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WWPJ / Seoul
We Were Promised Jetpacks

Scottish indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks are wrapping up a U.S. tour in Cambridge tonight (12/7), after having just hit Brooklyn's Warsaw on Saturday (12/5). With no new album to support, they gave us a good mix of all three, and played a couple new songs too. Montreal synth pop band Seoul opened, making for a solid double bill.

More pictures, and a "not entirely accurate" setlist (via Setlist.fm) below...

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photo by Eoin Carey
We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetpacks were in the US for a few shows earlier this summer including two in NYC, and they'll be returning for a lengthier tour in the fall. The new dates bring them back to NYC on December 5 at Warsaw. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (9/2) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the video for "A Part Of It" off last year's Unraveling, below...

Continue reading "We Were Promised Jetpacks announce 2015 fall tour (dates)"

WWPJ at River Rocks last night (photo by Anne Helmond)
We Were Promised Jetpacks

Scotland's We Were Promised Jetpacks just played a big free NYC show at River Rocks on Pier 84 last night (7/23), and now they added a much smaller not-free one for Thusday (7/30) at Mercury Lounge. Tickets go on sale today at 3 PM (so like in a few minutes).

Video from last night's show, below...

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photo: Waxahatchee at MHOW earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The annual free Hudson River Rocks concert series on Pier 84 returns this summer with three shows. On July 9 it's Waxahatchee (who was here earlier this month) and special guests; on July 23 it's Scotland's We Were Promised Jetpacks with Boston's Krill; and on August 6 it's '90s-indie lovers Yuck with new 4AD signee U.S. Girls.

The pier is accessible at West 44th St or West 43 St at 12th Ave, and each show opens at 6 PM with the music starting at 7. Pier 84 is also the location of the (not free) 4Knots Music Festival this year.

by Andrew Sacher

WWPJ (photo by Eoin Carey)

Scotland's We Were Promised Jetpacks already put out one single from their upcoming third album, Unravelling (due out 10/14 via FatCat, pre-order), and we've now got the premiere of an Audiotree session for another track off that LP, "Night Terror." It's big, Coldplay-esque atmospheric rock, and you can hear it for yourself by watching the video below.

As discussed, the band are also touring North America after the album's release, and since we last spoke their Scottish pals The Twilight Sad were added to most dates on that tour including the NYC show happening November 22 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

As previously mentioned, The Twilight Sad will be in NYC right before then too, performing their 2007 debut album, Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters, in full at Rough Trade NYC on October 16. Tickets for that show are still available.

While we're talking about Scottish indie rock bands, Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison released a solo album under the name Owl John earlier this month. You can stream it in full below, via Q Magazine, and head to Q to read what Scott had to say about each individual track. Owl John's only date at the moment is opening for Neutral Milk Hotel in the UK.

New We were Promised Jetpacks video, updated lists of WWPJ/Twilight Sad dates, and the Owl John LP stream, below...

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photo by Eoin Carey

Scottish indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks are set to release their third album, Unraveling, on FatCat this year. Its first single, "Safety in Numbers," is a dose of arena-ready indie rock (it's already gaining U2 and Coldplay comparisons) and it can be streamed over at Entertainment Weekly or below.

WWPJ are also going on an international tour that hits NYC on November 22 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/11) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with the new song, below...

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We Were Promised Jetpacks at Southpaw in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Scottish indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks were talking about releasing a live album earlier this year, and it's now officially announced that E Rey - Live in Philadelphia (recorded at Union Transfer) will be out on February 25 via FatCat. A trailer for the album can be watched below.

The band are also kicking off a US tour around that album's release that includes SXSW and a NYC show happening on March 8 at Webster Hall with Honeyblood. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (12/18) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the trailer, below...

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Black Lips at Bowery Ballroom, Nov. 2012 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Black Lips

SXSW 2014, which does down from March 7-16 across multiple Austin venues, already announced one round of artists, and they've just now revealed the second lineup announcement. It includes Syd Arthur, The Baseball Project, Arthur Beatrice, Black Lips, Blouse, Circuit des Yeux, Diarrhea Planet, Kevin Drew, Dune Rats, EMA, Esben and the Witch, Fielded, Future Islands, Jenny Hval, James Iha, Kayo Dot, Love Inks, Mirah, Gary Numan, Peelander-Z, Potty Mouth, Public Service Broadcasting, Rockie Fresh, Saintseneca, Skream, Slothrust, The So So Glos, Spires, Talib Kweli, Tashaki Miyaki, Timber Timbre, Torres, Tourist, Truckfighters, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Wye Oak, French band La Femme (who are planning a two month North American tour around it) and many more.

Badges are still available. Full lineup announcement below...

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WWPJ @ Fashion's Night Out 2012 (more by Sachyn Mital)

It's been two years since We Were Promised Jetpacks released In The Pit Of The Stomach and while no follow-up has been announced yet, the band will release a live album this fall. In the meantime, you can actually see them live when they tour the East Coast and Midwest in June. Stops include the previously announced show at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park on 6/13 with Ra Ra Riot (tickets), and a just-announced one at Maxwell's in Hoboken on 6/15 (tickets).

All WWPJ tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "We Were Promised Jetpacks add more U.S. shows, including Maxwell's (updated dates)"

Ra Ra Riot (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Record Store Day

How was your Record Store Day? Did you get your hands on one of the limited Binary Mind 10-inches? "Binary Mind contains the title track and the unreleased song "All I Fear" plus three demo versions of "Binary Mind," "Wilderness" and "I Shut Off," all from the Beta Love sessions." If you missed it, ypou can stream "All I Fear" below.

Ra Ra Riot and We Were Promised Jetpacks have added a show together at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ on June 13, 2013. Tickets are on sale.

For Ra Ra Riot the show is a headlining date in the middle of their tour with the Postal Service who they play with two nights later at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

For We Were Promised Jetpacks the show is so far a one-off in the USA, so I can't help but assume we'll find out about a NYC show very soon, though we know that so far it won't be part of Summerstage.

All currently announced WWPJ dates, and Ra Ra Riot dates and that unreleased song, below...

Continue reading "Ra Ra Riot released a song on RSD (listen), playing NJ with We Were Promised Jetpacks during Postal Service tour"

photos by Sachyn Mital

"Saw We Were Promised Jetpacks tonight at Rockefeller Center for Fashions Night Out! They were amazing!" - Amy DiReda

We Were Promised Jetpacks at Rockefeller Center - 9/6/12
We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetpacks brought their tour to NYC for a free outdoor Fashion's NIght Out (9/6) show at Rockefeller Center with The Lonely Forest. Ken Grand-Pierre wrote on his tumblr, "We Were Promised Jetpacks proved that you could be just as rowdy in a fancy plaza as you could be in a basement esque venue dripping with sweat. It was brilliant seeing the Fashion Night Out crowd go from confused to just going with it, and seeing their fans jumping up and down during the Jetpacks set was awesome."

WWPJ continue their tour at Amityville's Ollie's Point tonight (9/10) and come to Brooklyn on Tuesday (9/11) at The Bell House. Advance tickets for the Bell House show are still available.

More pictures from the FNO show are below.

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UPDATE: We found even MORE


As mentioned, Thursday (9/5) is Fashion's Night Out. Basically another excuse to throw a party (in the name of bringing money and attention to fashion), the evening has become music-oriented in the last few years with bands playing stores all over New York City. There's a lot of stuff going on, including the Azealia Banks / DJ Cosmo performance at M.A.C. Soho we already told you about; plus Icona Pop and Maria Minerva at Urban Outfitters; Matchbox Twenty (!?!) at Bloomingdales; Haim at Topshop; La Sera at Helmut Lang; We Were Promised Jetpacks at Rockefeller Center; and Cyndi Lauper at Manolo Blahnik, just to name a few.

Below is a list of all the shows we could find with basic details and links where applicable/helpful. All shows are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Many have free food and booze as well. For more into visit the Fashion's Night Out website. Let us know what we missed, in the comments.

Continue reading "Fashion's Night Out is Thursday -- a list of musical goings on (Chairlift, La Sera, Icona Pop, Haim, Maxwell, Cyndi Lauper & more)"

We Were Promised Jetpacks at BV-CMJ 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetpacks have some (mostly European dates) coming up this month and next, but in between they'll come to the US for a few east coast dates including two three in the NYC area: Ollie's Point on September 10 in Amityville and The Bell House on September 11 in Brooklyn. Tickets for the Amityville show are on sale now and tickets for the Brooklyn show go on sale today (8/3) at noon.

UPDATE: WWPJ also play a free Fashion's Night Out show on September 6 at Rockefeller Center, like many other bands did last year.

A list of all dates and a video are below.

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by Andrew Sacher


London's Breton were just in Austin for SXSW and before they head home they'll play a NYC show TONIGHT (3/21) at Mercury Lounge with Gold Fields. Tickets are available.

You may know Breton from the remixes they've done for Maps & Atlases and Local Natives, or the audio/visual work they've done for Tricky, but they've also been releasing EPs of their own material. Now they've got a debut full length, Other People's Problems, set to come out on April 3 in the US and March 26 in the UK via FatCat. The album pulls from two rather different, but distinctly UK styles of music. They've got a mix of James Blake-ian beats and the tense vocals of UK dance-punk groups like Klaxons and Foals. Check out the video for "Interference" off the album, which they wrote, filmed, and directed themselves, below. The album artwork and tracklist are below too.

All dates, including a May tour with We Were Promised Jetpacks (that has them in Philly on May 5th) and video below...

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We Were Promised Jetpacks at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetpacks, who were last in NYC to headline Webster Hall (and perform for our Green Room Sessions) (which was not long after they were here for CMJ), are currently on a European tour that goes through February. They'll follow that with a North American tour, which hasn't been announced in full yet but so far includes the sold out Coachellas and a few others including NYC shows happening on May 3 at Bowery Ballroom and and May 4 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (1/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting (1/25) at noon.

All currently known dates and our 'Green Room Sessions' videos in case you missed them below...

Continue reading "We Were Promised Jetpacks touring around Coachella (two NYC shows announced)"

Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)

Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...

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Chelsea Wolfe

During our CMJ parties this past October, we partnered with Sony Bloggie to film a video series ("Green Room Sessions") of exclusive performances by artists, many of whom also played at our CMJ events. All of the videos were shot on nothing but Bloggies. We've been slowly revealing some of the videos from the series, but the most of them are finally here and can be watched below.

Chelsea Wolfe performed a new/non-album track called "Feral Love," accompanied only by brooding synths and beats from band member Ben Chisholm, making for a more similar performance to Chelsea's "solo" NYC debut than the full band set she delivered at our Friday party (10/21).

Members of Datarock, sitting on a ladder, played an acoustic guitar/saxophone and red-suit-less rendition of their song "True Stories," which they said they have to play when they're in NYC, as it is their tribute to Talking Heads, with every lyric in the song being a Talking Heads song title.

Chelsea Wolfe

Laura Stevenson and her Don Giovanni labelmates Shellshag both played songs for us. Laura played a solo acoustic version of "Barnacles" from the Laura Stevenson and the Cans' album Sit Resist on the staircase to the green room at Public Assembly, whereas Shellshag took us out to the waterfront for a stripped down performance of "Face to Face."

Ólöf Arnalds played a new song called "Sudden Elevation" and a cover of Neil Diamond's "Solitary Man" which is one of the covers on her new mini album.

Peelander-Z took us outside on North 6th Street, shortly after playing our day party in Public Assembly. With no instruments except their voices, they wrote us a theme song.

Similarly to Chelsea Wolfe, Channy Caselle of Polica performed with just a microphone and samples playing through a guitar amp, as opposed to the massive dual drum rumbling set Polica played at our Saturday party (10/22). She performed "Happy Be Fine" off their upcoming debut LP, Give You the Ghost.

New Zealand band Street Chant, who played our Saturday party, played two songs for us after their set, "Stoned Again" and "You Do the Maths." For both songs, frontwoman Emily Littler played guitar and sang as the rest of her band and members of The Suzan provided claps and backup vocals.

Dave Quon of We Barbarians, who were also on the Saturday party, played an acoustic version of "Chambray" off the band's Headspace EP backstage after their set.

We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetbacks, who were announced on our Thursday (10/20) party at the last minute, played as a three piece because one of their members hadn't arrived to NYC yet at that point. Then, to size their lineup down even more, frontman Adam Thompson performed two songs on his own for us with his acoustic guitar (filmed on the same day they headlined Webster Hall).

A few more are coming, but meanwhile watch all of our completed videos below...

Continue reading "WATCH BV 'Green Room Sessions' (shot on a Sony Bloggie)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Flying Lotus

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 came to a close on Sunday night. It was another successful year for the well-rounded music fest, and the end of its first in the larger (and much dustier) Auditorium Shores. And though Ryan Gosling may have been the most talked about artist at the festival (Danzig was a close second), the real star was festival organizer Transmission Enertainment for putting together such a kickass lineup on four stages for three days straight (not to mention a mechanical bull) (and skate and bike ramp and tons of good food and vendors and merch and posters and wrestling) (and Turquoise Jeep).

After Hum and then a quick set of comedy by metal comedian Brian Posehn (he did his Slayer joke and one that involved Pantera), Slayer closed out the large Orange stage on Sunday (the other metal acts played on the slightly smaller Black Stage all weekend, but the Orange was the biggest and actually specially built to Slayer's specs).

Slayer wasn't the only wild headliner of the day though. In fact, that's an understatement. Trash Talk played after Henry Rollins did his set of spoken word in the Yellow Tent because Trash Talk had to miss their originally scheduled set on the Black Stage earlier in the week due to a family emergency. Thanking everyone for missing Slayer to see them (actually not true because it ended up Trash Talk was done before Slayer even started), Trash Talk started their hardcore insanity by pointing out that they were on the only stage with no barricade (the stage comedians usually played). Circle pits, stagediving, stage crowding, grabbing the mic, pumping fists (and skateboards) and just general craziness characterized the next 20 minutes or so.

The always controversial Odd Future drew their own giant and enthusiastic crowd to their headlining set on the Blue Stage, and Blonde Redhead closed out the Black Stage to a more intimate and chilled out audience (in the location that was metal, punk, garage and hardcore the rest of the weekend).

Here is our second set of pictures from the final day of the fest, including Asobi Seksu, the reunited Hum, We Were Promised Jetpacks (who just played NYC and one of our CMJ day parties), Odd Future, G-Side, Austra, Grimes, MNDR, Mates of State, Budos Band, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Architecture in Helsinki, Del the Funky Homosapien, Brian Posehn, Flying Lotus, Brody Stevens, Trash Talk, Henry Rollins, and more SLAYERRRR.

We previously posted pictures from both day 1 and day 2, and a second set by BBG day 1, day 2, and day 3

The rest of day 3, below...

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We Were Promised Jetpacks at BV-CMJ (more by BBG)
We Were Promised Jetpacks

Scotland's We Were Promised Jetpacks spent their Mischief Night (10/30) at Webster Hall in NYC. We invited the band's frontman Adam Thompson into a studio earlier that day to record a session for BrooklynVegan (stay tuned). He told us it was maybe the largest headlining show of their career so far. It was definitely their largest in NYC, and much larger than the show they played for us at Knitting Factory during CMJ. How was it?

Opening at Webster were Royal Bangs and Bear Hands who are still on tour with the Jetpacks. They're making their way towards Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest where WWPJP will play the fest while BH and RB will link up with Dom & Pujol for a FFF Nites set on 11/6.

Bear Hands return to NYC and headline Music Hall of Williamsburg on 12/16 with guest Fort Lean. Tickets go on AMEX presale at noon on Wed (11/2) and regular sale on Friday. Fort Lean will ALSO be at Le Poisson Rouge on 11/26 as part of the 2nd Annual Voidwell Homecoming Dance with Gordon Voidwell and his band, Emil and Friends, Emily Warren & The Betters and a DJ set from Aaron Pfenning (tickets).

All dates and WWPJ's new video for "Human Error", from their new LP In The Pit Of The Stomach, below...

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photos by BBG

We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Knitting Factory
We Were Promised Jetpacks

As you know, We Were Promised Jetpacks will HEADLINE Webster Hall on Sunday (10/30) with Bear Hands and Royal Bangs in tow as part of a string of US dates together. Tickets are still available. You can buy 'em or roll the dice and try to win a FREE pair. We're giving away one pair on the BrooklynVegan Facebook and another here. Details are below.

We Were Promised Jetpacks played our day party during CMJ one week ago today (10/20) and though we previously posted a full set of pictures from the day, a second set of pictures of WWPJ are here in this post. More of them with all dates and contest details below...

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photos by Bryan Bruchman

Yellow Ostrich @ Knitting Factory
Yellow Ostrich

As far as BrooklynVegan shows were concerned, we started out this year's CMJ in a lowkey manner with a free Thursday day show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. We Were Promised Jetpacks, announced that same day, headlined the show that began with a set by Yellow Ostrich at 12:30pm.

Though they didn't play acoustic like they did the night before at the FatCat CMJ showcase at Mercury Lounge, WWPJ mixed it up by performing as a three-piece since one of their members wasn't in town yet. Expect a four-piece at Webster Hall and other dates of their tour. Austin's Hundred Visions played their 2pm set despite their 15 passenger van being stolen from its parking spot in Williamsburg the night before. Luckily most of their gear was not in it at the time.

The whole day looked like this:

12:30 Yellow Ostrich (Barsuk)
1:15 Still Corners (Sub Pop)
2:00 Hundred Visions (unsigned)
2:45 Forest Fire (FatCat)
3:15 BOBBY (Partisan)
4:00 Main Attrakionz (Mishka)
5:00 We Were Promised Jetpacks (FatCat)
Those in attendance also enjoyed free beverages courtesy of HobNob Wine and PBR, and free snacks courtesy of popchips and Raw Revolution.

Thanks everyone who stopped by. Here are some pictures. More below...

Continue reading "BV Thursday Day Party @ KF in pics (Main Attrakionz, We Were Promised Jetpacks ,Yellow Ostrich, Still Corners & more)"

We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Southpaw in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
We Were Promised Jetpacks
We Were Promised Jetpacks

12:30 Yellow Ostrich (Barsuk)
1:15 Still Corners (Sub Pop)
2:00 Hundred Visions (unsigned)
2:45 Forest Fire (FatCat)
3:15 BOBBY (Partisan)
4:00 Main Attrakionz (Mishka)
5:00 We Were Promised Jetpacks (FatCat)
Just hours before doors (noon!), we are excited to announce the addition of Scottish band We Were Promised Jetpacks to our free all-ages day party happening today (10/20) at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Don't forget (for those of you that are 21+) we'll also be serving free HobNob Wine and PBR.

Maybe you caught WWPJ play an acoustic set alongside Forest Fire last night at Mercury Lounge? How was it? They kick off a tour with Bear Hands that includes a HEADLINING show at Webster Hall (!) in less than a week (Webster tickets are still on sale).

Listen to most of the bands playing this party via our Spotify Playlist. Get there early for Yellow Ostrich who reportedly killed it at Brooklyn Bowl last night.

Listen to a song by Hundred Visions below...

Continue reading "We Were Promised Jetpacks playing FREE BV SHOW TODAY (Main Attrakionz, BOBBY, Still Corners & more too!)"

Oneohtrix Point Never joins John Maus, Twin Sister and friends on the now-completed lineup of the Domino CMJ showcase happening at 285 Kent. No advanced tickets.

We Were Promised Jetpacks, who will be playing acoustic, have been revealed as the secret guest playing the FatCat showcase at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are still on sale.

Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)

Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.

The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others

2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.

Slayer also has a NYC performance coming up with Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth as part of the "Big Four" show at Yankee Stadium on 9/14. Tickets are still available.

Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup (Danzig Legazy, Passion Pit, Slayer, Lykke Li, The Damned, Henry Rollins & much more)"