Brooklyn’s 10th annual Afropunk Festival announces lineup, D’Angelo to headline

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Afropunk Fest is back at Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park on August 23 and 24 for its 10th year of spontaneous utopia-generation. Seriously, the event amounts to a pop-up society, with a famously diverse crowd, a market, a cadre of food trucks, an “Art Wall” for select artists to scrawl on, a motorcycle show, and a soapbox for anyone who doesn’t like certain things to speak their piece — not to mention the music, which sprawls across four stages. And the hair, which is always quite dope.

The festival casts a wide net in terms of genre, certainly not limited to punk, and this year’s lineup features soul paragon D’Angelo as the headliner, along with Shabazz Palaces, Lianne La Havas, clipping., Valerie June, Trash Talk, and many others (check the link below for the full roster).

If you want a sense of the vibe at Afropunk, or just a quick pick-me-up, watch this particularly positive feature on last year’s fest:

• Afropunk Festival: http://afropunkfest.com

DJ Harvey to save rock & roll? Hah! Only in his Wildest Dreams

DJ Harvey’s new band, Wildest Dreams, might just do the trick if you’re tired of rock & roll’s modern iterations. Their first album will be out July 29 through Smalltown Supersound, and, according to the press release, the self-titled work draws its sound from “the landscape of L.A. and its surroundings” with the purpose of soundtracking “your road and acid trip.” The band itself is an anonymous group, with Harvey at least contributing vocals, that supposedly compares to the legendary L.A. Wrecking Crew of the 60s… and that’s not too far-fetched.

Harvey is the man who was at least partially responsible for bringing disco and house to the UK, and he’s achieved legend status in the domain of “real” (read: vinyl-spinning) DJs for his six-plus-hour, genre-spanning, borderline-religious sets. He is a musically enlightened man, having spent countless hours crate-digging, uncovering forgotten masterpieces, and his knowledge of music is encyclopedic. So who better than a truly knowledgeable DJ to take up arms and defend the frayed, moth-eaten banner of bona fide, hard-edged rock & roll? Who else is gonna do it? The Black Keys? Nah. Jack White? Give me a break. Okay maybe Wolfmother, but I’m not actually convinced they’re still alive.

Hell, Rolling Stone once said, “If Keith Richards was a DJ, he’d totally be Harvey.” The point being that this guy’s practically a rock star already, and he’s soon to deliver some nasty riffs, sweet licks, and snappy break-beats to unsuspecting ears, all baked to the same crunchy golden-brown as your favorite blues-rock classics.

If you still have any doubts, watch the accompanying video for the album’s first single, “Last Ride”:

• DJ Harvey: https://www.facebook.com/HarveyDJay
• Smalltown Supersound: http://www.smalltownsupersound.com

Brooklyn’s 10th annual Afropunk Festival announces lineup, D’Angelo to headline

Afropunk Fest is back at Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park on August 23 and 24 for its 10th year of spontaneous utopia-generation. Seriously, the event amounts to a pop-up society, with a famously diverse crowd, a market, a cadre of food trucks, an “Art Wall” for select artists to scrawl on, a motorcycle show, and a soapbox for anyone who doesn’t like certain things to speak their piece — not to mention the music, which sprawls across four stages. And the hair, which is always quite dope.

The festival casts a wide net in terms of genre, certainly not limited to punk, and this year’s lineup features soul paragon D’Angelo as the headliner, along with Shabazz Palaces, Lianne La Havas, clipping., Valerie June, Trash Talk, and many others (check the link below for the full roster).

If you want a sense of the vibe at Afropunk, or just a quick pick-me-up, watch this particularly positive feature on last year’s fest:

• Afropunk Festival: http://afropunkfest.com

Spoon announce North American tour with Arcade Fire, offer album bundle with bloody beach ball

Austin rock & rollers Spoon took a longer-than-usual break after their 2010 LP Transference, but the five-piece have finally announced details of their eighth record, They Want My Soul, along with a North American tour. After a fruitful relationship with Merge, the band will join recent upstart Loma Vista Recordings — which is run by former Warner Bros. Records CEO Tom Whalley — for their upcoming album. Loma Vista is also the newly adopted home to artists like Little Dragon, Cut Copy, and St. Vincent. Hmm, sounds like someone’s looting all the profitable indie bands…

Beginning this week, Spoon’s 2014 tour will see them cutting across the US until October’s Austin City Limits festival, followed by a quick Euro tour. Along the way, the group will share stages with Arcade Fire, EMA, and Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser. Before They Want My Soul drops on August 5, limited pre-orders are available here, including a “TWMS T-Shirt Bundle” with a translucent blue LP, a CD, a lion shirt, a blood-splattered beach ball, eight postcards, and a facsimile of the album’s handwritten lyric sheets (the first 100 bundles will be autographed). Rumor has it that lead singer/guitarist Britt Daniel left a little dollop of his soul in five lucky bundles, drummer Jim Eno put a booger in one, and multi-instrumentalist Rob Pope thought the whole bundle idea was kind of a gimmick. He takes credit for the blood-splattered beach ball, though.

Tour dates:

07.12-13.14 - Telluride, CO - The Ride Festival
07.18.14 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07.25.14 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
08.01.14 - Chicago, IL - Metro
08.02.14 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.05.14 - San Diego, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre at Chula Vista *
08.08.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fairbanks Lawn of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
08.10.14 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands
08.17.14 - Portland, OR - Musicfest NW
08.30.14 - Montreal, QC - Parc Jean Drapeau *
08.30-31.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Made in America Festival *
09.02.14 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre + *
09.05.14 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival *
09.06.14 - Norfolk, VA - Norva + *
09.07.14 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling Music Festival *
09.10.14 - New York, NY - Central Park
09.11.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead +
09.12.14 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room +
09.13.14 - Hamilton, ON - Supercrawl Festival
09.14.14 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre +
09.16.14 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre ^
09.17.14 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre ^
09.18.14 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre ^
09.19.14 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre ^
09.20.14 - St. Louis, MO - Pageant ^
09.21.14 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall ^
09.23.14 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom ^ *
10.03-05.14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival
10.10-12.14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival *
11.01.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
11.02.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefarlich
11.03.14 - Basel, Switzerland - Kaserne Reithalle
11.04.14 - Cologne, Germany - Luxor
11.05.14 - Gent, Belgium - Vooruit
11.06.14 - Paris, France - Trabendo
11.07.14 - London, UK - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire *

* supporting Arcade Fire
+ Hamilton Leithauser
^ EMA

• Spoon: http://www.spoontheband.com
• Loma Vista: http://lomavistarecordings.com

RIP: Bobby Womack, soul singer

From Rolling Stone:

Bobby Womack, the legendary soul singer whose career spanned seven decades, died Friday at age 70. A representative for Womack’s label XL Recordings confirmed the singer’s death to Rolling Stone, but said the cause of death was currently unknown. […]

Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. “My very first thought was — I wish I could call Sam Cooke and share this moment with him,” Womack said. “This is just about as exciting to me as being able to see Barack Obama become the first black President of the United States of America! It proves that, if you’re blessed to be able to wait on what’s important to you, a lot of things will change in life.”

• Bobby Womack: http://bobbywomack.com

Dama/Libra (former members of sunn O))) and Silkworm) release track off upcoming Northern Spy album Claw, tour the galactic halo

The debut of a track from G. Stuart Dahlquist (former member of sunn O))), Asva, and Burning Witch) and Joel R.L. Phelps (former member of Silkworm and current member of the “Please don’t confuse me with the author of Goosebumps” club) sent me down a Wikipedia rabbit hole, trying to understand what, exactly, is dark matter.

Dahlquist and Phelps’ project, Dama/Libra, takes its name from an experiment at the National Institute of Nuclear Physics. Dama/Libra (the physics experiment, not the musical group) is apparently a “pioneer activity in the direct investigation of Dark Matter (DM) particles in the galactic halo.” Uh, okay. Apparently, it has something to do with the detection of dark matter and, I don’t know, intergalactic travel? Black holes? Donnie Darko? Clearly, Wikipedia and the rest of the internet didn’t clarify anything for me and I spent too much time reading A Wrinkle in Time as a child.

Here’s a concept that’s easier to grasp than particle detection: Dama/Libra (the musical group, not the physics experiment) have released a track off of their upcoming album Claw. It’s called “The Chant” and it’s a lovely preview of the full album, which will be out August 12 on Northern Spy (get the gatefold LP version direct from the band). They’ve also announced August tour dates. Understand that much?

Dates:

08.17.14 - Milwaukee, WI - Quarters
08.18.14 - Chicago, IL - Hideout
08.20.14 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
08.21.14 - Brooklyn, NY - St. Vitus
08.22.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Brillobox
08.23.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
08.25.14 - Columbus, OH - Double Happiness
08.26.14 - St. Louis, MO - Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center

• Dama/Libra: https://www.facebook.com/DamaLibra
• Northern Spy: http://www.northernspyrecords.com