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New Yorker Festival

The 2012 New Yorker Festival happens October 5 - 7, bringing together writers, musicians, filmmakers, chefs, deep thinkers and all other sorts of creative types. Highlights for the 13th annual fest include "Portlandia Live" with Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and special guests performing sketches live; Atul Gawande and the band Vampire Weekend; Sasha Frere-Jones and the singer Norah Jones; Alec Wilkinson and the neo-bluegrass band Punch Brothers; Ariel Levy and the singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams; John Seabrook and the indie-folk band Beirut; and Ben Greenman and singer, songwriter, and producer Raphael Saadiq.

Other notable events: the Wachowskis will present their new film Cloud Atlas with co-director Tom Tykwer; Mad Men's John Slattery hosts a panel on "period acting"; Paul Muldoon will interview Patti Smith and loads more meetings of minds.

Tickets to the 2012 New Yorker Festival will go on sale on Friday, September 14 at noon. Full line-up is below.

Continue reading "New Yorker Festival 2012 schedule (Portlandia, Beirut, Vampire Weekend, Lucinda Williams, Raphael Saadiq, Punch Brothers and more) "

Patti Smith at Castle Clinton in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
Patti Smith

As mentioned, Patti Smith will be supporting Neil Young on his late fall tour which hits NYC on November 27 at MSG and December 3 at Barclays Center. As usual, Patti takes part in other NYC events throughout the year in addition to her larger concerts (like the ones with Neil) and her next will be TONIGHT (8/6) at Community Book Store Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of their "Books Beneath the Bridge" series (brought to you by Community Book Store). She'll be doing a reading, Q&A, and book signing. Tonight's reading starts at 7 PM.

In related news, the apartment at 160 Hall Street in Brooklyn, where Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethrope shared their first apartment, is now up for sale. The asking price is currently $1,000,000.

In more related news, Patti Smith contributed vocals to Helen Burns, the new solo EP from Red Hot Chili Pepper/Atoms for Peace bassist Flea. The EP is out on the Silverlake Conservatory website and you can download it for any price ranging from $0 to $500. It was also pressed on 180 gram vinyl, but those have since sold out. Regarding the EP, Flea writes:

Hi people who like The Red Hot Chili Peppers! I love you a lot! Mucho! Just wanted to give you a heads up about this little record "Helen Burns" I am putting out on the Silverlake Conservatory website.

Warning! It is not a Chili Peppers record. It does not have songs that are like the Chili Peppers at all. It is a mostly instrumental, weird and arty record, the music is mostly just me creating soundscapes that are very emotional for me, but certainly not for everyone! Just me tripping out at home. I am putting it out to raise money for The Silverlake Conservatory of Music a community based non profit music school that i am an integral part of. There you have it. See you all soon i hope!

All Patti Smith tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Patti Smith reading from her book in Brooklyn tonight, sang on the new Flea EP; her old Brooklyn apartment is up for sale"

Neil Young

Neil Young & Crazy Horse have expanded their previously announced tour, which hits NYC on November 27 at Madison Square Garden with Patti Smith (tickets), to also include a Brooklyn show at the new Barclays Center on December 3. Tickets for that show go on sale Monday (6/25) at 10 AM. No opener is listed for this show at the moment, but it falls in the middle of Neil's run with Patti Smith, so it won't be too unlikely if she's playing this one as well.

Updated dates are below.

Continue reading "Neil Young adds Barclays Center show to tour (updated dates)"

Neil and Patti

As mentioned, Neil Young and Patti Smith are going to head out on a tour together in the fall, both supporting new albums that came out this week. But the two met up even sooner (this past Wednesday to be exact) when Patti interviewed Neil at BookExpo America about Neil's new memoir, "Waging Heavy Peace," which is due out in October. Patti has also released a book, "Just Kids," which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2010. Here's a bit about the interview via New Yorker:

From there, the conversation wound pleasantly through a variety of topics, much as Young's book sounds like it might. The two of them discussed songwriting, history, money, memory, and technology. Smith asked about the circumstances surrounding Young's composition of the 1970 protest anthem "Ohio," a story that has been told several times but that Young obligingly told again, noting that the song came together in a rush when he saw John Filo's famous picture of Mary Vecchio crying over a student shot dead by National Guardsmen at Kent State. "When we put the song out," he said, "it was kind of the social networking of the day, the way it could get played on radio so quickly. We had pressed it on acetates, so you only got seven or eight plays out of them." That led to one of several moments of productive nostalgia, as Young remembered rock-and-roll radio. "There were no programmers," he said. "d.j.s played what they wanted, and they had a personality." He paused. "We have to be careful here. I'm liable to go off."
Neil Young and Patti Smith's tour comes to NYC for the previously discussed MSG show on 11/27. Presales (internet presale and Live Nation Mobile App) for that show begin today at 10 AM and run through 3 PM. General sale starts Sunday (6/10) at noon.

Patti Smith covers Neil Young's "After the Goldrush" on her new album, Banga. Have a listen to that below...

Continue reading "Patti Smith interviewed Neil Young at BookExpo America; presale for their MSG show begins today"

Americana

Neil Young & Crazy Horse's new album Americana is out today (stream it in full HERE) and he's just announced a fall tour, part of which is with Patti Smith (Yes it's the Godfather of Grunge together with the Godmother of Punk). That tour brings Neil and Patti to NYC for a show at Madison Square Garden on November 27. Tickets to the MSG show go on sale June 10 at noon with a presale happening Friday, June 8 at 10AM.

Patti Smith also has a new album out today; it's called Banga and it's her first new album of original material since 2004's Trampin'. Check out a stream of the title track below (via Rolling Stone) and a spotify stream of the full album, along with a list of all dates and a video trailer for Neil Young's Americana.

Continue reading "Neil Young & Crazy Horse released Americana (stream it); going on tour this fall w/ Patti Smith who also has a new LP"

Patti Smith

More info HERE.

Happy New Year! (artskooldamage)
Patti Smith

Michael Stipe joined his friend Patti Smith at Bowery Ballroom on New Year's Eve for what was also the end of her final year at the venue...

On New Year's Eve, Patti Smith announced from the stage at the Bowery Ballroom that the concert was her last -- at the Bowery Ballroom.

For 14 years, the three-pack of shows by Patti Smith and Her Band in the final week of December has proved to be a reliably exhilarating way to usher out the old and ring in the new. If it's not the Allmans at the Beacon Theater, it's in the same area code. It's cozy: the smallish Ballroom accommodates fewer than 600. It's egalitarian: tickets are general admission, mostly standing room and reasonably priced. And it's personal: the shows always include one on Dec. 30, to celebrate Ms. Smith's birthday (she turned 65 on Friday).

After the last show -- an excellent night, with many special touches, including Michael Stipe singing "Wichita Lineman" -- Lenny Kaye, Ms. Smith's lead guitarist and general rock subversive, confirmed that the band would still perform, but at some other location. "It's just time to move on," he said. [NY Times]

Catch Patti this February with Philip Glass at the Tune-In Music Festival at the Park Avenue Armory. Stay tuned for info on where Patti will spend her birthday this year.

Check out video of Patti & Michael at Bowery below...

Continue reading "Patti Smith played her final Bowery Ballroom New Year's Eve run (with help from Michael Stipe)"

Philip Glass

In celebration of Philip Glass's 75th birthday, the American Composers Orchestra is presenting the US premiere of Glass's Ninth Symphony plus the NYC premiere of Arvo Part's Lamentate, with pianist Maki Namekawa at Carnegie Hall on Glass's birthday, January 31. The orchestra will be led by ACO co-founder Dennis Russell Davies. According to a press release:

The program notes describe Glass's Symphony No. 9 as "a large scale, three movement work for orchestra, and while direct in form, it will be formidable in performance with piccolos doubled, horn section fortified, and with bass brass, and timpani doubled. The Ninth promises to be, in the composer's words 'big and unrelenting,' with an avoidance of solo passagework, this piece will be a real team effort throughout. Each movement follows a similar plan: an opening theme broadly stated a contrasting highly energized middle section, and a slower ending with a newer version of the opening theme. Throughout the work becomes increasingly dense and contrapuntal thereby giving the whole work its overall dramatic shape."
Tickets for the event are on sale now.

Glass's birthday will also be celebrated two days earlier (1/29) at Le Poisson Rouge with Orange Mountain Music and special guests Kronos Quartet, Dennis Russell Davies, Maki Namekawa, Ira Glass, Michael Riesman, Ensemble Signal, Bruce Brubaker, Tim Fain and more. Tickets for this show are on sale now.

It will again be celebrated at the Tune-In Music Festival at Park Avenue Armory which takes place from February 23-26. "Highlights Include: A World Premiere by Hal Wilner, Bill Frisell and Ralph Steadman, Glass's Music in Twelve Parts, An Evening of Music and Poetry with Patti Smith and Philip Glass, and Glass's Another Look At Harmony." Tickets for the Tune-In festival's events are on sale now.

The Metropolitan Museum is also hosting a celebration for Philip Glass this April (it appears to have been rescheduled from 1/21). The event is taking place on April 21 at The Temple of Dendur and will feature Glass performing his chamber music with violinist Tim Fain. Unreserved seating is on sale now.

Program information on the Carnegie Hall show below...

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"Join artists, musicians, and local community members for an all-day performance event in support of Occupy Wall Street's re-occupation of space in downtown Manhattan."

Occupy

Lou Reed & Patti Smith scheduled to play on Saturday, December 17th - the THREE MONTH ANNIVERSARY of Occupy Wall St., the birthday of Bradley Manning, and the 1 year anniversary of the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi - the act that sparked the Arab Spring.

WBAI will broadcast the event that starts at 12 noon EDT. See D17 Re-occupy for the official event. [Occupy Wall Street]

Head over to Sixth Avenue and Canal St. and tune in to WBAI. Here's what to wear.

Dean & Britta, Titus Andronicus and others will be performing in the WBAI studios - creating a soundtrack for the protesters to listen to on radios. Full performance schedule below. It's unclear who will actually be performing/speaking at the actual event (Lou Reed at both? Patti Smith at just the actual event?).

Continue reading "Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Dean & Britta, Titus Andronicus & more for D17 Occupy Event today"

Patti Smith at Escape to NY in August (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Patti Smith

Like she did last year and many years before that, Patti Smith and her band will ring in the new year in her hometown of NYC over the course of three nights at Bowery Ballroom (12/29, 12/30, 12/31). Tickets for all three shows go on sale Friday (11/18) at noon.

Patti is playing solo in NYC even sooner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 2 with Jesse Smith and friends, "saluting Alfred Stieglitz and his circle, focusing on his collaborative relationship with Georgia O'Keeffe. Unfortunately, this show is sold out.

She is also one of the contributors to Q Magazine's tribute to U2's Achtung Baby, which was recently reissued in honor of its 20th anniversary, along with Jack White, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, and others. You check out the full tracklist and stream her cover of "Until the End of the World", alongside a list of all of her upcoming dates, below.

Continue reading "Patti Smith covered U2, announces New Year's shows (dates)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Patti Smith @ Escape to NY
Escape 2 NY

Patti Smith is playing a free show at Webster Hall on September 8 in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of 9/11. France Inter, the French National Public Radio Channel, is hosting the free event. Email concertbooking@radiofrance.com to RSVP (required). The show is at 8 PM. Check Webster Hall's website for more details.

Patti headlined the first night of the three-turned-two day festival Escape to NY in the Hamptons on Friday. A full set of pictures from the shortened weekend is coming soon, but here are the shots of Patti and band who also recently played a NY show at Castle Clinton.. They continue below...

Continue reading "Patti Smith played E2NY (pics), playing free show to commemorate 9/11 @ Webster Hall "

photos by Tamara Porras

"Patti Smith was amazing. Excellent crowd. Great energy. Full moon. Fantastic weather. Castle Clinton's 200th anniversary. River 2 River. Ah!" - J.M.F.

Patti Smith
Patti Smith

Godmother of Punk Patti Smith concluded the free Castle Clinton 2011 season last night (7/14) when she played the outdoor Manhattan venue filled to capacity. Her two hour set opened with the bombastic 1978 single "Because The Night," but dove into a fair amount of her earlier, more adventurous work including favorites like "Ghost Dance," "Pissing in a River," "Land," "Aint It Strange," and a few others. She also played a number of notable covers, including Neil Young's "Helpless," which she recorded for her cover album Twelve, and fellow NYC's alt-scene vet Lou Reed's "Perfect Day," which showed up on the album's accompanying EP. She also tackled Jim Carroll's "People Who Died," and the much more modern Adele's "Rolling in the Deep."

Catch Patti again when she comes to Southampton, NY for Escape to New York.

Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye, who was scheduled to also make an appearance at the Johnny Thunders birthday celebration at Bowery Electric after the Castle Clinton show, will be a special guest on Saturday (7/16) at Mercury Lounge with The Fleshtones and The Insomniacs. Tickets are available.

More pictures and setlist from the Castle Clinton show below...

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Johnny Thunders

Johnny Thunders would turn 59 Friday (7/15) and his birthday is being celebrated tonight (7/14) at D-Generationer Jesse Malin's LES club Bowery Electric. There will be a number of artists performing including Heartbreaker Walter Lure's The Waldos, Oddball Alison Gordy, Pillbox who are apparently reuniting, and many others that are listed below. There will also reportedly be some special guests including ex-Dead Boy Jeff Magnum (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH JEFF MANGUM OF NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL), Jesse Malin, Andy Shernoff of The Dictators, Lenny Kaye and many others.

Many of those playing appeared on the 2009 "Skykrebs Records"-released "Born To Lose" tribute 3CD Boxed set. That includes Krebs & The Maynard G's, The Waldos and Alison Gordy.

Trouser Press writes of Pillbox:

Before there was a Strokes to make it safe as milk, the snarly glam punk spirit of the Stooges, New York Dolls and Dead Boys lived for a time in the skinnyassed tattooed bodies of Pillbox, a New York quartet which offered a skankier, more menacing and less theatrical alternative to the likeminded and better-known D Generation.
Check out the Pillbox video for "Holly" below.

D Generation plays reunion shows in September at bigger venues.

Lenny Kaye, who will supposedly be a special guest at the show tonight, is a longtime member of the Patti Smith Group. Patti Smith plays a free show at Castle Clinton tonight (7/15). Don't forget that, "FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED AT THE GATE STARTING AT 5PM. DOORS OPEN AT 6PM." People are already in line as of 2pm. It would be cool of Patti ended up at the Johnny Thunders party afterwards too.

Full Bowery Electric lineup and the Pillbox video below...

Continue reading "Johnny Thunders birthday being celebrated @ Bowery Electric, Pillbox reuniting, Patti Smith playing Castle Clinton today"

James Murphy

The above pictures is a screen shot from the Virgin Freefest lineup announcement video that they posted to YouTube. The girl behind the words exclaims, "James Murphy solo!" as she reads her piece of the September 10th free MD festival lineup. The full lineup, video, poster and press release is below...

Continue reading "Virgin FreeFest announces 2011 lineup (includes "James Murphy solo" and many more)"

Laurie Anderson & Bill Laswell @ Castle Clinton - 6/30/11 (photo by David Godlis)
Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson & Bill Laswell played a free show at Castle Clinton in NYC last week (6/30). The free River to River series of concerts in Battery Park continues tonight (7/7) with My Brightest Diamond...

My Brightest Diamond with yMusic
July 7, 2011 - 7:00pm
Castle Clinton

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS AT THE GATE AT 5PM. DOORS OPEN AT 6PM. THIS VENUE HAS LIMITED SEATING.

Shara Worden is the granddaughter of an Epiphone-strumming traveling evangelist, her father an accomplished accordionist and her mother a classical organist. As a young person, Worden sang in church with her family and competed internationally with her high school chamber choir. She received a BA in Opera from the University of North Texas and studied composition with Padma Newsome. Her band, My Brightest Diamond, has released Bring Me The Workhorse (2006) and A Thousand Shark's Teeth (2008) on Asthmatic Kitty Records. In addition to her own songwriting endeavors (a new album is imminent), she has recently collaborated with myriad artists, including The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, David Byrne, Matthew Barney and Sarah Kirkland Snider. On this night she will join forces with a young but sophisticatedly scrappy group of players called yMusic who have backed the likes of Antony and The Johnsons, Arcade Fire, Beth Orton and Spoon to name a few. A night of incredible versatility in a place called home, Shara and her musical wanderers will leave you in a beautiful daze.

Patti Smith plays the final free show of the summer at Castle Clinton on July 14th (same rules apply).

Check out the video of The Hold Steady playing the national monument in 2006, below...

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Psychedelic Furs at Wellmont in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Psychedelic Furs

The Psychedelic Furs recently reissued their sophomore album Talk Talk Talk (home of "Pretty In Pink") in Europe, where they toured the album in its entirety. On Saturday (6/25), they kicked off a tour for the album in America. That tour doesn't hit NYC, but they will come through in October for a traditional show at Irving Plaza on October 3 with Tom Tom Club. Tickets are on sale now.

Both Psychedelic Furs and Tom Tom Club also have festival appearances scheduled in August and both are playing the Hamptons. As mentioned, Tom Tom Club play Music to Know Fest in East Hampton. Psychedelic Furs were added to Escape to New York at the Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton, NY on August 5 - 7. Tickets are still available. Other recently confirmed acts include Of Montreal, Savoir Adore, Reptar, Mates of State, Tiger Love, and Jolly Boys.

Full Escape to NY lineup and all Psychedelic Furs tour dates below...

Continue reading "upcoming Psychedelic Furs gigs, updated Escape to NY lineup"

photos by Greg Cristman

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band and Friends
Secret Piece

Yoko Ono's Secret Piece (1953)
throughout Central Park from 5AM - 8AM on June 21, 2011.
Celebrate the summer solstice with Yoko Ono's meditative Secret Piece, at sunrise in Central Park.

We will meet at Columbus Circle starting at 5AM. Bring any musical instrument or just your voice, and we will send you to a secluded part of the park to play the note of your choice to the accompaniment of birds.

At 8AM we will all return to Columbus Circle for hot green tea.

Study the above piece of sheet music and join Yoko Ono in Central Park Tuesday morning!

UPDATE: Apparently Yoko didn't even go to her own event. ZINGARA says "I woke up really early this morning thinking that different musicians where going to get together and play a Yoko Ono tone. instead i got there and everybody was on their own wandering around the park like a homeless person. There was someone there but as soon you sign your name they send you away." Lori Zimmer adds, "woke @ 330 to go to central pk... was handed a map with little explanation. very disappointed, not much explanation, no yoko, green tea from starbucks out of styrofoam cups after 3 hours...."

The other pictures in this post are from that Japan benefit that Yoko Ono threw at Le Poisson Rouge in March. You already saw the Cibo Matto pics from the same event. Here are the rest with Yoko, Sean Lennon, Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Antony, Lou Reed and more included. They continue below...

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Shinecock

"Escape to New York, an art, music and interactive performance party from the creator of the Secret Garden Party UK is pleased to confirm their Friday and Saturday line-ups:

Patti Smith, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, The Vaccines, Best Coast, Au Revoir Simone, Chairlift, Lissy Trullie, Graffiti 6, The Submarines, White Rabbits, Static Jacks and The Postelles.

The Sunday Main Stage line up and the weekend's DJ line up will be announced over the next few weeks........

Coming to the US shores for the first time, Escape to New York is the first pop-up destination community and independent experiential music and lifestyle festival to take place on Shinnecock Nation land adjacent to Southampton, New York, from August 5th through 7th, 2011.

Expect the unexpected. Imagine the unimaginable. This special event is unlike anything the east coast has experienced before including the world's biggest brunch at a live music festival, installation and performance art, experimental theater, high-end camping, aka "Glamping" and amazing culinary delights unlike any other festival event. Escape to New York will also feature a safe children play area so families can enjoy the festivities, shade areas to cool off in, traditional Shinnecock arts and crafts and food, and three days/nights of some of the best emerging artists and known heritage acts to be heard anywhere.

"Our goal is turn upside down the conventional music festival experience and recreate it in a way that makes each and every attendee walk away feeling they just had an incredibly unexpected and amazing VIP experience from the moment they entered our gates all the way through to when they pack up to return to their regular lives", shares Escape to New York Executive Producer, Fred Fellowes.

The location of Escape to New York on the sovereign Shinnecock Reservation land is also unique. The Shinnecocks have lived along the shores of Eastern Long Island for thousands of years, and in October 2010 became the 565th federally recognized tribe.

Thus upon entering the reservation you are both in and escaping New York.

"The Shinnecock Nation welcomes the Escape to New York festival that will take here in August and we are working closely with the festival team to assure a success," says Beverly Jensen, Shinnecock Tribe Member and Communications Director. "

Well, hopefully this festival doesn't need to sell as many tickets as Music to Know Fest which happens in East Hampton one weekend later (and just announced Vampire Weekend, Bright Eyes, Cold War Kids, Chromeo, Matt & Kim, etc). That said, with Escape to New York they're really trying to push the experience separate from the bands. In fact, a "Manifesto of the Party" on their website includes these lines:
What makes a good party?
What you do not what you see
Who you meet not who you see
It ends with "Imagine a wonderland." Is this potential wonderland (and "the world's biggest brunch") worth $100 a day? Tickets are on sale.

St. Vincent @ Castle Clinton in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Castle Clinton

Like at South Street Seaport, the River to River Fesival hosts free shows at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park each year, and though more may still be announed, here is their initial 2011 lineup:

June 23: Vijay Iyer
June 30: Laurie Anderson with Bill Laswell
July 07: My Brightest Diamond with yMusic
July 14: Patti Smith
For each of these shows, this applies: "TICKETS ARE REQUIRED and will be
available online or two per person at the entrance to Castle Clinton at 5pm on the day of show. Show starts at 7pm. Castle Clinton, Battery Park, State Street and Battery Place."

Elvis

Sotheby's is hosting "An Evening of Spoken Word and Performance by Patti Smith" on Tuesday, May 17, 2011. It's a benefit for the Archives of American Art, and $100 tickets are on sale.

$100 tickets are also still on sale for the benefit at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (3/29) which has expanded its lineup even further. You get: Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band with special guest Antony , Patti Smith with Tony Shanahan, Cibo Matto and (as previously mentioned) Lou Reed.. who also plays a 12 hour Japan benefit with Phillip Glass, and many others (the Lou Reed portion is sold out) on April 9th.

In unrelated news, Elvis Costello is playing a small show at Gramercy Theatre on April 1st which is now sold out, but tickets are on presale (usename Elvis, password Costello) now for newly added shows in MN, ME, MA and Red Bank, NJ.

You can also catch Elvis on TV on April 1st, as a show he taped at the New York Public Library is the first episode of this season's Live From the Artist's Den...

"On the evening of November 2, Elvis Costello gave a private concert for five hundred lucky fans in celebration of his new album's release that day. Within the ornate and awe-inspiring Celeste Bartos Forum in The New York Public Library's world-famous Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Costello - along with The Sugarcanes and Pete Thomas on drums -- performed new songs from National Ransom as well as hits spanning his three-decades-and-counting career."
As you can see on the poster above, Robert Plant, Squeeze, Grace Potter and others will also be the subject of other episodes this season.

Yoko Ono @ Chimera Night @ Elysium, SXSW 2011 (Anner Terada)
Yoko

"Sure, sure Kanye was playing somewhere in the city limits (with Jay Z as a special guest! OMG! #bigpimpin), but this was Yoko Ono, the queen of avant garde rock, and an influence on female artists of all stripes for the last four decades.

For all the heated anticipation in the air of the audience and her son Sean's comment that "Yoko has entered the building", she arrived on stage at the relatively small Elysium without any fanfare.

Joined by her new millennium version of the Plastic Ono Band (Sean on guitars and leading the band, master guitarist Nels Cline, and jazz bassist Trevor Dunn among them), she flashed a huge beaming smile at the crowd, flashed some peace signs and set to work ululating and gasping her way through a selection of improvisations and classic material like the stunning "Mind Train", a 1971 epic turned into a lean high speed commuter rail like via the three guitars on stage and the vibrant pulse of Dunn's bass.

Music aside, it was a sight to behold this 78-year-old artist working with the energy of someone a quarter or her age and flirting with all the men and women in the front row. All of us, even an exhausted 35-year-old music writer looking forward to heading home can take inspiration from that." [Oregon Live]

Tune-Yards also made a special guest appearance right before Yoko Ono went on Saturday night at Elysium, and If By Yes and The Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger were among those on the eight-band bill.

Yoko Ono and friends will return to the stage for a benefit show at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on Tuesday, March 29th, dubbed "To Japan With Love" featuring Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, Patti Smith, Tony Shanahan, and Cibo Matto. $100 tickets are on sale now. The benefit Yoko is playing for the same cause two days earlier at Columbia University's Miller Theater is sold out.

Henry Rollins

today in NYC
* Nir Felder @ Barbes
* Spooky Ghost @ The Stone
* David Wax Museum @ Joe's Pub
* Martial Canterel @ Home Sweet Home
* Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Greg Giraldo benefit @ Beacon Theatre
* Soldiers of Fortune, Water Fai @ Zebulon
* Henry Rollins spoken word @ Joe's Pub
* Hannis Brown, Dead Cat Bounce @ Sycamore
* Huey Lewis and the News @ Gramercy Theatre
* Arms, Hospitality, Radical Dads, Translations @ Pianos
* Soft Black, The Vacant Lots, Will Cam, J'ac @ Maxwell's
* The Loom, Pearl and the Beard, Team B @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Nicole Atkins, The Gay Blades, Mon Khmer @ Bowery Ballroom
* Anna Ternheim, Sonya Kitchell, Nigel Hall @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Janet Hamill (poetty) @ St. Marks's Church
* Rhys Chatham Brass Trio, Tony Conrad, Face the Music @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Consortium Musicum w/ Sean Lennon & Greg Saunier of Deerhoof @ The Stone
* Larry Campbell (The Music of Neil Young Live Rehearsal show) @ City Winery
* Bouncing Souls, Anti-Flag, Full Speed Ahead, The Great Explainer @ Stone Pony
* Cubic Zirconia, the Popo, Machinedrum, Party Supplies, Anika (DJ) @ Mercury Lounge
* The Big Terrific Comedy Show w/ Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate @ Cameo Gallery

Check out This Week in Indie.

The National (who played the Studio @ Webster Hall last night) are playing a private fashion week show tonight.

Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier (who played Europa last night) is playing with Sean Lennon at the Stone tonight.

Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson are responsible for the programming at the Stone this month.

Patti Smith & Lenny Kaye are doing poetry at St. Mark's Church (no advanced tickets).

Grimes have a new (unofficial but band approved) video that you can watch below...

Fellow Canadians Braids have a new video too. Also below...

What else?

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Bettye Lavette at Highline Ballroom (more by Jacob Blickenstaff )
Bettye Lavette

A quick reminder that one of the greatest songwriters of all-time, Neil Young, will be celebrated at Carnegie Hall in two days (2/10) as part of a benefit for music & arts programs of underpriviledged youth. The bill is beyond diverse, featuring The Roots, Nada Surf, Glen Hansard, DeVotchka, J Mascis and Bettye Lavette just to name a few of the twenty+ that are on board. "100% of the net proceeds from this event" will benefit charities like Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools, Church Street School for Music & Art, The Pinwheel Project, Music Unites, The American Symphony Orchestra and Young Audiences New York, so pick up your tickets with a clear conscious!

Meanwhile, quite a few of the Neil Young-tribute artists have recently been or will be very active. Glen Hansard recently played City Winery and the Doveman show at LPR. Patti Smith & Jesse Smith are scheduled to play the Tibet benefit at Carnegie Hall in March. When Questlove of The Roots isnt going to see Prince or spinning at Brooklyn Bowl, he can be found on Jimmy Fallon. Nada Surf recently played Mercury Lounge and Rock Shop. DeVotchKa will play Highline in March with El Mariachi Bronx. Juliana Hatfield & Evan Dando were just at Maxwell's and the Bell House. J Mascis has his upcoming tour with shows at Mercury Lounge and MHoW.

Ben Ottewell of Gomez plays the Neil Young event and an early solo show at Mercury Lounge the next day.

And last, but certainly not least, Bettye Lavette, besides paying tribute to the great rock'n roll patriarch from the North, also has quite a NYC residency in the spring when she'll set up shop at Cafe Carlyle from 5/24 - 6/3 (no shows on 5/29, 5/30). Ticketing info is forthcoming, but all tour dates, the full Neil Young Tribute lineup and some videos are below...

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Tibet House US Benefit 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Tibet

No word on how a giant vagina entrance, a bear suit, Wayne Coyne in an inflatable ball, Hulk hands and similar props will work at Carnegie Hall, but The Flaming Lips will join recent addition Taj Mahal at the 21st Annual Tibet House US Benefit Show on 3/3. The two join a veritable all-star lineup that includes Michael Stipe, The Roots, Patti Smith with Jesse Smith & Michael Campbell, Angelique Kidjo, James McCartney, and of course curator Philip Glass. Tickets for the concert are on sale via Carnegie Hall, while tickets for the concert and a fund-raising dinner are on sale via Tibet House directly. (Note: Do not expect a full set by any band - they usually play 3 songs each at the most, with a few collaborations and group sing-alongs).

In related News, Wayne Coyne recently talked to Spin about some of the Lips' plans for 2011...

First up, the band is heading to New York to cut tracks with synth-pop artist Neon Indian and longtime producer Dave Fridmann, and they're hoping to release the results on the fly. "We're going to do two or three songs with him and that shit should be ready to go pretty quickly," says Coyne, who posted a demo of a potential collaborative track earlier this week. "I have a couple of tunes that he's heard and we'll just do that shit and fix that up and fuck around together."

Coyne adds that he'd love to do similar collaborations with Deerhoof and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: "I think everybody would be up for doing something. But a lot of it comes down to us fitting into their schedules. I can always sneak in on their thing."

Deerhoof is going out on tour soon, and is now playing Europa in Brooklyn on February 8th instead of Ridgewood Masonic Temple which can no longer serve alcohol. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now. Ariel Pink will be at Coachella and was just on Fallon. Neon Indian has one show coming up: Thu Feb 03 at The Palladium Ballroom in Dallas, Texas with the Flaming Lips.

Wayne Coyne

Finally, Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips recently dropped the score for The Heart Is Drum Machine, a documentary that examines music and human attraction to it. The twelve-track mostly-instrumental LP features tracks like "Born" (downloadable above, streamable below) and a cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man" featuring none other than Maynard James Keenan of Tool/A Perfect Circle. The film also features Drozd, Keenan, & Wayne Coyne, alongside appearances from Jason Schwartzman, Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock, Juliette Lewis, Spoon's Britt Daniel, George Clinton, and many others who all discuss their personal connection to music. The Heart Is A Drum Machine is out now on DVD and the soundtrack is out now on iTunes.

The soundtrack tracklisting, the film trailer, and that song stream are all below.

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"Impassioned enviro rant by Patti Smith near the end of her concert last night at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Happy b-day, Patti." - TheEcoist

"patti smith @ bowery ballroom = one of the best concerts
i've ever seen" - beatrice rothbaum

Patti Smith

Patti Smith celebrated her 64th birthday at Bowery Ballroom last night, 12/30. It was her second of three shows in a row. The third happens tonight, 12/31 - Patti's 12th New Years Eve show at the venue in a row. How were the shows so far this year?

On February 16th Patti makes another NYC appearance, but this time it looks like it will be more speaking than singing...

In celebration of her memoir Just Kids, Patti Smith takes center stage for this solo event where she discusses this impactful book, recollections of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and remembrances of New York City in the late '60s and '70s. The legendary American artist offers a never before-seen glimpse of her moving story of youth, friendship and sings some songs. Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has the rest of her formidable body of work--from her influential 1975 album, Horses, to her visual art and poetry.

A book signing will follow this event.

Tickets are on sale for the 92Y event.

Earlier this month Patti made an appearance on the Colbert Report. As Colbert's website described it, "Patti Smith gives advice to young people who decide to throw away their lives and become artists." Check out video of that, below...

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