It’s free. Sign up now to see the show live online @ 8pm EST on March 6 at Dell Lounge.
Hosted by Patton Oswalt and including performances by nominees St. Vincent, Dizzee Rascal, José Gonzalez, The Forms DiVinci, and a special headlining set from this year’s PLUG Impact Award Honoree Nick Cave who will be taking the stage with the legendary Bad Seeds. Two-time nominated Sally Shapiro will be our guest DJ for the night, so get their early!
Huge thanks to our friends at Dell Lounge for making what was originally a $25 ticket now just 10 bucks for everyone coming to the show. Tix sold out just minutes after going on sale, but this year thanks to DELL we have some amazing news – everyone’s invited to join us for the show as its broadcasts live exclusively via the Dell Lounge. Be sure to register there now and join us at 8pm EST on March 6.
PLUG City Highlights Shows
PLUG has been busy on the road this year as well. PLUG City Highlights shows focus on emerging artists performing in their local music communities. Most recently PLUG and OurStage.com teamed up to present sold out shows @ PLUG Miami (featuring the legendary Avenue D and OurStage.com Miami contest winner Jaylynn Coffin - check video clip below) and PLUG Chicago (featuring PLUG nominee Holy Fuck w/ A Place To Bury Strangers, Airiel and OurStage.com Chicago contest winner Stanley Ross). More PLUG CH shows will be announced after the awards in March.
Performing before a sold out crowd were nominees Tokyo Police Club (Song Of The Year and New Artist Of The Year), Deerhoof (Live Act Of The Year), El-P (Record Producer Of The Year), Silversun Pickups (7 nominations) and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. Malkmus accepted The Plug Impact Award for his contribution to independent music through his prolific career in Pavement, Silver Jews and his solo work.
David Cross was an amazing master of ceremonies who oversaw everything from marching bands (who opened the night with the PLUG 2007 Song Of The Year - "The Funeral" by Band Of Horses) to barbershop quartets, 12 foot puppets, (the fated) iPod battles, and a never-to-be-forgotten parody of In The Actor's Studio With James Lipton featuring David as a bearded "Jimmy J.J. Lipton" In The Musician's Studio with Stephen Malkmus. David quizzed Malkmus on Malkmus for 15 minutes as part of the presentation for Stephen's Artist Impact Award.
Unlike traditional award shows, each artist at PLUG performs 20-40 minute mini-sets on stage. And as a "THANKS" to fans this year who have overwhelmed us their PLUG votes, the show was only $10.
Opening Night Video
Check out the opening video for the night here created once again by Erik and Gates from Super!Alright! .
Mrs. Yancey (J-Dilla's Mom)
After learning her son had been voted (by all of you) the PLUG 2007 Artist Of The Year, the late J Dilla's mom, Mrs. Yancey, sat down with us in Detroit and graciously opened up about her son, his life, his music, his legacy and her gratitude to his all fans and especially those who voted to see him receive this award. We thank her.
PLUG Night on MTV2’s Subterranean (includes David’s comedy bits)
Subterranean devoted their last VJ episode to the PLUG Awards 2007. Check the pre-show interview with David Cross & Jim Shearer as well as several of David's bits on stage that night.
ManiaTV @ PLUG
ManiaTV did an amazing job putting this together. Hosted by Christy from The Daily Independent, it includes live interviews and performances from all the night's artists and host. Also includes videos from all the 2007 PLUG Music Video Of The Year nominees.
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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
Tokyo Police Club
Throughout 2006 and leading up to the February 2007 show PLUG was busy teaming up with PLUG voters & promoters in cities all over North America to showcase local artists and to celebrate local music scenes that are as vibrant and realized as anything the media obsesses over on the coasts (although we went there too).
The series is called the PLUG City Highlights Tour and so far we’ve gone to Austin, Toronto, Miami, Brooklyn, Detroit, LA,
San Francisco and Portland. For more info on upcoming PLUG City Highlight shows and how to bring one to your town go to http://plug.imeem.com.
And special thanks again to Bruce, his amazing crew at iStockphoto and all the photographers for, well.... check it out.
(Click any photos in the collage above to see the iStock slideshow).
1) Crowd at PLUG Awards 2) the National [Ice Cream Man] 3) Perceptionists 4) PLUG Awards Crowd Shot 5) Longhorne Slim 6) Chad Van Gaalen [Todd Westphal] 7) Laura Cantrell & Vic Thrill
8) TV On the Radio 9) Aziz Ansari 10) CAGE 11) Katrina of Celebration 12) Emiliana 13) Matisyahu & Crayz
Thanks to the nominees, the winners and all the fans and supporters of this year's PLUG Event in NYC. The show went down on Feb. 2 at Webster Hall. Big thanks to our host AZIZ ANSARI; Presenters MATISYAHU, VIC THRILL, TV ON THE RADIO, EL-P, LAURA CANTRELL, ROB CROWE, C-RAYZ WALZ, BIG BEAR, GANG GANG DANCE, CLAIRE & PATRICK (OhMyROCKNESS/INSOUND), NICK SYLVESTER & AMANDA PETRUSICH (from PITCHFORK), STEVE CIABATTONI & JESSICA SUAREZ (CMJ); and performers THE NATIONAL, CHAD VANGAALEN, CELEBRATION, BEANS w/ HOLY F**K, EMILIANA TORRINI, MR. LIF & AKROBATIK (THE PERCEPTIONISTS), CAGE and JAMES F!@#$%^ FRIEDMAN.
, and big thanks to TOM and INDIE NIGHT SCHOOL!
Check out the opening video for the night here created by Erik and Gates from Super!Alright! .
Aziz shot 2 comedy pieces especially for the PLUG Awards. First is the "Ad Executive" featuring AC Newman of New Pornographers and Kip from TV On The Radio. check it here.
The second is "Other Music" featuring, well, Other Music as we love to see it best. check it here.
And special thanks to Bruce, his amazing crew at iStockphoto and all the photographers for, well....check it out. (Click any photos in the collage to see the iStock slideshow).
PLUG & Indie Night School
PLUG proudly partnered with Indie Night School who ran a series of daytime panels at Webster Hall in the Marlin Room prior to the awards show.
Recently featured in the New York Times, the intimate music conference
series Indie Night School (INS) brings together the most important music professionals in the business and invites them
to share their expertise and insight with young musicians, aspiring managers, start-up labels, and a host of others trying
to make their way in music.
From Indie Night School founder Tom Sean: "INS is proud to partner with the Plug Awards in their ongoing drive to
showcase and assist the talented people out there making music independently, successfully, and ethically."
Thanks Tom. For more info on INS please contact email@example.com
Thanks to nominees, the winners and all the fans and supporters of last year’s PLUG Event in NYC. The show went down on Feb. 9th at Webster Hall in NYC with amazing performances from PLUG Nominees and Winners:
Saul Williams, RJD2, Aesop Rock, Sufjan Stevens, Ted Leo + The Pharmacists, Dillinger Escape Plan.