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The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary was a spectacle, bringing together most of the show's famous cast, guest hosts, and favorite musical guests for a three-and-a-half hour extravaganza (with commercials, and not counting the extra hour of red carpet interviews that started an hour earlier on NBC). On the musical front, Kanye West got a lot of air time, performing "Jesus Walks" (while on his back), then getting up for "Only One" and new song "Wolves" (complete with ice-blue contact lenses) with Sia in a white wig, and Vic Mensa. Class skits were revisited, and Kanye was the target of some jokes in the new "Wayne's World" segment where "Kanye, Sit Down" came in at #5 on their Top 10 List.

Happy 40th SNL. #snl40 #siaswig #Galifikanyekis

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Sia's wig would later appear on Zach Galifianakis when he introduced new Digital Short, "That's When You Break," that starred Andy Samberg and Adam Sandler (and clips of SNL actors cracking up ["breaking"] on camera). There was also Paul McCartney, who played Irving Plaza the night before, performing "I've Just Seen a Face" with Paul Simon and then "Maybe I'm Amazed." (He was very memorably, hilariously introduced by Keith Richards.) Later in the show Simon, introduced by Jack White, would come back out for "Still Crazy After All These Years" Related: Miley Cyrus covered Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" (with Fred Armisen on invaluable tambourine, and Paul McCartney's drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. playing as part of her band too). Miley was introduced by Win Butler and frequent guest-host Candice Bergen.

Best buds Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon opened the show with a pretty impressive Beasties-style rap that chronicled the history of SNL. Later in the show Martin Short and Maya Rudolph (as Beyoncé) did a tribute to the many comedy musical sketches over the years many of whom made their return: Bill Murray's lounge singer (still great), Joe Piscopo as Frank Sinatra, Marty & Bobbi Culp (Will Ferrell & Ana Gasteyer), and The Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd was wearing his Crystal Skull vodka knit hat on the red carpet).

The SNL band got a big shout-out too, which saw the return of longtime guitarist G.E. Smith. Late bassist Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, who Smith played with on SNL and in Hall & Oates' band and died in 2010, was acknowledged in the "In Memoriam" segment that, hilariously, also included Jon Lovitz (who, not dead, was in the audience waving incredulously both times he was referred to as dead during the show). There was also a tribute to Tracy Morgan who is still recovering from a near-fatal car crash.

"Celebrity Jeopardy"
Celebrity Jeopardy

We got a lot of updates of classic sketches including the welcome return of "Celebrity Jeopardy," the maybe less welcome "The Californians" (with original cast member Laraine Newman, Taylor Swift> and a game Bradley Cooper who got to make out with Betty White), and Ackroyd did his famous "Bass-O-Matic" sketch again.

What else: Tina Fey and Amy Pohler did Weekend Update with Jane Curtain (and Edward Norton as Stefon and Melissa McCarthy as Chris Farley character Matt Foley); Jerry Seinfeld fielded questions from audience members Michael Douglas, John Goodman, James Franco, Larry David, Tim Meadows, Dakota Johnson and Sarah Palin; and Chris Rock paid tribute to Eddie Murphy who came out on the SNL stage for the first time in 30 years. That may have been one of the most awkward moments of the night. Everyone was hoping Eddie, who also talked to Al Roker on the red carpet in the pre-show, would perform, but that unfortunately didn't happen.

There was lots more: Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, a sports montage, a shorts montage.... You can watch the whole thing over at NBC.com. More pictures and clips of many of the highlights, below...

Continue reading "SNL celebrated 40 years w/ Sia's wig, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Kanye, Bill Murray, Will Ferrell & much more"

Justin Timberlake

It was probably the most-anticipated episode of Saturday Night Live of the season, with Justin Timberlake on double duty as host and musical guest. The writers love JT and they show usually pulls out all the stops for him. Last night (3/9) was no different. Jay-Z showed up for "Suit and Tie," giving us a preview of what to expect this summer (like at Yankee Stadium on 7/19). He also performed "Mirrors."

Jay-Z was only one of what was one of the most guest-star-filled episodes ever. This was JT's fifth time hosting which put him in the Five Timers Club, where Paul Simon, Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Candice Bergen, and Chevy Chase were to greet him. (Dan Ackroyd tended bar and Martin Short was there too.) Ackroyd and Martin reprised their wild-and-crazy Festrunk Brothers characters for a dating gameshow sketch that also featured JT and Andy Samberg as the "Dick in a Box" roles. Timberlake also put back on the "bring it on to ____ville" costume, this time as a block of tofu for a vegan restaurant.

The next new SNL is April 6 with Melissa McCarthy hosting and Phoenix as musical guests. Clips from last night's SNL are below.

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Steve Martin @ Williamsburg loft, 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Steve Martin

Witty banjo enthusiast Steve Martin and his band The Steep Canyon Rangers are releasing a collaborative album with onetime new bohemian Edie Brickell (remember "What I Am"?). The record, titled Love Has Come for You, will be out April 23.

Martin, Brickell, and The Steep Canyon Rangers will the tour the album later this year, including a stop in NYC at Town Hall on June 25 and tickets for that show go on sale February 1 at 11 AM.

All tour dates are listed below...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Petty Fest tickets go on sale today at noon.

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

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

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

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

photos by David Andrako

Steve Martin

I know what you're thinking. "I love Steve Martin. I wish he'd play with bluegrass group The Steep Canyon Rangers in a Williamsburg loft!" Well, he did and we've got the exclusive, never-before-seen video to prove it, and you can watch it below. BV photographer David Andrako happened to be there too, and you can check out more pictures from the event below too. You might spot members of indie type bands in the crowd too.

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers are heading out on tour next week and all tour dates are listed below (no NYC dates, though they did recently play Staten Island.)  They're supporting their most recent album, Rare Bird Alert, which came out last year on Rounder Records, a title that tied in nicely with Martin's 2011 birdwatching comedy The Big Year.

Video of the loft performance, photos and a list of all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "watch Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers play a loft in Brooklyn (video, pics & tour dates too)"

Steve Martin & his new CD
Steve Martin

today in NYC
* NY Dolls autograph signing
* Storm Large @ Joe's Pub
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Musette Explosion @ Barbes
* Furthur @ Best Buy Theater
* Darlings @ Kim's Video and Music
* Tell All Your Friends @ Lolita Bar
* That 1 Guy, Bajzel @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Harvey Milk, Luke Roberts @ Union Pool
* Alvin Curran, Elliott Sharp @ The Stone
* Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
* Kayo Dot, Vaura, Throat @ Bowery Electric
* The Pogues, Titus Andronicus @ Terminal 5
* WhoMadeWho, Giana Factory @ Mercury Lounge
* Steve Martin, The Steep Canyon Rangers @ Joe's Pub
* Godspeed You! Black Emperor @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Johnossi, Cristina Black, Hungry Kids of Hungary @ Mercury Lounge
* Future Islands, Simon Says No, Bloodgroup @ Santos Party House
* Alcoholic Faith Mission, Low Water @ Knitting Factory
* The Babies, Widowspeak, Dutch Treat, Tanks Amigo @ Monster Island Basement
* David Thomas Broughton, Oh Ruin, Alex Highton @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Jennifer O'Connor, Laura Cantrell, Franklin Bruno, Tim Bracy @ The Rock Shop
* Young Bear, Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray, The Montana Masback Mystical Experience @ The Acheron
* Skuli Sverrisson, Anthony Burr, Brad Shepik, Eivind Opsvik, Caleb Burhans, Brandon Seabrook @ Le Poisson Rouge

More about Bajzel and other shows in This Week in Indie.

Christian Finnegan, Dave Hill, Mike Lawrence, Amy Miles, and others appear at Tell All Your Friends tonight.

The music portion of SXSW kicks of Wednesday - BrooklynVegan Day Party & Official Showcase included.

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Steve Martin

Hopefully Steve Martin will make a little more change with the release of "Rare Bird Alert", his second bluegrass album with The Steep Canyon Rangers. It comes out on on March 15th via Rounder Records. He should also make a little loot (not saying he needs it) from the series of intimate record release shows he's going to play with the band in NYC that week. The shows are happening at Highline Ballroom (on sale Friday at noon), Joe's Pub (three shows - probably go on sale Friday) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (on AmEx presale now with general sale starting Friday). It's also possible there are even more I don't know about yet (he seems to be taking 3/18 off). If so, let me know.

All tour dates, which also include one show at Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ (tickets), and another show at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts in Morristown, NJ (tickets), are below.

Continue reading "Steve Martin releasing new bluegrass LP, playing 5 NYC shows (and other dates)"

Punch Brothers

Punch Brothers' Wednesday, June 23rd show set for Town Hall (as part of the CareFusion Jazz Fest) has been canceled. Instead, the bluegrass band will play the same night at Music Hall of Williamsburg. "Tickets already purchased for The Town Hall concert can be refunded at point of purchase". Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now. Julian Lage Group opens.

The Punch Brothers' new CD, Antifogmatic, comes out June 15th on Nonesuch. You can get a song from it on their site for your email address.

The group's other shows this summer include Bonnaroo and gigs around the country, including some opening for Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers. Album tracklist and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Punch Brothers show moved (sort of) from Town Hall to MHOW, new album soon, more dates (some w/ Steve Martin) "

Newport Folk Festival 2009 (more by Jim Brueckner)
Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival will be happening again at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island, on July 31st and August 1st. The fest will also host a Friday night show on July 30th at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Casino.

The lineup so far includes Levon Helm's Ramble on the Road, John Prine, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket, The Swell Season, Andrew Bird, The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Doc Watson & David Holt, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Calexico, Blitzen Trapper, Richie Havens, Sam Bush, The Low Anthem, Tim O'Brien, The Felice Brothers, Justin Townes Earle, Tao Seeger Band, A.A. Bondy, The Punch Brothers with Chris Thile, Dawes, Nneka, Horse Feathers, Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three, Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore, Sarah Jarosz, Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons, O'Death and Liz Longley.

Tickets are on sale.

Here are pictures from DAY ONE and DAY TWO of last year's fest. Videos from last year and the list of the artists playing this year, by day, is below...

Continue reading "Newport Folk Fest 2010 - initial lineup, dates & tickets "

Stevie Wonder

After a hectic day of updating the constantly updating Bonnaroo lineup page, the entire thing has been announced. Gwar, Norah Jones, and the rest of the lineup below...

Continue reading "the complete 2010 Bonnaroo lineup (Stevie Wonder, The Melvins, Kings of Leon, Isis, Local Natives & many more) "

Steve MArtin

Steve Martin's Tuesday night concert at Carnegie Hall was billed as "An Evening of Banjo and Bluegrass."

But he couldn't resist adding some comedy to the mix, sprinkling some novelty songs into his set list, and frequently giving his between-song patter a dry, absurdist twist.

At one point, he said that he likes to write songs from personal experience. "And this one is called, "I Think My Masseuse is Too Chatty,' " he said. (It actually turned out to be the title track from his May album, "The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo.")

"This is a song . . . well, that pretty much says it," he said, introducing another number. [Star Ledger]

That's a review from the October 6th Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers banjo show at Carnegie Hall. On October 14th he and the band were set to take the stage at the Wellmont Theater in NJ, but that show has been canceled...
We regret to announce that due to scheduling issues, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers has been cancled on Wednesday Oct. 14th. Tickets can be refunded at point of purchase. Thank you
I don't know any other details, but the October 19th Philly show was canceled too. Right before Carnegie, Steve appeared on Letterman. That video below...

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Steve Martin @ Rubin Museum in May (more by Ryan Muir)
Steve Martin

Years ago, in my old comedy act, I said, "You just can't play a sad song on the banjo." This was for comic effect only, because I knew the banjo had a capacity for mournful melodies and the "high, lonesome sound." As I was sometimes mournful, sometimes lonesome, and sometimes high, this suited me perfectly. I also found myself passionately affected by the banjo's driving staccato, darting rhythm, and inexplicable sadness. It was as though the banjo generated nostalgia for experiences I never had, joy I was yet to experience, and melancholy that was yet to come. [Steve Martin - Liner notes to "The Crow"]
The above is a selection from the liner notes for Steve Martin's first all-music album, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo, which came out in May. A few weeks after its release, Martin performed with the Steep Canyon Rangers in a two-night run at the Rubin Museum. He'll be back this October, as part of a fall North American tour, with opening act Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys and the Steep Canyon Rangers again behind him. They play Carnegie Hall on October 6th (tix on sale) and NJ's Wellmont Theatre on October 14th (no ticket info yet).

All tour dates are below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers

"Comedian, actor, author, and banjo player Steve Martin releases his first musical recording since 1978's number 1 hit "King Tut." This is no novelty record though. It's some of the best banjo music to come down the pike in a long time. The Crow features able assistance from some of Steve's pals, including Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Tim O'Brien and Mary Black. Martin wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on this album, creating a new body of work that will stand alongside the classics for years to come" [Rounder Records]
Somewhat surreal to say seriously, but Steve Martin completed his 3-show run in support of his new album at the Rubin Museum of Art last night (5/28) - he played one show on Wednesday, and then two on Thursday (early and late). These pictures are from the final show (the pictures where he's not wearing a jacket were taken during soundcheck - like the one above).

"A Tentative Evening of Bluegrass with Steve Martin performing with the Steep Canyon Rangers" is how the mostly-instrumental show was billed. When singing came, it was by the Rangers at first, and then from Steve on two songs towards the end - "Late for School" and "Orange Blossom". Everyone on stage seemed to be having fun. The band played two of their own songs in the middle of the set, and Steve played one song solo, and one with just the fiddle player. A guest banjo player appeared at one point, and white sashes were given to Steve and the band "as a monk tradition where you give the guests a token to make their troubles go away (or something like that)". Steve introduced most of his songs with short explanations, had a good rapprt with the band, and he was generally funny throughout the night - making jokes about tuning on stage, and the the "changing temperature" of the room. Ryan also said they were great, and the sound in the room was amazing.

"The Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) is home to a comprehensive collection of art from the Himalayas and surrounding regions."

More pictures below...

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Steve Martin

Rubin Museum of Art and The Bowery Presents
A Tentative Evening of Bluegrass with Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
Tickets can be purchased at 212.620.5000 ext. 344 or on line at www.rmanyc.org. Tickets include admission to the Museum's galleries before the show.

Venue: Rubin Museum of Art
Dates: Wed 5/27 & Thu 5/28
Notes: all ages, Doors 9:15 PM / Show 9:30 PM, $50

Online tickets sales begin Friday, April 17th at 10:00 a.m.
Phone sales begin Friday, April 17th at 11:00 a.m.

Bluegrass is all the rage. A Ramone is doing it. Same with the frontman of Led Zeppelin. So why not Steve Martin? Actually he's been doing it for a long time. Check out the videos below...

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the fifth in a series where we asked comedians to tell us what was good this year....

Petra Haden & Fred Armisen

Because the man does so damned much, Fred Armisen is one of the hardest individuals to sum up in a pre-list blurb. He's 50% of ThunderAnt (the other 50% is Carrie Brownstein of Sleater Kinney). He just released a DVD called Jens Hannemann: Complicated Drumming Technique. He has also been doing some live gigs. And in addition to being a senior member of SNL, Fred's mug can be seen in scads of movies and TV shows (check out his resume on IMDB). Being equal parts artist and entertainer, he's absolutely one of my favorite people in entertainment and I am triple-dog-delighted he took the time out to share with BV the things he enjoyed in 2007 - Klaus

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10 things I bought/got/looked at this year that I love.

Fred ArmisenPaul McCartney, The McCartney Years DVD - It has live McCartney footage from 1976 that is amazing. He plays these really busy bass lines and sings at the same time effortlessly. I don't know how someone is able to do that so well. And I love that lefty Rickenbacker!

Petra Haden, Don't Stop Believin' - This is on a compilation album called Guilt By Association that came out this year. Her voice is just the greatest ever and the guitar solo part kills me. She's working on an acappella version of movie soundtracks right now that is unbelievable.

The Apple iPhone - It makes me feel like I am finally in the future. When I was a kid, this is what I imagined I'd be using in the 2000's. If you tap a business name into the map application, it finds it for you AND gives you the phone number AND gives you directions INCLUDING how to avoid traffic at that precise moment. I mean, are you kidding me? Thank you inventors who work at Apple!

God of WarGod Of War 2 for Playstation - It's more complex than the first one but also more difficult. I liked it a lot, but couldn't finish it past the flying horse fights.

Steve Martin, Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life - Mr. Martin writes about the part of his life when he was a stand up comedian. His focus on working on every detail of his act is fascinating. At age fifteen he was already giving himself notes in a notebook. "Relax. Don't shake."

dlisted.com - This celebrity gossip site seriously makes me laugh out loud. The guy who writes this is SO funny! I look at this probably ten times a day. I was going to quote some of his stuff but I say just go to it and read it.

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Continue reading "Best of 2007 by Fred Armisen"

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Fleisher, Scorcese, Diana Ross, Brian Wilson, Steve Martin & Bushs

Tickets go on sale this morning for the new Van Halen shows. A second Aretha Franklin show at Radio City goes on sale today too. Natalie Merchant is playing five nights at Hiro Ballroom.

Brian Wilson, Steven Martin, Martin Scorcese & George Bush? Weird, but true. Berkeley Place lists the top 10 political songs of 2007.