LCD Soundsystem’s Gavin Russom Comes Out as Transgender

LCD Soundsystem member Gavin Russom came out as transgender today in an interview with Pitchfork. Speaking with writer Britt Julious (who is also a regular contributor to THUMP), she said she is keeping her name as is and using feminine pronouns.

During the interview, Russom shared how her transition was decades in the making, starting from her childhood in the 70s. She also revealed that, as a result of dressing gender-nonconforming or feminine in her early twenties, she on multiple occasions experienced violence, harassment, and assault. However, she also stated that she feels the world has since changed.

“I feel very blessed because the world that I operate in is relatively open-minded,” she said. “I mean, the electronic music world can be extremely bro-y and also close-minded and sometimes even worse than maybe a more traditional office job. However, at least where I’ve found myself, the people who are around me have been very supportive.”

On Friday, July 13, Russom will perform for the first time as a trans woman at Chicago venue Berlin for Femme’s Room, a monthly party celebrating LGBTQ culture. Russom shared that she had been booked for the show before organizers knew of her transition. “It felt like this amazing synchronicity,” she said, “one of those moments where the universe is tapping you on the shoulder, [saying], ‘It’s OK, it’s real.'”

Following her DJ set at Femme’s Room, Russom will perform with LCD Soundsystem during their headlining slot on July 14 at Pitchfork Music Festival, which also features performances from A Tribe Called Quest, Solange, the Avalanches, Nicolas Jaar, and more. The band also recently announced their forthcoming album, American Dream.

LCD Soundsystem Announce Their New Album 'American Dream,' at Long Last

James Murphy‘s dance-rock outfit LCD Soundsystem finally announced their new album this morning. American Dream will be released on September 1, and come out on Murphy’s DFA imprint and Columbia Records.

The band will also go on an extended world tour this fall; tickets will go on sale for various gigs on June 21, 22, and 23.

American Dream clocks in at ten tracks along, and features “call the police” and “american dream,” which were previously released as a double A-sided single on May 5. This will be the Brooklyn group’s first record since 2010’s This Is Happening.

The album has been a long, long time coming. Murphy first confirmed it in January 2016, when he penned an extensive open letter addressing the LCD reunion and the overall state of the band.

“It’s been one of the most enjoyable records to make in my life, if not the most fun ever (I think it is, for sure, the happiest I’ve ever been making a record),” Murphy previously said about the album.

American Dream tracklist:

1. oh baby
2. other voices
3. i used to
4. change yr mind
5. how do you sleep?
6. tonite
7. call the police
8. american dream
9. emotional haircut
10. black screen

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LCD Soundsystem Add VR Experience to Their Slate of Upcoming Releases

LCD Soundsystem reportedly debuted a new VR experience called “Dance Tonight” during a performance and appearance at Google’s I/O Conference.

According to reports from VR Scout, the VR experience includes a new LCD Soundsystem song, “Tonight,” a track that debuted during the band’s Brooklyn Steel residency. According to VR Scout, the new LCD Soundsystem VR experience will debut this summer.

The VR experience is just the latest venture in a year-plus-long return to the public eye. After previously announcing their retirement, LCD Soundsystem began making reunited festival appearances last year.

Last month, James Murphy, frontman of LCD Soundsystem, confirmed the group has finished their next album. Two tracks from the album have been released. No word on when the new album officially drops.

LCD Soundsystem Said Their First Album in 7 Years is “Finally Done”

After a surprise reunion, more than a year of touring and many, many hints, LCD Soundsystem confirmed their long-awaited and still-untitled new album is “finally done.”

Frontman James Murphy made the announcement last night during the band’s headlining set at the Sasquatch! Festival. Those in attendance report Murphy said the album was finished “two days ago.”

The album will come more than seven years after their last full-length, This Is Happening. Since the announcement of their new record this January, the group has released two tracks, “Call the Police,” and “American Dream.

“As eager as folks have been for me to get this done, it’s got nothing on how much I want to be finished myself,” Murphy said in a message released to fans in accompaniment of “Call the Police” and “American Dream.” “It’s been one of the most enjoyable records to make in my life, if not the most fun ever (I think it is, for sure, the happiest I’ve ever been making a record).”

LCD Soundsystem To Headline Pitchfork Music Festival 2017

Photo by Ruvan Wijesooriya, courtesy of Amazon

Dance-rock luminaries LCD Soundsystem will headline Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 along with hip-hop pioneers A Tribe Called Quest and R&B auteur Solange, the festival announced today. The 12th annual edition of the festival will take place from July 1416 in Chicago’s Union Park.

Pitchfork will also partner with Solange’s label and platform Saint Heron to present a special event series featuring artists talks, poetry readings, jazz performances, film screenings, and an installation of contemporary art. These specially-curated events will take place in venues across Chicago from July 1316.

The headliners were announced by way of a two-hour Facebook live stream earlier today, which showed Chicago-based artist Shelby Rodeffer painting an advertisement for the festival featuring the artists’ names on a brick wall.

Tickets for the festival are available on TicketFly.

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LCD Soundsystem, Major Lazer, And G-Eazy To Headline Mysteryland 2017

Photo by Heideifocus for Mysteryland.us

Mysteryland will return to the famed sight of the original WoodstockBethel Woods, NYfor the fourth year this June (9-12) with a lineup featuring LCD Soundsystem, Major Lazer, and G-Eazy atop a lengthy list of DJs and select live artists. Beyond the aforementioned headliners, the festival will offer attendees sets from Colorado bass duo Big Gigantic, South African rap-ravers Die Antwoord, Porter Robison, RL Grime, and the politically-fueled hip-hop duo Run the Jewels. As far as underground-leaning dance music, highlights include local Brooklyn talents Octo Octa and Analog Soul, Britian’s Leon Vynehall, Guy Gerber, Mount Kimbie, Anna Lunoe, and Skream.

Like years past, a number of collectives such as Desert Hearts, Brooklyn after-hours institution, Bushwick A/V, and Australia’s indie-dance label Future Classic, will be collaborating with the festival to present stage takeovers. Check out the full lineup below.

LCD Soundsystem Says New Album Will Be "Done Soon"

Photo by Mark Biddulph

Brooklyn band LCD Soundsystem announced Friday that they were almost done with their new album. The group made the statement through their official Facebook page, telling a fan that they were “still working on it, but it’ll be done soon.” Vocalist and group founder James Murphy was likely the author behind the post, because it also said, “winter tends to mess with my voice, so finishing the thing drags out.”

After breaking a five-year hiatus by releasing a seasonal track “Christmas Will Break Your Heart” in December 2015, the band announced that they would reunite for a performance at Coachella 2016. Soon thereafter, Murphy published an open letter on the group’s website telling fans that the group would release a new album that same year.

Although this did not end up happening, the band cancelled a leg of their world tour in August to focus on the follow-up LP to 2010’s This Is Happening.

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LCD Soundsystem Cancel Part Of Their Comeback Tour To Work On Their Comeback Album

Photo of James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem via Wikimedia Commons.

LCD Soundsystem has cancelled their tour through Asia and Australia to focus on writing and recording the follow-up to 2010’s This Is Happening. The tour was scheduled to begin at the Clockenflap Festival in Hong Kong this November.

The festival posted a note on their Facebook page confirming the cancellation of the group’s appearance at the festival and other scheduled tour dates for the year in Asia and Australia. “Regrettably, we have some unfortunate news to share, as due to studio scheduling conflicts related to their new album, LCD Soundsystem have had to cancel their upcoming Asian tour at the end of the year, now including their appearance at Clockenflap 2016,” the festival wrote.

The band has yet to officially confirm the cancellation of their upcoming appearances, but their website does not include any dates for the rest of the year after October.

In January of this year, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy confirmed the band was hard at work on a new album to be released sometime in 2016.

LCD Soundsystem Cancel Part Of Their Comeback Tour To Work On Their Comeback Album

Photo of James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem via Wikimedia Commons.

LCD Soundsystem has cancelled their tour through Asia and Australia to focus on writing and recording the follow-up to 2010’s This Is Happening. The tour was scheduled to begin at the Clockenflap Festival in Hong Kong this November.

The festival posted a note on their Facebook page confirming the cancellation of the group’s appearance at the festival and other scheduled tour dates for the year in Asia and Australia. “Regrettably, we have some unfortunate news to share, as due to studio scheduling conflicts related to their new album, LCD Soundsystem have had to cancel their upcoming Asian tour at the end of the year, now including their appearance at Clockenflap 2016,” the festival wrote.

The band has yet to officially confirm the cancellation of their upcoming appearances, but their website does not include any dates for the rest of the year after October.

In January of this year, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy confirmed the band was hard at work on a new album to be released sometime in 2016.

Check Out Photos Of FKA Twigs, LCD Soundsystem, And Major Lazer From WayHome Festival's Stacked Return

All photos courtesy of EI

Now in its second year, WayHome Music and Arts Festival has quickly become one of Canada’s most popular multi-day festivals, thanks to Burl’s Creek in idyllic Oro-Medonte, Ontario, being a convenient two-hour drive from Toronto, and a lineup stacked with the biggest names in electronic, hip-hop, and indie rock. While fans flocked in droves to catch headlining performances from Arcade Fire, The Killers, and the reunited LCD Soundsystem, the weekend also featured sets from FKA twigs, Major Lazer, Vince Staples, and more.

From totems bearing the face of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to an actual owl trainer, we sent Toronto photographer EI to capture the sights and sounds of WayHome 2016, and she came back with the below images.

LCD Soundsystem

A Tribe Called Red

M83

Arcade Fire

Vince Staples

Major Lazer

FKA Twigs

Check Out Photos Of FKA Twigs, LCD Soundsystem, And Major Lazer From WayHome Festival's Stacked Return

All photos courtesy of EI

Now in its second year, WayHome Music and Arts Festival has quickly become one of Canada’s most popular multi-day festivals, thanks to Burl’s Creek in idyllic Oro-Medonte, Ontario, being a convenient two-hour drive from Toronto, and a lineup stacked with the biggest names in electronic, hip-hop, and indie rock. While fans flocked in droves to catch headlining performances from Arcade Fire, The Killers, and the reunited LCD Soundsystem, the weekend also featured sets from FKA twigs, Major Lazer, Vince Staples, and more.

From totems bearing the face of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to an actual owl trainer, we sent Toronto photographer EI to capture the sights and sounds of WayHome 2016, and she came back with the below images.

LCD Soundsystem

A Tribe Called Red

M83

Arcade Fire

Vince Staples

Major Lazer

FKA Twigs

LCD Soundsystem Curated A Music Festival On The Beach

Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Riviera Maya’s Beach Vibes Festival is back and this year, they’ve asked LCD Soundsystem to curate the lineup. The recently-reunited group will headline two of the three days of the festival. Other scheduled acts include Carl Craig, DJ Harvey, The Black Madonna, Museum of Love and the Juan MacLean.

The Beach Vibes Festival takes place January 26-28, 2017 in Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Packages for the all-inclusive festival are available for purchase. View the entire lineup below and plan your vacations accordingly.