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(photo via Lady Gaga's Facebook)
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The 2016 Grammy Awards are almost upon us and if you were wondering whether there would be a tribute to the late David Bowie, there will, and it's being performed by... Lady Gaga. Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie's 1983 album Let's Dance, will be musical director of the "experiential" piece. From the press release:

Affording audiences a chance to experience Bowie's music once again, the tribute will be a multisensory testament to the icon's incredible artistry and a reflection of his limitless creativity.
Maybe the audience at the awards will get to experience senses beyond sound and vision. Taste? Smell? Lady Gaga was already scheduled to perform at the Grammys but the direction of what she was doing changed with the news of Bowie's death. Adds Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich:
We immediately spoke and agreed that she should be the one to honor David. She's perfect for it. So I reached out to Nile and, before long, we were on our way to creating what we believe will not only make a great GRAMMY Moment, but one befitting of David.
Also performing at the Grammys: Kendrick Lamar, the Weeknd, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Lionel Richie, and more. The 2016 Grammy Awards will air live on Monday, February 15 at 8 PM EST on CBS.

photos by Greg Cristman

Robyn Hitchcock @ The Landmark, Port Washington, NY 1/29/2016
Robyn Hitchcock

Alt-rock vet and polkadot fan, Robyn Hitchcock is currently on an acoustic tour with Emma Swift that hit Port Washington, NY's Landmark on Saturday, January 29. Drawing from his exceedingly rich catalog -- including "Madonna of the Wasps," "Raymond Chandler Evening," "Balloon Man" -- Hitchcock entertains equally with his between-song stories and non sequiturs. For his encore, Robyn paid tribute to David Bowie with four covers, including "Five Years," "The Prettiest Star," "Quicksand," and "Soul Love." Video of "Quicksand" and "Soul Love" covers (plus a couple Hitchcock originals) from the Landmark show, as well as the setlist, below.

The next day (1/30), Robyn visited WFMU for Todd-O-Phonic Todd's show for an interview and live session. You can listen to that here. Robyn and Emma will be touring together again in March and April. No NYC show, but there are a few in NY, NJ and CT. All dates are listed, along with more photos from the Landmark show, below.

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The third episode of BrooklynVegan's "In Residence" show on Spotify is now live.

For this one, BV editors Bill Pearis, Andrew Sacher and site founder Dave play some singles off 2016 records they're excited for, some Wolf Parade and LCD Soundsystem in anticipation their return, plus music and memories about David Bowie and Lemmy. There's also discussion of such topics as the Oscars and recent movies (someone doesn't like Star Wars?), band reunions, and more.

Pull up the playlist HERE and make sure to hit "follow" to add it to your Spotify collection. If you missed them, check out our first and second episodes.

Like all "Spotify In Residence" shows (like Hannibal Buress'), you need to be a Spotify subscriber to hear the host segments, but anyone can listen to the full playlist of all songs. Follow that link to subscribe and stay tuned for another new episode in February.

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by Bill Pearis

Love Yes TEEN

TEEN have shared a third track from their excellent third album, Love Yes, which is out February 19 via Carpark. Where "Tokyo" and "All About Us" were on the pop side, "Please" is more contemplative and ethereal. You can stream it below.

As mentioned, TEEN will celebrate Love Yes on Valentine's Day at Union Pool with Miho Hatori and Gemma (tickets) which doubles as the kick-off to their tour. They've extended their tour a bit, too, and updated dates are listed below.

Before that, Teeny from TEEN will team up with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart for a David Bowie tribute at Mercury Lounge on February 8. In addition to The Pains of Being TEEN (as they're calling themselves), "Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am: A Tribute to David Bowie" also features White Hinterland, Best Behavior, Caroline Partamian of Scully, and Adesuwa. Sounds like fun. Tickets go on sale today at noon. Flyer for the show is below.

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David Bowie

The tributes to David Bowie continue to roll in, and here's another one from NYC major Bill de Blasio. According to a post on Bowie's Facebook, de Blasio has declared today (January 20, 2016) the official David Bowie Day in New York City. The post reads:

It was announced today that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has proclaimed today, January 20, 2016 in the City of New York as David Bowie Day. The proclamation will be read tonight at the curtain call of the final performance of the sold-out run of Lazarus, the New York Theater Workshop production conceived and co-created by Bowie.
As that post points out, the Lazarus stage show wraps up its run tonight. It's been going since November.

Happy David Bowie Day.

David Bowie

The BrooklynVegan "Blog Radio" show has been airing weekly on SiriusXMU every Wednesday at noon EST for almost ten years. Last week, in honor of the late David Bowie, host Nick Masi did a show entirely made up of Bowie covers. The artists ranged from Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr and Melvins to Morrissey, The Cure and Bauhaus to James Murphy, TV on the Radio and Chairlift to Tori Amos to Behemoth to Seu Jorge. (Goes to show you how far Bowie's influence reached.) You can check out the full list of songs played below. If you missed the show, it's available on demand for SiriusXMU subscribers.

Meanwhile, be sure to check out the show live on SiriusXMU every Wednesday at noon EST, including today (1/20) right now. The show repeats at midnight EST.

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by Bill Pearis

Greg Dulli

Greg Dulli's solo tour starts soon, including a sold-out Brooklyn show at Roulette. He's just added a second NYC show, and this one will kick off the tour: February 3 at Bowery Ballroom with Joseph Arthur opening. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/22) at 10 AM with a fan presale (password: Dulli2016) starting Wednesday (1/20) at 10 AM and a AmEx presale starting Wednesday at noon. Right after the Bowery show, he'll head to Europe, with the North American tour starting in March. Updated tour dates are listed below.

In other news, Greg has covered David Bowie's 1983 hit "Modern Love" which is a free download from his website. He's radically changed the song giving it a few new chords and a spare acoustic guitar and string section arrangement. Greg says:

I tried to record this song with the Whigs a while back and we just couldn't get it the way I wanted it. With his passing last week, I was reminded of it and decided to finish it myself. The world is filled with love for David Bowie right now. It feels good. I feel inspired by his life.
You can listen to his take on "Modern Love" below.

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photo: Jarvis Cocker @ Rooftop Films 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Jarvis Cocker at Rooftop Films

Jarvis Cocker had already paid tribute to the late David Bowie but, unsurprisingly, dedicated the entirety of this week's "Sunday Service" show (1/17) on BBC 6Music to the man. Jarvis was supposed to be off this week, but ended up recording in the spare room of his Paris apartment. Featuring both music and archival BBC interviews with Bowie, an interview with choreographer Michael Clark (whose acclaimed work 'Come, Been and Gone' was set to Bowie's music) and, of course, plays lots his favorite Bowie music. "Sunday Service" is always worth listening to, this one especially so. Listen at the BBC.

Chris Stapleton

Country singer Chris Stapleton followed up his killer 2015 by being the first musical guest of 2016 on Saturday Night Live last night. He and his band did "Parachute" and "Nobody to Blame" off last year's Traveller for the episode, which was hosted by Adam Driver (fresh off playing Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Check out both performances below.

Also on last night's episode, Fred Armisen gave a tribute to the late David Bowie, reminiscing on seeing Bowie's legendary 1979 performance on the show. Watch Fred's tribute below too.

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Bowie Blackstar

As predicted, David Bowie's Blackstar debuted on the Billboard album charts at #1, being the first album to oust Adelle's 25 out of the top spot since its release. The LP sold 174,000 copies, with an additional 7000 copies counted through streaming services. It is Bowie's first-even #1 LP in the U.S. Meanwhile, complilation Best of Bowie came in at #4, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars was at #21 with eight other Bowie LPs entering the Top 200.

In England, where he was much bigger star, not only did Blackstar debut at #1 but Bowie albums made up 25% of the UK Album Top 40 in the week following his death, with a total of 19 albums in the Top 100:

1) Blackstar
5) Nothing Has Changed - The Very Best Of
11) The Best Of 1969 / 1974
14) Hunky Dory
17) The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
18) Best of Bowie
23) Aladdin Sane
25) The Next Day
31) Low
37) Diamond Dogs
42) Let's Dance
45) Heroes
55) Station to Station
59) The Best Of - 1980 / 1987
60) Young Americans
61) Scary Monsters
89) The Man Who Sold The World
95) Space Oddity
97) Five Years - 1969 - 1973
Additionally, 13 Bowie tracks entered the Top 100 with "Heroes" at #12. Bowie's Blackstar also debuted at #1 in Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, and other countries.


Michael Dorf's upcoming tribute concert to David Bowie at Carnegie Hall sold out immediately, no suprise. They decided to add a second show which will happen April 1, this time at Radio City Music Hall, featuring Ann Wilson of Heart, The Polyphonic Spree, Perry Farrell, Cat Power and more to be announced. VIP packages are on sale now, and tickets to the general public go on sale Friday (1/15) at 11 AM. Said Dorf:

The sad coincidence that our previously planned concert at Carnegie Hall was announced on the same day as David's passing on Sunday, resulted in a tremendous outpouring from fans, friends and fellow artists wanting to show their respect and adoration for his deep repertoire. Our phones were going off the hook.
In other news, Michael Stipe, Laurie Anderson and Cat Power have been added to the 3/31 Carnegie Hall Show which includes previously announced artists The Roots, Jakob Dylan, the Mountain Goats, Bettye LaVette, Perry Farrell, Robyn Hitchcock and Ann Wilson of Heart.

The backing band, as mentioned, is being put together by longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti and will include drummer Woody Woodmansey -- they were both in Bowie's Spiders of Mars (and they're both in Holy Holy, who are on tour). Proceeds from both shows 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.

Watch a video of David Bowie playing "Slip Away" with The Polyphonic Spree at Jones Beach in 2004, below...

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Arcade Fire, who have lots of stuff going on, have made no bones about their love of past collaborator David Bowie. They will continue to pay tribute to the late icon by throwing a second line parade for him in New Orleans on Saturday (1/16). They're doing it with NOLA greats The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and are calling it "Pretty Things." They say:

Dress in you best Bowie outfit or something more strange and meet us at 4pm on Saturday, January 16th at Preservation Hall (726 St. Peter St., NOLA) to parade.
More info is here.

Iggy Pop

The day David Bowie died, his friend and collaborator Iggy Pop posted a touching yet succinct tribute, simply saying, "David's friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is." Now, speaking to the NY Times, he's given a longer eulogy:

The friendship was basically that this guy salvaged me from certain professional and maybe personal annihilation -- simple as that. A lot of people were curious about me, but only he was the one who had enough truly in common with me, and who actually really liked what I did and could get on board with it, and who also had decent enough intentions to help me out. He did a good thing.

He resurrected me. He was more of a benefactor than a friend in a way most people think of friendship. He went a bit out of his way to bestow some good karma on me.

He was really disciplined. [Our 1976 tour] was at a time when it might be 700 people in Albuquerque, it might be 15,000 at the Garden, it might be 300 people in Zurich, etc. He did a great show every night. I don't care where it was.

Read the rest of the article here.

Stream Iggy's Bowie-penned "China Girl" below...

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David Bowie Blackstar

David Bowie has been on a lot of our minds since learning of his passing, which has in turn sparked even more interest in his just-released album, Blackstar. So much so that Billboard reports it's on track to debut at Number One on the albums chart. That would make it Bowie's first-ever U.S #1. He had come close a few times: 2013's The Next Day hit #2, 1976's Station to Station went to #3 and 1983's Let's Dance peaked at #4. If Blackstar does in fact debut at #1 it will be the first album to oust Adele's 25 from the top spot since its release in November.

Bowie's death has sparked interest in his entire catalog, as Entertainment Weekly reports that Spotify streaming for his music is up 2,700%, the most popular songs being "Heroes," "Let's Dance," "Under Pressure," "Blackstar" and "Tis a Pity She Was a Whore."

photo: Arcade Fire & David Bowie at Summerstage in 2005 (more)
David Bowie Arcade Fire

Yesterday, tons of artists shared tributes to the late David Bowie, and there are more still coming in today.

Arcade Fire, who have collaborated with Bowie more than once, wrote:

David Bowie was one of the band's earliest supporters and champions. He not only created the world that made it possible for our band to exist, he welcomed us into it with grace and warmth. We will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of our lives. A true artist even in his passing, the world is more bright and mysterious because of him, and we will continue to shout prayers into the atmosphere he created.
In a statement to Pitchfork, Deerhunter and Atlas Sound frontman Bradford Cox said:
First of all, who cares what I have to say about David Bowie? I've been reading all of these amazing tributes written by people who actually knew him and I feel kind of weird talking about it, but I'm very honored to be asked. Honestly, I got more texts and phone calls about Bowie's death than I did back when I got hit by a car, which is oddly flattering because it just means that people that know me also know how much I loved him.

There's no question. There's nobody that's had a bigger influence on my entire life--not just on the way I make music, but also the way I think and feel about things--than David Bowie. I literally wouldn't do what I do if it weren't for him...and looking back, there's honestly not a part of my life that can't be somehow defined by whatever David Bowie record I was listening to at the time. I can't really say that about any other artist. I mean, if I want to relive my childhood and young adulthood I can basically just listen to the Sound + Vision box set.

Read the rest of Bradford's lengthy tribute here.

We already posted Kim Gordon's, and here's one from her Sonic Youth bandmate Lee Ranaldo (via The Talkhouse):

In 1997, we in Sonic Youth were amazed when we got word from David Bowie, inviting us to perform with him onstage at Madison Square Garden in celebration of his 50th birthday. That he even knew who we were was amazing to us! We had been so inspired and influenced by his music for so long, and it was a huge thrill to join him in performance. Hanging out with him leading up to the concert, it was clear that he was still fully engaged and informed about all kinds of music and art going on around him, curious and open to new influences. Not many of his generation were tuned in to the kind of thing that we were doing, but he certainly was.

A few days before the show, we all trooped up to Connecticut for rehearsal. David had rented the Hartford Civic Center arena for the day so we could rehearse and get comfortable in a venue with a stage the same size as Madison Square Garden! He had asked our friend Tony Oursler to do some of his video projections as the stage set for the concert. Tony was a fellow artist-traveller who had directed our "Tunic" video a few years prior. David impressed us with his focus and his friendly and positive demeanor throughout a long day. He was excited, and certainly we were! We were only halfway thru our thirty-year career as a band at that time, while he was already past that mark, and obviously still going strong. A Radical Adult.

This morning, for some reason I woke unexpectedly at 6:00 AM and couldn't sleep. I reached for my phone to check the New York Times, and was completely shocked -- devastated! -- to read the news. A new album, new theatre production, new musical directions -- he was so active this last year. To realize that he was accomplishing all this while knowing his fate makes his recent accomplishments all the more inspiring.

In a statement to Pitchfork, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore says:
David Bowie's energy was charged with light. His love and passion for art, in all its intrigue and interplay with nature, was manifest in his smile, his charm. He loved to experiment while honoring the grace of tradition and subsequently informed and inspired anyone lucky enough to be there when Ziggy Stardust took the stage and hit the racks. When punk rode into town and every rock n' roller pre-1976 was denounced as a dinosaur, there were few exceptions. Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Captain Beefheart, Yoko Ono, Neil Young, Marc Bolan, Eno, Bryan Ferry and definitely Bowie.

He was the one gentleman who excitedly applauded Devo and Suicide and in the 80s was rumored to have been checking out Pixies, Sonic Youth, et al. He asked Sonic Youth to play "I'm Afraid of Americans" with his band at his 50th birthday party at Madison Square Garden in 1997. We met and rehearsed a couple of times and played the gig and it was all amazing, another realm of experience from where we traversed, but the one thing I always remember is him coming into the communal dressing room area where all the other artists were to say hello and have some photos taken. As he was leaving he turned and shouted, "Hi Coco, I'm so happy you're here! Have a great time!" to my three-year-old daughter Coco, who I was holding in my arms. She was the only person unaware of any hierarchy of celebrity in the room.

It brings to mind Bowie's early connection with Buddhist philosophy, practice and meditation, studying with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Lama Chime RInpoche. Legend has it that David had considered a life as a monk but his teachers saw his light was needed beyond the monastery and advised him to follow it. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in later years, became the Buddhist teacher to Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman and so many others who employ kindness and contemplative thought as activism towards peace. Bowie, fabulous Capricorn, touched each of us in a remarkable and personal way, sharing not only his genuine brilliance for songwriting, but his joy for life, his rock n' roll love. Now we see, the Starman who'd "love to blow our minds" was indeed the man himself, dignified in his devotion to creative bliss, light and love.

Also via The Talkhouse, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio:
I was coming back to California from France on January 9th, had bought and downloaded Blackstar right before I got on the plane, listened to it a bunch, passed out at home and woke up to all of this very sad news. Still seems like a dream. I was working on some music with a friend the day before I'd left and we talked about how excited we were to hear Blackstar after hearing the singles and how great it was to be alive and able to say, "Hey, the new Bowie's coming out tomorrow." Talked about how many millions of people had said that, had thought that, over the course of four-plus decades, and every time with the sincere question attached, "Well, what is it going to BE?" "What is it going to be LIKE?" "WHO is he now?" Listening to the record, reading the lyrics, it seems like maybe he had the same questions about living and leaving.

I feel insanely lucky that he took an interest and was so incredibly supportive of anything we were doing with TV on the Radio, and the fact that he was kind enough to record a song with us is something I don't think I'll ever be able to fully process. In the very, very little time he spent with the band he was so humble it was eerie. He was incredibly funny, and chatting casually about bands like Lightning Bolt and Black Dice, and how into them he was, pushed me out of the deep shock of "I'm talking to him" and into the even deeper shock of "I love these bands completely, but why would YOU know or care about... oh right... you're... David Bowie. You probably know and care a bit about everything... which maybe no one can, but maybe... you're... no one? Who ARE you?" Then he sang on the song and we, as a band, shat our collective pants. And still, afterwards...Who WAS that? Which one was that? Who was that person who had, and had lived so many ideas that he'd actually become an idea himself?

Huge artist lessons from that idea: Change is the law. Get to it. Get lost. Try it out. Don't get scared of your pain. Sit with it. Maybe it matters so much because it doesn't. Don't get stuck. Freak yourself out. Crack up. Stay interested. Make something. If you recognize it too well, mess up its face, bend it, make it something else. Make THAT something else. Stay on top of it. Drop it. Get magic. Build ways in, build ways out. Be disciplined. Make it count, be kind and stay true to yourself, whichever one you happen to be at the time.

The news, like this beautiful man, this art and artist, fills and empties and refills your heart and just keeps going. I don't know that he ever was, or could be fixed in one place, but now I think he's just everywhere, in a fine mist, every single one of him, all of them love.

Blondie Bowie

Blondie singer Debbie Harry, in a statement to Dazed, said:

In NYC there is a yearly Bowie Ball when local musicians all perform a Bowie song. It happens every year and this next one will be a sad and extremely heartfelt evening for everyone. Who doesn't love Bowie? A visionary artist, musician, actor, a completely renaissance man who has given us a long list of songs like "Heroes", "Rebel Rebel", "Young Americans", "Diamond Dogs", "The Jean Genie" and many, many more, and some memorable film performances like The Man Who Fell to Earth, Basquiat, Labyrinth, The Hunger.

I can't say enough things about David Bowie to show how much I love him. When the Low album was out and Iggy Pop was about to tour, David played keyboards in Iggy's band. They asked Blondie to open for them, and as they say, the rest is history. Without this visionary and his friend Iggy Pop, where would Blondie be today? Silly question and one that can't be answered really, but there is no doubt in my mind that Bowie played a big part in our future successes. As for now, love you David Bowie. Xx

Madonna wrote:
I'm devastated.
David Bowie changed the course of my life forever. I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan. Like an oddball or a freak. I went to see him in concert at Cobo Arena in Detroit. It was the first concert I'd ever been too. I snuck out of the house with my girlfriend wearing a cape.
We got caught after and I was grounded for the summer. I didn't care.
I already had many of his records and was so inspired by the way he played with gender confusion .
Was both masculine and feminine.
Funny and serious.
Clever and wise.
His lyrics were witty ironic and mysterious.
At the time he was the thin white Duke and he had mime artists on stage with him and very specific choreography
And I saw how he created a persona and used different art forms within the arena of rock and Roll to create entertainment.
I found him so inspiring and innovative.
Unique and provocative. A real Genius.
his music was always inspiring but seeing him live set me off on a journey that for me I hope will never end.
His photographs are hanging all over my house today.
He was so chic and beautiful and elegant.
So ahead of his time.
Thank you David Bowie.
I owe you a lot. .
The world will miss you.
Madonna also covered "Rebel Rebel" at her show on Tuesday in honor of him. Video below.

Ozzy Osbourne said "It knocked the shit out of me." Read his interview with Rolling Stone about it.

Billy Bragg talked about his love of Bowie...

All of the artists that me and my mates at school listened to were reassuringly heterosexual: Slade, Rod Stewart, Status Quo. Bowie was something else. As 14-year-olds in 1972, if we knew anything about him it was that he was a 'bender' - in the spiteful parlance of the playground - and so best avoided. Then I heard 'The Jean Genie'. With no foreknowledge of the Velvet Underground, this just sounded to me like a thumping great dose of bootboy pop that beat Slade at their own game. I was hooked.

When 'Aladdin Sane' came out a few months later, the open gatefold sleeve was displayed in the window of the local record store: Bowie standing, hands on hips, naked except for the red/blue lightening bolt across his face. The fact that he had no discernable genitalia seemed only to confirm that he was not as other men.

Coming out as a Bowie fan would leave me open to jibes about my own sexuality, but I couldn't resist the sock hop pop of 'The Prettiest Star' and the fretful grandeur of 'Drive-In Saturday'. I took the record into school and found that, rather than being called names, it made me more popular with the smart girls in our class who got together in the lunch break to listen to 'Hunky Dory'. Bowie's androgyny - making him popular with both boys and girls - had created a bridge across what had been, for me, an unfathomable chasm.
After he played Romford Odeon on the last leg of the Ziggy Stardust tour in April 1973, the whole of the 4th year seemed to go Bowie mad. My parents wouldn't buy me anything androgynous to wear, but I did take the cover of 'Aladdin Sane' to the local barber's to get the 'Bowie cut'.

I remained a huge fan of his work as he has moved effortlessly forward, engaging with new ideas and media. I ended up spending my life with a girl who saw the Ziggy Stardust tour and we take great delight in the fact that our son has grown up to be a huge Bowie fan.
But whenever I hear his music, I'm a teenager again, taking my first taste of something ungendered, transgressive. At a crucial moment in my adolescence, David Bowie showed me that masculinity wasn't the only way to attract girls and, for that, I thank him.

Britt Daniel of Spoon uploaded a cover of Bowie's "Never Let Me Down" and wrote:
I went to bed early last night. Woke up at 3 and glanced at my phone. It's 515 now and I'm realizing there'll be no more sleep tonight. I was just saying last week isn't it amazing how Bowie is still with us and we get another album from him? No other artist has meant as much to me personally or inspired my own songs as much. What a spirit. What an inspiration. What a shining example of the beauty that humanity can create. Bless him.
Head HERE to read tributes by Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Brian May, Jarvis Cocker, Brian Eno, Devo, Nile Rodgers, J Mascis, Jimmy Page and more. Head here for Iggy Pop.

Listen to Britt's cover and TV on the Radio's (not new) cover of "Heroes" below...

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Back in October, The National's Matt Berninger collaborated with former Menomena frontman Brent Knopf as EL VY, releasing a fantastic debut album, Return To The Moon. Last night (1/11), they were one of the many artists to pay tribute to the late David Bowie, when they covered his classic "Let's Dance" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. They were joined by Colbert's house band Jon Batiste & Stay Human. Watch their performance below.

In other National side project news, the Devendorf brothers, Bryan and Scott, have announced their own new band with Ben Lanz (who's worked with The National, Beirut and others) called LNZNDRF. Their self-titled debut album is out on February 19 via 4AD. The album includes the songs "Beneath the Black Sea," "Kind Things," and "Mt. Storm," which you can check out videos of the band performing below.

In addition to the new album, LNZNDRF will be touring and playing two NYC shows at Mercury Lounge on March 5 (early and late). Tickets for those shows go on AmEx presale Wednesday (1/13) at noon and on general sale on Friday (1/15) at noon.

Al dates are listed, with the videos and LNZNDRF album tracklist, below...

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by Bill Pearis

tributes outside of Bowie's SoHo apartment (via @natebui)
Bowie RIP Tribute

The world is still reeling from the news of David Bowie's death, just two days after his 69th birthday (and the release of his great new album, Blackstar). Here in NYC, where Bowie lived, fans have been leaving candles, flowers and other tributes outside his SoHo apartment building on Lafayette St, and there are also tributes being left outside of the East Village's New York Theatre Workshop where his musical, Lazarus, is in the middle of its sold-out run.

As mentioned, Michael Dorf's annual Carnegie Hall concert will be a tribute to Bowie and there are bound to be many more musical tributes in the weeks ahead. There's actually one tonight (1/11) at C'Mon Everybody in Brooklyn featuring Lena Hall, Stephen Trask, and Tim Mislock of Hedwig and The Angry Inch, as well as Akie Bermiss, Bridget Barkan and more. Advance tickets for this event, which has been in the planning for over a month, are sold out but there will be limited $10 tickets at the door tonight. Doors are at 7:30 PM. Flyer is below.

There is also going to be a David Bowie tribute at Manhattan Inn tonight homage to his work by Legs and SPK, also featuring Bowie celebrations by members of A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Strange Names, EMEFE, Pavo Pavo, Indigo Street, and other artists. That show is free and doors are at 8:30 PM.

Jason Lindner, who played on Blackstar, plays Nublu tonight (1/15) as part of his "Electronic Mondays" January residency. Performing with him tonight are Sasha Masakowski (vocals, electronics), Jesske Hume (bass, electronics), and Abe Seiferth (electro-beats). It's $10 at the door.

Also coming up is Disappears' performance of Bowie's 1977 album Low at Baby's All Right on February 20 which they originally performed as of part of last year's Bowie Changes exhibit at Chicago's MCA. They'll also perform a set of all-new songs and tickets are still available.

Other Bowie-related events: The "Feeling Gloomy" danceparty is hosting a special Bowie weekend: Friday (1/15) at Littlefield and Saturday and Sunday (1/16 & 1/17) at Grand Victory. There's also a Bowie edition of "12XU" at HiFi Bar on Saturday. At Bowery Electric on Sunday it's a Bowie edition of "Sally Can't Dance" with DJs Jonathan Toubin, MIss Guy, Alix Brown, plus a live performance by Bowie cover band Michael T. & the Vanities with loads of special guests (tickets)

If you need other Bowie things today to fill the void there is no shortage of stuff to watch. Bowie made a lot of television appearances in the 1970s, including more than a few visits to daytime talk shows. He chatted with Dick Cavett in 1974 (where he performed "Young Americans" and "1984"), and he and pal Iggy Pop talked punk rock with Dinah Shore in 1977. You can watch those, plus visits to Soul Train, a Cher special and more, below.

Bowie in 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence'

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

There are also Criterion Collection editions of Bowie Films The Man Who Fell to Earth and Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence. Neither are on Criterion's Hulu page at the time, but that might change. You can see free screenings of both of those films in NYC at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater on Friday (1/15) with Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence at 6:30 PM and The Man Who Fell to Earth at 9 PM.

Bowie was also great as Andy Warhol in Basquiat which is on Netflix. There's also the 1983 vampire flick The Hunger (which also stars Susan Sarandon, Catherine Deneuve and has Bauhaus performing "Bela Lugosi's Dead" in the opening credits) and is available to rent. You can also watch D.A. Pennebaker's 1973 concert film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars below.

Videology in Williamsburg will be showing Bowie films all night tonight (1/11) in the front bar, starting with Christiane F, and that is free.

And who can forget Bowie as The Goblin King in Jim Henson's 1986 fantasy Labyrinth? It's available to rent or buy digitally. It's a little ways off but there's a 30th Anniversary tribute to Labyrinth happening at Shea Stadium on May 21. No word tickets or who will be performing but flyer for the show, and video of Bowie performing "Magic Dance" in the film, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

David Bowie

It's a truly sad day for music, one where we're forced to say goodbye to the great David Bowie. It's hard to think of what anyone can say that someone like Paul McCartney or Brian Eno hasn't said better. And honestly, the thing that hit me hardest was Iggy Pop simply saying, "He was the best there is." It's impossible to exaggerate Bowie's influence on several decades of both mainstream and underground music, the kind of influence that's as visible on someone like Lady Gaga as it is on someone like Frank Black. As a musician he was fearless, hardly ever content to stick to any one sound for more than a couple albums, and a constant signifier of cool for virtually his entire 50+ year career. Whether it was Iggy Pop in the early '70s or Arcade Fire in the 2000s, a Bowie co-sign still meant the world. And up until almost literally the day he died, he was releasing vital, challenging music. His 25th and final album Blackstar came out four days ago, and it ranks among his best work. It's an experimental, jazz-inspired album that's easily his best release of the 21st century -- if not more than that. It's incredibly shocking that just days after releasing such inspired music, his time would come.

The album had already earned itself a lot of appreciation while Bowie was still alive, but it will now always be remembered the way Tony Visconti suggested he intended it to be: "his parting gift." His previous album, 2013's The Next Day, sounded like Bowie did in his '70s prime era, but Blackstar felt like that Bowie. The Bowie who was always tuned in to the most crucial sounds happening around him (he namedropped Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly as an influence on this album), and who needed to evolve each time he made a record. That's the Bowie he wanted us to remember him as, and he didn't want us to have to get nostalgic to remember him that way. He went out as the wholly unique, impossibly talented artist that he always was.


Bowie's discography is the stuff of legend. As someone who wasn't yet born when most of it came out, I've had almost all of it at my disposal for as long as I can remember, and it truly is the kind of thing you can spend your life dissecting. As a kid I loved the big singles like "Space Oddity," "Rebel Rebel" and "Changes" without any sort of context for how "important" Bowie was. As my dive into the last half-century of pop music got more serious, it became clear that Bowie was relevant -- and usually ahead of the curve -- for almost every style of music my tastes gravitated towards. On the hunt for more Sgt. Pepper's-style whimsical baroque pop, there was his self-titled 1967 debut album, and of course two years later he'd release his own psychedelic (and beyond) pop masterpiece.

For more straight up psych rock there was The Man Who Sold the World, which -- as a child of the '90s -- Nirvana's breathtaking cover of the title track partially inspired me to seek out. Discovering the brilliance of The Stooges and The Velvet Underground was quickly followed by seeing their relationship to Bowie and their effect on Ziggy Stardust. An interest in krautrock brought upon an interest in Station to Station. A love of Eno's ambient soundscapes went hand in hand with Low and the rest of the Berlin trilogy. I rejected new wave in favor of rawer punk for a lot of my life, until I eventually gravitated towards that too, and with it Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps). Even the less essential albums have their charms. On days when I wouldn't know what to listen to, just throwing on a Bowie album I hadn't heard before from any year was rewarding. So few artists have a career this long that you can say that about (though Neil Young is another), that it's almost literally unbelievable.

There's a reason almost every artist you care about is paying tribute to David Bowie today. From the people that influenced him, to the ones that he influenced, he left an impression on them that surely won't ever go away -- and he often made a point to collaborate with them too. Bowie certainly wasn't obscure, and he'd definitely be remembered even without eulogies like this one. But that doesn't change the fact that he deserves every bit of praise given to him. And may he continue to inspire generation after generation of music lovers. Without a doubt, he will.

Listen to some personal favorite Bowie songs below, and share yours and your memories with us in the comments.

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by Bill Pearis

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds at Governors Ball 2015 (more by PSquared)
Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds continue to tour in support of 2015's not-bad-at-all Chasing Yesterday. While a full North American tour has not been announced, they will be playing NYC on July 5 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/15) at noon with a fanclub presale on Thursday (1/14) noon (sign up for Noel's mailing list for the password).

All tour dates are listed, along with a Spotify stream of Chasing Yesterday and a Bowie tribute Noel posted to Facebook this morning, below...

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We already posted Tony Visconti, Iggy Pop, Florence + the Machine, The Mountain Goats, Questlove and Cyndi Lauper's tributes to the late, great David Bowie, and other artists have written tributes as well. Paul McCartney (pictured with Bowie above) writes:

Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I'm proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.

"I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.

Bowie Jagger

The Rolling Stones posted tweets reading: "The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original." Mick Jagger added, "David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work. We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him," and posted the above pic.

Brian May of Queen wrote:

I woke up late, after a long night, to shocking news. David Bowie gone.

I don't know if I can react immediately.

He was a fearsome talent, and the loss to Music and Culture from his passing is inestimable.

In and out of our lives, always challenging and innovative, and ... shocking.

But this news is hard to take in.

I had no idea he was close to death. Would like to have said something ...

Very sad. Sincere condolences to his family.

But what a life.

All hail, David Bowie, Star Man, Hero. RIP

Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, who were clearly heavily influenced by Bowie, talked to BBC 6Music:
He was like an umbrella for people who felt a bit different. Bowie was like a like a lighthouse that guided those people and made them feel it was alright to be different, to try things out and dye your hair and wear strange clothes. I think people feel it very personally because he was very important in how people grew up.

I do think it's quite amazing that he put this record out and managed to keep it secret that he was ill. People should watch that 'Blackstar' video and listen to that song. It's like he's saying goodbye to everybody, he's controlling it.

We can all talk about David Bowie. I think the best thing to do on this day would be to listen to him, and to watch films of him and just see what a fantastic artist he was and how many different guises he had, and the incredible amount of work that he did.

Obviously it's a sad day that he's died, but the fact that he managed to stay in control of that image and make another artistic statement when he was obviously ill and knew that he was dying, I think that's incredible and it makes me feel quite happy that he stayed creative right to the end of his life. I think that can only be inspirational."

Brian Eno

Brian Eno (pictured with Bowie above) said in a statement via BBC:

David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.

We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.

About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.

I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.

I realise now he was saying goodbye.

Bowie Devo

Gerard Casale of Devo (pictured with Bowie at NYC's Max's Kansas City, from a 1970s issue of Rock Scene Magazine, above) wrote: "David Bowie was one of the greatest artists of all time. I feel privileged that I ever got to know him. He gave Devo his blessing. He remained true to his art until the end like I wanted so badly for us to do."

Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie's hit 1983 album Let's Dance, paid tribute in The Guardian:

One day David said: "Nile, this is what I want my album to sound like," and he showed me a picture of Little Richard in a red suit getting into a red Cadillac convertible. How do you translate that?! But in actual fact I knew exactly what he meant, and that was the point I realised that David Bowie was the Picasso of rock'n'roll. He got uncomfortable with me calling him that but I did it anyway. Because I realised he saw the world in an abstract way, as well as in the way we all see it. And what that picture meant was not that he wanted a retro record, or something based on Little Richard's music, but that he wanted something that would always look modern. He showed me the future and the past and it was evergreen. The highly designed Cadillac and the red monochromatic suit - that picture was taken in the 1960s but it would still look modern to someone in the year 3000!
Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, writing for The Talkhouse, said:
When I went to see the David Bowie retrospective traveling the globe, which was then in Chicago, I discovered that he wanted to be a writer when he was a young, with no desire to be a performer. It made sense to me that he would approach performing and his persona from a conceptual practice, understanding the idea of projection, the back 'n' forth unspoken dialogue between performer and audience. There is no one who did it better than Bowie, breaking thru the glass ceiling of gender roles and expectations for what is sexy and charismatic as a rock 'n' roll icon, post John Wayne, bringing the idea of the "dandy" of eighteenth century France into contemporary life, bringing a focus on this new male identity set adrift with no apparent purpose since the demise of the silent cowboy type (who's going to protect and take care of us womenfolk?), except free to be whatever he could imagine he could be, and taking us, his audience, along with him. The world has lost its most glittery son but the music and the imprint of Bowie on the world is forever.
Sonic Youth also posted a video of them performing with Bowie (below)

J Mascis wrote: "I'll miss David Bowie so much. He was the only 60's rocker who seemed to know and care what was going on out of his generation, and made younger bands feel understood and relevant." He posted it along with a stream of Dinosaur Jr's cover of Bowie's "Quicksand," which you can hear below.

Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin said, "Bowie was an innovator, a unique artist with a vision that changed the face of popular music. He is greatly missed."

The Who tweeted, "Rest in peace @DavidBowieReal 1947-2016. With love, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey."

Peter Gabriel writes:

I was shocked to learn of David Bowie's death this morning. He meant so much to me and to so many.

He was a one-off, a brilliant outlier, always exploring, challenging and inspiring anyone who wanted to push the boundaries of music, art, fashion and society.

There are so few artists who can touch a generation as he did, we will miss him badly.

Long Live Lazarus.

Bernard Sumner of New Order writes: "Very shocked and saddened to watch the news this morning and hear about the death of David Bowie. I always looked up at him and thought yeah - he's the real deal, indisputably good, a figurehead for a whole host of musicians I'm sure. We've lost someone unique who can't be replaced."

Soft Cell's Marc Almond says, "It's not often I truly cry at the loss of an artist but I'm devastated. He meant so much. Goodbye David Bowie and our youth. We loved you. X"

Brian Wilson says, "I was shocked to hear today about David Bowie and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I was honored when David recorded "God Only Knows" - he was a great artist and will be missed.
- Love & Mercy, Brian"

Gary Numan tweeted, "A True Legend. David Bowie. RIP"

Yoko Ono John Lennon David Bowie

Yoko Ono posted the above photo and this message:

John and David respected each other. They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family.

After John died, David was always there for Sean and me. When Sean was at boarding school in Switzerland, David would pick him up and take him on trips to museums and let Sean hang out at his recording studio in Geneva.

For Sean this is losing another father figure. It will be hard for him, I know. But we have some sweet memories which will stay with us forever.

Sean adds, "Absolutely devastating news. I feel so lucky to have considered you a friend. R.I.P. Thank you for everything."

Rough Trade shops have announced that they're donating all January profits from Bowie recordings to cancer research.

Lou Reed is unfortunately not around to tell us what he thinks today, but we're sure he's greeting the "master" in the sky.

Also head HERE to read tributes by Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Debbie Harry, Madonna, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and more.

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Holy Holy

David Bowie's longtime collaborator Tony Visconti has been touring with Holy Holy, his band with early-'70s Bowie drummer Woody Woodmansey which pays tribute to the Starman himself. On Bowie's 69th birthday and album release day, three days before the sad news of his passing, Holy Holy's tour hit NYC's Highline Ballroom. Visconti called Bowie on his cell phone from the stage to have the crowd sing "Happy Birthday" to him, and video of that is below.

Holy Holy, which also includes Heaven 17's Glenn Gregory on vocals and Berenice Scott on keys, Terry Edwards on sax, James Stevenson, Paul Cuddeford and Visconti's daughter Jessica Lee Morgan on backing vocals, played 1970's The Man Who Sold the World in full, and continued through a ton of Bowie classics including "Moonage Daydream", a medley that included "All the Young Dudes", "Life on Mars" and Morgan singing "Lady Stardust".

Jessica Lee Morgan and her brother Morgan Visconti opened the show. Pictures continue below.

Tony Visconti is also assembling the house band for Michael Dorf's upcoming Bowie tribute at Carnegie Hall.

UPDATE: Holy Holy will return to Highline Ballroom on January 19. Tickets are on sale.

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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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David Bowie

Three days ago we were celebrating his 69th birthday and a new album. Today we woke up to this devastating news. From his official Facebook:

January 10 2016 - David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief.
Rest in Peace, Ziggy Stardust.

Longtime producer Tony Visconti wrote:

He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life - a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn't, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.
And Iggy Pop says:

Ziggy Stardust

Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Sonic Youth, Pixies, Jarvis Cocker, New Order, Devo & more pay tribute to David Bowie too.

Watch Bowie's new video for "Lazarus", released four days ago, below...

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photo: Florence at Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)

The full tour hasn't been announced yet, but Florence + the Machine is heading out on the road this year with awesome support from Grimes. A few days before she headlines Delaware's Firefly Fesival, she'll headline Brooklyn's Barclays Center on June 14. Tickets for that show go on sale Saturday (1/16) at 10 AM, with a Pandora presale starting Thursday (1/14) at 10 AM, and Live Nation/internet presales starting Friday (1/15) at 10 AM. All known dates are listed below.

Florence also paid tribute to the late David Bowie, writing:

David Bowie was a huge influence on me throughout my life... The original star-man returned to the stars. Thank you for everything you brought us. RIP David Bowie xx
Dates and music from Florence and Grimes' great 2015 albums, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

The Next Day

Happy birthday David Bowie! The Thin White Duke turns 69 today, and it's also the release day for his great new album '★' (pronounced "Blackstar"). It follows 2013's The Next Day, which is a good album but mostly just recalls his Berlin Trilogy era (down to the Heroes-based artwork). Blackstar doesn't sound like much else Bowie has ever done. It's one of his most experimental albums and highly jazz-influenced, yet still very much a rock record. It's pretty amazing that he's making good music at all 50 years into his career, let alone music this essential. Listen to the new album via Spotify below.

Meanwhile if you're in NYC, you can see longtime Bowie collaborator (and Blackstar contributor) Tony Visconti and early-'70s-era Bowie drummer Woody Woodmansey perform 1970's The Man Who Sold the World "and other popular tunes" tonight (1/8) at Highline Ballroom as Holy Holy. Tony's son Morgan Visconti & Jessica Lea Morgan open the show. Tickets are still available.

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