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by Bill Pearis

Pazz & Jopp

The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll was published this week, surveying a whole mess of music writers and tallying up the vote. As with anything where it's a collective list, the winners won't be surprising to anyone who's perused 2013 Best Of lists. Kanye West, Vampire Weekend and Daft Punk top the LPs list; Daft Punk, Haim and Kanye have the top three singles. The late deadline for voting did, however, allow for the inclusion of Beyoncé's self-titled LP, which came in at #4.

You can check out the Top 20 LPs and Tracks in this post and peruse the whole lists at the Village Voice. You can also check out individual ballots and read essays on Kanye, Miley, R Kelly, the emo revival, and others, not to mention loads of pithy blurbs and pie charts.

Pazz & Jop Top 20 LP & Singles lists below..

Continue reading "Village Voice publishes Pazz & Jop poll: Kanye and "Get Lucky" top the lists"

Beyonce riding the Cyclone
Beyonce

Beyonce took the internet by storm last week when she released her self-titled fifth album out of nowhere, and it's still dominating much of the online music discussion. SPIN gave it a 9/10 and named it a Spin Essential, and in Stereogum's Premature Evaluation, they said "there's some chance that Beyoncé's new self-titled album is the best album that anyone has released in 2013." Sales aren't too bad either. It broke an iTunes record, selling over 800,000 copies worldwide in three days and is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart. Don't look for it at Target though.

As you may know, Yoncé released the album with a video for every track, and she's since made some of those videos available online to watch. The video for "XO" sees her hanging around Coney Island, riding the Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel, and enjoying other parts of the neighborhood. You can watch that video, along with the one for "Drunk in Love" which has Bey and Jay Z on a beach, below.

Beyonce's tour has her at Barclays Center Thursday (12/19) and Sunday (12/22). Thursday's show is sold out but a limited amount of tickets for Sunday's show are still available.

In other Coney Island news, Borough President Marty Markowitz's mission to turn the vacant Childs Restaurant into a 'seaside amphitheater' music venue to host concerts like his Seaside Summer series, is moving forward The Brooklyn Paper reported that on December 4, a major public oversight board voted unanimously to go forward with Markowitz's plan. He still has his opponents though:

But critics have long complained that sinking $50 million of taxpayers' money into transforming the 90-year-old building into a for-profit, upscale eatery and music venue is a severe misallocation of funds. They have pointed out that the neighborhood still suffers from sporadic heat and power outages, and is home to shuttered storefronts a year after Hurricane Sandy, plus the issue of sewers that flood during heavy rains.

Others have raised fears that the 40 planned yearly concerts will afflict nearby residential blocks with ear-splitting noise and nightmarish traffic congestion. Some have said that they would accept the new venue only with a community benefits agreement -- a legal contract guaranteeing that the development would hire exclusively Coney Islanders at a living wage.

The Council voted on the project yesterday (12/16), and we think it's all good news for fans of the theater, but stay tuned. Meanwhile, Marty Markowitz is leaving his job as as Borough President after 12 years due to term limits.

In more related news, the documentary on Zipper, the ride that was on West 12th Street in Coney Island, is available on iTunes. It screened at Nitehawk not long ago (10/30), and a review at Indiewire reads:

The Zipper itself is a twisting, thrashing carnival ride, one of the last remaining parts of the former Coney Island, left standing for months as the territory surrounding the ride was bulldozed, in an attempt to reach new lows in gentrification. To the locals, it is a landmark; to the suits, it's a relic.

For those out-of-towners, Coney Island was one of the very last vestiges of weird in the post-Giuliani-era New York City. Parades, attractions, and rides suited both those happy families eager to soak in the beach and the local weirdos, madmen and trend-setters that made the Brooklyn location a safe haven from the increasingly-hostile corporate landscape of Manhattan. That all changed when the imposingly-named Thor Equities made an aggressive purchase of the land, a transaction not made in good faith.

You can watch the trailer below.

And in even more related news, Coney Island got its first YMCA, which opened yesterday (12/16) at Surf Ave and 29th St. You can take a look inside the new 44,000-square-foot facility in the video on News 12 Brooklyn. A big day for Coney Island with the new Beyonce video coming out AND a YMCA!

Beyonce and 'Zipper' videos below...

Continue reading "Beyonce's "XO" video was all filmed in Coney Island (watch) +++ Seaside Amphitheater progress & other Coney Island news"

by Andrew Sacher

Beyonce

If you've been on the internet at all today, you probably know that the event of the day is that Beyonce released a self-titled album with no singles and no announcements on iTunes around midnight. By now you've most likely already heard it or intentionally haven't listened to it, and I think as much as anyone else that we shouldn't review this thing immediately (and we can save it for our Best of 2014 lists, right?). That being said, it's also been fun to spend the day discussing the album, so let's discuss.

The album's only guest spots come from deservedly big names Jay Z ("Drunk in Love") Frank Ocean ("Superpower") and Drake ("Mine"), plus a moving feminist speech from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on "Flawless" (a reworking of "Bow Down"), and her daughter Blue Ivy on the album's final track, "Blue." There's also co-writing/production credits from Miguel, Caroline Polachek (of Chairlift), Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Sia, Drake producer Noah "40" Shebib and others. That cast isn't too surprising (except maybe Caroline Polachek), but it's a nice reminder if you needed it that certain big name artists are consistently working with the artists that complement them best, rather than just piling on other big name guests.

As I write this I'm on my fifth listen, and the album itself is sounding pretty impressive so far. Her last album, 4, was maybe the first Beyonce album to truly contain no filler, but even most of that album got overshadowed by standout singles like "Countdown" and "Love on Top." At the moment, it's not sounding like there's a track on Beyonce that could be a standout single, which is maybe why, like the similarly album-oriented Yeezus, they chose to release it without any preceding singles. (You also won't be able to purchase individual tracks on iTunes until December 20.) Like Yeezus, and The 20/20 Experience, Beyonce is instead a new album from a megastar that uses her status to unveil a full-length collection of forward-thinking music to the mainstream, the underground, and well, just about everybody. The future-R&B that guests Frank Ocean and Drake make on their own albums is the style most prevalent here, and mixing that with one of the most undeniably great voices in today's pop music makes Beyonce a hell of a listen.

You also may have heard that Beyonce is calling the album a "visual album," and it was released with 17 videos for the 14 tracks (a few bonus videos included). You can watch a playlist of 30-second clips of each video, along with the tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Beyonce's "surprise" new album w/ Frank Ocean, Drake, Jay Z, Miguel, Pharrell, a member of Chairlift & more (videos)"

Jay Z at Yankee Stadium in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Jay Z

Jay Z has taken to his blog to say that he and his wife Beyonce are taking on a 22 Days Challenge to go vegan. He writes:

Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you've found the way.

On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!! This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a "plant-based breakfast" everyday. It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought...

Why now? There's something spiritual to me about it being my 44th birthday and the serendipity behind the number of days in this challenge; 22 (2+2=4) coupled with the fact that the challenge ends on Christmas day...It just feels right!

So you can call it a spiritual and physical cleanse. I will post my progress... Any professional vegans out there that have any great food spots please help out! Please ha. I don't know what happens after Christmas. A semi-vegan, a full plant-based diet? Or just a spiritual and physical challenge? We'll see...

Best of luck and health!

P.S. B is also joining me.

What would Grimes think? They began yesterday (12/3) -- good luck to both of them, and happy birthday Brooklyn vegan Jay!

by Andrew Sacher

Grimes at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Grimes

Whether it's to criticize her or praise her, it's hard to deny that people like talking about Grimes' musical opinions. Her top 10 albums of 2012 list included the most pop (Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber) AND the least pop (Swans), and she totally meant it too. She's defended Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and pop music in general, and denied accusations of trolling when her Boiler Room set included Taylor Swift, Maria Carey, Ramones, Skrillex, and others.

Grimes has now published a list to her tumblr of her favorite songs of all time. It continues her trend of pulling from pop and experimental music with songs from Burial, Mariah Carey, Joanna Newsom, Beyonce, Mazzy Star, Skrillex, Animal Collective, Butthole Surfers, Paramore and more. It's not only newer stuff though, she's also got Patsy Cline, Prince, and Enya, among others.

Check out her whole list (subject to change), via Exclaim, below...

Continue reading "Grimes lists her favorite songs of all time (includes Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Paramore, Burial, Butthole Surfers & more)"

photos by Greg Cristman

A$AP Rocky / Haim
A$AP Rocky
Haim

We just posted a set of pictures from day 1 (8/31) of Philly's two-day Jay Z-curated Made In America festival, which went down on Benjamin Franklin Parkway over the weekend. Here's a second set of pictures from that day, including shots of Beyonce, Phoenix, Empire of the Sun, Deadmau5, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, and Haim.

More below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Phoenix / Beyonce / Deadmau5 fan
Made In America  - Day 1
Made In America  - Day 1
Made In America  - Day 1

"We are Phoenix, from Paris, France" lead singer Thomas Mars shouted. "Are you with us or what?"

This gave way to the dance-pop musings of "Trying To Be Cool". The main-stage fans, many of whom had waited all day through the draining and relentless heat for Beyonce, appeared to be simultaneously exhausted and excited.

Mars then laid down on the stage, foreshadowing the introduction of their riveting instrumental track "Love Like A Sunset Part 1", a song crushingly augmented by a guitar riff mixed much louder than it was on record.

Then it was time for "1901". Mars stood on the front-row barriers propped up by security as cameras and phones popped out of every orifice of the embracing audience. He then took to the sea of fans, singing as he swam across their heads until he popped up at the soundboard rafters and made his way back. [Crave Online]

The Jay Z-curated Made In America festival went down on Philly's Benjamin Franklin Parkway this past weekend (Saturday, 8/31 and Sunday, 9/1). The first day included sets from Beyonce, Phoenix, Empire of the Sun, Public Enemy, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky (who showed up late and played an abbreviated set), Haim, Rudimental, and more. Pictures of those artists (and a few) others are in this post. The festival also had a few last-minute punky additions on the Skate Park Stage including Cloud Nothings, Balance & Composure, and Restorations, who we unfortunately missed.

Jay Z also used the festival to announce his upcoming Magna Carta World Tour. Dates haven't been announced yet but will be soon, so stay tuned.

Some of the artists who played day 1 will be in NYC this week and next, including Haim, who play Webster Hall tonight (9/3) with IO Echo (sold out), and 2 Chainz who plays Williamsburg Park on 9/10.

Beyonce and Phoenix will also be back later this year to play Jay Z's home base, Barclays Center.

Stay tuned for day 2 pictures. A second set of day 1 pics is HERE and more of day 1 below...

Continue reading "Made In America 2013 day 1 pics (part 1): Beyonce, Phoenix, Public Enemy, A$AP Rocky, Haim, Rudimental & more"

Cloud Nothings at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Cloud Nothings

As discussed, the Jay Z-curated Budweiser Made In America Festival is returning this weekend to Philly's Benjamin Franklin Parkway (8/31-9/1), and the mostly pop/rap/R&B festival just got a little more, um... punk. Aside from the fact that it already included The Gaslight Anthem (who are pretty much a festival regular by now anyway), the lineup now includes Cloud Nothings, Restorations, Balance & Composure, The Front Bottoms, Diarrhea Planet, PUJOL, and more. And you thought it was weird when Jay Z saw Grizzly Bear.

UPDATE: And one more: Wavves was added to the TBA slot on Sunday.

Other non-punk additions that have happened since we last spoke include Rudimental and The Underachievers. The full schedule was also recently announced, and you can check that out below.

Many of the artists playing Made In America also have NYC or NJ shows this weekend (or soon after), including The Front Bottoms, Diarrhea Planet, Rudimental, The Underachievers, Kendrick, Ab Soul & Jay Rock, AlunaGeorge, Haim, and 2 Chainz.

Also, a number of the artists playing will be in NYC later this year to play Jay Z's stomping grounds, Barclays Center, including Phoenix, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, and Beyonce.

Made In America schedule below...

Continue reading "Jay Z's Made In America Festival adds Cloud Nothings, Front Bottoms, Restorations & more, releases schedule"

by Andrew Sacher

Beyonce at Barclays Center - 8/5/13 (via Shawn Paul Mazur)
Beyonce

Beyonce, who you might call one of the greatest live acts right now, just wrapped up a three-night run at Barclays Center, as part of her ongoing world tour. Fans in attendance got treated to Bey's new single, "Grown Woman," tons of career-spanning hits ("Single Ladies," "Survivor," "Love On Top," "Baby Boy," etc), and at yesterday's show (8/5), she played her excellently weird soundcloud offering from earlier this year, "Bow Down," which transitioned into Jay Z coming out to perform Magna Carta Holy Grail track, "Tom Ford." Videos of that, and those other mentioned tracks, below.

Beyonce's tour continues, and it brings her back to Barclays Center on December 19. Tickets for that show are still available (though Ticketmaster is saying "not many left"), and she's also just added yet another date happening at Barclays Center on December 22. Tickets for the 12/22 date go on sale Monday (8/12) at 10 AM, with a MasterCard presale starting Thursday (8/8) at 10 AM, and a Live Nation/LN Mobile App presale starting Friday (8/9) at 10 AM.

Updated dates are listed, along with those live videos, below...

Continue reading "Beyonce played 3 nights at Barclays Center (1 w/ Jay Z), expands tour, adds another Barclays show (dates & videos)"

Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Tame Impala

We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.

If you wanna see if you agree with Rolling Stone's assertions, you can catch some of the artists who made their list in NYC soon, like Tame Impala, Fiona Apple, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, and more.

Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "Rolling Stone names the "50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now""

by Andrew Sacher

Beyonce

Beyonce's previously announced tour dates already included an Izod Center (7/31) show and three Barclays Center (8/3-5) shows (which were once sold out, but now back on sale), and she's now announced another leg of dates happening in late fall, including another stop at Barclays Center on December 19. Tickets for the newly-added Barclays Center date go on sale Monday, July 1 at 10 AM with a MasterCard presale starting Thursday (6/27) at 10 AM and Live Nation/LN Mobile App presales starting Friday (6/28) at 10 AM. Updated dates, including Philly's Made In America festival, are listed below.

Beyonce recently joined her former Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for the track "You've Changed" on Kelly's new album, Talk A Good Game. It's a much better track than that new Destiny's Child song, and in fact, the whole album is pretty solid. You can listen to it on Spotify.

Still not much word on Beyonce's own new album, but you can check out a live video of her performing new track, "Grown Woman," along with the updated list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Beyonce expands tour, adds 4th Barclays Center date"

Majical Cloudz at Von in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Majical Cloudz
Coliseum at Union Pool in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Coliseum

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.

What else?

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The xx @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
The xx

As you may be aware, Baz Lurhmann's glitzy, big-budget adaptatation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel, The Great Gatzby, is out May 10 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Toby Maguire, and Carey Mulligan. That same week will see the release of its soundtrack which was curated by Jay-Z and features Jack White, The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, Gotye, Lana Del Rey, Beyonce with Andre 3000, and Jay-Z himself.

It's also got a new track by The xx, titled "Together," which was specifically written for the film. You can stream it, and check out the soundtrack art, full tracklist and a trailer for the film, below....

Continue reading "stream The xx's contribution to 'The Great Gatsby' soundtrack"

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

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

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

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

Continue reading "Made in America fest initial 2013 line-up: Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Kendrick Lamar, Gaslight Anthem + more "

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Michael (Blue) Williams, the head of Family Tree Entertainment, has pitched the city's first private-sector gun buyback program to NYPD brass and is waiting for Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly's okay.
"We want to get as many guns off the streets, and if this works, we'd like to support it," Kelly told the Daily News, adding that the proposal needs more study.

If given the green light, Williams -- who has managed the wildly successful careers of OutKast and Cee-Lo Green and has the ear of hip-hop and rap royalty -- said he'll solicit help from none other than Beyoncé.

"The Beyoncé show is coming to Brooklyn; the Jay-Z show is coming to Yankee Stadium. Our goal is to reach out to individuals who are in my industry, in my world and who I have an association with and get their support," Williams, 43, said Monday.

"I think we should all work together to help get guns off the streets," Williams said.

Beyoncé is slated to perform at Brooklyn's Barclays Center in August, while Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake are set to play Yankee Stadium in July. Williams hopes to also talk Jay-Z into the guns for tickets deal -- once police sign off on it. - [NY Post]

As mentioned, Beyoncé is playing three shows at Barclays (and one at the Izod Center) in August, including the just-added 8/5 show.

Beyonce

Beyonce now has three sold out NYC area shows on the way, as part of her upcoming world tour, and she's now added her fourth and final one, which happens on August 5 at the Barclays Center, her third show at her hubby's Brooklyn arena that week. Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale Monday (3/4) at 10 AM.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Beyonce adds 3rd Barclays Center show (4th total NYC area date) to world tour (updated dates)"

Beyonce

As mentioned, Beyonce recently expanded her world tour and the new dates included a second night at Barclays Center (8/4) after selling out the previous night. Now both shows are sold out, but if you weren't able to get tickets, you'll get a third chance to catch Bey in the NYC area on this tour. She hasn't booked a third night at Barclays, but she did announce a show happening on July 31 at Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ. Tickets for the Izod Center show go on sale Friday (2/22) at 10 AM with a Live Nation presale starting Thursday (2/21) at 10 AM. Updated dates are listed below.

Beyonce's self-directed, self-produced documentary, Life Is But a Dream, premiered on HBO over the weekend (2/16) and you can now watch it in its entirety below...

Continue reading "Beyonce premiered 'Life Is But a Dream' documentary (watch it in full), expands tour again, playing Izod Center"

The xx @ ACL Live earlier this week (more by Tim Griffin)
The xx

Whilst on tour in Texas, we decided to cover a song by a Texan. She is one of our favourite artists of all time, Beyoncé. This song has always meant a lot to us and was written with another artist we really admire, Frank Ocean. Happy Valentines day to you all.

Lots of love, xx The xx

Check out The xx's cover of I "Miss You," below.

As mentioned, The xx will be touring with Grizzly Bear this summer.

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She's still not anywhere close to her husband's eight night run, but Beyonce, who won a Grammy last night, has added another show at Barclays Center to her recently-announced tour, as well as more dates all around the country. Scroll through Ticketmaster for your city, but the NYC-area dates are now Mohegan Sun on 8/2 (presale begins Wednesday), Barclays Center on 8/3 (sold out), and Barclays Center on 8/4 (presale begins Wednesday).

Frank Ocean performing at 2013 Grammys
Frank Ocean

The 2013 Grammys went down last night (2/10), and here's a quick recap of some of the winners and videos of performances.

The big ones: Gotye took home Record of the Year for "Somebody That I Used To Know" (beating The Black Keys, Kelly Clarkson, fun., Frank Ocean, and Taylor Swift), Mumford & Sons won Album of the Year (beating The Black Keys, fun., Frank Ocean, and Jack White), and fun. took Song of the Year and Best New Artist (totally robbing Miguel's "Adorn" and "Call Me Maybe," and Frank Ocean (!), respectively). Other wins included Skrillex for Best Dance Recording (sorry Al Walser), The Black Keys for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album, Gotye for Best Alternative Music Album (beating Fiona Apple, Bjork, M83, and Tom Waits), Usher's "Climax" for Best R&B Performance, Beyonce's "Love On Top" for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Miguel's "Adorn" for Best R&B Song, Frank Ocean for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Robert Glasper Experiment for Best R&B Album, Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Niggas In Paris" for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song and their song, "No Church In The Wild" (feat. Frank Ocean and The-Dream) for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Drake's Take Care for Best Rap Album, Dr. John's Dan Auerbach-produced Locked Down for Best Blues Album, Jimmy Cliff's Tim Armstrong-produced Rebirth for Best Reggae Album, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross' The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo score for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, Bjork's Biophilia for Best Recording Package, The Beach Boys' long-awaited The Smile Sessions for Best Historical Album, Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, and Mumford and Sons' "Big Easy Express" for Best Long Form Music Video. There were many other categories too and you can check out the full list of winners HERE.

And of course, during the Awards Ceremony a number of artists gave performances, which you can watch videos of below. You can see Miguel and Wiz Khalifa doing "Adorn," Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z doing "Suit and Tie" and then JT doing "Pusher Love Girl," The Black Keys, Dr. John, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band doing "Lonely Boy," Jack White doing "Freedom At 21" with his all-guy band (he also played "Love Interruption" with his all-girl band but no video of that at the moment), Frank Ocean doing "Forrest Gump" with a thematically appropriate visual backdrop, a big tribute to Levon Helm with Elton John, Mavis Staples, members of Mumford and Sons, Alabama Shakes, and others, and finally, LL Cool J, Chuck D, Z-Trip, Tom Morello, and Travis Barker doing "Whaddup" with a small piece of Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Til Brooklyn."

Continue reading "Frank Ocean, Miguel, Bjork, Mumford, Black Keys, Jack White & more win & perform at Grammys (videos)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Beyoncè signaled the illuminati to shut down all lights -Ma-Ty-Is

missed beyonce. on the illuminati symbolism scale (1 being vague pyramid shapes, 10 being flaming eyes and baphomet horns) how'd it rank? -El-P

Beyonce @ Superbowl XLVII (via Kayla)
Beyonce

Beyonce used all manner of explosions, smoke machines, fire, LEDs, back-up dancers, not to mention her old bandmates, Destiny's Child, to add zazz to her bombastic Super Bowl XLVII Halftime show (2/3). You can watch the entire performance below. Look closely for Beyonce's alleged flash of the Illuminati symbol (above) that's causing all the rage on twitter, though those that don't believe in conspiracy theories will probably just tell you that her husband Jay-Z throws that up to symbolize Roc-A-Fella, like on his The Dynasty: Roc La Familia LP art, the cover of his Fade to Black movie, and in countless videos and live shows.

Superfans who missed the show are in luck, though. Beyonce has announced a massive set of dates called the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour that will kick off in Serbia and head back to North America during a second leg this summer. The tour comes to a close in Brooklyn on August 3 at Barclays Center. Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb 11 at 10 AM. Maybe this is a sign that her new album will be announced soon?

A list of all tour dates, the video of the half-time show, and the damning signs of the Illuminati during the Destiny's Child performance are below...

Continue reading "Beyonce & Destiny's Child played the Super Bowl Halftime show (and saluted the Illuminati?); World Tour Announced"

Bradford Cox w/ Deerhunter at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Bradford Cox

today in NYC
* Joey Arias @ Joe's Pub
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Tim Noyes @ The Ace Hotel
* Shawn Colvin @ City Winery
* Imperial Topaz @ The Stone
* Stephane Wrembel @ Barbes
* Franzisca Seehausen @ Barbes
* Hex Breaker Quartet @ The Stone
* Casey Shea @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Once Upon A Time in NYC @ Joe's Pub
* Hooray For Earth, Reputante @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Bradford Cox (of Deerhunter), DIIV @ MoMA PS1
* Local Natives, We Barbarians @ Bowery Ballroom
* Walking Shapes, DRGN King, Nicos Gun @ Glasslands
* Andrew W.K., MC Todd, Aleister X @ Santos Party House
* Feed Me, Mord Fustang, Alex English DJ set @ Webster Hall
* Fair Marie, Larkin Grimm, Yes William, Phoebe Novak @ Cake Shop
* Sharkmuffin, Butter the Children, Liz Hogg, Turnip King @ Pianos
* Tiger Waves, Sport of Kings, Oscar Albis Rodriguez @ Mercury Lounge
* Oberhofer, Total Slacker, Shadow Walker, Night Visions @ Shea Stadium
* The Hairs, What Next?, The Rebel Kind, Juan Wauters (of The Beets) @ Silent Barn
* Bad Boys, Electric People, Secret Lover, Mr. Frank, White Crime @ Death By Audio

Super Bowl XLVII is tonight, and you can watch it a bunch of places, including Brooklyn Bowl, The Bell House, and Knitting Factory.

Beyonce will be performing during the halftime show and is bringing out the reunited Destiny's Child during her set.

Justin Timberlake made his live return after a five-year absence from the stage at a DirecTV party in New Orleans last night (2/2) and brought out Jay-Z for his verse on JT's new single, "Suit and Tie." You can watch a video of that below. Since Justin's in New Orleans, it's looking like there's a chance that he too will come on stage with Beyonce tonight? If he does, hopefully things go better than last time JT played the Super Bowl.

Also look for The Flaming Lips' Hyundai commercial during the game.

You can also catch Andrew WK doing his own halftime show at Santos.

And all Super Bowl excitement aside, have you listened to the new My Bloody Valentine album? If not, you can stream each track below.

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Andrew WK at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Andrew WK

Super Bowl XLVII is around the corner (February 3), and you already know that in between the Ravens taking on the 49ers and all the (hopefully) funny commercials, Beyonce is playing the halftime show and she'll also be bringing out her reunited Destiny's Child for a portion of it.

But if you're in NYC and seeing Beyonce on TV isn't your thing, you can head to Santos Party House to watch the game and catch venue owner Andrew WK performing live during halftime. That show also includes MC Todd and Aleister X and tickets are on sale now, and include a free drink (so needless to say, admission is 21+) and Roberta's pizza (not free).

Andrew WK has a few other dates coming up, including a solo set at Skate and Surf Festival in New Jersey, and all of those are listed below...

Continue reading "Andrew WK doing his own Super Bowl halftime show in NYC (while Destiny's Child plays in New Orleans)"

Daily NewsNY Post

If it is true that Beyonce did lip-sync at Monday's inauguration, she wouldn't be the first artist to perform that way at a major national event. Here are a few examples:

* In 1991, Whitney Houston lip-synced her iconic interpretation of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl.
* Oscar-winner and former "American Idol" contestant Jennifer Hudson did the same thing with the anthem at the Super Bowl in 2009.
* Faith Hill also performed to a backing track for "America The Beautiful" at the same event in 2009.
* At President Obama's first inauguration in 2009, Yo-Yo Ma's performance came into question over "hand syncing." The acclaimed cellist had said the instruments weren't working properly in the very cold weather.

There were even reports that speculated Madonna was lip-syncing during her appearance at the 2012 Super Bowl half-time show. "The only thing Madonna proved during the Super Bowl 46 show is her irrelevance; the halftime show was so obviously lip synced that it was painful," wrote SBNation's JP Starkey. [CBS]

Maybe Beyonce (and the rest of Destiny's Child) will lip sync at the Superbowl too.

Video of the Inauguration performance in question below...

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Obama

Needs more punk rock. Check it out on Spotify and listed below...

Continue reading "Obama releases Inauguration Playlist"