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Action Bronson at Rough Trade on Saturday (via @mariobatali)
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Charismatic Queens rapper Action Bronson dropped his full-length major label debut, Mr. Wonderful, last week via VICE / Atlantic and has had a hell of a week supporting it. First he played two nights at Terminal 5 and then on Saturday (3/28) had a signing and in-store performance at Rough Trade. Among those in attendance was another redheaded chef: Mario Batali who snapped the above pic. Bronson also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman last Wednesday (3/25) with Chance The Rapper to perform their Mark Ronson-produced song "Baby Blue" from the new record. Check it out below.

Bronson's now announced a full-on world tour in support of Mr. Wonderful, running all through the summer and into the fall. The tour doesn't stop in NYC proper, but hits New Jersey's Starland Ballroom on May 1. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/3) at 10 AM with a presale Thursday (4/2) at 9 AM.

Check out all of Bronson's upcoming dates and his Letterman performance below...

Continue reading "Action Bronson played Rough Trade, announces tour dates ++ video of his 'Letterman' performance w/ Chance the Rapper"

photo: Sleater-Kinney at T5 in February (more by PSquared)
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Sleater-Kinney, who first said they weren't playing festivals but then were announced for Primavera Sound, have now also been added to home stage festival Sasquatch!, taking place Memorial Day Weekend (5/22-25) at The Gorge. Other new additions include Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib (who plays NYC tonight), THEESatisfaction, Helms Alee, AlunaGeorge, Kaytranada, Goldlink and a few others.

Those additions join previously announced names such as Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent and many more. Festival tickets are still available.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney, Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib, AlunaGeorge, THEESatisfaction & more added to Sasquatch! 2015 lineup"

by Sean O'Connell

Action Bronson

It's safe to say Action Bronson's image has reached a hyperbolic magnitude. From a humble beginning of playground raps and obscure chef references, Action has grown over the past few years into a king-size connoisseur of all things absurd. While his lyrics have morphed from hard-nosed Queens-centric wordplay purism to impossible fantasy, Action's live performances have remained crowd-pleasing spectacles from the jump. The Flushing rapper's on-stage antics have been well documented on social media, and through the marketing maelstrom that Vice has orchestrated since signing Action back in 2012. Whether it be throwing televisions into the crowd or running out of the venue with fans, Action has continuously raised his own bar on noteworthy performances.

Last night's (3/24) show at Terminal 5 featured many of these same stunts, with Bronson throwing packages and stage rushers into the crowd (video of the latter below), unsuccessfully attempting to crowd surf, and finding his way to the bar at the back of the venue. Yet Bronson, who was celebrating the release of his major label debut Mr.Wonderful, seemed to have more interest in slowing things down. Action came out with his entire crew in tow: producers Party Supplies, longtime collaborator Meyhem Lauren, producer Alchemist as DJ, and fan favorite hypeman Big Body Bes. Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg provided a DJ set before Meyhem Lauren warmed the crowd up with a few of his cuts. Action's short set featured almost exclusively tracks off of Mr.Wonderful with the only exception being "Amadu Diablo" from his last mixtape Blue Chips 2.

After an energetic entrance featuring some of his album's well-known singles, Action slowed things down to an almost sluggish pace, singing the chorus to his latest single "Baby Blue" totally out-of-key (to the crowd's amusement). Still, when his genius one-liners weren't being shouted back at him Action seemed less a maturing rapper and more a slightly disinterested veteran, even saying at one point "I'm too old for this". The remainder of the set found Bronson singing on some of the slower Mr. Wonderful tracks taking a cue from Billy Joel and the grandeur of 80s New York. The crossover appeal that can be found on the album was slipshod on the stage. Whether it be the common record release show vanity or the side-effect of a bigger, less intimate venue that Terminal 5 is, Action seems he is finding the balance between his polished bravado and his hungry Queens hip hop roots.

Last night was Action Bronson's first of two shows at Terminal 5. He does it again TONIGHT (3/25) (tickets), and also plays an in-store at Rough Trade on Saturday (3/28).

Action Bronson and The Alchemist also both teamed up with Earl Sweatshirt for the new song, "Warlord Leather," which is a bonus track to Bronson's new album, as well as Earl's just-released I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside. Listen to that, with a few more pictures from T5, below...

Continue reading "Action Bronson played his 1st of 2 T5 shows, threw a fan off stage (pics, review, video), made a song w/ Earl Sweatshirt"

photo: Heems at Santos - 3/10/15 (via Christina Gregory)
Heems

Earlier this week (3/10), former Das Racist member Heems put out his first official solo album, Eat, Pray Thug, and celebrated it that same day at Santos Party House. Anyone go? How was it?

If you missed it, or just need another dose of Heems, he'll play NYC again on 4/20 at Baby's All Right. That show's also with Weekend Money, Topaz Jones, Kahli Abdu and VHS Safari. Tickets are on sale now. His only other announced dates are NXNE, two official SXSW showcases, and the Action Bronson SXSW show.

In other news, the Queens native recently left NYC to move in with his parents at their Long Island home. Gothamist interviewed him about it:

You're living in Hicksville now, right? Why did you choose to move back home... to leave Williamsburg and all that "white drama" you talk about on Eat Pray Thug? My lease ended at the end of April and I just didn't want to sublet or get an apartment again, which I had to do for like years. So I think since around May of last year I've been living on Long Island.

So how's living with the parents? Oh, I love it. It just so happens that my sister and her husband were also living there. I'm on my way back to them right now. [Last night] I had a show at [Aicon Gallery] where I have my art. I had a performance there with the Kominas and Riz MC, they're like this Pakistani punk band and this Pakistani grime artist.

...So then what was it like when you lived in Williamsburg for a while? I liked it at the time. I mean a lot of friends, we were all in bands and it was good to be around your peers. It was a good vibe. But eventually I was like, "This is not the New York I know, the New York I grew up with, that I cherish." That New York's Long Island now.

You can read the rest of that here.

Listen to the Blood Orange collab from Heems' new album, below...

Continue reading "Heems moved back in with his parents on Long Island, playing 4/20 show at Baby's"

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Action Bronson has two huge release shows at Terminal 5 (3/24 & 25) (night 1 sold out, night 2 on sale), and he's now added a much smaller show happening a few days later. He'll do an in-store at Rough Trade on March 28 at 1:30 PM which includes a performance and a signing. To get in, you have to buy his new album Mr. Wonderful from the Rough Trade store starting 3/24 to get a wristband. The store opens at 11 AM.

Updated dates are listed, with the newest single from Mr. Wonderful, below...

Continue reading "Action Bronson adds Rough Trade in-store to tour (dates)"

Joey Bada$$
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Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ played three NYC shows in January the week his new album B4.DA.$$ came out, and now he's announced a much larger hometown show. He'll once again headline the Smokers Club 4/20 show (which is now an annual thing), though this year it's actually April 19 at Terminal 5.

Also on the bill is Odd Future's Domo Genesis, Chicago drill rapper and Nicki Minaj collaborator Lil Herb, two members of Curren$y's Jet Life group (Trade Mark Da Skydiver and Young Roddy), hazy North Carolian rapper Frais, and Brooklyn's JStash. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/6) at noon. Joey plays a few fests too -- all dates below.

Joey's album features fellow NYC rapper Action Bronson, who also plays Terminal 5 soon: 3/24 (sold out) and 3/25 (tickets). Bronson's own new album, Mr. Wonderful, comes out 3/24 via Vice/Atlantic, and this week he put out another new song from it, "Baby Blue," featuring Chance the Rapper (who has two albums on the way) and produced by Mark Ronson (who currently has one of the biggest singles in the country).

Listen to that, with the newest video from Joey's album and recent mixtapes from Lil Herb and Frais, below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ playing annual 4/20 show (on 4/19) at T5 w/ Lil Herb, Frais & more; Action Bronson released a new song"

photo: Action Bronson at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
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NYC rapper Action Bronson sold out the release show for his upcoming Mr. Wonderful album, but he's now added a second show happening the next day at the same venue, Terminal 5 (3/25). Tickets for the new date go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/25) at noon.

He's also part of the just-announced lineup for NXNE, and plays other festivals too, such as Sasquatch!, Coachella and more. Updated dates are listed, with his most recent single "Terry,", and a just-released trailer for the new album, below...

Continue reading "Action Bronson expands tour, adds 2nd Terminal 5 show, releases album trailer"

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The 2015 edition of Toronto's NXNE Festival happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over the Ontario capital. The initial lineup has just been announced and includes Action Bronson, The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Lower Dens, A Place To Bury Strangers, Pentagram, White Lung and more. You can check out the full list of initial NXNE showcasing artists below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Heems

Heems is a few weeks away from releasing his new album, Eat, Pray, Thug (due 3/10 via Megaforce), and he's now put out its second single, "Home." It features vocals from Blood Orange main man Dev Hynes, adventurous production, and it's hardly something you'd call a rap song. Listen, along with another new song that didn't make the record (via Rolling Stone) below.

Heems plays a release show for the album on March 10 at Santos Party House. Since we last spoke, Sandunes and Rizzla were added. Tickets are still available.

In related news, past Heems collaborator and fellow NYC rapper Action Bronson put out a new song this week from his upcoming album, Mr. Wonderful (due 3/24 via Vice/Atlantic). You can stream that below too. He also has a release show scheduled, March 24 at Terminal 5. Tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Heems releases Blood Orange collab from new LP (new Action Bronson out now too)"

Sasquatch

Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to Quincy, WA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, at The Gorge. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Spoon, James Blake, Hot Chip, SBTRKT, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War On Drugs, Little Dragon, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, Future Islands, Ab-Soul, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Rustie, Courtney Barnett, Strand of Oaks, Merchandise, Ex Hex, and more.

Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Saturday (2/7). Full lineup below...

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photo: Action Bronson at Sonos Studio NYC in 2014 (more)
Action Bronson

Action Bronson is releasing his new album, Mr. Wonderful, on March 24 via Vice/Atlantic and he's now announced that he'll celebrate it in NYC on release day at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (1/30) with an AmEx presale starting at noon today (1/28).

He's also got a sold-out NYC show happening much sooner at BB King's on Monday (2/2), which was rescheduled from 1/26 due to the blizzard. Refunds are also available if you can't make the new date.

Besides that, Bronson plays a few festivals including Coachella (and a Coachella Sideshow), Tampa's Big Guava Festival (with The Strokes, Pixies, Passion Pit and more), and Miami's inaugural Rolling Loud Festival (with Schoolboy Q, A$AP Ferg, Juicy J and more).

All dates are listed, with the single from Mr. Wonderful, below...

Continue reading "Action Bronson playing album release show at Terminal 5, festivals & other dates"

Drive Like Jehu in 2014 (photo by Tod Seelie)
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Earlier today, we mentioned the a couple Coachella sideshows (Brand New/Built to Spill/Desaparecidos and Desaparecidos/Touche Amore/Joyce Manor), and now the full schedule of sideshows is here. There's also one with the reunited Drive Like Jehu, one with the reunited Ride and Eagulls, one with Interpol and Perfume Genius, one with Belle & Sebastian and Mac DeMarco, one with Swans and Angel Olsen, one with Father John Misty and King Tuff, two Jenny Lewis shows, a Cloud Nothings show, a War On Drugs show, a Panda Bear show, and still plenty more.

More details at Goldenvoice's website. Full schedule on the poster below...

Continue reading "Coachella sideshows schedule (Ride, Drive Like Jehu, Belle & Sebastian, Swans, War on Drugs, Interpol, Panda Bear, more)"

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As mentioned, Louis CK went ahead and canceled Tuesday's MSG show due to Winter Storm Juno which is just starting to hit NYC and may drop two feet of snow. Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared a State of Emergency starting at 11 PM tonight. (Subways and public transportation close at 11 PM tonight too!) Here are some other blizzard show updates. If you are out tonight, please be safe!

Zola Jesus' show at Saint Vitus tonight is still on but set times are now earlier: 7 PM for UNIFORM and 7:30 for Zola Jesus.

Tuesday's (1/27) Youth Code, Sannhet, and Statiqbloom show at Saint Vitus is currently still on.

Tonight's Broncho show (1/26) at Rough Trade is still happening. UPDATE: nope, that's also canceled.

Savages' show at Baby's All Right tonight has been postponed, and is now a late show on Thursday (1/29). All tickets honored, refunds available if you can't make the new date.

Tonight's Marilyn Manson show at Terminal 5 with Unlocking the Truth has been postponed till Thursday (1/29). All 1/26 tix honored. Refunds at point of purchase for those who can't make it. Their show on Tuesday (1/27) at The Paramount in Long Island has been postponed as well, details TBD.

Tonight's Action Bronson show at BB King's has been postponed till February 2. All tickets will be honored. Contact point of purchase if you cannot attend.

Bully at Pianos tonight has also been canceled due to weather.

Tonight's Steve Earle show at City Winery has been canceled.

The Nels Cline show tonight at Iridium has been postponed. New date still TBA.

Brooklyn Bowl is closed tonight (1/26) and Tuesday (1/27).

Littlefield is closed tonight, so no Night Train with Wyatt Cenac. Tonight's other show, with TinyRhino, has been moved to next Tuesday (2/3).

Reverend Vince and the Love Choir plays every Monday at Union Pool but tonight's is canceled. He'll be back next week.

Tonight's Year and Years show at Le Poisson Rouge (which was to be their US debut) has been canceled, as has LPR's early show ("Glass & Blood"). Refunds for Years and Years available at point of purchase.

Similarly, the other Years and Years show (Rough Trade on Tuesday, 1/27) has been postponed. Stay tuned for the rescheduled date.

In other LPR news, Tuesday's art gallery opening for Alexander Kaletsky's "Inspirations" has been rescheduled for Thursday. Same time

Mercury Lounge is closed tonight.

Joe's Pub is closed tonight.

Knitting Factory is closed tonight.

Shows at The Living Room tonight have been canceled.

Tonight's Sharkmuffin show at Grand Victory has been postponed.

Union Hall canceled The Mehran Show tonight.

More comedy cancellations: 9:30pm and 11pm shows at UCB Chelsea canceled; 9:30pm and 10:30pm UCB East shows canceled. Early shows still TBD.

The final night of Vomitface's Cake Shop residency tonight has been postponed till Monday, February 2.

The newly refurbished Kings Theatre was to have had a "preview" performance on Tuesday (1/27) with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and more but that has been canceled.

A-Trak was supposed to play Atlantic City tonight. Also cancelled.

All Broadway shows are canceled tonight.

What else?

Continue reading "blizzard canceling / postponing most shows in NYC today & Tuesday (Zola Jesus still playing, but early.)"

"FUCKING JOEY CAME OUT AT THE PHONY PPL SHOW, fuck my life brooooo fuck my life" - @tayfo_SHO

photos: Rae Sremmurd @ Webster Hall / Joey Bada$$ @ SOB's
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As discussed, Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ releases his debut album B4.DA.$$ next week (1/20), and plays a hometown release show on Monday (1/19) at Rough Trade, which you have to buy the album to get into. It turns out that's actually one of three NYC shows he's playing that week.

The following night, he'll play Williamsburg dance club Verboten (1/20) with his Pro Era pals and special guests, Statik Selektah, Relly Rell, Pow P & Kool, DJ Red Alert, and guest FunkFlex. Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg is hosting. Tickets are on sale.

Then on Thursday (1/22) at Webster Hall, he'll be the guest at Just Blaze's weekly House Party, along with Statik Selektah. Tickets are on sale for that one too.

Just Blaze has been killing it with his guests lately. He had breakout duo Rae Sremmurd last night (1/15). Anyone catch that? That's a picture from the show above, via Webster Hall's Facebook, where you can browse many more pics of last night.

Joey appeared live in NYC last night too, guesting at the Phony PPL show at SOB's. You can see a picture of that above as well (via). Today, he and producer Statik Selektah dropped another new track from his album, "Run Up On Ya," which features Elle Varner and Action Bronson (who has his own new album and upcoming NYC show on the way). Listen below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ released a new song ft. Action Bronson, joined Phony PPL at SOB's, adds 2 NYC shows, including Just Blaze's party (which Rae Sremmurd played)"

photo: Action Bronson at Sonos Studio NYC in 2014 (more)
Action Bronson

As discussed, NYC rapper Action Bronson will release his new album, Mr. Wonderful, on March 24 via Vice/Atlantic. He's since scheduled a hometown show happening about two months ahead of that release at BB King's on January 26. The show's being presented by Funkmaster Flex, and tickets are on sale now. His only other date that we're currently aware of is Coachella.

Action Bronson also appeared on Funkmaster Flex's Hot 97 show yesterday (1/14) to freestyle over the beat from Prodigy's "Keep It Thoro." You can watch a video of that, and listen to "Actin Crazy" from his new album, below...

Continue reading "Action Bronson freestyled on Hot 97, playing NYC one-off"

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Rapper and noted lover of the delicious, Action Bronson will deliver his new album, Mr. Wonderful, on March 24 via Vice/Atlantic. The record features guest appearances from Chance the Rapper, Meyhem Lauren, Big Body Res, Party Supplies, and production from Drake cohort Noah "40" Shebib, Mark Ronson, and The Alchemist. Bronson also boasts of a Billy Joel sample (apparently hard to come by) on opening cut "Brand New Car," for what it's worth. We'll have to wait to hear that one, but you can get a taste of Mr. Wonderful via new single "Actin Crazy." Listen to that below.

You can catch Action Bronson live at Coachella in April. Those two appearances are his only current dates.

Continue reading "Action Bronson releasing 'Mr. Wonderful' in March (listen to a song), playing Coachella"

Coachella

Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.

Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2015 lineup announced (AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu, St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, MANY more!)"

Joey

Joey Bada$$ has been talking about his official debut album, B4.DA.$$, for a while now, and today more details were revealed. It's set to come out on January 20, and the brand new Statik Selektah-produced single "No. 99" can be streamed, with the LP tracklist, below. Guest spots are due from Action Bronson, Kiesza, BJ the Chicago Kid, Raury and more.

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ reveals more album details & new song "No.99""

VICE PARTY

Earlier this week we started to hear rumblings of a super secret, giant Vice party taking place Friday night (tonight, 12/5) somewhere in Brooklyn. Many big names were rumored to be playing. Like the event they just threw in Toronto, it would be to celebrate the now-mega-company's 20 years of existence. Then last night Nick Zinner tweeted the above "Vice Confidential" memo which has the Yeah Yeahs guitarist playing as part of a house band which will be fronted by Karen O and a ton of other exciting guests, if it all comes true. Pussy Riot is even on there, as are a bunch of Vice Records artists, as you can see above.

The show is invite only, but apparently they'll at least be filming it all (for the benefit of those not in attendance, and for those who make it in but partake a bit too much in the open bar), and they gave away a few tickets.

It goes without saying that the timing of this, though surely coincidental, is just a bit unfortunate for everyone since the last time we used "Brooklyn", "Vice" and "party" in the same sentence, was to discuss the final night of Death By Audio less than two weeks ago (Glasslands closes on New Year's Eve).

For what it's worth, I don't think there's any crossover between the Vice lineup and who played the final month at DbA, though Hisham Bharoocha used to be in Lightning Bolt who played DbA's final night.

So, who's on the list?

Action Bronson

As advertised, a special guest appeared during Party Supplies at Sonos Studio in NYC on Friday, and that guest was their frequent collaborator, the big man Action Bronson himself. A few pictures from the "Evening with SoundCloud" are in this post.

Meanwhile the rapper, Yankees fan, and food critic just released a follow-up to his popular "Easy Rider" video in the form of a new video where he reads YouTube comments and responds to them. You watch that and the original video with the pictures, below...

Continue reading "Action Bronson responds to video comments, was a surprise guest @ Sonos Studio NYC (pics & video)"

Tyler at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator is playing the annual Odd Future-presented Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in LA this November (duh) with Pharrell, Rick Ross, Mac Miller, Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, Trash Talk, Cherry Glazerr and others, and after that he'll go on a headlining tour with fellow Odd Future member Taco. The tour includes NY/NJ shows happening December 20 at Starland Ballroom and December 21 at Terminal 5. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday at 3 PM and noon, respectively.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Tyler, the Creator touring, playing T5 & Starland (dates)"

The LOX at Best Buy Theater in 2011 (more by Brook Bobbins)
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Cypress Hill are playing their mostly annual NYC Halloween show this year on October 30 at Best Buy Theater, and they've got La Coka Nostra, Immortal Technique and Vinnie Paz joining them for the occasion. Tickets for that show go on sale today (8/8) at noon. Their only other date that we're currently aware of is Made In America LA.

Other NYC hip hop shows were recently announced too, like the previously discussed ones from Black Milk, Wu-Tang w/ Bone Thugs, Diplomats, Lil Kim & more and the recently-expanded AfroPunk Festival. Here's more...

Two days after the legendary Rakim plays Studio 48 (10/2) with Slick Rick, he plays 'The Bbg Presents The Noge 50th Year Benefit Concert' at NYC's Apollo Theater (10/4) with Big Daddy Kane (tickets). Both Rakim and Big Daddy Kane are also billed for the 'Hip Hop Hall Of Fame Jam: Legends of The Fall' happening at Long Island's NYCB Theatre at Westbury (10/4) the same day as the Apollo show, so it's not entirely clear how (or if) that will work out. Also on the Westbury show is Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Biz Markie and Pep & the Soul Explosion Band (tickets).

Veteran New York trio The LOX (Styles P, Sheek Louch, Jadakiss) are on board for this year's Fool's Gold Day Off on Labor Day, and exactly a month later they'll play NYC again at BB King's on October 1. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Sooner at BB King's another NYC rapper, Fabolous, takes over the venue on August 23. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Statik Selektah

Long-running DJ Statik Selektah releases his new album, What Goes Around, on August 19 via Duck Down. It features tons of killer collaborations from Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Talib Kweli, Ab-Soul, Sheek Louch, Styles P, Snoop Dogg, Dilated Peoples, Royce Da 5'9, Black Thought, Bun B, POS of De La Soul, Sean Price, Pharoahe Monch, Freddie Gibbs and more. Get a taste of it from three tracks, "Alarm Clock" (ft. Ab-Soul, Jon Connor, Logic), "The Imperial" (ft. Action Bronson, Royce Da 5'9, Black Thought), and "Carry On" (ft. Joey Bada$$, Freddie Gibbs), along with the tracklist, below. Statik Selektah celebrates the new LP with a release show the day before it comes out at SOB's (8/18). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

There's a '90s vs Naughts party happening on the Luxury Infinity Yacht which loads in on August 16 at 10:30 PM on Pier 40 (353 West St) and sets sail at midnight. NYC hip hop vets Smif N Wessun and Buckshot will perform a brief live set, and music will otherwise be provided by DJs including Stretch Armstrong, DJ Moma, Young Guru, Meka, DJ Soul and DJ Tara. Tickets are on sale now and you can also RSVP for VIP. Flyer with more info, below.

Those are just a few hip hop shows coming up in NYC. You can also browse our 'Hip Hop' tab for more. What else?

Continue reading "hip hop roundup: Cypress Hill Halloween show, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, The LOX, Statik Selektah, Smif N Wessun, more"

by Dominick Mastrangelo

Helsinki has some nice architecture...
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After spending three days shooting portraits and other SoundWave tent activities for us at Lollapalooza in Chicago, BrooklynVegan photographer Dominick Mastrangelo took off to Finland for this year's Flow Festival. Keep checking back for his coverage from the fest throughout the weekend, starting now...

With Lollapalooza in the books for another year, this weekend's summer festivals look west to San Francisco for Outside Lands. And they also look east, way east, across the pond to the Scandinavian and Nordic countries whom are all holding their own festivals. Norway's Oya Festival is up and running while Sweden's Way Out West and Flow Festival in Finland take place Friday through Sunday. At the time of this writing, I'm 31,000 feet over Iceland and bound for the beautiful seaport city of Helsinki for Flow. The lineup is a healthy mix of heavy hitters, indie-popular bands as well as Finnish talent.

Last week's Lollapalooza headliners, Skrillex and OutKast, are headlining on Friday (8/8) and Sunday (8/10)respectively. The National, whose seemingly endless tour in support of last year's Trouble Will Find Me, roll in to town after playing Oya and Way Out West to headline on Saturday.

In addition to the headliners, the fest also features Röyksopp & Robyn, Polica, Little Dragon, Marissa Nadler, The Horrors, Darkside, Bill Callahan and Janelle Monae are also performing. And a handful of artists who performed at Pitchfork a few weeks ago will be making their way to Helsinki as well including Slowdive, Real Estate and Neneh Cherry.

Flow also gives a nod toward festivals like SXSW and CMJ with a host of talks on tech and music as well as a screening over 40 short films. The National will also feature on the film side with a screening of the documentary Mistaken For Strangers.

Update: Being seven hours ahead of New York, I've been out and about in Helsinki today. Posters for Flow are everywhere, the weather was gorgeous and I spent most of my afternoon out on Suomenlinna, a fortress built on six islands in the Gulf of Finland. (That beautiful weather disappeared in less than an hour as it's presently pouring outside.) Some photos from my afternoon jaunt, plus the full Flow lineup, below...

Continue reading "Flow Festival this weekend in Finland (w/ Royksopp & Robyn, The National, Darkside, Slint, Slowdive, Outkast, more)"

Arctic Monkeys @ Firefly Fest 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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The 2014 Voodoo Music Experience fest happens in New Orleans from October 31 - November 2 and the lineup includes Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Action Bronson, Slayer, DFA 1979, The Melvins, Gogol Bordello, Fishbone, Peelander Z and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup is listed below....

Continue reading "2014 Voodoo Music Experience lineup (Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Slayer, DFA 1979 & more)"

Hudson Project 2014 (via er_duh)
Hudson Project

Inaugural upstate NY music festival The Hudson Project went down this weekend (Friday, July 11 - Sunday, July 13) and seemed to get off to a good start with positive reviews of Kendrick Lamar, The Flaming Lips and more, but eventually things to a little sour. Daily Freeman reported that dozens were arrested on drug charges, and though the bit of rain on Saturday didn't put too much of a damper on the festival, the weather on Sunday caused the rest of that day to be cancelled. From a press release that went out yesterday afternoon:

Festival-goers were evacuated this afternoon (Sunday, July 13 at 4:45 PM, ET) from the event grounds and were directed by staff and New York State, Ulster County and Saugerties town officials to seek shelter in vehicles until the storm safely passed. "Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, artists and staff," said Jonathan Fordin, partner of MCP Presents, the promoter behind THE HUDSON PROJECT. "We regret having to cancel any performance, but safety always comes first."
This caused sets from Action Bronson, Cults, STRFKR, Bassnectar and more to be cancelled. Did you go to any of the three days? What was your experience like?

The first year of The Hudson Project was partially to "replace" MCP Presents' other festival, Camp Bisco, which took 2014 off. Bisco promises to be back in 2015 though.

Watch a video of The Flaming Lips at the festival, below...

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