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photo: Flaming Lips at Levitation 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Flaming Lips

We already knew that Glenn Danzig would be one of the guests on season 6 of Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen's show Portlandia, and now Pitchfork points out IFC announced the premiere date (January 21) and more guests:

Guest stars coming to Portlandia this season include Jillian Bell (Workaholics), Louis C.K. (Louie), musician Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips, rocker Glenn Danzig, Gregory Gourdet (Top Chef), Mitchell Hurwitz (Arrested Development), Moshe Kasher (Another Period), Zoe Kravitz (Dope, Mad Max), John Levenstein (Kroll Show), NPR's Kai Ryssdal, Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Robert Smigel (Saturday Night Live), and Bitsie Tulloch (rimm).

Returning guest stars include Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black), and Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley).

Sounds great as always. While you wait for January 21 to roll around, you can catch up on the first five seasons on Netflix.

Carrie Brownstein's new memoir is out now and we just interviewed her about that and other things. Sleater-Kinney are touring soon too, including five NYC shows in December. Most are sold out but tickets for some are still available.

The Flaming Lips are also touring soon as Miley Cyrus's backing band, and with Dan Deacon opening. They're also giving a physical release to their Christmas single with Yoko Ono, and an autographed copy is one of the items being auctioned off with proceeds going to Surfer Blood's Thomas Fekete, who is battling cancer.

photos by David Andrako

Father John Misty / Andrew WK & Matt Sweeney
Petty Fest 2012
Petty Fest 2012

Petty Fest returned to NYC last night (10/24) at Webster Hall for a night of Tom Petty covers with a huge lineup of contributors backed by The Cabin Down Below Band. Cyndi Lauper, Fred Armisen, John McEnroe and Alia Shawkat were surprise guests. Nicole Atkins, Nick Zinner, and Josh Lattanzi teamed up for "Mary Jane's Last Dance," Father John Misty (who also played his second of two sold out shows in NYC last night and will be back at Webster Hall in January) did "Learning To Fly" and "I Won't Back Down," Har Mar Superstar did "Don't Do Me Like That," Andrew WK & Matt Sweeney did "Listen To Her Heart," Albert Hammond Jr. did "I Need To Know" (Fab played the show too), Caveman (who just played our day party and team up with Albert for a show again this Friday) did "Don't Come Around Here," plus a whole lot more.

More pictures from the Jameson-sponsored benefit show (all money went to Sweet Relief), and the setlist, below...

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photos by Stephen Yang

Stone Fest 2012

Stones Fest 2012 celebrated the Rolling Stones with appearances from a bunch of stars of music, film, and television including Adam Green, Will Forte, Norah Jones, Matt Vasquez from Delta Spirit, Evan Rachel Wood, Alia Shawkat, Michael Cera, Jody Porter of Fountains of Wayne, Jesse Malin, Nicole Atkins, Sammy James Jr of The Mooney Suzuki, and many others. Pictures and video of a lot of the the show (but not including everyone), which went down on Feb 22nd at Webster Hall, below.

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by Klaus Kinski

Arrested Development

If you like music, comedy, literacy, food, eyeglasses, politics, small vintage leather messenger bags, journalism, the literati, people taking notes, men who sit with their legs crossed a little too tightly, and Molskine journals, then I bet you were all over BV's recent post about the 2011 New Yorker Festival which features events taking place all over the city from September 30th through October 2nd, 2011. At least, I hope you were all over it because tickets for a majority of the events semi-sold-out shortly after they went on-sale on September 9th. I say "semi-sold-out" because, well, there are actually a few opportunities to get tix between now and showtime. According to The New Yorker Festival website:

Friday, September 30th, at SVA Theatre: Ten per cent of tickets to all events will be available at the theatre, at 333 West 23rd Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues). Tickets will be sold on Friday, September 30th, from 12 noon to 4 P.M. First come, first served.

At the door: A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door to each event one hour before start time, with the exception of Morning at the Frick, Come Hungry, the Cartoon Caption Game, Beyond Words, High on the Hog, Inside the Artist's Studio, and Sunset on Spruce. First come, first served. Cash only.

I sure hope the above ticket scenario holds true, because the New Yorker Festival peeps have added another, absolutely jaw-dropping, event, which though not on sale yet, will surely sell right out. It is: An ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT REUNION!! Did you just shart? Oh man, when I heard I did too. Not a big deal buddy!
On Sunday, October 2nd, Nancy Franklin will moderate an exclusive "Bluth family reunion" panel, featuring the creator of "Arrested Development," Mitchell Hurwitz, and the cast: Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jessica Walter.

The event will take place at Acura at SIR Stage37 (408 West 37th Street) at 4 P.M. Tickets are $30 and will go on sale here beginning at noon E.T. on Wednesday, September 21st.

Swoon. So now, besides Radiohead, I have yet another show to worry about not getting tickets to.

In other Arrested Development-related news, Alia Shawkat, famous for her role as Mae "Maeby" F√ľnke, has been moonlighting as a jazz vocalist. On Thursday September 22nd 2011, Alia makes her debut as a jazz vocalist when she hits the stage at Littlefield in Brooklyn. Supercute! opens. Tickets are on sale now!

Complete New Yorker Fest schedule below...

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Petty Fest is returning to NYC this October, though unlike previous years, this year there will be "Two Nights To Get Drunk And Celebrate The Songs Of Tom Petty." The fest is taking place October 5 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 6 at Bowery Ballroom. The fest is (almost) the same lineup of musicians that usually get together for things like this, like Norah Jones, Nicole Atkins, Jesse Malin, Sammy James Jr. (The Mooney Suzuki), Jody Porter (Fountains of Wayne), Tad Kubler of The Hold Steady, Josh Lattanzi of The Lemonheads, and others. Interesting additions inclue Har Mar Superstar and Jonny Corndawg. I hope they do a duet. And of course there will be "surprise guests". Tickets for both nights go on sale Thursday (9/1) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/31) at noon. $2 from each ticket will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Jonny Corndawg meanwhile will also be in NYC TONIGHT (8/30) for his record release show at Union Pool.

Full Petty Fest lineup, flier, and a recent video of Neko Case and My Morning Jacket covering "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" together, below...

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