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"Thank you all for showing up and playing your part in our success of reaching the goal!! Continue to spread the word!" - De La Soul

photo: De La Soul at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by PSquared)
De La Soul

Legendary rap trio De La Soul haven't released a new album since 2004's The Grind Date (not counting the album two members put out as fictional group First Serve in 2012), but they're finally ready to change that. It's called and the Anonymous Nobody, and the group launched a Kickstarter for it yesterday (3/30), and successfully funded the album in under 24 hours. It's set to feature collaborations with Damon Albarn (who they worked with previously in Gorillaz), 2 Chainz, Little Dragon, David Byrne and more TBA. Plus, they're allowing anyone who pledges at least $7,500 to appear on the album as well. They also talk a little bit about the recording process...

Sampling is basically copying a piece of sound, from one recording, and reusing it to create a new recording. It is how De La has always made music. The sampler is our instrument, but people who copy, and in this case "sample," have also been considered thieves and unoriginal. So, unfortunately a huge part of our career has also been spent fighting off the "sample police."

Enough of those battles! For the new album, we needed a completely new approach, something Hip-Hop hasn't done before. So, here it is: For the first time, we're going to sample ourselves.

Over the last three years, we've hired some of LA's finest studio musicians and recorded them in free-styled, unrehearsed, jam sessions. They played everything from banjo to upright bass, sometimes up to a dozen musicians at once; simply allowing sounds to integrate. We did 90% of these recordings in one of LA's most classic studios, Vox. We chose Vox because we wanted our recordings to have that creamy analog warm mixing board sound that the old records our parent's once played had. With over 200 hours of sounds, and vibes, equal to about 250 to 300 full-length vinyl LPs, it's time that we get to the work.

Here's the interesting part. We are now in the process of going back to that 200+ hours of music, listening, enjoying and discovering those special moments where, musically, something magical happens, where interesting sounds and layers were forgotten, where new sounds can be sampled, looped, chopped, filtered and arranged, freely, without the intrusive presence of publishing politics and the infamous "sample police." What we've done is created our own crates of records; album upon albums to mine and sample from.

Though the album's been successfully funded, you still have 32 days to donate to it and receive exclusive rewards. More details on that here.

They also have dates coming up, including Arts & Crafts' Field Trip Festival in Toronto. Full tour schedule below...

Continue reading "De La Soul fund new album via Kickstarter in 1 day; set to feature Damon Albarn, Little Dragon, David Byrne & more"

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Kanye West's concert at Madison Square Park Thursday night drew in thousands of fans and spectators, despite the backlash from Flatiron community and business leaders.

A long line of concertgoers had to go through three blocks of barricaded streets to get to the free show at Flatiron Pedestrian Plaza inside Madison Square Park. The 37-year-old rapper's fans braved the freezing temperatures and the small green space and were thrilled with a big screen, bright lights and plenty of tunes.

...The packed show worried Community Board 5 and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who pushed the city to reconsider holding the concert at the park. Brewer said she couldn't fathom why Roc Nation, Jay Z's media company which produced the show, didn't stage the concert at a bigger outdoor space such as Times Square.

Some of the concertgoers said they had no problem with the tighter quarters of Madison Square Park, however. [AMNY]

Kanye West had a pretty eventful Thursday. Earlier in the afternoon, he debuted a new song "Wolves" at the fashion show for his new Adidas line, and then at night he played the first annual Roc City Classic at Flatiron Pedestrian Plaza, which Kevin Durant co-hosted. As you can see in the picture above, it was packed. Were you one of the people in attendance? If not, did you stream it online?

'Ye didn't play "Wolves" at the show, but he did close the set with his recent Paul McCartney collaboration "Only One." He brought out his G.O.O.D. Music pals Travi$ Scott, 2 Chainz, Pusha T and Big Sean, and did a handful of their songs too. The show opened with three Travi$ Scott/2 Chainz songs, and later on they included Big Sean's recent Kanye-featuring single, "Blessings," Sean's huge hit "I Don't Fuck With You," posse cuts "Don't Like" and "Clique," and more. He also brought out rising Paterson, NJ rapper Fetty Wap (who also opened for Meek Mill at Best Buy Theater the same night) for his buzzy "Trap Queen." "I wanna bring out a special guest. Young new artist, my favorite song out," he said. Jay Z and Beyonce must like it too, since they were in the crowd dancing to it, as you can see in a short clip below.

Travi$ Scott also recently expanded his tour with Young Thug and is on the surprise new Drake album. Drake plays an NBA All-Star Weekend show too (with Nas).

Full setlist, a few more pictures and videos, and the "Wolves" video ICYMI, also below...

Continue reading "Kanye West played to massive crowd outside Madison Square Park, Fetty Wap & other guests included (pics, video, setlist)"

by Andrew Sacher

DJ Mustard

"Mustard on the beat, ho!" You can pretty much turn on rap radio at any time of the day and hear that multiple times -- between producing hits for YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Tinashe, Jeezy, 2 Chainz, Tyga and so many more, DJ Mustard is basically everywhere. And not for nothing, he knows his way around a beat. He also put out his proper debut album this year, 10 Summers, which was produced entirely by Mustard himself and featured contributions from plenty of big names likes YG, Jeezy, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Ty Dolla $ign, Nipsey Hussle, Iamsu!, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Fabolous, Dom Kennedy, Lil Boosie and more. You can preview the album and download it for cheap ($3.99) over at Google Play, and check out the video for the Ty Dolla $ign/2 Chainz-featuring "Down On Me" below.

DJ Mustard has a few shows coming up, including NYC TONIGHT (11/19) at Output with Nadus, Austin Millz and Jasonscott. Will any of his many collaborators show up? Tickets for tonight's show are available.

All dates (including the February Holy Ship! 2015) are listed, with that video, below...

Continue reading "DJ Mustard released a guest-filled debut LP, on tour, playing NYC tonight (dates, video)"

photos by Tim Griffin


Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.

Now we've got pics of the whole three days on BV Austin. Check out day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE and day 3 HERE.

Def Jam

Def Jam Records, the label responsible for some of the most influential hip hop ever released (Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Kanye West, much more), is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and in honor of that they'll throw a big show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on October 16. It's got a lineup of artists from throughout Def Jam's history as a label with legends, currently-rising artists and plenty in between, including Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, DMX, Fabolous, Foxy Brown, Jhené Aiko, Onyx, Method Man, Redman, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Warren G, EPMD, and Jeremih. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 22 at 10 AM with AmEx/Radio/Venue/Promotor/Ticketmaster presales starting Thursday, August 21 at 10 AM.

Def Jam is also releasing two versions of a limited edition box set in honor of the anniversary, which "will include Selections From The Roots of Def Jam, which is curated by Rick Rubin and features music that inspired him to create the label, as well as a two-volume compilation of Def Jam Recordings' Greatest Hits." 'Def Jam 30' video below.

Method Man will also be part of another big Barclays Center show on September 20, when his group Wu-Tang Clan play their show with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Lil Kim, The Diplomats, Curren$y and Dom Kennedy (tickets).

Method Man and Redman are also playing Best Buy Theater on November 26. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/15) at noon. UPDATE: The show's actually part of this year's Smokers Club tour.

EPMD were also added to the NYC stop of Dirtybird's 'BBQ tour' which happens on Sunday (8/17) at 50 Kent with Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy, Christian Martin, Justin Jay and Ardalan. Tickets are on sale for that show.

We also mentioned that Jeremih is playing a free NYC show with Run the Jewels this month, for which RSVP is now closed.

Rick Ross also appears on Jeezy's new single "Beautiful" which also features The Game. The song's off Jeezy's upcoming album, Seen It All, which also features Jay Z, T.I., YG, Lil Boosie, Kelly Rowland and more. You can stream the new single below...

Continue reading "Def Jam celebrating 30th anniversary at Barclays Center with Rick Ross, Warren G, EPMD, Method Man, Jeremih, more"


The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....

Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.

This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.

Ditto for emo vets Mineral

So much more greatness listed below....

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 lineup! (Judas Priest, Nas, Death Cab, Neutralk Milk Hotel, King Diamond, Failure & much more)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

2 Chainz / Miguel @ Best Buy Theater - 4/30/13
2 Chainz

Power 105.1's DJ Prostyle celebrated his birthday at Best Buy Theater this past Wednesday (4/30) with sets from 2 Chainz, Miguel and a number of other friends. During 2 Chainz's set, he called out Funkmaster Flex who had said on one of ESPN's recent 'Highly Questionable?' shows that 2 Chainz did the worst freestyle on his show. At Best Buy Theater 2 Chainz said, "I don't give a fuck what Funkmaster Flex gotta say about this nigga from Atlanta. [...] Fuck you and what you think about me, nigga!" You can hear his whole response in a video below.

Pictures of the show are in this post too, and they continue, along with that video and another of 2 Chainz's set, below...

Continue reading "2 Chainz played Best Buy Theater w/ Miguel & others, called out Funkmaster Flex (pics & videos)"

Miguel at Made In America 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

R&B crooner Miguel and guest-verse-fave 2 Chainz both have some separate dates coming up this year, but they'll join forces to celebrate DJ Prostyle's (Power 105.1) birthday in NYC on April 30 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for this double bill go on sale Friday (4/4) at noon. Each artist's dates are listed below.

In related news, 2 Chainz has been threatened (via instagram) by an "alleged groupie" that she's suing him over comments he made about her in a now-viral video. VIBE reports:

On his recent T.R.U. Tour, a woman, who reportedly goes by the name of Tina, tried to get close to rapper Cap 1, which led to an awkward encounter between her and Chainz' entourage

"You ain't gonna catch nothing out here but a cold, baby. Put something on your back, baby," 2 Chainz joked in a viral video called #IsThisYoThot, referring to a term that stands for "that hoe over there."

You can watch that video below.

In less messy news, Miguel is on the Girls Season 2 Soundtrack which is out now. You can stream his contribution, "Simplethings," along with the lists of dates, below...

Continue reading "Miguel & 2 Chainz (who may be facing legal trouble) playing shows, one together in NYC (dates)"

Schoolboy Q

Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q just had to cancel his February show with Janelle Monae (she plays Lehman College tonight, 1/28), but fortunately we'll still get to see him soon. He's just announced a full tour in support of his upcoming Oxymoron LP with support from Odd Future/Black Hippy associate Vince Staples and new TDE-signee Isaiah Rashad. The tour hits NYC on March 4 at Best Buy Theater and NJ on March 5 at Starland Ballroom Tickets for the NYC show and tickets for the NJ show go on sale Friday (1/31) at noon. All known dates are listed below.

UPDATE: Tour announced in full (including SXSW), all dates below.

The much-anticipated Oxymoron is due out February 25 via Interscope, and more details continue to be revealed. We just saw the album artwork and heard another track, and now XXL Mag points to a purported tracklist. It features previously-released songs "Collard Greens" (ft. Kendrick Lamar), "Man of the Year" and "Break The Bank" (but not "Yay Yay"), and in addition to Kendrick, guests include A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, Ab Soul, 2 Chainz, Tyler the Creator, Raekwon and Suga Free, plus the entire Black Hippy crew appearing on one song. Check out the tracklist and streams of the three singles, plus a clip of another LP cut, "Gangsta," below.

Schoolboy Q also recently performed "Man of the Year" on Fallon, which you can watch a video of below.

Meanwhile, Isaiah Rashad also released his new album, Cilvia Demo, today (1/28), and just released the video for its track "Soliloquy." The album features fellow recent TDE-signee SZA on two songs, plus Schoolboy Q and fellow Black Hippy member Jay Rock on another. You can watch the "Soliloquy" video and stream a few other tracks from the tape below.

All dates are listed, along with streams, videos, and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Schoolboy Q announces 'Oxymoron' tour w/ Vince Staples and Isaiah Rashad (who released an album) (dates & streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

Rakim at Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Eric Townsend)

It's the new year, and like every year, there's a ton of great hip hop shows coming up in NYC, especially a lot this month (and of course a few announced for the months after that). So while you're trying to stay warm during the coldest winter, here's some of those shows you might want to check out:

As discussed, Jay Z brings his Magna Carter World Tour to his stomping grounds of Barclays Center on Sunday (1/12) and Monday (1/13). If you can't make the Brooklyn dates, or just still need more Hov in your life, there's other nearby dates happening at Mohegan Sun (1/17), Nassau Coliseum (1/19), and Prudential Center (1/22). Tickets for those shows are still available.

A bunch of golden-age rappers are joining forces for the Masters of Ceremony show at Radio City Music Hall on January 24 with DMX, EPMD, Rakim, Naughty by Nature, Brand Nubian, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Biz Markie, and Black Sheep. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Another long-running NYC rapper, Talib Kweli will play the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at SOB's on January 19, and this one also honors the late Nelson Mandela. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Also at SOB's on January 27, producer 9th Wonder will celebrate the release of his label Jamla Records' Jamla is the Squad compilation album. Statik Selektah hosts for the night, and the show will also feature ADD-2, Rapsody and the entire Jamla team -- Actual Proof, HaLo, GQ, Heather V and more -- with special guests. Not sure whose those guests will be, but the album features appearances from Jadakiss, Styles P, Talib Kweli, Elzhi, Phonte, and more. Stream a 9th Wonder-produced Rapsody track from the compilation, below. Tickets are on sale now.

Sooner than that, SOB's hosts Le1f/Mykki Blanco collaborator Ian Isiah on Wednesday (1/8). That show also features Benja, Silverbird, Rising Sun Allstars and Quincy Vidal. Tickets are on sale.

And Ty Dolla $ign, who got some internet love for his 2013 mixtape, Beach House 2 (stream below), will play SOB's on January 22 with Black Cobain, Tijon and Gliffics. Tickets are on sale.

Dom Kennedy, who's notably collaborated with Curren$y, Schoolboy Q, Casey Veggies and others, plays NYC on January 28 at Irving Plaza with Skeme. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Another Dom Kennedy collaborator, Nipsey Hussle, plays NYC on January 24 at Highline Ballroom with Erk the Jerk and The Kid Daytona. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Nipsey recently released a new track, "6in Heels," which you can stream below.

Waka Flocka Flame plays NYC on January 27 at BB King's. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

As discussed, J. Cole brings his tour to NYC this month on January 28 at the Theatre at MSG. Tickets are still available.

And 2 Chainz, Pusha T and August Alsina bring their tour to NYC soon after on February 5 at Roseland Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

Other upcoming hip hop shows happening a bit later in the year include Cam'ron at Stage 48 on 2/20 (tickets), Shaggy at Brooklyn Bowl on 2/25 (tickets), and Slaughterhouse at Best Buy Theater on 4/26 (tickets).

And Kanye West just announced a tour.

These are just a few of the upcoming hip hop shows in NYC. What else?

Streams below...

Continue reading "upcoming NYC hip hop shows: Jay Z, Rakim, Talib Kweli, Dom Kennedy, J Cole, Ty Dolla $ign, Nipsey Hussle, Pusha T, more"

by Andrew Sacher


Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?

Check out the full top 100 below...

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Pusha Chainz

2 Chainz and Pusha T, who appear on each other's 2013 albums, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time and My Name Is My Name, respectively, will be joining forces for a 2014 North American tour. R&B singer August Alsina opens on all dates. The tour kicks off in Boston and then hits NYC the next day at Roseland Ballroom on February 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/13) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, along with some streams, below...

Continue reading "Pusha T and 2 Chainz touring together in 2014 (dates)"


R. Kelly drops his Black Panties album next week (12/10) and has been a flurry activity, stopping by late night talk shows this week for some very weird, very R. Kelly moments. His appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday (12/4) featured him singing a medley of songs while he literally played a woman like a violin with an appearance from 2 Chainz, then British actor Benedict Cumberbatch (aka Sherlock or Khan) gave a dramatic reading of the lyrics to "Genius."

Then last night (12/5) on Arsenio, he performed his Nelson Mandela tribute, "Soldier's Heart," and then performed "Shut Up" and made up songs based on the audience questions. You can watch the Arsenio and Kimmel performances below.

Meanwhile, the news we've all been waiting for. There will be more episodes of "Trapped in the Closet" coming in 2014 that will air on IFC. No specifics on those yet, but you can play catch-up on his labyrinthine musical soap opera on Saturday (12/7) as IFC will air all 33 episodes starting at 5:15 PM, or you can watch them all online now.

Videos below...

Continue reading "R. Kelly making more episodes of "Trapped in the Closet," gave unique performances on 'Arsenio' & 'Kimmel' this week (watch)"

by Andrew Sacher


It's the first work week of December and the year-end music lists for 2013 keep piling in. We just saw album lists from Q and Mojo, and now we get a list from a US publication, SPIN. There's not too many surprises on this one. Like last year, it shares its #1 with the highest Pitchfork-rated album of the year, and in general it features many of the albums we expect to see on these kinds of lists, including a lot of the year's big-name comebacks like My Bloody Valentine, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Queens of The Stone Age, Boards of Canada and Nine Inch Nails, plus big breakouts like Haim and Disclosure. There are a few interesting omissions though, like Savages.

Check out their full list below...

Continue reading "SPIN's top 50 albums of 2013"

by Andrew Sacher

Pusha T
Pusha T

Pusha T spent most of the '00s as one half of respected hip hop duo Clipse, and more recently he's struck out on his own, releasing multiple mixtapes, and becoming a frequent Kanye collaborator. This week (10/8), he finally put out his first official solo album, My Name Is My Name, which was produced almost entirely (and executive produced) by Kanye West. You can hear hints of Yeezus in the production, but while 'Ye used his own record to see how far he could push the boundaries of hip hop, for this one he keeps his beautiful dark twisted fantasies within the classicist realm of the genre. 2 Chainz and Big Sean, who are becoming the dynamic duo of goofy guest verses, show up to lighten the mood on "Who I Am," The-Dream gives Pusha a dose of PBR&B (sorry) on "40 Acres," and Kendrick Lamar appears in characteristic game-murdering mode on what may be the album's best track, "Nosetalgia." You can watch the video for "Nostetalgia" (via NPR), along with a full stream of the album (via Myspace), below.

Pusha T is about to go on a UK tour with collaborators Chase & Status, but before that he'll play a couple US dates, including NPR's CMJ showcase, which happens on October 16 at Le Poisson Rouge. The rest of the lineup is stacked, including Syrian pop star Omar Souleyman (who has a new Four Tet-produced album on the way), NYC pop duo Cults (who have other shows too), and a DJ set from A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad (who also DJed last year's NPR CMJ showcase). The show is free with RSVP, which opens today (10/10). Check @NPRHipHop and @NPRMusic for updates. If you can't make it, you can also watch the live stream on NPR Music.

All Pusha T dates are listed, along with the video and LP stream, below...

Continue reading "Pusha T released 'My Name Is My Name,' touring, playing NPR CMJ showcase w/ Omar Souleyman & Cults (dates, LP stream)"

Schoolboy Q at #uncapped in NYC - 9/16/13 (via vitaminwater instagram)
Schoolboy Q

Power 105.1's Powerhouse is returning this year, this time happening in Brooklyn on November 2 at Barclays Center with Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Fabolous, Trey Songz, and K. Michelle. Tickets go on sale Saturday (9/21) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale and Internet presale (password: "power") starting today (9/19) at 10 AM.

Kendrick, Schoolboy Q, and Big Sean will be in the NYC-area even sooner for NJ's Rock the Bells in October (tickets).

For Kendrick Lamar, Powerhouse happens in the middle of his tour with Kanye West. Kanye's tour hits NYC on November 19 & 20 at Barclays Center and November 23 & 24 at MSG, but Kendrick hasn't been announced as an opener for those shows (neither has anyone else). Tickets for all four NYC shows are still available. Updated Kendrick dates are listed below.

Schoolboy Q was just in NYC for a vitaminwater #uncapped show on Monday (9/16), during which he brought out Kendrick Lamar to perform their song "Collard Greens." The pair also just performed the song on The Arsenio Hall Show (that's not a typo, he has a talk show again), and you can watch videos of both of those performances below.

Continue reading "Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Fabolous & more playing 105.1 Powerhouse at Barclays Center"

2 Chainz at Made In America 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
2 Chainz

2 Chainz was supposed to play a release show for his new album on September 15 at Williamsburg, but that show has been cancelled "due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts." Refunds are available at point of purchase.

Meanwhile, you can catch Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and Bishop Nehru at Williamsburg Park on September 10. Tickets for that show are still available.

photos by Greg Cristman

A$AP Rocky / Haim
A$AP Rocky

We just posted a set of pictures from day 1 (8/31) of Philly's two-day Jay Z-curated Made In America festival, which went down on Benjamin Franklin Parkway over the weekend. Here's a second set of pictures from that day, including shots of Beyonce, Phoenix, Empire of the Sun, Deadmau5, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, and Haim.

More below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Phoenix / Beyonce / Deadmau5 fan
Made In America  - Day 1
Made In America  - Day 1
Made In America  - Day 1

"We are Phoenix, from Paris, France" lead singer Thomas Mars shouted. "Are you with us or what?"

This gave way to the dance-pop musings of "Trying To Be Cool". The main-stage fans, many of whom had waited all day through the draining and relentless heat for Beyonce, appeared to be simultaneously exhausted and excited.

Mars then laid down on the stage, foreshadowing the introduction of their riveting instrumental track "Love Like A Sunset Part 1", a song crushingly augmented by a guitar riff mixed much louder than it was on record.

Then it was time for "1901". Mars stood on the front-row barriers propped up by security as cameras and phones popped out of every orifice of the embracing audience. He then took to the sea of fans, singing as he swam across their heads until he popped up at the soundboard rafters and made his way back. [Crave Online]

The Jay Z-curated Made In America festival went down on Philly's Benjamin Franklin Parkway this past weekend (Saturday, 8/31 and Sunday, 9/1). The first day included sets from Beyonce, Phoenix, Empire of the Sun, Public Enemy, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky (who showed up late and played an abbreviated set), Haim, Rudimental, and more. Pictures of those artists (and a few) others are in this post. The festival also had a few last-minute punky additions on the Skate Park Stage including Cloud Nothings, Balance & Composure, and Restorations, who we unfortunately missed.

Jay Z also used the festival to announce his upcoming Magna Carta World Tour. Dates haven't been announced yet but will be soon, so stay tuned.

Some of the artists who played day 1 will be in NYC this week and next, including Haim, who play Webster Hall tonight (9/3) with IO Echo (sold out), and 2 Chainz who plays Williamsburg Park on 9/10.

Beyonce and Phoenix will also be back later this year to play Jay Z's home base, Barclays Center.

Stay tuned for day 2 pictures. A second set of day 1 pics is HERE and more of day 1 below...

Continue reading "Made In America 2013 day 1 pics (part 1): Beyonce, Phoenix, Public Enemy, A$AP Rocky, Haim, Rudimental & more"

Cloud Nothings at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Cloud Nothings

As discussed, the Jay Z-curated Budweiser Made In America Festival is returning this weekend to Philly's Benjamin Franklin Parkway (8/31-9/1), and the mostly pop/rap/R&B festival just got a little more, um... punk. Aside from the fact that it already included The Gaslight Anthem (who are pretty much a festival regular by now anyway), the lineup now includes Cloud Nothings, Restorations, Balance & Composure, The Front Bottoms, Diarrhea Planet, PUJOL, and more. And you thought it was weird when Jay Z saw Grizzly Bear.

UPDATE: And one more: Wavves was added to the TBA slot on Sunday.

Other non-punk additions that have happened since we last spoke include Rudimental and The Underachievers. The full schedule was also recently announced, and you can check that out below.

Many of the artists playing Made In America also have NYC or NJ shows this weekend (or soon after), including The Front Bottoms, Diarrhea Planet, Rudimental, The Underachievers, Kendrick, Ab Soul & Jay Rock, AlunaGeorge, Haim, and 2 Chainz.

Also, a number of the artists playing will be in NYC later this year to play Jay Z's stomping grounds, Barclays Center, including Phoenix, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, and Beyonce.

Made In America schedule below...

Continue reading "Jay Z's Made In America Festival adds Cloud Nothings, Front Bottoms, Restorations & more, releases schedule"

Grimes and 2 Chainz
Grimes and 2 Chainz

Taylor Swift realizing *NSYNC appeared on stage
Taylor Swift

From many points in Brooklyn, one could look up and see the lit up blimp in the air hovering over the Barclays Center yesterday (8/25). It was where the overhead shots were being filmed during the pre-show which included the big crowds outside around the Brooklyn streets that MTV got closed down to create the red carpet for the VMAs....

A red carpet, set up on Dean Street near Flatbush Avenue, was completely invisible to many non-ticketed fans and the general public who were mainly cordoned in a pen at the Best Buy on Atlantic Avenue between Fort Greene Place and Sixth Avenue.

Another penned area, at Sixth Avenue and Bergen Street, gave a small group of fans a distant peek at the carpet, but it was still a full city block away.

"Obviously they can't let everyone in for security reasons, but we can't see anything at all," said Donna Hall, 28, who came from Queens. "I've been out here with my friends since 3 p.m. and we've been trying to find the best vantage point possible, but we settled here because at least we could see a glimpse of the red carpet. [DNA Info]

Meanwhile, during the ceremony, we got performances from Kanye West (playing "Blood on the Leaves," not "Black Skinhead"), Justin Timberlake (on-stage *NSYNC reunion included), Drake, Kendrick Lamar (joining Robin Thicke, who, um, palled around with Miley Cyrus on stage), Lady Gaga (playing her new EDM-inspired single), and more.

Daft Punk didn't perform, but they did walk the red carpet and sit in the audience in their masks which they also wore to present 'Best Female Music Video' with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. They also debuted part of the video for "Lose Yourself to Dance."

Vampire Weekend, who are headlining the Barclays Center in September, presented an award to One Direction.

Jay-Z and Beyonce were strangely nowhere to be found.

Eminem also pulled a Jay Z and announced his new album, MMLP2 (the sequel to 2000's Marshall Mathers LP), in a commercial that aired during the VMAs. The album was executive produced by Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin, and it's due out November 5. Meanwhile, the single, "Berserk," will drop this Tuesday (8/27).

And before it all began, Grimes co-hosted the Red Carpet Report. Who wore it better, Grimes or 2 Chainz?

If you watched, what did you think? Should Miley Cyrus stop being so trashy? Should Robin Thicke stop being so creepy? Should Kanye stop being so serious? Does Justin Timberlake have really long arms? Does anyone really care that *NSYNC showed up (for a minute and a half)? If you didn't watch, or need a refresher, some videos from the night are below...

Continue reading "VMAS happened at Barclays Center: Kanye, Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, *NSYNC & more performed, Eminem announced an LP, Vampire Weekend met One Direction, & more (videos)"

2 Chainz at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
2 Chainz

Hook rapper 2 Chainz, who we just heard on Drake's new single, is touring this year, and he'll be coming to NYC for a big outdoor show on September 15 at Williamsburg Park, five days after Kendrick Lamar plays the same venue. It's being billed as a release show for his new album, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, which is due out on September 10. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/9) at noon.

In addition to being on Drake's new single, 2 Chainz also recently released his own new single, "Where U Been" (produced by Mike Will Made It), which possibly appears on his upcoming album. You can listen to that song, along with a list of all tour dates, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Drake at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

As you may know, Drake has been dropping a handful of tracks ahead of the release of his new album, Nothing Was the Same (due out 9/17), though it's never been exactly clear which of these will actually end up on the album. His newest, "Hold On We're Going Home," sounds like Drake going Marvin going MJ, and it's sounding pretty dope this morning. Check out a radio rip, along with a stream of his other recent single, "All Me" (feat. 2 Chainz and Big Sean), below.

Drake's previously discussed tour with Miguel and Future hits the NYC-area on 10/26 at XL Center, 10/27 at Prudential Center, and 10/28 at Barclays Center. Tickets for those shows are still available.

Drake just played his annual OVO Fest last night (8/5), and the insane show included Kanye, The Weeknd, J Cole, Miguel, TLC, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean and more coming out to join him and perform their own songs. The setlist and new song streams below...

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photos by James Richards IV

Vampire Weekend / Cat Power / The Cure
Lollapalooza Day 3 - 8/4/2013
Lollapalooza Day 3 - 8/4/2013
Lollapalooza Day 3 - 8/4/2013

Even Goth-rockers love singalongs. After the opening synth chords, the Cure's Robert Smith begins to belt out "Just Like Heaven" and is instantly joined by a Grant Park choir numbering in the tens of thousands. Smith and his bandmates sprinkle Cure classics such as "Pictures of You" and "Friday I'm in Love" through a set that continues the weekend's '80s nostalgia theme, begun by New Order and Nine Inch Nails. Smith is in fine voice, and he even pulls off a few interpretive dance moves -- a rare bout of friskiness from a singer who still sports frazzled hair, eye shadow and lipstick. It's become his trademark, and it's turned Smith somewhat timeless -- an ageless figure still singing about a type of loss, heartache and yearning that never dissipates. [Chicago Tribune]
Lollapalooza 2013 wrapped up yesterday (8/4) with sets from Cat Power, Phoenix, The Cure, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, Angel Haze, DIIV, Bear Mountain and more. Pictures of those (and other) artists are in this post, and we've got a second set of Sunday pics HERE on the way.

We at BrooklynVegan were also there on Sunday from 1-3 PM in the Soundwave Tent with School of Rock, Bear Mountain, and The Orwells.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Lollapalooza coverage, check out day 1 pics, more day 1 pics, day 2 pics, and more day 2 pics. More of day 3, below...

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Summer Jam 2013 (via @evecastillo2012)
Summer Jam

Hot 97 Summer Jam went down at MetLife Stadium last night (6/2) with sets from Kendrick Lamar (joined by other Black Hippy members), A$AP Rocky (joined by Kendrick and 2 Chainz on "Fuckin' Problems," and also by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony), Miguel (joined by Mariah Carey), Wu-Tang Clan, Fabolous (joined by Lil Kim), 2 Chainz (joined by Nicki Minaj which is a big deal for anyone invested in the controversy surrounding her canceling her set at last year's Summer Jam), and more.

Unfortunately for those in attendance, the festival was cut short during headliner French Montana's set due to "flash flood and lightning warnings." You can learn more about that at Hot 97's site.

Some videos from the festival below...

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