Entries tagged with: Times Square
Kendrick Lamar's new album To Pimp A Butterfly is out now, and as a tweet from Beats By Dre points out, he'll be debuting the video for its track "King Kunta" today (4/1) at 6 PM on the Beats by Dre billboard in Times Square (46th and Broadway).
The video was filmed at the Compton Swap Meet, and directed by Director X. You can watch a preview below.
Kendrick returns to the NYC-area to headline Hot 97 Summer Jam in June.
UPDATE: The video's out now and can be watched below...
This week, Antony and the Johnsons put out their new live album/film, Turning, which they made with Charles Atlas. It documents their 2006 tour and initially screened in 2011 and 2012 but is now a DVD+CD/digital release. They'll be celebrating the release by screening the Charles Atlas-directed "You Are My Sister" video every night of December in Times Square at 11:57 PM, as part of the Midnight Moment program which did the same thing with a Bjork video last year.
Turning will also screen in Brooklyn on November 21 at Atlas' Luhring Augustine gallery (25 Knickerbocker in Bushwick). "No RSVP necessary, but seating is limited."
Watch the "You Are My Sister" video and a stream a track from the Turning album below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher
Jane's Addiction in Times Square - 10/12/14
Following Devo's set in Times Square during NYC's multi-venue CBGB Fest on Sunday (10/12), there was a set from pop musician Robert Delong and then veteran alt-rockers Jane's Addiction. Jane's stuck almost entirely to Nothing's Shocking material, and the whole thing was quite a spectacle. They had exotic dancers on stage, who went from dancing on a bench to being suspended by their skin to dance in mid-air. Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro were both rock stars, and Perry was his usual sex-driven self, telling the crowd "I wanna get my dick sucked!" (three times) and asking in return, "Who wants to get their pussy licked?" He also told his story of meeting Dave Navarro ("the best fucking guitarist you'll ever hear in your life") and latter added, "You know what's a good way to get laid? Play guitar like Dave Navarro!" The possibly confused Perry kept saying Jane's Addiction should do this in Times Square every Friday because of the Sabbath (it was Sunday), and after playing "Stop!" he tried to start an encore but "the man was telling them no" and the PA was shut off before they could.
The day before the Times Square show, Jane's also played the Icon Award Ceremony at CBGB Fest headquarters Center 548, which was a "private event with celebrity guests." We've got pictures of that event and the Times Square show. More, with a full set video from Times Square and their setlist, below...
photos by P Squared Photography, words by Andrew Sacher
NYC's multi-venue CBGB Festival wrapped up yesterday (10/12) after kicking off this past Wednesday (10/8). The fest doesn't have too much to do with CBGB, but a few of the bands who played had played the actual venue back in the day, one of which was the legendary Devo. They played for free yesterday at 4:30 PM on a stage in Times Square located between a Starbucks and a Jamba Juice, with a car commercial looping on a megascreen behind them. That's not exactly the kind of place you'd expect to see Devo (even if the culture clash was strangely appropriate), but those who could brave the Times Square crowds were treated to an excellent set. (And technically, it was Devo's second Times Square show this year.) They only played ten songs, and kept things focused on their classic material (the newest song they played came out in 1982) with favorites such as "Girl U Want," "Uncontrollable Urge," "Mongoloid," "Jocko Homo," "Whip It," "Beautiful World" and more. Sadly the band are no longer with original guitarist Bob Casale who passed away earlier this year, but regardless they were super tight, in great spirits and sounded terrific.
The show also included Jane's Addiction and a few other bands. Stay tuned for pictures of Jane's. More Devo pics (and one of Matt Pinfield who introduced them), a full set video, and their setlist, below...
Devo at Best Buy Theater in June (more by PSquared)
The CBGB Festival returns to various NYC venues this week, beginning Wednesday (10/8) and continuing through Sunday (10/12). It includes the Billy Idol keynote interview/acoustic set at Center548, The Muffs show, the Daniel Lanois film show, and plenty more. There's also the big free Times Square show on Sunday (10/12). When we last spoke, we mentioned it was speculated that Jane's Addiction, Robert DeLong, Devo, Surfer Blood and We Are Scientists would be playing, and that is in fact the lineup (along with Cheeky Parade). Cheeky Parade go on at noon and Jane's headline at 6:15 PM.
Full schedule here. Some highlights including the Times Square schedule, below...
It's been a while since I've watched a Triumph clip. This was a great return. Watch the Conan segment, along with his classic visit to the Attack of the Clones premiere, below...
CBGB Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The CBGB Music & Film Festival returns to NYC for its third year with five days of events across various venues from October 8 to October 12. Exact venues, artists and films have not been announced yet, but we do know the big Times Square show will return. Tickets will be on sale soon via the festival's website.
"Walked through the Super Bowl boulevard, or whatever they're calling it. Saw Blondie playing, but not too interesting otherwise. #SuperBowl" - Scott Dolan
"Just saw fucking Blondie live... The only time I give a shit about the Super Bowl." - Shannon
"Walking through Super Bowl Boulevard and just happened stumble upon Blondie performing "Call Me"." - Nicole
Questlove of The Roots at Brooklyn Bowl (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We just mentioned that Red Hot Chili Peppers will play a WFAN-presented show at Barclays Center on February 1, and since we last spoke it's been announced that the RHCP show is part of a number of pre-Super Bowl shows happening in NYC before the game happens on February 2 at MetLife Stadium.
A few of those shows happen on the Bud Light Hotel, aka a heavily-branded cruise ship in the Hudson River that will be hosting festivities for the weekend. One of those happens on January 30 with The Roots, Run DMC, Busta Rhymes and more guests TBA.
Another one happens on February 1 with the Foo Fighters and Zac Brown Band, whose new album was produced by Dave Grohl.
CBS also reports that for the week leading up to the Super Bowl, Times Square will be on lockdown: "Starting at midnight on Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, Broadway from 33d Street to 48th Street will be closed to vehicles. In addition, 41st Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to midnight."
The performer for this year's halftime show is Bruno Mars. All Bud Light Hotel concerts are listed below...
Blondie in NJ in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
New Year's Eve is quickly approaching, which means (among other things) that tons of people will stand out in the cold at Times Square for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Musical performers at this year's celebration include NYC legends Blondie, along with Icona Pop, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Miley Cyrus. TV coverage begins at 8 PM on ABC. Full schedule for the night, below.
Also check out concert options for New Year's Eve in NYC.
Times Square NYE schedule below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Grizzly Bear / My Morning Jacket in Times Square - 10/12/13
In between the day's coffeehouse-ready beginning and stadium-worthy end, Divine Fits and Grizzly Bear delivered the two most CBGB-worthy sets of the day: It was easy to picture Divine Fits' (and Spoon's) Britt Daniel and Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste in the recesses of a rock club, though the North Stage of the festival, sidled up alongside the Ed Sullivan Theater, felt as natural an arena as any for their straightforward rock stylings and fuzzed-out, exploratory soundscapes, respectively. As the 2013 festival season nears its end, both Grizzly Bear and Divine Fits have hopscotched between the stages of the country's biggest productions, and the two bands made for standout moments at CBGB just as they did at Bonnaroo and Outside Lands before them.We're now in the midst of CMJ, but this past weekend another music marathon took over NYC, CBGB Festival. The fest didn't have much in the way of CBGB-related music (or much at all), but like last year, the main attraction was a big free Times Square show. This year's show started with Lisa Loeb, followed by The Wallflowers, then Spoon/Wolf Parade-related supergroup Divine Fits. People then began really piling in for James Murphy's DJ set, which was followed by Grizzly Bear, and finally My Morning Jacket, who brought out The Wallflowers' Jakob Dylan, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard, Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), and Antibalas (who played two of their own NYC shows that weekend). Despite seeming like a potential disaster, the whole thing actually went over pretty smoothly. Pictures of the whole day are in this post.
My Morning Jacket's grand finale at CBGB was fortified by friends, as special guests hopped on and off the stage for the final moments of the festival. Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and Antibalas collaborated with Jim James for the recently released tribute Fela Kuti compilation RED HOT + FELA, and their performance of "Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am" was as meditative and serene as it was explosive and untethered. Jakob Dylan then joined in for a take on "Don't Do It" from The Last Waltz before My Morning Jacket wrapped up the festival with "One Big Holiday," which relished in its might as a literal and figurative showstopper. [Rolling Stone]
View from above -- 1:30pm, 10/10/13, Times Square (via)
Straight on view from the crowd (via)
Paul and the boys (via)
colorful piano (via)
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:
Paul McCartney is full of surprises this week. Yesterday (10/9) the former Beatle played Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, and today he just tweeted that he'll be playing Times Square at 1 PM today (10/10). No other details yet, but if you work in the area, maybe it's time to take your lunch break.
UPDATE: The location is 46th & Broadway.
"i am very excited about my mutual core video being shown at times square !!" - Bjork
Bjork's video for "Mutual Core" has been out for a few months, but now you can get the chance to watch it on a much bigger screen than the YouTube player on your laptop. It will be playing every night in the month of March on the mega screens in Times Square, as part of this month's Midnight Moment series, which began on 3/1. Each night, the video is set to end at midnight.
A video of "Mutual Core" playing in Times Square, the original video, and more info below...
photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis
While it may not have actually hit triple digits on Saturday (7/7), in the easy-bake oven of asphalt, concrete and steel that is Times Square, it felt like 110 -- especially at 1PM when I arrived there for CBGB Festival's all-day free show. The heat kept attendance on the low side (I should add there was also no line at Shake Shack either on Saturday) but everybody seemed to be having a good time, bands included, for what is the very rare occasion to see live bands in such an iconic NYC setting.
The festival had two stages set up on Saturday with one on 51st, and then one on 47th St right below the TKTS booth and bleachers -- which is where Duff McKagan's Loaded were already playing as I got out of the subway. I was never much of a Guns N' Roses fan and had never listened to Loaded band before but always thought of him as the "punk" member of GN'R. Definitely Loaded swing that way and their set was a mix of Foo Fighters-ish originals and choice covers, including The Damned's "New Rose" and The Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog," the latter of which featured special guest Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols (who played his own CBGB Fest show at the Living Room with CBGB Fest keynote speaker Krist Novoselic in attendance).They also did GN'R's debut single "It's So Easy" which got some fists pumping.
With no downtime between bands, I hightailed it up Broadway which was closed to traffic and served as a merch area and food truck court. I got there right as Superchunk launched into their first song and new single "This Summer" which continues their hit streak since relaunching the band two years ago. (Not that they ever went away, really.) It was too hot for the crowd to do much beyond nod enthusiastically and sing along to the band's favorites-packed set, but it didn't stop Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance from pogoing through most of the set, and Mac got off a couple of his signature jumps which could be seen from a block away. (Even when a failed launch had him tumble off the drum riser, Mac kept playing. That's how it's done.) As I said, Superchunk loaded their set with classics, including "Hyper Enough," "Driveway to Driveway," and "Slack Motherfucker," the latter of which was a treat to hear loud in Disneyfied Times Square.
I didn't stick around for the later bands which included The Hold Steady and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (who also played a secret show later that night at Cake Shop), nor did our photographer who headed up to Summerstage for Guided by Voices, but there are pictures of openers Upper West and Zulu Wave below along with more pictures of Superchunk (including setlist) and Duff McKagan's Loaded.
Not too much has changed on the CBGB Festival schedule since we last spoke, but we found out and have confirmed that the multi-day (July 5-8), multi-venue, multi-genre NYC festival will host a free, multi-stage event in Times Square on Saturday, July 7th. The outdoor Times Square show, in addition to live music, will also have food, drinks, music shop booths, and music themed activations for people of all ages. We can't say WHO is playing in Times Square, but we do know that unlike Fidlar, Redd Kross and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., the following CBGB Festival bands are still venueless: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Hold Steady, and Superchunk. Stay tuned for more info.
That said, it's pretty impressive that they pulled this off and it's definitely a rarity to be able to host a big, outdoor event, let alone a rock show like this in Times Square. It has also proved me wrong, at least to the person I was talking to at NXNE in Toronto when I said, "they would never do anything like this in NYC".
Twin Shadow at BAM earlier this month (more by David Andrako)
As mentioned, Twin Shadow will release his sophomore LP, Confess, on July 10 via 4AD. You've heard the first single, "Five Seconds," and now Twin Shadow has just revealed that he'll give the video for that song a pretty interesting premiere. It's going to premiere in NYC on a Jumbotron in Times Square on June 18 and will be followed by a live Twin Shadow performance directly after.
According to a press release, the event is part of Art Takes Times Square, a program presented by Artists Wanted, Chashama, and Times Square Alliance, "to present artists from around the world in brilliant lights on a massive scale in one of the most iconic locations in the world."
Twin Shadow will also be supporting his new album on a tour which includes the previously discussed NYC show at Webster Hall on September 27. Since we first mentioned that tour, Swedish indie poppers Niki and the Dove were added as openers to a portion of it, including the Webster Hall show. Tickets for that show are still available.
You can catch Niki and the Dove, whose debut LP, Instinct is due out on August 7 via Sub Pop, in NYC even sooner when they play the previously mentioned Popgun Northside party at Glasslands on June 14 with Selebrities and Beacon. Tickets for that show are still available.
All dates are listed below...
As promised, Don Cornelius fans, many donning afros, took to the streets of NYC on Saturday afternoon to honor the recently deceased Soul Train creator with a Times Square Soul Train line dance. According to an ABC News Report, it lasted 45 minutes before cops broke it up, though the same ABC story says "about a hundred people" were there. As you can see in the videos below, including the ABC one, and a NY Post-created one that says there were "thousands", there were more than 100 people. Watch the videos below...
On Dec 2nd at 6pm, hundreds of performers and artists will occupy a privately owned public space in Times Square with 24 hours of non-stop free performances.This happens at Times Square between 46th & 47th Street "south of the red staircase".
In recent weeks, we have seen a push to tramp on our rights to public assembly, public space and by extension democracy itself.
In response, we join a global struggle from Tahrir Square to Davis, California with occupation as a form of creative resistance. Rather than oppose something, we are using public space to create a more colorful image of what our streets could look like, with public performances, art, and music in once vacant corporate, bonus plazas. Through this movement, New York re-imagines itself as a work of art, rather than a retail shopping mall. With capitalism gone mad, foreclosures increasing, and bank crises consuming whole communities, we are signaling through the flames that there is another way of living. Join us.
Occupy public space. Reclaim democracy. We are all part of the show! and the show must go on!
Sign our Manifesto online here.
computer rendering of Best Buy Theater marquee (via NY Times)
For whatever reason, I prefer "Nokia Theater" - it almost doesn't sound like a sponsored name or I just got used to it. "Best Buy Theater" on the other hand - all I can think about is blue and yellow ("Danzig played the Best Buy Theater" doesn't sit well).... Press release below...
"bomb scare outside killfest 2010 at nokia theater in times square.. mayhem inside and out" - John
The Nissan Pathfinder that prompted police to close off parts of New York's Times Square contained bomb-making materials, the city's mayor said.
"There were gas cans and bomb making materials in the car," Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters early Sunday morning. "Who abandoned the car and why are under investigation."
Bloomberg said authorities found propane cylinders, fireworks and timing devices in the car.
The shutdown began late Saturday when a foot patrol officer saw smoke coming from a box inside the car with Connecticut plates on 45th Street between 7th and 8th avenues. [CNN]
Though some weren't able to get to the show due to Nokia Theatre's Times Square location (Broadway between 44th & 45th), Overkill, Vader and the other bands on the Saturday night metal bill, did play. John says, "yea the concert went uninterrupted just had to talk my way past police line. overkill, vader and god dethroned were on fire." BlueEyedDevil had less luck. He wrote that he "was enjoying a great afternoon in the city and walked to TQ to find it barracaded off. Just got home and what a f'n waste. Would have been a great time." Sucks, but at least nobody was hurt.
Grace Potter played a short 15 minute set in an even shorter shiny purple dress in the middle of Times Square in honor of Earth Day this morning (they went on around 11:30am). The Earth Day festivities continue as I type this. Backed by her band The Nocturnals, there was a cheering crowd in front of her and completely random passerbys to her left - many who didn't even turn their heads to see who was performing to their right. The pictures in this post were grabbed from the live feed.
If you missed it, there's an even longer and also free and more conveniently timed Grace Potter and the Nocturnals show happening outside Grand Central on Friday, also in honor of Earth Day ("6:00PM. 45 minute set. Free Show. Outside of Grand Central Station on Vanderbilt, between 42nd and 45th")
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will then return to NYC again on June 12th for a headlining show at Webster Hall. It's part of a few new dates they announced in support of their new album "set to be released digitally on iTunes on 5/25 and physically on 6/8". The NYC show and a Boston one are on fan presale now. The NYC show then goes on general sale Friday at noon (Boston goes on sale Saturday).
All dates, the band's new video, and couple more screencaps from Times Square below...