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The Roots
Hold Steady

The Roots & The Hold Steady played a free party on the Intrepid back on 9/29. Here are some pictures.

Upcoming DJ sets by Roots member Questlove include this Thursday at Brooklyn Bowl and 10/14 at Terminal 5 with Little Dragon. Of course you can also see the Roots 5 nights a week on Fallon. Tonight's show also includes an appearance by Portishead.

The Hold Steady's Tad Kubler is scheduled to appear at Petty Fest which begins at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (10/5) and continues to Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (10/6).

More pictures from the Intrepid below...

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Details HERE.

photos by Colin Kerrigan

Earth, Wind & Fire help Philly celebrate Independence Day
The Roots 4th of July Summer Jam - Philadelphia

A little after 1 p.m., the Parkway was already jammed with people who had come from near and far for the Fourth of July celebration in Philadelphia - and it stayed that way well into the night as the Roots repeatedly rocked the stage, and Earth, Wind & Fire's Philip Bailey hit some stratospheric high notes.

Many came in red, white, and blue attire, with their children, their spouses, and their dogs.

Courtney Beckett, 22, a medical assistant from West Chester, even brought her six-foot boa constrictor, Sampson.

"They're cold-blooded, so they need heat," she explained as her cousin, Zhabree Jacobs, 8, let the reptile curl around her shoulders.

And, boy, did that snake get grilled.

Temperatures pushed 90 most of the day at the Wawa Welcome America celebration Monday, as people ate gyros and cheesesteaks, swayed to music, and reunited with friends and family to party Philadelphia-style.

Organizers had no official crowd count, although Mayor Nutter said, "This might be the largest Fourth of July event ever." The event has been known to draw a million or more people.

With a pink-and-orange sunset in the background and Sara Bareilles and the Roots performing. [Philly.com]

The Roots hosted and performed at their Fourth of July Jam in Philly with Earth Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Boyz II Men and others. The concert, which was billed as "the largest free concert in America," lived up to its title, though as expected at a concert that big, not everyone has a positive experience. According to Anthony Sbarro, "Way too many people at the Roots Fourth Of July on the Parkway concert. Good luck to whomever is going! I'd recommend against it." Tamika Chandler posted a video to her YouTube account of what she dubbed the "4th of July Jam Fiasco." The video description and tags read:
People arguing & fighting. I wanted to enjoy the concert but because so many people were trying to budge in front of those who were smart enough to be early and sitting down in their own seats, I ended up filming the entertaining arguments/fights that arose from this.

Parkway, Philadelphia, Philly, Jam, Concert, Fourth, 4th, of, July, Fireworks, Fights, Beer, Drunk, Arguing, Arguments, yelling, crowded, crowds, kids, pot, marijuana, smoking, wild, fiasco, rude, the roots, earth, wind, fire, &, and, PA, pennsylvania, city, mayor, nutter, police, popo, smh, penn's landing, downtown, city, delaware river, wawa, michael mcdonald, sarah bareilles

Check out her video work, and a video of Estelle and Michael McDonald performing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" together, below.

In other Roots news, Black Thought plays Brooklyn Bowl tonight (7/5) with J. Period, Mr. Mecca, Skotch Davis, Boogie Blind and DJ Suga Ray. Questlove DJs the same venue every Thursday. This Thursday is a "special free edition".

More pictures and videos from the 4th of July Jam below...

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The Roots at Prospect Park in 2010 (more by David Andrako)
The Roots

Although musical options in NYC are limited on the 4th of July, you could head to Philly for the Philly Fourth of July Jam. This year's show, which is being billed as the "largest free concert in America," will feature The Roots and special guests including Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. It runs from 7-10pm at Benjamin Franklin Parkway and will be followed by fireworks (naturally).

Meanwhile you can catch Earth, Wind and Fire in NYC tonight tonight (6/28) and Wednesday (6/29) at Beacon Theatre. It's been forty years since Earth, Wind and Fire first hit the scene, and...

Forty years later, Bailey says Earth, Wind & Fire is still in pursuit of being the best band in the world.

"We're just being the best we can be and seizing the moment we've been given," he says.

"We still practice and we still hone our craft, though we've been playing these songs thousands and thousands of times. We make sure we go back and pay attention to the little details, and our audience appreciates the attention we put into stuff."

Throughout its storied career, Earth, Wind & Fire mixed funk-seared dance jams such as "September," "Boogie Wonderland" and "Serpentine Fire" with Quiet Storm classics such as "Devotion," "Can't Hide Love" and "Keep Your Head to the Sky." Often, the Grammy-winning band stoked its sound with African and Brazilian rhythms on its way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [Calgary Herald]

Earth, Wind and Fire also have shows scheduled in Atlantic City and CT before Philly on the 4th. All dates are listed below.

The Roots have been keeping super busy as usual. In addition to planning the biggest concert in America and collaborating with countless musicians, partially related to then playing Fallon on a daily basis, they played a series of interesting shows in NYC last week. At least Questlove is taking a day off from Brooklyn Bowl.

Most of those shows were part of the ongoing Blue Note Jazz Fest. Two of them, at the Blue Note, were The Roots and Rakim performing Paid in Full in its entirety...

"With an early show and a late show, the band ran through the 10 track of the classic album with funky flawlessness. During the first show, Nelson George asked Rakim and Black Thought questions about the album's legacy and Rakim's career at the beginning and half way points. The second show featured questions from Toure, and both Dave Chappelle and Talib Kweli were in the house who had their turn posing questions as well. Very dope stuff indeed." [Okayplayer]
Check out a video from this performance below. Estelle, also on the 4th of July show, played two shows at the Blue Note last week too.

The Roots also performed at the launch of Rebuild the Dream at Town Hall on Thursday (6/23). Rebuild the Dream is a new movement to bring back the American Dream and help Americans find jobs, go to college, etc. The Town Hall event consisted of a long motivational speech and call to action interspersed with a couple performances by The Roots. Learn more at the movement's website. Video of the entire event, and the other stuff, below.

Continue reading "The Roots played w/ Rakim, hosting giant 4th of July show in Philly w/ Estelle & Earth, Wind & Fire (who are on tour now)"

Mould

Thurston Moore and his band played "Circulation" off his recently released Demolished Thoughts on Fallon last night (6/22) and "Blood Never Lies" as a web exclusive. Questlove tweeted "damn...Thurston is channeling Sun Ra." Bob Mould of Husker Du/Sugar also performed on Fallon last night. With help from The Roots, he took on the Sugar song "If I Can't Change Your Mind."

Thurston also played a PS122 benefit last night. Three more similar benefits happen tonight, tomorrow and the next day.

Bob Mould reads from his new book and performs solo acoustic songs at 92YTRibeca tonight (6/23). Tickets are still available.

Also last night in late night television (that you can watch below), Colbert's musical week continued with Jack White and Talib Kweli. It was Jack's 2nd appearance (first night's video HERE). His third is tonight (6/23) when his Third Man-signed The Black Belles will also play the show.

Videos below...

Continue reading "Watch Bob Mould (who plays NYC tonight) play a Sugar song w/ the Roots ++++ Thurston Moore, Talib Kweli & Jack White (again) were on TV too (all the videos)"

by BBG

Weird Roots

Would you call it Weird Roots? Madlib and Doom aligned in 2004 to form Madvillain. Their debut LP Madvillainy for Stones Throw included the song "Accordion". Now The Roots have banded together with Weird Al (!) to record a cover of "Accordion". Listen below.

Weird Al was on Fallon last night (hence the meeting up of the two artists), though the cover is not what was performed on air (it was performed during soundcheck). Listen to the cover (which Questlove posted online), and watch the Roots and Al perform "Beer Barrell Polka" (a Fallon web exclusive), below. No word on if "Weird Roots" will release any more material, but you can hear a new-er Madvillain song from their forthcoming LP in a Stones Throw podcast.

As previously discussed, The Roots are in the midst of a series of Blue Note Jazz Fest shows at the Blue Note. Tonight (6/21), Questlove presents the second night of Mo' Meta Blues I, his supergroup consisting of Booker T on organ/keyboards/vocals, Eric Krasno on guitar, and Christian McBridge on bass. Tomorrow (6/22) is Mo' Meta Blues II, The Roots tribute to the 25th anniversary of the seminal Paid in Full LP. Rakim will join the crew at the venue as the band performs the album in its entirety. All four remaining shows are sold-out (early and late each night), but 21-plus'ers can still get in at the bar on a first come, first served basis.

The Roots will also perform at the launch of "Rebuild the Dream" at Town Hall in NYC on Thursday (6/23) "Van Jones calls this new wave of energy the "American Dream Movement". Along with The Roots, artists/DJ Shepard Fairey and other celebrities will be appearing at the campaign commencement." We're unsure of how you can get yourself in this show, but you can watch it online and learn more at their website.

Doom is (supposedly) scheduled to appear at Rock The Bells 2011.

Check out both versions of "Accordion" below.

Continue reading "The Roots covered Madvillain with Weird Al, playing Rebuild the Dream event @ Town Hall after Blue Note shows"

Blue Note

Brian Wilson played the Highline Ballroom [Sunday] night as part of its sister club's month-long Blue Note Jazz Festival, and though the two-set show featured his entire current Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin album of Gershwin standards, it wasn't jazz, really, but no less demanding--and rewarding.

The Beach Boys' beloved creative genius brought a 12-piece band of multi-instrumentalists/vocalists--and a local female string section--and all lived up to his contention that it's one of his best bands ever.

The Gershwin album, which was conceived under the aegis of his hero George Gershwin's estate, led off the second set--the first being a breathtaking recreation of Beach Boys classics ranging from the ultra-romantic 1963 ballad "Surfer Girl," his first composition, to the symphonic "Heroes And Villains" of 1967. While Wilson's ability to sing his signature falsetto vocal leads and harmonies is long gone, guitarist Jeff Foskett was downright spooky in mimicking it on hits like "Don't Worry Baby" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice." [Examiner]

As mentioned in that review, Brian Wilson's three shows at Highline Ballroom this week are part of the ongoing and inaugural Blue Note Jazz Festival, a month-long celebration of Blue Note's 30th Anniversary. The fest includes a ton of shows including the recent Aloe Blacc, Idle Warship, and Larry Graham gigs. Brian finished his run Tuesday night, while, Dave Brubeck (who just turned 90) and George Wein & the Newport All-Stars each began their own three-night run at Blue Note Jazz Club. Advanced tickets to the Dave Brubeck shows are sold out, but you can line up to sit be at the bar on a first come, first served basis (if you're 21+). Tickets are still on sale for George Wein.

Blue NoteThe festival also includes many other shows we've mentioned before including the Jimmy Scott shows at The Blue Note on June 23. Tickets are still on sale.

The recently mentioned Bjorkestra show at Highline Ballroom on June 14 is also part of the festival. As discussed, tickets are on sale and can be purchased with a 50% discount by using the access code "BIGBAND."

The Chaka Khan shows at BB King's on June 18 are also part of the festival. Tickets are still on sale.

The festival also includes the Roy Ayers and Pete Rock show at Highline Ballroom on June 22. Tickets are still on sale.

Bootsy Collins
Bootsy

Bootsy Collins, who just played Bonnaroo, brings his previously announced Blue Note festival show to BB King's on June 26....

"Bootsy Collins was just one more band on our to-do list -- we didn't expect him to nearly steal the whole festival. After an annoying hour-plus wait that had the crowd chanting "bullshit," Collins instantly won the fans back in his favor by bringing THA FUNK. Everything was on the one after that. Lead guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight melted minds, while original P-Funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell provided the ballast. A special mid-set run found the band tackling classics by P-Funk, Jimi Hendrix, and Sly and The Family Stone." [American Songwriter]
Tickets are still available for the NYC show.

Tickets are also still on sale for the two Roberta Flack shows at BB King's on June 24.

Questlove is presenting Mo' Meta Blues I at The Blue Note on June 20 and 21. Both days consist of an early show and a late show. Mo' Meta Blues I features Questlove on drums/electronics, Booker T on organ/keyboards/vocals, Eric Krasno on guitar, and Christian McBridge on bass. Tickets are on sale.

The following night (6/23), The Roots will present Mo' Meta Blues II - Paid In Full 25th Anniversary featuring Black Thought and Rakim at The Blue Note. There will also be an early and a late show. Advance tickets for table reservations are sold out, but you can still get in at the bar on a first come, first served basis (if you're 21+).

English R&B singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer Estelle plays two shows at Blue Note on June 24, her only upcoming appearances. Tickets are still on sale.

Al Kooper & Organ-asm play BB King's on June 29. Tickets are on sale.

"The Music of Stax Records" featuring Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Eddie Floyd and Lester Snell is happening on June 26 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are on sale.

Last but not least, we want to highlight the Dances of Vice presentred Powerhouse Stomp II: a musical tribute to the classic cartoons of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s on June 29 at Highline Ballroom featuring Brian Carpenter's Ghost Train Orchestra. Sounds fun and tickets are on sale.

Check the Blue Note Jazz Festival's website for the full schedule. A selection of related videos below..

Continue reading "Blue Note Jazz Fest continues -- Brian Wilson, Dave Brubeck, Bootsy Collins, The Roots, Roberta Flack, Estelle & more"

The Dodos @ Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Greg Cristman)
Dodos

today in NYC
* Sketchfest @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* The Quavers @ Barbes
* Keir Neuringer @ Sycamore
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Margaret Lancaster @ The Stone
* Ma'am, Resistor, Cholo @ Union Hall
* The Stooges Brass Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Andrea Marcovicci, Jeff Harnar @ Town Hall
* The Cloud Room, Washington @ Mercury Lounge
* The Dodos, Gauntlet Hair @ Bowery Ballroom
* Brian Seymour, Alessi's Ark @ The Living Room
* Cults, Guards, Writer @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Pillars and Tongues, Fazer, Daniel Higgs @ Zebulon
* DJ Quik, BFUNK, D-Money, Medefi @ Knitting Factory
* Alina Simone w/ guest Amanda Palmer @ Joe's Pub
* Bedouin Soundclash, Echo Movement @ Mercury Lounge
* Sean Bones, Yellowbirds, Hospitality @ Cameo Gallery
* Omegas, Burning Love, Dry Spell, DBCR @ The Acheron
* Ed Askew, The Black Swans, Zachary Cale @ Bruar Falls
* Zeelab, IKTUS Percussion Quartet @ Issue Project Room
* Heresy of the Human Spirit, Paul Metzger @ Other Music
* Chris Mills, Bird of Youth, Niall Connolly @ The Rock Shop
* Ikebe Shakedown, Bio Ritmo, Colin Brown Band @ Southpaw
* Peewonder-z, Ken South Rock, Blackcherry @ Death By Audio
* Brian Wilson (re-imagines Gershwin) @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Radical Dads, EULA, Gross Relations, Electric People @ Cake Shop
* Flower Orgy, The Hairs, Chains of Love, Teen Witch @ Shea Stadium
* Cowboy Mouth, Jonathan Batiste, Sharon Little @ Highline Ballroom
* big crazy free show in Central Park that Blondie (Debbie) is playing!
* Hop Along, Dead Ringer, Dangerous Ponies, Brick Mower @ Silent Barn
* Super Hi-Fi, The Young Things, Wormburner, Ume, House Bat @ Pianos
* Dayglo Abortions, Verbal Abuse, 80HXC, Sexual Suicide, Runny @ Europa
* Steven Gosling, David Shively (The Music of Andrew Byrne) @ The Stone
* The Dead Exs, Golden Animals, The Fieros, Only Living Boy @ Bowery Electric
* Jay and The Birds, The Brew, My Pet Dragon, Matt Schofield @ Rockwood Music Hall
* B.T. Express, Rhythm Revue with Felix Hernandez @ Betsy Head Memorial Playground
* Tombs, A Storm of Light, PanzerBastard, Bastard Sapling @ The Studio
* In One Wind, The Building, Names of War, Pony of Good Tidings, Gym, Dear @ Littlefield
* Talib Kweli (DJ), Jamie Biden (DJ), Game Rebellion (LIVE), Amanda Diva (DJ), Ahficionados (DJ) @ Public Assembly

'This Week in Indie' coming soon.

Tonight's Figurines show at Mercury Lounge has been moved to August 18 and their 6/11 show at Knitting Factory to August 17. All tickets will be honored. Refunds available at point of purchase.

Jonny and Apex Manor @ Le Poisson Rouge @ is cancelled, though you can catch Apex Manor tomorrow.

Chris Bathgate plays with Apex Manor at the Rock Shop tomorrow. Chris Mills plays the Rock Shop tonight. Chris Garneu just played The Bell House with Keren Ann. Too many Chris's.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe @ Brooklyn Bowl is cancelled.

John Grant at Joe's Pub tonight is cancelled.

TONIGHT AT OTHER MUSIC:

HERESY OF THE FREE SPIRIT & PAUL METZGER: TONIGHT, THURSDAY, JUNE 9 @ 8:30PM
Featuring Dutch lutenist Jozef Van Wissem and Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalists Robbie Lee and Che Chen, Heresy of the Free Spirit plays Van Wissem's arrangements of lute compositions and improvisations that draw on early music, folk traditions, modern composition and noise. This special performance will be in support of the trio's new LP A Prayer for Light and Van Wissem's new solo album The Joy That Never Ends, followed by a set from Paul Metzger, whose singular brand of solo banjo music is equally influenced by American primitive, Indian raga, and Middle Eastern tonality.
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DJ Quik plays his first of two Knitting Factory shows tonight. He's also got a new video for the song "Nobody" ft. Suga Free and Ty$. Check it out below.

Bonnaroo has begun, but it doesn't start streaming until Friday.

Bon Iver's new album is streaming now though.

BrooklynVegan presents Tombs & A Storm of Light at The Studio tonight. Flyer below...

Broken Social Scene have a new video for "Sweetest Kill." Check it out below.

Joe Jackson played "Steppin' Out" on Fallon last night with The Roots. Watch the video below.

Death Cab For Cutie played "You Are A Tourist" on Conan last night. Watch the video below.

What else?

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Outside Lands 2011

The Outside Lands Festival, which runs from 8/12 - 8/14 in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, released their 2011 lineup in April (and now it's May, so consider this a catch up post). Tickets are on sale.

This year's fest will appearances from The Shins, Muse, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Phish (two sets), !!!, Erykah Badu, Big Audio Dynamite (who played Coachella and are also playing Lollapalooza), Girl Talk and many more. The full lineup is below.

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Dave Matthews Band

Like Chicago and Atlantic City, NYC & Washington will get iterations of the traveling festival with the extremely scary name (and headliner)...

"Dave Matthews Band Caravan" will come to New York City's Governors Island on August 26, 27 and 28 and The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA on September 2, 3 and 4. The events will feature a diverse lineup of musical talent performing on multiple stages during the day and a full set by headliners Dave Matthews Band each night. See below for ticket information.

In addition to Dave Matthews Band, the lineup for the Governors Island event will include Dispatch, The Roots, Gogol Bordello, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, The Head and the Heart, Vieux Farka Touré, David Wax Museum and many more to be announced soon...."

At least the Flaming Lips, who play the NJ version of the fest, aren't on that lineup, because that gives hope that they'll announce their own real NYC show. "An online presale for the Governors Island event for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association will begin on Monday, April 25, at 10:00 AM ET at http://www.warehouse.davematthewsband.com/."

This is the second big Governors Island Fest to be announced this year. The other is the dance-oriented Governors Ball (Punk Island also returns this year).

More DMBC info below...

Continue reading "run & hide, Dave Matthews Band Caravan coming to NY (fest announces stops @ Governors Island & Washington's Gorge)"

photos and video by Brook Bobbins, words by BBG

Odd Future
Odd Future

Before Tyler, The Creator lost his shoe and played Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Odd Future headlined at Santos on 2/15 to a sold out crowd of bouncy fans. The packed house saw the LA crew take their Gravediggaz/early Def Jux/Fondle 'Em sound to the stage, the show floor, on top of monitors, and behind wigs as they kicked out joints like "Yonkers" and "Sandwitches".

Check out the full set of pictures (below) from Santos of the band on-stage and off right next to a set of the crew backstage at Jimmy Fallon (?uestlove and Mos Def alert).

In addition, below you'll find some videos including an incredible one of Odd Future watching their Fallon performance played back to them for the first time

UPDATE: Powers from above have asked us to remove any pictures and videos taken inside Fallon's place. Sorry!. The rest is still below though...

Continue reading "Odd Future on stage at Santos, backstage, in the crowd, at Fallon, WATCHING Fallon & more (pics & video)"

by BBG

"Some One Took My Fycking Shoe. Fuck" - Tyler, The Creator

"New York Would've Been My Favorite Fucking Show But I'm Shoeless.
Fuck Man." - Tyler, The Creator

"These Niggas Were Cool. Swag. Got My Fucking Shoe Back.
Fallon Was The Shit" - Tyler, The Creator

Tyler & shoe (sponsored by Supreme?)
Tyler, The Creator with his shoe

Crisis averted. Tyler, The Creator got his shoe back yesterday and his crew Odd Future (aka Hodgy Beats & Tyler, The Creator) were backed by The Roots on Jimmy Fallon last night (2/16). Odd Future performed their burner "Sandwitches" with the help of inverted crosses, ski masks and that creepy litle girl from The Ring, and video from the show is below.

The band is currently (literally) on the way to Philadelphia to play a sold out show at The Barbary tonight (2/17). We have pictures from the Santos Party House show coming, but for now they're on the same Philly-bound Chinatown bus Odd Future is on (literally). Some videos from the NYC gig are below though...

Continue reading "Tyler the Creator lost his shoe, got his shoe back (Odd Future played Fallon and Santos Party House)"

Bettye Lavette at Highline Ballroom (more by Jacob Blickenstaff )
Bettye Lavette

A quick reminder that one of the greatest songwriters of all-time, Neil Young, will be celebrated at Carnegie Hall in two days (2/10) as part of a benefit for music & arts programs of underpriviledged youth. The bill is beyond diverse, featuring The Roots, Nada Surf, Glen Hansard, DeVotchka, J Mascis and Bettye Lavette just to name a few of the twenty+ that are on board. "100% of the net proceeds from this event" will benefit charities like Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools, Church Street School for Music & Art, The Pinwheel Project, Music Unites, The American Symphony Orchestra and Young Audiences New York, so pick up your tickets with a clear conscious!

Meanwhile, quite a few of the Neil Young-tribute artists have recently been or will be very active. Glen Hansard recently played City Winery and the Doveman show at LPR. Patti Smith & Jesse Smith are scheduled to play the Tibet benefit at Carnegie Hall in March. When Questlove of The Roots isnt going to see Prince or spinning at Brooklyn Bowl, he can be found on Jimmy Fallon. Nada Surf recently played Mercury Lounge and Rock Shop. DeVotchKa will play Highline in March with El Mariachi Bronx. Juliana Hatfield & Evan Dando were just at Maxwell's and the Bell House. J Mascis has his upcoming tour with shows at Mercury Lounge and MHoW.

Ben Ottewell of Gomez plays the Neil Young event and an early solo show at Mercury Lounge the next day.

And last, but certainly not least, Bettye Lavette, besides paying tribute to the great rock'n roll patriarch from the North, also has quite a NYC residency in the spring when she'll set up shop at Cafe Carlyle from 5/24 - 6/3 (no shows on 5/29, 5/30). Ticketing info is forthcoming, but all tour dates, the full Neil Young Tribute lineup and some videos are below...

Continue reading "Neil Young tribute show coming, Bettye Lavette playing shows at Cafe Carlyle & elsewhere, Ben Ottewell will be at Merc"

DOWNLOAD: Steven Drozd - "Born" (MP3)

Tibet House US Benefit 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Tibet

No word on how a giant vagina entrance, a bear suit, Wayne Coyne in an inflatable ball, Hulk hands and similar props will work at Carnegie Hall, but The Flaming Lips will join recent addition Taj Mahal at the 21st Annual Tibet House US Benefit Show on 3/3. The two join a veritable all-star lineup that includes Michael Stipe, The Roots, Patti Smith with Jesse Smith & Michael Campbell, Angelique Kidjo, James McCartney, and of course curator Philip Glass. Tickets for the concert are on sale via Carnegie Hall, while tickets for the concert and a fund-raising dinner are on sale via Tibet House directly. (Note: Do not expect a full set by any band - they usually play 3 songs each at the most, with a few collaborations and group sing-alongs).

In related News, Wayne Coyne recently talked to Spin about some of the Lips' plans for 2011...

First up, the band is heading to New York to cut tracks with synth-pop artist Neon Indian and longtime producer Dave Fridmann, and they're hoping to release the results on the fly. "We're going to do two or three songs with him and that shit should be ready to go pretty quickly," says Coyne, who posted a demo of a potential collaborative track earlier this week. "I have a couple of tunes that he's heard and we'll just do that shit and fix that up and fuck around together."

Coyne adds that he'd love to do similar collaborations with Deerhoof and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: "I think everybody would be up for doing something. But a lot of it comes down to us fitting into their schedules. I can always sneak in on their thing."

Deerhoof is going out on tour soon, and is now playing Europa in Brooklyn on February 8th instead of Ridgewood Masonic Temple which can no longer serve alcohol. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now. Ariel Pink will be at Coachella and was just on Fallon. Neon Indian has one show coming up: Thu Feb 03 at The Palladium Ballroom in Dallas, Texas with the Flaming Lips.

Wayne Coyne

Finally, Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips recently dropped the score for The Heart Is Drum Machine, a documentary that examines music and human attraction to it. The twelve-track mostly-instrumental LP features tracks like "Born" (downloadable above, streamable below) and a cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man" featuring none other than Maynard James Keenan of Tool/A Perfect Circle. The film also features Drozd, Keenan, & Wayne Coyne, alongside appearances from Jason Schwartzman, Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock, Juliette Lewis, Spoon's Britt Daniel, George Clinton, and many others who all discuss their personal connection to music. The Heart Is A Drum Machine is out now on DVD and the soundtrack is out now on iTunes.

The soundtrack tracklisting, the film trailer, and that song stream are all below.

Continue reading "Flaming Lips & Michael Stipe playing Tibet Benefit, Deerhoof playing Europa, Heart Is A Drum Machine score out now"

Roots

According to (de)vices, "For New Years Eve 2010, The Roots played 3 sets from 11:00PM to 4:00AM, with DJ'd interludes by ?uestlove. This man just doesn't quit." It's true (the man doesn't quit) and you can see the Prince fan and friend DJ again at Brooklyn Bowl on January 6th, January 13th, January 20th, January 27th, February 3rd, February 10th, February 17th, and February 24th (and probably after that too). Tickets are on sale for all of the dates. He'll also honor Martin Luther King with a show at Cielo on January 16th.

The Roots play live again on January 15th at Showcase Live in Foxboro, MA (and constantly on Fallon).

At midnight on New Year's Eve, the band literally came marching in. Watch the videos below...

Continue reading "The Roots played Brooklyn Bowl on New Year's Eve, Questlove continues to DJ at the same venue"

Bert Jansch
Bert Jansch

After cancelling his string of East Coast shows and a few with Neil Young earlier this year due to complications from lung cancer, Burt Jansch is back out on the road and will play The Bell House on December 15th (tickets) and two shows at Iridium on December 20th (tickets still available for for the 8PM and the 10PM). As with the previous cancelled tour, the Pegi Young Band is out with him, though they drop off before the Iridium dates.

In related news, Neil Young will get the royal treatment at Carnegie Hall on Feb 10th as part of a benefit for Music and Arts Programs for Underprivileged Youth. The show will feature a gang of artists paying tribute to the music of the giant, including Patti Smith, Living Colour, Devotchka, Bettye LaVette, Bebel Gilberto, Aimee Mann, The Roots, Cowboy Junkies, Antibalas, St. Vincent, J Mascis, with "additional artists to be announced". Tickets are on sale.

Full tour dates are below, as well as some video taken the other night at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia.

Continue reading "Bert Jansch is now on tour w/ Pegi Young --- Neil Young is being covered at Carnegie Hall (dates)"

Arcade Fire

And the nominees for "Album of the Year" are:

* The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
* Recovery by Eminem
* Need You Now by Lady Antebellum
* The Fame Monster by Lady Gaga
* Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
Crazy.

Also funny: Mumford & Sons are up for Best New Artist against Justin Bieber (and Drake, Florence & The Machine, and Esperanza Spalding)

Robyn is up for Best Dance Recording against Lady Gaga (and Goldfrapp, La Roux, and Rihanna).

Arcade Fire are also nominated for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals against Muse, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, and... Jeff Beck & Joss Stone.

The Black Keys also landed in the "Best Rock Instrumental Performance" along with... Dave Matthews.

The Black Keys and Mumford & Sons and Kings of Leon and Muse are also all in the "Best Rock Song" category.

"Best Alternative Album" category:

* The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
* Infinite Arms by Band Of Horses
* Brothers by The Black Keys
* Broken Bells by Broken Bells
* Contra by Vampire Weekend
So they give that to Arcade Fire, since Lady Gaga will probably get Album of the Year, or maybe Arcade Fire will just get screwed and they'll give it to someone on a major.

Other names that got nominated: Cee-Lo, Janelle Monae, Big Boi, John Legend & The Roots, Jay-Z, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Flight of the Conchords, Devendra Banhart (for "Best Recording Package"), Oh No Ono (ditto), Anais Mitchell (ditto), Danger Mouse, Gorillaz, and Carol Burnett. Full list at the Grammys site.

The Roots at Prospect Park (more by David Andrako)
The Roots

For a while there you could ring in the new week with The Roots at Highline Ballroom. You can currently ring in the weekend with Questlove who is on the tables at Brooklyn Bowl every Thursday night, and now you can ring in the new YEAR with the "organic hip hop jazz" crew. The Roots will play three sets at the Williamsburg venue on New Year's Eve starting at 10PM. $85 tickets go on sale 10/29 at noon.

The Roots recently released a collaborative LP with John Legend entitled Wake Up and played a big show Terminal 5, and a whole bunch of other smaller NYC venues together (lots of private and surprise promotional shows).

Guided By Voices, Sharon Jones, Patti Smith, Passion Pit, Phish, and Drive-By Truckers, and Gov't Mule are all also playing New Years Eve shows in the NYC-area.

Last night, 10/27, Gary Wilson sat in with the Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. School of Seven Bells were the musical guest (Gwar is tonight), but Gary Wilson was on there too. School of Seven Bells recently announced that Claudia Deheza left the band, leaving just her twin sister Alejandra and Benjamin Curtis as the core members.

Video of School of Seven Bells playing Fallon (with a drummer which actually made them a trio), and video of the whole episode (Jimmy introduces Gary Wilson right after the intro), below...

Continue reading "School of Seven Bells (now a duo) played Fallon (Gary Wilson too), The Roots are playing Brooklyn Bowl New Years Eve"

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)"

Guitar Wolf
Guitar Wolf

today in NYC
* Digable Planets @ SOB's
* Venomous Concept @ Europa
* Reggie Nicholson @ The Stone
* Times New Viking @ the Meat Locker
* Kordan, Fantasmes, Mitten @ Lit
* Field Music, Motel Motel @ Littlefield
* John Legend, The Roots @ Terminal 5
* Valient Thorr, Junius, Howl @ Southpaw
* Atari Teenage Riot @ Gramercy Theatre
* These Are Powers, Gatekeeper @ Union Pool
* Basia Bulat, The Acorn @ Mercury Lounge
* Landlady, Translations, Hospitality @ Coco 66
* Guitar Wolf, Peelander-Z @ Santos Party House
* Mike Krum, Honor By August @ Mercury Lounge
* The Posies (play Blood/Candy) @ The Rock Shop
* Twilight featuring "Ensemble Durations" @ The Stone
* Stanton Moore Trio, Anders Osborne @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Pavement, Endless Boogie @ Central Park Summerstage
* LCD Soundsystem, Sleigh Bells @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Merzbow, MV Carbon, Philip White @ Issue Project Room
* Murder By Death, Samantha Crain, Ninja Gun @ Maxwell's
* Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set), JDH & Dave P @ Santos Party House
* Tera Melos, Anamanaguchi, Pterodactyl, Fiasco @ Death By Audio
* The Fundies, Cal Folger Day, Jason Anderson @ Pete's Candy Store
* Laurie Anderson (performing Delusion) @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Kyle Bobby Dunn, Happy New Year @ Elizabeth Foundation For The Arts
* Ra Ra Riot, North Highlands, We Barbarians @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Juan Wauters, German Measles, Honey Dos, Easter Vomit @ Shea Stadium
* Richard Lloyd (of Television), Band of Outsiders, Deans Of Discipline @ The Bowery Electric
* Christmas Island, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Big Troubles, The Babies, Family Trees @ Glasslands
* Comedy Below Canal™ with Kurt Braunohler, Jiwon Lee, Ben Lerman, David Angelo and Todd Barry @ 92YTribeca

STREAM tonight's special Roots/John Legend show on YouTube:

American Express announced today that music sensations Jennifer Hudson, Common, Melanie Fiona, Estelle, and CL Smooth will join John Legend &The Roots as special guests from Terminal 5 in New York City on September 23rd for the "Unstaged: An Original Series from American Express" live-stream concert, directed by filmmaker Spike Lee (Inside Man, Miracle at St. Anna, Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing). The performance will be live-streamed Thursday, September 23 at 9:00PM/ET at www.youtube.com/johnlegendvevo and coincides with the highly anticipated collaborative album release, Wake Up!, from Legend & The Roots, which is available now.
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Merzbow is playing two sets tonight at Issue Project Room.

Godspeed added two more NYC shows.

an official video for Times New Viking song "Teen Spirit In Hell", below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Thursday?"

Ferraby Lionheart
ferraby

today in NYC
* in-store @ Fat Beats
* Whiplash @ UCB
* MNDR, Silk Flowers @ Mercury Lounge
* Ferraby Lionheart, Joemca @ The Rock Shop
* Gold Panda, Pink Skull, Bikini, Wish @ Glasslands
* Black Mountain, The War On Drugs @ Knitting Factory
* The Babies, Unnatural Helpers, Pygmy Shrews @ Shea Stadium
* Jon Batiste, Eldar (Highline Piano Series) @ Highline Ballroom
* The White Ravens, Tony Scherr, Jim Campilongo Electric Trio @ The Living Room

Ferraby Lionheart plays the Rock Shop tonight and Rockwood Music Hall on Wednesday. Ferraby's new video for "Harry And Bess" below...

The private show at Bowery Ballroom tonight is a corporate sponsored show with John Legend and The Roots (the same lineup more publicly coming to Terminal 5 and which is the occasion for the party happening at Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday).

Speaking of the Roots, Questlove has been rehearsing with Yo Gabba Gabba's Brobee for the "first annual Nickelodeon Mega Music Fest! airing Monday, September 6 at 8 p.m. ET/ PT on Nickelodeon". Video below...

What else?

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by BBG

"Edan and Paten Locke last night at The Knitting Factory... the illest rap show I've seen in years..." -junksciencerap

"Edan at knitting factory, so dope." -moesuli

"I felt weird wearing a Mr. Lif shirt when Mr. Lif came on stage. I left as soon as the encore ended. I didn't wanna be #thatguy. #nogroupie" -greenspam

Edan and Mr Lif at Knitting Factory on Tuesday (via & via)
Mr Lif and Edan

" In his finale set, Edan did it accapella, spitting a, what seemed like, infinite rhyming masterpiece without missing a beat or taking a breath. He brings a level of intellectualism to his lyricism and it shows with his fan base, many of who remained after the show ended in small clusters to discuss the performance." [DD172]
Mr. Lif also made an unannounced appearance at Tuesday's Edan show (8/24) at Knitting Factory which doubled as a screening for Edan's film, 'Echo Party'.

And another Edan Brooklyn show has been announced. This time he'll appear as part of a "Bowling for Beats" event at Brooklyn Bowl on 9/26 which will be co-headlined by Pete Rock and Prince Paul, with other sets from J-Zone, and J57 (Brown Bag All-Stars), and Psycho Les (of the Beatnuts). Tickets should be on sale soon.

And while we're "Bowling for Beats", why not get "Lyrics To Go", as DJ Evil Dee, Mr. Walt, the X Factor Boogie Blind, and New Beatminerz will spin at a Labor Day party at Brooklyn Bowl on September 5. Tickets are on sale.

Questlove will spin at Brooklyn Bowl every Thursday in September. On 8/31, he and his crew The Roots will be the focus of a listening party for their upcoming LP Wake Up! with John Legend. The event is free, but the upcoming Roots/John Legend live show at Terminal 5 on 9/23 is NOT. Tickets are on sale Monday (8/30) at noon.

Video of Edan at Knitting Factory is below...

Continue reading "Mr Lif joined Edan @ Knitting Factory, Edan joins Pete Rock & Prince Paul @ Brooklyn Bowl (and other upcoming events)"

Sleigh Bells @ Governors Island in July (more by Matthew Eisman)
Sleigh Bells

Though it wasn't clear from the initial announcement, Sleigh Bells will in fact be opening for LCD Soundsystem at Wellmont Theatre. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Tickets are on sale now for the Omar Souleyman show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the Peter Hook "Unknown Pleasures" show at Webster Hall.

Tickets are on sale for six separate Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival events happening at the Bell House (including Yo La Tengo, David Cross, Mike Birbiglia, John Wesley Harding & more).

Like they did at Brooklyn Bowl, John Legend and The Roots will team up for a NYC show, but this time at Terminal 5 on September 23rd. Tickets are on AmEx presale now and go on general sale Monday at noon.

Tickets are still on sale for the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at MHOW, a show that will include a live set by Yuck.

Tickets are on sale for the Black Milk show at Southpaw.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the El Guincho show at Mercury Lounge.

Three Old 97's shows are on sale at noon today.

Two Clinic shows are on sale at noon today.

Two Los Campesinos! shows are on sale now.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the Phosphorescent show at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale for the 2010 Brooklyn Soul Festival.

Big Freedia plays 2 shows in NYC this Saturday (no advanced tickets)

photos by David Andrako

roots/prospectpark

"New York's most eager faces and earthy races paraded the liberal grounds of Park Slope via Prospect park on Sunday. They aligned from the realist regions of every borough and bridge for a complimentary concert hosted by Talib Kweli, The Roots and many others entitled "Okay Africa". Inescapably, most of the vicinity was bombarded by a sea of blankets, beer bottles and wine drinkers who arrived bracing themselves to 'rough it up' for a free show. Every path eventually occupied its self by mellow scenesters, Brooklyn heads, hipsters, their families and even a few local celebs that were all in gear for a naturalist's side to life. Ethnic forces ruled by a long-shot with some well-intended culture clashing. Negativity failed to align for the most part, thanks to everyone and their arousal of cool Summer spirit. Good times were clearly in fine perspective." [A Triumphant Discovery]
More from last Sunday's packed show in Prospect Park, below...

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