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Tuareg guitarist Bombino's last album was 2013's Dan Auerbach-produced Nomad on Nonesuch, and for its followup he's got a different rock producer and label. This time he worked with Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth, and the album, titled Azel, will be out April 1 via Partisan. The first single is "Inar," which you can watch the video (by Ron Wyman) for below.

Bombino's also touring this year, including a performance at Africa Now! at NYC's historic Apollo Theater on March 26. In addition to Bombino, the show features Jojo Abot, Alsarah and the Nubatones and the US premiere of Mokoomba. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Bombino releasing Dave Longstreth-produced album, going on tour (dates & new video)"

photos by P Squared

"Joanna Newsom's performance at the Apollo last night gave chills & there were a few moments where it was so beautiful I teared up" - Dan Bernitt

Joanna Newsom

...Sandwiched in between two of her most massive songs to date ("Emily" and "Have One On Me"), "Waltz of the 101st Lightborne" had the same show-stopping effect as those songs, with Ryan and Mirabi's guitar and violin flourishes popping out as much as Joanna's own presence.

Divers' lengthy title track was another show-stopper, but in the opposite way. It was one of the night's quieter songs, and had the crowd in a silent trance the whole time. The crowd was like that the whole show, really. If someone near you so much as coughed or shifted in their seat, you could hear them during Joanna's quiet parts.

The above quote is from our review of Joanna Newsom's show at Brooklyn's Kings Theatre, and now we've got pictures of the other NYC stop of her tour: The Apollo, which she played this past Friday (12/11). The setlist was similar but not exactly the same as the Kings show, with a lot off the new album and older faves like "Bridges and Ballons," "Have One On Me," "Peach Plum Pear," "Cosmia" and more. Like at Kings, Joanna's bandmate Ryan Francesconi pulled double duty, opening with a collaborative set with Alela Diane. Pictures (including one of the setlist) are in this post and continue below.

Speaking of Joanna Newsom and kings, she was the guest on Larry King's "Larry King Now" episode yesterday (12/14), where she was interviewed and also taught Larry how to play the harp. The interview included her saying she'd love to collaborate with Kendrick Lamar, talking about Spotify (which she trashed in other interviews this year too), and more. Watch the whole interview below.

Continue reading "Joanna Newsom played The Apollo with Alela Diane and Ryan Francesconi, interviewed by Larry King (pics, video)"

photo: Kacey Musgraves at Farm Aid 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Kacey Musgraves

The indie world's pop country crossover star of the year, Kacey Musgraves, has been touring like crazy this year. We recently caught her at Farm Aid and in a few days she'll play the second weekend of the Austin City Limits festival.

Her tour comes to NYC soon after that on October 24 at The Apollo with openers Sugar & The Hi-Lows. Her current schedule runs all the way through December of 2016, including New Year's Eve in Austin. Updated dates are listed below...

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Billie Holiday

We've seen people bring out hologram performers before, but historic NYC venue The Apollo Theater will become the "first theater in the Untied States to offer presentations with hologram technology on an ongoing basis," starting later this year. The first artist to be honored will be Billie Holiday, who would have turned 100 this year. More info via press release:

"We are so pleased to expand our programming and employ this dramatic, cutting-edge technology as we continue to find new and innovative ways to celebrate our rich legacy for contemporary audiences," said Jonelle Procope, President and CEO of the Apollo Theater. "The possibilities inherent in this initiative are very exciting, allowing us the ability to show the enduring impact and relevance of artists across time periods and geographic locations. We're looking forward to connecting our audiences with the artistry of great musicians, including Billie Holiday, through the magic of this technology."

Billie Holiday honed her skills on the Apollo stage at every major phase of her career, from her debut at age 19 and throughout nearly 30 Apollo appearances. Holiday's influence on generations of jazz singers and musicians is without peer. Her Apollo engagements included solo concerts, as well as performances with the Count Basie Orchestra, Roy Eldridge, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong. Holiday was inducted in the Apollo's Walk of Fame earlier this year in a ceremony that included a performance by jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, one of the many contemporary musicians who credit Holiday's influence on their careers.

"As we continue to celebrate Billie Holiday's centennial, we are thrilled to partner on this initiative that will help connect contemporary audiences with Lady Day's music and legacy in a fresh, exciting way," said Jake Wisely, CEO of The Bicycle Music Company, which manages Holiday's estate.

"We are so proud to partner with the Apollo, an institution that has given the world so much," said Alki David, CEO of Hologram USA. "To be able to bring back epic artists on the historic stage that gave them their debuts is mind-boggling, and is exactly why I invested so much into this technology."

Additional programming details TBA soon.

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Leon Bridges

Motown-inspired Texas artist Leon Bridges already has a bunch of tour dates announced, including sold-out NYC shows happening 6/23 at Bowery Ballroom and 6/24 at MHOW, and now he added several more dates including a third show here. The new leg does down this fall after Leon plays Austin City Limits, with Kali Uchis supporting on most dates.

The tour hits NYC on October 20 at The Apollo, the historic venue that's been home to many of Leon's influences. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/19) at noon, with a fan presale starting Tuesday (6/16) at noon (password: cominghome). Then there's an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/17) at noon and promoter/Ticketmaster presales starting Thursday (6/18) at noon.

Leon also has a show near NYC at Montauk's Surf Lodge in July. All dates are listed below.

Leon's debut album, Coming Home, comes out next week (6/23) via Columbia. You can stream it in full below, via NPR.

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D'Angelo at The Apollo (via Chris Rob)

There is an unsteadiness at times on "Black Messiah," with the richness of the arrangements sometimes acting as a distraction. This album is both D'Angelo's most resolute and also the one that gets away from him the most.

That was true at this show, too, his first in this country since the album's release. (He is also, as it happens, a former Apollo Amateur Night winner.) From the beginning, with the back-to-back pairing of "Prayer" and "1000 Deaths" from the new album, the grooves were murky and insular. His flexible band resisted slickness in favor of something earthier and more tensile.

Before long, he transitioned into a sumptuous run of moist love songs: "Feel Like Makin' Love" into "Really Love," in which D'Angelo showed off his upper register, into "One Mo'Gin." His voice was scratchy and limber, full of Wilson Pickett shrieks and James Brown percussive stabs and Smokey Robinson tenderness. [NY Times]

D'Angelo played his first US show since the release of his long-awaited third album, Black Messiah, at NYC's historic Apollo Theater on Saturday (2/7). He and his band played plenty of the new album, plus a handful of favorites from 1995's Brown Sugar and 2000's Voodoo , including a 14-minute version of "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" from the latter, which you can watch an HD video of (via Okayplayer) below.

The show sold out very quick and tickets were going for extremely high prices on StubHub. Were you one of the lucky ones that got in? What did you think?

That video, and D'Angelo's full setlist, below...

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Take Me To The River

Take Me To The River is a new-ish documentary on the Memphis music scene. You can watch the trailer below and here's the synopsis:

"Take Me To The River" is a feature documentary and record celebrating the inter-generational, inter-racial, inter-gender musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender, and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday. Hip-hop artists such as Snoop Dogg, PNut, Hustle & Flow's Oscar-winning Frayser Boy, Al Kapone and Yo Gotti are paired with Grammy-winning legends of Memphis soul and R&B, including Mavis Staples, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Booker T. Jones, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush, WIlliam Bell, Otis Clay, and the incomparable session musicians of Stax and Hi Records. Oscar nominee Terrence Howard is our "MC" through the story as well as one of our recording artists.
Several of the artists featured in the documentary, including William Bell, Bobby Rush, Otis Clay, Frayser Boy, and Al Kapone, along with The Talking Heads' Jerry Harrison, will be celebrating the film with two live shows in NYC, backed by The 13-Piece House Band with Stax Records Hi Rhythm Section, and The Royal Memphis Horns led by Ben Cauley with special guests Stax Music Academy All-Star Broomfield Band.

The first of those shows, billed as "Take Me To The River LIVE," happens at Brooklyn Bowl on February 11. Tickets for that one are on sale now, and you can get $15 off with the promo code: STAX.

They do it again at Apollo Theater on February 12, with the addition of students from STAX Music Academy and students from NYC public schools. Ticket for the Apollo show are on sale, and also support bringing New York City public school students to the event as part of the film's educational initiative.

Brooklyn Bowl also has a slew of other tribute events coming up this month. Tonight (2/6) they've got a show to celebrate Bob Marley's 70th Birthday with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Roosevelt Collier, and Greg Humphreys Electric Trio (tickets).

Tuesday (2/10) is the Grateful Dead tribute with Alex Bleeker and The Freaks, Cass McCombs, Lenny Kaye, members of Darkside, Woods and more (tickets). Two days later, Who's Bad, the Michael Jackson tribute band, hits the venue (tickets).

The annual J Dilla tribute, Donuts Are Forever, happens February 15 and is sold out. There's also a Dilla celebration at Littlefield tonight (tickets).

Check out the trailer for Take Me To The River below...

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Neo-soul great D'Angelo finally released his new album, Black Messiah (his first since 2000), at the tail-end of 2014. It got huge acclaim, and while it came out too late to make most year-end lists, it did top the Pazz + Jop Poll. D'Angelo will be heading to Europe in February for a tour there, but before leaving the US, he plays NYC's historic Apollo Theater on February 7. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Wednesday (1/21), with Apollo A-LIST, Ticketmaster, and WBLS presales beginning at 10 AM on Monday (1/19).

All dates are listed, with a stream of one of the new album's songs, below...

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Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill

Bob Marley was the center of attention at the Apollo on Saturday night, but Lauryn Hill stole the show, as this Apollo-written recap of the event explains:

This past Saturday, the Apollo Theater celebrated the 35th anniversary of reggae icon Bob Marley's Apollo debut with two big blowout concerts.

The unforgettable evening featured some of reggae music's biggest titans performing Marley's signature numbers including: international reggae star Maxi Priest whose effortless blend of reggae, R&B and dancehall led him to become the first reggae artist to have a number one hit worldwide; Marley's son Ky-Mani Marley who, a star in his own right, is an accomplished musician, singer-songwriter and actor; reggae ambassadors Third World, one of the most legendary reggae bands of all time, most known for their hits "Now That We Found Love" and "Try Jah Love"; The Wailers who together with Bob Marley have sold over 250 million albums worldwide and are considered one of the most successful bands in reggae music history. Additionally, the Apollo audience was treated to a very special surprise guest performance by music superstar Lauryn Hill. The Grammy Award-winning songstress sent the Apollo audience into a frenzy when she joined The Wailers on stage, performing rousing renditions of Marley's "Could This Be Love," "Zimbabwe," "Is This Love," as well as one of her own big hits "Doo Wop." All of the artists came together at the end of each show to perform Marley's seminal classic "One Love."

Check out video below...

Continue reading "Lauryn Hill surprised audience at Bob Marley tribute @ Apollo"

Bob Marley

In late October 1979, Bob Marley and the Wailers made their Apollo debut with a sold-out seven show run. These performances were very special to the band for several reasons. Harlem was where Marcus Garvey first reached out to the African American community hearkening them to "look to East Africa, for the crowning of the Black King" - an idea which helped kindled the early flames of the Rastafari Movement. Additionally, Marley's concert run at the Apollo was his attempt to connect with the black community in North America and spread the message of Pan-Africanism and global black unity.
As quoted above, reggae legend Bob Marley made his Apollo Theatre debut back in 1979 and now that concert will be commemorated with a tribute happening November 29 at the same venue. There's two shows (8 PM and 11 PM) happening that night and they will feature his backing band The Wailers, fellow reggae vets Third World and Maxi Priest, and Bob's son Ky-Mani Marley. Tickets for the show are on sale now.

Meanwhile, a new live Bob Marley album/film, Uprising Live!, comes out next week (11/25). Watch him playing "I Shot the Sherrif" from the film (via Esquire) below...

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TV on the Radio already said they're releasing a new album, Seeds (their first since the passing of Gerard Smith), this year on new label home Harvest Records, and now more details have been revealed. We now know it's coming out November 18, and they've unveiled the album artwork (above) and the lyric video for the single "Happy Idiot" (below).

TVOTR have also announced a tour, which culminates with three shows in their hometown of NYC. They play the historic Apollo Theater on November 18 and two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg (11/21 & 11/22). Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (9/5) at noon, but first there will be a BrooklynVegan presale starting Thursday (9/4) at 10 AM for all three dates. Check back here for more updates and the password.


All dates are listed, with the new lyric video, and a recent (funny) interview with Vanessa Bayer, below...

Continue reading "TV on the Radio detail 'Seeds' LP, share a track, announce tour, playing the Apollo & 2 nights at MHOW (BV presale)"

Pharrell at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Pharrell, who maybe has a song or two or three that you've heard lately if you don't live miles away from society without internet, phone, TV or radio access, has a number of upcoming tour dates opening for Bruno Mars including two at MSG in July, but ahead of that he'll headline a smaller NYC show on June 3 at The Apollo. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/23) at 10 AM.

Pharrell was also just announced for Philly's Made In America festival. All dates are listed below.

In other news, one Soundcloud user noticed Pharrell apparently doesn't like to change up the intros to his songs, and made a mix to prove it. Are all his intros in fact the same? Listen below and see what you think...

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Sam Smith w/ Disclosure at Terminal 5 in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sam Smith

Rising UK pop singer and Disclosure collaborator Sam Smith will return to the US this June for Bonnaroo and while he's here, he'll squeeze in a headlining show at NYC's historic Apollo Theater on June 17. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (5/21) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, we're only a few weeks away from Sam's debut album, In the Lonely Hour (due out 6/17 via Capitol) and the young singer has been having some nerves about it. He told Vodaphone (via Digital Spy):

"If I'm honest, I'm completely cacking myself," he laughed. "It's scary! I've just been in London for the past few days and seen some of the posters up on the Tube and stuff.

"It's all real now. I've been envisaging this moment for a long time, so it's scary but it's also very exciting."

His fame is kinda happening all at once. His single "Stay With Me" is the third most-Shazamed song in the US this year (only behind Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande) and it's also rocketing up the Top 40 airplay chart.

Sam just performed the song on The Graham Norton Show this past Friday (5/16). You can watch a video of that, with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Sam Smith playing The Apollo after Bonnaroo, played "Stay With Me" on 'The Graham Norton Show' (dates & video)"

Lykke Li at Summerstage in 2011 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Lykke Li

Lykke Li recently announced that her new album, I Never Learn, will be out on May 6. In support of that, she'll return to North America where she'll grace NYC with a show at the Apollo Theatre on May 15. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/7) at 10 AM, and there will be a BrooklynVegan presale starting Thursday (3/6) at 10 AM. Check back here Thursday morning for the password. All dates are listed below.

UPDATE: Password = "LYKKEBV".

She also revealed the album's tracklist and made a video for one of its tracks, "Love Me Like I'm Not Made of Stone." Watch that, with the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Lykke Li released a new song/video, touring North America, playing The Apollo (dates and BrooklynVegan presale)"


This album celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the making of our first album Living Like a Refugee. Since that first album we've lived a life that once seemed unimaginable; we have toured the world, released more albums, and shared our music with thousands upon thousands of friends and fans. But while we keep rolling we never forget our roots. So this is our musical libation - an offering - to celebrate the blessings that our music has brought to us, to pay respect to the spirits of the musical brothers we have lost along the way, and to pay tribute to Mama Salone - the country whose culture, traditions, and rhythms infuse our music and fill our souls with pride.
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars (literally a band of refugees from Sierra Lone) will release their fourth album, Libation, on March 18 via Cumbancha. It was produced by Chris Velan who also did the band's debut, and mixed by Iestyn Polson, who's worked with David Bowie, Patti Smith and others. You can listen to two of its tracks, "Gbaenyama" and "Rich But Poor," along with a sampler of the whole album, below.

The band will also be going on a tour in April and May which brings them to NYC on April 5 at Apollo Theater. That show is part of the second edition of AFRICA NOW!, "the weekend festival spotlighting today's African music scene." Also playing is Mali's Fatoumata Diawara and Senegal's Les Frères Guissé. Tickets are on sale now. More details on the weekend's events here.

All dates are listed, along with those streams, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Ava Luna - Daydream (MP3)

Ava Luna

NYC funk punks Ava Luna are set to release the followup to 2012's Ice Level, Electric Balloon, on March 4 via Western Vinyl. From the sounds of the first single, "Daydream," Ava Luna are embracing the same influences as usual (Talking Heads, ESG), but still putting their own spin on it. You can download that song above or stream it below, and also below you can preview more of the album in the new teaser video, which makes its premiere in this post.

Ava Luna have a ton of dates coming up, and as usual, a good amount of hometown shows. First they play the Apollo on February 8 as part of the 'Apollo Music Cafe' series with Rachel Brown and DJ Hard Hittin' Harry. Tickets for that show are on sale now. After that, they'll go on a tour with Krill which includes another hometown show at Silent Barn on March 24.

Krill also play a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on 2/7 with Speedy Ortiz, Odonis Odonis, Heeney and Infinity Girl.

All dates are listed, along with the song stream and teaser video, below...

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photos by Adam Nelson | WORKHOUSE

Lou Reed Memorial
Lou Reed Memorial

The late Lou Reed was honored with a last-minute memorial in Harlem at the legendary Apollo Theatre last night (12/17), which was organized by his wife Laurie Anderson. The memorial saw some of Lou's notable friends/collaborators singing the songs of the Velvet Underground and his solo career plus reading or performing tributes to him, including Patti Smith and her bandmate Lenny Kaye, Antony Hegarty, Debbie Harry (of Blondie), Paul Simon, John Zorn, Philip Glass, former VU bandmate Moe Tucker, and others. An excerpt from the NY Times review of the show reads:

Ms. Anderson said that Mr. Reed wrote songs in single bursts. "He would wake up in the middle of the night and just write the song down and it was complete," she said. "He never changed a word. He thought, 'First thought, best thought.' "

Mr. Simon sang the Velvets' "Pale Blue Eyes," marveling at its beauty and admitting there were lines he never understood. Emily Haines, from the Canadian band Metric, sang "All Tomorrow's Parties," and Jenni Muldaur sang the pensive "Jesus." Deborah Harry rocked through "White Light/White Heat."

Ms. Smith chose "Perfect Day" for what she called "Lou's most poignant lyric": "You made me forget myself/I thought I was someone else, someone good." The a cappella doo-wop group the Persuasions reworked Mr. Reed's "Turning Time Around." Antony Hegarty, who appeared in the stage production of Mr. Reed's album "Berlin," performed a slow, poignant, tremulous "Candy Says." Julian Schnabel, who filmed "Berlin," calmly recited the patricidal, carnage-filled "Rock Minuet."

The saxophonist John Zorn represented Mr. Reed's improvisational side with a squealing, scurrying, exultantly perpetual-motion yawp of a solo. And Philip Glass, on piano, accompanied a recitation of the Kaddish prayer.

That review also points out that Laurie Anderson said Lou's last words were "Take me out into the light!"

Pictures of the memorial are in this post. They continue below...

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photos by Luis Ruiz

"Well, Janelle Monae at the Apollo was one of the best concerts I've ever seen." - Isaac Butler

"Janelle Monáe tore it up Apollo Theater - What a fantastic Concert! She is definitely the #1 #ElectricLady" - Tracy Iglesias

"Words can't express everything that truly happened in Harlem @ The Apollo Theatre last night. Thank you from the heart." - Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae @ The Apollo
Janelle Monae @ The Apollo

While many of us were caught up in the craziness that is CMJ this past week, there were some other big NYC shows going on too, like Janelle Monae's tour stop at legendary Harlem theatre The Apollo on Friday (10/18). The forward-thinking funk/R&B singer is out supporting her new album, The Electric Lady, the worthy followup to her imaginative debut, The ArchAndroid. Pictures from the Apollo show, including opener Roman Gianarthur, are in this post.

This weekend (10/26), Janelle will be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live with host Edward Norton. The week after that (11/2), Eminem will appear with Scandal star Kerry Washington. Eminem recently released a new song, "Rap God," from his upcoming MMLP2, and also announced he'd be touring Australia with Kendrick Lamar (who tours North America with Kanye West).

More pics from Janelle's Apollo performance below...

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PHJB @ Voodoo 2010 (more by Alysse Gafkjen)
Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band are on the road, hitting the Bing Concert Hall in Stamford, CT on 9/29 before returning to the Voodoo Festival in their hometown of New Orleans on 11/1, and then coming back to NYC to headline the legendary Apollo Theater on 11/16 (tickets to the Harlem show are still available). All tour dates are listed below.

Back in March, the Jazz Band played a couple of NYC shows in Williamsburg at Brooklyn Bowl. The March 6th show was captured on video and we have a premiere of the footage of them playing the title track off their first album of original compositions in FIFTY YEARS. Check out the live version of "That's It!" and the song's official fan-made video with the dates, below...

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photos by P Squared, words by Wyatt Marshall


I hope someone's figured out time travel at this point, because I need to hightail it back to the mid-nineties and high five ten-year-old me--space-time continuum be damned. Seeing Metallica would have been cool as hell then, but seeing them in a venue like the 1,500 cap Apollo would have had me more amped than clearing out a pantry-full of Squeezits.

Metallica played the Apollo Theater Saturday night (9/21) for a Sirius XM sponsored show, a celebration of the new limited-run Sirius XM (9/13-10/6) Mandatory Metallica channel and part of the continuing drumroll for the forthcoming action/concert IMAX 3D movie Metallica Through the Never. That film and Metallica's trajectory over the past twenty years leaves many fans of classic Metallica shaking their heads, and for good reason. But one thing that was made abundantly clear at the Apollo was that Metallica still delivers one hell of a performance, and they know to lean on the early portion of their discography.

The crowd at the Apollo was mostly older, and there were a number of dads with their teenaged or younger sons. Those kids were lucky--they're unlikely to have the chance to see Metallica in a venue smaller than a stadium again. People were aware of that, and some Craigslisters were offering up to $600 for a ticket. Given that the tickets were given away to Sirius XM subscribers, it was a hell of a return for whoever decided to let theirs go.

Metallica opened the show, which aired live on Mandatory Metallica, the same way they opened Kill 'em All. "Hit the Lights" gave way to a classic back-to-back of "Master of Puppets" and "Ride the Lightning," and it was then, with Kirk Hammett masterfully soloing while Hetfield riffed-out and Lars pummeled the kit like, well, Lars, that it sunk in that Metallica was playing the same venue where James Brown and Etta James used to bring the house down--which, to be honest, is kind of weird. Hetfield even joked about it early on, after "Ride the Lightning," when he said, "I can't believe they're letting us play this place." Jokes aside, Metallica seemed genuinely proud to play the Apollo. Hetfield was beaming throughout, and the band looked like they were soaking it all in.

Metallica, if you haven't seen them live, sound great on stage. The songs from the band's early years are bigger and richer than the tinny production on the original albums--there's a whole lot of charm in those relatively lo-fi recordings, but the classics take on a different nature live. Though inevitably someone has gripes with some of the choices on the setlist at the Apollo it was, on the whole, pretty damn good. Sure, I may have gone for a beer when "The Day That Never Comes" off of Death Magnetic came on (and ran into a friend from another music website seizing the same opportunity), but hey, it gave me the opportunity to get a beer without missing something I really wanted to see.

The show was long--over two hours--and throughout the entire performance, Metallica didn't skip a beat. That's what almost 35 years of touring will get you. Inevitably, at the end of the set we got "Nothing Else Matters" and "Enter Sandman." The nearly half-hour encore, though, was back to basics--"Creeping Death," "Battery" and "Seek and Destroy." Full, fast and pummeling, Metallica sounded awesome in Harlem.

The next day (9/22), Metallica played "Enter Sandman," Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera's entrance music, at Sunday's Yankees game to honor Rivera's retirement (not the first time they played Yankee Stadium). Video of that below.

Continuing their media blitz, Metallica played "One" and "Enter Sandman" on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM this morning (9/23). Howard was in attendance at the Apollo, and caused a minor sensation when he had to walk through a beer line to get to his seat.

More Apollo pictures, along with video and setlist from the show, the Yankee Stadium video, and a clip of "Master of Puppets" from Metallica's "Through the Never" movie, below...

Continue reading "Metallica played the Apollo for SiriusXM (and Howard Stern) & Yankee Stadium (again) -- pics, review, videos, setlist"

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae was doing the forward-thinking R&B thing a couple years before it blew up, and now her new album The Electric Lady is set to drop in the midst of all the rage. (September 10 via Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy Records, to be specific). It includes tracks with Erykah Badu, Miguel, Prince, Solange, Big Boi, Cee-Lo Green, and Esperanza Spalding.

Janelle recently announced an extensive tour in support of the album which previously didn't include a NYC date, but now one's been added: October 18 at The Apollo. Tickets for her show at the legendary venue go on Live Nation/Ticketmaster/Apollo A-List presales today (8/29) at 10 AM (password for Live Nation presale is "summer," for Ticketmaster presale is "electriclady," and for Apollo A-List presale is "apollo") and the general on-sale begins Thursday, September 5 at noon.

All dates are listed, along with streams of two tracks from her new album and the tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Janelle Monae touring, playing The Apollo (dates & streams)"


Like Paul McCartney before them, Metallica is playing the Apollo! More details on the 9/21 SiriusXM show and the film they're realeasing around the same time, below....

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band at GoogaMooga 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Surrounding the release of their new album, That's It (stream it), My Morning Jacket collaborators Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be doing a week-long residency with "surprise special guests" at McKittrick Hotel, home of Sleep No More. The residency kicks off tonight (7/7), and continues every night through Saturday (7/13). Tickets, which include a copy of the new album, for each night are available.

The band were also initially supposed to play the legendary Apollo Theatre (7/11) this week too, but that show has been rescheduled for November 16. Tickets for that show are available, and all tickets purchased for 7/11 will be honored.

They're also going to be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this week, performing as the musical guest on July 8. And, members of the band will appear with house band The Roots on the July 9 episode, for which Mudhoney will be the musical guest.

All PHJB dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Preservation Hall Jazz Band kicking off McKittrick Hotel residency, rescheduled Apollo Theater show for November"


Tickets to see John Prine at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Legendary Pink Dots at Knitting Factory go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Vince Clarke DJ set at Le Poisson Rouge go on sale today at 10 AM.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band are playing some shows this year, including one at NYC's legendary Apollo Theatre on July 11. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 11 AM.

As mentioned, The Muffs are coming to NYC for a show on July 26 at The Bell House (tickets). Since we last wrote, they also announced that they'll play another NYC-area date a day earlier (7/25) at Maxwell's. Tickets for the Maxwell's show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Jagwar Ma shows at Mercury Lounge and Glasslands are on sale now.

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Phoenix @ The Apollo, 5/13/2013

While Phoenix prepare for a much bigger tour that will include a stop at Brooklyn's Barclays Center in October (tickets), the French band wrapped up their post-Coachella tour of smaller North American venues at Harlem's historic Apollo Theatre last night (5/13). The band played a slightly longer set than their Sirius-sponsored show at Music Hall of Williamsburg last month, adding "Too Young" from their first album and "Fences" from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix to the mix. And like at MHOW, frontman Thomas Mars got into the crowd to sing as well.

Opening was Blood Orange, an increasingly rare sight from Dev Hynes who is spending more and more time in the producer's chair these days. Photos from the Apollo are in this post.

In other news, Phoenix's next single from Bankrupt! is "Trying to Be Cool" and the band have released the individual "stems" from the track so that anyone can have a go at remixing it. You can download them here and check out a Silver Swans remix below.

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