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Travis Morrison @ F F F Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Dismemberment plan

Shiner Beers, who we recently teamed up with for a free show in NYC and who will join us at our upcoming Austin day parties, were also a sponsor of Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin this year. At that fest that they asked musicians to play one song in front of their parked van. They dubbed the high quality results "Shiner Van Sessions", and today we premiere two of them, and another over at BV Austin.

The Dismemberment Plan's Travis Morrison sounds just perfect in the outdoor setting with nothing but an electric guitar and a microphone as he plays "No One's Saying Nothing" off his DC band's 2013 reunion album Uncanney Valley. California's Cayucas don't sound so shabby themselves stripped down and harmonizing a rendition of "Will The Thrill" from their 2013 Secretly Canadian release Bigfoot. Watch and listen below...

Continue reading "WATCH: Travis Morrison perform in a 'Shiner Van Session' (Cayucas too)"

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
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After another successful year, Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest has announced its return for 2014 will go down from November 7-9 at Auditorium Shores. Early bird tickets go on sale February 12 via FFF Fest's site.

Watch the trailer video below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 dates & ticket info announced"

photos by Tim Griffin

Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Slayer

Walkmen
Slayer surfer

More pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE, Slayer included....

Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.

After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]

The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.

We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.

Title Fight at Holy Mountain (via @britneyirl)
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Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest starts today (11/8) and runs through Sunday (11/10), but those down in Austin got an early start to the fun fun fun last night (11/7) with the FFF Nites late shows. Last night's Nite shows included one with Kurt Vile, that we posted pictures of at BV Austin, and a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Holy Mountain with Title Fight and Code Orange Kids, plus local openers Boyfrndz and Pushmen. Hopefully everyone who waited in line got in. That's a shot of Title Fight from last night's intimate show above above, and there's one of Code Orange Kids below. Kurt, Title Fight and Code Orange Kids all play the fest proper today, as do Quicksand, Flag, Thee Oh Sees, Big Freedia, RJD2, Snoop Dog (!?), Cut Copy, The Walkmen, Patton Oswalt, and many more.

The festival and the night shows continues through Sunday with sets from Television, Slayer, Descendents, Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Cloud Nothings, White Lung, and more. You can still grab tickets, and if you're going, don't forget to check the schedule.

Our metal blog Invisible Oranges is also presenting a FFF Nites show on Saturday (11/9) with Black Tusk, Inter Arma, Yakuza and Eagle Claw.

Title Fight don't have any touring plans following FFF Fest, but they did just announce that they'll do their 10-year anniversary show (their first show was opening for Blacklisted on October 17, 2003) on November 30 in Northeast PA. Lineup and more details TBA. Flyer below.

Title Fight's new analog-recorded Spring Songs EP comes out next week (11/12) via Revelation Records. You can stream it in full on Pandora and below.

Continue reading "Title Fight played a Fun Fun Fun Nite show, announces 10th Anniversary gig, streaming new EP; FFF is underway"

by Andrew Sacher

Title Fight at Europa in 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Title Fight

Fun Fun Fun Fest (minus Death Grips) is about to return to Austin, November 8-10 to be exact, and if you'll be down there for it, be sure to keep the fun fun fun going at night with the official FFF Nites shows. The shows are all free with a FFF Fest badge, and highlights include Kurt Vile at Mohawk, OBN IIIs/Blind Shake at Red 7, Subhumans/White Lung at Mohawk, Mac DeMarco/Quasi at North Door, Chelsea Light Moving/Lemuria/Merchandise/The Young at Red 7, Pelican/True Widow/Coliseum at Red 7, Del the Funky Homosapien/Flatbush Zombies at The Belmont, The Men at North Door, Cro-Mags/Ceremony at Holy Mountain, Retox/Narrows/Regents/Coliseum at Holy Mountain, Defeater at Holy Mountain, and Bonobo (DJ) at The Parish. Check out the full schedule here.

As we just mentioned, our metal blog Invisible Oranges is presenting one on Saturday (11/9) of the fest at Hotel Vegas with Black Tusk, Inter Arma, Yakuza, and Eagle Claw. That show doubles as the Austin stop on the Black Tusk/Inter Arma tour, which hits NYC on October 30 at Saint Vitus with Descender and No Way (tickets).

BrooklynVegan is also presenting a FFF Nites show on the Thursday (11/7) night before the festival begins, at Holy Mountain. The show kicks off with two local Austin bands: the metallic Pushmen (10:15 PM) and the proggy Boyfrndz (11 PM), and they'll be followed by post-hardcore noisemakers Code Orange Kids (midnight), and finally the emotionally-charged, boundary-pushing punk band Title Fight (1 AM).

Title Fight contributed the previously-unreleased song "Another One" to the new Will Yip compilation (stream it below), and they've also got a new EP, Spring Songs (which was recorded completely analog), coming out right after FFF (11/12) via Revelation Records.

Code Orange Kids have been touring maniacs lately, having just played NYC at The Studio at Webster Hall last night (10/24) with Power Trip, Counterparts, Terror, and more; and are set to return for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus (12/18) with Every Time I Die.

Stream that Title Fight song below...

Continue reading "Title Fight, Code Orange Kids, Boyfrndz & Pushmen playing a BV-presented FFF Fest Nite show (full schedule)"

by Doug Moore

Slayer at Mayhem Fest, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Slayer

Slayer's first North American tour since the demise of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman (RIP) earlier last year draws nigh; its first date is tonight (10/25) in Las Vegas, though it doesn't start in earnest until its 11/8 Minneapolis date. At this point, only half of the classic Slayer lineup remains. Guitarist Kerry King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya are still plugging away, while Hanneman has been replaced (seemingly for keeps) by Exodus guitarist Gary Holt. Drummer Dave Lombardo -- who quit the band over a financial dispute with his bandmates -- is being covered by Paul Bostaph, who spent most of the '90s as a member of Slayer.

Perhaps in an attempt to dispel any misgivings about the tour, Slayer has announced that they'll be playing an "old school" set that spotlights material from their first five releases. So says the press release:

"Slayer's "Old School Slayer Night" set will include tracks from 1983's Show No Mercy, 1985's Hell Awaits, the genre-defining and Gold-certified Reign In Blood (1986), 1988's South of Heaven, also certified Gold, and Seasons.

"The final set list is still coming together," added Araya, "but we're going to give the fans what amounts to 'decades of aggression.' It's going to be a great night of music and moshing for everyone."
Hard to complain about that. Though Slayer will obviously never be the same after losing half the lineup that recorded those classics, Holt and Bostaph are more than competent enough to replicate them faithfully. After all, Slayer have been in working-stiff mode for a decade now; they exist for fan service, and they seem to know it.

Slayer's tour with Gojira and 4ARM hits NYC on November 27 at the Theatre at MSG. It also includes area shows at CT's Oakdale Theater (11/26) and NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center (11/29), and tickets for all three are still available.

Before the NYC-area dates, the tour hits Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest, where we're doing two FFF Nites shows. One of them is a metal show, presented by our metal blog Invisible Oranges, which doubles as the Austin stop on the ongoing Black Tusk/Inter Arma tour. The show happens on Saturday, 11/9 at Hotel Vegas with the sludgy Black Tusk headlining at 12:45 AM, preceded by the psychedelic black metal of Inter Arma (11:45 PM), Chicago experimental metal band Yakuza (11 PM), and local Austinites Eagle Claw (10:15 PM). I've said this a few times, but if you haven't caught Inter Arma's live show, you should really do that. Their new album, Sky Burial, is handily one of the year's best, and their live treatments of it only emphasize its charms. Entry is free with a FFF Fest badge.

Check out a full live set by the current Slayer lineup, a full stream of the new Inter Arma, and Slayer's complete run of dates with Gojira and 4ARM, below...

Continue reading "Slayer playing "old school" set on tour; Black Tusk, Inter Arma, Yakuza & Eagle Claw playing IO-presented FFF Nite show"

Death Grips at FYF Fest, where they actually played (more by Wei Shi)
Death Grips

You're never, like, ever going to believe this, but Death Grips, who dropped off Lollapalooza and Osheaga this year, and have cancelled full tours in the past, just cancelled their set at this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest. Nobody saw this coming.

In Death Grips' place, No Age (who have played FFF Fest before) have been added. And (not related to DG), Sarah Silverman has been added to the comedy portion. As discussed, the festival also includes Television, Slayer, Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, and a bunch of other bands that actually care about their fans. Tickets are still available.

In other news, The Smiths aren't reuniting and Liam Gallagher has an opinion on something.

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Scott Hansen has made a new Tycho album since 2011's blissed-out Dive but will do so in early 2014. Until then, there's a new single, "Awake," this week via Ghostly. Like a Kodachrome print (and much of the Tycho catalog), there's a nostalgic feel to this, warm and friendly. You can dance to it but it's really more head-bobbing material, mood music. You can stream it below.

Tycho will be touring around Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest in November. Unfortunately he won't be making it to the East Coast on the trek but hopefully soon. Synched up to projection loops, the band's live show is worth checking out. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Tycho released new single, working on new LP, touring around Fun Fun Fun Fest (dates, stream)"

Berlin Festival

The big festival season may be coming to a close now that Labor Day is behind us and it doesn't really feel like summer anymore, but of course that doesn't mean there aren't any to still look forward to (though many are in warmer places than here in the Northeast).

One festival that will take an airplane ticket and a passport to get to from the US, but has a lineup that might make it worth it, is the Berlin Festival in -- you guessed it -- Berlin. It goes down this weekend from September 6-7 and includes Blur, Bjork, Pet Shop Boys, My Bloody Valentine, Klaxons, Savages, Justice (DJ), John Talabot (live), and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full schedule here.

In October, Austin gets the previously discussed Austin City Limits Festival for two weekends (10/4-6 & 10/11-13) with Depeche Mode, The Cure, Atoms for Peace, Phoenix, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, The National, passion Pit, Queens of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Franz Ferdinand and more. Weekend passes for weekend 2 and VIP options for both weekends are still available. Check out the schedule here. If you'll be in Austin for the festival, don't forget to catch some of the official late shows too.

Later on in the year, Austin gets the previously discussed Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov. 8-10) which includes Descendents, Quicksand, Television, Deerhunter, MGMT, M.I.A., Snoop Dogg, Cut Copy, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile, Body Count, Cloud Nothings, Title FIght, White Lung and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full lineup.

Around that same time, New Orleans hosts the previously mentioned Voodoo Experience festival (11/1-3) with Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, The Gaslight Anthem, Desaparecidos, Cults, Rudimental and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full schedule.

Though it's not quite a "festival," NYC will be bombarded by a whole slew of bands this fall when a big portion of the music industry heads our way for the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon, which runs from October 15-19. Confirmed artists include The Dismemberment Plan, Pelican, Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, Courtney Barnett, The Long Winters, Savages, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Eleanor Friedberger, Kevin Drew, Obits, Fuck Buttons, Quadron, Speedy Ortiz, Lawrence Rothman and more. Badges are on sale now.

Right before CMJ, NYC will be getting the 2013 CBGB Music & Film Festival which goes from October 9 to 13 across various venues and includes Andy Shernoff, Arto Lindsay, Bass Drum of Death, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Ginger Baker, Hanni El Khatib, Meat Puppets, Obits, The Spits, Tommy Ramone, and more. Badges are still available.

And right as CMJ is ending in NYC, San Francisco will be getting its two-day Treasure Island Music Festival (10/19-20). That festival includes Atoms for Peace, Beck, Animal Collective, James Blake, Japandroids, Disclosure, Tricky, Little Dragon, and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full schedule.

What else?

by Klaus Kinski

Tenacious D(uh)
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Holy smokes dudes. Lookit, I don't really go for the whole 'festival' scene, nor do I have the scratch or the resources to get my ass on a plane to go to some far off place and put myself up in a hotel in order to endure a few days of music and drunk idiots and awful tattoos and dudes in short-shorts prancing around like the world around them isn't basically in the worst shape it has ever been and stuff. And I am too old to do the old bro-out road trip, share a hotel room with eight dudes nonsense. However, two upcoming events in Elsewhere, USA are forcing me to consider eBaying everything I own in order to personally witness their majesty. The first event, which I've already mentioned, is Festival Supreme which is taking place on the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday October 19. Top to bottom, this show boasts the best line-up of entertainment I have ever seen including performances by Tenacious D, Zach Galifianakis, The Mr. Show Experience, Reggie Watts, Tig Notaro, Eric Idle, Tim & Eric, Sarah Silverman, and scores more of top shelf greatness. If ever there was a show worth the price of admission, a plane ticket, and a hotel room somewhere this is it.

Less than a month after that, the incredibly curated Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 has to go ahead and add a comedy line-up to their already powerhouse festival. If you're at the fest, which happens in Austin Texas from November 8 - 10, prepare yourself, for their comedy line-up includes the impossibly great Tenacious D, Patton Oswalt, Craig Robinson, Doug Benson, Rob Delaney, The Eric Andre Show Live(!), Kyle Kinane, Jonah Ray, and tons tons tons more. The fact that, in a single festival, I can see Slayer, Quicksand, The Descendents, Judge, Subhumans, and the Cro-Mags as well as all this great comedy is basically my most wonderfully imaginative dream come true. Tickets are currently on sale and I urge you to get on it tout de suite, sunshine.

But hey, if you're a New Yorker like me and dreams of travel to exotic US locations for comedy/music festivals are just that, a dream, have no fear. For as we mentioned yesterday The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival will return for it's 6th year with shows at The Bell House and Union Hall from September 26 - 29 that are sure to be so good you're gonna want to have a clean pair of underwear handy. This year's festival is bursting at the seams with comedy, maybe some music, and definitely more. Klaus favorites including Kristen Schaal, Jim Gaffigan, Ira Glass, Wyatt Cenac, Jon Benjamin, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael Che, Kurt Braunohler, and Leo Allen are all scheduled to perform in one way or another. In addition to that, the ALWAYS SOLD OUT StarTalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman will be back this year, as well as tons of smaller shows featuring newer talent and comedians who are sure to be sucked into the vacuum that is Los Angeles sooner or later. And you know your man Klaus is stoked for the return of Invite Them Up, Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen, and that super dope Bob's Burgers Season 4 Celebration. It's going to be a great festival loaded with the shows and comedians that made me fall in love with the NYC comedy scene in the first place.

For some of you today is probably payday so get those sweet bunz of yours onto TicketFly and start buying those tickets!

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Fun Fun Fun Fest

As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10, and now the full lineup was finally announced. It includes Television, Slayer (again!), Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Snoop Dogg/Lion, The Locust, Subhumans (performing Cradle to the Grave), The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, Retox, Chromatics, XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Merchandise, Lemuria, and many more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale today (7/10) at 10 AM CST.

Full lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 full lineup & tix (Television, Slayer, MIA, Quicksand, Descendents, Dismemberment Plan, MGMT & more)"

Deerhunter at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10 this year. After already leaking five artists (The Julie Ruin, Bonobo, Judge, The Walkmen, and Ice-T), FFF Fest just leaked six more.

The new announcements include FLAG (aka one of two Black Flag reunions, and who play NYC in September), Deerhunter (who also play NYC in September), Big K.R.I.T. (who plays Rock the Bells and NYC with Talib Kweli and Macklemore), Star Slinger, Daniel Johnston, and comedian Kyle Kinane.

Tickets for FFF Fest go on sale July 9 at 11 AM EST.

Star Slinger recently remixed Miguel's "Adorn." Check that out below...

Continue reading "more Fun Fun Fun Fest artist leaks (FLAG, Deerhunter, Big K.R.I.T., Star Slinger, Daniel Johnston, Kyle Kinane)"

FFF

As mentioned on BV Austin, Fun Fun Fun Fest just announced the first five artists who will play the eighth edition of the fest, which happens at Austin's Auditorium Shores on November 8, 9 and 10. This year's line-up will include The Julie Ruin (who just played Northside), The Walkmen (ditto), Bonobo, Judge, and Ice-T. A limited number of FUN2 Early Bird discounted tickets are on sale Thursday morning (6/20) at 10 AM Central.

Meanwhile, FFF is also playing "Guess the Fest" where they invite you to name 20 bands/comedians you think will play FFFF8. The person with the most right answers will win airline tickets to Austin and deluxe "Homie Passes" for two. You can enter until July 2 and GtF's website has all the details.

OFF! at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
OFF!

As mentioned, the 12th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will happen in Manchester, TN from June 13-15, 2013. When we last spoke, we mentioned a ticket pre-sale would be announced in November. That pre-sale is now announced and begins today (11/26) at noon.

In other festival news, we posted more pics from Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest on BV Austin over the weekend. You can check out sets of Braid, Brutal Truth, Residual Kids, Riverboat Gamblers, and more; Public Image Ltd., OFF!, Real Estate, Paul Banks, and more; and Octopus Project, Fang Island, Bleached, Class Actress, Japandroids, and more.

photos by Tim Griffin; words by Andrew Sacher

A$AP Rocky @ Fun Fun Fun Fest - 11/03/2012
A$AP Rocky @ Fun Fun Fun Fest - 11/03/2012

If A$AP Rocky has anything going for him besides a few internet rap hits and some memorable moments dropping in on his friends' shows, it's that he's already got some pretty far out stories to tell. He recently revealed an interview with Hard Knock TV that he smoked weed with Daft Punk on his tour bus (hopefully in Colorado). Now he just needs to get them to play at his house!

He also declared himself a factor in evolving society's views on homosexuality. "I kicked down the door for kids that's my age, older and younger, to be able to wear Jeremy Scott sneakers, rips in their jeans and not feel gay," Rocky says. Because of him, kids can wear whatever they want and not have to worry about being mistaken for being gay. Yeah, that doesn't sound homophobic at all (it's a start though) (watch the whole thing in the video below - he means well).

He's also taken his fashion to another level, and now has his own limited edition T-shirt line. You can purchase one while supplies last at Karma Loop.

In 2013, he'll be able to add another epic story to his resumé, when he heads out on tour with Rihanna. That tour comes to NYC for the previously discussed show at Barclays Center on May 4, which is sold out, and also hits the same venue one day later (5/5), which tickets are on sale for now. Hopefully Rocky will have his new album, LongLiveA$AP, out by then which he has kept delaying. He's now hoping to get it out during the first quarter of 2013.

As mentioned, you can also catch A$AP Mob with A-Trak at Best Buy Theater on November 29 and A$AP Twelvy at Highline Ballroom on November 22.

A$AP Rocky also just played Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin this past weekend (as did Run DMC). You can check out more pictures from his set (like the one above), the video of that Hard Knock TV interview, and a list of all upcoming tour dates, below....

Continue reading "A$AP Rocky smoking weed w/ Daft Punk, changing views on gays, touring w/ Rihanna & more (dates & FFF Fest pics)"

Malia James and Jules in New Orleans (via @malia-james)
Malia and Jules

"Dum Dum Boys" @ One Eyed Jacks, 10/30/2012 (via @julesdumdum)
Dum Dum Boys

Dum Dum Girls are currently touring across the South and Southwest, including a stop at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin TX this weekend. Last night (10/30), the band played a Devil's Night show at One Eyed Jacks and dressed as nuns. Dum Dum Boys with Brandon Welchez playing the part of his wife, Dee Dee, came out for the encore, playing "Jail La La." Tourmates Devin, meanwhile, dressed as ZZ Top:

(via @devin_music)

Dum Dum Girls have the night off for Halloween but play Austin for FFF Fest on Friday (10/2). A few more Instagrams are below along with a list of remaining tour dates.

Continue reading "Dum Dum Girls were nuns for Halloween; Devin was ZZ Top (pics & updated dates)"

The Young at 285 Kent (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The Young

The Young will tour the East Coast and Midwest following their appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 in their hometown of Austin, TX. The trip includes two NYC shows: Nov 10 at Cake Shop and Nov 11 at Cameo. Details on both are on the way.

All tour dates are below alongside The Young's latest video, "Dance with The Ramblers," from their new LP, Dub Egg.

Continue reading "The Young touring after FFF Fest, playing 2 NYC shows (dates)"

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Tickets for the James Blake show at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Divine Fits and Cold Cave show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the recently added Swans shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW with Devendra Banhart go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for their less recently announced Bowery Ballroom show with A Hawk and a Hacksaw, which happens about two weeks before the new ones, are still available.

Tickets for the Saint Etienne show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Meat Loaf is playing Beacon Theatre on November 1. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale and Internet presale (password: "MAD") now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (9/7) at 10 AM.

David Wax Museum will be in NYC this month to play Housing Works on September 18. Tickets for that show are on sale now. They'll return to play Mercury Lounge on November 30. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon and go on sale to the general public on Friday (9/7) at noon.

The Death Set and Ninjasonik are playing a free Barback Games-presented show with games, giveaways, and surprises at Webster Hall on September 24. Admission is free with RSVP.

Martha Wainwright is playing Littlefield on October 10 and Le Poisson Rouge on October 11. Tickets for the Littlefield show and tickets for the LPR show go on sale Friday (9/7) at noon.

The schedule for Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest was posted and single day tickets are now on sale.

Ray Lamontagne is playing Wellmont Theatre on November 19 and Carnegie Hall on November 26. Wellmont tickets go on sale Friday, September 14 at noon and Carnegie Hall tickets go on sale Friday, September 14 at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Ash 20th anniversary show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for their Knitting Factory show go on sale Saturday (9/8) at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Deftones show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the newly added Michael Kiwanuka show at MHOW, which Foy Vance and Marcus Foster are opening, go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Craft Spells, Ice Choir, and Ski Lodge show at Glasslands are on sale now.

Tickets for the Bleeding Rainbow, Royal Baths, SISU, and Punks on Mars show at Glasslands are on sale now.

Avicii, who has two upcoming Radio City shows, has been tapped by Madonna to open her Yankee Stadium shows, which happen this Thursday (9/6) and Saturday (9/8). Tickets for those shows are still available.

Esperanza Spalding is playing The Apollo on October 26 and 27. Tickets for the 10/26 show are on sale now and tickets for the 10/27 show are on AmEx presale now with a Ticketmaster/A List presale starting Monday (9/10) at 10 AM and a general on-sale starting Thursday, September 13 at 10 AM.

Austra are DJing Glasslands (9/19) the night of their MHOW show. Admission to that show is free with RSVP.

DOWNLOAD: Paul Banks - The Base (MP3)

Paul Banks

After a couple releases under the guise of Julian Plenti, Interpol frontman Paul Banks will release his first record under his own name on October 23 via Matador. You can download Banks opening track, "The Base," at the top of this post. While still from the same gloomy mold as Interpol, there's a sweeping orchestral/electro sheen to this that suits Banks well.

While no tour has been set up, Paul will play L.A.'s FYF Fest in September and Austin's FFF Fest in October. You can check out the LP artwork and tracklist below.

Continue reading "Paul Banks releasing solo debut LP in October (MP3)"

by Bill Pearis

Icona Pop at Glasslands, June 2012

Swedish dance duo Icona Pop will return to NYC for a show at Santos on September 12. Tickets are on sale now. The band's only other North American dates are Chicago on August 30 and Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest in November. All Icona Pop tour dates are listed below.

Icona Pop's recent Charli XCX-penned single "I Love It" may still be stuck in your brain like a Centaurian slug. (The video's below.) The band played Glasslands last month and I thought they were pretty good for basically being two people onstage singing to backing tracks with occasional knob-twiddling. There was definitely no lack of energy on stage, with much dancing and fist-pumping. Video of them performing "I Love It" there is below.

Continue reading "Icona Pop playing shows, Santos in September (dates)"

Fun Fun Fun Fest

After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.

Full FFF Fest lineup is below.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest full lineup (De La Soul, Refused, Fucked Up, Public Image Ltd, Santigold, Sharon Van Etten, Rakim, X, Converge, Japandroids & more)"

Run DMC

One of the greatest hip hop crews of all time will reunite to play Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) in Austin, Texas! Darryl McDaniels (more commonly known as DMC) and Joseph Simmons (Run or Reverend Run) will reunite Run DMC to play the Austin Festival. The show will be their first in ten+ years, since the tragic passing of the great Jam Master Jay.

The festival goes down on November 2nd-4th in Austin, TX and features previously announced names like Atlas Sound, Baroness, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Starfucker, Rakim, Lagwagon, The Head and The Heart, Danny Brown, David Cross, Bob Mould, Tomahawk, Against Me!, and many that will be announced with the full lineup on Thursday (7/12), the same day weekend 3-day passes go on sale. A few PIP Passes are still available now. A portion of the proceeds from the ticket goes towards Jam Master Jay's JMJ Foundation for Music "which is dedicated to providing access to the arts, regardless of socio-economic status, for children and young adults."

Some classic Run DMC tracks are below.

Continue reading "Run DMC reuniting for Fun Fun Fest in Austin"

Llama

Tickets for the Fiona Apple shows at Terminal 5 and Wellmont Theatre go on sale today at noon. All three NYC-area shows were recently announced after she played her set at Governors Ball.

Tickets for the Morrissey shows at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon. These shows were added after he sold out Radio City Music Hall.

Tickets for the Wilco show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon. Both shows Wilco is playing in Prospect Park are sold out.

The Queers and Agent Orange are playing a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on August 18. Tickets for that punk rock show on a boat are on sale now.

P.I.P. (aka VIP) Passes for Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (which just announced a third round of artist leaks) are on sale.

Tickets for the Swans show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Justice show at Hammerstein go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Jens Lekman and Taken by Trees show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Calexico and The Dodos show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Old 97s show at Webster Hall, part of a tour where they'll be playing a classic album in full, go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Squarepusher show at Terminal 5 with Mount Kimbie, Holy Fuck, and Bonobo (DJ) go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Two Door Cinema Club show at Central Park Summerstage go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Presets show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Kool AD (of Das Racist) show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Brother Ali show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Touche Amore show at Terminal 5 supporting Circa Survive go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Bon Iver shows at Radio City went on sale at 10 AM today.

Meek Mill plays Irving Plaza on August 27. Tickets for that show went on sale today at 10 AM.

As mentioned, we're giving away a pair of tickets to the El-P, Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and Despot show at Irving Plaza. Details on how to enter are HERE.

Tickets are still available for the Codeine show at The Bell House tonight (6/29).

Alexandra Lawn @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011
Ra Ra Riot

Oh no!

While this is not a 'goodbye', the time has come for me to leave Ra Ra Riot.

Thank you for the wonderful 6 years-- so many beautiful places visited, with incredible fans & close friends made along the way. I will carry on what I have learned from each and every one of you in future endeavors, whether it be music, becoming a pilot, or the next Iron Chef.

Playing music with Rebecca, Milo, Wes, Mathieu, John, Kenny, Gabriel, and Cameron has provided some very special opportunities in my life, alongside all the talented and amazing bands that have shared the stage with us throughout. I have learned so much from all of you, and most importantly, you have have taught me to strive every day to be a better musician and songwriter.

much love,

Alexandra Lawn

Countdown to news of a solo record?

The pictures in this post are previousy unposted pictures from Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 which took place in Austin in November not long before the band played Metro in Chicago (pics at the link). Chicago was the fourth-to-last date of the band's November tour. They've maybe played a few shows since then, but not many. More (of these pictures from one of Ali's last shows with the band) below...

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