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The Roots energize New York's Best Buy Theater

The Roots have been playing together for over 20 years—rapper Black Thought and drummer Questlove formed the group in 1992. But when they hit the stage, it’s like they just discovered how cool performing for a live audience is. They smile giddily, they giggle to each other, they jump up and down with instruments in hand. They’re doing what they want to do—and, lucky for audiences, what they want to do is wildly entertaining.

The band took the stage at New York’s Best Buy Theater Thursday to celebrate Guitar Center’s 50th anniversary, kicking off their set with a rousing performance of “Table Of Contents (Parts 1 & 2)” off their 1999 album Things Fall Apart. Sousaphonist Tuba Gooding Jr. kicked up his knees and marches across the stage as he played, often looking like he’d been transported from a 4th of July parade, and Black Thought bounced around as he rapped, addressing the audience but also sneaking glances at his bandmates every so often—ah, to be serenaded by Black Thought on a nightly basis.

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Fans crowdfund imaginary Foo Fighters concert; band agrees to play it

Foo Fighters fans in Richmond, Va., haven’t seen the band play their town since 1998. In an effort to remedy that 16-year oversight, four friends set up a crowdsourcing campaign to sell out a hypothetical Foo show in frontman Dave Grohl’s home state, hoping that if they sold enough “tickets,” the rockers would agree to play — and they have. The band tweeted the good news late Friday:

Andrew Goldin, Brig White, John McAdorey, and Lucas Krost set up the “Bring Foo Fights Back to RVA” campaign on Crowdtilt in March, aiming to sell $70,000 in tickets. The group reached their goal on Saturday, with Richmond businesses pitching in $10,000 and the local radio station joining the cause. There was no risk to fans who purchased the $50 tickets; everyone would receive full refunds if the band refused to play. READ FULL STORY

On the Scene: Pharrell gets 'Happy' at Spike Lee-directed AmEx 'Unstaged' show

Pharrell is all about the ladies: His most recent album is called G I R L, its songs are almost exclusively about females, and at his American Express “Unstaged” show last night at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater, he made a special point to introduce his “baes” (a.k.a. his backup singers and dancers): “There’s no stars on this stage, everybody up here’s suns,” he said, forgetting that suns technically are stars… but hey, the sentiment was there.

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Miley Cyrus postpones 2 more concert dates

Miley Cyrus has been forced to postpone two more concert dates, this time in Europe.

The 21-year-old pop singer’s May 2 date in Amsterdam and May 4 appearance in Antwerp, Belgium, on her Bangerz Tour have been pushed back to June.

A Wednesday news release says Cyrus’ symptoms from a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics have returned and doctors will not allow her to travel. READ FULL STORY

StubHub plans to ticket, produce its own concerts

You can soon buy concert tickets from StubHub for shows produced by StubHub.

The company, which helps brokers and fans buy and sell tickets on its website, announced Wednesday it will sell tickets to concerts that it will produce. It has five shows planned so far featuring “emerging acts” and will launch its first self-produced concert May 18 in Los Angeles.

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Miley Cyrus still hospitalized, cancels another show

St. Louis won’t be twerking along with Miley Cyrus tonight: The pop star announced this morning on Twitter that she is still in the hospital and has to cancel tonight’s show.

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Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels Kansas City concert

Miley Cyrus was forced to cancel her show Tuesday night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City after being hospitalized for an allergic reaction to some medication.

The Sprint Center released a statement explaining the cancellation to fans: “Miley Cyrus’ ‘Bangerz’ tour date scheduled for tonight, April 15, at Sprint Center in Kansas City has been canceled. Cyrus has been hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics and has been placed on medical rest by her doctors. She will not be able to perform as scheduled. Refunds for tickets will be available at the point of ticket purchase. Tickets purchased online or by phone will be automatically refunded.”

Cyrus took to Twitter to apologize to fans and show a picture of her recovering in her hospital bed. READ FULL STORY

On the scene: Prince electrifies the Mohegan Sun Arena

Over the course of his long, storied, and downright weird career, Prince has proven he can make just about any room his home—from the teeny (dig his epic sets at New York’s tiny City Winery earlier this year) to the gargantuan (he played the greatest Super Bowl halftime show of the modern era in 2007—sorry, Beyoncé).

But the Purple One’s ideal stomping ground is an arena, which he proved yet again Friday night (December 27) when he stampeded through the first of three shows at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Those rooms are intimate enough for Prince to individually invite women onto the stage to dance with him, but also large enough to contain his royal histrionics.

Decked out in an all-yellow suit and situated behind a microphone stand bearing the glyph that once stood in place of his name, Prince treated the first night of his three-night stay like an old-school soul review. “We’re just gonna jam tonight,” he told the crowd while introducing the New Power Generation, and he lived up to his word. The early part of Prince’s two and a half hour set featured him teasing out extra-long versions of staples both classic (“Let’s Go Crazy”) and modern (“Musicology”), and vacillating between being a living avatar of James Brown and the greatest descendent of Jimi Hendrix.

The most remarkable thing about seeing Prince live is the fact that the guy is a ridiculously great guitar player (or, as one bearded dude said to another during the solo that highlighted “Something In the Water (Does Not Compute),” “That motherf—er can shred!”). His guitar heroics showed up early and often, especially on the slowed-down, Zeppelin-ized version of “Let’s Go Crazy.”

When he wasn’t melting his six-string, he was holding court as the ringmaster of a sprawling funk band whose numbers seemed to keep multiplying (there were at least 18 other musicians on stage). READ FULL STORY

Pixies to perform in Israel

An Israeli promoter for the Pixies says the band will perform in Israel next summer — four years after the band canceled a concert following a deadly Israeli raid on a pro-Palestinian Turkish aid flotilla to Gaza.

The Nidar Oz publicity group said Monday the Pixies canceled their 2010 concert because of the “tense security situation.” It did not elaborate why the band has decided to perform in Israel now.

A number of high-profile musicians have refused to perform in Israel due to its policies toward the Palestinians, including British rockers Elvis Costello and Roger Waters.

The Pixies’ website list an appearance with Soundgarden in Tel Aviv on June 17 and 18.

Enter Snowman: Metallica's next gig will be in Antarctica

Last month, Metallica crossed two more items off their collective bucket list when they released their first ever theatrical concert film and then headlined a show at the Apollo Theater in New York City. Now it seems they are going to hit a trifecta in 2013: The band announced yesterday that they will be playing a show in Antarctica.

“After over 30 years as a band, we have been unbelievably fortunate to visit just about every corner of the earth . . . except for one,” the group wrote on its official website. “That is all about to change as we are set travel to Antarctica, the only continent that Metallica has never played on until now!”

The show will be part of a contest through Coca-Cola Zero that is unfortunately only open to fans in a handful of Latin American countries (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico) and will be the culmination of a week-long cruise. In addition to being staged on the Earth’s most desolate continent, it will also feature a new approach to performance that should make for some awesomely weird cell phone videos. “We’ll be playing inside a dome on the base and in another twist, the show will be transmitted to the audience via headphones with no amplification . . . a real first for us!” The show will also be streamed online, just in case you can’t go on a Metallica-themed cruise or don’t live in Costa Rica.

Metallica are no strangers to the cold—they headlined the extremely strange Molson Ice Polar Beach Party in 1995, which was held way up north in Canada.

The contest opens October 28, so if you’re in one of those above-mentioned countries, you can enter the contest here.

Here’s a question: What band would you literally go to the ends of the Earth to see?

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