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The Weeknd @ MoMA Party in the Garden, 6/2/2015
2015 MOMA Garden Party

Fresh off his set at Sweetlife Festival this past weekend, The Weeknd came to NYC to play this year's MoMA Party in the Garden, the afterparty to the annual benefit gala which honored artists Richard Serra and Kara Walker, and gave a "special salute" to David Rockefeller on his 100th birthday. Chromeo DJed the show.

Pictures continue below. The Weeknd also recently released a video for new single "The Hills" which you can also watch below...

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photo: The Weeknd at Barclays Center in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Weeknd

The Museum of Modern Art's Party in the Garden, a benefit event to be held on June 2, will honor artists Richard Serra and Kara Walker, with a special salute to David Rockefeller on his 100th birthday. With over 70 of Serra's works in its collection and three monographic exhibitions, including a career retrospective in 2007 (Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years), the Museum is delighted to celebrate its long and deep relationship with the artist and his work. MoMA is also happy to honor Kara Walker, who was first exhibited at MoMA in the Projects Series in 2000, and has a monumental work currently on view in the Museum's Contemporary Galleries as a part of the exhibition Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection. The evening will also feature a special salute to David Rockefeller, whose guidance and unwavering support have been instrumental to the history of the Museum. Co-chairs of the event are Agnes Gund, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Catie and Donald Marron, and Janet Wallach and Robert B. Menschel. Honorary co-chairs are Marie-Josée Kravis and Jerry I. Speyer.
MoMA's 'Party in the Garden' returns on June 2, and this year the performer for the gala afterparty is R&B singer The Weeknd. Tickets for just the afterparty are $225 in advance and $250 at the door. To reserve a tabel to attend the dinner as well ranges from $25,000 to $100,000.

The Weeknd also has a few festival appearances coming up, including the Roots Picnic, Sweetlife, Lollapalooza, and Bumbershoot. Maybe he'll bring out Kanye at one?

photos by Greg Cristman

Kelela / Ezra Koenig / party people @ MoMA's Armory Party 3/4/2015
Kelela
DJ Ezra Koenig
DJ E*Vax

Wednesday night (3/4) was the annual Armory Party benefit at MoMA, a glizty gala celebrating Armory Arts Week here in NYC with champagne, fancy h'or deurves, open bar, people dressed to the nines (and beyond), and a live performance by Kelela. The forward-thinking R&B singer had a little problem with feedback at the start of the show which she solved by jumping offstage and into the audience. The sound guys soon got things fixed and had her back on stage. Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Alex Taylor of Hot Chip, E*Vax of Ratatat and DJ Business Class spun tunes at various points throughout the evening. Pictures from the night are in this post.

The Armory Show modern art fair happens at Piers 92 & 94 in Manhattan through Sunday (3/8). Sunday is also the opening of the highly anticipated Bjork retrospective at MoMA that has gotten mixed early reviews. The night before the Armory Party benefit, MoMA had an opening party for the Bjork exhibit that featured a DJ set with Vulnicura (and Kelela) collaborator Arca. Anybody go to that?

More pics from the 2015 Armory Party, below...

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Bjork

Part of MoMA's upcoming Bjork retrospective (March 8-June 7) is a sound and video installation titled "Black Lake" which was directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, with creative direction by Björk, Andrew Thomas Huang, and James Merry. There's a provocative trailer for the piece, which uses Bjork's Vulnicura song of the same name, that has her as an Earth Mother. You can watch it below.

There is also a commemorative Bjork @ MoMA exhibition catalog for sale:

Designed by top graphic design agency M/M as a slipcased world of wonders, this publication--which accompanies The Museum of Modern Art's spring 2015 exhibition--is composed of six parts: four booklets, a paperback, and a poster. The booklets contain illustrated texts by curator Klaus Biesenbach, New Yorker music critic Alex Ross, professor of musicology Nicola Dibben, and philosopher Timothy Morton (in conversation with Björk), while the poster features artwork from Björk's albums and singles. The poster itself is composed of small perforated stickers, similar to a giant sheet of stamps. The main book focuses on her major albums and the personas created for each one. Poetic texts by longtime collaborator Icelandic poet Sjón are accompanied by shots of Björk performing live; stills from music videos made by directors including Michel Gondry, Chris Cunningham, and Spike Jonze; images of Björk in costumes by designers such as Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan; and shots by photographers such as Nan Goldin, Juergen Teller, Stéphane Sédnaoui, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, and Araki.
Meanwhile, Bjork's UK label, One Little Indian, is reissuing all of her records on colored vinyl and preorders are being taking now.

Bjork's six upcoming live performances are all sold out, and she also plays Governors Ball which is still on sale. "Black Lake" trailer below...

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photo::: Kelela @ MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kelela

Alt-R&B singer Kelela's last visit to NYC was unfortunately canceled but she'll be back next month to headline MoMA's annual benefit / preview party The Armory Show on March 4 at MoMA's Agnes Gund Garden Lobby. The pricey gala also features a two-hour DJ set from Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, plus additional DJ sets from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, plus Business Class (aka Lawrence Abu Hamdan who is also the official commissioned artist for The Armonry Show) and E*vax (Ratatat). Tickets to the party are $175, but VIP and more expensive options (like the $10k Lead Benefactor tickets) get you an early peek at MoMA's Bjork retrospective which doesn't officially open till March 8.

Here's a little more on The Armory Show:

The Armory Show is New York's foremost fair devoted to the most important art of the 20th and 21st centuries. In 2015, the fair will again feature The Armory Show - Modern, a section specializing in modern and secondary market material on Pier 92, while Pier 94 will continue to be a venue to premiere new works by living artists. The opening preview and party for The Armory Show 2015 helps sustain the world-renowned exhibition programming of The Museum of Modern Art.
Kelela's only other announced 2015 dates are SXSW in March and this year's Primavera Sound festival in May.

Bjork

Unless she adds another show (which seems unlikely due to the way radius clauses work), the next time Bjork plays NYC she'll be joined by an amazing list of openers that include SBTRKT, Sharon Van Etten, Flying Lotus, Little Dragon, Hot Chip and Future Islands. Or at least that's one way to look at Governors Ball this year. The Bjork-included lineup was announced earlier today.

I'm already wondering what Bjork will pull out for that show.The 2011-2014 era of 'Biophilia' is over, not counting any theaters that are still showing the movie she made from it. And a new album has already been promised for 2015.

It seems likely that Governors Ball will in fact be getting a taste of that new album which electronic artists and producers Arca (Kanye West, FKA Twigs) and Haxan Cloak have both been revealed as collaborators for (Haxan Cloak is also producing the new HEALTH record). In fact, the timing is perfect. We don't know what day Bjork plays Governors Ball, but the fest runs from June 5-7. June 7th is also the day that the Bjork retrospective at MoMA ends (it opens March 7th). The retrospective chronicles her career from Debut to Biophilia. What better way to get us caught up before the next chapter which can begin right then? I'm getting excited for a very Bjork 2015.

Stay tuned for more details on Bjork's new album, and hopefully many more tour dates to be announced too.

Meanwhile, check out Arca's 2014 video for "Thievery" (NSFW), off his highly-acclaimed, Mute-released debut LP Xen, below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Frankie cosmos & the gang giving me some serious chills at their moma performance today <3 <3 got stars in my eyes - Shriya

Completely loved seeing @FrankieCosmos perform her beautiful songs today at MOMA. Perfect summer afternoon surprise. - Mary Steenburgen

Frankie Cosmos
Frankie Cosmos

NYC-based twee pop/anti-folk-inspired singer/songwriter Frankie Cosmos (aka Greta Kline) recently returned home from tour and last night (8/14) she graced her hometown with an early evening, outdoor show at MoMA, part of their ongoing MoMA Nights series. We're used to seeing her in DIY NYC venues like Shea Stadium and Silent Barn, so this was a special show, seeing Greta and her band -- Porches. frontman Aaron Maine, his brother David, and Eskimeaux (aka Gabby Smith) -- in MoMA's gorgeous courtyard. (It was also a far cry from the frat she played at University of Chicago on tour.) In the audience, her father Kevin Kline could be spotted, as could fellow actor Mary Steenburgen (who tweeted her review, as you can see above). Did you go? What did you think?

More pictures from the evening, below...

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Tashaki Miyaki

Indie pop infusion filled the garden at MoMA last night as Los Angeles-based Tashaki Miyaki took the stage as part of the MoMA Nights series that continues through the end of the August. Families, older couples, twenty-somethings, art-types, music lovers and everyone in between came to support the trio's lilting, spacey folk-pop in the beautiful enclosure that flanks MoMA's galleries. While there were no waves of dancing or swaying sing-alongs, you could tell the audience was paying attention. Plus, it gave Tashaki Miyaki the honor of standing alone as a piece of art, among the other modern art greats. With no openers, the night was truly Tashaki Miyaki's, and those who stayed for the entire set were not disappointed. [CMJ]
Like Ex Hex before them, LA trio Tashaki Miyaki played the ongoing MoMA Nights series last night (August 7). Their dreamy, Mazzy Star-influenced pop was a great fit for the arty outdoor space at MoMA, and in addition to their own stuff, they threw in a cover of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." Pictures of the show are in this post.

Tashaki Miyaki are in NYC for the weekend, playing a couple more shows. They'll be at The Studio at Webster Hall on Saturday (8/9) with Dinowalrus, Honey Wild, and Turnip King (tickets), and then they'll be at Baby's All Right on Sunday (8/10) with Tiny Ruins, Weyes Blood, and Belle Mare (tickets).

More pictures from MoMA, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

La Luz @ MoMA
La Luz
La Luz

Seattle surf rock charmers La Luz are on a quick East Coast hop, hitting NYC on Thursday (8/1) to play the MoMA Nights concert series. Last year, the ladies had the crowd at Mercury Lounge doing "the Soul Train," and last night they had folks doing the "Sushi Boat" in the sculpture garden. Instagram video of that, plus pictures from the evening, are in this post.

La Luz play DC on Saturday and Philly on Sunday. Today's a day off in NYC in their schedule, maybe they'll drop in somewhere tonight? Look for La Luz on tour with Ty Segall on West Coast and Midwest dates of his tour this fall. Meanwhile more pics from their MoMA Nights show, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Ex Hex

Ex Hex, the current band fronted by ex-Helium, Autoclave and Wild Flag member Mary Timony, brought their ongoing tour to NYC yesterday (7/17) to play MoMA's MoMA Nights series which puts an artist in the museum's outdoor courtyard every Thursday evening in July and August. The band recently announced their debut album, Rips (due out 10/7 via Merge), and played plenty of that as well as a cover of Sweeney Todd/Nick Glider's glam classic "Roxy Roller." Pictures of the show are in this post.

Ex Hex will return to NYC when their tour with Speedy Ortiz hits Glasslands on November 1 with Aye Nako and Mercury Lounge on 11/2. Tickets to Glasslands and Merc are still available.

Ex Hex bassist Betsy Wright is also a member of Chain & the Gang whose tour with Ed Schrader's Music Beat hits NYC later this month at Baby's All Right (7/29) (tickets).

More pictures from MoMA below...

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Bjork at Berlin Festival 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bjork

Bjork will be honored with a retrospective in NYC at MoMA, running from March 7, 2015 through June 7. A press release reads:

The Museum of Modern Art announces that it will present a full-scale retrospective dedicated to the multifaceted work of the composer, musician, and artist Björk in 2015. Organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large at MoMA and Director of MoMA PS1, the exhibition Björk draws from more than 20 years of the artist's daring and adventurous projects and her seven full-length albums--from Debut (1993) to Biophilia (2011)--to chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, costumes, and performance. The installation will present a narrative, both biographical and imaginatively fictitious, cowritten by Björk and the acclaimed Icelandic writer Sjón Sigurdsson. Björk's collaborations with video directors, photographers, fashion designers, and artists will be featured, and the exhibition culminates with a newly commissioned, immersive music and film experience conceived and realized with director Andrew Huang and 3-D design leader Autodesk.
Bjork's Biophilia Live film premiered at Tribeca Film Fest earlier this year. You can watch a video of her on a panel at the premiere, below...

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La Luz @ Red 7 in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
La Luz

The Museum of Modern Art's summer concert series "MoMA Nights" returns in 2014 every Thursday night in July and August in the museum's Sculpture Garden, featuring such acts as Ex Hex, THEESatisfaction, La Luz, Thao Nguyen, Tashaki Miyaki, Frankie Cosmos and more. The series kicks off July 3 with Au Revoir Simone. The MoMA Nights shows are from 5:30 PM - 8 PM and are free with museum admission.

Full lineup below...

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photos by Gretchen Robinette

Lykke Li @ MoMA Party in the Garden 5/13/2014
Lykke Li
Lykke Li

MoMA held their annual Party in the Garden fundraiser Tuesday night (5/13). One of the big social events of the season, it started with a pricey gala dinner, followed by a not-quite-as-pricey afterparty featuring a live set from Swedish singer Lykke Li and ubiquitous DJ Questlove kept the crowd otherwise entertained. At a fancy, celeb-heavy affair like this, the live music is more of a bonus than the focus. That said, the dressed-up crowd were into her 30-minute set which mixed old favorites with songs from her brand-new album, I Never Learn. Pictures from her set and the MoMA Party in the Garden afterparty are in this post.

Lykke Li plays another tiny NYC venue (relatively speaking) -- the Apollo in Harlem -- on Thursday (5/15) which is sold out and one of a few current live dates for her in North America. More pics from MoMA below...

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Lykke Li at Central Park Summerstage in 2011 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Lykke Li

Lykke Li, whose new album I Never Learn came out today (5/6) and whose tour hits NYC's Apollo Theatre (5/15) soon (sold out), will also be in NYC two days earlier to perform at MoMA's annual Party in the Garden benefit afterparty on Tuesday, May 13. The Roots' Questlove will also be DJing.

Tickets are on sale now and proceeds benefit "the Annual Fund of The Museum of Modern Art and the maintenance of The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. The event also supports the Museum's general operating fund, helping to make possible the Museum's education programs and the care, study, and exhibition of its collection." They start at $225 (for just the afterparty) and go up to $100,000 (for a table of 10 to the whole shebang). The event will honor Daniel Craig, Steve McQueen, and Maja Oeri in recognition of their continued support of MoMA.

Past performers at the afterparty have included Santigold, Kanye West, M.I.A., James Murphy, Estelle, Karen O & Nick Zinner and more.

Updated Lykke Li dates are listed, with a video of her performing "Gunshot" from her new album, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Body/Head / Kim Gordon & Ad-Rock
Body/Head
Ad Rock

Kim Gordon's current band Body/Head continued their marathon of local shows at MoMA last night (11/21), following the IPR benefit they played last week. It was one of MoMA's PopRally series, and was quite the audio/visual experience, that included Kim going into the crowd with her guitar at one point. As always, Body/Head were noisy and dissonant, and as you might say, ferociously, beautifully inspiring. Kathleen Hanna was supposed to DJ, but she was replaced at the last minute by her husband/Beastie Boy Ad Rock due to illness. Fittingly, Ad Rock's DJ set included a Bikini Kill song. Pictures of the show are in this post.

Ad-Rock will appear on stage in NYC again soon - on December 7th at Joe's Pub with his friend Champagne Jerry who was also at MoMA to hang and support his fellow rapper.

Pictures from MoMA continue below...

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Ad-Rock and Champagne Jerry
Ad Rock and Champagne Jerry

Kathleen Hanna isn't feeling well, so her husband Adam Horovitz aka Ad-Rock will be filling in for her as DJ at MoMA's Pop Rally event tonight (11/21). Kim Gordon's group Body/Head also performs and tickets are still on sale.

You can still catch Kathleen soon though, but on the big screen, when "The Punk Singer" opens in theaters on 11/29 (maybe you caught the documentary as part of Doc NYC). Ad-Rock is also featured prominently in the film, and even filmed a scene.

It's not all DJing, movies and bass playing for Ad-Rock these days though. The former Beastie Boy reportedly also raps a few verses on a forthcoming track called "Yo Kev" that he co-wrote with rapper and performance artist Champagne Jerry who he has been collaborating with lately.

"CHAMPAGNE JERRY also known as Neal Medlyn is, by far, the greatest rapper in the world. He likes snacks, books, sexual intercourse, and rhyming."
If you don't know, now you know. Listen to "Tampa Realness" below - the track "was written by Champagne Jerry (lyrics) and Adam Ad Rock Horovitz (music) with additional production and mixing by Max Tannone. It is dedicated to the city of Tampa and all things neon, Four Loko, and teal. Adam wrote the beat on a plane to Hawaii, CJ wrote the lyrics on a bus in Brooklyn." Stay tuned for "Yo Kev".

"Tampa Realness" and "Yo Kev" will appear on Champagne Jerry's album For Real You Guys which is being rolled out one single at a time, and one monthly show in NYC at Joe's Pub at a time. The next show is December 7th and Ad-rock will be in the house, like he has been for many intimate shows at Joe's Pub in the past, sometimes with Bridget Everett who is also a Champagne Jerry collaborator, as is Carmine Covelli (who is in both Kathleen Hanna's band The Julie Ruin and Bridget Everett's band the Tender Moments) and Max Tannone (whose credits include Jaydiohead).

Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments next play Joe's Pub on 12/11 and 12/12.

We recently caught the Julie Ruin at Fun Fun Fun Fest and at MHOW, and not that long ago at Union Pool where Ad-Rock was reportedly seen hanging with Champagne Jerry.

Champagne Jerry music and videos below....

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by Elaine Mao

Large crowds & Party Wall @ MoMA PS1 - 7/6/13 (photo by A.M. Efron)
Warm Up

This weekend marks the third installment of this year's 'Warm Up' series at MoMA PS1. The annual NYC outdoor music series and dance party in Long Island City runs this year every Saturday from June 29 to September 7 (3-9 PM, doors open at noon), with an excellent and diverse lineup heavy on electronic including XXYYXX, Majical Cloudz, Caribou, Liars, Ryan Hemsworth and many more.

The first weekend of the series featured Juan Atkins, Lee Gamble, HEATSICK, NHK'Koyxen and Bill Kouligas. Last weekend the venue hosted The Martinez Brothers, Kim Ann Foxman, DJ Qu and Anthony Naples. You can see the full list of artists below.

Despite the triple-digit temperatures of last weekend, the line to get into the party wrapped around the corner of the museum. However, once in the courtyard, partygoers found a convenient way to cool off in the shade of the Party Wall, an urban landscape installation by CODA that will be there all summer. The Party Wall, a massive structure made of wooden panels, covers much of the museum's courtyard and features kiddie pools, benches, and hoses that spray or mist people with water. For those who could stand the heat, there's also the dancefloor next to the stage, but many chose to hang out and listen to the music from the shelter of the Party Wall instead. And as usual, Warm Up offered a great selection of refreshments, with beers from many New York State breweries, and food such as lobster rolls and oysters.

This weekend, the Long Island City party will feature music from MK, XXYYXX (who plays Music Hall of Williamsburg first), Ryan Hemsworth (who DJs Tribeca Grand afterwards), Pete Swanson, Gobby and James K. Admission is $15 in advance, $18 day-of, and free for Long Island City residents. Get ready with a mix XXYYXX made in honor of the event.

Updated 2013 Warm Up schedule below...

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Mikal Cronin in Chicago in February (more by Kristie Shanley)
Mikal Cronin

This summer, MoMA will be hosting the return of their MoMA Nights series every Thursday in July and August. In July we get the indie rock stuff (curated by MoMA's PopRally), with shows from Ex Cops on 7/4, TEEN on 7/11, Mikal Cronin on 7/18, and Ducktails on 7/25. Then in August, it's the contemporary composer/modern art type performances from Pauline Oliveros, Tristan Perich and more. Each MoMA Night runs from 5:30 to 8 PM with the music beginning at 6:30. Regular museum admission applies.

Mikal Cronin also has an upcoming sold out Bowery Ballroom show, Ducktails has an upcoming free show with Titus Andronicus, and TEEN have an upcoming show with Eleanor Friedberger.

More info on MoMA Nights at MoMA's site. Full schedule below...

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Tamaryn

Tamaryn is DJing at New York's Museum of Modern Art on Sunday evening (4/7) as part of a PopRally event called "Abstract Currents." Against projections of one-minute videos submitted by the public, Tamryn will provide a "hypnotic soundtrack to the collectively built abstract videoscape." It's in conjunction with MoMA's Abstraction, 1910-1925 and Abstract Generation: Now in Print exhibition and tickets are still available.

Later this month, Tamaryn will be in Texas' state capital for Austin Psych Fest (Apr. 26 - 28), which features a pretty amazing line-up that runs the gammut of "psychedelic," including Deerhunter, Spectrum, Black Mountain, OS Mutantes, The Moving Sidewalks, Clinic, Besnard Lakes, Elephant Stone, Roky Erickson, Sweden's GOAT and a bunch more. The fest just announced the day-by-day line-ups which are listed below.

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Solange at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Solange

As mentioned, Solange, who is on the cover of the next FADER, will be going on a tour this year which comes to NYC for two shows at Webster Hall, both of which are sold out. The Webster Hall shows happen on February 20 and February 25 (not 2/20 and 2/18, as initially announced).

Since we last spoke, Solange's tour has been expanded and now includes international club dates and festivals stretching into August, including The Roots Picnic in Philly, Sweetlife in Maryland, Sasquatch! in Washington State, and Primavera Sound in Barcelona. It also includes another appearance in NYC at the 2013 Armory Party at MoMA on March 6, the same part that Neon Indian played last year. The Armory Show, founded in 1994, is the "largest art fair in New York" and will return to Piers 92 and 94 this year from March 7-10. Tickets to the preview party which Solange is playing, and which benefits the Armory Show, are on sale now, starting at $150.

Solange also just teamed up with collaborator Dev Hynes to perform an acoustic version of "Bad Girls" from Solange's album, True, for a Black Cab Session. That video and an updated list of Solange dates are below...

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Led Zeppelin at MoMA - 10/9/12
Led Zeppelin

Speaking of Led Zeppelin, they (Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and the late John Bonham's son, Jason) were also in NYC yesterday (10/9) for a press conference at MoMA, hours before their new film, Celebration Day, made its world premiere in Manhattan's Ziegfeld Theater. Rolling Stone was at the press conference and noted that Robert Plant seemed pretty uncomfortable for much of it (most likely due to dreaded questions of another reunion):

Minutes later, a radio host praised the film but added, "I don't know if it's going to quench the thirst of those who wished to see you in the flesh." Again, the band was silent until Plant said simply: "Sorry!"

Later, Plant clarified himself. "We were so happy we were getting it right and taking it beyond what we thought we were about that night," he said of the O2 gig. "There were moments where we took off ... But the responsibility of doing that four nights a week for the rest of time is a different thing. We're pretty good at what we do but the tail should never wag the dog, really. If we're capable of doing something, in our own time, that will be what will happen. So any inane questions from people who are from syndicated outlets, you should just really think about what it takes to answer a question like that in one second. We know what we've got, you know."

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Page explained he felt the band still had unfinished business after previous reunions at Live Aid and Atlantic Records' 40th Anniversary concert. "I think if we had the opportunity to get back together again, which is what we had there to do the O2, things had left us a little uncomfortable like Live Aid and the Atlantic 40th, etc. We just really wanted to get it right and go out and play to people who maybe never heard us, who had heard about this reputation and what we were about, and basically stand up and be counted for what we were. That's my feeling, anyway."

Regarding his interest in modern bands, Plant also added, "I love Mumford & Sons."

After the premiere last night, the members of the band made their way over to Monkey Bar for an afterparty. Other guests at the party included Joan Jett, her producer Kenny Laguna, Metallica's Kirk Hammett, rock photographer Ross Halfin, Patty Griffin, and others. Meanwhile, the actual film screening was attended by Kiss's Paul Stanley and RHCP's Chad Smith.

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience is taking their tour to the NYC area for two shows in November.

A video from the Led Zeppelin press conference is below.

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a still from 'Gimme Shelter'
Gimme Shelter

The Rolling Stones are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, and already have some things planned, like their greatest hits album, GRRR!, which is due out on November 13 via ABKCO/Universal. The amazing cover art for that album is below.

Still no word on those Barclays Center shows, which are rumored to happen this November, but a film exhibition chronicling The Stones' career, The Rolling Stones: 50 Years on Film, will open at MoMA on November 15 and run through December 2. THe exhibition will feature screenings of multiple "documentaries, fiction features, concert films, music videos, experimental shorts, and archival footage" of the band from their early days in the '60s through present time. Head below to find out what they'll be showing.

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Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin are releasing their new concert film/album, Celebration Day, which documents their show at London's O2 Arena (12/10/07) from their 2007 reunion tour. The film gets its theatrical release on October 17 and comes out on November 19 on CD/DVD/Blu-Ray via Swan Song/Atlantic and there will also be a deluxe edition with bonus material. It will screen in NYC at 6:30 PM and 9:00 PM at Sunshine Cinema. Tickets for those screenings are on sale now. A list of all theaters that the film will screen at can be found at Zeppelin's site. The film trailer and tracklist are below.

But you won't have to wait that long to see it because Celebration Day will make its US/world premiere in NYC on October 9 at Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan. There will also be a press conference earlier that day at MoMA with the three surviving members of Led Zeppelin -- Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones -- and the late John Bonham's son, Jason Bonham. All premiere dates (London, Berlin, and Tokyo included) are listed below.

In related news, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience is going on tour and hitting the NYC area for shows on November 14 at Capitol Theatre and November 15 at Wellmont Theatre. Tickets for the Cap show and the Wellmont show are on sale now.

A list of all dates and the Celebration Day trailer are below, plus some classic videos so you can get the led out.

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Real flyer on Grand Ave. 'HIPSTERS ONLY Please!' (via @adelaloconte)
Hipster Casting

Guy Fieri, Smashmouth frontman Steve Harwell and Sammy Hagar are teaming for what is likely to be the most exclamation-point-filled cookbook of all time. Also, maybe the worst.

Those of a certain age may have fond, fuzzy memories of MTV's sock puppet hosts Sifl & Olly. Well they're back! Reviewing video games? Sort of. Check out a video below.

Speaking of fond MTV memories, you can catch Kurt Loder in the flesh at at the Bell House in Brooklyn tonight (9/20) (with Julie Klausner who has other upcoming gigs too).

Bruce Springsteen plays again in NJ tonight tomorrow. Meanwhile check out his setlist from last night.

Fiona Apple got busted for hash possession at the same Texas checkpoint that got Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson. She's out on bail, but tonight's ACL Live show is canceled (which means no pictures tonight on the BVAustin Instagram).

Speaking of Austin, Ume is funding a new record via Kickstarter.

Speaking of Kickstarter, Gawker discusses their accountability problem, Amanda Palmer included.

That said, we're sure Owen Pallett, like many others, was happy to hear that Amanda is now paying all musicians.

Meanwhile, if you're looking for backers for your Kickstarter, Forbes listed the 400 richest Americans, Oprah Winfrey, David Geffen, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas included.

Speaking of money, Iggy Pop, Wayne Coyne, Ben Folds, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and more will appear as guests on Ke$ha's new album, Warrior.

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The first track from Neurosis's new LP Honor Found in Decay has slipped out. Stream "At The Well" at NPR now.

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My Brightest Diamond at BAM in May (more by David Andrako)
My Brightest Diamond

My Brightest Diamond (aka Shara Worden) will be performing solo in NYC TONIGHT (8/23) at MoMA in the Sculpture Garden as part of MoMA Nights. The event runs from 5:30 - 8:00 PM and Shara plays form 6:30 - 7:30. The concert is included with the price of admission to the museum.

My Brightest Diamond will also be playing "Soundcheck" on WNYC with host John Schaefer on Friday (8/24) at 2:30. She'll be performing with Brian Wolfe on drums, Chris Tarry on bass, and the yMusic ensemble, who she's worked with many times.

MBD has other dates coming up including a few more in NYC, like a free show at Segal Theatre Center CUNY on October 4 as part of "Kings of Macedonia" with Andrew Ondrejak, and another on October 25 at Zankel Hall for Gabriel Kahane's program which combines selections from Come on All You Ghosts, Where are the Arms, and the premiere of a new work commissioned by Carnegie Hall with songs by Ives, Schumann, Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Norman, Cee Lo Green, and others.

A list of all upcoming dates including a show at Chicago's new City Winery is below.

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