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September 2, 2014
Made In America 2014 Philly (via Stephanie Pratt)
It would have been ironic if Kings of Leon didn't get to headline Made in America fest in Philly over Labor Day weekend. They cancelled a bunch of dates leading up the fest due to injury, but promised to be better in time for the Philadelphia show. Luckily (for Kings of Leon fans), they did get to play, despite the fest almost pulling an Electric Zoo and shutting down due to rain on Sunday.
Made in America kicked everyone out around 6:30pm on Sunday, but were letting everyone back in an hour later. Spoon, Girl Talk, Pharrell, Gareth Emory, Tiesto, and Kings of Leon all still got to play, though with slightly different set times than originally planned.
Did you go to Made In America Philly (or LA) this year? How was it?
Watch a video of Kanye's full set from the first day of the festival, below...
Run the Jewels at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Killer Mike and El-P's Run the Jewels project have shared more details about their forthcoming RTJ2 LP (due 10/28 via Mass Appeal), including the album artwork, tracklist, and more confirmed guest appearances. In addition to the previously announced appearances by Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine) and Travis Barker (blink-182), the LP will feature Boots (who produced a lot of Beyonce's last album) and Foxygen side project Diane Coffee. They also mentioned there will be an RTJ2 remix album in 2015 on Fool's Gold.
RTJ also announced a tour with Ratking (who play the NYU Mystery Concert this week) and Despot which includes a NYC show happening on November 29 at Stage 48. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/5) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/3) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the artwork, tracklist and a stream from the LP, below...
Jamie xx w/ The xx in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The annual NYU Mystery Concert takes place this Wednesday (9/3) at the Skirball Center, and the lineup is secret no more. It includes Jamie xx, Ghostface Killah and Ratking. The show starts at 7 PM and tickets will be available for free day-of via NYU Ticket Central on a first come, first served basis. The show is only open to NYU students.
Ratking and Ghostface are locals, but for Jamie xx, the show is part of a few other remaining US dates he has leading up to Hopscotch this weekend. He also played the first day of Electric Zoo this past weekend before it was shut down. All dates are listed below. He'll be back with The xx to play the Guggenheim International Gala benefit in November.
Ratking were also just announced as a support act on Run the Jewels' upcoming tour.
August 30, 2014
A-Trak at North Coast Music Fest 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
A-Trak played the ongoing Electric Zoo festival on Randall's Island yesterday (8/29), but we now know that won't be the only time he plays NYC this long Labor Day weekend. He's been added to Fool's Gold Day Off (he co-runs Fool's Gold with Nick Catchdubs), happening all day Monday (9/1) at 50 Kent (2 PM to 10 PM). He joins the previously-announced lineup of Danny Brown, French Montana, AraabMuzik, The LOX, Benmar, Hoodboi B2B Falcons, Yung Gleesh, World's Fair, Nick Catchdubs (feat. B.I.C.), Shash'U, Black Dave and GrandeMarshall. Tickets are still available.
August 27, 2014
Rapper Ty Dolla $ign's had quite the year so far, going from someone with a bit of buzz to landing spots on Hot 97 Summer Jam, XXL's Freshmen cover and Wiz Khalifa's 'Under the Influence of Music' tour. He's now announced a tour of his own which has him headlining some of his biggest venues yet, like NYC's Irving Plaza on November 2 with Mack Wilds. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Ty also just put out a free mixtape, Sign Language, with guest spots from Big Sean, BJ the Chicago Kid, Juicy J, Rich Homie Quan, Casey Veggies, Jeremih, Wiz Khalifa and more, with production from DJ Mustard, FKi and more. You can stream that, with the list of dates, below...
August 22, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
Awkwafina (photo by Shirley Yu)
Tonight (8/22) at Palisades, the new-ish Bushwick venue hosts a lineup of a few New York City rappers with a sense of humor. There's Kitty who you already know, plus Buckwheat Groats, Awkwafina, and Swag Toof, along with electronic musician Maxo. Tickets are on sale.
Buckwheat Groats recently put out a video for their single "Tom Hanks," a first-person braggadocio trap rap song from the famous actor's point of view. The awesomely photoshopped video can be watched below.
Awkafina's got a couple videos of her own worth watching, including "NYC Bitche$," which includes the choice lyric, "New York City bitch, that's where I come from, not where I moved to on mom and dad's trust fund." That one came out last year, but it'd make a great response to this year's Brooklyn Girls video. Another, "My Vag," is a more intentional response (obviously to that "My Dick" song) and includes more choice lyrics: "Awkwafina's a genius, and her vagina is 50 times better than a penis."
Awkwafina has other upcoming NYC shows too, including two more this weekend. She plays an 8 PM set on Saturday (8/23) at The Bushwick Hotel's Tiki Time Bomb Party ((71 Ingraham St) and then at midnight she DJs the '90s dance party at The Manhattan Inn in Greenpoint. On August 27, it's Awkwafina Night at Fat Buddha (212 Avenue A) with Bebe Panthere, Rekstizzy, DJ Furen and PaulTrizz; and on August 30 she plays the Kollaboration New York show at NYU's Skirballl Center.
August 21, 2014
The Presets at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Diana Wong)
The Check Yo Ponytail tour returns this year, headlined by Australian synth pop band The Presets and featuring direct support from experimental rappers Antwon and Le1f on select dates. The NYC stop of the tour happens on Halloween at Warsaw with Antwon. Australia's Chela and Check Yo Ponytail alumnus Franki Chan open on all dates as well. Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday (8/22) at 10 AM local time. You can get tickets here for NYC.
All dates, including The Presets' stop at Fun Fun Fun Fest (without the rest of the Check Yo Ponytail tour), are listed below...
NYC rap duo The Underachievers already had a couple quality mixtapes out, and earlier this month they finally got around to releasing their debut album, Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium, on RPM / Caroline. The album includes a song sampling New Zealand psych pop band The Ruby Suns, another featuring Portugal. The Man, and production from Statik Selektah, Ryan Hemsworth, Lapalux, Supreme Cuts, Haleek Maul and more. You can stream it in full on NPR and check out a few tracks/videos from it below. Ahead of the album, both UA members also released solo mixtapes which you can download for free HERE and HERE.
The Underachievers will support the new album on a tour with fellow NYC rap group Flatbush Zombies, which hits their hometown on December 5 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon. All dates are listed, with the videos/streams, below.
RTJ at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Run The Jewels (aka Killer Mike and El-P) have been talking about their second album for a while now, and it's now been officially announced that it's called RTJ2 and will be out October 28 via Mass Appeal. As previously mentioned, the album features Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha and blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. The first single, "Blockbuster Night Part 1," is out now and can be streamed below...
August 20, 2014
CunninLynguists' new album art (not Smash Mouth's)
Kentucky rap crew CunninLynguists followed 2011's Oneirology LP earlier this year with a new mixtape. It's the third in their Strange Journey mixtape series, and thus titled Strange Journey Volume Three. It's got a handful of great guests including Del The Funy Homosapien, Aesop Rock, Murs, Blu, Psalm One and Masta Ace. This fall, they'll be heading out on tour in support of the release with J-Live (who's also on the mixtape), stopping in NYC to play The Studio at Webster Hall on November 13. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed, with a stream of Strange Journey Volume Three, below...