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Tom Petty @ PNC Bank Arts Center - 9/11/14
Tom Petty

After Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers brought their ongoing tour to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (pics), they headed just outside of NYC to play Holmdel, NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center last night (9/11). The tour's in support of the band's new album Hypnotic Eye, but of course the sets are filled with all the old favorites too. Pictures of the PNC Bank Arts Center show, including Steve Winwood's opening set, are in this post along with a second batch of Petty's MSG set.

Pictures continue below...

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Kings of Leon

After cancelling a bunch of dates, including Jones Beach, Kings of Leon have cancelled even more including tonight's show in NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center. They still do plan to play Made In America in Philly over the weekend though. Read their latest message in full, below...

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Tom Petty at Beacon Theatre in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Tom Petty

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are going on a tour this year which hits NYC for a previously discussed show at MSG on September 10 (tickets), and since we last spoke they've expanded to include another show in the area happening a day later at Holmdel, NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center (9/11). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, June 27 at 10 AM and all tickets purchased include a copy of Petty's new album, Hypnotic Eye (due 7/29 via Reprise). Like the rest of the tour, PNC is with Steve Winwood.

Petty also recently put out a track from the album, "American Dream Plan B." Check that out, with the updated list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers expand tour, add second NYC-area show, released a new song (dates, stream)"

The Gaslight Anthem at Voodoo Festival 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Gaslignt Anthem

The Gaslight Anthem have announced they'll follow 2012's Handwritten with their fifth album, Get Hurt, on August 19 via Island.The album was produced by Mike Crossey (Arctic Monekys, Foals), and though they haven't released a full song from it yet, you can hear a clip of one track, "Stay Vicious," in the album's teaser video, below. Also below is the album artwork and tracklist.

Gaslight have also announced a tour which includes two huge amphitheater shows not far from NYC: Philly's Mann Center on September 12 and NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center September 13. Those shows both have big openers too though, Jimmy Eat World and Against Me! (who have their own tour first). The NJ show also includes Sweden's twopointeight, whose new album is produced by Gaslight Anthem singer Brian Fallon. Tickets for both shows are already on Fan Club presale with an album pre-order presale starting Tuesday (6/17) at 10 AM, AmEx (Philly) and Live Nation (NJ) presales starting Wednesday (6/18) at 10 AM, and general on-sales beginning Friday (6/20) at 10 AM.

Those are the only two shows on the tour with Jimmy Eat World, but Against Me! and twopointeight are on most dates, all of which are listed below...

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Sabbath fans tailgating at PNC Bank Arts Center in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Sabbath

There were recent reports that tailgating at Holmdel, NJ amphitheater PNC Bank Arts Center would potentially be doomed, but as NJ News 12 now assures us, those pre-show parking lot parties will still be allowed:

Town officials have clarified an ordinance that imposes new rules for the PNC Bank Arts Center parking lot.

The Holmdel Township Committee says it voted to impose fines and restrictions aimed at cracking down on non-concert events in the venue's parking lot.

The ordinance does not affect tailgating in the parking lot before concerts at the venue, since arts center operator Live Nation decides on a case-by-case basis whether tailgating is allowed.

Officials say the township has received noise complaints from residents about loud events that start on Saturday mornings.

Among those events is a racing circuit that offers customers the chance to drive high-end sports cars around a specially designed track. Gotham Dream Cars rents the parking lots from Live Nation.

Good to know that you can still get a good buzz going before Soundgarden / Nine Inch Nails, Wiz Khalifa, Kings of Leon, Kiss / Def Leppard, Lionel Richie / Cee-Lo, and Motley Crue / Alice Cooper this summer.

photos by Greg Cristman

"Black Sabbath @ PNC Bank Arts Center. The new songs from #13 sounding incredible live. " - @Troyquan

"#blacksabbath with Dad! @ PNC Bank Arts Center" - @HeatherMarieV

Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath

By the fifth song of last night's show at the PNC Bank Arts Center by heavy-metal pioneers Black Sabbath, frontman Ozzy Osbourne was a sweaty, sopping mess, a result of the manic energy he brought to the band's only area show.

So intense was Osbourne's presence that to a point, it even overshadowed his inability to stay on key.

This year's return of Black Sabbath has been a significant event, especially after a contract dispute that caused original drummer Bill Ward to bow out of the new album, "13," and guitarist Tony Iommi's cancer diagnosis during its recording.

All of this made the show a multilayered triumph that largely managed to overshadow Osbourne's shortcomings. [NY Post]

The reunited Black Sabbath (whose lineup includes Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler) brought their current tour to NJ last night (8/4) for a way sold-out show at the PNC Bank Arts Center. The set was heavy on the band's first four albums, and also included some cuts from their recently released reunion album, 13. Like all shows on this tour, Andrew WK began the night with a DJ set. Pictures from the night (but none of Andrew WK) are in this post.

There's still one more chance to catch Sabbath in the NYC-area this week, when they play CT's Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday (8/8). Tickets for that show are still available.

More pictures, videos of the band playing "War Pigs," "Children of the Grave," and "Black Sabbath," and the setlist, below...

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posterposter

Live Nation is now (through July 7 at 10pm) running a "4TH OF JULY TICKET BLOWOUT!" for shows at PNC Bank Arts Center in NJ and Jones Beach in Long Island, a really good deal actually. For PNC it's 2 RESERVED TICKETS OR 4 LAWN TICKETS for $40 - NO SERVICE FEES. For Jones Beach it's 2 RESERVED TICKETS OR 4 MEZZANINE TICKETS or $40 - NO SERVICE FEES. Bands you could potentially see using this deal include Descendents, Joey Bada$$, A$AP Rocky, Mastodon, Jane's Addiction.... 311, the Jonas Brothers, 3 Doors Down, and all the fun listed below...

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the three members of Black Sabbath...
Black Sabbath

As mentioned, Black Sabbath's long-awaited, Rick-Rubin-produced new album, 13, is coming out June 13. The first single, "God is Dead?," will be released on Thursday (4/18) so keep an ear out for that. Meanwhile the band, which includes Ozzy Ozzborne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, have announced initial summer tour tour dates, including one in the NYC area at PNC Bank Arts Center on August 4. Tickets go on Facebook presale on Thursday at 10 AM (password: "SABBATH") with the regular on-sale happening Saturday (4/20). All announced dates are listed below.

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Phish at their MSG NYE-run in December (more by Robert Altman)
Phish

If you're into 21st century free-spirited drug culture in major arenas and stadiums during long-winded jam sessions, and being around lots of people who like 21st century free-spirited drug culture in major arenas and stadiums during long-winded jam sessions, then you'll probably be happy to know that Phish just announced a summer tour. The tour hits the NYC area on July 10 at PNC Bank Arts Center and July 12 at Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach. Most cities the tour stops in sees the band staying for multiple-night runs, and though that doesn't happen in the NYC area, it does happen upstate at the Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center from July 5 to 7. And if you're into seeing Phish for three nights, perhaps you might be into going upstate too.

Phish's website has limited tickets available now via a ticket request period, and general on-sale begins Thursday, March 28 at noon for the Jones Beach show and Friday, March 29 at 10 AM for the Saratoga Springs shows (including a 3-day pass option). Ticket info for the PNC Bank Arts Center show is not available at the moment, but it will likely be one of those same two days (and same link).

All tour dates are listed, along with the tour announcement video, below...

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D'Angelo at Essence Music Fest - 7/6/12 (via Warryn Campbell)
D'Angelo

R&B great D'Angelo, who has been virtually absent from the music scene since the release of his towering 2000 LP, Voodoo, has been making a pretty remarkable comeback this year. His much-delayed new album (working title James River) may finally be seeing a release this year. GQ did a long profile on him, in which it's mentioned that a September release is possible but nothing definite. Questlove spoke to Pitchfork about the album at the end of last year, and here's what he said about the singer's plans for 2012:

He goes to Europe in January. The album is pretty much 97% done. He's just finishing his lyrics now. He needs somebody to smack him and take the record away from him because it's pretty much finished. But I know he must turn this record in like three days before Christmas and that his first show is in Europe, and that he's going to do a whole bunch. They even named it the Occupy Music Tour, so I know they're serious about it.

For all intents and purposes, this album is the black version of [The Beach Boys'] Smile-- at best, it will go down in the Smile/There's a Riot Goin' On/Miles Davis' On the Corner category. That's what I'm hoping for. There's stuff on there I was amazed at, like new music patches [keyboard sounds] I've never heard before. I'd ask him, "What kind of keyboard is that?" I thought it was some old vintage thing. But he builds his own patches.

As mentioned in the above quote, D'Angelo did in fact tour Europe this past January. He played his first US show in 12 years with a surprise performance at Bonnaroo Day 4 (6/10) as a guest during Questlove's set. A video of that is below. D'Angelo's first scheduled US performance since his absence from the stage went down this past weekend (7/6) at New Orleans' Essence Music Fest. A video from that is below too.

After Essence, he made his way over to the Netherlands for North Sea Jazz Festival, which Janelle Monae was also at, and was tweeting about his set. She wrote "D'Angelo Left us . Came back and STILL sounded better,played better than these fools," and "As a d'Angelo fan.didn't come expecting anything cept growth, energy, dynamic voice, funk, soul, musicianship! Inspiration! got that & more."

As mentioned, D'Angelo will be in Philly for Jay-Z's Made In America Festival (9/1 - 9/2), and now he's announced a tour with Mary J. Blige and Melanie Fiona leading up to that festival, which includes two NYC area dates: August 18 at Jones Beach Theater and August 23 at PNC Bank Arts Center. TIckets for those shows are on sale now. Only three other dates on the tour have been announced at the moment, but Rolling Stone reports that it will be a 20-date tour.

A list of all currently known dates and videos below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Beach Boys at Jones Beach, 6/24/2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Beach Boys

The Beach Boys brought their 50th anniversary tour, which sees the band reunited with Brian WIlson for the first tour in a long time, to NJ last night (6/27) for a show at PNC Bank Arts Center. Like they've been doing on the rest of the tour, they played a 40+ song show split into two sets, with the first set focusing most heavily on their earlier material, and the second set bringing in the gems from the late '60s/early '70s period. Over the years, Beach Boys harmonies have become a root of most multi-voiced indie rock bands, but even in 2012, 50 years into the band's career, no one is doing it quite like them. The falsettos rang beautifully (even if it wasn't Brian singing them) as their pitch perfect harmonies soared over every song, from their earliest hits to the tracks off their new record, That's Why God Made the Radio. The instrumentation was lush too, but how could it not be with two (sometimes three) percussionists, four keyboardists, and five guitar players?

The crowd mainly stayed seated, but picked their favorite moments of the set to stand and dance for particular songs. In the first set, all rose for the Phil Spector-penned "Then I Kissed Her" and "Be True To Your School," during the latter of which various college logos were shown on the stage's screen, gaining an extra amount of applause from the crowd when the Rutgers logo popped up (we were in Jersey). Before ending the first set, Mike Love said, "It wouldn't be apropos to take our intermission without firing up the hot rods one more time," before the band kicked off a medley of car songs with "Little Deuce Coupe," "409," "Shut Down," and finally, "I Get Around."

When the band returned for their much-anticipated second set, only guitarist David Marks (who briefly played with the band from 1962-63 and is now back in it for the reunion) and the members of the backing band came out, opening with the instrumental title track to 1966's great Pet Sounds. Brian takes a bit of a back seat during the first set, which is essentially a crowd pleasing hits collection most similar to the one played by Mike Love's version of the band (who Mike is already planning to tour with...without Brian). But as immediately proved after the remaining members of the Beach Boys took the stage for set #2, this was Brian's half.

Though he was rarely actually playing the piano which he set behind for the majority of the set, and his falsettos were handled by members of the backing band, when he did sing, Brian really took control. The band followed "Pet Sounds" with Sunflower's "Add Some Music to Your Day," which saw Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks huddled around Brian's piano as they complemented him in carrying the song's lead vocal.

Things only got heavier from there. They nailed the infinitely-expanding "Heroes and Villains" off the legendary Smile album (though without the "Our Prayer" intro which they did at Jones Beach 3 days earlier) with Brian on lead. Then came a string of Pet Sounds cuts -- "Sloop John B," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," and "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times." The first two had the crowd singing and dancing, but it was on "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" that Brian delivered his strongest vocal performance of the night. They followed with two more Brian-lead songs, "Sail On, Sailor", which though sung by Blondie Chaplin on 1973's Holland LP, is actually a cut taken from Brian's writing sessions with Smile collaborator Van Dyke Parks, and "In My Room," one of Brian's earliest examples of the personal songwriting that would come to inhabit Pet Sounds.

The band are unfortunately without Dennis and Carl Wilson, both of whom passed away years ago, but their contributions were not forgotten. Dennis was honored with a performance of "Forever," which Dennis wrote for the Sunflower album. Video of Dennis singing surfaced on screen as his recorded voice lingered over the band during their performance of the song. The same haunting treatment was given to Carl for "God Only Knows," a song written by Brian but given to Carl to sing on the album. This was immediately followed by the only other Smile song of the night, the towering "Good Vibrations," lead by another great vocal performance from Brian.

It was overall a great show, and great to see Brian back in the band, but my only complaint is that now that he is finally back, I'd like to see them doing more of the songs that can't be done without him. It's fun to hear the earlier, Mike Love-fronted numbers like "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "Surfin' USA," but much of it could have been replaced with more from Smile or some of Brian's more personal Pet Sounds cuts like "Caroline, No." Especially now that The Smile Sessions finally saw a release within the same year as the band's reunion, and that Darian Sahanaja (a member of The Wondermints, Brian's touring band, and one of the biggest forces behind Brian releasing his 2004 version of Smile) is playing with the band on tour, it seems totally appropriate to be including those songs.

You can check out pictures from Sunday's Jones Beach show (6/24) here. Meanwhile, the Beach Boys reunion tour rolls on. All remaining dates dates are below.

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"If you a real hip-hop head RT!! #RocktheBells2012" - Nas

Rock the Bells

Turing hip-hop festival Rock the Bells announces:

Boost Mobile in association with Guerilla Union have announced the return of the ROCK THE BELLS 2012 FESTIVAL SERIES powered by BlackBerry. The world-class platform will feature an array of seminal and flourishing artists over an expanded two-day period in four major North American markets, including headliners Kid Cudi, J Cole, Wiz Khalifa, Atmosphere and more, with special guests Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

The only touring hip-hop festival will kick off in San Bernardino, CA on August 19 and 20 at the NOS Events Center. The festival will then make its way to Mountain View, CA on August 25 and 26 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre and will wrap on the east coast in Newark, NJ on September 1 and 2 at PNC Arts Center.

ROCK THE BELLS and non-profit organization Hip Hop and Hope for Haiti have joined forces to shine light on the disaster-stricken country and to provide continued relief efforts; that of which have progressively decelerated.

I'm pretty sure PNC Bank Arts Center isn't in Newark, and actually even farther from NYC (where the festival used to happen), but whatever.

In addition to what is listed above, Hit Squad is also playing. Full lineups TBA soon (possibly at the launch party happening in California tonight)

UPDATE: Full LINEUP ANNOUNCED.

The list of dates with on-sale dates is below...

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by BBG

Deftones & System of a Down tease their upcoming tour
Deftones & System of a Down

System of a Down and Deftones are teaming up for a string of mostly East Coast dates in August, tagging both PNC Bank Arts Center on August 4th and Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on August 5th. Tickets for both shows go on sale on May 5th. The shows are SOAD's first East Coast dates since taking a hiatus six years ago.

Though SOAD has been largely inactive as of late, Deftones have not. The band, which features ex-Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega while Chi Cheng recovers from his auto accident, has begun work on its new LP with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who was behind the boards for 2010's Diamond Eyes.

Chi Cheng is steadily improving according to a recent update, but he still needs your help

CHI IS READY TO GO HOME!
...and i need your help.
1. need to raise money to fly him home. this requires a medical flight.. runs about $20,000
2. need to raise money to buy him a hospital bed that does amazing things to avoid him acquiring bed sores.. runs about $15,000 USED!
3. (could be long term goal but would be nice to get asap for him) a wheel chair accessible van to transport him to and from his treatments and checkups. i am thinking it could run $20-30,000.
Donate if you can.

In other news, Chino Moreno of Deftones has joined on for another side project called Palms, this time featuring three-fifths of the final lineup of Isis (Aaron Harris, Clifford Meyer and Jeff Caxide):

"Clifford, Jeff and I started Palms a little over a year ago out of a desire to continue making music together after ISIS ended," explained Harris. "Chino joined shortly after and our sound took shape from there. We've worked really hard on this first release and are excited for people to hear it. It's nice to be back behind the drum kit, and with this line up."

"Being a huge ISIS fan I've always dug the moods these dudes convey with their sound," added Moreno. "I am excited to combine my sense of creativity with theirs, and to have fun doing so."
Look for that release via Ipecac later this year - no word on an exact release date.

All tour dates and some video below....

Continue reading "Chino forms Palms with Isis members; Deftones team w/ System of a Down for tour; Chi Cheng still recovering"

by Andrew Sacher

Drake at Tammany Hall in 2010 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Drake

Earlier this month, Drake wrapped up a tour with Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky, before the latter two made their way to Austin for SXSW.

That tour didn't hit the NYC area but Drake has since announced another slew of North American dates which include PNC Bank Arts Center on June 12 in Holmdel, NJ and Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on June 16 in Wantagh, NY. Like the Kendrick/A$AP tour, most of the new dates, including both NYC area shows, are with a list of on-their-way-to-being-huge rappers: J. Cole, 2 Chainz (who last played NYC when he sold out SOBs in January), Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, and French Montana. Tickets for the PNC Bank Arts Center show and the Jones Beach show are on sale now.

All dates and the video for "Headlines" below...

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Beach Boys

The Beach Boys, who are reunited with Brian Wilson for the 50th anniversary of the band announced a tour which includes two Beacon Theater shows (May 8 & 9). Did you get tickets for those? They went on sale yesterday and sold right out.

If you weren't able to, the Beach Boys just added two much larger shows in the NYC area to their tour, which happen on June 24 at Jones Beach Theater and June 27 at PNC Banks Arts Center in NJ. Tickets for the Jones Beach show and the PNC Bank Arts Center show are on Citi Cardmember presale now, Livenation/mobile app presale starts Friday (2/24) at 10 AM, and general sale starts Monday (2/27) at 10 AM. They also have another show happening in the NYC area on May 15 at Westchester County Center. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Saturday (2/25) at 10 AM.

Updated dates below...

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J Geils

The Rib Rock Festivals scheduled for this Saturday, August 27th at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and this Sunday, August 28th at the PNC Bank Arts Center have been cancelled due to safety reasons concerning Hurricane Irene.

Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
Catch Peter Wolf instead at two NYC shows in October.

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

The Flaming Lips + Weezer

The Flaming Lips and Weezer played side-by-side sets at PNC Banks Arts Center last night (7/28) with an opening set from Yeasayer (who we missed). Pictures from the NJ show are in this post.

As mentioned, Rivers Cuomo was quoted in a recent press release saying, "I asked Wayne if he has an extra bubble I could ride in." He wasn't joking! Toby Tenenbaum, who shot the show, writes:

The special intro comprised the two lead singers from Flaming Lips and Weezer (Wayne Coyne and River Cuomo) pulling one of the most original stunts I had ever seen. They were both inside their own inflatable balloon and used it to crowd-walk/surf over the heads of the crowd. It was truly awesome and unique.
As the two frontmen rolled around the audience in the space balls, the remaining band members on stage played a rendition of Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf." Check out a video of all of that happening below.

The two bands then alternated every few songs. To quote Toby again, "With the average song length for FL being about 6 minutes per song and for Weezer its the standard 3 minutes per song it felt that Weezer were simply playing intermittently between a Flaming Lips show. One high point for Weezer was the Radiohead Paranoid Android cover." The bands also played together at the end of the show. The full setlist and other videos are also below.

All three bands will play again tonight (7/29) at Jones Beach Theater in Long Island. Tickets are still available. Stay tuned for pictures and a review from that show too, and congrats to all the BV contest winners that were/are in attendance.

More pictures, the video and the NJ setlist below...

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Matt Pinfield @ RXP concert in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Matt Pinfield

Last month it was announced that "RXP TakLiberty Festival" would take place on September 18 at NJ's PNC Banks Arts Center with Coldplay, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Two Door Cinema Club, The Kooks, and more. According to RXP's website, the show is now cancelled "due to unforseen circumstances". Refunds are available at the point of purchase.

TakLiberty

According to "Barry",

"It was so strange that the concert was announced a day before the news that WRXP was being sold. Then it was promoted for over a week. I'm surprised Emmis let this happen. This must represent a lot of work down the drain for some of WRXP's staff. I feel bad for them."
Back on June 21st the Daily News reported:
The future of New York's only contemporary rock radio station, WRXP (101.9 FM), was tossed into the mosh pit today when Emmis sold a controlling interest to a new radio group run by ultra-colorful radio entrepreneur Randy Michaels.

WRXP has been a rock station since Feb. 5, 2008, when Emmis terminated its former smooth jazz format. The station has struggled to find an audience in a town not known for rock radio, but in recent months had shown significant ratings gains.

Merlin Media, which is paying $110-$130 million for a controlling interest in WRXP and two Chicago stations, made no announcement today on the format at WRXP.

Leslie Fram, program director, said that for now the station will continue rocking.
The Village Voice then said that, "It's not too much of a stretch to assume....that the station will change formats before the RXP Takliberty Festival's scheduled date of September 18, hence the cancellation."

Well, they were right. The Daily News has reported today:

Don't tell Leslie Fram a contemporary rock station can't work on New York radio - even though the one she has programmed for the last 3-1/2 years ends its run Thursday, apparently to be replaced by news aimed at soccer moms.

WRXP (101.9 FM), which switched from smooth jazz to rock in February 2008, is being sold by Emmis to Merlin Media, and while the deal hasn't closed yet, Merlin takes over the programming Friday.

Listeners will hear music for a couple of weeks until Merlin launches its new format, expected to be all or mostly news targeting women in their 30s and 40s.

On the surface, this change might seem to again support the often-heard mantra that when it comes to radio music, New York is a rhythm town, not a rock town.

Fram, a WRXP host as well as program director, says she sees every indication that's not true.

She notes that for the last three months, an average of about 2.3 million people per week at some point tuned to WRXP. While that's about half the audience for WHTZ, WLTW or WKTU, it's not a small number.

"There are a lot of rock fans in this area," Fram says. "[Classic rock] WAXQ is a fine station, but there was room for us, too.

"We wanted to be the heritage rock station for people who grew up in the '90s or later, and we could have. Without us now, where will you hear a new Eddie Vedder or Mumford and Son?"

RIP WRXP

photos by Tim Griffin

DJ Shadow @ the Great Escape
DJ Shadow

Instrumental hip hop guru DJ Shadow is set to release his first LP in five years The Less You Know, The Better on September 5. He released the single "I Gotta Rokk" back in May. Check out the video for that track below.

DJ Shadow performed at Glastonbury this past weekend. According to @RadioRassilon, "DJ Shadow in the John peel tent at #Glastonbury - mind boggling. I'm boggled. Boggled flat." We don't have pictures from his set there but we did catch at the Great Escape, also in the UK, in May. As previously seen on the BV Facebook, pictures from that one are in this post.

Those fests were some of many performances Shadow has/had lined up this summer, which is largely being occupied by the touring electronic festival, IDentity Festival in August and early September. IDentity will be headlined by Kaskade, Steve Aoki (who was spotted at the Gay Pride Parade on Sunday), and Steve Lawler. It also includes live sets by Holy Ghost!, Hercules and Love Affair, and Modeselektor. It hits PNC Bank Arts Center in Jersey on 8/14 and Jones Beach in Long Island on 8/21. Tickets are on sale for both.

Video, tour dates, more live pics and the IDentity Fest lineup and flier below...

Continue reading "DJ Shadow announced new LP, touring w/ IDentity Festival, played Glastonbury & the Great Escape (pics & dates)"

TakLiberty Fest

The RXP TakLiberty Fetival will take place on two stages on September 18 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. The radio station (current home of Pinfield) festival features performances by Coldplay, Richard Ashcroft (The Verve), Two Door Cinema Club, The Kooks, Graffiti 6, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and more to be announced. Ticket pre-sale begins Tuesday (6/21) and general sale starts Friday (6/24) at noon.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart also have upcoming shows including August 8 and 9 at Terminal 5 with The Kills and A Place to Bury Strangers. Tickets for both shows are available. The Kooks play a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom on June 27th. Richard Ashcroft recently played Bowery Ballroom.

Coldplay play Austin City Limits two days before the NJ show. They're also on the lineup of Lollapalooza. All of their other dates are overseas at the moment.

Coldplay have a new single awesomely named "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall." According to Coldplay's YouTube account, the song contains compositional elements of "I Go To Rio" by Peter Allen, and was produced by Markus Dravs, Dan Green and Rik Simpson with additional composition by Brian Eno. Listen to the song below...

Continue reading "Coldplay, TPOBPAH, Richard Ashcroft, The Kooks & others playing RXP TakLiberty Fest in NJ & stuff"

Weezer @ Roseland Ballroom in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Weezer

Yeasayer head out on tour later this month with the Smith Westerns and Hush Hush. That tour concludes with a sold out show at Terminal 5 in NYC. Yeasayer appear at Camp Bisco less than a month later.

Weezer are playing a handful of dates later in May including radio station shows in Philly & DC, a gig in Atlantic City, and B.O.M.B. Fest in CT. They'll also be keeping busy for most of the summer.

The Flaming Lips also have shows scheduled in May in addition to various summer shows that have been popping up all over the place, Hopscotch in North Carolina, the Osheaga Festival in Montreal, and Atlantic City as part of the Dave Matthews Band Caravan included.

Weezer, The Flaming Lips and Yeasayer will share a bill at PNC Bank Arts Center in NJ on July 28th and at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on July 29th. Tickets for both shows go on sale Saturday morning, 5/7, at 10am.

All tour dates for all three bands are below...

Continue reading "Weezer playing Jones Beach & PNC Bank Arts Center w/ Flaming Lips & Yeasayer (and other dates)"

PNC Bank

PNC BANK ARTS CENTER AND NIKON AT JONES BEACH THEATER EXTENDS
$10 TICKET PRICING ON SELECT SHOWS.
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Purchase tickets beginning Wednesday, July 28th, at 12:01 AM.
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Tickets will be HERE (Jones Beach) and HERE (PNC Bank Arts Center), though you probably wouldn't accept $10 to go to most of them. Seriously though, for Lilith Fair, that's less than $1 per lady on the bill (which includes Cat Power) (and Beth Orton) (not counting fees). List below...

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Lilipad

Bob Lefsetz writes...

Seeing the decline in recorded music revenues, ticket prices soared. We can blame Live Nation, but let's first and foremost blame the acts. Who not only priced tickets exorbitantly, but scalped their own tickets. They were greedy.

What's the end result?

The club business has been devastated. Live music is about the special event, one doesn't go regularly. It's about paying top buck for a name brand. Take a chance? At these prices!

And now we've got Sarah McLachlan admitting that Lilith Fair tickets are "pretty soft" (the story is everywhere, but it originated on "Billboard": Sarah McLachlan says Lilith sales "pretty soft")

What Sarah says seems reasonable, that only 300 seats or so out of 16,000 are $250, and that there are 9,000 that are $25, until you click through and try to buy some.

At the local L.A. date at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre/Irvine Meadows, the first Ticketmaster choice is:

'Lilith Universe' - Diamond Package

The price? $750 a ticket.

Then we've got:

'Lilith Spirit' - Gold Spirit

The price is: $450 a ticket.

Then there's 'Lilith Spirit' - Silver Package. Prices there are $300 a ticket.

And then, fourth choice down, we come to "NEW FULL PRICE TICKET". Where the options are: $252, $101, $71.50, $41.50 and $31.50.

But it gets even worse. After that, there's a line for "Citi Cardmember Preferred Tickets". And then, at the very bottom, we've got "Lawn 4 Pack Offer". Those are only $14.25 apiece, but after service charges, aren't you just better off buying the ultimate DVD, which you can watch again and again in the privacy of your own home. up close and personal?

In other words, first and foremost, we've got a perception problem. No matter how many super-expensive seats there are, perception is you just can't get a good one unless you pay up, demoralizing potential attendees.

Furthermore, no one on the bill is "hot". There's no GaGa that makes people NEED to go. [Bob Lefsetz]

Lilith Fair 2010, back from a 10+ year hiatus, kicks off June 27th and runs into August. The maxi pad-sponsored tour comes to the NYC area for a July 31st show at PNC Bank Arts Center. Acts at that date include Cat Power, Chairlift, Carly Simon, Sarah McLachlan, Selena Gomez, Missy Higgins, Jill Hennessy, Indigo Girls, Sara Bareilles, Priscilla Renea and a "special guest" (other acts not playing NJ include Loretta Lynn, Metric, Gossip, Beth Orton, La Roux Erykah Badu and Tegan and Sara). Tickets are currently on sale with "no service fee."

The tour recently canceled its July 8th stop in Arizona for undisclosed reasons, but there's speculation that it's in protest of the state's controversial new immigration law.

"The GoGo's are encouraging Lilith to move this date to another state in protest of the new immigration law. We are NOT supporting the state government," [GoGo's Belinda Carlisle] wrote on her Facebook account a few weeks ago. "I don't mix business and politics but I'm afraid I have to this time."

Carlisle eventually deleted the post, but The Go-Go's released a press statement last week informing fans the show was cancelled and tickets could be refunded. But they also said the band had not been told why the show was cancelled. [ChartAttack]

Full tour schedule is below...

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by Black Bubblegum

Judas Priest

Judas Priest played their first of two NYC area shows at PNC Bank Arts Center on July 11th (Jones Beach was the next day). The shows were part of their resurrection of the classic British Steel which was the main attraction (they played the 1980 album from start to finish). The whole setlist, which was more than just the album, was comprised of mostly classic songs (unlike the slightly heavier Nostradamus list from the Metal Masters tour). They closed with the Screaming For Vengeance classic "You Got Another Thing Coming" from atop a Harley ridden on stage (as usual)...

"I felt like I was rocking out in the 70s somewhere. Some of the slower moving stuff in songs like The Rage & Victim of Chances really had people tripping out. I think I actually saw some people dancing and grooving out...at a Judas Priest show." [Blogman 3000]
The most recent complaint about Priest is that vocalist Rob Halford is showing his age. Halford is very stoic on stage, and at times uses a cane or a staff to walk around, but his high pitched vibrato-laden voice is still in full effect. Add the fact that the rest of the band plays with coordinated guitar dance moves straight out of the 80s and you have one helluva show that is both skilled and fun to watch.

Priest's new live album, A Touch of Evil, is out this week (July 14th) and the band's trek in celebration of British Steel continues. Full tour dates, more pictures from and the setlist from PNC Bank Arts Center (which was identical to Jones Beach the next night) as well as trailer for the live LP, are below...

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