Entries tagged with: A$AP Ferg
Electronic jam band Lotus are playing at show at Terminal 5 on February 6. Tickets are currently on sale.
Taj Mahal Trio is playing two shows at City Winery on February 16 & 17. Tickets are on sale now.
Marc Cohn is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his Grammy-winning debut album with two shows at City Winery on March 26 & 27. Tickets are currently on Vinofile member presale.
Elizabeth Ziman (Elizabeth & The Catapult), Shannon Conley (Lez Zeppelin, Hedwig & The Angry Inch), Jenna Nicholls, and more are playing a tribute to PJ Harvey to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Stories From The City, Stories From the Sea on December 18 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are currently on sale.
Dropkick Murphys are going on a 20th anniversary tour that hits NYC on March 9 and 10 at Webster Hall with Tiger Army and Darkbuster. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/27) at noon. The tour also includes four shows and one afterparty in Boston.
The Losers Lounge are playing six Brill Building tribute shows for three nights at Joe's Pub on December 3, 4 & 5. Tickets are currently on sale.
Soul legend Gladys Knight and The O'Jays are playing a show at Beacon Theatre on January 16. Tickets are currently on sale.
Soul & R&B icon Nona Hendryx will pay tribute to Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf with a show called "Parallel Lives" which happens at Joe's Pub on November 29 with two shows (7 PM & 9:30 PM). It features the vocal talents of Joey Arias, Women of the World, Liza Jesse Peterson, Etienne Stadwjck and Hyndryx herself. Tickets are on sale.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
There's always a good amount of hip hop shows happening in and around NYC, but we don't get a chance to post about all of it. Here's a roundup of some cool stuff coming up that we haven't talked about yet, new music, and more:
Hot 97 is throwing a holiday show at Newark's Prudential Center on December 5 that's pretty stacked with both the old and the new: Busta Rhymes, Mary J. Blige, Puff Daddy, Lil Wayne, French Montana, Sean Paul, Jeremih and Fetty Wap. Tickets are available.
Speaking of, Puff Daddy is planning a sequel to his hits-filled 1997 debut No Way Out (called No Way Out 2), but in the meantime he just released the MMM mixtape ("Money Making Mitch") which features Jadakiss, Styles P, Pusha T, Lil Kim, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Travi$ Scott, Ty Dolla $ign and more; and co-production from Young Chop, Mike Will Made It, Hit-Boy, Harry Fraud and more. You can stream the whole thing below.
For another stacked Newark show: the recurring 'Masters of Ceremony' concert, that brings a number of influential old school heads together, happens again on November 27 at NJPAC with KRS-One, The LOX, Ja Rule, Rakim, Mad Lion, Lords of the Underground and Black Moon. Tickets are available.
You can catch the legendary Rakim much sooner than that though. He plays TONIGHT (11/11) at SOB's in Manhattan in with Ceez, JSwiss and Lyricks. Tickets for tonight's show are available.
For more old school rap in NYC tonight, GZA, Afrika Bambaataa, Doug E. Fresh, Rhymefest, Ma Dukes and more are being honored at the Hip-Hop Education Center's first annual Extra Credit Awards at NYU's Kimmel Center from 6 to 9 PM.
Coincidentally (?) the same night as the 'Masters of Ceremony' show, Ja Rule's collaborator Ashanti plays a NYC show at BB King's (11/27). Tickets are available.
Another guy who was shaping the sound of mainstream hip hop around the same time as Puff Daddy, Timbaland, has a new memoir called The Emperor of Sound coming out November 17. The next day, he'll come to NYC for an interview/book launch at Highline Ballroom (11/18) (tickets).
Timbaland's also been putting out some new songs lately. He recently dropped "Them Jeans" featuring Migos and "UFO" featuring Future and Tink. Listen to both below. He's also teasing a new track with Pusha T.
Speaking of rap books, DJ Ross One just released Rap Tees: A Collection of Hip-Hop T-Shirts 1980-1999. The description reads:
Beginning with the earliest rap concert shirts from the Sugar Hill Gang and New York Fresh Fest, circa 1980-84, and spanning the next two decades, Rap Tees includes rare shirts from a wide selection of the who's-who of the business including: Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Beastie Boys, Eric B and Rakim, Wu Tang Clan, Jay Z, Nas, EMPD, and many, many more. Rap Tees bookends the golden age of rap with unique street-corner memorial shirts commemorating the deaths of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.There's a sample of three of the shirts above, via MIke Nouveau's Instagram.
That Timbaland/Tink collab isn't the only new Future song. He just put one out called "Last Breath," produced by Metro Boomin and Ludwig Goransson, that will appear on the soundtrack to the upcoming Rocky spinoff Creed. Listen below.
The busiest band in rap, The Roots, can always be found as Fallon's house band and you can always catch Questlove's mostly-weekly DJ night at Brooklyn Bowl, and they'll play a Long Island show the Saturday after Christmas at The Paramount (12/26). Tickets are available.
Roots member Black Thought is on the brand new Freddie GIbbs song, "Extradite." That's one of two songs that Gibbs put out today, the other being "Packages," and both will appear on his Shadow of a Doubt mixtape due 11/20 via ESGN. Listen below.
A few other upcoming NYC shows: Key! plays SOB's on November 17 (tickets).
We're not crazy about G-Eazy, but we do want to let you know that A$AP Ferg is opening his Terminal 5 show on January 24. Tickets are on AmEx presale now, general on-sale starts Friday (11/13) at noon.
Oxymorrons play the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on 11/18 with Turquoise Jeep, Pants Velour and Kosha Dillz; and Knitting Factory on 12/9 (tickets).
And a few more new songs: Ty Dolla $ign released "LA" (featuring Kendrick Lamar, Brandy & James Fauntleroy) off his new album Free TC, due out next week. Lil Durk & DeJ Loaf released "My Beyonce"; Atmosphere, Aesop Rock and Blueprint teamed up for "This Lonely Rose"; and Erykah Badu (who plays Brooklyn in December) released "Phone Down" off her upcoming But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape. Listen to all of those below.
Other previously-discussed shows coming up in and around NYC: Lupe Fiasco, Azealia Banks (NYC is her only not-cancelled tour date), Jay Rock, Joey Bada$$, the A Tribe Called Quest reissue party, Action Bronson, Angel Haze, Vince Staples, Kevin Gates, and more.
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
A$AP Ferg is opening for G-Eazy at Terminal 5 on January 24. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at 01 AM, general on-sale starts Friday (11/13) at noon.
The Max Levine Ensemble, who have a new album coming out later this month, are playing a show at Silent Barn on November 21 with The Homewreckers, Sundials and CCTV. Tickets will be available at the door.
The Wild Honey Pie is throwing a festival in Vermont from December 4-6 at Stratton Resort with of Montreal, Dan Croll, Marian Hill and more. Tickets are on sale, including an option to get transportation from NYC.
Long Island's new-ish DIY venue Huntington Rd Beach Club has some shows coming up: Machine Girl, Electric Caves, Sad Magic and Dirt Nap on December 12 (free); and Juiceboxxx, Big Breakfast, Pris and Destructasaurus Rex on January 23 ($5). More info at the venue's Facebook page.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
Follow BrooklynVegan on instagram.
photos by James Richards IV
Sleater-Kinney/Vic Mensa/Kurt Vile/Shamir @ Pitchfork Fest 7/18/2015
"You're beautiful when you're wet," Kurt Vile tells the crowd, putting a positive spin on a damp situation. The singer/guitarist, who has a highly anticipated new record due in September, starts 35 minutes late due to the rain and evacuation delay. True to form, he stretches out, opening with the ambling "Gold Tones," a 10-minute epic that magnifies his mystical, introspective guitar lines and sun-baked vocals. Vile, who never seems in a hurry no matter the situation, remains content to let the groggy country-rock melody run its course. It's his aw-shucks way of easing people back into the festival setting and brushing off the personal stress of losing substantial set time. -[Chicago Tribune]At the end of Protomartyr's early afternoon set during Day 2 (7/18) of the 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival, singer Joe Casey offered the crowd, watching in 90-degree temperatures and unrelenting humidity, a word of advice: "Hydrate." He probably didn't mean the torrential thunderstorm that cracked open an hour later during Ex Hex's set which was cut short as Chicago's Union Park was temporarily evacuated. Folks were let back in less than an hour later, old hat for Chicago festival crowds.
Saturday's rain made things muddy -- and delayed Vince Staples' flight, canceling his set -- but spirits weren't too dampened, as massive crowds enjoyed sets by Sleater-Kinney, Kurt Vile, Vic Mensa, The New Pornographers, Parquet Courts, A$AP Ferg, Shamir and more. Sophie didn't play, whether it was weather-related was not made clear, but Towkio filled in. (His pal, PC Music's AG Cook, is scheduled to perform today.) Pictures from the day are in this post.
Pitchfork wraps up today (7/19) with sets from Chance the Rapper, Todd Terje & the Olsens, Run the Jewels, The Julie Ruin, Viet Cong, Courtney Barnett, Perfume Genius, and more. You can watch it live from your air conditioned home, too, as it's streaming live. UPDATE: Day 3 happened and pictures are up.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Joey Bada$$ / Flatbush Zombies / Underachievers / crowd
But the night kept getting more hyped and the crowd's energy was building along with it. The Underachievers took the stage as the sun officially set, running through a slew of songs from their debut mixtape Indiegoism and their latest solo project, Cellar Door, including "Sun Through Rain" and "Amorphus." Mick Jenkins, Justine Skye, Bodega Bamz, Vashtie and 2015 XXL Freshman Raury all rolled through as Flatbush Zombies' set began to the loudest cheers of the night, while Ab-Soul and his girlfriend Yaris Sanchez hung out behind the scenes.In honor of the late Pro Era member Capital STEEZ, Joey Bada$$ and the rest of the Pro Era crew presented the inaugural Steez Day show in Central Park yesterday (7/7), which would have been Steez's 22nd birthday. They brought out a bunch of their talented friends, including Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers (who just announced a new album and tour), Phony Ppl, Smoke DZA, Dyme-A-Duzin, 22 Love and SMTH, plus surprise appearances from Ab-Soul and A$AP Ferg. Later that night, a chunk of the lineup played the afterparty at Highline Ballroom, and the previous night, Joey and other friends showed up at Statik Selektah's release show at Santos. Statik was also on hand to DJ Steez Day.
...But that was just the beginning; Ab-Soul then took the stage for his track "Terrorist Threats," rocking at the front of the stage with Joey going crazy beside him. The next to take the stage was A$AP Ferg, who hadn't been spotted backstage before then, who came out as the crowd erupted and asked the crowd to put their hands in the air for both STEEZ and A$AP Yams. Ferg then launched into "Work," which flowed seamlessly into "Shabba Ranks" and threw things onto another level. A moment of silence was called and Pro Era all took a knee on stage and turned to the projector behind them as a video tribute to Capital STEEZ played on screen. As STEEZ's mother, sisters, nephew and other family members watched from the side, Pro Era huddled for a moment in the middle of the stage before launching into "Survival Tactics," Joey's breakout song off 1999 that featured STEEZ and did more than anything to that point to launch Pro Era's hip-hop dreams and expose their balanced and insightful lyricism to the masses. [XXL]
More pictures of Underachievers' set here, and more pictures from the rest of Steez Day, below...
by Zack Baker
photo: A$AP Ferg in Queens in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
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...
Once again, Skrillex and Diplo are hopping aboard a train in Canada for their Full Flex Express tour (modeled after the 1970 Festival Express tour), and they're bringing along a pretty cool cast of friends. Skrillz and Dippy are going as their collaborative Jack U project, and they'll be joined by Zeds Dead, A$AP Ferg, Tycho, Kiesza, Hundred Waters and Anna Lunoe x Mija. All stops the tour is making are listed below, and tickets for all dates are on sale.
Diplo and Anna Lunoe also both play Woodstock festival Mysteryland.
photo: A$AP Ferg in Queens in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Late last year, A$AP Ferg returned with the new mixtape Ferg Forever, a nice tide-over while we wait for the followup to his excellent Trap Lord. In the past week, he's dropped videos for two of that mixtape's tracks. The first was for "Doe-Active," directed by Spike Jordan and featuring a cameo from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, and the second was for "Dope Walk," directed by Matt Starr and featuring appearances by Kanye West, Beyonce, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Haim, Rihanna and Justin Bieber. Watch both below.
In related news, this Sunday (3/1) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, A$AP Nast and A$AP Twelvyy will play a
free show presented by DXC/Dunkxchange. At the show, you can buy, sell and trade sneakers and apparel. There will also be performances by GRZLXMODE and GI Dara, and music by DJ Mpure and DJ Rob Cast. Unlike most BKNB shows this one is ticketed ($15 advance, $20 at the door) and the flyer is below.
Ferg also has shows coming up, mostly in Australia and New Zealand, but also a couple US festivals including Pitchfork. All dates are listed below.
A$AP Rocky's also on board for US festival BUKU Music + Art Project happening in New Orleans on March 13 & 14 with Passion Pit, TV on the Radio, Run the Jewels, BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah, DJ Windows 98, Die Antwoord, Flosstradamus, RL Grime, Portugal. The Man, Hudson Mohawke, iLoveMakonnen, XXYYXX, Raury, Big Freedia and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale.
by Andrew Sacher
Meek Mill already has one sold-out NYC show happening this month at Best Buy Theater (2/12), and he'll also be part of an excellent lineup at Webster Hall (2/15) three days later with Troy Ave, Jeezy, Fabolous and Yo Gotti plus DJ Envy, DJ Clue, DJ Drama, and DJ Infamous. Tickets for this massive show are on sale now.
The rappers on the Webster Hall show also all have new (or relatively new) music. Meek Mill is planning to release a new album called Dreams Worth More Than Money this year and recently dropped the video for his new single "B-Boy," which features his famous friends Big Sean and A$AP Ferg. Check it out below. Big Sean's got a new album on the way too.
Jeezy and T.I. recently put out a short film for their collaborative track "G' Shit" (also with Watch The Duck) off Tip's 2014 album, Paperwork. The 12+ minute video stars T.I., Jeezy, Wood Harris (aka Avon Barksdale from The Wire), and T.I.'s former Boss star Rotimi as '60s gangsters, and you can check it out for yourself below.
Fabolous returned on Christmas with the '90s-influenced new album, The Young OG Project, his first full length since 2009's Loso's Way. He's also planning to release Loso's Way 2 this year, but while you wait for that, check out the video for Young OG Project opener "Lituation" below.
Troy Ave also takes it back to the '90s, teaming up with fellow New York rapper Fat Joe (who's likely an influence on Troy) for Fat Joe's new single "How U Luv Dat." Listen below.
Yo Gotti recently dropped his new Concealed mixtape (download) and even more recently put out the video for the title track. You can watch that below too.
A$AP Ferg in Queens in May (more by Gretchen Robinette)
A$AP Ferg returned this week with a new mixtape, Ferg Forever. It's got production from Big K.R.I.T., Clams Casino, Mike Will Made It and others, with M.I.A., Big Sean, SZA, YG, Wynter Gordon and more making guest appearances. You can stream that in full below and download it for free at DatPiff.
After NYE, Ferg heads out on a tour with YG. That tour doesn't include any NYC dates but there are nearby stops in Connecticut, Boston and Philly. All dates are listed, with the new mixtape stream, below...
Compton rapper YG put out his well-received proper debut album, My Krazy Life, earlier this year, and he'll be heading back on tour in support of it soon. Most of the tour is co-headlining with A$AP Ferg, though unfortunately the closest it comes to NYC is on November 22 at Toad's Place in CT (tickets). However, during that tour YG will headline NYC without Ferg on November 17 at Best Buy Theater. That show is being opened by Nipsey Hussle. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (10/17) at noon.
All dates are listed, with a video form My Krazy Life, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Warpaint at Prospect Park in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Earlier this week SBTRKT dropped the Raury collaboration "Higher" from his new album Wonder Where We Land (due 9/23 via Young Turks), and now he's put out "Voices In My Head," which features rapper A$AP Ferg and indie band Warpaint (drums from Stella Mozgawa, vocals from Emily Kokal). So far none of these singles have sounded very much alike, so it'll be interesting to see how this whole thing comes together. Listen to the new one below.
Warpaint also have a previously discussed tour coming up, which brings them back to NYC on October 14 at Webster Hall. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that that show and a few others will be opened by New Zealand's Liam Finn (who played a handful of his own NYC shows over the summer). Tickets for the NYC show are still available.
All Liam Finn dates are listed, with the new SBTRKT song, below...
Yesterday (7/22), SBTRKT announced that his new album will be called Wonder Where We Land and shared a track featuring Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. He's since revealed that in addition to Ezra, the album will feature A$AP Ferg, Chairlift's Caroline Polacheck, Denai Moore, Jessie Ware, Koreless, Raury, Sampha and Warpaint. The deluxe edition features Raury, Sampha, Warpaint, Andrew Ashong and Boogie. It comes out September 23 via Young Turks. Tracklist and streams of the songs with Ezra and Sampha, below.
SBTRKT also announced a tour which brings him to NYC on October 26 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale July 31 with a presale starting July 29.
All dates are listed, with the tracklist and song streams, below...
Jack White at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by Brian Mansfield)
As always, legacy acts enjoyed a good showing at the festival. Elton John played the entire first side of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, gave a tribute to the late Casey Kasem, and brought out Ben Folds for a guest spot. Ben had also appeared a day earlier with The Flaming Lips during their set to cover Usher's "Love In This Club" (video below), a set which included Wayne Coyne playfully throwing some shade at Kanye's set from earlier in the festival, asking the crowd "Where's the press?"
Lionel Richie played a set that included everything from his time in the Commodores ("Brick House") to "All Night Long" to his Diana Ross collaboration "Endless Love." More legends graced the Bonnaroo stages when Chaka Khan made a surprise appearance during the Derek Trucks-led SuperJam on Friday and covered Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder. Also in that jam were blues legend Taj Mahal, Anthony Hamilton and once again, Ben Folds. Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones himself appeared at the festival to sit in with bluesman Seasick Steve, which he has done before with Jack White.
Jack White, who we also just caught at Governors Ball, didn't play with John Paul Jones this time, but he did play his own set which included a cover of Zeppelin's "The Lemon Song." It also included calling Rolling Stone a "tabloid," ranting about Johnny Depp and Albert Einstein (watch out Kanye!), and otherwise him rocking out to cuts from his solo albums, Raconteurs, White Stripes, The Dead Weather, and a cover of Dick Dale's "Misirlou." Video and setlist from Jack's set, below.
Damon Albarn w/ De La Soul at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by 97X)
Skrillex led a SuperJam too which involved Janelle Monáe, A$AP Ferg, Warpaint, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, Mystikal, Damian Marley, and Thundercat, among others. The set was closed by none other than Ms. Lauryn Hill, who played "Killing Me Softly" a la Fugees, Bob Marley's "Jamming" (though not with Damian) and more. More old school big guns came out during Damon Albarn's set, which was split between Gorillaz, Blur, The Good the Bad & the Queen and solo material. De La Soul joined him for "Feel Good Inc." and Del The Funkee Homosapien for "Clint Eastwood", Setlist and videos are below, and check out pictures and more from his recent Irving Plaza show.
Elsewhere, Omar Souleyman, who couldn't make it to Northside Festival experienced no travel issues and played a set on Thursday night. James Blake also played and told Billboard while he was there that his new album is halfway done and will include collaborations with Kanye West, Justin Vernon and more. Arctic Monkeys, who were covered twice during the festival (by Sam Smith and MS MR), played their own set too and to a HUGE crowd, heavy on the AM stuff but with a little bit of their other four albums mixed in. What didn't happen, unfortunately, was the set by Broad City's stars that were supposed to perform in the Comedy Theatre but canceled their set.
Of course the huge festival had tons of other highlights too. Did you go? What were yours?
Videos and a few setlists from the fest, below...
A$AP Ferg at Knockdown Center in May (more by Gretchen Robinette)
A$AP Ferg has a few dates coming up, including Bonnaroo, NXNE, Capitol Hill Block Party, the New Orleans stop of Mad Decent Block Party, and a just-announced FREE NYC show happening on June 27 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with an amazing lineup (especially for this small of a room) of locals, including Flatbush Zombies and Bodega Bamz, plus Po Johnson and DJ Zeke Thomas. The show is a "Know Your Status Stage" show presented by Lifebeat, and though it's free, the only way to get in is...
Attendees can only obtain tickets through the "Get Tested, Get In!" campaign, which will run from June 2nd through June 22nd. People who get tested for HIV between those dates at select partner testing sites, such as the Out of the Closet Thrift Store at 475 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, NY, will be rewarded with a free concert experience. Once tested, partner sites will hand out a personalized and non-transferable voucher to gain entry to the concert. Tickets are limited due to venue capacity. Testing is easy, using the new finger prick INSTI™ test - it takes less than 60 seconds to obtain results. The list of partner testing sites can be found at www.Lifebeat.org.The testing sites (and details about when the campaign is open at each one) are as follows:
*June 2nd - June 22nd - Out of the Closet - 475 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 - Hours: M-F 10-6pm, Sat 10-5pmIt's the only upcoming date at the moment for Flatbush Zombies and Bodega Bamz. All upcoming A$AP Ferg dates are listed, with a couple videos, below...
*June 4th - LaGuardia College (AHF Mobile Unit) - 31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101 - Hours 3pm-6pm
*June 11th - Boxers Hell's Kitchen (AHF Mobile Unit) - 37 W 20th St, New York, NY - Hours 3pm-12am
*June 17th - Kellogg's Dinner (AHF Mobile Unit) - 514 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 - Hours 3pm-12am
*June 21st - East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence (AHF Mobile Unit) -161-169 East 110th Street b/w Lexington Ave and 3rd Avenue - 12pm-4pm
*Union Square - TBD
When M.I.A. and A$AP Ferg came to raise hell with their middle fingers raised at the new Knockdown Center in Queens, it was an exercise in liberation. And an exercise it certainly was.
The venue operators, possibly trying to prove their ability to control crowds to the State Liquor Authority that denied their liquor license a few days ago, had the venue littered with security guards that denied entrance to anyone with a backpack and performed pat downs that some concertgoers thought erred on the side of intrusive. Nonetheless, droves of fans squeaked through security and poured into the surprisingly massive venue, anxious to see how the night would go. The venue had a distinct smell that transcended the sweat that would be spilled to the gyrations of rebellious beats bumping out of the PA system. The layers of the weary, snow-laden winter were shed as clammy revelers grooved to a DJ set that sounded great in a space as big as the Knockdown Center. The amount of space does wonders for the acoustics, allowing all of the performances to sound as they were intended instead of washed out or bass heavy.
By the time A$AP Ferg took the stage, the crowd was well stretched and in good spirits, if not a little sweaty. Ferg, and his hype man and "newest A$AP Mob member Marty Baller", took no time to reach level 11, banging out one trap anthem after another. He commanded a strong stage presence, and had an unshakeable confidence evident in his early proclamation: "I'm famous now". When he wasn't beckoning the crowd to turn up, he was spraying them with bottles of water and pouring what appeared to be champagne in the mouths of a lucky few in the front row. Later on, Ferg brought a woman onto the stage to freestyle for a nonexistent chance to become a member of A$AP Mob. At one point, Ferg and Marty even tried to make a wall-of-death mosh with Marty in the middle. While the crowd wasn't exactly feeling the heavy metal ritual, Ferg certainly had their attention. The hit "Shabba" had the entire room bouncing, as the signature drum kick of the anthem pounded holes in their chests.
With the lights back on, attention was drawn upstairs where police officers had made a guest appearance, while security in the front shined flashlights into the crowd. It was never made apparent what they were searching for, but the irony fell somewhere between eerie and hilarious when the lights went down again and the intro to M.I.A's set included the sounds and search lights of police helicopters. When M.I.A. took the stage, the crowd erupted and a push to the front sent some of the people still reeling from Ferg's set seeking cover in the back. It was hard to pin down the demographic there to see Maya; the crowd was extremely diverse, a good sign at a new venue in the most diverse borough, or place in the world for that matter. For the first few minutes of her set, M.I.A. was almost completely unintelligible, seemingly whispering into her mic. Once she removed her sunglasses to a hearty cheer from the crowd, however, M.I.A. owned the stage. Songs from her latest album "Matangi" sounded the best over the PA, and went over the best with the dance-philic crowd. Where she might have lacked in strength of vocal delivery, M.I.A. was aided by a well mixed set that included instrumental interludes that kept the crowd dancing, tireless dancers that livened the atmosphere, as well as the myriad of middle fingers she tossed, saving none after her incident at the Super Bowl led to her being sued by the NFL for $16 million. The versatile stage design that she has been using on the tour adds depth to the overall experience with a dazzling display of lights and an ornate centerpiece donned with symbols. The highlight of her set came when she invited all women onto the stage to dance with her to frenetic "Y.A.L.A." and again for "Bad Girls" keeping with the carefree, party atmosphere that the crowd seemed to appreciate. High fives were abound as the crowd cleared out, and still others sought to keep the party rocking with a DJ spinning towards the exits.
Two M.I.A. shows were originally scheduled to take place at the Knockdown Center, but Thursday's was cancelled. M.I.A. does play another NYC show tonight with Solange at Webster Hall though. More pictures from Friday night's show (5/9), M.I.A.'s setlist included, below...
M.I.A. at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It was announced that M.I.A.'s tour would hit NYC for two nights with A$AP Ferg at The Knockdown Center (5/8 & 5/9) in Queens, however night 1 (5/8) has been cancelled. All tickets purchased for that night will be honored on night 2 (5/9). We're also giving away a few pairs of of tickets to the May 9 show. Details on how to enter to win, below.
The night after the Queens show, M.I.A. teams up with Solange for a sold out Webster Hall show (5/10), which is part of the two-day Vulture Festival which goes down in NYC this weekend.
Friday's show is also a good chance to check out the Knockdown Center if you haven't been there yet. It will also be home of the Hardcore Activity In Progress show (part of Red Bull Music Academy) with Tim Hecker, Napalm Death, Wolf Eyes, Gunplay, Regis, Bastard Noise, clipping., Okkyung Lee and more. We're giving away tickets to that one too.
Updated M.I.A. dates are listed, with the contest details, below...
A$AP Rocky in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party is returning this year from July 25-27, and the initial lineup has been announced. It includes A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Spoon, The War on Drugs, XXYYXX, Angel Olsen, Chromeo, Matt & Kim and more. 3-day passes are on sale now.
Full initial lineup below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
astronaut / Kate Nash / Replacements / Haim / Girl Talk
At 68, Bryan Ferry is one of the oldest performers at this weekend's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, and one of the most debonair. But the former Roxy Music singer and veteran solo artist was one of at least two artists who wore a tuxedo for their performance at the annual festival in Indio Friday night.We already posted Outkast and Dum Dum Girls. Here are the rest of the pictures from the first dusty day of the first weekend of Coachella 2014 (which is also streaming online). The photos continue, Replacements and Bryan Ferry included, below...
The other, a bit surprisingly considering his raucous musical legacy, was Paul Westerberg, 54, the perpetually tousled leader of The Replacments, who reunited last year after a 22-year hiatus to perform three shows (Coachella was the fourth). Yet, while Westerberg was quick to doff his tuxedo jacket, Ferry kept his on, although he undid his tie. Their sartorial style notwithstanding, Ferry and Westerberg have little in common, but both delivered winning performances that represented two very different -- and influential -- chapters in rock history. [UTSanDiego]
Dillon Francis at Mad Decent Block Party 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
The dates and venues were recently announced for the 2014 Mad Decent Block Parties, and now the lineups have been announced. Artists playing include Outkast (lucky Denver!), Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, Chance the Rapper, Fatboy Slim and many more.
The NYC stop, happening on August 9 in MCU Park @ Coney Island has Dillon Francis, Diplo, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Grandtheft, Walshy Fire and a headliner who hasn't been announced yet. (Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, and Diplo with Major Lazer all played last year's too.) Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (4/11) at noon with a Ticketmaster presale starting Wednesday (4/9) at 10 AM. There's also an ongoing presale for each date at the Mad Decent Block Party website which includes an exclusive Diplo mix, a Mad Decent Block Party zine (with "no words" because "reading sucks"), Mad Decent x Pizzaslime stickers, a Mad Decent Block party sticker, and a Mad Decent patch.
Flyer with full artist announcement and the list of dates/venues/individual city lineups, below...
M.I.A. at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
R&B singer Banks, who we recently wrote about, plays Irving Plaza on June 4 before playing NYC's Governors Ball that weekend. Tickets for that show go on Citi/Governors Ball presale today at 10 AM. General on-sale starts Friday (3/28) at 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
M.I.A. at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
M.I.A. is going on an international tour this year which includes festival appearances at Moogfest, Canadian Music Week and more, plus a US run with A$AP Ferg. That run brings M.I.A. and Ferg to NYC for shows on May 8 and 9 at the Knockdown Center in Queens (52-19 Flushing Ave), where the Hardcore Activity In Progress show also happens a few days later. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (3/28) at noon with a BrooklynVegan presale starting Wednesday (3/26) at 10 AM and Live Nation/Citi presales starting Thursday at 10 AM. Check back here Wednesday morning for the password.
UPDATE: Password: "MATANGI"
All dates are listed below...
The Roots Picnic will return for its seventh year on May 31 at Festival Pier in Philly. This year's lineup is excellent and diverse as always, including Snoop Dogg (who will be backed by The Roots), Janelle Monae, The War on Drugs, AraabMuzik, Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, Jhene Aiko, Biz Markie (DJ), Rudimental, Just Blaze, Emily Wells and more, plus a headlining set by The Roots as usual. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/7).
Full lineup and announcement video below...
NXNE returns to various Toronto venues from June 13-22, and since we last spoke the lineup has expanded. It now includes Spoon, Sleigh Bells, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, A$AP Ferg, Metz, Ryan Hemsworth, Swans, Goat, Oneohtrix Point Never, Fuck Buttons, Low, Tim Hecker, Eagulls, Glasser, Kelela, Ratking, Perfect Pussy, Small Black, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, Swearin', Dan Croll, DJ Jonathan Toubin, Astro, Juan Wauters, Mutual Benefit, Guerilla Toss, Calvin Love, Alvvays, Hunters, Saint Rich and more Those join previously announcd artists like St. Vincent, Speedy Ortiz, Danny Brown, Courtney Barnett, Mac DeMarco and more. Badges and wristbands are still on sale.