Entries tagged with: Stephen Colbert
photos by PSquared; words by Andrew Sacher
Last month, Anderson .Paak released Malibu, his first album since getting a serious career boost by being the breakout star of Dr. Dre's album Compton. He came to NYC this week to celebrate (after being delayed by Winter Storm Jonas), hitting The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday (2/3) and a sold-out SOB's show last night (2/4).
Last night's show began with just Anderson's DJ on stage, and seconds later Anderson's voice started coming through the PA as he slowly made his way to the stage. It was pretty clear from that instant that he'd have the crowd in the palm of his hands the whole night. He introduced his next song by shouting out Dr. Dre and DJ Premier (the latter of whom was in the house) and then played his Dre/Premo collab "Animals" from Compton. Once he got into the Malibu stuff, his ace band joined him on stage. In addition to the DJ (who also plays electronic drum pads), he's got a guitarist and a bassist, and Anderson himself takes over on live drums for about half the set. He's most entertaining when he's up front, so it's almost too bad that there isn't another full-time drummer, but when he gets behind that kit he kills. He's easily as good at drumming as he is at singing and rapping, and when he really goes off (like at the end of the Colbert performance), it's truly a sight to be seen and had the SOB's crowd was howling.
If you haven't seen Anderson .Paak yet, don't miss the chance. It was one of those shows where the album is already great but the live show just brings it to a whole other level.
Marcus Machado and Jay Watts opened, but we missed the latter. Check out more pictures from SOB's and the Colbert video below...
Last night, Michael C. Hall performed "Lazarus," the title track to David Bowie's new musical, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Hall, who you may know from Dexter or Six Feet Under and who also has played the lead in the Bowie-inspired Hedwig in the Angry Inch, stars in the musical theatre production which is playing at New York Theatre Workshop though January 17 (sold out but you can always try for rush tickets). Watch Hall's Late Show performance below.
"Lazarus," is also the new single off Bowie's new album '★' (out January 8) and if you haven't heard it you can stream that below. Hall also shot a Colbert promo where he claims to actually be David Bowie. It's odd and very Bowie-esque. Watch that below as well.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
One of the many things that the holiday season means is that television hosts will engage in holiday-themed interviews or jokes or gags or stunts on their show. Sometimes these gags involve Will Ferrell singing Smash Mouth's "All Star," other times they involve former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins.
Hank showed up on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he and Colbert sang a heavy version of "Carol of the Bells." The result is somehow more hilarious than you could expect for a man who has a worm named after him. Check out the video below.
Rollins also stars in a movie coming out very soon called He Never Died, which involves cannibalism. He also recently appeared on FX's You're the Worst, which is one of the very best shows on television, and he joined Dinosaur Jr. during their massive 7-night Bowery Ballroom run. Generally speaking he seems to be as busy as always (he also has some fun holiday plans).
Check out those Colbert videos and the red-band trailer for He Never Died below...
photos by Ebru Yildiz
Corin Tucker / Carrie Brownstein / Meredith Graves @ Irving Plaza - 12/14/15
Sleater-Kinney continued their sold-out five-night run of NYC shows last night (12/14) at Irving Plaza with Perfect Pussy opening. So far the setlists have been similar but not exactly the same, and each show gets a cover. The cover last night was the same as night 2: Fred Armisen joining for The B-52s' "Rock Lobster." Check out coverage of nights 1 and 2 here. Pictures and setlist from night 3 are in this post.
The run continues tonight (12/15) at MHOW with Charly Bliss and ends on Wednesday (12/16) at Market Hotel, which is that venue's first real show back. Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo opens that one.
S-K also stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert yesterday and played "Bury Our Friends" off this year's great comeback album, No Cities to Love. Watch the video of that below.
For Perfect Pussy, that show came after singer Meredith Graves played three shows with Kevin Devine and friends (pictures, video and review from Brooklyn and Philly), and right before their tour with Big Ups, which begins in Easthampton, MA tonight. It hits NYC on Friday (12/18) at MHOW with DFA's Guerilla Toss playing too (tickets). Speaking of Big Ups, they just released a new song.
More pictures of S-K and PP at Irving, plus S-K's setlist an their Colbert video, below...
David Bowie will release a new single, "Lazarus," this week. It's both the title track from his new musical and on his new album ★ (aka Blackstar). It'll be available Thursday (12/17) via BBC 6Music and NPR, and will be physically released on Friday (12/18). If three days seems like an eternity, you can get a taste now via an teaser video, below.
Also on Thursday, the cast of Lazarus will perform the song on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, so set those DVRs.
photos by Greg Cristman
Dinosaur Jr at Bowery Ballroom, with Lee Ranaldo - 12/7/15
Kurt Vile has been in NYC to guest at more than one of the seven Dinosaur Jr shows, including the finale last night (12/9). Before last night's show, Kurt, his band the Violators, and Dino Jr frontman J Mascis headed to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform "Pretty Pimpin," the excellent (and very popular) lead track off KV's album b'lieve i'm goin' down.... Watch the video, which has one of the more psychedelic light shows you're likely to see on Colbert, below.
Meanwhile, we've already written up something on all seven Dino Jr shows, but now we've got a set of pictures from Night 5 (12/7), the show that featured Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz, Lee Ranaldo, Thalia Zedek, Todd Barry, Andrew Labrecque, famed indie rock producer Don Fleming, Don's ex-Gumball bandmate Jay Spiegel, and host Henry Rollins.
Lastly, Kurt's lengthy week in NYC also included an appearance at Cyndi Lauper's holiday show at the Beacon on 12/5. Watch Kurt and Cyndi play Cyndi's "Money Changes Everything" and cover The Rolling Stones' "As Tears Go By" at that show, below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Tame Impala @ Terminal 5, 10/7/2015
After turning Radio City Music Hall dayglo on Tuesday (10/6), Tame Impala headed to their second NYC show of the week, this time at Terminal 5. With them came that dazzling light show, opener LA Priest (aka onetime Late of Pier singer Sam Dust), and the exact same setlist as Radio City Music Hall. Anybody go to both shows? Pics from the whole T5 show are in this post. Up next for the ever-rising Australians: heading back to Austin for the second weekend of the 2015 ACL Fest.
Also on Wednesday, Tame Impala stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to play current Currents single "The Less I Know The Better" and you can watch video of that, and check out more T5 pics, below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
"The Arcs tonight at Bowery Ballroom were amazing. Dan Auerbach's guitar skills gave me goosebumps & the whole band is great. So cool to have witnessed one of their first shows." - @sbaer2
Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach's new band with Richard Swift and more, The Arcs, made their live debut earlier this month and got in another sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (9/26). It was a much smaller show than the one they'll play at Terminal 5 on December 9 on their upcoming proper tour. If you didn't go to the show, did you stream it live? Pictures, including shots of openers Mariachi Flor de Toloache, are in this post.
The Arcs also played "Outta My Mind" on Colbert the day before the Bowery show. On that show, Auerbach also took part in a skit where he performed a song by "Blind Freddy Blind Man." Both videos below.
The Dead Weather's new album Dodge and Burn will be out September 25 via Third Man Records and the band have shared a new song from it, "Cop And Go." It's an arena-ready belter with Alison Mosshart and Jack White wailing as much as the guitars do. Listen, and check out the video to "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)," below.
While there have been no tour plans announced yet, The Dead Weather will be in NYC on Monday (9/14) to play The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
As you may know, Stephen Colbert is busy with his own new talk show, but he's still making time for other things. He'll be at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on November 21 to talk with director J.J. Abrams. This "Nerd-Off" happens a little less than a month before JJ Abrams' much-anticipated new film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters worldwide. Tickets are currently on presale (use password "NERDOFF") and go on sale to the general public on Friday (9/11) at 10 AM. Proceeds from this event benefit The Montclair Film Festival, "New Jersey's leading film non-profit."
Stephen Colbert made his debut as host of CBS' The Late Show on Tuesday night (9/8) with guests George Clooney and Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush. The end of the show featured a performance by house band Jon Batiste and Stay Hungry, covering Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People" with a whole bunch of special guests, including Mavis Staples, Ben Folds, Buddy Guy, Beirut's Zach Condon, Kyle Resnick, and Ben Lanz, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and lots more. Watch that below (via Vulture) and the whole episode is streaming over at CBS.
With Letterman having retired a couple weeks back, Stephen Colbert is now in full preparedness mode to take over The Late Show on CBS starting September 8. His musical accompaniment will come courtesy New Orleans musician Jon Batiste. This won't be Batiste's first experience with television -- he had a recurring role on HBO's Treme. Said Colbert (while stuffing himself with beignets) in a video introducing Batiste, "I like this guy." You can watch that, and a couple other Colbert videos promoting his new gig, below.
Batiste, meanwhile, will be in NYC later this month with his band Stay Human for a week-long residency at The NoMad Hotel (June 23-29). Each day will offer a different "experience" in one of the hotel's many spaces. Tickets are on sale and details about the different shows are below.
Batiste & Stay Human will be back in NYC in July for MoMA Nights. All upcoming dates are listed below.
The Colbert Report aired its final episode last night (12/18) after nine seasons on Comedy Central. At the end, Randy Newman and Jon Stewart came out to help Stephen Colbert sing the 1939 standard "We'll Meet Again" and soon they were joined by stageful of celebrity guests, including Willie Nelson, Michael Stipe, Jeff Tweedy, Cyndi Lauper, Bryan Cranston, Tom Brokaw, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Ric Ocasek, James Franco, Patrick Stewart, Arianna Huffington, George Lucas, Henry Kissinger, and many, many more. You can watch that below.
Then, instead of the usual closing-credits music, Colbert used Neutral Milk Hotel's "Holland 1945." Slate notes that the song, from In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, has special importance to Colbert who lost his father and two brothers in a plane crash. You can watch the whole episode over at Comedy Central.
Colbert will succeed David Letterman at CBS' The Late Late Show sometime after May 2015.
The Colbert Report will air its final episode on Thursday night (12/18), after which Stephen Colbert (the real person, not his Report persona) will begin prepping to take over for the retiring David Letterman sometime next year. Last night (12/18) featured an appearance by Kendrick Lamar who will have the distinction of being the last-ever musical guest on the show -- unless Colbert pulls out some surprises tomorrow night. "No pressure, " Colbert told Kendrick, "but that means Paul McCartney, REM, Jack White and Nas were your opening acts." After an interview segment, Lamar performed a new, untitled song with backing from Thundercat, Terrace Martin on saxophone, and back vocals from Bilal and Anna Wise. You can watch that below.
Tonight's penultimate episode of The Colbert Report features Redeployment author Phil Klay and Thursday's finale features...the Grim Reaper? Tune in and find out. David Letterman's final The Late Show will be May 20, but reports are that Colbert may not take the host seat till September. Larry Wilmore will take over Colbert's time slot on Comedy Central. Craig Ferguson, meanwhile, will exit CBS' The Late Late Show at the end of December, with guest hosts filling in until James Corden (and bandleader Reggie Watts) take over in March.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Robert Plant @ Brooklyn Bowl 10/9/2014
Throughout the set, which included only four Lullaby tracks and one from the 2005 Strange Sensation album Mighty ReArranger, the singer made a running gag of referring to the songs he had played with Led Zeppelin as "folk songs," after explaining how a Leadbelly tune had inspired Lullaby's "Poor Howard." "If you don't call [that] a folk song, this surely must be headed towards being a folk song," he said before playing a mesmerizing, stripped-down version of "Going to California," accompanied only by acoustic guitar and mandolin. Similarly his daring takes on a simplified "Thank You" - which was almost drowned out by the sounds of women cheering - an electronics-infused "Black Dog," a banjo-infused "Nobody's Fault But Mine" (dedicated to Mavis Staples) and a mega-medley of "Whole Lotta Love" - sandwiched between covers of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love?" and Muddy Waters' "Hoochie Coochie Man" - sounded altogether rejuvenated. [Rolling Stone]Following the three NYC-area shows (two at BAM, one at the Cap) on Robert Plant's now-concluded North American tour, he squeezed in an intimate Brooklyn Bowl show last night (10/9), or technically this morning (10/10), considering he took the stage at midnight following a DJ set from Questlove. Like the other shows on his tour, it included a few from the new album he put out this year, plus a handful of Led Zeppelin classics and old blues numbers that the Led used to get out. Pictures of the show and the setlist are in this post.
Ahead of last night's show, he appeared on The Colbert Report to perform there as well. Videos from that, plus more pictures from Brooklyn Bowl, below...
Tweedy @ ACL TV taping this year (more by Tim Griffin)
Tweedy's debut album, Sukierae, is out this week and Jeff & Spencer and the rest of the band (including the ladies of Lucius) were on The Colbert Report last night for an interview and live performance. Colbert commented on the Tweedys' "monochromatic denimscape" and asked if Jeff ever had to threaten to pull the tour bus over if Spencer didn't behave. They also played "Low Key" from the album, and also did "World Away" as a web exclusive. You can also watch Tweedy perform "High as Hello" in a tunnel over at NPR.
The same version of Tweedy, complete with the Lucius ladies, will be at BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House tonight (9/23) as part of the Nonesuch Records anniversary celebration. Jeff will do a solo set in addition to playing with Tweedy. There are still a few tickets left but if you're unable to attend the show yourself, BAM is also streaming it live tonight starting at 9 PM. When that goes live you can watch that below as well.
...will be "The Minority Report" and the host will be the "senior black correspondent" from "The Daily Show" -- otherwise known as Larry Wilmore.Watch a Larry Wilmore video below...
Comedy Central has concluded a deal with Jon Stewart's production company, Busboy Productions, to create the follow-up show to the Emmy-winning "Colbert Report," which will be coming to an end in the next year when its star, Stephen Colbert, leaves to succeed David Letterman on CBS's "Late Show."
The idea for "The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore," as the show will be known, came from Mr. Stewart himself, who proposed that the 11:30 p.m. time period behind his nightly "Daily Show" was the ideal place for a new format, one that would "provide an opportunity for the underrepresented voices out there," as Michele Ganeless, the president of Comedy Central said in an interview.
The idea is to have a panel of those voices led by Mr. Wilmore, commenting on the issues of the day -- but in a comedic, scripted format, Ms. Ganeless said. "We are so excited to have a fresh idea for late night." She emphasized that the panel would not simply address minority issues, but any and all issues, except from minority points of view.
David Letterman announced last week that he'd be retiring in 2015, and today CBS has announced his replacement: Stephen Colbert! Said Colbert in an official statement:
Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.No other news has been announced yet, but tonight's The Colbert Report -- with guest Sting -- should now be interesting.
New question: what will replace The Colbert Report on Comedy Central?
Masha and Nadya of Pussy Riot on 'Colbert'
Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are currently in New York and will be at tonight's Amnesty International benefit (2/5) at Barclays Center. While here, they appeared on last night's episode of The Colbert Report for an interview. Masha and Nadya, in good spirits and in front of an audience fully on their side, talked via a translator about Vladimir Putin's "bright future" for Russia, kissing female cops, their release from Russian prison, and why they gave themselves an English name. "We wanted to let English people enjoy themselves," said Nadya. When Colbert asked if there was a Russian word for it, Masha replied, "There are lots of words in Russia." You can watch the whole interview below.
Tickets are still available to tonight's Amnesty International benefit with Flaming Lips, Madonna, Lauryn Hill, Tegan & Sara, Cold War Kids, Cake, and others. Pussy Riot will also be at the Voice Project Reception Thursday afternoon (2/6) at The Spotted Pig and tickets (price includes cocktails and hors d' oeuvres) are still available for that too.
Colbert video below...
It's "Christmas Carols Week" on The Colbert Report where different musical guests will be invited on the show to do an old holiday chestnut. Things kicked off last night with Grammy nominees The National and Gregg Allman doing "Silver Bells." Stephen Colbert joined in too. Is it as good as "The Gravy Boat Song"? Decide for yourself -- check it out below.
Fresh off their two Bushwick shows during CMJ, Arcade Fire did another event in NYC, appearing on The Colbert Report last night (10/21). They performed "Normal Person" and "Afterlife" from their upcoming album, Reflektor (due out 10/29 via Merge), and were also interviewed by Colbert. Videos of both songs and the interview below.
Arcade Fire's next scheduled event in NYC is the YouTube Awards, which takes place on November 3 at Pier 36 (and airs live on YouTube) with Eminem and Lady Gaga. Since we last spoke, M.I.A., Tyler the Creator, and Earl Sweatshirt have all been added as well. Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts will host.
For M.I.A., the awards take place right in between her two Terminal 5 shows (11/1 & 11/4). Tickets for night 1 are still available. M.I.A. also just released a new song, "Y.A.L.A.," from her upcoming album, Matangi. You can stream that song, along with Arcade Fire's 'Colbert' videos, below...
Tickets for the Arcade Fire shows at 299 Meserole, which happen Friday (10/18) and Saturday (10/19), went on "Reflektor" pre-order presale yesterday (did anyone get tix?) and the general on-sale begins today (10/17) at noon. Good luck!
Arcade Fire will also be on The Colbert Report on Monday (10/21), and just released another album trailer, which you can watch below...
by Klaus Kinski
Chris Gethard hosting RBSS show at Knit in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
When I first mentioned the 2013 New York Comedy Festival back in August, I wasn't able to hide my blasé feelings about the initial line-up. If you recall, I described the initial line-up as being "bogged down with conservative, mainstream talent." Towards the end of the post, however, I tried to end on a more optimistic note by stating that in festivals past they were sure to include more indie-centric fare and that there was no reason to think the 2013 installment of the fest would be any different. Sure enough, the fest has announced some shows that are definitely more up my/our alley. Highlights for me (click on the show title for tickets) include:
Matt Braunger at the UCB Theater Chelsea on Wednesday November 6 at 9:30 PM (tickets): Simply put, Matt Braunger is absolutely fucking hilarious and his special Shovel Fighter is one of the great comedy experiences of all time. He is easily one of the most underrated comedians out there and this show is sure to be a treat.
Julian McCullough at the UCB Theater Chelsea on Thursday November 7 at 9:30 PM (tickets) : Julian McCullough is an absolute powerhouse of hilarity who I've seen about 100 times and who is one of the most solid and consistently funny comedians in the biz. Julian has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR's This American Life, and starred in his own half hour special on Comedy Central. You can also catch him every Saturday as host of TBS' Very Funny News and on MTV2's hit series Guy Code. He gigs around town a lot and any opportunity to see him is a must.
Chris Gethard and Friends at The Creek and the Cave on Thursday November 7 at 8:00 PM (tickets): Klaus favorite and friend of BV (and host of last night's Red Bull Sound Select show at MHOW), Chris Gethard is one of the funniest and most capable storytellers in the history of mankind and I am convinced he is incapable of failure as a performer. Head out to Queens for this show in a nice room with nice people and great beers.
Behind the Scenes at The Colbert Report at Town Hall on Thursday November 7 at 8:00 PM (tickets): Yes, I know, Colbert is far from indie. But he's really just a talking head propped up by an extremely talented pool of writers. For the most part, these writers are a major part of the indie NYC comedy scene in one way or another. This will be a great opportunity to bring these behind-the-scenes people into the spotlight alongside His Highness Mr. Colbert. Because, without them, Colbert is nothing more than that guy who was hilarious in Strangers With Candy.
Nikki & Sara & Friends at The Gramercy Theater on Friday November 8 at 8:00 PM (tickets): You might know Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer from their MTV show Nikki and Sara LIVE. I know Nikki and Sara from years of seeing them live all over NYC for the past several years. Individually or as a team, they rule. I cannot recommend this show enough. Plus, Gramercy sells those massive cans of Budweiser.
An Evening with David Cross at The Paley Center on Friday November 8 at 6:30 PM (tickets): New York City Resident David Cross recently wrapped up a small tour with Mr. Show Alumni Bob Odenkirk and Brian Posehn which landed at Town Hall for two shows on September 12. This time around, he's flyin' solo for what the Paley Center describes as "The Paley Center and the New York Comedy Festival welcome Cross to discuss his career, his creative process and thoughts on comedy, and life as a never-nude." Though billed as "An Evening With David Cross" that description makes it sound like a moderated interview. Who knows. It's worth checking out regardless.
Rhys Darby at The Gotham Comedy Club on Friday November 8 at 8:00 PM/ 10:30 PM and Saturday November 9 at 8:00 PM/10:00 PM/11:45 PM (tickets): You might know Rhys as the lovable manager Murray Hewitt on HBO's Flight of the Conchords. But Rhys is also an hilarious comedian with a penchant for sound effects. He rarely blesses our shores with a performance, so I urge to you try and catch one of his five performances at the Gotham Comedy Club.
Oh, Hello : The Kroll Show at The Paley Center on Saturday November 9 at 4:00 PM (tickets): I've been an avid fan of Nick Kroll for many many years. His repertoire of characters is astounding and usually a spot-on lampooning of some of the most insufferable sects of popular culture. The Paley Center event will include "executive producers and writers Kroll, John Levenstein, and Jonathan Krisel (who also directs the episodes) to discuss the production of the technically dazzling parodies, the process of breathing life into such tragic souls as Ref Jeff, and the perils of ice dating." Attendees will also see two episodes from Season 2 of the Kroll Show. Nick is a great dude and a super-talent and his success is much deserved and makes your man Klaus happy.
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail at The Bell House on Saturday November 9 at 7:00 PM (tickets): Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani are two of my favorite people on earth. Kumail even did one of our Rock n ROFL shows back in the day. It broke my little black heart when Kumail moved to Los Angeles, but I can't say that I blame him as his career has thrived since the relocation. The Meltdown is a recurring comedy showcase out in Los Angeles that brings in some of the biggest names in comedy. It's so great, in fact, that it was picked up by Comedy Central and will soon be a TV show executive produced by some dude named Ben Stiller or something. It is a blessing from the Gods of Comedy that they will bring their show to NYC for one night only. Even though the line-up has not been announced, I urge one and all to get tickets now before it's too late and you get a one way ticket to Regretsville USA.
Daft Punk were supposed to appear on The Colbert Report last night (8/6), but anyone who watched knows they didn't, and Robin Thicke did instead.
Apparently the reason they didn't, as Pitchfork points out, is that they are set to make a "surprise" appearance at MTV's VMAs, which happen in Brooklyn at Barclays Center on August 25 with Kanye, Lady Gaga, and more also performing. Free pit tickets went on sale the other day, and not-free tickets also just went on sale.
Meanwhile, on The Colbert Report, Stephen (and friends) did dance to "Get Lucky." You can watch the video of that below...
You may have seen Stephen Colbert making a surprise appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Monday (7/29) coming out while Fallon was talking to J. Mascis (sitting in with the band) and dancing to Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" (have you heard that song yet?). At the time it seemed like a random bit, but it turns out Colbert did indeed get lucky, as the French robotic disco duo will appear on The Colbert Report on Tuesday (8/6). No word on what Daft Punk will do on the show (live performance, interview?). You'll just have to tune in to find out.