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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
Amnesty
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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.

Williswmburg

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
Imagine

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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Kathleen Hanna at Planned Parenthood rally in February (more by Chris La Putt)
Kathleen Hanna

Feminist artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman-Leeson's documentary !Women Art Revolution made its theatrical debut at Manhattan's IFC Center on June 1. The film is still screening every day at 4:25 PM through June 16. The film features a score by Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag), an appearance by Yoko Ono and much more. Get your tickets for the remaining days (and go see Wild Flag at Williamsburg Waterfront).

The movie is one example of how "the Riot Grrrl movement still inspires", as NY Times puts it. The article talks about the Kathleen Hanna tribute show that took place at Knitting Factory this past December and discusses the effect the movement has had on today's indie rock scene. Amanda Warner of MNDR said, "I remember it being weird if you saw a girl in a band, and now it's not weird at all, it's just totally normal."

That Knitting Factory show in December not only served as a tribute to Kathleen Hanna, but also the debut of her new band The Julie Ruin. The project formed as a revival of her late '90s solo project Julie Ruin, the moniker under which she recorded one album of the same name in 1998. The new band also features Bikini Kill bandmate Kathi Wilcox and Kenny Mellman, Justin Bond's sidekick in Kiki and Herb. They are currently working on a debut full length. Details on the album are limited but Kathleen posted pictures from an overdub and mixing session for the album back in May.

Kathleen Hanna

A Le Tigre documentary titled Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour (pictured above) chronicles the band's 2004 tour and is out now. You can purchase it on Amazon. Last week there was a screening at at Maysles Institute in Harlem which was accompanied by a Q&A with director Kerthy Fix and Le Tigre member Johanna Fateman. Joly was there and taped all 45 minutes of it. If you missed it, check out the Punkcast video below. AND, they do it again on June 26th at the Ace Hotel, complete with Johanna Fateman, Kerthy Fix, AND Kathleen Hanna for the Q&A. All screening dates are listed below.

Kathleen Hanna recently spoke to Spinner, to promote the movie and stuff, and they asked her about Odd Future:

Spinner: Have you been paying attention to the controversy with Odd Future and their homophobic, misogynistic lyrics?

Kathleen: No, not really. They don't seem that interesting to me.

Spinner: Sara Quin just spoke out against them and it created a bit of a media storm.

Kathleen: I feel like, if you don't want to listen to them, don't listen to them. If you do want to listen to them, do listen to them. I couldn't really comment about on exactly what their lyrics are about, because I haven't gotten that deep into it. But if people are writing lyrics that piss you off, hurt your feelings and make you feel like s---, don't listen to it. I don't think the best idea is to have a boycott. Just don't talk about them and they'll go away. The more you talk about them, the more attention they get. Tegan and Sara fans probably wouldn't even know this band existed if they weren't talking about them. I find the whole conversation kind of boring. There are so many great artists that are doing interesting things, that I don't want to focus on boring people.

CNN also recently spoke to Kathleen who discussed Katy Perry in that one.

Ironically (sort of, maybe), Odd Future recently complained that Australians were racist. Australians say no they are not.

Odd Future's lesbian member Syd tha Kyd, who famously responded to criticism that she associates with a sexist group by saying, "That's what I do. I slap bitches", is DJing at PS1 'Warm Up' on July 23. Gang Gang Dance also DJ and Laurel Halo, Miracles Club, and Lunice play live sets on the same date. No word on if any other members of Odd Future will be in town at the time.

Film trailers, dates and a mash-up of Tyler, the Creator's "Yonkers" and Tegan & Sara's "Call It Off" by The Jane Doze, below...

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Sonic Youth

Tickets are still available for Thruston Moore's headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, but his band Sonic Youth has announced a show set for this summer. Thurston and the gang will team with Wild Flag to play the Williamsburg Waterfront on August 12. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/29) at noon.

Thurston Moore is also curating The Stone for the tail end of April, and the venue welcomed a surprise appearance from Yoko Ono on Saturday night (4/23). She joined Kim Gordon who was listed on the bill "with guest". Video from that improvised performance, that also included Chris Corsano, is below.

Steve Shelley is scheduled to play 285 Kent Ave on Thursday (4/28) with Spectre Folk and will hit the road with Disappears next week.

All tour dates and that Kim Gordon/Yoko Ono video is below.

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Antony

It has been announced that Antony will join Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, Cibo Matto, and Patti Smith for the benefit at LPR Tuesday. In other news, Antony has this coming:

Antony and the Johnsons will release their four track EP "Swanlights" on 10" April 16th through Record Store Day followed by releases through Secretly Canadian and Rough Trade on April 26th. The EP includes a remix of the title track by Oneohtrix Point Never and two exclusive B-sides. The CD version will include the Swanlights music video directed and produced by Sara Hegarty.

1 - Swanlights
2 - Find The Rhythm Of Your Love
3 - Kissing Noone
4 - Swanlights OPN edit

Meanwhile check out an unofficial video for the new MEN song "Who Am I To Feel So Free", starring the unmistakable vocals of Antony...

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Yoko Ono @ Chimera Night @ Elysium, SXSW 2011 (Anner Terada)
Yoko

"Sure, sure Kanye was playing somewhere in the city limits (with Jay Z as a special guest! OMG! #bigpimpin), but this was Yoko Ono, the queen of avant garde rock, and an influence on female artists of all stripes for the last four decades.

For all the heated anticipation in the air of the audience and her son Sean's comment that "Yoko has entered the building", she arrived on stage at the relatively small Elysium without any fanfare.

Joined by her new millennium version of the Plastic Ono Band (Sean on guitars and leading the band, master guitarist Nels Cline, and jazz bassist Trevor Dunn among them), she flashed a huge beaming smile at the crowd, flashed some peace signs and set to work ululating and gasping her way through a selection of improvisations and classic material like the stunning "Mind Train", a 1971 epic turned into a lean high speed commuter rail like via the three guitars on stage and the vibrant pulse of Dunn's bass.

Music aside, it was a sight to behold this 78-year-old artist working with the energy of someone a quarter or her age and flirting with all the men and women in the front row. All of us, even an exhausted 35-year-old music writer looking forward to heading home can take inspiration from that." [Oregon Live]

Tune-Yards also made a special guest appearance right before Yoko Ono went on Saturday night at Elysium, and If By Yes and The Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger were among those on the eight-band bill.

Yoko Ono and friends will return to the stage for a benefit show at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on Tuesday, March 29th, dubbed "To Japan With Love" featuring Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, Patti Smith, Tony Shanahan, and Cibo Matto. $100 tickets are on sale now. The benefit Yoko is playing for the same cause two days earlier at Columbia University's Miller Theater is sold out.

Yoko Ono

"SXSW is thrilled to announce Yoko Ono as a very special featured speaker for the 25th Music Conference and Festival. Ms. Ono will sit down with Jody Denberg for a SXSW Interview on Friday March 18th. From her pioneering work in the Fluxus movement of the 1960s to the recent Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland, Ono's art has challenged and informed, melding the personal to the universal in simple and unique ways. Her marriage and creative collaboration with John Lennon was a love story played out on the global stage. Ono's music laid the groundwork for the sounds of punk rock and new wave. Recently, Ono has had five consecutive dance singles charting at #1 on the top of the Billboard Dance Chart. In 2009, she received Mojo Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award, and she assembled a new PLASTIC ONO BAND for her latest album, Between My Head And The Sky, co-produced with son Sean Lennon, on his Chimera Music label. From gallery to stage to social media platforms, Yoko Ono brings a message of peace to the world. Ms. Ono's ongoing projects are detailed at imaginepeace.com. Ms. Ono will also be a special guest performer at a Chimera Music night, Saturday, March 19 at The Elysium, 705 Red River St"
Yoko Ono is 78 today! In honor of that she asks us to 'Imagine Peace', and Reykjavik is illuminating the "Imagine Peace Tower." Happy Birthday Yoko (and Juelz Santana, Regina Spektor, Andy & Jez Williams of Doves, Molly Ringwald, Matt Dillon, John Travolta and Dr. Dre).

by Andrew Frisicano

St. Vincent @ Pitchfork Fest in Chicago (more by Kate Gardiner)
St. Vincent

David Byrne and Annie Clark are collaborating on music for a future Housing Works benefit. There's no date set for that, but Asphalt Orchestra will be debuting a version of one of the songs they've been working on...

A few months ago we had [Here Lies Love arranger] Tony Finno arrange the horns, and we performed one of the songs -- tentatively titled "Who" -- at the end of Annie's show at the Rose Room at Lincoln Center. Now, having been approached by the Bang On a Can spinoff Asphalt Orchestra, with the help of [Asphalt saxist/producer] Ken Thomson we've adapted another song called either "Two Ships" or "The Movie" for their group. This will be an instrumental version and we'll do a vocal version later. [David Byrne]
Asphalt will perform that song on Wednesday, August 4th, at the first of five free shows the avant-marching band is doing around the Lincoln Center as part of LC's Out of Doors Festival. Locations and times for the band are below.

In addition to that piece, they'll be debuting a commission by Yoko Ono; other songs in the group's repertoire include commissions by Tyondai Braxton of Battles and Stew & Heid Rodewald of Passing Strange and BAM Next Wave 2010. The 12-piece will release a seven-track CD of its material on August 3rd through Canatloupe Music. That includes a blisteringly dissonant song by Swedish metal band Meshuggah and an intricately-arranged version of Bjork's "Hyper-Ballad." There are a few more typical "ra-ra" maching band songs on the album too (Zappa in particular is already quite melodic and pompy), but the band focuses on getting unusual sounds out of the limited instrumentation. Live, they move in unique coordinated patterns, so the experience is individualized to the space and where you stand.

As an aside, this Saturday at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival is going to be particularly amazing, with the "Detroit Breakdown" lineup of Mitch Ryder, ? and the Mysterians, The Gories, Death and more.

St. Vincent has her own free show this weekend, at the Central Park SummerStage Sunday (8/1) afternoon, with openers Tune-Yards and Basia Bulat.

A video of Asphalt Orchestra doing that Meshuggah song on WNYC, and their schedule, plus a video of Annie doing a nylon-string version of "Actor Out of Work," are below...

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photos by Kevin Mazur/ Wire Image

"Yoko Ono, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Bette midler, freaking amazing!" - nico843

yoko ono

Yoko's Plastic Ono Band will be playing a special show at BAM's Gilman Opera House on Tuesday, February 16th. The show includes guest spots from original/former Plastic Ono band members Eric Clapton, bassist Klaus Voormann and drummer Jim Keltner. Other guests include Justin Bond, Kim Gordon, Bette Midler, Thurston Moore, Mark Ronson, Scissor Sisters, Martha Wainwright, Haruomi Hosono, Paul Simon and son Harper Simon, and current Ono Band members Cornelius, Yuka Honda and Sean Lennon.
That's how we listed last night's event at BAM (2/16). Martha Wainwright, whose mother recently passed away, ended up not being there, but Gene Ween showed up. Full review and setlist coming soon. In the meantime here are a set of pics...

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Thurston w/ Sonic Youth @ MHOW in November (more by Lori Baily)
Sonic Youth

Society's Ills: In 1994 Society's Ills (Moore, Cadena, Watt, Markey) made their world premier with the now coveted "Skins, Brains, and Guts" release - a slab that managed to cram (9) 7 seconds covers onto one 7". In 2010, the band is back and once again fronted by Thurston but he brings with him a new crue of slayers to launch the hardcore fury:

Thurston Moore: Vocals
J Mascis: Guitar
Don Fleming: Guitar [SY producer & Velvet Monkeys/Gumball frontman]
Andrew W.K.: Bass
Awesome Allison: Drums [from Awesome Color]

This set is their first, but don't worry if you miss it cause I'm sure we can put this together again in another 15 years! [Ecstatic Peace]

Society's Ills play in addition to Thurston Moore solo, Talk Normal, The Entrance Band, Violent Soho, the Slits' Viv Albertine, Awesome Color, Jemina Pearl and more at the Ecstatic Peace SXSW Showcase happening Friday, March 19th at Red 7 in Austin. Curious about Society's Ills? Their version of 7 Seconds' "I Hate Sports" is below.

J Mascis will also be playing at SXSW with Sweet Apple, who are playing Mercury Lounge on April 20th. One of their SXSW sets will be at the showcase for TeePee Records, who are putting out the Sweet Apple debut, Love & Desperation, a track from which is above. That show is Thursday, March 18th at Habana Calle 6, and also on the bill are Priestess, Iron Age, Nebula, Naam, Imaad Wasif and more. Full details and a poster are below. Tee Pee Records has also teamed up with BrooklynVegan and Chronic Youth for another day party taking place on Saturday, March 20th in Austin. This is the first we've mentioned it. Stay tuned for more info.

Lou Barlow will also be at SXSW (backed again by The Missingmen) - one of his shows will be the Merge Records showcase at Cedar Street Courtyard on March 18th also featuring Let's Wrestle, She & Him, and others. Full lineup below. For She & Him it's one of two official SXSW shows. They also play Saturday night (March 20th) at Auditorium Shores (with Justin Townes Earle & TBA). Cheap Trick play the same slot at Auditorium Shores one night earlier.

Merge's showcase mentions that one slot will be filled by "Special Guest". We don't know who that is, but we'd have to guess Superchunk is a strong possibility since Mac & Laura have a speaking engagement (in a bookstore) on March 17th, and another one (official SXSW) at the convention center on March 19th (with Michael Azerrad), and the band is on the bill of the Village Voice day party happening at La Zona Rosa the afternoon of March 19th (with the xx, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Surfer Blood). It's definitely not Spoon who play the NPR show at Stubb's on March 17th with Deerhunter (their tour-mates) and The Walkmen.

Society's Ills Bassist Andrew W.K. will also be performing separately (and speaking) at SXSW (and at MtyMx in Mexico).

Kim and Thurston are playing with the Plastic Ono Band in their two-night Brooklyn Academy of Music run. They were at the dress rehearsal (aka the first night) last night (2/16). BV photographer Greg Cristman was in the audience and told us, "One definite highlight was Thurston and Kim played with Yoko as a trio and did a killer version of Mulberry from Unfinished Music No. 2 while the film Fly was projected on a huge screen behind them!" - a (poor quality) video clip of one of the other songs is below.

Full lineups for the showcases and videos are below...

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