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photo: Baio w/ Vampire Weekend at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio (who goes by Baio in his solo project) released his first solo album, The Names, in September via Glassnote. He recently went on tour to promote his album near the release date of the LP, and now announced that he'll be going on another tour in 2016 (following a few more scattered dates this year).

He'll be playing NYC again on February 9 on Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (11/18) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Baio also just released an "expansion pack" featuring remixes of tracks from The Names last week. It's available to purchase online and you can stream it below.

In related news, Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend is featured on their old pals Ra Ra Riot's first single,"Water," from their forthcoming album Need Your Light, which is out on February 19 via Barsuk. Rostam wrote the song with Ra Ra Riot's Wes Miles, along with the title track. Ra Ra Riot just wrapped up a tour that hit NYC's Baby's All Right earlier this month, and they're playing the just-announced Savannah Stopover Festival in March.

Watch the lyric video for "Water," with the streams of the Baio remixes and his tour dates, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Baio w/ Vampire Weekend in Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio is releasing the first-ever full length album for his solo project, Baio. It's called The Names, is due out September 18 via Glassnote, and features lead single "Sister Of Pearl." You can certainly tell, instrumentally at least, that it's written by a member of Vampire Weekend, and Baio also adds that the song intentionally references David Bowie and Bryan Ferry. Listen below.

Baio also has tour dates coming up, including NYC on September 17 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (7/15) at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (7/17) at noon. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Baio's VW bandmate Ezra Koenig is one of the many musicians with an Apple Music radio show, which he recently debuted. His first show featured songs by Earl Sweatshirt, Skepta, Rihanna, Fetty Wap, and more. You can listen to the whole show and check out the tracklist below.

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Governors Ball 2015 began yesterday, including Drake, St. Vincent, My Morning Jacket and more. During Chromeo's set, they brought their old pal, Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig, to play VW's "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" into Chromeo's "Bonafide Lovin'" with the duo. Dave 1 began by saying "there's this guitar riff I like to play sometimes" and then played the "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" riff a couple of times. Finally Ezra walked on stage and said "Hey man... Dave I showed you the riff, man. It's really not that hard." Then Chromeo & Ezra went into the song.

Watch video of the whole thing going down, below...

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photo: Drake @ Governors Ball (by laufik)

"On June 5, day one of the three-day gathering -- the east coast's answer to Coachella -- many wondered whether [Drake] would shine during his headlining set, memories of his lukewarm California performances still fresh in peoples' minds. Fortunately for fans who trekked out to New York's Randall's Island, Drake has something to prove. And did he ever.

Drake took the stage with "Legend," the opening to his latest mixtape, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, launching into a 90-minute set that blazed through much of his catalog, including the tracks "Over," "Started From the Bottom," "Worst Behavior" and "0 to 100 / The Catch Up")." [Billboard]

Drake's full setlist and some Instagrams from his set can be perused below. We'll have a full set of pictures from day one coming soon including St. Vincent, My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, and Chromeo who brought out Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig during their set.

Earlier in the day, another hip hop set didn't go as well and Rae Sremmurd's Slim Jimmy left the fest in an ambulance.

Governors Ball continues today (Saturday) with sets from Bjork, Little Dragon, Ryan Adams, Future Islands, Kate Tempest, White Lung, Kiesza, Sharon Van Etten, a new stage show by Deadmau5 and more.

Some of the sets will be broadcast on SiriusXM.

If you're going, Sharon Van Etten has some tips.

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Wavves Cloud Nothings

Wavves and Cloud Nothings have been talking about their collaborative album for a while now, and recently said it'd be out this year. Now it's finally been announced. It's called No Life For Me, and that's the album artwork above. Wavves' Nathan Williams and Cloud Nothings' Dylan Baldi co-wrote the whole record together (except one song, "Such A Drag," just written by Nathan), and Nathan's brother Joel (who he plays with in Sweet Valley and Spirit Club) produced the album. Wavves members Stephen Pope and Brian Hill played on it, as did Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. Release date TBA, but it's coming out via Ghost Ramp.

Cloud Nothings and Wavves are both playing SXSW this week, as is Spirit Club.

photos by Greg Cristman

Kelela / Ezra Koenig / party people @ MoMA's Armory Party 3/4/2015
DJ Ezra Koenig
DJ E*Vax

Wednesday night (3/4) was the annual Armory Party benefit at MoMA, a glizty gala celebrating Armory Arts Week here in NYC with champagne, fancy h'or deurves, open bar, people dressed to the nines (and beyond), and a live performance by Kelela. The forward-thinking R&B singer had a little problem with feedback at the start of the show which she solved by jumping offstage and into the audience. The sound guys soon got things fixed and had her back on stage. Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Alex Taylor of Hot Chip, E*Vax of Ratatat and DJ Business Class spun tunes at various points throughout the evening. Pictures from the night are in this post.

The Armory Show modern art fair happens at Piers 92 & 94 in Manhattan through Sunday (3/8). Sunday is also the opening of the highly anticipated Bjork retrospective at MoMA that has gotten mixed early reviews. The night before the Armory Party benefit, MoMA had an opening party for the Bjork exhibit that featured a DJ set with Vulnicura (and Kelela) collaborator Arca. Anybody go to that?

More pics from the 2015 Armory Party, below...

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photo::: Kelela @ MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Alt-R&B singer Kelela's last visit to NYC was unfortunately canceled but she'll be back next month to headline MoMA's annual benefit / preview party The Armory Show on March 4 at MoMA's Agnes Gund Garden Lobby. The pricey gala also features a two-hour DJ set from Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, plus additional DJ sets from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, plus Business Class (aka Lawrence Abu Hamdan who is also the official commissioned artist for The Armonry Show) and E*vax (Ratatat). Tickets to the party are $175, but VIP and more expensive options (like the $10k Lead Benefactor tickets) get you an early peek at MoMA's Bjork retrospective which doesn't officially open till March 8.

Here's a little more on The Armory Show:

The Armory Show is New York's foremost fair devoted to the most important art of the 20th and 21st centuries. In 2015, the fair will again feature The Armory Show - Modern, a section specializing in modern and secondary market material on Pier 92, while Pier 94 will continue to be a venue to premiere new works by living artists. The opening preview and party for The Armory Show 2015 helps sustain the world-renowned exhibition programming of The Museum of Modern Art.
Kelela's only other announced 2015 dates are SXSW in March and this year's Primavera Sound festival in May.

photo: Arcade Fire at Barclays Center in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

DJ Windows 98, who you may recall is the DJ moniker of Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler, is returning to NYC for two appearances in February. First, he DJs the sold-out Hold Steady show at Bowery Ballroom on February 13 (update: back on sale). Here's more details:

This year's Alt Star Party will be taking place on Friday, February 13 at the renowned Bowery Ballroom. The Hold Steady, one of America's most acclaimed rock bands, will be headlining the event. Brooklyn rockers STRNGRS will be providing opening support. Additional surprises and guest DJ sets from Win Butler (Arcade Fire), Chris Tomson (Vampire Weekend), Dapwell (formerly of Das Racist), and Stefan Marolachakis (Caveman) will keep the party going throughout the night.
Then the next night, he has his own midnight show on Valentine's Day at Baby's All Right. Doors are at 11:45 PM. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (1/23). That happens after the Beacon show at the same venue earlier that night with Lord Raja and Tallesen (tickets).

Three weeks later, his brother Will Butler kicks off a tour that hits NYC twice.

Ezra Koenig w/ Vampire Weekend in Chicago (more by James Richards IV)

Some good and bad news regarding the ongoing UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival in NYC. Paul Simon, who was supposed to join Ladysmith Black Mambazo at their Carnegie Hall show this Saturday (10/18), has unfortunately dropped off. The show will otherwise go on as planned and tickets are still available.

On a brighter side, fellow African music lover Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend and Laura Mvula have been added to 'Mama Africa: A Tribute to Miriam Makeba' happening November 5 at Carnegie Hall, which closes the festival. That concert is led by Angélique Kidjo and also features Makeba's supporting singers Faith Kekana, Stella Khumalo, and Zamo Mbutho, plus Vusi Mahlasela. TIckets for that one are on sale now.

Karen O w/ Ezra Koenig @ McKittrick Hotel (via Siyu Zheng)
Karen O

Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O kicked off her run of intimate shows (four in NYC included) this past Tuesday (9/9) at McKittrick Hotel's Manderley Bar (pics) (home of Sleep No More), and the following night's (9/10) show saw her joined by three other 2000s NYC indie greats. One was her own YYYs bandmate Nick Zinner (again), who joined for a few songs, who joined for a few songs including "Day By Go" which also included Julian Gross of Liars (who is also her designer) on tambourine. Then, during the encore, Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig joined for their Her collaboration, "The Moon Song." Last night (9/11), Daniel Kessler of Interpol was in the audience, as he just tweeted from Interpol's official account.

UPDATE: This post initially said that Julian Casablancas joined Karen, but despite reports elsewhere to the contrary, Karen O's publicist tells us that it was Julian Gross of Liars and not Julian Casablancas, who joined on tambourine that night (and the following night).

Karen's run of shows wraps up tonight (9/12) at Le Poisson Rouge, which like the previous three, is sold out. Will any guests join her at this one too? After the NYC run ends, Karen continues with three nights at LA's Hollywood Forever Cemetery, two London shows and a Berlin show.

Julian Casablancas also has a new album coming out with his band The Voidz, along with a tour that Shabazz Palaces are opening. Ezra appears on the new SBTRKT album which two new songs came out from this week.

Michael Cera is now a Broadway man
Michael Cera is now a Broadway man

Michael Cera is branching out these days. The 26-year old actor is appearing in a Broadway play which began preview performances last night (8/18) with opening night set for September 11 at the Cort Theatre. Its called This is Our Youth, and it's written by Margaret and You Can Count On Me auteur Kenneth Lonergan. The play is Lonergan's Broadway debut, and it reunites Cera with his Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World costar Kieran Culkin and also stars Rookie founder/editor-in-chief Tavi Gevinson, with original music by Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. It follows a group of drugged-out rich kids in New York in 1982. (The original 1996 off-off Broadway and 1998 off-Broadway runs starred Mark Rufalo.) The play was recently performed in Chicago as a warmup the broadway production with the same cast. Tickets for This Is Our Youth are on sale now.

As you may have heard by now, Michael Cera also recently released a lo-fi/bedroom solo album via bandcamp (not the first time he's exposed the world to his musical skills). Its called true that and it pretty much sounds how you might guess a Michael Cera solo album would sound. You can stream it below.

In other This Is Our Youth news, Tavi Gevenson is on the cover of the Aug. 11-24 edition of NY Mag, and they did a lengthy story on her which you can read here. Also, Kieran Culkin's brother, Macauley, is busy in his band The Pizza Underground, who announced a tour with Har Mar Superstar.

Stream true that below...

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"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[
NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...

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by Andrew Sacher


It's been three years since SBTRKT released his excellent debut album -- though he's put out things like an instrumental EP and a live album in that time -- and he's now finally announced its followup, Wonder Where We Land. He also shared the new song "New Dorp, New York," which features Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig on lead vocals. It's a pretty wacky cut that's a step sideways from his debut LP and not very Vampire Weekend-like either. It just premiered on BBC Radio 1, and you can listen to Details of My Life's radio rip (via Pitchfork) below. LP teaser video below too.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield & Dana (distortion) Yavin

Vampire Weekend / Interpol / James Blake / Pikachu
Governors Ball 2014
2014 Governors Ball - Day 3
Governors Ball 2014
Governors Ball 2014

"New York cares." That's what the audience sang with Interpol's Paul Banks during the city indie anthem "NYC" as Governors Ball 2014 neared its close on Sunday. Throughout the weekend some of the city's finest bands had made a return to festival stages, secured headliner statuses and played the most memorable sets of the fest for home crowds. For Interpol, it has just announced a new album, played two excellent new tracks and Sunday's show at Governors Ball was the band's "First home show for us in a long time." A set heavy on the classics, Interpol played through "Obstacle 1," "Slow Hands," "Narc," "Evil" and "Stella Was a Driver and She Was Always Down." [Reverb]
The 2014 Governors Ball music festival wrapped up yesterday (6/8) after two other days of music on NYC's Randall's Island. The third and final day had sets from Vampire Weekend, Interpol (who along with The Strokes and Jack White's set featuring White Stripes songs, brought us back over a decade), James Blake, The Kills, J. Cole, The Head and the Heart, Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt and more. Luckily, with today's rain and Thursday's, the weather held out for GovBall all weekend (unlike last year). Pictures of day 3 are in this post.

Day 1 HERE. Day 2 HERE. More of day 3 below...

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photo by Ryan Barkan

Phoenix @ Barclays Center, 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

As you may know, the 2014 Governors Ball happens at Randall's Island from June 6-8. Individual day line-ups have been announced with Outkast, Phoenix and TV on the Radio headlining Friday (6/6), Jack White, The Strokes and Skrillex headlining Saturday (6/7), and Vampire Weekend and Axwell ^ Ingrosso headining Sunday (6/8). You can check each day's full line-up (though set times are still TBA) below.

Additionally, individual day tickets go on sale this Friday (4/4) at noon, with a limited Citi cardmember presale beginning Wednesday (4/2) at 10 AM.

Daily Governors Ball 2014 lineups below...

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WIsh I Was Here

If you're of a certain age, Zach Braff's Garden State, and most specifically its soundtrack which features Coldplay, The Shins, Iron Wine covering The Postal Service, and more, is probably a little generation-defining (love it or hate it). Ten years later, he's going for it again with Wish I Was Here, the first film he'll be directing since Garden State. Zach tells Entertainment Weekly that the very Zach Braff-sounding soundtrack will feature a song by Cat Power (written by Coldplay's Chris Martin), plus original music from Bon Iver, The Shins and more. Will this be be the new sappy soundtrack to a generation of indie-discovering teens?

The film hits theaters on July 18 in NYC and LA, and July 25 everywhere else. You can check out the Kickstarter video for Wish I Was Here below.

Speaking of Garden State being generation-defining, it's one of the things namedropped in former SPIN editor (and NY Times writer) Mark Spitz's new book Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film. The description reads:

Marc Spitz explores the first great cultural movement since Hip Hop: an old-fashioned and yet highly modern aesthetic that's embraced internationally by teens, twenty and thirty-somethings and even some Baby Boomers; creating hybrid generation known as Twee. Via exclusive interviews and years of research, Spitz traces Generation Twee's roots from the Post War 50s to its dominance in popular culture today.

Vampire Weekend, Garden State, Miranda July, Belle and Sebastian, Wes Anderson, Mumblecore, McSweeney's, Morrissey, beards, artisanal pickles, food trucks, crocheted owls on Etsy, ukuleles, kittens and Zooey Deschanel--all are examples of a cultural aesthetic of calculated precocity known as Twee.

In Twee, journalist and cultural observer Marc Spitz surveys the rising Twee movement in music, art, film, fashion, food and politics and examines the cross-pollinated generation that embodies it--from aging hipsters to nerd girls, indie snobs to idealistic industrialists. Spitz outlines the history of twee--the first strong, diverse, and wildly influential youth movement since Punk in the '70s and Hip Hop in the '80s--showing how awkward glamour and fierce independence has become part of the zeitgeist.

That book will be out on June 3.

Wish I Was Here trailer below...

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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...

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Karen O at Firefly Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Karen O

As mentioned, Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O was nominated for an Oscar for "Moon Song," the song she co-wrote with Spike Jonze for his film Her, which Arcade Fire's Will Butler and Owen Pallett scored (they're nominated too). It's since been announced that Karen will also perform "Moon Song" at the awards ceremony. U2 and Pharrell will perform too. The ceremony, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, airs on Sunday, March 2 at 7 PM on ABC.

In related news, Karen just released another version of "Moon Song" which features a duet with Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. You can stream that, along with the original version, below...

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Baio at LPR in 2013 (more by Jonathan Bernstein)

Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio, who is a solo artist as just Baio, has been on a short DJ tour this month which wraps up this weekend. All remaining dates are listed below, including the NYC show happening on Saturday (2/8) at Cameo with Headband & Hooligan and Griffin Camper. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Cameo is also where Cut Copy's Ben Browning DJs tonight (2/7) with Joel Ford (tickets), and where Teengirl Fantasy, L-Vis 1990, Lafawndah, Brother Bruno (ft. live vox by Aggressiva) and Aurora Halal will be on Sunday (2/9) (tickets).

In honor of his tour, Baio made a new mix which features some unreleased material. That can be streamed below. He also just remixed "Holding on for Life" off the new Broken Bells (James Mercer and Danger Mouse) album, After the Disco. That can be streamed below as well.

We just caught Broken Bells at Baby's All Right (pics), which they played before appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman for Beatles Week, in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming go the US. They covered "And I Love Her," and you can watch the video of that below.

Last night (2/6), Letterman had The Flaming Lips and Sean Lennon, who covered "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," and the video of that can be watched below as well. Flaming Lips also just played the Amnesty concert and singer Wayne Coyne is about to kick off his solo tour of record stores with NYC in-stores at Other Music on Saturday (2/8) at 11 Am and Rough Trade at 4 PM the same day.

For more Beatles celebration, read our interview with Julian Lennon.

All Baio dates and streams, Broken Bells and Flaming Lips videos, below...

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Daft Punk, Pharrell, Nile Rodgers; Beyonce w/ Close Captions on (via @BrooklynVegan)

Daft Punk just cleaned up at the 56th Grammy Awards winning five awards (everything they were nominated for) including Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Get Lucky," plus Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronica Album (beating Disclosure), plus Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Daft Punk's much-hyped live performance with Pharrell (whose hat has joined twitter), Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder didn't have the French duo doing that much themselves but the "Get Lucky" performance worked in Chic's "Le Freak," "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and Wonder's "Another Star." Steven Tyler, who later joined an equally le freaky looking Smokey Robinson on stage to give Daft Punk one of their awards, was dancing up a storm.

Lorde, who performed early in the telecast, won Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance (beating Justin Timberlake and others) for "Royals."

Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City won Best Alternative Album, beating out records by The National, Nine Inch Nails, Neko Case, and Tame Impala.

Other winners: Led Zeppelin won for Best Rock Album (wait whaaa?) for Celebration Day (beating Bowie, Neil Young, QOTSA and Black Sabbath); Black Sabbath's "God is Dead?" won Best Metal Performance and the band also introduced Ringo Starr's performance, with Ozzy saying something along these lines.

Another win that definitely reminded us it's 2014 came when Paul McCartney took Best Rock Song for "Cut Me Some Slack," his collaboration with Dave Grohl. The song is from Grohl's Sound City documentary, which also won for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

Paul performed with Ringo Starr (who also performed on his own), and also won for Best Boxed or Limited Edition Package for "Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)." Grohl performed with Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham during the closing performance... which was cut short on TV. We definitely weren't happy about that, and neither was Trent Reznor.

Gary Clark Jr (who performed with Keith Urban) won Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Please Come Home"; and Knitting Factory Records was nominated twice in the Best World Music Album category and won for Gipsy Kings.

Meanwhile, it was also the Year of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, having won Best New Artist (beating James Blake, Kendrick and others), Best Rap Performance (beating Kendrick, Jay Z and others), Best Rap Song (beating Kanye, Jay Z and others), and Best Rap Album (beating Kendrick, Kanye, Eminem and Jay Z). Their live performance of "Same Love" featured Madonna and 33 couples of gay, straight and of mixed ethnic backgrounds getting married, as officiated by Queen Latifah.

Rap awards Macklemore didn't win: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration which went to Jay Z & Justin Timberlake's "Holy Grail." Justin Timberlake (who also won Best R&B Song for "Pusher Love Girl") wasn't there to accept the award, but Jay Z gave a speech that included him saying, "I wanna tell Blue Ivy, look, daddy has a gold sippy cup for you!" Jay also kicked off the performances for the evening with his wife Beyonce, who played "Drunk In Love" (see screenshot from that performance above).

Kendrick Lamar didn't have much luck winning (neither did Kanye which should hopefully make for a good rant soon), but he did well performing live despite being paired with Imagine Dragons.

Performances also included a collaboration from country legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson (and Blake Shelton) doing a medley of hits.

The commercials were filled with music as well. One very notable example of that was the Pepsi Grammys Halftime commercial which had athletes playing the music and acting like Daft Punk, Kanye, Miley Cyrus and more. Sonos also debuted a commercial featuring a clip of Karen O covering Bob Marley, which we premiered the full song of earlier in the day.

Winners list can be found here. Video of Beyonce/Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Paul/Ringo, Metallica/Lang Lang, Nine Inch Nails/Queens of the Stone Age/Dave Grohl/Lindsey Buckingham, and Daft Punk performances below...

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Big Guava

Florida gets a new festival this year with the inaugural Big Guava Music Festival which goes down from May 2-4 across four stages in Tampa's Florida State Fairgrounds and Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheater. They're promising thrill rides and craft beers in addition to the music lineup which is another one for Outkast, plus Vampire Weekend, Haim, Girl Talk, Tegan and Sara, Violent Femmes, Earl Sweatshirt, Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, Jacuzzi Boys and more.

Tickets go on sale Saturday (1/18) at 10 AM. Full lineup and flyer below...

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New Orleans Jazz

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is returning this year for two weekends, April 25-27 and May 1-4, at the Fair Grounds Race Course. The lineup was just announced and it includes Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Eric Clapton, Public Enemy, Big Freedia, Charles Bradley, Solange, Laura Mvula, Phish, Santana, Alabama Shakes, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Bobby Womack, Allen Toussaint, Bombino and many more. Tickets for both weekends are on sale now. Full lineup below.

This announcement comes the same day as the lineup announcements for NYC's Governors Ball, Georgia's Counterpoint, Atlanta's Shaky Knees Fest, and Alabama's Hangout Fest (and not long after Firefly and Coachella announcements).

Full lineup below...

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by Bill Pearis

Pazz & Jopp

The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll was published this week, surveying a whole mess of music writers and tallying up the vote. As with anything where it's a collective list, the winners won't be surprising to anyone who's perused 2013 Best Of lists. Kanye West, Vampire Weekend and Daft Punk top the LPs list; Daft Punk, Haim and Kanye have the top three singles. The late deadline for voting did, however, allow for the inclusion of Beyoncé's self-titled LP, which came in at #4.

You can check out the Top 20 LPs and Tracks in this post and peruse the whole lists at the Village Voice. You can also check out individual ballots and read essays on Kanye, Miley, R Kelly, the emo revival, and others, not to mention loads of pithy blurbs and pie charts.

Pazz & Jop Top 20 LP & Singles lists below..

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