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MS MR @ Bowery Ballroom, 5/15/2013
MSMR

From the website to your album cover art, it seems that everything you guys touch possesses a stunning and unique visual quality. Who comes up with these works of art?
While every element of the project comes directly from us, one of our initial goals for MS MR was to create a community around the project, and we've had the incredible opportunity to work with up-and-coming directors and photographers like Tyler Kohlhoff, who shot the covers of the EP and the album. These artists have helped us refine our aesthetic (and their own) and continue to contribute as we incorporate new visual ideas.

Will these visuals play a factor in your upcoming U.S. tour? Can you give some examples of what readers can expect if they come to one of your shows?
The live show has actually been a chance for us bring it all back to the music - during this first year of touring we've had the opportunity to put a face on the project and show our musicianship, so we have kept it all very minimal. We're also a new band and can't afford to yet fully realize our elaborate schemes for set design...but we're always thinking about it and are excited to start incorporating things bit by bit.

Despite the obvious comparisons to Florence + The Machine there is no doubting the mainstream appeal of MS MR and, given that they had a song in the Game of Thrones Season 3 trailer and are due to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight (5/16), I don't anticipate it being long before everyone and their mother is trying to figure out what the mysterious band name means.

Last night at Bowery Ballroom (5/15) was a great, if short, glimpse into the freshly released MS MR album Secondhand Rapture. Energetic, bold and powerful, MS MR (who played a BVSXSW day party this year) were enjoying their hometown gig on their first headlining tour. In addition to the music, singer Lizzie Plapinger, who two nights earlier was spotted in the crowd at Foxygen, treated the audience to nuggets of band autobiography between songs, including how they formed two years ago in keyboardist Max Hershenow's bedroom.

Tourmates Magic Man played a 40 minute opening set to warm up the crowd. More pictures from last night's Bowery Ballroom show are with many more tour dates below...

Continue reading "MS MR played Bowery Ballroom (pics), on 'Letterman' tonight, touring (dates)"

James Blake on 'Letterman' - 5/6/13
James Blake

James Blake is on a tour in support of his fantastic new album, Overgrown, which already hit Coachella, and landed him in NYC last night (5/6) for a performance on the Late Show with David Letterman. He performed the single from his new album, "Retrograde," and you can watch a video of that performance below.

The late night TV appearance was ahead of his two tour stops at Terminal 5 TONIGHT (5/7) and Thursday (5/9) with FaltyDL. Tickets for tonight's show are still available and we're also giving away a pair, but Thursday's show is sold out. James and FaltyDL also DJ the Museum of Natural History on Friday (5/10). Later this month, FaltyDL will take part in an event at NYC's Sullivan Room on May 27.

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

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The So So Glos at Death by Audio in 2010 (more by Leia Jospe)
So So Glos

The So So Glos have been playing around NYC for some time now, and they've been experiencing newfound success this year with the release of their album, Blowout, which Stereogum named their Album of the Week. It also inspired Rolling Stone to call them a Band to Watch, and they landed a spot on Letterman this past Friday (4/26) to perform its single, "Son of An American," which you can watch a video of below. The band actually set up a television at Bushwick DIY venue Shea Stadium on Friday night after Weekend's show so they could watch the Letterman broadcast. If you haven't heard Blowout yet, SPIN is streaming the entire thing.

The So So Glos are on tour now with Titus Andronicus (not for the first time). That tour kicked off in CT last night (4/28) and continues in Cambridge tonight. No NYC dates are announced for it, but Titus will play a free show on August 8 as part of the River Rocks series, and The So So Glos are sure to add something in their hometown sooner than later too.

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

Continue reading "The So So Glos on tour, played Letterman, streaming new LP"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Garbage with Marrisa Paternoster, Wellmont Theatre 3/20/2012
Garbage
Garbage

Garbage's current tour with IO Echo hit the NYC area last night (3/20) at The Wellmont Theatre in New Jersey. The show was notable for a couple reasons. The band brought out a fan named Shannon who comes to shows dressed like singer Shirley Manson. It was a sweet little moment. (Pics of that below.) Later, Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster joined them onstage for their cover of Springsteen/Patti Smith's "Because the Night," which they did on a lot of dates on their Southwest/Westcoast tour last year. Their collaborative cover is actually coming out as a Record Store Day 2013 7". Says Garbage:

We decided to record the duet that we had been performing on tour with the Screaming Females towards the end of 2012. The SF flew across country from New Jersey to Los Angeles so we could record it all together at EastWest Studio 1 in Hollywood ; 2 drum kits, 2 bass rigs, 2 guitars, 2 microphones and 1 piano. No mean feat.
We missed openers IO Echo, but more pics from Garbage's Wellmont performance are below. The band hit NYC tomorrow night (3/22) for a sold-out show at Terminal 5.

Meanwhile, Garbage stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday to perform "Battle Me In" from 2012's Not Your Kind of People and you can watch that below.

Continue reading "Screaming Females' Marissa joined Garbage at Wellmont Theatre (pics), releasing their Patti Smith cover for #RSD13"

Morrissey @ Terminal 5, 10/13/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Morrissey

Morrissey played The Late Show with David Letterman last night, performing his yet-unrecorded song "Action is My Middle Name" and you can watch that below. Moz has four NYC area shows coming up including tonight's (1/9) performance at Long Island's Tilles Center for the Performing Arts (tickets). He'll play BAM on Friday (1/11) and tickets are still available for that too. Morrissey also plays Atlantic City's House of Blues on January 12 (tix), and Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on January 19 (tix).

Letterman video below...

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Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman last night (12/3), a rare late night TV appearance for the group, but for an interview and unfortunately not to perform. Still, it was only one of few public interviews the band has done this year, after releasing their new concert film/album, Celebration Day. You can watch the videos of the interview below (via The Audio Perv).

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A Place to Bury Strangers at MHOW in July (more by Chris La Putt)
A Place to Bury Strangers

today in NYC
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Larry Roland @ The Stone
* Hannibal Buress" @ Knitting Factory
* Bill Carney's Jug Addicts @ Barbes
* Peter Stampfel & Friends @ Zebulon
* Phil Lesh & Friends @ The Capitol Theatre
* Tanlines (DJ), Victor Vasquez (DJ) @ The Dalloway
* Part Time, Splash, Caged Animals, Limited @ Glasslands
* Bassnectar, Gramatik, Alex English (DJ set) @ Terminal 5
* Rubblebucket, Reptar, Stepdad @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Turnip King, Haybaby, Big Muff, Marlon Rando @ Legion
* Deafening Colors, Deep Sleeper, Lewis Lazar @ Cake Shop
* A Place To Bury Strangers, Bleeding Rainbow @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Mallard, Habibi, SoftSpot, Juniper Rising @ Death By Audio
* Janeane Garofalo, Gary Gulman, Christian FInnegan @ EastVille Comedy Club
* Old Wives, The Parlour Suite, Sveta Bout, Katie's Money @ Pianos
* Chris Forsyth, Koen Holtkamp, Nymph, Les Conversations @ Shea Stadium
* Johanna Samuels, Jumpers, Money & King, Little Anchor @ Cameo Gallery
* The Juggs, D & M, The Cardinal Points, King Charles The Martyr @ Mercury Lounge
* Tiron & Anyomari, Denzil Porter, Tanya Morgan, Fresh Daily, Original Text, DJ Prince @ Public Assembly
* Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs (DJ set), Sam Spiegel (DJ set), Leo Fitzpatrick (DJ set), Cosmo Baker (DJ set) @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Wild Yaks, Free Blood, Ice Balloons, Field Mouse, Sophia Knapp, Desert Stars, Firecracker Firecracker, Jess Williamson @ Union Pool
* Slowdance, SKi Lodge, Cool Serbia, Passenger Peru, Backwords, Their Plans, The Veda Reys, Wojick & more @ Public Assembly

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Divine Fits played "Baby Get Worse" on The Late Show with David Letterman on Friday night (11/16). Check out a video of that performance below.

Miguel played "Do You..." on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday night (11/16). Check out a video of that performance below.

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photos by PSquared Photography

Chris Cornell at Bowery Ballroom - 11/12/12
Chris Cornell

With the pics we just posted of Pearl Jam side project RNDM, and all of the Soundgarden stuff going on in NYC this week, it's starting to feel a lot like early '90s Seattle around here. Soundgarden began their unofficial NYC week with a Live on Letterman concert at the Ed Sullivan Theater, which was webcasted live and can be watched in full below. Most of their 10-song set came from their new album, King Animal, which is out today (11/13) and can be listened to on Spotify, but they also included earlier cuts, "Beyond the Wheel," "Incessant Mace," and "Fell on Black Days." The band also performed King Animal single, "Been Away Too Long," on the Late Show with David Letterman. You can watch the video of that below too.

After the Letterman stuff went down, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell made his way over to Bowery Ballroom for a solo show, which doubled as a Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit. It was an acoustic show, but the members of Soundgarden eventually showed up to join Chris for a full band set of Soundgarden songs. They played "Fell On Black Days," "Black Saturday," "Blow Up the Outside World," "Halfway There," "Black Hole Sun," and "Outshined." Pictures from the show are in this post, and a video from Chris' solo set is below.

It all continues tonight (11/13), when Soundgarden play their first of three intimate North American shows at NYC's Irving Plaza. That show is long sold out, but you can also catch the band when their 2013 tour brings them to Hammerstein Ballroom on January 22 and 23. Tickets for those shows go on AmEx/King Animal presale Wednesday (11/14) at 10 AM with a general on-sale starting Friday (11/16) at noon. Fan Club presale began on Monday (11/12).

UPDATE: This also just arrived in the inbox:

Converse announces a limited edition, exclusive collaboration with legendary alternative band Soundgarden in celebration of the band's highly anticipated new album "King Animal" releasing on November 13, 2012. The limited edition Soundgarden Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker will be available exclusively at Converse's Santa Monica store at Third Street Promenade and at Converse.com and will coincide with the band's first release in over 15 years.

Soundgarden Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
Converse's limited edition Soundgarden Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker features album artwork from "King Animal" on a monochromatic black sneaker. The new Sound Garden logo is also highlighted in white on the heel. The Soundgarden Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker is limited to only 60 pairs and will be available in unisex whole
sizes 6-13.

Suggested Retail Price: $65
More pics, video, and the setlist from Bowery Ballroom, and the setlist and video from Letterman are below.

Continue reading "Soundgarden played Live on Letterman, joined Chris Cornell at his solo show at Bowery Ballroom (pics, videos, setlist)"

Soundgarden in Atlantic City in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Soundgarden

As mentioned, Soundgarden are playing three intimate North American shows this year, including one in NYC on November 13 at Irving Plaza. Presale tickets for that show go on sale today (11/8) at noon. You need a password (we think it might be "SPOONMAN"). General on-sale starts Friday (11/9) at noon.

The day before that show, Soundgarden will perform for 'Live on Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater (11/12) at 8 PM. That performance, which is about 45 minutes long as opposed to the one or two songs they'll perform on The Late Show with David Letterman that same night, will air live on CBS.com and VEVO. We're also giving away two pair of tickets to attend the show. More details on that below.

Soundgarden will release King Animal on November 13, but you can stream the entire thing now ahead of its release date on iTunes. The band also performed on Later... with Jools Holland on Tuesday (11/6). They played King Animal single "Been Away Too Long," plus the old favorite, "Rusty Cage." You can watch videos of both performances below.

Continue reading "Soundgarden playing Live on Letterman (win tix) before Irving Plaza (tix on sale), streaming new album, played Jools Holland"

Tegan and Sara at MHOW in 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara are going on a tour with The Killers which hits NYC on December 14 at Madison Square Garden and Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center (12/13) a day earlier. But if you'd like to see them without the Killers at a much smaller venue, you're in luck because before that tour kicks off they'll headline Bowery Ballroom on November 19 with Chaos Chaos. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (11/7) at noon. You can also catch them on Letterman on November 20.

Tegan and Sara will release their new album, Hearthrob, in January 2013 and you can stream two of its tracks, "Closer" and "I'm Not Your Hero," along with a list of all dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Tegan & Sara playing Bowery Ballroom & Letterman before Killers tour (updated dates)"

Ty Segall on Late Show with David Letterman, 11/5/12

Ty Segall and his band, unsurprisingly, ripped their performance of "You're the Doctor" on last night's episode of The Late Show with David Letterman, their network television debut. (They made their cable debut on Conan a few weeks back.) He also works in a "GO VOTE!" at the end there too. If you missed it, check out video from the performance, to which Letterman reacted "Remember kids, don't neglect your studies." Video is below and that comes from his new album, Twins, which is out now and his third LP of 2012.

While that will probably tide you over for a bit, there is no replacing seeing Ty Segall's live show in person. His seemingly-endless tour is will soon hit Europe, returning to North America for West Coast in December. He'll be back on theEast Coast with Ex-Cult in the New Year. Webster Hall gets the look on February 1 and tickets are still available.

Letterman video and all current dates are listed below.

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words by Kelly Pratt; photos by Bryan Murray

David Byrne
David Byrne

Kelly Pratt of Bright Moments and many other musical projects has been on tour with David Byrne and St. Vincent, and chronicling it on BrooklynVegan. If you're just joining us, also check out part 1, part 2 , Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. Part 6 begins here...

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San Diego through Vancouver and beyond

After the Dallas show we all pile on the bus for the long trek to San Diego. Fortunately we don't have to tackle it all in one drive so we stop in El Paso for the day off. Jon N and I end up taking a long bike ride, including a shady trek through an arroyo, to go see Looper. The film turns out to be quite entertaining, despite its numerous violations of the grandfather paradox.

The following morning we wake up in San Diego at Humphrey's Half Moon, a fancy resort on Shelter Island. We have the day off again, so most of us bike to Mission Beach to enjoy the food and drink on the boardwalk. We meet up at a bar with two friends of John A and while everyone else heads to the beach, I stay behind to hear about the profession of one of them: horseshoe crab blood salesperson. She explains that the blood is vital to the pharmaceutical industry as a testing agent to ensure their products are free of bacterial infection. The crabs "donate" their blood, then are placed back in the ocean where their blood volume returns to normal within a week. With the price tag of $15,000 per quart the blood is quite valuable, and some of us make a silent pledge to change careers at the end of the tour.

The following night's show takes place in the outdoor courtyard of the hotel. Susanne, the lighting designer, sets up her rig directly on the balcony of my room. We are situated right next to the marina and during the show several dozen people pilot their boats into a little recess where they can hear (but not really see) what is coming from the stage. During our set David addresses them as "the boat refugees" and thanks them for coming.

The next few shows are a bit of a blur, primarily because we are playing every night. While there may not be as many opportunities for extra-curricular activities it feels nice to get into a bit of a groove. If anyone knows what tour momentum is about, it would have to be The Melvins. On the road at the same time as us, they are currently attempting to break a world record of "51 shows in 51 states in 51 days". They have a fascinating (and funny) account of it here. Reading of Trevor Dunn's encounter with a rowdy fan during an improvised bass solo reminds me of a recurring joke from our tour. Early on Brian Wolfe told us of his theory of free jazz. According to him you can boil almost the entirety of the history of the music down into two factions: "scratch 'n sniff" and "pet store on fire". Both types can be present within a single composition, or even simultaneously, but one must be present at all times. It is a joke of course, but close enough to the truth.

At 5700, the Greek Theatre is the largest venue of our tour and one we have been looking forward to since the beginning of rehearsals. It is a stunning amphitheater and has housed many legendary concerts including Neil Diamond's "Hot August Nights". Everyone is a bit nervous, but nerves quickly dissipate as concentration is vital to this show. Afterwards we have our largest group of guests yet, including Jason D's parents. One lovely thing about this coast to coast tour is that many members' parents are able to see the show, including mine. We also get to meet our second O'Hara of the tour, Catherine (Mary Margaret came in Toronto).

Somehow I've managed to visit a different dim sum establishment nearly every time I've come to San Francisco. So upon arrival I decide to bike on my own to Hong Kong Lounge, one that comes highly recommended. The food is delicious, but I'm reminded of why no one goes to a dim sum restaurant by themselves. Cycling the hills of San Francisco with a belly full of dumplings isn't exactly easy, and I barely make it back for soundcheck. The first few weeks of the tour we picked up a ritual we have been performing every night, and it follows us here. The last song we play every night is The Talking Heads' "Road to Nowhere". The choreography is a loose follow the leader with the horns ending in a straight horizontal line behind David and Annie. As we leave the stage for the final time the line breaks in two and we depart on opposite sides, playing an improvised reprise of sorts. Once we are firmly backstage we continue playing, but the song morphs into a television theme song, typically one that takes place in the city we are currently in. Some previous numbers have included Dallas, Mr. Belvedere, and Laverne and Shirley. Tonight's version, of course, is Full House.

After a week in California we take off for the Pacific Northwest, and the home stretch of this leg of the tour. On most of the days off DB has been giving talks to support his new book "How Music Works", and we all attend one of these the evening after the Portland show. For this particular talk David is joined by Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia.

David Byrne

The format consists of David flashing an image onto a movie screen, followed by the two of them talking about what that image means to them. As a result the majority of the talk is concentrated around the importance of the visual side of a musical performance, be it fashion, lights, or movement. It is quite fascinating and something most musicians should spend more time thinking about. After Vancouver some of us take the bus back to Portland, while the rest of us head back to NY for a few days rest. Next up Colbert, and Australia in the New Year!

'Til next time,
Kelly

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Watch Kelly, the rest of the band and David Byrne & St. Vincent on Colbert tonight (11/1).

UPDATE: Colbert happened. Watch the videos.

They were also supposed to play Letterman the other night, but that was cancelled due to Sandy. Speaking of, read a Sandy-related letter David Byrne sent out to his mailing list, with more pictures from their tour, below...

Continue reading "On the Road with David Byrne & St. Vincent who didn't play Letterman, but play Colbert tonight (the final installment)"

Sharon Jones @ Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Sharon Jones

Jimmy Kimmel couldn't have had worse luck with the timing of his week of tapings at BAM here in Brooklyn, but after cancelling Monday due to hurricane, things are now a go again:

...a rep for the show tells E! News that "Jimmy Kimmel Live! will broadcast an original show tonight from the Harvey Theater at BAM - Brooklyn Academy of Music."

Kimmel himself even tweeted about the good news, writing, "Unless something weird happens, tonight's show in #Brooklyn is ON like fleece on Gov Christie."

The guest lineup for tonight will be the same as the one that was originally planned for Monday, which includes radio personality Howard Stern and 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan, as well as Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.

The full week's schedule below...

Continue reading "Jimmy Kimmel tapings at BAM are back on (look for Howard Stern & Sharon Jones in Fort Greene) (and on TV tonight)"

No audience makes for an awkward monologue
Fallon

While Hurricane Sandy was hitting its blustery heights yesterday, NYC-based talk shows The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night wtih Jimmy Fallon were set to tape Monday night's shows. Both went on with the show, but sent their audiences home to be with their families. So monologues, chats with guests and musical performances were all done...to nobody, which made for eerie viewing.

On The Late Show, David Letterman had Interpol frontman Paul Banks and you can watch him perform "Young Again" from his new album, Banks, below. No online video for Fallon's musical guest Imagine Dragons, but you can watch his intro to what was indeed a very special episode of his show, below.

Continue reading "Hurricane Sandy caused 'Letterman' and 'Fallon' to go audience-less; watch Paul Banks perform"

photos by Debi Del Grande

Ultraista @ Echoplex - 10/19/12
Ultraista

The experience shows. Their U.S. live debut may have only been eight songs long, but the band imbued each album cut with an air of nonchalant cool. With the atmospheric consistency of their self-titled debut, and the help of some Piet Mondrian-like backing videos, the show was not unlike an art rave. It was an ideal manifestation of their art movement namesake that asserted surreal variations on minimalism are superior to more ornate styles. [Under the Radar]
Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich's band with drummer Joey Waronker (Walt Mink, Beck) and singer Laura Bettinson (Dimbleby & Capper, FEMME), Ultraista played their first US shows this week and last, starting at LA's Echoplex (10/19), then hitting San Francisco's Independent (10/22), and finally NYC's Le Poisson Rouge last night (10/24). We missed them last night, but we did catch their LA show and pictures from that one are in this post.

The band will make their network TV debut when they play The Late Show with David Letterman on November 2. They also just made a video for "Our Song," which you can watch below.

That video, more pics, the setlist, and some high quality videos from Echoplex are below.

Continue reading "Ultraista played their first US shows (pics, videos, setlist from LA's Echoplex)"

Miguel on 'Letterman' - 10/9/12
Miguel

Miguel, who has been R&B singer of the (past two) week(s) in the wake of his great Kaleidoscope Dream and the two music videos that followed the release, kept it going by performing on The Late Show with David Letterman last night (10/9). He performed "Adorn" (a #1 R&B hit!) and you can watch the video of that performance below.

Miguel will be wrapping up his tour in support of the album next week, and after taking about a month off, he'll head out with Trey Songz and Elle Varner on the "Chapter V" tour which hits NYC on December 5 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for that show (and all US dates on the tour) go on sale Friday (10/12).

A list of all tour dates, the Letterman performance, and recent music videos for "The Thrill" and "Do You..." are below.

Continue reading "Miguel played Letterman, announces tour (dates & video)"

The Raveonettes in Chicago last week (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Raveonettes

As promised, The Raveonettes played David Letterman's show on Thursday night (10/4), one night before their tour with Melody's Echo Chamber hits Webster Hall (tonight). Watch then perform "She Owns the Streets", from their new album Observator, with their full list of their tour dates, below...

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53%ers
Jay Z Beyonce Obama

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

Jay-Z & Beyonce raised a cool $4M for Barack Obama at their benefit last night ("Beyonce could not be a better role model for my girls," Obama said,). Go on and brush your shoulders off, Jigga.

If you bought a ticket to that fundraiser, may we interest you in a live entertainment company?

Meanwhile, the President was on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, chatting about the Mitt Romney "47%" video and other things. Watch it below.

In other money news, Amanda Palmer is now going to pay those previously-volunteer musicians and her new LP debuted at #10 on Billboard.

If you were wondering the #1 album is, it's Dave Matthews Band's Away from the World which beat out Bob Dylan. The xx's Coexist came in at #5, not too bad!

Check out what David Byrne & St. Vincent played last night in Chicago.

Look at pictures from our Jon Spencer Blues Explosion record release party that was last night.

Hope to see you at our Rafiq Batia record release party that Anti-Pop Consortium is also playing.

Check out an excellent profile piece on the legendary Neil Young that appeared in the NY Times Magazine.

Sinead O'Connor wrote to Russian president Vladmir Putin, demanding Pussy Riot's release. Is that helping or hurting?

Deftones are back with "Leathers", the new song from their upcoming Koi No Yokan due on 11/13. Check out that song below in a video stream and/or down load your copy at their site.

more stuff below...

Continue reading "Also: Jay-Z raises serious $$$ for Obama, Yo Gabba Gabba, Deftones, 'Ice Ice Baby' analyzed, Wilco, Neil Young & more"

Band of Horses at Hammerstein Ballroom in 2011 (more by Toby Tenebaum)
Band of Horses

Band of Horses will release their new album, Mirage Rock, on September 18. They'll kick off a tour in support of this October, but before that you can catch them performing Live on Letterman on September 17, the day before the record's release. The concert will be performed in the Ed Sullivan Theater in NYC and will stream live on CBS.com and VEVO on September 17 at 8 PM EST. This "Live on Letterman" performance is a full concert, which precedes the band's appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, which airs on September 21 and will only feature them playing one or two songs.

Then, on the day of the album's release (9/18), Band of Horses will play Brooklyn's House of Vans. In order to gain entry to this show, you have to pre-order their new album and the pre-order comes with two tickets to the show. A flier for this show is below.

As mentioned, they will also appear at Central Park on September 29 as part of the "Global Festival" with Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, and K'naan.

Speaking of "Live on Letterman," Gotye will also do a performance, which airs on CBS.com and VEVO on September 24 at 8 PM EST.

A list of all dates, that show flier, and the video for Mirage Rock single "Knock Knock" are below.

Continue reading "Band of Horses playing 'Live on Letterman' and House of Vans the week their new LP comes out (dates & video)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

The Heavy at Irving Plaza - 8/30/12
The Heavy

UK soul rockers The Heavy brought their US tour to NYC for a show at Irving Plaza last night (8/30) with The Skins. Pictures from that show are in this post. Their tour continues on the west coast this weekend, kicking off with Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival.

The Heavy were also on David Letterman last night (8/30) to perform "What Makes A Good Man" and "How You LIke Me Now." A video of those performances and more pics from last night's Irving Plaza show are below.

Continue reading "The Heavy played Irving Plaza & 'Letterman' (pics & video)"

photos by Tracy Allison

Diamond Rugs at The Bell House, 6/22/2012
Diamond Rugs

Diamond Rugs, the latest hard-rocking, boot-stomping supergroup to hit the Mason-Dixon line between indie rock and alt-country, played a surprise show at Brooklyn's Bell House on Friday night. Featuring John McCauley and Robbie Cowell of Deer Tick, Black Lips' Ian Saint Pe (who apparently tied up the last Billboard reporter who interviewed him and was hoping I would let him do the same), Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate, Bryan Dufresne of Six Finger Satellite, and Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, D. Rugs played their self-titled debut front to back in front of a small but enthusiastic audience who requested an encore even though "that's all the songs we have," as McCauley reminded them.

The somewhat impromptu set served as an unveiling of sorts for the band before their Sunday concert at Central Park Summerstage with Alabama Shakes and Robert Ellis, which was originally supposed to be their New York debut before their appearance tonight on The Late Show with David Letterman. After replenishing their onstage bin of Tecate, the band's central six members were joined by "some trombone player" and Diamond Rugs producers Adam Landry and Justin Collins of Nashville's Playground Sound Studios. The production team, who has also worked with Deer Tick and Sally Ford and the Sound Outside, contributed percussion and surprisingly deep baritone, respectively. [Billboard]

Diamond Rugs made their NYC live debut at The Bell House on Friday night (6/22) with Richard Buckner and Roomrunner in tow, two days before their opening slot for Alabama Shakes in Central Park. Did you go to the Bell House show? What did you think?

Diamond Rugs made their network television debut last night (6/25) on The Late Show with David Letterman and you can watch that performance of "Blue Mountains" below and check out more pictures from the Bell House show as well.

Continue reading "Diamond Rugs played the Bell House (pics); appeared on Letterman (video) "

tom waits

As you may remember, Tom Waits was to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon back in April which ended up being postponed for "a later date TBA." Those appearances, both taped in NYC, have finally been rescheduled. Waits will be chatting up the hosts and playing songs from his 2011 album, Bad As Me, on Letterman on July 9 and Fallon on July 10.

In other Tom Waits television news, his song "Picture in a Frame" was used in a ballet sequence in this week's Bunheads, the new show from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman Palladino (which is pretty good if you liked Gilmore Girls). You can watch it on YouTube (embed not available, sorry).

photos by Joe McCabe

M. Ward

[M. Ward] did not disappoint on Friday. While playing pretty much straight through for almost an hour-and-a-half, he included songs from all of his albums. There was also very little chit-chat, lots of guitar work, and an ever-changing backdrop provided by four windows... The band played some great ones like Poison Cup, Rollercoaster, To Go Home and Never Had Nobody Like You. Also included was one of his guitar solo songs, which is always nice to watch. -[Second Doubles]
M Ward roped in Monsters of Folk collaborator Conor Oberst (who just announced a Carnegie Hall show) during his appearance at Webster Hall on Friday (5/11) to play "Vincent O'Brien", his second encore of the evening. A video of the two musicians performing that song is below. The show, which featured an appearance from the Lee Ranaldo Band as part of a string of dates that they're on together, was the kick-off to an East Coast tour and one of two appearances in NYC that day (he also performed at Late Night with David Letterman which aired that night). Pictures and the setlist from Webster Hall as well as a video from Letterman are in this post.

If you missed Letterman, Webster Hall, or the release of A Wasteland Companion then you're still in luck. Stream the new LP in full at M. Ward's site, and look for the guitar great to play Brooklyn at Prospect Park on August 7th with Yo La Tengo. Tickets are still available. M Ward also has a streamable performance from WNYC available as well.

More pics and setlist from Webster Hall and those videos are below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Spiritualized

Three or four chords, a handful of verses and a brazen guitar line are all Jason Pierce, a k a J. Spaceman, needs for songs that can heave along for a good 10 minutes without wearing out their welcome... While Mr. Pierce rasps out his vocals, the keyboards swell, backup singers deliver oohs and la-las, and guitars work themselves up toward scrabbling tremolo and feedback. Amid it all, Mr. Pierce presents himself as a disillusioned hedonist, a sufferer with himself to blame, a lost soul: alone in the vast turmoil of the music, mourning lost chances and wishing for more.

On albums like this year's Sweet Heart Sweet Light, the band's seventh in 20 years, Spiritualized deploys a large cast: strings, horns, singers, free-jazz saxophonists, all taking their place in the music's tidal crest and ebb. Onstage things were leaner, with a five-man band and two female backup singers. Yet the music grew just as colossal -- perhaps even more so, with fewer distracting details in the grand expanse. -[NY Times]

Spiritualized with special guest Nikki Lane played Terminal 5 on May 7th, part of a round of dates for Jason Pierce and the band that brought them to Chicago and sees them hit Union Transfer in Philadelphia tonight (5/11).

If you miss thje shows, look for streaming audio via NPR from Spiritualized's appearance at 9:30 Club in DC last night (5/10). Spiritualized also appeared on Letterman on May 7 (the same night as T5). Watch that, along with more pictures and the setlist from the NY show, below...

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Waits

He was supposed to be in NYC on April 24 & 25, but "will reschedule at a later date TBA." Damn