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[new]: Devendra Banhart – Fur Hildegard von Bingen

By Will Oliver, January 8th 2013 — with 1 comment


Devendra Banhart’s new album Mala will come out March 12 via Nonesuch. Pitchfork has the exclusive stream of a track from the album named “Für Hildegard von Bingen.”

It takes some time to build its full groove, but once it gets going it gets good. Featuring a silky smooth groove that is equally mysterious and sexy, in only the world that Devendra Banhart is capable of crafting.

Take a listen now over at Pitchfork.

Devendra Banhart Announces New Album: Mala

By Will Oliver, December 3rd 2012

Devendra Banhart has a new album called Mala on the way. It’s due sometime next spring, and it will be his first album on new record label, Nonesuch Records. Longtime bandmate Noah Georgeson produced it.

More details should be on the way soon. I saw Devendra play at the Occupy Sandy Benefit show, and it was great. Find my thoughts here.

Devendra Banhart @ Governors Ball (June 24, 2012)

By Will Oliver, June 26th 2012

For some reason, I have never really given Devendra Banhart a fair shake. I have nothing against him, hoenstly, I just never got around to it I guess.

Well his set on Saturday made me reconsider. It was a relaxed, cool-down set with plenty of good vibes and songs that put me at ease. It was a pretty mellow affair for the most part. I don’t remember him sounding as cool as he did when he opened for The Strokes at MSG. But with the open space and the sun beaming, Banhart was in his wheelhouse, and he smacked it out of the park.

[new] Beck and Devendra Banhart – Life During Wartime

By Will Oliver, August 5th 2010 — with 2 comments

As TwentyFourBit reports, you can hear a new collaboration between Beck & Devendra Banhart called “Life During Wartime”. The song was made for Director Todd Solondz as the theme song for his new movie, (also called) Life During Wartime.

It has Devendra Banhart’s laid back approach with a little bit of Beck’s experimental side in the mix. Relaxing song that will certainly work well during the movies credits (which is where it will be placed).

Stream it below:

[video] Devendra Banhart – Baby

By Will Oliver, March 15th 2010 — with 7 comments

This video makes no sense, but features plenty of music’s superstars (Andrew VanWyngarden, GZA, Fab Moretti) and trippy animation. The song is the only Devendra Banhart song I have on itunes, so it’s fitting that I post this vid. Anyone have any recommendations for other songs to listen to?

Watch below via Spinner:

The effect of Hurricane Sandy is going to be felt around these parts for a while. It’s good to see bands getting together to do something special for a good cause. The So So Glos have a show tomorrow, and now a huge show has been announced in Brooklyn Heights.

On Saturday the OCCUPY SANDY! Benefit Concert will take place at St. Ann & The Holy Trinity on 157 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights. The performance will feature acoustic sets (in order to honor the solidarity of those who are still without power) from:

Real Estate / Vampire Weekend / Devendra Banhart / Hamilton Leithauser, Walter Martin & Peter Bauer from The Walkmen / Cass McCombs / David Longstreth, Amber Coffman and Haley Dekle from Dirty Projectors

(they will perform in that order)

The suggested donation is $30, and tickets are limited to 2 per purchase. Grab your tickets here, it’s going to a good cause, and you will get many great acts playing in a rare acoustic setting. It should be something special.

The Strokes @ Madison Square Garden (April 1st, 2011)

By Will Oliver, April 2nd 2011 — with 20 comments

I’ve been waiting a long, long, time to see The Strokes. They’ve always been that one band that I’ve never gotten to see. Deep down, I feared that they would break up before I had the chance to see them. Thankfully that never happened. They made their hometown return in epic fashion last night at New York’s most famous area: Madison Square Garden.

The Strokes are the essential Madison Square Garden band. They’re a rock band with huge hits, and this is their home. It’s a match made in heaven. Although I would have loved to see them at a smaller venue (obviously), there is no denying that MSG fits the glove, just right.

Devendra Banhart was the opener, and his set was hit and miss for me. Immediately after his set, someone quickly took the stage, but it was too early to be The Strokes. Low and behold, and the legendary Elvis Costello walks out on stage. He said “April Fools” before kicking into a short, but very sweet set. Talk about a massive surprise.

Elvis Costello:

The moment finally came for The Strokes to arrive, and boy, was it something. They opened with “Is This It”, possibly the only proper way to say hello to NYC again. We had no time to catch our breath. They then dove straight into “Reptilia”, “Under Cover Of Darkness”, “Hard To Explain”, and “Last Night”. What a run that was. The Strokes really bring their a-game live. They transform their sound to a huge sonic boom of blaring guitars that are just demanding you to be in absolute awe. Julian’s voice shines live, sounding free and warm in a live setting. People complain about The Strokes being static during live performances, but there was no sign of that tonight. Julian sang with the crowd in the pit during the entirety of “Juicebox”, and he jumped into the side seats during the encore performance of “I Can’t Win”.

Elvis Costello came out to sing “Taken For A Fool” with the band, putting the whole night into perspective. This was a magical moment among magical moments. The setlist was absolutely perfect, I couldn’t ask for anything other than *possibly” 12:51. Other than that, they played the best of their best. The new songs sounded great, and the old songs sounded brand new again. It was like I was hearing all the songs for the first time again. Now that’s the way a concert should make you feel.

Anyone who hates on The Strokes is just trying to hard. These guys are one of the greatest rock bands of our generation. They brought practically all of New York city together 10 years ago, and they did it once again, last night. This is a performance that you will hear your friends talking about for years. If you were there, you know what I mean. If you weren’t there, then…sorry.

Below, check out a video I took of Elvis singing on “Taken For A Fool”, along with a few photos and the setlist:

Here’s another video:


Is This It
Under Cover of Darkness
Hard to Explain
Last Nite
Life Is Simple In The Moonlight
You’re So Right
Under Control
You Only Live Once
New York City Cops
Whatever Happened
Taken For A Fool (Feat. Elvis Costello)

Ask Me Anything
Modern Age
I Can’t Win
Take It or Leave It

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