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Sinead O'Connor @ City Winery, NYC - 11/8/2013
Sinead O'Connor

"The shows were all sold out and I had no luck getting tickets from brokers. But I went to City Winery anyway and scored a standing room spot for the show. I didn't know what to expect and I was blown away. She was nothing short of brilliant! She played a mix of new and old, reggae and Irish soul and her brand of rock pop. She sounded amazing and she looked like her old self -- fit, healthy and happy. She joked with the crowd and seemed to really enjoy performing. She commanded her band as well as the sound people with confidence and forcefulness and the kind of perfectionism that truly great musicians all have. My favorite tunes were "4th and Vine," "Three Babies," and "Last Day of Our Acquaintance." She also did a flawless version of her mega hit "Nothing Compares 2 U."" [PopDust]
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor just wrapped up her three-night stint at NYC's City Winery, part of her fall North American tour. Though she's gotten more attention lately for open letters to Miley Cyrus, let's not forget she's got a string of great songs and her voice is still in fine form. Pictures from her first of the three City Winery shows (11/8) are in this post.

More below...

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1) Sinead O'Connor writes a letter to Miley Cyrus
2) Amanda Palmer writes a letter to Sinead O'Connor
3) Sinead O'Connor writes a second letter to Miley Cyrus
4) Sinead O'Connor writes a third letter to Miley
5) Sinead O'Connor and Miley Cyrus' Twitter feud was spoofed on South Park (along with the Yo Gabba Gabba characters). Via Metro...

Their feud hit fever pitch when Sinead penned an open letter to Miley following her erratic behaviour including a controversial MTV VMAs performance which saw her twerking semi-naked and appearing naked in her Wrecking Ball video.

And in [Wednesday's (11/6) South Park] episode, Sinead is called upon to help children's entertainers Yo Gabba Gabba persuade Foofa to stop her raunchy self-destructive behaviour.

Sound familiar?

The parallels don't stop there - Foofa is determined to show her more adult side and is planning a saucy MTV VMAs performance.

Check out a clip from the episode below.

Sinead's tour hits NYC for three sold-out nights at City Winery starting tonight (11/8) and continuing through Sunday (11/10).

Her tour also just hit Chicago's City Winery, and a review via Chicago Tribune reads:

She played the hits from her 1990 blockbuster "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" -- "Nothing Compares 2 U," which grew from a simple acoustic-guitar-and-piano arrangement, and a hard-charging "The Emperor's New Clothes," which had O'Connor grinning when she spotted audience members pogoing off to the side -- plus a ferocious "Jackie" from 1987's "The Lion and the Cobra," but this was no nostalgia trip.

O'Connor and her band transformed "Thank You for Hearing Me," from 1994's "Universal Mother," into a kind of rave-up hymn, one that elicited a standing ovation at the end. But the bulk of the show came from 2012's "How About I Be Me (and You Be You)?", which feels like a natural follow-up to "I Do Not Want ..." after her explorations of religious music, reggae and traditional tunes. These were songs raising the hairs on the backs of concertgoers' necks: from the harrowing junkie's pleas of "Reason with Me" to the raucous "The Wolf Is Getting Married" to the withering closing hymn "V.I.P.," which says more about celebrity than any of her open letters to Cyrus.

And since we're talking about it, it'd be wrong not to give Brooklyn fair warning that Miley Cyrus will be returning to Barclays Center on April 5, the same place her VMAs performance gave us everything from Halloween costume ideas to the need to explain to our moms what twerking is. Tickets to that show go on sale Saturday, 11/16 at 10 AM.

South Park video below...

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Earlier today Sinead O'Connor posted a letter to Miley Cyrus, a letter that Amanda Palmer then reacted to, and a letter to which Miley herself (who just let Terry Richardson post even more extremely risque photos) reacted to on Twitter. That reaction by Miley led to a second letter by Sinead, which you can read below...

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Earlier today we posted a letter that Sinead O'Connor wrote to Mikey Cyrus (and update: now another letter too). Now Amanda Palmer has written a letter to Sinead about that letter, and you can read it in full below....

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Iceage in Portland in March (more by Autumn Andel)
Iceage

Copenhagen punks Iceage are still out supporting this year's You're Nothing and before the year ends, they'll follow it with a 7" on Matador, due out November 19. The 7" features covers of Sinead O'Connor's "Jackie" and the Bahumutsi Drama Group's "To the Comrades." You can listen to streams of both covers below.

As discussed, Iceage bring their current tour back to NYC for shows at Acheron on 10/15 with Pharmakon, Believer/Law, and Cold Ones (tickets); and again at the same venue the next night (10/16) with Survival (not the Hunter Hunt-Hendrix one), Ivy and Nuklear Blast Suntan (tickets). Updated dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, speaking of Sinead O'Connor, she just wrote an open letter to notorious pop star of the moment, Miley Cyrus. The letter begins:

Dear Miley,

I wasn't going to write this letter, but today i've been dodging phone calls from various newspapers who wished me to remark upon your having said in Rolling Stone your "Wrecking Ball" video was designed to be similar to the one for "Nothing Compares" ... So this is what I need to say ... And it is said in the spirit of motherliness and with love.

I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way "cool" to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether it's the music business or yourself doing the pimping.

Read the rest of the letter, along with the Iceage song streams and list of tour dates, below...

(and, update: a SECOND LETTER)

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Sinead O'Connor @ Lincoln Square Fest 7/27/-2013 (via @cartographynyc)
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It's not unusual for a mid- or late-career white pop singer to declare an interest in African-American gospel music, especially from the 1950s, considered its late golden age. Gospel contains forces such singers might desire access to: virtuosity, resistance, belief, magic. But the picture feels different when the pop singer is, say, a 46-year-old Irish female priest -- ordained in 1999 by an independent Catholic group not recognized by the church -- with serious interests in Rastafari and Hinduism and serious problems with organized religion.

Sinead O'Connor wore a priest's collar, camouflage pants and bare feet in her first major experiment in this music, her "Gospel Sessions" concerts on Friday and Saturday night at Alice Tully Hall, part of the Lincoln Center Festival. The shows were facilitated by the producer Chris Goldsmith, but you could tell that Ms. O'Connor's gears were turning. Here was a project she desired to make thoroughly her own, a need carried out with specificity. A few parts of Friday's concert came off beautifully, and a few more felt respectfully undercooked. But Ms. O'Connor remained careful and joyful, making adjustments as she went. - [NY Times]

Sinead O'Connor just played two nights at Alice Tully Hall (July 26 & 27) as part of the Lincoln Center Festival which wrapped up over the weekend. The Irish singer just announced she'll be back this fall for a North American tour that includes a three-night stint in NYC at City Winery from November 8 - 10. Tickets are currently on "VinoFile" presale and will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday (7/31).

All Sinead O'Connor tour dates are listed below...

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DOWNLOAD: John Grant - "Black Belt" (MP3)

John Grant (middle) w/ Midlake at SXSW 2011 (more by Bill Pearis)
John Grant

John Grant released his new, synthier album, Pale Green Ghosts, in the UK earlier this year, and as mentioned, it comes out in the US on May 14 via Partisan. The album features guest vocals from Sinead O'Connor and was produced by Biggi Veira of Iceland's Gus Gus. John will be supporting the album with a previously discussed tour that hits NYC on April 25 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are still available, and if you can't make it, you can watch the live stream from the comfort of your own home. His tour was recently expanded, and all upcoming tour dates are listed below.

Ahead of the album's US release, John also had Hercules and Love Affair remix one of its tracks, "Black Belt." You can stream that clubby remix below and compare it to the original track, which you can download above.

In less positive news, John recently spoke to The Guardian about his 2011 diagnosis of being HIV positive, a topic he confronts on the new album:

Only after his HIV diagnosis has Grant accepted that he hadn't conquered his addiction but simply transferred it from substances to sex. "If I can't go out and do fat rails [of cocaine] off the bathroom floor at a club, I want to at least have my sex, because sex is natural. Nobody's going to deny me that, right? But that's just cheating. I was out there fucking for a purpose, to hurt myself, to punish myself for not being good enough. And when I realised I had to deal with that too, I was just so tired. I was like, Are you kidding me? I can't relate in a normal way to anything! I mean, it's enough to make you despair."
Head to The Guardian to read more, like John discussing his collaborations with Sinead O'Connor. There's also a great feature on John in the May 2013 issue of MOJO which is on newsstands now.

Updated dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...

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Gorillaz at MSG in 2010
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As mentioned, the 2013 Lincoln Center Festival is taking place this July. Tickets to all shows in the festival go on sale today (4/8).

The shows include Monkey: Journey to the West, created by theater director Chen Shi-Zheng teamed up with Gorillaz members Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, which runs for the entire span of the festival from July 6-28. It also includes SInead O'Connor: The Gospel Sessions at Alice Tully Hull's Starr Theatre from July 26-27, and Zorn@60 in celebration of John Zorn's 60th birthday at Alice Tully Hall on July 18 and 20.

The festival also features the US premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Michaels Reise Um Die Erde with German ensemble musikFabrik on July 18 and 20 at Avery Fisher Hall, and Mongolia's Hanggai Band at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse on July 16, and still more. Full program schedule HERE.

Monkey: Journey to the West
Monkey

Damon Albarn has never had a problem proving his versatility. The Blur frontman's side projects have encompassed everything from cult animators to African drummers, so it seems apt that his latest attempt at a cross-cultural balancing act culminates in a teetering tableau of spinning dishes.

Monkey: Journey to the West features music by Albarn with designs by Gorillaz collaborator Jamie Hewlett, and was conceived and directed by the Chinese opera specialist Chen Shi-Zheng. Co-commissioned by the Manchester International Festival, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and the Staatsoper Berlin, it's a high-octane, 90-minute rock'n'roll circus, performed in Mandarin and featuring over 50 Chinese acrobats, martial arts experts and a team of tiny contortionists so pliable they could have flown over as cabin luggage. - [The Guardian, June 2007}

Monkey: Journey to the West, created by Chen Shi-Zheng, Damon Albarn, and Jamie Hewlett will open the 2013 Lincoln Center Festival. It will have 27 performances running from July 6 - 28, which is also the span of the Festival.

The Festival also includes Sinéad O'Connor: The Gospel Sessions where the Irish singer explores the American gospel soul. That happens at Alice Tully Hall's Starr Theatre on July 26 - 27.

There's also Zorn@60, which celebrates John Zorn's 60th birthday with two concerts at Alice Tully Hall on July 18 and 20. The first night (7/18) features a female vocal quintet performing Zorn's Song of Song and his latest mystery play, The Holy Visions.The second night (7/20) features Zorn's complete string quartets performed together for the very first time.

Also at the Festival: the U.S. premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Michaels Reise Um Die Erde which features German contemporary music ensemble musikFabrik (July 18 & 20 at Avery Fisher Hall); and Mongolia's Hanggai Band at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse on July 16.

Full program schedule and dates are here. Tickets to all Lincoln Center Festival performances are currently on sale for Friends of Lincoln Center, and the general on-sale happens April 8.

53%ers
Jay Z Beyonce Obama

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

Jay-Z & Beyonce raised a cool $4M for Barack Obama at their benefit last night ("Beyonce could not be a better role model for my girls," Obama said,). Go on and brush your shoulders off, Jigga.

If you bought a ticket to that fundraiser, may we interest you in a live entertainment company?

Meanwhile, the President was on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, chatting about the Mitt Romney "47%" video and other things. Watch it below.

In other money news, Amanda Palmer is now going to pay those previously-volunteer musicians and her new LP debuted at #10 on Billboard.

If you were wondering the #1 album is, it's Dave Matthews Band's Away from the World which beat out Bob Dylan. The xx's Coexist came in at #5, not too bad!

Check out what David Byrne & St. Vincent played last night in Chicago.

Look at pictures from our Jon Spencer Blues Explosion record release party that was last night.

Hope to see you at our Rafiq Batia record release party that Anti-Pop Consortium is also playing.

Check out an excellent profile piece on the legendary Neil Young that appeared in the NY Times Magazine.

Sinead O'Connor wrote to Russian president Vladmir Putin, demanding Pussy Riot's release. Is that helping or hurting?

Deftones are back with "Leathers", the new song from their upcoming Koi No Yokan due on 11/13. Check out that song below in a video stream and/or down load your copy at their site.

more stuff below...

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This was announced last month, but I'm admittedly not paying close attention to what is up with Sinead, and just realized it when I saw that tonight's Beacon Theater show was cancelled...

"With enormous regret I must announce that I have to cancel all touring for the year as am very unwell due to bi polar disorder," she revealed in an online message.

The Irish singer added, "So very stupidly I ignored his advice to my great detriment, attempting to be stronger than I actually am."

The 45-year-old vocalist played a few shows earlier this year and was supposed to hit the road again this spring behind her new album, "How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?."

In December, O'Connor announced her split from therapist Barry Herridge after 16 days of marriage. They tried to reconcile, but eventually called it quits in January 2012. [CBS]

Feel better Sinead.

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Tickets go on sale at noon for Washed Out's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It will sell out quick.

Tickets go on sale at noon for Reggie Watts's headlining show at Webster Hall. I wonder how fast it will sell out.

Guns n' Roses tribute band Mr. Brownstone rise from the grave again for a show at Bowery Ballroom on May 19th. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Tickets go on sale at noon for Norah Jones's Summerstage show.

Refused and OFF! tickets are also on sale at noon.

Sinead O'Connor (I don't know) is back again in May for a tour that includes May 19th at Wellmont Theater (on sale at noon) and May 22nd at Beacon Theater (on sale at noon). She recently played two sold out shows at Highline Ballroom (right around the time Pitchfork gave her new album an impressive 7.6). All tour dates are listed below...

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Sinead O'Connor @ Joe's Pub, NYC - June 26, 2007 (CRED)
Sinead O'Connor @ Joes Pub

Not that the comments aren't always a poll, but I'm especially interested to here what people think about Sinead O'Connor. Who likes her enough to buy tickets this Friday (presale) & Saturday for her show October 23rd @ Beacon Theater? I'm not knocking her - I'm just really wondering what people's interest is in Sinead, and I'm admittedly not very up on her recent music - that includes her new album Theology. Her last two NYC appearances were small ones - see pictures above and below. She also made a controversial appearance on WNYC while she was here - listen at their site. All tour dates below too....

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