Brother, Can You Spare $465?

Here's a report from our special correspondent Gary Pini...

Oh, back in the day. The way it used to be. Tom Silverman took his small indie Tommy Boy records to the top of the charts with Afrika Bambaataa and De La Soul while Tony Wilson scored with his Manchester nightclub and Factory label. Then both launched music confabs that lasted for years: the "New Music Seminar" and "In the City." They are still in the music business, but... well let's just say times have changed. It's 2007 and on June 13 and 14 you can hear both gentlemen -- as well as other speakers -- talk about the current state of the art (ie: Will DRM end tomorrow or next month?) at In the City of New York. The two day get-together is being held at the W Hotel Union Square during the day followed by live music at night at the Nokia Theater and the Highline Ballroom. If you are wondering why you haven't heard a word about this, it's probably because it costs $465 and the headliner of the showcases is the old Factory artist Happy Mondays (pictured above) who reunited (sans Bez) at Coachella. And that's really it. Oh, we forgot about Biffy Clyro. They'll be playing on the 14th at the Highline Ballroom.

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