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Lou Reed Memorial
Lou Reed Memorial

The late Lou Reed was honored with a last-minute memorial in Harlem at the legendary Apollo Theatre last night (12/17), which was organized by his wife Laurie Anderson. The memorial saw some of Lou's notable friends/collaborators singing the songs of the Velvet Underground and his solo career plus reading or performing tributes to him, including Patti Smith and her bandmate Lenny Kaye, Antony Hegarty, Debbie Harry (of Blondie), Paul Simon, John Zorn, Philip Glass, former VU bandmate Moe Tucker, and others. An excerpt from the NY Times review of the show reads:

Ms. Anderson said that Mr. Reed wrote songs in single bursts. "He would wake up in the middle of the night and just write the song down and it was complete," she said. "He never changed a word. He thought, 'First thought, best thought.' "

Mr. Simon sang the Velvets' "Pale Blue Eyes," marveling at its beauty and admitting there were lines he never understood. Emily Haines, from the Canadian band Metric, sang "All Tomorrow's Parties," and Jenni Muldaur sang the pensive "Jesus." Deborah Harry rocked through "White Light/White Heat."

Ms. Smith chose "Perfect Day" for what she called "Lou's most poignant lyric": "You made me forget myself/I thought I was someone else, someone good." The a cappella doo-wop group the Persuasions reworked Mr. Reed's "Turning Time Around." Antony Hegarty, who appeared in the stage production of Mr. Reed's album "Berlin," performed a slow, poignant, tremulous "Candy Says." Julian Schnabel, who filmed "Berlin," calmly recited the patricidal, carnage-filled "Rock Minuet."

The saxophonist John Zorn represented Mr. Reed's improvisational side with a squealing, scurrying, exultantly perpetual-motion yawp of a solo. And Philip Glass, on piano, accompanied a recitation of the Kaddish prayer.

That review also points out that Laurie Anderson said Lou's last words were "Take me out into the light!"

Pictures of the memorial are in this post. They continue below...

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Lou Reed

The Lou Reed tributes keep coming. Two of them just happened, including the one at Rodeo Bar on Wednesday (11/20) and the one with Jeffrey Lewis, Dawn Landes, and others at the Jalopy Theatre last night (11/21). Now there will be another one at Bowery Electric this Sunday (11/24).

The show features a pretty big lineup, including no wave legend Arto Lindsay, Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian, Patti Smith Band guitarist Lenny Kaye, TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, Lou Reed/Laurie Anderson/Marc Ribot collaborator Shahzad Ismaily, Light Asylum's Shannon Funchess, Grooms' Travis Johnson, People Get Ready's Steven Reker, The Vaccines' Justin Hayward-Young, Caged Animals, Drowners, Jeffrey Lewis, Kirin J. Callinan, Phantom Family Halo, Sam Mickens, and more, plus Hollis Brown performing VU's Loaded in its entirety.

Tickets for the show are on sale now, and all proceeds will benefit the Ali Forney Center, an organization "that works to protect LGBT youth from the harm of homelessness in the city." There will also be a pre-Thanksgiving food drive for Food Bank of NYC at the venue that night.

Full lineup below...

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Cheetah Chrome

Cheetah Chrome, guitarist for legendary punk band The Dead Boys and pre-Dead Boys band Rocket From the Tombs (with whom he's reunited in recent years), is set to put out his first-ever solo release this week (10/8) via Plowboy Records, which he co-founded. Aptly titled Solo, the release is a 7-song EP that features songs from his 1996 "great lost solo album" (produced by Genya Ravan, executive produced by CBGB owner/Dead Boys manager Hilly Kristal), and from a 2010 session he did with New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain when they teamed up for a collaborative project, The Batusis, which also featured The Cult's Lez Warner and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' Sean Koos.

The EP's single is the jangly acoustic rocker "East Side Story," which you can stream (via USA Today), along with the tracklist below. That's the album artwork above.

The EP comes out the same day as the CBGB movie, which features Cheetah being played by Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter films) and a cameo by Cheetah himself. As discussed, that movie premieres at the CBGB Festival, where Cheetah will also be playing two full band shows.

Cheetah and his band -- rounded out by The Blackhearts bassist Enzo Penziotto, Iggy Pop/Samhain guitarist Pete Marshall, and drummer Frank Ferrer (Guns N' Roses, Psychedelic Furs) -- will play CBGB Fest shows on October 9 at Leftfield (87 Ludlow St) with Rousers, Pale Face, and Genya Ravan Band; and on October 10 at Bowery Electric for the previously discussed Carry On Band Series, which features a ton of other punk legends like Lydia Lunch, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Sylvain Sylvain, Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Richard Lloyd (Television), Andy Shernoff (Dictators), Tuff Darts and more (tickets).

In related news, 1975-1980 footage of the NYC punk scene, including clips of The Dead Boys, Iggy Pop, Richard Hell, Bad Brains, The Cramps and more, has been put together for the archive film, Nightclubbing, which just screened in NYC this past Friday (10/4). A description (in case you missed it) reads:

In the summer of 1975 on New York's Lower East Side, Pat Ivers and a group of like-minded videographers with borrowed cameras set out to capture as much of New York City's exploding punk music scene as possible. After an early disbanding of the original group, Ivers found a sole partner in Emily Armstrong and the two continued the project for a total of five years, capturing legendary performances at CBGB's, Mudd Club, Danceteria and elsewhere by iconic bands and artists such as Iggy Pop, Dead Boys, The Cramps and more. Ivers and Armstong continued filming until a 1980 arrest, along with the entire staff of the illegally operated Danceteria, convinced them to stop (the pair were quickly exonerated and freed).
There's an opening happening at NYU's Fales Library on October 17 at 7 PM, with a party and screening. More info here. Check out some excerpts from the archives below.

Speaking of Richard Hell, he just read from his recently released autobiography, I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp, at Basilica Sound Scape. A new article on Columbus Alive about that book reads:

Hell's telling of his life thereafter is unclouded by hyperbole. Straightforward, interestingly done weavings of story and description are littered with occasional punches of universal truths. He writes about his bands, his poetry, his struggle to make a life as an unrelenting artist even if he didn't call himself that at the time, his planting of the roots of punk-rock and his warranted frustration that the Sex Pistols just kind of lifted his attitude and style and took it all the way into the annals of popular rock history.

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"There's a lot of talk of misogyny," Hell said about criticism he's faced since the book was released. "There's a lot of talk that I'm a terrible writer or that I'm a great writer. There's definitely a difference of mentality. Some people talk about how egotistical I am, others how honest or self-aware I am. ... But it was the truth. And that was what was important to me. To tell the truth as much as I could."

Richard Hell is also on the CBGB movie's soundtrack along with Dead Boys, New York Dolls, Television, and many more.

Cheetah Chrome EP tracklist and song stream, along with the 'Nightclubbing' excerpts, below...

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Austra at MHOW in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Austra

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

CHVRCHES, XXYYXX @ Terminal 5
Scottish electropop trio CHVRCHES have gone from playing Mercury Lounge in March to Terminal 5 tonight, all without an album out. That changes this week with the release of The Bones of What You Believe. Before they go on, XXYYXX will get your feet moving too.

Austra, Diana @ Webster Hall
Toronto goth pop band Austra now have two excellent albums under their belts, and anyone who's seen them knows their animated live show more than does them justice.

Lee Scratch Perry, SubAtomic Soundsystem, Daedelus, Addis Pablo @ Le Poisson Rouge
Reggae legend Lee "Scratch" Perry is eccentric. Also undeniably brilliant. Doors for this show are at 10 PM, so don't expect him to take the stage until laaaaaate.

Las Rosas, The Wrong Words, The Young Sinclairs (members of Eternal Summers), Christines @ Cake Shop
Here's a crazy good bill for lovers of guitar pop. San Francisco's The Wrong Words make nervy power pop; Roanoke, VA's Young Sinclairs (who share a drummer with Eternal Summers) play superior, harmony-laden janglepop (stream a track below); and tonight's the first live show from new Brooklyn band Christines who definitely give off serious Felt vibes.

Spray Paint, Pampers, Degreaser, Beech Creeps @ Death By Audio
Austin, TX's Spray Paint make claustrophobic no-wave style garage, which pairs well with the distorted art punk of Brooklyn's Pampers.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ Passenger Bar (FREE)
It's always a treat to get sweaty with Jon Spencer, especially a free tiny show like this.

Jonah Matranga, Psychic Friend @ Mercury Lounge
Far frontman Jonah Matranga has previously recorded solo music as Onelinedrawing, but for his new album he's doing it under his own name, and if the sound of this new song is indicative of what's to come, it sounds like he's going in an acoustic direction. Tonight's Mercury Lounge show is being opened by Psychic Friend, aka Will Schwartz (of Imperial Teen and Hey Willpower), who makes Todd Rundgren style piano pop.

Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Cassandra Jenkins @ Glasslands
Brooklyn folk singer Lady Lamb the Beekeper released an impressive new album this year, and she's spent a lot of time on the road in support of it. But now she's back home, and will play a local show tonight.

Mascott, Joey Sweeney & the Long Hair Arkestra @ Mercury Lounge
Mascott (aka Kendall Meade) just released her new EP, Cost/Ammount, and tonight's the release show and her first in two years. Playing in her band tonight are Doug Gillard and Jennifer O'Connor.

Portland Cello Project, Jolie Holland @ Le Poisson Rouge
This stringed ensemble turns contemporary pop into classical jams your uptight uncle would like. Last year's Homage features their arrangements of hip hop songs from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, and others.

Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash w/ Chris Thile & more @ The Bell House (2 PM)
The second annual Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash sees Chris Thile (Punch Brothers) joined by collaborator Michael Daves, Sarah Jarosz joined by Alex Hargreaves and Nathaniel Smith, and so much more for this full day of foot-stompin', finger-pickin' fun.

Woe, Belus, Crypt Sermon @ Saint Vitus
Philly black metallers Woe, who released the excellent Withdrawal earlier this year, bring their tour to a close in Brooklyn tonight.

The A-Bones, Lenny Kaye, Andy Shernoff & more @ Bowery Electric
Bowery Electric hosts the Waggytail Rescue 10th Anniversary tonight with quality garage rock, punk, and the like from The A-Bones (who count Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan as a member), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Andy Shernoff (Dictators), and more. More info and full lineup at the Facebook event. Next month, The A-Bones play The Bell House with The 5.6.7.8.'s.

Dessa, Sombear @ Bowery Ballroom
Doomtree's Dessa mixes it up between spoken word, conscious rap, and neo-soul, always making for an interesting show.

Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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NOFX at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
NOFX

Cali skate punks NOFX have announced a US tour which will go down this fall and hit NYC on November 30 at Irving Plaza. Support at that show, and a few of the other Northeast dates, comes from The F.U.'s and Implants. Tickets for that show are currently on Citi Cardmember, Live Nation (password: "HOB20") and Music Geeks (password: "musicgeeks") presales, and the general on-sale begins Friday (9/13) at 10 AM. All tour dates are listed below.

As discussed, NOFX frontman Fat Mike's label Fat Wreck Chords are doing their official CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 18 with Good Riddance and Western Addiction reunions, plus sets from The Flatliners and Brooklyn/NJ surf punks Night Birds. That same lineup (minus The Flatlieners) goes on a Rocks Off Cruise (10/19) the next day. Tickets for both shows are still available.

You can also catch Western Addiction at a smaller, sweatier show when they play Acheron on October 20 with Eric Davidson's (of New Bomb Turks) band Livids and Brooklyn punks Weird Womb. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Western Addiction's only full length album was 2005's Cognicide, which you can stream on Spotify.

Another good punk show at Acheron is Iron Chic, RVIVR, Nude Beach, and Giant Peach on October 13. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

That happens after Nude Beach's tour which hits Mercury Lounge on September 20 with Suspicious Beasts and Honey (tickets).

Meanwhile, you can also catch Long Island's Iron Chic in NYC when they open for Kill Your Idols at Santos Party House on November 30, with Concrete Cross and Bad Side also on the bill. That's Kill Your Idols' second show at the venue after the previously discussed November 29 date with Crime In Stereo and Altered Boys. Tickets for both nights are still available.

Iron Chic have some hometown LI dates coming up too, including the No Fun Club (9/15) stop on the Screaming Females/Waxahatchee/Tenement tour this weekend. All Iron Chic dates are listed below.

Boston punk fans may be interested in knowing that Dropkick Murphys have announced their hometown St. Patrick's Day shows, which include five shows at House of Blues from March 13-16. Tickets for all five shows go on sale Saturday (9/14) at 10 AM.

Don't forget that The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are doing their Hometown Throwdown at the same venue in December.

As mentioned in our last punk roundup, The Casualties are doing some shows in Long Island and NJ this week. Since that post, they've also announced a show happening in Coney Island on Sunday (9/15) at Sideshows By The Seashore (1208 Surf Ave at the corner of Surf and W. 12th). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Another punk show happening in Brooklyn this Sunday is Upstart Fest at Knitting Factory (9/15) with Koffin Fats, Turbo AC's, The Scandals, and more (tickets).

That same day at the East Village's Bowery Electric is the previously discussed Angry Samoans show with Last Call Brawl and Downtown Brown. Tickets for that show are still available.

Bowery Electric is also hosting the 'Carry On Band Series,' as part of the CBGB Festival, on October 10 (6 PM - 2 AM) with tons of punk legends like Cheetah Chrome, Lydia Lynch, RIchard Lloyd, Syl Sylvain, Lenny Kaye, The Waldos, Glen Matlock, Tuff Darts, Faith, Andy Shernoff and many more. Tickets for that are on sale now.

You can find more punk shows HERE. What else?

All lists of dates below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

The Remains @ The Bell House - 6/7/13
The Remains

'60s Boston garage rockers The Remains came to NYC for a show at the Bell House on Friday (6/7) with '80s/'90s NYC garage rockers The A-Bones (who featured Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo and the owners of Norton Records). Both bands were introduced by Lenny Kaye of Patti Smith's band (who also just played). Pictures, including ones of the setlists (though The A-Bones replaced "Steady with Betty" with "Real True Love" on theirs) are in this post.

More below...

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photos by Adela LaConte

Patti Smith @ Bowery Ballroom, 6/5/2013
Patti Smith

Patti Smith contributed to the ongoing Federico Garcia Lorca Birthday Celebration with her show at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (6/5). The show opened the show with a Federico Garcia Lorca poetry reading, and then Patti and her band kicked into a set which included a number of classic Patti Smith tunes -- "Ask the Angles, Redondo Beach," "Pissing in a River" -- and a bunch of covers too, like "Summertime Blues." Other band members took the lead vocal on some of the covers as well. Pictures from the show are in this post.

They continue, along with a few videos and the setlist, below...

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"It's an indisputable fact that the Barclays Center has one of the best veggie burgers in Brooklyn, somehow." - Joey Arak

""Thank you Jay-Z... Crazy Horse!". - Neil Young's final words on stage at the Barclays Center tonight." - BrooklynVegan

Crazy Horse (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Neil Young

As you know, Neil Young and Crazy Horse aren't really switching up the setlists on this tour. In fact, though some cities get a different song in the encore, the setlist at Barclays Center in Brooklyn last night was exactly the same as the one they played at MSG. Regardless, it was a great Brooklyn show, especially for those who were seeing it for the first time. If you missed both area shows, you can still always head to Atlantic City this week.

Patti Smith and band (Lenny Kaye included) however did mix it up during her powerful 8pm opening set. She ended with "Gloria" like she did at MSG, but we also got her moving cover of Neil Young's "It's a Dream" and hit "Because the Night."

Full setlists for Neil and Patti and some videos below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

"Not even kidding. lou reed watched @dasracist perform tonight & flipped the fuck out. at carnegie hall. how was your night?" - El-P

Tibet House Concert 2012 - Carnegie Hall
Tibet House Concert 2012 - Carnegie Hall

"The night wrapped up with Lenny Kaye leading the Patti Smith band through a brief tribute to the garage-rock compilation Nuggets, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and Lou Reed, who performed three songs. Reed conducted the string quartet and the drummer to improvise with him at moments, which felt awkward in the beginning; the ending, however--as the string quartet jammed in tandem with Smith's guitarists and Reed himself--was pretty impressive. At the very end Laurie Anderson and the whole evening's cast returned to the stage for a curtain call, during which the room sang "Happy Birthday" to Philip Glass." [Village Voice]
Video of the Happy Birthday moment and pictures from all of last night's benefit at Carnegie Hall, below...

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Lenny Kaye with Patti Smith at E2NY 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lenny Kaye

The Continental, which no longer hosts shows, but is still a bar located on 25 3rd Ave in Manhattan, is hosting their Annual Reunion this Sunday (1/15). The lineup includes The Waldos (with Walter lure), Lenny Kaye (of Patti Smith Group), CJ Ramone, Murphy's Law (who are headlining the afternoon matinee portion), Electric Frankenstein, The Independents, Heap, and more. The full lineup with set times is listed below...

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Happy New Year! (artskooldamage)
Patti Smith

Michael Stipe joined his friend Patti Smith at Bowery Ballroom on New Year's Eve for what was also the end of her final year at the venue...

On New Year's Eve, Patti Smith announced from the stage at the Bowery Ballroom that the concert was her last -- at the Bowery Ballroom.

For 14 years, the three-pack of shows by Patti Smith and Her Band in the final week of December has proved to be a reliably exhilarating way to usher out the old and ring in the new. If it's not the Allmans at the Beacon Theater, it's in the same area code. It's cozy: the smallish Ballroom accommodates fewer than 600. It's egalitarian: tickets are general admission, mostly standing room and reasonably priced. And it's personal: the shows always include one on Dec. 30, to celebrate Ms. Smith's birthday (she turned 65 on Friday).

After the last show -- an excellent night, with many special touches, including Michael Stipe singing "Wichita Lineman" -- Lenny Kaye, Ms. Smith's lead guitarist and general rock subversive, confirmed that the band would still perform, but at some other location. "It's just time to move on," he said. [NY Times]

Catch Patti this February with Philip Glass at the Tune-In Music Festival at the Park Avenue Armory. Stay tuned for info on where Patti will spend her birthday this year.

Check out video of Patti & Michael at Bowery below...

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Don Hill RIP (photo by Julian Ungano)
Don Hill

Steve Lewis: Don Hill has passed, and a lot of people are getting together to celebrate his life. Since Don Hill went down, there's not as many places where we can all gather. And let's face it, Don Hill owned the place. He booked it, he answered the phones, and, we suppose, at the end of the night swept up the place...Michael T, tell me why you're involved in this event, and what did Don Hill mean to you?

Michael T: I met Don back in the eighties at Cat Club when I was very young. He opened Don Hill's in the early nineties, and I was one of the first persons to perform there. Later, in the second run of Don Hill's, I started to do my party, Rated X, there. It was really the first time that Don and I had worked together on a regular basis. It was super easy. Don was always the same. He was Don. It's so rare in the business to have someone that's just steady, where you know what you're going to get out of him. We had a great working relationship, and a comfortable personal relationship. He was a straight shooter.

Don Hill (RIP) will be remembered December 15th when a band of musicians will gather at Irving Plaza to celebrate his life and legacy. The show features performances from some of the musicians that blessed his night spot including names like Richard Butler (Psychedelic Furs), Royston Langdon (Spacehog), David Johansen (NY Dolls), Manitoba, Jesse Malin & the St. Marks Social, Lenny Kaye, The Toilet Boys, and many many others.

At 1am the party turns into Squeezebox. Tickets are still available. Flyer below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Patti Smith @ Escape to NY
Escape 2 NY

Patti Smith is playing a free show at Webster Hall on September 8 in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of 9/11. France Inter, the French National Public Radio Channel, is hosting the free event. Email concertbooking@radiofrance.com to RSVP (required). The show is at 8 PM. Check Webster Hall's website for more details.

Patti headlined the first night of the three-turned-two day festival Escape to NY in the Hamptons on Friday. A full set of pictures from the shortened weekend is coming soon, but here are the shots of Patti and band who also recently played a NY show at Castle Clinton.. They continue below...

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by Jacob Blickenstaff

Girl Groups

On Saturday (7/30), Lincoln Center Out of Doors in partnership with the Ponderosa Stomp, put on a remarkable day of music and music history under the name of "She's Got The Power, a Girl Group Extravaganza." Within its 10 (free) hours, the event included a 3-part, 4-hour panel of "Girl Talk" that presented Lesley Gore, members of the Angels and the Exciters, Seymour Stein (co-founder of Sire Records) and many studio musicians who worked closely with (r'n'r hall of famer) Ellie Greenwich.

The concert was organized into 3 parts covering 5 hours. First was a revue of girl group singers. Arlene Smith, of the Chantels, performed magnificently from her motorized wheelchair, commanding the stage by zipping back and forth. Then there were extended sets from headliners La La Brooks of the Crystals, Lesley Gore and Ronnie Spector (the Ronettes), and finally a tribute by the evening's artists to girl-group-godmother Ellie Greenwich.

This was not your father's PBS Doo-Wop special. Although the passing of Amy Winehouse was noted by Ronnie Spector, who performed part of 'Back to Black', it was more of a (tragic) footnote to the larger spirit of survival, brilliance, toughness and female chutzpah on parade. Many performers commented both publicly and privately that the spirit of Ellie Greenwich was the guiding force of the day. As stellar performance after performance dredged up tingly globs of our collective memory, the realization grew of just how much we owe to these artists, producers and songwriters who had just as much influence on the Beatles, Stones and other British Invasion bands as did the blues.

More about the show with lots of pictures, below...

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photos by Tamara Porras

"Patti Smith was amazing. Excellent crowd. Great energy. Full moon. Fantastic weather. Castle Clinton's 200th anniversary. River 2 River. Ah!" - J.M.F.

Patti Smith
Patti Smith

Godmother of Punk Patti Smith concluded the free Castle Clinton 2011 season last night (7/14) when she played the outdoor Manhattan venue filled to capacity. Her two hour set opened with the bombastic 1978 single "Because The Night," but dove into a fair amount of her earlier, more adventurous work including favorites like "Ghost Dance," "Pissing in a River," "Land," "Aint It Strange," and a few others. She also played a number of notable covers, including Neil Young's "Helpless," which she recorded for her cover album Twelve, and fellow NYC's alt-scene vet Lou Reed's "Perfect Day," which showed up on the album's accompanying EP. She also tackled Jim Carroll's "People Who Died," and the much more modern Adele's "Rolling in the Deep."

Catch Patti again when she comes to Southampton, NY for Escape to New York.

Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye, who was scheduled to also make an appearance at the Johnny Thunders birthday celebration at Bowery Electric after the Castle Clinton show, will be a special guest on Saturday (7/16) at Mercury Lounge with The Fleshtones and The Insomniacs. Tickets are available.

More pictures and setlist from the Castle Clinton show below...

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Johnny Thunders

Johnny Thunders would turn 59 Friday (7/15) and his birthday is being celebrated tonight (7/14) at D-Generationer Jesse Malin's LES club Bowery Electric. There will be a number of artists performing including Heartbreaker Walter Lure's The Waldos, Oddball Alison Gordy, Pillbox who are apparently reuniting, and many others that are listed below. There will also reportedly be some special guests including ex-Dead Boy Jeff Magnum (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH JEFF MANGUM OF NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL), Jesse Malin, Andy Shernoff of The Dictators, Lenny Kaye and many others.

Many of those playing appeared on the 2009 "Skykrebs Records"-released "Born To Lose" tribute 3CD Boxed set. That includes Krebs & The Maynard G's, The Waldos and Alison Gordy.

Trouser Press writes of Pillbox:

Before there was a Strokes to make it safe as milk, the snarly glam punk spirit of the Stooges, New York Dolls and Dead Boys lived for a time in the skinnyassed tattooed bodies of Pillbox, a New York quartet which offered a skankier, more menacing and less theatrical alternative to the likeminded and better-known D Generation.
Check out the Pillbox video for "Holly" below.

D Generation plays reunion shows in September at bigger venues.

Lenny Kaye, who will supposedly be a special guest at the show tonight, is a longtime member of the Patti Smith Group. Patti Smith plays a free show at Castle Clinton tonight (7/15). Don't forget that, "FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED AT THE GATE STARTING AT 5PM. DOORS OPEN AT 6PM." People are already in line as of 2pm. It would be cool of Patti ended up at the Johnny Thunders party afterwards too.

Full Bowery Electric lineup and the Pillbox video below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band and Friends
Secret Piece

Yoko Ono's Secret Piece (1953)
throughout Central Park from 5AM - 8AM on June 21, 2011.
Celebrate the summer solstice with Yoko Ono's meditative Secret Piece, at sunrise in Central Park.

We will meet at Columbus Circle starting at 5AM. Bring any musical instrument or just your voice, and we will send you to a secluded part of the park to play the note of your choice to the accompaniment of birds.

At 8AM we will all return to Columbus Circle for hot green tea.

Study the above piece of sheet music and join Yoko Ono in Central Park Tuesday morning!

UPDATE: Apparently Yoko didn't even go to her own event. ZINGARA says "I woke up really early this morning thinking that different musicians where going to get together and play a Yoko Ono tone. instead i got there and everybody was on their own wandering around the park like a homeless person. There was someone there but as soon you sign your name they send you away." Lori Zimmer adds, "woke @ 330 to go to central pk... was handed a map with little explanation. very disappointed, not much explanation, no yoko, green tea from starbucks out of styrofoam cups after 3 hours...."

The other pictures in this post are from that Japan benefit that Yoko Ono threw at Le Poisson Rouge in March. You already saw the Cibo Matto pics from the same event. Here are the rest with Yoko, Sean Lennon, Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Antony, Lou Reed and more included. They continue below...

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Henry Rollins

today in NYC
* Nir Felder @ Barbes
* Spooky Ghost @ The Stone
* David Wax Museum @ Joe's Pub
* Martial Canterel @ Home Sweet Home
* Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Greg Giraldo benefit @ Beacon Theatre
* Soldiers of Fortune, Water Fai @ Zebulon
* Henry Rollins spoken word @ Joe's Pub
* Hannis Brown, Dead Cat Bounce @ Sycamore
* Huey Lewis and the News @ Gramercy Theatre
* Arms, Hospitality, Radical Dads, Translations @ Pianos
* Soft Black, The Vacant Lots, Will Cam, J'ac @ Maxwell's
* The Loom, Pearl and the Beard, Team B @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Nicole Atkins, The Gay Blades, Mon Khmer @ Bowery Ballroom
* Anna Ternheim, Sonya Kitchell, Nigel Hall @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Janet Hamill (poetty) @ St. Marks's Church
* Rhys Chatham Brass Trio, Tony Conrad, Face the Music @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Consortium Musicum w/ Sean Lennon & Greg Saunier of Deerhoof @ The Stone
* Larry Campbell (The Music of Neil Young Live Rehearsal show) @ City Winery
* Bouncing Souls, Anti-Flag, Full Speed Ahead, The Great Explainer @ Stone Pony
* Cubic Zirconia, the Popo, Machinedrum, Party Supplies, Anika (DJ) @ Mercury Lounge
* The Big Terrific Comedy Show w/ Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate @ Cameo Gallery

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The National (who played the Studio @ Webster Hall last night) are playing a private fashion week show tonight.

Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier (who played Europa last night) is playing with Sean Lennon at the Stone tonight.

Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson are responsible for the programming at the Stone this month.

Patti Smith & Lenny Kaye are doing poetry at St. Mark's Church (no advanced tickets).

Grimes have a new (unofficial but band approved) video that you can watch below...

Fellow Canadians Braids have a new video too. Also below...

What else?

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Petting ZooPetting Zoo

"Basketball Diaries author Carroll's slightly rough posthumous novel about a famous painter's breakdown begins as painter Billy Wolfram has a psychotic episode, wanders about the Central Park petting zoo, threatens strangers, and is picked up and committed to a mental hospital for observation. Upon his release, Billy returns home and goes into "reclusion," brooding on events in his past (such as his mother's death), watching old TV shows, and receiving visits from a Central Park zoo raven who talks to Billy about the flood (the raven was on Noah's ark), art, and the emptiness in Billy's life. Other than his assistant, Marta, Billy's only real visitor is his childhood friend, rock star Denny, leaving him plenty of time for introspection that leads back to Kennedy's assassination, which coincided with Billy's mother catching him masturbating. Since then, Billy has frozen out his sexual feelings, and, as it turns out, Marta would love to thaw them. Although Carroll's prose is uneven--clever and profound sentences jostle awkwardly with lumbering, bathos-soaked platitudes--and the narrative tension is rather slack, this is a heartfelt portrait of a New York original by a New York original."
That book was just released and fellow downtown icons Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye will help publicize it and honor Jim at an event at the Union Square Barnes & Noble on Thursday, November 18th at 7pm.

Meanwhile you can catch Patti and Lenny at an event happening at Southpaw in Brooklyn TONIGHT (11/11), which strangely still has tickets available, unlike Patti's three shows coming up at Bowery Ballroom.

Lenny Kaye recently appeared at City Winery with Bob Mould who played a show at the Rock Shop right after. Video of Jim Carroll playing with Lenny Kaye years ago, below...

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Patti Smith at Carnegie Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
Patti Smith

Park Slope venue Southpaw will host Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, Outernational, and Patti Smith & Lenny Kaye on November 11th. Tickets for this 21+ acoustic Fortnight Journal Benefit are on sale. The show is one of four upcming dates for Patti Smith, who will also play a trio of sold-out dates at Bowery Ballroom leading up to the new year (12/29, 12/30, 12/31).

The Southpaw show is one of two lined up for Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, who will play Pianos three days prior with Zambri and Arpline as part of a residency for Hooray for Earth who are also on the bill. A few weeks later, they'll hit the road with a reunited Cornershop to play a string of dates, but will not be on board when the band plays Irving Plaza (on 11/19, tickets).

All Shilpa Ray dates and some video from their appearance at Knitting Factory during CMJ is below...

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DOWNLOAD: Mark Sultan - The Wind (Nolan Strong cover) (MP3)

Mark Sultan at Bowery Ballroom in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
BBQ

With King Khan and BBQ apparently going their separate ways, BBQ (aka Mark Sultan) has scheduled a one-man-band tour of his own.

King Khan and BBQ were originally scheduled to play shows this month, including one at the Bell House, but those were all cancelled and an October King Khan and the Shrines tour quickly showed up instead.

Now Mark 'BBQ' Sultan, who released his new LP $ via Last Gang Records (Metric's label) earlier this year, has an October tour of his own including an October 16th early show at Mercury Lounge in NYC. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The tour ends with Mark opening a bunch of dates for Deer Tick.

Mark also has a track on a new Nolan Strong tribute album. Nolan was a 50's R&B singer, and his fans (other artists who contributed songs to the album) include Lenny Kaye, Reigning Sound, Gentleman Jesse, A-Bones, and the Dirtbombs. Order the album at The Wind Records. Grab Mark's track for free above.

Full comp tracklist, Mark's new NSFW video for "Status", and all tour dates below...

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"Did anyone record the Bob Mould or the Dinosaur Jr. sets?"
- Anonymous | September 23, 2008 12:09 PM

Bob Mould

"Bob Mould Band performance at ATP NY Festival on September 21st, 2008. Originally recorded for live broadcast on WFMU, this is the first time that this exceptional recording of a seminal performance has been made available since it aired live on air.

This is a limited edition cd so get your before they are gone!"

Bob Mould played ATP NY in 2008, and in 2009 with No Age. The tracklist to the 2008 recording, and some more upcoming Bob dates, below...

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Sean Lennon & Irina Lazareanu @ Milk Studios
Sean Lennon and Irina Lazareanu

...according to Sean Lennon and model/musician/birthday-girl Irina Lazareanu who brought up their sadness at Pete not being at the party multiple times throughout the night. Sean said that Pete made it as far as JFK, but was met by cops who forced him to turn around and fly home.

Irina Lazareanu, Adam Green & Charlotte Kemp Muhl
Sean Lennon and Irina Lazareanu

The party was hosted by Irina Lazareanu (both Pete and Sean's ex girlfriend) (she was even engaged to Pete). Irina, in addition to chain smoking, performed with Sean, Sean's current girlfriend and bandmate Charlotte Kemp Muhl and Adam Green (and Adam's girlfriend (?) Cory Kennedy who played tambourine on a song). Pete was supposed to be a part of the supergroup too. They said they rehearsed with him in mind (at which point Sean said he could now get metal and they played a Sabbathy tune). They also played an Adam Green song, a Bob Dylan song, the Twist, and some other stuff.

Sean, BP Fallon & Lenny Kaye
Sean Lennon and Irina Lazareanu

BP Fallon opened the show both as DJ and then as frontman of his own band that included Lenny Kaye on guitar and Sean Lennon on drums. Not counting the photo of Leigh Lezark on the wall, that they were supposedly selling for charity, I didn't see any Misshapes there (they were also on the flyer). Paul Simon and Yoko Ono, both rumored as unannounced guests, were nowhere to be found either. Someone told me Bruce Willis was there, but I didn't see him. Oh yeah, and Adam Green had a black eye. More pics and stuff coming later.

UPDATE: Two videos below...

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Joey Ramone grave

"Joey Ramone (May 19, 1951 - April 15, 2001), born as Jeffrey Ross Hyman, was a vocalist and songwriter best known for his work in the punk rock group the Ramones. Joey Ramone's image, voice and tenure as frontman of the Ramones made him a countercultural icon." [Wikipedia]
Joey Ramone's 58th-birthday bash is tonight (May 19th) at Irving Plaza. Acts on the bill for that include Fishbone, Supersuckers, Death, Uncle Monk (with Tommy Ramone) the Friends Of Joey and more. Included among the Friends Of Joey will be Richie Ramone, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Jean Beauvoir and others. Tickets are still on sale.

The event will also be the unveiling of new tracks from the forthcoming posthumous Joey Ramone solo record. In other Joey Ramone news, the singer's induction award to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was re-presented to his estate at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex in NYC, and accepted by Mickey Leigh and Tommy Ramone, on Thursday, May 14th, after mistakenly being left off the program in the original 2002 ceremony.

Coming up, Tommy Ramone and Handsome Dick Manitoba, who will be at the birthday bash, are speaking with Lenny Kaye (of the Patti Smith Group and more) and Chris Stein (of Blondie) at "LOUD FAST JEWS! A Summit with Four Jewish Fathers of Punk" on Thursday, June 11th at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (15 West 16th St). Tickets to that event are on sale. More info below.

Catch Chris Stein this summer with Blondie, as the band tours alone and with Pat Benatar and The Donnas. All three will play the tour's NYC stop, a free show on August 13th at Coney Island's Asher Levy Park.

Also coming to NYC is Gods and Monsters' 20th anniversary show, scheduled for NYC's Gramercy Theatre on June 11th. The band, helmed by guitarist Gary Lucas, will be joined by guests that include Lenny Kaye. Tickets are still on sale.

Uncle Monk, Tommy Ramone's indie-bluegrass band, has scattered shows in NYC and elsewhere coming up. The band plays June 10th at Banjo Jim's and June 21st at Local 269. More dates below.

Joey Ramone's B-Day bash poster, Loud Fast Jew info, and a video of the Ramones' initial induction ceremony, also below...

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