Entries tagged with: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Karen O w/ Ezra Koenig @ McKittrick Hotel (via Siyu Zheng)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O kicked off her run of intimate shows (four in NYC included) this past Tuesday (9/9) at McKittrick Hotel's Manderley Bar (pics) (home of Sleep No More), and the following night's (9/10) show saw her joined by three other 2000s NYC indie greats. One was her own YYYs bandmate Nick Zinner (again), who joined for a few songs, who joined for a few songs including "Day By Go" which also included Julian Gross of Liars (who is also her designer) on tambourine. Then, during the encore, Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig joined for their Her collaboration, "The Moon Song." Last night (9/11), Daniel Kessler of Interpol was in the audience, as he just tweeted from Interpol's official account.
UPDATE: This post initially said that Julian Casablancas joined Karen, but despite reports elsewhere to the contrary, Karen O's publicist tells us that it was Julian Gross of Liars and not Julian Casablancas, who joined on tambourine that night (and the following night).
Karen's run of shows wraps up tonight (9/12) at Le Poisson Rouge, which like the previous three, is sold out. Will any guests join her at this one too? After the NYC run ends, Karen continues with three nights at LA's Hollywood Forever Cemetery, two London shows and a Berlin show.
Julian Casablancas also has a new album coming out with his band The Voidz, along with a tour that Shabazz Palaces are opening. Ezra appears on the new SBTRKT album which two new songs came out from this week.
photos by P Squared Photography
Karen O is celebrating the release of her great new (but not actually new) solo record Crush Songs with a series of intimate shows that began last night at Sleep No More venue McKittrick Hotel's Manderly Bar (the venue that previously housed Twilo and Sound Factory). She returns to that venue for the next two nights before playing a single show at Le Poisson Rouge and then heading to LA to play some more. Pictures from the first night, including one of the setlist, are in this post.
The small room was filled with smoke when people entered the partially seated gig around 11pm. Karen was accompanied by an all star band comprising of LA's Moses Sumney (who also performed his own song) and NYC's Holly Miranda. Her Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmate Nick Zinner played on a few of the songs too. Russel Simins (of Blues Explosion), who drummed for Karen and Nick at MoMA, was there on the side playing tambourine for a song. The lo-fi Crush songs sounded great filled out with the additional instruments.
Everyone got a poster as they left. You can see that poster and the setlist among the rest of the pictures, along with a stream of the whole new album, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O already shared "Rapt" off her upcoming debut solo album, Crush Songs (due next week via Julian Casablancas' label), and now she's unveiled another one, "Day Go By." Like its predecessor, it's rawly-recorded bedroom folk that is a step away from the bigger sounds of recent YYYs albums (the album was also recorded about seven years ago). Listen (via Urban Outfitters) below.
Karen's upcoming shows include four intimate gigs in her hometown of NYC during release week, which are all sold out.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O is releasing her first solo album, Crush Songs, on September 9 via Julian Casablancas' Cult Records, and she's now announced some intimate shows to celebrate it. She'll begin with a three-night run at NYC's McKittrick Hotel (Sept. 9-11) at the Manderley Bar and a fourth NYC show on 9/12 at Le Poisson Rouge. That's followed by a three-night run in LA, a two-night run in London, and a Berlin show. Tickets for all dates go on sale via Karen's website on Friday (8/15). The US shows go on sale at noon PST/3 PM EDT. All dates are listed below.
Before the tour, Sofar Sounds will host advance listening parties for Crush Songs in 21 cities on August 27, including NYC. "The events will take place at secret locations in homes and apartments where hosts will play the deluxe edition of Crush Songs--featuring O's own words and artwork--for private audiences in each city." Head HERE for a chance to attend. Full list of cities below.
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O recently announced that she'd release her first solo album, Crush Songs, on September 9 via Julian Casablancas' Cult Records, and she's now given us the first taste of the record. "Rapt" is under two minutes of bedroom singer/songwriter stuff with no more than her roughly recorded voice and a few guitar chords. Watch the video, directed by her husband Barney Clay with production by her Stop the Virgens collaborator KK Barrett, below.
The Fourth of July falls on a Friday this year and for those not using Independence Day Weekend to get away from the city -- or for those who will be visiting from out of town -- there's never a shortage of things to do. We've got a bunch of mostly musical suggestions for you.
If you wanna start your weekend off early, Thursday (7/3) has a few good options: The Black Lips and Night Birds will play a free show at House of Vans with "special guest" (RSVP is full); You could also go see Au Revoir Simone at MoMa Nights (free with museum entry); and Erasure/Depeche Mode's Vince Clark will be DJing with Mute Records founder Daniel Miller at Bowery Ballroom (tickets)
Macy's annual 4th of July fireworks extravaganza moves back to the East River (where they belong!) so Brooklyn can enjoy them again. Once again, they're also being broadcast on NBC that also features live performances from Lionel Richie, Enrique Iglesias, and Ariana Grande. Here are best spots to see them.
Though it looked like they might not get a permit, Coney Island will be having its own fireworks this year on the Fourth. You could make a day of it, with the Nathan's hot dog eating contest, the beach, take in a Cyclones game, ride the Cyclone rollercoaster, see some freaks, and end the night with fireworks.
There's not a whole lot in the way of shows on the 4th (with Maxwell's closing, so goes The Feelies annual shows), but there are a couple options for those in need. Brooklyn Night Bazaar will have old-timey folk band Spirit Family Reunion, with Odetta Hartman and Gunfight. That's free and you can RSVP to skip the line.
There was supposed to be a rooftop edition of Q-Tip's #OFFLINE party earlier that day at Output, but that has been canceled. In it's place Joey Anderson, GE-OLOGY, and Turtle Bugg will be DJing on the roof from 3 PM - 10 PM. It's free with RSVP bound to be a great place to watch the fireworks.
Speaking of 90s hip hop group musicians turned DJs, Questlove of the Roots has been DJing at Brooklyn Bowl for 5 years now. It's a long weekend, maybe his 11pm set on Thursday (73) is your chance to finally check 'Bowl Train' out. Head back to Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (7/5) for food, beer and the World Cup quarter finals followed by some Guns N' Roses tribute bands and, late night, LCD/Juan Maclean cohort Nancy Whang DJing.
You'd never risk being seen in a strip club, so head to the classier wine-themed music venue City Winery after the fireworks on July 4th for a special late WASABASSCO burlesque show starring Amber Ray, BooBess, Doc Wasabassco, Dolly Debutante, Medianoche, Mischief Molly, Nasty Canasta, Penny Wren, Sydni Deveraux and more. 10:45 doors, 11 PM show, $20 to get in.
There's also Lincoln Center's "Midsummer Night's Swing" which on the 4th features Puerto Rico's Willie Rosario y Su Orquesta Salsa. And if you can't mambo or otherwise, dance lessons are given before the main event. Tickets are still available.
Another option that includes two shows on the fourth and others throughout the week is Ascetic House's long Independence Day weekend in NYC. It begins with a Destruction Unit show at The Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday (tickets). Then on the fourth, D Unit's Jes Aurelius will bring his Marshstepper project to Palisades with a bunch of other experimental musicians, and late that night D Unit hits Silent Barn. The psych punk crew's shows are always intense, but this intimate Silent Barn one should get real wild (and hot). There's multiple other shows over the next few days including D Unit drummer Andrew Flores' Jock Club project at Bossa Nova Civic Club on 7/6 (free late show) and an 8 PM show at Baby's All Right on 7/7 with a band called Lucifers Stoned Disciples who don't appear to be an actual band. Any idea who it might be? (PS, D Unit's new Adult Swim Single is out now and can be streamed below.)
UPDATE: Destruction Unit's July 4 show at Silent Barn also includes Tomboy (the other band of Ali from Potty Mouth), Emily Reo, Cuddle Formation, Arm Candy, Alice and "Mute Benny" who may or may not be a band whose name rhymes with Schmutual Schmenefit. Starts at 2 PM.
Another all-day July 4 option is the big DIY show at The Ho_se with Mitski, Hello Shark, Attic Abasement, Small Wonder, Told Slant, Crying, Old Table, Pill Friends and High Pop. 3 PM start.
If you're looking to get (not too far) away for the Fourth, you can head to Montauk where Philly shoegaze rippers Nothing are among a lineup of bands playing Red Bull Sound Select's 'A Weekend In Montauk.
A closer beach option is Rockaway, where at Rippers you can see Heliotropes, Wild Yaks and Friend Roulette. Bands start at 5:30 PM, it's free and more info here.
Further into the weekend, Union Pool's Saturday afternoon series "Summer Thunder" is a good one this week (7/5) with Widowspeak and Zachary Cale. It's free, outside, with drink specials and the taco truck in the backyard (that actually serves brunch stuff), and a pretty fun way to spend your day. Later that night in UP's performance space it's Long Island punks Iron Chic with Great Thunder and more.
Another Saturday afternoon option is the ever-popular Warm Up series at MoMA PS1. The 7/5 edition features UK garage titan DJ EZ, plus Todd Edwards, Maxmillion Dunbar, Ramona Lisa (aka Chairlift's Caroline Polachek), and J-CUSH (tickets). Later that night, DJ EZ will play Output's Panther Room with Kissy Sell Out. Jamie Jones and David Berrie will be in the main room. Tickets are available now.
For an even artier Saturday, the Knockdown Center is throwing a closing reception for its Anxious Spaces installation, with performances by Dutch E Germ, Bubbles, Brian Chase (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Trabajo, VenessWolfChild, Rul de Nieves, Cloud Becomes Your Head and more. Entrance is $7-15 sliding scale.
For those who like things heavy, Saturday also offers two chances to catch Thou and The Body who are currently tourmates. There's a matinee at ABC No Rio, then a late night show at Palisades (doors at midnight).
And if neither heavy nor arty are your jam (okay maybe a little arty), the great avant-pop band Hundred Waters brings their tour to Glasslands on Saturday with Mas Ysa for their first show here since the release of their new album. You can still get tickets.
Another Saturday option that won't cost you anything is heading to Prospect Park for the ongoing Celebrate Brooklyn series which hosts a great, diverse lineup of jazz/hip hop collective The Robert Glasper Experiment who will be joined on stage by veteran rap great Talib Kweli. Percussionist/composer Glenn Kotche and Brooklyn poet Aja Monet open. Doors open at 6, music at 7.
Fourth of July Weekend is also your last chance to check out the Kara Walker exhibit at Domino Sugar Factory.
Whatever you do, enjoy your weekend! Stream that new Destruction Unit song below...
Karen O at Walter Martin's Joe's Pub show in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Besides being the powerhouse singer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen O has been a force in many other ways, composing soundtracks, contributing individual solo songs to others, and badass collaborations to others. Not to mention she's made an opera, launched a side project, and can call both Santigold and Swans collaborators. The list goes on. But one thing she's never done is put out a solo record which will change this year.
Karen's first solo LP is called Crush Songs and will be out on September 9 via Julian Casablancas' Cult Records. Karen says, "When I was 27 I crushed a lot." (She's 35 now.) "I wasn't sure I'd ever fall in love again." (She did.) "These songs were written and recorded in private around this time. They are the soundtrack to what was an ever continuing love crusade. I hope they keep you company on yours."
No music from Crush Songs yet, but you can check the album artwork below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Walter & Karen O / Hamilton Leithauser with the chorus @ Joe's Pub 5/16/2014
NPR: So is this just something to entertain parents, or is this - which by the way, I should say is a worthy endeavor in and of itself - or is this intended to start a conversation about music between kids and their parents, adult listeners?With the Walkmen on "extreme hiatus," keyboardist/bassist and father of two Walter Martin released the family-friendly solo album, We're All Young Together earlier this month. The first proper show around that happened on Friday (5/16) at Joe's Pub. For the all-ages event, Walter had a full band -- including The Walkmen's Matt Barrick, Kat Edmonson and members of French Kicks -- and some very special guests. Walter's cousin and Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser sang as part of the chorus, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O and Nick Zinner who also played on the album, joined him too.
WALTER MARTIN: Well, I think of stuff that will appeal to kids will hopefully be - I like the beat, maybe. But looking back on what I've made, I think it's sort of saying to parents, like, this parenting stuff is really hard and kind of insane. But take a step back as often as you can to remember how fun and hilarious the whole experience can be. - [NPR]
Walter also played Littlefield on Sunday (5/18) which was slightly less star-studded BUT had free ice cream -- which most kids would probably say was a better deal. Their parents...hard to say. More pictures from Joe's Pub, and an instagram from Littlefield, below...
Pissed Jeans @ MHOW, 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Union Pool's "Summer Thunder" series is returning for another season of Saturday outdoor shows during the warmer months at the Brooklyn venue (484 Union Ave). This year is a co-production with Other Music and things kick off on May 31 with dub DJ crew Blazer Sound System and a live performance from Permanent Love. The initial June lineup has been announced, featuring Pissed Jeans (6/7), Latin soul singer Joe Bataan (6/14), and Liquor Store, Call of the Wild and a TBA "Special Guest Headliner" (6/21).
The June 28 show is with drum-centric combo IIII (Four) featuring Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Hisham Akira Bharoocha (Soft Circle / Boredoms), Ryan Sawyer (Lonewolf) and Ben Vida. It's a high-concept piece they'll be performing:
The original piece, which has been performed in New York and at various music venues such as the Sydney Opera House in Sydney Australia with a range of 4 to up to 40 drummers, was written for 4 lead drummers who each expressed one of the four seasons we experience on the planet through a rhythm; spring, summer, fall and winter. Through each rhythm a multi-dimensional dialogue is created between the other musicians performing. This concept piece morphed into a musical composition which embraces the change seen on our planet as it goes through transitions and seasonal / environmental progression.All "Summer Thunder" shows are free, start at 2 PM and are 21+. Flyer and initial schedule (we're told some more pretty big name will be announced soon, so stay tuned), below...
Video of that Brooklyn indie musical Oscar moment below...
Karen O at Firefly Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As mentioned, Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O was nominated for an Oscar for "Moon Song," the song she co-wrote with Spike Jonze for his film Her, which Arcade Fire's Will Butler and Owen Pallett scored (they're nominated too). It's since been announced that Karen will also perform "Moon Song" at the awards ceremony. U2 and Pharrell will perform too. The ceremony, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, airs on Sunday, March 2 at 7 PM on ABC.
In related news, Karen just released another version of "Moon Song" which features a duet with Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. You can stream that, along with the original version, below...
by Bill Pearis
Kirin J. Callinan @ BVCMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
There's an interesting, last-minute addition to Baby's All Right's schedule tonight (12/11). There's an early show featuring a collaborative performance from Kirin J. Callinan (who wrapped up dates with Cut Copy last month), Yeah Yeah Yeahs' drummer Brian Chase and Splashh singer Sasha Carlson. The night also features DJ sets from Cara Stricker, Petra Collins and Sandy Kim. No advance tickets, 8:30 PM door. This is all before the late show (11 PM doors) with Chicago rapper ShowYouSuck.
Speaking of Splashh, the UK band (not to be confused with Brooklyn's Splash [one "h"]) were just here for stripped-down shows at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, as part of Kanine Records' curated weekend (12/6 & 12/7). UK band Splashh released their debut album, Comfort, this year which mixed strong hooks with blown-out production and nasally attitude. If you missed it, you can stream it via Rdio.
Carlson is sticking around NYC for a few more solo shows. He plays Pianos on Friday (12/13) with Bleeding Rainbow, Salt Cathedral, Truest, and Brendan Rivera. Tickets for that show are on sale now and the flyer for it is below. He also plays the Kanine Records holiday party at Glasslands on December 22 with Eternal Summers and Little Big League. Tickets for that show are still available.
UK music weekly NME has just published its end-of-year issue, with their Top 50 LPs and Tracks of 2013. As for the albums list, we'll let you read on to find out what their #1 pick is, but it might just be the one NME called "absolutely and unarguably the most incredible album of [said band's] career" and "the greatest record of the last decade." It's not Palma Violets, who were last year's Track of the Year, as their debut LP came in at #32 on the list.
As for tracks, their single of the year is a pretty obvious (certainly ubiquitous) choice. Check out the full lists of NME's Top 50 LPs and Tracks below...
by Bill Pearis
Some of you may remember Jarrod Quarrell from late '00s Australian band, St. Helens. When that band when kaput he started Lost Animal, a mostly solo project where most of the sounds come from his keyboard. Songwriting-wise, Lost Animals' debut, Ex Tropical, is not that far off what Wolf Parade was doing a decade ago -- smoldery, danceable and definitely rock, just with not so much in the way of guitars. You can check out videos for "Lose the Baby" and "Say No to Thugs" below and stream the whole thing via Spotify or Rdio.
Lost Animal are currently in NYC, having played 285 Kent last night with their Hardly Art labelmates Hausu (they played together during CMJ too). They've just added another last-minute show tonight (10/25) at new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right with Fascinator (stream some songs below), Mother Mask, LIFE (-2) (aka YYYs drummer Brian Chase & Lost Animals bassist Shaggs Chamberlain) and a DJ set from Brian Degraw of Gang Gang Dance. Music starts at 8 PM.
Lost Animal then head to the West Coast for a few shows before going back to Australia. All dates, plus videos and streams, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Barclays Center - 9/19/13
Like fellow NYC indie rock bands The National have done and Vampire Weekend will do tonight (9/20), Yeah Yeah Yeahs made the jump to arenas last night (9/19), taking on their city's newest one, Barclays Center. They kicked off their set with two songs from this year's Mosquito ("Sacrilege" and "Under the Earth"), accompanied by the Broadway Inspirational Voices Choir. They then proceeded to dive into the rest of their catalog, mixing it up pretty well between all four full lengths (and including "Art Star" from their first EP), and delivered a characteristically lively show with lots of confetti. Pictures and the setlist from the show are in this post (Har Mar Superstar opened, but unfortunately we missed him).
More pictures below...
Har Mar Superstar in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Brooklyn's very entertaining Har Mar Superstar will be touring in September/October, and one of those tour stops is in his hometown opening for fellow locals Yeah Yeah Yeahs at their huge Barclays Center (9/19) show. Tickets for that show are still available. Har Mar just filled in to do Dr. Octagon's guest verse on YYYs' "Buried Alive" at their recent Santa Cruz show (8/15). Check out a video of that below.
Meanwhile, you won't have to wait that long to catch Har Mar, because he plays another Brooklyn show at Knitting Factory TONIGHT (8/30) at midnight with Rewards and Son of Stan. It's part of his "Last Fridays with Har Mar Superstar" series (he plays at midnight the last Friday of every month at the Knit, the next one is 9/27). Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
All dates are listed, along with a video, below...
photos by Wei Shi; words by Fred Pessaro
Death Grips /
Its really a sad state of affairs when a band making a scheduled appearance is news, but nevertheless it was somewhat of a surprise that Death Grips did make their headlining appearance (on the Miranda stage) at the first day of FYF Fest in LA on Saturday (8/24) while Yeah Yeah Yeahs played at the adjacent Carrie stage (yes, stages were named after Sex & The City characters). The two-day festival, which took place in LA State Historic Park over the weekend, also featured many other notables, including appearances from TV on the Radio, FLAG, a reunion set from The Locust, as well as sets from names like The Breeders, Waxahatchee, METZ, Joyce Manor, Ty Segall (who's in NYC for two shows this week), and more. Pictures from FYF including all of the mentioned artists above -- as well as shots of Jim Hamilton, Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiana, Crystal Antlers, Charles Bradley, Toro y Moi, Classixx, Nosaj Thing, comedians and more -- are in this post.
We'll have pictures from Day 2 soon. More pics from FYF Fest Day 1 below...
photos by Paige K. Parsons
Phoenix / YYYs / the scene @ Outside Lands, 8/10/2013
As things got dark, so did the music: Phoenix lit up the Twin Peaks Stage with their chartbusting electro-pop that was inescapable from 2009-2010. On the main stage, Trent Reznor came out all shrouded in chiaroscuro for a tense set of industrial metal that has somehow remained ageless since the mid-90s. Flashes of bright white bounced off set pieces and Reznor was looking more ripped and angry than ever in a sleeveless pocket hoodie, ready to devour the microphone whole. But unlike McCartney's set on Friday night, from which we were unable to pull ourselves away, the smart kids knew to hit the buses early and make a breezy exit back towards downtown or BART or Divisadero bars - [SFist]The sixth annual Outside Lands Music Festival happened last weekend at San Francisco's gorgeous Golden Gate Park. The second day (Saturday, 8/10) featured anticipated headlining sets from Nine Inch Nails and Phoenix, both making their way around the festival circuit this summer. Saturday's performers also included Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jurrasic 5, The Head & the Heart, The Growlers, Gary Clark Jr. and more. Pictures from those artists and more are in this post.
\Like at Lollapalooza and Firefly, and like we'll be doing again at Bumbershoot, BrooklynVegan was set up each day of Outside Lands in the Soundwave tent where our hosts Christen Thomas and Dave Hill DJ'd, told jokes and interviewed and hosted bands that were playing the fest.
Pictures from Outside Lands Day 1 are HERE and Day 3 are on the way. More from Day 2 below...
Outside Lands 2012 (more by Amoreena Lucero)
Lollapalooza and Osheaga are behind us, but the summer festivals keep rolling on with San Francisco's Outside Lands this weekend (8/9-8/11). The festival is sold out, but if you've already got tickets and are going, you might like to know how to get there, and once you're there, the festival map will help you find your way around inside.
Meanwhile, if you're not going to Outside Lands, but still want to watch the fun go down, you can stream it live on Purevolume. Artists whose sets will stream live include Jessie Ware, The National, Band of Horses, Yeasayer, and more on Friday; Nine Inch Nails, Grizzly Bear, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baauer, Gary Clark Jr and more on Saturday; and Vampire Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dawes, Kurt Vile, Foals, Rudimental, Camper Van Beethoven and more on Sunday.
The full Outside Lands schedule can be found at their site. Full streaming schedule below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Webster Hall in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
NYC indie rock mainstays Yeah Yeah Yeahs are still on the heels of an awesomely weird new album, Mosquito, for which they played a relatively intimate release show at Webster Hall, which followed two far more intimate benefit shows in the year or so prior at Union Pool and Brooklyn Bowl. (They also had a set at this year's Brooklyn festival GoogaMooga.) And they're now set to do the exact opposite of that.
Like NYC bands The National and Vampire Weekend before them, YYYs have announced that they'll headline new Brooklyn arena Barclays Center on September 19! Tickets for their largest hometown show yet
are not on sale yet go on sale Friday (7/19) at 11 AM with a presale starting Wednesday (7/17) at 11 AM.
In related news, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek just remixed Mosquito track, "Despair," which you can listen to at Pitchfork.
All upcoming YYYs dates are listed, along with the video for the original version of "Despair," below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Tom Petty, Jim James, CHVRCHES, Kendrick Lamar @ Firefly 2013
"I really just play off the crowd. I've good chemistry with my DJ, and there's little things that we do where he knows what song to go to, how much energy to swindle into the next song," Kendrick Lamar explained. "I really just feed off the crowd and what side is rocking the most."People got down to Kendrick Lamar (who just announced a big Brooklyn show), Tom Petty, MGMT, CHVRCHES, Heliotropes, Alabama Shakes and more on Saturday aka Day 2 of Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. We were upset to miss Azealia Banks but trust her outfit was as funky as it was at Governors Ball (it was). We also missed Japandroids' early set. Pictures of what we did see on Saturday are in this post.
The MC had Firefly bouncing to cuts from his major-label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, including "Backseat Freestyle," "Money Trees" and "Poetic Justice."
Lamar went back to 2011's Section.80 for "A.D.H.D." and threw in his guest verses on A$AP Rocky's wildly popular "F---in' Problems" and Young Jeezy's "R.I.P. (Remix)."
"Since the sun is out, I wanna take y'all back to California," he said, presenting his L.A. "Recipe" of "women, weed and weather."
"I go in with a set mind, but sometimes it doesn't go as planned," he told us after the show. "It might get a little too crazy, and I might switch it up -- just to keep it that roller coaster ride. Rather than everybody just moshpitting every song, then they'd be tired out toward the end."
Lamar got the crowd riled up, encouraging them before "m.A.A.d City," "I don't care that it's hot ... when this beat drops, I wanna see you do whatever you have to do to get down." [MTV]
Like on Day 1 (and Day 3), BrooklynVegan was representing for two hours on the Soundwave stage with our hosts Billy Jones and Dave Hill. Heliotropes, after playing an earlier set on Red Bull's campground stage, came and played an acoustic set for us where we had just talked to CHVURCHES. Jim James was supposed to stop by and talk to us but his golf cart driver took him to the wrong tent and then it was too late because he had a 3pm set to play on the main stage which, though heartbroken, we did still rush to see.
Check out more pictures from the full day and Tom Petty's setlist below...
Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It's been crazy both in and not-in the NYC-area for festivals this past week. NYC was taken over by a very muddy Governors Ball last weekend (6/7-9), and this past weekend (6/14-16), while almost every Brooklyn venue took part in the Northside Festival, Toronto was hosting NXNE and Tennessee had Bonnaroo to name the ones we were most focused on. That's all behind us now, but those who are into festivals still have much more to look forward to this summer including another big one on the east coast this weekend.
This coming weekend, Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23, the Firefly Music Festival is returning to Dover, Delaware's Dover International Speedway, which is only about a 3 hour drive (directions) from NYC. The festival debuted last year, and like Governors Ball, they've upped their game a bit this year. There will be a bunch of great bands across four main stages, like:
On Friday, there's sets by Django Django, Dr. Dog, Action Bronson, Foxygen, Public Enemy, Grizzly Bear, Red Hot Chili Peppers,
Earl Sweatshirt (who was added to the lineup in May) and more. And besides RHCP vs Earl (who start 15 minutes apart), the conflicts that day aren't too bad.
On Saturday, there's sets by Japandroids, Jim James (who replaced Imagine Dragons, so bonus points for that), Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes vs Lord Huron at 5 PM, then CHVRCHES vs Edward Sharpe, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT vs Azealia Banks, and finally Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline the day, plus still more.
And on the festival's final day, Sunday, you can catch Haim, Matt & Kim, Toro y Moi, Passion Pit vs The Walkmen both going on at 6:30, Vampire Weekend, and more. Plus, if you need to leave early to get home from work on Monday, you can leave before Foster the People's headlining set. Two birds, huh?
UPDATE:Both Earl Sweatshirt and The Lumineers have cancelled, but were replaced by Schoolboy Q & Ben Harper.
And in addition to the main stages, there's some smaller side stuff too, like the Red Bull Sound Select Hub Stage which features bands who have joined the Red Bull Sound Select Program. We aren't familiar with all the bands playing that one, but we suggest you stop by Saturday for NYC's Heliotropes (who, by the way, are playing a record release show in NYC on 6/18, and streaming their new record). The Skins and Oxymorrons are both on that stage too, both NYC bands who we caught when they played the Afropunk-curated RBSS show at Knitting Factory with Danny Brown.
Last but not least, in addition to just being there as fans and covering the festival, BrooklynVegan will be producing two hours of entertainment from 1-3pm each day inside the Soundwave tent, presented by Toyota and Spinmedia, and hosted by musician & BV contributor Billy Jones. Take a look at the festival map - our stage is toward the top left next to St. Jude.
Hosted overall by one of our favorite comedians, Dave Hill, the Soundwave stage will also feature programming by SPIN (5-7 each day) and Hype Machine (3-5 each day) in addition to the BrooklynVegan stuff (1-3 each day). Stay tuned for our full stage schedule, but get there on Friday at 1pm for a live interview with Django Django and look forward to a second performance by and audience Q & A with Amanda Palmer on Sunday at 2pm. More details soon!
Bushwick Open Studios happens this weekend (May 31 - June 2) and is "a three day arts and culture festival that celebrates the community's vibrant arts scene with the goal of fostering dialogue and collaboration between local artists and residents." You can wander around the Brooklyn neighborhood and check out local artists' works where they made it. It's free and open to the public. Full artist listings are here.
There is also lots of music going on with BOS as well, which begins with an Official Launch Party at Shea Stadium on Friday (5/31) with Darlings, LODRO, Air Waves, and EULA. Tickets are $10 at the door and includes a Brooklyn Brewery open bar from 8 - 9 PM. More info at the facebook event.
There is also the BOS Music Festival which happens Saturday (6/1) at Don Pedro with The Othermen, Twin Guns and more; and Sunday (6/2) at Lone Wolf with Ken South Rock, Sorceress and more. Full line-ups are below and more info on the event flyer, which is also pictured below.
There's still more. The BOS '13 Electronic Music Showcase happens Saturday night at the Bossa Nova Civics Club with Octo Octa, Datalog, Tomeeo, Nanohumans, and Stephane Bonefant. More info at the facebook event.
On Sunday at Brooklyn Fire Proof East is "Moving On," a "fringe concert series" hosted by composer and performer Ian M. Colletti, (Vaudeville/ Vaudeville Park) and includes performances from Sam Mickens, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' drummer Brian Chase, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Dysrythmia's Kevin Hufnagel, Au Revoir Simone's Erika Spring, Sophia Knapp, and lots more. Line-up for that is below and more info at the facebook event.
Line-ups for BOS Music Festival and "Moving On" and that flyer below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
YYYs @ GoogaMooga 2013
We've already posted photos from the first two bands (The Darkness and The Flaming Lips) to play the Great GoogaMooga kickoff concert on Friday (5/17). Here are a set from headliners Yeah Yeah Yeahs who were the only band to actually get to play after sunset. A few shots of Chairlift, who played two different DJ sets that day and who will perform in the same location of the park this summer, are also in this post.
Did you go on Friday? How was your GoogaMooga experience?
Right after playing GoogaMooga, YYYs hopped down to Gulf Shores, Alabama to play the 2013 Hangout Fest on Sunday (5/19).
"About halfway through the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Hangout Music Festival set, frontwoman Karen O took a moment to make a special announcement before playing the band's 2004 breakout single "Maps." "This is dedicated to Stevie Wonder," she called out to the thousands of fans who showed up to catch the Yeah's set. The iconic R&B star was slated to follow the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on the Hangout Stage as the weekend's headliner." [MTV]---
Despite not having the most successful event either this year (rain) or last year (lines), a Channel 12 report claims GoogaMooga will be back in 2014. Meanwhile, BV Chicago reports that GoogaMooga might be coming to Chicago in August.
More Yeah Yeah Yeahs photos are below.