Recent Posts in hiphop

March 19, 2014

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

Kelis / Jungle @ Hype Hotel - 3/14/14
SXSW Hype Machine's Hype Hotel - Austin, TX - 03/1414
SXSW Hype Machine's Hype Hotel - Austin, TX - 03/1414

On the Friday night (3/14) of SXSW, Hype Hotel hosted a dancey show with UK producer Tourist, TDE-signed R&B singer SZA, enigmatic UK funk collective Jungle, German producer Tensnake, and the once-milkshakin', now "indie" Kelis. There was an hour long wait for Kelis, like there was a day earlier at Clive Bar, but this time it was apparently because Cyril Hahn was supposed to play beforehand but cancelled his set. Pictures of the show are in this post, and they continue below...

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March 18, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Pusha T / Dum Dum Girls
Pusha T
Dum Dum Girls

On Wednesday (3/12) at SXSW, SPIN threw their day party at Mohawk/House of Vans with multiple performers across the indoor and outdoor stages. Amanda got there to catch indie pop stalwarts Dum Dum Girls and rapper Pusha T on the outdoor stage. Pictures of both of those sets are in this post. Check out more, with a video of Pusha T playing "Grindin" as Tyer, the Creator (who got into all kinds of trouble at SXSW) raps along from the audience, below...

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March 12, 2014

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

Cities Aviv
Cities Aviv

Not-just-a-rapper Cities Aviv recently release his album 'Come To Life' via Young One Records along with a free FADER Mix on the same day. You can listen to that full mix below and read an interview at FADER. The video for album track "URL IR" is also below.

On 3/20 Cities Aviv will head out on tour with Weekend, but first both artists are here in Austin for SXSW. Sarah Frankie Linder stopped by Red 7 the other night to catch a Cities Aviv set and came back with the pictures you see in this post. Cities Aviv returns to Red 7 on Thursday for a BrooklynVegan Day Party. Hope to see you there.

More pictures, tour dates and the music below...

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February 26, 2014

Red Bull

Red Bull Sound Select returns to Austin for four days during SXSW, and after already announcing the Earl Sweatshirt show and the Twin Shadow / Jagwar Ma show, the remaining two have been announced.

The Friday (3/14) will be headlined by Sleigh Bells and opened by Tink and Tapioca and the Flea; and the Saturday (3/15) will be headlined by Danny Brown and opened by Chicago Alternative Trap rapper Lucki Eck$, plus A.Dd+ and Kydd Jones. All four shows happen at The Belmont. To get in, you need to RSVP.

February 20, 2014

FADER Fort 2013 (more by Julie Schabel)

FADER Fort returns to Austin for SXSW this year. They write:

From March 12th until the 15th, we'll be celebrating FADER's 15th Anniversary and 90th issue with performances by FKA Twigs, The Orwells, Jeremih, Isaiah Rashad, and a series of special guests that will please both new and longtime FADER readers. We've once again partnered with Converse to help make this our best FORT yet, and the live stream will be powered by Dell Precision workstations. Mazda will provide shuttle services and other surprises, while Captain Morgan White Rum serves up specialty cocktails at The FORT's bars. Vitaminwater and Glass Is Life will be on site, too.
Stay tuned for the rest of the lineup and RSVP info.

February 17, 2014

Last Year's RBSS Presents: 120 Hours In Austin (more by Sarah Linder)

Red Bull Sound Select is returning to Austin with another set of curated shows that just happen to fall during the city's biggest festival of the year. Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 4 Days In Austin will be held March 12-15 at The Belmont, pairing big exclusive headliners with up-and-coming openers.

Of the four, only the first show's line-ups have been announced: Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt headlines with Lil Erb, Thurz, Denitia and Scene, and Thurz opening to kick off the series on March 12. That one's curated by Red Bull Sound Select. All the shows are free with RSVP. Stay tuned for announcements about the rest of the lineup.

RBSS is an ongoing series of shows across the country. The last Austin one was this past Thursday (3/13) at Republic Live with Yung Nation, A.DD+, League of Extraordinary G'z, and Kydd Jones.

Flyer for the Earl Sweatshirt RBSS show below...

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February 11, 2014

Schoolboy Q

Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q is set to release Oxymoron on February 25th via Top Dawg Entertainment//Interscope. The album features Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Tyler the Creator, Raekwon, Suga Free, SZA, BJ the Chicago Kid, and Kurupt.

He will be going on a world tour in support of that with Odd Future/Black Hippy collaborator Vince Saples and new TDE labelmate Isaiah Rashad (who just released his own album, Cilvia Demo) that includes SXSW. The tour also hits San Antonio on March 21 at The White Rabbit, Dallas on March 23 at South Side Music Hall, Austin on March 24 at Scoot Inn, Houston on March 25 at Warehouse Live, and El Paso on March 29 at Tricky Falls. Tickets for San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Houston, and El Paso are available now.

Full tour information and more at BrooklynVegan. Videos by Schoolboy Q and Isaiah Rashad below...

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December 29, 2013

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

Public Enemy @ Mohawk - 12/28/2013
Public Enemy @ Mohawk - 12/28/2013

Lethal and Chief and the Doomsday Device opened for the one and only Public Enemy at Mohawk last night (12/28). We've got the pictures to prove it. More below...

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November 15, 2013

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

Kathleen Hanna / MGMT / Jurassic 5
Fun Fun Fun Fest
Fun Fun Fun Fest
Fun Fun Fun Fest

Fun Fun Fun Fest Day 1 pics are here and here, pics from Day 2 pics here and here; and pics from Day 3 are here and in this post. They continue below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 - Day 3 pics (part 2) -- Jurassic 5, Slayer, MGMT, Dismemberment Plan, Julie Ruin & more"

November 10, 2013

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

Deerhunger & M.I.A.
Fun Fun Fun Fest
Fun Fun Fun Fest
Fun Fun Fun Fest
Fun Fun Fun Fest

A sizable crowd anticipated Television on Fun Fun Fun Fest's Orange stage Saturday night, minus the hipster kids waiting for a chance at a prime spot for Deerhunter next, and no wonder. The NYC innovators tour Europe far more than their own country, and rarely - if ever - perform in Texas.

While some will argue that this incarnation isn't Television without Richard Lloyd, who quit in 2006, replacement Jimmy Rip has had a few years to assimilate, marking enough time in leader Tom Verlaine's band for the chemistry to be there.

Whether this brief set met the audience's expectations is another question. Never the most demonstrative of rock bands, Television relies on its material and musicianship to sell the performance, much like the jazz musicians from which Verlaine takes so much inspiration. That's an approach that works better in a club than at an outdoor festival.

The soundman's resistance to proper volume didn't help. [Austin Chronicle]

We'll have plenty more from Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 in a bit, but meanwhile, here are some pictures from Day 2 to follow the ones you saw of Snoop Dogg, Cut Copy & Bill Callahan and from Day 1. More crowd shots and pictures of M.I.A. (who we also just caught in NYC), Ice-T (that guy from Law & Order), Television (not to be confused with the thing you watch Law & Order on), and Deerhunter (yep, we managed to catch a bit of TV and Bradford Cox too), below...

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