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The 2016 Grammy Awards are almost upon us and if you were wondering whether there would be a tribute to the late David Bowie, there will, and it's being performed by... Lady Gaga. Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie's 1983 album Let's Dance, will be musical director of the "experiential" piece. From the press release:

Affording audiences a chance to experience Bowie's music once again, the tribute will be a multisensory testament to the icon's incredible artistry and a reflection of his limitless creativity.
Maybe the audience at the awards will get to experience senses beyond sound and vision. Taste? Smell? Lady Gaga was already scheduled to perform at the Grammys but the direction of what she was doing changed with the news of Bowie's death. Adds Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich:
We immediately spoke and agreed that she should be the one to honor David. She's perfect for it. So I reached out to Nile and, before long, we were on our way to creating what we believe will not only make a great GRAMMY Moment, but one befitting of David.
Also performing at the Grammys: Kendrick Lamar, the Weeknd, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Lionel Richie, and more. The 2016 Grammy Awards will air live on Monday, February 15 at 8 PM EST on CBS.

photo: Shamir at Day For Night 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Shamir

Duran Duran and Chic feat. Nile Rodgers already announced a tour together, and now that tour has additional support from another great (and much younger) artist. Shamir, who released his debut album Ratchet on XL last year and is no doubt a Duran Duran fan (and probably a Chic fan too), will open select dates.

The run with Shamir includes the Brooklyn show on April 12 at Barclays Center. Tickets for that show are still available.

In honor of the tour, Shamir recorded an acoustic cover of Duran Duran's "Hungry Like The Wolf." Listen to that, and check out all dates, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula's 2013 debut Sing to the Moon remains one of the stronger pop albums of late, with a sound that's somewhere between the family-friendly sounds of Adele and the more adventurous side of Janelle Monae. (If you haven't at least heard its single "Green Garden," you should amend that.) Still no word on a followup, but it looks like we may find out more about that soon since she just released a new single, "Overcome." It features the great Nile Rodgers, whose trademark percussive guitar strokes are in fine form here, and Laura brings her own increasingly-distinct style to the table too. It sounds like what you might a expect a meeting of these minds to sound like, not just Laura singing over a Chic song. Listen below.

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Paul McCartney David Bowie

We already posted Tony Visconti, Iggy Pop, Florence + the Machine, The Mountain Goats, Questlove and Cyndi Lauper's tributes to the late, great David Bowie, and other artists have written tributes as well. Paul McCartney (pictured with Bowie above) writes:

Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I'm proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.

"I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.

Bowie Jagger

The Rolling Stones posted tweets reading: "The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original." Mick Jagger added, "David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work. We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him," and posted the above pic.

Brian May of Queen wrote:

I woke up late, after a long night, to shocking news. David Bowie gone.

I don't know if I can react immediately.

He was a fearsome talent, and the loss to Music and Culture from his passing is inestimable.

In and out of our lives, always challenging and innovative, and ... shocking.

But this news is hard to take in.

I had no idea he was close to death. Would like to have said something ...

Very sad. Sincere condolences to his family.

But what a life.

All hail, David Bowie, Star Man, Hero. RIP

Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, who were clearly heavily influenced by Bowie, talked to BBC 6Music:
He was like an umbrella for people who felt a bit different. Bowie was like a like a lighthouse that guided those people and made them feel it was alright to be different, to try things out and dye your hair and wear strange clothes. I think people feel it very personally because he was very important in how people grew up.

I do think it's quite amazing that he put this record out and managed to keep it secret that he was ill. People should watch that 'Blackstar' video and listen to that song. It's like he's saying goodbye to everybody, he's controlling it.

We can all talk about David Bowie. I think the best thing to do on this day would be to listen to him, and to watch films of him and just see what a fantastic artist he was and how many different guises he had, and the incredible amount of work that he did.

Obviously it's a sad day that he's died, but the fact that he managed to stay in control of that image and make another artistic statement when he was obviously ill and knew that he was dying, I think that's incredible and it makes me feel quite happy that he stayed creative right to the end of his life. I think that can only be inspirational."

Brian Eno

Brian Eno (pictured with Bowie above) said in a statement via BBC:

David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.

We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.

About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.

I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.

I realise now he was saying goodbye.

Bowie Devo

Gerard Casale of Devo (pictured with Bowie at NYC's Max's Kansas City, from a 1970s issue of Rock Scene Magazine, above) wrote: "David Bowie was one of the greatest artists of all time. I feel privileged that I ever got to know him. He gave Devo his blessing. He remained true to his art until the end like I wanted so badly for us to do."

Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie's hit 1983 album Let's Dance, paid tribute in The Guardian:

One day David said: "Nile, this is what I want my album to sound like," and he showed me a picture of Little Richard in a red suit getting into a red Cadillac convertible. How do you translate that?! But in actual fact I knew exactly what he meant, and that was the point I realised that David Bowie was the Picasso of rock'n'roll. He got uncomfortable with me calling him that but I did it anyway. Because I realised he saw the world in an abstract way, as well as in the way we all see it. And what that picture meant was not that he wanted a retro record, or something based on Little Richard's music, but that he wanted something that would always look modern. He showed me the future and the past and it was evergreen. The highly designed Cadillac and the red monochromatic suit - that picture was taken in the 1960s but it would still look modern to someone in the year 3000!
Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, writing for The Talkhouse, said:
When I went to see the David Bowie retrospective traveling the globe, which was then in Chicago, I discovered that he wanted to be a writer when he was a young, with no desire to be a performer. It made sense to me that he would approach performing and his persona from a conceptual practice, understanding the idea of projection, the back 'n' forth unspoken dialogue between performer and audience. There is no one who did it better than Bowie, breaking thru the glass ceiling of gender roles and expectations for what is sexy and charismatic as a rock 'n' roll icon, post John Wayne, bringing the idea of the "dandy" of eighteenth century France into contemporary life, bringing a focus on this new male identity set adrift with no apparent purpose since the demise of the silent cowboy type (who's going to protect and take care of us womenfolk?), except free to be whatever he could imagine he could be, and taking us, his audience, along with him. The world has lost its most glittery son but the music and the imprint of Bowie on the world is forever.
Sonic Youth also posted a video of them performing with Bowie (below)

J Mascis wrote: "I'll miss David Bowie so much. He was the only 60's rocker who seemed to know and care what was going on out of his generation, and made younger bands feel understood and relevant." He posted it along with a stream of Dinosaur Jr's cover of Bowie's "Quicksand," which you can hear below.

Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin said, "Bowie was an innovator, a unique artist with a vision that changed the face of popular music. He is greatly missed."

The Who tweeted, "Rest in peace @DavidBowieReal 1947-2016. With love, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey."

Peter Gabriel writes:

I was shocked to learn of David Bowie's death this morning. He meant so much to me and to so many.

He was a one-off, a brilliant outlier, always exploring, challenging and inspiring anyone who wanted to push the boundaries of music, art, fashion and society.

There are so few artists who can touch a generation as he did, we will miss him badly.

Long Live Lazarus.

Bernard Sumner of New Order writes: "Very shocked and saddened to watch the news this morning and hear about the death of David Bowie. I always looked up at him and thought yeah - he's the real deal, indisputably good, a figurehead for a whole host of musicians I'm sure. We've lost someone unique who can't be replaced."

Soft Cell's Marc Almond says, "It's not often I truly cry at the loss of an artist but I'm devastated. He meant so much. Goodbye David Bowie and our youth. We loved you. X"

Brian Wilson says, "I was shocked to hear today about David Bowie and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I was honored when David recorded "God Only Knows" - he was a great artist and will be missed.
- Love & Mercy, Brian"

Gary Numan tweeted, "A True Legend. David Bowie. RIP"

Yoko Ono John Lennon David Bowie

Yoko Ono posted the above photo and this message:

John and David respected each other. They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family.

After John died, David was always there for Sean and me. When Sean was at boarding school in Switzerland, David would pick him up and take him on trips to museums and let Sean hang out at his recording studio in Geneva.

For Sean this is losing another father figure. It will be hard for him, I know. But we have some sweet memories which will stay with us forever.

Sean adds, "Absolutely devastating news. I feel so lucky to have considered you a friend. R.I.P. Thank you for everything."

Rough Trade shops have announced that they're donating all January profits from Bowie recordings to cancer research.

Lou Reed is unfortunately not around to tell us what he thinks today, but we're sure he's greeting the "master" in the sky.

Also head HERE to read tributes by Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Debbie Harry, Madonna, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and more.

See more from Talking Heads, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Courtney Love, Kanye West, El-P, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, St. VIncent, Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Billy Corgan and more, below...

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by Bill Pearis

photo: Duran Duran @ Terminal 5 in August (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Duran Duran

Duran Duran, who released the guest-filled new album Paper Gods earlier this year, have announced an extensive 2016 North American tour. Joining them will be Chic featuring Nile Rodgers which, given that Rodgers produced many of DD's biggest hits, makes for an exciting pairing.

Dates include a stop at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on April 12. Tickets for the Barclays show go on sale Saturday (12/12) at 10 AM, with a fanclub presale starting Wednesday (12/9) at 10 AM, a CitiCard presale on Thursday (12/10) at 10 AM, an a Live Nation presale starting Friday (12/11) at 10 AM.

Duran Duran played Nile Rodgers' FOLD Fest earlier this year. All dates are listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

Duran Duran 2015

As mentioned, Duran Duran will be playing Nile Rodgers' FOLD Festival on August 5 in Riverhead, NY (Long Island). Right before that they'll play another NYC-area date at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on August 1. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/26) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

In other news, the band have shared the first single from their new album Paper Gods. "Pressure Off" features vocals from Janelle Monáe, and Nile Rodgers provides a signature funky riff. It's a little bit like "Notorious" but in a 2015 pop kind of way. Stream it below.

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Duran Duran 2015

Duran Duran will release their 14th album, Paper Gods, in September. The long-running UK band made the album with a bevy of producers, including old pal Nile Rodgers, modern-day hitmaker Mark Ronson, Josh Blair, and Kanye collaborator Mr Hudson, and it features a number of guests, including Janelle Monáe, John Frusciante, Kiesza, and, why not, Lindsay Lohan. Bassist John Taylor says "It really goes back to that strange early Duran mix: the hard-edged pop, coexisting with this dark, weird, experimental side." First single "Pressure Off" is set to pop later this week.

In other news, Nile Rodgers is throwing another festival in Riverhead, NY this summer and Duran Duran will be there. Now named FOLD ("Freak Out, Let's Dance), it will happen August 4 & 5 at Martha Clara Vineyard. In addition to Duran Duran and Rodgers' group Chic, the two day festival will feature a variety of performers:

AUGUST 4: Beck, Pharrell Williams, Keith Urban, Chuck D, Eric B, GTA, Paloma Faith, The Martinez Brothers, Thomas Gold, CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers

AUGUST 5: Duran Duran, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monae, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Q-Tip (DJ Set), Slander, Snoh Aalegra, CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers

Says the press release, "Over two nights, Rodgers will create the ultimate mash-up between each artist's distinctive sound and his own groundbreaking style." Rodgers will also take advantage of the occasion to do some collaborative recording sessions at his studio. Tickets ($137.00 - $999) are on sale now. FOLD Fest poster is below.

Duran Duran are touring as well, though not much in North America for the time being. All dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

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Since Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" put his name back in the pop lexicon, Nile Rodgers has resurrected the Chic for a new album, It's About Time, due out later this year. Nile just dropped Chic's comeback single, "I'll Be There," released today (3/20) to coincide with a very cosmic day: it's the Vernal Equinox (aka first day of spring, though you'd never know it in the North East), as well a partial solar eclipse and there's a Supermoon tonight. No doubt about it, "I'll Be There" (which features The Martinez Brothers) sounds like classic Chic and is pretty infectious. You can listen to it and its b-side "Back in the Old School" below.

Nile also says the riff was originally for a Sister Sledge song in the '70s that didn't get used, and the song is a tribute to Chic bassist Bernard Edwards who died in 1996:

Nard always looked out for me. I was the reckless one. We had lots of fun and good times. So on the song's surface it's really happy. It's about the origin of CHIC, and how dance music changed our lives forever
The music video for "I'll Be There" was shot during Fashion Week in NYC by famed photographers Inez and Vinoodh and stars supermodel Karlie Kloss. Watch it below.

The new lineup of Chic will perform live at London's Roundhouse today (3/20) at 5 PM Eastern and that concert will be streamed live.

Streams below...

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Bryan Ferry @ Beacon Theatre, 10/1/2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Bryan Ferry

As mentioned, Bryan Ferry's new album, Avonmore, will be out November 17. It features album-wide contributions from iconic guitarists Johnny Marr and Nile Rodgers. Marr can be heard on "Soldier Of Fortune" and Rodgers' distinctive Chic-funk riffing is prevalent on "Loop De Li," both of which can be heard below. The latter now has a striking video, directed by Aoife McArdle (who made Jon Hopkins' "Open Eye Signal"), which definitely throws back to the '80s Excess days of Jay McInerney and Bret Easton Ellis. Watch that (slightly NSFW) clip below.

In other news, Ferry's old band Roxy Music reformed in 2001 but have been completely inactive for nearly four years. If you were wondering what was the story, well they broke up again but forgot to tell anybody till now, informs guitarist Phil Manzera to Rolling Stone. There are plans for new Roxy boxsets next year. And more Bryan Ferry touring (hopefully in better health) to come.

Bryan Ferry is currently in the midst up a European tour and will be on the road in the UK this coming spring. All dates are listed, plus video and song stream, below...

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Janelle Monae at The Apollo in 2013 (more by Luis Ruiz)
Janelle Monae

As discussed, Moogfest returns to Asheville, NC from April 23-27, and since we last spoke, more additions to the lineup have been made. Keith Emerson, who was already scheduled to speak during the daytime program, was added as a nighttime performer as well, in addition to Q-Tip, El-P, Saul Williams and more. Nile Rodgers, whose band Chic is performing at night, was added as a daytime speaker, as was Janelle Monae who will be "in conversation with her producers."

Updated flyer and more info on the daytime panel updates, below...

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Lee "Scratch" Perry @ LPR during RBMA 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Lee Scratch Perry

Remember when the Red Bull Music Academy "took over" New York City for most of May 2013, bringing in such luminaries as Brian Eno, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Giorgio Moroder, Kim Gordon, James Murphy, and many more to play and talk about music? You can relive that month -- or get a taste of what you missed -- in a new documentary, What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music:

What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music explores the challenges that a life in music can bring. Shot with hand-held cameras in a cinema verité style at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York by award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg, the film seeks to go beyond music, and ask questions about life itself.
The film will screen in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit on February 17 and then be released on the internet for free on February 18. Trailer for the documentary is below.

Additionally, there is a coffee table book too titled For the Record: Conversations with People Who Have Shaped the Way We Listen to Music which pairs artists with journalists and music industry types and lets the discourse flow. Nile Rodgers, Sly & Robbie, Erykah Badu, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Modeselektor and more are featured and all the pairings are listed, along with the book art, below.

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Daft Punk

As discussed, Daft Punk are among those scheduled to perform at the 56th Grammy Awards ceremony, and since we last spoke, it's been announced that the robotic duo will be joined by some pretty impressive guests. They'll be with Random Access Memories collaborators Pharrell and Nile Rodgers, in addition to RAM session musicians Chris Caswell, Nathan East, Omar Hakim, and Paul Jackson Jr. And perhaps most interesting of all, their performance will feature Stevie Wonder as well.

Daft Punk are up for four Grammys, and the engineers of Random Access Memories are up for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Kendrick Lamar and others are set to perform at the ceremony as well. It takes place on January 26 at Staples Center in LA and airs on CBS at 8 PM EST.

Tourist's crowd at Glasslands during CMJ (via)
Tourist

Disclosure affiliate Tourist made his US debut in NYC during CMJ, and he's since announced that he'll return to our shores for a more dates this year. He'll be back in NYC for a show at Brooklyn's new Rough Trade on December 5 with Jim E-Stack. Tickets for that show go on sale today (11/15) at noon. All dates are listed below.

While Tourist was last in North America, he played Asheville, NC's Mountain Oasis festival, and NPR is currently streaming an archive of his set from that fest. Listen here. His new Patterns EP will now be out in 2014 (it was originally scheduled for a December release). Listen to "Together" from that EP, below.

Disclosure

Speaking of Disclosure, their talked-about collaboration with Nile Rodgers (of Chic, the new Daft Punk album, and a ton of disco/pop hits) has finally arrived in the form of a 2 and a half minute song (also titled "Together") with vocals from Sam Smith (who sings on Disclosure's "Latch") and more production from Jimmy Napes.

Disclosure's tour brings them to NYC for three nights at Terminal 5 (1/17 - 1/19). The first two are sold out but you can still get tickets to night 3. Stream the Disclosure/Nile Rodgers song, along with the list of Tourist dates and more, below...

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Disclosure at Central Park in August (more by Robert Altman)
Disclosure

As discussed, UK dance duo Disclosure will be returning to North America on their 2014 winter tour which hits NYC on January 17 and 18 at Terminal 5. Since we last spoke, Disclosure have added a third date happening on January 19 at the same venue. Tickets for the 1/19 show go on sale Friday (9/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/25) at noon. Tickets for the 1/17 are still available (same link), but the 1/18 show is sold out. All three shows, and much of the tour, are being opened by Vic Mensa and Samo Sound Boy. Updated dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Disclosure have been doing some recording sessions with Nile Rodgers (of Chic and the new Daft Punk album), like Nile announced they would be earlier this year. And Nile will be in NYC this week for a couple events with Q-Tip.

First, Nile (performance) and Q-Tip (DJ) will be at Cipriani's 42nd St. on Wednesday (9/25) for a benefit for the We Are Family Foundation co-presented by luxury watchmaker Girard-Perregaux. That same night, there will be an auction and Giard-Perregaux will present two special edition watches. More info here.

Then, for something less fancy, Nile will join Q-Tip at his weekly #Offline DJ night at Output (9/25) later that night (10 PM). The night is billed as "A night celebrating the music of Nile Rodgers - w/ guest of honor Nile Rodgers" and DJ Spinna is on the bill too. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Updated Disclosure dates are listed, along with a video, below...

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Daft Punk

Daft Punk returned this year with a huge comeback album, Random Access Memories, and they've now released the album's first official video. The video is for the song "Lose Yourself to Dance," which they debuted part of during the VMAs. It was directed by the duo themselves, along with Warren Fu, Paul Hahn, and Cedric Hervet, and stars the duo along with collaborators Pharrell and Nile Rodgers. Check it out below.

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Grimes and 2 Chainz
Grimes and 2 Chainz

Taylor Swift realizing *NSYNC appeared on stage
Taylor Swift

From many points in Brooklyn, one could look up and see the lit up blimp in the air hovering over the Barclays Center yesterday (8/25). It was where the overhead shots were being filmed during the pre-show which included the big crowds outside around the Brooklyn streets that MTV got closed down to create the red carpet for the VMAs....

A red carpet, set up on Dean Street near Flatbush Avenue, was completely invisible to many non-ticketed fans and the general public who were mainly cordoned in a pen at the Best Buy on Atlantic Avenue between Fort Greene Place and Sixth Avenue.

Another penned area, at Sixth Avenue and Bergen Street, gave a small group of fans a distant peek at the carpet, but it was still a full city block away.

"Obviously they can't let everyone in for security reasons, but we can't see anything at all," said Donna Hall, 28, who came from Queens. "I've been out here with my friends since 3 p.m. and we've been trying to find the best vantage point possible, but we settled here because at least we could see a glimpse of the red carpet. [DNA Info]

Meanwhile, during the ceremony, we got performances from Kanye West (playing "Blood on the Leaves," not "Black Skinhead"), Justin Timberlake (on-stage *NSYNC reunion included), Drake, Kendrick Lamar (joining Robin Thicke, who, um, palled around with Miley Cyrus on stage), Lady Gaga (playing her new EDM-inspired single), and more.

Daft Punk didn't perform, but they did walk the red carpet and sit in the audience in their masks which they also wore to present 'Best Female Music Video' with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. They also debuted part of the video for "Lose Yourself to Dance."

Vampire Weekend, who are headlining the Barclays Center in September, presented an award to One Direction.

Jay-Z and Beyonce were strangely nowhere to be found.

Eminem also pulled a Jay Z and announced his new album, MMLP2 (the sequel to 2000's Marshall Mathers LP), in a commercial that aired during the VMAs. The album was executive produced by Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin, and it's due out November 5. Meanwhile, the single, "Berserk," will drop this Tuesday (8/27).

And before it all began, Grimes co-hosted the Red Carpet Report. Who wore it better, Grimes or 2 Chainz?

If you watched, what did you think? Should Miley Cyrus stop being so trashy? Should Robin Thicke stop being so creepy? Should Kanye stop being so serious? Does Justin Timberlake have really long arms? Does anyone really care that *NSYNC showed up (for a minute and a half)? If you didn't watch, or need a refresher, some videos from the night are below...

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Nile Rodgers

Not surpring that Daft Punk probably aren't playing and that he would deny it either way, but that blog post did kind of imply it.

Nile Rodgers

Disco mastermind/Chic member/Daft Punk collaborator Nile Rodgers is throwing his first 'Nile Rodgers Dance Party' this summer in the Hamptons. The one-day festival happens on August 19 at the Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, NY and according to Nile:

There's going to be me, my band CHIC, and some of the hottest acts and surprises on the planet that day... which happens to be around the time the next Daft Punk single drops (I'm just saying).
Hmmm...

UPDATE: Nile says Daft Punk is not playing his house.

Lower-priced tickets reserved for locals are sold out, but general admission tickets are on sale now. All proceeds will benefit the charity All for the East End (AFTEE).

Flyer below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Disclosure at MHOW in March (more by Jason Bergman)
Disclosure

Fresh off of working on the killer new Daft Punk album, disco legend/Chic founder Nile Rodgers revealed at the International Music Summit that they aren't the only modern electronic musicians that he's working with. FACT reports that he'll be working with hot new UK garage duo Disclosure, in addition to... big EDM names Avicii (who's also working with another RAM collaborator/disco legend Giorgio Moroder) and David Guetta. Nile also mentioned collaborations with Chase & Status and Etienne Daho.

As mentioned, Disclosure are set to release their much-anticipated debut album, Settle, on June 3 via PMR. Its most recently released single, "You & Me" (which features vocals from Eliza Doolittle), was just given remix treatment by Baauer, who is no stranger to Disclosure's material. You can stream that remix below along with the video for the original track. Settle is now available for pre-order on iTunes for the reduced price of $6.99.

As mentioned, Disclosure will be bringing their tour to NYC for a co-headlining Summerstage show in August with another exciting new dance duo TNGHT and support from Julio Bashmore. Tickets for that show are still available.

UPDATE: Disclosure just put out a new track from their album, "When A Fire Starts To Burn," which you can stream below.

Remix stream and music video below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Daft Punk

Details on the new Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories, have been slowing rolling out. After teasing it with a number of ads and interview videos, and finally revealing the tracklist, Daft Punk have released the first single from the album, "Get Lucky." It features Nile Rodgers and some soulful vocals from Pharrell over disco-y rhythms reminiscent of the Homework/Discovery days. You can download it on iTunes and check out a stream of the track below...

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Miguel on 'SNL' / Daft Punk w/ Pharrell & Nile Rogers
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Another new SNL, another new Daft Punk commercial. This one -- a slightly shorter version of the one shown to Coachella audiences -- gives us the first substantial taste of Random Access Memories' "Get Lucky," that's been teased in previous ads, and features both Pharrel Williams and and some chic guitarwork from Nile Rodgers, not to mention the men/robots themselves. This is, we assume, a snippet of the "Get Lucky" video? You can watch it below.

Meanwhile, Daft Punk have released the third in their "Collaborators" series of promotional videos with the folks who worked on Random Access Memories. This one is with Nile Rodgers who very humbly talks about his contribution to dance music over the years and you can watch that below too.

Meanwhile, on the actual show (4/13), Miguel performed his Grammy-winning hit "Adorn" and then a rocked-out version of "How Many Drinks," with that magnetism (that we saw at our BV CMJ day party last year) on full display. The next new SNL is May 4 with Of Monsters and Men performing, while Zach Galifianakis hosts. Miguel videos from last night are below.

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Daft Punk

Daft Punk are making a comeback this year with Random Access Memories (due out 5/21 via Columbia imprint Daft Life Limited), their first album since 2005's Human After All. They haven't revealed any full tracks from it yet, but from those two 15 second clips, we basically already know that we love it. Unfortunately, we New Yorkers never get a chance to see them. All they seem to do these days is pop up at Phoenix shows (but not last Friday's show), and then that secret show at 285 Kent turned out to be an April Fool's joke. Who knew?!

Luckily, we will get a chance to see the eight piece Daft Punk Tribute Band, imported from Toronto, who play NYC on July 3 at Highline Ballroom. What's more, we even know what time they go on (10 PM). Reportledly, these guys "have been melting faces and liquifying dancefloors with sold out shows at the most prestigious clubs and concert halls across Canada" since 2009. We can't wait to get our faces melted, Canadian style, in NYC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In terms of the real Daft Punk, the rumored tracklist of their new album features appearances by Julian Casablanacas, Giorgio Moroder, Pharrell, DJ Falcon, Todd "The God" Edwards (who sang on Discovery), and Paul Jackson Jr. (who played guitar for Michael Jackson), in addition to previously announced guests, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams, and Panda Bear.

Like Giorgio Moroder just did, Todd Edwards also discussed the new album in a video interview, which you can watch, along with a live video and check out the full rumored collaborators list, below.

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Andy Stott/Lee "Scratch" Perry
Andy StottLee Scratch Perry

As mentioned, tickets went on sale today for the previously announced Red Bull Music Academy events, which take over NYC from April 28 to May 31. And now that those are on sale, the rest of the lineup has been announced. In addition to the newly-added Flying Lotus show at Terminal 5, the Red Bull Music Academy events now also include...

A Bunker party with Andy Stott, Atom TM, Objekt, Octo Octa, Kloke, Smax, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito at Public Assembly on May 4; Blondes, Mike Simonetti, Rudi Zygadlo, Astroboyz, CABAAL, Ale Hop, Yodashe, Harald Bjork, Alitrec, Mungo Park, Seretan, and Ada Kaleh at Cameo on May 6; and Le1f, Laurel Halo, Venus-X, and a secret guest at Glasslands on May 7.

Still more: Metro Area, Gerd Janson, and Bok Bok b2b L-Vis 1990 at 88 Palace on May 10; 'Drum Majors' with Mannie Fresh, Boi-1da, Young Chop, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Bangaldesh, DJ Mustard, and Drumma Boy at Knitting Factory on May 22; Afrika Bambaataa, Egyptian Lover, DJ Magic Mike, DJ Assault, DJ Funk, Scottie B, DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, Big Freedia, Salva, Drop the Lime, and Branko & Krampfhaft at Santos on May 23; as well as Skream, Mala, and Plasitician & Hatcha on May 24 at Can Factory (232 3rd St in Brooklyn).

And even more: Oneohtrix Point Never, BIll Kouligas, Evian Christ, Kid Simpl, and ANNALOVE at Saint Vitus on May 26; Benji B, FaltyDL, Dorian Concept, Orquesta, and Somepoe at Sullivan Room on May 27; Pantha Du Prince & the Bell Laboratory with Louis Baker and Anya Kuts at West Park Church on May 28; a killer night of dub with legends Lee Perry & Adrian Sherwood, The Congos vs Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, and the Raw Power Band, Peaking Lights In A Dub Style vs Future Times, and DJ Slow at Le Poisson Rouge on May 30.

Tickets for all events are on sale now.

These join the previously announced shows, talks, and other events with James Murphy, Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder, Tony Visconti, Nile Rodgers, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Four Tet, A-Trak, Just Blaze, and more. Flyer with the updated, show-by-show lineup is below...

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James Murphy on SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
James Murphy

LCD Soundsystem/DFA Records man James Murphy is suing Tim Goldsworthy, who he formed DFA with in 2001, but who moved out of New York to the UK three years ago...

In a lawsuit, DFA accuses Goldsworthy of failing to perform services he was paid for, owing outstanding loans, improperly using the company credit card and making unauthorized withdrawals from its bank accounts.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in Manhattan Civil Supreme Court, says that "attempts to amicably resolve this matter were rebuffed" by Goldsworthy. It also accuses the producer of "breach of contract" and "unjust enrichment."

Goldsworthy owes a total of $93,899, according to DFA. The label, which has a studio in Greenwich Village and boasts such acts as Holy Ghost!, also seeks punitive damages and legal fees. [DNA Info]

In related news, tickets for James Murphy's DFA Records 12th anniversary party with DJ sets from him, The Rapture, YACHT, Black DIce, Juan Maclean, and so many more, are on sale now. The event is one of many upcoming Red Bull Music Academy events happening in NYC. Other RBMA events are on sale too, including Brian Eno's "illustrated talk", Four Tet at Webster Hall, A-Trak, Just Blaze, and others at Roseland, Giorgio Moroder, and many more.

Brian Eno
Eno

The Red Bull Music Academy is coming to NYC from April 28 to May 31 which will include over 30 events ranging from live concerts and club nights to A/V installations, film screenings and public conversations with big names. Some of those names were recently announced. Details are not complete and tickets to all the shows below go on sale Monday, March 4 at 10 AM.

Perhaps most exciting of these events will be the NYC premiere of Brian Eno's audio-visual installation 77 Million Paintings which is generative software that creates morphing patterns and images. The installation, which be be at Cafe Rouge, will also features an "illustrated talk" on May 6.

James Murphy will head a nine-hour, multiroom show at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn on May 29 as part of DFA's 12th Anniversary celebration. The event will feature 15 live acts and DJs from throughout the label's history. Look for a short documentary, 12 Years of DFA: Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic, to premiere around the same time.

Also part of it will be Four Tet + friends at Webster Hall on May 8. Four Tet, who just released odds-n-sods album 0181 as a free download (stream it below) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his landmark 2003 album, Rounds, this year with a deluxe resissue due out on Domino in May.

Still more. RBMA will also host the first NYC edition of London party Culture Clash on May 9. The "unique celebration of sound system culture" will feature sets by Max Glazer, A-Trak, Nick Catchdubs, Young Guru, Just Blaze, and Que Bajo?!.

There's also "Drone Activity in Progress" which will happen at the Knockdown Center on May 2, featuring Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))), Prurient, Alan Licht, and Body/Head (aka Kim Gordon and Bill Nace).

Other events including electronic music legend Giorgio Moroder in his first NYC DJ appearance; a talk with Bowie producers Tony Visconti and Nile Rodgers (maybe Eno will swing by?); Ryuichi Sakamoto and more to be announced. More info on RBMA is here.

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