MFNW announces 150-band lineup and makes acronyms more mysterious than ever

MFNW announces 150-band lineup and makes acronyms more mysterious than ever

I thought MFNW might stand for Moon Fairies Never Wait or Mountains Falling, Now What? or Maybe Fish Need Wheels. And PDX? That could be Patient Dragon X-Ray.

Really though, neither are that tricky or weird. MFNW stands for MusicFestNW, a festival happening from September 5-9 and hosted by Willamette Weekly, an alt-weekly newspaper in Portland. As for PDX, that’s Portland Digital eXperience, a tech conference coinciding with the festival from September 6-8, a first in the event’s 12-year history. The third-largest indoor music festival in the nation meets a brand-spankin’ new set of panels focused on cool technology and Portland’s rad start-up scene. It’ll be a good ol’ fashioned creative extravaganza. You could hear speakers such as Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co., Evan Doll of Flipboard, James Keller of Walmart Labs, and Chris Teso of Chirpify, then head over to one of 17 participating venues to catch as many of the festival’s 150 shows as you can. Headliners include Silversun Pickups, Passion Pit, Girl Talk, and Beirut, plus Arrington De Dionyso, Ceremony, Future Islands, Hot Snakes, Julia Holter, John Maus, Mirroring, Moonface, Swans, The Men, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Tallest Man on Earth, Xiu Xiu, and tons of others.

Wristbands and tickets and such are on sale now — 125 bones will get you an all-inclusive wristband, which means admission to all three outdoor shows (Silversun Pickups, Girl Talk, Beirut), and 75 will get you a ticket to one outdoor show and admission to the rest of the festival. Scuttle over here to check out other prices and combinations.

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Unsound 2012 hints at its initial awesomeness: Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin, Julia Holter with the Sinfonietta Cracovia, Leyland Kirby as V/Vm

It’s not too late to make jokes at the expense of former President George W. Bush, is it? Well, I don’t care if it is! Potentially lame joke incoming… I haven’t forgotten Poland, and that’s due, in large part, to the annual Unsound Festival held in Kraków, which I’ve unfortunately never been to, but hear whispers about fairly often. Here in North America, we have comparable music events — Seattle’s Decibel Festival, Montreal’s MUTEK — but perusing the line-up from last year’s Unsound seems to suggest that as fantastic as those two festivals are, the latter seems to be tailored exactly to my tastes. That’s all that matters, right? Free plane ticket please!

Putting the “advanced” in their self-description as a “festival for advanced music,” Unsound has announced the first details of its 2012 event, which will take place October 14-21 at various venues (including, reportedly, at a 16th century church and a dilapidated synagogue) around Kraków. On the people-who-didn’t-previously-engage-in-anal-sex-for-money front, Daniel Lopatin (a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never) and Tim Hecker will be performing their first-ever live collaboration, presumably highlighting material from their upcoming (as yet untitled) joint release on Mexican Summer’s Software imprint (which is run by Lopatin and Joel Ford, of Ford & Lopatin). Also collaboration-wise, Biosphere and Lustmord will be performing together, and Julia Holter will be complemented on stage by the Sinfonietta Cracovia, an orchestra which has an established history at Unsound. Lastly, Leyland Kirby will be temporarily reviving his V/Vm moniker for a performance of his own.

Or, maybe not-so-lastly, since I suppose I can’t end this without mentioning that the industrial/ambient outfit aTelecine, featuring the once absurdly-hardcore porn actress Sasha Grey, will be also be making their live debut at Unsound. Their music seems like a reasonable addition to the festival, so for now, I guess I’ll resist the urge to complain about Grey’s seemingly rampant pseudo-intellectualism.

On a related note, check out our overview of this year’s Unsound New York here.

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Sic Alps announce new album for September; it’s called Sic Alps because they’ve already titled too much stuff recently

In less than a year’s time, Sic Alps have released four 7-inches, a live CD-R (download at the second link here), and a Daytrotter session. If you count the 23 separate fragments making up the Vedley 7-inch, there have been 40 tracks pumped out since Napa Asylum (TMT Review), and they’re pretty much uniformly excellent.

So let’s make it a nice round 50 today, shall we? Sic Alps have just announced a new 10-track album for September 11 release through Drag City, with leadoff song “Glyphs” available to stream/download here. Yep, the analog equipment is still well-heated, the guitar solos still busted, and the melodies still snaking/not immediately catchy until you find yourself humming it on BART tomorrow. But changes are afoot as well! “Glyphs” has string arrangements from Joanna Newsom’s own arranger Ryan Francesconi (!). Only one song on the album is less than two minutes (!!). One track is called “Polka Vat” (!!!).

Mikey Kinks Donovan and ______ will be touring as Sic Alps around the September release date with SF pals in productivity Thee Oh Sees, though in my “H.O.” I truly don’t see any other connection between those two bands. Check out an extended live version of “Wake Up, It’s Over” below, which will be getting a sequel on the new record!

Sic Alps tracklisting:

01. Glyphs
02. God Bless Her, I Miss Her
03. Lazee Son
04. Polka Vat
05. Wake Up, It’s Over II
06. Drink Up!
07. Tylacine Man
08. Moviehead
09. Rock Races
10. See You on the Slopes

Dates (all w/ Thee Oh Sees):

09.09.12 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
09.10.12 - San Diego, CA - Bar Pink
10.02.12 - Missoula, MT - VFW
10.03.12 - Calgary, AB - Broken City
10.04.12 - Calgary, AB - Broken City
10.06.12 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater

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Daughn Gibson playing five shows in June, though surprisingly not in truck stops

Driving down lonely highways in the dead of night. Forgetting yourself in the dark glow of a neon sign as you wait for last call. Wistfully dreaming of better days. These are all activities that one should engage in before checking out crooner Daughn (pronounced “Don”) Gibson and his dubbified brand of old timey country. Or just listen to his fantastic new album on White Denim, All Hell (TMT Review).

Gibson is set to play a small number of shows around the Northeast starting tomorrow, including two gigs in Toronto as part of the NXNE festival, the great white North’s answer to Austin’s SXSW. I’m assuming Gibson will be personally driving a big rig to each of these shows and the lack of destinations is just a reflection of high gas prices. Let’s hope Daughn expands his itinerary if and when the economy gets out of the shitter.


06.14.12 - Brooklyn, NY - The Cameo Gallery
06.15.12 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison (NXNE)
06.16.12 - Toronto, ON
 - Wrongbar (NXNE)
06.23.12 - Baltimore, MD - Golden West
06.27.12 - New Haven, CT - BAR

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The greatest gift of all: Frank Ocean announces new album, tourdates

It’s like sad Christmas in the middle of summer! “Sad” because dark R&B genius Frank Ocean’s music is tinged with a certain melancholy that makes you either wanna sexy dance in a corner with your eyes closed or go curl up on your bed and cry… and then dust yourself off and sexy dance in that same lonely corner. “Christmas” because this July, Mr. Ocean is bearing enough gifts to make Santa retire to the North Pole Saloon and veer straight into a seasons-long bender out of envy. What kind of gifts, you say? Well, the Odd Future collaborator and smooth solo dude has a new album, Channel Orange, due July 17 via Def Jam. And you can pull that ribbon off some tourdates because Mr. Ocean is definitely coming to town.

That’s right — for a few magical, melancholy weeks this summer, Frank Ocean will be performing at venues across the US and Canada, ending with a very special Lollapalooza appearance. Channel Orange is Frank Ocean’s major label debut; last year’s nostalgia.ULTRA was self-released online and spawned collaborations with the likes of Kanye West, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z. (Fun fact: Frank Ocean worked behind-the-scenes for years writing hits for names like Brandy, John Legend and… JUSTIN BIEBER!!!!!!) Ocean just released the track “Pyramids” on SoundCloud as a teaser for the new album, which you can peep below whether you’ve been naughty or nice. In fact, just be naughty. There’s more to be sexy/sad about after.


07.13.12 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
07.14.12 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
07.16.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
07.17.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
07.19.12 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
07.20.12 - Dallas, TX - Southside Music Hall
07.22.12 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage Theatre
07.23.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
07.25.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
07.26.12 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
07.28.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
07.29.12 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
07.31.12 - Toronto, ON - The Guvernment
08.01.12 - Detroit, MI - TBA
08.04.12 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza

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Passion Pit add more dates just so that I’ll write a new story about them

Not content with their place in our news archives, the assholes in Passion Pit have literally added more fall dates to their already-pretty-giant tour in support of their new album Gossamer just so that we’d re-up them in our delicious whole grain news feed. Psssssht. Typical buzz-bin SEO mini-neuver from another fuzz-fizzling blogo-band biz-trending synthpop humpers, am I right? I don’t know who these guys think they’re dealing with, or why they’re such super-massive, wantonly obsessive fans of Tiny Mix Tapes, but they’re in for it now… because now I want some wantons. Hang on…

Okay, I’m back. Anyway, also, what exactly goes on inside a passion pit, anyway? It sounds kind of some impulsive group sex thing. Is this really something we should be condoning on our website? It’s like every time we say or type this band’s name, we’re justifying some giant (albeit consensual) gang bang of slop-slippy group-grope of hot-lipped, hard-nipp’ed, ecstasy-vibing, monogamy-threatening, animalistic mysteri-sex. And I don’t know if I like the sound of all those words when they’re said together in comedic succession like that. Do you?

06.22.12 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
06.23.12 - New York, NY - Governors Ball Music Festival
07.15.12 - Cincinnati, OH - Bunbury Music Festival
07.16.12 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
07.17.12 - Knoxville, TN - The Valarium
07.19.12 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
07.20.12 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
07.21.12 - Dover, DE - Firefly Music Festival
08.03.12 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.05.12 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival
08.07.12 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater #
08.10.12 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Music Festival
08.18.12 - Tokyo, Japan - SummerSonic
08.19.12 - Osaka, Japan - SummerSonic
08.21.12 - Singapore, Singapore - Esplanade
08.24.12 - Reading, UK - Reading Festival
08.25.12 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival
08.26.12 - Paris, France - Rock en Seine Festival
09.03.12 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot
09.05-06.12 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom (Musicfest NW)
09.09.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl *
09.11.12 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
09.12.12 - Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Convention Center
09.14.12 - Arlington, TX - College Park Center
09.15.12 - Austin, TX - The Backyard
10.18.12 - Raleigh, NC - Disco Rodeo
10.19.12 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
10.20.12 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
10.22.12 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
10.23.12 - Hollywood, FL - ArtsPark Amphitheatre
10.26.12 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric
10.27.12 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
10.29.12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11.01.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
11.02.12 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
11.04.12 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion
11.06.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE

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