Entries tagged with: Wavves
by Andrew Sacher
As mentioned, Big Boi releases his second solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, next week (12/11) via Def Jam. His solo debut, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, is still my single favorite hip hop album of the new decade so naturally I've been seriously anticipating VLADR since Big Boi mentioned he began work on it. And admittedly, the album is a bit overshadowed by its predecessor, due in part to lacking a song as huge as "Shutterbug." But though the album never hits a moment as large as that one, it's still a winner in its own right.
Vicious Lies opens up like a classic OutKast album, with a short, slow and pretty intro track that leads right into a blunted headknocker, "The Thickets," which appropriately features Sleepy Brown of Organized Noize, who worked on a lot of early OutKast. The bar continues to raise on the next track, a rhythmic club track up there with "Tangerine" or the Big Boi-featuring Janelle Monae track from that same year, "Tightrope." The album plateaus a bit there but more standouts start appearing later on with tracks like "Thom Pettie," a dirty synth track with a great hook from Little Dragon and a characteristically abrasive verse from Killer Mike. Later on we get "Lines," which is probably the best track on the album thanks to a killer chorus from Phantogram that doesn't leave your head once its in there (A$AP Rocky is on the track too). But the most interesting moment of the album has to be "Shoes For Running," which is carried by a hook sung by Wavves dude Nathan Williams. The only thing stopping it from being a total head scratcher is that Nathan toured with GZA and Killer Mike (which itself was a head scratcher) and I still can't decide if it's one of those fun indie/rap collabs like Kid Cudi and MGMT's "Pursuit of Happiness that you'll be hearing all year, or just plain weird. But the fact that I'm still going on about it must say something.
Before that, Big Boi will stop by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday (12/7) to perform "Mama Told Me" with Little Dragon, who were initially supposed to guest on the song's recording, but were replaced on the album by Kelly Rowland.
Since we last spoke about the album, Big Boi has (legally) revealed two more of its tracks, the Kid Cudi-featuring "She Hates Me," and the T.I. and Ludacris-featuring Atlanta boasting party "In the A," both of which you can hear below. In related news, TI just revealed his storied track with Andre 3000, "Sorry," which will appear on his upcoming Trouble Man LP and can also be streamed below.
by Andrew Sacher
As expected, there have been lots of (dangerous) rumors floating around about Big Boi's upcoming sophomore solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, which is due out December 11 via Def Jam (pushed back from November 13). He's now revealed what is (fingers crossed!) the official tracklist for the album and the guest spots are pretty exciting. Despite Little Dragon's initial guest spot having gone to Kelly Rowland a while back, the group actually appears on three other album tracks. The album's got plenty of love from the dirty south, like on "Gossip," which features veteran UGK and worthy newcomer Big K.R.I.T.; frequent Outkast/Big Boi collaborator Killer Mike appears on a track with Little Dragon; TI and Ludacris end up on a track together; and Sleepy Brown of Organized Noize, who produced a ton of Outkast back in the day is on one too. In more surprising (and also exciting) news, Wavves and Jai Paul are both on the album. As is A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, Kid Cudi, and others. You can check out the full tracklist below.
In related news, TI also revealed the tracklist for his much-delayed upcoming album, Trouble Man (due out 12/18), and it looks a bit different than the one we initially mentioned. The most striking difference is that the song sampling Gotye and featuring Kendrick Lamar is not listed anymore. But in more positive news, Big Boi's Outkast partner Andre 3000 is there on the song, "Sorry" (the one where he allegedly apologizes to Big Boi). Cee Lo Green, A$AP Rocky, R. Kelly, and more are set to appear too. The full tracklist is below. TI plays NYC on December 18 at Best Buy Theater (tickets).
DOWNLOAD: Sweet Valley - "Suzuka 9 Hours" (MP3)
GZA at MHOW in June (more by Ryan Barkan)
Wu-Tang Clan member GZA, who recently performed his album Liquid Swords in NYC, has just put together a pretty amazing tour. He's taking out underdog rapper of the year Killer Mike, Sweet Valley (aka the new beat project by main Wavves dude Nathan Williams and his brother Joel [aka Kynan]), and Bear Hands (who are currently on a tour with Fort Lean which hit NYC last week).
That tour kicks off in Buffalo this September and ends with a NYC show on October 18 at Irving Plaza, which is part of CMJ. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check Livenation for updates. All dates on the tour are listed below.
For Nathan and Joel Williams' Sweet Valley project, the tour will double as a support run for their debut beat tape, Stay Calm, which is due out on August 7 via Fool's Gold. You can stream two tracks from that release, "Malibu Games" and "Suzuka 9 Hours," below, the latter of which you can also download above. Nathan Williams will also be joining GZA on stage at the shows, and you may remember that it won't be the first time that Nathan and GZA unite.
A list of all dates and streams below...
After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.
Full FFF Fest lineup is below.
Wavves at McCarren Park in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
Wavves just finished up an international tour which included some Australian dates, Primavera Sound in Spain, and a few other European stops along the way. They'll be back in the states this week, but before returning home to California, Wavves will stop in NYC for a 1800 Tequila and SPIN-presented "Essential Artist Series" show at 446 Broadway (between Howard and Grand St) on Wednesday (6/13) with DJ sets by Flosstradamus' J2K and Nick Catchdubs. The show is free but RSVP is required. The show flier is below.
Wavves' tour included a show at The Corner Hotel in Melbourne, which was recorded in full and available to stream or download at Aussie indie radio station triple j. The set included material from all three full lengths, the Life Sux EP, and their cover of Sonic Youth's "100%."
The Drums at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Toby Tenebaum)
After about a month's rest, they'll kick off a full tour of the US and Canada with some pretty solid openers, Craft Spells and Part Time. That tour hits NYC on April 22 at Webster Hall. Tickets are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/2) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Yesterday, The Drums aired the season finale of their Visiomento series. Check that out, along with all dates below...
OFF at House of Vans (more by BBG)
The crew also recently announced participation in the Burgerama Festial in Santa Ana, CA on March 24th. The fest (brought to you by Burger Records) will feature Wavves, Strange Boys, Ty Segall, and many others. Tickets are on sale. Flyer below.
Off! have also just announced a NYC show on May 29th at Bowery Ballroom (right before they fly to Spain for Primavera Sound). Tickets go on AMEX presale at noon on 2/29 and regular sale on Friday.
All tour dates, that Burgerama flyer and some video including some of No Flag (No Age + Black Flag), below...
Stephen Malkmus @ Academy Records in Aug. (more by Gretchen Robinette)
today in NYC
* ASSSCAT @ UCB
* DUMBO Arts Fest
* Here to Help @ UCB East
* X @ the Stone Pony (NJ)
* Stephane Wrembel @ Barbes
* Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
* Elbow, Glasser @ Terminal 5
* Pretty Good Friends @ Union Hall
* The Coup, Japanther @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Mobb Deep, Lloyd Banks @ Webster Hall
* Swarms (Nina Mehta of Rings) @ Zebulon
* Rob Haskins plays Marc Chan @ The Stone
* The Shins, Faces On Film @ Bowery Ballroom
* Eddie Pepitone, Patton Oswalt @ Gotham Comedy Club
* The Suzan, Hard Nips, Lost Boy @ Glasslands
* Hannibal Buress & friends @ Knitting Factory
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Public Assembly
* Little Women, Vaz, Extra Life @ Death By Audio
* Cave, Huntronik, La Otracina, Jealousy @ Cake Shop
* Drag The River, Lenny Lashley, Motopony @ Maxwell's
* Megafaun, Doug Paisley, Cat Martino @ Mercury Lounge
* Enslaved, Fin Amor, Junius, Alcest @ Gramercy Theatre
* Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, Holy Sons @ Webster Hall
* Margaret Leng Tan plays John Cage's 'Four Walls' @ The Stone
* Hauschka (Solo Prepared Piano Performance), Glenn Jones @ West Park Church
* Meg Baird, P.G. Six, Steve Gunn & John Truscinski, Chris Forsyth & The Paranoid Cat Band @ Union Pool
* Matthew Dear, The Juan Maclean, Metro Area, Rub n Tug, Kim Ann Foxman, DJ Nature, Blondes, Tim Sweeney @ 446 Broadway
* Joke Lanz & Shelley Hirsch, Aki Onda & MV Carbon, Ezramo & Rinus van Alebeek, Bob Bellerue & Mister Matthews @ Public Assembly
Junius replaced Ghost on the Enslaved show at Gramercy tonight.
Wavves' new video for "Bug", below...
This press release went out this morning...
QUIKSILVER PRO NEW YORK SURF CONTEST WILL RUN: Update from Long BeachDamn. You can see the list of who was supposed to play, below...
An important update from Long Beach - Quiksilver is working closely with the City of Long Beach to preserve the heart of the professional surf contest scheduled to start on Sunday, September 4 in light of the impact of Hurricane Irene and concerns for the Long Beach community, which suffered significant damage from the storm. The Quiksilver Pro is scheduled to start its 11-day "holding period" on Monday, September 5. The Quiksilver Pro Trials presented by Unsound Surf will run on Sunday, September 4.
The situation has been changing daily, and we recognize that City resources are focused on hurricane restoration and clean up as first priority. In that context, we have been informed by the City that the festival and music components of the event are no longer achievable.
The Quiksilver Pro NY is first and foremost about the surf contest and Long Beach has an incredible surfing tradition and spirit. We are committed to holding the ASP tour event at Long Beach so that together we can promote the sport by bringing together the best surfers in the world to this terrific community.
"The VMAs unite us as a people, a shitty, shitty people. #VMAs" - Dave Hill
Tyler's mom & Wavves @ the Video Music Awards (via Hipster Runoff)
"there are great moments in awards shows. bruno mars sounded really good doing 'valerie' for amy winehouse. i don't think anyone is bummed that adele is killing everything. her voice was real and focused when i went thru and watched highlights from tonight. kanye and jay z are always murdering. beyonce is pregnant. yes this is awesome as shit, culturally speaking. but can i just ask, the reader, us, we ... as non-rhetorically as possible: don't we seem dumb? didn't MTV lose the fight against themselves? Didn't Rock'n'Roll STOP? Why are the lights so bright? isn't our talent as artists enough? Why do we try SO hard? Does a moonman mean what it did back then? Should we feel pumped when we get one? Should our mom's cry? I am not even thinking about it that hard. I will close my eyes in 90 seconds and have total peace... But, seriously. Why are we waving around so much? Why do we NEED this shit so bad? Why don't we just have MUSIC? DO music? soul? I don't know. I don't mean to criticize. Anyone. Actually. Except for MTV. You might have had a very large opportunity to be stabilize your self as a global presence of culture and art about 15 years ago and you fucked the dog. Sorry. Im with my girls on this one. Its becoming increasingly clear as I think about it more and more, that the dollars, if they ARE apart of why you are doing something... they are apart of why you are doing something. that's fucked to me. that's the absence of spirit, glue, fabric of what makes us a person. it distracts us from what we could be doing: WORK. on EARTH. Better say this: Forget what I say. If you even read this, you'll probably say to yourself, who is this ass saying shit? It doesn't matter what i say. it doesn't matter, it doesn't matter. But this one last thought: What would Bill Hicks say?"If you missed the show, or didn't read about it already, Odd Future's Tyler, The Creator won Best New Artist, Adele (as Justin points out) is a good singer, (so is) Beyonce (but more impotantly, she) is pregnant, Lady Gaga does a great Ralph Macchio, and Justin Bieber loves God and Jesus....
today in NYC
* Silk Warehouse Party
* Mamie Minch @ Barbes
* Greta Gertler @ Barbes
* Saint Motel @ The Rock Shop
* Lez Zeppelin @ Irving Plaza
* Slowdance @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Shahzad Ismaily @ The Stone
* Main Attrakionz @ New Museum
* The Movielife @ Best Buy Theater
* Cat Power, Vorhees @ Webster Hall
* Deniz Tek, Ivan Julian @ The Bell House
* Jesse Malin, Juliana Hatfield @ City Winery
* Personal and the Pizzas, Triple Hex @ Maxwell's
* Amir ElSaffar's Two Rivers Ensemble @ The Stone
* Dave Matthews Band Caravan @ Governors Island
* Natur, Aggressor, Mutant Supremacy @ Union Pool
* Caravela, Santah, Honduras, David King @ Spike Hill
* Salem, Main Attrakionz, Ghe20 Goth1k @ Santos Party House
* Steve Gunn, Woodsman, Sacred Harp, GDFX @ Shea Stadium
* The Heavy Pets, Zongo Junction, Uzimon @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Living Kills, Les Sans Culottes, Party Lights @ The Gutter
* Prospector, Soft Black, Last Year's Men, Edelweiss @ Bowery Electric
* Amen Dunes, Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders, Zomes, GDFX @ Saint Vitus
* Ital, Innergaze, Magic Touch, Shams, Octo Octa @ Silk Warehouse Party
* Brain Tumors, Much Worse, Deathrats, State Violence @ Stolen Sleeves
* Little Gold, Air Waves, Moonmen On The Moon, Man, Spook Houses @ Death By Audio
* Blood Diamonds, Tanlines (DJ set), Braille (DJ Set), Magic Mountain (DJ set) @ Glasslands
* Dujeous, Paul Josephs and Metrosonics, Keeping Riley, In Ohm, iAMEVE @ Mercury Lounge
* Dr. John, Sera Solstice, Mz. Imani, Aliza Hava and the Rhythm Shamans @ Public Assembly
* School of Seven Bells, Warm Ghost, Starfawn, Heathered Pearls (DJ set) @ Cameo
* Sun Araw, Prince Rama, Julianna Barwick, Pterodactyl, Teengirl Fantasy (DJ set) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Dylan Charles, The Rhodes, Greg Smith And The Broken English, The Bull & the Butterfly, Julia Haltigan, Abby Ahmad, Marika Hughes, Risa Binder @ Rockwood Music Hall
What's going on Saturday is going to be very short.
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Wavves and GZA performed "Liquid Swords" together on Fuel TV last night (8/25). Check out a video of that below.
Wavves @ East River Park - 8/25/2011 (photo by robotgobot)
Though last night's Wavves show went on as planned, and was even dry, Saturday & Sunday's performances of "Henry V" are cancelled (they were set to take place on the same East River Park stage). You can however catch the same Shakespeare show in East River Park on Monday (as of now).
Wavves & GZA
"MTV has just announced that fuzz-rock band Wavves will serve as the guest composer for the first season of the network's new scripted comedy series, "I Just Want My Pants Back." In addition, music legend Nic Harcourt will serve as music supervisor for the series. The pilot episode, which is airing as a sneak peek following the "2011 MTV Video Music Awards," on August 28, at 11 p.m. ET/PT, will feature the exclusive world premiere of their new song "I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl." The series will officially debut on MTV in January 2012. .Despite the nasty weather, as of 4:000pm, the Dee Dee/Wavves show in Manhattan's East River Park tonight (8/25) is still on. Dee Dee goes on at 7. The show is rain or shine.
Wavves' new EP, "Life Sux" will be released by Wavves' label Ghost Ramp on Tuesday, September 20th and features "I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl," as well as collaborations with Best Coast and members of the band F*cked Up.
As guest composer throughout the MTV series, Wavves will have 20 original compositions as well as songs from their unreleased EP. Following the sneak peek on Sunday night, viewers can visit www.soundtrack.mtv.com for a free download of "I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl" and a list of all Wavves songs featured in the show.
From acclaimed director and executive producer Doug Liman ("Mr. and Mrs. Smith, "Swingers," "Go," "Bourne Identity") and based upon David J. Rosen's critically acclaimed novel of the same name, "I Just Want My Pants Back" follows a group of friends as they navigate the minefield of their post-collegiate years. The series will feature 12 half-hour episodes.
Struggling with sex, love, career and friendship as a young twenty-something living in Brooklyn, the series follows Jason Strider, played by Peter Vack. Jason puts hanging with his friends, going to bars and hooking up above his entry level job where he's the lowest rung at a casting agency, and dreams of being in music journalism...but has no idea how to get there. It's not until a one night stand steals his heart and his pants, that he begins a quest to get his beloved jeans back, and hopefully the girl, while also growing up along the way.
The series also stars Kim Shaw as Jason's best friend 'Tina;' Jordan Carlos as 'Eric' and Elisabeth Hower as 'Stacey,' college sweethearts making it go of it as couple as they forge into their adult years; Sunkrish Bala as 'Bobby' the owner of the local bodega and will guest star Chris Parnell as 'J.B.,' Jason's no-nonsense boss at the casting agency.
"I Just Want My Pants Back" is based on the book by David J. Rosen. The series a co-production with Universal Cable Productions. The pilot was written by Rosen and directed by Doug Liman. Justin Levy, Clay Spencer and Polly Auritt are the executives in charge of production for MTV. Executive producers include Liman, David Bartis and Rosen. Gene Klein is co-executive producer.
Also, be sure to catch Wavves backing up GZA, the legendary founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, on Fuel TV's "The Daily Habit" tonight at 8pm PST / 11pm EST. They will be performing GZA's classic tune "Liquid Swords"."
Feel like staying dry? You can head to Long Island on September 9th instead, or wait until Wavves returns to NYC as part of a tour with Fucked Up that has the two bands at Webster Hall on Saturday, September 24th.
More dates TBA soon. All dates and new EP tracklist and cover art below...
Set times have been revealed for the free Quiksilver-hosted shows taking place in Long Beach, NY this September. Shows either start at 1:15 PM or 3:15 PM with headliners going on between 5:30 and 6:15. As mentioned, bands performing include The Flaming Lips, Interpol, Neon Indian, Matt & Kim, Girl Talk, Wavves, and others. All set times are listed below.
Watch out House of Vans, it looks like yeat another corporate-sponsored show-series is vying for contender of "best free shows" in NY this year. Taking place over fifteen days in Long Beach, NY (and finally explaining that mysterious Flaming Lips date), The Quiksilver Pro New York series ("the first-ever ASP World Championship Tour stop on the East Coast of the United States") will feature surfing, skating, and BMX demos from some of the biggest names out there (Kelly Slater, Tony Hawk, etc).... not to mention some major music acts like The Flaming Lips, Girl Talk, Interpol, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Q-Tip, Neon Indian, Wavves, Taking Back Sunday, Saves The Day, and many more. Best of all, admission to everything is FREE.
All dates with the full lineups are below, but the music portion kicks off on Saturday, 9/3 with Girl Talk, Saves The Day, "a special surprise performance" & more. Sunday has Interpol, Portugal. The Man, The Ettes (who play NYC tonight), and more. Monday (Labor Day) will see Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Civil Twilight, and more. 9/9 is probably the most impressive show with The Flaming Lips, Q-Tip, Neon Indian, Wavves and Charlotte O'Connor. Saturday 9/10 will play host to a "Benefit Concert Hosted By Kelly Slater & Friends + The Max Weinberg Experience" with Taking Back Sunday, The Sounds and SLUNT. More details on the benefit show are TBA.
If you can't make it to Long Island, "The Quiksilver Pro New York will be broadcast from September 3-15 by MSG and Fuse, with programming that will feature some of the biggest artists, athletes and live performances from the event."
More details and lineups below...
DOWNLOAD: Dum Dum Girls - "Coming Down" (MP3)
Dum Dum Girls at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Last month we announced that Dum Dum Girls are releasing Only In Dreams (named after the Weezer song?) and touring in support of the album this fall with Crocodiles and Royal Baths. They've since revealed the album cover and the lead single. The track is titled "Coming Down," which makes sense considering they were getting high earlier this year. Grab the MP3 above. Cover art below.
You'll also have a chance to catch Dum Dum Girls' frontwoman Dee Dee play a solo set in NYC even sooner though, and for free at the Wavves show in East River Park (8/25 at 7pm).
Updated tour dates and album art below...
photos by Josh Darr
Flaming Lips @ Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on 7/7
Cruises are all the rage. There's Jam Cruise and Holy Ship!, and to a smaller extent Bruise Cruise, and now this January Weezer are launching the first ever Weezer Cruise. The cruise takes place over the course of 4 days (1/19-1/23) on the Carnival Destiny from Miami to the island of Cozumel, and features performances by a lineup curated by Weezer, who will also be performing themselves. The lineup is pretty heavy on members of the Dinosaur Jr. family including Dinosaur Jr. themselves, Sebadoh, J. Mascis, and Lou Barlow. Hey, they're all trapped on a boat together for four days, might as well mix up the formats. Other bands playing include Wavves, The Antlers, Yuck, and many others. Full lineup below.
As recently mentioned, Weezer and The Flaming Lips will set up "side-by-side" (sort of like "in the round") at their co-headlining shows happening at PNC Bank Arts Center in NJ (7/28) and at Jones Beach in NY (7/29). Both dates are with Yeasayer. Tickets for both are still on sale, and BrooklynVegan is giving away 2 pairs of Flaming Lips/Weezer tickets EVERY DAY between now and 7/26. Each day we'll award one pair of tickets to the NJ show, and one to the NY show. This will be the last time you see a post about it on the site though, but check our Facebook each day for an updated chance to win. Instructions on entering via email are below.
The Flaming Lips have also added more shows this summer, including a weird one: in Long Beach, Long Island on September 9. No more details on that at the moment. All dates are listed below along with a set of pictures from the 7/7 Lips show at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.
The Flaming Lips, who released collaboration EPs this year with Neon Indian and Prefuse 73, are currently working on one with Lightning Bolt. According to Wayne Coyne's twitter, "Mixing the final master of Flaming Lips/Lightning Bolt tracks!!!!". Video below.
All tour dates, video, contest details, and full Weezer Cruise lineup below...
If you live in NYC (and don't live under a rock) you are very well aware that the 4-day music/film/art extravaganza that is The Northside Festival swept through the ultra-tough, filthy, gang ridden, and decrepit streets of North Williamsburg. Sadly, because of my rigid and limited musical preferences, the list of acts playing read like a foreign phone book to me and only one band (of the, what, 250? 300? bands) was enough for me to venture out and risk life and limb in the land of bad tattoos, cut-offs, deep Vs, and big sunglasses. That band? Guided By Voices.
This is my third time seeing the Classic Line-Up (anyone else sick of hearing them referred to as The Classic Line-Up?) and, whooooo boy, did they bring the stank! Besides the music and the license to drink excessively and pump one's fist high into the air, the best part of a GBV show (ANY GBV show, including non-Classic Line-Up shows) is the camaraderie. It never fails; whenever I am at a GBV show I run into friends who I never see otherwise, but who feel closer than most of the people I know on Facebook. And it's not hard to make new friends when you and several hundred other people are double-fisting over-priced beer and singing along to the music.
The fun started for me at 6pm on the dot as I arrived moments before Wavves hit the stage. It was 80 degrees, partly cloudy, nice breeze... perfect for an outdoor show. I have never seen Wavves, but being an avid BV reader they have a reputation in tow that certainly piqued my interest. And I liked them a lot. They were just straight up rock. Nothing flashy, nothing hard to digest... just good old fashioned rock. I mean, if you want rocket science, by all means, go listen to Yes or Dream Theater. They were definitely the perfect lead in to GBV. By the time they finished, the crowd was DEFINITELY ready for GBV's scheduled 7pm appearance.
The whole GBV atmosphere was a dream. 40 songs, 3 encores, a 99% crowd-rocking-out-and-singing-along percentage, beautiful weather, cold beers (come on people, you know that at this point in the evening price was hardly a concern)... perfection! GBV played everything from deep tracks to crowd favorites (set list below). Bob Pollard led the crowd as deftly as he led the band. Greg Demos, bedecked in a ruffled shirt and vest reminiscent of a 70s prom get up, often wielded his bass as though it was a sword. Tobin Sprout played the role of the quiet one, masterfully traversing his axe without showing too much dramatic flair or movement. And Mitch Mitchell. Jesus, between the tats, the ever present cigarette, his mighty Les Paul, and a facial expression that rarely deviates from a look of "I will fuck you up, so help me God," Mitch definitely gets the Badass of the Evening Award. Everything about the evening was perfect, and I have a feeling that this show will be the highlight of my summer. It's certainly going to take a lot to top it.
All snarkiness aside, the Northside Festival is a pretty phenomenal opportunity for people to catch a huge number of great bands, art, film, food, panels, and more for what amounts to a $60-or-so pittance. For the price, the variety of programming one can catch in a 4-day time span is rather remarkable. This year's fest boasted a much larger scope than last year and if this trend continues we can expect next year to be sensational as well. North Williamsburg, on the other hand, will no doubt be a much more grotesque and tedious neighborhood to find yourself in. But ain't that progress?
Beirut, Sharon Van Etten & Yellow Ostrich played the same temporary outdoor venue one night earlier. Pictures from the whole GBV show, The Babies and Surfer Blood included, and the full GBV setlist, below....
Henry Rollins (spoken word) / Bradford Cox (Deerhunter)
"Atlanta's own Deerhunter was the main draw on Thursday night, a low-key alternative to Friday's star-studded lineup. In fact, two people approached me during their set to ask who we were hearing. But no matter: The indie-rock prodigies went pleasantly cerebral on a crowd too tired to do more than sprawl on the grass and nod." [Creative Loafing]Bonnaroo 2011 kicked off on Thursday and continues through Sunday in Tennessee. If you're not there, you can always stream some of it online in your air conditioned room while people at the fest are battling the heat on the ground. Speaking of which, the heat may be to blame for one untimely death at the festival, though the medical examiner hasn't reached a conclusion yet.
The rest of our pictures from day one (not counting Karen Elson which was posted separately), which are all by Dana unless otherwise noted, continue below...
Matt & Kim @ ACL 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Who would have thought back in 2006 when Matt & Kim were rising through the ranks of the Todd P Brooklyn DIY scene that one day they'd be third on a three-band tour with Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance?
As you may have heard in a commercial playing in the backseat of a cab or elsewhere, Blink 182 are going on the "Honda Civic Tour" with My Chemical Romance. Openers for that tour, which vary by date, include Manchester Orchestra, Rancid, and.... Matt & Kim. Manchester is supporting the first leg of the tour which hits NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center on August 5 and Long Island's Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on August 6 and 7, though Manchester won't open the August 7 show, as they will be at Lollapalooza. A different opener is to be announced. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now, with a general sale starting Saturday (6/11) at 10 AM. Matt & Kim open most of the dates in September and October, as you can see below.
Maybe Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino, who covered "Dammit" (video below), will come out to one of the shows (thinking from her seat during the Brooklyn duo's opening set, "that should be me!"). Mark Hoppus loves Best Coast and also interviewed her boyfriend Wavves.
For now Bethany will have to be satisfied with her contributions to pop punk band New Found Glory. According to the band's website, "Today our friend Bethany from the band Best Coast came into the studio and sang vocals on one of our new songs! We are totally pumped to have her guest on our record."
Best Coast play a Planned Parenthood Benefit w/ Those Darlins at Le Poisson Rouge on June 16, two days after opening the sold out Decemberists show at Prospect Park (6/14). Tickets for the LPR show are still on sale.
Wavves open for Guided by Voices in McCarren Park on June 18th and has other dates scheduled too.
Meanwhile, Matt & Kim are on tour with The Thermals (Who ever thought the Thermals would go on tour with a band that would go on tour with Blink 182?) (though it is consistent with The Thermals' thing about always touring with bands that include at least one female member). Their Terminal 5 show together is sold out, but tickets are still on sale for the show The Thermals are headlining (without Matt & Kim) at The Bell House on July 1 with Big Troubles and (the female-fronted) EULA.
Honda Civic dates & Best Coast 182 video below...
photos by Eric M. Townsend
B.O.M.B. Fest went down over Memorial Day Weekend at Comcast Theatre in Hartford, CT. You already saw the Dan Deacon pictures from the first day of the two day fest. Now here are the rest from that Saturday (May 28th) (we have no pics from Sunday). They continue below...
"SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, presents performances of outstanding artistic quality, free of charge, to serve the diverse communities of New York City. The artists represent a breadth of genres and cultures and perform in an outdoor setting accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. SummerStage strives to develop audiences' deepening appreciation for contemporary, traditional, and emerging artists as well as the communities in which these artists originate."You might remember that since last year, "Summerstage" now encompasses free (and "benefit") shows in many NYC parks, not just at the "main stage" in Central Park. Free shows this summer include Friendly Fires, Wavves, The Budos Band, Reggie Watts, Fitz & the Tantrums, We Are Scientists, Talib Kweli, Rakim/EPMD, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Jim Gaffigan, Wanda Jackson, Imelda May, Guster, and many more.
Above picture, taken at the St. Vincent show in 2010, by Chris La Putt.
Wavves's Nathan Williams is a modern day renaissance man. Besides being a guitarist/songwriter and a weed connoisseur, Williams is also a comic book author and has penned a twelve part series with friend Matt Barajas and illustrator Nicholas Gazin. Pitchfork says that,
According to an email from Gazin, "Negative Dad is like an extra retarded X-Men. There's heshers, evil parents, cat people, juvenile delinquents with partially functioning mutant powers, aliens, dreams."That's Negative Dad art above.
There will be at least 12 issues, and according to Gazin, it will possibly come with a cassette. He says, "This is going to be our gift (although it will cost money) to people who enjoy pot. Put the tape on, put in a beanbag chair in a space small enough to get clambaked and just read the comic and stare at the pictures and chuckle at the pictures while your friend plays Nintendo and eats all your Pirate Booty or something."
Maybe you can find copies of the comic at Wavves' merch table on tour. NYC'ers will have two chances to find out this summer. First, when Wavves plays the Northside Fest with Guided By Voices at McCarren Park Stage on 6/18 (tickets), and then at a free Summerstage show at Manhattan's East River Park Ampitheater on 8/25 at 7pm (enter at Delancey Street bridge over the FDR Drive and walk south or via Cherry St/Jackson Ave entrance into Corlears Hook Park and over the FDR Drive bridge leading directly to the ampitheater).
All Wavves tour dates below..
Wavves @ MSG in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
In the earlier ticket post today, I forgot to mention...
It's unclear how many Northside badges they'll let in to that show, but those are on sale too.
Tickets are also still on sale for the Beirut Northside show happening at McCarren Park too.
Fang Island are playing Brooklyn Bowl on May 27th. Tickets are on sale.
Free Energy are playing Glasslands & April 29th. Tickets are on sale.
GBV @ Irving Plaza on New Year's Eve (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Guided By Voices is returning to NYC and will headline the McCarren Park Stage on Saturday, June 18! Wavves is going to open the Brooklyn Northside Festival show which is going on sale Friday, April 8, at 10am EST. Tickets are $30 in advance. You can also attempt to get in with a Northside Festival badge.