July 24, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
Snow Hill, NC's Rapsody has been leaving her mark on the rap world for a few years now. She's got collaborations with Big K.R.I.T., Blu, Statik Selektah and more; and made her highest-profile collaboration to date by appearing on "Complexion (A Zulu Love)" on Kendrick Lamar's new album To Pimp A Butterfly. Her first (and so far only) full length is 2012's The Idea of Beautiful, and this past spring she put out the expanded deluxe edition of her 2014 EP, Beauty and the Beast.
It's on 9th Wonder's Jamla Records, and features production from him, Eric G., Khrysis, Nottz and Young Guru, with a guest appearance from Problem and sung vocals from Merna. If you dig "Complexion" or other TPAB collaborators like Bilal, or rap in the vein of Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Lauryn Hill, Beauty and the Beast should be right up your alley. It's all intricate, poetic delivery over soul-inspired beats that intentionally ignore current pop-rap trends -- "I don't need your emo beats, all I want is soul and funk," boasts Rapsody on "Don't Need It." Listen below.
She was in NYC earlier this month opening for Talib Kweli at two Brooklyn Bowl shows, and she's returning for her own show in August. That takes place at Santos Party House on 8/12. Tickets are on sale now. No word yet if this show is part of a longer tour.
Cascine Records turns five this year and to celebrate they're throwing a birthday party at Brooklyn's The Wythe Hotel on September 17 with performances from Chad Valley, Lemonade, Yumi Zouma, Korallreven, and Cuushe. DJing the party will be Erika Spring (Au Revoir Simone), Jensen Sportag, and Maria Usbeck (Selebrities).
Tickets are on sale now in a variety of packages, including a 5YR Pack that includes:
cassette mixtape curated by Gorilla vs. Bear's Chris Cantalini that includes standout tracks from the label's catalogue along with unreleased songs by Boat Club, Chad Valley and Jensen Sportag. 3) a new and yet-to-be announced Yumi Zouma 12", and 4) the Cascine 5YR tee as designed by Jack Hardwicke.There will also be an "afterparty" (like, way after) on September 19 at Elvis Guesthouse, details TBA. You can check out pic of the 5YR Pack contents, and stream "The Cascine Remixes," below...
by Bill Pearis
photo: Matthew E White @ Baby's All Right in April (more by PSquared)
Matthew E White has released a deluxe version of his Fresh Blood LP that comes with what he's calling the "No Skin" version of the album, which has it stripped of strings, horns, and choirs. (Which he and his band usually, but not always, do it live.) It's still a pretty lush listen without all that, and you can stream the "no skin" version of "Rock n' Roll is Cold" from it below.
Meanwhile, White has a new video for Fresh Blood cut "Vision." Directed by Clara Aranovich, the video features feminist commentator Caitlin Stasey and actor Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class) exploring the trials of living with blindness. Watch it below.
All Matthew E. White tour dates are listed, along with the "Rock n' Roll is Cold" stream and "Vision" video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Future has been the talk of the pop-rap world since releasing his new album DS2 last week, and more recently he jumped on the new Dej Loaf single "Hey There." It has Dej more overtly in R&B mode than "Try Me," as you can hear below.
Dej Loaf is on the stacked, ongoing Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe tour which comes through the NYC-area twice this weekend. First they're at PNC Bank Arts Center tonight (7/24) and then Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Sunday (7/26). Tickets for both are still available.
Dej is on first, and after playing Barclays Center she'll head to smaller NYC venue Marlin Room at Webster Hall for a late-night Sunday show. It starts at 11 PM and DJ Ak and DJ K Rue kick things off. Tickets are available.
In semi-related news, fellow Future collaborators Migos are now streaming their official debut album, Yung Rich Nation. It comes out next week (7/31) on Quality Control/Atlantic, but you can listen to the whole thing on Pandora. They're celebrating it with a release show in NYC on Thursday (7/30) at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are on sale.
Stream the Zaytoven-produced "What A Feeling" from Yung Rich Nation, with the Dej Loaf/Future song, below...
UPDATE: IT HAPPENED
Rumors are starting to spread that Pink Floyd's Roger Waters is going to be backed by My Morning Jacket at Newport Folk Fest tonight!
My Morning Jacket and its members are Newport Folk Fest regulars, but they weren't on the schedule this year, despite being in the area to play Lewiston two days ago, and Xponential Music Festival in Camden on Saturday. Waters, who has promised a "very special" set, was a huge and surprising addition to the sold out Newport Folk Fest back in May. Jim James and crew on stage with Roger would definitely be very special (especially for My Morning Jacket!).
Stay tuned, and tune in to TuneIn.com to stream select sets from the fest live today, Saturday and Sunday. Actually Roger's set isn't listed on the streaming schedule, but Calexico, The Tallest Man on Earth, Heartless Bastards, Langhorne Slim, Courtney Barnett, Laura Marling and many more are on there. The full list of included artists and the embedded player are below.
On Sunday, My Morning Jacket play a show in Maryland with Jason Isbell who plays Newport on Saturday after playing a big free show in Prospect Park tonight (7/24).
Pink Floyd's other singer, David Gilmour, just announced a bunch of huge shows of his own, two nights at MSG included.
Stream Newport Folk Fest radio below....
by Bill Pearis
You may know Maya Postepski as drummer for Austra and former drummer/collaborator in TRST. You may also know her as Princess Century whose debut album, Lossless, came out a couple years ago. She's now got a new (perhaps companion) EP, Lossy, out digitally today via Paper Bag. While it's in the same solar system as Austra and TRST, the songs on Lossy are bliss-out instrumental club music to lose yourself in. (The third track, however, is ethereal comedown material.) The EP will be out on vinyl via Paper Bag on August 14. Listen to the whole thing below...
by Bill Pearis
Matt Rendon has been the guiding force of Southwest powerpop outfit The Resonars since the '90s and these days pretty much IS the band. He's got a new project however, called The Butterscotch Cathedral, which is his chance to pay tribute to ambitious concept albums of the late-'60s and '70s, like The Who's Quadrophenia or The Beach Boys' Smile. The Butterscotch Cathedral's self-titled debut, out October 2 on Trouble in Mind, is pretty much a sonic melding of those two opuses, with a wall of riffs, nonstop-fills-Keith-Moon-style drumming and ethereal harmonies. Consisting of two sidelong song suites (plus a stand-alone titled "Loud Heavy Sun"), Rendon played and sang every note on the album himself and packs in a tremendous amount of big hooks as well. It is homage for sure, but that doesn't make it any less impressive.
We've got the premiere of "Flood Of Mendoza" which is nestled into the album's first side and is one of the album's most outright pop moments. You can stream that, along with a video trailer for the album with a few other snippets, below.
Detroit hardcore band Freedom are following 2014's Pay the Price with USA Hardcore this October via Triple B Records. The album's first single is "Military Issue" which premieres below. Album artwork below too.
Freedom are beginning a tour this weekend with LA's great Fury, leading up to both bands' appearances at Berserktown II. It stops near NYC for a Long Island show on Wednesday (7/29) at Amityville Music Hall with Intent, Provider, Impact and Hangman. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed on the flyer below.
The band will also be close to NYC for the 2015 Back to School Jam which happens at Howell, NJ's GameChanger World on September 12 with Trapped Under Ice (ending a two-year hiatus), Code Orange, Incendiary, 100 Demons, Suburban Scum, Weekend Nachos, Naysayer, Rude Awakening, Lifeless, Give, Blind Justice, Eternal Sleep and Manipulate. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (7/28) at noon. Flyer below.
by Bill Pearis
UK duo Sleaford Mods are back with their new album, Key Markets, featuring Andrew Fearn's post-punk beatmaking and Jason Williamson's non-stop spew of funny, bilious words. If you've listened to their other records you probably know what to expect, but the songs are hookier and the backing tracks a bit more diverse. (There's even just a bit of what you'd almost call singing.) If you liked their other stuff, this does not disappoint -- and it's not a bad entry point for the uninitiated, either. You can stream standout "No One's Bothered" and "Faces to Faces," below, along with a Rdio stream of the whole shebang.
Still no word on a return to North America. Stay tuned.
Tickets to The Zombies 'Odessey & Oracle' show at The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture go on sale today at 10 AM.
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr now goes just by JR JR and they play Webster Hall on November 4 with Brothertiger. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.