded Transmission (augmented here by an additional percussionist) is as precise as Spoon has ever been, cranking out savagely controlled, often slow-building versions of such songs as "Written in Reverse," "Delicate Places" and the instantaneously applauded "I Turn My Camera On." "We got horns!" frontman Britt Daniel proclaimed, bringing out a six-man section for "Cherry Bomb," "The Underdog" and "Jonathan Fisk." By the four-song encore, the crowd had both increased in enthusiasm and decreased in size -- no doubt some people had wandered to another stage to see the Damned, which Daniel himself had said he wished that he could do. [SPIN]Personally I started at the Damned (who were great) and finished Saturday with about 30 minutes of Spoon which felt like the perfect chill ending to a long first-two-days of the outdoor Austin fest (right after their set I went back to the hotel, skipped all afterparties and crashed for 12 hours straight which made Sunday great).
Our first set of pictures from Saturday, Damned included, are HERE. Our second set continues, more of Spoon included, below...
Tinariwen, who are preparing to release their new LP Tassili on August 30 via Anti- Records, will head out on tour in support of the album this fall. The tour hits NYC on November 19 at Webster Hall. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/26) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/24) at noon.
All dates and three videos from the recording sessions (Kyp Malone included) below...
Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.
The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others
2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.
Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.
Tinariwen will be in New York this week to play Highline Ballroom on July 20 with House of Waters, and to play the Grassroots Festival in Trumansburg, NY the next day (7/21). Tickets are still on sale for the Highline show.
Fellow West African Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, who also play Grassroots, will play NYC on July 27 at S.O.B.'s. Tickets are on sale now. They'll also play a free Celebrate Brooklyn show on July 22 with Faaji Agba. Egypt 80 is the former band of Seun's father, Fela Kuti. Seun recently released From Africa With Fury: Rise, his first album for Knitting Factory Records. The album was recorded with producers Brian Eno and John Reynolds...
"...there was room to further adjust the blazing Afrobeat of Seun's first album Many Things into something more potent.Purchase the album on Amazon as LP/CD/MP3. Updated Seun tour dates below...
That was producer Brian Eno's prescription when he finally convinced Seun to let him produce his work. As Seun explains, "He showed me ways to open up the music. He gave me ideas about things we could do to turn the project from live music to a great live CD."
If you're expecting something in the vein of The Unforgettable Fire or Viva La Vida, you'd be wrong. This is more like Remain In Light at 45 RPM. Kuti explains that it's not like Eno changed the songs themselves (though he did contribute keyboards and vocals), but would strengthen passages of tracks like "Mr. Big Thief' by having the melody played in unison by Kuti's sax and guest Justin Adams's guitar.... [Exclaim]
Tinariwen will release a new album called Tassili on August 30 via Anti- Records (pictured above). The album was recorded entirely acoustic with contributions from Tunde Adebimpe & Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Nels Cline of Wilco (who plays a show with Marc Ribot at LPR on June 15th).
Tinariwen will head out on a short North American tour in July which will hit the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the previously mentioned Highline Ballroom on July 20. Tickets are still on sale for that NYC show.
Tinariwen also play the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival on July 21 at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds in Trumansburg, NY (which runs from July 21-24). There they share a bill with Donna the Buffalo, Court Yard Hounds, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Balkan Beat Box, Sammy Kershaw, Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited, John Brown's Body, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and many others.
For Seun Kuti, the Trumansburg date is one day after he plays a free show at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Seun recently sent out an updated list of tour dates too, and a new video you can watch below.
Tinariwen collaborators TV on the Radio also recently expanded their upcoming tour dates, many of which are with Broken Social Scene who they play with at the Williamsburg Waterfront They also have a new video, as does BSS
The videos with all Seun & Tinariwen & TVOTR dates, below...
Cymbals Eat Guitars have a show scheduled at Glasslands on May 20th with Yellow Dogs and Mirror Mirror. Tickets are on sale.
Tinariwen returns to NYC this summer. Tickets go on sale Saturday for a July 20th show at Highline Ballroom.
Glasvegas are touring in support of a new album. Tickets are on sale now for a May 23rd show at Bowery Ballroom. All tour dates are below.
by Andrew Frisicano
Omar Souleyman @ Central Park Summerstage
"He is a legend in north Africa. Omar Souleyman in about 15 years has recorded around 500 studio and live albums and apparently has a godlike status in Syria, his country. Originally his music orbits around Syrian folk-pop, it is sung in Arabic and his audience is mainly in North-African countries.Mali's Tinariwen and the West African-inspired US band Toubab Krewe played the Central Park SummerStage on June 26th (one day before Gil Scott-Heron played there). Between their sets, Syrian "techno" artist Omar Souleyman made his New York debut. He succeeded in getting the crowd up and dancing, and he had a belly dancer on stage for part of the set (with a DJ set between).
Recently Omar Souleyman has became the hype of the indie blogosphere. He has been picked up by Pavement for their "exotic" slot on the second day at their All Tomorrow Parties festival. The hype mounted so fast that the third stage at Minehead centre was packed [with] thousands of guys wearing Pavement/Pixies/Sonic Youth/Dinosaur Jr T-shirts dancing to the disco music of Souleyman. Among these fans [was] the Dodos drummer who played [his own set the next day] wearing the official Souleyman T-Shirt." [Live on 35mm]
More pictures from Central Park, and some videos from all the NYC shows, below...
...which is being rebroadcast online
"shortly" NOW. Other performers include Amadou & Mariam, Hugh Masekela, K'Naan, Tinariwen, Vieux Farka Touré, Angelique Kidjo, Black Eyed Peas, and Shakira.