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photo: Gara w/ Arcade Fire at Barclays Center, 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara announced his self-produced debut solo album, Limn, will be out on March 11 via NRCSS Industry. He shared the album's opening track, "Divinity," a dense instrumental, which you can listen to below. He's also promising a tour -- stay tuned for details.

In other Arcade Fire news, Drake, who is coaching Team Canada in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, enlisted Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler in Team Canada. This will be his second year in a row playing. They'll be playing against Team USA, coached by comedian Kevin Hart. The game, which is hosted in Toronto, airs live on February 12 on ESPN.

Arcade Fire, who have collaborated with David Bowie multiple times, wrote a tribute to him. If you missed it, read that here.

Check out the tracklist for Limn below.

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photo: Kanye at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

The NBA All Star Weekend happening in NYC next week is also meaning lots of crazy (and not always public) events for music fans in the city. We already mentioned that Win Butler, Common and others are playing a celebrity all-star game and Drake and Nas are playing Irving Plaza, and now we've learned another rapper, Kanye West, will be putting on a free performance in the city.

He's co-hosting it with OKC Thunder player (and Roc Nation Sports signee) Kevin Durant on February 12 outside of Madison Square Park at 6 PM. The only way to get in, though, is to win tickets. You can enter via co-presenters Roc Nation or Power 105.1 FM's contests or follow both on Twitter. As HipHopWired points out, you can also text "BOLDMOVE" to 95577 to win tickets from presenting partner Sparkling ICE.

That same week is Fashion Week in NYC, and Kanye will be doing something for that too. Fashionista reports that he's planning to present his upcoming Adidas collaboration in NYC that week:

West has repeatedly stated that Adidas has put trust in his talents and has given him the creative freedom he needs to truly shine -- take that, Nike -- which is why we were pretty excited when rumors started spreading around the Internet that he would be unveiling his collection for the sportswear brand with a presentation at New York Fashion Week. According to Complex, invitations to the event (which will reportedly take place on Feb. 12) have already been sent out, and the site referenced a (now-removed) Instagram screenshot of an e-mail sent to menswear buyer Ramon Ehlen as proof.
Sooner than that, he'll be in LA to perform at the Grammys with Paul McCartney and Rihanna. He's also launched a mysterious website with a countdown clock (six days and counting as of this posting, we'll see).

Homeboy Sandman and friends
Homeboy Sandman

Not counting a May 3rd show at Cornell, rapper Homeboy Sandman will kick off a North American tour in Nashville on June 4th and hit Santos Party House in NYC on June 12th with The Difference Machine, P.U.D.G.E, and "Special Guest DJ" EDAN. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale. All of HS's dates are also listed, along with his new video for "Fat Belly", below.

Homeboy recently added to a front page controversy via an article he wrote for Gawker entitled "Black People Are Cowards". He writes:

In light of the recent decision by a professional basketball team, comprised of mostly black players, to respond to their boss basically saying "I hate niggers" by turning their shirts inside out the next day at work, I have come to the decision that I agree wholeheartedly with the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, and I too do not want black people invited to my events.
LOTS more where that came from, if you haven't read it yet, at Gawker.

Tour dates, songs and video below....

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Win Butler schooling on the bball court
Pop Vs. Jock
Pop Vs. Jock

POP Montreal continued on Saturday (9/22) and BV photographer Dominick Mastrangelo was on the scene and got shots of The Sadies, "Shut Up and Eat Your Ballads" (Leif Vollebek and friends Michael Feuerstack, Laurel Sprengelmeyer of Little Scream, and Brad Barr covering Tom Waits), and Rags to Radio. He also stopped by the Pop vs. Jock basketball game which saw members of Arcade Fire and The Strokes playing basketball with other celebrities like actor Martin Starr (Freaks & Geeks, Party Down), pro basketball player Luke Bonner, and more.

David Byrne, who played a POP Montreal show with St. Vincent a day earlier (9/21) (they start their NYC-run of three shows tonight), performed at the game's halftime show. During his set, he was joined by Arcade Fire's Win and Will Butler and The Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture to perform covers of ? and the Mysterians' "96 Tears" and KC and the Sunshine Band's "That's the Way (I Like It)." You can watch a video of the latter below.

More pictures from Friday (9/21) are HERE. Pics from Sunday (9/23) are coming soon and more from Saturday are below.

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The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.

Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.

Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.

Festival passes, individual tickets for some clubs shows, and tickets for the Olympic Plaza events only are all on sale. The full festival schedule iwill be announced in June.

Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...

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photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Frisicano

Crystal Antlers
The Dirty Projectors

"This is the first outdoor New York show we've played where it hasn't rained," said Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth (or something like it) of the sunshine and light clouds that soared over his band, and both of Sunday's openers, Magnolia Electric Co. and Crystal Antlers (who replaced White Denim on the bill). (it rained during Dirty Projectors' Sumerstage show in June and their lightning-backed Seaport gig last year.)

It was the second Jelly NYC Pool Party at the Williamsburg Waterfront aka East River State Park where activities include dodgeball, basketball, and drinking beer in a roped off area (but not slip n slide). The view of Manhattan, Empire State Building included, along with the breeze from the water make it a great place for spending the day outdoors. The live music makes it even better.

After the inaugural Waterfront event on July 12th, the July 19th show was more of a laid back affair -- a vibe carried by the organ-driven sound of Jason Molina and Magnolia Electric Co., who went on around 4:30pm. The band from Indiana made it clear they were very happy to be there and having a great time. After their set you could catch them behind their own merch table until the end of the show.

From the opening notes of "Two Doves" at 6:15, Dirty Projectors' set got off to a slow start (that opener being one of the most low energy songs on either of their last two albums). The band continued with new-album material before launching into a mid-set stretch of older songs. I was wondering how they'd rearrange the older material, it turns out they didn't. The band played the Rise Above and before material with their two new touring members (singer Haley Dekle and bassist Nat Baldwin) off the stage. The combination of "Fucked for Life," "Gimme Gimme Gimme," "Thirsty & Miserable" and "Rise Above" injected some much-needed energy into the crowd. In my opinion, the tension and drama in those is unmatched by anything on the (still good) new record. From there, single "Stillness Is the Move" solicited cries of excitement and applause. That song led a straight shot through the Dirty Projectors' poppiest numbers, closing with a two song encore and Dark Was the Night track "Knotty Pine" (though without David Byrne there to sing his part like he did at Radio City and Bonnaroo).

I was a bit farther back, but upfront Chris had a different view of something I missed... (of someone who wasn't content yelling his marriage pleas from the crowd).

"It was a blur. During the Dirty Projector's set a man managed to get into the photographer's pit and attempted to rush the stage. He climbed onto one of the speakers in front of the stage nearly toppling it over before security managed to pull him off and escort him out of the pit."

Crystal Antlers opened the show, but I personally got there too late to see them. Chris did get pictures though. More of them, along with an attempt at the DP setlist, below...

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Arcade Fire

Will (not Win who is pictured above) Butler responded to Sasha Frere-Jones' article about race and indie rock.

Being as I am in the Arcade Fire, I prickle a little bit at your statement that “[i]f there is a trace of soul, blues, reggae, or funk in Arcade Fire, it must be philosophical; it certainly isn’t audible.” In a somewhat … I dunno, is it childish to respond to critics this way? Anyway. I’ve attached an MP3 with parts of our songs that I think steal quite blatantly from black people’s music from all over the globe. [Will Butler]
Be Online Basketball.

Maybe they really did steal that basketball....

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