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October 16, 2014
photos by Greg Cristman
Flying Lotus / Thundercat @ T5 - 10/15/14
Flying Lotus brought his tour in support of his jazzy new LP You're Dead to Terminal 5 last night (10/15) for his first of two NYC shows here this week. It was packed, the visuals were stunning, the sound was extremely loud, and you could feel the bass physically shaking you. Anybody in the front last night must still be vibrating and have ringing ears.
FlyLo's tourmate/collaborator Thundercat opened with his maniacal bass playing and sweet vocals. There was also a surprise opening set from comedian Hannibal Buress (who will help celebrate Knitting Factory's 5th year in Brooklyn soon), and DJ Peabody kept the crowd warmed up between sets. Pictures of the whole show are in this post.
FlyLo and Thundercat hit MHOW tonight (10/16), which is sold out. Will they have another surprise guest tonight?
More pictures from T5 below...
October 15, 2014
Compton rapper YG put out his well-received proper debut album, My Krazy Life, earlier this year, and he'll be heading back on tour in support of it soon. Most of the tour is co-headlining with A$AP Ferg, though unfortunately the closest it comes to NYC is on November 22 at Toad's Place in CT (tickets). However, during that tour YG will headline NYC without Ferg on November 17 at Best Buy Theater. That show is being opened by Nipsey Hussle. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (10/17) at noon.
All dates are listed, with a video form My Krazy Life, below...
October 13, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, Killer Mike and El-P's collaborative project Run the Jewels is releasing a new album, RTJ2, on October 28 via Mass Appeal. Now, "Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)," the album's collaboration with Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha is out now. Not that you expected otherwise, but this song goes hard. Listen below.
RTJ's tour hits NYC in November with Ratking and Despot.
October 10, 2014
Veteran rap duo Mobb Deep have already had a busy year, and they're about to head out on a lengthy Canadian tour. Upon returning home, they'll play what they're saying is their first-ever Brooklyn show (the members have played their own Brooklyn shows though) on November 19 at Knitting Factory. The show, which also celebrates the Knit's 5th anniversary in Brooklyn, has a great support lineup of Smoke DZA and Fat Tony. Tickets for that show go on sale today (10/10) at 10 AM. All dates are listed, with the Knitting Factory show flyer, below.
Fat Tony is also opening one of two RJD2 shows happening at Brooklyn Bowl on January 13 & 14. Tony's on night 2 and DVS is on night 1. Tickets for those shows go on sale Saturday (10/11) at 10 AM. RJD2 has a few other dates too, all of which are listed below.
October 8, 2014
Vic Mensa at Mad Decent Block Party NYC (more by Chris La Putt)
VIc Mensa has been playing shows, most recently hitting NYC to open for Iggy Azalea in late September, and he'll return for the next show in FADER and vitaminwater's #uncapped series happening October 15 at Gotham Hall (1356 Broadway). Also on the bill is DJ Envy and a surprise headliner. Any idea who it could be? The show is free but you have to RSVP, which is open now. All of his dates are listed below.
In related news, Vic Mensa collaborator Kaytranada is currently on tour, hitting Bowery Ballroom tonight (10/8) (tickets) and MHOW on Thursday (10/9) (sold out). His remaining dates, and Vic's dates, below.
Veteran rapper Common, who put out the new album Nobody's Smiling earlier this year and recently brought out Jay Electronica and Vince Staples in Chicago for the remix of the new LP's track "Kingdom" (which is out now and can be streamed below), will be teaming up with Jay Electronica once again for a US tour later this year. That tour brings the two rappers to NYC on December 9 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are currently on Citi, Live Nation and Ticketmaster presales (password: greatseats) and the general on-sale begins Friday (10/10) at 10 AM.
This month, Common is touring Australia with Maxwell. Vince Staples will on tour with Joey Bada$$ soon. All Common's dates are listed, with the "Kingdom" remix stream, below...
NYC rapper Mykki Blanco is releasing a new album called Gay Dog Food for free download on October 21. It's set to feature an impressive cast of guests including Kathleen Hanna, Katie Got Bandz, Cakes Da Killa, Cities Aviv, No Bra, Ian Isiah and James K. No music's come out from that yet, but Mykki did recently appear on a new song called "Unclassified" by German producer ETИIK. You can stream that below.
Mykki has two dates coming up too, a Halloween celebration on 10/25 in LA and a NYC show on Mischief Night (10/30) at Glasslands. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.
Full tour schedule and that song stream below...
Cold World's new Deathwish record How The Gods Chill is not just a great hardcore and hip hop hybrid album with a Danzig referencing title. It's almost like hitting the rest button on an old Nintendo when the game went wrong or froze up. Maybe getting back to basics may seem a cop out to some, but this is a powerful record. Sure, lots of great weird niche stuff has come out of both musical scenes over the years from Death Grips to Roguish Armament to Bahamadia or Xibalba to Killswitch to Trapped Under Ice. The bigger picture though is that while people ought to be free to choose how they live, it is still so vital that we pay attention to what really matters. Maybe it is a stretch to look at the Gaza strip breakdown of humanity but on a micro/macro level every bit of positive communication for social change may change the mind of someone for the better. It's time to bring back the PMA and spew less hate and less greed. Does anyone need another record about killing people you hate or how people need to know that rappers would be happier with money and cars? Get motivated and unify. Know your rights, as they say. And then... chill. [New Noise]As the above quote mentions, the hardcore/hip hop blenders from Wilkes-Barre, PA known as Cold World released the How The Gods Chill LP on Deathwish earlier this year. Kool G Rap, Sean Price, and Meyhem Lauren all appear on the record. You can stream it in full below. Over the summer, they played This Is Hardcore in their home state, and now they'll be coming to NYC for a show on November 21 at the Acheron, their only announced date at the moment (presented by Hardcore Gig Volume and Noisey). King Nine, Life Of Reilly and Snail's Pace are on the bill too and tickets are on sale now.
Stream the new record below...
As advertised, a special guest appeared during Party Supplies at Sonos Studio in NYC on Friday, and that guest was their frequent collaborator, the big man Action Bronson himself. A few pictures from the "Evening with SoundCloud" are in this post.
Meanwhile the rapper, Yankees fan, and food critic just released a follow-up to his popular "Easy Rider" video in the form of a new video where he reads YouTube comments and responds to them. You watch that and the original video with the pictures, below...
October 7, 2014
Big Freedia at Central Park in September (more by Chris La Putt)
Bounce queen Big Freedia just brought her tour to NYC for a Glasslands show this past weekend (10/4), and she's since expanded it into late November including a return to NYC. She'll be back for a two-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday November 21 and Saturday November 22, both of which are late shows starting around midnight. No opener for night 1 yet but Quickie Mart will be on night 2. Tickets for both go on sale Thursday (10/9) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed below...