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11 Sep
2012


My Morning Jacket will take the stage of the historic Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY for three consecutive nights in continuation of their Spontaneous Curation Series. To keep with the spirit of the series, no songs will repeat for each of these performances. The renowned landmark, built in 1926, once housed acts such as The Grateful Dead (18 years in a one-year span from 1970-1971), Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Dead, among others and was was recently re-opened this past year. In conjunction with each night of the show, every Capitol Theater ticket buyer will receive a complimetnary download which will be delivered shortly after each performance.

Two days later, My Morning Jacket will make their way up the east coast for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve performance at Agganis Arena, with support for the ledgendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The special New Years Eve show will not take part of the Spontaneous Curation Series in order to ensure an evening full of surprises.

Pre-sale tickets for all four shows will be available to the band’s fan club Roll Call Wednesday at via mymorningjacket.com. Tickets for Capitol Theater will go on sale to the general public, Friday at 10am EST via ticketfly.com. Tickets for Agganis Arena will be available to the general public, Friday at 12 noon via ticketmaster.com.

Catch My Morning Jacket on the following dates:
# = with special guest TBA
% = with support by Preservation Hall Jazz Band

12/27: Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre #
12/28: Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre #
12/29: Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre #
12/31: Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena %

23 Aug
2012

On October 3, 2012, music stars and friends will join together to celebrate the life and music of Levon Helm at “Love for Levon.” The star-studded benefit concert will take place at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey and will feature once-in-a-lifetime collaborations by friends and admirers gathered together to celebrate and honor Levon Helm. Performances will include GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, Americana and Dove Award-winning musicians: John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne, Eric Church, Gregg Allman, Dierks Bentley, Marc Cohn, Patty Griffin, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Bruce Hornsby, Jorma Kaukonen, The Levon Helm Band, Robert Randolph, Mavis Staples, Joe Walsh, Lucinda Williams and more performers to be announced shortly. Tickets go on sale to the general public Wednesday, August 29 with an exclusive presale for Citi Card holders beginning tomorrow. All net proceeds from the concert will help support the lasting legacy of Levon Helm by helping his estate keep ownership of his home, barn and studio, and to continue The Midnight Ramble Sessions.

“We are deeply moved that so many musicians and friends of Levon’s are coming together to celebrate his life and his music, and to help us keep his musical spirit and vision alive in the Midnight Rambles,” said Sandy and Amy Helm, Levon’s wife and daughter. “We want to continue to honor his legacy by creating a musical landmark at the Barn, one that inspires and celebrates Americana music and its heritage.”

“We are honored to produce a benefit concert that pays tribute to a musical icon and a beautiful soul, commented show producer Keith Wortman. “Levon’s friends and fans will be coming from all over the world to be part of music history for such a noble and worthy cause to ‘Save The Barn,’ and ensure that the legacy of Levon Helm will live on for generations to come.”

An all-star band will be led by GRAMMY Award-winners Don Was and Larry Campbell who will serve as co-musical directors. Larry was Levon’s musical director for the last several years of his life. The concert event will be produced by Keith Wortman, who most recently produced “We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash.” Tisha Fein will serve as talent producer. The show promoters are Ron Delsener and Jim Glancy, long-time friends of Levon. The event will be produced with the support of the Helm Family and Levon Helm Productions.

With a career that spanned over five decades, Levon Helm was an inspiration to musicians around the world with his deep respect, joy and love for music. Whether he was hitting the Arkansas 4-H Club circuit as a child, to performing with Bob Dylan, garnering success with The Band and nurturing a successful solo career, that included multiple GRAMMY Award wins, Levon was always a passionate performer who captivated audiences with an unmistakable voice and rhythmic power all his own. His Levon Helm Studio has hosted musicians across multiple genres and his creation of The Midnight Ramble Sessions, a series of live performances at his studio, has seen performances from the likes of Elvis Costello, Kris Kristofferson, The Black Crowes and My Morning Jacket, to name just a few.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Wednesday, August 29 at 11:00 a.m. EDT at http://www.ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800.745.3000 and at select Ticketmaster locations. Citi Card holders will have exclusive presale access beginning at 10 a.m. EDT on August 24 until 10 p.m. EDT on August 28. All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice. A service charge is added to each ticket price. If tickets remain, they will be available at the box office beginning Thursday August 30 at 11 a.m.

For more information about “Love for Levon,” visit www.loveforlevon.com

www.levonhelm.com

06 Aug
2012


After falling through a hole into a psychedelic, animated, one-eyed dimension in space, My Morning Jacket share their new video for “Outta My System” featuring Zach Galifanakis as the wizard. Check out the video here

My Morning Jacket are also set to release The Outta My System EP tomorrow, August 7th, featuring remixes by Washed Out and Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio. The EP also includes fan favorite “Friends Again” from their limited edition 7” released in December. Head over to My Morning Jacket’s Facebook page to listen to the Washed Out remix.

After having just kicked off the U.S. leg of their Spontaneous Curation Tour, preceded by a successful European run, with their electrifying performance in Salt Lake City, My Morning Jacket performed back-to-back shows at the legendary Red Rocks. Throughout the tour, the band is asking fan club members and concert goers to assist them in curating each night’s set list through Twitter. The band will also be mining all six of their studio recorded albums and rarities to make each night a unique experience.

My Morning Jacket has had quite the fruitful summer following their return to the U.S., headlining both Forecastle Festival and Newport Folk Festival. Catch My Morning Jacket as they hit the road with Band Of Horses, Trombone Shorty, Trampled By Turtles, Shabazz Palaces, Iron and Wine, and Portugal. The Man.

Outta My System: Remixez Y Friendz EP Track List

1. Outta My System

2. Outta My System (Dave Sitek remix)

3. Outta My System (Washed Out remix)

4. Outta My System (Alternate Universe Version)

5. Friends Again

6. Outta My System (Dave Sitek instrumental)

7. Outta My System (Washed Out instrumental)

My Morning Jacket North American & European Tour Dates

% = $1 from each ticket will be donated to the local charity listed

* = with Band Of Horses

^ = with Trombone Shorty

+ = with Trampled By Turtles

# = with Shabazz Palaces

> = with Iron and Wine

< = with Portugal. The Man 08/06: Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre*% (Operation Breakthrough) 08/07: Lincoln, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater*% (Community Corps) 08/08: St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House*% (Safe Connections) 08/10: Minneapolis, MN @ Somerset Amphitheater+*% (Free Arts and The Current Public Radio) 08/11: Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavillion*% (Express Yourself Milwaukee) 08/12: Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion*% (Franklinton Gardens and Wexner Center For the Arts) 08/14: Detroit, MI @ Meadow Brook*% (Do Foundation) 08/15: Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre* 08/17: Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts*% (Urban Blazers) 08/18: Washington, DC @ Merriweather Post Pavilion*% (826DC) 08/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Park#% (Sy's Fund) 08/21: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE*% (Gateway To The Arts) 08/22: Chicago, IL @ Pritzker Pavilion*% (Advanced Art Education Program at Gallery 37) 08/24: Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre*% (West Atlanta Watershed Alliance) 08/25: Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater*% (Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation) 08/26: Raleigh, NC @ Raleigh Amphitheater*% (Charlotte Tree Fund) 09/07: Seattle, WA @ Marymoor#% (Youth Care) 09/08: Portland, OR @ Edgefield#% (OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon) 09/09: Boise, ID @ Idaho Botanical Garden#% (Boise Urban Garden School) 09/11: Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern<% (Sweet Relief Musicians Fund) 09/12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern>% (Inner-City Arts)

09/13: Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern#% (My Friend’s Place)

09/15: Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre#% (YEAH! Berkeley)

10/06: Nashville, TN @ Soundland Festival

05 Jun
2012


Beginning with their forthcoming European Tour Dates, My Morning Jacket will begin the “Spontaneous Curation Series” letting fan club members and concert goers assist them in curating each night’s set list through Twitter as they travel around the globe. The series will also comprise of the band mining all six of their studio recorded albums and rarities adding to the spontaneity and uniqueness each night.

In keeping with the spirit of the “Spontaneous Curation Series,” no songs will be repeated for their back-to-back performances at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

“Curating spontaneously is best achieved by communication within a community because otherwise, curating in a vacuum can lead one to spontaneously combust. However, a spontaneously curated show is the best way to achieve collective musical combustion. Concurrently, we are crazed with excitement and curiosity to see how Roll Call and concert goers spontaneously contribute to our eclectic collective curation!” – My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket North American & European Tour Dates

% = $1 from each ticket will be donated to the local charity listed

* = with Band Of Horses

^ = with Trombone Shorty

+ = with Trampled By Turtles

# = with Shabazz Palaces

> = with Iron and Wine

< = with TBD 06/16: Mendizabala, Spain @ Azkena Rock Festival 06/19: Utrecht, Netherlands @ Tivoli Oudegracht 06/20: Groningen, Netherlands @ De Oosterpoort En De Stadsschouwburg 06/22: Schessel, Germany @ Hurricane Festival 06/23: Neuhausen Obeck, Germany @ Southside Festival 06/26: Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega 06/27: TromØy, Arendal, Norway @ Hove Festival 06/28: Borlänge, Sweden @ Peace & Love Festival 06/30: Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter 07/01: Paddock Wood, Kent, United Kingdom @ Hop Farm Music Festival 07/13: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival 07/14: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival (performance) 07/15: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival 07/28: Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival 08/02: Salt Lake City, UT @ Twilight 08/03: Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre^*% (Flobots.org) 08/04: Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre^*% (Platteforum) 08/06: Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre*% (Operation Breakthrough) 08/07: Lincoln, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater*% (Community Corps) 08/08: St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House*% (Safe Connections) 08/10: Minneapolis, MN @ Somerset Amphitheater+*% (Free Arts and The Current Public Radio) 08/11: Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavillion*% (Express Yourself Milwaukee) 08/12: Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion*% (Franklinton Gardens and Wexner Center For the Arts) 08/14: Detroit, MI @ Meadow Brook*% (Do Foundation) 08/15: Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre* 08/17: Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts*% (Urban Blazers) 08/18: Washington, DC @ Merriweather Post Pavilion*% (826DC) 08/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Park#% (Sy's Fund) 08/21: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE*% (Gateway To The Arts) 08/22: Chicago, IL @ Pritzker Pavilion*% (Advanced Art Education Program at Gallery 37) 08/24: Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre*% (West Atlanta Watershed Alliance) 08/25: Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater*% (Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation) 08/26: Raleigh, NC @ Raleigh Amphitheater*% (Charlotte Tree Fund) New dates
09/07: Seattle, WA @ Marymoor#% (Youth Care)

09/08: Portland, OR @ Edgefield#% (OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon)

09/09: Boise, ID @ Idaho Botanical Garden#% (Boise Urban Garden School)

09/11: Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern<% (Sweet Relief Musicians Fund) 09/12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern>% (Inner-City Arts)

09/13: Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern#% (My Friend’s Place)

09/15: Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre#% (YEAH! Berkeley)

30 Apr
2012


Shortly after completing their back to back tours in Japan and Australia, My Morning Jacket are taking their celebrated, exhilarating live show back on the road this August with the announcement of their North American tour, with Band Of Horses in support.

“Wonderful (The Way I Feel)” live from MSG featuring Ben Bridwell (Band Of Horses) MP3

Since their sold out Madison Square show to end off 2011, they’ve played a triumphant performance at the Independent Spirit Awards in February and shared the stage with Preservation Hall Jazz Band commemorating their 50th Anniversary at Carnegie Hall. Jim James also completed a tour with New Multitudes (Jay Farrar, Will Johnson and Anders Parker) in promotion of their album honoring Woody Guthrie. Additionally, the band has been busy curating the Forecastle Festival for the festival’s 10th Anniversary, where they will conjointly be headlining the event along with Wilco and Bassnectar.

The band are showing no signs of slowing down in the months surrounding their tour. My Morning Jacket will be contributing to John Fogerty’s new album, Wrote a Song for Everyone, which will be released this fall. In the month of June, they will complete a European tour making stops in Spain, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Belgium and the United Kingdom. The band will also be headlining this year’s Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee and Newport, Rhode Island’s Newport Folk Festival, as well as performing at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival next month.

Commencing their tour in Denver, Colorado at Red Rocks on August 3rd and 4th, My Morning Jacket will be recording both performances and offering them as complimentary downloads to all ticket holders for those shows. Both My Morning Jacket and Band Of Horses are enthusiastic of hitting the road for the month long tour. “YES! We’re touring with the incredible My Morning Jacket!” says lead singer Ben Bridwell. “So psyched to hit the road with our buddies and (hopefully) warm you all up for the greatest band going.”

My Morning Jacket North American Tour Dates

% = $1 from each ticket will be donated to the local charity listed
* = with Band Of Horses
^ = with Trombone Shorty
+ = with Trampled By Turtles
# = with Shabazz Palaces

5/04: Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival
5/05: New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
07/13: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
07/14: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival (performance)
07/15: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
07/28: Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
8/03: Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre^*% (Flobots.org)
8/04: Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre^*% (Platteforum)
8/06: Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre*% (Operation Breakthrough)
8/07: Lincoln, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater*% (Community Corps)
8/08: St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House*% (Safe Connections)
8/10: Minneapolis, MN @ Somerset Amphitheater+*% (Free Arts and The Current Public Radio)
8/12: Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion*% (Franklinton Gardens and Wexner Center For the Arts)
8/14: Detroit, MI @ Meadow Brook*% (Do Foundation)
8/15: Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre*
8/17: Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts*% (Urban Blazers)
8/18: Washington, DC @ Merriweather Post Pavilion*% (826DC)
8/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Park#% (Sy’s Fund)
8/21: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE*% (Gateway To The Arts)
8/22: Chicago, IL @ Pritzker Pavilion*% (Advanced Art Education Program at Gallery 37)
8/24: Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre*% (West Atlanta Watershed Alliance)
8/25: Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater*% (Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation)
8/26: Raleigh, NC @ Raleigh Amphitheater*% (Charlotte Tree Fund)

26 Jan
2012


The Forecastle Festival – The nation’s premier event for music, art and environmental activism – has announced that My Morning Jacket will headline and assist in curating the festival’s 10th Anniversary. The 3-day event will take place July 13 – 15, 2012, at Louisville’s scenic, award-winning Waterfront Park.

My Morning Jacket, whose original members hail from Louisville and currently reside in the city, will headline Saturday night, and will collaborate with producers on festival sights, sounds and experiences, as well as charitable aspects of the event. Celebrating its tenth year, the festival will pay homage to its past, present, and future, while highlighting the best features of Louisville and Kentucky, in addition to Forecastle’s maritime theme.

“People have been waiting a long time for this moment,” said JK McKnight, Forecastle Founder and Director of National Partnerships for AC Entertainment. “The stars have aligned in such a way that not only allows My Morning Jacket to headline on Saturday night, but to collaborate on many aspects of the festival as well – from booking bands to choosing philanthropic partners – helping us craft the best Forecastle experience ever. There’s certainly no group I would rather share this moment with than them.”

Full festival details will be announced in the coming weeks, including a line up featuring additional headliners, and over 75 bands, performing across multiple stages. Separately ticketed late-night after-parties will also take place on the Belle of Louisville and at the newly renovated Ice House.

“Expect a few surprises,” said Jim James, lead singer of My Morning Jacket. “This is something we’ve wanted to play for a long time, and plan to make it very special. It’s a opportunity to show people what Louisville is all about, and why this is such a special city.”

Tickets will go on-sale January 27, including a limited quantity of specially priced, $100 weekend passes. Once this quantity is sold out, tickets will continue to be available at regular ticket prices. Travel packages will also be available, including accommodations at The Galt House – the festival’s official, waterfront hotel. For those who wish to dock up for the weekend, VIP “Captain’s Club” boat slips will also be available.

The event will mark the second partnership between The Forecastle Festival and AC Entertainment, producers of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Moogfest and more than 750 concerts and events throughout the country.

Forecastle, named one of the “Top 15 Festivals in the Country” by Outside Magazine, is held at Louisville’s scenic, 85-acre Waterfront Park. Since 2002, the Festival has featured over 450 bands, 100 visual artists, and 150 environmental and outdoor recreational organizations. Previous headlining artists including The Black Keys, The Flaming Lips, The Smashing Pumpkins, Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes, Spoon, DEVO, Band of Horses, She & Him, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, Tortoise, De La Soul, Sleater-Kinney, Big Boi, Girl Talk, Z-Trip, Umphrey’s McGee, and many more.

For more information on Forecastle, visit: http://www.forecastlefest.com
For more information on AC Entertainment, visit: http://acentertainment.com

About The Forecastle Festival:
The Forecastle Festival is a port-of-call where the world gathers to experience the best in Music, Art and Activism®. A celebration of sights, sounds and sustainability, Forecastle connects travelers North, South, East and West. The goal is to establish a cultural entertainment medium- Music.Art.Activism®- equally showcased in a scenic, outdoor environment. Merging entertainment with education, Forecastle unites the creative and activism communities of the region, while building a new festival model in the United States. Forecastle will return for its 10th anniversary in the Summer 2012.

Spin Magazine – “Top 101Things to do in America”
Outside Magazine – “Top 15 Outdoor Festivals in the Country”
The Discovery Channel – “The Cream of the Crop of Summer Festivals”

About AC Entertainment:
AC Entertainment is recognized as one of the foremost independent promoters in the United States. Founded in 1991, the company presents, books and markets over 750 events per year, including internationally renowned festivals such as Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Moogfest and Big Ears. AC Entertainment is based in Knoxville, TN.

About My Morning Jacket
Louisville Kentucky’s very own My Morning Jacket released the first of their 6 albums in 1999 with their last two, 2008′s “Evil Urges” and 2011′s “Circuital” each receiving Grammy nominations. The band features Jim James(singer/songwriter, guitar), Tom Blankenship(bass), Patrick Hallahan(drums), Carl Broemel(guitar, pedal steel, saxophone, vox) and Bo Koster(keyboards, vox). My Morning Jacket has been well documented as one of the premier live bands touring worldwide and have played renowned venues such as Radio City Music Hall and Red Rocks Ampitheatre. They have collaborated with an eclectic array of artists ranging from The Boston Pops to The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. 2011 saw My Morning Jacket perform as headliners at major festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and the band recently closed out an exciting year with a triumphant return to Madison Square Garden in New York.

My Morning Jacket’s commitment to community and philanthropy has been exercised in donating $1 from every one of their tickets sold to locally-based non-profit organizations dedicated to education and environmental activism. In Louisville, the band has been honored to make contributions to both “The Center For Women & Families” and “Kentuckians For The Commonwealth.”

01 Dec
2011

My Morning Jacket performed “Outta My System” and “First Light” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Watch the video below and pick up their album Circuital on iTunes, Amazon MP3 (Only $5 for a limited time!), CD, Vinyl

14 Aug
2011

Here’s our writer Michael Zonenashvili’s review of the second day of Lollapalooza. All images are provided by the official Lollapalooza Flickr page and most of the videos from the Lollapalooza YouTube page.


Phantogram:

Phantogram by Dave Mead

The last time I saw Phantogram was in a dark, one-hundred person venue. This time, they were the first band I caught on the second day of Lollapalooza. They had the luxury of convincing me that I could stand up and brave the crowds for the second most difficult day. I, on the other hand, had the luxury of seeing a great performance, unhindered by the time slot and bolstered by the addition of a live drummer. Opening with “Running From the Cops,” Phantogram displayed their mix of deep electronic elements, borderline sexy beats, and overwhelming style. The vocals bouncing between Sara and Josh meshed well, the guitar playing was ever subtle yet necessary, and the setlist short and sweet. “Mouthful of Diamonds” was a definite highlight, with the bass resonating regardless of not having walls to bounce off of.



Friendly Fires:

Friendly Fires by Matt Ellis

Everyone seems to only have enough words to write only about Ed MacFarlane’s dancing. Yes, it’s entertaining. Yes, he’s super into it and has great presence. Yet, people tend to leave out an important element about Friendly Fires: Their music translates wonderfully live. Opening with “Lovesick”, the bassline melding with two drummers and a horn section had the crowd half emulating Ed’s dance moves. The guitar layered over the music was perfect, whether through sliding a maraca over the strings or simply providing the sonic bottom layer to the music. Nailing a great mix of both albums in only forty-five minutes, Friendly Fires showed off why they’re so popular in Europe and deserve the same attention in the US. “On Board” built to its breaking point as Ed entered the festival crowd, sending the camera crew on the stage into a frenzy to capture the magic happening off of the stage. “Kiss of Life” closed the performance with one of the most chest pounding outros, a drum jam picking up in tempo over time until nearly the entire band’s limbs were at breakneck speed on their instruments or dancing.



Dom:

Dom is the asshole friend that you have to love. “This song is called Jesus, Hail Satan” began “Jesus.” “This one is called BRO-Chicha” began “Bochicha.” Seemingly unenthused as usual, fitting for the fuzzy indie rock he makes, Dom’s performance was exactly what you’d want. Grabbing from their EP ridden repertoire, the band brings a more garage-y than electronic performance live. Shreddy guitar solos adorned “Living In America” (Dom’s “Creep”, even more unenthused than the other tracks) and the band busted out a cover of The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry” made the audience forget that Dom still haven’t put out a full length album, too distracted by this solid live act.



Death From Above 1979:

Death From Above 1979 by Matt Ellis

Sadly, I was only in middle school when the hardcore dance-punk outfit took the music world by storm. At least I read they took the music world by storm. Luckily, now they’re back and I was able to see why they were so relevant when I was only discovering that Radiohead existed. Jesse F. Keeler can make some great sounds with his bass, and he can write some awesome riffs. Seabastian Grainger has the energy to shout and snarl through short, punchy tracks while blast-beating away on a drumset. Perhaps this was the only moshpit I saw at Lollapalooza, and perhaps I would’ve preferred to see this band when they were playing dingy clubs. But, even on an enormous stage the band was loud and ballsy, making a lot of noise for just two people. In nearly the same timeslot I saw the Black Keys play the stage last year, it felt like I was seeing their evil twins. Their evil twins, it seemed, could probably beat them up.



Local Natives:

Local Natives by Dave Mead

Local Natives have it all going for them: stellar harmonies, a phenomenal first release, and an impressive live show. Nailing almost the entirety of Gorilla Manor, planning out the setlist to ebb and flow nicely, Local Natives stayed cool in front of their largest audience to date. The tense moments before the big-riff of “Sun Hands” had the audience waiting for the moment, “Warning Sign” was the closest anyone got to David Byrne all weekend, and “Airplanes” had the audience try to sing in harmony. The band mentioned they’d soon be returning to the studio to record a second album, and strangely I found myself wanting to hear a new song live. Sadly, we didn’t get a taste of what’s to come. Although, we did get another reminder that we should expect nothing less than greatness.



Cee Lo:

Cee Lo by Dave Mead

Cee Lo’s set was my high school prom. A cheesy mix of covers and medleys, and unflattering rearrangements of what the audience wanted to hear. Bookending the set with covers of Danzig’s “Mother” and “Don’t Stop Believing” might say enough of the set, but even songs such as “Crazy” and “Fuck You” seemed like karaoke. Constantly stopping songs to urge us to be louder, the female backing band that seems to have a new member with each appearance, and the god-awful Koopa outfit made Cee-Lo’s set campy beyond belief, a mixtape created by someone to serve up to the crowd at prom.



My Morning Jacket:

My Morning Jacket by Jack Edinger

If you aren’t an avid listener of My Morning Jacket, you were probably at the Eminem stage. If you’re a casual listener of My Morning Jacket, it might not have been the most fun set of the weekend, but it might’ve been the most impressive set before you left to see Eminem/Beirut/Pretty Lights. If you were a My Morning Jacket fan, you made up the most pleasantly uncrowded and enthralled crowd of the weekend. With a couple more inches between fans than the most crowded sets of the weekend, My Morning Jacket put on a show that dispelled any beliefs that they aren’t “Big enough” to headline the festival.


Having claimed that they were the best set of Bonnaroo for the past two months, I wondered if my newfound fandom for the group would be tarnished by them not being as great as I remembered. I was wrong. Going through every single song that absolutely needed to be played, and even combining songs to get through more material(Smokin’ From Shooting/Run Thru), the band put on the best performance of the weekend. Jim James shuffled around, thrashed, headbanged, and even powerslid across the stage while hitting every note, including the high pitched squeals at the end of “Wordless Chorus.”


The extended jams on songs reinforced by beliefs that MMJ is the jam band for those who hate jam bands: the extra eight minutes tacked onto “Dondante” had the audience raising open hands into the air to soak in the solos. Even a broken string on “One Big Holiday” didn’t stop the band from their thunderous outro. Then again, nothing can stop My Morning Jacket: they play for two or more hours in intense heat while wearing suits, sometimes in addition to capes and scarves. And you know what? Those capes and scarves are totally okay.

09 Aug
2011

Watch My Morning Jacket’s set from Lollapalooza

02 Aug
2011

Louisville, Kentucky’s My Morning Jacket take over YouTube today with 4 clips featured on the site’s homepage, including the premiere of the eye-popping, surreal video for “Holdin On To Black Metal.” The guys gave a early preview of the video last night when several members posted it on their Google+ accounts, resulting in one of the first music video premieres shared within Google’s new social network.

Fans can also check out a special intro to the video, which is also an invite to catch the group live at Lollapalooza this weekend (set time is 8pm EDT this Saturday, August 6th). Additionally My Morning Jacket have curated a playlist of 18 videos of some of their favorite musical moments by artists like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Nicks, and Loretta Lynn.

The video for “Black Metal” was filmed during whirlwind period shortly before the quintent’s new album, Circuital, was released while the band was getting ready for their big hometown show (filmed by Todd Haynes for AmEx’s Unstaged series.) The band kept things local by working with the Louisville-based Sole Solution Studio for the clip, and filmed it at the idiosyncratic local watering hole Jim Porter’s Good Time Emporium. The video also includes footage from the Jacket’s electrifying 2011 Bonnaroo performance. The guys kick off the next leg of their US tour tonight in St. Louis and will play select dates with Neko Case as the opener during August.

My Morning Jacket US Tour Dates:

* = w/Neko Case

8/2: St. Louis, MO The Pageant
8/3: Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
8/4: Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/7: Indianapolis, IN The Lawn at White River State Park*
8/8: Columbus, OH LC Pavilion*
8/10: Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE*
8/12: Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion*
8/13: Bangor, ME @ The KahBang Festival*
8/14: Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion*
8/16: Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook*
8/17: Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center*
8/19: Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater*
8/20: Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater*
8/21: Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater*
8/23: Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts*
8/24: Charlottesville, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion*
9/17: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival

European Tour Dates:

11/2: Gladgow, GB @ ABC
11/3: Birmingham, UK @ Institute
11/5: Leeds, UK @ Academy
11/6: Manchester, GB @ Academy
11/7: London, UK @ Roundhouse
11/8: Bexhill, UK @ De La Warr Pavilion
11/10: Antwerp, BE @ Trix
11/11: Luxembourg, LU @ Den Atelier
11/12: Koln, DE @ Luxor
11/4: Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
11/16: Berlin, DE @ Festall Kreuuzburg
11/17: Lund, SE @ Mejeriet
11/18: Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
11/19: Stockholm, SE @ Munchem Brewery

Yim Yames Solo:

9/17: Austin, TX @ STUBB’s (ACL Aftershow with Iron & Wine)