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August 27, 2015

Heems at Baby's All Right, 8/25/2015 (photo via @jcohen008)
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Would you like to see a sitcom about Heems? It may happen:


When someone asked if this was for real he replied "yes for real. Gotta write the pilot now and pitch networks but fox on board to produce." Heems is a funny guy, and if there could be a show about the "Shit My Dad Says" twitter account, why not this?. Watch his video for "Damn Girl" (from this year's Eat Pray Thug) below.

Heems just played Baby's All Right on Tuesday. Anyone go to that show?

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Tyler the creator
photo: Tyler @ Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)

In Odd Future/Tyler, the Creator manager Christian Clancy's own words:

tyler has been banned from entering the UK for somewhere between 3 to 5 years per a letter from the secretary of state for the home department of the united kingdom. the letter specifically cites lyrics he wrote 6-7 years ago for his albums bastard and goblin - the type of lyrics he hasn't written since... highlights from the letter include that his work "encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality" and "fosters hatred with views thats seek to provoke others to terrorist acts.." i grew up on NWA, eminem and rage against the machine, so its hard to me to fully wrap my head this thought process and its implications.

to say that i am confused would be an understatement. can you imagine being beholden to things you said when you were 18? tyler has been to the UK over 20x in the last 5 years without incident (shows, in stores, meet and greets). we rented out a movie theatre last month in London for a private showing of napoleon dynamite for his fans. literally last month.

more importantly, this is a broader issue of free speech, with new lines being drawn that include reaching back in time without acknowledging growth. in fact, punishing growth. what i do know is tyler is part of an argument that is counter to who he has become. how do you punish someone for growing up? since the letter acknowledged he was writing from an alter ego perspective does this then apply to book writers? the fact that he has evolved into someone who has acknowledged and grown out of that is simply lost in the narrative. is he not worthy of the pat on the back for becoming aware and making changes? what message does that send? is race a conscious or subconscious factor at all?

theres a lot to absorb and understand, but while he gets painted as some sort of anti christ i want to make sure people know the facts, which are that he hasn't delved into those lyrics in years - he writes songs about cars and spreading your wings. he doesn't drink or smoke, he owns his own businesses, he takes care of his family and friends, he's honest, grateful, aware, fearless, intelligent, and inspiring. his shows serve as a release, not acts of aggression.

is he perfect? absolutely not. he's a human evolving like the rest of us, and evolution is a process, not a light switch.

im not defending his OLD lyrics. to be honest they make me cringe, but i stand beside him because of who he actually IS. our 8 year old daughter, who is constantly inspired by him, said it best; "why would they ban tyler? that makes no sense."

Tyler is still allowed to tour in the US though, and you can catch him across America with A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown and Vince Staples this fall.

August 26, 2015

photos by David Andrako

Big K.R.I.T. in Prospect Park - 7/31/15
Big Krit

The insanely-prolific Big K.R.I.T. so far hasn't released an album/mixtape this year, which is rare for him, but he did just announce a lengthy international tour for this fall. It's dubbed the "Kritically Acclaimed" tour, and includes dates in Australia and North America.

The tour hits NYC on October 28 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Earlier this summer, Big K.R.I.T. played a Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park with Angel Haze. Check out a couple more pictures (like the one above) from that, via the Celebrate Brooklyn Facebook, below...

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August 25, 2015

photo: Joey Bada$$ in Central Park in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Joey Bada$$

Ghostface Killah has had quite the busy year. He has collaborative albums out with Adrian Younge and BADBADNOTGOOD and recently wrapped up a tour with Raekwon in support of the 20th anniversary of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Now he's teaming up with another fellow Wu-Tang member, GZA, for a free collaborative show in NYC on September 3 at House of Vans. Making it a very good double bill, Joey Bada$$ will open. RSVP is open now. Flyer below.

For Joey, that's the first date of a lengthy tour that hits Connecticut, Philly, Australia, the UK and more. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ touring, playing a free House of Vans show with Ghostface & GZA (dates)"

Travi$ Scott

Kanye collaborator Travi$ Scott recently said his album Rodeo will finally come out on September 4, and that now appears double confirmed as iTunes has it up for pre-order for that date. We also learn from iTunes that the album will feature 14 songs, including "3500" and "Antidote," which are streaming below.

Travi$ has tour dates coming up, and will play a record release show in NYC on September 9 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/28) at 10 AM with Live Nation/Music Geeks presales starting Wednesday (8/26) at 10 AM.

After that, he's set to open The Weeknd's tour, including all three NYC-area shows: Prudential Center on 11/1, MSG on 11/16 and Barclays Center on 11/18. All three of those include Banks too. Tickets are on Citi/fan presales now (anyone know the password?). Live Nation presale starts Wednesday at 10 AM (password: MADNESS) and general on-sale starts Friday at 10 AM.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Travi$ Scott announces 'Rodeo' release show in NYC, opening The Weeknd's tour (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Dawn Richard

Earlier this year, Dawn Richard released the genre-defying album, Blackheart, which was part art pop and part R&B, without ever strictly adhering to either. Since then, she changed her moniker to D∆WN and dropped the one-off single "Running From Sane" for Adult Swim which is even weirder than anything on the album (listen below). Going by that song, it seems like her work is only going to get more interesting, and this new interview with FADER suggests the same thing. She talks about working with Fade To Mind producer Kingdom, who has previously collaborated with the similarly forward-thinking R&B singer Kelela:

I was talking with Jacky, who works with Opening Ceremony, and I was like, "you gotta figure out how to get me in with Fade To Mind, because I think they're fucking amazing." A year later, I randomly see Ezra [Kingdom] and I'm like "Yo, we should do something, let me get in a studio with y'all!" The first day [in a studio], we did five songs. The rest is history. We did the PAMM Institute thing together, and we're going to do MoMA together as well. That's been the relationship ever since, we make sense. I think the way Fade To Mind works is brilliant. It's organic, they only do it if it feels good, they don't push it. And in the last few years, I've really been in that place where if it's organic then I'll do it, if it doesn't feel good I won't do it. I think that's why we work so well.
Dawn says the Kingdom collaborations should hopefully appear on her next album, RedHeart (the conclusion to her trilogy which also includes 2013's GoldenHeart). She also talks about some dream collaborations:
I'm really, really in love with artists like Girlpool. With Arca. With SOHN. I wouldn't even want to do anything other than just sit in the studio and smoke and listen to shit. I just think they're innovative. Girlpool reminds me of the old girl bands who had the two part harmonies, and they were--not angry, but their voices just have so much in them they barely need anything else. Because everything is so processed these days, with vocals, it feels good to hear something so raw.
Both Dawn and Kingdom are on this weekend's installment of Warm Up at MoMA PS1 (8/29). It also features Matias Aguayo, DJ Windows 98 (aka Arcade Fire's Win Butler), Murlo and False Witness. Tickets are still available. It's the second to last Warm Up of 2015, but the lineup for the final one (9/5) is still TBA.

Listen to "Running From Sane" below...

Continue reading "D∆WN (Dawn Richard) & Kingdom planning collaboration, playing Warm Up together (w/ DJ Windows 98 & more)"

August 24, 2015

photo: Azealia Banks at Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks recently cancelled her tour with K. Michelle because K was "unavailable," but Azealia said she'd be rescheduling dates. Now a handful of those new dates have been announced. No other acts have been revealed for the tour yet, but we know she'll be heading out this fall and hitting NYC on November 19 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/28) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/26) at noon.

All currently known dates are listed below...

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August 21, 2015

Jazmine Sullivan

Philly's Jazmine Sullivan, the person behind this year's great neo-soul album Reality Show, has a collaboration in the works with pop singer (and Disclosure collaborator) Sam Smith. She's also opening for him in Raleigh.

That's one of a few shows Jazmine has coming up. Another is a free headlining show in NYC this weekend, part of the 2015 SummerStage season. She plays Central Park on Sunday (8/23) with support from Avery Wilson and Jordan Bratton. Show goes from 6-10 PM. Again, totally free.

All currently-known dates are listed, with the video for the Meek Mill-featuring "Dumb" off her new album, below...

Continue reading "Jazmine Sullivan planning Sam Smith collaboration, playing a free Central Park show this weekend (and other dates)"

FYF Fest

Via press release...

FYF Fest's 12th year kicks off this Saturday at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena & Exposition Park. Kanye West will now headline Saturday night's Main Stage. Frank Ocean has decided on his own terms to cancel his appearance.

With a lineup that already includes Morrissey, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, FKA Twigs, Chet Faker, Flume, Belle & Sebastian and more, FYF Fest is excited to have Kanye West play this weekend in his newly adopted home of Los Angeles.
Tickets are still available, and this lineup tweak may have upped their demand just a bit. Check out the full schedule.

August 20, 2015

photo: The Weeknd at Lollapalooza 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
The Weeknd

The Weeknd will be in the NYC-area this, uh, weekend, for the Billboard Hot 100 Festival at Jones Beach (tickets), and he'll be back here on a just-announced fall tour that includes three massive shows in the area.

Abel Tesfaye will play Newark's Prudential Center on November 11, NYC's Madison Square Garden on November 16, and Brooklyn's Barclays Center on November 18. Tickets for the whole tour go on sale August 28 with a presale starting August 26 at 10 AM (password: MADNESS). All dates are listed below.

The Weeknd's second official album, Beauty Behind the Madness, is due out August 28 via XO/Republic. It features the massive hit "Can't Feel My Face" (co-written and co-produced by Max Martin and others) and more. Video for that song, with the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "The Weeknd announces 2015 tour (MSG, Barclays, Prudential Center included)"

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