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We already posted Tony Visconti, Iggy Pop, Florence + the Machine, The Mountain Goats, Questlove and Cyndi Lauper's tributes to the late, great David Bowie, and other artists have written tributes as well. Paul McCartney (pictured with Bowie above) writes:

Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I'm proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.

"I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.

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The Rolling Stones posted tweets reading: "The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original." Mick Jagger added, "David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work. We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him," and posted the above pic.

Brian May of Queen wrote:

I woke up late, after a long night, to shocking news. David Bowie gone.

I don't know if I can react immediately.

He was a fearsome talent, and the loss to Music and Culture from his passing is inestimable.

In and out of our lives, always challenging and innovative, and ... shocking.

But this news is hard to take in.

I had no idea he was close to death. Would like to have said something ...

Very sad. Sincere condolences to his family.

But what a life.

All hail, David Bowie, Star Man, Hero. RIP

Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, who were clearly heavily influenced by Bowie, talked to BBC 6Music:
He was like an umbrella for people who felt a bit different. Bowie was like a like a lighthouse that guided those people and made them feel it was alright to be different, to try things out and dye your hair and wear strange clothes. I think people feel it very personally because he was very important in how people grew up.

I do think it's quite amazing that he put this record out and managed to keep it secret that he was ill. People should watch that 'Blackstar' video and listen to that song. It's like he's saying goodbye to everybody, he's controlling it.

We can all talk about David Bowie. I think the best thing to do on this day would be to listen to him, and to watch films of him and just see what a fantastic artist he was and how many different guises he had, and the incredible amount of work that he did.

Obviously it's a sad day that he's died, but the fact that he managed to stay in control of that image and make another artistic statement when he was obviously ill and knew that he was dying, I think that's incredible and it makes me feel quite happy that he stayed creative right to the end of his life. I think that can only be inspirational."

Brian Eno

Brian Eno (pictured with Bowie above) said in a statement via BBC:

David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.

We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.

About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.

I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.

I realise now he was saying goodbye.

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Gerard Casale of Devo (pictured with Bowie at NYC's Max's Kansas City, from a 1970s issue of Rock Scene Magazine, above) wrote: "David Bowie was one of the greatest artists of all time. I feel privileged that I ever got to know him. He gave Devo his blessing. He remained true to his art until the end like I wanted so badly for us to do."

Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie's hit 1983 album Let's Dance, paid tribute in The Guardian:

One day David said: "Nile, this is what I want my album to sound like," and he showed me a picture of Little Richard in a red suit getting into a red Cadillac convertible. How do you translate that?! But in actual fact I knew exactly what he meant, and that was the point I realised that David Bowie was the Picasso of rock'n'roll. He got uncomfortable with me calling him that but I did it anyway. Because I realised he saw the world in an abstract way, as well as in the way we all see it. And what that picture meant was not that he wanted a retro record, or something based on Little Richard's music, but that he wanted something that would always look modern. He showed me the future and the past and it was evergreen. The highly designed Cadillac and the red monochromatic suit - that picture was taken in the 1960s but it would still look modern to someone in the year 3000!
Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, writing for The Talkhouse, said:
When I went to see the David Bowie retrospective traveling the globe, which was then in Chicago, I discovered that he wanted to be a writer when he was a young, with no desire to be a performer. It made sense to me that he would approach performing and his persona from a conceptual practice, understanding the idea of projection, the back 'n' forth unspoken dialogue between performer and audience. There is no one who did it better than Bowie, breaking thru the glass ceiling of gender roles and expectations for what is sexy and charismatic as a rock 'n' roll icon, post John Wayne, bringing the idea of the "dandy" of eighteenth century France into contemporary life, bringing a focus on this new male identity set adrift with no apparent purpose since the demise of the silent cowboy type (who's going to protect and take care of us womenfolk?), except free to be whatever he could imagine he could be, and taking us, his audience, along with him. The world has lost its most glittery son but the music and the imprint of Bowie on the world is forever.
Sonic Youth also posted a video of them performing with Bowie (below)

J Mascis wrote: "I'll miss David Bowie so much. He was the only 60's rocker who seemed to know and care what was going on out of his generation, and made younger bands feel understood and relevant." He posted it along with a stream of Dinosaur Jr's cover of Bowie's "Quicksand," which you can hear below.

Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin said, "Bowie was an innovator, a unique artist with a vision that changed the face of popular music. He is greatly missed."

The Who tweeted, "Rest in peace @DavidBowieReal 1947-2016. With love, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey."

Peter Gabriel writes:

I was shocked to learn of David Bowie's death this morning. He meant so much to me and to so many.

He was a one-off, a brilliant outlier, always exploring, challenging and inspiring anyone who wanted to push the boundaries of music, art, fashion and society.

There are so few artists who can touch a generation as he did, we will miss him badly.

Long Live Lazarus.

Bernard Sumner of New Order writes: "Very shocked and saddened to watch the news this morning and hear about the death of David Bowie. I always looked up at him and thought yeah - he's the real deal, indisputably good, a figurehead for a whole host of musicians I'm sure. We've lost someone unique who can't be replaced."

Soft Cell's Marc Almond says, "It's not often I truly cry at the loss of an artist but I'm devastated. He meant so much. Goodbye David Bowie and our youth. We loved you. X"

Brian Wilson says, "I was shocked to hear today about David Bowie and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I was honored when David recorded "God Only Knows" - he was a great artist and will be missed.
- Love & Mercy, Brian"

Gary Numan tweeted, "A True Legend. David Bowie. RIP"

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Yoko Ono posted the above photo and this message:

John and David respected each other. They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family.

After John died, David was always there for Sean and me. When Sean was at boarding school in Switzerland, David would pick him up and take him on trips to museums and let Sean hang out at his recording studio in Geneva.

For Sean this is losing another father figure. It will be hard for him, I know. But we have some sweet memories which will stay with us forever.

Sean adds, "Absolutely devastating news. I feel so lucky to have considered you a friend. R.I.P. Thank you for everything."

Rough Trade shops have announced that they're donating all January profits from Bowie recordings to cancer research.

Lou Reed is unfortunately not around to tell us what he thinks today, but we're sure he's greeting the "master" in the sky.

Also head HERE to read tributes by Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Debbie Harry, Madonna, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and more.

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by Bill Pearis

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Actor John Malkovich is putting out an album titled Like a Puppet Show which is a collaboration with commercial director/photographer Sandro, and producer/composer Eric Alexandrakis. On it, Malkovich recites Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" over ambient music by Alexandrakis. (Sandro took the LP's highly stylized photos.) Alexandrakis then gave the tracks out to a variety of artists to "mix," including Yoko Ono & Sean Lennon, OMD, Efterklang, The Dandy Warhols, Blondie's Chris Stein, The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan and more. Sounds...interesting? Full tracklist and a stream of "Cryolife 7:14 AM," which was mixed by Yoko & Sean, below.

The album is being released on vinyl only for Record Store Day Black Friday.

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photo: Yoko Ono @ Union Pool, 2014 (more by Anne Terada)
Yoko Ono at Union Pool

As mentioned, the 2015 Modern Sky Festival, which mixes Chinese bands with groups from around the world, happens October 4 at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield in NYC with Gang of Four, Mark Sultan, Lower and more. The fest has just added Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band to the bill. Tickets are still available.

Yoko will release Yes, I'm a Witch, Too in 2016.

The NYC Modern Sky lineup also includes includes Chinese bands New Pants
, Song Dongye
, Hedgehog
, and Miserable Faith, all of whom will also play the Seattle edition of Modern Sky (10/11) with Go4, Lower, Black Lips, Ariel Pink and Mirel Wagner (tickets).

photo: Yoko Ono @ Union Pool, 2014 (more by Anne Terada)
Yoko Ono Union Pool

Yoko Ono is releasing a sequel to her collaborative 2007 album Yes I'm a Witch. The second volume, titled Yes, I'm a Witch Too, will be out January 22, 2016. It includes collaborations/remixes featuring Sparks, Sean Lennon, Death Cab for Cutie, tUnE-yArDs, Cibo Matto, Peter Bjorn and John and more. Tracklisting is below.

Yoko will be at NYC's Ellis Island at 4 PM today (7/29) as a giant tapestry in honor of John Lennon will be unveiled. U2's Bono and The Edge will do the unveiling of the work which commissioned by Art for Amnesty founder Bill Shipsey as a thank you to Ono, for allowing artists to cover Lennon's songs to raise money for Amnesty International. The tapestry will be on display at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. The event will also feature a performance by singer V Bozeman.

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Peaches

Musician, performance artist and general provocateur, Peaches now has a photo book as well, titled What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches. Shot by photographer Holger Talinski, on-stage and off, it also features text by Peaches, Michael Stipe (who included Peaches in his NYU residency), Yoko Ono and actress Ellen Page. From Micheal Stipe's commentary: "this is balls like we haven't seen since patti smith; she is die antwoord, kim gordon, nwa. she stands tall and she is fearless. that is my definition of a hero, heroine, progressive, icon-- locked in, and ready to rumble."

Peaches is in NYC this week promoting the book, with two events you can attend. Tonight (6/9) at Word Brooklyn she'll be in conversation with Vanity Fair writer Elissa Schappell, followed by a book signing. That starts at 7 PM. Then on Wednesday (6/10) at Bryant Park's Word, Peaches will do a Q&A with music journalist Lorraine Ali, followed by a book signging. That one starts at 12:30 PM. Both of those events are free and open to the public.

You can also catch Peaches in concert too: she's currently scheduled to play Seattle's Bumbershoot in September and Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

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Antony has a new album on the way, and posted on Facebook yesterday that it's currently being mixed. We already knew Hudson Mohawke was co-producing, and it's since been reavealed that Oneohtrix Point Never is too. The record will be released under the name ANOHNI and is titled HOPELESSNESS. "It's an electronic record with some sharp teeth," says Antony.

In other news, last week Antony released a single with Yoko Ono in honor of her 82nd birthday. They've worked together before. The Antony single features a duet of Ono's "I Love You Earth," which was originally on Yoko's 1985 album, Starpeace. The flipside has Antony doing a solo version of Ono's "I'm Going Away Smiling." It's out as a 10" single and digitally an all proceeds go to the Rainforest Alliance. Stream it below.

That is one of two collaborative 10" singles Yoko released last week, the other being with John Zorn and proceeds benefitting The Stone.

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by Andrew Sacher

David Strange

David Strange is a session musician, a former touring guitarist in Courtney Love's band, and he's also a solo artist and will be releasing a self-titled EP on October 14 (pre-order). He recorded it in Yoko Ono's home studio, the same place Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl's band, GOASTT records. Charlotte also recorded the EP with David, producing and arranging everything and providing backup vocals. Like GOASTT, David is interested in bringing back the psychedelic sounds of the late '60s and the EP's first single, "Mean World," does a pretty good job of this. You can check it out for yourself -- its video premieres in this post.

Watch below...

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photos by Erina Uemura

Flaming Lips / Outcast / Arcade Fire @ Fuji Rocks 2014
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2014 Fuji Rock Fest
2014 Fuji Rock Fest
2014 Fuji Rock Fest
2014 Fuji Rock Fest

The transition from indie darlings to stadium-rockers is rarely a painless one, although a decade on from the release of its debut album "Funeral," Arcade Fire proved that it has at least navigated that path better than most. The band's performance was mature and assured, although lacking the latent spark of aggression that had originally marked it as such an exciting prospect. Occasionally there was a flicker of the Win Butler and co. of old, such as the wonderfully anarchic and incongruous modular synth solo during "Reflektor." The group's renditions of "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" and "No Cars Go" were also particularly spirited, even if the latter's lyrics are perhaps a little bit too timely: "We know a place where no planes go."

Conversely, it's hard to imagine The Flaming Lips ever changing their style for anyone. Wayne Coyne, as ever, looked delightfully shambolic, outfitted in a combination of tinfoil and an "Attack on Titan" cosplay bodysuit that he'd no doubt copped from Don Quijote the night before. Naturally, he was flanked by giant dancing mushrooms. The group wasted no time, jumping almost straight into fan favorite "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1″ while unleashing a shower of confetti, setting the tone for a relatively short but saccharine sweet love-in. - [Japan Times]

The Fuji Rock Festival has been happening has been happening the last weekend of July since 1997. Originally held at the Base of Japan's most famous mountain, since 2000 Fuji Rocks has happened at Naeba Ski Resort and the 2014 was last weekend (July 25 - 27), featuring Arcade Fire, Outkast, The Flaming Lips, Saint Vincent, Franz Ferdinand, White Lung, Slowdive, SBTRKT, Disclosure, The Waterboys, Yoko Ono and lots more over its three days. Pictures from all three days are in this post.

Outkast, Lorde, Temples are among the Fugi Rocks performers who are in Chicago's Grant Park this weekend for Lollapalooza. Lot more pictures from the 2014 Fuji Rocks Festival below...

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photos by Anne Terada

Yoko & Yo La @ Union Pool 6/17/2014
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Yoko Ono is playing next weekend's Glastonbury Festival (along with unpopular headliners Metallica) and as a warm up for her performance, Yoko and the Plastic Ono Band played a secret gig at Brooklyn's Union Pool last night (6/17). The venue had nothing listed in their calendar. The Plastic Ono band, in this case, was actually Yo La Tengo (why weren't they called Yoko Tengo?) making it even more of an intimate thrill. Yoko's 10-song set touched on the entirety of her career, including way back to "Don't Worry, Kyoko" and "Why." Pictures and setlist are in this post.

Yoko's last proper NYC show was at Bowery Ballroom last September, a release show for her album, Take Me to the Land of Hell. More pictures and the setlist from her surprise Union Pool show, below...

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Madonna, Pussy Riot, a crotch, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips @ Barclays Center - 2/5/14
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What a (long) night! The Amnesty International show at Barclays Center wrapped up around 1am Wednesday night with a concert-ending performance by The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono. Many more, including Lauryn Hill, Colbie Caillat (I think that's her crotch), Tegan & Sara, Cake, Bob Geldof, Madonna, Susan Sarandon, Blondie and of course Pussy Riot (who were on Colbert one night earlier) also took the stage at the home of the Brooklyn Nets. Those sitting too far away to see could watch what was going on on the big screens, though sometimes that content was a bit questionable. Did you go? What did you think? We'll have more on the whole shebang with pics later.

Meanwhile check out some video below...

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Blondie in NJ in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Blondie

We just posted an update to the Amnesty International Rights Concert, happening at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Wednesday (2/5), that Madonna will be introducing the members of Pussy Riot at the event, and there's since been another update.

NYC punk legends Blondie, who also play a free Super Bowl weekend show on Saturday (2/1) and SXSW, have been added as performers to the event. Bob Geldof (lead singer of The Boomtown Rats and Band Aid/Live Aid organizer) has been added as performer as well.

Additionally, Yoko Ono (who like Madonna, was at the Grammys) will be appearing, and there will be pre-taped video messages from Peter Gabriel and Sting.

Previously announced performers include The Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Tegan & Sara, Cold War Kids, Cake, and others. Ticekts are still available.

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Gawker has posed the question we've all (or nobody has) been wondering: "What's the Williamsburg of Your City? Responses so far include:

"Isn't Williamsburg just full of non-arty assholes now though? It has douchey thump-thump nightclubs and drunk guys yelling "Greg! Did you fuck her?" at one another down the street."
Another says:
"Chicago. Wicker Park is Williamsburg and Logan Square is Bushwick... Although Logan Square is probably just past the development tipping point and is giving way to places like Pilsen & Avondale for the poor cool kids."
And:
"in Austin, I'd say that Eastside is our Williamsburg. I could of course kill the hipness if I were to move there. :-)"
And:
I'd say in Philly that "Fishtown" is where you will find the most amount of people sporting thick-rimmed glasses and flannel shirts. The Barbary is probably you go to place for a hipster-scum dance party.
and more fun ones like:
Williamsburg is the biggest neighborhood in Brooklyn, it has a lot of different sub types of douche. There's still hipster douche, the burgeoning waterfront banker douche, and even the longstanding Hasidic douche.
Get in on the conversation at Gawker, or just check out the new guest-filled Yoko Ono video, below...

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Yoko Ono w/ Earl Slick @ Bowery Ballroom - 9/15/2013
Yoko Ono @ Bowery Ballroom - 9/15/2013

There were a few moments Sunday night at the Bowery Ballroom that the seven-piece wailing pastiche-funk 2013 incarnation of the Plastic Ono Band threatened to overpower Yoko Ono. But not many. Whenever the double guitars and twin keyboards and programmed and live drums and throbbing upper-register bass-lines and trumpet seemed about ready to swallow the center, suddenly, there was Yoko. Ululating, shrieking, honking, squeaking, whoaing, yelping, laughing, sloganeering, singing, and cutting through it all.

Marking the release of the new guest-studded Take Me To The Land of Hell, Ono -- playing her only show of 2013 -- was at once both commanding and sweet, beautifully cosmic and unflinchingly void-staring. During her hour-long (and thankfully not guest-studded) set, she lobbed far-out hippie love-bombs one tune ("It's just money! You don't have to work anymore!") and unfurled harrowing half-monologues the next. "You stoned me, you burned me, you drowned me," she sang on "Rising," her voice making its tender limitations known. And when she wasn't vocalizing, speaking, giggling, or dancing slyly, there was a tiny bit of time leftover to note that, in fact, there was an 80-year old woman up on stage doing all of it. - [SPIN]

We've already posted one set of pitcures from Yoko Ono and the current incarnation of The Plastic Ono Band's show at Bowery Ballroom this past Sunday (9/15). But with a legend like Ono, one is never enough so here's a second set of shots. The Plastic Ono Band included her son Sean, as well as Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda, and the set featured an appearance by onetime Bowie guitarist Earl Slick.

The show doubled as a release party for Ono's new album, Take Me to the Land of Hell, which hit stores today. You can stream it via Spotify or Rdio. More pictures from Bowery Ballroom below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Yoko Ono @ Bowery Ballroom - 9/15/13
Yoko Ono @ Bowery Ballroom - 9/15/2013

Other highlights of Ono's controlled chaos were performances of "Higa Noboru" and "Waiting for the D Train," the latter coming off as an exhibition in musical prowess. The Plastic Ono Band plowed through the surf-straddling single, with Wilco's Nels Cline and Sean Lennon trading off on solo shreds while Yoko wailed herself into oblivion. Her striking rendition of "Higa Noboru" -- accompanied only by Lennon and the careful plodding of a solemn piano -- served as a lesson in vulnerability, a scene so intense that fixating on Ono awash in light became a crucial need as she ruminated in a steady stream of English and Japanese.

After an hour-long set, Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band were joined by Earl Slick for the encore, who Lennon introduced as an old friend. "I first met this amazing guitar player when I was five!" he said before noting that Slick had joined he and Ono for the concert that paid tribute to Double Fantasy, the final release from his parents. Slick, Cline and Lennon did justice by the the effusive licks of "Don't Worry, Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow)," which were helmed by John Lennon and Eric Clapton back when the song was recorded in 1969 for Ono's Fly. [Rolling Stone]

Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band (which at the moment includes Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda, mi-gu's Yuko Araki, and Invisible Familiars' Jared Samuel) played their only US show of 2013 at NYC rock club Bowery Ballroom last night (9/15) in support of the band's new album, Take Me to the Land of Hell, which comes out this week. Pictures from the show are in this post.

Check out more, along with a video and the setlist, below...

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Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono is releasing a new Plastic Ono Band album this year, the first one since 2009's Between My Head and the Sky. It's called Take Me to the Land of Hell, and was produced by Yoko herself, along with Sean Lennon and CIbo Matto's Yuka Honda. Sean and Yuka will be releasing it via their Chimera Music label on September 17. It also includes some interesting guests, like tUnE-yArDs, Questlove, Nels Cline, Cibo Matto, Cornelius and Andrew Wyatt (of Miike Snow), and will feature remixes by Mike D & Ad Rock and Cornelius. Get a taste of the new album with the song "Moonbeams," which you can stream below.

Yoko, who turned 80 this year, doesn't appear to have a tour scheduled at the moment, but she does have a show here in NYC two days before the album's release at Bowery Ballroom (9/15). Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (7/31) at noon, with a a general on-sale starting Friday (8/2) at noon.

Song stream below...

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Lee Ranaldo on stage w/ Dinosaur Jr. in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Lee Ranaldo

The Lee Ranaldo Band, which features Lee along with his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, and Tim Luntzel, are about to head to Spain and Portgual for a short tour this month, and upon returning to NYC they'll play a hometown show at Union Pool on April 28. Admission for that show is $12 at the door and openers TBA. They've got some other dates coming up this year too, all of which are listed below.

Meanwhile, Lee and Steve's past Sonic Youth cohort Thurston Moore is on tour with his band, Chelsea Light Moving, and that tour hits NYC TONIGHT (4/5) at Bowery Ballroom with Prana-Bindu and Marco Fusinato. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Thurston also contributed to Joyful Noise's new "Cause & Effect" series, which pairs an influential solo musician with an artist they've influenced on a split 7" single. Thurston's 7" has a track by Talk Normal on the b-side. The series also includes Dinosaur Jr/Sebadoh's Lou Barlow paired with Dumb Numbers and The Jesus Lizard's David Yow paired with Child Bite. You can stream the Thurston Moore/Talk Normal 7" at Pitchfork and listen to the other two below.

Thurston Moore and ex-wife/Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon (separately) are also set to play the Yoko Ono-curated Meltdown Festival in London which goes down from June 14-23 at the Southbank Centre. Other artists performing include Yoko Ono herself with the Plastic Ono Band, Patti Smith, Iggy and the Stooges, Siouxsie Sioux (her first show in five years), Reggie Watts, Deerhoof, Savages, Marianne Faithfull, Immortal Technique, Ryuichi Sakamoto with Alva Noto, Sean Lennon with Cibo Matto, Boy George and more TBA. More info at the festival's website.

Meanwhile, you can catch Kim Gordon in NYC at the recently expanded "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets," which takes place during the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on May 1. Kim will be joined by Andrew Bird, Robert Glasper, Questlove, Andrew WK, James Chance, Julia Holter, Thundercat, and many more. Tickets for that show are still available.

All Lee Ranaldo dates are listed, along with the Joyful Noise 7" streams, below...

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artist rendering of Yoko Ono Imagine Peace
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On December 21st, come together and sing John Lennon's "Imagine" at the very moment Yoko Ono's new video IMAGINE PEACE lights up sixteen Times Square billboards at 11:57pm.

IMAGINE PEACE is Yoko Ono's worldwide initiative of anti-violence. In the film, the words "Imagine Peace" are written in 24 languages set over the tranquil imagery of a blue-sky background. The piece has been transformed into a multi-channel work specifically for Times Square, and spreads the message of peace across Times Square's monumental screens simultaneously.

Says Yoko Ono: "It's Time for Action, Action is Peace. Think Peace, Act Peace, Spread Peace, IMAGINE PEACE! Together we have the power to change the world. I LOVE YOU!!"

Yoko Ono's "Imagine Peace" is part of the second annual Make Music Winter which, like its summer version, has free, live, outdoor music happening all over NYC on Friday (12/21). Almost all of them are participitory and you can be a part of it (some require musical skills, some do not).

Other notable Make Music Winter events include "James Holt: Thru-Line" (2 - 3 PM), where "amateur and professional string players disperse to each of the Brooklyn-bound G train subway platforms. Over the course of an hour, every time a train arrives, musicians will step in and out of the front car to give subway riders a continuous, tag-team performance of the famous Prelude from J.S. Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G major."

There's also Phil Kline's ambient boombox work "Peregrine" starting at 7 PM in front of BAM and migrating through Fort Greene, Brooklyn till 7:45. Boomboxes will be provided to the first 50 participants, and if you bring your own they'll provide you with a cassette.

There's lots more happening with Make Music Winter, you can check out the schedule here.

by Bill Pearis

Graham Parker

Arriving on the mid-'70s London scene as a rough'n'ready product of the pub-rock era -- an R&B- loving Nick Lowe with a sharper, more ambitious pen, as it were -- Parker predated Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, both of whom would second his illustration that the singer/songwriter idiom could be recharged, giving intelligent rock fans an excitable and energetic alternative to (slightly) older guardsmen like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Randy Newman and Van Morrison. - [Trouser Press]
Last year, pub rock survivor Graham Parker reunited with his old band, The Rumour, to make Three Chords Good, their first album together in 31 years. You can stream the album below via Spotify.

Graham and the Rumour are currently touring the record in America and will be playing the previously mentioned NYC show at Concert Hall at the NY Society for Ethical Culture on Saturday (12/1, tickets) with openers The Figgs, and then The Paramount Theatre in Long Island on Sunday (12/2, tickets) which is a co-headling show with Ian Hunter. All tour dates are below.

Parker's had a long career, and had college radio hits with his 1988 album The Mona Lisa's Sister and has kept on going since. He may be about to get another moment in the spotlight as fan Judd Apatow tapped Parker to not only contribute songs to his new film, This Is 40, but also appear in the film. The comedy, a sideways sequel to Knocked Up (about Paul Rudd's character from that film) will be out in theaters December 21. The soundtrack was produced by Jon Brion and also features Norah Jones, Fiona Apple, Lindsay Buckingham, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Paul Simon, Wilco, Loudon Wainwright and more. Tracklist is below, as is the trailer for the film.

A list of tour dates, album stream, videos, and the This Is 40 trailer and soundtrack tracklist, below...

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First Saturdays

Yoko Ono, who was recently busy celebrating John Lennon's birthday with Lady Gaga, is being honored in Brooklyn:

Multi-media Conceptual artist Yoko Ono will be honored at the tenth annual Women in the Arts luncheon on Thursday, November 15, 2012. Proceeds from the event will benefit the many educational and artistic programs offered by the Brooklyn Museum and its Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

The program will begin at 11 a.m. with an introduction by Museum Director Arnold L. Lehman followed by a conversation between Ono and Catherine Morris, Curator of the Sackler Center. The program will conclude with the presentation of the 2012 Women in the Arts Award to Ono. A reception and luncheon in the Museum's Beaux-Arts Court will follow from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Based on availability, tickets for Women in the Arts 2012 are offered at $250, $500, and $1,000. Tables are available for purchase at the following levels: $2500 (Host), includes ten tickets for the program and preferred luncheon seating for ten guests; $5,000 (Patron), includes ten tickets, priority seating for the program, and prime luncheon seating for ten guests; $10,000 (Benefactor), includes 12 tickets, special reserved seating for the program, and VIP luncheon seating for 12 guests. To purchase tickets and for further information, contact Mira Abramsohn at mira.abramsohn@brooklynmuseum.org or (718) 501-6589.

In related news, the museum recently announced that "Our Target First Saturday Dance Party is on hiatus as we explore new and exciting ways to interact, including dynamic performances and participatory experiences. We appreciate everyone who has made this part of First Saturday such a success over the years and invite you to read more about these programming changes and discuss with us online." So, there still will be free Target First Saturdays, but due to "challenges with capacity crowds and traffic flow throughout the building". "the dance party on hiatus for the time being."

John Lennon

Today is John Lennon's birthday, and so Yoko Ono is giving Lady Gaga an award, in Iceland. John would've been 72. Check out a gallery of the former Beatle's drawings (like the one above) over at the Huffington Post. Yahoo Canada takes a look at some of his letters.

Joe's Pub is celebrating John's birthday tomorrow. Symphony Space honors the man in November. Glasslands gets down in December.

Speaking of Lennons, Martha Wainwright's new album Come Home to Mama, which is also streaming at NPR, was recorded "mostly at" Sean Lennon's home studio in New York City. We're giving away tickets to see Martha at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday (10/11) via our Facebook.

We are also giving away tickets to The Walkmen's 10/18 show at Terminal 5 with Dum Dum Girls; and Doveman: The Burgundy Stain Sessions featuring Owen Pallett, Dawn Landes, and Steve Salett at Le Poisson Rouge on 10/12.

Speaking of Doveman shows and Wainwrights, help support marriage equality later this month at the Beacon.

In other milestones, Rage Against the Machine's self-titled debut turns 20 this year. To commemorate, the band are reissuing it as a box set, with "never-before seen early concert footage and full 2010 Finsbury Park Victory Concert along with remastered debut album, original demos and treasure trove of videos and music." Yours for only $136.

Likewise, Rancid are celebrating their 20th anniversary by releasing their entire discography as a huge box of 7"s. Pre-orders began today.

To quote Merge Records, "You're Living All Over Me by Dinosaur Jr., the groundbreaking album from the masters of alt-guitar rock, turns 25 this fall. To celebrate, Merge Records is releasing Chocomel Daze, a rare live show (featuring the classic, original line-up of J, Lou, and Murph) recorded in 1987 at Dorrnroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands. Limited edition on 150-gram vinyl for the first time, this release follows their recent I Bet on Sky." Listen to one of the tracks at the bottom of this post.

Other new Merge releases include the Mountain Goats, Mark Eitzel, Mount Moriah and The Music Tapes.

Mark Eitzel is going on tour later this year.

Rick Ross dropped a new mixtape called The Black Bar Mitzvah. Give it a listen over at bvChicago.

The downside of Louis CK's massive, self-ticked tour: his Emmy-winning FX show Louie won't be back until 2014.

Bummer All Tomorrow's Parties news: ATP Japan has gone from postponed to canceled.

AND more stuff below...

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Loren Connors at Le Poisson Rouge in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Loren Connors

Speaking of Loren Connors, who opens for Jozef Van Wissem tonight, he's releasing a collaborative single with singer Suzanne Langille called I Wish I Didn't Dream on Northern Spy Records. You can order that single and listen to some samples at the Northern Spy website. They'll be celebrating it with a Northern Spy-presented release show in Brooklyn on November 13 at 285 Kent with Text of Light (aka Lee Ranaldo, Alan Licht, and Ryan Sawyer and Tom Carter & Pat Murano. No advance tickets for that one at the moment. $10 at the door.

This isn't the first time that Loren Connors associated with a member of Sonic Youth. Over the summer he played a collaborative set with Thurston Moore as part of Spy Music Festival.

Speaking of Sonic Youth members, Steve Shelley isn't in Disappears anymore but he's still in Spectre Folk with Pavement/Sonic Youth bassist Mark Ibold, and Spectre Folk will play a Brooklyn show on Sunday (10/7) at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge with Scott & Charlene's Wedding (who also play the Oh My Rockness CMJ kickoff show at Pianos on 10/15 with Murals), Images, and Gem Trails.

The Yoko Ono, Kim Gordon, and Thurston Moore album, YOKOKIMTHURSTON, is out now. You can stream that in its entirety below via a spotify widget.

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FNO

Tonight (9/6), the stylish and the lovers of free booze and music will be out in force on the streets of Soho, the Meatpacking District and other parts of NYC for Fashion's Night Out.

We posted a giant list of FNO music happenings yesterday and turns out there's way more including: Yoko Ono reveals her new collection at Swarovski Crystallized; A$AP Rocky at Adidas Originals SoHo Store (see below); St. Vincent performing at at a speakeasy themed (and Boardwalk Empire-sponsored) party at Rag & Bone; Sonlange Knowles and Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear at The Ace Hotel; Theophilus London will be at The Rose Bar; Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. performs at Bloomingdale's Soho; Wild Belle at Mulberry (update: this is a DJ set); Frankie Rose and Alex Winston at Theory and more.

Basic info on these additional FNO performances/parties is below. Our previous post is here. All events are free and open-to-the-public unless otherwise noted. You can check the FNO website for more info. Some flyers below too.

What else?

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DOWNLOAD: Chelsea Light Moving - "Burroughs" (MP3)

Chelsea Light Moving

News on the current state of Sonic Youth remains ambiguous, but the members are certainly keeping busy. Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon are releasing a collaborative album with Yoko Ono (recorded before Thurston and Kim's split?) called YOKOKIMTHURSTON, which is due out on September 25 via Chimera Music. The cover art and tracklist, along with a video of the three musicians playing together at BAM in 2010 is below.

Thurston is also now the vocalist/guitarist for a new band called Chelsea Light Moving with Keith Wood, Samara Lubelski, and John Moloney. They've got a full length in the works, which is due out on Matador. You can download their first track, "Burroughs," which was inspired William S. Burroughs' last words ("Love? What is it? Most natural painkiller what there is"), at the top of this post. Chelsea Light Moving have a few shows scheduled, including a Sled Island show in Calgary tonight.

Thurston was also added to Spy Music Festival, which goes down in NYC across multiple venues from June 29 to July 15. He'll be playing his first ever set as a duo with experimental guitarist Loren Connors at The Stone on July 14. Raajamahal (Pat Murano of No Neck Blues Band and Decimus, Carla Backer from Baba Yaga, and Santa Wolanczyk from Flower Orgy) was also added to the fest, and will be playing Death by Audio on July 13. Check out a sampler of artists playing the festival below.

Speaking of Yoko Ono, NY Post reports that she exhibited a new art piece in London's Serpentine Gallery called "To the Light," which featured no more than three piles of dirt. The post mentions that Britain's Guardian newspaper trashed the exhibit, suggesting "the exhibition's title has got to be a "mistake," noting that "those who have suffered near-death experiences often complain of a bright light -- and a voice telling them to go towards it." And no one would want to go toward this."

A list of all dates, video, and stream below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band and Friends
Secret Piece

Yoko Ono's Secret Piece (1953)
throughout Central Park from 5AM - 8AM on June 21, 2011.
Celebrate the summer solstice with Yoko Ono's meditative Secret Piece, at sunrise in Central Park.

We will meet at Columbus Circle starting at 5AM. Bring any musical instrument or just your voice, and we will send you to a secluded part of the park to play the note of your choice to the accompaniment of birds.

At 8AM we will all return to Columbus Circle for hot green tea.

Study the above piece of sheet music and join Yoko Ono in Central Park Tuesday morning!

UPDATE: Apparently Yoko didn't even go to her own event. ZINGARA says "I woke up really early this morning thinking that different musicians where going to get together and play a Yoko Ono tone. instead i got there and everybody was on their own wandering around the park like a homeless person. There was someone there but as soon you sign your name they send you away." Lori Zimmer adds, "woke @ 330 to go to central pk... was handed a map with little explanation. very disappointed, not much explanation, no yoko, green tea from starbucks out of styrofoam cups after 3 hours...."

The other pictures in this post are from that Japan benefit that Yoko Ono threw at Le Poisson Rouge in March. You already saw the Cibo Matto pics from the same event. Here are the rest with Yoko, Sean Lennon, Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Antony, Lou Reed and more included. They continue below...

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Asphalt Orchestra at Lincoln Center (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Asphalt Orchestra

The Bang on a Can Marathon returns on Sunday (6/19) with a mammoth thirteen hours of FREE live music kicking off at 11AM at NYC's World Financial Center Winter Garden (200 Vesey Street). Featuring over 150 musicians/composers, the fest includes performances from, and compositions by, names like Philip Glass, Glenn Branca Ensemble, Sun Ra Arkestra, David Byrne/Annie Clark, Bryce Dessner, Frank Zappa, Bjork, Yoko Ono, and many more. The full lineup and schedule is below.

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