This Week: Ted Leo and Amanda Palmer


Ted Leo performing at Europa during the Northside Festival.

My, how the music industry has changed. Technology has drastically altered the way we experience music now compared to five, ten, twenty years ago. Even the fact that you’re reading this on a blog instead of a poorly-photocopied flier or tucked away in the back of the arts section of an offbeat weekly newspaper indicates how much the industry has changed.

And that’s what will be on the table Wednesday night during the Music Now Summit at the Knitting Factory.  Some industry players will be taking part in a panel discussion about where music is now, and the challenges of the moment.

Matthew Perpetua, who founded the first MP3 blog, Fluxblog, and now writes for Pitchfork and Rolling Stone will be on the panel along with writer Amanda Petrusich, plus industry insiders, promoters and label execs.

One member of the panel needs little by way of introduction: Ted Leo, one of indie music’s favorites since the 1990s, will take part as well as perform. He’ll play a solo set, plus you’ll get a show from local indie popsters Friends. The event is free, but you’ll need to RSVP with the L Magazine. Doors are at 6:30 and the panel begins at 7:30.

Looking ahead to next week, on Monday you can check out Amanda Palmer playing a benefit at Brooklyn Bowl to help out with Tropical Storm Irene disaster relief in Vermont. Palmer first rose to fame as part of The Dresden Dolls and has also had a successful solo career that thrives on unique artistry, creativity, and a close relationship with her fans.

The “I Vermont NY” show will feature Palmer along with the London Souls and DJ Spiritbear. There will also be art and a small market selling Vermont-made items. This means an opportunity to buy some epic maple syrup-based products. Doors are at 6pm and the show starts at 8pm. It’s $20 to get in, but the venue is collecting additional donations and selling $120 VIP tickets that include a meet and greet, signed poster, free bowling and Long Trail Beer tickets.

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