LCD Soundsystem is readying their first new album since 2010’s This is Happening, and on Saturday Night Live this past weekend James Murphy & crew performed a couple of new tunes: “American Dream” and “Call the Police.” Watch the performances below. Continue reading →
Contemporary Color is David Byrne’s recent musical project. It features “ten of the country’s elite color guard teams — the flag-flipping, sequin-studded crème de la crème of the “sport of the arts” — sync steps with musical luminaries for a bacchanalia of beats, sabre-spinning, and glitter cannons.” It features live performances by Byrne, Nelly Furtado, How to Dress Well, Devonté Hynes, Money Mark + Ad-Rock, Zola Jesus, Lucius, Nico Muhly + Ira Glass, St. Vincent, and tUnE-yArDs. And in the seat of the band is Philly’s Jim Boggia, and Philly born, #TempleMade jazz musicians. The show opens and plays in Toronto tonight and tomorrow at Air Canada Centre and on June 27 & 28th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as part of the BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music Winter/Spring Season). Last week during rehearsals for the show, Boggia began posting photos of the rehearsals on his Instagram, and we reached out to him for to find out more. Continue reading →
David Byrne & St. Vincent have released a new EP, Brass Tactics, for free. In exchange for your e-mail address below, the EP includes live material from their recent tour including a version of “Road To Nowhere,” and a previously unreleased song, “Cissus.”
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Last night, David Byrne and St. Vincent played the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, performing songs from their collaborative album Love This Giant, as well a selections from each of their solo catalogs – including a rendition of the Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody).” Take a look at a gallery of photos from the show above, and see the setlist below. Continue reading →
On the heels of their collaborative full-length release Love This Giant, David Byrne and Saint Vincent make an appearance at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby. Tickets to the all-ages performance range from $39.50 to $65 and are available here. Below, watch a music video for their song “Who.”
Love This Giant brings Byrne and Clark together in provocative and frequently exciting ways, thanks in part to a slyly funky horn section and an overarching sense of brainy boldness. Though they swap lead-vocal duties, Byrne’s jittery, globe-trotting eclecticism tends to overshadow Clark’s efforts, in part because the horns’ volume forces her guitar work out of the foreground. But Byrne sounds more invigorated than he has in years, and as one of the best young singers, arrangers and guitarists in the business, Clark possesses a craftsmanship-intensive oddness which meshes nicely with his.
Listen to Love This Giant in its entirety via NPR Music here.
The Free Library of Philadelphia has an excellent lineup of writers for it’s upcoming Author Events series starting in September including appearances by Paul Auster, Junot Diaz, Zadie Smith, Tom Wolfe, Louise Erdrich, and others. Also scheduled are several musicians who have new books coming out. David Byrne, Wyclef Jean and Pete Townshend are appearing at the Free Library of Philadelphia Author Events series in September and October. David Byrne will talk with music writer Greg Milner on Friday, September 28th. Wyclef Jean appears on Monday, October 1st with music writer and musician Tom Moon. Pete Townshend, in conversation with John Wesley Harding, is on Wednesday, October 10th. This special event will be held at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Go here for tickets and more information about the events.
David Byrne and St. Vincent are playing the Tower Theatre on Thursday, September 27th. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 22nd at 10 a.m. here. St. Vincent (Annie Clark) recently performed at the Roots Picnic. Byrne and Clark are releasing an album called Love This Giant on 4AD/Todo Mundo on September 11th. Below, download a new song, “Who,” in exchange for you e-mail address.