April 5, 2007

Live Nation CEO Changes Name to Bill Graham

It’s almost official: Concert-promoting heady overlord Live Nation is one step closer to pulling off the…completely unnecessary. The good people at Idolator ran a clever post today with the following

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On The Way Out…

I’m leaving the office in about five minutes, so I thought I’d throw up some filler for no good reason. I mean, does a man need a reason to post

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Tonic Closure Ousts The Duo

It’s a strange time for New York music fans. While new rooms like the Gramercy Theater, Highline Ballroom and Fontana’s are sprouting up, legendary havens like Tonic, Sin-E and possibly the Knitting Factory are shutting down as rising real estate prices and property taxes combine to squeeze out “the little guy.”

I’m all for new venues, but this “out with the old” shit is garbage. It’s Roberto Garbaggio. Tonic is one of the best dressed-down rooms in the country with some of the best acoustics taboot. Everyone that’s been there has a great story they can one day tell their illegitimate kids. But such is life, such is gentrification.


Tonic’s April 13th closure comes six days before the Benevento/Russo Duo was slated to kick off the Green Apple Music & Arts Festival with two acoustic performances. Rest assured, the shows will still go off as planned, only they’ve moved to the Knitting Factory, which remains open for at least the foreseeable future (or until the building is actually sold and it predictably gets kicked to the curb, despite the current lease). Apparently neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor club closures will stop the best duo in music history from melting faces.

Read on for the full press release about The Duo’s new GAMF spot…

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The B List: Weirdest Edition Yet

For this week’s edition of The B List, we turned to a longtime friend of Hidden Track, the man that coined our tagline “My Band Can Beat Up Your Band.” But in addition to his sloganeering prowess, our man Ginz has an eclectic taste in music, and today he shares one of those tastes with us. Take it away Ginz…

Most people know Weird Al Yankovic as the guy that parodied “Beat It” back in the ’80s. But Weird is much, much more than that: He is an artist who just completed his 13th studio album and is about to embark on a 40-plus city U.S. tour. Yes, Al’s claim to fame is his parodies — you know you hit it big when Al parodies you, even Coolio — but his real genius comes out in his original songs.

Weird will often write in a certain genre for his originals. Sometimes it may be country, polka, punk or even in the “style of an artist” to get the feel, so much so, that you may swear you have heard that song before. So without further ado, I present the Top 10 Original Weird Al songs. Enjoy these videos I unearthed, from whatever the devil that place is called that host all the videos that you put up.

Read on for Ginz’s B List of the 10 best Weird Al originals…

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I Love Bad Music: George & Aretha

HT Contributor Eliot Glazer has tremendously terrible taste in music. But he’s an adroit wordsmith, and he’s gonna try to convince us that the bad is really good. Most of the

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Wilco Plans June Northeast Dates

Wilco returns to the road this spring to support its latest album, "Sky Blue Sky," which hits stores in May. Wilco will play an April 6, one-off show in their

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Arcade Fire: Neon Bible

Although Neon Bible is a slight come-down from Funeral, a one-of a kind dark majestic vibe surrounds, making this effort another winner.

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Yoko Ono: Yoko Ono, Yes I’m a Witch

Yoko Ono's Yes I'm a Witch is the result of an inspired idea whose time has come–again. Witch contains seventeen newly interpreted tracks by artists/groups that include Cat Power, The Flaming Lips, Peaches, and The Apples in Stereo.

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