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Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bonnaroo

As you may know, Bonnaroo returns to Manchester, TN in June. The main lineup and the Club Stage lineup were already announced and 'Roo just announced the late night artists including Chance the Rapper, Darkside, Deafheaven, Die Antwoord, Disclosure, Frank Ocean, Ice Cube, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Pusha T, The Flaming Lips, Ty Segall, White Denim and more. Full late night lineup below.

Since we last spoke, the festival's comedy lineup was also announced and it includes Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious, Taran Killam, Hannibal Buress, Neal Brennan, TJ Miller, Rory Scovel, Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments, Sasheer Zamata, Seth Herzog, Emily Heller and Brad Williams.

Tickets for the fest, whose main lineup includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Neutral Milk Hotel and more, are still available.

Full late night lineup below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2014 update: late night lineup, comedy lineup"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Pharrell / Future Islands / Ty Segall / mean girls
Coachella 2014 - Day 2
Coachella 2014 - Day 2
Coachella 2014 - Day 2
Coachella 2014 - Day 2

Watching Ty Segall at the Outdoor Theatre to kick off my Saturday drove home a 2014 Coachella reality: the relative lack of noisy, guitar-driven bands. While the bill is loaded with synthy, electronic-leaning indie types, traditional rock acts are few and far between this year. As if to illustrate the point, late in his gloriously loud and raucous set, Segall covered "Mötörhead" by Mötörhead, one of a handful of truly heavy bands at the fest.

...I arrived 20 minutes early Saturday night [for the Pixies], just in case, but while the Mojave eventually filled and then some, things never got ugly. As for the set itself, I doubt I'll ever adjust to seeing Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering on a stage without Kim Deal, but the new-look Pixies produced a quality set nonetheless, bashing out extra-ferocious versions of "Gouge Away," "Nimrod's Son," "Crackity Jones" and more. [Las Vegas Weekly]

Coachella 2014 recently wrapped up its first of two weekends. You already saw pictures of day 1, and we've got a set of day 2 pics in this post, including shots of Pet Shop Boys, Pharrell, Queens of the Stone Age, Pixies, Fatboy Slim, Lorde, Future Islands, Warpaint, Julian Casablancas, Ty Segall, Graveyard, Foxygen, Laura Mvula and more.

Of course there's too much to catch everything, but many other great artists played the second day too, including Solange whose sister Beyonce came on stage to dance with her (video below), Nas whose frenemy Jay Z joined him for "Dead Presidents II" and "Where I'm From" and Diddy (I mean Puff Daddy) joined him for "Hate Me Now" (full set video below), indie legends The Dismemberment Plan, post-rock vets Mogwai, plus sets from MGMT, Washed Out, Bombay Bicycle Club, Holy Ghost and many more.

One of the big talks of the day was Pharrell (and his hat), who brought out loads of guests who reminded the crowd that Pharrell wasn't a nobody before "Happy," "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" (all three of which he played). He produced or co-produced huge hits for Snoop Dogg ("Drop It Like It's Hot"), Gwen Stefani ("Hollaback Girl"), Busta Rhymes ("Pass the Courvoisier") and Nelly ("Hot in Herre"), all of who joined him for said songs. A few videos from his set below.

Day 1 pics here. Day 3 pics here. More day 2 pictures, Blake Anderson of Workaholics moshing to Ty Segall included, and videos below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2014 day 2 pics & videos (Pharrell w/ huge guests, Nas w/ Jay Z, Solange w/ Beyonce, Pixies, QOTSA, Ty Segall, Pet Shop Boys, Future Islands & more)"

Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)

As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.

There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.

Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.

UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.

Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.

Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2014 line-up announced! (Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave, Damon Albarn, Jack White, Elton John, Neutral Milk Hotel & more)"

Slowdive
Slowdive

One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.

Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.

Continue reading "Primavera Sound 2014 line-up: Slowdive, Arcade Fire, NMH, Kendrick Lamar, Disclosure, QOTSA, and more"

by Bill Pearis

Mike Donovan

Having broken up Sic Alps, Mike Donovan released his first solo album, Wot, which took his typical sludgy blues style and wiped a bit of the mud off it. As he was the only constant member of the band, it's not that different than the last Sic Alps record. Mike just made a video for Wot's opening track, "New Fieldhand Bop," which takes a close look at our dependence on mobile devices. You can check that out below.

Mike also gave us a 2013 Top 10, which is more a chance to shout out inspirational people in his life than a list of records he digs, though some of the folks are indeed musicians -- all in his quintessential type-speak. That is below as well. No word on any North American tour dates -- he was here back in October -- but we're keeping our eyes out.

Video and Top 10 below...

Continue reading "Mike Donovan shares new video from his debut solo LP, 'Wot'"

Pitchfork

Pitchfork just posted their Honorable Mention Albums of 2013, which they say is "not #51 through #70 in our albums poll, but rather, records we thought were exceptional this year and deserved to be highlighted regardless of where they wound up." It includes a number of albums that did get Best New Music throughout the year (like the Burial EP that got a 9.0 last week), a certain inescapable young New Zealand pop star (who just announced two Roseland Ballroom shows), some metal representation, a couple indie legends, and the raw noise punk demo of Perfect Pussy, who also made Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks.

Check out the full list in alphabetical order below...

Continue reading "Some Albums That Didn't Make Pitchfork's Top 50 of 2013"

by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?

Check out the full top 100 below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

Andrew of Castevet at Lit Lounge, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Castevet

Extreme sport junkie, Music Academy presenter, sponsor of cool Sound Select showsmagazine publisher and beverage maker Red Bull has put together a list of the 30 best guitarists under 30. In the two-part rundown, the list covers some territory, lumping Pallbearer's Brett Campbell, Liturgy's Hunter Hunt Hendrix, Mac Demarco, Danielle Haim, Ben Greenberg of The Men, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females and Fun guitarist and Lena Dunham-dater Jack Antonoff onto the list. You can check out the whole list below.

Music of the heavier persuasion was decently represented, and Castevet's Andrew Hock made the cut. You can catch him in action with Castevet at an Invisible Oranges sponsored show on October 25 at Union Pool with Churchburn, Oneirogen and Vorde. Also on the list, as a pair, are Inter Arma riff monsters Trey Dalton and Steven Russell. Inter Arma will be back in NYC soon to play Saint Vitus on October 30 with Black Tusk, Descender and No Way.

Ty Segall, who also made the list, will be here next weekend (but on drums) with his band Fuzz, playing a sold out show at Mercury Lounge on 10/12 with CCR Headcleaner. (There is also a show with "Buzz" and "DDT Shampoo" at Death by Audio on 10/13).

You can catch The Men at MHOW in November.

Speedy Ortiz, among others, will be here for CMJ.

Who'd they leave off the list? Check out the full list of Red Bull's 30 under 30 below...

Continue reading "Are these the 30 best guitarists under 30?"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Fuzz - What's in My Head (MP3)

Fuzz @ DbA in June (more by Devin Councill)
FUZZ

As mentioned, Ty Segall's Sabbathy/Blue Cheer-y power trio Fuzz (where he sits on the drum stool) will release their debut album on October 1. You can download a new track from the album, the super-crunchy "What's in My Head," above and stream it below.

Also as you may know, Fuzz will be on tour next month with CCR Headcleaner and that hits NYC on October 12 at Mercury Lounge. That show is sold out. This may or may not be related, but Death by Audio's calendar lists a band called "Buzz" playing there the next night (10/13) and Fuzz have no show that night on their tour schedule. Hmm.

All Fuzz tour dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below.

Continue reading "Ty Segall's Fuzz streaming a new track from forthcoming LP; "Buzz" playing DbA after Fuzz's sold-out Mercury Lounge show"

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Ty Segall @ Bowery Ballroom 8/30/2013
Ty Segall - Bowery Ballroom - photos by P Squared - August 30th, 2013

Ty Segall is usually making a racket, stomping on the fuzz pedal and generally tearing shit up. But his latest album, Sleeper, delves into psych folk and is mostly acoustic. Likewise the tour for the album, which swept through NYC for two shows last week, took a similar approach, with Ty and his band sitting down and mostly "unplugged." They played Sleeper in full and then a set of "hits" from his other records. At Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (8/29) he also worked in a couple of covers, Black Flag's "I've Had It" and, during the encore, Love's "Live and Let Live." Acoustic guitars may have been the engine, but Ty was no less loud or into it -- and it didn't stop the packed crowd from moshing or stage diving. Great show.

While I went to MHOW, our photographer was at Bowery Ballroom the next night (8/30) where Arp,  David Novick and Chis Cohen opened. Pictures from that whole show are in this post. Ty will be back in NYC in much rowdier form with his proto-metal band Fuzz next month to play  at Mercury Lounge on October 12 (tickets).

More pictures from Bowery Ballroom below...

Continue reading "Ty Segall played 'Sleeper' at MHOW and Bowery Ballroom (pics from Bowery)"

photos by Wei Shi; words by Fred Pessaro

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FYF Fest 2013
FYF Fest 2013

Its really a sad state of affairs when a band making a scheduled appearance is news, but nevertheless it was somewhat of a surprise that Death Grips did make their headlining appearance (on the Miranda stage) at the first day of FYF Fest in LA on Saturday (8/24) while Yeah Yeah Yeahs played at the adjacent Carrie stage (yes, stages were named after Sex & The City characters). The two-day festival, which took place in LA State Historic Park over the weekend, also featured many other notables, including appearances from TV on the Radio, FLAG, a reunion set from The Locust, as well as sets from names like The Breeders, Waxahatchee, METZ, Joyce Manor, Ty Segall (who's in NYC for two shows this week), and more. Pictures from FYF including all of the mentioned artists above -- as well as shots of Jim Hamilton, Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiana, Crystal Antlers, Charles Bradley, Toro y Moi, Classixx, Nosaj Thing, comedians and more -- are in this post.

We'll have pictures from Day 2 soon. More pics from FYF Fest Day 1 below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2013 Day 1 in pics (Death Grips, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TVOTR, The Locust, FLAG, Ty Segall, The Breeders & more) "

by Zach Pollack

serious bedhead: cover art to 'Sleeper'
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It's been 10-months since the release of garage rock maniac Ty Segall's most recent album, Twins. That's nearly an eternity in Ty-time but, as discussed, his new one, Sleeper, will be out on August 20 via Drag City. The LP is now streaming in its entirety via NPR, and Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton will also be hosting a live listening party at 1PM ET this afternoon. After they play the new record, the usually interview-adverse Ty will join the pair to chat about it.

The largely acoustic Sleeper was written after losing his father to cancer last year and sees Ty at quite possibly his most honest. Shedding his overdriven guitar approach, Ty manages to show just how much his songwriting skills have advanced. Don't worry: it still rocks, just maybe not exactly in the way you thought it might. The 36-minute, 10-song effort isn't a scorcher like his recent stuff but it may make you appreciate Ty more. It's got a basis in late-'60s folk and features lush string arrangements made popular in rock around that time.

And don't forget, Ty's proto-metal trio Fuzz will welcome their self-titled debut on October 1 via In the Red. You can catch him on tour in both incarnations: he plays Sleeper at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 29 (tickets) and Bowery Ballroom on August 30 (sold-out); then he'll be back with Fuzz at Mercury Lounge on October 12 (tickets).

All known Ty Segall // Fuzz dates are listed below...

Continue reading "stream Ty Segall's 'Sleeper' & hear him discuss it on NPR"

Slint

Post-hardcore-leaning post-rock legends Slint haven't performed live in six years, but that will change this year when they play ATP End of An Era Part 2 at Pontins Holiday Camp in Camber Sands, UK. The festival runs from November 29 to December 1, and is being billed as the "last ever" UK Holiday Camp.

As mentioned, this year's festival is being co-curated by Loop, who are also performing, along with Mogwai, The Pop Group, Fennesz, Goat, Superchunk, Comets On Fire, Om, Girls Against Boys, Michael Rother (presents the music of Neu! and Harmonia), Ty Segall, Dirty Beaches, Hookworms, Balam Acab and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now.

Updated lineup, flyer, and a Slint video below...

Continue reading "Slint playing first show in six years at ATP UK (updated lineup)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Fuzz - Loose Sutres (MP3)

Fuzz at DbA, 6/6/2013 (more by Devan Council)
FUZZ

While Ty Segall has a new solo album/tour in August, for the moment he seems to be enjoying playing drums in his other band, the proto-metal leaning trio Fuzz. Following their debut single on Trouble in Mind and a recent tour (where they tore up Death by Audio), Fuzz have just announced their self-titled debut will be out October 1 via In the Red. You can download "Loose Sutres" from the album above, or stream it below. The LP's proggy cover art and tracklist are below too.

After his solo tour in August, Ty will be going out with FUZZ again for a proper North American tour which includes a stop in NYC: October 12 at Mercury Lounge. That and most of the other dates are with CCR Headcleaner, and the Chicago date coincides with The Men and Purling Hiss' just-announced tour. Tickets to the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/10) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Ty Segall's Fuzz announce debut LP, tour (dates & stream)"

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It probably goes without saying that long-running Williamsburg DIY spot Death by Audio gets a lot of good shows. Many of those are recorded  -- you may have noticed a microphone sticking out of the drop-ceiling tiles. DbA has cherry-picked a dozen of the best moments from last year for a book of flexis simply titled Live at Death by Audio 2012 that is being released by Famous Class at the end of July. That's the cover art above.

Bands featured include JEFF the Brotherhood, METZ, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, and A Place to Bury Strangers. It also features art by Brian Chippendale, Dave Singley, Perry Lubin, Matt Leins, Ron Rege Jr, Jon Vermilyea, and Brendan Nakahara.

Pre-orders are available now and comes with not only a digital version of the flexis but also a recording of the full Oh Sees / Ty Segall show. Full track list below.

Continue reading "Famous Class releasing 'Live at Death by Audio 2012' flexi book w/ Ty Segall, METZ, Thee Oh Sees, APTBS & more"

photos by Devan Council; words by Bill Pearis

Fuzz @ Death by Audio, 6/6/2013
Fuzz

The tireless Ty Segall brought his new trio, Fuzz, to NYC on Thursday (6/6) for two shows with Ex Cult: a free early show at Red Hook Park as part of Celebrate Brooklyn, and then later that night at Death by Audio where they were also joined by Pampers. Pictures from the latter are in this post.

Ty is no stranger behind the kit (he was Sic Alps' drummer for a while) and Fuzz almost seems like an excuse for him to go apeshit with a near constant barrage of fills. In the Black Sabbath/Blue Cheer school of proto metal, Fuzz clearly love this stuff and were pretty awesome at DbA, ending with a cover of King Crimson's "20th Century Schizoid Man."

Memphis' Ex Cult were pretty great too, playing a menacing brand of punk that seems rooted in the early '80s LA scene, with a little post-punk angularity too. Ty joined them on vocals for one song. (Ex Cult also opened for fellow Memphis residents The Oblivians the next day at Beekman Beer Garden.) I only caught the last song of Pampers' set and mainly remember them being very, very loud.

Ty Segall will be back in NYC, on guitar, for two shows in August. More pictures from Death by Audio below...

Continue reading "Ty Segall's new band Fuzz played Red Hook & then Death by Audio with Ex Cult and Pampers (pics)"

MusicFestNW

Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.

Initial lineup below...

Continue reading "MusicFestNW 2013 lineup announced (Animal Collective, Godspeed, Deerhunter, Shuggie Otis, Ty Segall & more)"

Ty Segal in Chicago in Feb. 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Ty Segall

As mentioned, Ty Segall's new, proto-metal-leaning band Fuzz (in which he plays drums and sings) will be playing a free Summerstage show at Red Hook Park on June 6 with Ex-Cult and DJ Jonathan Toubin. That show starts at 7 PM

If you were hoping they'd add another show somewhere small and sweaty, you're in luck: both Fuzz and Ex Cult will play later that same night at Death by Audio with Pampers also on the bill. $10 at the door which opens at 9 PM with bands starting at 9:45 PM.

Ex Cult will play again the next day (6/7) at the Seaport Music Festival, opening for Oblivians and then will be back in July with OBN IIIs. That Seaport Music Fest show is free and open to the public.

Meanwhile, Ty will be back for two shows in NYC in August around the time of his new solo album.

All Fuzz and Ex Cult tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Ty Segall's band Fuzz playing Death by Audio same night as their free Red Hook show; both with Ex Cult (updated dates)"

Ty Segall in Chicago in February (more by James Richards IV)
Ty Segall

Ty Segall has been busy with his proto-metal-inspired band Fuzz (who play NYC soon), but not counting Ty's January reissues, it's been over 6 months since he released an album, which in the world of Ty Segall is like a century. Luckily, we can all breathe again, because last week he announced a new solo record, SLEEPER, will be out on August 20 via Drag City. No new music has been revealed from the album yet, but you can watch a trailer for the new album below.

Ty Segall was recently announced for LA's FYF Fest, which takes place this August, and he's since announced some other dates surrounding that fest. A full tour hasn't been revealed yet but we do know that he'll be coming to NYC on August 29 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and August 30 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale today (5/22) at noon.

All currently known dates are listed, along with the new album trailer and a video of Ty performing "You're The Doctor" from his last solo album, Twins, on 'Letterman' in 2012, below...

Continue reading "Ty Segall releasing new solo LP, announces summer shows"

FYF

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...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2013 Lineup (My Bloody Valentine included)"

by Bill Pearis

Fuzz
Fuzz

As mentioned, Ty Segall's new power trio, Fuzz, will be in town in June to play a Summerstage show at Red Hook Park on June 6. Fuzz (in which Ty plays drums and sings) just released a video for "Fuzz's Fourth Dream" which is the B-side of their debut single which came out earlier this year on Trouble in Mind. The clip was shot during this year's Burgerama festival in Santa Anna, CA and you can watch it below.

In related news, Ty Segall is on one side of the newest 7" in Famous Class Records' LAMC singles series. The instrumental track, "Music from a Film 1," is funky in a Krautrock kind of way. You can stream it below, along with the other side, a very Oh Sees-eque "Mountain" by Chad & the Meatbodies. 100% of the digital proceeds going to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save the Music - a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America's public schools. You can order it here.

And last but not least, Ty Segall's cohort Mikal Cronin will release his second album, MC II, next week on Merge. It's a terrific album, loaded with harmony-laden psych-pop and you can stream the record in full over at NPR. Mikal will play Bowery Ballroom on June 20 and tickets are still available.

Fuzz video and LAMC single streams are below.

Continue reading "Ty Segall's new band Fuzz made a video; Ty on new LAMC 7"; stream Mikal Cronin's new album on Merge"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Wu-Tang Clan / Father John Misty / Grimes / the crowd @ Coachella, 4/14/2013
Coachella 2013, Day 3
Coachella 2013, Day 3
Coachella 2013, Day 3
Coachella 2013, Day 3

As the wind whipped through the final day of Coachella's first weekend, it became clear to those at the front of the stage that the techs getting the stage set up for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' festival-closing headlining set had a choice: take down the video screens that clearly were a part of the Peppers' production, or leave them up, risking them blowing uncontrollably around the stage. So they chose the former, leaving behind grandiose production elements in favor of solid -- but not-quite-revelatory -- musicianship.

It's a sort of metaphor for this year's edition of the festival, which never quite hit the watercooler moment. On the final day of the first weekend (the lineup repeats next week), there were no superstar surprises, no Daft Punk appearance and, during the Chili Peppers' set, not even a new song: just a major band, playing through their major hits, for a major audience.

It's been the story of this Coachella from the start, when the two-weekend blowout nearly sold out before the lineup was even announced, but on the field it became immediately obvious: This festival, at least this year, no longer was about "music fans" but about "Coachella fans" -- that is to say, the tens of thousands of revelers who packed the field had no specific allegiance to a band, a genre or an affiliation. - [Hollywood Reporter]

The first weekend of Coachella wrapped up last night (4/14). with sets from The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dead Can Dance, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and Staten Island hiphop legends the Wu-Tang Clan who performed much of their classic 1993 album, Enter The 36 Chambers, as well as solo hits from the different members. Earlier Sunday also saw Grimes' energetic set, noisemakers JEFF the Brotherhood and Dinosaur Jr,  the mellow gold of Kurt Vile, Australian psych purveyors Tame Impala, crowd-pleasers Vampire Weekend, Gaslight Anthem, and Father John Misty. Pictures of those acts' sets are in this post.

Other acts that played Sunday: Cloud Nothings as a three-piece, Ghost BC (who played too early for our photographer to catch), Jessie Ware (who also made an appearance during Disclosure's set) and San Francisco psych-garage kings Thee Oh Sees, who we also missed but were joined on sleigh bells by fellow Bay Area resident Ty Segall.

Pictures from day 1 are HERE and HERE, pictures from day 2 are HERE. More day 3 Coachella pictures below...

Continue reading "Coachella Day 3 Photos (Wu-Tang Clan, Vampire Weekend, Father John Misty, Grimes, Kurt Vile, James Blake ++ more)"

by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

Ex Cops DJing at Other Music, RSD 2012 (more)
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We're about a week out from Record Store Day 2013. When it began in 2008, RSD was a celebration of brick-and-mortar stores in the face of digital downloads, offering up exclusive releases to get people out to stores. It's blown up considerably since then, with hundreds of RSD-only releases. (Many of which fall into the hands of folks who turn it around on Ebay that same day, but what can you do?) While it is a mob scene these days, there is no doubt it helps what record stores there are left -- though not enough, as Record Store Day will be the last day for Williamsburg's Sound Fix. Participating stores around the country are listed here.

There are always some pretty cool exclusives too, items that may have never seen the light of day without RSD. With that in mind we've gone through the list of North American RSD exclusives to highlight a few things to keep an eye out. This isn't comprehensive, just stuff we wanna get. What records are you trying to get this year?

We've written about the Sacred Bones comp, the Astralwerks comp, Old 97s, Frightened Rabbit, Austra, Sonny & the Sunsets, and Titus Andronicus Check out our new list below...

Continue reading "a guide to Record Store Day 2013"

photos by PSquared Photography

Ty Segall w/ Ex Cult, MHOW, 2/2/2012
Ty Segall

Keeping up with the moshers, stage divers, and crowd-surfers was only half the battle. When you weren't slipping on spilled beer on the floor, or fending for your life, you also had to remember to enjoy the show that Ty Segall and his band put on. They played for a solid hour, banging out rocking tune after rocking tune. They were relentless, and it [bled] out into the crowd. -[We All Want Someone To Shout For]
Ty Segall and Ex-Cults played their second of two shows in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night (2/2), joined by Brooklyn wild childs K-Holes. Pictures from the show are in this post, including an on-stage collaboration between the touring partners. The pair also blessed Webster Hall on Friday with special guest Mac DeMarco (2/1, pictures).

If you missed it yesterday, Ty Segall Band bassist Mikal Cronin released the first track from his upcoming Merge debut.

Lots more pics and the setlists from that snowy Saturday night in Brooklyn are below.

Continue reading "Ty Segall and Ex-Cults played MHOW w/ K-Holes (pics, setlist) "

by Bill Pearis

Mikal Cronin

As a member of Ty Segall's band, Mikal Cronin stays busy, what with all the record releasing and constant touring. (Ty's tour just ripped through NYC.) But somewhere in that whirlwind of activity he managed to write and record. He'll be releasing his second solo album, MCII, on May 7 which will be his first album for Merge. That's the cover art above. "Shout it Out" is the first track from the record to be released and, Like his great 2011 Trouble in Mind album, it shows off Mikal's talent as a pop songwriter. But he's not afraid to stomp on the fuzz pedal, either. You can stream it below along with the LP's track list.

Not much in the way of touring for Mikal just yet, but he will be playing a few West Coast dates and SXSW in Austin so look for him there and his current schedule is below. Meanwhile, In the Red just reissued the split LP between Mikal and Ty called Reverse Shark Attack and you can stream that below.

Continue reading "Mikal Cronin announces first album for Merge (stream a track)"

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