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Dash Radio, the online radio network which now includes East Village Radio as one of its stations, officially launches today though it has been broadcasting in beta for a while now. EVR's lineup includes returning shows like Chances With Wolves, Club Ted (aka Gay Beach), and Andy Rouke's Jetlag, and they're also broadcasting Blur drummer Dave Rowntree's show as well. Like all stations on Dash Radio, shows are done live and it's ad/subscription free. Welcome back, EVR!

Other folks with shows/stations on Dash Radio include Odd Future, Snoop Doogg, Mac Miller, Rinse FM, XXL, Isaac Hayes, Cherrytree Records, TLC's T-Boz, and there's currently an Entourage station surrounding today's movie release (if that's something you want to listen to). As mentioned, the EVR folks will soon be adding Dash Brooklyn too. That will broadcast live from a storefront studio on N. 7th and Wythe in Williamsburg. Stay tuned for that, and for other developments.

Nassau Coliseum

Nassau Coliseum, don't go changing, to try and please me. You never let me down before. I took the good times. I'll take the bad times. I'll take you just the way you are!

Oh, fuck it. Say goodbye to Nassau Coliseum. Say goodbye my baby.

A press release released today reads:

Tickets for Billy Joel in the final show at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum have sold out in less than five minutes, generating one of the quickest selling concerts ever at the Coliseum. Tickets went on sale this morning at 10 a.m.

The world-renowned Long Island artist will play on Tuesday, August 4 before the venue closes for an extensive renovation. The arena will reopen as a world-class sports and entertainment destination in December 2016.

"Billy Joel closing Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it's only fitting that this show is one of the quickest sellouts ever at the Coliseum," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center, who will oversee Nassau Events Center's reimagined venue. "We are honored to have Long Island's favorite son play the final show before we begin to create a spectacular venue that the community deserves."

Joel, who was raised in Hicksville and remains a Long Island resident, has played 31 shows at Nassau Coliseum. His last solo appearance was in 1998 when he sold out nine shows, setting the building record for the most sellouts in one year. A banner with his name hangs in the rafters in his honor.

The show is presented by Bruce Ratner and Nassau Events Center (NEC), the same management team behind Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The centerpiece of a major lifestyle and retail development, the reimagined Coliseum will be developed, operated, and programmed by NEC.
The Who, New Kids on the Block, TLC, Nelly, and Shania Twain will also play Nassau Coliseum this summer before it closes.

Billy Joel also continues to play every month at the Garden.

Gene Ween pays tribute to Billy Joel at much smaller shows later this month.

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Bette Midler

Maybe only your mom will care about this one, but we kind of got excited that legendary vocalist Bette Midler is releasing a tribute to girl groups throughout history, including songs originally performed by The Chiffons, The Supremes, The Shangri-Las, Martha and the Vandellas, The Ronettes and more, plus "Waterfalls" by the comparatively newer TLC. You can stream her cover of that one below. Full tracklist below too. The album - her 14th studio album (and 25th overall) is called It's the Girls!, and is out this week (11/4) via Warner Bros.

Bette will support the album with a tour in 2015 that culminates in NYC on June 25 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for that show go on sale Monday, November 24.

All dates are listed, with the stream and tracklist, below...

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Janelle Monae at The Apollo in 2013 (more by Luis Ruiz)
Janelle Monae

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses, and The Roots are already among the artists playing Super Bowl weekend concerts, and since we last spoke, even more were announced.

VH1 is presenting the Super Bowl Blitz Concert Series which features J. Cole at Queens College on 1/27 followed by Janelle Monae at Lehman College on 1/28, and then TLC at Beacon Theatre on 1/30, in addition to concerts by Fall Out Boy, Goo Goo Dolls, and Gavin DeGraw. Tickets for the J. Cole show go on sale today (1/10) at noon. Ticket info for the Janelle Monae and TLC shows TBA, so stay tuned. Full schedule for the concert series below.

The J. Cole show happens one day before his previously announced tour hits the Theatre at MSG (1/28), which now appears sold out.

There's also another Super Bowl concert presented by Time Warner Cable Studios happening at the Highline Stages from January 27 to February 1. Those include Fox Sports 1's Thursday Night Super Bash with Kings of Leon on 1/30 and one hosted by Diddy's Revolt TV on 2/1 with Drake and Diddy. Head here for more information and a chance to gain entry to these shows.

After that show, Kings of Leon bring their tour with Gary Clark Jr. to MSG on 2/14 (tickets).

VH1 concert series schedule below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Drake at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

As you may know, Drake has been dropping a handful of tracks ahead of the release of his new album, Nothing Was the Same (due out 9/17), though it's never been exactly clear which of these will actually end up on the album. His newest, "Hold On We're Going Home," sounds like Drake going Marvin going MJ, and it's sounding pretty dope this morning. Check out a radio rip, along with a stream of his other recent single, "All Me" (feat. 2 Chainz and Big Sean), below.

Drake's previously discussed tour with Miguel and Future hits the NYC-area on 10/26 at XL Center, 10/27 at Prudential Center, and 10/28 at Barclays Center. Tickets for those shows are still available.

Drake just played his annual OVO Fest last night (8/5), and the insane show included Kanye, The Weeknd, J Cole, Miguel, TLC, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean and more coming out to join him and perform their own songs. The setlist and new song streams below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Born Sinner

J. Cole was a pretty exciting rapper around the time of his Friday Night Lights mixtape, but that excitement died down a bit when his debut album for Roc Nation, Cole World proved to be mostly mediocre. Still, something about Cole makes you want to root for him, and that's stirred the excitement up again for his second official album, Born Sinner (due out June 18). The album's not an instant classic, but it's a much better and more consistent release than its predecessor.

The guest spots feel carefully chosen, the only ones coming from Miguel, Kendrick Lamar, Dirty Projector Amber Coffman, the two surviving members of the recently-reunited TLC, and Justin Timberlake's songwriting partner James Fauntleroy. But even with major names like those, the guest appearances always tend to take a backseat to Cole, who really runs the show (he wrote and produced almost the entire thing himself). Unfortunately, that does cause it to get a little one-dimensional at times, but when Cole is on ("Power Trip" and the title track are early highlights), he's making some pretty impressive music. Stream the album in its entirety, along with the "Power Trip" video, below.

Cole will be celebrating the album with his Dollar & A Dream tour, which begins in Miami tonight (6/11). For that tour, he'll be hitting 11 cities and each show only costs $1 to get in. The catch is that the venue won't be announced until the day of the show via J. Cole's twitter, and there's no advance tickets. You have to pay admission at the door, first come, first serve. The tour hits NYC on June 19.

You'll also be able to catch Cole at a NYC show that you can get advance tickets to when he plays Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on August 17. That show includes other rappers, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and World's Fair, in addition to producers King Britt (Hyperdub), Bangladesh and Darq E Freaker. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with the video and album stream, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Scout Niblett - 'It's Up To Emma'

Grungy folk singer Scout Niblett released her new album, It's Up To Emma, this week via Drag City. It's her first album not produced by Steve Albini, but her ass-kicking PJ Harvey-esque songwriting is just as raw and powerful as ever. It's fitting for a record of this kind that the first single is opening track is simply titled "Gun." You can watch the video for that one, along with her no-bullshit cover of TLC's "No Scrubs" (which appears on the album!) and the tracklist below. That's the artwork above.

Scout will be supporting the new record with an international tour this year, which includes a run with Baltimore noise rockers/Drag City labelmates Dope Body. That run hits NYC at the mostly-metal Brooklyn venue Saint Vitus on September 13. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates.

Dope Body will be in NYC even sooner to play 285 Kent on June 20. No advance tickets for that show at the moment either, and the rest of the lineup is still TBA. This past March, they released the Saturday EP via Drag City, and you can check out the video for its punishing opening track, "Leather Head," below.

All dates for both bands are listed, along with those videos, below...

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Scout Niblett in Montreal, October 2010 (more by Rachel Kowal)
Scout Niblett

Scout Niblett has released the new No More Nasty Scrubs 7" featuring a pair of reworked pop favorites. The A-side features a reworking of "Nasty" by Janet Jackson while the flip features TLC's "No Scrubs" with Emil Amos of Om/Holy Sons/Grails. Stream the latter below and look for a video of "Nasty" in the coming weeks.

In related news, back in August of 2010, Emil Amos said:

I've finally decided to prepare a re-release of My Only Warm Coals next, god knows when it will come out exactly...
That day has finally come with the announcement of the Holy Sons release on Important in February 2013. The LP spans tracks from 1995 - 2010, look for it in the new year.

And last but not least, look for Emil Amos on tour with Om starting Saturday in Chicago (11/17) and swinging through NYC at Bowery Ballroom on 11/21 (tickets).

All tour dates and that stream is below.

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Emiliana Torrini
Emiliana Torini

Emiliana Torrini is playing Highline Ballroom on August 14th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).

America are playing Nokia Theatre on October 16th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).

Satanicide are headlining Bowery Ballroom on July 25th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are on sale for the Tori Amos show at Radio City.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the show Seasick Steve is playing at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are on sale for the show he's playing at Southpaw too.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the show Los Campesinos! and Girls are playing at Webster Hall.

Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 7th. Tickets are on sale.


The Black Crowes are playing Central Park Summerstage on September 2nd. Tickets go on sale June 12.

Bruce Springsteen tickets go on sale Monday.

Friday night 'dance' events in The Week In Dance.

No tickets needed for Monday's David Byrne show.

Check out some Emiliana Torrino videos below...

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