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Prince

Prince has decided to drop his $22 million lawsuit against alleged online bootleggers. Today his 3RDEYEGIR Twitter announced "PRINCE AND THE...RESOLUTION," and Prince's lawyer sent TMZ an official statement:

Because of the recent pressure, the bootleggers have now taken down the illegal downloads and are no longer engaging in piracy. "We recognize the fans craving for as much material as possible, but we'd prefer they get it from us directly than from third parties who are scalpers rather than real fans of our work.
The Verge notes that Prince could reopen the suit at any time. As mentioned, Prince will be on the episode of The New Girl that airs Sunday (2/2) immediately after the Super Bowl.

Prince

Prince has long been known for not liking others to take what's his -- even if that means taking a photo of him or covering one of his songs. He's just sued 22 Facebook users and Google Blogger account-holders for $1 million each, claiming they "engage in massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince's material." The Lawsuit names Dan Chodera, Karina Jindrova, and 20 other anonymous defendants. Reports SPIN:

Prince asks for a jury trial, which, though highly unlikely, would have to make for some fascinating courtroom drama. In addition to the $22 million total in damages, Prince wants the defendants permanently blocked from infringing on his copyrights. He also wants them to forfeit any money they may have made from his music -- with interest -- and to return any "unlawful materials" to their rightful Purple custody.
In other news, Prince is planning a series of London concerts which he's announcing on February 3.

The day before that press conference, the usually camera-shy Prince will appear an episode of FOX sitcom The New Girl that will air directly after the Super Bowl (2/2). You can watch a trailer for that below.

Continue reading "Prince suing supposed online bootleggers for $22 million, appearing on post-Super Bowl episode of 'The New Girl'"

by Andrew Sacher

Grimes at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Grimes

Whether it's to criticize her or praise her, it's hard to deny that people like talking about Grimes' musical opinions. Her top 10 albums of 2012 list included the most pop (Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber) AND the least pop (Swans), and she totally meant it too. She's defended Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and pop music in general, and denied accusations of trolling when her Boiler Room set included Taylor Swift, Maria Carey, Ramones, Skrillex, and others.

Grimes has now published a list to her tumblr of her favorite songs of all time. It continues her trend of pulling from pop and experimental music with songs from Burial, Mariah Carey, Joanna Newsom, Beyonce, Mazzy Star, Skrillex, Animal Collective, Butthole Surfers, Paramore and more. It's not only newer stuff though, she's also got Patsy Cline, Prince, and Enya, among others.

Check out her whole list (subject to change), via Exclaim, below...

Continue reading "Grimes lists her favorite songs of all time (includes Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Paramore, Burial, Butthole Surfers & more)"

Prince

New Year's options in the NY-area keep coming. Rolling Stone is now reporting that Prince will be in the area to do a three-night run at Mohegan Sun Arena on December 27, 28, and 29. Tickets for all three shows go on sale December 6 at 10 AM.

Prince was last in NYC appearing as a guest with New Power Generation at City Winery in August.

He also recently released a new song, "Da Bourgeoisie," which you can download here and listen to below...

Continue reading "Prince announces 3-night year-end run at Mohegan Sun Arena"

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae was doing the forward-thinking R&B thing a couple years before it blew up, and now her new album The Electric Lady is set to drop in the midst of all the rage. (September 10 via Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy Records, to be specific). It includes tracks with Erykah Badu, Miguel, Prince, Solange, Big Boi, Cee-Lo Green, and Esperanza Spalding.

Janelle recently announced an extensive tour in support of the album which previously didn't include a NYC date, but now one's been added: October 18 at The Apollo. Tickets for her show at the legendary venue go on Live Nation/Ticketmaster/Apollo A-List presales today (8/29) at 10 AM (password for Live Nation presale is "summer," for Ticketmaster presale is "electriclady," and for Apollo A-List presale is "apollo") and the general on-sale begins Thursday, September 5 at noon.

All dates are listed, along with streams of two tracks from her new album and the tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Janelle Monae touring, playing The Apollo (dates & streams)"

poster outside City Winery all week (via @mrtillman17)
NPG

He did it again. Much like Thursday night, Prince showed up last night (8/25) at City Winery for the last of New Power Generation's residency at City Winery. Technically it was this morning as the show -- billed as a VMAs afterparty -- didn't start till midnight. And it didn't finish till almost 6 AM. Sets from Shelby J. and Liv Warfield started off the night, followed by "special guest sets" starting at 1 AM from Cee Lo Green (who played Brooklyn Bowl earlier that night), Family Stone/Grand Central Station's Larry Graham (who plays BB King's Wednesday, tickets are on sale), and Alice Smith (who played other nights of the residency too). Prince took the stage around 3 AM and played almost literally till the break of dawn. Doug E. Fresh, who was there on Thursday, guested again too.

Did you go? What did you think? And how are you awake?

The approximate setlist is below...

Continue reading "Prince played w/ NPG again @ City Winery VMAs afterparty, almost till 6AM! Cee Lo, Doug E. Fresh & more too (setlist)"

"Prince and company blew the roof off tonight with #npg #shelbyJ @ City Winery " - David Magdael

"Ninety minutes of Prince at City Winery tonight. Great set. Shorter than usual, but that new song "Big City" was SO GOOD. VMAs weekend." - Erik Sutch

"Back from a secret Prince-New Power Generation reunion at City Winery. My funk levels have been recharged for the year. That man is God." - Chris McCoy

Prince & NPG @ City Winery

Prince & NPG @ City Winery - 8/22/2013

New Power Generation, Prince's sometimes backing band, are in the midst of their "Purple Week" residency at City Winery, for which they've been promising "special celebrity guests nightly." The first night included Alice Smith at the early show and no guests at the late show, but at last night's (8/22) late show, Prince himself showed up.

The venue announced a little before 11:30 that Prince would be appearing at the midnight show, and admission would be cash at the door. A recap from the Prince message boards reads:

Just got in from City Winery.....Let me just say that History was made in NYC this morning. First NYC show with NPG and 3RDEYE Girl together....well sought of.....night started with Shelby and amazing horns of the NPG....then Liz performed a song.....then a great new talent Luke James performed a great new song........then something purple happened....drummer leaves and hear comes Hanna....then Donna takes her position .....then Ida and finally the man of the hour......Staring with Musicology..with eleven piece horns,,,,,,,AMAZING without being complete and in no particular order.....Musicology, Something in the Water Does not Compute, All the Critics Love You in New York, Brown Skin, Don't Stop Till You Get Enough/Cool (with Doug E Fresh), Nothing Compares 2 U and Big City......crowd was capacity of 500 and show started 1235 am...Prince enters stage 1:30 am....show was over at 3:00 AM
Pictures from the show are in this post, but... UPDATE: none of Prince .

In addition to releasing his own new singles lately, Prince also appears on the new Janelle Monae album. Janelle's not playing this year, but she's a multi-year veteran of Brooklyn's Afro-Punk Festival, which goes down this weekend.

NPG's residency continues with a late show tonight (8/23) and then the final (and most expensive) one is a late show on Sunday (8/25), which doubles as a VMAs after party. No word yet on whether or not Prince will be appearing at that show, or the VMAs.

More pictures and videos below...

Continue reading "Prince did appear at New Power Generation's City Winery show this time (pics)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

NPG @ City Winery - 8/21/2013
NPG @ City Winery - 8/21/2013

The first night of New Power Generation's residency at City Winery was last night *8/21), with an early and a late show. There was no sign of Prince Rogers Nelson, though, and no special guests at all for the late show, but the early show had an appearance from R&B singer-songwriter Alice Smith. Did you go last night? Pictures from last night are in this post.

The NPG -- featuring singers Shelby J., Liv Warfield and the 11-piece NPG Horns -- are back again tonight (8/22) for early (7 PM) and late (midnight) shows. New Orleans singer Luke James will be with the band for both sets and perhaps, maybe, let's hope, other promised "surprise guests." If money don't matter 2 night, roll the dice... tickets are still available. After tonight there are two more shows, both late: Friday (8/23) and then Sunday's (8/25) which is billed as a VMAs afterparty and more than twice as expensive ($200) than the other shows ($75). Tickets are still available for those too.

UPDATE: Prince did appear on night 2 (8/22)!.

More pics from NPG's at City Winery night 1 are below.

Continue reading "no Prince, but Alice Smith guested at New Power Generation's first show of their City Winery residency (pics)"

by Bill Pearis

Prince

It's "Purple Week" at City Winery which is a more colorful way of acknowledging that Prince's sometimes backing band, New Power Generation, will be playing six shows at the venue this week starting tonight (8/21) with two shows and continuing Thursday (8/22) with early and late shows, and then late shows only on Friday (8/23) and Sunday (8/25). City Winery is promising "special celebrity guests nightly" and also note the 8/25 show is a VMAs afterparty. That potential for music royalty may justify the pricey tickets -- which are still available to all shows.

In more specifically Purple One news, Prince has been pretty actively lately with his new band, 3rd Eye Girl ("4 hard-rocking, soft-spoken, astral traveling explosions of awesome"), having just wrapped up a North American tour that found him often playing two shows in a night, and releasing a string of new singles via his website. The latest being single "Breakfast Can Wait" a big slice of funk that's really pretty good, especially for an artist four decades into his career. The cover art, featuring Dave Chappelle and some sketchy Photoshop work (above), was revealed last week via the Prince 3rd Eye Girl twitter which apparently Mr. Nelson himself started using last week, mainly for posting videos, but also food. Self promotion and pics of food -- a week in and he's already a pro.

Prince's "Breakfast Can Wait" and "Groovy Potential" streams below.

Continue reading "New Power Generation's suprise-guest-filled shows at City Winery start tonight; Prince joins the Twitterverse"

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While Prince doesn't currently have any upcoming shows in NYC, members of New Power Generation do. Shelby J., Liv Warfield and NPG Hornz will play six shows next week at City Winery. Both August 21 & 22 have early and late shows, plus late shows on August 23 and 25. Each show is expected to be different with celebrity guest performances and that final 8/25 show is being billed as an MTV VMAs afterparty (with tickets costing more than double the other shows).

City Winery, whose owner Michael Dorf also did the recent Prince tribute at Carnegie Hall (and accompanying City Winery show), also notes (without promising anything specific, of course) that, "Even Prince has been known to grace the stage in support of his acclaimed band, so plan to expect the unexpected at each show!" Tickets are on sale now.

P.S. Prince recently played a surprise show at City Winery Chicago.

Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Tame Impala

We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.

If you wanna see if you agree with Rolling Stone's assertions, you can catch some of the artists who made their list in NYC soon, like Tame Impala, Fiona Apple, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, and more.

Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "Rolling Stone names the "50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now""

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

D'Angelo / Elvis Costello + Princess / Chris Rock & more @ Carnegie Hall
Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013
Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013
Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013


Amidst a snowy midtown backdrop, Carnegie Hall generated a little heat when the Michael Dorf-produced Prince Tribute opened last night (3/7). Stacked with performers giving props to the man in purple and paisley, the lineup featured some of the same names from the previous evening's "rehearsal" at City Winery, as well as surprise appearances from names like Chris Rock and more. Backed by The Roots with guitarist Wendy Melvion (of Prince's backing band The Revolution), D'Angelo show-closing numbers "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" / "1999" were the clear highlights of the evening, with performances from Bilal (doing "Sister" and channeling Keith Sweat circa 1990s), Bettye LaVette ("Kiss"), Sandra Bernhard ('Little Red Corvette") and Fdeluxe ("High Fashion/Mutiny") also causing impromptu aisle dances. Fun night, and it was great to see people up and out of their seats, wilding out in a buttoned-up place like Carnegie Hall.

More pics from last night including the setlist, The Waterboys, The Roots, Eric Leeds, Diane Birch, the Cardigans' Nina Perrson, DeVotchka, Bhi Bhiman, Kat Edmonson, Blind Boys of Alabama, Citizen Cope & Alice Smith, Talib Kweli, Princess (Gretchen Lieberum & Maya Rudolph) and all iterations there within, are below.

Continue reading "D'Angelo, The Roots, Elvis Costello, Bilal, Chris Rock, Bettye LaVette & more played the Prince tribute @ Carnegie Hall (pics) "

photos by Robert Altman

Elvis Costello / Nina Persson & Maya Rudolph @ City Winery
Prince Tribute at City Winery
Prince Tribute at City Winery

Elvis Costello, The Roots, Devotchka, The Waterboys, Nina Persson, Maya Rudolph (performing as "Princess" with Gretchen Lieberum), Fred Armisen, Bilal and more all blessed the stage at the "rehearsal" for the Prince Tribute scheduled for Carnegie Hall tonight (3/7). The show, which went down at City Winery last night (3/6), was sold-out and featured a night of all covers of songs by the purple one, including classics like "When Doves Cry," "Nothing Compares 2 U," "Purple Rain" and many many other  staples.

D'Angelo, who played Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday night and will hits Carnegie Hall tonight, did not appear. Neither did Prince Rogers Nelson (the honoree of the evening), but that might have been for the best considering his recent penchant for destruction....

Prince tweet

#rockgodstatus or #dickmove? You be the judge.

Of course Black Thought is of The Roots, Jimmy Fallon's house band. If you missed it, Prince appeared on Fallon late last week.

More pictures from City Winery last night are below.

Continue reading "The Roots covered Prince w/ Elvis Costello, Devotchka, Maya Rudolph & more @ City Winery (pics); Carnegie Hall is tonight"

photos by PSquared Photography

D'angelo and @questlove were unreal. Simply unreal. -Action Bronson

Just saw D'Angelo w @questlove at the@brooklynbowl best show since Radiohead at the 930 - @CitizenCope

D'Angelo is fucking back. Love him, I honestly can't wait for his new album i've been going nuts for the past two months. -PKG93till

d'Angelo touched my hand tho. we had a moment. I promise. - aja monet

D'Angelo at Brooklyn Bowl - 3/4/13
D'Angelo

When reclusive smooth R&B superstar D'Angelo announced a last minute appearance at Brooklyn Bowl as part of The Soulquarians, you just knew that tickets would disappear in the blink of an eye. And they did, which made last night at Brooklyn Bowl (3/4), heaving with fans, all the more exciting. Joined by drummer Questlove of The Roots, instrumentation was simple, keeping to vocals, keys and drums for the duration of their set. D'Angelo performed songs from his forthcoming Questlove-produced LP, and made sure to visit favorites from his Voodoo and Brown Sugar LPs, in addition to rocking a cover of Prince's "New Position" (from Parade). We will more than likely see more of that at Carnegie Hall on Thursday (and maybe Wednesday at City Winery too?). More pictures, video and the setlist from the simple set at Brooklyn Bowl last night (just D'Angelo & Questlove for the duration) below...

Continue reading "D'Angelo played new songs, classics & covered Prince at Brooklyn Bowl last night with Questlove (pics/video/setlist)"

Prince on 'Jimmy Fallon'
Prince on Fallon

The Purple One (aka Prince) blessed NYC and the world at large with a performance on Friday (3/1) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performing the previously discussed new track "Screwdriver" as well as his 1979 track "Bambi". Check out video of both below. Both songs are available for purchase via Prince directly.

As mentioned, Prince will be paid tribute by names like The Roots, Elvis Costello and more over two sold-out nights in NYC, one officially at Carnegie Hall on March 7 and one "rehearsal" at City Winery on March 6th.

D'Angelo, who will perform the Carnegie Hall tribute, also plays Brooklyn Bowl tonight with Questlove (3/4, sold out).

Will Prince make an appearance at any of these shows? Prince.org at least confirms Prince will be in attendance at Carnegie.

Head below for video of Prince Rogers Nelson ripping through two tracks.

Continue reading "Prince played 'Fallon' (video); NYC tribute shows this week"

by Andrew Sacher

J Dilla

Hip hop production great J Dilla would have turned 39 yesterday (2/7) and there's much going on in honor of him. A collection of unreleased material, The Lost Scrolls, Vol. 1 EP, was released this week, and you can stream the opening track, "Dewitt To Do It," below. Dilla collaborator Karriem Riggins also filmed a Yours Truly session playing "J Dilla the Greatest," and talking about the producer. You can watch that video below too. And also below, is a video of Dilla's mom, Maureen Yance, and DJ Butter speaking about him in a conference filmed ahead of Detroit's Dilla Days, which goe down this Saturday (2/9) and Sunday (2/10).

For those in NYC, you'll get your own chance to celebrate his life this month with the annual Donuts Are Forever tribute, which Questlove headlined in 2010 and Prince Paul headlined last year. This year, it's being headlined by Just Blaze and happens on February 17 at SRB Brooklyn (117 2nd Ave), two days after Just Blaze plays Webster Hall on his tour with Baauer. Tickets for Donuts Are Forever, which also includes Shawn Dub, Tara, Center, Parler, Stylus, and host Fresh Daily, are on sale now. The DJs are reportedly playing Dilla tunes all night, and all proceeds go to Donuts
are Forever scholarship fund, where high school kids in the Groundwork for
Success Program run by Good Shepherd Services, take DJ or Production
courses at Scratch Academy. They've been doing this scholarship for three years
now and will have sent about 40 kids to Scratch to take classes by this
summer.

As mentioned, Just Blaze and Baauer are not only touring together, but also collaborating. Since we last spoke, they revealed their first cut together, "Higher," a futuristic hip hop club banger which features a Jay-Z vocal clip. You can stream that track below.

And speaking of Questlove, he would have been spinning all Dilla beats at his weekly Bowl Train at Brooklyn Bowl yesterday (2/7), but he couldn't make it to the venue, and Q-Tip filled in. Meanwhile, his band The Roots have a lot coming up, including a Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, which they will "rehearse" for with a live show at City Winery on March 6. Tickets (ranging from $45 to $65) for the City Winery show are on sale now.

All streams below...

Continue reading "J Dilla being honored w/ live events (Just Blaze playing one in NYC); The Roots playing a second Prince tribute"

Prince

As mentioned, City Winery founder Michael Dorf is presenting a tribute to Prince at Carnegie Hall on March 7, his next in a long line of tribute shows he's done at the historic Manhattan venue. Since we last spoke, the lineup of great musicians that will be performing at the show has been expanded. It features Elvis Costello, The Waterboys, Talib Kweli, Booker T, DeVotchka, Bettye Lavette, Sandra Bernhard, Bilal, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bhi Bhiman, Amos Lee, Citizen Cope & Alice Smith, Maya Rudolph's Prince tribute group with Gretchen Lieberum, Princess, house band The Roots, and perhaps most excitingly, R&B singer D'Angelo (who we're still waiting on that new album from). Tickets are still available and proceeds will benefit underprivileged youth.

Meanwhile, Prince recently posted a lyric video for a new song, "Screwdriver," to his website and revealed another new track, "Chapter & Verse," which you can stream below. You can buy "Screwdriver" and a remix of that song, AND another new song that came out today called "Breakfast Can Wait" at a mysterious website called 3rd Eye Girl. According to Questlove, "#BreakfastCanWait is WOW." Check it out.

In other related news, Elvis Costello and The Roots, who are both on the lineup for the Prince tribute, are releasing a collaborative album this year according to an interview that Questlove did with Billboard. Questlove says of the album, "We had 13 or 14 songs, but then we said, 'Ooh! Wait a minute! Let's replace four of these songs with four better songs! And now we have the tightest 12-14 song collection out of about 20 songs that we made." No release date, title, or any other info has been revealed yet, but Questlove assures us, "I can just say that it is brilliant."

Elvis Costello also plays a cancer benefit with The Who at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden on February 28.

Stream the new Prince songs below...

Continue reading "Roots & Elvis Costello collaborating, added to Carnegie Hall Tribute to Prince (who released new songs)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Amanda Palmer
Amanda Palmer

There were a ton of great New Year's Eve shows in NYC, but no doubt one of the craziest ones was Amanda Palmer's Terminal 5 show. The show began with a set from Jherek Bischoff (who also plays as a member of Amanda's band) joined by string players, followed by The Simple Pleasure (which included members of Amanda's Grand Theft Orchestra), who were then followed by Skella (aka bellydancers Belladona and SuperKate). Then finally Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra came on for their first set, which included mostly original material from Amanda's solo project and Dresden Dolls, in addition to the theme from '60s kids show Fireball XL-5 (in tribute to its creator, Gerry Anderson, who just died) with help from husband Neil Gaiman and a cover of Bat For Lashes' "Laura."

Then Amanda left the stage for a set by Ronald Reagan ("Boston's Premiere '80s Pop Saxophone Duo") and then finally the clock struck midnight and confetti cannons were shot off into the venue. Then Amanda and her band returned to the stage to perform Prince's Purple Rain in its entirety and a two-song encore. She was joined by John Cameron Mitchell of Hedwig fame for two songs including Prince's "Darling Nikki" and a cover of Hedwig song "Midnight Radio" in the encore. During the Purple Rain portion. And before the encore the venue was graced one more time with confetti.

The full setlist and more pictures from the show below...

Continue reading "Amanda Palmer celebrated NYE at Terminal 5 w/ Prince covers, special guests, bellydancers & confetti (pics, setlist)"

Akron/Family at LPR in 2010 (more by Anna Scialli)
Akron Family

Freaky folkies Akron/Family released Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT in 2011, and they've announced that they're planning on releasing a followup in 2013. To help fund the new record, the band meanwhile released a limited edition (1,000 pressings) live double CD which comprises a recording from their show at the Drunken Unicorn in Atlanta from January 2012 and some experimental pieces recorded in El Paso later in the year. You can purchase that CD at the Akron/Family webstore for $20. Each copy was handmade and hand-stamped by the band.

We also spoke to Akron/Family member Miles Seaton about his top albums of 2012. Miles recently moved from NYC to LA, had to get a car, and ended up getting one with a cassette player. So rather than listing his top 10 albums that were released in 2012, he listed the top 10 cassettes he acquired this year to play in his car stereo. His full list with some commentary is below.

Continue reading "Akron/Family released a live album ahead of new studio LP; Miles Seaton tells us his top cassettes played in his new car"

prince

City Winery founder Michael Dorf, who is known for presenting tribute shows at Carnegie Hall, like the ones he's done for The Who, R.E.M., and many others, will do his next one at Carnegie Hall on March 7 as a tribute to Prince.

"Prince is one of the most prolific songwriters in my collection," says Dorf, "and he makes my Top 10 when I think about the artists who have truly shaped modern music. In re-listening to his repertoire I realized how relevant, amazing, and danceable his work is. Carnegie Hall is going to party!"
The lineup will feature over twenty TBA guests and proceeds will be donated to music education programs for underprivileged youth. Tickets (including a number of different seating levels and three VIP options) for the concert are on sale now.

Speaking of Prince tributes, Amanda Palmer is playing Prince's "Purple Rain" in its entirety at her NYC show on New Year's Eve at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available.

check out this new photo of Amanda & her band...
Amanda Palmer

The always talented and controversial - mostly because she isn't afraid to try new things and speak her mind (especially on Twitter), Amanda Palmer, is playing a massive New Year's Eve show at NYC's Terminal 5 where she and The Grand Theft Orchestra will be performing Prince's Purple Rain in its entirety in addition to her original songs (get your tickets - regular or VIP).

Meanwhile, we asked Amanda to list her favorite 10 musical things from 2012, and you can see what she listed and watch her new NSFW video for "Do It With a Rockstar", below...

Continue reading "Amanda Palmer lists her Top 10 of 2012, playing 'Purple Rain' in its entirety on New Year's Eve"

photos by Ryan Barkan

Maya Rudolph & Gretchen Lieberum at Brooklyn Bowl - 9/20/12
Maya Rudolph

"I kind of feel like going to bed," Maya Rudolph deadpanned midway through her rendition of Prince's "Controversy" at Brooklyn Bowl [Thursday] night. "Oh well, I guess I'll stay up and DANCE MY FUCKING ASS OFF!" Between her zealous delivery and a look on her face that could melt a little red corvette -- not to mention a swag costume (steel-studded trench coat, three-inch heels, single black lace glove -- she seemed to be doing one of the impressions that made her a breakout star on Saturday Night Live. As it turns out, she was singing alongside jazz singer-songwriter (and college friend) Gretchen Lieberum and backed by the Roots on a full night of the best Prince karaoke in history. [SPIN]
Saturday Night Live regular Maya Rudolph teamed up with Gretchen Lieberum and The Roots as "Princess" to perform a set entirely comprise of Prince covers at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday (9/20). They played a number of Prince classics from throughout his career including "Dirty Mind," "Let's Work," "Purple Rain," and others. The full setlist is below. Pictures and videos from that show (including opener Nicki Bluhm) are also in this post.

Maya and The Roots also performed Prince's "Darling Nikki" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (for which the Roots are the house band) the night before the show (9/19) as well. A video of that can be watched over at Gawker. As speculated, Maya also joined The Roots at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester the next night (9/21) which was one night before the Roots played ATP which concludes over at Pier 36 today (9/23).

More pictures, videos and the setlist from the Brooklyn Bowl show are below...

Continue reading "Maya Rudolph & The Roots covered Prince @ Brooklyn Bowl (and on 'Fallon' & at The Cap) -- pics, videos, setlist"

Maya Rudolph got pipes
Maya Rudolph

Anyone who has seen Saturday Night Live knows that Bridesmaids star Maya Rudolph is more than just a comedian, but also a talented vocalist who comes from a musical background. (Minnie Riperton is her mom; she was in The Rentals.) So it seems likely she'll do well sitting in as frontwoman for The Roots when they do a set of Prince covers at Brooklyn Bowl Thursday night (9/20). (Sounds like fun, too.) Advanced tickets are gone, but additional tickets will be available at the door for $15 cash.

Newsday is speculating that Maya Rudolph could also join The Roots at their Friday night gig (9/21) at The Capitol Theater in Port Chester (tickets) which, considering the recent littany of guests, is not too much of a stretch to believe either. The Roots announced Bob Weir as special guest for their 9/7 show at the venue, and ended up also roping in Trey Anastasio, Warren Haynes, Grace Potter and Bobby Keys.

Last week's Cap show (9/14) was cancelled but this Friday's (9/21) is scheduled to feature Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. Additionally, The Roots play ATP NY on Saturday (9/22) and they'll also bless the Capitol Theater on 9/28 with Talib Kweli (tickets).

Justin Timberlake

Last night on SNL. Official (high quality) video below...

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fDeluxe
Fdeluxe

"Melvoin and Peterson have put the Family back together but with a new moniker, fDeluxe. That's because of one other thing they have in common -- strained relationships with Prince, who founded the Family in 1985 and still owns the rights to the name. Melvoin was his fiancée and co-writer for a few years but eventually broke off their engagement. Peterson was a Prince protégé, plucked right from high school as a replacement in the Time for the filming of "Purple Rain" and groomed for the Family but he left for a solo career that included two national releases that didn't exactly take off.

So when it came time to ask permission to resurrect the Family, Peterson had a long visit at Paisley Park. "It was a good conversation," he said, referring to it as more man-to-man than mentor-to-pupil. But Prince said "no" --the same message he delivered to Melvoin when she reached out to him.

The new fDeluxe album, "Gaslight" -- which also features original Family members Eric Leeds (who has worked with Prince, Estaire Godinez, Sheila E and others) on saxophone and Jellybean Johnson (who still tours with Morris Day & the Time) on drums and guitar -- is both a continuation of the Family and a journey in new directions. In other words, it's got plenty of sanctified funk, dreamy pop, soulful duets and jazzy saxophone.

"I would say we paid 20 percent [attention] to the history of the Family record and the other 80 percent was really Paul and myself putting ourselves into a fully realized band," Melvoin said.

For the concerts (including gigs in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York), fDeluxe will feature material from both "Gaslight" and "The Family," including the R&B hit "Screams of Passion" and "Nothing Compares 2 U," which Prince wrote for Melvoin, long before he gave it to Sinéad O'Connor." [Star Tribune]

fDeluxe plays two shows at Joe's Pub in NYC on October 29th.

Joe's Pub, after closing for renovations, has re-opened tonight! Check their calendar for all upcoming shows (including a member of Band of Horses).

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