July 3, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

Statik Selektah

Veteran hip hop producer Statik Selektah is following last year's What Goes Around with another solo album, Lucky 7, on Tuesday (7/7) via Showoff/Duck Down. Like its predecessor, it's insanely stacked with impressive guests. Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, Big K.R.I.T., Talib Kweli, Sean Price, Smif N Wessun, Skyzoo, Bodega Bamz, Rapsody, A$AP Twelvyy, Royce Da 5'9", comedian Hannibal Buress and more show up on this thing. Check out three unsurprisingly-fire singles -- "All You Need" (ft. Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, Elle Varner), "Beautiful Life" (ft. Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$) and "Top Tier" (ft. Sean Price, Bun B, Styles P) -- below.

Statik Selektah is celebrating the album in NYC the day before it comes out at Santos Party House (7/6), and he's promising that guests from the album will show up. Maybe it's a stretch to assume that say, Ab-Soul or Big K.R.I.T. will be in town, but it doesn't seem crazy to expect Bronson, Joey, Talib or any of the other locals. Tickets are on sale now.

Talib Kweli is in the midst of a three-night NYC run. He just played Brooklyn Bowl the past two nights, and will be in Commodore Barry Park today (7/3) for the International African Arts Festival.

Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era are doing their big Steez Day show on Tuesday (7/7) at Central Park SummerStage with Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, Phony Ppl, Smoke DZA and more, plus Statik Selektah on DJ duties. After that, Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers head to Highline Ballroom for a late-night show (11:15 PM doors). Central Park is sold out but tickets for Highline are still available.

Statik Selektah song streams and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Statik Selektah celebrating LP ft. Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, Joey Bada$$, Talib Kweli & more in NYC with special guests"

tickets

Tickets for the Revocation and Cannabis Corpse show at The Studio at Webster Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Cult of Luna and Kylesa show at Gramercy Theatre go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Caspian and Circle Takes the Square show at Rough Trade go on sale at noon.

Tickets for the Stars of the Lid show at St. Agnes Church go on sale at noon.

Jim Gaffigan and Jeannie Gaffigan are appearing on Ron Bennington's Unmasked for a live-taping at Carolines on Broadway on July 9. Tickets are available for raffle via Twitter.

Capitol Records-signed In the Valley Below, whose new video was filmed on the top of their label's iconic building in the band's hometown, is touring in the fall, but first they play a free Fiat-presented show at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn on July 14. RSVP is required (email itvbrsvp@townsquaremedia.com to RSVP).

'90s-style rockers Rozwell Kid and Soda Bomb are playing Shea Stadium on August 9 with Pocket Hercules and Baked. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

French house producer Fred Falke is playing Output on July 10 with Cut Snake and Eagles & Butterflies. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

photo: George Clinton @ Beekman Beer Garden, 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
George Clinton

It's Independence Day Weekend and we've got a guide to holiday events/concerts, and you can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Meanwhile, here are some highlights...

George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Fonky Kong @ Governors Island
It's the "Funk n' Cue" bash, starring interplanetary groovemaster George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic. Opening is Fonky Kong, who feature a member of Lettuce. Doors are at 5 PM.

Evan Caminiti, Circuit Des Yeux, Ancient Ocean @ Trans-Pecos
Circuit des Yeux (aka Haley Fohr) recently released her new album, In Plain Speech, which is her first for Thrill Jockey and first with a full band. The band is also on tour with her, and tonight's her first of two NYC shows. Headlining is her Thrill Jockey labelmate Evan Caminiti (aka one half of Barn Owl).

Sasha, SCUBA, Guti, Agoria, Kate Simko, Brad Miller, Joris Voorn @ Verboten StageONE at 50 Kent
The long weekend starts early with all-day "Last Day on Earth" party which is the first of the big shows Verboten is presenting at 50 Kent. Doors at noon.

Juan Atkins, DUST, Reade Truth, Alex From Queens @ Good Room
Keep dancing late into the evening with this party headlined by techno originator Juan Atkins.

Old Wounds, Vein, Go Deep, Icarus @ Grand Victory
NJ's Old Wounds released their second album, The Suffering Spirit, this week, offering up more of their crushing metallic hardcore. If you're going, it's also worth catching 6131 signees Go Deep, who make pissed-off heavy hardcore.

Talib Kweli @ Commodore Barry Park (International African Arts Festival)
The Interntional African Arts Festival began Thursday and runs through Sunday. Today's the second date, and features local hip hop veteran Talib Kweli headlining. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 (or $2 for children).

The Gradients, Bambara, Heaven's Gate, The Cradle @ Palisades
This is a very solid bill of NYC indie rock, which serves as the tour kickoff for The Gradients and The Cradle. In between are the very boisterous Bambara, and the muscular, melodic/dreamy sounds of Heaven's Gate.

Ital, Umfang, Pictureplane, Cities Aviv @ Lot 45
Local dancefloor-movers Ital, Umfang and Pictureplane team up with rap weirdo Cities Aviv for this late-night party at Bushwick restaurant/bar/venue Lot 45 (411 Troutman St). It's free before 11 PM, and $10 after that.

Crime in Stereo, Incendiary, Royal Psalms @ Saint Vitus
If you dig Long Island hardcore, this bill is tailor-made for you with the long-running melodic band Crime In Stereo and the newer, more metallic Incendiary.

Pile, The Austerity Program, Couch Slut @ The Bell House
If you dig the sounds of noisy underground '90s rock, this whole lineup should appeal to you. Describing the entire bill, Justin from The Austerity Program says it offers "three takes on the question nobody asked in 1994: "All the people buying these AmRep seven-inches, what will their music sound like in about two decades?" Your tl/dr answer: Pile = "rock-y", The Austerity Program = "pound-y", Couch Slut = " gonorrhea-y"." There you have it.

Izzy True, Vagabon, Fern Mayo, Painted Zeros @ Silent Barn
Don Giovanni-signed singer/songwriter Izzy True has a sound that's part anti-folk, part indie rock on her debut EP that came out on DG this week.

The Growlers @ Surf Lodge
If you're out in Montauk for the holiday weekend, The Surf Lodge seems to be a cool place to catch popular bands playing very intimate shows. Tonight it's garagey party-rockers The Growlers.

The Grateful Dead's Chicago shows are this weekend, and there are a few places you can watch the simulcast in the NYC-area.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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July 2, 2015

Pearl Jam

Those sneaky boys in Pearl Jam tweeted the above picture and wrote "Stay tuned." We have no idea what this means, but a little detective work shows that the picture has a striking similarity to NYC subway entrances. Will they give up the road for platform busking? Perhaps they'll be doing something bigger in NYC? Gothamist points out that there's a crowdfunding campaign to get them to play Forest Hills Stadium, but Daniel Sheffer, one of the organizers behind that campaign, thinks it's more likely they're playing the Global Citizens Festival happening September 26 in Central Park. The only confirmed performer at the moment is... Ed Sheeran.

In other news, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament helped bring Browning, Montana a new skatepark. It opened this past Friday (6/26), and Jeff was in attendance. Flathead Beacon reports:

For a remote reservation town not accustomed to receiving much recognition, the Browning community hosted a monumental party at the park's official opening, with none other than Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament in attendance - not to play bass guitar with his legendary, Seattle-based rock band, but to skateboard with some new friends.

Thunder Park was funded in large part through a $250,000 donation from Ament, who has been doling out cash for skateparks on and near reservation land all over Montana in an effort to inject active, creative outlets for young people in depressed economies.

"This all started when I was skating in St. Ignatius and I met two kids from Browning and they were just ripping," Ament said. "I asked them if they had a skatepark, and they told me about these two ramps at the bingo hall."

Maybe this is Jeff's way of dealing with a midlife crisis?

by Sadaaf Mamoon

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

Ever find your life lacking substantial entertainment? Well, if so, it's a good thing our pals at Fox News exist to flip that occasional boredom on its head. They've long been so very adept at analyzing the social correlates of hip hop, and their recent The Five panel reportage re: Kendrick Lamar doesn't disappoint (read: greatly disappoints).

As you may have seen, Kendrick opened the BET Awards this year with a raw, honest performance of "Alright" atop a vandalized police car, rapping "We hate po-po / Wanna kill us dead in the street fo sho" with a huge American flag snapping behind him. Of course, Fox had something to say (and to keep your head shaking, they only subtitled certain lyrics to change the song meaning).

"Ugh, I don't like it... Personally, it doesn't excite me, it doesn't turn me on, it doesn't interest me, I'm not feelin' it" was the genius insight we got from Kimberly Guilfoyle. And then, from Geraldo Rivera:

It's not helpful at all. This is why I say hip-hop has done more damage to African-Americans than racism in recent years. This is exactly the wrong message. And then to conflate what happened in the church in Charleston, South Carolina with these tragic incidents involving excessive use of force by cops is to equate that racist killer with these cops - it is so wrong, it is so counterproductive, it gives exactly the wrong the message.
Obviously.

Kendrick appeared on TMZ Live today with an elegant response to Rivera's comments (via HipHopDX):

This is our music. This is us expressing ourselves. Rather [than] going out here and doing the murders myself, I want to express myself in a positive light the same way other artists are doing. Not going out in the streets, go in the booth and talking about the situation and hoping these kids can find some type of influence on it in a positive manner. Coming from these streets and coming from these neighborhoods, we're taking our talents and putting 'em inside the studio.
He also added that Rivera took the "we hate po-po" line out of context and said, "you can't dilute the message." If you haven't seen it yet, you can watch that Fox News clip below.


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In other Kendrick news, the video for his Bilal collab, "Money Over Love" recently premiered. It's one of the singles off Bilal's fifth studio album, In Another Life, which Bilal has been on tour supporting. He hit NYC last night (7/1), with a show at Highline Ballroom (pictured above). Were you there? How was it?

Check out the "Money Over Love" video, and that Fox News segment, below...

Continue reading "Kendrick Lamar responded to that dumb Fox News segment, released a video for Bilal collab "Money Over Love""

Misfits

Should the Jerry Only-led Misfits play Earth A.D. in full at This Is Hardcore this year? We don't think so. But should they play that AND Walk Among Us in full at their Halloween-time NYC show, soon after playing Static Age (which some Misfits fans may not even consider an actual Misfits album) in full in NJ? Because they'll do just that on October 24 at Starland Ballroom and October 27 at Best Buy Theater. They do the same two nights in a row in LA.

Sigh.

While the current version of the "Misfits" had Jerry Only as the sole original member, it was kinda sorta (?) better that they did also have Dez Cadena of Black Flag on guitar. However, Dez is out now too, and his replacement? Jerry's son Jerry Jr of course. The rest of the current lineup is drummer Eric "Chupacabra" Arce (Murphy's Law) and guitarist Marc Rizzo (Soulfly, Ill NiƱo).

Tickets for the NYC and NJ and other shows will be on sale soon via Ticketmaster. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Misfits replace Dez Cadena with Jerry's son, playing 'Walk Among Us,' 'Earth A.D.' & 'Static Age' in full on tour"

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One of life's little pleasures may soon be a thing of the past. Sealed Air Corp, the New Jersey company who invented Bubble Wrap and have been making it since 1960, just unveiled the new version of their product...that doesn't pop. As the Wall St. Journal reports, the product, called iBubble Wrap, comes flat and is inflated by the shipper with a custom-made pump. Somewhat like what Amazon currently uses, it inflates in columns, not poppable clusters.

Sealed Air Corp says they'll continue to make the old kind, but it currently not very pop-ular, only making up 03% of the company's sales.

If you've ever wondered how Bubble Wrap is made, you can watch a video (and a video of DZ's single of the same name), below...

Continue reading "Bubble Wrap makers releasing boring new upoppable product"

photo: Foxing at Brooklyn Night Bazaar in January (more by Mimi Hong)
Foxing

Foxing are currently on the road with mewithoutYou and they ran into horrible luck last night. They write:

Our hearts are truly broken.
Last night while we sleeping our trailer stolen. Literally all of our gear, a lot of Lithuania's gear, most of our clothes, personal items, and all of our merchandise was taken from us. We've contacted the police and filed a report; but as most bands who have been in our position can attest to, chances of recovery are low. We've known so many bands who have gone through this ordeal; at this point in history it truly feels like it's not a matter of if but rather when. Still, there is a difference between witnessing it and living it, and we are definitely 'living it' right now. I gotta tell you, it's just as soul crushing as one might imagine. There are a myriad of emotions running through our collective right now; just writing this is a bit overwhelming. I am grateful this isn't a message in regards to a car accident or a personal injury, we are all together and trying to remain positive, but like I said at the beginning: this is truly heart breaking.
This may be self-aggrandizing but I look at musicians, and artists a whole, as social servants. It is function and duty of the artist to bring something to other's lives; in a very small way offer ourselves and our work to the world and hopefully bring people together. Perhaps this is trite, but simply put, the arts saved my life. I know I can speak for everyone in the band when I say that our lives have been forever changed by witnessing and playing music in a live setting. Further more, from meeting and talking to strangers around the country, I believe that we are not alone. Our joy comes from playing our songs for friends and strangers alike, and in so, our instruments were an extension of ourselves; whoever took our things last night took our ability to perform; they took away a part of all of us. We are devastated.

-We are putting all of our shirt designs up on our store; if you've ever felt like you want a Foxing shirt, snagging one now would directly help us stay above water: http://foxing.merchnow.com/

-Also, this is really hard for me to write because we've always prided ourselves on our self-sufficiency, but we are hurting right now--if you feel like making a donation, you can send something via PayPal: FoxingTheBand@gmail.com

If you've read this far down: thank you for your time. We will update you as soon as we can.
Today is a sad day; let's hold onto to love

Sad to hear. As the above message says, if you'd like to help them out, you can pick up some merch or donate via PayPal (FoxingTheBand@gmail.com).

The tour with mewithoutYou hits NYC on July 17 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that are still available.

All remaining dates are listed, with music from both bands, below...

Continue reading "Foxing had their trailer stolen while on tour w/ mewithoutYou"

by Bill Pearis

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As mentioned earlier today, the first single off The Libertines' new album is "Gunga Din" and the band have just released the official music video. Directed by Roger Sargent, the video was shot on the streets of Pattaya, Thailand. As for the song, "Gunga Din" definitely retains that Libertines swagger and anthemicism and seems to be a catch-up on their story, lyrically. It's pretty good. Watch the video below.

The Libertines' new album, Anthems for Doomed Youth, is their first in 11 years and will be out in September.

Continue reading "The Libertines share "Gunga Din" video (watch)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Ty Segall at The Bell House last month (more by PSquared)
Ty Segall

Ty Segall is a man of many musical projects, like his own (which just played four NYC shows last month), Fuzz, and Ty Segall & White Fence, to name a few. Now he's got another power trio to add to that list: Broken Bat.

The band is Ty, Melvins drummer Dale Crover, and OFF!/Redd Kross (and Redd Blood Cells) bassist Steven McDonald. So far, all the band have released is "just a taste" of first single "Take My Medicine." From the sound of it, they have a sludgy, evil vibe more similar to Fuzz than Ty's solo material. But what else would you expect from putting Ty in a studio with a Melvin? Listen below.



Meanwhile, the Melvins were just in NYC twice this week on their tour with Le Butcherettes, hitting Santos Party House on Monday (6/29) and Tuesday (6/30). Like they've been doing at other stops on this tour, the shows had them ending with covers of Pop-O-Pies' "Fascists Eat Donuts" [hey, the Pop-O-Pies! - Bill] and Bikini Kill's "Rebel Girl," with Le Butcherettes' Teri Gender Bender joining them on vocals. Video of those covers at the 6/30 show, and the setlist from that one, below.

Continue reading "Ty Segall forms band with Redd Kross/OFF! bassist & Dale Crover; Melvins covered Bikini Kill w/ Teri Gender Bender"

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