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Florence on Halloween in Boston (Dianna Quagenti)
Florence Skull

After playing the Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans over the weekend, Florence & the Machine kicked off a proper, but short, tour at House of Blues in Boston on Halloween. As you can see in the above picture, and in the video below, Florence and her band did not wimp out on celebrating the holiday.

Last night (11/1), that tour continued into NYC where Florence and the Machine played their first of two sold out shows at the massive Terminal 5. Both shows (last night and tonight) have The Smith Westerns and Hanni El Khatib opening.

Couldn't score or afford a ticket? You still have one more chance to see the UK band when they play a free show at the SoHo Apple Store this afternoon:

Live from SoHo: Florence + The Machine
Florence + The Machine embody creative courage. Pick up a wristband at the Apple Store to guarantee admission to tonight's live performance. November 2, 4:00 p.m.
Florence's U.S. tour ends November 8th in LA, but maybe she'll stick around for a little bit longer so she doesn't have to fly back and forth for their November 20th appearance on Saturday Night Live. All dates, that Halloween video, a video from Terminal 5, and a Hanni El Khatib video, below...

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Big Boi @ NYU in September (more by Lauren Monaco)
Big Boi

Hip-hop heavyweight Big Boi brought the house down [the other night at Moogfest] with a set of Outkast hits and stand-out tunes from his hot new album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. Highlights of the set included "Rosa Parks," "Ms. Jackson," "So Fresh, So Clean," "Shutterbug" and "General Patton." A powerful live rendition of "Follow Us" featured Kyle Lucas of Vonnegutt singing the hook. And during "The Way You Move," Big Boi invited a group of ladies on stage to dance as he rapped the refrain: "I like the way you move / I love way you move."

While his Outkast collaborator Andre 3000 was missed, Big Boi was backed by a ferocious posse of live musicians and singers that included a drummer, guitarist, horn section and super hot female bass player wearing knee high black leather boots. He was also armed with a gang of choreographed backup dancers and hype-men that added to the visual spectacle.

During the live rendition of "Daddy Fat Sax," the sound turned distressingly towards metal-rap for a moment, but mostly Big Boi rode a deeply funky and danceable Dirty South groove. [Mountain Xpress]

Big Boi will co-headline a pre-Christmas show with a Calvin Harris DJ set at NYC's Terminal 5 on December 22nd. Openers will be LA Riots and The Knocks (who just opened for Die Antwoord at Gramercy). Tickets ($45 advance general admission / $50 day of show general admission / $100 VIP admission includes 4 hour open bar) will go on sale Friday at noon.

Big Boi's last NYC shows were at Brooklyn Bowl and NYU.

Shout Out Out Out also played Moogfest in North Carolina over the weekend and will be in NYC this week.

photos by Matthew Eisman

My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket ...ran through its most recent studio album, Evil Urges, in its entirety and later returned for a nine-song encore....[mixing] unreleased original songs with a range of covers that included: The Velvet Underground's "Oh! Sweet Nuthin," Sly Stone's "Hot Fun In The Summertime, Al Johnson's "Carnival Time" and Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up."...

After leaving the stage for a second time, My Morning Jacket returned to deliver a high energy take on the It Still Moves single "One Big Holiday." It was the only song My Morning Jacket repeated throughout its 100-song marathon. -[JamBands.com]

It was also the only night that got a 2nd encore. And the only night I made it up there after spending the rest of CMJ week basically working (and seeing BV shows). It was the perfect ending to the MMJ marathon, and to my CMJ week (though it wasn't the actual ending of my week, because right afterwards I shot down to Bowery Ballroom to catch some of Neon Indian and all of Surfer Blood who went on 1am and had a marathon week of their own).

Besides the Evil Urges material, the covers, and powerful show closer "One Big Holiday", the band also ran through material due on a forthcoming LP ("Circuital" and "Friends Again"), and a track from Carl Broemel's solo record ("Carried Away").

Carl played his own headlining show at Joe's Pub in the middle of the Terminal 5 run. Jim James played the T Bone Burnett show at Beacon Theatre that same night. Members of Diamond Doves/Elvis Perkins' band once again joined MMJ on stage on horns Saturday night, like they did the night Elvis opened.


More pictures from NIGHT FIVE, opener Everest included, a bunch of videos, and the full setlist below...

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words and photos by David Andrako

My Morning Jacket

Seeing My Morning Jacket play Z on the Friday of the nearly week long CMJ festival immediately knocked all the overhyped bands, blog posts and sponsored parties of the week down a few pegs. This was a band at their peak, sufficiently warmed up and hitting all cylinders after playing 3 shows in the last 4 days. Their night off was spent playing solo or as special guests at other venues in the city. The cavernous Terminal 5 could barely contain the energy that MMJ produced all night.

Z, released in 2005 to almost universal critical praise, marked a turning point as the band brought in an outside producer, John Leckie, and recorded the album at Allaire Studios in the Catskills rather than at home in Kentucky. This was the album that made My Morning Jacket a headlining act at Bonnaroo and an international touring act that headlined Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall.

MMJ took the stage shortly after 9:30 and tore through the three opening songs of the set ("Wordless Chorus", "It Beats 4 U" and "Gideon") before settling down with the fuzzy surf guitar influenced "Off the Record" and the calliope-like and rarely performed "Into The Woods." Although they were performing the songs of Z, I couldn't help but be reminded of their 2006 live album, Okonokos, which starts with the same first three tracks. The "Z" set ended with a 20 minute plus version of "Dondante" which featured lead guitarist Carl Bromel picking up a saxophone and soloing into a Jim James guitar solo using a glow stick as a bow on his guitar.

The band took a brief break and returned to the stage for a encore that ended with The Who's "A Quick One, While He's Away", Prince's "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" and Wham!'s "Careless Whisper". "Careless Whisper" was dedicated to George Michael who Jim James described as "One of the best singers of our lifetime" and encouraged the crowd to "send him some good vibes." James led the audience in a "Bananas" chant while throwing dozens of bananas to the crowd as the show was ending.

Opening act Holy Miranda kicked off her set with the slow building "Pelican Rapids" and by the time she covered Etta James's "I'd Rather Go Blind" she'd earned hundreds of new fans.

More pictures from night four at Terminal 5 (night five post coming soon), and the Wham! video, and both setlists, are below...

Continue reading "My Morning Jacket played 'Z', covered Wham @ Terminal 5 w/ Holly Miranda (pics, video & setlists)"

photos by Jessica Amaya

My Morning Jacket

"My Morning Jacket returned to New York's Terminal 5 after a night off to perform its ATO debut It Still Moves in its entirety (though all five members of the group performed on their night off) (at Joe's Pub and Beacon Theater). Like the previous nights of the band's Terminal 5 run, the venue was decked out with drapery and blown up images of MMJs five albums.

Elvis Perkins in Dearland opened the night and the Dearland Horns sat in with My Morning Jacket at various points throughout the night, including "One Big Holiday." Former My Morning Jacket guitarist Johnny Quaid rejoined his former band on a few songs for the third night in a row, this time flanked by former Jacket keyboardist Danny Cash (2000-2004), Sex Mob/Levon Helm Band trumpeter Steven Bernstein and Levon Helm Band saxophonist Erik Lawrence. [Two nights] earlier Perkins made a surprise appearance with members of his band when they performed as Diamond Doves at Brooklyn, NY's Rock Shop (oddly enough, on a bill with longtime MMJ associates The Barr Brothers)." [Jambands.com]

They perform "Z" tonight and "Evil Urges" Saturday. More pictures from last night, the full setlist, and video of the Lionel Richie cover, below...

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photos by Kurt Christensen

My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket's Terminal 5 run continued with a complete performance of 2001's At Dawn last night. The band ran through the entire album in sequential order, including the rarely--if ever--played "If it Smashes Down." Many of My Morning Jacket's early songs faded out of rotation after the group's December 2006 shows at San Francisco's Fillmore so "Death Is My Sleezy Pay" (last played 2005), "Hopefully"(last played during a full band performance), X-Mas Curtain (last played 2006), "Just Because I Do" (last played 2004) and "Strangulation!" (last played 2005) were also bustouts.

Like Monday night's performance, the members of My Morning Jacket returned for an extended encore that featured covers and B-sides the band played during the At Dawn era. The band's covers ranged from the moody Danzig song "How The Gods Kill" to an extended jam during Black Sabbath's "Black Sabbath." [jambands.com]

Danzig! Video of that (complete with funny fan commentary), along with the full setlist and more pictures from last night (tonight is their night off - except for Carl), below...

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photos by Andrew St. Clair

My Morning Jacket

One down, four to go. My Morning Jacket played Terminal 5 last night (10/18) with Dungen as part of their five night stay highlighting their past album output. Last night, The Tennessee Fire got the nod:

While the band has toyed with The Tennessee Fire songs like "Nashville To Kentucky" and "Butch Cassidy" at recent shows, My Morning Jacket had not performed numbers like "It's About Twilight Now" and "Picture of You" in over four years. With the exception of a 2007 benefit performance that found the members of My Morning Jacket performing with different musicians, the group had also not played "Old September Blues" in almost a decade.

The group returned for a seven-song encore that featured several covers and b-sides James and company recorded for its various EPs around the time of The Tennessee Fire. The mini-set opened with "I Just Wanted To Say" from the group's holiday EP Does Christmas Fiasco Style and included covers of Elton John's "Rocket Man," Erykah Badu's "Tyrone" (which the band played with the singer in 2008), The Great Society's "White Rabbits" and Rod Stewart's "Hot Legs." -[JamBands]

The party continues tonight (10/19) with MMJ focusing their energies on At Dawn with support from Hacienda. Tickets may still be available.

More pictures and the setlist from last night, below...

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If I could have made it to any of the T5 shows (which I can't) it would have been TFF so I was so happy they played a bunch of tunes from that on Friday. They Ran had an incredible outro which some wailing falsetto. I've never been much of a Butch Cassidy fan, but this live version made me appreciate it so much more (the sounds Tommy was getting out of his bass were incredible). I was really hoping for a Dondante and it was great to hear this song after a few shows without it.

The encore was a thing of perfection for me, but hell the whole show was perfect! Phone Went West is a great song to "end" the show on before a rippin' One Big Holiday. I was right in front of Carl and got blasted with confetti during OBH, a great touch.

There was a point during the encore when I realized how wonderful my life was as I stood holding my woman watching my favorite band in the world play the best setlist I've ever seen.


That review refers to the show My Morning Jacket played Friday night in Portland, Maine. The show marked the reopening of Portland's State Theatre, courtesy of Bowery Presents who will also host the band at Terminal 5 in NYC for five nights starting tonight.
10/18 - MMJ plays The Tennessee Fire, Dungen opens
10/19 - MMJ plays At Dawn - Hacienda opens
10/20 - night off, Carl Broemel plays Joe's Pub
10/21 - MMJ plays It Still Moves - Elvis Perkins in Dearland opens
10/22 - MMJ plays Z - Holly Miranda opens
10/23 - MMJ plays Evil Urges - Everest opens
According to Bowery Presents, tickets are still available for the first two nights, but you can always try your luck to see if they put more on sale for the other nights too.

You can also try your luck winning a pair of tickets. I have one pair to "Tennessee Fire" and one pair to the "Z" show. Details below.

Before Maine, like Gorillaz before them, My Morning Jacket played an hour set "Live on Letterman". Watch the whole thing below.

Between Maine and NYC, My Morning Jacket stopped by Levon Helm's Ramble (Saturday night) where they played a 10-song set in addition to jamming with Levon. The setlist from that show, the Maine show (with videos), the Letterman show (with video), and contest details, below....

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Broken Bells

"Complete with a stage full of awesome musicians, a cool video projection in the background and James Mercer singing only to me (ok, that part may have just been in my imagination) [Broken Bells put on] a pretty far out show. I thought maybe the live performance of their songs might have gotten a little cooler, the guys didn't really stray too much from the album version, which was a little disappointing, but they did play a cool cover of a Black Keys song." -[Via Le Shrn]
Broken Bells and Elf Power teamed up for a show at Terminal 5 in NYC on Monday night (10/11). Through the magic of television, Broken Bells also appeared on two LA-based talk shows on Monday and Tuesday, taped when the band was in LA to also play the Wiltern in LA last week (and at the Wiltern). Between LA and NYC, they stopped by for a set at Austin City Limits which also had them covering Sparklehorse and Black Keys songs (both artists that Broken Bells member Danger Mouse has worked with as a producer). Full T5 setlist below.

Video from Broken Bells' appearances on Carson Daly and The Ellen Degeneres Show (Ellen??), and more pictures and the setlist from Terminal 5, below...

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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan and His Band have announced twelve new fall dates including three nights at Terminal 5 in NYC: November 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Tickets for those and other shows go on presale at 10am (password: tamarind), AmEx presale Wednesday at 10am, and general sale Friday at 10am.

Bob Dylan is currently on tour through November across the US (and hits Atlantic City in addition to NY). Which is a good reminder that it's almost Santa time (all dates below)...

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John Legend and the Roots

If they chose to cover this song the other night at Terminal 5 because they knew it would get blogged about, good idea (though maybe the idea was just related to the name of their new album). Spike Lee-directed live video from the show, below...

Continue reading "John Legend & the Roots did Arcade Fire @ Terminal 5 (video)"

words by Patricia Scull, photos by Andrew St. Clair

No, Teen Wolf did not play Terminal 5 Saturday night.

Considering the genres and subgenres and whatever other classification you want to put Eels into, the two openers for Saturday night's show at Terminal 5 (9/25) were an odd trio. Carla Rhodes, also known as the "Rock and Roll Ventriloquist" - comedienne and ventriloquist alike - produced a Keith Richards dummy from her traveling suitcase and sang "Dead Flowers" with it. Not to be topped, her second puppet act, Cecil Sinclair sang songs about saltwater taffy and commanded her to "crank up that Victrola!"

Second act Jesca Hoop, donning a hot pink top with bell-shaped sleeves draped over her acoustic guitar, possessed a pure and ethereal voice and also made an unlikely pairing with the Eels. Hoop sang a "batch of precocious tunes" for us (her words) in a light, airy soprano that impressively did not lose its airiness even when visiting the lower registers. Her style is very Regina Spektor-like at times, switching octaves and then continuing on in a smooth legato. While the songs on her album Under My Dress are backed by a full band, Hoop's performance was solo, only accompanied by her guitar and would fit perfectly on a bill with Sarah McLachlan and co.

The Eels took to the stage after an odd symphonic prelude of "When You Wish Upon A Star" while the stage lights illuminated the various instruments atop it. Mark Oliver Everett, ubiquitous front man for the Eels, started the show with a solo version of "Daisies of the Galaxy," from 2000's album of the same name. Looking much like a painter/trucker, Everett had his head wrapped in a blue bandana and wore all white, rocking his signature grizzly beard. Switching guitars, he went on to play a version of "What I Have To Offer," still solo but accompanied by band mate "The Chet" on slide guitar. The whole band hopped on for the first ensemble song "Prizefighter," off 2009's Hombre Loco, and from there on out performed material from the newer albums - the aforementioned Hombre Loco, End Times, and just released Tomorrow Morning. No one can accuse E of slowing down (the man's almost 50), as he and the Eels have released 3 records in a little over a year's time.

One instrument missing from the stage altogether was Everett's signature Wurlitzer electric piano, used heavily on Beautiful Freak, Daisies of the Galaxy, and Blinking Lights. This Terminal 5 show was just straight up, gritty, down-home rock 'n roll. E and the band revisited the past a few times with "Jungle Telegraph," "Dog Faced Boy," and a couple revamped versions of "My Beloved Monster," "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues," and "I Like Birds." Everett howled like a banshee on "Fresh Blood" and performed a retro cover of The Lovin' Spoonful's "Summer In The City."

The band consisted of Everett, The Chet, and new kid P-Boo on guitars, bassist Cool G Murder, and Knuckles on drums. With 3 guitars simultaneously riffing on "Souljacker Pt. 1," it occurred to me that having that many guitars on a live stage was like typing in all caps - a little unnecessary, but hella fun. Eels wrapped up the show with two encores, one a somber "I'm Going To Stop Pretending That I Didn't Break Your Heart" and finished the night with "I Like The Way This Is Going" and "Baby Loves Me."

Fans expecting to see emo-Eels perform stuff off Beautiful Freak or Blinking Lights would have been sorely disappointed, as it's obvious Everett is going through some type of mid-life rocker phase. Proving his vocal chops are still intact and that he's versatile as ever, it's clear that E and the Eels are definitely not too old to party.

More pictures fom the Eels Terminal 5 show, though unfortunately none of ventriloquist Carla Rhodes, with remaining tour dates, below...

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor - NYC Tour Dates
03.14.2011 @ Terminal 5 (on sale Friday at noon)
03.15.2011 @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple (SOLD OUT)
03.16.2011 @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple (SOLD OUT)
03.17.2011 @ Church of St. Paul the Apostle (SOLD OUT)
03.18.2011 @ Church of St. Paul the Apostle (SOLD OUT)

More dates HERE.

photos by kolored


DJ Asma took the stage for a couple of joints before bringing out a makeup-less M.I.A., dressed in a green safari hat and a black Middle Eastern getup straight out of the first "Mummy" movie, for /\/\/\Y/\ opener "The Message."

From there the British singer/rapper launched into gems from her first two albums, Kala and Arular, with the crowd leaping on top of itself for "Galang" and bass-heavy "Bamboo Banga."

She then removed her black top to reveal a T-shirt that said, "F--- Google. Ask Me!"

Although there were some sound issues in the beginning of the set -- at one point, M.I.A. took it upon herself to turn the speakers on the stage to face the audience -- the crowd didn't seem perturbed in the least.

As she strode in to hit "Boyz," M.I.A. stripped down to what would be her outfit for the remainder of the night: a white satin top with matching boy shorts. Chanting "Oy, oy!" and "New York!" the crowd met her with equal fervor for new album joints, "Lovalot" and "Story to Be Told," which had her switching between a sort of Bharatanatyam snake dance and a writhing punk twist.

For "Born Free," M.I.A. launched herself into the crowd and surfed above her fans. After throwing her mic to the audience so they could join in, they threw it back. "There's a dent in this!" she noted. "See, this is what YOU can do!"

A mesmerizing feature of the show was the kinetic movement of dancers Cisko and the awesome White Boi, who were both at M.I.A.'s side throughout the show.

She returned for her encore swigging from a bottle of Patron before singing "Teqkilla" and received an electric reception for her blowout finale, "Paper Planes," which saw her entire entourage and a few audience members joining her onstage. [mauldin brand agency]

After a late, but not too late, start, Rye Rye kicked things off at Terminal 5 lat night (9/27). Her opening set was complete by 10pm, giving M.I.A. plenty of time to play without even ending later than normal. If you missed it, M.I.A. will be back later in her tour for a free show at Brooklyn Bowl.

More pictures from Terminal 5, that prove must of what is described in the review above, below...

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MIA is electric (more by Matthew Eisman)

Due to unforeseen electrical issues in the neighborhood in and around Terminal 5 the show schedule is currently pushed back approximately 90 minutes. We anticipate opening doors by 8:30pm and hopefully no later than 9pm. We ask that you arrive at the venue closer to 9pm or later so you don't have to stand out in the rain. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you all a little later at the Terminal!

Terminal 5 & The Bowery Presents
In related news, the date of M.I.A.'s free NYC show has been revealed.

UPDATE: The show started. As of 10pm, Rye Rye already finished her opening set. So basically on schedule.

words and photos by Dominick Mastrangelo


Montreal's Stars and Virginia's Wild Nothing are the latest casualties of the hit or miss sound at Terminal 5. To be fair, Stars are just as culpable for the uneven show Friday night (9/24), especially considering their familiarity with the venue (they played there in 2008).

If you're going to play T5 then you need to play as many upbeat songs as possible. After starting well, Stars' first misstep was bringing out a bench to perform one of their fastest numbers, "Ageless Beauty", stripped down. Way down. The stripped down versions should be saved for intimate shows (like the one happening at Littlefield TONIGHT, Sunday, 9/26). Any momentum built to that point was gone and didn't return until a singalong of "Your Ex-Lover is Dead" which was the highlight of the show.

That was followed by a confusing and rambling pre-encore lecture about the use of the military, coming out over the PA. Then Amy Millan came out alone to start the 5-song encore with "Celebration Guns." Songs like "Big Fight" and "Going, Going, Gone" never made it into the 23-song set which was dissapointing since the dynamic between the soft-around the edges Millan and the ever-intense, way-over-the-top Torq Campbell is the centerpiece for Stars. They closed the show with "Changes". A picture of the full setlist is below.

Stars are a good band and spent a good part of the night thanking the appreciative crowd, tossing roses and petals into the crowd. Campbell reminded everyone that they were a New York band first. Hopefully on their subsequent trips "home" they opt for playing the cozier Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg on consecutive nights.

Wild Nothing opened the show, delivering a solid and business-like performance, though it was to a one-third capacity crowd in the echoey venue. More dates, including Littlefield tonight, HERE. More pictures and the setlist from the Terminal 5 show are below...

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Minus The Bear at Webster Hall (more by Matthew Eisman)
Minus The Bear

After headlining Webster Hall in July, Minus The Bear has stepped it up by scheduling a show at Terminal 5 on December 4th with The Whigs as part of a larger East Coast jaunt. Tickets go on sale on sale Friday, October 1st at noon ($25.50 advance / $30 day of show).

The band is touring off of their new and biggest LP yet, Omni, and will hit the road in middle October for a string of West Coast dates before hopping the pond to do Europe with Jimmy Eat World and then back to the US for some East Coast love.

All tour dates and some video of the band on Jimmy Kimmel Live is below...

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by BBG

The ST Army, 2010...
Suicidal Tendencies

Suicidal Tendencies are touring in October and November. And in what will undoubtedly be an absolute mosh-stravaganza, they'll play Terminal 5 in NYC with Cro-Mags NYC (yes, the John Joseph version) and Underdog on November 14th. Tickets go on sale Friday 9/24 at noon, but are on American Express presale Wednesday (9/22) at 11AM. For the curious, Suicidal Tendencies 2010 is:

Mike Muir - vocals (1981-present)
Mike Clark - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1987-present)
Dean Pleasants - lead guitar (1997-present)
Steve 'Thundercat' Brunner - bass (2002-present)
Eric Moore - drums (2008-present)
Suicidal Tendencies recently released No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family, a new LP featuring re-recordings of songs by ST-related project No Mercy, as well as Join The Army. Their tour dates also include Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. All dates are listed below.

In related news, John Joseph of Cro-Mags has released his new book, Meat Is for Pussies: A How-To Guide for Dudes Who Want to Get Fit, Kick Ass, and Take Names. The book, a look into health and a meatless diet is on sale now. Order a copy.

All Suicidal dates, some great video of John Joseph training, and more below...

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photos by Matthew Eisman

Of Montreal

"As the set progressed Mr. Barnes sometimes set clowning aside. Although he sang "Casualty of You" in a gold lamé robe and a miterlike headpiece, it was a bitter piano dirge. He performed most of his set-closer, "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal," without the dancers, as its relentless drumbeat and tense tremolo violin led him toward desperate incantation. And then, for encores, came three songs from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" -- another way to wrap anxieties in gleaming pop.

Of Montreal shared the bill, and the stage, with Janelle Monáe; she sings on "False Priest," and Of Montreal appears on her album, "The ArchAndroid" (Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy/Atlantic). Ms. Monáe has a bright voice with more than a hint of Michael Jackson in it, and she shares Of Montreal's fondness for funk, soul and new wave, for science fiction and for overstuffing songs. Her set zoomed through styles and ideas -- rock and soul, swing and Hendrixy psychedelia, futurism and romance. She went high-stepping through them all like a vaudeville trouper, complete with black-and-white saddle shoes to show off footwork ready for Broadway." [NY Times]

Of Montreal and Janelle Monae, on tour together, played Terminal 5 in NYC on Friday and Saturday night. More pictures from the first night, the OM setlist and video from the Michael Jackson encore, below...

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Enslaved at The Grand Ballroom in 2009 (more by Chris LaPutt)

Enslaved will hit the road with Dimmu Borgir (vom), Blood Red Throne, and Dawn of Ashes for a string of dates entitled Darkness Reborn, which will impact Terminal 5 on 11/8. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/17) at noon (with maybe an AmEx presale at 11AM Wednesday).

The progressive black metal band will welcome their new LP, Axioma Ethica Odini, via Nuclear Blast on 9/28 (currently on presale). Enslaved recently launched a contest for a fan-filmed video to the song "Ethica Odini" which includes a free download of the track. For rules/regs and the MP3 (in exchange for your email addy) head to the video site.

All tour dates and some video is below...

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Ted Leo @ FYF Fest 2010 (more by Chris Juarez)
Ted Leo

We will be releasing a small quantity of GA tickets for Matador 21 next week by lottery. Winners will be picked at random and notified on Tuesday, September 14th at 9:00am. Winners will have 24hrs to purchase their tickets. If they fail to do so, a new winner will be selected the following day at 9:00am. All winners will be given the option to purchase 2 tickets at $250 each + service fees and taxes. This is your last chance (we hope!) to be part of the greatest weekend in human history

To enter the lottery please send an email to 21@matadorrecords.com with the title, "21 LOTTERY" in the subject line of your message.

Matador Records

The final lineup/sort-of-schedule for Matador 21, taking place in Las Vegas from Oct 1-3, was recently released. Check it out below.

On the Matador 21 schedule you'll see that both The New Pornographers and Ted Leo & the Pharmacists play the final day of the festival, Sunday, October 3rd. It was also just announced that those same two bands will share a bill again two months later in NYC. Tickets for the Monday, December 6th show at Terminal 5 in NYC go on service-fee-free Presale today (9/14), AmEx presale Wednesday at 11am, and then general sale Friday at noon.

In between Las Vegas and NYC, the New Pornographers will play a series of dates with Tokyo Police Club who also have a bunch of shows scheduled without their fellow Canadians. All dates are listed below.

Ted Leo has an even busier schedule between now and December, and as usual, good taste in openers. In September and October he'll hit the road with So Cow and then Kevin Seconds and then Screaming Females again.

Screaming Females meanwhile are on a tour that passes through Brooklyn on Wednesday, September 15th. Tickets for the Knitting Factory show are still on sale.

All dates and stuff below...

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The Walkmen on Governors Island in August (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Walkmen

"We took two trips to Lisbon over the course of writing this record... None of us had ever been there, and we were really blown away by the place. The topography and architecture are stunningly handsome. Even when we were there for the rainy season - it literally never stopped raining - it was a trip that outshone a lot of others. We've never had much luck at all in Europe, and the Portuguese were surprisingly accommodating. I think those two trips really helped keep us motivated while making this record. We named the record Lisbon as sort of a 'thank you' and a small tribute." -[The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser to NPR]
The Walkmen, currently on a tour of the west coast, will return to the town that inspired the album on November 14th. That's exactly two months after the album's U.S. release date. "Lisbon" is out Tuesday, September 14th, in various packages that include 7" vinyl, 12: vinyl, CD, tees, and everything in between. It's also currently streaming at NPR.

The last NYC show took place on Governors Island in August. The next will happen at Terminal 5 on December 2nd. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday (9/15), and then regular sale at noon two days later.

All Walkmen tour dates and a bunch of Big Ass Lens videos from Governors Island show, below...

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photos by Matthew Eisman

Dirty Projectors

After a string of festival dates, and shows in DC and Philly, Dirty Projectors returned to their native NYC to headline the cavernous halls of Terminal 5 with Owen Pallett on Saturday night (9/11)...

Pallett's set began after he announced (and tweeted!) that he was having a set list crisis. The set was decidedly split into two acts. First came his solo looping and building detailed architectural songs using just violin and MIDI keyboard... For the second half, Thomas Gill came to the stage, providing multi-instrumental layers on top of the looped violin textures. From bopping auxiliary drums on "The Great Elsewhere," to shredding guitar on "Many Lives -> 49 MP." ...As amazing and obviously talented Pallett is on his own, the addition of a second member to the stage show keeps him from being considered too gimmicky or one trick-y.

... From the beginning of the [Dirty Projectors] set with the harmonic shrieks of "Fucked For Life," and blasting strobe lights into the eyes of everyone in the crowd, it is easy to get sucked into how much of a powerful rock force these guys are and forget how weird these songs actually are. Catchy and rocked out to be sure. But when it comes down to it, these alien harmonies sung by Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian and Haley Dekle, along with Longstreth's finger-mashing guitar licks, these are not songs that many bands selling out big rock venues could dream of writing. - [FreeWilliamsburg]

The show sold out a few hours before doors. Owen plays his last show with DP tonight, 9/13, in Boston, and then hits the road with The National.

The perfectly harmonized band (DP) is currently on the road through the end of September (with Happy Birthday and then Dominique Young Unique), but will be back in the tri-state area to play Madison Square Garden with Phoenix on 10/20 (tickets) before playing Fun Fun Fun Fest.

More pictures from the T5 show, a shot of the setlist and a video, below...

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Scissor Sisters

"The Scissor Sisters, a home town band born in NYC's gay dance clubs, proved Tuesday that you can't be too campy.

At the first night of two performances at Terminal 5, the Sisters -- featuring him-and-her lead vocalists Jake Shears and Ana Matronic in leather and Lycra -- played a powerhouse 100-minute set that seemed to release all of the band's pent-up energy after a four-year stage and recording hiatus.

The colorful, burlesque-inspired show combined fashion, frantic dance moves and falsetto vocal harmonies that would have made the Bee Gees jealous. The Scissor Sisters also projected a B-52's-like knack for call-and- response party anthems." -[NY Post]

It wasn't exactly a four-year stage hiatus, but the Scissor Sisters burned through tracks like "Filthy/Gorgeous," "Skin Tight," "Any Which Way," "She's My Man", "Whole New Way," and many more at Terminal 5 in NYC on Tuesday and Wednesday (aka last night, 8/25). Casey Spooner (of Fischerspooner) and DJ Sammy Jo (as usual) were on crowd-warm-up detail.

More pics from Wednesday with the setlist, some videos and lots more tour dates (which they're playing in support of a new album), and the new video for "Any Which Way", below...

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Crystal Castles

"Last night I went with some friends to see Crystal Castles at Terminal 5 for HARD Summer Tour and it was an awesome show. Sinden, Destructo, and JDH & Dave P opened and I have never seen so much sweat in my life. Alice Glass fell on me." [Cactus Crown]
More pictures from the Saturday night show (which did not include Rusko), below...

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