Entries tagged with: Mellisa Auf der Maur

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Furthur (no "e") has headlined Madision Square Garden which isn't a big surprise given that the band contains original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh along with fellow hippies John Kadlecik of the Dark Star Orchestra on guitar, Jeff Chimenti of RatDog on keyboards, and Joe Russo of the Benevento/Russo Duo on drums (Jay Lane left Furthur after the March 12, 2010 show to rejoin Primus). Tickets go on presale on Thursday at 10am for EIGHT NYC shows happening in March. Five are at Best Buy Theater and three are at Radio City Music Hall.

Speaking of Radio City Music Hall, Janet Jackson is playing there on March 18th. Tickets go on presale Friday at 9am.

Janet Jackson notoriously had a "wardrobe malfunction" when she played the Superbowl Halftime show once. Tickets are now on sale for the show Neko Case is playing at the Bell House on Superbowl Sunday.

Eluvium was added to the Explosions in the Sky / Low show happening at Radio City on April 6th. Tickets are still on sale.

Tickets are on AmEx presale now for the Motorhead/Clutch/Valient Thorr show happening at Best Buy Theater. Tickets go on sale Friday for the same lineup at Starland Ballroom.

Fang Island is playing a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on March 11th. Openers TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

Tickets are now on AmEx presale for the Toro Y Moi shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on AmEx presale for the Hold Steady shows at MHOW & Terminal 5.

Tickets are now on AmEx presale for the Cave Singers / Lia Ices show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Holy Ghost!, who has headlined Bowery Ballroom before (not sure how it sold though) will headline Mercury Lounge on February 2nd. Tickets are now on sale.

Tickets are on Amex presale for the Lost in the Trees show at Mercury Lounge.

Tricky was recently in town, and Morcheeba will be here in February to play two shows at Irving Plaza which are both on sale.

Tickets are now on AmEx presle for the Lucinda Williams shows at Webster Hall.

Tickets are now on AmEx presale for the OMD show at Webster Hall.

Tickets are on AmEx presale for the Of Montreal show at Webster Hall.

Das Racist is playing Highline Ballroom on February 3rd.

Rasputina is playing Highline Ballroom on February 26th with Mr Voltaire. Tickets are on sale.

Melissa Auf Der Maur is playing Highline Ballroom on March 3rd. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are still on sale for the How to Dress Well and Autre Ne Veut show in a church.

Tickets are still on sale for the Trail of Dead show at Littlefield.

Pontiak
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Arboretum
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tonight in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
* It Is It comedy @ Pianos
* Arboretum, Pontiak, Coconuts @ Santos Party House
* Melissa Auf der Maur @ Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Laurel Halo, Corbu, Weed, The Young Friends @ The Cameo
* Netherfriends, Swingset Committee, Huntronik @ Cake Shop
* Mike Bones, Hex Message, Brother, Bubbles @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Clan of The Cave Bear, Vaz, Animal, Holy Sheet, Megachurch @ Shea Stadium
* Teeth Mountain,Larkin Grimm,Prince Rama,Erin Regan,Martin Lawrence @Silent Barn
* Love As Laughter, Neverever, DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin, Sea Lions @ Bruar Falls

If you missed Laurel Halo at Glasslands earlier this month, or over the weekend at the Eye & Ear Festival, catch her tonight at the Cameo with The Young Friends who you may have missed over the weekend at PopFest..

Speaking of bands you may have missed at PopFest, LA's Neverever, who are signed to Slumberland, play Bruar Falls tonight with Love as Laughter. Neverever's new video for "Coconut Shampoo" is below..

Neverever are not to be confused with Chicago band Netherfriends, who are playing the Pitchfork Festival this summer, and who you can catch at Cake Shop this evening.

Thrill Jockey Records represents tonight at Santos Party House with both Pontiak and Arbouretum on the bill.

Caves are the new Bears. Clan of the Cave Bear (in town from Cleveland) play Shea Stadium tonight with Megachurch (who they are on tour with), Vaz and others..

At Housing Works tonight: "Melissa Auf der Maur [ex-Hole] hosts a multi-media presentation of her new project, including a film screening, Q&A, comic reading, and live music," from her OOOM (Out Of Our Minds) project. A video is below.

"It Is It", the weekly free 8pm comedy show at Pianos, will have "Matt McCarthy, Hannibal Buress, Paul Mecurio, RG Daniels, Jane Borden and more" tonight.

Whiplash, the weekly late-night comedy show at UCB Theatre, will have Leo Allen, "Kumail Nanjiani, Kamau Bell, & more" tonight.

Speaking of Kumail, he was part of a Lost tribute show at UCB on Saturday night.

Speaking of Lost, the final episode was aired at The Bell House last night along with a performance by Lost episode tribute band Previously on Lost. A video about them is below...

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Courtney Love

There have been a few "big" SXSW-related announcements over the past few weeks. Stone Temple Pilots will be there. Big Star will too. Broken Bells are making a high profile appearance at the NPR show at Stubb's on March 17th (the show Spoon headlines). And... "Hole" is headlining the invite-only SPIN day party at Stubb's on Friday, March 19th. Crazy Courtney Love (who is on the cover of the new SPIN) has an all new band and a new album entitled Nobody's Daughter (out April 27th). If she actually shows up to Austin, as anyone that was at All Points West in 2009 can attest, I'm sure this year's SXSW will be full of Courtney sightings all week long.

It was previously reported that because of founding Hole member Eric Erlandson's legal rights to the band name, the new album would have to be released as a Courtney Love record. That seems to have been resolved. It was also originally/occasionally reported/misreported that bassist Melissa Auf der Maur would be part of the reunion, though that doesn't seem to be the case either. Instead, the lineup for Hole will include "23-year-old British guitarist Micko Larkin (formerly of London indie rockers Larrikin Love), bassist Shawn Dailey (of Rock Kills Kid), and drummer Stuart Fisher. (Jack Irons, formerly of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam, played drums on the album.)"

"Skinny Little Bitch," a track from the new Hole album, is available on the record's site today (3/4) only.

After SXSW, Hole has shows scheduled in L.A., NYC and the UK in April and May. The band plays Terminal 5 on Tuesday, April 27nd. Tickets are on sale Friday, March 12th at noon.

All tour dates, a recent Hole TV performance and the new song are below...

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words by Bill Pearis, photos by Alexandre Bédard

M For Montreal

If you're just joining us, you might want to start with Wednesday night, Thursday night, Friday night, and then Saturday day.

The final event in the three-day M for Montreal festival/conference was Saturday night's M for Metropolis (11/21), showcasing artists who are genuinely huge in their home city. It took place in the Metropolis Theater and unlike the other more showcase-like nights, this one was clearly aimed at local fans who did indeed pack the 2500 capacity venue. I avoid venues this size like the plague (I have yet to step foot into NYC's Terminal 5) and happily took my seat with the other "international delegates" in the balcony where there were great sight lines to the action, but from that distance you don't exactly get into the show. (Though I think I was more into it than the nearby row of Canadian journalists who all had their laptops set up at the show presumably to take notes - I saw more than a couple checking Facebook.) Add to that the more mainstream nature of some acts (minus a certain Polaris-winning, profanely-named headliner), the Metropolis show was a bit of an anticlimax for me.

Montreal feels like they've got their own French-Canadian equivalents to every popular English language band (or at least genre). For example, show opener Xavier Caféïne filled the "Francophone Foo Fighters/Green Day" slot and Misstress Barbara was the pop/dance act of the night -- though I can't imagine her American equivalent covering a Leonard Cohen song like she did.

Melissa Auf der Maur was up next. In America, she's mainly known as the bassist for Hole (and then Darcy's replacement in Smashing Pumpkins) but in her hometown of Montreal she is rock royalty and a successful solo artist. The crowd was going crazy for her as she worked the stage and pulled out all the classic Rock Moves. She played songs from her 2004 solo debut and a bunch of from its follow-up, due sometime next year.

Things got more interesting -- for me -- from there. I like Malajube who I've seen a lot - a bunch of times around when they toured for their first album, but probably not since 2007. Always in small venues. So I don't know whether it was the size of the stage and the light show, or whether the band has really stepped it up, but Malajube sounded positively epic at Metropolis. I'm not so familiar with their new album, but they are definitely working with a bigger sonic palate these days. And they can definitely pull off playing venues this size (at least with crowds like this). It was a nice jolt to my system, which was a bit bogged down from a heavy meal right before the show.

The coolest thing of the night had to have been Champion and his G-Strings. Nothing livens up a DJ set like having him conduct five guitarists during his set, kind of like a techno Glenn Branca. (OK, it's nothing like that.) Champion has been a Montreal superstar for a while and the crowd was going absolutely mental the whole set. Even with the whole guitars angle, it's still weird to see crowd surfing for a dance act. I'm not sure Champion will achieve this kind of success in America, but I could see him winning over a late night Coachella crowd.

Champion finished his set... and half the crowd split before headliners Fucked Up took the stage. They were definitely the odd band out on this bill, and not just because they were from Toronto. "We're gonna ruin the party!" declared Pink Eyes right before he jumped down onto the floor where he spent the rest of show prowling the crowd, wrapping himself in his mic cord, bonding with moshers and scaring the unprepared stragglers who hadn't left already. Not your normal show for Fucked Up, but awesome in its own way.

A few more pictures below...

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Les Savy Fav @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by Natasha Ryan)
Les Savy Fav

BROOKLYN KNITTING FACTORY SET TO OPEN / BROOKLYN'S LES SAVY FAV TO PLAY OPENING NIGHT

"The Knitting Factory, a leader in the New York arts scene for over two decades, is proud to announce that our new venue at 361 Metropolitan Avenue in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY will be opening September 2009. Brooklyn-based favorites, Les Savy Fav, will perform and host the opening night on Wednesday September 9th. Upcoming shows will feature performances by: Boss Hog, Rasputina, Mayer Hawthorne, Titus Andronicus, The Raincoats, The Spits, Mucca Pazza, Melissa Auf der Maur, cEvin Key, A Wilhelm Scream, Helado Negro, Maps and Atlases, No Neck Blues Band, Dub Trio, Smokey's Secret Family and much more to be announced. Upcoming special events include this year's Williamsburg Fashion Week's Fashion and Arts Premiere, the Miss LEZ Pageant and the Royal Flush Film Festival.
We've been waiting for this news since first finding out Knitting Factory was taking over the Brooklyn Luna Lounge lounge space in April 2008 (which was followed by official confirmation in July of the same year). Since then, Knitting Factory's Manhattan location closed and reopened (and closed again) and lots of people have been left wondering what the deal was.

Tickets for the September 9th Les Savy Fav show are on sale (thx Coma). They also play Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

Boss Hog is September 10th (tickets). They play ATP NY on September 12th.

The Titus Andronicus/So So Glos show (tickets) is the last date on a long tour that also includes a show at Maxwell's.

Melissa Auf der Maur plays KF on October 17th as part of the Royal Flush Film Festival which makes sense since she made a movie. Tickets for that event are on sale.

And tickets and dates to all of the above mentioned shows are HERE.

More about the space, HERE.

Tim Harrington apologizes to his mom, in the video below...

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Sundance

"Modern day renaissance woman Melissa Auf der Maur will be screening Out Of Our Minds, her short film in collaboration with filmmaker Tony Stone, at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Auf der Maur, whose impressive résumé includes stints as the bass player for Hole and Smashing Pumpkins, is a celebrated solo musician and an accomplished photographer whose work has appeared in exhibitions and publications worldwide.

Out Of Our Minds is a multimedia concept album three years in the making which incorporates an album, film, comic and website - all to be unveiled in full later this year. The film portion of this impressive body of work was accepted to the Sundance Film Festival as part of the New Frontier Program.

Three time periods, one connection: Blood. The central characters are a woman (Melissa Auf der Maur) and her car. The 28-minute film follows her in a strange ritual that climaxes in a collision between past and future, crashing through the gateway to parallel worlds in the same forest. A fantasy world where a Viking heart, a car crash and a bleeding forest connect. Using music rather than dialogue, the film tells a universal tale in striking optics. Borrowed from mythology, the Hunt for the Heart is the eternal quest envisioned in Out Of Our Minds. Conceived by musician Melissa Auf der Maur and birthed by Filmmaker Tony Stone (Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America) this mini epic is proudly self-produced and shot in HD fuelled by solar power.
You can watch the trailer HERE.

The Sundance Film Festival runs from January 15 - 25, 2009 in Park City, Utah.

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In a partnership with Apple's iTunes Music Store, Sundance and Shorts International have announced today that they will make available 10 short films selected to screen during the film festival as free (yup, free) downloads via their online media store (available in the US, UK and Canada only). The offer will only be available starting today through January 25, so film geeks should act now. [MTV]

The Salt Lake City Tribune has a list of music events going on during the festival including the daily ASCAP Music Cafe featuring performances by people like Damien Rice and Birdmonster, an Adele concert, and more.

Salt Lake Weekly says, "Two of the potentially biggest films in this year's festival are about music: the first-ever documentary about The Doors, When You're Strange, and Spike Lee's film version of Stew's Tony Award-winning musical Passing Strange. The role of music in film gets examined, as music publishing organization BMI is sponsoring a roundtable discussion Jan. 21 on "Music and Film: the Creative Process" with names like George Clinton and Duncan Sheik scheduled to partake.", and "Some of the biggest acts outside the auspices of the Sundance fest, at least in the hip-hop universe, are at Harry O's, considered by many to be the hip place to hang on Main Street, with top acts like Nelly and T.I. appearing."