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photo: Arcade Fire & David Bowie at Summerstage in 2005 (more)
David Bowie Arcade Fire

Yesterday, tons of artists shared tributes to the late David Bowie, and there are more still coming in today.

Arcade Fire, who have collaborated with Bowie more than once, wrote:

David Bowie was one of the band's earliest supporters and champions. He not only created the world that made it possible for our band to exist, he welcomed us into it with grace and warmth. We will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of our lives. A true artist even in his passing, the world is more bright and mysterious because of him, and we will continue to shout prayers into the atmosphere he created.
In a statement to Pitchfork, Deerhunter and Atlas Sound frontman Bradford Cox said:
First of all, who cares what I have to say about David Bowie? I've been reading all of these amazing tributes written by people who actually knew him and I feel kind of weird talking about it, but I'm very honored to be asked. Honestly, I got more texts and phone calls about Bowie's death than I did back when I got hit by a car, which is oddly flattering because it just means that people that know me also know how much I loved him.

There's no question. There's nobody that's had a bigger influence on my entire life--not just on the way I make music, but also the way I think and feel about things--than David Bowie. I literally wouldn't do what I do if it weren't for him...and looking back, there's honestly not a part of my life that can't be somehow defined by whatever David Bowie record I was listening to at the time. I can't really say that about any other artist. I mean, if I want to relive my childhood and young adulthood I can basically just listen to the Sound + Vision box set.

Read the rest of Bradford's lengthy tribute here.

We already posted Kim Gordon's, and here's one from her Sonic Youth bandmate Lee Ranaldo (via The Talkhouse):

In 1997, we in Sonic Youth were amazed when we got word from David Bowie, inviting us to perform with him onstage at Madison Square Garden in celebration of his 50th birthday. That he even knew who we were was amazing to us! We had been so inspired and influenced by his music for so long, and it was a huge thrill to join him in performance. Hanging out with him leading up to the concert, it was clear that he was still fully engaged and informed about all kinds of music and art going on around him, curious and open to new influences. Not many of his generation were tuned in to the kind of thing that we were doing, but he certainly was.

A few days before the show, we all trooped up to Connecticut for rehearsal. David had rented the Hartford Civic Center arena for the day so we could rehearse and get comfortable in a venue with a stage the same size as Madison Square Garden! He had asked our friend Tony Oursler to do some of his video projections as the stage set for the concert. Tony was a fellow artist-traveller who had directed our "Tunic" video a few years prior. David impressed us with his focus and his friendly and positive demeanor throughout a long day. He was excited, and certainly we were! We were only halfway thru our thirty-year career as a band at that time, while he was already past that mark, and obviously still going strong. A Radical Adult.

This morning, for some reason I woke unexpectedly at 6:00 AM and couldn't sleep. I reached for my phone to check the New York Times, and was completely shocked -- devastated! -- to read the news. A new album, new theatre production, new musical directions -- he was so active this last year. To realize that he was accomplishing all this while knowing his fate makes his recent accomplishments all the more inspiring.

In a statement to Pitchfork, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore says:
David Bowie's energy was charged with light. His love and passion for art, in all its intrigue and interplay with nature, was manifest in his smile, his charm. He loved to experiment while honoring the grace of tradition and subsequently informed and inspired anyone lucky enough to be there when Ziggy Stardust took the stage and hit the racks. When punk rode into town and every rock n' roller pre-1976 was denounced as a dinosaur, there were few exceptions. Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Captain Beefheart, Yoko Ono, Neil Young, Marc Bolan, Eno, Bryan Ferry and definitely Bowie.

He was the one gentleman who excitedly applauded Devo and Suicide and in the 80s was rumored to have been checking out Pixies, Sonic Youth, et al. He asked Sonic Youth to play "I'm Afraid of Americans" with his band at his 50th birthday party at Madison Square Garden in 1997. We met and rehearsed a couple of times and played the gig and it was all amazing, another realm of experience from where we traversed, but the one thing I always remember is him coming into the communal dressing room area where all the other artists were to say hello and have some photos taken. As he was leaving he turned and shouted, "Hi Coco, I'm so happy you're here! Have a great time!" to my three-year-old daughter Coco, who I was holding in my arms. She was the only person unaware of any hierarchy of celebrity in the room.

It brings to mind Bowie's early connection with Buddhist philosophy, practice and meditation, studying with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Lama Chime RInpoche. Legend has it that David had considered a life as a monk but his teachers saw his light was needed beyond the monastery and advised him to follow it. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in later years, became the Buddhist teacher to Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman and so many others who employ kindness and contemplative thought as activism towards peace. Bowie, fabulous Capricorn, touched each of us in a remarkable and personal way, sharing not only his genuine brilliance for songwriting, but his joy for life, his rock n' roll love. Now we see, the Starman who'd "love to blow our minds" was indeed the man himself, dignified in his devotion to creative bliss, light and love.

Also via The Talkhouse, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio:
I was coming back to California from France on January 9th, had bought and downloaded Blackstar right before I got on the plane, listened to it a bunch, passed out at home and woke up to all of this very sad news. Still seems like a dream. I was working on some music with a friend the day before I'd left and we talked about how excited we were to hear Blackstar after hearing the singles and how great it was to be alive and able to say, "Hey, the new Bowie's coming out tomorrow." Talked about how many millions of people had said that, had thought that, over the course of four-plus decades, and every time with the sincere question attached, "Well, what is it going to BE?" "What is it going to be LIKE?" "WHO is he now?" Listening to the record, reading the lyrics, it seems like maybe he had the same questions about living and leaving.

I feel insanely lucky that he took an interest and was so incredibly supportive of anything we were doing with TV on the Radio, and the fact that he was kind enough to record a song with us is something I don't think I'll ever be able to fully process. In the very, very little time he spent with the band he was so humble it was eerie. He was incredibly funny, and chatting casually about bands like Lightning Bolt and Black Dice, and how into them he was, pushed me out of the deep shock of "I'm talking to him" and into the even deeper shock of "I love these bands completely, but why would YOU know or care about... oh right... you're... David Bowie. You probably know and care a bit about everything... which maybe no one can, but maybe... you're... no one? Who ARE you?" Then he sang on the song and we, as a band, shat our collective pants. And still, afterwards...Who WAS that? Which one was that? Who was that person who had, and had lived so many ideas that he'd actually become an idea himself?

Huge artist lessons from that idea: Change is the law. Get to it. Get lost. Try it out. Don't get scared of your pain. Sit with it. Maybe it matters so much because it doesn't. Don't get stuck. Freak yourself out. Crack up. Stay interested. Make something. If you recognize it too well, mess up its face, bend it, make it something else. Make THAT something else. Stay on top of it. Drop it. Get magic. Build ways in, build ways out. Be disciplined. Make it count, be kind and stay true to yourself, whichever one you happen to be at the time.

The news, like this beautiful man, this art and artist, fills and empties and refills your heart and just keeps going. I don't know that he ever was, or could be fixed in one place, but now I think he's just everywhere, in a fine mist, every single one of him, all of them love.

Blondie Bowie

Blondie singer Debbie Harry, in a statement to Dazed, said:

In NYC there is a yearly Bowie Ball when local musicians all perform a Bowie song. It happens every year and this next one will be a sad and extremely heartfelt evening for everyone. Who doesn't love Bowie? A visionary artist, musician, actor, a completely renaissance man who has given us a long list of songs like "Heroes", "Rebel Rebel", "Young Americans", "Diamond Dogs", "The Jean Genie" and many, many more, and some memorable film performances like The Man Who Fell to Earth, Basquiat, Labyrinth, The Hunger.

I can't say enough things about David Bowie to show how much I love him. When the Low album was out and Iggy Pop was about to tour, David played keyboards in Iggy's band. They asked Blondie to open for them, and as they say, the rest is history. Without this visionary and his friend Iggy Pop, where would Blondie be today? Silly question and one that can't be answered really, but there is no doubt in my mind that Bowie played a big part in our future successes. As for now, love you David Bowie. Xx

Madonna wrote:
I'm devastated.
David Bowie changed the course of my life forever. I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan. Like an oddball or a freak. I went to see him in concert at Cobo Arena in Detroit. It was the first concert I'd ever been too. I snuck out of the house with my girlfriend wearing a cape.
We got caught after and I was grounded for the summer. I didn't care.
I already had many of his records and was so inspired by the way he played with gender confusion .
Was both masculine and feminine.
Funny and serious.
Clever and wise.
His lyrics were witty ironic and mysterious.
At the time he was the thin white Duke and he had mime artists on stage with him and very specific choreography
And I saw how he created a persona and used different art forms within the arena of rock and Roll to create entertainment.
I found him so inspiring and innovative.
Unique and provocative. A real Genius.
his music was always inspiring but seeing him live set me off on a journey that for me I hope will never end.
His photographs are hanging all over my house today.
He was so chic and beautiful and elegant.
So ahead of his time.
Thank you David Bowie.
I owe you a lot. .
The world will miss you.
Love
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Madonna also covered "Rebel Rebel" at her show on Tuesday in honor of him. Video below.

Ozzy Osbourne said "It knocked the shit out of me." Read his interview with Rolling Stone about it.

Billy Bragg talked about his love of Bowie...

All of the artists that me and my mates at school listened to were reassuringly heterosexual: Slade, Rod Stewart, Status Quo. Bowie was something else. As 14-year-olds in 1972, if we knew anything about him it was that he was a 'bender' - in the spiteful parlance of the playground - and so best avoided. Then I heard 'The Jean Genie'. With no foreknowledge of the Velvet Underground, this just sounded to me like a thumping great dose of bootboy pop that beat Slade at their own game. I was hooked.

When 'Aladdin Sane' came out a few months later, the open gatefold sleeve was displayed in the window of the local record store: Bowie standing, hands on hips, naked except for the red/blue lightening bolt across his face. The fact that he had no discernable genitalia seemed only to confirm that he was not as other men.

Coming out as a Bowie fan would leave me open to jibes about my own sexuality, but I couldn't resist the sock hop pop of 'The Prettiest Star' and the fretful grandeur of 'Drive-In Saturday'. I took the record into school and found that, rather than being called names, it made me more popular with the smart girls in our class who got together in the lunch break to listen to 'Hunky Dory'. Bowie's androgyny - making him popular with both boys and girls - had created a bridge across what had been, for me, an unfathomable chasm.
After he played Romford Odeon on the last leg of the Ziggy Stardust tour in April 1973, the whole of the 4th year seemed to go Bowie mad. My parents wouldn't buy me anything androgynous to wear, but I did take the cover of 'Aladdin Sane' to the local barber's to get the 'Bowie cut'.

I remained a huge fan of his work as he has moved effortlessly forward, engaging with new ideas and media. I ended up spending my life with a girl who saw the Ziggy Stardust tour and we take great delight in the fact that our son has grown up to be a huge Bowie fan.
But whenever I hear his music, I'm a teenager again, taking my first taste of something ungendered, transgressive. At a crucial moment in my adolescence, David Bowie showed me that masculinity wasn't the only way to attract girls and, for that, I thank him.

Britt Daniel of Spoon uploaded a cover of Bowie's "Never Let Me Down" and wrote:
I went to bed early last night. Woke up at 3 and glanced at my phone. It's 515 now and I'm realizing there'll be no more sleep tonight. I was just saying last week isn't it amazing how Bowie is still with us and we get another album from him? No other artist has meant as much to me personally or inspired my own songs as much. What a spirit. What an inspiration. What a shining example of the beauty that humanity can create. Bless him.
Head HERE to read tributes by Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Brian May, Jarvis Cocker, Brian Eno, Devo, Nile Rodgers, J Mascis, Jimmy Page and more. Head here for Iggy Pop.

Listen to Britt's cover and TV on the Radio's (not new) cover of "Heroes" below...

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Nevermen

Nevermen, the highly eccentric avant-rap/rock project of Faith No More's Mike Patton, TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, and rapper Doseone, have announced tour dates for February. Most are in Europe, but they also play NYC and LA.

The NYC show happens February 19 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/8) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

The band's self-titled debut album will be out January 29 via Ipecac. Listen to two tracks below...

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by Tatiana Tenreyro

Nevermen

Nevermen, the collaborative project of Mike Patton (of Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, etc), Tunde Adebimpe (of TV On The Radio) and rapper Doseone announced in August that they were releasing their long-awaited self-titled debut album via Ipecac Recordings. Today they finally revealed the release date, which is on January 29, and shared a new track, " Mr. Mistake." It's an upbeat, multi-layered track and sounds as eclectic as you'd expect from those three.

Listen to the song and check out the tracklist for their debut LP, below...

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photo: Matt Berninger w/ EL VY over the weekend (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Matt Berninger

We mentioned earlier this year that The National began recording their long awaited Grateful Dead tribute album in Woodstock at Dreamland Recordings. A new Stereogum feature on the band reports that the wait will finally be over in early 2016, and that they'll once again be teaming up with the Red Hot organization to release it (the same organization the Dessners did Dark Was the Night with).

More details since the initial announcement on who's contributing to it keep coming to. The band told Stereogum that the album has "somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 contributions," now including Perfume Genius, Tunde Adebimpe (of TV on the Radio), Marijuana Deathsquads (doing "Truckin'"), Unknown Mortal Orchestra ("Shakedown Street"), Fucked Up, Daniel Rossen (of Grizzly Bear) on two songs including "Terrapin Station," Phosphorescent main man Matthew Houck, Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus and more. Plus there's all the previously-mentioned names like Bon Iver, Sharon Van Etten, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo), Kurt Vile & J Mascis (doing "Box of Rain" together), The War On Drugs ("Touch of Grey"), and of course The National themselves (including their take on"Peggy-O," a traditional the Dead played a lot). The latter two have been played live before, and you can check out videos of those below.

The wait for this compilation has been long, but it sounds like it'll be worth it. The National's Bryan Devendorf said, "Some of the interpretations of the songs, you hear it, and you go, 'My god, this is fucking killer.'" With a solid group of some of the best indie artists out there covering the Dead, it's hard to go wrong.

In other "indie musicians covering the Grateful Dead" news, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker and his band The Freaks doing another of their Dead tribute shows, and this one's in Brooklyn. It happens at Rough Trade on December 30. Tickets will be on sale on Wednesday (11/18) at noon. Alex Bleeker & The Freaks just played Brooklyn Bowl last week and are currently on tour in support of their new album.

All of The Freaks' upcoming tour dates are listed, with the National and War on Drugs videos, below...

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Nevermen Mike Patton Tunde Adebimpe Doseone

Nevermen, the long-in-the-planning collaboration between Mike Patton (Faith No More), Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) and rapper Doseone, will finally release their debut album this fall on Patton's Ipecac Recordings. You can get a taste right now via the brooding, atmospheric "Tough Towns" which Doseone told Rolling Stone is "dedicated to anyone remotely young, feeling inexplicably inspired in the 'nowhere' they are from. May you soon escape with style into elsewhere." Listen below.

Patton, meanwhile, will be with Faith No More for their show tonight (8/5) at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden with Refused. Tickets are still available.

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Maximum Balloom Let It Grow

TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek has reactivated his Maximum Balloon solo project for a second album due out at some point on his Federal Prism label. (Maximum Balloon's debut came out in 2010.) No details beyond that it's "upcoming," but Sitek has shared a song from it, the dreamy, laid-back "Let it Grow" which features his TVOTR bandmate Tunde Adebimpe and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O on vocals. You can stream it below...

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Jason Schwartzman and Tunde Adebimpe in '7 Chinese Brothers'
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Rooftop Films have announced their initial slate of programming for their 2015 season, providing movies under the stars and live music all summer long. There will be 40 screenings in 19 different venues and it kicks off at the end of May with two events. The opening party happens May 29 at Industry City in Sunset Park with a program of short films including the Kickstarter-funded time travel martial arts action extravaganza Kung Fury, which you should definitely watch the trailer for, below.

Then on May 30 at the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus it's comedy 7 Chinese Brothers (yes, named after the REM song) which stars Jason Schwartzman, Stephen Root and TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe (watch a two clips below). Both screenings will feature free afterparties with beverages provided by New Amsterdam Vodka. Bands have not been announced yet but tickets for both events go on sale Tuesday morning (5/5) at 11 AM.

While the full Rooftops Films schedule has not been announced yet, either, you can check out a list of some of the films that will be showing with descriptions, below.

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TV on the Radio have released a video for their song "Trouble," from last year's very good Seeds LP. It was directed by frontman Tunde Adebimpe who filmed people on the street in Los Angeles (where he lives now). He told Time, "We got some people together, some of whom we ran into on the street while we were shooting, and did that. We asked if they could quietly (or not) go to brighter or darker places inside themselves let us be there with them for a little while. Everyone's sifting through something, right?" You can check out the "Trouble" video below.

Tunde has also recorded a song titled "Speedline Miracle Masterpiece" which is a collaboration with Sinkane and Sal P. It's one of many genre-crossing songs recorded for that GTA V "soundtrack," The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos which will be released on April 14. Other artists involved on in include Earl Sweatshirt, Little Dragon, Phantogram, Freddie Gibbs, Popcaan, Killer Mike and Future Islands' Samuel T. Herring. You can stream "Speedline Miracle Masterpiece" below.

TVOTR will be in the NYC-area next month, playing Brooklyn's Kings Theatre on May 20 with Bo Ningen (tickets), and then the BrooklynVegan-presented show on May 23 at Stone Pony Summerstage with Pixies and John Grant (tickets).

Continue reading "TV on the Radio share "Trouble" video; Tunde Adebimpe collaborated w/ Sinkane and Sal P for 'GTA V' comp (listen) "

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Husker Du's Bob Mould & X's John Doe rehearsing Paul Simon @ City Winery
Paul Simon tribute
Paul Simon tribute

Tickets are still available for tonight's Paul Simon tribute show at Carnegie Hall with Allen Toussaint, Angelique Kidjo, Ben Sollee, Bettye LaVette, Bob Mould, Brett Dennen, Dan Wilson, Isobel Campbell & Andy Cabic, Joe Henry, Josh Ritter, Joy Williams, Judy Collins, L.P., John Doe, Madeleine Peyroux & Jon Herington, Sam Moore, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Bob Forrest & Gibby Haynes (who mentioned the show on the Daily Show), Richard Marx, Antibalas, Mike Gordon, and more.

Last night (3/30), as usual on the night before a Michael Dorf event at Carnegie Hall, there was a rehearsal at Dorf's club City Winery with many of the performers doing the same Paul Simon songs. We have pictures from that one along with the setlist of songs they played (TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe did 'Think Too Much'). Check out the setlist and more pics below...

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Meyers, Armisen and the new 'Late Night' house band...
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Fred Armisen will be the bandleader on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers. The host (and former SNL Weekend Update anchor) tweeted the above picture this afternoon writing, "Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he's off shooting Portlandia." The rest of the band includes Girls Vs. Boys bassist (and big time indie rock producer ) Eli Janney and, as Stereogum notes, that the band looks to include Seth Jabour and Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav. Armisen and LSV are old pals. The new Late Night makes its debut on February 24 on NBC.

The Roots, meanwhile, will remain Jimmy Fallon's house band when he takes over The Tonight Show on February 17. (Keeping Questlove and crew was part of the reason the show is moving back to NYC.) Guests the first week of the show include Will Smith and U2 (2/17), Lady Gaga (2/18), The Arcade Fire (2/20) and, here's a shocker, Justin Timberlake (2/21).

In related news, Portlandia returns February 27 for its fourth season on IFC. Musical guest stars to look out for include TVOTR's Tunde Adebimpe, former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and QOTSA frontman Josh Homme.

Lou Reed

The Lou Reed tributes keep coming. Two of them just happened, including the one at Rodeo Bar on Wednesday (11/20) and the one with Jeffrey Lewis, Dawn Landes, and others at the Jalopy Theatre last night (11/21). Now there will be another one at Bowery Electric this Sunday (11/24).

The show features a pretty big lineup, including no wave legend Arto Lindsay, Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian, Patti Smith Band guitarist Lenny Kaye, TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, Lou Reed/Laurie Anderson/Marc Ribot collaborator Shahzad Ismaily, Light Asylum's Shannon Funchess, Grooms' Travis Johnson, People Get Ready's Steven Reker, The Vaccines' Justin Hayward-Young, Caged Animals, Drowners, Jeffrey Lewis, Kirin J. Callinan, Phantom Family Halo, Sam Mickens, and more, plus Hollis Brown performing VU's Loaded in its entirety.

Tickets for the show are on sale now, and all proceeds will benefit the Ali Forney Center, an organization "that works to protect LGBT youth from the harm of homelessness in the city." There will also be a pre-Thanksgiving food drive for Food Bank of NYC at the venue that night.

Full lineup below...

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by Bill Pearis

Leverage Models @ MHOW in August (more by PSquared Photography)
Leverage Models

Leverage Models released their self-titled debut today via Hometapes. If you dug the band's "Cooperative Extensions" single (which kicks off the LP) chances are you'll be down with the rest of it that owes much to that early-'80s era when postpunks decided they could change the world by going pop. (I'm talking ABC, Spandau Ballet, The Associates... there's some Talking Heads in there too.) You can stream "Sweep" that features Sharon Van Etten below, and listen to the whole album via Spotify and Rdio.

Live, the band do a good job of bringing the record's widescreen ambitions to life, complete with a percussionist on syn-toms, a saxophonist and singer Shannon Fields who is not afraid to go all-in on the frontman role. You can see it for yourself this week when Leverage Models play a record release show at Glasslands on Thursday (10/3)Maria MinervaBeca (replacing Butterclock who was originally supposed to play) and Tippy ToesTickets for that show are on sale now.

You've got a couple more opportunities to catch Leverage Models in NYC: they'll open for Tunde Adebimpe's (of TVOTR) Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band at Union Pool on October 13, and then they'll play Mercury Lounge on November 1. Tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (10/4) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/2) at noon. The band will also be playing CMJ shows (none announced yet) so keep an eye out.

Song stream below....

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Kronos Quartet / Superhuman Happiness
Kronos Quartet
Superhuman Happiness

The free 2013 Lincoln Center Out of Doors season is beginning at Damrosch Park this Wednesday (7/24) with "KRONOS at 40," a "festival within a festival" that includes the Kronos Quartet performing a number of works with many different special guests. The first show in the series is Red Hot + FELA LIVE!, a concert in honor of Fela Kuti that also features Tony Allen and Superhuman Happiness with Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Kyp Malone (TVOTR), Sinkane, Baloji, Abena Koomson, Sahr Nguajah, and Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket). At this show, Superhuman Happiness will be premiering their score to How to Survive a Plague.

UPDATE: Both TVOTR members actually dropped off a while ago, but Bajah, M1 (of Dead Prez), and Alex Toth (of Rubblebucket) have since been added to the lineup. To be more exact it now looks like this:

7:30 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Red Hot + FELA LIVE! (World premiere)
featuring Tony Allen and Superhuman Happiness
with Baloji, Abena Koomson, Kronos Quartet, M1 (of dead prez), Sahr Ngaujah,
Sinkane, and Alex Toth and Kalmia Traver (of Rubblebucket)
Musical Director: Stuart Bogie
Red Hot + FELA LIVE! is produced with Anthony Demby and Paul Heck for the Red Hot Organization.

Superhuman Happiness: Music from How to Survive a Plague (World premiere concert version)
Composed by Luke O'Malley and Stuart Bogie
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Also at that show, Lincoln Center will be launching their new video portal, which will stream Lincoln Center events live online, in addition to interviews, bonus performance content, and more. The shows will stream directly through LincolnCenter.org/watch, and Wednesday's Red Hot + FELA LIVE! show will also be streaming right here on BrooklynVegan. Join us and use the hashtag #LCStream if you're tweeting while you're watching.

Check out the full lineup for this year's free Lincoln Center Out of Doors series for more shows and information

photos by Greg Cristman

Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Union Pool, 12/8/2012
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs teamed with Higgins Waterproof Blackmagic (a new side project from Tunde of TV on the Radio) and a DJ set from Creep at Union Pool last night (12/8). Yes, the room was absolutely minuscule for a band of the YYY's size, but the occasion was to help raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy, specifically via Waves 4 Water (follow that link to donate if you can). The YYYs were a quartet for the evening, adding collaborator David Pajo to the mix on that rainy Saturday.

More pics from Union Pool are below, including one of the setlist (which included the new song "Despair" presumably from their forthcoming LP).

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Tunde Adebimpe w/ TVOTR @ Radio City, April 2011 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Tunde Adebimpe

TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe is teaming with artist/sculptor Ivan Navarro for what looks to be a one-of-a-kind performance. Dubbed "OÍDO: An Experiment in Sound and Sculpture" will take place at Saints Peter & Paul Theater in Williamsburg on December 15. Navarro's sculpture was created for the event and will be used like an instrument for the performance. The event is a fundraiser for PS 84's Rooftop Hydroponic Greenhouse Classroom. Tickets are on sale now and includes an opening reception with hor d'oeurves and beer by Brooklyn Brewery. There's an afterparty too with DJ Krycheck, which you can buy tickets for separately (same ticket link).

Meanwhile, Tunde will perform this Saturday (12/8) at Union Pool as part of Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band. They're the opening act for Yeah Yeah Yeahs which is a Hurricane Sandy relief benefit. That show is, no surprise, sold out.

Flyer for the OÍDO event is below.

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Angel Orensanz in 2009 (more by Chris Goldberg)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

As mentioned, Yeah Yeah Yeahs will play a Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit at the very intimate Union Pool on December 8 with Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band (aka Tunde Adebimpe from TVOTR, Alex Holden, Ryan Sawyer, and Josh Werner) and DJ Creep.

Tickets for the show go on sale today (11/27) at noon. Options include $75 tickets (with a complimentary Jameson cocktail) or $100 tickets (which includes a silkscreened poster designed by Tunde Adebimpe and a cocktail). All proceeds go to Waves for Water.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Brooklyn Bowl, December 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin])
YYYs

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs will play a Hurricane Sandy relief benefit at the very tiny Union Pool on Saturday, December 8. Opening the show will be Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band which is Tunde Adebimpe from TV on the Radio, plus Alex Holden, Ryan Sawyer And Josh Werner. Between sets, duo Creep will DJ.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday (11/27) at noon are either $75 (includes a complimentary Jameson cocktail) or $100 which will also include a silkscreened poster designed by Tunde Adebimpe. All proceeds go to Waves For Water, an "international surf-based non-profit organization, whose positive, "no-nonsense" approach has provided clean water to victims of natural disasters around the globe." You can also donate directly to Waves for Water's Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative here.

Meanwhile, word is the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have completed work on their new, still-untitled, album (their first in four years) which will reportedly be out Spring 2013. Maybe they'll play some of the new songs at Union Pool.

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It's that time of year again, judging by the posts on this site today, with lots of Holiday-themed shows coming up. Unsurprisingly, The Bell House lives for this kind of yuletide cheer and has about a dozen or so holiday shows lined up in the next month. Here's a rundown.

First is the Everything's Terrible! Holiday Special 2012 which happens December 12 (tickets). If you think the Star Wars Holiday Special is the worst Christmas-related thing television has ever birthed, the Everything's Terrible folks will likely prove you wrong. For an early taste, there's a trailer for the crap extravanga below, along with a list of all dates for this ironic roadshow which is touring both coasts at the same time.

On the next night (12/13) it's The Party Machine's 2nd Annual Holiday Benefit Blowout with hosts Arden Myrin and Lisa Delarios with guests Jon Glaser, Chris Gethard, Sheng Wang, Janeane Garofalo and Adira Amram & the Experience with proceeds going to Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue and Red Cross Disaster Relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Tickets are $12 and still available but probably not for long -- don't delay.

More funny stuff (with music): On December 16, Fred Armisen hosts The Snow Ball Ball: A Winter Formal To Benefit 826NYC, with guest DJs Tunde Adebimpe and Peter Hale of Here We Go Magic. Tickets are still available.

And for ska fans there's The Slackers Christmas Celebration on 12/22 which also celebrates the band's 20th anniversary. The show also features The Frightnrs, Sammy K, and Caz & the Day Laborers. Tickets are still available.

Wait there's still more holiday fun at The Bell House: for burlesque fans there's Doc Wasabassco's Birthday Celebration And All-Holiday Party on 12/14 (tickets); for the wizards and muggles out there, you can celebrate at The Harry Potter Yule Ball 2012 on 12/15 with Harry And The Potters, Potter Puppet Pals, The Whomping Willows, and The Home Alones (tickets); later that night (12/15) it's The Rub's Holiday party with Eleven & Ayres and special guests Kon & 7L' and for those who need some twang in their stocking, on December 16 it's The Suzi Shelton Band's Fourth Annual Rockin' Holiday Party with Amelia Robinson From Mil's Trills (tickets).

Everything Is Terrible trailer and flyer for the Snowball Ball are below.

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Jeff Mangum
Jeff Mangum

On November 15, Le Poisson Rouge will host "The People's Bailout: A Variety Show and Telethon to Benefit the 99%," a benefit show for Occupy-affiliated organization Strike Debt. The show features a huge (and very impressive) lineup of Jeff Mangum (of Neutral Milk Hotel) (who has played for Occupy Wall Street in the past), Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth) (who has also played for Occupy Wall Street before), Guy Picciotto (of Fugazi), Tunde Adebimpe (of TV on the Radio), Janeane Garofalo, Lizz Winstead, Max Silvestri, Frances Fox Piven, Hari Kondabolu, David Rees, corproate pranksters The Yes Men, John Cameron Mitchell, Climbing Poetree, The invisible Army of Defaulters, members of Healthcare for the 99%, Occupy Faith, and many more. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, November 2 at 10 AM.

Meanwhile, Lee Ranaldo also plays as one third of Text of Light at 285 Kent on November 13.

Grass Widow at NXNE at the Garrisonin Toronto 6/4/12 (more by David Andrako)
NXNE Day 1

today in NYC
* Clive Chin @ 17 Frost
* Benyoro @ Joe's Pub
* Smokey Hormel @ Barbes
* Msafire Zawose @ Barbes
* Dub Is A Weapon @ Zebulon
* fun., Now, Now @ Terminal 5
* Aziz Ansari @ Beacon Theatre
* Ava Mendoza Trio @ The Stone
* Tristan Perich @ Issue Project Room
* Kid Sister, Will Sheridan @ Sugarland
* Dastardly, Sleep City @ Mercury Lounge
* Blu Jemz, lloydski, SterryO @ Trophy Bar
* Marissa Nadler, Faces On Film @ Joe's Pub
* The Du Yun Quartet with Qian Yi @ The Stone
* Dawes, Kurt Vile @ Central Park Summerstage
* Joanna Erdos & the Midnight Show @ Joe's Pub
* Clarence Penn, Antonio Sanchez @ 92YTribeca
* The Duke Spirit, Hacienda @ Highline Ballroom
* The Knocks, Oliver, Ghost Beach @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Scott H. Biram, Lydia Loveless @ Mercury Lounge
* Something In Spanish, Midnight Magic @ Trophy Bar
* Mainland, Coastgaard, South of France @ Matchless
* Wise Blood, Big Baby Gandhi, Evi Antonio @ Glasslands
* Tim Barry, Josh Small, Julie Karr @ Santos Party House
* Red Baraat, Dean & Britta, Mas Ysa, Hume @ McCarren Park
* Shlohmo, Kingdom, Hot Sugar, Archie Pelago @ 285 Kent Ave
* Cool Angels, Milk Dick, Nude Sunrise, White Fang @ Big Snow
* Wise Blood, Big Baby Ghandi, Evi Antonio @ Glasslands Gallery
* Black Dice, Run DMT, SSPS, Mandelbrot & Skyy @ Public Assembly
* Asobi Seksu, Exitmusic, Ape School, Field Mouse @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Foster Care, Call of the Wild, Pampers, White Pages @ Union Pool
* Heaven's Gate, Nymph, Nude Beach, Golden Clouds @ Public Assembly
* Natural Child, Tough Shits, Liquor Store, The Foxx @ Death By Audio
* Freshkills, Bootblacks, Starlight Girls, Wojcik, Clouder @ The Gutter
* Mouth of the Architect, XOZO, Sleep Maps, Ashes Forever @ Saint Vitus
* Body Language (DJ set), Team Spirit, Cale Parks (DJ set) @ Glasslands
* Ski Lodge, Ravens & Chimes, Field Mouse, Starlight Girls @ Spike Hill
* Balkan Beat Box, Chico Trujillo, Nation Beat @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Kristen Schaal, Dave Hill, Greg Barris, Hamilton Morris @ The Bell House
* Physical Therapy, Twin Sister, Guards, Caged Animals, Blonds, Phonetag @ Cameo Gallery
* Yellow Dogs, The Fatty Acids, Radical Dads, Backwords, Acrylics, Natureboy @ Shea Stadium
* Quiet Loudly, Dinosaur Feathers, MiniBoone, Ball of Flame Shoot Fire, Pow Wow! @ Spike Hill
* Gold Streets, Happy People, Magnetic Island, That Fleeting World, Passenger Peru @ Matchless
* New Madrid, The Gypsy West, A Million Years, The End Men, W.A.L.N.U.T.S., Clouder @ Trash Bar
* Grass Widow, Turbo Fruits, The Black Belles, Gary War, Gap Dream, Snack Machine @ Knitting Factory
* The Olivia Tremor Control, Laura Stevenson & The Cans, Dinosaur Feathers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Sunset Hearts, Flying Pace, Brenda, Weird Children, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Troubled Sleep @ The Grand Victory
* Christopher Paul Stelling, Howth, Chantilly, Carl Banks, Craig Judelman, Baby Gramps, Al Duvall @ Pete's Candy Store
* I Don't Hear Nothin' but the Blues, Cellular Chaos, Dominique Leone, Harpoon Forever, Sediment Club, Bob Crusoe @ Cake Shop
* Lily & The Parlour Tricks, SonnyBoy, Daniela Cotton, The Sons of Brooklyn, Them Damn Ninjas @ The Paper Box
* The Pietasters, American Speedway, The Skels, Electric Frankenstein, The Tombstone Brawlers, The Scrapers, Lenny Lashley's Gang Of One @ Maxwell's

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At Nitehawk Cinema there's a midnight screening of classic giallo flick The Black Belly of the Tarantula with live score provided by Tunde Adebimpe, Grey Gersten, and Ryan Sawyer. Tickets are still available. Trailer for the event is below.

The Northside Festival continues today in Brooklyn. See anything good last night? Dean & Britta play a free show in McCarren Park this afternoon.

We're giving away a pair of tickets to see Future of the Left on Sunday (6/17) at Europa. Visit our Facebook page for details.

What else?

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Undead

FOUR NIGHTS celebrating the incredible, dynamic, explosively creative jazz, instrumental, and adventurous music being made in New York City.

May 9th: A Marathon of Concerts in Greenwich Village
May 10th: Medeski, Martin & Wood & ?? at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, featuring So Percussion, Steven Bernstein, Vernon Reid & more!!
May 11th: Night Of The Living DIY in Brooklyn, Seattle, Norway & more...
May 12th: Improvised Round Robin Duets at 92Y Tribeca

Lovingly and tirelessly organized by Adam Schatz of Search & Restore, and Brice Rosenbloom of BoomCollective.

The 2012 Undead Music Festival (formerly known as Undead Jazz Fest) starts Wednesday (5/9) with three shows in Greenwich Village, including a Tonic reunion happening at Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, 5/9. (There's a Tonic Reunion tonight at The Stone tonight, 5/7, too, unreleated to the Undead fest.)

Other Undead performers include Medeski, Martin & Wood at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Thursday (5/10) and a multi-venue "Night of the Living DIY" on Friday (5/11) which includes the previously mentioned Bjorkestra show at the new Shapeshifer Lab (which meanwhile is hosting two nights of Undead-presented shows with Nels Cline, Tim Berne & Jim Black).

Four days passes are still on sale. More detailed info (performers, tickets) is available at the Undead Music website and the full schedule is below.

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Curtis Mayfield

July 20th at Lincoln Center in NYC:

"The product of a collaboration between Lincoln Center Festival and the Mayfield estate, this one-night-only event pays tribute to the late Curtis Mayfield, an iconic Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member whose music served as a soundtrack to the civil rights movement, introducing poetry and moral affirmation into pop, soul, funk, and R&B. A roster of special guest artists from across decades and styles--including Mavis Staples, Aloe Blacc, Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and more to be announced--joins The Impressions, the inimitable vocal soul group Mayfield led early in his career, along with a 14-piece house band under the musical directorship of guitarist Binky Griptite of the funk-infused Dap-Kings."
Tickets are on sale.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Karen O gets her Santa and JT on @ Brooklyn Bowl
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The ongoing "I heart Jonathan Toubin" movement now has a website in addition to a Facebook. Check those sites for info on more upcoming JT benefits like the big one that happened at Brooklyn Bowl late Friday night into Saturday morning with appearances from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Reverend Vince Anderson (who plays Union Pool most Monday nights), Heavy Trash (with Jon Spencer), Stabbing Eastward (Tunde Adebimpe & Ryan Sawyer), Royal Baths and more. Here are some pictures. More of them below...

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Toubin

JONATHAN TOUBIN BENEFIT
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Heavy Trash, Stabbing Eastward (Tunde Adebimpe & Ryan Sawyer), Royal Baths, Rotating DJ's All Night Long: Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Billy Miller (Norton Records), Bear In Heaven, Leo Fitzpatrick, Habibi, and Slowdance
FRI, DECEMBER 16, 2011
DOORS: 10:30 PM / SHOW: 11:30 PM
$25.00 - $100.00

THIS EVENT IS 21 AND OVER
100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO ASSISTING WITH JONATHAN'S HOSPITAL & MEDICAL BILLS.
$25 MINIMUM DONATION IN ADVANCE.
$35 MINIMUM DONATION DAY OF SHOW.

11:30pm Friday night. Tickets are on sale.

Also, another update from the IheartJT Facebook page:

IheartJT Update: Hi everyone! We've set up a po box so that you can send gifts/cards to Jonathan. Please don't send perishables or flowers to this address though. The address is:
Jonathan Toubin
818 SW 3rd Ave
PO Box 293
Portland, Or 97204-2405
Jonathan Toubin has been in a Portland hospital since a car drove through the wall of his hotel room while he was sleeping on December 8th. For other recent updates, see HERE.

Unuct

UK music magazine Uncut weighs on this year's best albums. Like Rough Trade, they give Josh T Pearson serious placement. They put Tinariwen, who appeared on The Colbert Report last night (!) with Tunde and Kyp from TV on the Radio, at #18. Check out their whole list and video from Colbert, below...

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