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Kings of Leon

After cancelling a bunch of dates, including Jones Beach, Kings of Leon have cancelled even more including tonight's show in NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center. They still do plan to play Made In America in Philly over the weekend though. Read their latest message in full, below...

Continue reading "Kings of Leon cancel more dates, including NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center tonight, but plan to play Made In America"

Kings of Leon at ACL Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Kings of Leon

Bad news from Kings of Leon...

Due to an injury that Nathan Followill sustained over the weekend in a tour bus accident, Kings of Leon will unfortunately have to cancel all shows over the next two weeks. Nathan is on strict doctor's orders to rest before the band can pick back up on the Mechanical Bull Tour.

Dr. Faiz Bhora, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai Roosevelt says, "The process is now to rest in order for healing to take place. To avoid complications and to make a full recovery, a break from performing to August 28th is necessary."

The band will return to the road on August 28th to take the stage at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ.

The affected dates include this Wednesday's (8/13) Jones Beach show (the second time they've cancelled a Jones Beach show) and most other August stops, though as mentioned above, they'll be back for their NYC-area show at NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center (for now anyway). Their Fallon performance, scheduled to air tonight, is still on though. Questlove will be filling in on drums. Refunds for the cancelled shows will be available at point of purchase.

Made In America

As previously mentioned, Jay Z is throwing his Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philly and LA this year, simultaneously on August 30-31. The lineup for Philly has just been announced and includes Kanye West and Kings of Leon as headliners, plus The National, Pharrell, J. Cole, Girl Talk, Spoon, Chromeo, Grimes, De La Soul, Baauer, Danny Brown, YG, Holy Ghost and more. Full lineup below.

UPDATE: The LA lineup was also announced and it includes headliners Imagine Dragons and John Mayer plus Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, Metric, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill, Schoolboy Q, YG, Dr. Dog, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, SZA and more. Full lineup below.

2-day passes for both fests are on sale now.

Lineups below...

Continue reading "Made In America 2014 Philly & LA lineups (Kanye, De La Soul, The National, Grimes, Pharrell, Kendrick, Weezer, more)"

seal

RSVP for the FREE Thee Oh Sees Northside Fest show in McCarren Park opens today at noon.

Tickets for the American Football reunion show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon. Don't buy them on StubHub!

Tickets for the Mineral reunion shows with Into It. Over It. at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Kings of Leon and Young the Giant are playing Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on August 13 and PNC Bank Arts Center on August 28. Tickets for those shows go on sale today at 10 AM.

If you didn't get presale tickets to the Echo and the Bunnymen shows at Irving Plaza, you can get tickets go on sale to the general public today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, Riche Homie Quan, Sage the Gemini, IAMSU! and DJ Drama shows at Jones Beach and PNC Bank Arts Center go on sale today at 10 AM. Despite what was listed on Live Nation, they actually go on sale at 4:20 PM.

Tickets for the Presidents of the United States of America show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Bryan Ferry show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the third Crosby, Stills & Nash show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Dead Kennedys (without Jello Biafra) at Irving Plaza go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Jello Biafra with his band The Guantanamo School of Medicine and Negative Approach at Highline Ballroom are on sale now.

Tickets to see Gene Ween's band FREEMAN at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Vince Clarke and Daniel Miller DJ sets at MHOW go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Frontier Ruckus at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see People Get Ready at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Wreckless Eric at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Lolla

Lollapalooza 2014, which goes down from August 1-3 in Chicago, announced its 2014 lineup. Artists include Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monekys, Skrilex, Broken Bells and tons more. 3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2014 lineup (Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Broken Bells & more)"

Janelle Monae at The Apollo in 2013 (more by Luis Ruiz)
Janelle Monae

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses, and The Roots are already among the artists playing Super Bowl weekend concerts, and since we last spoke, even more were announced.

VH1 is presenting the Super Bowl Blitz Concert Series which features J. Cole at Queens College on 1/27 followed by Janelle Monae at Lehman College on 1/28, and then TLC at Beacon Theatre on 1/30, in addition to concerts by Fall Out Boy, Goo Goo Dolls, and Gavin DeGraw. Tickets for the J. Cole show go on sale today (1/10) at noon. Ticket info for the Janelle Monae and TLC shows TBA, so stay tuned. Full schedule for the concert series below.

The J. Cole show happens one day before his previously announced tour hits the Theatre at MSG (1/28), which now appears sold out.

There's also another Super Bowl concert presented by Time Warner Cable Studios happening at the Highline Stages from January 27 to February 1. Those include Fox Sports 1's Thursday Night Super Bash with Kings of Leon on 1/30 and one hosted by Diddy's Revolt TV on 2/1 with Drake and Diddy. Head here for more information and a chance to gain entry to these shows.

After that show, Kings of Leon bring their tour with Gary Clark Jr. to MSG on 2/14 (tickets).

VH1 concert series schedule below...

Continue reading "Janelle Monae, TLC, J. Cole, Drake, Kings of Leon & more playing Super Bowl weekend concerts in NYC"

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...

Continue reading "Haim played 'SNL' (video); December hosts and musical guests include Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake"

photos by Ryan Muir

Gary Clark Jr. @ Terminal 5 - 11/16/13
Gary Clark Jr

Classic-style blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. continues to move up in the world, having just brought his tour to NYC for sold-out shows at the legendary Apollo Theater last Thursday (11/14) and the big Terminal 5 on Saturday (11/16). At the T5 show, in addition to playing almost all of his his 2012 LP, Blak and Blu, he also covered a few of the legendary bluesmen who inspired him, including BB King, Albert Collins, Albert King, Robert Petway, and Leroy Carr. Pictures of that show, including openers Max Frost and Wild Feathers, are in this post.

There's a few dates left on Gary's current tour, and in 2014 he'll return to the road to support another band who likes blues, Kings of Leon. As discussed, KoL's tour hits NYC on February 14 at MSG.Tickets for that show are still available (but "not many left").

Updated dates are listed, along with more pics, a video and the setlist from T5, below...

Continue reading "Gary Clark Jr. played the Apollo & Terminal 5, touring w/ Kings of Leon (pics, video & setlist from T5 & dates)"

Alex Turner doing an ELVIS IMPERSONATION??? (more by Tim Griffin)
Alex Turner

LA radio station KROQ is doing its annual Almost Acoustic Christmas from December 7-8 at LA's Shrine Auditorium. The lineup for day 1 was just announced, and it includes Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Foals and more. Tickets for day 1 go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon. Full day 1 lineup below.

In related news, Arctic Monkeys, Foals and Vampire Weekend were all among the winners at the 2013 Q Awards. Arctic Monkeys won 'Best Track' for "Do I Wanna Know?" and Foals and Vampire Weekend won for 'Best Live Act' and 'Best Act In The World Today,' respectively.

There was some drama at the ceremony though, as it certainly sounded like Foals took a stab at Arctic Monkeys (via NME). Upon receiving their award, Foals' Yannis Phillippakis said, ""It shows you don't need a backing track, you don't need affectation, you don't need Elvis Presley impersonations." As NME points out, it seems pretty obvious that he was talking about Alex Turner with the Elvis impersonations bit.

Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, and Foals have all played NYC this year. Queens of the Stone Age are about to, when their tour hits Barclays Center (12/14) with The Kills (tickets).

Meanwhile, Vampire Weekend just had to cancel some European dates.

Full KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas day 1 lineup below...

Continue reading "Foals mocked Arctic Monkeys at Q Awards?; both playing KROQ Christmas w/ Vampire Weekend, QOTSA & more"

Kings of Leon @ ACL 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
LoL

Southern-fried garage-rockers-turned-arena-stars Kings of Leon released their new album, Mechanical Bull, back in September. Last night (10/24) the band stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live and played two songs off the record -- "Supersoaker" and "Temple" -- and you can watch that below.

The Followill brothers will be touring Mechanical Bull in early 2014, hitting NYC at Madison Square Garden on February 14. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, November 1. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Kings of Leon announce 2014 tour dates (MSG included)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

The Cure / Kendrick Lamar / Passion Pit
ACL Music Festival 2013 - Day 2 - 10/5/2013
ACL Music Festival 2013 - Day 2 - 10/5/2013
ACL Music Festival 2013 - Day 2 - 10/5/2013

Opening with a sluggish "Plainsong," the band - led, as always, by founder Robert Smith - scanned tentative, with a chunky and worn-looking Smith seeming particularly unhappy. Yet the Cure founder emoted the follow-up "Pictures of You," and by the time the band hit "Lullaby," the entire group was more animated. Momentum established, the Cure could do no wrong.

Loosely dividing the concert into thirds, the band spent the first part on hits both massive and missed, from the jangly "High" and moody "Lovesong" to the funky "The Walk" and brooding "Fascination Street." A buoyant "Just Like Heaven" indicated the band isn't burned out on its biggest hit yet. [Austin Chronicle]

Austin's 2013 ACL Festival kicked off on Friday (10/4), its first day of two consecutive weekends, and continued on Saturday (10/5). Day 2 gave us sets from The Cure, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, Passion Pit, Haim and more. Pictures from the second day of the fest are in this post, and there's another set at BV Austin.

The festival's first weekend wraps up today (10/6) with sets from Atoms for Peace, The National, Phoenix, and more. Then it all happens again next week (10/11-10/13). If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage, check out pics of day 1 here and more here.

Update: Day 3 pics are up now.

More day 2 pics below...

Continue reading "ACL Fest weekend 1 day 2 in pics (The Cure, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, Passion Pit, Haim & more)"

Stevie Wonder

A year after names like Neil Young, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, and others took to Central Park, Global Festival (not to be confused with the Global Fest which hit Webster Hall last year) is back, this time rechristening itself Global Citizen Fest.

The free, ticketed festival will go down on the great lawn at Central Park on September 28, and featurea the incomparable Stevie Wonder along with Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer. The show will be held in coordination with the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, the goal being to "to give world leaders a clear mandate to end extreme poverty by 2030." Be selfish and selfless in one fell swoop by earning points toward a free ticket by signing up for the movement and taking action against poverty. Details are on the Global Citizen website.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Fucked Up / Guns N Roses / Azealia Banks
Governors Ball
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

We just posted pictures of day 2 (6/8) of NYC festival Governors Ball, which went down on Randall's Island this weekend, and here's more in this post. This time, we've got shots of Guns N' Roses, Animal Collective (who rival Kanye West for best light show of the festival), Cut Copy, Fucked Up and more.

Fucked Up's set was one of the craziest at the festival. Damien performed in the crowd and on the barrier as usual, but due to Friday's weather, this was by far the messiest I've ever seen it get. He was covered in mud, sweat, and beer by song 2 and so was a huge chunk of the crowd, who didn't let the swampy ground stop them from breaking out into a mosh pit. The set included the usual live favorites, "Son The Father," "Turn The Season, "I Hate Summer," etc, a rant about marijuana, and a tons of comments about how grateful they were for their fans. One of the best Fucked Up shows I've seen yet.

Cut Copy debuted a new song, "Explorers," earlier this week on tour (via Consequence of Sound). You can watch a video of that below.

Pictures of day 1 are HERE and HERE. More day 2 pictures are HERE. Videos and setlist of Kanye's day 3 set are HERE, and still more coverage is on the way. Even more pictures of day 2 below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball day 2 in pics (part 2): Guns N' Roses, Animal Collective, Cut Copy, Fucked Up & more"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Fiest in the rain / casualty of storm / making the best of it @ Governors Ball on Friday

Casualty
Governor's Ball

Yesterday's unrelenting rain made for a cold, soggy start to Governors Ball. Feist gave up after one song, saying "I think they think we're going to get electrocuted." Festival organizers then pulled the plug on the night:

Due to the high winds and unsafe stage conditions, Governors Ball has been suspended Friday night. The Current wind speeds have made it a safety issue to operate the stages. While Governors Ball and the acts would like for nothing more than the show to go on, the safety of our patrons, performers, and staff must always come first. Governors Ball will continue as scheduled Saturday morning. We anticipate gates to open on schedule. We are looking forward to great music and good times for the rest of the weekend.
Good news for fans of Friday night headliners King of Leon, the band will play the main stage today at 6:45 PM. Obviously this will affect some of the other band's set times and you can see the revised schedule for details.The weather's a whole lot nicer today, but those mudpits probably won't be going anywhere. Look for a full recap and pictures of waterlogged Friday soon.

UPDATE: Pictures of Friday are posted HERE and HERE.

In other news, Kings of Leon just announced their new album, Mechanical Bull, will be out September 24.

Grizzly Bear in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
Grizzly Bear

As we realized/mentioned today in our Cut Copy post and our Feist post, single day tickets for Governors Ball are back on sale.

The festival goes down on Randall's Island this weekend (6/7-9). We also just made a Spotify playlist of many of the artists we're excited to see this weekend. Listen to that below or on Spotify. Full Governors Ball schedule is also below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball single day tickets back on sale; we made a Spotify playlist"

Kanye West in Sweden in 2011 (more)
Kanye West

NYC festival Governors Ball is totally sold out of regular tickets, but if you weren't able to get yours and still want to go, there are still a few options. From now until Monday (5/27) at 11:59 PM, you can enter the Governors Ball Ticket Lottery. Entering the lottery gives you a chance to be selected to purchase either a 3-day pass or a single day ticket. More details on how the lottery works below.

DoNYC is also giving away VIP passes and tickets to every after party, so you can also head to their site to enter that contest too.

Ticket lottery details and festival set times below...

Continue reading "sold-out Governors Ball offers last chance on tickets via lottery"

Deerhunter at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Deerhunter

Governors Ball is less than a month away, and the fest has now released the daily schedule. They've done a pretty good job with not too many giant conflicts -- though there's a few like Grizzly Bear vs Beirut, Bloc Party vs The xx, Erykah Badu vs Beach House, and Nas vs Guns N Roses. Check out the daily line-ups across their four stages below.

Continue reading "Governors Ball announces set times"

acl lineup

The 2013 ACL Festival happens in Austin, TX on two consecutive weekends: October 4 - 6 and October 11 - 13. Weekend passes are on sale now and the full line-up is below...

Continue reading "2013 ACL Music Fest lineup announced (Depeche Mode, The Cure, Atoms for Peace, The National, Vampire Weekend + more)"

Governor's Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Governor's Ball

As mentioned, single day tickets to Governor's Ball went on sale today and with that, comes their day-by-day lineups, featuring headliners Kings of Leon (6/7), Guns N Roses (6/8) and Kanye West (6/9). Complete daily line-ups are below.

Continue reading "Governors Ball announces artists by day (tickets on sale)"

Governors Ball

Governors Ball, which started as a small NYC festival on Governors Island and moved to the larger Randall's Island last year, keeps getting bigger and bigger. This year's fest takes place June 7th, 8th & 9th, and tickets go on sale Friday. Check out the full lineup, in list, video and flyer format - one unannounced headliner included, below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2013 lineup (Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Grizzly Bear, xx, Cut Copy, Kendrick, Anco, Beach House & MUCH MORE)"

Band of Horses in Toronto in 2010 (more)
Band of Horses

As you may have heard, Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon walked off stage at their show in Dallas, TX on Friday (7/29) after saying he was going to go backstage, vomit, and return for three more songs.

"While KoL's fans stood in the dead heat, precious Caleb was carried off to his all-white dressing room where slaves hand fed him Evian ice cubes and fanned him with swan feathers while spritzing his face with 60º Perrier from a crystal bottle." [Dlisted]
Caleb never returned and Jared Followill then told the crowd, "I don't know what to say. It's not our fault. It's Caleb. He can't play." Jared then tweeted, "Dallas, I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am. There are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed. No words." Jared again tweeted, admitting, "I love our fans so much. I know you guys aren't stupid. I can't lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade." The band continued to cancel their next two shows, both Saturday (7/30) and Sunday (7/31). Since canceling those dates, the band have gone on to cancel the rest of their entire tour, which was with Band of Horses.

A message on KoL's website reads:

We are so sorry to say Kings of Leon are canceling their entire US tour due to Caleb Followill suffering from vocal issues and exhaustion. The band is devastated, but in order to give their fans the shows they deserve, they need to take this break. Unfortunately, the US dates cannot be rescheduled due to the band's international tour schedule. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. Tickets purchased online or via phones will be automatically refunded. The band will resume touring in Canada at the Rogers Center in Vancouver, BC, on September 28th. That show was originally schedule for September 14th.
The cancelled shows include Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on August 10 and PNC Bank Arts Center on August 17. According to Ticketmaster/Livenation, any tickets purchased by Ticketmaster Charge-By-Phone or Ticketmaster.com will be automatically credited back to the card used to order them. All tickets purchased at the box office or a Ticketmaster Ticket Center must be returned to the point of purchase to receive a refund.

Nathan Followill confirmed it's just a break and not a breakup, when he tweeted "Bummed about the tour not happening. So sorry 4 all the fans. We just need some rest. Thanks 4 understanding. WE ARE NOT BREAKING UP!" Despite the fact that the band reports the tour was cancelled so Caleb could rest his voice, US Weekly reports that a source tells them his bandmates are urging him to go to rehab. The source says Caleb "drinks like a fish."

Fortunately, Band of Horses are working on scheduling some club dates to make up for the cancelled tour. They wrote on their facebook:

Hey there Friends Of BoH! First off, we're sorry for the lag on updating everyone. We're thrilled by all the support you're showing us, and have been working behind the scenes to do everything we can to come see you. Unfortunately, we won't be able to hit up all of the places we'd planned on visiting with Kings of Leon. BUT!!! We're happy to announce that we're going to play SOME SHOWS!!!
We're playing FT. LAUDERDALE AND CHARLOTTE THIS WEEK! Details are below. We're working on adding more, and will have another update very soon.
We would like to thank Kings Of Leon for the opportunity to play the shows we did, and wish them all the best.
p.s. We're hoping to provide a special treat to the fans coming out to these new dates. Stay tuned and thank you!
Love, BoH
The new dates include a show at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 10 (which is at least way better than Jones Beach). Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/5) at noon.

BoH also wants you to help them pick their setlists for the new shows. Because they had planned on playing shorter sets of their more popular songs on the Kings of Leon tour, they now have time to play some of their lesser known cuts. Check out the list of songs to choose from and more details on how to submit your choices at their facebook.

Video of Caleb speaking throughout the Dallas show and ending with Jared's apology, and Band of Horses dates below...

Continue reading "Kings of Leon cancel tour, Band of Horses book club dates"

Tribeca Film

As that little banner I grabbed off their site says, tickets go on AmEx presale today (4/12) for Tribeca Film Festival movies. To be more exact, starting at 11am, "Single Tickets on sale exclusively for American Express® Cardmembers (Online, Phone, and Ticket Outlets)." Tickets then go on sale to "downtown residents" starting at the same time on Sunday. General public can grab tickets starting Monday, April 18th.

Music-related films this year include Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, Mama Africa (about Miriam Makeba), The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, Crash&Burn, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, Sing Your Song (about Harry Belafonte who will also be on hand for a conversation moderated by "noted broadcaster" Tavis Smiley), The Swell Season (a documentary about Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova and their film Once), The Union (about Elton John & Leon Russell), When the Drum is Beating (about Haiti's 20-member band Septentrional), Roadie (about a roadie for Blue Oyster Cult), and Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon.

Elton John

Elton John will also be performing live on opening night, April 20th...

"The first big piece of news about the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival has broken, and it's a doozy. To open the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express®, we've assembled some serious talent: award-winning director Cameron Crowe, seminal rock keyboardist Leon Russell, and Elton John, with the latter performing live on April 20!

What do these three men have in common? Well, in 2009, Elton John teamed up with his longtime idol Russell to make an album called The Union, produced by the legendary T-Bone Burnett. Director Crowe--himself an avid music fan, having explored the musician's life in such classics as Almost Famous and Singles--decided to film their collaborative process, from writing through recording. The result is a documentary of the same name, the world premiere of which will be shown as the opening night film on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.

"As a longtime fan of both artists, it was a pleasure to spend a year filming their collaboration," said Cameron Crowe. "We can't wait to show it to one of the greatest audiences in the world, the Tribeca Film Festival."

What's more, with this year being the 10th edition of the Festival, opening night will be a free, outdoor screening--as a sincere thank-you to the New York City community for its ongoing support. After the film screens at the North Cove at the World Financial Plaza, the legendary Elton John will perform live for the audience. How cool is that?...

....Details will follow about how YOU can join us on opening night. We can't wait to share The Union with you!" [Tribeca Film Fest]

According to comments on the fest's blog, they're working out a wristband distribution system for the free concert.

Other special events include the Tribeca Drive-In with free films at the World Financial Center Plaza, and the April 30th Family Festival. A clip from "The Union" is below...

Continue reading "Tribeca Film Fest begins 4/20, tix on sale today, Elton John to perform live, lots of music-related films"

Arcade Fire

And the nominees for "Album of the Year" are:

* The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
* Recovery by Eminem
* Need You Now by Lady Antebellum
* The Fame Monster by Lady Gaga
* Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
Crazy.

Also funny: Mumford & Sons are up for Best New Artist against Justin Bieber (and Drake, Florence & The Machine, and Esperanza Spalding)

Robyn is up for Best Dance Recording against Lady Gaga (and Goldfrapp, La Roux, and Rihanna).

Arcade Fire are also nominated for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals against Muse, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, and... Jeff Beck & Joss Stone.

The Black Keys also landed in the "Best Rock Instrumental Performance" along with... Dave Matthews.

The Black Keys and Mumford & Sons and Kings of Leon and Muse are also all in the "Best Rock Song" category.

"Best Alternative Album" category:

* The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
* Infinite Arms by Band Of Horses
* Brothers by The Black Keys
* Broken Bells by Broken Bells
* Contra by Vampire Weekend
So they give that to Arcade Fire, since Lady Gaga will probably get Album of the Year, or maybe Arcade Fire will just get screwed and they'll give it to someone on a major.

Other names that got nominated: Cee-Lo, Janelle Monae, Big Boi, John Legend & The Roots, Jay-Z, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Flight of the Conchords, Devendra Banhart (for "Best Recording Package"), Oh No Ono (ditto), Anais Mitchell (ditto), Danger Mouse, Gorillaz, and Carol Burnett. Full list at the Grammys site.

"Now it's cool to have 14 people in your band doing everything but contributing musically, running around with a helmet on your head, hitting it with a drumstick. You gotta look at what you're in this for: the love of music? The fame? You can have all that if you're smart and play your cards right and don't become a dick."
- Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill

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Bad Books photos by Kurt Christensen

Bad Books playing Looney Tunes
Bad Books

"We regret to inform you that Kings of Leon's concert scheduled for Nov 18 at the IZOD Center will be rescheduled for mid to late2011, so that the band can accommodate a video production deadline. Refunds will be given at point of purchase. Credit card purchases (online and telephone) will be credited back to the cards used. Details on are scheduled date will be announced soon. Please note, tickets for Nov 18will not be valid for the rescheduled show. We apologize for the inconvenience."
A who what when where? Apparently it's been cancelled for at least a week already. Kings of Leon still headline Madison Square Garden in NYC tonight though.

Manchester Orchestra, whose new side project with Kevin Devine called Bad Books made their debut at Bowery Ballroom during CMJ, open the show. Right after Bowery, Bad Books played an in-store at Looney Tunes in Long Island. Kurt was there and took the pictures you see below...

Continue reading "Kings of Leon cancel NJ show, but play MSG w/ Manchester Orchestra (whose members are in Bad Books -- pics) tonight"

"When are you gonna post about The Kings Of Leon shows?" - Anonymous

"kings of Leon a band best known for their haircuts and getting pooped in their mouths and then walking out on their audience- there, how's that for a post" - Anonymous 2

my eye! (Kings of Leon @ Outside Lands) (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Kings of Leon

"Pooping pigeons forced the Kings of Leon to abandon their St. Louis, Missouri, concert after just three songs [on a Friday night in July], the rock band's management said [the next day].

An infestation of the birds in the rafters of the Verizon Amphitheatre bombarded the musicians as soon as they took the stage, according to Andy Mendelsohn of Vector Management.

"Jared (Followill) was hit several times during the first two songs," Mendelsohn said of the band's bassist." [CNN]

Fine! Kings of Leon have a new album called Come Around Sundown coming out on October 19th, and since the band is huge, they will be supporting that album with three huge east coast shows a month later. And those are:
11/14 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
11/16 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
11/18 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
Tickets for the Live Nation-produced MSG show will go on general sale Saturday, October 2nd at 10am. Tickets for the Bowery Presents-produced NJ show go on sale at the same time. Both shows cost $59.50, and open their doors at 6:30pm.

The MSG show also lists a Fan Club Ticketmaster-based presale beginning Thursday at 10am. I assume the NJ show will have the same.

I also assume that more dates will be announced, both in NYC and NJ (if these do well), and elsewhere in the United States. But for now the only other dates are overseas.

UPDATE: It is worth noting that Kings of Leon went back to St. Louis this past weekend and played a free show to make up for the pigeon fiasco. I didn't realize that when I first posted.

All dates, with video from the pigeon poop show, below...

Continue reading "Kings of Leon announce big NYC & NJ shows & other dates"

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