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Action Bronson at Rough Trade on Saturday (via @mariobatali)
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Charismatic Queens rapper Action Bronson dropped his full-length major label debut, Mr. Wonderful, last week via VICE / Atlantic and has had a hell of a week supporting it. First he played two nights at Terminal 5 and then on Saturday (3/28) had a signing and in-store performance at Rough Trade. Among those in attendance was another redheaded chef: Mario Batali who snapped the above pic. Bronson also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman last Wednesday (3/25) with Chance The Rapper to perform their Mark Ronson-produced song "Baby Blue" from the new record. Check it out below.

Bronson's now announced a full-on world tour in support of Mr. Wonderful, running all through the summer and into the fall. The tour doesn't stop in NYC proper, but hits New Jersey's Starland Ballroom on May 1. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/3) at 10 AM with a presale Thursday (4/2) at 9 AM.

Check out all of Bronson's upcoming dates and his Letterman performance below...

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words by Nick Masi

Patti Smith @ Webster (instagrams via @suzimay212 / @olyaphoto / @brooklynvegan)
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The tradition of Patti Smith celebrating her birthday with one of her annual New Year's shows at Webster Hall continued Tuesday night (12/30). This year she only scheduled two shows, with the 30th being the second night, as well as her 68th birthday. Like last year, she didn't book a New Year's Eve show, so she had to treat the 30th as such and she did just that. Once again, the night started off with another set from Michael Stipe and had the crowd almost completely silent. He played the same set as the night before but no one seemed to mind at all. Just seeing him sing REM (amongst others) songs onstage again was quite special.

Then it was time for Patti! She came out and opened with "Dancing Barefoot" and the show just exploded from there. Her mix of storytelling, methods of crowd control, poetry, rock 'n roll and spit always seem to come together in a way that not many can pull off, but she has done for decades. The set looked quite similar to the night before, including the staple "Because the Night," "Pissing In a River," a haunting cover of Nirvana's "Smells LIke Teen Spirit," a tribute to Amy Winehouse ("This is the Girl") and a birthday jam session, where Lenny Kaye and the band sang the Beatles' "Birthday" to Patti, in which she joked back, "I told you NO Beatles!"

Then, someone from the balcony ripped the zip cord for the Webster Hall balloon drop and Patti just lit up and said, "This is so fucked!" During this time, Patti's daughter, Jesse Paris Smith, Michael Stipe, Michael Pitt (?), celeb chef Mario Batali (??) and more brought out a cake and made it official. The show ended with a full sing along of "People Have the Power" and "Rock n Roll Nigger." During which she grabbed her electric guitar, ripped the shit out of it and screamed, "I'm fucking 68 years old!!!" She left the crowd with words of encouragement for the new year and closed by stating, "2015!! It's gonna be a great fucking year!" When Patti Smith speaks, you have a hard time not believing every word. Let's hope she's right. Happy New Year and Happy 68th, Patti!

Patti's birthday setlist and video of the all-star "happy birthday," below...

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Freedom Rides (more by David Andrako)
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If you missed it for free in Prospect Park over the summer, Hall Willner's Freedom Rides Project happens again tonight (9/15) at Highline Ballroom, though with a slightly different cast...

Hal Willner's Freedom Rides
Featuring Lou Reed, Tim Robbins, Geri Allen, Eric Mingus, James Carter & more
September 15,2011
Music of the Civil Rights Movement
A Benefit for the Clinton Foundation

Also featuring Art Baron, Steve Bernstein, Steve Cardenas, Carla Cook, Helga Davis, Curtis Fowlkes, Briggan Krauss, JD Parran, Catherine Russell, Tao Seeger, James Staten, Jason Walker, AND MANY SURPRISES!

Performers subject to change

Concert starts @ 9:00PM
Doors open @ 7:00PM
Tickets $55.00 in advance
$60.00 day of show

It's a benefit, but it's still pricey. Save $30 by entering coupon code "Freedom". Keep your eye out for Mario Batali.

Speaking of Lou Reed, I wonder if he was checking out his good friends Metallica at Yankee Stadium last night.

The Music of REM

Throwing Muses with Kristen Hersh, Kimya Dawson, Ingrid Michaelson, Glenn Hansard of The Frames & Swell Season, Apples in Stereo, Tommy James and the Shondells, Jolie Holland, Keren Ann, Guster, The Db's, Bob Mould, Vic Chesnutt & Elf Power, Rachel Yamagata, Calexico, Patti Smith, and others will be singing R.E.M. songs at Carnegie Hall on March 11th. "100% of net proceeds to benefit musical education programs for underprivileged youth." Regular tickets are on sale at the venue's site. VIP tickets are available at the event's own site (thx rajohn)...

Your VIP ticket includes entrance to the private artist reception taking place at City Winery featuring cuisine designed by Mario Batali. Food will be delicious and the free wine will be flowing. Join the artists and friends in New York's first full winery and amazing new event space. The party will start immediately after the concert and go to 1am. With a full stage and sound system at City Winery, we expect many musical surprises!
Mario Batali and Michael Stipe are good friends. Michael Dorf is producing this whole event. Michael Dorf owns the new City Winery which is opening on New Years Eve which is the night Michael Dorf's old club Knitting Factory is closing (which Michael pointed out himself in that NY Press article).

Patti Smith also just added a 3rd show at Bowery Ballroom. Tix are now on sale..

Tickets are still on sale for Kimya Dawson's upcoming show at Bowery Ballroom.

Vic Chetnutt & Elf Power are also touring and playing NYC together in January.

Pro-shot video of R.E.M.'s encore in Mexico City the other day, below...

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