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Beyonce, Chris Martin & Bruno Mars -- Halftime show
BEYONCÉ announced THE FORMATION WORLD TOUR today following her appearance during Super Bowl 50. The highly-anticipated tour, promoted by Live Nation, presented by American Express and produced by Parkwood Entertainment, will kick off in North America on April 27 in Miami, Fla. at Marlins Park with 21 additional stadium dates lined up throughout the country including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, Dallas and more. The European leg of THE FORMATION WORLD TOUR will start on June 28 in Sunderland, United Kingdom at Stadium of Light. Additional European stadium dates include London, Manchester, Zurich, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan, Stockholm, Frankfurt and more. A full list of tour dates and venues is below.As the above-quoted press release says, Beyonce timed a tour announcement with her appearance as part of the Halftime show of Superbowl 50 (where she performed her new song, but not the Coldplay song she appears on). All dates, including June 7 at Citi Field in NYC, and the Halftime video and setlist, below...
Tickets will go on sale starting Monday, Feb. 15 in Europe and Tuesday, Feb. 16 in North America (full on sale schedule provided at end of release). Beyhive members may purchase tickets in advance beginning Tuesday, Feb. 9 and Monday, Feb. 15 for shows going on sale on Feb. 22.
photo: Voivod @ Gramercy Theatre, 2015 (more by Matthew Bredeau)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Super Bowl 50
There's a very good chance that, like most of the country, you won't be seeing a show tonight at all and you'll instead be watching the Super Bowl. From a musical point of view, the halftime show has Coldplay and they're set to be joined be Beyonce, Bruno Mars, and possibly Rihanna and Justin Timberlake. Lady Gaga is also singing The National Anthem. Plus, we can count on something musical going down in the commercials.
Voivod, Vektor, Extinction A.D., Eight Bells @ Gramercy Theatre
If you are seeing a show tonight, it's hard to go wrong with this one. Voivoid have been crafting a weird mix of progressive rock and thrash metal since the '80s and there's still no one quite like them. Both openers are solid too.
Ed Askew Band (w/ Jonah Smith) @ Pete's Candy Store
Ed Askew made one of the finest cult folk records of the '60s with Ask the Unicorn. He was gone for a while, but lucky for us he's currently very active as a performer and recording artist.
Ronald Paris (of Porches), Harmony Tividad (of Girlpool), Sitcom, True Blue @ Silent Barn
While Porches are now playing bigger venues than ever, main member Aaron Maine (aka Ronald Paris) still gives you a chance to see him play intimate spots like this one. Making this a good double bill is Harmony Tividad, one half of Girlpool.
Mike Birbiglia @ The Lynn Redgrave Theater
Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been doing his show "Thank God for the Jokes" for nearly two years. He's finally putting it to bed, but not before this six-week run.
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Sunnyvale is a new Brooklyn venue, located at 1031 Grand St (that's officially East Williamsburg). They've been in "soft open" mode for the last couple weeks (has anyone gone?) but will have their official Grand Opening Party on Saturday (2/6) featuring live sets from Oberhofer and LODRO, plus Psychic TV's Genesis P-Orridge & Edley O'Dowd, and a late-night DJ set from Cassie Ramone. Tickets are on sale.
They're also going to have a regular comedy night, called "Just a Show," which is hosted by Harris Mayersohn and its inaugural night happens February 17 with Aparna Nancherla, Catherine Cohen, Yedoye Travis, Josh Gondelman, and Drew Michael with videos by Mitra Jouhari (tickets).
Tonight (2/5) at Sunnyvale it's Cole, Angels in America, D. Gookin and Jacob Marley. There's also a free Superbowl party with late night karaoke on Sunday (2/7). More events and shows to be announced.
photo: Metallica at Lollapalooza 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
The Super Bowl celebrates its 50th edition this year on February 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The halftime entertainment for the "Golden Super Bowl" hasn't been announced yet (Maroon 5 are the oddsmakers' favorites) but they have announced this year's now-annual "The Night Before" concert which happens February 6 at San Francisco's AT&T Park. Metallica are headlining and with openers Cage the Elephant. Tickets go on Citi presale on 11/4 at 10 AM Pacific, Giants season ticket-holder and Live Nation presale on 11/5 at 10 AM, and on sale to the general public on 11/6 at 10 AM.
In an interview video with radio jocks Lamont And Tonelli, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says getting to play this Super Bowl related show is a "huge honor." Check that out, and a commercial for the Day Before show, below.
In other large-scale, SF-based show news, The Decemberists, who have a new EP out and just played ACL Fest, are playing a big New Years Eve show at The Masonic with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, and tickets for that one are already on sale.
Move over Hodor, there's a new TV star DJ in town. RJ Mitte, better known as Walt Jr. from Breaking Bad, will come to NYC to DJ BB King's on April 10. And the event is called Breaking Beats. Tickets are on sale now for $35 (the $30 early bird option is sold out), which is almost $30 less than Hodor's DJ set at the same venue was.
You probably saw that over the weekend Bryan Cranston reprised his role as Walt Sr. in a Super Bowl commercial for Esurance. You can watch the extended cut below...
There aren't really many exciting shows tonight, considering most people are probably getting together with their friends, filling up on chips, dip, beer, and watching The Patriots play The Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. This year's halftime show has Katy Perry (yaaaaay), and she's saying she'll bring out Missy Elliot, Lenny Kravitz and other guests.
A few NYC venues are hosting Super Bowl parties, including The Bell House, Brooklyn Bowl and Union Hall (which also has an improv comedy show with SNL writers in the other room).
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The 16.6 million-dollar finger
You may remember that the NFL was seeking a $1.5 million fine from M.I.A. for the "offensive gesture" (flippin' the bird) she let fly during the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime show. The Hollywood Reporter reports today that the National Football League is not only still seeking that fine, but also an additional $15.1 million in compensatory damages -- the alleged value of the public exposure she received for the two minutes she was on television.
M.I.A. and her lawyer filed a complaint, basically saying it's hogwash:
The singer says there can't be liability or damage based on speculative FCC action, and her legal papers say it is "implausible" that any indecency fine will come after years of regulatory inaction and recent decisions at the U.S. Supreme Court.You can read the whole complaint over at The Hollywood Reporter.
What's more, the responsibility of broadcaster NBC could be investigated as the arbitration continues forward.
"NFL, and NBC, failed to exercise ordinary care in the conduct of the Halftime show by not activating the '5 second delay' system in place for the broadcast," says M.I.A.'s papers. "Any alleged fault or liability of Respondents should be diminished by NBC's dereliction. Discovery has not been taken yet to determine whether contractually NBC owed a duty to NFL to properly operate the delay system. Very likely that is indeed the case." - [THR]
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
De La Soul's Posdnuos @ Bud Light Hotel 1/31/2014
De La Soul's groundbreaking debut album, 1989's 3 Feet High and Rising, turns 25 this year. To celebrate, the Long Island trio are offerning up their entire catalog as a free download (320kbs MP3s) for 25 hours on the group's website starting today at 11 AM EST. MC Posdnuos told Rolling Stone:
It's about allowing our fans who have been looking and trying to get a hold of our music to have access to it. It's been too long where our fans haven't had access to everything. This is our way of showing them how much we love them.De La Soul were among the classic hip hop acts who played one of the Bud Light Hotel cruises (1/31) that happened during Super Bowl mania here in NYC. The Roots, Run DMC, Naughty by Nature, Busta Rhymes, Slick Rick & Doug E Fresh, were among the other performers and a belated set of pictures from that are in this post.
Meanwhile, Maseo of De La Soul will be DJing at East Village club Fat Buddha on Monday (2/17) with DJ Mike Loe & Chosun. Doors are at 8PM and it's free.
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A MESSAGE FROM FLEA
Dear everybody,We're pretty sure they were playing their instruments though one night earlier at Barclays Center.
When we were asked by the NFL and Bruno to play our song Give It Away at the Super Bowl, it was made clear to us that the vocals would be live, but the bass, drums, and guitar would be pre-recorded. I understand the NFL's stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and the t.v. viewers. There was not any room for argument on this, the NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers stance on any sort of miming has been that we will absolutely not do it. The last time we did it (or tried to) was in the late 80's, we were thrown off of 'The Top Of the Pops' television program in the U.K. during rehearsals because we refused to mime properly, I played bass with my shoe, John played guitar atop Anthony's shoulders, and we basically had a wrestling match onstage, making a mockery of the idea that it was a real live performance.
We mimed on one or two weird MTV shows before that and it always was a drag. We take our music playing seriously, it is a sacred thing for us, and anyone who has ever seen us in concert (like the night before the Super Bowl at the Barclays Center), knows that we play from our heart, we improvise spontaneously, take musical risks, and sweat blood at every show. We have been on the road for 31 years doing it.
So, when this Super Bowl gig concept came up, there was a lot of confusion amongst us as whether or not we should do it, but we eventually decided, it was a surreal-like, once in a life time crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it. We had given this a lot of thought before agreeing to do it, and besides many a long conversation amongst ourselves, I spoke with many musician friends for whom I have the utmost respect, and they all said they would do it if asked, that it was a wild trippy thing to do, what the hell. Plus, we the RHCP all love football too and that played a big part in our decision. We decided that, with Anthony singing live, that we could still bring the spirit and freedom of what we do into the performance, and of course we played every note in the recording specially for the gig. I met and spoke with Bruno, who was a beautiful dude, a real talented musician, and we worked out something that seemed like it would be fun.
We recorded a track for the day, just banged one out from our hearts that was very like in spirit to the versions we have been playing live the last few years with our beloved Josh on guitar.
For the actual performance, Josh, Chad, and I were playing along with the pre recorded track so there was no need to plug in our guitars, so we did not. Could we have plugged them in and avoided bumming people out who have expressed disappointment that the instrumental track was pre recorded? Of course easily we could have and this would be a non-issue. We thought it better to not pretend. It seemed like the realest thing to do in the circumstance. It was like making a music video in front of a gazillion people, except with live vocals, and only one chance to rock it. Our only thought was to bring the spirit of who we are to the people.
I am grateful to the NFL for having us. And I am grateful to Bruno, who is a super talented young man for inviting us to be a part of his gig. I would do it all the same way again.
We, as a band, aspire to grow as musicians and songwriters, and to continue to play our guts out live onstage for anyone who wants to get their brains blown out.
photos by Adela Loconte
RHCP @ Barclays Center - 2/1/14
Red Hot Chili Peppers came to NYC for Super Bowl weekend, playing a WFAN-presented pre-game show at Barclays Center on Saturday (2/1) with MS MR, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, New Politics and Basic Vacation, before "crashing" Bruno Mars' halftime show to play "Give It Away." A Rolling Stone review of the Barclays show points out that Flea said it was "one last blowout" before they "go into a period of hibernation and make a new record." The review continues:
Even though the band's first record turns 30 this year, it focused its set list on the last decade or so. The Chili Peppers' cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" - a punky highlight in the show - was the only Eighties song the group played. Instead they focused on hits ("Under the Bridge," "Californication") and the finer points of their most recent album, 2011's I'm With You, like the sex-charged "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie." It was a party.Pictures of all five bands from the Barclays show are in this post.
More pics, RHCP's setlist, and a video of them playing with Bruno Mars during the halftime show in case you need to see that again, below...
"Walked through the Super Bowl boulevard, or whatever they're calling it. Saw Blondie playing, but not too interesting otherwise. #SuperBowl" - Scott Dolan
"Just saw fucking Blondie live... The only time I give a shit about the Super Bowl." - Shannon
"Walking through Super Bowl Boulevard and just happened stumble upon Blondie performing "Call Me"." - Nicole
It's Super Bowl Sunday which means there's almost nothing going on tonight. If you're adamant about not watching the game there are a few interesting music options. You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Kim Gordon, Jutta Koether @ MoMA PS1
This is the closing party for the Mike Kelly retrospective and for it Kim Gordon and and visual artist Jutta Koether are creating a unique event for the occasion. This is an afternoon event, 4 PM.
Gem Club, Foxes in Fiction, Ricky Eat Acid @ Mercury Lounge
For those not ready for some football, Boston's Gem Club make pastoral, quietly beautiful music that sounds like it comes from a world where contact sports don't exist.
Nous @ Baby's All Right
Also pretty far removed from the Superbowl, Nous are a new experimental project from composer Christopher Bono, with the talents of Greg Fox, Thor Harris, Shahzad Ismaily, Grey Mcmurray, and others. They just played their first ever show last night at Basilica Hudson, and this is their NYC debut. There's an ambient piece from 7:45 PM, with the proper performance beginning at 8 PM.
Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars play the Halftime show.
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Blondie in NJ in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
This past Sunday's Grammys telecast is behind us, but another televised event that will have a ton of Americans in front of their TVs happens this Sunday (2/2): the Super Bowl. A bunch of NYC-area concerts have been announced for the weekend-wide celebration, and since we last spoke, even more have been added.
NYC punk/new wave legends Blondie will play a FREE show at the Super Bowl Boulevard Concert Stage on Saturday (2/1). The stage is located in downtown Manhattan at Broadway & 40th Street, and Blondie go on at 8:30 PM. Blondie are also set to speak and perform at SXSW this year.
Jay Z (who performed and won an award at the Grammys) is also playing a Super Bowl concert. His happens on Saturday and is an invite-only DirecTV party.
Howard Stern's 60th Birthday Bash happens Friday (1/31) at Hammerstein Ballroom at 6 PM and will stream on SiriusXM. Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the event, and guests include Louis C.K., David Letterman, Sarah Silverman, Jon Bon Jovi, John Fogerty, Steven Tyler and others. Hopefully if you're there you'll get to see Steven Tyler dance again.
Meanwhile, catch Louis CK and the Arctic Monkeys on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight (1/27).
There's also ASPIRE'S Ultimate 70s Soul Party with The O Jays at Time Warner Cable Studios and the 15th Annual NFL SUper Bowl Gospel Celebration with Patti Labelle, Mary Mary, Natalie Grant, Tamela Mann and Donnie McClurkin at MSG, both on Friday.
Prince has long been known for not liking others to take what's his -- even if that means taking a photo of him or covering one of his songs. He's just sued 22 Facebook users and Google Blogger account-holders for $1 million each, claiming they "engage in massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince's material." The Lawsuit names Dan Chodera, Karina Jindrova, and 20 other anonymous defendants. Reports SPIN:
Prince asks for a jury trial, which, though highly unlikely, would have to make for some fascinating courtroom drama. In addition to the $22 million total in damages, Prince wants the defendants permanently blocked from infringing on his copyrights. He also wants them to forfeit any money they may have made from his music -- with interest -- and to return any "unlawful materials" to their rightful Purple custody.In other news, Prince is planning a series of London concerts which he's announcing on February 3.
The day before that press conference, the usually camera-shy Prince will appear an episode of FOX sitcom The New Girl that will air directly after the Super Bowl (2/2). You can watch a trailer for that below.
Some of you may remember "The Super Bowl Shuffle," a Sugarhill Gang style rap single recorded by the Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew at the tail end of 1985. (The Bears would go on to win Super Bowl XX a couple months later.) Featuring verses by Walter Payton, Jim McMahon, William "Refrigerator" Perry and other members of the team, the six-minute single featured awkward rapping (and worse dancing in the video)...but you couldn't turn on a radio without hearing it. If you missed this blip of pop culture history, you can watch the original music video below.
With two weeks until Super Bowl XLVIII -- which is happening in the NYC-area (with lots of concerts) if you just woke up from a coma -- Sean Cannon of WFPK's "After Dark" has orchestrated a cover of "The Superbowl Shuffle" featuring a veritable Who's Who of indie rock, internet, and comedy talent, including Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), Tim Harrington (of Les Savy Fav), Tom Scharpling (of The Best Show), web cat Lil Bub, wrestler Colt Cabana, John Roderick (of The Long Winters), filmmaker David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer), Comedy Bang! Bang!'s Scott Aukerman, Kyle Kinane, and occasional BV contributor and WFMU DJ Dave Hill (who plays guitar on the cover). Proceeds from sales of this 2014 version of "The Superbowl Shuffle" (which keeps the original rhymes) go to Reading is Fundamental.
Just how did this come about? Cannon offers up a lengthy/labyrinthine explanation which you can read, while listening to the song, below...
RHCP at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
BRUNO MARS has invited the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS to join him during the PEPSI SUPER BOWL XLVIII HALFTIME SHOW on FOX in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday, February 2, 2014, it was announced today during FOX's broadcast of the NFC Divisional Playoff game featuring the New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks.Red Hot Chili Peppers play the Barclays Center in Brooklyn one day earlier.
Bruno Mars first announced his Super Bowl Halftime performance during an unprecedented live announcement on FOX NFL SUNDAY in New York City's Times Square just before kickoff of the first Sunday of the 2013 season.
The Barclays Center show is just one of many Super Bowl related concerts that are happening in and around NYC in conjunction with the game in NJ. Kendrick Lamar plays Pier 36 with Robin Thicke, and there are shows with Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses, The Roots, Janelle Monae, TLC, Drake, and more
Kendrick Lamar at ACL 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We just posted updates to the Super Bowl weekend NYC concerts, which now feature shows from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo FIghters, Black Keys, The Roots, Janelle Monae, TLC, Drake, and more, and now we've realized there's one more big one we missed: Kendrick Lamar will play the ESPN Super Bowl Party on January 31 on Pier 36 with Robin Thicke and Jermaine Dupri.
That's a few days after Kendrick performs at the Grammy Awards ceremony in LA.
There's also an NFL On Location pre-game party with Cyndi Lauper and others at IZOD Center (2/2) the day of the game.
Janelle Monae at The Apollo in 2013 (more by Luis Ruiz)
VH1 is presenting the Super Bowl Blitz Concert Series which features J. Cole at Queens College on 1/27 followed by Janelle Monae at Lehman College on 1/28, and then TLC at Beacon Theatre on 1/30, in addition to concerts by Fall Out Boy, Goo Goo Dolls, and Gavin DeGraw. Tickets for the J. Cole show go on sale today (1/10) at noon. Ticket info for the Janelle Monae and TLC shows TBA, so stay tuned. Full schedule for the concert series below.
The J. Cole show happens one day before his previously announced tour hits the Theatre at MSG (1/28), which now appears sold out.
There's also another Super Bowl concert presented by Time Warner Cable Studios happening at the Highline Stages from January 27 to February 1. Those include Fox Sports 1's Thursday Night Super Bash with Kings of Leon on 1/30 and one hosted by Diddy's Revolt TV on 2/1 with Drake and Diddy. Head here for more information and a chance to gain entry to these shows.
VH1 concert series schedule below...
Black Keys at Central Park in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Super Bowl weekend concerts in NYC keep coming. After already announcing Red Hot Chili Peppers at Barclays Center, Foo FIghters on the Bud Light Hotel cruise, The Roots on that same cruise, and others, three more concerts, billed as The Evenings With Legends, were announced today.
The next night, Band of Horses play McKittrick Hotel (1/30), which is a one-off ahead of their upcoming acoustic tour which hits NYC for a sold-out show on 2/28 at Town Hall.
And lastly, the Black Keys will headline the soon-to-close Roseland Ballroom on January 31. No ticket links for any of these shows yet.
Questlove of The Roots at Brooklyn Bowl (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We just mentioned that Red Hot Chili Peppers will play a WFAN-presented show at Barclays Center on February 1, and since we last spoke it's been announced that the RHCP show is part of a number of pre-Super Bowl shows happening in NYC before the game happens on February 2 at MetLife Stadium.
A few of those shows happen on the Bud Light Hotel, aka a heavily-branded cruise ship in the Hudson River that will be hosting festivities for the weekend. One of those happens on January 30 with The Roots, Run DMC, Busta Rhymes and more guests TBA.
Another one happens on February 1 with the Foo Fighters and Zac Brown Band, whose new album was produced by Dave Grohl.
CBS also reports that for the week leading up to the Super Bowl, Times Square will be on lockdown: "Starting at midnight on Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, Broadway from 33d Street to 48th Street will be closed to vehicles. In addition, 41st Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to midnight."
The performer for this year's halftime show is Bruno Mars. All Bud Light Hotel concerts are listed below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
MIA @ T5 11/4/2012
MIA's new album, Matangi, came out this week. Surrounding that, Maya talked with NPR where she explained a little about the album title (Matangi is the Hindu goddess of music), which also relates to her troubles with a certain "offensive gesture" during the 2012 Superbowl that she now claims was actually a Hindu hand gesture:
It's the Matangi mudra... in America you have gang signs, and people throw up initials and stuff like that. Well, 5,000 years ago, there was thing called a mudra, which is your sitting position when you do yoga or you're meditating or praying or whatever. And you have different ones based on what you're meditating over. There's not a lot of them that are named after gods and goddesses, but the middle finger is specifically named Matangi -- the Matangi mudra.NPR followed that, basically, with a "really?" to which Maya replied, "Yes. Do you like that? (Laughing) It's good, isn't it?."
MIA was just in NYC for two shows at Terminal 5 and an appearance at the YouTube Music Awards. We already posted a set of her first T5 show (11/1) and now we've got a set from her second show at the venue which happened on Monday (11/4) in this post, plus bigger versions of some of these photos up on Facebook. After those shows, MIA then played an invite-only affair in Bushwick last night (11/5) presented by SPIN and the Soho House. Did anybody go to that?
More pics from Monday's T5 show, including a few of openers Partysquad, below...
GWAR at the 2013 GWAR-B-Q in Richmond, VA (more by Josh Sisk)
While we're still feeling aftershocks from MIA's bird-flipping incident during the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime show, there is currently an online petition to get GWAR for the 2015 Halftime show. So far, nearly 40,000 people have signed it. GWAR have officially endorsed this, with bandleader Oderus Urungus saying:
It has long been the joy of GWAR to submit the human race to any number of hideous tortures, and I can't think of anything more horrible than you having to watch acts like The Black-Eyed Peas and Bruno Mars perform. So the temptation to ignore this is great! But then you start thinking about all of the people that who have never experienced GWAR before, and will be forced to do so if we do get the gig, well, at that point my colossal mega-ego kicks in and I am all over it.You can sign the petition too.
Meanwhile, in the present, GWAR (who played Riotfest Chicago recently) released their new CD, Battle Maximus last week (9/17), and you can stream the title track below. They'll be on tour for most of the fall. While none of those dates hit NYC, they have announced a short run of holiday shows in December that includes a stop in NYC at Irving Plaza on December 27. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/27) at 11 AM. All tour dates are listed below.
You may remember that M.I.A. flipped the bird during the Madonna-centric Halftime Show telecast of the 2012 Superbowl and that raised digit caused a bunch of controversy. A year and a half later, most of us probably assumed this all just went away, but it didn't. M.I.A. has made public -- to the Hollywood Reporter -- that the NFL has been quietly waging legal war against her, and is demanding she pay a $1.5 million fine for the "offensive gesture ... flagrant disregard for the values that form the cornerstone of the NFL brand and the Super Bowl." Last night M.I.A. released her official statement on the whole thing:
The NFL thing is completely ridiculous. It's been making me laugh for a while, but now it's so boring I don't even laugh anymore. So the precise moment in question, and you can actually freeze-frame this as many media outlets have. The frame you're looking for has my middle finger in the foreground, and the larger picture where it zooms out is a row of 10-15 cheerleaders, young black females, that Madonna got from a local high school in Indianapolis, and they were all under 16. If you look at them, they're all wearing cheerleader outfits, hips thrusted in the air, legs wide open, in this very sexually provocative position.In other news, it looks like M.I.A.'s much-delayed fourth album, Matangi, is really coming out on November 5. She just released the cover art today via her instragram and that's it at the top of this post.
So, now, they're scapegoating me into figuring out the goalposts on what is offensive in America. Like, is my finger offensive, or is the underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive to the family audience? That's basically what it comes down to. It's a massive waste of time, a massive waste of money, it's a massive display of powerful corporation dick-shaking. They want me on my knees and say sorry so they can slap me on my wrist. Basically, so they can say it's OK for me to promote being sexually exploited as a female than to display female empowerment through being punk rock. That is what it boils down to, and I'm being sued for it.
You can stream the latest taste of Matangi, "Come Walk with Me," below...
photos by Dan Bracaglia
Some of you watched Beyonce conspire with the illuminati to blow the power. Others changed the channel to watch a gang of puppies battle over a sock. But there was a whole other crew of people who took to Santos Party House last night (2/3) as part of Andrew WK's halftime celebration during Super Bowl XLVII. Photos from Andrew WK and supporting bands Aleister X and MC Todd's appearances are below.
Andrew WK keeps pretty busy and has a few things going on this week. He'll appear at Upright Citizens Brigade tomorrow (2/5) as part of a live podcast with Marnie Stern. He'll appear on Fox News' Red Eye on Feb 7 at 3AM. And last but not least, he is offering 55 Cadillac on double-LP for a reduced price for the rest of this week too. Get yours via the party maniac.
More pictures from the Santos Halftime show are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Beyoncè signaled the illuminati to shut down all lights -Ma-Ty-Is
missed beyonce. on the illuminati symbolism scale (1 being vague pyramid shapes, 10 being flaming eyes and baphomet horns) how'd it rank? -El-P
Beyonce @ Superbowl XLVII (via Kayla)
Beyonce used all manner of explosions, smoke machines, fire, LEDs, back-up dancers, not to mention her old bandmates, Destiny's Child, to add zazz to her bombastic Super Bowl XLVII Halftime show (2/3). You can watch the entire performance below. Look closely for Beyonce's alleged flash of the Illuminati symbol (above) that's causing all the rage on twitter, though those that don't believe in conspiracy theories will probably just tell you that her husband Jay-Z throws that up to symbolize Roc-A-Fella, like on his The Dynasty: Roc La Familia LP art, the cover of his Fade to Black movie, and in countless videos and live shows.
Superfans who missed the show are in luck, though. Beyonce has announced a massive set of dates called the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour that will kick off in Serbia and head back to North America during a second leg this summer. The tour comes to a close in Brooklyn on August 3 at Barclays Center. Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb 11 at 10 AM. Maybe this is a sign that her new album will be announced soon?
A list of all tour dates, the video of the half-time show, and the damning signs of the Illuminati during the Destiny's Child performance are below...