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Steve Reich

Steve Reich will celebrate his 75th birthday with a weekend of events in his honor. The festivities start on April 30th at Carnegie Hall, as Steve Reich will host NYC premieres of three new works, WTC 9/11, Mallet Quartet, and 2 x 5, as well as his Pulitzer Prize winning Double Sextet. Bang On A Can All-Stars, eighth blackbird, Kronos Quartet, and So Percussion will do the performing. Tickets are still available.

The party continues the next night at Le Poisson Rouge (on 5/1), as the avant-composer will be in the house for a screening of a new film about him called "Phase to Face". He'll also take part in a Q+A following the showing alongside director Eric Darmon.

In this profile he looks back on the key stages of his 40-years lasting career, from the formation of his own group, Steve Reich and Musicians, to the American avant-garde he helped to create, from new video performances to his quasi-religious music. Despite his success and wide recognition Steve Reich has never renounced his independent spirit.

This film is about the artist and his music. From the analogue tapes of his first recorded pieces to current technology of sampling and video. We see him at work and clips from his performances and concerts in Le Havre, Tokyo, Rome, New York and Manchester.

Tickets are still available, or you can actually see the film much sooner, as it's making its NY premiere at the NYPL on Wednesday, April 20th. Steve Reich and director Éric Darmon will be there too. Or if you just want to watch the movie from home, the DVD is also on sale now. Check out a trailer for the film below.

A week after the birthday festivities, on May 8th, chamber ensemble AXIOM will perform Steve Reich's "Drumming" (complete) at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale.

On June 2nd, Either/Or will perform the music of Steve Reich, and Robert Ashley, Philip Glass, and Andrew Byrne, at the Kitchen. Tickets are on sale.

On January 17th (2012), Reich fans should plan to be in LA where Reich himself will perform Clapping Music with Steven Schick during an "evening devoted to one of America's greatest living composers, including several of his early, seminal works." It all goes down, with the help of Bang on a Can All Stars, at Walt Disney Concert Hall (Single tickets go on sale August 21).

Some videos below...

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DOWNLOAD: Steven Drozd - "Born" (MP3)

Tibet House US Benefit 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Tibet

No word on how a giant vagina entrance, a bear suit, Wayne Coyne in an inflatable ball, Hulk hands and similar props will work at Carnegie Hall, but The Flaming Lips will join recent addition Taj Mahal at the 21st Annual Tibet House US Benefit Show on 3/3. The two join a veritable all-star lineup that includes Michael Stipe, The Roots, Patti Smith with Jesse Smith & Michael Campbell, Angelique Kidjo, James McCartney, and of course curator Philip Glass. Tickets for the concert are on sale via Carnegie Hall, while tickets for the concert and a fund-raising dinner are on sale via Tibet House directly. (Note: Do not expect a full set by any band - they usually play 3 songs each at the most, with a few collaborations and group sing-alongs).

In related News, Wayne Coyne recently talked to Spin about some of the Lips' plans for 2011...

First up, the band is heading to New York to cut tracks with synth-pop artist Neon Indian and longtime producer Dave Fridmann, and they're hoping to release the results on the fly. "We're going to do two or three songs with him and that shit should be ready to go pretty quickly," says Coyne, who posted a demo of a potential collaborative track earlier this week. "I have a couple of tunes that he's heard and we'll just do that shit and fix that up and fuck around together."

Coyne adds that he'd love to do similar collaborations with Deerhoof and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: "I think everybody would be up for doing something. But a lot of it comes down to us fitting into their schedules. I can always sneak in on their thing."

Deerhoof is going out on tour soon, and is now playing Europa in Brooklyn on February 8th instead of Ridgewood Masonic Temple which can no longer serve alcohol. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now. Ariel Pink will be at Coachella and was just on Fallon. Neon Indian has one show coming up: Thu Feb 03 at The Palladium Ballroom in Dallas, Texas with the Flaming Lips.

Wayne Coyne

Finally, Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips recently dropped the score for The Heart Is Drum Machine, a documentary that examines music and human attraction to it. The twelve-track mostly-instrumental LP features tracks like "Born" (downloadable above, streamable below) and a cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man" featuring none other than Maynard James Keenan of Tool/A Perfect Circle. The film also features Drozd, Keenan, & Wayne Coyne, alongside appearances from Jason Schwartzman, Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock, Juliette Lewis, Spoon's Britt Daniel, George Clinton, and many others who all discuss their personal connection to music. The Heart Is A Drum Machine is out now on DVD and the soundtrack is out now on iTunes.

The soundtrack tracklisting, the film trailer, and that song stream are all below.

Continue reading "Flaming Lips & Michael Stipe playing Tibet Benefit, Deerhoof playing Europa, Heart Is A Drum Machine score out now"

Bert Jansch
Bert Jansch

After cancelling his string of East Coast shows and a few with Neil Young earlier this year due to complications from lung cancer, Burt Jansch is back out on the road and will play The Bell House on December 15th (tickets) and two shows at Iridium on December 20th (tickets still available for for the 8PM and the 10PM). As with the previous cancelled tour, the Pegi Young Band is out with him, though they drop off before the Iridium dates.

In related news, Neil Young will get the royal treatment at Carnegie Hall on Feb 10th as part of a benefit for Music and Arts Programs for Underprivileged Youth. The show will feature a gang of artists paying tribute to the music of the giant, including Patti Smith, Living Colour, Devotchka, Bettye LaVette, Bebel Gilberto, Aimee Mann, The Roots, Cowboy Junkies, Antibalas, St. Vincent, J Mascis, with "additional artists to be announced". Tickets are on sale.

Full tour dates are below, as well as some video taken the other night at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia.

Continue reading "Bert Jansch is now on tour w/ Pegi Young --- Neil Young is being covered at Carnegie Hall (dates)"

photos by Chris La Putt

she played some songs on piano
Joanna Newsom

There were no guest appearances by Rick Ross, John Legend or Nicki Minaj, and Ivanka Trump wasn't tweeting from the balcony with Spike Lee, but there were a lot of SNL cast members in attendance! Seriously though, Joanna Newsom, complete with family in attendance (SNL cast member included), put on an amazing show at Carnegie Hall Tuesday night, 11/23, to a super crowd who loved being there as much as she and her band did. Harp, piano, drums, guitar, banjo, violin, recorder, genius arrangements and some very impressive trombone playing was just some of what was happening on stage at the venue with the super acoustics. Standing ovations happened after her set and after the one-song encore. The show ended at 11.

Second opener Ryan Francesconi, who is also in her band, played three solo instrumental songs on guitar. He performs again solo, and as a trio (with New York percussionist Timothy Quigley and Australian violinist Mirabai Peart who is also a member of Joanna Newsom's touring ensemble) tonight (11/24) at Sycamore in Brooklyn.

Joanna's full setlist and more pictures from the show below...

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Deerhoof at LPR (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Deerhoof

Deerhoof will welcome their new split/collaborative 7" on Saturday (11/6), featuring Busdriver and Physical Forms (Busdriver plus members of The Mae Shi). Preorder that now. Deerhoof's new full length LP, Deerhoof Vs Evil, being released on 1/25/11 via Polyvinyl/Joyful Noise. And it's around that time that the band will go on a headlining tour with Nervous Cop, and Ben Butler & Mousepad. All dates below.

Recent NYC shows were at Le Poisson Rouge and Williamsburg Waterfront (collaboratively with Xiu Xiu). Deerhoof will return to one of those venues in March, but first skip the conventional venues to play Ridgewood Masonic Temple on February 8th, 2011 with all of the openers mentioned above (the same venue that Todd P just hosted a Halloween party at). The March show is actually after the tour, on March 14th at Le Poisson Rouge, and is entitled "Deerhoof & Friends: A musical event within Carnegie Hall's 2011 JapanNYC Festival, presented by Wordless Music." Not much else is known about the rest of the LPR lineup, but tickets are now on sale.

But wait, there's more: Check out this thing starting at the Kitchen in NYC TONIGHT

"Just a friendly reminder about The Kitchen's U.S. premiere this week of BAND, Adam Pendleton's new three-channel video installation. Pendleton's BAND is a form-and-content refashioning of Jean-Luc Godard's Sympathy for the Devil, which stands in open contrast to the earlier film. BAND tracks the indie rock band Deerhoof working on and recording a new song, I Did Crimes for You over the course of a day during the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009. Using the structure and techniques of avant-garde film as a means to explore ideas about contemporary experimental practice, language and the (re)making of history, BAND acts as a meditation on the present, read backwards through the canonical traces of history. The exhibition also features new wall-based works from Pendleton's ongoing System of Display series.

Curated by Rashida Bumbray, BAND will be on view from November 3-December 23, 2010. The Kitchen's gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. and Saturday, 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Admission is free. There will be an opening reception for the exhibition at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street) on Wednesday, November 3, 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.

The trailler for BAND, Deerhoof's full tour schedule and some other videos, below...

Continue reading "Deerhoof touring, playing a Wordless/JapanyNYC Fest show, part of a video installation @ the Kitchen (opens tonight)"

photos by David Andrako

Rufus Wainwright @ Prospect Park over the summer
Rufus Wainwright

"What can I say, playing a solo show (or should I say recital) at Carnegie Hall is perhaps the greatest achievement in the world of musical performance. This concert means more to me than any other show I've done in the City of New York hence, and believe me, I've done a lot of hencing in the City of New York. Please come witness it, and in the meantime while you eat, drink and sleep I will practice! Practice! Practice!" - Rufus Wainwright
Tickets are still on sale for Rufus's December 6th show at Carnegie Hall, and if it's even just as good as his last big show, in Prospect Park, it will be amazing. I also have a pair of tickets to the show you can win. Details below.

And speaking of that last show in Prospect Park (where Rufus's dad Loudon opened and then later joined him on stage), I have a set of pictures that never made it ot the site. Here they are (above and below), with the rest of his tour dates, and the contest details, below...

Continue reading "Rufus Wainwright is excited about Carnegie Hall (win tix), played Prospect Park (belated pics & more dates)"

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Tim & Eric have added a November 27th late show at the Best Buy Theatre in NYC, so they're now playing two shows at the same venue in one night. Tickets are on sale. More dates HERE.

On other comedy news, check out Eugene Mirman's posted set of tour dates:

Sun, Nov 7 - Tearing The Veil of Maya @ Union Hall
Sun, Nov 14 - Tearing The Veil of Maya @ Union Hall
Sat, Jan 22 - Opening for Aziz Ansari @ Carnegie Hall
You can also catch Eugene at Brooklyn Bowl in November and at the Rock Shop in December, and probably many other Sundays at Union Hall in the future (as Tearing the Veil of Maya is semi-regular occurrence that recently turned four)

And don't forget you can catch Hannibal Buress (friend of Avey Tare?) for free every Sunday at Knitting Factory in another section of Brooklyn, including on Halloween (Tearing the Veil of Maya is taking that day off).

PREVIOUSLY: Nick Kroll has some tapings coming up

Check out a video of Reggie Watts playing a song about pancakes on his iPhone below...

Continue reading "Tim & Eric add a show, Eugene Mirman & Hannibal Buress every Sunday & other comedy stuff too"

photos by Brook Bobbins

Aziz Ansari @ Town Hall
Aziz Ansari

Though tickets are still available for Aziz Ansari's 11/6 appearance at Beacon Theater as part of the New York Comedy Festival, Aziz added a new show at Carnegie Hall on January 22nd, 2011. Tickets are on sale.

Carnegie Hall will be Aziz's third (large room) NYC appearance in four months. The cast member of Parks & Recreation (which returns mid-season) played a sold out show at Town Hall on 9/16. Some pictures from that show are in this post. More of them with all tour dates below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

Evan Ziporyn
Evan Ziporayn

Just a reminder that Laurie Anderson's Delusion is still at BAM through this week (minus Monday, Sept 27). The show is definitely worth a look.

Since Laurie has the night off, tonight (9/27) is a good chance to see her Next Wave compatriot and Bang on a Can All-Star Evan Ziporyn, whose "A House in Bali" runs October 14-16 at BAM Opera House. Evan is at LPR tonight, where he duets with violinist Todd Reynolds and presents his composition "Typical Music," being performed by Todd, pianist Vicky Chow and cellist Ashley Bathgate. are on sale.

The same month of the opera, Evan will have a night at Carnegie Hall as part of their Making Music series (the performers include Brad Lubman and Signal, Gamelan Galak Tika, clarinetist David Krakauer and pianist Vicky Chow). Tickets for that October 30th show are on sale.

Video of some of Evan's pieces (and one of his BoaC compositions on Rock Band) are below...

Continue reading "Evan Ziporyn at LPR tonight, BAM & Carnegie Hall in October"

DOWNLOAD: The Books - A Cold Freezin' Night (MP3)

The Books

Your next chance to see The Books is this weekend at Kutscher's, and as previously mentioned, the experimental music duo are going out on tour with The Black Heart Procession, but The Black Heart's NYC show is not part of those dates. Instead and as announced back in July, The Books will headline their own NYC show at Carnegie Hall on November 13th and tickets are on sale now.

updated tour dates below...

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Louis CK

""Your father's dead," but the good news is that FX has renewed Louis C.K.'s half-hour comedy/cringe-fest Louie for 13 more episodes. Oh, joy! Rapture! Television has a brain! Way to go, FX (F--ing Xcellent). At the risk of sounding insensitive, this news makes me want to party down. (Too soon? Yes.)" [EW]
I second that "Oh, joy"! And tickets go on sale at 11am for a November 4th Louis CK show at Carnegie Hall (part of the New York Comedy Festival).

P.S. I noticed you can watch the whole first season of "Louie", free on FX demand if you have Time Warner cable. You don't even need to DVR it. Check it out!

P.S.S. Joanna Newsom is playing Carnegie Hall too

Joanna Newsom in Michigan in March (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Joanna Newsom

[Joanna Newsom] opened her 75-minute set with four songs from her ambitious recent full-length, "Have One on Me," before weaving in older titles from her previous two albums, "Ys," from 2006 (which featured arrangements by Van Dyke Parks), and her infectious 2004 debut, "The Milk-Eyed Mender." It was delivered via a singing voice that's as pure is it is dynamic, one that has matured from an at-times grating shriek early in her career into an instrument able to offer a smooth, well-tended tone with measured phrasings and octave-spanning curlicues. At this point feeding her pitch-perfect vocals into an Auto-Tune program would probably cause the software to collapse in on itself.

Newsom performed to a sold out Orpheum audience that rivaled Justin Bieber fans in their ardor. The singer had to spend an inordinate amount of time between songs affectionately swatting away random hollered compliments. A male fan raced to the stage and tossed her a bouquet, and a woman was intercepted by a security guard near the front row as she made a beeline for the musician. "We love you, Joanna!" was the richest insight the crowd had to offer when she queried her fans on their collective mood. [LA Times]

That's a review of the singer's Saturday, July 31st performance at L.A.'s Orpheum Theatre.

Joanna comes back to New York on Tuesday, November 23rd for a show at Carnegie Hall (where she plays the 2,804-seat Stern Auditorium). Tickets go on sale Monday, August 9th at 11am.

Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes has been opening for Joanna, and in Oakland on August 2nd they covered the Sheryl Crow (and Kid Rock) song "Picture" together. A video of that and Joanna's full schedule (a few more North American shows, then Europe and Israel in September) is below...

Continue reading "Joanna Newsom playing Carnegie Hall, touring & covered Sheryl Crow & Kid Rock w/ Robin Pecknold (dates)"

DOWNLOAD: The Books - A Cold Freezin' Night (MP3)

The Books

In addition to ATY NY, The Books will be playing a show at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on Saturday, November 13th. Tickets go on sale Monday, August 30th at 8am. The show is part of the Signatures series, which also includes Cyro Baptista's Vira Loucos on October 13th, pianist Brad Mehldau on January 26th, and Ensemble ACJW on March 31st, all at Zankel Hall. The series package is on sale now.

The group just released, The Way Out, their first album in five years, on Temporary Residence Limited. The song "A Cold Freezin' Night" from that is posted above, with a collage-video for the song below. The duo have tour dates across North America scheduled through the fall.

Those and the video are below...

Continue reading "The Books - new album out, NYC show added & other dates "

by Andrew Frisicano

Kronos Quaret

The Kronos Quartet and composer Terry Riley mark 30 years of prolific collaboration, a strong artistic relationship that has resulted in 26 new works. Transylvanian Horn Courtship, which draws inspiration from his legendary Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band performances in the 1960s, features a set of string instruments with metal horns created especially for Kronos by MacArthur Fellow Walter Kitundu. The program will feature other recent works and commissions for Kronos, including the premiere performance of Another Secret eQuation, for Kronos and the Young People's Chorus of New York City.
The above program, happening tonight (3/11), kicks off Kronos Quartet's four-night run at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall. Tickets for all four shows are still on sale. You can hear Riley and Kronos Quartet discuss their collaboration on WNYC's Soundcheck from last Tuesday.

Friday's show is titled "Playing with Toys and Techonology" and features new work by J.G. Thirlwell, collaborations with "toy piano virtuoso Margaret Leng Tan and Portuguese instrument builder Victor Gama," and electronic duo Matmos, who will be performing new piece For Terry Riley with the Quartet.

Saurday night (3/13) Kronos will focus on music from around the Arctic Circle with Inuit throat singing of Tanya Tagaq (who has worked with Bjork and Mike Patton). A video of Kronos founder David Harrington discussing the group's past work with Tanya is below. Also joining will be "the plucked strings of Finnish kantele player Ritva Koistinen, the primitive sounds of the ancient Swedish hurdy gurdy electronically processed by Brisland-Ferner and Mattsson, and the muscular and rhythmic music of Finnish accordion-sampler duo Pohjonen and Kosminen."

The last show on Sunday centers on music from around the Asian continent: "With this program, Kronos travels from the shamanistic performance of Korean artist Dohee Lee, to the varied landscapes and textures created by Afghan rubâb master Homayoun Sakhi, to Alim and Fargana Qasimov's ecstatic spiritual expression of mugam from Azerbaijan." The later two are both featured on Kronos' newest CD, Rainbow: Music Of Central Asia Vol. 8, which comes out on Smithsonian Folkways March 30th.

Terry Riley is the featured artist Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN, on March 26-28, and he'll be performing several times at that fest.

More info on Kronos, videos of teh quartet at work and their upcoming schedule are below...

Continue reading "Kronos Quartet touring (dates), at Carnegie Hall for 4 nights (w/ Terry Riley, Matmos, Tanya Tagaq, more)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Patti Smith
Iggy Pop

Performances by Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and Gogol Bordello brought the crowd at Carnegie Hall to its feet on Friday night, as the musicians took part in the 20th annual Tibet House benefit.

The concerts, whose musical acts are organized by composer and Tibet House Vice President Philip Glass, are scheduled to coincide with the Tibetan New Year and bring in anywhere from $100,000 to $250,00 for the nonprofit group every year.

The evening began with chanting from several Drepung Gomang Monastery monks, followed by comments from Glass about the difficulty in finalizing a final roster of performers every year given all the participants' busy schedules. Next, Robert A. F. Thurman, the president and one of the co-founders Tibet House, likened the Tibetan people to the Na'vi, the blue, cat-like aliens featured in James Cameron's sci-fi film "Avatar." He noted that both groups of individuals deserved and needed saving, and repeated the film's catch phrase "I see you" for double effect. [Wall Street Journal]

Other artists that performed at the show Friday night included Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew and Regina Spektor. Patti Smith also introduced Iggy Pop whose shirtless set included a stint crowd surfing in the Carnegie Hall audience. More pictures from the show below...

Continue reading "Tibet House Benefit 2010 in pictures (Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Regina Spektor, Gogol Bordello & more)"

Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors released a digital 7" of unreleased Bitte Orca session outtakes today (1/11) through Domino. The two tracks on it (previously available only on the UK-only "Temecula Sunrise" EP), "Ascending Melody" and b-side "Emblem of the World," are available as free downloads through the band's website and via the widget embedded below.

Their only currently announced NYC show is February 19th at Lincoln Center's Allen Room (as part of the American Songbook series). They're supposed to also do a short set at this year's Tibet House US benefit (at Carnegie Hall on Friday, February 26th), but they still don't appear on the lineup which now includes Gogol Bordello, Regina Spektor, and "Additional artists to be announced" in addition to Philip Glass, Baaba Maal, Patti Smith & Pierce Turner. Tickets are still on sale.

Dirty Projectors collaborator David Byrne is giving a free talk in Brooklyn tonight (1/11).

The free songs, a note from the band, and tour dates for their upcoming New Zealand/Australia tour in early March are below...

Continue reading "Dirty Projectors giving away digital 7", Tibet House Benefit concert lineup now includes Regina Spektor & Gogol Bordello "

Team Tibet

Tibet House US will hold its 20th Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on Friday, February 26th. Philip Glass, the concert's Artistic Director, once again brings together an original line-up of contemporary artists including Patti Smith, Jesse Smith, Michael Campbell, Baaba Maal and Pierce Turner with more performers being confirmed soon.

Carnegie Hall is located at 881 Seventh Avenue (at 57th Street). Concert tickets are $35 to $85 and can be purchased by calling Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue). Tickets go on sale December 24th.

As previously posted, Dirty Projectors are also playing this.

photos by Ryan Muir

Dirty Projectors

As those keeping count already know, Dirty Projectors played four NYC shows in November with Tune-Yards. Two were at Bowery Ballroom. Two were at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The final one featured two very special guests, one of which was The Roots, who, members of the Dirty Projectors then played with again on Fallon the night before Thanksgiving.

We had pictures/reviews from three of the four shows: Bowery, MHOW, MHOW (DP & TY), Bowery (DP & TY). The missing "DP" pics from MHOW are in this post.

As previously noted, Dirty Projectors also have another NYC show coming up, but in much fancier quarters. Tickets are still on sale for the February 19th show at Lincoln Center's Allen Room.

And it ends up that will be only one of two extra special shows the Brooklyn band plays in NYC that month. The other, though it will only be a short set, will happen exactly a week later...

Tibet House US will hold its 20th Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on Friday, February 26th. Philip Glass, the concert's Artistic Director, has once again brought together an amazing, original line-up of contemporary artists.

For the past twenty years at Carnegie Hall, the annual concert has assembled some of the biggest names in music and offers audiences a mix of unprecedented musical collaborations and solo offerings. And 2010 will be no exception!

Concert tickets are $35 to $85 and can be purchased by calling Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue).

They haven't actually announced any of the lineup yet (besides Philip Glass), but Dirty Projectors are playing it. Vampire Weekend participated in the 2009 show.

One day later (2/27), the Dirty Projectors will play the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles with the LA Philharmonic. Tickets are on sale.

All dates and more pictures below...

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Steve MArtin

Steve Martin's Tuesday night concert at Carnegie Hall was billed as "An Evening of Banjo and Bluegrass."

But he couldn't resist adding some comedy to the mix, sprinkling some novelty songs into his set list, and frequently giving his between-song patter a dry, absurdist twist.

At one point, he said that he likes to write songs from personal experience. "And this one is called, "I Think My Masseuse is Too Chatty,' " he said. (It actually turned out to be the title track from his May album, "The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo.")

"This is a song . . . well, that pretty much says it," he said, introducing another number. [Star Ledger]

That's a review from the October 6th Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers banjo show at Carnegie Hall. On October 14th he and the band were set to take the stage at the Wellmont Theater in NJ, but that show has been canceled...
We regret to announce that due to scheduling issues, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers has been cancled on Wednesday Oct. 14th. Tickets can be refunded at point of purchase. Thank you
I don't know any other details, but the October 19th Philly show was canceled too. Right before Carnegie, Steve appeared on Letterman. That video below...

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Gavin & Courtney @ Carnegie Hall (aphrodite-in-nyc)
Gavin Friday

Rufus, Scarlett & Gavin @ Carnegie Hall (aphrodite-in-nyc)
Gavin Friday

Gavin & U2 @ Carnegie Hall (aphrodite-in-nyc)
Gavin Friday

Sunday, October 4th was the "Hal Willner Presents: An Evening with Gavin Friday & Friends" show at Carnegie Hall. The whole night was a benefit for (RED), a charity directed toward AIDS in Africa.

The night's advertised guests included Laurie Anderson, Antony, Elizabeth Ashley, Bono, Adam Clayton, Andrea Corr, The Edge, Flo & Eddie, Joel Grey, Bill Frisell, Guggi, Scarlett Johansson, Courtney Love, Lydia Lunch, Patrick McCabe, Maria McKee, Shane MacGowan, Eric Mingus, Larry Mullen, Jr., JG Thirlwell, Lydia Lunch, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright and Chloe Webb. A few others who appeared were Lady Gaga, Fred Armisen as Prince, and Lou Reed, The night had a strong collaborative atmosphere to say the least...

Rufus Wainwright, Scarlett Johansson and Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen joined Friday for the come-hither cartoon "Mr. Pussy," from Friday's 1995 album, Shag Tobacco. (Armisen came out dressed to the purple nines -- as Prince.) Friday and falsetto-soul singer Antony duetted on a pair of ballads, including a Memphis-brass-soaked reading of "He Got What He Wanted" from Friday's 1989 solo debut, Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves. Friday and Virgin Prunes devotee Courtney Love were just on the right side of out-of-control in a pounding version of Magazine's "The Light Pours Out of Me." Queen of the post-punk furies Lydia Lunch played the same half of the night as Lady Gaga (who came out in next to nothing -- she made Love look demure). And a metal-machine-noise assault by Laurie Anderson (violin), John Zorn (saxophone) and Lou Reed (guitar distortion) eventually resolved into the Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane" with Friday, Bono and a cheerfully pickled Shane McGowan of the Pogues trading verses.

Bono was not just passing through between stadiums. He, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. were on and off stage half a dozen times; U2's Friday covers included "I Want to Live" (done with techno drive and Joshua Tree-like space) and the crusted-glam bomb "King of Trash." Bono also took a solo spot, turning on his Irish Sinatra for the Shag Tobacco elegy "The Last Song I'll Ever Sing." The Edge's brother, guitarist Richard Evans, joined Friday and singer Guggi in a mostly-intact Virgin Prunes reunion (the group broke up in 1987). Their overlapping vocal harangue in "Sweethome Under White Clouds," with JG Thirwell of Foetus guesting as a third voice, sounded like the Beastie Boys at the End of Days. [Rolling Stone]

A list of all the songs U2 members played on, more reviews and videos from the show, including the "Jean Genie" encore, below...

Continue reading "Gavin Friday & friends (U2, Courtney Love, Lady Gaga, Antony, Lou Reed, Rufus Waniwright, and many, many more) played Carnegie Hall (videos & stuff) "

They're not cheap, but tickets are still available for the Sunday night benefit show at Carnegie Hall.

Bono and Gavin Friday (U2Log)
Bono and Gavin Friday

On October 4 at New York City's legendary Carnegie Hall, (RED) unites a world-class line up of artists for a special (RED)NIGHTS concert "Hal Willner Presents: An Evening with Gavin Friday and Friends." The star-studded evening will feature Laurie Anderson, Antony, Elizabeth Ashley, Bono, Adam Clayton, Andrea Corr, The Edge, Flo & Eddie, Joel Grey, Bill Frisell, Guggi, Scarlett Johansson, Courtney Love, Lydia Lunch, Patrick McCabe, Maria McKee, Shane MacGowan, Eric Mingus, Larry Mullen, Jr., JG Thirlwell, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright, Chloe Webb, plus special guests. Tickets for the event will go on sale beginning Wednesday, September 16 at 11AM EST via CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org and the box office. As is the case with every (RED)NIGHTS show, a portion of the proceeds from the concert will go directly to the Global Fund. For more information, please visit www.joinred.com/rednights or www.gavinfriday.com.

Longtime friends and professional collaborators, Willner and Friday came together to bring the concert to life and raise awareness of (RED)™'s mission. Friday, a childhood friend of Bono, is an Irish singer, composer and painter and founding member of the gothic rock group The Virgin Prunes. Willner has produced albums for Marianne Faithfull, Lou Reed, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, yet is perhaps best known for assembling tribute albums and live events saluting Leonard Cohen, Thelonius Monk, Tim Buckley, Edgar Allen Poe and Marquis de Sade.

Willner said, "This unique evening is a celebration of Gavin and a gathering of friends and amazing musicians. We're all proud to partner with (RED) to help fight AIDS in Africa." "It's an honor to be a part of this (RED)NIGHT because I know the money generated will go directly to people who need it," added Friday.

That is an insane lineup.

Lydia Lunch also performs one day earlier with her band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Rufus and Martha Wainwright are appearing with their father Loudon at Highline Ballroom in NYC TONIGHT (9/15).

The Carnegie Hall event poster with more information below...

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Steve Martin @ Rubin Museum in May (more by Ryan Muir)
Steve Martin

Years ago, in my old comedy act, I said, "You just can't play a sad song on the banjo." This was for comic effect only, because I knew the banjo had a capacity for mournful melodies and the "high, lonesome sound." As I was sometimes mournful, sometimes lonesome, and sometimes high, this suited me perfectly. I also found myself passionately affected by the banjo's driving staccato, darting rhythm, and inexplicable sadness. It was as though the banjo generated nostalgia for experiences I never had, joy I was yet to experience, and melancholy that was yet to come. [Steve Martin - Liner notes to "The Crow"]
The above is a selection from the liner notes for Steve Martin's first all-music album, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo, which came out in May. A few weeks after its release, Martin performed with the Steep Canyon Rangers in a two-night run at the Rubin Museum. He'll be back this October, as part of a fall North American tour, with opening act Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys and the Steep Canyon Rangers again behind him. They play Carnegie Hall on October 6th (tix on sale) and NJ's Wellmont Theatre on October 14th (no ticket info yet).

All tour dates are below...

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Bon Iver @ Sasquatch Fest (more by Chris Graham)
Bon Iver

Tickets are now on sale for all of Merkin Hall's upcoming 2009/10 concerts. Those shows include the NY Guitar Festival's Silent Films/Live Guitars series (previously mentioned here), which features David Bromberg and Marc Ribot playing alongside Charlie Chaplin films on January 14th, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon (Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush) with Steve Kimock (Buster Keaton's Cops) on January 21st, and more. The full lineup, with details, is below.

The venue is also hosting the New Sounds series, which includes performances by ETHEL and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Details on those are below. Check out a video of the BoaC All-Stars rehearsing a Steve Reich piece from a few years back below too. You'll notice Bryce Dessner of the National is in the ensemble in that video. He's currently working on his own new piece with brother Aaron and Matthew Ritchie to debut at BAM this fall.

Also, as part of their trio of "Contemporary Contexts" concerts, Merkin Hall will be bringing Signal, who will premiere a new work from Nico Muhly and UK composer Harrison Birtwistle, in May.

The full schedule is below...

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