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The National in Philly last week (more by David Andrako)
The National

Tickets are on sale for all six shows. The new dates are the 16th & 17th. No openers for them yet. The four previously announced shows went on sale today at 11am.

Instruments

Furthur are going on a tour that hits MSG on November 10th. Tickets are on sale now. The after party is at BB King's.

As previously mentioned, Ray Davies is going back out on tour. Tickets to the Beacon Theater show are now on AmEx presale and go on general sale Saturday at 10am.

Tickets to all four National shows at Beacon Theater (in case you hadn't noticed) go on sale today (9/16) at 11am.

Other shows now on sale at the Beacon include Steely Dan, Bryan Ferry, Yo Gabba Gabba!, The Jayhawks & Rosanne Cash, Gillian Welch, Weird Al, NY Comedy Fest stuff, two Noel Gallagher shows, and Tori Amos.

Shows coming up and on sale at Town Hall include more comedy stuff and Rufus & Martha Wainwright's "Not So Silent Night" Christmas Show.

The National in Philly (more by David Andrako)
National

Tickets go on AmEx presale at 11am for all four National shows at the Beacon Theatre. Remember that each show has a different opener.

The National at Academy of Music in Philadelphia (more by David Andrako)
The National

Early this morning we wrote:

...the National headed to LA for another great triple bill last night (9/11) at Hollywood Bowl. They played that show with Neko Case and Sharon Van Etten. Their next scheduled gig is November 6th in Singapore. Hopefully more NYC shows get announced soon, but for now they have nothing coming up in North America at all.
Well, that didn't last long! Santa Claus will arrive early this year because The National will play a four night residency in NYC at Beacon Theater from 12/12 - 12/15 as part of a short stint of just-announced North American dates in late November/December. Each NYC show is with a different great opener. The The War on Drugs open the first night. Sharon Van Etten the next. So Percussion after that. And Wye Oak, who just opened for them in Philly, opens the last.

Tickets for all of the Beacon Theater shows go on sale on presale on 9/14 at 11AM, with regular sale hitting 48 hours later.

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The National announce North American shows, four nights @ Beacon Theater (dates)"

Noel

Tickets went on sale this morning for Noel Gallagher's previously announced show at Beacon Theatre, and though tickets are still available for the 11/14 date as of this posting, he's added one at the same venue happening one day later (11/15). Tickets for the new date go on sale 9/16 at 10am.

The Jayhawks at Webster Hall in January (more by Kurt Christensen)
Jayhawks

The Jayhawks are currently on a European tour that ends later this month. After that tour, they'll play a few dates in their hometown of Minnesota before heading out a North American tour in October and November. Many dates do not have openers announced but a few are with Tift Merritt. The NYC show, which takes place on October 21 at Beacon Theater is with Rosanne Cash. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/5) at noon with an "Internet Presale" starting Wednesday (8/3) at noon.

The tour is in support of the Jayhawks' new album Mockingbird Time which will be released September 20 via Rounder. The album is their first since 2003's Rainy Day Music and was produced by Jayhawk Gary Louris. It's also their first album with the classic Gary Louris and Mark Olson-led line-up since 1995's Tomorrow The Green Grass. Check out the lead single, "She Walks In So Many Ways" below.

Rosanne Cash some of her own upcoming dates, including some readings on her book tour for Composed, which she released on July 26. Her book tour hits NYC twice this month. The first time on August 9 at Barnes and Noble Union Square and the second on August 11 at PowerHouse Arena in Brooklyn.

All dates and Jayhawks single below...

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Night of Hunters

Tori Amos will release her twelfth studio album, Night of Hunters on September 20 via the German label Deutsche Grammophon. The album was produced by Tori herself and features guest vocals from past collaborators Kelsey Dobyns and Natashya Hawley. The album is also Tori's first without her studio/touring band that she's had for the last decade. She worked with many new musicians on the album, including the Apollon Musagete Quartett.

Tori is touring internationally this fall in support of the album. The tour includes two NYC shows on December 2 and 3 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (7/29) at 10am. All tour dates and tracklist below...

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Weird Al at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
Weird Al

Weird Al Yankovic kicks off an extensive tour in Las Vegas on 9/10. It heads across the country and includes stops in NY on 10/22 at Paramount Theatre in Huntington and 10/23 at Beacon Theatre in NYC. Tickets for all dates are either on fan presale or will be soon. Tickets for both of those NY shows go on fan presale on Monday morning at 10am. Tickets for a Red Bank, NJ show are on presale now, and a presale for a Morristown show is coming soon.

Weird Al is touring in support of Alpocalypse, which dropped in early June (deluxe version included). All tour dates and the recently released video for "Perform This Way" (a parody of "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga) below.

Continue reading "Weird Al Yankovic going on big tour, playing Beacon Theatre (2011 Tour Dates)"

Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch is on a massive tour in support of her recently released LP The Harrow & The Harvest. The tour hits NYC on October 22 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets go on sale today (7/15) at noon for that seated show.

All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Gillian Welch -- 2011 Tour Dates (Beacon Theatre)"

The Roots at Prospect Park in 2010 (more by David Andrako)
The Roots

Although musical options in NYC are limited on the 4th of July, you could head to Philly for the Philly Fourth of July Jam. This year's show, which is being billed as the "largest free concert in America," will feature The Roots and special guests including Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. It runs from 7-10pm at Benjamin Franklin Parkway and will be followed by fireworks (naturally).

Meanwhile you can catch Earth, Wind and Fire in NYC tonight tonight (6/28) and Wednesday (6/29) at Beacon Theatre. It's been forty years since Earth, Wind and Fire first hit the scene, and...

Forty years later, Bailey says Earth, Wind & Fire is still in pursuit of being the best band in the world.

"We're just being the best we can be and seizing the moment we've been given," he says.

"We still practice and we still hone our craft, though we've been playing these songs thousands and thousands of times. We make sure we go back and pay attention to the little details, and our audience appreciates the attention we put into stuff."

Throughout its storied career, Earth, Wind & Fire mixed funk-seared dance jams such as "September," "Boogie Wonderland" and "Serpentine Fire" with Quiet Storm classics such as "Devotion," "Can't Hide Love" and "Keep Your Head to the Sky." Often, the Grammy-winning band stoked its sound with African and Brazilian rhythms on its way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [Calgary Herald]

Earth, Wind and Fire also have shows scheduled in Atlantic City and CT before Philly on the 4th. All dates are listed below.

The Roots have been keeping super busy as usual. In addition to planning the biggest concert in America and collaborating with countless musicians, partially related to then playing Fallon on a daily basis, they played a series of interesting shows in NYC last week. At least Questlove is taking a day off from Brooklyn Bowl.

Most of those shows were part of the ongoing Blue Note Jazz Fest. Two of them, at the Blue Note, were The Roots and Rakim performing Paid in Full in its entirety...

"With an early show and a late show, the band ran through the 10 track of the classic album with funky flawlessness. During the first show, Nelson George asked Rakim and Black Thought questions about the album's legacy and Rakim's career at the beginning and half way points. The second show featured questions from Toure, and both Dave Chappelle and Talib Kweli were in the house who had their turn posing questions as well. Very dope stuff indeed." [Okayplayer]
Check out a video from this performance below. Estelle, also on the 4th of July show, played two shows at the Blue Note last week too.

The Roots also performed at the launch of Rebuild the Dream at Town Hall on Thursday (6/23). Rebuild the Dream is a new movement to bring back the American Dream and help Americans find jobs, go to college, etc. The Town Hall event consisted of a long motivational speech and call to action interspersed with a couple performances by The Roots. Learn more at the movement's website. Video of the entire event, and the other stuff, below.

Continue reading "The Roots played w/ Rakim, hosting giant 4th of July show in Philly w/ Estelle & Earth, Wind & Fire (who are on tour now)"

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Bryan Ferry

The velvety voice of Roxy Music and solo artist Bryan Ferry CBE (I think dude deserves a "Sir") recently released his thirteenth solo album Olympia. Featuring Kate Moss on the cover, the LP spans twelve tracks including "You Can Dance" which was given a video treatment and was performed on Letterman earlier this year (videos are below).

Ferry will tour the world to celebrate. His upcoming live dates include Israel, Russia, Europe, and the United States for the first time since 2002! Some might remember when Ferry played Beacon Theatre back in 2002. Some might remember his shows at the NYC venue in 1994. Bryan will return to NYC's Beacon Theatre on October 6th as part of a TBA fall tour that also includes Wellmont Theater in NJ on October 4th.

Tickets for the NJ show go on sale Friday. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale at 10AM on Thursday (6/16) with a presale code of "HEAVALON".

All currently announced tour dates (more TBA?) and videos below...

Continue reading "Bryan Ferry released 'Olympia', announcing tour dates (Beacon Theater presale being soon)"

Yo Gabba Gabba with MGMT at Radio City in 2010 (more by Alexander Stein)
Yo Gabba Gabba

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: It's Time to Dance! hits over 50 cities in North America this fall. Hip hop legend Biz Markie and "Razzle Dazzle Gabba!-favorite "Leslie Hall join DJ Lance Rock and the colorful cast of characters on the new live tour. The trip kicks off in Minneapolis at the State Theatre on Thursday, September 15 and includes a six-shows-in-three-day run at NYC's Beacon Theatre on October 14-16 (shows are 11am, 2pm and 5pm). Other area dates include two shows at Nassau Coliseum on October 1 (2pm and 5pm) and NJ's State Theatre on October 11-12. Tickets are on Citi cardmember pre-sale now, go on other pre-sales Friday (6/3) at 10 AM, and then eventually on general sale starting Monday (6/6) at 10 AM.

All tour dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Yo Gabba Gabba announces another big tour, lots of Beacon Theater shows, Nassau Coliseum & State Theatre in NJ too"

Paul Simon in MN on 5/2 (photo by Darren Tutt)
Paul Simon

"...Mr. Simon, 69, has a preexisting relationship with vintage gospel music, as he hinted elsewhere in the show. (A double-time rave-up coda in "Kodachrome," released in 1973, plunged straight into "Gone at Last," from 1975.) By now gospel commingles easily with sounds adopted from Africa and Brazil--and New Orleans, and Memphis, while we're at it--in his pursuit of ecstasy through rhythm. This was a show about that pursuit, and it was marvelous: brisk and unsinkable, smartly balanced, deftly paced.

"It's always slightly unnerving and exhilarating to play in your exact neighborhood," Mr. Simon, an Upper West Sider, said playfully, a few songs in. He last played the Beacon as recently as two years ago, when he had the honor of breaking it in after a deluxe refurbishment. There was less of a sense of occasion this time around, which worked to everyone's favor...." [NY Times]

Paul Simon plays Beacon Theater again tonight (5/11) before continuing on his tour that makes stops at the 9:30 Club, the Borgata, Foxwoods and many other places. Last night's setlist, and a video from the May 7th Toronto show where Paul invited a fan on stage to play "Duncan" with him, below...

Continue reading "Paul Simon played Beacon Theater, does again today (setlist)"

you can buy this 2009 poster from Paul's website...
Beacon Theater

"To celebrate the release of his first new record in five years, legendary artist Paul Simon has announced a very special North American tour beginning Friday, April 15th in Seattle, Washington. The set list will draw from his iconic career, including several songs that haven't been performed live in many years. Also included will be songs from So Beautiful or So What, his brand new album set for release by Hear Music/Concord Music Group on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Before hitting the road, Simon will appear two consecutive nights, April 6th and 7th on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."
Paul Simon's tour includes shows at NYC's Beacon Theatre on May 10th and 11th. He helped re-open the same venue in 2009. Tickets for both of the new Beacon shows will go on sale Friday, March 11th at 9am. All dates and a player with two new songs in it, below....

Continue reading "Paul Simon announces tour in support of new LP (2011 dates)"

Elvis

Seats at the previously announced spinning songbook shows with Elvis Costello & The Imposters at Beacon Theater are almost all filled so Costello has added a third show at the same venue. Tickets for the new date, May 25th at Beacon Theater, just went on AmEx presale. They go on general sale on Saturday, 2/26, at 10am.

The May 18th Elvis Costello NJ show at Wellmont Theater is completely sold out, but tickets go on sale Friday at noon for a March 26th Snoop Dogg show at the same venue (AmEx presale happening now).

Elvis Costello in front of the Wheel of Elvis in 1986 (via)
Wheel of Elvis

Elvis Costello & The Imposters are back, and Costello will head out for two weeks of dates with The Spectacular Spinning Songbook:

For the first time in 25 years, Costello will let his set-list be chosen by "The Spectacular Spinning Songbook", a monumental game-show wheel that features 40 song-titles, including hits, rarities and very unexpected covers.

Audience members will be invited onstage where they may spin "The Wheel" and then be offered a chance to enter the "Hostage to Fortune Go-Go Cage", while their selection is performed.

Alternatively, they may choose to take a seat in the on-stage "Society Lounge", where light refreshments will be served, during what promises to be a splendid and surprising evening.

Elvis Costello & The Imposters will play dates throughout May, kicking things off on 5/7 in Reno and ending with two shows at NYC's Beacon Theatre on 5/22 & 5/23. A presale (login of elvis and password of costello) is setup for all dates on the tour. NYC isn't listed there yet, but Chicago just went on sale. Update: The presale for all dates, including 5/18 at Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ, starts Tuesday at 10am. General sale begins Friday

All dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Elvis Costello & the Imposters announce May tour (presale)"

the marquee on Night Two (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Decemberists

Shara Worden made a surprise appearance at last night's Decemberists show, the last of three Beacon Theatre shows for the Portland band who are currently #1 on the Billboard chart (as Colin Meloy acknowledged briefly at the show). Meloy also...

"...said that, because of the snow outside, they would be playing a "wintery mx" of songs, book-ended by two songs about summer. In between there were tracks from albums The Crane Wife, The Hazards of Love and the afore-mentioned best-selling The King is Dead. Each song was accompanied by a change in colour of the stage backdrop, which is also the cover of their latest album. They also roped in musicians from "The Decemberists Family " like Shara Worden (who guests on The Wanting Comes in Waves/Repaid) and Sara Watkins - such captivating singers that I want to hear more of." [Miss N-Tertaiment]
You can hear more of Sharon Worden at Lincoln Center tonight (1/27), part of the American Songbook Series. You can hear more of Decemberists opener Wye Oak tonight at Rock Shop (if you have a way in) before they continue on the road with the Decemberists. Last night's Decemberists setlist and videos from the show are below...

Continue reading "The Decemberists ended their Beacon run w/ special guest Shara Worden (who plays Lincoln Center tonight)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Decemberists

"It was pure geek chic last night at the Beacon Theatre, where The Decemberists played the first of a three-night engagement.

This indie folk-rock quintet from Portland, Ore., look like extras from "Revenge of the Nerds," but don't be fooled -- like their name, The Decemberists' music is wrapped and cool.

Live, the band's acoustic side blossoms, so they often sound like close kin to American music icons such as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and R.E.M.

Yet their brand of Americana has a youthful contemporary angst that is essential to their hipster appeal. During this two-hour show, the set spanned the band's 10-year career, but wisely leaned heaviest on the just-released CD, "The King is Dead." Songs from that record made the best case for why the group should be superstars." [NY Post]

To quote Dominick, "Wye Oak flat-out killed" last night at NYC's Beacon Theater, so get there early if you're going tonight (night two) or Wednesday (night three). Wye Oak go on at 8pm, but note: both remaining shows are sold out. More pictures and the Decemberists setlist from night one, below...

Continue reading "The Decemberists & Wye Oak kicked off their 3-night run @ NYC's Beacon Theatre (night 1 pics & setlist)"

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Say Hi headlines Bowery Ballroom on March 7th. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Noah & the Whale headlines Bowery Ballroom on March 22nd. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Tickets to both upcoming Jayhawks shows at Webster Hall are on AmEx presale now. General sale begins Friday at noon.

Tickets are on AmEx presale for the Royksopp show at Webster Hall. General sale begins Friday at noon.

The recently added (3rd) Decemberists show at Beacon Theater is now on AmEx presale.

The Decemberists play the Beacon on January 24th, 25th and 26th. BRYAN ADAMS plays there on the 27th and 28th. Have you ever really loved a woman? Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of sexy, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs and Donald Fagen are touring as "The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue." They play the Beacon on 12/6 and 12/7... one night after Hall & Oates who play one night after Hot Tuna finishes a two-night run.

Back to January, Robert Plant and the Band of Joy play the Beacon on January 29th and January 30th. Tickets are on sale.

Move over Banana Schpeel, tickets, still on presale, go on general sale Saturday at 11am for the many shows the Allman Brothers are playing at the Beacon in March.

Moving away from the Beacon, a show we know Bruce Springsteen would enjoy, Dropkick Murphys and Against Me! play Roseland Ballroom on March 10th - tickets are on sale.

Irish week continues at Terminal- 5 on March 15th, 16th and 17th with the Pogues. Tickets for all three shows are still on sale.

Radio City shows currently on sale or presale include Robyn, Interpol, Bright Eyes, Cold War Kids... and John Mellencamp.

Continue reading "Decemberists, Jayhawks, Noah & the Whale, Say Hi, Rokysopp, Dropkick Murphys, Michael Mcdonald & other tickets"

The Decemberists at Radio City (more by Tim Griffin)
The Decemberists

January 25th is sold out and the 26th is getting there (tickets), but The Decemberists have now added a third show at the Beacon Theater on January 24th (also with Wye Oak). Tickets go on sale Fri 12/10 at 11AM - no AMEX presale information is currently available, but the show is currently on fan pre-sale.

The tour is in celebration of the new LP The King Is Dead, available for preorder in various incarnations including a super deluxe boxset with the vinyl, CDs, a DVD on the making of the record, a book, and much more.

"The Decemberists have partnered with The Impossible Project and photographer Autumn de Wilde to create a DELUXE BOX EDITION of The King Is Dead, their forthcoming Capitol Records album which will be released on January 18, 2011. Rough Trade Records will be releasing The King Is Dead in the UK and Europe on January 17. The preorder of the set has launched today exclusively at Decemberists.com.

Each of the 2,500 limited edition box sets will be unique, with every one containing a one-of-a-kind original Polaroid photo by de Wilde. The linen-wrapped clamshell box will have a foil-stamped cover, and will also include the CD, 180-gram white vinyl with an exclusive cover design, the DVD Pendarvia (a 30-minute short film by Aaron Rose documenting the making of the album), a 72-page hardcover book featuring over 250 photos by de Wilde and illustrations by Carson Ellis, and a signed Giclée print of an exclusive illustration by Ellis. A sample of the DELUXE BOX EDITION can be viewed at Decemberists.com.

The project was made possible by Impossible, who provided de Wilde with the vintage Type 100 "peel-apart" Polaroid film necessary to capture the 2,500 individual photos that were taken during the album's recording sessions at Pendarvis Farm outside of Portland, Oregon, and in de Wilde's hometown of Los Angeles, California."

Order the new record now.

Updated dates, and some videos of the band performing new songs, below...

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photos by Matthew Eisman

Levon Helm

At the Beacon Theatre [on Friday, 11/26], Levon was hoarse--at times he seemed to barely be able to talk. However, his band picked up the vocals, with him giving most of his energy to playing the drums and mandolin. At this stage in his career, all Levon Helm has to do is turn and smile at the audience to get a huge reception. He has that much charisma.

The [Bob] Dylan legacy was rich at Friday's concert. Levon was Dylan's oldest former sideman. Larry Campbell, Dylan's former lead guitarist, now plays and sings with Levon. Brian Mitchell, who played keyboard and accordion at the Beacon, can be heard throughout Bob Dylan's version of "Return To Me"... The connections of the music and people go on and on.

Opening and then playing frequently during Levon's set was Steve Earle, a prolific rock and country singer, songwriter and producer. Earle was simply fantastic, especially in a tribute to New Orleans that included This City and Mardi Gras. At Saturday's show, Earle will be replaced by Bettye Lavette. She has some big shoes to fill.-[Frank Beacham's Journal]

Levon Helm played Friday and Saturday at Beacon Theater in NYC over Thanksigving weekend. Steve Earle provided support for the first night. Betty Lavette assisted on the second.
"With just acoustic guitar and a little later a a bouzouki, Earle was an objective lesson on how to construct and perform a wow of a show. Steve, looking like a homeless Santa Claus, opened with sure shot "I Feel Alright" and continued with the manifest destiny sneer "You Know The Rest" and two songs later dug deep deep into his back catalogue and pulled out "Someday"." [rock nyc]
Hopefully Levon's throat isn't giving him too much trouble. More pictures from the Friday show, below...

Continue reading "Levon Helm played Beacon Theatre w/ Steve Earle (pics)"

Allman Brothers

Speaking from the stage of the Beacon, James L. Dolan, the chairman of Madison Square Garden, said: "I told Gregg before, our apologies for last year. That won't happen again."

Over a 20-year span that ended in 2009, the Allman Brothers Band played some 190 shows at the Beacon, more than any other act, returning annually in March for monthlong residencies that made the band synonymous with the theater.

But earlier this year the band lost its traditional booking to a Cirque du Soleil show, "Banana Shpeel," and had to hold its 2010 residency at the United Palace Theater. Meanwhile, "Banana Shpeel" delayed its official opening until May, and then closed quickly after receiving poor reviews.
[NY Times] (via heartonastick)

The Allman Brothers will play Beacon Theater on March 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18 & 19, 2011

In related news, Gregg Allman "will release his first solo record in 14 years on January 18, 2011 [via Rounder Records]. Called Low Country Blues for the coastal Georgia region Allman calls home, the record was produced by T Bone Burnett, recorded at his Village Recorder studio in Los Angeles and features Dr. John on piano, guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, and Burnett's brilliant go-to rhythm section: bassist Dennis Crouch and drummer Jay Bellerose."

Decemberists

Did you get tickets for the January 25th Decemberists show at Beacon Theatre which just sold out in 15 minutes? If not, hurry up and grab some for the January 26th show that was just added (at the same venue and also with Wye Oak opening).

Check out the cover of their new album, The King is Dead, above.

words by David Andrako

night 1 (more)
Sufjan

Sufjan Steven's tour-ending show at The Beacon Theatre took an unexpected turn Monday night at the two hour mark when the subdued, seated audience leapt to its feet and turned the front orchestra section into an impromptu electro-folk hippie-intergalactic dance party. The moment happened at the midway point of the set-closing 25-minute-plus song "Impossible Soul" from Sufjan's latest album "The Age of Adz." The performance started rather inauspiciously when one of the two drummers on stage knocked over one of his snare drums and Sufjan struggled with his effects pedal causing him to nearly miss his guitar solo. A stagehand reset the drum and Sufjan recovered to lead his 11 person backing band into a rollicking, jagged, electronic extended jam that featured, among other things, glow in the dark shorts, hundreds of balloons that dropped from the ceiling, an autotuned Sufjan singing with a glowing headdress and some choreographed (and some most definitely not choreographed) dance moves featuring Sufjan, his two backup singers and frequent collaborator Jessica Dessner. The song, which is more like a mixtape than a traditional folk/rock/pop song, eventually slowed as Sufjan stepped to his microphone with his guitar and sang the final 2-minute reprise. The audience rewarded the band with a lengthy standing ovation and applause that lasted until the band returned to the stage to perform the only song of the encore, "Chicago".

Having attended and photographed Sunday night's show, I was eager to see how both crowds would react to the new material. "Seven Swans", which opened up both shows, set the tone for the evening as the 2010 version featured Sufjan's hushed singing and banjo playing until the halfway point when he stopped playing his banjo and switched over to a synthesizer. As the song reached its final peak, he began jumping up and down and playing with his entire body. The song, long a part of Sufjan's catalog, had been transformed into a bridge between the older more acoustic material and the new digitally influenced work.

The first half of the set featured songs Sufjan has released in 2010 on "The Age of Adz" and the preceeding EP "All Delighted People." Up-tempo, electronic, loud songs ("Age of Adz" and "Vesuvius") were interspersed amongst quieter acoustic songs ("Heirloom" and "Futile Devices"). The setlist was identical to the previous night until the band performed the infrequently played "All Delighted People" to which Sufjan remarked, "destroys us when we play it." The song ended with Sufjan and band taking a deep breath and a quick drink of water before launching into a delicate version of "Enchanting Ghost." DM Stith, who was the opening act for both shows (and the entire tour) and played piano in the backing band, and Cat Martino, who sang backup, both deserve special praise for their performances. Their vocals stood out and complemented Sufjan's voice especially well on "The Owl and The Tanager."

The shows featured digital art that was created by Deborah Johnson and projected behind the band and sometimes projected in front of them on a translucent scrim that was raised and lowered throughout the show. The art (and the music of "The Age Of Adz") was influenced by the work of Prophet Royal Robertson, a Louisiana based sign painter who produced thousands of paintings that feature scenes of the end of the world, monsters and religious imagery. Sufjan frequently bantered between songs, whether it was telling a fantastical story about his grandfather, an onion farmer who was blessed with the ability to shoot lightning out of his hands and feet, or proclaiming his love for trigonometry and algebra. He also thanked the band for playing all of his "32nd and 64th notes" which were the products of, as DM Stith described, some "12 hour band practices."

Night one pictures HERE. Last night's setlist with some videos below...

Continue reading "Sufjan Stevens played his tour-ending 2nd NYC show @ Beacon Theatre (videos & setlist) "

The Decemberists at Radio City Music Hall (more by Tim Griffin)
Colin Meloy

One week after The Decemberists welcome their new LP The King is Dead into this world (due 1/18/11) via Capitol Records, the band will hit the road for a string of US dates followed by European dates that will take them into middle March. The tour includes an NYC stop at Beacon Theater on January 25th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday November 17th at 10am, and then general sale Friday November 19th at 11am. All seats are $39.50.

Wye Oak will open the first part of their US tour, including in NYC. The duo released their EP My Neighbor, My Creator earlier this year via Merge Records. Mountain Man, who just got done touring with Jonsi (they opened the NYC show at Hammerstein Ballroom) will take over as openers for the Decemberists in Milwaukee.

Mountain Man won't be on board for the NYC date of the Decemberists tour, but they will play 92Y Tribeca on 12/11 with John Shade, their only current US headlining date (the band will head to Australia in the new year). Tickets are on sale.

All tour dates and a video is below...

Continue reading "The Decemberists announce a 2011 tour, Mountain Man announces a NYC show too (dates)"