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Album of the Week: LCD Soundsystem

American Dream Out Now via Columbia/DFA

Sep 01, 2017

When LCD Soundsystem announced their official return at Christmas 2015, more people were upset about it than you'd think. Having left us at their prime, James Murphy's bohemian brigade released an grandiose but heart-warming final concert movie called Shut Up and Play the Hits. More

Aug 31, 2017

LCD Soundsystem are releasing their long-awaited new albumAmerican Dream, tomorrow (September 1) via Columbia/DFA. It includes two songs the band released in May, "Call the Police" and title track "American Dream."  More

Aug 21, 2017

LCD Soundsystem broke up in 2011, only to reform in 2015 and they are releasing their long-awaited new albumAmerican Dream, on September 1 via Columbia/DFA. Prior to their breakup they performed one final show in April that year at Madison Square Garden.  More

Eight Best Songs of the Week: Julien Baker, The War on Drugs, LCD Soundsystem, Wolf Alice, and More

Plus Alvvays, Ariel Pink, Yumi Zouma, Madeline Kenney, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 18, 2017

Charlottesville, Virginia is only just over an hour a way from Under the Radar's headquarters. It's the best local city to see shows in and it's a great little progressive college town that we visit often. So we watched in horror, disbelief, and disgust last weekend as the violent and tragic events in Charlottesville surrounding the white supremacist rally dominated the news. More

LCD Soundsystem Share Video for New Song “Tonite”

American Dream Due Out September 1 via Columbia/DFA

Aug 16, 2017

LCD Soundsystem are releasing their long-awaited new albumAmerican Dream, on September 1 via Columbia/DFA. It includes two songs the band released in May, "Call the Police" and title track "American Dream."  More

LCD Soundsystem Announce New Album and World Tour Dates

American Dream Due Out September 1 via Columbia/DFA

Jun 19, 2017

LCD Soundsystem have finally announced their new album. They have also announced some tour dates. The album is entitled American Dream and its due out September 1 via Columbia/DFA.  More

May 30, 2017

LCD Soundsystem originally broke up in 2011, but they have since reformed, have played some shows, and are prepping a new album.  More

May 08, 2017

LCD Soundsystem originally broke up in 2011, but they have since reformed, have played some shows, and are prepping a new album.  More

May 05, 2017

LCD Soundsystem originally broke up in 2011, but they have since reformed, have played some shows, and are prepping a new album.  More

Listen to the One of Two New LCD Soundsystem Songs - “Call the Police”

Reunited Band to Play Saturday Night Live This Weekend, Two Songs Being Released at Midnight

May 04, 2017

LCD Soundsystem originally broke up in 2011, but they have since reformed, have played some shows, and are prepping a new album.  More

LCD Soundsystem Are Releasing Two New Songs at Midnight

Reunited Band to Play Saturday Night Live This Weekend

May 04, 2017

LCD Soundsystem originally broke up in 2011, but they have since reformed, have played some shows, and are prepping a new album. This Saturday they are the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, with Captain Kirk himself, Chris Pine (no doubt promoting his Steve Trevor role in Wonder Woman), as the guest host.  More

Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Festival Announce Lineup - LCD Soundsystem, Phoenix, The xx, and More

May 12-14 Event Also Features Pixies, The Shins, Car Seat Headrest, and More

Jan 10, 2017

Atlanta's Shaky Knees Music Festival have announced the lineup for their fifth anniversary event. The festival goes down at Centennial Olympic Park, May 12-14, and the headliners are LCD Soundsystem, Phoenix, and The xx. More

Austin City Limits Lineup: Radiohead, M83, HAIM, LCD Soundsystem, Foals, and More

Plus: Mumford and Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Chairlift, Local Natives, Band of Horses, Frightened Rabbit, and Others

May 05, 2016

Austin City Limits have announced the lineup of their 2016 festival, in which they will celebrate their 15th anniversary. Highlights include Radiohead, M83, HAIM, LCD Soundsystem, Foals, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford and Sons, Andrew Bird, Local Natives, Conor Oberst, Chairlift, Flying Lotus, Caveman, Marlon Williams, Willie Nelson, Band of Horses, Major Lazer, Frightened Rabbit, and more.  More

Outside Lands 2016 Lineup: Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Air, Grimes, Sufjan Stevens, and The Muppets

August 5 - 7 in San Francisco, Lineup Also Includes Beach House, Ryan Adams, Duran Duran, The Last Shadow Puppets, Foals, Peaches, Kevin Morby, Lana

Apr 05, 2016

Outside Lands have announced their 2016 lineup. The festival goes down August 5 - 7 at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Highlights of the lineup include Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Air, Grimes, Sufjan Stevens, Beach House, Ryan Adams, Duran Duran, The Last Shadow Puppets, Foals, Peaches, Kevin Morby, Lana Del Rey, DIIV, Big Grams, Julien Baker, Lionel Richie, Major Lazer, Jason Isbell, Lord Huron, Vince Staples, Years & Years, HÆLOS, POLIÇA, Ra Ra Riot, Rogue Wave, Caveman, Whitney, Miguel, and Chance the Rapper.  More

FYF Fest 2016 Lineup: LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, Air, Beach House, Grimes, Hot Chip, and More

Father John Misty, Kendrick Lamar, Grace Jones, Wolf Parade, Ty Segall, DIIV, Wild Nothing, Julia Holter, and Many Others Set for Los Angeles Fest in Au

Mar 29, 2016

FYF Fest has announced its 2016 lineup and it's another impressive one. The event is due to take place August 27 and 28 at LA Sports Arena and Exposition Park. Saturday will be headlined by Kendrick Lamar and Tame Impala and Sunday will be headlined by LCD Soundsystem (who seem to be playing every festival this year) and Grace Jones. More

Mar 24, 2016

LCD Soundsystem has announced  at a pair of small-venue hometown shows this Sunday and Monday at Webster Hall. More

Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers and LCD Soundsystem Headlining Lollapalooza

Tickets for 25th edition of Chicago Fest go on sale tomorrow

Mar 21, 2016

Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers and LCD Soundsystem will be headlining the 25th edition of Lollapalooza. The festival is celebrating the milestone in grand fashion, expanding from its usual three days to four July 28 to 31 at Chicago's Grant Park. More

Panorama, New NYC Festival from Coachella Organizers, Announces Inaugural Lineup

LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, and Kendrick Lamar to Headline Three-Day Event in July

Mar 01, 2016

The company behind Coachella, Goldenvoice, are launching a new festival in New York City named Panorama and today the festival's lineup has been announced. Panorama will go down at Randall's Island Park in New York City, from July 22-24. The headliners will be LCD Soundsystem (in their first NYC show since their Madison Square Garden farewell concerts five years ago), Arcade Fire, and Kendrick Lamar. More

Bonnaroo 2016 Lineup Announced: LCD Soundsystem, M83, Tame Impala, CHVRCHES, etc.

Father John Misty, HAIM, Death Cab For Cutie, Kurt Vile, Natalie Prass, Purity Ring, Pearl Jam, and Others

Jan 20, 2016

Bonnaroo have announced their 2016 lineup. The festival goes down in Manchester, Tennessee from June 9-12 and this year, their 15th year, the lineup includes LCD Soundsystem, M83, Tame Impala, CHVRCHES, Father John Misty, HAIM, Death Cab For Cutie, Kurt Vile, Natalie Prass, Purity Ring, Pearl Jam, and many others. More

LCD Soundsystem to Release New Album and Tour in 2016

James Murphy Issues Lengthy Statement Explaining Reunion

Jan 05, 2016

LCD Soundsystem may have broken up in 2011 and denied various reunion rumors, but over the holidays they released a "depressing" new Christmas song, "Christmas Will Break Your Heart," and yesterday it was confirmed that they would be headlining Coachella. More

Coachella 2016 Announces Line-up Featuring LCD Soundsystem, Guns N’ Roses, Lush, CHVRCHES, and More

Plus M83, Wolf Alice, Beach House, Grimes, Sufjan Stevens, Foals, Deerhunter, Bat For Lashes, and Others

Jan 04, 2016

Coachella has announced the line-up for their 2016 festival, which goes down in Indio, California over two weekends in April (with the same bill each weekend). Friday and Saturday are headlined by two newly reformed bands, LCD Soundsystem and Guns N' Roses (featuring the reunion of Axl Rose and Slash). Calvin Harris headlines Sunday night. More

Future Islands, Mac DeMarco, Lauryn Hill, Miley Cyrus, and Sadie Dupuis Do Christmas Songs

Some Covers, Some Originals (+LCD Soundsystem and Will Butler)

Dec 31, 2015

We here at Under the Radar are taking most of Christmas and New Year's off. Still, over the holiday a few notable artists have posted some Christmas songs (some covers, some originals) that we didn't have a chance to post and they are collected here. Included are Future Islands, Mac DeMarco, Lauryn Hill, Miley Cyrus (with a little help from The Flaming Lips), Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, LCD Soundsystem, and Will Butler. More

Dec 25, 2015

LCD Soundsystem may have broken up in 2011 and denied various reunion rumors, but now the band has briefly reformed to record and release a "depressing" new Christmas song, "Christmas Will Break Your Heart." More

Oct 19, 2015

Hot Chip have been covering Bruce Springsteen's classic "Dancing in the Dark" (from Born in the U.S.A.) at live shows recently. Now they have released a video for a studio version of the song. Towards the end the track seamlessly morphs into a cover of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends," so it's kind of an LCD Soundsystem/Springsteen mash-up.  More

Sep 03, 2015

Arcade Fire are releasing a feature film, The Reflektor Tapes. It will screen in movie theaters starting September 23 and Kahlil Joseph directed it. They have previously shared the first clip from the film, which was eight-minutes long and essentially also a music video for "Porno," a song from last year's album ReflektorMore

Listen: James Murphy - “We Used to Dance”

Part of While We're Young Score

Mar 18, 2015

Already sharing the included work "Only the Stars Above Welcome Me Home," LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy has offered up another piece of his forthcoming score to Noah Baumbach's new film While We're Young. More

Mar 04, 2015

For director Noah Baumbach's upcoming film While We're Young, starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, and Adam Driver (as well as The Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock), LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy was tapped to provide the movie's score.  More

Feb 06, 2015

For director Noah Baumbach's upcoming film While We're Young, starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, and Adam Driver (as well as The Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock), LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy is providing the score. More

Dec 05, 2014

This spring writer/director Noah Baumbach will release his latest film While We're Young. More

Feb 28, 2014

Last night was the first night of the by:Larm Festival in Oslo, Norway. We sent writer/photographer Laura Studarus over to cover the action. More

LCD Soundsystem to Release Entire Farewell Concert on Vinyl

For Record Store Day on April 19, Followed By Wide Release May 20

Feb 27, 2014

LCD Soundsystem's final concert at Madison Square Garden in NYC was documented a few years ago in the film Shut Up and Play the Hits. Now, the entire unabridged performance is being released in a 5-LP vinyl box set for Record Store Day, April 19.  More

Feb 24, 2014

Last year former LCD Soundsystem frontman and NYC resident James Murphy revealed a long-gestating idea of making the turnstiles of the city's subway stations produce music. More

LCD Soundsystem to Release Live Album

Recording of Band's Final Show at MSG

Dec 11, 2013

James Murphy has revealed that LCD Soundsystem will release one last record, a live album of the band's final performance at Madison Square Garden. More

James Murphy On His Signature Coffee Line

Combing Soon From Blue Bottle

Dec 05, 2013

James Murphy: beat maker, coffee crafter. More

Oct 10, 2013

November 5 will see the three-disc release of David Bowie’s The Next Day. Take a listen to James Murphy’s contribution, the hypnotic “Hello Steve Reich” remix of album track “Love is Lost." More

Watch: James Murphy Discusses His Career and Influences in Red Bull Academy Interview

Also Listen to DJ Set by Murphy Celebrating DFA's 12th Anniversary

May 31, 2013

For the past five weeks New York City has hosted this year's Red Bull Music Academy, a world-traveling event that sees professional and aspiring artists convene for a series of concerts, lectures, workshops, and art installations. More

May 08, 2013

Too New to Be Classic is a short film detailing the history behind DFA Records. More

Dec 27, 2012

Okay, so maybe Jarvis Cocker was lying when he said that Pulp’s reunion wouldn’t result in any new music. Or maybe he was just in the giving spirit. At a recent homecoming show in Sheffield, England, fans were given a Christmas card that featured a unique access code to a new song called “After You.” More

Arcade Fire, James Murphy Collaboration Confirmed

Working Together on New Arcade Fire Album

Dec 07, 2012

Confirmation has come forth that LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy is currently working with Arcade Fire on their upcoming album. More

James Murphy To Direct Short Film

Mentored By Ron Howard

Aug 14, 2012

While he may be finished with his most beloved musical project, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy is wasting little time to fill his days with his next artistic endeavor. More

Aug 09, 2012

The documentary film is set for an October 9 release date on DVD and Blu-ray. More

Watch: James Murphy on “Fallon”

Out Promoting Shut Up and Play the Hits

Jul 12, 2012

LCD Soundsystem may have been laid to rest (R.I.P.) But James Murphy isn’t about to fade away. Last night, the musician took to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in support of forthcoming concert film, Shut up and Play the Hits. More

Watch: “LCD + NYC” Tribute to LCD Soundsystem

The Marriage of James Murphy and The Big Apple

Jul 02, 2012

On July 18, Shut Up and Play the Hits, the music documentary that captured LCD Soundsystem's last performance at Madison Square Garden, will premiere in various cities across the countryMore

May 29, 2012

As previously announced, LCD Soundsystem’s documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits, chronicling the events surrounding their final show at Madison Square Garden last April—is slated to hit theaters. Today, a special one-night only screening was announced.  More

Apr 02, 2012

Previously announced LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut up and Play the Hits has gained more official release details.  More

Watch: A Clip From LCD Soundsystem Documentary “Shut and Play the Hits”

Additional Release Details Announced on April 2

Mar 08, 2012

Check out this newly released clip from LCD Soundsystem documentary, Shut Up and Play the HitsMore

Feb 29, 2012

After getting a brief behind-the-scenes snippet a while back, the official music video for "DoYaThing," the Converse-created collaboration between Gorillaz, André 3000, and LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, has been given a proper debut this morning.  More

Listen: 13-Minute Version of “DoYaThing”

Gorillaz Share Extended Cut with André 3000 and James Murphy

Feb 24, 2012

Remember yesterday when "DoYaThing," the Converse-sponsored music collaboration between Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, and André 3000 turned out to be just a part of a much larger cut and that it would see the light of day at a later date? More

Feb 23, 2012

"DoYaThing," the collaborative new cut by by Gorillaz, André 3000, and LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy as part of Converse's "Three Artists, One Song," music project, is now available for download. More

Feb 15, 2012

As previously reported, English animated rock group Gorillaz (aka Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett) have collaborated on a new track with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and André 3000 as part of an ongoing music project by Converse called "Three Artists, One Song." More

Feb 09, 2012

As previously reported, shoe manufacturer Converse announced that they would be teaming up with the virtual band Gorillaz for an upcoming collection of uniquely designed footwear. More

Jan 27, 2012

This past week weekend the Sundance Film Festival premiered director Rick Alverson's film The Comedy, starring Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of the cult nonsense program Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. More

Watch: Trailer for the Upcoming LCD Soundsystem Documentary

"Shut and Play the Hits" Captures Last Days of Band

Jan 12, 2012

At this year's Sundance Film Festival directers Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace will be premiering their feature documentary "Shut Up and Play the Hits," capturing the final days of LCD Soundsystem and the band's last show at Madison Square Garden. More

Dec 19, 2011

Months and months back LCD Soundsystem released a cover of Franz Ferdinand's "Live Alone." More

LCD Soundsystem Final Show Documentary to Screen at Sundance

SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS Records Final Day

Dec 02, 2011

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival has announced that it will be screening, SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS, a documentary directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace that records LCD Soundsystem in its last days as a band. More

Jul 27, 2011

This is just cool. Web 2.0 tinkerer Michael J. Green has posted a shot-for-shot remake of LCD Soundsystem's classic music video for "All My Friends," with animated LEGOS replacing James Murphy and his band.  More

Listen: LCD Soundsystem Covers Franz Ferdinand

From Record Store Day Covers Project.

Apr 12, 2011

In honor of Record Store day this Saturday (you’re already lining up, right?) Franz Ferdinand is releasing a cover EP, featuring musicians’ takes on their most recent album Tonight. One such group? LCD Soundsystem. Today their cut “Live Alone,” surfaced. Check it out below. 

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Apr 04, 2011

After weeks of anticipation, a heated battle with scalpers, and added lead-up performances, LCD Soundsystem said farewell over the weekend at Madison Square Garden with its final performance. More

Feb 15, 2011

Fresh off their Grammy wins for Best Alternative Album and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, The Black Keys made a victory lap visit to the set of Conan last night More

LCD Soundsystem Plans Epic Farewell Show

Get Your Hankies Ready April 2

Feb 07, 2011

LCD Soundsystem will take their final bows April 2 with a three-hour show titled “The Long Goodbye.”  We have the details.  More

Hot Chip/LCD Soundsystem Live Album

Recorded November 10th in London

Nov 12, 2010

Two days ago, Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem played a gig together at London’s Alexandra Palace. Now, thanks to the power of the Internet we can buy the resulting live album now.  More

Nov 04, 2010

MTV just posted this gritty music video for LCD Soundsystem's This Is Happening tune "Pow Pow." More

LCD Soundsystem Announces “The London Sessions”

Out November 9th Via DFA/Virgin

Nov 04, 2010

While new LCD Soundsystem This is Happening might just be the last under the moniker, James Murphy isn’t prepared to ride into the sunset just yet. Today electro indie musician announced the release of The London Sessions, out Nobember 9th via DFA/Virgin. More

Aug 03, 2010

With their new EP, We Have Remixes, set to release on September 7, Hot Chip will be touring North America in October supporting LCD Soundsystem. Hot Chip will also go interactive via a MXP4-powered release allowing fans to play and listen to remixes of "I Feel Better."

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Virgin Mobile Fest Announces Line-up

Free Festival September 25th

Jul 20, 2010

Indie shmindie. Sometimes it’s hard to argue with cooperate sponsorship. Today, Virgin Mobile announced its free festival (September 25th at Merriweather Post Pavilion) and it is a dozy. The daylong genre-hopping festival will play host to buzz bands such as Sleigh Bells and Neon Indian, scene stalwarts LCD Soundsystem and M.I.A. and legends such as Pavement and Joan Jett. We have the full lineup.  More

Jul 12, 2010

Treasure Island has announced its lineup for the 2010 festival, held October 16th and 17th on Treasure Island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. Split evenly between dance music and indie rockers, headliners includeLCD Soundsystem and Deadmau5 (Saturday) and Belle & Sebastian and The National (Sunday). We have the full lineup.  More

LCD Soundsystem Releases Video For Their Cover of Alan Vega (of Suicide)‘s “Bye Bye Bayou”

Cover Originally Issued Last Year Finally Makes Gets its Comeuppance

May 21, 2010

Watch the video for LCD Soundsystem's cover of Alan Vega's "Bye Bye Bayou." More

Austin City Limits Lineup Announced

Yeasayer, Spoon, Vampire Weekend, and Monsters of Folk, Among Others, Set to Play

May 18, 2010

Festival fans rejoice, the lineup for 2010’s Austin City Limits has been announced. Lineup includes Muse, Flaming Lips, LCD Soundsystem, Spoon, and Vampire Weekend, among others. We have the full details. More

Apr 17, 2010

Glastonbury Lineup Unveiled

Headliners: U2, Muse, and Stevie Wonder

Apr 15, 2010

Glastonbury is a huge British multi-day music festival and this year's lineup is just as epic. The fest will again be at Pilton, England Worthy Farm on June 23-27, and the three major headliners are U2, Muse, and Stevie Wonder. More

Apr 14, 2010

Does the new LCD Soundsystem album This is Happening meet the hype created by its first single "Drunk Girls?" Decide for yourself as the album (out May 17th) is now streaming in full at the LCD website. More

LCD Soundsystem Confirm North American Headlining Tour

Preview "Drunk Girls" Music Video

Apr 05, 2010

LCD Soundsystem put on an insane dance party for their shows and fans that haven't already experienced the craziness will soon get their chance. James Murphy's crew of party-starters announced a bunch of North American concerts today. More

LCD Soundsystem Title and Cover Art Revealed

This Is Happening due out in May

Mar 30, 2010

LCD Soundsystem's new album title has been announced and the album cover art has been revealed. More

Mar 04, 2010

On May 17th (U.K.) and May 18th (U.S.), LCD Soundsystem's follow-up to 2007's excellent Sound of Silver will be released via DFA/Parlophone and DFA/Virgin respectively. We have the tracklist and tour dates. More

New LCD Soundsystem Album Finished!

No Word Yet on Release Date

Feb 25, 2010

Maybe not the Chinese Democracy of dance rock, but after three long years, the new LCD Soundsystem album is complete. We have behind-the-scenes footage and tour dates. More

2010 Sasquatch! Festival Lineup Announced

Acts Include Pavement, Massive Attack, My Morning Jacket, Vampire Weekend, MGMT, LCD Soundsystem, The National, Band of Horses, and More

Feb 16, 2010

The 2010 Sasquatch! Music Festival lineup thankfully isn't a mystery anymore. The initial list of bands to play at Quincy, WA's bucolic Gorge can be peeped below. The event returns for its ninth year May 29-31 (Memorial Day Weekend) and the recently reunited Pavement, trip-hop progenitors Massive Attack, and reverb-y Southern rockers My Morning Jacket will headline. More

Pitchfork Music Festival Begins to Unveil 2010’s Artists

Modest Mouse, St. Vincent, and Pavement Among First Group to be Announced

Feb 05, 2010

The details of this year's Pitchfork Music Festival are beginning to materialize. The first handful of confirmed artists includes Modest Mouse, LCD Soundsystem, Pavement, and St. Vincent. More

LCD Soundsystem’s In-the-Studio Clip Reveals New Song Snippet

Recorded at the Infamous Laurel Canyon Mansion

Jan 25, 2010

James Murphy and LCD Soundsystem have started to disperse some viral videos shot while Murphy was in L.A. this past summer recording the follow-up to 2007 party-starter Sound of Silver. The untitled third (and possibly last LCD full-length) is scheduled to come out sometime this spring. More

LCD Soundsystem Cover Suicide’s Alan Vega on New Single

Vinyl Saturday 12" Single Out November 7th

Oct 07, 2009

On November 7th, the people behind the very popular Record Store Day will host another Vinyl Saturday, a smaller version of their sister event during which you'll be able to grab a ton of free swag from your local independent vinyl shop, if you wake up early enough. Among other exclusive releases one stands above the rest: a new disco/punk/house single from LCD Soundsystem. More



Reviews

American Dream

American Dream

Columbia/DFA

Sep 01, 2017

"Does it make you uncomfortable?" More

by:Larm Day One: Tussilago, Dråpe, Sin Cos Tan, When Saints Go Machine and James Murphy

February 27th, 2014

Mar 05, 2014

The first official day of by:Larm brought intriguing sets from TussilagoDråpeSin Cos TanWhen Saints Go Machine, and James Murphy (yes, THAT James Murphy).  More

This is Happening

This is Happening

DFA/Virgin

May 24, 2010

After making Sound of Silver, one of those extraordinarily rare recordings in which the first listen thrills and the hundredth and two hundredth reveal new pleasures, James Murphy absolutely crushes the follow up, placing him on the shortlist of artists that truly matter. More

Coachella 2010 Day One Report - Yeasayer, Grizzly Bear, Fever Ray, LCD Soundsystem, and more

Apr 17, 2010

Coachella 2010 began under the cloud of an erupting volcano. Several of the European artists playing this year had to cancel their Coachella appearances due to the Icelandic volcano eruption grounding all flights from the U.K. and other parts of Europe. So day one of Coachella was greeted with the news that we wouldn't be seeing Frightened Rabbit, Delphic, The Cribs (with Johnny Marr), or Gary Numan after all. And only a few days earlier Mew had already cancelled due to illness. So this year's festival was already starting with some losses, Mew and Delphic probably being the most unfortunate ones. But while there were few artists playing Coachella 2010 who I both hadn't seen before and was dying to see (Pavement being one of them), the lineup was still rigged with enough great artists so that I had little time to eat and take breaks between bands. Here's what I saw during day one. More

Vampire Weekend, LCD Soundsystem kick off Coachella Festival 2010

Apr 17, 2010

The 2010 Coachella Festival kicked off yesterday (April 16) in a chaotic fashion, with massive crowds making it difficult to get onto and off of the grounds and challenging to catch close-up glimpses of the bands. An Icelandic volcano also threw a wrench into the works, making it impossible for artists including The Cribs and Bad Lieutenant to fly from England to California to perform. That said, stellar sets by Vampire Weekend, Them Crooked Vultures and La Roux, among others, made fighting through the crowds and braving the heat worthwhile. More