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April 30, 2014

by Bill Pearis

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The monthlong 2014 Red Bull Music Academy starts this week here in New York City, and one of the most anticipated events is "Atomic Bomb! The Music Of William Onyeabor" tribute that happens at BAM on Friday and Saturday (5/2 & 5/3). It features singers David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Joshua Redman, Luke Jenner (the Rapture) and more paying tribute to the music of the Nigerian funk singer and synthesizer pioneer, and features a backing band including Sinkane, Money Mark and onetime LCD drummer Pat Mahoney. Tickets are still available to both nights.

If you were on the fence, wondering what to expect or both, David Byrne and the band dropped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (4/29) to perform "Fantastic Man," one of the more winning tracks from last year's essential Who is William Onyeabor? compilation. By the looks of it, this is going to be -- like the Gene Clark 'No Other' tribute -- a straight-up, "let's do it like he woulda" kind of thing. Which is good news I think and bodes well for this weekend's shows. You can watch the Tonight Show performance (and compare and contrast with the Onyeabor original) below...

You can read how it all came about over at David Byrne's website. In addition to the shows happening in NYC, the Atomic Bomb Band most of the same singers/players are performing shows next week in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Dates and lineups are listed below...

Continue reading "David Byrne & Atomic Bomb Band played William Onyeabor's "Fantastic Man" on 'Fallon'; BAM tributes this weekend"

April 25, 2014

Coldplay at Barclays Center in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Coldplay

Coldplay recently announced some shows, including a NYC stop happening on May 5 at Beacon Theatre which went on sale this week and sold out instantly. They've since added another show happening at the same venue earlier that night (5 PM), which is being presented by Citi. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (4/30) at 10 AM and are available to Citi Cardmembers only. Since we last spoke, SZA (who just released Z which you can stream below) was added as an opener to the late show. Updated dates are listed below.

Coldplay will also appear on SNL on May 3, and in other Coldplay/TV news, they'll air an hour-long special, Coldplay: Ghost Stories, on Sunday, May 18 (7 PM) on NBC. The special was directed by Coldplay Live 2012 director Paul Dugdale, and blends live footage of the band performing material off their new Ghost Stories album (recorded in front of an 800-person audience in LA in March) with cinematic film. You can watch the trailer for that below.

Giorgio Moroder also recently remixed Coldplay's Ghost Stories track, "Midnight." Listen to that remix, with the TV special trailer, list of dates, and SZA album stream, below...

Continue reading "Coldplay sold out Beacon Theatre, add early show, airing a new TV special; SZA opening the late show (updated dates)"

The Decemberists on 'Parks & Rec'
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The 6th season finale of Parks and Recreation aired last night, and as was announced, the episode featured appearances from The Decemberists, Ginuwine, Letters to Cleo, Yo La Tengo and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.

The musicians were on the show to play the Pawnee/Eagleton Unity Concert. The Decemberists, Ginuwine, and Letters to Cleo performed as themselves, while Yo La Tengo were performing as fictional band Bobby Knight Ranger, and Jeff Tweedy (as we learned in the last episode) was fronting a reunion set from fictional band Land Ho!. Without giving away too many spoilers, there were some surprise Pawnee locals performing too.

Watch the full episode below (concert starts at 22:28)...

Continue reading "Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Yo La Tengo, Letters to Cleo, Ginuwine & The Decemberists performed on 'Parks & Recreation' (watch)"

April 24, 2014

St. Vincent @ Chicago's Riviera Theatre (more by James Richards IV)
St. Vincent

Saturday Night Live has announced the hosts and music performers of the last three shows of the season. On May 3, a couple days before their sold-out Beacon Theatre performance, Coldplay will play SNL with host The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Andrew Garfield.

Then on May 10 the musical guest will be Black Keys, whose new album Turn Blue will be out three days later. Charlize Theron, who is starring in Seth McFarlane's new comedy, A Million Ways to Die in the West, will host.

St. Vincent, last seen singing "Lithium" and "About a Girl" with the remains of Nirvana at Saint Vitus, will be the musical guest on the season finale which will air on May 17, and is hosted by SNL alum Andy Samberg. Annie Clark is no stranger to comedy, having appeared on a few episodes of Portlandia, so maybe she'll turn up in a sketch.

This Saturday (4/26), is a repeat of the Louis CK / Sam Smith episode.

April 14, 2014

by Bill Pearis

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We knew Sigur Ros were going to be in Season 4 of Game of Thrones and their appearance happened on last night's (4/13) episode, "The Lion and the Rose," where they were -- I'm treading lightly around spoilers -- part of a very eventful wedding celebration. They sang their version of Lanister anthem "The Rains of Castamere" which was sung by The National during a closing-credits sequence back in Season 1. It was a great episode in what should be a very juicy season. The band were only in the episode for a minute or so, but you can stream the full version of the song below...

Continue reading "listen to Sigur Ros' song from last night's 'Game of Thrones'"

April 10, 2014

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David Letterman announced last week that he'd be retiring in 2015, and today CBS has announced his replacement: Stephen Colbert! Said Colbert in an official statement:

Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.
No other news has been announced yet, but tonight's The Colbert Report -- with guest Sting -- should now be interesting.

New question: what will replace The Colbert Report on Comedy Central?

April 9, 2014

Bill Nye hanging with Barack Obama and Neil deGrasse Tyson
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With his quirky/funny '90s-era afternoon PBS show, Bill Nye "the Science Guy" taught a lot of us about the world around us and beyond. He's been back in the news lately, debating creationist Ken Ham back in February, hanging with Cosmos/Star Talk host Neil deGrasse Tyson and President Obama, and currently shopping around a demo reel of a new TV show pitch. It would be great to have him back on television.

In the meantime, Bill Nye will be in NYC this summer for three lectures at Iriving Plaza on July 18, 19 & 20. Bill says in a short teaser video, "I'll be talking about you and me. Humankind. I'll be talking about evolution. And energy, and the cosmos and places within it, and our place in space." Bill says also it will be funny. Tickets are on sale Friday (4/11) at 10 AM with a Live Nation and Music Geeks presale (password is "music geeks") beginning Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM.

Check out that teaser video, the debate with Ham, and a few clips from his '90s show below...

Continue reading "Bill Nye the Science Guy shopping a new TV show, doing three nights at Irving Plaza"

Ultimate Warrior
Ultimate Warrior
Ultimate Warrior

Warrior (June 16, 1959 - April 8, 2014), born James Brian Hellwig, was an American professional wrestler, who most famously wrestled under the ring name The Ultimate Warrior, or Warrior. He was best known for his appearances in the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) from 1987 to 1991 and again in 1992 and 1996, and in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1998.

He won the WWF Championship when he pinned Hulk Hogan in the main event of WrestleMania VI. Hellwig legally changed his name to Warrior in 1993. Warrior retired from professional wrestling in 1999 and embarked on a public speaking career. On June 25, 2008, he returned to wrestle Orlando Jordan in Barcelona, Spain defeating him in a match booked by the Italian Nu-Wrestling Evolution promotion. Warrior was described by WWE as having been "the ultimate archetype of strength and intensity", and "one of the most intense and physically impressive competitors to ever appear in the WWE".[Wikipedia]

WWE CEO Triple H is reporting the sad news: "Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters".

Rest in Peace Warrior.

Footage of the man on TV Monday night and more, below...

Continue reading "Ultimate Warrior, RIP "

April 7, 2014

Real Estate @ Webster Hall 4/5/2014 (photo via Eric Farkas)

Real Estate

Real Estate just wrapped up their tour with Pure X, finishing with a show on Saturday (4/5) at Webster Hall. The band are following that up with an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday (4/9) where they'll perform single "Talking Backwards." Late Show appearances will soon be hard to come by.

The Webster Hall show was their biggest NYC appearance to date, but they have now announced their next show here will be at Terminal 5 on October 2. Tickets to the T5 show go on sale Friday (4/11) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/9) at noon.

That show is Real Estate's only scheduled fall date at the moment but they have announced West Coast dates in August around the 2014 Woodist Festival in Big Sur, CA. (Info on that was just announced.) Dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Real Estate played MHOW & Webster Hall, on 'Letterman' this week, playing Woodsist Fest and T5 this fall (updated dates)"

April 4, 2014

Aziz in a Daft Punk helmet
Daft Punk

Last night (4/3) was a good night for music on TV. Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy made an appearance on Portlanda (as announced), where he records a new song in the studio as Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein question the authenticity of his song. Watch the very funny video of that (via Stereogum) below. This follows St. Vincent's appearance on Portlandia, and as you may know, Jeff Tweedy is among the musicians set to appear on the season 6 finale of Parks & Recreation.

Speaking of Parks & Recreation, on last night's episode Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), in one of his usual disputes with Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) -- this time over DJing a prom together -- tells Ben he "is now working with DJ Rumbodrop" and proceeds to put on a Daft Punk helmet. You can watch that clip below too.

Continue reading "VIDEOS: Jeff Tweedy on 'Portlandia,' Aziz Ansari in a Daft Punk helmet on 'Parks & Rec' (watch)"