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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

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Vulture recently talked to a bunch of musicians who compiled a list comprised of their favorite music memoirs. Many of the musicians, like Questlove, Paul Stanley, and Nikki Sixx interviewed have written memoirs themselves.

It's a varied list that covers a fair amount of ground and provides some interesting nuggets about what the different musicians like in their music writing. Anthrax's Scott Ian likes Gregg Allman's memoir because "From the murder of his father to his brother trying to hang him from a tree when they were kids to the insane levels of rock-and-roll excess, this book has it all." Bethany Cosentino is a fan of Storms: My Life With Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac because "There is also an intense amount of emotional shit you go through while you're touring and living your life in the public eye. I think this book does a really good job of reminding people of that."

Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis recommends Will Hermes' Love Goes To Buildings On Fire, which is not a memoir in any way but is still a pretty great music book. And Questlove directs us towards Carrie Brownstein's new book Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl, which we just talked to her about. That was an easy one for Questlove, as he just talked to her about the book at at Saint Vitus.

Books that got multiple mentions:  Jewel and Aerosmith's Joe Perry like Bob Dylan's Chronicles; Def Leppard's Phil Collen and The Zombies' Colin Blunstone both rep Keith Richards' Life, and Michael Stipe and Garbage's Shirley Manson both recommend Patti Smith's Just Kids (not a surprise, Michael).

There's been a deluge of music memoirs lately, from Carrie's book to new tomes by Chrissie Hynde, Kim Gordon, Grace Jones, John Fogerty, Elvis Costello and Travis Barker. And there's more exciting stuff on the way from Tom Petty, Laura Jane Grace, John Doe and Carly Simon, just to name a few.

Check out the whole list at Vulture.

by Kelly Kettering

Patti Smith @ Beacon Theatre 11/10/2015 (photo via @gregpallante)
Patti Smith Horses at Beacon Theatre

I am nearly the age now (two months from 28) that Patti Smith was in 1975 (29), the year she released her seminal album Horses. It's one of those thoughts that can't help but be followed by - "Damn, I haven't accomplished nearly enough".

Like many seminal albums she (and the rest of the country) had no idea the impact it would later have at the time it was released. Now considered one of the most influential punk rock records of all time, Tuesday night (11/10), Patti and her band - with help from her son Jackson and daughter Jessie - performed Horses for the 40th anniversary of its release in its entirety to a sold out Beacon Theatre audience.

Serving as an opener and encore performer was Smith's longtime friend Michael Stipe of R.E.M. He opened the show with four songs performed "karaoke style" - machine included. Among them were a beautiful rendition of "Imagine" by John Lennon and "People Are Strange" by The Doors, where Stipe took the opportunity to dance around and swivel his hips giddily, just as eagerly anticipating the headlining performance as we in the audience were. Video of both those covers (plus Boy George's "The Crying Game") are below.

After his brief warm-up, Patti Smith and her band came out full force, blowing through Horses in its entirety and finishing it way before I wanted it to be over. To hear such classic tracks live for the first time ("Gloria", "Redondo Beach", "Free Money") was inherently excellent for me regardless, but I was most surprised with which vigor Patti still knocks them back.

Now 68 years old, she shows no intentions of slowing down, a feat all the more impressive when considering the brief elegy she gave mid-show for all of the close friends in the music community she has lost over the years - Robert Mapplethorpe, Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy Ramone, Janis Joplin, Lou Reed and more. They even incorporated a Velvet Underground medley into the set that had the entire audience on its feet as they busted through "Rock & Roll," "I'm Waiting for the Man" and "White Light/White Heat."

At the end of the night Patti, Stipe and the full band rang out a rendition of The Who's "My Generation," a most appropriately fitting ending for such a show. Patti pounded her Stratocaster so vigorously the strings broke off, one by one, until finally she pulled off the last one remaining, growling with glee.

While at 27 I may not be a part of "their" generation, last night's show solidified my unflinching respect for all I can learn from it, and Patti Smith in particular.

Video of both Patti and Michael Stipe at Beacon Theatre, plus a few more Instagrams, below...

Continue reading "Patti Smith celebrated 'Horses' 40th anniversary at Beacon Theatre w/ surprise opener Michael Stipe (review, video)"

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The New Yorker Festival returns this year from Friday, October 2 through Sunday, October 4. As always, "illustrious writers, creative thinkers, and artists from many disciplines will explore the cutting edge of culture, music, science, and technology." We've got a promo code -- NYERFEST20 -- to get 20% off tickets for select events, including the following:

Pop rock band Haim will give a talk with Kelefa Sanneh and an intimate performance on 10/21 at Gramercy Theatre at 7 PM (tickets).

Later that night, Gramercy hosts 'The New R&B,' which features performances from forward-thinking R&B artists including Azekel, Bilal, The 20/20 Experience co-writer James Fauntleroy, and Kelela. They'll also talk with Andrew Marantz. That starts at 10 PM (tickets).

The reunited Sleater-Kinney talk with Dana Goodyear on 10/3 at Directors Guild Theater (110 W 57th St) at 4 PM (tickets).

Comedian/musician Reggie Watts talks with Emma Allen at One World Trade Center on 10/3 at 10 PM (tickets).

Genre-crossing producer Mark Ronson, who's bigger than ever now thanks to his Bruno Mars collaboration "Uptown Funk," talks with John Seabrook, whose book on pop music The Song Machine is out now, on 10/3 at Gramercy at 10 PM. Mark also performs with Jeff Bhasker, Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt, Jay Bratten and Chris Vatalaro (tickets). It's his only live North American performance for the Uptown Special album cycle (his only others have been in TV studios).

At that same time at SIR Stage37 there's a Cuba event with journalist Elaine Diaz Rodriguez, science fiction author/heavy metal musician Yoss, and musician Pedrito Martinez discussing the future of their country with Jon Lee Anderson (tickets).

One last coupon: use the code SOUNDCLOUD35 to get a discount for the Soundcloud Lounge event on 10/2 at One World Trade Center at 8 PM with performances from NYC electronic duo Blondes and Chance the Rapper associate Towkio. John Seabrook is at this one too, talking with Soundcloud founder and CEO Alexander Ljung (tickets).

Other events that there are no discounts for include Jim Gaffigan, Broad City, Trey Anastasio, Marc Maron, and Patti Smith. Check out the festival's calendar for even more.

photo: Patti Smith @ Electric Lady Studios 8/26/2015 (photo via @electricladystudios)
Patti Smith Performed Horses at Electric Lady Studios

Wednesday, August 27 marked, to the day, the 45 anniversary of NYC's famed Electric Lady Studios which was originally built by Jimi Hendrix. To celebrate, Patti Smith, who was there the day it opened and recorded her classic Horses in the facility's Studio A, gave a private performance of Horses in its entirety to an celeb/industry crowd that included Michael Stipe, Alexander Skarsgard, Liv Tyler, Win Butler, Darren Aronofsky, Alison Mosshart, Dakota Johnson and more.

If you were like us and not there, Patti Smith's Horses performance last night will be released on vinyl and will be the first LP to come out via Electric Lady Records. Release date TBA. (She'll also be performing Horses at Beacon Theatre in November which is sold out.) In the meantime, check out some wire images of the cool folks who were in attendance at Electric Lady Studios last night, below.

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Patti Smith Just Kids ShowtimePatti Smith Just Kids Showtime

Patti Smith's 2010 memoir, Just Kids, about her early, struggling days in New York with Robert Mapplethorpe, will be the basis of a new series for Showtime, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Smith, who was originally trying to adapt her book into a screenplay, will write the "limited series" with showrunner John Logan (who does the same for Showtime's Penny Dreadful and wrote the screenplay to upcoming James Bond film SPECTRE.) Smith said in a press release:

A limited series on Showtime will allow us to explore the characters more deeply, enabling us to develop stories beyond the book and allow a measure of unorthodox presentation. The medium of a television limited series offers narrative freedom and a chance to expand upon the themes of the book.
Apart from that it's happening, no other details about the series have been released.

In related news, HBO released the first look at Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger's Vinyl, the series about the highs and lows (and highs) of the music industry in mid-'70s NYC. The series stars Bobby Cannavale as a record label exec and, from the minute-long teaser (set to The New York Dolls' "Personality Crisis"), looks to be in the Goodfellas/Casino mold. Watch that below.

Patti Smith is also going on a book tour for her new book M Train and playing Horses in full this fall.

Continue reading "Patti Smith adapting 'Just Kids' memoir into Showtime series; HBO offers first 'Vinyl' teaser"

Patti Smith

Patti Smith is playing her timeless debut album, Horses, in full for its 40th anniversary in her hometown on November 10, and it turns out that show is right in the middle of a tour. Not a music tour though, a book tour.

Patti will follow her 2010 book, Just Kids, with M Train on October 6 via Knopf. The book description reads:

M Train is a journey through eighteen "stations." It begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. We then travel, through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations: from Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in Mexico, to a meeting of an Arctic explorer's society in Berlin; from the ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York's Far Rockaway that Smith buys just before Hurricane Sandy hits, to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima. Woven throughout are reflections on the writer's craft and on artistic creation, alongside signature memories including her life in Michigan with her husband, guitarist Fred Sonic Smith, whose untimely death was an irremediable loss. For it is loss, as well as the consolation we might salvage from it, that lies at the heart of this exquisitely told memoir, one augmented by stunning black-and-white Polaroids taken by Smith herself.
The book tour begins with three NYC appearances: OCtober 6 at New York Public Library, October 7 at Barnes & Noble Union Square and October 8 at St. Joseph's College. Tickets (including a copy of the book) are on sale now for St. Joseph's College. Check NYPL and B&N websites for updated info on those.

Patti will also release Collected Lyrics: 1970-2015 on October 27 via HarperCollins in celebration of Horses' 40th anniversary.

All dates on her book tour are listed below...

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Glastonbury 2015 (photo by @amandinechx)

Very little of what I remember happened after this point. #kanyewest #justinvernon

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The huge 2015 Glastonbury Festival went down over the weekend, and it was full of surprises. Bon Iver's Justin Vernon showed up twice, once during Kanye West's set and another time during The Staves. A guest came out during Patti Smith's set too, but not a musical one: it was the Dalai Lama. Though the Foo Fighters had to drop off due to Dave Grohl's broken leg, Florence and the Machine took over their headlining set and covered "Times Like These" as a tribute to them. (Much like The Killers did for Kings of Leon at Firefly the previous weekend, after lightning cancelled the latter's set.) The Libertines showed up to play a surprise set. And Lionel Richie played a hits-filled set to a huge crowd, stretching from Commodores faves like "Brick House" to "Dancing on the Ceiling" and "All Night Long."

Oo what a feeling, when we're dancing on the ceiling #lionelritchie #glastonbury

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On Justin Vernon's appearance with Kanye, NME writes:

A pink flare lit up the sky above thousands of fans as acoustic guitars marked the introduction of 'FourFiveSeconds', and the lack of both Paul McCartney and Rihanna for that song suggested that there would be no guests during the set, but Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) was revealed to be providing backing vocals when smoke cleared during 'Lost In America' and 'Can't Hold My Liquor'. Vernon, dressed in black t-shirt and baseball cap with headphones on, was introduced by West as "one of the baddest white boys on the planet."
'Ye also led the crowd in a singalong of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and then called himself the "greatest living rock star" on the planet during his set, which The Who mocked during theirs. He also had some pretty hilarious subtitles of his lyrics on screen during BBC's broadcast of the festival:

As for Justin Vernon's appearance with UK folk pop band The Staves, he came out to sing "Make It Holy" off their 2014 album, If I Was, which he recorded and produced at his April Base Studios in Eau Claire. Watch a video of that, and a video of Kanye's full set (via Nah Right) below.

Part of Patti Smith's reason for bringing out the Dalai Lama was his 80th birthday. NME writes:

"We are grateful to him for all his love of humanity and making people aware of the importance of saving the planet," she said, before reading a poem she had written for him. Glastonbury's Emily Eavis then bought The Dalai Lama onto the stage to huge cheers from the crowd. "I think it would be nice if Glastonbury wished The Dalai Lama a happy birthday," said Smith, before leading the audience in a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday'.

The Dalai Lama then blew out a single candle on a cake made of fruit, before cutting it. "Thank you, thank you," he said. "Dear brothers and sisters, I really appreciate so many people's expression of warm feeling." He then went on to joke about the age of Smith and her band. "These singers and musicians have white hair, but they look very youthful! That gives me encouragement, I should be more like you - more active!"

Video of Patti and the Dalai Lama, plus videos of the Libertimes, Florence covering the Foos, setlists and more, below...

Continue reading "Glastonbury 2015: Justin Vernon joined The Staves & Kanye, who got dissed by the Who; the Dalai Lama joined Patti Smith; Florence covered Foo Fighters; Libertines showed up & more"

photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr

Ride / Patti Smith / Gaz Coombes / Savages @ Field Day 6/7/2015
2015 Field Day Festival - London
2015 Field Day Festival - London
2015 Field Day Festival - London
2015 Field Day Festival - London
2015 Field Day Festival - London
2015 Field Day Festival - London

The polarities of Sunday's rock-friendly bill are represented by Mac DeMarco and Savages. DeMarco is a nonchalant goofball whose slacker self-deprecation ("We got nothing else to do") and wayward frazzle-rock suits the genial tempo of a blazingly hot afternoon. By contrast, Savages are all discipline and attack. Their spiky punk noir is like a glass shard to the ribs and Jehnny Beth, who dedicates Fuckers to anyone dismayed by the general election result, is an increasingly formidable frontwoman.

And so to the veterans. Patti Smith's 40-year-old album Horses was a jukebox of influences - garage-rock, soul, reggae - reconfigured with a poetic downtown sensibility. She performs it in full with urgency, pathos (dedicating Elegie to "anyone you wish to remember") and wry humour. After slightly botching Break It Up she says, "I never do nothing perfect. I only fuck up perfect." Reunited 90s indie heroes Ride have a slim catalogue for headliners, but they make a glorious noise, intense yet comforting: frontman Mark Gardener dedicates the effects-pedal firestorm on Drive Blind to obvious influences My Bloody Valentine. They are clearly delighted to be back. Early in the set, the propulsive Seagull goes down so well that Gardener says, "Good night! Only joking." - [The Guardian]

London's Field Day Festival took place last weekend (June 6 & 7) in Victoria Park, with a very impressive lineup. Day 2 featured Patti Smith, Ride, Savages, former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, Viet Cong, Mac DeMarco, DIIV, Matthew E. White, Ducktails, Allah-Las and more. Pictures from that day are in this post. Day 1 featured Run the Jewels, Caribou, FKA twigs, Toumani & Sidiki Diabate, Stealing Sheep, QT and more.

Viet Cong will be in NYC this week for Northside Fest, playing two shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Girl Band, plus American Wrestlers on Saturday (6/13), and Sannhet on Sunday (6/14). Advance tickets for both are sold out, but they will be taking limited Northside badges, so if you have one of those, arrive early. More pictures from Day 2 of London's Field Day festival, below....

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Patti Smith

Punk legend Patti Smith and her band are on tour now in Europe performing her seminal 1975 album, Horses, in full for its 40th anniversary. A full North American leg hasn't been revealed yet, but Patti did just announce a Horses show for her hometown of NYC happening November 10 at Beacon Theatre! Tickets go on sale Friday (6/5) at 11 AM.

She also recently announced a New Year's Eve show for San Francisco (maybe that and the Beacon show means she isn't doing her annual New Year's shows in New York this year?). All currently known dates are listed, with streams of a couple Horses cuts, below...

Continue reading "Patti Smith expands tour, adds a 'Horses' show in NYC, New Year's Eve in San Francisco (updated dates)"

photo: Patti Smith at Tibet House Benefit 2015 (more by Sachyn Mital)
Patti Smith

Everest Awakening was founded in light of the recent earthquake to bring together musicians, artists, writers, poets, activists, politicians, and scientists in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Nepal and neighboring territories of the Himalayan region. Using our skills and various platforms, we are doing what we can to spread awareness and hope, using our voices and resources to keep people informed and educated, and to help others to direct their efforts and donations to where they are needed most.

The funds generated by all efforts of Everest Awakening will be collected and delivered to a select few organizations, monasteries, and individuals in Nepal, Tibet, India, and Bangladesh who are using the highest amount of donation money to help the people directly. These groups have been suggested by Robert Thurman, Tibet House US, and include our dear friends who are there in Nepal now experiencing the devastation first hand.

Everest Awakening was founded by Jesse Paris Smith. Jesse recently spent time in Nepal, and in light of the recent Earthquake, was inspired to create a community whose goal is to directly give relief to those affected in the region. The name 'Everest Awakening' was chosen by Tenzin Choegyal, Tibetan musician, and a friend and collaborator of Jesse. The name represents a symbol of the issues faced today in the Himalaya. We think of Everest as so firm, untouchable, and almighty, and yet it was fragile, not spared in the face of this disaster. Mother Earth no longer accepts our presence with silence, so we need to rise up to awaken our hearts.

Nepal benefit Everest Awakening takes place at City Winery NYC on Sunday, May 17 and runs from noon to 3 PM. The lineup includes Jesse's mother, NYC punk legend Patti Smith, as well as Loudon Wainwright, Kaki King, Nicole Atkins and more, plus "VERY special guests." Tickets are on presale to VinoFile members now. Full lineup below.

Kaki King has other dates, including another NYC show on May 21 at Rough Trade with Glockabelle. Tickets for that show are still available.

Patti Smith also has other dates, which are listed, along with the Everest Awakening lineup, below...

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Laurie Anderson

Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night (4/18) in Cleveland. For Lou Reed's induction, Patti Smith gave out the award, recalling the day Reed died. "The entire city was in mourning. I realized at that moment, that I had forgotten when I was on the subway, that he was not only my friend, he was the friend of New York City."

Reed's wife, Laurie Anderson, accepted it and also gave a very moving tribute, where she quoted an old saying, "a person dies three times: the first time when your heart stops; the second time when you're buried or cremated; and the third time when your name is spoken for the last time." You can watch video of both Smith and Anderson's speeches below.

Following his induction, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O and Nick Zinner did "Vicious" and and then Beck performed "Satellite of Love." Watch video of both performances below.

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The 2015 Glastonbury Festival, which sold out in 25 minutes back in October, has announced it's initial lineup. In addition to Lionel Richie, which they confirmed a while back, this year will feature Patti Smith, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Pharell Williams, Motorhead, Alabama Shakes, The Fall, Alt-J, Suede, Fat White Family, The Chemical Brothers, GOAT, Caribou, fka twigs, George Clinton, Father John Misty, Kate Tempest, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and more.

The annual UK festival takes place June 24-28 on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England. All announced Glastonbury 2015 performers are listed below...

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Patti Smith & Lou Reed
Patti Smith

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony happens April 18 in Cleveland this year, and performers have now been announced. Beck, Dave Grohl, Tom Morello, John Legend and more are set to perform, and presenters include Stevie Wonder (inducting Bill Withers), Patti Smith (inducting Lou Reed), and Paul McCartney (presenting Ringo Starr with the award for musical excellence). HBO airs the ceremony on May 30.

Other performers include Joe Walsh, Jimmie Vaughan, John Mayer, and Fall Out Boy, plus still more TBA.

Patti Smith's tour also includes a NYC show on 3/27 at LPR (tickets).

photo: Patti Smith at Tibet House Benefit (more by Sachyn Mital)
Patti Smith

Patti Smith and her daughter Jesse have been pretty busy lately. They both just played the 25th Annual Tibet House Benefit, and it won't be long before they team up in NYC again. The play the "Hands On Live" charity show on March 27 at Le Poisson Rouge which raises funds " for "TERAKOYA," a new naturopathy clinic/workshop to be built in the upstate Catskill Mountains." Tickets are on sale now, and all proceeds go to Honzo Haven.

They also play a few Chicago shows in early April. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Patti Smith expands tour, adds NYC show with Jesse Smith"

by Sachyn Mital

Patti Smith / The Flaming Lips w/ Julianna Barwick / the whole gang (Miley too)
2015 Tibet House Benefit
2015 Tibet House Benefit
2015 Tibet House Benefit

The 25th Annual Tibet House Benefit took place at Carnegie Hall on March 5th near the beginning of the Year of the Wood Sheep Tibetan New Year celebration. Artistic Director and Composer Philip Glass invited friends like rocker Patti Smith and avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson, who both performed for the benefit before, as well as newer talents like indie producer Dev Hynes and alt-country star Sturgill Simpson. The contingent of Tibetan musicians included the monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery and Tenzin Choegyal, who invited Anderson back out to help with "Heart Sutra." Rock icon Debbie Harry performed three songs including "Heart of Glass" which received large applause. The Flaming Lips with help from Julianna Barwick performed two covers, the The Beatles "She's Leaving Home" (they covered the entirety of Sgt Pepper's on record), followed by David Bowie's "Warszawa". It was a real treat for the band to perform it alongside Glass (who covered it on 1993's Low Symphony) and Wayne Coyne voiced his love for Glass before the song.

The evening concluded with Smith sharing "Birthday Poem" in advance of the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday later this year. She was then joined by her daughter Jesse Paris Smith and Her Band for "Gandhi" before the grand finale. All the artists, including Coyne's heady fwend Miley Cyrus, took the stage for "People have the Power" - with Smith asking the audience to rise and leading the way. Smith ended the night sharing a bow with Anderson, Harry and her daughter.

More pictures from the night and the full setlist, below...

Continue reading "Patti Smith, Philip Glass, Debbie Harry, Flaming Lips, Sturgill Simpson & more played Tibet House Benefit (pics, setlist)"

Buster Poindexter
photo: Buster Poindexter @ Don Hill's (more by Tracy Ketcher)

The lineup for this year's Tibet House US benefit concert keeps getting bigger. Happening March 5th at Carnegie Hall, the NYC show now also includes Blondie's Debbie Harry. She joins the previously announced lineup of Patti Smith and Her Band with Jesse Smith, The Flaming Lips, Laurie Anderson, Sturgill Simpson, Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal, Ashley Macisaac, and the night's artistic director Philip Glass. Tickets are still available, and we're giving away a pair.

"Chairs for the evening are Chuck Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Arden Wohl and Uma Thurman. Proceeds support the work of the Tibet House US, a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy founded at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to ensure the survival of the unique Tibetan civilization."

It will be Debbie's only performance before she plays a sold out 10-show run at NYC's Café Carlyle (March 24-April 4).

Meanwhile, fellow CBGB legend and singer of the NY Dolls David Johansen will be taking on his Buster Poindexter persona for his own two week residency at Café Carlyle which begins tonight (February 10-21). Tickets for most nights are available at Ticketweb.

Patti Smith, who also plays the Tibet House benefit (again), was in LA last week for two big shows at the Ace Hotel Theatre, and for one intimate one at the Roxy.
LA Weekly reports:

There was the all-star turnout, for starters: Morrissey, Johnny Depp, Tim Robbins, Thurston Moore, Susanna Hoffs, Rosanna Arquette, Rodney Bingenheimer, Diplo, Jimmy Iovine, and gusting through the Roxy's back entrance (nearly knocking us over) to join Iovine just before showtime, Pharrell and his entourage.

The Roxy's VIP section has seen its share of celebrities, of course, but this bizarre mixed bag was hard to miss. Even Patti herself took notice, dedicating one of her first numbers to The Moz and later speaking of Iovine's influence and production on her acclaimed album Easter, a moment which led into a highlight of the evening, a bewitching rendition of "Because the Night."

LA Record has a review and pictures from one of the Ace Hotel shows. Video of her covering "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at one of them, below...

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photo: Patti Smith in Austin in 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Patti Smith

The 25th annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert was announced last month, and the lineup's now been expanded. Patti Smith and Sturgill SImpson join a cast that already includes The Flaming Lips, Laurie Anderson, artistic director Philip Glass, Tenzin Choegyal, and Ashley MacIsaac. The concert takes place March 5 at Carnegie Hall. Ashley MacIsaac. Chuck Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman and Arden Wohl are Honorary Chairpersons for the evening.

Tickets are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win, below.

Sturgill SImpson also has an upcoming tour that hits NYC for two sold-out shows this month. He returns here in June for Governors Ball.

Patti's only other upcoming dates are overseas. All of her dates, and an updated list of Sturgill's, below...

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Patti Smith @ Webster (instagrams via @suzimay212 / @olyaphoto / @brooklynvegan)

The tradition of Patti Smith celebrating her birthday with one of her annual New Year's shows at Webster Hall continued Tuesday night (12/30). This year she only scheduled two shows, with the 30th being the second night, as well as her 68th birthday. Like last year, she didn't book a New Year's Eve show, so she had to treat the 30th as such and she did just that. Once again, the night started off with another set from Michael Stipe and had the crowd almost completely silent. He played the same set as the night before but no one seemed to mind at all. Just seeing him sing REM (amongst others) songs onstage again was quite special.

Then it was time for Patti! She came out and opened with "Dancing Barefoot" and the show just exploded from there. Her mix of storytelling, methods of crowd control, poetry, rock 'n roll and spit always seem to come together in a way that not many can pull off, but she has done for decades. The set looked quite similar to the night before, including the staple "Because the Night," "Pissing In a River," a haunting cover of Nirvana's "Smells LIke Teen Spirit," a tribute to Amy Winehouse ("This is the Girl") and a birthday jam session, where Lenny Kaye and the band sang the Beatles' "Birthday" to Patti, in which she joked back, "I told you NO Beatles!"

Then, someone from the balcony ripped the zip cord for the Webster Hall balloon drop and Patti just lit up and said, "This is so fucked!" During this time, Patti's daughter, Jesse Paris Smith, Michael Stipe, Michael Pitt (?), celeb chef Mario Batali (??) and more brought out a cake and made it official. The show ended with a full sing along of "People Have the Power" and "Rock n Roll Nigger." During which she grabbed her electric guitar, ripped the shit out of it and screamed, "I'm fucking 68 years old!!!" She left the crowd with words of encouragement for the new year and closed by stating, "2015!! It's gonna be a great fucking year!" When Patti Smith speaks, you have a hard time not believing every word. Let's hope she's right. Happy New Year and Happy 68th, Patti!

Patti's birthday setlist and video of the all-star "happy birthday," below...

Continue reading "Patti Smith celebrated her 68th birthday at Webster Hall w/ Michael Stipe, Michael Pitt, Mario Batali & more (setlist)"

Michael Stipe
Photo: Michael Stipe @ Webster Hall - 12/29/14 (via Laura Lakeway)

Though the 3/4 of R.E.M. who are not Michael Stipe reunited in 2013 on stage, Michael hadn't performed a set since that band broke up... until last night (12/29). He played a surprise six-song opening set at Patti Smith's first of two year-end shows at Webster Hall, playing a few R.E.M. songs and a few covers, including one of Perfume Genius' "Hood." You may remember that Michael joined Patti on stage at her 2011 New Year's Eve show, but this time was a full set. Slicing Up Eyeballs has audio and video from his set which you can check out below.

Patti does it again tonight (12/30) which is sold out. Will another special guest open?

Continue reading "Michael Stipe played his first full set since R.E.M.'s breakup opening for Patti Smith at Webster, covered Perfume Genius"


It's awards season and this morning the 2015 The Golden Globes nominations were released and there are a few familiar names in the two music categories:

Lana Del Rey: "Big Eyes" (Big Eyes)
John Legend, Common: "Glory" (Selma)
Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye: "Mercy Is" (Noah)
Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck: "Opportunity" (Annie)
Lorde: "Yellow Flicker Beat" (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1)
And Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, working again with David Fincher this time for Gone Girl, is among the nominees in the Best Original Score category:
Alexandre Desplat: The Imitation Game
Jóhann Jóhannsson: The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross: Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez: Birdman
Hans Zimmer: Interstellar
Among the non-music nominees, Iñárritu's Birdman led with seven nominations, and HBO's True Detective and FX's Fargo (both in the mini-series category) led in television with four and five nominations, respectively. The enigmatic Hollywood Foreign Press Association will hand out the Golden Globes to winners on January 11 at the televised ceremony hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Stream all five Golden Globe nominees for Best Original Song Motion Picture and check out the full list of 2015 nominations, below...

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Patti Smith at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
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Darren Aronofsky's (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream) newest film Noah came out earlier this year, and he'll be screening it again in NYC on November 17 at Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave). It's a special night, and will have Patti Smith there to perform her song "Mercy Is" (recorded with The Kronos Quartet) which was featured in the film and was her first original song written for the screen. Additionally, both Patti and Darren will be "[discussing] the film and their collaboration in a wide-ranging conversation following the screening." Tickets go on sale Thursday (10/30) at noon.

Patti Smith also plays two year-end shows at Webster Hall.

Listen to "Mercy Is" below...

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photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack & Milos Markicevic

Mineral / Patti Smith / Superchunk
Riot Fest 2014 - Day 3
Riot Fest 2014 - Day 3
Riot Fest 2014 - Day 3

Riot Fest Chicago wrapped up this past Sunday (9/14) with sets from The Cure, Weezer (playing Blue Album), Primus, Social Distortion, Cheap Trick (playing Heaven Tonight), Patti Smith, Mudhoney, Hot Snakes, Mineral, Lucero, Naked Raygun (playing Throb Throb), La Dispute, Superchunk, The Hold Steady, Kurt Vile, Bouncing Souls, The Front Bottoms, The Menzingers and many more.

I arrived at the final day of the festival to find New Jersey punk heroes The Bouncing Souls already on the Roots Stage, and NJ folk punks The Front Bottoms getting set to perform on the Rebel Stage. Having seen the former a few times, I went for the latter band and heard "Flashlight" as I approached the stage. Their early afternoon-yet-rabid crowd screamed the lyrics along to the song's stop-start chorus. The tongue-in-cheek Talon of the Hawk opener "Au Revoir (Adios)" came next, followed by mix of songs from that album and their 2011 self-titled LP. --ZP

Kurt Vile & The Violators were the next band I caught, over at the Riot Stage. Given that Sunday beared even better weather than Saturday had, opening with "Wakin on a Pretty Day" was an apt choice in full sun. The Violators proceeded to deliver a low-key and enjoyable set that touched on Wakin on a Pretty Daze, Smoke Ring for My Halo, and Childish Prodigy. After a bit of KV and co., I headed over to the Rebel Stage to catch The Hold Steady. The NYC crew kicked things off with "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You" from this year's Teeth Dreams, followed by the Boys and Girls in America favorite "Stuck Between Stations." The band flew by their usual M.O. -- flexing some muscle without coming off as too cheesy -- while pulling out tunes from their back catalog. --ZP

Next I went to catch Superchunk, and I arrived at the Riot Stage a bit prior to their set. In the meantime, I caught the last few songs of Billy Bragg's performance on the nearby Roots Stage. Before playing "The Milkman of Human Kindness," Bragg shared that he's out to become "the Pete Seegar of punk" and hopes to be performing into his 90s. He turned "There Is Power in a Union" into a sing-along and finished off with "A New England." Superchunk began with the No Pocky for Kitty tune "Cast Iron," followed by the one-two punch of "Digging For Something" and "FOH." It was back to No Pocky... for "Punch Me Harder," and then Mac asked the crowd to sing along during "Learned To Surf." "I'm gonna need you to repeat after me, in the age-old tradition of repeating after people on stage, he quipped. Their 11-song set came to a close with "Slack Motherfucker" into "Precision Auto." --ZP

Michigan post-hardcore crew La Dispute were up next at the far-from-everything Rock Stage. The four-piece were heavy on this year's great Rooms of the House, and began their 10-song set with "HUDSONVILLE, MI 1956," "Stay Happy There," and "First Reactions After Falling Through the Ice" from the LP falling within the first five they played. Their meditative grooves quickly won over the large crowd they had gathered at the stage. My next target after La Dispute was the Rise Stage, where whiskey-soaked Memphis crew Lucero would soon begin their late afternoon set. I only stuck around for a few songs, but I got to hear some of my favorites from the start, including "On My Way Downtown" into "Nights Like These." --ZP

La Dispute's crowd
Riot Fest 2014 - Day 3

After Lucero, it was back over to the Rock Stage for reunited Austin emo band Mineral. The band quietly took the stage and delivered an excellent set that was split evenly between their 1997 debut The Power of Failing and 1998's EndSerenading. Highlights included their heavier moments found within the brief "Five, Eight, & Ten," "For Ivadell," and "Gloria," and also the more subdued offerings like "Love Letter Typewriter." Mineral were one of the best emo bands out there, and it's great to see them return sounding great. --ZP

One of my most anticipated sets of the three-day fest was Patti Smith's 6PM performance on the Riot Stage. Patti was born in Chicago not all that far from the stage she occupied, and spoke about coming to the park with her mother as a very young child. She and her band opened with "Dancing Barefoot" into the Horses tune "Redondo Beach." A cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" came next, followed by "Pissing in a River." Along with a select few others, Patti Smith fully embodies the spirit of Riot Fest. --ZP

While Zach was over at Patti Smith on the Riot Stage, I was at the Rise Stage for Mudhoney. The grunge grandfathers ripped through their set and barely stopped to catch their breath. Drummer Dan Peters was a beast on drums throughout the set, and at one point the band even made way for a brief drum solo, bringing in the fuzz at the climax. You would think Mark Arm's vocal style would have wrecked his pipes after all these years but the guy sounded just as good as he did on the band's debut album. The definite highlight of set was the band's classic "Touch Me I'm Sick" which left everyone floored. --MM

If Patti Smith carries the ethos of Riot Fest, then Primus serve to represent the festival's large carnival presence. Les Claypool was transfixed on the ferris wheel he faced from the stage and spoke at length about how beautiful it was and how lucky they were to be performing near it. He later prompted guitarist Larry LaLonde to do a solo inspired by the wheel. Unlike when I saw them in 2013, Primus shed their jammy approach of late for the tighter feel of their early material. This shift was aided by stand-in timekeeper Danny Carey, who delivered a fast-handed, rigid performance. The trio opened with the Sailing the Seas of Cheese cut "Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers," followed by the driving LP number "Here Come the Bastards." The tweaky Brown Album song "Over the Falls" was also played, as well as more favorites like "My Name Is Mud," and set endcap "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver." --ZP

Weezer were one of the albums billed to play a classic album (The Blue Album), but first they warmed up with some of their more recent singles, steadily going back in time with each song. The band played "Pork and Beans," "Beverly Hills," "Island In The Sun," "Hash Pipe," "El Scorcho" and others before getting to 1994, the year of The Blue Album. Everything prior to The Blue Album's performance felt like filler as everyone, including myself, sang along to every Blue Album song, most loudly to "Buddy Holly" which some fans begged to be played again. Weezer performed flawlessly while their stage lights bathed everyone in blue light, keeping in theme of the album's color. It was amazing seeing the band perform The Blue Album-- one of my favorite 90s albums-- in its entirety. I only wish they could've squeezed in Pinkerton right after. --MM

Pics and review of day 1 are HERE and day 2 are HERE. More day 3 pictures below...

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Tickets for the Patti Smith year-end shows happening December 29 & 30 at Webster Hall go on BrooklynVegan presale today (9/5) at 10 AM. Password: Redondo.

If you miss out on getting tickets in the BV presale, you'll have another chance during the general on-sale, which begins Saturday (9/6) at 10 AM.


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Patti Smith's annual end of year shows will happen once again on December 29 and 30 at Webster Hall (where they were last year) in her hometown of NYC. Tickets for those shows go on sale Saturday (9/6) at 10 AM with a BrooklynVegan presale starting Friday (9/5) at 10 AM. Check back here Friday morning for the password.


Patti has a couple other upcoming dates, including Riot Fest Chicago. All currently announced dates are listed below...

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Patti Smith in Austin in 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Patti Smith

As previously mentioned, the "40th + 2 Anniversary" of Nuggets -- the essential 1972 garage rock compilation put together by Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman and Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye -- is being celebrated this year with multiple shows at NYC's City Winery. Most have passed, but the next (and last, for now at least) happens August 31. The lineup has been expanded since we last spoke, and it's pretty exciting. In addition to Lenny Kaye and his Patti Smith Group bandmate Tony Shanahan, Patti Smith herself will be appearing, as well as Joan As Police Woman, Jesse Malin and more. Tickets for the show are still available.

Patti has other live appearances coming up too, including Riot Fest Chicago. In NYC, Patti and her daughter Jesse will take part in a Nico-themed performance at FIAF Florence Gould Hall on October 2, which is part of the Crossing the Line Festival. Here's the details:

Killer Road is a sound exploration of the tragic death of Nico, Velvet Underground vocalist and 60s icon, while riding her bike on the island of Ibiza in the summer of 1988. A hypnotic meditation on the idea of perpetual motion and the cycle of life and death, the live performance features Patti Smith lending her unique voice to the last poems written by the artist. Soundwalk Collective uses a travel log of field recordings and samples of Nico's signature instrument, the harmonium, to create a magnetic soundscape.
Tickets for that at are on sale now. All Patti Smith dates are listed below.

In other news, Patti reviewed Japanese author Haruki Murakami's new novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage for the NY Times. Here's an excerpt:

I had a vague premonition this book would be rooted in common human experience, less up my alley than the alien textures woven throughout "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle." Yet I also sensed strange notes forming, coiling within a small wound that would not heal. Whichever aspect of himself Murakami drew from in order to create "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage," it lies somewhere among the stones of his mystical labors.
Read the rest here.

Joan as Police Woman has European dates coming up after the 'Nuggets' show. Those are listed, with the video for this year's "Holy City" single and the list of Patti's dates, below...

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