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April 27, 2015

D'Angelo

D'Angelo and the Vanguard already announced a NYC show with Gary Clark Jr happening 6/21 at Forest Hills Stadium (tickets), and they've now expanded it into a full tour.

It includes a handful of US dates in June, followed by a European run in July, and hits the NYC-area again for a NJ show on June 28 at Starland Ballroom. Ticket info is TBA. No word yet if Gary Clark Jr is on any date besides the Forest Hills show.

All dates are listed below...

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April 24, 2015

Mobb Deep

Maryland Deathfest is less than a month away (May 21-24), and the lineup was already stacked with Neurosis, Napalm Death, Yob, Triptykon, Primordial, Inter Arma, Tombs, D.R.I., Conan, Ufomammut, Sodom and so many more. Yet MDF still felt the need to sweeten the deal, so they went ahead and added one more to the lineup: Mobb Deep.

You didn't read that wrong, and it's not some foreign metal band with a lawsuit ahead of them. The legendary Queensbridge hip hop duo Mobb Deep are playing at 11:30 PM on the Thursday of MDF (5/21) at Baltimore Soundstage, amongst this otherwise metal, hardcore, and metal-related lineup. It's not crazy -- it's not like Slayer wasn't on Def Jam, Anthrax never collaborated with Public Enemy, and metal and hip hop haven't had a crossover fan base for years -- but it should be interesting to see how this goes down. Tickets for just the Mobb Deep show are on sale, and anyone with an MDF 4-day pass or a Thursday Soundstage ticket can get in too.

Mobb Deep also have several other dates including a hometown NYC show this weekend at BB King's on Sunday (4/26) with Funkmaster Flex, Alchemist and Smif-N-Wessun. Tickets for Sunday's show are still available.

Meanwhile, their seminal 1995 album, The Infamous, turns 20 tomorrow (4/25). Listen to "Shook Ones Pt. II" from that record, with their tour dates and the updated MDF schedule, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Cities Aviv at Palisades in 2014 (more by Jae S. Kim)
Cities Aviv

Rap weirdo Cities Aviv has a new single out, "Neutralizer" / "Graced and Blessed," on which he continues to push the genre's boundaries. Even in a world with Yeezus and Death Grips, this is pretty out-there stuff -- experimental electronic music (WGM produced) takes the place of anything you'd traditionally call a "hip hop beat" and Cities' delivery is raw, unique, and doesn't succumb to any major rap trends, past or present. Listen below.

Cities Aviv has two very cool and very different NYC shows coming up. The first is a Palisades show on May 2 with hardcore band Sick Feeling (no strangers to shows with rappers) and Show Me the Body. That's a late show, starting at midnight, and tickets are on sale.

Later that month, he plays a much bigger show at Webster Hall on May 23 which is the Boysnoize Records 10th anniversary and stacked with electronic artists, including label head Boys Noize, Ed Banger vet Mr. Oizo, Boys Noize & Mr. Oizo's collaborative project Handbraekes, LA's Salva, Baltimore party-starter Spank Rock, producer and Beyonce/Diplo video director Lil Internet, and SCNTST b2b Pilo. Tickets for that one are on sale now too.

Boys Noize also has a ton of other tour dates, which are listed, along with the new Cities Aviv single and a Handbraekes song, below...

Continue reading "Cities Aviv has a new single, playing Brooklyn w/ Sick Feeling & Boysnoize Records' 10th anniversary w/ Mr. Oizo & more"

April 22, 2015

by Zack Baker

photo: A$AP Ferg in Queens in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
A$AP Ferg

LA rappers Overdoz dropped the video for their A$AP Ferg-featuring "F**k Yo' DJ," which has the whole crew going nuts to the thudding beat. The song spends most of its runtime (predictably) championing the rappers' production crew over everyone else's but they don't forget to toss in jabs about how much harder they party as well. Check the video out below.

Ferg recently dropped two videos to tide us over while we wait for his forthcoming Trap Lord followup. He'll also be heading out on Skrillex and Diplo's Full Flex Express tour as the only rapper on the train.

In related news, Ferg's crewmate A$AP Rocky has slowly been building to the release of his new album At.Long.Last.A$AP with a trio of advance singles and the Harlem rapper recently announced A.L.L.A.'s release date for May 12 via A$AP Worldwide/RCA. He'll be at this year's Red Bull Music Academy residency shortly before that for a sold-out talk at Madiba Harlem on May 7, and is now featured on a new Raekwon track. Listen to that collaboration below.

In one last bit of A$AP Mob news, A$AP Ant is playing a hometown show at The Studio at Webster Hall on May 4 with Sha Hef, Dougie F and DJ Michael Medium. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Check out the video for "F**k Yo' DJ" and Rocky's collaboration with Raekwon below...

Continue reading "A$AP Ferg & Overdoz made a video for "F**k Yo' DJ," Rocky released a song w/ Raekwon; A$AP Ant schedules NYC show"

Bone Thugs

Cleveland hip hop vets Bone Thugs-N-Harmony have been playing their 1995 sophomore album, E. 1999 Eternal, in full on tour this year, and that tour's recently been expanded into the summer.

The new dates bring them to NYC on July 30 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on Live Nation/Music Geeks (pw: musicgeeks) presales today (4/22) at 10 AM, and the general on-sale starts Friday (4/24) at 10 AM.

Bone Thugs were also announced for Ice-T's inaugural Art of Rap Festival which takes place at Irvine, CA's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on July 18 and Mountain View, CA's Shoreline Amphitheatre on July 19. A lot of the artists (including Ice-T and Bone Thugs) play both days, and others on the bill include The Game, Afrika Bambaataa, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, DJ Quik, Dough E Fresh, EPM, King T, Grand Master Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, Kurtis Blow, Mack 10, Naughty Nation ft. Treach & Kaygee, Rakim, Ras Kass, Slick Rick, The Alkaholics, Too Short, Warren G, Xzibit, Cold Crush Brothers and Rapper's Delight. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 AM.

In other related news, Sports Nation had Bone Thugs sing "Crossroads" from E. 1999 Eternal after NBA star Blake Griffin dunked three times on Aaron Baynes. Watch that video, with the list of Bone Thugs dates, below...

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April 20, 2015

Kanye & The Weeknd (via Coachella Facebook)
Kanye

Kanye West wasn't billed for Coachella 2015, but it seemed impossible that he wasn't going to do something. And he did in fact show up. After The Weeknd covered "Heartless" in his set, he brought out Kanye to do four of his songs, "Can't Tell Me Nothing," "Black Skinhead," "Don't Like (Remix)," and "All Day." Watch videos, via Miss Info, below...

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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...

Continue reading "D'Angelo playing shows, including Forest Hills Stadium with Gary Clark Jr (dates)"

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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Continue reading "an interview with Shlohmo (on running a label, dealing with others, Flying Lotus, Burzum, Yung Gud, Tidal & more)"

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...

Continue reading "Earl Sweatshirt & Vince Staples postponing dates due to illness (including Best Buy Theater in NYC)"

this is one of the five show flyers...
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:

Continue reading "Replacements, Passion Pit, Slayer, Descendents, Dinosaur Jr, Chance the Rapper, more playing free Converse Boston shows"