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The Flaming Lips have just announced via Twitter that they will join the star-studded lineup to honor David Bowie at Carnegie Hall on March 31 and at Radio City Music Hall on April 1.

Previous confirmed artists performing at the benefit shows include Mumford & Sons, Blondie, Michael Stipe, the Pixies, Bette Midler, The Roots, some of Bowie’s most recent and old time collaborators including Donny McCaslin, Tony Visconti, and more. Both concerts are sold-out.

Full current lineups below. More names to be announced soon on Twitter via @michaeldorf and @musicof, and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/musicof/. Visit the musicof.org site for more details and updates.

Current March 31 Carnegie Hall lineup:

The Flaming Lips

Debbie Harry

Pixies

Michael Stipe

Cyndi Lauper

Laurie Anderson

Bette Midler

Cat Power

The Roots

Perry Farrell

Bettye LaVette

Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart

Jakob Dylan

The Mountain Goats

Robyn Hitchcock

Holy Holy

Current April 1st Radio City Music Hall lineup:

The Flaming Lips

Blondie

Pixies

Mumford & Sons

Michael Stipe

Bette Midler

Jherek Bischoff, Amanda Palmer & Anna Calvi

Cat Power

Perry Farrell

The Roots

Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart

The Polyphonic Spree

Jakob Dylan

Donny McCaslin Group w/ Mark Guiliana, Jason Lindner, and Tony Visconti

Holy Holy

Tony Visconti, the Grammy-winning producer who worked on 13 of Bowie’s albums including his last one, will also serve as leader of the house band Holy Holy and as the shows musical director. Holy Holy features Visconti on bass and Woody Woodmansey on drums, both original members of The Spiders from Mars.

The Music of David Bowie concerts will benefit the following organizations: Young Audiences New York, Little Kids Rock, Church Street School of Music, The Center For Arts Education, TON, Grammy in the Schools and the D’Addario Foundation. Over one million dollars have been raised to date by Dorf’s annual Carnegie shows.

Michael Dorf is uniquely suited to create the impressive and eclectic rosters he assembles each year as a founder of two seminal NYC music venues: the Knitting Factory, which he started in 1987 and sold in 2002, and City Winery, the venue he founded in 2008 in NYC, that now has locations in Chicago and Nashville, and will expand to Atlanta and Boston this year. For nearly thirty years, he has programmed for stages across the globe.

Working alongside him as an Associate Producer for the show is Shlomo Lipetz, City Winery’s National Programming Director. For the past 8 years, Lipetz has been overseeing the musical programming in all of the City Winery’s locations.

Okayplayer.com returns to the Music of series as exclusive media partners, now for the second consecutive year. Follow their updates on the @musicof social channels (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook) and stay tuned to www.okayplayer.com for more exclusives before, during, and after the events.

David Bowie’s social media accounts reported this morning that Bowie “died peacefully, surrounded by his family.” The 69 year old artist was dealing with 18 18-month battle with cancer. Bowie was one of the most flamboyant artists in the world who was held in high esteem recording albums like The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and so many other records that held hits like  “Let’s Dance,” “Changes,” “Space Oddity,” “Starman,” “Modern Love,” “Heroes,” “Under Pressure,” “Rebel Rebel” and “Life on Mars.” He’s also worked with such luminaries as Freddy Mercury, Mick Jagger and Iggy Pop. Bowie leaves a long legacy which ends with his last album Blackstar, released just this past Friday, January 8, 2016.  He will be missed.

Tombs

Brooklyn, New York’s TOMBS recorded a pair of covers for us.  Both are of “Heroes,” originally recorded by the “Thin White Duke,” David Bowie with Brian Eno in 1977.  The “NYC Mix” features both verses in English, while the “Berlin Mix” features a verse in German. 

“Back when I was in high school, I saw this German film called ‘Christiane F’ which told the story of a young girl living in Berlin, and dealing with the brutality of heroin addiction,” Mike Hill, Tombs’ guitarist and vocalist, explained.  “Aside from being a riveting film, it had an amazing soundtrack by David Bowie.  I tracked down the LP and for about a week, it was on constant play.

“There is a version of his song ‘Heroes’ called ‘Heroes/Helden’ where the first half sung in English and the second half is in German,” Hill added.  “The song has this dark beauty that has always resonated with me. Over the years, I’ve been to Germany several times on tour. Whenever I’m in Berlin, this song comes to mind.”

Tombs recorded their versions of the song, which originated as a product of Bowie’s ‘Berlin’ period, with Tim Schmoyer at Capital One Practice Space in Boston, MA, on July 6.  German vocals provided by Ralph Schmidt (Hëllström, Planks) were recorded by Andreas Rosczyk at Ira Space in Germany.  Both versions were mixed by Mike Hill at The Fortress of Solitude.

NYC Mix

Berlin Mix

They can also be found here:

http://soundcloud.com/everything-went-black/tombs-heroes-nyc-final-mix/s-rxHxD

http://soundcloud.com/everything-went-black/tombs-heroes-berlin-final-mix/s-PIaxJ

Tombs, a critically acclaimed metal trio, released their latest full-length, Path of Totality, to critical accolades in 2011, including the album of the year in Decibel Magazine and Brooklyn Vegan. It also came in at number 2 on Pitchfork and number 3 on NPR’s top list.  Tombs, who are well known for their ability to tap into the infinite well of emotion and expression continue to do so with “Heroes,” a recording that showcases one of the finest heavy bands in the world.

For more information about Tombs, visit them at the following websites:

http://www.tombscult.com
http://www.tombsbklyn.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/TombsBklyn 
http://twitter.com/Tombs666

Appeaing tonight only on your throwaway TV channels!
Appeaing tonight only on your throwaway TV channels!

With every new technology comes a slew of folks trying to cash in on it. Case in point — the waggleverse of Wii releases budgeted out and coded for a cheap thrill upon the release of the system. Anyone with HD channels knows this as well: there’s a whole crap load of channels dedicated to stuff that looks good in high definition without any real production value behind it.  Example? Palladia. It’s a channel dedicated to HD repeats from MTV and CMT and VH1 as well as never-ending concert footage from weird bands you don’t care about. Until last Sunday. For some reason, this gimmicky HD music channel decided to play D. A. Pennebaker’s Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, a 1973 David Bowie concert film that was restored and released in 1983.

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