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Gogol Bordello
Gogol Bordello

As the 10(ish) members of the band hit the stage at 9 p.m. and the giant banner of Underdog World Strike's cover began to rise behind them, celebrating the end of 2015 and kicking off 2016 came early for those in the packed house.

...Using fan favorites like "Wonderlust King," "Start Wearing Purple," "Think Locally, Fuck Globally," and the ode to the 2003 New York City blackout, "Avenue B," the band had fans jumping and dancing for the two hours on stage.

As the confetti from cannons came down on the audience like the rain outside the venue, as the clock struck 11, Terminal 5 told the band their night was done.

"We had another for you but they won't let us fucking play it. So, that is it," Hutz told the crowd who proceeded to boo the venue. As the sweat-soaked fans walked out of the place, they found an indescribable way to end the year. [Huffington Post]

Gypsy punks Gogol Bordello rang in the new year like they usually do, with some Northeast shows including a two-night run at NYC's Terminal 5. This time they played T5 on the 30th and New Year's Eve proper, the latter of which had them playing 2005's Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike in full for its 10th anniversary. More pictures and a video from NYE, below.

Gogol frontman Eugene Hutz plays NYC again at his collaborative show with Gypsy brass band Fanfare Ciocārlia at Town Hall in April (tickets).

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Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus

Does the relationship ever feel just a bit strange?

Wayne Coyne: I know it seems strange or seems impossible to some people. It's like, how the fuck? Why the fuck would you guys even care about each other? But the reality is that she is not like the way people think she is and I'm probably not the way people think I am either. We're just people who love music. I really love her. I've been around her and seen the way she works. She's just fuckin' cool. We get these weirdoes involved and have fun and get to know each other. If you're in my world then that's what we're going to do, that's how we get to know each other. That's how we got to know Miley Cyrus. If you're in Miley's world you're going to make crazy music and get tattoos with her. - [The Observer]

The unlikely -- but seemingly genuine -- pairing of Miley Cyrus and The Flaming Lips brought the craziness that is their current tour to NYC on Saturday (11/28) at Terminal 5. With myriad costume changes, props, streamers, glitter and more, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz was a spectacle that may have rivaled Thursday's Thanksgiving Day Parade, complete with Pornicorn.
"Still, as much fun as it is to see her do her bad-bitch routine dressed as a stick of butter, or prance as an apocalyptic ponygirl in a chrome harness sporting a massive, perhaps 18-inch corkscrew dildo -- the moments of transcendence were when Cyrus was on her own, less concerned about us: at the piano, howling a eulogy for her departed fish; doubled over, screaming "What does it mean?!" at the floor; or the moment when she ripped off her fake dreads in fuck-this-shit earnestness. It suddenly felt like this is the Miley we've been waiting for -- or rather, the Miley we really deserve. [Jessica Hopper @ Rolling Stone]
Dan Deacon's party-friendly, interactive set warmed up the crowd. More pics from the whole night along with one of the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Miley Cyrus & the Flaming Lips brought their crazy "Dead Petz" show to Terminal 5 with Dan Deacon (pics & setlist)"

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JAMC @ T5, 9/24/2015
The Jesus & Mary Chain

"For a few years now, people had been trying to get us to do Psychocandy shows, and there didn't really seem much point to us [until] someone brought up the idea of a 30th-anniversary tour," says Jim Reid, now 53, in a soft-spoken Scottish burr. "So we took it a bit more seriously, [thinking that] if we wait any later it's going to be basically too late. William and myself had a good think and started to weigh out the pros and cons, and it seemed there were more reasons for doing it than not. We'd never performed a lot of the songs on the album live. It seemed like a good idea to go out and do those tunes." - [Village Voice]
The Jesus and Mary Chain are on the last few dates of their North American tour celebrating Psychocandy's 30th anniversary. That tour hit NYC's Terminal 5 last week for two shows (September 24 & 25). Both had the same setlists: an eight-song "hits" set followed by Psychocandy in full, with Aimee Nash from openers The Black Ryder joining the band to sing on "Just Like Honey." More pics (including ones of The Black Ryder) from the first night, plus the setlist, below...

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Courtney Barnett
Speedy Ortiz

On Tuesday, Courtney Barnett, Sadie of Speedy Ortiz and Torres headed to the LES for an art show (pictures), and last night (7/22) those three acts played a huge sold-out NYC show at Terminal 5. All three were supporting great new albums -- Courtney's Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Speedy's Foil Deer, and Torres' Sprinter -- and all three played rocking sets. Courtney went 10 minutes past Terminal 5's 11 PM curfew, and seemed like she woulda kept on going if allowed, quipping, "I thought New York was the city that never sleeps?" We've got pictures from the show in this post.

After the show, Torres headed to Elvis Guesthouse for a tiny midnight show (pictures). Anyone catch that? She'll play NYC again on her tour with Garbage.

More pictures from T5, with Courtney's setlist, a picture of Speedy's, and a video of Courtney playing "Avant Gardener," below...

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photo: JAMC @ Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)

After touring just about everywhere else in North America, The Jesus and Mary Chain have finally announced East Coast dates for their Psychocandy tour. Right now only two: Philadelphia's Union Transfer on September 22 and NYC's Terminal 5 on September 24. Tickets for T5 go on sale Friday (6/12) at noon, with a BrooklynVegan presale beginning Wednesday (6/10) at noon. Password is CREATION.

Philly tickets go on sale Friday at noon too (no presale).

JAMC's only other remaining North American date is Los Angeles' FYF Fest in August.

photos of Flaming Lips by Tim Griffin

Miley Cyrus @ T5 last night (via @rawkandroll) / The Flaming Lips @ Levitation Fest 2015
2015 Levitation Fest

It's "upfronts" season, when TV networks parade out their new shows, and Adult Swim usually throws a crazy private party, which have been at Terminal 5 lately. (Outkast played it last year.) This year's party was Wednesday night (5/13) at T5 and Miley Cyrus was the night's guest, dressed in white tights, giant butterfly wings, and little else. In addition to her own songs, covers of Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue", Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", Led Zeppelin's "Baby, I'm Gonna Leave You", and Khia's "My Neck, My Back" she brought out pals The Flaming Lips for two songs. The first was "Tiger Dreams," a song from their collaborative album they're making, and then they covered The Beatles' "A Day in the Life" which was Cyrus' contribution to the Lips' Sgt. Peppers tribute album. You can watch video of "Tiger Dreams" (via Billboard) below.

On Sunday, The Flaming Lips headlined the final day (5/10) of Austin's Levitation festival that had, just an hour earlier, hosted the first 13th Floor Elevators show since 1968. Their set focused heavily on The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and was, as usual, full of streamers, confetti cannons, giant balloons, etc etc etc. Pictures, including a few taken at the backstage Sailor Jerry tattoo trailer where Wayne and six friends got matching heart tattoos on their pinkie fingers, and the setlist from Levitation are below.

In other news, Miley continued her Backyard Sessions video series (which previously had her covering The Replacements with Joan Jett and Laura Jane Grace), this time taking on Crowded House's 1986 hit "Don't Dream It's Over" with Ariana Grande. You can watch that below too.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Courtney Barnett at SXSW 2015 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett's tour in support of her great new album will have her in NYC for three sold-out shows at Bowery Ballroom in May, and now she's added more dates which will have her back in NYC for a much larger show this summer

Courtney plays Terminal 5 on July 22 and it's a killer triple bill with support from Speedy Ortiz and Torres. TIckets go on sale Friday (5/1) at noon, and there's a BrooklynVegan presale starting Wednesday (4/29) at noon. Check back here Wednesday morning for the presale password. Updated tour dates are listed below.


Speedy Ortiz are on tour now in support of their own great new album, having hit NYC over the weekend for a sold-out Bowery Ballroom show (4/25) with Mitski and Krill. The new songs sound killer live, and they worked nicely against other highlights like "Indoor Soccer" from 2012's Sports EP, "American Horror" from last year's Real Hair EP, and "Swim Fan" from the "Taylor Swift" single.

Torres is currently streaming her upcoming album and has other tour dates including headlining NYC shows in May and June.

Updated dates for all three artists, and a few videos/song streams, below...

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Matt and Kim
photo: Matt & Kim @ Lolla 2013 (more by Dana "distortion" Yavin)

Matt & Kim dance in front of the Brooklyn Bridge (on the Brooklyn side) in their new video for new song "Hey Now" from their new album "New Glow". You can watch that typically-cheery number below.

Along with this new song also comes an expanded set of tour dates which includes a SECOND NYC show at Terminal 5 (tickets for May 14 & 15 are at Ticketmaster). In case you had any question about the duo's staying power, that's two very big NYC shows now on their 2015 schedule. Full itinerary listed under the video below...

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Showpaper #20, cover art by Kim Schifino

In addition to tirelessly listing all-ages NYC shows for 7 years, bi-weekly, print-only newspaper Showpaper (which sadly just called it a day), commissioned a beautiful piece of artwork for their cover every single issue. Browse all of them at their Facebook.

The cover artists often came from the scene which Showpaper was covering. Dustin Pilkington of Best Fwends & Total Abuse designed issue three. Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt did issue four. Bjorn Copeland of Black Dice, Hisham Bharoocha of Black Dice & Lightning Bolt, Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO (!), DJ Dog Dick, Dan Deacon, members of Lucky Dragons, graffiti artist COST, photographer Tod Seelie, Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Daniel Higgs, Pictureplane, Prince Rama, and many more designed covers. Issue 20, which came out in 2008, was designed by Kim Schifino aka Kim from Matt & Kim. That's her art pictured above.

Showpaper was founded by DIY concert promoter Todd P. Todd's name used to be synonymous with DIY shows in Brooklyn. Bands who played his shows a lot became "Todd P bands". Breakout Todd P bands included Vivian Girls, Dan Deacon, and yes: Matt and Kim. It's hard to believe now, but the cheerful duo was once more associated with sweaty, semi-legal, all ages shows in Brooklyn than they were with big festivals, MTV awards, car commercials, and large, Bowery Presents-booked venues like Terminal 5 which is where they're playing on May 14 (tickets go on sale Friday, 1/16). The NYC show is part of a just-announced spring tour that goes from Virginia to Minneapolis. All dates are listed below.

The tour is in support of a new record called New Glow which Harvest Records will release on April 7th. Pre-orders of the album also come with pre-sale show ticket access. Matt & Kim say:

"Anyone who has seen us knows we love any style of music you can have fun and get wild to. I'm not sure we were able to put that diversity on any of our albums the way we did on New Glow. While there are definitely songs that will feel familiar to people who know our stuff, there are also songs like "Get It" which have always been part of who we are but went unrecorded to this point."
Watch a lyric video for "Get It", the album's first single, below.

Matt and Kim
Matt & Kim @ Danbro Studios, 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)

Meanwhile, Todd P has been busy working on reopening Brooklyn venue Market Hotel which should be officially open as a legal venue sometime this year. Todd probably doesn't speak much to Matt or Kim these days, but I would love to see a reunion happen in the form of a sweaty show at the ex-Dominican nightclub in Bushwick. The So So Glos and TheDeathSet can open. Tod Seelie will take the photos. Kim can design the flyer.

Matt & Kim dates, new song and album tracklist, below...

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photo by Dominick Mastrangelo

Brooklyn's Lucius have been touring nonstop this year, playing festivals this summer, and continuing with a full slate through November. Their last NYC show was Governors Ball but they'll cap off their busy year with a BIG NYC show at Terminal 5 on December 6. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/6) at noon.

Lucius was just at Lollapalooza over the weekend (check out our pics), and while they were there, we invited them into the Toyota Soundwave tent to pose for our photographer Dominick Mastrangelo. His portrait is above. A bigger version of the same photo and more from his sessions from the entire  weekend are over at Facebook.

All Lucius tour dates are listed below.

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"Almighty @Outkast tearing it down at Terminal 5 tonight for the @adultswim #Upfronts2014. Legendary night" - @TheThoughtful1

Outkast @ Terminal 5 - 5/14/14 (via @ming_dot)

Outkast will be in NYC in a few weeks for Governors Ball, what we thought would be their NYC reunion debut, but ends up they were here last night (5/14) for a private show at Terminal 5. It was the annual Adult Swim "Upfront" show, where the TV network schmoozes potential advertisers while previewing their new shows (Kanye played last year). It was totally invite-only. Were you one of the lucky ones? How was it?

UPDATE: according to a press release, which doesn't say anything about the actual show, the following celebs were in the house: Derrick Beckles (Hot Package), Lake Bell (Childrens Hospital), Taco Bennett (Loiter Squad), Lionel Boyce (Loiter Squad), Nick Cannon, Deon Cole (Black Box), Kelen Coleman (Men At Work), Rob Corddry (Childrens Hospital), Tommy Davidson (Black Dynamite), Jasper Dolphin (Loiter Squad), Jim Fortier (Squidbillies), Brett Gelman (Eagleheart), Jon Glaser (Parks and Recreation), Spencer Grammer (Rick and Morty), Doc Hammer (The Venture Bros.), Dan Harmon (Rick and Morty), Erinn Hayes (Childrens Hospital), Christy Karacas (Superjail!), Shira Lazar (What's Trending), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Aaron McGruder (Black Jesus), James Murphy, Brad Neely (China, IL), Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty), Craig Rowin (Your Pretty Face is Going To Hell), Matthew Senreich (Robot Chicken), Robert Smigel (Triumph the Insult Comic Dog), Earl Sweatshirt (Loiter Squad), Tyler the Creator (Loiter Squad), Mike Tyson (Mike Tyson Mysteries), Questlove (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon), Eric Wareheim (Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories), Dave Willis (Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell), Henry Zebrowski (Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell)

Mike Tyson & friends @ Terminal 5 (photo via WireImage/Cartoon Network)

A few more pictures and a short video clip from last night, below...

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Lily Allen @ Roseland in 2009 (more by Natasha Ryan)
Lily Allen

Ri-Ri isn't scared of Katy Perry's roaring
Queen B's going back to the drawing
Lorde smells blood, yeah, she's about to slay you
Kid ain't one to fuck with when she's only on her debut

We're all watching Gaga, L-O-L-O, haha
Dying for the art, so really she's a martyr
The second best will never cut it for the divas
Give me that crown, bitch, I wanna be Sheezus

Lily Allen, who recently released Sheezus and plays a one-off NYC show at Highline Ballroom this week, announced a bigger tour that happens in September & October. That tour, kicking off in Miami ane ending 10/10 at Hollywood Palladium, visits NYC again on 9/23 for a show at Terminal 5. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday, 5/16, at noon. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, the public NYC show this week is sold out, but you can enter to win tickets to a private show she's playing in NY on Friday, a taping of 'live from the artists den' that will air later this summer. Lily also appears on The Today Show on May 14th, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on May 15th, and Live with Kelly and Michael on May 26th.

All dates are listed along with the video for the new album's title track (the source of the silly lyrics reprinted above), below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

The Knife @ T5, 5/1/2014
The Knife
The Knife

The show began with the entire stage backlit and drenched in fog. Suddenly music began as if coming from nowhere and voices soon followed. Everything seemed extremely calculated, movements happened precisely on cue and there was no leader present on stage. Karin and Olof were never even properly acknowledged. Beams of light shone through every crevice of the stage and reflected off of shimmering crystals placed around the stage. Various people on stage took on vocal duties (Karin was actually a major factor in this aspect) and the overall collaborative nature really honed in on the idea of a classless (end extreme wealth!), genderless, and boarder free society. Of course there were some of the hits you'd expect as well. "We Share Out Mothers' Health" really kicked off the night and made people move, while the dancing to "One Hit" was a certain highlight of the evening. - [OMG-NYC]
The Knife wrapped up their sold-out, two-night stay at NYC's Terminal 5 last night (5/1) which was also the last on their North American tour. Same setlist and aerobicized dance revue as night 1 (read our full report). Pictures from Thursday's show are in this post. Did you go last night?

After T5, the Knife headed over to Westway for a karoake afterparty with Bill Murray. More pics from night 2's show below...

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Enigmatic Swedish duo The Knife released Shaking the Habitual last year and are playing Coachella in April. They've have started to add other shows while here as well. A full tour has not been announced yet but. It includes an NYC date at Terminal 5 on April 30. Tickets for T5 go on sale Saturday (1/18) at 10 AM. All dates -- including Chicago -- are listed below (update: now with the full tour).

This seems to be a much bigger production than when the Knife toured here in 2006. Says the band:

Shaking the Habitual, the album, lays the groundwork for this show. Based on the artistic and political ideas therein, we play with the expectations and question habits of the concert, the dance performance, the club and the music festival. Working within a highly commercial, professionalised and male-dominated music industry, we strive to twist and strangle hierarchies to find other ways of organizing work and its conditions. Disrespecting borders between digital and analogue, fake and real, professional and dilettante, star and cast, experimental acts and glamorous shows, nature and culture, audience and artist, blood family and chosen family, dance and action, a Buchla and bongo and the sound of a hit and a kiss.

We use the full potential of the electronic concert. In addition to bodies playing electronic music, we suggest different bodily engagements. We suggest dancing together as a mobilization, a collective moment for everyone in the room - on and off stage - to take part in. - [The Knife]

Among the performers being used this time is Light Asylum's Shannon Funchess. Full roster of performers is below.

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photos by Lori Reyes

"Stood in front row, cried during 'Into Dust', and witnessed Hope Sandoval be her perfect self. Mazzy Star, thank you for tonight." - Janet Jackson

"I'm not too manly to say that I cried at the Mazzy Star concert tonight. And also before it a lot. And also still right now." - Rich Karski

Mazzy Star @ Terminal 5 in NYC
Mazzy Star

""Seasons of Your Day," Mazzy Star's first album since 1996, reunites the dreampop duo of Hope Sandoval and David Roback. Despite the long hiatus, not much has changed about the group's sound: The new album highlights Sandoval's wistful, melancholic vocals and Roback's shoegazy guitars." [Washington Post]
Though they reformed to play Coachella and a handful of West Coast dates in 2012, Mazzy Star played their first NYC show in 15 years on Wednesday night (11/20). It seemed unfortunate that the band, who sounds best when you're laying down, chose Terminal 5, such a large standing-room-only venue, but at least a lot of people got to to see them; the sold out multi-level room was packed in every direction. Amazingly, the room was also completely silent at times, such as during "Into Dust" which was my favorite moment of the 75 minute, 15 song show. Due to the size of the venue and the bars in the perimeters, you could hear people talking during less-adored songs, but the shear amazingness of so many quiet people during other parts, not to mention the chance to see Mazzy Star at all, made up for it (note: I would have been freaking out in anticipation even more than I was about the show, but I managed to get my first live reunion fix in June 2012, when I traveled to London to catch them as part of a trip that also included a wedding and some sightseeing).

There was also an amazingly few amount of cell phone screens visible in the crowd, which means people really heeded the warnings, and probably because they knew that not listening could cause their show to end early for one reason or another. Many cell phone videographers still couldn't resist when hit song "Fade Into You" was played towards the end of the pre-encore set, but even that was minimal in comparison to normal shows, though that didn't stop Hope Sandoval from breaking her stage banter silence once. The NY Times says:

For the length of its set on Wednesday night, Mazzy Star managed to suspend time in all but one aspect. Despite the efforts of the club's security staff, the band couldn't entirely prevent the use of cellphones, prompting Ms. Sandoval to break her onstage reticence to complain about "those jackass flash phones you all have." The band performed in dim light, with members' faces in shadow; a video screen showed starscapes, rippling coastal waters or old stereoscope images. There was just enough visual information to keep the focus on the songs.
Despite the main set only being an hour, Mazzy Star played three encores. Each was one song which included the full band walking on and off the stage each time.

I wish they acknowledged the recent passing of Lou Reed during their rare Velvet Underground-influenced set in Lou's hometown, and I wish they played longer, but their final song choice of "California", the single off the new record, still left me leaving the show in a great mood. To quote Jon Parales from the NY Times one more time,

Pedal steel guitar hovered over the folk-rock of "Disappear," as Ms. Sandoval sang, "I'll never be what you want me to be/No, I can't disappear." But she was exactly what Mazzy Star fans have wanted her to be: back and unchanged. Mazzy Star has applied the hovering, meditative stasis of its music to its career.
Mazzy Star complete their tour in Philly and MD on Friday and Saturday, and then return to NYC for a Jimmy Fallon taping Monday.

Unrelated, but a big-but-small tribute to Lou Reed is happening in NYC on Sunday.

Mariee Sioux and Psychic Ills are touring with Mazzy and opened the Terminal 5 show, but I missed them.

Pictures are not allowed at Mazzy Star shows, but they did have their own photographer who took the few pictures in this post. A sneaky person also managed to get a video of "So Tonight That I Might See" and posted it online. The video, more pictures and NYC setlist, below...

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by Jonathan Dick

Lucero @ Terminal 5 (more by Mike Lerner)
Terminal 5

Memphis, Tennessee's Lucero are as much country as they are punk, or maybe it's the other way around. Either way, the band's sound since their inception in 1998 has evolved along with their fans who are devoted to the refusal to be compartmentalized as the band is themselves. Lucero's latest, Texas & Tennessee, saw the band sidestep the more involved sounds of previous releases without sacrificing the core element of songwriting that continues to underscore their signature sound. On tour now with Titus Andronicus, they return to Terminal 5 in NYC this Friday, November 8th, with Titus and The Menzingers for what is sure to be a great show. I had the opportunity to talk to vocalist/guitarist Ben Nichols about his writing process, appreciating his roots, and how he hopes this Terminal 5 show won't be like the last.


My first question just concerns the formation of Lucero, Ben, and how you've seen the band evolve since then.

Ben: We started in '98 or something like that. Actually, our first show was in April of '98. There's definitely been an evolution over those fifteen years. We started off trying to go against the grain and playing these punk rock shows and just playing the quietest, slowest, saddest music possible. It was mainly just me and Brian Venable, the guitar player, who started the band. Then we had Roy and John, and we became a drunken rock n' roll band pretty fast after that. Then we hit the road, and yeah...we were quite possibly a too drunken rock n' roll band. There were some dark years in the middle there. Actually, for the last six years, we've had Rick Steff on the piano, and we added a horn section for a couple of records. That kind of brought us out of the darkness. As far as me, personally, is concerned...it made me really enjoy playing music again. The touring had kind of just worn me down, but adding those extra elements and those instruments - that really got me excited about the band again. With the last two records it's evolved into this...I don't know...the Memphis sound and the Memphis roots, we've definitely tapped into those sources a little more than we did in the past. We're kind of more comfortable with being a Memphis band. I think we're more comfortable showing where we're from a little bit and letting those roots show. Now we're this rock n' roll soul band. I don't know. I'm not sure what the hell we are [laughs]. There's still some country songs. Actually, the next record will probably be fairly countryish. It's a big ol' mess of fifteen years that's tough to remember.

continued below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

MIA @ T5 11/4/2012

MIA's new album, Matangi, came out this week. Surrounding that, Maya talked with NPR where she explained a little about the album title (Matangi is the Hindu goddess of music), which also relates to her troubles with a certain "offensive gesture" during the 2012 Superbowl that she now claims was actually a Hindu hand gesture:

It's the Matangi mudra... in America you have gang signs, and people throw up initials and stuff like that. Well, 5,000 years ago, there was thing called a mudra, which is your sitting position when you do yoga or you're meditating or praying or whatever. And you have different ones based on what you're meditating over. There's not a lot of them that are named after gods and goddesses, but the middle finger is specifically named Matangi -- the Matangi mudra.
NPR followed that, basically, with a "really?" to which Maya replied, "Yes. Do you like that? (Laughing) It's good, isn't it?."

MIA was just in NYC for two shows at Terminal 5 and an appearance at the YouTube Music Awards. We already posted a set of her first T5 show (11/1) and now we've got a set from her second show at the venue which happened on Monday (11/4) in this post, plus bigger versions of some of these photos up on Facebook. After those shows, MIA then played an invite-only affair in Bushwick last night (11/5) presented by SPIN and the Soho House. Did anybody go to that?

More pics from Monday's T5 show, including a few of openers Partysquad, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield


"Not every dance party starts -- as did M.I.A.'s show on Friday night at Terminal 5 -- with a live video transmission from Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, urging a sold-out crowd to fight the "military occupation of cyberspace." Mr. Assange called M.I.A. "the most courageous woman working in Western music" and "prescient." He cited lyrics from "The Message," a song M.I.A. released in 2010 with the lines "iPhone connected to the Internet/Connected to the Google/Connected to the government," and added, "It turns out she was right."" [NY Times]
Video of Julian's entire speech is below along with more pictures from the show.

But back to the dance party... Big Freedia shows and a zillion Miley Cyrus extended-Halloween costumes weren't the only ways to get your twerk on this weekend. M.I.A. took a moment during Galang to do the dance move of the moment. Many in the engergetic crowd were doing the same.

Venus X and a drummer for Maya and her backup singer, kept things moving at a driving, if slightly repetitive, pace, with the only downtempo break happening during closer Sexodus, Weeknd samples included. It felt a bit strange to end such a high energy, dynamic set on a lower note, but the highs were high enough, so nobody seemed to mind. Sacks of coloredpowder thrown into the dancing audience and a whirling carnival of colorful lights provided the backdrop for M.I.A. and her Versace-clad backup dancers

On Sunday, M.I.A. appeared at/on the new YouTube Video Awards to play "Come Walk With Me". She returns to Terminal 5 on Monday night for a 2nd sold out big NYC show. More pictures from the first, along with M.I.A.'s full setlist and the Julian video, below...

Continue reading "M.I.A. played Terminal 5 with... Julian Assange (via Skype) ----- pics, video, setlist"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Placebo & Jesca Hoop @ Terminal 5 - 10/15/2013
Placebo & Jesca Hoop @ Terminal 5 - 10/15/2013

Placebo came to New York for a rare and big US show at Terminal 5 with Jesca Hoop (who we also caught the next day at Ace Hotel). We've got some pictures and their two hour setlist, below...

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map via the Daily News...
Terminal 5 attack

[Andrew] Billington, who lives on the upper West Side, had taken his girlfriend to see Welsh rock band the Stereophonics on Saturday night at Terminal 5, located on W. 56th St.

Following the concert, the couple was walking on W. 58th St. between 10th and 11th Aves. at 10:45 p.m. when a violent goon emerged from the shadows, a police source said.
The mugger, believed to be a homeless man, came up behind Billington and bashed him in the back of the head with what his girlfriend told police appeared to be a brick wrapped in a cloth, the source said. Billington fell to the ground and the assailant hit him again in the face with the brick before searching his pockets for money, the source said.

The robber, dressed in a hoodie or jacket and wearing a baseball cap, fled empty-handed, leaving Billington bloodied and his girlfriend, whose name was not released, screaming for help.

Cops are still trying to identify the attacker, hoping security cameras in the area filmed the robbery, a throwback to the bad days of New York City. [NY Daily News]

Andrew Billington, 37, is an internationally known British marathon runner, and we wish him a speedy and full recovery.

If you saw anything, say something. A security camera picture of the alleged mugger is below...

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Big Sean

Big Sean's new album, Hall of Fame, is out today (8/27), and the above tweet pretty much says it all.

He's also doing an in-store signing from 5-8 at Best Buy in Union Square.

Check out a video from the new LP, below...

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photos by Robert Altman

Father John Misty

Sometimes I worry about the crowd at Terminal 5, but this was clearly an audience of devoted fans, belting out every word of Fear Fun's deeper cuts like "Everyman Needs a Companion" and "Only Son of the Ladiesman" in addition to popular tracks "I'm Writing a Novel". Straddling the line between Jim Morrison and someone making fun of Jim Morrison, Father John Misty made stunts like singing with his microphone stand completely upside down work, while others, such as trying to wrap the mic cord around his neck or struggling to hop back on stage after singing from the photography pit, were met with Tillman's hilariously self-deprecating comments about trying to make this a memorable night for everyone. [Baeble Music]
Former Fleet Fox Josh Tillman aka Father John Misty has been on tour, playing places like Bonnaroo and his intimate acoustic Maxwell's show, and last night (7/24) he came to NYC for his largest headlining show here yet: Terminal 5. In addition to the material from FJM's 2012 debut album, Fear Fun, he did a cover of The Beatles' "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" and a newer song, "I Love You, Honey Bear."

Opening the show was dream poppers Wild Nothing, who play a much smaller (sold-out) show at Maxwell's (7/26) on Friday and the Captured Tracks 5th Anniversary in September. Pictures of both bands are in this post.

Father John Misty also plays a free show in the Hamptons at Montauk's Surf Lodge on Sunday (7/28).

More pictures from Terminal 5, along with videos from FJM's set, below...

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Gogol Bordello at Vintage Vinyl - 7/22/13 (via Emily Ragle)
Gogol Bordello

Gogol Bordello's new album, Pura Vida Conspiracy, just hit stores today (7/23), and they've also taken today as an opportunity to announce that like they usually do, they'll be celebrating New Year's Eve right here in NYC. The gypsy punks will be doing two nights at Terminal 5: December 30 and 31. Tickets for the T5 shows (2-day pass included) go on sale Friday (7/26) at noon.

Meanwhile, Gogol are also in NYC today for a previously discussed in-store at the SoHo Urban Outfitters at 1 PM and a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight with A Tribe Called Red.

They also played an in-store at NJ's Vintage Vinyl yesterday (7/22). Some videos from that show and an updated list of tour dates below...

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Kurt Vile at 4Knots 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile released his excellent Wakin On A Pretty Daze this past April and has pretty much been on tour in support of it ever since. He already came to NYC for a relatively intimate show at Bowery Ballroom in May, and more recently he was here for two free outdoor shows: his mesmerizing set at 4Knots and his contributions to the Big Star tribute in Central Park. Now, KV is set to return to NYC in the fall for what will be his largest headlining show here yet, Terminal 5 on October 25. (He's played the venue before, but not as a headliner.)

Support at the T5 show comes from Beach Fossils, who also play the Captured Tracks 5th Anniversary in September. Tickets for the Terminal 5 show go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/10) at noon.

Updated dates are listed, along with a few videos, below...

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The Flaming Lips at GoogaMooga 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips, who were last here for the Great GoogaMooga, are heading out for select US dates this summer including shows with Spirtualized, and after a brief stop in the EU for some festival appearances, they'll return to the East Coast for a string of dates with Tame Impala. The five dates will include a pair of NYC appearances at Terminal 5 on October 1 & 2. No word on when tickets go on sale but you can keep checking Ticketmaster.

UPDATE: Tickets go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (6/26) at noon with the general on-sale happening Friday (6/28) at noon.

All tour dates and some video of the band doing a cover of Bowie's "Heroes" is below.

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