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Andrew Bird in Chicago in 2012 (more by Sara Pieper)
Andrew Bird

NYC's Summerstage 2014 schedule was just announced and as always it features a number of free and not-free "benefit" shows in Central Park. Some highlights of the free shows include:

6/28 - 'Club Classics Live!' featuring Sam Sparro; Ultra Naté; Kevin Aviance; Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin & Norma Jean Wright (ex-Chic); Company Freak w/ special guests. Plus DJ set by Andre Collins, curated by Jason King

7/8 - Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory and Luke Temple

7/9 - Beatnuts, Ana Tijoux, Bodega Bamz and DJ Tony Touch (in assocation with LAMC: The Latin Alternative Music Conference)

7/12 - Babasónicos, Juana Molina and La Santa Cecilia (in assocation with LAMC: The Latin Alternative Music Conference)

7/13 - Bonobo and Cibo Matto (celebrating 15 years of Okayplayer)

7/21 - Pete Seeger tribute w/ Anti-Flag (acoustic), Toni Blackman, The Chapin Sisters, Rebel Diaz, Steve Earle, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, James Maddock, Elizabeth Mitchell & Dan Zanes, Mike + Ruthy, Nyraine, Amanda Palmer, Michael Glabicki (of Rusted Root), The Tony Lee Thomas Band and DJ sets by Kool Herc

8/2 - Dr. John & the Night Trippers and Hurray for the RIff Raff

8/16 - Blood Orange, Moses Sumney and Sean Nicholas Savage (in association with Okayplayer)

Paid shows include Beck, Conor Oberst / Dawes, Counting Crows / Toad the Wet Sprocket, and more.

Full Central Park Summerstage 2014 schedule below...

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Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Edie Brickell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, James Taylor, and more are playing the Children's Health Fund 25th Anniversary Concert at Radio City Music Hall on October 4. Tickets for that show are very expensive and on sale now.

When we mentioned that Easy Star All-Stars put out a Michael Jackson tribute album called "Thrillah", we didn't realize they were also performing from it at Irving Plaza on 10/4. Tickets are on sale.

As mentioned, tickets are on sale for the Afghan Whigs show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets for the Delta Spirit, FIDLAR, and JEFF the Brotherhood show at Irving Plaza are on sale now.

Tickets for Lady Gaga's upcoming shows at MSG and Barclays Center go on sale at 10am.

Prong is playing Rocks Off cruise during CMJ on October 19 with Eminence and For Sleeping or Jumping. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Speaking of CMJ shows on boats, Tickets for the El-P CMJ Rocks Off cruise (also happening on 10/19) are on sale now.

If you noticed El-P's friend Killer Mike in the initial CMJ lineup, that's because Mike is opening for GZA as part of a tour that hits Irving Plaza on 10/18. Tickets are still on sale.

Tickets to see High on Fire's two upcoming NYC shows (Bowery and MHOW) go on sale today at noon.

Sam Sparro plays Webster Hall on November 30. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Tickets to see Field Report atMercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. You can also get tickets to Union Hall.

Tickets to see The Waterboys' Mike Scott at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Anais Mitchell at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Diamond Rings at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

BAIO (aka Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend) is playing Glasslands on October 26 with Germany Germany. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Iggy Azalea and Havana Brown are opening for Rita Ora at Highline Ballroom on October 30. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Theophilus London is playing Gramercy Theatre on October 20 with Chip Tha Rippa and Phony PPL. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets to the Owen shows at Mercury Lounge and Union Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see The Frank and Walters at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Kelly Hogan show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Petty Fest tickets go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Callers and Sam Mickens show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Sam Mickens also plays as a duo with Mike Pride at Death by Audio on October 14 with Aurora and Glockabelle.

Tickets are still on sale for the Jens Lekman/Taken By Trees show at Terminal 5.

RSVP to the BV Austin CMJ Party with Robert Ellis, Wild Child, The TonTons, Shakey Graves, Josiah Hall, and New York City Queens, or just show up with your CMJ badge to get in for free.

Basement Jaxx

"There's a good reason why the new record is called Scars," says Felix Buxton. "Making it has been a grueling process. When we finished recording, it felt like we'd come out of a boxing ring." His bandmate Simon Ratcliffe nods in agreement.
Basement Jaxx's new album 'Scars' will be released by Ultra and XL Records on October 6th. A little less than a month later the band will visit North America to DJ in a few major cities, including New York City of course. Tickets are now on sale for a November 7th gig at Santos Party House which doubles as FIXED's 5-year anniversary party.

'Scars' is full of guest appearances including Kelis, Maleka & Chipmunk, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Sam Sparro, Lightspeed Champion, Amp Fiddler, Yo Majesty, Yoko Ono, Paloma Faith, Lisa Kekaula, Jose Hendrix, and Jose James. All dates, the tour poster, the Scars (cover art above) tracklisting, and the video for "Raindrops", below....

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MIA @ MoMA (more by Ryan Muir)

Best Alternative Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Modern Guilt
[DGC Records/XL Recordings/Interscope]

Narrow Stairs
Death Cab For Cutie

The Odd Couple
Gnarls Barkley

Evil Urges
My Morning Jacket
[ATO Records]

In Rainbows
[TBD Records]

M.I.A. and Adele are up for Record of the Year which is not to be confused with Album of the Year which Radiohead is up for in addition to the "Best Alternative Music Album" category you see listed above. Radiohead's "House of Cards" is also up for "Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals", "Best Rock Song" and "Best Short Form Music Video". Radiohead also placed in "Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package" and "Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical" for a total of seven nominations. Make that eight if you count Jonny Greenwood's Best Score nomination for There Will Be Blood. Juno is up for Best Compilation Soundtrack. No Age is up for "Best Recording Package". Hot Chip, Daft Punk and Sam Sparro are competing for Best Dance Recording. All nominees HERE.

Sam SparroIt appears that Sam Sparro's September tour has been cancelled. According to Music Hall of Williamsburg where he was supposed to play on September 17th,

"This show has been canceled due to visa issues. Refunds available at point of purchase"
None of the other tour dates appear on Sam's MySpace anymore either. "Visa issues" is the same reason he gave last time he cancelled shows. Maybe he's not an American citizen... I have no idea. According to b news,
Sparro's own story is an intriguing, cross-continental tale. Born in Sydney, he lived here until the age of 10. In the 15 years since then, he's jumped between LA, Australia and London.

"I've moved around a lot, so I do feel more of a citizen of the world than of any particular nationality," he says.

Maybe the world won't let him play.

He also cancelled his appearance at this weekend's V Festival in the UK. I wonder if that was visa issues too.

Sam Sparro in rainbow poncho? @ Global Gathering festival - July 26, 2008 (shirlaine)
Sam Sparro

Earlier this week Sam Sparro cancelled his August 5th show at Santos Party House and promised he's "make it up in September". September it is. Eight North American shows are now scheduled for that month including September 17th at Music Hall of Williamsburg ($15 tickets on sale Thursday at noon) and the day before that at (le) poisson rouge (tickets are on sale). No Santos at all. All dates below...

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Sam Sparro @ iTunes Festival, London - July 21, 2008 (PaulJay)
Sam Sparro

"we're really bummed to say that this show has been cancelled due to visa problems! We'll make it up in September, promise!" [Sam Sparro]

Sam Sparro

Sam Sparro seems to be everyone's new (Soul, dance, electrofunk, R&B, House) guilty pleasure. I'm guilty of listening to the new self-titled CD as we speak.

I thought he (Sam himself aka "Vocals, Keytar, Guitar, Synths, Programmin") was from the UK until I finally just looked at his MySpace and found out his home is LA (moved there from Australia when he was 10). That means traveling to NYC to play Santos Party House in August shouldn't be as big of a deal for him as I originally thought. TICKETS ARE ON SALE.

Sparro's first single, Cottonmouth, was released in 2007. His second single, Black and Gold, debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 23 on March 24 2008, and then climbed 19 places to number four on March 31 due to heavy download sales. On 13 April, it rose to number 2. It peaked at number two on the UK iTunes chart. Black and Gold was also used in a commercial for the British TV show Skins. It also reached number 5 in the Irish Singles Chart. His debut album Sam Sparro was released in the UK on 28 April 2008.

In April 2008 he performed "Black and Gold" on networked chart show, hit40uk and also in Jo Whiley's Live Lounge on BBC Radio 1, where he also covered "American Boy" by Estelle. On 18th April 2008, he appeared as the musical guest on The Friday Night Project, where he performed "Black and Gold". [Wikipedia]

The record hs since gone gold in the UK and the single "Black and Gold" hit #1. Check out the videos and all tour dates (only two of which are in this country) below....

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