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Craig Finn w/ The Hold Steady in NYC in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Craig Finn

Listen to the references he makes in his lyrics or read an interview with him and you know that Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) has a wide range of taste, and that isn't lost on his list of the top ten records of 2012, which bounces from underground rapper El-P to folk legend Bill Fay to non-stop rockers Japandroids. Of the list, Craig says, "A lot of my friends made really great records this year. To keep myself sane, I've created a list of my top ten records by people I don't know personally. Compiled quickly, probably with some ommisions." You can check the whole thing out below.

Craig will be taking part of the Soundtrack Series in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge this Friday (11/30) along with Cynthia Kaplan, Jenny Rubin, Daniel Ralston, Steve Zimmer, and host Dana Rossi. The event description reads, "Five artists-writers, comics, actors and musicians-tell the stories they forever connect with songs from their past. There's the song, the story behind the song, and the story inspired by the song. We're the third one." Craig will be doing his on "I Will Dare" by the Replacements. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Meanwhile watch Craig on the Chris Gethard show TONIGHT (11/28).

As mentioned, The Hold Steady will play Wellmont Theatre on New Year's Eve with Lucero. Since we last spoke, comedian Kurt Braunohler has been added to that bill as well. Tickets for the show are still available.

Craig Finn's top 10 albums of 2012 list is below...

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Dale Crover w/ Melvins Lite in October (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Dale Crover

Dinosaur Jr. just keep adding more alternative rock royalty to their upcoming You're Living All Over Me 25th anniversary show, which happens in NYC at Terminal 5 on December 1. They've already announced Johnny Marr (of The Smiths), Kim Gordon (of Sonic Youth), and Al Cisneros (of Sleep), and now they've added Dale Crover (of Melvins) too. Kurt VIle, who carries the torch that those musicians all helped light well, opens the show and tickets are still available.

Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis is also one of the many guests appearing on the third season of Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen's IFC show, Portlandia, which returns on January 4 at 10pm ET/PT, prefaced by a pre-premiere episode on December 14 at 10:30pm ET/PT. In addition to J, other guests include Dirty Projectors, Jim Gaffigan, Patton Oswalt, Roseanne Barr, Juliette Lewis, George Wednt and more. You can check out the full list of guests for season three and a video clip of the upcoming season below.

Speaking of Melvins, they're playing a New Year's Eve show in LA at The Alexandria with Redd Kross, who released their first new album since reuniting in 2004 this year. Tickets for the LA show are on sale now.

Portlandia video and list of guests are below.

Continue reading "Dale Crover will guest at Dinosaur Jr's NYC show; J Mascis & Dirty Projectors will guest on 'Portlandia'"

by Andrew Sacher

Holy Ghost

As mentioned, Lucero plays two nights at Brooklyn Bowl (one with Nude Beach) before playing New Year's Eve at Wellmont Theatre with The Hold Steady. But Brooklyn Bowl will host a very different type of show on New Year's Eve, when DFA duo-turned-live-band Holy Ghost! plays a set with special guests. $45 tickets for the Holy Ghost! show are on sale now.

Like Kanye West, who also celebrates New Year's Eve in the NYC area, Holy Ghost! were scheduled to play UR1 Festival in Miami (12/8-9). However, Miami New Times is reporting that the festival will be postponed due to predictions of heavy winds that weekend (via Pitchfork).

Holy Ghost! released a new single, "It Gets Dark," at the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair last month, and have since put the track out digitally. The track is pretty great and you can stream it below.

Continue reading "Holy Ghost! playing NYC on NYE; UR1 Festival postponed"

Kanye at MoMA in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Kanye West

Kanye West came to Atlantic City's Revel Ovation Hall for two sold out shows this past July and he must have had a good time, because he plans to return to the venue for three nights right before New Year's Eve: December 28, 29, and 30. Tickets for all three nights go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 30 at noon with a Citi cardmember presale starting Tuesday (11/27) at 10 AM, and Revel and TIcketmaster presales starting Thursday, November 29 at 10 AM.

Kanye also plays the huge Sandy benefit at MSG on 12/12/12 and UR1 Festival in Miami this month (UPDATE: UR1 Festival is postponed). All upcoming dates are listed below.

Being that Kanye only plays the three days leading up to New Year's Eve, it means that Jay-Z will potentially be available all three of the dates and Kanye will be free when Jay plays Brooklyn at Barclays Center on NYE (12/31) with Coldplay. Tickets for that show are still available.

A list of all Kanye dates and a stream of his recent track, "White Dress," from RZA's The Man With The Iron Fists soundtrack, below.

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The Head and the Heart at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
The Head and the Heart

Starbucks released the Holidays Rule compilation on October 30 with holiday covers by Paul McCartney, The Shins, Rufus Wainwright with Sharon Van Etten, Calexico, Fruit Bats, Andrew Bird, Eleanor Friedberger, The Head and the Heart, and more. You've already heard Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten's take on "Baby It's Cold Outside." Now, if you haven't picked the album up yet, you can check out The Head and the Heart's take on "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" in this post.

Stream the track below...

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RJD2's record collection?
RJD2

RJD2's NYC New Year's Eve show at Gramercy Theater, which is on sale now, will be with Com Truise and Chrome Sparks (who will DJ). Chrome Sparks (not to be confused with Chrome Canyon or Chrome Cranks) meanwhile can be found at Glasslands on 12/14 with producer Gigamesh (whose tour also brings to the Delancey one night earlier). Com Truise has no other shows scheduled at the moment.

RJD2 recently created a Spotify playlist of songs he's been listening to lately, and filmed a new video as part of T-Mobile sponsored series called "Life Without Limits". In it he talks about his career, and basically how he lives his life. You can watch that, along with more dates for artists mentioned above, below...

Continue reading "Com Truise & Chrome Sparks playing NYE w/ RJD2 (who discusses his career in new 'Life Without Limits' video)"

Chris Martin & Jay-Z (via)
Chris Martin & Jay-Z

Coldplay, who release a DVD/live album called "Coldplay Live 2012" on 11/19, have announced three end-of-the-year shows, all in the in the NYC area, two of which are at the new Barclays Center, one of which is on New Year's Eve with Jay-Z (who already played there eight times this year). It looks like this:

Coldplay Tour Dates
29 December 2012: Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena w/ w/Naturally 7
30 December 2012: Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center w/ w/Naturally 7
31 December 2012: Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center w/ w/Jay-Z
Tickets for both Brooklyn shows go on sale Saturday (11/17). CT is on sale one day earlier.

All other dates, part of a current Australian tour, are listed along with the trailer for their new DVD, below...

Continue reading "Coldplay announce 3 shows, 2 at Barclays Center, 1 on New Year's Eve with Jay-Z (dates)"

Beach Fossils at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
Beach Fossils

Beach Fossils have been added as the opener to the previously discussed New Year's Eve show with Blonde Redhead at Irving Plaza. Presale tickets (Live Nation Mobile App, Live Nation, and Music Geeks) start today (11/8) at 10 AM and general on-sale begins Friday (11/9) at 10 AM. VIP tickets include "front of the line access, VIP area in the balcony, poster, and champagne toast."

You can also find Chris Puidokas of Blonde Rdhead at the third annual Rock Lottery at Knitting Factory on December 1 along with members of My Morning Jacket, Against Me!, Yuck, Hospitality, and more.

A list of all Beach Fossils dates and a video below.

Continue reading "Beach Fossils opening Blonde Redhead's New Year's Eve show at Irving Plaza (tickets on sale now)"

Blonde Redhead at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by BBG)
Blonde Redhead

Long running NYC dream rockers Blonde Redhead were last seen repping NYC at the Brooklyn Sweden Festival on their 2012 international late summer/fall tour, but they haven't actually played a local show in over a year. So it should be a treat when the band rings in the new year with a show at Irving Plaza on New Year's Eve (12/31). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/9) at 10 AM with Live Nation Mobile App, Live Nation, and Music Geeks presales starting Thursday (11/8) at 10 AM. VIP tickets include "front of the line access, VIP area in the balcony, poster, and champagne toast." It's the band's only announced show at the moment.

Blonde Redhead's most recent release was 2010's Penny Sparkle. A 4AD Session video of the band playing "Here Sometimes" from that album is below.

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Andrew WK at Webster Hall in April (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Andrew WK

Assuming we all survive the apocalypse, Halloween is Wednesday (10/31), and as you know there are plenty of ways to celebrate in NYC. Another recently announced option is the Halloween Hellraiser at new Greenpoint warehouse Autumn Bowl with professional partier Andrew WK. He'll be joined by Creep (DJ), Ice Balloons, DJ Dog Dick, and more artists TBA. Tickets for the show are on sale now. A gif flyer for the show is below. UPDATE: Halloween show cancelled.

Andrew WK has been keeping busy in NYC the last couple of weeks, having just taken part in a bunch of CMJ events and appeared as one of the guests at Petty Fest. He's also got two events happening close to NYC right before New Year's Eve. He plays Stanhope House on December 29 in NJ (tickets) and Ollie's Point on December 30 in Long Island (tickets). Maybe he'll add a show happening on New Year's Eve in NYC?

Meanwhile, Autumn Bowl has been hosting few but solid shows since opening. Maybe you caught Zomby (10/18) or Kyp Malone (10/20) there during CMJ? Or this past Friday when Four Tet and Jamie xx DJed back to back? If you've been to the new venue, how is it?

A list of all Andrew WK dates, the Halloween show flyer, and a recent live video are below.

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photo from last year (more by Ryan Barkan)
Phish

NYC hippies have all the luck:

Phish will play four shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden this December, marking its third consecutive New Year's run at the legendary venue. The series of concerts will begin on Friday, December 28, and conclude on New Year's Eve. Phish has played 23 dates at Madison Square Garden since December 1994.

"It's not the ball drop, but for tens of thousands of people, Phish's annual run of shows at Madison Square Garden...is the more significant year-end event in Manhattan," The New York Times' Jon Pareles observed. Reviewing Phish's 2011 New Year's Eve concert, American Songwriter noted: "[the] night saw the band going for broke...Balloons rained from the ceiling, and Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon levitated above the stage on platforms, and several dancers took to the air on wires..."

An online ticket request period is currently underway at http://tickets.phish.com. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday, October 20, at Noon ET at http://www.ticketmaster.com or can be charged by phone at 866.858.0008. If tickets are still available, they may be purchased at the venue box office beginning Monday, October 22. Box office hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 AM - 6 PM. Tickets may also be purchased at select Ticketmaster outlets. For further details, visit http://phish.com.

Ticket prices for each specific date will include a free MP3 download of the evening's entire show (a fully mixed soundboard recording) that can be redeemed at www.LivePhish.com shortly after the band steps off stage.
Other NYC New Year's Eve options include Amanda Palmer and The Felice Brothers.

Punch Brothers at Rockwood Music Hall in February (more by David Andrako)
Punch Brothers

The New Year's Eve options just keep coming. Today the announcement comes that bluegrass crew Punch Brothers will do a three-night run in NYC at Bowery Ballroom from December 29-31. Tickets for all three shows (3-day pass option included) go on sale Friday (9/21) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/19) at noon.

The NYE run in NYC comes at the end of an extensive tour that the Punch Brothers will kick off at the end of this month. That tour includes a show as part of the New Yorker Festival which happens at Gramercy Theatre on October 5 and two days after that the band will play another NYC area gig at The Paramount on October 7 in Huntington. Tickets for the New Yorker Fest show at Gramercy and the Paramount show are available. Punch Brother Chris Thile, who just played Rockwood Music Hall on Sunday (9/16), returns to the venue this Wednesday (9/19). That show is sold out.

A list of all Punch Brother dates is below.

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"omfg i do not tweet from concerts but IMPROMPTU CALL ME MAYBE COVER at @amandapalmer #theatreisevil and i just died of awesome #DEAD" - @jennIRL

Amanda Palmer at Webster Hall - 9/11/12 (via theculturewhore)
Amanda Palmer

Yesterday, we had a ton of New Year's Eve show announcements. Here's another one: Amanda Palmer and her band the Grand Theft Orchestra, who just played a show at Webster Hall last night (9/11), will take over Terminal 5 on New Year's Eve (12/31). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, September 21 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday, September 19 at noon.

Amanda's Webster Hall show last night was with The Simple Pleasure, Jherek Bischoff, and Ronald Reagan. If you weren't at the show, maybe you watched the webcast at Amanda's YouTube channel? The show was pretty wild and relied most heavily on material from her new album, Theatre Is Evil, for which the show was a release party for.

She also played a couple Dresden Dolls songs and did some covers, including Yaz's "In My Room," Wham!'s "Careless Whisper" and, wait for it... "Call Me Maybe!" During Theatre Is Evil track, "Bottomfeeder," Amanda dove into the crowd, draping the audience in a huge canvas that she was wearing as a skirt. If this is how Amanda celebrates a record release show, things are probably looking pretty nuts for New Year's Eve.

Her tour continues in DC tonight. An updated list of dates, a video of Amanda crowd surfing, and the setlist from last night's show are below.

Continue reading "Amanda Palmer played Webster Hall, playing Terminal 5 on New Year's Eve (setlist, video & updated dates)"

The Felice Brothers at Culture Shock 2012 (more by Kellyann Petry)
Felice Brothers

Today has been some sort of unofficial New Year's Eve Show Announce Day what with My Morning Jacket, Nas and Lucero/Hold Steady already today. Well here's another 12/31 option for you: The Felice Brothers will play an NYE show at Mercury Lounge with two support bands TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 14 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/12) at noon.

Additionally, The Felice Brothers will play Maxwell's the day before (12/30) and tickets for that show are on sale now. Meanwhile, Ian Felice will play solo in an opening set for Conor Oberst at Carnegie Hall on November 21 and tickets for that show are still available.

All Felice Brothers tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Felice Brothers playing Maxwell's, New Year's Eve at Mercury Lounge & other dates"

Lucero at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Lucero

The Hold Steady and Lucero, who have a history together and are no strangers to New Year's shows in the NYC area, will be teaming up for a NYE (12/31) show at Wellmont Theatre. Tickets for what is sure to be a very drunk and wild night go on sale Friday (9/14) at noon.

UPDATE: Lucero are also playing two nights at Brooklyn Bowl a few days before NYE (12/28-29). Individual tickets (12/28 and 12/29) as well as two-day passes go on sale Friday, September 21 at noon.

The Wellmont show is yet another addition to the growing amount of NYE options in NYC and the surrounding area. So far, options include Nas at Radio City, My Morning Jacket in Boston, and They Might Be Giants' 3-night run at MHOW. The Disco Biscuits are also doing a NYE run in NYC, with four nights at Best Buy Theater from December 26-29 and NYE (12/31) at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for all 5 Disco Biscuits shows (and a 4-day pass option for the Best Buy Theater shows) go on sale Friday (9/14) at 1 PM, with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/12) at 10 AM and an AEG Live presale starting Thursday (9/13) at 11 AM for the Best Buy Theater shows.

Lucero recently made a 10+ minute mini-documentary about the making of this year's Women & Work album, and also recently made what is their first music video ever for that album's title track. About the video, frontman Ben Nichols said, "Our fans have made videos over the years, we've never made one ourselves until now. Why? Basically because we're unorganized and lazy." You can watch their mini-documentary and the music video, along with a list of Lucero dates and Hold Steady dates, below.

Continue reading "Lucero playing two nights at Brooklyn Bowl plus New Year's Eve at the Wellmont with The Hold Steady (dates)"

Nas at Rock The Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Nas

Life is good indeed. Nas will ring in the New Year in style, joined by Elle Varner when he takes to the stages of Radio City Music Hall on December 31 for a one-off show at the venue. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (9/14) at noon... which, coincidentally, is Nas's 39th birthday.

Nas recently played Rock The Bells and is scheduled to take on Virgin Mobile Freefest outside of DC in early October.

Hopefully this show goes better for the Queensbridge MC than the New Year's show he was supposed to appear at in Angola.

My Morning Jacket at Williamsburg Park in August (more by David Andrako)
My Morning Jacket

As mentioned, My Morning Jacket, who were in NYC for a show at Williamsburg Park, will return to the area at the end of the year for a three-night run at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre from December 27-29. The shows will be part of the band's Spontaneous Curation Series, where you can help pick what songs they play, and MMJ promise not to repeat songs on different nights. There will also be TBA guests at each night. Those shows were announced over a month ago and they just finally were given ticket links. Tickets for all three nights go on sale Friday (9/14) at noon.

Two days after that run ends, My Morning Jacket will play a New Year's Eve show at Boston's Agganis Arena (12/31) with Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who they've collaborated with in the past. This one won't be part of the curation series. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/14) at noon with a venue presale starting Thursday (9/13) at 10 AM.

As discussed, MMJ will also be in the NYC area for a Levon Helm tribute at the Izod Center on October 3 in East Rutherford, NJ with Ray LaMontagne, Mavis Staples, Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Jorma Kaukonen, and more. Tickets for that show are still available.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "My Morning Jacket playing New Year's Eve in Boston after Capitol Theater shows (dates & ticket info)"

They Might Be Giants at Terminal 5 in March (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
They Might Be Giants
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Geek rockers They Might Be Giants released a deluxe, 10th Anniversary Edition (digital only) of their first family album, 2002's No!, via iTunes which includes seven new bonus tracks. One of those bonus tracks, the live version of "Robot Parade," can be streamed below.

TMBG will play three New Year's shows in their hometown of Brooklyn this year at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 29, 30, and 31. Tickets for all three shows go on sale Friday (7/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/18) at noon.

No other dates to report at the moment, but the 3 NYC shows in list format and that song stream are below.

Continue reading "They Might Be Giants released deluxe edition of 'No!,' playing three New Year's shows in Brooklyn"

Charles Bradley in Fort Greene Park in 2011 (more by BBG)
Charles Bradley

Before Charles Bradley released his excellent debut LP on Daptone Records last year, he performed under the name Black Velvet as a James Brown impersonator. On January 28 at Hiro Ballroom in NYC, he'll bring back the Black Velvet moniker for a James Brown tribute show with Jimmy Hill & The Allstarz Band. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The flier for the show is below.

Charles Bradley just played New Year's Eve at MHOW with Budos Band. Check out a video of them performing together at 12:01 AM, January 1, 2012, below.

More tour dates are down there too...

Continue reading "Charles Bradley played New Year's Eve, playing James Brown tribute as 'Black Velvet' (and other dates)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Happy New Year!
Gogol Bordello
Gogol Bordello

A Gogol Bordello New Year's Eve celebration can hardly be contained in a single set of photos, so here's a second set of the madness that engulfed Terminal 5 on 12/31 - baloons, on stage and back stage action included.

If you missed it, here is the first set of pictures (with opener The Debo Band), and a set of pictures from their appearance the night prior (12/30).

More New Year's Eve pictures below...

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photos by Andrew St. Clair

Trippple Nippples @ 285 Kent
Trippple Nippples

For those who felt that one New Year's Eve wasn't quite enough, Todd P offered a second chance to fulfill your New Year's wishes with a late show at 285 Kent that counted down to 3AM. Headlined by DIVE (who played earlier that night too), the Friends-filled show included a set by Trippple Nippples, the Japan art-rock crew who closes their NYC run with a show TONIGHT. The band will team with Guardian Alien, Hard Nips, Bad Credit/No Credit and a suprise guest for the show at Shea Stadium tonight (1/3). $7 gets you in.

More (slightly NSFW) (are pasties NSFW?) pictures from that late night DIVE/Trippple Nippples show on (technically) New Year's Day are below....

Continue reading "DIVE & Trippple Nippples played a LATE show @ 285 Kent on New Year's Eve (pics)"

photos by Tracy Allison

Deer Tick

The night after Lucero played Brooklyn Bowl, Deer Tick rang in the New Year at the venue with assists from Virgin Forest (Phosphorescent's backing band, now their own band), Dead Confederate, and J. Roddy Walston and the Business. Here are some pictures from the New Year's Eve show (one of many in NYC. Ted Leo, Gogol Bordello and Patti Smith and many others played Saturday night too.).

Unfortunately we didn't get a Diamond Rugs set at Brooklyn Bowl, as promised, but that's because "Steve couldn't make it from the lobos show." Los Lobos was playing the same night at City Winery, and Steve from Los Lobos (who was supposed to cab it over to Brooklyn Bowl) also plays in Diamond Rugs who played their debut live show on 12/29 in Atlanta (two Deer Tick members and one from Dead Confederate play in it too).

That aside, Deer Tick, like Lucero the night before, played a raucous and entertaining show complete with frontman John McCauley in a New Year's Baby costume. They went on not long before midnight, meaning the countdown, which they may have been slightly late for, happened early in their set (complete with Cee-Lo in Times Square on the tv screens). Deer Tick's setlist pulled from their entire catalog and the encore-less night ended with two special guests and a stage full of people (and fallen confetti). First Craig Finn of The Hold Steady (who was also at Lucero) joined Deer Tick on stage for a cover of "Bastards of Young" by the Replacements (not the first time Craig performed that song), and then Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus came out to help them close the show with a drunken singalong of "Let's All Go To The Bar". By the end you couldn't really find Patrick though because half the audience seemed to be on stage... I think that's how it went. Details are fuzzy. Luckily we have these pictures to help jog my memory. More of them, and some videos, below...

Continue reading "Deer Tick & friends & special guests rang in the New Year @ Brooklyn Bowl (pics)"

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Gogol Bordello

Gogol Bordello played Terminal 5 on December 30th and 31st, ringing in the new year to a packed house on both nights after hitting Russia and its neighbors in the weeks prior. The Debo Band, hand-picked by Gogol Bordello, supported at both shows. Here are some pictures and video from the New Year's Eve celebration. They continue below....

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Happy New Year! (artskooldamage)
Patti Smith

Michael Stipe joined his friend Patti Smith at Bowery Ballroom on New Year's Eve for what was also the end of her final year at the venue...

On New Year's Eve, Patti Smith announced from the stage at the Bowery Ballroom that the concert was her last -- at the Bowery Ballroom.

For 14 years, the three-pack of shows by Patti Smith and Her Band in the final week of December has proved to be a reliably exhilarating way to usher out the old and ring in the new. If it's not the Allmans at the Beacon Theater, it's in the same area code. It's cozy: the smallish Ballroom accommodates fewer than 600. It's egalitarian: tickets are general admission, mostly standing room and reasonably priced. And it's personal: the shows always include one on Dec. 30, to celebrate Ms. Smith's birthday (she turned 65 on Friday).

After the last show -- an excellent night, with many special touches, including Michael Stipe singing "Wichita Lineman" -- Lenny Kaye, Ms. Smith's lead guitarist and general rock subversive, confirmed that the band would still perform, but at some other location. "It's just time to move on," he said. [NY Times]

Catch Patti this February with Philip Glass at the Tune-In Music Festival at the Park Avenue Armory. Stay tuned for info on where Patti will spend her birthday this year.

Check out video of Patti & Michael at Bowery below...

Continue reading "Patti Smith played her final Bowery Ballroom New Year's Eve run (with help from Michael Stipe)"

by Amanda Hatfield

"ATTN HOBOKEN! I WILL NOT BE DROPPED TONIGHT!" - kurt braunohler

"Pink shirt on. Ready to party like it 3012" - kurt braunohler

"Happy New Year to everybody! I didn't get to reply last night because I was watching @TedLeo and @kurtbraunohler be awesome." - Tom scharpling

"Omg @scharpling 's here @maxwellsnj for @tedleo NYE& I didn't even say hi - @kurtbraunohler was hilarious - Sharon Van Etten & band=amazing!"
- Bella Allen Farrelly

"Last 2 nights w/@kurtbraunohler, @obitsband, @sharonvanetten, & the AMAZING AUDIENCES: I count myself lucky to be among such excellence." -Ted Leo

Ted, Kurt & Phamacist @ Maxwell's
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists rang in the new year at Maxwell's with not-surprise guest Sharon Van Etten and comedian opener Kurt Braunohler who also opened for Ted and Obits at The Bell House one night earlier. Pictures from the NJ show, where Kurt Braunohler tried to crowd surf again, and possibly got dropped again, are in this post.

Ted played a predictably excellent set and covered 'I Wanna Destroy You' with Sharon Van Etten whose opening set included a new backing band lineup. Doug Keith is still there, but there was a new guy on drums and a new backup singer/keyboard player/additional guitarist lady. When they played "Don't Do It", they did this new thing with looped sorta spooky vocals in the beginning and it was so beautiful. The new songs sound amazing. I can't wait for the album.

Sharon will hit the road for a string of dates in February that include Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom, and before that she'll make an appearance at the Greene Space. Tickets are still available for that WNYC Soundcheck session, as well as both Bowery and MHoW.

More pictures and some video from Maxwell's on New Year's Eve, below.

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