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Tame Impala @ Terminal 5, 10/7/2015
Tame Impala
Tame Impala
Tame Impala

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.

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"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

The Arcs

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.

Continue reading "Dan Auerbach's band The Arcs played Bowery Ballroom and 'Colbert' (pics, videos)"

Dead Weather

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.

Continue reading "The Dead Weather share "Cop and Go" from new LP, playing 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' on Monday"

Stephen Colbert JJ Abrams Nerd-Off

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."

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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.

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Jon Batiste

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.

Continue reading "Jon Batiste is Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' Bandleader, has NYC residency in June, playing MoMA nights in July"


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.

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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.

Continue reading "Kendrick Lamar was the last-ever musical guest on 'The Colbert Report,' which signs off for good this week (video)"

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Robert Plant @ Brooklyn Bowl 10/9/2014
Robert Plant
Robert Plant
Robert Plant

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...

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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.

Continue reading "Tweedy released 'Sukierae,' played w/ Lucius on 'Colbert' (watch); tonight's show at BAM will be webcast live"

We knew that Stephen Colbert would be taking over Late Show once Letterman retires, and over the weekend his own replacement for Comedy Central has been announced. NY Times reports the replacement...

...will be "The Minority Report" and the host will be the "senior black correspondent" from "The Daily Show" -- otherwise known as Larry Wilmore.

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.

Watch a Larry Wilmore video below...

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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...

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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.

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Arcade Fire

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...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire appeared on 'The Colbert Report'; M.I.A., Earl Sweatshirt & Tyler the Creator added to YouTube Awards show"


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...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire's Brooklyn shows at 299 Meserole tickets on sale, Colbert Report announced"

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
Rhys Darby

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

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...

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Daft Punk

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.

Paul McCartney at Barclays Center last Saturday (more by Greg Cristman)
Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney has been on a tour that just hit Brooklyn for two shows at the Barclays Centre (night 1 pics & setlist), and included him sticking around to appear on a full hour-long episode of The Colbert Report. You can watch the full episode at Colbert's site and a few clips, including the web exclusive of Paul performing "Birthday," which he dedicated to "anyone with a birthday," below.

Paul's tour continues and brings him to Tennessee for Bonnaroo this weekend. If you're not going to the festival, you can still catch Paul's set when it streams online.

Videos and the setlist of night 2 at Barclays Center below...

Continue reading "Paul McCartney played Colbert (after his 2nd Barclays Center show), headed to Bonnaroo"

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Rick Springfield / John Fogerty / Rick Nielson, Taylor Hawkins, Krist Novoselic
Sound City Players
Sound City Players
Sound City Players

As discussed, Dave Grohl made his directorial debut with his new documentary, Sound City, which tells the story of the LA recording studio of the same name, and he brought his star-studded Sound City Players to NYC for show at Hammerstein Ballroom last night. The lineup included Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Lee Ving of Fear, Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Alain Johannes, and Chris Goss, with backing from Dave Grohl himself, along with Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Krist Novoselic, Chris Shiflett, and Pat Smear.

In addition to playing original tunes that the members wrote for Sound City, the show included mini-sets from the people involved. It opened with a set from Alain Johannes, who played "Hangin' Tree" by Queens of the Stone Age, which he co-wrote, and also played some tracks from his band Eleven. Then Masters of Reality head Chris Goss brought out RATM's Brad Wilk for a set of Masters of Reality songs. Fear's Lee Ving did an original Sound City song followed by all Fear cuts. Rick Nielson of Cheap Trick did his set with Nirvana's Krist Novaselic, and the pair did all Cheap Trick songs and his cover of Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame". Then Rick Springfield was up, followed by John Fogerty.

Steve Nicks ended the show, doing original Sound City track, and combining that with Fleetwood Mac favorites "Dreams," "Landslide," and "Gold Dust Woman," plus here solo song, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," for which Dave Grohl came out and took over Tom Petty's role in the song. The sets were all backed by Foo Fighters members, and in between performances, clips of the film were played on stage. The entire setlist (incomplete setlist, can anyone help fix it?) and more pictures from the show are below (though unfortunately, photographers were not allowed to shoot the entire show, and there are no pictures of Stevie Nicks & Dave Grohl).

Dave Grohl was also on The Colbert Report last night, where he discussed the Sound City documentary with Stephen Colbert. A video of that is below as well.

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Ben Gibbard on The Colbert Report
Ben Gibbard Colbert

Death Cab for Cutie/Postal Service frontman Ben GIbbard appeared on The Colbert Report last night (1/10) to perform the song "Bigger Than Love" off of his 2012 solo album, Former Lives. Ben brought out fellow Tom Scharpling associate Aimee Mann to play bass, sing the first verse, and join Ben on vocals in the chorus. They were also joined by Aimee's pal Ted Leo on guitar and Jon Wurster on drums. Ben also did a solo acoustic performance of "I'm Building a Fire," and like Stephen Colbert's other musical victims, he was interviewed on the show too. You can watch videos of both songs and the interview below.

PREVIOUSLY: Postal Service reunion in the works

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by Andrew Sacher

Paulvana (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)

The 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden went down last night and aired on multiple TV channels, websites, and in theaters worldwide. The concert featured performances by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Roger Waters (joined by Eddie Vedder), Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Chris Martin (joined by Michael Stipe), and Paul McCartney (joined by members of Nirvana). And in between there were speeches/appearances by Billy Crystal, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, P. Diddy, Chris Rock, and many more, spliced with footage of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. (The less said about Adam Sandler's "funny" version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" with Paul Shaffer the better.) As was to be expected, the sets were short (though some longer than others) but it still ran late, ending after 1 AM. If you missed any of it, videos of some of the highlights are in this post.

Bruce Springsteen opened the show, getting everyone into the spirit of the night right away. Of all the sets, his choice of songs felt the most catered to the event ("Land of Hope and Dreams," "Wrecking Ball, "My City of Ruins," and of course also "Born to Run") and halfway in he prefaced "My City of Ruins" with a touching, personal speech about the damage done to the NY/NJ area, similar to the one he gave in Rochester in October.

Other highlights from throughout the show: Roger Waters ended his set by bringing out Eddie Vedder to sing lead on "Comfortably Numb." The Rolling Stones only got to play two songs ("You Got Me Rocking" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash") but still looked like they were having a great time. The Who, meanwhile, played seven songs. Then Kanye delivered a set which sent much of the twitterverse into an angry fit, though you have to wonder if this would have happened at a non-classic rock show (probably not). And of course, it was a pretty great surprise when Chris Martin brought out R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe to do "Losing My Religion."

But the most anticipated part of the night was that Nirvana reunion with Paul McCartney on vocals that everyone was talking about. Paul ended up bringing Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear out during his set to perform a new song they wrote, titled "Cut Me Some Slack," and then they left the stage and Paul returned to his own material. It would've been interesting to see those guys jam with Paul during "Helter Skelter" (which he opened with) or something, but at least Paul didn't sing "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Videos and setlist from last night are below...

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David Byrne and St. Vincent appeared last night on The Colbert Report, performing "Who" from their collaborative album which they've been touring this fall. They also talked with Colbert, revealing that neither of their NYC apartments have power or hot water. (Colbert offered to let them use his office shower. "Maybe we can all go in there, we're all show business types.") You can watch both below, along with a web-only performance of "Weekend in the Dust."

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Vampire Weekend on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night

Vampire Weekend were musical guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Halloween night (10/31) which is being broadcast this week from Brooklyn (though they canceled Monday's show due to Hurricane Sandy). Dressed as skeletons, they performed a brand new song, "Unbelievers," as well as their old chesnutt "Oxford Comma." Video of both songs is below.

Tonight's Jimmy Kimmel Live will features Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert, plus The Avett Brothers with the Broooklyn Philharmonic, which should be pretty cool.

Videos are below.

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