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photos by Ryan Muir


Ramember all the way back in September when St. Vincent and Sufjan Stevens shared a stage at BAM in Brooklyn? Well, Daptone's own Naomi Sheleton was on that bill too, and here finally are the pictures from her portion of the evening which I thought would go nicely with this show announcement::

Thu. 10/23 @ Southpaw in Brooklyn
Daptone Family Fundraiser for Barack Obama
featuring the Budos Band and Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens plus very special guests from the Daptone Stable, as well as DJ's Honeydripper, TNT and Neal Sugarman
$20 adv./$25 d.o.s, 8 pm doors
>> buy tickets
That's one of two upcoming Daptone events at Southpaw (the very venue Sharon Jones used to play a lot before she got too big) (that would be awesome if she showed up at the benefit). The other Daptone show is TONIGHT (Friday, October 17th). More Naomi pics below...

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Anti-Pop Consortium @ Terminal 5 (more by Ryan Muir)
Anti-Pop Consortium

Anti-Pop Consortium - 2008 Tour Dates
Oct 17 - Obamarama @ The Bell House

Party and Silent Auction to benefit Barack Obama
w/ Dirty on Purpose, Dragons of Zynth, Takka Takka and more...
Nov 14 - The Apple Store West 14th St.
Dec 12 - Knitting Factory: Anti-Pop Consortium Presents: MELTDOWN
The KF is closing down and re-locating to Brooklyn and they asked us to curate a special evening...this will be an all club event booked by APC. Stay tuned for special guest announcements...
More upcoming free Apple shows and the Obamarama flyer with details below...

Continue reading "Apple in-stores, Obamarama & Anti-Pop Consortium "

Obama bingo

Expect very short sets. UPDATE: I was told this is a private event (sorry). More info and the other side of the flyer below...

Continue reading "Grizzly Bear, Zach Condon (Beirut) & Nico Muhly are playing an Obama bingo benefit in NYC this Friday "

Free Health Care
Free Health Care

Craig Ferguson explains the whole thing really well before this taped No Age performance that aired last night...

Continue reading "No Age (without Obama shirt) on Craig Ferguson (video)"

Crosby Weekend Nash

The Obama fundraiser tickets range from $50 to $1000 each. Tickets are also on sale for the third (12/6) Terminal 5 show VW recently added. More Crosby & Nash show details below....

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by Black Bubblegum


Dave Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain and the sleazy glam of proto-punk legends The New York Dolls will grace the stages of Irving Plaza once again, right after Christmas, on December 27th. Last year it was the 28th & 29th and the shows were taped and released as "New York Dolls: Live at the Fillmore East" - sort of a lie, sort of not.

Tickets for the 2008 show go on sale October 11th 10AM and the Irving/Fillmore show is one of two December US dates the band is playing. The other is in LA seven days earlier. Their only other US date is also in California and scheduled one day after they visit the west coast to tape an episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Hopefully they're not planning on wearing an Obama t-shirt while they're on TV. All NYD dates below...

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Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Barack Rock

Last night (October 7) 6 musicians and 6 comedians came together to raise money for Democrtaic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The not-so-packed, but sold out event went on over the course of 5 and a half hours, ending with a set by Andrew Bird who thought this was the greatest afterparty he could imagine. The $40 event was highlighted by an appearance by not-so-secret-guests Franz Ferdindand (who play the same venue again tonight)

"Thanks for letting a bunch of Limeys like us play your rally," said Scot and Greenpoint resident Alex Kapranos. "We only hope you'll invite us back for your victory party." It was a fun night in support of who many of us hope will be the next President of the United States. [Sound Bites]
Other highlights were Eugene Mirman's RNC video coverage, a Les Savy Fav (another not-so-secret guust) patriotic song sing-a-long, and a set by the Fiery Furnaces.
Fiery Furnaces may have played all new songs, I didn't recognize an of them at least. Once again, they've reinvented themselves since last seeing them at MHOW last December. They're now organ-heavy, early '70s funk. I still marvel at Elanor's ability to memorize Fiery Furnaces insanely-verbose lyrics. [Sound Bites]
Each band played 3-5 songs and each comedian joked for about 15 minutes. Downstairs was Obama headquarters where live video of the debate was viewable.

More pictures below...

Continue reading "Barack Rock (Franz Ferdinand, Les Savy Fav, Fiery Furnaces, Andrew Bird, etc) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYC - pics"

Cat With Wings

Nas is playing Hammerstein Ballroom on December 26th. Tickets are now on presale. Password = HOT97

Oasis tickets are still on presale. Password = Supernova. Venue = MSG.

Stellastarr* are playing five shows at Pianos in December. All five are on sale.

Tickets are now on sale for both of the upcoming CSS shows at Webster Hall

Tickets are on sale for both of the upcoming NYC Eagles of Death Metal shows.

Tickets are still on sale for the Department of Eagles show at the Bell House.

Tickets are still on sale for the 826NYC benefit that Department of Eagles, Paul Simon and members of TV on the Radio are playing.

Toad the Wet Sprocket is playing Webster Hall (??) on February 26th. Tickets are now on sale.

Tickets are still on sale for the Barack Rock benefit Les Savy Fav, Andrew Bird, and the Fiery Furnaces are playing in Brooklyn. Tickets are also still on sale for the show Les Savy Fav is playing at Music Hall on October 12th.

Tickets are still on sale for the animal shelter benefit that Debbie Harry is playing. Deborah is also playing one of the 10 free shows Joe's Pub is hosting.

Secret Machines are playing Webster Hall on October 18th. Tickets are on sale.

the Beck shows went back on sale.

Brad Mehldau and Chris Thile are playing "A Concert for Obama" at (le) poisson rouge on October 10th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are still on sale for the show Brightback Morning Light are playing at (le) poisson rouge.

If you're from PA, get your free tickets to see Bruce Springsteen.

Barack Obama

Saturday October 4th, 2008
Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th and 22nd Streets
Philadelphia, PA

Gates open: 2:00 p.m.
Program starts: 3:30 p.m.


Free tickets are available online, and "Preferred Viewing tickets are available and will allow you to get even closer to the stage. They can be obtained by visiting the Campaign for Change offices listed below and volunteering to elect Barack Obama."

Bruce is also playing a show for Barack twelve days later in NYC, though that one's not even close to free.

LSF ride a sea nymph on Kutscher's Lake (stacy jean)
Les Savy Fav

Les Sav Fav have been added to that upcoming Obama beneft show in NYC, no not the one with Billy Joel. Don't expect a full set, but do expect additional secret guests in addtion to LSF and who was previously listed on the Music Hall of Williamsburg bill.

For a full set, you can catch LSF at the same venue on October 12th.

Les Savy Fav didn't play the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival show at he Bell House on Friday, but two members of the band (Tim included) did make a part-comedy, part-music appearance.

Last weekend Les Savy Fav played the ATP festival in upstate NY. Like BB & Om, they took out one of the boats.


Bell donated a new song to help Obama's cause. Download it for free (or donate as they suggest) HERE. She is playing a free show today (Friday), and another NYC one in October. Dates below...

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STevie Wonder

"Inspired by the grassroots movement created by Barack Obama's historic presidential run and his call for the change Americans need, artists supporting Barack Obama teamed up to create a new CD that taps into the campaign's universal themes of hope, unity and change. The disc, titled Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement, includes a collection of artists from across genres, including such renowned performers as Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Adam Levine from Maroon 5 and John Legend. Through their musical contributions, the artists seek to mobilize voters in the final stretch before the November election. Many of the artists involved will also be volunteering their time to promote voter registration."
Coming soon: a blog post by Kanye West asking why he wasn't mentioned in that official CD description paragraph and a CD by the McCain camp that gets a higher Pitchfork rating than Obama.

Stream Obama clips HERE. See the mostly-uninteresting tracklist below...

Continue reading "Obama's new CD could've used Meghan McCain's help "

Bono Obama

Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is about to take her first tentative steps onto the world stage....Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.....Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili...[blah blah blah].....Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and new Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari....Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh....[ok, most importantly...]...The Alaska governor will also meet U2 singer and global anti-poverty campaign Bono on the sidelines of the UN meeting, said the ONE campaign, which is associated with the Irish rocker.

The McCain campaign specifically asked to include Palin in Bono's planned talks with the Republican presidential nominee, ONE said in a statement.

Bono also hopes to hold a meeting with Democratic nominee Barack Obama before the November 4 election, the campaign said. [AFP]

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Twi the Humble Feather - finale (MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: Twi the Humble Feather - for the sorcerer forest (MP3)

Twi the humble feather

there is legend and rumor of a new interstellar adventurer, by the name of twi, who came to be by the will of an ancient sorcerer forest existing unknown in a nameless galaxy. those aware of this rumor say twi seeks the wisdom of vast green worlds, as well as the sating secrets of sound. inspired by the adventures of this new mythical character, the trio 'twi the humble feather' compose guitar and vocal based music depicting environments recently visited by twi; such as magical castles and forests, and various realms of the uncharted cosmos.
Saturday, Sept 6 at Sound Fix Records in Brooklyn, 8pm:
The Burg for Barack - a grassroots fundraising event featuring La Strada, Twi the Humble Feather, and Amber Rubarth. Plus a cupcakes-and-brownies-galore bake sale, and a silent auction including fine apparel, jewelry, yoga classes and spa packages, and more from stylish neighborhood boutiques and stores. 100% of the proceeds go to the Obama campaign. $5 suggested donation at the door.
Brooklyn acoustic guitar-and-voice trio Twi the Humble Feather is coming off a series of opening gigs for Jose Gonzalez earlier this summer and the release of their sci-fi/fantasy concept album "Music for Spaceships & Forests" in June (out on non-label Friendly Ghost Recordings). The FGR site reports that the band is in the process of prepping a new piece for live performance called "Twi Presents the Antek Songs," as well as its second album. Other upcoming shows include opening for Japanese popster Shugo Tokumaru at Mercury Lounge (tix still on sale), a show at Williamsburg DIY gallery/space Paris London West Nile, and a free Wordless Music Series gig at (le) poisson rouge.

Speaking of Obama benefits and (le) poisson rouge, the West Village venue ia hosting a fundraiser of its own on September 10th. Living Colour, The Family Stand, Earl Greyhound, Danielia Cotton, and Viva Mayday are on that bill.

These aren't the first Obama events of the year, and they certainly won't be the last. Another, The Audacity of Jokes II, takes place Monday September 15th at Comix. It will feature Fresh Prince creator Andy Borowitz, SNL's Fred Armisen, comedian and Barack impersonator Kyle Grooms, Last Comic Standing alum Amy Schumer, and Weird Al surrogate Jonathan Coulton. Tix $45 ($100 VIP).

See a video of the Twi guys at Goodbye Blue Monday HERE, and Kyle Grooms's Barack above the tour dates below....

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Aa @ Market Hotel (more by Leia Jospe)
Aa @ Market Hotel

today in NYC
* Adele @ Webster Hall
* Daedelus & Eliot Lipp @ 205 (DJ sets)
* Does it Offend You, Yeah? @ Maxwell's
* Child Abuse & Gibby Haynes @ The Stone
* Federico Aubele & Dawn Landes @ Bowery Ballroom

Tricky plays "Council Estate" on Letterman tonight. Irving tomorrow.

get your free Wire tickets.

Rage Against the Machine @ the RNC.

The National's music (already being used unofficially) is now officially being used by the Obama campaign (courtesy of the band who donated it). Official video below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday?"

The National - official "Mr. November" Obama T Shirts
Mr November

Tickets are now on sale (thx all) for NY Mag's National / Grizzly Bear / Stella 40th anniversary show at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC on October 10th. All National dates below...

Continue reading "The National - 2008 Tour Dates, Hammerstein tix on sale"

John Kerry, Richard Lugar, Bono and Joe Biden
Biden and Bono


A few points of clarification for Sunday's event (in response to this post)- not sure it matters this late in the game, but thought you should know:

1) There is a suggested donation of $20 that will go directly to Obama for America, but we will not be collecting donations at the door. There will be a tent/tables inside the venue where concert-goers can donate. Also, people can donate at any level.

2) We will have a list of people that donate $20 so that if they decide to give early in the day, they can come by the table at the end of the event to pick up their poster (so they don't have to carry it around).

3) As for those that donate beforehand, we are setting aside posters for them but because there is no guaranteed entrance (it's still a free, public show) we are encouraging everyone who donates early to make sure they arrive at an appropriate time to get inside the venue.

In addition, this is a completely grassroots-organized event (all volunteers). The campaign did not have any involvement.


Barack Obama

"On August 24th, Brooklyn for Barack is partnering with JellyNYC to co-host the Last Pool Party (ever) at McCarren Park Pool in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Held one day before the start of the Democratic National Convention, the event hopes to not only raise money for Barack's campaign but to celebrate the increased participation of youth in this election. The Pool Party is an all day concert, featuring Yo La Tengo, Titus Andronicus, Ebony Bones, and other special guests. Although the Pool Party is free to enter, there is a suggested donation of $20 that will go directly to Obama for America. There will be a free concert poster- designed by Jessica Hische- for the first 1000 people who donate $20 or more. Please donate by clicking on the image at the right of the screen!

Note: donating here does not guarantee your entrance to the concert! Please arrive early! When the event reaches capacity, they will turn people away." [BarackObama.com]

That's a conflicting message. Are they asking for $20 at the door which gets you the poster on the spot (which you then have to carry all day), or are they asking you to donate online which doesn't even guarantee you get in and may or may not get you a poster.... I'm confused.

Obama's addition to Sunday's lineup (not literally!) seemed to pop out of nowhere, but I think it was planned all summer. Various people sent me pieces of information about an "Obama fundraiser" at McCarren - possibly with Mos Def involved, possibly with a lot of arguing about who would play the show and possibly at a free Pool Party (which I didn't get). Nothing concrete ever showed up so I didn't post it. They seem to be downplaying it to the general Pool Party public (aka no mention of it at all on Jelly's website) while letting Obama's people do their thing.

BTW, DJ David Cross and Syd B (Les Savy Fav) are also on Sunday's bill. You'll probably recognize their familar faces at the DJ booth on the left of the stage.

photos by Bao Nguyen

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke looked like he was ready for a very political game of basketball. Dressed in brightly colored shorts, vintage Nikes and a Barack Obama T-shirt with the word "Progress" written on it, Okereke and his band managed to overcome some technical glitches and the absence of bassist Gordon Moakes (he's at home with a new baby) to deliver a set of inspired stadium-sized dance riffs as the Chicago sun set. The band really clicked the new single "Mercury" (where Okereke sampled his own voice) and on the set-closing "Helicopter" (which was greeted as a true anthem). During some down time, Okereke even teased the opening riff of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box," which was a knowing nod to Lollapalooza's early-'90s roots. [Rolling Stone]
No fights reported yet. Bloc Party play Webster Hall in NYC on Wednesday and Thursday. Video captured from the live Lollapalooza stream and more pictures below....

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photos by Bao Nguyen, words by Chase Turner

DOWNLOAD: Rage Against the Macine - rant during 'Wake Up' @ Lolla (MP3) (via)

Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza

Brushing aside the questions of Zach De La Rocha's political rants...

"Now we know brother Obama. We know brother Obama. But I tell you what, if he comes to power come November and he doesn't start pulling troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq, I know a lot of people who are gonna stand up and burn down every office of every Senate."... [Zach De La Rocha @ Lollapalooza]
...Rage Against the Machine rocked the south side of Grant Park in Chicago last night (August 2, 2008). The raucous crowd was wild enough that the show had to be stopped twice as De La Rocha asked everyone to take five or ten steps back; the crowd complied but kept its intensity.

A steady stream of bodies poured over the front rail as security nabbed crowd surfers and those wanting to get out of the chaos. Injured crowd-goers were rushed backstage to the medical tent while others went right back into the fray, most had smiles on their faces. The sound was loud and clean. Highlights included Testify, Bulls on Parade, Bomb Track, Freedom, and the Killing in the Name Of show closer. After the show the masses poured into the streets, completely halting traffic and chanting "fuck you I won't do what you tell me!" After about an hour the crowd abated and the city returned to normal.

Is Rage Against the Machine a nostalgia act? Who cares, they sound great. Pictures, video and the setlist below...

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The road that Lollapalooza built in Chicago for Texas promoters C3 Presents could lead to the 2016 Olympics, if C3 co-founder Charlie Jones has his way.

"I would love nothing more," Jones says. "I don't think there is any doubt the city will get the Olympics ... [and] when they get it, I would love nothing more than to help the city bring that event to the world. Public assembly is my passion. And I feel we're very good at it. There are people in the city who have seen our attention to detail and we run a pretty tight ship, and I think we are educating other event producers in town on how to elevate their game. I hope we get the opportunity, whether working any of the Olympic arenas or stuff that happens around it, or helping the city prepare for it. I'll be in the bullpen waiting."...

...Next weekend [August 1-3], more than 100 bands will play Lollapalooza over three days in Grant Park, and Jones says it will be the biggest festival yet, with capacity audiences of 75,000 expected all three days. Indeed, the 2008 edition of Lollapalooza has the most enticing lineup of headliners booked by any major North American festival this year: Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails, Kanye West and Wilco. [Chicago Tribune]

Stay tuned to BrooklynVegan for coverage of this weekend's festival by Bao Nguyen, Zach Dilgard and others. Stay tuned to AT&T Blue Room for a live stream from the event. Stay tuned everywhere to find out if Obama's rumored appearance at the festival really happens. He's still not listed on the schedule.

Extra Golden @ the 2008 Pitchfork Festival (more by Joseph Juechao Xu)
Extra Golden

"I'm sending a special thanks," sings Extra Golden's Opiyo Bilongo on the band's song "Obama," which you could consider an audio thank-you note to the senator from Illinois. For Extra Golden, the support, and the gratitude, are of a distinctly personal bent.

Bilongo, Onyango Wuod Omari, and Onyango Jagwasi, the Ken-yan members of the group, probably would never have gotten to tour the United States without Barack Obama's help.

In 2006, the band ... was scheduled to play a world-music festival in Chicago. But the Kenyans had run into some difficulty with the Department of Homeland Security and were in danger of missing their first chance to play for an American audience.

"A woman named Jenna Pilat from Obama's office - she went into the office at midnight so that she would be there when the embassy in Nairobi opened," remembers guitarist Alex Minoff. "She got on the phone with them, and we were on the phone with our guys, and we were all in touch with each other. And about five hours later those guys walked out of the embassy with their visas, and went home, got their bags, and went to the airport."
[The Boston Globe]

Extra Golden play a show with Icy Demons @ Knitting Factory in NYC tonight (July 29, 2008). This show is in addition to the two they're playing in NYC in August.

Deerhoof @ Prospect Park on 7/18/08 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)

"For me the thing about Obama is I really like the way he talks. In the Demo debates it would be someone talking gibberish, then someone else countering in gibberish, then he'd start in and suddenly every word made sense." [Greg Saunier of Deerhoof]
Cute little bludgeoners Deerhoof, fresh off their Prospect Park appearance with newest member Ed Rodriguez (of xbxrx, Iceburn, etc), have announced a US tour with Experimental Dental School including two NYC shows. Those are at Irving Plaza on October 22nd (tickets) and at Spiegeltent on Oct 21st (no tickets yet).

Deerhoof recently released their first "single" from the upcoming Offend Maggie (due Oct 7th) in the form of sheet music. All tour dates below...

Continue reading "DEERHOOF add 2008 Tour Dates, answer "Why Obama?""

DOWNLOAD: Phosphorescent - You've Lost That Lovin Feelin (cover) (MP3)

Phosphorescent @ Stonehenge

Phosphorescent and Virgin Forest are playing a show at Glasslands on July 4th. All proceeds from the show go to the Obama campaign. This show is in addition to the two Phos has scheduled in August with Vetiver. All dates and a Black Cab video below...

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Obama Rolling Stone

Barack Obama is a Stevie Wonder geek. In the Democratic presidential candidate's new interview with Rolling Stone editor-in-chief Jann S. Wenner, Obama waxed rhapsodic about his favorite artists, many of whom -- Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Jay-Z -- have shown him love with endorsements.

"If I had one musical hero, it would have to be Stevie Wonder," says Obama, who grew up on Seventies R&B and rock staples including Earth, Wind and Fire, Elton John and the Rolling Stones. "When I was at that point where you start getting involved in music, Stevie had that run with Music of My Mind, Talking Book, Fulfillingness' First Finale and Innervisions, and then Songs in the Key of Life. Those are as brilliant a set of five albums as we've ever seen." [Rolling Stone]

Now I am a little conflicted. Although I definitely want to vote for the candidate who likes Dylan and The Boss, I'm not sure I can get behind a person who also claims to have Sheryl Crow on their iPod.