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July 7, 2015

Joey Bada$$ / Dick Diver
Joey Bada$$
Dick Diver

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Flatbush ZOMBiES, The Underachievers, Phony PPL, Smoke DZA, Dyme A Duzin, 22 Love, SMTH, DJs Statik Selektah and Powers Pleasant @ Central Park SummerStage
After a few years of promising mixtapes, Joey Bada$$ put out his debut album, B4.DA.$$, this year, and it's got his '90s-inspired style sounding great without being obvious idol worship. Basically everyone on this bill is also great, so make sure to show up on time (show goes from 6-10 PM).

Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers @ Highline Ballroom
After the Central Park show, a chunk of the lineup heads to Highline Ballroom for an afterparty. 11:15 PM doors.

Dick Diver, Lightning Bug @ Baby's All Right
Australia's Dick Diver are in the fine jangly tradition of The Go-Betweens, making heartfelt guitar pop with just enough rust on the edges. This is their second of two NYC shows.

"An Evening with Death Grips" @ Webster Hall
Notorious show cancellers and supposedly broken up rap group Death Grips have been on tour, and as these real, not fake photos prove, they're actually playing shows! We still have no idea what will happen at tonight's show, but if you bought tickets (and a lot of you did -- it's sold out), good luck!

Girlpool, Alex G, Frankie Cosmos, Hello Shark @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
If you're into the current wave of DIY indie rock, this whole bill is likely up your alley. There's the socially conscious unison-singing of Girlpool, the deadpan pop of Alex G, the twee-ish folk of Frankie Cosmos, and the slowcore-ish folk of Hello Shark.

Goatwhore, Ringworm, Black Breath, Theories @ Saint Vitus
After playing Vitus last night, this stacked metal bill does it again at the same venue tonight. NOLA vets Goatwhore headline, Ringworm and Black Breath bring the high-quality metallic hardcore in the middle, and deathgrind newcomers Theories start things off.

Stephen Stills @ City Winery
It's been a pretty busy summer for CSNY members in NYC, with Croz passing through not long ago and Uncle Neil on the way soon. Tonight though, it's Stephen Stills, who in addition to CSNY, has Buffalo Springfield, Manassas, his own great solo career and more to pull from.

Alex Winston, Mainland @ Mercury Lounge
Alex Winston has been following her 2012 quirky pop debut King Con with singles and an EP that kind of drop the "quirky" part of that description. The newest is this past June's The Day I Died.

"Ask me Another" with Ellie Kemper @ Bell House
Another in NPR's "Ask Me Another" live quiz show tapings, tonight features the very charming Ellie Kemper of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and The Office.

Julie Klausner @ Joe's Pub
The very funny host of How Was Your Week and star of soon-to-premiere show Difficult People (with Bill Eichner), Julie Klauser tonight will be singing "some goddamn songs in her cabaret show. Don't expect anything besides complete and utter magic on this very special evening of music and comedic banter."

Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom @ Joe's Pub
Right after Julie it's Bridget Everett with her acclaimed show 'Rock Botton.' Shy folks might want to either a) not sit too close to the stage or b) go at all. Everyone else: Bridget's a riot.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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July 6, 2015

Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

The 2015 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival takes place this week, Wednesday (7/8) through Saturday (7/11), and new updates were recently announced. The annual Brooklyn Bodega-presented festival begins with a "conference on Hip-Hop, Technology and criminal justice reform" on Wednesday, followed by a screening of 1994's Fresh on Thursday. Friday has a tour of Brooklyn bars and restaurants, courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery, and the JUICE Hip-Hop Exhibition at Littlefield with a dance-off, various showcases, and galleries.

Then as always, the main event is the big concert happening Saturday at 50 Kent. As mentioned, Common is headlining this year. Since we last spoke, they added Queensbridge legends Mobb Deep, plus Lion Babe, Freeway, Charles Hamilton, Skyzoo, DJ Rob Swift, Mista Sinista, Pitchblak Brass Band, John Robinson & PVD, DJ Parler, Uncle Ralph McDaniels, Torae, Chelsea Reject, Slim Dollars, Tripset, Waffle NYC, Money & Violence and more. Tickets are still available, and you can also try to win a pair.

Lion Babe, who appear on the upcoming Disclosure album, are also playing Afropunk Fest and an Afropunk-presented Lincoln Center Out of Doors show. You can watch the video for their Pharrell-produced single "Wonder Woman" below.

Full schedule for the festival, also below...

Continue reading "Mobb Deep, Freeway, Skyzoo, Lion Babe & more added to Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival (which begins this week)"

by Bill Pearis

LA Priest

Some of you may remember mid-'00s UK band Late of the Pier who were lumped in with the "nu-rave" genre that included Klaxons and New Young Pony Club. Their sole album, 2008's Fantasy Black Channel, is one of the weirder records of that era, mixing post punk guitars, synth pop, g-funk, glam histrionics, and prog, often within the same song. The band broke up in 2010 but singer Sam Dust now makes music under the name LA Priest. His debut, Inji, was just released via Domino and while Dust is still an odd bird, LP Priest is more focused, sonically, sticking mainly with melted funk slow jams. You can stream the whole record, and check out videos for its two catchiest/danciest tracks ("Oino" and "Learning to Love") below.

Continue reading "Sam Dust of Late of the Pier released debut LP as LA Priest (stream it and watch two videos)"

photo: Hop Along at Baby's All Right in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hop Along

We just mentioned how a lot of music websites (like NPR) use this year midpoint to post their favorite albums of the year so far. Pitchfork isn't one of them, but they do post their Overlooked Records of the year. They write, "None of these releases received a Best New Music designation and not all were rated above an 8.0 but all are records worth revisiting." They've got a couple metal albums (Bell Witch, Sannhet), that ambient Jeff Bridges album, and the no-longer-overlooked indie rockers Hop Along (who also made best-of-2015-so-far lists from Rolling Stone, AV Club, Stereogum, Paste, Flavorwire, Noisey, and NPR's song list).

The list is also interestingly heavy on relatively underground electronic records, including Lakker, Mbongwana Star, Mumdance & Logos, Anthony Naples, Pearson Sound and Smurphy. Check out the whole list below, and read their commentary here.

Sicko Mobb

In terms of rap, it has Joey Bada$$ (who plays NYC this week), and Chicago duo Sicko Mobb. Sicko Mobb will make their way over to NYC on July 25 at Palisades for a show with Taso, Ricky Eat Acid and Tripletrain. Tickets are on sale now.

Sicko Mobb made the list for their Super Saiyan Vol 2 mixtape, which you can download for free at DatPiff and stream below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork list their overlooked records of 2015 (including Sicko Mobb, who play NYC soon)"

by Andrew Sacher


It's that time again. We're about halfway through 2015, and music websites have been posting lists of their favorite music of the year so far. NPR posted their favorite albums, favorite songs and favorite new artists. As always, NPR's list is especially diverse. It has a lot of the artists that have ended up on mosts lists this year (Alabama Shakes, Bjork, Courtney Barnett, The Social Experiment, Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, etc) but also jazz, classical, ambient, Cumbia, and less universally-acclaimed country and metal artists. There's definitely some cool stuff on there to check out. You can listen to their songs list here (over 100 songs, and you're allowed 6 skips) and look at the written list here. Albums here. New artists here.

One artist that they highlighted on their 'new artists' and 'songs' lists that we haven't gotten a chance to talk about here on BV yet is Olympia's G.L.O.S.S.. The name stands for "Girls Living Outside Society's Shit" and as Lars Gotrich puts it on NPR, they're a "band full of transgendered women and queer and queer-femmes." Their demo has them using the platform of raw hardcore punk to get their very unsubtle message across. For example, the song "Masculine Artifice" begins like this:

It's 100% unpolished, unfiltered aggression, and it rips like all hell. If you dig punk with a purpose, check this out below.

The band is touring this fall, and while all dates haven't been announced yet, we know they're playing NYC on September 23 at Silent Barn with Aye Nako and Moor Mother Goddess. Stay tuned for more info.

G.L.O.S.S. demo stream below...

Continue reading "NPR's favorite music of 2015 so far (including G.L.O.S.S.)"

the cover of this week's 'NME'...
NME goes free

In the face of decline print sales/subsciptions, long-running UK music weekly New Musical Express is entering a new era, becoming a free publication after 63 years. Editor Mike Williams announced the change on today, saying:

So what we're giving to you is a major brand transformation that will deliver on all of these things. A brilliant new free weekly magazine that will reach more than 300,000 people each week, a new look that will bring you closer to the stories that you care most about, some shiny new digital products which I'll be able to tell you more about very soon, plus more live events, new video series and more interaction with you guys on new social platforms...

...As I type this, some of the NME team are locked away in a dark basement in NME Towers working on even more ideas to make sure it's not only a brilliant magazine, but that it gives you everything you asked us for. I'm confident that it will.

The new free NME launches on September 18 in the UK.

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Mars Ganito

We recently heard Brooklyn punks Worriers tackle the frustrations of the gender binary on "They / Them / Theirs," and now they're speaking out against the police force on new single "Yes All Cops." Both are from their upcoming Laura Jane Grace-produced album Imaginary Life (due 8/7 via Don Giovanni), and they're as melodic as they are defiant. Listen to "Yes All Cops" and another recent single, "Plans," below.

Worriers are playing a few dates on the upcoming Cayetana / Chumped / Thin Lips tour (including Asbury Park), and they have a record release show announced for NYC. That happens the day the album comes out at Knitting Factory (8/7) with Adult Mom, Fleabite and more. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Worriers singer Lauren Denitzio also plays a solo show on Thursday (7/9) at Kings County Saloon (1 Knickerbocker Ave).

The NYC stop of the Cayetana / Chumped / Thin Lips tour is presented by BrooklynVegan and happens August 15 at Baby's All Right with a special guest. Tickets for that show are still available.

Continue reading "Worriers share "Yes All Cops," announce LP release show"

Albarn being carried off stage at Roskilde 2015
Damon Albarn Roskilde 2015

Damon Albarn played Denmark's Roskilde Festival over the weekend (7/4) as part of Africa Express, the project he founded that brings together Western and African musicians. Where most festival sets keep things short and sweet, sticking to the hits, the Blur and Gorillaz frontman -- along with Songhoy Blues, Nick Zinner, Jeff Wootton, and Seye Adelekan -- played a marathon five-hour (!) set that also featured appearances from Blur's Graham Coxon, Laura Mvula and more. When the 4 AM curfew hit, Albarn still wasn't ready to get off stage and launched into a cover of The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" That question was answered by security who carried him offstage while he was still singing. Video of that, plus Africa Express performing Gorillaz's "Clint Eastwood" and a song with Coxon/Mvula, below.

Albarn will be in the U.S. with Blur this fall, playing the Hollywood Bowl (10/20) and NYC's Madison Square Garden (10/23) with opener Courtney Barnett. Tickets to MSG are still available but if you'd like to go for free we've got a pair to give away and as a bonus it comes with a vinyl copy of Blur's The Magic Whip. Entry form is below.

Continue reading "Damon Albarn carried off stage + win Blur vinyl & tix to MSG!"

photo: Courtney Barnett at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by PSquared)
Courtney Barnett

To follow their (very tiny) first NYC show since 2003, Blur are returning for much larger US shows at LA's Hollywood Bowl on October 20 and NYC's Madison Square Garden on October 23. If that wasn't exciting enough, those shows just got a pretty awesome opener: fast-rising indie rocker of the moment, Courtney Barnett.

Tickets for both are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to the MSG show, along with a vinyl copy of Blur's new album, The Magic Whip. Enter the contest below.

Courtney has other dates, and will be in NYC for a headlining show this month at Terminal 5 (7/22) with Speedy Ortiz (who also play NYC with Waxahatchee) and Torres (who also plays NYC with Garbage). That show is sold out.

All Courtney dates are listed, with the video for "Pedestrian At Best" off her great new album, below...

Continue reading "Courtney Barnett opening Blur's NYC & LA shows (win tickets to MSG & 'The Magic Whip' on vinyl!)"

by Andrew Sacher


Earlier this year, Baltimore's Noisem released their killer sophomore record, Blossoming Decay. It packs 9 songs of hardcore, thrash and more into less than 25 minutes, and the result more than just the summation of its influences -- even more so than their debut. They already swung by NYC twice this year, and they'll be back on tour with their A389 labelmates Homewrecker.

That tour lands at Brooklyn's Acheron on August 10 for a show with Detriment, Mary Todd and Mad Diesel. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

There's also a leg with Unsacred. All dates are listed, with the tour flyer and a stream of Blossoming Decay, below...

Continue reading "Noisem touring with Homewrecker, playing Acheron (dates)"