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Dylan

Bob Dylan will be hitting the road again this year for a tour which culminates in NYC with a four-night run at Beacon Theatre from November 28 to December 2. These should be special shows for Bob Dylan, who often plays larger venues like Jones Beach and Barclays Center. Right before the Beacon run, Dylan also plays another show nearby NYC on November 26 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Tickets for NJ and NYC shows go on sale Friday, September 5 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

Bob Dylan will also now complete his ongoing Basement Tapes series with the release of The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 on November 4 via Columbia/Legacy:

The Basement Tapes Complete brings together, for the first time ever, every salvageable recording from the tapes including recently discovered early gems recorded in the "Red Room" of Dylan's home in upstate New York. Garth Hudson worked closely with Canadian music archivist and producer Jan Haust to restore the deteriorating tapes to pristine sound, with much of this music preserved digitally for the first time.

The decision was made to present The Basement Tapes Complete as intact as possible. Also, unlike the official 1975 release, these performances are presented as close as possible to the way they were originally recorded and sounded back in the summer of 1967. The tracks on The Basement Tapes Complete run in mostly chronological order based on Garth Hudson's numbering system.

Tracklists below.

Today (August 28) also happens to be the 50th anniversary of the day Bob Dylan met The Beatles and introduced them to marijuana. Dylan's next album had a full-band electric side, and The Beatles' next one had a folk song ("I'm A Loser").

All Bob Dylan tour dates are listed, with the Basement Tapes tracklists, below...

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Lionel Richie upon seeing this list (more by Tim Griffin)
Lionel

According to some dumb survey making the Internet rounds ("carried out by online streaming service Blinkbox Music, which questioned 2,000 adults"), below is the list of the 10 weirdest song lyrics....

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words and photos by P Squared Photography

Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band @ Beacon Theatre - 6/17/14
Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr

If it's a hot sticky summer night, there is a good chance the peace and loving Beatle, Ringo Starr is bringing his always reliable All Starr Band to a theater somewhere in America. Last night (6/17), they landed in the shed called the Beacon Theater for the first of a two-night stand on their current tour. For those that have never seen any of the past incarnations of the All Starr Band, what you don't get are deep cuts from say Ringo's 1970 very good but underrated country album Beaucoups of Blues. Instead you get an evening of, as Ringo said last night, sitting back, relaxing, smiling and singing along to some tunes you probably know very well. To the predominantly older audience last night, this was just what they wanted. The current incarnation of the band featured as usual a number of well heeled musicians who made their biggest marks in the the '70s and '80s. and have been mainstays of past All Starr Bands. Steve Lukather, one of the most prolific session guitarists ever and most well known as being in the band Toto. Richard Page of the band Mr. Mister. Greg Rolie whose unmistakable keyboard playing you have heard from his time with Santana. Drummer Greg Bissonette, another prolific session drummer who most notably used to play with David Lee Roth. Finally, rounding out the band is the Wizard, Genius, True Star and Runt, Todd Rundgren.

It's easy to be cynical about Ringo's constant waving of the peace and love flag (almost every tune was followed by him throwing up peace signs). I along with the rest of the crowd, though, put that away for the evening and sang along to songs such as "Photograph" and "It Don't Come Easy" -- from his best solo album 1973's eponymous Ringo. Songs made famous by some of the other members which meant of course the Toto hit "Hold The Line," Mr. Mister's '80s hits "Kyrie" and "Broken Wings," Santana's "Black Magic Woman" and "Oye Como Va." Getting the most applause of the "other member" songs were Rundgren's "I Saw the Light" from 1972's still amazing Something/Anything record and "Bang the Drum All Day" which saw Todd front and center banging, what else but, a drum. Finally, of course, some tunes by that "other band" Mr Starr used to be in. There were the covers from back in the day, The Shirelles "Boys", Carl Perkins "Honey Don't", and from Help, "Act Naturally" which was first recorded by the Hee Haw man Buck Owens and his Buckaroos. Finally, some of Ringo's Beatle's classics such as "Don't Pass Me By" and the last song of the evening, wait for it...."With a Little Help from My Friends"

Nothing complicated or challenging or even mind blowing. Just a fun, enjoyable night of very skilled musicians playing songs we all know and love. Ringo does it again at Beacon tonight (6/18), which there are still a few tickets left for.

Since we are on the topic of a Beatle, we should mention the big news that came out this week. At least big for vinyl enthusiasts (myself included in that group..ack run for cover) or nerds, whichever side you are on. September 9 will see The Beatles in Mono vinyl reissue box finally released. Thankfully the prayers of faithful were answered and the records are being cut to lacquer using the original analogue master tapes. The entire process being AAA. WOW! This was unfortunately not done with the previous Stereo box which used digital masters and while sounding very good, this new box should sound absolutely fantastic and exactly what vinyl fans rave about. At 400 or so dollars the set is not a cheap one but hey, go try to find original UK mono versions and see what that runs ya. For more in-depth information about the box, check out vinyl expert Michael Fremer's Analog Planet site.

Now someone find me a clean Original UK stereo Abbey Road for a less than obscene price please!

More pictures and the setlist from Beacon Theatre below...

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McCartney

Paul McCartney was scheduled to play some shows this month, but will now kick off a tour on July 5th at the Times Union Center in Albany before continuing to Pittsburgh, Chicago and many other U.S. places. June dates have been moved to October. The official statement reads:

"I'm sorry but it's going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again. I'm feeling great but taking my docs' advice to take it easy for just a few more days. Look forward to seeing you all soon."-Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney has confirmed that he will, however reluctantly, heed medical advice to rest up just a bit longer to fully recuperate from the virus that forced the postponement of his recent dates in Japan and Korea.
Get well soon Paul! Updated dates are listed below...

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Dylan

In The Guardian's latest Google Street View series, they've posted pictures of classic album covers taken in public places pasted onto the Google Street View snapshot of the location. The post includes PJ Harvey's Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti, Pink Floyd's Animals, Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique (which is right here in NYC and not being renamed "Beastie Boys Square" anytime soon), Bob Dylan's The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (also NYC), The Streets' Original Pirate Material, Rush's Moving Pictures, The Beatles' Abbey Road, and more.

That's the Dylan one above. Check out a couple more below & the rest at The Guardian.

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Flaming Lips in San Francisco in 2013 (more by Chris Tuite)
Flaming Lips

Big Beatles fans The Flaming Lips will be taking their love for that band even further when they release a full cover album of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, as The Future Heart points out. It follows the band's full-album covers of Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and The Stone Roses, and includes some big name guests including Miley Cyrus, MGMT, Tame Impala, Foxygen, Zorch and others. No release date, but stay tuned.

Meanwhile, Wayne Coyne of Steven Drozd of the Lips joined Miley at her Tulsa show this past week (like they did in LA last month) to perform "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Part 1)." You can watch a video of that below...

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photos by P Squared Photography

Mission of Burma @ The Bell House - 2/7/14
Mission of Burma
Mission of Burma

Indie rock legends Mission of Burma are still going strong, and they just squeezed in a few Northeast US shows last week, including a stop in NYC at The Bell House (2/7) with fellow Northeast indie rock vets Speed the Plough. As always, they brought over 30 years of excellent material, with their 20+ song set reaching as far back as their 1981 debut EP Signals, Calls, and Marches and getting as recent as 2012's Unsound. They did two encores, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to the US, their first encore concluded with a punked up take on both sides of The Beatles' 1966 pre-Revolver single "Paperback Writer" / "Rain."

Pictures of the show are in this post. Check out more, along with the setlist and a video of the Beatles covers, below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Arctic Monkeys @ MSG - 2/8/14
Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys

As recently as 2011, surrounding the release of Arctic Monkeys' last album, Suck It and See, it didn't seem possible for the band to sell out an arena (at least in America). Despite moving forward artistically, it felt like they were waning in popularity, at risk of remaining remembered only for their early hits, like the bulk of the '00s garage rock/post punk revival breakout bands. But with the deservedly successful AM under their belts, they proved those feelings to be very wrong, taking the stage for a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden Saturday night (2/8), and coming off as anything but a band nostalgic for their breakout period. In fact, they only played two songs from the first album, the massive "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and non-hit "Dancing Shoes," and the former actually felt out of place, rather than a highlight of the show. Arctic Monkeys have fully made the transition into the uniquely dark, diverse rockers they showed us they could be on Humbug, and it was that which actually made this huge arena show one of the best times I've seen them.

They played almost the entirety of AM, kicking off with the sludge hop of "Do I Wanna Know?," like they've been doing this tour, and hitting everything else but the two ballads and "I Want It All." When they did revisit the previous three albums, they mostly stuck to darker cuts ("Pretty Visitors," "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair," "Brianstorm") which blended right in with the AM material. They paid tribute to one of the obvious big influences on their new sound, Black Sabbath, working in a snippet of "War Pigs" before the guitar solo on "Arabella." And in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to the US, they covered "All My Loving" as the first song of their encore (which they've done at other tour stops too). For that cover, and pre-encore song "505," the band were joined by friend/collaborator Miles Kane of The Rascals and also of The Last Shadow Puppets with AM frontman Alex Turner. Not a dull moment the whole set.

Deerhunter
Deerhunter

Making the show doubly great, it was opened by Deerhunter, who also opened the Boston show on their tour two days earlier. Since openers sometimes get the shaft at MSG, I was worried about how their set would go over, but they still pulled it off. Like at their own shows, the stage was clouded by fog machines and neon lights, and they were pretty loud for an opener at MSG too. Of course, being that their set was only 9 songs, there was no way to get as absorbed in it as a headlining show, but Deerhunter still gave you moments to get lost in, like the krauty jam of "Desire Lines" and the noisy ending to set-closer "Monomania."

Pictures of the show are in this post. They continue, along with the setlists of both bands, videos of Arctic Monkeys (including the "All My Loving" cover and "Arabella-meets-War-Pigs"), and audio of their full set, below...

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Baio at LPR in 2013 (more by Jonathan Bernstein)
Baio

Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio, who is a solo artist as just Baio, has been on a short DJ tour this month which wraps up this weekend. All remaining dates are listed below, including the NYC show happening on Saturday (2/8) at Cameo with Headband & Hooligan and Griffin Camper. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Cameo is also where Cut Copy's Ben Browning DJs tonight (2/7) with Joel Ford (tickets), and where Teengirl Fantasy, L-Vis 1990, Lafawndah, Brother Bruno (ft. live vox by Aggressiva) and Aurora Halal will be on Sunday (2/9) (tickets).

In honor of his tour, Baio made a new mix which features some unreleased material. That can be streamed below. He also just remixed "Holding on for Life" off the new Broken Bells (James Mercer and Danger Mouse) album, After the Disco. That can be streamed below as well.

We just caught Broken Bells at Baby's All Right (pics), which they played before appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman for Beatles Week, in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming go the US. They covered "And I Love Her," and you can watch the video of that below.

Last night (2/6), Letterman had The Flaming Lips and Sean Lennon, who covered "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," and the video of that can be watched below as well. Flaming Lips also just played the Amnesty concert and singer Wayne Coyne is about to kick off his solo tour of record stores with NYC in-stores at Other Music on Saturday (2/8) at 11 Am and Rough Trade at 4 PM the same day.

For more Beatles celebration, read our interview with Julian Lennon.

All Baio dates and streams, Broken Bells and Flaming Lips videos, below...

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Beatles

We're only days away from the 50th anniversary of the day The Beatles set foot in America, and as you may know that means tons of events, many of which are right here in NYC. Since we last spoke, more have been added, including that JFK Airport will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the day the band first landed at the airport, February 7. At 11:30 on that day at the TWA Flight Center, located in JFK's Central Terminal Area, adjacent to JetBlue's Terminal 5 (not that Terminal 5 of course), the tribute will take place and include an unveiling of the Beatles historical airport maker and a live band playing the band's hits.

Other events in NYC include "Ladies and Gentlemen ... The Beatles," which runs from February 6 - May 10 at the New York Public Library. The exhibition, created by the GRAMMY Museum, covers the band's 1964-66 period, and will have many pop culture artifacts, instruments, posters, photographs, interviews, and more on display.

NYPL also hosts an interview with Mark Lewisohn, who wrote Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years on February 10 at 6 PM, and a screening of What's Happening! The Beatles in the USA on February 13 at 6 PM.

There will also be NYC Fab 50 tribute concerts, including one at The Apollo on 2/6 with Mary Wilson (of The Supremes), Bettye LaVette, Lloyd Price, Melvin Van Peebles and Gary U.S. Bonds; followed by one with the Spin Doctors, NYC's Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra and School of Rock, and international Beatles tribute bands on 2/7 at Hudson Theatre (145 West 44th St); then a closing concert at Town Hall on 2/8 with Tommy James, Melanie, Marshall Crenshaw, Fred Schneider (of the B-52s), Al Jardine (of The Beach Boys), Gene Cornish (of The Rascals), Greg Hawkes (of The Cars), and many more. There's also a final party at The Bitter End on 2/9. More info and tickets (with proceeds going to Food Bank for New York City) for all four events HERE.

Concert promoter Sid Bernstein, who presented the Beatles' first NYC shows at Carnegie Hall, plus their Shea Stadium shows (and who passed away last year), will be honored with a memorial concert at The Cutting Room on February 12, the 50th anniversary of the Carnegie Hall shows. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

If you missed them, check out the other Beatles' US 50th Anniversary events that we posted last week.

And lastly, Ringo Starr is also touring this year.

Ringo

We just posted about the many events that are happening surrounding the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first American visit, and here's another. Ringo Starr, who performed "Photograph" on the Grammys as well as with his onetime Beatle bandmate Paul McCartney, has just announced a North American tour for the spring/summer. That includes two shows in NYC at The Beacon Theatre on June 17 & 18. He's also playing The Theatre at Westbury on June 11, and Oakdale Theater in CT on June 14, and the Count Basie Theater in NJ on June 20, amongst other East Coast Shows.

No word on tickets yet for the Beacon Theatre shows but stay tuned. Tickets for Oakdale Theater go on sale Friday (1/31) at 10 AM. Ringo and Paul are both part of "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" that airs next week on CBS. All Ringo Starr tour dates are listed below.

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Sunday night's Grammy Awards saw the two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, reuniting on stage. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary to the Beatles first visiting America and there are all sorts of celebrations in the works. The Grammys are presenting a television special, "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles," which will air on CBS on February 9 from 8 - 10 PM EST, exactly 50 years to the day, date and time of the their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The concert event was taped on Monday (1/27) and will features a bunch of famous artists (including Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, Pharrell, Alicia Keys, Gary Clark Jr. and Joe Walsh) performing Beatles songs. One of the more notable acts are The Eurythmics who reunited just to play this show.

There are some NYC shows coming up that are Beatle-related too. Bambi Kino, the very high concept Beatles tribute that features Doug Gillard (ex-Guided By Voices), Mark Rozzo (Maplewood), Ira Elliot (Nada Surf), and Erik Paparazzi (Cat Power), are playing a few times that weekend. The high-concept part is they're dedicated to the band's formative days when they were living in Hamburg, Germany, and do the covers that The Beatles did back then.

Bambi Kino
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Bambi Kino are playing Union Hall on February 8 where they'll do three sets (8 PM, 9 PM & 10 PM) with WFMU's Todd-O-Phonic Todd Abramson on DJ duties. Tickets are on sale now. Earlier that day you can hear them live on WFMU's Cherry Blossom Clinic (3-6 PM).

They're also playing The Fest which is "the premier Beatles convention in the world." The Fest happens from February 8 - 9 at NYC's The Grand Hyatt and is a mix of memorabilia and performances. In addition to Bambi Kino (who play 2/9 at 8 PM), this year's live entertainment includes Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon (whose hit "World Without Love" was written by McCartney), Chad & Jeremy, Donovan, and more. Tickets and info here.

Beginning February 7, The Morrison Hotel Gallery in SoHo will have a photo exhibit about The Beatles' first visit to America that's curated by Julian Lennon. More info here.

Also on February 7, Park Slope bar Freddy's has a Fab Four night too, with a couple tribute acts. At 11 PM it's Hal Bruce who has been hailed by some as the "Best Solo Beatles Artist," and then at midnight it's all-girl Japanese tribute act The Clover. Flyer for the Freddy's show below.

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Paul McCartney at Barclays Center in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Paul McCartney

We already knew that Daft Punk would be performing at the 56th Grammy Awards ceremony and that they're bringing Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers with them, and now the Grammy performances have gotten even more exciting.

SPIN reports that the closest thing we can get to a Beatles reunion will happen when Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr perform together at the ceremony. This could be even better than Sirvana.

Another exciting announcement that came a few days ago is that the Antarctic metal band Metallica (who have been promising new stuff) will perform too. Maybe they'll play some Beatllica?

Kendrick Lamar, who plays a Super Bowl weekend show, is performing too and other confirmed performers include John Legend, Macklemore, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Lorde, and more.

And in other Beatles news, there had been talk, via Huffington Post, of Paul and Ringo reuniting at the Ed Sullivan Theater for a 'Late Show with David Letterman' episode to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first night the Beatles performed there, but a 'Late Show' rep said the show has no plans for a reunion at the moment, though confirmed that the show will recognize the anniversary.

by Bill Pearis

Neutral Milk Hotel

There are too many super-specific Tumblrs to keep track off -- many doing clever riffs of other people's art -- but Dangerous Minds tipped up to the LEGO Albums that renders classic LP art in building block form. They aren't done with real LEGOs, it's pixelated art where those pixels are then turned into LEGO pegs, but it's still kinda cool. Especially on a cold and wet Friday like today.

Some of the choices are questionable -- why would you choose to do Best of The Smiths over The Queen is Dead or Meat is Murder -- but I did laugh when I saw they'd done Death Grips' NO LOVE DEEP WEB. Check out a few below and peruse the entire collection at LEGO Albums.

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by Bill Pearis

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Things are going great for Morrissey whose new book is selling like crazy. The new Issue of NME, as you can see from its cover above, features "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time." The UK music weekly picked these for the Top 10:

1. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
2. The Beatles - Revolver
3. David Bowie - Hunky Dory
4. The Strokes - Is This It
5. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground
6. Pulp - Different Class
7. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
8. Pixies - Doolittle
9. The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)
10. Oasis - Definitely Maybe
Just keep in mind these are mostly British people making this list. Outkast's Stankonia is #500 if you were wondering, and the Top 50 are listed in this post. If you're wondering how NME came up with this list, here's what they said:
It means emailing a vast array of alumni from across the NME generations, from the sixties swingers through the hip young gunslingers of the 70s right up to today's troupe of rock'n'roll toreadors, and begging/bullying them to submit lists of their favourite fifty albums of all time. Some joined in, others were too busy/famous now, but we managed to gather together around 80 voters to submit lists, at which point the serious number-crunching began.
One of those 80 was '90s-era NME editor Johnny "Cigarettes" Sharp, who talked to The Quietus about how he came up with his ballot (and these kind of lists in general):
I and the rest of the NME alumni were simply told to vote for our 'favourite' albums - Ideally a top 50 but really anything we could rustle up by the following Monday.

And herein lies a flaw inherent in all such lists: The results are bound to be slanted towards the choices of the voters who they happen still to have contact details for, which will inevitably be the more recent contributors (Still, having first written for them over 20 years ago, they didn't do too badly tracking me down).

Inevitably, with the whole thing being a bit last-minute and no-budget, the votes were also those of individuals who could be arsed to sweat over a difficult task in their free time for no financial reward. Welcome to 21st century publishing.

The mag does have a sense of humor about all this. The bottom right corner of the cover has a picture of Morrissey saying "...until the next 500." NME is publishing the whole list -- in not annoying slideshow format -- throughout the day and you can click through 500 - 401, and 400 - 301 right now. Their top 50 are listed below....

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View from above -- 1:30pm, 10/10/13, Times Square (via)
Paul McCartney

Straight on view from the crowd (via)
Paul McCartney

Paul and the boys (via)
Paul McCartney

colorful piano (via)
Paul McCartney

The lunchtime Times Square show is happening now happened, as you can see in the pictures above.

It was a short show, just four new songs, and they were:

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the stage before Paul went on (via Karen Durkot)
Paul McCartney

Earlier today we mentioned that Paul McCartney came to a school in NYC -- Astoria's Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, to be exact -- to continue the promotion for his new album, New, which comes out next week (10/15). He played three of the new songs, plus a bunch of Beatles/Wings tunes like "We Can Work It Out," "Back in the USSR," "Blackbird," "Band on the Run," and more. You can check out a picture of the full setlist (via Q104.3) below.

The show was hosted by iHeartRadio's Jim Kerr, and included a Q&A. The whole thing will air on iHeartRadio and other stations on October 15, and it will also stream on Yahoo! a day earlier (10/14) at 9 PM EST.

Setlist below...

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"I can hear Paul McCartney rehearsing in the concert hall of my school in the hallway. #toodope #franksinatraschoolofthefarts" - @PrincessStoopz

"PAUL MCCARTNEY IS IN MY SCHOOL RN I GET TO SEE HIM IN AN HOUR JUST TAKE THAT IN" - @tbhstephanie

"Sir paul mccartney in my school today hyfr" - @Beatusfetusxo

Paul McCartney & Earl Sweatshirt
Paul Earl

Sir Paul McCartney is about to release his new album, New, next week (10/15) and he's been in NYC this week promoting it. On Monday (10/7) he performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, playing two songs from the new album, the Beatles' "Lady Madonna." He also switched accents with Fallon and told him that he invented the selfie. Videos of all that below.

There was also a listening party at NYC's VW/Audi dealership on 11th Ave, and he hung out with Odd Future's Earl Sweatshrit at the NPR offices (pictured above). And, nothing to do with being in NYC, but also in support of the album he gave his first-ever live Twitter Q&A.

Macca's last NYC show was his two-night stand at Barclays Center in June, but he wouldn't come back without doing another show right? Certain clues have led us to believe that he may be playing one at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens today (10/9), and within the hour. NYC radio DJ Rich Russo tweeted last night that he'd be seeing McCartney on John Lennon's birthday (which is today), and he just tweeted again, "Can hear Macca's soundcheck echoing down the street as exit the subway.. Wow!" Other tweets (that you can see above) also seem to confirm that Paul is in fact currently soundchecking at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.

Fallon videos below...

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Find the new song on iTunes or listen, with more information, below...

Continue reading "Paul McCartney releases "New" song (from new album)"

photos by PSquared Photography

Wilco w/ Tommy Stinson // Wilco w/ Yo La Tengo
Wilco
Wilco

Wilco have been pretty busy this year. After playing Bonnaroo on June 14, they made their way to North Adams, MA this past weekend (6/21-23) for their own Solid Sound Festival. Wilco themselves performed day 1 and day 2, and we caught them the first day when they did an all-covers set (except for "Kingpin") with a number of special guests.

Yo La Tengo joined them on a cover of YLT's "Tom Courtenay" and during the encore for The Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner." Replacements/Guns N Roses bassist Tommy Stinson joined them on a cover of The Replacements' "Color Me Impressed." And Brooklyn indie pop band Lucius appeared for covers of of The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset," Abba's "Waterloo," (there's a transition) and The Band's "The Weight." They also did a couple Big Star covers, Pavement's "Cut Your Hair," Grateful Dead's "Ripple," Velvet Underground's "Who Loves the Sun," Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl," Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," and many more. Pictures from the show are in this post. The full setlist and some videos are below, and you can also download audio of the entire set at NYC Taper.

Wilco have no plans to slow down this summer. They're about to kick off a tour with Bob Dylan (who they also covered at Solid Sound), which comes to the NYC-area for four shows in July. Most of the tour (and three of those NYC-area dates) are with My Morning Jacket, except the Jones Beach (7/27) show, which is with Beck (who also plays Prospect Park in August).

On day 1 of Solid Sound, we also caught a set from the reunited legendary gospel funk group The Relatives. Pictures of their set, more of Wilco's, and the Wilco setlist/videos, below...

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

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

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

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

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

Photos by Greg Cristman

Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney, who we also recently caught in Austin, came to Brooklyn for the first of his two shows at the new Barclays Center on Saturday night (5/8). The three hour gig, which will be repeated Monday night, included a plethora of Beatles hits and two encores. The full setlist and picture from the first of two NYC show are in this post.

After Brooklyn, Paul will head to Bonnaroo but not before making an appearance on a very special one hour Colbert Report on Wednesday night.

The Nation will experience a special one-hour episode of "The Colbert Report" as Stephen Colbert welcomes Paul McCartney. The super-sized show will feature an interview as well as performances of songs featured on McCartney's current Out There tour, the new 2013 reissue of "Wings Over America" and more with one song to be exclusively available at www.ColbertNation.com. Tune-in to "The Colbert Report" on Wednesday, June 12 from 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET/PT to watch this epic episode.
Set your DVRs.

More pictures and the setlist from Brooklyn below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Paul McCartney @ Frank Erwin Center, Austin, 5/23/2013
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Paul McCartney's Out There tour just swept through Austin with a two-night stand at the Frank Erwin Center and we've got pictures (and setlists) of the pyrotechnic/av/hit-filled extravaganza over at BV Austin.

The former Beatle plays two nights at Barclays Center in a couple weeks and while  the June 8 show appears to be sold out, tickets are still available for June 10.

In other news, McCartney has joined the growing list of musicians supporting the release of incarcerated Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina who is currently on a hunger strike. He wrote a letter to Russian officials, saying:

My personal belief is that further incarceration for Maria will be harmful for her and the situation as a whole, which, of course, is being watched by people all over the world. In the great tradition of fair-mindedness which the Russian people (many of whom are my friends) are famous for, I believe that you granting this request would send a very positive message to all the people who have followed this case.
Meanwhile, the classic 1976 live album, Wings Over America, is getting the deluxe box set reissue treatment next week (5/28) with a bonus disc of audio, a DVD featuring a rarely-seen television special, Wings Over the World, a photo booklet and more. The original release was the first  triple album to go to #1 on Billboard's albums chart. You can watch a video "unboxing" the reissue below.

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Paul McCartney at Yankee Stadium in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Paul McCartney

Nirvana frontman Paul McCartney is planning to go on what he's dubbing the 'Out There' tour this year, and he just announced the second US date of the tour, which happens in Boston on July 9 at Fenway Park. (The first date is Bonnaroo.) Tickets for the Boston show are on artist presale now and go on general sale Friday (4/5) at 10 AM. No official word yet on when more dates are being announced, but stay tuned.

All currently scheduled dates are listed below...

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Tony Sheridan

Tony Sheridan, an early collaborator of The Beatles, passed away on Saturday (2/16) in Hamburg, Germany. The musician was 72 years old. The NY Times reports:

Though Mr. Sheridan's involvement with the Beatles was brief, it proved crucial to their career. They met in 1960, when the Beatles -- then a quintet that included John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison on guitars, Stuart Sutcliffe on bass and Pete Best on drums -- arrived in Hamburg to work as a club band.

Mr. Sheridan, already an accomplished performer, was also playing in Hamburg, and the Beatles both admired his work and emulated his performance style. At times they performed together, and in recent years Mr. Sheridan claimed to have arranged for Ringo Starr's first performances with the group. Mr. McCartney took over as bassist when Mr. Sutcliffe left the band at the end of 1960, and Mr. Starr replaced Mr. Best as the group's drummer in 1962.

Rest in peace, Tony. A live clip of him performing with The Beatles in 1962 is below...

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