Entries tagged with: Action Bronson
Action Bronson -- the Queens-based rapper/gourmet chef known for handing out weed and steak dinners during live performances -- fit the Bonnaroo vibe like an extra large glove. He passed blunts to the soundboard operator, asked the audience to toss drugs onstage (they obliged), and routinely ventured not only into the crowd but outside of the performance tent itself. With just an announcement of "the show's out here now," Bronson left most of the crowd dumbstruck as he disappeared from view, circled the stage, and finally returned to a hero's welcome. Once his hour-long, freestyle-heavy set ended (after a performance of his debauchery-heavy "Hookers at the Point"), the crowd was left chanting his name, understandably thirsty for even more. [Billboard]Queens rapper Action Bronson played Bonnaroo this past weekend, and this coming weekend (6/21), he'll play Delaware's Firefly Music Festival. After that, he'll return home to NYC to play a show at Santos Party House on June 25 with Harry Fraud, who produced Bronson's new EP, SAAAB Stories, which is out now and can be streamed via Spotify (where it premiered) below. Bronson also said in an interview with Whoo Kid (via HipHopDX) that it's going to be his last one-producer project, which he has many of, including Rare Chandeliers with The Alchemist, Blue Chips with Party Supplies, and more.
Tickets for the Santos show are on sale now. All upcoming dates are listed, along with the SAAAB Stories stream, below...
Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It's been crazy both in and not-in the NYC-area for festivals this past week. NYC was taken over by a very muddy Governors Ball last weekend (6/7-9), and this past weekend (6/14-16), while almost every Brooklyn venue took part in the Northside Festival, Toronto was hosting NXNE and Tennessee had Bonnaroo to name the ones we were most focused on. That's all behind us now, but those who are into festivals still have much more to look forward to this summer including another big one on the east coast this weekend.
This coming weekend, Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23, the Firefly Music Festival is returning to Dover, Delaware's Dover International Speedway, which is only about a 3 hour drive (directions) from NYC. The festival debuted last year, and like Governors Ball, they've upped their game a bit this year. There will be a bunch of great bands across four main stages, like:
On Friday, there's sets by Django Django, Dr. Dog, Action Bronson, Foxygen, Public Enemy, Grizzly Bear, Red Hot Chili Peppers,
Earl Sweatshirt (who was added to the lineup in May) and more. And besides RHCP vs Earl (who start 15 minutes apart), the conflicts that day aren't too bad.
On Saturday, there's sets by Japandroids, Jim James (who replaced Imagine Dragons, so bonus points for that), Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes vs Lord Huron at 5 PM, then CHVRCHES vs Edward Sharpe, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT vs Azealia Banks, and finally Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline the day, plus still more.
And on the festival's final day, Sunday, you can catch Haim, Matt & Kim, Toro y Moi, Passion Pit vs The Walkmen both going on at 6:30, Vampire Weekend, and more. Plus, if you need to leave early to get home from work on Monday, you can leave before Foster the People's headlining set. Two birds, huh?
UPDATE:Both Earl Sweatshirt and The Lumineers have cancelled, but were replaced by Schoolboy Q & Ben Harper.
And in addition to the main stages, there's some smaller side stuff too, like the Red Bull Sound Select Hub Stage which features bands who have joined the Red Bull Sound Select Program. We aren't familiar with all the bands playing that one, but we suggest you stop by Saturday for NYC's Heliotropes (who, by the way, are playing a record release show in NYC on 6/18, and streaming their new record). The Skins and Oxymorrons are both on that stage too, both NYC bands who we caught when they played the Afropunk-curated RBSS show at Knitting Factory with Danny Brown.
Last but not least, in addition to just being there as fans and covering the festival, BrooklynVegan will be producing two hours of entertainment from 1-3pm each day inside the Soundwave tent, presented by Toyota and Spinmedia, and hosted by musician & BV contributor Billy Jones. Take a look at the festival map - our stage is toward the top left next to St. Jude.
Hosted overall by one of our favorite comedians, Dave Hill, the Soundwave stage will also feature programming by SPIN (5-7 each day) and Hype Machine (3-5 each day) in addition to the BrooklynVegan stuff (1-3 each day). Stay tuned for our full stage schedule, but get there on Friday at 1pm for a live interview with Django Django and look forward to a second performance by and audience Q & A with Amanda Palmer on Sunday at 2pm. More details soon!
DOWNLOAD: Juyen Sebulba - "Superjam" (MP3)
Matt & Kim at GoogaMooga 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As mentioned, the Mad Decent Block Parties are returning in 2013, including one in Brooklyn on August 10 at Williamsburg Park. Since we last spoke, Matt & Kim (who just played GoogaMooga) have been added to the Brooklyn party, joining a previously announced lineup of Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, 3Ball MTY, Rockie Fresh, Kito & Reija Lee, Destructo, and DJ Sliink. Tickets for the Brooklyn party are still available.
Also on that Dallas stop is local producer Juyen Sebulba, who just dropped the new single "Superjam," which you can download for free above or stream below, along with the updated Mad Decent Block Party lineups.
Schoolboy Q at Best Buy Theater - 5/21/13 (via Kellen Dengler)
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...
today in NYC
* Q-Tip @ Cielo
* Alex Meixner @ Barbes
* The Tony Show @ UCB East
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Alkaline Trio, Bayside @ Irving Plaza
* Majical Cloudz, Gobby @ Glasslands
* Sub X, Whiskey Bitches @ Cake Shop
* Prima, Eleanor, Cave Lighting @ Muchmore's
* Sri, Nature Cruise, Sorry, Dry @ Cameo Gallery
* Coliseum, Red Hare, Pampers @ Knitting Factory
* Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers @ Beacon Theater
* Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments @ Joe's Pub
* Mad Juana, Mars Bonfire, Eric Frisch @ Bowery Electric
* Weed Hounds, Psychic Blood, Softspot, Bueno @ Silent Barn
* Jonathan Batiste and The Stay Human Band @ McKittrick Hotel
* Ingrowing, Gride, Ahumado, Granujo, Mother Brain @ Saint Vitus
* Georgia Anne Muldrow, Dudley Perkins, DJ Romes @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Wakey!Wakey!, Leif Vollebekk, Michael Daves @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Shooter Jennings, Daniel Romano, East River Bandits @ Bowery Ballroom
* Wayne Horvitz and the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble @ The Stone
* UV Race, Warthog, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Household @ Death By Audio
* Onra, DJ Spinna, Maxmillion Dunbar, Terekke, DJ Thanksgiving Brown @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Brenmar, Nick Hook, Sinjin Hawke, Julien Love, Carrot Green, Andre Laos, Pleasure Cruiser @ Tammany Hall
* French Montana, Funkmaster Flex, Cipha Sounds, Bobby Trends, DJ Spynfo, Young Chow, DJ Kulcha @ Webster Hall
* Janeane Garofalo, David Wain, Peter Grosz, Natasha Rothwell, Steve Heisler, Steve Jacobs, Margaret Lyons @ Union Hall
* Blondes (DJ), Teengirl Fantasy (DJ), Shams, Bruno Coviello (of Light Asylum), Mr. Ad Hoc, Tom Hawking, Angelina Dreem @ The DL
* Schoolboy Q, Trinidad Jame$, Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, Logic, Action Bronson, Kirko Bangz, Travi$ Scott, Dizzy Wright, Angel Haze @ Best Buy Theater
Action Bronson, who plays the XXL Freshmen Show at Best Buy Theater tonight with Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Joey Bada$$, Angel Haze, and others, made a video for his Harry Fraud-produced song "Strictly 4 My Jeeps." The video features Riff Raff, and you can watch it below.
Majical Cloudz play a record release party for their debut LP, Impersonator, which came out today via Matador, at Glasslands tonight with Gobby and a "Special Guest." If you haven't heard the album yet, you can listen at Pitchfork.
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Vacation released the track "Candy Waves" from their forthcoming LP of the same name, which is due out on June 18 via Don Giovanni. Stream the new track below.
The full version of Beyonce's new single "Grown Woman," which will presumably appear on her new album, surfaced on the internet last night. Not positive if it's an official release, but check out a stream of the track below.
by Andrew Sacher
Mac Miller and Ab-Soul (via Macklemore's Instagram)
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.
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'
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,
All Mac Miller dates are listed, along with all streams, below...
Clutch in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Surfer Blood @ Ace Hotel
* The Blue Vipers @ Barbes
* Rachelle Garniez @ Barbes
* Pagode Roots @ The Stone
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Viceroy, Alex English @ WIP
* El Vez, Corn Mo @ Maxwell's
* Johnny Marr, Alamar @ Irving Plaza
* Gun Outfit, Piano Movers @ Cake Shop
* Clutch, The Sword, Lionize @ Terminal 5
* Amy Helm, Connor Kennedy @ City Winery
* Fear Factory, Hate Eternal @ Gramercy Theatre
* Marriage, Zula, LODRO, Bueno @ Shea Stadium
* Cyro Baptista & Banquet Of the Spirits @ The Stone
* Tom Odell, Jeremy Messersmith @ Bowery Ballroom
* Tera Melos, TTNG, Infinity Shred @ The Knitting Factory
* Ghost Beach, Magic Man, Wardell @ Santos Party House
* Oberhofer, Celestial Shore, Life Size Maps @ Glasslands
* Volbeat, All That Remains, Eye Empire @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Fred Falke, Foals (DJ), Chrome Sparks, Jorge Bonjour @ Output
* Belle Mare, Cherokee Red, Adam Rubenstein @ Mercury Lounge
* Marques Toliver & the Sometimes, Sophie Auster @ Mercury Lounge
* Cosmic Boogieman, Sioux Lion, Sheare, Ariana & The Rose @ Pianos
* Los Jamones, The Stags, The Mess Around, Runny @ The Grand Victory
* Starlight Girls, Dangeous Ponies, Slutever, The Suzan @ Death By Audio
* Janeane Garofalo, Christian Finnegan, MadDog @ Eastville Comedy Club
* TKTTSM, Bright Future, The Veda Rays, Eastern Hollows @ Bowery Electric
* Blood Red Shoes, Portmanteaux, Cosmonaut @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Young Mothers, Instrument Thieves, Cowboy Indian Bear, Medals @ Cameo Gallery
* SWIMM, The Ludlow Thieves, Vandaveer, Rachel Brown, Ben Lovett @ Rockwood Music Hall
* VJ Lady Firefly, Paul Amitai, VisualHornHonkinG, The Driver, Nimbostratus, Firefly Moon @ Big Snow
* Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" @ Skirball Center For The Performing Arts
* The Sweater Songs (performing Weezer's "Blue Album" and songs from "Pinkerton"), Jared Schraff, Allison Weiss @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Martin Dosh, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Alan Hampton (of Andrew Bird's band), Mike Block and Pete Hale (of Here We Go Magic), Theo Blackmann @ Shapeshifter Lab
* Pharamakon, Stephen O' Malley, KTL, Body/Head, Purient, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Oren Ambarchi, Alan Licht, Vatican Shadow, Pete Swanson, Mick Barr, Kid Millions/Jim Sauter Duo, Alberich, Noveller, grassmass, Hiram Martinez @ Knockdown Center
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The Jay Z-curated soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's film adaptation of The Great Gatsby is available to stream via NPR. It features Beyonce, Andre 3000, The xx, Jack White, and many more.
The XXL 2013 Freshman Class, who all play a show at Best Buy Theater (5/21), have put out a mixtape, which includes new music from Angel Haze, Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, Joey Bada$$ and others. You can stream/download it below. One of Angel Haze's contributions, "Lofticries," which samples the Purity Ring song of the same name, can also be streamed separate from the rest of the mixtape, below.
One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.
photos by Wei Shi
New Order / The xx / Danny Brown
Weekend 2 of Coachella 2013 continued on Saturday (4/20), and this time around we caught sets by New Order, The xx, Hot Chip, Danny Brown (who debuted a new Rustie-produced track, "Dope Song," during his set which you can watch a video of below), Action Bronson, Trash Talk, Janelle Monae and more. Pictures of Weekend 2 Day 2 are in this post.
More Coachella Weekend 2 Day 2 pictures and the Danny Brown video below...
A$AP Ferg at Brooklyn Bowlin 2012 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Hot 97 Summer Jam is returning to MetLife Stadium on June 2, and as usual, there will be a show in the parking lot (Festival Village) with smaller rappers. The lineup for the main show hasn't been announced yet (though hopefully it will have a headliner who doesn't cancel day of the show) but the Festival Village lineup has been announced, and it includes Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg, Vinny Cha$e, Smoke DZA, Bodega Bamz, Troy Ave, Kid Ink, and Radamiz. The only way into that show is with a Summer Jam ticket, and those go on sale Friday (4/12) at 10 AM.
Action Bronson (who plays Coachella this weekend) and Joey Bada$$ also play the XXL Freshmen show at Best Buy Theater on May 21 with Schoolboy Q, Trinidad Jame$, Ab-Soul, Logic, Kirko Bangz, Travi$ Scott, Dizzy Wright, and Angel Haze. Tickets for that show are still available.
Joey Bada$$ is currently on tour with Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers. That tour hits NYC on April 18 at Highline Ballroom and April 20 at Gramercy Theater, and both are sold out. He also plays the Roots Picnic in Philly the day before Summer Jam with Grimes, Solange, Araabmuzik, Hit-Boy, How to Dress Well, and more. Tickets for that are still available.
All Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson dates are listed, along with some videos, below...
Angel Haze at SPIN House at SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, XXL's 2013 Freshman Class includes Schoolboy Q, Trinidad Jame$, Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, Logic, Action Bronson, Kirko Bangz, Travi$ Scott, Dizzy Wright, and Angel Haze, and as usual, XXL will celebrate with a concert in NYC that features all ten rappers. The show happens on May 21 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/5) at noon. XXL is also celebrating with an Action Bronson and Big K.R.I.T. show in Philly and an Action Bronson, Schoolboy Q, and Ab-Soul show in LA, but the NYC date is the only one with the full freshmen class. All XXL Freshman Tour dates are listed below.
Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul will also be in NYC with the full Black Hippy crew (Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock included) for Downtown Music Festival on May 10. 2-Day passes for that festival, which also includes Purity Ring, Earl Sweatshirt, DIIV, Pal,a VIolets, and more, are still available. That festival is also part of Kendrick Lamar's tour which brings him back to NYC in June for Governors Ball.
Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson, along with many others, will be featured on Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg's The New York Renaissance mixtape, which comes out on DatPiff
later today now. Download it HERE. Meanwhile, stream Joey's contribution, "A Day in the Life" (prod. Harry Fraud), and Bronson's contribution, "Compliments To The Chef," below.
"XXL has revealed their Freshman Class cover for 2013. The cover features ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Action Bronson, among others. They join a list of emcees to be on the Freshman Class list over the years that includes Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller and more." [HipHopDX (via)]Schoolboy Q plays two now-sold-out shows at SOB's on Thursday. Ab-Soul played there last month. If you don't have a ticket, consider heading to NYU to catch Cakes Da Killa, Killer Mike and eXquire instead.
Many of the rappers featured in this year's Freshman Class were just down at SXSW including Angel Haze who we just posted some pictures of on BV Austin, and Action Bronson who we caught at Viceland and at a Warner showcase.
Savoir Adore at Knitting Factory in 2012 (more by Sachyn Mital)
today in NYC
* Hag @ The Stone
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Fukimaki Miura @ Barbes
* Gael Rouillhac @ Barbes
* Justin Veloso @ The Stone
* Sophia Knapp @ Ace Hotel
* Black Guard, Valor @ Saint Vitus
* Creaghead & Company @ Union Hall
* Milo Greene, Savoir Adore @ Maxwell's
* Hannibal Buress @ The Knitting Factory
* Joey Arias, Kristian Hoffman @ Joe's Pub
* Polyenso, Author, Walking Tree @ Paper Box
* Deftones, Periphery @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Kestrels, Soccer Mom, Relations @ Cake Shop
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel @ Mercury Lounge
* Wooden Wand, Steve Gunn, Zachary Cale @ Union Pool
* Girls Names, Lazyeyes, Sapphire Mansions @ Cameo Gallery
* Cigarette, Cloud Become Your Hand, Richie Quake @ Silent Barn
* His Clancyness, Tweens, LODRO, Basement Batman @ Glasslands
* Horrible Present, Juan Wauters (of the Beets), Brothers In Law, Missing Doucments @ Death By Audio
There's a few good foreign bands playing NYC tonight on their way to SXSW. Belfast's Girls Names are at Cameo, Italy's His Clancyness are at Glasslands, and another Italian band, Brothers In Law, is at Death by Audio.
If you're going to the Milo Greene show at Maxwell's tonight, get there early for Savoir Adore.
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Hip hop producer Harry Fraud put out a new mixtape, Adrift, which features tracks with Action Bronson, Juicy J, Smoke DZA, A$AP Twelvyy, Curren$y, Pusha T, Troy Ave, Danny Brown, and more. Stream it below and download it for free at DatPiff.
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave pals around with another NYC rappers like Action Bronson and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and like those guys, Troy is keeping alive the spirit of old school rap (he's also got a song with Prodigy). It's not straight throwback rap (which is a good thing), but it's the kind of rap that makes you wonder why we so often forgive slow flow and lazy rhymes. And he does have some of the golden-era sound, but also often reminds me of Get Rich or Die Tryin'-era 50 Cent and Diplomatic Immunity-era Dipset, both of which turn(ed) ten this year, so even that sound is venturing towards old-school. (DON'T YOU FEEL OLD?)
He's got a few mixtapes under his belt, including 2012's Bricks In My Backpack 3, which you can download for free HERE and watch some videos/stream some tracks below. He also appears on Fool's Gold's Loosies compilation, and his contribution to that, "Viking," can be streamed below as well.
Troy Ave will be playing a Hot 97-presented show in NYC on March 7 at SOB's with fellow Action Bronson associate Meyhem Lauren. Leikeli47 and YFame are on the bill too and tickets are on sale now. Rosenberg and Shani Kulture Music host and DJ Juanyto is on the boards for the night.
Show flyer and videos/streams below...
Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...
With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.
Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.
There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...
Firefly Music Festival 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Dover, DE festival Firefly Music Festival had a great first year in July of 2012, and afterwards immediately announced it'd return in 2013. The 2013 festival happens from June 21 - 23 at the Dover International Speedway, and the lineup was just announced. It includes Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, The Walkmen, Django Django, Public Enemy, CHVRCHES, Amanda Palmer, Foxygen, Alabama Shakes, Toro y Moi, Dan Deacon, Action Bronson, The Avett Brothers, and more; and the headliners are Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Vampire Weekend, and Foster the People. The full lineup is below and you can watch the announcement video at their website. TIckets go on general sale Thursday (2/21).
Firefly happens a couple weeks after NYC festival Governors Ball, which has some lineup similarities (Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Avett Brothers, etc). That one goes down on Randall's Island from June 7 - 9 and tickets are still available.
Firefly lineup below...
We briefly mentioned in our post of bands reuniting at Coachella 2013, LA hip hop collective Jurassic 5 are reuniting after breaking up in 2007 (one year after the release of their fourth album, Feedback). There's no insight yet as to whether or not this reunion will go beyond the Coachella slot but fingers crossed! They play on the Fridays (April 12 and 19).
Another big one on the lineup is Wu-Tang Clan, who play the Sundays of the festival (April 14 and 21). This one's not exactly a "reunion," like Jurassic 5 is, but it's worth noting that while Wu-Tang Clan members play shows a lot, it's not every day that they all join forces on stage.
Other rappers at the festival include Aesop Rock and Earl Sweatshirt on the Fridays, and El-P, Pusha T, Action Bronson, Danny Brown, 2 Chainz, and Theophilus London on the Saturdays. R&B singer Janelle Monae also plays on the Saturdays.
A classic Jurassic 5 video below...
photos by Brook Bobbins
"LAST NIGHT WAS AMAZING. I LOVE NEW YORKKKKKKKK." - Action Bronson
Action Bronson bowling
Action Bronson squeezed in one last NYC show before the end of 2012 at Brooklyn Bowl last Wednesday (12/26) with A$AP Ferg and Meyhem Lauren. Like at other Action Bronson shows, he had a huge bag of weed that he graciously threw into the audience, and being that this one was at Brooklyn Bowl, Action Bronson headed over to the venue's bowling lanes and attempted to bowl during his set (as you can see above). Some other notes from the show (via The House List) include that he threw a "Jamaican dance battle for an ounce of weed" and brought out Styles P to cover RIck Ross' "B.M.F" (they do call Bronson the white Rick Ross). When he first walked out, he was decked out in some weird gross fur thing that vaguely resembled his outfit on the Rare Chandeliers album art, which you can see below.
More pics and a video from the Brooklyn Bowl show below...
Action Bronson and The Alchemist released their great free mixtape, Rare Chandaliers, this past November and now they've revealed an extended version with four bonus tracks. You can download the whole thing for free HERE.
As mentioned, Action Bronson plays a hometown show in NYC at Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday (12/26) with A$AP Ferg and Meyhem Lauren, who also recently released a mixtape. Tickets for that show are still available.
Today Pitchfork posted the first half (well, first 30 albums) of their Top 50 Albums of 2012 list. There are some surprises on it, like Peaking Lights and Sharon Van Etten, who seemed more likely to end up on their Honorable Mentions list due to their relatively lower scores and the fact that most of the albums on this list were awarded Best New Music throughout the year. Cat Power and Hot Chip also make it, both of whose new albums seemed to have received less love from Pitchfork than previous releases by those artists. A Rustie Essential Mix also makes the list even though his actual album which came out last year didn't make their 2011 list. And of course the expected ones end up there too like Purity Ring, Julia Holter, Schoolboy Q, Miguel, and more. The remaining 20 will be revealed tomorrow (Friday, 12/21).
Check out their 50-30 picks below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Photographer Ryan Muir is the latest of our uber-talented contributors to drop off his favorite photos that he took in 2012, leaving us with shots of Guns n Roses, The Hives, Purity Ring and much more.
His set of favorite contributions joins fellow photographers Caroline Harrison, Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya, Fred Pessaro // BBG, and Chris La Putt.
Check out the rest of Ryan's favorite pictures below.
Meyhem Lauren's 'Mandatory Brunch Meetings'
Meyhem Lauren is back with the new Mandatory Brunch Meetings LP, out now via Mishka for free and streaming in full below. Look for appearances from Action Bronson (who has his own new release with....), Alchemist, J-Love, , Maffew Ragazino, Carrie Wilds and many others.
by Andrew Sacher
SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.
The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.
by Klaus Kinski and Joe Mande
Joe Mande is a comedian and writer. He's been seen on Conan, Comedy Central, and VH1 Best Week Ever. He's also a writer for Parks and Recreation, Delocated, and the upcoming Kroll Show. He's also the brains behind the pitch-perfect project Look At This Fucking Hipster. When you're as brilliantly hilarious as Joe Mande, it's only a matter of time before you get sucked into Olde Man Los Angeles' bosom and have to leave NYC, which is precisely what he did recently much to the dismay of many people who love him, myself included.
I have been an avid fan of Mande since he was knee-high to a grasshopper and getting his start in the NYC comedy scene. There was a time where it seemed like you could catch him on a stage somewhere in this city at least 9-10 times a week. It is his simplest flourishes that kill me the most; for example, his twitter feed is the best. Among other tweet-skillz, he has a knack for re-tweeting the absolutely vapid and pointless horse-shit that a celebrity's pea-brain managed to fart out into cyberspace. And where else can you see a picture like this? I asked Joe for a Top Ten of 2012 list. The results, with accompanying YouTube videos, are below.