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Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello will release a memoir this year, titled Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink and due out October 13 via Penguin (pre-order). Here's more, via Penguin's description:

"Unfaithful Music" describes how Costello's career has somehow endured for almost four decades through a combination of dumb luck and animal cunning, even managing the occasional absurd episode of pop stardom.

The memoir, written entirely by Costello himself, offers his unique view of his unlikely and sometimes comical rise to international success, with diversions through the previously undocumented emotional foundations of some of his best known songs and the hits of tomorrow. The book contains many stories and observations about his renowned co-writers and co-conspirators, though Costello also pauses along the way for considerations on the less appealing side of infamy.

Elvis will be in NYC to celebrate it on October 13 at Barnes & Noble Union Square and November 10 at BAM, where he'll be in conversation with Rosanne Cash. Tickets for BAM are on sale now. To get in to Barnes & Noble, you have to pick the book from a B&N location. More info here.

Speaking of musicians with book events in NYC, here are a few more. Sleater-Kinney/Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein will celebrate Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl on October 28 at Barne's & Noble Union Square. You have to pick up the book from a B&N location to get in. More info here. S-K are also touring, including five NYC shows in December.

The Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle will be here for a discussion/signing of last year's Wolf In White Van book, which was recently released on paperback. It happens September 1 at Strand, and to get in you have to pick up the book or a $15 gift card from Strand. More info here. He'll also introduce a screening of Pier Paolo Pasolini's Medea on August 31 at Lincoln Center, followed by a book discussion and signing (tickets). Mountain Goats are also touring again later this year. No NYC shows, but all dates are listed here.

New York's St. Joseph's College is hosting a series of "literary presentations and discussions" this fall semester that includes a couple musician-authors. One is the previously discussed appearance by Patti Smith (one of three NYC dates on her book tour), and the other is Throwing Muses' Kirstin Hersh in support of Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt, her book about her friendship and past tours with Vic Chesnutt. That one takes place October 21, and Kristin will be in conversation with author/music journalist Amanda Petrusich (NY Times, Pitchfork, etc). Full schedule and tickets for all shows here.

Punk legend Richard Hell makes an appearance supporting his Massive Pissed Love essay collection on October 14 at Strand. More info here. He'll also be at Book Court on October 27. Details coming soon.

Amanda Palmer, who is about to have a child, is making one more NYC appearance before then at the New York Public Library on Thursday (8/20) at 6 PM. It actually takes place outside the library, it's free, and will include a children's book drive as well as a performance from Amanda. She writes:

PLEASE bring a children's book (or more than one!) to donate to the NYPL's early literacy program. the performance is in part a book-drive to get books to kids (and their parents) who don't have access. please make sure the books are new (they can't accept used books due to mold, etc).

***FOLLOW THE TWITTER & FACEBOOK FEEDS if IT RAINS! we will need to come up with some alternative space***

More info here.

Tom Hanks on Dave's final 'Late Night' show in 1993
Tom Hanks

David Letterman's final night as host of The Late Show is May 20 and EW points out the show has announced many of its big final guests, which include a rare performance and interview with Tom Waits on May 14. Elvis Costello, who's about to tour with Steely Dan, will be stopping by at some point too, as will Bill Murray (who was Letterman's first guest on both his NBC and CBS shows), Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Robert Downey Jr., Will Ferrell, Don Rickles, Tina Fey, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Howard Stern, and Tom Hanks who was Dave's guest on the final night of NBC's Late Night With David Letterman. That show also featured a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen doing "Glory Days." Springsteen has not been announced in the list of final performances, but maybe he'll do it again? More still to be announced.

Letterman, who used to do on-the-street interviews all the time in the early days of his NBC shows, recently appeared on Billy on the Street to ask New Yorkers what his next move should be. You can watch that, and a vintage Letterman "Tour of 46th St" bit, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Steely Dan @ Coachella 4/10/2015 (photo via @sctzzx)
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Steely Dan made the trek out to Coachella this year and acerbic frontman Donald Fagen kept a diary for Rolling Stone where he noted, "Aside from the music and the polo, one can visit a local gas station that features a brass plaque commemorating the 1991 arrest of televangelist Jimmy Swaggart for driving on the wrong side of the road in the company of a prostitute." As for the Dan's experience at the festival, here's what he said:

After hearing a few different bands through the open door, I noticed that many of them sounded a lot like the folk rock bands of the Sixties that were born in the wake of Bob Dylan's electric switchover, only louder and dumber. At the silliest level, Barry McGuire came to mind. Unfortunately, none that I heard approached the elegance and originality that Roger McGuinn brought to the Dylan-inspired group, the Byrds.

Apparently, the big attractions are the EDM tents (that's Electronic Dance Music, dad) where ravers get off to pulsing sound and lights. As with the live bands, it seems to me that the wellspring of this genre happened 40 years ago: Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte's production, I Feel Love, featuring Donna Summer. Session players used to call this sort of thing a porn loop.

Steely Dan's self-described "slammin'" set was a pretty hit-friendly one, including "Hey Nineteen," "My Old School," "Reelin' in the Years" and "Kid Charlemagne." There was also a signature Walter Becker rant: "There were some financial considerations, I'm not gonna lie...We're here, we still got it, and if you want it come and get it... You're gonna know that your little tree has been shook, and that your world has been rocked" (via Billboard). Setlist is below.

Steely Dan do it again at Coachella this weekend and will be in the NY-area later this summer when they're on tour with Elvis Costello & the Imposters and play two nearby shows in NJ: August 1 at PNC Bank Arts Center and August 3 at Susquehanna Bank Center. Tickets for those shows are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

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Simpsons action figures
Simpsons action figures
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Simpsons action figures

The ongoing Simpsons "Greatest Guest Stars" action figure line is adding Aerosmith, Tom Jones, Weird Al Yankovic, Elvis Costello, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin to the growing collection. This "fourth wave" of characters will be available in October, and can now join Hugh Hefner, James Brown, Yao Ming, Tom Hanks, Kid Rock, The Who, Britney Spears, Mark Hamill, Lucy Lawless, Tony Hawk, Penn and Teller, Bret Hart, Stephen King, Leonard Nimoy and R.E.M. in your display case.

Deer Tick at one of their 2012 Brooklyn Bowl holiday shows (more by Tracy Allison)
Deer Tick
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Deer Tick

How are you spending your week between Christmas and New Years? For Deer Tick, who have their 10th anniversary this year, they'll be celebrating at at Brooklyn Bowl for a special six-night run from December 26 - December 31. The first five nights, in addition to their own material, they'll be covering some of their favorite albums in full:

12/26: NRBQ - Tiddlywinks / Deer Tick: War Elephant (tix)
12/27: Lou Reed - Transformer (tix)
12/28: The Beatles - Meet the Beatles (tix)
12/29: Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (tix)
12/30: Elvis Costello - My Aim is True (tix)
12/31 fan chosen Deer Tick Set (tix)
More excitingly, at the 12/26 show they'll be performing their 2007 album War Elephant in full too! For the final (New Year's Eve) show, it will be an entirely fan-chosen setlist. The band are promising "many friends, special guests, and great bands joining the party each night." Tickets for these Brooklyn Bowl shows go on sale Friday (9/12) at noon with a presale beginning Wednesday (9/10) at noon.

Congrats to Deer Tick on on 10 great years! We're glad to have spent most of that ride with them. Highlights include Deer Tick's opening set at our very first official SXSW showcase and their headlining set at our show at the same venue just one year later. War Elephant was their only album released both of those years, and I'm especially excited about that one being performed in full.

Deer Tick are no strangers to holiday shows at Brooklyn Bowl or performing lots of covers. Meanwhile, the band will open for The Replacements next week (9/19) at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens with The Hold Steady on the bill too. Tickets are still available (you can win them too). Updated tour dates, plus Rdio/YouTube streams of the albums they're covering, are below.

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Elvis Costello at the Cap w/ The Roots in March (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Elvis Costello, who recently did more shows with The Roots, will head out on another solo tour this June. That tour hits NYC for two nights at Carnegie Hall on June 24 & 25, which will be Elvis' first-ever shows at the venue and are being dubbed "The Last Year of My Youth." Tickets for night 1 and night 2 go on sale Friday (5/2) at 11 AM, and a Citi Cardmember presale begins Tuesday (4/29) at 11 AM via citiprivatepass.com.

All dates are listed, with a video, below...

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Capitol Theater photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

The Basement Tapes Band..
Basement Tapes Band

A trove of two dozen unfinished Bob Dylan songs written circa 1967 during his "Basement Tapes" period is being completed by an all-star band assembled by producer T Bone Burnett and including Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and My Morning Jacket's Jim James for release as an album and Showtime special later this year.

"These are not B-level Dylan lyrics," Burnett, 66, said Monday during a break in filming and recording sessions in Hollywood for the project titled "Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes." [LA Times]

More information on that project, which also includes Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) and Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), at the LA Times with the full press release pasted below.
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Questlove & Elvis Costello @ the Capitol Theater - March 12, 2014
Elvis Costello and the Roots
Elvis Costello and the Roots

Meanwhile, before heading to Las Vegas to help open Peter Shapiro's new Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, Elvis Costello and The Roots stopped by Peter's Port Chester, NY venue the Capitol Theater for a collaborative show in support of their new collaborative album. Some pictures and videos and the setlist from that show are here. More below...

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Elvis Costello & The Roots at Brooklyn Bowl in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Elvis Costello

Last year, power pop veteran Elvis Costello and alternative rap band The Roots teamed up for a collaborative album, Wise Up Ghost, which they celebrated with a live show at Brooklyn Bowl. Now the pair have announced more dates together, including the two-night opening party for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas and another NYC-area show on March 12 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, where Elvis recently played two nights on his solo tour. Tickets for the Cap show go on sale Friday (1/31) at noon.

The Cap show is four days after Elvis Costello & The Imposters play Caesars in Atlantic CIty (3/8). There's a few tickets left for that show.

Meanwhile, The Roots are playing a Super Bowl show tonight (1/30) with Run DMC and Busta Rhymes, which will stream live on Rolling Stone.

All dates are listed, along with a video from Wise Up Ghost, below...

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Elvis Costello @ Capitol Theater - 11/12/13
Elvis Costello

"I'd like to introduce my special guest for this evening," Elvis Costello said to the audience at the Merriam Theater Sunday night. "It's me."

Indeed, there was not another soul to be found on the Merriam stage, although Costello was kept company by a semicircle of guitars, a keyboard and a few light-up signs: At stage right, one reading "On Air" that played into a bit of stage banter about the show being broadcast in the Faroe Islands, a "Request" sign repurposed from the Spinning Songbook tour, and a one-way sign reading "Detour" that was meant to signal a departure from the evening's announced theme: "Love, and the flip side of that record: deceit and shame."" [Philly.com]

Elvis Costello, who was one of the many artists who played Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit in October not long after he appeared at a benefit we covered in NY which was not long after we saw him at a different benefit in Long Island which wasn't too long after he played Brooklyn Bowl with the Roots, went out on a solo tour that ended last night (11/19) in Maine that continues this week with shows in NJ, CT, PA and more. The above review snippet is from the 11/10 Philly show and we have pictures from the second of two Port Chester, NY shows in this post. More of them along with both Capitol Theater setlists, and all tour dates, below...

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Neil Young & friends during Lou Reed tribute
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The annual Bridge School Benefit Concert went down over the weekend (10/26 & 10/27) with sets from Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits and more. On the first day, Neil Young joined Arcade Fire (like he did at the 2011 benefit), this time for a new song that Win said was written in a dream and inspired by Neil, and hence titled, "I Dreamed A Neil Young Song." Neil also joined MMJ for "Harvest Moon." You can check out an 8-hour full-set video of day 1 below (MMJ comes on around 4:50, Arcade Fire around 5:40, QOTSA around 6:40, and CSNY around 7:40).

On the second day, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, MMJ, Jenny Lewis and others performed The Velvet Underground's "Oh! Sweet Nuthin" as a tribute to Lou Reed (who passed away earlier in the day). Tom Waits also performed his first concert in five years, and was joined by Primus' Les Claypool on upright bass. His set, along with the Lou Reed tribute, can be watched below.

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The 2013 Bridge School Benefit concerts happen this weekend (October 26 & 27) at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. Now in it's 27th year, the benefit concerts raise money for The Bridge School, a "non-profit, innovative organization educating children with severe speech and physical impairments through the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems and assistive technology" that was founded, in part, by Pegi Young (wife of Neil Young).

This year's concerts, as mentioned, feature performances by CSNY, Queens of the Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, fun, Heart, Jenny Lewis and, on Saturday (10/26) only, Arcade Fire, Jack Johnson and Tom Waits. All performances are acoustic.

For those who can't attend but would like to watch, the Saturday Bridge School Benefit concert will stream live via YouTube. The eight-hour webcast begins at 8 PM Eastern (5 PM Pacific).

Meanwhile, check out Arcade Fire's Colbert Report appearance and pictures from the recent Brooklyn shows.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Darlene Love & Bill Medley / Brian Wilson / Elvis Costello
Little Kids Rock
Little Kids Rock
Little Kids Rock

At Cipriani's on Wall Street in New York City, a handful of legendary artists- Little Steven Van Zandt, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Elvis Costello and Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers- came together to pay tribute to Darlene Love. It was the fifth annual "Right 2 Rock" event, raising funds for Little Kids Rock, an organization that works to restore and revitalize music education in public schools, mainly in disadvantaged areas that are threatened by budget cuts...

...Last year's honoree, E Street Band guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt is an avowed Love fan, having produced and written for her, he also led a successful campaign to get her inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He served as the night's musical director, playing guitar while conducting the band and looking ecstatic the entire time. Last year, Love performed in Van Zandt's honor. Before last night's show, she told Radio.com that being honored this year "Is a weird feeling. It's also humbling" Always gracious, she deflected attention away from herself, saying "It's not about me, even though they're honoring me. It's about the kids. To be able to give them something they need, and can't afford, and that the government won't help them with." - [Radio.com]

Brian Wilson stayed busy last week, playing two shows with Jeff Beck and then appearing as part of the Darlene Love tribute at Cipriani's on Thursday (10/17) with Elvis Costello, Bill Medley, Little Steven and more. Pics from the gala event are in this post.

More below...

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That's the new LA record release show poster above. Here's more info:

"As part of their ongoing "The Music Experiment 2.0" social media-driven concert series, MTV Iggy and Intel Corporation today announced that Grammy Award-winning rock band Arcade Fire will perform a special show at an as-yet-unannounced outdoor location in Los Angeles on October 29th, upon release of their hotly anticipated fourth studio album, Reflektor.

Beginning today, October 15th, fans can visit www.MusicExperiment.com for a chance to win tickets to the exclusive live performance by participating in "The Music Experiment 2.0" across Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Vine, Shazam & Twitter. The performance will also stream live on www.MusicExperiment.com and through The Music Experiment Windows App.
Arcade Fire was also added to Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit along with Tom Waits, Queens of the Stone Age, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, fun., My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Jenny Lewis, Heart, and Diana Krall. The two day event takes place October 26th and 27th at Shoreline Amphitheatre.

Meanwhile, Arcade Fire will be in NYC for two NYC shows this week. The location is still officially undisclosed, as is the way to get tickets, but My Social List and Arcade Fire Tube seem to have figured out that the location is a warehouse-turned-cultural center located at 299 Meserole in Brooklyn (the same location as a 10/26 Halloween party with Alex Metric and Just Blaze). Stay tuned for more details!

The band are also playing Big Night in Little Haiti at Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami on October 24. Special presale (only with artist presale code) starts Wednesday 10/16 at 10AM. On sale to the public Thursday 10/17 at 10AM.

They return to NYC in November for the YouTube Awards.

by Greg Cristman

Benefit For The John & Alice Coltrane Home
Benefit For The John & Alice Coltrane Home
Benefit For The John & Alice Coltrane Home

The home was the place where Coltrane wrote A Love Supreme, one of the greatest jazz compositions ever. There was a studio in the basement that certainly heard some of the greatest music of the 20th century. Sunday's benefit at En Japanese Brasserie was a fun time for a great cause, namely to raise $85,000 to finish the restoration of the endangered John & Alice Coltrane home on Candlewood Path in Dix Hills in Huntington Town on Long Island, NY (just south of the LIE off exit 51). Over the last ten+ years, the efforts originally pioneered by Steve Fulgoni have blossomed into the reality that the home will be saved and fully restored. A new roof was recently put on along with other improvements and the home, which has had many water-related issues, is finally waterproof again. The intention is to turn the 3 acre property into a park and "restore the home to the way it was when the Coltrane family lived there and open it to the public as a historic home to educate children and all people about John and Alice Coltrane and their life's mission to be a force for good through their music."

Many dignitaries spoke such as 'Friends of the Coltrane Home' COO Ron Stein of Huntington Town and Dr. Cornel West whose impassioned, sermon-like speech taught us the religion of Coltrane. Carlos Santana gave a heartfelt tribute to the great Coltrane icons John & Alice. Steve Fulgoni discussed his efforts and the great assistance he has received along the way to his dream. Ravi Coltrane performed. Guests in the crowd included the legendary drummer Roy Haynes (now 88 years old) who sometimes filled in for Elvin Jones in Coltrane's classic quartet from 1961-1965, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Miller, Jimmy Heath, and Elvis Costello who added his signature to one of Santana's guitars, which was being auctioned along with original artwork.

Head to thecoltranehome.org for more info. More pictures from the benefit below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Elvis Costello & The Roots @ Brooklyn Bowl - 9/16/2013
Elvis Costello & The Roots @ Brooklyn Bowl - 9/16/2013

There's a lot of strategic repurposing throughout "Wise Up Ghost," and there was even more in the show. Some of this was as straightforward as an older tune given a fresh makeover: the Roots, working with a strong horn section, brought a sinister funk vibe to "Shabby Doll" and turned up the heat on "Spooky Girlfriend," which also featured a spirited vocal turn by La Marisoul of the Los Angeles band La Santa Cecilia.

And in the accumulative, deep-swirl crescendo on "I Want You," there was a knowing echo of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," by John Lennon. It's not hard to picture Questlove and Mr. Costello arriving together at that idea; in any case, another Lennon tune, "I Found Out," served as a rawboned final encore, plunging toward Afro-punk. - [NY Times]

Elvis Costello & The Roots celebrated the release of their collaborative album, Wise Up Ghost, on Monday (9/16) with a show at Brooklyn Bowl. In addition to playing much of the new record, EC peppered the set with a few classics like "Watching the Detectives" and "Pump it Up" and covered The Specials' "Ghost Town." They also welcomed Diane Birch and La Marisoul to sing on a few songs too. Pictures and setlist from the show are in this post and you can stream an archive of the show over at WFUV.

Then last night (9/17) Costello stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon -- where The Roots are the house band -- to play "Walk Us Uptown" on the show and "Tripwire" as an online exclusive. Costello, ever the witty raconteur, also talked with Jimmy about how the collaboration came to be. Video of that is in this post too.

While EC & The Roots don't have any other collaborative shows happening just yet, Costello does have some solo shows coming up next month, including two at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre. The first (11/11) is sold out but tickets are still available for the second (11/12).

Video from Fallon, plus check out more pics and the setlist from Brooklyn Bowl, below...

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Elvis Costello & The Roots

Elvis Costello and the Roots are readying their new LP Wise Up Ghost for release on September 17, and have scheduled a special release show at Brooklyn Bowl the day before (9/16) in celebration! Tickets are on sale, and your entry includes a copy of "a Deluxe Edition CD" of the release on the night of the show. Check out the video for the new track "Walk Us Uptown" below.

The show is in addition to the recently announced Elvis Costello solo shows set for November.

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by Bill Pearis

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While Elvis Costello's forthcoming collaborative album with The Roots, Wise Up Ghost (out 9/17), is sparking thoughts of an equally collaborative tour, he'll be hitting the road solo for a string of Northeast dates this fall. This will be his first East Coast solo tour in almost a decade, and anyone who's ever seen him like this knows it's a treat, with his between song banter nearly as entertaining (and funny) as his catalogue of songs.

While there are no NYC shows proper, the man born Declan MacManus will have a number of dates in the NY area, including two at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on November 11 & 12. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (8/9) at noon. He's also playing the Englewood, NJ's Bergen PAC on November 4 (tix on sale 8/9 at 10 AM) and New Haven, CT's Shubert PAC on November 8 (tix on sale 8/16). All dates are listed below.

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As reported earlier this year, The Roots and Elvis Costello have a collaborative album in the works. The record is titled Wise Up Ghost and will be out September 17 via Blue Note. You can check out the lyric video for groovy first single "Walk Us Uptown" below.

No word on any live shows yet...but let's cross our fingers.

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Nick Cave @ SXSW 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Tim Griffin

One of the Grand Dammes of the music festival world Glastonbury 2013 will happen June 28 - 30 in the UK town of the same name. (They skipped last year.) Announced acts include The Rolling Stones, Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Elvis Costello, Kenny Rogers (!), Portishead, Foals, Tame Impala, Alt-J, Billy Bragg, PiL, Smashing Pumpkins, Chic, Cat Power, The Horrors, Rodriguez, Palma Violets, Savages, Crystal Castles and a whole lot more.

No word on tickets yet. You can check out the full line-up on the flyer below.

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D'Angelo / Elvis Costello + Princess / Chris Rock & more @ Carnegie Hall
Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013
Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013
Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013


Amidst a snowy midtown backdrop, Carnegie Hall generated a little heat when the Michael Dorf-produced Prince Tribute opened last night (3/7). Stacked with performers giving props to the man in purple and paisley, the lineup featured some of the same names from the previous evening's "rehearsal" at City Winery, as well as surprise appearances from names like Chris Rock and more. Backed by The Roots with guitarist Wendy Melvion (of Prince's backing band The Revolution), D'Angelo show-closing numbers "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" / "1999" were the clear highlights of the evening, with performances from Bilal (doing "Sister" and channeling Keith Sweat circa 1990s), Bettye LaVette ("Kiss"), Sandra Bernhard ('Little Red Corvette") and Fdeluxe ("High Fashion/Mutiny") also causing impromptu aisle dances. Fun night, and it was great to see people up and out of their seats, wilding out in a buttoned-up place like Carnegie Hall.

More pics from last night including the setlist, The Waterboys, The Roots, Eric Leeds, Diane Birch, the Cardigans' Nina Perrson, DeVotchka, Bhi Bhiman, Kat Edmonson, Blind Boys of Alabama, Citizen Cope & Alice Smith, Talib Kweli, Princess (Gretchen Lieberum & Maya Rudolph) and all iterations there within, are below.

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photos by Robert Altman

Elvis Costello / Nina Persson & Maya Rudolph @ City Winery
Prince Tribute at City Winery
Prince Tribute at City Winery

Elvis Costello, The Roots, Devotchka, The Waterboys, Nina Persson, Maya Rudolph (performing as "Princess" with Gretchen Lieberum), Fred Armisen, Bilal and more all blessed the stage at the "rehearsal" for the Prince Tribute scheduled for Carnegie Hall tonight (3/7). The show, which went down at City Winery last night (3/6), was sold-out and featured a night of all covers of songs by the purple one, including classics like "When Doves Cry," "Nothing Compares 2 U," "Purple Rain" and many many other  staples.

D'Angelo, who played Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday night and will hits Carnegie Hall tonight, did not appear. Neither did Prince Rogers Nelson (the honoree of the evening), but that might have been for the best considering his recent penchant for destruction....

Prince tweet

#rockgodstatus or #dickmove? You be the judge.

Of course Black Thought is of The Roots, Jimmy Fallon's house band. If you missed it, Prince appeared on Fallon late last week.

More pictures from City Winery last night are below.

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Prince on 'Jimmy Fallon'
Prince on Fallon

The Purple One (aka Prince) blessed NYC and the world at large with a performance on Friday (3/1) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performing the previously discussed new track "Screwdriver" as well as his 1979 track "Bambi". Check out video of both below. Both songs are available for purchase via Prince directly.

As mentioned, Prince will be paid tribute by names like The Roots, Elvis Costello and more over two sold-out nights in NYC, one officially at Carnegie Hall on March 7 and one "rehearsal" at City Winery on March 6th.

D'Angelo, who will perform the Carnegie Hall tribute, also plays Brooklyn Bowl tonight with Questlove (3/4, sold out).

Will Prince make an appearance at any of these shows? Prince.org at least confirms Prince will be in attendance at Carnegie.

Head below for video of Prince Rogers Nelson ripping through two tracks.

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Prince

As mentioned, City Winery founder Michael Dorf is presenting a tribute to Prince at Carnegie Hall on March 7, his next in a long line of tribute shows he's done at the historic Manhattan venue. Since we last spoke, the lineup of great musicians that will be performing at the show has been expanded. It features Elvis Costello, The Waterboys, Talib Kweli, Booker T, DeVotchka, Bettye Lavette, Sandra Bernhard, Bilal, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bhi Bhiman, Amos Lee, Citizen Cope & Alice Smith, Maya Rudolph's Prince tribute group with Gretchen Lieberum, Princess, house band The Roots, and perhaps most excitingly, R&B singer D'Angelo (who we're still waiting on that new album from). Tickets are still available and proceeds will benefit underprivileged youth.

Meanwhile, Prince recently posted a lyric video for a new song, "Screwdriver," to his website and revealed another new track, "Chapter & Verse," which you can stream below. You can buy "Screwdriver" and a remix of that song, AND another new song that came out today called "Breakfast Can Wait" at a mysterious website called 3rd Eye Girl. According to Questlove, "#BreakfastCanWait is WOW." Check it out.

In other related news, Elvis Costello and The Roots, who are both on the lineup for the Prince tribute, are releasing a collaborative album this year according to an interview that Questlove did with Billboard. Questlove says of the album, "We had 13 or 14 songs, but then we said, 'Ooh! Wait a minute! Let's replace four of these songs with four better songs! And now we have the tightest 12-14 song collection out of about 20 songs that we made." No release date, title, or any other info has been revealed yet, but Questlove assures us, "I can just say that it is brilliant."

Elvis Costello also plays a cancer benefit with The Who at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden on February 28.

Stream the new Prince songs below...

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The Who @ Barclays Center, 11/14/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The Who

The Who and Elvis Costello & The Imposters have been tapped to play a benefit concert happening at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden on February 28. Tickets ($125 - $1000) go on presale Friday morning (2/1) at 10 AM (presale code: "THEWHO") with the regular on-sale happening Saturday (2/2) at 10 AM.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Teen Cancer America & Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center this February.

The Who have been through NYC a few times in the last year, most recently at the 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit at MSG in December.

St. Vincent

In addition to everything else we posted, today, here's some more, and some reminders too...

Hope to see you at Pianos tonight, unless of course you're celebrating Yom Kippur which started at sundown (or under 21).

It's also National Voter Registration Day, as miss Annie Clark has so kindly reminded us above. Did you register to vote yet? We also would like to know, however, what's the deal with the Tiny Tim photo in the background?

That photo is actually part of a series orchestrated by HeadCount where over 200 celebrities, including Jeff Tweedy, were photographed with "Register to Vote" clipboards. You can see them all here.

Speaking of St. Vincent, it's David Byrne / St. Vincent Week here in NYC. Their first of three area shows together happens tonight at the Beacon Theater, as Kelly Pratt pointed out in the latest edition of his tour diary.

Neil Young has started a Twitter account and will be taking your questions via it in October. Right now, though, @NeilYoung seems to handled by a marketing intern.

Prince took a 40 minute encore break last night in Chicago.

Paper Bag Records just released the free David Bowie tribute album, Paper Bag Records vs. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, with covers by Austra & CFCF, PS I Love You, The Luyas, Yamantaka/Sonic Titan and more. Download it for free HERE.

Speaking of Yamantaka/Sonic Titan, they performed at the Polaris Prize Gala in Toronto last night, but ended up losing to Feist.

Converge is back with "Shame In the Way" a new song from their forthcoming LP All We Love We Leave Behind. Stream that new track, coupled with an interview with vocalist Jacob Bannon in the latest Show Now Mercy at Pitchfork. Look for the LP on 10/9 via Epitaph.

Sweden's Terrible Feelings have released a new video for "Next Round's On You" from their Shadows LP. Check that out below.

Field Report visited the A.V. Club's HQ in Chicago and took on the Sufjan Stevens mainstay "Chicago" for their Undercover series. Check out the clip below.

You can also check out Thee Oh Sees' side of the new Famous Class' "LAMC" 7" series which they were selling last night at their very sweaty Death by Audio show. It's streaming below.

Main Mountain Goat John Darnielle talks (vegetarian) food - including pizza, popcorn and, yes, hummus over at FoodRepublic. He and the band will be in NYC next month.

More stuff below...

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