Jay-Z, Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Avicii Play New York
Wednesday September 26
Young Swedish techno producer Avicii (Tim Bergling) launched his career promoting his sounds on dance music blogs and studying the work of his hometown idols, The Swedish House Mafia. Avicii's breakthrough track "Levels" - a global top 10 hit, samples "Something's Got a Hold On Me" by American soul and blues legend Etta James. Avicii has recently completed a remix for Madonna's track "Girl Gone Wild". Check it out on Spotify. At Radio City Music Hall (also Thursday).
Also tonight: Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne & singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist St Vincent (Annie Erin Clark) show off their funky new collaborative album "Love This Giant" with a string of dates at Beacon Theater. (also Sept 29).
Thursday September 27
George Lewis Jr is the clever guy behind Twin Shadow - born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Florida, his debut album 2010's 'Forget' was produced by Chris Taylor from Grizzly Bear, his 2012 album "Confess" self-produced. In a recent interview on Pitchfork, Lewis talks about the meaning behind "Confess." "This album is about being on the road and the way my relationships have changed with people. I'm spelling out my reality as it is right now." At Webster Hall.
Also tonight: Ahead of his debut studio album release next month ("LongLiveA$AP"), Harlem rapper ASAP Rocky plays Roseland Ballroom. Check out the video for the first single from the album, "Goldie", released earlier this year.
Gotye's summer anthem "Somebody That I Used To Know" has become a true video viral phenomenon, to date logging over 324,000,000 plays on Youtube. Gotye (Wouter "Wally" De Backer) has personally re-edited his favourite Youtube clips of others performing his song, into a clever video compilation. Catch Gotye at Williamsburg Park, 50 Kent Avenue and North 12th St, Brooklyn.
Friday September 28
Patti Smith pays tribute to fellow traveller of the NY music and arts scene of the late 60s and 70s, Andy Warhol. This event, also featuring Patti's daughter Jesse Paris Smith, is held in conjunction with the exhibition Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years, an in-depth examination of the nature and extent of the Warhol sensibility, on view September 18–December 31, 2012. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The members of this Irish band wisely skipped university to focus their energies on music. Two Door Cinema Club possess the smooth sounds and pop hooks of Phoenix. At Rumsey Playfield, Central Park.
Saturday September 29
Global Citizen Festival is a free ticketed music festival on the Great Lawn, Central Park, designed to help end extreme poverty. Unfortunately the free tickets are gone, although a limited number of VIP tickets remain. (Holders of free tickets were required to register on the Global Citizen Festival website, and earn points by taking action to fight poverty.) The benefit concert has the support of Neil Young & Crazy Horse, (new album "Psychedelic Pill" out late October), Foo Fighters and the Black Keys.
Sunday September 30
Veteran American punk rockers The Melvins are approaching the half-way mark of their Guinness World Record attempt for the fastest tour of the United States by a full band. Fifty states in fifty-one days. Cheer them on at Death By Audio tonight.
Also tonight: Dum Dum Girls launch their new EP "End Of Daze" at Europa Night Club, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Flamenco Jazz featuring Ariadna Castellanos is a feature of the final night of this year's 8th New York Gypsy Festival at Drom.
Monday October 1
One man slide guitar party Bob Log III headlines tonight at Glasslands Gallery with glam punk rockers Cheap Time & Ex Humans in support. During performances, Log plays old silvertone archtop guitars, wears a full body cannonball man suit, and a helmet wired to a telephone which allows him to devote his hands and feet to guitar and drums.
Also tonight: Dum Dum Girls perform an in-store at Other Music.
Tuesday October 2
John Scofield's Trio begins a run of six nights at Blue Note. Scofield is a world renowned jazz improviser with a great feel for post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B. His trio includes bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bill Stewart. Check out their take on the Gershwin standard "Someone to Watch Over Me" on this video.
Coming up soon: How To Dress Well, Oct. 8, Santos Party House
Public Image Ltd., Oct. 9, Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Oct 13, Hammerstein Ballroom.
Menomena, Oct. 12 at Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Santigold, Oct. 13 at Roseland Ballroom
Fiona Apple, Oct. 16-17 at Terminal 5
CMJ 2012 Music Marathon, various venues, Oct. 16-20
Why?, Oct 21 at Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Madonna, Nov. 13 at Madison Square Garden
Bob Dylan and His Band with special guest Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Nov. 21 at Barclays Center
Neil Young & Crazy Horse with Patti Smith, December 3 at Barclays Center
Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra, Dec. 31 at Terminal 5
Rihanna, May 4 at Barclays Center
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