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The National at Beacon Theatre in 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
National

As discussed, The National are touring extensively this year and that tour already includes Celebrate Brooklyn shows at Prospect Park on June 17with Phosphorescent and 6/18 with Lord Huron. Both of those shows are listed as sold out, but the band have now added a third Prospect Park date happening on June 19 with MS MR. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/18) at noon with AmEx and National Fan presales starting Wednesday (4/16) at noon, and a Celebrate Brooklyn presale starting Thursday (4/17) at 10 AM.

Updated dates are listed below...

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Cibo Matto at Brooklyn Bowl in March (more by Adela Loconte)
Cibo Matto

Celebrate Brooklyn, the people behind the ongoing BRIC House shows and the upcoming Prospect Park shows, will be throwing more shows in between, the Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Parties at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1. There's three shows, all FREE, happening for three consecutive Thursdays in May. Each show features "a varied lineup of bands paired with DJs, on a great lawn with spectacular views of the city, plus dance lessons, free valet bike parking, food trucks" (many with specials based on the show's music genre) and more, and runs from 7 to 10 PM. Entry to the pier is at Old Fulton Street at the Brooklyn waterfront or from the new Squibb Park Bridge.

The first show will be headlined by the Gogol Bordello-related Balkan Beat Box on May 8, and also features DJ Joro Boro. On May 15, it's veteran NYC band Cibo Matto who are fully back in action with Javelin and Le Tigre/MEN's JD Samson. Then, finally on May 22 it's Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars (who played The Apollo earlier this month) with Okayafrica's Electrafrique w/ Chief Boima & DJ Underdog.

Meanwhile, BRIC is throwing a 'dance party' this Saturday (4/12) at the BRIC House with AndrewAndrew and a DJ set from Neon Indian, whose collaborator Leanne Macomber has a new NSFW video for her Ejecta project. Tickets for Saturday's show are still available. Full upcoming BRIC House schedule here.

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

The National's upcoming Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park on June 17 with Phosphorescent went on sale today, and sold right now, but the band have since added a second show happening a day later (6/18) at the same venue. This one's opened by Lord Huron, and tickets are on sale now.

Both shows are part of the band's extensive tour. Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The National sold out Prospect Park, add 2nd date w/ Lord Huron (on sale now) (updated tour dates)"

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

The National already had a bunch of tour dates announced, though still none in NYC, but that just changed. They'll headline a Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park (again) on June 17. This one's opened by Phosphorescent, making for another excellent double bill. (Last time it was Beach House.) Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (2/21) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/19) at noon and a Celebrate Brooklyn presale starting Thursday (2/20) at 10 AM (presale password: "TROUBLE").

As discussed, you can also catch Matt, Bryce and Aaron of The National at the Tibet House US benefit on March 11 at Carnegie Hall.

Other announced Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park shows include two Neutral Milk Hotel shows, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Janelle Monae.

All dates are listed, along with a couple videos, below...

Continue reading "The National expand tour, playing Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park w/ Phosphorescent (updated dates)"

NMH

Neutral Milk Hotel recently expanded their tour to include more Northeast dates, including a return to NYC on July 22 at Prospect Park with Circulatory System. That show went on sale last week and not surprisingly sold out, but if you couldn't snag tickets you're in luck because the band have added a second Prospect Park show happening a day later (7/23). Circulatory System are on this one too, and tickets go on sale Friday (2/14) at noon. Stay tuned for presale info.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Neutral Milk Hotel sold out Prospect Park, add 2nd date"

Neutral Milk Hotel

Indie legends Neutral Milk Hotel just brought their long-awaited ongoing reunion tour to the NYC-area for seven total shows, but if you missed all those opportunities to see them, or just need to catch them again (we wouldn't blame you), you're in luck. The band have just expanded their tour and the new dates include a Northeast run that brings them to Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park on July 22! Fellow Elephant 6 band Circulatory System open and tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon with a Fan Club presale starting Wednesday (2/5) and a BRIC member presale starting Thursday (2/6) at 10 AM. According to the band, the new NYC, Philly and DC area shows will be their last headline shows in the area for the "foreseeable future." NMH were also just announced for Washington's Sasquatch! Festival. Updated dates are listed below.

If you missed it, you can read out review of NMH's Capitol Theatre show.

Other Prospect Park shows announced for this summer include Janelle Monae and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Updated NMH dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Neutral Milk Hotel expand tour, add Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park show & more! (updated dates)"

Janelle Monae at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Janelle Monae

The Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park are returning this summer, and the first free show of the season has been announced. On opening night, June 4, R&B/soul great Janelle Monae will kick off the season with a headlining show at the venue. Show starts at 8, and again, it's totally free.

That's the second confirmed Prospect Park show of the summer, including Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (7/26) (tickets).

Meanwhile, Janelle Monae will be in NYC much sooner, first to play a Super Bowl weekend show at Lehman College (1/28), and then to play Hammerstein Ballroom on 2/1 with Schoolboy Q, Just Blaze, Mack Wilds, #Been#Trill, and D.J. Cassidy. Tickets for the Hammerstein show are still available.

All upcoming Janelle dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Janelle Monae playing free opening night Celebrate Brooklyn! concert at Prospect Park (and other shows)"

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

We announced last week that Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds will be touring North America in June and July 2014. The details are now announced! Starting in KY on 6/16, the NYC stop will happen at Prospect Park on July 26, and the tour ends 7/31 in Toronto. There's no Chicago or Montreal dates, so maybe Lollapalooza and Osheaga announcements are coming too?. Check out the full list of dates below.

Tickets for all dates of the tour will go on sale Friday (11/22) but a special presale starts Tuesday (11/19) at 10 AM.

You can access the presale by registering at nickcaveoffer.com where you can also get a free download of "The Mercy Seat" and "Mermaids" from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' new album, Live From KCRW, which will be out on double vinyl and CD for Record Store Day 2013 Black Friday (11/29). Check out the full list of stores.

All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds announce dates & presale for 2014 North American tour, including NYC at Prospect Park"

photos by Ryan Muir

"Oh! Forgot to mention. I saw They Might Be Giants in Prospect Park this weekend--for free!--and it was beyond wonderful." - Jessica Sinsheimer

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

Who doesn't like They Might Be Giants? Everyone came out for this super fun, packed show--I ran into coworkers and people from pool league and there were tons of families and little kids. A little boy and girl hoisted on their parents' shoulders were so cute with their dancing and high fives that I didn't even mind them blocking my view. I saw six hula hoops being carried around, but it would have been hard to find a spot with enough room to use them.

TMBG had five or eight musicians on stage most of the time, depending on whether the Tricerachops horn section was out. In the middle of the set, they stripped down to just a duo of John and John on accordion and guitar for "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" that dragged out the ending. Other highlights were "Doctor Worm," "Don't Lets Start," and a funny conversation with one of them using a robot voice. [Visible Spit]

Brooklyn's favorite geek rockers, They Might Be Giants, played the second to last Celebrate Brooklyn! show of 2013 at Prospect Park over the weekend (8/10) before the series fully wrapped up on Sunday with a live score for Beasts of the Southern Wild (which was rescheduled from 8/8). The big free outdoor show saw the band playing a 24-song set which included a handful of cuts from their newest album, Nanobots, and a number of older favorites too. Pictures (including openers Moon Hooch), the setlist, and a video from the show are in this post.

TMBG have also since announced an international fall tour, which includes dates in the US and Europe. The new tour includes another NYC show happening on November 2 at Terminal 5. The description for the new tour reads:

Brooklyn originals They Might Be Giants are on tour with a new show. TMBG's boundless creativity, rowdy and spontaneous performance, combined with their vast repertoire of memorable songs has made their live shows the thing of legend. With a brand new album, DVD, and iphone app, there is much for They Might Be Giants to celebrate. Don't miss this unforgettable show.
The Terminal 5 show is also 14+ (even with a parent or guardian), despite most T5 shows being all ages. Tickets for that show are currently on Internet presale, an AmEx presale begins Wednesday (8/14) at noon, and the general on-sale begins Friday (8/16) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with the pictures, video and setlist from Prospect Park, below...

Continue reading "They Might Be Giants played Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park, announce fall tour (pics, video, setlist, dates)"

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Due to the soggy weather forecast, tonight's Celebrate Brooklyn! screening (8/8) of Beasts of the Southern Wild with live score from Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin & The
Wordless Music Orchestra
has been moved to Sunday (8/11) when the weather is supposed to be clear. Doors at 7 PM with the screening starting at 8 PM. Free ($3 suggested donation).

by Andrew Sacher

Jamie Lidell at Glasslands in April (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Jamie Lidell

Still on the heels of his funky, maximalist R&B new self titled album, Jamie Lidell will be returning to NYC for his second time this year, this week. His tour has him arriving at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (8/1), his first of three shows in the area. Tonight's show is being opened by indie folk/hip hop mixer Emily Wells and DJ Shiftee. Tickets are still available.

Tonight will be his most intimate one, but if intimacy is less important to you than saving money, on Friday (8/2) at Prospect Park he plays a big, free Celebrate Brooklyn! show that also includes Baltimore weirdo Dan Deacon and Stones Throw-signed soul trio The Stepkids. Doors open at 6:30 PM and show starts at 7:30.

Then, a little farther out from NYC, Jamie plays one more free show on Saturday (8/3) at The Surf Lodge in the Hamptons. Doors open at 5 PM for this one.

These are his last three North American dates before two European festivals he plays later this month. All dates are listed, along with a stream of "What A Shame" from the new album, below...

Continue reading "Jamie Lidell is here, playing three NYC-area shows this week (two are free!)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park 7/27/2013
Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Never has the singer brought a fresher/stranger/more abstract touch to songs this well-known. The Space Shifters allowed Plant to do so by bringing a trio of fresh influences to the table - British trip-hop electronics (via band members borrowed from Portishead and Massive Attack), American funk, and West African string music.

That last bit came courtesy of Gambian musician Juldeh Camara, who played the ritti, a one-stringed violin, and the kologo, an African banjo. Both instruments provided a fresh corollary to the fiddles and banjos Plant explored in his Americana projects with Krauss and Band of Joy (which included alterna-country mainstays Patti Griffin and Buddy Miller).

In "Black Dog," Camara's spiraling ritti traded places with hard rock guitars, adding a fierce and hypnotic new texture to the song's classic stop-start riff. Camara's work in "Friends" gave this already forbidding piece a sinister new hue. To egg him on, Plant added his own talking drums. In a sense, the sound recalled the worldly expansion Plant brought to familiar songs in his mid-'90s, semi-Zep reunion with Jimmy Page that featured a host of Arabian musicians. - [NY Daily News]

Robert Plant brought his electronic and world influenced band, The Sensational Space Shifters (featuring members of Massive Attack and Portishead/BEAK>), to NYC over the weekend (7/27) for a Celebrate Brooklyn! benefit show in Prospect Park. Opening was Phosphorescent, who also played Newport Folk Festival over the weekend. Pictures from the Prospect Park show are in this post.

More pics -- plus Plant's setlist -- are below.

Continue reading "Robert Plant and Phosphorescent played Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park (pics, setlist)"

photos by Adela Loconte

Philip Glass Ensemble live scoring 'Dracula'
Philip Glass @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 7/13/2013

According to Celebrate Brooklyn!, "The last time [they] screened the 1931 Bela Lugosi classic, DRACULA with Philip Glass' equally classic original score performed live, thunder rolled, lightening streaked the sky, and torrents of rain worthy of Transylvania chased everyone out of the park half way through."

The weather was still a little misty but much nicer when Philip Glass and his ensemble returned to Prospect Park on Saturday (7/13) for one of this summer's free Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at the outdoor venue. Support at the show came from of Montreal collaborator Kishi Bashi, whose baroque-inspired pop was a good fit to open the evening. (You can catch Kishi Bashi again at Irving Plaza on 9/12.)

More pictures from Saturday's show below...

Continue reading "Philip Glass Ensemble performed his score to 'Dracula' at Prospect Park w/ Kishi Bashi (pics)"

by Fred Pessaro

Belle & Sebastian @ Celebrate Brooklyn, 7/11/2013
Belle & Sebastian

A packed Prospect Park Bandshell marked the return of Belle & Sebastian, who were joined by tourmates Yo La Tengo as part of a sold-out ticketed benefit for Celebrate Brooklyn! last night (7/11). The long-running pop band ran through material from their close-to 20-year career at the cool & shady outdoor venue, stopping to make anecdotes about the incredible weather, Scottish skin in the New York sun, and everyone's favorite topic as of late, Citibikes.

Yo La Tengo (who have a new video) is a hell of a support act, and the band readied the crowd with their extensive and varied catalog, stopping to swap instruments and also remark on the excellent weather. So far no additional NYC dates for the NJ band, but maybe we'll see them in Hoboken soon?

Great night all around. Head below for more pictures from a gorgeous night at Prospect Park.

Continue reading "Belle & Sebastian played Prospect Park w/ Yo La Tengo (pics)"

photos by Ryan Muir

Mavis Staples @ Prospect Park - 6/14/13
Mavis Staples

Soul legend Mavis Staples brought her tour to NYC for a free Celebrate! Brooklyn show at Prospect Park on June 14, the day before she played Croton's Clearwater Festival. Support at the Prospect Park show came from Cody ChesnuTT, who played his own show at SOB's (6/13) a day earlier. Pictures from Prospect Park are in this post.

As discussed, Mavis' new album, One True Vine (produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco), will be out next week (6/25). You can now listen to the entire thing ahead of its release date at NPR. Mavis also just performed her cover of Funkadelic's "Can You Get To That" (which appears on her new album and which she also played at Prospect Park) on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. A video of that performance is below.

Other recent Celebrate! Brooklyn shows include the Jim James/The Roots show, and last night's (6/20) Blackalicious, Phony PPL, and D-Nice show. The next one is Amadou & Mariam tonight (6/21), which is totally free.

More pictures from Prospect Park and the 'Daily Show' video below...

Continue reading "Mavis Staples streaming new LP, played 'The Daily Show' & Prospect Park w/ Cody ChesnuTT (pics, video)"

photos by Ryan Muir

Jim James & The Roots gettin' some air
Jim James
The Roots

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James and The Roots came to Prospect Park on Tuesday (6/18) (after Jim played Bonnaroo and before Roots drummer Questlove helped Andrew WK break a world record) for a Celebrate Brooklyn show where they each played their own sets, and then for an encore came on stage together for a collaborative set. Their collaboration included covers of John Lennon's "Instant Karma," Bill Withers' "Use Me," Prince's "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man," and The Roots' song "Dear God 2.0" Videos of those collaborations, setlists, and pictures of the whole show are in this post.

Meanwhile, after My Morning Jacket wrap up their tour with Bob Dylan and Wilco, they'll host One Big Holiday in Riviera Maya, Mexico's Hard Rock Hotel from January 26-30. MMJ will be performing three times, and there's all kinds of other activities, events, a dance party, and more. The "holiday" is on sale now and admission covers all drinks.

Jim James also plays Delaware's Firefly Music Festival this Saturday (6/22), so if you're going to that, you can catch him there.

More pictures, videos and setlists below...

Continue reading "Jim James & The Roots played Prospect Park (pics, videos, setlists); My Morning Jacket hosting 'One Big Holiday' in MX"

Calexico at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
calexico

One of this year's sought-after Record Store Day releases was the Calexio live album, Spiritoso, which was recorded in Germany backed by orchestras Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien and Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg. For those who don't want to deal with online auction prices, Calexico will be releasing the live album digitally next week (6/11). You can watch a video of Calexico performing their song "Para" with Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien below.

Calexico are on a tour this summer which includes a stop in NYC for a free Celebrate Brooklyn! on June 15 with Susana Baca, Radio Jarocho & Akoko Nante Ensemble.

Celebrate Brooklyn! officially kicks off its 2013 Season on Wednesday (6/5) with singer-songwriter Patty Griffin and that show is free too.

Calexico tour dates are listed, along with video and album info, below...

Continue reading "Calexico reissuing RSD13 live orchestral LP digitally; Celebrate Brooklyn! starts this week"

photos by Ryan Muir

Zapp / breakdancers @ The Bell House, 5/23/2013
Zapp
Zapp

'80s electro-funk vets Zapp were supposed to play Celebrate Brooklyn's Old School Funk & Hip-Hop Dance Party with DJ D-Nice last Thursday (5/23) at Brooklyn Bridge Park but thunderstorms moved the party to The Bell House. While frontman Roger Troutman died 10 years ago, the other Troutman brothers brought Zapp hits "More Bounce to the Ounce", "Dance Floor," "Computer Love" and more to the Gowanus venue. The free party also featured pimp suits, booty shaking and a breakdance lesson.

The Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park summer series begins on June 5 with a free show from Patty Griffin. Check out the full lineup (which no longer includes Big Boi).

More pictures from The Bell House below...

Continue reading "Zapp played Celebrate Brooklyn! at The Bell House (pics)"

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Due to tonight's severe weather forecast, BRIC and Brooklyn Bridge Park announce that Celebrate Brooklyn!'s Old School Funk and Hip-Hop Dance Party featuring Zapp and D-Nice is moving to The Bell House (149 7th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Brooklyn). The performance will start at 8:00PM/doors at 7:00PM. Please note space is limited.
Again, the relocated show at The Bell House is FREE but space is limited.

photos by Chris Graham

Mavis Staples @ Beale Street Music Fest
Beale Street Music Fest

Earlier this month, soul legend Mavis Staples made her way over to Memphis for the Beale Street Music Festival, which she played day 2 (5/4) of. Pictures and a video of her set are in this post.

Mavis has other dates coming up this year, including a free Celebrate! Brooklyn show on June 14 at Prospect Park with Cody Chesnutt. Then the next day (6/15) she heads a bit north for the Clearwater Festival in Croton, NY, which she plays along with Antibalas, Judy Collins, Hot Tuna, Nicole Atkins, Sharon Jones, and more. Tickets for that festival are still available.

Mavis is also working on a new album, One True Vine, which is due out on June 25 via Anti-, and one again being produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. You can listen to the track "I Like The Things About Me" from that album below (via Complex).

Mavis isn't the only living legend Jeff Tweedy is hanging with this year. As mentioned, Wilco is touring as a support act for Bob Dylan, and that tour hits the NYC-area for a few shows in July (some with My Morning Jacket, one with Beck).

All upcoming Mavis Staples dates are listed, along with the song stream and more pictures and video from Beale St., below...

Continue reading "Mavis Staples played Beale St, playing Prospect Park before Clearwater, releasing new Jeff Tweedy-produced LP (pics, dates)"

Os Mutantes soundchecking at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Os Mutantes

Brazilian psychedelic pop legends Os Mutantes are still at it (they played Le Poisson Rouge in December and were just at Austin Psych Fest, but were interrupted by rain), and are one of the bands announced for the Celebrate Brooklyn! 2013 season at Prospect Park. Their show happens on June 29 with Brooklyn indie pop band Javelin and Sierra Leonean Bubu King Janka Nabay, and that one's totally free.

The show is one of a few Northeast US dates the Brazilian band will be playing this June, including another in the NYC area happening on June 28 at Maxwell's. Tickets for the Maxwell's show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with a video of the band at Le Poisson Rouge, below...

Continue reading "Os Mutantes touring, playing a free Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park w/ Javelin & Janka Nabay (dates)"

Sigur Ros at @ Celebrate Brooklyn! 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Celebrate Brooklyn

We've known about a few Celebrate Brooklyn! shows already (Belle & Sebastian / Yo La Tengo, The Roots with Jim James, Beck), but festival has announced their full 2013 schedule which includes Big Boi, Amadou & Miriam, Calexico, Mavis Staples, Cody Chesnutt, Os Mutantes, The Waterboys, Jamie Lidell / Dan Deacon, and They Might Be Giants... all of which are free. Celebrate Brooklyn! kicks off the season with a free show with Patty Griffin on June 5.

The full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule is below.

Continue reading "Celebrate Brooklyn! announces 2013 line-up (Big Boi, Calexico, Dan Deacon, Waterboys, Mavis Staples, TMBG + more)"

Beck @ Outside Lands Festival 2013 (more by Amoreena Lucero)
Beck

As mentioned, Beck will be on the East Coast this summer, playing a special acoustic set at the Newport Folk Festival (tickets). He'll also play few other shows in the area, including a Celebrate Brooklyn! show in Prospect Park on August 4. Tickets to the Brooklyn show go on sale Friday, May 10.

UPDATE: Beck was also added to Bob Dylan and Wilco's Jones Beach show.

No word on a new Beck album, but he did release that Song Reader sheet-music-only album back in December. Maybe he'll play some of those. All Beck tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Beck playing East Coast shows after Newport Folk Fest, including Celebrate Brooklyn! (dates)"

Robert Plant

While Led Zeppelin's appearances last year were limited to press conferences and late-night TV interviews, Robert Plant will be going on a tour this year with his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters. That tour kicks off this June in Texas, and after making its way over to the West Coast and back, it culminates in a Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park on July 27. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/26) at noon with an AmEx and a BRIC presale starting Thursday (4/25) at noon.

In addition to Robert Plant, The Sensational Space Shifters' lineup includes Justin Adams (Tinariwen, SInead O'Connor), John Baggot (Massive Attack, Portishead), Billy Fuller (Beak>, Massive Attack), Liam "Skin" Tyson (of The La's offshoot Cast), Juldeh Camara, and Dave Smith.

All tour dates are listed, along with the tour trailer and a live video of the band from 2012, below...

Continue reading "Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters announce US tour, including 'Celebrate Brooklyn!' (dates & video)"

Jim James at MHOW in February (more by PSquared Photography)
Jim James

Due to an "unforeseen scheduling conflict," the collaborative Jim James / Roots performance at Celebrate Brooklyn in Propect Park is moving dates from June 19 to June 18. All tickets purchased during the pre-sale will be honored on the new date. For those unable to attend, refunds will be available through Ticketmaster. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/19) at noon. Updated Jim James tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Jim James and The Roots' collaborative Celebrate Brooklyn show changes date, now happening one day earlier"

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