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"M.I.A. will end up paying any fines imposed on NBC as a result of her finger wag during the Super Bowl halftime show ... sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ.

Our sources say ... the NFL has indemnified NBC ... because the NFL is responsible for the halftime content.

But the NFL was smart, given the history of performers who wanted to do something shocking to get attention during the biggest TV event of the year. So we're told ... M.I.A. signed a contract with the NFL for the halftime performance, and in that contract M.I.A. agreed to indemnify the NFL for any money it might be forced to pay if the FCC comes down on the Peacock Network." [TMZ]

PREVIOUSLY: NBC & NFL apologize for M.I.A,'s "inappropriate gesture" during the Superbowl


I don't understand why people still care about a finger, but EW says:

During the Super Bowl half-time show, singer M.I.A. flipped off millions of viewers during TV's most-watched telecast of the year. She made the obscene gesture during a performance of Madonna's new single, "Give Me All Your Luvin.'" M.I.A. also seemed to say an expletive ("I don't give a s***"), but it wasn't really audible.

NBC and the NFL issued dueling press statements. First, the network released an apology and called the moment a "spontaneous gesture" -- a phrase that might go down in history alongside "wardrobe malfunction." "We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime," the network said. "It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late."

The NFL issued a statement blaming NBC's monitoring system and condemning the incident. "There was a failure in NBC's delay system," the NFL said. "The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologize to our fans."

M.I.A. is such a "bad girl"! Video of the "incident" below...

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cheerleader M.I.A., as seen in the new Madonna video

As M.I.A.'s Universal Records labelmate Lana Del Rey knows now too, a shitstorm of bad press and reviews can be a painful sting. M.I.A. went from much-loved to much-hated almost overnight after the release of her last album. And like L.D.R., a lot of the negativity towards M.I.A. focused on her being fake and rich. Who knew what the future would hold for the northern Sri Lankan South London rebel activist rapper.

Things have been quiet on the M.I.A. front for a year, but then came "new" song "Bad Girls" which "premiered" on Pitchfork last week along with the tag "Best New Track" (a title that was also awarded to "Video Games" in 2011), followed by a new video for the song which has already racked up over 3 million views on YouTube in less than three days. Why did I put "new" in quotes? Well, because Pitchfork actually gave the same song "Best New Track" when it first appeared on Vicki Leekx, a mixtape M.I.A. released at the end of 2010, though the 2010/2011 version was not exactly the same song. It has been reworked a bit, and is now "complete". Watch and listen below.

Meanwhile, M.I.A.' Universal Records labelmate Madonna went ahead and announced a new album called MDNA which features a couple of guest singers, or more specifically: Nicki Minaj, and yep, M.I.A. Madonna also packaged this I'll-show-Lady-Gaga-who's-boss-return with a spot as Superbowl Halftime performer which came with the news that Madonna would be bringing along some friends (yep, Niki Minaj and M.I.A) (and maybe LMFAO and Cee-Lo). We'll find out exactly what goes down with that today.

UPDATE: Cee-Lo & LMFAO were in fact there, and this happened:

M.I.A. flips the world the bird on the Superbowl

Watch the new Madonna video for "Give Me All Your Luvin'" (Feat. M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj), which has over 6 million views in three days (and has football players in it too), with the new M.I.A. video too, below...

Continue reading "the return of MIA ('new' song, video, Madonna, the Superbowl)"


today in NYC
* Alon Yavnai @ Barbes
* Kama Rupa @ The Stone
* Pharmakon @ The Stone
* Nicolas Jaar ("From Scratch") @ P.S. 1
* Lacrymosa, Sea of Bees @ Joe's Pub
* Sunday Night Live: Ed Vallance @ The Ace Hotel
* Narc, Alexander Trust, Jaja, Big Ups @ Cameo Gallery
* Fred Armisen (Fred Armisen's Playlist Live!) @ Union Pool
* Stephanie Wrembel presents The Django Experiment @ Barbes
* Permanent Wave presents Allison Weiss, Traveling, Swearin', Early Riser @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge

I can't tell if Eugene Mirman will be hosting the Superbowl party at Union Hall tonight or not. I guess he is, that is if they're able to show it.

Brooklyn Bowl is probalby a great place to watch the Superbowl (if you like football and don't mind lots of people).

Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and most interestingly, M.I.A. are performing during the Superbowl's Halftime show.

Fred Armisen, who like Bon Iver, performed on Saturday Night Live last night, and like St. Vincent, appeared on a new episode of Portlandia one night before that, plays his first residency show at Union Pool tonight.

Lana Del Rey was on SNL last night too.

Papermag shows us "Downton Abbey Stars On-Screen Vs. Off-Screen." The Guardian has an article about how they got the World War I trenches. A new (for the US) episode of Downton Abbey premieres tonight on PBS. A new commercial for Downton (or is it Downtown) Abbey on Spike TV premiered on Saturday Night Live last night. Watch that commercial below.

Dominick Fernow of Cold Cave (and other projects) curated Feb 1-15 at The Stone.

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photos by Andrew St. Clair

"That's the face of rock n' roll. Learn it. Live it. Love it." -mat | April 14, 2010 1:27 PM


The Star-Ledger: Your manager said this was really a big show for you guys.
Gene: Yeah, Central Park, Simon & Garfunkel. They are going to come out and play songs with us.

Which Ween songs are they going to play?
"Spinal Meningitis"...

Is there some lineage from Sparks to Ween?
Mickey is really into Sparks, and he says Ween is the modern-day Sparks.

I think you and Sparks should play a show together just like Simon & Garfunkel in Central Park.
Sparks is going to be there, too, with Simon & Garfunkel.

That's a crowded stage.
It is, but we'll make room. Ladysmith Black Mambazo is going to be there, too.

The Ween-Simon&Garfunkel-Sparks-Ladysmith Black Mombazo supergroup didn't actually happen when Ween played Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on Friday 9/17, but Madonna was there (causing trouble)...
"We spoke with SummerStage production manager Danny Owen about the chain of events that led to Madge's appearance at Ween's soundcheck and it started in the early afternoon hours when the film and concert production teams realized the area had been double booked. WE's production team approached venue staff when they started to test the PA and the SummerStage staffers agreed to keep the noise to a minimum until Ween soundchecked at 5PM. 5PM rolled around and the film's producers asked for more time, but with doors set to open at 6:30, there wasn't much wiggle room since the band needed to get comfortable with the sound at the outdoor venue.

Owen, whose main concern was making sure the band was given the time they needed, told the film's producer that the band was indeed going to start soundchecking. At this point, the members of Ween were on stage and waiting around for word to start the check. Madonna must've gotten wind of the situation as at approximately 5:15PM she entered the concert field with her security entourage and asked Owen if she could speak to the band. Danny responded, "with all due respect, no you may not" leading Madonna to ask to speak to a manager at which point Ween's manager, Greg Frey, entered the fray.

The pop icon bought a few minutes during her conversation with Frey as soundcheck was delayed until approximately 5:30, but we're glad to see that even Madonna can't keep Ween from taking care of business. Sadly, it seems Madge and her unhip team didn't even know who Ween was. Ween went on close to 7:30PM and played one fantastic, extremely long set followed by a three-song encore." [Glide Magazine]

What a busy week for Summerstage. Madonna, Cake, Broken Social Scene, WEEN, and four Pavement shows.

Ween currently has two shows on the calendar, including a Halloween date in Colorado, and there's at least one solo show coming up too. All dates, Ween's Central Park setlist, and more pictures, below...

Continue reading "despite Madonna's efforts, Ween soundchecked & played Summerstage (pics & setlist)"


A second worker injured in the Marseille, France, stage collapse ahead of a weekend Madonna concert has died, a French hospital official announced on Friday.

The 32-year-old British man died from injuries suffered in Thursday's incident at the Stade Velodrome in the southern French port city.

A French worker was killed instantly on Thursday when a partially completed roof section of the complex and intricate set collapsed on top of several people. Nine others were injured and sent to local hospitals, authorities said, noting at the time that an American and a British worker were in serious condition.

Madonna was reportedly "devastated" when she learned of the incident while warming up for her concert in Udine, Italy, on Thursday" [CBC]

Clips of the scene, below...

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photos by Tim Griffin


So how was [Thursday] night's Music Hall of Williamsburg show, only the second on their tour for Entertainment, and the first of a stand that [continued Friday] at Webster Hall? Hardly rudimentary, my dear. Let's dispose first of the big news: Madonna was in attendance (hanging off of some man, Lourdes knows who).

Spooner, surely to her dismay, made Madonna's presence known -- probably mischievously, as he also asked, seemingly with mock surprise, where she'd gone to once the set was over. (Madge ducked out after a few songs.) So what new material might she have gathered for her own live show? We were too busy attempting to move in rhythmic patterns to jot down any notes, but with four dancers (in a variety of often shiny costumes), two stand-up mirrors, two flat-screens, and a large video projection, the crew created an ultraenergetic, unapologetically arty, but resolutely playful stage show. [NY Mag]

If you count the three rehearsals, Fisherspooner has now played five NYC shows in the past 2-3 weeks. More pictures (including the NSFW opener No Bra) from MHOW below...

Continue reading "Fischerspooner played Webster Hall & MHOW (pics) (NSFW)"

interview by Chris Bilton, intro by Andrew Frisicano

Mike Watt and the Missingmen

Bassist Mike Watt has been in New York since Sunday, at work recording his fourth solo album, hyphenated-man, at a studio in Williamsburg. Watt is accompanied on that record, and on his current, nearly two-month tour, by the Missingmen -- drummer Raul Morales and guitarist Tom Watson.

NYC-area audiences finally get a chance to hear what Watt and the band have been up to when they play tonight, May 7th at Maxwell's in Hoboken. That's the first of two NYC-area shows; the second comes Friday, when Mike Watt and the Missingmen play the Mercury Lounge (openers include Lite, Kahoots and John DeVries of Agitpop). Tickets are still on sale.

The Missingmen project is just one of Watt's many efforts as a bandleader (to say nothing of his sideman gigs for the Stooges, J. Mascis and others). Another of those Watt fronted bands, the Black Gang (a project with Wilco guitarist Nels Cline), also recently cut a record. Release dates for both are TBA, but there's no lack of activity on the horizon. Cline and Watt are slated to open an August 1st show at the Central Park Summerstage, with M. Ward headlining.

EYE WEEKLY writer Chris Bilton spoke with Watt in mid-2008, where they discussed the bass player's storied history and busy future. That interview has remained on his hard drive until now...

Continue reading "an interview w/ Mike Watt (who is in town now) "

AC/DC @ The Izod Center (more by Ryan Muir)

If anyone had any doubt that touring is where the money is in the music business, a quick look at the top Moneymakers for 2008 should hammer the point home.

Regardless of genre, retail sales or radio play, each of the 20 acts on Billboard's Moneymakers list toured in 2008. (Taylor Swift mostly opened for Brad Paisley but doesn't get credit for that revenue). For almost all of them, touring generated the most revenue. And in a year when recorded-music sales declined yet again, many earned more at the box office than ever before. [Billboard]

I hope Kanye West can handle being below The Jonas Brothers (and Lil Wayne). The whole list below...

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Bruce Springsteen @ Giants Stadium, July 2008 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Bruce Springsteen

1. Madonna ($105 million)
2. Celine Dion ($94 million)
3. The Eagles ($73.4 million)
4. Kenny Chesney ($72.2 million)
5. Bon Jovi ($70.4 million)
6. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band ($69.3 million)
7. Neil Diamond ($59.8 million)
8. Rascal Flatts ($55.8 million)
9. The Police ($48 million)
10. Tina Turner ($47.7 million)
"According to numbers released by concert trade magazine Pollstar, the Material Girl was the year's top concert draw in North America with ticket sales in excess of $105 million. After launching last summer in Wales, her Sticky & Sweet tour hit North America in early October for nearly eight weeks of concert dates. Worldwide the tour actually grossed more than $280 million, making Sticky & Sweet the highest-grossing tour ever by a solo artist." [EOnline]

Michael Stipe in Santiago, Chile - Nov 4, 2008 (Loretín)
Michael Stipe

Girl Talk announces a new president in Milwaukee - Nov 4, 2008 (leslie!!)
Girl Talk

Where were you when Obama was announced the winner last night? After spending some time in Rockefeller Center with thousands of people and NBC, I was actually at (le) poisson rouge in the West Village when CNN made their announcement (on two large screens). Everyone went nuts and started dancing while music like "We are the Champions" was blasting through the soundsystem (I guess McCain supporters knew to stay away from events like these?). Kyle was at The Bell House with a similar experience. Oprah was in Chicago's Grant Park (home of Lollapalooza). Ryan was wondering if Clues were ever going to go on. Others were at other concerts...

Girl Talk played Milwaukee. R.E.M. was in Santiago while Madonna performed in San Diego. Smashing Pumpkins were up in Toronto and Bad Brains had a hometown show in DC. Videos from those shows and more below...

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Fleet Foxes @ Grand Ballroom Saturday (more by Chris Owyoung)
Fleet Foxes @ Grand Ballroom

today in NYC
* Madonna @ MSG
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Raphael Saadiq @ SOBs
* Andrew Bird @ Hiro Ballroom
* Department of Eagles @ The Bell House
* Death Cab For Cutie, St. Vincent @ Radio City Music Hall
* Tegan & Sara, City and Colour, Girl in a Coma @ Terminal 5
* Will Franken, USAISAMONSTER, Knyfe Hytes, My Device @ Cake Shop
* Okkervil River, Crooked Fingers, Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears @ Webster Hall
* Debbie Harry, Lissy Trullie, Jesse Malin, Earl Greyhound, etc @ Highline Ballroom

Tickets are back on sale for all four NYC Madonna shows.

LSD was first declared illegal in the United States on this day in 1966.

William Butler of the Arcade Fire was born today in 1982.

The Department of Eagles show tonight is sold out, but tomorrow's Revenge of the Bookeaters benefit is not: Get TICKETS.

Department of Eagles go on at 9:15 tonight. Nat Baldwin opens at 8:30.

Stereolab finished up their 3-night run in NYC on Saturday night.

Municipal Waste is coming soon. Earth is not.

Neil Hamburger's new video for "At Least I Was Paid" is below...

Continue reading "What's going on Monday?"

Yo La Tengo @ McCarren Pool - Aug 24th (Ryan Muir/Metromix) (LOOK AT IT BIG)
McCarren Pool

today in NYC
* The Game @ Irving Plaza
* Bango Benefit @ Bowery Ballroom
* Billy Idol @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Rushmore (movie) & bands @ McCarren Pool
* Scribble Jam w/ Junk Science @ Knitting Factory
* long, free sets by Anthony Jeselnik & Kristen Schaal
* Dr. Dog, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson & R Stevie Moore @ MHOW

I think the race is on to see who can play more NYC shows in 2008: Vivian Girls or Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson. It's a tight race.

Speaking of a tight race, Joe Biden and the RIAA = BFF and Madonna thinks McCain is like Hitler.

The above photo is another view of Sunday's final Pool Party.

What else?

Robyn @ NYC Virgin Store (more by Leia Jospe)

Robyn forced to cancel her performance at 'All Points West' Festival

Due to rehearsals for Madonnas 'Sticky & Sweet' European tour and other commitments, Robyn is unfortunately forced to cancel her performance at New Jerseys 'All Points West' festival in August. Robyn is sorry about this unavoidable development as she was really looking forward to playing the festival;

"Sorry to all my fans who were expecting to see me. Hopefully I'll be there next year!" Robyn. [Robyn's MySpace] (via)

Coldplay and Madonna

Robyn is playing All Points West and then touring with Madonna. Santogold is performing at Summerstage and then touring with Coldplay. All dates below....

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the view from the Bonnaroo ferris wheel - June 12, 2008 (cred)

As usual, Madonna added more shows at MSG than she originally announced. Tickets are on sale for the fourth one.

Keeping with the 80's theme (mainstream 80's), Billy Idol tickets are on sale.

Not mainstream (not even 80's) (they broke up in '79): Teenage Jesus & The Jerks are playing their reunion shows tonight.

The Fratellis play Webster Hall in NYC tonight (June 13). They also play a free show at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square at 12:30 pm THIS AFTERNOON. You might have already seen that listed on the free events calendar.

Also on the free events calendar: where to get free Trojan condoms in NYC until 2pm today, where in Brooklyn you'll find a Pride festival tomorrow, and what free shows are happening at BAM this weekend.


Tickets are now on 'Fan Club' and CitiCard (@ 10am) presale for the upcoming Madonna shows. Total cost of two MSG floor seats before service charges = $709.

Madonna & Justin Timberlake @ Roseland Ballroom, NYC - April 30, 2008
Madonna & Justin Timberlake

Considering the hassle people went through to get into the show, I think Madonna should have played more than six or seven songs (one of which was with Justin Timberlake), but that's just me....

Halfway through her 32-minute set on Wednesday night at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, Madonna offered a message of sympathy.

"All you people I saw sleeping in the street last night," she said, "this song is for you."

It was "Hung Up," about the agony of waiting. And as she finished the song, she added, just in case the message wasn't clear: "Anybody who knows me knows how much I hate to wait."

New York may be a city of the impatient, but for Madonna's fans, Wednesday's show proved that seeing her for free in a 2,200-capacity hall -- minuscule by her usual touring standards -- was something worth waiting for. And waiting for a very long time.

The line outside Roseland, on West 52nd Street, formed 60 hours before show time.... [NY Times: For Madonna Fans, the Wait Is Worth It]

People were also paying over $1000 a ticket to scalpers.

The whole show is now streaming online. THIS LINK will launch the video in Windows Media Player. Way more about the show at 'All About Madonna'.

Who's Bad?
Whos Bad

* Etta James @ BB King's
* Dead Meadow @ Maxwell's
* Joe Jackson @ The Apollo
* Gossip & Shy Child @ Webster Hall
* Autechre @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Tally Hall and friends @ Bowery Ballroom
* French Kicks & Miguel Mendez @ Mercury Lounge
* Casiotone for the Painfully Alone & Fiasco @ Knitting Factory

Get a new Wolf Parade song.

Tickets went on presale this morning for a Brian Wilson benefit show. Brian is also among those playing the Rainforest Benefit at Carnegie Hall.

Tickets are on sale for some George Michael shows.

Madonna is playing Roseland Ballroom.

Who's Bad ("the ultimate" Michael Jackson tribute band) is playing Canal Room Friday.

Cyndi Lauper is going on tour this summer.

Alejandro Escovedo joined Bruce Springsteen on stage in Houston last night. Video below.

what else?

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Madonna on Vanity Fair

Maybe it's just me, but I wouldn't have put "lucky" in the same sentence with "need to lineup outside of Roseland" and "receive tickets on a first come basis".....

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JayZ and Bono

Jay-Z is on the verge of a deal with concert promoter Live Nation worth about $150 million that rivals the biggest music contracts ever, the New York Times reported on its Web site on Wednesday.

Jay-Z was said to be planning to leave his longtime record label, Def Jam, for a package with Live Nation, which includes financing his own entertainment venture as well as recordings and tours over the next decade.

The deal, which sources told the newspaper should be finalized this week, comes after Live Nation earlier this week announced a 12-year agreement to handle the merchandising, digital and branding rights and touring of Irish group U2. [Reuters]


Madonna will be playing gigs in New York, Paris and London to promote he new album Hard Candy.

Our sources tell us that the final dates are:
* New York: April 28th
* Paris: May 6th
* London: May 10th

There's also a "4 Minutes" release party happening this Friday at Highline Ballroom. "4 Minutes" is the new Madonna single featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland. Hard Candy is out April 29, 2008 on Warner Brothers.

Madonna rocks

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation today announces the artists who will induct this year's honorees at a ceremony on March 10, 2008, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City:

Leonard Cohen will be inducted by Lou Reed

The Dave Clark Five (Dave Clark, Lenny Davidson, Rick Huxley, Denis Payton and Mike Smith) will be inducted by Tom Hanks

Madonna will be inducted by Justin Timberlake

John Mellencamp will be inducted by Billy Joel

Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff will be inducted by Jerry Butler

The Ventures (Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards, Gerry McGee, Mel Taylor, Don Wilson) will be inducted by John Fogerty

Little Walter will be inducted by Ben Harper