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Leonard Cohen

Earlier this year, Leonard Cohen released his thirteenth studio album Popular Problems, which has the man (now at age 80!) still sounding excellent and putting out essential music. Before the year ends, he'll be following that up a live album and film. Leonard Cohen - Live In Dublin was recorded at his September 12, 2013 show at the O2 Dublin and it will be his "first (and only) release of a complete concert to be shot in high definition." It will be out in 3CD/DVD, 3CD/Blu-ray and digital formats on December 2 via Columbia/Legacy.

You can check out the full tracklist below, which includes his career-spanning setlist of "Suzanne" and "So Long, Marianne" through "Hallelujah" through a few cuts off 2012's Old Ideas which he was touring in support of at the time. A stream of the Live In Dublin performance of "Waiting For the Miracle," originally on 1992's The Future, makes its premiere in this post. Check that out below too

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Leonard Cohen

The great Leonard Cohen has announced that he'll follow 2012's Old Ideas with a new album, Popular Problems, on September 23 via Columbia. That's the artwork above. You can check out the tracklist and stream the first single, "Almost Like the Blues," below...

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Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts fourth album, Present Tense, is out today (2/25) via Domino. While decidedly more synth-heavy than anything they've done before, the record is still very much in the band's lusty, decadent universe. The album's second single, "Sweet Spot," is maybe its best song, with the signature interplay between vocalists Hayden Thorpe and Tom Flemming in full effect. You can stream it below. The band also recently made a mix for FACT which opens with them covering Leonard Cohen's "Hey That's No Way to Say Goodbye" and you can stream that below too.

The band will be in the US next week, playing Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 4. That show is sold out, but if you didn't get tickets we've got two pair to give away. Details are below.

Meanwhile, Wild Beasts will be doing an in-store set at Other Music the day before their MHOW show (Monday, 3/3) at 8 PM. That's free and open to the public. Flyer for their NYC appearances, "Sweet Spot" and FACT mix streams, as well as contest details, below...

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Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Tame Impala

We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.

If you wanna see if you agree with Rolling Stone's assertions, you can catch some of the artists who made their list in NYC soon, like Tame Impala, Fiona Apple, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, and more.

Check out the full list below...

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words and photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Leonard Cohen @ Radio City Music Hall 4/6/2013
Leonard Cohen

On the first night of a two-night stand at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday (April 6), Leonard Cohen -- singer-songwriter, poet, living legend -- promised the sold-out audience that he and his band would give everything they had. And though it's a line he breaks out at nearly every show, over the course of the next three hours, he and his stellar backing band did precisely that.

In a mix of old hits and new songs from last year's Old Ideas, Cohen, decked out in dark suit and fedora, crooned from his knees on several occasions and even skipped across the stage as he exited and entered between two full sets sets and two three-song encores; both maneuvers belying his 78 years. "I ache in the places I used to play," he sang on "Tower of Song." "I was born like this / I had no choice / I was born with the gift of a golden voice."

That golden voice is a bit deeper and more gravelly than before but his delivery was impeccable and the audience was rapt during "Suzanne" and especially his spoken-word version of "A Thousand Kisses Deep."

During the first intermission a friend who was at the show said that he was thinking of the eulogies for the late Roger Ebert and how all of them referenced his belief that (paraphrasing here) "where words and images can lie, emotions are always true."

And that observation fit on the evening. Who in attendance had not been stirred at some point by a Leonard Cohen song? That answer, most likely, not many.

"Hallelujah" was the fitting emotional high point met with enthusiastic applause and then a standing ovation at its conclusion several minutes later.

All along his rich baritone was balanced by his background singers, long-time collaborator Sharon Robinson, and Charley and Hattie Webb, musically known as The Webb Sisters. Cohen returned to spoken-word form as he introduced Robinson's gorgeous turn at lead vocals on "Alexandra Leaving" and the Webb Sisters on "If It Be Thy Will."

And the stellar group of musicians Cohen has assembled were all given several opportunities to shine as Cohen would remove his fedora in reverence, step into the shadow and the spotlight would find the soloist taking his turn, be it Neil Larsen on the Hammond B-3, music director Roscoe Beck on the upright bass ("veteran and victim," quipped Cohen of their 30-plus years performing together) or Javier Mas on bandurria. Mitch Watkins on electric guitar, Alexandru Bublitchi on violin and Rafael Gayol on drums rounded out the band and all deserve recognition. In his return to Radio City the night belonged to Mr. Cohen but his band gets credit for transforming the evening into something close to magical.

Leonard was previously here in December, having played MSG and Barclays Center. More pictures from Saturday -- plus setlists from both nights at Radio City -- are below.

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check out the yellow alerts on the right...

Like many of you, we spend an inordinate amount of time on Ticketmaster here at BV, getting ticket links and trying to figure out whether or not a show is sold out. The latter used to be a real pain, actually having to go through the Captcha process to see whether tickets were still available. But no more. In what is maybe the most helpful, long-overdue feature to be implemented on TM, they now have a little yellow exclamation point alert by shows that have either "NO TICKETS RIGHT NOW" or "NOT MANY LEFT" which you can see above.

Ticketmaster has also been tweaking the Captcha process, using actual phrases (sometimes branded ones) instead of smudgy nonsense words. (Sometimes you have answer a question via a pulldown menu.) One thing that hasn't changed: service charges.

P.S. as you can see from the picture above (if they are to be believed), there aren't many tickets left for Leonard Cohen's upcoming run at Radio City!

Leonard Cohen @ Barclays Center, 12/20/2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Leonard Cohen

Tickets just went on sale for Leonard Cohen's April 6 show at Radio City Music Hall and they just announced a second date at the tony venue the following night (4/7) and tickets for that show are also now on sale.

Leonard Cohen at Barclays Center in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Leonard Cohen

Tickets for the Leonard Cohen show at Radio City go on Fan Club and VIP Package presale today (1/11) at 9 AM. AmEx presale starts Monday (1/14) at 9 AM, AEG/Venue/Radio presales start Thursday (1/17) at 9 AM, and tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 18 at 9 AM. VIP Packages go on sale on 1/18 at 9 AM too.

Leonard Cohen at Barclays Center in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Leonard Cohen

Musical and poetic legend Leonard Cohen made a great return last year with his new album, Old Ideas, and a massive tour that brought him to NYC for shows at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center. He's now set to follow that with an international tour in 2013 that brings him back to NYC for a show on April 6 at Radio City Music Hall. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates.

A list of all dates (including a Wallingford, CT show) and the video for "Show Me The Place" below...

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photos by Gretchen Robinette

Leonard Cohen @ Barclays Center, 12/20/2012
Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen was incredibly grateful to be in Brooklyn last night, and if he were a less-classy gentleman, he might have made one of those "at my age I'm lucky to be anywhere" jokes. But of course, the 78-year-old is one of most dapper, graceful performers alive, so he showed his gratitude by repeatedly thanking the crowd, his band and what seemed like most of his crew, from sound engineer to rigger.

His trademark fedora almost permanently pulled down to his eyes, Cohen delivered an unforgettable evening at the Barclays Center, performing 29 songs over three hours without breaking stride. He skipped onstage at the beginning of both sets and both encores, dropped down to his knees almost as many times as he said "thank you," and made more than a few references to ladies-man persona. -[Spinner]

Canadian music legend Leonard Cohen wrapped up his 2012 tour at the Barclays' center on Thursday night (12/20). Like at MSG a couple days prior, Leonard's set was nearly three hours and 30 songs long, including two encores.

More pics from the show are below, along with the setlist...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Leonard Cohen

Musical and poetic legend Leonard Cohen landed in NYC for his first of two shows here last night (12/18), when he played Madison Square Garden. He played a 29-song set with songs from his entire career -- classics like "Suzanne," "So Long, Marianne," "Bird on the Wire," and "Famous Blue Raincoat," his hugely iconic "Hallelujah," and some tracks off of his year end list appearing 2012 LP, Old Ideas, in addition to many more.

Leonard will do it again on Thursday (12/20) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Tickets for that show are still available.

More pics and the setlist from last night, below...

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Leonard Cohen

Several times during Leonard Cohen's epic and enveloping show at the Citi Wang Theatre Saturday night, the legendary singer-songwriter would sing one of his famous, devastatingly precise couplets and the audience would break into applause.

If the crowd had applauded every time Cohen's poetic eloquence was displayed, it would've meant a nonstop ovation for almost the entirety of the 3-hour-plus performance. That might've been distracting but it would've been understandable given how deep his gift for expression runs and how impeccably it was brought to life by the man and his superb band.

At 78, it would make sense, even be expected, that Cohen would move a little slower or play for less time. But the opposite was true. The spry Cohen -- cutting a natty figure in black suit and fedora as did most of his band -- literally skipped about the stage, went down on his knees frequently, and played more than two dozen songs, ambitiously covering the ground between his 1967 debut and this year's "Old Ideas." - [Boston Globe]

Canadian national treasure and all-around music legend Leonard Cohen is still going strong at 78, having released the widely-acclaimed Old Ideas this year that ended up on Best of 2012 lists from Rolling Stone, The AV Club, Q and more. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it below via Rdio.

Leonard's current tour, which hit Boston over the weekend (review above), wraps up here in NYC with two shows: Madison Square Garden tonight (12/18) and Barclays Center on Thursday (12/20). Tickets are still available for both shows.

Album stream is below.

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As you may remember, Brooklyn old time folk revivalists Spirit Family Reunion released their debut album over the summer and sounds more like something from the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack than something from their NYC borrough in 2012. You can stream the whole thing below. The band recently appeared on long-running NPR show Mountain Stage (taped in West Virginia) alongside Dr. Dog, the Mountain Goats, Nellie McKay, and Red Wanting Blue and that episode airs this week, check here for a station near you and look for the episode to go up on their archive next week.

Meanwhile, Spirit Family Reunion have a few live shows coming up, including New Year's Eve in NYC, playing Pianos with Christopher Paul Stelling. Tickets are $15 and include a champagne toast at midnight.

The band were also kind enough to send us their Top 10 LPs of 2012 and if you're expecting a bunch of Bill Monroe reissues on the list, you'd be wrong. Their list includes Ty Segall and Leonard Cohen who maybe they're going to see tonight at Madison Square Garden? Check out their full list below, along with a stream of their album and a list of all upcoming tour dates.

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by Bill Pearis

Frank Ocean at Angel Orensanz Center, 9/24/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Frank Ocean

One of the saddest losses of 2012 for me was the NYC print edition of The Onion which I always looked forward to picking up on Wednesdays and browsing while on the subway or getting some food on the neighborhood. (I still have my copy of the "CHINA STRONG" issue, easily one of the funniest they've ever done.) I lament of it for the AV Club half as well, as I've long found it to be amongst the best pop culture criticism/journalism out there. While NYC can no longer get physical copies, you can still read it online where the AV Club has really flourished.

It's Year-End season there too and have just published their Top 25 LPs of 2012 list, which was tallied by a complicated system that led to a lot of ties, including three albums claiming the #18 spot. There was no doubt who was getting the top slot, though, as Frank Ocean's Channel Orange got the most votes by a wide margin. There's no stopping that album on year end polls. Elsewhere on the list, you'll find more than a few records that cater to the late-'30s indie rock fan crowd (The Walkmen, Bob Mould, Field Music) and even Rush's Clockwork of Angels. You can look at individual writers' ballots as well. Check out the whole list below.

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Ian O'Neil of Deer Tick @ Carnegie Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
Ian ONeil
Deer Tick

Deer Tick's three-week Brooklyn Bowl residency begins TONIGHT (12/5). As mentioned, they'll be performng different albums and EPs in full at the three shows. Unfortunately no War Elephant (which they recently performed at a Newport Folk Fest afterparty), but we will get:

12.05.12 Born on Flag Day + More Fuel for the Fire EP
12.12.12 The Black Dirt Sessions + Holy Shit it's Christmas EP
12.19.12 Divine Providence + Tim EP
Doors for each show are at 8pm, and Deer Tick guitarist Ian O'Neil opens each show with a solo set. Other openers include Hollis Brown on 12/5, Viking Moses in 12/12, and Alex Bleeker on 12/19. Deer Tick's other upcoming shows include the Capitol Theater with My Morning Jacket and Maxwell's. They're all listed below.

Ian O'Neil, like many of our favorite artists before him, told us what his favorite albums of 2012 were. His list includes his recent tour-mates Turbo Fruits, his old band Titus Andronicus (who headlined Webster Hall this week), and legends Neil Young & Crazy Horse (who played Barclays Center this week). Check it out in full below...

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by Andrew Sacher


More of the big 2012 year-end lists have been rolling in, with NPR and SPIN recently revealing theirs, and now Rolling Stone have unleashed theirs. Similarly to Uncut, the expected albums from older artists are there, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, and the number one slot going to Bruuuuuuuuuuuce. It's got huge albums like Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, and fun., as well as the token high ranking indie album (Japandroids at #9), the token washed up band who was once classic (Green Day), things you knew you'd see on Rolling Stone's list like Jack White and Alabama Shakes, and... Grimes!

You can read the whole list below...

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Leonard Cohen

UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.

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check out this new photo of Amanda & her band...
Amanda Palmer

The always talented and controversial - mostly because she isn't afraid to try new things and speak her mind (especially on Twitter), Amanda Palmer, is playing a massive New Year's Eve show at NYC's Terminal 5 where she and The Grand Theft Orchestra will be performing Prince's Purple Rain in its entirety in addition to her original songs (get your tickets - regular or VIP).

Meanwhile, we asked Amanda to list her favorite 10 musical things from 2012, and you can see what she listed and watch her new NSFW video for "Do It With a Rockstar", below...

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Q MagQ Mag

Q Magazine put out their Top 50 albums of 2012 list, choosing to do so in no particular order this year, making it more a pile than a list. Check out Q's picks in alphabetical order below.

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Polaris Prize

The long list for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been revealed. It includes Leonard Cohen, Cold Specks, Drake, Feist, Fucked Up, Grimes, Japandroids, The Weeknd, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, and more. Check out the full list below. Who's your money on?

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Leonard Cohen at Red Rocks in 2009 (more by Lori Bally)
Leonard Cohen

As mentioned, Leonard Cohen released his first album in eight years this year and will tour North America in late fall to support it. That tour includes the previously discussed NYC shows on December 18 at Madison Square Garden and Brooklyn's December 20 at Barclays Center. Tickets for those shows go on sale today (5/18) at noon.

We're also giving away a pair of tickets to Leonard's shows in the following cities: NYC, Brooklyn, Austin, Chicago, LA, and San Jose. Details on how to enter to win tickets to shows in any of the above cities are below, along with a list of all dates.

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Leonard Cohen @ Red Rocks, 2009 (more by Lori Baily)
Leonard Cohen

After returning to the stage in 2008 and going on to headline Madison Square Garden, Leonard Cohen has announced his return one again, and it just keeps getting bigger. Dubbed part the "Old Ideas World Tour 2012", a set of North American dates have been announced in support of his new album. Kicking of in Austin on Halloween, LC will end things in NYC this winter with not just a December 18 Madison Square Garden show, but one on December 20 at the new Barclays Center as well! Tickets for Canadian dates go On sale starting May 11 and U.S. dates go on sale starting May 18.

LC joins Rush, Andrea Bocelli and Jay-Z on a list of artists scheduled to play the Barclays Center so far.

All dates are listed below.

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Bill Callahan @ the Allen Room - 2/8/2012
Bill Callahan

Following performances by a diversity of musicians including Keren Ann and Thurston Moore, Bill Callahan continued Lincoln Center's 2012 American Songbook Series last night (2/8) at the Allen Room, a show Mr. Callahan said seemed like an appropriate finale to his "Apocalyspe Tour." Here are some pictures.

tUnE-yArDs plays the series tonight (2/9).

In other news, Bill Callahan recently covered Leonard Cohen's great ""So Long Marianne" for a MOJO Magazine covers CD. Listen to that, with more pictures from the NYC show, below...

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Old Ideas

Leonard Cohen is releasing his first album since 2004's Dear Heather this month. The album, titled Old Ideas, comes out January 31 via Columbia (currently up for pre-order at Leonard Cohen's webstore). That's the cover art above. Towards the end of last year, he revealed the piano-led, "Show Me the Place." He followed that with the album's second single, "Darkness," a smokey blues tune that fits eerily well with Cohen's aged voice. The most recent offering from the album is the whispered ballad, "Going Home," which The New Yorker posted along with a poem, which is also the song's lyrics. Listen to all three songs and check out the album's full tracklist, below...

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David Byrne

Eclectic rocker Neil Young, who has made no secret of his disdain for the Grammys, finally won a coveted trophy on Sunday for the first time in a career spanning almost 50 years.

Fittingly, the Canadian singer/songwriter was honored for a long-delayed boxed set collecting more than 120 tracks from his early days.

"Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 (1963-1972)" won the Grammy for best art direction on a boxed or special limited-edition package. Young, 64, shared the award with fellow art directors Gary Burden and Jenice Heo.

"Thanks a lot, everybody," Young said as he accepted his statuette.

He also competed for best solo rock vocal Grammy but lost to Bruce Springsteen, whose career total rose to 20.

On Friday he was honored by the music industry at its annual MusiCares charity fundraiser in recognition of his annual concerts for the Bridge School for disabled children.

The 10-disc "Archives" boxed set has been in the works for years, with Young frequently delaying its release so that technology could catch up with his vision. It boasts studio and live tracks, demos, outtakes and other rarities, as well as videos and the first digital release of his directing debut, "Journey Through the Past."

Fans have the choice of three configurations: CD, DVD and Blu-ray -- the most expensive at more than $200. [Reuters]

Kings of Leon won three. MGMT won none. Loudon Wainwright, Steve Earle, Levon Helm, Steve Martin (bluegrass), and Michael J Fox all won Grammys. Phoenix won for best Alternative Music Album. David Byrne & Brian Eno's CD won for 'Recording Package'. Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Les Paul and Michael Jackson were honored. Stephen Colbert won in the comedy category which came later in the show than his iPad bit. Video of that with the full list of winners below...

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