MYSPACE FINALIZES DETAILS ON 150th SECRET SHOW WORLDWIDE
JANELLE MONAE ADDED TO THE BILL WITH BATTLES AND GNARLS BARKLEY
DOORS TO OPEN AT 7:00 PM AT FILLMORE NEW YORK AT IRVING PLAZA FOR HISTORIC SHOW, PRESENTED BY SAMSUNG MOBILE
LOS ANGELES - June 4, 2008 - MySpace, the world's most popular social network, today announced the final details for its 150th installment of the highly popular Secret Show franchise
(http://myspace.com/secretshows), an original concert series that fuses the online and offline music experience and further connects fans and bands through intimate, "friends only" performances. Singer Janelle Monae will open the show with indie rock super group Battles and headliners Gnarls Barkley following. Doors for the show will be 7:00 PM.
As previously announced, the show is being presented by Samsung Mobile and is being headlined by the Grammy award-winning duo Gnarls Barkley. The genre busting act's first US concert was a MySpace Secret Show, in the halcyon days of 2006. For this show, the group will be performing at Manhattan's famed Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza and will be joined by the indie rock super group Battles as well as Ms. Monae.
Gnarls Barkley is the much beloved combination of artist and producer Danger Mouse and vocalist Cee-Lo Green. The duo recently released The Odd Couple, which Entertainment Weekly hailed as "impeccably produced and impressively layered as an esoteric love letter." The album, featuring the singles "Run" and "Going On," is the follow up to the group's platinum-plus selling debut album St. Elsewhere, which was not only critically lauded but a chart-topping worldwide blockbuster. St. Elsewhere was nominated for seven Grammy Awards, with the band receiving trophies for Best Alternative Album and Best Urban Alternative Performance.
Opening act Battles is comprised of the former members of Don Caballero, Helmet, Tomahawk, and Lynx. Featuring Tyondai Braxton, Ian Williams, John Stanier and Dave Konopka, Battles have long since been touted as an "indie rock supergroup." Following their signing to Warp Records and the release of two EPs in 2006, the band released their long awaited first album Mirrored. Pitchfork raved about Mirrored as "a breathtaking aesthetic left-turn that sounds less like rock circa 2007 than rock circa 2097, a world where Marshall stacks and micro-processing go hand in hand."
Janelle Monae knows a bit about genre busting herself. Her work incorporates rock, pop and soul and was so innovative it caught the attention of Big Boi from Outkast, who discovered her while combing MySpace. The Atlanta rap superstar then recommended her to his friend Sean "Diddy" Combs, who signed her to his label, Bad Boy. Monae has since become one the label's newest success stories.
Since the launch of MySpace Secret Shows in February 2006, the series has showcased some of today's greatest artists across all music genres in cities all over the world--from The Cure in Sydney, Australia to Ice Cube in Virginia Beach to Justice in Hamburg to Slayer and Mastodon in Salt Lake City. The shows are exclusive to the MySpace community and only notified that a Secret Show is happening in their area through the site.
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