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April 16, 2015

D'Angelo

Neo-soul great D'Angelo still hasn't gone on a North American tour in support of his very well-received Black Messiah album, but luckily we keep getting chances to see him in NYC. He played The Apollo in February, Best Buy Theater in March, and now he announced yet another show here.

A week after his late night Bonnaroo set with Slayer, Tycho and more, D'Angelo will team up with blues rocker Gary Clark Jr to play Forest Hills Stadium on June 21. Tickets for that show go on sale April 24 at noon with a presale starting April 23 at 10 AM.

All known dates are listed below...

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by Milos Markicevic

shlohmo

LA producer Shlohmo is currently out on a headlining tour in support of his new album Dark Red. The album was a split release with the Matador Records-owned True Panther and Shlohmo's own label WEDIDIT. That tour, with WEDIDIT labelmates Purple and Nick Melons, hit Irving Plaza in NYC on Saturday (4/11). FACT was there and wrote, "Shlohmo and his live band hit the stage bringing a longing gothic romance punctuated by chunky rhythms and melancholy guitar, exhibiting the same energy we heard on his brand new album". We caught up with Shlohmo ahead of his Friday Chicago show, to discuss life on the road, running a label, hip hop, metal, Flying Lotus, future and past collaborations and more.

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BV: Congrats on the release of the new album, how's the tour so far? Any stories?

Shlohmo: Oh man, a few things! The first show we did was at SXSW. We played two shows there, the first was at Fader Fort and then the second one-- we did a WEDIDIT showcase (our label). This blacked out girl just jumped up on stage and fell onto a stack of DI inputs. *laughs* Her hands just went only on the DI inputs and pushed them all over and I almost had to throw her off stage. but I composed myself and said "excuse me, can you please leave?" So that was like our second show. That almost got ruined by a drunk girl. Besides that, most of the shows have been pretty good. Nothing too crazy! We've had like three or four tour managers so far on this tour. That's probably the funniest part.

BV: Why so many?

Shlohmo: [laughs] problems, we'll just leave it at that.

BV: You started your label/collective WEDIDIT when you were still in high school, can you tell us a little about that?

Shlohmo: Basically it was me and group of friends. We went to high school together. LA is kind of funny, there's five to ten high schools from which everyone knows each other from. We had a group of friends from all these different schools and everyone we were friends with was kind of a creative person, making music, rapping, or making art. We would hang out and fucking make beats, freestyle. We were kind of the in-house production crew for all our older friends who rapped and stuff. At some point we were just kind of "fuck it, we gotta call the crew something" so it came about organically. It wasn't anything when we started it, we were like 17, and then I guess by the time we started college a bunch of us had started MySpaces (when the music MySpace thing was going). So it was just a big community of people sharing music and stuff. So around that point we started a website that was just a really bad blogspot that was just kind of our own stuff, promoting our own releases. It was a way for us to share with each other more so than other people while we were in colleges and different schools in the country.

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Earl
photo: Earl @ Pitchfork Fest (more by James Richards IV)


Toronto, Baltimore, Boston, Montreal, Philadelphia, DC, NYC and possibly other dates on the Earl Sweatshirt / Vince Staples tour that was set to hit NYC's Best Buy Theater on 4/18 are being postponed as we speak. Venues have been announcing new August dates. The new NYC date is August 22, though it's not clear at this second if the entire show lineup will be the same (Earl is the headliner, and so he is definitely still on all postponed shows).

In other news, Earl is Kendrick Lamar's favorite rapper right now.

In other other news, LA production duo Christian Rich, who previously worked with Vince and Earl on Earl's Doris album (as well as with N.E.R.D., Drake, J Cole and more), put out a new song today featuring Vince Staples called "High." Pharrell associate Bia is on it too. Listen below.

More info on the Earl/Vince tour as we get it. List of dates postponed so far, below...

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Boston

Converse is moving into Boston and throwing some killer free shows to celebrate:

Converse Rubber Tracks Live Boston, a free five-night event set to take over the Sinclair, a club in Harvard Square.

From April 27 through May 1 may perhaps be the only time fans will be able to see major acts such as alt-rock pioneers the Replacements, Boston-bred electro-pop sensations Passion Pit, thrash-metal titans Slayer, rap star Chance the Rapper, and punk-rock progenitors Descendents in a cozy venue that holds 525 people. All are acts that easily draw crowds triple that size.

"We knew when we were moving into Boston that we wanted to do something that really celebrated the move and the local community and wanted to give something back," said Jed Lewis, Converse's global music marketing director, noting that the company will soon uproot its world headquarters from North Andover to Boston. "It's important for us to be active in the creative community." [Boston Globe]

The shows are free, but you'll need a ticket. Those go "on sale" on Monday (4/20) at noon. More info at converse-music.com/boston/. Full lineups below:

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April 8, 2015

photo: GoldLink at Warm Up at MomA PS1 in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
GoldLink

Last year, Virginia rapper GoldLink released the free album, The God Complex, and not long afterwards he followed it with the Kaytranada-produced single "Sober Thoughts." That song got the video treatment (dir. Shomi Patwary) last week, and you can watch below.

He also announced his first-ever headlining tour, which begins with two NYC shows in June. Those happen 6/9 at Rough Trade and 6/10 at SOB's. Tickets for Rough Trade go on sale Friday (4/10) at noon, and tickets for SOB's (same link) will be on sale soon.

All dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Oddisee

DC rapper/producer Oddisee is set to release his new album, The Good Fight, on May 5 via Mello Music Group. So far he's put out two jazzy, soul-inspired songs from that, "Counter-Clockwise" and "That's Love." Check them out below.

Oddisee has dates coming up, including a release party the day the album comes out at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory on May 5. That show is with Wati Heru and Salomon Faye, and tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the two new songs, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Rocky

A$AP Rocky recently announced his new album, At. Long.Last.A$AP (no release date yet, but that's pretty typical of rap lately), and today he dropped a new single, "M's." Assuming this will appear on A.L.L.A, that's seeming like an album to be pretty excited for. Listen below.

The NYC rapper doesn't have a hometown show scheduled at the moment, but he will be speaking during the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency.

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photo: Death Grips at FYF Fest 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Death Grips

It's still kind of hard to believe that Death Grips will actually tour this year, but apparently fans and show promoters have faith. Their NYC show (set to happen July 7 at Webster Hall) quickly sold out, and now a second NYC show has been added. This one happens July 8 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. TIckets go on sale Friday (4/10) at 10 AM.

The band's new double album, The Powers That B, is out now. Updated dates are listed below...

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photo: Casey Veggies at Bamboozle 2012 (more by Leia Jospe)
Casey Veggies

California rapper Casey Veggies has been putting out a steady stream of mixtapes for a few years now, and this year he's planning on releasing his major label debut, Live & Grow. So far he's put out two singles that are set to appear on it, "The Boy" and "Backflip" featuring YG and Iamsu. You can watch the video for "Backflip" and stream "The Boy" below.

Casey also has a tour coming up, including a few dates opening for Big Sean (like his NJ show), and a few headlining dates as well.

The headlining dates have Casey in NYC on May 4 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the song stream and video, below...

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April 7, 2015

DMX

DMX was in Newark on Saturday (4/4) for the Masters of Ceremony show with Mobb Deep, EMPD, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick and Kid Capri, and while there, he was accused of robbing a 21-year-old. NJ.com reports:

"The two had a brief conversation about rap music and during the conversation a male in DMX's entourage, showed the victim a gun and demanded the victim's money," [Newark police spokesman Sgt. Ronald] Glover said in a statement.

The victim said he pulled $3,200 in cash from his pocket, and DMX "snatched the money out of his hand" before jumping into one of four black Cadillac Escalades that left the scene, Glover said.

However, DMX's attorney, Murray Richman (who is also Jay Z's attorney), told WABC New York, "The allegations are unequivocally and utterly false. Any videotape would be dispositive." Investigations are ongoing.

If it seems weird that a 21-year-old had $3,200 on him, the victim's friend told police that the money was from a freshly cashed paycheck.

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