Entries tagged with: Radio City Music Hall
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
"Just losing it to Lykke Li at Radio City right now" - Kaan Hiini
"Everyone was on their feet @radiocity for this pop goddess (thank you @lykkeli for an amazing night)" - @daniyrselfclean
"more than a little bit in love with @lykkeli last night @radiocity" - @HAPPYH0LLYDAY
Lykke Li is one of those strange situations that happens now and again these days: someone who's talked about as a pop singer, is sort of presented as such, but in reality is a bit weirder, a bit too idiosyncratic to fully fit that mold. She, of course, has some indelible hooks out there, and who wouldn't want to hear "I Follow Rivers" on a Saturday night at Radio City Music Hall? But it's not exactly a pop show where you're going to go dance your weekend night away. This is especially true now, as Li tours behind her most recent record, I Never Learn, perhaps the best and most thoroughly heartbroken break up album of the year. These are all songs about mistakes made, love lost, and a conflicted take on the past that runs the spectrum from yearning to regret to resolve. I mean, that's how you spend all of your Saturday nights, too, right? [Village Voice]Lykke Li is currently on tour with Mapei in support of her great new album I Never Learn, and she hit NYC this past Saturday (10/4) for a big show at Radio City Music Hall. She played a good deal of the new album, older favorites like "Little Bit" and "I Follow Rivers," included a couple covers -- Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire" and one of "Du Ar Den Ende" by fellow (but much older) Swedish artist Lill Lindfors -- and brought Mapei out with her for the final song of the night, "Heart of Steel."
Pictures of the show are in this post and they continue, along with a couple videos and the full setlist, below...
Dave Chappelle & Kanye last night (via Def Jam Twitter)
Dave Chappelle is in the midst of his 10-night run at Radio City. Some, like Wednesday's (6/18), Thursday's (6/19) and last night's (6/20), were billed as just Dave, while others, like this Tuesday (6/24) through Thursday (6/26) are to feature musical guests including The Roots, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu and more. However, last night a surprise musical guest did come out: Kanye West (who Chappelle has told stories about before). You can watch videos of Kanye coming out last night for "New Slaves," "Jesus Walks" and "Gold Digger," via Consequence of Sound, below.
The run continues through Friday, June 27. Most shows are sold out but you can still get tickets to a few of them.
Lykke Li @ MoMA Party in the Garden 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Lykke Li played a couple high profile shows at iconic NYC spots (MoMA, The Apollo) around the release of her new album, I Never Learn. She's now announced a fall tour that includes another NYC institution: Radio City Music Hall on October 4. Tickets for the Radio City show go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon, but you can get them before with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (6/11) at 10 AM, a BrooklynVegan presale beginning Wednesday (6/11) at 11 AM, and a Radio City presale beginning Thursday (6/12) at 11 AM.
All tour dates are listed below...
Dave Chappelle announced three musical nights to go down at Radio City Music Hall with The Roots on 6/24, Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier & Janelle Monae on 6/25, and Erykah Badu on 6/26, which follow his five sold out nights of comedy at the venue (6/18-22). Tickets for all three nights go on AmEx presale today (5/29) at 10 AM.
As previously discussed, Dave Chappelle is playing Radio City Music Hall in June, and since we last spoke his June 19 show was expanded to a 5-night run (6/18-22) which are all sold out.
In addition to those comedy shows, Chappelle will also do three more shows at the venue from June 24-26 that include different musical guests each night. On 6/24 it's The Roots, followed by Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier (who's up to other stuff too) and Janelle Monae on 6/25, and finally Erykah Badu on 6/26. Each one will also feature a full orchestra. Tickets for all three shows go on sale Monday (6/2) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (5/29) at 10 AM and a local presale starting Saturday (5/31) at 10 AM.
Dave Chappelle returned to standup last year, going on the Oddball Comedy tour. While we've heard nothing about a new tour, Chapelle has announced a NYC date and it's a biggie: Radio City Music Hall on June 19. Tickets go on AmEx presale on Tuesday (4/1) at 10 AM with the pubic on-sale starting Friday, April 4 at 10 AM.
Yes in Camden in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Prog rock vets Yes have announced that they'll go on a tour this summer which will feature them playing 1971's Fragile and 1972's Close to the Edge in their entireties, followed by an encore of greatest hits. The tour hits NYC on July 9 at Radio CIty Music Hall, and also includes a Long Island show on July 12 at NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (3/28) at noon and 10 AM, respectively. There's AmEx/Chase presales starting Wednesday (3/26) at noon and a local presale starting Thursday (3/27) at noon for the Radio City show, and a Citi Cardmember presale starting Tuesday (3/25) at 10 AM and a Live Nation presale starting Wednesday (3/26) at 10 AM for the Westbury show.
Yes also have a run of international dates before then, including an Atlantic City show on 4/4. All dates are listed, with streams of Fragile and Close to the Edge, below...
Like she's done in past winters, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will come to NYC this winter for a 2-night stand at the historic Radio City Music Hall on January 17 and 18. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (12/6) at 11 AM. Her only other announced date at the moment is a show in her hometown of Detroit this month (12/21).
Besides those two shows, Aretha will be appearing in public even sooner at this year's National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in DC, which takes place on Friday (12/6) at The Ellipse, not far from the White House. Both Barack and Michelle Obama will be there, and other performers include Janelle Monae, The Avett Brothers, and more. The ceremony will stream live online at 4:30 PM.
All upcoming dates are listed, along with a video from her 2012 Radio City show, below...
Neo-soul great Jill Scott is still doing shows in support of 2011's The Light of the Sun, and she's got a few more coming up this year, including a couple year-end shows in the NYC-area. First she'll play an Atlantic City show on December 29 at Caesars, and then she'll come to NYC on the actual night of New Year's Eve for a show at Radio CIty Music Hall (12/31). Opening the Radio City show is Luke James and DJ Premier. Tickets for the Atlantic City show go on sale today (10/25) at 10 AM, and tickets (same link) for the Radio City show go on Chase presale today at 11 AM, with a general on-sale beginning Friday, November 1 at 11 AM. All dates are listed below.
Browse our 'New Year's Eve' tag for more NYE options in the NYC-area.
As discussed, Jill Scott contributed vocals to "Calls" off the new Robert Glasper album. That song recently got the video treatment, which you can watch, along with a Spotify stream of Jill's most recent album and the list of tour dates, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Rodriguez @ Radio City Music Hall - 10/10/2013
Just after 9 p.m., Rodriguez was escorted onto the world-famous Radio City stage by his daughter, who happens to be his manager, and personnel from his crew and was handed a pair of sunglasses, a top hat, and his guitar and he began to play. Backed by a band a generation younger than him, Rodriguez seemed comfortable, alive, and perfectly in tune to what was happening and what was around him. It sounded as if his singing has not aged one bit and sounded as pristine as he does on recordings from over 40 years ago. - [HufPo]It's been quite a year for Sixto Rodriguez. The documentary about him, Searching for Sugar Man (which screened as part of CBGB Fest this week), was a surprise hit (and Oscar-winner), catapulting him into the spotlight 40 years after fading into obscurity. He just played two big NYC shows: Barclays Center on Wednesday (10/9) and Radio City Music Hall last night (10/10). Opening at Radio City were Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit and pictures from last night are in this post.
photos by Chris La Putt
Neko Case / AC Newman
Neko Case returned this year with her very good, long-titled new album, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, and she's been supporting it on a tour that she brought to NYC's historic Radio City Music Hall last night (9/26). Her 22-song set included most of the new album, and a bunch of others from throughout her career too. Opening the night was her New Pornographers bandmate AC Newman, who joined her on the final song of her encore, "Ragtime." Pictures of both artists are in this post.
More of those, along with Neko's setlist, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The xx / Polica at Radio City Music Hall - 9/23/13
The xx may have an intimate sound, but they have no trouble filling big rooms. They sounded great at Terminal 5 last year, and Monday night (9/23) they filled the halls of Radio City with people dancing all the way up to the balconies. Monday night was their first of two shows at the historic venue, both of which are opened by Polica, who share a knack for combining indie pop, R&B, and electronic music. The two bands then did it again last night (9/24) Pictures, videos, and The xx's setlist from night 1 are in this post.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
The Weeknd at MHOW in 2012 (more by Bao Nguyen)
As discussed, R&B singer The Weeknd had been planning a new album this year, and back in May he released the first single/title track, "Kiss Land." The album still has no release date (he's saying "the end of the summer"), but The Weeknd's just announced an extensive international tour in support of it that will go down from September to November (via Pitchfork). The tour includes headlining shows in NYC at Radio City Music Hall on October 7 and 8. Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet, but check Ticketmaster for updates. Banks and Anna Lunoe will provide support on the tour.
All dates are listed, along with the "Kiss Land" video, below...
The xx at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, after playing Governors Ball, The xx and Polica announced that they would be returning to NYC for a show together on September 23 at Radio City Music Hall. Tickets for that show went on sale today, though Ticketmaster is already saying "not many left."
Chances are those tickets will be fully gone pretty soon, but fortunately, The xx and Polica have announced a second Radio City show happening a day later (9/24). Tickets for the newly-added show are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed below...
Neko Case at Lowdown Hudson Blues Fest 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
As mentioned, Neko Case is releasing a new album this year, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You. She's since announced that that album will be out on September 3 via ANTI- and features contributions from M. Ward, Kelly Hogan, members of Mudhoney, New Pornographers, My Morning Jacket, Calexico, and more. She's also shared the tracklist, which features a cover of Nico's "Afraid" in addition to 11 original songs. Neko also just revealed one of the songs that features M. Ward, "Man," which you can stream below.
She's also expanded her tour in support of the album, and it now includes a NYC show which happens on September 26 at Radio City Music Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/14) at noon with AmEx/Local presales starting Wednesady (6/12) at 2 PM.
Updated dates are listed, along with the new song stream and tracklist, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The xx at Governors Ball - 6/9/13
Speaking of bands that just played Governors Ball that have since announced NYC shows, here's two that will be playing together: The xx, who played the Ball on Sunday (6/9), plan to make their way back around these parts for a show at Radio City Music Hall on September 23 and support comes from Polica. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/14) at 10 AM.
Pictures of The xx's Governors Ball set are in this post. Check out more of those, along with The xx's newish video for "Fiction", Polica's newish Justin Vernon-featuring song, "Tiff," and all lists of tour dates, below...
words and photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Leonard Cohen @ Radio City Music Hall 4/6/2013
On the first night of a two-night stand at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday (April 6), Leonard Cohen -- singer-songwriter, poet, living legend -- promised the sold-out audience that he and his band would give everything they had. And though it's a line he breaks out at nearly every show, over the course of the next three hours, he and his stellar backing band did precisely that.
In a mix of old hits and new songs from last year's Old Ideas, Cohen, decked out in dark suit and fedora, crooned from his knees on several occasions and even skipped across the stage as he exited and entered between two full sets sets and two three-song encores; both maneuvers belying his 78 years. "I ache in the places I used to play," he sang on "Tower of Song." "I was born like this / I had no choice / I was born with the gift of a golden voice."
That golden voice is a bit deeper and more gravelly than before but his delivery was impeccable and the audience was rapt during "Suzanne" and especially his spoken-word version of "A Thousand Kisses Deep."
During the first intermission a friend who was at the show said that he was thinking of the eulogies for the late Roger Ebert and how all of them referenced his belief that (paraphrasing here) "where words and images can lie, emotions are always true."
And that observation fit on the evening. Who in attendance had not been stirred at some point by a Leonard Cohen song? That answer, most likely, not many.
"Hallelujah" was the fitting emotional high point met with enthusiastic applause and then a standing ovation at its conclusion several minutes later.
All along his rich baritone was balanced by his background singers, long-time collaborator Sharon Robinson, and Charley and Hattie Webb, musically known as The Webb Sisters. Cohen returned to spoken-word form as he introduced Robinson's gorgeous turn at lead vocals on "Alexandra Leaving" and the Webb Sisters on "If It Be Thy Will."
And the stellar group of musicians Cohen has assembled were all given several opportunities to shine as Cohen would remove his fedora in reverence, step into the shadow and the spotlight would find the soloist taking his turn, be it Neil Larsen on the Hammond B-3, music director Roscoe Beck on the upright bass ("veteran and victim," quipped Cohen of their 30-plus years performing together) or Javier Mas on bandurria. Mitch Watkins on electric guitar, Alexandru Bublitchi on violin and Rafael Gayol on drums rounded out the band and all deserve recognition. In his return to Radio City the night belonged to Mr. Cohen but his band gets credit for transforming the evening into something close to magical.
by Bill Pearis
There no Searching for Sugarman anymore. With the documentary's win at last weekend's Oscars, even my mom knows who Rodriguez is now. The film's success has majorly blown up his career which, until five years ago, was pretty much non-existant. It's definitely well deserved and he's now selling out big venues, such as his upcoming dates at Beacon Theatre on April 8 and Town Hall on April 10. If you didn't get tickets to either of those shows, NYC's next chance to see Rodriguez will be at Radio City Music Hall on October 10. Tickets for that show go on presale Friday (3/1) at 10 AM (presale code: OSCAR) with the regular on-sale happening Saturday at 10 AM.
An updated list of Rodriguez dates are below.
Leonard Cohen at Barclays Center in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Musical and poetic legend Leonard Cohen made a great return last year with his new album, Old Ideas, and a massive tour that brought him to NYC for shows at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center. He's now set to follow that with an international tour in 2013 that brings him back to NYC for a show on April 6 at Radio City Music Hall. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates.
A list of all dates (including a Wallingford, CT show) and the video for "Show Me The Place" below...
by Dave Hill
Dave Hill (or Oscar Wilde) asks a question, Radio City Music Hall 10/10/2012
We already ran photos of Morrissey's Radio City Music Hall appearance on Wednesday (10/10) and you can see more of Chris La Putt shots here. But we asked Moz superfan Dave Hill (who has hosted Smiths Speed Dating before) to review the show for us and his fully-clothed report follows...
Wednesday night I saw Morrissey at Radio City Music Hall here in New York City. A lot of people think they like and/or "get" Morrissey as much as I do but they are wrong. This was my (insert number of times you or anyone you know has ever seen Morrissey and then add at least one)-th time seeing Morrissey live and I was pretty excited about it because every time I see him he ends up singing all of the songs directly to me no matter where I'm sitting. Somehow he just knows.
Kristeen Young, one of Morrissey's favorites, opened the show but I missed her because they took forever getting my order right at Burger Heaven around the corner so I was a little late. When I got to Radio City and showed the usher my ticket he was like "Wow- this the best seat!"
"Thanks," I said. "I know."
Then the usher pushed a bunch of people out of the way, throwing some of them to the ground even, and showed me to my seat which was basically on stage with the band. As soon as I got settled, Morrissey and his band walked out, which was awesome. Morrissey's band all wore matching T-shirts that said "killjoy" on them, which was crazy and confusing but whatever. Everyone in his band has short hair and look like they do crunches a lot except for the guitarist Boz Boorer, who looks like he does whatever the opposite of crunches are but he is so awesome it's like fuck it.
Once everyone had their instruments on, the entire band including Morrissey seemed to look at me briefly as if to ask "Should we start?" Of course, I was like "Fuck yeah!" so they launched into "Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Loved Me" by The Smiths, Morrissey's old band who are basically the best ever, even better than Def Leppard. Also, Morrissey had on a sort of light teal shirt, which looked great and really complimented the cool outfit I was wearing.
Morrissey in Shirt #1 @ Radio City Music Hall
After Morrissey finished singing the first song, a big picture of me with a word bubble asking "Who Is Morrissey?" was projected on the big screen behind the band. It was a nice touch, but totally unnecessary. I was just happy to be there so that was totally above and beyond.
The rest of Morrissey's set list consisted of about 1/3 Smiths songs, a bunch of his solo songs, and a sweet Frankie Valli cover. Given the fact that between the Smiths and his solo material Morrissey has about a bazillion hits, there were times when I was thinking "Hey, Morrissey, maybe you should play more of those songs, you know, mine and everyone else's favorites (though mostly mine)" but I realize that this is my own problem and not Morrissey's and I'm sorry for even bringing it up.
During the song "Meat is Murder" (by the Smiths, duh), they played scenes from the meat-based documentary Meet Your Meat. I saw Motley Crue a couple years ago in Columbus, Ohio and they had a bunch of video projections going too, but this stuff was really, really different from that. It featured a bunch of cows and chickens and stuff being tortured and it was really upsetting and would not have worked with "Girls, Girls, Girls" or really any Motley Crue song I can think of right now. At one point, they even showed a bull getting his nuts cut off. Fuck. I have no idea what they were selling at the Radio City concession stands, but I can't help but think sales must have really taken a hit after that song. Also, it should be noted that the original "Meet Your Meat" documentary is narrated by Alec Baldwin even though everyone knows that guy loves chicken wings so much it's actually kind of weird.
Morrissey wore a total of four different awesome shirts over the course of the night. Toward the end of the show, he ripped off the third shirt of the night. Even as I type this, I still can't decide which one of us works out more, but it was still great. After he put on his fourth shirt of the night, Morrissey and his band came back on stage and played one encore, "Still Ill", one of my favorite songs by the Smiths (mentioned earlier) and then I levitated over the entire audience and went home in a cab that the driver didn't even end up charging me for. I kind of wish Morrissey would have played like nine more songs but, again, this is my own hangup mostly.
Speaking of the Smiths, there are a lot of rumors flying around that they are reuniting next year. I would like to confirm that these rumors are, in fact, true. However, the Smiths will be reuniting for one show only, which will take place in my apartment and will be attended by just me and maybe like six of my friends. Sorry.
Morrissey plays tonight (10/12) and Saturday (10/13) at Terminal 5. Both shows are sold out. Check out more pictures and the setlist from Radio City.
And pick up a copy of Dave Hill's book Tasteful Nudes now!
photos by Chris La Putt
Morrissey @ Radio City Music Hall -- 10/10/12
One down, two (and a whole tour) to go. Morrissey, one night after appearing on Colbert, played his first of three NYC shows this week, and it was at Radio City Music Hall (the next two are at the less glamorous Terminal 5). As the week goes on, we'll have much more to say about these shows, but meanwhile here's pictures and the setlist from the one that ended just about an hour ago. It continues below...
by Tim Griffin
Stephen Morrissey & Stephen Colbert - The Colbert Report - 10/9/2012
It was a tale of two Stephens: Morrissey was interviewed and performed on The Colbert Report last night. As per Moz's request, the building was meat-free for the day of his visit. While the interview is only just over five minutes, there was plenty of banter between the crooner and comedian. Morrissey rarely gives anything but e-mail interviews these days, so this was a treat, and some of the more Moz-able / memorable moments are below.
On the consumption of meat:
"If you stick your grandmother in an oven, she will probably be tasty, but is that any reason to eat your grandmother?"On why he doesn't feel the need to reunite with Johnny Marr and The Smiths:
"Not everybody is a fat old slag... not everybody is."Colbert seized the moment and may have given Morrissey a bit of a fright,"Well, I hate to tell ya - please welcome, Johnny Marr... Johnny?", as he gestured to the side of the stage. Johnny wasn't there, but that didn't stop a slightly nervous Moz from taking a tense glance over his shoulder.
Check out the interview and live performances of new song "People Are The Same Everywhere" and Years of Refusal's "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" below. As you may know, Morrissey starts his three-night NYC visit tonight (10/10) with his Radio City Music Hall performance followed by two stops at Terminal 5 (10/12, 10/13), all of which are sold out.
Videos are below.