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photo by Roberta Bayley
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The Blondie 40th anniversary celebrations continue with a photo exhibit curated by Jeffrey Deitch on display from September 23-29 at Hotel Chelsea's Storefront Gallery ((222 West 23rd Street) from 1-8 PM. They'll be showing photos, like the one above (via Gothamist), from photographers such as Bob Gruen, Annie Leibovitz, Roberta Bayley, Mick Rock, Robert Mapplethorpe, Bobby Grossman, David Godlis, and Blondie's Chris Stein.

A few of Blondie's members are busy with other stuff too. Current and longtime drummer Clem Burke is playing in the supergroup The Empty Hearts who have a new album and upcoming dates, and is also in The Split Squad. Former bassist Nigel Harrison will be backing The Rua on their upcoming album and at CMJ, along with Portishead/Radiohead drummer Clive Deamer.

And Blondie's not the only artist being honored with a photo show in NYC. Stevie Nicks is too.

Blonde also isn't the only veteran CBGB band celebrating a 40th anniversary this year. Ramones are too.

Empty Hearts

The Empty Hearts are a new-ish supergroup featuring Blondie's Clem Burke, The Cars' Elliot Easton, The Romantics' Wally Palmer and Chesterfield Kings' Andy Babiuk. With a lineup like that you may expect late '70s style power pop and that's exactly what you get on their self-titled debut LP that came out this past August. You can stream one of its tracks, "90 Miles An Hour Down A Dead End Street," below.

The band is also going on a short international tour in October which includes a NYC show happening on October 18 at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Blondie members, you may remember that Clem Burke also plays in another supergroup, The Split Squad. And former bassist Nigel Harrison (who played and wrote during the Parallel Lines - The Hunter era) and Portishead/Radiohead drummer Clive Deamer are backing Irish sibling trio The Rua on their upcoming 2015 album Essence and live including when they make their US debut at NYC's Subculture on October 23, part of CMJ. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

You can watch the video for The Rua's single "Fight For What's Right," with the Empty Hearts song stream and list of dates, below...

Continue reading "The Empty Hearts (mems Blondie, The Cars) released an LP, touring; Blondie/Portishead mems backing The Rua at CMJ"

Solange @ Webster Hall this past weekend (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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By now you've surely seen the leaked video of Solange berating, then getting physical, with Jay Z in an elevator (Beyonce was there too), at NYC's The Standard Hotel as they were leaving an afterparty for the Met Gala on May 5. While there has been no shortage of speculation as to what the tiff was over, the three have issued a joint statement to the AP saying everything's hunky-dory now:

As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it. Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family.

The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false. At the end of the day families have problems and we're no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We've put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same.

Well, glad that is settled. In related news, The Daily Show aired a PSA starring Debbie Harry, warning folks about "the scourge of private elevator violence that affects everyone from the very famous to the incredibly famous." Debbie and her band Blondie just happened to be on the show to play live and plug their new album, Blondie 4(0) Ever. You can watch the PSA segment and their live performance of "Sugar on the Side" and a web-only rendition of classic "One Way or Another," below...

Continue reading "Solange, Beyonce & Jay Z issue joint statement on elevator incident; Debbie Harry stars in fake "elevator violence" PSA"

Buy new album at Rough Trade in Brooklyn to get a wristband to an exclusive show.

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Blondie are celebrating their 40th anniversary as a band this year and will release a new double-disc set, Blondie 4(0) Ever, this week (5/13). One of the discs is a brand new 12-song studio album titled Ghosts of Download, which features The Gossip's Beth Ditto on one song songs, plus NYC club fixture Miss Guy, and Oakland-based Panamanian rappers Los Rakas. There's also a cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax." You can stream "Sugar on the Side" (featuring Colombian group Systema Solar) below.

The other disc is Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits which features Blondie doing brand new studio recordings of their biggest songs. Stream "One Way or Another" from that below. There's also a deluxe version of the two-disc set that comes with a DVD of Blondie's 1977 CBGB performance, a replica vintage poster and 5 postcards of Chris Stein photos. More info in the releases below.

Here in their hometown of New York, Brooklyn record store and music venue Rough Trade will be celebrating Blondie's 40th anniversary with an installation in "The Room" with vintage Chris Stein photos, projection of the live at CBGB DVD and postcards fans are encouraged to dedicate and "post" on the wall to the band. The band will also be playing a special, intimate, full-set show at Rough Trade on May 19 (that's one week from today). To go, you need to purchase Blondie 4(0) Ever starting on Tuesday, May 13 at the store and receive a wristband good for access to the show.

The Rough Trade show is the first of four Blondie events happening this month. Debbie Harry and Chris Stein will engage in live conversation with music journalist Anthony DeCurtis at 92Y in NYC on 5/28, and you can catch the band in Atlantic City on 5/24 and in Bethlehem, PA on 5/25. All dates are listed, along with album info and song streams below...

Continue reading "Blondie playing intimate Williamsburg show, celebrating 40 w/ new double LP, Rough Trade exhibit, 92Y event & more"

by Bill Pearis

The Split Squad: Clem, Keith, Michael, Josh & Eddie
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The Split Squad formed around singer/bassist Michael Giblin, who is a session musician and producer and has fronted bands like The Paralax Project and Cherry Twister. If that name is unfamiliar, you might know some of the rest of the band: Clem Burke (Blondie), Keith Streng (The Fleshtones), Eddie Munoz (The Plimsouls), and Josh Kantor (The Baseball Project). The band's 2013 album, Now Hear This, was produced by Young Fresh Fellows frontman Scott McCaughey and features appearances from R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and members of upstate NY powerpop trio The Figgs. Given that group of musicians, it might not surprise you that The Split Squad make crunchy, Beatlesque rock pop. The record's a fun listen and you can stream the whole thing below.

The group are on a weekend East Coast tour and play NYC tonight (4/25) at The Bowery Electric. The Figgs are on the bill, plus Los Dudes, and tickets are on sale.

The Split Squad also play New Haven, CT's Cafe Nine on Saturday (4/26) and Long Branch, NJ's Brighton Bar on Monday (4/28). Dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "The Split Squad (mems of Blondie, Plimsouls & more) made an LP, playing East Coast dates (NYC tonight w/ The Figgs)"

Austin photos by Tim Griffin

Arcade Fire w/ Debbie Harry / mirror man @ Coachella / "Obama" in Austin


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Arcade Fire were introduced by a man wearing a suit made of shattered mirrors and opened up their set with 'Reflektor', with Chassagne shining mirror discs strapped onto her hands into the crowd. "Alright guys, we're gonna give you every ounce of what we've got if you give it back to us," said frontman Butler before 'Rebellion (Lies)'.

Butler later railed against the various VIP areas at the festival to cheers from the crowd, commenting: "I just want to say that there's a lot of fake VIP room bullshit happening at this festival, and sometimes people dream of being there - but it super sucks in there, so don't worry about it." He also made a sly dig about the electronica/EDM heavy aspect of the festival, giving a "shout out to all the bands playing instruments this weekend" at the end of the set. [NME]

Coachella wrapped up its first weekend yesterday (4/13), after kicking off this past Friday (day 1 pics). Among the day 3 performers were Arcade Fire, who have played Coachella before, but this was their first time there as headliners. Among the bobbleheads that Arcade Fire have been featuring in their shows were President Obama and Pope Francis, who both made their debuts at Arcade Fire's recent show in Austin. Also like at that show, they played a cover of Blondie's "Heart of Glass" into the similarly '70s new wave-style "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)." But this time was more exciting because they were joined by Blondie singer Debbie Harry who was a guest singer at SXSW for the Dum Dum Girls (who also played Coachella). Debbie sang "Heart of Glass" with them, and she stuck around to sing backup on "Sprawl II" too. Watch a full set video of Arcade Fire's Coachella set, along with their setlist, below.

Speaking of Debbie Harry and covers, she's on the cover of the May issue of MOJO which is available now. Pictures of Coachella day 3 are coming soon, but meanwhile you can check out some pics from the recent Austin show (Obama bobblehead included) in this post. More below and many more at BV Austin.

Continue reading "Debbie Harry joined Arcade Fire at Coachella (setlist, video); Obama was introduced in Austin (pics)"

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England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...

Continue reading "Glastonbury 2014 line-up announced: Arcade Fire, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Jack White, Dolly Parton, Elbow, Dexys & more"

Craig Leon

[Craig] Leon moved to Manhattan in the early 1970s where he accepted an A&R position at Sire Records in New York under Gottehrer and his partner Seymour Stein. There he was responsible for the discovery and early development of the Ramones and Talking Heads amongst other artists. He produced the first Ramones album and also concentrated on licensing more adventurous European records which the majors were unwilling to release in the U.S. At Sire, Craig learned the skills necessary for the production, as well as manufacture of recorded music.

After producing the 'Live at CBGBs' compilation for Atlantic Records, Craig joined Richard Gottehrer and Marty Thau to set up a production company called Instant Records. Projects included the early Blondie records, Richard Hell & The Voidoids and Suicide.

...He has written and performed on three albums of his own, including "Nommos" (a dance piece based on North African ethnic themes and electronic music, that was used by members of The Twyla Tharp dance troupe which was also used as the opening exhibit for the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art in 1981),and the full length score of the Kosh Dance Theatre piece, "Klub Anima", which deals with alternating classical and modern electronic forms.

Craig Leon, who (as the above bio states) has produced Ramones, Talking Heads, Richard Hell, Blondie, The Fall, Suicide and more, also put out music of his own, including 1981's and 1982's synth albums, Nommos and Visiting, respectively. Those albums are now both getting reissued as Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1 on June 24 as part of RVNG Intl.'s archival series. (Nommos was reissued in the UK last year via Superior Viaduct.) If you're unfamiliar with Craig's work, preview the new reissue with the track "One Hundred Steps" below. Album artwork and tracklist below too.

Craig will be making the US debut of Nommos at RVNG's Moogfest showcase in Asheville, NC this April, and just after that he'll come to NYC for a show on April 30 at Le Poisson Rouge to perform it with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble. PAN's Bill Kouligas is also on the bill. Tickets will be on sale via LPR's site and the show flyer is below.

Continue reading "Ramones/Blondie producer Craig Leon reissuing solo material on RVNG, playing Moogfest & NYC (stream a track)"

Debbie Harry w/ Dum Dum Girl @ Spotify House (via Transmission)
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Blondie's Deborah Harry just surprised the audience of a Spotify SXSW event by showing up on stage to play "Dreaming" with Dum Dum Girls! Picture proof above.

Blondie, who also play the Rachael Ray day party while they're in Austin, play their official SXSW showcase at Brazos Hall Thursday night (3/12). Not in Austin? You can stream the whole show live courtesy of the Smithsonian Channel...

Smithsonian Channel is sponsoring Blondie's South By Southwest (SXSW) live performance from Yahoo's Brazos Hall on March 13th to support the upcoming world premiere of BLONDIE'S NEW YORK, a one-hour documentary that explores the rise of the legendary band.

Smithsonian Channel Presents Blondie Powered By Yahoo, a rare live performance by the iconic band, will be available to fans across the country via a LIVE stream on Smithsonianchannel.com and on Yahoo Screen and on mobile via the Yahoo Screen app on Thursday, March 13 beginning at approximately 11:45pm CST.

Blondie also recently played 'Super Bowl Boulevard.'

Speaking of Spotify and SXSW, check out our playlist.

Madonna, Pussy Riot, a crotch, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips @ Barclays Center - 2/5/14
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What a (long) night! The Amnesty International show at Barclays Center wrapped up around 1am Wednesday night with a concert-ending performance by The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono. Many more, including Lauryn Hill, Colbie Caillat (I think that's her crotch), Tegan & Sara, Cake, Bob Geldof, Madonna, Susan Sarandon, Blondie and of course Pussy Riot (who were on Colbert one night earlier) also took the stage at the home of the Brooklyn Nets. Those sitting too far away to see could watch what was going on on the big screens, though sometimes that content was a bit questionable. Did you go? What did you think? We'll have more on the whole shebang with pics later.

Meanwhile check out some video below...

Continue reading "Amnesty International @ Barclays Center: Pussy Riot, Madonna, Blondie, Flaming Lips, Yoko, crotch shots & more (video)"

"Walked through the Super Bowl boulevard, or whatever they're calling it. Saw Blondie playing, but not too interesting otherwise. #SuperBowl" - Scott Dolan

"Just saw fucking Blondie live... The only time I give a shit about the Super Bowl." - Shannon

"Walking through Super Bowl Boulevard and just happened stumble upon Blondie performing "Call Me"." - Nicole

"Holy shit!!! Just stumbled upon #Blondie playing in #timessquare #Super Bowl!" - George

Blondie in Times Square
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Blondie, who you'll soon also get to catch at the Barclays Center played a free show in Times Square as part of Super Boulevard on Saturday. Did you check it out? A short video clip is below.

Continue reading "Blondie played Super Bowl Boulevard"

Blondie in NJ in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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We just posted an update to the Amnesty International Rights Concert, happening at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Wednesday (2/5), that Madonna will be introducing the members of Pussy Riot at the event, and there's since been another update.

NYC punk legends Blondie, who also play a free Super Bowl weekend show on Saturday (2/1) and SXSW, have been added as performers to the event. Bob Geldof (lead singer of The Boomtown Rats and Band Aid/Live Aid organizer) has been added as performer as well.

Additionally, Yoko Ono (who like Madonna, was at the Grammys) will be appearing, and there will be pre-taped video messages from Peter Gabriel and Sting.

Previously announced performers include The Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Tegan & Sara, Cold War Kids, Cake, and others. Ticekts are still available.

Blondie in NJ in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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This past Sunday's Grammys telecast is behind us, but another televised event that will have a ton of Americans in front of their TVs happens this Sunday (2/2): the Super Bowl. A bunch of NYC-area concerts have been announced for the weekend-wide celebration, and since we last spoke, even more have been added.

NYC punk/new wave legends Blondie will play a FREE show at the Super Bowl Boulevard Concert Stage on Saturday (2/1). The stage is located in downtown Manhattan at Broadway & 40th Street, and Blondie go on at 8:30 PM. Blondie are also set to speak and perform at SXSW this year.

Jay Z (who performed and won an award at the Grammys) is also playing a Super Bowl concert. His happens on Saturday and is an invite-only DirecTV party.

Howard Stern's 60th Birthday Bash happens Friday (1/31) at Hammerstein Ballroom at 6 PM and will stream on SiriusXM. Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the event, and guests include Louis C.K., David Letterman, Sarah Silverman, Jon Bon Jovi, John Fogerty, Steven Tyler and others. Hopefully if you're there you'll get to see Steven Tyler dance again.

Meanwhile, catch Louis CK and the Arctic Monkeys on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight (1/27).

There's also ASPIRE'S Ultimate 70s Soul Party with The O Jays at Time Warner Cable Studios and the 15th Annual NFL SUper Bowl Gospel Celebration with Patti Labelle, Mary Mary, Natalie Grant, Tamela Mann and Donnie McClurkin at MSG, both on Friday.

Other previously announced Super Bowl weekend concerts include Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses, The Roots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Janelle Monae, TLC, Drake and more.

photos by Adam Nelson | WORKHOUSE

Lou Reed Memorial
Lou Reed Memorial

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Continue reading "Lou Reed memorial happened at the Apollo w/ Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Debbie Harry, Antony, Paul Simon (pics)"

Blondie in NJ in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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New Year's Eve is quickly approaching, which means (among other things) that tons of people will stand out in the cold at Times Square for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Musical performers at this year's celebration include NYC legends Blondie, along with Icona Pop, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Miley Cyrus. TV coverage begins at 8 PM on ABC. Full schedule for the night, below.

Also check out concert options for New Year's Eve in NYC.

Times Square NYE schedule below...

Continue reading "Blondie among Times Square New Year's Eve performers"

photos by Cory Dewald

Blondie / Glassjaw / Public Enemy fans
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With about 20 albums under their belt, it was interesting to see what songs Guided By Voices would pick for their Riot Fest set. Keeping in mind that most audience members might not be familiar with everything in their vast discography, frontman Robert Pollard announced each song's name with a short introduction throughout the whole set. The band opened with "Xeno Pariah" and followed up with songs like "Island," "Shocker in Gloomtown," and "The Challenge Is Much More," only stopping to take a quick swig from a small bottle to oil up his voice. [BV Chicago]
Riot Fest Chicago (the second of three Riot Fests this year) continued on Saturday (9/14) for its second of three days. The second day had tons of multi-generational alternative music representation including punk's late '70s heyday (Blondie, X, FLAG -- the Keith Morris version of Black Flag), second wave ska (The Selecter), third wave ska (Rancid), classic indie rock (Dinosaur Jr., Violent Femmes, Guided by Voices), modern indie rock (Surfer Blood, Stars, The Sidekicks), classic hip hop (Public Enemy), and turn-of-the-millenium poppunk/emo/post-hardcore (blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, Glassjaw). Pictures from that day are in this post, and there's more pictures, plus a review, over at BV Chicago.

Update: Day 3 pictures are here and here.

If you missed them, check out day 1 pics and more day 1 pics. More of day 2, below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago day 2 in pics (Blondie, X, FLAG, Rancid, The Selecter, Stars, Glassjaw, Public Enemy, GBV, Dino Jr. & more)"

CBGB

As previously mentioned, the CBGB movie will premiere at this year's CBGB Music & Film Festival, which goes down across various NYC venues from October 9 to 13.

The tracklist for that movie's soundtrack was just revealed, and while there's not too much you don't already have if you're already into this stuff, it should make a great classic-punk 101 for anyone who's yet to have discovered these gems. The soundtrack will feature classic tunes from Talking Heads, The Stooges, Dead Boys, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Television, Wayne County & the Electric Chairs, New York Dolls, The Velvet Underground, Johnny Thunder & the Heartbreakers, and more. Plus, there's some live tracks, demos, and alternate versions of songs from other beloved bands like Blondie, MC5, The Dictators and more. The soundtrack will be out on October 8 via Omnivore Records physically and Rhino digitally.

Check out the full tracklist and some videos below...

Continue reading "CBGB movie soundtrack includes Talking Heads, The Stooges, Dead Boys, Richard Hell, Television, Blondie, Dictators & more"

by Bill Pearis

TOY @ BV SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
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UK motorik shoegazers TOY were supposed to play NYC back in March while the band were coming over for SXSW. The Austin shows happened (like at one of our SXSW day shows) but NYC didn't -- a personal bummer to this writer, as their debut album was one of my favorites of 2012. Good news, TOY will be stopping in NYC on their way to the Corona Capital Fest in Mexico City, playing Glasslands on October 10. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (7/26) at 10 AM.

The Corona Capital Fest happens October 12 & 13 at Mexico City's Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome. You can check out the line-up -- which includes Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, QOTSA, Vampire Weekend, The xx and more -- below and tickets are on sale now.

TOY video and Corona Capital Fest flyer are below.

Continue reading "TOY playing one-off NYC show before Mexico City's Corona Capital Fest (line-up)"

Blondie in NJ in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Blondie are set to release their third album of the 21st century, following 2011's Panic of Girls, at some point this year, and while details on that album are still forthcoming, they have announced a tour in support of it. For the tour, they'll be taking out another group of punk legends, X. That tour includes Riot Fest Chicago and two NYC area dates: September 7 at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City and October 4 at Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan.

Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (6/21) at 10 AM. The AC show is on 24K presale now and the Roseland show is on Live Nation/Citi Cardmember presale now. Every ticket purchased for this tour will include five exclusive tracks from the upcoming Blondie LP.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Blondie planning new LP, announce tour with X (dates)"

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This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:

We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.

Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.

Pandora's principal asset is the music.

Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.

Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to fairpayforartists.com for more information on their point of view..

The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.

Continue reading "A bunch of artists wrote an open letter to Pandora who support the Internet Radio Fairness Act"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Blondie @ State Theatre - 10/2/12
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Anarchy symbols, peace signs, skulls, and other images lit up the high walls and ceilings of Port Chester's Capitol Theatre last night (10/7) as Blondie came out for their third NYC area show (and final date) of the tour they'd been on since September. Debbie Harry, at 67 years young, was looking as great as ever decked out in sparkling black sunglasses, a metallic silver coat, and bleach blonde hair to go with her sharp attitude, sleek dance moves, and a very in-tact voice. Debbie was joined on stage by original members Chris Stein (guitar) and Clem Burke (drums), and the lineup is rounded out by the more recently added Leigh Foxx (bass), Matt Katz-Bohen (keyboards), and Tommy Kessler (guitar), the latter of who looks like he wants to be a frontman and could've chilled with the Van Halen solos (though a chunk of the crowd seemed to love it). But that aside, the whole band was on point and still ageless in spirit.

In 2011, Blondie put their finishing touches on Panic of Girls, their first full length since 2003, so it wasn't a surprise that they chose to play a number of songs from that record. And don't get me wrong, Panic of Girls is a solid effort and the songs sounded good at the show, but of course the real treats came from the old singles. At under an hour and a half, my only complaint about the set is that I would have liked to hear more, but we still got a handful of crowd pleasers like "Dreaming," "Hanging on the Telephone," "Call Me," "The Tide Is High," and others. At the end of the rap-inspired "Rapture," they worked in a portion of fellow NYC legends Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Til Brooklyn," which they've been doing all tour (on past tours they've done it with "Fight For Your Right"). Debbie worked the crowd the whole show, especially doing so on "One Way or Another," for which she got everyone clapping and put the mic in the audience for the crowd to chant the song's title.

Unfortunately, none of the northeast shows on the tour were with Devo, who joined Blondie on most of the September shows (we did catch that tour in Austin though). This leg of the tour also hit the NYC area last Tuesday (10/2) at New Brunswick's State Theatre on Thursday (10/4) at Staten Island's St. George Theatre. The pictures in this post are from the State Theatre show, which The Smithereens opened. (No pics from the Capitol Theatre show but you can see some shots of the great looking newly renovated venue from Regina Spektor's show last week.) Though the public dates on the tour are over, as mentioned, Blondie will perform a YouTube Presents concert from the Google offices in NYC on Wednesday (10/10) at 4 PM, which will stream live on YouTube.

More pics from the State Theatre show (setlist written on a drum head included) and a video of Blondie doing "Rapture/No Sleep Til Brooklyn" in Houston are below...

Continue reading "Blondie played State Theatre & Capitol Theatre (pics, review)"

NY Mag

Grizzly Bear are on the cover of the new issue of NY Magazine, which makes two weeks in a row that Brooklyn was prominently featured.

Despite making it into Billboard's Top 10 with their new album, Shields, the band still aren't making a lot of money.

Check out pictures from the show they just played in Chicago with Lower Dens.

And speaking of Brooklyn, get ready for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.

"The Artwork of Robert Pollard & Tobin Sprout" is opening in Brooklyn soon. Meanwhile check out our recent Guided by Voices pictures from both Austin and the Deluna Fest in Florida.

Crystal Castles and HEALTH play Roseland on Wednesday (10/3). We're giving away tickets here and on our Facebook too.

Also on Wednesday, M83 plays Hammerstein Ballroom and we're giving away tickets to that on Facebook too. Tickets are also still on sale.

Another Facebook contest: win tickets to see Raveonettes and Melody's Echo Chamber at Webster Hall on Friday (10/5).

The Compact Disc turns 30 years old today. The first CD pressed in America was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (though Billy Joe's 52nd Street came out in Japan before that). What was the first CD you bought?

Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, Kenny's Castaways, where he used to play is hosting their final show tonight.

Producer and TV On the Radio member Dave Sitek has launched Federal Prism, "a new record label where Sitek will personally record, mix, produce, and release a series of limited edition 12-inch vinyl picture discs with a uniquely curator-driven perspective. The vinyl will be limited to 500 numbered copies each with a jacket personally hand silkscreened by Sitek."

Federal Prism's first release is "Destroyer" by Telepathe. "The b-side of the vinyl will feature a remix by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor with Alessandro Cortini and Atticus Ross. Sitek adds, "I told Trent I was starting my own label and would love to have him remix something on the first release. I sent him the session and before he actually said 'YES', he sent back this mighty dark space that he, Alessandro and Atticus had built for me! I was shocked and am certain I will have to keep ripping them off for years!"" It's on sale now.

Speaking of Trent Reznor, he says his his band How To Destroy Angels, have "formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases. The first of these will be available in November and it's called An Omen EP."

Scary: Ryan Adams revealed via Twitter: "Recording a track with my new pal @deadmau5 today. Sounds like BladeRunner starring Don Henley."

More scary: As if it wasn't bad enough that Bruno Mars has been announced as the host of the 10/20 episode of SNL, they're letting him be the musical performer for that episode too!

But here's some good news: Now That's What I Call Music 83 will reportedly be the last in the series.

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Blondie at Highline Ballroom in 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Blondie

As mentioned, Blondie are set to kick off a tour with Devo next month, which unfortunately doesn't include any Northeast shows. But after that, Blondie will make their way over and while they're here, they'll play three NYC area shows, which happen on October 2 at State Theatre in New Brunswick, October 4 at St. George Theatre in Staten Island, and October 7 at the soon-to-be-open Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. Tickets for the State Theatre show are on sale now, tickets for the St. George Theatre show just went on sale today (8/15) at 10 AM, and tickets for the Capitol Theatre show go on sale Friday (8/17) at 10 AM.

The Blondie show at Capitol Theatre is one of a few other recently announced shows at the newly-renovated venue, including Trey Anastasio and Bob Dylan. An updated Capitol Theatre schedule and a list of all upcoming Blondie dates are below.

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Cheetah Chrome w/ RFTT at Maxwell's in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
Cheetah Chrome

The CBGB Festival kicks off on Thursday (7/5) and continues through Sunday (7/8). We've mentioned a bunch of the festival's shows like the free Central Park show with Guided by Voices, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Cloud Nothings, and the War on Drugs, the Webster Hall show with Agnostic Front, Madball, and Murphy's Law (who also play a Rocks Off Cruise), Fishbone at Brooklyn Bowl, the Webster Hall show with Cro-Mags and Sick of it All, and many others. However, if you're looking for others artists that helped define punk and/or make CBGB the legendary venue it is, there are plenty of options for that too.

On Thursday (7/5), The Bowery Electric is hosting a huge show with Tommy Ramone (who drummed on and co-produced the first three Ramones albums), Cheetah Chrome (of Dead Boys/Rocket from the Tombs), The Waldos (ft. Walter Lure of Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers), Bear 54 (ft. Ernie Brooks of The Modern Lovers), Andy Shernoff (of The Dictators), Richard Lloyd (of Television), The Miamis, The Sic Fucks, and many more. Tickets for that show are available.

That same day (7/5), David Johansen (of New York Dolls) will be playing Sullivan Hall with Daddy Long Legs, Liza Colby & The Sound Machine, Andy & the Rattles, and a late night set by Strawberry Jam. Tickets for that show are available.

Also on Thursday (7/5), you can catch Glen Matlock (of The Sex Pistols) at, wait for it... singer-songwrter mainstay The Living Room with California, Jaymay, Lou-is, and Aurical.

Check the CBGB Festival site for more.

Hilly Kristal entering CBGB on its final night (more)
Hilly Kristal

The CBGB Festival isn't the only place to catch CBGB legends though. Like they've done in the past, Bowery Electric (a venue very close to where CBGB was) will host Johnny Thunders Birthday Bash, a celebration of the late musician, on July 15, when he would have turned 60 (he passed away in 1991). That show features Walter Lure, Alison Gordy, Andy Shernoff, and many more. Tickets are on sale.

Patti Smith will be touring with Neil Young later this year, which hits NYC for two shows (MSG on 11/27 and Barclays Center on 12/3). Patti also plays a sold out show at the Met, on September 28 (a tribute to Andy Warhol).

Blondie will be touring with Devo later this year. Unfortunately, that tour does not come to NYC.

But enough about NYC punks -- California's late 70s/early 80s hardcore scene is getting some pretty solid representation in NYC this summer too. The current version of Dead Kennedys (who no longer count frontman Jello Biafra as a member) will be playing a show at Santos Party House on July 31 with Cerebral Ballzy. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Cali punks Agent Orange will be heading out on an east coast tour with The Queers, which comes to NYC for a Rocks Off Cruise on August 18. Tickets for that show are available. All dates on this tour are listed below.

Greg Ginn at Issue Project Room in 2010 (more by Lori Bally)
Greg Ginn

Black Flag founder/guitarist and SST Records founder Greg Ginn will be in NYC for two shows (early and late) with his new project Greg Ginn and the Royal We at The Iridium on July 29, and two more shows at the venue the next night (7/30) with the Les Paul Trio. Tickets for all four Iridium shows are on sale now.

Long-running Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins is heading out on a spoken word tour which hits the capitals of all 50 states. That means the NY show is in Albany and not too close to NYC, but you might have better luck checking out the Trenton, NJ show. The Trenton show is at the Jersey State Museum Auditorium and unfortunately not City Gardens, which is now closed, but during its existence had seen tons of great tours come through including multiple Henry Rollins appearances. A City Gardens documentary is in the works and due in 2013. The other tri-state area date on Henry's tour is Hartford, CT's Webster Theater.

Meanwhile, Keith Morris, who was a Black Flag frontman before Rollins joined, will be in NYC with his band OFF!, when their tour with Refused comes to Williamsburg Park on July 18. Tickets for that show are still available.

While we're on the topic of punk shows in Williamsburg Park, as mentioned, Riot Fest Brooklyn goes down at the outdoor venue on September 8 with Descendents, Hot Water Music, Gogol Bordello, The Bronx, Screaming Females, The Menzingers, and Larry and His Flask. Tickets for Riot Fest Brooklyn are still available.

Speaking of The Menzingers, they have a new live acoustic video for "Ava House" off their 2012 LP, On the Impossible Past, which you can check out below. You can catch them on their tour with The Bouncing Souls, which hits NYC for a show at Brooklyn Bowl on August 5. Tickets for that show are still available.

In other punk news, as mentioned, H2O, 7 Seconds, and Tournament play House of Vans on July 12. 7 Seconds frontman Kevin Seconds is working on a new album which is due out this year. You can check out the album's closing track, "Oh, Rhonda," at the bottom of this post. The entire 2012 House of Vans schedule was also just announced, Turbonegro included. UPDATE: you can also now RSVP for the 7 Seconds show.

Street Dogs will be in NYC for a show at Highline Ballroom on September 15 with Koffin Kats and special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

As mentioned, the Fat Wreck/Rocks Off CMJ showcase happens on October 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Lagwagon, Dead To Me, Flatliners, and Useless ID. Tickets for that show are still available. That same lineup also plays a Rocks Off Cruise the next day (10/20). Tickets for the boat show are available. And Lagwagon are also one of the bands currently announced for this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest.

As mentioned, Leftover Crack plays Warsaw on Sunday (7/8) with Crackbox and more TBA. That show appears to now be sold out (though we are waiting on confirmation of that). UPDATE: this is CANCELLED.

Another anarcho-punk option for Williamsburg this weekend is NYHC band Reagan Youth who are playing The Grand Victory (245 Grand St.) on Friday (7/6) with Dust Angel (ft. Reagan Youth guitarist Paul Cripple), Geek Skull, Lords of Death, and Empty Vessel.

As mentioned, crossover thrashers D.R.I. and Mucky Pup are teaming up for a tour which hits NYC on December 8 at The Studio at Webster Hall with support from No Redeeming Social Value, Undivided, and Blackout Shoppers. TIckets for that show are still available.

There's also a number of punk shows at Acheron this week.

Before we wrap this up, a bit more about classic UK punk making its way to NYC this summer/early fall. In addition to Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, who's here this week for CBGB Fest, The Vibrators will be in NYC for a show at The Bowery Electric on September 29. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Wreckless Eric, who veers a bit more on the new wave/power pop side of punk, will play Bowery Electric on September 7 as part of a duo with his wife Amy Rigby. They also play September 13 at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ. If the name doesn't ring a bell, his song "(I'd Go) The Whole Wide World" probably does. It's seen some revived popularity in recent years due to Will Ferrell singing it in Stranger than Fiction. Tickets for both NYC area shows are on sale now.

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Blondie

"OMG. Is there anything cooler for a mother/daughter trip to New York to incorporate going to see one of the finest examples of an older woman strutting her stuff? I took my daughter to the Highline Ballroom, a small intimate venue packed full of mostly men - but she's still got a diverse following - it wasn't all fat old blokes in tight t-shirts like Pink Floyd fans or ageing women like Tom Jones - it's a real mixture.

SHE IS SO COOL. Initially I was a little worried. She came out in sunglasses and quite a lot of clothes and didn't move very much and her hair is a little, well, a little too Blonde, which I guess in her case is entirely acceptable.

She just got better as her set progressed. Started moving around the stage with that attitude she does so well, stripped down to something more sexy and her voice was good and it was just a great evening and she's f*cking 66!!!!

Honestly. You couldn't find a better role model for the older woman. She is an inspiration. I'm going to walk about New York in my pants today. ROCK ON!!! [Family Affairs & Other Matters]

Deborah Harry and Blondie strutted their way onto the stage onf Highline Ballroom on 9/12 & 9/13. Pictures in this post are from the second night with opener Lissy Trullie.

Maybe you bought some merch from the punk legends at their table, or maybe instead you headed to the Marc Jacobs store on Bleecker Street as part of their pop-up Blondie store, a benefit for Riverkeeper and promotion for their new album out now Panic of Girls, which dropped that same day (Beirut cover included).

Blondie play Music Box at the Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ tonight (9/16) and a show in Clark, NJ on Saturday. Westbury, NY happens Sunday. All tour dates and pictures from Highline Ballroom are below.

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