Entries tagged with: Toro Y Moi
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.
3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.
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!
Kid Dynamite at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As discussed, House of Vans (25 Franklin St in Brooklyn) is returning for another free summer concert series this year, and like we said we would, we're now excited to announce the very awesome lineups for this year's series. We already knew Baroness and The Melvins would be playing on July 31 and the rest of the schedule is as follows:
6/27 - Fucked Up, Title Fight & Hop AlongAll shows are all ages and free with RSVP. Doors for each show are at 7. RSVP for the Fucked Up/Title Fight/Hop Along show opens Tuesday, June 11.
7/11 - Toro y Moi, Shlohmo & Jonwayne
7/18 - !!!, Jacques Renault Plus Special Guests Announced in Mid June
7/31 - The Melvins, Baroness & Honky
8/15 - Kid Dynamite, Joyce Manor, Red Hare, Swearin'
8/29 - Les Savy Fav, Delorean plus Special Guest
Flyer for the 2013 series and a Spotify playlist of the artists playing below...
Toro y Moi at Webster Hall in February (more by Jonathon Bernstein)
As mentioned, the Weezer Cruise is returning in 2014 from February 13-17 from the coast of Jacksonville, FL to the Bahamas, and the lineup for the 2014 cruise has just been announced. Like the inaugural cruise, the lineup is heavy on solid indie rock/pop, including Cat Power, Toro y Moi, DIIV, The Cribs, Ash (who appeared on the Angus Soundtrack with Weezer), Palma Violets, Holy Fuck, Bleached, Caveman, The Orwells, and more. It also includes Adam Devine from Workaholics. Cat Power performs with Weezer at the beach show, and the cruise will also give concertgoers a chance to see the band members take yoga classes, do karaoke, and more.
In related news, Toro y Moi just remixed Disclosure, which we posted in today's What's Going On? post, but if you missed it, you can also stream it below.
Thermals @ 285 Kent, March 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Q-Tip @ Cielo
* Kim Smith @ Joe's Pub
* Dave Davies @ City Winery
* Laura Marling @ Roulette
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Secret Chiefs 3 @ The Stone
* Dawn Richard @ Gramercy Theatre
* Pantha Du Prince @ West Park Church
* Kuroma, Fort Lean, IDEATH @ Glasslands
* CAROL LIPNIK and SPOOKORAMA @ Barbes
* Della Mae, Margaret Glaspy @ The Rock Shop
* Tica Douglas, Woof Woof, Hayley Coupon @ Cameo Gallery
* Deiphago, Mutant Supremacy, Damnatum, Agrath @ Saint Vitus
* Wakey!Wakey!, Michael Daves, Ana Egge @ Rockwood Music Hall
* The Thermals, Screaming Females, Hop Along @ Bowery Ballroom
* Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Spectre Folk, King Cyst @ Knitting Factory
* A conversation with J. Cole and Elliott Wilson @ Highline Ballroom
* Apache Dropout, Blank Realm, Three Tsunamis, Pop Zeus @ Death By Audio
* John Talabot, Pional, Lemonade, JDH & Dave P @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gobby, SFV Acid, Fur, Kuhrye-oo, Ian Isia, fLako, Pick A Piper, Shadowbox, Lavina Yelb, Kraftmatiks @ Le Baron
* You Bred Raptors?, Two Seconds to Midnight, Pillow Theory, The Karma Exchange, Dave Wanamaker @ The Mercury Lounge
The Thermals bring their tour in support of their new Desperate Ground LP to NYC for their first of two Bowery Ballroom shows tonight. As discussed, Screaming Females open both dates, and Hop Along opens tonights show. Since we last spoke, Don GIovanni band Black Wine were added to Wednesday's (5/29) show.
Back in March, The Thermals came to NYC for a few shows including Ace Hotel's '5 at 5' series. Check out a video of them playing an acoustic version of "You Will Be Free" from their new album at that Ace Hotel show, below.
Alex Bleeker & the Freaks' new album, How Far Away, is out today on Woodsist. The band play a record release show tonight at Knitting Factory with Spectre Folk (who count Steve Shelley as a member) and Big Troubles side project King Cyst. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. You can also listen to the album in the Knit's front room at 6PM where it'll be spinning on vinyl. You can also bring your own vinyl and they'll play it too as part of the club's new Tuesday series, Release and Rewind. The front room is free. You can stream a track from their new album below.
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LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...
Squarepusher is coming to the NYC-area for Camp Bisco, which goes down this year from July 11 to 13 at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, NY with Passion Pit, Animal Collective, Toro y Moi, El-P & Killer Mike, Baauer, Ryan Hemsworth, Dan Deacon, Danny Brown, and more. Right before that though, Squarepusher will play his own show in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on July 9. It's a much more intimate show than his 2012 show at Terminal 5, and tickets for it go on sale Friday (5/3) at 10 AM with a LPR member presale starting Thursday (5/2) at 10 AM.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The final Pitchfork Festival lineup has now been announced, and in addition to previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, and Swans, it now includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.
Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.
In other Chicago music festival news, Lollapalooza early bird passes went on sale today, sold out, and then regular 3-day passes went on sale and sold out. Single day tickets go on sale April 9.
Full Pitchfork Festival lineup and schedule below...
The Moog Sound Lab is a video series where bands and artists are invited to perform in the Moog Music factory in Asheville, North Carolina. With an arsenal of Moog equipment at their disposal, the musicians offer radically new takes on their material.
The first in this video series: Toro Y Moi, who perform their single "So Many Details" from Anything in Return. Using such synths as the Little Phatty, and the company's flagship Minimoog Voyager, Chaz Bundick and crew deliver a much mellower, soulful version of the track. For more info, check out the Moog Sound Lab site. Look for Toro Y Moi in Austin next week if you're heading to SXSW. Moog has a showcase there as well, with Austra, The Soft Moon, Xeno & Oaklander, Kontravoid, Survive and Ssleeperhold on March 16 at Elysium.
You can watch the Toro Y Moi Moog Sound Lab video, and check out more pics from the session, below.
Passion Pit at MSG earlier this month (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Camp Bisco is known for a long history of booking jam bands and dance music, but has branched out in recent years. This year's lineup has an especially interesting slew of non-jam. The festival goes down from July 11 to 13 at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, NY and features Passion Pit, Animal Collective, Toro y Moi, El-P, Killer Mike, Baauer, Dan Deacon, Com Truise, Ryan Hemsworth, Flosstradamus, Bear Mountain, Free Energy, RL Grime, VHS or Beta, and others, including of course The Disco Biscuits, who run the festival.
3-Day general admission passes for Camp Bisco are on sale now. Full lineup below...
Firefly Music Festival 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Dover, DE festival Firefly Music Festival had a great first year in July of 2012, and afterwards immediately announced it'd return in 2013. The 2013 festival happens from June 21 - 23 at the Dover International Speedway, and the lineup was just announced. It includes Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, The Walkmen, Django Django, Public Enemy, CHVRCHES, Amanda Palmer, Foxygen, Alabama Shakes, Toro y Moi, Dan Deacon, Action Bronson, The Avett Brothers, and more; and the headliners are Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Vampire Weekend, and Foster the People. The full lineup is below and you can watch the announcement video at their website. TIckets go on general sale Thursday (2/21).
Firefly happens a couple weeks after NYC festival Governors Ball, which has some lineup similarities (Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Avett Brothers, etc). That one goes down on Randall's Island from June 7 - 9 and tickets are still available.
Firefly lineup below...
photos by Jonathon Bernstein
The strong "Anything in Return" (Carpark), Mr. Bundick's recently released third full-length album, can't help but feel like a response to the womb he was born of. It's by far the most muscular of his work, even if his version of muscle is a thin sinew, only lightly flexed. Still, it's not chill. Not totally, at least.
His show at Webster Hall on Wednesday night highlighted the difficulties of shaking loose of the calm and moving toward squall.
Even at its most raging, Toro y Moi's music is an insular proposition, which in a room the size of this one, has its limitations.
At times, the mood was shamanistic -- there was smoke in the air, and the light show was throbbingly vivid. When Mr. Bundick went into psychedelic-soul freakout mode, it had moments of transporting power. - [NY Times]
Chillwave survivor Toro Y Moi rolled through NYC this week on his current tour with Wild Belle and Dog Bite, playing Webster Hall on Wednesday (2/13, as reviewed by the Times, above) and Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (2/15). Backed some sleek, '80s-inspired lighting, Chaz and his band tore through a good chunk of his brand new Anything in Return and select cuts from his two previous LPs.
More pictures from last night's MHOW show below...
Says the PR
On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at TheWoot. 2013 Lineup below...
Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
Nosaj Thing at MHOW in 2010 (more by Chris Doss)
LA glitch hop producer Nosaj Thing is set to release his new album, Home, on January 22 via Innovative Leisure. The album will feature guest vocals from Toro y Moi on the song "Try" and Blonde Redhead's Kazu Makino, who sings on the song, "Eclipse/Blue," the latter of which you can watch the video for below, and the former of which you can stream. You can also stream another album cut, "Snap," a teaser for a third track, "Light 3," and check out the cover art and full tracklist below.
Nosaj Thing doesn't have a tour in the works to support the album just yet, but he'll be in NYC TONIGHT (1/18) at Webster Hall for a Girls & Boys party with "guests," and GIrls & Boys regulars Alex English and rekLES. Tickets for tonight's show are available.
Video, song stream, cover art and tracklist below...
Toro y Moi at Afro Punk Fest 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Toro y Moi is releasing his new album, Anything in Return, on January 22 via Carpark and will be going on a tour in support of it which hits NYC on February 13 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available but if you'd rather catch them in a slightly more intimate environment, you're in luck because Toro y Moi just added another NYC show happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 14. Like the Webster Hall show and many others on the tour, Wild Belle and Dog Bite will open the MHOW show. TIckets for that show go on sale Friday (1/11) at noon.
An updated list of dates and the videos for "So Many Details" and "Say That" off of Toro y Moi's new album, are below...
Curren$y @ SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
The Suzan @ Glasslands, September 2011 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
today in NYC
* Rachelle Garniez @ Barbes
* Noche Flamenca @ Joe's Pub
* Gareth Flowers @ The Stone
* Anthony Coleman @ The Stone
* Battles (DJ set) @ ACE Hotel
* Pierre de CGaillande @ Barbes
* Janeane Garofalo @ Eastville Comedy Club
* The Suzan, Freshkills, Kid Tested @ Don Pedros
* Perservation Hall Jazz Band @ McKittrick Hotel
* Sediment Club, Witch Wolf, Xaddax @ XPO 929
* American Opera, Graph Rabbit @ The Rock Shop
* Moon Boots, Sean Glass, Alex English @ The DL
* Puss 'N Boots, So Brown, The Robs @ The Bell House
* LVL UP, High Pop, Little Big League, Baked @ Big Snow
* Daniel Fisher, Morgan Louis, Volvox (DJ sets) @ The Flat
* Curren$y, Chase N Cashe, G-Two, Gramz, Dave East @ SOB's
* Platinum Vision, Combineharvester, Ala Muerte @ Cake Shop
* The Toothaches, Automatic Toys, Sweet Ones @ The Bowery Electric
* Modern Rivals, Loveskills, Vensaire, A Beacon School @ Cameo Gallery
* RobertCop, Courtesy Tier, The Canon Logic, Jonathan Hape @ Glasslands
* Island Twins, Priests, The Numerators, Shady Hawkins @ Death by Audio
* Country Mice, Legs Like Tree Trunks, Treatment, Slothbear @ Shea Stadium
* TV Baby, Linfinity, Hurrah! A Bolt of Light!, Sport of Kings @ Mercury Lounge
* Mr. Matthews, Maria Chavez, Mr. Transylvania, Other Vultures, Cum Blood @ Silent Barn
Dave, John and Ian of Battles are DJing at the Ace Hotel tonight from 8 PM - 2 AM. It's free.
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Sky Ferreira released a video for her new single "Lost In My Bedroom," and you can watch that below.
Toro Y Moi's new album, Anything in Return, is out January 22. He just released the video for the album's new single, "Say That," and you can watch that below.
St. Lucia will headline Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 8 and tickets for that show go on sale at noon today.
Toots & the Maytals celebrate their 70th birthday at The Capitol Theatre on December 7. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Dead Kennedys (sans Jello Biafra) are playing Gramercy Theatre on February 12. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Black Marble are playing Glasslands on December 7 with a DJ set from TRUST. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
There's a listening party for Toro Y Moi's forthcoming album, Anything in Return, happening at Project Parlor in Bed-Stuy. It's from 5 - 10 PM and features an art installation from Chaz (who is Toro Y Moi) with drawings for all 13 tracks on the new LP. It's free and complimentary drinks will be served.
Tickets to see The Airborne Toxic Event at Webster Hall are on sale today at noon.
Ben Gibbard w/ Death Cab at Bumbershoot 2008 (more by Chris Graham)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chris Isaak @ State Theatre (NJ)
* Blue Oyster Cult @ Best Buy Theater
* The Amazing, Tor Miller @ Mercury Lounge
* Ben Gibbard, Advance Base @ Town Hall
* The Moon Show comedy @ Public Assembly
* Night Train with Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
* TV Baby, Fort Lean @ Mercury Lounge
* Gary Clark Jr., ZZ Ward @ Bowery Ballroom
* Deicide, Eyes of the Dead, Mahavatar @ BB King's
* Peace, Public, Lost Boy?, King Prom @ Death By Audio
* The Twilight Sad, Errors @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gin Wigmore, Deidre & the Dark @ Santos Party House
* Chick Corea & Stanley Clarke Band @ Blue Note
* Lizz Winstead (Bang the Dumb Slowly) @ Gramercy Theatre
* Duet of Tamio Shiraishi and Cammisa Buerhaus @ The Stone
* Ed Askew, Joseph Keckler, Vaudeville, Elephant @ Zebulon
* A Va Va, Son of Stan, The Grand Course (DJ), Andy T @ Glasslands
* Slava, Rush Midnight, Prism House, Kuhrye-oo @ Cameo Gallery
* Adam Green, Binki Shapiro, Computer Magic @ (le) poisson rouge
* Archipelago, Saintseneca, Emperor X, Jesse Cooper Levy @ Big Snow
* Shiny Toy Guns, MNDR, Colourmusic, Static Summer @ Santos Party House
* Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk & Anders Osborne, Amy Helm, Eric Krasno, Luther Dickinson, Bela Fleck, Questlove @ Highline Ballroom
With most venues back up and running again, we're back to our usual What's Going On posts.
Etienne De Crecy at Santos is cancelled.
Adam Green and Binki Shapiro play Le Poisson Rouge tonight, after having been forced to cancel their Maxwell's show this past Friday.
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Anders Osborne, Questove, Bela Fleck, and others play a Hurricane Sandy benefit at Highline Ballroom.
Fight For Your Right Revisited and Shut Up and Play the Hits are screening at a Hurricane Sandy benefit at Brooklyn Bowl tonight.
Ed Askew begins his residency at Zebulon tonight. Gary Higgins was supposed to play but dropped off and the lineup is now Joseph Keckler, Vaudeville, and Elephant.
Wyatt Cenac begins his weekly 'Night Train' comedy show at Littlefield tonight.
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Toro y Moi just shared a remix of his song, "So Many Details" with a guest verse from Hodgy Beats. Take a listen to that below.
Ratking at Public Assembly - 10/20/12
Sinkane at Public Assembly - 10/20/12
NYC rap crew Ratking and funky synth pop project Sinkane both played a number of CMJ shows last week, including the BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday (10/20) which they were both on. Pictures of Ratking's and Sinkane's set from that party are in this post.
The two groups will team up again in NYC this week for an in-store at the Puma Store (521 Broadway) on Thursday (10/25) with DJ Physical Therapy. The show is 21+, runs from 7 PM to 10 PM, and you can RSVP to email@example.com. The flier for this show is below.
Ratking, as mentioned, also recently dropped a remix of King Krule's "Octopus" which you can stream below.
Sinkane, who since played a record release show at Brooklyn Bowl last night (10/23), has other upcoming shows in NYC, including one with !!! at Music Hall of Williamsburg (12/13) and one with ESG at Bowery Electric (11/1). They'll also be supporting Yeasayer (who main member Ahmed Gallab once drummed for) on their upcoming tour which hits the NYC area on November 13 at the Capitol Theatre (tickets). They'll also support Toro y Moi on their recently announced tour but won't be at the Webster Hall show (2/13) (Wild Belle and Dog Bite will).
A list of all Sinkane dates, a stream of Ratking's King Krule remix, and more pictures of Ratking and Sinkane from the BV day party (sponsored by Sailor Jerry, PBR, Mercy, and Raw Revolution), below...
Toro Y Moi @ 2012 Afropunk Festival (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Chillwave survivor Toro Y Moi will release his third album, Anything in Return, on January 22 and you can stream the first track released from it, "So Many Details," below. Around the same time, he'll head out on his biggest North American tour yet, including a stop at Webster Hall on February 13. Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster on Friday (10/26) at noon, but you can get them right now via Toro Y Moi's website.
All Toro Y Moi tour dates are listed below.
Check out pictures from the show they just played in Chicago with Lower Dens.
And speaking of Brooklyn, get ready for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.
The Compact Disc turns 30 years old today. The first CD pressed in America was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (though Billy Joe's 52nd Street came out in Japan before that). What was the first CD you bought?
Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, Kenny's Castaways, where he used to play is hosting their final show tonight.
Producer and TV On the Radio member Dave Sitek has launched Federal Prism, "a new record label where Sitek will personally record, mix, produce, and release a series of limited edition 12-inch vinyl picture discs with a uniquely curator-driven perspective. The vinyl will be limited to 500 numbered copies each with a jacket personally hand silkscreened by Sitek."
Federal Prism's first release is "Destroyer" by Telepathe. "The b-side of the vinyl will feature a remix by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor with Alessandro Cortini and Atticus Ross. Sitek adds, "I told Trent I was starting my own label and would love to have him remix something on the first release. I sent him the session and before he actually said 'YES', he sent back this mighty dark space that he, Alessandro and Atticus had built for me! I was shocked and am certain I will have to keep ripping them off for years!"" It's on sale now.
Speaking of Trent Reznor, he says his his band How To Destroy Angels, have "formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases. The first of these will be available in November and it's called An Omen EP."
Scary: Ryan Adams revealed via Twitter: "Recording a track with my new pal @deadmau5 today. Sounds like BladeRunner starring Don Henley."
More scary: As if it wasn't bad enough that Bruno Mars has been announced as the host of the 10/20 episode of SNL, they're letting him be the musical performer for that episode too!
But here's some good news: Now That's What I Call Music 83 will reportedly be the last in the series.
more stuff below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Flatbush Zombies / flips / Gordon Voidwell
Hardcore punk rockers Cerebal Ballsy performed Saturday with a ferocity that commanded the seemingly peaceful crowd into a mosh pit. Later in the evening, the atmosphere switched into a groovy hipster paradise for all to enjoy as Erykah Badu jammed. The next day, Janelle Monae put on a performance with enough energy to power Manhattan. The performers were awesome - all of them - but they were merely a reflection of the movement known as Afropunk and the people of it.Here's another set of photos from Day 2 of the 2012 Afro Punk Fest which featured a ton of great music -- all for free -- not to mention skateboarding and BMX competitions.
The crowd was multi-everything - multi-cultural, multi-colored, multi-faceted, and multi-fashioned. - [Allhiphip.com]
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Janelle Monáe / TV on the Radio / Pharrell at Afro-Punk Fest 8/26/2012
Slamming together categories -- and, when appropriate, bodies -- is the ever-expanding mission of the annual Afro-Punk Festival, which returned last weekend to Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.Day 2 (8/26) of the 2012 Afro-Punk Fest was an incredibly stacked line-up, with TV on the Radio, Janelle Monáe (who was introduced by Pharrell Williams), Reggie Watts and Toro Y Moi just to name a few. Pictures from Sunday are in this post. Pictures of Day 1 (8/25) are here and here.
It was an event summed up in action by one of its returning headliners, Janelle Monáe. She's an indefatigable song-and-dance bandleader who gleefully draws on African-American showmen like Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown and even Cab Calloway as her lyrics dip into science fiction. Her finale, "Come Alive (War of the Roses)," had a jitterbug-ready beat while Ms. Monáe crowd-surfed like a punk-rocker: off the stage, into the audience and back onstage for a few more snappy steps. - [NY Times]
Rain Machine at BAM in 2010 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
As mentioned, the free Afropunk Festival returns to Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25-26. You can check out the full schedule for the fest at the bottom of this post. On the Saturday (8/25), the Green Stage will be headlined by Erykah Badu and the Red Stage by Das Racist. On the Sunday (8/26), the Green Stage will be headlined by TV on the Radio following sets by Toro y Moi and Reggie Watts and the Red Stage will be headlined by Janelle Monae.
Speaking of TV on the Radio, Kyp Malone's solo project Rain Machine has a NYC show coming up, that will take place soon after Afropunk at Union Pool on September 1 with Soft Location and Slowdance. No other Rain Machine dates to report at the moment.
Sinkane, who also plays Afropunk Fest, continues his residency at Zebulon tonight (8/20).
2012 Afropunk Fest schedule is below.