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Lamb of God / Anthrax / Deafheaven / Power Trip
Lamb of God
Power Trip

The wild quadruple bill of Lamb of God, Anthrax, Deafheaven and Power Trip finally rolled into NYC last night (1/25) at Hammerstein Ballroom, after being delayed a few days due to Winter Storm Jonas. Power Trip kicked things off, and even though we're used to seeing them in much smaller venues, they were still kind of the perfect opening band for this kind of thing. They're always super fun, frontman Riley Gale really knows how to get a crowd going, and even if you don't know their music you can just hop in the circle pit. All of those things were in full effect last night, and it did seem like they brought out enough of their own fans to this huge show too. Even if not, they definitely won some people over.

Deafheaven were the least perfect band for this bill of the four, but they were still great and it wasn't nearly as awkward as I was afraid it'd be. Part of this is no doubt because of their darker new album and its thrashier riffs. Sandwiched in between two more-fun bands, Deafheaven sounded straight up evil. Frontman George Clarke was doing all his usual hand motions that got the crowd roaring more than once. And their not-so-secret weapon remains drummer Daniel Tracy, whose hands never stop moving a mile a minute. He's honestly as much of a thrill to watch as George. It was of a course a shorter set than their recent headlining gig at Webster Hall, and they gave us "Brought to the Water" and "Luna" off the new album, plus one-off single "From the Kettle Onto the Coil" and Sunbather's "Dream House."

The best band of the night though, was Anthrax. Maybe that seems obvious, like of course one of "The Big 4" would be the best band. But coming right after Deafheaven who are currently more relevant, and before Lamb of God who are currently more successful, I didn't expect it. It's kind of incredible how wild Joey Belladonna still is on stage -- more so than a lot of singers half his age -- and Scott Ian is still stomping around like crazy too. We got plenty from their prime era: three songs off Among the Living, their version of Trust's "Antisocial," and their punked-up version of Joe Jackson's "Got the Time." Those songs still sound fresh as ever, and both the band and crowd couldn't have seemed more stoked on them. They also played a couple off 2011's Worship Music (their first album with Joey Belladonna since 1990) and "Evil Twin" off the upcoming For All Kings. And, their set included a tribute to the recently-departed Jimmy Bain and his old bandmate Ronnie James Dio.

Lamb of God wrapped up the night. I'm admittedly not really a fan and don't have much to say, but clearly they were super tight and the crowd was loving them. The tour hits NJ at Starland Ballroom tonight (1/26), and there are still some tickets available. More pictures of all four bands below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

Nick Cave @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 7/27/14
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

After Nick Cave & and the Bad Seeds' current tour with Nicole Atkins hit Brooklyn's Prospect Park on Saturday (7/26), it hit another NYC venue, Hammerstein Ballroom, the next night (7/27) for another larger-than-life performance from the legendary frontman. The setlist was similar but not identical this time around, including plenty of 2013's Push the Sky Away, as well Bad Seeds classics "Red Right Hand," "The Mercy Seat," "Stagger Lee" and others. Pictures from Hammerstein are in this post.

If you missed them, check out Prospect Park pictures and review, as well as pics from the Bad Seeds' stops in Kansas City, Austin and Philly. More from Hammerstein, with the setlist, below...

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Hatsune Miku

First Aid Kit and The New Pornographers aren't the only Hammerstein Ballroom shows going on sale today. We also noticed two Hatsune Miku live events? What is that?

HATSUNE MIKU EXPO is a festival that presents multiple contents featuring Hatsune Miku, including an artwork exhibition focused on the virtual singer and the cultural movement that was inspired by her, fan gathering activities and as absolute highlight the Hatsune Miku concert show using cutting-edge projection technology and live band. HATSUNE MIKU EXPO in the U.S. will be held in Los Angeles and New York.

We're excited to announce that Hammerstein Ballroom will be the HATSUNE MIKU live concert venue for the New York show! The HATSUNE MIKU exhibition will be held in a NY art gallery TBA. More details coming soon!

Maybe Tupac will show up. Anyway, check out the spectacle that is the show in the video below. Tickets go on sale at 10am!

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The Orb @ Hammerstein Ballroom 1997 (click HERE for a bigger flyer)
The Orb 1997 Hammerstein Ballroom flyer
The Orb 1997 Hammerstein Ballroom flyer

Back in '97, way before "EDM" was a thing, but when NYC rave culture had already gotten what seemed back then a bit too popular, rave music heroes The Orb (never lame) came to town for a show in support of Orblivion. The Hammerstein Ballroom show flyer (fliers were still important back then), which I just scanned in honor of The Orb returning to NYC this week, resembled a rave flyer and the rave elements of the show definitely helped to ensure a venue that big was not too big.

The event was produced by rave music producer Matt E. Silver. Raving meant staying out late, and for Hammerstein Ballroom, 2am was pretty late. For those wanting more, the afterparty location would be revealed via a flyer at the concert. "Drum n Bass" was already an established thing and the 2nd room at Hammerstein was rounded out with three DJs including NASA co-founder DB, Dieselboy from Pittsburgh and Giant Step DJ Chillfreeze. Tickets were available at the Hammerstein box office, Other Music, Throb (RIP), Breakbeat Science (RIP), Satellite Records (RIP unless you count their website and EDM rebranding), and Strange? (RIP), not to mention "all Ticketmaster locations". There isn't a single ".com" on the flyer, nor a location to get tickets in Brooklyn.

Rolling Stone was at that show:

With a level of sensory overload that evoked Pink Floyd, a constant stream of psychedelic images was projected onto the screens about the stage, including morphing faces, ubiquitous alien references, Bela Lugosi, panda bears and a red chair flying through a futuristic cityscape. Musically, the beat-driven soundscapes were interlaced with a frenetic procession of quirky musical details and punctuated by ambient pauses, as though to pace the level of absorption. At one point, mellow dub hooks transformed into watery splishes; seconds later, the room was filled with chattering electronic birds.

Paterson and Hughes also dropped in various snippets of speech, from bits of conversation, to weather reports, to a hilarious poem by a man with an English accent about his regret at not being Italian. Also mixed in throughout were what sounded like McCarthy-era speeches declaiming the sanctity of God and country. Layered amid music without a fixed narrative and offered up to an audience to whom that time is ancient history, it amounted to an odd nostalgia for a fixed world order, as well as a cool acknowledgment that such order is now impossible.

While the sensory onslaught of an Orb performance practically forces a fairly passive relationship to onstage events, the opening DJ duo, We, gave concert-goers the sonic space to interpret sounds for themselves. With a sweet but gritty sound that seemed to get into people's bones, We's music was at once primal and futuristic, embryonic and worldly. Although the group, which consists of DJ Olive and DJ Loop, usually performs in smaller venues, they managed to retain the intimate quality that makes their occasionally jackhammer-like sounds somehow transmit a grinding warmth.

The Orb are on tour play slightly smaller venue Highline Ballroom in NYC tonight (4/22) with Blondes, and then even somewhat more intimate Brooklyn Bowl at midnight on Friday. Tickets are still available for both at the links.

A full stream of "Orblivion", via Spotify, below...

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photos by Chad Kamenshine

Black Keys / Albert Hammond Jr @ Roseland Ballroom - 1/31/14
The Black Keys
Albert Hammond Jr.

Albert Hammond, Jr. got the show going, and sounded just as razor sharp as he did when I saw him open for Jake Bugg a few weeks ago. This time the crowd was much bigger, but the execution was just as on point. Was it wrong that all throughout the set I was anticipating The Strokes performance later this summer at Governors Ball? What? Just being honest.

I've seen The Black Keys quite a few times now. At this point in their career, it was a treat to see them at the rather intimate (for them) Roseland Ballroom, which is closing in a few months. Which makes this show likely my last at the venue. Seeing The Black Keys there is not a bad way to go out.

With a show like this, you knew it was going to be a special one. Dan agreed, sharing a bit of cool information during one of the only talk breaks he took. He mentioned that the last time they played Roseland was 11 years ago, when they opened up for Sleater-Kinney (!). Dan said it was them who taught them how to tour. It was a nice moment, something that put The Black Keys insane success into perspective. [We All Want Someone]

Another of the Super Bowl week shows that just happened in NYC was the Black Keys show at Roseland Ballroom on Friday (1/31) (one of the last shows at the venue), which Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. opened. The band's 16-song set relied most heavily on their last two records, El Camino and Brothers, not diving any further back than Brothers' 2008 predecessor, Attack & Release, whose single "I Got Mine" closed the show. Pictures of that show are in this post.

The Roseland show wasn't the only appearance Black Keys made in NYC Friday night. They showed up (not initially announced) at the Howard Stern 60th Birthday Bash at Hammerstein Ballroom which also included Louis CK, Jon Bon Jovi, Steven Tyler (joined by Dave Grohl), and others. A video of the Black Keys from that show, along with more pics and the setlist from Roseland, below...

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by Bill Pearis

MBV @ ATP NY 2008 (more by Abbey Braden)

My Bloody Valentine shocked fans this year by actually making good on their promise of finally releasing a new album, MBV, back in February -- the one Kevin Shields has been promising since 1991's Loveless. At that time, the band was already starting their 2013 tour which will wrap up here in NYC with shows at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 11 & 12. It's their first NYC shows since the very muddy All Points West Festival in 2009 and tickets are still available. I spoke to Kevin Shields on Thursday (10/24) via transatlantic call about the new record, the tour, Tool fans, the difference between digital and analogue and what to expect next.

Read it below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Franz Ferdinand @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 10/22/13
Franz Ferdinand @ Hammerstein

Scottish dance-punks Franz Ferdinand returned earlier this year with their fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, and after doing a surprise, intimate show in Brooklyn over the summer, they brought their tour (which also hit Chicago) back to NYC this past Tuesday (10/22) to pick on a venue their own size, Hammerstein Ballroom. Opening the show was dream pop musician Frankie Rose (who played her own show a month ago) and Casual Sex.

Franz played a chunk of their new album at the show, but also delivered the hits, playing old favorites like "The Dark of the Matinee," "This Fire," "Michael," and "Take Me Out." Pictures from the show are in this post.

They continue, along with the full setlist and some videos, below...

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photos by Luis Ruiz

Alt-J, Royal Canoe @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 9/12/2013
Alt-J, Royal Canoe @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 9/12/2013

UK act Alt-J have had quite a last 12 months. This time last year, the band were playing Glasslands and then Bowery Ballroom. That was before their debut album, An Awesome Wave, won the 2013 Mercury Prize, which was the catalyst for an impressive rise that has seen them in NYC this spring at Webster Hall and Terminal 5, to Governors Ball on the summer festival circuit and, most recently, Hammerstein Ballroom (9/14) and Central Park (9/15) over the weekend (both sold out). The Hammerstein show was with Canadian band Royal Canoe and pictures from that show are in this post.

Before those shows, Alt-J stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (9/12) to play their hit "Tessellate" and you can watch that below. Royal Canoe will be back in NYC on October 2 when they open for Tricky. More pictures from the Hammerstein show below...

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My Bloody Valentine

Shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine who released their first album in over 21 years, mbv, earlier this year, have already done some North American dates since (like LA's FYF Fest), and though those didn't include any in NYC, now they are set to return and will play Hammerstein Ballroom on November 11 and 12! Tickets are not on sale yet, but check Ticketmaster for updates.

Back in 2008, they did two nights at similar venue Roseland Ballroom (and played ATP).

All dates (via Slicing Up Eyeballs) are listed below...

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Alt-J at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

As discussed, Alt-J will bring their tour back to NYC later this year for a show at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on September 15 with Lord Huron. That show is now totally sold out, but the band have added another big (but indoor) show happening a day earlier (9/14) at Hammerstein Ballroom. No opener has been announced for this one yet. Tickets for the Hammerstein show go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon.

Updated dates are listed, along with a video, below...

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

As mentioned, Franz Ferdinand are finally releasing their fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, on August 23 via Domino, and now they've announced a tour in support of that album too. The tour brings the band to NYC for a show on October 22 at Hammerstein Ballroom, their first headlining show here since 2009. Tickets for the Hammerstein show go on sale Friday (6/21) at 11 AM with Citi Cardmember and Live Nation presales starting Tuesday (6/18) at 10 AM.

All dates (including ACL) are listed, along with the trailer for the new album, a live in the studio video of "Bullet" and a video of Franz playing one of the new album's tracks at Primavera Sound 2012, below...

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Cat Power @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 10/23/2012 (pic via supergalaxy)
cat with laser eyes
cat with laser eyes

Less than a week after Primus made things 3-D, Cat Power brought laser lights and her tour with Willis Earl Beal and X-Ray Eyeballs to Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC last night (10/23). How was the show? Hopefully nobody fell out of the balcony. The setlist is below...

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photos by Greg Cristman


Les Claypool and gang are currently in the midst of a "3-D tour" which came through NYC on Friday night (10/19)...

"There was also a big screen behind the instruments, on which strange film clips were shown that were meant to sync up with the music. They did, but none of them made any sense at all. At one point there was footage of people arriving at Ellis Island and taking the oath of citizenship; all of them looked terrified. At another part there was kind of a Western motif going, and the face of the actor Lee Marvin appeared, sneering and snarling. At other points geometric shapes shot through space and vortexes of lights and colors danced and gyrated. We had been given 3D glasses, so all of this appeared to be coming out of the screen and down from the stage, during which time Claypool spanked the bass and never really sang so much as muttered in a guttural voice. Seldom could you actually understand what he was saying. It was kind of like the train announcements that they make when you're on the subway. But the lyrics aren't exactly the point here; the atmosphere is, and this was simply a spectacle in every sense of the word." [Steven M. Finklenstein]
More pictures from the NYC show, and the setlist, below...

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"Witnessed dude fall from 3 stories into crowd @ #justice show. Anybody on the ground hurt? #hammerstein #NYC" - Mark Bellncula

Justice @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 10/21/12 (via Nick Wenck)

Justice brought their tour to NYC for a show at Hammerstein Ballroom last night (10/21) with Chromeo (DJ), one of several big shows happening in NYC the night after CMJ's conclusion. An anonymous source tells us that right before the encore, the members of Justice pointed towards the upper left balcony and a young fan, who "looked like he was tweaking out on something and seemed to think they were pointing directly," thrusted himself towards the stage so hard that he fell over the balcony, and after holding on for a few seconds he fell to the ground. Says the source, "The crazy thing is he immediately jumped up, threw his hat on and bolted from the venue. According to the venue staff and EMTs no one was severely hurt, but one person of the three who he landed on went to the hospital complaining of back pain."

Whoa. The show went on after that and video from it (balcony fall not included) is below.

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PiL @ MHOW (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Public Image Ltd, who just played Music Hall of Williamsburg and play a show in Clifton Park tonight, will hit Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC on Saturday (10/13). But first you can catch Sex Pistol John Lydon himself close up and in person at J&R Music World in Manhattan at 12:30pm.

Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees appears at the same store on Wednesday, October 17. PiL play Boston on Monday after taking Sunday off. All dates HERE.

In related news, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock just announced a tour too.

DOWNLOAD: Sun Airway - I Need You Close mixtape (WAV)

Sun Airway
Sun Airway

M83's sold-out Central Park Summerstage show is tonight (8/8) and sure to be quite the A/V spectacle under the stars. If you didn't get tickets, the band have a number of shows this fall, including the just-announced October 4 show at Wellmont Theatre, and two at Hammerstein (10/2-3) before that.

Opener for tonight's show is Big Black Delta who is Los Angeles resident Jonathan Bates, formerly of Mellowdrone if you remember them from the mid-'00s. You can stream a track below plus his remix of M83's "Midnight City." BBD (not to be confused with BV's own BBG) will play two additional NYC shows at Pianos this month on August 9 and August 17 and tickets are still available to both. They also play Brooklyn Bowl on August 11 with St. Lucia and Capital Cities (tickets). All Big Black Delta tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

While on the subject of M83 openers, Sun Airway will be touring with the band this fall, and will be at all three NYC shows in October. All Sun Airway tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post. The band's new album, Soft Fall, is out October 2 (the same date as the first Hammerstein show) via Dead Oceans. You can stream the album's first single, "Close," below. The band just released a new mixtape featuring Boards of Canada, Bowie, Dirty Projectors, The Chemical Brothers and more. You can check out the track list below and stream it, or download it above (warning: it's a half-gig wav file).

Streams and lists of tour dates are below...

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Cat Power

Cat Power's new album, Sun, is out in about a month (September 4 to be specific) and Chan has just revealed a second track off the album, "Cherokee," which you can stream below in its original form and remixed by Nicolas Jaar. You can download them as well via the same streaming widget.

New album means touring and while she hasn't announced a full tour yet, Cat Power will play Hammerstein Ballroom on October 23. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 10 at noon with a presale starting Wednesday (8/8) at noon. The only other U.S date as of now is Boston the following night (10/24).

UPDATE: The full tour has been announced. The list of all dates and the "Cherokee" streams are below.

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by Bill Pearis

Public Image LTD

Public Image LTD have just announced a fall tour, with two stops in NYC: October 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 13 at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets to both shows go on sale Friday, August 3 at noon. All PiL North American tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

As you may remember, PiL played MHOW and T5 two years ago after the appearance at 2010 Coachella. Since then, that line-up of the band (including '80s-era members Lu Edmunds [who also played in the Damned] and Bruce Smith) went into the studio and made This is PiL, the band's first new album in 20 years which was released in May. With a dub-oriented post-punk sound, the album is pretty good -- certainly better than 1989's 9 or 1992's That What is Not. Lydon sounds as angry and sarcastic as ever and, more importantly, engaged. And this is a crackerjack line-up of the band, giving him a good musical stage for his ranting. You can stream it via Spotify and watch live footage of album standout "Deeper Water" below.

Also below are a three installments of Lydon's "Lollypop Blog" videos.

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photos by Chris La Putt

Tenacious D at Hammerstein Ballroom - 6/28/12
Tenacious D

Tenacious D (aka Jack Black & Kyle Gass) brought their comedic hard rock to NYC for a show at Hammerstein Ballroom last night (6/28) as part of their a tour with The Sights. Taking the stage in front of the especially phallic "Fenix" which graces their new album cover, they split the set pretty evenly between their three full lengths, including the recently released Rize of the Fenix, which hit shelves last month, and did a medley of The Who covers. Tenacious D and The Sights will do it again at Hammerstein tonight (6/29). Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Unfortunately we don't have the full setlist from last night's show, but the whole tour has been pretty consistent, so you can check out some setlists of previous dates along with more pics and a video of Tenacious D from last night's show (and two videos from last night's Daily Show appearance) below...

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Justice at Coachella (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Justice released their New Lands EP today via iTunes, featuring five different versions of the track including the original, a live version and remixes from Falcon, A-Trak and Sebastian. More Justice news: the French duo will hit NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on October 21st. Tickets go on AMEX presale on Wednesday (6/27) at noon and regular sale on Friday (6/29).

So far Justice, who played two shows at Terminal 5 back in March, only have a handful of North American dates announced including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Osheaga, and Holy Ship. A listing of all known tour dates and a stream of some of the New Lands tracks are below.

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Tenacious D

Tenacious D have added a 2nd NYC show, and other dates, to their upcoming tour in support of "Rize of the Fenix." The old NYC date is June 28 at Hammerstein Ballroom. The new NYC date is June 29 at Hammerstein Ballroom and it goes on sale Friday, May 4, at 10am. We also have another pair of tickets you can win (to the new show). Details and an updated set of tour dates, below...

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M83 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

M83 recently announced that....

"Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control M83 will now not be able to play the shows that were recently announced in Albuquerque, Phoenix and Las Vegas. We are very sorry about this and hope to be able to visit these cities later in the year."
That recent cancellation definitely sucks for M83 fans in the Southwest, and the band added insult to injury today by announcing ANOTHER NYC date on October 2nd at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets are on fan presale now and will hit Ticketmaster on Wed, 4/18. The show is in addition to the band's already-sold-out appearances at Terminal 5 in May AND Summerstage in August. Sick burn broze.

In other M83 news, the band posted and quickly removed a post on their Facebook wall that was targeted only at French users and stated their outrage at extreme-right political party Le Front National using the band's hit "Midnight City" in a campaign video according to Pitchfork

To my horror, I discovered that the Front National have been using "Midnight City" in one of their campaign videos. They are doing this without my permission, and I am appalled at their lack of artistic respect. At the very least, artists should be asked if they agree, or disagree, with being associated with a certain image or brand. Even the most commerce-minded advertising agencies and brands do so.
In general, the music of M83 is apolitical, and I refuse to be associated with any party, and particularly the Front National...
Show your outrage or solidarity with M83 at one of the shows listed below, which include Coachella (this weekend and next), Lollapalooza, and a gang of festivals in the EU...

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photos by Julie Schabel

Odd Future @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 3/20/2012
Odd Future

As you may have noticed when Bowery Presents announced an Odd Future show at Hammerstein Ballroom, the big NYC venue is no longer exclusive to Live Nation. The room also received a technology uprade. Venues today reports...

One of New York's iconic theaters is being retooled into a HD broadcast-capable concert facility, equipped to stream or broadcast any event live in beautiful 1080p.

The iconic Hammerstein Ballroom, built in 1906 and once a popular stop for vaudeville acts, is now home to a new revolution in performing arts -- the complete integration of a state-of-the-art broadcast and recording studio. Since 1997, the Hammerstein has been the anchor of the Manhattan Center, a television and music studio used to record musical performances for television, special concert events and other programming.

In December, the Manhattan Center made two large changes to open the space up to new clients. First, they ended Live Nation's exclusive booking contract for the facility, opening up the 3,500-capacity standing room concert hall to independent promoters and anyone interested in booking the building.

The Manhattan Center management team also completed the installation of TV1, a new fully HD recording studio that allows any content performed at the space to be streamed in HD, or digitally delivered for future distribution. The upgrades come on top of some physical improvements to the building including renovated dressing rooms and a new marquee.

Tickets are on sale now for AEG-presented Tenacious D show at Hammerstein Ballroom which we're also giving away a pair of tickets to.

A few more pictures from the Bowery-presented Odd Future show, below...

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Tenacious D @ SXSW 2012 (cicatriz83)
Tenacious D

Jack Black & Kyle Gass aka Tenacious D, who just stopped in Austin make their live return at SXSW, will release a new album of (hopefully) funny and rockin' songs called Rize Of The Fenix on May 15. They said:

"We recorded down and dirty in a friend's garage with a shoestring budget of 600 dollars, much like Nirvana's first album "Bleach"-or the Beatles first album "Help". Rough and yet a masterpiece."
May tour dates in support of that masterpiece were previously announced and include the Sasquach Festival.

It has now been reported that the duo will be heading out on a summer tour that brings them back to NYC to rock our socks off at Hammerstein Ballroom on June 28th! Tickets ($55) for the NYC show go on sale Friday, 3/30, at 10am. We also have a pair you can WIN. Contest details, the new album art, with all currently known tour dates, and some videos from SXSW, below...

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Odd Future's show tonight at Hammerstein Ballroom is still not sold out. You can also get tickets to the afterparty which is happening at Santos Party House with OF DJ Syd Tha Kid, Zebra Katz & Spoek Mathambo (DJ). Flyer below.

The Sub Pop-signed Spoek was just at SXSW and plays his own show at SOB's on 3/22.

Odd Future, Earl Sweatshirt included, dropped a new video today for "Oldie" off The Odd Future Tape Vol. 2, filmed by Lance Bangs (NOT LESTER as I accidentally typed and posted before) during a Terry Richardson photoshoot. The group writes "At A Photoshoot, We Said Our Verses Into A Camera While This Song Was Playing In The Background. Why Not Release it." You can watch all 10+ minutes, and a Hot 97 interview with Earl Sweatshirt (his first interview ever according to FADER), below.

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