Saturday, November 14, 2009

Mute Math, As Tall As Lions Close Out Tour in New York

"We're glad we could end the tour in New York," Mute Math frontman Paul Meany said Friday night at Nokia Theatre.

"My pants are ripped," he then admitted to the crowd. "You did it, so you have to look at it."

Meany's energetic and vocally-stimulating show is probably what he's best known for - second to his contributions to 2008's Twilight, of which he composed original music.

On the tour with MM were the fiercely talented As Tall As Lions, whose breakthrough performances of the night were "Sixes and Sevens" and "Ghost of York."

"It's a very bittersweet ending," said singer Dan Nigro, of the final night.

No, the tour can't last forever, but here at Poison Ivy, we love to preserve its memories! Check out part one of Mute Math's "Burden" above, As Tall As Lions "Ghost of York" below, and the trippy part two of "Burden," below.

Holy synthesizer!

Video: Black Eyed Peas Perform "I Gotta Feeling" at NYC's Hudson Terrace

Only in New York, kids!

Poison Ivy went to New York's Hudson Terrace Friday night and experienced the shock of our lives when the Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" came on, and members and Taboo jumped on the mic and started performing!!

Taboo came over and danced with us and event coordinator Madi Lager for the second half of the song, while we all screamed "Mazel tov!" to each other.

Mom would be so proud!!

Check out a short clip of the performance, below.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Papa Roach and Jet Take New York

"It's a great night for rock and roll!" yells Jacoby Shaddix. The Papa Roach frontman is speaking to thousands of fans at New York's Nokia Theatre Thursday, who just watched opening band Jet tear down the house with the same ferocity we've come to expect.

"They got some jams," Shaddix admits, then catapulting into some of Papa Roach's own jams - "Getting Away With Murder," "She Loves Me Not," "Scars," and "Hollywood Whore," to name a few.

"New York City, you motherfucking love that shit," Shaddix said, following a performance of the band's 2001 hit, "Broken Home."

Check out a video of the energetic performance below, along with Jet's performance of "Seventeen," off their latest record Shaka Rock.

A great night for rock and roll indeed!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Leighton Meester Should Stick to Acting

I'm a die-hard Gossip Girl fan. I have more respect for Blair Waldorf than a frat guy has for Tony Montana. But honestly, what I saw at New York's Tenjune Monday night deeply traumatized me.

Leighton Meester took the stage at NYC's Tenjune around one a.m. for a five-song performance - while castmates Ed Westwick, Michelle Trachtenberg and real-life boyfriend Sebastian Stan watched along in the wings. And I'm not sure if Meester had one too many beverages or hair perms or what - but it was a TRAINWRECK.

Meester was off-key, off-balance, and so drowned in makeup that she was barely recognizable! (Check her out in the middle of the top photo.) If she didn't open the show with "Good Girls Go Bad," I think the crowd would have legit not known who she was. Another highlight was her crowd banter in between songs, which included her introduction: "Everyone fucked up? Yeaaah!" and then her preface to song "Your Love's a Drug": "This song is about fucking! Readaay?"

She left the stage by blasting a warbly version of her new song with Lil Wayne, telling the crowd, "This is my new song. Listen up."

Very nice.

Check out an eight-second clip of the "performance" above and see for yourself, but security made me turn off my camera so apologies for the Blair Witch Project-style footage. No pun intended.

P.S. I was at this venue two months ago for a Sean Kingston performance, and cameras were not only allowed, but encouraged! We're guessing cameras were prohibited that night so people wouldn't see how bad Meester sings live. Oops.

Quote of the Day

"Don't ever worry about being yourself. You can't NOT be yourself. You're always you, no matter what! SO JUST PARTY!"

-Andrew WK Tweets

Project Runway Meets Project Migration

We had a great time at the Project Migration and RedLight Children Wine Tasting at The Gates in New York last night. Project Migration sells clothing and fashion accessories, then donates the proceeds to single mothers and their families in Africa.

So it was exciting to not only be a part of the cause, but to see other folks supporting them too!

One supporter we caught up with was Project Runway model and Models of the Runway star Matar Cohen (even more beautiful in person)!

We chatted with Cohen - in Hebrew of course - about her upcoming projects, affiliation with Project Migration, and (what else?) Israel.

"I was supposed to be there for a month but ended up staying for three," Cohen laughed, of her latest trip to the homeland. "[I view] New York as the place for my career, and Israel as my vacation."

But she adds she's been working on projects that will keep her in the city for some time, especially after her designer Gordana Gehlhausen was eliminated on Project Runway last week.

"It's a secret for now," she says, about her projects. "But I think I'll be in New York awhile."

[Photo by Julio Gaggia]

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Brian Williams Honors J.R. Martinez, Van Toffler at Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America Gala

In honor of Veterans' Day, Poison Ivy was privileged to attend Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America's Third Annual Heroes Gala at Gotham Hall in New York Wednesday night.

It was quite a departure from what we usually cover, but we have to admit, it was arguably our most important event to date.

Brian Williams served as the night's host, sharing experiences he had during his visit in Iraq, and addressing the tragedy in Fort Hood: "It's a terrible, terrible wound we've suffered," he told the crowd of hundreds of war veterans.

Iraq Veteran J.R. Martinez (middle photo) and President of MTV Networks Van Toffler (bottom photo) were also honored for their contributions by NFL Analyst Chris Mortensen and Afghanistan Veteran Westley Moore, who reinforced IAVA's mission throughout the night: to provide mental, communal and governmental support for veterans, while serving as the "nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan group for Iraq and Afghanistan vets."

Students from New York's PS 22 district then hit the stage for an acoustic performance, which included Rihanna & Jay-Z's "Run This Town!" So awesome.

Check out IAVA's new PSA, which debuted last night, here, and do your part to take action today.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Lady GaGa Debuts "Bad Romance" Video

Lady GaGa has debuted the music video for her latest single, "Bad Romance."

Click above to check out a preview of the video GaGa says is about "my inner sense of fame."

"This is my monster," she adds.

View the video in its entirety here.

Quote of the Day

"Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart."

-Patti Stanger Tweets

Monday, November 9, 2009

Wyclef Jean Performs Free Western Union Concert in Times Square

It's just before noon on Monday, and hundreds of people are lined up in front of Nokia Theatre in Times Square to see Wyclef Jean team up with Western Union for a free "lunchbreak" concert.

"If you can make it here in the daytime," Wyclef tells the crowd, "then it's not about the music. It's about the movement."

The movement Jean is referring to are environmental and social initiatives he seeks to reinforce as both a musician and Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti.

In addition to these posts, Jean has plenty to celebrate. First, his very own Western Union Visa prepaid debit card debuted today (complete with image of him on the front), and his new mixtape From The Hut To The Projects To The Mansion, drops tomorrow. The record features everyone from DJ Drama to Eve to Cyndi Lauper to Timbaland.

Wyclef called Drama onstage during today's show, along with rapper Maino, for an energetic performance of "All the Above," while Western Union President Stewart Stockdale had his moment of glory during an impromptu dance of "You Don't Wanna Go Outside."

Clef also mixed Lil Wayne's "A Milli" with his Fugees classic "Fu Gee La," and dove into the audience during "You Don't Wanna Go Outside" with this warning to security: "Calm down man... I'm not 50 Cent. I know how to punch people out myself."

Check out videos of all, below.

At the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Launch

If you walked through Union Square in New York Monday and didn't know you were passing the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 launch party, you might have mistaken the massive black tents with green lights seeping through as some type of alien takeover!

Poison Ivy strolled by the display around dinnertime Monday, and decided to pop in to see what all the commotion was about.

We ended up checking out a fantastic set by DJ Jazzy Jeff (top photo) and The Roots' Questlove, and caught up with another of our favorite DJs, Josh Madden, who told us about a great party he's spinning with Brad Walsh Thursday at Santos Party House. Also in the tent were Charles Hamilton, Ice-T, Coco, and James MF Gandolfini!!!

Not bad for a Monday!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Quote of the Day

"Wish Eve wouldn't have eatin that apple so we could all walk around naked."

-Jessie James Tweets

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