Thursday, February 25, 2010

New York Concerts on Sale: Vampire Weekend, Sharon Jones, Peter Gabriel, K'Naan, Mo'nique

UPDATE: Tickets now on sale for second Vampire Weekend show (9/16)
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Here's the latest in my semi-irregular listing of New York area concerts that are going on sale soon or that recently went on sale. As usual, there's a good mix of big stars and up-and-coming artists who are popular.

Going on sale Friday, February 26th or Saturday, February 27th:
* Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, May 1st, Apollo Theater (April 30th show already on sale)
* Mo'nique, April 9th at Prudential Center (Newark) & April 24th (The Theater at Madison Square Garden)

Now on sale:

More to come next week.

Monday, February 15, 2010

2010 Sasquatch Festival Lineup Announced

The lineup for the 2010 Sasquatch Festival was announced at a free show at the Crocodile February 15th. The festival's home page is swamped by traffic and won't load as of 2 a.m. Eastern time, but here are some details I've been able to get from the Twitter account of the Ear Candy music blog (and a photo of the 2010 Sasquatch poster that Ear Candy posted):

My Morning Jacket / Massive Attack / Pavement / Ween / Vampire Weekend / MGMT / The National / Band of Horses / Broken Social Scene / The xx / The New Pornographers / LCD Soundsystem / Tegan & Sara / Broken Social Scene / Passion Pit / The Hold Steady / Dirty Projectors / OK Go / Drive By Truckers / Kid Cudi / Long Winters / Minus the Bear / The Mountain Goats / Camera Obscura / Dr. Dog

Brooklyn Vegan has a more complete 2010 Sasquatch lineup here, which may or may not be completely final and accurate. Paste has what it says is the full Sasquatch lineup on its Web site. Sasquatch will issue a press release Tuesday morning, Feb. 16th.

This year's festival takes place May 29th to 31st at The Gorge in Washington State. 2010 Sasquatch tickets go on sale at 12 Noon Eastern time.

The Sasquatch Festival home page,, shows only info for the 2009 festival at this point. Let's hope it's updated soon.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Bonnaroo 2010 Lineup Announced: Dave Matthews, Weezer, Jay-Z, Jimmy Cliff, and Much More

The folks at Bonnaroo announced their 2010 schedule today, and as usual it's a great lineup. Among the most well-known names are the Dave Matthews BandJay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Jeff BeckWeezer, John Fogerty, OK Go, Norah Jones, Phoenix, and The Flaming Lips (performing Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon").

This year's Bonnaroo Festival will be held June 10th to 13th, and as always will take place in Manchester, Tennessee. You can get your Bonnaroo 2010 tickets here.

Among the many, many performers announced today: The Avett Brothers, Medeski Martin and Wood
The Black Keys, Calexico, Blues Traveler, Blitzen Trapper, Brandi Carlile, Cross Canadian Ragweed, 
Ingrid Michaelson
The xx
, Regina Spektor, 
Mayer Hawthorne & the County, 
Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers

Thievery Corporation, 
She & Him, 
Jimmy Cliff
, Tokyo Police Club, Kid Cudi
, Japandroids, and Dr. Dog.

And here's an interesting combination I wouldn't have foreseen: Daryl Hall (yes, half of Hall & Oates) and Canadian hip-hop duo Chromeo.
You can find more information at the Bonnaroo home page and the Bonnaroo MySpace page. The official site has a new Bonnaroo information guide with details on how to get there, where to stay, what you can and can't bring, etc.  

The first two price levels sold out during a pre-sale in December, so make your plans now for Bonnaroo 2010!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

The Who Play the Super Bowl (VIDEO)

As someone who's been a fan of The Who since the 1960s, I was delighted to see the band play the Super Bowl halftime show tonight, even though they weren't in touring form and only had a 12-minute window to play as many segments of songs as they could squeeze into that time.

Here's what was in The Who's medley: “Pinball Wizard” into “Baba O’Riley,” “Who Are You,” a bit of “See Me/Feel Me” (from Tommy), and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”

The New York Times noted that The Who "exhibited flashes of age and familiarity," whereas Rachel Sklar over at Mediaite echoed my reactions to the show: would've liked some lesser-known tunes, but overall thought it was a great show. (Judge for yourself in the videos of the performance, unfortunately split into two parts.)

Speaking of which, how old are the members of The Who these days? According to The Times (which seems to have trouble getting dates right these days), guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend is 64, and singer Roger Daltrey is 65. I wasn't sure who the bassist was, but the drummer was Zak Starkey, son of Richard Starkey (better known as Ringo Starr). Zak has been The Who's drummer since the mid-'90s, and is a relative youngster at 44.

The Who was my favorite of the top rock groups growing up, even more than the Rolling Stones and The Beatles. I was glad to see them rocking out on such a big stage, and hope the performance wins them some new fans and sells some albums.