A.V. Club throw their hat into the festival ring and announce Chicago music festival

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Not wanting to be left out of the whole “websites curating music festivals” game, The Onion’s A.V. Club has announced their own festival: A.V. Fest. The two-day festival goes down outside The Hideout in Chicago on September 10-11. A.V. Fest will feature 12 bands over the course of the weekend, with the initial lineup as follows:

Archers of Loaf
The Thermals
Tokyo Police Club
Eef Barzelay of Clem Snide (playing the music of Journey)

In related news, all TMT-ers are getting together in Mr P’s backyard for the annual TMT Avant-Garde Hoedown later this summer. You’re not invited.

• A.V. Club: http://www.avclub.com

Total bros Male Bonding bro down on fall bro tour. Bro!

When it comes to being bros, North America thinks it’s number one. And that’s because it is, bro! Fist bump, high five, and a flip of the baseball cap! Still, bros of America, we cannot get cocky. A threat to our bro domination waits overseas. That threat is known as Male Bron… Male Bonding.

It’s true, those English punk rock super bros in Male Bonding think they’re the broiest. I mean, they even named themselves Male Bonding, a concept that serves as the very cornerstone of bro culture. And if that’s not enough, they’ve even got the gall to come onto our turf and challenge our very broness. How un-bro, bros! So, suit up my bros, for we must defend our shores against Male Bonding this fall, when they’ll tour across our hallowed land. Prep yourselves by listening to Male Bonding’s new record, Endless Now, out August 30 on Sub Pop. If we’re lucky, all their bro secrets will be revealed within.

Male Bonding dates:

08.27.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Grasslands
08.28.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
08.29.11 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
08.31.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
09.01.11 - Montreal, QE - Il Motore
09.02.11 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
09.03.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick Lounge
09.08.11 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
09.10.11 - Washington, DC - Red Palace

• Male Bonding: http://www.myspace.com/malebonding
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

San Francisco Electronic Music Festival to feature Kevin Drumm, Jessica Rylan, Christian Marclay, Yoshi/Tashi Wada, and Joe Biden

Sorry for that link bait headline, we just couldn’t resist cashing in on all the Joe Biden excitement sweeping the nation lately. Though we can’t say for sure one way or the other, it’s looking less likely with each passing day that Biden is going to be performing at the 12th annual San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, running from September 8-11. He will, however, be in attendance at all four events, meaning it’s more or less your patriotic duty to spend the long 9/11 weekend with Joe and all his favorite noise outfits.

The SFEMF kicks off its 12th successful year on September 8 at SFMoMA (in the Phillis Wattis Theater) with an “evening of live and fixed media works for sound and video” provided by Sarah Howe, Les Stuck, Tim Perkis/Tom Djll, and Alba G. Corral/Kadet Kuhne. Since Biden wasn’t too keen on any of these artists, he requested an additional performance of Milton Babbit’s Philomel by Dina Emerson, just to round things out a bit.

Once the weekend rolls around, though, it’s all killer no filler at the Brava Theater Center for three days straight. Christian Marclay/Shelley Hirsch will be headlining Friday night, with Zachary Watkins and Jessica Rylan opening (your mind!!). Saturday brings Yoshi Wada and his progeny Tashi in a dual headlining performance, with Area C and 0th opening, as well as a tribute to the late Max Mathews from Marielle Jakobsons. Sunday proves the age-old maxim “save the Drumm for last,” as the formidable Kevin Drumm will be headlining this final night, with opening wizardry by JD Emmanuel and Gregg Kowalsky.

So put September 8-11 in your planners, electronic music fans, and start saving that money, because on top of the cost of admission, you also need to factor in the inevitable purchase of a couple “I’d rather be ridin’ Biden” t-shirts, for sale each night in an alley outside the venue.

September 8, SFMoMA:

Les Stuck
Sarah Howe
Tim Perkis/Tom Djill
Alba G. Corral/Kadet Kuhne
Dina Emerson

September 9, Brava Theater Center:

Christian Marclay/Shelley Hirsch
Zachary Watkins
Jessica Rylan

September 10, Brava Theater Center:

Yoshi Wada/Tashi Wada
Marielle Jakobsons (Max Mathews tribute)
Area C

September 11, Brava Theater Center:

Kevin Drumm
JD Emmanuel
Gregg Kowalsky

• San Francisco Electronic Music Festival: http://www.sfemf.org

Documentary on Paul McCartney’s 9/11 Concert for New York premieres on Showtime 9/10

Remember a minute ago when we announced that HBO is broadcasting a George Harrison documentary this fall? Maybe it’s jealousy, or maybe it’s the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center atrocity, but Paul McCartney has made a very timely announcement of his own documentary, detailing his personal experience with 9/11 and debuting September 10 on HBO’s rival network, Showtime. Paul McCartney has always been admirable in his humanitarian efforts, but let’s ask ourselves a few questions here to justify a documentary (entitled The Love We Make) about Sir McCartney’s trauma in the disaster that affected millions.

Q: Was McCartney in New York City on September 11, 2001?
A: That morning, yes.

Q: Did McCartney know anyone on any of the four planes hijacked that day?
A: No, but he was due to fly out of NYC and had to sit on the plane at the airport terminal while news spread about the World Trade Center attack.

Q: So aside from his celebrity status, what reason is there for Paul McCartney to make a documentary about himself in regards to the tragedy?
A: Following the mayhem, he organized the “Concert for New York City” on October 10 in Madison Square Garden, which brought together icons for rock fans: David Bowie, Eric Clapton, The Who, James Taylor, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones; plus idols for those rock fans’ children or 15-year-old siblings: Destiny’s Child, Goo Goo Dolls, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Is that a good enough reason? In short, the film, which largely consists of footage revolving around the show (on-stage and off — including the planning stages), sounds more like a concert film than a “9/11” documentary, particularly given that its director is Albert Maysles, who is also responsible for Gimme Shelter, one of the biggest rockumentaries ever. According to Maysles (via The New York Times), “There was so much suffering as a result of 9/11 it’s hard to imagine how one might bring relief to those who were impacted by the attacks, and honor those firefighters, police officers and rescue workers who lost their lives in their heroic attempt to help others. But Paul had the answer: music and a film that would tell the full story.”

Obviously, there’s going to be a lot going on that weekend, but this is just one idea of how to remember 9/11. You can always TiVo the film and then go out to New York for a special performance of William Basinski’s Disintegration Loops.

• Paul McCartney: http://www.paulmccartney.com

Bright Eyes to keep on touring until pigs fly and parallel lines converge

Bright Eyes have been on quite the resurgence of late; some might say it’s because of their latest album on Saddle Creek, The People’s Key (TMT Review), but I think it’s because emo never dies. Actually, I think it’s because Conor Oberst and His Obersts have a serious love for the road and, frankly, you’ll see that the proof is in the pudding when I tell you that Oberst and Bright Eyes have extended their already-lengthy tour into September (the year’s sexiest month), and if my divining skills are correct, it’ll go much longer than that. *

“Yes, we will be touring until pigs fly,” Oberst said in an imaginary statement as I brainstormed ideas for this news story, “We’ll be on the road forever, forever, the last record was great, no one saw it coming, and this shirt I’m wearing is really comfortable. What else do I need? We’ll be touring until the end of time and we’ll just keep riding this unstoppable wave until the very foundations of time crumble beneath it, or at least until September.”

08.25.11 - Detroit, MI - The Majestic
08.26.11 - London, ON - London Music Hall
08.27.11 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Folk Festival
08.28.11 - Holyoke, MA - Mountain Park
08.30.11 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
09.01.11 - Poughkeepsie , NY - Mid Hudson Civic Center
09.03.11 - Norfolk, VA - NorVa
09.04.11 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
09.05.11 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head
09.07.11 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House Of Blues
09.08.11 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theater
09.09.11 - Birmingham, AL - Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
09.11.11 - Orlando, FL - House Of Blues
09.13.11 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
09.15.11 - Dallas, TX - Palladium

* do not trust my divining skills

• Bright Eyes: http://www.conoroberst.com
• Saddle Creek: http://www.saddle-creek.com

[Photo: David Hornbuckle]

Jens Lekman re-emerges as that guy talking to himself on the side of the road by announcing An Argument with Myself EP, US tour

Jens Lekman, the patron saint of smooth awkwardness, has been (ugh) oh so silent these past years. Aside from popping up occasionally for a single about the apocalypse, Lekman hasn’t put out much new music since 2007’s Night Falls on Kortedala (TMT Review). The fellow has been fairly busy, though; according to an interview with the Walla Walla Washington Union Bulletin, he had been living in Melbourne for two years, DJing and playing DIY shows. And he’s evidently been working on a new LP! Excitement and neon lights and buzzers and excitement!

Okay, cut that out. Turns out the new record might still be a little ways off. But turn some of those buzzers back on: the album-making process has resulted in a new EP, full of songs Lekman deemed ill-fitting for the forthcoming LP’s mood. The release, titled An Argument with Myself, will be out September 20 through Secretly Canadian. In typical Lekman fashion, the record’s subject matter will cover seemingly everyday topics like convincing yourself of a life-altering decision, getting directions from Google Maps, and trying to meet Kirsten Dunst. If I know Jens (and I, personally, do not), he’ll make these seemingly everyday subjects into things of beauty and wonder.

Speaking of beauty and wonder and forced transitions, Lekman will be returning to these beautiful, wonderful United States for a fall tour. It’s not a particularly lengthy tour, but, hey, it’s probably more Jens Lekman than you’ve seen in a long time. Unless you don’t live on a coast or in Chicago. Then it’s probably the exact same amount of Jens Lekman that you’re used to seeing.

By the way, if you’d like to hear some new Jens Lekman songs (as well as his thoughts on sleep), check out his appearance on Professor Blastoff, the podcast hosted by Secretly Canadian labelmate Tig Notaro. You may also want to check it out in general because it’s quite good.

Jens Lekman US dates:

09.28.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
09.29.11 - San Francisco, CA - California Academy of Sciences
10.01.11 - Seattle, WA - Columbia City Theater
10.03.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.05.11 - Washington, DC - 6th & I Historic Synagogue
10.06.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia Ethical Society
10.07.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.08.11 - Boston, MA - Somerville Armory
10.09.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

• Jens Lekman: http://www.jenslekman.com
• Secretly Canadian: http://www.secretlycanadian.com

[Photo: Erica Kahr]


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