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photo: Paul Kantner with Jefferson Airplane at Monterey Pop Festival, 1967
Paul Kantner

Last week, Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship member Paul Kantner sadly passed away. We mentioned at the time that Jefferson Starship (which he was still leading up until his death) had an upcoming tour that we assumed would be cancelled, but Jambands.com reports that Jefferson Starship will still be touring. It does seem kind of weird, especially since Paul leaving Jefferson Starship in the '80s is what caused them to drop the "Jefferson" from their name. Though we can probably assume this tour will be full of tributes to Paul.

The current lineup includes longtime member David Freiberg (also of Quicksilver Messenger Service), Donny Baldwin, Slick Aguilar, Chris Smith, Cathy Richardson and Jude Gold. The tour hits NYC on March 20 at BB King's. Tickets for that show are available. All tour dates here.

If you haven't, check out our list of 15 essential Paul Kantner songs. Stream one of them below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Paul Kantner

Last night the rock world suffered yet another tragic loss, the death of Paul Kantner, co-founder, guitarist, singer and songwriter of psychedelic rock pioneers Jefferson Airplane. Both the Airplane and their neighbors the Grateful Dead celebrated 50th anniversaries last year, and while the Dead gained a larger following over time, it was the Airplane who had the more fruitful career in the 1960s era of peace, love, and psychedelic rock. They're best known for "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love," two songs that Grace Slick brought with her to JA from her previous band The Great Society (the latter written by her brother-in-law Darby), but those songs are just a small sample of what this band achieved.

Paul Kantner became increasingly crucial to the band's songwriting as they went on, and he continued to contribute his own lead vocals to some of the band's best songs. Some of his greatest achievements came outside of Jefferson Airplane too. His 1970 sci-fi concept album Blows Against the Empire (credited to Paul Kantner and Jefferson Starship, but recorded with a much different lineup than his band Jefferson Starship who formed four years later) is an overlooked classic of that era. The better-known concept albums of the time were mostly by British bands (The Who, The Kinks, Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things, etc), but BATE had a who's who of the San Francisco scene giving those bands a run for their money. Before officially starting Jefferson Starship, he knocked out two more great albums with Grace Slick, 1971's Sunfighter and 1973's Baron von Tollbooth and the Chrome Nun, the latter of which was credited to Kantner, Slick and Quicksilver Messenger Service's David Freiberg. He had some fine moments in early Jefferson Starship, but that band's slicked-up production didn't do him much justice. His strongest era was from 1967 to 1973.

To honor the passing of yet another rock visionary, here's 15 essential Paul Kantner songs from that era...

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by Andrew Sacher

Paul Kantner at The Paramount in 2014 (photo by Greg Cristman)
Paul Kantner

Paul Kantner, one of the giants of the San Francisco music scene, died Thursday, Jan. 28, of multiple organ failure. Mr. Kantner, founding member of the Jefferson Airplane, was 74 and had suffered a heart attack earlier this week. His death was confirmed by longtime publicist and friend, Cynthia Bowman, who said he died of multiple organ failure and septic shock. Mr. Kantner suffered from a string of health problems in recent years, including a heart attack in March 2015. [SF Gate]
Jefferson Airplane guitarist/singer and San Francisco scene legend Paul Kantner has sadly passed away today at age 74. He was a founding member of the Airplane and was with the band until the end (including their 1989 reunion) and wrote or co-wrote some of their best songs, including "Today," "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil," "Martha," "Won't You Try/Saturday Afternoon," "Crown of Creation," "We Can Be Together," "Volunteers" and plenty more. He was a pioneer of American psychedelic rock as we know it, and gave legendary performances at both the Monterey Festival and the original Woodstock.

He also led spinoff band Jefferson Starship from 1974 to 1984, and then from 1992 up until his death, and put out various offshoot records, including the great sci-fi concept album Blows Against the Empire, Sunfighter, and Baron von Tollbooth and the Chrome Nun (all three with Grace Slick and several other musicians from their scene like Jerry Garcia and David Crosby). He also appeared on various other records from that era, like Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart's Rolling Thunder, David Crosby's If I Could Only Remember My Name, Papa John Creach's self-titled solo album, and more.

Just last year, Paul Kantner and his latest version of Jefferson Starship were celebrating Jefferson Airplane's 50th anniversary by playing full Airplane sets on tour (including a few in NYC). They were scheduled to keep touring this year, including a return to NYC on March 20 at BB King's, though we can assume that tour is off. Jefferson Airplane are also set to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys this year.

Rest in peace, Paul. You'll be missed but not forgotten.

Check out our list of 15 essential Paul Kantner songs. Listen to even more of his material, and read tributes by Jefferson Airplane's Marty Balin and Jorma Kaukonen, and David Crosby, below...

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Boston ska-core vets The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have a huge hometown show coming up, opening the Fenway Park stop of the Foo Fighters tour (also with Mission of Burma), and they'll go on a headlining tour right before that. Their tour is with support from Dropkick Murphys offshoot Street Dogs (who were also recently announced for Flogging Molly's 2016 cruise) and new-school ska band The Interrupters, whose 2014 debut album was produced by and features Rancid's Tim Armstrong, and also came out on Tim's label Hellcat Records. During that tour, the Bosstones also play the jam-band-oriented Long Island festival Great South Bay with Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship and more.

The run with Street Dogs and The Interrupters hits NYC on July 15 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The Bosstones also play Punk Rock Bowling this month with Refused, Rancid, The Muffs, Murder City Devils, Discharage, Sick Of It All, and more. All dates are listed below...

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The Grateful Dead 50th anniversary shows in Chicago and California will stream online (pay-per-view) for those unable to attend, and a $79.95 presale for the webcast for all five nights begins today (5/1) at Dead50.net.

The Chicago shows will also stream on TV and in theaters. Here's more details on the webcast, via Rolling Stone:

The pay-per-view event will be hosted by CNBC reporter Steve Liesman and feature special guest host Bill Walton, a Basketball Hall of Famer and perhaps the group's most famous Deadhead. The intermission for each show will feature taped interviews, live interviews with fans, a short documentary on the Grateful Dead directed by Justin Kreutzmann and more. The broadcast will also be accessible as a video-on-demand option for fans that can't catch the concerts live.
In related news, in addition to Dead member Phil Lesh's six NYC-area shows at the Capitol Theatre, he'll be playing one night in NYC proper on September 16 at Central Park Summerstage. For that show, Phil will be joined by Chris Robinson, Neal Casal, Eric Krasno, Adam MacDougall and Tony Leone. Tickets are on sale now.

Dead member Bill Kreutzmann will be in NYC this coming week when his book tour hits Barnes & Noble Tribeca on May 6. The tour's in support of his new memoir, Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and Drugs with The Grateful Dead, which comes out May 5.

In other related news, there's an upcoming NYC show celebrating both the Dead's 50th anniversary and Jefferson Airplane's 50 anniversary happening August 16 at BB King's. Airplane spinoff Jefferson Starship are playing (they played a full Airplane set at that venue in March), as well as Dead tribute band Jazz Is Dead, David Freiberg's current version of San Francisco Sound band Quicksilver Messenger Service (known as Quicksilver "Happy Trails"), and a set from former Dead pianist Tom Constanten. The show will be mixed and hosted by former Dead sound engineer Dan Healy. Tickets are on sale now.

by Andrew Sacher

Jefferson Airplane

The Grateful Dead aren't the only San Francisco Sound band celebrating a 50th anniversary this year. Jefferson Airplane turn 50 too, and to celebrate that, founding guitarist, backup and sometimes-lead vocalist Paul Kantner's band Jefferson Starship are playing full Airplane sets on tour. The current lineup has Paul joined by longtime member David Freiberg, also of the great San Francisco band Quicksilver Messenger Service and a brief Airplane member in the early '70s, as well as Cathy Richardson, Donny Baldwin, Chris Smith and Jude Gold.

The tour hits NYC on March 22 at BB King's. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

It may not be as exciting as if the full band got back together, but seeing Paul Kantner do a full set of Jefferson Airplane songs (especially with Freiberg on board) is still something to look forward to. Plus, as long as Grace Slick remains retired, a full reunion is out of the question. And according to former bandmate Jorma Kaukonen, she is. He recently re-confirmed to JTA, "Grace doesn't sing anymore, so that means that's really out of the question." But as for the rest of the members: "We'd like to do something. We don't know what that is, whether it's just wandering around and yakking on talk shows or something like that. Maybe having some acoustic guitars and playing some songs and talking."

Jorma's last appearance in NYC was actually Airplane-related too. Hot Tuna, his duo with JA bassist Jack Casady, played a special Beacon Theatre show in December for Jack's 70th birthday that had Jefferson Airplane co-lead singer Marty Balin fronting the band for "3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds," "Plastic Fantastic Lover" and "Volunteers." They also of course did the Grace Slick-fronted "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit," but with Tuna live member Teresa Williams singing lead, and covered The Dead's "Sugaree." Check out a video of Marty with Tuna from that show, below.

Jorma also takes part in the upcoming Jerry Garcia tribute in Maryland, which all four current Dead members are playing. Jorma's other upcoming shows include SXSW, and nothing in NYC, but a couple nearby shows in NJ. All dates are listed below.

Marty Balin also has upcoming shows, including returns to NYC on April 4 at The Cutting Room (tickets) and July 31 at Iridium (tickets). He'll probably play a ton of Airplane too (check out the setlist of his most recent NYC show). All of his dates are listed below.

Watch a few classic Jefferson Airplane videos, plus that recent Beacon Theatre video, and the lists of tour dates, below...

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The Menzingers in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)
The Menzingers

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

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
The multi-venue BEMF continues tonight with Booka Shade and more at MHOW; Allesandro Cortini, Bitchin Bajas and more at Villain (early); Universal Cell Unlock and more at Villain (late); DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist playing from Afrika Bambaataa's collection at Verboten (early); The Gaslamp Killer and special guests at Verboten (late); Pinch and more at Glasslands; Lindsay Lowend and more at Baby's; and Route 94 and Todd Edwards at Output.

Waxahatchee, Allison Crutchfield, Radiator Hospital @ Asbury Lanes
Katie Crutchfield's band Waxahatchee should have a new album in 2015 and you can get an early taste as they're trying out new songs on this currently tour. Support comes from Swearin's Allison Crutchfield (Katie's twin sister) and Radiator Hospital (the project of former Waxahatchee bassist Sam Cook-Parrott).

Dean Wareham, Tom Verlaine, Martin Rev, Eleanor Friedberger, Bradford Cox @ BAM
Presented by The Andy Warhol Museum (which turns 20 this year) and Dean Wareham, this three-day event comprises 15 never-before-seen films captured by Andy Warhol between 1963 and 1968 on his original 16mm Bolex camera, scored (and performed live) by Bradford Cox, Eleanor Friedberger, Martin Rev, Tom Verlaine and Wareham.

The Menzingers, Spraynard, Captain We're Sinking, Pale Angels, DJ Gravves @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This is the first night of a stacked punk weekend at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with an all around killer lineup. Headliners The Menzingers had a pretty big boost in their career this year thanks to their '90s alt-rock-inspired new album, Spraynard returned after a 2 year absence this year and have been playing non-stop since, Captain We're Sinking is fronted by the brother of one of the Menzingers singers and have a similar take on punk rock songwriting, and Pale Angels (who do or once did have Mikey Erg on drums) make ripping garage punk.

PUP, Chumped, Typefighter @ Mercury Lounge
A show that's in pretty tough competition with the BK Bazaar show goes down at Mercury Lounge. This one's got Canada's anthemic PUP, Brooklyn real-deal pop punks, and DC's folky and punky (but not folk punk) Typefighter. This one's got a 10:30 start, with BK Bazaar going from 9-1 maybe it's possible to catch some of both?

Excepter, Music Blues, The Dreebs, Running, Dog @ Death By Audio
Tonight's full of experimental sounds, headlined by longrunning Brooklyn outfit Excepter, shoegazy trio Dreebs, Music Blues (members of Harvey Milk, Uniform, UOA), and grimy Chicago punks Running.

Grifters, Turn To Crime @ Glasslands
Not unlike Guided by Voices, Memphis indie rock greats mixed a love of '60s pop with low-fi aesthetics to make some of the great records of the Clinton era. The band reformed last after 17 years off, and NYC's getting two shows, this being the first.

Peter Hook & The Light @ Irving Plaza
While we'd just as soon Hook and the rest of New Order (perfect) kiss and make up, tonight the low-slung bassist is here with his band performing New Order's Low-Life and Brotherhood in full, plus a few Joy Division songs. Fans of those LP's deep cuts like Low-Life's "Sunrise" or "Sooner Than You Think" or the first side of Brotherhood, might wanna go just to hear these played live. Maybe?

New York Comedy Festival
Laughter invades NYC the day we might need it post (post midterm elections), with a host of big-league talent and venues all over the city. Friday offers up Kevin Barnett, Marc Maron, Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress, Aparna Nacheria, an edition of The Corrigan Show, and more. Check the NYCF schedule for ticket availability.

James McMurtry, Jonny Burke @ Mercury Lounge
Discovered by John Mellencamp in the '80s, McMurty is as much a storyteller as a songwriter, but he's got a way with a hook too. His talky delivery has aged well.

Young Ejecta, Eaves, Tele/visions, Best Friend, Nirvanus @ Palisades
Joel Ford and Leanne Macomber have added a qualifier to their collaboration's name, now calling themselves Young Ejecta. Pretty much everything is the same -- same synthpop sound and Macomber's lack of clothing in promotional pictures.

Cold Specks, Eddi Front, Sun Nectar @ Rough Trade
Canadian goth-inflected soul songwriter Cold Specks released her new album Neuroplasticity back in August which on August 25, including two songs that feature Swans Michael Gira. Her live show is where she really shines.

Benjamin Booker, Blank Range @ Baby's All Right
Benjamin Booker makes soulful blues/garage rock and tonight concludes a two-night stand in NYC on his tour with Blank Range.

Weedeater, Lazer/Wulf, Full of Hell @ Saint Vitus
The crushing triple-billed tour of stoner doomers Weedeater, hardcore rippers Full of Hell and the proggy Lazer/Wulf hits Saint Vitus tonight. Metallic hardcore locals Tiger Flowers will add excellent support.

Body/Head (Kim Gordon & Bill Nace), Nate Young (Regression Nightmare), Vanessa Rossetto @ Union Pool
This is a great double bill of noise rock with Kim Gordon and Bill Nace's experimental guitar-led duo Body/Head and Wolf Eyes' Nate Young's band Regression Nightmare. The second of two nights at Union Pool.

Trentemoller @ Webster Hall
Danish producer Trentemoller released a new remix album, Lost Reworks (remixes of tracks from his 2013 LP Lost), in September and is back for a second tour of North America this year.

Jefferson Starship @ The Paramount
The current Jefferson Starship, led by co-founder Paul Kantner, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the band on this tour. Go for '70s style prog rock -- if you're looking to get knee deep in the hoopla, you're gonna be disappointed.

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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Rockwood Music Hall is open again.

Power is back to most of Manhattan following four days of blackout in half the borough, with ConEd promising to have everywhere in the city back on by tonight and things are starting to get back to normal, though the Subways aren't quite there yet -- though the 4, 5, 6 and 7 lines are up and running. Current subway outage map is here.

Tomorrow's NYC Marathon is cancelled, though, as you probably have heard.

Here's our list of things happening or not happening in NYC on Saturday (11/3).

The Lower East Side early Friday evening and Cake Shop is open and tonight's free show with Montreal's The Luyas is on. Making it even more Canadian is Vancouver's Peace. The show is FREE and starts early (Luyas are at 8 PM) and there will be a donation box that goes to New Amsterdam Records' relief fund.

Later that night at Cake Shop (and not free) it's Home Blitz, and Watery Love.

As previously announced, Peace are also playing Pianos tonight at 10 PM and that's a free show too. on a diverse bill that also features Jennifer Stuart & the Design, Myra Flynn, and Randall Shreve & the Sideshow. (Peace play again at Death By Audio on Monday).

Next door, The Living Room is also back in business with James van Cuylenburg (of The Tealeaves), Chris Riffle, Deni Bonet and New Ponies.

The same goes for East Village club The Stone that will hold a Hurrican Relief benefit tonight at 8 PM, featuring John Zorn (sax) Joel Rubin (clarinet) James Moore (guitar) Ikue Mori (electronics) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet) Brian Chase (drums) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Tim Keiper (drums) Jon Madof (guitar) James Ilgenfritz (bass) and many special guests. Then at 10 PM, it's Anthony Coleman.

It looked like Santos was going to be open for tonight Shiny Toy Guns, Colourmusic and MNDR show, but the venue just tweeted, "Due to complications in the wake of Sandy, we regret to announce that our events for this wknd are canceled. Refer to site for more info." Show has been moved to Monday, November 5.

Mercury Lounge is open but tonight's Anaka show has been postponed till December 2. The early show with Gangstagrass and The Newton Gang is still on.

Bowery Ballroom is back tonight with their first post-Sandy/blackout show: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Ava Luna.

STS9 plays Best Buy Theater in Times Square.

Sunshine Cinema on Houston is open for business but the BV-presented screenings of Miami Connection have been rescheduled for next weekend (11/9, 11/10).

Bowery Electric is now actually electric again, but tonight's David Johansen show with Romans and Kay Kasperhausen has been postponed.

Joe's Pub is back in business and tonight they have Jack Hitt: Making Up the Truth.

Le Poisson Rouge's power is back on and tonight's FIXED show is happening with The Magician. This past Tuesday's cancelled Kitsune event with The Twelves and Yuksek has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 4th at LPR (New Moods are no longer on the bill).

Peter Wolf's shows at City Winery tonight and tomorrow are cancelled.

Webster Hall has power and though there's no show in the main space tonight, The Studio will be open with Gallows, Barn Burner, For Sleeping or Jumping, and DeathThrob.

The Jefferson Starship show that was to happen at The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture is being postponed to a later date TBA.
Metropolitan Talent reports:

Due to Hurricane Sandy related logistical challenges, the following concerts in New York City are postponed:

Thursday, Nov. 1 Rickie Lee Jones - rescheduled for 11/14
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture

Friday, Nov. 2 Blackmore's Night - new date tba
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture

Saturday, Nov. 3 Jefferson Starship - new date tba
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture

Friday, Nov 9 Little Feat & Leon Russell - new date tba
Hammerstein Ballroom
Sunday's Little Feat & Leon Russell show at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester is also postponed.

Citizen Cope at Beacon Theatre has been postponed, date still TBD.

The Dethklok / All That Remains / Machine Head / The Black Dahlia Murder that was to happen tonight at Roseland has bee postponed till Dec. 14. TIckets will be honored. This is the 2nd Dethklok show in a row at Roseland cancelled or postponed.

Matisyahu at Starland Ballroom, like the two Social Distortion shows before it, is cancelled.

Henry Rollins appears to still be appearing in Trenton, NJ tonight.

George Lopez's gig at Wellmont Theater on Saturday is postponed to 2/23/2013, and his Capitol Theater show will instead happen 2/22.

Maxwell's in Hoboken is still closed.

Teebs and Reggie Watts play a party in Long Island City.

Meanwhile in Brooklyn, most venues are up and running.

Galapagos in DUMBO, which was ravaged by the storm, is back open tonight with Floating Kabarrette.

Shellshag are at XPO 929.

Free show at the Bell House in Brooklyn tonight with The Stompin Riff Raffs and Daddy Long Legs. The show previously cost money and had T Valentine on the bill.

Wabasco Burlesque at Union Hall.

The Rock Shop is open.

Littlefield is hosting a Stache Bash.

Savoir Adore and Slowdance play the Brooklyn Museum with Jarana Beat. It's a free show that begins at 5 PM.

The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is open and free.

Union Pool has Wolvhammer, Kreig, Doomsday, part of their BV-presented tour.

Music Hall of Williamsburg plays host to Woods, Widowspeak (who went Star Wars for Halloween), and Purling Hiss.

Knitting Factory is having a benefit for the Rockaways with Vast Aire, The Kominas and more.

Fagettes, Baroque Punk, and Dirty Virgins play Death By Audio

285 Kent will be pumping tonight to the sounds of Zomby, DJ Rashad, Massacooramaan, and J-Cush

Around the corner at Glasslands, it's Lazyeyes, The Doorbells, and The Midnight Hollow.

S. 5th St loft space Dead Herring plays host to Dead Stars, Little Radar, Anchorline, and Elliot & the Ghost. More info here.

At Cameo tonight, they have Eyes Lips Eyes, Leverage Models, and Beast Patrol early, and then at midnight it's indipop dance party Mondo! NYC.

Landlady and Marble Fawn are at Pine Box Rock Shop

At Le Loft (252 Norman in Greenpoint), it's Pretty & Nice, MiniBoone, Grooms, and Earthquake Party. More info here.

Shea Stadium has Sidekicks, Glocca Morra, Radiator Hospital and Brick Mower. More info here.

Over at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, it's Celestial Shore, Grass Is Green, Baked, Highway Gimps.

Paper Diamond are at Brooklyn Bowl.

Zebulon is open and wants you to dance. DJ Tropical Jeremy provides the music.

Barbes in Park Slope is open with Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica and Banda Sinaloense De Los Banda Sinaloense De Los Muertos.

UCB West and East are open. The Pit too.

The Nets play their postponed first game of the season tonight at Barclays Center.

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"Veterans of the original Woodstock festival, including Levon Helm, Paul Kantner and Country Joe McDonald, have organized a scheduled flashback of sorts: they and several other musicians who performed at that 1969 concert will play a new show on Aug. 15 to celebrate the festival's 40th anniversary, The Associated Press reported. The new concert, whose lineup also includes the Woodstock alumni Big Brother and the Holding Company, Ten Years After, Canned Heat and Mountain, will be held at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in upstate New York, where the first Woodstock festival took place. Mr. Helm, who played at Woodstock as a member of the Band, will be appearing with his Levon Helm Band, and Mr. Kantner, who performed at Woodstock with Jefferson Airplane, will appear at the anniversary concert with the upgraded Jefferson Starship." [NY Times]
No word still on the big NYC (possibly in Prospect Park) concert. Castle Clinton is hosting four tribute shows though.