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I spy a Dessner...
Dessner

Three of last night's big events in NYC:
* Sharon Van Etten & Fred Armisen were on Fallon.
* Van Halen played Cafe Wha?. Jimmy Fallon was in the audience.
* Portlandia Season 2 had a premiere party at The Museum of Natural History. Fred Armisen was (obviously) in attendance.

Watch videos of Sharon and Fred (who also played music) on Fallon, including a Fred Armisen web exclusive, below...

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photos, audio & video by Josh Winkler InTheMO

M83 @ M For Montreal
M83

M83 arrived in NYC yesterday to perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and continue their NYC adventure TONIGHT (11/22) at Webster Hall and Wednesday at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both shows are way sold-out. If you don't have a ticket and aren't up for scouring the secondary market for a pair (if you can even find/afford them there), you can at least watch their performance from Fallon last night. Check that out below.

The NYC dates represent the tail-end of M83's North American tour with Active Child, though the M83 will play a solitary show in Los Angeles in middle January (1/13). Maybe Zola Jesus will show up at that one like she did at a recent show.

M83 recently played Fun Fun Fun Fest and since then Chicago, and even more recently, M for Montreal. Pictures and a video from their Montreal appearance, as well as two live tracks recorded at that show, "Intro" and "Teen Angst" (both of which appear here for the first time), are below.

Speaking of M For Montreal, the rest of Bill's coverage is coming soon (M83 included). Meanwhile you can still check out what he saw on night 1 and night 2.

More M83 tour dates, those song streams and videos, and the video of their Los Angeles performance of "Intro" with Zola Jesus. below....

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Photos by Abbey Braden

Chavez @ ATP NJ
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Tonight's cancelled Jon Spencer Blues Explosion show at Maxwell's has been rescheduled for November 29th. Jon says, ""I am terribly sorry but Russell has fallen ill and been told by his doctor not to play tonight's show. The condition is not serious, and should pass, but right now Russell can not rock'n'roll. Gotta cancel the gig. Sorry for any inconvenience. The date has been rescheduled for Tuesday November 29th. Maxwell's will honor any advance tickets purchased for October 13th. If people needs refunds they can get them wherever they bought the ticket. Ticketfly will send a notice out to on-line buyers."

Speaking of 90's Matador bands, Chavez, who recently played ATP in NJ (and Lit Lounge), appeared on Jimmy Fallon last night (10/12). They played two songs (one on air, one for web). Videos of both, along with more pictures from their ATP set (setlist included), below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Chuck D on stage with Portishead @ ATP
Portishead

Portishead completed their NYC & NJ adventure with a 2nd show at Hammerstein Ballroom last night (10/5), and an appearance on Fallon where they performed two songs. On air they played "Chase The Tear" which they first released in 2009 to help raise money for Amnesty International. Jimmy pointed out that you can get a new release of that single exclusively at the XL Records table at the Brooklyn Flea Brooklyn Flea's Independent Label Market this weekend. They also played 1994 song "Mysterons" at Fallon as a web exclusive. And much to the chagrin of the groaning tourists who were trapped in their seats at the show's taping yesterday, the band actually played "Mysterons" in full twice because apparently something went wrong the first time around. You can watch the version they kept, and what aired on TV, below.

Also in this post is a set of pictures (including the setlist) from Portishead's Sunday set at ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park. As mentioned in the post of pictures from their Saturday show, Chuck D joined the band on stage during "Machine Gun" on Sunday. As not mentioned, Simeon from Silver Apples joined them on "We Carry On" to help close the show. Chuck D video HERE. Simeon video below.

Silver Apples plays Public Assembly in Brooklyn TONIGHT (10/6).

Portishead associate Anika plays Glasslands tonight.

Portishead's Adrian Utley visited Criterion Cinema while in town, and is involved in a show happening in NYC on 10/29.

ATP pictures & Fallon videos below...

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Portishead

I know you're sick of Radiohead posts, but, well, they keep doing things! (and anyway, more importantly, this post also contains Portishead!). But back to the point.... Radiohead just played two shows at Roseland Ballroom, appeared on SNL, and on The Colbert Report. They're also rumored to play for Occupy Wall Street today at 4 PM, though that might not happen. In addition to all of that, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood will perform on Fallon on Monday (10/3). According to Radiohead At Ease, they'll be performing "Give Up The Ghost."

Speaking of Fallon, his week-long run of Pink Floyd covers (that started with the Shins) continued on Tuesday when Foo Fighters played "In The Flesh" with Roger Waters, on Wednesday when MGMT took on "Lucifer Sam" off of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, with help from Bradford Cox who was dressed as Joey Ramone. Dierks Bentley did "Wish You Were Here" last night (9/29). You can watch all three videos below.

MGMT will also perform at The Guggenheim on November 10 and 11 as part of the 2011 Guggenheim International Gala. The 11/10 show is a private party, but the 11/11 show is a public event. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/14) with a member presale starting Thursday (10/13).

Portishead, who plays and curated ATP NJ this weekend, will appear on Fallon on Wednesday (10/5), two days after Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood do. Portishead play their second of two sold out shows at Hammerstein Ballroom the same night.

Fallon videos below...

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The Shins at Bowery Ballroom (via wonderboymusic)
The Shins

Mercer's trademark widow's peak was a welcome site as the band immediately launched into two classics; "Caring Is Creepy"... and "Australia" from 2007's Wincing The Night Away. The audience seemed strangely cognizant of Mercer's path as a musician, treating his troubles with departing band members and his elongated Broken Bells hiatus as forgettable. I mean, this guy wrote a song that was played at Heath Leger's funeral! He's a legend!

The newer tracks were met with stifled cheers, but cheers nonetheless... "New Slang" was slightly warped to allow for an electric guitar and a synthesized tambourine, a departure from the original's very organic feel, the words still sting as sharply as they did ten years ago. The surroundings may change, but the core is still compelling. -[BaebleMusic]

The Shins played Bowery Ballroom on Sunday night (9/25) with Faces on Film, a very tiny show compared to The Shins' previous outings at Terminal 5. The band, who played new material and old, dipped into waaay older material when they covered David Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes" and Pink Floyd's "Breathe". The latter cover was played again on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night (9/26) as part of Pink Floyd week (which continues tonight). If you missed either show, live vicariously through the videos below.

As discussed, if you somehow don't own every Pink Floyd album (or want another copy), the band is reissuing material which hits record stores today.

Video from Jimmy Fallon and Bowery Ballroom, and the NYC show setlist, below...

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by Klaus Kinski

Pink Floyd

I might be one of the most obsessive Pink Floyd fans who ever lived, and I say that as more of an embarrassing confession than as a statement of pride. I have written about them and their related projects and tours a coupla times now, but every time there is Pink Floyd related news bouncing around the atmosphere I can't help but feel somewhat annoyed at the fact that everything they do is such an obvious and grotesque cash grab. I mean, I still love their records and will be buried with them but, Jesus Christ guys, you use your back catalog like a wet towel, wringing out re-releases and "Best ofs" while expecting us to empty our wallets.

And this pattern started early. I mean, in 1970 EMI released a Best Of record, despite Pink Floyd only having two albums under their belt. Then, BAM, in 1971 another greatest hits record, Relics, hit the shelves and yet the ink on their third album (Atom Heart Mother) had barely dried. 1974 rolled around and saw the re-release of Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets as a double album called A Nice Pair. That same year, ANOTHER greatest hits record hit the shelves, this time entitled Masters of Rock. In 1981, which would have been the perfect year for a retrospective album considering the body of work they had behind them by then, they released A Collection of Great Dance Songs, which is a supremely anemic and vapid attempt at a greatest hits record. Then between 1992 and now, we were given the Shine On 9 CD Boxed Set (1992), The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 30th Anniversary edition (1997), 1967 The First Three Singles (1997), Wish You Were Here 25th Anniversary Edition (2000), Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd (2001), Dark Side of the Moon 30th Anniversary SACD Edition (2003), The Final Cut re-release (2004), The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 40th Anniversary edition (2007), and the 14 disc Oh By The Way (2007). Add to that the massive amount of singles, EPs, 7"s, 45s, and other redundancies and you have a veritable shit load of items culled from very few actual sources. Talk about milking it, am I right?

Now we find ourselves in the final quarter of 2011. 2012 is around the corner and Roger Waters and David Gilmour are buddies again, Rick Wright and Syd Barrett RIP, the world economy is in the shitter... what better time to embark on an exhaustive and multi-tiered Pink Floyd re-issue campaign! Starting on September 26th, 2011, Pink Floyd and EMI are orchestrating a re-issue campaign:

encompassing CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, SACD, an array of digital formats, viral marketing, iPhone Apps and a brand-new single-album 'Best Of' collection.

The legendary band, who are still one of the most successful and iconic artists of all time, recently signed an agreement with EMI which has allowed the development of a multi-format programme of packages, many containing archive material that has been collated during an extensive process between EMI and Pink Floyd for a range of media formats.

The aptly titled WHY? PINK FLOYD re-release project is almost preposterous in scope. And by everything you read up until this point, I bet you think I am poo-pooing this project. In a certain sense, I am. I mean, all of these studio albums have been reissued more than once. How many copies of Dark Side do I really need? Certainly this aspect of the campaign interests me very little (if at all). It's the stuff deeper in the guts of this thing that has me dorking myself to death. Here's a breakdown of how they've got these sets organized.
DISCOVERY EDITIONS and BOX SET (Available 9/27/11)
This release is broken into two tiers. The first tier Discovery Edition is all 14 studio albums remastered from the ground up, all available for purchase individually. The second tier Discovery Edition is a box set that features all 14 records and a 60-page booklet housed as one massive package (hehehe).

EXPERIENCE EDITIONS
The Experience Editions are more modest and seem to be the most appealing to me. Available for individual purchase will be Wish You Were Here (11/8/11), Dark Side of the Moon (9/27/11), and The Wall (2/28/12) ONLY . These sets will include a newly remastered album CD, a CD containing additional material pertaining to the album, and an expanded (and pretty beautiful) CD booklet.

IMMERSION EDITIONS
The Immersion Editions serve to separate the nerds from the super nerds. Available for individual purchase will be Wish You Were Here (11/8/11), Dark Side of the Moon (9/27/11), and The Wall (2/28/12) ONLY. Lavishly packaged in a sturdy 29cm square box, the sets contain remastered, previously unreleased and audio-visual material, plus much additional content - reproduced memorabilia, brand new graphics, art prints, collectors' items, lavish booklets and several more CDs remastered as 5.1, Quadrophinic, Stereo, etc... it's a doozie!

BEST OF
The Best of Pink Floyd: A Foot In The Door (11/8/11). An expanded and remastered greatest hits album. As far as this remaster campaign goes, this CD is the equivalent of Wayne and Garth standing in front of the green screen in Wayne's World I saying "I'm in Delaware."

VINYL EDITIONS
The Vinyl Editions are records dude. Available for individual purchase will be Wish You Were Here (11/8/11), Dark Side of the Moon (9/27/11), and The Wall (2/28/12) ONLY. Features the 2011 remastered version on 180 gram heavyweight Vinyl. Original packaging including stickers and posters plus free 320kbps download and exclusive new poster.

So while some of this stuff is a rehash, I am still very stoked about some of these releases. So stoked in fact that I am going to give two lucky BV readers a shirt, a poster, and a newly remastered 2 CD set of Dark Side of the Moon, just for reading this far! Directions on how to enter the contest are below!

And you know who else is stoked about this new remaster campaign? Funnyman Jimmy Fallon, that's who! Each episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon from September 26th through September 30th (a whole week!) will be dedicated to Pink Floyd. From what I've heard the schedule is as follows:

- Monday 9/26 - The Shins perform Breathe from Dark Side of the Moon. Nick Mason will be the interviewed.
- Tuesday 9/27 - Roger Waters will join Foo Fighters will perform In the Flesh from The Wall. Waters will also be interviewed.
- Wednesday 9/28 - MGMT will perform early Floyd classic Lucifer Sam.
- Thursday 9/29 - Dierks Bentley will perform Wish You Were Here.
- Friday 9/30 - Pearl Jam (!) will do Mother from The Wall.
Fallon airs at 12:30am on NBC.

In other old geezers from awesome classic rock bands news... don't forget that tonight at Nassau Coliseum The Who's Roger Daltrey performs the rock opera Tommy in its entirety as well as other Who classic cuts. Tickets are still available and, I swear to Cod, if I had a car, I'd be all over that shit. Fiddle about.

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by Andrew Sacher

The Zombies on Fallon
The Zombies

The Zombies are currently on their 50th Anniversary tour with The Strawbs, who are playing acoustic shows on the tour. I saw the show at Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY this past Sunday (9/18).

The Strawbs started things off with their unique brand of progressive folk. Founding member and lead vocalist Dave Cousins was joined by other longtime members Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk who provided guitar, bass, samples, and harmony vocals to the trio's drum-less set. The whole set was pretty great but everything really came together on the 8-minute epic "Autumn."

After about a half hour break, The Zombies took the stage, kicking their set off with their cover of "Sticks and Stones," which appears on their 1965 debut LP. After a few more early cover tracks and a fair amount of material off their recently released Breathe Out, Breathe In, The Zombies went into a much anticipated segment of songs from Odessey and Oracle. They delivered some of the albums strongest cuts, including "Care of Cell 44," "Beechwood Park," "This Will Be Our Year," and of course "Time of the Season." Though only two of the original members remain in the band, the sunshine pop vocal harmonies that made me fall in love with Odessey and Oracle were spot on, as were Rod Argent's driving organ solos. After the Odessey and Oracle section had unfortunately ended, the band played more new stuff and an Argent song, before returning to a high point with standout singles, "Whenever You're Ready," "Tell Her No," and the early psychedelia of "She's Not There."

The Zombies and The Strawbs are continuing to tour North America and will hit NYC's City Winery on September 26 and 27. Tickets are still on sale for both shows.

Updated dates, with three videos of the Zombies performing on Jimmy Fallon last week (one from the TV show and two web exclusives), below...

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photos by Grant MacAllister

B.A.D. @ Lolla
Lollapalooza

Big Audio Dynamite brought their reunion back to North America this month. It included another visit to NYC in the form of a show at Brooklyn Bowl (on 8/3) and an appearance on Jimmy Fallon where they played two songs (one was a web exclusive). They since hit Lollapalooza (on Saturday). More pictures from Chicago, both Fallon videos and the entire Brooklyn Bowl setlist, below...

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words by Klaus Kinski, photos by Chris Gersbeck

Archers of Loaf @ Webster Hall
Archers of Loaf

Archers of Loaf were part of a very large and very complicated tapestry of stuff I was sort of half-listening to back in the early 90s when my musical tastes started to diverge from standard metal fare. My now-imprisoned-for-probably-ever friend Bob was sort of the king of compilation tapes and he'd hand stuff off to me containing tracks by PIL, The Sex Pistols, Peg Boy, Samhain, Big Drill Car, Descendents, Dead Kennedys... whatever happened to be floating his boat at that particular moment. Archers made an appearance on these comps from time to time, and I freaking loved them, but as Bob's hobbies in life became more violent and centered around drugs and self mutilation, our hang-time diminished and as a result the compilations tapes also stopped. A lot of the bands he introduced me to became part of my daily listening library and remain a large part of what I listen to today... yet, for some reason, Archers, like other bands at the time, never stuck. I'd listen to the tapes, make mental notes to get over to Newbury Comics and get their stuff, but because of a short attention span and laziness nothing ever materialized. All I have, and still have, regarding Archers are those damned compilation tapes.

When they finally split in 1998 I was too busy finishing up college to really give it a lot of thought and attention, but I do remember having a flash of regret at never seeing them live or taking the time to amass their discography. (For the record, this isn't the only band I liked but neglected) (but this is a post about Archers of Loaf so that's who I am focusing on) (you dig?) (whatever) When I heard they were reuniting and that the reunited band would have all original members (unlike Helmet), I was beside myself. And when they announced their June 25th show at Music Hall of Williamburg, my beside self was beside itself. Everything about their MHOW show was perfection. And honestly 3 days later the show is still sticking with me. Besides sounding absolutely incredible, the crowd could not have been more active participants in the show. It was the kind of show where the place went nuts after the first 2 notes of a song and sang along to the entire thing. There wasn't a pit or anything, but the crowd was pogo-ing, fist pumping, shoving, and reveling. NYCTaper has a more fan-relatable analysis:

With a setlist that focused heavily on earlier material from the albums Icky Mettle, Vee Vee and various EPs (much of which material can be found on the compilation The Speed of Cattle) and ignored almost completely the later records All the Nation's Airports and White Trash Heroes, the band offered plenty of red meat to their most hardcore fans. Even for a Saturday night crowd, this one was going absolutely insane for their hosts, leading chants of "Welcome back! Welcome back!" as they took the stage and singing, screaming and caterwauling through the entire set. The band were so impressed with the Brooklyn crowd that they came back for a second encore featuring the non-album track "Smokin' Pot in the Hot City" and closing with "Bacteria," which was interrupted twice by a hilarious fan dancing onstage. As the house lights went up, the members could still be found onstage, high-fiving and shaking hands with the fans down front, many of whom had sung every word by heart.
For those of you who couldn't be there, NYCTaper was kind enough to record the event (with permission). The quality is pretty good and you can hear the crowd enthusiasm throughout. I hate to say it, but this event may have eclipsed GBV at McCarren; a show I prematurely regarded as the event to beat this summer.

One night before the Brooklyn show, Archers played Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. One night after Music Hall (where Guy Piccioto of Fugazi was spotted behind the merch table and Craig Finn of the Hold Steady was seen in the crowd), the band played another sold out show at Webster Hall. Both were with the great Mr. Dream (or Dr Dream as Archers bassist Matt Gentling accidentally called them).

The Fallon video, both NYC show setlists and more pictures from Webster Hall, below...

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Thurston at MHOW in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Thurston Moore

Dinosaur Jr. brought their "Bug" tour to Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA last night (6/21). They were supported by Northampton resident Thurston Moore who played a "Demolished Thoughts"-heavy set before Henry Rollins took the stage for a live interview of the headliners (which was followed by a set of spoken word).

A friend and casual fan texted me during the Whole Children benefit show. He said, "Henry Rollins just interviewed dino jr for 30 minutes. People are starting to get antsy." That said, afterwards I got a "show was great." Hartford Courant reports:

[Dinosaur Jr.] dispelled the awkwardness when the musicians came out to play, charging through a pair of post-"Bug" songs including "The Wagon," a wistful melody cutting through a churning blend of bass, drums and singer J Mascis' super-heated guitar.

Next came "Bug," the last album the original lineup of the band released before Mascis kicked out bassist Lou Barlow, leading to years of enmity before Mascis, Barlow and drummer Murph regrouped in 2005.

It sounded on "Bug" as though someone remembered belatedly to turn on the house PA system: everything was suddenly louder and crisper, with overpowering blasts of guitar pushed to the brink of feedback on "Freak Scene," the booming crack of Murph's drums on "Yeah We Know" and guitar squall worthy of an army of screeching wildcats on "Let It Ride."

On "Don't," the last song on the original version of "Bug" (the 2005 reissue included an extra track the band didn't play), Barlow invited a fan to help shriek the lyrics in his place after the bassist blew out his voice doing the song Monday night in Maine. Not only did the fan look a little like Barlow, with a big mess of curly hair, he took to the part like a Method actor, howling into the microphone and eventually shedding his shirt as the band thrashed around behind him.

Dinosaur returned after a pause for two more songs, ending with its cover of the Cure's Just Like Heaven."

Dino's tour continues, but without Thurston. It hits NYC on Thursday (6/23) at Terminal 5 with Off!, Fucked Up (who have a new video), and another live interview by Henry Rollins. Tickets are still on sale.

Thurston doesn't appear on any of the other dates on the tour, but he does play a different type of show tonight (6/22) in NYC. The show is the first of four benefits at PS 122. He performs tonight, along with John Fleck, the TEAM, Temporary Distortion, Yoshiko Chuma, and many others. Other notable appearances include Reggie Watts (who plays Summerstage tonight) on Thursday (6/23) and Amanda Palmer (who plays Maxwell's tonight) and John Zorn on Saturday (6/25). Tickets are still available. Full PS122 Benefit lineup below.

Thurston also plays Fallon tonight (6/22) (Bon Iver played last night).

La Blogotheque recently filmed Thurston at his NYC apartment for the Take Away Shows. He played "Benediction," "Blood Never Lies" and "Circulation" off the new album and talked about getting his start in New York City, CBGB, and the like. To quote Matador, "These videos are essential viewing, complete with shots of Manhattan's streets, Thurston's reminiscences on his early days in the city and some insights into the record." Watch the videos below.

Thurston heads out on his tour with Kurt Vile soon. That tour doesn't hit NYC but Kurt is also on the bill for the Sonic Youth show at Williamsburg Waterfront with Wild Flag. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are still available. All tour dates below.

Meanwhile, Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon's daughter Coco Gorden Moore is currently fronting the Massachusetts punk band Big Nils. Their album Sibling is streaming on their bandcamp and is available for a $5 digital download. We recently heard from Coco when she performed in the band She Murders at the Kathleen Hanna tribute at Knitting Factory in December.

And as mentioned, Thurston's Sonic Youth-bandmate Steve Shelley plays this Friday (6/24) at Death By Audio with his band Spectre Folk. The bill also includes Sic Alps, Weekends, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

All Thurston dates, PS122 lineup and videos below...

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Jack White

A musical week continues on Colbert. Watch a web-exclusive performance from Florence & Machine along with the first of three Jack White segments, and the Bon Iver performance from Fallon, all on or related to TV last night (6/21), below...

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by BBG

Weird Roots

Would you call it Weird Roots? Madlib and Doom aligned in 2004 to form Madvillain. Their debut LP Madvillainy for Stones Throw included the song "Accordion". Now The Roots have banded together with Weird Al (!) to record a cover of "Accordion". Listen below.

Weird Al was on Fallon last night (hence the meeting up of the two artists), though the cover is not what was performed on air (it was performed during soundcheck). Listen to the cover (which Questlove posted online), and watch the Roots and Al perform "Beer Barrell Polka" (a Fallon web exclusive), below. No word on if "Weird Roots" will release any more material, but you can hear a new-er Madvillain song from their forthcoming LP in a Stones Throw podcast.

As previously discussed, The Roots are in the midst of a series of Blue Note Jazz Fest shows at the Blue Note. Tonight (6/21), Questlove presents the second night of Mo' Meta Blues I, his supergroup consisting of Booker T on organ/keyboards/vocals, Eric Krasno on guitar, and Christian McBridge on bass. Tomorrow (6/22) is Mo' Meta Blues II, The Roots tribute to the 25th anniversary of the seminal Paid in Full LP. Rakim will join the crew at the venue as the band performs the album in its entirety. All four remaining shows are sold-out (early and late each night), but 21-plus'ers can still get in at the bar on a first come, first served basis.

The Roots will also perform at the launch of "Rebuild the Dream" at Town Hall in NYC on Thursday (6/23) "Van Jones calls this new wave of energy the "American Dream Movement". Along with The Roots, artists/DJ Shepard Fairey and other celebrities will be appearing at the campaign commencement." We're unsure of how you can get yourself in this show, but you can watch it online and learn more at their website.

Doom is (supposedly) scheduled to appear at Rock The Bells 2011.

Check out both versions of "Accordion" below.

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photos by Tim Griffin

Givers @ Antone's
Givers

Givers made their television debut last night (6/14) with an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The band performed "Up, Up, Up" from their new LP In Light which was released June 7th on Glassnote. Check out their TV performance below.

Givers are currently on tour and play Bowery Ballroom on June 16th with Pepper Rabbit and Caddywhompus, both of whom were added as openers on multiple dates of the tour. Tickets to the NYC show are still available. Updated dates are below.

The same tour recently brought them to Bonnaroo and Sasquatch and to Austin on June 8th when they played Antone's with Family of The Year and Caddywhompus. Pictures from the Texas show are in this post (though none of Caddywhompus). More of them, the Fallon video and dates, below...

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photos by Andrew Youssef

DOWNLOAD Archers of Loaf - "What Did You Expect" (MP3)

Archers of Loaf @ the Troubadour
The Arches of Loaf

The Archers of Loaf reunion continues and keeps getting bigger. Not long after they played Sasquatch, it was announced that the Eric Bachmann-led band will appear at MusicFestNW in September. Since then even more dates were announced in Seattle, Atlanta, and North Carolina, AND you can catch them on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on June 24. Updated dates are listed below.

Archers just played two nights at the Troubadour in LA over the weekend with The Globes (who also played Sasquatch). We've got pictures from the June 4th show in this post. Christopher Gordon went on 6/3...

"they opened with 'step into the light', and it kind of went from there. the bass player was having more fun than anyone, it was great. i was surprised how tight they were. they sounded fucking perfect. 'harnessed in slums' was a highlight for me. i really liked 'dead red eyes' where bachman played the keyboard. we were definitely the youngest two people in the crowd. it was strange. everyone was 35 - 40 years old and still cooler than me. they all had i-phones and such it was strange. a lot of them looked like they raided rivers cuomo's closet. i would have liked everyone to be 17 - 22 years old crowd surfing and such, but what can you do. they played two encores it was the coolest. an hour and a half set. it'll be hard for another show to beat that for me. definitely the best thing i've seen all year."
More of the 6/4 pictures below. A KEXP in-studio session can be listened to HERE.

The band will hit Austin, TX this weekend and then make it over to NYC for the previously announced Music Hall of Williamsburg (6/25) and Webster Hall (6/26) shows. The MHOW show is sold out but tickets are still on sale for the one at Webster Hall. Mr. Dream open both NYC shows.

Eric's solo project Crooked Fingers also recently announced a few new shows, including Maxwell's on June 30 (four days after the Webster Hall show) with Laura Stevenson and The Cans. Tickets for the NJ show are on sale. All dates are listed below.

Crooked Fingers' new album, Breaks in the Armor, will be released in October. Merge will start re-issuing Archers of Loaf albums even sooner...

"Merge Records will reissue all four Archers of Loaf studio albums, starting with their acclaimed 1993 debut album Icky Mettle on August 2.

Re-mastered by Bob Weston and featuring new liner notes by Robert Christgau, Icky Mettle will come with bonus material including the entire Archers of Loaf vs. The Greatest of All Time EP as well as singles and b-sides from the Icky Mettle era. It will be available in stores beginning August 2 on CD, limited-edition blue vinyl and digital download. Reissues of Vee Vee, All the Nation's Airports and White Trash Heroes will follow next year"

Download "What Did You Expect" from an out-of-print Merge 7-inch included on the Icky Mettle reissue, above.

Laura Stevenson and the Cans also open for Nick 13 of Tiger Army at Bowery Ballroom on June 24 Tickets are on sale.

More LA pictures and all tour dates below...

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Rufus Wainwright @ Prospect Park (more by David Andrako)
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Despite the addition of Rufus Wainwright to the bill, and stellar past shows, tickets are amazingly still on sale for Doveman's show at LPR tonight (5/26). The Goastt, aka Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, were recently added to the show too. There's always surprise guests (like Justin Bond) and an all-star backing band too.

Rufus was also just added to another show too, one that also still has tickets on sale, and one that now boasts an extremely impressive lineup of gay icons. Rufus Wainwright, Justin Bond AND Liza Minelli (!) were all added as special guests to the Sandra Bernhard show happening June 8 at Town Hall. The date will be the world premiere of Sandra's new show "I LOVE BEING ME, DON'T YOU?" The poster confirming this info is below.

Speaking of Rufus (and Justin) at Town Hall, he and Martha just played the venue two nights in a row in honor of their mother with Justin Bond, Norah Jones, Antony Hegarty, Emmylou Harris, Teddy Thompson, Jimmy Fallon, and others. Rolling Stone was there the first night:

Although the three-hour concert was billed as "A Celebration of Kate McGarrigle," the prevailing mood was naturally somber. McGarrigle wrote and sang heartrendingly personal songs throughout most of her life; hearing them now that she's gone was emotional, to say the least. Performers and audience members alike could be seen tearing up during highlights like "I Eat Dinner (When The Hunger's Gone)" (a sweet duet between Harris and Thompson), "Go Leave" (a deeply felt rendition by Hegarty), "(Talk to Me Of) Mendocino" (sung by both Wainwright siblings with Jones), "Tell My Sister" (a wonderfully torchy performance by Martha Wainwright) and most of all "Proserpina" - the last song Kate McGarrigle wrote before her death, a sad, lovely, honest tune that brought nearly everyone back on stage to close the night's first set.
Rufus has his own show coming up, a free one where he'll be performing excerpts of his opera, in NYC in June. All tour dates below...

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Justin Vernon

As promised, after a rare musical guest interview, Justin Vernon played a medley and cover (of covers?) on Late Nite With Jimmy Fallon last night. Accompanied by his best friend Phil Cook of Megafaun on piano, Justin didn't sing any news Bon Iver songs. He sang Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me," mixed with some "Nick of Time" and along with an intro of Donny Hathaway song "A Song For You" (which was written by Leon Russell). Check out both videos below...

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Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes appeared on Fallon on Friday (5/20) playing "Sim Sala Bim" off their incredible new album Helplessness Blues. Watch it below. They'll finish up their tour at the end of this month overseas in Europe.

As mentioned, Bon Iver plays the late night show tonight (5/23) in support of his long awaited sophomore album Bon Iver (out 6/21 via Jagjaguwar). The album, though crafted in a much different manner from the raw loneliness of For Emma, Forever Ago, is easily as compelling. While not abandoning the folksy quality of the debut, Bon Iver adds art pop sensibilities that are, at times, not too unlike the Bon Iver-covering Peter Gabriel. Read all the new lyrics at BonIver.org.

What will Justin play on Fallon tonight? Well, according to a tweet it will be a cover (or covers), and some "good old fashioned 'medley'" with Phil Cook of Megafaun. Questlove adds that he "got Bon Iver/Justin realrealreal good for his walkon song on [Late Night] tonight #musicactsgettingcouchtime!!!!" I think that means Justin is being interviewed too. Stay tuned.

Like Fleet Foxes just did, Bon Iver plays United Palace Theater on August 9. Tickets are now sold out for that and his Prospect Park show. All dates HERE.

Fleet Foxes Fallon video below...

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photos by Winnie Cheung

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
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Appearing as a five-piece following the addition of guitarist Christoph Hocheim, The Pains' live performance largely eschewed excessive bombast and theatrics in favor of sharply-written and arranged shoegaze-inspired songs awash with passion and an understated intensity. The band's romantic, major chord-driven melancholic pop retained the low-key yet dramatic sensibilities of their recent records, with singer Kip Berman's gentle, whispered vocals proving the perfect counterpoint to dense, fuzz drenched guitars and synthesizer hooks.

The band's 13-song set was almost evenly divided between their first and second albums, as early singles "Teenager in Love" and "Come Saturday" brimmed with an indelible youthful energy. But The Pains were especially engaged and confident on songs from their recently-released album Belong. The synth-driven dream pop of "The Body," the Ride-influenced "Heaven's Gonna Happen Now" and the album's dynamic title track easily stood as highlights of the evening and demonstrated a marked evolution in the group's skills as composers and performers. -[kevchino]
The review comes from the Pains of Being Pure at Heart/Twin Shadow tour stop at Daniel Street in Milford, CT on May 2nd, four days before the tour ended in NYC at Webster Hall (on May 6th). Pictures from Webster Hall, opener Big Troubles included, are in this post.

The Webster show was one day after Twin Shadow played an NYU show at LPR with the Thermals which was the same night Twin Shadow appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform "Castles in the Snow," and web-exclusive "I Can't Wait." Both videos are below.

Twin Shadow and Pains will cross paths again at the Osheaga Festival in Montreal at the end of July. All upcoming tour dates for both bands, and more pictures and those videos, below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

"Wire (yes, Wire ... the band) absolutely killed it
at the Williamsburg Hall of Music this eve." - J Simon

Wire @ MHOW
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Wire arrived in NYC yesterday, and their busy day included taping an episode of Fallon that aired last night and then headlining Music Hall of Williamsburg after a set by their tour-opener Weekend. Both bands play NYC shows again tonight (4/6), though at different venues.

Madensuyu open for Wire tonight at Bowery Ballroom instead of Weekend (sold out). If you miss the Belgian openers, Madensuyu also play Pianos tomorrow (4/7), and Kenny's Castaways the night after that.

A set of pictures from Music Hall, setlist included, and the two videos from Fallon (in case you missed them), below...

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Here are some pictures I took of LCD Soundsystem at Bowery Ballroom in 2005...

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LCD Soundsystem play their final show at Madision Square Garden tonight...

today in NYC
* Ken Filiano @ The Stone
* Gabrielle Coen @ The Stone
* Nellie McKay @ Feinstein's
* Graham Parker @ City Winery
* Toubab Krewe, Lynx @ Maxwell's
* Misstallica, Body Talk @ Union Hall
* First Saturday @ Brooklyn Museum
* Cut Copy, Holy Ghost! @ Terminal 5
* Oneida Japan Benefit @ The Ocropolis
* Peter Murphy, Livan @ Highline Ballroom
* Starfucker, Casiokids @ Bowery Ballroom
* Exitmusic, Zaza, Ancient Sky @ Union Pool
* Prisoners of 2nd Avenue @ Bowery Electric
* The Stepkids, Emil & Friends @ Littlefield
* Amos Lee, The Secret Sisters @ Irving Plaza
* Gold Panda, Bikini, Dam Mantle @ Glasslands
* Assembly Of Dust, Moonalice @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Pierre De Gaillande's Bad Reputation @ Zebulon
* WU LYF, Total Slacker, Wise Blood @ Shea Stadium
* Meta & the Cornerstones, City Billies @ 92YTribeca
* Obits, Sundelles, Tijuana Panthers @ The Bell House
* LCD Soundsystem, Liquid Liquid @ Madison Square Garden
* Big Troubles, Lame Drivers, Harpoon Forever @ Cake Shop
* Boat, MiniBoone, Landlady, Creeping Weeds @ The Rock Shop
* Forgetters, Little Victory, Ruffian Arms @ Public Assembly
* Black Breath, Ken Mode, Clean Teeth @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Eddie Spaghetti of The Supersuckers, Uncle Leon & The Alibis @ Europa
* Project Jenny, Project Jan, Indian Rebound, Poor But Sexy @ 285 Kent Ave
* Daedelus, Samiyam, Shlohmo, Cubic Zirconia @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Horns of Happiness, Conversion Party, Bells, Gordon Withers @ Bruar Falls
* JEFF the Brotherhood, Heavy Cream, Hell Beach, Xray Eyeballs, Colleen Green @ Death By Audio
* Food Stamps, Goferboy, Hellacopter City, The Sweet Lowdown, Charlie & The Sheens @ Silent Barn
* Thomas Giles (Between The Buried And Me), Stephen Brodsky (Cave In), Braveyoung @ Santos Party House
* Luke Wesley, Casey Shea Band, Black Bunny, Great Elk, Rachel Brown, Niall Connolly @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Gunter Muller, Taylor Deupree, Norbert Moslang, Lizzi Bougatsos (Gang Gang Dance), Jason Kahn, Richard Kamerman (Unsound Festival) @ Issue Project Room

After their last Cake Shop party got shut down, QxBxRx have moved the party to Public Assembly where Forgetters will again try to play a set.

If you aren't going to be at LCD Soundsystem's final show at Madison Square Garden tonight, you can always watch it live online.

Rebecca Black did not actually get signed to Universal, but she is apparently hosting some aspect of the Kid's Choice Awards today and Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and surprise guests did cover "Friday" on Late Night last night. Watch that below...

What else?

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The Strokes (fan) @ SXSW (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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"The Strokes' guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. has opened up about the drug rehab treatment he received while the band recorded their new album 'Angles'. Hammond Jr didn't name the specific type of drug he was being treated for, but called his ordeal "hardcore"..."I wasn't on any chemicals," he said. "It was hard - you have two good years of post-acute withdrawal. I was nervous and couldn't remember things. It's like having a stroke, no pun intended. You always do the crazy rock star thing, of course, but I'd rather be left with music from someone I admire than their funny stories of all the fucked-up shit they did." [NME]
Angles is out now. It debuted at number 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart ("sold over 88,000 copies in its first week") (same chart the Decemberists got #1 on).

Devendra Banhart & The Grogs were added at some point as an opener for the sold out Strokes show at Madison Square Garden happening this Friday night, April 1st (one night before LCD Soundsystem play the same venue).

Devendra is also featured in a new documentary called The Family Jams which documents his 2004 US tour with Joanna Newsom (who James Blake said he would not want to produce for) and Vetiver (In 2005 Devendra was quoted as saying that he preferred the term "The Family" to "freak folk"). The film will be screening at reRun in Brooklyn from April 8 through April 14. The film was directed by Brooklyn-based filmmaker and musician Kevin Barker, who has also performed with Devendra, Joanna, and Vetiver, among others. The film also features appearances and performances by Antony and the Johnsons, Espers, Meg Baird, The Pleased, and Linda Perhacs. Watch the trailer below.

The Strokes, who recently performed on SNL and Letterman, are continuing their late night television trend tonight on Jimmy Fallon (3/30).

UPDATE: Fallon video also below,,,

Watch a video from the Letterman performance below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Richard Ashcroft

For United, Richard Ashcroft recruited hip-hop producer No I.D., best known for Jay-Richard Ashcroft singles like "D.O.A." and "Run This Town." At its best, it kind of sounds like Big Audio Dynamite, and mixes up Jigga-worthy beats, noisy guitars, and cinematic strings courtesy of Barry White arranger Benjamin Wright.

That hip-hop ethos came through in New York, as Ashcroft -- wearing a hip-hop-appropriate puffed out, multi-pocketed jacket and backed by a crack outfit dubbed the United Nation of Sound -- uncorked the thick, rattling rhythms of new songs like "Are You Ready" and "Born Again" with excitement. Sometimes too much so, actually, as there were many instances of him making awkward b-boy hand gestures (aggressively pointing to the crowd, pointing to his eye, and then pointing up wards) while performing. -[Spin]

Richard Ashcroft played a sold-out Bowery Ballroom last night (3/23) with The Postelles, a day after he performed his new single "Are You Ready?" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. In addition, the former Verve frontman recently made a stop at RXP for an in-studio performance.

Ashcroft's new LP, United Nations of Sound is out now and currently streaming in full.

More pictures from Bowery (including the setlist) and video from Fallon & RXP, below...

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Lykke Li at Le Poisson Rouge (more by kolored)
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Lykke Li has already sold-out May 17th & 18th at Webster Hall, but the Swedish chanteuse will be back in NYC before the end of the summer. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday (3/16) at noon and regular sale on Friday for Lykke Li at Central Park SummerStage on August 1.

Lykke Li's new LP Wounded Rhymes is out now. Check out videos of "Get Some" from the LP performed live on Jimmy Fallon on 3/3 and Conan on 3/10 below, with all tour dates, below...

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