Entries tagged with: White Lung
Total Control, Dead Moon, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement, Amen Dunes, Gun Outfit, Milk Music, and more will play Los Angeles festival Beserktown II from August 14 - 16. This marks the first US show for Total Control since 2013 -- main man Mikey Young is not a fan of touring -- and festival organizers are saying it's the band's only North American date of 2015. (Apparently it's their first show period since releasing Typical System.) The fest also marks a reunion of Denmark's No Hope For The Kids. Festival passes are on sale now. All announced Beserktown II acts are listed below.
Reformed Pacific Northwest punks Dead Moon will also be in NYC in June.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Mormon Crosses w/ Mish Way in Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Vancouver punks Mormon Crosses toured last year as an opener for their neighbors White Lung -- the above picture is from the Chicago show on that tour when White Lung singer Mish Way joined them on stage -- and today they've put out a new two-song single, Exit Type (Two). The first song, "Braxton Hicks," features spoken word from Mish in a Patti Smith/Velvet Underground fashion, and the second, "Amber," has Mormon Crosses in a more aggressive punk mode. White Lung guitarist Kenneth William mastered the tracks.
Listen to both below, and grab the track with Mish for free at bandcamp.
photo: Warpaint in Chicago, October 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Warpaint will be releasing a series of new digital singles this year, the first of which will be "No Way Out" b/w "Riot" in March. You can stream "No Way Out" below.
The band will be on tour in Europe in March, and their only current US show is headlining the 2015 Desert Daze Festival which takes place May 2 at the Sunset Ranch Oasis in Mecca, CA. Also playing are Failure, RJD2, Minus the Bear (performing They Make Beer Commercials Like This), Dan Deacon, Chelsea Wolfe, White Lung and more. Tickets are on sale now and full Desert Daze line-up, and all Warpaint live dates, are listed below...
The 2015 edition of Toronto's NXNE Festival happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over the Ontario capital. The initial lineup has just been announced and includes Action Bronson, The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Lower Dens, A Place To Bury Strangers, Pentagram, White Lung and more. You can check out the full list of initial NXNE showcasing artists below...
photo: Pharmakon at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
NYC's Pharmakon, whose 2014 album Bestial Burden placed at #64 on the Pazz + Jop Poll, will be on a North American tour for the rest of this month and most of February. Upon returning to NYC, she'll open for hometown legends Suicide at their Webster Hall show on March 7, also with The Vacant Lots. Tickets for that are still available. All of Pharmakon's dates are listed below.
In somewhat related news, tonight (1/15) is the issue 15 launch party for Nuts! Fanzine (which has previously interviewed Pharmakon) at Printed Matter (6-8pm). NYC punk band Flykills will play a set at the event which runs from 6-8 pm.
Flykills feature former members of the Florida punk band St. Dad, who White Lung named a song after, and who White Lung singer MIsh Way is openly a huge fan of. You may have seen Flykills when they opened for White Lung at Glasslands last year. Their latest release, the snotty raw Lump of Flesh EP, was also Tweens' third favorite album of 2014. You also may have seen Flykills last year at Cake Shop with the Tweens-related band Vacation.
Stream the Flykills EP and watch a video of them at that Glasslands show, below...
Nardwuar struck again, interviewing his Vancouver neighbors White Lung and pulling out all his usual tricks. He presents Mish Way with a record from a band her friend used to be in, and Hether Fortune with a band that WL drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou used to be in. He quotes an old interview with guitarist Kenny Williams saying "I really wish I was more popular, I just try so fucking hard but people just ignore me, why don't they understand?" (Kenny says he was joking), asks Hether what's the most amount of money she's had thrown at her after a show, asks Mish what it's like to shit in a bag, and other awkward/funny questions. Watch the whole video for yourself, below.
White Lung don't have a tour announced at the moment, but it was announced today that they'll return to NYC for Governors Ball (June 5-7), where they'll be the heaviest band by far.
Nardwuar also just posted new interviews with Andy Milonakis and Zedd. Watch all three below...
Yesterday was Coachella, and today another spring 2015 festival lineup is announced: Governors Ball. The fest takes place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 5-7 and includes Drake, Bjork, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Ratatat, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Weird Al Yankovic, The War on Drugs, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, SBTRKT, Conor Oberst, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten, DIIV, Rustie, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Florence + the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chromeo, Flume, Sturgill Simpson, Kiesza, Strand of Oaks, Bishop Nehru, Kate Tempest and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
The Queen of Rap, slayin' with Queen Bey
Look, I don't have the polling data handy, but I'm willing to bet that over the past 12 months, there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of young women who call themselves feminists, and that this is almost entirely due to Beyoncé. And no, contrary to popular belief, this was not because of some viral-era voodoo that took place when everybody reblogged that image of Beyoncé standing in front of the word FEMINIST at the VMAs; it was because of her ingenious idea to include in the original version of "***Flawless" a clear, concise, and marvelously demystifying definition of that too-often-misunderstood word. Thanks to Beyoncé, somewhere in America, a seventh-grader is right now being asked what the word feminist means, and instead of saying "an angry woman who hates men," she is answering in a memorized intonation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's words: "a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes."The above quote is from Lindsay Zoladz's review of Beyoncé: Platinum Edition over at her new-ish pop-music column for Vulture. As it points out, feminism has seen a huge rise in post-Beyoncé American culture, and this has especially happened in pop music. Other articles on this have been published throughout the year, like Lindsay's 2014: The Year That All-Female Collaborations Ruled the Radio for the same Vulture column, or Molly Beauchemin's FKA twigs, Lorde, and the New Feminist (Dance) Movement for Pitchfork, but now that the year is coming to a close it seems like everyone is getting in thinkpiece mode declaring 2014: The Year of Feminist Pop. Here are some good reads:
Ann Powers for NPR: In 2014, Pop Followed Beyonce's Lead
Kat George for Noisey: 2014: The Year Feminism Reclaimed Pop
Rachel Brodsky for SPIN: Feminism in 2014: More Than a Trend
Lindsay Zoladz for Slate: A Salute to the Bad Feminists of Pop
Hillary Crosley for Jezebel: My Anaconda Don't: Nicki Minaj's Ass And Feminism
Kelley Dunlap for Buzzfeed: 17 Of The Most Feminist Songs Of 2014
And not unrelated: Molly Beauchemin's piece for Pitchfork, 2014: The Year We Reached Peak Ass
Also Madonna releasing a song called "Bitch I'm Madonna" featuring Nicki Minaj is kind of a feminist thinkpiece on its own, isn't it?
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We love year-end lists -- reading them, making them, arguing about them. BrooklynVegan editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis have once again figured out their favorite albums of the year which you can check out, with commentary, below. Someday we may be able to come to an agreement on an official BV year-end list, but as you'll see there's not a lot of commonality between their two lists. (Specifically, there is zero commonality.) Which is ok! Diff'rent Strokes to rule the world. This year, they've also added their Top 20 favorite songs as well.
Find out what made their lists, below...
First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.
We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.
See the list for yourself below...
intro by Andrew Sacher
There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)
Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.
Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...
Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.
Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.
The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.
DG year-end lists below...
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...
Best of Lists Season continues, here with AV Club's favorite records of 2014. As it's a cumulative list with ballots from the site's music writers (most of whom are in their 30s), you get a pretty typical list but we'll leave the suspense of whether The War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten or St. Vincent landed at #1 for you to check out below.
Topshelf Records has had a pretty great year, putting out records by several rising young bands across various rock subgenres (not just emo!), as well as long-awaited returns from veteran bands. Some of those artists, like You Blew It!, are already ending up on 2014 year-end lists, and we asked a few bands on the label to tell us their favorite albums of the year. Below, you'll find year-end lists from You Blew It!, The Jazz June, Cut Teeth, Nai Harvest, and label co-founder Kevin Duquette.
You Blew It! recently announced an upcoming EP on Jade Tree and a tour with Rozwell Kid (who are on their list), Tiny Moving Parts (who are an honorable mention) and Sorority Noise. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on 2/20 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (12/5).
The Jazz June are going on a tour with labelmates Field Mouse (who are on their list) soon, which hits NYC on 12/27 at Saint Vitus (tickets). They put out their first album since 2002 this year, and also headlined the BV CMJ showcase which also featured Beach Slang, who are on their list.
In other Topshelf news, they've got a Caravels / Octaves split, a new Suis La Lune album, and new music from Kind of Like Spitting on the way. And as discussed, Bob Nanna is releasing the first City On Film album since 2005 on the label this month. He already released the first Braid album since 1998 on the label earlier in the year.
Browse the Topshelf lists below...
Basilica Sound Scape happened this weekend in Hudson, NY. Among the artists playing were Swans, Richard Reed Parry, Deafheaven (who also played MHOW the next night), Tim Hecker and White Lung (who also played the BV-curated Red Bull Sound Select show on Friday night).
I attended Saturday's (9/13) portion, which was presented by Pitchfork's Show No Mercy. I drove to the festival, but Basilica Hudson is also accessible from New York City via the Amtrak, whose Hudson stop is only a block away from the venue.
Basilica Hudson is a gorgeous setting for live music. The venue is a reclaimed 19th century factory with many of the door and window frames left open, creating a pleasant indoor-outdoor ambiance. Most of the food and beer vendors were also outside, allowing attendees to hang in the refreshing autumn weather and rest our ears under the starry Hudson skies. The whole event felt dreamlike and far enough removed from everyday life to really be something memorable.
The mixed media component of the festival further added to the surreal atmosphere. There were record sellers, book sellers, film clips projected in the alcoves of the building - and even a performance artist sleeping in a Buddha booth later in the night. I arrived around 8:45 to find Meredith Graves (of Perfect Pussy) reading from an opening in the wall of the main room, fifteen feet above our heads. Later in the night, Greg Fox (of Liturgy/Guardian Alien) would perform a drum solo in the same space.
Meredith's reading, which has now been posted in full at The Talkhouse, is about Andrew WK, Lana Del Rey and the double standard applied to male and female performers regarding authenticity. Here's an excerpt:
It is twisted that people only seemed to love the idea of Andrew W.K. more after the truth came out. The truth is so interesting! He's fearless, talented, he has a dark theoretical and critical mind. He's on television with Glenn Beck talking about being afraid of abortion. But it was transformation into a party dude at the hands of the music industry that made people pay attention to him. Meanwhile he's up there with Ian Svenonius at the Guggenheim talking about how his early experiences exploring the interstices between "pure music" and "unwanted sound" have shaped his intentionality in the "Andrew W.K. presentation." The kids in Katowice were there to have fun and get wasted. It's Harmony Korine playing dumb for Letterman back in the '90s, over and over and over again. In a way, everybody loses. It's like nobody was listening when he himself told them at point-blank range that he isn't real.Read the whole very interesting thing at The Talkhouse.
But when a female musician is in any way fake, she's denied creative agency, written off as uninventive and talentless. Beyoncé is accused of lip-synching, even when she isn't. Music rags run articles exposing pop stars' real names, highlighting Lorde, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus. But being that these are the most successful female artists in the world, one has to assume that their fakeness -- or, as we should be calling it, "reinvention" -- is necessary for women to succeed in the music industry. It's the basic principle of survival, period: adapt and evolve, or die. And of the women I listed above, look at what they've done that gets them called fake: taking on more seductive names and more assertive personas, getting breast and butt lifts and lip fillers and wearing makeup, wearing more elaborate, sexy, sometimes borderline-fetish costumes -- everything that men claim they want out of women! But no, that's not good enough -- those qualities have to be both present and completely natural in order for spectators to be satisfied.
I caught the full performances by White Lung, Deafheaven and Swans, who all delivered thunderously rapturous sets. I've come to expect nothing but excellence from these three acts, but it was refreshing to see them in a completely new context - and one that each managed to fit effortlessly among. I caught up with White Lung's Mish Way shortly after her set and restrained myself from telling her how obsessed I've been with "Wrong Star" ever since her Noisey Acoustic Sessions with Katie Crutchfield was released. I did, however, manage to discuss the unfortunate incident from Friday night's show when she was forced to confront an audience member who was harassing and even attempting to punch her during her performance.
"It's been awhile since I've had to do something like that," she said, "but I'm glad it happened. And I'm glad to end our tour here. It feels good. It feels special. And... (smiling) I'm really glad my reading went well."
I'm looking forward to more unique experiences at next year's festival, to which I will certainly be returning.
A few more pictures (by Molly Moltzen) and a few videos below...
White Lung / Power Trip / Sick Feeling
Vancouver's White Lung wrapped up their tour at Hudson, NY's Basilica Sound Scape on Saturday (9/13), but not before playing a last-minute late set at the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Palisades on Friday (well really Saturday morning) with co-headliners Power Trip and openers Sick Feeling.
After the earlier Shannon & the Clams show emptied out of the venue, doors opened for the late show around 12:30 AM and Sick Feeling went on some time after 1. The new-ish Brooklyn band features current and former members of Ink & Dagger, Trail of Dead, Trash Talk and others, and they were a great primer for the two bands to come. All they've got out at the moment are a few tracks on Soundcloud, but they've got a full length coming this fall on Geoff Rickly's Collect Records and Ethan Silverman & Chris Taylor's Terrible Records, and assuming they played a lot of that, it's a record to look forward to. It was frenetic hardcore with a fittingly wild frontman, but they stayed melodic too.
Power Trip followed with their killer take on crossover and early thrash, and while their sounds are rooted in two or three-decade old bands, they're no nostalgia trip. Their crowds go apeshit crazy pretty much every time, and the Palisades show was no exception. The whole front half of the room was a circle pit the entire set and at one point a fan jumped off the 10-ish foot high PA speaker. It was a mess (in the best way). Power Trip did it again late the next night at an even more last minute show at Acheron. Anyone catch that?
this is the dude speaker jumping
Finally White Lung came on around 2:50 AM to a crowd that seemed a bit smaller than Power Trip's, but still packed in pretty well considering the sun would be up in about three hours. They were on fire as always, with Mish Way failing to be anything less than a powerhouse, Kenny William's dizzying fretwork and their relentless rhythm section. Earlier that day, bassist Hether Fortune (who fronts Wax Idols) had tweeted it'd be her "last NYC appearance with White Lung for who knows how long". We hope it won't be too long, but they've left us for now on a high note.
Though their set was great, it unfortunately wasn't all high notes. There was a guy in the audience who Mish said was flipping her the bird and calling her a cunt. She responded by pulling him over and they ended up grabbing at each other while she was still on stage. She eventually pushed him off and yelled "Get the fuck out!" during the song and a few seconds later she went in the crowd, singled him out, and started throwing punches. When the song ended, Hether and another crowd member rushed him toward the back of the room where he quickly exited the venue as Mish yelled into the mic, "Get the fuck out of here! Don't you dare lay a finger on me, motherfucker! Get out of here, motherfucker! Oh man, you know what? As a woman, I have fucked enough shitty dudes, I have put my way, FUCK OFF! FUCK YOU!"
You can watch the whole upsetting thing go down in the full set video below. Full set videos of Power Trip and Sick Feeling and more pictures of all three bands are below as well.
Thanks to all the bands, Red Bull, Palisades, Alice, Ric, poster designer Jay Morris, and everyone who came out.
White Lung also just premiered a new live video filmed in LA for Urban Outfitters' 'UO Live' series today. The black and white footage is of them playing "I Believe You" off the new album. You can check that out below as well.
photos by James Richards IV
White Lung @ Subterranean -- 9/11/2014
As we speak, White Lung are driving from Chicago to Brooklyn for TONIGHT'S MIDNIGHT SHOW at Palisades in Brooklyn. The BrooklynVegan-curated Friday night event also includes Power Trip and Don Devore's new band Sick Feeling on the bill. It's only $3 with RSVP, so hurry up and RSVP before it's too late.
Tonight's show should be a good one all around (if we do say so ourselves). White Lung continue to be of the most exciting punk bands around, this year's excellent Domino-released Deep Fantasy being no exception. Co-headliners Power Trip, on the other hand, bring us back to the early days of thrash and crossover and they do it well. The night should kick off with a bang too. Brooklyn's Sick Feeling (featuring members of Ink & Dagger, Trail of Dead and more) make grimy punk true to their name.
Meanwhile, White Lung were in Chicago to play a show at Sub-t with Mormon Crosses and Den last night (9/11). Pictures from that show are in this post.
Mormon Crosses also opened for White Lung at Glasslands on 9/3. If you missed that Brooklyn show, and don't have tickets to the sold out Basilica Sound Scape Fest on Saturday, Palisades is your last chance to catch White Lung in the NYC-area for now, though the band also has some dates elsewhere in North America coming up in December. All dates are listed with more Chicago pics, below...
The 2014 Basilica Sound Scape festival is this weekend (September 12 & 13) in Hudson, NY with performances from Swans, Deafheaven, White Lung, Majical Cloudz, Julia Holter and more. Eleanor Friedberger was supposed to have played but has since dropped off. Two-day passes and tickets to Saturday (9/13) with Swans, Deafheaven and more are sold out but you can still get tickets to Friday (9/12) with Julia Holter, Tim Hecker, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) and more. The daily lineups and performances schedules are listed below.
If you'd like to go to both nights for free, we're giving away a pair of two-day passes. Details on that below.
You can also see White Lung in NYC for $3 this Friday (9/12) at MIDNIGHT (so really 9/13) when they play the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Palisades (906 Broadway) with Power Trip and Sick Feeling. RSVP HERE for $3 admission at the door (it's $10 if you don't).
The show takes place at new-ish Bushwick venue Palisades (906 Broadway in Brooklyn) Friday, September 12 at MIDNIGHT (so technically 9/13) with White Lung, Texas thrashers Power Trip, and Brooklyn punks Sick Feeling (mem Ink & Dagger, Trail of Dead, Trash Talk, etc) opening.
Admission for our all ages (not 21+ as previously anouunced) show is $3 at the door if you RSVP and $10 at the door without. Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served, so get there on time to guarantee you get in!
White Lung at Saint Vitus in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
White Lung just played Glasslands and are on tour now. They hit Basilica Sound Scape with Swans, Deafheaven and others in Hudson, NY on Saturday (9/13). Their newest album is this year's Domino-released Deep Fantasy, which we highly recommend if you haven't heard it yet. Hope to see you at the show!
Watch a video from the LP, with their updated list of dates, below...
White Lung singer Mish Way and Waxahatchee singer Katie Crutchfield recently teamed up to film a collaborative Noisey Acoustics Session on a rooftop on the Lower East Side. They take on one track from each of their bands -- White Lung's "Wrong Star" and Waxahatchee's "Coast to Coast" -- with Katie on guitar and both of them singing. Waxahatchee's normally-full-band "Coast to Coast" unsurprisingly sounds great acoustic, and much more surprisingly, the fast and heavy "Wrong Star" does too. Watch the videos below.
White Lung are also touring, hitting NYC on September 3 at Glasslands with Mormon Crosses and Flykills (tickets), and also playing NY's Basilica Sound Scape. They've added more dates to their tour too. All are listed, with the videos, below.
Majical Cloudz at Pitchfork Festival 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
The full lineup for Hudson, NY's two-day Basilica Sound Scape (9/12-13) has now been announced. Joining the lineup of Swans, Deafheaven, White Lung, Julia Holter, Tim Hecker and more will be Majical Cloudz, Eleanor Friedberger, British folk veteran Michael Chapman, Torn Hawk, Lower Dens' Jana Hunter, Gang Gang Dance's Brian Degraw, Gold Dime with Andrya Ambro (Talk Normal) and more. Full lineup and more details, via Pitchfork who were involved in organizing the fest, below.
Additionally, the Scott Walker / Sunn O))) album that comes out ten days after Basilica will be played in full every hour from 2-9 PM on Saturday at Future Past Studio, which is located near Basilica.
For Majical Cloudz, this festival happens right before their tour with Lorde hits NYC for three dates.
Tickets for the festival are still available. More details below...
photos by Erina Uemura
Flaming Lips / Outcast / Arcade Fire @ Fuji Rocks 2014
The transition from indie darlings to stadium-rockers is rarely a painless one, although a decade on from the release of its debut album "Funeral," Arcade Fire proved that it has at least navigated that path better than most. The band's performance was mature and assured, although lacking the latent spark of aggression that had originally marked it as such an exciting prospect. Occasionally there was a flicker of the Win Butler and co. of old, such as the wonderfully anarchic and incongruous modular synth solo during "Reflektor." The group's renditions of "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" and "No Cars Go" were also particularly spirited, even if the latter's lyrics are perhaps a little bit too timely: "We know a place where no planes go."The Fuji Rock Festival has been happening has been happening the last weekend of July since 1997. Originally held at the Base of Japan's most famous mountain, since 2000 Fuji Rocks has happened at Naeba Ski Resort and the 2014 was last weekend (July 25 - 27), featuring Arcade Fire, Outkast, The Flaming Lips, Saint Vincent, Franz Ferdinand, White Lung, Slowdive, SBTRKT, Disclosure, The Waterboys, Yoko Ono and lots more over its three days. Pictures from all three days are in this post.
Conversely, it's hard to imagine The Flaming Lips ever changing their style for anyone. Wayne Coyne, as ever, looked delightfully shambolic, outfitted in a combination of tinfoil and an "Attack on Titan" cosplay bodysuit that he'd no doubt copped from Don Quijote the night before. Naturally, he was flanked by giant dancing mushrooms. The group wasted no time, jumping almost straight into fan favorite "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1″ while unleashing a shower of confetti, setting the tone for a relatively short but saccharine sweet love-in. - [Japan Times]
Outkast, Lorde, Temples are among the Fugi Rocks performers who are in Chicago's Grant Park this weekend for Lollapalooza. Lot more pictures from the 2014 Fuji Rocks Festival below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
"As far as I can tell, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are fucked-up alcoholic junkie guys. So I don't think Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley should let those two fuck-ups ruin them. Why should they? Okay, they chose to be alcoholics and fuck-ups, now in doing that they have to face the consequences. Gene Simmons didn't do it, why should he face the consequences? That's what I think!"Keeping up with the zeitgeist as always, KISS have been in the news a lot lately. We already told you that they're currently touring with Def Leppard in support of our military, but so much else is happening in the world of KISS that it warrants further discussion.
- King Buzzo, to the Missoula Independent
"Fucked-up alcoholic junkie guy" Ace Frehley is releasing a new solo album called Space Invader in August on eOne. He's already released a song called "Gimme a Feelin", which is streaming here.
Second of all, we'd like to remind you of the existence of 4th annual KISS Kruise which sets sail on Halloween and runs through November 4th and also involves Cheap Trick and, oddly enough, Purson, among some other acts. This places them in the rarefied air of artists like Weezer and Flogging Molly who have their own sea-bound carnivals. Full lineup below.
Immediately upon returning to land, the band will set up shop in the desert for the most appropriate Vegas Residency in the history of Vegas Residencies. KISS Rocks Vegas will run from November 5-23 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. "What happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas, not if we have anything to do with it," says Gene Simmons, with some trenchant commentary on the digital age. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/18) at 10 AM.
Meanwhile, avowed KISS fan King Buzzo of the Melvins, who has been touring in support of his recent solo release, has, as you can see above, gotten involved in the discussion about KISS's new, Frehley and Criss-less lineup, which is apparently controversial in some circles. After receiving some hatred from Kiss fans who were upset about his "junkie" comments, Buzz was none too pleased, and retorted via his Vice-published tour diary. "So, for the record, you Kiss fan fuckheads who are giving ME shit for saying as it turns out, the exact same thing as Gene can KISS my ass!" There are a number of similarly wonderful quotes in both Buzzo articles, so I'd recommend reading them in full.
And in a final bit of musicians-talking-about-KISS-in-Vice-news, White Lung's Mish Way has apparently turned into Chuck Klosterman and is now writing about how great it is to get stoned at a KISS concert and the relative differences between rock decades. The 21st century, man.
White Lung are touring in July and September.
Buzz was just in NYC for two shows. We caught the 2nd one which was at The Wick.
Below check out the Melvins classic cover of "Goin' Blind," so you can understand where King Buzzo is coming from. Kiss dates and Kruise lineup are down there too.
video by unARTig
White Lung @ Saint Vitus (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Vancouver punks White Lung sped through NYC last week for two shows, a sold out one at Saint Vitus and an early one at Mercury Lounge the next day (not sold out). We already posted pictures and recapped their thrilling Vitus show. Now watch a full set video of that one, along with the setlist from that show, below. Anyone catch them at Merc? How was that?
Now that those shows are behind them, the band have added another NYC show to their upcoming tour happening later this year. They'll return to hit Glasslands on September 3. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (7/2) at 10 AM. That same tour brings them to Hudson, NY for Basilica Sound Scape with Swans, Deafheaven, Julia Holter and more.
Updated dates are listed, with the video from the Vitus show, below...