Bonnaroo 2015 Lineup

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UPDATE 1/13/15

The official Bonnaroo lineup is here, and WHAT A LINEUP INDEED! For headliners you’re looking at the Piano Man Billy Joel, returning acts Mumford and Sons and one of rap and hip-hops finest, Kendrick Lamar. For the first time ever, it’s been said that an EDM act will also be taking a coveted spot at the mainstage, and this year it’s all about the mysterious helmeted dub/chord/bass aficionado Deadmau5!

Other “HOLY SHIT THIS INSANE” acts include Tears for Fears, Earth Wind and Fire, and Robert Plant and the Sesational Shapeshifters. Bonnaroo stays true to its jam and bluegrass roots with acts like Pokey Lafarge, The Punch Brothers, Medeski, Scofield, Martin and Wood, Bela Fela and Abigail Washburn and STS9.

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FREEwilliamsburg’s Top 25 Albums of 2014

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2014 will be a year bookended by loss in Williamsburg. When 285 Kent closed its doors in January, it was like a shotgun blast through the heart of the local music community. While it was true that Williamsburg had been condofying for years, and spots like Monster Island, Secret Project Robot, Zebulon and Galapagos had been long shuttered, it was first of the area’s “last stand” to fall. Death By Audio followed months later, and in a little more than a week, Glasslands will follow to close out the year.

“DIY” in Williamsburg may be a dead concept, but it’s important to remember that independent music venues are always transient. It’s particularly depressing that everything closed in the blink of an eye, but there are still lots of venues keeping it real in and around Williamsburg. Times change and places close, but great music never goes away, and the twenty-five albums below prove that.

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Five best shows of the weekend

 

Image courtesy of the Chicago Tribune

Image courtesy of the Chicago Tribune

5) Iggy Azalea at Rockefeller Center
While you pretty much know what you’re going to get at this one—a throng of drooling middle-aged dudes and way-too-young-to-be-dressed-like-that teeny boppers at 8am in midtown Manhattan—one thing makes this (almost) worth it: The drunken, kinda-creepy beat from song-of-the-summer hit, “Fancy”, which may well be the best thing to happen to Top 40 this year.

Friday, doors at 8am

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Food For Thought: Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

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The trend in music festivals these days seems to be “all you can eat”. A hungry fan shopping for an experience would be pleased to see a former Beatle playing alongside a long broken-up, and now-reunited rap crew from the 90s. If your tastes are more progressive, here are 30 bands that you’ve never heard of – try a taste of each. In the mood for something more contemporary? Then you won’t want to miss this DJ we booked all the way from Europe – he comes with a fireworks show too!

Leave it to Pitchfork to buck the trend. The décor here can be best described as no frills, with only three stages marked by green, blue, and red banners. The menu is simple if not sparse; a lean mix of acknowledged prodigies and obscure names. Pacing is steady and reliable; when one course ends another begins, that is if you can make it through such a packed house. The mise-en-place could use some work. [Read more…]

St. Vincent killed it on the season finale of SNL

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Sure, there was a mildly amusing bit about Solange and Jay-Z, but St. Vincent was the real star of Saturday’s season finale. If you missed her performance, watch below: [Read more…]

Annie Clark of St Vincent was on Portlandia

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Stream the New David Byrne & St. Vincent; New Video: ‘Who’

You can listen to it all here.

There’s essentially no way for a collaboration between Talking Heads’ David Byrne and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark to exceed the sum of its parts. Each artist is distinctive enough, and dominant enough over the work on which he or she appears, that their sensibilities can’t be blended so much as stacked in such a way that they coexist simultaneously. Still, Love This Giant (out Sept. 11) brings Byrne and Clark together in provocative and frequently exciting ways, thanks in part to a slyly funky horn section and an overarching sense of brainy boldness.

Though they swap lead-vocal duties, Byrne’s jittery, globe-trotting eclecticism tends to overshadow Clark’s efforts, in part because the horns’ volume forces her guitar work out of the foreground. But Byrne sounds more invigorated than he has in years, and as one of the best young singers, arrangers and guitarists in the business, Clark possesses a craftsmanship-intensive oddness which meshes nicely with his.

Besides the considerable talent on display here — in addition to the headliners, the album features the work of producers John Congleton and Patrick Dillett, as well as guests Antibalas and The Dap-Kings in the horn-flooded “The One Who Broke Your Heart” — the key ingredient on Love This Giant is energy. There’s a funky, live-wire, anything-goes feel throughout the record, as it honks and soars through strange ruminations on aging, culture and nature, while showcasing a persistent flair for movement and mayhem.

Fashion Night Out 2012 Concerts

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NOTE – We’ve added St. Vincent, Three 6 Mafia, Questlove and more to the list below!

This Thursday is Fashion’s Night Out and My Social List is happy to partner with Freewilliamsburg to bring you our list of the best live performances.

6PM:  Chairlift at Prada (Soho)

6PM:  La Sera, Icona Pop (DJ ) at Helmut Lang (Soho)

6PM:  Haim at Topshop (Soho)

6PM:  Ladyhawke (DJ), Mick Rock (DJ) at Allsaints (Soho)

6PM:  We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Lonely Forest at Rockefeller Center (Midtown)

6PM:  Solange Knowles (DJ) set at DVF (Meatpacking)

6PM:  Oh Land (DJ) at DVF (Soho)

6PM:  Revered Run, DJ Ruckus at Piperlime (Soho)

6PM:  Maxwell at Jean-Michel Cazabat (West Village)

6PM:  Vanessa Carlton at Sak’s Fifth Avenue (Midtown)

6PM:  Questlove at The Hoodie Shop (Lower East Side)

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