Friday, June 29, 2007

Aliens / music snobbery

The Aliens Attack the U.S., Plot Destruction in September

Among all the reunion tours and what not, the former members of the Beta Band have their own project, The Aliens. The delicious debut album, Astronomy for Dogs, was released last week by Astralwerks. For those longer for the poppy weirdest of beta of yore ("Robot Man") mixed with 60s Mod-rock goodness ("Setting Sun") check out , this is your album. You can stream the whole album on their myspace page.

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Ojos De Brujo review...

I had heard that Ojos De Brujo put on a great show. After their gig last night - their second consecutive New York City date, they left me wanting to follow them up to Montreal for an encore performance tonight. The brand new Highline Ballroom (opened 30th April by Lou Reed) was the location for the show, an intimate venue with a great system in the West side’s Meat Packing District, and the perfect place for such a high energy show. (more at dancetracksdigital)

Cool Kids

Tune into East Village Radio later today for the Fader Let Out. The Cool Kids will be in-studio guests before their performance opening for Pharoahe Monch & LIVE BAND tonight @ Highline
Expect good natured banter and remixes. 6-8pm EST

and keep listening 8-10PM EST cause it's Mark Ronson's show immediately afterwards. Expect further good natured banter, remixes, and some previews of his show with LIVE BAND here at Highline July 11.

Updated the Photo Gallery...

new photo sets up for Peaches, Forro In the Dark, Ian Hunter, Jonah Smith & Dave Barnes.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Mark Ronson / NME

Mark Ronson to make US live debut Uber-producer is bringing 'Version' to New York.

Mark Ronson has announced his debut live show in the US, scheduled to take place next month.

The producer will bring his entire band to the US for the first time and will perform in support of his debut release 'Versions'.

Known for his DJ and producing prowess, Ronson has worked on the album with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen and Kasabian to record a string of re-worked covers which resulted in 'Versions'. (continue at

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Shiny Toy Guns

review and video from vicariousmusic

Ian Hunter pics...

(pics by emrphoto)

Art Brut / NME

"I never even thought we were going to get to go to America but by the time we got there people were already enjoying it so I never really had a chance to worry about them getting it. All my favourite bands are American: Jad Fair, Jonathan Richman, The Hold Steady, Mountain Goats, Jeffrey Lewis... Americans are less cynical than English people. With 'Emily Kane', English people said "Oh it's such a funny song" like it's a pastiche of an emo song or something, but in America people are like "Wow, Emily Kane, he must have really loved her". Which is the correct answer. I like that." (more at

Art Brut play the Highline Ballroom on July 9.

more Rev. Billy....

photo in the New Yorker with a full article on the way & listen to his feature on NPR here.

UPDATE: enter to win free tickets through the Village Voice here.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Pharoahe Monch interview on Pitchfork today....

In depth interview and record review on pitchfork.

don't forget! album is out tomorrow; show is this Friday June 29 here at Highline Ballroom.

Whipple's World

We made it on to Whipple's World!
HighLine Ballroom Draws Big Names, Up-And-Comers Alike All For Good Cause
i can't get his animated eyebrows to work on our blog here. so visit the link if only to see that.

Monday, June 18, 2007

new shows & new photos

lots of shows being added right now:

7/7 Olu Dara
7/12 Suzanne Vega
8/3 Bilal
8/8 Haale
8/15 The Wailers
8/25 Scary Kids Scaring Kids
9/13 The Receiving End Of Sirens
9/17 Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain

the first two people to email info (AT) w/ one of these shows in the subject line win a pair.

We've also added more shows to the photo gallery.

Beer for Bags

video from last night's Crumpler Party w/ Hypnotic Brass ensemble

last Macca post....

we promise.
official video from the show

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Paul McCartney / NY Times

Michael Falco for the New York Times

“I love you, Paul,” someone shouted, halfway through Paul McCartney’s “secret” set at the Highline Ballroom on Wednesday night. Well, more than one: A lot of people were shouting that. They couldn’t help themselves. He was right in front of them.

Mr. McCartney struck a formal facsimile of intimacy: 90 minutes on stage in a 700-capacity room full of reporters, assorted V.I.P.s, contest winners and stand-in-line-for-a-long-timers who heard about the show only a day or two before.
“I love you, too,” Mr. McCartney answered, but almost as a defensive block: he put on a Tony Soprano accent, and he kept a straight face. “It’s the beauty of these intimate shows, you know,” he followed, dryly. “You get to have intimate conversations with the audience. ‘How ya doin’?’ ‘You’re the man!’ ‘Naw, you’re the man!’ “ (continue at


Wow. We're still speechless from last night...
Lots of pics and reviews coming in.

Rolling Stone:
It wasn’t the Cavern Club, or some Reeperbahn dive. And the year was definitely not 1962. But after Paul McCartney finished off his semi-secret Manhattan club show Wednesday night with a blazing, garage-y take on “I Saw Her Standing There,” it was possible to imagine – just for a moment – that you finally had an idea what it was like to see him and his old bandmates play rock n’ roll in a packed, tiny venue. “Well, here we are in a small club,” he said earlier in the evening, sounding as surprised as anybody.
Sir Paul

Brooklynvegan, Stereogum, NME, Gothamist, Billboard, BBC, People,
more reviews and pics on the way

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Paul McCartney @ Highline Ballroom!

Paul McCartney Secret Show - Wednesday night 13th June at the Highline Ballroom in New York City to celebrate the release of his new album 'Memory Almost Full'.

As with the London show has a limited number of wristbands to giveaway.

Click here for more details and to enter the wristband giveaway!

Limited number of free wristbands available from 12.30pm (EDT) at the Highline Ballroom box office only.

First come, first served.

Doors for the show open at approx 7pm (EDT).

Citizens Band

Interview with Citizens Band on

Best venue to see music?
Not just because we are performing there, my favorite place to see music right now is the HighLine Ballroom. I'm not much of a scenester, so I always appreciate a place that doesn't make you feel like you should be grateful for stepping foot on their floor....a place that is more interested in the music than in some fancy scene. The sound is fantastic throughout and there's not a single bad sight-line in the place…And they serve food, which a girl's gotta love. Mostly, I like that Steve (Bensusan) contributes to the Friends of the Highline, maintaining a connection with the community rather than just changing it. (Chelsea Bacon)
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Monday, June 11, 2007

Tony Wilson / In the City NY

Tony Wilson interview on Pitchfork today:
"When I saw Enter Shikari in front of 200 15-year-old kids who were going nuts, it really was the most exciting thing I've seen since the Sex Pistols in 1976." (more at

Reverend Billy...

Reverend Billy's Hot & Holy Highline Sunday Revivals
June 24th, July 1st and July 29th 2PM


Reverend Billy + His First Church Of Stop Shopping will save your soul and deliver you from the advertising/debt/waste cycle of consumerism hell. CHANGE-ALLUJAH!

Reverend Billy is the ringleader of the "Church of Stop Shopping." And his revival tour across America is the subject of the upcoming Morgan Spurlock film "What Would Jesus Buy?," his first movie since the national hit "Super Size Me!"

Here's a recent clip from the Today show

Ready Art Brut?

On Sale Wed June 13 @ noon. Join us July 9 as we celebrate the release of their new CD:
"It's a Bit Complicated".

Friday, June 8, 2007

Pipettes review...

review of the Pipettes show on (photo credit)

mewithoutYou Want You To Bring Food

mewithoutYou Want You To Bring Food
Story by: Jessica Gentile

Philadelphia indie rockers mewithoutYou, who are set to headline a month-long tour, are inviting their audiences to dinner before their concerts. Two hours before doors open, the band is imploring fans to gather and engage in pre-show potlucks. People are encouraged to bring homemade food, which is preferred by the band to pre-made items. Not wanting to leave their less culinary-inclined fans out, mewithoutYou are also asking people to bring along board games and musical instruments. Nothing like a little pre-show Monopoly to get the party started.

Hello, and I hope you are well! for our upcoming tour we're bringing back the preshow potluck tailgate get-togethers. About two hours before the doors to the show open we'd like to invite you to come to the venue to eat and drink and talk and sing and and get to know each other. We can't feed everyone, so try to bring some food along.
some suggestions:

1. making something is preferred to buying a bag of chips (tho there's room for both...)
2. check your local dumpsters for ingredients (smaller supermarkets w/o trash compacters, bakery/pastry shops, fruit/vegetable stands, farmer's markets [ask for the bruised produce]),
3. consider dietary restrictions/preferences of others (vegetarians/vegans, kosher/halal, organic,locally grown, etc.)
4. come, with or without food
5. bring a board game, horseshoes, pinata, song, dance, prayer, instrument, juggling pins, unicycle...
6. bring your own plate/fork/cup to cut down on paper/plastic waste
7. if you have it in you, prepare some sort of presentation or discussion that we can give folks the option to attend. maybe some sort of hands on seminar (bicycle maintenance/repair, woodcarving, how to make your own clothes, etc), maybe a lesson (history, science, book report, etc), maybe a social or spiritual conversation (church&politics, economics, world religions...). I don't know, what do you think?
8. (sort of an aside) if possible, come to the show on your bike, public transportation, hitchiking, walking, or, if you have to drive, try to carpool.

More important than all this is to bring a gentle, loving heart, so don't pay too much mind to all the details. We aren't exactly hosting this (we'll be loading and soundchecking, in and out and sometimes too hectic to hang out a whole lot), but we're excited to see you and for whatever will come of this, to G-d be the glory amen!
mewithoutYou June 19 @ Highline Ballroom

Junior Senior

"Can I Get Get Get"

Denmark party boys Junior Senior hit the HighLine Ballroom in New York City on August 13th, the day before Hey Hey My My Yo Yo is released in the US.

The first single from the new album is "Can I Get Get Get" and look for Le Tigre's JD Samson and Peaches in the video........

Monday, June 4, 2007


like Crazy Eddie we have gone INSANE....

we've got a bunch of FREE events for you guys.
so keep your money in your wallet (credit card or paypal account; whatever you get the idea...)

Oneida June 16
rsvp to info (AT) for FREE tix.
more info over at

Burnt Sugar June 16 (late show)
visit ticketweb and get tickets for just a penny!

King Britt July 3
visit the Giant Step show page for Free tix (limited amount of tickets alloted; first come first serve)