Entries tagged with: Warpaint
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Pharrell / Future Islands / Ty Segall / mean girls
Watching Ty Segall at the Outdoor Theatre to kick off my Saturday drove home a 2014 Coachella reality: the relative lack of noisy, guitar-driven bands. While the bill is loaded with synthy, electronic-leaning indie types, traditional rock acts are few and far between this year. As if to illustrate the point, late in his gloriously loud and raucous set, Segall covered "Mötörhead" by Mötörhead, one of a handful of truly heavy bands at the fest.Coachella 2014 recently wrapped up its first of two weekends. You already saw pictures of day 1, and we've got a set of day 2 pics in this post, including shots of Pet Shop Boys, Pharrell, Queens of the Stone Age, Pixies, Fatboy Slim, Lorde, Future Islands, Warpaint, Julian Casablancas, Ty Segall, Graveyard, Foxygen, Laura Mvula and more.
...I arrived 20 minutes early Saturday night [for the Pixies], just in case, but while the Mojave eventually filled and then some, things never got ugly. As for the set itself, I doubt I'll ever adjust to seeing Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering on a stage without Kim Deal, but the new-look Pixies produced a quality set nonetheless, bashing out extra-ferocious versions of "Gouge Away," "Nimrod's Son," "Crackity Jones" and more. [Las Vegas Weekly]
Of course there's too much to catch everything, but many other great artists played the second day too, including Solange whose sister Beyonce came on stage to dance with her (video below), Nas whose frenemy Jay Z joined him for "Dead Presidents II" and "Where I'm From" and Diddy (I mean Puff Daddy) joined him for "Hate Me Now" (full set video below), indie legends The Dismemberment Plan, post-rock vets Mogwai, plus sets from MGMT, Washed Out, Bombay Bicycle Club, Holy Ghost and many more.
One of the big talks of the day was Pharrell (and his hat), who brought out loads of guests who reminded the crowd that Pharrell wasn't a nobody before "Happy," "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" (all three of which he played). He produced or co-produced huge hits for Snoop Dogg ("Drop It Like It's Hot"), Gwen Stefani ("Hollaback Girl"), Busta Rhymes ("Pass the Courvoisier") and Nelly ("Hot in Herre"), all of who joined him for said songs. A few videos from his set below.
Outside Lands Festival returns to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from August 8 - 10. This year's lineup was just announced and includes Kanye West, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Haim, Lykke Li, and more.
Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM PDT. Full lineup below...
England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...
Lollapalooza 2014, which goes down from August 1-3 in Chicago, announced its 2014 lineup. Artists include Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monekys, Skrilex, Broken Bells and tons more. 3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.
Full lineup below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Cate Le Bon / Warpaint
Warpaint have a dedicated fanbase, who showed their adoration for the ladies early on by showering them with roses that fans threw on stage as the ladies walked up to their spots on stage. The ladies greeted fans back with "Bees" from their debut album, before kicking into the new album's "Intro" which led right into "Keep It Healthy." It was wonderful as ever to see the girls rock out. Seeing the calm precision of drummer Stella Mozgawa and vocalist/guitarist Theresa Wayman was dreamy when compared alongside the more lively movements of vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Emily Kokal and bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg who almost never kept still. -[We All Want Someone to Shout For]Warpaint's tour with Cate Le Bon hit NYC on Friday (3/21) with a sold-out show at Webster Hall. Both had just been at SXSW (where Cate played our Thursday day party), and the trek wraps up this weekend.
Pictures from the show are in this post. More, along with Warpaint's setlist, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Angel Olsen / Warpaint / EMA @ SXSW 3/14/2014
After our Friday BV-SXSW day party at Red 7, Amanda and I headed to Austin's Central Presbyterian Church for the Pitchfork showcase. Opening the show was EMA, whose material from 2011's Past Life Martyred Saints sounded great as always, but most excitingly Erika and her band used the opportunity to preview her upcoming sophomore album, The Future's Void. The new stuff sounds great, and definitely doesn't seem like PLMS pt. 2. They had a good amount of diversity too -- there were grungy parts, one song with a lengthy instrumental jam, electronics and folk. Definitely a record to look forward to.
Then it was Angel Olsen, who others at BV have caught before (like Amanda), but I never had, and was really blown away. Angel's got an intense stare that never falters, and a great band that knows how to keep quiet music on the edgy side, but can get loud when they need to as well. Her voice echoes the cult bedroom folk singers of the '60s/'70s, and even as she ably belts it through a big church, she doesn't lose that eeriness.
After Angel, we headed back to Red 7 to catch Destruction Unit. The Arizona psych punks were one of the best bands I saw at last year's SXSW, and a year later nothing has changed. They never really play the same show twice, so even if you've seen them before you don't necessarily know what you're getting yourself into. They can switch from blisteringly fast punk, like the one-two punch of "The World On Drugs" and "Slow Death Sounds" that they opened the show with, to slower, more atmospheric parts, and complete dissonant noise. It's cerebral music, but it's also something you can mosh to (as many people at this show did). And even in their droniest parts, the band are always a thrill to watch with each member totally in his own zone the whole set.
Then Amanda went to House of Vans/Mohawk for Warpaint and I stayed at Red 7 for Perfect Pussy, who we also caught on a bridge, at NPR and at the Pitchfork day party. No pics of them this time, but I'm happy to report they got a new bass.
Pictures of Warpaint are in this post. More of those, plus more shots of EMA, Angel Olsen and D Unit, below...
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.
We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.
An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...
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$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.
Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.
Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
Those additions include Sam Smith, Schoolboy Q, Little Dragon, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kurt Vile, Mark Kozelek, Chance the Rapper, Bob Mould, Warpaint, Eagulls, Mutual Benefit, Kate Nash, Hundred Waters, Julian Lennon, Isaiah Rashad, Kevin Gates, Weekend, Perfume Genius, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Ab-Soul, THe Fresh and Onlys, Christopher Owens, No Joy, Diane Coffee, Ital, The Pizza Underground and more. More additions are listed below.
SXSW goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 11-16 and includes tons of other previously-announced artists like A$AP Mob, Perfect Pussy, Action Bronson, Ex Hex, La Femme, and many more.
Lineup additions below...
One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.
Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.
by Bill Pearis
Cate Le Bon @ Mercury Lounge 1/17/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cate Le Bon just wrapped up her East Coast tour with Kevin Morby (their Mercury Lounge show was great) and she's about to head to Europe for a monthlong tour there. After that, she'll be heading back to North America where she'll be in Austin for the insanity that is SXSW. After that she's joining Warpaint's tour for a week's worth of dates, including the NYC show at Webster Hall on March 21. That is a great double bill and tickets to Webster Hall are still available.
After spring and fall installments of the Boston Calling Music Festival in 2013, it's been announced that the fest will return again this spring, expanding from 2 to 3 days. It happens from May 23-25 at City Hall Plaza, and though the lineup hasn't been officially announced, the people behind the fest hid 10 vinyls with the lineup printed on it for a Twitter contest. Consequence of Sound points to one of those pictures (above), revealing that artists playing include Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Brand New, The Head and the Heart, Tegan & Sara, Jenny Lewis, Frank Turner, Phosphorescent, Built to Spill, Kurt Vile, Warpaint, Cass McCombs and others, not to mention festival favorite JACK JOHNSON. Tickets will be on sale Friday (1/31) at 10 AM via the festival's website.
photos by Adela Loconte; words by Bill Pearis
Warpaint @ Union Pool 1/17/2014
LA quartet Warpaint will release their terrific eponymous sophomore album on Tuesday, and warmed up for their impending world tour with last-minute show at Brooklyn's 150 capacity Union Pool. Tickets were given out via record stores and online contests. For a band whose next NYC gig is at Webster Hall, it was obviously nice to see them somewhere this small but the real treat of this show was the size of the stage. With all four members within three feet of each other, you really got a sense of how much Warpaint is a real band, not just people playing music at the same time. It was a real kick to see them playing off each other, especially bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg and drummer Stella Mozgawa. Warpaint are very much about vibe and groove, which they had in abundance Friday night.
Opening with the new album's lead single "Love Is to Die," Warpaint played seven songs off the new album, plus "Elephants" from their Exquisite Corpse EP, "Bees" from their debut album, and new song "No Way Out" which isn't on Warpaint but they've been playing live for a while. Highlight for me was maybe the sultry "Biggy," with it's fat analog synths that floated alongside their ethereal harmonies. The new album is is definitely more minimal than The Fool but that opens up a lot of space that works especially well live.
You can still get tickets to see Warpaint when they next hit NYC at Webster Hall on March 21. More pictures from Union Pool are below...
As mentioned, Warpaint's terrific second album is out next week (1/21) via Rough Trade and if you haven't listened yet you can stream it at NPR or below. The LA band's tour hits NYC at Webster Hall on March 21 (tickets are still available) but if you'd like to see them somewhere sooner and smaller, Warpaint are playing a surprise show at Union Pool on Friday (1/17). Tickets will be given away via five NYC record stores -- Bleecker Street Records, Generation Records, Other Music, Permanent Records and Rough Trade NYC -- and via a Flavorpill contest. Each store has a limited number of tickets and they are available NOW. Doors at 10PM and the show is 21+.
Union Pool will be a warm-up to the band's tour which kicks off proper in Paris on Monday (1/20). All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
As mentioned, Warpaint's long-awaited second album is out next week via Rough Trade. If you liked the sultry, decadent delights of The Fool, you will no doubt dig the new one too. Operative word here is sexy, at least according to vocalist Theresa Wayman who told the Guardian, "We leaned towards things we thought were sexier. It was an actual adjective we would use, like, 'Oh, that's sexy' or 'I think it would be sexier if we did this...' That actually happened quite a bit." She continues on the same idea:
I don't know if this is TMI or something, but if you really fall into music while you're playing, it's the same space as when you are with a lover. You can see guitar players in the way that they're playing that they're in some ecstatic moment and it could equally be a sexual moment where they're alone with someone. So if I were to actually put it all into a pot and think about it, playing music can take you closer to that same kind of state of ecstasy as an orgasm. Sometimes that can be very alarming if you're onstage.You can decide for yourself whether you think Warpaint's new album is sexy or not. It's streaming in full via NPR and The Guardian and you can listen in this post.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2014 - April 11-13, April 18-20
Read the full lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
Warpaint return next month with their eponymous sophomore album on January 21. The band let us hear "Love is to Die" earlier this year and have just shared a second track, "Biggie." The new song is all fat, pulsing analog synths and ghostly vocals and you can stream it below.
The band have also just announced a few 2014 tour dates, mostly on the East Coast. Warpaint will usher in spring in NYC at Webster Hall on March 21. Tickets for Webster Hall go on sale December 13 at noon with an AmEx presale beginning December 11 at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with the new track stream and video of the band playing Pitchfork Paris, below...
Another year, another round of band holiday sweaters. This year we can get in the holiday spirit by wrapping ourselves in warm, cozy attire from the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Death From Above 1979, Descendents (again), Metallica, and more. Just like Grandma used to make. That's the QOTSA one pictured above, and the other three are pictured below.
As discussed, Queens of the Stone Age (who made Amazon's and Rough Trade's top albums of 2013 lists) will be in NYC for the holiday season when their tour brings them to Barclays Center on December 14 with The Kills. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated tour dates are listed below.
QOTSA's tour includes an Australia/New Zealand run in March with Nine Inch Nails and former Distillers singer Brody Dalle (who's also married to Josh Homme of QOTSA). Brody recently announced details of a new solo album (via Music Week), which will be out in early 2014 via Caroline. The record is set to feature contributions from Garbage's Shirley Manson, plus Warpaint singer Emily Kokal, Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, QOTSA basist Michael Shuman, former Girls (and current Papa) member Darren Weiss, and more. And it's being produced by Alain Johannes, who's worked with QOTSA, Arctic Monkeys, and did Brody's Spinnerette album.
All QOTSA dates are listed, along with more sweater pics, below...
photos by Adela LaConte; words by Bill Pearis
Warpaint @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
It's been three years since Warpaint released their debut album, The Fool (one of my favorite albums of 2010, btw), and the band have just announced details of its follow-up. Their second album is self-titled and out January 21 via Rough Trade. The album was recorded in Joshua Tree with producer Flood, who also mixed the album. Two of the records' songs were recorded with Nigel Godrich. Adding to the talent associated with the LP is director Chris Cunningham (Bjork, Aphex Twin), who worked on the album's visual elements, including the cover art which is below. The first track to be released from the LP is "Love is to Die" which is firmly within the moody, rhythmic soundscape the band are known for. You can stream it in this post.
Warpaint recently wrapped up a few shows, including a NYC date at Music Hall of Williamsburg (along with opener DJ Nelleke) and a belated set of pictures are in this post. The band are currently in the UK as part of a European tour. Those dates are listed, along with the MHOW pics and the new track stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
When Cate Le Bon toured here last year for her great album, CYRK, she was playing a number of new songs too. One of them, "Are You With Me Now," was a standout I distinctly remember, with its loping rhythm and spooky/beautiful backing vocals. That song is the first official single from Cate's excellent new album, Mug Museum, which is out via Wichita Records on November 12. You can stream it below along with the previously released collaboration with Perfume Genius, "I Think I Knew."
Cate, who is from Wales but lives in California currently, will be playing some West Coast dates this fall, including a couple in October opening for Warpaint and then a few with Kevin Morby (of The Babies, Woods) in December. Hopefully she'll announce East Coast dates sometime soon. All dates are listed, along with the track streams, below.
Warpaint at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Though LA dream pop quartet Warpaint have been remaining active, they've been feeling on the quiet side, considering we haven't gotten an album since their 2010 debut, and it's been over two years since they last played NYC. They've mentioned a new album is in the works, but not many details on that yet. However, we do know for sure that they'll finally return to NYC for a show on October 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (7/26) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with a video, below...
Savages at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
As mentioned, Savages are going on a tour this summer, which includes a NYC show happening at Webster Hall on July 11 (sold out). The band is coming back to North America in September to play Detroit's Laneway Festival and will be stopping in NYC on the way there for their biggest show here yet: Terminal 5 on September 12. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/14) at noon.
This is the inaugural Detroit Laneway Festival (which has happened in other cites since 2004) which will take place at Meadow Brook in Rochester Hills, Michigan. The line-up also includes The National, Sigur Ros, Alunageorge, Charli XCX, Chet Faker, Chvrches, Deerhunter, The Dismemberment Plan, Flume, Frightened Rabbit, Haerts, Icona Pop, My Brightest Diamond, Phosphorescent, Run The Jewels (El-P + Killer Mike), Solange, Warpaint, Washed Out, and Youth Lagoon. Tickets for the are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed, along with the videos of Savages performing two songs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, below...
by Tim Griffin
BRMC / Acid Mothers Temple / Warpaint at Austin Psych Fest - 4/26/2013
Last year Austin Psych Fest was held at Emo's East and Beauty Ballroom (RIP), the year before at the Seaholm Power Plant, and this year APF, which happened last weekend (4/26 - 4/28) has found what might be a permanent home at Carson Creek Ranch. The two seemed to fit well; open skies, trees, and a river (just minutes from downtown Austin) made for a great new location. Pictures of the ranch, and many of Day 1's bands (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Warpaint, Raveonettes, Tamaryn, Acid Mothers Temple, Tinariwen and more) and other goings-on are in this post.
Sailor Jerry invited me along for the ride and hired me to take some pictures for them as well. They had an AirStream back stage where much ink was dispensed (in the form of tattoos) as well as happiness (in the form of rum). Austin Tattoo artists Keith Underwood and Philip LaRocca manned the needles for those who stopped by for some permanent souvenirs. Pictures of some of that in the set, too.
Over at BV Austin, you can check out portraits taken at the fest by photographer Natasha Ryan. More pics from Day 1 of Austin Psych Fest below...
Tamaryn is DJing at New York's Museum of Modern Art on Sunday evening (4/7) as part of a PopRally event called "Abstract Currents." Against projections of one-minute videos submitted by the public, Tamryn will provide a "hypnotic soundtrack to the collectively built abstract videoscape." It's in conjunction with MoMA's Abstraction, 1910-1925 and Abstract Generation: Now in Print exhibition and tickets are still available.
Later this month, Tamaryn will be in Texas' state capital for Austin Psych Fest (Apr. 26 - 28), which features a pretty amazing line-up that runs the gammut of "psychedelic," including Deerhunter, Spectrum, Black Mountain, OS Mutantes, The Moving Sidewalks, Clinic, Besnard Lakes, Elephant Stone, Roky Erickson, Sweden's GOAT and a bunch more. The fest just announced the day-by-day line-ups which are listed below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Sleigh Bells / !!! / "ladies night" @ SS Coachella, 12/22/2012
Here are shots from the final day of the second voyage of S.S. Coachella that went down at the end of December. Though most of the boat was a little partied out from the wild day in Jamaica (and afterparty) the day before, people got back in the spirit for Girl Talk, Sleigh Bells and !!!. For the latter's final number, !!! invited members of Warpaint, Father John Misty and others for a group sing-a-long. After that it was a "ladies night" party that made sure everyone was bleary eyed for their trip home the next days. Says our photographer Greg Cristman, "Amazing that no one fell overboard."