Entries tagged with: Yeasayer
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The Flaming Lips and Weezer played their second of two co-headlining shows at a wet Jones Beach on Friday (7/29). As we learned from the first show in NJ the night before, Wayne and Rivers opened the show by riding in their own space bubbles as the remaining members of both bands played "Sweet Leaf" (Black Sabbath) on stage. That was followed by alternating sets by the two bands every few songs, starting with The Flaming Lips.
According to Rolling Stone, "The Flaming Lips had a tougher job because they were playing to what was clearly a majority Weezer fan audience. They even had to endure some obnoxious "Weezer! Weezer!" chants between songs." Those in attendance who do appreciate the Flaming Lips's great work were treated to their recent Neon Indian collaboration "Is David Bowie Dying?," in addition to popular standouts like "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song," "What Is the Light?" "The Observer," and "Do You Realize??"
Weezer, whose new material is slightly lacking (to say the least), focused a little more on their earlier stuff like they did on their Blue Album/Pinkerton tour. They played old favorites like "El Scorcho," "My Name is Jonas," "Surf Wax America," and "Buddy Holly," though they didn't touch on early b-sides like they did the previous night when New Jerseyans were rewarded with "You Gave Your Love to Me Softly" and "Susanne," in addition to two more Pinkerton tracks. They also covered Radiohead's "Paranoid Android" like they did in May when they posted a live-in-studio video of them recording the track to their YouTube account.
The encore saw both bands rejoin on stage for one of each band's quirkier tracks. Wayne and Rivers traded verses on the Lips' "She Don't Use Jelly" and Rivers sang lead on "Undone - The Sweater Song" as Wayne ran into the audience shooting confetti.
Yeasayer opened the show in the rain with a short set made up of their singles and fan favorites.
More pictures, videos, and setlists from the show below...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
The Flaming Lips and Weezer played side-by-side sets at PNC Banks Arts Center last night (7/28) with an opening set from Yeasayer (who we missed). Pictures from the NJ show are in this post.
As mentioned, Rivers Cuomo was quoted in a recent press release saying, "I asked Wayne if he has an extra bubble I could ride in." He wasn't joking! Toby Tenenbaum, who shot the show, writes:
The special intro comprised the two lead singers from Flaming Lips and Weezer (Wayne Coyne and River Cuomo) pulling one of the most original stunts I had ever seen. They were both inside their own inflatable balloon and used it to crowd-walk/surf over the heads of the crowd. It was truly awesome and unique.As the two frontmen rolled around the audience in the space balls, the remaining band members on stage played a rendition of Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf." Check out a video of all of that happening below.
The two bands then alternated every few songs. To quote Toby again, "With the average song length for FL being about 6 minutes per song and for Weezer its the standard 3 minutes per song it felt that Weezer were simply playing intermittently between a Flaming Lips show. One high point for Weezer was the Radiohead Paranoid Android cover." The bands also played together at the end of the show. The full setlist and other videos are also below.
All three bands will play again tonight (7/29) at Jones Beach Theater in Long Island. Tickets are still available. Stay tuned for pictures and a review from that show too, and congrats to all the BV contest winners that were/are in attendance.
More pictures, the video and the NJ setlist below...
Flaming Lips at Sasquatch 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
We previously mentioned that the Flaming Lips would play after Weezer at their co-headlining shows at Jones Beach and PNC Bank Arts Center "because the Flaming Lips make such a big mess that its sort of logistically unwise to take the stage after them." However, it's just been announced that:
With their respective gear set up side-by-side, Weezer and The Flaming Lips will literally share the stage together on Thursday, July 28th in New Jersey and Friday, July 29th in New York.TIckets are still on sale for both of these shows.
"Weezer and the Flaming Lips will trade off songs back and forth for the entire length of each concert, allowing them to take turns playing a few songs each in one big exciting set." Yeasayer open each show.
Flaming Lips mastermind Wayne Coyne remarked: "The Flaming Lips and Weezer are playing a show together...where they are actually playing together."
"I asked Wayne if he has an extra bubble I could ride in," quipped Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Yeasayer @ Terminal 5
Yeasayer ended their tour with Smith Westerns and Hush Hush back home at Terminal 5 on Saturday (6/18).
If the pictures below don't speak for themselves, Toby describes opener Hush Hush as very "entertaining. Filthy lyrics over heavy R&B beats from a skinny, tattooed redhead with a beard clearly off his face." (see below).
Yeasayer's 13 song set (with encore) included the three new songs they've been playing on tour, "Henrietta," "The Devil and the Deed," and "Demon Road." They debuted "The Devil and the Deed" on Conan last month. Check that video out below. The rest of Yeasayer's set was pretty hits-heavy with a slightly greater emphasis on the Odd Blood material.
You can catch Yeasayer at a much larger show in late July when they play PNC Bank Arts Center (7/28) and Nikon at Jones Beach (7/29) with The Flaming Lips and Weezer. Tickets are still on sale for both shows.
Smith Westerns @ Terminal 5
You can catch the Smith Westerns this Saturday at the House of Vans if you RSVP'd in time. According to a Van rep, "if you haven't received confirmation emails for Vans' Saturday night show, you should shortly."
More pictures from the T5 show, with both the Yeasayer & Smith Westerns setlists, below...
photos by Josh Darr
Flaming Lips / Modest Mouse
"Rockers The Flaming Lips have long had a reputation for extravagant live shows: Fake blood, torrential confetti downpours, animal costumes and comically oversized fists are all standard fare. The band's Sunday night set at this year's Sasquatch Music Festival was no exception, with frontman Wayne Coyne taking to the crowd in his over-sized bubble. Still, the band managed to make its big, flashy show feel like a more intimate affair.Sasquatch Fest ended Monday night (pictures from that day coming soon). Audio of many of the sets, Flaming Lips included, is archived for streaming over at NPR. Like Archers of Loaf, the Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Yeasayer, Flying Lotus and many others played on Sunday (the third of four days). More pictures from that day, below...
While playing the landmark 1999 album The Soft Bulletin nearly in full, Coyne chatted genially with the audience, taking frequent breaks during "The Spiderbite Song" to relate the anecdotes behind the song's lyrics. Another set highlight, "Waitin' for a Superman" -- stripped down to a delicate piano and voice arrangement -- was introduced as a tribute to departed icon Elliott Smith. Although the band was forced to exclude a couple of songs due to time constraints, it delivered a personal version of what many consider its finest album." [listen @ NPR]
Converge @ Santos Party House (more by Paul Birman)
today in NYC
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Reggie Watts @ PS122
* Todd Reynolds @ The Stone
* Byron Westbrook @ Zebulon
* Jimmy Fallon & Barnes & Noble
* Seth Meicht Quartet @ Barbes
* Ana Milosavljevic @ The Stone
* Sun Ra Arkestra @ Sullivan Hall
* Bettye LaVette @ Cafe Carlyle
* The Cars @ Roseland Ballroom
* Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Big Kettle Drum @ Mercury Lounge
* DJ Jonathan Toubin @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Friendly Fires, Wise Blood @ Webster Hall
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ City Winery
* MiniBoone, Mainland, Jangula @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Hunters, Les Rhinoceros, Antimagic @ Bruar Falls
* Money/Paper/Hearts, Vegan Coke @ The Acheron
* Federico Aubele, Jesse Harris @ Gramercy Theatre
* CJ Boyd, Katherine Young, Jason Ajemian @ Sycamore
* Edan, Paten Locke, Willie Evans Jr, Fresh Daily @ Southpaw
* Hilly Eye, The Shondes, Crazy Pills, Cojoba @ Death By Audio
* Anna Calvi, Cuckoo Chaos, She Keeps Bees @ Bowery Ballroom
* Laura Gibson, Lindsay Sullivan, Patrick McGrath @ The Rock Shop
* Nocturnal, Witchhaven, Villains, Syphilitic Lust @ Bowery Electric
* Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa, Larkin Grimm, Eprhyme @ Cake Shop
* Cripple Bastards, Magrudergrind, Noisear, The Kill, Shitstorm @ Public Assembly
* Matt & Kim, Autobot (from Flosstradamus), Reggie Watts @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Converge, Burning Love, Trap Them, Psychic Limb @ Santos Party House
* Turkuaz, Zongo Junction, YC The Cynic, Kendra Morris, Kagero (Deli Fest) @ Knitting Factory
* Yvette, Dirty Fences, Gung Ho, Steve Shiffman & The Land of No, Shapes (Deli Fest) @ Glasslands
Air Waves @ Maxwell's is cancelled, but Hyawatha and The Barbiana Complex are playing the Hoboken venue.
Joaquin Sabina @ Hammerstein Ballroom is cancelled.
Friendly Fires are playing Webster Hall and then DJing the afterparty.
Silver Swans play a Rooftop Film tonight.
Reggie Watts somehow fits in two shows tonight, and one of them is opening for Matt & Kim.
Flaming Lips in Poughkeepsie in 2010 (more by Ryan Muir)
More info on those Weezer, Flaming Lips, Yeasayer shows...
...Some major additions to the 2011 Weezer concert calendar today, folks! First of all we got a special pair of shows in the NY/NJ area, co-headlining with The Flaming Lips in the first ever Weezer/Flaming Lips team up! The shows are being opened by Yeasayer, and Weezer will play in the middle slot... because the Flaming Lips make such a big mess that its sort of logistically unwise to take the stage after them! But Weezer and the Flaming Lips will be playing identical set lengths.I don't know what Weezer mean by "no password needed," unless they mean AmEx, but anyway tickets go on general sale on Saturday if all else fails. All tour dates are listed HERE.
***PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ - 7/28/11- Co-headline with the Flaming Lips. With Yeasayer***
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***Nikon @ Jones Beach info - Friday July 29th - Co-headline with the Flaming Lips. With Yeasayer***
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..The other big show announcement is for Seattle, at the WAMU Theater! This show will feature the Memories style setlist of the Blue Album and Pinkerton being performed in their entirety! While this isnt the only Memories style or Memories influenced setlist of the summer, it is definitely the only one in Seattle!
***WaMu Theater - Seattle, WA - August 19th***
Weezer @ Roseland Ballroom in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
The Flaming Lips also have shows scheduled in May in addition to various summer shows that have been popping up all over the place, Hopscotch in North Carolina, the Osheaga Festival in Montreal, and Atlantic City as part of the Dave Matthews Band Caravan included.
Weezer, The Flaming Lips and Yeasayer will share a bill at PNC Bank Arts Center in NJ on July 28th and at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on July 29th. Tickets for both shows go on sale Saturday morning, 5/7, at 10am.
All tour dates for all three bands are below...
Yeasayer at The Metro (more by Josh Darr)
To celebrate Valentine's Day, Yeasayer has launched a new video for the heart tug'n track "I Remember" (off the ODD BLOOD LP) and the ability to send the "I Remember" digital EP as a gift to a loved one in lieu of chocolates'n'roses. The "I Remember" video was directed by dear friend Sophia Peer (Ponytail, Woods, etc) and fits snuggly with Yeasayer's previous visual efforts. The "I Remember" EP contains two aphrodisiac-like remixes by Villa and Painted Palms.Aww, how sweet! And to sweeten the deal further, Yeasayer have announced a batch of tour dates to continue the lovefest across the country. Kicking off on the West Coast on 5/21, the band will travel across the continent until they reach their home base of NYC for a show at Terminal 5 on June 18th. Tickets will probably go on sale this week.
New video and all tour dates are below.
Big names and regulars aside, there are a few bands I want to highlight on the just-announced Sasquatch lineup: Wolf Parade ("indefinite hiatus" rumors be damned), The Flaming Lips (performing "The Soft Bulletin"), Death From Above 1979 (now three reunion shows total), Guided By Voices (they're not done yet), and... Archers of Loaf (!). The full lineup of the fest that goes down in Gorge, Washington in May (Memorial Day Weekend), is below...
photos by Josh Darr
Yeasayer celebrated the end of another year by releasing a 'pay what you want' live album via their website, and by playing live shows on both 12/30 and 12/31 at Metro in Chicago with HEALTH. A set of pictures from the first show are in this post along with videos of the band covering Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" - both in Chicago and at that recent Glasslands show with Suckers. They continue below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"An estimated 200,000 people journeyed the grounds of Zilker Park this weekend for the Austin City Limits Music Festival.Friday pictures HERE. Lucero HERE. The xx HERE. Mayer Hawthorne HERE, the rest of the Saturday HERE, Flaming Lips HERE, and the rest of the pictures from Sunday (and the conclusion of our 2010 Austin City Limits coverage), below...
The descent of the iconic guitar sign Monday signified the end of an incredibly successful ACL Music Festival, and with eight stages and 130 bands, clean up is expected to take the rest of the week.
"This year's ACL was one of the best. The weather was incredible," City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department spokesperson Victor Ovalle said.
The show's producer, C3 Presents, takes care of cleaning up Zilker Park, and the city sends crews into the surrounding neighborhoods to remove any trace of music fans who know how to have a good time.
After C3 Presents leaves the park later this week, fertilizing and watering the grass will city's number one priority." [News 8 Austin]
photos by Chris Graham
Pavement @ Sasquatch Fest 2010
The above-pictured Pavement show took place in May 2010 (and wasn't free). In September, Pavement will play Virgin Mobile FreeFest (and it is free)....
"Breaking from traditional festivals, the Virgin Mobile FreeFest presented by Kyocera unveiled its lineup for the award-winning festival, selecting relevant, important, and eclectic headliners to represent this year's free show. This morning, Chairman of the Virgin Group Sir Richard Branson announced the lineup on Virgin Mobile Live, the company's new Internet music stream available on Virgin Mobile websites.Virgin Mobile FreeFest will be held Saturday, September 25 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. Tickets to the 2010 Virgin Mobile FreeFest will be available to the public on www.ticketfly.com at 10 am EST on Saturday, July 24th.
The lineup will include:
M.I.A., LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, PAVEMENT, T.I., LUDACRIS, JOAN JETT, THIEVERY CORPORATION, MATT & KIM, JIMMY EAT WORLD, THE TEMPER TRAP, EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS, AND YEASAYER;
DANCE FOREST: CHROMEO, SLEIGH BELLS, DIE ANTWOORD, MODESELEKTOR, AND NEON INDIAN
Not bad for a free show (and yet another Pavement show!). More details, with the full set of pictures of Pavement playing this year's Sasquatch Fest, below...
Yeasayer @ Governors Island on June 5 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
One Step Beyond, the monthly dance party series at the American Museum of Natural History, is bringing Yeasayer to DJ its next party on June 11th. Also in the house will be Roofeeo and DJ Teenwolf (of Ninjasonik). Tickets are on sale.
Yeasayer play Lollapalooza's Budweiser Stage on Sunday, August 8th at 4pm. Arcade Fire play vs Soundgarden at the fest later that night. Phoenix goes up against Green Day one night earlier. Lady Gaga and the Strokes have competing time slots on the first night. That and more in the just-released Lollapalooza 2010 schedule.
Though the forecast had been calling for thunderstorms all week, the weather turned out to be perfect for the opening night of the 'Gone to Governors' live music series. With shows from the likes of The Morning Benders, Passion Pit, Caribou, Phantogram, M.I.A., Sleigh Bells, Grizzly Bear, and Neon Indian all scheduled for the coming months on Governors Island (some free, some not), it's a pretty sweet line-up. The only trick is getting there.
The actual ferry ride over is brief - just four minutes, but my wait to get on the ferry took far longer... though I was lucky to get on a ferry at all. At around 7:30 on Saturday night, the ferries stopped running to the public since the show space was already at capacity for the 8:00 show time. As I approached the ferry pick-up point, hundreds of confused, would-be concert-goers were barked at by cops and show officials who screamed through megaphones, "Clear the area! Go home! There are no more boats!" It was all fairly chaotic and pretty distressing. (I mean were they really only expecting a few hundred people to be interested in seeing Yeasayer?) Luckily, however, the actual show was not marred by poor planning and haphazard execution.
Since getting to the island took much longer than expected, the only thing I heard from Delicate Steve, the first opener, was a song or two that I caught while waiting to get let into the space along the waterfront.
When the second opener, Keepaway, walked on stage, one member immediately commented on the setting. "This is the perfect time to play a show." The sun was just dipping below the horizon, and a refreshing breeze rolled in from the water. Keepaway's music lies somewhere in the vein of surfer stoner rock. Following their first song, Keepaway's keyboard player astutely likened the surroundings to Pleasure Island (a la Pinocchio). It was a pretty fitting observation. We had all been taken to an island by boat and provided with free music, fun, and food and beverages (if you paid for them). It all had quite a magical feel. But luckily, Governors Island did not seem to conceal a sinister secret. Though brief, Keepaway's set was surprisingly enjoyable. With their electro beats, strange guttural vocals, delightful harmonies, and lyrics about Sonic the Hedgehog, topiaries, and getting high, their music definitely livened up the crowd.
By the time Yeasayer launched into their set, the sky had fallen dark, and the Manhattan skyline twinkled across the water. On stage, multi-colored, blinking screens were strategically placed in the background and under keyboards, synthesizers, and mixing boards. Yeasayer began their set with "Wait for the Summer" from their 2007 release All Hour Cymbals, which, given the idyllic setting, seemed rather perfect.
Both on stage and in the pit, everyone seemed to be having a good time. With the help of their buoyant album Odd Blood, Yeasayer kept things light and danceable. Not even getting hit in the face with a beach ball did much to dampen lead singer Chris Keating's mood. He paced around the stage with great energy and at one point, he confessed in a rather jubilant (but surprised tone), "I'm having fun out here. I don't always have as much fun as I'm having right now." The crowd responded to the energy on stage by enthusiastically clapping, cheering, and singing along to songs like "2080," "Madder Red," and "Ambling Amp."
Then, without so much as an encore, the show ended promptly at 11, leaving the crowd to scramble over sand and discarded plastic cups in search of the only way off the island - the ferry. If the trip over contained a fair amount of scrambling, the departure was even more chaotic as hipsters were herded like animals and sporadically released in clumps to charge toward the ferry. Waiting for nearly an hour, surrounded by a sweaty mass of people may have sucked, but riding back on the upper deck of the ferry at midnight with the Manhattan skyline in view was a pretty fantastic way to end the evening.
A bit more about the show and the ferrys and a full set of pictures HERE. Another set of pictures (featuring all three bands) and Yeasayer's setlist, below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Yeasayer, Keepaway and Delicate Steve kicked off the "Gone to Governors" series of free shows on the Beach @ Governors Island Saturday night (6/5). The capacity of The Beach is 3500 and that number was hit by 7pm, a full hour before the first band went on. Any one who showed up for the ferry after that, or who was on line already when that number was hit, was unfortunately turned away (though I heard that maybe at some point some people may have been able to get on when others left early)... that system is going to hopefully be improved in the future with the help of Twitter and more experience. Ultimately though, capacity is capacity and it's a free show (ticketed shows are more straightforward - anyone with a ticket gets on the boat).
People that did make it on the island experienced a unique outdoor NYC concert venue with sand, amazing views of the Manhattan skyline, lit-up colorful palm trees, and lots of people dancing. Ease of getting food, and of getting home, were common complaints that the promoters hope to improve as the summer goes on. That said, it's inevitable that there will be some waiting when the only way to leave a "sold out", 3500-capacity concert is on a ferry. A full review and more pictures from the free show are coming soon. In the meantime, check out this photo set by Ryan from the event...
Yeasayer @ Webster Hall in May (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
"All concerts are accessible via New York Water Taxi. The Water Taxi's will leave every 15 minutes from the Battery Maritime Building Slip 5 on the Southern Tip of Manhattan, located next to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. The first ferry will leave at the published show door time. Additional pickup locations may be added.Those are the official instructions posted on www.thebeachconcerts.com. They're from the point of Water Taxi who runs Water Taxi Beach which is the same beach that becomes "The Beach at Governors Island" for concerts, including the free ones this summer. And for nighttime events (like most of the free "Gone to Governors" events), it may be the instructions you have to follow to and from the shows. But that's okay because as it points out, Water Taxi/ferry service is included in your concert ticket price which also means that, for the free shows, it is free. As it mentions, the first ferry leaves at the show's posted "doors" time (6pm for Yeasayer).
The closest subway stations to the Battery Maritime Building are: 1 at South Ferry, W at South Ferry, and 5 at Bowling Green. It is also a short walk from the Wall Street Area. Various city bus lines also service the Battery Park Area with stops near the ferry terminal.
Taxis and car may pull directly in front of the terminal for drop offs only. There is NO parking at the terminal.
Your Concert Ticket is your Roundtrip Ferry Pass, no additional tickets are needed.
See individual show pages for ferry times and schedules, as they are subject to change." [from the Governors Island concerts Directions]
ALSO NOTE THOUGH: you can also get to and from Governors Island on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with the always-free ferry service from the same-or-close-to-same exact location (Battery Maritime Building @ 10 South Street), and from the new Brooklyn location at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The schedule for those is HERE. They start running MUCH earlier (and from Brooklyn!). Only problem is that they stop running by 7pm on the weekends, so you will need to take the Water Taxi that runs special for the concerts at that time (that isn't actually a problem though).
UPDATE: There's also show-specific ferry info posted on the left side of the beachconcerts site. Right now it says this:
For Yeasayer on Saturday June 5th:I think that clears up some of it, but to clarify, there is a Brooklyn ferry in the day, but not at night. You can go in during the day from Brooklyn, but still have to go back to Manhattan at night.
Public ferries will be running from Slip 6 at the Battery Maritime Building when The Beach is open to the general public from 10:00am to 5:30pm.
Once doors open at 6:00pm, ferries to The Beach will be running continuously from Slip 7 at the Battery Maritime Building.
Currently, ferries will only be running between Manhattan and Governors Island. Our new ferry service between Brooklyn and Governors Island will be in place for our upcoming shows!
Don't be scared. Governors Island is an amazing place. Get there early and walk around. Saturday's free Yeasayer show is "doors at 6, bands at 8". There are two openers (Keepaway and Delicate Steve). Then late-night there's an afterparty with Chris Keating DJing at Tribeca Grand (free with RSVP). New Yeasayer tour dates below...
DOWNLOAD: The Morning Benders - Cold War (Wallpaper. Winter Remix) (MP3)
Caribou @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
What is now being considered the full lineup for the ten-show, Converse-sponsored "Gone to Governors" series at Governors Island is almost complete (openers still TBA). There are ten shows total - seven of which are on Saturdays. One is on a Friday. Two are on Sundays (one of which is July 4th). All except Local Natives on August 7th are free.
The lineup's latest additions include co-headliners Caribou & Phantogram with The Chain Gang of 1974 (July 16th), and Josh Ritter with openers Justin Townes Earle and Dawn Landes (August 8th).
Here's the whole thing:
- June 05 - Yeasayer, Keepaway, Delicate Steve
- June 19 - The Morning Benders, Freelance Whales & TBA
- July 03 - Portugal. The Man & TBA
- July 04 (Sunday) - She & Him
- July 10 - Lucero & TBA
- July 16 (Friday) - Caribou, Phantogram, The Chain Gang of 1974
July 17 - Dr. Dog & TBA
- Aug. 07 - Local Natives & TBA ($10 ticket)
- Aug. 08 (Sunday) - Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band, Justin Townes Earle, Dawn Landes & the Hounds
- Aug. 14 - Neon Indian & TBA
- Aug 15 - Dr. Dog
Ferry service to Governors Island for the "Gone to Governors" shows is free. As previously reported the series is being co-produced by Bowery Presents, Highline Ballroom and Mad Dog Presents with Converse and event partner Water Taxi Beach. BrooklynVegan is the media sponsor.
The shows will be held at the Beach at Governors Island, one of three venues on the Island. The others are Colonel Row (where Passion Pit will be playing, for instance) and South Island Field (which'll host M.I.A./HARD NYC). Michael Franti & Spearhead w/ Trombone Shorty kicks off the season of pay-shows at the Island with a Thursday, June 3rd performance there.
The Morning Benders will headline the second show in the series on June 19th, and they just released new song "Go Grab A Stranger," a Big Echo b-side currently available as a limited tour 7", streaming below. A remix of their song "Cold War" by Oakland act Wallpaper is available above.
"Go Grab A Stranger" and more info on the Gov. Island shows are below...
ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
October 8-10, 2010 | Zilker Park, Austin, TXTickets go on sale today. The 2010 ACL lineup is below...
"The Austin City Limits Music Festival began as a modest, two-day event and now, as it enters it's 9th year, has become a perennial American music experience. Taking place at the heart of Austin, Texas in the legendary Zilker Park, ACL Festival has grown to 3 days, 8 stages and over 130 bands."
Yeasayer Kin show in San Francisco
Not to be confused with their DJ set at Museum of Natural History, Passion Pit will perform their previously-mentioned, free "Kin" show at a secret Tribeca location in NYC tonight (5/14). The location and other details will be revealed at some point on the event's Facebook page. Same goes for Saturday's Black Keys show, Saturday's Ting Tings show, and the newly-announced Dead Weather show happening in Chicago
on next Sunday Saturday (5/22).
For the Black Keys, it's one of three NYC shows in a week. The other two happen at the very tiny Housing Works Bookstore and the very large Madison Square Garden.
"Kin" hosted their first promotional shows in this series the other day in San Francisco with performances by Asher Roth, N.E.R.D. and Yeasayer. Pictures from those continue below...
photos by Angelina Castillo, words by Andrew Frisicano
Yeasayer, Man Man and The Antlers played a free show at Ithaca College on Friday, May 7th. The show was on a field in the middle of campus, and was advertised as students only but ending up being open to anyone. The opener was Zgress and Snack Attack, a local spazzy piano-pop group who previously won a battle of the bands.
Thanks to Angelina Castillo, who took these pictures and writes: Man Man played mostly new songs, and they all sounded totally nuts and awesome. Yeasayer and Antlers both killed it as well, and you could tell Antlers made a lot of converts. Yeasayer split the set pretty even between All Hour Cymbals and Odd Blood, but the AHC songs were definitely the crowd pleasers. Except for "Ambling Alp." People went fucking nuts for "Ambling Alp." Great singalong song. The whole shebang was put on by IC (more specifically the Bureau of Concerts) for an end-of year festival. BOC also brought Dan Deacon, Mountain Goats, Black Joe Lewis and others this year. Most all the bands went out into the field and ate/talked with the crowd afterwards. Ryan Kattner of Man Man [aka Honus Honus] was a total doll, and was seen sweeping many a college chick into his arms for photo ops.
The Antlers tour Europe this May and play with Phantogram and the National in North America afterwards (including the National's Radio City show). They also play NYC's Pier 54-Hudson River Park on July 22nd
More pictures are below...
Yeasayer @ Webster Hall (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
This summer in NYC is already boiling over with free shows and none of the Sunday Pool Parties at the Williamsburg Waterfront have even been announced yet (sort of). Spending Sundays at free concerts in Williamsburg is now a tradition that started a few years ago at McCarren Pool (and relocated last year to the Waterfront). Sponsors come on board to make sure the bands get paid, and we all get to spend days outdoors in a somewhat unique NYC concert environment.
There's Summerstage, Celebrate Brooklyn, and other series of shows all summer long, but none are quite like (as "hipster"?) as the Pool Parties. Until now. As previously mentioned, there will be "a new free Saturday-afternoon concert series at the Beach". Sponsored by Converse, and booked by Bowery, there's now a place to go on Saturday too. Also with bands in the day, outside and for free. They're calling it "Gone to Governors".
Between the Seaport after work on Fridays, Governors Island on Saturdays and the Pool Parties on Sunday (with alternative options in Prospect Park, Central Park and elsewhere), you can probably see slightly less than a zillion free shows this summer and be busy every single weekend day.
As also previously announced, She & Him are playing a free show on Governors Island on the 4th of July (a Sunday). That show will be considered part of the "Gone to Governors" series that now also so far includes Yeasayer on June 5th and Neon Indian on August 14th.
"All shows at The Beach on Governors Island will be held rain-or-shine. Beer, liquor, non-alcoholic drinks and food will be available for purchase. For more information about the ferry schedule, the series, artists and performances, general restrictions and rules and the latest updates and additions to the lineup, visit The Beach at Governors Island website at www.thebeachconcerts.com."I'm also happy to announce that BrooklynVegan will be the official media sponsor of the series which will also sort of include the Local Natives show which is a pay show but on a Saturday and only $10.
You probably know or have noticed that bands don't/can't really play more than one big show a summer. Now you know where Neon Indian's is taking place. Chad VanGaalen & Avi Buffalo on the other hand are playing the Seaport. That said, Neon Indian does have two more NYC shows coming up before August.
A relevant video from Yeasayer's Webster Hall show this week, below....
Passion Pit @ Terminal 5 in January (more by Samantha Marble)
Passion Pit, The Black Keys and Ting Tings will all be playing free shows in NYC sometime soon. There's a Facebook event page for the shows, but very little information otherwise. They're being sponsored by Kin, which is a new Windows-based phone. Kin is also putting on two free shows in San Francisco - one with Yeasayer and one with NERD & Asher Roth - on May 8th.
by Benjamin Lozovsky
Yeasayer made a much deserved homecoming Tuesday night at Webster Hall in NYC. Chris Keating pronounced during the show, "There isn't any place in the world we'd rather play." Three months after cautiously debuting material off their latest album Odd Blood, they returned savvier and sassier; even with so many miles behind them, they performed leagues ahead of their February dates.
The band was brimming was confidence throughout the night, with tapered bravado and an improved, fluid grasp of the instrumentation. From the creeping, sinister Children to the redemptive bounce of closer Ambling Alp, Yeasayer championed the nuanced nature of their music as they steadily raised their intensity throughout their performance.
It was a distinct atmospheric shift after the grinding barrage of the opening acts. Sleigh Bells continued their rise and transformation from austere noisy beginnings to full on performance act; part MIA (whose label recently co-signed the act) part Crystal Castles, the duo never let up their potency, even as their newer numbers bled into one another with a hint of monochromatism.
The most intriguing surprise of the night was Seagull's opening performance. Positioned in the middle of the floor, with Webster Hall's gigantic disco ball lowered and looming just overhead, they smothered the venue with sound tantrums and momentary semblances of glitchy beats. Ranging somewhere between sound exploration and outright music, the inexplicably soothing abrasiveness of their performance was topped off by a ground slamming. ski-masked member sitting agitated in a chair.
Sleigh Bells play two more NYC shows this month before heading to Europe. Yeasayer's tour ends tonight in Philly, but after a short break they head to Europe too. All of those dates and more pictures from Webster Hall below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Sleigh Bells @ SXSW (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Sleigh Bells' show at Webster Hall tonight with Yeasayer, their brief tourmates, is sold out. But there are more chances to see the highly buzzed band soon. One of those, originally scheduled to take place at the now-closed Market Hotel, happens May 11th at Ridgewood Temple (1054 Bushwick Ave @ Gates St, Bushwick). Advance tickets available in-person through Record Grouch/Old Made Vintage (441 Metropolitan Ave at Meeker St) in Williamsburg (1pm-7pm daily). Past shows at the venue have included Vivian Girls/Crystal Stilts on Halloween and Dan Deacon/Ed Schrader in '08.
Sleigh Bells also play the intimate backroom at Coco 66 on May 7th with Mr. Dream (Matt Morello, Adam Moerder and Nick Sylvester) and DJ Rezound. MNDR was supposed to play the show too, but "A last-minute request from Massive Attack to open for their North American tour is taking her away to Canada." Advance tickets are sold out, and "
A very limited number of tickets will be avail at the box office on Friday May 7th at 10:00 PM." UPDATE: "20 tickets will be available at the door at 9pm, not 10pm."
Also on the bill for the Ridgewood Temple show are Brooklyn band Sundelles, "secret guests," and Cults. Cults are a new duo who NME says recently expanded to a four-piece for live shows. Their debut 7", noticed already by both Pitchfork and Perez, is available for free at their site.
Cults is real-life couple "Brian Oblivion" (not his real name presumably) and Madeline Follin, and their songs have a girl-group-influenced, retro pop sound. This gig will be one of their first shows ever (they played Mercury Lounge recently). This summer they're also playing an afternoon show with Titus Andronicus at Newtown Barge Park on Saturday, June 26th (Part of the Northside Festival). One of their tracks is above.
All Sleigh Bells tour dates and Yeasayer's setlist from their Chicago show are below...