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No Devotion
No Devotion
No Devotion

Because of CMJ, we're doing 'What's Going On' slightly different this week. Each day there's a handful of day shows which are listed first, followed by the night shows. With so many events happening each day, we've limited this to our top picks, but there's a list of other good ones below the fold. Not all of these shows are associated with CMJ, but most are. And for even more of tonight's shows, you can browse our full NYC show calendar.


Cotillon, Michael Rault, Step-Panther, Warbly Jets, The Gooch Palms @ Baby's All Right
Burger Records is presenting this free day show filled with party friendly garage pop.

Worriers, Diet Cig, The Ghost Ease, Palehound, Sweet Spirit, Beverly, Gramma's Boyfriend, Morgan Erina @ Cake Shop
This BreakThru Radio day party has quite a few acts worth catching, including political-meets-personal punks Worriers, the sometimes-folky sometimes-noisy indie rock of Palehound, indie pop band Beverly, and more.

Beverly, Weaves, Expert Alterations, Oscar, Pinact, Car Seat Headrest, Yung, Shopping, Eternal Summers, Hockey Dad, Hin Du, Wildhoney, Cheatahs, Mercury Girls @ Pianos
Here's a good chance to knock out a lot of CMJ's must see bands all in one spot. Canine records is presenting this free day party full of foreign bands, indie pop and shouty punk. BV editor Bill Pearis DJs in the front room from 4 - 6 PM.


No Devotion, Wax Idols, Creepoid, Foxes in Fiction @ Baby's All Right (BV/Collect Showcase
Thursday singer Geoff Rickly has been up to a lot since that band went on hiatus. One of his endeavors is running the record label Collect Records and another is fronting the atmospheric rock band No Devotion. BV and Collect are co-presenting this showcase which has ND headlining, plus post-punk from Wax Idols, shoegaze from Creepoid, and ambient pop from Foxes In Fiction. 7 PM start and it's over by 11:30. Hope to see you there.

The Front Bottoms, The Smith Street Band, Elvis Depressedly @ Irving Plaza
It's not part of CMJ, but BV is also presenting The Front Bottoms' two-night stand at Irving Plaza with The Smith Street Band and Elvis Depressedly. They just released their major label debut, Back On Top, and it's actually more subdued than their previous material. This is night 1 of 2.

Panda Bear, Imagine Man @ Bowery Ballroom
Panda Bear's new album does what Panda Bear does best -- futuristic psychedelic pop with a lot of Brian Wilson influence -- but it's a clear progression from his earlier work too. Tonight he continues a sold-out three-night run at Bowery Ballroom.

Maya Beiser w/ Jherek Bischoff & Zachary Alford @ BAM
Cellist Maya Beiser performs electic arrangements of Nirvana, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and more at this four-night BAM run and her band includes Jherek Bischoff on bass. It goes from 10/14-10/17.

Failure, Blonde Redhead, Whitney @ Brooklyn Bowl
Two great and very different veteran bands come together for this show, FLOODFest. There's the atmospheric alt-rockers Failure, and NYC hometown heroes Blonde Redhead, who cover noise rock, dream pop, and a lot in between. Openers Whitney are the new band with ex-Smith Westerns and Unknown Mortal Orchestra members.

Hooton Tennis Club, Hockey Dad, Slum Sociable, Kim Logan, These Reigning Days, Expert Alterations @ Cake Shop
Liverpool's Hooton Tennis Club fall somewhere between Pavement and the Pastels -- a return to the kind of indie that often got called "slacker." In a good way, mind you, their debut album is all hooks -- especially the very catchy "P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L. P.I.E.R.R.E."

Willis Earl Beal, Magic Sword, Street Fever, Sun Blood Stories, Foul Weather @ Cameo Gallery
Your only chance this week to see eccentric Chicago soul musician Willis Earl Beal.

Ezra Furman, Juan Wauters, Drinks, Slim Twig, Sheer Agony, Babe Rainbow, Gramma's Boyfriend @ Knitting Factory
This is the panache showcase and a pretty excellent lineup of bands including Ezra Furman Montréal's Sheer Agony, Cate Le Bon side project Drinks, the eccentric Slim Twig, and Haley Bonar's new wave band Gramma's Boyfriend.

Tobias Jesso Jr., Wet @ MHOW
You can spend your time watching TJJ picking his songs apart if you want -- there's Carol King, there's Harry Nilsson, there's Randy Newman, there's the Cheers theme song -- which is even easier to do when it's just a man and an electric piano. But Jesso is a pretty charming guy with self-effacing humor, and the heart-on-sleeve lyrics clearly connect with his audience who are usually either singing along loudly or pin-drop quiet

Doomsquad, Landshapes, Beliefs, Chasity, Vallens @ Palisades
Toronto little hand drawn Dracula presents the show tonight in t Toronto label Hand Drawn Dracula is copresenting this show tonight featuring a host of Canadian bands -- like the funky Doomsquad and shoegazy Beleifs -- plus UK BAND Landshapes.

Torche, Primitive Weapons, Chain Gang Grave @ Saint Vitus
Torche continue to knock out great albums, as this year's Restarter proves. They return to NYC tonight, and both openers are worth catching too.

Perfect Pussy, Protomartyr, Dilly Dally, Downtown Boys, Yung, Shopping, Seratones, Nico Yaryan, Car Seat Headrest, Hooton Tennis Club, Yak @ Santos Party House
UK music mag NME is in charge of this show that is a one-stop shop for 2015 CMJ buzz bands. Hard to argue with this lineup.

Eliot Glazer's Haunting Renditions @ Bell House
Eliot Glazer (brother of Broad City's Ilana Glazer) brings his classically-trained pipes to his live show "Haunting Renditions" where he takes some of pop music's most infamous songs and turns them into highbrow, sweeping ballads. Tonight's a Halloween special so it should extra haunting.

Eternal Summers, Chomp, SAVAK, Pinact, Bird Courage @ Rock Shop
For those in the Park Slope area here's some quality CMJ action with Virginia's Eternal Summers, SAVAK (ex Obits) who'll have a sax player tonight, and UK act Pinact.

Neon Indian, Tamaryn, Hannah Cohen @ Webster Hall
Neon Indian hasn't drastically changed up his sound for his new album, but it's the closest he's come yet to funky post-disco-era '80s pop. Good openers tonight too.

Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Steely Dan are back for another multi-night run at Beacon Theatre and each night is a different theme. Tonight it's simply "greatest hits."

Tokyo Police Club, The Kickback @ Rough Trade
TPC are making a special trip down for this not-CMJ-but-free show. You do need to RSVP.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday? (CMJ, No Devotion, Wax Idols, Front Bottoms, Blonde Redhead, Neon Indian & more)"

Willis Earl Beal at Joe's Pub in August (more by PSquared)
Willis Earl Beal

Red Bull Sound Select, who hosted a CMJ show with Ratking, is presenting their next show at Knitting Factory on October 28, headlined by Willis Earl Beal, who played a couple of CMJ shows, including one at Mercury Lounge and a last-minute one at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday with Public Service Broadcasting, who played our own show hours later.

Openers on this one, curated by Brooklyn Bodega, are CharlieRED, rapper YC the Cynic (who recently released GNK, which you can stream below), and Kiah Victoria. Admission is $3 with RSVP, $10 without, and entry is first come, first served. Flyer below.

The last BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show was the one at MHOW with The Gaslight Anthem and The Bouncing Souls. Our next one is in January. Stay tuned for more info on that.

YC the Cynic LP stream and show flyer below...

Continue reading "Willis Earl Beal played CMJ, playing NYC Red Bull Sound Select show with YC the Cynic & others"

by Bill Pearis


UK band Eagulls will be in NYC next week for CMJ and we already knew they were playing the free Kanine/SESAC day party at Pianos on October 16 and an evening showcase at Mercury Lounge on October 18 (sold out, but some badges will be accepted).

The band have added a few more shows while here: they'll play the NME showcase on October 16 at Glasslands with Yuck, Porcelain Raft, Courtney Barnett, and Theo Verney (tickets); and the Bowery Presents day party on October 19 at Pianos (line-up TBA). They're also playing one of BrooklynVegan's CMJ-week shows too, more on that very soon. All Eagulls CMJ dates -- with set times and full show line-ups where available -- are listed below.

Meanwhile, Eagulls have released the b-side to their new UK 7" which is a cover of Killing Joke's "Requiem." You can check out the video for the killer a-side, "Nerve Endings," below as well.

Continue reading "Eagulls share Killing Joke cover, add CMJ shows including BV party (dates, stream)"

by Bill Pearis


The U.S. Open just finished a week or so ago, but if you still need a tennis fix, might I suggest Yuck's new video for "Middle Sea"? In it, fro'd drummer Jonny Rogoff (looking McEnroe-esque), faces off against someone more than twice his elder and the two clearly have a rocky history. Filial issues play out on the court: words are had, rackets are thrown (more McEnroe!), and sports drink is spilled. You can watch the video below.

Yuck's new album, Glow & Behold, is out October 1 and the band doesn't seem to have been slowed down much by frontman Daniel Blumberg's departure, as they're still cranking out the catchy '90s style indie rock in the vein of Teenage Fanclub, Versus and Sebadoh, with a little MBV-style glide guitar dappled across at least a couple tracks.

Yuck will be spending the early part of October on tour with Pixies in Europe but will be in NYC for CMJ. The only announced show so far is at Mercury Lounge on 10/18. The whole line-up is pretty good, featuring UK noisemakers Eagulls, soulful crooner Willis Earl Beal, and Montreal's krautrocky Absolutely Free. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (9/20) at noon. If you have a CMJ badge you can get in with that too, based on capacity of course.

All Yuck tour dates are listed, along with the "Middle Sea" video, below.

Continue reading "Yuck serve up a new video, ready 'Glow & Behold' and playing CMJ w/ Willis Earl Beal, Eagulls & Absolutely Free (dates)"


Arctic Monkeys, who play Webster Hall soon, are streaming their new beat-oriented (but still riff-heavy) album, AM, via iTunes.

The Weeknd, who plays two Radio City shows in October, is streaming his new futuristic R&B album, Kiss Land, via NPR.

Janelle Monae, who plays The Apollo soon, is streaming the ambitious followup to her acclaimed 2010 debut, The Electric Lady, via VH1. Listen below.

King Khan & the Shrines' long-awaited new album, Idle No More, is out this week on Merge. You can stream that below and look for them live in NYC in October.

Body/Head, the current focus of Kim Gordon's post-Sonic Youth career, who play Union Pool soon, are streaming their noisy, experimental new album, Coming Apart, via Pitchfork.

Virginia psychedelic doom band Windhand are streaming their expansive sophomore album, Soma, via Pitchfork.

UK dance trio Factory Floor are streaming their long-awaited self titled debut LP (due out on DFA), via NPR.

Another dancey DFA band, Holy Ghost!, are streaming their new album, Dynamics, via Pitchfork.

Yet another dancey band (but not signed to DFA), Delorean, are streaming Apar, the followup to their 2010 breakthrough, Subiza, via Pitchfork.

Willis Earl Beal made a splash on the scene with his bluesy 2012 debut LP, Acousmatic Sorcery, and he's now streaming that album's followup, Nobody Knows, via NPR.

John Dwyer (of Thee Oh Sees) is streaming the reissue of the debut LP by his old band, Coachwhips, which came out in 2002 and was called Hands On The Controls. You can listen to that HERE. Thee Oh Sees are on tour this year and will be in NYC this October.

Northampton, MA punk-minded indie rockers Potty Mouth are streaming their debut album, Hell Bent, via NPR. They return to NYC on October 5 at 285 Kent. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Continue reading "stream new albums from Arctic Monkeys, Janelle Monae, The Weeknd, Body/Head, Windhand, Factory Floor & more"

photos by P Squared Photography

Willis Earl Beal @ Joe's Pub - 8/26/2013
Willis Earl Beal @ Joe's Pub - 8/26/2013

Willis Earl Beal puts on quite a show. He swings the mic stand, balances on stools, swigs from whiskey bottles, dances like he's either about to kill someone or fuck someone, and sings like his life depends on it. It's powerful stuff. But it doesn't feel like a choreographed night, and it's more than just "having fun." This is not what having fun looks like. It looks like, at any moment, Willis Earl Beal could snap. The emotions are high, and there is a very thin air of discomfort in the audience that makes things more exciting than your typical show, where you know that no matter what, shit is probably going to stick pretty closely to "the plan."

I haven't figured out what Willis' plan is. I'm not sure if he has, either, and that's the most exciting thing about watching him. In 2013 we might be running desperately low on rockstars, but fuck it, as long as I can see a Willis Earl Beal show once a year, I'll survive. - [Pigeons & Planes]

Willis Earl Beal debuted his new live band on Monday (8/26) at Joe's Pub. The show was also the first he's played for his new album, Nobody Knows, which is out September 10. He played nearly all of the new record, plus "Cosmic Queries" from Acousmatic Sorcery. Beal just posted a live recording of "I Ain't Got No Love" from Joe's Pub to his Soundcloud and you can stream it -- and check out pictures from his set -- in this post.

Beal will be back in NYC for an in-store of sorts, presenting an art show at Other Music on the day of Nobody Knows release (9/10). He'll be there signing copies of the album, but not performing live. Apart from a show in Chicago next week, Beal has no other North American shows currently on the docket. You can however check out another song from Nobody Knows -- "Coming Through" featuring Cat Power -- and the live recording and lots more pics from Joe's Pub below.

Continue reading "Willis Earl Beal debuted his new live band at Joe's Pub (pics), streaming his song w/ Cat Power, hosting NYC art show"


Willis Earl Beal's sophomore album, Nobody knows., which is out September 10 via HXC/XL. You can check out the cover art and stream two tracks from the album below. The record also features a track with his tour buddy Cat Power.

Beal hasn't announced a North American tour, but he will be playing NYC at Joe's Pub on Monday, August 26. This will mark the live debut of his new band and tickets are on sale now. He does however have a European tour lined up for September and those dates are listed, along with the album tracklist and song streams, below.

Continue reading "Willis Earl Beal releasing new album, debuting new live band at NYC show (dates and streams)"

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Writer/photographer Laina Dawes has just released her new book, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal. The book recounts her journey as a black woman in heavy metal and examines these genres with respect to racial and gender issues. Its a fascinating read, and available now via Bazillion Points. Reccommended.

Laina has seen her fair share of shows this year and as such, we asked her to chime in on her favorites of 2012. Her thoughts and photos are below.

Continue reading "Author / photographer Laina Dawes recounts favorite shows of 2012"

Cat Power @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 10/23/2012 (pic via supergalaxy)
cat with laser eyes
cat with laser eyes

Less than a week after Primus made things 3-D, Cat Power brought laser lights and her tour with Willis Earl Beal and X-Ray Eyeballs to Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC last night (10/23). How was the show? Hopefully nobody fell out of the balcony. The setlist is below...

Continue reading "Cat Power headlined Hammerstein Ballroom (setlist)"

Willis Earl Beal @ Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)

Chicago's Willis Earl Beal has signed-on to support Cat Power on a few of her October North American tour dates, including tonight's  Hammerstein Ballroom show (10/23) that also has Xray Eyeballs as an opener (and a few other dates). Tickets are still available.

Willis Earl Beal, who JUST cancelled a headlining NYC show at Bowery Ballrooms earlier this month, had to cancel a few more of his own shows to make this tour work, and you can check out his complete 2012 schedule below, along with a video for "Monotony."

Continue reading "Willis Earl Beal opening for Cat Power on tour, including tonight's NYC show, Xray Eyballs too (dates)"

Willis Earl Beal at MHOW, May 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Willis Earl Beal

Willis Earl Beal was to play Bowery Ballroom tonight (10/9) but that show has been canceled and so far no explanation has been given as to why. No word on the remaining dates of his tour, which are listed below.

In happier news, last week we mentioned that Willis released a free EP, Principles of a Protagonist, which can be downloaded via BitTorrent client uTorrent. It's the soundtrack for his forthcoming, previously-mentioned animated short of the same name.

Continue reading "Willis Earl Beal cancels tonight's Bowery Ballroom show (updated dates & free EP)"

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Following 285 Kent's lead, as of October 1, 2012, five-year-old Williamsburg DIY spot Death by Audio is now a NO SMOKING venue. Our clothes thank you.

Speaking of, Great Design says S. 2nd & Kent is "Where Sound is Born." No show at DbA tonight, btw.

Death Grips finally announced a tour! It doesn't include any NYC dates at the moment, but they tweeted, "more tour dates to be announced! (pretty much all the missing spots being mentioned).'

You can also make money off the new Death Grips album.

Willis Earl Beal, who is on tour now, released a "free digital Principles Of A Protagonist soundtrack EP of 5 re-recorded songs from Acousmatic Sorcery" via BitTorrent.

Speaking of BitTorrent and Death Grips, the rap-noise crew are the most downloaded artist on BitTorrent for the first half of 2012, with over 34 million downloads, beating Counting Crows, DJ Shadow, and Pretty Lights.

Generation Records will give you a free ticket to one of the Rev25 shows at Irving Plaza with purchase of a Chain of Strength t-shirt.

Happy Birthday to Talib Kweli (37), Gwen Stefani (43), Tommy Lee (50) and Lindsey Buckingham (61).

We premiered a new Riverboat Gamblers video on BV Austin.

You can stream the new Converge record in full.

Touche Amore do a great cover of The Replacements' "Unsatisfied" for their new split with The Casket Lottery (out now on No Sleep Records). Meanwhile, The Casket Lottery offer their take on Beach House's "Myth." Stream the entire release (both bands offer an original song as well) at the No Sleep Bandcamp.

Legendary black metal crew Von, widely considered to be the first US black metal band, have released a new song (!) in "Jesus Stain" from their upcoming Satanic Blood due on Oct 31. Stream that track below courtesy of Decibel Magazine.

Public Assembly is hosting a hummus cook-off and raffle on October 14 to help raise money for the NYC Coalition Against Hunger in memory of Craig Murphey.

Meanwhile you can catch Silver Apples at Public Assembly.

Then you can catch Silver Apples at 92YTribeca.

Help save the Historic Slave Theater in Bed-Stuy.

More stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: Death by Audio goes no-smoking; Death Grips are most-torrented; Mark E Smith, Von, Smashing Pumpkins & more"

Craft Spells

West Coast janglers Craft Spells are heading East next month to play Cincinatti's Midpoint Music Festival (September 27 - 29) which also features the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells and many more. Tickets for the fest are still available and the whole line-up is at the bottom of this post.

Before the festival, Craft Spells will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on September 24 with new new romantics Ice Choir. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

You can stream Craft Spells' new-ish EP, Gallery, plus check out the whole Midpoint Music Fest line-up, below.

Continue reading "Craft Spells playing NYC before Midpoint Music Festival (2012 line-up)"

Willis Earl Beal at MHOW, May 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Willis Earl Beal

Willis Earl Beal has just announced a fall tour that includes a NYC stop on October 9 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are not on sale yet but you can keep checking Ticketmaster. All WEB tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.

Meanwhile, Beal has made an animated short film based on his Principals of a Protagonist novella he made back in 2010. The film uses illustrations by Beal and recordings of songs from his Acousmatic Sorcery album as the soundtrack. Says the artist:

I envisioned it becoming a film. If you don't envision something as actually happening and being in action then there's no motivation to do it. Everything I do is cinematic. Everything I do I imagine what it would look like in the context of cinema- whether writing a song, writing a story or watching a movie and imagining myself in the role of the protagonist walking down the street. The movie for me is amniotic fluid.
Look for Principals of a Protagonist in September when it will stream on Beal's new website. In the meantime get a feel for what it may look like via his "Evening's Kiss" video which is watchable below, along with a list of his upcoming tour dates.

Continue reading "Willis Earl Beal making animated film, going on tour (dates)"

photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Pitchfork Festival 2012
Pitchfork Festival 2012
Pitchfork Festival 2012

The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival kicked off in Union Park on Friday (7/13) afternoon after heavy rain slightly delayed the opening of the gates. Rain continued to be a theme of the day, but it couldn't stop the fun. Local garage rock greats Outer Minds played the first set, and the first great set of the day, followed by Jana Hunter's Lower Dens across the park which was the first set streamed live. The webcast continues today, Sunday, with Ty Segall, Real Estate, Chavez, Vampire Weekend and more.

More recaps from the weekend coming. For now, here are the pictures from Friday. One set is on BV Chicago. Another is here on BrooklynVegan, and they continue below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest 2012 pics (part 1) -- Feist, Purity Ring, Olivia Tremor Control, A$AP Rocky, Willis Earl Beal & much more"

Willis Earl Beal at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Willis Earl Beal

The Weeksville Garden Party, a series of free shows in Weeksville Heritage Center which happen every Saturday in July, has been expanded. You already knew that Spoek Mathambo (who played LPR last night) will be playing the one this Saturday (7/14), and since we last spoke the lineup for that show has been expanded. It also includes FlyLo associate/bass wizard Thundercat and R&B singer Georga Anne Muldrow, whose new Madlib-produced LP is one of the best of its genre right now. Georgia Anne will be performing with special guest Dudley Perkins, who she recently toured with. Doors for Saturday's show are at 4 PM.

Then, on July 21, The Weeksville Heritage Center will be graced by Willis Earl Beal, who has yet to reschedule that free show with Bobby Womack but this one should tide us over until then. The show is also with Krystie Warren. No show has been announced as of this post for Saturday, July 28.

Speaking of that Bobby Womack show, if you missed it, just when it looked like things were getting better and Bobby was going to play a MHOW show on July 3, he ended up canceling that one too. Hopefully Bobby will get well soon and finally make his way back to NYC. Check out this recent interview he did with NPR where he spoke about what's been going on:

"Before me, there was a higher and stronger supreme being that put me in the position to have that talent," he adds. "I've seen [drugs] take away my friends, from Wilson Pickett to James Brown to Michael Jackson, and I can just go on naming. I say, if I'm still here, God must still have a purpose for me."
The current Weeksville Garden Party schedule is below...

Continue reading "Weeksville Garden Party continues w/ Georgia Anne Muldrow, Thundercat, Willis Earl Beal & more (updated lineup)"

Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.

As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.

Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:

"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)
Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.

Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.

As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver's new iTunes session, Bjork's new program at the NYPL & the full Oya & Way Out West festival lineups"

Willis Earl Beal at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Toby Tenebaum)
Willis Earl Beal

Bobby Womack and Willis Earl Beal's free Central Park show, which was set to happen on June 7, has been postponed due to illness. The makeup date is TBA but they "plan to reschedule this show in mid-July with both artists still on the bill." Stay tuned for more info. This comes less than a week after Bobby posted to his facebook page that he successfully underwent surgery and does not have cancer. Hope all is well with the recovery, Bobby!

Meanwhile, Bobby Womack has been preparing his new album, The Bravest Man in the Universe, for a June 12 release via XL. It's Womack's first album of original material since 1994 and was co-produced by Damon Albarn (who he worked with on Gorillaz's Plastic Beach) and XL label head/record producer Richard Russell. So far he's revealed the tracks, "Please Forgive My Heart," "The Bravest Man in the Universe," and most recently, "Dayglo Reflection," which features Lana Del Rey. You can check all of those out below.

Speaking of Willis Earl Beal, he was arrested over the weekend after his performance at the Le Guess Who? Festival in the Netherlands for allegedly kicking a homeless man in the face (via Pitchfork). In a YouTube video (which you can watch below), Willis said his goodbyes to to the crowd with the following:

Because of a few bad apples, we all miss out on one more glorious, fantastic, lovely performance. I love you, and I even love the guy whose face I kicked in. I love him, too. He's a good guy! He's just drunk, a little.
He's since been released from custody and will continue his tour.

Bobby Womack streams and Willis Earl Beal video below...

Continue reading "Bobby Womack and Willis Earl Beal postpone Summerstage show; Willis free from jail; listen to new Bobby Womack songs"


After teasing us with lineup addictions day by day over the past few days, the full lineup of Austin City Limits 2012 is finally here. Check it out below....

Continue reading "Austin City Limits Festival -- 2012 lineup "


The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.

Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.

Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.

Festival passes, individual tickets for some clubs shows, and tickets for the Olympic Plaza events only are all on sale. The full festival schedule iwill be announced in June.

Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...

Continue reading "Feist, Stephen Malkmus, The Hold Steady and lots more playing Calgary's Sled Island Festival (full line-up)"

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Willis Earl Beal

Willis Earl Beal had me at his opening line, "I am gonna sing you some songs and then I am gonna get off the Goddamned stage!"...He's a born performer and for the duration of his hour long set, he sang like a man possessed! Think of the vocals of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put A Spell on You" and add a whole lot of soul with an addictively entertaining stage presence and you've got Willis Earl Beal. [accordingtog]
Willis Earl Beal opened for Wu Lyf at Bowery Ballroom on April 27, the second of two NYC shows (Music Hall of Williamsburg was the night before) and part of a string of shows supporting the UK band following their two-weekend sets at  Coachella (pictures from week 2). More pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show are in this post.

Willis Earl Beal mainly has European dates scheduled in the upcoming months, but he'll be in the US for a few festival dates and a free NYC show at Central Park Summerstage on June 7 opening for Bobby Womack.

All Willis Earl Beal dates are listed below alongside more pics from the Bowery Ballroom show...

Continue reading "Wu Lyf and Willis Earl Beal played Bowery Ballroom (pics); Willis playing Summerstage w/ Bobby Womack "

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Wu Lyf

Manchester's WU LYF stormed Brooklyn for rousing renditions of highlights from their excellent debut Go Tell Fire to the Mountain... While the band was limited to brief material (this is why bands with one album get overplayed and burnt out too fast), they still poured endless energy into each track and believe it or not, the growling vocals from a visceral Ellery Roberts continued beyond the songs and into the chatter setting an even deep tone to the show. "Spitting Blood" and "Concrete Gold" were delivered without a hitch, and a stellar "Heavy Pop" brought the main set to a close before the band returned for a laid back "Brooklyn Girls" and a night ending thunderous execution of "We Bros". -[omg-nyc]
Wu Lyf played one of two NYC shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 4/26, where the UK band was joined by Chicago native Willis Earl Beal. Wu Lyf, who were on their way back from Coachella, completed their US run and are back in the UK . The band haven't announced any new dates yet -- North America, UK, or anywhere else..

As for opener Willis, Amanda Hatfield says:

Willis Earl Beal is incredible - he alternately sat and played a guitar on his lap or sang over tape reels, and even with the sort of silly affectations - one black glove, dark glasses indoors - he blew me away. Dynamic performer + amazing voice. Plus, I'm totally down with anyone who starts a set by reading a line of Bukowski.
Beal is off to Europe this week, but hopefully he'll have some more stateside dates for us soon (not that there's been any lack of them in NYC lately). Pictures of Beal and Wu Lyf at Music Hall, plus Beal's European tour dates, are below.

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Amadou & Mariam
Amadou Mariam

As you may remember from the past couple of years, "Summerstage" now encompasses more than just Central Park, but Central Park Summerstage will still always be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the series. Here's the 2012 schedule. Check it out below...

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photos by Ed Lefkowitz, words by Andrew Frisicano

Rahzel & Kenny Muhammad @ BAM
Shuffle Culture

The Questlove-curated "Shuffle Culture" debuted at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House last night (4/19). As promised, a rotating cast of performers including Deerhoof, the Metropolis Ensemble, DJ Jeremy Ellis, D.D. Jackson and Sasha Grey (not to be confused with Gray) graced the stage at different times, performing in 5 to 10 minute bursts before transitioning into the next act. I had little idea what to expect going in and I think the show benefits from the blind approach (aka don't click below if you're going tonight).

The two-show run concludes tonight with Willis Earl Beal and Gray (not to be confused with Grey) replacing Reggie Watts. Both should fit well into the atmosphere of the gig. Tickets are still on sale.

More about the show and pictures are below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Willis Earl Beal @ Mercury Lounge
Willis Earl Beal

Willis Earl Beal is on a tour which brought him to NYC for a Glasslands show on 3/29 with Zulu Winter and a Mercury Lounge show on 4/1 with She Keeps Bees and Fenster (who play again at Knitting Factory on 4/4). Pictures from the Mercury Lounge show are in this post. More below.

That tour was supposed to include an opening slot at SBTRKT's Webster Hall show tonight (4/3) (which is sold out, Sepalcure is still opening, and will be streaming online) but Willis has cancelled tonight's show due to illness. The official statement reads, "Unfortunately Willis is sick and his doctor has ordered him not to perform tonight. The rest of the tour dates are on as planned." Bummer.

UPDATE: DJ Jim E Stack, who played with SBTRKT last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, will open for SBTRKT in Beal's place tonight.

The rest of that tour includes dates with WU LYF that brings both bands to NYC on MHOW on 4/26 and Bowery Ballroom on 4/27. Willis will also be back in NYC for the Questlove-curated Shuffle Culture Fest at BAM which goes down on April 19 and 20.

Willis also just made a video for "Montony" off his debut LP, Acousmatic Sorcery, which is out now on Hot Charity. That video, updated dates, and more pics from the 4/1 show at Mercury Lounge, below...

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