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by Bill Pearis
NZCA Lines, the nom-de-keyboard of British musician Michael Lovett, will soon return with album #2, titled Infinite Summer, which will be out in January via Memphis Industries. The first single, "Persephone Dreams," is a lovely piece of blissed-out, somewhat krauty synthpop, stretching over six minutes of square-waves, steel drum and guitars. Check it out, and stream NZCA Lines' underrated debut album, below.
Lovett, who was part of Metronomy's live band in 2013 (his brother is former Metronomy member Gabriel Stebbing), has assembled a NZCA Lines live band that includes current ace Hot Chip drummer Sarah Jones and former Ash guitarist (and solo artist in her own right) Charlotte Hatherley -- a pretty formidable trio. Let's hope they play North America for this album. Album art, tracklist and "Persephone Dreams" stream, below...
Hot Chip / Gwenno / Sun Ra Arkestra @ Green Man Fest 2015
The Green Man Festival has been taking place in Wales' beautiful Brecon Beacons for the past few years, drawing an increasingly impressive line-up of worldwide and Welsh musicians to the sprawling Glanusk Estate. The 2015 edition happened August 20 - 23 and added enough extras (Hot tubs! A cinema! A beer festival! A science garden!) that you didn't really even need to see any bands at all. But that would be silly, because the bands are great. Read on for some of the best bits from the first two of the four days.
First three-generational dance parties: Dan Deacon. Grandmas love Dan Deacon. (No word on what the wild-dancing toddlers made of Mr Deacon describing playing on the Thursday night as like being invited to the pre-party the day before Simba's Baptism in the Lion King.)
Best outfit: Multi-lingual singer, DJ, dancer, radio presenter and all-round over-acheiver Gwenno's glittery elegance on Thursday night complemented her shimmery soundscapes.
Best thing overheard from a security bloke's walkie-talkie: "Er, what's our policy on bongs? Over."
Shortest journey: Seren the Heron, teenage provider of acoustic loveliness who opened the Green Man Rising stage, who's from just down the road in Crickhowell (you could walk there from the festival). The stage also hosted finalists from the festival's unsigned band competition, with winners Hunck opening the main Mountain Stage.
Hardest rocking with the least amount of notes: Hookworms:
Most life-changing festival food: Bloody Mary crumpets, blowtorched. Thank you, Strumpets with Crumpets.
Best sounding session: Glasgow's C Duncan. A handful of bands ventured behind the crumpet truck each day to record exclusive Green Man sessions, and C Duncan's was so good people kept nipping in from the press tent to see who it was.
Most attractive to insects: Englishman Bill Ryder-Jones, who had to halt Wild Swans mid wasp-attack, and own Natalie Prass, whose bee-battling struggle was rewarded with a break in the clouds, a burst of sunlight and huge cheers. (Prass also had the best unofficial introduction from a lady in the front row, who explained to a tiny child that "she's a beautiful girl with beautiful brown hair with a beautiful voice and a beautiful guitar.")
Best Green Man-related tweet: Matthew E White, the day before he played -- "I passed @deepthroatchoir a note that said "will you sing with me tomorrow at @GreenManFest, check YES, NO, MAYBE" #fingerscrossed"
Coolest drummer: Sarah Jones, for Hot Chip (who played all the hits and made everyone very happy) and - directly before that - Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor, a tour-de-force supergroup playing all the hits from an alternate reality in which Nigerian funk recluse Onyeabor is as well-known as Hot Chip.
Best security staffer: The nice man assigned to the rum bar (aka ad hoc press tent on the other side of the site where all the drinks are doubles) every single day. He came back to hang out when he was off duty and everything.
Pictures and review of Days 3 & 4 coming soon. Meanwhile, check out lots more pics from Days 1 & 2 of the 2015 Green Man Festival, below...
Hurrray for the Riff Raff & Giraffage playing bonus sets in the tent
Like we did a week earlier at Lollapalooza, BrooklynVegan co-hosted/presented/curated the Toyota Tent inside the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco this past weekend. We already posted some pictures which included the Friday sets by Speedy Ortiz and Natalie Prass. Here are more from both of those sets and from Saturday and Sunday too.
Saturday included live set by Waters, The Drums, Classixx and Hurray for The Riff Raff whose upcoming tour includes a show at Carnegie Hall. There was also live Q&A with Django Django whose live set was a major highlight for one paper:
The London art-rock quartet came in a close second to [Kendrick] Lamar, turning in a sensational set that surely earned them hundreds (thousands?) of new fans. The group isn't all that well known in the U.S., but that will change if they keep rocking the house like they did at Outside Lands. Indeed, just plan on being head over heels for this band in, say, about a week. Grab a copy of the group's new album, "Born Under Saturn," and the transformation could happen even sooner.On Sunday DJ Rezound (aka Jamie Granato who was also our BrooklynVegan host for the weekend) started warming up the crowd at 1pm to get the crowd ready for a Q & A with Dan Deacon at 2:00. One of the last songs he played was off the new Tame Impala record, which felt good when an audience member later asked Dan which records he had been impressed by recently and he mentioned their new one. Dan felt immediate comfort on the stage, telling the crowd he and Jamie were an improv group and asking for suggestions. Dan waxed poetic about everything from human perspective (being trapped inside a painting) to hoarding (he is self-proclaimed). Lastly, he reminded everyone to not litter on the beautiful festival grounds. Giraffage drew a crowd that spilled out of the tent and had people dancing wildly to his brand of house, trap and mash-up. Shakey Graves left everything on stage with their performance, an emotive show that had girls running past security for selfies the minute he stepped down the stairs.
Hot Chip DJing the tent
With 15 years and six albums behind them, Hot Chip took to the main stage with an army of synths prepared to get the audience moving with their fusion of disco, pop and hip-hop. Tracks like "I Feel Better," "One Life Stand" and "Over and Over" had the audience dancing along to the band's makeshift choreographed moves. [Billboard]METZ stopped by the Toyota Tent for a picture, and Rezound DJ'd more while Hot Chip finished their main stage performance and walked over to our tent for their own DJ set. After a fun set of old and new classics, Alex Bleeker and The Freaks took the stage to play a set of all new material that sounded great. They were jazzed up from their performance earlier that day of Grateful Dead covers where original Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann took the stage with them on the 20th anniversary of Jerry Garcia's death (Bill has two shows coming up at MSG with actual Grateful Dead members).
More pictures from the whole weekend continue below...
The 2015 Outside Lands festival is now underway in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. If you're there, make sure to come say hi to us in the Toyota Tent. If you're not, you might be interested to know you can livestream performances on three separate channels starting at 3:30pm PT (6:30pm EST) each day (Aug 7-9) at sfoutsidelands.com/.
The actual fest schedule is HERE, and the streaming schedule is below...
by Bill Pearis
Hot Chip with David Byrne at Webster Hall 8/5/2015 (photo by Nicky Digital)
Hot Chip played their second of two sold-out shows at Webster Hall on Wednesday (9/5) which was pretty much a non-stop dance party. (It's always a bit disconcerting to feel Webster Hall's floor bounce so much.) Like they did at Webster the night before and Baby's All Right on Monday, Hot Chip finished the night with a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" with a bit of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends" at the end. After seeing they had brought out LCD's Nancy Whang on Tuesday, I was wondering who might make an appearance on Wednesday.
I figured it would be Pat Mahoney who was LCD's drummer (and Hot Chip's on one tour) and whose band Museum of Love opened the show. But it turned out to be someone a little more special: David Byrne whose shock-white hair was instantly recognizable from where I was in the balcony before they actually announced him. He held it down on tambourine duty. Johnny Lam, who played with Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor and David Byrne at the William Onyeabor tributes at BAM, was on stage as well playing pedal steel. The crowd went nuts, and even more so when they realized "All My Friends" had kicked in. (James Murphy watched from the VIP area.) You can watch a few short instagram videos below.
by Bill Pearis
Hot Chip @ Webster Hall 8/4/2015 (photo by @biggie_schmaltz)
Hot Chip have been covering Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" for their encore on this tour and, at least in NYC, they've been segueing that into LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends." Hot Chip guitarist Al Doyle, who also played in LCD's live band, has been singing it, and after doing it at Baby's All Right on Monday (8/3) they did it again at Webster Hall on Tuesday (8/4) in a more extended fashion. Also making it more special: they brought out Nancy Whang, making for a bit of an LCD reunion, and Sinkane helped out as well. Video from Webster Hall is below.
Tonight (8/5), Hot Chip play their second sold-out night at Webster Hall. They show is opened by Museum of Love, the current band of onetime LCD Soundsystem (and Hot Chip) drummer Pat Mahoney. Who knows who might come out for Hot Chip's encore tonight?
Hey @CourteneyCox are you around LA on the 11th? Wanna come to our show at the Greek? No particular reason!— Hot Chip (@Hot_Chip) August 2, 2015
photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis
Hot Chip @ Baby's All Right 8/3/2015
As I walked up to Baby's All Right on Monday (8/3) there was a massive truck parked outside on Broadway. A lot of movies film right around there, so at first I thought it was for a shoot but then I wondered if this was for Hot Chip. The door guy at Baby's confirmed and it really hit me that these guys just don't play places this size anymore. (They're at Webster Hall tonight and Wednesday.) In fact I'm pretty sure they haven't played anywhere this small since their first NYC show which was at Rothko in 2005 (with Maximo Park, who was there?).
Hot Chip maybe weren't expecting quite such a small place either. The band are touring as a seven-piece, with former New Young Pony Club drummer Sarah Jones and longtime auxiliary member Rob "Grovesnor" Smoughton helping out. As we mentioned ealier today, there was so much gear onstage, there was almost no space for opener Georgia and her band to set up, so she only was able to play two songs solo with a small drum kit. They also had two mixing desks taking up up some of the floor's real estate. It was a lot of stuff.
Little of that mattered once Hot Chip hit the stage at 10 PM, and they seemed energized by being this close to their audience. Having a great new album (my favorite since The Warning) doesn't hurt either and neither does having the extremely talented Jones and Smoughton behind them. We got a 90-minute show that featured the best of the new record, plus most of the singles from their older records. It was a hitfest. Old songs got new arrangements, and the've worked out clever transitions between songs so that it was a fairly seamless show, with guitarist Al Doyle occasionally taking a moment to introduce members of the band. Highlights for me were new songs "Easy to Get" and "Started Right," which were stitched together, and the heartfelt "Alley Cats" from One Life Stand.
For the encore we got "Look at Where We Are," "Boy from School" and then a pretty great cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" which got even better when Doyle, who spent time in LCD Soundsystem, turned the song into an ad-hoc cover of "All My Friends." It was a great moment. Pictures from the night, including ones of Georgia's brief opening set, are in this post.
This was a private show for members of Jukely, a concert subscription service where you pay a monthly fee for access to select show, as well as special events like this. Hot Chip play tonight (8/4) at Webster Hall with Georgia again and then Wednesday (8/5) with Museum of Love, both of which are sold out. More pics from the Baby's show, below...
photo: DEP @ MHOW, 2013 (more by Rebecca Reed)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Laura Marling @ Town Hall
Laura Marling went electric earlier this year on Short Movie, but even with the new sounds, the excellent songwriting is still clearly her own.
The Dillinger Escape Plan, White Widows, Moon Tooth, Lyken21 @ Saint Vitus
The Dillinger Escape Plan have been banging out quality mathcore since the late '90s, and their shows are still a killer time. This one's pretty intimate for them, and not surprisingly sold out.
X @ City Winery
L.A. punk icons X are here for three shows at City Winery; sadly guitarist Billy Zoom is battling cancer and couldn't make the trip but part of the proceeds of these shows will go towards his medical bills.
Hot Chip @ Baby's All Right
Ahead of their two Webster Hall shows, Hot Chip play tonight at this very intimate "Jukely members only" show. "Sold out", but if you snagged tickets, it should be a great show -- Hot Chip haven't played somewhere this small since Coming On Strong.
Night Train w/ Seaton Smith @ Littlefield
Seaton Smith fills in for regular Night Train host Wyatt Cenac and welcomes guests Jermaine Fowler, Brooke Van Poppelen, Louis Katz, Gary Vider, and Miguel Dalmau.
J. Cole, Big Sean, YG, Jeremih @ PNC Bank Arts Center
J. Cole's out on the road supporting his late 2014 release, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, and he's got some pretty great openers: Big Sean, who made his best album yet this year, krazy Compton rapper YG, and alt-R&B standout Jeremih (who also makes this show worth it on his own -- he really doesn't tour enough).
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Lollapalooza 2015 just got underway in Chicago's Grant Park and will be there all weekend with headliners Metallica, Paul McCartney Sam Smith, The Weeknd, and Florence + the Machine. (BrooklynVegan will be there too, in the Toyota Tent.) If you can't make it, Lollapalooza will be broadcasting live each day starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) across three different channels and you can watch it right here.
Sunday's streaming schedule includes Florence + the Machine, Of Monsters and Men, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Lord Huron and more. The whole weekend's stream schedule is listed, along with the Lollapalooza video player, below...
photos by James Richards IV
The Weeknd / The War on Drugs / First Aid Kit @ Lollapalooza 7/31/2015
Nobody saw this coming. Backed by a drummer and a multi-instrumentalist, First Aid Kit pulls off a true surprise and lays into Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" with the heaviness in tact. Well before it's over, any illusion of the charming duo using the cover as a novelty-minded attention grab fades away. Indeed, while First Aid Kit could easily rely on the adorability factor, the Swedish sisters don't need it. They're a rare example of an artist that played the opening time slot at a prior Lollapalooza, seized the moment with a breakout set and graduated to a bigger platform. And compared to their 2012 performance here, Johanna and Klara Soderberg display more poise, confidence and maturity. Not to mention a more diversified palette. Each sister possesses a snow-pure voice capable of whipporwill deliveries. But when they connect on harmonies, they hit gorgeous emotional peaks. - [Chicago Tribune]The 2015 edition of Lollapalooza got underway Friday (7/31) in Chicago's Grant Park with sets from Paul McCartney (who brought out Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard to sing and play guitar on "Get Back"), The Weeknd, The War on Drugs, First Aid Kit, Hot Chip, alt-J, Father John Misty, SZA, Sylvan Esso and more. Pictures from Lollapalooza Day 1 are in this post.
Saturday's Lollapalooza lineup includes Metallica, Death from Above, and Django Django -- all of which you can watch live via Lollapalooza's streaming player which is in this post. Live streaming begins at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern), but they're rebroadcasting Friday's sets as well. Watch below.
If you're going to Lollapalooza, be sure to stop by the Toyota Tent today (8/1) where BrooklynVegan will be hosting performances by Chicago's own Twin Peaks (5 PM Central) and Pell (5:30). We'll have pics from the rest of the weekend too. Meanwhile, check out lots more pics from Lollapalooza Day 1 below.
photo: Hot Chip @ Governors Ball 2015 (more by PSquared)
Hot Chip will be in NYC later this summer for a show at Webster Hall on August 4. That is now sold out but they've just added a second show the day after at Webster Hall (8/5) with pals Museum of Love opening. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed below...
photo: Hot Chip @ Governors Ball 2015 (more by PSquared)
Hot Chip were in NYC for last weekend's Governors Ball and have just announced a headlining show here -- they'll play Webster Hall on August 4 with new Domino signing Georgia. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/19) at 10 AM with an artist presale starting Wednesday (6/17) at 10 AM.
Weird Al / Hot Chip / Flying Lotus / War on Drugs @ Governors Ball 6/7/2005
Weird Al came swinging right from the bell, brandishing his accordion and taking a polka tour through a number of recent top 40 hits. It was a good way to bait the crowd, likely expecting a set heavy on numbers from last year's smash, Mandatory Fun. The first of these was "Foil", set to the tune of Lorde's "Royals". Some of the props from its music video were wheeled out, plenty of aluminum foil included. The song's Illuminati-referencing second half may have been lost on a festival crowd, but that was quickly forgotten. Weird Al darted offstage as soon as the song finished, leaving the crowd hotly anticipating what Weird Al would bring next. The thing he brought was IT. And by "IT" I mean one of his most dearly loved classics, the Michael Jackson parody "Fat", complete with a fat suit that was a perfect replica of the one Weird Al sports in the song's music video. If festivalgoers were still warming up to the Weird Al festival phenomenon, they were fully in his hands by this point. Even the sound guy was singing along. - [Popmatters]Governors Ball finished up its 2015 festival on Sunday (6/7) with sets by The Black Keys, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Flying Lotus, A-Track, The War on Drugs, Sturgill Simpson and more. But the most talked-about set may have been Weird Al who tore through hits and costume changes at a frenzied pace. Pictures from his set and the rest of day 3 are in this post.
a misty GovBall entrance today (photo via @xxdylandark0)
The 2015 Governors Ball just got underway at NYC's Randall's Island and if you can't make it, performances from throughout the three-day festival will be broadcast on on SiriusXM via Alt Nation channel 36 now through Sunday, June 7. Select performances will also air on The Spectrum, channel 28; Jam On, channel 29; Electric Area, channel 52 and SiriusXMU, channel 35. So if you're a subscriber, tune in.
Confirmed performances to be broadcast by SiriusXM include My Morning Jacket, The Black Keys, Big Gigantic, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Angus & Julia Stone, Chromeo, Hot Chip, Florence + The Machine, A-Trak, Vance Joy, Royal Blood, The Districts, Death From Above 1979 and Moon Taxi. More details about channels and broadcast times are here.
by Bill Pearis
British artist Georgia is a real multi-hyphenate, a multi-intrumentalist who played drums for Kate Tempest and Kwes, and who is also a producer, singer and MC on her own. She released her debut EP last year and has since signed to Domino who will release her self-titled debut album on August 7. Her first single for the label, "Move Systems," came out earlier this year and is a good example of her approach (which is also multi-hyphenate): futuristic, hooky and melodic and an MC style that's a little closer to MIA than Tempest if we're making comparisons. You can watch the video "Move Systems" and check out new track "Be Ache" and that 2014 EP, below.
Georgia will be in NYC the week her album's released to play two shows: August 3 at Elvis Guesthouse and August 6 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (6/5) at 10 AM. After that she'll be opening for labelmates Hot Chip on a string of UK dates, and all are listed below.
Hot Chip have already released "Need You Now," "Huarache Lights," and "Burning Up" from their upcoming album Why Make Sense (due 5/18 via Domino), and they've now launched a new website where you can head to stream the album's title track.
The 2015 Glastonbury Festival, which sold out in 25 minutes back in October, has announced it's initial lineup. In addition to Lionel Richie, which they confirmed a while back, this year will feature Patti Smith, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Pharell Williams, Motorhead, Alabama Shakes, The Fall, Alt-J, Suede, Fat White Family, The Chemical Brothers, GOAT, Caribou, fka twigs, George Clinton, Father John Misty, Kate Tempest, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and more.
The annual UK festival takes place June 24-28 on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England. All announced Glastonbury 2015 performers are listed below...
Governors Ball is approaching, and now the aftershows happening at various NYC venues have been announced. Tickets for all aftershows go on Citibank presale starting Wednesday (4/15) at noon, and tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/17). You can also enter to win tickets at doNYC.
This year's schedule includes shows from Little Dragon, Atmosphere, White Lung, Conor Oberst, Hot Chip (DJ), Flying Lotus (DJ), SBTRKT (DJ), and more. Full schedule below...
The 2015 Osheaga Festival happens July 31 - August 02 in Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau. This year's lineup includes St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Future Islands, Hot Chip, Nas, Father John Misty, Alt-J, The War on Drugs, Weezer and lots more. Festival passes are on sale now and the full Osheaga lineup is listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Hot Chip's new single from their forthcoming sixth album, Why Make Sense, is "Need You Now" which is a very solid house number with a hook sampled from the 1983 Sinnaman single "I Need You Now." For the song's video, the band turned to Shynola who are responsible for some memorable videos of the '00s, like Radiohead's "Pyramid Song," The Rapture'a "House of Jealous Lovers" and Junior Senior's "Move Your Feet"... the latter of which probably got them the job doing The IT Crowd's opening credits. For "Need You Now," they use subtle special effects to tell the story of a man (Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor) whose life seems to be in a constant loop. Literally. You can watch it below.
Hot Chip's Why Make Sense is out May 19 via Domino and, thanks to a "bespoke printing technique" every copy of the LP and CD will feature unique artwork. Pre-orders are available, including a deluxe LP version that comes with a bonus EP. Hot Chip will be in NYC next month for Governors Ball.
photo: Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Outside Lands, which happens August 7-9 in San Francisco with Elton John, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, D'Angelo, St. VIncent and more, announced its daily lineups today. Check those out below.
3-day passes are sold out, and single-day passes go on sale Thursday (4/2) at 10 AM PDT.
photo: Sleater-Kinney at T5 in February (more by PSquared)
Sleater-Kinney, who first said they weren't playing festivals but then were announced for Primavera Sound, have now also been added to home stage festival Sasquatch!, taking place Memorial Day Weekend (5/22-25) at The Gorge. Other new additions include Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib (who plays NYC tonight), THEESatisfaction, Helms Alee, AlunaGeorge, Kaytranada, Goldlink and a few others.
Those additions join previously announced names such as Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent and many more. Festival tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
Lollapalooza returns to Chicago's Grant Park from July 31 - August 2, and this year's lineup includes Paul McCartney, Metallica, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Brand New, Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death From Above 1979, Django Django and more. Tickets are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale at 10 AM CT.
Full lineup below...
Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly and Starr Hill, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, have announced [the] lineup for the eighth annual Outside Lands Festival. After four consecutive sold-out years, the world's only gourmet music festival that Rolling Stone hailed as "one of America's best," and the Huffington Post called "a well-rounded cultural event," will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 7 - 9, 2015. While the Eager Beaver on sale had the fastest sell-out in the history of the festival, a limited number of 3-Day General Admission and VIP regular tickets go on sale this Thursday, March 26th at 10am PDT via SFOutsideLands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department. The festival has given more than $10 million to the department since its inception.The full lineup for this year's fest is listed, and in Funny or Die video form, below...