Zeus at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

In case you need a last-minute excuse to get out of town, and you're not going to the sold out Lollapalooza in Chicago, single day tickets are still on sale for the amazing-looking Osheaga Festival in Montreal this weekend. The Canadian festival lineup includes names like The Black Angels, M83, Sigur Ros, Feist, Garbage, SBTRKT, The Shins, Justice, Polica, The Walkmen, A$AP Rocky, Florence & the Machine, Austra, The Weeknd, and even Passion Pit who cancelled most other upcoming dates (but who are also playing Lollapalooza).

The Montreal festival will also feature sets by German techno composers Brandt Brauer Frick and Canada Arts & Crafts band Zeus. And though Zeus and BBF don't have much in common musically, they are both now spending a couple of pre-fest days in NYC, starting with shows tonight (Thursday, 8/2).

As previously mentioned, "Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble" will make their U.S. debut as part of Lincoln Center Out Of Doors tonight. "Strings, horns, and piano go techno with the help of a Moog synthesizer in the alchemic reactions of Germany's electro-orchestra, the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble, in their first U.S. show." The free show also includes "On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky's Rite of Spring arranged and performed by The Bad Plus."

"Brandt Brauer Frick Trio" play Santos on Friday with Ef Es VII / 2. Tickets are still on sale.

Zeus meanwhile play the Rock Shop in Brooklyn tonight (8/2) with Robbers on High Street, and then play again at Mercury Lounge on Friday (8/3) with ARMS. Tickets for the Rock Shop show and the Mercury Lounge show are on sale now. The shows are part of a tour which brings them back to Canada to play Osheaga by Sunday. All dates are listed below.

Not surprisngly, Arts & Crafts are well represented at their country's music festival, and in honor of that they're giving away a prize pack of CDs on Facebook. Those CDs include Zeus, Feist, Dan Mangan, and Bloc Party who are signed to Arts & Crafts in Canada. Frenchkiss Records is putting out the new Bloc Party record in the US where Bloc Party visit after Osheaga for three sold out shows at Terminal 5 with The Drums. One of those shows, the 8/8 one, will stream live on Bowery Presents' Youtube channel. We have a pair of tickets to give away for the 8/9 show. Details, the trailer video for the stream, a new Bloc Party song and more tour dates, some with Ceremony, below...


Bloc Party live stream trailer

Bloc Party - "Day Four"

Bloc Party --- 2012 Tour Dates
8/3/12 Los Angeles, CA @ Hard Festival
8/4/12 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
8/5/12 Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
8/7/12 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 sold out
8/8/12 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 sold out
8/9/12 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 sold out
8/11/12 Las Vegas, NV @ The Pool at The Cosmopolitan
8/12/12 San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
9/14/12 Boston, MA @ House of Blues w/ Ceremony
9/15/12 Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre w/ Ceremony
9/16/12 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club w/ Ceremony
9/17/12 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club w/ Ceremony
9/19/12 Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre w/ Ceremony
9/21/12 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre w/ Ceremony
9/22/12 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue w/ Ceremony
9/28/12 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo w/ Ceremony

Zeus -- 2012 Tour Dates
Thursday August 2nd, 2012 Brooklyn, NY The Rock Shop
Friday August 3rd, 2012 New York, NY The Mercury Lounge
Saturday August 4th, 2012 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall
Sunday August 5th, 2012 Montreal, QC Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
Saturday August 11th, 2012 Wolfe Island, ON Wolfe Island Music Festival
Friday September 14th, 2012 Hamilton, ON Supercrawl
Saturday September 15th, 2012 Toronto, ON Echo Beach
Thursday September 27th, 2012 Champaign-Urbana, IL Pygmalion Music Festival
Friday September 28th, 2012 Champaign-Urbana, IL Pygmalion Music Festival
Saturday September 29th, 2012 Champaign-Urbana, IL Pygmalion Music Festival

For a chance at winning tickets to Bloc Party at Terminal 5 on August 9: either tweet something that includes both @BrooklynVegan AND "BLOC PARTY" in the tweet, or send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line "BLOC PARTY". Include your first and last name in the email. We'll pick a winner at random and contact them with more details. If you enter by email, it will not be shared with anyone else. Good luck!

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