The New Madison Square Garden – Picture Gallery

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Note: We hope that the billions of dollars that this new venue will bring to the pockets of a few will also be used to feed the thousands of New Yorkers living in poverty, homeless families with children living on the streets of this city that I don’t know anymore.  As New Yorkers finalize their guest lists and menus for their Thanksgiving gatherings this year, be sure to reserve a seat for Uncle Sam. He should also be giving thanks at each and every American dinner table for the billions of dollars that will fill his pockets from taxes on Thanksgiving dinners.  ~AA

Madison Square Garden

A renovated Madison Square Garden, top-to-bottom nearly $1 billion transformation funded by The Madison Square Garden Company, that will provide a significantly enhanced experience for customers, athletes, entertainers, fans, suite holders and marketing partners, from the first row to the last.

The most prominent new additions are the two “Chase Bridges,” sky bridges that hang from the Garden’s ceiling (there’s also a food and beverage station near those seats). In the third phase of renovations, the Garden ceiling was fully restored, a new Garden Vision center-hung multimedia display was installed, and a new suites area with “center stage” views for concerts was added.

Inside Madison Square Garden

Some of the many major upgrades will include: the brand new Chase Square 7th Avenue entrance, significantly wider concourses, new first-class food and entertainment amenities, improved sightlines, more comfortable seating, a dynamic new scoreboard, state-of-the-art lighting, sound and LED video systems in HD, fiber optic cabling throughout the building, new suites, clubs and hospitality areas, new one-of-a-kind Chase Bridges, and views of the city from several areas of the building.

Although many areas of the venue are being upgraded and maintained, other renovations will highlight the unique history of MSG and the dynamic details of the venue that patrons, performers and athletes have long-cherished including the intimacy of the Arena bowl, the restoration of The Garden’s world famous ceiling, and the building’s more than 130 year storied history will celebrated with two unique exhibits – “Garden 366,” a visual retrospective bringing to life one moment in Garden history for every day of the year, and the top 20 “Defining Moments” in Garden history will be commemorated with special exhibits that feature photos, memorabilia and additional artifacts.

The architect on the MSG Transformation is Brisbin Brook Beynon; Construction Manager is Turner and Project Manager is JLL

Away We Go: Primavera Sound Festival 2013 – Barcelona

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Colder-than-normal winds blew off the sea and on to more than 100,000 hardcore music fans at this year’s Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain. Located at a site near the city’s Forum and convention centre, the festival spanned a week – from May 22nd-26th – and included free gigs, warm-up concerts, a professional music conference, and multiple late night parties.

Until the wee hours of morning, festival goers pounded the punishing concrete steps and roads between seven main stages and two smaller ones, enjoying a lineup that sported a bevy of ’80s and ’90s acts on the revival trail (The Jesus and Mary Chain, Dead Can Dance, Blur, My Bloody Valentine, and The Wu-Tang Clan) to all manner of alternative, pop, rock, and punk outfits (Phoenix, The Knife, Animal Collective, Savages, METZ, Woods, and Kurt Vile).

Fiona Apple called off her appearance at Primavera Sound.   According to the festival’s press release, it was due to “reasons beyond the control of the organizers of the festival.”

A number of other acts  also dropped off of this year’s lineup, including FIDLAR, Foxygen and Crime and the City Solution. However, DJ Koze, Scuba, Django Django, Phosphorescent and the Drones have been added in their place, and festival-goers can also look forward to performances by Blur, Grizzly Bear, the Postal Service, Wu-Tang Clan, My Bloody Valentine, Animal Collective, Phoenix, Band of Horses, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Hot Chip, Deerhunter, Daniel Johnston, Dinosaur Jr., Neko Case and Camera Obscura

Check out the Primavera Sound gallery above.  You’ll find some photo highlights of a truly epic weekend.

2013 line-up:

Adam Green & Binki Shapiro
Animal Collective
Antònia Font
Apparat plays Krieg und Frieden
The Babies
Band Of Horses
Barry Hogan Dj
Blue Willa
Bob Mould
Bored Spies
The Bots
The Breeders performing Last Splash
Camera Obscura
Chris Cohen
Christopher Owens
Dj Coco
Crime & The City Solution
Crystal Castles
Dan Deacon
Daniel Johnston
Daughn Gibson
Dead Can Dance
Dead Skeletons
Death Grips
Dinosaur Jr.
Do Make Say Think
Dope Body
El Inquilino Comunista
Ethan Johns
Fiona Apple
Four Tet
Fred I Son
The Free Fall Band
Fuck Buttons
Fucked Up
Glass Candy
Grizzly Bear
Guadalupe Plata
Guardian Alien
Hal Flavin
Honeybird & The Birdies
Hot Chip
Hot Snakes
How To Dress Well
Jackmaster presents Tweak-A-Holic
James Blake
Jessie Ware
The Jesus And Mary Chain
John Talabot
Jozev Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch
Killer Mike
King Tuff
The Knife
Kurt Vile & The Violators
L’Hereu Escampa
La Bien Querida
La Brigada
Local Natives
Los Planetas tocan Una semana en el motor de un autobús
Mac DeMarco
The Magician
Matthew E. White
Meat Puppets
Melody’s Echo Chamber
Mount Eerie
Mulatu Astatke
My Bloody Valentine
Neko Case
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Nick Waterhouse
Nils Frahm
Nurse With Wound
Omar Souleyman
Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou
Pony Bravo
The Postal Service
Roll The Dice
The Sea And Cake
Sean Nicholas Savage
Simian Mobile Disco
The Suicide Of Western Culture
Tame Impala
Thee Oh Sees
Titus Andronicus
The Vaccines
White Fence
Wild Nothing
Wu-Tang Clan

Photo credits: Google,  Press, NME