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Neutral Milk Hotel / St. Vincent / Danny Brown @ P4K Fest 7/19/2014
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2

Day 2 of the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival featured a headlining set by Neutral Milk Hotel, plus sets from St. Vincent, Wild Beasts, Danny Brown, FKA Twigs, tUnE-yArDs and more. Pictures and field report from Saturday's goings-on are in this post. Here we go...

Day 2 began with an early afternoon set from locals Twin Peaks. Although guitarist/main vocalist Cadien Lake James was confined to a wheelchair due to a recent leg injury, the band still managed to put on the kind of appropriately rowdy performance that they've become known for. James and co. got things started with the Sunken standout "Stand in the Sand," and they also played their great, newish single "Flavor" off of their forthcoming LP Wild Onion. James traded lead vocals with fellow guitarist Clay Frankel and bassist Jack Dolan throughout the set. Before playing their final tune, James seemed to be feeling reflective -- he offered, "This is definitely our high point so far in our... whatever the fuck this is." -ZP

After Twin Peaks, I moved over to the nearby red stage to catch the Chicago debut of Brooklyn-based rapper Ka. Ka was able to hold a sizable crowd with his down-tempo beats and methodical delivery. His slow-moving tunes contain rich lyrical content and are undeniably impactful. Before playing the somber cut "Summer," he spoke about how the season in his Brownsville neighborhood isn't full of bikinis and BBQs, but rather an increased level of violence -- he also acknowledged that we've got a very similar summer landscape here in Chicago. Memorable numbers from his performance include "Our Father" and "Jungle." -ZP

Saturday's P4K-goers were treated not to one, but two Elephant Six Collective bands, both of whom have been touring together. Circulatory System was the first of the two, (the other being the day's headliner Neutral Milk Hotel) playing a solid set of '60s-influenced indie rock under the cool shade of the Blue Stage. Each of the band's members played multiple instruments, casually adding everything from a clarinet to a xylophone, with frontman Will Cullen Hart even contributing some additional drumming. One highlight was an excellent instrumental interlude, a duet between the band's violinist and cellist. The band played some new songs off their most recent release, Mosaics within Mosaics, which was released earlier last month. Fans of Yo La Tengo had a lot to enjoy here. - MM

tUnE-yArDs
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2

Back over at the Red Stage, Merrill Garbus and the rest of tUnE-yArDs were a few songs into their set and playing "Hey Life" off of their 2014 LP Nikki Nack. In addition to bassist Nate Brenner, two backup vocalists and a percussionist rounded out the band. This allowed for expanded versions of Whokill favorites "Gangsta" and "Bizness." The additional members took a breather during "Powa," providing the room for Garbus and Brenner to experiment a bit. Though the project is now more pop-forward, tUnE-yArDs' funky and jammy backbone was still able to peek through. -ZP

Danny Brown intended to throw a party during his Pitchfork Fest set. The Detroit rapper sprinted back and forth across the stage while performing fan favorites like "Break It (Go)," "Smokin' and Drinkin'," "I Will," "Bruiser Brigade," and "Kush Coma." It was without a doubt the funnest set of the day, and Brown appeared to be having just as much fun as the massive crowd watching him perform. -ZP

Swedish techno minimalist The Field played a largely ambient set to a crowd that was eager to get out of the sun and recharge before the day's headliners played. The set started slow but progressively built up to include a live drummer. Generously borrowing stylistic cues from early Warp Record signees like Aphex Twin, The Field kept things simple and steady, opting for a more IDM approach. The set might have been better suited for a venue with less light, but listeners, myself included, were entranced throughout. - MM

St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) brought her now-choreographed performance to Pitchfork Festival for an evening set on the red stage. The choreography only enhances and doesn't hinder her guitar heroics and pitch perfect vocals. Clark and her band began their set by playing "Rattlesnake" into "Digital Witness" into "Cruel." For "Cheerleader," she mounted her podium-like setup and the song was played slower than usual, reminding me of "We Are The Champions." During "Birth in Reverse" the band left room for a freak-out section, and Clark ended up kneeling on the stage to headbutt her drummer's bass drum. Clark has consistently reinvented what St. Vincent is from album to album, and has now honed the live chops to be able to play to whichever attribute she'd like. -ZP

Headliners for the night were storied indie rock band Neutral Milk Hotel whose two '90s album have become massively influential since main man Jeff Mangum dropped out the music world shortly after making 1998's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. That has turned the band into a huge draw for their current reunion tour and his songs still hold power. The fests big projection TV screens were turned off for the performance that showcased favorites from the band's two albums. (Setlist is below.) NYC can expect the same when Neutral Milk Hotel play Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park on Tuesday (7/22) and Wednesday (7/23). Tickets are still available for Tuesday's show.

Pictures from Day 1 of Pitchfork Fest are HERE and HERE and a second set from Day 2 (including FKA Twigs) are HERE and Day 3 are HERE. More of Day 2, including sets from Pusha T, Empress Of, and Wild Beasts, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Wild Beasts / Mutual Benefit @ Pier 84 7/10/2014
Wild Beasts
Mutual Benefit

You couldn't have asked for a nicer evening for the kickoff of this year's Hudson River Park's River Rocks series. A breeze kept things cool as lovely purples and pinks filled the clouds, with two equally cool and lovely bands providing the soundtrack. Mutual Benefit are very much a sunset band, mellow and relaxing with their violin-driven pop. The band's acclaimed Other Music debut came out late last year and the label is set to reissue the band's 2011 Cowboy's Prayer EP in September.

Wild Beasts, meanwhile, are a band for the dark, when things go bump in the night. They seemed a lot more comfortable with the more prominent electronics found on this year's Present Tense than they did when they played MHOW back in March. The four members morph together as one undulating sultry groove machine, with vocalists Hayden Thorpe and Tom Flemming trading vocals and instruments while guitarist Ben Little colors things in and drummer Chris Talbot keeps the beat inventive, heavy on the toms. Both Flemming and Thorpe have songs where they sing lead, but their best songs -- the new "Sweet Spot" and "Devil's Crayon" from their first album -- blur them together.

Some of you may have noticed a guy spinning tunes from the far corner of the stage between bands. That was me. Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit's tour plays Philadelphia tonight (7/11). MB plays NYC again on Halloween. More pictures from Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit at River Rocks below...

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Tomboy
Tomboy

One of our recommended July 4 options in NYC is the semi-secret Destruction Unit show at Silent Barn happening during Ascetic House's long Independence Day Weekend. D Unit are still not billed on the event page ("Lucifers Stoned Disciples" are though) but other artists are including Massachusetts band Tomboy (the other band of Ali from Potty Mouth), Emily Reo, Emily Reo collaborator Cuddle Formation (aka Noah Klein), Arm Candy, Alice (a new band) and Mute Benny. If "Mute Benny" doesn't sound like the name of a band you're familiar with, we don't think it will be too hard to guess who it is. That show starts at 1 PM and is $10 at the door.

The Ascetic House weekend also includes Destruction Unit at The Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday (tickets), Marshtepper and others at Palisades on the Fourth (tickets), Jock Club and others at Bossa Nova Civic Club on 7/6 (free), and "Lucifers Stoned Disciples" at Baby's All Right on 7/7, among others.

Speaking of secret bands and Emily Reo, Emily plays the all-day Exploding In Sound/Impose show at Secret Project Robot on July 12 with Big Ups, Pile, Alex G, Roomrunner, secret band "Muscle Car" and many more the same day as the free 4Knots Festival at South Street Seaport with Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Speedy Ortiz and more.

Speaking of free shows on piers, the River Rocks series kicks off July 10 with Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit.

And Alice just played with Mitski on Friday (6/27), who also plays an all-day July 4 show at The Ho_se with Hello Shark, Attic Abasement, Small Wonder, Told Slant, Crying, Old Table, Pill Friends and High Pop.

Mutual Benefit at Mercury Lounge in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mutual Benefit

As you may know, Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit are both playing Pitchfork Music Festival and a free River Rocks show in NYC on July 10 on Pier 84. Since we last spoke, it was announced that those two bands will also be touring together in between those shows. All dates are listed below.

Mutual Benefit also just made a video for "'Let's Play' / Statue of a Man," which was directed by Stefan Grabrowski. You can check that out, with the list of tour dates, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Here We Go Magic @ Baby's All Right, Dec. 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
HWGM

As we just posted, Scottish duo Honeyblood and Saint Rich were added to Teenage Fanclub's River Rocks show on July 24. (This will be TFC's first NYC show in four years.) That's not the only update to the line-ups of the three free River Rocks shows they're doing at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 this summer.

The August 7 show with Temples now has Here We Go Magic and Spires on the bill as well. River Rocks' 2014 kickoff show is July 10 with Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit. If you show up early that night -- pardon the self-promotion -- I'll be DJing from 6 PM till Mutual Benefit start (around 8 PM).

All River Rocks shows are free, all-ages and open to the public, with gates opening at 6 PM for each one.

Speaking of free Here We Go Magic shows on a Pier, they're playing TONIGHT (5/14) at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park with Gospels and Porcelain Raft. It's the official pre-party for New York Road Runner Five-Borough Series: Brooklyn Half Marathon which happens on Saturday (5/17). Show tonight starts at 8 PM.

Temples @ Coachella last weekend (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Temples

Hudson River Park's River Rocks returns to Pier 84 this summer for three Thursdays of free outdoor shows. The 2014 lineup leans decidedly Anglophilic: Wild Beasts (who were in NYC not that long ago) and Mutual Benefit will play on July 10; then it's Scotland's Teenage Fanclub (on their way to Merge 25, their first NYC show in four years) will play on July 24; and then on August 7 it's UK psych-pop combo Temples. Openers for the second two shows are still TBA. All River Rocks shows are free and all-ages. Doors open at 6 PM.

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Wild Beasts @ MHOW 3/4/2014
Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts are visiting the U.S. currently, playing release shows on either coast for their terrific fourth album, Present Tense. The quartet did an in-store at Other Music on Monday (3/3) and last night (3/4) played a very packed Music Hall of Williamsburg. Pictures and setlist are in this post.

With synthesizers at the forefront on Present Tense, the band's live show took a little rewiring, with two banks of keyboards dividing the stage into thirds, with frontmen Hayden Thorpe and Tom Flemming splitting their time between bass, guitars and keys. The same was true with lead guitarist Ben Little. The band's very emotive performance style works better with instruments strapped to them than keyboards at this point, but Thorpe and Flemming's voices were in top form and the crowd very into it. In particular, the guy yelling "FUCK YEAH WILD BEASTS" was very, very into it.

Though Present Tense has only been out for a week, folks knew the songs, cheering for "A Simple Beautiful Truth" and the dark n' dubby "Daughters." The biggest cheers still came from Two Dancers tracks such as "Hooting & Howling" and "All the Kings Men," the latter of which was introduced by Fleming as, "Remember the worst sex you ever had, with the worst person you've ever known, in the worst place you've ever been? This is about that."

The Range, who has been getting a lot of choice opening slots lately, kicked off the evening. He'll be playing a bazillion SXSW shows next week, and will tour with Chvrches after that (including their sold-out T5 shows). All upcoming The Range dates, plus pics from his MHOW set and more of Wild Beasts', below...

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Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts fourth album, Present Tense, is out today (2/25) via Domino. While decidedly more synth-heavy than anything they've done before, the record is still very much in the band's lusty, decadent universe. The album's second single, "Sweet Spot," is maybe its best song, with the signature interplay between vocalists Hayden Thorpe and Tom Flemming in full effect. You can stream it below. The band also recently made a mix for FACT which opens with them covering Leonard Cohen's "Hey That's No Way to Say Goodbye" and you can stream that below too.

The band will be in the US next week, playing Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 4. That show is sold out, but if you didn't get tickets we've got two pair to give away. Details are below.

Meanwhile, Wild Beasts will be doing an in-store set at Other Music the day before their MHOW show (Monday, 3/3) at 8 PM. That's free and open to the public. Flyer for their NYC appearances, "Sweet Spot" and FACT mix streams, as well as contest details, below...

Continue reading "Wild Beasts released new LP, covered Leonard Cohen (streams), add Other Music in store ++ win tix to MHOW show"

P4k

Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park from July 18-20 and the lineup was just announced. It includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Beck, Slowdive (their first reunion show in the US so far), Giorgio Morder, Sun Kil Moon, Factory Floor, Death Grips, the Haxan Cloak, Sharon Van Etten, tUnE-yArDs, The Julie Ruin, Grimes, Wild Beasts, DIIV, Ka, Circulatory System, Pusha T, The Range, Mas Ysa and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.

In related news, Pitchfork is teaming up with ATP and Primavera Sound for London's Jabberwocky Festival which includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Electric Wizard, Deafheaven, Kode9, Earth, Pissed Jeans, Connan Mockasin, The Ex, Speedy Ortiz, Iceage, Vatican Shadow, Joanna Gruesome, Metz, Jesu, Chelsea Wolfe, Hookworms and more.

Initial day-by-day Pitchfork Fest lineup below...

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by Bill Pearis

Wild Beasts

UK quartet Wild Beasts are back with their fourth album, Present Tense, which will be out February 25 via Domino. It's been nearly three years since 2011's Smother and the group have had a bit of a rethink for this new one, going in a much synthier direction than we've heard from them before. Made with Brian Eno protege Leo Abrahams, their songs remain sultry and provocative, though, with the delicate interplay of frontmen Hayden Thorpe and Tom Fleming intact. You can watch the striking video for first single and lead track "Wanderlust" below.

While no full North American tour has been announced, Wild Beasts will be over in early March for shows in NYC and LA. They play Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 4. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (1/8) at noon and will be available to the general public beginning Friday (1/10) at noon.

Shortly after those American shows, Wild Beast will launch a European tour and all dates are listed, along with the Wanderlust video, album artwork and track list, below.

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photos by David Andrako

Wild Flag's Carrie Brownstein & the Hives @ Coachella Sunday - 4/22/2012
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 3
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 3

"The second weekend brought record heat. Festival-goers jockeyed for patches of grass around the shaded perimeters. They pounded frozen lemonade at $6 a cup.

"It feels like a different world from last weekend," The Shins frontman James Mercer said. "It was Iceland last week."

While the weather forced some practical fashion choices, Coachella's sartorial influence was noted well beyond Indio. Joan Rivers and Kelly Osbourne debated Coachella-inspired fashion trends, and the wider cultural significance of the festival, on the E! Channel program, "The Fashion Police."

Osbourne, a Coachella regular, proclaimed, "When you go to Coachella, all the girls are half-naked and 22." Rivers, who joked that she goes to Coachella, too, quipped, "If David Hasselhoff was there, this means officially Coachella is no longer cool."" [MYDesert.com]

How was your Coachella?

After DJing a party on Friday night and headlining with his band Radiohead on Saturday, Thom Yorke kept busy on Sunday by DJing a Rolling Stone pool party with Nigel Godrich, and then showing up as a not-so-surprise, special guest during Modeselektor's Sunday night set in the Mojave tent while Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg headlined the main Coachella stage.

Modeselektor (pre-Thom) @ Coachella Sunday - 4/22/2012
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 3

You saw pictures from Friday and Saturday, all of last week, and of Dre & Snoop from yesterday (Sunday, 4/22/12). Here are the rest from yesterday, Coachella 2012's final day. More below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2012 Week 2 - Day 3 pics (Modeselektor, Hives, Wild Flag, At the Drive-In, Le Butcherettes, Gotye, Beirut, more)"

2:54 @ BV-SXSW 2012 @ Bar 96 (more by Tim Griffin)
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2:54 have announced a full tour with Widowspeak that includes the previously mentioned Mercury Lounge show (tickets) and adds a Brooklyn show happening two day earlier at Knitting Factory (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Also below you can listen to a Wild Beasts reworking of 2:54 song "You're Early" which is also the B-side to the song's single which is out next week. More than just a remix, the track features vocals by Wild Beasts frontman Hayden Thorpe, in addition to those by 2:54 singer Colette Thurlow. Check that out, along with the new video for the original version of the song, and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "2:54 announce more shows w/ Widowspeak (one @ Knitting Factory) -- updated dates & a Wild Beasts remix"

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

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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Unuct

UK music magazine Uncut weighs on this year's best albums. Like Rough Trade, they give Josh T Pearson serious placement. They put Tinariwen, who appeared on The Colbert Report last night (!) with Tunde and Kyp from TV on the Radio, at #18. Check out their whole list and video from Colbert, below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Big Troubles - "Misery" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wild Beasts - "Loop the Loop" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Diehard - A VerySerious Man (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Diehard - Diehard (MP3)
DOWNLOADCave - Adam Roberts (MP3)
DOWNLOADDive - Sometime (MP3)
DOWNLOADHeaven's Gate - Salome (MP3)

Big Troubles

Welcome to the first day of Autumn! The air is crisp, it's a pleasure to be outside...which is where you'll be on your way to the many good show options this week. Where to start...

I guess I should mention R.E.M.'s decision to "call it a day." It's the right thing to do... but I sorta wish it'd happened 13 years ago. The post-Bill Berry records had their good songs, but it was never really R.E.M. to me. But their first decade, few bands were as important and influential. Hopefully they continue to make music on their own (Peter Buck's got like four other bands anyway), and cross our fingers that doesn't mean a Micheal Stipe solo album of "standards."

This leads nicely into this week's first real item:  Big Troublesrecord release party tomorrow night (9/22) at Glasslands. Mitch Easter, who produced R.E.M.'s first two albums, was behind the boards for their new album, Romatic Comedy, which is out next week on Slumberland.

Those familiar with Big Troubles' sludgy, shoegazy debut album, Worry, might wonder if it's the same band this time. Working with Let's Active's Mitch Easter (who twiddled knobs on R.E.M.'s first two albums [and Pavement's Brighten the Corners), the band have cleaned up into a sparkling pop band. It's a dramatic transformation, not unlike the one Easter helped make happen with '90s shoegaze band Moose on their debut album, ...XYZ. With crazy catchy song after crazy catchy song, Romantic Comedy is a terrific album. You can download "Misery" at the top of this post.

The rest of the country will get to see them soon, as they're heading out on tour with their Slumberland labelmates The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (who headlined Bowery Ballroom this week) and then later with Real Estate who they play Bowery Ballroom with in November. All 2011 Big Troubles tour dates are at the bottom of this post, along with the video for their single "Sad Girls."

In addition to Big Troubles, their record release party also has  The Ice Choir and Cuffs playing as well, plus Ford & Lopatin on DJ duty.

Cuffs is the new band from former Pants Yell! frontman Andrew Churchman (one of Big Troubles is also in the band). They are at the same time more pure pop than PY! were and also more rockin'. They're good live.

Ice Choir
Ice Choid

The Ice Choir is the new project from Kurt Feldman who plays drums for Pains of Being Pure at Heart and used to front The Depreciation Guild. It's funky synthpop that sounds an awful lot like...Scritti Politti?! It's true. Listen to the songs on Bandcamp and compare with this. I'm very curious to see what The Ice Choir will be like live. Will Kurt wear a while suit with giant shoulder pads? I hope so.

Wild Beasts
Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts are back, playing two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg (Friday 9/23 and Saturday 9/24) with BOBBY opening both shows. The band's third album, Smother, has been a real grower for me and find myself going back to it a lot.  It's definitely a subtler album than Two Dancers  that shows the influence of Talk Talk and The Blue Nile in particular. It's a grower, as they say, and a worthy successor to 2009's best album. Check out "Loop the Loop" at the top of this post and there's a new video for "Bed of Nails" below.

Live, Wild Beasts are truly something to behold,  transcending their records every time (at least every time I've seen them). Sky Larkin's Katie Harkin is back again playing keyboards with the band on this go-round which is an added bonus for some of us. I haven't seen them tour this album yet, so I'm really looking forward to this weekend's shows. All Wild Beasts tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

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So Girls' new album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost debuted at #37 on the Billboard which is pretty impressive -- and also means they'll be playing much bigger places next time they roll through town. Their Bowery Ballroom shows this weekend are sold out, natch, but you can try and squeeze into Other Music tonight (9/21) for their free in-store.

Diehard

What else? '90s-rocking locals Diehard are set to release their debut album, The Times We Didn't Have Fun, next week and it's a ripper, full of big riffs, bigger choruses, oohs and ahhs, and hooks o' plenty. You can download two tracks from the album at the top of this post. You can listen to the whole shebang at their Bandcamp page.

The band are throwing a record release party this Friday (9/23) at Bruar Falls with likeminded pals Radical Dads, Shark? and Thunderclap also playing.

Cave @ Issue Project Room in 2010 (more by Greg Cristman)
Cave

Cave are here this weekend, playing Saturday, September 24 at soon-to-be-closed Live With Animals (with Amen Dunes, K-Holes & PC Worship), and then Sunday, September 25 at Cake Shop. All tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

As I wrote earlier this week, the band's new album  Neverendless finds finds them locking onto a groove and staying with it in the Neu!/Spacemen 3 tradition. You can download the "Adam Roberts" (the album's spaciest cut) at the top of this post and watch the video for the album's chugging, motoroik single, "WUJ," below.

Dive @ Shea Stadium
Dive

And finally, two bands I wrote about last week -- Dive and Heaven's Gate  (MP3s for both above) -- play again together tomorrow night (9/22) at 285 Kent, with Dustin Wong and Prussia. At the time, I hadn't seen either play live but remedied that last Friday at Shea Stadium. Both bands were very good, but different than I was expecting.

Heaven's Gate are much less shoegazy than their old band Sweetbulbs, with more of a blues-punk vibe (think Cramps or maybe JSBE or early YYYs). But their best songs still have some of that melodic swirl to them.

As for Dive, their recordings are very Beach Fossils-y (frontman Cole Smith is in the band). But live, Dive are a motorik dynamo, very Krautrock at times. There's a lot of flying hair, the band are whirling dervishes on stage. I was impressed. Dive are also playing Pianos earlier Thursday night (9PM) if you want to catch them there.

Here are some more picks, by day, not mentioned above:

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Cymbals Eat Guitars play Music Hall of Williamsburg. Their new album, Lenses Alien, is more '90s style indie rock guitar heroics, maybe a little more pop than their first. Hooray for Earth and Beige open.

Though if you're a '90s indie rock fan, you might instead be seeing Olivia Tremor Control and The Music Tapes at Le Poisson Rouge. OTC's Dusk at Cubist Castle remains a '90s classic. if you can't make it, NPR will be streaming it online.

Or if the '80s is more your thing, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are at Irving Plaza.

There's also the Hipster Puppies Cassette Release Party at Public Assembly. Music critic and frequent Twitter fighter Chris Weingarten is putting out a mix tape companion to his book which is based on his tumblr. Zs, Dinowalrus, Mountains and Burning Star Core all play sets. More info here.

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Continue reading "Big Troubles, Ice Choir, Wild Beasts, Girls, Diehard, Dive, Heaven's Gate & more in This Week in Indie"

photos by Tim Griffin

James Blake / Kanye West
James Blake
Kanye

"Light sprinkles ushered in the first day of the tenth annual Austin City Limits Music (ACL) Festival, but it was a welcome reprieve from the humid heat that has been plaguing the area and the state. Music and festival fans came in droves to see their favorite ACL artists, and rumors swirled throughout the day as to who the main headliner of the evening, Kanye West, would share the stage with..." [Pegasus News]
Kanye, who was playing opposite Coldplay on Friday night, didn't share the stage with anyone except his dancers. Those who have seen or read about any of Kanye's recent shows know what his set at ACL looked like, complete with multiple acts, ballerinas and big backdrops.

Austin City Limits continues today, Saturday (9/17). You can stream it online. More pictures from Friday below...

Continue reading "ACL 2011 -- Day 1 in pics (Kanye West, Bright Eyes, Big Boi, Cults, Wild Beasts, James Blake, Kurt Vile & more)"

BOBBY at MHOW in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
BOBBY

BOBBY, who recently finished up a tour with Mountain Man, are set to play a few shows this September supporting Wild Beasts on their upcoming tour. As mentioned, that tour hits Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 23 and 24. BOBBY opens both and tickets for both shows are still on sale. All dates are listed below.

BOBBY recently recorded an acoustic version of "Shimmychick" for Sleepover Shows. You can watch that below.

Speaking of Mountain Man, who share members with BOBBY, they recently recorded a live performance of "Holy Father" for Spotify's Summer Jammin' with Ice Cream Man Series on Pitchfork TV. Check out the performance with all dates below...

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The Rosebuds at Prospect Park last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Rosebuds

The Rosebuds, who just opened two incredible shows for Bon Iver in NYC as the last two dates on their tour together, have a few more shows announced that happen later this year. No tour has been announced yet, but we know that they'll be at Hopscotch in North Carolina, Pitchfork Paris and a NYC show on October 12 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/19) at noon.

Pitchfork Paris, taking place October 28th & 29th in France, is being co-curated by Bon Iver and the lineup looks like this so far:

28 OCTOBRE : 16h00 - 5H00
APHEX TWIN + PANTHA DU PRINCE + EROL ALKAN + WILD BEASTS + CUT COPY + WASHED OUT + REAL ESTATE + MONDKOPF + ICEAGE

29 OCTOBRE : 14h00 - 22H00
BON IVER + JENS LEKMAN + STORNOWAY + KATHLEEN EDWARDS + ROSEBUDS

Tickets are on sale.

Kathleen Edwards also plays shows with Bon Iver in September. All Bon Iver & Rosebuds dates, and the video for "Woods" (by Rosebuds) below...

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Flaming Lips @ Sasquatch 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
Flaming Lips

today in NYC
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Billy Bragg @ City Winery
* Andy Biskin's Ibid @ Barbes
* Pauline Oliveros @ The Stone
* Monique Buzzarte @ The Stone
* Jose James @ MetroTech Commons
* Chrisette Michele @ Springfield Park
* Budos Band @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Mountain Man, BOBBY @ Mercury Lounge
* Matt Bauer, Dana Falconberry @ Zebulon
* Bizi Gara, Psychic, Antics @ Cameo Gallery
* Civil Wars @ Housing Works Used Book Cafe
* The U.N., Mike Slott, Sonkin @ Cameo Gallery
* The Gay Blades, Cold Fronts @ Mercury Lounge
* Air Waves, Laura Stevenson & The Cans @ Maxwell's
* DJ Afrika Bambaataa, Chico Mann @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Walt Mink, Valley Lodge, Hrny Wrms @ The Bell House
* Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson @ The Manhattan Inn
* Metronomy, Class Actress, American Royalty @ Pier 54
* Taj Mahal Trio, Amy LaVere, Mike Farris @ World Financial Center
* Flaming Lips, Weezer, Yeasayer @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* Bush, DJ Invisible Glowstix @ Bowery Ballroom
* MANNERS, The Suite Unraveling, Afuche, Stark & Nimo @ Cake Shop
* Mary Wilson of The Supremes, The Spinners @ Seaside Summer Concert Series
* Colin L. Orchestra, CSC Funk Band, Many Mansions @ Public Assembly
* Dropkick Murphys, The Tossers, The Turbo A.C's @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Bright & Early, We Still Dream, Candy Hearts, Up For Nothing @ The Acheron
* The Diamond Center, The Nico Blues, Wojcik, Libel, Rumanian Buck @ Bruar Falls
* Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Mint Condition, DJ Jazzy Jeff @ Jones Beach
* Shilpa Ray, Quilty, The Back Pockets, Utopia Park, Bermuda Bonnie @ Shea Stadium
* Vockah Redu, The Miracles Club, DJ Josh Styles, DJ Jonathan Toubin (Myopenbar 5th Anniversary) @ Glasslands
* The Suzan, Pretty Good Dance Moves, Young Circles, Bizi Gara, Goolsby, Jamie Bendell, Susan Justice @ Pianos
* Miss Stereo James, The Kin, Julia Darling, Alan Hampton, Margo Valiante, Jason Domnarski @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Controlled Bleeding, The Spanish Donkey, David Grubbs, C. Spencer Yeh/Nate Wooley/Ryan Sawyer Trio @ Death By Audio
* Barry Harris, Eric Reed, Christian Sands with Winard Harper and Chip Jackson plus Cecil Bridgewater, Tia Fuller, Craig Harris, Melba Joyce @ Damrosch Park Bandshell

Check out This Week in Indie for more, especially on the free Metronomy show tonight.

Weezer & Flaming Lips play their first of two side-by-side sets tonight.

The Horrors' show originally scheduled for The Studio at Webster Hall tonight has been moved to August 9.

Wild Beasts, who just announced a tour, have a new video for "Bed of Nails." Check that out below.

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St Vincent

Treasure Island Music Festival is returning to San Francisco, CA on October 15 and 16. The lineup includes Cut Copy, Beach House, The Hold Steady, Flying Lotus, Death From Above 1979, YACHT, Shabazz Palaces, The Antlers, St. Vincent, and many others. 2-Day passes go on sale Wednesday (7/27) 10 AM and single day tickets on Friday (7/29) at 10 AM.

Speaking of St. Vincent, if you haven't already, check out her new track at StrangeMercy.com. The full album is out September 13th via 4AD. More info and tour dates HERE. Still no info on tickets for her Met show.

Full Treasure Island lineup below...

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Wild Beasts at Highline Ballroom in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
 Wild Beasts

The last we heard from Wild Beasts, they were in the US for a short string of dates including two nights at Le Poisson Rouge supporting their recently released LP Smother. They've since announced a longer run of North American shows including two Brooklyn shows. Those happen on September 23 and 24 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (7/29) at noon.

Fellow UK band Yuck also just announced two shows at the same Brooklyn venue. Yuck, Wild Beasts, and Brooklyn band The Antlers are the first three bands announced for the Constellations Festival happening at Leeds University in November.

Updated Wild Beasts dates below...

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Wild Beasts @ Le Poisson Rouge (by indigouniverse)
Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts played two shows at Le Poisson Rouge this week with Marques Toliver as part of a short East Coast run that also included a stop at radio station WNYC where they performed on Soundcheck. Check out a video of "Loop The Loop" from their radio performance below.

At the second LPR show, last night (7/14), they played a 13-song set (encore included) mainly consisting of material off the recently released Smother. The rest of the set was filled with 4 Two Dancers tracks and Limbo, Panto favorite "The Devil's Crayon." The 3-song encore ended with the appropriately titled "End Come Too Soon."

The full LPR setlist, WNYC video, some videos from their 7/12 Philly show and more, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Wild Beasts - "Loop the Loop" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wooden Birds - Two Matchsticks (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Rayon Beach - Wave Pool Ether (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: John Wesley Coleman - Ooh Basketball (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Urge Overkill - Effigy (MP3)

Tom Vek
Tom Vek

This week is kind of nuts. I know you're all probably just going to be spending it reading A Dance with Dragons or going to see Harry Potter, but here's your TWII action... let's get into it.

Tom Vek is here for two shows, his first U.S. shows since 2005: an early show tonight (7/12) at Mercury Lounge and tomorrow (7/13) at Union Pool. I don't think either are sold out. His second album Leisure Seizure -- six years in the making -- has remained in constant rotation on my stereo since getting a copy in May and I'm pretty excited for these shows.

The new record still sounds like Tom Vek -- the staccato drum beats, sparse arrangements, his laid-back vocal style -- and maybe it's the absence but it still sounds fresh. It's a great record and a welcome return. I have no idea who is in his band these days, but he was fantastic live back when he toured for We Have Sound in 2005. I have a feeling he's still got it.

Wild Beasts
Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts are over for four East Coast shows, including two nights at Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday (7/13) and Thursday (7/14). (They're also playing Philly and D.C.) These will be the first the band have done since releasing their third album, Smother, back in May. As I've said before, this is subtler album than Two Dancers that shows the influence of Talk Talk and The Blue Nile in particular. It's a grower, as they say, and a worthy successor to 2009's best album. Check out "Loop the Loop" at the top of this post.

Live, Wild Beasts are truly something to behold,  transcending their records every time (at least every time I've seen them). Sky Larkin's Katie Harkin is playing keyboards with the band on this Stateside jaunt which is an added bonus for some of us. The rest of North America will get a chance to see Wild Beasts in September when they come back for a proper tour.  All 2011 dates are at the bottom of this post.

Urge Overkill
Urge Overkill

Shifting gears wildly, we've got Chicago rock gods Urge Overkill in town for two shows this week. They play the Rocks Off cruise on Wednesday (7/13) and then the Rock Shop on Saturday (7/16) as part of the venue's big One Year Anniversary which is happening all this week.

Urge Overkill were odd men out in the '90s, doing suave, heavily postured cock rock in an era dominated by slacker indie and stoner sludge. 1993's Saturation is one of the decade's classics, all big riffs and attitude that has only gotten finer with age. The same can't be said for 1995's Exit the Dragon, which found the band succumbed to the rock n' roll excesses the band exemplified. (There were even rumors the band were too fucked up to even play on its recordings, having most parts subbed by session musicians.)

There were various comeback gigs in the '00s but I don't think anybody expected them to make a new album. Which made this year's Rock'n'Roll Submarine (great title) a double shock: it exists and, more importantly, it's pretty awesome. Kato and Roeser keep the same flame alive: badass riffs, supercatchy choruses, and that unfakeable rock n' roll spirit. (No Blackie Onassis, but some chemistry is just too volatile apparently.) There's also a world-weariness that keeps it all real. They aren't trying to pretend they haven't been through some serious shit. But to paraphrase "Effigy" (downloadable at the top of this post), they've always taken the loud way.

The Wooden Birds
The Wooden Birds

Lovely Austin band The Wooden Birds play two shows this week as well: Thursday (7/14) at Mercury Lounge and Friday (7/15) at The Rock Shop. As you may know at this point, this is Andrew Kenny's post-American Analog Set band, which still has his drony motorik style but in a much more acoustic setting. The Wooden Birds' sophomore album, Two Matchsticks, is (in my opinion) much better than their debut: the arrangements are more dynamic and the addition of Matt Pond (both on guitar and vocally) adds a lot. (Matt Pond PA's Chris Hansen is a touring member as well.) You can check out the title track to the new album at the top of this post.

Tune-Yards @ MHOW (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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What else? Hudson River Rocks starts this week (Thursday 7/14) with tUnE-yArDs and Austra which is a pretty hard-to-pass-up free show. While I don't reach for her album much, there's no denying Merril Garbus is a magnetic performer who can win over crowds easily. While Austra's Katie Stelmanis doesn't quite have that charm, there is no denying her stage presence either and I'm a big fan of Austra's debut album which came out earlier this year. Thursday is supposed to be beautiful and this show seems like a no-brainer.

Rayon Beach
Rayon Beach

Austin's Rayon Beach play three shows this week: Thursday (7/14) at Don Pedro, then Friday (7/15) at Bruar Falls and Saturday (7/16) at Death by Audio. I wrote this a year ago and I think it still holds true:

Like a lot of the bands on Hozac Records (or bands from Austin for that matter), this trio fit under the psych/garage umbrella but there's a decided Brit bent to their music. Baroque garage, is that a thing? Think Syd-era Pink Floyd or The Pretty Things more than Woven Bones. Make no mistake -- Rayon Beach can and do get plenty loud. It's just sometimes with pinkies extended.
Rayon Beach are on tour with fellow Austinite John Wesley Coleman III who is awesome in his own right. Last year's Bad Lady Goes to Jail, on Goner, incorporates country, soul and R&B into his sound (not to mention a unique worldview). He definitely stands out amongst the garage pack. If you feel like you've heard enough of this stuff, do give JWCIII a shot.

KC

Anglophiles might already know that Scottish indiefolk cult legend King Creosote is in town this week, playing a late show at Mercury Lounge on Thursday (7/14) and then at the Rock Shop on Sunday (7/17). Both shows are with the equally talented Jon Hopkins. I wrote about King Creosote back in March:

Scottish indie folk royalty Kenny Anderson, aka King Creosote. Anderson (whose brother Gordon was a founding member of The Beta Band and now fronts The Aliens) has been cranking out album after album of melancholic, wry songwriting since the late '90s. (Seriously, check out his discography.) Many of these have been self-released, but he's had records on Warner Brothers and Domino too.
Anderson teamed with Hopkins for his new album Diamond Mine that revisits and reworks gems from Anderson's 40-plus releases. You can check out the video for "Bubble" at the bottom of this post.

The Radio Dept
The Radio Dept

And now another weekend of Seaport-related shows. Friday (7/15)  is the final night of this year's abbreviated Seaport Music Festival, with The Radio Dept. The band are in the U.S. for this and the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago and that's it -- so we should count ourselves lucky. If you wanted to see them somewhere small, you're out of luck. (Unless you maybe found yourself at a shop that rocked on, say, Thursday night. Maybe.) Last year's Clinging to a Scheme was one of 2010's best albums (according to me) and though I do wish they'd get a drummer to play with them at shows, they still sound pretty great live.

I'm hoping the merch table has the new 180 gram vinyl reissues of the band's three albums. In particular I want to pick up their classic debut Lesser Matters, one of the best albums of the '00s. Opening are Asobi Seksu which is a pretty perfect pairing. The weather's supposed to be gorgeous, the show is free...this'll be sweet.

Saturday is the Village Voice 4 Knots Festival which is going out of its way to let us know it's not trying to be the Siren Festival. It's a nice line-up of bands, though, scaled to fit the Seaport. Apart from Eleanor Friedberger and Oberhofer, it is a pretty rock line-up what with headliners Black Angels, Titus Andronicus, Davilla 666 and Mr. Dream. If you like to dance, they've got an indoor lounge over at 210 Front Street with an all DJ lineup that includes Yeasayer, Dan Deacon, Brahms and the Finger on the Pulse dudes (also DJing as Punches) spinning tunes. Things kick off at 1PM.

Hospitality

Then Sunday (7/17) is the last show of my Sound Bites Series down at the Fulton Stall Market and I'm super pleased to have Hospitality on cleanup. When I found out we were going to be doing the series again, Hospitality were the first band I thought of. If you haven't heard them, you can download their 2009 EP for free from their Bandcamp site. It's quite lovely. The band have gotten less precious since then, though no less charming, and recently the band expanded to a four-piece with drummer Nathan Michel moving to guitar making them decidedly more skronky now.

I am quite enamored with this band and you should definitely come down and see them. They are seriously good. If you come to only one Sound Bites Show this summer... this is your last chance. Hospitality are on at 3PM sharp and I'll be spinning tunes from around 1:30 or so. It's free!

And right after Hospitality finish, you can head across South Street to the Beekman Beer Garden for this week's Beach Party show with Frankie Rose and Xray Eyeballs. Both bands feature on that free downloadable mix you can get over at Insound. The Frankie Rose track is one I hadn't heard before, a cover of Slapp Happy's "Blue Flower" which you may know from covers either by Mazzy Star or Pale Saints.

Last week (Cheeseburger and Hard Nips) was fun and pretty fairly low-key. The spot -- formerly Water Taxi Beach -- is a pretty popular spot on its own, so expect a mixed crowd of those there for the show and those there just for the view/vibe. Bands start at 4PM. It's free.

And that's about it for this week. A few more daily picks are below.

TUESDAY, JULY 12

It's a heatwave today but Cold Cave will have the A/C cranked for their show Knitting Factory tonight. I do really like their new album Cherish the Light Years which kind of reminds me of '80s band Lords of the New Church. The show is with gothy sea chanty singers Cult of Youth, and Zambri who are newly signed to Kanine Records (and who were impressive at Knitting Factory during the Northside fest). The show is part of a tour that ends at Bowery Ballroom with Austra.

The newly reunited Cibo Matto are at Brooklyn Bowl. Though advance tickets sold out, there will be limited availability at the door. Go early. The show is one date of a tour that also hits Bowery Ballroom.

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DOWNLOAD: Wild Beasts - "Loop the Loop" (MP3)

Wild Beasts at Highline Ballroom (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Wild Beasts

Lucky east coasters (and attendees at Austin City Limits) have Wild Beasts dates to look forward to. As previously announced, the band will tag four shows in three cities along the Mid-Atlantic in July. NYC is the city with two shows and they happen at Le Poisson Rouge on July 13th and 14th. Tickets are still available for both (7/13 and 7/14), and both shows now feature the soulful sounds of Marques Toliver, who will also open for them on the previous night in Philadelphia. All dates are listed below.

Wild Beast's new long-player Smother is out NOW via Domino. The record features the serene "Loop the Loop", which makes its legal, free MP3 premiere in this post. Download it above/stream it below, alongside all tour dates....

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