Entries tagged with: A$AP Ferg
A$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.
Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)
As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.
There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.
Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.
UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.
Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.
Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2014 - April 11-13, April 18-20
Read the full lineup below...
Pitchfork just posted their Honorable Mention Albums of 2013, which they say is "not #51 through #70 in our albums poll, but rather, records we thought were exceptional this year and deserved to be highlighted regardless of where they wound up." It includes a number of albums that did get Best New Music throughout the year (like the Burial EP that got a 9.0 last week), a certain inescapable young New Zealand pop star (who just announced two Roseland Ballroom shows), some metal representation, a couple indie legends, and the raw noise punk demo of Perfect Pussy, who also made Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks.
Check out the full list in alphabetical order below...
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...
As discussed, A$AP Ferg is bringing his tour with Joey Fatts, Aston Matthews, Overdoz, and 100s to his hometown of NYC this Friday (12/6) at Irving Plaza. Tickets to that show were offered without fees as part of the venue's Black Friday-Cyber Monday deal, but now if you'd like to go and not pay anything at all, we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details on how to enter to win are below.
In related news, another A$AP Mob member, A$AP Ant is playing a show later this month at Santos Party House on December 18 with Chicago rapper Fredo Santana headlining (and making his NYC debut at the show) and Young Gleesh. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Updated A$AP Ferg dates are listed, along with the new video and contest details, below...
by Andrew Sacher
White Lung at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
It's year-end list season and though all White Lung really have in the way of eligible releases is their recent 7", 2013 has really been a breakout year for them. So we asked them what new albums they were listening to this year, and guitarist Kenny William contributed a top 10 list that shifts between dark rap, heavy punk, goth, experimental soundscapers and more. Check out the full thing below.
White Lung have done a ton of touring this year, and though their schedule is almost empty at the moment, before the year ends the Vancouver punk band will return to NYC for a stacked show at NYU's E&L Auditorium on Thursday (12/5) with Ceremony, Perfect Pussy, and Sleepies. That show is free for students and $5 at the door for the general public.
White Lung's Top 10 LPs of 2013 list below...
Flatbush Zombies at North Coast Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Thanksgiving is upon us, and in addition to stuffing your face on Thursday, it also means looking for good deals on all your holiday shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (and probably the rest of December). NYC music venues Irving Plaza and Gramercy Theatre are getting in on the Black Friday/Cyber Monday fun, and offering no Ticketmaster fees for all shows happening in December and January at Irving and Dec-Feb at Gramercy.
Starting at 12:01 AM on Friday (11/29), and running through 11:59 PM on Monday (12/2), you can get fee-less tickets to Flatbush Zombies (tix), A$AP Ferg (tix), Gwar (tix), Andrew WK (New Year's Eve) (tix), Mykki Blanco (New Year's Eve) (tix), Los Campesinos!/Speedy Ortiz (tix), and more.
by Andrew Sacher
Angel Haze at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Rapper Angel Haze has still not announced a release date for her much-anticipated debut LP, Dirty Gold, but last month she kicked off her #30Gold series, a month-long series of covers and freestyles over other songs to precede the album. The newest #30Gold installment is the cover of young British pop breakout John Newman's "Love Me Again." You can stream it below, along with covers/freestyles of Lana Del Rey, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore, A$AP Ferg, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Jay Z, and Kanye West.
In her "Same Love" (Macklemore) freestyle, Angel Haze addresses her sexuality, rapping:
At age thirteen, my mom knew I wasn't straightRead the rest of the lyrics below. Following that song's release, she did an interview with Fusion TV, saying that if she to label herself (though she'd prefer not to) it'd be "pansexual." "To identify as pansexual to me means to just want love and to want a connection with anyone you can find it with," she said.
She didn't understand, but she had so much to say
She sat me on the couch, looked me straight in my face
And said you'll burn in hell or probably die of AIDS
It's funny now, but at thirteen it was pain
To be almost sure of who you are and have it ripped away
And I'm sorry if it's too real for some of you to fathom
But hate for who you love is not exactly what you'd imagine
And I guess it was disastrous
Because everything that happened afterwards was just madness
Locked away for two years to keep me on the inside
Because she'd rather see a part of me die than me thrive
And it's tougher when it's something you can't deny
And ignorance teaches us it's something you decide
You're driven by your choices, an optical illusion
Here's to understanding it's not always confusion
That freestyle isn't the only genuinely moving thing Angel Haze has done in recent memory. Last week, she posted a video of herself reading a poem she wrote titled "You Broke My Heart." You can watch that below, and to say the least, you'll feel her pain.
Streams, poem video, and "Same Love" lyrics below...
World's Fair at MHOW in August (more by Maclyn Bean)
As always, there's a number of good hip hop shows coming up in NYC, and here's a few of those...
Maybe not exactly hip hop, but as discussed, M.I.A. is doing a few shows this year, including two in NYC happening on November 1 and 4 at Terminal 5 (three if you count the YouTube Music Awards). Tickets for the 11/1 date are still on sale, and the 11/4 date is sold out but we're giving away a pair of tickets to that one. Contest details below.
Sooner than that, you can catch fast-rising Chicago rapper Chance the Rapper at his second of two nights at SOB's TONIGHT (10/30). He's doing two shows tonight (8 PM and 11 PM), both sold out. And if you're going, don't miss footwork wizard DJ Rashad, who's opening.
An upcoming group of rappers, this time from NYC, World's Fair, are playing a Hot 97 Who's Next show at SOB's on November 21 with Ratking, The Incomparable, Shakespeare and G4SHI. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A more veteran NYC rapper, Jim Jones (of Dipset), will be teaming up with Skibeatz & the Senseis for a hometown show on November 3 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A bunch of veteran NYC hip hop DJs, including Afrika Bambaataa, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and many more, will be at the 40th Anniversary of the Universal Zulu Nation at SOB's on November 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now. More info and full lineup here.
Mobb Deep w/ TNGHT at Central Park in August (more by Robert Altman)
Some big name veterans will be just outside of NYC in Mashantucket, CT for Hip Hop Reunion II in the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino on December 21 with Lil Kim, Fabolous, Mobb Deep, Warren G, Method Man, Redman, and more. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/1) at 10 AM and are on "special hip hop fan presale" now.
More vets, this time from the west coast, Blackalicious (aka Gift of Gab and Cheif Xcel) are playing Brooklyn Bowl on December 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
For something much different, you can catch Kosha Dillz (who often opens for Turquoise Jeep) at The Studio at Webster Hall on November 4 with Kyle Rapps, Stan Ipcus, G.R.A.M.Z., Shamon Cassette and SFTTM. TIckets for that show are on sale now.
Stones Throw-signed rapper Homeboy Sandman is teaming up with YC the Cynic (who recently released his GNK LP), I Am Many, Open Mike Eagle and Tone Tank for a show on January 18 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are available.
A pretty big rap show that just happened in NYC was Drake's Barclays Center show on Monday (10/28) as part of his tour with Miguel and Future. On stage, he was joined by Busta Rhymes, Future, Jhene Aiko, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky, and other A$AP Mob members. Check out the full setlist and a video of him playing a new song, "Trophies," below.
Other upcoming hip hop shows in NYC include Flatbush Zombies, Kanye with Kendrick, Kanye with Tribe, Jay Z, MellowHigh, Danny Brown, Lupe Fiasco, Kendrick with Schoolboy Q, and more. Browse our Hip Hop category for even more.
Joanna Gruesome photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Joanna Gruesome at Pianos 10/16/2013
We're in the midst of a crazy-as-usual CMJ -- we're on day 3 (10/17) -- and the headaches and lack-of-sleep are already kicking in. But it's all worth it for the many hours of live music. We already talked a bit about seeing Joanna Gruesome yesterday, and here's some more highlights of our Wednesday (10/16) of CMJ...
Bonzie @ Pianos (photo by Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan Instagram)
After I saw Joanna Gruesome downstairs at Pianos, I headed upstairs to catch young Chicago singer/songwriter Bonzie. I was a little skeptical about her potentially being a bit too on the manufactured-pop side, and there is definitely some of that, but she's also got a great voice and is clearly determined to be a memorable performer as well. Bonzie's got the kind of folky pop songs that are very much in style (and successful), but she and her band add some quirks to them that recall early-mid '00s freak folk more than they do Mumford & Sons.
Other than Joanna Gruesome, the best thing I saw at Pianos had to have been Bleeding Rainbow. They mentioned on stage that they're working on a new record (expected to be out February 2014) and were playing a lot of songs from it, and man were these new songs good. Their last record -- this year's Yeah Right -- is mostly poppy shoegaze (not that there's anything wrong with that), and they've always been heavier live than that album would suggest, but these new songs were sounding like some of their most driving, punkiest stuff. They often worked practically-screamed vocals, Sonic Youth-y string bends, and dirty power chords into their set -- not the typical elements of a band tagged as shoegaze and indie pop. - [AS]
Bill here... like ships passing in the night, Andrew left for Webster Hall and I got to Pianos for the night show that was happening in the upstairs. CMJ is about the only time to see full bands up there where's no stage, giving things more of a DIY feeling. I got there just in time to catch Brooklyn's Gross Relations who bang out '90s-style crunchy, keyboard-friendly indie rock a la The Rentals or The Pulsars. They do it really well and if you've never checked them out, their live show is a lot of fun. Their record's good too.
Next up was the band I came to see -- and whom Andrew had just seen downstairs at Pianos -- Joanna Gruesome. Already a big fan of their terrific debut, Weird Sister, I knew they were not going to be your quiet type cardigan-wearing indiepop band live, but they really threw themselves into their performance, and around the room a bit too. They're a no holds barred band -- a bit wild and wooly but holding it together -- and the packed room was fully into it. In addition to album cuts like the "Sugarcrush," "Secret Surprise" and "Madison" they turned Galaxie 500's dreamy "Tugboat Captain" into a killer noise-jam. I haven't seen Hookworms yet but Joanna Gruesome are my CMJ band to beat.
BV photographer Dominick Mastrangelo happened to be there too and was kind enough to send a few JG pictures which are in this post.
From there I headed back to Williamsburg for the NME showcase at Glasslands. Leeds, UK's Eagulls are a band I've been wanting to see for some time. Coming on stage in a long coat, George Mitchell looks like the singer of a British postpunk band, and has the sneery stage presence -- and Northern England drawl -- to back it up. Kicking things off with excellent new single "Nerve Endings," they blasted through their short, fierce set with nary a nod to the audience. They play our BV day party on Friday (10/18).
Courtney Barnett @ Glasslands (via @soundbitesnyc)
Then came Australian singer Courtney Barnett who is my kind of singer-songwriter: funny, charming, unassuming and un-singer-songwritery. With a rhythm section backing her up, sonically she's more in the garage-psych world (in an almost Kinks kinda way) with her almost stream-of-consciousness story style lyrics driving things. She can rock but you leave remembering lyrical phrases as much as the music. And I left smiling with much of both.
You can catch Courtney a bunch this week, including the BV day party on Saturday. -[BP]
Now back to Andrew...
A$AP Rocky and Ferg @ Webster Hall (via @iboTV)
I spent my entire night portion of CMJ Wednesday at the Mass Appeal/Grooveshark showcase at Webster Hall, where we got sets from promising young Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru, punky duo The Bots, A$AP Mob, Casey Veggies and Schoolboy Q. A$AP Mob's set was only billed to feature Twelvy, Ant, and Nast, but A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg came out for the last few songs, including big Ferg songs "Work" and "Shabba" (video below). Ferg and Rocky were pretty much the stars of the night, but before they came out the rest of the Mob proved they could put on a fun show without them too. It wasn't long ago that A$AP Ferg wasn't a well-known solo artist yet, and it doesn't seem out of the question for other A$AP Mob members to start getting recognized for their own careers too.
Schoolboy Q's set included no guest appearances, but he did bring out new TDE signee Isaiah Rashad to do two of his own songs, and it wasn't hard to see what TDE sees in this guy. But back to Q. I don't think the place was sold out but it was pretty packed and Q had the whole crowd going nuts for him. When I saw Schoolboy Q in NYC earlier this year, the penultimate song in his set was his big song "Hands on the Wheel," which he cut off early saying he was tired of that and wanted to move on to new material, so he ended his set with the then-new single "Yay Yay." It was fun (and funny), but almost came off like he was forcing the crowd to be into his new stuff. This time around, he didn't need to do anything of the sort. He played "Hands on the Wheel" in the middle of his set without commenting on it, and ended the set with two of his new singles, "Collard Greens" and "Yay Yay." He not only pulled it off, but the crowd seemed more into those songs than his older stuff. I think we're all ready for that new album, Schoolboy Q. Check out a video from last night below. - [AS]
And back to Bill...
Regal Degal @ Ran Tea House (via @soundbitesnyc)
Yuck headlined the Glasslands show but went on laaaaaate as drummer (and American) Jonny Rogoff announced from the stage that the rest of the band were a bit slow in getting here due to visa issues (they were supposed to be here Tuesday) and airport security and such (but not a blizzard like their first US show).
I didn't stick around -- Yuck (who are all here now) are playing our BV day party on Saturday -- and went a few doors down Kent to Ran Tea House for the Terrible Records show to catch Regal Degal. The trio spent a year in Los Angeles which definitely did them some good, they are much tighter band than before they left. They're still making somewhat obtuse, arty music -- think 154 or The Pop Group with The Fall's repetition repetition repetition -- but it's never indulgently weird. It's naturally weird. And the rhythm section (Jamen Whitelock and Josiah Wolfson) is just killer.
And then I went to bed. - [BP]
CMJ continues today. Check out our list of day shows and night shows. We'll have more pictures from Wednesday's Pianos day parties and more CMJ coverage soon. More pics from Joanna Gruesome's Upstairs Pianos set and the videos from Webster Hall below...