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Diplo

Diplo has a few dates coming up this year, and he'll be ringing in the new year in a big way when he teams up with Skrillex for a New Year's Eve show at Madison Square Garden. The show will include solo sets from each producer, plus a set as their collaborative project Jack U. Tickets are currently on AmEx presale with a Live Nation presale beginning Thursday (9/18) at 10 AM and the general on-sale starting Friday (9/19) at noon. All Diplo dates are listed below.

The pair have also premiered the studio version of their collaboration with pop singer Kiesza, "Take Ü There," on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show. You can stream that below. Maybe Kiesza will show up on NYE? We know for sure she'll play NYC in October though, for the Downtown Music Festival.

List of dates and song stream below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers @ MSG - 9/10/14
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Petty & The Heartbreakers' excellent "Hypnotic Eye" album certainly proves that Simmons' pronouncements that "Rock is dead" are pure bunk. (So does Robert Plant's new "Lullaby and ... The Ceaseless Roar" album, for that matter, along with countless bands in the past 20 years that the Kiss frontman has either forgotten or never heard.) Not only did new songs like "American Dream Plan B" and "Forgotten Man" fit in well with Petty's classics, they made them sound more current. ("Into the Great Wide Open" has never sounded better than when sandwiched between those two new songs.)

What took the show to the next level, though, is the way the band set out to prove how "rock and roll will set you free." They outlined several times how messed up American life is these days -- most dramatically in the epic "Shadow People" -- but Petty wants to offer the seeds of a solution as well. - [Newsday]

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' tour, supporting the band's received new album Hypnotic Eye, hit NYC Wednesday night (9/10) for a show at Madison Square Garden. Apart from a couple new songs, it was a veritable hitfest (and Petty's got a lot of hits). The night was opened by another veteran hitmaker, Steve Winwood. Pics and setlist from MSG are in this post.

Petty and the Heartbreakers also hit NJ's PNC Bank Center last night (9/11). More pics from MSG below...

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that (first) time Aziz met Kanye
Kanye

We couldn't be prouder of BrooklynVegan's first-ever event host Aziz Ansari, who like one of his favorite bands before him, and Kanye many times, will headline NYC's iconic Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2014. Tickets go on on sale to the general public Friday, 06/13 at noon. a Fanclub Presale starts one day earlier.

Other dates on the Parks & Recreation actor's short "Modern Romance" tour are in TX, Vegas, Philly and DC. They're listed (in a tour poster) below..

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at Beacon Theatre in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Tom Petty

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers plan to release Hypnotic Eye, their thirteenth studio album and first since 2010's Mojo, on July 29 via Reprise. In support of that, they'll go on a tour with Steve Winwood that hits NYC on September 10 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for that show go on sale May 31 at 10 AM with a fan club presale starting May 27 at 10 AM, a fan club presale bundle starting May 28 at 10 AM, a CD presale starting May 29 at 10 AM, and a venue presale starting May 30 at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with the trailer video for the new album/tour, below...

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by Ian Chainey

Japan X

Long-running heavy metallers/visual kei stylists X Japan are returning to the United States for a special engagement at Madison Square Garden on October 11. It will mark the first time the Japanese quintet has performed in America since 2010. The upcoming show was recently teased by bandleader Yoshiki at a solo date in San Francisco, which was soon confirmed by the band's website. Ticket information and related details have yet to be announced but should be available soon via Ticketmaster.

If you're thinking, Wait, what. . .is playing MSG, here's a quick and dirty primer: While X Japan never broke big here, they're adored by an ardent base of fanatical followers all of the world. Formed in 1982, X unified rousing power metal with the over-the-top dress and hair of the visual kei scene, helping to further the latter's rise as one of the dominate pop phenomenons of '90s Japan. If you can picture Helloween made-over by '70s Bowie and '80s Simon Le Bon, you're in the ballpark. Their first real taste of success was 1989's Blue Blood, an hour-plus amalgamation of J-pop, hair metal, guitar heroics, and ripping speed metal. Their follow-up, 1991's Jealousy, debuted at number one on the Oricon charts and quickly crested one million albums sold. In 1992, X became X Japan after moving to Atlantic Records with eyes set on conquering the States. It didn't quite go down as planned, but no matter. The group had no qualms settling on inspiring an absolute frenzy at home.

X Japan split in 1997 and their future was put into further doubt when original shredder Hide passed away in 1998. However, the outfit reformed in 2007 and has been touring with a steady lineup from 2008 on. While their albums are worthy, the group is primarily known for their live performances, having released a dizzying amount of documentation. And now you can see them in the flesh and catch the buzz of an entire stadium going bonkers. Or, hey, perhaps you'll be purchasing a ticket as a re-acquaintance: You could've caught them in 2010 at Lollapalooza or in NYC at the Roseland Ballroom around the time Yoshiki appeared at Comic Con. Meanwhile, Yoshiki's classical solo world tour continues this weekend in Mexico.

Interest piqued? Check out the Blue Blood album, a Blue Blood-era show, and the nearly four-hour(!) The Last Live, below...

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Fleetwood Mac at Jones Beach in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac are back with their classic lineup of Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and John McVie and going on an extensive North American tour this year which hits NYC on October 6 at Madison Square Garden. That show is almost sold out, but the band have now added a few more dates, including a second MSG show (10/7) happening the next night. Tickets for the newly-added show are currently on AmEx presale, go on Facebook presale Wednesday (4/9) at 10 AM, Live Nation presale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM, and general on-sale Saturday (4/12) at 10 AM.

The tour also hits NJ on 10/11 at Prudential Center, and you can still grab tickets to that one and the other MSG show.

Updated dates are listed below...

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Fleetwood Mac on 'The TODAY Show'
Fleetwood Mac

Though the longest-running and most famous lineup of Fleetwood Mac toured again pretty recently, it was without Christine McVie. However, as rumored a few months ago after Christine briefly joined them on stage for the first time since 1998, she's officially back in the band. All five members -- Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and John McVie (who was recently diagnosed with cancer but says he's getting better) -- appeared on The TODAY Show with Carson Daly this morning (3/27), confirming the reunion. They also mentioned they'd be touring this fall, and that they'll perform at the TODAY plaza in Rockefeller Center on October 9. You can watch the TODAY interview below.

The tour, dubbed "On With The Show,' brings the band to NYC on October 6 at Madison Square Garden and Newark on October 11 at Prudential Center. Tickets for the tour go on sale Monday, April 7 at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Monday, March 31 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

The band also just spoke to People Magazine about the reunion. Christine is happy to be back in the band, and when asked about the drama that plagued the band in the past, she said, "Well, it wouldn't be Fleetwood Mac without a bit of drama, you know. Of course there will be some drama, but for the most part I have to say everyone is getting along really well. At the moment the drama is kind of the fun."

The list of tour dates, with the TODAY video, below...

Continue reading "Fleetwood Mac officially back with Christine McVie, announce 2014 tour (MSG included) (dates)"

Queen

I think the thing that's really special is that this is the real deal. This is live. In today's music world, you go to a concert and you're getting a lot of playbacks. There's click tracks. It is what it is. I'm not hating on it. But this is the real deal. This is pure. We're not playing to a click. We're not playing to tracks. This is all live instruments. I'm singing all the vocals with these guys on vocals. It's purely organic. I think in today's day and age, it's very exciting for an audience to see something that has that much heart. [Adam Lambert to Rolling Stone]
Back in 2011, we asked What's the worst example of a band replacing their singer? around the time INXS, Journey, and "Sublime With Rome" were all touring. Giving all three of those a run for their money, American Idol season 8 runner up Adam Lambert will tour as the lead singer of Queen this year, in place of the late Freddie Mercury. He's performed with the band before but this will be their first full tour together. Can't wait.

The tour, which features original members Brian May and Roger Taylor (but not John Deacon), comes to NYC for a show on July 17 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 14.

All dates are listed below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Justin Timberlake @ MSG - 2/20/14
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake brought his current tour back to NYC for his first of two Madison Square Garden shows last night (2/20), his third NYC run in the past year. He played a good deal of both parts of The 20/20 Experience, including standouts like "Don't Hold the Wall," "Let the Groove Get In," "Mirrors" and more. Plenty of the older hits like "My Love," "SexyBack," "LoveStoned," and "Rock Your Body" were represented, and did a number of the covers he's been known to play lately like Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York," Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel," Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" and Kool & the Gang's "Jungle Boogie." Pictures of the show are in this post.

JT hits MSG again tonight (2/21), for his final NYC show of the week, which was rescheduled from Wednesday. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

More pictures, video and setlist from last night, below...

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JT

Justin Timberlake is currently on a tour which comes to NYC this week and was supposed to hit NYC tonight (2/19) and Thursday (2/20) at Madison Square Garden. Unfortunately, due to health reasons, JT had to postpone tonight's show until Friday (2/21). All tickets purchased for tonight's show will be honored on Friday, and you can still pick up tickets for both shows. If you can't make it on Friday, refunds are available at point of purchase.

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

Arctic Monkeys @ MSG - 2/8/14
Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys

As recently as 2011, surrounding the release of Arctic Monkeys' last album, Suck It and See, it didn't seem possible for the band to sell out an arena (at least in America). Despite moving forward artistically, it felt like they were waning in popularity, at risk of remaining remembered only for their early hits, like the bulk of the '00s garage rock/post punk revival breakout bands. But with the deservedly successful AM under their belts, they proved those feelings to be very wrong, taking the stage for a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden Saturday night (2/8), and coming off as anything but a band nostalgic for their breakout period. In fact, they only played two songs from the first album, the massive "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and non-hit "Dancing Shoes," and the former actually felt out of place, rather than a highlight of the show. Arctic Monkeys have fully made the transition into the uniquely dark, diverse rockers they showed us they could be on Humbug, and it was that which actually made this huge arena show one of the best times I've seen them.

They played almost the entirety of AM, kicking off with the sludge hop of "Do I Wanna Know?," like they've been doing this tour, and hitting everything else but the two ballads and "I Want It All." When they did revisit the previous three albums, they mostly stuck to darker cuts ("Pretty Visitors," "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair," "Brianstorm") which blended right in with the AM material. They paid tribute to one of the obvious big influences on their new sound, Black Sabbath, working in a snippet of "War Pigs" before the guitar solo on "Arabella." And in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to the US, they covered "All My Loving" as the first song of their encore (which they've done at other tour stops too). For that cover, and pre-encore song "505," the band were joined by friend/collaborator Miles Kane of The Rascals and also of The Last Shadow Puppets with AM frontman Alex Turner. Not a dull moment the whole set.

Deerhunter
Deerhunter

Making the show doubly great, it was opened by Deerhunter, who also opened the Boston show on their tour two days earlier. Since openers sometimes get the shaft at MSG, I was worried about how their set would go over, but they still pulled it off. Like at their own shows, the stage was clouded by fog machines and neon lights, and they were pretty loud for an opener at MSG too. Of course, being that their set was only 9 songs, there was no way to get as absorbed in it as a headlining show, but Deerhunter still gave you moments to get lost in, like the krauty jam of "Desire Lines" and the noisy ending to set-closer "Monomania."

Pictures of the show are in this post. They continue, along with the setlists of both bands, videos of Arctic Monkeys (including the "All My Loving" cover and "Arabella-meets-War-Pigs"), and audio of their full set, below...

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"I woke up this morning and thought the whole MSG run was a dream." - @SoYeahBrah

Phish @ MSG (via @phishfromtheroad)
Phish

2013 marked 30 years since Phish first formed on the campus of the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. Keyboardist Page McConnell mentioned the occasion on New Year's Eve 2012-2013 and then there was little talk of the anniversary throughout the year...until last night. The quartet finally celebrated their anniversary last night at Madison Square Garden as part of their New Year's Run finale at the NYC venue. The members of the band loaded on top of a truck made to simulate a stage of a club from early in their career for Tuesday night's second set. Phish also tipped their hats to the band's first gig by using hockey sticks as microphone stands and an extremely basic gear setup. Furthermore, in between the end of the third set and the encore, a montage showing scenes from the past 30 years was displayed on The Garden's scoreboard. With the exception of the "Auld Lang Syne" that signaled the start of 2014, Phish didn't play any covers throughout the four night run. [JamBase]
Phish played their four-night run at Madison Square Garden starting on December 28 and leading up to New Year's Eve. Like the review quoted above mentions, they only played one cover over the course of the four nights, which were in celebration of their 30th anniversary as a band. You can check out the setlists from all four nights below.

In less happy news, like at Phish's recent Halloween run in Atlantic City, more than a few people were arrested outside of MSG on the nights of the shows. NY Times reports:

At least 228 people were arrested or received summonses at shows on the first three nights of a four-night stand that was to end Tuesday with a New Year's Eve performance and undoubtedly more arrests.

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While ticket scalping and public urination accounted for some of the arrests over the first two days, most were linked to narcotics possession and sales. Undercover officers have confiscated marijuana, hash, psychedelic mushrooms, LSD, MDMA or ecstasy, amphetamine and prescription drugs like Oxycodone, OxyContin and Xanax, among other drugs, the authorities said.

Most of the offenders were charged with misdemeanors or given summonses, according to the Manhattan district attorney's office. So far, 10 people have been charged with felonies, most of them for attempting to sell drugs to undercover police officers.

The article also points out that Phish fans were handing out a pamphlet which included, among other things, a plea for Phish to play New Year's Eve in a different venue:
"How about visiting some other great Northeast venues?" the pamphlet said. "You know the ones that have affordable accommodations, easy transportation, and where Our Community is thoroughly welcomed by the Local Community?"
Setlists from all four nights below...

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Billy Joel

Who's in the mood for a melody? Call your dad. Billy Joel is about to start a very, very long residency at MSG,

"Joining the ranks of The Garden's other original franchises - including the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty - Billy Joel will kick off this franchise at The Garden performing a show a month, as long as there is demand, starting January 27, 2014. The first four previously announced shows -- January 27, February 3, March 21, April 18 are sold out. The just announced May 9 show, which is also Billy's 65th birthday, will be available to Citi cardmembers during an exclusive presale from December 4th at 10am (EST) through December 6th at 10pm (EST). Tickets will then be available for purchase by the general public beginning at 10am (EST) on Saturday, December 7th.
The piano man also plays Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. Billy's friend Elton John starts a 2-night run at MSG tonight.

Full Billy Joel MSG press release below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Kanye @ MSG - 11/24/13 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Kanye

Kanye West just wrapped the 4-night NYC runYeezus tour at MSG last night (11/24) with legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest opening, and billing it as their "final" show. The run also included another show with Tribe last Wednesday (11/20) at Barclays Center and two with Kendrick Lamar -- 11/19 at Barclays and Saturday (11/23) at MSG.

It was Kanye's second live appearance(s) in NYC this year, after having headlined Governors Ball back in June. His GovBall set was an incredibly elaborate affair, with a massive light show and intense on-screen footage that was more about the overall audio/visual experience than it was "a concert." And last night's MSG show was a similar experience, but a totally different delivery. Instead of video clips, Kanye was backed by a giant 3-dimensional pyramid, a "sky" screen above it, and a silent group of "dancers" who looked more like a cult-ish or religious group than dancers. The setlist was super heavy on Yeezus early on, playing most of the older hits towards the end, but it was those dark, abrasive moments of the new album mixed with the ominous stage show that really made it an unforgettable experience. That, and of course, Kanye's nightly rant, which this time was about how "nobody says anything bad about Lenny Kravitz," how terrible the fashion industry is, and about not letting your ego get to your head too much.

During A Tribe Called Quest's set, like he did at Barclays Center, Busta Rhymes came out during "Scenario" which got him and Tribe a standing ovation. Busta and ATCQ's Q-Tip have a collaborative mixtape, The Abstract & The Dragon, coming out on December 12, and they just made a video for its single "Thank You," which features Kanye, in addition to Lil Wayne. A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, and Tristan Wilds make cameos in the video, but aren't on the song. Check it out below.

And in more related news, James Franco and Seth Rogen decided to make their own version of Kanye's "Bound 2" video, which you can watch, along with a couple videos from MSG (including a "rant" video) and Kanye's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Kanye West played 2 shows @ MSG & 2 @ Barclays Center, appears on new Busta Rhymes/Q-Tip track (videos & setlist)"

Kanye West in Sweden in 2011 (more)
Kanye

Kanye West just premiered the video for "Bound 2," the final track on Yeezus, during his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The video features (a topless) Kim Kardashian and was directed by Nick Knight. You can watch it, along with his Ellen interview, below.

UPDATE: The uncensored version of the video is out now, and you can watch that below. NSFW obviously.

Kanye also just responded to president Barack Obama calling him a "jackass" during a 2009 Hot 107.9 interview. Via The Guardian:

On the "jackass" comment, Kanye admitted that "that's how the world felt," but that Obama shouldn't have responded negatively. "I don't care if somebody the President or not. I care about thoughts, and how you helpin' people, and what you bring to the world. My music brings joy to people. What I create brings joy to people, and I'm about people. Me, I'm not about me. I'm about, 'I got an idea that people gonna like.'"
Yeezy's tour begins its four-night run in NYC tonight (11/19) at Barclays Center. It also hits Barclays on Wednesday (11/20) and then MSG on Saturday (11/23) and Sunday (11/24). Tonight's and Saturday's shows are being opened by Kendrick Lamar, and Wednesday's and Sunday's shows will be the "final" shows for legendary group A Tribe Called Quest. Tickets for all four nights are still available.

In between those shows, you might run into him at a local Wendy's.

Ye also just spoke on Bret Eason Ellis' new podcast, which you can listen to here. New videos and updated list of tour dates below...

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Reptar

There's "not many tickets left" to the Paul Simon and Sting show at MSG (3/4), but they've since added a second night happening on March 6 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for the newly-added show go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM. Live Nation/Local presales start Thursday (11/21) at 10 AM, and general on-sale begins Friday, November 22 at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Shearwater at The Bell House go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Justin Timberlake at MSG go on Live Nation/Mobile App, venue, and Facebook presales today at 10 AM (password: "SEXYBACK").

Tickets to see J. Cole at The Theatre at MSG go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see H2O and Youth Brigade at Gramercy Theatre go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Suffocation and Pyrexia at Webster Hall's Marlin's Room go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the Flogging Molly show at Roseland Ballroom go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Baauer and Ryan Hemsworth at Webster Hall are on sale now.

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.

Metric @ MSG - 11/13/13 (via @efactorygirl)
Metric

Canadian indie pop band Metric have been on a tour supporting Paramore which just hit NYC for a huge show at Madison Square Garden last night (11/13). If you'd rather see Metric headlining their own show, and in a much more intimate environment, you're in luck because they've added a last-minute NYC show happening on Tuesday (11/19) at Bowery Ballroom. (It's even intimate for Metric's standards. Their last headlining show in NYC was at Radio City, where they were joined by Lou Reed.) Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (11/15) at noon.

Metric will also perform on Letterman tonight (11/14). Updated dates are listed, along with a video and the setlist from Metric's set at MSG, below...

Continue reading "Metric opened for Paramore at MSG, adds last-minute small NYC show, playing 'Letterman' tonight (dates, video, setlist)"

Justin Timberlake at Barclays Center - 11/16/13 (via @liliana_lgd)
JT

Justin Timberlake just brought his tour through the NYC-area for a few dates with The Weeknd including a show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center last week (11/6). Check out JT's 30+ song setlist and videos of both artists from the show, below.

Justin's tour comes back to NYC for a show on February 19 at MSG, and since we last spoke, he's added a ton of more dates, including another show happening at MSG (2/20) a day later. Tickets for that show go on sale November 18 at 10 AM with Fan Club/Mastercard presales starting today (11/13) at 10 AM and Live Nation/Mobile App/Venue/Facebook presales starting Friday (11/15) at 10 AM. There are some tickets left for the first night, but "not many." No openers for these shows announced yet.

Updated dates are listed, along with videos and setlist from Barclays, below...

Continue reading "Justin Timberlake played Barclays Center w/ The Weeknd (set list & videos), adds more dates (2nd MSG show included)"

Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Paul Simon

Songwriting legend Paul Simon is still going strong, having released the quality So Beautiful or So What back in 2011 and continuing to tour. Paul recently announced another tour to go down across the US and Canada in winter 2014 with Sting. The tour will feature the two musicians playing a collaborative set, in addition to solo sets from each of them. It hits NYC on March 4 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Tuesday (11/12) at 10 AM with a Live Nation/Local presale starting today (11/11) at 10 AM.

The two were last in NYC together for a benefit show at Radio City in 2012.

Last month, Paul released the massive box set, The Complete Albums Collection, which compiles all of his solo albums (including 1965's The Paul Simon Song Book, his solo album recorded during Simon & Garfunkel's career that included many songs which soon became Simon & Garfunkel songs), two live concerts, 37 tracks of bonus material, a 56-page book of photos and liner notes by Ashley Kahn. It might be a good holiday gift for your Paul Simon-obsessed loved ones. Two live videos from the concerts included on the box set, and the tracklist, are below.

All tour dates are listed, along with videos, below...

Continue reading "Paul Simon released a box set, touring w/ Sting (dates, videos)"

A Tribe Called Quest
Tribe

As you may have heard, Kanye West's tour was plagued with some equipment damages which caused certain shows to be cancelled, but Kanye's since fully updated his tour schedule, and is set to pick things up again on 11/16 in Philly. As long as everything goes right this time, this means his NYC shows -- 11/19 & 20 at Barclays Center and 11/23 & 24 at MSG -- will happen according to plan. As discussed, the 11/19 & 11/23 shows are being opened by Kendrick Lamar, and the 11/20 & 11/24 shows are being opened by A Tribe Called Quest. Tickets for all four NYC shows are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

For ATCQ, these will be the legendary group's "final" shows. Tribe member Q-Tip tweeted, "In August, ATCQ did our last show FOR Cali. It's only right we do our FINAL 2 joints where we started...NYC."

For Kendrick Lamar, these shows will be his second trip to NYC this month. He was just here for Power 105.1 Powerhouse at Barclays Center, where he brought out Lil Kim.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "A Tribe Called Quest's 'final' two shows going on as planned; Kanye West reschedules other dates"

Arctic Monkeys at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys are still living large off the success of their well-received fifth album, AM. They've been on a tour in support of it which hit NYC's Webster Hall and a number of festivals, and now they've announced North American dates for 2014 that include by far their largest headlining show in NYC yet. They'll headline Madison Square Garden on February 8, and that show (along with their 11/6 show at Boston's Agganis Arena) will be opened by Deerhunter. You may remember that in 2012, Arctic Monkeys opened for Black Keys at MSG. Tickets for the MSG show (and the whole tour) go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon.

All dates, including KROQ Christmas, are listed below...

Continue reading "Arctic Monkeys announce 2014 North American tour (MSG w/ Deerhunter included)"

MSG
MSG

Madison Square Garden has been undergoing some renovations recently (which is at least one reason Barclays Center has been getting so many good shows), and they've started debuting pictures of their work. The most recent one is the new LED video display system:

Madison Square Garden unveiled [Monday, 10/21] the design for the Arena's new state-of-the-art, one-of-a-kind, center-hung multi-media display. The display will serve as the centerpiece of The Garden's brand-new LED video display system, known as GardenVision, which will debut on October 25 as part of the third and final phase of The Garden's unprecedented, $1 billion, three-year Transformation. This cutting-edge system will include more than 20 individually produced LED displays, providing fans with an enhanced visual experience while at The World's Most Famous Arena.

"With the completion of our historic Madison Square Garden Transformation, The World's Most Famous Arena has also now become the world's most state-of-the-art arena, ensuring that we continue our tradition of providing our fans with the very best experience possible when they attend an event at The Garden," said Hank Ratner, president and chief executive officer, The Madison Square Garden Company. "Among the many new technological advancements in the Arena is our new one-of-a-kind GardenVision system, featuring the industry's most dynamic multi-media display with a unique circular design and stunning image clarity, guaranteeing fans all around the Arena will get to experience the magic and excitement of The Garden up-close and in high-definition."
This comes a week after they just finished up the new Chase Bridges:
Madison Square Garden[Monday, 10/14] unveiled new construction photos of the Chase Bridges, which will debut later this month as part of the third and final phase of the unprecedented $1 billion, top-to-bottom Arena Transformation project. The two first-of-their-kind Chase Bridges will offer a premium experience for fans with one of the most unique seats in any sports arena.

In a nod to New York City's many renowned suspension bridges, the Chase Bridges are suspended from The Garden's iconic ceiling by 24 (north bridge) and 26 (south bridge) steel tube hangers. First-class food and beverage options are steps away from the seats, including MSG Signature Collection offerings from top New York chefs and restaurateurs. The Chase Bridges include colors, design elements and curving forms that compliment and seamlessly integrate with the distinctive interior architecture of The Garden's bowl. Each bridge is 233 feet long and 22 feet wide, and together they weigh a total of 662 tons. The two bridges combined will seat 430 fans for New York Knicks and New York Rangers games; a limited number of individual tickets are still available via NYKnicks.com and NYRangers.com. Seating on the bridges will also be available for select concerts and other events at The Garden, depending upon event set-up.
A couple of the pictures are above. A couple more are below.

Upcoming shows at the fixed up venue include Kanye West, Phish, Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Paramore with Metric, and more.

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Tribe

As discussed, Kanye West is going on his first solo headlining tour in five years, and as you may know, Kendrick Lamar is set to open most of it, but no openers were ever announced for the four NYC shows. Now it's finally been announced that Kendrick opens two of them, and the other two are being opened by... legendary Queens crew A Tribe Called Quest! The schedule for NYC looks like this:

November 19 - Barclays Center w/ Kendrick Lamar
November 20 - Barclays Center w/ A Tribe Called Quest
November 23 - Madison Square Garden w/ Kendrick Lamar
November 24 - Madison Square Garden w/ A Tribe Called Quest
Tickets for all four shows are still available.

A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad DJs the RSVPed-out NPR CMJ showcase that Pusha T (whose new album Kanye produced) plays.

Kendrick Lamar (who's on that Pusha T album) joins his Black Hippy mate Schoolboy Q and others for Power 105.1's Powerhouse at Barclays Center on November 2 (tickets).

Meanwhile, Schoolboy Q plays a CMJ show this week at Webster Hall on Wednesday (10/16) with Casey Veggies, three A$AP Mob members, Bishop Nehru, The Bots and more (tickets).

Updated Kanye dates are listed below...

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Phish at MSG in 2012 (more by Robert Altman)
Phish

Phish are only a few weeks away from their Halloween shows in Atlantic City (sold out), but they've just announced another holiday celebration for the NYC-area: their annual New Year's run at Madison Square Garden, which goes from December 28-31. Tickets for all four shows go on sale Saturday (10/12) at noon.

Other upcoming multi-night holiday jam band runs in NYC include Phil Lesh & Friends (Halloween) and The Disco Biscuits (New Year's).

And don't forget a bunch of indie type bands are working on a Grateful Dead tribute.

For New Year's shows in NYC with less dreads, tie-dye shirts and shrooms, there's also Patti Smith, Punch Brothers, Clutch, Jim Jones Revue, Mykki Blanco, and Gogol Bordello.

All Phish dates are listed below...

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Justin Timberlake at Yankee Stadium in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
JT

Justin Timberlake has a bunch of North American dates coming up, including a previously discussed stop at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on November 6 and NJ's IZOD Center on November 9, both of which tickets are still available for. He's just added way more dates into 2014, and the newly expanded tour will bring him back to NYC for a show at Madison Square Garden on February 19. (Not his first time there.) Tickets for that show go on sale Monday (9/30) at 10 AM with a Fan Club presale starting Wednesday (9/25) at 10 AM and Live Nation/Mobile App/Venue/Facebook presales starting Friday (9/27) at 10 AM. Updated dates are listed below.

JT is set to release the second part of his 2013 album, The 20/20 Experience, next week (9/30), but he's currently streaming the whole thing on iTunes. Part 2 gives us 11 more songs and 74+ more minutes of music (hidden track included) from Justin, Timbaland, and co., plus guest verses from Drake and Jay Z. If you liked the boundary-pushing pop of part 1, you'll probably dig much of part 2 too.

Updated dates are listed, along with streams of two album tracks -- "Take Back the Night" and "TKO" -- below...

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