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by Andrew Sacher

the real Vampire Weekend at Barclays Center this week (more by Dylan Johnson)
Vampire Weekend

Last year around the holidays, Adam Horne of Brooklyn's Bear Ceuse (who released an album this year) and Animal New York uploaded an album to Soundcloud called Merry Indie X-Mas, which featured hilarious parodies of what it would sound like if famous indie bands did Christmas covers in their own styles. Now he's back with a new one called Indie Kidz Songs! which does the same thing, but for children's songs. Especially funny ones include Chief Keef's "Old MacDonald," Vampire Weekend's "I'm A Little Teapot," Alt-J's "Row Row Row Your Boat" and Pixies' "B-I-N-G-O." But they're all really funny and if you need to kill 6-ish minutes of your time with some hipster-baiting style laughs, stream the album and watch its commercial below.

Continue reading "listen to kids' songs in the style of Grimes, Vampire Weekend, Pixies, Alt-J, Japandroids & other indie bands"

photos by Dylan Johnson

Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend

On the heels of their excellent third album, Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend brought their tour to Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Friday (9/20) -- the day after Yeah Yeah Yeahs played the same big venue -- for what was their largest headlining NYC show yet. VW split the set pretty evenly between all three of their albums, playing tons of highlights like "Giving Up the Gun," "Cousins," "Unbelievers," "A-Punk," and many more in their 23-song set, plus a cover of Blur's "Song 2." Opening the show was two pop singers with a Dev "Blood Orange" Hynes association, Solange and Sky Ferreira. Pictures of all three artists are in this post.

The show also streamed live on Sirius XM's Alt Nation, and if you missed it (or want to listen again), it rebroadcasts today (9/23) at 8 PM ET.

More pictures, plus VW's setlist and videos (including one of "Song 2"), below...

Continue reading "Vampire Weekend played Barclays Center (and covered Blur) w/ Solange & Sky Ferreira (pics, videos, setlist)"

photos by Paige K. Parsons

Willie Nelson / MSMR in the SoundWave Tent / the crowd
Outside Lands 2013 8/9 - 8/11
Outside Lands 2013 8/9 - 8/11
Outside Lands 2013 8/9 - 8/11

The redheaded stranger turned 80 this year and he's no worse for wear. Like the whiskey he often sings about (he opened with 1973's "Whiskey River") Willie Nelson only seems to get better with age -- his voice deeper, his words wiser -- even if he's increasingly aware of his creeping mortality. That the man closed his triumphant set with "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" seemed a little morbid if not too on the nose, but that combination of libertarian spunk and unblinking truthfulness is what makes Nelson a living classic. Which must be the reason John "Uncle Jesse" Stamos felt compelled to slip onstage and play bongos in Willie's Family band for the second half of the gig (he did fine, now let's move on). "Still Is Still Moving to Me" was another latter-day highlight, though the Outside Lands audience was most thrilled to hear old soulful numbers like "Georgia on My Mind" and "Night Life," and outlaw tales like "Beer for My Horses" and "Me and Paul." - [SPIN]
The 2013 Outside Lands Music Festival came to a close back on Sunday (8/11) with performances from country music legend Willie Nelson, Vampire Weekend, Hall & Oates, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foals, Fishbone, and more. Pictures from Sunday's fun are in this post.

Much like we did at Lollapalooza and Firefly, BrooklynVegan commanded the SoundWave Tent for two hours each day with hosts Dave Hill and Christen Thomas. Sunday we had live performances with Dawes and MSMR and interviews with King Tuff and Camper Van Beethoven. Pics from that are HERE and in this post as well.

Pictures from Outside Lands Day 1 are HERE and Day 2 are HERE. More from Day 3 below...

Continue reading "Outside Lands Day 3 belated pics (Willie Nelson, Vampire Weekend, Hall & Oates, RHCP, Foals, Fishbone, MS MR, more)"

Grimes and 2 Chainz
Grimes and 2 Chainz

Taylor Swift realizing *NSYNC appeared on stage
Taylor Swift

From many points in Brooklyn, one could look up and see the lit up blimp in the air hovering over the Barclays Center yesterday (8/25). It was where the overhead shots were being filmed during the pre-show which included the big crowds outside around the Brooklyn streets that MTV got closed down to create the red carpet for the VMAs....

A red carpet, set up on Dean Street near Flatbush Avenue, was completely invisible to many non-ticketed fans and the general public who were mainly cordoned in a pen at the Best Buy on Atlantic Avenue between Fort Greene Place and Sixth Avenue.

Another penned area, at Sixth Avenue and Bergen Street, gave a small group of fans a distant peek at the carpet, but it was still a full city block away.

"Obviously they can't let everyone in for security reasons, but we can't see anything at all," said Donna Hall, 28, who came from Queens. "I've been out here with my friends since 3 p.m. and we've been trying to find the best vantage point possible, but we settled here because at least we could see a glimpse of the red carpet. [DNA Info]

Meanwhile, during the ceremony, we got performances from Kanye West (playing "Blood on the Leaves," not "Black Skinhead"), Justin Timberlake (on-stage *NSYNC reunion included), Drake, Kendrick Lamar (joining Robin Thicke, who, um, palled around with Miley Cyrus on stage), Lady Gaga (playing her new EDM-inspired single), and more.

Daft Punk didn't perform, but they did walk the red carpet and sit in the audience in their masks which they also wore to present 'Best Female Music Video' with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. They also debuted part of the video for "Lose Yourself to Dance."

Vampire Weekend, who are headlining the Barclays Center in September, presented an award to One Direction.

Jay-Z and Beyonce were strangely nowhere to be found.

Eminem also pulled a Jay Z and announced his new album, MMLP2 (the sequel to 2000's Marshall Mathers LP), in a commercial that aired during the VMAs. The album was executive produced by Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin, and it's due out November 5. Meanwhile, the single, "Berserk," will drop this Tuesday (8/27).

And before it all began, Grimes co-hosted the Red Carpet Report. Who wore it better, Grimes or 2 Chainz?

If you watched, what did you think? Should Miley Cyrus stop being so trashy? Should Robin Thicke stop being so creepy? Should Kanye stop being so serious? Does Justin Timberlake have really long arms? Does anyone really care that *NSYNC showed up (for a minute and a half)? If you didn't watch, or need a refresher, some videos from the night are below...

Continue reading "VMAS happened at Barclays Center: Kanye, Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, *NSYNC & more performed, Eminem announced an LP, Vampire Weekend met One Direction, & more (videos)"

Outside Lands 2012 (more by Amoreena Lucero)
Outside Lands

Lollapalooza and Osheaga are behind us, but the summer festivals keep rolling on with San Francisco's Outside Lands this weekend (8/9-8/11). The festival is sold out, but if you've already got tickets and are going, you might like to know how to get there, and once you're there, the festival map will help you find your way around inside.

Meanwhile, if you're not going to Outside Lands, but still want to watch the fun go down, you can stream it live on Purevolume. Artists whose sets will stream live include Jessie Ware, The National, Band of Horses, Yeasayer, and more on Friday; Nine Inch Nails, Grizzly Bear, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baauer, Gary Clark Jr and more on Saturday; and Vampire Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dawes, Kurt Vile, Foals, Rudimental, Camper Van Beethoven and more on Sunday.

D'Angelo has officially dropped off the festival, after recently cancelling other shows due to illness. He was replaced by Chic. You know, the band that guy who worked with Daft Punk is in.

The full Outside Lands schedule can be found at their site. Full streaming schedule below...

Continue reading "Outside Lands this weekend, streaming online (schedule)"

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Beach House / Vampire Weekend / crowdsurfer
bandname @ venue - date
Osheaga Day 1 - 8/2/2013
Osheaga Day 1 - 8/2/2013

"I think it's dark and it looks like rain." One out of two, Bob. If ever an Osheaga headliner would thrive under stormy skies, it's the Cure, but the downpour forecast earlier in the week never arrived. Just as well -- this was Robert Smith at his most crowd-pleasing.

The set list was calibrated for a festival audience: a generous delegation from Disintegration, early appearances by In Between Days and Just Like Heaven, and an overall tone that didn't leave much room for crying jags. The chirpy Mint Car and Doing the Unstuck ("let's get happy") bracketed the beloved-by-some Friday I'm in Love, comically botched by Smith after he said: "Sometimes, very occasionally, we'll play this song. This is the right night." [Montreal Gazette]

While Lollapalooza was going down in Chicago over the weekend, Montreal was getting its own three-day festival, Osheaga. The fest had many of the same artists at Lollapalooza, with day 1 giving us sets from The Cure, Beach House, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, DIIV and more, in addition to sets from artists who didn't play Lollapalooza, like The Gaslight Anthem, Ellie Goulding, and more. Pictures of day 1 are in this post.

Like with Lollapalooza (and other upcoming shows), Death Grips were scheduled to play the fest but cancelled.

Update: Day 2 pics are up now. More day 1 pictures below...

Continue reading "Osheaga 2013 day 1 in pics: The Cure, Beach House, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, DIIV & more"

photos by James Richards IV

Vampire Weekend / Cat Power / The Cure
Lollapalooza Day 3 - 8/4/2013
Lollapalooza Day 3 - 8/4/2013
Lollapalooza Day 3 - 8/4/2013

Even Goth-rockers love singalongs. After the opening synth chords, the Cure's Robert Smith begins to belt out "Just Like Heaven" and is instantly joined by a Grant Park choir numbering in the tens of thousands. Smith and his bandmates sprinkle Cure classics such as "Pictures of You" and "Friday I'm in Love" through a set that continues the weekend's '80s nostalgia theme, begun by New Order and Nine Inch Nails. Smith is in fine voice, and he even pulls off a few interpretive dance moves -- a rare bout of friskiness from a singer who still sports frazzled hair, eye shadow and lipstick. It's become his trademark, and it's turned Smith somewhat timeless -- an ageless figure still singing about a type of loss, heartache and yearning that never dissipates. [Chicago Tribune]
Lollapalooza 2013 wrapped up yesterday (8/4) with sets from Cat Power, Phoenix, The Cure, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, Angel Haze, DIIV, Bear Mountain and more. Pictures of those (and other) artists are in this post, and we've got a second set of Sunday pics HERE on the way.

We at BrooklynVegan were also there on Sunday from 1-3 PM in the Soundwave Tent with School of Rock, Bear Mountain, and The Orwells.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Lollapalooza coverage, check out day 1 pics, more day 1 pics, day 2 pics, and more day 2 pics. More of day 3, below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza Day 3 pics (part 1): The Cure, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, Cat Power, Angel Haze, DIIV & more"

by Andrew Sacher

Grateful Dead

One of the more polarizing bands, as far as indie rock fans are concerned, is the Grateful Dead. But despite all the hipsters who want to make sure no one thinks they're hippies, there's a big chunk of the indie community who actually likes this band, so it's pretty cool that The National have gathered members from a bunch of great indie bands -- Vampire Weekend, The War on Drugs, Bon Iver, The Walkmen, and Kurt Vile & the Violators -- to participate in a Grateful Dead tribute album, as Relix reports. (They announced it yesterday [8/1], aka Jerry Garcia's birthday.)

Like Dark was the Night, which The National's Dessner brothers also curated, this will benefit AIDS organization Red Hot. But unlike that one, which was a compilation, this one "will hone in on a few all-star ensembles assembled for the project as well as select featured guests." The Relix article continues:

The Dessners also cite Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan as big-name indie guitarists with an affinity for the Dead who'd fit on the album. In 2012, Aaron Dessner, The Walkmen's Walter Martin and the Devendorf brothers performed with Bob Weir at benefit show held at the Dead guitarist's TRI Studios. Vampire Weekend's Chris Tomson has also performed with Weir at TRI while The War on Drugs regularly cover "Touch of Grey." As they mention in the September issue of Relix, the Dessners riffed on "Eyes of the World" for eight hours during their first jam session with Bryan Devendorf in middle school."

"There are all kind of corners of the musical world that are deeply influenced by the Dead that one wouldn't expect," Bryce Dessner says. "Lee Ranaldo is a crazy Deadhead. So that was part of the idea but I think it is broader than that now. Jerry Garcia was a total cat."

Both Lee Ranaldo and Ira Kaplan just helped commemorate the closing of Maxwell's.

Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra just announced two Best Buy Theater shows (11/29-30). Tickets for those are on sale now.

Onetime Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is taking his Mickey Hart Band to Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on September 21. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter is playing a few Northeast shows this year, including 9/26 at The Paramount (tickets), 10/5 at Capitol Theatre (tickets), and 10/10 at Town Hall (tickets). All dates are listed below.

And, both Vampire Weekend (tickets) and Kurt Vile (tickets) are each about to play their biggest NYC shows yet this fall.

Watch a video of members of The National performing with the Dead's Bob Weir in 2012, below...

Continue reading "The National enlist members of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Kurt Vile, Walkmen & War on Drugs for Grateful Dead tribute"

Virgin FreeFest

The VIrgin Mobile FreeFest is returning for its fifth year on September 21 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. This year's lineup leans pretty heavily on indie/pop crossover with names like MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Washed Out, The Avett Brothers, CHVRCHES, Icona Pop, Sky Ferreira, Robin Thicke, Pretty Lights, Kaskade, and more.

Free tickets go on "sale" August 9 at noon, and a presale (via Twitter and Facebook) begins August 8 at noon. There will also be premium packages which guarantee admission, and include a t-shirt and souvenir cup for free fountain drinks at the festival. Any contributions will go to Washington, DC's transitional home for homeless youth, The Sasha Bruce Re*Generation House, which the festival had been raising money for over the last four years to help have it built.

Speaking of Washed Out, he just announced some other special free events happening in NYC and LA this week.

Full FreeFest lineup and announcement video below...

Continue reading "Virgin FreeFest 2013 lineup (MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Washed Out, Icona Pop, CHVRCHES & more)"

by Bill Pearis

TOY @ BV SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

UK motorik shoegazers TOY were supposed to play NYC back in March while the band were coming over for SXSW. The Austin shows happened (like at one of our SXSW day shows) but NYC didn't -- a personal bummer to this writer, as their debut album was one of my favorites of 2012. Good news, TOY will be stopping in NYC on their way to the Corona Capital Fest in Mexico City, playing Glasslands on October 10. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (7/26) at 10 AM.

The Corona Capital Fest happens October 12 & 13 at Mexico City's Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome. You can check out the line-up -- which includes Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, QOTSA, Vampire Weekend, The xx and more -- below and tickets are on sale now.

TOY video and Corona Capital Fest flyer are below.

Continue reading "TOY playing one-off NYC show before Mexico City's Corona Capital Fest (line-up)"

How many Neko Case bandmembers can you squeeze into a dressing room?

We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like The Weeknd's Portishead-nicking new song, Earl Sweatshirt, Titus Andronicus covering "Glory Days", David Bowie, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from FIDLAR (featuring more of Nick Offerman than you may be ready for), Johnny Marr, Braids, CocoRosie, Coliseum, Mikal Cronin, The Flaming Lips, Neko Case, one of Vampire Weekend giving advice to teenage girls, and more, below.

Continue reading "video round-up (FIDLAR & Nick Offerman, Coliseum, Vampire Weekend, Flaming Lips, Neko Case, BRGRTV & more)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Passion Pit / Vampire Weekend / Amanda Palmer / devoted fan
Firefly 2013, Day 3
Firefly 2013, Day 3
Firefly 2013, Day 3
Firefly 2013, Day 3

Firefly Music Festival went down 6/21-23 in Dover, Delaware. You already saw our pictures of day 1 and day 2, and here we finally are with pictures of day 3.

The final day of the fest gave us sets by a number of artists including Haim, Toro y Moi, Matt & Kim, Vampire Weekend, The Walkmen, and Passion Pit, whose set was cut short. Reports Fuse...

On Sunday Passion Pit also had problems with their vocals, but in this case the culprit wasn't technical... it was allergies.

Clearly the Firefly fates have it in for Passion Pit. Last year the band had to cancel their performance at the fest so that frontman Michael Angelakos could undergo treatment for his bipolar disorder. This year they at least got to take the stage, but only for an abbreviated set.

Diving right in with "I'll Be Alright," "The Reeling" and "Carried Away," the band - and in particular drummer Nate Donmoyer and bassist Jeff Apruzzese - displayed a powerful musicianship that explodes in a live setting much more so than on record. Only after slowing things down for "To Kingdom Come" did Angelakos confess to the crowd that he needed help singing, because allergies had caused him to lose his voice. He also referenced last year's cancellation by saying he "can't catch a f-cking break with this festival."


Just seven songs in, Angelakos raised the white flag, admitting "I don't know how long I can go." At that point the band threw out their setlist and chose to "wrap this up with songs people know."

We missed Toro y Moi and The Walkmen in part due to the rain that showed up that day too, but everything we did see is pictured in this post.

We at BrooklynVegan also took over a stage in the Soundwave tent with our hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones each day from 1-3pm. On the Sunday of the festival we had Trails and Ways and Amanda Palmer stop by for live performances and interviews. They were both great, but naturally Amanda left us with the most to talk about, not just from the day but from the whole weekend. A loyal crowd showed up to see her at 2pm and she proceeded to take requests, play 'Happy Birthday' and the "best song she ever wrote" which ended up being 'The Truth'. She invited one lucky fan to play ukulele and that fan ended up being Sabrina who killed it with a Gotye cover. She ended her set with a group singalong to 'Creep' which started in our tent and ended in the middle of the field.

More pictures from our last day in Dover, Delaware this year, below...

Continue reading "Firefly Music Fest day 3 pics (Passion Pit, Vampire Weekend, Amanda Palmer, Matt & Kim, Haim, Trails & Ways and more)"

Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

It's been crazy both in and not-in the NYC-area for festivals this past week. NYC was taken over by a very muddy Governors Ball last weekend (6/7-9), and this past weekend (6/14-16), while almost every Brooklyn venue took part in the Northside Festival, Toronto was hosting NXNE and Tennessee had Bonnaroo to name the ones we were most focused on. That's all behind us now, but those who are into festivals still have much more to look forward to this summer including another big one on the east coast this weekend.

This coming weekend, Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23, the Firefly Music Festival is returning to Dover, Delaware's Dover International Speedway, which is only about a 3 hour drive (directions) from NYC. The festival debuted last year, and like Governors Ball, they've upped their game a bit this year. There will be a bunch of great bands across four main stages, like:

On Friday, there's sets by Django Django, Dr. Dog, Action Bronson, Foxygen, Public Enemy, Grizzly Bear, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Earl Sweatshirt (who was added to the lineup in May) and more. And besides RHCP vs Earl (who start 15 minutes apart), the conflicts that day aren't too bad.

On Saturday, there's sets by Japandroids, Jim James (who replaced Imagine Dragons, so bonus points for that), Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes vs Lord Huron at 5 PM, then CHVRCHES vs Edward Sharpe, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT vs Azealia Banks, and finally Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline the day, plus still more.

And on the festival's final day, Sunday, you can catch Haim, Matt & Kim, Toro y Moi, Passion Pit vs The Walkmen both going on at 6:30, Vampire Weekend, and more. Plus, if you need to leave early to get home from work on Monday, you can leave before Foster the People's headlining set. Two birds, huh?

UPDATE:Both Earl Sweatshirt and The Lumineers have cancelled, but were replaced by Schoolboy Q & Ben Harper.

And in addition to the main stages, there's some smaller side stuff too, like the Red Bull Sound Select Hub Stage which features bands who have joined the Red Bull Sound Select Program. We aren't familiar with all the bands playing that one, but we suggest you stop by Saturday for NYC's Heliotropes (who, by the way, are playing a record release show in NYC on 6/18, and streaming their new record). The Skins and Oxymorrons are both on that stage too, both NYC bands who we caught when they played the Afropunk-curated RBSS show at Knitting Factory with Danny Brown.


There's also the Coffee House Stage with other smaller acts including The Spinto Band, Jenny Owen Young, Pearl & the Beard, Hey Marseilles, Selah Sue, Trails & Ways, and many more.

Last but not least, in addition to just being there as fans and covering the festival, BrooklynVegan will be producing two hours of entertainment from 1-3pm each day inside the Soundwave tent, presented by Toyota and Spinmedia, and hosted by musician & BV contributor Billy Jones. Take a look at the festival map - our stage is toward the top left next to St. Jude.

Hosted overall by one of our favorite comedians, Dave Hill, the Soundwave stage will also feature programming by SPIN (5-7 each day) and Hype Machine (3-5 each day) in addition to the BrooklynVegan stuff (1-3 each day). Stay tuned for our full stage schedule, but get there on Friday at 1pm for a live interview with Django Django and look forward to a second performance by and audience Q & A with Amanda Palmer on Sunday at 2pm. More details soon!

Meanwhile, check out the full main stages Firefly lineup and schedule at Firefly's website where you'll also find much more info if you're attending, like the festival map which is also below...

Continue reading "Firefly Fest is in Delaware this weekend (schedule, map, BrooklynVegan Soundwave, other side stages & more)"

Robert Glasper / The Stranglers / French Films
Robert Glasper
The Stranglers
French Films

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Diane Birch @ Joe's Pub
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* C. Spencer Yeh @ Roulette
* Robert Glasper @ Gramercy Theatre
* The Campilongo Trio @ Living Room
* Lissie, Vance Joy @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Bats, Wild Carnation @ Maxwell's
* The Stranglers, Mike Marlin @ Highline Ballroom
* Nils Frahm, Heathered Pearls @ Le Poisson Rouge
* French Films, Alpaca Sports, Azure Blue @ Cake Shop
* Pedrito Martinez Group, John Medeski @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Hands, Landlady, Old Monk, Indian Rebound, Shmns @ Pianos
* Slow Warm Death, Honeydrum, Mannequin Pussy @ Paper Box
* Redfoot, Little Children, The Tarantula Waltz, Janet Labelle @ Glasslands
* Wyatt Cenac, David Cross, Seaton Smith, Eliza Skinner, Karl Hess, Nimesh Patel @ Littlefield
* Angela McCluskey, Melissa Ferrick, Margaret Glaspy @ Rockfood Music Hall
* Francisco The Man, The Can't Tells, Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, Adult Dude @ Mercury Lounge
* Ornament, Mail The Horse, RIPS, The Chickenhawks, Countdown To Love, Gowanus Mutant Commandos @ Death By Audio

If you missed NYC Popfest over the weekend, a few of the bands are still around. New Zealand's The Bats play Maxwell's with Wild Carnation; and at Cake Shop there are three Scandinavian bands: Finland's French Films (who were probably Popfest's breakout band), and Sweden's Azure Blue and Alpaca Sports.

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Vampire Weekend made a video for "Diane Young." Check it out below.

Rapper Angel Haze is planning on getting her much-anticipated debut album, tentatively titled Dirty Gold, out and she just released its first single, "No Bueno." Check it out below.

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Daft Punk

Daft Punk are back, as you know because you don't live in a cave with no internet or cell service, but now it's officially in a big way. The duo's new album, Random Access Memories, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album Chart, selling 339,000 copies their first week. The single, "Get Lucky," is currently at #10 on the Hot 100.

The National's Trouble Will Find Me did pretty well its debut week two, enough for it to hit #3 with 75,000 copies. Sandwiched in between is former Hootie & the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker whose new solo album, True Believers, sold 83,000 copies putting it at #2. The #4 and #5 slots are held by rapper French Montana's Excuse My French and The Great Gatsby soundtrack.

Last week's #1, Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City, fell to #7.

Still no word on Daft Punk touring plans. What gives?

Continue reading "Daft Punk are #1 (The National are #3)"

rainy Saturday at Boston Calling Music Festival (via Kevin Begley)
Boston Calling

The first-ever Boston Calling Music Festival went down over the weekend (5/25-26) at Boston's City Hall Plaza. It was headlined by The National (whose Aaron Dessner also curated it, and who just did lots of album celebrating in NYC), and also included sets by The National's tourmates Dirty Projectors, The Shins (who also played a NYC show this past weekend), The Walkmen (who play a free show during Northside), Youth Lagoon (who open The National's Barclays Center show), and more.

Despite the rain and cold temperatures we were faced with over the weekend, the inaugural festival still seemed to be a success and festival organizers have already announced that Boston Calling will return this fall on September 7 and 8. The fall lineup is being headlined by Vampire Weekend on the Saturday, along with sets by Local Natives, The Gaslight Anthem, Bat For Lashes, Deer Tick, Okkervil River, and more; and headlined by Passion Pit on the Sunday, along with sets from Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer, Solange, Flosstradamus, Flume, and more. Full lineup below (via Pitchfork).

Early bird 2-day passes go on sale Friday (5/31) at 10 AM and single day tickets go on sale June 7.

Both Local Natives and Kendrick Lamar also play NYC festival Governors Ball in June, which is only one of Kendrick's upcoming festival appearances in the NYC-area. Vampire Weekend and Solange play a NYC show together, and Solange also plays a free show during Northside. Major Lazer and Flosstradamus will hit NYC for their Mad Decent Block Party. And The Gaslight Anthem play two NYC shows this summer too.

Full Boston Calling fall lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "first-ever Boston Calling Music Festival happened, happening again in the fall (Passion Pit, Vampire Weekend, Kendrick Lamar & more)"

Vampire Weekend @ Roseland (more by Robert Altman)
Vampire Weekend

"Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires Of The City has entered the U.S. album chart at #1, selling nearly 135,000 copies since its May 14 release on XL Recordings.

This is the second time Vampire Weekend has achieved such an historic feat: Its sophomore album Contra also debuted at #1 in 2010, making this the first time an independent rock band has entered at #1 with two consecutive releases.

Modern Vampires Of The City also shatters the previous record for first week vinyl sales, moving nearly 10,000 units on vinyl alone and debuting at #1 on the Soundscan Vinyl Charts. Additionally, the band charted #1 at Indie, Alternative, Digital and of course the top 200."

Browse our Vampire Weekend tag for much more.


Looks like we have openers for Vampire Weekend's show at Barclays Center in September. That's a double dose of Dev Hynes associated pop. Tickets are still available.

Vampire Weekend on SNL - 5/11/13
Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend are about to release their excellent new album, Modern Vampires of the City, this week (5/14) via XL (have you streamed it?), and ahead of that release they made their return to Saturday Night Live last night (5/11). They performed two of the new album's cuts, "Diane Young" and "Unbelievers." Kristen Wiig hosted. You can watch videos of both performances below. Next week (5/18) it's Kanye West.

Vampire Weekend is touring for much of this year, and they'll do a big hometown show in NYC on September 20 at Barclays Center. Tickets for that show are still available.

SNL videos below...

Continue reading "watch Vampire Weekend on 'Saturday Night Live' (videos)"

by Andrew Sacher

Vampire Weekend at Roseland Ballroom last month (more by Robert Altman)
Vampire Weekend

The new Vampire Weekend album, Modern Vampires of the City, comes out on May 14 via XL, but you can now listen to the whole thing ahead of its release date on iTunes. Similarly to Contra's relationship to their debut, Modern Vampires of the City doesn't drastically different from its predecessor, but it works new subtleties into their sound which make the new record as essential as the first two. There's huge hooks here, great production, and as always, a few eccentricities thrown in too.

Vampire Weekend just played Roseland Ballroom, and their tour has them playing a much larger hometown show on September 20 at Barclays Center (tickets). In the midst of all that they made videos with Steve Buscemi, played Coachella, were just announced for ACL Music Fest, and will be on SNL this week. Streams of three tracks from the new album are below.

Survival / Classixx

You can also stream the psychedelic alt-metal self titled debut LP from Liturgy's Hunter Hunt-Hendrix's new project, Survival, over at Pitchfork. Their release party for the album happens this Thursday (5/9) at Acheron (tickets).

You can stream the dance-y new Classixx record, Hanging Gardens, over at NPR. Their tour has them opening for The Presets at Terminal 5 on Wednesday (5/8) (tickets), and they'll play their own NYC show in June.

John Grant, who recently played NYC, and returns on tour in July, is giving his new synth-filled album, Pale Green Ghosts, a US release on May 14 via Partisan and you can listen to it now over at Paste.

Talib Kweli's new guest-filled LP, Prisoner of Conscious, came out today (5/7) and it can be streamed in full at Billboard.

Vampire Weekend song streams below...

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acl lineup

The 2013 ACL Festival happens in Austin, TX on two consecutive weekends: October 4 - 6 and October 11 - 13. Weekend passes are on sale now and the full line-up is below...

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Moonface in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)

today in NYC
* Little King @ Barbes
* Stephane Wrembel @ Barbes
* Denitia and Sene @ Ace Hotel
* Villalobos Brothers @ Joe's Pub
* Moonface, Saltland @ Littlefield
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Justin Timberlake @ Roseland Ballroom
* Rihanna, A$AP Rocky @ Barclays Center
* Cyro Baptista & Ikue Mori Duo @ The Stone
* Talib Kweli, Coal, Swag, Sandino @ Union Hall
* Free Energy, Deap Vally, Leda @ Bowery Ballroom
* Cyro Baptista & Banquet Of The Spirits @ The Stone
* Christian Finnegan, MadDog @ Eastville Comedy Club
* Silversun Pickups, Bad Books @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Nile Rodgers, Tony Visconti, Ken Scott @ New Museum
* Flying Lotus, Ultraista, Thundercat, En2ak @ Terminal 5
* Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Hubble @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Body Language, Pegasus Warning, #1 Kid @ Glasslands
* Sweethearts, Infinity Hotel, Birthwater, Liz Hogg @ Pianos
* The National (playing "Sorrow" for 6 hours) @ MoMA PS1
* End.User, Edgey, Compactor, Valvegod @ Public Assembly
* Grand Resort, Belle Mare, Angie Atkinson @ Tammany Hall
* Various Cruelties, Sky-Pony, Silas Fermoy @ Mercury Lounge
* Easter Island, Bear Language, Small Houses @ Cameo Gallery
* Dam-Funk (DJ), James Pants (DJ), Sinkane (DJ) @ Knitting Factory
* Oren Ambarchi, Marco Fusinato, Long Distance Poison, Millions @ Silent Barn
* Tootsie Bellittera, Rachel Easterly, Nervous Breakdowns, The Jean Marie @ Cake Shop
* Inky Jack, Keyke, Kevo Star, Roxiny, The Labiancas, The Flies, Danul Kostin, Johnny Mex and The Fat Man @ Bowery Electric

Flying Lotus, Thundercat, and Ultraista play their first of two Terminal 5 shows tonight. Both shows are part of the ongoing Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency.

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Vampire Weekend recently stopped by Later... with Jools Holland to perform "Diane Young," "Step," and "Unbelievers" from their upcoming album, Modern Vampires of the City. Check out a video of that performance, along with the lyric video for their new single, "Ya Hey," below.

VW just played Roseland Ballroom and will play another NYC show this September at Barclays Center (tickets).

What else?

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Ian Rubbish opening for Vampire Weekend last weekend (more by Robert Altman)
Ian Rubbish Fred Armisen

A few weeks ago, Saturday Night Live ran a filmed segment on fictional UK punk Ian Rubbish (aka Fred Armisen) who hated everything except the late Margaret Thatcher. Well, Fred has been carrying on the joke. You may have seen him as Rubbish opening for Vampire Weekend at Roseland on Sunday, and now he's actually released an EP as Ian Rubbish -- including "Sweet Iron Lady" and "Maggie Thatcher" -- as a free download. You may remember when Fred and Dave Grohl had fun with '80s hardcore on SNL a while back.

If you haven't seen the Ian Rubbish SNL short, you can stream it below.

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photos by Robert Altman

Vampire Weekend @ Roseland Ballroom - 4/28/2013
Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend played their very sold out and small (for them) show at Roseland Ballroom last night (4/28) in support of their upcoming album, Modern Vampires of the City (due out 5/14 via XL). If you couldn't get in, did you watch the Steve Buscemi-directed live webcast? Did you maybe watch it at Brooklyn Bowl? Like they said they would, Vampire Weekend previewed material from the new album at the show, and videos of them playing two new songs -- "Obvious Bicycle" and "Everlasting Arms" -- can be watched below (via Consequence of Sound). Comedian/musician Fred Armisen, as Thatcher-loving punk Ian Rubbish, opened the show and Steve Buscemi came out of the control booth for an appearance as well. Pictures and VW's setlist from the show are in this post and you can stream the entire concert below.

Not very surprisingly, like Phoenix did, Vampire Weekend have given fans who missed their small album-preview show a chance to see them in a much larger space this fall, Barclays Center on September 20. Tickets for that huge show go on sale Saturday (5/4) at 10 AM. Also as mentioned, the band will make their return to Saturday Night Live on May 11 when Kristen Wiig hosts.

Updated dates are listed, along with more pictures, the setlist, and videos from Roseland, below...

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We're only a couple weeks out from Vampire Weekend's third album, Modern Vampires of the City, which hits retailers digital and physical on May 14. Look for the band, who just played Coachella, to preview tracks from the album at their sold-out show on Sunday (4/28) at Roseland Ballroom which is being broadcast live on the internet as part of the American Express Unstaged Performance series. The webcast, which is being directed by Steve Buscemi, starts at 9 PM EDT.

For those in NYC who would like to make the webcast experience a little more concert-like, Brooklyn Bowl, with help from the Tribeca Film Festival (which concludes on Sunday), will be showing it live on their many giant HD screens with "full concert sound." It's free entry.

Speaking of bowling, Vampire Weekend and Steve Buscemi, the band and Boardwalk Empire star are continuing to play out their friendship on the web with a second installment of the "documentary" about prepping for the Roseland show, which ends up at Brooklyn's Melody Lanes. There's also other episodes -- one with Grimes -- and you can watch them all below.

And last but not least, Vampire Weekend will appear on the May 11 episode of Saturday Night Live which is hosted by former castmember Kristen Wiig. So get ready for affable indie rock and the probable return of Gilly. Kanye West and Ben Afleck will apear on SNL's 38th Season Finale on May 18, and next weekend (May 4) it's Zach Galifianakis and Of Monsters and Men.

All upcoming Vampire Weekend tour dates (there are some new ones including Hollywood Bowl with Beirut, not NYC) are listed, along with the bowling video, below...

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