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Happy Thanksgiving! Not much is going on today in the way of shows, though of course there's the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, with Pat Benatar, Questlove, Trey Songz and more performing.

Webster Hall's weekly House Party is still on this week, and it's a Thanksgiving edition with special guests promised.

Videology in Williamsburg is showing The Shining on a loop all day.

Check out our NYC concert calendar and NYC comedy calendar for more.

Whatever you do, have a great day! And may Adele bring all of our families together...

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photo: Adele at Joe's Pub in 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)

Adele is in NYC as we speak, having just played Radio City last night (11/17). It was supposed to be a one-off, but now she's playing a second show at the WAY smaller Joe's Pub on Friday (11/20), the same place she made her US debut in 2008. It's an iHeartRadio show, and for a chance to get in you have to enter this contest. (Update: the contest was taken down, but the show is confirmed to be happening.)

The show description reads: "During the exclusive show, Adele will perform a few songs, as well as talk about her new album in a Q&A hosted by Elvis Duran. Fans will also hear the singer's new music in a special radio broadcast of the show."

Her new album 25 will be out the day of the show. Then she's the musical guest on SNL this Saturday. Matthew McConaughey is hosting and below you can watch a new video of him preparing to introduce Adele with Kate McKinnon. Also listen to Adele's recent studio session of "When We Were Young" from her new album, below.

On November 25, Adele returns to TODAY, which she made her US TV debut on in 2008.

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Adele @ Radio City - 11/17/15 (photo by Drew Thurlow)

Adele's new album 25 is out in three days. We still haven't heard it, but Rough Trade Shops have and they say it's the 56th best album of the year. Ahead of its release, she played a one-off at NYC's Radio City Music Hall last night (11/17). The show was taped for an hour-long NBC special which will air on December 14, but in the meantime, you can check out some fan-shot videos.

She opened with "Hello" (which is currently the #1 song in the country, maybe you've heard it), and also played a few other 25 tracks: "When We Were Young" (which she debuted in a live session hours earlier), "Water Under the Bridge," and "All I Ask." She also played her Bond theme "Skyfall," massive hits like "Set Fire to the Rain" and "Someone Like You," and more. Videos of all of those (except "All I Ask") and her full setlist, below.

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This past weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live featured host Elizabeth Banks with musical guest Disclosure and special guests Lorde and Sam Smith:

Sam Smith and Disclosure

Matthew McConaughey and Adele are on this coming Saturday (11/21).

Amy Poehler is also starring in a Netflix holiday special with Bill Murray.

Bjork Vulnicura

It's that time of year again when folks start publishing their End of Year Best-Of lists. Almost always first out of the gates is UK-based Rough Trade Shops who dropped their 100 Best Albums of 2015 list today. Coming in at #1 was Bjork's devastatingly personal Vulnicura. And here's their Top 20:

1) Bjork - Vulnicura
2) Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
3) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4) Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
5) Max Richter - From Sleep
6) Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Royal Headache - High
9) Romare - Projections
10) Jamie XX - In Colour
11) John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
12) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
13) Tame Impala - Currents
14) Nadine Shah - Fast Food
15) Wand - Golem
16) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
17) Django Django - Born Under Saturn
18) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
19) Georgia - S/T
20) Palma Violets - Danger in the Club
You can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...

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Adele will play her first US show since 2011 at NYC's historic Radio City Music Hall on November 17, which is being recorded for the hour-long NBC special, Adele Live in New York. It's billed as U.S. one-off, as USA Today points out. And it happens thee days before her new album 25 comes out. To get tickets, you have to sign up at Adele's site. The special will air on December 14.

Watch the video for "Hello" off her new album, below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Adele will release her third album, 25, on November 20. According to an interview with Zane Lowe, it's going to be her last one named after her age, and the album reportedly features collaborations with Danger Mouse, Tobias Jesso Jr, Max Martin, Ryan Tedder, Paul Epworth and Bruno Mars. Damon Albarn and Ariel Rechtshaid are rumored to be involved too.

The first single, "Hello," is out now and as you might expect it's a triumphant piano ballad. Watch the video (directed by Xavier Dolan) and check out the album tracklist, below...

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by Bill Pearis


The 85th Academy Awards happened last night (and a little bit into today) with Argo nabbing three Oscars, including Best Picture. Adele and her producer/songwriting partner Paul Epworth accepted the Best Original Song Oscar for "Skyfall" right after the singer performed the song onstage. Kind of weird to see Epworth, who 10 years ago fronted highly-politicized postpunk band Lomax, onstage in a tux. The other music-related award went to Rodriguez documentary Searching for Sugarman. Too bad the couldn't have gotten him to perform as well. He'll be performing in NYC in April for two shows -- both of which are sold out.

In other news, Best Live Action Short went to Curfew which was written and directed by its star, Shawn Christensen, who some of you may remember as frontman of early-'00s band stellastarr* (who haven't officially broken up but are on indefinite hiatus).

There were plenty of other musical performances, though, as last night's ceremony was a themed celebration of "music in films" and featured more singing and dancing than we've gotten in a few years. The highlight for me was certainly the tribute to Bond themes, culminating in Shirley Bassey belting out "Goldfinger" and showing she's still got an amazing set of pipes at age 76. If you missed the very long telecast (over four hours) hosted by Seth McFarlane, the whole thing is streaming at Hulu.

BLur  / Oasis

Hell hath frozen over:

It was the bitter Britpop feud of the nineties - Oasis and Blur at each other's throats in the charts and out on the tiles.

Both rugged bands would threaten each other and the rivalry dominated both bands chart success, with record companies pandering to the division of teenage fans.

But despite Albarn, 44, saying in 2007 making up with Noel, 45, would be the end of Britpop the pair were happy to give each other a mellow squeeze at the BRIT Awards last night (2/20).

It seems Albarn had forgotten Noel Gallagher's famous wish he 'would 'get AIDS and die' and his own 2007 pledge: 'I can't make it up with Noel. Britpop would be over and heaven forbid that we'd ever admit we'd all grown up!' -[Daily Mail]

Good to see they've made up. Maybe Liam still holds a grudge? You can relive the legendary Britpop beef via video clips below.

As for the BRIT Awards themselves, Mumford & Sons were named best British group; Coldplay was named best British live act; and Adele went home with Best British Single for "Skyfall." Full list of BRIT winners is here.

Blur will play their first North American shows in ages at Coachella 2013.

Continue reading "Damon Albarn & Noel Gallagher patch things up at last night's BRIT Awards (where Mumford and Adele won big)"

Alt-J at Mercury Lounge in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Big day for award nominations. The Oscars announced theirs this morning and the Brit Awards just wrapped up their ceremony for 2013 nominations, with Emeli Sandé grabbing four and Mumford & Sons and Alt-J each getting three. All three of those artists were nominated for British Album of the Year, a list that also included Paloma Faith and Plan B. If you don't know, The Brits are basically the UK's equivalent of the Grammys, though nominees are all British apart from a few "International" awards.

Jessie Ware, Muse, and Adele each got two nominations, and single-digit noms went to Bat for Lashes, The xx, Richard Hawley and The Vaccines.

Mumford & Sons have two nights at Barclays Center in February and Alt-J will swing though town in March.

The entire 2013 Brit Awards nominees list is below.

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Adele's theme song from Bond flick Skyfall was one of the five nominees for Best Song in the 85th Academy Awards which were announced this morning (1/10). Other nominees include Norah Jones' "Everybody Needs a Friend" from Ted; Scarlett Johanssen and Joshua Bell's "Before My Time" from documentary Chasing Ice; "Pi's Theme" from Life of Pi; and "Suddenly," one of the new songs penned for the new version of Les Misérables. Not the most exciting list (songs by Karen O, Fiona Apple, Arcade Fire, and Rick Ross were on the eligible list) but at least we got five noms this year -- only two songs were nominated in 2012 (they changed the eligibility rules after that happened). Videos and streams for all five are below.

Also nominated was Searching for Sugar Man, the terrific documentary about '70s cult musician Rodriguez. The DVD of that film is out January 22.

Steven Speilberg's Lincoln and Ang Lee's Life of Pie led this year's nominations with 12 and 11 each, respectively. Nine films were nominated for Best Picture this year: Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty.

The 85th Academy Awards will be given out February 24th in Los Angeles. A full list of nominees are below.

Continue reading "Oscar reveals 2013 nominees (Adele's "Skyfall" included)"


Check out the entire list of 2013 Grammy Nominations below...

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Michael Bolton, who seems to have a good sense of humor about his crappy music, will star as himself in new sitcom Michael Bolton's Daughter Is Destroying My Life according to Deadline. Look for the new sitcom on ABC next year.

Black Sabbath (sans Bill Ward) are finally going to do that album with producer Rick Rubin.

Gothamist wonders aloud if Barclays Center might have a racist metal detector policy (via an article in the NY Post).

I swear the BrooklynVegan not-CMJ day party lineups are coming very soon, though we've already revealed that we've got METZ, Deap Vally and Murals.

The 2012 edition of Austin City Limits, which is switching to two weeks next year, went down over the weekend (sans The Weeknd). Check out our photos from Day Two and Day One. Day Three on the way.

Speaking of the trend of having your festival two weekends in a row now, Ultra Music Festival announced they're doing it too.

Jon Carmanica at the NY Times talks about dance stars evolving to pop fame.

The same issue of the NY Times profiles Ellie Goulding who is dating pop fame dance star Skrillex (who she was hanging out with at Pianos the other night).

Adele's "Someone Like You" has topped another chart: most popular songs at funerals.

The Nick Waterhouse and Allah-Las tour hit Chicago last week. We got pictures.

Speaking of pictures, in NY we recently captured the butt shaking going on at Bowery for Nicky Da B, Flying Lotus and then SBTRKT at Terminal 5, Public Image LTD at both MHOW and Hammerstein, Menomena at Bowery (MHOW on the way), Revelation Records Anniversary Night Two (three and four on the way), and Morrissey not once, not twice, but thrice.

And oh yeah, don't forget the New York Comic Con shots.

Stream Divine Fits' appearance on NPR's World Cafe from earlier today.

Xbox's iTunes-esque new music service debuts tomorrow. Surprise: you're going to have to update your firmware to use it.

Kitty Pride, who plays CMJ this week, hates fellow redhead Tori Amos. For weird reasons.

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It seemed inevitable that Adele would be tapped to do a Bond theme and here we are with Skyfall. The movie actually looks like it might be good! As for the theme song, Adele and cowriter/producer Paul Epworth are channeling classic John Barry-era Bond and will be drawing comparisons to Shirley Bassey. A lyric video of the song is at the bottom of this post. (you can also buy it on iTunes)

Speaking of buying on iTunes, that's one place you can get the new album by Flying Lotus who just announced a CMJ show which happens about a week after all his other NYC appearances including this weekend's record fair.

The Raveonettes are on tour and playing Webster Hall on Friday, but first you can catch them on Letterman tonight. Meanwhile check out some pictures from their Chicago show.

Still time to get a ticket to our free-with-free-ticket AC Newman show happening Monday in Brooklyn. Meanwhile you can stream the new album in its entirety below.

The Punch Brothers are on tour and have plenty of upcoming shows, like Gramercy Theater on 10/5, and Bowery Ballroom on New Year's Eve, and The Paramount Theater in Long Island on October 7, which we're giving away tickets to on Facebook (you can also buy some).

Speaking of the Punch Brothers, as mentioned, primary Brother Chris Thile is one of this year's MacArthur Fellows. Which means he gets lots of money. Congrats also to winner Claire Chase of the International Contemporary Ensemble (aka ICE)., Maybe you caught her recently at the new Original Music Workshop venue, or during the 2010 Bang on a Can Marathon, or at one of the many other times she has performed in and around Brooklyn where she lives.

The big Animal Collective show at Williamsburg Park is this Friday. Tickets are still available. If you go, make sure and get there early for Micachu & the Shapes, or just go see Micachu headline LPR on Monday with recently added opener Mykki Blanco. Win tickets at the BV Facebook.

Micachu also DJs a Brooklyn Bass-presented After Hours party at Cameo Gallery (10/5) after the Williamsburg Park show with DJ Rezzie, No GLow, Evan MIchael, Judge Wise, and T'Angelo. It starts at midnight and admission is $8 at the door or $5 with RSVP to bass.brooklyn@gmail.com.

Sondre Lerche, who recently played Austin, is on tour and plays the Wolf's Den @ Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT on Friday (10/5).

Robert Pollard & Tobin Sprout's art show opens in Brooklyn on Friday. Check out pictures from the show Guided By Voices recently played at Emo's.

Kraftwerk, Rush and Public Enemy might be in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.

Finally an answer to Rolling Stone's "Women Who Rock!" issue: Seattle's The Stranger presents, "Men Who Rock!," complete with sexy pinup photos. Hot! What, no Lars Finberg?

PD spotted what is estimated to be 7-10 Million Dollars worth of pot growing on a Chicagoland farm with "plants as big as trees."

The first "official" photos of the reunited cast of Arrested Development have surfaced. The improbably fourth season of the show will "air" (stream) on Netflix in 2013. Meanwhile, New York Magazine has details on how you can win a walk-on.

more below...

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I'm delighted to announce that Simon and I are expecting our first child together. I wanted you to hear the news direct from me, obviously we're over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time. Yours always, Adele xx."
Congrats Adele!


Blurballs.com writes:

Blur are set to appear in an exclusive NME feature piece to talk about their future. Speculations are that they're going to make a new album with producer William Orbit.

The news about Blur headlining the London Olympics 2012 Closing ceremony concert came on midnight yesterday, just a day before the Brit Awards at 8:00pm tonight at the O2 Arena....

...Speculations for the NME announcement tomorrow is best summed up by dannn, a forum member, who said:

My take on recent developments:
• Blur are active again and that's what we have been craving for years.
• The new song sounds really good and a studio version may not be a piano based ballad and could well be in the same vein as For Tomorrow.
• The gig is a unique opportunity for the band to be part of history. I am sure if it wasn't for the Olympics they wouldn't be going anywhere near Hyde Park.
• Expect some intimate warm up gigs.
• The intention at the Brits (and the Olympics gig) could be to put a line in the sand and celebrate the band's past, whilst looking towards the future as Blur Mark II. I think the band have the desire to continue and produce new music, but I guess we'll find out tonight / tomorrow.

We couldn't agree more - with William Orbit on board, what else can happen? Here's our best guess -

- Under the Westway is the Record Day promo
- They're back "in full" as the article says
- Playing Olympics with some intimate warm up gigs
- Then possibly an album towards December with Orbit

Blur are also playing Hyde Park, Way Out West, Smukkeste, and probably other European festivals this year. Stay tuned for more dates (thanks Hiro).

Last night was the Brits (the UK version of the Grammys), and though the winners weren't that exciting (Adele, Lana Del Rey, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars), Blur did perform. Videos of their performance, video of Graham & Damon Albart playing a new song two nights earlier, with the full list of Brits winners and some Graham Coxon dates, below...

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Philip Glass @ Tibet House Benefit 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Philip Glass

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Llama @ Barbes
* DJ Sultan @ Barbes
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Hot Tub @ Littlefield
* Melissa Ferrick @ City Winery
* Doe Paoro, Tezeo, N/A, Wyndham Baird @ Glasslands
* Father Figures, Relatives, Pegasus Warning @ Zebulon
* The Woes, The Dough Rollers, Ghost Pal @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Thieving Irons, Kelli Scarr, First Nature @ The Rock Shop
* Andrea Parkins, Hans Tammen, Didier Petit, Edward Perraud @ Roulette
* McKenzie Eddy, Ski Beatz, Sean O'Connell, DD172, Da$h @ Mercury Lounge
* Bruce Levingston, Lisa Bielawa, Brooklyn Rider (music of Lisa Bielawa, Christopher Tignor, John Corigliano, Augusta Gross, and William Bolcom) @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Tibet House Benefit Concert w/ Philip Glass, James Blake, Dechen Shak-Dagsay, Laurie Anderson, Das Racist, Tim Fain, Lou Reed, Rahzel, Antony Hegarty, Stephin Merritt @ Carnegie Hall
* Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost, Jim Campilongo & special guest @ Living Room

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Philip Glass recently turned 75 and hosts an all-star lineup at Carnegie Hall to benefit the Tibet House tonight.

John Cage would be 100 this year.

Early Bird Orion Music Fest tickets are still on sale.

Ali Lawn left Ra Ra Riot.

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Madonna Yankee Stadium tickets on sale at 10am.

Adele won 6 Grammys and was the subject of a Target commercial that features a girl from PS22 in Staten Island. Watch Adele's Grammy performance, her first since throat surgery, below...

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As seen over 1,000,000 times on YouTube, and now in Target commercial that aired during the Grammys (!), Denise from Staten Island's great PS 22 Chorus can belt out some Adele. Check out the ad, and the original cover video that helped make her famous, below...

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Justin Vernon & My Morning Jacket before the Grammys (by dariusjagjag)

Someone from Jagjaguwar tweeted the above picture not long before Justin Vernon shouted out "Jagjaguwar" to end his acceptance speech at the Grammys pre-show this evening (2/12).

Bon Iver won "Best Alternative Music Album", beating out Radiohead, My Morning Jacket, Foster the People & Death Cab Cab For Cutie. Other pre-telecast winners include Adele, Foo Fighters (who beat Mastodon, The Decemberists and TV on the Radio), Skrillex (who won three already and beat Cut Copy, Robyn, Deadmau5 and others), Kanye West (who also won three already), The Civil Wars (who won two already and beat Fleet Foxes), Levon Helm, Alison Krauss, Tinariwen, Louis CK, Cee-Lo, and Booker T Jones who won "Best Pop Instrumental Album" for the 2nd time, and nervously thanked Biz Markie, Questlove, Gabriel Roth (of Daptone Records), Matt Berninger (of the National), and Lou Reed.

Arcade Fire also won another Grammy already (for Best Recording Package).

A Numero Group Syl Johnson release was up for two Grammys but lost in both categories.

And that was just all the stuff they don't show on TV. The regular show with all the big awards (and possibly more for Bon Iver) starts at 8pm EST, Whitney Houston tribute included.

* Jack Black makes "indie cred" joke that includes "Bon Iver" while introducing Foo Fighters
* Denise from PS22 in Adele commercial

Mission of Burma at Beekman Beer Garden in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Mission of Burma

today in NYC
* Peter B @ The Stone
* MV Carbon @ The Stone
* Willie Nile @ Joe's Pub
* Daniel Kitson @ UCB East
* Daniel Kitson @ St. Ann's Warehouse
* Storm Large @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Nuclears @ Tammany Hall
* Bridge Under Fire @ The Acheron
* Richard Buckner @ Symphony Space
* Endless Boogie, TV Baby @ Union Pool
* Jeff Mangum @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Howler, Grooms, Clouder @ Death By Audio
* Steel Phantoms, Slowdance @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Jacques Renault, Lee Douglas @ Kinfolk Studios
* The Nowadays, YMS, Level Two @ Cameo Gallery
* Hopewell, Woodsman, The Zabalas @ Shea Stadium
* Anthony Green, The Dear Hunter @ Bowery Ballroom
* Cults, Delicate Steve, Dirty Fences @ Webster Hall
* Weekend Nachos, Homewrecker, Emetic @ ABC No Rio
* Justin Miller (DJ), Prince Language (DJ) @ SOHO Grand
* Grand Rapids, Pre War, Plates of Cake, Hunny @ Cake Shop
* Jonathan Wilson, Christopher Paul Stelling @ Mercury Lounge
* Born Loose, The Threads, Bikini Carwash @ The Grand Victory
* Zerobridge, A Locomotive, Low Roar, Flight Feathers @ Pianos
* Milkman, DJ Jamieson Hill, Maz @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Noxious Foxes, Cesspool, Hannis Brown, The Dads @ Legion Bar
* He's My Brother She's My Sister, Henry Wolfe @ Mercury Lounge
* Califone, Howard Fishman(NY Guitar Fest) @ Merkin Concert Hall
* Bridge Under Fire, The Maybes, Pajama People, Steer @ Spike Hill
* LaChanze (American Songbook series) @ Lincoln Center's Allen Room
* Buried Beds, The Building, Those Lavender Whales @ The Rock Shop
* Jon Friedman, Ted Leo, The Rejection Show House Band @ Littlefield
* Mission of Burma, EULA, The Static Jacks @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Sleepyhead, Kuhn, The Range, Looney, DJ knomad @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Amanda Jo Williams, This Frontier Needs Heroes, Hey Anna @ Union Hall
* Will S. Cameron/Kevin Shea/Daniel Carter Trio, Future Shuttle @ Zebulon
* Boy Without God, Brook Pridemore, The Due Diligence @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* The Disappointment, Silas Fermony, The Gypsy West, Matt Reich @ Bowery Electric
* Fujiya & Miyagi, Zambri, Rarechild, The Golden Filter (DJ set) @ Glasslands
* Chris Keating of Yeasayer (DJ Set), Violens, and Headless Horseman @ Public Assembly
* Midnight Magic, The Suzan, Nick Catchdubs, Nick Hook, Punches, Jason Eldredge @ Santos Party House
* Les Racquet, Vanessa Bley, Chicks Throwing Bricks, Craig Greenberg Band, Happy Ending @ Knitting Factory

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The Grand Victory opens tonight in place of the recently closed Bruar Falls. Admission to tonight's show is free.

Check out a video of 8 year old Juliet's first hardcore song below.

Zapatou (Luc Bergeron) made a video using 71 different YouTube videos of people around the world covering Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." Check that out below.

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The Village Voice has changed in 39 years, but Pazz & Jop, their annual music critic survey still remains. Each year, just when you forgot that it was still possible to look at another "Best of the year" list, the Voice comes along and prints their Pazz & Jop issue and we get excited about albums that came out the previous year again, or we at least start debating them again. This year's big winners are tUnE-yArDs (best album, 12th best single) and Adele (best single, 8th best single, 6th best album). Look at it all at the Voice's site.

Our own list, if you missed it, is HERE.


We already posted Pitchfork's and SPIN's, so... here's Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2011. It's got tons of big sellers and major label players taking high spots like Adele, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Paul Simon, and Lady Gaga, but then something unexpected like tUnE-yArDs places at #13. There are also some odd inclusions like Wavves' Life Sux EP and then some albums you could only find on a Rolling Stone list like SuperHeavy (the supergroup featuring Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and others). They also give shots to Little Dragon, Josh T Pearson, Das Racist, Wild Flag, and many more. Check out the full list below...

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Mastodon fans (more by Greg Cristman)

Bon Iver was nominated for four high profile Grammys (though not "Album of the Year" which is what Arcade Fire won). Adele & Katy Perry nominated for a zillion, and other nominees include The Black Keys, Foster the Peepee, Cee Lo, Duck Sauce, Robyn, Cut Copy, Skrillex, Deadmau5, Coldplay, Radiohead, Mumford & Son, Mastodon, Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie, My Morning Jacket, Jay-Z, Kanye West, The Civil Wars, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Fleet Foxes, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, Patton Oswalt, Louis CK, Weird Al, Danger Mouse, Memory Tapes, TV On the Radio, A Tribe Called Quest, etc...

Bon Iver

Since we're starting with the lists already, might as well point out this fun one from Chicago's Jim DeRogatis who writes stuff like:

"This is what happens if you cross the insufferably cute Zooey Deschannel with the Natalie Portman of Black Swan," I wrote in my original review. But that sounds way more interesting than the actuality of this bad modern Disney soundtrack.
That was in reference to St. Vincent's new one. Jim's complete list of what he believes are the top 10 turkeys released in 2011, below...

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Adele @ Joe's Pub in 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)

Adele's reps say:

Adele has been forced to cancel her upcoming 10 city sold-out tour of the U.S. due to a haemorrhage into her vocal chord. Vocal chord issues forced the British singer to postpone dates earlier this year as well. Adele has just wrapped up touring around the UK and was preparing to kick off her US tour on October 7 in Atlantic City, NJ when her illness reappeared (see below for full list of cancelled US tour dates). Renowned for her powerful live vocal performances, Adele has been advised by doctors that she'll need an extended rest period in order to begin to recuperate properly. Further details to follow regarding these cancelled dates. Refunds may be obtained at point of purchase.
You can read a more personal letter along with a list of the cancelled dates and Adele's new video for "Someone Like You", below...

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