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April 23, 2014

Wiz Khalifa on 2013 'Under the Influence of Music' tour (more by Tim Griffin)
Wiz

The 'Under the Influence of Music' hip hop tour that Wiz Khalifa co-headlined with A$AP Rocky last year will return to North America this summer. Wiz (the tour's founder) plays again, this time with Young Jeezy, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, Sage the Gemini, IAMSU! and DJ Drama. The tour hits the NYC-area for shows on July 31 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and August 3 at PNC Bank Arts Center. Tickets for the whole tour go on sale Friday (4/25) at 10 AM with Ticketmaster/Facebook/Live Nation presales starting Thursday (4/24) at 10 AM. Citi Cardmember presales are ongoing. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Wiz and Ty Dolla $ign will be in the NYC-area sooner for Hot 97 Summer Jam on June 1. Tickets for that one-day festival, which also includes 50 Cent, Nas, The Roots, Action Bronson and more, are still available.

Ty Dolla $ign also plays a free NYC show two days after Summer Jam in Red Hook Park (6/3), as part of the 2014 Summerstage season.

All 'Under the Influence of Music' dates are listed below...

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April 21, 2014

Marissa Nadler at Baby's All Right in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Marissa Nadler

The schedule for the Summerstage 2014 Season was just announced, and as you may know, in addition to the shows in Central Park, there are also free shows in many other NYC parks too. Those include Brooklyn shows in Red Hook Park, Betsy Head Park, Herbert Von King Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Highlights of the Brooklyn Summerstage shows include:

6/3 - Ty Dolla $ign in Red Hook Park (in association with MeanRed Productions)

6/4 - Mark McGuire, Marissa Nadler and Delicate Steve in Red Hook Park (in association with MeanRed Productions)

6/5 - Pro Era in Red Hook Park (in association with Lyricist Lounge)

6/10 - Duck Down BBQ w/ Boot Camp Clik & Friends in Betsy Head Park

6/18 Salute to Hip Hop w/ DJ Bent Roc, Chubb Rock, Dana Dane and Special Ed (in association with WBLS) in Herbert Von King Park

6/22 - Frankie Knuckles tribute w/ screening of Hands to the Sky (in association with ImageNation Cinema Foundation) in Herbert Von King Park

Full Brooklyn Summerstage show schedule below...

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April 18, 2014

Raekwon

Raekwon, in a controversial new interview with Rollling Stone, explains what he thinks of "Keep Watch" off the upcoming Wu-Tang Clan release:

I hate it. I hate it. I don't hate shit, but I hate that fuckin' record. It ain't the gunpowder that my brothers are spitting; it's the production. And I ain't shitting on the producer because he's one of our soldiers. But if it ain't where it need to be... It's 20 years later. We talkin 'bout a whole new generation is sitting here representin' and making fiery shit and you telling me that we comin out with some mediocre shit? That ain't part of our plan.
He goes on to say that there is a very small chance he'll even appear on the new album. RZA says he just thinks creatively they are on different paths (watch an interview at VladTV).

Meanwhile it was announced that Raekwon, who just wants to win, is playing the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival this year.

Ghostface plays Vassar College on April 26.

Upcoming Wu-Tang Clan shows include Free Press Summer Fest 2014 in Houston over Memorial Day weekend and Summer Set Music Festival in Wisconsin in August.

And speaking of Wu-Tang soldiers, one of them recently allegedly cut off his own penis and jumped off a building. TMZ has since pointed out that Christ Bearer "is remarkably in stable condition" but permanently without penis.

April 17, 2014

Raekwon at NXNE 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Raekwon

Brooklyn Bodega's Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival will return for its 10th annual year from July 9 - 12. This year's headliners include Raekwon of Wu-Tang (whose group has made the news a lot lately), Jay Electronica (who is still taking forever to release an album, but did just release a Drake remix/diss featuring Jay Z), and CJ Fly of the Pro Era crew (which also includes Joey Bada$$). The rest of the lineup is TBA. Tickets go on sale via Queue next week.

Initial event schedule and a stream of Jay's Drake diss, below...

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Pharoahe Monch

Organized Konfusion member Pharoahe Monch released his fourth solo album, PTSD, this past Tuesday (4/15) and celebrated it on the day of its release in NYC at SOB's. If you missed that show, or just need to see him again, you won't have to wait very long. He's playing a Beat Society show in Brooklyn at Littefield on May 8. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

If you haven't heard PTSD yet, which features guest appearances from Talib Kweli, Black Thought, The Stepkids and more, you can stream it below.

Speaking of, Talib Kweli also has a few hometown shows coming up. He does a two-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl on June 11-12 with a 9-piece band and opening sets by Res & Niko Is. Tickets for those shows are on sale now, and the latter is part of Northside Festival, which means you can also try to get in with your Northside badge. Before those shows, Talib will do a free 2 PM in-store and signing at Rough Trade NYC on May 17. No wristband or ticket required.

All Talib dates are listed, with a stream of Pharoahe Monch's album, below...

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Made In America 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
MiA

Jay Z has announced the return of his Budweiser Made In America Festival to Philly's Ben Franklin Parkway, but this year will be different because the fest also goes down in LA simultaneously. The LA portion will happen in Grand Park, and both festivals run from August 30-31 (Labor Day weekend). Lineups are still TBA but early bird 2-day passes are on sale for Philly and LA now.

Jay and his wife Beyonce, who both made guest appearances at Coachella over the weekend, are also planning a joint summer stadium tour, according to the LA Times. Dates and venues still TBA.

April 16, 2014

Christ Bearer

A rapper affiliated with Wu-Tang Clan was rushed to the hospital early Wednesday after he cut off his penis and then jumped off a second story balcony in what police believe was a suicide attempt ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Our sources say ... cops were called to an apartment building in North Hollywood at around 1:00 AM and found Christ Bearer -- aka Andre Johnson -- on the sidewalk critically injured.

Christ Bearer is a member of the rap group Northstar ... a group discovered by members of Wu-Tang Clan. Two members of a group Bearer collaborates with live in the same apartment building and tell TMZ they were there early this morning when Christ Bearer suddenly -- without warning -- cut off his penis and jumped off the balcony. They say they were not on "any hard drugs that would cause him to do such a thing."

The two men say they rushed downstairs and Christ Bearer had already jumped up and began screaming incoherently. [TMZ]

OUCH (hope he is ok!)

April 15, 2014

Flatbush Zombies at SXSW 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Flatbush Zombies

Brooklyn rap trio Flatbush Zombies are currently on the west coast for Coachella, and they have a few other shows coming up this month too. One of those is NYC-area college festival Culture Shock at SUNY Purchase, and the day before that fest they'll play a FREE Converse Rubber Tracks Live show in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/24) with 100s and GrandeMarshall. Though the show is free, you do need tickets, which go on "sale" Wednesday (4/16) at noon.

Flatbush Zombies also just dropped a new track, "Red Light, Green Light" (ft. Espa). Check it out, with their list of all dates, including Houston's Free Press Summer Festival in May, below...

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April 14, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Kelis at SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kelis

Kelis returned to the live stage at SXSW this year after three years off from touring, and the R&B/neo-soul singer has now announced a full (but brief) North American tour for this June. The tour brings her to NYC for a show on June 13 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/16) at noon. She also tours Europe before and after. All of her dates are listed below.

The tour is in support of her new album Food which comes out next week (4/22) via Ninja Tune. It's her first album on an independent label, following a decade-plus career of often-underrated pop (she's much more than "the girl who sang 'Milkshake'"), and was produced by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek. The album is a huge departure from its predecessor, 2010's dance-pop Flesh Tone, instead coming closer to Erykah Badu's (neo) soul and the early '70s days of the genre too. You can hear the whole thing now on NPR. Also at 4 PM EST today (4/14), NPR will host an interview about the album and you can get involved on Twitter. Here's the details:

At 4 p.m. ET on Monday, April 14, we'll all hit play on this First Listen, and for an hour Kelis will take questions and tell stories on Twitter about creating an album that sounds like nothing we've heard from her before. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #AskKelisNPR and following @iamKelis and @NPRandB.
Check out a new live video of "Friday Fish Fry" (performed on KCRW) off the new album, with the list of tour dates, below...

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April 12, 2014

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Outkast
Outkast

After a high-energy day on the main stage at Coachella that also included performances from Ellie Goulding, Chromeo and Girl Talk, Andre 3000 and Big Boi emerged from the center of a hollow cube that remained propped up onstage throughout their set. The duo fulfilled every promise of an Outkast reunion in the set's first third, starting with "B.O.B." and jumping from "Gasoline Dreams" to "ATLiens" to a run of "Aquemini" songs, including "Skew It On The Bar-B," "Rosa Parks" and the title track. With material that strong, details like the stage show, live band and the duo's vocal delivery could be waved off as fairly inconsequential. But those aspects were on-point too, with the giant cube flashing some neat graphics when it wasn't transparent, the brass section adding pop to "Spottieottiedopaliscious" and Andrew and Big palling around like old times (or that's how it seemed, at least). With Three-Stacks wearing overalls and a hoodie and Big Boi rocking a massive gold chain, Outkast came out looking fresh and sounding reinvigorated, as they proceeded to check off some of their classic songs. - [The Hollywood Reporter]
Hip hop duo Outkast played their first show in years last night (4/11) as headliners of the first day of Coachella 2014 (Weekend 1). Opening with "B.O.B." André 3000 and Big Boi gave the crowd hits and deep cuts, and each had a solo set. Big Boi brought out Janelle Monae during his to do "Tightrope." When they both returned for the closing Outkast set, they brought out Atlanta rapper Future for three songs.

The night finished with "Ms Jackson," "So Fresh So Clean," "I Like the Way You Move" and "Hey Ya!" A planned collaboration with Killer Mike was aborted as the 1 AM curfew hit. They'll do it again -- and maybe fit everything in before curfew -- this Friday (4/18) for Coachella's second weekend. You can watch Outkast's whole Coachella performance, and check out the setlist, below.

Coachella day 2 (with headliners Muse) is underway as we speak and you can watch online via their YouTube channel. More Outkast Coachella pics, their performance video and setlist below...

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