MusicfestNW 2013: GY!BE, Animal Collective, Mount Eerie, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, and many more announce their collective hatred for mythical hairy creatures

MusicfestNW 2013: GY!BE, Animal Collective, Mount Eerie, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy,  and many more announce their collective hatred for mythical hairy creatures

Oh, Jesus. And here I thought, with the gradual easing of spring into summer, and thus the passing of the unofficial beginning of festival season, that we were done with sustained festival announcements. I don’t know why I thought that, and I certainly don’t have anything against the festivals themselves — geographical distance just has a knack for rubbing like sandpaper, in this instance. Just look at this amazing congregation of artists, booked as though according to the most-played in my very own music library. But wait, I’ve never heard of this festival. Where is it taking place? Motherfucking Poland? Or even, Raleigh, North Carolina?! A single tear glides down the cheek as the designated day(s) come and go, though we faintly realize, it was never much of an opportunity at all — unless you have money and/or lots of vacation time.

But look, a festival in my neck of the woods, the Pacific Northwest! The lineup for MusicfestNW in Portland, OR has just been announced, and, apt for self-proclaiming to be the city’s largest, there are a solid number of massively (sort of) successful, or at least appreciated, bands scheduled. Among them: Animal Collective, Neko Case, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Mount Eerie, Chromatics, Austra, and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. See the entire list here.

The multi-venue music side of things is set to take place September 3-8, while the associated (and relatively new) TechfestNW has the final three days to simultaneously engage one’s nerdery — featuring speakers from Digg, Twitter, Instagram, WordPress, ADX, and more. The “hackathon” scheduled for the 8th unfortunately won’t be complemented by a performance from The Prodigy. Hack the planet nonetheless? Adjust glasses; read details on that event here.

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…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead on the verge of leaving some more grim trails with upcoming tour of North America

Though it’s undoubtedly more enjoyable if you do, you don’t need to actually see Trail of Dead to surmise the Trail of Dead live experience. An acquaintance with their recorded works leads to the following supposition: the Austin quartet ventures on stage, and so commences the breaking loose of all hell. The accumulation of energy threatens the structural integrity of the stage and/or building, and the accumulation of sweat leads to a stream two-inches deep flowing down to the audience, from upper plateau to lower. Wading, moshing, and possibly puking due to the sheer intensity of it all, fans don’t wonder if it’ll ever end, they wonder if they’ll survive to make it to the end. But so they do, assuming they can avoid any flying debris resulting from the band’s tendency to end things with a little equipment-trashing.

Sounds like fun though, no? Inhabitants of Asia and Australia just recently had the chance to experience this musical shitstorm firsthand, and now, the band has announced a series of dates in North America and Europe for right in the middle of summer — because something feels wrong about heading into a Trail of Dead show wearing a god damn parka.

Separately, as far as releases go, the band has a PledgeMusic campaign for their next EP Tao of the Dead Part III, tentatively due out September 24. And on July 9, Superball Music will be reissuing the following albums on 180g vinyl: Lost Songs, Tao of the Dead, The Century of Self, Madonna, and …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. Mortality doesn’t seem to be a question here.


07.10.13 - New Haven, CT - Spaceland Ballroom *
07.11.13 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery *
07.12.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theatre *
07.13.13 - Columbus, OH - Ace Of Cups *
07.15.13 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird *
07.16.13 - Kansas City, KS - Record Bar *
07.18.13 - Chicago, IL - Double Door *
07.19.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club *
07.20.13 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival *
07.21.13 - Detroit, MI - Pike Room *
07.22.13 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop *
07.23.13 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s *
07.26.13 - Leeuwarden, Netherlands - Welcome To The Village
07.27.13 - Gent, Belgium - Boomtown Festival
07.29.13 - Dornbirn, Austria - Conrad Sohm
07.30.13 - Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik
08.02.13 - Dortmund, Germany - FSW (Visions Party)
08.03.13 - Bad Bentheim, Germany - Stoner Rock Festival
08.08.13 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof
08.09.13 - Rothenburg, Germany - Taubertal Festival
08.10.13 - Schorndorf, Germany - Manufaktur
08.11.13 - Eschwege, Germany - Open Flair

* Ume

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• Superball:

Weezer Cruise announces major get for 2014 lineup: Weezer! Also Cat Power, Toro y Moi, Adam Devine, DIIV, others

I’d rather be cruising! My other car is a cruise ship! I heart cruising! Live, love, cruise! These are all bumper stickers on the back of my car. Except that I have made a crucial modification: in the darkest hour of the night, I have carved “WEEZER” into every bumper sticker with an old kitchen knife. I love the Weezer Cruise, it’s my life and it’s my wife. I thank the good Lord that it is coming back in 2014, else I would have little reason to trudge on.

This time around, the Weezer Cruise has scored one hell of a name: Weezer! Yes, this time around, Weezer will be playing the Weezer Cruise. Hell, they’ll be playing it three times! The Weezer Cruise has really gotten in good with Weezer! One of those shows is an “unprecedented” beach concert on the band’s private island off the Nassau Coast. During that show, they’ll be joined by Cat Power, who is not Weezer. I checked, I did research. Cat Power’s not Weezer.

On the subject of not-Weezer (NOT my favorite subject, I’ll tell you that), there are a number of other non-Weezers playing the 2014 Weezer Cruise. Here’s a quick list: Toro y Moi, comedian Adam Devine, Ash, Bleached, Caveman, DIIV, Holy Fuck, Ozma, Palma Violets, The Cribs, The Orwells, The Relationship, not-Weezer, and definitely-not-Weezer. In addition to these groups, Weezer. If you tire of hearing the music of Weezer and not-Weezer, you can amuse yourself with a variety of other activities, such as a Weezer Q&A Session, an interactive Weezer game show, a photo session with Weezer, and listening to Pinkerton by yourself in your cabin. The last item is not an officially-sanctioned event, but remains an option.

Tickets for Weezer Cruise 2014 are currently on sale, for the low (?) price of $599 and up. Plus a $300 per person deposit made during the time of booking. Plus you have to get a Weezer tattoo, but you probably already have one, so don’t worry about it.

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• Weezer:

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings cancel tour and postpone album because of health concerns

Well, this is a bummer. Sharon Jones has been diagnosed with stage-one bile duct cancer, and as a result has cancelled her upcoming tour with the Dap-Kings and pushed back the August 6 release of Give the People What They Want, the follow-up to 2010’s I Learned the Hard Way (TMT Review). Fortunately, Jones’ illness was discovered early enough that she is expected to experience a full recovery after her surgery. Even so, she’ll require a significant surgery that will “necessitate a rather lengthy convalescence.”

The group will reportedly be back very soon with a re-scheduled tour and new album release date. For her part, Jones says she is “down but not out” and that she is excited to get back to music after the surgery:

I will be having surgery very soon and will have to rest and recover.
I’ll be staying in touch and keeping my fans and friends updated on my
progress. I’m looking forward to getting back on the road to give the
people what they want!

• Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings:
• Daptone:

Frank Ocean’s summer world tour will be the zenith of all of our lives–well, if we’re from Europe

Grammy-award winner, Bieber song ghostwriter, groundbreaking sexual orientation Tumblr blog-writing dude, and purveyor of all-around great soul tunes Frank Ocean can add another flashy title to his Wikipedia page: jet setter. Ocean’s got a summer world tour lined up, so sorry, USA, but we’ll always have Paris or whatever. (Well, Paris will have Paris, and the UK will get a healthy dose of Frank Ocean, and the US has YouTube videos.) Hell, Frank Ocean is even going to Australia for the Splendour in the Grass Festival. That’s how you know it’s a bona fide world tour: AUSTRALIA. That shizz is far away, man.

But it’s not just about our antipodean friends, oh no! Frank Ocean is going to Europe, and boy is he playing a lot of PARKS. Imagine the sheer joy of being a child with popsicle smeared all over your face, getting pushed in the swing by your underpaid Polish nanny (you’re an English child) as the sweet, melancholy sounds of “Swim Good” float into your ears. Wouldn’t that be awesome? That moment of sheer joy is what the Frank Ocean Summer 2013 world tour will be all about. Except for instead of mere moments, it’s like, an entire month. Better start working on pronouncing, “What’s up, Laugardalshollin!?!?!?!?!?” right now, Frank.


06.27.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Tap 1
06.28.13 - Norrkoping, Sweden - Bravalla Festival
07.02.13 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall
07.03.13 - Paris, France - Le Zenith
07.04.13 - Arendal, Norway - Hovefestival
07.06.13 - Rotselaar, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.09.13 - London, UK - Brixton O2 Academy
07.10.13 - London, UK - Brixton O2 Academy
07.12.13 - London, UK - Wireless Festival at Olympic Park
07.13.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Phoenix Park
07.14.13 - Kinross, UK - T in the Park
07.16.13 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Laugardalshollin
07.28.13 - Byron Bay, Australia - Splendour in the Grass Festival
08.03.13 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
08.04.13 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

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Best Coast go on tour of United States or, as they call it, Big California

Pray for Best Coast. Very few know that the duo of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno have a rare case of Californitis. Thankfully, it’s not a fatal disease, it just makes you see the entire world as if it is California. Missouri? Looks like California. Maine? Looks like California. Mogadishu? Even that looks like California. Those two could look at the Appalachia mountains and see a white beach connected to a blue ocean. It’s not something that severely affects their life, it’s mostly just kind of weird. To us, the band is currently on a tour of the United States. To them, they are touring California, seemingly forever.

Their tourmates won’t speak a word of this. Best Coast will be joined by the likes of Bleached, Guards, and Lovely Bad Things throughout their tour, all of whom will be extremely confused whenever the band references the warm California sunshine in, say, Philadelphia. They will also be opening for Belle and Sebastian on one date, who they will greet with an enthusiastic “WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA!” Fortunately, that date is actually in California.

Best Coast dates:

05.30.13 - Birmingham, AL - Workplay *
05.31.13 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse *#
06.01.13 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater *#
06.03.13 - Richmond, VA - The National *#
06.04.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *#
06.05.13 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA *#
06.06.13 - Boston, MA - Royale *#
06.07.13 - New York, NY - Governor’s Ball
07.17.13 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl @
07.31.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
08.01.13 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
08.11.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumos !
08.13.13 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne !
08.15.13 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore !
08.16.13 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Memorial Library !
08.17.13 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey !
09.13-15.13 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest
09.16.13 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird !
09.17.13 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note !
09.18.13 - Lawrence, KS - Granada
09.19.13 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room !

* Lovely Bad Things
# Guards
! Bleached
@ Belle and Sebastian

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