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The Black Keys (t-shirts) @ MSG last week (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
MSG

NJ.com reports:

As it turns out, Beyoncé Knowles will not be the first artist to sing at the new Ovation Hall at Revel Resorts in Atlantic City. This morning, the casino hotel -- which will celebrate its grand opening on May 25 with the first of three Beyoncé concerts -- announced an Ovation Hall show a week prior to the big date. The Black Keys, the Grammy-winning Akron blues-rock duo with a lovably grimy sound, will appear at Revel on May 19. Tickets for the Black Keys concert go on sale March 30 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

Technically, the Keys won't be the first act to play at Revel, either. The hotel is opening a second performance space called the Social, a smaller room than the 5000-seat Ovation Hall. (This is likely to be similar to the division at the Borgata -- the Event Center handles the really big acts, and the Music Box takes care of the more intimate shows.) Revel is planning a soft opening -- they're calling it an eight-week preview -- on Apr. 2, and the casino is marking the occasion with a Social performance by Danish noise-pop the Raveonettes.

It's shaping up as a big spring and summer for popular music in Atlantic City. In addition to the Beyoncé shows on May 25, 26, and 27, Phish are scheduled to play a three-night stand at the disused Bader Field Airport on June 15, 16, and 17. A week later, Metallica brings its Orion Music + More festival to the same location. Bader Field successfully hosted the Dave Matthews Caravan last June.

Beyonce tickets go on sale April 6 at Ticketmaster. The Black Keys play their 2nd of 2 shows at NYC's Madison Square Garden with the Arctic Monkeys TONIGHT (3/22). Pictures from the first are HERE.

UPDATE: and The Black Keys will be co-headlining a new NYC festival this summer too!

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

The Black Keys

"They weren't pretending to be anywhere but an arena. A giant video backdrop showed splashy animated graphics and black-and-white road trip footage. Banks of spotlights flashed behind the band, and not one but two disco balls were lowered for an encore, "Everlasting Light."" [NY Times]
The Black Keys played their first of two MSG shows with the Arctic Monkeys on 3/12. Here are some pictures of the headliner. More of them, with their setlist, below...

Continue reading "The Black Keys headlined Madison Square Garden (pics, setlist)"

photos by Chris La Putt

David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen & Eddie Van Halen @ MSG - 2/28/2012
Van Halen

The reunited Van Halen is on tour and played their first of two shows at NYC's Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night (2/28). Here are some pictures and the setlist, More below....

Continue reading "Van Halen played MSG with Kool & the Gang (pics, setlist)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Motorhead
Megadeth

Megadeth's Gigantour set played like most of their festival appearances of the past year- a greatest hits of their career with a few surprises peppered in. As longtime fans of Megadeth, their catalog of songs are all extremely solid live. But while the band never disappoints, we feel fortunate that Megadeth still exists at all considering all that Mustaine and the boys have been through physically and emotionally over the past decade. At around nine thirty the stage went dark and Shawn Drover's unmistakable drum beats crashed for the opener "Trust," from the 'Cryptic Writings' album. "Trust," albeit not as hard as the rest of their catalog is a perfect opener...

At one point Mustaine had Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia come out on stage to sing, "À Tout le Monde (Set Me Free)" with him. It was a fantastic duet of a classic, and the first time I've ever seen Mustaine sing with a female. Besides being one of the best shredders in the business, this dude can harmonize with the best of them. Along with these rare on stage moments, fans got the red meat they wanted with staples such as, "Hanger 18″, "Wake Up Dead," and "Symphony of Destruction," all of which were played to perfection. -[Local Bozo]

Gigantour, which continues at Glens Falls Civic Center tomorrow night (2/1), rolled into NYC on Saturday (1/28) at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden with apperances from Megadeth, the legendary Motorhead, Lacuna Coil and Volbeat. Pictures/setlists from that show (sans shots of Lacuna Coil, though there are some of Cristina on stage with Dave) are in this post. More of them with some videos, the setlists and all dates, below....

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Bruce Springsteen @ Giants Stadium in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band recently announced a new album (new song and European tour dates included), and now here's the North American tour.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band launch the first US leg of the 2012 'Wrecking Ball' World Tour on March 18 in Atlanta. Bruce Springsteen's 17th studio album 'Wrecking Ball' will be released on Columbia Records on March 6.

"We Take Care Of Our Own," the album's first single,' is "classic Springsteen" with "anguish and challenge [that] run thick and fast" (Rolling Stone); a "richly orchestrated Wall of Sound... that nods to the 'Born to Run' era" (Billboard).

The E Street Band's members are: Roy Bittan - piano, synthesizer; Nils Lofgren - guitar, vocals; Patti Scialfa - guitar, vocals; Garry Tallent - bass guitar; Stevie Van Zandt - guitar, vocals; and Max Weinberg - drums; with Soozie Tyrell - violin, guitar, vocals and Charlie Giordano - keyboards.

Clarence Clemons Rest In Peace.

The tour, which does not-at-the-moment include a rumored Wrigley Field show, will hit the NYC-area in April:

April 3 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center (on sale Jan 27)
April 4 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center (on sale Jan 27)
April 6 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden (on sale Jan 27)
April 9 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden (on sale Jan 27)
The Boss returns home to play the Prudential Center in Newark on May 2.

All dates, which also do not include Austin (yet?), where Bruce is giving a SXSW keynote speech right before the tour starts, are listed along with a stream of the new song and more new album info, below...

Continue reading "Bruce Springsteen announces 2012 Tour, 2 nights @ MSG (dates, new song & album info)"

LCD Soundsystem at MSG 4/2/11 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem played their final show at Madison Square Garden on April 2, 2011 after a four night run at Terminal 5. BV photographer Dominick Mastrangelo, who was at the show, wrote:

From where I was in the middle of the front GA section nobody stopped dancing, or singing along or smiling the entire night. (Save for, like at all four Terminal 5 shows, the couple of awkward, yet brief and deserved intermissions.) Every turn to scan the Garden saw people full-on, in the groove dancing; not just some barely-registered shuffling back and forth. Honestly, everyone who was there should take a bow because they were fantastic.

And no, there was no Daft Punk, but there was Arcade Fire singing joyously along on "North American Scum" (the third set's highlight) and an appearance by Reggie Watts who also played with the band at three of the four Terminal 5 shows. The boys choir featuring members of Mr. Dream was there, as were the two female backup singers, and the horn section that included Kelly Pratt and Colin Stetson. Original LCD guitarist Phil Mossman was back and featured a few times in addition to LCD band members
Nancy Whang, Tyler Pope, Pat Mahoney, Matt Thornley, Gavin Russom, and David Scott Stone.

A documentary of the show, titled Shut Up and Play the Hits, was made and will debut at the Sundance Film Festival this month. It was directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace. Watch the trailer, with more info about the movie too, below...

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David takes a shot at Cafe Wha?
Cafe Wha

As promised, Van Halen (Eddie, Alex, Wolfie & David Lee Roth, but not Michael Anthony) played a super intimate show at Cafe Wha? in the West Village last night (1/5).

David said the last time he played a stage that low he had to get the car back before midnight. He said he was more nervous playing Cafe Wha?, where he can't hide, than any stadium ("no fake vocals at this show" he noted...). Part of that nervousness came from the fact that it was more than just a small, old, legendary venue where they chose to play a press-only show. It's also the club that David's uncle Manny Roth used to own, and Manny, now 92 years old, was in attendance. David mentioned he was 7 years old the first time he was there, but never got to play on that stage - "it was harder getting this gig than getting into the rock n' roll Hall of Fame," the rock star-turned EMT-turned rock star joked during one of his many monologues during the hour+ show. He talked about living on the LES, wanting to meet Lady Gaga, being an EMT in NYC, playing clubs in Southern California, and various other topics in between playing the hits (and one new song). Full setlist and some videos below.

Rolling Stone writes:

"It's like climbing into a rocket in here," David Lee Roth said as he stepped onto the matchbox-sized stage at New York's 250-capacity Cafe Wha? for Van Halen's first concert in four years. "It's a rocket that comes from way back into the past into what the future's going to look like. Welcome to Occupy Van Halen, ladies and gentlemen!"

With those words Eddie Van Halen kicked into the opening notes of "You Really Got Me" and the crowd -composed almost entirely of journalists and music industry insiders - went absolutely bonkers. Over the next hour, the group played a stunningly tight set of songs from their 1978 debut LP all the way through David Lee Roth's swan song, 1984. It was a show guaranteed to make any crowd go into a collective state of hysteria, but the happiest man in the house could have been Roth himself. Dressed in beige overalls and a Brian Johnson-style newsboy hat, the singer had an ear-to-ear grin on his face all night..

And there were smiles and hugs all around, as the band seemed to be getting along just fine...

Cafe Wha

And it's a good thing they're getting along because they've just announced a pretty big tour that includes two NYC shows at Madison Square Garden. All of those dates and more information, also below...

Continue reading "Van Halen played Cafe Wha?, announce 2012 tour (including 2 nights @ MSG) -- setlist, video, pics & dates"

photos by Ryan Barkan

"i just want to say that i think glorified displays of people wasted out of their minds and passed out are really upsetting to me." - JD Samson

"Nothing turns me conservative faster than being on a train with a bunch of stoned Phish fans that just got out of Madison Square Garden." - Frank Hejl

"So many Phish fans looking for a miracle outside Penn Station." - Maura Johnston

"Now hundred of "fans" all over the arena hovering 50 feet above the crowd dancing." - Colonel Forbin

"The floating fans above the crowd would've had me freaking at Phish MSG. I mean, Jesus. What if one hurled?" - Ravenval

Phish

"It's not the ball drop, but for tens of thousands of people, Phish's annual run of shows at Madison Square Garden, which winds up on New Year's Eve, is the more significant year-end event in Manhattan. Always an immediate sellout, the concerts are both a tradition and a challenge. Phish has to provide its familiar joys but vary them enough to surprise fans who are obsessively meticulous tabulators.

Thursday night's concert was Phish in crowd-pleasing mode: uptempo, playing familiar songs and ready to keep fans dancing -- never getting too abstract or experimental. Its two sets were both CD-length, just under 80 minutes each, with the Rolling Stones' "Loving Cup" as a splashy, gospelly encore....This was just a big, happy Phish party. The musicians' fingers flew; lights splayed above the stage; glowsticks were tossed, in mass bursts, at big transitions; balloons bounced around; the year-end ritual was intact. Thursday's concert was a high-level holding action; the next one, as always, might be something else entirely." [NY Times]

Phish took over Madison Square Garden during New Year's Eve week once again. The Vermont jam band hit the venue four nights in a row up to and including New Year's Eve (12/28 - 12/31). Pictures from the second show, the same night the NY Times reviewed, are in this post. If you weren't there, maybe you paid to watch one of the shows streaming live in HD via the band's website (it was $55 to stream all four and it came with access to watch it again).

Were you there? Apparently JD Samson was. Did anyone see any of Trey's friends from the National in the crowd (or over the crowd)?

More pictures from night two (12/29), video of the hanging people getting put up into the air on New Year's Eve, and all four setlists (they covered TV on the Radio's "Golden Age" on New Year's Eve), below..

Continue reading "Phish played 4 New Year's Eve Week shows @ MSG, hung people from the ceiling (pics, video, setlist)"

My Morning Jacket @ MSG (more by Chris La Putt)
MMJ

Check out a video someone shot at MMJ Wednesday night, entitled "My Morning Jacket - Off The Record, MSG, Stripper", below...

Continue reading "this dude is feelin' it (in his boxers) -- (check out this video from My Morning Jacket @ Madison Square Garden)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Jim James belts it out (with a bomb on his belt) @ Madison Square Garden
My Morning Jacket

"When My Morning Jacket first arrived on the scene, they were unique to the point of grand intrigue for many people, and over the years, they have always made records that have a context that reflects the time and place where they are. They've built up a reputation for being premiere performers, and everyone from Pearl Jam to Metallica has sung their praises. Personally speaking, they've been the only band in recent memory that can record tender acoustic love songs, and then go out on tour with the Foo Fighters--giving Dave Grohl and company a run for their money. It's a great testament to My Morning Jacket's commitment to the music, and they are humble and appreciative about the success they have achieved thus far." [Aquarian]
My Morning Jacket headlined Madison Square Garden in NYC last night (12/14). Band of Horses opened the big show and returned to the stage to help MMJ perform the final song of the night, "I'll Be Home For Christmas". Video of that moment with more pictures of the MSG show and MMJ's setlist, below...

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The Black Keys @ Summerstage 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Black Keys
Black Keys

"They made every right step, and they never rushed it," said John Moore, the founder of Bowery Presents, in a telephone interview. "It seems like the perfect rise."

Mr. Moore, whose company is promoting the Madison Square Garden show and first presented the Black Keys at the Mercury Lounge in 2002, mentioned Arcade Fire as the only other rock band of their generation with comparable arena status. [NY Times]

The March 12th Black Keys/Arctic Monkeys show at Madison Square Garden sold out today (12/9), the same day the tickets went on sale to the general public, and so... they've added another one! Both bands will play MSG again on March 22. Tickets for the new date go on general sale Friday, Dec 16 at 9am.

My Morning Jacket at Lollapalooza in August (more by Grant MacAllister)
My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket are currently on a tour that will conclude in NYC at Madison Square Garden on December 14 with Band of Horses. Tickets are still on sale and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.

My Morning Jacket will also be special guests at the 50th Anniversary of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Carnegie Hall on January 7 along with Mos Def, GIVERS, Tao Seeger, Allen Toussaint, Blind Boys of Alabama, Del McCoury Band, and Trombone Shorty. Tickets go on sale Friday (12/2) at 11 AM.

MMJ were just nominated for a Grammy for "Best Alternative Music Album" and performed too songs off that album on Jimmy Kimmel last night. Check out videos of their performance below.

All dates, contest details and videos below...

Continue reading "win tix see My Morning Jacket @ MSG, see them play Carnegie Hall w/ Preservation Hall Jazz Band, watch them on Kimmel..."

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Dave Grohl & Madison Square Garden
The Foo Fighters

Last night at NYC's Madison Square Garden, Dave Grohl and the boys not only played past midnight -- a rarity given the venue's typical 11 p.m. curfew -- but during the encore, they brought out Joan Jett and Husker Du leader Bob Mould for rip-roaring covers of "Bad Reputation" and Tom Petty's "Breakdown," respectively.

Before all that, however, the band was doing fine on its own. F-bombs were flying from Grohl's mouth, shred-heavy solos coming from his fingers, and laps through the audience kept him running (via an extended stage that spanned the distance of general admission). It was an inspiring bit of frontman badassery -- a universal truth to those in attendance at the packed arena, which has recently undergone a makeover.

The Foos' 24-song set, which was preceded by openers Social Distortion and the Joy Formidable, kicked off around 9:30, led by "Bridge Burning" and a handful of other standouts off the band's latest, "Wasting Light." Grohl's standard "it's going to be a looooong night" line was met by hearty cheers, as was his "Guitar Hero" rant, in which Grohl urged parents to buy their kids "a real one [guitar]... they might write something like this ['Monkey Wrench']."..; [Billboard]

The tour continues in NJ tonight. Pictures of all the bands at the NYC show last night (11/13), with videos of both special guest moments, and the headliner's full setlist, below....

Continue reading "Foo Fighters, Social Distortion, Joy Formidable (and Bob Mould & Joan Jett) played MSG (pics, video & setlist)"

Kanye prepares to meet the recently
carbonite-d Han Solo in Cloud City (more by Bao Nguyen)
Kanye West

Jay-Z & Kanye West have expanded their previously discussed (and rescheduled) tour together to include shows in LA, Chicago, Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, and Madison Square Garden! MSG goes down on November 7th and 8th, with the previous two nights dedicated to shows at Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ (11/5 & 11/6). Ticketing info for MSG is still forthcoming, but Citibank card members can purchase presale tickets on 10/19 at 10AM.

Though tickets are no longer available for either Izod date, you can still hop on a Rocks Off express bus to the venue (11/5, 11/6).

All updated dates and the video for "Otis" is below.

Continue reading "Kanye West & Jay-Z add 2 MSG shows & other dates too"

My Morning Jacket @ ACL 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
MMJ

My Morning Jacket and Band of Horses are playing Madison Square Garden on December 14th. Tickets go on sale at 11am today (9/23).

Band of Horses @ MFNW 2011 (more by Autumn Andel)
Band of Horses

MMJ/BoH tickets go on presale Wednesday, September 21st at 9am EST (Password: CIRCUITAL). AmEx presale starts an hour later. The December 14th Madison Square Garden show goes on general sale Friday, September 23rd at 11am.

My Morning Jacket at Lollapalooza 2011 (more by Grant McAllister)
My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket are hitting the road this fall/winter and will return to where they spent New Year's Eve in 2008. After a stint in the EU with The Head & Heart, the fourseome will return for a leg of US dates with varying openers including Delta Spirit and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. They play the final show of the US leg at Madison Square Garden on December 14th with Band of Horses. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale 9/23 at noon. Check out the video tour anouncement, a KCRW live session, and all other tour dates below.

Both My Morning Jacket and Band of Horses have been on the road. Band of Horses hit MusicFestNW last weekend and My Morning Jacket hit Austin City Limits this past one. Band of Horses' prior/side projects have shows coming up too.

Continue reading "My Morning Jacket announces tour, MSG show w/ Band of Horses (2011 dates)"

DOWNLOAD: Duran Duran - "Other Peoples Lives" Night Version (MP3)

Duran Duran at SXSW (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Duran Duran

Duran Duran have announced their All You Need Is Now US tour in pieces, taking to twitter, youtube, and everywhere in between to announce the fall dates. The trek will kick off in late September in California with opener Neon Trees and eventually make its way to Madison Square Garden on October 25th. Tickets go on AMEX presale at 8AM on Thursday (8/25) and regular sale on Monday 8/29 at 11AM.

Duran Duran released their latest LP All You Need is Now in late March of this year, and in honor of Duran Duran Appreciation Day (what?!? you didn't have your calendar's marked?!?) the band released the "Night Version" of one track, "Other People's Lives". Download that above, and check out a video for the title track from All You Need is Now below, beside all tour dates.

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Drums

Foo Fighters, who just headlined the final night of Lollapalooza, and who previously scheduled two dates in NJ, will return to NYC to play Madison Square Garden on November 13 with Social Distortion and The Joy Formidable. Internet Presale (password: ROCK) starts today (8/10) at 10 AM and general sale starts Friday at 10 AM. Rock on.

Tickets go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM for the Smokers Club Tour.

Underground rapper Wax plays Mercury Lounge on September 21. Tickets go on AmEx presale today (8/10) at noon.

Tickets go on sale today at noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm for the four Beyonce shows at Roseland Ballroom.

The Kooks just announed a tour that includes two NYC shows: Webster Hall on November 16 and 17. Internet Presale starts today at 10 AM (password might be "electric"), AmEx presale starts at noon, and general sale starts Friday at noon. All dates are listed below.

Fang Island play Glasslands on October 5. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon for the Austra shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW. At the MHOW show they open for James Blake.

Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon for the Nurses and Dominant Legs Mercury Lounge show. Tickets are on sale now for the Glasslands show.

Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon for the SBTRKT shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW.

TIckets go on AmEx presale today at noon for The Rapture's Webster Hall show.

Tickets are on sale now for the Pictureplane show at Cameo Gallery.

Tickets are still on sale for Chelsea Wolfe at Saint Vitus.

Tickets are still on sale for Ted Leo at The Rock Shop.

Tickets for Cat Power's second Webster Hall show go on sale Friday at noon.

Feist tickets go on sale Monday (as written in the previous post, though sorry if the title made you think it was this past Monday which I thought it was at first despite the correct date written in the post).

Win a pair of tickets to tonight's Band of Horses/J Mascis show on our Facebook.

Kooks dates below...

Continue reading "Foo Fighters @ MSG, James Blake, Kooks, SBTRKT, Beyonce, Austra, Fang Island & other tickets & presales"

MSG (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
MSG

While on the subject of venues, might as well catch up and post this...

Madison Square Garden, the world's most famous arena, is going dark for the summer -- and top acts like Sade, Britney Spears and Taylor Swift are having to perform on the outskirts of the Big Apple as the renowned venue prepares for a long-term makeover.

MSG will spend the next three summers reconstructing its arena. That's good news for New Jersey venues like the Prudential Center and IZOD Center, which are experiencing an increase in high-profile performers as a result. Even Long Island's Nassau Coliseum is getting a small boost.

"MSG is the busiest arena and has been the busiest arena that I've seen in the States ... and anytime you take out that supply, especially if you have an increase in demand, it's going benefit the Prudential Center, and certainly we expect that to be the case," said Jeff Vanderbeek, who owns the Prudential Center in Newark.

It's a busy summer for top musical acts: Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block are on the road together, the cast of "American Idol" and "Glee" are performing live and hitmakers like Katy Perry and Rihanna -- accompanied by Cee Lo Green -- have tours. [AP]

Joe's Pub is also currently closed for renovations, as is Sidewalk Cafe. That Rihanna Cee Lo show is at Nassau Coliseum tonight (7/19) and the Izod Center Thursday.

most of the words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

LCD Soundsystem

They played for over 3.5 hours before the sun set on LCD Soundsystem in a cascade of white balloons dropping from the Madison Square Garden ceiling in NYC Saturday night. I wished they played even longer. Everyone I talked to agreed.

But James Murphy and co. gave everything at Madison Square Garden last night (4/2). And the sold-out arena crowd gave in return. For two months - through the initial on-line ticket debacle, the addition of four T5 shows to make up for it, constant hype, and lots of guessing at what guests might turn up (sadly there was no Daft Punk) - it all made this final act in the drama, The Long Goodbye, even more of an event.

People camped on line several hours early to get a coveted spot up front on the floor and most of the crowd adhered to the black and white dress code. Those who didn't stuck out.

From where I was in the middle of the front GA section nobody stopped dancing, or singing along or smiling the entire night. (Save for, like at all four Terminal 5 shows, the couple of awkward, yet brief and deserved intermissions.) Every turn to scan the Garden saw people full-on, in the groove dancing; not just some barely-registered shuffling back and forth. Honestly, everyone who was there should take a bow because they were fantastic. During the first break, video footage was shown of an interviewer talking to fans outside the venue, Aziz Ansari included.

LCD Soundsystem

And no, there was no Daft Punk, but there was Arcade Fire singing joyously along on "North American Scum" (the third set's highlight) and an appearance by Reggie Watts who also played with the band at three of the four Terminal 5 shows. The boys choir featuring members of Mr. Dream was there, as were the two female backup singers, and the horn section that included Kelly Pratt and Colin Stetson. Original LCD guitarist Phil Mossman was back and featured a few times in addition to LCD band members
Nancy Whang, Tyler Pope, Pat Mahoney, Matt Thornley, Gavin Russom, and David Scott Stone. Liquid Liquid opened the show like they did at the first two Terminal 5 shows. Shit Robot, who opened the second two T5 shows, again made an appearance during the show. Shit Robot and Juan Maclean, for one song, were alien vocalists in mysterious cardboard-looking spaceships that were set up in seats behind the stage (pictures and video below).

Pitchfork streamed the whole show for those who couldn't be there - you could see the cameras all over the place, including on the shoulders of cameramen walking through the GA crowd. Filmmaker Lance Bangs was seen dancing in the crowd and working backstage on the video of the show, and yes the clouds made it to the two screens that were hanging on the sides of the stage.

LCD started with "Dance Yrself Clean" and "Drunk Girls" followed. The first set was breathtaking and included "Daft Punk is Playing in My House." After an intermission, the band tackled most of 45:33. Watts came out for "Part 2" and Murphy spent most of the middle set off in the background letting the band tackle the instrumentals.

The first encore featured a cathartic and riveting "Someone Great" as well as "Losing My Edge" and "Home." For me that block was the highlight. During "Losing My Edge," the video screens featured images of some of the influential bands mentioned. When I looked up I saw The Sonics.

LCD Soundsystem
LCD Soundsystem

Their Harry Nilsson cover of "Jump Into The Fire" was part of the final 3-song encore. Murphy, his voice sounding a bit hoarse, paused between songs to thank everyone who came out and everyone who helped put the show together. "Three songs left," "two songs left," and then after saying "this is our last song", and a bit more banter including an admission to his family who was in the audience that he was wearing his dad's watch (as you can hear in the video below), he led the band into their final (ever) number, "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down." It started slow with Murphy even laughing and pausing 'for dramatic effect' but by the end of the raucous outro the crowd was in a frenzy, only for the band to launch back in and cue the balloon drop. As the crowd was preoccupied with balloons of various size descending upon them, the entire band slipped off stage, almost completely unnoticed, and into history.

VIDEO OF THE ENTIRE SHOW (from the stream), and lots more pictures and the full setlist, below...

Continue reading "LCD Soundsystem played their final show @ MSG w/ Liquid Liquid (and Arcade Fire) -- pics, setlist, video of entire show"

photos by Bao Nguyen

"Amazing time at the Garden. Still buzzed. Elvis was an officer and a gentleman. Thank you. Thankyouverymuch." - Julian Casablancas

The Strokes

As sort of hinted and then twitter-revealed right before the show, Elvis Costello (after he got done making a surprise appearance with the Secret Sisters at Irving Plaza), played a surprise opening set between opener Devendra Banhart and headliner the Strokes at Madison Square Garden last night (4/1). He only played three songs (starting with "Pump It Up"), but then he returned later to join the Strokes on stage for "Taken For a Fool" (that's Julian and Elvis together on stage in the picture above).

But this wasn't an Elvis show (he played his own show at Gramercy Theatre later in the night), it was about the Strokes. As Ms. Modern Age writes...

"I'll start with the end -- The very last song, in typical Strokes fashion, was "Take It Or Leave It" -- but this time singer Julian Casablancas took it upon himself to bring the music to the people - well, specifically to the people in the seated section stage left. Climbing up on the stage left speakers, and then grabbing onto the side railing, Julian positioned himself in the midst of the raised seated floor section, where upon everyone started grabbing on to him from behind.

At one point, Julian jumped down to the floor, and the barricade felt as if it were going to tip over -- terrifying me because that's where the handicapped folks were sitting. Luckily, Julian moved back up and further over into the crowd, bringing the rest of the song to the front section of the room, and a bit to stage right at the end, finally finishing on the stage."

Video of that & Elvis, more pictures and the full Strokes setlist, below...

Continue reading "The Strokes played MSG w/ surprise guest Elvis Costello (and opener Devendra Banhart) - pics, videos & setlist"

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LCD SOUNDSYSTEM FINAL SHOW

We are assembling footage of clouds and sky shot from airplane windows, if you have some please email cloudfootage@gmail.com with a youtube or vimeo link for us to watch. If we are interested in your footage we will contact you to coordinate getting Quicktime files from you, and we will need you to sign a release form allowing us to project and reproduce the footage. Footage is to be projected at the final LCD Soundsystem show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday April 2nd 2011 so we need to receive it Thursday and Friday to be able to prepare it.

Thank you,
Lance Bangs
cloudfootage@gmail.com

In related news, Lance Bangs was following Odd Future around SXSW.

The Strokes (fan) @ SXSW (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Strokes

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

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

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

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

UPDATE: Fallon video also below,,,

Watch a video from the Letterman performance below...

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