Pitchfork Music Festival Announces Dates

It magically became March without giving people enough time to take notice and summer already seems palpable.  What does that mean? FESTIVALS.  The music industry is definitely embracing the cash cow that is the summer indie music festival — Coachella has evolved (devolved?) into a clusterfuck with Sasquatch!, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and Lollapalooza in tow.  So many choices, such expensive tickets, increasingly questionable headliners…

Well, at least you know what to expect from the Pitchfork Music Festival, going down July 15-17 at Union Park in Chicago.  They haven’t announced the lineup yet, but browse their “Best New Music” page to get a general idea.

Best Coast, Destroyer, Girls, Joanna Newsom, The Radio Dept., Wavves, OFF!, Smith Westerns, Cut Copy, Das Racist, Walkmen, Curren$y, Ariel Pink, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Robyn, and James Blake will most likely all be there; throw in some classic post-punk acts like Mission of Burma, Gang of Four, and Wire and you have the initial lineup for the most predictable festival on the circuit.  But the best part is, this mock lineup fucking delivers. And tickets are only $45 for single-day passes and $110 for three-day passes.  Throw in delicious food from local eateries, a full record store, and various local art, clothes, and trinkets for a well-rounded Chicago experience.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, so if this all sounds appealing, schedule! transfer funds! make travel plans!

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BRAIDS Make Lemonade

It takes a lot for four best friends from Alberta, Canada to convince each other to skip college and move across the country to Montreal. At only eighteen, the music geniuses BRAIDS  released a  self recorded/self produced album known as Native Speaker.

With its single “Lemonade” now debuted on Stereogum, new fans can’t wait for the LP’s release on January 18th. The critics can’t wait either, as Filter magazine described the album as “an amalgam of feminine assertion and unabashed lust.”

Illustrated as brilliant in detail and  luminous structure, none of the songs on Native Speaker ever come in under four minutes and most average about six. Such pattern has not bored listeners, but only seemed to sugarcoat the already radiant sound. Leading up to the release, the band will be playing the following shows. Catch them in your city!

***Tour Dates***

11/17 – M For Montreal  With We Are Wolves  Montreal, QC
11/18 – Cabaret Du Mile End WIth Land Of Talk   Montreal, QC
11/30 – Knitting Factory With The Radio Dept.  Brooklyn, NY
12/1 – Bowery Ballroom With The Radio Dept. New York, NY

The Radio Dept. Perform Their Citizen Duties With New Single, “The New Improved Hypocrisy”

The Radio Dept.The Radio Dept. don’t use their songs for specific political protests often but when they do, they make sure they don’t go unnoticed. After 2008’s “Freddie And The Trojan Horse,” about the Swedish Right-wing givernment, they are back this week with with “The New Improved Yypocrisy,” released only a few days before the next general election to the Swedish parliament, to be held on September 19th.

With lyrics such as “We don’t mind democracy/We have our ways around it/This new improved hypocrisy/Will help us to impound it,” you can be sure they have a very strong stance about things in their country are shaping out. Listen to it HERE.

  <span><a href=”http://soundcloud.com/0sedera0/the-radio-dept-the-new-improved-hypocrisy”>The Radio Dept. – The New Improved Hypocrisy</a> by <a href=”http://soundcloud.com/0sedera0″>Sedera_Ranaivoarinosy</a></span&gt;

And for less politically charged material from The Radio Dept, be sure to look out for their upcoming EP, Never Follow Suit, set for release in November.

New York City Popfest 2009

Its getting on that time of year again when the NYC Popfest invades the area. The lineup, like past years, is nothing less than awesome. The event takes place from Thursday May 14 to Sunday May 17th, which ends as an all day event at NYC’s Cake Shop (we love that place!).

 Amongst the bands performing this year are Casper and the Cookies, Pants Yell!, Burning Hearts, The Icicles, The Radio Dept., Boy Genius and more. The Friday night show at Don Hill’s and the Saturday night show at the Bell House will also have an ‘Indie Dance Party’ after the bands play. Hey, even us indie folks have to dance sometimes, right?

We’ve already got our tickets and are most excited about seeing Georgia’s own Casper and the Cookies on Sunday night. Little factoid for you; Jason Nesmith the singer and guitarist of Casper used to play in Of Montreal.

And speaking of Casper and the Cookies, if you want to be involved with something exciting that afternoon send us a message or comment. We could use your help. Its going to be an afternoon of filming fun. (secret for now but we’ll let it out eventually!)

Learn more about NYC Popfest and buy tickets on their MYSPACE

NYC POPFEST 2009 LINEUP

Thursday May 14th
Venue: Cake Shop
Tickets $ 10

Knight School (NYC)
Soft City (NYC)
Dream Bitches (NYC)
The Metric Mile (NYC)
My Teenage Stride (NYC)
THE BALLET (NYC)

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Friday May 15th
Venue: Don Hills

Don Lennon (NYC)
The Tartans (CA)
( band T.B.A. )
Liechtenstein (SWEDEN)
CATS ON FIRE (FINLAND)

+ Mondo Indie Dance Party

* * * * * * * * * *

Saturday Afternoon FREE show!
Saturday May 16th
Venue: Cake Shop

Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies (PA)
Hidden Ghost Balloon Ship (MI)
The Hat Company (OH)
Strega (NYC)

* * * * * * * * * *

Saturday May 16th
Venue: Bell House
Tickets $16 Advance / $ 20 DOS | 18+

Computer Perfection (MI)
Eux Autres (CA)
The Secret History (NYC)
Pants Yell! (MA)
THE RADIO DEPT. (SWEDEN)

+ Indiepop Dance Party

* * * * * * * * * *

Sunday All-Dayer
Sunday May 17th
Venue: Cake Shop

Boy Genius (NYC)
A Faulty Chromosome (TX)
Very Truly Yours (IL)
The Smittens (VT)
Rose Melberg (CANADA)
Afternoon Naps (OH)
The Drums (FL)
The Icicles (MI)
Casper and the Cookies (GA)
Burning Hearts (FINLAND)

Download Little King from Casper and the Cookie’s upcoming album, Modern Silence.