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At 68, Bryan Ferry is one of the oldest performers at this weekend's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, and one of the most debonair. But the former Roxy Music singer and veteran solo artist was one of at least two artists who wore a tuxedo for their performance at the annual festival in Indio Friday night.

The other, a bit surprisingly considering his raucous musical legacy, was Paul Westerberg, 54, the perpetually tousled leader of The Replacments, who reunited last year after a 22-year hiatus to perform three shows (Coachella was the fourth). Yet, while Westerberg was quick to doff his tuxedo jacket, Ferry kept his on, although he undid his tie. Their sartorial style notwithstanding, Ferry and Westerberg have little in common, but both delivered winning performances that represented two very different -- and influential -- chapters in rock history. [UTSanDiego]

We already posted Outkast and Dum Dum Girls. Here are the rest of the pictures from the first dusty day of the first weekend of Coachella 2014 (which is also streaming online). The photos continue, Replacements and Bryan Ferry included, below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2014 Day 1 pics (Replacements, Haim, A$AP Ferg, Afghan Whigs, †††, Waxahatchee, Kate Nash The Knife, more) "

photos by Tim Griffin; additional shots by Daniel Christiansen for Indiegogo; words by Andrew Sacher

Pains / Hold Steady
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW

After Friday, which came after Thursday, which came after a night show on Wednesday, we said hello and goodbye to both of Red 7's stages one last time with our third and final BrooklynVegan SXSW day party at the 7th & Red River venue in Austin on Saturday (3/15).

Outside, despite the rain that plagued us that day, Palehound kicked things off with their noisy indie rock, and they were followed by the high-energy poppy punk of Cincinnati's Tweens. More poppy punk came from Northampton's Potty Mouth, and then came Mary Timony's (Autoclave, Helium, Wild Flag) riff-rockin' new band Ex Hex, who were one of the most fun bands of the day to watch. They were followed by Potty Mouth's Northampton neighbors Speedy Ortiz, who were great as always, and whose new stuff (like "American Horror") sounded great next to their older songs (like "Taylor Swift"). Wye Oak followed and previewed stuff from their upcoming guitar-less album (they did have their guitar on Saturday though), and the show closed with a super fun set from The Hold Steady.

Wye Oak
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW

The indoor stage got off to a great start with Saintseneca, who had a tight blend of Fleet Foxes/Arcade Fire-isms, then it got weird for the UK's Fat White Family, who brought filth and fury not unlike  The Stooges or The Birthday Party. (They're in NYC this weekend.)  Quilt kept things trippy (but cleaner) after that, and Connan Mockasin was his eccentric self too (though he admitted he was recovering from the night before where he told everyone at Swan Dive to take their clothes off). Then came the art pop of Hundred Waters, a mostly-solo set from Braid frontman Bob Nanna which included Braid songs and some Jack and Ace action with his wife Lauren LoPiccolo, sneering Detroit post-punks Protomartyr, and finally a headlining set from the new lineup of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, which is easily their most powerful and fun to watch yet.

Tweens / Ex Hex
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW

Shiner beer was on special and we gave away free Jameson. Veri organic soda was free, plentiful and was there to help you rehydrate. We let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.

Maybe you won a pair of Marshall Headphones? You may have if you tagged your Instagram with #BVMarshall (you may also see one of those Instagrams featured in this post).

All the music we played between bands can be found on our Nokia MixRadio SXSW playlist. Nokia MixRadio were the ones in the pink tent outside all three days.

Indiegogo was there too, though due to the rain, like Marshall, they moved inside on Saturday.

Special thanks to all of our bands and partners and sponsors for making this party possible.

Pictures from Thursday HERE. Pictures from Friday HERE. One set of pictures from Saturday is at BV Austin. More from Saturday below...

Continue reading "BV-SXSW Saturday party @ Red 7 in pics (Hold Steady, TPOBPAH, Wye Oak, Ex Hex, Connan Mockasin, Quilt, Saintseneca, Speedy Ortiz & more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Ex Hex @ Red 7, 3/15/14
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

As mentioned, Merge Records is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, including the four-day Merge 25 festival which happens July 23 - 26 in Carrboro, NC. Merge has released the initial line-up, which includes Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, and Bob Mould. While day schedules haven't been announced events will happen at the following venues:

July 23 Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University Campus, Durham, NC
July 24 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
July 25 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
July 26 Full Day Music Concert, outdoors, Carrboro, NC
Full Festival Passes are $195 and will go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/21) at 11 am EST via the Cat's Cradle website. Individual tickets for the events in Carrboro will go on sale Wednesday, March 26 and the Duke University show goes on sale Tuesday, April 22.

Both Wye Oak and Ex Hex played our Saturday SXSW free day party this past weekend in Austin. Ex Hex (featuring Mary Timony of Helium and Wild Flag) put on a killer set of glammy powerpop. Pics from their performance are in this post and you can check out Wye Oak pics here. Ex Hex also have a new video for "Hot and Cold" that costars Ian Svenonius (Chain & the Gang, Make-Up, etc). You can watch that below.

Ex Hex's tour hits NYC on Thursday (3/20) at Glasslands with Household and Eula (tickets), and Friday (3/21) at Mercury Lounge with Andrew Cedermark (tickets).

Also on Friday in NYC, The Clientele play The Bell House as part of Chickfactor 22 with another Merge band, Versus and more. Tickets are still available.

This weekend in Chapel Hill, NC is the Merge 25K Road Race with finish line performances from Vertical Scratchers (who play NYC next week) and The Love Language (who play NYC in April).

More BV SXSW day party pics of Ex Hex, plus the new Ex Hex video, below...

Continue reading "Merge 25 Fest initial lineup ++ Ex Hex SXSW pics & new video"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Wye Oak @ BVSXSW 3/15/2014
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

Wye Oak have released a second song from their soon-to-be-released album, Shriek. "Glory" shows off the duo's new danceable direction, but still retains that grandeur they're known for. You can stream it below and look for the album on April 29 via Merge.

Jenn and Andy were in Austin, TX for SXSW which just wrapped up. The last of their shows was at the BrooklynVegan Saturday day party where they played along side Merge labelmates Ex Hex, The Hold Steady, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and more. Jenn Wasner definitely took a guitarist's approach to bass which is the at the root of Wye Oak's new direction. She played keyboards (and a little guitar) too. Pictures from their day party set are in this post.

Wye Oak will launch their North American tour next month which includes an NYC stop on May 7 at Webster Hall (tickets). More pics from their BV day party set below...

Continue reading "Wye Oak played BV Saturday SXSW day party (pics), streaming second song from new album"

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Wye Oak's new album, Shriek, is out next month and finds the Baltimore duo switching things up, with singer Jenn Wasner switching from guitar to bass, giving things a fresh feel. The band's tour starts in April but they'll be in Austin this week for SXSW where they'll play a number of shows (schedule below), the last of which is the Saturday BrooklynVegan free day party with The Hold Steady, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Speedy Ortiz and more. Wasner was kind enough to answer our 5 QUESTIONS:

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1) What would your metal band name be?

JW: Decapitated Fuck.

2) Be honest: how often do you change your clothes on tour?

Never.

more below...

Continue reading "5 Questions with: Wye Oak"

UPDATE: Thursday lineup announced too

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After a Wednesday night official showcase at the same venue, BrooklynVegan will take over both stages of Red 7 during the hours of noon-6pm each day on Thursday (3/13), Friday (3/14) and Saturday (3/15) of SXSW Music. All three day party lineups will be announced momentarily (update: Thursday is announced), but here is Saturday!

SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014 @ RED 7 (FREE)

INSIDE
12:00 Saintseneca
12:45 Fat White Family
01:30 Quilt
02:15 Connan Mockasin
03:00 Hundred Waters
03:45 Bob Nanna of Braid
04:30 Protomartyr
05:05 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

OUTSIDE
12:00 Palehound
12:45 Tweens
01:30 Potty Mouth
02:15 Ex Hex (Mary Timony's new band)
03:05 Speedy Ortiz
04:00 Wye Oak
05:00 The Hold Steady

Please RSVP, and show up early to see all the bands and to ensure you get some complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson (while supplies last).

We'll also have Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you can pose in our photobooth and where someone will win a pair of headphones every hour on the hour!

Nokia MixRadio will be on site educating us about their free music service. Indiegogo will be on hand to answer all your crowdfunding questions.

Again, this is one of three free BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7 this year. Please RSVP once for entry to all three. SXSW badges are also welcome and be sure to stop by the Esurance Glove Box at the Austin Convention Center or their Fuel Lounge at 6th and Trinity to pick up an Esurance Access Pass. Then follow @esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can hop the line for our party and others around Austin....

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan SXSW 2014 Saturday Day Party lineup (Hold Steady, Pains Of BPAH, Wye Oak, Speedy Ortiz, Hundred Waters, Ex Hex & much more)"

Braids at POP Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Braids

Montreal's Braids returned last year with a new sound on Flourish // Perish, which came out via Arbutus (Grimes, Doldrums, etc), and they'll be taking that sound back to our side of the border this spring. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that they'll be the support act on the Wye Oak tour, including the NYC stop, happening on May 7 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

All dates are listed, along with a trailer video for the tour, below...

Continue reading "Braids to open for Wye Oak on spring tour (updated dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Shriek

When Wye Oak said they were shaking things up for their new record, they meant it. Jenn Wasner has moved to bass with "nary a lick of guitar" and the band have taken on a new, elasticized sound for for the new record, which they've since revealed is titled Shriek and will be out April 29 on Merge. That's the cover art above. You can check out the first track from it, "The Tower," in this post. It is most definitely different for Wye Oak, but that is not a bad thing at all.

Jenn Wasner was just in NYC as part of the Gene Clark 'No Other' tour. Wye Oak's tour hits Webster Hall on May 7Tickets for that show are still available. Stream "The Tower" below...

Continue reading "Wye Oak share first track from new album 'Shriek'"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Iain Matthews / Jenn Wasner @ MHOW 1/26/2014
Gene Clark No Other Tour
Gene Clark No Other Tour

Mr. Scally, 31, first heard "No Other" in 2004, when he began collaborating with Ms. Legrand; her father gave her the L.P. "I thought it was one of those classic rock records like 'After the Gold Rush,' one of those well-known canonized great records," Mr. Scally said. "But I found out over the years that it's just a record no one knew."

Beach House has been listening to it "constantly" since then, discovering its "onionlike quality," Mr. Scally said, adding: "The first thing you hear is the production, the general feel. Ten listens in, you start fixating on the lyrics. And some of the lyrics on the record just destroy you, they're so strange and wonderful." - [New York Times]

The short Gene Clark 'No Other' tour came to close on Sunday night (1/26) in NYC with the second of two sold-out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg. We've got a review of Saturday night's show, as well as two sets of pics from that show, and here's a set from Sunday, featuring Fairport Convention's Iain Matthews (looking much younger than his 67 years), Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner and the whole show.

Pics from Saturday's 'No Other' show are here and here. More from Sunday below...

Continue reading "Gene Clark tribute @ MHOW in pics (PART 3) -- Iain Matthews (Fairport Convention) & Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) & more"

photos by P Squared Photography

Victoria Legrand / Hamilton Leithauser @ MHOW, 1/25/2014
Gene Clark
Gene Clark

After The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser crooned the country-rocker "From a Silver Phial" and the album-closing "Lady of the North," the whole ensemble returned for an encore that kicked off with a vibrant rendition of The Byrds' jangly "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better." The crowd cheered heartily when Legrand stepped out from the chorus line to deliver a truly arresting lead-vocal performance on "Hear the Wind," a gorgeous country-folk ballad from Clark's Two Sides to Every Story. Finally, The Byrds' classic "Eight Miles High" opened with haunting a cappella harmonies before Scally intoned the song's familiar bassline, Strohmeier's twelve-string guitar riffs and Mike Lowry's percussion steadily intensifying into an epic crescendo. As the musicians traded verses and frolicked about the stage, their camaraderie and enthusiasm were infectious, festively capping a stirring celebration of Clark's music. - [DCist]
The above review was from Friday night's DC stop on the Gene Clark 'No Other' tour, which featured a live recreation of the former Byrds' 1974 album featuring Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen, Victoria Legrand of Beach House, members of Wye Oak, Lower Dens and more. The next night (1/25), the tour hit NYC for it's first of two shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg. A review and a first set of pictures are here and another set of pics are in this post.

Pics from Sunday's show (1/26) are here. More of Saturday's MHOW shows (Pt 2) below...

Continue reading "Gene Clark tribute @ MHOW in pics (PART 2) -- Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen), Victoria Legrand (Beach House) & more"

photos by Gretchen Robinette; words by Bill Pearis

Robin Pecknold / Daniel Rossen @ MHOW 1/25/2014
Gene Clark Tribute
Gene Clark Tribute

Gene Clark's 1974 solo album, No Other, was dismissed by critics at the time as being bloated and overproduced but in recent years has become a lost classic. So taken with it were Andy and Victoria of Beach House, they spearheaded a tour to recreate the album live with a host of their Baltimore musician friends (plus some notable non-Baltimore friends to sing lead), and a chorus of singers. The short tour they put together hit Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg over the weekend for sold-out shows on Saturday (1/25) and Sunday (1/26). We're got three sets of pictures from these shows -- two from Saturday and one from Sunday -- the first of which is in this post.

I was at the Saturday show. I'm not sure how many people were there because they loved No Other and how many people thought, like, Beach House might play a few of their songs, but certainly by midpoint in the show the crowd was fully on-board. After an excerpt of Gene Clark documentary The Byrd Who Flew Alone, Bella Union's Mark Byrne came out to introduce the evening and how things would be working. The album was played in order, with Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold opening the night with lead vocals on "Life's Greatest Fool." When the harmonies kicked in about a minute into the song -- courtesy Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Victoria Legrand (Beach House), Tony Drummond (Celebration) and Cricket Arrison -- Clark's orchestral vision blossomed to life. Robin would also sing "Strength of Strings" a few songs later.

Next up was onetime Fairport Convention singer/guitarist Iain Matthews who has long championed Clark and was the only one to play guitar while singing (he also played as part of the band). Matthews was also the only one to really talk about Clark, mentioning that sales of No Other have gone up 4000% since the announcement of this tour. He sang "Silver Raven" and would come out later for "True Love."

Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear probably was the best vocal match to Clark, both having a similar husky, dusky quality. His lead on No Other's grandiose, rocking title track was maybe the highlight of the evening, and returned to sing "Some Misunderstanding."

The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser made his first appearance on "Form a Silver Phial" and though one associates him a cigarette hoarse style of singing, the softer side of his vocals were on display here, though he looked no less intense doing so. He also closed out No Other with the lovely "Lady of the North." The band -- which included members of Celebration, Beach House, Lower Dens, Cass McCombs' band, Mt. Royal and others -- did a fantastic job, definitely no half-assed "let's try this" kind of thing.

Once the album proper was played and a brief intermission, the band returned for three songs. The Byrds' "Feel a Whole Lot Better" saw Pecknold, Rossen and Leithauser trading verses; Victoria Legrand had a moment in the spotlight taking lead on "Hear the Wind" from Clark's 1977 solo LP, Two Sides to Every Story, and the evening finished with a psyched-out version of "Eight Miles High." This was a knockout show.

More pics of Saturday night's show can be found HERE and pictures from Sunday are HERE. More pics from this first set from Saturday below...

Continue reading "Gene Clark tribute @ MHOW in pics & review (PART 1) -- Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear) & more"

Wye Oak at MHOW, 9/20/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Wye Oak

Wye Oak's last album, 2011's Civilian, took the band to new levels of success and when it came time to make the follow-up, Jen Wasner and Andy Stack could have easily made Civilian Pt 2 and rode the indie folk train to new heights of popularity. Instead, the duo are shaking things up considerably for their as-yet-untitled fourth album which they made at Brooklyn's Rare Book Room studios. Wasner told SPIN:

There's not a lick of guitar on this whole record. It basically inverts what we were responsible for. Andy was playing droney bass lines on keyboard. Now he's responsible for the more upper register stuff that guitar would normally handle, while I'm playing bass lines on a bass guitar. The idea was really appealing to me because we had sort of hit a wall, just with the complete and total excess of touring that we had done, the use and overuse of that format. It tainted the guitar for me and I was finding it really, really hard to get anything out of it from a writing perspective. I wasn't excited about it -- too much baggage. It just felt tired to me.
While no release date or other info has been released yet, Wye Oak do have tour dates coming up on their way to SXSW (they're playing Savannah Stopover too). They'll also be at Coachella this year, and on the other side of that they'll play NYC at Webster Hall on May 7. Tickets for Webster go on sale Friday (1/24) at noon.

Jen Wasner is currently on the road this week as part of the touring tribute to Gene Clark's No Other that also features members of Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Lower Dens, The Walkmen and more. That will be in NYC this weekend for sold out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (1/25) and Sunday (1/26).

All Wye Oak tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Wye Oak mix it up on forthcoming fourth album, touring this spring, including NYC after Coachella (dates)"

Kylesa at Santos in 20111 (more by Samanatha Marble)
Kylesa

As discussed, Georgia's Savannah Stopover festival, which happens right before SXSW, is returning this year from March 6-8, and since we last spoke, the full lineup was announced. New additions include Kylesa, Wye Oak, Future Islands, Eternal Summers, Heavenly Beat, Nothing, Esben & the Witch, Spires, TEEN, Connections and many more joining previously announced names like Weekend, Speedy Ortiz, Public Service Broadcasting, Ex Hex, and more. Tickets, including 3-day pass, 2-day pass, and single day pass options, are available.

Full day-by-day lineup and updated flyer below...

Continue reading "Savannah Stopover reveals full 2014 lineup (Kylesa, Wye Oak, Future Islands, Eternal Summers, Nothing & more)"

Gene Clark

In 1974, former Byrd Gene Clark released his fourth solo album, No Other, a critical and commercial failure that earned increasingly more recognition over time and was received much more warmly upon its reissue in the early 2000s. Now, just about 40 years later, an indie supergroup will be performing the album in full on a short tour of the Northeast US. The band features both core members of Beach House, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, with Victoria handling vocals along with Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear, Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen (and newly a solo artist), Iain Matthews of Plainsong/Fairport Convention, and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak/Flock of Dimes/Dungeonesse. They'll be backed by members of Lower Dens, Celebration, Mt. Royal, and others. The full lineup (with mention of who's playing what) is below.

The tour kicks off in Philly on January 22 and it ends in NYC just a few days later at Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 25. Brad Truax (Spiritualized, Interpol and others) will be DJing at all shows and a Gene Clark documentary will screen beforehand too. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the full supergroup lineup, a trailer for that Gene Clark documentary, and a full stream of No Other, below...

Continue reading "Beach House, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, Walkmen members & more performing Gene Clark's 'No Other' on tour (dates)"

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

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

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

Continue reading "SXSW 2014 announces a ton of more artists"

Shearwater

Fellow Travelers wasn't supposed to be a full-length record, so I'm a little surprised to admit that it's my favorite Shearwater album so far. Somehow it slipped under the door.

It was meant to be a small thing, maybe a home-recorded EP, to release between Animal Joy and the next full-length (for which we're in the studio right now). But it took on a life of its own. Re-imagining and renovating songs by the bands we've toured with was like leafing through a scrapbook, and brought back the highs and lows of a decade of touring, from dives in Oklahoma and squats in Slovenia to the Fillmore West, the Bataclan, and the MGM Grand (ask me about that one sometime).

-Jonathan Meiburg

The new Shearwater album, Fellow Travelers, is out November 26 on Sub Pop. It's an album of covers by bands Shearwater have shared the stage with, such as Wye Oak, Folk Implosion, Sharon Van Etten (a song they wrote together for Record Store Day), Coldplay, St. Vincent, Clinic and more. Additionally, many of those artists collaborated on these recordings, though not on their own songs. You can stream Shearwater's take on Xiu Xiu's "I Luv the Valley Oh!" below.

No word on any tour dates yet. But for more on the album, you can read the rest of frontman Jonathan Meiburg's notes on the album -- and check out the tracklist -- below.

Continue reading "Shearwater ready collaborative/covers LP with help from Wye Oak, Sharon Van Etten, Clinic & more (stream a track)"

Dungeonesse

Jenn Wasner's (Wye Oak, Flock of Dimes) most recent musical endeavor, Dungeonesse, will release their self-titled debut album on May 14 via Secretly Canadian. The R&B-ish dancepop project, a collaboration with Jon Ehrens of White Life, released a single last year, you may recall. Says Wasner of the project, "Something that Jon and I talk about a lot is the idea of reclaiming pop music; placing it squarely in the hands of, I dunno, say a couple of regular nerds from Baltimore."

You can check out new track "Shucks" below. Cover art and tracklist are below too.

Continue reading "Dungeonesse reveal details of debut LP (stream a new track)"

Dungeonesse

You probably know Jenn Wasner as one half of Wye Oak or from her Flock of Dimes solo project, and now she's teamed up with Jon Ehrens (of White Life and Art Department), who she's played with before for a new synth pop project, Dungeonesse. Dungeonesse will release their "Drive You Crazy" b/w "Private Party" 7" on December 4 via Secretly Canadian and a full length will follow in 2013. You can pre-order the 7" HERE.

The video for the a-side of the new single and its very '80s cover art, below.

Continue reading "Dungeonesse (aka Jenn of Wye Oak & Jon of White Life) releasing 7" before LP on Secretly Canadian (video)"

BAD BAD

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

The 25th Anniversary edition of Michael Jackson's BAD contains a previously-unreleased, disconcertingly-upbeat anti-abortion song, "Abortion Papers," which you can stream below.

Reggae group Easy Star All Stars, who in the past have tackled Radiohead and the Beatles, just released a "Thriller" tribute album called "Thrillah."

Kanye West allegedly announced a new album, and has may have another new release on the way: a sex tape!

Mercury Prize nominees Django Django kicked of a North American tour in Chicago last night.

Widowspeak, who play a free show at Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday (RSVP), play a show at Swarthmore College on Saturday with Total Slacker and Blonds.

Blonds are not to be confused with Blondes who played 100 Troutman the other night.

Teengirl Fantasy were supposed to play that show but will play a no-longer secret show at 285 Kent tonight instead.

Adam Ant is on tour and we got some pictures from his Austin show.

Big K.R.I.T. played Irving Plaza last night (9/20), and was joined by special guests Slim Thug and Paul Wall who teamed up to perform the Mike Jones favorite "Sill Tippin'". Video of that is below.

Do you agree with Forbes that Williamsburg is the third hippest neighborhood in the United States?

Did you get your new iPhone 5?

Pussy Riot, who were just awarded a LennonOno Peace Prize, are still locked up, and it still sucks, as the Dave Hill Remix of Peaches' "Free Pussy Riot" reminds us. You can watch the video for the original at Vimeo.

Europe and the US approve the Universal purchase of EMI.

Fiona Apple, who is out of jail, will play Houston tonight.

More stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: Michael Jackson's anti-abortion song; Kanye West sex tape?; Paul Westerberg, Pussy Riot, Big KRIT, EMI & more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Wye Oak @ MHOW 9/20/2012 / the bouquet (via @wyeoak)

Papa Roach flowers

"Tonight is a very special night," Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak told the crowd at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night. "Tonight is the night I got flowers from Papa Roach."

As you may have seen, earlier this week Wasner participated in The AV Club's ongoing 'Hatesong' feature where they get musicians and other famous types to talk at length about a song they can't stand. Jenn chose Papa Roach's 2005 hit, "Scars," and was actually kind of sweet about it in the piece:

So, you know, it's cool to not like things, but I guess now that I'm sitting here staring at this guy's lyrics, because it's so heartfelt and like you said, it was a life-saving song, for some reason I feel like I'm having a hard time picking it apart the way that I do when I'm just laughing at it when I hear it.
As happens in this internet age, things get around quickly and the article found it's way to Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix who had a good sense of humor about it (and apparently really liked the interview) and decided to send flowers to Wye Oak's dressing room last night. Wasner tweeted, "Ok fess the FUCK up WHO DID THIS?? Is this for real??" with a picture of the bouquet. "Yes It's For Real," replied Papa Roach who then further tweeted, "those are some pretty flowers! Haha all good girl.... Take care and good luck in this crazy biz we call show! Jacoby."

"The moral of the story is, if you talk shit, people will send you flowers." Wasner had the flowers on stage last night for Wye Oak's set, which came near the end of a summer-long tour that had them on the road with Dirty Projectors. The band play tonight (9/21) with current tourmates Callers in Hoboken at Maxwell's and tickets for that show are still available. More pictures from MHOW are below.

Continue reading "Wye Oak received flowers from Papa Roach, played Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Callers (pics)"

Justin Vernon wants this image on his body

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is looking to get a tattoo based on '90s TV show Northern Exposure (which is where he got his band name) and maybe you can help? They play this week don't you know.

How did you spend your Occupy Wall Street anniversary? Possibly in temple? What are you doing tonight?

As you can see in this new set of Austin pictures, Twin Shadow bassist Russ Manning has been replaced. Russ is now focusing on his solo project Rush Midnight instead.

We interviewed Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing.

Duo AlunaGeorge made a video for their awesome, recently released single"Your Drums, Your Love" which you can watch below.

Out now on paperback (which I noticed via an ad on this site): Will Oldham on Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.

Check out pictures from this past weekend's A.V. Fest / Hideout Block Party (and here).

Can you beat Swans' Michael Gira at a staring contest? Try it below (via Pitchfork).

more stuff below...

Continue reading "Also: Justin Vernon seeks 'Northern Exposure' tattoo; Wye Oak on Papa Roach; 'Palmer Vs. Albini' Round 2, and much more"

Wye Oak at Prospect Park, 7/10/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Wye Oak

Wye Oak's tour will be rolling through NYC next week, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 20 and Maxwell's on September 21, both with Callers. Tickets to both MHOW and Maxwell's are still available.

While we wait for new material from Jenn and Andy (or more from Jenn's solo thing, Flock of Dimes) Merge is releasing the band's terrific 2010 EP, My Neighbor / My Creator for the first time on vinyl (45 RPM specifically). The EP will be out November 20 (pre-order it here) but we've got a stream of the whole thing, which is with all listed dates, below.

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The 2012 Hopscotch independent music festival is underway in venues all across Raleigh, NC. Shows happen at night, and during the day. One such example of the latter is a show BrooklynVegan is co-presenting TODAY (9/7) at Pour House (Noon - 5:45PM, 21+, FREE). And it looks like this:

4:50PM - 5:30PM - Flock of Dimes (Jenn from Wye Oak)
3:45PM - 4:35PM - Field Report (Chris Porterfield of DeYarmond Edison)
2:45PM - 3:25PM - Odonis Odonis
1:50PM - 2:30PM - Dope Body
1:00PM - 1:35PM - Made of Oak (Nick from Megafaun)
12:15PM - 12:45PM - White Life
The lineup is a bit of a Baltimore/North Carolina/Wisconsin family affair, headlined by Flock of Dimes which you'll remember is the project of Jenn Wasner from Wye Oak. And like Wye Oak (who also play Hopscotch0, Flock of Dimes is now signed to North Carolina label Merge....
On September 25, Merge will release "Curtain" b/w "Apparition,"the second in a series of 7-inch singles from Flock of Dimes, the solo project of Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner. Limited to 1,000 copies, each 7-inch includes a download coupon for both tracks.

Jenn launched Flock of Dimes in 2011 as a way to explore more experimental recording and songwriting outside of the burgeoning success of Wye Oak. A tour opening for Sharon Van Etten followed, and a debut 7-inch, "Prison Bride" b/w "I Can't Tell You Why (screwed mix)," was released by Baltimore-based Friends Records in April of 2011. There are more singles planned as part of this series, but a full-length is not yet on the horizon.

"These two songs function as a pair of opposites: 'Curtain' documents the thoughtless, obsessed joy of new love, whereas 'Apparition' attempts to catch sight of the ghosts it leaves behind in the wake of its absence," says Jenn.

Produced and realized with the help of Mickey Free, "Curtain" b/w "Apparition" features a beautiful cover photograph by Matthew Yake<./blockquote>If you're in NC, stop by today. Listen to "Curtain" by Flock of Dimes, along with a reminder of Wye Oak's upcoming tour dates (which will hit Maxwell's & MHOW), below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Callers at BAM in May (more by David Andrako)
Callers

Brooklyn's Callers, who just played Union Pool last week (how was that?) recently signed to Partisan Records and will put out their new album, Reviver, on the label on October 9. The new single, "Howard 2 Hands," which you can stream below, sees them drifting even further from the folk-leaning sounds of their debut towards the pop direction they began toying with on 2010's Life of Love.

Callers have been added as an opener to fellow boy/girl duo Wye Oak's recently expanded tour, which was just expanded even further. After hitting NYC for the the previously discussed Music Hall of Williamsburg (9/20) show, the two bands will play another NYC area show at Maxwell's the next day (9/21). Tickets for both the MHOW show and the Maxwell's show are available.

A list of updated dates and that song stream are below.

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