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Last Night's Gig

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    The Crowning of YeasayerIf they’re the band of the moment, we can only hope for more moments like these.
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    Paul Rudd Was the Guest on a Fake Talk ShowAnd it was pretty funny.
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    Das Racist Botch Beastie Boys PerfomancePeople started streaming out almost immediately, but we forced ourselves to stay put and see what happened.
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    Secret Phoenix Show Culminates With Excellent Cadillac JingleOur love for the band gets kicked into the stratosphere.
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    Jon Bon Jovi’s Private Cougar Concert“I’m sorry, because in October of 1986, I kind of blew you off at the Stone Pony … “
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    Secret Show Finds Julian Casablancas Possibly Adrift, Probably Happy Out in L.A.You couldn’t help but think Casablancas was entering the Evan Dando/Alex Chilton stage, where unrealized stardom slides into a “now what?” twilight zone.
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    Night at the Rock Museum: Second Concert of the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of FameRock’s museum waxworks come to life for a series of sometimes incongruous, sometimes inspired duets.
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    Men of a Certain Age: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert No. 1Jerry Lee Lewis, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, and Bruuuuuuuce.
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    Weezer Gets Very Happy at Tiny, Exclusive GigLast night, the P.C. Richard & Son Theater was rocked by the Weez.
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    Alicia Keys Has a Teaching Moment at NYUAnd we were there to see it go down.
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    10 Things That Happened at the R. Kelly ConcertFake snow! Bearskin rugs! Reciprocated underwear-throwing!
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    Blink-182 Bring Their Reunion Tour to Atlantic CityThe band looked the same, made the same dumb jokes, and had the same old sound. It was rad!
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    Phoenix Say Good-bye to Summer in Central ParkTheir two SummerStage shows this weekend felt like the real “official end of summer.”
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    It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia — Live!The cast performed their stage adaptation of ‘The Nightman Cometh’ last night.
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    Jay-Z Gets Small at the Blender TheaterAnother monster show from a guy whose live act is as reliably great as he thinks his recorded output still is.
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    Down In It: The Last-Ever Nine Inch Nails Show in New YorkLongtime fans wistfully held out hope that Reznor would destroy … things.
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    Spears’s Tears: Britney Briefly Sheds the Mask at MSG ShowThe show ran like a machine — until Spears actually decided to sing.
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    Diane Birch Proves That She’s More Than Just Another Big Voice With a Rousing Set at Le Poisson RougeFrom the moment that she took the stage, she transfixed the rapturous audience, members of which ranged from blue-haired grandmothers (really!) to downtown hipsters.
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    Tasty! Steely Dan Brings the Guitar Solos, Male PonytailsRob Tannenbaum on the band’s ongoing Beacon Theatre residency.
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    Green Day Live at Madison Square Garden: A Band at the CrossroadsWe saw the band perform on the first of two nights in front of a sold-out audience at Madison Square Garden.
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    Wilco’s Coney Island Performance Rocks Dads and Circus Geeks AlikeWilco will love ya, baby!
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    Passion Pit Represents for the Massholes at Bowery BallroomThe last time we saw a Boston band play must’ve been ten years ago.
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    Phoenix Dazzles, Claims ‘It’-Band Status in Front of Thousands at Terminal 5Call us cheesy if you must, but Friday’s show could only be described as a “moment.”
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    Indie-Rock Show of the Year? The Decemberists and the Diamond TwinsIt culminated with the most remarkable karaoke this side of the Japanese islands.
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    Those Dancing Days: A Swedish Girl Group That’s Ready for Their Close-upIf we were running either MTV or the CW, we’d drop everything and start figuring out how to turn these girls into Stateside stars.
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    Last Night’s Bruce Springsteen Show: Yep, Awesome“Is this New Jersey? Then we can’t go home until we’ve played this one!”
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    Madonna, Fischerspooner, and That Old ‘Downtown’ IdeaMadge sees a show happening again tonight.
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    Neko Case, a Wild and Crazy GalLast night it almost seemed like Case was angling for a shock-jock gig.
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    The Unannounced Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show You MissedKaren O appeared in an outsize sort of kimono, stroking the mike like Tina Turner, before stripping down to a tiny dress.
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    Live, Peter Bjorn and John Do It Pre-Recession StyleLike when it was normal to be served a free, exotic cocktail from a bar carved out of ice.
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    R.E.M. Tribute Concert at Carnegie: A ReckoningSong-by-song ratings of performances by everyone from the Moldy Peaches’ Kimya Dawson to Darius Rucker, a.k.a. Hootie.
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    Suicide Cross Back Over the Styx, to GreenpointSuicide singer Alan Vega is now 70 years old.
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    Crush-Worthy Sondre Lerche Charms, Offers Polaroid Portraits at ShowSylvie Lewis came onstage for some duets, but sensing the fandom in the room, she opted at times to simply remain silent.
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    AC/DC Savage Madison Square Garden With Panting Rock FuryGuitarist Young spent five minutes standing alone on top of a platform built over the drum set, hammering away with such speed and volume that his playing was essentially incomprehensible to mortal ears.
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    Keren Ann Sings Softly in a Language You Don’t UnderstandThe chanteuse broke from her role as jazz-folk ingénue only once, to rib the crowd.
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    Jazzman McCoy Tyner Recalls Times With Coltrane, Hits the KeysBy age 18, Tyner was touring coast to coast in John Coltrane’s station wagon.
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    See David Banner Swing From the Rafters at Big Rap ShowBanner hung from the rails of the balcony, looming 40 feet above the crowd, but thankfully did not attempt to reenact the finale of Pearl Jam’s “Evenflow” video.
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    Vivian Girls and Woods Make for Nice CMJ SurpriseIt was the type of indie-rock grab bag where headliners Vivian Girls have, relatively speaking, something like star power.
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    Jay Reatard Forcibly Removes Fans From — and Forcibly Invites Them to — StageJay Reatard betrayed no hint of CMJ fatigue, giving his typical tornado of a performance.
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    The Dears, CMJ’s Most Stoic Band But for the Butt WiggleA George Michael–esque ass wiggle was the closest thing to banter that the Dears front man Murray Lightburn indulged in at last night’s show.
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    Slideshow: The Ladies and Men of Lights and Ex Reverie, True CMJ HighlightsThe bands actually represented a vital indie subcurrent rather than whatever it is magazines are telling us to listen to.
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    Go-Go a No-Go at Mark Ronson’s CMJ Showcase Featuring WaleFans cheered, though, as Wale encouraged Sarah Palin to “go back to your igloo.”
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    Deerhoof Top Off Night O’ NoiseTowering, aw-shucks drummer Greg Saunier and travel-size vocalist-bassist Satomi Matsuzaki played their highly listenable skronk.
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    Chuck Klosterman, Robert Christgau, Rob Sheffield: Rock-Geek Slideshow!Uh-oh — you just nerdgasmed at work!
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    Not Waving But Drowning Play What Is Perhaps the Nuttiest Loft Show We’ve Ever SeenAll that was missing was a fetus preserved in a jar, although there might’ve been one of those in the bedroom.
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    Lindsey Buckingham Tears Up, Plays Guitar With One HandWearing a tight, black leather jacket last night at the Nokia, he resembled a louche Roman oracle.
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    Antony and the Johnsons Transcend Death, Gender, and Bad Breakups at the ApolloThe surprise guest at last night’s Antony and the Johnsons full-orchestra concert at the Apollo? Not a Wainwright, Björk, Lou Reed, or a homeless performance artist.
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    Slideshow: F*cked Up Play Twelve Hours Straight With J. Mascis, Vampire Weekend, and Many Others!“This is going to be the best-slash-worst-slash-most-entertaining F*cked Up show ever,” announced FU front man Father Damian, a.k.a. Pink Eye.
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    Prince Gets Intimate With a Couple Hundred PeoplePrince, forever enshrined, should by all rights transform any setting into a purple, velvet-y boudoir — and he did!
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    Okkervil River and Crooked Fingers Deeply Gratify, Roundly Mock Indie Types“Buy it or we’ll slit your throat,” threatened Crooked Fingers front man Eric Bachmann at Webster Hall last night, plugging his band’s new album.
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