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Aesop Rock in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Aesop Rock

Bang On A Can's David Lang is the 2013-2014 season's holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall, and for the season, he'll be presenting his collected stories series. On the series, David says:

My series--collected stories--divides up the narrative world into topics so we can see how the music changes from subject to subject. Music from different cultures, times, environments, and sound worlds, plus some really exciting commissions, are placed next to each other, highlighting their narrative similarities and telling a larger kind of story about how we listen, experience sound and time, and use music to make sense of the world around us.
The series includes a number of shows throughout the year, notably 'collected stories: love/loss' on April 24 with The Uncluded (aka Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson), Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly, Nadia Sirota and others (tickets); 'collected stories: (post)folk' on April 27 with guitar great Kaki King, the Alarm Will Sound ensemble, and others (tickets); and 'collected stories: spirit' on April 23 with Tuvan throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu and others (tickets). Full collected stories schedule below.

Speaking of Kaki King, she also plays the New York Guitar Festival this month.

And speaking of Bang On A Can, BOAC's marching band Asphalt Orchestra is performing the Pixies' Surfer Rosa in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (1/12). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

collected stories schedule below...

Continue reading "David Lang's 'collected stories' series at Carnegie Hall (with Aesop Rock, Kimya Dawnson, Sam Amidon, Kaki King, more)"

Uncluded

As mentioned, collaborators Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson have teamed up under the name The Uncluded to release an album and tour. The album, Hokey Fright, comes out on May 7 via Rhymesayers, and you can now stream it in full ahead of its release date at The Current.

Their tour comes to NYC for a previously discussed show on June 1 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show weren't on sale when we last spoke, but they're on sale now. It's also since been announced that Hamell On Trial will open the show.

Aesop Rock's pal El-P also has a new duo, Run the Jewels with Killer Mike. As we just posted, they'll be releasing a free album this June and going on a tour which hits NYC on August at 14 Webster Hall.

All Uncluded dates are listed, along with two videos, below...

Continue reading "stream Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson's new LP, get tix to their Knitting Factory show"

Aesop Rock at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Aesop Rock

Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson have toured together and collaborated before, and this year they're releasing a collaborative album together. The duo are teaming up under the name The Uncluded, and the album, which is called Hokey Fright, will be out on May 7 via Rhymesayers. It features James McNew of Yo La Tengo on one of the tracks. You can watch the videos for its singles, "Earthquake" and "Delicate Cycle," along with the album art and tracklist, below.

The Uncluded will be supporting their forthcoming album with a tour of the US and Canada from late May into early August (via Pitchfork). That tour hits NYC on June 1 at Knitting Factory. TIckets for that show are not on sale yet but check Ticketweb for updates.

All dates are listed, along with the videos, album art, and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson formed The Uncluded, releasing an album, going on tour (dates & videos)"

photos by Wei Shi

Passion Pit / Alt-J / Purity Ring & Danny Brown / crowd
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 1
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 1
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 1
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 1

Coachella 2013 is currently going down in Indio, CA for its second weekend after kicking off this past Friday (4/19). We've already posted pics of day 1 (HERE and HERE), day 2 (HERE) and day 3 (HERE) from weekend 1, and now we've got pictures of day 1 from weekend 2 in this post. This time around we caught sets by Passion Pit, Earl Sweatshirt, Polica, Youth Lagoon, Purity Ring, (who were joined by Danny Brown, whose new album they appear on), Foals, Modest Mouse, Alt-J and more.

Check out more pictures from 4/19, along with a "Coachellavated" video of the festival filmed from the top of director Chris Crutchfield's head and a video of Passion Pit's full set from weekend 1, below...

Continue reading "Coachella Day 1 Weekend 2 in pics (Passion Pit, Polica, Earl Sweatshirt, Youth Lagoon, Purity Ring, Modest Mouse & more)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin (more at BV Chicago)

Stone Roses / How to Destroy Angels / Johnny Marr
Coachella 2013 - Day 1
Coachella 2013 - Day 1
Coachella 2013 - Day 1

Coachella 2013 is underway and streaming live. if I had to choose a theme musically for day one (Friday), it would have to be new, solo and side projects. The NY Times agrees...

Friday's lineup was teeming with such line-jumpers, performing with various degrees of laurel-resting. Early in the day came the Shouting Matches, a shambolic blues-esque outfit whose sales pitch is that it includes Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. The group took almost a half-hour for sound check, and its set was almost as loose. Mr. Vernon, such a precise and processed singer in Bon Iver, was here far more at ease, pushing his vocals no harder than the amiable songs demanded.

Later, in the dance-centric Sahara tent, Dog Blood performed a loud but not thunderous set. It's a collaborative project of Skrillex and Boys Noize, and does not quite live up to Skrillex's typical punishment or Boys Noize's characteristic exuberance.

There was also Divine Fits (Britt Daniel of Spoon + Dan from Wolf Parade), Deathfix (Brendan Canty of Fugazi on drums), Grinderman with Nick Cave, Johnny Marr of the Smiths, Trent Reznor of NIN in How to Destroy Angels (who made their live debut days earlier), Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys with his band The Guantanamo School of Medicine, and more. And of course reunions and britrock galore with Blur, The Stone Roses, Sparks, and Jurassic 5 all also playing Friday. Here are our pictures from day one (which do not include Polica, but check out our instagram for a shot of Justin Vernon joining them on stage).

UPDATE: Day Two pictures are HERE and Day Three pictures are HERE.

Day One pics continue at BV Chicago and below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2013 Day 1 photos (Stone Roses, Blur, Trent Reznor, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Divine Fits, Sparks, Johnny Marr, more)"

Aesop Rock in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Aesop Rock

Hip hop producer RJD2, who was last in NYC for a New Year's Eve show, will be playing a few US shows this month, including a return to NYC this Saturday (2/9) at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now. All RJD2 dates are listed below.

That show is the same day that fellow Def Jux associate Aesop Rock plays his previously discussed NYC show at Irving Plaza (2/9), which is part of his tour with Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, and Busdriver. Tickets for the NYC show are still available. He recently had to postpone some dates on that tour due to a broken rib, but he's since recovered and has rescheduled those shows. An updated list of his upcoming dates is below. Aesop is also one of the few rappers playing Coachella.

In related news, Illogic (who is a member of Greenhouse Effect along with Blueprint, who is a member of Soul Position along with RJD2) and Blockhead (who has contributed production to much of Aesop Rock's discography) are set to release their first collaborative album, Capture The Sun, on April 16 via Man Bites Dog Records. The album will feature guest spots from Slug, Blueprint, and Abstract Rude. The album art is below. The duo haven't released any music from the album yet, but Illogic did upload two free EPs to his bandcamp that he did with Blockhead to "prepare for Capture." You can stream both EPs below or download them at bandcamp (name your price).

All lists of dates, album art, and streams below...

Continue reading "RJD2 playing shows; Aesop Rock rescheduled dates; Illogic & Blockhead releasing an LP"

Jurassic 5
Jurassic 5

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...

Continue reading "Hip Hop at Coachella 2013 (not much)"

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Aesop Rock in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Aesop Rock

As mentioned, Aesop Rock was set to kick off a tour this month, which included some rescheduled dates that he had to cancel due to Hurricane Sandy. Now, he's unfortunately had to cancel some shows again, this time due to a broken rib. However, his East Coast shows in February, including the NYC show on February 9 at Irving Plaza, are still on. Tickets for the NYC show are still available.

Support on the tour comes from Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, and Busdriver. A list of all cancelled dates and another list of all remaining ones, along with the video for "Cycles to Gehenna," are below. We hope you have a quick recovery, Aesop!

Continue reading "Aesop Rock broke a rib, postpones dates but East Coast run still on (updated dates)"

Smif-N-Wessun at MHOW in 2012 (more)
Smif-N-Wessun

Slick Rick is playing Brooklyn Bowl on January 11 with F. Stokes. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Big Daddy Kane is playing with a live band at BB King's on January 24. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

M.O.P., Smif-N-Wessun, and Ka are playing Highline Ballroom on February 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A stacked Lo-End Theory show with Sean Price, Roc Marciano, Buckshot, Meyhem Lauren, and more is going down at Highline Ballroom on January 20. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Rockie Fresh, who hails from the fertile Chicago scene is making his way to NYC for a show at SOB's on January 23 with production great Lunice. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Freddie Gibbs is playing Santos Party House on January 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Trinidad James and Vinny Cha$e are playing SOB's on January 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Shabazz Palaces collaborators THEESatisfaction are playing SOB's on January 31 with Njena Redd Foxx (who we heard on the track "Ima Read" with Zebra Katz). Tickets for that show are on sale.

Tickets for the Talib Kweli show at SOB's are on sale now.

Tickets for the Aesop Rock show at Irving Plaza are on sale now.

As mentioned, Wale is playing Bowery Ballroom on Monday (1/7). Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.

Continue reading "Slick Rick, Roc Marciano, Rockie Fresh, Freddie Gibbs, THEESatisfaction, Smif-N-Wessun & more upcoming rap shows"

by Andrew Sacher

Aesop Rock in Austin in August (more by Tim Griffin)
Aesop Rock

Aesop Rock released one of the best (and by the looks of these year end lists, apparently underrated) hip hop albums of the year with Skelethon, his first solo release since 2007's None Shall Pass and easily his strongest since at least 2003's Bazooka Tooth. He supported that record with a tour which did make it to NYC, but had to be cut short due to Hurricane Sandy. He's rescheduled dates in many of the cities he cancelled on his recently-announced 2013 tour, which also hits NYC for a show on February 9 at Irving Plaza. The tour is with Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, and Busdriver. Tickets for the Irving Plaza show are on sale now.

In honor of the new year, Aesop Rock revealed a previously unreleased song from the Blockhead-produced days around year 2000. The track is called "Hall of Game" and you can download it for free, plus check out a list of all tour dates, below.

Continue reading "Aesop Rock revealed a previously unreleased Blockhead-produced track, touring in 2013 (dates, MP3)"

Aesop Rock in Austin, August 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Aesop Rock

More Hurricane Sandy concert cancellations, though this doesn't affect a New York show, bad news from Aesop Rock:

***After consulting with venues, agents, managers, promoters, etc - due to the weather emergency, tonight will be the last show of this tour.

We WILL play NC tonight, but VA, MD, MA, VT, RI, CT are going to be postponed. Check the venue sites for updates.

We don't know if we could make it to the cities, or make it out, or if y'all could make it to the shows. As is - some of us can't get home.***

A list of affected tour dates are below, and you can check out pics of Aesop Rock's show at Austin's Mohowk from back in August here.

In happier Rhymesayers hip hop news, we're glad to report that P.O.S.'s kidney transplant fund has exceeded its $25,000 goal and you can still donate to help. The emergency transplant forced the rapper to cancel his fall tour which would've hit Irving Plaza on November 7.

Continue reading "Aesop Rock cancels rest of tour; POS goal surpassed"

Cat Power at Central Park Summerstage in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Cat Power

today in NYC
* Tim Eriksen @ Barbes
* Barnaby Bright @ Joe's Pub
* Diamond Terrifer @ Zebulon
* Louis CK @ New York City Center
* Antibalas, Ted Leo @ World Financial Center
* Cherub, Glitter Freeze @ The Rock Shop
* Jenny Besetzt, Rifle Recoil @ Cake Shop
* The Cabin Down Below Band @ Webster Hall
* Buddy Guy, Quinn Sullivan @ BB King's
* Flobots, Astronautalis @ Highline Ballroom
* Ex-Cops, Historics, Young Boys @ Glasslands
* Damien Jurado, Psychic Twin @ Mercury Lounge
* Naomi Watanabe/Daniel Jodocy Duo @ The Stone
* El Ten Eleven, Michna, Beacon @ Bowery Ballroom
* Double King, Careful, Tica Douglas @ Cameo Gallery
* Old 97's, Salim Nourallah, Rhett Miller @ Webster Hall
* Miike Snow, Niki & the Dove @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Sinkane, Zongo Junction, Pegasus Warning @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Counting Crows, Tender Mercies, Mean Creek @ The Capitol Theatre
* Cat Power, Willis Earl Beal, Xray Eyeballs @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons on Broadway @ Broadway Theatre
* Margot and The Nuclear So & So's, Gentleman Caller @ Mercury Lounge
* Father John Misty, La Sera, Jeffertitti's Nile @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Oddisee, Tanya Morgan, Mr. Mag, Gotham Green, The Doppelgangaz @ Public Assembly

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Action Bronson made a video for his new single, "The Symbol." Check it out below.

Aesop Rock made a video for "Homemade Mummy." Check it out below.

Diamond Rings made a video for "Runaway Love." Check it out below.

What else?

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Sebadoh at MHoW, November 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Sebadoh

today in NYC
* Jacob Garchik @ Barbes
* Wade Bowen @ Joe's Pub
* Our Hit Parade @ Joe's Pub
* Mike O'Brien @ UCB
* John and Scott @ UCB
* Everest Cale @ Bryant Park
* Kitty Pryde, Lakutis @ Santos
* What Can You Do? @ The Stone
* Popular Culture, Ferns @ Cameo
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Remember, Dream v. 2.5 @ The Stone
* The Drums, Chairlift @ Brooklyn Bowl
* WFMU's 7 Second Delay Live @ UCB
* Pete Rock, DJ Premier @ East River Park
* Al Green, Charles Bradley @ Beacon Theatre
* Conveyor, Field Mouse, Abadabad, Y/Y @ Glasslands
* Highlife, Daniel Higgs, Endless Boogie @ McCarren Park
* Portland Cello Project, Live Footage @ City Winery
* Sebadoh, Circle of Buzzards, Sentridoh @ Bowery Ballroom
* Wino & Conny Ochs, Sean Ragon, Kevin Hufnagel @ Saint Vitus
* Many Mansions, Names Divine, United Waters, IYEZ @ Shea Stadium
* The Hairs, Chris Robison, Daniel Fromberg, Rabbit Troupe @ Cake Shop
* Little Feat, Papa Grows Funk, Stooges Brass Band @ Beekman Beer Garden
* Teenage Bottlerocket, Nothington, Masked Intruder, The Scutches @ Santos
* Rank Xerox, Rat Columns, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Deformity @ Death By Audio
* The Eastern Sea, Sundress, Your 33 Black Angels, Variety Lights @ Mercury Lounge
* Splash, Psychobuildings, Grand Resort, Lingerie, Le Sphinxx DJ set @ Public Assembly

The Coen Brothers classic Raising Arizona is showing for free in McCarren Park tonight as part of Summerscreen, along with performances from Highlife, Daniel Higgs and Endless Boogie.

Sebadoh/Sentridoh are here playing Bowery tonight, but you can also catch Lou Barlow in the Dinosaur Jr. video for "Watch The Corners", starring Tim Heidecker, below.

Austin City Limits 2012 Late Night Shows were announced.

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SNL writer Mike O'Brien, who you saw interviewing Joanna Newsom in our tattoo post yesterday, performs at UCB tonight. He goes on after John and Scott from 30 Rock do their thing.

Grimes, who recently played River Rocks, has a new video for "Genesis" which is viewable below. She dances with a snake. Claire will be back in NYC in October for four nights of sold-out shows.

Yeasayer performed "Longevity" on Jimmy Fallon on August 20th and A$AP Rocky performed "Goldie" last night (8/21). Check out video of both below. Quicksand plays Jimmy Fallon tonight, two days before they bless NYC in the first of sold-out two local shows.

Aesop Rock, not to be confused with ASAP Rocky, has a new video for "Cycles to Gehenna" off of his new album, Skelethon. Check it out below. His tour recently hit Austin for a sold out show at Mohawk. You can check out pictures from that show HERE

Check out a video below of Indians performing at Ace Hotel as part of that '5 at 5' series.

Gorguts recently played Irving Plaza and though a video of a full set has yet to emerge, check out video from last week in London below.

SXSW released a trio of videos featuring DIIV performing this past year. Check those out below.

The Walkmen performed "Heartbreaker" on Late Show With David Letterman last night. Check out video of that Heaven track below.

Stream a new Lightning Bolt track from their upcoming rarities comp below.

Lightning Bolt is one of the many artists whose photograph is on display at the BrooklynVegan photo exhibit "480 Pixels" which is up now at 92YTribeca through September 6th. Hours:

8/21- 8/24; 9/4-9/5: 8am-8:30pm
8/27-8/31: 8am-3pm
9/3: Closed for Labor Day
Closed on Sats & Suns.
Stop by and check it out! And download the audio from our opening night concert.

What else?

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Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Baroness

Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!

Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.

Continue reading "Baroness dropped off House of Vans and FYF Fest, who added bands (updated lineup)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Homeboy Sandman - "Watchu Want From Me?" (prod. Oddisee) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nina Sky - Nicole & Natalie (ZIP)

Aesop Rock at McCarren Pool in 2008 (more by Jason Bergman)
Aesop Rock

Homeboy Sandman is set to release his first full length album on Stones Throw, First Of A Living Breed, which is due out on the label on September 18. The first single, "Watchu Want From Me," was produced by Oddisee and you can download it above or stream it below. The cover art and tracklist are below too.

Homeboy Sandman will be supporting the album on a tour with Brother Ali that hits NYC on September 27 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets), but before that both he and Oddisee will play a FREE day show in NYC TODAY (8/2) at Public Assembly with Immortal Technique and Tru Fam for a Last.fm filming. Doors are at 2 PM, the show is completely free and open to the public, no guest list.

If you stick around the Brooklyn venue, there will also be a hip hop DJ dance party at Public Assembly tonight (8/2) with Da Beatminerz and X-Ecutioners. Tickets for tonight's show are available.

In addition to those two Public Assembly shows, there's tons of other good hip hop shows going down in NYC tonight and this weekend. JSpace.com is throwing 'The Ultimate College Bar Mitzvah" at Highline Ballroom tonight (8/2) with sets from Talib Kweli, The Higher Concept, and The Rooks. It's a bit of an unusual show though. Highline's site reads, "This is THE event for all interns and college students in the New York area. Rock your college swag, bust some moves, and come ready to have a great time. From 8-9PM, professionals from large corporations will work the room, looking to meet college students." Tickets for the show are available.

Tonight's Bowl Train at Brooklyn Bowl (8/2), which is usually DJed by Questlove, will instead by DJed by Biz Markie. Tickets are available.

Nina Sky have a new album/mixtape out this week (7/31) called Nicole and Natalie (the actual first names of the twins that make up the duo), which you can download in full above or stream below. The track "Comatose" was produced by Brenmar, who Nina Sky will share a bill with in NYC tonight (8/2) at the Studio at Webster Hall. Chippy Nonstop, Roxy Cottontail, and Ferrari Snowday are on the bill too. TIckets for that show are available.

Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q's tour supporting Wiz Khalifa hits Jones Beach tonight (8/2). Tickets for that are still available. As mentioned, Kendrick will return to NYC on his tour which hits Terminal 5 on September 15 and Schoolboy Q will when his tour with A$AP Rocky and Danny Brown hits NYC on September 27 at Roseland Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/3) at 10 AM.

Aesop Rock, whose new album Skelethon is at least his best since Bazooka Tooth and one of the contenders for rap album of the year, is currently supporting that album on a previously discussed tour with Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, Edison, and Dark Time Sunshine which hits NYC this Friday (8/3) at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available. Dark Time Sunshine also just released a new album, ANX, which features Aesop Rock, P.O.S., Busdriver, and others. You can stream that album in full below.

Also on Friday (8/3), Aesop's Def Jux labelmate RJD2 will be in NYC for a Girls & Boys party at Webster Hall.

Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch are currently touring as Wu-Block and will hit NYC on Wednesday (8/8) at Highline Ballroom with Saigon. Tickets for that show are still available.

Ghostface will play his own show in Clifton Park, NY on September 14 at Upstate Concert Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In other Wu-Tang news, Inspectah Deck will play NYC on August 24 at BB King's with Colt Seavers. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

We also just mentioned that GZA will be touring later this year with Killer Mike, Sweet Valley (aka Nathan from Wavves' new beat project), and Bear Hands. That tour hits NYC on October 18 at Irving Plaza.

Q-Tip's next Offline Party at Irving Plaza happens on August 17. Tickets for that are available.

Beanie Sigel plays S.O.B.'s on August 16 with KA. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Any other good upcoming hip hop shows that we missed?

Streams are below.

Continue reading "this week in hip hop (Aesop Rock, Talib Kweli, RJD2, Nina Sky, Homeboy Sandman, Oddisee, Biz Markie, Wu-Block & more)"

Iron Maiden @ Jones Beach the other day (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Iron Maiden

today in NYC
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Matt Doyle @ Joe's Pub
* Daniel Higgs @ Zebulon
* The Henry Clay People @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Sweet Street Symphony @ Manhattan Inn
* Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden @ Prudential Center
* Stevie Nicks, Marc Cohn @ Beacon Theatre
* Fruit Bats, Yellowbirds @ Knitting Factory
* Ricardo Gallo's Tierra de Nadie @ Joe's Pub
* Dead Mellotron, Stealing @ Mercury Lounge
* Cardinal, The Inner Banks @ Mercury Lounge
* Chris Rael, Rabindra Goswami, Ramu Pandit @ Barbes
* Hollows, Darlings, Boyhood, Graveyard Lovers @ Glasslands
* Doug Loves Movies Doug Benson Live Podcast @ Gramercy Theater
* Bryan and The Haggards, Eugene Chadbourne @ Vaudeville Park
* Day Eye, Sweet Dreams, VLADRM, DJ Box Of Burned Clothes @ Cameo
* Very Be Careful, Veveritse Brass Band, DJ Lamar Vannoy @ Littlefield

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"The Wizard of Oz" screens today for free in Bryant Park (at sunset).

"Ghostbusters" plays for free in Coney Island on the beach, near West 10th.

"The Runway" screens for free, as part of the River to River Festival, at Elevated Acre (55 Water St., Manhattan). 6pm doors. 8pm start.

No "Whiplash" tonight because UCB is closed for DCM hangover. UCB East is showing a (sold out) movie though.

4th of July is coming. Here's where to watch the NYC fireworks.

The Spy Music Festival continues.

Aesop Rock has a new video for "ZZZ Top" off of his upcoming LP, Skelethon. His tour in support of the album brings him to NYC for a show at Irving Plaza on August 3. Check out the new video below.

Spiritualized have released a new video for "Little Girl". Check it out below...

What else?

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FYF

FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
WOW.

Quicksand recently reunited at Revelation Records' 25th Anniversary on the West Coast, and I would't be surprised if they do the same at Irving Plaza in October.

American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.

Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2012 lineup: Quicksand, Refused, American Nightmare, Desaparecidos, M83, Hot Snakes & MUCH more"

DOWNLOAD: Aesop Rock - "Zero Dark Thirty" (MP3)

Aesop Rock at McCarren Pool in 2008 (more by Jason Bergman)
Aesop Rock

Aesop Rock is set to release his sixth full length album, Skelethon, on July 10 via Rhymesayers. It includes guest appearances from Kimya Dawson, Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, Hanni El Khatib (who recently played two NYC shows), and more. The video for album single, "Zero Dark Thirty," is below and you can download it above or stream it below too. The album art and tracklist, and two album trailers are also below.

Aesop Rock will be touring in support of the album with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz this summer after playing Rhymesayer's Soundset Festival later this month in Shakopee, MN. That tour includes Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party and a NYC show happening on August 3 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale today, Friday (5/11) at 10 AM. All US dates, including the Irving Plaza show, are with San Francisco producer Edison, who remixed a Hail Mary Mallon track (stream below) and Seattle duo Dark Time Sunshine, which is made up of Onry Ozzborn of Rhymesayers group Grayskul and producer Zavala. Aesop, P.O.S., Peegee 13, and DJ Zone were featured on the track "Primor" off their 2010 LP, Vessel. You can stream that track below.

All dates, video, streams, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Aesop Rock releasing new LP, going on tour w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz again (dates & MP3)"

by BBG

Total Control at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Total Control

Total Control's Henge Beat was a favorite around these parts, and now the band recently released a split 12" with Thee Oh Sees. Check out a video for Total Control's "For Lease" from that split below and order your copy via Castle Face.

Total Control currently have no US dates scheduled. Thee Oh Sees, on the other hand, will spend their summer abroad and have a handful of appearances in the US. The band, who recently played Austin Psych Fest, will play a gang of festival dates including the previously discussed Pitchfork, Outside Lands, Hopscotch, ATP I'll Be Your Mirror and the sold-out Woodsist Festival in Big Sur.

In addition, the band just signed on to be a part of the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle WA, joining names like Neko Case, Major Lazer, Fitz And The Tantrums, Phantogram, The Lumineers, Grimes, Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, Youth Lagoon, Diplo, Cloud Nothings, The Psychic Paramount, Twin Shadow, Dam-Funk and so many more across six-stages and as many city blocks during three days in July (7/20-7/22). Current lineup is below and tickets are on sale.

All tour dates, the Capitol Hill Block Party lineup and that "For Lease" video is below.

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Kimya Dawson

Kimya Dawson is heading out on tour with Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz. She plays on all previously announced dates including Bowery Ballroom which is on sale now. Aesop is one of many contributors to Kimya's new album.

Kimya and Aesop are also playing a show together in Austin during SXSW, and Kimya is playing a bunch of other shows down there too (after she plays a gig in Portland). All shows are listed below...

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2/3 of Hail Mary Mallon (Rob Sonic and Aesop Rock)
Hail Mary Mallon

Aesop Rock will head out on tour in May with Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, and though they are billed separately, it means we're getting Hail Mary Mallon aka the crew formed by the trio. The NYC show will happen at Bowery Ballroom on 5/14. Tickets go on sale at noon on Thursday (3/3). All dates and the video for HMM's "D-Up" are below.

Hail Mary Mallon is one of a few active projects for Aesop Rock. He also wrote beats for the San Francisco band Dirty Ghosts (his wife Alyson is a member). Dirty Ghosts, who played their first show last week, will kick of a string of dates with Datarock next week on the West Coast leading up to an appearance at SXSW. Check out a video for "Shout It In" below.

In addition, Aesop Rock has contributed material to the forthcoming Kimya Dawson LP, Thunder Thighs due this summer. Check out "Miami Advice" with Aesop Rock at K Records. Other contributors to Kimya's new album include Nicolai Fraiture, John Darnielle, Thao Nguyen, MURS, Jonah Matranga, Jack Dishel, Angelo Spencer and many other who are all listed below.

All tour dates and some video with the credits for Kimya's Thunder Thighs, below....

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Barney is not a member of Melrose
Melrose

MURS will play Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 12th, one of a few dates laid out for the great MC as part of a trip to the Northeast before he hits SXSW. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on sale Thursday (1/13) at noon. All dates below.

MURS' last release was the collaborative Fornever, which saw him reteaming with 9th Wonder and dropped in April of last year. His latest project is with Terrace Martin as Melrose, which will see release via a new LP on Feb 8th. Look for it at his website, and check out a video trailer for the project below.

MURS also has another release in Varsity Blues 2. The Aesop-Rock-produced title track can be downloaded now for the price of your email.

All tour dates, that Melrose vid, and a MURS cover of the Common classic "I Used to Love H.E.R." are below.

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DOWNLOAD: Blockhead - "Which One Of You Jerks Drank My Arnold Palmer" (MP3)

Blockhead (left) with Aesop Rock
Blockhead with Aesop Rock

Blockhead (born Anthony "Tony" Simon) is an American Hip hop producer based in Manhattan, New York. Aside from his solo efforts released on the Ninja Tune label, he is most associated with producing for Aesop Rock, a rapper for the Definitive Jux independent hip hop label. He has also previously worked with rappers Mac Lethal, S.A. Smash, Slug, and Murs, and is also a member of the hip hop/comedy group Party Fun Action Committee.
Along with RJD2 and Mr El-Producto himself (aka El-P), Blockhead has long been one of my favorite producers out of the extra thick Def Jux stable. More than just Aesop Rock's go-to, the NYC beathead has produced a few LPs of his own as well, including the recently released The Music Scene out NOW on Ninja Tune Recordings. Cop it, and cop one of the songs from the LP above.

Blockhead is scheduled to play a show a NYC in the coming week at Mercury Lounge on Friday, 2/5 with DJ Signify. Tickets are on sale.

Blockhead recently posted some of his earliest recordings for free download.

Ex-Ninja Tune artist Antipop Consortium plays BAM with Rain Machine on Saturday night (1/30).

Former Def Jux-er RJD2 is scheduled to play NYC on 3/7 with Break Science and Chichester. Tickets are still available.

Def Jux's Cage plays Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night (1/30)...

Opening for Cubic Zerconia Album release. I will be playing with F Sean,Daryl Palumbo,Jarvis Holden and Nick Hook. 45 minutes. Come Hang w/ us SPECIAL GUESTS DONT MISS OUT - Cage
Flyer below...

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DOWNLOAD: Atmosphere - "Shoulda Known" (MP3, Clean Version)

Slug of Atmosphere (Jordon Daley)
Slug

Slug and Ant (AKA Atmosphere) are on their way back to NYC, having scheduled July 27th at Webster Hall as part of their ongoing "When God Gives You Ugly Tour". Tickets are on sale. The show is one of a handful of US dates lined up for this summer including an appearance at Lollapalooza, another at the 10,000 Lakes Festival (with Wilco, Akron/Family, many others), and a show at Red Rocks with MURS, Aesop Rock, Eyedea & Abilities, and Attracted To Gods. (Um, why can't we get that lineup too?)

The "When God Gives You Ugly Tour" is doing double duty, both promoting their latest LP When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold (now available in a Deluxe Edition with a bonus DVD), as well as celebrating the re-release of their breakthrough LP God Loves Ugly with a bonus DVD.

Originally released as the limited Sad Clown Bad Dub 4 (The Godlovesugly Release Parties) DVD, it features 2 hours of live performance footage, backstage shenanigans, several special guest appearances and music videos for "Godlovesugly", "Summersong" and "Say Shh". Out of print for years, this DVD has been repackaged in a custom sleeve that comes inserted in with the re-issue of God Loves Ugly.
All tour dates and a video are below....

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