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September 30, 2015

photo: Talib Kweli in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli already released an album this year -- the free-to-download Fuck the Money -- and now he already has another one on the way. It's a collaborative LP with producer 9th Wonder, and it's set to feature Brother Ali, Hi-Tek, Krysis, Bad Lucc, Problem, Rapsody, Planet Asia, Niko, Pharoahe Monch, and Slug from Atmosphere. Release date and title are still TBA.

Talib also has dates coming up. One is with a live band in NYC on October 5 at the Blue Note, and that includes both early (8 PM) and late (10:30 PM) shows. Then he DJs late-night at Webster Hall on October 8, which is presumably part of Just Blaze's weekly House Party at the venue (tickets).

Some of Talib's upcoming Australian dates are as Black Star, his duo with Mos Def. (Why not in the US?!) Though Mos Def is going by Yasiin Bey these days, he recently revived his old moniker for a track with Ski Beatz, "Sensei On The Block." Listen to that, with the list of Talib Kweli and Black Star dates, below...

Continue reading "Talib Kweli announces collab LP w/ 9th Wonder, touring; Black Star playing Australia; Mos Def has a new song"

photo: Erykah Badu at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Erykah Badu

Neo-soul great Erykah Badu has been talking for a while about a followup to 2010's New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, though so far there's still no concrete word on that. (She did appear on Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment's album this year though.) In the meantime she's stayed active in the live show department, and she has a few more dates coming up this year.

One happens in NYC on December 2 at Kings Theatre. Tickets for that show are on venue presale now (anyone know the password?) and the general on-sale begins Friday (10/2) at 10 AM.

All known dates are listed, with a stream of the song with Chance the Rapper, below...

Continue reading "Erykah Badu playing shows, including Kings Theatre (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Dawn Richard

We already knew D∆WN (aka Dawn Richard) would be completing the trilogy of 2013's GoldenHeart and this year's BlackHeart with RedHeart (now seemingly called The Red Era), and we just got its first single: "Dance." That's an appropriate name for this song that compared to her last two albums is, well, a lot more danceable. It's got thumping bass, pounding polyrhythmic drums, and you can listen below. The album's due in early 2016.

D∆WN has a few shows coming up too, including NYC on November 11 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets for that one are on sale now.

All known dates are listed, with the stream of "Dance," below...

Continue reading "D∆WN (Dawn Richard) shares "Dance" from 'The Red Era,' playing shows"


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September 29, 2015

photo: Vince Staples at the Theater at MSG - 9/22/15 (more by PSquared)
Vince Staples

Vince Staples has been on a tour with A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator and Danny Brown (that we just caught in NYC), and he's been adding some headlining dates too.

There might still be more TBA, but we know that one happens in Brooklyn on December 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Friday (10/2) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/30) at noon.

All known dates are listed, with the video for "Norf Norf" from Vince's debut LP, below...

Continue reading "Vince Staples extends tour (updated dates)"

September 28, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

Flying Lotus WOKE

Flying Lotus is no stranger to Shabazz Palaces and of course no stranger to frequent collaborator Thundercat, but it's exciting to learn that all three artists have teamed up for a supergroup of sorts called WOKE. All of them are known to push genres boundaries, and their first song features another boundary-pusher who surely influenced all three of them (and who FlyLo and Thundercat collaborated with on "Wesley's Theory" off the new Kendrick Lamar album), George Clinton. The song, called "The Lavishments Of Light Looking," is as awesome as you'd expect it to be. Listen below and download it for free from Adult Swim.

Continue reading "Flying Lotus, Thundercat & Shabazz Palaces team up as WOKE, release song featuring George Clinton (listen)"

Plus: New Speedy Ortiz video and European tour dates

photos by Carly Hoskins

Doomtree / Speedy Ortiz - 9/24/15
Speedy Ortiz

The short tour of alt-rap group Doomtree and indie rockers Speedy Ortiz hit NYC on Thursday at Brooklyn Bowl (9/24). Opening was another alt-rapper, Serengeti, making for a cool bill all around. Did you go? How was it? Pictures continue below.

Speedy also have a new video for "Swell Content" and an upcoming European tour. Dates and video below...

Continue reading "Doomtree, Speedy Ortiz & Serengeti @ Brooklyn Bowl (pics)"

September 26, 2015

Fetty Wap

Fetty Wap, whose debut album came out yesterday, was involved in a serious motorcycle accident earlier today (9/26). He was hospitalized, but appears to be doing okay. His management released a statement via The FADER:

Fetty Wap was involved in a motorcycle incident earlier today. He was treated at a local hospital and is in stable condition. His family wants to thank everyone for their outpouring of love and support. They ask that you respect their privacy during this time. We will provide an update on his condition as it becomes available.
His DJ tweeted the above picture and wrote "wap is Gucci everybody thank you for your prayers" and Just Blaze also added "My fam picked up Fetty at the scene and got him treatment. He's good. Other guy is in worse shape."

According to an eyewitness, he was on his motorcycle attempting to pass a car, and was hit by another car coming in the opposite direction. A few more pictures are below.

Fetty is scheduled to play the FADER + vitaminwater #uncapped series in NYC on Thursday (10/1) with JoJo. Stay tuned for any updates on that.

Continue reading "Fetty Wap hospitalized after motorcycle accident"

September 25, 2015

Meow the Jewels

Meow The Jewels, Run The Jewels' remixed version of RTJ2 "using nothing but cat sounds for music," is out now. (It started as a joke on Kickstarter.) Head HERE to download it for free and pre-order the physical version. All proceeds will be donated to charities that help victims of police brutality.

It includes remixes by Zola Jesus, Just Blaze, Dan the Automator, The Alchemist, Blood Diamonds, Prince Paul, 3D of Massive Attack and more, plus contributions from Snoop Dogg, Lil Bub and more. Tracklist below.

Continue reading "Run the Jewels' 'Meow the Jewels' is out now (free download)"

September 24, 2015

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

The FADER and vitaminwater have been doing their series of #uncapped shows for five years now, and they're celebrating that anniversary with a week of shows in NYC. It goes from September 29 to October 3 and they've got some pretty cool stuff lined up: Fetty Wap (whose debut album is here) is playing with former child-star JoJo (you remember) who's currently trying to reinvent herself by working with Drake's producer. They've got a couple fresh faces of R&B playing, including Alessia Cara and Kehlani, the latter of which is playing with bass wiz Thundercat. There's also pop duo Matt and Kim, new father Chance the Rapper (who also has two Terminal 5 shows coming up) who's playing with Will Smith's daughter/SZA collaborator Willow Smith, and more.

RSVP is open (no venues announced yet). Full lineup below...

Continue reading "FADER + vitaminwater hosting a week of NYC shows (Chance the Rapper, Fetty Wap, Alessia Cara, Kehlani, JoJo & more)"