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Sylvan Esso

Watching the crowds at their shows opening for tUnE-yArDs (and on their own) it was clear Sylvan Esso have an audience of their own which is growing by the minute. You can see them perform live on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (7/9).

The band's upcoming NYC stops on their tour are both sold out (you can still win tickets to Rough Trade on 9/11) and now they've announced their next show here will be at Terminal 5 on January 23. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/11) at noon.

That T5 show looks to be a warm-up to their appearance at My Morning Jacket's One Big Holiday which happens in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico the first week of February. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

Byrne

The monthlong 2014 Red Bull Music Academy starts this week here in New York City, and one of the most anticipated events is "Atomic Bomb! The Music Of William Onyeabor" tribute that happens at BAM on Friday and Saturday (5/2 & 5/3). It features singers David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Joshua Redman, Luke Jenner (the Rapture) and more paying tribute to the music of the Nigerian funk singer and synthesizer pioneer, and features a backing band including Sinkane, Money Mark and onetime LCD drummer Pat Mahoney. Tickets are still available to both nights.

If you were on the fence, wondering what to expect or both, David Byrne and the band dropped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (4/29) to perform "Fantastic Man," one of the more winning tracks from last year's essential Who is William Onyeabor? compilation. By the looks of it, this is going to be -- like the Gene Clark 'No Other' tribute -- a straight-up, "let's do it like he woulda" kind of thing. Which is good news I think and bodes well for this weekend's shows. You can watch the Tonight Show performance (and compare and contrast with the Onyeabor original) below...

You can read how it all came about over at David Byrne's website. In addition to the shows happening in NYC, the Atomic Bomb Band most of the same singers/players are performing shows next week in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Dates and lineups are listed below...

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Schoolboy Q

Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q just had to cancel his February show with Janelle Monae (she plays Lehman College tonight, 1/28), but fortunately we'll still get to see him soon. He's just announced a full tour in support of his upcoming Oxymoron LP with support from Odd Future/Black Hippy associate Vince Staples and new TDE-signee Isaiah Rashad. The tour hits NYC on March 4 at Best Buy Theater and NJ on March 5 at Starland Ballroom Tickets for the NYC show and tickets for the NJ show go on sale Friday (1/31) at noon. All known dates are listed below.

UPDATE: Tour announced in full (including SXSW), all dates below.

The much-anticipated Oxymoron is due out February 25 via Interscope, and more details continue to be revealed. We just saw the album artwork and heard another track, and now XXL Mag points to a purported tracklist. It features previously-released songs "Collard Greens" (ft. Kendrick Lamar), "Man of the Year" and "Break The Bank" (but not "Yay Yay"), and in addition to Kendrick, guests include A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, Ab Soul, 2 Chainz, Tyler the Creator, Raekwon and Suga Free, plus the entire Black Hippy crew appearing on one song. Check out the tracklist and streams of the three singles, plus a clip of another LP cut, "Gangsta," below.

Schoolboy Q also recently performed "Man of the Year" on Fallon, which you can watch a video of below.

Meanwhile, Isaiah Rashad also released his new album, Cilvia Demo, today (1/28), and just released the video for its track "Soliloquy." The album features fellow recent TDE-signee SZA on two songs, plus Schoolboy Q and fellow Black Hippy member Jay Rock on another. You can watch the "Soliloquy" video and stream a few other tracks from the tape below.

All dates are listed, along with streams, videos, and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Schoolboy Q announces 'Oxymoron' tour w/ Vince Staples and Isaiah Rashad (who released an album) (dates & streams)"

Disclosure

After wrapping up three nights at Terminal 5 (pics, video), Disclosure and collaborator Sam Smith hung around NYC to perform "Latch" on 'Fallon' last night. Check out the video of that performance below...

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London Grammar

UK synthpop trio London Grammar made their US network television debut on Fallon last night (1/13), where they performed "Strong" and "Wasting My Young Years" (the latter as a web exclusive), both from their debut album, If You Wait, which is out now. You can watch videos of both performances below.

Their Fallon performance was ahead of their two NYC shows this week which happen at Baby's All Right on Wednesday (1/15) and The Box on Thursday (1/16), both sold out. They also go on a full North American tour in March/April which brings them back to NYC for a sold out BV-presented show at Irving Plaza on 4/9 (UPDATE: 30 more tickets were put on sale 1/14 at noon).

As you may know, London Grammar also contributed to "Help Me Lose My Mind" from Disclosure's great Settle album. Disclosure also bring their tour to NYC this week for three sold out Terminal shows (1/17-1/19), and it doesn't seem unlikely that London Grammar could appear at those shows.

Videos below...

Continue reading "London Grammar are here, played 'Fallon' (videos); Disclosure begin their 3-night T5 run this weekend"

by Andrew Sacher

Sam Smith

Congratulations on being the Sound of 2014! How does it feel?

It feels incredible. I'm so involved in the charts, I love pop music and I love female pop artists. With this award, Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding and Adele have all been on it, which is incredible. Even to be a part of it is amazing.

What was the first song you learned the words to?

It was Aretha Franklin's Say A Little Prayer. Cameron Diaz sings it, really badly, in My Best Friend's Wedding. Great film. I love Julia Roberts.

There's a diva quality to your voice - is that sort of music the inspiration?

It's all I listened to. I actually didn't listen to male vocalists until about two years ago. I just listened to Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan. Massive voices. [BBC]

Congratulations to Sam Smith for topping the BBC's Sound of 2014 list! The 2-5 spots went to Ella Eyre, Banks, Sampha, and George Ezra, respectively, and Sam also beat out Chance the Rapper, FKA twigs, Chloe Howl and others. Sam first gained widespread attention when he contributed his vocals to Disclosure's "Latch" and he's since begun releasing some impressive solo material which will culminate in his debut album, In the Lonely Hour, due out on May 26 via Capitol Records.

As discussed, Sam is going on a North American tour soon which hits NYC on March 24 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

In related news, another group of Disclosure collaborators, London Grammar, will be in NYC much sooner for two sold-out shows next week at Baby's All Right (1/15) and The Box (1/16). They've also since announced that they'll perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on January 13.

London Grammar's shows wrap up the day before Disclosure begin their sold-out three-night Terminal 5 (1/17-1/19) run (DJ afterparties at various venues included). Considering Sam Smith and Jessie Ware made unannounced appearances at Disclosure's last NYC show, it doesn't seem like a coincidence that London Grammar are here the same week.

All Sam Smith dates are listed, along with some streams, below...

Continue reading "Sam Smith tops BBC's 'Sound of 2014' list; London Grammar playing 'Fallon' before Disclosure's T5 shows"

by Bill Pearis

Parquet

Parquet Courts had a pretty good 2013. Their debut album, Light Up Gold, ended up on a lot of Best Of lists (even though it came out in August 2012),  their new EP, Tally All The Things That You Broke, was a quality follow-up and they went from being openers to headliners. As a capper, last night (1/9) the Brooklyn-based band made their network television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, playing the jammy, highly-quotable "Stoned and Starving." You can watch that below.

Parquet Courts will play Brooklyn's tiny Acheron on Tuesday (1/14) (sold out) which will serve as a warm-up to some West Coast dates with Destruction Unit (who play Brooklyn tonight) before heading to Australia and New Zealand. Those dates are listed, along with the Fallon video, below...

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The Brothers Gibb
Brothers Gibb

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon returned to SNL last night (12/21) with Fallon hosting and JT as the musical guest, and of course both starring in a number of the skits as well. They brought back their Brothers Gibb skit, and were joined by Madonna playing herself, and the actual Barry Gibb (the only surviving original member of the Bee Gees) came in to sing with them at the end of the skit. Paul McCartney also showed up to sing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" with Fallon, and Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were parodied again in a "Waking up with Kimye" sketch. You can watch videos of all those, along with one of Justin performing "Only When I Walk Away," below.

It was also announced on last night's show that Drake will host and be the musical guest on the January 18 episode. Drake recently landed on a couple more year-end lists, may have dissed Kendrick Lamar, and appeared on the new Beyonce album.

Videos below...

Continue reading "Paul McCartney, Madonna & Barry Gibb joined Fallon & Justin Timberlake on SNL (videos); Drake to host & perform in Jan"

photos by Dylan Johnson

Iron & Wine, Nick Lowe and more @ Beacon Theatre
WFUV
WFUV

[Sam] Beam sang, in his gentle high tenor, about memories and connections, families and lovers. His songs, at their core, are folky ballads that mingle storytelling with more abstruse thoughts. But he has embellished them in various ways through the years: with folk-rock, country, jazz, even a little R&B. The "In the Reins" EP was his first experiment with horns -- Calexico's pair of mariachi trumpets -- but not his last; two horn players from his current Iron and Wine band, Curtis Fowlkes on trombone and Stuart Bogie on saxophone and flute, were also on hand, giving some songs a nudge toward jazz.

Calexico carried [Kathleen] Edwards's "Soft Place to Land" from a pensive hush into sorrowful peaks, and it stoked the rhythm just enough behind two incantatory songs from [Beth] Orton, the chugging "Call Me the Breeze" and the enveloping "Mystery." It was just retro enough for [Nick] Lowe's wry, elegantly turned novelty song "Christmas at the Airport" and straightforwardly pop for his "Cruel to Be Kind."

For [Glen] Hansard, the Irish songwriter behind the musical "Once," Calexico was attentive to the songs' dramatic arcs of loss and redemption. [NY Times]

The WFUV Holiday Cheer benefit went down at Beacon Theatre last week (12/10) with Iron and Wine and Calexico (who collaborated on 2005's In the Reins EP) plus Kathleen Edwards, Beth Orton, Nick Lowe, Glen Hansard and Amos Lee. The show saw the artists doing different collaborations throughout the night, and there were parts where the entire bill shared the stage at once. In addition to teaming up for each other's original songs, the artists did some covers, including Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." Pictures of the show are in this post.

One of the other songs covered at the show was The Pogues' holiday classic, "Fairytale of New York" which Iron & Wine, Calexico, Glen Hansard, and Kathleen Edwards also covered later in the week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. You can watch a video of that performance, along with more pictures of the Beacon Theatre show, below.

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Mazzy Star

Mazzy Star have been having a big comeback year, with a tour that wrapped up over the weekend after hitting NYC for a sold-out Terminal 5 show last week, and their first new album in over 15 years. Yesterday (11/25), Mazzy Star returned to NYC to perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where they played "California" from the new album.

Check out the video of that below...

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Haim

Haim just made their SNL debut over the weekend, playing "Don't Save Me" and "The Wire," as well as appearing in a sketch that uses The Outfield's mega-'80s hit "Your Love" in a pretty funny way. It was a highlight of an especially lackluster episode of SNL, and you can watch all three clips in this post. Since their appearance, Este Haim's "bass face" -- already an internet meme -- is now full-on sensation, perhaps you've seen it on your Facebook timeline via every one of your friends.

In other news, both of Haim's Terminal 5 shows in May -- including the second show which was just added -- are sold out.

Meanwhile, Saturday Night Live has announced the hosts and musical guests from the remainder of 2013 which looks hopeful on the funny front: Paul Rudd hosts on December 7 with a second appearance from UK boy band One Direction; and John Goodman returns for his 13th hosting job with Kings of Leon as musical guests.

Then on December 21, SNL gifts us with what will be the year's most anticipated show: Jimmy Fallon will host with (surprise!) Justin Timberlake performing. SNL writers usually bring their A-game to a JT episode (expect a return of the Brothers Gibb), and this one will also be a way to remind folks that in the new year, Jimmy Fallon will be moving to The Tonight Show and current "Weekend Update" anchor Seth Meyers will becoming the new Late Night, both of whom will start their new jobs on February 24.

Haim's SNL performances and that Outfield sketch below...

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Cut Copy at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Cut Copy

Cut Copy still haven't announced a full North American tour for 2014, but we do know that they'll return to NYC for a show on March 22 at Terminal 5. Since we last spoke, that show sold out, but the band have added another date happening a day earlier (3/21) at the same venue. Tickets for the newly added show are on sale now.

Cut Copy recently played "We Are Explorers" off their new album on Fallon, and you can watch the video of that, along with the updated list of tour dates, below...

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"i never thought i'd ever see mazzy star live. i was crying within minutes of them walking onstage." - staceymccool

marquee @ the Vic Theatre- 11-13 Chicago, IL (via shaynepepper)
Mazzy Star

Mazzy Star, who made their network television debut on Conan O'Brien in 1994 (video below!), will return to 'Late Night' and NYC to play for Jimmy Fallon on Monday (11/25). Try to score some tickets to see it live, possibly on the band bench.

Meanwhile, Mazzy Star are in NYC now/today (11/20) for their big, now-sold-out show at Terminal 5 with Psychic Ills and Marie Sioux (who by the way is getting the very first vinyl pressing of her 2007 album, Faces in the Rocks, via her label Whale Watch). Congrats to the two winners of our ticket and t-shirt contest, and to all those that got tickets to the even more intimate-but-also-sold-out 11/22 Philly show.

Earlier on the tour Mazzy Star taper Heremesacat, who maintains an invaluable reference and download list in a band forum, taped the 11/4 Seattle show and uploaded it to YouTube in addition to posting the entire thing for download in lossless FLAC format. Stream the YouTube version and check out that setlist below.

AND NOTE: If you're going to the show, be careful if you're thinking of taking a picture!

Mazzy Star's new album Seasons of Your Day made #20 on Rough Trade's Top 100 Albms of 2013. Read Dean Wareham's take on it. Watch the new video for "California", with all the other stuff, below...

Continue reading "Mazzy Star are here, playing Fallon -- get tix for that, listen to the whole Seattle show, watch 1994 Conan performance"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin; words by Bree Roberts

Johnny Marr w/ Andy Rourke @ Irving Plaza, 11/16/2013
Johnny Marr
Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr's second tour of North American this year hit NYC on Saturday (11/16) at Irving Plaza. I didn't catch most of Meredith Sheldons' opening set set because the MTA decided that the L train shouldn't run again this weekend, which is a shame. A shame because the MTA is a wanker, and a shame because Meredith Sheldon is a beautifully morose, sulky kind of singer, and with Johnny Marr's son Nile on guitar she really made me wish I had of been there for the whole time.

I'm fairly sure every babysitter in NYC was hired Saturday, because this was the first show I've been to in a long time where I felt young. The average age of the crowd was mid thirties and everyone was out to have a good time, and get wasted on wine -- like classy people do. The Ipad sized phones held up the entire show to record things seemed unnecessary and were really irritating. I heard about two $400 tickets up for sale for this sold-out show on Stubhub three hours before the show -- and they got sold! (Tickets were originally $25).

Johnny was here tonight to promote his new album The Messenger. All the songs he played off that album were fantastic, including the title track, which is full of New Order-ish guitar driven melodies, singles "Upstarts" and "New Town Velocity" - which was lilting and lovely.

Response to the new songs was great -- unlike some shows like this, people seemed to have actually listened to his new album -- but the crowd got very excited for The Smiths songs (I won't call them covers, because Johnny cowrote them all) of which six were played, including "Panic," "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before," "Big Mouth Strikes Again" and, final song of the night, "There is A Light That Never Goes Out." (There was a LOT of singing along.) The crowd went totally nuts, though, near the end of the night, when Marr brought out his friend since childhood and Smiths bandmate Andy Rourke, much as he did at Music Hall back in May. When Andy and Johnny teamed up on the amazingly cool "How Soon Is Now?" and then "Please, Please Please, Let Me Get What I Want" -- goth 90s teen me definitely died a little inside. The crowd went appropriately wild. Video of both and pictures from the show, plus the setlist, are in this post.

My favorite tune of the night though, apart from the obvious Smiths Johnny and Andy collaborations, was "Getting Away With It" by Electronic -- his band with Bernard Sumner from New Order and Neil Tennant from Pet Shop Boys. Fucking genius. All in all Johnny seemed thrilled to be onstage in NYC and playing with Andy again, and he appeared to be completely in his element. Looking forward to him returning to NYC.

While in town, Marr (who we just interviewed) stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon again to perform "Generate! Generate!" from The Messenger and then a web exclusive of "Please Please Please." You can watch both below and, as you can hear, Marr does a fine job singing Morrissey's lyrics...and that riff still thrills.

Johnny Marr's tour rolls on and if you'd like to see him at one of his remaining North American dates, we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show of your choice. Video of the Fallon plus more pics from Marr's Webster Hall show, below...

Continue reading "Johnny Marr was joined by Andy Rourke for two Smiths songs at Webster Hall (pics, video, setlist); Marr played 'Fallon' too"

by Andrew Sacher

a short-haired Robin Pecknold & Daniel Rossen
Robin Pecknold

It's been about two years since we've heard anything from Fleet Foxes or their frontman/songwriter Robin Pecknold, but Robin broke his silence last night (10/22) with a performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for Pearl Jam Week. Robin covered the fellow Seattle band's track "Corduroy" with help from Grizzly Bear's Daniel Rossen and Joanna Newsom/Bill Callahan drummer Neal Morgan. It's not the first time Robin's collaborated with a Grizzly Bear member -- you may remember he teamed up with Ed Droste for some beautiful harmonies on "I'm Losing Myself". No beautiful harmonies this time though, just a double attack of grungy guitars. Check out the video of their performance below.

The actual Pearl Jam are also taking part in Fallon's Pearl Jam Week, which they're doing fresh off of two Barclays Center shows.

And though Fleet Foxes have been quiet, former member Father John Misty has been anything but.

Video below...

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"I can hear Paul McCartney rehearsing in the concert hall of my school in the hallway. #toodope #franksinatraschoolofthefarts" - @PrincessStoopz

"PAUL MCCARTNEY IS IN MY SCHOOL RN I GET TO SEE HIM IN AN HOUR JUST TAKE THAT IN" - @tbhstephanie

"Sir paul mccartney in my school today hyfr" - @Beatusfetusxo

Paul McCartney & Earl Sweatshirt
Paul Earl

Sir Paul McCartney is about to release his new album, New, next week (10/15) and he's been in NYC this week promoting it. On Monday (10/7) he performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, playing two songs from the new album, the Beatles' "Lady Madonna." He also switched accents with Fallon and told him that he invented the selfie. Videos of all that below.

There was also a listening party at NYC's VW/Audi dealership on 11th Ave, and he hung out with Odd Future's Earl Sweatshrit at the NPR offices (pictured above). And, nothing to do with being in NYC, but also in support of the album he gave his first-ever live Twitter Q&A.

Macca's last NYC show was his two-night stand at Barclays Center in June, but he wouldn't come back without doing another show right? Certain clues have led us to believe that he may be playing one at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens today (10/9), and within the hour. NYC radio DJ Rich Russo tweeted last night that he'd be seeing McCartney on John Lennon's birthday (which is today), and he just tweeted again, "Can hear Macca's soundcheck echoing down the street as exit the subway.. Wow!" Other tweets (that you can see above) also seem to confirm that Paul is in fact currently soundchecking at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.

Fallon videos below...

Continue reading "Paul McCartney is promoting his 'New' album in NYC, played 'Fallon', held a listening party, playing a school right now?"

Drake

Spoiler alert. Here's an excerpt from Ezra's 10-out-of-10 review of Drake's new album Nothing Was the Same:

Why did I invite Panda Bear and not my wife? Fair question. Our son was only two months old at the time, so she didn't want to leave him with a babysitter. Also, all u eagle-eyed readers might remember that Hans and I bonded over a shared predilection for a certain song by a certain band -- that's right, motherfuckers, the one and only ANIMAL COLLECTIVE.

So I'm picking out my outfit when I hear a buzzing sound -- OMG I'M GETTING A TEXT. I run upstairs PRAYING it's from Hans but... it's just Panda Bear again. His friend from college, Nathan, is in town. Can I get an extra plus on the list?

The rest of that review can be found at the Talk House (who are hosting a CMJ showcase at the same venue Ezra took Nathan to).

Drake is touring with Miguel and Future.

Vampire Weekend recently played Barclays Center where they also appeared for the VMAs which Drake also played but will be most remembered for Miley Cyrus, who, after recently hosting and playing SNL, played with The Roots and Jimmy Fallon last night, as you can see in the video below....

Continue reading "Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig reviews Drake (sort of), hates Hans (Panda Bear is cool though)"

photos by P Squared

Superchunk w/ Eleanor Friedberger @ Bowery Ballroom, 9/28/2013
Superchunk, Spider Bags @ Bowery Ballroom - 9/28/2013

For more than two decades, minus a few years hiatus, Superchunk has consistently released high quality albums filled with excellent songs. There's not a clunker among any of their ten studio albums -- heck, there isn't even a bad song in their catalog. The newest release came out last month, and I Hate Music not only continues the streak, but its one of the strongest albums in their history. The band is currently on tour in support of the album and performed two shows at Bowery Ballroom this weekend, and we were there for Saturday's barnburner. Superchunk opened the show on high octane, working through a democratic mix of songs from the new album interspersed with the classics in an hour-long set that barely came up for air. And the very-sold out crowd was with them throughout. - [NYC Taper]
Superchunk's current tour hit NYC over the weekend for two sold-out Bowery Ballroom shows with openers Spider Bags. We were there for Saturday's show (9/28) and photos from the show are in this post. If the band looks a little different, it's because bassist Laura Ballance is sitting out touring due to hearing condition hyperacusis, and was subbed by Jason Narducy of Bob Mould's band.

They brought out Merge labelmate Eleanor Friedberger during the first encore to sing Patti Smith's "Free Money" and the Ramones' "Oh Oh I Love her" and then Mac McCaughan and drummer Jon Wurster switched places allowing Wurster to sing on covers of The Misfits' "20 Eyes" and Black Flag's "My War." Setlist is below, as are a couple streams from NYC Taper's terrific sounding recording of the whole show which you can download over his way.

Mac and the rest of the band were busy while they were here. They stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday (9/27) to play "Void" from their new album I Hate Music and their 1994 nugget "Driveway to Driveway" as a web exclusive. You can watch those below. Then on Saturday, they spent most of the day at Bushwick's Shea Stadium filming a new music video, so look out for that soon.

More pics from Saturday's Bowery Ballroom show, plus the setlist, live recordings and Fallon videos, below...

Continue reading "Superchunk played 'Fallon' and Bowery Ballroom twice, joined by Eleanor Friedberger at 2nd show (pics, setlist, streams) "

Pixies at Bowery Ballroom - 9/17/13 (via @exineb)
Pixies

Pixies may have lost Kim Deal, but they're still fully back in action with a new EP out and a tour (with Kim Shattuck of The Muffs in Deal's place) that kicked off in LA earlier this month, hit Riot Fest Chicago over the weekend, and came to NYC last night (9/17) for the first of four shows here. Last night's show was at Bowery Ballroom with Reignwolf opening, and it saw the band playing an hour-ish long set with a fairly even mix of their initial albums (except Bossanova, which they didn't play any songs from) and some of the new material, plus an opening salvo cover of The Fall's "Big New Prinz." Check out the full setlist and a video of them playing "Where Is My Mind" below.

Pixies' four-night run continues at Bowery Ballroom tonight (9/18), again with Reignwolf, and it also hits Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (9/19) with Meg Myers, and finally Bowery Ballroom on Friday (9/20) with Parquet Courts. All sold out.

Before that run of shows began, Pixies appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Monday (9/16) to perform "Bagboy" and a web exclusive of "Indie Cindy" from their EP. Fallon videos, along with the video and setlist from Bowery Ballroom, below...

Continue reading "Pixies played 'Fallon,' began 4-night NYC run (setlist, videos)"

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...

Continue reading "Elvis Costello & The Roots celebrated 'Wise Up Ghost' at Brooklyn Bowl and on 'Fallon' (pics, setlist, streams & video)"

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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by Bill Pearis

photo via @Garyegg's instagram
Goldfrapp

It was about halfway through the third song of the night, "Drew," when the strings really came sweeping in, epic and autumnal and you could feel a wave of electricity sweep across the audience at Beacon Theatre last night (9/10). It was an honest-to-goodness hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck moment and what would be the first of many that night. Goldfrapp's gorgeous new album, Tales of Us, is drenched in the kind of strings that haven't been in fashion since John Barry stopped scoring James Bond films, and the 20-strong Wordless Orchestra brought it to dramatic life.

Of course the main star of the night (their only North American show this year) was Alison Goldfrapp, whose voice was in pristine form and whose blouse billowed in cinematic fashion. We got the Tales of Us played front-to-back (minus the LP's sold electronic cut, "Thea") followed by a short break and then a six-song encore older songs that fit the mood, augmented by a choir and the other half of Goldfrapp, Will Gregory. We got two Morricone-esque cuts from their 2000 debut, Felt Mountain ("Paper Bag" and "Lovley Head") and a showstopper rendition of "Caravan Girl" that earned a genuine standing ovation. Great night, maybe show of the year for me so far. As I left the theater couldn't help but wonder why Goldfrapp hasn't actually done a Bond theme? She'd knock it out of the park.

While in NYC Goldfrapp taped a performance for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon but it won't air until September 26. Goldfrapp setlist and a couple videos from Beacon Theatre, below.

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Kanye, Charlie Wilson, The Roots & a choir on 'Fallon'
Kanye

Kanye West recently announced a tour with Kendrick Lamar, and following that announcement he appeared on Late NIght with Jimmy Fallon to perform the closing track on Yeezus, "Bound 2." Kanye performed with backing from Fallon's house band The Roots, a choir doing the "bound to fall in love" vocal and Charlie Wilson joining him to sing his hook on the song. Check out the video of that performance below.

As discussed, Kanye's tour hits NYC on November 19 at Barclays Center and November 23 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for both shows go on AEG/Venue/Radio/TM/Twitter/AmEx presales Thursday (9/12) at 10 AM (password: "YEEZUS"). General on-sale begins Friday (9/13) at 9 AM.

Kendrick, who we just caught at Williamsburg Park, hasn't been announced for the NYC shows (neither has anyone else).

Fallon video, and the list of all 'Yeezus' tour dates, below...

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Grimes at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Grimes

Traffic hasn't been as bad around the Barclays Center as opponents thought it would be when the Brooklyn arena was first announced. We think that may not be true this Sunday (8/25) though as MTV takes over the room to film the live telecast of the VMAs. Everyone from Kanye West to Katy Perry to Daft Punk to Robin Thicke are going to be there or are rumored to be there. Prince is in town. So is Perez Hilton.

Grimes (who is not shy about her love of pop) is getting in on the action too. MTV Hive reports:

The 2013 Video Music Awards are near, and to herald their arrival on Sunday, August 25, MTV is launching the VMA All Access Experience, 5 days of livestreamed performances and VMA moments starting NOW! And, get this, Grimes will be making a special appearance!

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Show day, however, has got MTV Hive pumped -- not only because the 2013 Video Music Awards features the likes of Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West, but because Grimes, along with designer Rachel Antonoff, will co-host MTV Style's Red Carpet Report (6 p.m. ET Sunday). Perhaps she'll wear one of her pussy rings? One can dream.

Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake will be receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award during the VMAs, and it's been announced that his 'History of Rap' partner Jimmy Fallon will be the one presenting it to him. Justin is also rumored to be reuniting on stage at the VMAs with his old boy band *NSYNC. Maybe you've heard of them.

You can watch the broadcast on vma.mtv.com.

Later this year (and more South), Grimes will be playing some festivals, including Austin's ACL Fest in October, Mexico City's Corona Capital Fest in October, and a Young Turks party in Mexico on New Year's Eve.

Daft Punk

You may have seen Stephen Colbert making a surprise appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Monday (7/29) coming out while Fallon was talking to J. Mascis (sitting in with the band) and dancing to Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" (have you heard that song yet?). At the time it seemed like a random bit, but it turns out Colbert did indeed get lucky, as the French robotic disco duo will appear on The Colbert Report on Tuesday (8/6). No word on what Daft Punk will do on the show (live performance, interview?). You'll just have to tune in to find out.

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