Brent at work (at Pop Montreal) (run comrade)
Pop Montreal

Pop Montreal kicked off last night (9/30). It's not too late to drop everything and take a car over the border. I haven't been in a few years, but non-stop show hopping in a great foreign (but so close) city was a great experience. Plus, if you get there by tonight (10/1), you can check out the BrooklynVegan showcase featuring Micachu & The Shapes, Clues & Slim Twig! Other highlights of tonight include Think About Life, Fever Ray (who just completed a two-night run at Webster Hall), Mono (who also just played two NYC shows), Screaming Females (who are on tour and played Death by Audio Saturday), Loudon Wainwright III (who just had his family join him for a show at Highline Ballroom), Butthole Surfers (also on tour), The Intelligence (recently in NYC), and Sister Suvi (played Sycamore on Tuesday).

Last night's Pop Montreal schedule highlights included sets by Amy Millan (touring to NYC soon), Matt & Kim (playing a Halloween show with Weezer), The Phenomenal Handclap Band, and Jay Reatard...

"Usually arriving 20 minutes late to a Pop Montreal show makes you right on time. But I biked up to La Sala Rossa near 1 a.m. Thursday morning to find a crowd spilling into the street. Not a good sign. "Is it over?" I asked some friends, referring to Memphis punk upstart Jay Reatard's 12:30 set. Yup, came the reply. "Did he start early?" Nope. "But it was proper," said Ninja Tune's Jeff Waye. "Twenty-minute set - there's not many bands I want to see for more than 20 minutes."" [The Gazette]

To be more specific, last night's Jay Reatard show in Canada was the third stop on Jay's Shattered Records tour. The fourth stop on the tour is TONIGHT (10/1) at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC (11pm doors). Also on the bill (last night and tonight) are Shattered Records artists Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, and Useless Eaters. All dates and the tour poster below.

Phenomenal Band Handclap BandThe Phenomenal Handclap Band (pictured to the right) were set to play with Man Man and Brazilian Girls at The Beach on Governors Island Friday night (10/2), but that show has been canceled.

Shows in NY and Boston cancelled!!
This is really sad for us to announce, but the shows in NY and in Boston, OCt 2nd and 6th had to be cancelled, due to immigration issues. its a real drag, but we promise we'll play there soon, trying to make it before the end of the year.

we'll keep you posted. - Brazilian Girls

Immigration issues?

The Phenomenal Handclap Band are still opening for Chromeo at Irving Plaza on October 16th though, and they just announced their first big headlining show. It's December 11th at Bowery Ballroom, and tickets are now on AmEx presale with general sale beginning Friday at noon. No openers are listed yet. All dates below.

Meanwhile, Bruce Springsteen kicked off his five-night run at Giants Stadium last night. It was one of two shows that he'll perform the entire "Born to Run" album at.

A good night of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for the first of five shows at Giants Stadium on Wednesday night. A 29-song show that lasted 3 hours and 14 minutes, one of the longest shows timewise of this tour.

It was nice to have the show start off with a new song. I believe it's the first time Bruce has played a unreleased song (not including Working On A Dream which he played at a political rally last year) since debuting "Long Walk Home" with the Sessions Band in London in November of 2006.

Of course the highlight of the evening was hearing the entire "Born To Run" album from start to finish as well as a classic 1978-style story in the middle of "Growin' Up." [Star Ledger]

Willie Nile came out and joined the band for a few songs during the encore. The tour continues Friday night when the E Street Band will play all of "Darkness on the Edge of Town". If you're going consider all transportation options. Video of the now-60 Bruce Springsteen discussing the birthday-related story (nightmare) in the middle of "Growin' Up", and other videos, below...

This is tonight, October 1st in Montreal

Shattered Records tour

Jay Reatard Shattered Records - 2009 Tour Dates
Thu Oct 1 - New York City - Le Poisson Rouge with Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Useless Eaters
Fri Oct 2 - Boston - Harpers Ferry with Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Useless Eaters
Sat Oct 3 - Baltimore - Ottobar with Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Useless Eaters
Thu Oct 15 - Seattle - Crocodile Cafe with Box Elders and special guests
Sat Oct 17 - Portland - Scion Garage Rock Fest free tickets here
Mon Oct 19 - San Francisco - Great American Music Hall with Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Digital Leather
Tue Oct 20 - San Diego - The Casbah with Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Digital Leather
Wed Oct 21 - Los Angeles - El Rey Theater with Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Box Elders, Digital Leather

The Phenomenal Handclap Band - 2009 Tour Dates
Sep 30 Montreal, Quebec - Le National w/ Bajofondo (Pop Montreal)
Oct 1 Boston, MA - Paradise w/ Bajofondo
Oct 4 Washington DC - 9:30 Club w/ Bajofondo
Oct 16 New York, NY- Irving Plaza w/ Chromeo
Nov 1 Washington DC - 9:30 Club w/ Simian Mobile Disco
Nov 4 Chicago, IL - Metro w/ Simian Mobile Disco
Nov 6 Toronto, Ontario - The Mod Club w/ Simian Mobile Disco
Nov 7 Montreal, Quebec - SAT w/ Simian Mobile Disco
Nov 13 Philadelphia, PA - Making Time At Pure w/ The xx
Dec 11 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

Springsteen - Growing Up (birthday talk) 9/30/09

September 30, 2009
East Rutherford, New Jersey
Giants Stadium setlist

Wrecking Ball
Johnny 99
Atlantic City
Outlaw Pete
Hungry Heart
Working On A Dream
Thunder Road
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
Born To Run
She's The One
Meeting Across The River (trumpet solo: Curt Ramm)
Waiting On A Sunny Day
The Promised Land
Into The Fire
Lonesome Day
The Rising
No Surrender

Raise Your Hand
E Street Shuffle
Growing Up
American Land (with Willie Nile)
Dancin' In The Dark (with Willie Nile)
Hard Times (with Willie Nile)

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