Hott Tickets! 

with Mike Conklin

Faithful Hott Tickets readers are no doubt aware of just how much it pains me to write about events happening outside the two week span during which the current issue will be on the street. It’s just not what I do. Unless it’s my birthday, or Belle and Sebastian is playing, or something, and I need to make sure you’re all aware. Well, we’ve got another such event with the Highline Festival, a new annual festival that’s being curated this year by David Bowie, who you may remember from that song he sang with Trent Reznor back in 1997. Anyway, the festival, which runs from May 9th through the 19th, will incorporate film, comedy and art events as well as a lots of music, which I’ll tell you about in a minute. A portion of the ticket prices will be donated to Friends of the Highline, a non-profit organization that’s in cahoots with New York City in the transformation of an elevated rail structure that runs along the west side of Manhattan into a public park, scheduled to open in 2008.

The Highline Festival Schedule:

5/9  Arcade Fire and The National at Radio City
A few years ago, I saw the Strokes and the White Stripes at Radio City; this is kind of the same thing, only for 2007.

5/10  Air at the Madison Square Garden Theater
Well, they’re French and super dreamy. And there are seats! Woohoo!

5/11  The Polyphonic Spree at Hammerstein Ballroom
Say what you will, the whole white-robe, super sunshiney cult thing is still pretty funny.

5/16  Daniel Johnston at The Highline Ballroom
We were told by an insider at MSNBC that Daniel Johnston is going to be fired from his morning talk-show for his pro-Nazi comments this year at SXSW.

5/17  Deerhoof at Irving Plaza
A completely wacked-out indie-pop band that continues to find new and interesting ways to be completely wacked out.


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