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David Byrne

"Besides their dedication to their art, most [of those participating in Dark Was The Night are] successful -- but one senses that fame wasn't their primary engine for choosing a career in music. There was no hierarchy in this group -- everyone was treated as an equal, and participated with everyone else where they could. Many were already acquaintances or friends. Times have changed. No one was drunk, on drugs or two hours late for rehearsal. There was no "rock star" behavior. That could sound boring -- but such rebellious, clichéd behavior hasn't always guaranteed good music. When great music would surface from a personal or professional mess, it often seemed like a rare but happy accident, unlikely to be repeated." [David Byrne]
That blurb comes from a blog post David Byrne wrote after the Dark Was the Night show at Radio City Music Hall.

Last night (6/3), David Byrne brought his Eno-show to the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. Now on a 2nd-leg of his 2009 U.S. tour (the first leg included two shows at Radio City) , Byrne will bring the show to Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY on Monday June 8th. That 'Celebrate Brooklyn' show is FREE.

All tour dates, more pictures from the Wellmont show, and three videos Fader made of David Byrne giving a guided tour of his office, below...

Continue reading "David Byrne - Wellmont Theater pics, tour dates, video office tour, free show reminder & a Dark Was the Night blog post..."

David Byrne @ Shelburne Museum, Vermont- 6.1.09 (by Graeme Flegenheimer)
David Byrne

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* The Drums @ The Annex
* David Byrne @ Wellmont Theatre
* Yuka Honda, Sex Mob @ The Stone
* Mandy Moore, Tracy Bonham @ Joe's Pub
* Jack Penate, Tanlines, Hexa @ Bruar Falls
* Juliana Barwick, Twi The Humble Feather @ Pianos
* Holiday Shores, Cinema, Cinema, J DiMenna @ Cake Shop
* Jessica Lea Mayfield, Among the Oak and Ash @ Maxwell's
* Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman @ Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
* Gay Beast, Satanized, Joe Lentini, Hot Guts @ Silent Barn
* Art Brut, Tiny Masters of Today, U.S. Royalty @ Mercury Lounge
* Afrobeat Fest w/ Oran Etkin, Wunmigirl, Fertile Ground, Asiko @ Knitting Factory
* Bang on a Can't Afford the Other Benefit w/ So Percussion, Newspeak, Gutbucket, NOW Ensemble @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Bang on a Can benefit w/ Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, David Cossin, Wu Man, Maya Beiser, Talujon @ (Le) Poisson Rouge

Other Music changed one detail about getting tickets to the Dirty Projectors in-store. Those albums are now going on sale TONIGHT. You need to go buy an album to get into the show.

Femi Kuti & the Positive Force and BLK JKS AREN'T playing Irving Plaza tonight -- but they will be there tomorrow.

David Byrne is also playing Prospect Park on Monday.

Doves play Terminal 5 tomorrow.

Holiday Shores are in town from Florida. They have a bunch of shows scheduled including tonight at Cake Shop and tomorrow at Pianos with Jack Penate.

Who is playing the Williamsburg Waterfront this year?

We premiered the new James Yuill video yesterday. It's below again in case you missed it....

Nardwuar intereviewed K'naan. Full extended video interview below...

Peaches' new video for "Lose You" below...

What else?

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STREAM: Regina Spektor - Laughing With (WINDOWS, QUICKTIME)

Radiohead

Radiohead have gone back into the studio to start work on the follow-up to their 2007 album In Rainbows.

"We just went in last week," bassist Colin Greenwood said. "It was really good. It was really noisy and chaotic and really fun."

But the group do not have fully formed songs yet, he said.

"We're at the stage where we've got the big Lego box out and we've tipped it out on the floor and we're looking at all the bits and thinking, what next?"

The new album, which will be their eighth, will again see producer Nigel Godrich work with the band. [BBC]

Listen to a new Regina Spektor song above. Listen to a new David Byrne EP below...

Continue reading "Radiohead in the studio, David Byrne releases/streams new live benefit EP, and another new Regina Spektor song"

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The 'Celebrate Brooklyn Bike Zone' will be the largest bike parking initiative at a cultural (non-bike) event in NYC. Bike to the Bandshell and safely park your bicycle at the 'Celebrate Brooklyn Bike Zone' located at 11th Street and Prospect Park West. We are partnering with Transportation Alternatives to provide Bike Valet and Self Park & Lock areas to accommodate approximately 400 bikes.

Got a Flat? Need to pump up those tires? Adjust your seat?

No problem! Transportation Alternatives will have volunteer Bike Experts onsite at the Bike Zone to help with minor bike repairs.

How do I Bike to the Bandshell?

With new bike lanes on Vanderbilt Avenue, Bedford Avenue, 9th Street, 3rd Street and other approaches to Prospect Park, biking to Celebrate Brooklyn has never been easier. Visit ridethecity.com/celebratebrooklyn to map the safest route from where you live.

Be like David Byrne and ride your bike to (the free) David Byrne (concert in Prospect Park this summer). Or take the G.

David Byrne rides his bike, in the video below...

Continue reading "Celebrate Brooklyn concerts launch free bike valet service "

photos by Natasha Ryan, words by Andrew Frisicano

Dark Was the Night

Dark Was the Night live finally happened Sunday, May 3rd at Radio City. Right before showtime, there were still tickets available, but the auditorium seemed fairly full as the Dirty Projectors set began. The band sounded great with its newly fleshed out six-piece lineup (though I didn't catch the titles of the first Bitte Orca song). The reverb of the room was almost a special guest of its own and a welcome addition throughout the night. On new single "Stillness Is the Move" singer Amber Coffman really let loose with the dance moves and the added vocal acrobatics the song deserves. David Byrne joined the band on their Dark Was the Night collaborations -- the not-on-the-comp "Ambulance Man" and album opener "Knotty Pine."

Red Hot executive director John Carlin (Red Hot being the AIDS advocacy group that put out Dark Was the Night along with many other benefit comps) came out and said a few words about the performers before My Brightest Diamond/Shara Worden burst into her cover of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good." Worden was backed by Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) on keys, members of the National including the two Dessners brothers (who were obvious fixtures through the night), drummer Bryan Devendorf, plus horns and strings. Worden's massive voice filled the hall, but sadly took the lead for only one song.

The rest of The National guys came on stage for Boxer song "Slow Show," followed by new song "England." Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and band were on stage for backups, and for The National's Dark Was the Night contribution, "So Far Around the Bend," Vernon even picked up a guitar and took a solo. The band closed with another new song, which singer Matt Berninger mumbled the title of a few times (anyone catch it?).

Dark Was the Night

For the next set, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek took the stage in a sharp looking suit and performed one track, his DwtN Troggs cover "With a Girl Like You." Here it was backed by a fuzzed out bass, horns, keys, and a collection of the night's performers on handclaps and tambourines (Dirty Projectors, Dessners, others).

As John Carlin announced earlier, the first half of the show was to close with David Byrne's three Red Hot compilation contributions. Led by five hand percussionists, Byrne opened with Cole Porter's "Don't Fence Me In." Second, he played "Dreamworld: Marco De Canavesems" with Justin Vernon sitting in on vocals for Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso (who originally collaborated with Bryne on the track). The tune's hyped up bossa nova, with the Dessners on guitars, was one of the night's many highlights. Finally, Byrne sang with Feist (who subbed for the original's Marisa Monte) on the Antonio Carlos Jobim song "Waters of March" ("Aguas de Março"). Even with Byrne starring down at the lyric prompt for nearly the whole song, the jumping melody of that tune was an amazing end to the first set.

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Continue reading "Dark Was the Night @ Radio City Music Hall in NYC (Brightest Byrne Bon National Feist Projectors) - pics, review & setlist"

Warhol Britta

A performing arts program of BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn, Celebrate Brooklyn! is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals. Launched in 1979, as a catalyst for a Brooklyn performing arts scene and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect, Celebrate Brooklyn has been an anchor in the park's revitalization and has become one of the city's foremost summer cultural attractions. Over the course of its history Celebrate Brooklyn has presented over 1,700 artists and ensembles reflective of the borough's diversity, ranging from internationally acclaimed performers to emerging, cutting-edge artists. All Celebrate Brooklyn performances are free. The festival attracts upwards of 250,000 attendees from across New York City to the Prospect Park Bandshell each summer.
All performances except Benefit Concerts are free with a $3 suggested contribution. They are listed below...

Continue reading "Celebrate Brooklyn! 2009 Prospect Park concert schedule "

DOWNLOAD: The National - So Far Around The Bend (MP3)

Dark Was The Night producers (from left) Bryce Dressner, John Carlin, & Aaron Dressner (Photo by Tim Soter)
Dark was the night

NPR Music will record the Dark Was the Night Concert and offer performances from it online at www.npr.org/music The show will gather many major indie music acts at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, May 3 to commemorate the release of the charity compilation of the same name.

Host of NPR Music's All Songs Considered Bob Boilen will attend and report from the show that features several of the artists that contributed to the compilation, including Dirty Projectors, David Byrne, My Brightest Diamond, The National, Dave Sitek (from TV on the Radio), Bon Iver, Feist and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. A week following, songs from the event along with Boilen's commentary and interviews with many of the artists will be available for streaming at www.npr.org/music The concert will also be available for download via the "Live in Concert" podcast.

Tickets for tonight's show are still on sale. It's all going to charity.

"The National's Aaron Dessner explained the format of the show to Pitchfork in a recent news feature, 'We're going to have two halves (of the show). The first half will be songs from Dark Was the Night, and then there will be a short intermission. And then afterwards, there will be mini-sets by different artists and collaborations, both things that relate to Dark Was the Night and some that don't.'" I was told the show will be four hours long.

And according to an official set of Blonde Redhead tour dates someone sent me (a list that includes the show in Brooklyn's Prospect Park), Blonde Redhead will be there tonight. All (three) dates below (thanks Joseph). David Byrne, who will definitely be there, is also playing Prospect Park.

Dark Was the nightDespite probably-originally-tentatively agreeing to do it, Grizzly Bear won't be playing Radio City because they landed a spot on the Jools Holland show in the UK that had to be taped this weekend. Yeasayer are recording a new album in the woods somewhere. Why Sufjan Stevens won't be there is still a mystery though. Maybe he will? Other NYC-area artists that are part of the CD, but not on the bill include the New Pornographers (AC Newman lives here I think), Yo La Tengo, My Morning Jacket (Jim James lives here I think), and Antony.

According to an interview with the "Dressner" brothers at Vanity Fair, the National will play two new songs at the show. They wouldn't say much else except that we should expect some "exciting collaborations". I know that Thomas "Doveman" Bartlett will be playing piano at the show. Also heads up Europe: they'd "like to do another show in London and/or Paris but it is a huge amount of work and schedule coordination to pull off so I'm not sure. But we're looking at options!"

And in what had to be the worst timing ever for "huge shows with special guests", Pete Seeger's 90th birthday party is also tonight, but at the much larger Madison Square Garden. Maybe Bruce Springsteen will stop over to sing a song at Radio City before his set at MSG. Hey, it doesn't seem completely impossible.

Continue reading "Dark Was The Night today! NPR recording. Blonde Redhead playing? Will anyone else? Who's going? (tix still on sale)"

ATP UK

Voodoo Experience Festival is happening in New Orleans's City Park on October 30th, 31st and November 1st.

The 11th annual VOODOO EXPERIENCE will once again celebrate music, as well as New Orleans' bohemian culture, arts and cuisine. More than 160 bands will perform in three distinct performance areas--Le Ritual, Le Flambeau and Le Carnival--and eight stages each highlight a unique side of the personality of New Orleans. News re: this year's line-up will be revealed in the coming months.
Three-day weekend passes ($103) and VIP tix are on sale for fest. Its organizers have announced that ticket prices will be all inclusive aka no extra fees, despite being sold through Ticketmaster.

The rapidly approaching Bonnaroo (June 11-14) has added a David Byrne curated stage to its lineup...

We are very excited to announce that David Byrne has assembled a number of performers for the first artist-curated stage! On the evening of Friday, June 12 Byrne, who is performing the "Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno," will host his recent collaborators Santigold and the Dirty Projectors, singer/songwriter and founder of Righteous Babe Records Ani DiFranco, former Polyphonic Spree member and Beggar's Banquet recording artist St. Vincent and up-and-coming multi-instrumental all-female Norwegian alt/folk band Katzenjammer.
Also in the curating news -- My Bloody Valentine, who curated part of ATP's first festival in NY in 2008, is putting together the lineup for ATP UK's Nightmare Before Christmas 2009. It was mentioned previously that Sonic Youth will be there.
[Nightmare Before Christmas '09] event will take place at Butlins Holiday Resort in Minehead, England from December 4th - 6th, 2009. So far confirmed to join the legendary sonic sculptors are:

Sonic Youth
De La Soul
EPMD
Sun Ra Arkestra
The Horrors

And of course, My Bloody Valentine themselves.

Tickets for that are on sale now. If you don't have the cash upfront, there's an option to pay through the ATP "installment scheme," which, though it sounds sketchy, is actually a way to buy part of your ticket now and pay the remainder in July. The poster for the fest is above.

That's somewhat similar to the layaway plan announced by All Points West (Jul 31-Aug 2). Tickets are still on sale for APW. You can also get advance round-trip ferry tickets from Battery Park to the fest for $15. They go up "$20 the week of the show, and $25 if purchased at the ferry box office on the day of the show. Individual tickets must be purchased for each day."

My Bloody Valentine is among the artists playing All Points West this year.

Other quick festival news:

Coachella happened. My Bloody Valentine played. A guy got tased.

The lineup for Lollapalooza (August 7-9) was announced.

Mutek's lineup (May 27-31) was updated.

In NYC, the Tribeca Film Festival is happening now, through May 3rd.

The lineup for Pitchfork Fest (July 7-9) was updated. That's posted below...

Continue reading "Voodoo Fest tix, David Byrne's stage @ Bonnaroo, My Bloody Valentine's UK ATP, Pitchfork's lineup & other festival news"

David Byrne @ Radio City Music Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
David Byrne

Celebrate Brooklyn's opening night gala (and first concert of the season) will take place at the Prospect Park Bandshell on June 8th.

The Green Gala will be an exciting eco-friendly evening with a zero waste goal that launches other green initiatives including cycling and recycling efforts to reduce the Festival's environmental impact and to promote eco-friendly practices. All proceeds from the gala provide vital funds for Celebrate Brooklyn's free programming and will also support our green initiatives.

5:30 Cocktails & Dinner
7:30 Remarks
8:00 Performance (reserved seats)
10:00 Dance Party

Tickets for all of the above will cost you anywhere from $325 for a single ticket, to $10,000 for a Vice Chair Table. However, if you just want see the performance aka DAVID BYRNE, you can, for free (or pay the $3.00 suggested donation).

Most of the shows at the Brooklyn bandshell are free (like did I mention David Byrne on June 8th???), but a few are benefits (aka cost money) to help make the free ones happen. MGMT and Kuroma (sold out), Animal Collective (still on sale), and Jackson Browne (still on sale) all fit into the benefit category. Now you can also add Bonnie Rait and Taj Mahal to that list. They are on tour together and will play there on August 12th (on sale date TBA) (all dates below).

The full lineup of free shows happening at the bandshell in Prospect Park this summer will be announced in a few weeks. Until then we can try and figure them out. One possibility is King Sunny Ade on July 18th. Do you know any others? We're also keeping track of who is playing Central Park Summerstage.

The bandshell is not the only place events happen in Prospect Park though. The Long Meadow, with the addition of a stage, can and has also become a venue (usually for opera, orchestras, and other more-high-art events). According to the Daily News, there's now also a chance it will also become the location of Woodstock's planned NYC anniversary concert...

"It's big, it's convenient. There's public transportation - and Brooklyn's cool," said Lang, 64. "I'd love to do it. But it's been a very tough year."

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe confirmed the city is in talks with Lang about the event.

"New York City has a wonderful legacy of great free concerts," said Benepe, adding Prospect Park would be a great spot for such a concert.

"It's a park we have been pointing concert promoters to," said Benepe. "There's no space anywhere in Central Park as large as the the Long Meadow in Prospect Park."

Lang, who grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, said he knows the clock is ticking and that to make the free daylong show work, he has to find the necessary $8 million to $10 million to pay for it by the end of the month.

If the money comes through, Lang is hoping to attract up to 150,000 people and feature a mix of Woodstock legends like Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Neil Young, as well as newer bands that fit the vibe, like Dave Matthews and Phish.

David Byrne's Brooklyn show comes five days after the not-free one he's playing at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. You can also catch him playing a different set on May 3rd at Radio City Music Hall. You may have caught him earlier this year, also at Radio City, at one of his two Eno-shows he played there.

Bonnie Rait & Taj Mahal dates below...

Continue reading "David Byrne (!), Woodstock, Bonnie Rait, Taj Mahal & other Prospect Park concert news "

Brazilian Girls

The Brazilian Girls have teamed-up with the legendary David Byrne to release an English-language version of the song "Losing Myself." Byrne duets with lead singer Sabina Sciubba on the new version of the song, available exclusively through iTunes on March 24.

Sciubba explains that the song is "a journey through New York City's subway, streets, crowds, nights and clubs. Everywhere you go, you leave something behind: your scarf, a shoe, a memory, your money, an ear, your friends, your head ...until you end up being light as a feather and you have nothing left but your freedom."

The original version of the song, recorded in French, was released last summer on the Brazilian Girls latest full length album New York City (Verve Forecast).

In related news, David Byrne is now confirmed for the Dark Was the Night concert. Bon Iver was also recently added. The only previously-rumored band now in question is Grizzly Bear. The National, Dirty Projectors, Feist, Dave Sitek, Sharon Jones, and My Brightest Diamond are also all on the May 3rd Radio City Music Hall bill, and who knows who else they will get to join. An official message reads that artists "will perform songs from the Dark Was The Night' compilation", and "The show will also include mini-sets and collaborations by various artists." Tickets are still on sale.

Tickets are also still on sale for David Byrne's June 3rd show at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ.

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Faith-Ann Young

N.A.S.A.

Truth told, it was hard to pay any attention to any of the music because randomly, three drunk chicks in silver spandex bodysuits and green painted legs came onstage and did a little bizarre, nonsensical, inebriated dance tease (doubt they were professionals as they were having difficulty balancing or even standing still in their stilettos...while visibly wasted). When the crowd grew bored of that (after throwing beer cans and dollar bills at the girls' feet), men dressed as apes came on stage and freaked with the drunk man-woman-alien chicks.

I asked around if anyone knew if this was customary for N.A.S.A., but no one had a clue what was going on.... - Faith

That's a description of N.A.S.A.'s free record release party (1/29) for debut The Spirit of Apollo which came out on Anti in February. N.A.S.A. return to LPR tonight (3/12) for a show with DJ Stretch Armstrong. Tickets are still available.

N.A.S.A., the duo of Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon, will also tour the U.S. in February and March playing an official SXSW showcase at Emo's on March 19 (plus a few other Austin gigs - see below) and a performance at Coachella on April 17.

N.A.S.A.'s recent album, laden with guest spots from Tom Waits to M.I.A. and RZA, also sported interchangeable artwork from five artists - who seem to be taking turns illustrating the group's videos. Marcel Dzama (who worked on the video for Department of Eagles' "No One Does It Like You," to be unveiled at MOMA) drew N.A.S.A.'s "The People Tree," a song that features David Byrne, Chali 2na, Gift Of Gab and Z-Trip. Artist Splunny created the video for "Hip Hop," below, and the band's newest video, for "Way Down," was illustrated by artist Sage Vaughn. Obama-artist Shepard Fairey (who will be at Coachella) made a video for "Money," discussed here. All of these and more will be collected on the N.A.S.A. documentary in the works.

All tour dates, videos, and more pictures from the last LPR show, below...

Continue reading "more N.A.S.A. videos & tour dates + pics from Le Poisson Rouge where they play again tonight"

words & photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Blackout Sabbath

At the City Winery last week (3/4), Rufus Wainwright put together an acoustic, unamplified show lit only by candle light to promote BlackoutSabbath, a kind of grass roots conservation thing inspired by the improvisational adaptation of New Yorkers during the Great Blackout of years past.

Ironically, the only low point of the evening was when two hoped-up Obama campaigners went on a bit too long about 'change'. Otherwise the music was excellent - intimate, warm and playful.

The gang included Rufus, Aunt Sloan, Lucy Wainwright-Roche, David Byrne (who brought along current tour-mates Mark De Gli Antoni and Mauro Refosco), Jenni Muldaur (also on tour with Byrne), Janeane Garofalo (comedy bit/rant) and Teddy Thompson. As Rufus put it in the beginning, it was "like a campfire sing-a-long".

Some of the highlights included a group effort on the Roger Miller classic "King of the Road", Teddy Thompson covering ABBA's "Super Trooper" (which as he pointed out is an ode to an electric spotlight), David Byrne singing Webb Pierce's "There Stands the Glass", Rufus doing a solo guitar performance of "Beautiful Child" (with the audience filling in the chromatic rise and fall) plus an encore of "Hallelujah" with Rufus on piano.

Rufus played a benefit at Highline Ballroom one day earlier. David Byrne headlined two nights at Radio City Music Hall less than a week earlier, and has another show coming up at the NJ venue Rufus and Lucy played in mid-February. More BlackoutSabbath pictures below...

Continue reading "Rufus Wainwright's BlackoutSabbath w/ special guest David Byrne & Janeane Garofalo @ City Winery, NYC - pics"

UPDATE: I'm being warned that Just because Feist posted this poster, it doesn't mean it's definitely true...

Feist
Thanks Wembley for pointing out that Feist posted the above poster to her official website. It reveals that Grizzly Bear and David Byrne will most likely be performing at the just-officially-announced Dark Was the Night show at Radio City Music Hall. Why weren't they part of the initial announcement? Maybe because David Byrne has a show coming up at Wellmont Theater in NJ (tickets), and Grizzly Bear are playing two at Town Hall.

UPDATE: I am being told that the above additions to the lineup are not confirmed. If you don't see the lineup on Bowery Presents' website, it is not considered official. Keep that in mind when buying tickets ($38, $48, $58).

Grizzly Bear and The National are both also part of the lineup at this year's Pitchfork Festival in Chicago.

David Byrne just played two shows of his own at Radio City, and right after that he appeared on the Colbert Report. Videos from the TV appearance below...

Continue reading "David Byrne (& Grizzly Bear) playing Dark Was the Night show (according to Feist) + video from David on Colbert"

David Byrne & dancers @ Radio City Music Hall in NYC (photo by Jane Kratochvil)
David Byrne

"C warned me that there was a not so complimentary review in the NY Times this morning, and advised me against reading it. I don't read all the press and reviews we get, but as I do read that paper regularly, I would have inevitably stumbled upon it. Apparently the reviewer, Jon Pareles, loves the Bush Of Ghosts album and has some kind of nostalgia for those days. We all know music snobs who like to remind everyone that they heard so and so back when they were really good. This, however, is the same reviewer who leveled charges of "cultural imperialism" against Bush Of Ghosts in his Rolling Stone review back in the early 80's. For years afterwards, almost every interviewer asked me to respond to his charge, and many press articles quoted it. It was like the joke about "When did you stop beating your wife?" -- the charge was silly and ill-informed, but one was constantly put on the defensive, and even assumed to be guilty, simply by the question being raised. It was annoying, it lasted for years, and it hurt.

Given that track record, I guess 30 years from now he'll figure out what this show was about.

I still haven't read the review, and don't intend to. While taking criticism on board can be constructive, it can also be detrimental to the creative process if it's considered while that process is still under way. It undermines one's enthusiasm and will -- which is OK, beneficial even, but only after a tour (for example) is over. This review, by all reports, wasn't helpful criticism anyway -- it seemed to be one of those reviews that comes from some psychological issues the writer has -- and therefore even a belated reading is not going to help us refine what we do." [DAVID BYRNE]

The review in question was titled "Spectacle, Including a Singer in a Tutu". As you can see above, there were tutus! Our previous Radio City photo set didn't capture that aspect, as all of those pictures were taken during the first three songs.

Missed both Radio City shows? Good news! David Byrne has added a June 3rd show at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. It happens after (over a month after) he gets back from the European leg of the "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today" tour. $65.00 & $45.00 tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

All tour dates, and TUTU VIDEO FOOTAGE, below...

Continue reading "David Byrne adds a post-European-tour NJ SHOW, takes on NY Times Radio City reviewer +++ Radio City TUTU video"

photos by Chris La Putt

David Byrne @ Radio City Music Hall

Byrne was greeted with a returning heroes welcome. I've never heard an ovation as deep and long as that following "Houses In Motion" - it seemed to begin in the back of the large hall and move forward till the room was one extended, hearty bravo that resonated for minutes, stunning even Mr. Byrne.

Byrne was onstage at about 8:20 - no flashy intro, in fact, it seemed he needed to kill some time (allowing concertgoers a few extra minutes to get to their seats, a technical delay?) so he rambled on a bit (in somewhat disjointed Byrne style) explaining the musical makeup of the evening. It was interesting that in speaking about his earlier music, he pointedly made sure not to mention the name of his first band - Talking Heads.

The set smartly opened with the new "Strange Overtones" - immediately hooking the audience, and then proceeded with a blend of mostly old, some new, and a few semi-obscurities (from the lp "My Life In The Bush of Ghosts"). When the 3 dancers came onstage for "I Zimbra", the party really started. Tbe dancers, the choreography, the simple but standard stage uniforms - it was classic theatrical David Byrne - making sure that it was more than just a rock concert - it was a joyous stage show.

At the finale, Byrne, the band, the dancers and an additional chorus line of dozens all flooded the stage - and all wearing tutus! A chorus line of high kicks, followed by bows and waves to the audience, concluded a memorable evening of great musicianship and extraordinary showmanship." [drewo]

David Byrne played the first of two nights in a row at Radio City Music Hall in NYC last night (2/27). The second is tonight (2/28). More pictures and last night's setlist, below...

Continue reading "David Byrne @ Radio City Music Hall (night 1) - pics & setlist"

Last weekend it was two nights of Antony and the Johnsons at Town Hall, one of which fell on the same night as Leonard Cohen at the Beacon Theatre and M Ward at Apollo Theater. This week's war of fancy seated shows I would love to go to comes in the form of two nights of David Byrne at Radio City Music Hall, two nights of Van Morrison performing "Astral Weeks" at the Theater at MSG, and the third option of Grizzly Bear and Final Fantasy with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. What are you doing?

Van Morrison also has two shows coming up at the Beacon Theater.

The above picture illustrates David Byrne's intricate tour production. You'll recognize it, white outfits included, if you've seen any pictures from previous shows on the tour.

Video from Antony's show at Town Hall, below...

Continue reading "David Byrne vs. Van Morrison vs. Grizzly Bear/Final Fantasy"

Crystal Castles @ MHOW - New Years Eve (more by Ryan Muir)
Crystal Castles

Al Green @ the Wellmont Theater - Nov 2008 (more by Eric M Townsend)
Al Green

Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The eighth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 11 - 14 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. Every year Bonnaroo seeks to make history by offering unique and exclusive performances by rock's greatest legends as well as its most significant newcomers. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2009 lineup will total over 120 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through www.bonnaroo.com on Saturday, February 7 at 12:00 PM Eastern.
As rumored, Bruce Springsteen (who just played the Superbowl Halftime show) and Phish (who just had some trouble selling tickets to other shows) are headlining this year's Bonnaroo. Nine Inch Nails (who played Lollapalooza last year), Beastie Boys, David Byrne (who has two shows coming up at Radio City), Wilco, Al Green, Erykah Badu, TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who are also playing Coachella), Andrew Bird (who just played Carnegie Hall), The Decemberists, Bon Iver, Animal Collective (who are very popular right now), Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Santogold, Grizzly Bear (who have a new album coming out), St. Vincent, Ted Leo, Crystal Castles, and many others are also on the bill according to the now-officially announced initial lineup.

Coachella announced their initial lineup less than a week earlier.

Metallica played Bonnaroo in 2008. Metallica played NY & NJ this past weekend.

Full (initial) 2009 Bonnaroo lineup below...

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DOWNLOAD: Brighton Port Authority - Seattle (w/ Emmy the Great) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Brighton Port Authority - Toe Jam (w/ David Byrne) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Brighton Port Authority - He's Frank (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Brighton Port Authority - Should I Stay or Should I Blow (MP3)

Brighton Port Authority

The Brighton Port Authority (Fatboy Slim)'s album "I Think We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat" won't be released until February, except on Amazon.com where you can get it now. Guest contributors to the album include Iggy Pop, Jack Penate, Dizzee Rascal, Emmy the Great, Jamie T, Martha Wainwright, and David Byrne. David's song (the one with the racy video) is "Toe Jam". That's also the song they're giving away the parts for if you want to make your own remix (though the contest part of it is over).

Tickets for David Byrne's 2nd NYC show at Radio City Music Hall go on regular-sale today/Monday at 10AM. The few-day-old presale is now over. All of David's tour dates are listed HERE.

Emmy the Great recently visited America for NYC's CMJ Music Marathon. "America" is the topic in The BPA's 2nd single "Seattle" that she sings on. Grab the MP3 above. Watch the video for that, and the one David & Dizzee sing in, below...

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David Byrne

Tickets go on Ticketmaster presale (password = BOWBYRNE) @ 9AM for the recently added David Byrne show at Radio City Music Hall in NYC (2/28). The February 27th show is sold out.

In other David Byrne news, he's been writing about a recent trip to Brazil on his blog. For instance...

Paulinha throws a party at the house in the evening. There is a room with rotating fans set up for dancing (I do) and 2 Baianas on a patio making acarajé and abara (the steamed rather than deep fried version of the bean cake). A bartender makes caipirinhas and batidas out of fresh maracuja (passion fruit).

Arto Lindsay is here with his wife. I haven't seen him in years. He's been in Salvador for a number of years, but now he's moving to Rio as there will be more work there. Good to see him.

We leave around two and we hear that, at four AM, just as the party was winding down, Seu Jorge and Beth Carvalho (the singers) show up -- both of them with their entourages. The bartenders rolled their eyes as if to say "now the party will start all over again".

While he was there he also "picked up a pile of CDs" - "Some contemporary stuff like Lenine, but mostly Afro-Samba bands, Northeastern stuff and some other beautifully recorded folkloric artists..." And that's how he programmed his current Radio David Byrne playlist.

He also wrote an interesting blog post about the battle between Bratz and Barbie (Bratz lost).

The above picture is of the Deluxe version of David Byrne and Brian Eno's new album.

All tour dates HERE.

David Byrne

I haven't checked to see if the February 27th show is completely sold out yet, but it looks like they're adding a 2nd David Byrne show at Radio City Music Hall. Tickets for the new February 28th show go on sale Monday at noon. All dates below...

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NASA

N.A.S.A., and their worldwide debut The Spirit of Apllo, is an ongoing creative collaboration between two lifelong music aficionados, Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon, and their friends, friends of friends and musical heroes.

While N.A.S.A. stands for North America/South America and contains a number of superstar artists from both coasts of the U.S., it is about as far from a tension-building geographical showdown as a record can get. Rather, The Spirit of Apollo was born with the righteous goal of bringing people together through music and art, and that is exactly what masterminds Sam Spiegel (Squeak E. Clean) and Ze Gonzales (DJ Zegon) have done.

Unexpected collaborations abound on the seventeen track release. Tom Waits growls over Kool Keith, Karen O taunts while Ol' Dirty Bastard gives shoutouts to Wu Tang and N.A.S.A from the grave, and David Byrne, Chuck D and others expound on the evils of "Money." In spite of the range of performers, the pairings seem organic, inspired and make perfect sense on the first listen, never coming off as ironic or impulsive.... [RCRD LBL]

Other N.A.S.A. collbaroators included Lykke Li, Santogold and Kanye West. Tickets are on sale for a March 12th show at (Le) Poisson Rouge in NYC. The date is part of a larger tour. Watch the David Byrne/Chuck D/Ras Congo/Seu Jorge/Z-Trip "Money" video, and see all dates, below...

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A David Byrne-designed NYC bike rack
David Byrne

The American Express presale for tickets to David Byrne's upcoming show at Radio City Music Hall starts Monday December 8th @ noon. Regular sale begins one week later. All tour dates HERE. A recent setlist HERE.

In related news, David Byrne recorded a track with Dirty Projectors for the upcoming Red Hot compilation being released by 4AD.

A video about David Byrne's bike racks below...

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Dark Was the NightDark Was the Night

"What a fitting day to announce the complete list of artists involved with our upcoming album DARK WAS THE NIGHT - the February 17th 4AD release that will benefit the Red Hot Organization. It's World AIDS Day, and in honor of that, we bring you the exciting news."
More info on the previously mentioned comp below...

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DB's backup singers in Austin (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
David Byrne

David Byrne finally announced the much-anticipated 2009 leg of his current Eno-tour (see recent setlists here and here), and that includes, as many hypothesized, a show at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. The date is February 27th. No tickets yet. All dates below...

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