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Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Baroness

Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!

Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.

Continue reading "Baroness dropped off House of Vans and FYF Fest, who added bands (updated lineup)"

Twin Shadow at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Twin Shadow

As mentioned, Twin Shadow released his sophomore LP, Confess, earlier this year and has been touring in support of it. In September he'll begin a new leg of the tour with support from Sweden's Niki and the Dove which hits NYC on September 27 at Webster Hall. That show has since sold out but the two bands have just added a smaller NYC show that happens one day later (9/28) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (8/23) at noon.

Niki and the Dove released their debut LP, Instinct, earlier this month via Sub Pop. A full stream of that album, a full stream of Twin Shadow's Confess, and an updated list of dates are below.

Continue reading "Twin Shadow and Niki & the Dove add 2nd NYC show to tour (updated dates & album streams)"

Sandro Perri
Sandro Perri

Toronto art pop musician Sandro Perri has a few dates scheduled to take place surrounding his appearance at this year's FYF Fest. They're a bit scattered at the moment so it looks like more might be revealed, but we know that one of them is a NYC show which happens on September 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All currently known dates are listed below.

Sandro Perri is also one of the many musicians being featured on the new Arthur Russell tribute album, This Is How We Walk on the Moon, that AIDS organization Red Hot (who are also responsible for Dark Was the Night, Red Hot + Rio and many other compilations) and Pitchfork are putting out. Sandro will join Robyn, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, Dan Boeckner, Twin Shadow, Washed Out, Laurel Halo, Sam Amidon, Devendra Banhart, Olof Arnalds, Jose Gonzalez, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Chad VanGaalen, Glen Hansard, and many others for the album. The project is being funded on kickstarter. The Kickstarter video and a list of all participating artists is below.

Earlier this year, DFA put out a remix 12" of material from Sandro's 2011 LP, Impossible Spaces. The stream of Eluvium's remix of "Changes," a list of all currently known Sandro Perri dates, and the Arthur Russell tribute info are below.

Continue reading "Sandro Perri touring, featured on Arthur Russell tribute w/ Cut Copy, Hot Chip, Twin Shadow, Washed Out & more (dates)"

DOWNLOAD: Poolside - "Slow Down" (MP3)

Poolside at Brooklyn Bazaar in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Poolside

LA dance duo Poolside released their debut album, Pacific Standard Time, earlier this month on their own Night & Day label. The album's single, "Slow Down," can be downloaded above and the video for the track can be watched below. Fans of R&B falsettos and chilled synths may be impressed.

Poolside are about to head out supporting Twin Shadow on his upcoming tour. They won't be there for Twin Shadow's NYC date at Webster Hall (9/27), but they'll play two of their own NYC shows before that tour starts. First, they'll DJ a Vibrations party at Hudson Terrace on July 26, which is free until midnight with RSVP. Then, they'll play a live set for a FIXED party at Tribeca Grand Hotel on July 27. That show is also free with RSVP but capacity is first come, first served.

A list of all dates and the "Slow Down" video are below...

Continue reading "Poolside released an LP, touring (dates, video, and MP3)"

Action Bronson at Bamboozle 2012 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Action Bronson

today in NYC
* ROMA! @ Joe's Pub
* Leni Stern @ Barbes
* Paloma Faith @ Le Baron
* Aaron Novik @ The Stone
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Brian Lopez Band @ Joe's Pub
* Never Sleep Alone @ Joe's Pub
* Brazilian Girls @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Beanie Sigel @ Apple Store Soho
* Led Er Est (DJ) @ Nitehawk Cinema
* Face To Face, Nat Rufus @ Maxwell's
* Joe Purdy, Giving Tree Band @ City Winery
* Matt Marks-Shame Remixes @ The Stone
* Smashing Pumpkins @ iHeart Radio Theater
* Destroyer, Sophia Knapp @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples @ Wellmont Theatre
* Walk the Moon, Vacationer @ Mercury Lounge
* Ani DiFranco, Melissa Ferrick @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Dukes of Brooklyn, Chris Ayer @ Mercury Lounge
* Wintersleep, Jeff Beam, Soft Bullets @ Knitting Factory
* Future of the Left, Freshkills @ Generation Records
* The Tallest Man On Earth, Strand of Oaks @ Town Hall
* MMOTHS, Young Yeller, Jacob 2-2, Cult Fever @ Glasslands
* The So So Glos, Carnivores, Darlings, Big Ups @ Shea Stadium
* Anamanaguchi, Yellow Dogs, Hooray For Earth @ Tammany Hall
* Das Racist, Action Bronson, Trouble Andrew, Brenmar @ Red Hook Park
* Terrible Feelings, Death First, Plastic Cross, These Days @ Death By Audio
* The Dirty Pearls, This Good Robot, The Click Clack Boom, Dana Alexandra @ Santos
* The Pendulum Swings, Erin Barra, Mitchell Grey, Zoe Sundra, The Great Apes @ Cake Shop
* The Black Box Revelation, Ambassadors, Ghost Beach, Mannequin Party @ Gramercy Theatre
* Mr. Coconuts w/ Gabe Delahaye, Ted Leo, Michael Che, Emily Heller, Taylor Negron @ Union Hall
* Love As Laughter, This Frontier Needs Heroes, The Heaven's Jail Band, The Blank Tapes @ Union Pool
* Tell Your Friends w/ Wyatt Cenac, Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, Bryan Tucker, "secret famous comedian" @ Lolita
* Diamond Terrifier presents Charlie Looker, Marc Edwards & Slipstream, Time Travel, Jeananne Dara, Glockabelle, The Oracle DJ's @ Zebulon

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Liam McEneaney's long-running comedy show Tell Your Friends! is hosting its LAST-EVER show at Lolita Bar tonight. I don't know if it's the last ever 'Tell Your Friends!' but it's definitely the last one at the Manhattan bar it called home up until now. Guests tonight include Wyatt Cenac, Kristen Schaal and her Hot Tub Partner Kurt Braunohler (who we just mentioned has an upcoming Night of the Living talk show with Amanda Palmer and Tim Heidecker), Bryan Tucker and a "SECRET FAMOUS COMEDIAN." This is not to be missed. If you can't make it to Lolia, you can also catch Kurt tonight at SWEET with Bryan Callen, Jessi Klein, and Greg Barris, plus a surprise guest.

We're giving away a pair of tickets to see Liars at Webster Hall on Wednesday, June 20. Visit our Facebook page for details.

Twin Shadow debuted his video for "Five Seconds" last night on the Jumbotron in Times Square. Now you can watch it on the tiny screen on your laptop below.

Fiona Apple was on Jimmy Fallon last night. Videos from that (including a web exclusive performance) are below.

Also below... Mr Rogers remixed! It's pretty awesome if you haven't heard it yet.

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FYF

FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
WOW.

Quicksand recently reunited at Revelation Records' 25th Anniversary on the West Coast, and I would't be surprised if they do the same at Irving Plaza in October.

American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.

Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2012 lineup: Quicksand, Refused, American Nightmare, Desaparecidos, M83, Hot Snakes & MUCH more"

Twin Shadow at BAM in May (more by David Andrako)
Twin Shadow

A while back we mentioned that Twin Shadow would be premiering the music video for "Five Seconds" off his new album, Confess (out 7/10 via 4AD), on a Jumbotron in Times Square this Monday (6/18) and performing afterwards. According to a tweet from Twin Shadow, he will no longer be performing in Times Square due to a permit issue but promises that the video will still make its premiere on the Jumbotron.

Meanwhile, you can catch Twin Shadow when his tour with Niki and the Dove hits NYC on Webster Hall on September 27. Tickets for that show are still available.

Niki and the Dove are in NYC this week for Northside. They played a sold out show at Glasslands last night (6/14) (how was that?) and are playing a free show tonight (6/15) at Tribeca Grand. RSVP here.

Twin Shadow at BAM earlier this month (more by David Andrako)
Twin Shadow

As mentioned, Twin Shadow will release his sophomore LP, Confess, on July 10 via 4AD. You've heard the first single, "Five Seconds," and now Twin Shadow has just revealed that he'll give the video for that song a pretty interesting premiere. It's going to premiere in NYC on a Jumbotron in Times Square on June 18 and will be followed by a live Twin Shadow performance directly after.

According to a press release, the event is part of Art Takes Times Square, a program presented by Artists Wanted, Chashama, and Times Square Alliance, "to present artists from around the world in brilliant lights on a massive scale in one of the most iconic locations in the world."

Twin Shadow will also be supporting his new album on a tour which includes the previously discussed NYC show at Webster Hall on September 27. Since we first mentioned that tour, Swedish indie poppers Niki and the Dove were added as openers to a portion of it, including the Webster Hall show. Tickets for that show are still available.

You can catch Niki and the Dove, whose debut LP, Instinct is due out on August 7 via Sub Pop, in NYC even sooner when they play the previously mentioned Popgun Northside party at Glasslands on June 14 with Selebrities and Beacon. Tickets for that show are still available.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Twin Shadow premiering video and performing in Times Square; Niki and the Dove added to tour (dates)"

Twin Shadow at BAM last week (more by David Andrako)
Twin Shadow

Twin Shadow, who just played Crossing Brooklyn Ferry at BAM last week, will release his sophomore LP, Confess, on July 10 via 4AD. Listen to the first single, "Five Seconds," HERE.

He just announced that he'll support the album this summer with the "Ton Up Tour," which kicks off in Seattle at the Capitol HIll Block Party, includes Lollapalooza, and culminates in a NYC show at Webster Hall on September 27. Twin Shadow is offering a presale package on his website which includes a ticket and a limited edition T-shirt illustrated by Gianmarco Magnani. The image on the shirt is the same as the tour poster, which is pictured below. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale to the general public on Friday (5/11) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (5/9) at noon.

All dates and tour poster below...

Continue reading "Twin Shadow going on tour, playing Webster Hall again (dates)"

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by David Andrako

The Walkmen @ BAM
The Walkmen

BAM's Bryce and Aaron Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry series/festival had its first night Thursday. It continues tonight/Friday with a lineup headlined by St. Vincent and The Antlers (and Saturday with Beirut and Atlas Sound).

Music kicked off at 5pm with early slots filled by indie-classical acts like yMusic and JACK Quartet. Composer-uke-player Jherek Bischoff started things out inside the Howard Gilman Opera House at 7pm, and his set featured guest spots from David Byrne and Amanda Palmer. Check out the pictures below.

The first band I saw was Twin Shadow, an act that always sounds a lot better to me on record than live (something about George Lewis Jr.'s voice and the intricacies of the production don't translate exactly on stage). A welcome special guest, the Blackfire Percussion, added drum corp percussion on a few of the songs.

Sharon Van Etten powered through a set that highlighted how much she's evolved since her early acoustic days. She offered a throwback to her Because I Was In Love debut with a solo version of "I Fold" dedicated to her parents. Aaron Dessner, who produced Tramp, played guitar on a few of the tracks. And Sharon tapped "Serpents" for the triumphant, soaring closer.

Sharon Van Etten @ BAM
Sharon Van Etten

The Walkmen navigated a set of new tunes and classics: in addition to putting out their sixth LP, Heaven, in June, this year marks the 10th-anniversary of their debut, Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone. Among the songs played were "Angela Surf City," "In the New Year," "Blue As Your Blood" and new tracks "Heaven," "Heartbreaker" and "Southern Heart." Hamilton, as always, stretched the limits of his voice to good effect, especially on the haunting A Hundred Miles Off track "All Hands and the Cook." The band closed with an encore of "We've Been Had," which they noted was the first song they wrote as a band.

Between those last two I ventured to the BAM Cafe to see Zs, playing as a duo and sounding completed different than the last time I saw them in July. Guitarist Ben Greenberg describes the change as "The old stuff was like an old Soviet tank driving down Main Street; the new stuff is like a spaceship landing on City Hall." The shift from angular guitar and skronking saxophone to whatever they do now was pretty evident in the small snippet that I caught. Greenberg's guitar laid dubby rhythms lines while Sam Hilmer's sax played melodies and riffs off in the distance. Hopefully they'll line up more shows soon. (As Hubble, Greenberg makes the NYC debut of that project's "quadraphonic Hubble Superposition set" tonight.)

After that I caught a few songs by Yellowbirds, hidden up in Cinema 3 and playing to a crowd of about 20 people (including Conrad Doucette). The Jonathan Richman-esque two-piece was a nice surprise to find soaked in the smell of movie-theater popcorn.

(People Get Ready and Heather Broderick played, and a program of short films screened, but I arrived too late to see them. And I only caught a snippet of Callers by skipping the end of Twin Shadow.)

One bummer about the schedule is that, with the exception of the extremely early classical sets, it's impossible to see more than a few minutes of the smaller bands without skipping the headlining acts. That scheduling, and the vague, unnecessary "Brooklyn" theme, are a bit puzzling, but all in all the fest is a good chance to see bands like the Walkmen and Sharon Van Etten in the gorgeous Howard Gilman Opera House, a space that's surprisingly intimate and cozy for its size (and having the first few rows of seats removed for the crowd to stand was a nice touch).

More pictures from Thursday below...

Continue reading "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry night 1 pics & review (The Walkmen, Sharon Van Etten, David Byrne, Amanda Palmer, Zs & more)"

by BBG

Total Control at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Total Control

Total Control's Henge Beat was a favorite around these parts, and now the band recently released a split 12" with Thee Oh Sees. Check out a video for Total Control's "For Lease" from that split below and order your copy via Castle Face.

Total Control currently have no US dates scheduled. Thee Oh Sees, on the other hand, will spend their summer abroad and have a handful of appearances in the US. The band, who recently played Austin Psych Fest, will play a gang of festival dates including the previously discussed Pitchfork, Outside Lands, Hopscotch, ATP I'll Be Your Mirror and the sold-out Woodsist Festival in Big Sur.

In addition, the band just signed on to be a part of the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle WA, joining names like Neko Case, Major Lazer, Fitz And The Tantrums, Phantogram, The Lumineers, Grimes, Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, Youth Lagoon, Diplo, Cloud Nothings, The Psychic Paramount, Twin Shadow, Dam-Funk and so many more across six-stages and as many city blocks during three days in July (7/20-7/22). Current lineup is below and tickets are on sale.

All tour dates, the Capitol Hill Block Party lineup and that "For Lease" video is below.

Continue reading "Total Control release video from split with Thee Oh Sees; Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party announces lineup"

by Bill Pearis

Twin Shadow

Twin Shadow just released the first taste of his second album, Confess, which will be out July 10 on 4AD. (That's the album's cover art above.) The song, "Five Seconds," is dark, romantic and danceable in an '80s kind of way. You can stream it along with the full tracklist, or download it for the price of your email address, below...

Last week, Twin Shadow debuted new material at Glasslands and played the Sweetlife Festival in Maryland. How were the shows? A short clip of the brand rocking out at the MD show is below.

On Thursday (5/3), Twin Shadow plays the National-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival with Sharon Van Etten, Callers and more (tickets are still available).

New song stream/download widget, tracklist and a blurb about George Lewis Jr's inspiration for the new album, below..

Continue reading "Twin Shadow releasing 'Confess' (listen to a new song), played Glasslands, playing Crossing Brooklyn Ferry this week"

Twin Shadow in Chicago in 2011 (more by Matt Ziegler)
Twin Shadow

Twin Shadow are playing Glasslands Gallery on Thursday, April 26 (two days before they play the Sweetlife Fest and about a week before they play BAM). Tickets for the relatively intimate Brooklyn show are on sale.

Other aritsts playing the Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavillion in MD on April 28, include AVICII, Kid Cudi, The Shins, Explosions in the Sky, Fits & the Tantrums, Delta Spirit, and Action Bronson.

Twin Shadow are also playing Lollapalooza this year.

Lollapalooza (more by Grant MacAllister)
Lolla

Chicago Sun Times reports:

Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers -- a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen mainstage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.

The annual music festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.

Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.

The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weeknd, Bloc Party and more -- all bands that wound up on the bill.

Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2012 lineup (Jack White, At The Drive-In, Sigur Ros, Black Keys, RHCP, Afghan Whigs, M83, Weeknd, SBTRKT, Black Sabbath & more)"

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

Remember that Dessner brother-curated festival, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," which is happening at BAM from May 3-5? And remember how when we posted the National-curated ATP lineup we suggested (for obvious reasons) that it might hint at the BAM lineup? Well, the lineup is out now, and there are definitely some similarities to that, and also not surprisingly, to the ongoing Ecstatic Music Festival which is great at highlighting the growing mix between indie rock and indie classical that the Dessners are huge fans of and participants in.

The three day Brooklyn Academy of Music festival includes The Antlers, My Brightest Diamond (w/ yMusic), Sharon Van Etten, and Buke and Gase who are all playing ATP, in addition to The Walkmen, St. VIncent, Beirut, Atlas Sound, Tyondai Braxton (formerly of Battles), Oneohtrix Point Never, Caveman, Sinkane, Twin Shadow, Jherek Bischoff, Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang (DFA DJ set), Ava Luna, and others which are all listed below. As mentioned, the fest also includes the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the NOW Ensemble.

3-Day Festival Passes go on sale Monday (3/5) to friends of BAM and Tuesday (3/6) to the general public. More details and schedule at the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry website.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "National-curated BAM Festival lineup announced (Walkmen, St. Vincent, Beirut, Sharon, Antlers, Zs & many more)"

photos by Alex Broadwell

Future Islands
Hopscotch

Like Guided by Voices, manay bands (duh) played the 2nd annual Hopscotch Music Festival in North Carolina celebrated in early September. Here are some pictures of a few of the bands that I forgot to post earlier. They continue below...

Continue reading "Hopscotch Fest 2011 (belated pics)"

Fader Fort

Though most of the lineup has yet to be revealed - except for King Krule, Metronomy (who also play MHOW), Purity Ring, Fat Trel (pictured above) and Bleached (more on them in a sec), this year's CMJ Fader Fort RSVP is up and running for their 10/21 and 10/22 shows at 443 w 18th St in Manhattan. More details, including the lineup, TBA soon.

Those dates are the same as the two free BrooklynVegan parties happening at Public Assembly in Brooklyn (no RSVP required), though Fader Fort runs 2-9pm, and the BV parties are from noon-6pm.

Vice's Noisey party with Twin Shadow happens at Santos Party House on the night of 10/19, and as previously mentioned, Twin Shadow are also playing another show which is now announced and is also free and also requires RSVP. The newly-announced show also happens at night, but on Saturday, 10/22, at Le Bain. It's the "Making Time" party and Seekae is also on the bill.

Making Time is FIXED's Philly sister, and FIXED have a CMJ party of their own as well. Their showcase will take place at Public Assembly on 10/19 with Teengirl Fantasy, Still Corners, Lemonade, Chad Valley, Radio People, Warm Ghost, CFCF (DJ Set), and Resident DJs JDH & Dave P (who also DJs Making Time). Tycho was originally scheduled to play this showcase but has since cancelled all of his CMJ shows in favor of a single pre-CMJ show happening at MHOW this Sunday. Tickets for the FIXED show are on sale.

Twin Shadow at Webster Hall (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Twin shadow

We spoke too soon regarding where Twin Shadow would be next. Now that they've played Webster Hall, it was announced that they'll be around NYC for CMJ too, for at least one show, possibly two or more.

Twin Shadow will headline a Noisey CMJ showcase on 10/19 at Santos Party House, alongside appearances from hip hop group Main Attrakionz (who also play the same venue with Youth of Today), Bleached, Caveman, Inc, Pujol, and Fidlar. The show is FREE with RSVP. More details on the show in the flyer below.

Stay tuned for more CMJ & Twin Shadow annoumcements.

Continue reading "Twin Shadow playing Noisey CMJ show (RSVP is open)"

photos by Vincent Cornelli & Chris La Putt

Twin Shadow @ Webster Hall (by Vincent Cornelli)
Twin Shadow

Twin Shadow headlined Webster Hall on Friday, 10/7 tour-mate Diamond Rings. It was the last night of a tour that one night earlier hit the Paradise Rock Club in Boston...

Accompanied by fellow genre-straddler Twin Shadow, O'Regan (of Diamond Rings) went out with a synthy bang at his 2nd to last show on the 'Clean Cuts' tour. He covered every inch available to him, dancing--and even rapping- on all four corners of the stage.

...he paired his 80's infused dance moves with impressively baritone vocals to provide the audience with the best possible idea of what it is to be Diamond Rings.

"Diamonds are multi-faceted and precious, but also the hardest rocks out there," O'Regan said. "I can cut you if you're not careful."

This contrasting quality seems to be representative of his musical identity as a whole. From his deep voice against catchy synth-beats to his colorful makeup against his pale skin, O'Regan's music is full of clean collisions.

...Diamond Rings' eccentric style has been compared to that of David Bowie and even Lady Gaga. At the show, he was dressed in a graphic t-shirt, a white leather jacket, a chain necklace, and a pale face of makeup. O'Regan said that he uses fashion as a way to express himself and connect with the world.

"People listen with their eyes," he stated. "It's naïve to imagine that image isn't a big part of being a musician in the modern world." -[BU Quad]

Pictures from Webster Hall adorn this post, and pictures from the Chicago stop on this tour are viewable here.

If you missed Webster Hall, then hopefully you live in either the Dominican Republic, Nova Scotia, or Asheville, NC. Twin Shadow has dates in all three in the coming weeks, with the latter going down at Moog Fest 2011. Tickets are still available.

More pictures from Webster Hall are below...

Continue reading "Twin Shadow @ Diamond Rings played Webster Hall (pics)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Arcade Fire / The Antlers
Arcade Fire
The Antlers

Rain showers fired up crowds for the second day of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, even as much of the excitement Saturday was for headliner Stevie Wonder, who had fans claiming spots by the main stage throughout the afternoon.

Out-of-towners might not have understood the joyful reaction -- which included singing and dancing -- that rain got throughout Zilker Park. "I say, 'God bless the rain,' and we need it," said Austin photographer Greg Davis, who for the fifth year was selling his photos in the fest's art market. "It's bad for business but great for the community."

Some people used shelters put up for extra protection from the sun to escape the intermittent showers, while others didn't let a little water keep them from staking out spots early around the stage where Motown legend Wonder was to perform. The periphery filled so quickly that by the time R&B singer Cee Lo Green took the stage at 6 p.m., several hundred fans had planted chairs in nondesignated areas, causing security to ask them to move so the expected throng of people would have space to approach the stage.

"Our whole plan today has been to scope out a spot so that we don't have to fight the crowds," said Joelle Barnes of Austin, who along with her husband, James, were among the people asked to move their chairs. Although Barnes and her husband had enjoyed Alison Krauss and Union Station, Cee Lo and other performers they had seen on Saturday, the day was all about Wonder. "He's a legend -- you can't argue with that," James Barnes said. "This is such a rare opportunity"... [Austin360]

Pictures from the second day of Austin City Limits 2011 are in this post. They include pics of Sunday night headliner Arcade Fire, at an Austin City Limits TV show taping which took place downtown at the new Moody Theater on Saturday.

Pics from Day One HERE. Day Three streaming online today (9/18). More Day Two pictures below...

Continue reading "ACL 2011 -- Day 2 in pics (Antlers, Phosphorescent, Aloe Blacc, Twin Shadow, Arcade Fire TV taping & more)"

DOWNLOAD: SBTRKT - "Wildfire" (Drumma Boy remix ft. Shabazz Palaces) (MP3)

SBTRKT

Back in June, we announced the killer initial lineup for Moogfest 2011 (October 28, 29, 30). That lineup just got even better with additions including TV on the Radio, Special Disco Version featuring James Murphy and Pat Mahoney, St. Vincent, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, YACHT, John Maus, Araabmuzik Baths, Zomby, Active Child and more. It was also announced that Brian Eno, part of the initial lineup, will be presenting Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings and "Illustrated Talks" as part of this year's fest.

The initial announcement also included Suicide, Tangerine Dream, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Austra, M83, Little Dragon, Passion Pit, Toro y Moi, Moby (full band), The Flaming Lips, Battles, CANT, Brandt Brauer Frick (who will be on a US tour that hits Glasslands), and more.

Speaking of CANT (aka Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear), he revealed the song "Believe" from his upcoming debut LP yesterday. Stream the track below. The album comes out September 13 on Chris' own Terrible Records. He's also got an upcoming tour surrounding Moogfest which includes a show on October 25 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still on sale.

Speaking of SBTRKT and Little Dragon, Drumma Boy remixed the SBTRKT song with Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano on lead vocals. Shabazz Palaces is also featured on the remix (compare that to Drake's version). Grab the track above via Gorilla vs Bear. Shabazz wrote on Facebook today, "Besides the release of Black Up, I don't think I've seen one article on here create such a surge of activity as this Wildfire Remix has. Amazing."

Sampha, who sings live with SBTRKT and on his album, also recently released his own song, "Indecision." Stream the track below. Moogfest is one of the stops on SBTRKT's recently announced US tour that also hits Bowery Ballroom on October 31 (with Araabmuzik) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 1. Tickets for both shows are still on sale.

Little Dragon plays a BV-presented Record Release show at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg TONIGHT (8/16). The show is sold out, but if you don't have tickets you can catch them in NYC again on their headlining tour which hits Terminal 5 on October 14. Tickets are still on sale.

Song streams and full Moogfest lineup below...

Continue reading "updated Moogfest lineup, new CANT & a Shabazz Palaces/Drumma Boy SBTRKT/Little Dragon remix (MP3s)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo & Josh Darr

Fleet Foxes / Zola Jesus
Fleet Foxes
Zola Jesus

Pitchfork Fest day two (7/16) had a pretty great variety of acts. In addition to newer acts like No Age, Zola Jesus and Twin Shadow, day two made way for a number of more classic artists including the recently reunited Dismemberment Plan, hardcore punk 'supergroup' OFF!, and instrumental hip hop vet DJ Shadow. You might include Destroyer and The Radio Dept. in that group too, who both played day two of the fest.

Fleet Foxes, who also played Pitchfork Festival in 2008, headlined. Catch Fleet Foxes in NYC when their tour with The Walkmen hits Williamsburg Waterfront on September 24. Tickets for this great double bill are still on sale.

Gang Gang Dance (pics) and G-Side (pics) played day two also. More pictures from that day below...

Continue reading "pics from Pitchfork Fest 2011 -- Day Two"

photos by Diana Wong

DOWNLOAD: Junior Boys - "A Truly Happy Ending" (Diamond Rings Remix) (MP3)

Diamond Rings @ Europa
Diamond Ringsl

Speaking of Diamond Rings, they've been announced as the opener on the previously discussed Twin Shadow tour which hits Maxwell's on September 6 and Webster Hall on October 7. Tickets go on sale Thursday (6/23) at 9 PM for the Maxwell's show and Friday (6/24) at noon for the Webster Hall show.

Diamond Rings, who recently signed to Astralwerks, re-released his debut Special Affections on the label today (6/21). In light of the reissue, the album is currently streaming on Spinner.

Diamond Rings also keeps busy making remixes. We just posted one he did for Handsome Furs. Above you can grab a new one he did for Junior Boys.

Diamond Rings just played a Northside Festival show on Sunday with Porcelain Raft and Bell. Pictures from that show continue, with all tour dates, below...

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DOWNLOAD: CANT - "Ghosts" (MP3)

Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor aka CANT
CANT

In 2009, Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor put out first single "Ghosts" under his solo moniker CANT (MP3 above). He's now set to release his first full length for the project, Dreams Come True (which "Ghosts" is not on). The album comes out on September 13 on Chris' own Terrible Records (that he started with Ethan Silverman). George Lewis Jr. of Twin Shadow, whose debut album Forget was produced by Chris Taylor and released on Terrible Records, collaborates with Chris on the new album.

A full tour is about to be announced and that includes a NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on October 25. Tickets for it go on sale Friday (6/24) at noon.

The October tour also includes a Detroit show, a Cambridge, MA show, and Moogfest in Asheville, NC. All dates TBA.

Twin Shadow, who also play Moogfest, have their own upcoming tour too. They'll play Maxwell's on September 6 and Webster Hall on October 7. Tickets go on sale Thursday (6/23) at 9 PM for the Maxwell's show and Friday (6/24) at noon for the Webster Hall show.

Grizzly Bear meanwhile are hard on work on a new album. On June 17th they wrote that they "just want to thank you all for all the support on here recently, we've been enjoying checking in during this recording process. working, recording, writing, working, recording, writing. Hope everyone's summer is going well! :)"

CANT album tracklist below...

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Twin Shadow at Bonnaroo (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Twin Shadow

Twin Shadow announced a fall tour dubbed the 'Clean Cuts' tour. It hits Maxwell's on September 6 and Webster Hall on October 7. Ticket pre-order starts today (6/16) and runs through June 21. Pre-ordering a ticket gives you the chance to get an exclusive T-shirt and 1.5" button for most shows, though not the Maxwell's one. General sale starts June 23. All dates are listed at the end of this post. Here are are some of them, each represented with a different haircut:

Clean Cuts

Meanwhile Twin Shadow play a few shows this month with Florence & the Machine, including the previously announced Central Park Summerstage show on June 24.

You can also catch them at a number of festivals including Sled Island, Pitchfork Fest, Hopscotch, ACL, and Moogfest. They just played Bonnaroo...

"If Morrissey, Peter Gabriel, and Prince could make babies together, their progeny would almost certainly form a band and call themselves Twin Shadow. Heartfelt, heady and totally funky, the group's live show transformed George Lewis Jr.'s intimate debut Forget -- where the Twin Shadow main brain played all of the instruments -- into a freewheeling full-band boogie fest. The tracks grew exponentially at every turn. Canned kits became crushing drums, bass burbles became serious bumps, sound effects became walls of synth, and Lewis transformed into a dance-driven taskmaster. Between songs, he pointed at the cameraman in front of him and addressed the fans: "If this guy doesn't shake his ass, I want you to break down the barricade and make him." Even spare, mellow album moments like "Tyrant Destroyed" could've cracked a disco ball by dint of their sheer dynamism, and on the heartbroken "Slow," Lewis shattered a few hearts in the audience by shredding his voice on the clutch lyric, "I don't wanna believe, or be, in love." He followed with an arena-sized guitar solo that inspired the kind of frothing cheer usually saved for soccer matches, not chilly '80s-inspired indie pop dreamed up in a Brooklyn bedroom." [SPIN]
A bunch of pro-shot videos of their Bonnaroo set, some other videos, and all tour dates below...

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