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Philip Glass at Prospect Park in July (more by Adela Loconte)
Philip Glass

Following David Byrne's big Philippines benefit at Terminal 5 in November to help those affected by Typhoon Yolanda, another more intimate, but equally cool benefit is happening in NYC on December 19 at Le Poisson Rouge. This one's got modern composer Philip Glass joined by an impressive indie lineup of Tyondai Braxton (ex-Battles) with past collaborator Ben Vida, plus Prefuse 73, Satomi Matsuzaki (of Deerhoof), Dan Friel (Parts & Labor), DJ Jon Santos, and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.

In related news, the music of Tyondai Braxton, Aphex Twin, and Edgard Varèse will soundtrack an upcoming dance performance by Alarm Will Sound and Dance Heginbotham at The Met on February 20.

Prefuse 73 is also going on a tour with Nosaj Thing that hits NYC on January 30 at Output. Tickets are still available here and here.

Dirty Projectors in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projector Dave Longstreth is no stranger to playing music in museums, and he'll do just that on November 1 at The Met, when he premieres new work in addition to new arrangements of Dirty Projectors songs with the Calder Quartet. It's part of the Bartok Quartet Cycle Seiers, and also features new arrangements by Longstreth of some of Bela Bartok's music. Tickets, which include museum admission, are on sale now.

Watch a video of Dave playing a new song live in April, below...

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John Zorn
John Zorn

Avant-garde sax great John Zorn has been celebrating his 60th birthday this year with a ton of NYC shows. The celebration, dubbed Zorn@60, has been going on for months, and there's only a few events left.

Tonight (9/27), Zorn does his third of three nights at Miller Theatre at Columbia University. At tonight's show, he'll be performing work from all over his career, and will be joined by many collaborators including Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk), Ikue Mori (DNA, Kim Gordon collaborator, etc), Marc Ribot, Erik Friedlander and many more. More details here. Tickets are still available.

Then on Saturday (9/28), he'll (literally) be at The Met all day with multiple performances from 10 AM to 8:30 PM. Many other performers will be at these too, including Bill Frisell, Mike Patton, Erik Friedlander, Abby Fischer and more. The performances are free with museum admission. Full schedule for the day, below.

On Sunday (9/29), he'll be at Le Poisson Rouge for two shows (6:30 PM and 10 PM), both of which include Mike Patton, John Medeski, Trevor Dunn, and Joey Baron. The early show also has a few other names, like Marc Ribot and more. TIckets for the early show and the late show are on sale now.

Finally, Zorn will team up with Japanese composer/musician/film scorer Ryuichi Sakamoto (of Yellow Magic) for an improvised evening of music on October 4 at Japan Society (333 E 47th St). This one is sold out.

Schedule for Zorn's day at The Met, and a live video from 1992, below...

Continue reading "John Zorn wrapping up Zorn@60, doing a full day at The Met & other shows w/ Mike Patton, Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell & more"

photos by Greg Cristman

Om
Om

The always-epic Om made things just a little more epic than usual on Friday (7/19), when they came to The Temple of Dendur at The Met to perform a modified version of their track, "At Giza" (a reference to the Great Pyramid of Giza), in front of the Egyptian ruins at that Met exhibit. Pictures of that all-too-appropriate pairing which was witnessed by about 600 lucky souls are in this post. Short videos are HERE & HERE.

Meanwhile, Emil Amos' (of Om) other band Grails have a new album and tour on the way, which hits NYC on September 15 at Saint Vitus with Emil's other other band Lilacs & Champagne and Wrekmeister Harmonies. Tickets for that show are still available.

More pictures below...

Continue reading "Om performed "At Giza" at the Met's Temple of Dendur (pics)"

by Fred Pessaro

Om at Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Om

The Temple of Dendur at the Met (via Ulla)
Om

Hold on to your seats Om fans, the band have announced a return to NYC to play an absolute jaw-dropper of a show. The trio have announced that they will play  a version of the track "At Giza" from their excellent Conference of the Birds LP in the most perfect of locations: in front of the remains of the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitain Museum of Art on July 19!

The track, which is in reference to the great pyramids at Giza, will be modified for the setting and be accompanied by additional material when the band performs in front of the Egyptian ruins. Don't miss it, tickets are on sale.

The Temple of Dendur is also where Liars are performing on Saturday (sold out).

All  tour dates are listed, along with a stream of "At Giza" and the rest of Conference of the Birds, below.

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photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

Patti Smith @ Stubb's, Austin, 4/30/13
Patti Smith

Patti Smith will play Bowery Ballroom on June 5. Tickets to the Bowery show go on sale Friday (5/17). The show is part of the celebration of the Federico Garcia Lorca Birthday Celebration which has been going on since early April and continues through July with events thoughout the city:

Lorca in New York: A Celebration is the largest-ever festival in North America celebrating the work of acclaimed Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca. With more than two dozen events throughout Manhattan, it focuses on the brief but prolific period (1929-1930), during which Lorca came to New York and wrote one of his most significant works, Poet in New York. Presented by Fundación Federico García Lorca with support from Acción Cultural Española, it is anchored in the premiere of Back Tomorrow: Federico García Lorca / Poet in New York at The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (April 5-July 20) - an exhibition bringing together for the first time manuscripts, drawings, letters, and photos Lorca generated while in the city.
June 5 is Lorca's actual birthday and Smith previously celebrated Lorca with a concert performed at his home in Granada, the Huerta de San Vicente, in 2010.

She'll also perform on September 20 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for a tribute to Hildegard of Bingen, the "twelfth-century German writer, composer, philosopher, visual artist, mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath." Tickets to that show are still available. All Patti Smith tour dates are below.

Patti Smith played Stubb's in Austin at the end of April (4/30) and there are photos from that show in this post.

More pictures and dates below...

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Thurston w/ Chelsea Light Moving earlier this month (more by PSquared Photography)
Chelsea Light Moving

Thurston Moore is currently out detonating shit on his band Chelsea Light Moving's tour. That tour already hit the NYC area twice and it will return for a show on April 5 at Bowery Ballroom with Prana-Bindu and Marco Fusinato (tickets).

When that tour ends, he'll will head to The Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 15 to perform live in front of a projection of Street, a video of people on the streets of Manhattan by James Nares which features an original 12-string guitar score from Thurston Moore. The show with Thurston on April 15 runs from 6:30 to 9 PM and includes a reception in the Great Hall with complimentary refreshments (beer provided by Harpoon Brewery). After that night, the video will remain on view at The Met until May 27.

Street trailer video below...

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Dan Deacon at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon is set to head out on tour with Animal Collective in March, and though that tour doesn't hit NYC, Dan will be doing his own two events here after the tour ends. On April 27, he'll be at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a performance which combines "audience-triggered sound and light, video projection with live and electronic sounds." Tickets for that are on sale now. Then afterwards, he'll head to Brooklyn for an after party at 285 Kent, which is only billed as a DJ set, but I'd trust Dan Deacon to find a way to make it crazier than just spinning tunes. Plus, it wouldn't be the first time that a DJ set at 285 Kent went wild. Tickets for the after party are on sale now.

Dan Deacon also recently made a video for "Guilford Avenue Bridge" off of his album, America. You can watch that video and check out a full list of dates below...

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Liars at Webster Hall in June (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Liars

Liars had a pretty great 2012 with the release of WIXIW, which made it onto a number of year-end lists, and they've already got some exciting plans for 2013. They have announced that they'll make their Met Museum debut with a "multimedia, site-specific performance" in the Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing on May 18. Tickets are $25 and on sale now.

The show is being presented in conjunction with fashion exhibition PUNK: Chaos to Couture which will be on display from May 9 to August 11.

Meanwhile head to the Met twice this month to catch DJ Spooky who will be performing one night and talking the next.

The video for "No.1 Against the Rush" from WIXIW is below...

Continue reading "Liars playing Temple of Dendur at the Met Museum in May; DJ Spooky will be there even sooner"

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Efterklang & Wordless Music Orchestra @ the Met - 9/22/12
Efterklang

Denmark's Efterklang release their new album, Piramida, this week (9/25) via 4AD (stream it) and in support of that, they just came to NYC for a show at The Met on Saturday (9/22) backed by Siouxsie & the Banshee's Budgie on drums, and also with Wordless Music Orchestra. They performed the entire album, including "VAELV," a coda for "The Living Layer" commissioned by Efterklang and written and arranged by Brooklyn composer Karsten Fundal. They also came out for a second encore, where they performed "The Ghost" again, after already playing it in their pre-encore set, presumably done because of the taping of the show. That taping streamed live on the Met's website, and an archive will be uploaded later this week to NPR.

The band are hanging around New York for a bit, and while they're here they'll do a couple more events in the city. Tonight (9/24), they're doing a mini concert with DJ sets from Victoire and Efterklang at Ace Hotel at 8 PM. Katinka Fogh Vindelev will also perform. Then on Tuesday (9/25) at Apple Store SoHo, they'll do an in-store performance with the full 6-piece band. Doors are at 6 PM and the band goes on at 7. Admission is free.

More pictures and the setlist from the show at the Met are below.

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Efterklang

Denmark's Efterklang will release their new album Piramida on September 24 via 4AD. Here's a little about it from the band:

Our new album started out in quite unusual fashion. In August 2011 we (Mads, Casper & Rasmus) travelled to Spitsbergen in the arctic. Our destination was the abandoned Russian settlement Piramida. It was left overnight in 1998 and today stands as a ghost town still full of relics from its past including the world northernmost grand piano. We spent 9 days in this ruin just a 1000 km from the North Pole and we collected over a 1000 recordings which we afterwards have used in different ways in the making of our new album
Efterklang made a video of collecting some of those recordings and you can watch it at the bottom of this post. The band performed Piramida at their first-ever Australian show last month at the famed Sydney Opera House with Siouxsie & the Banshees' Budgie on drums, backed by the Sydney Symphony and footage of that is below as well.

With the success of the Sydney show, Efterklang will perform as an augmented six-piece including Budgie. In the UK, orchestra Northern Sinfonia will join the band as well. No tour of North America has been announced yet, but one is promised for 2013. Meanwhile Efterklang will visit NYC to play The Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 22 with the Wordless Music Orchestra and guest conductor Matthew Coorey, with arrangements by Missy Mazzoli (Kronos Quartet, Victoire), Karsten Fundal (Under Byen, Oh Land), and Daníel Bjarnason (Sigur Rós, Múm). Tickets ($25) are on sale now.

Artwork for Piramida is below, along with those videos and a list of all current Efterklang tour dates.

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Dean at Maxwell's in 2011 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Dean Wareham

Like he's done in years past, Dean Wareham has scheduled a few 'Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500' shows for 2012. One of those shows is in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on July 20 with TEEN. Tickets are on sale now.

Dean & Britta are also bringing their 13 Most Beautiful... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests performance to The Met on October 6 in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Tickets for that are on sale now.

All dates and some videos from Dean's Galaxie 500 show at the Bell House in 2011 below...

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Baseball

In honor of the Jefferson R. Burdick Collection of more than thirty thousand baseball cards--dating from 1887 to 1959--Spectrum has organized an exciting Friday night event. Starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, early-comers can meet William C. Rhoden and be treated to a pre-show signing of his book Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete.

At 7:30 p.m., enjoy a lively panel discussion about our card collection and its relationship to baseball. Panelists include:

Sean Kirst, columnist at the Syracuse Post-Standard and author of The Ashes of Lou Gehrig and Other Baseball Essays
Dale Murphy, retired Major League Baseball player
William C. Rhoden, sports columnist at the New York Times
Sharon Robinson, educational consultant, author, and daughter of the great Jackie Robinson

After the panel discussion, the supergroup The Baseball Project (Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, and Linda Pitmon, with a special guest appearance by Mike Mills) will perform a very special set, with songs inspired by the Museum's baseball card collection.

Tickets are still available for tonight;s event (4/13).

The Red Krayola also play a NYC museum tonight (and tomorrow) (the Whitney).

Julianna Barwick and Grouper play one tonight too! Their show is at the Guggenheim where Cold Cave and Zola Jesus (with help from JG Thirwell) also have shows coming up. Tix are still available for tonight's show and for Cold Cave's too. Zola Jesus goes on sale on 4/18.

The Baseball Project also played Maxwell's the other night, but have no other upcoming dates at the moment. Check out the new video for 2010 song "All Future and No Past" below...

Continue reading "The Baseball Project playing a baseball (card) event @ the Met tonight; Cold Cave tix on sale; Grouper tonight too"

Philip Glass

In celebration of Philip Glass's 75th birthday, the American Composers Orchestra is presenting the US premiere of Glass's Ninth Symphony plus the NYC premiere of Arvo Part's Lamentate, with pianist Maki Namekawa at Carnegie Hall on Glass's birthday, January 31. The orchestra will be led by ACO co-founder Dennis Russell Davies. According to a press release:

The program notes describe Glass's Symphony No. 9 as "a large scale, three movement work for orchestra, and while direct in form, it will be formidable in performance with piccolos doubled, horn section fortified, and with bass brass, and timpani doubled. The Ninth promises to be, in the composer's words 'big and unrelenting,' with an avoidance of solo passagework, this piece will be a real team effort throughout. Each movement follows a similar plan: an opening theme broadly stated a contrasting highly energized middle section, and a slower ending with a newer version of the opening theme. Throughout the work becomes increasingly dense and contrapuntal thereby giving the whole work its overall dramatic shape."
Tickets for the event are on sale now.

Glass's birthday will also be celebrated two days earlier (1/29) at Le Poisson Rouge with Orange Mountain Music and special guests Kronos Quartet, Dennis Russell Davies, Maki Namekawa, Ira Glass, Michael Riesman, Ensemble Signal, Bruce Brubaker, Tim Fain and more. Tickets for this show are on sale now.

It will again be celebrated at the Tune-In Music Festival at Park Avenue Armory which takes place from February 23-26. "Highlights Include: A World Premiere by Hal Wilner, Bill Frisell and Ralph Steadman, Glass's Music in Twelve Parts, An Evening of Music and Poetry with Patti Smith and Philip Glass, and Glass's Another Look At Harmony." Tickets for the Tune-In festival's events are on sale now.

The Metropolitan Museum is also hosting a celebration for Philip Glass this April (it appears to have been rescheduled from 1/21). The event is taking place on April 21 at The Temple of Dendur and will feature Glass performing his chamber music with violinist Tim Fain. Unreserved seating is on sale now.

Program information on the Carnegie Hall show below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

Wordless

Many of the weekend's 9/11 memorials chose to mark the anniversary with music. The official commemoration at Ground Zero included performances by Paul Simon (who performed "The Sound of Silence"), James Taylor (who played "You Can Close Your Eyes"), the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Video of those tributes are below.

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Wordless Music Orchestra commemorated the anniversary with three pieces of music for string quartet--Ingram Marshall's "Fog Tropes II," Osvaldo Golijov's "Tenebrae" and Alfred Schnittke's "Collected Songs Where Every Verse Is Filled with Grief"--and the debut of an orchestrated version of William Basinski's "The Disintegration Loops dpl 1.1." The musicians played seated at the center of the Temple of Dendur (where St. Vincent recently performed) while the audience faced them and the looming sandstone structures.

The afternoon's second half was dedicated to Basinski's piece, which has served as a 9/11 elegy since its creation. That relationship will continue: before the start of the program, it was announced that the work would be a permanent fixture at the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The full room listened in reverential silence to Maxim Moston's live arrangement, which unfolded over a reflective 40 minutes. After the last note died out, conductor Ryan McAdams paused for a several-minutes-long moment of silence, before giving way to a round of applause, which both composer and arranger were in attendance to receive.

The entire concert is streaming (with some insightful commentary between pieces) and the live version of "The Disintegration Loops dpl 1.1" will be available as a limited-time download at NPR Music.

Videos are below...

Continue reading "Wordless Orchestra at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (and other 9/11 memorial shows that happened too)"

William Basinski at Issue Project Room (more by Lori Baily)
William Basinski

William Basinski's "The Disintegration Loops" will illuminate the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sunday, as part of a FREE show "for the people of New York City on September 11". Basinski will not be in attendance but Maxim Moston's live orchestration of his piece, as well as works by Ingram Marshall, Osvaldo Golijov and Alfred Schnittke, will be highlighted by the Wordless Music Orchestra (as previously mentioned). If you can't make it to the 3:30PM showing, then catch the webcast.

After the webcast slide on over to VH1 (on the web or on your telly) to catch a rebroadcast of the 9/11 tribute concert that originally aired on TV 10 years ago.

Also slated in rememberance of 9/11 is Music After, a marathon of music that kicks off at 9:18AM and lasts until midnight at Joyce SoHo (155 Mercer Street). The show is FREE, and will feature a plaethora of performances from names like Laurie Anderson and Nicole Atkins performing works by David Bowie, David Byrne, Lou Reed, and many many others. Full list of performers and the composers are below.

And finally, opera singer Jessye Norman will not sing but speak spoken word at "A Concert of Commemoration, Honoring the 10th Anniversary of 9/11" at 2PM on 9/11 at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. More than 600 musicians will join the not-singing vocalist including England's Really Big Chorus, with the concert highlighting "iconic music of war and peace". Tickets are on sale.

Patti Smith played a concert to remember 9/11 last night. How was that?

More details on the Music After marathon, and its considerable list of contributors, below...

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words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Bao Nguyen

St. Vincent

By the time St. Vincent's Thursday night show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art started, the sky was once again clear (the calm before this weekend's storm). The concert was scheduled to happen on the roof, surrounded by the museum's collection of Anthony Caro sculptures. Instead, because of earlier rain, it was moved to the Temple of Dendur, an Egyptian temple housed its own wing with massively arched ceilings, a mesmerizing reflecting pool and a leafy view of Central Park (it's the same room where Glenn Hansard played and where the Met will be hosting Wordless Orchestra's free September 11th show).

The show itself was designed to serve as a preview for Annie's fall tour (and also as a release party for the new issue of Spin, the cover of which she graces). The bulk of the set came from her new album, Strange Mercy, out September 12th. For me, the record is one that I've been looking forward to all year. Annie's LPs (two so far) are always meticulously constructed, slightly damaged in subject matter and perfectly balanced between poppiness and otherworldlyness. To be honest, I was hoping the new one would jump off from her Our Band Could Be Your Life performance--all dragon-slaying guitar and ear-blasting feedback. Having heard much of Strange Mercy at the Met show, it's safe to say she went another way entirely.

From the start of the show--with its chilly synths and calculated beats--Annie refuted expectations. "I don't want to be a cheerleader no more," was an early hook in the 40-minute set that laid out just what Strange Mercy was all about. The song twisted in her characteristic way, but also had some of the synthy-sheen that's cropped up on two of my other favorite records this year (Kaputt and Bon Iver). She dictated that tone through her backing band--one member on Korg, one on Roland and a drummer with a laptop. Guitar, on other hand, seldom took center-stage: the two tunes that utilized it the most were Actor singles "Save Me From What I Want" and "Marrow."

Instead of flaunting her ability to shred, Annie showed off her talents as a singer and songwriter. On two ballads in particular, "Champagne Year" and Strange Mercy's title track (which had one repeated riff that reminded me of this), Annie gave the songs an emotional reading (you could see someone like Leonard Cohen singing up either tune). "Year of the Tiger" was another new tune that radiated classic composition. The send-off, "Surgeon," a song we've heard, was similarly ear-pleasing and heartbreaking, ending with a raw guitar solo and an explosion of jet-engine whirr.

People wanted an encore--the guys behind me clapped for what seemed like 10 minutes--but that was it.

More picyures from the show below...

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Jonathan Toubin's shindig at Beekman Beer Garden tonight is cancelled, but may be rescheduled.

St Vincent's Met roof show tonight "WILL NOW TAKE PLACE IN A GALLERY SPACE WITHIN THE MUSEUM." Check out St. Vincent's brand new video HERE.

As mentioned, St. Vincent Met rooftop show tickets are going on sale HERE, and the're apparently supposed to be on sale today and soon (so keep checking). St. Vincent's Webster Hall show tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.

St. Vincent

Last month we announced that St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) will release her new album Strange Mercy on September 13 via 4AD. We've now got the tracklist and album art for Strange Mercy below.

St. Vincent will also be heading on a fall tour in support of the album which hits NYC on November 3 at Webster Hall. Ticket info coming soon. Luckily, New Yorkers won't have to wait that long to see St. Vincent though, as she will perform the first ever rooftop concert in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art on August 25. More details on this show coming soon.

All tour dates, album art, and tracklist below...

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Nick Zinner at MoMA in 2010 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Nick Zinner

The Met is hosting an evening with Cinema 16 on June 3. The event features Nick Zinner and Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Shahin Motia of Oneida, and MV Carbon of Metalux performing an original score for six short experimental films. Admission is free with museum admission. No reserved seats; space is limited.

Films:

Poeme Electronique (1958), dir. Edgard Varse and Le Corbusier
Screen Test: Salvador Dali (1966), dir. Andy Warhol
The Face (1967), dir. Herbert Kosower
Seeing the World (1937), dir. Rudy Burckhardt
Stone Welcome Mat (2003), dir. Gina Carducci
NY, NY (1957), dir. Francis Thompson
Nick Zinner is also showcasing his photography at Anastasia Photo through June 4.

Speaking of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and movies, Karen O recorded a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" with Trent Reznor for the upcoming film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The film is the second adaptation of the Swedish novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson, and the first in English. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is written by Steven Zallian and directed by David Fincher.

Check out Karen O and Trent Reznor's take on "Immigrant Song" in the trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as the preview video for Cinema 16 at The Met below.

Continue reading "Nick Zinner, Brian Chase & friends playing w/ films @ the Met, Karen O & Trent Reznor covered Led Zeppelin (listen)"

photos by Andrew Bisdale

Glen Hansard in Temple of Dendur @ The Met -- 5/26/2011
Glen Hansard

Eddie Vedder will release his second solo album this Tuesday (5/31) Ukulele Songs via Universal, plus a live concert film Water on the Road. The album features guest vocals from Glen Hansard (The Frames, The Swell Season) and Cat Power's Chan Marshall. The DVD, directed by Brendan Canty of Fugzazi and Christoph Green, features performances from Vedder's 2008 solo tour. Ukulele Songs is currently streaming on NPR.

Vedder and Hansard will tour in support of the album this June and July. They will both also perform at the Pearl Jam Labor Day Destination Weekend festival at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI on September 3 and 4. Other performers include The Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, Mudhoney, John Doe, Joseph Arthur, Liam Finn, and special guests to be announced. Tickets go on sale June 4 at 10 AM CST.

Pearl Jam are following the festival with a ten-day Canadian tour and a documentary film, Pearl Jam Twenty, directed by Cameron Crowe. The film will be released with an accompanying book and soundtrack album, for which Cameron Crowe selected the track listing, this fall.

Glen Hansard played a solo acoustic set in the Temple of Dendur at The Met last night (5/26). The show was "in celebration of the exhibition Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York" which is at the museum through July 4th. More pictures from that show, and all tour dates, below...

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Swell Season

"Tenderly dismantling the romantic mythology surrounding 2006's indie smash Once, The Swell Season chronicles the surprise musical success of that movie's stars Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová and presents a couple that, however deep their bonds, can't live a storybook life for long. An easy sell with viewers who fell for the original film (and the albums it spawned), the doc by Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins and Carlo Mirabella-Davis does right by both fans and subjects and could make a profitable arthouse run." [Hollywood Reporter]
No new news to report about The Swell Season movie, except that it screened at the Tribeca Film Fest in April. Hopefully we get more chances to see it soon. Meanwhile, we have a chance to see Glen Hansard again soon, at the Met on May 26th and tickets are on sale.

Continue reading "Glen Hansard is playing the Met, 'The Swell Season' movie played @ Tribeca Film Fest"

Mogwai

"When Mogwai asked me to shoot a live film with them, it was supposed to happen in Japan. Finally, it had to be in Brooklyn, at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, over 3 nights. Yeah, a bit less exciting, but hey it wasn't really the point. The point was: how to film Mogwai? How to take up the challenge of filming, not only a band on stage (i already expressed many times my lack of interest for the exercice), but MOGWAI!?
Who ever saw Mogwai? a band you would feel more than see - i spent most of their shows eyes closed. How to add images to their sounds, and why?
I asked old pal Nathanael Le Scouarnec to work with me on this. He did most of the edit on the film, and i have to say it's a mindblowing work. The combination of its edit skills and a cherished b/w aesthetic, makes Burning, a 50 minutes experience hopefully reaching towards abstraction at some point. Ah but, it's a film you have to see on a BIG screen with a BIG sound, deal?" - [Vincent Moon, Burning's director]
Mogwai releases their new live DVD document Burning and LP Special Moves TODAY in DVD, downloadable video, CD, and LP packages (order them). For those of you who enjoy your film-going experience en masse, the band is screening the film at multiple outlets over the coming months including the newly added 9/11 showing at the Met, and TONIGHT (8/24) at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets).

Want to go to MHOW tonight? We have two pairs of tickets available for giveaway. Details on how to win, with videos and UK tour dates, below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

ACME...outdoors in warmer times
ACME

Tonight (12/17) at the Tank, American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) perform music from Phil Kline and John Cage (two earlier works, String Quartet in Four Parts and Credo In Us). Kline's annual Unsilent Night event just happened in NYC on December 12th (and is still to come in other cities). His piece Exquisite Corpses, on the program for ACME, also prominently features boomboxes. He's also put together a new acoustic arrangement of his string quartet The Blue Room and Other Stories (originally written for Ethel whose version is below), which ACME will be debuting. Tickets are on sale.

Kicking off tonight and running through this weekend, the Tank heads to Brooklyn to present the Blip Festival at the Bell House. If you can't be there, you can listen on WFMU.

Across town and also tonight (12/17), the New York Philharmonic will be launching its Contact! new music series at Symphony Space (95th and Broadway). Four composers - Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang, Marc-André Dalbavie & Arthur Kampela - will be debuting very different compositions with the group. Video and audio previews of those are below. Tickets are on sale. An encore performance (to borrow a phrase) takes place Saturday, December 19th at Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The second Contact! program - with new music from Sean Shepherd, Nico Muhly and Matthias Pintscher - comes April 16th at Symphony Space and April 17th at Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Videos and more info are below...

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