Entries tagged with: Weird Al Yankovic

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Weird Al / Hot Chip / Flying Lotus / War on Drugs @ Governors Ball 6/7/2005
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball

Weird Al came swinging right from the bell, brandishing his accordion and taking a polka tour through a number of recent top 40 hits. It was a good way to bait the crowd, likely expecting a set heavy on numbers from last year's smash, Mandatory Fun. The first of these was "Foil", set to the tune of Lorde's "Royals". Some of the props from its music video were wheeled out, plenty of aluminum foil included. The song's Illuminati-referencing second half may have been lost on a festival crowd, but that was quickly forgotten. Weird Al darted offstage as soon as the song finished, leaving the crowd hotly anticipating what Weird Al would bring next. The thing he brought was IT. And by "IT" I mean one of his most dearly loved classics, the Michael Jackson parody "Fat", complete with a fat suit that was a perfect replica of the one Weird Al sports in the song's music video. If festivalgoers were still warming up to the Weird Al festival phenomenon, they were fully in his hands by this point. Even the sound guy was singing along. - [Popmatters]
Governors Ball finished up its 2015 festival on Sunday (6/7) with sets by The Black Keys, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Flying Lotus, A-Track, The War on Drugs, Sturgill Simpson and more. But the most talked-about set may have been Weird Al who tore through hits and costume changes at a frenzied pace. Pictures from his set and the rest of day 3 are in this post.

Pictures from Governors Ball day 1 are HERE and day 2 are HERE. More from the final day, below....

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"Weird Al" Yankovic, who won a Grammy this year for Mandatory Fun, is out on his "Mandatory Tour" which hits NYC proper at Governors Ball. It will be back through the NY area later in the summer, stopping at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on July 30. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

The "Mandatory Tour" also hits Huntington, NY's The Paramount on August 1 (tickets) and he'll also make other stops in NY, New Jersey, and Connecticut. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Weird Al expands 'Mandatory' tour, playing Capitol Theatre, The Paramount & lots more dates"


Yesterday was Coachella, and today another spring 2015 festival lineup is announced: Governors Ball. The fest takes place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 5-7 and includes Drake, Bjork, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Ratatat, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Weird Al Yankovic, The War on Drugs, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, SBTRKT, Conor Oberst, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten, DIIV, Rustie, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Florence + the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chromeo, Flume, Sturgill Simpson, Kiesza, Strand of Oaks, Bishop Nehru, Kate Tempest and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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Simpsons action figures
Simpsons action figures
Simpsons action figures
Simpsons action figures
Simpsons action figures

The ongoing Simpsons "Greatest Guest Stars" action figure line is adding Aerosmith, Tom Jones, Weird Al Yankovic, Elvis Costello, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin to the growing collection. This "fourth wave" of characters will be available in October, and can now join Hugh Hefner, James Brown, Yao Ming, Tom Hanks, Kid Rock, The Who, Britney Spears, Mark Hamill, Lucy Lawless, Tony Hawk, Penn and Teller, Bret Hart, Stephen King, Leonard Nimoy and R.E.M. in your display case.

weird (weird Al even) but true...


Make your Bonnaroo 2013 schedule now.


Juan Maclean
Juan Maclean

Purling Hiss @ Bowery Ballroom, 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Purling Hiss

today in NYC
* Lady @ Joe's Pub
* Evergreen @ BAM
* C2C @ Irving Plaza
* Cage Match NYC @ UCB
* Gad Elmaleh @ City Winery
* Rachelle Garniez @ Barbes
Rewards (DJ) @ Ace Hotel
* Jan Bell & The Maybelles @ Barbes
* Matt Shipp and Rob Brown @ The Stone
* Fol Chen, Valleys, Softspot @ Glasslands
* Frightened Rabbit, Wintersleep @ Terminal 5
* Soldisco, Nick Hook, Vails, Alex English @ WIP
* Clint Mansell @ Church of St. Paul The Apostle
* Matt Shipp and Steve Dalachinsky @ The Stone
* Meat Puppets, The World Takes @ Mercury Lounge
* Juan Maclean, Tim Sweeney, Dan Wender @ Output
* Purling Hiss, SpacinŐ, Axis:sovA, mancontrol @ 285 Kent
* Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bombadill @ Bowery Ballroom
* See Through, Reputante, The Midnight Hollow @ Union Pool
* Jaill, Wild Yaks, Las Rosas, Pop Zeus @ The Knitting Factory
* Zebu, The Great Valley, Omnivore, Big French @ Shea Stadium
* Reverend Horton Heat, Continental @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
* Slingshot Dakota, The Marine Electric, Koji, Cutters @ Muchmore's
* Phil Andrews and Richard Semegram (covering Beck) @ Silent Barn
* Ice Cream, Animal Tropical, The Roulettes, ClaireŐs Diary @ Big Snow
* Ocrilim (Mick Barr or Orthrelm), Psalm Zero, Geryon @ Bowery Electric
* Robin Zander (of Cheap Trick), Randy Jackson (of Zebra) @ B.B. King's
* Frances Cone, Yokel & the Heavyweights, Such Hounds @ Cameo Gallery
* Alex Metric (DJ Set), Goldroom, Little Daylight, Lovelife @ Santos Party House
* The Goddamn Gallows, American Speedway, Tombstone Brawlers @ Maxwell's
'Bananazzz' screening, Nuclear Santa Claust, 3Jane, Lilith Vector @ Death By Audio
* Andrea Tomasi, Jason Anderson, John Craigie & Leigh Jones @ Pete's Candy Store
* Wilsen, Jesse Elliot, The Hollows, Alexandra Stewart, You Won't @ Rockwood Music Hall
* People's Champs, The Shoe Ins, Lips, Hungry Hands, Baby Boy, Silas Fermoy, Afeefa & The Boy @ Pianos

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Ever wonder what Weird Al and Huey Lewis thought of Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho or its subsequent film adaptation starring Christian Bale? Find out in a video you can watch below.

In conjunction with the release of their new album, Random Access Memories, Daft Punk are releasing a series of web videos talking with their collaborators on the record. First up: electro pioneer Giorgio Moroder, whose single "I Feel Love" with Donna Summer is an electronic dance music touchstone. He'll be in NYC next month DJing as part of Red Bull Music Academy. Meanwhile, watch the video below.

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Moby's audition did not go well...

As maybe you're heard, The Postal Service are back together for a 10th anniversary tour, including two shows at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. What you may not know is that Ben Gibbard was one of many singers who auditioned for Jimmy Tamborello. Aimee Mann, Moby or even Duff McKagan (plus others) could've ended up in the band... or so this Funny or Die clip (directed by Tom Scharpling) purports which you can watch below.

Continue reading "watch Moby, Weird Al, Aimee Mann, Marc Maron and more audition for The Postal Service"


Polka-loving parodist Weird Al, who you may have watched online for an hour recently as he slowly doled out info about Bonnroo 2013, will be going on tour later this year which will culminate in that Manchester, TN festival. His dates also include a stop at Port Chester, NY's The Capitol Theatre on June 2. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/1) at noon.

No word on a new album from the man who's last was 2011's Alpocalypse. But there's no way he's not going to parody "Call Me Maybe," and soon, right? All Weird Al tour dates are listed below.

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Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...

With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.

Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.

There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2013 lineup announcement underway"


As previously noted, Bonnaroo's 2013 line-up will be revealed today via a webcast hosted by Weird Al Yankokic. This kicks off at noon EST, with an hour of "classic concert moments." Then at 1 PM, Weird Al will announce all the acts playing this year's fest. Helping him out (and playing live in some capacity) will be Portugal the Man. Then at 2 PM they'll stream a "surprise classic Bonnaroo concert." All this happens via Bonnaroo's YouTube channel.

You can check out a video preview of what will soon happen, below...

Continue reading "Weird Al announcing Bonnaroo's 2013 line-up today with help from Portugal. The Man"

When exactly this is happening is unclear, but Weird Al reveals his intentions in the video below...

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by BBG

Night Birds at Cake Shop (more by Keith Marlowe)
Night Birds

Brian of Night Birds has given us his ten coolest things in 2011, which includes shouts to Omegas, Career Suicide (mems of Fucked Up), Weird Al, and much more. Check that out below.

Night Birds play Tommy's Tavern TONIGHT (12/9) with Manipulation, Sickoids and Crazy Spirit, one of TWO NYC dates scheduled before the end of the year (the other with Citizens Arrest). The party kicks off at 8PM.

Brian Night Birds' year-end list is below.

Continue reading "Night Birds list Ten Cool Things in 2011, play a show tonight"

Weird Al at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
Weird Al

Weird Al Yankovic kicks off an extensive tour in Las Vegas on 9/10. It heads across the country and includes stops in NY on 10/22 at Paramount Theatre in Huntington and 10/23 at Beacon Theatre in NYC. Tickets for all dates are either on fan presale or will be soon. Tickets for both of those NY shows go on fan presale on Monday morning at 10am. Tickets for a Red Bank, NJ show are on presale now, and a presale for a Morristown show is coming soon.

Weird Al is touring in support of Alpocalypse, which dropped in early June (deluxe version included). All tour dates and the recently released video for "Perform This Way" (a parody of "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga) below.

Continue reading "Weird Al Yankovic going on big tour, playing Beacon Theatre (2011 Tour Dates)"

by BBG

Weird Roots

Would you call it Weird Roots? Madlib and Doom aligned in 2004 to form Madvillain. Their debut LP Madvillainy for Stones Throw included the song "Accordion". Now The Roots have banded together with Weird Al (!) to record a cover of "Accordion". Listen below.

Weird Al was on Fallon last night (hence the meeting up of the two artists), though the cover is not what was performed on air (it was performed during soundcheck). Listen to the cover (which Questlove posted online), and watch the Roots and Al perform "Beer Barrell Polka" (a Fallon web exclusive), below. No word on if "Weird Roots" will release any more material, but you can hear a new-er Madvillain song from their forthcoming LP in a Stones Throw podcast.

As previously discussed, The Roots are in the midst of a series of Blue Note Jazz Fest shows at the Blue Note. Tonight (6/21), Questlove presents the second night of Mo' Meta Blues I, his supergroup consisting of Booker T on organ/keyboards/vocals, Eric Krasno on guitar, and Christian McBridge on bass. Tomorrow (6/22) is Mo' Meta Blues II, The Roots tribute to the 25th anniversary of the seminal Paid in Full LP. Rakim will join the crew at the venue as the band performs the album in its entirety. All four remaining shows are sold-out (early and late each night), but 21-plus'ers can still get in at the bar on a first come, first served basis.

The Roots will also perform at the launch of "Rebuild the Dream" at Town Hall in NYC on Thursday (6/23) "Van Jones calls this new wave of energy the "American Dream Movement". Along with The Roots, artists/DJ Shepard Fairey and other celebrities will be appearing at the campaign commencement." We're unsure of how you can get yourself in this show, but you can watch it online and learn more at their website.

Doom is (supposedly) scheduled to appear at Rock The Bells 2011.

Check out both versions of "Accordion" below.

Continue reading "The Roots covered Madvillain with Weird Al, playing Rebuild the Dream event @ Town Hall after Blue Note shows"

Weird Al Yankovic @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
Weird Al

Weird Al was scheduled to play a show at Monmouth University tonight (5/19), but at some point that show moved much closer to Rutgers University. Weird Al will perform at New Brunswick's State Theatre TONIGHT, May 19th and tickets are still available! (which is a crime, but good for those waiting for the last minute or who are finding out right this second as they read this post). Al, who hits Bergen Performing Arts Center on Saturday (Steve Martin plays there tonight), has also added many more dates since we last spoke and they are all listed below...

Continue reading "Weird Al playing New Brunswick tonight (not Monmouth) --- updated 2011 Tour Dates"

Weird Al at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
Weird Al

Weird Al Yankovic's oddball humor, video snippets, and near infinite costume changes will be on the road this year. Al is playing a string of dates in Australia in March followed by a set of East Coast dates in middle May. Those dates include a stop at Monmouth University and one at Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ on May 21st (tickets are not on sale yet).

Earlier this month Al, who is not romantically linked to Lisa Kudrow, released... a children's book called "When I Grow Up." Earlier this week he read the book to kids at a school...

"Today we will be reading a book by my favorite author -- me," he said.

"When I Grow Up," which is illustrated by Wes Hargis, is a story about 8-year-old Billy who, for show-and-tell, recites a list of career possibilities that includes gorilla masseuse, rodeo clown and professional pickle inspector. The purpose of the book is to encourage kids to do what they love, said Yankovic, who has a degree in architecture.

After reading the story, Yankovic fielded questions from students.

He revealed he's an admirer of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein, astronaut Neil Armstrong, band leader Spike Jones, satirist Allan Sherman and "the first person to drink milk." He talked about his early job as an accordion repo-man.

All Yankovic tour dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Weird Al Yankovic wrote a kids book, touring (dates)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Fun Fun Fun Fest

As I said, Weird Al was awesome. If I say anymore, I'll be late to the last day of the fest. A set of pictures from Friday night, along with Weird Al's 2 hour setlist, continues below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 - Friday in pics (Weird Al Yankovic, Chris Hardwick, Todd Barry, Apples in Stereo, more)"

Land of Talk @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Land of Talk

today in NYC
* Patti Smith @ the Met
* Laura Kahle @ The Stone
* Anders Nilsson @ Roulette
* Aziz Ansari @ Carnegie Hall
* The Dan Band @ Irving Plaza
* Givers, Guards @ Mercury Lounge
* Mary Black, Roisin O @ City Winery
* Crime In Stereo, Robbers @ Europa
* The Black Crowes @ Best Buy Theater
* Howard Fishman @ Abrons Arts Center
* Peter Case, Lydia Loveless @ Maxwell's
* Kemialliset Ystavat @ Issue Project Room
* The Revere, Men and Whales @ Fontana's
* Bob Mould, Chris Brokaw @ The Rock Shop
* Boy 8-Bit, JDH & Dave P @ Public Assembly
* Blues Traveler, The Cringe @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Vincent Chancey's Phat Chance @ The Stone
* The Dandy Warhols, Hopewell @ Webster Hall
* Y/Y, Teletextile, Bermuda Bonnie @ Fort Useless
* MiMOSA, Two Fresh, Gramatik @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Party Machine w/ Eugene Mirman @ Union Hall
* Point Blank Sound, Hypeman Guidance @ Littlefield
* Paul Weller, Erland & the Carnival @ Apollo Theater
* Land of Talk, Suuns, Little Scream @ Bowery Ballroom
* Roger Waters playing The Wall @ Madison Square Garden
* French Horn Rebellion, Tigersapien, Phonetag @ Glasslands
* Dear Comrade, Tyro Marks, My Pet Dragon @ Cameo Gallery
* Bassnectar, Beats Antique (DJ set), Emancipator @ Terminal 5
* Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Paul Dempsey, Katy Steele @ Littlefield
* Black Lips, Cerebral Ballzy, Fergus & Geronimo, K Holes @ The Shank
* Taylor Hollingsworth, Leland Sundries, Numbers and Letters @ Union Hall
* Song of Zarathustra, Primitive Weapons, The Fortune Healers @ Cake Shop
* The Honey Brothers, April Smith & The Great Picture Show @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Reagan Youth, Bambi Killers, Olde York, Nervous Breakdown, Blood Runners @ Party Expo
* The NY Art Book Fair w/ Lucky Dragons, Robert A.A. Lowe, Driphouse, Greg Fox @ MoMa PS1
* Jonathan Sexton, Dylan Sneed, Scott Chasolen, Luke Rathborne, The Renaldo The Ensemble @ The Living Room
* Double Entendre, Sore Eros, Mountainhood, White Laces, Sultan, No Demons Here, Animal Hospital @ Shea Stadium
* Method of Defiance, Grandmixer DXT, Jazzy Jay, Lord Apt., The New York Gypsy All-Stars Band, Jerome Derraji, World Invasion, Matt Dickey, Amir Parsa, Sean Schulluch, Abrazos Orchestra @ Santos Party House

Fun Fun Fun Fest has its first full, four stage festival day today in Austin (schedule here). Weird Al's two-hour Yoda-ending set was awesome last night on night one (which was basically a Weird Al concert with Todd Barry and Apples in Stereo opening). I wish I could say the same about the Antlers, but I missed their afterparty set due to me coming down with some nasty bug that has me hacking as I type this. Not only was I in bad shape by the end of Weird Al's outdoor set, it was cold out and The Antlers was an outside show too. Hoping to make it through this weekend alive.

I wish the Land of Talk, Suuns, Little Scream show wasn't happening while I'm out of town.

The Black Lips play a very late show in Brooklyn tonight.

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