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August 2, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Vic Mensa at Pitchfork Festival 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Vic Mensa

Vic Mensa's rise has been quite the interesting one. It's almost hard to remember how closely tied to Chance the Rapper he was only two years ago, considering both have gone in wildly different directions. He put out a couple impressive singles last year -- the danceable "Down On My Luck" and the Kaytranada collaboration "Wimme Nah" -- and so far this year he's released two even better ones. There's the Kanye West-featuring "U Mad" that came out back in the spring (following Vic's appearance on Kanye's "Wolves" single) and the more recent Skrillex collaboration, "No Chill." Say what you will about Skrillex's own music, but he's undeniably great when he produces for rappers (like "Wild for the Night" with A$AP Rocky, who Vic opened for in NYC last month).

Vic also recently released a freestyle called "Heir to the Throne" which disses fellow Kanye collaborator Travi$ Scott and pays tribute to Jay Z, whose Roc Nation imprint will release Vic's debut album. It's titled Traffic and is due out at some point this year. Vic also recently released a cover of Future's "Codeine Crazy," which like the aforementioned tracks, is streaming below.

Two weekends ago, Vic played hometown festival Pitchfork Festival, and on Friday (7/31) he made a surprise appearance at another hometown festival, Lollapalooza. He jumped down about 15 feet from the DJ booth to the stage during Dillon Francis' set and proceeded to dance on stage. It's pretty amazing considering that jump looks like it hurt. Watch below, and stay tuned for a Dillon Francis remix of "U Mad." The next day at Lollapalooza, Travi$ Scott was arrested during his set.

Vic has more dates coming up, including the first of two Mad Decent Block Parties in Brooklyn (8/8) (sold out), Philly's Made In America festival, and the big Asbury Park (9/19) show with How to Dress Well, The Front Bottoms and more (tickets).

All dates are listed, with videos and song streams, below...

Continue reading "Vic Mensa dove off Dillon Francis' DJ booth at Lollapalooza, playing more shows, prepping debut album (dates, videos)"

July 31, 2015

photo: Kendrick Lamar at Sweetlife Fest 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
Kendrick Lamar

Following the video for "Alright" off Kendrick Lamar's incredible To Pimp A Butterfly, he's now made a video for "For Free? (Interlude)." It was directed by Joe Weil and the Little Homies. Watch it below.

Kendrick plays Osheaga this weekend.

Continue reading "Kendrick Lamar made a video for "For Free? (Interlude)""

photo: Chance the Rapper at Pitchfork Fest 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper announced a tour earlier this week, including a NYC show happening October 23 at Terminal 5. That went on sale today and sold out very quickly, but now Chance added a second show for October 25 at Terminal 5. Since we last spoke, he also revealed the tour openers: Hiatus Kaiyote, D.R.A.M., Towkio and Metro Boomin. Tickets for the 10/25 show go on sale today (7/31) at 3 PM.

Chance also added a new LA show. Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Chance the Rapper adds dates in NYC & LA, reveals openers"

Disclosure

We already knew some of the collaborators on Disclosure's upcoming sophomore album, Caracal (due 9/25 via PMR/Island), and now they've revealed the full list, including some big names. Miguel, The Weeknd, Lorde and past collaborator Sam Smith are among them. Check out the full tracklist below.

Sam Smith, who was the lead singer on the unstoppable "Latch," sings on new single "Omen." Do you think it lives up to its predecessor? Listen below.

Disclosure's only two upcoming US shows are at NYC's Madison Square Garden and LA's Memorial Sports Arena.

Speaking of Miguel, his tour hits NYC at Terminal 5 on Sunday (8/2) (sold out) and the much smaller Bowery Ballroom on 8/5 (tickets).

Continue reading "Miguel, The Weeknd & more to appear on Disclosure's new LP"

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

Azealia Banks isn't exactly the most frequent live performer, and just as she was set to go on her first lengthy tour, it's been cancelled. She says the reason is that co-headliner K. Michelle is now "unavailable" this fall, but also that she's working on rescheduling certain dates:

Hey Rebels! To say I am crushed is an understatement. I try my best to push myself over the limit and if you don't listen to your body it will make you listen. While currently filming numerous television shows, readying my businesses and working on my new album, I simply cannot overexert myself anymore than I already am. So it is with a broken heart, I have to postpone the tour with me and @AzealiaBanks at this time. Before the negativity and assumptions from naysayers and media outlets begins, I'd like for everyone to know the truth. First, there is absolutely no drama between me and Azealia. We have a mutual respect for each other as women and artists. I can't wait to get in the studio with her and for you all to hear what she's been working on. Secondly, it wasn't low ticket sales. Due to such an overwhelming response with this tour there have been conversations about adding a second show in various cities. Above all, my fans mean the world to me and the last thing that I want to do is disappoint. I want to thank all of you for having my back and supporting me throughout the good and the bad. I can't wait for all of you to see what's in store and hear this new music! All tickets that have already been purchased will be refunded and I'll see you guys at the top next year! New album. New tour. ❤️ -K. Michelle

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The NYC show would have happened September 26 at Best Buy Theater.

July 30, 2015

Mad Decent

The 2015 Mad Decent Block Party tour starts in Atlanta this Friday (7/31), and afterparties for select cities have been announced. So far there's Alanta, Ft. Lauderdale, Philly, and both NYC dates. Details on each are here.

The NYC parties happen August 8 at Webster Hall and August 9 at Verboten with "Mad Decent All-Stars" billed for both nights. We're not sure exactly who that is, but it seems likely that some of the artists playing the day shows will show up. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale now.

Those day shows both happen at Coney Island's MCU Park. 8/8 has 4B, Cashmere Cat b2b Trippy Turtle, Die Antwoord, Getn & Jawns, Major Lazer, VIc Mensa, Lunice, Tommy Trash, and Yellow Claw (sold out). 8/9 has CL, Gorgon City (DJ), Grandtheft, iLoveMakonnen, Jack U (aka Skrillex & Diplo), Knife party, Party Favor, Tyler the Creator and What So Not (tickets).

by Andrew Sacher

Alessia Cara

Toronto's Alessia Cara has been getting a lot of hype lately for her debut single "Here," which is based on the same Isaac Hayes sample used by Tricky's "Hell is Just Around the Corner" and Portishead's "Glorybox". It's played a lot on Beats 1 Radio, the blogs like her, and Taylor Swift does too. She's signed to Def Jam, who will release her debut Four Pink Walls EP on August 28 ("Here" included) and a full length later this year.

Going by the sounds of "Here," Alessia will probably end up in the "alt-R&B" category -- it's a good fit that her album will include production by Malay, who did a lot of work on Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, and Pop & Oak, who did two tracks on Miguel's new album and the Nicki Minaj/Jessie Ware song "The Crying Game" -- but it's thankfully not the post-James Blake/Weeknd/etc-type stuff that's been played to death. She seems more inspired by Amy Winehouse than that stuff anyway. Alessia played "Here" on Fallon last night (7/29), backed by The Roots. You can watch that, and the song's music video, below.

Alessia has tour dates coming up in August, including two in NYC. First she plays Bowery Ballroom on August 26 with FLETCHER (tickets), and a few days later she plays a free Saturday daytime concert at Arthur Ashe Stadium (8/29) for Arthur Ashe Kids Day.

All dates are listed, with those videos, below...

Continue reading "Def Jam-signed R&B singer Alessia Cara touring, playing two NYC shows (dates & videos)"

July 29, 2015

photo: Miguel at Best Buy Theater in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Miguel

Miguel is currently on tour, and will hit NYC this Sunday (8/2) for a big show at Terminal 5. T5 is now sold out, but luckily Miguel added a second show here. It's also a much smaller one: Bowery Ballroom on August 5. Tickets go on sale Thursday (7/30) at noon, and they'll probably go fast. Miguel's tour also hits New Haven, Long Island, Atlantic City and more. Updated dates are listed below.

The tour is in support of his great new album Wildheart, which he put out two videos from this week. One is for "NWA" and the other is for "...goingtohell." Check out both, with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Miguel released 2 new videos, adds tour dates (including Bowery Ballroom)"

photo: Janelle Monae at Flow Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae has announced an August tour of entirely free shows that take place at TBA venues in Philly, NYC, DC, Chicago, and more. The full list of cities and dates is below. If you want to go, you have to RSVP.

For the tour, she's taking out everyone on her Wondaland Records label, and the tour is in support of the label's compilation Wondaland Presents: The Eephus - EP, which comes out August 14. It includes Janelle's collaboration with Jidenna, "Yoga," Jidenna's own very viral song "Classic Man," and St. Beauty, Roman GianArthur and Deep Cotton.

"Classic Man" and "Yoga" videos, with the list of cities/dates, below...

Continue reading "Janelle Monae & the rest of Wondaland Records playing free shows in TBA venues (cities, dates, RSVP)"

East Coast Tsunami

Wu-Tang Clan and Life of Agony were already confirmed for the 2015 East Coast Tsunami Fest, happening 9/25-26 in Pennsylvania, and now the rest of the lineup is announced. It includes Mobb Deep, Body Count, Madball, Murphy's Law, Turnstile, Death Threat, Indecision, Angel Du$t, Cruel Hand, For the Love Of, and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/31).

"Doyle" aka Doyle from the Misfits' band is playing the fest with Life of Agony whose bassist Alan Roberts made Doyle a character in his Killogy comic book and upcoming animated series.

Full ECT lineup below...

Continue reading "East Coast Tsunami Fest announces full 2015 lineup (Mobb Deep, Body Count, Madball, Murphy's Law, Wu-Tang & more)"

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