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Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
KV

There's already been three lineup announcements for SXSW 2014, and since we last spoke the music schedule was posted, which revealed more artist additions.

Those additions include Sam Smith, Schoolboy Q, Little Dragon, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kurt Vile, Mark Kozelek, Chance the Rapper, Bob Mould, Warpaint, Eagulls, Mutual Benefit, Kate Nash, Hundred Waters, Julian Lennon, Isaiah Rashad, Kevin Gates, Weekend, Perfume Genius, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Ab-Soul, THe Fresh and Onlys, Christopher Owens, No Joy, Diane Coffee, Ital, The Pizza Underground and more. More additions are listed below.

SXSW goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 11-16 and includes tons of other previously-announced artists like A$AP Mob, Perfect Pussy, Action Bronson, Ex Hex, La Femme, and many more.

Lineup additions below...

Continue reading "SXSW adds Kurt Vile, Sam Smith, Chance the Rapper, Mark Kozelek, Perfume Genius, Schoolboy Q & more to 2014 lineup"

Freddie Gibbs at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Freddie Gibbs

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib have teamed up multiple times in the past, and now they're planning on releasing a full length collaborative album, Piñata, on March 18 via Madlib's Madlib Invazion label. The album is set to feature guest spots from Danny Brown, Raekown, Scarface, Mac Miller, Ab-Soul, BJ the Chicago Kid and Odd Future's Domo Genesis and Earl Sweatshirt, the latter two of which both appear on the newest single, "Robes." You can stream that, along with five other singles, below.

Madlib and Freddie Gibbs have also announced a short tour together, which brings them to NYC on March 22 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale today (1/31) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the song streams, below...

Continue reading "Freddie Gibbs & Madlib released a song w/ Earl Sweatshirt and Domo Genesis from upcoming LP, touring (dates & stream)"

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)"

photos by Dylan Johnson

Action Bronson @ Irving Plaza - 1/10/14
Action Bronson
Action Bronson

His live-shows exist as stories of legend, with slug-lines that sound like Friends episodes: The one where he passed out weed in front of the cops; The one where he performed with a handicapped kid draped across his back; The one where he bodyslammed an eager fan; The one where Chandler crosses the line. They're all available on YouTube, where you sit at your computer and wish you were closer to the--cough--action. And that doesn't even count the unbelievably enjoyable video, last year, which could be called "The one where he surprises a British nursing home to the delight of everyone everywhere."

Touring off of Blue Chips 2--his latest adventure through drugs, samples and kitsch with Party Supplies--the setlist was in sequence. He doesn't play the old stuff: you want his old shit, see his old tours. And so it went: track 1, track 2, track 3, track 7 with Meyhem Lauren; 8, with Ab-Soul; Retchy P did his verse. Big Body Bes wasn't there, though people screamed his name often. The kid next to me kept complaining to his girlfriend throughout the show about how he didn't want Mac Miller to show up, to the point that it was quite clear: this kid loved Mac Miller. [Complex]

NYC rapper Action Bronson leaves home for a tour starting this Friday (1/17), but before that he blessed his hometown with two sold-out Irving Plaza shows over the weekend (1/11 & 1/12). Both shows were opened by collaborator Party Supplies, who produced Bronson's newest mixtape, Blue Chips 2, and who also joined him on stage for a song. Pictures of the first night, which also saw appearances from Ab-Soul, Meyhem Lauren and others, are in this post, and night 2 pics are here. As the Complex review quoted above notes, the first night was also the first time Action Bronson's mom had ever seen him:
He took a moment to breathe, then said, "This is a big night. My mother, the woman who created me, is seeing me perform for the first time. The first time! I love you." Action blew her a kiss, his hand swinging at his face like a stick at a piñata. He continued: "If you didn't fuck my father, I wouldn't be here." (He'd later pop up next to her on the balcony, rapping "Flip out the roof, land in a split" and "Diana Ross, blow my nostrils with the tan cloth" with his mom swept under his wing. Her little hand sorta pinched his big wrist. She couldn't have looked more proud.)
More pictures of night 1, a couple videos (including the "mom speech" and Ab-Soul's appearance) and the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Action Bronson played 2 nights at Irving Plaza w/ Ab-Soul, Party Supplies & more (night 1 pics, videos & setlist)"

Ab-Soul at Williamsburg Park in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ab-Soul

Matthew E White in Chicago in 2012 (More by Sara Pieper)
Matthew E White

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, The Underachievers, Chevy Woods, Cashius Green w/ Pheo, June and Minty @ Best Buy Theater
The Smokers Club Tour descends upon NYC tonight for what will be an all-around very fun rap show. It's the hometown stop on the tour for Joey Bada$$ and The Underachievers, and though Ab-Soul's from the opposite coast, he shares their knack for adding a dose of weirdness and psychedelia to the genre.

Lauryn Hill @ Bowery Ballroom (early and late)
Neo-soul great Lauryn Hill has a short December tour coming up, but before that she does this one night stand (but two shows) at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are expensive ($100 to be exact), but it's a good chance to catch her back in action in an intimate environment.

Matthew E. White @ Rough Trade
Matthew E White's Big Inner came in at #3 on Rough Trade Shops' year end list, so it's no giant surprise to see him playing this free in-store at the NYC shop's opening week. 7 PM, free, no wristbands needed.

Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls, The Smith Street Band, Koo Koo Kanga Roo @ Terminal 5
British folk punk Frank Turner just keeps getting bigger, and tonight he returns to NYC to headline the huge Terminal 5. If you're going to this show, it's also worth catching Melbourne's The Smith Street Band, who are similarly folk punk, but also have a bit of Frightened Rabbit's broken-hearted honesty and drunkenness worked in. Stream their Don't Fuck With Our Dreams EP below.

Exclamation Pony, Rey Pila, Reputante @ The Bowery Electric
Ryan Jarman of The Cribs' side project, Exclamation Pony, has blossomed into an at least somewhat serious band, putting out a single this year -- which you can stream below. They play tonight with Mexico City band Rey Pila.

Slayer, Gojira, 4ARM @ The Theatre @ MSG
Slayer may not have their classic lineup, with Dave Lombardo out and Jeff Hanneman having passed away (RIP), but they're moving forward nonetheless. For this tour, they're promising "old school" sets, which means they'll be focusing on material solely from their first five albums. And get there early for French death metallers Gojira, who are always worth seeing too.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday? (Ab-Soul, Joey Bada$$, Lauryn Hill, Matthew E White, Rey Pila, Smith Street Band & more)"

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Lauryn Hill at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lauryn Hill

A day of being grateful for what they've got, overeating and subsequent afternoon naps, Thanksgiving is the start of a long weekend for many folks, but one that usually doesn't have the most options for things to do -- or bands to see. Weather's not supposed to be so great either. Still, we've rounded up ten musical things to do in NYC during Thanksgiving Weekend. Plus one you can do anywhere with an internet connection and love of making fun of bad movies.

Read on below...

Continue reading "NYC Thanksgiving Weekend events (Lauryn Hill, Television, Dean Wareham, Phosphorescent, Ab-Soul, Joey Badass, more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Chuck Inglish

Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids is planning to release a new solo album, Convertibles, at some point in the future (no release date yet), and there's been no lack of material from him while we wait for that album. Over the summer, he dropped the Droptops mixtape (download here, stream below), and last month (10/15) he put out the Easily EP with Ab-Soul and Mac Miller. The video for trippy banger "Came Thru/Easily" from that EP is below.

After that, he appeared on production collective SMKA's mixtape The Hangout (streaming below), and today (11/14) production duo Blended Babies put out the single "See the World" with verses from Chuck Inglish and Asher Roth on their new album. You can listen to that track below too.

Yesterday (11/13), Chuck kicked off a tour with Kings Dead, and in December Tayyib Ali will be joining up with them too. That tour brings all three of them to NYC on December 11 at SOB's. Tickets for the SOB's show are on sale now.

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

Continue reading "Chuck Inglish planning new solo LP, released tons of other stuff, touring w/ Kings Dead & Tayyib Ali (dates, streams, video)"

by Andrew Sacher

Jhene Aiko

LA R&B singer Jhene Aiko is planning to release her debut LP, Souled Out, next year, but ahead of that she's got an EP, titled Sail Out, which comes out this Tuesday (11/12). The EP features contributions from two of her old Black Hippy pals, Kendrick Lamar on the sprawling, downtempo "Stay Ready (What A Life") and Ab-Soul on the brooding "Wth." Odd Future/Black Hippy collaborator Vince Staples shows up on weed/love song "The Vapors," and Childish Gambino is on "Bed Peace." Early standout single "3:16 AM" is on here too, meshing well with the newer ones for seven tracks of blissful psychedelic R&B. Check out the brand new video for its track "The Worst," over at Noisey, and videos for "3:16 AM" and "Bed Peace," plus streams of the other five tracks, below.

The same day the EP comes out, Jhene appears on Saint Heron, the new compilation from Solange's Saint Records label. In addition to tracks from Jhene and Solange, it features other forward-thinking R&B artists like Cassie, Sampha, Kelela, Petite Noir, Jade De La Fleur, Starchild, BC Kingdom, India Shawn and Iman Omari. Kelela, BC Kingdom, and the just-released Cassie contributions can be streamed below.

Jhene was just in NYC joining Drake when his tour hit Barclays Center (10/28). A video of their collaboration at the Brooklyn arena is below. She appeared on Drake's new album, in addition to recent albums by Big Sean, J. Cole, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q.

Videos and streams below...

Continue reading "Jhene Aiko releasing EP w/ Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & more this week, featured on Solange's new comp (streams & videos)"

Danny BrownDanny Brown

Rapper Danny Brown has been planning the release of his much-anticipated new album, Old, for some time now, and the whole thing can finally be streamed via Spotify. Check it out below.

The album features appearances from Purity Ring, Schoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky, Ab-Soul, Freddie Gibbs, and more, plus production from Rustie, Darq E Freaker, Oh No (who plays NYC tonight [9/30]), A-Trak, and more. It officially comes out on October 8 via Fool's Gold.

Danny is currently wrapping up a tour with Action Bronson and Trash Talk (who played their own show at 285 Kent over the weekend), and he'll play NYC again when he opens for Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 on November 22 with Doldrums. Tickets for that show are still available. Danny also would have played NJ's Rock The Bells this weekend, but that's been cancelled.

Album stream below...

Continue reading "Danny Brown streaming new album, 'Old' (listen)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Kendrick Lamar @ Williamsburg Park - 9/10/13
Kendrick Lamar - Williamsburg Park, Brooklyn - September 10th, 2013

Kendrick Lamar brought his never-ending tour back to NYC last night (9/10) for at least the fifth time this year to headline big outdoor Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park. The rapper (joined by a live band!) played a ton of favorites from his great 2012 album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, in addition to other live show staples like his verse on A$AP Rocky's "Fuckin' Problems." Plus he took a minute or two to address his beef with Meek Mill (who shared a bill with Kendrick's Black Hippy partner Schoolboy Q at Williamsburg Park in July).

Opening the show was the other two Black Hippy members Ab-Soul and Jay Rock, in addition to young upcoming Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru. Pictures from the show are in this post.

Black Hippy are playing Rock the Bells this year, including the NJ one in October, and Kendrick is also set to head out on tour supporting Kanye West.

More pictures from Williamsburg Park below...

Continue reading "Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock & Bishop Nehru played Williamsburg Park (pics)"

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"

Joey Bada$$ at NXNE 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Joey Bada$$

The Smokers Club Tour (which has previously included artists like Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA and more) is returning this year with a new lineup co-headlined by Black Hippy's Ab-Soul and Pro Era's Joey Bada$$. The rest of the Pro Era crew will be on the tour too, as will Joey's Beast Coast tourmates The Underachievers. It also features Chevy Woods, Cashius Green w/ Pheo, June, Minty Burnes, Shortstop, and Uiie P. All dates, including shows in New Haven and Philly, are listed below.

Though the tour doesn't currently include any NYC dates, you can catch The Underachievers in NYC when they play a Couch Sessions show at The Paper Box on Sunday (9/1) with Sango, Kendra Morris and many more. Admission is $5 with RSVP or $10 at the door. More info on that show here.

Ab-Soul will also be in NYC to open for his Black Hippy crewmate Kendrick Lamar when he plays Williamsburg Park on September 10. That show also includes another Black Hippy member, Jay Rock, and young upcoming Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru (who we caught opening for Ab-Soul earlier this year). Tickets for that show are still available.

Joey also just offered his response to Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse with his song "Killuminati Pt. 2." Listen to that, along with the list of all Smokers Club Tour dates, the tour flyer, and other song streams, below...

Continue reading "Ab-Soul, Joey Bada$$, The Underachievers & more playing the 2013 Smokers Club Tour (dates & related NYC shows)"

A$AP Rocky & Joey Bada$$ in Austin in July (more by Tim Griffin)
ASAP Rocky

As mentioned a few times, Rock the Bells is returning to a few cities this year, including East Rutherford, NJ's Meadlowlands Racetrack from October 4-5. The two-day hip hop festival has just announced its final additions, including A$AP Rocky (and his A$AP Mob), Joey Bada$$ (and Pro Era), Trinidad Jame$, Logic, Stalley, Young Dirty Bastard, and Odd Future's The Internet.

They join previously announced names like Wu-Tang Clan, Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Juicy J, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown, Rakim, Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, Big Sean and more.

Rock the Bells have also announced the day-by-day lineups and put single day tickets on sale. 2-day passes are still available as well.

A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, and Trinidad Jame$ just swung through the NYC-area when their tour with Wiz Khalifa hit PNC Bank Arts Center on 8/2 and Jones Beach last night (8/6).

Danny Brown and Action Bronson just announced a tour leading up to their Rock the Bells NJ appearances.

We also just mentioned that The Internet play NYC this month.

Full Rock the Bells NJ lineups, day-by-day, are listed below...

Continue reading "Rock the Bells finalizes NJ lineup (A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$ & more added); single day tickets on sale"

Big Sean at Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Big Sean

Hip Hop festival Rock the Bells, which hits a few cities this year, has expanded its lineup once again. The NYC-area stop, which happens in East Rutherford, NJ at the Meadowlands Racetrack from October 4-5 will now also include Big Sean and Chief Keef. Other stops on the tour now include A-Trak (LA, DC) and Iamsu (LA, San Francisco).

They join previously announced names like Wu-Tang Clan, Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Juicy J, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown, Rakim, Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, and more. 2-day passes for the festival are still available.

Updated NJ lineup below...

Continue reading "Rock The Bells adds Big Sean and Chief Keef to NJ lineup"

Deltron 3030
Deltron 3030

As mentioned, hip hop festival Rock the Bells is returning in 2013 to a few different cities including East Rutherford, NJ at the Meadowlands Racetrack from October 4-5. In addition to previously announced names like Black Hippy (aka Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), Common, Juicy J, Danny Brown, Tyler the Creator, Wu-Tang Clan, Bone Thuz N Harmony, Earl Sweatshirt, Pusha T, Big K.R.I.T., Flatbush Zombies and more, the lineup has been expanded to include even more.

Joining the artists mentioned above will be the reunited Deltron 3030 (though they only play the LA and San Francisco stops), Big Daddy Kane, Action Bronson, J. Cole, Rapsody & 9th Wonder, Freddie Gibbs, Freeway, KRS-One, RIff Raff, Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh, Sean P, Smoke DZA, Wale, YG, and weirdly enough, Girl Talk and Pretty Lights. 2-day passes for the festival are still available.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Rock the Bells expands lineup (Deltron 3030, Action Bronson, J. Cole, Wale, Big Daddy Kane, Girl Talk, Pretty Lights & more)"

Kendrick Lamar at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar has been touring like crazy this year, having already played the NYC-area at Governors Ball, Summer Jam, Downtown Festival, and Roseland Ballroom, not to mention appearing with Ab-Soul at SOB's. He was also just kinda in the area this past weekend at Firefly Music Festival, and his tour schedule includes three more upcoming nearby festivals: Philly's Made In America, Boston's Boston Calling, and NJ's Rock The Bells.

Soon after playing Boston Calling, Kendrick will return to NYC for a headlining show at outdoor Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park on September 10 with support from Ab-Soul. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/28) at noon.

You can also head to Williamsburg Park even sooner for another hip hop show when Odd Future and Meek Mill play the venue on July 20 (tickets).

Updated dates are listed, along with a stream of the recent Schoolboy Q featuring Kendrick Lamar single, "Collard Greens," below...

Continue reading "Kendrick Lamar playing Williamsburg Park with Ab-Soul after Boston Calling (updated dates)"

Vince Staples

Odd Future/Black Hippy collaborator Vince Staples is about to kick off a tour supporting Mac Miller, which also includes Chance the Rapper (who just played two sold-out NYC shows) and Odd Future's The Internet. Ahead of that tour, he's put out a new album, Stolen Youth, which was produced entirely by Mac Miller under his Larry Fisherman moniker, and features guest appearances from Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul. You can stream the new album in its entirety below.

The tour with Mac, Chance, and The Internet hits the NYC-area on July 11 16 at Hammerstein Ballroom and July 14 at Stone Pony Summerstage. Tickets for both of those shows are still available. The Stone Pony show also includes Meek Mill, who opens for Odd Future in NYC at Williamsburg Park (7/20) a few days later (tickets).

Stream Stolen Youth below...

Continue reading "stream Vince Staples' new LP (feat. Schoolboy Q & Ab-Soul), see him on tour w/ Chance the Rapper and Mac Miller"

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...

Continue reading "Summer Jam was cut short due to weather warnings, but Kendrick, A$AP Rocky, Miguel & more still played (videos)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Black Hippy - "U.O.E.N.O" Remix (MP3)

Quadron

When we first realized Rhye wasn't as mysterious as we thought, it was brought into the public consciousness that one half of the duo was Mike Milosh (better known as just Milosh) and Robin Hannibal, who is also one half of the duo Quadron with Coco O. Quadron is set to release a new album, Avalanche, on June 4 via Vested in Culture/Epic, and in very exciting news, the first single, "Better Off," features a verse from Kendrick Lamar. Pitchfork mentions that Robin and Coco were also in a group called Boom Clap Bachelors, whose song "Tiden Flyver" is prominently sampled in Kendrick's "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe." Check out "Better Off" below, along with the album tracklist. That's the artwork above.

Quadron also have some tour dates coming up around the time of the album's release. They'll be a support act for some of the dates on Jose Gonzalez's group Junip's previously discussed tour, including the NYC date happening on June 13 at Highline Ballroom. Barbarossa is on that show too, which is sold out.

Quadron will also return to NYC for a free, all ages show opening for UK singer Lianne La Havas at Central Park Summerstage on July 27. DJ Center will be on the boards that night too.

As discussed, Kendrick Lamar will also be in the NYC-area for Summer Jam, Governors Ball, and Rock the Bells. Kendrick and the rest of the Black Hippy crew (Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock) just remixed Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O," which you can download above and stream below.

All Quadron dates are listed, along with the song streams and album artwork, below...

Continue reading "Quadron (mem. of Rhye) releasing new LP (stream a track w/ Kendrick Lamar), opening for Junip and Lianne La Havas"

Schoolboy Q at Best Buy Theater - 5/21/13 (via Kellen Dengler)
Schoolboy Q

Thanks to TDE's recent success, Q found himself as the most established performer at the Freshman show. With no one to accompany him on stage, he fared better in the larger crowd as a solo artist, breezing through tracks from Habits & Contradictions and throwback collaborations with A$AP Rocky. At one point, he asked Kendrick Lamar to join him but laughed at the audience members who fell for his joke. Fittingly, he won the crowd back with his charisma by asking them the title of his upcoming album. "Oxymoron!" they screamed back. And this was done four times over. [XXL]
The 2013 XXL Freshman Class, including Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Angel Haze, and more, all came to NYC for a show at Best Buy Theater last night (5/21). You can check out a video of Schoolboy Q playing "My Hatin' Joint" at the show, below.

As mentioned in yesterday's What's Going On? post, Action Bronson made a video for his Harry Fraud-produced song, "Strictly 4 My Jeeps." If you missed it, you can watch that video below. Riff Raff stars in the video, and as discussed, he plays a Scion A/V show in Brooklyn at Coco 66 tonight (5/22) with Stalley and Smoke DZA. Entrance to that show had to be gained through Scion's contest which has since ended.

Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul are both members of the group Black Hippy (which also includes Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock), and that whole group is playing the traveling Rock the Bells Festival which hits the NYC-area on October 4-5 at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ. Tickets for that festival are on sale now. The rest of the lineup includes Big K.R.I.T., Common, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler the Creator, Jhene Aiko, Juicy J, Rakim, Wu-Tang Clan, and many more.

Updated Rock the Bells lineup and videos below...

Continue reading "Schoolboy Q, Action Bronson (who has a new video) & more played the XXL Freshman show; Rock the Bells tix on sale"

by Andrew Sacher

Black Hippy at Downtown Music Festival in NYC (via @me_acosta)
Black Hippy

The Downtown Music Festival, which is coming to multiple North American cities this year, kicked off its first one in NYC on Friday (5/10) across various LES venues.

The biggest highlight of the artists I saw was the Black Hippy crew, who went on at Capitale at around 1:30 AM. All four guys, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock, came out together for a few posse cuts to start the show, and then Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, and Kendrick each did their own mini-sets to follow that. They had a ton of fun with it, focusing on crowd pleasers, and taking it a little less seriously than when the members play their own gigs (in a good way). We've seen them make appearances at each other's shows, but getting a chance to see each rapper in the group sampling their own stuff and no one member taking the limelight over another is an entirely different appeal. It showed how diverse each rapper really is (Kendrick has the introspective songs, Q has the party bangers, and Ab-Soul has the tripped out ones -- and PS, we want to hear more from Jay Rock!), and like I said, it was a super fun show.

Houston rapper Fat Tony opened that show with a solid set, which he used much of to promote his new album, Smart Ass Black Boy, which comes out June 11 via Young One. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream that album's single, "Hood Party," which features Kool A.D. and Despot, below. Tony will be back in NYC for the free 4Knots Music Festival in June.

Earl Sweatshirt at Downtown Music Festival in NYC (via Liz Una Kim)
Earl Sweatshirt

Another standout of the festival for me was Earl Sweatshirt, who played Element at around 11 PM with Syd tha Kyd as his DJ. Odd Future supporters have turned on the group a bit (or at least the way it was when Tyler and Hodgy Beats were basically running it) and Tyler's so-so new album Wolf didn't help that, but Earl's been hailed as something of a saving grace for the group. It's obviously too soon to tell if Earl's gonna pull it off (though his recent singles have been promising), but whether intentionally or not, his show on Friday worked by being good for very different reasons than the ones that initially gained Odd Future attention. He didn't talk much between songs, didn't have any "punk" stage antics of a large group of hypemen, and OF's shock-factor-turned-predictable-offensiveness was almost never to be found. Instead, Earl focused on classic-style rhymes and proving himself as an adept emcee. There's still no release date for his upcoming album, Doris, but once it does come out, it should be pretty interesting to see where he goes with it.

More Downtown Music Fest coverage to come. Meanwhile, a video of Earl playing a new song at Element, Kendrick playing "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" at Capitale, and that Fat Tony stream below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Mac Miller and Ab-Soul (via Macklemore's Instagram)
Mac Miller

It's not too out of the ordinary when rappers we don't like collaborate or tour with rappers we do like. We've already seen some of our favorite rappers tour with Childish Gambino and collaborate with Asher Roth, and now a handful of guys we're currently invested in are doing stuff with another non-fave, Mac Miller. First, he did a track, "S.D.S," which was produced by Flying Lotus (and FlyLo fans shared a collective sigh of relief when the instrumental version came out). Then he contributed a guest verse to the new Ab-Soul song, "The End Is Near," which he also produced under the moniker Larry Fisherman. Both versions of "S.D.S." and "The End Is Near" can be streamed below.

Now, Mac has announced that he's going on a US tour from June to August and the openers include Chance the Rapper, Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, The Internet, Vince Staples, Meek Mill and others. That tour hits NYC on July 11 at Hammerstein Ballroom with Chance the Rapper, The Internet, Vince Staples, and The Come-Up; and it hits Asbury Park, NJ on July 14 at Stone Pony Summer Stage with Chance the Rapper, The Internet, Vince Staples, and Meek Mill.

Tickets for both of those shows go on sale Friday (5/10) at 10 AM. Citi/Live Nation/Ticketmaster presales for the Hammerstein show begin Thursday (5/9) at 10 AM and Citi Cardmember/VIP Package presales for the Stone Pony show begin Wednesday (5/8) at 10 AM, with a Live Nation Mobile App presale beginning Thursday (5/9) at 10 AM. All tour dates are listed below.

Earl Sweatshirt won't be on the NYC-area shows, but he will be here as part of Dowtown Music Festival this Friday (5/10) at Element for a show with Ryan Hemsworth and Antwon (tickets).

Action Bronson isn't on any of the NYC-area shows either, but he has other upcoming NYC shows too.

Chance the Rapper - 'Acid Rap'
Chance the Rapper

Perhaps the most exciting part of the NYC-area shows is that they'll be the first in the area for Chance the Rapper since the release of his impressive new mixtape, Acid Rap. Acid Rap wears its influences on its sleeve a bit (Kanye, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Andre 3000), but it's a very cohesive release that plays more like an album than a mixtape, and it's a pretty bold statement for someone who's still early on in their career. He's got a sing-rapping style similar to Drake and Kendrick Lamar, and though it can be a little off-putting at first, it's a grower. You can stream Acid Rap in full below and download it for free at DatPiff.

All Mac Miller dates are listed, along with all streams, below...

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Cold Specks in Chicago earlier this month (more by James Richards IV)
Cold Specks

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Leslie Kritzer @ Joe's Pub
* Lizz Winstead @ The Bell House
* Jim James, Cold Specks @ Webster Hall
* Liam Finn, Rohypnotize @ Knitting Factory
* Opeth, Katatonia @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* How to destroy angels_, DIIV @ Apollo Theater
* Frank Londons Shekhina Big Band @ The Stone
* The Neighbourhood, Wardell @ Bowery Ballroom
* Wyatt Cenac, Dan St. Germain, Ian Kamel @ Littlefield
* Cold Specks, Prince of Innocence, Hey Anna @ Pianos
* Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Animal Tropical, Harvey Eyeballs, Oscar Adams @ Cake Shop
* Cru The Dynamic, Hints, We Can't Enjoy Ourselves @ Glasslands
* Ex Caves (Yonatan of Monotonix), Laura Ortman @ Mercury Lounge
* Goatwhore, 3 Inches of Blood, Revocation, Ramming Speed @ Saint Vitus
* Filmmatic- An Evening of Rare Hip Hop Documentaries @ Landmark Sunshine Cinema
* DJ Bobbito Garcia, Amir Abdullah, Chairman Mao, DISTAL, Monotropics @ Bowery Electric

UPDATE: Cass McCombs, Scott Metzger, Joe Russo and friends are playing at Bar 4 tonight.

The Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency continues tonight and runs through May 31 with tons of cool events. More details HERE and HERE.

Jim James and Cold Specks tour into NYC tonight for a sold out show at Webster Hall. Check out pictures from the Chicago show on BV Chicago.

Cold Specks also plays her own show, which is not sold out, at Pianos later tonight. Want a free pair of tickets? Tweet "Give me tickets to see Cold Specks at Pianos tonight @BrooklynVegan" for a chance to win.

Jim James also plays Prospect Park this summer.

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Chance the Rapper is releasing his new mixtape, Acid Rap, this week (4/30), and he just put out the video for the track "Smoke Again," which features Black Hippy member Ab-Soul. Check it out below.

Speaking of awesome rap collaborations, Clams Casino and (MF) DOOM just put out a song together called "Bookfiend." Stream that below too.

What else?

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Autre Ne Veut at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Autre Ne Veut

As mentioned, Downtown Records are taking their Downtown Music Festivals to different North American cities this year, including NYC from May 10 to 11 across various LES venues, including Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, Angel Orensanz Center, Pianos, Cake Shop, Tammany Hall, Element, Capitale, Rockwood Music Hall and more.

In addition to the previously announced lineup of Black HIppy (aka Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), Purity Ring, Earl Sweatshirt, DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Trash Talk, Palma Violets, Teengirl Fantasy, and others; more acts have just been added. Those new acts include Andrewy Wyatt (of Miike Snow), Autre Ne Veut, Guards, Ryan Hemsworth, Port St. Willow, Kilo Kish, Ratking, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Vashtie, Fat Tony, d'Eon and Kingdom (playing with Kelela, who sang a song on the Teengirl Fantasy album last year and sings a song on the new Kingdom EP this year, which you can listen to below).

2-Day passes for the festival have sold out, but single day tickets for May 10 and May 11 are still available. The day-by-day lineups have also been announced, and you can check those out below.

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Phoenix at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 4/5/2013 (more by PSquared Photography)
Phoenix

Two days after announcing the existence of the second edition of Jay-Z's of Made in America festival, here comes the initial line-up. Set to go down August 31 - September 1 at Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway, look for appearances from Beyonce, Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel (who is collaborating with Kendrick), Solange, The Gaslight Anthem (who just announced two huge NYC shows), Phoenix (who just played MHoW and SNL), 2Chainz and more.

UPDATE: an initial announcement accidentally included artists from the 2012 lineup mixed in with the 2013 lineup. Those mistakes made it into our post but are now fixed.

So far no details on ticketing. Full line-up is below...

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