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Monday, Dec 9, 2013
John Grant, the artist behind Rough Trade's album of the year, was part of the NYC store's second week of shows. Before they had to stop.

John Grant’s Pale Green Ghosts has deservedly found its way into several end of the year best of lists, including #5 at Mojo and #9 at Q. But Grant received top marks from the UK music institution, Rough Trade, who honored him with ‘Album of the Year’. To celebrate, Grant is performing in-store at Rough Trade East on the 9th of December but before that he graced the stage of Rough Trade’s new NYC store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


The store had only opened the prior week, before the Thanksgiving holiday, and in its performance space had hosted Television, Charles Bradley and many others—sometimes more than one show a day (after Grant’s set, We Are Scientists were schedule to perform). Grant’s show, including the one the night before just down the road at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, were considered “stripped down” and didn’t include a drummer—just three folks on stage instead of the five or six from when I saw him in July.


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Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013

Amok, the first studio album from Atoms for Peace, was released in February. Though the album received mostly good reviews and debuted in the #2 position on the US Billboard 200, the songs didn’t quite possess the type of energy that had been on display during the band’s 2009-2010 live dates.


Originally arranged as a band for Thom Yorke’s performances of solo laptop album The Eraser (2006), the group created Amok in jam sessions that Yorke and band member/producer Nigel Godrich subsequently spent years editing. The effect of their tinkering was to constrain a very talented group of musicians (including Flea, Joey Waronker, and Mauro Refosco) within a computer—an ironic development considering that the group was initially recruited to bring The Eraser out of its digital shell.


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Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013
The 2013 Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit will take place from October 25 - 27 in Asheville, North Carolina.

The 2013 Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit will take place from October 25 - 27 in Asheville, North Carolina. AC Entertainment, Inc., the producer/promoter of the festival, has a history with electronic music events in Asheville, having previously produced and programmed the city’s Moogfest from 2010 to 2012. The promotional materials for the summit describe a “vision and programming philosophy” that “celebrate the creative spirit of musical exploration, along with the innovative spark that fuels all of the arts.”


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Friday, Aug 9, 2013
Five good reasons to catch Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks in concert if you get a chance.

I may be a prisoner of the moment. I may still be riding the emotional high, still intoxicated by those sublime sights and sounds. I may be saying so because I want it to be so or because the worst-case scenario I imagined – a glorified tribute show – so quickly became a distant concern. These are all plausible explanations. Or it’s the case that I actually did see the most memorable, most fulfilling, most fun – in short, the best - concert of my life on the evening of July 27 at the Weesner Family Amphitheater in Apple Valley, MN, courtesy of Al Jardine, David Marks, and the inimitable, heaven-sent Brian Wilson.


In no particular order, here are five reasons why this (partial) Beach Boys reunion show may be tops in my book.


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Monday, May 20, 2013
More than 60 acts are now confirmed for the festival, which runs from May 30 through June 2 in Nelsonville, Ohio.

Several acts have been added to the 2013 Nelsonville Music Festival, including Lee Fields (& The Expressions), the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Joe Pug, You Black Kettle, Los Hacheros, and Flying Clouds of South Carolina, who are returning after a standout performance at last year’s festival. Though set times for non-headliners have not been announced, the full day schedule is available:


 


Thursday, May 30

Gogol Bordello (headlining set at 10:30 p.m.)
Wild Belle
Los Hacheros
Old Light
County Pharaohs
D-Rays
Hex Net
Unmonumental
Weedghost
JJ Reed
Michael Hurley
Chris Biester


 


Friday, May 31

Cat Power (headlining set at 9:00 p.m.)
The Coup
Lee Fields & The Expressions
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister
Los Hacheros
Nick Tolford & Company
Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer
JD Hutchison
Reigning Sound
Screaming Females
Endless Boogie
Wooden Indian Burial Ground
Cotton Jones
William Tyler
Old Light
The Hiders
Michael Hurley
Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer
Catherine MacLellan
Olentangy John
Adam Remnant
Cotton Jones
Todd Burge
JJ Reed
Leah Nairn
Emily Prince


 


Saturday, June 1

Wilco (headlining set at 10:00 p.m.)
Mavis Staples
Calexico
Sharon Van Etten
Jonathan Richman
Lucius
Flying Clouds of South Carolina
Honeycutters
Shilpa Ray
Wussy
Country Pharaohs
Sundresses
Wheels On Fire
You Black Kettle
Joe Pug
Michael Hurley
Jerry David Decicca
Lucius
Catherine MacLellan
Shazzbots
Todd Burge
Chris Biester


 


Sunday, June 2


John Prine (headlining set at 6:00 p.m.)
Tift Merritt
Field Report
Flying Clouds of South Carolina
David Wax Museum
Brown Bird
Catherine MacLellan
Jerry David Decicca
Rattletrap Stringband


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