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Hailu Mergia

Beirut is on tour now in support of this year's No No No on 4AD, and that tour lands at NYC's Radio City Music Hall tonight (10/1). They've got a pretty special guest opening tonight's show and a few others, Ethiopian funk musician Hailu Mergia who's been having a resurgence since the 2013 reissue of his 1985 album Hailu Megia and His Classical Instrument. If you're going to Radio City tonight, don't miss his set. Tickets are still available.

All dates that Hailu are opening are listed, with a video of Hailu's recent Boiler Room London Live performance, below...

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Brian ReganBrian Regan

As a lover of comedy, I am ashamed and embarrassed that in my many years of contributing to BrooklynVegan I've never once mentioned comedy super-legend Brian Regan; a veteran comedian whose work I have loved since I was a wee lad and whose career has been on a steady trajectory upward since the early 90s. I've always admired Regan for the fact that he is one of the few comedians in the business who can appeal to a broad generational fanbase. I can watch him with my 70 year old uncle and we bust a gut. I can watch him with my friend's 9 year old son and his dipshit friends and we bust a gut. The guy's material is clean and relatable and he's often regarded as the favorite of most other comedians. David Letterman said it best when he quipped, "I'll take all of that guy you got." (On May 8, Brian made his 28th and final stand-up performance on The Late Show With David Letterman, the most of any comic since the show began on CBS).

I am happy to report that Brian Regan will be playing a massive show at Radio City Music Hall on September 26. This historical event will be broadcast live on Comedy Central as "Brian Regan: Live, from Radio City Music Hall" and will officially be the first live broadcast of a stand-up special in Comedy Central's history. Historical. It will air at 9 PM on the dot so if you're not at RCMH (tickets are still available), I highly recommend tuning into Comedy Central.

Brian tours relentlessly and sells out theaters and arenas all over the country like it's no big deal or something. Thusly, he has a ton of dates preceding the September 26 Radio City gig and a tons of dates following. Those dates are listed below.

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Plus, Robert Glasper, Rakim, The LOX and more playing there this weekend

Kamasi Washington

Jazz musician Kamasi Washington, who's on the new Kendrick Lamar album, the new Thundercat album, and has his own new album out now on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label, has announced a lengthy tour. He'll be in NYC for shows on August 24 & 25 at Blue Note Jazz Club. He plays 8 PM and 10:30 PM sets each night. Tickets for all four are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of hip hop-related shows happening at the Blue Note, pianist Robert Glasper is in the midst of a four-night run there. He plays 8 PM and 10:30 PM sets tonight (6/25) through Saturday (6/27). Tickets are still available.

After his set on Friday, The Soul Rebels are doing a #RebelJam with rap vets Rakim, Slick Rick and The LOX's Styles P & Sheek Louch, Lettuce/Soulive's Eric Krasno, and more surprise guests (tickets). Rakim and The LOX will be coming from Radio City, where they play the 'Masters of Ceremony' show earlier that night with DMX, Shabba Ranks, Mase, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Brand Nubian and Das Efx (tickets).

And after Glasper's set on Saturday, Okayplayer presents an album release party with Skyzoo for his new Music For My Friends LP (tickets).

List of Kamasi Washington dates and a stream of a song from his new album, below...

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photo: Tame Impala at Governors Ball 2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Tame Impala at Governors Ball

Hot off their Governors Ball set,  shaggy heads Tame Impala have expanded their tour in support of their highly anticipated third studio album, Currents, (due 7/17 via Interscope). In between weekends at Austin's ACL Fest, they'll jet to NYC to headline Radio City Music Hall October 6. Tickets for that big show go on sale Wednesday (6/26) at 10 AM with AmEx, Chase and MSGE presales starting Wednesday (6/24) at 10 AM.

Tame Impala have also added dates in San Diego and Philadelphia. Updated dates are listed, along with streams of the first three singles off Currents, below...

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photo: The Decemberists at Governors Ball 2015 (more by PSquared)
The Decemberists

The Decemberists' ongoing tour in support of this year's What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World has already hit NYC for a Beacon Theatre show and Governors Ball, and now it's been extended, including another show here.

They'll return for a big show at Radio City Music Hall on September 25 with Lucius. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/19) at 11 AM, with an artist presale beginning Wednesday (6/17) at 10 AM.

That's one of a few other dates with Lucius, which also include a Cooperstown show. They also have dates with Lady Lamb, including a New Haven show. Lucius also just added a headlining show at Woodstock's Bearsville Theater on September 16. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/19) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the video for "Make You Better" off the new album, below...

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The War on drugs

Like Beirut is doing, The War on Drugs will headline one of NYC's most prestigious venues for their next NYC show. Yesterday they played a family friendly set at NYC festival Governors Ball (more on that soon), and today they've announced that they'll play Radio City on October 8th! Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday, 6/12 at 10:00 am EDT.

Meanwhile the War on Drugs are out on tour with The Everymen, and that trek stops in Rochester, NY tonight (6/8). They also have lots of other dates coming up including an October show at LA's Greek Theatre. All of their dates are listed below...

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photo: John Fogerty at Jones Beach in 2014 (more by PSquared)
John Fogerty

1969 was a pretty great year for John Fogerty, whose band Creedence Clearwater Revival put out not one, not two, but three now-classic albums in that same year (Bayou County, Green River and Willy and the Poor Boys). He'll be celebrating the material from those albums (as well as other favorites from throughout his career) on another leg of his "1969" tour which happens throughout the US from May-August.

The tour includes a NYC show happening on June 24 at Radio City. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

John also confirmed an October 6 release date for his upcoming autobiography, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, which Little Brown is putting out. "I'm just being brutally honest," he tells Billboard. "I'm not trying to shock or surprise anybody; really, I'm just being honest. It's just simply the only way I've been able to exist, anyhow. I don't know any other way, for my own mistakes and certainly mistakes of others, if you want to look at it that way. In the end, human beings, we are what we are. I'm not running for president or anything, so I'm not white-washing the life that I lived."

All dates are listed, with a video of CCR playing the song John's autobiography is named after (from one of their 1969 albums), below...

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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

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...

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Dave Chappelle & Kanye last night (via Def Jam Twitter)
Dave Kanye

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.

Videos below...

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Dave ChappelleDave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle just kicked off his nine-night run at Radio City last night (6/18), and despite saying the ninth show was the "final" one, he's now added a tenth, happening June 27. Tickets for the newly added show go on sale today (6/19) at 5 PM.

Dave Chappelle

Tickets are on sale for the June 23rd show, which they're calling the ninth and "final" Radio City show. This one is with Nas. The previous eight are either just Dave or Dave and other musicians.

Lykke Li @ MoMA Party in the Garden 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Lykke Li

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...

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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.

Dave Chappelle

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...

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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...

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Jill Scott

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...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Rodriguez @ Radio City Music Hall - 10/10/2013
Rodriguez & First Aid Kit @ 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.

More below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Neko Case / AC Newman
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...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

The xx / Polica at Radio City Music Hall - 9/23/13
The XX, Polica @ Radio City Music Hall - 9/23/2013
The XX, Polica @ Radio City Music Hall - 9/23/2013

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.

More below...

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The Weeknd

Tickets for The Weeknd's two nights at Radio City go on VIP/Local presale today at 11 AM (password: "WEEKND"). General on-sale begins Friday (7/12) at 11 AM.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

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The Weeknd at MHOW in 2012 (more by Bao Nguyen)
The Weeknd

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...

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The xx at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The xx

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...

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Neko Case at Lowdown Hudson Blues Fest 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Neko Case

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...

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