Entries tagged with: WIll Butler

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photo: Will Butler (more by Debi Del Grande)
Will Butler

Arcade Fire's Will Butler has been pursuing his solo career this year, having visited NYC a few times. He'll return this Wednesday (7/1) at The Well for the venue to celebrate Canada Day, here renamed Canada D'eh, with fellow Canadian bands July Talk and Walrus. It's free with RSVP, and they'll have a Canadian breakfast (aka pancakes with maple syrup), Canadian whiskey and Canadian craft beer. Doors are at noon and the music starts at 5 PM.

Will's only other upcoming dates at the moment are Moscow's Red Park Festival and Pop Montreal. Watch the video for "Anna" off his solo LP, below.

Will's brother and bandmate Win will be in NYC under his DJ moniker, DJ Windows 98, on 8/7 at LPR. Tickets for that are still available.

Continue reading "Will Butler playing free 'Canada D'eh' show in NYC with July Talk and Walrus (and festival dates)"

photos by Debi Del Grande

Spoon / Fuzz / Modest Mouse / Father John Misty / Syvan Esso / Diarrhea Planet
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 2
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 2
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 2
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 2
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 2
2015 Sasquatch Festival Day 2

While Friday and Sunday nights are topped with EDM, Saturday belonged unequivocally and inarguably to good ol' rock and roll.

It climaxed early with a face-melting set from five-guitar band Diarrhea Planet, who brought every rock god dream to fruition: Head banging. Windmilling. Soloing behind your head. Soloing with your teeth. A dusty mosh pit kicked up in front of the stage, the wild-eyed youth unleashing their inner demons, all to the ritualistic howl of the electric guitar...

...The onslaught of guitars continued after sunset and well into the night, with veteran indie rock acts The Decemberists and Modest Mouse anchoring the main stage. The day concluded with a great set from fellow veteran band Spoon, but by that late the crowds had largely given up on guitar rock, trading it in for the synthesized sounds of ODESZA. - [Oregon Live]

Day 2 of the 2015 Sasquatch Music Festival, which happened Memorial Day Weekend in Gorge, WA, featured such heavy-hitters as Spoon, Modest Mouse, Decemberists, and Father John Misty, as well as Arcade Fire's Will Butler, Sylvan Esso, and greasy-haired upstarts Diarrhea Planet, King Tuff and Ty Segall's proto-metal trio, Fuzz.

Pictures from Sasquatch day 1 are HERE, and we'll have photos from the fest's final two days soon. More pics from day 2 below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2015 day 2 in pics: Spoon, Modest Mouse, Father John Misty, Decemberists, Sylvan Esso, Fuzz, Will Butler, more"

photo: FKA Twigs @ Webtster Hall (more by Amanda Hatfield)
FKA TWIGS

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

FKA twigs @ Brooklyn Hangar
FKA twigs has always incorporated dance and fashion into her persona, but apparently these three shows at Brooklyn Hanger are going to be more that a concert. Titled "Congregata," she says they're "an insight into my mind, my roots, my inspirations. a swelling conceptual performance using dance, performance and my music to date to create a world that I want you to share with me." Wearing Alexander McQueen and armed with 10 dancers, this two-hour performance piece should be something. Sold out.

Skate & Surf Festival @ Asbury Park Oceanfront
Skate & Surf may have gotten the rep as being a strictly pop punk festival, but it's more diverse than that and this year's lineup is pretty impressive. Among the big names on today's bill are Jersey heartland punks The Gaslight Anthem and the grungy Manchester Orchestra, and elsewhere there's recently-reunited late '90s emo/punk bands Small Brown Bike and Hot Rod Circuit, recently-reunited post-hardcore/metalcore bands Poison the Well and From Autumn to Ashes, cathartic rockers Beach Slang, the dead-serious post-rocky Pianos Become the Teeth, killer noisy/melodic indie rockers Cloud Nothings, the youthful nasal-voiced Front Bottoms and Modern Baseball, and still many more.

Black N' Blue Bowl @ Webster Hall
While Skate & Surf goes down just outside of NYC, a different kind of punk festival goes down right in the heart of the city. Today's lineup includes a reunion from Revelation Records hardcore boundary pushers Burn, another reunion from crossover thrash vets Crumbsuckers, hardcore lifers Sick Of It All, Boston traditionalists The Rival Mob, Dave Smalley (performing Dag Nasty, All and Down By Law), and many more.

Patti Smith, Loudon Wainwright, Kaki King, Nicole Atkins & more @ City Winery
NYC punk legend Patti Smith, singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright, guitar great Kaki King and more come together for this Nepal benefit which Patti's daughter Jesse organized.

Dorthia Cottrell, Nate Hall, Serpentskirt @ Acheron
With Windhand, Dorthia Cottrell makes crushing melodic doom, but on her own she favors an acoustic guitar over walls of distortion, and makes something closer to psychedelic folk. Her tour with Nate Hall of US Christmas hits NYC tonight.

Frankie Cosmos, Gingerlys, Lost Boy? @ Brooklyn Bow Wow
Brooklyn Bow Wow is a doggy day care, and they're describing tonight's show as "a first ever pups & humans concert." They add, "there will be a bar and plenty of pooches to jam out with." Twee folk singer Frankie Cosmos headlines.

Ende Tymes Festival @ Outpost Artists Resources
NYC's "festival of noise and abstract liberation" wraps up tonight with Jeff Donaldson, Long Distance Poison with Jonas Bers, Kyle Eyre Clyd, Gen Ken Montgomery, and many more.

Mandolin Orange, Leif Vollebekk @ City Winery
Old-timey folk/country/bluegrass duo Mandolin Orange team up with underrated Canadian singer/songwriter Leif Vollebekk for this quality double bill.

Jay Z @ Terminal 5
This is Jay Z's second of two shows this week at Terminal 5, a very small venue for a guy who's played multiple nights in a row at Barclays Center. And on top of that, he's promising old songs and deep cuts that he doesn't play live often, which is a pretty amazing treat for a guy with twelve albums ranging from good to great, who usually does hits-filled setlists. The only way in was to enter through TIDAL's contest which is now closed.

EMEFE, Will Butler (DJ Set), The Rad Trads @ Baby's All Right
NYC band EMEFE make widescreen funk-pop that sounds a bit like if Talking Heads got their start at Minneapolis' First Avenue instead of CBGB. Their just-released eponymous LP is a concept album based on French Revolution-era writer Jacques Lusseyran's book And There Was Light (stream it below), and they celebrate tonight. Arcade Fire's Will Butler is your DJ.

And The Kids @ Elvis Guesthouse
Boston-area band And The Kids make what they call "accessible unconscious existential indie glitter popsicle crisis music." You can hear exactly what that sounds like on their debut album, Turn To Each Other (streaming below), and at Elvis Guesthouse tonight.

Miho Hatori, Zulu P, Diamond Terrifer/M. Beharie DJs @ 'The Maze' at SELECT Art Fair
Ever wanted to see a bunch of bands play inside a giant maze on the roof of the former Dia Center building? Well you're in luck, as the You Are Here Festival does just that. It's part of the SELECT Art Fair, and tonight's headlined by Cibo Matto's Miho Matori.

American Nightmare, Sick Feeling @ Saint Vitus
Missed American Nightmare at Skate and Surf this weekend? Don't miss this just announced intimate Brooklyn show!

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Continue reading "What's going on Sunday? (FKA Twigs, Jay Z, Black N' Blue Bowl, Patti Smith, Dorthia Cottrell, The Maze & more)"

Pop MOntreal

The 14th annual Pop Montreal festival will take place September 16 - 20, 2015 at venues all over the Quebec City. The initial lineup of bands has just been announced and includes Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, Will Butler, Babes in Toyland, Thurston Moore, Stars of the Lid, Cannibal Ox and more. Festival passes will be available soon. Check out the initial Pop Montreal 2015 lineup below...

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photo: Sleater-Kinney at T5 in February (more by PSquared)
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Sleater-Kinney, who first said they weren't playing festivals but then were announced for Primavera Sound, have now also been added to home stage festival Sasquatch!, taking place Memorial Day Weekend (5/22-25) at The Gorge. Other new additions include Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib (who plays NYC tonight), THEESatisfaction, Helms Alee, AlunaGeorge, Kaytranada, Goldlink and a few others.

Those additions join previously announced names such as Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent and many more. Festival tickets are still available.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney, Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib, AlunaGeorge, THEESatisfaction & more added to Sasquatch! 2015 lineup"

photos by Erik Erikson

Will Butler @ Baby's All Right 3/7/2015
Will Butler

Following his show at Bowery Ballroom, The Arcade Fire's Will Butler played his second of two NYC shows on Saturday night (3/7) at Baby's All Right. (He had tested out songs from his album at Baby's back in November.) A slightly shorter set than at Bowery, he still played most of his brand-new solo debut, Policy, plus a bunch of other songs including the ones he wrote based on headlines in The Guardian, and his cover of Violent Femmes' "American Music." Setlist below.

Tourmates TEEN opened the show. More pictures below...

Continue reading "Will Butler & TEEN played Baby's All Right (pics, setlist)"

by Justin D. Joffe

Will Butler @ Bowery Ballroom 3/5/2015
Will Butler

"Both out of necessity and philosophy, I wanted it to be quick and dirty," Butler said, reached this week in New York, where he and his new band (including zero Arcade Fire members but featuring his wife's sister Julie Shore on keyboards and Antibalas's Miles Arntzen on drums) are rehearsing for his upcoming solo tour, which kicked off Thursday at the Bowery Ballroom and comes to Montreal's Le Ritz PDB, March 28 and 29.

"It's not DIY (do it yourself)," he continued. "It was done in a beautiful studio (Jimi Hendrix's old living room, upstairs at New York's Electric Lady Studios), with a proper engineer, not on a laptop - but I wanted it to be fast. I did it at a studio just so I was paying for it, and I would have pressure. In Montreal, I would have said, 'Oh, it's good,' and thought about it, twiddled, come back and tried some keyboard parts. Having it booked made it so I had to commit to things. - [Montreal Gazette]

His solo debut, Policy, isn't out till next week but the Arcade Fire's Will Butler celebrated early on Thursday night (3/5) with a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom with tourmates TEEN. Will and his band played the entirety of his new album, plus 10 more, including a few of his Guardian headline songs and a cover of the Violent Femmes' 1991 single "American Music." Setlist, pics and video of from last night's show are in this post.

If you haven't heard Policy yet, you can stream it in full ahead of next week's release via Spotify, below. And speaking of the songs he wrote based on headlines from The Guardian, those are all out now and can be streamed below.

Will and TEEN play Boston tonight then their tour heads back to NYC on Saturday (3/7) for a show at Baby's All Right which is sold out. Updated dates are listed, with more pictures from Bowery, below...

Continue reading "Will Butler started tour with TEEN at Bowery Ballroom (pics, setlist, video) + stream his LP & 'Guardian' headline songs"

Will Butler

Arcade Fire's Will Butler is a few weeks away from releasing his debut solo album, but this week he'll also be putting out a series of non-album tracks. The premise is he's writing a new song every day this week based on a news story on The Guardian. The first, "Clean Monday," is out now. Here's an excerpt of what he had to say about it:

I was reading the Guardian's live coverage of the forthcoming Greek proposals of how they're going to pay off their debts, when a little blurb popped up explaining that the Greek markets were closed today because it was "Clean Monday" - the Greek Orthodox equivalent of Ash Wednesday. It was an amazing/hilarious (well, maybe mildly amusing) coincidence to me that the Greek ministers were scrambling and figuring out how to avoid strict austerity on the day that Lent starts.

And all this scrambling is just to figure out the next few months. It's gonna be a long winter, and a long spring, and maybe a really long summer for Greece. But my fingers are crossed.

Listen below.

Will's tour hits NYC on March 5 at Bowery Ballroom with TEEN (tickets) and March 7 at Baby's All Right (sold out).

Continue reading "Will Butler released the first in his week-long series of songs based on 'The Guardian' headlines (listen)"

Sasquatch

Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to Quincy, WA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, at The Gorge. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Spoon, James Blake, Hot Chip, SBTRKT, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War On Drugs, Little Dragon, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, Future Islands, Ab-Soul, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Rustie, Courtney Barnett, Strand of Oaks, Merchandise, Ex Hex, and more.

Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Saturday (2/7). Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch! 2015 lineup (Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, War On Drugs, St Vincent, Modest Mouse, Ryan Adams, more)"

photo:::Palma Violets @ Treasure Island Fest (more by Autumn Andel)
Palma Violets

SXSW, which happens March 17-22 in Austin, TX, has announced its third round of 2015 showcasing artists. (Here's round 1 and round 2.) It's a big update, with over 500 new additions, including Amason, Frog Eyes, Palma Violets, Girl Band, Pity Sex, Sheer Mag, Kate Tempest, THEESatisfaction, Viet Cong, Matthew E. White, Best Coast, Dej Loaf, Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane) and loads more.

Full round 3 list below...

Continue reading "SXSW announces third round of 2015 showcasing artists"

Will Butler

As discussed, Arcade Fire's Will Butler is releasing his debut solo album and touring in March, and that tour includes a NYC show happening March 7 at Baby's All Right. The Baby's show sold out, but now Will's added a larger NYC show happening March 5 at Bowery Ballroom with support from local pop quartet TEEN. Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale at noon on Friday (1/9).

TEEN are on a few other dates too, but still no opener announced for the Baby's show. Updated dates are listed, with a stream of the single from Will's LP, below...

Continue reading "Will Butler expands tour, adds Bowery Ballroom w/ TEEN"

Will Butler

Will Butler's first solo album, Policy, will be out March 10 via Merge. Around the same time, the Arcade Fire member will be heading out on his first solo tour, which includes dates at SXSW and one in NYC on March 7 at Baby's All Right (where he's played before). Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (12/12) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, along with a stream of the album's single, "Take My Side," below...

Continue reading "Will Butler touring in 2015, dates include NYC & SXSW"

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Arcade Fire's Will Butler announced his debut solo album, Policy, and then put the album trailer featuring song snippets, and now he's put out the first single "Take My Side." Take a listen to that below. The album's out March 10 via Merge.

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As mentioned, Arcade Fire's Will Butler has a solo album, Policy, which will be out in March 2015 via Merge. He's just released a video trailer for it featuring snippets of songs from the album set to a variety of visuals, including some choreogrphahed polka-dotted people. Check it out below...

Continue reading "Will Butler shares trailer for his solo debut (watch)"

Will Butler

Perhaps you've noticed that Arcade Fire's Will Butler (brother of the band's lead singer Win Butler) has played as a solo artist a couple times recently. Well he's now announced that he'll put out his first solo album, Policy, on March 10 via AF's longtime (but now former) label Merge.

In other Arcade Fire news, members Richard Reed Parry and Jeremy Gara recently talked about their punk roots on Fucked Up singer Damian Abraham's Turned Out A Punk podcast. You can listen to that below.

Richard Reed Parry also has a new work with The National's Bryce Dessner, Black Mountain Songs, making its world premiere at BAM tonight (11/20) (performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus) and happening again Friday and Saturday.

Punk podcast and a recent video of Will Butler playing solo in NYC below...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire's Will Butler announces debut solo album; other AF members talked punk roots with Damien Abraham"

(photo via @qbertplaya)
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Will Butler takes somewhat of a backseat to his brother Win in Arcade Fire but he'll be stepping into the spotlight on his first solo album which should be out sometime next year. He previewed songs last night at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right, his second solo show this year in the NYC borough. With backup singers and preprogrammed drums, he played a 10-song set for the sold-out room. The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, sonically. You can hear for yourself -- there's video of most of his Baby's set, and the setlist, below.

In related news, Will sings on "Tiger," the new single by Brooklyn act Ponyhof who themselves played Baby's not too long ago. Check out the video for that below as well.

Continue reading "Arcade Fire's Will Butler played solo at Baby's (video, setlist), sings on new Ponyhof single"

Will Butler w/ Arcade Fire during Barclays Center Run (more by Mimi Hong) Will Butler

Will Butler of The Arcade Fire (and Academy Award nominee) is currently finishing up his debut solo album. He'll be in NYC on Wednesday (11/12) at Baby's All Right to play some new material. It's only one of a handful of live shows he's ever done -- his Rough Trade performance in August was his second -- and is also early (doors at 6 PM and over by 8 PM) and all-ages. Tickets are only $5.

Pop vs Jock 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Pop vs Jock

Arcade Fire singer Win Butler's annual charity basketball game, Pop vs Jock, will go down in conjunction with Pop Montreal once again this year. The game takes place on September 20 at the McGill University Sports Centre, and includes Win along with fellow Pop vs Jock alumni Will Butler (his brother, also of Arcade Fire), Nikolai Fraiture (The Strokes), and newcomer Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). Former NBA player Brent Barry and current player Matt Bonner round out the lineup as well. Tickets are on sale now, and proceeds will go to DJ Sports Club, a charity offering sports and education programs to Montreal youth.

Arcade Fire were just in NYC for a three night run at Barclays Center.

Will Butler @ Rough Trade 8/21/2014 (via @ArcadeFiretube)
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Folks who went to Rough Trade on Thursday (8/21) to see The Clean's sold-out show and got there early were treated to a surprise: an opening solo set from fellow Merge artist Will Butler who would soon be playing three nights at Barclays Center with Arcade Fire. It was Will's second-ever solo show apparently. Anyone catch his set? How was it?

Friday's night's Clean show saw Ira & Georgia of Yo La Tengo join the band onstage.

Arcade Fire

So, apparently Arcade Fire are in town for The 2012 Feast Conference. What is The Feast Conference?

The Feast Conference gathers remarkable entrepreneurs, radicals, doers and thinkers that bring their talents to the table to make life better. Our attendees don't just sit back. They'll be rolling up their sleeves at roundtables this October to respond to challenges issued by visionary speakers who dare to ask the question, "What does the world need now?"
One of the things the world needs is Arcade Fire's favorite Haiti-helping cause Partners in Health, and the band came down to join its director Paul Farmer to talk about it on Thursday (10/4)... and to play a song. Watch video of the whole thing below...

Continue reading "Watch Arcade Fire perform after the 'Partners in Health' panel at 'The Feast' (video)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Win Butler schooling on the bball court
Pop Vs. Jock
Pop Vs. Jock

POP Montreal continued on Saturday (9/22) and BV photographer Dominick Mastrangelo was on the scene and got shots of The Sadies, "Shut Up and Eat Your Ballads" (Leif Vollebek and friends Michael Feuerstack, Laurel Sprengelmeyer of Little Scream, and Brad Barr covering Tom Waits), and Rags to Radio. He also stopped by the Pop vs. Jock basketball game which saw members of Arcade Fire and The Strokes playing basketball with other celebrities like actor Martin Starr (Freaks & Geeks, Party Down), pro basketball player Luke Bonner, and more.

David Byrne, who played a POP Montreal show with St. Vincent a day earlier (9/21) (they start their NYC-run of three shows tonight), performed at the game's halftime show. During his set, he was joined by Arcade Fire's Win and Will Butler and The Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture to perform covers of ? and the Mysterians' "96 Tears" and KC and the Sunshine Band's "That's the Way (I Like It)." You can watch a video of the latter below.

More pictures from Friday (9/21) are HERE. Pics from Sunday (9/23) are coming soon and more from Saturday are below.

Continue reading "POP Montreal Saturday pics -- The Sadies, Pop vs Jock (where Arcade Fire & Strokes members & David Byrne played) & more"

photos by Tim Griffin

Arcade Fire

Win and Will Butler are currently visiting their birth state for a few shows. Last night (5/3), Arcade Fire and Texas band Explosions In The Sky played to a roughly-5000 capacity crowd at The Backyard at Bee Cave in Austin. Arcade Fire, who co-headlined Coachella just a few weeks ago, also played the other night with Okkervil River in Dallas, and they do it again with EITS in The Woodlands tonight, near Houston where Win grew up, a fact that has not gotten past the locals....

"Yes, we're all excited that Arcade Fire is playing the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Wednesday night. And, yes, it's exciting that lead singer Win Butler spent his "formative years" growing up in that community which makes this -- to borrow a title from a beloved U2 anthem -- A Sort of Homecoming.

But it's time all of the greater Houston area suck on the bitter pill of reality for a moment and come to grips with a very real truth: Arcade Fire is not a band from The Woodlands.

It is not even a Texas band. It is not even an American band and anyone saying anything to the contrary must also accept the equally preposterous notion that country icon Willie Nelson hails from Vancouver, Wash., or that Madonna is British."
[says CultureMap Houston]

All upcoming tour dates (Bonnaroo included), along with pictures and the setlist from the Austin show are in this post, and they continue, along with a video of Will Butler & Marika recently singing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" at Chicago's Wrigley field, below...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire & Explosions in the Sky played 'The Backyard' in Austin, Texas (Win's home state, sort of) -- pics & setlist"

most of the words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

LCD Soundsystem

They played for over 3.5 hours before the sun set on LCD Soundsystem in a cascade of white balloons dropping from the Madison Square Garden ceiling in NYC Saturday night. I wished they played even longer. Everyone I talked to agreed.

But James Murphy and co. gave everything at Madison Square Garden last night (4/2). And the sold-out arena crowd gave in return. For two months - through the initial on-line ticket debacle, the addition of four T5 shows to make up for it, constant hype, and lots of guessing at what guests might turn up (sadly there was no Daft Punk) - it all made this final act in the drama, The Long Goodbye, even more of an event.

People camped on line several hours early to get a coveted spot up front on the floor and most of the crowd adhered to the black and white dress code. Those who didn't stuck out.

From where I was in the middle of the front GA section nobody stopped dancing, or singing along or smiling the entire night. (Save for, like at all four Terminal 5 shows, the couple of awkward, yet brief and deserved intermissions.) Every turn to scan the Garden saw people full-on, in the groove dancing; not just some barely-registered shuffling back and forth. Honestly, everyone who was there should take a bow because they were fantastic. During the first break, video footage was shown of an interviewer talking to fans outside the venue, Aziz Ansari included.

LCD Soundsystem

And no, there was no Daft Punk, but there was Arcade Fire singing joyously along on "North American Scum" (the third set's highlight) and an appearance by Reggie Watts who also played with the band at three of the four Terminal 5 shows. The boys choir featuring members of Mr. Dream was there, as were the two female backup singers, and the horn section that included Kelly Pratt and Colin Stetson. Original LCD guitarist Phil Mossman was back and featured a few times in addition to LCD band members
Nancy Whang, Tyler Pope, Pat Mahoney, Matt Thornley, Gavin Russom, and David Scott Stone. Liquid Liquid opened the show like they did at the first two Terminal 5 shows. Shit Robot, who opened the second two T5 shows, again made an appearance during the show. Shit Robot and Juan Maclean, for one song, were alien vocalists in mysterious cardboard-looking spaceships that were set up in seats behind the stage (pictures and video below).

Pitchfork streamed the whole show for those who couldn't be there - you could see the cameras all over the place, including on the shoulders of cameramen walking through the GA crowd. Filmmaker Lance Bangs was seen dancing in the crowd and working backstage on the video of the show, and yes the clouds made it to the two screens that were hanging on the sides of the stage.

LCD started with "Dance Yrself Clean" and "Drunk Girls" followed. The first set was breathtaking and included "Daft Punk is Playing in My House." After an intermission, the band tackled most of 45:33. Watts came out for "Part 2" and Murphy spent most of the middle set off in the background letting the band tackle the instrumentals.

The first encore featured a cathartic and riveting "Someone Great" as well as "Losing My Edge" and "Home." For me that block was the highlight. During "Losing My Edge," the video screens featured images of some of the influential bands mentioned. When I looked up I saw The Sonics.

LCD Soundsystem
LCD Soundsystem

Their Harry Nilsson cover of "Jump Into The Fire" was part of the final 3-song encore. Murphy, his voice sounding a bit hoarse, paused between songs to thank everyone who came out and everyone who helped put the show together. "Three songs left," "two songs left," and then after saying "this is our last song", and a bit more banter including an admission to his family who was in the audience that he was wearing his dad's watch (as you can hear in the video below), he led the band into their final (ever) number, "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down." It started slow with Murphy even laughing and pausing 'for dramatic effect' but by the end of the raucous outro the crowd was in a frenzy, only for the band to launch back in and cue the balloon drop. As the crowd was preoccupied with balloons of various size descending upon them, the entire band slipped off stage, almost completely unnoticed, and into history.

VIDEO OF THE ENTIRE SHOW (from the stream), and lots more pictures and the full setlist, below...

Continue reading "LCD Soundsystem played their final show @ MSG w/ Liquid Liquid (and Arcade Fire) -- pics, setlist, video of entire show"

words & photos by Bao Nguyen

Arcade Fire and Obama
Arcade Fire and Obama

...this was the Obama Staff Ball - the final official event put on by the Presidential Inauguration Committee. Arcade Fire and Jay-Z preformed. The actor Kal Penn, who everyone in the crowd knew as 'Kumar' took the stage. He was a surrogate for the campaign so he spent his time on stage outing by name all the staffers who 'tried to kill him' by texting while driving through snowbanks.

Vice-President Joe Biden and his wife Jill made an appearance and then President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama took the stage. The new president said something to the effect of,"You guys are great." To which someone next to us said,"Hire me!" Hm. Seems to be a theme developing. Free beer dude. [Mediabistro]

The culmination of my past six months of work on the Obama campaign resulted in an amazing night. The Obama Staff Ball, which was also the last official Inaugural event, was held last night (1/21) at the DC Armory. The crowd of about 4,000 people included Obama staff and their lucky 'plus ones'. There was an inspiring speech by President Obama and musical performances by both Arcade Fire and Jay-Z. Frankly, I could not ask for a better ending to my campaign experience. It was especially humbling to hear Win Butler constantly thank us for all the hard work we put into the campaign, telling us they were especially honored to have been asked to play this event. I will not bore you with the details of my life on the campaign, but suffice to say it has been the most memorable experience of my life. It's an experience that cannot be matched and we are reminded that we are in a sort of limbo everyday now that it's all over. As Win humorously remarked in the middle of the concert, "This is the funnest party I've been to for people who have all just lost their jobs".

By the time Jay-Z came on, I was mostly too busy having fun to remember I had a camera, so he's not in many pictures. Check out all of them, and Arcade Fire's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire, Jay-Z & President Obama @ the Obama Staff Ball (pictures & text by Bao Nguyen) (and the setlist)"