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Colbert

The Colbert Report aired its final episode last night (12/18) after nine seasons on Comedy Central. At the end, Randy Newman and Jon Stewart came out to help Stephen Colbert sing the 1939 standard "We'll Meet Again" and soon they were joined by stageful of celebrity guests, including Willie Nelson, Michael Stipe, Jeff Tweedy, Cyndi Lauper, Bryan Cranston, Tom Brokaw, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Ric Ocasek, James Franco, Patrick Stewart, Arianna Huffington, George Lucas, Henry Kissinger, and many, many more. You can watch that below.

Then, instead of the usual closing-credits music, Colbert used Neutral Milk Hotel's "Holland 1945." Slate notes that the song, from In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, has special importance to Colbert who lost his father and two brothers in a plane crash. You can watch the whole episode over at Comedy Central.

Colbert will succeed David Letterman at CBS' The Late Late Show sometime after May 2015.

Continue reading "'The Colbert Report' finale: group sing-a-long w/ Jeff Tweedy, Michael Stipe, Big Bird & more ++ NMH's "Holland, 1945""

Uncut

We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.

Check out the full list below...

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Engelbert

Neil Diamond is not the only classic pop crooner with a new album...

"Engelbert Calling" is the new album and the first ever duets album from the legendary and incomparable Engelbert Humperdinck. Known as the world's greatest balladeer, this collection is his 80th album release, arriving more than 45 years after his massive hit "Release Me" reached #1 on the pop charts and created a worldwide frenzy. This new album comes as a celebration of his remarkable career which has spanned nearly five decades and includes sales of more than 150 million albums world-wide, including 24 certified with platinum status and 63 with gold.

The album was produced by Grammy award winner Martin Terefe, who is best-known for his work with Jason Mraz, James Morrison, KT Tunstall, and Mary J Blige. "Working with Engelbert is such a truly remarkable experience," Terefe stated when asked about his work with Engelbert. "He is without a doubt one of the best singers around today and brings so much other musical knowledge to the table."

"He is one of the sweetest and nicest people I have ever worked with," Elton John said about his experience collaborating with Engelbert. "We had a great time singing together and he is so quick, what I call a 'one-take singer,' 76 years old and still sounding as good as ever!"

"I am grateful to have had the opportunity to partner up with some of the best artists in the history of music." Engelbert said about the album. "To continue putting out successful albums after 45 years in the business is a real testament to the loyalty of my great fans and this album is a 'thank you' to all of them."

Engelbert Calling is available today at music retailers nationwide and online.

Tracklist and album stream via Spotify, below...

Continue reading "Engelbert Humperdinck releases double album of duets (w/ Willie Nelson, Elton John, Gene Simmons, many more)"

Neil Young at Farm Aid 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Farm Aid

The 2014 Farm Aid Concert happens on September 13 in Raleigh, NC. As usual, the Farm Aid founders Neil Young, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp are playing, and this year's also includes Jack White as a headliner. Also on the bill is Farm Aid board member Dave Matthews, as well as Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jamey Johnson, Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and Insects vs Robots. Tickets are on presale now.

This comes after Jack White's Third Man Records released a Neil Young box set and after rumors that Neil and Jack were releasing an album of duets, which ended up not being true.

by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack

Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
Kurt Vile

South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.

We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.

An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...

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Willie Nelson @ Farm Aid 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Willie Nelson

As you may have noted yourself watching The Grammys, country legend Willie Nelson is still in fine form at age 80, and shows no signs of slowing down. He'll be on the road (again) for much of the spring and summer with Alison Krauss & Union Station (who will be joined by Jerry Douglass) for a co-headlining tour. Those dates include a stop in NYC at Radio City Music Hall on June 10. Kacey Musgraves opens the Radio City show (and other dates) and tickets go on sale Friday (2/21) at 11 AM, with a fan club presale beginning Wednesday (2/19) at 10 AM with a local presale beginning Thursday (2/20) at 10 AM.

The tour also hits Bethel, NY's Bethel Woods Center For the Arts on June 8 (ticket info TBA) and CMAC on 6/21 (on sale Friday at noon). All Willie Nelson / Alison Krauss tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Willie Nelson touring with Alison Krauss & Union Station, playing Radio City Music Hall (dates)"

Daft Punk, Pharrell, Nile Rodgers; Beyonce w/ Close Captions on (via @BrooklynVegan)
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Daft Punk just cleaned up at the 56th Grammy Awards winning five awards (everything they were nominated for) including Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Get Lucky," plus Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronica Album (beating Disclosure), plus Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Daft Punk's much-hyped live performance with Pharrell (whose hat has joined twitter), Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder didn't have the French duo doing that much themselves but the "Get Lucky" performance worked in Chic's "Le Freak," "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and Wonder's "Another Star." Steven Tyler, who later joined an equally le freaky looking Smokey Robinson on stage to give Daft Punk one of their awards, was dancing up a storm.

Lorde, who performed early in the telecast, won Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance (beating Justin Timberlake and others) for "Royals."

Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City won Best Alternative Album, beating out records by The National, Nine Inch Nails, Neko Case, and Tame Impala.

Other winners: Led Zeppelin won for Best Rock Album (wait whaaa?) for Celebration Day (beating Bowie, Neil Young, QOTSA and Black Sabbath); Black Sabbath's "God is Dead?" won Best Metal Performance and the band also introduced Ringo Starr's performance, with Ozzy saying something along these lines.

Another win that definitely reminded us it's 2014 came when Paul McCartney took Best Rock Song for "Cut Me Some Slack," his collaboration with Dave Grohl. The song is from Grohl's Sound City documentary, which also won for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

Paul performed with Ringo Starr (who also performed on his own), and also won for Best Boxed or Limited Edition Package for "Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)." Grohl performed with Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham during the closing performance... which was cut short on TV. We definitely weren't happy about that, and neither was Trent Reznor.

Gary Clark Jr (who performed with Keith Urban) won Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Please Come Home"; and Knitting Factory Records was nominated twice in the Best World Music Album category and won for Gipsy Kings.

Meanwhile, it was also the Year of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, having won Best New Artist (beating James Blake, Kendrick and others), Best Rap Performance (beating Kendrick, Jay Z and others), Best Rap Song (beating Kanye, Jay Z and others), and Best Rap Album (beating Kendrick, Kanye, Eminem and Jay Z). Their live performance of "Same Love" featured Madonna and 33 couples of gay, straight and of mixed ethnic backgrounds getting married, as officiated by Queen Latifah.

Rap awards Macklemore didn't win: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration which went to Jay Z & Justin Timberlake's "Holy Grail." Justin Timberlake (who also won Best R&B Song for "Pusher Love Girl") wasn't there to accept the award, but Jay Z gave a speech that included him saying, "I wanna tell Blue Ivy, look, daddy has a gold sippy cup for you!" Jay also kicked off the performances for the evening with his wife Beyonce, who played "Drunk In Love" (see screenshot from that performance above).

Kendrick Lamar didn't have much luck winning (neither did Kanye which should hopefully make for a good rant soon), but he did well performing live despite being paired with Imagine Dragons.

Performances also included a collaboration from country legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson (and Blake Shelton) doing a medley of hits.

The commercials were filled with music as well. One very notable example of that was the Pepsi Grammys Halftime commercial which had athletes playing the music and acting like Daft Punk, Kanye, Miley Cyrus and more. Sonos also debuted a commercial featuring a clip of Karen O covering Bob Marley, which we premiered the full song of earlier in the day.

Winners list can be found here. Video of Beyonce/Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Paul/Ringo, Metallica/Lang Lang, Nine Inch Nails/Queens of the Stone Age/Dave Grohl/Lindsey Buckingham, and Daft Punk performances below...

Continue reading "Daft Punk won 5 Grammys including Record/Album of the Year + other winners/videos: QOTSA/NIN, Beatles, Metallica, more"

by Wyatt Marshall

Joan Jett at Riot Fest Chicago in September (more by Kristie Shanley)
Joan Jett

Heart, Willie Nelson and Barenaked Ladies have cancelled performances at SeaWorld Orlando's Bands, Brew & Barbecue February music series (hope seafood's not on the menu) in the wake of multiple airings of the documentary Blackfish on CNN and popular backlash to the conditions of orca captivity portrayed in the film. Blackfish chronicles the 39-year history of killer whales in captivity up until the killing of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau by the orca Tilikum in 2010, a whale that was tied to two previous human deaths. The documentary has sparked outrage over the conditions of orca captivity, and both Willie Nelson and Barenaked Ladies were spurred to make their decisions to not perform based on Change.org petitions. According to the AP, Joan Jett has also asked that the park no longer use her song "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" as the "walk-in music" for the "Shamu Rocks" show at the park. The song has since been pulled.

Update: Cheap Trick cancelled too.

Via Bloomberg, SeaWorld's response:

"While we're disappointed a small group of misinformed individuals was able to deny fans what would have been great concerts at SeaWorld by Heart, Barenaked Ladies and Willie Nelson, we respect the bands' decisions," Nick Gollattscheck, a spokesman for SeaWorld Orlando, said in an e-mailed statement.
This isn't the first time Joan Jett's stood up for animal rights. She got herself kicked off of the South Dakota Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Float for being a vegetarian, a lifestyle choice that didn't sit well with the rancher friendly state, and recently Jett lent her likeness to a PETA postage stamp along with Ricky Martin, Paul McCartney, Russell Simmons, and Morrissey (who is NOT signing copies of his book at the Union Square Barnes and Noble this week, and most likely wouldn't perform at SeaWorld).

Would Grimes perform at SeaWorld?

Watch the trailer for Blackfish below...

Continue reading "Joan Jett, Willie Nelson, Heart & others boycotting SeaWorld"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

John, Willie, Pete, Dave and Neil @ Farm Aid 2013
Farm Aid 2013
Farm Aid 2013

"Friends, I'm ninety-four and don't have much voice left," said surprise Farm Aid guest Pete Seeger when he took the stage near the end of the annual benefit concert. "Here is a song I think you may know. I think if we sing it together we'll make it a good song." He wasn't kidding about the state of his voice, but he projected as much as he could and 26,000 fans joined him in a sing-along rendition of "If I Had A Hammer," a tune he wrote with Lee Hayes a stunning sixty-four years ago.

Seeger, making one of his first major public appearances since the death of his wife Toshi in July, then invited Farm Aid board members Dave Mathews, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson onstage for a rousing "This Land Is Your Land." None of them brought guitars, allowing Seeger and his banjo to take the lead. He guided the crowd, and the four music icons huddled beside him, through the oft-ignored "private property" verse (causing Young to raise his arms in victory). They even introduced a new verse about New York state that culminated with "New York was made to be frack free." - [Rolling Stone]

Farm Aid 2013 happened on Saturday (9/21) at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY and this year's benefit concert featured sets from founders Neil Young, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, plus Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Charlene Carter, Pegi Young (Neil's wife -- he sat in on few songs), and more. The highlight, as mentioned in the quoted article above, was a surprise appearance by folk legend Pete Seeger. Pictures from the whole day are in this post.

Money raised at Farm Aid goes to help keep family farmers on their land. Lots more pics below....

Continue reading " Farm Aid 2013 in pics (Pete Seeger, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp & more)"

photos by Paige K. Parsons

Willie Nelson / MSMR in the SoundWave Tent / the crowd
Outside Lands 2013 8/9 - 8/11
Outside Lands 2013 8/9 - 8/11
Outside Lands 2013 8/9 - 8/11

The redheaded stranger turned 80 this year and he's no worse for wear. Like the whiskey he often sings about (he opened with 1973's "Whiskey River") Willie Nelson only seems to get better with age -- his voice deeper, his words wiser -- even if he's increasingly aware of his creeping mortality. That the man closed his triumphant set with "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" seemed a little morbid if not too on the nose, but that combination of libertarian spunk and unblinking truthfulness is what makes Nelson a living classic. Which must be the reason John "Uncle Jesse" Stamos felt compelled to slip onstage and play bongos in Willie's Family band for the second half of the gig (he did fine, now let's move on). "Still Is Still Moving to Me" was another latter-day highlight, though the Outside Lands audience was most thrilled to hear old soulful numbers like "Georgia on My Mind" and "Night Life," and outlaw tales like "Beer for My Horses" and "Me and Paul." - [SPIN]
The 2013 Outside Lands Music Festival came to a close back on Sunday (8/11) with performances from country music legend Willie Nelson, Vampire Weekend, Hall & Oates, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foals, Fishbone, and more. Pictures from Sunday's fun are in this post.

Much like we did at Lollapalooza and Firefly, BrooklynVegan commanded the SoundWave Tent for two hours each day with hosts Dave Hill and Christen Thomas. Sunday we had live performances with Dawes and MSMR and interviews with King Tuff and Camper Van Beethoven. Pics from that are HERE and in this post as well.

Pictures from Outside Lands Day 1 are HERE and Day 2 are HERE. More from Day 3 below...

Continue reading "Outside Lands Day 3 belated pics (Willie Nelson, Vampire Weekend, Hall & Oates, RHCP, Foals, Fishbone, MS MR, more)"

Jody Payne (L) with Willie Nelson in 2005 (more HERE)
Jody Payne

Jody Payne, longtime axeman who sat beside Willie Nelson for many many years, has passed on according to the Associated Press:

Baldwin County Coroner Stan Zinson says Payne died at 5:12 a.m. Saturday at a hospital from cardiac problems. He says Payne got up early in his house in Stapleton, Ala., feeling ill, and his wife called an ambulance.
Suffering from a long history of cardiac issues, the guitarist retired from the stage in 2008, retreating to Alabama to teach guitar lessons after serving for 35 years as Nelson's right hand man. RIP, Jody.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse @ Borgata, 12/6/2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Neil Young

Neil Young & Crazy Horse are spending most of the summer on tour in Europe but will be heading back to North America in late August where he'll play the four-day, jam-centric Interlocken Music Festival in Arrington, VA (September  5 - 8), headilining on September 7 (which also features Further, The Black Crowes and more) and festival passes are on sale now.

Before that, Neil has a date in the NYC area, playing Port Chester's The Capitol Theatre on September 2 with special guest Patti Smith and Her Band. Tickets ($153.00 - $228.00) to that show go on sale Friday (6/28) at noon.

Neil will also play the 2013 Farm Aid concert which happens on September 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. Like usual, the lineup also includes Neil's Farm Aid cofounders Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp, plus Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson and more. Tickets go on fan club presale on Wednesday (6/26) at 10 AM with the regular on-sale happening Friday (6/28) at 10 AM.

All Neil Young North American tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Neil Young & Crazy Horse playing this summer, including Capitol Theatre, Interlocken Festival & Farm Aid (dates)"

Willie Nelson at Wellmont Theatre in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Willie Nelson

Country music legend/activist Willie Nelson will be airing a special, Willie Nelson & Friends, that he taped at Jack White's Third Man Records on CMT next week (6/23) for their Crossraods series. Willie will be appearing with a number of guests on the show, including Neil Young, who joined him to perform "Long May You Run." Check out a video of Neil and Willie playing that song below (via Stereogum).

Willie Nelson also has a number of tour dates scheduled this year. He just played Montauk's Surf Lodge last week (6/9) and he'll be returning to the NYC-area for shows at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on September 18 and 19. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 go on sale Friday (6/21) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with the CMT video, below...

Continue reading "Willie Nelson touring, played w/ Neil Young on CMT (watch)"

MS MR @ MHOW this month (more by Toby Tennenbaum)
MS MR

Montauk venue Surf Lodge's 2013 free Summer Concert Series has an impressive line-up that kicked off Memorial Day Weekend with Theophilus London and Portugal. The Man, and continues this weekend with MS MR on Saturday (6/1). This year's slate includes Bear Mountain (6/8), Willie Nelson (6/9), Django Django (6/16), Ra Ra Riot (6/22), Phosphorescent (6/30), Blonde Redhead (7/13), Father John Misty solo (7/28), Jamie Lidell (8/3) Autre Ne Veut (8/24), and the previously discussed YACHT show (8/31). Again, the shows are free.

Full Surf Lodge Summer Concert Series line-up below...

Continue reading "Willie Nelson, Django Django, Phosphorescent, Father John Misty & more playing free shows at Montauk's Surf Lodge"

secret ingredient hash?.,...

Willie Nelson cake
(via Reddit)

In related news, Willie has been confirmed, along with David Byrne, Aretha Franklin, and more, for this year's Ottawa Jazz Festival.

ACL
ACL

Austin City Limits 2012 is happening as we speak in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. If you're not there, you can always livestream it (Saturday's sets include Rufus Wainwright, Metric, Big K.R.I.T., The Shins, Black Lips and Andrew Bird). Our pictures from Friday, like the two above, are exclusively over at BV Austin (where you'll also find pictures from last night's Shins show).

UPDATE: Neil Young and Crazy Horse co-headlined Saturday night with a 2 hour set. Check out what they played.

UPDATE 2: check out a few pics and the setlist from Jack White's set.

A selection of videos from Friday, and some setlists, below...

Continue reading "Austin City Limits 2012 underway -- Day 1 pics & video, Day 2 stream, Black Keys setlist, more"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Willie Nelson & fan @ Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ
Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson, who recently collaborated with Snoop Dogg and got a statue of his likeness unveiled in Austin on 4/20, came to NJ last week for two shows at the Wellmont Theater with fellow Texas singer-songwriter Robert Ellis. We have pictures from one of those shows, and there are more of them, along with video of a performance Willie did at SiriusXM while he was here, below...

Continue reading "Willie Nelson played 2 nights @ Wellmont w/ Robert Ellis (pics)"

420

today in NYC
* Marley
* Unsound
* Earth Day
* Tribeca Film Fest
* Woodstock '12 @ UCB East
* Lambchop @ The Bell House
* Chilly Gonzales @ The Bell House
* Graham Parker, The Figgs @ City Winery
* Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Radio City Music Hall
* The Greyboy Allstars, Wyllys @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Deer Tick, Turbo Fruits @ Stone Pony (NJ)
* Sun Araw, Pole, Inner Tube @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Kevin Hufnagel, Smother Party, Vaura @ The Stone
* MiniBoone, Lost Gloves, Tough/Luck @ The Rock Shop
* Shpongle, EOTO, Phutureprimitive @ Roseland Ballroom
* Fang Island, Woods, Mmoss, The Big Sleep @ Maxwell's
* Lucero, J-Roddy Walston & The Business @ Webster Hall
* Across Tundras, Mt. Olympus, With Knives @ Union Pool
* Lagos Disco Inferno, Frank Gossner, Nass Gnawa @ Zebulon
* Negura Bunget, Haethen, Din Brad @ Cameo Gallery
* Bosco Delrey, Terry Malts, Xray Eyeballs @ Mercury Lounge
* Portugal. The Man, The Lonely Forest @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Yeasayer (DJ), Beacon (DJ), Suckers (DJ) @ Cameo
* Bonobo, DJ Nickodemus, Nappy G @ American Museum of Natural History
* Andrew Jackson Jihad, Joyce Manor, Treasure Fleet @ Knitting Factory
* DJ Dog Dick, The Dreebs, Hume, Haribo, Jazz Massagers @ Death By Audio
* Hull, Caltrop, Family, UV Pop, Lost Tribe, Plastic Flowers @ Saint Vitus
* Protest the Hero, Periphery, Today I Caught the Plague @ Gramercy Theatre
* The Giraffes, The Live Ones, 1-800-BAND, Atom Strange, Fire Club @ Trash Bar
* Puerto Rico Flowers, Rosenkopf, Anasazi, York Factory Complaint @ The Acheron
* Monolake, Demdike Stare, Hieroglyphic Being, Laurel Halo, Ital, Zemi17 @ Warsaw
* Cindy Lou Gooden, Lost Boy, Due Diligence, Speedy Ortiz @ Big Snow Buffalo Ldge
* Mega Bone, Slam Donahue, Side A Side B, Hey Guy, Peter Smolik, Jake Brown @ Shea Stadium
* Necrotic Disgorgement, Coathanger Abortion, Meathook, Death Sick, Parasitic Extirpation @ Cake Shop
* Gary Wilson, The Immaculates, Moonmen On The Moon, Man, Slowdance, Mr. Fahrenheit, Bluetech, Random Rab, Skytree @ Glasslands
* Questlove, Jeremy Ellis, D.D. Jackson, Reggie Watts, Rahzel, Kenny Muhammad, Deerhoof, Gray, Willis Earl Beal, Metropolis Ensemble @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Gaspar Claus, Bryce Dessner, Jessie Stein, Mauro Remiddi, David Moore, Remi Alexandre, Ben Greenberg, Andy LaPlant & Jessica Larrabee, Pedro Soler, Emil Bogdan @ Littlefield

Tomorrow is Record Store Day.

Check out Evillive for more metal.

Terry Malts plays Mercury Lounge tonight with Bosco Delrey and Xray Eyeballs.

Questlove's Shuffle Culture Fest concludes tonight. Read about last night.

Coachella is happening again, though it's not streaming this weekend.

A Willie Nelson statue is going up in Austin at 4:20 local time there. Head to Willie's site to hear a new collaboration with Snoop Dogg in honor of today's holiday.

The Bob Marley documentary is also opening today on 4/20.

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Sun Araw, here for Unsound, appear at their first of three events this weekend.

In honor of Levon Helm who passed away yesterday, Bon Iver covered "Ophelia" last night in San Francisco. Watch below...

Deer Tick, who were supposed to open for Levon Helm at Wellmont recently, play Asbury Park tonight.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Friday?"

Willie Nelson @ ACL Live in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson has a number of dates scheduled for the next few months including two in the NYC area happening on May 16 and 17 at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Both shows are billed as "Willie Nelson & Family", and as you can see from one of his recent Austin shows, they truly will be family affairs. Tickets ($95.00, $75.00 & $45.00) go on sale Friday (2/17) at noon with a presale starting Wednesday (2/14) at noon. All dates are listed below.

In related news, if you were watching the Grammys last night, you probably know that a Chipotle commercial aired with Willie Nelson covering Coldplay's "The Scientis.t" You can purchase his cover of the track on iTunes and watch the video for the commercial (which has actually been out since August) below.

All dates and video below...

Continue reading "Willie Nelson covered Coldplay for Chipotle, announces more dates, 2 NJ shows"

84 year old Tony Bennett w/ a 27 year old Amy Winehouse
Tony and Amy

The great Tony Bennett has a new album of Duets, titled Duets II, coming out on September 20th. The 17-track CD features boring names like Michael Buble, John Mayer and Sheryl Crow, and some interesing names like Willie Nelson and Lady Gaga, but most notably includes a duet with Amy Winehouse who unfortunately never had the chance to realize her full potential due to a sad past few years and her untimely death today (7/23/2011).

In a video interview (that you can watch HERE), Tony says "Amy Winehouse was my favorite to perform with on the whole album." He compares her to Dina Washington and says she had the butterflies and nervousness that all the greats like Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington had. He talks about how they clicked and says he thought she really loved to perform (though you might not know it from recent live videos) (too much butterfly medicine). RIP Amy.

Winehouse hasn't released an album since 2006 hit "Back to Black". The album won five of six Grammys it was nominted for including Record of the Year (and Best New Artist). She also won at the Brits that year. She was nominated for the UK's Mercury Prize twice. In 2004 "Frank" lost to Franz Ferdinand. In 2006 she lost to the Klaxons (check out who was nominated this year). Whether or not Amy has any other unreleased material remains to be seen, though there were rumors that she also recently recorded a track with Cee Lo Green.

Speaking of duets, in Amy Winehouse's too-short career she also performed with Mick Jagger, Mos Def, Mark Ronson, sort of Ghostface, and probably others I missed.

The full tracklist and cover art for Tony's "Duets II", and a video of Amy performing with The Rolling Stones, below...

Continue reading "Amy Winehouse appears on soon-to-be-released Tony Bennett 'Duets' album, Tony loved working with her"

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"

Willie Nelson's mugshot
Willie Nelson

Forget the Tea Party -- country music legend Willie Nelson has a different kind of movement he wants you to join.

"There's the Tea Party...How about the Teapot Party? Our motto: We lean a little to the left."

Nelson, 77, was arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol for possession of marijuana last week, despite the fact that he was roughly 100 miles [from] the U.S. border at the time.

"It's supposed to be a checkpoint only for aliens, and [agents] overstep their authority all the time," Texas attorney Dick DeGuerin told Rolling Stone. "I've had several cases from that checkpoint and they just use the opportunity to check out anybody they want to."

...If Nelson's new party succeeds, he won't be a lawbreaker anymore.

"Tax it, regulate it and legalize it," Nelson wrote. "And stop the border wars over drugs. Why should the drug lords make all the money? Thousands of lives will be saved." -[About]

Support Willie Nelson in his trek for decriminalization by joining the Teapot party, or just support him when he hits the road for a string of dates in December and in the new year. Full tour sked is below, and quite a few (non-NYC) dates are on sale and/or pre-sale.

Two of those dates (2/13 & 2/14) will go down at Austin City Limits - Live, the studio that houses the famed series which recently relocated. The show's new home, Moody Theater, will begin taping shows there in early 2011. The new location is now walking distance from the main drag that is 6th Street.

I'm not sure of Wavves' political affiliation, but I am guessing he's all for switching to the Teapot party. He just got arrested for pot in Germany. Hopefully he's more careful on his upcoming tour with Best Coast. There won't be a smoke-filled tour bus that asking to be pulled over since, well since Willie Nelson.

In other news, Smokey Robinson is scheduled to play the St. George Theatre in Staten Island (on sale), on 1/22/11 and the Apollo Theater on 2/15/11 (on sale).

Willie Nelson tour dates and some videos below..

Continue reading "Willie Nelson starts 'Teapot Party' after US pot arrest, Wavves busted in Germany ++ Smokey Robinson playing shows"

photos by Samantha Marble

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson performed a special acoustic album release show Thursday night at Grand Ballroom in NYC. Samantha says, "The entire show was incredible from beginning to end. Willie played tirelessly for over 2 hours straight in an intimate room on a modestly small stage at the Grand Ballroom. It was unreal. He covered all of his classics including "On The Road Again", "Always On My Mind" and "Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain". By the third to last song the entire crowd was out of their seats dancing around in front of the stage and it stayed that way. When he finished his set he came out to greet fans, shake hands from the stage and hand out bandannas. This man that's been performing for over 40 years and he still seemed to have the soul of a young man. It was an honor to watch him play." More pictures from the show below...

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Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson's website reports that, "We regret to inform you Willie Nelson and Family have to cancel or reschedule various upcoming tour dates. At this time, I am told that shows scheduled for May 7th-15th will be affected. Please contact the venue or original ticket agency for additional details." CMT seems to know that "the cancellation was said to be a torn rotator cuff Nelson suffered". If so, Willie might be in some pain at the Grand Ballroom in NYC TONIGHT (5/6) (definitely not cancelled).

In related news,

On May 27, the Austin City Council will consider a proposal to give West Second Street between Trinity and San Antonio streets the honorary name of Willie Nelson Boulevard, according to a statement from the city.

A statue of the Texas music legend will also be installed on West Second Street near the entrance to the new KLRU's Austin City Limits Studio in the W hotel nd condo project that is under construction. A model of the statue will be unveiled at a ceremony at 6:30 tonight at the studio's current location on the University of Texas campus. [Austin Statesman]

Another reason Austin rules.

Affected & rescheduled dates, many which will now happen during the tour that brings him back to NYC to play Radio City Music Hall, below...

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Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster is being screwy. Some people can get LCD Soundsystem tickets. Some can't. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to why except that I think Ticketmaster screws up when they list a show a few minutes before it goes on sale. When a show gets listed it has to pass through their zillion identical servers and it isn't on all of them yet.

Tickets go on AmEx & "Fan Club" presale at 10am for the Hold Steady show at Beacon Theatre, and I agree, it's weird that they're playing a seated venue.

Tickets go on AmEx & 'Fan Club' presale at 10am for the acoustic Willie Nelson show at Grand Ballroom. This will probably be a seated show (Grand Ballroom can go either way).

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