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As fans filtered into the [venue] for a sold-out Kraftwerk concert, they were handed cardboard 3D glasses. Followers of the group - so revered for its ahead-of-its-time music and image - might've expected something a little more high-tech. A space suit, perhaps?

But in many ways the cheap accessory aptly summarized the German quartet's aesthetic: a merger of futurism and nostalgia, the avant-garde and bubblegum. [Greg Kot, Chicago]

Kraftwerk's 3D tour hit NYC last night (4/1) for their first of two shows at Washington Heights' United Palace Theatre. Starting the evening just before 8 PM with "The Robots," the synthpop pioneers played for a little over two hours, hitting most of their well known songs. The main set ended with a medley and balloons dropped over the audience. (They came out for a two-song encore.) Setlist and pictures from the show are in this post.

Kraftwerk play United Palace again tonight (4/2). Initially sold out, they released more tickets yesterday and are still available. It's one of the prettiest venues in the city, and sounds good too. More pics from Tuesday's show below...

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Kraftwerk is going on a 3D tour that brings them to United Palace Theatre in NYC on April 1. The password for the BrooklynVegan presale which begins today (1/22) at 9am via Ticketmaster is... COMPUTER.

UPDATE: Second show added! Presale now. same password.


Ever the technological innovators, German electronic music legends Kraftwerk are adding 3-D to their concert experience on their upcoming North American tour. Expect "perfectly synchronized audio-visual spectacle complete with pristine digital sound and breathtaking 3-D projections." There are a few pictures in this post to give you an idea of what to expect. The tour hits NYC at the United Palace Theatre on April 1 and is being billed as "An Evening with Kraftwerk: 3-D Concert." Tickets for the NYC show, which is no April Fool's joke, go on sale to the general public on Friday (1/24) at 10 AM but your first chance at getting tickets will be a BrooklynVegan presale which begins Wednesday (1/22) at 9 AM and runs till Thursday (1/23) at 10 PM. The password for our presale is coming Wednesday morning, so look out for that on this site, in this post included.


Kraftwerk's 3-D tour also includes three shows at Moogfest, and a just-announced Washington DC show on April 4 at the 9:30 Club. All tour dates are listed, along with more photos of Kraftwerk's 3-D concerts, below...

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What We Saw From the Cheap Seats

Regina Spektor's upcoming LP, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, has been given a release date (May 29) and album artwork (pictured above). You've already heard the lead single, "All the Rowboats". Today that song got a video (which you can watch below), and she recently revealed another track from the album, "Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)," which you can stream

As mentioned, she'll be touring this spring and hitting the NYC area on April 10 at Wellmont Theatre. That show is sold out, but she's since added a few more Northeast shows after her run with Tom Petty including a NYC show happening on May 15 at United Palace Theatre with Only Son (aka ex-Moldy Peaches member Jack Dishel), whose album Regina guested on. Tickets for the United Palace show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Monday (4/2) at 11 AM.

Updated tour dates, song stream and video below...

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words by Rachel Kowal, photos by Jessica Amaya

Bon Iver

Back in June, The Awl compiled a long list of the adjectives (and a few adverbs) used by music journalists to describe the new self-titled Bon Iver album. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of the words chosen seemed more apt for describing a coat or a lumberjack than music: plaid-clad, wintry, warm, pretty, layered, rustic, wooly, enveloping. It was an Onion article waiting to be written. (Oh wait, that kind of already happened.)

When the origin story of an artist is as pronounced as Vernon's was with his debut, For Emma, Forever Ago, figuring out the next step can be challenging--especially when the reception was so warm the first time around. Would Vernon continue in a similar vein or break free from the web of adjectives that had carefully been sculpted by publicists and journalists? Even after The Blood Bank EP came out, the question loomed.

Vernon may not have shaved the beard, but judging from last night's show at the United Palace Theatre and the far-flung locales of the song titles on the new album, he has ventured out of that cabin in the Wisconsin woods. Though his music still has a hushed, intimate air about it, it is definitely no longer the work of one man.

But before Vernon and his band assumed their positions, The Rosebuds came out to showcase a handful of songs from their recent release on Merge, Loud Planes Fly Low, in addition to a few old favorites (like "Leaves Do Fall" and "Boxcar" from 2005's Birds Make Good Neighbors). Laced with boisterous choruses, pleasant duets, and anthemic guitar riffs, their set was lively, if not a bit out of place.

After a lengthy set-up (or maybe it just felt like forever), Bon Iver kicked off their set with "Perth," the opening track on the new album. Nine white spotlights cut through the darkness on stage, casting magnified shadows of each of the nine men against the backdrop. But it wasn't long before the lights began to flash rapidly and the colors came streaming in, as if to mirror the unfolding intensity of the song.

Here, of course we have the same earnest falsetto and mysterious lyrics. But the sound is boisterous and the tone, hopeful. I don't think it's an accident that Bon Iver came out, not during the cold, dark months of winter like its predecessors (including the Blood Bank EP), but on the first official day of summer, long after all the residual ice had melted. The hefty brass section (trumpet, trombone, bass sax, French horn), and the crashing percussion quickly revealed that this would be no sleeper of a set.

Justin Vernon and his talented cast of musicians (which included Colin Stetson, Rob Moose, Sean Carey, and others) played through the first four songs of the album before switching it up a bit with some cuts from Blood Bank and a cover by Björk ("Who Is It") to help mix things up. The older songs came later, including a beautiful solo rendition of "Re: Stacks.".

Between songs, Vernon addressed the crowd warmly, though not often. He didn't have to. Old and new songs alike brought thunderous applause from the undiscriminating crowd.

After wrapping up the initial leg of the set with "For Emma," Vernon and the band returned for a gorgeous three-song encore. Before launching into "Wolves," Vernon stopped to give a pep talk. This would be more than your typical sing-a-long. "When we come back on that down beat, that's when you have to just start screaming. Just no more singing words, no more thinking thoughts [...] You just start screaming," he instructed the audience.

After the mad fervor of "Wolves" died away, Vernon finished with a stripped down version of "Skinny Love" that included just a single guitar and percussion, leaving the remaining musicians to leave their instruments behind and gather around a couple of microphones to sing backing vocals. Then after a generous standing ovation, they were gone.

If you missed last night's show, you can check out the band tonight at Prospect Park's Celebrate Brooklyn or stream last week's gorgeous show at the 9:30 Club, courtesy of NPR Music.

The full setlist, a video of the Bjork cover from the Boston show, and more picures from NYC, below...

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Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello's postponed Wellmont Theatre show originally scheduled for May 18 has been rescheduled for October 5 at the same venue. He also added a second date at the NJ venue which will happen on October 6. The 10/5 show honors all tickets from the original 5/18 date and is sold out. Tickets for the 10/6 show go on sale Friday (6/24) at noon.

The tour also hits NYC at United Palace Theatre on October 1. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (6/22) and general sale Friday (6/24) at noon.

Elvis also has shows coming up in Atlantic City, Bridgeport, Westhampton, and Red Bank. All tour dates below...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes, touring in support of their new Sub Pop album Helplessness Blues, played their first of two shows at United Palace Theater in NYC last night (5/18) with the Cave Singers. Pictures from the show, including one of the setlist, are in this post.

They do it again tonight, then appear on Fallon Friday, and finish the tour in Upper Darby, PA on Saturday. Fleet Foxes' other upcoming dates, mostly scheduled in July, now also include Austin City Limits in September. All of them are listed below.

You'll notice on the Wednesday night setlist it says "solo break." That's when Robin Pecknold came out and played "Oliver James" to lead off the encore. Robin, who toured solo with Joanna Newson not too long ago, released a free 3-song solo EP even more recently. That EP, which contains a duet with Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear and a Chris Thompson cover, can be downloaded and streamed, under the rest of the pictures, below...

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Bon Iver

Bon Iver has announced a full summer tour and another NYC show. They'll kick things off with two home-state shows at Milwaukee's Pabst Theater on July 22 and July 23, and end things at the sold out August 10th Brooklyn show, which is one day after the newly-announced NYC show happening at United Palace Theater on August 9. Tickets for that one go on sale Friday at 10am.

As you know:

For the shows Justin Vernon will perform with a 8-piece band that includes many musicians who contributed to the forthcoming album 'Bon Iver,' out June 21 on Jagjaguwar. The touring band will consist of regular Bon Iver contributors Sean Carey (drums, piano), Mike Noyce (guitar) and Matt McCaughan (drums), Rob Moose on violin and guitar (Antony and the Johnsons, The National), Mike Lewis on bass (Andrew Bird, Happy Apple), and a horn section including Reginald Pace, Colin Stetson (Tom Waits, Arcade Fire), and C.J. Camerieri (Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens).
The Rosebuds, whose co-vocalist Ivan Howard also plays in Gayngs with Justin Vernon, will open all shows.

Before then the Rosebuds will spend the first half of the summer out on their own tour in support of their new Merge Records album Loud Planes Fly Low (out June 7th). A video promo for that album and all tour dates, below...

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Adele at PC Richards Theater (more by Andrew St. Clair)

Adele released her new LP 21 this week, and has added more dates to her North American tour to go with it. Tickets to her show at Beacon Theater went lickety-split back when they went on sale, so luckily she has added another NYC show happening at United Palace on May 21st. Tickets go on sale 2/26 at noon.

All tour dates, and a series of videos that Adele put out leading up to the release of "21", below...

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Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes' May 18th show, after two presales, basically sold right out at noon today. Tickets will be on sale shortly are on sale now for a May 19th show that was just added at the same venue. More tour dates HERE.

DOWNLOAD: Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (MP3)

Fleet Foxes

On May 3rd Fleet Foxes will release Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop/Bella Union), the much-anticipated follow up to their 2008 self-titled debut. The release of the twelve-track album will coincide with the band's first North American tour dates since August 2009 followed by a string of UK and European dates. The tour will begin in Vancouver on April 30th and end in London England. Fleet Foxes have made the title-track of the album available for download now.

Helplessness Blues was recorded over the course of a year at Avast Recording, Bear Creek Studios, Dreamland Studios, and Reciprocal Recording. The album was mixed by Phil Ek and co-produced by Fleet Foxes and Ek. The piece that appears on the album cover was illustrated by Seattle artist Toby Liebowitz and painted by Chris Alderson. Fleet Foxes is Robin Pecknold, Skyler Skjelset, Christian Wargo, Casey Wescott, Josh Tillman and Morgan Henderson.

Download that new track, right over the new album's cover art, above.

The presale for the new Fleet Foxes dates will happen at the band's website starting Tuesday the 1st at 9am PST. Those dates include a May 18th show at NYC's United Palace Theatre.

All dates and a just-released, studio-quality video of Oh Land covering "White Winter Hymnal" (like she just did at Hiro Ballroom), below...

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words & photos by Chris Gersbeck


United Palace is probably one of those venues that people groan at when they see the stop listed on a band's tour dates. Located on 175th St. and Broadway in Washington Heights, it's probably a hike for most in attendance, but once you arrive it's something special. A movie palace from 1930 through '69, United Palace was restored and turned into a church, and as a few years ago has been used as concert venue. Not many acts have played there since, but among them are Sigur Ros, Bob Dylan, Iggy & the Stooges, Arcade Fire and now, Interpol. I can only imagine the chaos the Stooges caused during their stay--anyone who's seen them knows they're not exactly a seat-friendly act but Interpol's performance was clearly a good fit for the intricately designed hall and big, open environment.

The Brooklyn-based White Rabbits opened the show, their last stop on this tour, a little after 8pm to a theater of mostly empty seats. A six-member group of multi-instrumentalists, their sound was energetic and full, with members constantly switching off instruments and an additional percussionist providing snare rolls, tambourine and tom hits. Admittedly, it was my first time hearing the band, but it came as no surprise when I learned their 2009 album It's Frightening was produced by Britt Daniel; the influence of Spoon was more than apparent. With the bass and percussion often providing a repetitive yet propulsive rhythm, songs would build up frantically as they went along, with keyboardist/co-frontman Steve Patterson doing his best (unintentional?) Thom Yorke impression. Not to say they reminded me of Radiohead, if anything White Rabbits reminded me more of On A Friday, but I'm certain the Radiohead comparison has been made before. Though it's difficult to gauge an audience's interest when they're sitting (and texting), the response was positive in the end, and it being their last show with Interpol, I'm sure a good way to end a tour.

The last time I saw Interpol was at Lollapalooza in '07, mostly a rainy affair, so my anticipation for an indoor theater show like this was strong. As it got closer to them taking the stage, the sold-out theater was now practically full, and people began leaving their seats and standing in the aisles. The band, clad in their iconic suits, took the stage around 9:20pm and opened with the first song, "Success," off their latest self-titled album. Although a bit of a dark and dreary way to open a show, you have to remind yourself that this is Interpol- dark & dreary is what they do. The band made no hesitation in going through their back catalogue, something I always appreciate, immediately following with Turn on the Bright Lights' "Say Hello to the Angels" before going into Antics' "Narc" and "Length of Love". The energy on stage was definitely there, though a lot of the credit there goes to guitarist Daniel Kessler, who rarely stops moving and acknowledging the crowd. I'm sure a lot of fans were initially disappointed upon hearing of Carlos D's departure earlier this year, but current touring bassist David Pajo of Slint is a worthy replacement. One of Interpol's strongest aspects are its flawless bass and drum interplay, and along with Sam Fogerino on drums, I don't think anyone dwelled too much on Dengler's absence.

While the crowd seemed initially reluctant to get too into the performance, by the time they went into "Slow Hands" the aisles were now nearly full of dancing fans. Following it with a slow song like "Untitled" might seem like an excellent way to kill the momentum, but instead playing the first song on their debut felt like the first time the band bonded with its audience. It reminded me of why I got into Interpol in the first place; the band that in 2002 suddenly became the so-called messiahs of New York City's indie scene.

Back to the momentum: a highlight of the show was "PDA", and the guitar breakdown in the middle received the most uproarious response the entire night, but this time following it with slow new song "Memory Serves" really brought things to a halt. They were able to pick things up with the great "Not Even Jail", but in my opinion, not the best way to close a set. Including favorites "Evil and "Obstacle 1" during the encore definitely helped, and while it seemed like for a minute there was going to be a second encore, all hope was lost when some of the brightest house lights I've ever seen shone down on the audience cueing a collective moan. Those who headed for the subway entrance at 175th Street were stuck trying to squeeze into the only two available turnstiles, prompting amusing belittlement to anyone whose Metrocard didn't work on the first swipe. If United Palace starts having more shows they might want to solve that problem, but for now the few big shows they have throughout the year should remain as exceptional as Friday's.

Interpol's next North American tour will include a headlining show at Radio City Music Hall (still no tickets yet). More pictures from United Palace with Interpol's setlist, below...

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The xx @ Webster Hall in March (more by Bao Nguyen)
The xx

"Marry me, Oliver!" was the cry from a desperate girl in the crowd when the trio finally took the stage under low light to begin systematically breaking hearts, including mine. (Mr. Blue Sky, don't fail me now!!) For those who missed Joy Division the first time, I am so happy you have your own version now -- as Oliver Sim and Romy Croft whispered the first words of a delicately slowed-down "Crystalised," they were joined by hundreds of quiet, worshipful voices in the crowd, and I found myself mesmerized by their totally depressing stage presence. (Croft's sadness alone could make a dorm at Sarah Lawrence crumble into dust.) Their strength comes in stillness, in the ability to distill all the dance grooves of their contemporaries into a single note plucked over and over from a single string. At close distance, they are a stunning live band.

In the back of a muddy tent? Maybe not so stunning -- I crawled out from the mobbed sidestage and wrapped around to the center of gen pop, where the crowd was already starting to wander away, engaged in conversation or spastic dancing or the eating of brown foods. Some dude walked past me and muttered something to his buddy about what would happen if "the dude from Depeche Mode who killed himself" could see this band. I started to notice that from afar, the stoic plucking of a single string with whispered lyrics layered on top doesn't really hold anyone's attention. But there wasn't much I could do short of find a border collie and try to herd people deeper into the tent, so I hung for a while, heard "Basic Space" (my patented I Can Leave If I Hear This Song™ system having gone into effect at midnight), and headed for the car. I may have shuffled my feet despondently a bit on the way there.
[Entertainment Weekly on the xx at Bonnaroo]

The band's full Bonnaroo set is currently streaming at NPR.

As previously mentioned, The xx will be in NYC for a free show at the Central Park SummerStage on Sunday, August 8th with Jack Penate and Chairlift. That's the day after the band plays Lollapalooza, and right before the band heads to Europe for a trip that includes an appearance at Oslo, Norway's Oya Festival. The full Oya lineup is below

The xx will be back in New York this fall for an October 2nd show at United Palace Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 18th at 11am. That date is part of a fall tour that includes stops at Pop Montreal and Austin City Limits.

All dates, a video from Bonnaroo, the Oya lineup, and the German Melt Festival lineup (they play that too), below...

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Allman BrothersAllman Brothers

"Due to an unforeseen family matter, the Allman Brothers Band shows scheduled for March 22-27 in New York City have been cancelled. The shows scheduled for March 11-20 at the United Palace will take place as planned. Refunds are available at point of purchase. The group looks forward to seeing their fans at all their upcoming performances including their Wanee Festival in Florida (April 16 & 17), the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (April 23-25) and at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival (June 26). TM is automatically refunding any tickets that were purchased online."

photos by Diana Wong

Vampire Weekend

"Now we know Contra has bloggers and music lovers torn down the seams, with some loving the album and the rest hating every minute of it, but last night the band had nothing but fans in the seats and played to them by mixing up tunes from their self-titled debut and their new record alike. Older favorites like "A-Punk", "Oxford Comma", and "Ottoman" were all sung along with and new tunes like "Horchata" and "Run" also seemed to get people crooning along with Ezra Koenig and company.

Watching the band you could see the exhaustion of the early promotional efforts was starting to get to them, but the soldiered on with energy and gusto hitting every note and making sure folks were dancing along to each song. Between tunes Ezra or Rostam would chat with the crowd, telling us this may have been the longest show they had ever played. It truly seemed that way as they seemed to work in just about every song we've ever heard from the band, missing a few but we're assuming we just happened to miss those.

The show was pretty amazing, and while seeing them at the far more intimate Webster Hall or Bowery Ballroom would have been a trip, they seem to have grown to the point where the United Palace Theater is now the perfect setting for the band. The spacious, historic space seemed like home for Vampire Weekend on Sunday night and considering they spent years storming the area not too far south from there it makes all the sense in the world that this would be their homecoming show and that they would receive such an outpouring of love all night long." [PTST]

Vampire Weekend's show at United Palace last night (1/17) was the first of their three night run that continues at Webster Hall (with Holly Miranda opening) tonight (1/18). More tour dates HERE. More pictures and some videos from Sunday (with Titus Andronicus opening), below...

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On Tuesday [January 5th] night the Allman band, whose annual routine of residencies at that Upper West Side theater once seemed as permanent as the bathroom-wall graffiti at CBGB, announced that when it came to New York in March, it would not appear at the Beacon, where it has played 190 shows over the past 20 years.

Instead the band will perform at the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights, having lost its longtime Manhattan home to another group.

"Cirque du Soleil came and bought it out from under us," Gregg Allman, the band's singer and keyboard player, said in a telephone interview.

"It's a drag," Mr. Allman added. "But one monkey don't stop no show." [New York Times]

The Cirque du Soleil show in question is called "Banana Shpeel," and the Times writes that its run will occupy the theater "January through June -- and possibly into August." Tickets are on sale for performances up until May 30th. That'll possibly prevent other bands (like Wilco if they wanted to) from playing shows during that time period too.

Allman Brothers Band shows will happen March 11-13, 15, 16, 18-20 at United Palace Theatre. More dates will be added if those sell out (they got up to 15 nights last year after postponing 15 in 2008). Tickets go on AmEx presale beginning Friday, January 8th at 10am. General sale starts Friday, January 15th at 10am.

More info on the shows (including the Allman's lineup) and some "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show" videos (songs), below...

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Bob Dylan & band @ United Palace Theatre (on night 1) (wflines)

"...this was the first show I've seen since guitarist Charlie Sexton rejoined the band. The setlist was phenomonal: they opened [night three] with a hard rocking, swagger heavy "Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking" (from Slow Train Coming), followed by a loose "The Man In Me" (from New Morning, and also used in the opening credits of The Big Lebowski). The fans loved the semi-obscure picks. Then he played my favorite song from my favorite album of 2009: "Beyond Here Lies Nothing" from Together Through Life. He also played "Jolene" and "My Wife's Home Town" from that album, all of which were great. Dylan is such a '60s icon, and of course he has nearly five decades of material to draw from, I'm glad he still plays so much recent music, which shows his continued relevance: the album he drew from the most was 2006's Modern Times: "Thunder On The Mountain," "When The Deal Goes Down," "Workingman's Blues #2" and "Ain't Talkin'." He played my favorite song from 2001's "Love & Theft," "High Water (For Charlie Patton.)" And I was glad he hit one of my favorites, "Cold Irons Bound," from 1997's Time Out Of Mind. Over 50% of the show was from the past 12 years, which I think is awesome. As you know, I consider Bob to be one of the best artists of the '00s." [No Expiration]
Bob Dylan played his third show in a row at United Palace Theatre in NYC on Thursday night (11/19). It was also the last show of his current tour. The setlist varied night to night. You can see Tuesday's HERE, Wednesday's HERE, and Thursday's, along with a widget for his new Christmas album and a video from the first night, below...

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Bob Dylan @ United Palace Theater - Nov 18, 2009 (hightea)
Bob Dylan

Huffington Post: A lot of the acts from your generation seem to be trading on nostalgia. They play the same songs the same way for the last 30 years. Why haven't you ever done that?

Bob Dylan: I couldn't if I tried. Those guys you are talking about all had conspicuous hits. They started out anti-establishment and now they are in charge of the world. Celebratory songs. Music for the grand dinner party. Mainstream stuff that played into the culture on a pervasive level. My stuff is different from those guys. It's more desperate. Daltrey, Townshend, McCartney, the Beach Boys, Elton, Billy Joel. They made perfect records, so they have to play them perfectly ... exactly the way people remember them. My records were never perfect. So there is no point in trying to duplicate them. Anyway, I'm no mainstream artist.

Bob Dylan and his band played for the second night in a row at United Palace Theater on Wednesday (11/18). Those that went both nights were rewarded with a different setlist at each show (until the end anyway). Night one setlist HERE. Night three tickets HERE. Night two's setlist below...

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Bob Dylan @ United Palace Theatre - 11/17/09 (Frank Beacham)
Bob Dylan

Even Bob Dylan can't be Bob Dylan all the time.

The 68-year-old Boy From the North Country born Robert Allen Zimmerman has been trying to break his own myth since the mid-'60s, when he alienated fans of his early folk albums by plugging in and rocking out. Since then, his muse has come and gone, but his contrarian streak has been a constant.

For the past 20 years, the road has been constant too. Dylan tours endlessly, turning up at a half-full arena or a minor league ballpark near you again and again, as if to prove he's no sage, just an itinerant song-and-dance-man. Though late-period albums like "Time Out of Mind" and "Love and Theft" have evinced a creative renewal, he's often been erratic, even indifferent onstage. Still, there's something noble in his doggedness, singing on even though thousands of shows have curdled his voice into a viscous, gut-shot croak. On a good night, he can still remind you why people worshiped him in the first place. [Washington Post]

Was last night a good night? Bob Dylan and band played their first of three nights in a row at United Palace Theatre in NYC (11/17). Dion is the opener. Tickets are still available for the next two (11/18-11/19).

The setlist from night one, and a better version (than what I posted before) of Bob's new hysterical video for "Must be Santa" (off Bob's new Christmas album), below...

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"To paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, you go to a Bob Dylan concert for the Bob Dylan you have, not the Bob Dylan you might want or wish to have at a later time.

The Dylan that played the Moore Theatre last night was maybe not the ideal Dylan, but the sold-out, standing-room crowd embraced him anyway. The freewheelin' Dylan, the Highway 61 Dylan, the "Desire" Dylan -- they're not the current Dylan, an aged outlaw magician dressed like Zorro's dad in black-on-black coat and pants and wide-brim hat, incomparable to the Dylan of however many decades ago." [Seattle Times]

Bob Dylan is touring in October and November. New dates include three night runs in November at Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston and at United Palace Theatre in New York City. Tickets for the NY shows are now on presale (password = smithers). All dates and a recent setlist, below...

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Grace Jones @ Sonar Fest (more by Zach Dilgard)
Grace Jones

tonight in NYC
* Louis CK @ Caroline's
* Arlo Guthrie @ Castle Clinton
* BBC w/ Nels Cline @ The Stone
* Ismael Miranda @ East River Park
* Tim & Eric @ Santos Party House
* Grace Jones @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Chrisette Michele @ Springfield Park
* Ghost Gamblers, Phonograph @ Union Pool
* Destroyer (solo), Iran @ Bowery Ballroom
* Glenn Patscha, Elysian Fields @ City Winery
* Method Man, Redman, Ghostface @ Nokia Theatre
* Rooftop Films w/ The Drums @ Automotive High School
* Suckers, Sean Bones, Acrylics, Class Actress @ Pianos
* Jarvis Cocker, Little Joy @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson & Paul Motian @ Village Vanguard
* The Builders and the Butchers, Illinois, Arms @ The Bell House
* Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Connie Francis @ Seaside Park
* Burning Spear, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens @ Prospect Park
* Chinese Stars, Tinsel Teeth, Birthing Of Millions @ Death By Audio
* The Sundelles, The Horse's Ha, Hospitality, Mr. Dream @ Bruar Falls
* Erika Wennerstrom, Butterfly Boucher @ Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
* Rx Bandits, Dredg, As Tall As Lions, Zechs Marquise @ Irving Plaza
* The Veils, Foreign Born, Faces on Film, The Jaguar Club @ Mercury Lounge
* Diesel U:Music w/ The Roots, Lykke Li, Clipse, Passion Pit, more @ Webster Hall

Free outdoor music tonight includes Arlo Guthrie at one of Castle Clinton's Four Nights of Peace: Woodstock Tribute shows, Burning Spear and Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens at the Prospect Park Bandshell, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons and Connie Francis at Seaside Park, Chrisette Michele at Springfield Park in Queens, and Ismael Miranda at East River Park.

Grace Jones, who just played on the West Coast with Of Montreal, is at Hammerstein Ballroom tonight. She goes on at 9 after an opening DJ set by House of House.

Wilco's Nels Cline plays with BBC (Tim Berne on saxophone and Jim Black on drums) at The Stone. Nels is at Summerstage on Saturday.

Diesel U:Music hosts a gig at Webster Hall with The Roots, Passion Pit and many more. Special guests may include Lykke Li (also at APW this weekend) and Clipse.

Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards plays a show at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe with Butterfly Boucher. Look for her with band tomorrow at All Points West.

Speaking of which - Method Man, Redman and Ghostface play a pre-APW kick-off show tonight at Nokia Theatre.

Rooftop Films screens legendary bad movie Troll 2 with a set by The Drums (who played Bowery Ballroom last night) at Automotive High School. Kurt Vile plays Rooftop's showing of the behind-the-film doc tomorrow.

Jarvis Cocker and Little Joy play Music Hall of Williamsburg (not Terminal 5).

It's your last chance to see the Suckers at their Pianos residency, tonight, with Sean Bones, Acrylics and Class Actress. (The Grates finished theirs last night.)

UK band The Veils play the Mecury Lounge with Foreign Born, Faces on Film and The Jaguar Club. They also have a show coming up at the Bell House.

Bruar Falls hosts The Sundelles, The Horse's Ha, Hospitality and Mr. Dream.

Destroyer aka Dan Bejar plays a solo gig tonight with Iran at Bowery Ballroom. The show is just one of Iran's Destroyer-supporting shows. They'll play with Fruit Bats in September on that band's tour (which stop at the MHOW). Bejar will be back for a Wordless Music show in September.

R.I.P. Rev. Ike

The Rev. Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II, the flamboyant minister better known as the Reverend Ike, who preached the blessings of material prosperity to a large congregation in New York and to television and radio audiences nationwide, died Tuesday in Los Angeles, where he had lived since 2007. He was 74...."Close your eyes and see green," Reverend Ike would tell his 5,000 parishioners from a red-carpeted stage at the former Loew's film palace on 175th Street in Washington Heights, the headquarters of his United Church Science of Living Institute. "Money up to your armpits, a roomful of money and there you are, just tossing around in it like a swimming pool." [NY Times]
Some know that former Loew's as United Palace.

All Points West starts tomorrow.

Video of Fanfarlo played "Comets" acoustic, below...

The new video for YACHT's "Psychic City" is below. The band just played Santos and a boat.

What else?

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DOWNLOAD: Monsters of Folk - Say Please (MP3)

Monsters of Folk

Monsters of Folk (Mike Mogis, Conor Oberst, M. Ward, and Yim Yames...or Jim James as most know him) will be heading out on tours of North America and Europe this fall. That tour comes to NYC for two nights in November. One will be November 6th at the United Palace (which recently hosted Sonic Youth). The second will November 8th at the Beacon Theater. Tickets for the NYC shows (and all shows) go on general sale Friday, July 31st, and "an exclusive pre-sale for Monsters of Folk fans begins on Tuesday, July 28th".

For the tour...

The four members will be switching instruments and trading roles throughout each show, maintaining the freewheeling and highly collaborative spirit of their work together thus far.

On this inaugural tour, Monsters of Folk is partnering with Air Traffic Control, a resource for musicians' philanthropic and social change work, to donate monies raised from ticket sales. The band will be donating $1 from every ticket sold on the tour to local non-profits.

The group's self-titled debut will be out September 22nd on Shangri-La Music. Check out the second track from that above, as well as the album track list, below.

M. Ward plays his own show at Central Park Summerstage on August 1st. All MoF tour dates and the album track list, below...

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photos by Bao Nguyen, words by Martin Longley

Sonic Youth

The 'A' train is not carrying its accustomed load, up at 175th Street. Droves of downtown rock'n'rollers are arriving at the relatively underused United Palace Theatre, on the less-frequented Washington Heights section of Broadway. It's an architectural wonder, impressively elaborate even before entering. Once inside, the exotica magnifies, as the foyer is encrusted on all sides by highly detailed work that can only be described as a decorative fusion. This joint must surely be one of the city's most ornate theatres, and on a particularly grandiose scale. It's best described as a dripping melange of Moorish, Hindu, Gothic, Rococo and Coney Island motifs. A huge organ sits waiting, greeting arrivals upon entry. Upstairs, the sealed manager's office has a David Lynchian metal lozenge of a sign hanging above its door. Down the corridor (with its infinity of mirror-reflection lamps) is another shuttered room with a keyhole that reveals an empty banquet table. The Room Of Rest has a row of porcelain urinals to covet. Upon entering the loges (balcony, to ordinary mortals), the full scale of this massive space is revealed, the vast walls continuing the densely barnacled theme. Although grand, there's also a sense of faded decadence, an almost morbid aura of decay. Upstairs, though, the acoustics are reverberational in the extreme.

review continued w/ more pictures & setlist, below...

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Thurston Moore at Santos on April 7th (more by Lori Baily)
Thurston Moore

"Sonic Youth announce their North American tour for this summer. General tickets are on sale Sat May 2. Presale tickets on sale Friday May 1. Buy Early Get Now exclusive presale tickets available April 30."

The Buy Early Get Now presale means that you pre-ordered their new album which also gets you access to early tickets for the tour. That also means you got a free recording of the band's July 4th, 2008 show in Battery Park. It will be good listening on the train up to Washington Heights (if you don't live near there) for their July 3rd, 2009 show at United Palace. Hopefully Lee has his old guitar back by then. All dates below...

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Photos by Chris La Putt

Smashing Pumpkins

"Now, it's bad enough to subject your audience to about 40 minutes of abrasive, deliberately off-putting music, but it's even more uncool to come back for an encore that mocks them for not being 100% with you, and feeling disappointed for not hearing more of what they expected to hear from a show billed as a 20th anniversary concert. In conventional show biz logic, if you're going to go that far, you should at least leave the audience with a crowd-pleaser. In Billy Corgan logic, you come out and perform one of the lesser songs from your best-selling album, and then finish off with a song that mixes disingenuous hippy-dippy "everyone is beautiful!" lyrics with improvised sarcastic rants that outright diss the city you're playing in, mock the fans for paying to see your band, and tell your visibly disappointed audience that you'll see them in hell. It was full-on douche-tastic passive-aggression. It's as if he set out to do this heel turn, and purposefully alienate as much of the audience as possible. Well, it worked. Believe me, unless you've witnessed other shows on this tour, it's unlikely you've seen a more defeated audience exit from a rock show." [Fluxblog, night one]
Pictures from Friday (11/7), and setlists from both of the shows they played at the United Palace in NYC, below...

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