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Q-Tip leading protests in Times Square last night (photo via @alphajada)
Q-Tip

Last night it was announced that the grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson, MO police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting and death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Protests sprung up all over the country. In NYC, Q-Tip lead protests in Times Square chanting "Whose streets? Our Streets!" and "Don't shoot! Hands Up!" Instagram videos of him in Times Square can be watched below.

Meanwhile, much much closer to the center of the story, Run the Jewels were performing in St. Louis, Missouri. Killer Mike, who sang about the police "terrorizing whoever, but mostly black boys" in his hyper-political song "Reagan," gave a moving, tearful speech during their set. "I knew it was coming...I knew it wasn't going to be good, but you motherfuckers got me today. You kicked me on my ass today, because I have a 20-year-old son, I have a 12-year-old son and I'm so afraid for them." You can watch it below.

Macklemore also took part in a protest in Ferguson, which Seattle King5 News has a clip of here.

Lots of other musicians expressed their feelings on social media. "I'm heartbroken over the news of no indictment in Ferguson. Let's all pray for peace," Pharrell Williams tweeted. Talib Kweli tweeted, "I feel really bad for the family of Mike Brown. To my brothers & sisters in Ferguson my heart is with you & I will join you soon."

A few more:

Azealia Banks also went on a long Twitter rant about it, saying, "What makes it even worse is the fact that I sleep with white men..... LOL" and "I might have to kill one of these crackers in their sleep !!" but then "Lol, I'm joking." She also got more serious and said things like, "But something seriously has to be done about this shit. I don't want to hear about another unarmed black kid being shot by the damn cops. It's so discouraging, just as a young black person, to know that people like me can be murdered and have there be no real justice." Read many more of her tweets here.

Not every musician was against the ruling. Gun expert Ted Nugent tweeted, "DarrenWilson did good MichaelBrown did bad justice is served."

Video of Killer Mike's speech in St. Louis and Q-Tip in Times Square, below...

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TCE

In addition to being National Metal Day, it's also Veteran's Day and in honor of that Anti-Flag's label A-F Records is premiering a stream of their new compilation, This Concerns Everyone, which will benefit the Right To Heal Campaign. That campaign "is a joint effort between The Iraq Veterans Against The War, Organization of Women's Freedom In Iraq and the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions In Iraq."

The compilation includes live and studio recordings of both covers and originals from Hot Water Music co-frontman Chris Wollard, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Saves the Day singer Chris Conley (covering Sam Cooke), Chumped singer Anika Pyle, RVIVR singer Erica Freas, Fake Problems singer Chris Farren (covering Rodriguez), War on Women members Shawna Potter & Brooks Harlan, Strike Anywhere singer Thomas Barnett, Rise Against singer Tim Mcllrath (covering Guns N Roses), Roger Harvey (covering Phil Ochs), two Anti-Flag members (one covering Pete Seeger, one covering Woody Guthrie), and more.

The compilation comes out next week (11/18) and can be pre-ordered now. Stream it in full below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Bruce @ Hersheypark Stadium - 5/14/14
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen

The moon was full, but you couldn't see it. The cloud cover took care of that. Hershey was the last outdoor concert of the tour (as far as we know, anyway), and the temperature was perfect. It was Bruce weather. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and took the Hersheypark Stadium stage with rocket fuel in their jet packs, beginning with "Clampdown" into "Badlands." With thousands of fists pumping into the evening air, no matter how long it had been since you'd seen a show, you were immediately back in the arms of Bruce. (If this was your first show, I can't even imagine what must have been swirling in your brain.) "Wrecking Ball" was followed by the beloved "Hungry Heart." We all "had a wife and kids in Baltimore Jack" and per protocol we were quite happy to let Bruce know.

Next came the night's first sign request: "Candy's Room." Candy, Hershey... if anyone in the crowd made that connection, it was surely an afterthought for most, thanks to the immediacy of a blistering performance. Bruce always nails this song, but there seemed to be something extra special about his guitar work tonight. [-Jeannette Amodeo for Backstreets.com, via BruceSpringsteen.net]

Bruce Springsteen is currently on the road supporting his 18th album, 2014's High Hopes. His current tour doesn't include any NYC stops, but we did just head to Pennsylvania to catch him at Hersheypark Stadium last night (5/14). Last night's show included a couple off the new album, but like most Springsteen shows, it was loaded with career-spanning faves like "Thunder Road," "Dancing in the Dark," "Badlands," "Hungry Heart" and plenty more. He was joined on stage by Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello for "The Ghost of Tom Joad," one of the many tracks Tom contributed to on Bruce's new album. Pictures from the show and the full setlist are in this post.

The Boss will also be not far from NYC this weekend at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday (5/17) and Sunday (5/18). Both of those shows are sold out.

More pictures, and the setlist, below...

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Bruce

Bruce Springsteen has announced he'll release a new album, High Hopes, the followup to 2012's Wrecking Ball, on January 14 via Columbia.

The album features multiple tracks with Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, and includes covers of Suicide and The Saints. Listen to the title track (featuring Tom Morello), along with the tracklist and a letter by Bruce about the album, below...

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Frank Ocean performing at 2013 Grammys
Frank Ocean

The 2013 Grammys went down last night (2/10), and here's a quick recap of some of the winners and videos of performances.

The big ones: Gotye took home Record of the Year for "Somebody That I Used To Know" (beating The Black Keys, Kelly Clarkson, fun., Frank Ocean, and Taylor Swift), Mumford & Sons won Album of the Year (beating The Black Keys, fun., Frank Ocean, and Jack White), and fun. took Song of the Year and Best New Artist (totally robbing Miguel's "Adorn" and "Call Me Maybe," and Frank Ocean (!), respectively). Other wins included Skrillex for Best Dance Recording (sorry Al Walser), The Black Keys for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album, Gotye for Best Alternative Music Album (beating Fiona Apple, Bjork, M83, and Tom Waits), Usher's "Climax" for Best R&B Performance, Beyonce's "Love On Top" for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Miguel's "Adorn" for Best R&B Song, Frank Ocean for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Robert Glasper Experiment for Best R&B Album, Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Niggas In Paris" for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song and their song, "No Church In The Wild" (feat. Frank Ocean and The-Dream) for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Drake's Take Care for Best Rap Album, Dr. John's Dan Auerbach-produced Locked Down for Best Blues Album, Jimmy Cliff's Tim Armstrong-produced Rebirth for Best Reggae Album, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross' The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo score for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, Bjork's Biophilia for Best Recording Package, The Beach Boys' long-awaited The Smile Sessions for Best Historical Album, Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, and Mumford and Sons' "Big Easy Express" for Best Long Form Music Video. There were many other categories too and you can check out the full list of winners HERE.

And of course, during the Awards Ceremony a number of artists gave performances, which you can watch videos of below. You can see Miguel and Wiz Khalifa doing "Adorn," Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z doing "Suit and Tie" and then JT doing "Pusher Love Girl," The Black Keys, Dr. John, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band doing "Lonely Boy," Jack White doing "Freedom At 21" with his all-guy band (he also played "Love Interruption" with his all-girl band but no video of that at the moment), Frank Ocean doing "Forrest Gump" with a thematically appropriate visual backdrop, a big tribute to Levon Helm with Elton John, Mavis Staples, members of Mumford and Sons, Alabama Shakes, and others, and finally, LL Cool J, Chuck D, Z-Trip, Tom Morello, and Travis Barker doing "Whaddup" with a small piece of Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Til Brooklyn."

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public enemy

Public Enemy released Yo! Bum Rush the Show 25 years ago and show no signs of slowing down. In fact, 2012 has been a busy year for the hip hop legends, releasing two albums this year: Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp in July and The Evil Empire of Everything this month. The cover art to the latter, which you can pick up at Amazon, is above and you can stream "Riotstarted" from it below which features Henry Rollins and Tom Morello.

Meanwhile, yesterday was the launch of the Hip Hop Gods tour that Public Enemy headline but also features X-Clan, Monie Love, Schoolly D, Leaders Of The New School and more. That tour hits NYC tonight at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still available but we have a few pairs to give away (in addition to what we're giving away on Facebook). Details on how to enter, song streams and a list of all tour dates, below...

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Bonnie Prince Billy at ATP NY 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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Lincoln Center's acclaimed series American Songbook returns to the Allen Room (truly one of the most amazing concert settings in NYC) in January for its fifteenth season, which celebrates "the diversity of modern American song." The 2013 season kicks of January 30 with Lea Salonga and includes Bonnie "Prince" Billy on February 7, Sondre Lerche (who isn't American but lives in Brooklyn these days) on February 13, Mavis Staples on February 14, Tom Morello performing "The Nightwatchman" on February 16, Lost in the Trees on February 28, and more.

Additionally, there will be "six special concerts in the exceptionally intimate setting of the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, perched high above the Lincoln Center campus" beginning with Lindsay Mendez & Marco Paguia on March 29 and concluding with Ben Sollee on April 20.

Tickets to the American Songbook series go on sale November 13 but Friends of Lincoln Center can purchase starting Monday, November 5.

Full American Songbook line-up/schedule and a video of Ben Sollee playing "A Few Honest Words" at the Lincoln Memorial are below.

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Hannibal Buress
Hannibal Buress

Eugene Mirman, who just guested at the last-ever Hot Tub last night (10/1), has another show in NYC tonight (10/2) at The Bell House with a stacked lineup of Dave Hill, Glennis McCarthy, Michael Showalter, Hannibal Buress, Joseph Keckler, and Supercute!. Tickets are on sale for this show, dubbed The Talent Show, and it's a benefit for the I.S. 171 middle school band.

Eugene Mirman also plays a previously mentioned sold out show at the same venue next Monday (10/8) with Sarah Silverman, Mike Birbiglia, Reggie Watts, and special guests.

As for Def Leppard fan Dave Hill, he'll also be at nearby Union Hall for "Geeking Out" that also features Glynnis McCarthy, Dana Rossi, Mindy Raf and Ophira Eisenberg. (Tickets). There will be Dave's last shows in the US before he heads to London to do a book tour for his latest tome, Tasteful Nudes.

Meanwhile, you may be aware that Hannibal Buress has an ongoing comedy night residency every Sunday at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn and this week's (10/7) is with Joyelle Johnson, Nick Turner, Akaash Singh, Brooke Van Poppolen, and DJ Roofeeo. Prince Paul DJ'd last week and Chris Rock showed up too.

Hannibal has other upcoming NYC appearances too. He'll be at Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs" at Beacon Theatre on October 13 with a large variety of guests including Bill Burr, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jimmy Kimmel, Tom Morello, Tracy Morgan, Bill O'Reilly, Amy Poehler, Seth Rogen, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and more. (Carly Rae Jepsen and Tom Morello on the same bill!) Tickets ranging from $130 to $605 are on sale now. Proceeds benefit autism programs across the country. Hannibal will also perform as part of the New York Comedy Festival at Santos Party House on November 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All Hannibal Buress dates are listed below.

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Lee Ranaldo @ Foley Square for Occupy Wall Street - 9/16 (photo by jessierocks)
Lee Ranaldo

Jello Biafra @ Foley Square for Occupy Wall Street - 9/16 (photo by zacharylipez)
Jello Biafra

Today (9/17,Rosh Hashanah for many), protestors have taken to the streets around Wall Street on the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movment. The anniversary celebration kicked off yesterday, on Sunday, in Foley Square near City Hall where a stage was setup for a five-hour concert featuring familiar, OWS-supporting names like Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Lee Ranaldo (and Steve Shelley) of Sonic Youth, Michelle Shocked, Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys, and Jimmy McMillan, who as we pointed out last week, will be running for mayor again because the rent is still too damn high! Watch videos from the show, below...

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UPDATE: This happened.

Occupy Wall Street

In recognition of Occupy Wall Street's first anniversary there will be a concert, from the Occupy Guitarmy folks who are looking to educate Jay-Z to the OWS cause outside his first show at the Barclays Center, will be held in New York's Foley Square today (9/16) featuring Tom Morello, Jello Biafra, Michelle Shocked, Lee Ranaldo, Das Racist's Kool A.D., My Brightest Diamond, and more.

The concert starts at 1 PM, following at march from the West Village and will be an open jam, playing classic protest songs like Woodie Gutherie's "This Land Is Your Land," Florence Reece's "Which Side Are You On?" as well as more modern sing-a-longs like Cee lo Green's "Fuck You." More info at the OccupyGuitarmy website.

UPDATE: This happened.

Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bonnaroo

As revealed in a video with Carrie the Dancing Merengue Dog, which you can watch below, the 12th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will go down in Manchester, TN from June 13-16, 2013. A limited ticket pre-sale will be announced in November. Stay tuned for more details.

Though you'll have to wait until next June for Bonnaroo to actually happen, you can now experience Bonnaroo virtually all year round at their new Bonnaroo 365 YouTube channel, which hosts archived videos of backstage performances at Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, interviews and more. Some Bonnaroo 365 videos, including ones from Jack White, Big Boi, and Tom Morello, can be watched below. Check back this October for Bonnaroo 365 to upload a video of D'Angelo at his comeback show from this past Bonnaroo.

Videos below.

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Ted Nugent, some dude, and Hank Williams Jr.
Hank Ted

Not to be confused with Hank 3, Hank Williams Jr played "to a crowd of nearly 8,500 at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand Friday night." More interestingly:

For a good portion of the concert it seemed like Williams had moved beyond issues of politics and was putting the focus on the Bocephus party. But those made their way back into the show in a much more straightforward way later in the set.

Following the song "We Don't Apologize For America" a chant of "USA, USA" broke out amongst the crowd. Williams smiled, telling the crowd that he was their mouth piece and adding:

"We've got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the US and we hate him!"

The cheers that followed were loud and enthusiastic.

When reached for comment Saturday, Brad Anderson with the Obama campaign in Iowa said in an email, "That type of absurd nonsense doesn't really deserve a response."

True enough (the part about it not deserving a response).

In related news, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan likes Rage Against the Machine but naturally they don't like him.

Busta Ryhmes @ Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest
BK

Busta Rhymes headlined the closing night of the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival on Saturday (7/14) with a set which saw him reunited with Leaders of the New School -- the group which launched his career -- marking the first time Busta's performed with them since the mid-'90s (despite the group reuniting without him back in 2010). Though it had been hinted at, Raekwon and Rakim did not appear as guests at the show, but A Tribe Called Quest members Q-Tip and Phife Dawg, among others, did show up.

HipHopDX was at the show, and here's what they had to say about it:

With Spliff Star by his side, Bussa Bus rattled through a gaggle of hits from his illustrious, 20-plus year career - including anthems "Woo Ha!," "Pass The Courvoisier," "Party Goin' On Over Here," "Look At Me Now," "Everybody Rise," and others. The Brooklyn-native also brought Lil Fame and Slick Rick to the stage for performances of "Ante Up Remix" and "Children's Story," respectively, as well as Reek Da Villain, and BHF regulars, Buckshot and Smif-N-Wessun of Boot Camp Clik. In a classy display of skill, Busta Rhymes continued leading the audience in his rendition of "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See" even after the sound was cut because the show went past the park's 8PM curfew. Those in attendance loved it, waving their hands to Rhymes impromptu, pantomime performance, leaving on an upbeat note despite a day of noticeable challenges.
A NewYorkMusicNews video, which you can watch below, reports that Busta's set was cut off due to time constraints and though they turned off his mic, he stayed on stage and got the crowd swaying their arms and cheering. The video's also got a clip of Busta doing one of those mile-a-minute freestyles that he does so well.

Speaking of turning off mics, and as a lot of the internet is reporting, the same thing happened to Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and Tom Morello in London this weekend.

"Bruce Springsteen had been waiting for this moment for a long time. "I gotta tell you," he said to the 76,000-strong crowd, "I've been trying to do this for 50 years." For the finale of his headline slot in London's Hyde Park on Saturday, he'd arranged a very special treat: An onstage collaboration with Beatles legend Paul McCartney. But the rock megastar hadn't banked on the local London council deciding to show him who was boss." [CNN]
Check out the video below.

You can catch Q-Tip again this Friday (7/20) at Irving Plaza where he'll be djing the second edition of his "Offline" party, but note: "There will be a strict door policy. No single guys will be admitted unless there are ladies in your group. Dress To Impress. We love style and we know you do too, so please dress smart. Management reserves the right to refuse admission." Sounds fun.

Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest and Springsteen/McCartney videos below...

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#Guitarmy w Tom morello leaving the park (via)
May Day

"The Occupy movement that mobilized thousands of protestors last fall was mostly quiet through the winter in New York, as both the cold and the NYPD chased demonstrators out of their makeshift camp in Zuccotti Park. But the movement officially relaunched on May 1st in honor of International Workers' Day, with organized protests taking place throughout the U.S. and with Tom Morello, Das Racist and other musicians staging a May Day concert in downtown Manhattan.

"I traveled 3,000 miles to march with you today," Morello told a diverse crowd of Occupiers during a ceremonial "mic check" in Bryant Park. "It is an honor to march these streets with you, to sing these songs with you, letting the powers that be know that we will be heard."

Morello led a "guitarmy" of hundreds along Fifth Avenue from Bryant Park down to Union Square. An Occupy Tumblr had already supplied the setlist - including Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" and tunes from Morello's own World Wide Rebel Songs LP - and many had cheat sheets taped to the sides of their guitars, as they strummed and sang protest songs along with the rocker. As the band of marches inched its way into Union Square, a much larger rally commenced featuring Das Racist, Dan Deacon, and Immortal Technique on stage...." [Rolling Stone]

How was your May Day? Pictures and videos of the May 1st party in Union Square, below...

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May Day flyers & posters @ Terminal 5 (more by BBG)
May Day protest

As you may have heard, the Occupy community has organized a protest to strike on May 1st as part of May Day. In solidarity with that sentiment, the Occupy Guitarmy organization is calling on musicians of all shapes and sizes to meet the group in NYC at Bryant Park....

All strings, shakers, and voices welcome
Bring your guitar (or other portable string instrument)
All levels of musicians from complete beginner to shredder needed

Assemble at noon @ Bryant Park by the Gertrude Stein statue
March from Bryant Park to Union Square

Once Occupy Guitarmy reaches Union Square, they'll kick off a free, amplified rally at 4PM (with the correct permits) featuring long-time supporter Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave etc) and performances from Immortal Technique, Das Racist, Dan Deacon, and the Bobby Sanabria Band. More details are available via Occupy Guitarmy and below.

Later that night head to UCB East to protest some more and laugh while you're at it.

You can also catch Das Racist this summer in Red Hook Park.

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Newport Folk Fest
Newport Folk Fest

The Newport Festivals Foundation continues to celebrate the festival's historic past by featuring emerging young artists alongside some of folk music's most venerable names. This year's festival features: My Morning Jacket, Jackson Browne, Conor Oberst, Iron & Wine, Patty Griffin, Guthrie Family Reunion, Dawes, The Head & The Heart, Deer Tick, Punch Brothers, City & Colour, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Tallest Man on Earth, tUnE-yArDs, Tom Morello, Trampled by Turtles, Gary Clark, Jr., Alabama Shakes, Blind Pilot, Of Monsters and Men, original music from: Jay Farrar; Will Johnson; Anders Parker; & Yim Yames set to the lyrics of Woody Guthrie, Sharon Van Etten, First Aid Kit, Sara Watkins, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Brown Bird, Jonny Corndawg, Jonathan Wilson, Spirit Family Reunion, Deep Dark Woods, Carl Broemel, Ben Sollee, Robert Ellis, Frank Fairfield, The Apache Relay, Spider John Koerner & His Rag Tag Boys, Joel Rafael, Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons, Elizabeth Mitchell, honeyhoney, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, The Kossoy Sisters, The Berklee City Music Choir and very special guests to be announced.
The 2012 Newport Folk Festival lineup has been announced.

photos by Chris La Putt

Occupy Wall St

As you probably heard, Occupy Wall Street marched up to Times Square on Saturday evening for an "Occupation Party", complete with a Shepard Fairey designed invite (see above). Chris didn't go all the way to Times Square, but he did run into the march when it hit 34th St aka right near Comic Con at the Javits. Chris's pictures, and videos from Tom Morello's recent appearance, below...

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Tom Morello @ Newport Folk Fest 2009 (more by Jim Brueckner)
Morello

Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello has announced plans to perform at the Occupy Wall Street protest at noon [today] in Manhattan. Morello, who has previously performed at the Occupy Los Angeles rally, will play a solo set as the Nightwatchman.

"The Nightwatchman will Occupy Wall Street [today] at noon, adding one more voice to the growing chorus of millions demanding economic justice at home and around the globe," Morello tells Rolling Stone. "And I'll be playing some songs. Likely in the rain."

Morello will be the third major act to perform at the protest. Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum and rapper Talib Kweli have recently played impromptu sets at the protest site. Earlier this week, Kanye West visited the scene, but did not perform. [Rolling Stone]

Today (10/13) is also the first day of NY Comic Con & Anime Fest over at the Javits Center. Tom Morello performs in the convention center tonight with Z-Trip as part of the con's kickoff concert.

We get why the Rage Against the Machine guitarist would show up at Occupy Wall St, but why Comic Con? Well, Comixcorner.com says:

Tom Morello's graphic novel Orchid, which tells the tale of a 16-year-old street prostitute in a dystopian future, will be released in twelve issues through Dark Horse Comics will be on sale October 12th. Orchid features a variant cover by the well-known and influential street artist Shepard Fairey, with interior art by Scott Hepburn (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic).

"Orchid is part Suicide Girl, part Joan of Arc, who becomes the Spartacus of Whores in a story that merges the epic scope of Lord of the Rings with the politics of street terrorism." - Tom Morello

Headlined by DJ Z-Trip, the concert is free to all VIP's and 4-Day ticket holders BUT seating is first come, first served and will be extremely limited due to size of the auditorium and popularity of the event. Ultimate Access, Special Access and Anime Access VIP ticket holders will be guaranteed to get into the show first; then, 4-Day ticket holders will be let in until the auditorium is full. The concert is open to all 4-Day ticket holders on a first come, first served basis and we cannot guarantee that all 4-Day ticket holders that want to attend the show will be able to get in.

"I'm stoked and honored to be playing alongside Tom Morello at the New York Comic Con. He's one of my favorite guitarists of all time, and I've always admired the level of consciousness he brings to the table. This show is gonna be great. Can't wait to read his new comic too." - DJ Z-Trip

Tom Morello is appearing courtesy of Dark Horse Comics, New York Comic Con and Midtown Comics - who will be selling Orchid #1 exclusively at the Kick-Off Concert.

Other guests at Comic Con include Jon Glaser, David Cross, Chris Elliot, Carrie Brownstein (who is in tour with Wild Flag), Jon Benjamin, Janeane Garofalo, Judah Friedlander, Kevin Smith, Patton Oswalt, Fred Armisen, Mark Hamill, and many more. (Fred and Carrie will be promoting Portlandia)

The Duke & The King at Mercury Lounge in 2009 (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Duke & King

The Summer BBQ Blow Out Festival is coming to City Winery this Saturday (8/6). The fest features a lot of food by gourmet chefs and performances by Midnight Magic, Computer Magic, New Villager, and Punches. TIckets are still on sale now and we're also giving away a pair. Contest details below.

The Duke & The King are also playing their album release show at City Winery on Saturday (8/6), though the show is completely separate from the Summer BBQ Blow Out which is outside. Tickets are on sale now.

Lots of other interesting things are happening at City Winery in the upcoming months as well. Bebel Gilberto is continuing her residency at the venue throughout the month of August. Tickets are on sale for all of her upcoming dates including 8/17, 8/24, 8/27, and 8/31.

Martha Wainwright will kick off her own residency at City Winery in November. Tickets are on sale now for 11/11 and 11/21. As mentioned, Martha also plays NYC this month at Cooper Square Hotel on August 22 as part of Joe's Pub's Summer Salon Series.

Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave) aka The Nightwatchman plays the NYC venue on September 1 as a short run of September dates in between his US tour with Incubus and his UK tour with Rise Against. The tours are in support of his recently released EP Union Town and the upcoming full length World Wide Rebel Songs. Tickets for the 9/1 City Winery show are on sale now. All Tom Morello dates below.

Keren Ann plays City Winery on September 30 and October 1 before she heads out on a European tour in November. Tickets for both shows are on sale now. All Keren Ann dates below.

As mentioned, Jay Farrar is playing City Winery on October 14 and 15. He's since added a third show at the venue on October 16. Tickets for all three shows are available.

Marianne Faithfull is playing a three-night run at the venue from December 18 to 20. The shows are her only scheduled US shows at the moment. Tickets for all three shows are on sale now. All Marianne Faithfull dates below.

All dates and Summer BBQ Blowout contest details below...

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photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer

Jay-Z, Beyonce & Johnny Rotten
Coachella 2010
Coachella 2010

This year, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival reveals that tattoos are more ubiquitous among social scenes than ever before. A walking museum of quotes and legendary faces from Jesus to Michael Jackson decorates the backs, shoulders, calves and fingers of people fashionably reliving their favorite historical decades at this heat-stroke inducing music marathon.

I thought Wale didn't show up, but later found out that he showed up late. Baroness demonstrated the art of rocking out at least three to five times before each song reached a satisfied climax. Metal can be a real turn on, especially surrounded by sweaty good-looking people. Deer Tick performed an R+B version of "Ashamed" followed by John McCauley caressing his nipples. LA band Iglu and Hartly had enthusiasm, but is this Mickey Avalon without the drugs and prostitutes? Which leaves what? Sleigh Bells began with a booty melting bass line palpable from the VIP section across the field, soon overtaken by hipster hop metal pop for people that like beaches and children. The Avett Brothers made an exciting second Coachella appearance on the Outdoor Stage. Two years ago, the band played Sunday gospel time, all manners and simplicity, but the Bros returned with a full band, and a few thousand people singing every word, stomping to the banjo, and hugging during the sweet parts. The banjo will take over America. Just wait. Country music is infiltrating avant-garde and above ground indie worlds alike.

Standing midway between the big stages, just a few feet from yet another girl with the words "Have u seen my friend Molly?" scrawled on her back, the Avett Brothers' heart-wrenching "January Wedding" got a reggaeton remix from Calle 13 booming on the Main Stage. This Puerto Rican dancefloor marvel used a tea kettle for a mic effect, and taught the audience to say "No me jodas las pelotas" against negativity ("Don't fuck my balls"). Speaking of balls, Yeasayer's crowd went absolutely nuts screaming, but the guys barely seemed aware, transported as they were to some space station cloud. The harmonies rocked like angelic aliens-but, smile, guys. Hockey demonstrated a genuine interest in moving indie rock standards forward, especially attracting the PG-13 festival contingency. M. ward raspy singing "Roll Over Beethoven" during She & Him's set delivered tingly shivers, but Zooey Deschanel's approach to "I Put A Spell On You" did not crumble souls. Her jazzy voice and bouncy energy otherwise made for a good time that elicited repetitive shouts of "I Love You!" from the first row.

Gil Scott-Heron
Coachella 2010

Music should be at least marginally weird or infinitely classic, but Tom Morello's band, Street Sweeper Social Club, brings nothing new to either category and so seems a waste of great musicians. Get weird or the future will never arrive. That being said, the musicians Coachella digs up from history often present the most exciting moments. Rock steady ska pioneers The Specials sent a crispy, warm message to Rudy that every witness appreciated immensely, but it was outrageous that barely any photographers showed up for Gil Scott-Heron's smooth, soulful set [editor's note: ours did!]. The man is partly responsible for getting Martin Luther King, Jr. a holiday, godfathered hip hop, and that doesn't merit attention? A large crowd attended his every word, but the photos won't show it. Later on, James Murphy screamed Gil Scott-Heron's name during "Losing My Edge" as if it were the name of God. Glad he gets it. LCD Soundsystem's first single in 2002, "Losing My Edge" is a historical document worth preserving for the ages, an essence that speaks to what Coachella seems bent on capturing and rewriting every year. Echo & The Bunnymen rode the high-hat zealously-as many have copied since-giving chapped lips sugar kisses. Public Image, Ltd., could not take Jay-Z's audience away from him nor unglue Fever Ray fans from Karin Dreijer Andersson's encompassing fog spell, but I'll be damned if PiL wasn't the best show all day. John Lydon's hair stood on edge and he rolled his rrrr's heroically. His gang of old men put the good junk in post-punk.

As this first 12 hour music summary comes to a close, a few acts remain worth giving a hoot about. Grizzly Bear's hypnotic power hardly needs mentioning and Vampire Weekend knows you love "Horchata." New cool La Roux magnetizes with a disco flavor that Anita Ward might approve. As hoped, Little Dragon's gentle fire breathing soul pop fronted by Yukimi's sexy voice and adorable stage presence comes in as Friday's second favorite. The music's weird enough, bent on discovering surprises. One-woman band Imogen Heap, as well, is the queen of surprises. She moves around her instruments, looping this and dubbing that as if casually mixing a magic potion or prepping a sandwich. Jay-Z's "On To The Next One" is an appropriate theme song for the attention span needed to get your money's worth at Coachella. And then Beyonce came out. We all bowed down before her short shorts.

Them Crooked Vultures, Passion Pit, Dillinger Escape Plan, Yo Gabba Gabba, and The Whitest Boy Alive also played sets on Friday. The Cribs were among those who could not. Coachella continues for a second day today/Saturday (Record Store Day). More pictures and videos and stuff from the first day, below...

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by BBG

Soundgarden

The 12 year break is over & school is back in session. Sign up now. Knights of the Soundtable ride again! www.soundgardenworld.com - [Chris Cornell]
After twelve years of attempts at Top 40, complete with collaborations with Timbaland, Chris Cornell has followed the lead of his former bandmates in Audioslave (I still can't believe that is an actual band name) and returned to the great Soundgarden.

Since the breakup, the rest of Soundgarden has kept busy as well, with Kim Thayil collaborating with Ascend, Jello Biafra, and sunn O))), Ben Shepard collaborating with Josh Homme and Mark Lanegan, and Matt Cameron serving as Pearl Jam's drummer. In March, the three joined Tad Doyle (of Tad) on stage in Seattle at a show for The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello). They performed Soundgarden material. Dig on video from that show, as well as a gang of Soundgarden vids, below...

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Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morello @ MSG (BMoreSweet)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

U2 closed the second night of the MSG Rock & Roll Hall of Fame shows on October 30th. At the first (10/29), it was Bruce Springsteen & Billy Joel (before one big group sing on Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher")...

After "Badlands" much of the drained audience began leaving and then rushed back to their seats when Billy Joel sat down at the piano and launched into "You May Be Right," "Only The Good Die Young" and "New York State Of Mind." (The pair were uniting the kindred spirits of New Jersey and Long Island, Springsteen explained.) "Higher and Higher" wrapped up the night. The official set list had the show ending at 11:36:55 (yes, they thought they had it down to the exact second), but the final notes rang out at 1:31 a.m. Six straight hours of music, and that was just the first of two nights. [Rolling Stone]
Bruce was actually there both nights (one of many possibly "filling in" for Eric Clapton, who canceled last minute on the second). Those in attendence on the 30th got to see U2, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith sing together on "Because the Night." (And U2 + Mick Jagger (another unannounced guest) + Fergie + Will.i.am sing "Gimme Shelter"...). Ray Davies, Lou Reed, and Ozzy Osbourne all performed with Metallica. Many played with Stevie Wonder. Full setlists below.

HBO will be airing four hours of highlights on Thanksgiving weekend.
(November 29th at 8PM ET).

Bruce's current tour wraps up November 22nd in Buffalo. He was at Giants Stadium earlier this fall, playing the last concerts ever there. U2 also played the venue for two nights in September, and will be back in Jersey in 2010 as part of their just-announced tour.

Set lists for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shows are below...

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photos by Jim Brueckner


"Half a century ago, Pete Seeger helped found the Newport Folk Festival, a weekend notorious for its dichotomies- Rhode Island high society and scrappy folk singers, old time traditions and new sounds, social rebellion and responsible activism. At this year's 50th anniversary, the festival came full circle for Seeger and other Newport regulars.

In addition to appearing and performing for the umpteenth time, Seeger was honored with an all out stage show courtesy of indie rockers the Decemberists. With frontman Colin Meloy narrating and guitarist Chris Funk playing the part of Seeger, plus Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) as Bob Dylan, the crew reenacted an infamous scene from the 1965 festival: the moment when Bob Dylan "went electric." According to Rolling Stone, while Funk was miming a frazzled Seeger attempting to unplug Dylan's raucous reinvention, Meloy quipped, "This was back in the day when the PA system was fueled entirely by burning wood. Pete was back there cutting the wood, and he became so overwhelmed with emotion that his hatchet almost slipped and severed the power cables."

Seeger knew the sketch was all in good fun and soon joined the Decemberists on stage for a sing-a-long. Gillian Welch, Fleet Foxes, and even Seeger's grandson Tao joined in on the jam. The 90-year-old legend even cranked out a solo or two. After all, as festival promoter George Wein said Saturday, "Pete Seeger is the Newport Folk Festival."" [American Songwriter]

While we were busy worrying about the weather and All Points West here in NYC, The Newport Folk Festival was turning 50 up in Newport, Rhode Island (Aug 1-2, 2009). NPR was there and has archived streams of many of the performances. We have more pictures (from the first day for now), and some videos (including one of the Bob Dylan reenactment), below...

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MSG photos & words by Jacob Blickenstaff, Columbia photos by Jens Schott Knudsen

Pete Seeger @ Columbia in April...
Pete Seeger Celebrates Earth Day at Columbia's Teachers College

"Clearwater conducts innovative environmental programs, advocacy and celebrations in order to inspire and energize the next generation of environmental leaders.

Clearwater was founded in 1969 by music legend and environmental activist Pete Seeger." [Clearwater]

Pete Seeger's been busy lately, especially for someone who just celebrated his 90th birthday. The event for that occasion took place at Madison Square Garden on May 3rd, and is reviewed in full below, with pictures. A few weeks before that, on Earth Day (April 18th), Pete played a show at Columbia's Teachers College. Photos from that show are below too. Right after that he headed to New Orleans to perform at Jazz Fest. Prior to those, Seeger played the Clearwater benefit with Jeff Tweedy at Beacon High School on March 28th. We also recently noticed his name as the special guest on a show at Joe's Pub.

This summer Pete Seeger is scheduled to play the Newport Folk Festival (August 1st and 2nd), and will perform at his own Clearwater Festival, taking place in Croton-on-the-Hudson, NY this weekend (June 20th and 21st). The Clearwater Fest lineup includes Dr. Dog, A.C. Newman, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Richie Havens, Old Crow Medicine Show, Alejandro Escovedo, Arlo Guthrie and others. Its full schedule is below. Tickets are still sale at the gate.

UPDATE: we can confirm that Pete played his scheduled Saturday morning Clearwater Fest performance "with kids" for those who braved the rain. Pete will perform again at the festival on Sunday afternoon with his grandson Tao Rodriguez-Seeger.

A review of Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday Celebration at MSG, and all above-mentioned photos, with the full Clearwater Festival lineup & schedule, below...

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Street Sweeper Social Club @ Jones Beach Theater (more by Zach Dilgard)
Street Sweeper Social Club

Street Sweeper Social Club, the opening band on the tour, shares perspective with both NIN/JA headliners: its worldview is cynical, and its brand of action resembles a party. A rap-rock super-group of sorts, it features Tom Morello, the guitarist formerly with Rage Against the Machine, and Boots Riley, a rapper in the Oakland, Calif., hip-hop group the Coup.

The band's brief set was apoplectic, full of fist-pumping slogans and seemingly cobbled out of spare parts from other projects. "This is not a performance, this is a meeting," Mr. Riley declared, trying out a different model of inclusiveness than either Mr. Farrell or Mr. Reznor would choose. "Thank you for attending." [NY Times]

The NIN/Jane's Addiction tour ended June 14th. Two days later (TODAY, Tuesday, June 16th), Street Sweeper Social Club will play a CD release show for its debut album at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC. Tonight's gig will feature opener Shinobi Ninja. Advanced tickets were still on sale last night, so we're guessing there will be some at the door too.

The show coincides with the release of their self-titled debut record on WM's Independent Label Group. Street Sweeper Social club will also be appearing Wednesday night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

The band performed a cover of "Kick Out the Jams" with Trent Reznor at some of the NIN shows. A video of that, with other clips of SSSC, below...

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