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Glenn Kotche (photo by Zoran Orlic)
Glenn Kotche

Wilco drummer (and Seth Meyers' house band's guest drummer) Glenn Kotche and percussive quartet (and Dan Deacon collaborators) So Percussion have teamed up for the album Drumkit Quartets, due February 26 via Cantaloupe Music. One of the tracks, "Drumkit Quartet #51," features Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda reciting haiku. That one's not out yet, but you can stream "Drumkit Quartet #54" below.

They'll be celebrating the album in NYC at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on February 12. That show also has My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden joining So Percussion on vocals. Here's the show details:

Program
GLENN KOTCHE Drum Kit Quartets (with Yuka Honda, Voice)
GLENN KOTCHE Migrations (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
STEVEN MACKEY Before It Is Time (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
SO PERCUSSION / SHARA WORDEN Timeline (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

Pre-concert
Pre-concert talk starts at 8:00 PM in Zankel Hall with members of So Percussion, Glenn Kotche, Shara Worden, and Steven Mackey in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.

Tickets are on sale now. So Percussion and Glenn Kotche both have other upcoming dates (separately), which are listed below.

My Brightest Diamond also has other upcoming shows including two previously-mentioned ones in NYC. There's the Paradigm/Windish Agency APAP showcase at Rockwood Music Hall on Saturday (1/16) with Gabriel Kahane & Rob Moose, Chris Eldridge, and Kate Davis (tickets) and the show at BRIC House on March 18 (tickets). Updated dates are listed below.

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David Bowie

As The NY Times eerily announced about two hours before today's tragic news, Michael Dorf's annual tribute concert at Carnegie Hall will be for the late, great David Bowie this year. The show happens March 31 with The Roots, The Mountain Goats, Cyndi Lauper, Jakob Dylan, Bettye LaVette, Ann Wilson of Heart, Perry Farrell, and "surprise guests." Bowie's longtime producer Tony Visconti is putting the house band together.

Tickets go on sale today (1/11) at 11 AM, and proceeds benefit Young Audiences New York, Little Kids Rock, Church Street School of Music, the Center for Arts Education, the American Symphony Orchestra and Grammy in the Schools.

Bowie's latest album, Blackstar, came out three days ago, on his 69th birthday.

Read tributes from The Mountain Goats, Questlove of The Roots, and Cyndi Lauper, below...

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Tengger Cavalry at Carnegie Hall (photo via Facebook)
Tengger Cavalry

If you missed the world-famous Mongolian folk metal band Tengger Cavalry last time they played Saint Vitus, not to worry, as you'll have a chance to catch them at the same venue on January 27 with support from Gothic Knights and Winter's Wake. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

On Christmas Eve, Tengger Cavalry became the third metal-related band to play Carnegie Hall (and they sold it out). Loudwire caught the show and wrote:

It was the band's first unplugged concert and the first part of the show proved to be delicate, tender and melodic. Tengger Cavalry donned traditional Mongolian outfits during their set, making for an interesting visual. Frontman Nature Ganganbaigal plays a variety of nomadic Mongolian instruments -- the Mongolian fiddle also known as the Morin Khuur, Mongolian flute and the Mongolian guitar (Tovshuur) -- giving each instrument his all. After moving from China to New York City he also reconstructed the band with new members hailing from the States. The lineup includes Tuva fiddle player Robert McLaughlin, bassist Alex Abayev and drummer Yuri Liak.

After a 10-minute intermission, Tengger Cavalry graced the staged once again but this time in their favorite bands shirts ready to rock out for a much heavier set with amps and all. They even slipped in "Jingle Bells" for the crowd to get into the holiday spirit. The mostly instrumental set was lively to say the least but there's nothing that completely mesmerized more than the Mongolian throat singing.

You can check out some pictures and video of that historic event below...

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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Tengger Cavalry

Mongolian folk-metal band Tengger Cavalry have journeyed to the US for a few shows (well, it wasn't really a journey -- the frontman went to NYU and they're based in New York, though they're originally from China). The band is pretty crazy-sounding, incorporating a trad-folk sound with Mongolian stylings, throat singing, and some pretty heavy straight-up thrash metal.

They just played two US shows earlier this month, including one at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus (anyone catch that?), and then on Christmas Eve they'll be playing Carnegie Hall (!!!). That'll reportedly make them the third-ever metal-related artist to play Carnegie Hall (the other two were Led Zeppelin and Spinal Tap), and there can't be many other people besides Bjork who played both Saint Vitus and Carnegie.

That show will feature a straight folk set from aforementioned Beijing-by-way-of NYU frontman Nature Ganganbaigal with a metal set to follow. Tickets are on sale now.

Stream Tengger Cavalry's latest album, Blood Sacrifice Shaman, below...

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photo: Iggy Pop in Austin in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Iggy Pop

The 26th annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert happens February 22, 2016 at Carnegie Hall, and the initial lineup has just been announced. As usual, it includes artistic director Philip Glass, and it includes the return of Iggy Pop, plus Basia Bulat, Sharon Jones, FKA twigs and Dechen Shak-Dagsay & Helge van Dyk. Tickets are on sale now.

Basia Bulat, who has a new band with Arcade Fire members and a Jim James-produced album on the way, also has tour dates of her own, including SXSW and NYC in April.

photo by Laura E. Partain
Hurray for the Riff Raff

Alynda Lee Segarra's country collective Hurray for the Riff Raff are planning a followup to 2014's very good Small Town Heroes. While most details on that are still TBA, a tour has been announced.

It includes a pretty special NYC show, happening at Carnegie Hall on January 29, 2016. They'll be performing in the venue's Zankel Hall. Tickets go on sale Monday, August 24 at 8 AM.

All dates are listed, with the video for "The Body Electric" from Small Town Heroes, below...

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Bjork @ Carnegie Hall 3/7/2015 (via @pauldryden)
bjork

The matinee performance was preceded by a week of poor press reviews for the Björk career retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art, which opens on Sunday (Mar. 8). But any critics disappointed by the MoMA exhibit were certainly not voicing that dissatisfaction during Saturday's performance, in which Björk was greeted by rapturous applause at nearly every interval and an extended standing ovation when her set concluded. Backed by percussionist Manu Delago, electronics whiz Arca (who worked closely with Björk on Vulnicura) and a 15-chair string orchestra called Alarm Will Sound, Björk re-opened her personal wounds on a cold afternoon, and traded in the expansiveness of her Biophilia stage setup for something much more raw but no less distinctive. [Billboard]
The first of Bjork's seven sold-out NYC shows happened on Saturday (3/7) at Carnegie Hall, one day before her MoMA retrospective opened to the public. The noon matinee also featured her Vulnicura collaborator Arca, percussionist Manu Delago and 15-piece chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound. Her set was divided into two sections, with intermission, and then a two song encore. Setlist and video from the show are below.

She'll perform another Carnegie Hall matinee this Saturday (3/14), followed by two Kings Theatre shows (both on 3/22) and three City Center shows (3/25, 3/28 and 4/1). Again, all of those are sold out, but she also plays Governors Ball, which is not sold out.

In other news, Bjork just released the video for Vulnicura track "Lionsong." It's a collaboration between Björk, Inez & Vinoodh and visual effects production house Framestore:

Framestore created a number of visual effects, including the stars and the glowing embers that surround Björk, as well as enhancing the video's other-worldliness by extending her legs to unnatural proportions. The exquisite coloring for the piece was done by Tim Masick of Company 3, turning her into the exotic, red-toothed, bronze dancer.
Watch the "Lionsong" video below...

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photo: Sharon Jones at The Apollo in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Sharon

As discussed, Michael Dorf's annual charity tribute concert at Carnegie Hall (3/23) honors Talking Heads / David Byrne this year, and since we last spoke, more artists have been announced. Cee-Lo Green, Sharon Jones and Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff have been added to the lineup that already includes Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss, Beth Orton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Cibo Matto & Nels Cline, Glen Hansard, Perry Farrell, Rufus Wainwright, Steve Earle, The Roots and more.

Antibalas are the house band. Tickets (benefiting music education for underprivileged youth) are still available. Updated lineup below.

UPDATE: Santigold, Thievery Corporation and Pete Molinari were added too.

David Byrne also just announced a big project with St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Dev Hynes, How to Dress Well and more happening at Barclays Center.

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bjork

Björk's new album, Vulnicura, will be out in March. Though it's rare that an announced festival headliner announces more shows in the same town before the festival happens, it turns out she's actually playing SIX NYC shows before Governors Ball. Around the album's release (and during the same time as her MoMA retrospective), our favorite Icelandic artist will play at Carnegie Hall on March 7 & 14 (both noon matinees), and at City Center on March 25 (8 PM) and March 28 (noon matinee) and April 1 (8 PM) and April 4 (noon matinee). Tickets for Carnegie Hall and City Center will go on sale Friday, January 23 at 11 AM with a fan presale starting Monday (1/19) 11 AM.

Bjork tweeted that Arca, who contributed heavily to her new album, will join her at the matinee shows.

All dates, including Governors Ball, are listed below...

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photo: Flaming Lips at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James RIchards IV)
Flaming Lips

The annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert is now in its 25th year, and happens at its usual location of Carnegie Hall on March 5. Artistic director Philip Glass is once again curating the lineup, which includes The Flaming Lips, Laurie Anderson, Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal, Canadian roots musician Ashley MacIsaac, and more TBA.

Tickets are on sale now, and all proceeds support the Tibet House US. You can also purchase the special gala package (starting at $500) which includes admission to the concert and a dinner reception with the performers.

Chuck Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman and Arden Wohl will be the Honorary Chairpersons for the night.

Steve Earle in Austin, 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Steve Earle

We reported before that Michael Dorf's annual charity tribute concert at Carnegie Hall (on 3/23) will feature the music of Talking Heads and David Byrne, and that Bebel Gilberto would be among the performers. The initial lneup has now been announced and also includes Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells, Perry Farrell, The Roots, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Rufus Wainwright , Steve Earle and more. The full list is below, and stay tuned for the rest to be announced (David Byrne, if he's going to make an appearance, will never officially be listed). Tickets, including $10,000 "fantasy" tickets that give you the "ability to join entire ensemble for encore on the stage at Carnegie Hall, Backstage Access throughout the concert, full access to rehearsal day at City Winery, and customized encounters with artists" are on sale now and proceeds go to fund music education.

Speaking of rehearsals at City Winery, they usually put tickets on sale for the show part of that too, but we don't see anything up there yet.

Initial lineup of the Carnegie tribute below...

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Valerie June at Afropunk 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
VJ

Carnegie Hall's recurring 'Late Nights at Zankel Hall' concert series will be returning in 2015 and the schedule is out now. It kicks off on February 13 with vocal powerhouse Valerie June, continues on March 6 with Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda, and then it's long-running, now indie-connected string quartet Kronos Quartet the following day (3/7). The series concludes with two April shows: Shawn Colvin (who has other NYC shows) on April 11 and drummer/composer Brian Blade and his Fellowship Band on April 25.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now.

Ezra Koenig w/ Vampire Weekend in Chicago (more by James Richards IV)
Ezra

Some good and bad news regarding the ongoing UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival in NYC. Paul Simon, who was supposed to join Ladysmith Black Mambazo at their Carnegie Hall show this Saturday (10/18), has unfortunately dropped off. The show will otherwise go on as planned and tickets are still available.

On a brighter side, fellow African music lover Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend and Laura Mvula have been added to 'Mama Africa: A Tribute to Miriam Makeba' happening November 5 at Carnegie Hall, which closes the festival. That concert is led by Angélique Kidjo and also features Makeba's supporting singers Faith Kekana, Stella Khumalo, and Zamo Mbutho, plus Vusi Mahlasela. TIckets for that one are on sale now.

Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Paul Simon

From October 8 - November 5, Carnegie Hall will be hosting the UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival which includes events at Carnegie as well as other NYC venues. Some more details from the press release:

With its UBUNTU festival, Carnegie Hall salutes South Africa, a country with its dizzying patchwork of cultures, eleven official languages, and a cultural life like none other. Roughly translated as "I am because you are," Ubuntu is a philosophy from Southern Africa that emphasizes the importance of community, a way of thinking that has influenced recent moves toward reconciliation and cultural inclusion in South Africa as fostered by South Africa's former president, the late Nelson Mandela. The spirit of this philosophy is embodied in the festival's programming, which features a varied lineup of artists representing the many threads that together make up the country's musical culture.
It's now been announced that African-music lover Paul Simon will be performing during the festival on October 18 at Carnegie Hall, joining South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who he performed with on his Graceland tour. This will be the first time they've performed together in NYC since 1993. Other guests on the concert include South African ensembles Thokoza (six-woman choral group), the Bakithi Kumalo Band (led by Paul Simon's longtime bass player), and Shabalala Rhythm, as well as Zulu maskandi musician Maqhinga Radebe. Ladysmith Black Mambazo also perform without Paul in Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall the next night (10/19). Tickets are on sale now.

In 2015, Paul will tour Australia, New Zealand and Europe. All of his dates are listed, with a trailer for UBUNTU and a video of him performing "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes" with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, below...

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Elvis Costello at the Cap w/ The Roots in March (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Elvis

Elvis Costello, who recently did more shows with The Roots, will head out on another solo tour this June. That tour hits NYC for two nights at Carnegie Hall on June 24 & 25, which will be Elvis' first-ever shows at the venue and are being dubbed "The Last Year of My Youth." Tickets for night 1 and night 2 go on sale Friday (5/2) at 11 AM, and a Citi Cardmember presale begins Tuesday (4/29) at 11 AM via citiprivatepass.com.

All dates are listed, with a video, below...

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Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Paul Simon

Songwriting legend Paul Simon was recently paid tribute to at Carnegie Hall and not long before that played 2 MSG shows w/ Sting. We didn't make it to the actual Carnegie Hall event, but we have pictures from the rehearsal the night before with Bob Mould, John Doe, Josh Ritter and more. The Wall Street Journal was at Carngie Hall though and writes:

After a slow start, perhaps attributable to a string of songs from Simon's early, more somber days, the concert found its footing in a stretch kicked off by Bob Forrest of Thelonious Monster and Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers with, of all things, a Ramones-like reading of "Motorcycle," a song Simon wrote in 1962 for Tico and the Triumphs. ("We be the troubled waters under the bridge," Haynes joked.) Isobel Campbell and Vetiver's Andy Cabic's cheery reading of "Born at the Right Time," and "Think Too Much" by TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and Antibalas's Amayo tapped into Simon's compositional joy, and Brent Dennen's tender "Something So Right" and Dan Wilson's wonderful "Only Living Boy in New York" exposed his thoughtful side.
More at the WSJ and at Rolling Stone. Paul also has a few more events coming up this year, including two in NYC, and one not far from here.

First, he'll be back at Carnegie Hall on April 17 performing as part of the 25th Anniversary of the Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert. This one includes his pal Sting too, plus James Taylor, Stephen Stills, Dionne Warwick, Kevin Spacey, Patti Scialfa (E Street Band), Chris Botti, Renée Fleming and more. Tickets ($150 - $600) are on sale now.

A few weeks later, Paul joins Linda and Arthur Carter for NYU's 2014 Vision Awards Gala taking place on May 7 at Beacon Theatre. The award "recognizes individuals whose creativity, passion, and innovative thinking have shaped the American experience." Tickets ($200 - $50,000) are on sale now. More info here.

And it's a bit upstate from NYC, but on August 2 Paul plays the Cooperstown Concert in celebration of The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum's 75th Anniversary. Also at that show will be former Yankee Bernie Williams (who is also a jazz guitarist) and others. Tickets are on sale and more info is here for what could be a good weekend away if you're into Paul Simon and you or someone you know is a baseball fan.

Watch a video of Paul playing "Sound of Silence" from his BV-presented Webster Hall show in 2011, below...

Continue reading "Paul Simon was covered at Carnegie Hall, playing a Rainforest benefit there, an NYU thing @ Beacon Theatre, & Cooperstown"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Husker Du's Bob Mould & X's John Doe rehearsing Paul Simon @ City Winery
Paul Simon tribute
Paul Simon tribute

Tickets are still available for tonight's Paul Simon tribute show at Carnegie Hall with Allen Toussaint, Angelique Kidjo, Ben Sollee, Bettye LaVette, Bob Mould, Brett Dennen, Dan Wilson, Isobel Campbell & Andy Cabic, Joe Henry, Josh Ritter, Joy Williams, Judy Collins, L.P., John Doe, Madeleine Peyroux & Jon Herington, Sam Moore, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Bob Forrest & Gibby Haynes (who mentioned the show on the Daily Show), Richard Marx, Antibalas, Mike Gordon, and more.

Last night (3/30), as usual on the night before a Michael Dorf event at Carnegie Hall, there was a rehearsal at Dorf's club City Winery with many of the performers doing the same Paul Simon songs. We have pictures from that one along with the setlist of songs they played (TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe did 'Think Too Much'). Check out the setlist and more pics below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Iggy Pop with New Order // Sufjan Stevens with The National
24th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert - Carnegie Hall, NYC - March 11th, 2014
24th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert - Carnegie Hall, NYC - March 11th, 2014

The 24th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert took place at Carnegie Hall last night (3/11) with Patti Smith, New Order, Iggy Pop, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Randolph, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, and many more.

As always, the night featured many collaborations--Iggy Pop with New Order, Sufjan Stevens with The National, Nico Muhly with Philip Glass, and so on. Headliner Patti Smith also paid tribute to the late Lou Reed by covering Transformer's "Perfect Day." Video footage of Iggy Pop and New Order playing Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart," "Transmission," and NO's own "Californian Grass" are in this post. UPDATE: Footage of The National and Sufjan Stevens performing "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks," "This Is the Last Time," and "I Need My Girl" can also be found below.

More pictures, those videos, and the full Tibet House US 24th Annual Benefit setlist lie after the jump...

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The National at Barclays Center in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
National

The 24th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert happens on March 11 at Carnegie Hall, and since we last spoke, the lineup has been expanded. Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner join their previously announced bandmate Bryce Dessner (all of The National). Robert Randolph was added as a performer as well, Chuck Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard will be Honorary Chairpersons for the evening, and there will be a collaboration between UK poet Mike Garry and British composer Joe Duddell.

The new additions join the previously discussed lineup of Nico Muhly, Iggy Pop, New Order, Patti Smith, Techung, Joe Walsh, and artistic director Philip Glass. Tickets are still available.

UPDATE: The National also released "I Need My Girl" from 2013's Trouble Will Find Me as a single on iTunes today (2/4), and it comes backed with a cover of Perfume Genius' "Learning." You can stream that cover below.

The show happens in the midst of The National's extensive world tour, which currently has them over in Australia. Still no NYC dates for the full band at the moment, but the tour was just expanded (including Sasquatch). Updated dates are listed below...

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Iggy Pop at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Iggy Pop

The annual Tibet House Benefit Concert is returning for its 24th year on March 11 at Carnegie Hall. As usual, artistic director Philip Glass is performing and has a typically amazing lineup of Bryce Dessner (of The National), Nico Muhly, Iggy Pop, New Order, Patti Smith (who also played last year), Techung and Joe Walsh. Tickets are on sale now and proceeds will benefit the Tibet House US.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Neil Young surrounded @ Carnegie Hall on 1/9/2014
Neil Young @ Carnegie Hall

Neil Young has just one night left -- tonight (1/10) -- of his four-night run at Carnegie Hall. We already posted videos and setlists of the first two nights, and now we've got a set of pictures of night 3, which happened last night (1/9), in this post. The shows have seen Neil in solo mode, focusing mostly on his early '70s era. Here's what the NY Times had to say:

At times, there was a rustling quiet while Mr. Young fiddled with his harmonicas; these moments were often punctuated by exhortations or song requests. ("You guys finished?" Mr. Young groused at one point, shooting a look toward the balcony. "No, you paid real good money to get in here, so you should be able to listen to each other.")

But whatever tensions gathered around the stage, they served a function, notably when Mr. Young was unpacking songs with a social or political bent. The tune that got derailed by the offbeat clapping, and then successfully restarted, was "Ohio," which he wrote in response to the 1970 Kent State shootings, and recorded as a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. It led into a grave, potent version of "Southern Man," with Mr. Young tightening his voice into a blade as he spit the lyrics "I heard screamin'/And bullwhips cracking."

More pictures of night 3, along with a few videos and the setlist (which have basically been the same each night) from that show, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Neil Young @ Carnegie Hall (via Jeff Rusnak)
Neil Young

Some of the best moments of the night came when he resurrected material from the Buffalo Springfield catalog. "On the Way Home" was absolutely spellbinding, and he proved why "Flying on the Ground Is Wrong" is one of his most under-appreciated masterpieces when he played it on the upright piano. But the most radically rearranged song of the night was "Mr. Soul," which he played on the pump organ.

Other highlights included a banjo rendition of the Tonight's the Night gem "Mellow My Mind," a rollicking "Are You Ready for the Country?" and a climactic "After the Gold Rush," both on the standup piano. The only real complaint is that he played so many early Seventies classics that he neglected all other eras of his long career. Not a single note of music was played from the past 22 years, nor did he go near anything from 1978 to 1989. The late Sixties and the Seventies were obviously the period when he produced his best work, but there's been a lot of amazing stuff since then, and it would have been nice to hear just a little more of it. [Rolling Stone]

The legendary Neil Young kicked off his four-night run at Carnegie Hall this past Monday (1/6), continued on Tuesday (1/7), and has remaining dates on Thursday (1/9) and Friday (1/10). According to Carnegie Hall's website, there's still possibly limited availability for those shows if you call the venue.

Though Neil spent the last year or so playing terrifically noisy Crazy Horse shows, these shows see him in solo mode with little more than his acoustic guitar and piano (much like his just-released 1970 live album, Live At The Cellar Door). For both shows (the setlists were basically the same), he played mostly off Harvest and other favorites from his early '70s albums, plus a few from the late '80s/early '90s period, and some covers. I wasn't there myself, but from the sounds of the videos taken at the show, the whole thing seemed pretty beautiful.

Check out some of those videos, along with setlists from both nights, below...

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Aesop Rock in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Aesop Rock

Bang On A Can's David Lang is the 2013-2014 season's holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall, and for the season, he'll be presenting his collected stories series. On the series, David says:

My series--collected stories--divides up the narrative world into topics so we can see how the music changes from subject to subject. Music from different cultures, times, environments, and sound worlds, plus some really exciting commissions, are placed next to each other, highlighting their narrative similarities and telling a larger kind of story about how we listen, experience sound and time, and use music to make sense of the world around us.
The series includes a number of shows throughout the year, notably 'collected stories: love/loss' on April 24 with The Uncluded (aka Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson), Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly, Nadia Sirota and others (tickets); 'collected stories: (post)folk' on April 27 with guitar great Kaki King, the Alarm Will Sound ensemble, and others (tickets); and 'collected stories: spirit' on April 23 with Tuvan throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu and others (tickets). Full collected stories schedule below.

Speaking of Kaki King, she also plays the New York Guitar Festival this month.

And speaking of Bang On A Can, BOAC's marching band Asphalt Orchestra is performing the Pixies' Surfer Rosa in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (1/12). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

collected stories schedule below...

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Hospitality at Glasslands in October (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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The annual Ecstatic Music Festival is returning to its usual location, the Merkin Concert Hall (except for the kickoff show at The Green Space, and one show happening at Carnegie Hall) in 2014 from January 31 to March 29.

Like in previous years, the shows will include multiple indie/classical collaborations including Hospitality with Face the Music; Saul Williams with Mivos Quartet; Mirah with Susie Ibarra; The Bang on a Can All Stars with Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Alvin Lucier and Daniel Wohl; Colin Stetson with Brooklyn Youth Chorus; So Percussion with Buke & Gase; Man Forever with William Basinski; and more.

Festival passes and individual tickets are on sale now.

Full schedule, along with a trailer video, below...

Continue reading "Ecstatic Music Festival 2014 lineup & tix (Hospitality, Mirah, William Basinski, Buke & Gase, Colin Stetson, and more)"

Carnegie

Neil Young's four January shows at Carnegie Hall just went on sale at 11 AM and, unsurprisingly, the interest in tickets put a little strain on Carnegie's website which generally has more gentle traffic. It wasn't a Krafterwerk-MoMA style full meltdown, but the website is slllllooooowwwwwww -- some people are still waiting? It still might be quicker than signing up for Obamacare, though.

Did you get through for tickets?

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