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Black Mountain

Black Mountain will be visiting NYC in September. Tickets for shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall go on sale Saturday at noon. In related news, Black Mountain are part of this year's Sub Pop singles club, and Black Mountain are featured on a track on the new Unkle album ("End Titles...Stories for Film" - out July 15). More pictures from the show Black Mountain played at Mess With Texas in March, and all tour dates, below....

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Santos Party House

Duh. I forgot to mention that the Belaire show on Saturday at Market Hotel is being headlined by Vivian Girls (June 28, 2008). You'll also find them at Todd P's unamplified BBQ on Sunday. Their last NYC show was the infamous VICE party at Santos. More pictures from that and all tour dates below...

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Ladytron @ Terminal 5

Datarock have some catchy recorded songs, and their stage show is good for pictures if nothing else. They've been on tour with Ladytron and the other night they opened for them at Terminal 5. More pictures from that show (June 25, 2008) below...

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Crystal Antlers @ Mess With Texas

Long Beach, California's Crystal Antlers have been getting a lot of buzz lately with the release of a new EP. You can listen to some songs on MySpace and check them out at one of their many upcoming shows including three in NYC. The first NYC one is an Other Music in-store on July 7th. The second is a Friction show at Mercury Lounge on July 8th that Chairlift and Religious Knives are also playing. Tickets for that one are on sale. The third is a "loft party with Monotonix" on July 12th - an afterparty for the F Yeah tour show happening at Highline Ballroom that day. And though they're not playing either of the F Yeah Tour regular shows in NYC, they are playing shows on that tour in many other cities.

Sean Carlson is the guy behind the Fuck Yeah Fest, the Fuck Yeah Tour, and is also half of the team that does the now-annual Mess With Texas festival in Austin during SXSW (the other half is Transmission Entertainment, who btw just launched a fancy new website). I saw Crystal Antlers at Mess With Texas this year. It's a bit of a blur, but I remember they were wacky, their clothes were coming off, and I didn't know who they were at first because they were a last minute addition and the schedule still said the band who was originally playing in their time slot. More pics by Ryan from that show, and all tour dates, below....

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Ladytron @ Terminal 5

Sunday Mall: Why is the [new] album called Verocifero?

Ladytron: It means carrier of speed. It was the title of a track which didn't make it on the album but we liked the name so much we kept it. Scooters and pushbikes also go by the name. We Googled it and found it was also the title of a 19th-century Italian opera. We just liked it because of the speed of velocity.

Ladytron played Terminal 5 with Datarock last night (June 25, 2008). More pictures below...

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Ulrich Schnauss

If you've never heard or seen a theremin played, it's otherworldly. That's often why you'll hear the theremin in old scary movies or when alien ships arrive. Think Mars Attacks! And playing it, Dorit often seemed entranced or possessed with hand movements and gestures both subtle and flailing. Wonderful beginning. [Mf]
Theremenist Dorit Chrysler opened for Ulrich Schnauss at the World Financial Center's Winter Garden on Tuesday night (June 24, 2008). Chiaki Watanabe provided the visuals. More pictures below....

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watching Ulrich Schnauss @ the Winter Garden, NYC - June 24, 2008
Ulrich Schnauss

His music is hard to describe. A combination of machine music and classic shoegaze, his tunes often remind me of a waterfall of sonic wonder, layer upon layer that could easily sound like chaos, but somehow manages to transport the listener somewhere else. It's as if the rain starts slowly and then becomes a deluge. If you haven't heard him, check out his albums. Great works. [Mf]
Now that last night's free show at the World Financial Center happened it can be announced that Ulrich Schnauss will also be playing a show at Union Hall in Brooklyn tonight (June 25, 2008). Auburn Lull, Luxa and Screen Vinyl Image are also on the bill. More pictures from the Winter Garden, and all tour dates, below....

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Christy Turlington (and opener Ed Burns) enjoying Chris Martin @ MSG
Coldplay @ MSG

Actresses Charlize Theron and Kirsten Dunst joined supermodel Helena Christensen in the 10,000-strong audience.

The New York event was the band's third free show, following gigs in London and Barcelona, to promote new album Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends.

They gave away thousands of tickets through their website - although some were said to be changing hands for up to $800 a pair on eBay. The title track, Viva La Vida, has given the band their first ever number one single in both the US and the UK. Its popularity has been boosted by its use as the soundtrack to an iTunes advert. [Telegraph]

Coldplay played a free show at Madison Square Garden in NYC last night (June 23, 2008). More pictures and stuff below...

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Modest Mouse @ Music Hall

Announced that (yesterday) morning, Modest Mouse played an intimate late show last night (this morning) at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn after they played Madison Square Garden opening for R.E.M.. They went on around 2:30am, were pulled off stage around 4:00. They didn't play "Float On". More pictures below...

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Love is All @ Market Hotel

Love is All @ Market Hotel

caUSE co-MOTION! also played the Market Hotel show with Love is All and the Vivian Girls. More pictures below...

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Sigur Ros @ MoMa

Sigur Ros @ MoMa

Sigur Ros @ MoMa

Sigur Ros
TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2008
7:00-11:00 P.m.
MoMA

PopRally invites you to a special performance by the celebrated Icelandic band Sigur Rós, in conjunction with the exhibition Take your time: Olafur Eliasson.

Featuring thirty-eight works installed at both MoMA and P.S.1, Take your time explores the highly experimental work of Olafur Eliasson, whose immersive environments and large-scale installations elegantly recreate the extremes of landscape and atmosphere in his native Iceland. Eliasson's work recontextualizes elements such as light, water, ice, fog, stone, and moss to create unique situations that shift viewers' perceptions of place and self.

Sigur Rós creates ethereal, transcendent music that often induces a feeling of wonderment--a stirring accompaniment to Eliasson's explorations of space, color, and illumination.

This event includes an exclusive viewing of Take your time, which closes to the public on June 30.

I think Sigur Ros surprised everyone yesterday (Icelandic National Day) by playing for almost two hours. Less surprising was that a museum lobby is not the ideal setting for a concert. It wasn't bad. There were just a lot more people talking and drinking and walking around than at the completely silent, seated show at Grand Ballroom the night before. MoMA also doesn't have a stage. More pictures, and the setlist from the museum show, below....

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DOWNLOAD: Vivian Girls - Where Do You Run To (MP3)

Vivian Girls

Henry Joseph Darger (April 12[?], 1892-April 13, 1973) was a reclusive American writer and artist who worked as a janitor in Chicago, Illinois. He has become famous for his posthumously discovered 15,145-page fantasy manuscript called The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, along with several hundred drawings and watercolor paintings illustrating the story. Darger's work has become one of the most celebrated examples of outsider art. [Wikipedia]
Love is All @ Market Hotel

There are a lot of bands named after Darger's Vivian Girls. Brooklyn's Vivian Girls are the ones commonly found playing shows presented by Todd P like the one pictured here in which they opened for Love is All at Market Hotel on Saturday (June 14, 2008). Vivian Girls are also playing Santos Party House on Thursday with The Muslims. The Muslims are also playing Market Hotel on Tuesday. Vivian Girls play Market Hotel again on June 28th. More pictures from Saturday's show below....

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Love is All @ Market Hotel

Love is All delivered another wildly entertaining set in NYC on Saturday night, this time at Market Hotel in Bushwick. The scene was sticky, hot and sweaty - a sauna full of jubilant fans who made their way out in the thunder and lightning to see the band from Sweden play in Brooklyn. The storm brought significant downpours, but that did nothing to cool off the steaming temperature at Market Hotel. [The Sky Report]
The third and last NYC Love is All show (for now) is tonight. The first was at Cake Shop. More pictures from Market Hotel (June 14, 2008) below....

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Vampire Weekend @ Summerstage

Vampire Weekend @ Summerstage

Vampire Weekend @ Summerstage

As expected, people started lining up early for the free Vampire Weekend show in Central Park on Saturday afternoon (June 14, 2008). As also expected, there was rain. Neither of those factors scared a significant amount of people away though. Vampire Weekend played to an extremely enthusiastic and packed house. Born Ruffians opened the 4 pm show. Then it rained. Then came Kid Sister. Vampire Weekend was last. Andrew W.K. hyped up the crowd between acts and later joined Vampire Weekend on stage on some songs including a cover of Tom Petty's "Don't Come Around Here No More". A video of that cover and more pictures of VW, WK, and the wet crowd, below...

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Gnarls Barkley @ the Apple STore

Gnarls Barkley @ the Apple STore

Gnarls Barkley played a 5-song set of stripped down "rare minimalist versions" of their songs at the SoHo Apple Store in Manhattan on Tuesday (June 10, 2008).

setlist
1. Surprise
2. Run
3. Whose Gonna Save Your Soul
4. I Feel Better
5. Crazy
They played Letterman the day before that and Irving Plaza the day before that. More Apple pictures below...

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MIA @ MoMA

M.I.A. played the same benefit that Special Disco Version did on Tuesday night ("to support the Museum's award-winning educational programs and the care, study, and exhibition of its collection") (June 10, 2008). M.I.A. also played a much bigger and more public and proper show at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn a few nights earlier. At MoMA, the cheapest ticket was $250.

MIA @ MoMA

I talked to one person who was at MoMA (but not at the black tie dinner that preceeded the dance party). They said...

It was really fun. The venue was spectacular. The show was so incredibly different from McCarren Pool. MIA didn't start until after 11. I think she's delightful and has an infectious energy no matter the setting, but this was definitely a performance that was catered to the event and the crowd. No wacky outfits, no political videos, no questions about whether we were choosing money or people, etc. Her mic didn't seem to be turned up enough, so her vocals sounded muddled at times. She made a comment about elitism that ironically elicited cheers and she asked the crowd if they had an extra $10 to donate to [didn't catch the cause]. The sightlines kind of sucked for a show with so much movement as there were two large poles on either side of the stage that frequently covered her. I'd say that about 30% of the attendees knew who she was. Again, so different from McCarren.

The crowd was fascinating. Black tie and cocktail dresses. Not my usual scene, obviously, but great people watching.

The stage background was decorated with charts and graphs depicting things like mortality and starvation rates. Like at McCarren, M.I.A. was joined on stage by Afrikan Boy (who told "anybody in the crowd with more than one dollar in they pocket to make some noise"). Unlike at McCarren, M.I.A. was joined on stage by Mos Def. He helped sing "Paper Planes". More pics from the party HERE and below.....

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MoMA

Special Disco Version @ MoMA

M.I.A. will give gave an exclusive benefit performance--to support the Museum's award-winning educational programs and the care, study, and exhibition of its collection--at the Party in the Garden After-Dinner Dance on Tuesday, June 10th, from 9 PM-midnight (10:30 PM performance), at The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Manhattan.

The evening will also feature featured a DJ performance by 'Special Disco Version' featuring James Murphy and Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem.

The M.I.A. pictures are coming. In the meantime, pleaes enjoy some champagne....

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Ponytail @ Knitting Factory

Ponytail tore up the Knitting Factory Tap Bar on Saturday night (May 31, 2008). The show was sparsely attended with minimal crowd movement, but that didn't stop the always-energetic Ponytail from having fun and putting on a great show (as usual...). Back in 2007 Baltimore City paper wrote...

With all due deference to last year's winner, the Death Set--and Dan Deacon--there isn't a live band in town spilling over with more infectious energy than Ponytail. Playing the giddy no-wave/math-rock of Deerhoof or OOIOO with the amped-up abandon of a high-school garage band, Ponytail thrashes with a complexity that feels ebullient rather than tight-assed. But it's singer Molly Siegel, the screeching and cooing Thumbelina who sounds like Ari Up imitating Elmo and Cookie Monster, that makes Ponytail something really special. Best of all, the band's new material, which it's currently road-testing live for a possible 2008 release, finds it exploring even more ornate shapes for its neon-colored prog-punk without sacrificing an ounce of its speed-freak bounce.
WZT Hearts and Thank You made up the rest of the all-Baltimore-band bill. More pics of Ponytail below....

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Duran Duran @ Summerstage

Despite the rain at times, Duran Duran played their 2nd of two shows at Central Park Summerstage in NYC last night (May 31, 2008). More pictures from the show below....

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Lucky Dragons @ Whitney Museum

Lucky Dragons @ Whitney Museum

It's not easy to get people to interact with each other at shows. But Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara of L.A. experimental duo Lucky Dragons have it down pat. It's all about a box that turns electrical resistance into sound.

Fischbeck created a box that contains four braided wires, or "touchers," extend from it, and the whole contraption feeds into a laptop. Fischbeck and Rara often perform in small gallery spaces, where they present the box to an audience by setting it on the floor. The touchers produce channels of feedback when touched, but here's the catch: the audience has to touch each other as well. At least two people have to touch each other and touch a wire to trigger the first note. Lucky Dragons calls the concept "Make a Baby."

"Everyone playing Make a Baby has to form a bridge between each other for it to work," Rara says. The device produces a series of tonal progressions based on different levels of electrical resistance. The progressions are created by the number of people who touch each other and the way they touch each other.

Adding more layers of meaning, Fischbeck and Rara describe Make a Baby as a game and a ritual. "There's a lot of magic in these performances. [It's] asking people to do things they wouldn't ordinarily think made any sense," Fischbeck says. [Venus Zine]

More pictures from Friday night's free show at the Whitney Museum (part of the 2008 Biennial Live Series) below....

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Devotchka @ Terminal 5

DeVotchKa are the true gypsies of rock n' roll, taking big hunks of everything, notably Mexican and Russian sounds, and putting it together for both thunderous and symphonic purposes. When backed by their string section, they are luscious, atmospheric. But when they are at their basic 4, they are whip-snapping, Moricone-rock connoisseurs. This dynamic can be summed up purely in lead singer/guitarist Nick Urata, who can serenade like a crooner before sending the crowd straight to hell. Mad professor of strings and various keyboards Tom Hagerman and drummer/horn man Shawn King administer their departments with the upmost duty, and Jeanie Schroder is a thumping, solid bass player when she isn't possibly the only woman who can dance around in a dress while playing a sousaphone. [Sonic Parthenon]
More pictures from last night's show at Terminal 5 (May 20, 2008) below....

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MSTRKRFT

MSTRKRFT

Alex English, James Murphy, LA Riots, Does It Offend You Yeah? and even Grandmaster Flash deejayed the party at Webster Hall on Friday night (May 16, 2008), but people didn't start going completely nuts until MSTRKRFT took the stage. More pictures below....

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Beirut @ MHOW

It was almost two years ago that Beirut played in the venue that occupied the same space that they played last night (May 18, 2008). I don't know what my point is. Last night's last-minute Brooklyn show at MHOW was really great (2 encores, some covers, all the hits, and kick ass new songs). More pictures & comments, and the setlist, below....

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