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Governors Ball, Day 1: Lots of weather, some music, no Kings of Leon


The British have a lot of weird old traditions, but perhaps the most peculiar one is their annual insistence on hanging out in the rain and mud to listen to music. Every year, thousands of otherwise normal-seeming Britons convene in the farms and parks of Reading and Leeds with the knowledge that they and their loved ones have a high chance of getting soaked. And the sick part is, they seem to enjoy it.

From what I could tell, the majority of people at the opening day of the Governors Ball Festival on New York City’s Randall’s Island were not British, and did not enjoy it. Yet amid a relentless battery of heavy rains and high winds courtesy of Tropical Storm Andrea, the festival did its best to keep calm on and carry on by sticking to their schedule of artists, which included Erykah Badu, Local Natives, Young the Giant, Best Coast, and more. At a certain point, though, you gotta know when to call it, and the Gov Ball organizers were forced to cancel the party before the night’s headliners, Kings of Leon and Pretty Lights, had a chance to take the stage. (To make up for it, Kings of Leon is now scheduled to play this evening.)


TV Jukebox Finale Edition! 'Desperate Housewives,' 'House,' 'Castle,' and more music-on-TV moments

The end has come, Jukeboxers! There’s an apocryphal story that the Inuit people have hundreds of words for snow. These past few weeks, we at Jukebox probably could have used about that many synonyms for cliffhanger. Between planes crashing, kidnappings, births, deaths, weddings, reunions, and dance parties, it’s been a groovy goodbye to the 2011-2012 TV season. Check out our picks below and make sure to click through to the final page to listen to a track-for-track Spotify playlist of these “show tunes.” (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: MAJOR SPOILERS ahead!) READ FULL STORY

TV Jukebox: 'Make It Or Break It,' 'The Killing,' 'Person of Interest,' and more music-on-tv moments

Mother’s Day may be next weekend, but there’s no shortage of mama drama in the latest Jukebox. Mom’s got through (and even started) some trouble on shows including Make It Or Break It, Private Practice, Missing, and The Game.

Which isn’t to say the dads didn’t get in on the action, too, creating waves on The Killing, Revenge, and The Client List. The last few weeks also saw a steamy encounter (The Good Wife), a heartfelt tribute (Glee), and an ambush (Person of Interest), plus more music-on-TV moments from The L.A. ComplexGirls, and Mad Men.

Check out our picks below and make sure to click through to the final page to listen to a track-for-track Spotify playlist of this week’s “show tunes.” (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!)


'The Muppets' indie-riffic soundtrack to feature Feist, Nirvana covers, and more

Smells like fleece-foam-and-fake-fur spirit! The soundtrack for the upcoming Jason Segel-helmed Muppets movie has been revealed by, and Kermit and friends are getting lots of help.

Amongst the contributors: Canadian songstress Feist (who provides vocals on “Life’s A Happy Song,” alongside Mickey Rooney), Flight of the Conchords star Bret McKenzie (he pens four originals), harp-fond folkie Joanna Newsom (she guests on the beloved “The Muppet Show Theme”), Andrew Bird (he takes on “The Whistling Caruso”) and human co-stars Segel, Amy Adams, and Chris Cooper.

Also on the slate? Covers of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Cee Lo’s “Forget You” — performed by the Muppets Barbershop Quartet and a clutch of singing chickens, respectively — and several 20th-century classics in their original form: Paul Simon’s “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” Starship’s “We Built This City.”

Find the full tracklisting after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Feist to release new album 'Metals' in October

It has been over four years since Leslie Feist, one of Canada’s most beloved aughties-indie exports, dropped The Reminder, her breakout album aided by the colorful iPod-ad-assisted phenomenon “1234.”

Now she’s is back with a new album called Metals, and today she announced that it will be hitting store shelves both real and virtual on October 4. The album’s 12 songs were co-produced by Feist, Chilly Gonzales, and Dominic Mocky Salole (her longtime partners in crime) and multi-talented Icelander Valgeir Sigurosson (who has worked on a number of different projects, including Bjork’s Medulla).

She’ll be uploading video previews on her official site leading up to the release of the album, and in the one featured after the jump, you can see her and her collaborators working through one of the new tunes. READ FULL STORY

Wilco hits a grand slam at Brooklyn's Keyspan Park with help from Yo La Tengo and special guests

My right eardrum has yet to recover from the double-header I took in at Brooklyn’s Keyspan Park last night. Man, does that faint yet persistent ringing sound nice! The evening began with a spirited set from Yo La Tengo, whose guitarist Ira Kaplan filled the minor-league stadium with epic swells of feedback and even tossed out a few underhand pitches for fun. After putting out albums for close to 25 years, YLT still jam with the reckless energy of teens in a basement — and I mean that as a compliment. Their noisy display was just the thing to get the crowd primed for Wilco, who opened their headlining set with “Wilco (the song),” naturally, and didn’t look back for the next two and a half hours (full set list after the jump).

Frontman Jeff Tweedy (pictured at another recent gig) was in rare form, cracking dry jokes, whipping his microphone around like a lasso, and generally having a grand old time through the main set and two encores. It had been way too long since I’d seen Wilco in concert; much though I’ve always respected their live chops, I don’t remember them being quite so fun before. Or so loud: Guitar wizards Nels Cline and Pat Sansone, who joined the band in 2004, got plenty of chances to show off their smashing, squealing, screaming fretwork, as did Tweedy himself. And as reinvigorated as the band seemed during new cuts like “Bull Black Nova” (amazing!) and “One Wing,” they rocked perhaps even harder on reworked versions of older songs like “Can’t Stand It,” “I’m Always In Love,” and “A Shot in the Arm.” (For the record: It may not necessarily be Wilco’s best album, but 1999’s Summerteeth will always be my sentimental favorite.)

We got some nice extra-inning action during the encores, when Wilco brought out a parade of guests. First came Feist, who sang her part on the new album‘s “You and I,” then the always-excellent Edward Droste of Grizzly Bear, who joined her on backup vocals for a few tunes — you can imagine how thrilled I was to see that — and finally all three members of Yo La Tengo, who returned to the stage for a truly massive “Spiders (Kidsmoke).” It was sweet icing on an already tasty cake, or tangy mustard on a well-grilled stadium frank. As I filed out of the ballpark, I promised myself not to let another five or six years go by before I see Wilco again. Have any of you seen them on this tour — or were you there at Keyspan Park last night?


'Dark Was the Night' at Radio City Music Hall: Bon Iver steals the show

Boniver_lThe National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Red Hot Organization’s John Carlin have plenty to be proud of. Their years of hard work not only produced Dark Was the Night, a 31-track double album featuring brand-new songs from some of the biggest names in indie rock (including Bon Iver, pictured), but also a terrific benefit concert last night at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. (At the show, Carlin said they have collectively raised over $10 million benefitting HIV/AIDS awareness and research.) So, how was last night’s concert? In a word: fantastic. In another word: collaborative. Click through the jump for an artist-by-artist breakdown of the night’s festivities.


Feist's short film with Cillian Murphy: Watch it here

There’s no doubt Feist’s "The Water" is a chilling, beautifully-sung song, but I’m not sure if it warranted this 15-minute short film directed by her Broken Social Scene pal, Kevin Drew. Airing this week on and IFC, the frosty tale features Batman Begins co-star Cillian Murphy and Canadian actor David Fox.

The two essentially find a mummified body (Feist) in the snow, thaw it out, and then the three sit in silence in front of a crackling fireplace, which isn’t really broken until the Feist song kicks in toward the end. Despite the snail’s pace and curious ending, there are certainly far worse things than staring at Feist and Murphy for 15 minutes, though, so watch it after the jump and tell us what you think. Just know it is about as stark a contrast from "1234" as you can get.

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