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On the scene: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson celebrate Halloween early in New York

About a quarter of the way through his set at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Wednesday night, metal veteran and horror film director Rob Zombie paused to address the audience. “It’s a shame we couldn’t be here on Halloween,” he growled to the crowd. “But we figured it was close enough.”

Zombie could give that same speech every day of the year. Like Marilyn Manson—his co-headliner on what is being touted as the “Twins of Evil Tour”—he’s spent the better part of his life in costume, assuming the role of deranged barker at the center of a carnival obsessed with ancient monster movies, Z-list actresses’ breasts, and the whimsy of the devil himself.

Though the two scary men at the center of each hour-ish–long set may seem interchangeable, their performances were deeply distinct, both sonically and philosophically.  READ FULL STORY

Patti Smith live in L.A. -- still a musical shaman at 65

Back in the mid 1990s, as an 18-year-old college student living in New York City, I saw Patti Smith play her first show in 15 years at downtown punk palace CBGBs.

I was already obsessed with her music and writing — I covered songs from her rebellious, beautiful first album, 1975’s Horses, and had written a poem about her (yes, it was called Homage to Patti Smith). So I gripped a copy of the poem and a red rose to give her before the show, which I did, going back stage and handing them to her silently. She took them both, silently.

Later, pressed up against the stage with a friend, just below her microphone, I saw Smith launch into a three-hour show full of fury, power, sweat, and rock ‘n’ roll. On stage, singing with her arms raised, she tore the rose I gave her to shreds, stuffing half the petals in her pocket, and throwing the other half in the air, letting them shower down like bits of red rain.

To those who love Smith’s music — from the landmark Horses to this year’s Banga, filled with references to Russian literature, her old friend, late French actress Maria Schneider, Amy Winehouse, and 2011’s Japanese earthquake and tsunami — she’s more than a muse. She represents something else: the ability to be emotional, literary, musical, and free outside the confines of age, gender, time, and place;. She’s a constant reminder that soulful, smart music exists beyond the current scope of commercial pop for audiences who crave that kind of sustenance.

At Wednesday night’s intimate, private show at Apogee’s Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica for Los Angeles radio station KCRW (it will be broadcast Nov. 14 on the station’s Morning Becomes Eclectic), Smith proved her continued worth as a musician and performer. The crowd consisted of less than 200 people, including stars such as Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Tim Robbins, Ed Harris (wearing a fedora pulled over his face), and Ellen Page, who looked just as starry-eyed as everyone else in the packed space. READ FULL STORY

Jay-Z at Brooklyn's Barclays Center opening night: On the scene

If “Drink when you hear the word ‘Brooklyn’” were a game at the inauguration of the brand-new Barclays Center sports arena last night, it might easily have turned fatal by the 30-minute mark.

Thankfully (or not) the venue ran out of alcohol roughly two-thirds of the way through the evening, one of several small kinks in a generally on-point if occasionally underwhelming opening.

That Jay-Z is, to paraphrase his dearly departed friend, not only a Barclays client but the player president, is not news to New Yorkers. The rapper-turned-mogul has a minority ownership stake in the Center and its team, the Brooklyn Nets, and his Hova-ness is an integral part of both its DNA and its marketing plan.

The significance of that stake is clearly not lost on the man himself; multiple times, he stopped his set to acknowledge it in ways both playfully braggy (“This is the house that Hova built. Welcome to my house!”) and nakedly emotional (“Do you mind if I take my time? I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed by the moment.”) At several points, he stopped to note that this performance meant more to him than any in a long, glittery line of career highlights: More than the Grammys, more than Glastonbury, more than Coachella. READ FULL STORY

Frank Ocean plays NYC synagogue, releases new song 'Blue Whale': Hear it here

R&B “It” boy Frank Ocean is not slowing down.

The man who dropped the summer’s must-album Channel Orange on our unsuspecting heads and lent both Saturday Night Live and John Mayer some cool points earlier this month is diving into the week head first. Following his I’ll Be Your Mirror appearance this weekend, Ocean played a mesmerizing set at New York’s Angel Orensanz Center, the antebellum synagogue where Fader and Vitamainwater held a joint event last night. Bon Iver was technically the headliner, but Ocean seemed to inspire the most excitement, prompting fans to crowd the Gothic Revival building’s delicate balconies for a better view of the night’s headbanded hero.

They were not disappointed. Backed by a Telecaster-wielding band, the singer obligingly launched into spacey Channel Orange favorites like “Crack Rock” and “Bad Religion” (interesting, given the setting) as well as earlier mixtape cuts, like the winding “American Wedding.” He ended his hourish-long run with the seedy Egyptology of “Pyramids,” and it all felt like the weirdly correct way to spend a night in a temple during the Jewish High Holidays.

One song Ocean didn’t play last night? “Blue Whale,” the brand new track he debuted this morning on his Tumblr. It’s a lo-fi number, characteristically mellow and introspective with lines like, “I wasn’t much into the type that my bros liked/So I never really had no wife/And that’s alright.”

Give “Blue Whale” and listen below:

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Best Coast performs on Conan - watch it here

LA garage-poppers Best Coast performed “Do You Love Me Like You Used To?” on Conan last night.  The song’s off their second record, The Only Place.

Watch it below and see if you love them like you used to, or for the first time: READ FULL STORY

Metallica, the Kills, Sigur Ros and more at Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco -- Day Two on the scene

Alabama Shakes were solid, drawing a main-stage crowd to a second-stage show, and the Kills nailed it.  Explosions in the Sky were entertaining, and, by all accounts, Passion Pit and Sigur Ros were stunning.  But there was only one real story on Day 2 of the Outside Lands Festival, and the story was Metallica.

Golden Gate Park was their final San Francisco frontier  — Metallica have played virtually every Bay Area club, arena and stadium over the course of their 30-year history – and they were pumped:  of the 65,000 people in attendance, the four members of Metallica may have been the most excited of all.

“The whole vibe there is so f—ing next level that you know, all we’ve got to do is just show up and make sure we’re firing on all 24 cylinders,” drummer Lars Ulrich said last week, and, to invoke Nigel Tufnel,  last night Metallica were firing on all 25.  If there was ever a better concert in Golden Gate Park, it was only because there weren’t thousands of people hoisting their iPhones overhead in annoying attempts to document it.

The show was vintage Metallica; it started with “Hit the Lights” and ended with “Seek and Destroy,” both from their 1983 debut Kill Em All.  They played only one song during their two-hour set from their most recent release, 2008’s Death Magnetic, and (no huge surprise), nothing from Lulu, their 2011 collaboration with Lou Reed. Amongst the highlights:  “Master of Puppets,” “Fade To Black,” “Nothing Else Matters” and, of course, “Enter Sandman.”

There were fireworks and flame pots.  There were lasers and pyrotechnics, and 24 guitars were used over the course of an 18-song show. And while the bells and whistles may have taken the show over the top, it was Metallica’s music that provided the spectacle.

–by Julie Farman

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Neil Young, Foo Fighters rock S.F.'s Outside Lands festival: On the scene

The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is unlike any other festival in America, and that’s partially because it reflects its location: San Francisco.

The event, held in Golden Gate Park, is fully greened-up, and the city’s foodie culture is represented in the 65 on-site restaurants, 49 wineries, and 19 breweries.  This year, there was even fog.

But for all of that, what Outside Lands is mostly about is the music – more than 60 bands over the course of 3 days — and on Day 1, the music was all about Neil Young.

You could hear Neil’s influence in Two Gallants, a powerful two piece who played early on Friday (and even though there’s no Neil in L.A.’s Fitz and the Tantrums, it was hard not to think the latter were booked to provide angst-free modern-soul diversity).  Beck covered “After The Gold Rush” mid-way through a typically brilliant set, and Dave Grohl started talking about Neil three songs into the Foos show. “We’ve got a lot of songs to play, and the quicker we play them, the faster I get to see Neil fu*king Young,” he said.  The crowd cheered, which was slightly surprising – for a lot of people at the festival, Grohl & Co. were the big ticket, and an abbreviated set wasn’t what they were looking for. READ FULL STORY

On the scene at Lollapalooza Day 3: Florence and the Machine, J. Cole, Childish Gambino and more

Below, a few quick takes on some of the most memorable sets from the final day of the festival:

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
There’s no higher praise at Lollapalooza than the Mayor himself, Rahm Emanuel, coming to check out your set. Rightfully, Florence + the Machine seemed like the act to watch early Sunday evening, drawing an impressive crowd at the festival’s north end. Florence Welch emerged appropriately majestic in a flowing red dress, looking like a celestial Gryffindor princess and stretching her arms out like she was trying to control the weather (a gift we could have used during Saturday’s stormapalooza).

Running in front of the stage with surprising agility — festival security could barely keep up — the English siren put her soaring voice to good use on highlight “Shake It Out.” She switched up the fan favorite by adding a rave-y remixed finale, but the booming addition was actually her most commanding performance — so much so that the rest of her setlist, including “Cosmic Love,” “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up),” “No Light No Light” and Machine signature “Dog Days Are Over,” almost paled in comparison.
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Fiona Apple tells Jimmy Fallon about her famous meltdown, plays two songs: Watch it here

Fiona Apple had some ‘splaining to do last night.

During her appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the host brought up Apple’s now-infamous 2000 Roseland Ballroom meltdown – which, as it happens, was preceded by a ten-minute comedy act from Fallon himself.

“The whole thing was crazy,” Fallon said, recalling how he was having a drink with Apple’s then-boyfriend when it all went down. “I was worried about you, pal.”

Apple addressed the issue by asserting her humanity. “The short answer is that I’m a human being,” she said. “And that I was reacting to life.”

The singer says she was feeling “overwhelmed” at the time, citing her Saturday Night Live appearance that month.

“I started crying” she continued. “And I could not physically stop crying. I couldn’t.”

Watch her interview with Fallon in the video below:

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Chris Brown's face cut; NYPD confirms altercation between Brown's and Drake's entourages -- UPDATE

If you ever see Chris Brown and Drake at the same club, close your tab immediately!

Both the NYPD and Brown’s Twitter have confirmed that Breezy and Drizzy were involved in a violent altercation at a Manhattan nightclub at around 4 a.m. last night/this morning, reports TMZ.

No arrests were made (both stars had fled the scene by the time the cops showed up), but five were taken to the hospital for minor injuries, and Brown himself apparently got cut in the face. The singer tweeted an image of his gash as evidence, but has since taken down the picture. He also took down the accompanying message, which read:

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