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Michael Dorf's upcoming tribute concert to David Bowie at Carnegie Hall sold out immediately, no suprise. They decided to add a second show which will happen April 1, this time at Radio City Music Hall, featuring Ann Wilson of Heart, The Polyphonic Spree, Perry Farrell, Cat Power and more to be announced. VIP packages are on sale now, and tickets to the general public go on sale Friday (1/15) at 11 AM. Said Dorf:

The sad coincidence that our previously planned concert at Carnegie Hall was announced on the same day as David's passing on Sunday, resulted in a tremendous outpouring from fans, friends and fellow artists wanting to show their respect and adoration for his deep repertoire. Our phones were going off the hook.
In other news, Michael Stipe, Laurie Anderson and Cat Power have been added to the 3/31 Carnegie Hall Show which includes previously announced artists The Roots, Jakob Dylan, the Mountain Goats, Bettye LaVette, Perry Farrell, Robyn Hitchcock and Ann Wilson of Heart.

The backing band, as mentioned, is being put together by longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti and will include drummer Woody Woodmansey -- they were both in Bowie's Spiders of Mars (and they're both in Holy Holy, who are on tour). Proceeds from both shows benefit Young Audiences New York, Little Kids Rock, Church Street School of Music, the Center for Arts Education, the American Symphony Orchestra and Grammy in the Schools.

Watch a video of David Bowie playing "Slip Away" with The Polyphonic Spree at Jones Beach in 2004, below...

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David Bowie

As The NY Times eerily announced about two hours before today's tragic news, Michael Dorf's annual tribute concert at Carnegie Hall will be for the late, great David Bowie this year. The show happens March 31 with The Roots, The Mountain Goats, Cyndi Lauper, Jakob Dylan, Bettye LaVette, Ann Wilson of Heart, Perry Farrell, and "surprise guests." Bowie's longtime producer Tony Visconti is putting the house band together.

Tickets go on sale today (1/11) at 11 AM, and proceeds benefit Young Audiences New York, Little Kids Rock, Church Street School of Music, the Center for Arts Education, the American Symphony Orchestra and Grammy in the Schools.

Bowie's latest album, Blackstar, came out three days ago, on his 69th birthday.

Read tributes from The Mountain Goats, Questlove of The Roots, and Cyndi Lauper, below...

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photo: Sharon Jones at The Apollo in 2014 (more by PSquared)

As discussed, Michael Dorf's annual charity tribute concert at Carnegie Hall (3/23) honors Talking Heads / David Byrne this year, and since we last spoke, more artists have been announced. Cee-Lo Green, Sharon Jones and Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff have been added to the lineup that already includes Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss, Beth Orton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Cibo Matto & Nels Cline, Glen Hansard, Perry Farrell, Rufus Wainwright, Steve Earle, The Roots and more.

Antibalas are the house band. Tickets (benefiting music education for underprivileged youth) are still available. Updated lineup below.

UPDATE: Santigold, Thievery Corporation and Pete Molinari were added too.

David Byrne also just announced a big project with St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Dev Hynes, How to Dress Well and more happening at Barclays Center.

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Steve Earle in Austin, 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Steve Earle

We reported before that Michael Dorf's annual charity tribute concert at Carnegie Hall (on 3/23) will feature the music of Talking Heads and David Byrne, and that Bebel Gilberto would be among the performers. The initial lneup has now been announced and also includes Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells, Perry Farrell, The Roots, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Rufus Wainwright , Steve Earle and more. The full list is below, and stay tuned for the rest to be announced (David Byrne, if he's going to make an appearance, will never officially be listed). Tickets, including $10,000 "fantasy" tickets that give you the "ability to join entire ensemble for encore on the stage at Carnegie Hall, Backstage Access throughout the concert, full access to rehearsal day at City Winery, and customized encounters with artists" are on sale now and proceeds go to fund music education.

Speaking of rehearsals at City Winery, they usually put tickets on sale for the show part of that too, but we don't see anything up there yet.

Initial lineup of the Carnegie tribute below...

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photos by David Andrako

Danny Clinch / Perry Farrell @ McKittrick Hotel -- 10/13/2014
Danny Clinch Book Release Party - McKittrick Hotel
Danny Clinch Book Release Party - McKittrick Hotel

Famous music photographer Danny Clinch celebrated the release of his new photo book Still Moving with a star-studded, John Varvatos-hosted party and show at Sleep No More home McKittrick Hotel last night (10/13). The private event featured Danny's band Tangiers Blues Band as a house band, and they were joined by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for most of the set. Special guest performers included Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins (in town promoting the new Foo Fighters stuff), Perry Farrell (in town doing Jane's Addiction stuff as part of CBGB Festival), Zac Brown (playing with the Foo Fighters on Letterman this week), Roy Bittan (E Street Band), Jesse Malin, and Jon Herrington. Courtney Love and Michael Stipe were in the crowd, but didn't perform. Pictures from the event and a video teaser Danny made for the book are in this post.

Foo Fighters also began their week-long residency on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, playing a cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" with Zac Brown (who appears on their new album). You can watch the video of that below. While they're in town, they've got a secret late-night thing going on tonight (10/14) which they ran a contest for last week. Anyone win a ticket? Anyone know what/where it will be?

More pictures and those videos, below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Jane's Addiction in Times Square - 10/12/14
Jane's Addiction
Jane's Addiction
Jane's Addiction

Following Devo's set in Times Square during NYC's multi-venue CBGB Fest on Sunday (10/12), there was a set from pop musician Robert Delong and then veteran alt-rockers Jane's Addiction. Jane's stuck almost entirely to Nothing's Shocking material, and the whole thing was quite a spectacle. They had exotic dancers on stage, who went from dancing on a bench to being suspended by their skin to dance in mid-air. Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro were both rock stars, and Perry was his usual sex-driven self, telling the crowd "I wanna get my dick sucked!" (three times) and asking in return, "Who wants to get their pussy licked?" He also told his story of meeting Dave Navarro ("the best fucking guitarist you'll ever hear in your life") and latter added, "You know what's a good way to get laid? Play guitar like Dave Navarro!" The possibly confused Perry kept saying Jane's Addiction should do this in Times Square every Friday because of the Sabbath (it was Sunday), and after playing "Stop!" he tried to start an encore but "the man was telling them no" and the PA was shut off before they could.

The day before the Times Square show, Jane's also played the Icon Award Ceremony at CBGB Fest headquarters Center 548, which was a "private event with celebrity guests." We've got pictures of that event and the Times Square show. More, with a full set video from Times Square and their setlist, below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Jane's Addiction

Jane's Addiction are set to ring in the new year at Atlantic City's House of Blues tonight, and to warm up for that they came to NYC on Saturday (12/29) for a show at Terminal 5. They played a bit off of their late-period/reunion albums, but most of the set was split pretty evenly between the classic early albums with songs like "Mountain Song, "Jane Says," "Been Caught Stealing," and many others. During the set, Perry Farrell also brought out firefighters who aided in Hurricane Sandy recovery that he knew from his high school in Queens, where he grew up, and he gave a speech about being proud of the way New Yorkers handled the hurricane.

A video of Perry giving that speech after playing "Ted, Just Admit It...," plus some other videos, the setlist, and more pictures from the show below...

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Jane's Addiction at Williamsburg Park in August (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Janes Addiction

Jane's Addiction will be celebrating the new year by playing a New Year's Eve show at House of Blues in Atlantic City (12/31), and just before that they'll play a NYC show at Terminal 5 on December 29. No word on whether or not they'll be adding a third show in the general NY/NJ area on the 12/30 or not. Tickets to both of those shows go on sale Friday (10/26) (T5 at noon, House of Blues at 10 AM), with an AmEx presale for the T5 show starting Wednesday (10/24) at noon and a Total Rewards presale for the House of Blues show starting Thursday (10/25) at 10 AM. All upcoming Jane's Addiction dates are listed below.

In related news, Hollywood Reporter reports that Jane's guitarist Dave Navarro will guest start in the last two episodes of this season of FX biker drama, Sons of Anarchy, and Jane's Addiction will also cover of The Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" for the season finale.

If you haven't heard the band's most recent album, The Great Escape Artist, you can download it for free HERE (promo code: "JANESDOBEL") and check out a list of all dates below.

Continue reading "Jane's Addiction ringing in NYE in NYC & Atlantic City (dates)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Janes Addiction at Williamsburg Park, 8/17/2012
Jane's Addiction

Jane's Addiction trotted out the classics from albums like Ritual De Lo Habitual and Nothing Shocking as part of their appearance at Williamsburg Park on August 17th. The band, supported by the uber-ridiculous Die Antwoord, headlined the space and dipped mostly into their pre-split material. Setlist is at the bottom of this post.

In related news, Perry Farrell is bringing Lollapalooza to Israel!

Just hours after Lollapalooza was forced to evacuate Grant Park from the storms that blew into the windy city, Perry Farrell, the founder of the three day music festival and the front man of Jane's Addiction announced that Lollapalooza was expanding in a very big way. Lollapalooza Israel, occurring in Tel Aviv, is set to take place next summer on August 20 through the 22nd. The announcement comes with not much surprise as Farrell has been expanding the festival over the last three years with Lollapalooza Brazil beginning two years ago and Lollapalooza Chile celebrating its first year this past spring. Lollapalooza Israel is the country's first major music festival. [XRT]
Lollapalooza Chicago took place earlier this month in Grant Park. Check out our pictures.

More pictures from the Jane's Addiction / Die Antwoord show at Williamsburg Park are below, along with Jane's setlist and a list of updated tour dates.

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photos by Greg Cristman

Jane's Addiction

The music was mondo intense --- almost more intense than its performers at first --- and proved why this band is one of the major progenitors of alternative rock, and still remains on top. Material from its most recent release, "Great Escape Artist," was dished out liberally among the hits. The band opened with the new track "Underground" before diving into "Mountain Song," which sent several in the audience into a panty-wetting frenzy. The stage set was a sexed-up Warhol carnival with live girls punctuated by cinematic ones.
-[Rochester City Newspaper]
Jane's Addiction headlined Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY on March 4th with Black Box Revelation, part of their Theatre of The Escapists Tour. The above review comes from their Rochester show which was a few days before Huntington which is pictured in this post.

The tour continues tonight at a sold-out Wellmont Theater and soldiers on through late May, thanks to a new leg of dates added recently. All tour dates, pictures from Long Island and the setlist too, below...

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Jane's Addiction at Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Janes Addiction

Jane's Addiction resurfaced in 2011 with The Great Escape Artist, their first new album of original material since 2003's Strays. They followed the release of the album with a club tour that included two nights at Irving Plaza. In February and March, they'll head out on another tour, dubbed the "Theatre Of The Escapists" tour, where they plan to hit various theaters in North America with support from Black Box Revelation.

According to a statement from Perry Farrell:

We chose to play as many of the great theatres that we could find because we wanted to immerse the audience in a unique experience unlike any they have ever seen at a rock show. Expect an orgy of musical and visual delights. We like orgies, and hope you do too.
That tour hits the NYC-area twice: on March 4 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY and on March 6 at The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Tickets for the Long Island show go on venue presale Wednesday at 10am with general sale starting Saturday at the same time. Tickets for the NJ show go on sale Saturday at noon.

All dates are listed below...

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Jane's Addiction @ T5 in July (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)

Jane's Addiction played their 2nd of two shows at Chicago's Metro last night (9/25), and we can now semi-exclusively reveal that the promised NYC club shows happening on 10/17 & 10/18 will take place at Irving Plaza. Tickets will go on presale Tuesday (9/27) at 10am EST via CitiPrivatePass.com. Tickets go on general sale Saturday (10/1) via Ticketmaster. We also have a few pairs you can win to the show on 10/18 (the same day JA's new album The Great Escape Artist is released). Contest instructions, all dates and a video from Chicago, below.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Janes Addiction

Jane's Addiction played their first concert in NYC in a really long time on Monday night (7/25). The reunited band did hit NJ and Long Island as part of their 2009 tour with Nine Inch Nails, but not NYC proper, not to mention not at a venue as small as Terminal 5 where this one took place.

Unlike in 2009 though, original bassist Eric Avery is not playing with them anymore. His return to form the complete original lineup was shortlived. Chris Chaney was back on bass for the show along with original members and reality TV stars Perry Farrelll & Dave Navarro and original drummer Stephen Perkins. TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek is playing bass on, and helping produce, a new album. I didn't notice him anywhere though, but maybe he was in the house.

The free show was the "world's first 3D user-generated concert event". The concert itself wasn't in 3-D, but it was being filmed (and streamed live on Youtube), and the footage is going to be turned into "one special 3D 60-minute documentary film which will be premiered on the LG Thrill 3D YouTube channel on August 4." Those in attendance at the show were able to get their free tickets from various sources including Brooklynvegan, from LG, and via an allotment the band gave out via Ticketmaster.

Jane's played a 12-song set (encore included) including classics and hits like "Ocean Size", "Three Days", "Been Caught Stealing", "Stop!", and crowd favorite "Mountain Song" which spawned the most moshing and ended with the loudest applause. They also played "Just Because," off their first reunion album, and new track "Irresistible Force," off the upcoming album The Great Escape Artist. When the band returned for an encore, they played the great "Jane Says" acoustic at the front of the stage, complete with bongos, though everyone's attention was mostly on the massive amounts of confetti, regular balloons, and balloon animals that were falling from the ceiling. Two scantily clad female dancers, on stage for parts of the show, added to the glam of it all. The show probably could have been a bit longer, but it was free (and they got their footage).

More pictures, videos, and the setlist from the show, with more dates, below...

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Perry Farrell

JANE'S ADDICTION--singer Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, and drummer Stephen Perkins--and producer Rich Costey (Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol) recently added TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek to the creative team. Sitek, best known for his production work on TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Foals, will be writing and playing bass on the new album.

The band-who wrote the rule book for alternative music and culture through a combination of genre-defying classic songs and a cinematic live experience--is recording their fourth studio album in Los Angeles, tentatively scheduled for a summer of 2011 release on Capitol Records.
"Dave, Steve and I are fully immersed in the process of making modern music," says Perry Farrell. "It has been a great experience thus far, and the results have so much potential."

"This process has been both inspiring and incredibly freeing," says Dave Navarro. "The events over the last year have proven themselves to be a necessary part of the journey as they have led us to our current creative team and direction." [press release]

The above picture of Perry and Etty was taken to promote their new reality show "Married to Rock."

words & photos by Benjamin Lozovsky

ZZ Top
ZZ Top

While many designers tagged trendier (see younger) performers to appear at their Fashion Week soirees, many of which happened the day before for Fashion's Night Out, John Varvatos and show curator/drummer Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses) stayed true to the spirit of the Bowery store located where CBGB once stood, picking a lineup that would make Wayne and Garth tremble with a lack of self worth (Mike Meyers sitting on the side of the stage with a giddy grin would seem to confirm that).

Alejandro Escovedo performed first on Saturday night (9/11), churning out garage crunch with no less than 4 guitarists blazing on the Varvatos store's small stage. Ian Hunter (lead singer of Mott the Hopple) followed and was joined by Escovedo for a performance of glam cornerstone anthem "All The Young Dudes."

To break up the boys club, former Runaways singer Cherie Currie, one of rock's more underappreciated female frontwomen, came on next. Currie performed "Cherry Bomb," the Runaways' ode to young female rebellion, with a still palpable sense of angst, proving at the same time you're never too old to stop flaunting sex appeal (and to fit into leather corsets).

The Darling Stilettos
Darling Stilettos

Taking a cue from the icon that preceded them, the night's youngest performers, The Darling Stilettos (think rock's answer to the Pussycat Dolls), danced and felt each other up in all the right places while screaming classic rock covers (and one original tune) like over-sexualized banshees.

There were new groups from established rockers as well. New York icon Jessie Malin performed with his latest musical collective The St. Marks Social, and recently formed rock super group Black Country Communion, consisting of former Deep Purple frontman/bassist Glenn Hughes, blues guitar god Joe Bonamassa, and prodigal son Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) gave a sneak preview of some of the heavy tracks from their upcoming self-titled debut.

After a brief pause, Los Angeles superstar cover band Camp Freddy settled in as the house band for the remainder of the show, welcoming on stage a revolving door of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alumni as the evening catapulted upward in intensity. Some played covers, like ZZ Top (who were in town to play two nights at Beacon Theatre) evoking the spirit of Hendrix with "Foxy Lady" and Perry Farrell aggressively launching into the audience during "Sympathy for the Devil." Others did their own songs, like MC5's outspoken guitarist Wayne Kramer urging the crowd on during "Kick Out the Jams" with help from Handsome Dick Manitoba, or Alice Cooper being diabolically stylish while performing "I'm 18" and "School's Out."

By the time Farrell ended the night with Jane's Addiction's "Mountain Song," the Varvatos store crowd had finally reached the feverish level of turbulence one would expect for such a night. In fact the performers throughout the night consistently displayed more energy than the predominantly younger audience. For an event full of aging rockers, it really just felt like a riotous gathering of all the young dudes.

The crowd was full of familiar faces as well. Chris Brown, Jimmy Kimmel, Rachael Ray, and Matt Pinfield were among those getting their picture taken on the red carpet and mingling with the fashioned-out crowd. Iggy Pop (who played Don Hill's the night before) and Robert Plant (who played Bowery Ballroom the next day) were nowhere in sight though. More pictures and some videos from the whole night below...

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club played the Fashion Week party at Don Hill's on Thursday. Iggy Pop and The Stooges played there Friday, and according to the above Tweet by Eli Mizrahi, Courtney Love is playing there tonight.

Eli's Tweet also reminds us that tonight is the John Varvatos's 10th Anniversary party in the store previously known as CBGB. There will be a concert from: 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. Supposedly confirmed performers include Alejandro Escovedo, Alice Cooper, Wayne Kramer, Ian Hunter, ZZ Top, Black Country Communion, Camp Freddy, Cherie Currie, Darling Stillettos, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social, and Perry Farrell . Rumored performers include Iggy Pop and (thanks John) Robert Plant (who plays Bowery Ballroom Sunday).

Who else is playing fashion week parties tonight?

photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer

Jay-Z, Beyonce & Johnny Rotten
Coachella 2010
Coachella 2010

This year, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival reveals that tattoos are more ubiquitous among social scenes than ever before. A walking museum of quotes and legendary faces from Jesus to Michael Jackson decorates the backs, shoulders, calves and fingers of people fashionably reliving their favorite historical decades at this heat-stroke inducing music marathon.

I thought Wale didn't show up, but later found out that he showed up late. Baroness demonstrated the art of rocking out at least three to five times before each song reached a satisfied climax. Metal can be a real turn on, especially surrounded by sweaty good-looking people. Deer Tick performed an R+B version of "Ashamed" followed by John McCauley caressing his nipples. LA band Iglu and Hartly had enthusiasm, but is this Mickey Avalon without the drugs and prostitutes? Which leaves what? Sleigh Bells began with a booty melting bass line palpable from the VIP section across the field, soon overtaken by hipster hop metal pop for people that like beaches and children. The Avett Brothers made an exciting second Coachella appearance on the Outdoor Stage. Two years ago, the band played Sunday gospel time, all manners and simplicity, but the Bros returned with a full band, and a few thousand people singing every word, stomping to the banjo, and hugging during the sweet parts. The banjo will take over America. Just wait. Country music is infiltrating avant-garde and above ground indie worlds alike.

Standing midway between the big stages, just a few feet from yet another girl with the words "Have u seen my friend Molly?" scrawled on her back, the Avett Brothers' heart-wrenching "January Wedding" got a reggaeton remix from Calle 13 booming on the Main Stage. This Puerto Rican dancefloor marvel used a tea kettle for a mic effect, and taught the audience to say "No me jodas las pelotas" against negativity ("Don't fuck my balls"). Speaking of balls, Yeasayer's crowd went absolutely nuts screaming, but the guys barely seemed aware, transported as they were to some space station cloud. The harmonies rocked like angelic aliens-but, smile, guys. Hockey demonstrated a genuine interest in moving indie rock standards forward, especially attracting the PG-13 festival contingency. M. ward raspy singing "Roll Over Beethoven" during She & Him's set delivered tingly shivers, but Zooey Deschanel's approach to "I Put A Spell On You" did not crumble souls. Her jazzy voice and bouncy energy otherwise made for a good time that elicited repetitive shouts of "I Love You!" from the first row.

Gil Scott-Heron
Coachella 2010

Music should be at least marginally weird or infinitely classic, but Tom Morello's band, Street Sweeper Social Club, brings nothing new to either category and so seems a waste of great musicians. Get weird or the future will never arrive. That being said, the musicians Coachella digs up from history often present the most exciting moments. Rock steady ska pioneers The Specials sent a crispy, warm message to Rudy that every witness appreciated immensely, but it was outrageous that barely any photographers showed up for Gil Scott-Heron's smooth, soulful set [editor's note: ours did!]. The man is partly responsible for getting Martin Luther King, Jr. a holiday, godfathered hip hop, and that doesn't merit attention? A large crowd attended his every word, but the photos won't show it. Later on, James Murphy screamed Gil Scott-Heron's name during "Losing My Edge" as if it were the name of God. Glad he gets it. LCD Soundsystem's first single in 2002, "Losing My Edge" is a historical document worth preserving for the ages, an essence that speaks to what Coachella seems bent on capturing and rewriting every year. Echo & The Bunnymen rode the high-hat zealously-as many have copied since-giving chapped lips sugar kisses. Public Image, Ltd., could not take Jay-Z's audience away from him nor unglue Fever Ray fans from Karin Dreijer Andersson's encompassing fog spell, but I'll be damned if PiL wasn't the best show all day. John Lydon's hair stood on edge and he rolled his rrrr's heroically. His gang of old men put the good junk in post-punk.

As this first 12 hour music summary comes to a close, a few acts remain worth giving a hoot about. Grizzly Bear's hypnotic power hardly needs mentioning and Vampire Weekend knows you love "Horchata." New cool La Roux magnetizes with a disco flavor that Anita Ward might approve. As hoped, Little Dragon's gentle fire breathing soul pop fronted by Yukimi's sexy voice and adorable stage presence comes in as Friday's second favorite. The music's weird enough, bent on discovering surprises. One-woman band Imogen Heap, as well, is the queen of surprises. She moves around her instruments, looping this and dubbing that as if casually mixing a magic potion or prepping a sandwich. Jay-Z's "On To The Next One" is an appropriate theme song for the attention span needed to get your money's worth at Coachella. And then Beyonce came out. We all bowed down before her short shorts.

Them Crooked Vultures, Passion Pit, Dillinger Escape Plan, Yo Gabba Gabba, and The Whitest Boy Alive also played sets on Friday. The Cribs were among those who could not. Coachella continues for a second day today/Saturday (Record Store Day). More pictures and videos and stuff from the first day, below...

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"The 2010 Lollapalooza line-up is official: Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and Phoenix will headline, joined by Social Distortion, MGMT, Jimmy Cliff, Hot Chip, and The Black Keys. With 130 bands on this year's bill, its sure to be a weekend long feast for the ears.

It's a monumental year for Lollapalooza, filled with homecomings, reunions, and first-times. Soundgarden, 1992 and 1996 Lollapalooza alumni, return to the Lollapalooza stage for their first performance since 1997. Green Day will rock Grant Park sixteen years after their first Lollapalooza appearance. While Lady Gaga will headline the festival only three short years after playing the BMI stage at Lollapalooza 2007.

Arcade Fire returns to Grant Park, having played the reincarnated Lollapalooza in 2005. This is the first Lollapalooza for The Strokes - and also their first show in four years. And making their Lollapalooza debut: Phoenix." - Lollapalooza
After extremely accurate early leaks and then much teasing, Lollapalooza oficially announces this year's lineup. Check it out below...

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photos by Paul Birman

Janes Addiction

The [Sunday] headliners started about 15 minutes late due after previous acts Lou Reed and Band of Horses played long, but what Jane's lacked in minutes they made up for in style. Farrell, decked out in a sparkly gold topcoat with tails and matching pants, entered the stage pumping his fists in the air for "Up the Beach" while spotlights poured over the audience and a helicopter roared above. By the time he launched into "Mountain Song" the tempo was set -- heavy, lengthy crescendos, exploding climaxes and falls powered by Dave Navarro's guitar.

Farrell slinked, twisted and jumped throughout, adding in a few hip thrusts for good measure and edging most songs along with a small introduction. "One, two, three days...Have you been to bed yet?" led into "Three Days" -- which featured a pair of dancers in powdered wigs and corsets slinking around behind the band -- and "We swore off women to get in shape for this show. We swore off liquor. I hated that rule. And we swore off stealing" to kick off "Been Caught Stealing."

For "Ocean Size," three giant Chinese dragon-looking blue waves were pulled into the first three rows for Farrell to hop offstage and mock swim in. For "Ted, Just Admit It...," the dancers re-emerged in bondage gear, seated on a bench to resemble the band's iconic "Nothing's Shocking" album cover. "You know, I'm a married man, but if it wasn't for my commitment before God I would fuck everybody," Farrell said. Jane's then re-appeared for two encores, the first featuring "Summertime Rolls" and "Stop." For the second, Farrell brought out Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry to sit side-by-side with Navarro for "Jane Says." [Billboard]

That 2009 festival-closing Jane's set took place on August 9th which was a few days after Steven Tyler fell off a stage.

Lollapalooza Day One pics HERE, Day Two pics HERE, and more of Jane's Addiction below...

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"after seeing this video I lost any respect I had for Perry Farrell. Why is he even bothering with music anymore? He and his wife should stick with porn exclusively". - Anonymous | August 8, 2009 1:32 AM

"Perry's" stage @ Lollapalooza - August 8, 2009 (by kazahel)

Julian Plenti FTW....

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Perry Farrell, Leann Rimes & School of Rock @ Lollapalooza 2009 (fresita)
Leann Rimes

"This year, I'm sitting in a moderate but persistent rain at the Kidzapalooza Stage, surrounded by adults and maybe a dozen kids total, waiting for the first surprise musical pairing of the festival: founder turned corporate figurehead Perry Farrell with country-pop singer LeAnn Rimes.

Yeah, it's weird, alright. But not in the good way like that experience 15 years ago.

Backed by members of the Paul Green School of Rock who've traveled here from around the country, Farrell and Rimes stumble through a stilted but spirited version of "Stop Dragging My Heart Around," the old Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks duet, followed by a lumpy rendition of "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles, which is wishful thinking.

"I'm Perry Farrell, the founder of Lollapalooza, and I say the rain will stop!" Farrell shouts. "Tomorrow." And then he and Rimes are gone.

Yeah, that was one to remember.

Farrell and Rimes were preceded on the kids' stage by Zack Gill, a member of ALO, who covered "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" on accordion, reworking it as "The Devil Went Down to Bavaria." Hard to say how that went over with the toddlers; the handful in attendance mostly seemed to be cranky about being out in the rain." [Jim DeRogatis]

More coverage coming soon. Day two streaming. A few videos below...

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photos by Chris Graham

Jane's Addiction
Nine Inch Nails

"The Sasquatch! Music Festival wrapped up yet another installment of drawing a massive overflow-campground, sold-out crowd.

I'm still trying to understand why.

I remember when it was a lowly one-day event. Kanye West rocked the stage with a white-on-white sports jacket and suit combo, lavender shirt and white Keds. Arcade Fire opened my eyes and ears. Modest Mouse played sober. The Pixies were a wave of rock royalty.

I've gone every year for five years, now. Each year progressed with its setup and lineup. This year was the worst." [Seattle University Spectator]

The Jane's Addiction / Nine Inch Nails tour is well underway. NYC-area dates at PNC Bank Arts Center and Jones Beach are are both this upcoming weekend. The bands' co-headlining sets at The Sasquatch Festival in Washington were last week (5/24). More pictures from that and both setlists, below...

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photos by Arcadia Media

Iggy Pop

"King of the Dogs," the lead single from Iggy Pop's forthcoming album Préliminaires, was released digitally on May 5 through all digital retailers including Amazon, iTunes and Rhapsody. Rolling Stone included the song on their "Hot List" calling it "Magnifique," and adding that "on this Big Easy-style single from his French-novel-inspired new disc, Ig gets his Tom Waits on." The track is also currently being featured on Stereogum.

"King of the Dogs" was inspired by New Orleans style jazz, with an arrangement featuring trumpet, trombone and clarinet. "At one point, I just got sick of listening to idiot thugs with guitars banging out crappy music," says Iggy. "I've started listening to a lot of New Orleans-era, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton type of jazz."

Préliminaires, which will be released in the U.S. on EMI Music's Astralwerks label on June 2, was produced by Hal Cragin and inspired by French author Michel Houellebecq's 2005 novel The Possibility of an Island. Iggy will also be performing at the fifth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert honoring Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis, which takes place at club Nokia in Los Angeles on May 8.

Iggy last performed on Friday at the Road Recovery benefit at Nokia Theatre in NYC. Lots of pictures and videos from that event, below...

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Peter Bjorn & John, W Hotel crowd (more by Tim Griffin)
Peter BJ

Ben Harper & Relentless7 are playing Webser Hall on May 5th, and Music Hall of Williamsburg three days after that. Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for both shows.

Ben Lee and Low vs. Diamond are playing Bowery Ballroom on May 22nd. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the two Jonathan Richman shows coming up at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for Metric's show at Terminal 5.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the two Passion Pit shows coming up at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Indigo Girls show at Central Park Summerstage. Matt Nathanson is opening.

Perry Farrell, Jerry Cantrell, and Wayne Kramer are doing another Road to Recovery benefit at Nokia Theatre on May 1st. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for all five Art Brut shows coming up at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for both Meat Puppets shows coming up at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Shins show happening at Terminal 5, and for the one happening at Wellmont Theater.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Camera Obscura show happening at Webster Hall.

Tickets went on sale yesterday for Santigold's show at Terminal 5.

Tickets went on sale Wednesday for Animal Collective's show in Brooklyn.

Tickets are on sale for the Tortoise show happening at the Bell House.

Tickets are still on sale for tonight's Obits show at The Bell House.