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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

dylan books

Vulture recently talked to a bunch of musicians who compiled a list comprised of their favorite music memoirs. Many of the musicians, like Questlove, Paul Stanley, and Nikki Sixx interviewed have written memoirs themselves.

It's a varied list that covers a fair amount of ground and provides some interesting nuggets about what the different musicians like in their music writing. Anthrax's Scott Ian likes Gregg Allman's memoir because "From the murder of his father to his brother trying to hang him from a tree when they were kids to the insane levels of rock-and-roll excess, this book has it all." Bethany Cosentino is a fan of Storms: My Life With Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac because "There is also an intense amount of emotional shit you go through while you're touring and living your life in the public eye. I think this book does a really good job of reminding people of that."

Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis recommends Will Hermes' Love Goes To Buildings On Fire, which is not a memoir in any way but is still a pretty great music book. And Questlove directs us towards Carrie Brownstein's new book Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl, which we just talked to her about. That was an easy one for Questlove, as he just talked to her about the book at at Saint Vitus.

Books that got multiple mentions:  Jewel and Aerosmith's Joe Perry like Bob Dylan's Chronicles; Def Leppard's Phil Collen and The Zombies' Colin Blunstone both rep Keith Richards' Life, and Michael Stipe and Garbage's Shirley Manson both recommend Patti Smith's Just Kids (not a surprise, Michael).

There's been a deluge of music memoirs lately, from Carrie's book to new tomes by Chrissie Hynde, Kim Gordon, Grace Jones, John Fogerty, Elvis Costello and Travis Barker. And there's more exciting stuff on the way from Tom Petty, Laura Jane Grace, John Doe and Carly Simon, just to name a few.

Check out the whole list at Vulture.

Dave Hill and his good friend Danzig
Dave Hill and Danzig

The above Instagram photo of Danzig posing with Dave Hill, taken at Danzig's tour stop at Electric Factory in Philly on Friday, is a great reminder that Danzig headlines the Playstation Theater in NYC TONIGHT (10/21). Tickets are still available.

UPDATE: Right after posting this we realized that Danzig has been also making news today for allegedly roughing up someone taking pictures at the Montreal show, two nights after he was hanging with Dave.

Dave Hill was backstage at that Philly show, after himself performing "Fuck Your Enemy" with openers Superjoint Ritual -- not the first time Dave did that with Phil Anselmo's band, and hopefully he finds time to do it again tonight before flying to Austin where he opens for Snoop Dogg on Friday night (?!?).

UPDATE 2: Dave did in fact make it on stage again in NYC:

Dave also returns to Texas in November to be part of Anselmo's Housecore Horror Festival where among other things, he'll be playing guitar as part of Thor's band. Johnny Kelly of Danzig (and Type O Negative) will be on drums for that supergroup.

Housecore has also announced their full film lineup. The massive slate includes a documentary about Thor, aptly titled I Am Thor (he'll also be introducing Zombie Nightmare and Rock N' Roll Nightmare), a screening of the GWAR-movie Skulhedface with live commentary by Gwar's own Sleazy P. Martini, a screening of Dawn of the Dead with live accompaniment by Claudio Simonetti's Goblin, and a special screening of the classic Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer in honor of Corey Mitchell, the author who co-founded Housecore with Anselmo and who passed away last year. This is all in addition to just a ton of horror films and rock docs with titles like Cannibal Man, Voodoo Dick, Deathgasm, Coffin Cruising and Terrain Hatefuck. You get the idea. The updated festival poster and Aztec Theater lineup are at the end of this post.

There's also an I Am Thor screening and performance in Brooklyn on November 22 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale.

You can also catch the comedy and rock n roll stylings of Dave Hill at Union Hall in Brooklyn on November 6th for the next edition of "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets". Dave Hill hosts and plays in his band Valley Lodge that night. Special guests for the evening so far include Marcus Monroe, Adira Amram & The Experience, and Danny Felts.

Dave, who last week read his classic BrooklynVegan Def Leppard review out loud at a CMJ event, also appears as part of "Seven Minutes in Purgatory" at Littlefield on November 10th, along with Ian Abramson, Aparna Nancherla, Nick Vatterott, and more (part of New York Comedy Festival). (By the way, Def Leppard just announced a Barclays Center show with Styx and Tesla. Dave, you going??)

Last but not least, don't forget that you can tune into the The Goddamn Dave Hill Show on WFMU every Monday from 9pm-midnight (also available to stream any time in the archives).

Continue reading "Dave Hill hanging with Danzig, opening for Snoop Dogg, jamming with Superjoint Ritual, playing with Thor at Housecore Horror Fest"

mad monster party

Windhand's show at Gramercy Theatre is tonight. Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair.

Tickets for the Muse show at Barclays go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Greg Dulli show at Roulette go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM (password: Dulli2016).

Grace Potter plays The Paramount in Asbury Park, NJ on December 4 and The Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY on December 10. Tickets for the Huntington show go on Music Geeks presale today at 10 AM and both shows go on sale to the general public on Friday (10/23) at 10 AM.

Tickets for the seventh Dinosaur Jr. show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon. The others are all sold out excep the 12/7 show.

Tickets for the just-added second Leon Bridges show at Beacon Theatre (3/7) are currently on fan presale (password: cominghome).

Tickets for the John Prine show at Kings Theatre go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM.

Def Leppard, Styx and Tesla play Barclays Center on February 16. Tickets go on AmEx, Def Leppard, Styx and Tesla presales today at noon and go on sale to the general public on Saturday (10/24) at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Dr. Dog show at Terminal 5 are currently on fan presale and go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Shearwater show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Daniel Martin Moore just released a new Jim James-produced album, and now he announced a NYC show for November 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (10/23) at noon.

Dave Hill is bringing his show "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets" to Union Hall on November 6 with Marcus Monroe, Adira Amram & The Experience, Danny Felts and Dave's band Valley Lodge. Tickets are on sale now.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

photo: Sylvan Esso at Terminal 5 in January (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Sylvan Esso

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Gigawatts Festival @ The Wick, The Well & Out Wicked Lady
Brooklyn zine 1.21 Gigawatts has really upped its game on its annual festival this year, with three nights at connected venues The Wick, The Well and, down the street, Our Wicked Lady, featuring seriously stacked bills. Saturday's action starts at 1 PM and features Anamanaguchi, Miniature Tigers, Ava Luna, Potty Mouth, Pile, Jack and Eliza, Fort Lean, The Mystery Lights, Honduras, Quarterbacks, Maxo, Slonk Donkerson, Future Punx, Motion Studies, Mannequin Pussy, SHAPES, The Bottom Dollars, EULA, Forever Lesbians, Shark?, The Gradients, Sofa Club, Larry and The Babes, Jangula, Piers, Warm the Duke, Retail, Bugs in the Dark, Hound Basket, and Whiskey Bitches.

Sylvan Esso, Porches @ Prospect Park
Electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso bring a lot more charm and charisma than you might expect from a group that doesn't have a drummer. This is their biggest headlining show in NYC to date. Rising band Porches open. Free.

Titus Andronicus @ Shea Stadium
TItus Andronicus' ambitious new 29-song rock opera takes them through a ton of different sounds, all while keeping the aesthetic of raw garage punk band. Night 2 of their sold-out five-night run at Shea Stadium.

Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds, Degreaser, Art Gray Noizz Quintet @ Union Pool
Kid Congo Powers has played in The Gun Club, The Cramps and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, which is an impressive enough CV to just rest on your laurels, but he's still making cool new music. They headline today's free "Summer Thunder" show. This should be a good one. Starts at 2 PM.

Baauer, Skepta, DJ Slimzee, Tory Lanez, Sicko Mobb, Dark0, Joey LaBeija @ MoMA PS 1
Warm Up continues with the guy who made "Harlem Shake," UK grime staple Skepta, rap weirdos Sicko Mobb and more.

Taso, Sicko Mobb, Ricky Eat Acid, Tripletrain @ Palisades
After Warm Up, keep the party going with Sicko Mobb, who head to Palisades for a late show.

Memory Tapes, Computer Magic, School Dance @ Baby's All Right
It's been a couple years since chillwave survivor Memory Tapes has released a new album. We got a couple new tracks earlier this year but to find out what might be next, catch him live tonight.

Plastic Pinks, Tall Juan, Cara Bella (DJ) and Selector F YEs (DJ) @ Elvis Guesthouse
Miami's glammy garage rockers Plastic Pinks headline this show that's being presented by the party-forward folks at Burger Records. Things could get crazy.

Woodsman, Tonstartssbandht, Jovontaes, Herbcraft @ Palisades
Brooklyn-via-Denver blissful droners Woodsman are about to start work on their fourth album that should be out in early 2016. Until then, catch them tonight as part of this experimental-leaning bill.

Bombino, Young Fathers, Fantastic Negrito @ Central Park SummerStage
African guitarist Bombino has worldwide acclaim, and probably owes some of his U.S. rock fan crossover to his 2013 album on Nonesuch, Nomad, produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. Opening is hyped Scottish alt-rap group Young Fathers and blues singer Fanastic Negrito. This is a free day show, going from 2-7 PM.

Main Attrakionz @ Rough Trade (2 PM)
Main Attrakionz came from the buzzy cloud rap movement of the early '10s, and though that buzz died, they continue to make quality music. This is a free in-store in support oft heir new album, 808s & Dark Grapes III.

Screeching Weasel, The Queers, The Mr. T Experience @ Webster Hall
Screeching Weasel have a new lineup and a new album on Todd Congelliere's Recess Records, which basically sounds like a Screeching Weasel. (For a band like them, that's a good thing.) Tonight's show is good all around with the bands old pals and fellow Ramones devotees The Queers and The Mr. T Experience.

Aye Nako, In School, Vagabon, Palehound @ Silent Barn
This is a good bill all around of local-ish punk and indie rock, and it doubles as the release party for Aye Nako's new EP on Don Giovanni.

'Going Off Track' w/ Blake Schwarzenbach, Vanessa Bayer, Eddie Stern, Christopher Norris @ Union Hall
The 'Going Off Track' podcast -- with United Nations member and music writer Jonay Bayer, Steven's Untitled Rock Show's Steven Smith & Mike Cangemi, and The Goops' Brad Worrell -- tapes today. This one includes punk veteran Blake Schwarzenbach (Jawbreaker, Jets to Brazil), Jonah's sister Vanessa (SNL, 'Sound Advice') and more.

Captain We're Sinking, Somos, The Holy Mess, Sunk, Arson Welles @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
Riis Park Beach Bazaar hosts free daytime shows on Rockaway Beach, and today they've got a mostly punk lineup. We especially recommend catching Somos, who add a bit of Pacific Northwest-style indie to their sound.

Beach Slang, Hurry @ Asbury Lanes
Beach Slang's album is finally done being recorded, and while we wait for it to come out, they're doing a long weekend of shows. Tomorrow they're in NYC, but this one's close by and with solid indie rockers Hurry.

Big Blood, Human Adult Band, Picastro @ WFMU Monty Hall
Big Blood have been making truly eccentric psychedelic folk for almost a decade. This year they released two albums, Double Days I & II, which feature covers of Black Sabbath, The Cure and "Wild Mountain Thyme" arranged in unique ways to fit right in with the 16 originals.

The Flag, Courtship Ritual, GDFX, Parlor Walls @ Union Pool
Ted McGrath, formerly of Antimagic and These Are Powers, currently makes music under the name The Flag. His new album, Heat Waves, just came out and tonight's the release party. Check out the video for "To Wear the Vest of Wealth" below. Also worth catching are duo Courtship Ritual who make slinky, sultry post-punk.

Leon Bridges @ Surf Lodge
Texan Leon Bridges looks and sounds like he stepped out of 1962, and his take on vintage soul and R&B has become massively popular. If you're out in Montauk this weekend, here's a chance to see him at a venue smaller than he'll likely play any time soon. And it's free.

Def Leppard, Styx, Tesla @ PNC Bank Arts Center
If you dig hair metal at all, few bands had more hits than Def Leppard (Hysteria had seven singles alone). Tesla being part of this tour makes sense, but Styx?

Sinmara, Lluvia, Predatory Light, Slidhr, Aureole, Vilkacis @ Saint Vitus
It's the final day of Brooklyn metal festival Dissociative Visions, with Sinmara, Lluvia, Predatory Light, Slidhr, Aureole, and Vilkacis.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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A$AP Rocky

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

A$AP Rocky, Vic Mensa, Bodega Bamz, Remy Banks @ Best Buy Theater
It's weird to think A$AP Rocky was once part of the small "cloud rap" movement, as he's now one of our most exciting major label rappers. This year's At.Long.last.A$AP is a departure from the party jams of his last album and dives deeper into psychedelic territory.

The Mekons @ Jalopy Theatre
Much like The Fall, long-running band The Mekons have dabbled in just about every musical genre you can think of in their nearly 40-year existence but they always mainly just sound like themselves. Mekons shows tend to be long and boozy with a very, very devoted fanbase. They're one of the greats.

Iron and Wine & Ben Bridwell @ Webster Hall
Iron & Wine (aka Sam Beam) and Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell put out a covers album earlier this year that tackles a lot of diverse stuff -- Pete Seeger, Spiritualized, Sade, Talking Heads and more. Now they're on the road together playing those covers, and some of their own stuff too.

Dee Dee (of The Dum Dum Girls) @ Moscot LES
Dum Dum Girls' frontperson Dee Dee Penny will perform solo at this free show at MOSCOT's store on Orchard St. Complimentary beer and wine for folks over 21, too. You gotta RSVP.

U2 @ Madison Square Garden
Rock and pop superstars U2's eight-show run at Madison Square Garden continues. As you may have heard, Bono, The Edge and crew have managed to reinvent the stadium spectacle for this tour -- which is just what you'd expect from them (and these ticket prices).

Bostich + Fussible, Wolfgang Flür/MusikSoldat (ex-Kraftwerk) @ Lincoln Center
Part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival, the "two founders of Tijuana's audio-visual collective mesh brassy live instrumentation, norteño sounds, and catchy techno dance beats with mesmerizing live-action and projected images in a show the Los Angeles Times calls 'visually stunning, rhythmically dense.'" Free!

EZTV, Nude Beach, Mercury Girls @ Union Pool
EZTV owe a lot to the late-'70s powerpop scene that was equally enthralled by punk's energy and Big Star's beauty; Nude Beach make heartland punk like you might have heard in Minneapolis in 1984; and Montreal band Mercury Girls (featuring Fucked Up drummer Jonah Falco) make dark-hued postpunk.

Tommy Stinson, Simon Doom, Diane Gentile @ Bowery Electric
Bassist in The Replacements and Guns n' Roses (and frontman of Bash n' Pop), Tommy Stinson is in the spotlight tonight.

Little Boots, Prinze George @ Brooklyn Bowl
Master of the Tenori-on, dancepop artist Little Boots just released her third album, Working Girl, and celebrates tonight.

Jill Scott, BJ the Chicago Kid @ Kings Theatre
Neo-soul great Jill Scott has a new album titled Woman coming out this week, and from the singles she's put out it sounds like more of her quality work. This is her second of two NYC shows with solid opener BJ the Chicago Kid.

We Were Promised Jetpacks, Krill @ Pier 84
Melancholic Scottish indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks return to NYC in continued support of their third album, last year's Unraveling. Boston's quirky Krill are worth catching too. Part of Hudson River Rocks, this is a free show.

Son Lux, Landlady, Olga Bell @ Rough Trade
Son Lux are continuing to tour in support of this year's art-poppy Bones, and making tonight's show an even better bill is Dirty Projector and solo artist Olga Bell.

Stitches, Main Attrakionz, Buckwheat Groats @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Speaking of the cloud rap movement A$AP Rocky came from, Main Attrakionz came from it too. They never became big stars like him, but they're still making good music like this year's 808s & Dark Grapes III. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows in support of it, and this one's with the "Brick In Yo Face" dude Stiches.

Joell Ortiz, !llmind, Emilio Rojas, Billionaire Buck, Sons of 84 @ The Wick
NYC staple Joell Ortiz returned last week with the new album Human, produced entirely by !llmind. The two of them team up tonight in celebration of that.

Primitive Man, Opium Lord, Opening Bell, The Communion, Mountain God @ Saint Vitus
Denver's Primitive Man pull from sludge, metal, punk and more, defying any individual genre. They've got an EP, a split LP, and a standalone single out this year, so needless to say there's plenty of new music to hear tonight.

Steeleye Span @ BB King's
Steeleye Span hailed from the same British folk scene as Fairport Convention, and they put out at least a few classic albums in the '70s. The only original member is Maddy Prior, though her voice alone is a good enough reason to check out this show.

Def Leppard, Styx, Tesla @ Jones Beach
If you dig hair metal at all, few bands had more hits than Def Leppard (Hysteria had seven singles alone). Weirdly enough, this tour is also with Styx.

Alt-J @ iHeartRadio Theater
Alt-J rose to fame very quickly, and this is a small show for the band who have already headlined MSG. To get in you had to win tickets from iHeartRadio.

CHVRCHES, BAIO @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
CHVRCHES showed their pop dreams from the beginning, but their new single especially sounds made for the radio. Vampire Weekend's Baio has a new album on the way too.

Volahn, Hand of Glory, T.O.M.B., wulfkrieg @ Acheron
This show doubles as the first night of the 'Dissociative Visions' festival, and it's headlined by black metal master Volahn.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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by Rob Sperry-Fromm


"As far as I can tell, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are fucked-up alcoholic junkie guys. So I don't think Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley should let those two fuck-ups ruin them. Why should they? Okay, they chose to be alcoholics and fuck-ups, now in doing that they have to face the consequences. Gene Simmons didn't do it, why should he face the consequences? That's what I think!"
- King Buzzo, to the Missoula Independent
Keeping up with the zeitgeist as always, KISS have been in the news a lot lately. We already told you that they're currently touring with Def Leppard in support of our military, but so much else is happening in the world of KISS that it warrants further discussion.

"Fucked-up alcoholic junkie guy" Ace Frehley is releasing a new solo album called Space Invader in August on eOne. He's already released a song called "Gimme a Feelin", which is streaming here.

Second of all, we'd like to remind you of the existence of 4th annual KISS Kruise which sets sail on Halloween and runs through November 4th and also involves Cheap Trick and, oddly enough, Purson, among some other acts. This places them in the rarefied air of artists like Weezer and Flogging Molly who have their own sea-bound carnivals. Full lineup below.

Immediately upon returning to land, the band will set up shop in the desert for the most appropriate Vegas Residency in the history of Vegas Residencies. KISS Rocks Vegas will run from November 5-23 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. "What happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas, not if we have anything to do with it," says Gene Simmons, with some trenchant commentary on the digital age. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/18) at 10 AM.


Meanwhile, avowed KISS fan King Buzzo of the Melvins, who has been touring in support of his recent solo release, has, as you can see above, gotten involved in the discussion about KISS's new, Frehley and Criss-less lineup, which is apparently controversial in some circles. After receiving some hatred from Kiss fans who were upset about his "junkie" comments, Buzz was none too pleased, and retorted via his Vice-published tour diary. "So, for the record, you Kiss fan fuckheads who are giving ME shit for saying as it turns out, the exact same thing as Gene can KISS my ass!" There are a number of similarly wonderful quotes in both Buzzo articles, so I'd recommend reading them in full.

And in a final bit of musicians-talking-about-KISS-in-Vice-news, White Lung's Mish Way has apparently turned into Chuck Klosterman and is now writing about how great it is to get stoned at a KISS concert and the relative differences between rock decades. The 21st century, man.

White Lung are touring in July and September.

Buzz was just in NYC for two shows. We caught the 2nd one which was at The Wick.

Below check out the Melvins classic cover of "Goin' Blind," so you can understand where King Buzzo is coming from. Kiss dates and Kruise lineup are down there too.

Continue reading "KISS announce Vegas residency & Kruise; King Buzzo tells KISS nuts to KISS his ass (but like Mish Way, is a fan)"

KISS @ Jones Beach, 2010 (more by Matthew Eisman)

Stadium rock powerhouses KISS and Def Leppard are teaming for the '2014 Heroes' tour. (Dave Hill has been alerted.) This double-fisted bill of pure rock hits the NYC area on July 26 at NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center and August 6 at Nikon at Jones Beach. They'll also play Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on August 2, Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center on August 3, and Hartford, CT's Xfinity Theatre on August 10.

This tour is in support of our troups and all military personnel will be given exclusive access to discounted tickets. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday (3/22) at 10 AM local time, with military presale beginning today (3/19) at 10 AM, a Citi Cardmember presale beginning LiveNation presale beginning Thursday (3/20) at 10 AM.

Meanwhile, KISS play the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame 2014 induction ceremony at Barclays Center on April 10 (tickets). All Kiss / Def Leppard dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Kiss and Def Leppard announce '2014 Heroes' tour (dates, tickets on sale)"

photo by Dale May
Dave Hill

You are probably familiar with Dave Hill by now. He's the brains behind the book Tasteful Nudes, which was released earlier this year, he performs locally in NYC a good deal, was one of BV's own Klaus Kinski's favorite local comedians this year, and he reviewed Morrissey's Radio City show for us. Oh yeah, and maybe you read his review of Def Leppard, Poison, and Lita Ford?

Dave just gave us his list of his top ten favorite things of 2012. It includes some shows he saw (like the Def Leppard one), a show he didn't see, and his own book. The whole thing (plus commentary) is a pretty great read, and it's below for your viewing pleasure...

Continue reading "Dave Hill's Best of 2012 list"

by Dave Hill (author of Tasteful Nudes)

Dave Hill rocking out to Poison
Dave Hill

Last night (7/11), I went to see Def Leppard, Poison, and Lita Ford at the Prudential Center, which is in Newark, New Jersey. What happened was my friend Ryan asked me and my friend Dave if we wanted to go to the concert and we were both like "Fuck yeah!" and the next thing I knew, we were totally on a train to New Jersey about to get our asses handed to us by Def Leppard, Poison, and Lita Ford, the bands that were playing the concert.

There were roughly 15,732 people in attendance at the show but I was definitely the most rocking person in attendance and you can basically ask anyone because I pretty much owned that show from the second we got off the train in Newark, at which point we walked briskly to the Prudential Center because we were fucking pumped to rock out and everyone around us was looking at us like "Those guys fucking rule!" We had black rock shirts on and everything. It was fucking sweet.

As it turned out, we were kind of late for Lita Ford so by the time we got down to our sweet seats (which were RIGHT ON THE FUCKING FLOOR, SECTION B, ROW 7 MOTHERFUCKERS!!), Lita Ford was playing her last song and basically her biggest hit ever "Kiss Me Deadly," which was great. At the end of her set, Lita Ford told all of us in attendance how awesome we were and I was just like "Yeah, I know, Lita Ford" cuz duh. Also, it should be noted that I would totally have sexual intercourse with Lita Ford if she is reading this, which I hope she is (NOTE: If you personally know Lita Ford and can send this on to her, please do, because I am a real catch and would treat her like fucking gold).

After Lita Ford finished rocking everybody, Ryan, Dave, and I headed up to the concession area and drank like six or eight beers or something I don't even know. Also, Dave had to take a piss, which was fucked because I was afraid we might miss Poison but everything was fine. After Dave finished taking what turned out to be basically the longest piss of all-time or something, we went back down to our sweet seats and watched Poison. If you like Poison, you would have definitely liked seeing them last night because they basically nailed it as far as being Poison goes. They played all the big rocking hits like "Talk Dirty to Me" and "Unskinny Bop" and all that but then they also brought it down by playing "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", at which point I was practically crying like a fucking baby because, man, the words. I still ended up holding it together in the end but most of the chicks seated around me totally wanted to make out with me because chicks fucking love that sensitive shit.

After Poison finished and a bunch of stuff exploded and stuff, Ryan, Dave, and I headed back up to the concession area and had like 14 more beers or something. It was nuts but we couldn't help it because we were so pumped for Def Leppard it wasn't even fucking funny. By then, I had to take a piss too so I went into the bathroom and did my best to ignore the fat guy in the New Jersey Devils jersey shaking his dick next to me for like five minutes straight as I tried to focus on rocking out to Def Leppard pretty much any second now.

Dave Hill

Once we got back down to our sweet seats again (7TH FUCKING ROW, MOTHERFUCKERS!), it was fucking Def Leppard time and then sure as shit, fucking Def Leppard came on stage and started rocking the fuck out of everyone in the fucking place and that shit was nuts. Def Leppard opened with some new song which was still awesome but basically bullshit considering the fact that you know they've got "Foolin'", "Photograph", "Rock of Ages," and about 500 other hits locked and loaded the whole time and they could have played one of those tunes but whatever it was still sweet. A few songs into things, Def Leppard played "Love Bites" and I was singing along with every word and every chick in my section wanted to bang me because I was fucking nailing that shit so hard you would have thought I was in the fucking band, which I probably should be the more I think about it (NOTE: If you are in Def Leppard and are reading this and also want me in the band, just tell me where the bus is parked and my fucking gig bag and I will be there. Also, we should play some more songs from "High and Dry" cuz that shit rules). It should be noted that the Def Leppard guitar player Phil Collen was shirtless the whole time and so was I and I'm pretty sure he saw me and made a gesture to the singer Joe Elliott like "Check that dude out in Section B, Row 7- he is owning this fucking place." And I was. Ask anyone.

Dave Hill rocking out to Def Leppard
Dave Hill

About halfway through their show, the Def Leppard guys all broke out acoustic guitars and sat on a road case brought out by a sweet roadie with a hat on and played some song that I didn't know but it was a real panty dropper that's for fucking sure. A lot of chicks wanted to make out with Def Leppard and also me at this point but we had a show to focus on so we couldn't. It should also be noted at this point that the Def Leppard drummer only has one arm. I realize pretty much everyone knows that already and I am totally used to seeing him play drums like that but when he's just walking around the stage with one arm part of me couldn't help but be all like "Oh, shit- he's coming over here."

After Def Leppard got done showing their sensitive side, it was time for the fucking hits. They played "Women," "Bringin' on the Heartache", "Armageddon It" ("Are you getting it? Yes, I'm a getting it!" It fucking ruled), "Photograph", and basically every other fucking awesome Def Leppard song you can fucking think of. It was at this point in the show, that I ended up meeting this other sweet dude who was rocking out to Def Leppard almost as hard as I was. We high-fived and rocked out and sang every fucking word and basically no one around us could even handle it. You could tell the guys in the band saw us and were like "Fuck- that is some next level shit right there" as we were fucking owning that fucking show so hard. Def Leppard played "Rock of Ages" and then Ryan, Dave, and I got the fuck out of there cuz we had a train to catch back into NYC. I guess you saw this coming, but before we got on the train we fucking knocked back a cold one in the bar in the train station. There were a lot of people who were also at the show at the bar and you could tell by the way they looked at us that they all knew we were the fucking sweet dudes from Section B, Row 7. It ruled. Next time Def Leppard comes back to town we are totally going again and that shit is going to be awesome basically. If they play two nights I would even go both nights.

Dave Hill


Def Leppard, Poison, and Lita Ford play Jones Beach in Long Island this Friday (7/13). Tickets are still available. Unclear if Dave will again be in attendance. The tour hits Atlantic City on Saturday. They're back in NY to hit Buffalo and Saratoga Springs in August. All dates at Def Leppard's website.

Dave Hill will be promoting his new book Tasteful Nudes in Austin on Saturday (7/14). You can catch him in NYC when the "Dave Hill Explosion" returns to UCB Theater on July 26th. A few more pictures of Dave rocking, below...

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Future Islands at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Sarahana)

today in NYC
* America @ BB King's
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Marika Hughes @ Barbes
* Cody Chesnutt @ SOB's
* Man Forever @ The Stone
* Arthur Doyle @ The Stone
* NRBQ @ Iridium Jazz Club
* Slaughterhouse @ BB King's
* Jonathan Batiste @ Joe's Pub
* Ace Frehley @ Best Buy Theater
* Bob Odenkirk & UCB Pals @ UCB
* Chez Deep @ Santos Party House
* Foxes, Seasick Mama @ Pianos
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Nellie McKay @ Madison Square Park
* New York Philharmonic @ Prospect Park
* Femminielli @ WIERD at Home Sweet Home
* Los Lobos, Livingston Leo @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Rakel, Pamela Rodriguez @ Knitting Factory
* Kayo Dot, Mossenek, MV Carbon @ Saint Vitus
* Def Leppard, Poison, Lita Ford @ Prudential Center
* Happy Ending Music & Reading Series @ Joe's Pub
* Guantanamo Baywatch, The Numerators, Big Tits @ Cake Shop
* Buddy Guy, Quinn Sullivan, John Mayall @ World Financial Center
* Cloud, Cloud, SeaPost, Ari Why (DJ set) @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* The Click Clack Boom, Motive, Dead Stars, Indyns @ Public Assembly
* Wolf In a Spacesuit, BZARYN, Spooky Cheddar, Big Girl @ Glasslands
* Summerscreen w/ Colin L. Orchestra, Indian Jewelry @ McCarren Park
* Future Islands, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Darlings @ Death By Audio
* Morning Musuko Brass Band, Benninghove's Hangmen @ The Paper Box
* Nice & Smooth, Ed O.G. and The Awesome 2 @ Summerstage - Crotona Park
* Missy Mazzoli & Victoire, Skeletons Big Band (free) @ Pace Schimmel Theatre
* U Say USA, The N'ere Dowells, I'm Turning Into, Swimming @ Shea Stadium
* The Byzan-Tones, Stathos Karavani Orchestra, Jeremiah Lockwood @ Zebulon
* Woodyfest w/ Steve Earle, John Hammond, Tim Robbins, Diana Jones @ City Winery
* Communion w/Lucius,Seasick Mama, Faces On Film,David Doobinin,Howth @ UnionHall
* Alexander Hacke, Danielle de Picciotto, Algis Kizys, Pharmakon, Chaos Majik, Pharmakon @ XPO 929
* Rebirth Brass Band w/ Brother Joscephus & The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra @ Beekman Beer Garden
* La Santa Cecilia, Monica Lionheart, Xenia Rubinos, Alex Anwandter, Martin Buscaglia, Gepe, ArtOfficial @ Mercury Lounge
* Mala Rodríguez, Ximena Sariñana, Profetas and The Sconek-T @ Central Park Summerstage
* Celestial Shore, Les Bon Hommes, Young Unknowns, Emerald Lakes @ Delinquency BLVD

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Montreal's electronic artist Femminielli makes his U.S. debut at the WIERD party at Home Sweet Home. Italodisco fans will want to check out the video for his single "Atlandia" below.

Ace Frehley at Best Buy Theater... Def Leppard, Poison, and Lita Ford @ Prudential Center? What's a hair metal fan to do?

Breaking Bad's final season starts Sunday, but meanwhile you can catch Saul at UCB tonight.

The Spy Music Festival continues with a performance by Man Forever at the Stone tonight.

The Todd P-curated music portion of Summerscreen starts tonight in McCarren Park.

Advance tickets to Future Islands at Death By Audio tonight are sold out.

Rebirth Brass Band with Brother Joscephus and The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra play Beekman Beer Garden by the South Street Seaport tonight, where the 4Knots Festival and afterparty happen on Saturday.

The All Stars Project "is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting human development through the use of an innovative performance-based model. The ASP creates outside of school, educational and performing arts activities for thousands of poor and minority young people. It sponsors community and experimental theatre, develops leadership training and pursues volunteer initiatives that build and strengthen communities."

OFF! Has a new video for "Borrow and Bomb" / "I Got News For You" featuring Kids in the Hall's Dave Foley and you can watch that below.

Bloc Party have a new video for "Octopus" from their forthcoming album Four and you can watch that below as well.

What else?

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Ted Leo @ Pier 54 in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Ted Leo

today in NYC
* SBTRKT @ Coco 66
* Matt Bauder @ Barbes
* Shai Halud @ Party Xpo
* 10,000 Maniacs @ City Winery
* Fight The Big Bull @ The Stone
* Prince Rama @ Market Hotel Roof
* Pedro Giraudo Sextet @ Barbes
* Pearl & The Beard, Lucius @ Moscot
* The Magician, JDH & Dave P @ Good Units
* Paperdoll, Apollo Run @ Mercury Lounge
* ViVa La Vuvuzela Music Fest @ 285 Kent
* Ken Vandermark, Chad Taylor @ The Stone
* Salem (DJ set), Rewards @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Diamondsnake, The Suzan @ The Rock Shop
* Scary Mansion, Glass Ghost, SAADI @ Zebulon
* Infinity Hotel, Boom Chick, No Kill @ The Gutter
* Brennan Green, Prince Language, Colin Rogister @ Cameo
* Grooms, Pterodactyl, The Immaculates @ Death By Audio
* Raekwon, Smif-N-Wessun, Joell Ortiz @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Meshell Ndegeocello, Mushinah @ Weeksville Heritage Center
* Four Tet, FaltyDL, SBTRKT, Bronze, Turbotax (Warm Up) @ P.S.1
* Guinea Worms, Pop. 1280, The In Out, Family Curse @ Bruar Falls
* The Bouncing Souls, Tim Barry, Lost In Society @ Highline Ballroom
* Pure X, Fungi Girls, Expensive Looks, Cough Cool @ Ding Dong Lounge
* Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Screaming Females @ South Street Seaport
* Making Friendz, Zebra Katz, Tayisha Busay, Skeleton Head @ Cake Shop
* CJ Ramone, The Bullys, The Bad Parts, Wyldlife @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Endless Boogie, Citay, Man Forever, Future Shuttle, ARP (DJ set) @ Glasslands
* Harper Blynn, Elizabeth & The Catapult, The Bandana Splits @ Mercury Lounge
* Your 33 Black Angels, Baxx SiSi's, Persephone's Bees, Les Sans Culottes @ Coco 66
* ChocQuibTown, Rita Indiana, Ursula 1000, Que Bajo?! @ Central Park Summerstage
* Roadside Graves, Country Mice, Northern Bells, Boy Without God @ Cameo Gallery
* Penguin Prison, Wild Yaks, Janka Nabay, Monogold @ JellyNYC Rockbeach
* Barnyard Brothers, Robin Bacior, Brother, Sister, Alex Mallet, Gypsy George & The Open Road Love Affair, Chris Q. Murphy & the Fiendish Thingies, Third Wheel Band @ Southpaw
* The Sharp Lads, My Gay Banjo, Soft Black, Elizabeth Devlin, Franz Nicolay the Shivers @ Seedstock

The free Ted Leo show at the Seaport is listed as 6pm.

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Lots of free shows this week.

Matthewdavid cancelled his PS1 appearance today.

SBTRKT and Four Tet still play though, and you can catch SBTRKT at an afterparty at Coco 66. Don't bother trying to catch Four Tet at his though.

Take a bus from Brooklyn to Soundgarden at Jones Beach today.

Speaking of Jones Beach, "Def Leppard with special guest Heart performances originally scheduled for July 12th at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and July 13th at PNC Bank Arts Center have been rescheduled as follows: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater - Saturday, July 30th, PNC Bank Arts Center - August 3rd."

The Strokes have a new video for "Taken For A Fool." Check it out below.

What else?

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"Def Leppard Wants To Know If Your School Rocks The Hardest! Win a meet & greet with Def Leppard @ San Manuel Amphitheatre! Any time between now and September 3rd, post the name of your high school or college on this event's wall. The person with the most entries at the end of that period will win tix to the show and get to meet with the band. Get to posting and good luck!" [Facebook]

Jay Reatard
Jay Reatard in a LOVVERS shirt

Harlem Shakes @ Southpaw in February (more by Jonny Leather)
Harlem Shakes

tonight in NYC
* Vanilla Ice @ Iving Plaza
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* Jay Reatard @ Music on the Oval
* Amateur Night @ Apollo Theater
* Todd Barry @ Carolines on Broadway
* Canada's Birthday Bash @ Joe's Pub
* Kria Brekkan & Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdótir @ Sycamore
* Leona Naess, Jess Harris @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Apollo Run, The Hard Lessons @ The Bell House
* MGMT, Kuroma, Suckers @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Cheap Trick, Def Leppard, Poison @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* Ravens & Chimes, Soy Un Caballo, Rich Bennett @ Union Hall
* Trevor Exter, Steve Waitt, The NY Howl @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Harlem Shakes, Motel Motel, Superhuman Happiness @ Bowery Ballroom
* Clair Lynch Band, Missy Raines & The New Hip @ Madison Square Park
* Tift Merritt, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion @ Stuyvesant High School
* A Big Yes and a Small No, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, Wild Yaks, Linfinity @ Southpaw

Vanilla IceVanilla Ice is playing Irving Plaza. True Story.

On the same night Def Leppard and Poison are co-headlining PNC Bank Arts Center. Decisions, decisions.

Happy Canada Day!

Tonight's free outdoor shows include Jay Reatard at the Stuy Town Oval, Clair Lynch Band and Missy Raines & The New Hip at Madison Square Park, and the formerly-outdoor show with Tift Merritt and Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion which was moved to Stuyvesant High School.

The Celebrate Brooklyn show tonight with MGMT, Kuroma and Suckers at the Prospect Park Bandshell is happening, but, like Gang Gang Dance and TV on the Radio, isn't one of the series' free concerts.

TV Smith won't be at the Mercury Lounge tonight because of visa problems. He is expected to make his Thursday gig at the MHOW with Jay Reatard and Screaming Females though. At the Mercury Lounge you can still catch Fake Problems, Kiss Kiss, Paper and Sand, and Alone at 3am.

Jay Reatard is wearing a Lovvers shirt in that picture up there. Lovvers are visiting the US later this month.

Keith Fullerton Whitman was supposed to play the Issue Project Room. The venue's website reads, "TONIGHT'S CONCERT IS CANCELLED. MANY APOLOGIES."

Original Múm member and Avey Tare collaborator Kria Brekkan will join Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdótir at Sycamore tonight.

Tonight's Amateur Night at the Apollo will feature a Moonwalk contest tonight.

Harlem Shakes headline the Bowery Ballroom tonight. See their brand new video, for the song "Strictly Game," below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday? (Canada Day)"

Download Fest


Offensive weapons or anything that may be considered offensive, even if you're planning to use it for camping ( it won't be allowed in )

This includes: ANY glass containers, Prams or pushchairs ( the festival site is not suitable for them or their occupants!) ANY pets, Laser pens ( they are dangerous and may result in eviction without refund )

Gas cylinders and petrol fuelled cookers will not be permitted in the main campsite. Anyone found in possession of a gas cylinder or petrol may be asked to leave.

The suggested cooking stoves allowed are any solid fuel type such as Disposable BBQ's, Hexi Stove with solid fuel block

Standard compact cameras will be permitted, though you will not be able to take in a professional camera e.g. One with interchangeable lenses.

Faith No More's first confirmed 2009 appearance has been announced. As you can see above, they one of three headliners at this year's Download Festival in Donington Park ("where the three counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire meet. - The ley-lines of ROCK!!"). Take a look at that lineup... I guess the haters win round one on this reunion (thx Zach).

P.S. "Faith No More's appearance at Download 2009 will be their ONLY UK date this year."

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