Entries tagged with: Hammerstein Ballroom
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...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Franz Ferdinand @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 10/22/13
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...
photos by Luis Ruiz
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...
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.
All dates (via Slicing Up Eyeballs) are listed below...
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...
Franz Ferdinand at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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...
Cat Power @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 10/23/2012 (pic via supergalaxy)
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...
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...
"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.
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)
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...
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.
by Bill Pearis
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.
photos by Chris La Putt
Tenacious D at Hammerstein Ballroom - 6/28/12
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...
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.
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...
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.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...
In general, the music of M83 is apolitical, and I refuse to be associated with any party, and particularly the Front National...
photos by Julie Schabel
Odd Future @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 3/20/2012
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.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.
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.
A few more pictures from the Bowery-presented Odd Future show, below...
Tenacious D @ SXSW 2012 (cicatriz83)
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...
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.
That promised tour is being announced like right now and instantly on sale. NYC show is March 20th @ Hammerstein Ballroom: ON SALE NOW (for what is a BOWERY PRESENTS show at Hammerstein Ballroom?!?). More dates in the poster above. All ticket links HERE Dates listed below are all on Ticketmaster.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
To avoid any more Portishead overload after posting about both ATP shows and the first night at Hammerstein Ballroom (and the Chicago show), we never put up the pictures from Portishead's 2nd NYC show at Hammerstein (the 10/5 one). But in honor of Portishead tour opener returning to NYC to play Death By Audio TONIGHT (11/1), here they finally are. They continue below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by BBG
Weeze & Matt & Kim @ Deluna Fest
Do you think Matt & Kim ever get depressed? Like down-in-the-dumps, face-on-the-bathroom-tile, razor-to-the-wrist bummed? And do you think any of that anger is channeled into their music in ways not visibly noticed? Is that perma-simpleton-smile actually a front for an aryan-supremacy agenda spelled out in morse code via the band's shiny light show? Head to a New Year's Eve celebration at Hammerstein Ballroom with Super Mash Brothers to do some investigation and report back if you come across some leads. Tickets are on sale. All of their dates are listed below.
Matt & Kim was one of many artists to perform in Florida at Deluna Fest from 10/14 - 10/16, joining names like Ra Ra Riot, Stars, Ladytron, Girl Talk, Weezer, Cake and others. Belated pictures from the first day of that festival that Jane's Addiction also played, are in this post. Many more below.
Ra Ra Riot has been touring since Deluna. They don't have anything scheduled in NYC, but they will be on the road for a while and all of their dates are also listed below...
photos by Erez Avissar
"Seriously that was one off the bucket list right there." - Ben Ha-Meen
"portishead stands as the best show ive ever seen " - bryce segall
"Best show I've been to in a very long time." - Chris Denman
"Oh man, Portishead was freaking ridiculous tonight. Holy shit. That is some baby making, ecstacy popping shit right there." - Notorious K.I.M.
"Portishead was a religious experience #portishead" - Chelse D
"Portishead killed me. I cried like an idiot. An unforgettable performance..." - Marine
"On our last tour it collapsed because of personal things, not between the band, but relationships, divorces," Geoff Barrow told BBC 6 Music news.After two shows at ATP in Asbury Park, Portishead finally made their official return to NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom last night (10/4). Here are some pictures from the amazing show which was their first of two in Manhattan.
"We hadn't stopped since [debut album] Dummy," he said, "but it's fine now."
However, producer and instrumentalist Barrow admitted the band's complex, claustrophobic sound often proved a headache to recreate live.
"We have to take out lots of old gear and it's like a jigsaw puzzle, trying to get the right sound," he said.
"It's not like we are pushing 'go' on a computer and singing along to it. It's something a bit more interesting than just straight up rock bands or dance acts."
Portishead achieved overnight success with Dummy, which won the Mercury Music Prize in 1995 with its eerie electronic soundscapes, haunted by Beth Gibbons tremulous vocals.
They followed it up with a grainier, self-titled album in 1997, featuring the top 10 hit All Mine - later covered by Tom Jones.
But the band appeared to split up in the wake of their 1998 US tour, releasing several side projects and producing music for other bands.
However, after making a return to the Portishead name in 2008, they recently confirmed they would start work on a fourth album in January 2012.[BBC]
The setlists so far have varied by like one song each night. Their 90-minute, 15-song Hammerstein performance began at 9:30pm after a set by their tour-mate Thought Forms. They do it again tonight which is also when they appear on Fallon. Here are some pictures from the first night.
More pictures and the setlist from last night below...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
"Band of Horses tonight was sick! I just wish Hammerstein had better sound, mics were too low. Songs were beautiful though!!" - Steph P
"Band of Horses killing it at Hammerstein" - Michel
After Kings of Leon cancelled their tour, openers Band of Horses added a few of their own headlining club dates. Those dates included a Hammerstein Ballroom show on August 10 with J Mascis. J played an opening set of stuff off his recently released Several Shades of Why and was joined by Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell for a song. Band of Horses played an even mix of songs off all three of their albums and a new song called apparently called "Bats." They ended their pre-encore set with crowd favorite "The Funeral" and returned for a 5-song encore that included a few more original cuts and two covers: The New Year's "The End's Not Near" and Them Two's "Am I A Good Man."
More pictures, the setlist and a video from the show below...