Tuesday, August 12, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: Death Cab For Cutie Tickets On Sale This Weekend

Yo Check It: Death Cab For Cutie bring their popified sonic soundscapes to the grande dame herself, Radio City Music Hall, October 6th. New York tix go on sale Friday, 11am!

Death Cab for Cutie at the Theater at MSG, Night 2
Death Cab for Cutie, Theatre at Madison Square Garden, 11/8 - 11/9/06

New York, NY: Friday, 11am.
Wallingford, CT: Friday, 10am
Atlantic City, NJ: Saturday, 10am
Clolumbus, OH: Saturday, 10am
Plus: More dates to be released soon.
Bookmark this page to buy tickets

See Photos: Death Cab for Cutie Live @ Madison Square Garden

Friday, August 8, 2008

FESTIVAL NEWS: All Points West Festival Set Times

What I'm planning on catching...
8:30 - 10:30     Radiohead!!!!
5:45 - 6:45       CSS
5:15 - 6:15       Grizzly Bear 
5:00 - 6:00       New Pornographers
4:00 - 4:45       Mates of State
3:45 - 4:30       Michael Franti & Spearhead
2:30 - 3:15       The Go! Team
8:30 - 10:30     Radiohead Again!!!!
7:15 - 8:15       The Roots
5:30 - 6:45       Sia
2:30 - 3:15       Chromeo
7:30 - 8:30       Trey Anastasio, mayyyyybe
6:45 - 8:00       Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, mayyyybe
6:10 - 7:00       The Secret Machines, mayyyybe
5:00 - 6:00       Cat Power
3:30 - 4:30       Rodrigo y Gabriela
2:15 - 3:00       Amadou & Mariam


All Points West Festival 2008 - Friday Set Times

All Points West Festival 2008 - Saturday Set Times

All Points West Festival 2008 - Sunday Set Times

Friday, July 18, 2008

NEW PHOTOS & VIDEO: Yaz Live @ Terminal 5 in New York

Who would have ever dared dream they'd have the chance to see Yaz live onstage together again, after they broke up in the distant past of 1983. That new wave dance fantasy came true on 7/16 and 7/17 when two sold-out crowds piled into New York's Terminal 5 to see Alison Moyet and Vince Clark reunited on tour.


Though I admit I wasn't surprised that the average age was higher than I care to admit, it was pure, unbridled joy in the audience. And it was clear from the glee on Alison Moyet's face as she danced around belting out some of the best songs of the 80s, that she had missed the thrill of performing for an adoring audience. Get a load of the best songs of the night and feel the dance madness for yourself...

See Photos: Yaz Live at Terminal 5 in New York 7/16/08
Watch Video: Yaz Live at Terminal 5 in New York 7/16/08

Monday, June 30, 2008

HOT TIP: Catch DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist Last 5 Shows Including McCarren Park Pool

If you've ever wondered what it is that gives Jurassic 5 that signature old-timey sound, Cut Chemist is the man. And hallelujah, now we have the opportunity to see why he's the man! He's heading back to the US with DJ Shadow to perform the last 5 dates of their Hard Sell world tour.

Wish I could catch 'em at DC's 9:30 Club, as that would be the ultimate joint for this kind of show. But who's complaining when we New Yorkers can catch them at Brooklyn's McCarren Park Pool, smack dab in the heart of hipster heaven, Williamsburg.

Here's the deets from their lovely PR peeps:

As with their two previous sets, [the now-legendary "Brainfreeze"  (1999) and "Product Placement" (2001)], the pair eschew  their own material in favor of an amalgam of music from all eras and styles, providing for amusing and provocative mash-ups; rap mixes with fiddle music, doo-wop with new wave, and every thing in between...all while avoiding the obvious, "been there, heard that" stuff you get from most DJs. 

The first time "The Hard Sell" was performed in the United States was in front of 15,000 people at the world famous Hollywood Bowl (2007).  As demand for the show has grown, the pair have continuously refined and reworked the song selection, so that aspects of it are different every time.  In the words of Shadow himself, "If you happened to catch one of the earlier shows, never fear...you won't be disappointed!" Don't miss these final appearances by two of California's most cutting-edge DJs.The Hard Sell exists as a result of a unique combination of the duo’s shared passions –for records, for playing them to people, for collecting them as objects and understanding their tactile properties as well as loving, appreciating contextualising and recontextualising the sounds they were designed to reproduce.

This is the third part in the trilogy of Cut Chemist & DJ Shadow collaborations and is probably the most ambitious in its execution.

The Hard Sell Dates

16-Jul-2008   Washington, DC       9:30 Club
17-Jul-2008    Brooklyn, NY         McCarren Park Pool    
18-Jul-2008    Atlantic City, NJ         HOB 
19-Jul-2008    Mariaville, NY         Indian Lookout Country Club      
25-Jul-2008    Portland, OR         Roseland Theatre
26-Jul-2008    Seattle, WA         Showbox SoDo
27-Jul-2008    Pemberton, BC        Pemberton Festival Site

BUY TICKETS: DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist Live

Friday, June 27, 2008

HOT TIP: Cold War Kids Play Free Show at Prospect Park

The Cold War Kids are an amazing live band. Even moreso when it's free, eh?   While I'm ashamed to admit that I don't have a single one of their tunes -- not even the intensely catchy, "Hang Me Up To Dry" -- I've gone out of my way to see Cold War Kids twice. And both times I was wowed out of my socks. So I can personally vouch for the power of their playing. Catch them tonight at Prospect Park Bandshell and see for yourself... free!

Cold War Kids at Bowery Ballroom 4/7/07
Cold War Kids @ Bowery Ballroom, NY 4/7/07

Per the peeps at FreeNYC:
Unleashing “cave-stomp drums, barroom piano and chiming post-punk  guitars,” (Rolling Stone) Cold War Kids eschew preciousness for grit. Live,  they’re all smoldering energy and raw power. Joining them are local favorites  Elvis Perkins in Dearland with their dream-like folk rock “drenched in equal  parts sunshine and cloudy grey skies,” (Drowned in Sound) and the tuneful but  hard hitting Sam Champion, “an absolute force of nature.” (Sterogum) All  Ages.

Cold War Kids @ Madison Square Garden 8/6/07
Cold War Kids @ Madison Square Garden, NY 8/6/07

--See Photos: Cold War Kids Live at Madison Square Garden
--Watch Video: Cold War Kids Live at Madison Square Garden
--See Photos: Cold War Kids Live at Bowery Ballroom
--Watch Video: Cold War Kids Live at Bowery Ballroom
--Read Up: Brooklyn Vegan on Cold War Kids' 2008 Tour

Thursday, June 26, 2008

HOT TIP: Paul van Dyk Ditches Central Park For Pier 54 As His NY Summer Stage

Paul van Dyk, the Berlin-based electronic music pioneer, has made Central Park the home of his annual summer concert in New York for 5 years running. This summer he breaks with tradition and holds his peerless outdoor bacchanalia river-side at Pier 54. Catch him August 16th!

Paul Van Dyk @ Central Park 081807-072

Paul van Dyk @ Central Park Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield, NY 8/18/07

Paul Van Dyk @ Central Park 081807-082

Here's the deets, courtesy of the lovely rephlektor ink peeps:

For five consecutive years Paul van Dyk’s annual concerts in Central Park have been one of New York City’s most anticipated live music events. In 2007, over 10,000 loyal fans from around the world descended upon New York City with the sole purpose of experiencing their favorite artist in this surreal environment. This year, van Dyk and Made Event leave the friendly confines of Central Park and travel west to the famed Pier 54 for a waterside dance music extravaganza that’s never been experienced before.
For the first time ever in New York City, Paul van Dyk’s 4-hour live set is to be accompanied by a full sound system installation engineered specifically for this event by acclaimed sound design company Integral Sound. Fans in attendance at Pier 54 will enjoy Paul van Dyk’s music in its purest form and at an unmatched level of clarity.

Tickets for Paul van Dyk at Pier 54 are available in advance for $45 dollars per ticket from  ww.ticketweb.com.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: Madonna's 4th & Final NY Show Added - Tix On Sale Friday 6/6

Good news for those of us out there who weren't able to snag seats at one of Madge's first three NY dates in the 2 minutes before they sold out: She's putting a fourth and final show on sale tomorrow!

Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour
October 12th - Just Added
Madison Square Garden

(October 6th, 7th & 11th Sold Out)
October 12th Tickets go on sale Friday, June 6th at 9am.

Tickets available from LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com, Madonna.com & at the MSG box office.

More Madonnna:
--Watch Video: Catch the Candy Wall at Madonna.com for all her best Vids!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

HUH-WHA? Rosie O'Donnell Plays What For Who?

Sitting squarely in the "um, really?" file is this headline, courtesy of WNBC.comRosie O'Donnell Plays Drums On Lauper Tour

Um, really? You're serious? Well, I guess so. Here's a snippet from the news peeps: "Rosie O'Donnell is living her rock star dream, riding in her own tour bus, playing  drums and singing backup for Cyndi Lauper on her "True Colors" tour." Get the full story...

Monday, May 19, 2008

HOT TIP: Catch Bell X1 Playing the Fillmore Irving Plaza 6/4

If you haven't heard of Bell X1, your only excuse should be that you don't live in Ireland. Over there, their debut album has gone platinum 5 times over. Here, in NY say, their sold-out shows at the Bowery Ballroom were packed to the gills with die-hard fans who knew every word to every song. And with their trademark Irish wit and moody, layered music, it's no wonder they've already made a sizeable dent in the American market. Bell X1's show at the Fillmore Irving Plaza on June 6 should go a long way toward satisfying the fans edged out of tickets to last winter's Bowery shows by folks who were quicker to click for tix.

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Bell X1 @ Bowery Ballroom NY 3/16/08

Bell X1 @ Bowery Ballroom NY 3/16/08

--Buy Tickets:  See Bell X1 on Tour
--See Photos:   Bell X1 live at New York's Bowery Ballroom
--Watch Video: Bell X1 live at New York's Bowery Ballroom

Friday, May 16, 2008

UPDATED INFO: GBH 10th Anniversary Party Set Times Tonight At Webster

For tonight's killer party at New York's Webster Hall celebrating GBH.tv's 10th Anniversary:

Updated Schedule for the Evening:

08:00 - 10:00PM: Open Bar sponsored by kluster & Music by DJ Alex English
10:00 - 11:30PM: The Legendary Grandmaster Flash
12:00 - 01:00am: James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem)
01:00 - 04:00am: Sets by LA Riots / MSTRKRFT / Does It Offend You, Yeah?
What: MashBash NYC : Mashable’s NYC Spring Party!
Who: 2,500 sold out crowd, 450 Mashable VIP Tickets on Balcony, Grandmaster Flash starts the night off
When: Friday, May 16th, 2008
Drinks: Open Bar, 8 - 10 pm sponsored by Kluster (21+ only)
Where: Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, New York, NY

--VIP Tix
--Mashable's coverage
--Metromix's coverage

LCD Soundsystem @ Randal's Island
James Murphy with LCD Soundsystem, Randall's Island, NY 10/6/07

Friday, May 9, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: Madonna's North American Tour Dates On Sale 5/19

Omigod, I'm beside myself with glee. Set your alarms for 8:59am on May 19th, fellow Madonna Maniacs, these tix will sell out in 2 minutes flat. Here's the details from Madonna's lovely publicity peeps:

The North American leg of the “STICKY & SWEET TOUR” begins October 3rd at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, with stops at New York's Madison Square Garden on October 6th and 7th, followed by performances in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and more before stopping at Miami's Dolphin Stadium on November 26th.  Madonna's “STICKY & SWEET” tour will also visit Mexico and South America later this year.

Tickets for "Sticky & Sweet" tour at The Izod Center in E. Rutherford and Madison Square Garden will go on sale Monday, May 19th at 9am. Tickets will range from $55.00 through $350 offering a variety of excellent seats at all price levels.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.livenation.com and www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone dial 212.307.7171 or 866.448.7849. If tickets remain they will be available at the respective box offices on Tuesday, May 20th.  Additional on-sales vary and are listed below or available at www.livenation.com and www.madonna.com .  There will be a 4 ticket limit per person at the arena performances and a 6 ticket per person limit for stadium events.


Showdate:       City:                             Venue:                                     On sale Date:

23-Aug              Cardiff                           Millennium Stadium                    Fri. May 16   
26-Aug              Nice                              Stade Charles Ehrmann              Fri. May 16
28-Aug              Berlin                            Olympic Stadium                       Wed. May 21
02-Sept             Amsterdam                   Arena                                        Sat. May 17
04-Sept             Dusseldorf                     LTU Arena                                 Wed. May 21
06-Sept             Rome                            Olympic Stadium                       Fri. May 23
09-Sept             Frankfurt                       Commerzbank Arena                  Wed. May 21
11-Sept             London                          Wembley Stadium                     Fri. May 16
20-Sept             Paris                             Stade de France                        Fri. May 16

03-Oct              E. Rutherford               Izod Center                              Mon. May 19
06-Oct              New York City              Madison Square Garden          Mon. May 19
07-Oct              New York City              Madison Square Garden          Mon. May 19
15-Oct              Boston                          TD BankNorth Garden                Sat. May 17
18-Oct              Toronto                         Air Canada Centre                      Sat. May 24
22-Oct              Montreal                        Bell Centre                                Sat. May 24
26-Oct              Chicago                        United Center                            Sat. May 17
30-Oct              Vancouver                     BC Place Stadium                     Sat. May 24
01-Nov              Oakland                        Oracle Arena                             Sun. June 1
04-Nov              San Diego                     Petco Park                                Sun. June 1
06-Nov              Los Angeles                  Dodger Stadium                        Sun. June 1
08-Nov              Las Vegas                     MGM Grand Garden Arena         Sat. May 31
11-Nov              Denver                          Pepsi Center                             Sat. May 31
16-Nov              Houston                        Minute Maid Park                      Sat. May 31
19-Nov              Philadelphia                   Wachovia Center                        Mon. June 2
22-Nov              Atlantic City                  Boardwalk Hall                           Mon. June 2
24-Nov              Atlanta                          Philips Arena                             Sat. May 31
26-Nov              Miami                           Dolphin Stadium                        Sat. May 31

Additional dates and venues to be announced.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

FESTIVAL NEWS: Rock The Bells 2008-Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Mos Def, Spank Rock-On Sale 5/17

Rock The Bells may just as well rebrand itself the Reunion Fest, considering last year's landmark Public Enemy and Wu-Tang performances, and the sight of Mos Def sharing the stage with Blackstarr collaborator Talib Kweli. And now this year the bad-ass fest is boasting A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, half the members of Wu-Tang again(!) and special guests, The Pharcyde. Dang! Is it worth trekking all the way out to Jones Beach? Well, um... yeah. You better believe it is.

Here's the deets, courtesy of their publicity peeps:
Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater, August 3rd
Method Man & Redman, De La Soul, Raekwon & Ghostface, Immortal  Technique, Dead Prez, Murs, Jay Electronica, Spank Rock, Kid Sister, The Cool Kids, Santogold, Wale, B.O.B., Kidz In The Hall, and Flosstradamus 
Hosted By: Supernatural & Scratch
With Special Guest: THE PHARCYDE

Need Further Convincing? Check out the photos of last year's fest:

Ghostface Killa of Wu-Tang Clan @ Rock the Bells 7/28/07   Method Man of Wu-Tang Clan @ Rock the Bells 7/28/07   Mos Def @ Rock the Bells 7/28/07  
L to R: Ghostface Killa, Method Man, Mos Def

Thursday, May 1, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: McCarren Park Pool Parties Announce Free Summer 2008 Shows

Yet another reminder of why I heart Brooklyn Vegan so v. v. much. He tells me about awesome things like The Breeders rumored to be signed on to play a FREE show at McCarren Park Pool. (*sigh*)  Brooklyn Vegan, you make my day.

OK, just in case you missed it, allow me to repeat the important stuff:
--The Breeders
--McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

McCarren Park Pool 2006   McCarren Park Pool 2006

Yes, that's right kids, JellyNYC's annual Sunday Pool Parties are back at McCarren  for 2008. Hallelujah! I've been lucky enough in the past to catch ?uestlove and Beirut for free, thanks to JellyNYC. So here's the deets according to Brooklyn Vegan:
JellyNYC is confirming that the following artists will play free Sunday shows in Brooklyn's McCarren Pool this summer:
The Breeders, MGMT, The Hold Steady, Liars, Aesop Rock, Black Lips, Deerhunter, Fuck Buttons, Matt Kim, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Team Robespierre, The Loved Ones, Panther, King Khan and His Shrines, & Ting Tings
Joy! The last time I saw the Breeders they were opening up for Nirvana. Yes, I am that old. (Shhhh, don't tell anybody.)

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

HOT TIP: Bloc Party NY Dates On Sale 5/2 Plus Super-Secret MSTRKRFT Show for GBH 10 Year Anniversary

Bloc Party have two New York dates going on sale this Friday, 5/2. Catch 'em at Webster Hall on 8/6 and 8/7! They're one of my fave live bands. High energy fun for all. Check out their performance of "Flux" live at the WAMU Theater at Madison Square Garden last October:

MSTRKRFT will be playing GBH's 10 Year Anniversary Party at Webster Hall on Friday, 5/16. It was nigh impossible tracking down the link for tix, so there it is for ya nice and easy. Also appearing will be Grandmaster Flash and other DJ goodness.

GBH 10 Year Anniversary Party With MSTRKRFT

Sunday, April 27, 2008

MUST-SEE SHOW: Gogol Bordello at McCarren Park Pool


Omigod: Gogol Bordello playing McCarren Park Pool 6/20. Tix went on sale 4/25, so there should be plenty left... for now. They're huge in New York, so you better act fast! 

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sunday, April 13, 2008

TIXSNIPPETS: Ticket Buying Frenzy With Yaz, Raconteurs, The Roots, Elana James & Mackers

  • Continuing the ticket buying spree, bought tix to see closing night of Macbeth on Bway with Patrick Stewart! Mackers! Bway! Jean-Luc Picard! 8 minutes ago
  • Got my Yaz tickets at Terminal 5 for July 16! Can't wait to see them. Actually, I guess you could say I've been waiting since 1984. about 15 hours ago
  • VA Friends, see Elana James &Hot Club of Cowtown at Vienna's Jammin Java 5/23. Why? http://tinyurl.com/5aarmm about 16 hours ago
  • Just got my tix to the 6/1 Raconteurs show at Terminal 5. Get tix before it's too late! The other two nights are already sold out. about 16 hours ago
  • Hallelujah, The Roots' new album drops 4/29! Lots o' guests on this album, but it's ?uest that keeps me coming back every time. 2 days ago
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Jack White of The Raconteurs  Coachella 2007 - The Roots  Elana James Trio @ The Rodeo Bar 052507-173
L to R: Jack White of the Raconteurs at Roseland Ballroom, NY 9/25/06
?uestlove & Black Thought of The Roots at Coachella, CA 4/29/07
Whit Smith & Elana James of the Hot Club of Cowtown at Rodeo Bar, NY 3/29/07

Friday, April 11, 2008

FESTIVAL NEWS: Paid Dues Independent Hip Hop Festival with Rakim & Gza On Sale April 19

Because I love to support this independent hip-hop fest, and because Gza's gonna be there...

Wu-Tang Clan @ Rock the Bells 7/28/07
Wu-Tang Clan at Rock the Bells, Randalls Island, NY 7/28/07

Courtesy of their lovely publicity folks:

Paid Dues Independent
Hip Hop Festival

Rakim, GZA, Blackalicious,
Murs & 9th Wonder,
Buckshot of Boot Camp Clik, Supernatural & Scratch,
Kidz in the Hall, & Yak Ballz

June 4

On Sale Sat. April 19th at Noon!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

NEW PHOTOS & VIDEO: Explosions in the Sky at Terminal 5 New York

A trippy night, a trippy band, trippy chill-out music for a sold-out crowd.

Explosions In The Skin @ Terminal 5 NY 037

New York's new uber-club, Terminal 5, was a far cry from the barely 50-member-strong audiences in the dimly lit clubs of Austin for Explosions in the Sky, as those in the know fondly recall. And a far cry even from the Warsaw, that Williamsburg haven of indie discoveries in waiting.  No, New York wasn't offering a kielbasa with a side of spacey guitar freak-outs, this time around.

Explosions In The Skin @ Terminal 5 NY 054

I'm happy for Explosions in the Sky, with their hard-earned notoriety and well-deserved place in the pantheon of indie rock. You've come a long way, baby.

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Give Explosions in the Sky's show tonight a listen and you'll understand why so many made their way to the Westernmost reaches of NY's known universe to hear what would normally be a soundtrack at an NYU smoke-fest. They created atmospheres, vibes and energies. If only I could think of any less bohemian adjectives, I'd certainly use them. But, well, listen and you'll get the idea.

--See Photos: Explosions In The Sky live in New York at Terminal 5
--Watch Video: Explosions In The Sky live in New York at Terminal 5
--Buy Tickets: See Explosions in the Sky in concert

P.S. My dream Central Park Summerstage lineup for summer '08:  Devendra Banhart, Grizzly Bear and Explosions in the Sky. Now that would be a night.  Explosions in the Sky, with their heady soundscapes and an absolute lack of any kind of vocalization, would be a perfect counterpoint to Grizzly Bear's harmonies and Banhart's freak folk fuzz. And all under a starry night sky. (*sigh*) What do you say, Kara, can you make it