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Yoni Wolf
Yoni Wolf

Yoni Wolf of alt-rap/indie rockers WHY? is heading out on a solo tour this spring/summer with his old pal Serengeti. The tour hits NYC on May 10 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Yoni also just released a cover of Frank Ocean's "Thinkin' Bout You." He gives it his characteristically quirky twist, as you can hear for yourself below.

Speaking of, Frank Ocean recently announced that he's finally ready to follow Channel Orange with a new album. According to Billboard, the not-yet-titled album will be out this July, as will a new magazine he's making called Boys Don't Cry.

Serengeti is also one third of Sisyphus with Son Lux and Sufjan Stevens. Both Son Lux and Sufjan are touring too.

List of Yoni Wolf/Serengeti dates, and Yoni's Frank Ocean cover, below...

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Brooklyn band Milagres released their second album, Violent Light, via Kill Rock Stars this past spring. They've released a new single from the record, the gently anthemic "Terrifying Sea," which makes its premiere in this post. Check it out below.

Milagres have a couple live dates on their horizon, including one at Rough Trade NYC on September 24. Jesse Marchant and Basic Shapes open the show and tickets are on sale now. They'll also play Cincinnati's Midpoint Music Festival on September 27.

The three-day Ohio fest also features Afghan Whigs, Real Estate, Panda Bear, OK Go, Joseph Arthur, Ex Hex and lots more. Full 2014 Midpoint Music Festival lineup is listed, plus the new Milagres video, below...

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photo by Liz Wolf

Yoni Wolf of Why? just wrapped up a brief run of May solo dates with Serengeti last week in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on 5/22 (anyone go? how was it?), and the main band have since announced a tour with Doomtree's Dessa which brings Yoni & co. back to Le Poisson Rouge on September 21. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates, including another pair of Yoni solo dates for Texas in June, are listed below...

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By Doug Moore

Randy Ortiz artwork

Last month, we started a new series of interviews over at Invisible Oranges called Graphic Content, in which we talk to metal/hardcore-associated visual artists about their craft. The inaugural edition featured Alex Eckman-Lawn, who's done album covers for the likes of Yakuza, Maruta, Starkweather, and Dim Mak The second edition, which is up today, features Canadian illustrator Randy Ortiz, who's worked with heavy artists like KEN mode, Fuck the Facts, and Intronaut, as well as non-metal artists like Why?.

Here's a snippet of our conversation:

What's the process of working with bands like for you?

I find the work that I get now though is when bands come to me, now that I have more of an established career and my work is out there more. When they come to me it gives me that bit of power to be like, hey, you're coming to me for my work because you like my work, so let me do my own thing. Let me listen to your music and I'll come up with ideas. If you have ideas yourself that's cool too; just let me know. More than likely I will not use them because they usually suck -- from my experience anyway, but I'll make my own suggestions and they usually go for it. And like I said, they come to me for my ideas, right? And that's what they're hiring me for so I feel I have a say in that matter.


Are there any trends you're tired of in metal art?

I don't wanna name any artists, but there's a certain artist or two that have seemed to spawn a whole army of duplicate artists that just do the same fucking shit over and over again. I mean, I'm influenced by a lot of artists as well. If you're going to use the same techniques, go for it, but create something new, you know? Something refreshing. Maybe it's 'cause these bands, that's all they want. They want it to look like this other artist.

I think a lot of artists, especially when they're starting out, they don't realize that you have the option to do your own thing, to be your own creative thing. You don't have to copy other people to be successful. But I feel that's what a lot of people are doing, they're just copying and riding the coattails of these other artists who were first doing it in the beginning, you know? I just wish people would just be more creative. I dunno. Maybe I'm just an asshole but that's just how I feel.

You can check out more of Ortiz's work on his website; the IO interview showcases some of his best work too.

Speaking of Fuck the Facts & KEN mode: the former are currently touring the Midwest and Canada; they're playing Chicago tonight (4/17). You can check out their full set of dates below. Meanwhile, KEN mode were just announced as part of the 2014 Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC; they also recently recorded a BBC Radio 1 live session, which is still available for streaming -- you can check it out below.

Check out those Fuck the Facts dates below as well.

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Cat Power / Sky Ferreira at Elliott Smith tribute (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cat Power
Sky Ferreira

As you may have heard, on the tenth anniversary of Elliott Smith's death (10/21), a tribute show went down at Glasslands in Brooklyn with a number of musicians, including Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV), Sky Ferreira, Yoni Wolf (Why?), The Low Anthem, Luke Temple, Marissa Nadler, Aaron Pfenning, Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), and more. We already posted pictures, the setlist, and a fan video from the show, and now there's professional video of the show, courtesy of The Bomber Jacket (one of the show presenters). They're planning on releasing the audio from the show as well ("hopefully by Christmas"), and all proceeds from that release will benefit the Elliott Smith Memorial Fund.

Meanwhile you can watch those videos below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Cat Power / Cole & Sky
Elliot Smith Tribute
Elliot Smith Tribute

[Sadie] Dupuis delivered the night's heaviest alt-rock blast, leading a Nirvana-like performance of "Abused" by dialing up the track's soft-loud-soft dynamics. [Marissa] Nadler offered a mesmerizing lullaby with the gentle strums of "Pitseleh." [Yoni] Wolf played three tracks solo on piano, including "Angeles" and "Say Yes," adding his own spin lyrically and musically, something a "chord guy" like Smith would appreciate, Wolf joked.


Cat Power soon walked onstage and raised a glass from behind the piano -- "cheers to Elliott," she said. She played a solo version of her own tune, the haunting "Names," from 2003's You Are Free, before her band joined for a jazz/R&B-flecked "Between the Bars," which hit with extra punch due to Marshall's own history of alcohol abuse and mental illness.

She handed out knit caps, like those Smith so often wore (Marshall sported a yellow-gold beanie over her bleached blonde hair all night), and closed with From a Basement on the Hill's "Pretty (Ugly Before)." Ferreira joined Marshall onstage, and the two traded verses and invited the crowd to join -- "Fucking sing it if you know it!" shouted Marshall -- on the repeated outro: "I was so ugly before didn't know what to do." The jam-packed audience inside the DIY venue all sang in hushed tones together, in unison. [Rolling Stone]

On the tenth anniversary of Elliott Smith's death (10/21), a number of musicians gathered at Brooklyn venue Glasslands for a tribute show. The night's cast included Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV), Sky Ferreira, Yoni Wolf (Why?), The Low Anthem, Luke Temple, Marissa Nadler, Aaron Pfenning, Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), Adam Schatz, The Perennials and Tereu Tereu. Pictures of the show, a partial setlist, and a video of Sky Ferreira joining Cat Power for "Pretty (Ugly Before)" are in this post.

For Cat Power, this show was ahead of her upcoming solo tour which brings her back to NYC for two shows on November 14 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (early and late). The early show is sold out but tickets for the late show are still available.

Sadie Dupuis played this just after her band Speedy Ortiz wrapped up a number of CMJ shows, including our Friday party. Speedy Ortiz returns to NYC tonight (10/23) at The Flat for a Mishka show with J Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr). It's an afterparty for the debut of Mishka's new Dinosaur Jr line, which happens at their store (and J will be there doing an in-store signing).

More pictures, the partial setlist and video below...

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Elliott Smith

Like the four Elliott Smith tribute shows that took place in August to honor the songwriting legend in the ten-year anniversary of his death, another will happen in NYC on the actual day of the anniversary, October 21. The tribute show happens at Glasslands and includes some pretty great musicians like Cat Power, DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith with Sky Ferreira, Yoni Wolf (of Why?), The Low Anthem, Luke Temple, Marissa Nadler, Aaron Pfenning (of Rewards, ex-Chairlift), Sadie Dupuis (of Speedy Ortiz), Adam Schatz, The Perennials and Tereu Tereu.

$50 tickets for the show are on sale now, and some of the proceeds will benefit Elliott Smith Memorial Fund. That fund benefits Outside In and Free Arts for Abused Children, and there's also an IndieGogo campaign raising money for Outside In that includes rewards related to the Glasslands show:

* Set lists from the night
* High-quality 12" x 11" concert posters, designed by local artist Allison Specketer
* Live recording of the show (participating bands TBA)
* Goodie Bag (details TBA) from Kill Rock Stars
* High-quality 18" x 24" concert poster, autographed by all the musicians
Check out an Elliott Smith video from 2000 below...

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Still Corners

As mentioned, Still Corners' new album, Strange Pleasures, is out next month (5/4) on Sub Pop. Reduced to a duo of core members Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray, the band embrace synthesizers which gives their sound an Air-y feel. The band are playing Toronto's NXNE Festival in June and will stop in NYC on their way there, playing Glasslands on June 12. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (4/5) at noon.

Still Corners are one of many new additions to 2013 of NXNE which happens at various Toronto venues from June 10 - 16. All Still Corners dates are listed, along with the updated NXNE lineup, below...

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Why? at MHOW earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Why? recently played Music Hall of WIlliamsburg on their ongoing tour which wraps up right after SXSW. The indie rap crew will be heading back to NYC, though, for Northside Festival, playing Europa on June 16. Tickets for that show and Northside badges go on sale today (2/22) at noon.

After the Europa show, they'll stick around the NYC area for a show in Hamden, CT at The Space on June 20. Tickets for that show are on sale now. An updated list of dates, SXSW included, is below.

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Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Feb 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)

As mentioned earlier today, The Northside Festival will return in 2013, and have announced the initial lineup for the June 13 - 20th festival. The musical program will run from June 13-16 and besides the previously discussed Iceage and Son Volt, will also feature Black Flag (with Greg Ginn and Ron Reyes, not to be confused with FLAG) Swans (who are playing Bonnaroo), The Men, Rhys Chatham and Oneida (collaborating), Merchandise, Lambchop, Twin Sister, Lower, Milk Music, WHY?, Chelsea Wolfe, the Soft Moon, Destruction Unit, and more.

The festival will take place across venues in and around North Brooklyn, with free concerts in McCarren Park, portions of Williamsburg streets shut down and Pitchfork taking over Saint Vitus for three nights of shows. More details are on the way.

As part of it, Swans play Warsaw on June 13 with Chelsea Wolfe. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon.

Tickets for the Black Flag show, which happens at Warsaw on June 14, go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon, featuring appearances from Good For You, The Men, and Netherlands. The show is one of two scheduled for The Men, with the band also scheduled to headline Bowery Ballroom in March.

Badges for Northside 2013 go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon. A full listing of today's announcement of Northside bands is below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Why? @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, 2/13/2013

Anitcon figureheads Why? headlined Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday evening (2/13), their NYC stop on a tour supporting last year's Mumps, Etc. The group, led by Yoni Wolf, are known for having a great relationship with their fans and last night was no different -- MHOW was bouncing. Astronautalis, who comes off like a singing, rapping Southern Gentlemen, charmed as well, and even freestyled with suggestions from the audience. Why? member Liz Wolf opened the night with her Dream Tiger project. Did you go last night? What did you think?

Picturess of Dream Tiger and Astronautalis, plus more of Why?, below...

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WHY? are back with a new EP, Sod in the Seed, due on August 14 via Anticon/City Slang. Stream the title track below. Still no word on that new LP which would be their first since 2009's Eskimo Snow, but this should whet our palate for a bit.

Shortly following the release of Sod in The Seed, the crew will hit the road for four weeks of US dates in late August and rope in a variety of Anticon openers like Doseone, Serengeti and DJ Thanksgiving Brown to play support. Look for those four in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 9/13. Tickets go on sale at noon Thursday (6/28).

Anticon staple Jel will DJ some of those WHY? dates, but Jeffrey Logan has a few balls of his own to juggle in the meantime. Look for Jel on the road supporting Sleigh Bells (like at Converse City Carnage on July 21), as well as dates with DJ Abilities, Class Actress and others as part of a North American trek in the weeks before that WHY? jaunt.

And while we're on the subject of Jel and Anticon, Jel teams with Odd Nosdam to hammer out production on the new Serengeti LP C.A.R.. Due on July 31, check out the tracklisting below and stream "Talk to Me" at Pitchfork.

All listed WHY? and Jel tour dates, tracklist of the WHY? EP and a variety of streams are below.

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This past September, WHY? was forced to cancel most of their North American tour with Serengeti due to an injury. That tour was going to be a series of preview shows for their new album, taking place in seated venues, including the two NYC shows at Florence Gould Hall. The NYC shows have been rescheduled for December 15 at Florence Gould Hall (early and late show). Tickets for both shows are on sale now and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to win are below.

WHY? also have a show the next night (12/16) in Hartford, CT at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. All of the rescheduled shows are with Serengeti and listed below..

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We recently announced that WHY? are presenting preview shows for their new album in intimate seated venues and that they will do so in NYC on September 21 at Florence Gould Hall at 7 PM and 10 PM. Ends up these shows are part of a longer "unplugged-style" tour in September in October, and the sets will not only consist of new material, but also older favorites and covers. "Multi-instrumentalists Josiah Wolf and Doug McDiarmid will be on hand for this soft invasion of halls, theaters, churches, chapels, museums and other intimate spaces where people sit down, cozy up, and listen well.... At each stop, the crowd will be seated, treated to behind-the-scenes jaw-jacking, and given the chance to ask questions. To top it off, WHY? will be selling numbered, hand-screened posters both for the tour and some specific cities along the way."

Serengeti opens the tour. Tickets for both NYC shows are still on sale. All dates are listed below...

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WHY? are currently at work on their followup to 2009's Eskimo Snow. Not too many details have emerged on the album yet but we can assume WHY? have something crazy up their sleeves, because as promoter Worldess Music puts it, WHY? will be presenting "a pair of unusually intimate and seated album-preview shows" in NYC on September 21 at Florence Gould Hall at 7 PM and 10 PM. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.

Yoni Wolf recently spoke to the 405 about the new album:

"I have of the nineteen I'd call rap songs, the other half, I dunno... more melody and chords sort of thing," he says. "I tried to get rid of the electric guitars. Maybe just for stabs but nothing sustaining or long... it eats up so much of the high mid-range where the vocals sit. It's mainly percussion-based I would say, that's the driving force."
Grab some live Why? tracks over at Daytrotter. Check out a birthday video Josiah (who was just on tour) and Liz made for Yoni (who played LPR with Josiah in April), below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Rachel Kowal

Son Lux
Son Lux

Last summer at the Williamsburg waterfront, WHY?'s Yoni Wolf won me over with his over-the-top dance moves and compelling delivery, but I was curious to see him perform stripped down versions of songs in the swanky setting of Le Poisson Rouge on Friday night. First up, however, was Son Lux.

Following a week of listening to nothing but Son Lux's new album on repeat (thanks to NPR's First Listen series), I was thrilled to have the chance to see the material come to life so quickly. As part of The Wire magazine's annual RPM Challenge, Son Lux's Ryan Lott wrote and recorded the entirety of We Are Rising in just a single month (and the shortest one of the year at that), and the result is stunning. But he didn't stop there. As if all that wasn't strenuous enough, Lott quietly revealed that he would be performing even newer arrangements of the material.

With the help of Johnny Rodgers on guitar, Lott enthusiastically presented his songs with a grin on his face that seemed to reveal that he still couldn't quite believe that he had pulled off the challenge. With layers of synth riffs and hip-hop beats heavy in the mix, some of the new arrangements were a bit messy, but the sparse majesty of We Are Rising still shone through, and Lott's vocals were spot on. Stripped of Rodger's accompaniment, Lott concluded his all-too-brief set with the ballad "Stay" from his debut album.

the Wolf brothers
Yoni Wolf

Following Son Lux's graceful set and more... conventional lyrics, Yoni Wolf's performance felt like quite a change of pace. (In his first song alone, Yoni referenced sex, titties, weed, and thugs). But as it turns out, sharing the bill isn't too much of a stretch for the two artists. As they each revealed over the course of their sets, Son Lux and WHY? toured Europe together a few years ago. (Their opinions of the experience, however, often contradicted humorously. To Wolf's consternation, Lott somehow had time to make pit stops at Greek ruins and the Eiffel Tower despite the long drives between gigs.)

Compared to last summer's show, Yoni's performance on Friday night may have been more restrained, but thanks to the unending stream of clever and provocative lyrics, it was no less irreverent and engrossing. This time, instead of egging on the crowd with his dance moves, Yoni spent the majority of the set seated behind a gorgeous piano, accompanied by just his younger brother Josiah (who also plays with WHY?) on guitar and backing vocals.

A showman at heart, Yoni has a natural ability to engage and entertain the audience with his free-flowing banter. Upon confessing that he'd love to move to New York if it didn't cost "a million" dollars, someone in the crowd suggested he move to Bushwick. "Bushwick?!" he exclaimed, his voice shrill with mock incredulity. "Is he trying to get me killed? Is he trying to get me murdered?!"

Whether rap is your thing or not, Yoni's madcap talent is readily apparent. The prolific artist pulled a Bradford Cox and wrote nineteen demos while staying at his parent's home this past winter, many of which he played on Friday night, in addition to a handful of older WHY? songs and a couple of covers (The Smiths' "Half a Person" and The Cure's "Close to Me").

Le Poisson Rouge may have been an odd setting for Wolf, but he had a good time with it, For one song Josiah jumped behind the keys which freed up his brother to exaggeratedly assume the pose of a lounge singer by leaning against the piano and serenading the crowd. The Wolf brothers concluded the evening with a three-song encore, ending with "One Rose."

More pictures from the show, below...

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photos by Kurt Christensen


Murder City Devils, Obits, Jeff the Brotherhood and Silverghost will play the free Pool Party at the Williamsburg Waterfront this Sunday, July 18th. The free series of shows kicked off this past Sunday with a headlining set by Xiu Xiu/Deerhoof who played after Why? who played after Fang Island who played after Pictureplane. We missed the two openers in our last post, so here are some more pictures from the event. They continue below...

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford, words by Andrew Frisicano

xiu xiu

Xiu Xiu and Deerhoof opened the first Pool Party of 2010 with a noisy, fleshy work out of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures. The six-piece group smashed through the minimal record, with brash guitars and drums, free from studio EQ and delay, that were untethered and bold. Frontman Jamie Stewart put a muscular edge on Ian Curtis' deadpan gloom. By their headlining set, the clouds had parted and sun shined on the crowd.

Previously, it did rain a bit during Why?'s set, which also coincided with the end of the World Cup finals. Attendance picked up as the show went on, and after the game (which disappointingly didn't get screened at the show). Past the initial line of people at opening time around 2:30pm there was no wait to get in, and people could walk straight in, even during the headliner.

Earlier, Pictureplane gave the party a bassy, synthed out start. And Fang Island followed with a set heavy on guitars, group vox and unabashedly poppy melodicism.

"New York's senior State Senator" Chuck Schumer was there too, to tell his bike story through a faulty mic, and to wander through the crowd.

Chuck reiterated the freeness of the shows - obviously a good thing - though there's also an increasingly unavoidable corporate presence at the Pool Parties. Veoba logos brand much of the venue's eyespace, and freebies from All Saints (who rented out the building behind the stage), Vans and a bevy of low-cal sports and energy drinks line the park.

Also given a boost this year are the much improved food options, with the Meat Hook, Roberta's pizza, Mexican food and more on site.

Like the pay shows at the park (Weezer is this Friday), the stage now faces the water, leaving the Manhattan skyline to the backs of the crowd. The effect of that shift isn't inconsiderable, giving the space a more claustrophobic feel, though the sun (when it did shine) wasn't the problem it once was for the crowd. I'm guessing that the water-facing stage addresses some issues with sound carrying through the neighborhood. That said, the show Sunday was pleasantly loud, right through the abrasive conclusion.

Kyle was one of those who showed up after the soccer game. His pictures of the last two bands, Schumer, dodgeball, and more, below...

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"WHY? at the waterfront was absolutely fantastic. Best time I've seen them. Fang Island shredded too!" - The Tape

"Meet Senator Chuck Schumer" @ the July 11th Pool Party (Ruthie_FF)
Chuck Schumer

Pool Party champion Charles E. Schumer allowed people to ironically pose with him at the first of seven Pool Parties at the Williamsburg Waterfront on Sunday. Did you meet Chuck?

Eric White met Chuck Schumer (Erik White)

Sets of music were played by Why?, Fang Island, Pictureplane, and Xiu Xiu/Deerhoof combined to form a Joy Division cover band. Unfortunately there was no world cup viewing at the venue which definitely kept lots of people away. More photos and info on the show coming later. A few videos are below, and here's one more picture for now:

the scene backstage @ the Williamsburg Waterfront Sunday (bradwalsh)

July 18th's Pool Party will feature free sets of music by Murder City Devils, Obits, Jeff the Brotherhood and Silverghost. Some videos from July 11th below...

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DOWNLOAD: Junk Culture - West Coast (MP3)
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Junk CultureJunk Culture

Junk Culture, which is made up of electronic artist Deepak Mantena and his younger brother Nitin Mantena on drums, got in position on stage and music immediately started flowing from the speakers. Everyone started dancing as if they were commanded to do so. They opened with a song which doesn't require any real dancing effort because your body starts swaying and your head starts bopping involuntarily with the beat. While they played, random videos like crashing ocean waves and a kid slalom skateboarding flashed on a large screen behind them. The random videos continued through the show with no pattern or theme, and later Deepak told me the videos were just '50s and '60s propaganda he chopped and assembled in the same fashion as he does music. [The Reflector on Junk Culture live Oct. 2009]
Junk Culture is the lo-fi pop/hip-hop beats project of Illegal Art's Deepak Mantena, with his brother Nitin on drums (they also make sketch comedy videos as Celery TV, see below). They'll be coming to New York this weekend as part of their tour with psychy indie-pop Common Loon, the Champaign, IL duo of Matthew Campbell and Robert Hirschfeld. Both bands play Friday, July 9th at Coco 66 with k.Flay and Ava Luna, and the next night (7/10) at Union Hall with the Diggs.

Junk Culture's West Coast EP came out in 2009 on Illegal Art (home of Girl Talk), and he has a new record due in the fall. Common Loons's The Long Dream of Birds came out in April - check it out streaming on their Bandcamp.

Coming up, Junk Culture has a September tour with Tobacco who are giving away a free mix tape, and whose HEALTH remix from the new HEALTH remix LP, you can download above. Tobacco's Manic Meat came out in May which is also when The Hood Internet released a free mashup EP using some songs from it.

Tobacco's Anticon labelmates Why? are playing the debut 2010 Pool Party on July 11th.

HEALTH are playing Santos Party House this summer.

Girl Talk is playing Camp Bisco.

Junk Culture videos and all tour dates are below...

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@ a 2009 Pool Party (more by Tim Griffin)
Pool Party

I don't know what Veoba is either. The press release explains it though...

For the past 4 years, JELLY has hosted over 200,000 people for what has become one of the most groundbreaking FREE concert series in New York. Summer Sundays in Brooklyn have become synonymous with The Pool Parties and in the series' 5th Anniversary year, Pool Parties promises not to disappoint.

This year, The Pool Parties are again on the Williamsburg Waterfront for 7 dates from July 11th--August 29th. Due to scheduling conflicts, our August 1st date will be moved to a "Block Party" in and around Brooklyn Bowl making it 8 total "FREE Pool Party Sundays".

In celebrating our 5th Year Anniversary, JELLY also would like to give a big thanks to Senator Chuck Schumer and Phillip Goldfeder from the Senator's office for all of their support ensuring JELLY'S return to the Williamsburg Waterfront. JELLY owners Alexander Kane and Sarah Hooper state that, "It has been a long hard road this year to bring this series back to Williamsburg and it 100% could not have been done without Senator Schumer's efforts. "

The Pool Parties will be co-presented by VEOBA, an online resource for artists, managers, and record labels. Based in Chicago, but with global reach, VEOBA provides the music community with select services to progress and maintain their livelihood. VEOBA launched in May 2010 as a collective made up of music industry veterans, writers, managers, artists, and cartoon characters. From co-founder Jay Parkin, "More often than not, musicians rely on others to take their careers to the next level. We're here for those who care enough to do it themselves." Sharing Jelly's values of creativity and innovation, the people at VEOBA are thrilled to be involved in this summer's production. Parkin concludes, "For the independent and the like- minded, VEOBA facilitates the next step."

JELLY as well wants to give a shout out to all of their partners this summer from the new faces to old friends. Special thanks to AllSaints and Vans. As well as Amp Energy, vitaminwater®, SESAC, ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water, ZYNC from American Express^(SM), Spin Magazine, KEXP, and Main Drag. Along with OSA sponsors: Time Out New York, Brooklyn Brewery, and Heineken.

Now onto our official Pool Parties 5th Year Anniversary lineup! Check back soon for surprise guests we cant announce yet, the official DJ lineup for The Pool Parties 2010, and more fun things that are SURE to make the 5th Year Anniversary series one you will never forget!

The Official After-Pool Parties, presented by Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, will be held at Brooklyn Bowl following every Sunday's Pool Party!

They didn't announce who is playing the Brooklyn Bowl block party on August 1st. One complication might be that one of the bigger bands cancelled.

The only difference between the leaked lineup and the official lineup is the addition of another "SECRET SPECIAL GUEST" and the listing of some curators. You can see the full list of confirmed free shows, below...

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Modest Mouse @ Terminal 5 in March 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse will join Faith No More and Nas & Damian Marley (tickets) as one of the acts set to play at Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn this summer. Their Friday, July 23rd show will be ticketed/non-free (like the others mentioned). Tickets go on sale Friday at noon (which is when the just-added Faith no More show goes on sale too).

Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is a week after they play the Pitchfork Festival which recently updated its lineup. New acts playing the Chicago fest include Big Boi, Major Lazer, Neon Indian, Beach House, Free Energy, Local Natives, Robyn & more. Check that out in full below. Single day tickets are still on sale.

Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is one day after they play one in NJ.

Modest Mouse will be reissuing their third album, The Moon & Antarctica, on vinyl for its 10th anniversary, on Record Store Day - this Saturday, April 17th. "The album features restored original artwork and replicates the infinite lock groove found in the original vinyl pressings of 2000. The new vinyl reissue includes a download card for the album." All dates the the P4K Fest lineup, below...

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Waterloo Park on Sunday (more)

The Who will perform at Superbowl XLIV, marking the British band's first performance in North America since 2008.

According to a report on SI.com, the Sports Illustrated website, the veteran band will take the stage during the halftime show of the 2010 National Football League championship game, scheduled for February 7 in Miami.

The NFL has yet to officially confirm the report, saying, "When we have something to announce, we'll announce it."

During a recent stop on his "Use It or Lose It" solo tour, frontman Roger Daltrey told Billboard.com that he and bandmate/composer Pete Townshend were working on new material for the Who's followup to 2006's "Endless Wire."[Reuters/Billboard]

In unrelated news, a new remix of WHY?'s "One Rose" was posted to RCRD LBL.


It's hard to find time to discover new music at Fun Fun Fun Fest because so many bands I already like play (and many of them at the same time), but exploring can still be done, sometimes accidentally and especially in the early hours. That's when I came across Austin's The Black and White Years (who I have since found out were just in NYC for CMJ) (they played Bowery Ballroom on 10/20). The impressive voice of their mustached frontman Scott Butler channels David Byrne and other greats. They have the new wave sound of Devo, and the legendary Ohio band's good looks too.

Before their set was finished I headed to the appropriately named Black stage (aka where Danzig would play later) to see some of Philly hardcore band Reign Supreme who were thrilled to be playing on such a big stage at such a big festival. They sounded good despite the early hour and having just lost their drummer (he quit) (their manager or someone was filling in), especially to the five-or-so floor punchers who must have gotten a good night's sleep the night before.

From there I walked around the grounds a little. The festival, in addition to having four stages of music, has plenty of things to look at and spend money on (food, posters, glass pipes, etc) scattered throughout the park (not the least of which was the mechanical bull which I featured prominently in the pictures of Day One). Then I caught some of Texas post-rock band (think Explosions in the Sky) This Will Destroy You, but not for long because that's about the time it started to rain. The rain didn't stop me from getting soaked for almost the entire rest of the day, but at this early point I decided to take shelter at least until Fuck Buttons came on.

I hoped/thought the rain would stop actually, if not for Fuck Buttons, then definitely for Mika Miko who were up after them. Everyone was optimistic that it was going to pass quickly, but it never really did until right before the end of the day (before Danzig went). I watched Fuck Buttons from various angles, trying to stay dry and get used to getting wet. Read all about their recent NYC show with Growing (who also played Sunday at the fest, but before I got there) HERE. More pictures from Sunday below...

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August 25th, 2009 (Austin, TX) - Transmission Entertainment is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2009 Fun Fun Fun Fest, taking place on November 7th and 8th at Waterloo Park in Austin. Fun Fun Fun Fest made its first appearance on a cold Friday evening in 2006, offering a unique approach to festival booking, filling stages with talent bubbling from the underground: what sounded great, and what was making an impact, regardless of what mainstream media said was cool. What started out as a show for a few touring acts and local favorites has become a movement -- a festival that fans and bands alike realize needs to be experienced year after year.

Now in its fourth year, Fun Fun Fun Fest has made a significant impact on the country's winter calendar, successfully combining the vast worlds of indie, punk, rap, electronica and comedy while showcasing some of the city's most unique local businesses.

Greatest. Festival. Ever...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2009 lineup (Jesus Lizard, Of Montreal, Gorilla Biscuits, LSF, 7 Seconds, D.R.I. & DANZIG!! & more)"