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Popcorn Man

Josh Ritter has added a 3rd NYC show to accompany the two he's playing at Town Hall in in May. The new one happens May 22nd at the more intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn and tickets go on AmEx presale at noon.

Lady Gaga's favorite band, Semi-Precious Weapons, are headlining their own Bowery Ballroom show on April 26th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon)

Tickets are on AmEx presale for Camera Obscura's upcooming show at Grand Ballroom.

Tickets are on AmEx presale (@ noon) for They Might Be Giants at Town Hall.

Tickets are on AmEx presale for the 2nd Black Keys show (with The Morning Benders) at Central Park Summerstage. The fan club presale has tickets too (and comes with songs).

Tickets are also still on sale for the Morning Benders show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (which is BrooklynVegan-presented and which is selling very quickly).

Tickets are on AmEx presale for Metric's show at Terminal 5 (fanclub presale is now sold out).

Tickets are still on sale for the two LCD Soundsystem shows at Terminal 5.

Damien Jurado has two NYC shows coming up that recently went on sale.

Laura Marling has 2 NYC shows coming up, both on sale now.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga has been seemingly everywhere lately -- on the road with her Monster Ball Tour, meeting the Queen of England, shooting an episode of Oprah Winfrey's show that airs later today -- and the pop star's demanding schedule may have taken a toll on her health. The singer was scheduled to play at Indiana's Purdue University last night, but canceled the show at literally the last minute. After openers Semi Precious Weapons and Jason DeRulo performed at the college's Elliott Hall of Music, the crowd was informed "Lady Gaga will not be able to take the stage this evening due to sudden illness."

"Due to exhaustion and dehydration, Lady Gaga collapsed and passed out before her show tonight in West Lafayette, Indiana," the singer's publicist tells Rolling Stone. "Her physician has advised her to take a few days off to rest." Lady Gaga's rep didn't specify how long she'll be out of commission; the Purdue show has been rescheduled for January 26th. [Rolling Stone]

Lady Gaga plays four very in demand shows at Radio City Music Hall starting Wednesday, 1/20.

photos by Tim Griffin

Ladyhawke
Ladyhawke

"New Zealand rocker Ladyhawke may sing about Paris burning, but on Wednesday it was New York City that was on fire. At the headliner of the "Perez Hilton Presents" concert at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza, Ladyhawke was well-worth her witching-hour performance, featuring crowd-friendly renditions of "Back of the Van" and "My Delirium." Unfortunately, fellow co-headliner Ida Maria was a no-show because of illness. No matter. The two surprises Hilton pulled out of his sleeve certainly made up for it.

"I'm marveling that I was able to pull it off, because I've never put on a tour before," Hilton told MTV News. "The reason why I'm doing the tour, the reason I have a record label, the reason why I write about music on my Web site is because I think music lovers like sharing good music with other music lovers."...

...Last-minute surprise act Little Boots hit the stage sans her band mates (they were stuck across town) and performed solo with only a piano to accompany her. She thanked Hilton with a run through a haunting cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" and was followed by another surprise in Kat DeLuna, whose high-octane hip-swirling show made the walls sweat." [MTV]

By "across town", they mean at Bowery Ballroom where Little Boots also played on Wednesday night (9/16). Ida Maria was in fact a no-show, though the type of illness is unclear - it may have been a case of Perez-itis because she seemed to be doing okay when she performed at the Betsey Johnson fashion show a night or two earlier. Officially it became this:
Friday, September 18, 2009

Ida Maria will not be finishing the current Perez Hilton Presents Tour. She is suffering from total exhaustion and will be heading home to Norway to rest and be under Doctor's care. Her personal statement to everyone is:

Dear Friends and Fans. I am so very sorry but I cannot finish this tour. After touring in Scandinavia, Europe, the UK, Australia, Japan and the USA for 3 years straight I am just completely exhausted. I have learned that I am not a superwoman.

I love all the bands, musicians and crew on this tour. Go see these bands! I will be back and look forward to playing you my music both new and old. The new music is in forefront of my mind. Thank you all again. See you soon. I wish you peace.

Ida Maria

One night before the Irving show Ladyhawke played the Apple Store. More pictures from Irving Plaza (NSFW - there were strippers), below...

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Yeasayer @ MHOW 12/06 (more by Ryan Muir)
Yeasayer

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* Ben Perowsky Quartet @ Barbes
* Drug Rug, Your Nature @ Union Pool
* Ida Maria, Franz Nicolay @ Maxwell's
* Tracy Bonham, Tony Scherr @ Joe's Pub
* De La Soul, Buckshot @ Nokia Theatre
* Rakim, DJ Souljah, U-God @ Highline Ballroom
* Tori Amos, One Eskimo @ Radio City Music Hall
* Necking, Piles, Work, Crime Novels @ Bruar Falls
* Prayertown, Edom, Martin Bisi, Queening @ Coco 66
* Yeasayer, Amazing Baby @ Pier 54/Hudson River Park
* Friendly Fires, The xx @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Afuche @ Zebulon
* CKY, Graveyard, ASG, Fall from Grace @ Gramercy Theatre
* Gliss, Purcane, Automatic Children, Lights On @ The Annex
* Children, Lullabye Arkestra, Violent Bullshit @ Glasslands
* Blondie, Pat Benatar, The Donnas @ Asser Levy/Seaside Park
* Bottle Up & Go, Royal Bangs, Calypso, Slim Twig @ Death By Audio
* Mike Bones, Amen Dunes, Virgin Forest, Up Died Sound @ The Cameo
* Canyons, Justin Miller & Jacques Renault @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
* Nighthorse, Barracks, Engine Room, Tee Pee Recs special guest @ Pianos
* Holy Hail, Pacific Theater, Aerial East, Bird Love @ The Ghost Factory
* Beach Fossils, Blind Man's Colour, Small Black, The Tony Castles @ Cake Shop
* Out of Doors Fest w/ Snehasish Mozumder & Som, Jake Shimabukuro, The Derek Trucks Band @ Damrosch Park

Free outdoor music tonight includes Blondie, Pat Benatar and The Donnas at Asser Levy/Seaside Park in Coney Island, a Lincoln Center Out of Doors Fest show with Snehasish Mozumder & Som, Jake Shimabukuro and The Derek Trucks Band at Damrosch Park, and Yeasayer and Amazing Baby at Pier 54/Hudson River Park.

Rakim, DJ Souljah and U-God play Highline Ballroom, while De La Soul's Three Feet High And Rising anniversary tour comes to Nokia Theatre with a 10-piece band and Buckshot. A video of "Me Myself and I" on Arsenio Hall is below.

Canyons and Justin Miller & Jacques Renault appear at a People Don't Dance No More party aboard Rocks Off Concert Cruise. Canyons was last seen over the weekend at Central Park Summerstage.

Nighthorse plays with a Tee Pee Records special guest headliner at Pianos tonight.

Brits Friendly Fires and The xx play Music Hall of Williamsburg. Last night the show was at Le Poisson Rouge.

Ida Maria visits Maxwell's with Franz Nicolay (who plays Union Pool tomorrow). She'll be back in the NYC-area on September 16th with the Perez Hilton tour, which today added Semi Precious Weapons to the bill.

San Diego's Lights On have a series of NYC shows this weekend. One is a Saturday Union Hall show with Beach Fossils and Blind Man's Colour (who play tonight at Cake Shop). Catch Lights On tonight at The Annex with Gliss, Purcane and Automatic Children.

Two nights of Animal Collective in Prospect Park begin tomorrow.

Jazz combo Mostly Other People Do the Killing play at Zebulon tonight.

Ben Perowsky Quartet plays a CD release show at Barbes for his new disc, Esopus Opus, out on Skirl Records. That CD deals in largely-accordion-driven jazz. Tonight, Perowsky (drums) will be joined by "Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, The Melvins, Electric Masada) and Matt Mitchell on piano (member of Tim Berne's new sextet), and saxophonist/clarinetist Chris Speed."

Tori Amos nears the end of her Abnormally Attracted to Sin-supporting tour tonight at Radio City Music Hall.

"Next to nothing is known at the moment about "These Are My Twisted Words," the purported new Radiohead song that mysteriously appeared online last night. Unlike "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)," which Radiohead surprise-released almost exactly one week prior (hmmm), this one seems to have materialized on various illicit music hubs without any official announcement or acknowledgment from the band." [EW]

Radiohead's new mystery song "These Are My Twisted Words" is posted below, as is a clip of Bonnie "Prince" Billy on Tim & Eric's Music Express segment.

What else?

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photos by Tim Griffin

The New York Dolls

""Oh, this is beautiful!" said singer David Johansen, who emerged before a wall-to-wall crowd in a snug black blazer and skin-tight jeans, with a silky leopard print scarf draped around his neck, and who, along with guitarist Syl Sylvain, is one of the band's two surviving original members. (Guitarist Johnny Thunders died a mysterious, drug-related death in 1991, and bassist Arthur "Killer" Kane passed away from leukemia just weeks after the British singer Morrissey reunited the Dolls for a concert in London in June 2004.)

"This is beyond my wildest dreams," the rail-thin Mr. Johansen continued a few songs later. "Did you hear that shit? That was good. Let's dance to this next one!"

To the disappointment of some in the audience, almost all the songs played during the roughly 45-minute set were new, save a half-blazing, half reggae-esque version of the iconic Dolls' anthem "Trash" during the encore. But the performance was, after all, a record release party for the band's new disc, 'Cause I Sez So, as well as the launch of Mr. Varvatos' new rock 'n' roll show on Sirius Radio, which was broadcast live. [The New York Observer]

Crowd members included John Varvatos (obviously), Carrie Dee English, Richard "Handsome Dick" Manitoba (who also has a show on Sirius-XM and will be performing at the upcoming Joey Ramone birthday bash), Racheal Ray (who is the host of her husband's show at Pianos tonight), Justin Tranter from Semi Precious Weapons (who opened for Lady Gaga at Terminal 5 on Saturday night), and rock photographers Leee Black Childers, Bob Gruen, and Tim Griffin. More of Tim's pictures from last night's show (5/5), below...

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Semi Precious Weapons & Rachael Ray @ Santos in NYC (Nicky Digital) (thx Krista)
Semi Precious Weapons and Rachel Ray

As posted earlier today, Franz Nicolay & Major General will be opening for the Pogues at Roseland Ballroom on March 13th, but that is just one of many shows the Hold Steady's moustached member has coming up. Another one is tonight, March 5th...

3/5 FRANZ NICOLAY @ Small Beast Salon
Guest-hosting & curating.
THIS WEEK: 8:15-8:45 Franz Nicolay
8:55-9:25 Yoni Gordon
9:30-10:05 Serena Jost
10:15-11 Jennifer O'Connor
@ The Delancey - 168 Delancey, NYC
Franz is doing the same thing at the Delancey with a different bill on March 12th too, and he's doing a reading at Bar Matchless on March 14th. He'll have a busy few days which almost immediately then turns into a Hold Steady trip to SXSW that starts with a pitstop in Portland for a March 16th show at the Crystal Ballroom.

At SXSW, Franz is playing one solo/Major General show, and The Hold Steady are playing two. The first HS show is Friday March 20th at Mohawk. That's a public, official SXSW appearance. The second is the next day at Maggie May's for the Tom Jones-and-Semi-Precious Weapons-loving Rachael Ray. And they're not the only ones playing her party. As previously mentioned, The Airborne Toxic Event will be there, and so will New York Dolls, Ra Ra Riot and The Thermals. You can see the whole lineup and more details on the Dunkin Donuts spokesperson's website. The picture above was taken at Rachael's NYC show at Santos last week. See more like it at Nicky Digital's site.

NY Dolls also have an official SXSW show, and Sylvain Sylvain is sitting on a SXSW panel called "The Sound and the Fury". This all in addition to a new record coming out...

After working together on the New York Dolls' influential debut in 1973, the group reunited this winter with producer Todd Rundgren to record their fourth studio album, Cause I Sez So, set for a May 5 release on Atco Records.

Recorded at Utopia Sound Studio in Kauai, Hawaii, the album features 11 original compositions and a new version of "Trash," which was on their 1973 debut album. "It was amazing working with Todd again, and I think we were able to evoke the special sound of our first album and drag it by the hair into the present," says frontman Johansen.

Prior to the album's release, the New York Dolls-David Johansen (vocals); Sylvain Sylvain (guitar); Steve Conte (guitar); Brian Delaney (drums); and Sami Yaffa (bass)-will appear at the South By Southwest (SXSW) music conference and festival in Austin, TX. [as outlined above]

No upcoming Dolls dates in NY, bit Ra Ra Riot are at NYU TONIGHT (3/5), The Hold Steady are at Irving Plaza on March 30th, and The Thermals are playing Bowery Ballroom twice in May.

The NY Times went to RR's SXSW show last year. Video below...

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DOWNLOAD: Titus Andronicus - Titus Andronicus (MP3)

photos by Michael Gruen

so, like I used to have this beard you see.. (Patrick Stickles @ Market Hotel)
Patrick Stickles

Titus Andronicus's Patrick Stickles played a solo show at Market Hotel in Brooklyn last night - he was opening for his friend Ted Leo who also played solo (and solo Cale Parks was also on the bill) (12/15). As you can see, Patrick is now without beard.

As previously posted, Titus Andronicus are playing a home-state show at Maxwell's on January 14th followed immediately by a national tour with Los Campesinos!, BUT FIRST: another NYC New Years Eve option:

Public Assembly & MEANYFEST USA present New Year's Eve Blow Out Party!

24 hour liquor license means party all night into the afternoon the next day!!!

Performances by:
*SEMI PRECIOUS WEAPONS @ 1:30
*THE JOHNS @ 12:30
*TITUS ANDRONICUS @ 10:30
+ Plus DJ VHS (LADY GA GA)!!

$35 and/or $70 tickets are on sale for the show at Public Assembly which is the venue right next door to where Crystal Castles are playing twice that night. More pictures of Patrick playing Market Hotel, below...

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words & photos by Faith-Ann Young

Lady Gaga

A bleached-blonde, jolly, skinny (and hence nearly unrecognizable) Perez Hilton stepped on stage to Friday night (10/24) at Highline Ballroom ready to party. The bands he picked to play his party were performers who guaranteed a riotous, gossip-worthy show, from soulstress diva Sharon Jones to Yo Majesty's usually-topless, feel-good, with-attitude rap, to the catsuited were-you-a-stripper-before-you-learned-to-lip-sync? Lady Gaga. It wasn't as much about the music as it was the energy- and hence the MTV-loving crowd went wild.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings kicked it off in style and soul - (those Dap Kings are getting around these days. Members were also spotted performing on October 21st with Daniel Merriweather at Mark Ronson's Allido showcase and with the Phenomenal Handclap Band at the BV showcase that same night) belting, grooving barefoot, and inviting random chicks and drag queens onstage for a sing-along.

In between sets, the drag queens ruled the dance floor - grinding, teasing, flirting and pulling at each other's hair and fake tits.

Yo Majesty's rapper Shunda K and singer Jwl B performed with a dude in a kilt and a dude in a superman spandex ensemble while laughing, joshing and rappin' back and forth to the crowd's roars.

Next up: Semi Precious Weapons, who weave a precarious line between hard rock and fake eyelashes over heavy duty eyeliner. Lead singer Justin Tranter 'affectionately' calling everyone "you bitches" and strutting his wry frame around like a cracked out professional stripper. The rest of the band provided the perfect contrast, looking right out of AFI or some other alt-rock outfit. The overwhelming amount of eye-candy throughout the set distracted from the music, which was hard rock with lyrics like "It's not my fault I look cuter in a party dress" and "I can't pay my rent but I am fucking gorgeous." Sound bloody aweful? Musically perhaps, but if you let yourself get offended, you're taking life farrrr too seriously.

Last up, came Lady Gaga. People BATTLED for front row on this- I was nearly bitten by a teething, rabid female, who was wasted and ready to slit wrists to get to front row. The chick's got a furious fan club so if you haven't heard of her yet, listen up. A brief history: she performed in a bra onstage at Lollapalooza in 2007. Though the music was god aweful, her F*-all attitude got her signed to Interscope. They marketed her, fed her cat-suit and stripper boot addiction, got her featured in W Magazine, filtered her single "Just Dance" into all the clubs and had her perform late night at gay clubs (we will call this the Madonna-music strategy). So now-a-days, the chick's "hot" in the Britney-RIP sense: white space-suit with granny panties, a troupe of boy back-up dancers and tens of thousands of dollars in moving TV screens and superfluous stage props (a glowing crystal stick anyone?) It is unknown if she was actually singing or just lipsyncing throughout the set. The teenage mob was screaming too loud to hear.

The bottomline is Perez's party wasn't about the music. It was about fun- the patent-leather, glitter, sex-for-sale sort of fun. Which meant overall it was a success, since in the Perez world of guiltless shits and giggles, you only live once anyway, so alls well that ends in glitter and catsuits.

Fun Fact: Lady Gaga is now on tour with, and opens for, the New Kids on the Block who happen to be playing Madison Square Garden tonight (Monday, October 27) (after which LG plays a free in-store at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square). More pictures from Perez's party below...

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God Help Us
Perez Hilton

Perez Hilton has announced that Lady Gaga is headlining his CMJ showcase at Highline Ballroom. One thing I know about Lady Gaga, after some research just now, is that she stripped down to some revealing clothing and performed half-naked (a state she seems most comfortable in) at Lollapalooza in 2007. I also know she calls NYC home, is signed to Interscope, is opening for New Kids on the Block at MSG, and is working with Britney Spears. Semi Precious Weapons is also on the Friday night Perez bill, and though you might not be sold on this one yet, I have heard rumors that one of my favorite/the best NYC performers/bands/soul singers is also, for better or for worse, on this bill (which he'll be announcing piecemeal as the week goes on). The only way to get in is to RSVP.

LG video below...

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