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"Surprised and touched that Karen O got so emotional during maps. "Can you believe how far this NY band has come?" She said while crying." - Kim Thai

Radio City Music Hall - Sept 23, 2009 (pic by andymagic)
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Radio City Music Hall (pic by hbdinwid)
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Karen O @ Radio City Music Hall (pic by Color Noise)
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"The key for me is to get really plastered," O says in a recent phone call with Atlantic City Weekly. "I don't have to get drunk when I play, but I admit it makes it easier. It helps me not think about anything onstage. I don't worry about what anyone thinks of me or the band. The best way to do it live is to just let it rip."

O is not the only reason that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are a live force. Bespectacled powerhouse Brian Chase slams away at his drum kit as guitarist-keyboardist Nick Zinner delivers minimal but melodic lines. O commands attention as she stalks the stage like a famished predator.

"That's just the way we do things," O says. "That comes natural to us."

The band has morphed from a little-known New York City-based indie act to one of the most identifiable acts in Gotham. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who will perform Saturday (Sept. 26) at Borgata's Music Box, headlined Wednesday at Radio City Music Hall. But even though the group is playing one of the most storied venues in Manhattan, which signifies that you made it, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs haven't changed a bit. The trio remains gritty, tenacious and dramatic.

"I don't see why any band becomes something else," O says. "You should remain true to yourself, your band and your music."
[Atlantic City Weekly]

Yeah Yeah Yeahs headlined Radio City Music Hall in NYC last night (9/23). The four-song encore kicked off with two songs played acoustic with strings. One of those songs was "Maps". The video of that, with the full setlist, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Kendrick Strauch - 48 Hour Fever (SENDSPACE ZIP LINK)

Issue 61 (out now) - cover by Aron Wahl of Big A little a
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Showpaper, "the volunteer-run, free, and one-of-a-kind 'DIY' newsprint of concert, art, and film listings," is hosting a benefit for itself on Saturday, September 26th (7pm) at Kidd Yellin Gallery (133 Imlay St in Red Hook, Brooklyn).

The excellent musical lineup includes Your Nature, The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Shilpa Ray, Rebecca Schiffman, Sarah & Michelle Cagianese, and Kendrick Strauch. Kendrick is the keyboard player of the now-broken-up Harlem Shakes. Earlier this year, before the Shakes left for tour with Passion Pit in May, Kendrick spent two days recording a cover version of the entirety of Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Fever to Tell. All he used was "a beat-up piano and a dinky drum machine".

"So Fever to Tell by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is the best album to have sex to of all time. I can't play drums, I can't play guitar, and I'm not a banshee of a girl. But I wanted to cover it because I like it, and because I wanted to win a bet. So here is my impressionistic, masturbatory act of devotion. I recorded it in a noisy rehearsal studio with whatever was laying around. I only had two weekend days and a case of Sparks (which I supplemented with a bottle of Old Granddad Sunday) before I was leaving town, so now I know what my inebriated intuition sounds like. So I hope you like this Christmas Card to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Listen to the songs I put up, if you like them, I put a sendspace link where you can download the whole album" - Kendrick
Check it out above.

In addition to the music, there'll be artwork from Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers, covers of the paper and other art and photos on display. A flyer and more info are below...

Continue reading "a show w/ Trachtenburgs, Shilpa, Your Nature, Rebecca Schiffman & Kendrick Strauch (Harlem Shakes) who recorded a whole Yeah Yeah Yeahs album (download)"

by Black Bubblegum, photos by Ryan Muir

'And for like ten minutes she would just do these fucking amazing animal yelps and screams and growling and all this shit.'

Wayne Coyne

Its a beautiful warm Sunday morning at Kutscher's and Wayne Coyne is waiting for me in a golf cart near the main stage. Clad in his trademark light colored suit, I shake his hand and exchange pleasantries. Then he notices that I'm with photographer Ryan Muir.

"You want to take some pictures? Lets head to the pool."

One problem. The pool is separated by a chain-link fence and there is no way around.

"Let's just jump it" Wayne says, but he's already on the other side.

Wayne is a gracious, charismatic ringmaster/shaman who is up for anything, as long as it leaves a lasting impression, much like the lovable oddballs The Flaming Lips that he fronts.

Starting over 25 years ago as an acid-drenched punk band with a Butthole Surfers obsession, The Flaming Lips have aged gracefully into their current role as quirky pop elder statesmen by keeping their punk rock spirit and freak-out tendencies. 1999's The Soft Bulletin began the band's current trajectory towards poignant and epic melodies, which continues with the release of their new LP Embryonic. It impacts record stores on October 13th, and you can listen to it now courtesy of the Colbert Report.

As you probably heard, The Flaming Lips were invited to headline All Tomorrow's Parties New York (ATP NY) as well as curate the final day of shows at the festival this year. We sat with the Oklahoma native on that sunday (9/13), while a team of men in orange jumpsuits (read: The Lips crew) carted around giant lighting sets, trashcans filled with stuffed animals, and yeti costumes....

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DOWNLOAD: Yacht - Psychic City (Voodoo City) (MP3)

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Yacht do not have shows coming up at Radio City or Music Hall, but they are playing Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn tonight (9/4) before playing some dates with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in non-NY locations. Doors are at 8:30 and it's $10 to get in. Eamon Harkin will be DJing and YACHT perform at 10:30pm.

After Yacht, no reason to leave Glasslands (except maybe to the street before being let back in). There's a Flashing Lights party happening afterwards at the same venue:

Friday September 4th 12:00am
Mean Red + Good Peoples present FLASHING LIGHTS
TOADALLY KROSSED OUT (MAD DECENT)
DJ AYRES (T&A / THE RUB)
NICK CATCHDUBS (FOOL'S GOLD)
JUBILEE vs UDACHI (NIGHTSHIFTERS)
Flyer below.

Yacht's new album See Mystery Lights was released by DFA in July. An MP3 from that is above. Two videos, along with all tour dates, are also below...

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Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Tegan & Sara show (shows?) at Town Hall.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the two newly-added Dirty Projectors shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. P.S. They also announced a full tour.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Little Joy show at Webster Hall.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Mars Volta show at Roseland Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Thursday/Far show at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Thao Nguyen show at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Deastro / Max Tundra show at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Future of the Left show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale for the Electric Six show at Hiro Ballroom.

Mika is playing United Palace on October 16th. Tickets are on sale.

Lynyrd Skynyrd is playing Beacon Theatre on October 1st. Tickets are on sale.

Kiss tickets are on another presale (password = STARCHILD).

Karen O @ Lollapalooza 2009 (more by Paul Birman)
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"DGC/ INTERSCOPE TO RELEASE WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK: ORIGINAL SONGS BY KAREN O AND THE KIDS. ALBUM OUT SEPTEMBER 29! LEAD SINGLE "ALL IS LOVE" OUT DIGITALLY AUGUST 25! MOTION PICTURE IN THEATERS OCTOBER 16!

Inside Karen O is a Wild Thing - as singer for the Grammy-nominated Yeah Yeah Yeahs, her wild thing is in your face, vulnerable, obnoxious, tender, exciting... a self-proclaimed "spazoid." However, to Oscar-nominated Where the Wild Things Are director Spike Jonze, Karen O and her music possess a child-like innocence, a guileless charm that put her exactly on the right emotional wavelength to sonically capture the highly-anticipated film.

To compose music for the film, O enlisted friends and fellow musicians she believed had the musical intuition that would bolster her intent to marry sound to vision. Dubbed Karen O and the Kids, the kids include Tristan Bechet (Services), Tom Biller (co-producer with Karen O and member of Afternoons), Bradford Cox (Deerhunter), Brian Chase (YYY), Dean Fertita (The Dead Weather), Aaron Hemphill (Liars), Greg Kurstin (The Bird and the Bee), Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather), Oscar Michel (Gris Gris), Imaad Wasif (New Folk Implosion), Nick Zinner, (YYY) and an untrained children's choir." [Where the Wild Things Press Release]
As the press release says above, the song "All is Love" is out today. You can listen to it at MySpace.

In related news, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on September 29th. That's six days after their much larger Manhattan show at Radio City Music Hall which sold out, I am told, in less than a day (UPDATE: There are a few random single tickets still available for Radio City at the moment, so not completely sold out yet)... I'm sure the MHOW show will sell out in less than a minute when tickets go on sale Friday at noon (2-ticket limit, will call only, opener TBA).

Some related videos below...

Continue reading "Yeah Yeah Yeahs add MHOW show - Karen O & the Kids made the Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack (single out now)"

photos by Paul Birman

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"First came the rain on Friday, then the heat on Saturday. But Lollapalooza breeds a hearty stock, so with slip 'n slides, togas and giant Chinese peasant hats in tow, out came the 70,000-plus for another day of music that was capped by fill-in headliners the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and doomy metal icons Tool.

Taking the place of the Beastie Boys, who had to drop out several weeks ago due to MC Adam Yauch's bout with cancer of the salivary gland, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs brought their always-colorful A-game, led, as usual, by fashion-forward singer Karen O, who took the stage in a kaleidoscopic, towering bird costume. Down on the south end, things couldn't have looked and sounded any more different, as Tool singer Maynard James Keenan stripped down to a pair of black workout shorts and moaned the lyrics to his band's turgid D&D metal as giant H.R. Giger-like images of giant bugs and morphing aliens were projected on the big screens." [MTV]

No that isn't an All Points West review. More pictures from the second day of this year's Lollapalooza festival, below...

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Monolith Festival

The final lineup for Monolith Festival, which takes place at the Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, on September 12th-13th, is below. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Girl Talk headline Saturday night at the festival, and the Mars Volta and MSTRKRFT top the bill on Sunday. Deer Tick, Passion Pit, Doom, The Walkmen, The Thermals, and HEALTH are also some of the bands on the two-day bill.

Tickets and two-day passes are still on sale. We also has a pair of weekend tickets to give away. Details on that, with the full lineup, below...

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YYY @ APW (by Chris La Putt) (more by Tim Griffin)
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Tickets go on AmEx presale at 11am for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs Radio City show.

by Andrew Frisicano

Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ APW on July 31st (more by Chris La Putt)
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Add one to list of recent Beastie Boys tributes/cover songs/shout-outs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who subbed for the Beasties' Saturday night (Aug 8th) headlining spot at Lollapalooza, paid tribute to the group with a riff from Beastie's "So What'cha Want" tacked at the end of "Phenomena." Check out the (poor quality) video below. From most of the reviews, it seems like the group successfully pulled off the unenviable task of filling in for the uniquely populist Beastie Boys (as Jay-Z did at All Points West).

9:15 p.m. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 11th-hour replacements as headliners for the ailing Beastie Boys, deliver on the big stage. Singer Karen O makes a grand entrance in a head dress that makes her look like a large bird, and she dances with Kabuki-like grace. Once a frenetic dervish, the singer now balances more stylized movements with the unhinged galloping of old. In the same way, the band's music has matured and deepened. Besides rockers brimming with attitude, the trio also explores more fragile emotional and melodic terrain. The transformation is well-paced, the set balancing all facets of the band's personality in a confident, commanding performance, with Nick Zinner's guitar and keyboards as Karen O's reliable foil, at once melancholy and combustible. [Chicago Tribune]
YYYs will be playing a set of North American dates in September. Included in those will be a Wednesday, September 23rd show at NYC's Radio City Music Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 14th at noon.

All tour dates with Lollapalooza videos below...

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photos by Bao Nguyen

diesel party

The nominees for this year's MTV Video Music Awards Breakthrough Video are Anjulie, Bat For Lashes ("Daniel"), Chairlift, Cold War Kids, Death Cab For Cutie, Gnarls Barkley, Major Lazer, Matt and Kim, Passion Pit, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Bat For Lashes, who is also up for this year's Mercury Prize, and who will be back in NYC on August 12th, has a new video for the song "Sleep Alone". Check it out, with more pictures of Passion Pit playing the Diesel Party at Webster Hall on 7/30, below...

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"GET WELL MCA" (more by Tim Griffin)
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hey all,

hope you are doing well.

so i'm about a week and a half out of surgery now and rapidly recovering from it. i haven't taken any of the pain meds, which supposedly speeds along the healing process, or should i say, taking them slows it down. anyway, i spent 1 night at the hospital after the surgery. the hospital was too crazy to get any rest so i headed home to relax, have home cooked food and hang out with the family.

i'm pretty well detoxed from the anesthesia that they pumped me up with to keep me under for all that time. that took several days to get out of my system. my neck and jaw are still pretty stiff from the surgery, but it gets better everyday. had the stitches out this past monday... so things are moving along.

but no sooner am i on the mend from this first torture than are they lining up the next one. the next line of treatment will be radiation. that involves blasting you with some kind of beam for a few minutes a day, 5 days a week, for about 7 weeks. that will start in a few weeks...

saw the jay-z cover of no sleep, and the coldplay one of fight for your right from APW on youtube. good shit. and i heard karen o a "get well MCA" armband, and that q-tip gave a shout out too..... very kind of them.

just wanted to thank them and everyone else who sent positive thoughts my way. i do think that all of the well wishes have contributed to the fact that my treatment and recovery are going well.

much love back at all of you!

adam

Get well soon, and much love back at you too!

Continue reading "a letter from MCA (had surgery, about to start radiation)"

Art of Touring

Hello Everyone,

Myself [Mia Clarke of the indefinitely-on-hiatus band Electrelane] and Sara Jaffe (formerly of Erase Errata) have co-edited a book called The Art of Touring. The book features artwork, photography and writing reflecting life on the road, plus a DVD of live footage. Contributors include Sonic Youth, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Devendra Banhart, Electrelane, the Ex, Le Tigre, Explosions in the Sky, Jem Cohen, Tara Jane ONeil and many more.

The book is published by the wonderful Portland-based imprint, Yeti.

We are going to have a couple of events to celebrate the release of the book. The first will be in NYC on August 4th 2009. We will have a reading at Bluestockings bookstore in Manhattan from 7pm, featuring Sara Jaffe, Jem Cohen, Sara Marcus, myself and others. Then, from 10pm-2am, I will be DJing as one half of DARK HABITS at Bruar Falls in Brooklyn.

Any NYC-based people, it would be lovely to see you there!

Mia

The above-mentioned NYC reading & DJ sets are tonight (8/4) (not to be confused with the reading @ Union Hall) (or the Nick Cave one happening in September) .

Then tomorrow (8/5) at Bruar Falls:

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS reading series:
SARA JAFFE [ERASE ERRATA]
SUSAN HWANG [BUSHWICK BOOK CLUB]
AARON HARTMAN [OLD TIME RELIJUN]
SHARON VAN ETTEN 8PM
Portland, Oregon's Fontanelle Gallery is hosting an exhibition of photos from the book, which opens August 6th. The gallery is also holding a special event on August 22nd with Sara Jaffe, Tara Jane Oneil, and Julianna Bright (The Golden Bears). More info on the exhibit and event below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

All Points West 2009 - Day 1

For his opening song, Jay-Z paid respect by opening to the Beastie Boys's classic record, "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn."

"Everybody just started going nuts as soon as they heard the guitars," recalls Lamont Caldwell, a touring saxophonist for Jay's live band. "He's like, 'If the audience was looking for the Beastie Boys, I'ma give them a little bit of the Beastie Boys.' That's completely selfless."...

"One thing about playing with Jay is that he knows how to put on a show," Caldwell said. "After being in the business for so long, he knows how to keep people entertained."

Surprise guest Memphis Bleek played hypeman for much of the set, while Q-Tip, Organized Konfusion and the Pharcyde performed earlier in the day." [XXLMag]

DAY ONE, DAY TWO, DAY THREE. More from day one below...

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photos by Tim Griffin and Chris La Putt

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"It was announced during Vampire Weekend's rain-soaked but well-attended 6 p.m. set on the main "Blue Comet" stage that due to the weather, single-day Friday tickets would be accepted for festival entry on Saturday and Sunday. This elicited quite a few cheers, presumably from those who had not already purchased weekend tickets. While the early afternoon had been hot and sunny, allowing for clear views of nearby Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the storm clouds rolled in rapidly just as Fleet Foxes took the stage at 3:30 p.m. The wind, rain and thunder actually worked as fitting accompaniments to the band's dramatic harmonies, a fact not lost on the Foxes themselves. "We kind of look like a guild of wizards here to deliver an ominous warning," said drummer J. Tillman, one of several bearded members of the band. ""I'm going to leave the stage on a horse." [Billboard]
Before we head out to APW Day Two (schedule here), here are some pictures from Friday (7/31)....

Continue reading "All Points West 2009 - Day One in Pictures"

APW mud by Chris La Putt
Muddy Feet

As the Yeah Yeah Yeahs tore into hits like "Zero" and "Runaway" at the All Points West Music and Arts Festival in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, Danielle Pukala, 24, from New York City and Kate Pluta, 24, from Boston, danced away happily in the mud.

"We're just having fun with it!," said Danielle.

And with the Yeah Yeah Yeah's high-energy performance, it was hard to keep still. The band ripped through songs from their latest album, "It's Blitz!" and well as older hits from their previous album "Show Your Bones."

And though it was only visible on the big-screen, lead singer Karen O wore an armband that read "Get well MCA," a tribute to Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who had to cancel All Points West when he announced that he was diagnosed with cancer. [NJ.com]

There's no way all the mud from Friday is going to disappear by Saturday. Plan accordingly! More APW-muddy pictures below...

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ APW - July 31, 2009 - about 8:15pm (by Sky Holden)
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no more rain @ APW - July 31, 2009 - about 8:10pm (by Kunal Merchant )
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ APW - July 31, 2009 - about 8pm (by Chinae Alexander)
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no more rain @ APW - July 31, 2009 - about 8pm (by Chinae Alexander)
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Jay-Z hits the stage at 9:10, and all the wet people who see him get to come back again for free. A video recap of the earlier part of the day, below...

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Jay-Z has replaced the Beastie Boys as the headliner of the first night of All Points West in Jersey City (the dates is Friday, July 31).

This show will mark the U.S. festival debut of Jay-Z, who last year performed at a variety of overseas festivals including the U.K.'s Glastonbury, Denmark's Roskilde Festival, Norway's Hove Festival and the O2 Wireless Festival in London. In a review of a recent show, the LOS ANGELES TIMES' Ann Powers said, "Jay-Z shows are fun because the rapper is so adept at spinning liquid gold; his mouth is one of the most nimble in the genre's history, and he uses it to present thoughts that are sharp, funny and resonant" (July 4, 2009).

Grammy winner Jay-Z joins Tool (Saturday) and Coldplay (Sunday) as headliners of the three-day, multi-stage music and arts festival.

It's unfortunate that it went down like this, but I think this replacement more than fits the bill. Jay will go on after Yeah Yeah Yeahs who are the band that replaced the Beastie Boys at Lollapalooza. All Points West tickets are still on sale. Video from Jay-Z's infamous performance at Glastonbury in 2008, and the new APW poster (with full lineup), below...

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Bonnaroo (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs will play a series of headlining shows around their July 31st appearance at All Points West. The band has second-to-top billing right under the Festival's Friday TBA headliner. That spot is still unfilled after the Beastie Boys were forced to cancel their APW appearance and all summer dates so MCA can undergo cancer treatment.

The new Yeah Yeah Yeahs shows, which include Clifton Park, NY (near Albany), Philadelphia and Toronto, can be added to the band's mostly-summer-festival schedule. The shows will be opened by Philly rapper and Spank Rock collaborator Amanda Blank, whose debut LP, I Love You, is due August 4th on Downtown Records. You can get a track off it at RCRD LBL.

Amanda Blank @ the 2009 Siren Festival (more by Tim Griffin)
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YYYs have been releasing sections of Snakesweat, an art film directed by Barney Clay that was recorded during the It's Blitz sessions, as separate episodes. That's now streaming in full at Pitchfork ("one week only").

The tracklist, album art and video for It's Blitz' second single "Heads Will Roll" (out now as a digital remix EP through iTunes) with a live video of "Skeletons" and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Yeah Yeah Yeahs - headlining shows (not in NYC) w/ Amanda Blank (new album) + All Points West (with ?) -- all dates"

photos by Graeme Flegenheimer

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The eighth annual Bonnaroo drew about 75,000 people to 700 acres of farmland here in Manchester, 60 miles from Nashville, for a lineup headlined by a jam band (the reunited Phish, playing three-hour shows on Friday and Sunday), rockers whose careers are measured in decades (Bruce Springsteen, Nine Inch Nails and David Byrne) and rappers who now qualify as old school (the Beastie Boys). [NY Times]
Far from a complete representation of what went down in Tennessee from June 11-14, but nonetheless, one set of pictures from the fest (catching up this weekend), below...

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Rodrigo y Gabriela - Bonnaroo 2009 main stage (91.3 The Summit)
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Hot Hot Japan Hot Bonnaroo 2009 Highlights:

+ My three favorite shows of the weekend: David Byrne, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Rodrigo y Gabriela.

+ I got to meet Raphael Saadiq, who signed my guidebook and kept a pleasant demeanor despite playing two shows on a hot Tennessee Saturday afternoon. If you don't know who he is, you should check him out. You'll like him. Promise.

+ Trent Reznor announced that their performance at Bonnaroo will be the last show they'll ever play in the United States. I missed most of the show but made it over there for that announcement and the following "The Hand That Feeds." I'll believe it when I see it.

+ I got to see David Byrne. This warrants two mentions. Yeah, that was the best show I've seen in a while.

Dave Hill got to see David Byrne (all dressed in white) too, and like he did at the Dark Was the Night concert, David Byrne also joined the Dirty Projectors on stage at Bonnaroo over the weekend... the stage Mr. Byrne curated that also included Katzenjammer who played Mercury Lounge in NYC last night (6/16).

NYC recently got to see David Byrne in white too, and NYC will next get to see Rodrigo y Gabriela at Terminal 5 on September 16th. That's the first of a string of just-announced, new U.S. dates which go along with the announcement of the duo's new album.

ATO Records is excited to announce that Rodrigo y Gabriela will release their new studio album, entitled 11:11, on Tuesday September 8th. 11:11 was recorded in Ixtapa, Mexico and produced by Rodrigo y Gabriela, with John Leckie co-producing two of the tracks. The album was mixed in Wales and London by Colin Richardson, best known for his work with Slipknot and Trivium.

Comprising 11 new original compositions, 11:11 is the band's personal "Gracias" to 11 musicians, both past and present, who have inspired them along the way. Alex Skolnick of metal gods Testament guests on the album, as do widely respected acoustic veterans Strunz & Farah.

Rodrigo y Gabriela have never hidden their metal roots.

The next NYC-area YYY's show is at All Points West where Rod y Gab played last year. Full 11:11 tracklist, Bonnaroo videos, and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Rodrigo y Gabriela played Bonnaroo (pic, videos), announce new album (metal) & more tour dates (Terminal 5) "

photos by Chris Graham

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

"Sasquatch was hot. H-O-T. Not Paris Hilton "hot," but temperature hot. For a mossed-over clutch of Northwesterners who have been shrouded under rain and clouds for the past eight months, the brutal sun at the Gorge this weekend was a shocking jolt into summer. Sure, it was generally nice to be out in the sun, but any shade cover at the 'Squatch was few and far between, and there was almost no chance of relief. A small row of spindly trees dotted the upper walkway, and overheated concertgoers crammed themselves underneath them. When the sun dipped behind a cloud during Animal Collective's generally unimpressive set, the crowd cheered louder than they had for any band. Clothing sweated clean through, energy was conserved, and water was at a premium. It was a weekend of dizzy sunburning and frizzled brain." [Portland Mercury]
The 2009 Sasquatch Festival ran from May 23-25 (Memorial Day Weekend) in Gorge, Washington. More pictures from Day One, below...

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Fleet Foxes @ Coachella 2009 (more by Darren Kim)
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Fleet Foxes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs are both playing All Points West, so we shouldn't expect any more NYC dates from the two bands for a little while. They did both recently announce shows in other places though....

Continue reading "Fleet Foxes & Yeah Yeah Yeahs - 2009 Tour Dates (not together! not NYC either - All Points West)"

photos by Darren Kim

Coachella 2009 - Sunday

It's impossible to see everything at Coachella. Here's more of what one photographer saw (on Sunday, April 19, 2009)...

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