Grace Jones’ Only East Coast Appearance At Hammerstein Ballroom, July 30

Actress, singer, lyricist, dancer and supermodel, Grace Jones makes her only east coast appearance at Hammerstein Ballroom on July 30.

Grace Jones has to date released nine studio albums from Portfolio to Nightclubbing, Slave To The Rhythm and Warm Leatherette, most of which are dance club hits. Her latest album Hurricane came out last year on Wall Of Sound.

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Hammerstein Ballroom
311 West 34th Street
New York, NY

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Erykah Badu To Shine On The Beach At Governors Island 8/4

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On August 4th, 4-time Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Erykah Badu will perform at the beach at Governors Island, NYC on her 4th World War tour.

The mini tour that will take her across the US and Europe precedes her follow up to 2008′s New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), New Amerykah, Part II (Return Of The Ankh), out by the end of the year.

Tickets go on sale this Saturday 6/27 at noon through ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000, and at the Nokia Theatre Box office (No Service Charge / 44th & B’way).

The Beach At Governors Island
Doors Open At: 6 PM
Show Starts At: 8 PM
Advance Price: $52

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Richie Hawtin & Scientist To Host The Dubspot Ableton Live 8 Workshop In NYC This Weekend

tournycThis weekend on June 27th and 28th, Dubspot, New York’s premier DJ and electronic music production institute, has teamed up with Ableton to present the Live 8 US Sessions Tour in NYC.

It’s the second stop of the tour, featuring established artists like Richie Hawtin & Scientist, who will present their personally developed strategies and techniques for producing and performing with Ableton Live 8.

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To top off the weekend workshop on Sunday, Dubspot and Ableton celebrate Dubspot’s 2 year anniversary at Le Poisson Rouge.

Legendary Scientist will mix live with Dub Is A Weapon, followed by DJ sets from Matt Shadetek & DJ Rupture of Dutty Artz, Kiva, Barry Cole and Badawi. This will also be the first party of Dubspot’s new monthly night!

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Organized Konfusion Reunite For All Points West On July 31

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Representing the creatively fertile hip hop class of 1991, the underground hip hop duo Organized Konfusion will play on the jam-packed bill of the 3-day All Points West Music & Arts Festival this July 31st at Liberty State Park, NJ.  It will be the group’s first reunion since the late 90′s.

While their self-titled debut saw little commercial success, platinum records were certainly not the point. This proto-”undie” hip hop group, consisting of Prince Poetry and Pharoahe Monch, bounced rhymes off each other like an Olympic table-tennis team, turning them into thesaurus rap champions revered by an army of head-nodding backpackers.  Both MCs can transcend even the most uninspired beats, which is why Organized Konfusion will be remembered.

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New York Loves Nouvelle Vague: A Review Of Last Night’s Show At The Fillmore At Irving Plaza

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With their 3rd album of covers, 3 – or “trois” as chanteuse Melanie Pain put it — out this month in Europe and September in America, Nouvelle Vague played one of the first dates on their current tour at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza last night.

While Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux may be the masterminds behind the group’s punk and post-punk interpretations, singers Nadeah and the aforementioned Melanie Pain were the stars of the live show.  Nadeah in particular, was ever-charismatic, glamourously voguing in a sea of filtered violet and deep blue lighting.  Apart from being a photo opportunity, the sober first half mainly showcased cuts from the new album, punctuated by the opening track, “Master & Servant,” and the Violent Femmes’ crowd pleaser, “Blister In The Sun.”

After a couple anti-American numbers, Nadeah took it up a notch by scaling the balcony railing mid-song, side-stepping her way across and back before a security drone pulled her over the side by the wrists. In turn, the energy of the set climbed with hits from Bande A Part and their self-titled debut: including Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” Public Image Ltd’s “This Is Not A Love Song,” “Too Drunk To Fuck” and an especially fabulous version of “Friday Night Saturday Morning,” which gradually sped up in tempo and worked the audience into a frenzy.  At the end, fan-girls and their dates stomped the floor and screamed for more; Nouvelle Vague obliged with two encores, finally closing with “Bela Lugosis’s Dead” and The Cramps’ “Human Fly.”

Despite a lackluster new album, Nadeah and Co can still headbang and thrash their way through a show, albeit in the most graceful and fetching way imaginable.

Nouvelle Vague’s Upcoming Tour Dates (MySpace)