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David Bowie Arcade Fire

Yesterday, tons of artists shared tributes to the late David Bowie, and there are more still coming in today.

Arcade Fire, who have collaborated with Bowie more than once, wrote:

David Bowie was one of the band's earliest supporters and champions. He not only created the world that made it possible for our band to exist, he welcomed us into it with grace and warmth. We will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of our lives. A true artist even in his passing, the world is more bright and mysterious because of him, and we will continue to shout prayers into the atmosphere he created.
In a statement to Pitchfork, Deerhunter and Atlas Sound frontman Bradford Cox said:
First of all, who cares what I have to say about David Bowie? I've been reading all of these amazing tributes written by people who actually knew him and I feel kind of weird talking about it, but I'm very honored to be asked. Honestly, I got more texts and phone calls about Bowie's death than I did back when I got hit by a car, which is oddly flattering because it just means that people that know me also know how much I loved him.

There's no question. There's nobody that's had a bigger influence on my entire life--not just on the way I make music, but also the way I think and feel about things--than David Bowie. I literally wouldn't do what I do if it weren't for him...and looking back, there's honestly not a part of my life that can't be somehow defined by whatever David Bowie record I was listening to at the time. I can't really say that about any other artist. I mean, if I want to relive my childhood and young adulthood I can basically just listen to the Sound + Vision box set.

Read the rest of Bradford's lengthy tribute here.

We already posted Kim Gordon's, and here's one from her Sonic Youth bandmate Lee Ranaldo (via The Talkhouse):

In 1997, we in Sonic Youth were amazed when we got word from David Bowie, inviting us to perform with him onstage at Madison Square Garden in celebration of his 50th birthday. That he even knew who we were was amazing to us! We had been so inspired and influenced by his music for so long, and it was a huge thrill to join him in performance. Hanging out with him leading up to the concert, it was clear that he was still fully engaged and informed about all kinds of music and art going on around him, curious and open to new influences. Not many of his generation were tuned in to the kind of thing that we were doing, but he certainly was.

A few days before the show, we all trooped up to Connecticut for rehearsal. David had rented the Hartford Civic Center arena for the day so we could rehearse and get comfortable in a venue with a stage the same size as Madison Square Garden! He had asked our friend Tony Oursler to do some of his video projections as the stage set for the concert. Tony was a fellow artist-traveller who had directed our "Tunic" video a few years prior. David impressed us with his focus and his friendly and positive demeanor throughout a long day. He was excited, and certainly we were! We were only halfway thru our thirty-year career as a band at that time, while he was already past that mark, and obviously still going strong. A Radical Adult.

This morning, for some reason I woke unexpectedly at 6:00 AM and couldn't sleep. I reached for my phone to check the New York Times, and was completely shocked -- devastated! -- to read the news. A new album, new theatre production, new musical directions -- he was so active this last year. To realize that he was accomplishing all this while knowing his fate makes his recent accomplishments all the more inspiring.

In a statement to Pitchfork, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore says:
David Bowie's energy was charged with light. His love and passion for art, in all its intrigue and interplay with nature, was manifest in his smile, his charm. He loved to experiment while honoring the grace of tradition and subsequently informed and inspired anyone lucky enough to be there when Ziggy Stardust took the stage and hit the racks. When punk rode into town and every rock n' roller pre-1976 was denounced as a dinosaur, there were few exceptions. Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Captain Beefheart, Yoko Ono, Neil Young, Marc Bolan, Eno, Bryan Ferry and definitely Bowie.

He was the one gentleman who excitedly applauded Devo and Suicide and in the 80s was rumored to have been checking out Pixies, Sonic Youth, et al. He asked Sonic Youth to play "I'm Afraid of Americans" with his band at his 50th birthday party at Madison Square Garden in 1997. We met and rehearsed a couple of times and played the gig and it was all amazing, another realm of experience from where we traversed, but the one thing I always remember is him coming into the communal dressing room area where all the other artists were to say hello and have some photos taken. As he was leaving he turned and shouted, "Hi Coco, I'm so happy you're here! Have a great time!" to my three-year-old daughter Coco, who I was holding in my arms. She was the only person unaware of any hierarchy of celebrity in the room.

It brings to mind Bowie's early connection with Buddhist philosophy, practice and meditation, studying with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Lama Chime RInpoche. Legend has it that David had considered a life as a monk but his teachers saw his light was needed beyond the monastery and advised him to follow it. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in later years, became the Buddhist teacher to Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman and so many others who employ kindness and contemplative thought as activism towards peace. Bowie, fabulous Capricorn, touched each of us in a remarkable and personal way, sharing not only his genuine brilliance for songwriting, but his joy for life, his rock n' roll love. Now we see, the Starman who'd "love to blow our minds" was indeed the man himself, dignified in his devotion to creative bliss, light and love.

Also via The Talkhouse, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio:
I was coming back to California from France on January 9th, had bought and downloaded Blackstar right before I got on the plane, listened to it a bunch, passed out at home and woke up to all of this very sad news. Still seems like a dream. I was working on some music with a friend the day before I'd left and we talked about how excited we were to hear Blackstar after hearing the singles and how great it was to be alive and able to say, "Hey, the new Bowie's coming out tomorrow." Talked about how many millions of people had said that, had thought that, over the course of four-plus decades, and every time with the sincere question attached, "Well, what is it going to BE?" "What is it going to be LIKE?" "WHO is he now?" Listening to the record, reading the lyrics, it seems like maybe he had the same questions about living and leaving.

I feel insanely lucky that he took an interest and was so incredibly supportive of anything we were doing with TV on the Radio, and the fact that he was kind enough to record a song with us is something I don't think I'll ever be able to fully process. In the very, very little time he spent with the band he was so humble it was eerie. He was incredibly funny, and chatting casually about bands like Lightning Bolt and Black Dice, and how into them he was, pushed me out of the deep shock of "I'm talking to him" and into the even deeper shock of "I love these bands completely, but why would YOU know or care about... oh right... you're... David Bowie. You probably know and care a bit about everything... which maybe no one can, but maybe... you're... no one? Who ARE you?" Then he sang on the song and we, as a band, shat our collective pants. And still, afterwards...Who WAS that? Which one was that? Who was that person who had, and had lived so many ideas that he'd actually become an idea himself?

Huge artist lessons from that idea: Change is the law. Get to it. Get lost. Try it out. Don't get scared of your pain. Sit with it. Maybe it matters so much because it doesn't. Don't get stuck. Freak yourself out. Crack up. Stay interested. Make something. If you recognize it too well, mess up its face, bend it, make it something else. Make THAT something else. Stay on top of it. Drop it. Get magic. Build ways in, build ways out. Be disciplined. Make it count, be kind and stay true to yourself, whichever one you happen to be at the time.

The news, like this beautiful man, this art and artist, fills and empties and refills your heart and just keeps going. I don't know that he ever was, or could be fixed in one place, but now I think he's just everywhere, in a fine mist, every single one of him, all of them love.

Blondie Bowie

Blondie singer Debbie Harry, in a statement to Dazed, said:

In NYC there is a yearly Bowie Ball when local musicians all perform a Bowie song. It happens every year and this next one will be a sad and extremely heartfelt evening for everyone. Who doesn't love Bowie? A visionary artist, musician, actor, a completely renaissance man who has given us a long list of songs like "Heroes", "Rebel Rebel", "Young Americans", "Diamond Dogs", "The Jean Genie" and many, many more, and some memorable film performances like The Man Who Fell to Earth, Basquiat, Labyrinth, The Hunger.

I can't say enough things about David Bowie to show how much I love him. When the Low album was out and Iggy Pop was about to tour, David played keyboards in Iggy's band. They asked Blondie to open for them, and as they say, the rest is history. Without this visionary and his friend Iggy Pop, where would Blondie be today? Silly question and one that can't be answered really, but there is no doubt in my mind that Bowie played a big part in our future successes. As for now, love you David Bowie. Xx

Madonna wrote:
I'm devastated.
David Bowie changed the course of my life forever. I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan. Like an oddball or a freak. I went to see him in concert at Cobo Arena in Detroit. It was the first concert I'd ever been too. I snuck out of the house with my girlfriend wearing a cape.
We got caught after and I was grounded for the summer. I didn't care.
I already had many of his records and was so inspired by the way he played with gender confusion .
Was both masculine and feminine.
Funny and serious.
Clever and wise.
His lyrics were witty ironic and mysterious.
At the time he was the thin white Duke and he had mime artists on stage with him and very specific choreography
And I saw how he created a persona and used different art forms within the arena of rock and Roll to create entertainment.
I found him so inspiring and innovative.
Unique and provocative. A real Genius.
his music was always inspiring but seeing him live set me off on a journey that for me I hope will never end.
His photographs are hanging all over my house today.
He was so chic and beautiful and elegant.
So ahead of his time.
Thank you David Bowie.
I owe you a lot. .
The world will miss you.
Love
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Madonna also covered "Rebel Rebel" at her show on Tuesday in honor of him. Video below.

Ozzy Osbourne said "It knocked the shit out of me." Read his interview with Rolling Stone about it.

Billy Bragg talked about his love of Bowie...

All of the artists that me and my mates at school listened to were reassuringly heterosexual: Slade, Rod Stewart, Status Quo. Bowie was something else. As 14-year-olds in 1972, if we knew anything about him it was that he was a 'bender' - in the spiteful parlance of the playground - and so best avoided. Then I heard 'The Jean Genie'. With no foreknowledge of the Velvet Underground, this just sounded to me like a thumping great dose of bootboy pop that beat Slade at their own game. I was hooked.

When 'Aladdin Sane' came out a few months later, the open gatefold sleeve was displayed in the window of the local record store: Bowie standing, hands on hips, naked except for the red/blue lightening bolt across his face. The fact that he had no discernable genitalia seemed only to confirm that he was not as other men.

Coming out as a Bowie fan would leave me open to jibes about my own sexuality, but I couldn't resist the sock hop pop of 'The Prettiest Star' and the fretful grandeur of 'Drive-In Saturday'. I took the record into school and found that, rather than being called names, it made me more popular with the smart girls in our class who got together in the lunch break to listen to 'Hunky Dory'. Bowie's androgyny - making him popular with both boys and girls - had created a bridge across what had been, for me, an unfathomable chasm.
After he played Romford Odeon on the last leg of the Ziggy Stardust tour in April 1973, the whole of the 4th year seemed to go Bowie mad. My parents wouldn't buy me anything androgynous to wear, but I did take the cover of 'Aladdin Sane' to the local barber's to get the 'Bowie cut'.

I remained a huge fan of his work as he has moved effortlessly forward, engaging with new ideas and media. I ended up spending my life with a girl who saw the Ziggy Stardust tour and we take great delight in the fact that our son has grown up to be a huge Bowie fan.
But whenever I hear his music, I'm a teenager again, taking my first taste of something ungendered, transgressive. At a crucial moment in my adolescence, David Bowie showed me that masculinity wasn't the only way to attract girls and, for that, I thank him.

Britt Daniel of Spoon uploaded a cover of Bowie's "Never Let Me Down" and wrote:
I went to bed early last night. Woke up at 3 and glanced at my phone. It's 515 now and I'm realizing there'll be no more sleep tonight. I was just saying last week isn't it amazing how Bowie is still with us and we get another album from him? No other artist has meant as much to me personally or inspired my own songs as much. What a spirit. What an inspiration. What a shining example of the beauty that humanity can create. Bless him.
Head HERE to read tributes by Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Brian May, Jarvis Cocker, Brian Eno, Devo, Nile Rodgers, J Mascis, Jimmy Page and more. Head here for Iggy Pop.

Listen to Britt's cover and TV on the Radio's (not new) cover of "Heroes" below...

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Rolling Stone

We already saw Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2015, and now they unveiled their top 50 songs too. It's got a lot of the songs you couldn't avoid this year even if you wanted to: "Hello," "Hotline Bling," "Trap Queen," plenty of The Weeknd, one appearance by Justin Bieber. There's also indie rock anthems like Titus Andronicus' "Dimed Out," "Kurt Vile's "Pretty Pimpin," Courtney Barnett's "Pedestrian at Best"and Tame Impala's "Let It Happen," a nod towards raw DIY with Sheer Mag's "Fan the Flames," and a lot more. Check the whole thing out below.

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Adele

Rolling Stone has published their list of the Top 50 Albums of 2015. As always, it has older artists who don't seem to pop up on many other lists (Madonna, Darlene Love, Mark Knopfler, Boz Scaggs, Keith Richards, James Taylor, Don Henley) (did you even know Don Henley released an album this year?). There's also two major rap albums in the top 3 (with Adele sandwiched in between), a good amount of country (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Ashley Monroe), smaller indie rock bands (Hop Along, Car Seat Headrest), mainstream pop (Selena Gomez, Carly Rae Jepsen), alt-rock giants (Muse, Marilyn Manson), and a lot more. And they're counting D'Angelo's December 2014 release for this list (it cracks the top 5).

Read their commentary here and check out the whole list below...

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POPE on Rolling Stone

Catholicism's arch nemesis Madonna recently finished a two night stand at Madison Square Garden, complete with stripper nuns and the Last Supper. Blasphemous? Maybe, but that won't stop fellow Rolling Stone cover star POPE FRANCIS from taking over the same stage for a giant NYC mass on September 25th, complete with musical pre-show...

A two-hour pre-Mass show will keep the [Madison Square Garden] audience engaged as people wade through metal detectors and Francis wends his way downtown from East Harlem. The organizers are calling the [Friday, 9/25] show "A Journey in Faith," a sequence of videos, catechesis, prayer and performances by, among others, Harry Connick Jr., Gloria Estefan and Jennifer Hudson.

The program will also include a recitation of the rosary, with 10,000 rosaries available for sale.

The concession stands will offer the usual hot dogs, chicken fingers and pretzels, as well as higher-end fare like Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Simply Chicken sandwich, Andrew Carmellini's Sausage Boss and Drew Nieporent's Daily Burger. Forget the beer: Alcoholic beverages will not be sold. [NY Times]

No alcohol, but unlike Morrissey, the Pope is apparently cool with hot dogs. Oh, and Billy Joel was originally supposed to play the Garden for like the millionth time on that date, but Billy now has 9/26 instead (who's in for both nights??).

The Pope, currently in Cuba, arrives in NYC on 9/24, and will also cause traffic jams around St. Patrick's Cathedral, the United Nations, the 9/11 Memorial, Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem, and Central Park before heading to Philadelphia, where Sister Sledge will perform for him.

Madonna at MSG
Madonna at MSG
Madonna at MSG
Madonna @ MSG 9/16/2015 (via @madisonsquaregarden/@carlogomez / @markdoctrow)

She then descends from the ceiling similarly banged up, while knights in armour march down the stage, which juts almost the length of the arena. It's Madonna does Game of Thrones. The first song is Iconic, one of the dimmer bulbs from Rebel Heart, followed by Bitch I'm Madonna, a great title in search of a decent song. But when the dancers depart, and Madonna struts down the runway to strap on a flying V, the show has lift-off with Burning Up. One of her earliest records, it amounts to a manifesto ("I'll do anything, I'm not the same, I have no shame") and all these years later it still grabs you by the throat. Aged 57, Madonna is still palpably hungry, and her performance has an enduring rawness and truth. Unmediated and undiluted, she's the ringmaster of her own circus, connecting with her hardcore in a totally instinctive way, regardless of the choreography, pyrotechnics and fancy costumes (created by a battery of top fashion designers - but really, who cares?).

Madonna's striking ability to imbue songs that might seem throwaway with significance and depth is illustrated four songs in. On record, Holy Water is a mortifying extended metaphor for her, ahem, vaginal secretions. But on stage, it's a Ken Russell fantasia in which a scene of transgender naughty nuns poledancing (including Madonna climbing some 12 feet into the air to stand on a revolving naked man, one of several moments which involve genuine physical peril) morphs into a genuinely unnerving demonic parody of the Last Supper in which Madonna ends up tied up on the table, legs akimbo. - [The Guardian]

Madonna brought her extravagant "Rebel Heart" tour to NYC Wednesday night (9/16), the first of three arena shows here, and the first of two at Madison Square Garden. With a production this enormous -- everything is a choreographed set piece with dozens of dancers, props, costume changes, etc -- it should be no surprise this is the same setlist as she's done in Montreal and Washington, DC. But this is as much a show as a concert, still filled with hits and a smattering of new songs too. (Maybe tonight's MSG show will offer surprises.) Setlist is below.

Comedian Amy Schumer opened the show, as she will on all the NYC dates, and came out last night swigging a bottle of champagne, and commenting on her being chosen for the gig: "Who better than you to open up for Madonna?" "Uh...Any band?" Schumer would also come back onstage at the end of Madonna's set for "Unapologetic Bitch," where she got spanked by Madge herself. Video of that is below.

Madonna and Schumer do it again at MSG tonight (9/17) and then hit Barclays Center on Saturday (9/19). Tickets are still available. More instagrams from Madonna's first night at MSG, below...

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Madonna @ Montreal's Bell Centre 9/9/2015
Madonna at Bell Centre Montreal September 9 2015
Madonna at Bell Centre Montreal September 9 2015

There was a backscreen projection of Nicki Minaj motormouthing through the shuddering bass in Bitch I'm Madonna (rarely has a song title been more perfect for pricey shirts at the merch stand), although the virtual cameo was upstaged by a cyclone of geishas. There was Madonna whipping off her skirt and playfully scolding the gawkers ("I'm up here") as she riffed on a Flying V in an aggressive Burning Up -- boiled down to an elemental form, like most of the set list's vintage pieces.

And there were the stripper nuns. Twenty-six years after Like a Prayer's video scandalized the Vatican and parents who relied on MTV as a cheap babysitter, the sight of dancers twisting down steel crucifixes while Madonna snapped "bitch, get off my pole" in Holy Water was hopefully intended to be comical. The Last Supper tableau that played out during a rumbling Vogue was more challenging, as was the dance-off in Devil Pray that seemed to advocate for spirituality as the most powerful drug. - [Montreal Gazette]

Madonna launched her Rebel Heart Tour on Wednesday night (9/9) at Montreal's Bell Centre. The tour was actually supposed to have started August 29 in Miami, but the first five shows were canceled for more prep time. As you'd expect from Madge, this tour looks pure spectacle, featuring elaborate stage sets, dancers (some of whom are atop flexible poles a la Mad Max: Fury Road), and costumes by (deep breath), Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Alexander Wang, Fausto Puglisi, Jeremy Scott for Moschino, Nicolas Jebran, Miu Miu, Prada and Swarovski. And of course, button-pushing setpieces -- see "stripper nuns" in the quoted review above.

There was also no shortage of hits ("Burning Up," "La Isla Bonita," "Like a Virgin", "True Blue," "Holiday" and more) plus a sampling of new album Rebel Heart. Diplo, who is one of the album's producers, opened the show. Setlist, a few more wire images and a Madonna HQ-provided "by the numbers" breakdown of the tour (lights, shoes, giant crucifixes), below.

The Rebel Heart Tour hits NYC next week for three shows with Amy Schumer opening: September 16 & 17 at Madison Square Garden and September 19 at Barclays Center. Tickets are still available.

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Sean Lennon's Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger play Brooklyn Bowl on July 15. Tickets are on sale now.

Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger also opening for Dinosaur Jr and Primus at Pier 97 on July 30 and you can get $25 discounted tickets.

Tickets for the Youssou N'dour show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the second Jesus and Mary Chain show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon. Tickets for the first night (same link) are still available.

Tickets for the King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the The Men, PC Worship and Wild Moth show at Acheron go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Little Wings and Weyes Blood show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to The Menzingers show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Wand shows at Mercury Lounge and Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the Godspeed You! Black Emperor show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the second Odesza show at Terminal 5 go on sale at noon.

The 12th annual Madonnathon happens at Brooklyn Bowl on August 22 with performances by Tammy Faye Starlite, Amber Martin, Brian Charles Rooney and lots more. Tickets are on sale.

Soul band St. Paul and the Broken Bones and rapper Lizzo play Webster hall on September 15 and Brooklyn Bowl on September 16. Tickets for Webster and Brooklyn Bowl are on sale.

Frankie Cosmos plays Shea Stadium on August 22 with Whitney, and Lionlimb. Tickets are on sale.

Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape plays Bowery Electric on September 30 with Jo Bergeron, Laura Mardon, and Walt Hamburger. Tickets are on sale now.

A Miami-centric "bacchanal" called Magic City is happening at new venue Brooklyn Mirage on July 18 with Boys Noize, Trina, Jubilee, Nadastrom, Venus X, Busy P, Boston Bun, and Star Eyes. Tickets are on sale now.

Graham Nash, Pearl Jam, Beyonce, Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer, Underachievers, Tamaryn, Micachu & more shows went on sale today too.

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.

Amy Schumer

Madonna's upcoming tour lands in NYC on September 16 & 17 at MSG and 9/19 at Barclays Center, and those three shows just got a pretty sweet opener. The very funny comedian Amy Schumer, who played NYC on her trainwreck tour earlier this week, will support Madonna at the shows. Tickets for all three are available.

Naturally, Amy (whose movie Trainwreck is out in July) has footage of her childhood self singing "Like A Prayer." Watch that, with Amy's recent hilarious "Celebrity Interview" clip from her Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer, below.

Madonna also just put out a new video. It's for her song "Bitch, I'm Madonna" (ft. Nicki Minaj, prod. Diplo & SOPHIE), and it features both Nicki and Diplo, as well as Kanye West, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Chris Rock and more. Watch below.

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Madge & Tay Tay (via Facebook)
Madonna

TIDAL supporter Madonna recently expanded her North American tour, and in addition to her previously-announced NYC shows on September 16 at MSG and September 19 at Barclays Center, it now includes a second MSG show on September 17. Tickets for all three are on sale now.

Madonna performed "Ghosttown" at the iHeartRadio Music Awards earlier this week with Haim's new pal Taylor Swift on acoustic guitar. You can watch video of that, with her updated list of tour dates, below...

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Madonna

Madonna's new album Rebel Heart is out this week, and she's now announced an international tour in support of it. The tour begins in Miami this August and is set to wrap up in Glasgow in late December.

She'll hit NYC for two arena shows -- September 16 at Madison Square Garden and September 19 at Barclays Center -- and will also be nearby for an Atlantic City show on October 3 at Boardwalk Hall. Presales for all dates begin at her website on Tuesday (3/3) at 10 AM local time, which you'll need an Icon Live Pass for (unless you're a Lifetime Legacy Member). Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Monday, March 9 at 10 AM with a Citi cardmember presale starting Wednesday (3/4) at 10 AM.

Rebel Heart features a handful of modern collaborators, including Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, Nicki Minaj, Diplo, Blood Diamonds, Sophie, Ariel Rechtshaid and more. Stream the song with Chance the Rapper, alongside the full list of tour dates, below...

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Paul McKanye Rihanna

You probably know by now that Kanye West and Paul McCartney have teamed up not only once but twice this year, most recently for the Rihanna collaboration, "FourFiveSeconds" (also featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth). They've now given that song a video, directed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and you can check it out below.

It's also been announced that Paul, Kanye and Rihanna will all perform together at the Grammy Awards Ceremony this Sunday. Other performers include Madonna, AC/DC, John Legend & Common, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Gwen Stefani & Adam Levine, Pharrell, Usher, maybe Beyonce and definitely not Taylor Swift.

Kanye and Paul will also be on SNL 40 the following Sunday. "FourFiveSeconds" video below...

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The Queen of Rap, slayin' with Queen Bey
Queen Bey & Queen of Rap

Look, I don't have the polling data handy, but I'm willing to bet that over the past 12 months, there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of young women who call themselves feminists, and that this is almost entirely due to Beyoncé. And no, contrary to popular belief, this was not because of some viral-era voodoo that took place when everybody reblogged that image of Beyoncé standing in front of the word FEMINIST at the VMAs; it was because of her ingenious idea to include in the original version of "***Flawless" a clear, concise, and marvelously demystifying definition of that too-often-misunderstood word. Thanks to Beyoncé, somewhere in America, a seventh-grader is right now being asked what the word feminist means, and instead of saying "an angry woman who hates men," she is answering in a memorized intonation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's words: "a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes."
The above quote is from Lindsay Zoladz's review of Beyoncé: Platinum Edition over at her new-ish pop-music column for Vulture. As it points out, feminism has seen a huge rise in post-Beyoncé American culture, and this has especially happened in pop music. Other articles on this have been published throughout the year, like Lindsay's 2014: The Year That All-Female Collaborations Ruled the Radio for the same Vulture column, or Molly Beauchemin's FKA twigs, Lorde, and the New Feminist (Dance) Movement for Pitchfork, but now that the year is coming to a close it seems like everyone is getting in thinkpiece mode declaring 2014: The Year of Feminist Pop. Here are some good reads:

Ann Powers for NPR: In 2014, Pop Followed Beyonce's Lead

Kat George for Noisey: 2014: The Year Feminism Reclaimed Pop

Rachel Brodsky for SPIN: Feminism in 2014: More Than a Trend

Lindsay Zoladz for Slate: A Salute to the Bad Feminists of Pop

Hillary Crosley for Jezebel: My Anaconda Don't: Nicki Minaj's Ass And Feminism

Chumped singer Anika Pyle for Vulture: 2014: The Year Women Took Over Punk Music

Kelley Dunlap for Buzzfeed: 17 Of The Most Feminist Songs Of 2014

And not unrelated: Molly Beauchemin's piece for Pitchfork, 2014: The Year We Reached Peak Ass

Also Madonna releasing a song called "Bitch I'm Madonna" featuring Nicki Minaj is kind of a feminist thinkpiece on its own, isn't it?

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Madonna

You may have heard that demos of a new Madonna album leaked this week, and that she responded by saying she was "artistically raped" by hackers. Well now the Queen of Pop has officially announced her new album, which is called Rebel Heart and will be out on March 10 via Interscope.

She's also made six of the tracks available right now, including one called "Bitch I'm Madonna" featuring Nicki Minaj (!), and some of those tracks were produced by Kanye West and Diplo, according to Billboard. The album also may feature production from Blood Diamonds, SOPHIE, and not Ariel Pink.

You can purchase those six tracks via iTunes and stream them via Spotify below...

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by Bill Pearis

we are the best

Swedish director Lucas Moodyson doesn't stick to one style or subject matter. His films include the funny/sweet Together, as well as the bleak/disturbing Lilya 4-Ever. His latest is We Are the Best! about an all-girl teenage punk band:

An affectionate, retro-fantastic time capsule of early-1980s Sweden, the film follows the spiky-haired trio as they fight the system one shambolic, three-chord anthem at a time, all building up to an exuberant, fist-pumping finale.
You can watch the trailer below. The film is getting a limited US release starting May 30 but folks in NYC can catch an early screening at BAM's Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn on May 7. Moodyson will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A and tickets are on sale now.

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In conjunction with the We Are the Best! screening, BAM is presenting a film series, "Punk Rock Girls," in May that is showing a lot of cool films, including... 1980's terrific Breaking Glass (starring new wave singer Hazel O'Connor and Quadrophenia's Phil Daniels) on May 14; 1982 Australian film Starstruck (by Gillian Armstrong who made My Brilliant Career) on May 15; 1980 cult classic Times Square on May 21; and Dennis Hopper's 1981 film Out of the Blue on May 22.

There's more: the highly subversive (and highly underrated, I'm serious) Josie & the Pussycats on May 29; a collection of punk shorts (by the likes of Beth B and Richard Kern) called "Popularity is Boring" on May 29; sci-fi new wave classic Liquid Sky on May 30; Derek Jarman's phantasmagoric dystopian fantasy Jubilee on May 30 & 31; Diane Lane, Laura Dern (plus The Clash's Paul Simonon and Sex Pistols' Steve Jones and Paul Cook) in Ladies & Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains on May 31; and Madonna's big screen debut, Desperately Seeking Susan, on June 1.

Tickets for all screenings in the "Punk Rock Girls" series are on sale via BAM's website. Trailers from all the films in the series are below...

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Madonna, Pussy Riot, a crotch, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips @ Barclays Center - 2/5/14
Amnesty
Amnesty
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Photos via Here, Here and Here

What a (long) night! The Amnesty International show at Barclays Center wrapped up around 1am Wednesday night with a concert-ending performance by The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono. Many more, including Lauryn Hill, Colbie Caillat (I think that's her crotch), Tegan & Sara, Cake, Bob Geldof, Madonna, Susan Sarandon, Blondie and of course Pussy Riot (who were on Colbert one night earlier) also took the stage at the home of the Brooklyn Nets. Those sitting too far away to see could watch what was going on on the big screens, though sometimes that content was a bit questionable. Did you go? What did you think? We'll have more on the whole shebang with pics later.

Meanwhile check out some video below...

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Madonna at MSG in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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As discussed, members of Pussy Riot will be appearing in Brooklyn for the upcoming Amnesty International Human Rights Concert happening on February 5 at Barclays Center, which also features The Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Tegan & Sara, Cold War Kids, Cake, and others.

Since we last spoke, it's been announced that Madonna, who just performed at the Grammys, will introduce the members at the concert. She said in a statement:

I am honored to introduce my fellow freedom fighters Masha and Nadya from Pussy Riot. I have admired their courage and have long supported their commitment and the sacrifices they have made in the name of freedom of expression and human rights.
Tickets are still available.

The Brothers Gibb
Brothers Gibb

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon returned to SNL last night (12/21) with Fallon hosting and JT as the musical guest, and of course both starring in a number of the skits as well. They brought back their Brothers Gibb skit, and were joined by Madonna playing herself, and the actual Barry Gibb (the only surviving original member of the Bee Gees) came in to sing with them at the end of the skit. Paul McCartney also showed up to sing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" with Fallon, and Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were parodied again in a "Waking up with Kimye" sketch. You can watch videos of all those, along with one of Justin performing "Only When I Walk Away," below.

It was also announced on last night's show that Drake will host and be the musical guest on the January 18 episode. Drake recently landed on a couple more year-end lists, may have dissed Kendrick Lamar, and appeared on the new Beyonce album.

Videos 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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Mark Kamins

Pioneering DJ and producer Mark Kamins, who was instrumental in facilitating the signing of Madonna to Sire Records in 1982, has died.

According to BlackBook, on Feb. 14, he suffered "a massive coronary" in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he has been teaching. A family source has confirmed Kamins' death to Billboard. Word spread on Facebook, where many friends of the Downtown New York City scenester posted remembrances. The particular poignancy of his passing is surely the marking of the chronology of those connected to the incipient development of the biggest musical star of our time -- the mortality surrounding the cultural immortal that is the Queen of Pop.....

....Kamins perhaps distinctly represented a lost New York club scene of debauchery and illicit behaviors, replaced now by bottle service, bankers and strict adherence to officialdom-imposed standards. A fixture at the legendarily uninhibited Danceteria, where he mingled with not only the soon-to-be Material Girl, but also Downtown icons Keith Haring, LL Cool J, and the Beastie Boys, his remixes included superstars of the time like Kajagoogoo and Ofra Haza." [Billboard]

Steve Lewis reprinted an interview he did with Mark in 2008 along with a tribute at his Blackbook blog. Rest in Peace Mark.

Morrissey @ Terminal 5 10/13/2012
Dana (distortion) Yavin

We've already published Amanda Hatfield and Fred Pessaro // BBG's favorite photos that they took in 2012 and here's the list from BV photographer Dana [distortion] Yavin. While she's still got a month worth of shooting to do, here's her current favorite photos from this year that she herself shot, #1 being Moz at Terminal 5. (And if you're in Miami for Art Basel, you can check out her photo show.) The rest of her picks are below.

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The Faint at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
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The Faint are currently on tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album Danse Macabre. The party hits NYC on Friday (12/7) at Terminal 5 with Toronto's Trust and Icky Blossoms opening the show. Tickets are still available.

If you've read the site over the last week or so, you probably know we've been asking a lot of bands and artists to contribute year-end Top 10s (like Animal Collective who play Terminal 5 twice this week), and here we've got ones from both The Faint and Trust. The Faint did a collective list of favorite LPs and were only able to whittle it down to 12, including albums by Liars, Actress, Twin Shadow, Grimes (who did a list for us too) as well as both of their current tourmates. Check out the full list below.

As for Trust, main man Robert Alfons lists his 10 favorite tracks of 2012 and the top three spots all go to the same artist. Any guesses who? Don't forget that Trust will DJ late night at Glasslands on Friday (12/7) after their T5 show. Black Marble will play live and tickets are still available.

The Faint and Trust's 2012 Top 10 lists are below.

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Madonna at MSG - 11/12/12 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Madonna played her second of two Madison Square Garden shows last night (11/13), and while Lady Gaga definitely didn't make an appearance, in probably more exciting news, "Gangnam Style" Psy did join her!! You can watch the video below of Psy and Madonna performing Psy's signature song during "Give It 2 Me" as Madonna's dancers take on the song's dance. At the end of the video, there's also a short clip of Psy joining Madge for her own tune, "Music."

Check out the footage and the setlist from the show below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Madonna @ MSG 11/12/2012
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Luckily I'd gotten the memo that she goes on EXTRA late, so I wasn't one of the bitter concert goers who arrived when the doors opened at 7 pm, only to have to wait for Madonna to take the stage nearly FOUR hours later. Madonna hit the stage around 10:45 and finished 2 hours later at 12:45 am! I've never seen anything end that late at an arena show, but I guess there's a first time for everything.

I enjoyed the Madonna show, but not for the reasons I usually enjoy concerts. Madonna's show is less of a concert and more of a Broadway-esque spectacle where they just happen to be dancing to Madonna tunes all night. At 54 years old, you've got to respect that she's taken care of her body and she looks great. I am not entirely sure if that's a reason to strip down to your bra and panties in front of 20,000 people (and with your children present), but I digress. [According to G]

Madonna played her first of two shows at Madison Square Garden last night (11/12) as part of her still-going-strong MDNA tour that was last in the area for two shows at Yankee Stadium in September. The two-hour show, which featured multiple costume changes (we were there for the cheerleader portion of the evening), made stops at most of her biggest hits ("Open Your Heart," "Like a Prayer," "Vogue") and the setlist is below. Madge also made time for a little speechifying too (you can watch video of below) which included talk on the recent election and Hurricane Sandy, the effects of which she saw in person when she visited the Rockaways on Sunday with MoMA curator curator Klaus Biesenbach (who has organized relief charity Aid for Rockaway). She was also selling "Free Pussy Riot" t-shirts at the merch booths.

Madonna plays MSG again tonight. If you're going, do note she tends to go on late (10:45 last night, according to G). More pictures from MSG night 1 and the setlist are below.

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Michael Bolton, who seems to have a good sense of humor about his crappy music, will star as himself in new sitcom Michael Bolton's Daughter Is Destroying My Life according to Deadline. Look for the new sitcom on ABC next year.

Black Sabbath (sans Bill Ward) are finally going to do that album with producer Rick Rubin.

Gothamist wonders aloud if Barclays Center might have a racist metal detector policy (via an article in the NY Post).

I swear the BrooklynVegan not-CMJ day party lineups are coming very soon, though we've already revealed that we've got METZ, Deap Vally and Murals.

The 2012 edition of Austin City Limits, which is switching to two weeks next year, went down over the weekend (sans The Weeknd). Check out our photos from Day Two and Day One. Day Three on the way.

Speaking of the trend of having your festival two weekends in a row now, Ultra Music Festival announced they're doing it too.

Jon Carmanica at the NY Times talks about dance stars evolving to pop fame.

The same issue of the NY Times profiles Ellie Goulding who is dating pop fame dance star Skrillex (who she was hanging out with at Pianos the other night).

Adele's "Someone Like You" has topped another chart: most popular songs at funerals.

The Nick Waterhouse and Allah-Las tour hit Chicago last week. We got pictures.

Speaking of pictures, in NY we recently captured the butt shaking going on at Bowery for Nicky Da B, Flying Lotus and then SBTRKT at Terminal 5, Public Image LTD at both MHOW and Hammerstein, Menomena at Bowery (MHOW on the way), Revelation Records Anniversary Night Two (three and four on the way), and Morrissey not once, not twice, but thrice.

And oh yeah, don't forget the New York Comic Con shots.

Stream Divine Fits' appearance on NPR's World Cafe from earlier today.

Xbox's iTunes-esque new music service debuts tomorrow. Surprise: you're going to have to update your firmware to use it.

Kitty Pride, who plays CMJ this week, hates fellow redhead Tori Amos. For weird reasons.

More stuff below...

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