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
Aliment
Animal Collective
Antònia Font
Apparat plays Krieg und Frieden
The Babies
Band Of Horses
Barry Hogan Dj
Betunizer
Blue Willa
Blur
Bob Mould
Bored Spies
The Bots
The Breeders performing Last Splash
Camera Obscura
Cayucas
Chris Cohen
Christopher Owens
Dj Coco
Crime & The City Solution
Crystal Castles
Dan Deacon
Daniel Johnston
Daphni
Daughn Gibson
Daughter
Dead Can Dance
Dead Skeletons
Death Grips
Deerhunter
Degreaser
Delorean
Dexys
DIIV
Dinosaur Jr.
Disclosure
Do Make Say Think
Dope Body
El Inquilino Comunista
Ethan Johns
Extraperlo
Fidlar
Fiona Apple
Four Tet
Foxygen
Fred I Son
The Free Fall Band
Fuck Buttons
Fucked Up
Ghostigital
Glass Candy
Goat
Grizzly Bear
Guadalupe Plata
Guardian Alien
Guards
Hal Flavin
Hidrogenesse
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
Liars
Local Natives
Los Planetas tocan Una semana en el motor de un autobús
Mac DeMarco
The Magician
Manel
Matthew E. White
Meat Puppets
Melody’s Echo Chamber
Menomena
Merchandise
Metz
Mount Eerie
Mulatu Astatke
My Bloody Valentine
Neko Case
Neurosis
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Nick Waterhouse
Nils Frahm
Nurse With Wound
Om
Omar Souleyman
Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou
Paus
Peace
Phoenix
Pony Bravo
Poolside
The Postal Service
Rodriguez
Roll The Dice
Savages
The Sea And Cake
Sean Nicholas Savage
Shellac
Simian Mobile Disco
Solange
The Suicide Of Western Culture
Swans
Tame Impala
Tarántula
Thee Oh Sees
Tinariwen
Titus Andronicus
Toundra
The Vaccines
White Fence
Wild Nothing
Woods
Wu-Tang Clan

Photo credits: Google,  Press, NME