[video] The National + friends close MusicNOW with “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” singalong

I’ll have my review of the National’s fantastic show online in a few days, but here’s a sneak peek at the fantastic ending. They brought out all the performers who stuck around for the final day to sing “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” with no vocal mikes. It turned into a giant singalong with the audience, Owen Pallett, Little Scream, Sharon Van Etten, Richard Parry, and Megafaun. It was a beautiful moment from a special festival. Can’t wait for 2012’s edition of MusicNOW.

[MusicNOW] Tim Hecker @ Memorial Hall 5.15.11

My problem with most ambient musicians is that they don’t really give me a lot to chew on; their music tends to be very airy and light. Tim Hecker is very chewy. No, my only problem with his show is that it might as well have happened in the dark. The audience was easily twice as well lit as the stage. But hey, I don’t think visuals are really the point of a Tim Hecker performance.

I enjoyed Hecker’s main set, but it really picked up with Bryce Dessner joined him on guitar. Electronic sets are great, but every now and then you just need a little guitar.

MusicNOW tickets now on sale! May 13-15 in Cinci

Owen Pallett: “the Great Elsewhere”

Cincinnati’s MusicNOW festival is back this year with a fantastic lineup (as always). They’ve got the National, Sharon Van Etten, Owen Pallett, Tim Hecker and a bunch of other great folks. Tickets are on sale now. Pro tip: if you’re planning on seeing the National and Sharon Van Etten’s show, buy tickets before you finish reading this sentence.

Get your MusicNOW tickets here

The National heading up Cincinnati’s MusicNOW 2011

Guys, we are so lucky. A lot of areas comparably sized to the Ohio/Kentucky/Tennessee trio don’t get a lot of shows. Not only do we get most any band you’d want to see between the three of us, we also have a bunch of music festivals. There’s Forecastle, MusicNOW and, oh yeah, BONNAROO.

But this is about one festival specifically: MusicNOW. Curated by Bryce Dessner of The National, it’s quickly become a fantastic event. I’ve seen Grizzly Bear, Sufjan Stevens and Joanna Newsom put on fantastic performances there. This year looks to keep the trend alive — maybe even expand on it.

Friday May 13:
Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond)
Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire)

Saturday May 14
Owen Pallett
Tim Hecker
Little Scream

Sunday May 15 (Cincinnati Music Hall)
The National
Sharon Van Etten

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10am. Check MusicNOW’s site for more info. And according to ENS, more announcements will be coming soon…