Wow! Our PV15 show couldn't have been more fun. Thanks to all our bands that participated, Pygmalion Music Festival, and of course, all of you that attended. Here are a few photos I took throughout the day. Skateboards, fake mustaches, and good bands...what more could you ask for?
STRFKR just wrapped up their West Coast tour including succesful appearances at San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival (pictured above is the crowd during STRFKR's set) and Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre. The photo sets are starting to roll in, so click the links below to check out photos on Prefix, Under the Radar, MSN Postbox, and Losanjealous blog.
Vivian Girls took a break from their European tour to stop by the Bowlegs studio for a live performance of "Take It As It Comes" from their recent album Share The Joy. You can check it out above. Also, if you click the link below and head over to Drowned in Sound you can see a photo set from Vivian Girls' show at XOYO in London. And just in case you missed it, click below to head over to NME to watch the official music video for Vivian Girls' "Take It As It Comes."
To celebrate independence day, of Montreal let loose at the Luminary Center for the Arts in St. Louis with an America-themed explosion of music and theatrics. Riverfront Times was there to catch the action, and wrote up an awesome live review of the show, which included a "slow motion swordfight by knights in Spiderman masks," "Tim Burton-esque skeleton-headed folk marauding like a bad LSD trip," and "a pig-masked pair kissing (making snout?) before an American-flagged man exercising his right to bear arms on them." Click the link below to head over to Riverfront Times' website to read the full review and see the full photoset.
music VS man, a St. Louis-based photo blog, posted a new photoset of pictures taken at the Asobi Seksu / Neon Indian show at the Firebird. In addition to some really nice shots, a brief live review is included: "[Asobi Seksu] maintained such a high intensity without compromising the pop element." Head over to music VS man to see the full photoset and read the whole review.
Clash Magazine made it out to Deerhoof's show at The Garage in London and published an awesome live review of the show that describes frontwoman Satomi Matsuzaki's "mesmerising stage presence." And when you're playing as intensely as Deerhoof does, it's only natural that "uncontrollable facial expressions convey a kind of demonic possession." Click the link below to read the rest of the review in Clash Magazine.
In an interview with Artrocker, Vivian Girls share the secrets of their style, inspired by mid-century America, Native American designs, and 80s and 90s movies. Learn about the best places to buy vintage in Brooklyn and San Francisco, and their take on high fashion. Click the link below to read the interview over at Artrocker.
Brooklyn Vegan just posted some amazing photos from of Montreal's recent show with Painted Palms at The Mohawk in Austin, TX. Judging from the photo above, things got wild! Check out the rest of the photos by clicking the link below. Above photo by Tim Griffin.
We've all taken road trips and seen some crazy stuff. But when you're on the road all time, like STRFKR who's in the midst of a two-month national tour in support of their recent Polyvinyl debut Reptilians, you see TONS of crazy stuff. And drummer Keil Corcoran was there with his trusty cell phone camera to document all the happenings--from naked bicycle riding to smiling dogs to supposedly psycho-active sunglasses. Click the link below to head over to Self-Titled Mag and read the whole interview.
Photojournalists come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they come in the form of STRFKR using their cell phone camera on tour. ALARM magazine just conducted an interview with STRFKR in which drummer/multi-instrumentalist Keil Corcoran comments on a stockpile of photos he took on the band's most recent national tour. Click the link below to head over to ALARM and see what a STRFKR tour is like behind the scenes.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin's national tour with Tokyo Police Club and Two Door Cinema Club just wrapped up, and the photos are starting to roll in. This most recent set, courtesy of musicVSman, is an awesome look at the band's St. Louis show at The Firebird. Pictured above is a particularly well-timed gem of guitarist Will Knauer stage-diving into the drum kit. Click the link below to head over to musicVSman to see the whole photoset, and read about the show highlights while you're there.
As announced earlier on Pitchfork, Vivian Girls have revealed the album art (above) and release date for their third album and Polyvinyl debut Share The Joy. The album is scheduled for release on April 12th, which will coincide with a national tour supporting Black Lips. The album was recorded by Woods' Jarvis Taveniere at Rear house Studios in Brooklyn. It will be available LP/CD/MP3 formats, with limited-edition 180-gram teal vinyl, limited to 2000 copies. Also, the single from the album, "I Heard You Say," is available for free download. Click the link below to download "I Heard You Say," and head over to the Polyvinyl store to pre-order Share The Joy.
We're excited to say that WIRE Magazine featured Deerhoof on the cover of their February issue this year. WIRE talks to Deerhoof about their Captain Beefheart obsession, and draws convincing parallels between the two acts, as bands with "instrumentation similar to that employed by a rock group, but deployed in ways few rock musicians would have considered." The band also tells WIRE what living in the Bay Area was like when Captain Beefheart fanatics all had their own personal tall tale of the band. Click the link below to check out Deerhoof's tin-can telephone photo shoot and an in-depth interview with the band.
Over the weekend in Ybor City, FL, of Montreal put on another amazing show, and Creative Loafing was there to document the whole thing. According to CL, the show "was a full-on tripped-out performance art spectacular," with "pig-headed men and women riding atop the crowd on an inflatable swimming pool boat, performer extras in black-and-white checkered full body suits stage-dancing and crowd-surfing, and stumpy brutes with oversized skeleton heads looking like they marched direct from a Tim Burton film." Click the link below to read the review and check out pictures from the show!
If you weren't able to catch Joan of Arc on their current midwest tour, you should check out Music vs. Man for a great live review during the band's stop in St. Louis, MO. You'll also be able to see some amazing photos by Louis Kwok (see above). Click HERE to check it out.
Joan of Arc still have a few shows left on this current tour before they leave for a 2 week long European tour with Love of Everything. Check out the complete list of tour dates HERE.
When was the last time you read an article that began, "Fish-headed laser robots, skull-headed kids, men in full-body lycra suits locked in mortal battle..." and didn't finish it? Check out these awesome live reviews and photo sets from the of Montreal show at Koko in London last week and catch the confetti explosions, bloodied (er, red-painted) bodies, and the swoon-inducing of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes in action.
If last night wasn't the best way to kick off this year's Pygmalion Music Festival, I don't know what is! Janelle Monae and of Montreal destroyed Canopy Club's stage and left the crowd wanting more. Luckily, I was able to snap a few photos for you all! Check them out above.
Casiokids's US tour with Light Pollution is officially underway! After flying straight from Amsterdam to San Francisco yesterday with little to no sleep, the guys got in their van, headed straight to Cafe du Nord and played an amazing set! They even brought the monkey suit! (see above)
Tonight the guys will be in Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios. If you're in the area, be sure to stop by and say hello! You won't regret it. Check out the complete list of US tour dates below.
Casiokids US Tour
8/19 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios - TICKETS 8/20 Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project - TICKETS 8/21 Vancouver, BC @ Media Club - TICKETS 8/24 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry - TICKETS 8/25 Chicago, IL @ Schuba's - TICKETS 8/26 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick - TICKETS
of Montreal's Kevin Barnes recently played a solo show at Respectable Street Cafe in West Palm Beach, FL and some great videos and photos have surfaced online. Check out the version of "The Past Is A Grotesque Animal" above, then follow the link below to check out photos on Prefix along with a review on New Times.
Asobi Seksu just posted some great photos of the band in the studio recording their upcoming full-length. To see all the photos, head over to the band's Facebook page by clicking the link below. Don't forget to add them as a friend so you can see all their future updates about the new album!
Casiokids made the journey all the way from Norway to play this year's SXSW. They also played a few shows in NY before too! To sum things up quickly - THEY KILLED IT! Tons of reviews and photos have been popping up in places like Rolling Stone, Filter, Under The Radar, and more. Click the links below to check everything out. Above photo by Wendy Redfern.
Time for another photo update! Danielle and I were lucky enough to catch Casiokids as they blew everyone away at the Lose Control Party @ VICE. They're currently in America supporting their upcoming album Topp stemning på lokal bar (which you should pre-order now!). I was only able to snap a few photos before they left the stage, but this has definitely been one of my favorite shows of the festival so far. Keep checking the Tumblr for more updates!
Aside from a few road blocks (me getting food poisoning, Seth losing his ID, and Danielle and Chris getting screwed by a cabbie) the PV crew is having a great time at this year's SXSW. A few of our bands have already played a couple great parties, resulting in some fun photos. Check out one of Japandroids at the Death + Taxes day party, then click the link below to visit the PV Tumblr for more.
Casiokids just touched down in the good ole U.S of A last week and played a few shows in New York. Brooklyn Vegan was at the Littlefield show and Kyle Dean Reinford snapped some great photos. Click the link below to check em out!
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin recently played a show at Brooklyn, NY's Bell House and Prefix, Consequence of Sound, Modern Mystery, and We Heart Music were there to capture it. Modern Mystery also recorded a special performance of "Modern Mystery." Check out the video and photos by Carly Kent, Alex Young, William and Dave by clicking the links below.
Pitchfork just posted a great photo gallery of all their favorite photos of 2009. of Montreal makes an appearance with the photo above by Nilina Mason-Cambell. Click the link below to check out all the photos.
Have you gotten a chance to check out the latest issue of SPIN yet? There's an awesome 2 page spread of Kevin Barnes singing on stage with Janelle Monae during Lollapalooza that's worth seeing (see above). Check out the latest digital issue of SPIN by clicking the link below
The Tripwire recently got a chance to hang out with Cale Parks in his Brooklyn apartment this summer. Check out a day in the life of Cale as he works on some music and talks about his latest EP, To Swift Mars. Follow the link below to check it out. Photo by Nikki Turner.
For those of you who were unaware, last week was Fashion Week in NYC and of Montreal decided to throw a crazy party in celebration of the festivities. Tons of people were there covering the show including Stereogum, NBC New York, Brooklyn Vegan, and more. Click the links below to check out photos from the party. Photo by Vincent Cornelli.
of Montreal's 3 night stretch at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York has been gaining much notoriety throughout the blog world. Not only did Janelle Monae stop by for these shows, but of Montreal unveiled 2 new songs! Click the links below to check out coverage from FUEL TV, Brooklyn Vegan, Prefix, The Tripwire, and photos by Cory Schwartz of Getty Images. Above photo by Rez Avissar.
Asobi Seksu's show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York has gotten a ton of recognition lately. Amongst the sold out crowd was The Ice Cream Man! From what I hear, there wasn't any ice cream for Asobi Seksu, but there was a sweet review on the website with photos by Bobby Lin. Click the link below to check it out.
Brightest Young Things posted an Asobi Seksu Listening Party today for your Wednesday afternoon enjoyment! In the feature, Yuki gives fans some insight about how some of the songs off Hush came to fruition. There's also a couple songs to stream along with great photos for your viewing pleasure. Click the link below to check it out.
The Bathysphere posted some nice photos from the Headlights show on March 16, @ Mojo's with the Pomegranates and Gentleman Auction House. Click the link below to see all the photos by Meghan Sundermeier.
Last night's Loney Dear / Andrew Bird show at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles was reviewed on Stereogum today. The band's a cappella closure was met with "pindop silence and a partial standing ovation." Check out the full review and photos by clicking the link below. Photo by Andrew Youssef.
Brooklyn Vegan posted some great photos of Wednesday's Cale Parks/Passion Pit show at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Check out the article and the rest of the photos taken by Leia Jospe by clicking the link below.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin was featured in the Urbana-Champaign music blog Over UC. Philip sat down for an interview before the show where he discusses the band's Russian tour, what it's like being in Illinois, and what he got for Christmas. Check out the photos of the show by clicking the link below.