Photo Gallery: The Mud, Rain, and Music of Governors Ball 2013

After one day of torrential rain, two days of ankle-deep mud, and countless ruined shoes, the third and largest incarnation of New York’s Governors Ball Music Festival wrapped up last night with a headline set from Kanye West. Although West did treat the audience to some brand new Yeezus tracks — and also let everyone know know the album is coming out sooner rather than later because he “doesn’t give a fuck” about album sales — his set was mostly a compilation of crowd-pleasing hits and surprisingly cheesy visuals. Compared to Friday’s shortened sets and canceled headliners, however, the majority of the Governors Ball went smoothly, with the exception of a retooled main stage schedule that pushed up acts like Japandroids and Cut Copy, and some sound issues that led Animal Collective to flat-out leave the stage on Saturday night. Standout performances included a show from embattled Harlem MC Azealia Banks and a visually stunning set from The xx, along with the much-hyped return of Guns ‘n’ Roses. Flavorwire’s ace photographer Andrew Boyle was there to capture all the action, so click through for a look at some of the dozens of acts that took to the festival’s four stages this weekend — minus the mud. … Read More

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The 10 Albums You Need to Hear in May

As ever, we’re starting out a new month by poring over the schedules of upcoming album releases and distilling the slew of new music on offer into the form of a convenient list of the ten records you really, really should hear over the next four weeks or so. May looks like a particularly strong month — there are at least two albums that might well end up on our year-end Top 10 list (Savages and Majical Cloudz), along with a bunch of other good stuff from the likes of The National, Beaches, Standish/Carlyon, and plenty… Read More

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The 10 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Deerhunter, Mykki Blanco

It’s Friday afternoon, which means that we’re off to see a celebrity psychic in a few hours (no, really), and also that we’re going back through all the new music we heard over the last few days to pick out our ten favorite tracks of the week. This week we warmed slowly to the new Deerhunter single, took substantially less time to love the new Mykki Blanco track, thoroughly enjoyed BEAK> covering Pink Floyd, got all woozy to Maria Minerva, discovered Manics-sampling pop from Istanbul, remembered why we liked Balam Acab, and more. All these tracks await you — get streaming and/or downloading, readers! … Read More

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Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox Will Be Jared Leto’s Boyfriend in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Dallas Buyers Club is a forthcoming film based on the life of Ron Woodroof, who began smuggling alternative drugs into the U.S. to help himself and other AIDS patients” after he was diagnosed with the illness and given six months to live. Although Matthew McConnaughey plays Woodroof, it’s his co-star, Jared Leto, who’s getting… Read More

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Musicians Who’ve Been in Multiple Great Bands at the Same Time

Dirty Three’s new album Toward the Low Sun is out this week, marking a welcome return for the inimitable Australian instrumental trio. The band’s best-known member is violinist Warren Ellis, who’s also a member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and has been moonlighting over the last few years as the fiercely bearded sidekick to Cave’s mid-life crisis in Grinderman. This means that Ellis has been the member of three fantastic bands at the same time, and it got us thinking about other musicians who’ve done the same. There are plenty of musicians who’ve moved from one great band to another, of course, but the list of those who’ve been in two or more worthy projects simultaneously is somewhat shorter. Here’s what we’ve come up with — polite suggestions are, of course, always welcome. … Read More

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5 Albums to Stream for Free This Week: Bon Iver, Deerhunter

Another week, another bunch of album preview streaming on the internet. If, like us, you were out a little too late last night celebrating the Mavs beating the Heat, then you’ll most likely be in the market for the gentle sounds of the new Bon Iver album (although perhaps not for his Bruce Hornsby moment). There’s also a Deerhunter live album, a killer full-length debut from Com Truise, and new records from Sons and Daughters and Jill Scott to be heard. And a bonus for Beatles fans. Click through to get a piece of the the action. … Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale

John Cazale may not be history’s most well-known actor, but he appeared in five films that were all nominated for Best Picture within a six-year period — and a new documentary intends to give him the recognition he deserves.

Cazale left his mark on film history by lending his talents to The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, The Deer Hunter, The Conversation, and Dog Day Afternoon. In total, those films garnered 40 Oscar nominations throughout the 1970s, and became an intrinsic part of what many critics have deemed the last Golden Era of American film. … Read More

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The Flavorpill Mixtape XXXVI: Deerhunter, Best Coast, Arcade Fire

This week brings fresh tracks from bigwigs like the Arcade Fire and Kele Okereke of Bloc Party, as well as familiar indie favorites such as Deerhunter and Best Coast.  And, as per usual, we’ve also showcased a slew of great, new bands that are impatiently waiting to top your summer queue (Active Child, First Rate People). The bounty abounds! Be sure to Right Click + Save As your next ten after the cut. … Read More

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Meme Alert: Kids Covering Indie Rock

With all the coverage Greyson Chance, the mini-Justin Bieber who covered Lady Gaga and instantly scored a record deal, has been getting, you’d think no one under 16 had ever posted a song cover on YouTube before. But today, we spotted a video of a group of ambitious middle schoolers performing their rendition of Deerhunter’s “Nothing Ever Happened,” and something occurred to us: A whole lot of  youngsters seem to be so into indie rock that they’re posting their very own covers of songs hipsters love. … Read More

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Wowee Zowee: Tuff Indie Concert Posters

Artist/designer and screen-printer Terrance Ryan (aka Lil Tuffy) made his first poster in 2002 for The Black Keys. From an auspicious start to a glossy finish, we find Tuffy’s work for bands that range from Sonic Youth to Vampire Weekend so visually compelling, that it’s hard playing favorites. To help narrow it down, here are eleven of ours after the jump. If you like what you see, Secret Serpents has a limited number of his prints available for purchase, as does GigPosters. … Read More

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