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Municipal Waste

Chris Brown, clearly a fan of The Exploited
Chris Brown

As you can see above, Municipal Waste reacts to the "fashionable punk jacket" worn by R&B vocalist Chris Brown which, as Tony from Municipal Waste points out, is eerily similar to one worn by ex-girlfriend Rihanna on the back cover of her brand new album, Unapologetic, which was released today (11/20).

Its definitely jacket weather out there, so it wouldnt be too farfetched to expect Rihanna to wear hers to Webster Hall tonight (11/20), a last minute promo show for her record release today that is also the close of her "777" tour. Her tour with A$AP Rocky is in 2013 and hits two nights at the Barclays Center.

Check out the back of Chris's jacket below...

Continue reading "Chris Brown loves metal & punk? Maybe Rihanna will play some at Webster Hall tonight"

Pandora
Pandora

This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:

We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.

Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.

Pandora's principal asset is the music.

Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.

Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to fairpayforartists.com for more information on their point of view..

The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.

Continue reading "A bunch of artists wrote an open letter to Pandora who support the Internet Radio Fairness Act"

photos by Tim Griffin; words by Andrew Sacher

A$AP Rocky @ Fun Fun Fun Fest - 11/03/2012
A$AP Rocky @ Fun Fun Fun Fest - 11/03/2012

If A$AP Rocky has anything going for him besides a few internet rap hits and some memorable moments dropping in on his friends' shows, it's that he's already got some pretty far out stories to tell. He recently revealed an interview with Hard Knock TV that he smoked weed with Daft Punk on his tour bus (hopefully in Colorado). Now he just needs to get them to play at his house!

He also declared himself a factor in evolving society's views on homosexuality. "I kicked down the door for kids that's my age, older and younger, to be able to wear Jeremy Scott sneakers, rips in their jeans and not feel gay," Rocky says. Because of him, kids can wear whatever they want and not have to worry about being mistaken for being gay. Yeah, that doesn't sound homophobic at all (it's a start though) (watch the whole thing in the video below - he means well).

He's also taken his fashion to another level, and now has his own limited edition T-shirt line. You can purchase one while supplies last at Karma Loop.

In 2013, he'll be able to add another epic story to his resumé, when he heads out on tour with Rihanna. That tour comes to NYC for the previously discussed show at Barclays Center on May 4, which is sold out, and also hits the same venue one day later (5/5), which tickets are on sale for now. Hopefully Rocky will have his new album, LongLiveA$AP, out by then which he has kept delaying. He's now hoping to get it out during the first quarter of 2013.

As mentioned, you can also catch A$AP Mob with A-Trak at Best Buy Theater on November 29 and A$AP Twelvy at Highline Ballroom on November 22.

A$AP Rocky also just played Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin this past weekend (as did Run DMC). You can check out more pictures from his set (like the one above), the video of that Hard Knock TV interview, and a list of all upcoming tour dates, below....

Continue reading "A$AP Rocky smoking weed w/ Daft Punk, changing views on gays, touring w/ Rihanna & more (dates & FFF Fest pics)"

Obama hugs Bruce Springsteen (pre-election night)
Obama and The Boss

A selection of tweets reacting to Obama's big win last night....

":)" - Grizzly Bear

"YES" - Amanda Palmer

"yeah!!!!" - Laurel Halo

"FUCK YES" - HEALTH

"fuck yeah." - Colin Meloy

"FUCK YEAH AMERICA!!! #OBAMA" - King Tuff

continued below...

Continue reading "Artists react to Obama's win"

Rom

Tickets for the Grace Jones show at Roseland Ballroom are now on presale (password: "HURRICANE") and go on sale to the general public Tuesday (9/11) at noon.

Tickets for the Bob Dylan show at Barclays Center just went on bobdylan.com presale (password: "MONOTONE"). Live Nation presale starts Wednesday (9/12) at 10 AM and general on-sale starts Friday (9/14) at 10 AM.

Green Day, who are playing an intimate NYC show at Irving Plaza on Saturday (9/15), announced a much larger tour in support of their new albums, which comes to Brooklyn's Barclays center on January 16, 2013. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/14) at noon with an Internet presale starting Wednesday (9/12) at 10 Am and an Idiot Club Membership presale starting Thursday (9/13) at 10 AM. All Green Day tour dates are listed below.

Rihanna will bring her 'Diamonds World Tour' to the Barclays Center on May 4, 2013. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, September 21 at noon. All Rihanna tour dates are listed below.

As mentioned, the Barclays Center opens later this month with eight shows by venue director Jay-Z. Other shows happening there include Smashing Pumpkins (tickets), Neil Young and Patti Smith (tickets), Leonard Cohen tickets), Rush (tickets), and more.

Brazilian Girls just announced a last-minute show, happening this Wednesday (9/12) at The Bell House. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Esperanza Spalding show at The Apollo (10/27) are on Ticketmaster and A List presale now. General on-sale starts Thursday (9/13) at 10 AM.

All Green Day dates and Rihanna dates are listed below.

Continue reading "tickets on sale: Bob Dylan, Grace Jones, Green Day, Rihanna, Brazilian Girls, Esperanza Spalding and more"

Drake at Jones Beach - 6/16/12 (via Draii Rynell)
Drake

Drake brought his tour with J. Cole, 2 Chainz, Waka Flocka, Meek Mill and French Montana to the NYC area last week for shows at PNC Bank Arts Center (6/12) and Jones Beach (6/16) (and Saratoga, NY show in between - hope you didn't try to get in with your fake ID). The openers on that tour were all in the NYC area earlier this month for Summer Jam, where Drake's Young Money labelmate Nicki Minaj cancelled her headlining performance.

In between the PNC Bank Arts Center and Jones Beach shows, Drake stopped by NYC club W.i.P. at Greenhouse on Wednesday (6/13), where he allegedly got in a fight with Chris Brown over Rihanna, who both singers/rappers have dated. TMZ reports that bottles were thrown, at least 5 people were injured, and the club was left severely damaged. When the NYPD arrived, Chris and Drake had both already left the scene. You may have noticed cover stories the other day on papers like the NY Post. New "victims" are still coming forward (ready to sue).

Meek Mill, who was on tour with Drake, was there too and spoke to XXL about the incident. He said, "Things just happen in the club. I seen girls in there throwing bottles, all types of shit. All types of people. I never seen Chris Brown or Drake throw a bottle and I was there." And when asked if he himself threw a bottle, he responded, "Fuck no."

Game was not there for the fight, but he has collaborated with both Drake and Chris Brown on his 2011 album, The R.E.D. Album, and commented on the fight in an interview with BET:

"That's not a cool beef. They both can stop it now and go about they way, go they separate ways and get they money," he said, adding "If them niggas is rappers, I'm encouraging that shit. But if one of those niggas is an R&B nigga, then y'all need to cut that out. We need some songs to fuck to."
NY Post reports that Drake's reps are insisting he did nothing wrong and Drake is refusing to speak to the NYPD. Wall Street Journal also now reports that the club has been shut down by the police.

Meanwhile, at Drake's Jones Beach show on Saturday (6/16), he brought out a number of guests including a Dipset reunion, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Busta Rhymes, and more. Regarding the Dipset reunion, FADER writes, "The evening's biggest surprise was a four-song Dipset reunion, with Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Cam'ron emerging one track at a time to join forces on "' Really Mean It' and 'Salute.'" Check out videos of Drake and his guests below.

Continue reading "Drake's week in NYC: fight w/ Chris Brown, multiple area shows (w/ guests Dipset, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky & more)"

MSG (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
MSG

While on the subject of venues, might as well catch up and post this...

Madison Square Garden, the world's most famous arena, is going dark for the summer -- and top acts like Sade, Britney Spears and Taylor Swift are having to perform on the outskirts of the Big Apple as the renowned venue prepares for a long-term makeover.

MSG will spend the next three summers reconstructing its arena. That's good news for New Jersey venues like the Prudential Center and IZOD Center, which are experiencing an increase in high-profile performers as a result. Even Long Island's Nassau Coliseum is getting a small boost.

"MSG is the busiest arena and has been the busiest arena that I've seen in the States ... and anytime you take out that supply, especially if you have an increase in demand, it's going benefit the Prudential Center, and certainly we expect that to be the case," said Jeff Vanderbeek, who owns the Prudential Center in Newark.

It's a busy summer for top musical acts: Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block are on the road together, the cast of "American Idol" and "Glee" are performing live and hitmakers like Katy Perry and Rihanna -- accompanied by Cee Lo Green -- have tours. [AP]

Joe's Pub is also currently closed for renovations, as is Sidewalk Cafe. That Rihanna Cee Lo show is at Nassau Coliseum tonight (7/19) and the Izod Center Thursday.

Brits

To quote Gothamist:

Following the Arcade Fire's win at the Grammys, it seemed like half the nation was asking: Who Is Arcade Fire? What started off as a post on BrooklynVegan, grew into its own Tumblr account, and by last night the band themselves caught wind of the meme. At the Brit Awards--while accepting one of their awards (they took home trophies for Best International Album and Best International Group)--Win Butler said, "We're called Arcade Fire--check it out on Google."
Full Brit winner list (Bieber and Mumford & Sons included) and some videos below...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire win Brits (Bieber too), acknowledge meme"

Arcade Fire

And the nominees for "Album of the Year" are:

* The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
* Recovery by Eminem
* Need You Now by Lady Antebellum
* The Fame Monster by Lady Gaga
* Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
Crazy.

Also funny: Mumford & Sons are up for Best New Artist against Justin Bieber (and Drake, Florence & The Machine, and Esperanza Spalding)

Robyn is up for Best Dance Recording against Lady Gaga (and Goldfrapp, La Roux, and Rihanna).

Arcade Fire are also nominated for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals against Muse, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, and... Jeff Beck & Joss Stone.

The Black Keys also landed in the "Best Rock Instrumental Performance" along with... Dave Matthews.

The Black Keys and Mumford & Sons and Kings of Leon and Muse are also all in the "Best Rock Song" category.

"Best Alternative Album" category:

* The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
* Infinite Arms by Band Of Horses
* Brothers by The Black Keys
* Broken Bells by Broken Bells
* Contra by Vampire Weekend
So they give that to Arcade Fire, since Lady Gaga will probably get Album of the Year, or maybe Arcade Fire will just get screwed and they'll give it to someone on a major.

Other names that got nominated: Cee-Lo, Janelle Monae, Big Boi, John Legend & The Roots, Jay-Z, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Flight of the Conchords, Devendra Banhart (for "Best Recording Package"), Oh No Ono (ditto), Anais Mitchell (ditto), Danger Mouse, Gorillaz, and Carol Burnett. Full list at the Grammys site.

by BBG

Kanye West at The Box last night
Kanye West

Kanye West popped into the 200 capacity club The Box on the LES last night for a 1:30 AM surprise set:

An e-mail went out to a select group late Thursday evening, alerting recipients that West and John Legend would be holding a function. If not quite a black-tie affair, the invite asked guests to be suited and booted. No exceptions. Also noted in the message was a phone number to call to learn the address of the venue, which was Manhattan's Chrystie Street club, the Box. The stage set-up was pretty simple: a baby grand piano at which Legend sat, two microphones (one just for Auto-Tune), an 808 beat machine and a keyboard. -[MTV]
The fully-suited Mr. West crooned through favorites like "Homecoming", "Flashing Lights", "Heard 'Em Say", "Love Lockdown", "Power," "Good Life", and "Can't Tell Me Nothing" and even ventured into new territory like "Moma's Boyfriend", an unheard Billy-Joel's-"Moving Out"-sampling track viewable in the video below. Besides John Legend, who contributed with his hit "Ordinary People", Estelle was in the house (and joined him for a rendition of "American Boy") as well as A-Trak, Consequence, and his "latest signing to G.O.O.D. Music" Pusha T (of Clipse).

Some video from the show (which was also an afterparty for Rihanna's MSG show), is below...

Continue reading "Kanye West & John Legend played a swanky show @ the Box "

by Ryan Barkan

Tracy Morgan & Stevie Wonder (picture via Hipster Runoff)
Stevie Wonder and Tracy Morgan

Super Bowl XLIV (44) took place Sunday night in Florida between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints. The Saints semi-upset the Colts to win the big game for the first time in the franchise's history. This post is a special edition of the long lost "Week In Music Licensing" post and as such, that's the last you will hear about the game. Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire, many videos and more below...

Continue reading "music & commercials of Super Bowl XLIV (Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire, The Who, Mini Kiss, The Heavy & more) "

Elvis Perkins @ Clearwater Fest this summer (more by Chris La Putt)
Elvis Perkins

tonight in NYC
* Phish @ MSG
* The Besties @ Asbury Lanes
* Ian McCulloch @ The Studio
* Crystal Antlers @ Cameo
* Nitzer Ebb @ Gramercy Theatre
* Darmstadt @ Issue Project Room
* Mew, Bear in Heaven @ Webster Hall
* Quest For Fire, Naam & Weird Owl @ Pianos
* Espers, Azita, Doug Paisley @ Drom
* The Sights, The Figgs @ Cake Shop
* A Prairie Home Companion @ Town Hall
* Sloan, Magneta Lane @ The Bell House
* Raphael Saadiq, Anjulie @ Terminal 5
* The Wrens, Palomar @ Maxwell's (early)
* The Wrens, Bob Fields @ Maxwell's (late)
* Sebastien Schuller, Hoferlanz @ Sycamore
* Alicia Hall Moran, Gordon Voidwell @ The Kitchen
* Brendan Benson, Cory Chisel @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* The Beets @ the Degenerate Craft Fair @ Silent Barn
* Woods, Real Estate, Cloud Nothings @ Market Hotel
* Red Mass & Golden Triangle @ Live With Animals Gallery
* The Big Pink, Crystal Antlers, Von Haze @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Bowerbirds, Dave Godowsky @ Bowery Ballroom
* Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica w/ DJ Spooky & ICE @ BAM Howard Gilman Opera
* Mike Yaniro benefit w/ Sightings, Pink Reason, York Factory Complaint (w/ Genesis P-orridge), White Suns @ Death By Audio
* Pissed Jeans, Yellow Tears, Old Men @ Columbia U's Lerner Party Space

Details on the Pissed Jeans show below...

The Wrens' first set tonight will be Meadowlands in full; the second, all new songs.

Elvis Perkins is in town for two shows. Tonight at Bowery and then Saturday at Music Hall. His video for "Chains, Chains, Chains" below...

The Beets plays the Degenerate Craft Fair.

Bowerbirds open for Elvis tonight, but not tomorrow. Instead they're at Union Pool on Saturday with Sharon Van Etten.

Brendan Benson is at LPR tonight and Maxwell's on Saturday. His new video for "A Whole Lot Better" below.

Jack White recorded two new songs with the band Smoke Fairies.

Amazon's 25 days of free Christmas songs continues. They also have Diana Krall's Christmas album on sale for $2.99 and a compilation of 99 songs for $5.00, one of many albums they're selling for that price now.

Ornette Coleman tops Amazon's list of "100 Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time".

Richard Buckner plays Mercury Lounge on Saturday.

Black Sheep play Santos Party House on Saturday.

Rihanna got inappropriate with a mannequin last night at Hammerstein Ballroom. Video below...

Amanda Palmer does Tegan & Sara. Video below...

a new Lightspeed Champion video, below...

What else?

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Kanye @ SXSW 2009 (more by Faith-Ann Young)
Kanye West

Critics may have hated it, but Monday's premiere of "The Jay Leno Show" got a warm reception from viewers.

Thanks in part to a newsworthy appearance from rapper Kanye West -- who drew widespread scorn for his behavior during the MTV Video Music Awards the previous night -- the former "Tonight Show" host's 10 p.m. comedy-variety show drew a surprisingly large crowd of 18.4 million total viewers, according to data from Nielsen Media Research. That's more than three times what he averaged on "The Tonight Show."

Among the key demographic of viewers aged 18 to 49, "Leno" scored a 5.3 rating/14 share, easily the night's top-rated program. It was NBC's most-watched program in the time period since last year's Summer Olympics. [LA Times]

That widespread scorn even reached President Obama who was taped calling Kanye West a jackass.

Meanwhile, as Kanye promised a few weeks ago, he's going out on tour with Lady Gaga who was also a big star at the VMAs. The'Fame Kills' tour runs from November into January 2010, and includes two (for now?) NYC-area shows: December 22 at the Izod Center and January 3 at Nassau Coliseum. Ticket info TBA. All tour dates, and videos from the Leno show, are below...

Continue reading "Kanye West (the jackass) & Lady Gaga - 2009 Tour Dates"

Jay-Z @ All Points West 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Jay-Z

"ABSOLUT(R) VODKA, the world's most iconic vodka, announces a creative collaboration with Madison Square Garden that will offer music fans an unparalleled series of high-profile concerts at the iconic venue. Showcasing performances ranging from rock-and-roll heavyweights to country crooners, these two legendary brands will work together to bring music lovers of all kinds the ultimate concert experience as only The Garden can offer. To kick off the series, ABSOLUT and Madison Square Garden will host a once-in-a-lifetime benefit show featuring hip-hop impresario JAY-Z on September 11, 2009, to aid the New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund. The highly-anticipated performance will air live and commercial-free on Fuse TV at 9pm...

...The on-sale date and method of purchase for tickets to the concert will be announced shortly. After the announcement, Citi card members will have access to presale tickets through Citi's Private Pass(R) program. For complete presale details visit: www.citiprivatepass.com and for more information on programming surrounding this event, go to www.fuse.tv/jay-z."

Jay-Z's new song "Run This Town" features appearances by Rihanna and Kanye West. The official video for that is below...

Continue reading "Jay-Z playing 9/11 benefit show @ MSG, the first in a series of Absolut-sponsored shows ++ it will air on Fuse"

Radiohead

TMZ can confirm that Chris Brown just entered an LAPD station, where he turned himself in to police.

Chris is being investigated by the LAPD for an alleged domestic violence felony battery that occurred early this morning near Hancock Park in L.A. Police officials said earlier today they may arrest Brown when they found him. Well, now they know where he is.

According to the female victim -- who cops refuse to identify -- she and Chris got into an argument which turned violent. Cops say when they arrived to the scene, Brown had split, but the woman had "visible injuries and identified Brown as her attacker."

Brown and his girlfriend Rihanna were together earlier last night, attending Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party -- and both canceled their scheduled performances at tonight's event.

Brown is currently being interviewed by detectives. [TMZ]

Radiohead did show up the Grammys, as did an even MORE pregnant M.I.A.. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss took best album (for an album that came out on indie label Rounder Records). Video of Radiohead and M.I.A.'s performances, and a list of all winners (including Daft Punk) below...

Continue reading "a list of all the 2009 Grammy winners, Radiohead, MIA video"

DOWNLOAD: Pale Young Gentleman - Paper Planes (M.I.A) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Still Crazy After All These Years (Paul Simon) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cokemachineglow's Fantasy Covers 2008 (MP3)

Pale Young Gentleman

"Perhaps one of the best Britrock records of 2008, a year which has seen releases from UK giants like Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Keane and Travis, comes to us special delivery from Madison, Wisconsin and the band Pale Young Gentlemen." [PopMatters]
The M.I.A. cover was recorded for Cokemachineglow's Fantasy podcast which is also on the top of this post for download and includes other covers by Wye Oak (doing Grand Buffet), Mason Proper (doing LCD Soundsystem), Noah23 (doing Lil Wayne), Stars Like Fleas (doing Pussycat Dolls), and many others.

There's even a Rihanna cover on the podcast - not to be confused with the Rihanna cover I just posted by The Bird and The Bee.

Also on top of this post: a Paul Simon song done by Deer Tick who recently announced a whole ton of tour dates. Check it out.

And also see:
* Ruby Isle cover Fleet Foxes.
* My Brightest Diamond cover Soft Cell
* Phosphorescent releasing a Willie Nelson covers album

DOWNLOAD: The Bird & The Bee - Don't Stop the Music (Rihanna) (MP3)

The Bird and the Bee @ Spiegeltent (more by Gabi Porter)
Bird and the bee

In 2009, Blue Note Records-one of the world's most legendary labels-will celebrate two milestones when it commemorates both the 70th anniversary of the label's founding by Alfred Lion, as well as the 25th anniversary of its re-launch in 1984 under current President Bruce Lundvall, with a global celebration. In events befitting a label known for offering The Finest In Jazz Since 1939, the coming year will feature the music, imagery and legend of Blue Note with a range of multi-media offerings, including live concerts, special digital and physical re-issues and new releases, The Blue Note 7; an all-star tribute band of current jazz luminaries, book releases, festival honors, merchandise and much more.

Since its very first recording session on January 6, 1939, Blue Note has grown from a small independent label to become the world's premiere and longest-running Jazz label. Today, Blue Note boasts a legendary catalog that includes such Jazz icons as Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Donald Byrd, Andrew Hill and Ornette Coleman. The label's current Jazz roster keeps the tradition going, and includes many of today's most important voices such as Patricia Barber, Terence Blanchard, Bill Charlap Robert Glasper, Lionel Loueke, Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis, Jason Moran, Aaron Parks, Dianne Reeves, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Cassandra Wilson. And under Lundvall's watch, Blue Note has tastefully broadened its music pallet beyond jazz to include such acclaimed artists as Priscilla Ahn, Anita Baker, Al Green, Norah Jones, Amos Lee, Willie Nelson and the bird and the bee.

The Bird and The Bee have a show scheduled at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on March 7th. Tickets are already on sale. One day earlier the band is also playing a show in Brooklyn. Tickets are also already on sale for that.

The Bird and the Bee's new album Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future will be released by Blue Note Records on January 27, 2009. You can hear a track from that at MySpace. Grab their non-album, new cover of Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music" above. All dates below...

Continue reading "the Bird & the Bee cover Rihanna (MP3), Happy Birthday Blue Note, new album & 2009 tour dates"

M.I.A. & Kanye & friends (via Kanye's blog)
MIA and Kanye

Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, and N.E.R.D. are playing Madison Square Garden again on August 5th. Tickets go on sale Friday June 13 @ 10am. I didn't forget about Rihanna - her name doesn't seem to be on the bill this time around.

Kanye has a new video for "Flashing Lights". N.E.R.D. has a new video. Their last show at MSG was in May. Kanye then played another NYC show the next night and surrounded himself with half-naked girls dressed as astronauts. Video from that below....

Continue reading "Kanye West finally adds that 2nd NYC show at MSG "

B-52s

The Today show hosts free outdoor "concerts" at 7:00am on Fridays at Rockefeller Center in NYC. This past Monday (Memorial Day) was the B-52's who have a new album out called Funplex. The bizarro-world videos from that performance and interview, and the rest of the 'TODAY Toyota Concert Series' 2008 summer schedule below.....

Continue reading "2008 TODAY Toyota concert series schedule & B-52s videos "

Some photos of last night's show at MSG courtesy of ATHLETE Director Dave...

Kanye @ MSG

Kanye @ MSG

Kanye @ MSG

At Tuesday night's Madison Square Garden stop on his national "Glow in the Dark" tour, West rapped and roamed around an otherwise empty stage, assuring that all focus would land entirely on himself.

The vast staging mimicked a lunar landscape in a world far away, underscoring "Glow's" intergalactic theme, which served the star's ego as well. At one point in the night's "Lost in Space" scenario, West met a female space alien who, naturally, recognized him.

"You're the biggest star in the universe," she exclaimed.
[Jim Farber - Daily News]

Kanye West
Kanye West

Kanye West hasn't posted any more rants on his blog lately - just photos of Libeluila Strap-On Rocket Powered Helicopters and what not.

Kanye is on tour with Rihanna, N.E.R.D. and Lupe Fiasco. The NYC show (I'm amazed they never added a 2nd one) at Madison Square Garden is tomorrow (Tuesday, May 13, 2008). Tickets are sold out. All dates below....

Continue reading "Kanye West's Glow in the Dark tour hits MSG Tuesday"

Kanye West and Darth Vader

Yo, anybody that's not a fan; don't come to my show. For what?! To try and throw ya'll two cents in? Ya'll rated my album shitty and now ya'll come to the show and give it a B+. What's a B+ mean? I'm an extremist. It's either pass or fail! A+ or F-! You know what, fuck you and the whole fucking staff!!! I know I shouldn't dignify this with a comment, but the reviewer threw a jab at all the artists. I just wanna know when was the last time you enjoyed yourself. If you can't have fun and lose yourself at this tour it's a good chance you're a very miserable person. I actually feel sorry for you guys. Your job forces you to not have fun anymore. Grab a drink, holla at some nice girls, and party bitch!! You don't know shit about passion and art. You'll never gain credibility at this rate. You're fucking trash! I make art. You can't rate this. I'm a real person. I'm not a pop star. I don't care about anything but making great art. Never come 2 one of my shows ever again, you're not invited and if you see me...BOW!! This is not pop, it's pop art! [Kanye West - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY'S NOT INVITED!]
And after some controversy with Kanye walking off stage in Houston on Friday....

Continue reading "Kanye West loves Houston, says f*ck you to show reviewer"

photos by Jason Bergman

Gnarls Barkley @ Highline Ballroom

My two favorite Cee-Lo quotes from the evening (April 10, 2008) were (roughly) "This is my favorite part of the show because I get to sing the song that made me rich and famous." (said before the 4th to last song of the night) and "This is kind of like an overpaid dress rehearsal" (said in reference to the whole show).

It was Gnarls Barkley's first show since putting out their new album ('The Odd Couple'). Therefore it was the first time they played a lot of the new songs live, but for a "dress rehearsal" it was pretty impressive. They were tight. I did get the sense that the full band wasn't 100% comfortable playing all the songs with each other (or with the outfits they were wearing), but for some reason that made it even more enjoyable. The show - especially Cee-Lo - seemed real (unlike the Rihanna show the night before in the same venue....yes I went....with a group of people that included a 12 year old.....it was mostly kids there actually....it was an early show.....before Dirty Projectors....shhhh). Back to Gnarls....Cee-Lo (as James Brown) was completely on point. He has an amazing voice - even live. Danger Mouse always seemed to be doing a good job at whatever he was doing too, and he always looked super cool doing it.

Cee-Lo stripped down for the 2-song encore
Gnarls Barkley @ Highline Ballroom

More pictures & setlist below.....

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Rihanna and Kanye West
Rihanna and Kanye

Escada Moon Sparkle has teamed up with Island Def Jam to recognize Rihanna's latest album Good Girl Gone Bad and her BELIEVE Foundation. Experience an exclusive Rihanna concert at HighLine Ballroom, Wednesday, April 9th, 2008. Tickets ONLY available with a minimum $100 purchase of Escada's latest fragrance, Moon Sparkle at participating Macy's stores - Macy's Herlad Square, Staten Island and Brooklyn - Saturday afternoon, April 5th, 2008. While supplies last.
Chicago and San Francisco info. HERE. (Thx Eduardo).

Rihanna is also going on tour with Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, and N.E.R.D. Video of the Klaxons playing with Rihanna, below...

Continue reading "Rihanna playing NYC, Chicago & CA - perfume comes w/ tix"