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by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Youth Lagoon - "Dropla" (MP3)

Youth Lagoon at Beacon Theater in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Youth Lagoon

As mentioned, Youth Lagoon is releasing his second album, Wondrous Bughouse, on March 5 via Fat Possum and he just revealed the album's first single, "Dropla." It's cleaner and more fleshed out than his lo-fi, inward-looking debut, The Year of Hibernation, which makes a lot of sense for an artist who has spent the last year or so doing anything but hibernating, and who finally got a drummer. You can download the song above or stream it below.

Youth Lagoon has some upcoming dates this winter, and as discussed he/they will open for The National in Brooklyn at the huge Barclays Center on June 5. Tickets

That song stream and a list of all dates below...

Continue reading "Youth Lagoon reveals new single, playing shows (including opening for The National at Barclays Center) (dates, MP3)"

The National @ Austin Music Hall, Dec. 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
The National

The National, who are plotting the follow-up to 2010's High Violet, will play a really big hometown show this summer when they headline Barclays Center on June 5. Youth Lagoon (who definitely have a new album soon) will open and tickets go on sale Friday (1/18) at 11 AM.

Wondrous Bughouse

Youth Lagoon (the project of Trevor Powers), who released his great debut, The Year of Hibernation, in 2011 (which was one of our favorite albums of that year) has announced that he'll release its followup, Wondrous Bughouse, on March 5 through Fat Possum (via Pitchfork).

That's presumably the cover art above and the tracklist is below...

Continue reading "Youth Lagoon announces new album"

Treasure Island

The Treasure Island Music Festival returns to San Francisco on October 13 and 14, featuring an impressive line-up including The xx, M83, Joanna Newsom, Grimes, Public Enemy, SBTRKT, Divine Fits (who just played their first-ever show last night), Ty Segall, The War on Drugs, Youth Lagoon Toro y Moi, Best Coast and more. Tickets are on sale now in both individual day or 2-day packages.

The full Treasure Island Fest line-up is below.

Continue reading "Treasure Island Music Festival 2012 line-up (M83, The xx, Joanna Newsom, SBTRKT, Divine Fits, Public Enemy & more)"

photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG & Chase Turner

Grimes / Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Grimes
Pitchfork Festival 2012
Pitchfork Festival 2012

The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival continued on Saturday (7/14), and like day 1, Chicago's Union Park was plagued by some rain, but everything moved along as planned and the weather cleared up by mid-afternoon. Day 2 began with sets by The Psychic Paramount and The Atlas Moth (both of who we unfortunately missed) and then continued with Cloud Nothings, Flying Lotus, Schoolboy Q, Chromatics, Hot Chip, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Grimes and much more.

If you weren't at the festival, did you stream it live?

More pics from day 2 are below (all by Fred Pessaro/BBG except Grimes by Chase Turner) and day 1 pics are HERE.

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest 2012 day 2 in pics (Godspeed, Hot Chip, Grimes, Wild Flag, Chromatics, Flying Lotus, Cloud Nothings & more)"

photos by Joe McCabe

Ben Gibbard @ Beacon Theater - 4/29/12
Death Cab for Cutie

NYC showed Ben Gibbard and his band Death Cab For Cutie much love during a recent three night run at Beacon Theater. Ben did not return that love in a recent article about baseball stadiums in Rolling Stone. Ben said:

PNC Park is by far the most beautiful park in all of baseball. The place feels so intimate and old-fashioned in all the best ways. I love the design of their out-of-town scoreboard. The views of downtown Pittsburgh and the bridges across the Allegheny River at night are spectacular. You can also buy a gigantic bucket of hot wings there that will stop your heart. The new Yankee stadium is by far the worst I've been to. It might look like the old one from the outside, but inside it's more like a gaudy, Long Island shopping mall than a ballpark. A classic example of what happens when people have too much money and very little taste. Plus, it tends to be full of Yankees fans.
Ouch Ben, ouch.

We already posted timely pictures of nights one and two of Death Cab's three-night run (along with news of their continued tour that hits NJ next time). Here is a set of pictures we've been saving, from the third and final night at Beacon with Youth Lagoon. More of them below...

Continue reading "Ben Gibbard disses Yankee Stadium, played 3 nights @ Beacon Theater with Youth Lagoon (here's the last set of pics)"

by BBG

Total Control at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Total Control

Total Control's Henge Beat was a favorite around these parts, and now the band recently released a split 12" with Thee Oh Sees. Check out a video for Total Control's "For Lease" from that split below and order your copy via Castle Face.

Total Control currently have no US dates scheduled. Thee Oh Sees, on the other hand, will spend their summer abroad and have a handful of appearances in the US. The band, who recently played Austin Psych Fest, will play a gang of festival dates including the previously discussed Pitchfork, Outside Lands, Hopscotch, ATP I'll Be Your Mirror and the sold-out Woodsist Festival in Big Sur.

In addition, the band just signed on to be a part of the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle WA, joining names like Neko Case, Major Lazer, Fitz And The Tantrums, Phantogram, The Lumineers, Grimes, Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, Youth Lagoon, Diplo, Cloud Nothings, The Psychic Paramount, Twin Shadow, Dam-Funk and so many more across six-stages and as many city blocks during three days in July (7/20-7/22). Current lineup is below and tickets are on sale.

All tour dates, the Capitol Hill Block Party lineup and that "For Lease" video is below.

Continue reading "Total Control release video from split with Thee Oh Sees; Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party announces lineup"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Death Cab for Cutie

Ben Gibbard and Death Cab for Cutie are trying something different for a 2012 tour that kicked off Tuesday in Colorado, performing with the eight members of the Magik*Magik Orchestra -- six violins and two cellos.

That's the same group that appeared with Death Cab in its "Storytellers" episode on VH1, and helped add a deeper texture to last year's Codes and Keys. Still, Magik*Magik -- which has previously worked with Mike Patton, John Vanderslice, the Walkmen and the Dodos -- have become the principal storyline for a tour that [hits Beacon Theater in NYC three nights in a row this weekend].

The interesting part for concertgoers will be hearing some of the Death Cab's back catalog, including favorites like "Soul Meets Body," in this format. Gibbard admitted a little apprehension -- OK, a lot...

"It's a little terrifying," Gibbard tells HeyReverb. "There are so many variables. The entire show is a series of variables, for the first time in a long time. And that's a good thing. The first handful of shows, at least from our end, will be like walking through quicksand." [Something Else]

You saw last night's setlist. Check out more pictures from Friday's show at Beacon Theater, below...

Continue reading "Death Cab & Youth Lagoon @ Beacon Theater (night 1 pics)"

Death Cab For Cutie @ Beacon Theater (photo via thismeik)
Death Cab

While Jack White was at Webster Hall, Death Cab For Cutie played their first of three shows at NYC's Beacon Theater last night (4/27). Youth Lagoon opened like they will again Saturday and Sunday. We'll have pics and more later (update: pics HERE), but check out the Friday setlist, below...

Continue reading "Death Cab For Cutie played Beacon Theater (night 1 setlist)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo via loganhyde
Youth Lagoon

Youth Lagoon's tour brought him to Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (3/28) for his second of two sold out NYC shows. Pictures from the first night at Bowery Ballrom (3/27) are HERE.

The show began with a set from Buffalo, NY's Cemeteries, the recording moniker of Kyle J. Reigle (he has a band live). Last night and the previous night's Youth Lagoon shows were the second time Cemeteries played NYC, having first opened for Howler this past January. Not the most exciting band to watch, but they had a nice batch of catchy dream pop songs and didn't overstay their welcome. You can catch them in NYC again when they open for Gauntlet Hair in April.

Up next was Porcelain Raft, whose live set up now includes main Porcelain Raft guy Mauro Remiddi and a live drummer. After walking on stage, Remiddi triggered a drum/synth loop and for about 6 seconds. They sounded like what I pictured Porcelain Raft sounding like live, until the explosive drumming and soaring guitar came in. For someone who seemed so set on abandoning his rock band for the bedroom musician approach, Mauro Remiddi looked like he was meant to be on stage. He moved around as if he was backed by a full band, traded melodic parts with noise guitar freakouts, and kept an overall confident demeanor on stage. His drummer was as charismatic behind the kit as Remiddi was behind the mic, and he rotated between high energy rock beats and crescendoing sound pieces that fell somewhere between the noise breakdowns of Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley and the improvisational rhythms of Joanna Newsom's Neal Morgan.

Youth Lagoon, who I personally had not seen live before, finally took the stage a bit before 11 PM, opening with "Afternoon," off of his 2011 debut, The Year of Hibernation, which he played all of, in addition to both tracks on the bonus 7". Like others have said, I wish he would get a live drummer, but I was surprised at how loud he sounded with the drum machine and how much it got the crowd dancing (and fist bumping).

Trevor Powers and his guitarist Logan Hyde definitely know what they're doing on stage, but the intimacy that makes The Year of Hibernation such an appealing album was lost in the live setting. Trevor sang without reverb/distortion and revealed that he's actually got an incredible set of pipes, but I thought it took away one of the album's most attractive aesthetics. Members of the crowd didn't help and were in part to blame for taking other listeners out of the moment (the quietest parts of songs were met with football fan cheers of "YEAH TREVOR"). That's out of the band's control, but it just acted as another signifier that maybe these songs only belong in the bedroom. I know it's selfish of me to imply Youth Lagoon shouldn't move forward in his career (just look at how far Bon Iver has gone), and it wouldn't be fair to call the show a disappointment (again, they did play really well and the crowd was very into it), but it just wasn't the experience I expected (or was looking for).

YL continues on tour. All dates and the setlist from the Brooklyn show below...

Continue reading "Youth Lagoon played MHOW w/ Porcelain Raft & Cemeteries (review, setlist)"

DOWNLOAD: Dana Buoy - "Call to Be" (MP3)

photos by Chris Goldberg

Youth Lagoon @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/27/2012
Youth Lagoon

Tonight's show is where he should be in his career, just him, his guitarist, keyboards and drum machine. The drum machine created most of the joy and entertainment value tonight when it would break up Powers's wails and hushed vocals. There was a simplistic beauty in tunes like "Montana" and "July". The simple tones hang there for you to grab onto and embrace. "Cannons" is the song people seemed to respond to with his slowly building energy.

Sometimes, in our instant notoriety musical landscape, we expect greatness right off the bat. Not everyone can be a Strokes, Arcade Fire or Azealia Banks out the gate. Powers will be one of the artists who make a major impression 3 or 5 years now with one or two more albums in his catalogue. [Music Snobbery]

Youth Lagoon's tour brought him to Bowery Ballroom last night (3/27) for his first of two sold out NYC shows. Youth Lagoon's set consisted of every song on his 2011 debut, The Year of Hibernation, and "Bobby" from the bonus 7". More pictures (though none of the openers) and a video from last night's show are below.

His tour continues tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/28) with Porcelain Raft and Cemeteries (who also open Gauntlet Hair's upcoming NYC shows). After this tour ends, he'll head out with Death Cab for Cutie and will return to NYC with them for three sold out Beacon Theatre shows (4/27-29).

Summer Bodies

Dana Buoy of Akron/Family was the opener last night and you can catch him NYC again tonight at Knitting Factory (3/28) with Wild International and Field Mouse (who opened for Polica at Rock Shop last night). Tickets for Dana Buoy's Brooklyn show tonight are available.

Dana Buoy is set to release his debut, Summer Bodies, on May via Lefse (who is also Youth Lagoon's label in Europe). That's the artwork above. Download a track from that album, "Call to Be," at the top of this post or stream it below.

More pics and video from last night's show and song stream below...

Continue reading "Youth Lagoon played Bowery Ballroom (pics & video), plays MHOW tonight (while Dana Buoy is at the Knit)"

most photos by Amanda Hatfield, some shots by Zach Timm

Polica @ Hotel Vegan
BrooklynVegan @ SXSW 2012 - Hotel Vegas and the Voldstead Lounge

In addition to hosting almost 100 bands on three stages for four days straight, BrooklynVegan's Hotel Vegan, located at Austin venues Hotel Vegas & Volstead Lounge, was a place where you could sip some complimentary HobNob Wines from noon-7pm each day. On Friday (3/16/2012), the third day of Hotel Vegan, we teamed with HobNob and The Original Moonshine for a big party that included the following, amazing FREE lineup:

Stage 1 (Hotel Vegas Outside)
12:00 Cold Showers
1:00 Polica
2:00 Youth Lagoon
3:00 Eight and a Half (members of Broken Social Scene & the Stills)
3:45 Django Django
4:30 Tennis
5:15 Light Asylum
6:00 The Black Angels

Stage 2 (Hotel Vegas Inside)
12:00 Lucius
12:45 The Big Sleep
1:30 The Twilight Sad
2:15 Eleanor Friedberger (of the Fiery Furnaces)
3:00 Widowspeak
3:45 TRUST
4:30 The Evaporators (Nardwuar's band)
5:15 DIVE

Stage 3 (Volstead)
12:15 Jennifer Castle
1:00 Daughter
1:45 Exitmusic
2:30 Doldrums
3:15 Zeus
4:00 Au Palais
5:00 Craft Spells

It was a very good day. Bill wrote about some of the bands who played on Friday including Nardwuar's band The Evaporators who definitely put on one of the day & week's most memorable performance for those who caught it. As Bill wrote, "At one point, one group of people were holding him up while another group were holding his organ (hello!) while he played it... and then he soon climbed on top of it. There were costume changes, group singalongs, question and answer sessions and a lot of really fun garage punk. One of my Top 5 sets of SXSW 2012."

The Evaporators getting started @ Hotel Vegan
BrooklynVegan @ SXSW 2012 - Hotel Vegas and the Voldstead Lounge

If you got your picture taken in our Smilebooth, make sure to look for yourself in the photos posted to our Facebook.

Special thanks to our official backline providers Vox, Blackstar and Korg, and thank you to NadaMoo for supplying free vegan treats, and to Honest Tea for the tea.

The Black Angels closed the day off right with a set of their 60s-influenced, psych rock n roll to an oferflowing house on the outdoor stage that saw a full crowd throughout the day thanks to names like Polica, Youth Lagoon and Tennis.

So many bands, so little time, so experience it with the pictures that continue below (and stay tuned for more on BV Austin)...

Continue reading "#HotelVegan Day 3 pics (BV, HobNob Wines & Moonshine presents) - Black Angels, Tennis, Youth Lagoon & MANY more"

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As you know, BrooklynVegan is taking over ALL THREE STAGES at connecting Austin venues Hotel Vegas & Volstead for FOUR DAYS STRAIGHT this week, and it's all 100% FREE (no RSVP or badges either). There's a big outdoor stage, and smaller stages inside Hotel Vegas & Volstead. Collectively we're calling the four day long party "Hotel Vegan" (located at 1500 E. 6th St, Austin, TX).

Friday's party is presented with HobNob Wines, our official wine partner of all four days of Hotel Vegan, and The Original Moonshine, our official spirit partner on Friday and Saturday.

We announced Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday in full.
Here is Friday at Hotel Vegan (March 16, 2012):

Stage 1 (Hotel Vegas Outside)
12:00 Cold Showers
1:00 Polica
2:00 Youth Lagoon
3:00 Eight and a Half (members of Broken Social Scene & the Stills)
3:45 Django Django
4:30 Tennis
5:15 Light Asylum
6:00 The Black Angels

Stage 2 (Hotel Vegas Inside)
12:00 Lucius
12:45 The Big Sleep
1:30 The Twilight Sad
2:15 Eleanor Friedberger (of the Fiery Furnaces)
3:00 Widowspeak
3:45 TRUST
4:30 The Evaporators (Nardwuar's band)
5:15 DIVE

Stage 3 (Volstead)
12:15 Jennifer Castle
1:00 Daughter
1:45 Exitmusic
2:30 Doldrums
3:15 Zeus
4:00 Au Palais
5:00 Craft Spells

In addition to the completely FREE lineup of 23 bands, we will also have complimentary drinks courtesy of HobNob Wines and The Original Moonshine.

We will also have free vegan treats courtesy of NadaMoo! and free Honest Tea. Arlo's great Vegan Food truck, located right next door, will be at all four days of Hotel Vegan selling food.

Special thanks to all of our partners and sponsors for making this party possible - including Vox, Blackstar and Korg, our official backline partners.

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The Black Angels (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Black Angels
Black Angels

HobNob Wines offers free music content at its HobNob Inner Circle on Facebook. Join HobNob's Inner Circle to access exclusive downloads, editorial and info on upcoming events. Previously featured artists include Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Saint Bernadette, The Antlers, Company of Thieves, Xylos, as well as The Black Angels and Polica who are both playing this party.

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Friday is just one of four full days at Hotel Vegan. Wednesday lineup HERE. Thursday lineup HERE. Saturday lineup HERE.

We also have THREE official BrooklynVegan showcases - Tuesday (which Alex Maas of the Black Angels is playing a song at), Wednesday, and Friday - and a Saturday metal day party at Lovejoys, AND a bridge show.

Death Cab at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
DCFC

One. Two. Three shows at Beacon Theater in April. The new NYC show happens on Sunday, April 29th, and like at the other two, Youth Lagoon will be opening for Death Cab For Cutie who will be joined by The Magik*Magik Orchestra. Tickets for the new show go on sale Friday, 2/03, at noon. Low is not opening any of them.

Updated tour dates are listed below..

Continue reading "Death Cab For Cutie add 3rd NYC show w/ Youth Lagoon (updated dates)"

Youth Lagoon @ Lincoln Hall in Chicago (more by Chris Hershman)
YL

April 27 sold out this morning shortly after going on sale. Tickets for are on sale now for a new show on April 28.

Death Cab for Cutie at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab For Cutie have just announced a tour that will take place this spring. The tour will see the band being joined on stage by San Francisco's Magik*Magik Orchestra (who often work with John Vanderslice too). All dates are listed below.

The tour hits the NYC-area on April 24 at State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ and (UPDATE: the initial dates Death Cab sent out have changed, and now there's no NJ show) at Beacon Theatre on April 27. The Beacon Theatre show, as well as every other North American date from 4/27 to the band's culminating hometown show at Seattle's Paramount Theatre (5/13) will be opened by Youth Lagoon, who has a headlining tour of his own that hits NYC for two sold out shows on 3/27 at Bowery Ballroom with Dana Buoy (of Akron/Family) and 4/28 at MHOW.

Fan Club pre-sale for all dates on the tour begins Friday (1/20) at noon and includes regular pre-sale tickets and the option for a limited number of DCFC t-shirt and poster bundles. Tickets for the Beacon Theatre show go on sale Friday, 1/27 at noon.

In other news, Death Cab's recent taping at Brooklyn Museum for the PBS series Live from the Artist's Den, will begin airing on PBS February 17.

All dates (now updated) below...

Continue reading "Death Cab For Cutie collaborating w/ Magik*Magik Orchestra on 2012 tour w/Youth Lagoon (dates)"

Youth Lagoon

Youth Lagoon revealed the music video for "July," off of his debut album, The Year of Hibernation, which we just named one of our favorite albums of 2011. The video was directed by Tyler T Williams, who also directed the "Montana" video. It uses similar faded backdrops and landscapes to the "Montana" video, and like that video, tells a parallel story to the lyrics. Watch it below.

As mentioned, Youth Lagoon is going on tour during the next few months, which includes NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom on March 27 and MHOW on March 28. Tickets for both shows are still available.

Video below...

Continue reading "new video: Youth Lagoon - "July""

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I hate writing year-end lists, as might be obvious to many long-time BrooklynVegan readers. That said, I also like them. They help organize things, which is related to my problem though. I'm too unorganized and hectic to ever get around to making one! But this year a few of us (BrooklynVegan contributors) got together and decided to come up with a collective list of albums that we loved that we think most represented 2011 in BrooklynVegan land. Our indie rock-centric list purposely does not include metal (that's HERE) or hip hop (we should make a separate list). With that in mind, our top 26 albums of 2011, in alphabetical order, are listed (with some commentary and a list of honorable mentions too) below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan's Favorite Albums of 2011"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Youth Lagoon - "Goodbye Again" (John Denver cover) (MP3)

Youth Lagoon at Mercury Lounge in November (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Youth Lagoon

After touring a good deal in the latter half of 2011, Youth Lagoon has just announced another long run of dates for 2012. His last few trips to NYC brought him to venues like Mercury Lounge and and Glasslands, but this time around he'll play slightly larger shows at Bowery Ballroom on March 27 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 28. Tickets for both shows go on sale Saturday (12/17) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Youth Lagoon also recently recorded a cover of John Denver's "Goodbye Again" for Sirius XMU (home of BrooklynVegan "Blog Radio). Oddly enough, it ends up working out pretty well. You can grab the cover above and stream it below.

All dates and stream below...

Continue reading "new Youth Lagoon tour dates & a John Denver cover (MP3)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Rachel Kowal

Youth Lagoon @ Mercury Lounge - 11/15/2011
Youth Lagoon

Only a handful of dim, blue lights and a faintly glowing lantern lit the stage at the Mercury Lounge last night as Young Magic began to play. Though terrible for photography, the darkness complimented the trio's soulful, animalistic sound.

Mixing music from a number of genres, Young Magic crafts a unique sound, largely inspired by Isaac Emmanuel and Michael Italia's independent travels through the small towns and cities of Europe, the UK, and South America.

As if incorporating the flavor from the illegal 1920s cabaret venue on the ground floor of their practice space, Young Magic's music is at once sensuous and restless. At times, even Italia's long, bead necklace seemed to add something to the mix as his sudden movements sent it dancing around his neck, in time to his unconventional, African-inspired beats. And Indonesian born Melati Malay's reverb-soaked vocals are arresting, especially when set to Isaac Emmanuel's rolling spoken word verses.

Making music seems to be an act of catharsis for both parties, judging by the earnest candor of the evening's performances.

"I really want to thank Young Magic for opening up tonight," Youth Lagoon's Trevor Powers said of his tour mates. And it's that particular choice of diction, that seemingly insignificant two-letter word, "up," that makes all the difference.

Given the deeply personal and revealing nature of his own lyrics and his experience with anxiety disorders (which he discusses freely in interviews), Powers should know. But last night, even a slow start plagued by over twenty minutes of technical difficulties didn't seem to phase the Idaho native. With its lush melodies and winsome touches, Youth Lagoon's music feels at once nostalgic about the past and hopeful for the future ("Montana" being a good example of this).

With just a single album under his belt, Powers has been attracting a lot of praise over the past few months, and last night's sold-out audience was deeply supportive and enthusiastic. Between each song, people yelled out encouragements or tried to engage the young, cherub-faced singer in conversation.

"People always yell things, but I can never hear," mused Powers. "Ok. You in the back, with your hand raised..."

"POSITIVE FEELINGS!" came the fragmented response. Powers grinned sheepishly. "Yeah, positive feelings."

Hardly anyone budged at the end of his short, 40-minute set, prompting Powers and friend/band mate Logan Hyde to return for a final song, "Daydream." Sometimes, music is the best medicine.

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It was tour-mates Youth Lagoon & Young Magic's 2nd show in two nights at the NYC venue. Pictures and video from the first night are HERE. More pictures and the setlist from the second, below...

Continue reading "Youth Lagoon & Young Magic played Mercury Lounge one more time (night 2 pics & review)"

photos by Jessica Amaya

Youth Lagoon @ Mercury Lounge
Youth Lagoon

Like they did when Trevor Powers made his NYC debut back in September, tourmates Youth Lagoon (the project of Trevor Powers) and Young Magic shared a bill at Mercury Lounge last night (11/14)... and they will again tonight (11/15). How was the show? We'll talk more about tonight's tomorrow. For now here are some pics and video (9 minutes worth) from last night. It all continues below...

Continue reading "Youth Lagoon & Young Magic played Mercury Lounge again, will again too (pics & video)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Youth Lagoon @ Emo's Monday night
Youth Lagoon

Youth Lagoon is currently on a tour with Young Magic that hit Emo's in Austin on November 7, the day after Fun Fun Fun Fest ended. The room was packed, especially for a Monday after midnight, and it was one of the last-ever shows on the Emo's Inside stage which closes by 2012. Emo's Outside is already shuttered.

I missed Young Magic, but Youth Lagoon played a short but sweet set as a two-piece. He was his usual talkative self. And though his dialogue can sometimes take him places he has trouble digging himself out of (in this case he started dissing Texas sort of maybe), when he sings all is forgiven. The songs sounded especially great this night too, especially compared to what I saw months before at Mercury Lounge where I was wishing there was a drummer. Pictures from the Austin show are in this post.

Youth Lagoon and Young Magic will be in NYC for two shows next week happening on November 14 and 15 at Mercury Lounge. Both shows are now sold out. UPDATE: back on sale.

Youth Lagoon, who is working on a second music video, recently performed "July" for Pitchfork's Tunnelvision. You can watch a video of that with the rest of the pictures, and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Youth Lagoon played Emo's (pics), continues on tour (dates) (UPDATE: Merc shows back on sale)"

by Andrew Sacher

Youth Lagoon at Mercury Lounge in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Youth Lagoon

For a musician who records in his bedroom, Youth Lagoon seems to love spending time on the road. He just finished up a tour that hit NYC three times and will head back out for another run of dates this November. The new dates include two more NYC shows. He'll return to Mercury Lounge on November 14 and 15 and will be supported by Young Magic, who also opened his NYC debut at the same venue. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (10/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (10/12) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Youth Lagoon's debut LP, which was released a few weeks ago, is available as LP/CD/MP3/Cassette at the Fat Possum webstore. As mentioned, it includes two bonus tracks, "Bobby" and "Ghost To Me," both of which you can listen to below.

Young Magic released the "Night in the Ocean" b/w "Slip Time" single this week (10/11) via Carpark. You can stream "Night in the Ocean" HERE and stream "Slip Time" below. The 7" is available at the Carpark webstore. They've got CMJ shows coming up including a TBA BrooklynVegan day party and the Car Park/Paw Tracks showcase at Public Assembly (10/18). They're scheduled for an unofficial PopGun party at Glasslands on October 20 with Sun Glitters, Weekend (who also play the BV CMJ showcase @ MHOW), and others. Tickets for the PopGun party are on sale now. They're also playing a free day show at The Delancey on October 22.

All dates and song streams below...

Continue reading "Youth Lagoon announces tour w/ Young Magic (who are playing CMJ first) -- dates"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Youth Lagoon

Congrats to Youth Lagoon on his 'Best New Music' designation today. If you missed Youth Lagoon's first-ever NYC show at Mercury Lounge on 9/12, you still have a chance to get tickets to his second which takes place at Glasslands this Friday night (9/30).

Speaking of that first show, I forgot to post these pictures from it! It's been over two weeks, but here's what I remember most about it:


  1. They were a 2 piece. The main Youth Lagoon dude (Trevor Powers) has synths and a mic, and then there's a guitarist.
  2. The term "bedroom project" gets thrown around and personally I pictured a shy guy, but that wasn't the case at all. Not only was he talktative ("charming" as one audience member screamed out), he made lots of jokes.
  3. Most notably he joked that he couldn't play "Montana" because one of his synths was broken. He intro'd that joke by mentioning the video for the song that had just come out. The joke assumed that everyone in the 3/4 full Mercury Lounge crowd most wanted to hear that song (not saying he was wrong). After saying "just kidding!", he played the song.
  4. Though I never noticed from the recorded version, "Montana" live made me think "iPod commercial" (not a bad thing, just what I thought). (I immediately went out after the show and bought an iPod.) (just kidding!)
  5. He told a story about how it was hard to park in NYC.
  6. They were selling the album, CD and cassette, at the merch table (even though it just came out this week).
  7. If you like the record, you'll like him live - a confident performer/jokester.
  8. I wished there was a live drummer.

More pictures from the show (of opener Young Magic as well) and tour dates below...

Continue reading "Youth Lagoon LP released, touring, back in NYC on Friday (dates & belated pics from Mercury Lounge)"

by Andrew Sacher

Youth Lagoon @ the Rhythm Room in Phoenix - 9/5 (photo by sgilchrist03)
Youth Lagoon

Youth Lagoon (aka Trevor Powers) recently kicked off a tour in support of his upcoming debut, The Year of Hibernation, out September 27 on Fat Possum. He makes his NYC debut on that tour on Monday (9/12) at Mercury Lounge with Young Magic. Tickets are still available for that show, and for the Glasslands show and the other Mercury show that are part of a string of shows with Gardens & Villa. The Glasslands show is also with Gem Club. Updated dates are listed below. You can see a picture from the recent Phoenix show above. A live video from the same show can be watched below.

Youth Lagoon recently made a video for the epic album track "Montana." The video was directed by Tyler T Williams, who has also directed videos for Craft Spells and Coma Cinema. The video tells the story of a young boy whose father goes off to war in what appears to be 1950s suburban America and ends with the boy in present time finding his father's ghost. It's got an interesting adjacency to the song's lyrics which explore growth and spirit.

Watch the video and the live video with the dates below...

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