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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

FFS (Franz Ferdinand + Sparks), The Intelligence @ Terminal 5
Sparks and Franz Ferdinand proved to be two great tastes that taste great together on their collaborative FFS album. This tour should prove even moreso, with hits sets from both bands as well as FFS songs. Making the night even better: brainy garage wiseacres The Intelligence open.

Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Steely Dan are back for another multi-night run at Beacon Theatre and each night is a different theme. For the first night, you get Aja in full, plus a second set of hits.

Tame Impala, LA Priest @ Radio City Music Hall
For Tame Impala's third album Currents, Kevin Parker went heavier on the synths and offered up some of his best psych-pop songwriting yet. Tonight's the first of two sold-out NYC shows, both with LA Priest, the funky new project of former Late of the Pier frontman Sam Dust.

Kurt Vile and the Violators, Waxahatchee, Luke Roberts @ Webster Hall
Kurt Vile returned this year with b'lieve i'm goin down.... It's got plenty of the guitar heroics and clever lyrics we've come to expect from KV, but also new ground is explored including a heavy usage of piano. He's always great live, and these shows should be no exception. Waxahatchee is also supporting a new album, Ivy Tripp, her biggest-sounding record to date (and the current live band is her best yet).

Wavves, Twin Peaks, Steep Leans @ Irving Plaza
Wavves' new album is their most polished yet and their most dedicated to straight-up rockers the whole time. They're an even bigger blast live, and the openers tonight are well-matched. Second of two NYC shows.

Pentagram, Electric Citizen, Satan's Satyrs @ Saint Vitus Bar
Stoner/doom metal as we know it probably wouldn't exist without the influence of Pentagram, so it's exciting that they still tour and put out records. Tonight's their second of two Saint Vitus shows, in support of the new Curious Volume LP.

Stars, Geographer @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Stars' recent albums haven't been the most exciting, but there's no denying the power of Set Yourself on Fire and those other earlier records. They begin a two-night run in NYC tonight.

Homeshake, Jerry Paper @ Baby's All Right
Peter Sagar, who used to play guitar for Mac DeMarco, has his own band Homeshake. The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, as you can tell on their new album, Midnight Snack.

Scott Rogowski, Horatio Sanz, Here We Go Magic, Budd Mishkin @ Littlefield
It's another edition of live talk show Running Late with Scott Rogowski, and it's a pretty impressive lineup of guests: former SNL castmemeber Horatio Sans, NY1's Budd Mishkin, and a live performance by Here We Go Magic.

Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Black Sea Hotel, Ellis Ludgwig Leone (of San Fermin) @ National Sawdust
Accompanied by American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), Brooklyn Youth Chorus will perform pieces by a variety of composers, including National Sawdust director Paola Prestini. The night also features San Fermin bandleader Ellis Ludwig-Leone performing a new work by Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, and Bulgarian a cappella trio Black Sea Hotel.

Four Year Strong, Defeater, Superheaven, My Iron Lung @ Gramercy Theatre
We're not so into the headliner of this show, but we are excited about melodic hardcore band Defeater and the grungy Superheaven, who make for a great pairing on their own.

Chris Gethard (Career Suicide), Jeff Rosenstock @ Union Hall
Chris does another of his recurring Career Suicide shows tonight, and the musical guest is his old pal Jeff Rosenstock, who seemingly only knows how to put on wild shows.

Garden City Movement @ Elvis Guesthouse
Garden City Movement are from Israel, and they make the kind of electronic pop that gained popularity in the wake of James Blake's first album. They're currently on their first uS tour.

Guardian Alien, Jon Mueller, Byron Westbrook, Brown Water Wampum Band @ Alphaville
This bill has at least two expert drummers: Liturgy's Greg Fox with his Guardian Alien project and Pele/Collections of Colonies of Bees/Volcano Choir's Jon Mueller as a solo artist. rounding things out is Byron Westbrook (Corridors) and another Liturgy (and PC Worship) related band, Brown Water Wampum Band.

'All for the Hall' w/ Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris & more @ Best Buy Theater
This is a fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, with tickets starting at $100. Legendary songwriters Paul Simon and Emmylou Harris are on the bill, and they join veteran artist Vince Gill and modern-day Top 40 singers Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.

Drowners, Tora, Beasthead, Evvy, Del Water Gap, My Bubba, Sherman Ewing, Adam Melchoir, Sebastian Mikael, Mothers, Hunter and the Bear @ Rockwood Music Hall
It's the monthly Communion night that takes over all three stages at Rockwood, headlined by local indie rockers Drowners.

Buster Pointdexter @ Cafe Carlyle
David Johansen puts back on the tux and Buster Poindexter persona for a night of saucy cabaret.

Cake Shop Comedy @ Cake Shop
If you miss Big Terrific and Hannibal Buress' Sunday night show at Knit, and are looking for a new free, weekly comedy show that happens in a rock club and sometimes has big name talent stop by unexpectedly, "Cake Shop Comedy" might do the trick. (Aziz Ansari and Louis CK have both stopped by in recent weeks.) 8 PM.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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by Doug Moore


So this isn't entirely new info. Famed Star Trek star/all-around weird dude William Shatner discussed his upcoming prog rock collaboration with Yes guitarist/keyboardist Billy Sherwood in a Rolling Stone interview back in September. The album will apparently pair a bunch of Sherwood-penned prog tunes with Shatner's "original spoken word poetry"; one can only hope that such a pairing is as insane in practice as it sounds on paper. Shatner was in rare form for the interview; here are just some gems among many:

"The label came to me and said, "Would you like to do another album?" and I said, "Absolutely." Then they said, "Well, what would you like to do?" In that moment, I had a creative thought. I said, "I'll take that period of time, an hour before sunset, where a guy is at the beach and in despair about his life, and write music that goes through twilight and sunset into the sounds of the night. Gradually, with the beauty of the night and his thinking, he regains the joy of his life.""

"I think that prog rock is the science fiction of music."

"I'd love to be part of a discussion of where progressive rock ends and country music begins."

"Well, it's up to you to convince [listeners] that it's not a novelty record."

This isn't Shatner's first go-round with the music business; he recorded a 'metal album' a few years back, made a record (and covered Pulp) with Ben Folds in 2004, and the roots of his musical career go back to the '60s with his cult classic The Transformed Man.

But Shatner has revealed the details of the upcoming prog album -- entitled Ponder the Mystery, duh -- and judging by what we know so far, this might be the single most absurdly Shatnerian media event ever. It's out next week (10/8) via Cleopatra Records. Here's a bit of the press release:

"As word began to circulate about William Shatner's newest musical project, the prog rock concept album Ponder The Mystery, critics and fans quickly realized it was a match made, if not in Heaven, then in the most glorious reaches of the galaxy. Shatner is after all an enormously popular and celebrated icon of science fiction fantasy, and no musical genre is as invested in, devoted to or driven by fantasy and the imaginative as progressive rock. And though Mr. Shatner is no stranger to the musical world, what sets this effort apart from previous endeavors is the fact that he co-wrote the album, penning a set of intensely personal lyrics for producer/multi-instrumentalist Billy Sherwood (of the prog rock institution Yes) to compose around. And now, after months of puzzled rumors, probing questions and ponderous speculation, the album is finally ready to be embraced by the general public; it will be released on CD, vinyl and digital formats October 8, 2013.
Joining the two Bill's on this journey into the mysteries of human curiosity and consciousness is a group of virtuosos from numerous genres and fields: Mick Jones from Foreigner (not Mick Jones from The Clash), Simon House from Hawkwind (a version of which plays NYC on 10/13 without him), Steve Vai from...the G3 tour, acclaimed jazz guitarist Al Di Meola, Rick Wakeman (also of Yes), Belgian multi-instrumentalist Joel Vandroogenbroeck, better-known multi-instrumentalist Edgard Winter (playing sax here), Nik Turner (also of Hawkwind and who is playing Saint Vitus in November), country singer Vince Gill, Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream, Robby Krieger from The Doors, smooth jazz saxophonist Dave Koz, and jazz keytar king George Duke.

My brain starts to ache when I try to imagine the specifics of what this album is going to sound like, but I do not exaggerate when I say that I can't wait to hear what this sounds like. Hopefully it will be the technicolor rainbow space vomit of cleanly-produced sound that this insane list of guests implies. There are some sound snippets over at Amazon.

Oh, and he'll be performing the album live. No East Coast dates have been announced but he'll be playing shows in California later this month and those are listed below. Shatner told The Beach Reporter if they go well, there may be more. "I'm feeling the audience out to see whether it's as good as I think it is and whether we should go on with it or not. In effect, Hermosa Beach is a testing ground. This is a new experience for everyone."

In all seriousness, kudos to Shatner for staying creatively active after all these years. Ponder the Mystery comes out on 10/8; keep an eye out for some streaming samples. Meanwhile, check out the tracklist and list of live dates, below.

Continue reading "William Shatner releasing prog rock album featuring members of Yes, Hawkwind & more, performing it live too (dates)"

Eric Clapton at BAM in 2010 (more by Kevin Mazur)
Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton is kicking off a major US tour in March, 2013 which will culminate in NYC with the two-night Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden from April 12 to 13. In addition to Clapton, the festival will feature a ton of other artists, including Allman Brother Band, Jeff Beck, BB King, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Gary Clark Jr., Blake Mills, Los Lobos, Frank Ocean sideman John Mayer, and many others.

The Terrace level at MSG will also host the "Guitar Center Road to Crossroads Exhibition," which will feature a number of historic guitars on display, memorabilia, archival footage, and interactive exhibits where fans can play products by Fender, Gibson, Ernie Ball, and Martin. The exhibition will open at 6:30 PM on 4/12 and 6 PM on 4/13, and is free to ticket holders.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday, November 30 at noon with a Chase (who is presenting the show) presale beginning Monday, November 26 at noon.

A list of all Clapton dates, the full Crossroads Guitar Festival lineup, and a video, are below.

Continue reading "Eric Clapton announces 2013 US tour, including Crossroads Guitar Festival at MSG w/ many guests (dates)"


This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:

We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.

Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.

Pandora's principal asset is the music.

Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.

Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to fairpayforartists.com for more information on their point of view..

The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.

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Blind Boys of Alabama

The Blind Boys of Alabama [released] a traditional country-gospel album for the first time in their 70-year career on May 3rd, 2011. One of country music's most acclaimed and compelling artists, Jamey Johnson, co-produced the album and performs on it along with Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., Lee Ann Womack, and The Oak Ridge Boys.
The Oak Ridge Boys join The Blind Boys of Alabama for an intimate show at City Winery in NYC TONIGHT (5/10). It's not cheap, but tickets are amazingly still on sale. All Blind Boys dates, and a video of them performing with Jamey Johnson & the Oak Ridge Boys on "Fox & Friends" this morning, below...

Continue reading "Blind Boys of Alabama released a guest-filled country-gospel album, The Oak Ridge Boys play with them in NYC tonight"