Phil Herring

Comments from Phil Herring

This speaks to my typical American ignorance but is $91 extremely high for most concert goers? In the states, and maybe I'm biased living in NYC, sure it's a high price but not THAT high of a price where I'd consider suing.
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August 18, 2016 on Israeli Fans Sue Sia Over Short Concert With No Banter
Heard her voice crack on one of the songs so they were definitely live. Everything else was pre-recorded though. Not something i'd pay $90 for if it wasn't part of a festival with other acts.
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August 18, 2016 on Israeli Fans Sue Sia Over Short Concert With No Banter
These kind of leaks still fascinate me. Perhaps it was someone at Apple/iTunes? I'm assuming this release was digital only so it was probably a fuck-up on the label's end.
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August 4, 2016 on Atlantic Subpoenas Reddit To Identify Twenty One Pilots Leaker
Rock The Bells was always supposed to be a one-off thing I thought. Remember Amsterjam held at Randalls Island?
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July 29, 2016 on Countdown To Extinction: An Update From The Front Lines Of The Festival Wars
Great article. Too bad we ain't g-chat friends or something, I could talk about this shit all day. Don't forget that AEG purchased Bowery Presents who, from what I understand, kill Live Nation in NYC when it come to talent relations. I'm not sure if that means you'll start seeing more "indie/critically approved" type bands playing the Playstation Theatre but I'd expect Bowery to leverage those relationships since many bands come up exclusively using them. Mercury Lounge -> Bowery Ballroom -> Terminal 5 (previously Webster Hall though I think they are now independently booked) -> MSG/Radio City/Summerstage/Barclays. Live Nation only exclusively books Irving Plaza (who has had better bookings recently), Gramercy Theatre (which rarely has any thing worth a shit) and that new godawful ampitheater in Coney Island which might as well brand itself "NO SOUND EXCEPT FOR BASS AND DRUMS ALLOWED". Otherwise they compete with AEG/Bowery presents for Summerstage, MSG, Radio City, Hammerstein Ballroom. If Live Nation and AEG can both give acts more money for exclusivity to their festivals, ticket prices will jump up and both festivals will be half full.
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July 29, 2016 on Countdown To Extinction: An Update From The Front Lines Of The Festival Wars
Yeah but NYC gets all the exclusives, I got to see him play Webster Hall (1400-capacity) and also have the option to go to Radio City which....I'm still stirring over. A seated theater is definitely the right place for him as opposed to a club (more loud talkers there) but it's such a big room you lose a lot of the intimacy.
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May 31, 2016 on James Blake Announces North American Tour Dates
I don't really see how Mechanical Animals falls into that category. It's definitely MORE accessible than Antichrist Superstar as I recall. Same goes for Bon Iver, Bon Iver
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April 4, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: M83 Junk
Like every post-90's Weezer album it has some hits (If You're Wondering, Turn Me Round) and misses. The misses FAR outnumber the hits and are the lowest lows of all Weezer albums which is why I think most people regard it so poorly. I'll still listen to Raditude over Make Believe any day though.
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March 25, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: Weezer’s “White Album”
More rhythmic/electronic/hip-hop leaning than Gov Ball this year so there may not be as much crossover between the festivals we initially thought. Not that hip-hop fans don't like indie and vice versa but I don't see this to be AS appealing to a fan of Chvrches, Haim, Of Monsters and Men, etc.
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March 1, 2016 on Panorama 2016 Lineup
"People act like we shitted directly into Jeff Mangum’s nostrils." Holy shit, can you actually do that? Would be hilarious. Would be funny if you did that to the Arcade Fire members too.
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February 23, 2016 on Album Of The Week: The 1975 I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it
I believe the top Bruce tickets are still faced at only around $150. It won't allow the consumer to save but it will put money in the hands of the acts as opposed to scalpers (though, a lot of the time, they are one in the same).
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January 28, 2016 on NY Attorney General’s Report Confirms Online Ticketing Is Bullshit
You hit on an excellent point many people don't want to own up to (specifically the acts). A lot of tickets are priced BELOW market. For example, Pearl Jam is playing MSG and tickets go on sale tomorrow. Every ticket, whether it be front or row or nosebleeds, is $89. This gives people an insane amount of ability to scalp. I think the problem is that the acts are concerned about their image so that's why there are all these back door deals. I don't actually think the bot issue accounts for why so many tickets end up on StubHub and other resller sites. The band, promoter, venue themselves usually feed those directly into the reseller market and then hide under this "sorry guys, it's not us, IT'S DAH SCALPAZ" mindset. My recommendation is more dynamic pricing. If Springsteen front row tickets routinely go for $300, why not charge that to begin with?
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January 28, 2016 on NY Attorney General’s Report Confirms Online Ticketing Is Bullshit
As someone who grew up in the suburbs of New York, has lived in the city for nearly a decade and who attends around 100 shows a year, I have much to say on this. Festivals in NYC were a hard sell for acts for a long time because, as the Billboard article indicates, New York is such a lucrative market for most acts. There are certain acts that have headlines MSG/Barclays here who could only fill mid-sizes theaters is most cities (The National, Alt-J, Death Cab For Cutie, The Postal Service, Sigur Ros, Interpol, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT and, um, Dashboard Confessional). There is something exciting to those acts about playing such a big name arena as Madison Square Garden and, I guess, Barclays Center so it used to be you wouldn't give up that opportunity to play a show in a field in New Jersey. However, as we've all seen in the past 10 years, festivals are becoming more and more prevalent. So much so that there are several which basically function as McFestivals (Shaky Knees, Firefly, Hangout, etc.) with no discerning personality or character to them. New Yorkers used to fall back on the idea that they'd catch their favorite band play their own headlining show and, while they still can, the party-vibe of Governors Ball is very enticing to the more general music fans who can catch most of the acts they want in one sweep. So, what it boils down to for non concert freaks like myself is simply which has the better lineup and is the most convenient. All Points West in 2008 was basically a Radiohead concert with a bunch of bands who, at the time, could at most play Hammerstein Ballroom so it didn't draw well. (SIDENOTE: Several of them such as Kings Of Leon, Animal Collective, Metric, The New Pornographers and Grizzly Bear were well on the upswing then and, if that lineup were in 2012, it would have killed. Duffy also played, remember her?). APW had strong headliners and a fairly decent undercard but the hassle of taking the ferry and it not being convenient for most of the tri-state area definitely hurt it. Governors Ball succeeded by booking the most middlebrow lineup that appeals to the largest number of people and ALSO the music nerds. If the rumors are true, the only trick Panorama has up its sleeve at this point is LCD Soundsystem since their other two headliners originally planned (Mumford, Florence) couldn't do it based on scheduling. If Panorama really brings it lineup-wise, they might do well this year but otherwise it'll be a loss-leader. However, if AEG continues to strong-arm acts then Governors Ball won't be long for this world which is sad because as a middle class 32-year-old music fan in NYC, I'd love for two big festivals to be easily available AND have the luxury of sleeping in my bed that night. One other fun ghost of NYC festival past that I didn't attend due to having to be up in college was Across The Narrows in 2005. If we all can look back a decade ago, I think a lot of us would have jumped to go to a 2-day festival featuring Oasis, The Pixies, The Killers, Beck, Interpol, Jet, The Lemonheads, Kasabian, Belle and Sebastian and more. However, I can't imagine many of us would be trekking out to Staten Island to do so: http://www.ohmyrockness.com/features/138-across-the-narrows-2-days-4-shows-2-boroughs-1-lifetime-of-memories-until-the-next-festival
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January 26, 2016 on All Points East: What The Hell Is Going On With Panorama, Governors Ball, & The Battle For New York City?
So sad they left on such rough terms. I'm glad I saw them in 2012 at one of the final performances they had with Scott.
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December 4, 2015 on Stone Temple Pilots Release Statement About Scott Weiland’s Death
The Weeknd filled multiple arenas in the NYC area recently and I'm guess Florence will do the same when comes back to the East coast so....both seem to be able to do so in my eyes.
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November 17, 2015 on Hangout Festival 2016 Lineup
Makes 100% sense to me. As someone who is 31, I still maintain a fairly rigid concert schedule but 95% of my peers have simply aged out of these things. In your 30's you tend to make a little more money than when you were fresh out of college thus why you will pay to be comfortable. Additionally, MOST people in that age range don't find standing around in a balls-hot environment next to drunk/Molly-tripping teenagers to be all that fun. I can't wait for these think-pieces in 15-20 years when commenters are yearning for "glory years" of The Weeknd, Sam Smith, Major Lazer and Disclosure.
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August 3, 2015 on Generation X Ages Out Of Lollapalooza
Great for Dave doing this from the throne. That said, Foo Fighters setlists are stale as shit though give them points for busting out "Alone & Easy Target" along with "Generator". Finally, "Monkeywrench" packs a punch because it's tight and lean. Why oh why do they need to extend it to 8 minutes doing that stupid breakdown every time now?
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July 6, 2015 on Watch Dave Grohl Play Foo Fighters’ 20th Anniversary Blowout From A Giant Motorized Throne
Billy Corgan comes to mind. Also that Sun Kill Moon guy (don't care to remember his name).
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June 24, 2015 on Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino Shares Note To Fans About Why She Seems So “Serious” Onstage These Days
That's some stupid old media thinking. No point in any of these rolling release dates any more. Once an album is out it's OUT. Hope they enjoy losing potential sales in North America/Europe to early downloads.
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June 22, 2015 on Carly Rae Jepsen – “Run Away With Me” & “Your Type”
They are all pretty much the same. People don't want to visit 3 or 4 different streaming platforms to get all their content so whoever has the largest catalog and the rights to the biggest artists will probably win in the end.
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June 10, 2015 on Ben Gibbard Isn’t That Excited About Apple Music Either
Lana Del Rey's set sucked and it wasn't just due to the lack of volume. Those vocals sounded a bit TOO perfect which leads me to believe they weren't entirely live. I saw her a few years ago at Irving Plaza and that was fairly dismal too which leads me to believe that she just isn't a good live performer.
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June 8, 2015 on Lana Del Rey
Is Mary J Blige big enough to headline a festival?
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June 4, 2015 on Made In America Festival Coming To NYC, Not Returning To L.A.
The War On Drugs??? Nah bra, even though I enjoy their last 2 records from time to time. Also, The Killers will have a phenomenal greatest hits set in 1-2 records.
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May 18, 2015 on Brandon Flowers Says The Killers Are The Best Band From The Last 15 Years
Clueless soundtrack had this song by a minor blip on the alternative nation scene in 1995, "Fake Plastic Trees" by Radiohead. I believe that same band once played the MTV Beach House.
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March 3, 2015 on Clueless, Boogie Nights, & Other Classic Soundtracks Coming To Vinyl For The First Time
Modern Guilt over Midnite Vultures?!?!?! Homeboy, you are TRIPPIN!
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February 19, 2015 on Beck Albums From Worst To Best
Wouldn't really lump Candlebox in with them. They were basically a classic rock band that just put on some flannel to appear to be more "alternative" (similar to Collective Soul). There were some solid tunes on that debut album too.
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February 19, 2015 on You Can Fund Ugly Kid Joe’s 1st Album In 19 Years By Buying Handwritten “Everything About You” Lyrics For $229
For anyone who works in the business, do the promoters pay for all this stuff (hotel room, food, booze, etc.) on top of the guarantee the artist gets OR does that come out of the guarantee?
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February 11, 2015 on 10 Tour Riders Crazier Than Jack White’s
Another classic case of lazy journalism. Silverchair's Diorama stands as a great record years later and was LIGHT years different from their grunge-in-pajamas debut.
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February 9, 2015 on Silverchair Frontman Daniel Johns Is Making Sultry Soul-Pop Now
I imagine the price depends on the area. Jack recently played MSG and no way any promoter can book someone at that venue for under $150-200k. Oklahoma/college prices are probably a little cheaper due to their being less overhead in terms of venue rental.
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February 6, 2015 on Jack White’s Agency Blacklists University Of Oklahoma After School Paper Publishes His Ridiculous Rider