Joan Jett opening The Who’s tour (5 NYC-area dates included)

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Photo: Joan Jett w/ Alice Cooper in October (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

As discussed, The Who are going on a 50th anniversary tour in 2015, and since we last spoke, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts have been added as an opener, including on all five NYC-area dates. Those happen on May 20 at Nassau Coliseum, May 26 at Barclays Center, May 30 at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, October 25 at Prudential Center and October 27 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for all five shows are still available. Forest Hills tix here, and tix for the other four here.

Joan Jett is getting inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Lou Reed, Green Day and others, and she was recently honored in NYC by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Alice Cooper, Kathleen Hanna and others. Meanwhile, The Who just had to postpone two London dates this week due to Roger Daltrey’s throat infection. Get well soon, Roger!

All dates (including other near-NY shows like Mohegan Sun and Atlantic City) are listed below…

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stream James Murphy’s ‘Remixes Made With Tennis Data’ LP

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As mentioned, James Murphy headed up a project for IBM that turned real-time data from the 2014 US Open into music. That music was mostly random bleeps and bloops but he then took that and shaped it into something still bleepy and bloopy but with more form:

James Murphy used the IBM Cloud and a custom-built algorithm to turn data points from more than 400 hours of tennis play (data like serve speed, number of aces, etc.) into music cues, generating real-time soundtracks for each match. Using those tracks as soundboards James remixed his favorites to create the 12-track album you see here.

You can stream Remixes Made With Tennis Data in its entirety, below…

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School of Rock musical coming to Broadway & TV adaptation coming to Nickelodeon in 2015

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Everyone’s favorite movie about fourth-grade rock stars, School of Rock, is coming to Broadway in 2015, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The Richard Linklater-directed, Jack Black-starring film is getting a musical makeover courtesy of Jesus Christ Superstar/Phantom of the Opera/etc composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and he’ll be getting some help from Green Day producer Rob Cavallo too. Laurence Connor is directing the show, and Glenn Slater is handling lyrics. It’s gonna be a really tough project, you’re gonna have to use your head, your brain and your mind too.

Rolling Stone points out that Webber had the following to say:

It is a joy for me to return to my Jesus Christ Superstar roots. When Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan was recording Jesus for Tim Rice and me at London’s Olympic Studios, Led Zeppelin was recording next door and a glimpse of a Stone or two was routine! School of Rock is hugely about how music can empower kids.

Previews will begin on November 2 at the Winter Garden Theatre, and it’s scheduled to officially open on December 6.

School of Rock is also getting a TV adaptation, which is scheduled to air this spring on Nickelodeon. Linklater’s executive producing the show with School of Rock producer Scott Rudin. Writing team Jim and Steve Armogida will write and run it. And as Rolling Stone points out, Miranda Cosgrove, who played SoR character Summer Hathaway, also became a Nickelodeon star of her own later on, so maybe she’ll have something to do with this.

Watch The School of Rock melt faces at the Battle of the Bands below…

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Brand New – “Deja Entendu” (ALBUM REVIEW)

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Listen to Mouth Sounds: http://www.neilcic.com/mouthsounds/ Listen to Mouth Silence: http://www.neilcic.com/mouthsilence/ Neil Cicierega doesn’t just put out…
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What’s going on Sunday? (Front Bottoms, Craig Finn, Dave Harrington, Peter Silberman, My Favorite & more)

The Front Bottoms at Best Buy Theater in June (more by Mimi Hong)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…

‘Champagne Jam’ w/ The Front Bottoms, Craig Finn, Kevin Devine, Magic Mike, So So Glos, Big Ups, Kitty, GDP, Baby Baby, Chris Gethard, Emperor X, Prawn, Tiny Moving Parts, The Guru, Girl Spells @ Webster Hall
BrooklynVegan is proud to co-present this show with headliners The Front Bottoms, which includes a lot of other cool stuff too like Hold Steady singer Craig Finn in solo mode, Meredith Graves’ new pal Kevin Devine, post-hardcore noisemakers Big Ups, quirky rappers Kitty and GDP, mathy emo bands Prawn and Tiny Moving Parts, the very funny Chris Gethard, the magician Magic Mike and still more.

Matchess, Cigarettes After Sex, Gel Set, PROMISE LAND @ Baby’s All Right
When she’s not unleashing her powerful pipes as part of Chicago postpunk outfit Verma, Whitney Johnson makes beguiling soundscapes under the moniker Matchess. She released Seraphastra on cassette in 2013 which got a vinyl release this year via Trouble in Mind. There are vocals but it’s more siren song than banshee here.

Heathers, My Favorite, Gingerlys, Expert Alterations @ Cake Shop
NYC indiepop cult heroes My Favorite reformed for this year’s Popfest and appear to be back in business for real. They play tonight with the shoegazy Gingerlys and Los Angeles band Heathers.

members of The Antlers, Bear in Haven, Real Estate, Here We Go Magic, People Get Ready, Darkside & more @ Glasslands
Ex-Darkside member Dave Harrington put this show together which includes a ton of cool people from the local NYC scene including The Antlers’ Peter Silberman, Bear In Heaven’s Jon Philpot, Real Estate’s Alex Bleeker, Here We Go Magic’s Luke Temple, People Get Ready’s Jen Goma and more.

Jawbreaker Reunion, Manors, Adult Mom, Free Cake For Every Creature @ Silent Barn
The Le Sigh, a blog highlighting women in music and art, are celebrating their new zine and compilation tape at this show which includes a lot of artists they cover in the DIY pop spectrum.

Tyler, The Creator, Taco @ Terminal 5
Get wild with Odd Future’s craziest MC, Tyler the Creator, at T5 tonight. Sold out.

Harry and the Potters, The Potter Puppet Pals, Draco and the Malfoys, Tonks and the Aurors, Lauren Fairweather, Whomping Willows @ The Bell House
Superfan muggles may wish to attend this Harry Potter themed holiday show, all others may wish to find other entertainment.

For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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Under the Skin (scored by Micachu), and other movies streaming now (that Daughn Gibson loved in 2014)

by Bill Pearis

Under The Skin

I finally watched Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin last night. It stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien who spends her time picking up men in Scotland, bringing them back to her place and… well, you should just watch it. You can stream it for free on Amazon if you have Amazon Prime.

Based on Michel Faber’s novel of the same name, the film directed and co-written by Jonathan Glazer who made Birth and Sexy Beast, not to mention the videos for Radiohead‘s “Karma Police” and UNKLE‘s “Rabbit in the Headlights”, among others. Species this is not, owing more to ’70s experimentalists and, as you might expect from his CV, Glazer has delivered a gorgeously-shot film that is also thought provoking and unsettling. ScarJo even does a credible London accent. I already want to see it again.

After hearing my movie-minded friends rave about it all year, I finally pulled the trigger after it showed up in a few of the band/artist Top 10s we’ve been running. Here’s what Protomartyr, said:

a visually stunning film with a really great soundtrack that defies easy explanation. Actually the real ‘best’ thing we saw all year. Sure, it didn’t have people getting repeatedly kicked in the face or RZA trying on a Jamaican accent sporadically, but not everything can be ‘Brick Mansions’.

The minimal, eerie score, which appeared on Travis from Grooms‘ end of year list, was done by Mica Levi (aka Micachu). It definitely enhances the off-kilter vibe of the film, and you can stream it via Rdio below.

Check it out if you haven’t already, and check out nine more recommended movies from streaming sites, courtesy of Sub Pop-signed musician Daughn Gibson, below…

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DFA release free holiday remix EP; Ed Banger celebrating NYE at Le Bain

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We recently posted Ed Banger label head Busy P‘s remix of Sinkane‘s “New Name,” and it turns out that that’s actually one of four remixes on a free DFA Records holiday remix EP. It also features Magic Touch putting their magic touch on The Juan Maclean‘s “A Simple Design, CFCF‘s take on Dan Bodan‘s “Romeo,” and Daniel T. & Cooper Saver reworking Museum of Love‘s “Who’s Who of Who Cares.” Download the EP HERE.

Busy P is also ringing in the new year with an Ed Banger New Year’s Eve party at Le Bain, also featuring DJ Falcon and Blu Jemz. More info here.

Stream the whole EP below…

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Madonna announces new album, featuring a song called “Bitch I’m Madonna” ft. Nicki Minaj (hear 6 songs now)

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You may have heard that demos of a new Madonna album leaked this week, and that she responded by saying she was “artistically raped” by hackers. Well now the Queen of Pop has officially announced her new album, which is called Rebel Heart and will be out on March 10 via Interscope.

She’s also made six of the tracks available right now, including one called “Bitch I’m Madonna” featuring Nicki Minaj (!), and some of those tracks were produced by Kanye West and Diplo, according to Billboard. The album also may feature production from Blood Diamonds, SOPHIE, and not Ariel Pink.

You can purchase those six tracks via iTunes and stream them via Spotify below…

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Mikey Hodges aka Pop Zeus killed in motorcyle accident (Rest in Peace Michael)

Mikey Hodges

A motorcyclist was killed Thursday in a crash with another vehicle in downtown Los Angeles.

The crash occurred about 2:50 p.m. at the intersection of Cesar Chavez Avenue and Broadway, said Sgt. S. Bailey of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Traffic Division.

The victim, a 29-year-old Los Angeles man, was riding on Broadway when a 78-year-old Los Angeles woman attempting to turn her vehicle left onto Cesar Chavez Avenue drove into the path of the motorcycle, Bailey said.

The man was thrown onto the street and died after being taken to a hospital, he said.

The woman stayed at the scene and cooperated investigators, Bailey said.

She was not immediately cited or arrested, but the case is under active investigation and the findings will be referred to prosecutors, he said.
- [My News LA]

We’re very sad to learn that the victim referenced in that news story is Michael Hodges who performed and recorded power pop under the name Pop Zeus. While he’d moved to LA, he was a familiar face in the NYC/Brooklyn indie rock scene and in addition to Pop Zeus (who had records out on Burger), he also drummed on and off for The Memories and played in Boom! Burger Records posted a tribute on their Facebook today:

So unbelievably sad to say we lost the talented and amazing Mikey Hodges aka Pop Zeus yesterday. He really and truly was one of the nicest, raddest and most welcoming dudes we’ve ever had the pleasure to call a friend. We released Mikey’s debut cassette, Pop Zeus, a few years back after I discovered his demos while riding on a train for the holidays. I couldn’t get the songs out of my head so I made a note in my book to follow up on it when I got home. So very glad I did because it gave us a reason to let this giant puppy dog of a man into our lives. He was one of a kind.

You may also know Hodges from working behind the bar at both Knitting Factory and The Commodore, and for a while at record labels Partisan Records and Secretly Canadian. Rest in peace, Mikey, you’ll be missed.

There are two fundraiser campaigns for his family, who live in Indiana, to help pay for expenses.

Pop Zeus released the Tell Me So EP this year on Burger. You can stream that, and check out a Spotify playlist of his favorite 2014 songs (his final tweet), below…

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David Fincher working on series for HBO about the world of ’80s music videos

by Bill Pearis

David Fincher
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We recently posted about the new HBO series that’s going to be about ’70s-era music biz in NYC that being made by Terrence Winter (The Sopranos), Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger. Turns out it’s not the only music-related show on the network’s upcoming slate. Deadline reports that David Fincher, who will likely be up for an Oscar this year for Gone Girl, is behind a new series currently titled Livng On Video, set in the world of MTV:

Set in 1983 Los Angeles, Living On Video centers on Bobby, a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic. He lands a job as a PA for a company making music videos. In the vein of HBO’s Entourage, the series revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry — directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in drugs — through the eyes of the newcomer.

Fincher has a lot of firsthand knowlege on this subject, having come up through this world, and directed such MTV classics as Madonna’s “Express Yourself,” Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up,” Aerosmith’s “Janie’s Got a Gun” and Billy Idol’s “Rock the Cradle of Love.” He made his first music video in eight years in 2013 for buddy Justin Timberlake‘s “Suit and Tie” with Jay Z.

The plot also sounds a little like the underrated 1988 John Cusack / Tim Robbins comedy, Tapeheads, which you can watch the trailer for (along with some of those Fincher-directed videos) below…

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