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Conor Oberst, Dawes & Larkin Poe @ Summerstage -- 7/29/14
Conor Oberst
Conor Oberst

"Each stage of Oberst's career is intentionally different than previous iterations (we are talking about the guy that released an electronic and acoustic album on the same day), but Dawes and the others had no problems keeping true to their spirit. The organ from "If The Brakeman Turns My Way" was spot on, and the strings and brass nicely accompanied their respective songs. Once again, Goldsmith deserves a special mention for his guitar playing that at times was reminiscent of Mark Knopfler's during the 80s.

The encore consisted of two of the five tracks from I'm Wide Awake played that night, and both were smart choices. First was "Lua", played with minimal backing and ended with another trumpet on solo by Walcott, a performance that I will certainly not forget, it was moving and sweet; a beautiful coda on an already beautiful song. And lastly there was "Another Travelin' Song," a song that speaks for itself."
[Pancakes and Whiskey]

Conor Oberst (now past fake rape accusations) and Dawes are no strangers to supergroups and collaborations. In addition to Bright Eyes and the Mystic Valley Band, Oberst has been known to team up with M. Ward, Mike Mogis and My Morning Jacket's Jim James as Monsters of Folk. John McCauley of Deer Tick and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit joined Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes to play as Middle Brother. Pretty cool to now see another variation of all this folk and country tinged rock n' roll with the joining of Conor and Dawes on this current tour, where Dawes is both opening and backing Conor.

Last week that tour hit Central Park Summerstage (a venue that Dawes have also headlined) for a big NYC show one day after the boys (and sister duo Larkin Poe who were are also in Conor's band) hit Letterman to perform "Hundreds of Ways" off Conor's new album Upside Down Mountain (out now via Nonesuch). A day before that they were all at Newport Folk Fest for a 12 song set that you can listen to at NPR.

Letterman video and more pictures from Central Park, along with setlists, are below...

Continue reading "Conor Oberst & Dawes played Letterman, Newport Folk Fest & Central Park Summerstage (pics, video, stream, setlist)"

photos by Chris La Putt and P Squared Photography; words by Chris La Putt

Sturgil Simpsons @ Joe's Pub 7/15/2015 (by Chris); backstage w/ Byrne
Sturgill Simpson
Sturgill Simpson

While listening to Sturgill Simpson sing about Buddha, turtles, and DMT at the first of his first two sold-out shows at Joe's pub last night, I was reminded of a song by another Texas country band -- Eleven Hundred Springs -- called "Long haired hippies freaks." Looking at Sturgill's new album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, that description is not far off. Yet, this is what the outlaw country of Billie Joe Shaver, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson eschewed in their songs. Sturgill's album is not the typical one you hear coming out of Nashville these days, and he makes no qualms about that. He hasn't gotten praise from that music scene but rather from the likes of Daytrotter, NPR, Fader, and even Rolling Stone (though Joseph Hudak was once managing editor Country Weekly magazine). Even the ubiquitous New Yorker, David Byrne, is a fan and was seen tapping his foot at Joe's Pub after meeting with Sturgill at his show. Sturgill said, "I almost pooped myself" (or something to that effect) when he saw the onetime Talking Heads singer backstage.

Yet, his songs transcend the generic outlaw country themes, particularly "Just Let Go" in which he croons out about how he's going to "transmigrate" to some otherworldy destination that's inexplicably beautiful. Maybe he was high on ayahuasca in the backwoods of New Mexico while writing this or maybe he's just writing what comes from his heart -- like on his song about his grandfather, "Hero," from his first full length album High Top Mountain that he released last year. Who the hell knows, but he just finished three sold-out NYC shows, topped off with a Letterman performance. (Video of that below.) Not bad in a city that has no country radio station.

His four-piece band sounded impressive playing above the rumblings of the downtown 6 Train, particularly Laur Joamets whose electric guitar prowess provided a tight loop that pulled the band together and also complements Sturgill's twang. The set alternated between his two albums, from a bluegrassy "Sitting Here Without You" to the whispers of Waylon's ghost reverberating through "Life of Sin" to a cover of Lefty Frizzel's "I Never Go Around Mirrors" which Sturgill totally makes into his own.

So is Sturgill Simpson a country saviour? I like his songs but it's too early to tell. The Nashville scene that has scorned him in the past is now clamoring to be a part of this outlaw wonder. No matter what, I hope he still keeps on playing.

Check out photos from both Joe's Pub sets (including ones of early show openers the DuPont Brothers), the setlist and Letterman video, below...

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St. Vincent at Terminal 5 in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
St. Vincent

This month, the CBS Live on Letterman concert series will be bringing in St. Vincent for a web-broadcasted live performance following her taping on the show on July 16. (The webcast series' July lineup will also showcase David Gray on July 30.) This is one of many notable dates that St. Vincent coming up as she continues to tour in support of this year's St. Vincent, including a free Celebrate Brooklyn set on August 9, a show with Queens of the Stone Age in Maryland, and a prime spot at Pitchfork Fest. Later in the Summer she'll head out on overseas before heading back to the U.S., and then back to Europe again, then back to the U.S. again for some dates with The Black Keys. There's no letup in sight.

In other noteworthy Letterman performance news, Dave brought in Angel Olsen on June 16 and Sam Smith on June 18. Olsen played "Hi-Five" from Burn Your Fire for No Witness, and Smith continued his fast rise with a rousing, large-band rendition of "Stay With Me." Even more recently, The War on Drugs and Kiesza both played in the last week. Flanked by a dance crew and a graffiti-covered set, the Canadian pop songwriter, who will play her first US show at Santos Party House, stopping by last night (July 10) to perform "Hideaway" from her recent EP of the same name. Though she ends her set inside, part of it happens on the street. The War on Drugs were around on July 7 for a rendition of their standout "Red Eyes" from Lost in the Dream replete with ripping guitar work.

And in non-Letterman late night highlights, Sylvan Esso made their network TV debut on Fallon on Wednesday (7/9), where they were joined by Questlove himself, who just can't resist.

All the performances can be seen below, as well as a complete list of St. Vincent's many tour dates.

Continue reading "St. Vincent doing 'Live on Letterman' webcast ++ watch recent TV appearances from War on Drugs, Sylvan Esso & more"

The Orwells at Lincoln Hall Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
The Orwells

The Orwells get shut down: So many people packed in to see the Illinois rock band at the Miller Lite's New Music on Tap Lounge that about 20 kids climbed onto the top of the tent in hopes of getting a better view. Security stopped the show to get them down, prompting chants of "(Expletive) Miller Lite!" Once the show restarted, the crowd surged against the barricades, forcing security to cut the power again and end the set. [USA Today at BONNAROO]
Chicago's The Orwells have been on a roll lately. They released their new album Disgraceland on June 6, which they followed up by playing two NYC shows in one day on June 9, including an in-store performance at Rough Trade and a sweaty and rowdy BV-presented late show at Shea Stadium with Shark?. The next day they appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" AGAIN (their first appearance was a notable one), and then capped off their week by appearing at Bonnaroo last weekend (see review of their short set above).

They'll play their third free Chicago show in a row tomorrow (6/19) at Schubas before heading out on tour in August and September with Skaters. As mentioned, that tour brings them back to NYC for a date on October 15 at Irving Plaza, They also play October 17 at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park. All dates are all listed, along with video from Bonnaroo, Shea Stadium and Letterman, below...

Continue reading "The Orwells played 2 Brooklyn shows in a night, returned to Letterman, got shut down at Bonnaroo (video)"

photos by Ryan Barkan

The Black Keys @ 'Live on Letterman' 5/12/2014
The Black Keys
The Black Keys
The Black Keys

The Black Keys' new album, Turn Blue, is out today (5/13) and the band celebrated its release with an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. A little different than most Letterman live performances, The Black Keys played outside the Ed Sullivan Theatre, digging into "It's Up to You Now" and "Fever." The band then did a 35-minute set for the outdoor crowd as part of their "Live on Letterman" web series. Video of both the televised songs and pictures and video of the "Live on Letterman" set are in this post.

This followed another high-profile appearance for the band, having played Saturday Night Live over the weekend. The band will be back in NYC when their tour hits Brooklyn's Barclays Center on September 24 with Cage the Elephant. Tickets for that show are still available.

Video and more pics from "Live on Letterman" below...

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Black Keys

The Black Keys played two tracks off their upcoming album Turn Blue on SNL last night (5/10): "Fever" and "Bullet in the Brain". Watch both NBC performances below. and stay tuned for even more Black Keys TV this Monday:

CBS Interactive's award-winning webcast concert series, LIVE ON LETTERMAN, will feature six-time GRAMMY® Award winning rockers The Black Keys performing live from the world-famous Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City and webcast on CBS.com, Monday, May 12, after 7:30 PM, ET.

The Black Keys' LIVE ON LETTERMAN webcast will feature songs off of their latest album, Turn Blue, including the hit single "Fever." The new album will be released Tuesday, May 13, just hours after their LIVE ON LETTERMAN performance. The webcast will also feature some of the band's other hit songs, such as "Lonely Boy" and "Tighten Up."

Fans can watch The Black Keys' performance live and on-demand on CBS.com. Additionally, the webcast is available on-demand through CBS properties and the CBS App for iOS, Android, Windows 8 and BlackBerry.

Additionally, The Black Keys will perform two songs on the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, to be broadcast that same evening, Monday, May 12 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The Black Keys return to NYC on 9/24 to headline the Barclays Center as part of a bigger tour (that also includes 3 TX shows and Glastonbury). Next weekend they play Hangout Fest.

St. Vincent, who is opening some of the Black Keys' tour, plays SNL next weekend. Watch the Black Keys' videos below...

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by Jonathan Dick

Future Islands in Austin (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Future Islands

2014 has been kind to North Carolina's Future Islands, but be sure to recognize where credit is due for the band's success. Few would argue that in the viral age that often gives musicians a shelf life of "until the next distraction", that an otherwise unassuming band might buckle under the pressure. But this is nothing new for Future Islands, whose members have been writing together, touring together, and working together to simply make the music they want in the way that they want for the audience they need. Their fourth full-length, Singles, has seen the band appear on just about everyone's radar, and while their hugely popular performance on Letterman certainly helped in every possible, it simply spotlighted what fans have known for the past decade about Future Islands and their proclivity for creating the simple but no less invaluable joy that comes from pop.

Tonight (5/1) you can stream the band's performance from the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC live via NPR. Last night Future Islands headlined and sold out their biggest NYC show to date at Webster Hall. We recently caught them in Austin, at Coachella, in Portland, in Chicago, and at the start of the tour in NYC at Bowery Ballroom.

We caught up with the band ---Gerrit Welmers, William Cashion, and frontman Samuel Herring---for an interview before their show last week at the Bottletree Café in Birmingham, Alabama, to talk about the shockwaves of going viral, the new album, and where the music started.

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You guys are mid tour. What's been the response from audiences so far with where you guys are currently?

SH: We're in the middle of about ten weeks of straight touring. We've got six shows left on this run, and then we have a couple of days off back in Baltimore. Then we fly to the West Coast to do Jimmy Kimmel, and then immediately fly from there to London to start a month and a half Euro and UK tour. Things have been good. Most of all these shows have sold out. I think we would have had a lot of sellouts in the big cities we've been playing for in years, but being able to play a lot of smaller cities and see huge turnout has been really awesome. A lot of people are being turned on to our music for the first time and coming out, and that's always been the hope with the new record. It's been two and a half years since we put out our last album, and then we took all of last year off, so we were kind of hoping this record would explode out on people. We were able to work with 4AD for the first time, and they've been amazing, so yeah, everything's been going really good.

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Continue reading "an interview w/ Future Islands (who played Webster Hall last night, streaming DC show tonight) -- on going viral, making pop music, how they got started & more"

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David Letterman announced last week that he'd be retiring in 2015, and today CBS has announced his replacement: Stephen Colbert! Said Colbert in an official statement:

Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.
No other news has been announced yet, but tonight's The Colbert Report -- with guest Sting -- should now be interesting.

New question: what will replace The Colbert Report on Comedy Central?

Dead

As Dead Heads likely know, original Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh has an ongoing residency at Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre with his band Phil Lesh & Friends. The residency has already had him at the venue multiple times, and will continue to do so, including a run this week with shows tonight (4/10) through Saturday (4/12). The band for these particular shows is Phil Lesh, John Kadlecik, Jackie Greene, Marco Benevento and Joe Russo. Friday and Saturday are sold out, but you can still get tickets for tonight and Thursday.

After this week's run, Phil & Friends (this time Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes, Jackie Greene, John Medeski, and Joe Russo), who play mostly Grateful Dead songs, will head to NYC for two nights at BAM, April 14 and 15. Tickets for those shows are on sale now, and we're also giving away a pair for each night. Details on how to enter to win, below.

The Cap is owned by Peter Shapiro, who is presenting the BAM shows and also owns the Brooklyn Bowl, which has since opened locations in Las Vegas and London. Phil Lesh will play three nights at the Vegas one leading up to 4/20 (tickets), and he also plays two nights at the London one in July (tix on sale Friday, 4/11 at 10 AM).

There's other upcoming Dead-related shows at the Capitol Theatre too. Renowned tribute band Dark Star Orchestra does a two-night stand on May 16 & 17. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale.

And on a semi-related note, Hot Tuna, the blues band of Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady who come from the same San Francisco scene that birthed the Grateful Dead and their members have collaborated, play the Cap on June 16. That's one of four NYC-area shows on their electric tour with Leon Russell which also hits NYCB Theatre at Westbury on 6/20, Bergen PAC on 6/21 and Pine Belt Arena on 6/22. Tickets for the Cap show and the other three are on sale now.

In more Dead news, Phil Lesh's former Grateful Dead/Further partner Bob Weir is playing with his band RatDog at upstate NY jam band festival Mountain Jam, which takes place from June 5 - 8 on Hunter Mountain. Other artists playing include Gov't Mule, Dark Star Orchestra, Jeff Tweedy, Jonathan Wilson, Valerie June, Blitzen Trapper and many more. Since we last spoke, The Allman Brothers (who recently had to postpone the rest of their March Beacon Theatre run due to Gregg's illness) were added as the Sunday headliner and will be performing their first two albums in full. Tickets for the fest are still available.

Also not long after those Phil Lesh NYC shows, John Kadlecik, who has played in Further, Phil Lesh & Friends (including this week at the Cap) and Dark Star Orchestra, brings his John K. Band to NYC's Highline Ballroom on April 18 with opener Adam Ezra. John will be previewing new material at the show. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In more related news, the Dead's pals New Riders of the Purple Sage (whose earliest incarnation featured Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Dead drummer Mickey Hart) will headline the "Psychedelix Americana": Music of The Deli and Relix show at Brooklyn's Bell House on Saturday (4/12). The rest of that lineup includes Andy Statman, Scott Metzger's WOLF!, Diamond Eye Jack Super Jam, Your Ex-Girlfriends, Union Street Preservation Society, and King Stork. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

There's also a Dead tribute band called Half Step playing Brooklyn Bowl on July 1. Tickets for that are on sale now.

And lastly, this isn't exactly "news" but in lieu of Letterman's retirement, Jambase.com posted a video of an old Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir rehearsal on Letterman. You can watch that, plus revisit other Dead/Letterman memories including Jerry & David Grisman playing "Friend of the Devil" in '93 and Jerry and Weir on the show in '82, below.

Any other Dead-related events coming up in NYC that we missed?

Videos and Phil Lesh contest details below...

Continue reading "Grateful Dead roundup: Phil Lesh shows (win tix to BAM), Dark Star Orchestra, New Riders, Hot Tuna, Mountain Jam update"

Real Estate @ Webster Hall 4/5/2014 (photo via Eric Farkas)

Real Estate

Real Estate just wrapped up their tour with Pure X, finishing with a show on Saturday (4/5) at Webster Hall. The band are following that up with an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday (4/9) where they'll perform single "Talking Backwards." Late Show appearances will soon be hard to come by.

The Webster Hall show was their biggest NYC appearance to date, but they have now announced their next show here will be at Terminal 5 on October 2. Tickets to the T5 show go on sale Friday (4/11) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/9) at noon.

That show is Real Estate's only scheduled fall date at the moment but they have announced West Coast dates in August around the 2014 Woodist Festival in Big Sur, CA. (Info on that was just announced.) Dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Real Estate played MHOW & Webster Hall, on 'Letterman' this week, playing Woodsist Fest and T5 this fall (updated dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Letterman w/ Future Islands
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It's the end of an era, or soon will be. NYC icon David Letterman will announce his retirement from The Late Show on this evening's show (4/3). His last show will be sometime in 2015. The news broke, of all places, from former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills' Twitter, who is performing tonight with his old bandmate Peter Buck who are both backing Joseph Arthur. (The Late Show tapes in the afternoon.) He told the audience (via Hitfix):

The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance. And I phoned him just before the program, and I said 'Leslie, it's been great, you've been great, and the network has been great, but I'm retiring.'

I just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much. What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married.

We don't have the timetable for this precisely down - I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up.

By next year, Letterman will have hosted The Late Show for 22 years, and he did 11 seasons of Late Night with David Letterman before that.

For those who only know him from The Late Show autumn years, Late Night with David Letterman changed not only the face of late night television but comedy in general. When the show began, the 12:30 AM time-slot was a wasteland and Letterman was a hilarious, often subversive presence, openly mocking NBC (and its parent corporation, G.E.) and occasionally even the guests. Like Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Simpsons, Letterman's impact on comedy cannot be overestimated.

Of course, Letterman's shows were also responsible for a lot of cool bands making their network debut, from R.E.M. (where they played "South Central Rain" a year before Reckoning was released) to Sonic Youth, to more recent bands like Dum Dum Girls and Future Islands, whose appearance from a couple weeks ago turned into an internet meme.

You deserve a break, Dave, but we'll miss your gaptoothed mug when you're gone. Video clips (including Bill Murray on Late Night's first-ever show) below...

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Bob

Bob Mould is in town as we speak on his Workbook 25 tour. He appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman last night and performed "See A Little Light" from Workbook. Video below. Tonight and Saturday he'll be at City Winery with Chris Brokaw (Come/Codeine) and both those shows are sold out. Next week he'll be in Austin for SXSW and after that he'll be back in NYC for the tribute to Paul Simon at Carnegie Hall on March 31 (tickets).

"It's been great fun revisiting Copper Blue and Workbook," says Bob. "But it's time to move forward." He just announced his new solo album is titled Beauty & Ruin and will be out June 3 via Merge. Made with bassist Jason Narducy (Split Single) and drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Mountain Goats), Bob calls it a "mini epic." Stay tuned for more details. Meanwhile, updated tour dates are listed, along with Bob's Letterman performance, below...

Continue reading "Bob Mould is here, played 'Letterman,' playing sold-out City Winery shows this weekend; new LP 'Beauty & Ruin' in June"

Baio at LPR in 2013 (more by Jonathan Bernstein)
Baio

Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio, who is a solo artist as just Baio, has been on a short DJ tour this month which wraps up this weekend. All remaining dates are listed below, including the NYC show happening on Saturday (2/8) at Cameo with Headband & Hooligan and Griffin Camper. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Cameo is also where Cut Copy's Ben Browning DJs tonight (2/7) with Joel Ford (tickets), and where Teengirl Fantasy, L-Vis 1990, Lafawndah, Brother Bruno (ft. live vox by Aggressiva) and Aurora Halal will be on Sunday (2/9) (tickets).

In honor of his tour, Baio made a new mix which features some unreleased material. That can be streamed below. He also just remixed "Holding on for Life" off the new Broken Bells (James Mercer and Danger Mouse) album, After the Disco. That can be streamed below as well.

We just caught Broken Bells at Baby's All Right (pics), which they played before appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman for Beatles Week, in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming go the US. They covered "And I Love Her," and you can watch the video of that below.

Last night (2/6), Letterman had The Flaming Lips and Sean Lennon, who covered "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," and the video of that can be watched below as well. Flaming Lips also just played the Amnesty concert and singer Wayne Coyne is about to kick off his solo tour of record stores with NYC in-stores at Other Music on Saturday (2/8) at 11 Am and Rough Trade at 4 PM the same day.

For more Beatles celebration, read our interview with Julian Lennon.

All Baio dates and streams, Broken Bells and Flaming Lips videos, below...

Continue reading "Baio on tour, remixed Broken Bells who (like Flaming Lips) covered the Beatles on 'Letterman' (dates, streams & videos)"

Blondie in NJ in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Blondie

This past Sunday's Grammys telecast is behind us, but another televised event that will have a ton of Americans in front of their TVs happens this Sunday (2/2): the Super Bowl. A bunch of NYC-area concerts have been announced for the weekend-wide celebration, and since we last spoke, even more have been added.

NYC punk/new wave legends Blondie will play a FREE show at the Super Bowl Boulevard Concert Stage on Saturday (2/1). The stage is located in downtown Manhattan at Broadway & 40th Street, and Blondie go on at 8:30 PM. Blondie are also set to speak and perform at SXSW this year.

Jay Z (who performed and won an award at the Grammys) is also playing a Super Bowl concert. His happens on Saturday and is an invite-only DirecTV party.

Howard Stern's 60th Birthday Bash happens Friday (1/31) at Hammerstein Ballroom at 6 PM and will stream on SiriusXM. Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the event, and guests include Louis C.K., David Letterman, Sarah Silverman, Jon Bon Jovi, John Fogerty, Steven Tyler and others. Hopefully if you're there you'll get to see Steven Tyler dance again.

Meanwhile, catch Louis CK and the Arctic Monkeys on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight (1/27).

There's also ASPIRE'S Ultimate 70s Soul Party with The O Jays at Time Warner Cable Studios and the 15th Annual NFL SUper Bowl Gospel Celebration with Patti Labelle, Mary Mary, Natalie Grant, Tamela Mann and Donnie McClurkin at MSG, both on Friday.

Other previously announced Super Bowl weekend concerts include Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses, The Roots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Janelle Monae, TLC, Drake and more.

The Orwells @ BV-Soundwave stage @ Lollapalooza (more by Cory Dewald)
The Orwells

Last week The Orwells made their network television debut on Letterman, an impressive rock 'n' roll performance that even got Dave and Paul super worked up. The video is below if you haven't seen it. Make sure you watch to the end.

Catch the band on their upcoming tour which includes a free show at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, dates with the Arctic Monkeys, SXSW, and a run with Twin Peaks which brings them to Bowery Ballroom. All dates are also listed below.

Continue reading "David Letterman & Paul Shaffer love the Orwells! (watch)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Metric @ Bowery Ballroom - 11/19/13
Metric

After Metric brought their tour supporting Paramore to MSG last week (11/13), they announced they'd swing back around NYC for their own much smaller show, which happened last night (11/19) at Bowery Ballroom. Their 17-song set was made up mostly of material from their two most recent albums -- Synthetica and Fantasies -- and 2005's Live It Out. During their encore, they dedicated "The Police and the Private" to the end of NYC's stop-and-frisk program and dedicated an acoustic rendition of "Gimme Sympathy" to the late Lou Reed, who had joined them on stage at their 2012 Radio City show. Pictures from the show are in this post.

Metric also played Letterman last week, and you can watch a video from their performance, along with more Bowery Ballroom pictures, the setlist and a couple videos, below...

Continue reading "Metric played Bowery Ballroom & 'Letterman' (pics, videos and setlist)"

Metric @ MSG - 11/13/13 (via @efactorygirl)
Metric

Canadian indie pop band Metric have been on a tour supporting Paramore which just hit NYC for a huge show at Madison Square Garden last night (11/13). If you'd rather see Metric headlining their own show, and in a much more intimate environment, you're in luck because they've added a last-minute NYC show happening on Tuesday (11/19) at Bowery Ballroom. (It's even intimate for Metric's standards. Their last headlining show in NYC was at Radio City, where they were joined by Lou Reed.) Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (11/15) at noon.

Metric will also perform on Letterman tonight (11/14). Updated dates are listed, along with a video and the setlist from Metric's set at MSG, below...

Continue reading "Metric opened for Paramore at MSG, adds last-minute small NYC show, playing 'Letterman' tonight (dates, video, setlist)"

Krule

As you may know, King Krule will be touring North America in December, including a NYC show at Webster Hall on December 4. Tickets to that show are still available but if you'd like to see him somewhere more intimate and sooner -- much much sooner -- King Krule has just been added to TONIGHT's (10/29) Mercury Lounge bill which is a benefit, "Rock to Stop MS," that also features The Everymen, Life Eaters, and is hosted by Zach Garner. Tickets are still available. 100% of the proceeds go to National MS Society.

King Krule also just played "Easy Easy" on Letterman last night and you can watch that video below...

Continue reading "King Krule played Letterman, playing Mercury Lounge tonight as part of National MS Society benefit (tickets on sale now)"

photos by James Richards IV

Deltron 3030 @ House of Blues
Kid Koala, Deltron 3030
Kid Koala, Deltron 3030

"It's not there like it used to be. I'm not mad at that. You've got lots of new movements happening, like the trap movement, and I enjoy that quite a bit. So musically, there's a lot of great stuff. So far as rhyming and stuff goes, there are a lot of kids out there who are really dope, and that encourages me to get doper still. Like, the whole Odd Future camp, and what they're doing over there, that's special, and then in New York you've got Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era. These are kids, but they're done. They've done their homework. And they are taking things that level further. I don't think hip-hop has to be what it used to be." [Del The Funky Homosapien]
Deltron 3030, the 'alternative hip hop supergroup' of Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien and Kid Koala, reappeared with a new album and live dates in 2013, orchestra included. Those dates included NYC shows at Brooklyn Bowl (Oct. 9) and Highline Ballroom (Oct. 14), as well as a Chicago show at House of Blues (Oct 19). The latter is pictured in this post.

On 10/15 Deltron 30/30 appeared on Letterman joined by a 16-piece orchestra and 4-piece band onstage, including special guest, producer Just Blaze on keyboards. Check out the video from that, and more pictures and tour dates (Fun Fun Fun Fest included), below...

Continue reading "Deltron 3030 played Brooklyn Bowl, Highline Ballroom, Letterman, House of Blues... (pics, video, more dates)"

TV on the Radio @ FYF 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
TV on the Radio

Having left Interscope back in the spring, the gears are clearly starting to move again for TV on the Radio who will now putting out music through guitarist Dave Sitek's Federal Prism label. They were just out in LA for the FYF Fest and have released a couple digital singles this summer, both of which have come with impressive videos. "Mercy" is probably the most immediate, driving rock song the band have done since the early days of "Wolf Like Me"; and "Million Miles" is more ethereally soulful. TVotR just performed "Mercy" last night on The Late Show with David Letterman last night (9/5) and you can watch that below.

The two tracks' respective videos are both productions of a MySpace project called Music Video Collaborations With Artists We Like. The funny, thoughtful one for "Million Miles" was co-directed by singer Tunde Adebimpe. They're both worth watching and you can do so below.

Meanwhile, you may remember that a Tunde Adebimpe side project, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band (with Ryan Sawyer on drums), opened for Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Union Pool last November. The band will release their debut EP on October first via their own ZNA label. You can listen to a track from that, "The Blast, The Bloom," below.

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Passion Pit on 'Live on Letterman' - 9/4/13
Passion Pit

After playing Chicago's North Coast Music Festival this past weekend (where they lost most of their equipment during the storm that hit), Passion Pit made their way to NYC (with new instruments) to perform on "Live on Letterman" last night (9/4). The performance was just under an hour and saw the band playing mostly off of last year's Gossamer, but also a few cuts from their debut LP, Manners. Check out the full video and setlist, below.

Passion Pit are about to continue on their extensive tour, which includes their two NYC shows this weekend with Best Coast on Pier 26 on Friday (9/6) and Saturday (9/7). Tickets to those shows are still available, and we also have a pair for each to give away.

Updated dates are listed, along with the Letterman video, below...

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Passion Pit at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Passion Pit

Ahead of Passion Pit's Pier 26 shows, they'll be performing live on Live on Letterman on September 4. The concert is taped at the Ed Sullivan Theater and airs on CBS.com and VEVO at 8 PM EST. You can also vote for what their last song will be on CBS.com. We've also got two pairs of tickets to give away for this show. Details on how to enter are below.

Passion Pit also just released their Taco Bell-sponsored documentary that they filmed during SXSW. The documentary, titled Hello Everywhere, was directed by Sam Jones (who did Wilco's I Am Trying to Break Your Heart) and features footage of the band and opener Wildcat! Wildcat! performing at Hype Hotel. You can watch the whole thing below.

Wildcat! Wildcat! are also touring with Black Light Dinner Party this year and hitting NYC for shows on September 26 at Glasslands (tickets) and September 28 at Mercury Lounge (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Tickets for Passion Pit's Pier 26 shows (9/6 and 9/7), which Best Coast open, are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to each.

Their tour also includes a stop at Chicago's North Coast Music Festival this weekend (8/30-9/1), which we're also giving away tickets to.

Updated dates are listed, along with the documentary video and contest details, below...

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Franz Ferdinand - 'Live on Letterman'
Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand are returning in August with Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, this first album since 2009, and last night (7/22) they came to NYC to tape an appearance on last night's The Late Show with David Letterman, where they performed "Right Action." After the taping, they stuck around the Ed Sullivan Theater to play a full set for the online series Live on Letterman. They played about half of the new album, and of course old favorites like "The Dark of the Matinee," "Ulysses," "Take Me Out," etc. Videos of both performances are below.

Franz are sticking around NYC for an album listening party at Glasslands tonight (7/23), which they'll also be DJing, along with guest DJ Liv Spencer. RSVP is closed. Their tour also brings them back to NYC for a live show on October 22 at Hammerstein Ballroom (tickets).

Videos below...

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Franz Ferdinand at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Franz Ferdinand

As you may know, Franz Ferdinand are back this year with a new album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (stream two tracks) and a tour which hits NYC on October 22 at Hammerstein Ballroom (tickets).

But the band will also make their way to NYC much sooner than that for an hour-long Live on Letterman concert this Monday (7/22), which will stream live on CBS.com and VEVO at 8 PM EST. The concert precedes their appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, which airs later that evening on CBS.

Franz are also hosting a listening party for the new album the next day (7/23) in Brooklyn at Glasslands, where they'll be DJing along with a DJ set from Liv Spencer (Still Going, House of House). RSVP for the Live on Letterman performance and the listening party is open now.

Updated dates are listed, along with streams of the two new singles, below...

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by Klaus Kinski

Letterman

For those keeping score, your man Klaus has played drums in many many unpopular and unsignable bands since 1991. I've dragged my 1964 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl 4 piece kit (2nd rack tom not shown) with 1965 Gretsch snare (all of which were purchased in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts for $175) from one end of the earth (the Northeast) to the other (the Midwest mostly) hundreds of times. 'Tis a gorgeous kit, in phenomenal condition, and I have endured hundreds if not millions of compliments regarding it's eye-watering beauty. I am a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. And I'm a man who appreciates a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. Therefore, I am a man who appreciates this wonderful compilation video featuring the great David Letterman appreciating his various musical guest's gear, focusing primarily, but not exclusively, drums. The video, and a list of who is in it, including GBV, Feist, Beirut, James Blake, The Strokes, Mastodon, St. Vincent, and many many more, is below. Behold!

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