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The National at Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
National

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

The National, Phosphorescent @ Prospect Park Bandshell
The National have a very impressive run of killer indie rock records, and despite their often-somber sounds, they're far from a boring live band. Tonight they begin their three-night run at Prospect Park (this one and tomorrow's are sold out), and opening is indie folk crew Phosphorescent who make this a great double bill.

Sam Smith @ Apollo Theater
Sam Smith finally followed his big Disclosure collaboration "Latch" with his own album which is closer to Adele-style R&B/soul than Disclosure's dance pop.

Courtney Barnett, Benjamin Booker @ Bowery Ballroom
Australia's Courtney Barnett is a real charmer, spinning between-song stories as well as her clever, seemingly stream-of-concious lyrical style. She's no slouch on guitar either... and getting more popular by the second. Sold out

Cody Chesnutt @ City Winery
A charmer and more than a little eccentric R&B/soul singer plays City Winery tonight after his bigger Apollo Theatre show over the weekend. Hopefully we'll get some new songs -- it's been two years sinceLanding On A Hundred.

Meatbodies, Pampers, Las Rosas, White Rope @ Death by Audio
You maybe have seen Chad Ubovich play as part of Mikal Cronin's band last year, but he's got his own group, Meatbodies, too. You might not be suprised to learn Meatbodies make garagey psych rock that's not too dissimilar from Cronin or Ty Segall. They headline this show tonight, which is pretty killer all-around.

Kins, Ryley Walker, Salt Cathedral @ Glasslands
While very much a band, Australia/UK act Kins seem to draw inspiration from downtempo electronics for a expansive, atmospheric sound without ever dipping into anthemic "whoa oh" territory. It's also worth getting there on time for Ryley Walker, a highly talented acoustic guitarist who makes quality psych folk.

Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6, Spacehog @ Irving Plaza
This year's edition of the Summerland tour is a cornucopia of Clinton-era MTV rock. So much for the afterglow, indeed.

Guy Blakeslee (of Entrance Band), Weyes Blood @ Mercury Lounge
Guy Blakeless of the Entrance Band just put out his first solo album in ten years, which among other things, highlights his great voice. Weyes Blood is another with a killer set of pipes, so be sure to show up for her too. Guy plays NYC again on Thursday at Rough Trade.

Polica, Reputante @ MHOW
Polica's mix of R&B, indie pop and a folkier sense of songwriting make for an eclectic mix that's always fun live thanks to Channy's dance moves and the double drummer attack.

The Antlers @ Rough Trade
The Antlers' new horn-filled album, Familiars, comes out today and it's more of the highly emotional, falsetto-tinged songwriting that's made up their previous records. They celebrate with this in-store which is free with purchase of a copy of the album.

Excel, Strife, Brain Slug, Manipulate @ Saint Vitus
Crossover thrash vets Excel just reissued their 1987 debut album, Split Image, and now the band who reunited in 2012 will continue to play shows. They'll be joined by the more hardcore-aligned Strife.

Ringo Starr & His All Star Band @ Beacon Theatre
Ringo Starr may not have the same epic stage show as the other surviving Beatle (he also hasn't written as many hits), but he'll still deliver plenty of the songs he sang lead for in that band. This is his first of two Beacon Theater shows this week, and he'll also be in NJ after.

Trash Talk, Cities Aviv, Left Brain @ Palisades (906 Broadway)
Anyone who's seen Trash Talk knows their sets are totally out of control, and that will likely be the case at this free Bushwick show which you had to RSVP for, but is still first come, first served. Bring earplugs, and maybe a helmet.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Jack White @ ACL 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
Jack White

PRESS RELEASE:

Jack White has issued the following statement to correct an excerpt from his upcoming cover story in British Esquire that was taken completely out of context--and actually edited to change its original meaning--in an NME.com news post.

The original quote referred to the state of image-based celebrity in general was twisted by the NME who changed the original quote, tacking the words "Lady Gaga's music" on to the original quote--words Jack never actually said.

White commented in full:

I'd like to address the recent tabloidesque drama baiting by the press in regards to Lady Gaga. I never said anything about her music, or questioned the authenticity of her songs in any way. I was in a conversation about the drawbacks of image for the sake of image, and that it is popular nowadays to not question an image in front of you, but only to label it as "cool" or "weird" quickly and dispose of it. I don't like my comments about Lady Gaga's presentation being changed into some sort of negative critique of her music. If you're going to try to cause drama, at least get the quotes right. I think journalists should also be held accountable for what they say. Especially publications like the NME who put whatever words they feel like between two quotation marks and play it off as a quote. maybe somebody with more lawyers can take them to task, but I'll just use the internet and twitter instead. I also think that kind of tabloid drama encourages artists to not express their opinions in the press, and instead give polite soundbites that don't stimulate thought about creativity and the consumption of art in its many guises. Peace to lady gaga and I fully congratulate and compliment her on her championing of gay rights issues and the momentum it's given to help create change.

Thank you.

Jack White III
Jack White's 2012 album has been named one of the best of the year by NME - and by MOJO, Rolling Stone, SPIN, Q Magazine, The Alabama Shakes and UNCUT

Village Voice Media

The owners of Village Voice Media (and the original founders of one of that company's 13 alt-weekly newspapers) have decided to sell all their publications in order to distance the news from their controversial adult services website. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin will transfer their nationwide network of alternative papers to a new company and sell control to several of those papers' current publishers and editors. No terms were disclosed. The roster of publications includes The Village Voice in New York; SF Weekly and LA Weekly in California; Denver's Westword; and the Phoenix New Times, among others. Lacey and Larkin founded the New Times when they were students at Arizona State University in 1970, before slowly acquiring the other properties in the '80s and '90s.

However, the pair will retain ownership of Backpage.com, a classified ads website that has faced several lawsuits and criminal complaints due to its adult-services advertising. -[The Atlantic Wire]

The newly formed Voice Media Group, a holding company out of Denver, will take control of the weeklies. Backpage has profited heavily from the sale of adult ads, and has come under heavy fire with allegations of prostitution disguised as "adult services."