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Ben Folds yMusic

Ben Folds & yMusic went on a short North American tour this year ahead of their collaborative album, So There. Now that it's out, they've got plans for a much bigger tour in 2016. Dates include a NYC show at Beacon Theatre on May 4. Tickets for the Beacon show go on sale Friday (12/11) at 11 AM, with a Ben Folds presale starting Wednesday (12/9) at 11 AM, and Chase cardmember and venue presales beginning Thursday (12/10) at noon. All dates are listed, along with a Spotify stream of So There, below.

Before the Ben Folds tour, yMusic will be out with Jose Gonzalez.

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert made his debut as host of CBS' The Late Show on Tuesday night (9/8) with guests George Clooney and Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush. The end of the show featured a performance by house band Jon Batiste and Stay Hungry, covering Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People" with a whole bunch of special guests, including Mavis Staples, Ben Folds, Buddy Guy, Beirut's Zach Condon, Kyle Resnick, and Ben Lanz, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and lots more. Watch that below (via Vulture) and the whole episode is streaming over at CBS.

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Ben in the studio with yMusic (via)

For his new album, Ben Folds has collaborated with NYC classical sextet yMusic which he wrote about, enthusiastically, on Facebook:

I don't recall ever being quite so excited about an album I'm making. I'll let you decide if that's a good thing or not. It's just that we don't often get to make a record that we've never heard before. I LOVE my band on this record - NYC's almost classical sextet, yMusic. Love 'em musically and personally. They are pushing me. Collectively and individually they've been on quite a few great recordings (Sufjan Stevens, Bjork, Dirty Projectors, Bon Iver, Blake Mills and lots of other stuff) since most of the group graduated Julliard nearly a decade ago. Then there's their new cellist, Gabe who just got out of Curtis, which is a maximum security music conservatory - hardcore shit. He'll cut a bitch over a parallel 5th.

We tracked this album in 12 days total, with a lot of time spent, me, Rob Moose and CJ Camarieri, sometimes in New York, LA or Nashville, arranging. The playing, the recording, happened quickly.

On this record, yMusic are the rock band, straight up - not ornamentation. We call the ornamentation, "and strings" which is beautiful of course, just not what we are doing. The odd instrumentation is yielding something that I can't wait to release. It's a pop record, if that's what you call what I write.

The record features nine songs plus a concerto for piano and orchestra. No title nor release date has been set -- Ben says "we can easily get this record out by September" -- but you can watch a bowling-themed teaser video below.

You'll be able to hear them collaborate before the fall, as Ben and yMusic will be touring this spring. The full tour hasn't been announced but it includes three NYC shows: Bowery Ballroom on April 27, then Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 28, and Town Hall on April 30. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon with an AmEx presale for Bowery and MHOW beginning Wednesday (2/25) at noon.

All known dates are listed, along with the teaser video, below...

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photo: fans at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Bonnaroo returns in 2015 from June 11-14 in Manchester, TN and the lineup is now announced.

It includes Billy Joel (!?!), Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Florence + the Machine, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, Alabama Shakes, Childish Gambino, Flume, Slayer, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, The War on Drugs, Ben Folds, Atmosphere, Atomic Bomb! (William Onyeabor tribute), Flying Lotus, Earth Wind & Fire, Caribou, SBTRKT, Run the Jewels, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Jamie xx, Against Me!, Rudimental, Mac DeMarco, Tears for Fears, Tycho, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Shabazz Palaces, Courtney Barnett, Woods, Iceage, Between the Buried & Me, Rustie, Strand of Oaks, Pallbearer, Dej Loaf, Hiss Golden Messenger, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and many more.

Tickets will be available Saturday (1/17) at noon on bonnaroo.com.

Full lineup below...

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Jack White at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by Brian Mansfield)
Jack White

Bonnaroo went down over this past weekend with sets from Ice Cube, Kanye West, Sam Smith and so much more.

As always, legacy acts enjoyed a good showing at the festival. Elton John played the entire first side of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, gave a tribute to the late Casey Kasem, and brought out Ben Folds for a guest spot. Ben had also appeared a day earlier with The Flaming Lips during their set to cover Usher's "Love In This Club" (video below), a set which included Wayne Coyne playfully throwing some shade at Kanye's set from earlier in the festival, asking the crowd "Where's the press?"

Lionel Richie played a set that included everything from his time in the Commodores ("Brick House") to "All Night Long" to his Diana Ross collaboration "Endless Love." More legends graced the Bonnaroo stages when Chaka Khan made a surprise appearance during the Derek Trucks-led SuperJam on Friday and covered Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder. Also in that jam were blues legend Taj Mahal, Anthony Hamilton and once again, Ben Folds. Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones himself appeared at the festival to sit in with bluesman Seasick Steve, which he has done before with Jack White.

Jack White, who we also just caught at Governors Ball, didn't play with John Paul Jones this time, but he did play his own set which included a cover of Zeppelin's "The Lemon Song." It also included calling Rolling Stone a "tabloid," ranting about Johnny Depp and Albert Einstein (watch out Kanye!), and otherwise him rocking out to cuts from his solo albums, Raconteurs, White Stripes, The Dead Weather, and a cover of Dick Dale's "Misirlou." Video and setlist from Jack's set, below.

Damon Albarn w/ De La Soul at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by 97X)

Skrillex led a SuperJam too which involved Janelle Monáe, A$AP Ferg, Warpaint, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, Mystikal, Damian Marley, and Thundercat, among others. The set was closed by none other than Ms. Lauryn Hill, who played "Killing Me Softly" a la Fugees, Bob Marley's "Jamming" (though not with Damian) and more. More old school big guns came out during Damon Albarn's set, which was split between Gorillaz, Blur, The Good the Bad & the Queen and solo material. De La Soul joined him for "Feel Good Inc." and Del The Funkee Homosapien for "Clint Eastwood", Setlist and videos are below, and check out pictures and more from his recent Irving Plaza show.

Elsewhere, Omar Souleyman, who couldn't make it to Northside Festival experienced no travel issues and played a set on Thursday night. James Blake also played and told Billboard while he was there that his new album is halfway done and will include collaborations with Kanye West, Justin Vernon and more. Arctic Monkeys, who were covered twice during the festival (by Sam Smith and MS MR), played their own set too and to a HUGE crowd, heavy on the AM stuff but with a little bit of their other four albums mixed in. What didn't happen, unfortunately, was the set by Broad City's stars that were supposed to perform in the Comedy Theatre but canceled their set.

Of course the huge festival had tons of other highlights too. Did you go? What were yours?

Videos and a few setlists from the fest, below...

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If you didn't get tickets to the Fucked Up show at Irving Plaza in the BrooklynVegan presale, you can get them in the general on-sale which begins today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Owen show at The Studio at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds show at Hammerstein Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Chain of Strength show at Acheron with Turnstile, Mindset, Praise, and Caught In A Crowd are on sale now.

Ben Folds is playing The Space at Westbury on June 23. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the XXL Freshmen Tour with Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign, Kevin Gates & more stop at Best Buy Theater go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Twin Shadow show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Band of Horses show at Capitol Theatre with Midlake go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Iron & Wine shows at Capitol Theatre and the Space at Westbury go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the The Go-Go's show at The Paramount go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the The Baseball Project show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Horrors shows at Stage 48 and MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Milosh show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Cherry Glazerr show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the The Kooks show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Fred Falke is playing Verboten on May 29 with Autograf, Headband & Hooligan and Alex English. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Total Slacker are playing The Studio at Webster Hall on May 27 with Future Death and Sunflower. Tickets for that show are on sale now. You can also still get tickets to the Governors Ball afterparty they're playing at Glassland with Diarrhea Planet and LVL UP.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)

As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.

There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.

Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.

UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.

Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.

Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...

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check out this new photo of Amanda & her band...
Amanda Palmer

The always talented and controversial - mostly because she isn't afraid to try new things and speak her mind (especially on Twitter), Amanda Palmer, is playing a massive New Year's Eve show at NYC's Terminal 5 where she and The Grand Theft Orchestra will be performing Prince's Purple Rain in its entirety in addition to her original songs (get your tickets - regular or VIP).

Meanwhile, we asked Amanda to list her favorite 10 musical things from 2012, and you can see what she listed and watch her new NSFW video for "Do It With a Rockstar", below...

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You might know Merton as the YoutTube sensation piano playing guy that plays on Chatroulette and was rumored to be Ben Folds but then Ben Folds sort of proved he is not Merton by covering Merton. Anyway, Merton is playing a free CollegeOnly holiday party at the Delancey in NYC TONIGHT (12/10), which according to the club is listed like this: "SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMANCE:8 pm - 9:30 pm MERTON!!! The "Chatroulette Piano Guy".. Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see MERTON rock out LIVE in person!!! DRINK SPECIALS!! $5 beer, $1 off well drinks."

Ben Folds is playing Beacon Theatre on Tuesday.

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Ben Folds is playing two shows at NYC's Town Hall (April 12-13). Tickets are now on AmEx presale. Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for a show he's playing on April 9th at NJ's Wellmont Theatre.

Speaking of NJ, tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Mastodon / Baroness show at Starland Ballroom.

Tickets to both of Peter Gabriel's Radio City shows don't go on general sale until Tuesday.

Tickets to Elvis Costello's United Palace show go on general sale Saturday morning.

Other tickets that went on sale today include: The Walkmen, Jonsi, Josh Ritter, Bad Lieutenant, Whitest Boy Alive, & Lucero.

photos by Paul Birman

Crystal Castles

The gray skies grew darker Sunday in Chicago when a man allegedly punched a horse as the Lollapalooza music festival drew to a close.

Pablo Fernandez, a 21-year-old Mexican national, is accused of approaching a Chicago police horse at around 9 p.m as the three-day festival was winding down, and when he was told by the mounted officer that he could not pet the working animal, Fernandez became angered and allegedly punched the equine.

The assault caused the horse to rear back in a panic while in the middle of the concert-goers, police spokeswoman Gabrielle Lesniak told the Chicago Tribune. Fernandez was charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct.

Police News Affairs Officer Kevin Kilmer told the Chicago Sun-Times that he couldn't confirm that the violence was Lolla-related, but it did take place as the festival was wrapping up and police were trying to get crowds to disperse from Grant Park. Approximately 75,000 people a day attended the festival, which was headlined by acts like Jane's Addiction, Depeche Mode and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Kilmer had no word on the status of the horse. [LA Times]

Lollapalooza took place in Chicago last weekend (Aug 7-9).

Depeche Mode were one of the headliners on the first day (Friday). Since then they had to cancel a few shows. Crystal Castles also played that day. From there that band went on to just barely played at HARD Fest in LA. Thievery Corporation were also one of the many bands on that day's bill. They have since announced a Halloween show in NYC at Terminal 5. Tickets for that are on sale.

More pictures from the first day of Lollapalooza, below...

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"Though promoters around the country report strong early ticket sales for festivals and summer tours, the recession is causing jitters. This year Coachella, which has the most glamorous reputation of all American festivals, began selling tickets on layaway, and 18 percent of its customers took that option, Mr. Tollett said.

The proliferation of big festivals, like Bonnaroo near Nashville and Lollapalooza in Chicago, has not been without casualties. This year Langerado in Miami shut down, citing the economy. The Pemberton Festival in British Columbia is on hiatus after only one year, although its promoter, Live Nation, said the problem was permit delays." [NY Times]

With all the leaks of bands playing Lollapalooza this year, there are almost no surprises in the official lineup announcement, except maybe the Animal Collective DJ set... The whole thing below...

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Ben Folds
Ben Folds

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hello everyone-
we don't know who put up their rant against ben folds here.......could have been anyone i guess.........but we don't know what the fuck all this is about... We do love charlie spearin............don't really know ben folds work...........anyway, i find it exciting that i dont even have to know whats going on to be contreversial..... i am now going to change the password on our myspace......i have to say, whoever you are, you've really got my style down!
wow, torq

Stars @ Town Hall (more by Bao Nguyen)

hi guys...well i know i'm gonna regret this, but i can't help myself. I just heard Ben Folds, who many of you prolly have never heard of because you don't waste your time listening to shitty mid nineties m.o.r. lite grunge, calling my friend Charles Spearins' BEAUTIFUL new record "bad spa music" on the CBC. BEN FOLDS! insulting CHARLES SPEARIN! is he fuckin' nuts? you come to our country and insult a national treasure on the radio? CHARLIE SPEARIN????? the most beautiful talented soulful brother in the whole world? a guy who has written some of the most influential, sublime music this side of heaven? WHo has just completed the Happiness Project, one of the most original and uplifting pieces of music i have EVER HEARD? Ben Folds, ladies and gentleman, is an ASSHOLE for dismissing this extraordinary tribute to life and love as "bad spa music". It makes me wanna......well you know.....kick his scrawny, washed up hipster doofus ass....but instead, i encourage you all to write to his myspace (he could use the visits) and imbed charles' music in your message so that every time some refugee from the nineties wants to hear their favourite ben folds ditty, they get charlie instead. i've said it before, and it feels right, so i'll say it again;

let the games begin!!!
xo love and hate torq@stars

UPDATE: Torq claims he didn't write this!

Wiki say, "Charles Spearin is a Canadian musician. He is a founding member of Do Make Say Think. Along with Kevin Drew, he formed KC Accidental. He also contributes to Broken Social Scene and Valley of the Giants. He is easily recognized on stage by his trademark moustache. His newest album The Happiness Project [was] released on February 14th, 2009 on the Arts & Crafts Label."

Charles Spearin is playing the Wordless Music Series at Le Poisson Rouge on March 15th. Tickets are on sale. Others on the bill will be playing the music "of Stravinsky and Stockhausen". All dates and a video below...

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Tim & Eric @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Tim and Eric

Tim and Eric are going on tour again in 2009. The NYC show is at Nokia Theatre on January 30th. Tickets go on sale Saturday.

In other Tim & Eric news, they will have a track on Causes 2, a new CD coming out to benefit causes related to Darfur, AND, as you may have heard, Eric Wareheim (Eric) has been directing music videos. He directed that Ben Folds/Regina Spektor video, and the new MGMT one. Season 4 of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (the TV show) premieres on Adult Swim on February 8, 2009. The MGMT video and all tour dates below...

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Not only has Regina Spektor already headlined the very large McCarren Pool venue, she has since gone on to gain extra exposure thanks to a duet she recorded with Ben Folds for his new album. It goes without saying then that the show she's playing at the medium-sized Bowery Ballroom on January 22nd will sell out very quickly. The show is called the "3rd Annual Roe On The Rocks", and all the money goes to Planned Parenthood. $35 tickets go on American Express and Planned Parenthood presale on Wednesday at noon. Regular Ticketmaster sale starts Friday.

Speaking of dueting with Regina Spektor and Bowery Ballroom, tickets are still on sale for the NYC show Sondre Lerche is playing there on November 20th.

The official Ben Folds video for the Regina song, and video of Regina and Ben performing it on Jimmy Kimmel, below...

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Nickel Eye

Band Members: nickel eye (guitar, vocals, electric bass, double bass, harmonica); South: Joel Cadbury (steel guitar), Jamie McDonald (guitar), Brett Shaw (drums) and very special guests: Regina Spektor (piano), Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (guitar), Jack Dishel of Only Son (back up vocals), Jesse Wallace (drums) + more...

About nickel eye: Soon to be released The Time of the Assassins... For the moment, you can visit Mark Ronson's most recent radio broadcast (06/06/08) of "Authentic Shit" at www.eastvillageradio.com. At 1hr and 19mins, you will find a sneak preview of two songs and an interview with nickel eye.

Get it? Nickel Eye. Nikolai.

Regina Spektor is also working with Ben Folds and playing a show with another Stroke, Albert Hammond Jr., who has some new music out of his own.

And while Albert and Nickel Eye are busy doing their thing, Julian has been wearing Converse and hanging with Pharrell (soon to be a daddy?) and Santogold. I don't know what's up with The Strokes, but if there is something up, Pharrell also wants to be involved.

And while Nick Zinner has been keeping busy with Nickel Eye, Karen O has been also doing her Native Korean Rock thing which included two shows the other night at Union Pool and some demos on MySpace. Yeah.

Download a whole bunch of MP3s above. The Karen O live tracks were ripped from two of the three YouTube videos you can watch below...

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DOWNLOAD: Ben Sollee - Dear Kanye (MP3) (lyrics)

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Ben Kweller announced a bunch of tour dates including October 17th at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon. Ben Sollee penned a song about Kanye West (MP3 above). Ben Folds announced a new album...

Epic Records is proud to announce the release of the much-anticipated new album from Ben Folds, WAY TO NORMAL, on September 30, 2008. The album, Folds' third as a solo artist since the break up of the Ben Folds Five in 2000, was mostly recorded at his studio in Nashville and produced by Dennis Herring (Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse, The Hives). Featuring Folds on vocals and piano, Way to Normal also features long-time bassist Jared Reynolds and drummer Sam Smith as well as a guest vocal from indie pop heroine Regina Spektor on the album's first single, "You Don't Know Me."
Regina Spektor has a show coming up in Brooklyn. Kanye West has a couple future NYC shows himself. Ben Lee is playing Joe's Pub on August 27th. All Ben tour dates below...

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