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photo: Alice Cooper at Beacon Theatre in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Alice Cooper

We already learned that Lady Gaga is doing a Bowie tribute at the Grammys this year, and the other rock legend who recently passed away, Lemmy, will get one too. This one includes some people who were a little closer to Lemmy than Gaga was to Bowie. It's by Alice Cooper and his band the Hollywood Vampires, which includes Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, and Johnny Depp, among others. Alice said to Rolling Stone:

"He was always funny," he continues. "I'm a 'healed' alcoholic and I haven't had anything to drink in 35 years. A lot of people that drink always feel a little bit like they owe an explanation to me. A couple weeks before his death, Lemmy came up to me and said, 'Alice, I've quit drinking.' And he's got a glass in his hand. And I go, 'Really?' And he says, 'Yeah, I don't drink whiskey anymore. I drink vodka.'" Cooper laughs. "And I went, 'Lemmy, do you think your liver has any idea what color the alcohol is?' He said, well it's a step down from whiskey.' And I went, 'OK. Any step's a good step.'" He laughs.
The Hollywood Vampires will also make the live debut of their song "As Bad As I Am" at the Grammys. It will be released as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of their 2015 debut that comes out three days before the performance.

Other recently-added Grammys performers include Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Adele, Rihanna, the cast of Hamilton, and a BB King tribute by Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr and Bonnie Raitt.

Alice Cooper is also touring this spring. Listen to the Hollywood Vampires song "My Dead Drunk Friends" below...

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David Bowie Blackstar

David Bowie has been on a lot of our minds since learning of his passing, which has in turn sparked even more interest in his just-released album, Blackstar. So much so that Billboard reports it's on track to debut at Number One on the albums chart. That would make it Bowie's first-ever U.S #1. He had come close a few times: 2013's The Next Day hit #2, 1976's Station to Station went to #3 and 1983's Let's Dance peaked at #4. If Blackstar does in fact debut at #1 it will be the first album to oust Adele's 25 from the top spot since its release in November.

Bowie's death has sparked interest in his entire catalog, as Entertainment Weekly reports that Spotify streaming for his music is up 2,700%, the most popular songs being "Heroes," "Let's Dance," "Under Pressure," "Blackstar" and "Tis a Pity She Was a Whore."

Pazz + Jop 2015

The Village Voice's annual Pazz+Jop issue has just been published. Polling nearly 500 music critics, you may not be too surprised, at this point, to learn that Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly topped their 2015 albums list. (It was our #1 too.) Here's the Top 10:

1 Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
2 Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
3 Carly Rae Jepsen, Emotion
4 Grimes, Art Angels
5 Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love
6 Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell
7 Vince Staples, Summertime '06
8 Kamasi Washington, The Epic
9 Jamie xx, In Colour
10 Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear
On the singles side, Drake's unstoppable "Hotline Bling" was the critics' #1 consensus and here's the Top 10 (well Top 9, there was a tie):
1 Drake, Hotline Bling
2 Kendrick Lamar, King Kunta
3 The Weeknd, Can't Feel My Face
4 Kendrick Lamar, Alright
5 Courtney Barnett, Pedestrian at Best
6 Missy Elliott (ft. Pharrell Williams), WTF (Where They From)
7 Fetty Wap, Trap Queen
8 Mark Ronson (ft. Bruno Mars), Uptown Funk
9 (tie) Adele, Hello
9 (tie) Jamie xx (ft. Young Thug & Popcaan), I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)
The Pazz & Jop lists go all the way to albums and tracks with single votes, and you can look at individual critics ballots too, plus read a bunch of year-summarizing essays.

Pitchfork

Pitchfork have published their 100 Best Tracks of 2015 list. The criteria was "any track that was released in 2015 or had its greatest impact in the U.S. during this year was eligible," which allows for stuff like 2014 releases from Fetty Wap and D'Angelo to count. Including guest appearances, Kendrick Lamar shows up four times, two of which are in the top five. Drake, Grimes, Jamie xx and Future all show up three times each. It includes a few singles off 2016 albums, like David Bowie's "Blackstar," ANOHNI's "4 Degrees" and Savages' "The Answer," one-off collaborations like WOKE (aka Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces), last-minute 2015 releases like Jeremih's "Oui," and surprise comeback singles like Missy Elliott's "WTF (Where They From)." If you were wondering, Adele's "Hello" is here (ranked very high), and yes, so is Justin Bieber. There's also some representation from less commercial stuff like the hardcore band G.L.O.S.S..

Check out the whole list below...

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Adele

Adele already announced a European tour for 2016, and now she's added North American dates too. That includes six (!) nights at NYC's Madison Square Garden: September 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, and 26. Tickets for all six shows go on sale Thursday (12/17) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed below...

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FADER

Like last year, The FADER have listed their favorite tracks of the year. They picked 107, "because 100 just wasn't enough." It's got two Drake songs in the top 10, and a Skepta song cracks it too (grime in general is pretty well-represented). A certain former bubblegum pop singer who's becoming a popular choice for #1 is #1 here too. Mixed into the mostly rap/R&B/electronic pop list is Adele, some country representation from Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, lo-fi DIY from Sheer Mag and Girlpool, and a few other outliers. Check out the whole list, and a Spotify playlist of it, below.

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Adele


Twitter released their '2015 YEAR ON TWITTER' today. No real surprises as far as THE MOST POPULAR MUSICIANS go, and that includes Kendrick "11 Grammy Nominations" Lamar. Nothing very "indie" about this list either, but for those who love music industry data, you can peruse all the music-related stuff, below.

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Adele Lionel Richie

You probably have seen the mash-up of Adele's "Hello" and Lionel Richie's "Hello"  which appeared on YouTube within hours of the release of Adele's unstoppable smash. Now Lionel says that he and Adele are actually working on something together. As he puts it to E! Online, "If you say Adele and you say Lionel or Lionel and Adele...that's the best pairing you could have!"

As Lionel also says, the potential collaboration will have to wait until Adele finishes conquering the world...tour that she has announced. And by the world we mean Europe. She just added a few more dates via an announcement in which she pretends to be Harry Potter reading the weather.

All tour dates are listed, along with that announcement video and Lionel/Adele mashup, below.

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Rolling Stone

We already saw Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2015, and now they unveiled their top 50 songs too. It's got a lot of the songs you couldn't avoid this year even if you wanted to: "Hello," "Hotline Bling," "Trap Queen," plenty of The Weeknd, one appearance by Justin Bieber. There's also indie rock anthems like Titus Andronicus' "Dimed Out," "Kurt Vile's "Pretty Pimpin," Courtney Barnett's "Pedestrian at Best"and Tame Impala's "Let It Happen," a nod towards raw DIY with Sheer Mag's "Fan the Flames," and a lot more. Check the whole thing out below.

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Adele

Rolling Stone has published their list of the Top 50 Albums of 2015. As always, it has older artists who don't seem to pop up on many other lists (Madonna, Darlene Love, Mark Knopfler, Boz Scaggs, Keith Richards, James Taylor, Don Henley) (did you even know Don Henley released an album this year?). There's also two major rap albums in the top 3 (with Adele sandwiched in between), a good amount of country (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Ashley Monroe), smaller indie rock bands (Hop Along, Car Seat Headrest), mainstream pop (Selena Gomez, Carly Rae Jepsen), alt-rock giants (Muse, Marilyn Manson), and a lot more. And they're counting D'Angelo's December 2014 release for this list (it cracks the top 5).

Read their commentary here and check out the whole list below...

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turkey

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

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

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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SNL

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

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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Adele

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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Adele

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.

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

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

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.

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Grammys

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.

More stuff below...

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Adele

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.

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Adele

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!

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