Entries tagged with: Beyonce
Andrew WK at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Super Bowl XLVII is around the corner (February 3), and you already know that in between the Ravens taking on the 49ers and all the (hopefully) funny commercials, Beyonce is playing the halftime show and she'll also be bringing out her reunited Destiny's Child for a portion of it.
But if you're in NYC and seeing Beyonce on TV isn't your thing, you can head to Santos Party House to watch the game and catch venue owner Andrew WK performing live during halftime. That show also includes MC Todd and Aleister X and tickets are on sale now, and include a free drink (so needless to say, admission is 21+) and Roberta's pizza (not free).
Andrew WK has a few other dates coming up, including a solo set at Skate and Surf Festival in New Jersey, and all of those are listed below...
If it is true that Beyonce did lip-sync at Monday's inauguration, she wouldn't be the first artist to perform that way at a major national event. Here are a few examples:Maybe Beyonce (and the rest of Destiny's Child) will lip sync at the Superbowl too.
* In 1991, Whitney Houston lip-synced her iconic interpretation of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl.
* Oscar-winner and former "American Idol" contestant Jennifer Hudson did the same thing with the anthem at the Super Bowl in 2009.
* Faith Hill also performed to a backing track for "America The Beautiful" at the same event in 2009.
* At President Obama's first inauguration in 2009, Yo-Yo Ma's performance came into question over "hand syncing." The acclaimed cellist had said the instruments weren't working properly in the very cold weather.
There were even reports that speculated Madonna was lip-syncing during her appearance at the 2012 Super Bowl half-time show. "The only thing Madonna proved during the Super Bowl 46 show is her irrelevance; the halftime show was so obviously lip synced that it was painful," wrote SBNation's JP Starkey. [CBS]
Video of the Inauguration performance in question below...
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by Andrew Sacher
Not to turn into Perez Hilton or anything, but the same day we get the news that Justin Timberlake, another pop star who actually puts out great music, is releasing new material, Beyonce announced on facebook that Destiny's Child have recorded their first original song in eight years and Pharrell produced it. The song will appear on Love Songs, the upcoming Destiny's Child compilation which is due out on January 29 via Sony Legacy and can be pre-ordered now. The tracklist is below.
In related news, Beyonce, who is about to perform at the Super Bowl on February 3, but not until after she sings the National Anthem at President Obama's inauguration ceremony on January 21, said in an interview with GQ that she'll have her new album out "as early as April" and will go on a world tour in support of it. The album may or may not include her rumored sequel to her collaboration with Lady Gaga, "Telephone." (And that song may or may not also feature Azealia Banks.)
The album will follow 2011's 4, much of which saw Beyonce stripping back her sound and pulling more from '70s soul than contemporary R&B, but it also contained "Countdown," which is up there as one of Beyonce's greatest pop singles, and just one of the greatest pop singles of recent years in general.
The video for "Countdown" and the video for Destiny's Child's "Survivor" below...
Die Antwoord @ ACL 2012 (by Glen Brown)
We've completed our coverage of this past weekend's Austin City Limits festival with a set of pictures from Sunday, Die Antwoord (like the above) included.
Die Antwoord have a new and controversial video for "Fatty Boom Boom" which you can watch below.
Still no word on the identity of the body found near Austin Music Hall.
Maybe you heard it's CMJ week here in NYC and we're already tired and we haven't even seen any shows yet. But we are pumped to be throwing two day parties on at Public Assembly. Saturday's line-up hasn't been announced yet, but you can check out Friday's (10/19, including METZ, Savages and The Intelligence) here.
We also are sad to report that, despite what the flyer says, Sharon Van Etten is NOT playing that Thursday day party at Ace Hotel.
A "Million Muppet March" is being planned in Washington DC on November 3 (three days before the election) to protest Mitt Romney's pledge to cut funding to PBS if elected president. The second of three Presedential Debates happens tonight at 9 PM EDT... UPDATE:
The Lollipop King is suing South Park.
Watch Godspeed You! Black Emperor on Windy City kids show Chic-A-Go-Go.
More stuff below...
Were you at Barclays Center, or were you one of the 50,000+ people streaming Saturday night's Jay-Z show on YouTube? If you answered 'yes' to either, or maybe because you already looked at Twitter, then you know that Jay, who kept special guests to a super minimum over the course of eight Brooklyn shows, brought out Beyonce to help end it in style. Literally - she played with him earlier in the show (Nets advertisement on her head included), and then returned to sing "Young Forever" with him to end the encore.
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
If you bought a ticket to that fundraiser, may we interest you in a live entertainment company?
Meanwhile, the President was on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, chatting about the Mitt Romney "47%" video and other things. Watch it below.
Check out what David Byrne & St. Vincent played last night in Chicago.
Look at pictures from our Jon Spencer Blues Explosion record release party that was last night.
Hope to see you at our Rafiq Batia record release party that Anti-Pop Consortium is also playing.
Check out an excellent profile piece on the legendary Neil Young that appeared in the NY Times Magazine.
Sinead O'Connor wrote to Russian president Vladmir Putin, demanding Pussy Riot's release. Is that helping or hurting?
Deftones are back with "Leathers", the new song from their upcoming Koi No Yokan due on 11/13. Check out that song below in a video stream and/or down load your copy at their site.
more stuff below...
As the NY Post says:
Jay-Z and wife Beyoncé will host a fund-raiser for President Obama at the "Watch the Throne" rapper's 40/40 Club on Sept. 18. We hear the event will be intimate and capped at 100 guests who will shell out $40,000 per ticket to dine with the commander-in-chief and hip-hop royal. Earlier the same day, Obama is scheduled to attend a reception where families can pose for a photo with him for a $12,500 contribution. A rep for Jay-Z's West 25th Street club had no comment. We're told the campaign stop will be Obama's last in New York before the election. But does this mean the president will miss Jay's concerts at Brooklyn's new Barclays Center at the end of September?I wonder if Jay's old friend Russell Simmons will buy a ticket, and if so if they'll use the occasion to talk Occupy Wall Street. Jay's 8-show run at the Barclays Center, which Occupy plan to have a presence at, starts 10 days later.
In related news, Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music album 'Cruel Summer' is out next week.
Coldplay at All Points West 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Swedish duo Icona Pop will be heading to North America this month, where they'll play Glasslands on June 22 (tickets). Before they play that show, they'll DJ a VIbrations party one day earlier, 6/21 at Hudson Terrace Roof Deck with DJ sets by Cassian, Sean Glass, and guests. The party is free til midnight with RSVP.
In related news, Charli XCX (who wrote Icona Pop's song "I Love It") has a new EP out today called You're the One. You've already heard "Nuclear Seasons" and the Balam Acab remix of that song. Now you can listen to the EP's title track as well, which is streaming below. The EP also includes a Blood Orange remix of that song.
Charli is one of the many artists opening for Coldplay (who will never work with Justin Bieber) on their upcoming tour, including the Chicago date with Marina and the Diamonds. Other openers on the tour include Robyn (who opens their Texas shows), Frank Ocean (who recently announced his own tour), Wolf Gang (who has nothing to do with any group Frank Ocean is part of), Temper Trap, The Pierces, and Emeli Sande.
Emeli was in NYC last week to play Bowery Ballroom and MHOW with Selah Sue (if you went, how were those shows?) and she'll be opening the East Rutherford, NJ shows at Izod Center on August 3 and 4 with Marina and the Diamonds. Tickets for those shows are available. If you're going to the Coldplay shows, be careful with the "Xylobands" that are being given out at the concerts. Fans are reporting that these bands, "which create a dramatic effect at Coldplay gigs," have been randomly reactivating after the shows and causing traumas such as waking fans up in the middle of the night. "It is believed the only way to stop the glowing is to jam a pencil clip into the band." Maybe they should call them jam bands.
As mentioned, Marina and the Diamonds will return to the NYC area after that for two headling shows at Webster Hall (8/16 & 8/18) with MS MR. The 8/16 show is sold out but tickets for the 8/18 show are still available. MS MR will play NYC even sooner than that at Santos Party House on June 27.
Speaking of Coldplay openers, Rita Ora just recently opened a few dates for the band and she's in NYC tonight for a free show at Gramercy Theater. RSVP is closed but you maybe don't wanna go anyway? Beyonce and Jay-Z on the other hand, might already have plans to be there. They went to support her at Coldplay's show in Manchester on Sunday (6/10) and were then spotted headbanging during Coldplay's set. A video of said headbanging is below.
That video, the Charli XCX stream, and a list of all Coldplay dates below...
The Black Keys (t-shirts) @ MSG last week (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As it turns out, Beyoncé Knowles will not be the first artist to sing at the new Ovation Hall at Revel Resorts in Atlantic City. This morning, the casino hotel -- which will celebrate its grand opening on May 25 with the first of three Beyoncé concerts -- announced an Ovation Hall show a week prior to the big date. The Black Keys, the Grammy-winning Akron blues-rock duo with a lovably grimy sound, will appear at Revel on May 19. Tickets for the Black Keys concert go on sale March 30 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.Beyonce tickets go on sale April 6 at Ticketmaster. The Black Keys play their 2nd of 2 shows at NYC's Madison Square Garden with the Arctic Monkeys TONIGHT (3/22). Pictures from the first are HERE.
Technically, the Keys won't be the first act to play at Revel, either. The hotel is opening a second performance space called the Social, a smaller room than the 5000-seat Ovation Hall. (This is likely to be similar to the division at the Borgata -- the Event Center handles the really big acts, and the Music Box takes care of the more intimate shows.) Revel is planning a soft opening -- they're calling it an eight-week preview -- on Apr. 2, and the casino is marking the occasion with a Social performance by Danish noise-pop the Raveonettes.
It's shaping up as a big spring and summer for popular music in Atlantic City. In addition to the Beyoncé shows on May 25, 26, and 27, Phish are scheduled to play a three-night stand at the disused Bader Field Airport on June 15, 16, and 17. A week later, Metallica brings its Orion Music + More festival to the same location. Bader Field successfully hosted the Dave Matthews Caravan last June.
UPDATE: and The Black Keys will be co-headlining a new NYC festival this summer too!
Last night on SNL. Official (high quality) video below...
Jay-Z w/ orchesta, Alicia Keys & Nas @ Carnegie Hall - 2/6
Fans of disposable income -- earning it, spending it, rapping about it, listening to someone rap about it -- had much to cheer about during this concert, the highest-profile hip-hop show ever at Carnegie Hall.Jay was backed by an orchestra "conducted by Jeri Lynne Johnson (of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra), and also the Illadelphonics, an ensemble featuring Questlove of the Roots and the singer Bilal among others." Alicia Keys & Nas both both special guests. Beyonce was in the audience, but didn't perform.
And there was also the matter of the income disposal, or in this case, donation: this concert was the first of a pair (the second is Tuesday night) benefitting the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, the charity founded by Jay-Z and whose president and chief executive is his mother, Gloria Carter. Most tickets cost several hundred dollars; on the resale market, some were listed for more than $1,000. [NY Times]
Some video clips and a pictures of the set list from last night (2/6), below...
The superstar, who owns a small piece of the soon-to-be renamed Brooklyn Nets, will perform at eight concerts to celebrate the grand opening of the arena - where all-access passes are going for up to $15,400 a season.Jay-Z has since said "Maybe one, maybe two, maybe three" concerts. "And it will be officially called the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z said. Dates for his concerts have not been set. But he promised: "Definitely more than one."
Jay-Z likely will be joined by his wife, Beyoncé - who by then will have given birth to the couple's first child - at one of the shows, and will bring on a series of other performers, sources said.
"The VMAs unite us as a people, a shitty, shitty people. #VMAs" - Dave Hill
Tyler's mom & Wavves @ the Video Music Awards (via Hipster Runoff)
"there are great moments in awards shows. bruno mars sounded really good doing 'valerie' for amy winehouse. i don't think anyone is bummed that adele is killing everything. her voice was real and focused when i went thru and watched highlights from tonight. kanye and jay z are always murdering. beyonce is pregnant. yes this is awesome as shit, culturally speaking. but can i just ask, the reader, us, we ... as non-rhetorically as possible: don't we seem dumb? didn't MTV lose the fight against themselves? Didn't Rock'n'Roll STOP? Why are the lights so bright? isn't our talent as artists enough? Why do we try SO hard? Does a moonman mean what it did back then? Should we feel pumped when we get one? Should our mom's cry? I am not even thinking about it that hard. I will close my eyes in 90 seconds and have total peace... But, seriously. Why are we waving around so much? Why do we NEED this shit so bad? Why don't we just have MUSIC? DO music? soul? I don't know. I don't mean to criticize. Anyone. Actually. Except for MTV. You might have had a very large opportunity to be stabilize your self as a global presence of culture and art about 15 years ago and you fucked the dog. Sorry. Im with my girls on this one. Its becoming increasingly clear as I think about it more and more, that the dollars, if they ARE apart of why you are doing something... they are apart of why you are doing something. that's fucked to me. that's the absence of spirit, glue, fabric of what makes us a person. it distracts us from what we could be doing: WORK. on EARTH. Better say this: Forget what I say. If you even read this, you'll probably say to yourself, who is this ass saying shit? It doesn't matter what i say. it doesn't matter, it doesn't matter. But this one last thought: What would Bill Hicks say?"If you missed the show, or didn't read about it already, Odd Future's Tyler, The Creator won Best New Artist, Adele (as Justin points out) is a good singer, (so is) Beyonce (but more impotantly, she) is pregnant, Lady Gaga does a great Ralph Macchio, and Justin Bieber loves God and Jesus....
Foo Fighters, who just headlined the final night of Lollapalooza, and who previously scheduled two dates in NJ, will return to NYC to play Madison Square Garden on November 13 with Social Distortion and The Joy Formidable. Internet Presale (password: ROCK) starts today (8/10) at 10 AM and general sale starts Friday at 10 AM. Rock on.
The Kooks just announed a tour that includes two NYC shows: Webster Hall on November 16 and 17. Internet Presale starts today at 10 AM (password might be "electric"), AmEx presale starts at noon, and general sale starts Friday at noon. All dates are listed below.
Fang Island play Glasslands on October 5. Tickets are on sale.
Feist tickets go on sale Monday (as written in the previous post, though sorry if the title made you think it was this past Monday which I thought it was at first despite the correct date written in the post).
Kooks dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
Although Kanye produced most of the album, they also brought an impressive cast of outside producers incuding Q-Tip, 88-Keys, The Neptunes, The RZA, and Swizz Beatz. Kanye and his collaborators create a wide range of sounds touching on everything from classic soul to dubstep-infused electronica. The guest vocal spots are especially grabbing too. Jay-Z and Kanye, who have been two of the biggest names in hip hop for at least the last decade, bring in newcomer Frank Ocean of Odd Future on two of the tracks. Jay's wife, Beyonce, who also has Frank Ocean and Kanye on her new album, sings the chorus to "Lift Off." The album samples the vocals of legendary singers Otis Redding and Curtis Mayfield, and also features guest vocals by Mr. Hudson of Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music. You can stream "Otis" at Jay-Z's Life + Times website and listen to "H.A.M" below.
Justin Vernon also wrote a hook for "That's My Bitch" and according to the album's liner notes, he also sings the part. Elly Jackson of La Roux sings the song's chorus and Q-Tip handled some production duties. Check the song out on grooveshark. Justin comes in at 1:45.
Speaking of Justin Vernon, he and his 9-piece version of Bon Iver played their first of two NYC shows with The Rosebuds at United Palace Theatre last night (8/9). They also play Prospect Park tonight (8/10). Both shows are/were sold out. More on last night in a bit.
Jay-Z & Kanye have two upcoming sold out shows at Izod Center and other dates too.
'Watch the Throne' tracklist and video below...
Beyonce is presenting '4 Intimate Nights with Beyonce' at Roseland Ballroom on August 14, 16, 18, and 19 in support of her recently released LP 4. She'll be performing the album in full each night. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (8/10) at 1 PM for the 8/14 show, 2 PM for the 8/16 show, 3 PM for the 8/18 show, and 4 PM for the 8/19 show. Pre-sale tickets will be available for Citi members Wednesday (8/10) at noon through the Citi Private Pass Program. She has no other shows scheduled at the moment and has only made limited appearances (like Glastonbury) since the album came out.
Beyonce played "Best Thing I Never Had" on Fallon with The Roots last month. Check out that performance and the music video for the track, below...
Bill Callahan @ MHOW in 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* comedy @ Ace Hotel
* 40twenty @ Barbes
* Spanglish Fly @ Barbes
* Swingadelic @ Maxwell's
* Yes, Styx @ Jones Beach
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* Aaron Neville @ City Winery
* Maze w/ Frankie Beverly @ Wingate Field
* Tombs, Primitive Weapons @ Saint Vitus
* Nels Cline with The Les Paul Trio @ The Iridium
* Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen @ LIttlefield
* Bill Callahan, Ed Askew @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Karl Berger's Stone Workshop Orchestra @ The Stone
* Washed Out, Grimes, Blood Orange @ Bowery Ballroom
* Dear Lions, Elliott & The Ghost, Josh Flagg @ The Rock Shop
* Jojo Mayer's Nerve, Matt Lowell, Jeremy Benson @ Mercury Lounge
* Derek Piotr, Ggghst, Jared Saltiel, Hannis Brown, NAR @ The Delancey
* Luff, Amour Abscur, Infinity Hotel, Christopher Paul Stelling @ Union Hall
* Ice Cream, Animal Tropical, Jason Anthony Harris, Jon Mizrachi @ Cake Shop
* Two Tears, Des Roar, The Outta Controllers, The Peacekillers @ Knitting Factory
* Lucky Dragons, W-H-I-T-E, Sweatshirt, Alex Barnett, Brett Naucke @ Death By Audio
* MC extraordinaire(s), J-Live, Camp Lo, The Artifacts, Clear Soul Forces, Chris Faust, LA (The 7th Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Tonight's Tombs show is FREE.
Twin Shadow are playing a private event on the roof of Soho House tonight.
Bill Callahan and Ed Askew play Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight and Bowery Ballroom tomorrow. Both shows are sold out.
Washed Out plays Bowery Ballroom tonight with Grimes and Blood Orange. Also sold out.
Today is Free Slurpee Day at 7/11. Today's date is also 7/11.
"On Memorial Day weekend, our friend Ryan Mitchell-Morrison was brutally attacked and left without the sight in his right eye, among other injuries. After a month of hospital time and doctors visits and months of recovery to come, he is left with many overwhelming expenses. We need your help!---
Thanks to the generosity of Brooklyn bands, artists, businesses, and friends, we are able to throw this amazing benefit!"
Shabazz Palaces performed live in KEXP's studio. Watch the full performance below..
Beyonce has a video for "Best Thing I Never Had." Check it out below.
Peter Murphy performed at Amoeba Records. Video from that below...
Cro-Mags @ Chaos in Tejas (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Soulstorm @ The Stone
* Midsummer Night Swing
* The Feelies @ Maxwell's
* Chia's Dance Party @ Barbes
* Canada Day @ Joe's Pub
* 4th Street Niteowls @ Barbes
* Rooftop Films w/ Hospitality
* Thousands, The Twees @ Mercury Lounge
* The So So Glos, Night Manager @ The Suffolk
* Memory Tapes, New Moods @ Mercury Lounge
* Janka Nabay, Little Shalimar @ The Rock Shop
* Nobunny, TV Ghost, Shellshag @ Knitting Factory
* Michael Attias's Clinamen Orchestra @ The Stone
* Lower Dens, Dirty Beaches @ South Street Seaport
* The Thermals, Big Troubles, EULA @ The Bell House
* The Barrens, Buenos Diaz, Only Son @ Cameo Gallery
* Pinche Gringo, The Jigglers, Madam Robot @ The Gutter
* The El Pasos, Minetta Creek Bluegrass @ Sycamore
* Hussle Club, The Dangerous Boys Club, Bootblacks @ Coco 66
* Blind Melon, The Nico Blues @ Hiro Ballroom at the Maritime Hotel
* Savoya, Mountain Cult, Indian Rebound, Strange Rivals @ Cake Shop
* Cheater Slicks, The Unholy Two, LiveFastDie, Organs @ Union Pool
* Soft Black, Lost Boy?, The Everybody Knows, Porches, Krill @ Silent Barn
* Steel Pulse, Natural Expression Rhythm Band @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Ceremony, Veins, Give, Zero Progress, Hounds of Hate @ 538 Johnson Ave
* Dinowalrus, Total Slacker, Soft Black, Life Size Maps @ Monster Island Basement
* Body Language, Celestial Shore, Aislyn, D. Gookin, Kids & Explosions @ Glasslands
* Beauty Feast, Sam Buck Rosen, New Beings (members of Delicate Steve) @ Zebulon
* You Bred Raptors?, Cinema, Cinema, 3D Mystery, thatwasthen, Blue Bird @ Fontana's
* American Sun, Twitchers, Easter Vomit, The Beets, Clap, Fagettes @ Shea Stadium
* Amanda Lepore, Cherie Lily, DJ Andrew WK, Jonte Moaning, Kayvon Zand & more @ Santos Party House
* Cro-Mags, Wisdom in Chains, Death Threat, Razorblade Handgrenade @ Bowery Ballroom
* Puro Instinct, Selebrities, Slowdance, Care Bears On Fire, Yvette @ Pianos
Rejectionist Front, ROMA, Pretty Blonde, Mister Gio, Jason Yudoff & The New Hotness, La Sara @ Highline Ballroom
* Badfish (Sublime Tribute), Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees, Yellow Dubmarine: Recreating the music of the Beatles reggae style @ Brooklyn Bowl
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Beyonce played Central Park early this morning.
Beyonce celebrated the start of the Fourth of July Weekend with a divalicious performance on 'Good Morning America' for the news program's weekly Summer Concert Series. We didn't think anyone could come close to Lady Gaga's show-stopping, Memorial Day Weekend performance, but Beyonce's performance was right up there with the Mother Monster's.---
Bey took the stage at around 8:15 with her wild mane of curls that's she's been pumping lately and a lemon yellow, crocheted mini accessorized with statement earrings and rings. She was greeted by thousands of screams that caused her to take a pause before she started dancing her a- off to 'Run the World (Girls).' Who needs coffee when you've got a wake up cup of Beyonce and her percussive single to jar you from a sound sleep?
The stage was decked out in a black-and-white diamond pattern that looked like something out of 'Alice in Wonderland,' but even the busy backdrop couldn't compete with Beyonce or her laser-focus. Much like her Glastonbury performance and her record release show on London, the Queen B smiled ear-to-ear throughout her whole performance; performing is obviously her favorite thing in the world. She ended the song with a salute.
During the interview segment with Robin Roberts, Bey proclaimed, "I feel so so good," acknowledging the super fans who were there for 24 hours. She talk about stepping off the stage and into the audience, saying, "I learned how to appreciate what I worked hard for. It's hard to see when you are moving so fast." She talked about the musical gumbo that is '4,' saying she wanted to bring bridges and chords back to the radio and to not make radio songs. She also beamed about her upcoming role in the remake of 'A Star Is Born,' which will be directed by Clint Eastwood. Lastly, she declared that her message is always one of female empowerment, saying, "I want to write and sing songs that we as women want to hear. Sometimes it's hard to realize how amazing we are." [PopCrush]
if you missed New Moods opening for Sean Bones last night, catch them this evening with Memory Tapes.
Jennifer Walshe and Nick Hallett @ Issue Project Room is cancelled.
KEXP posted four videos from Steve Earle's visit to their studio. Check those out below...
by Andrew Sacher
Florence on GMA @ Rumsey Playfield (juleskills)
Since Good Morning America concerts now happen at Rumsey Playfield aka Central Park Summerstage (full schedule below), Florence & the Machine actually played the outdoor NYC venue twice on Friday (6/24). She played a short set early in the morning for Good Morning America and then a proper Summerstage show later that night with Twin Shadow and Bubbles. At the night show Florence opened the track "Blinding" by singing the intro to Lady Gaga's "Judas" (Lady Gaga notoriously played the first 2011 Good Morning America show on May 27th). Check out a video of that and some others from both Florence shows below.
what is that over her shoulders???
Beyonce, whose new album 4 was released today (6/28), who also just headlined Glastonbury (with help from Tricky), and who plays the NBC NYC fireworks show, plays Good Morning America at Rumsey Playfield on July 1.
Beyonce's new album seems to be what everyone has been talking about, especially since it leaked back on June 7th. Even Beyonce addressed the leak on June 8th:
My music was leaked and while this is not how I wanted to present my new songs, I appreciate the positive response from my fans. When I record music I always think about my fans singing every note and dancing to every beat. I make music to make people happy and I appreciate that everyone has been so anxious to hear my new songs.Indie music critics are loving it, but not everyone is, like NME who said "she's still dangerously in love with boring ballads."
Apparently some of her LGBT fans are disappointed too (and are not dancing to every beat). According to Sandra Rose, after the album leaked, the actual release date was pushed back in part because of criticism from her gay fans. This has not been confirmed, but she wrote:
Beyoncé and her management team are worried about the lack of gay support for her more mature, ballad-heavy CD. "They're taking the album off the [release list] and retooling it," said my source [a confidential informant at the record label, who begged to remain anonymous]. "They're going to add 2 more songs with a club beat to send the gays to the dance floor."Perez Hilton posted around that time that he does "not like the album AT ALL." That said, we don't think they actually added any songs since the leak.
The gay-marriage-legalization-downplaying New York Post, who earlier posted a story about Columbia expecting the Beyonce record to flop, don't like it either. The Daily News's Jim Farber on the other hand likes it (The Daily News also differed from the NY Post by actually doing cover stories on the legalization of gay marriage).
Speaking of Jim Farber, his other big Daily News article today was about "girly men" music ("everyone from [Bon Iver to] Sufjan Stevens to Devendra Banhart to Antony and the Johnsons to Iron and Wine to Grizzly Bear to the National to Fleet Foxes to Vampire Weekend"). He adds, "Snaking back a bit farther, you could also throw into this high-brow/low-virility crew Bright Eyes, the Decemberists and Death Cab for Cutie."
(so just to recap for a second: Gay people don't like the new Beyonce album. The NY Post doesn't like gay people, but does like Beyonce. The Daily News, despite a bit of homophobia, likes gay people and Beyonce.).
I think the Beyonce album's pretty good, except for the severely out-of-place lead single "Run The World (Girls)," which unfortunately is the only track with an official video so far (watch below). Most of the album's non-singles are the ones that demand repeated listens. Its highest points are hit when she belts out Etta Jamesian choruses like that of "Start Over," the earworminess of "Countdown," and the fact that its the first album since her debut to feature a member of Outkast (how bout that new Outkast album?). You can decide for yourself by streaming it. Buy a copy on Amazon.
The upcoming Good Morning America lineup also includes Mary J Blige on September 2, and Debbie Gibson & Tiffany, who are going on tour, on July 29. The full list of mainstream acts (like Beyonce and now Florence) that are playing the popular TV show's series is below.
Florence & Beyonce videos and stuff below too...
"Paul Simon, Lee Scratch Perry and Jimmy Cliff play blinding sets at Glastonbury Saga stage. All over 70 Tony Benn oldest at 95 !" - James Osborn
"Best thing musically I saw at Glastonbury was probably SBTRKT on the Friday night ...quality stuff." - Joshua Saunders
Glastonbury 2011 (via Glastonbury.fm)
Glastonbury Festival took place in Worthy Farm in Pilton, England this past weekend. Tons of artists from all different backgrounds played the festival. The festival featured guest appearances, secret sets, and other interesting occurrences. Here are a few of the highlights.
Headliner Beyonce played a hits-heavy set with some pretty interesting cover song choices (King of Leon's "Sex on Fire," Etta James' "At Last"). But more even more interestingly, Tricky joined her on stage for a pretty inexplicable guest appearance on "Baby Boy." The trip-hop pioneer took a mic and uttered some sparse vocals as Beyonce and her backup singers belted the song. Video of the performance is below.
Speaking of things related to Massive Attack and Glastonbury, UK DJ Nick Warren, who would regularly DJ for Massive Attack in the '90s, said "My Highlight of Glastonbury Festival was James Blake live." James's set included the track "CMYK" off the 2010 EP of the same name in addition to tracks off his 2011 self-titled album. Some might say James's set was even explosive:
James Blake at Glastonbury
Festival attendees who were not part of the 75,000 watching Beyonce may have ended up at The Streets' set which took place at the same time. The show was apparently one of the Mike Skinner's last, who recently announced a breakup. Unfortunately, The Streets recently cancelled a trip NYC, but maybe they'll reschedule before saying their final goodbye. Video of The Streets' Glastonbury performance below.
This year's secret shows included UK Glastonbury vets Pulp and Radiohead.
It was Pulp's fourth Glastonbury appearance but their first for nine years and as they came on stage, frontman Jarvis Cocker told the crowd: 'We couldn't think of anything to get you so we brought the sunshine.'Video and setlist of Pulp's performance (which Kate Moss did not witness) below.
After their set, which included some of their biggest hits including Disco 2000 and Common People, he added: 'Thanks Glastonbury, obviously it's been a very important place for us. When we played in '95 things took off for us and we went in a strange orbit around the earth, and now we're back home in one piece.' [Daily Mail]
Radiohead brought Portishead drummer Clive Deamer as a guest to play with Philip Selway. Their setlist was almost entirely made up of The King of Limbs and In Rainbows tracks, and recent non-album material, except for Amnesiac's "I Might Be Wrong." They also surprised fans of their earlier work by playing "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" as an encore. Video of "The Daily Mail" and "Bloom" and setlist below.
Cee Lo, unlike at Coachella, showed up on time for his set, which included a mix of his own material and Gnarls Barkley stuff. He also covered Black Sabbath twice. Big Boi got lost in London, but also ended up showing on time for his set. Like Cee Lo, he still embraces past projects and included a good amount of Outkast material. Big Boi-collaborator Janelle Monae played the festival too. Video of her performance of "Tightrope" below. Catch her and Cee Lo (but not Big Boi) for free at Afro-Punk in August.
Battles brought Matias Aguayo on stage to sing "Ice Cream," the song he recorded lead vocals for on their recently released Gloss Drop. Video below.
British folk/jazz legends Pentangle, who reunited in 2008 but have not been very busy since then, played the festival. Their lineup includes Bert Jansch who is currently a Drag City-recording artist and released The Black Swan on the label in 2006, over 30 years after Pentangle originally broke up. Lauren Laverne of BBC 6 interviewed the band. They talked about the resurgence of folk music and how Bert is a fan of Fleet Foxes (who also played Glastonbury). Video of the interview below.
SBTRKT at Glastonbury 2011 via facebook
SBTRKT, who visits NYC for the first time in July, played a live set (pictured above). His Young Turks labelmate Jamie xx (of The xx) played a set too. Jamie's "Far Nearer" single is on sale now. Pressings are limited. Check out a soundcloud stream of the track below.
Another UK post-dubstepper Jamie Woon played the festival. 3AM writes, "During my bum breaks, I caught Jamie Woon's set and it was fantastic. I've heard a lot about this chap, but haven't listened to his stuff before. Sitting in the middle of a field with a pounding head and cider was the perfect way to be introduced to Jamie's chilled but strong, powerful tunes."
Speaking of dubstep crossover, UK singer Katy B brought her dubstep-leaning pop to Glastonbury as well. She plays a private show in NYC tonight (6/27). It will be her first.
Little Dragon wowed the crowd, according to VH1 anyway:
For the UK at least, this performance of their new song "Ritual Union" is a real coming-out party for the band, who absolutely deserve to be heard on a much wider scale. It's really difficult to make smooth music work in the middle of the day at a big outdoor festival, but Little Dragon pulls it off in style.Video of that and their whole setlist is below.
UK anti-folkie Emmy the Great covered The Pixies' classic "Where Is My Mind" with help from Tim Wheeler of the punky brit-poppers Ash. Full setlist below.
On a more negative note,
A senior member of David Cameron's Tory constituency has been found dead in a portable toilet at the Glastonbury festival.---
Christopher Shale, the chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, suffered a heart attack, sources believe.
His body was found in a portable toilet in the backstage area, where many celebrities and performers stay.
A story in the Mail on Sunday contained leaked sections of a strategy document Shale had drafted for David Cameron, in which he said the party can be perceived as "crass" and "always on the take".
Avon and Somerset police confirmed that the body of a man in his mid-50s had been found in the backstage area. A woman was seen being comforted by officers.
His body was found at 8.45am. An area between the Pyramid stage and the Other stage has been cordoned off. [Guardian]
Videos, soundcloud streams, setlists, and other stuff below...
fireworks (more by Chris La Putt)
The 35th Annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks returns to the West Side to delight New Yorkers and the nation with an awe-inspiring display of patriotic firepower. This year's extravaganza, "Gift of Freedom," will feature more than 40,000 fireworks expertly synchronized to a dynamic 25-minute score that includes a mix of American standards and the hottest pop favorites!Nick Lachey hosts the TV show which will feature performances by Brad Paisley & Beyoncé.
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special on NBC, July 4th at 9 pm EST.
"The Fireworks can be viewed from any area with an unobstructed view of the sky above the Hudson River. For the best views, head to 12th Avenue below 59th Street at the following access points along 11th Avenue." Note that: The Westside Highway will be closed from 22nd Street to 59th Street beginning at 4:00 pm. You can also watch from NJ. I wouldn't recommend trying to see them from Brooklyn, though it may be possible if you get up high enough somewhere. One option for watching the fireworks is aboard a Rocks Off ship.
Unfortunately there will NOT be a free concert in Battery Park this year, not that last year's was anything special (for people over 5 years old anyway). There will not be a free show on Governors Island this year either. Last year they had a free She & Him show and a Rosanne Cash show too. This year the beach on Governors will be occupied by a not-free Pacha-presented dance party (part of the four-day Dance.Here.Now. Festival).
4th of July NYC show options are pretty slim in general this year, though Shea Stadium is hosting Summerjam III with Extreme Animals, Sightings, Liturgy, PC Worship, Hubble, La Otracina, Fuckton, In Buenos Aires, Dubknowdub, Black Ribbons, Future Shuttle, and more. Zebulon, Brooklyn Bowl and Barbes are all also open that day.
July 4th is a Monday though, and it's a Monday you probably have off of work (like Bowery Presents does -- all their clubs are closed that day). That means you can stay up late Sunday, July 3rd which is when Panda Bear plays Music Hall of Williamsburg, Tinsel Teeth are at Death By Audio, The Hairs play a free afternoon show at the South Street Seaport Fulton Market, Jaga Jazzist play Le Poisson Rouge, and the Feelies play their third of three Maxwell's shows.
DOWNLOAD: Sleigh Bells - "Tell Em" Diplo Remix (MP3)
Sleigh Bells in Philly (more by Chris Gersbeck)
The first 300 kids lined up down the street got in. An aside: the only "Skins"-like moment of the night were the high schoolers behind me doing coke while their girlfriends peed on the sidewalk an hour and a half into the two hour freezing cold wait.Gawker's review comes from the that Skins party (referred to as the "World's Biggest Eight Grade Dance") which featured Sleigh Bells as the headliner. Most people who RSVPed did not get in (the RSVP list reportedly was in the five figures). Some ended up in Brooklyn instead of Manhattan.
If you got in you'd find yourself awash in day-glo, smoke machines and a strange party that was equal parts rave and small town carnival. There was a rave themed moon-bounce and blacklight-face-paint... neat... Think "dance party themed" Bar Mitzvah with a real big budget.
The cast of the show was there too, they'd come down from an upper level, no drinks in hand, answering the pressing question of the night--whether or not the underage cast would be seen partying. Perhaps they left their drinks upstairs.
The entertainment was decent, including Klever, Drop The Lime, and Kill The Noise. The DJs played throughout the night, hunched over laptops, cranking out house and dubstep. A break in the rave came around 12 when Sleigh Bells came on-stage to play possibly the loudest set the human ear can handle. -[Gawker]
If you were left out in the cold (literally) at the Skins launch party, don't fret. After Sleigh Bells return from a stint in Europe at the tail end of February, the duo will hit the US with CSS for a string of tour dates in early May that will include dates at Webster Hall on May 11th and Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 12th. Tickets for both shows (Webster Hall, MHoW) go on AMEX presale on 1/26 at noon and regular sale 48 hours later. Neon Indian will open the dates that CSS won't, and Mr. Dream is on board for a string of dates including Webster Hall (with CSS).
A recent update to Diplo's Mad Decent blog revealed quite a bit about what Derek Miller of Sleigh Bells (ex-Poison The Well) and Diplo have been up to:
"Derek from sleigh bellz and me have matching florida tattoos and we both are from shitty parts of broward county // & their last album was one of the sickest of '10 .. its soo sick, its gave me a stomach ache .. half lyrnyrd skinnard half bangladesh half man half alligator.. . me and derek and alexis are bros and sis for life. in fact i like sleigh bells so much .. me and switch was in studio in nyc tryin to make tracks with derek and beyonce last week after we played her team their album .. dunno if we gonna manage to finish but was good times." - DiploA few things we learn from the above paragraph: First of all, Diplo needs a proofreader (like we can talk) and second, keep your fingers crossed because a Beyonce/Diplo/Switch/Derek Miller collabo track could surface (sounds interesting). While we wait, check out another Derek Miller/Diplo creation - a remix for Sleigh Bells's "Tell Em" (the actual reason for Diplo's blog post) which is downloadable above and streaming below, along side all tour dates.
"Yankee Stadium was #EPIC last night. Performances by JayZ,Drake,Kanye West,Eminem,G-Unit,Dr.Dre,Nicki Minaj,B.O.B & Eminem all on one stage!" -ThisIsChi_JEG
"Apparently a Coldplay concert broke out in the middle of Jay-Z's Yankee Stadium set last night. Can safely say no one saw that coming." -BarthDoesThings
"I've been trying to find a word to explain the Jay-Z/Eminem Yankee Stadium show.. I got it.. WOW!!!!!" -DJCK_BROOKLYN
Jay-Z & Chris Martin on stage @ Yankee Stadium
Jay-Z and Eminem tore down Yankee Stadium last night (9/13), the first of TWO shows that the pair of MCs will play in the Bronx. And there were guests... Kanye was present. Chris Martin of Coldplay dropped in. Beyonce had her say. Dr Dre was there. 50 Cent too. Not to mention Drake, Nicky Minaj, D12, B.O.B, Swizz Beatz, Lloyd Banks, and many others.
"The concert lasted well past midnight, and a few thousand in the crowd started to make their way to the exits while Jay-Z was still rapping to beat the after-concert rush. But most stayed behind, sensing what Jay-Z told them. ''This is historic: They ain't never gonna be another night like tonight.''After the show, Jigga, Mrs Hova, and guests headed down to the 40/40 Club for a nightcap.
Well, maybe one more night -- the pair has another show at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday." [NY Times]
The madness continues tonight (9/14) at Yankee Stadium. A bunch of videos and both setlists (with guests listed) from last night, below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Raekwon shows potential groupies his current relationship status
What kind of oldies concert draws a huge audience in its 20s? Rock the Bells, the daylong hip-hop festival that came to Governors Island on Saturday. This year's Rock the Bells borrowed an idea from the indie-rock festival All Tomorrow's Parties, booking groups to perform watershed albums in their entirety.A second set from the NYC edition of Rock The Bells (first is HERE), continue below...
Two headliners, Snoop Dogg and Wu-Tang Clan, largely complied with the assignment. Snoop Dogg brought along most of the guests from his 1993 album, "Doggystyle," made back when he was Snoop Doggy Dogg. The others - A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, Rakim and Slick Rick - went "veering off," as Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest put it, to play additional hits (which no one minded) or to plug more recent projects.
And then there was the wild card: Lauryn Hill, the singer and rapper formerly of the Fugees, appearing half an hour late. She hasn't released a studio album since "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" in 1998, and she has recorded and toured only sporadically since then while raising five children. "I miss you," she told the crowd repeatedly. Partway through the set she pulled guests out of the V.I.P. section and onstage: Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, John Legend. They missed her too.
-[New York Times]