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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...
DOWNLOAD: DJ Ayres & DJ Eleven - Glamourous Life 3 (mix) (MP3)
There's no single New Year's Eve option that is like OMG this year, but the amount of options does keep increasing. We've learned about a bunch more events since our first roundup, and many of them were then covered in subsequent posts. Here are even more....
One potentially really good one is happening at the Old American Can Factory with The Rub. Built by MeanRed hosts . Tickets are on sale. Grab a new free mix from the The Rub's DJ Ayres and Eleven above. Flyer for the event below.
If you have a lot of money to burn, Standard Hotel's Boom Boom Room is selling $250 to $750 tickets for a night that features a performance by Courtney Love (of Facebook fail fame). Get your spot here. A flyer, just to show it's not too good to be true (that is if she shows up), below.
Team Robespierre headlines Bruar Falls. Full lineup below.
92YTribeca has a party too with "music, comedy, visual and conceptual art." A lengthy list of those involved is below. Tickets are on sale.
Chuck Inglish of the Cool Kids and Scott Durday of the Soundmen are playing a party in NoHo. Flyer below.
One stay-at-home option includes watching the Times Square "action" via the live feed while browsing the Brooklyn Vegan archives. The embedded Times Square feed, event flyers and two Will Smith-related videos are below...
Car Free Times Square (BF 09)
In addition to the car free Times Square, which started Memorial Day weekend and will run at least till the end of the year (see article below), New Yorkers and tourists will get more chances to enjoy pedestrianized city streets.
One of those comes in August...
NYC DOT and our partners are proud to present Summer Streets. We will temporarily close Park Avenue and connecting streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park to motor vehicles and open it up to people on three consecutive TBA Saturdays in August.Check out the Summer Streets route below.
Then in Brooklyn...
The L Magazine and Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) have partnered this year to organize the 2009 Williamsburg Walks. We invite North Brooklyn residents, visitors and merchants to celebrate the community on a pedestrian Bedford Avenue: Williamsburg's lively main drag will be closed to cars between North 4th and North 9th Streets every Saturday from June 6th to July 11th from noon to sunset.The second week of Williamsburg Walks on Saturday, June 13th will coincide with the Northside Festival. That afternoon, the shows happening a few blocks away include O'Death at the Music Hall of Williamsburg and, a few doors down at Public Assembly, Aaron Behrens (of Ghostland Observatory), Motel Motel, Henry Wolfe; Back room: Mia Riddle, Geoff Ereth and jacksonknife.
More info on the traffic free areas below...
Times Square pedestrian mall (bearfuz)
"Just in time for Memorial Day and tourist season, Broadway has been closed to vehicle traffic in Times Square and also in Herald Square. Traffic is diverted to 7th or 6th Avenue or the cross streets, and pedestrians can wander about or lounge on folding chairs scattered around. I'll be interested to see how this works out. " [bearfuz]tonight in NYC
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Whiplash @ UCB Theater
* Francis and the Lights @ Zebulon
* The New Monday Night Burlesque @ Public Assembly
* Jason Anderson, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Alden Barton @ Cake Shop
* The XYZ Affair, Mieka Pauley, Jones Street Station, Three Fifty Duo @ Pianos
* Precious Metal Anniversary w/ Victims, Trap Them, Black Breath, Black Anvil @ Lit
* Uninhabitable Mansions, Darlings, Boogie Boarder & Ambergris @ Union Pool
Hospitality played Death By Audio on Friday. Video from that show below...
Matt & Kim's new video below...
this is what it will look like later
Times Square in New York may be one of the brightest places on Earth, but on Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 8:30 pm the premier concert venue, NOKIA Theatre Times Square, will be turning off its centrally located marquee from 8:30pm to 9:30pm as part of Earth Hour, sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Meanwhile inside, Keller Williams, with special guest Reid Genauer, will be performing his high-energy, one-man show setting the scene for the global spirit of the evening.
NOKIA Theatre Times Square is among 28 AEG venues worldwide that will be taking part in Earth Hour, a global effort to raise awareness about the climate crisis and the power each one of us has to make a difference. More then a billion people and businesses in a 1000 cities in more then 80 countries will turn off their lights and come together to discuss these important issues on March 28.
"Nokia Theatre is proud to be participating in this worldwide event, demonstrating that each business, each person has the ability to make a global impact on the environment," says Blake Henry, Assistant General Manager Nokia Theatre Times Square. "By turning off our lights in the heart of Times Square we will be sending a visual message that we are taking action to combat climate change."
"Earth Hour seems so obvious. Hopefully this will lead to 'Earth Day' being 24 hour darkness," says Keller Williams. "There is beauty in darkness." [press release]
"We knew the iconic Virgin Megastore was on its way out, but now we've got a date for the goodbye party. The store closes this coming April; not long after, a Forever 21 will open in its space. Some fun facts: Virgin has the highest volume of music sales in the US, and that location was "profitable to the tune of $6 million," but it was only paying $54/square foot in rent (as opposed to the $700/square foot that's market rate for the neighborhood.) Worrying about the Union Square outpost, Idolator speculates about how long we have "before Other Music becomes the retail powerhouse of New York City by default."" [Racked]In related news, AC Newman & Nicole Atkins will be performing at the Union Square location on Tuesday, January 20th at 7:00 PM.
And in other related news, Record Store Day returns this year. The date is April 18, 2009. Stay tuned for a list of festivities that will happen in non-megastore type record stores across the country that haven't gone out of business by then. Last year there were sales and in-store shows and and limited editions and free schwag and other fun stuff like that.