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Fool's Gold Day Off

Fool's Gold Records' annual Labor Day (9/7) show, Fool's Gold Day Off, happens once again at outdoor Williamsburg venue 50 Kent this year. The lineup includes Meek Mill, A-Trak, Flatbush Zombies, Skepta, Post Malone, Towkio, Gladiator, Brenmar, D.R.A.M., Falcons, Nick Catchdubs, Bosco, Fame School and special guests. It starts at 4 PM. Tickets are on sale now.

Though it started just in NYC, Fool's Gold Day Off now happens in other locations too, including LA, Atlanta, Miami and Austin. Lineups for all of the FGDOs are on the flyer below, and ticket info can be found here.

Meek Mill, whose new album Dreams Worth More Than Money is out now, is also touring with Nicki MInaj, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and DeJ Loaf this year. That tour hits NYC on July 26 at Barclays Center (tickets).

UK grime vet Skepta also plays Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on July 25 with Baauer, DJ Slimzee, Sicko Mobb and Dark0. Tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Fool's Gold Day Off NY returning to 50 Kent with Meek Mill, A-Trak, Flatbush Zombies, Skepta & more (lineup, tickets)"


The lineup for Brooklyn's 2015 Afropunk Festival was already pretty great, and now it got even better. Death Grips, Gary Clark Jr., Kelela, Jessie Boykins III, SZA, Candiria and more were added to the festival, which already included Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tendencies, Kele, Thundercat and more.

This year also marks the first Afropunk Fancy Dress Ball, hosted by Grace Jones, Cakes Da Killa and MikeQ, proceeds from which will go toward the Afropunk Global Initiative. The party goes down August 21 at Commodore Barry Park, just ahead of the festival, which happens August 22-23 in the same park. Tickets for the ball are on sale now, and festival passes are still available.

Afropunk also continues to branch out. They did an Afropunk Paris festival this past May, and will do so again in June 2016, and they're also putting on the inaugural Afropunk Atlanta on October 3 & 4 in the city's Central Park. The lineup for that includes D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Flying Lotus, Santigold, Death Grips, Tyler the Creator, Public Enemy and more. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (7/8).

Speaking of Death Grips, they play NYC twice this week (supposedly, at least).

Full Afropunk Atlanta lineup and updated Brooklyn lineup, below...

Continue reading "Afropunk adds Death Grips, Gary Clark Jr, Kelela, Candiria and more to NYC lineup, announces Atlanta festival"


The annual Afropunk Festival returns to NYC in 2015 from August 22-23 in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park. The lineup includes Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tendencies, Kele, Thundercat, Cakes Da Killa, Goldlink, Raury, Petite Noir, Curtis Harding, Kaytranada and more. Full lineup below. The fest is also throwing the first annual Afropunk Fancy Dress Ball the day before the fest (8/21) in Commodore Barry Park to raise funds for their Afropunk Global Initiative. Grace Jones, Cakes Da Killa and MikeQ with Special Guest will perform at that.

The fest used to be free, but this year you have to buy a ticket to get in. And they're also introducing a more affordable earned ticket program, which "will work closely with partners to provide low barrier volunteer activities and projects for youth to complete in exchange for a ticket to the festival. The volunteer program will create awareness for organizations in need, provide access to an engaged pool of valuable resources and help deliver a sustainable impact to communities. Sample projects include landscaping (beautification, painting), packing supplies (meal prep, serving) and advocacy via social promotion." Tickets go on sale Wednesday (6/3).

UPDATE: As a commenter points out, you can get tickets on presale now using the password = 2015.

There's also a TBA Afropunk Fest in Atlanta's Central Park happening this year on October 3 and 4.

Full Afropunk Brooklyn lineup below...

Continue reading "Afropunk 2015 Brooklyn lineup (Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tendencies, more)"

Tigga Calore
Tigga Calore

If you'll be in Austin for SXSW this week, there's one chance to catch Brooklyn dance duo Teengirl Fantasy. They play the Moog Music / Switched On show at Elysium on Saturday (3/21) with Matrixxman, Patricia, Sevdaliza, Fielded and Marcel Dettmann (who plays NYC the next day). Tickets will be available at the door but badge/wristband-holders have priority.

TGF's Logan Takahashi also recently talked to The FADER about SXSW:

What's the most essential thing to bring to Austin? Bring a fun but sort of masochistic attitude. SXSW is like a marathon.

...What's your favorite thing about South by? The festival signifies the beginning of spring. If you're coming from NYC, it's nice not to have to wear the heavy jackets you've been wearing and by the time you come back, it's a little warmer already.

Read the rest here.

Meanwhile, if you're not going to SXSW and will be in NYC this week, you can catch Teengirl Fantasy collaborator Lafawndah at Palisades on Friday (3/20). That's a great show all around with an all-women lineup of experimental singer/producer Sadaf, rapper Tigga Calore (who maybe you've caught with Azealia Banks or Le1f), and post-punk performance artist No Bra. Tickets are on sale now.

Check out music from everyone on the Palisades bill, below...

Continue reading "Teengirl Fantasy playing SXSW; Sadaf, Tigga Calore, No Bra, and Lafawndah playing NYC this week"

photo: Weyes Blood at Mexican Summer Five (more by PSquared)
Weyes Blood

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Weyes Blood, Excepter, Regal Degal, Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk @ Baby's All Right
Weyes Blood's new album is terrific but it's best to experience her powerhouse vocals in a live setting. This whole bill is good too, with experimentalists Excepter, art punks Regal Degal and Kansas transplants Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk.

The Besnard Lakes, USA out of Vietnam @ Rough Trade
We're coming up on two years since Montreal's The Besnard Lakes released the last album, Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO, and while they haven't announced a new record, there is movement in the works...hence this tour. Their brand of guitar rock grandeur makes a case for "epic" not being a four-letter-word (in the not literal sense, of course, which it clearly is).

Sufjan Stevens' 'Round-Up' w/ Yarn/Wire @ BAM
While Sufjan will release his first studio album since 2010 this March, ahead of that he's premiering a new piece called Round-Up at BAM which continues tonight and runs through Sunday (1/25). Sufjan will be on electronics and new-music ensemble Yarn/Wire is on piano and percussion.

Kayo Dot, Gnaw, The Glorious Revolution @ Coco 66
Kayo Dot bring together a ton of different metal subgenres (and some non-metal ones too) into a mix that's truly their own. Local noisemakers Gnaw are not to miss either.

Reverend Horton Heat, Robert Gordon, Dale Watson, Rosie Flores @ Gramercy Theatre
In the world of surf-rock, the Rev is a lengend, bringing a crazed twang to his raucous instrumentals and psychobilly freakouts. This show was originally supposed to be at Irving Plaza.

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Loren Connors @ Sugarcube
It's another free show in the inflatable South Street Seaport venue Sugarcube, and this one's the first of two Northern Spy-presented shows with two excellent avant-garde guitar players.

The Mystery Lights, EZTV, Worthless @ Knitting Factory
Party-friendly garage rockers The Mystery Lights release their new album, At Home With the Mystery Lights, on February 1. (Stream some of it below.) Tonight's an early preview, and are joined by power pop band EZTV.

Savages @ Saint Vitus
We're a little more than halfway through Savages' nine-show NYC residency, and they seem to have gotten comfortable with the new material they're playing at these shows. (We're still hoping they'll add "She Will" and "Flying to Berlin" pop up on setlists, though.) Sold out, but check Savages twitter -- they have been releasing a few tickets at the door to most of the shows so far (including last Saturday's Vitus show).

Louis C.K. @ Madison Square Garden
Once an underground sensation, Louis CK has become one of the biggest comedians in America -- by doing it his way. This is Louis CK's third of four (!) MSG shows.

Scully, Daddy Issues, Merkin, White Rope @ Cake Shop
Formed when San Francisco band Splinters splinters, Scully's sound isn't all so different -- garagey, punky pop -- and, also like that band, they've got good songs as the backbone.

Pale Lights, Great Lakes @ Friends & Lovers
Like the expertly jangled sound of '80s indiepop like Lloyd Cole & the Commotions, Felt and The Go-Betweens? Brooklyn's Pale Lights, led by sometimes Comet Gain member Phil Stutton, keep the flag flying. Ladybug Transistor offshoot Olson, Rydholm, and Forester were supposed to play tonight as well but have had to drop off the bill.

Nitty Scott MC, Celeste, Chelsea Reject, DJ Patrick A Reed @ The Acheron
Tonight, Celeste brings her recurring hip hop party back to the mostly-punk/metal venue Acheron, and this time it's an all-female lineup with Nitty Scott and Chelsea Reject.

Alejandro Escovedo @ City Winery
Punk rocker turned roots rocker Alejandro Escovedo concludes his City Winery run with a different album performed in full each night. Tonight it's 1996's With These Hands.

Brenmar, Sliink, L-Vis 1990, Calore @ 88 Palace
Stay out late at Chinatown's restaurant-by-day, dance-club-by-night 88 Palace for this stacked Dark Disco party.

Sworn Enemy, Old Wounds, 96, Ides, The Dead Tricks @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Long-running metalcore band Sworn Enemy headline this free night at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, and we think it's worth showing up on time for NJ's Old Wounds too.

Motion Studies, Rathborne, Fitness @ Palisades
Motion Studios carry on in the live band dance rock tradition of early-'00s Brooklyn and do a very good job of it. Catch them tonight with the solid pop of Rathborne.

Bootsy Collins' Rubber Band @ BB King Blues Club
Formed in the mid-'70s while Bootsy Collins was also playing in Parliament-Funkadelic, Rubber Band have now been bringin' the funk for four decades.

Fleetwood Mac @ Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City)
Fleetwood Mac are now back with their entire classic lineup -- Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham -- and tonight they continue their multi-night NY-area run. They've still got it and they play all the hits, so see them while you still can.

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

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Continue reading "What's going on Saturday? (Weyes Blood, Louis CK, Savages, Sufjan, Kayo Dot, Besnard Lakes, Mystery Lights & more)"


Fool's Gold Records, the hip hop/electronic label run by A-Trak (who played Baby's All Right on Tuesday) and Nick Catchdubs, will be celebrating their 7th anniversary in NYC on November 6 at Webster Hall. The late-night celebration (10 PM start) doubles as one of Just Blaze's weekly House Parties and includes veteran rapper/actor/NBA player/sports agent/writer/producer/director Master P, as well as Rowdy Rebel, Just Blaze, Brenmar, Fame School, Nick Catchdubs, Shash'u, Electric Punanny, Jasmine Solano and Melo-X in the Grand ballroom + Balcony. The Marlin Room will have Va$htie, Oscar, Huggy Bear and Deemehlow. And the party in the Studio will be hosted by Dirty South with special guests. Tickets are on sale now. Flyer above.

If you want to spend the full night at Webster Hall, the 8 PM show in the Studio is Dean Blunt, Gobby, and Loren Connors (tickets), which will also be a good one ...or you could see Shaggy in the Grand Ballroom.

In related news, A-Trak is releasing the Full EP next week (11/4) digitally and on November 25 physically via Fool's Gold. Stream the single "Push," featuring Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow, via Spotify below...

Continue reading "Fool's Gold celebrating 7th anniversary w/ Master P, Just Blaze & others; A-Trak releasing an EP (stream a track)"

Danny Brown at MHOW in April (more by Dylan Johnson)
Danny Brown

As usual, Fool's Gold Records will celebrate Labor Day (9/1) with a big NYC show, and the lineup for this year was just announced. It goes down at outdoor Williamsburg venue 50 Kent starting at 3 PM and will feature Danny Brown (for the third time), as well as French Montana, AraabMuzik, The LOX, Brenmar, Hoodboi b2b Falcons, Yung Gleesh, World's Fair, Nick Catchdubs feat. B.I.C., Shash'u, Black Dave, Grandemarshall and special guests. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (7/15). Flyer below.

This year, Fool's Gold Day Off is also happening in other cities (not on Labor Day though), with shows in Toronto on 9/6, LA on 10/12, Atlanta on 11/1, and Miami on 12/7. Lineups and ticket info TBA.

You can catch Danny Brown in NYC sooner when he plays Peter Rosenberg's birthday party at Best Buy Theater on July 23 with Schoolboy Q and Action Bronson. Tickets for that show are still available.

Watch a teaser for this year's FGDO and a recap video of last year's, below...

Continue reading "Fool's Gold Day Off returning to NYC w/ Danny Brown, The LOX, AraabMuzik & more (and happening in other cities)"


Kitsuné has been been putting out compilations since 2002 with a wide range of international dancepop artists. Recently they began doing Kitsuné AMERICA comps as well, and the third of those will be out June 3 featuring new cuts from Brenmar, Kelela, Lawrence Rothman, Son Lux, Jerome LOL, Heartsrevolution and more. We've got the premiere of Kitsuné AMERCIA 3's ethereal closing track, "Speak" by Seattle duo NAVVI. You can stream it below.

For those in Los Angeles and at Coachella, Maison Kitsuné has taken over the iconic Roosevelt Hotel with a pop-up store that's open through April 21. Additionaly, Kitsuné has events this weekend at clubs on Hollywood Blvd. Jupiter, Prince Language and Kindness play the Kitsuné Club Night @ Teddy's on Friday (4/18) and then there's a Kitsuné Pool Party @ Tropicana Pool on Sunday afternoon with a DJ set from Kilo Kish, a performance by Eli & Fur and another "Very Special Guest." You can RSVP for those.

Meanwhile, Lawrence Rothman will open for Little Dragon on ten dates of their North American tour, including both shows at NYC's Terminal 5 on June 20 & 21. Tickets for 6/20 are sold out, but you can still get tickets for the 6/21 show. Rothman will be doing something a little different with these shows. From the press release:

In keeping with his haunting psyche and series of thought provoking, Floria Sigismondi-directed videos, Lawrence will supplement his musical offerings with an embodiment of a wholly different character each night.
Rothman, by the way, is Sigismondi's husband and used to front The Living Things. I caught one of his SXSW shows and I don't know if he was doing a character that night but the name that crossed my mind was "Rick Astley," a vastly different show than the one I saw at Glasslands last year. (In both cases, he's got a powerful set of pipes and puts a lot of effort into his performance.) So if you're at one of the Little Dragon shows and wondering what the hell is going on with the opener, now you know.

All Lawrence Rothman dates are listed, along with the NAVVI stream and Kitsuné AMERICA 3 tracklist and pop-up store flyer, below...

Continue reading "'Kitsune AMERICA 3' comp coming in June (stream a track); Lawrence Rothman opening for Little Dragon (dates)"

Le1f at the Whitney in 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)

NYC rapper Le1f recently released his new EP, Hey (his first for Terrible Records/XL) and he's now got some upcoming shows too. Two of those shows happen in his hometown, including the Brooklyn Artists Ball Dance Party at Brooklyn Museum on April 16 with Brenmar. That party goes from 10 PM to 1 AM, and also includes an exclusive exhibition preview of Ai Weiwei: According to What?. $100 tickets are on sale now, and proceeds benefit the Brooklyn Museum's special projects and programs. More info here.

Then, Le1f plays a more conventional show on May 29 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/11) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the tour flyer and video for "Boom" from Hey, below...

Continue reading "Le1f playing shows, including Brooklyn Museum benefit and Music Hall of Williamsburg (dates)"

Mykki Blanco at Afro-Punk Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The next NYC installment of Red Bull Sound Select will headlined by local rapper Mykki Blanco and happens on March 31 at Glasslands. This one is curated by Afro-Punk, and features support from White Mandingos (Murs + Darryl of Bad Brains), Gordon Voidwell (who played with Dam-Funk over the weekend), BLXPLTN and Sunny Gang. Admission is $3 with RSVP before 10 PM and $10 without.

Mykki also just released a new song, "Wish You Would," produced by Brenmar and featuring guest vocals from Princess Nokia (aka Wavy Spice). Check it out below...

Continue reading "Mykki Blanco released a new song, playing Red Bull Sound Select in NYC w/ White Mandingos, Gordon Voidwell, more"

Le1f at Afro-Punk Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Future-rapper Le1f, who just joined his pal Blood Orange at 285 Kent last week (11/15), will be over in Australia this December for a couple festivals, including Slanted and Enchanted and Meredith Music Fest. But upon returning home, he'll do a NYC show just before the new year at Brooklyn Bowl on December 28. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and special guests TBA. It's his only announced US date at the moment.

Le1f also appears, along with likeminded rapper Mykki Blanco, on UNO-affiliated R&B singer Ian Isiah's new mixtape, The Love Champion. Production on the tape comes from Brenmar, Gobby, Sinjin Hawke, Royal, ShyGuy, and Boody. You can stream it in full below, and download it for free (legally) at Mediafire.

Mykki Blanco also plays a New Year's Eve show in NYC with "friends."

Continue reading "Le1f on new Ian Isiah mixtape w/ Mykki Blanco & more (stream & download), playing year-end show at Brooklyn Bowl"

Fool's Gold 5th anniversary, 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Fool's Gold

A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs' Fool's Gold Records will celebrate their sixth anniversary as a label with a show on November 22 at SRB Brooklyn (177 2nd Ave). This year's show will include Southern rap vet Juvenile (aka the guy who's huge for "Slow Motion" and "Back That Azz Up"), A$AP Mob collaborator Bodega Bamz, Brooklyn producer Brenmar, Philly rapper GrandeMarshall, Action Bronson collaborator Party Supplies, Montreal producer High Klassified, label co-head Nick Catchdubs and special guests. Tickets for the show are on sale now. Flyer below.

This show happens right after Bodega Bamz wraps up his tour with Flatbush Zombies (who played last year's Fool's Gold anniversary). As discussed, about two weeks later, the two will team up again in their shared hometown of NYC for a show on December 3 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.

Speaking of Party Supplies and Action Bronson, Blue Chips 2 (the sequel to the collaborative 2012 mixtape Blue Chips) is out now. You can stream it, along with updated Bodega Bamz dates, some videos and the Fool's Gold flyer, below...

Continue reading "Fool's Gold 6th Anniversary lineup & tix (Juvenile, Bodega Bamz, GrandeMarshall, Party Supplies & more)"

DJ Rashad at Pitchfork Festival 2013 (more by Cory Dewald)
DJ Rashad

Hyperdub, the label run by Kode9 and responsible for signing Burial, is presenting a North American tour this September/October with Kode9, DJ Rashad, and Ikonika appearing on select dates. The NYC date happens with all three artists plus Brenmar and DJ Rashad collaborator DJ Spinn on October 3 at Output. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer below.

DJ Rashad, whose TEKLIFE Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi was one of the better footwork releases of 2012, has signed to Hyperdub for his new album, Double Cup, which will be out on October 22. Watch the video for its single, "I Don't Give a Fuck," along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.

In related news, Laurel Halo just announced that her new album, Chance of Rain, will be out on the label on October 28. It's the followup to her 2012 debut LP, Quarantine, which also came out via Hyperdub. The album artwork (featuring an illustration her father did in the '70s) and tracklist are below.

All Hyperdub tour dates are listed, along with the DJ Rashad and Laurel Halo album info, below...

Continue reading "DJ Rashad releasing a new LP, going on Hyperdub tour w/ Kode9 & Ikonika (dates); Laurel Halo releasing a new LP too"

Paul McCartney @ Austin's Erwin Center last month (more by Tim Griffin)
Paul McCartney

Japandroids @ MHOW, June 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Check out our new NYC shows calendar.

Governors Ball continues today on Randall's Island with sets from Japandroids, Kendrick Lamar, Alt-J, Fucked Up, Animal Collective, and more. One of the biggest conflicts of the night is Guns N' Roses vs Nas, who both play at 9:30, but depending on how late GNR end up being, maybe you can catch both. The weather is also looking a lot better today, but  bring rubber boots for that giant mud swamp that will not be drying up anytime soon.

The other big show tonight is Paul McCartney, who will be making his Barclays Center debut tonight (his first of two shows), in the middle of a very solid month of music at The House That Jay-Z Built. (The National and Youth Lagoon played on Wednesday and The Postal Service will play two nights at the venue later this month). Unlike The National, Paul McCartney is not expected to play any intimate or secret shows while in town, but we would love to hear a six-hour version of any of his Beatles songs (okay, maybe "Band On The Run" wouldn't be so bad either).

The weather, apart from a chance of storms early in the afternoon, but if you're looking for Summer Thunder of a more pleasing kind, that's also the name of the free afternoon parties Union Pool will be throwing every Saturday during June, July and August. Today its being presented by BrooklynVegan (hey that's us!) and features Heavy Blanket, the instrumental "psychedelic blues jam" band featuring Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis. Also playing are long-running indie rockers Love as Laughter. The fun starts at 2 PM with Love as Laughter on at 3:30 PM and Heavy Blanket at 5 PM.

If you're in Williamsburg for Summer Thunder, do stop by the annual Crest Hardware Art Show that kicks off today with Crest Fest '13 that has bands playing too. It's just a couple blocks from Union Pool and is free, all-ages and open to the public. 1 PM - 8 PM.

Elsewhere in the neighborhood, Brisk Bodega, an all day hip-hop showcase last seen at SXSW, will be making its NYC debut today with an all-day event in Williamsburg at 50 N. 3rd St. (at Wythe) starting at 2pm, with a slightly more electronic twist than its previous variations, featuring Just BlazeBrenmar, DJ Slink, RoofeeoHD of The Good Kids and more.

Crocodiles at 4Knots 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)

Later tonight at Union Pool it's Crocodiles who you might have seen last night opening for Japandroids at the Governors Ball afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The band's new album, Crimes of Passion, is out in August and is their poppiest and most musically diverse yet. And maybe their best. Opening is drag review Chez Deep which will probably confuse a few people. Tickets are still available.

Haim, who recently won BBC's "Sound of 2013," are be in town for Governor's Ball this weekend. If you want to check them out but don't feel like walking through the mud or paying $100, they will be playing a Governor's Ball afterparty at the dry and indoors Brooklyn Bowl tonight for only $15, with Swedish electropop collective Kate Boy. Advance tickets are sold out but there's "limited admission at the door" so get there early if you wanna go. The show is also one-tenth the price of Guns N' Roses' show at the same venue  Thursday, but features the same chance of a Slash guest appearance.

If you ware looking to stay away from the arena show/major festival scene today, there are also some great smaller shows, most notably Radical Dads (who played Grand Victory last night and are about to go on a Japanese Tour) and poppier buddies The Hairs and Hippy over at Cake Shop tonight.

Or you could check out electro duo ADULT. who are back with their first new album in six years, and they'll be taking their tour in support of it to NYC for a show at 285 Kent tonight (tickets). Support is pretty great too, coming from Black Marble, You, and Eraas, the latter two of who will soon open for Martin Rev of Suicide.

Avant-garde saxist/artist director of Manhattan venue The Stone John Zorn is playing one of his many upcoming Le Poisson Rouge shows tonight. For tonight's show he'll be performing as a trio with Bill Laswell and Milford Graves.

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Earl Sweatshirt
Earl Sweatshirt

Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt will be making his SXSW debut this year (he wasn't there when the rest of his crew first played), and will be doing collaborative sets with Captain Murphy, aka Flying Lotus' rap alter ego (who collaborated with him on "Between Friends"). Those sets include the Life or Death showcase on Wednesday (3/13) at Scoot Inn at midnight, the Green Label Sound showcase on Friday (3/15) at Lucille at 9:30 PM, and FADER Fort on Saturday (3/16) at 6 PM. Flyers for all three of those shows with full lineups are below.

Earl just appeared at Flying Lotus' LA show at Low End Theory last week (3/7) and they performed three tracks off Earl's upcoming album, Doris, "Burgundy" (produced by Pharrell), "Hive," and "Guild." Mac Miller is featured on that last one and he was at the LA show too. You can check it all out in a video from the show, which is below. Also below is the video for previously released Doris track, "Chum," and Earl has another new video on the way too.

Earl's other upcoming dates include some festival appearances like Bonnaroo, Sasquatch!, and Coachella. All dates are listed, along with those flyers and videos, below...

Continue reading "Earl Sweatshirt performed w/ Flying Lotus (Captain Murphy) in LA, doing it again at SXSW (dates, video)"

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Salva at BEMF 2012 (more by Oliver Correa & Amanda Rohowsky / HiFi Cartel)

LA producer Salva released the impressive Complex Housing LP and Yellobone EP back in 2011, and he's been spending most of this past year playing shows and dropping remixes, like his remix of Kanye's "Mercy" with RL Grime, which you can stream below. Now Salva is set to return with a new EP in 2013 called Odd Furniture, which comes out on February 12 via Friends of Friends. The cover art and tracklist are below.

Salva will be supporting the EP with a North American tour that includes dates with Brenmar, Lunice, Shlohmo, and Daedelus, the latter of who is on board for Salva's NYC show which happens on March 2 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check LPR's site for updates.

Daedelus also recently released an EP, Looking Ocean, which came out via Scion/AV. You can download that EP for free below.

Song stream, cover art, tracklist, EP download, and a list of all dates below...

Continue reading "Salva releasing new EP, touring w/ Daedelus (dates)"

art basel

From December 6 through 9, Miami Beach, Florida, will host the 11th edition of Art Basel, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The exhibiting galleries are among the world's most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. The show will be a vital source for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-caliber artworks.

In addition to the official events of Art Basel in Miami, there are loads of parties going on throughout the city, including a Kurt Cobain tribute at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts on December 6 that includes an appearance by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and a 15 minute live dance performance based on the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video. More info is here.

Other music artists playing shows during or around Art Basel include Chromatics, Prince Rama, Nicolas Jaar, Purity Ring, Twin Shadow, Brenmar, Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Dan Deacon, Hundred Waters, ITAL and Jacuzzi Boys. Paper Mag has a pretty good guide to some of it.

Some of those artists were set to play the UR1 Festival which was to run concurrent with Art Basel but was cancelled.

If you're going to Miami, we'd like to point out that BrooklynVegan photographer Dana (distortion) Yavin will be showing more than 26 prints of her mostly-BrooklynVegan concert photography (including Morrissey, Iggy Pop, Pearl Jam, Fiona Apple, Snoop Dogg, Madonna and more) in two different galleries, LMNT and OVERTURE, from December 4 - 9. A flyer for the show below has more details.

Continue reading "Art Basel begins soon in Miami, many bands & Dana (distortion) Yavin photo show included"

photos by Oliver Correa & Amanda Rohowsky / HiFi Cartel

"Mykki Blanco freaking out the crowd at Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival. #fierceness #nobros" - Tavia Nyong'o

"#BEMF Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
exceeding expectations after 1 set" - Schuyler Van Horn

Nicolas Jaar / Gold Panda @ MHOW, 11/10/2012
2012 Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
2012 Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

The 2012 Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival went down this past weekend (11/9-10) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Glasslands, Cameo, Public Assembly, 285 Kent, and Brooklyn Bowl, with shows running until about 4 AM each night. A worthy alternative to people who don't like the excesses of major electronic festivals like Electric Zoo and Ultra Music Festival, BEMF has become one of the most forward thinking ones around. And this year may have been their best lineup yet with some great names in IDM, downtempo, post-dubstep, deep house, instrumental hip hop, and more like Nicolas Jaar, Gold Panda, Photek, Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Mykki Blanco, Salva, Shlohmo, and many others.

N. 6th St. in Williamsburg was flooded with people, likely due to having Public Assembly right next to Music Hall of Williamsburg which is just down the street from Cameo, and the ticket pickup tent in the parking lot across the street. (Not that N6 isn't a madhouse anyway on the weekends.) But also very likely that on Saturday night it was due to one of the festival's most in-demand acts, Nicolas Jaar, whose set was pushed back from 1 AM to 2:30 AM after the last-minute addition of Dave P. Ashley from Et Musique Pour Tous wrote, "I've never seen Music Hall of Williamsburg as crowded as it was last night. For the first half hour of Nicolas Jaar's hour and a half long set, nobody could move, and dancing was an intimate experience to be shared with strangers." Hazel Sheffield call his set "precocious," writing:

He turned the chorus from Cat Power's 'Cherokee' - "Marry me, marry me to the sky," - into a slowburning, plaintive swirl of a lyric, then slipped the clanging chords from Dave McCallum's 'The Edge', best known as the opening sample on Dre's 'Next Episode', into an interlude, sending people wild for about two seconds, before they realised the joke was on them. Precocious, then. But completely absorbing.
He also wrote that "not all of the acts at BEMF were so wilfully subversive," and that some of the DJs like Salva, who played Public Assembly on Saturday, kept things on the more in-your-face dancey side.

More pictures from the festival below.

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BEMF 2010 (more by Chris Doss)

The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is here tonight (11/9) and Saturday (11/10), and since our last update, the full schedule has been revealed. They're no longer using Villain as one of the venues, but will be using 285 Kent instead.

Tonight's updates include Omar S, Drop the Lime, Nick Catchdubs, Morri$, Deadboy, Jackmaster, and Matt Shadetek playing Public Assembly; and Nadastrom & Sabo, Uproot Andy & Geko, and DJ Blass playing 285 Kent (all ages). Those are in addition to the previously discussed sets by Gold Panda, Photek, and more at Music Hall of Williamsburg; Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Fatima Al Qadiri, MikeQ, and more at Glasslands; and Braille, Brenmar, Mykki Blanco, Mess Kid, and more at Cameo.

Saturday's updates include Groundislava, Shlohmo, Salva, Lazy Brow, Jubilee, Wildlife!, Dre Skull, Dubbel Dutch, Fantasy Thrilla, and a special guest at Public Assembly; and Hussle Club and Body Language at Brooklyn Bowl. Those are in addition to the previously discussed sets by Nicolas Jaar, Lauren Flax, Nick Hook, and Heathered Pearls at Music Hall of Williamsburg; KI:Theory, FaltyDL, Benji B, and Pearson Sound at Cameo; and Baths, XXYYXX, Hiawatha, and Shadowbox at Glasslands.

Tickets for the festival are still available, including 2-day passes, 1-day passes for Friday (Saturday is sold out), and a special all ages ticket, which grants you access to tonight's 285 Kent stage (the rest of the venues are 21+).

Flyers with full lineups and set times are below...

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FaltyDL - 'Hardcourage'

As mentioned, FaltyDL has been at work on his new album, Hardcourage, which features the single "Straight & Arrow." Details on the album have surfaced and we now know that it comes out on January 22 via Ninja Tune. That's the awesome cover art above [very Barney Bubbles - Bill] and the tracklist, including "She Sleeps," a collaboration with Friendly Fires' Ed Macfarlane, is below. The "Straight & Arrow" single comes out next week (11/13) via Ninja Tune and features remixes by Four Tet, Gold Panda, and MikeQ & Divoli S'vere. FaltyDL also just revealed the video for that track, which you can watch below.

As mentioned, FaltyDL will play Webster Hall on December 7 with Skream, but you can catch him in NYC sooner than that because he's been added to the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, which happens this Friday (11/9) and Saturday (11/10). FaltyDL plays Cameo Gallery on Saturday with Pearson Sound, Benji B, and Ki:Theory.

Since we last spoke, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival has revealed more of its schedule (some of it is still TBA though). You already know that Music Hall of Williamsburg is hosting Gold Panda and Photek on Friday and Nicolas Jaar and Nick Hook on Saturday. In addition to Cameo's aforementioned Saturday lineup, on Friday they have Metro Area, Braille, Brenmar, Mykki Blanco, and Mess Kid. Glasslands has Kingdom, Nguzunguzu, Jam City, MikeQ, and Rizzla on Friday, and Baths, XXYYXX, Hiawatha, and ShadowBox on Saturday. Lineups are still TBA for Public Assembly, Brooklyn Bowl, and Villain. Tickets for the festival are still available.

FaltyDL video and album tracklist below.

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Jam City
Jam City

As mentioned, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival returns on November 9 and 10 to multiple Brooklyn venues, including Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl, Public Assembly, Glasslands, Cameo, and The Villain Loft. Since we last posted, the lineup has been expanded and now includes Shlohmo, Jam City, Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Salva, Groundislava, Brenmar, Nadastrom, Omar S, Mike Q, and more, in addition to previously announced names like Nicholas Jaar, Gold Panda, Photek, and others. The updated lineup is below.

Tickets for Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival are on sale now.

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by Andrew Sacher


We've mentioned a few times that Scottish beatmaker Rustie, who released his great debut LP, Glass Swords, last year on Warp, will be in NYC to play Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on September 8 with Thom Yorke/Atoms for Peace (DJ set), Holy Other, Maria Minerva, and Justin Strauss (tickets). Now Rustie has revealed that the show is part of a short tour that Rustie will be on, which also includes a show at Webster Hall on September 7 for a Girls & Boys party with Flosstradamus and Brenmar. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All Rustie tour dates are listed below.

Rustie also recently teamed up with Aluna Francis, the vocalist of UK R&B duo AlunaGeorge (who put out the great You Know You Like It EP earlier this year) to give vocal treatment to the track "After Light" from his Glass Swords LP. The dubstep meets cool-R&B approach of the collaboration hits a similar spot that SBTRTK's vocal collabs do, and if Rustie continues in that direction he may end up as massive -- especially if there's enough demand for his Webster Hall show (you'll remember that his last NYC gig was at the much smaller Santos Party House). Rustie did a similar reworking of his album track "Surph" earlier this year, when Nightwave added vocals to the song.

Streams of the vocal-assisted versions of "After Light" and "Surph," and a list of all dates are below.

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by Andrew Sacher

LOL Boys

As mentioned, Bass Squad are hosting the "On the Rocks" summer residency at Drom, which kicked off in May with Baauer and Flosstradamus, continued in June with Nicky Da B and Heartbreak, and in July with Kingdom and Sleepyhead. The August party at Drom goes down tonight (8/2) with LOL Boys, Sound Pellegrino, Thermal Team, Sleepyhead, Crisp, and Alex English. It's a 21+ party, $15 admission, and runs from 10 PM to 4 AM. The flier for tonight's show is below.

LOL Boys just released their Changes EP, which includes four original songs and remixes of the title track by Shlohmo and Anenon. Though it's a little hard to their name seriously, LOL Boys' music is a different story. The new EP works as the chill, sunny afternoon cousin of the ghostly Shlohmo, who they've shared multiple bills with. All vocals on the album (though heavily manipulated) were performed live by guest singers Heart Streets and Angelina Lucero. You can stream the EP in full below or purchase it for $6 on bandcamp.

Speaking of Bass Squad, they're also doing a show at Slate on August 30 with Brenmar (who plays NYC tonight), Sinjin Hawke (who plays NYC twice on Saturday [8/4]), and XXYYXX.

Flier for tonight's show, the LOL Boys EP stream and a list of all dates below...

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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.

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by Andrew Sacher

Laurel Halo
Laurel Halo

Brooklyn's Laurel Halo released her excellent new album, Quarantine, earlier this month and recently finished up a European tour in support of it. Now that she's back home, she's already begun scheduling local shows, including a Quarantine release party at 285 Kent on June 30 with Gatekeeper, Slava, Anenon, Wish, and DJ sets by Brenmar and Teengirl Fantasy, whose new album Laurel guests on. Tickets for that show are available.

Laurel Halo has another Brooklyn show set to take place on July 21 on Public Assembly with a great local bill of Pete Swanson, Noveller, and Burning Star Core (aka C. Spencer Yeh). As usual, New Yorkers will get plenty of more chances to catch Noveller, like at Entwine on Thursday (6/28) and at Secret Project Robot on August 4, but for Pete Swanson (ex-Yellow Swans), he's saying the Public Assembly show is likely his last NYC show for 2012. If you've yet to hear his new album, Man With Potential, you can stream it below.

Speaking of Gatekeeper, who play the 285 Kent show, they'll release their debut full length, Exo, on July 17 via Hippos in Tanks, along with an accompanying video game. Gatekeeper will celebrate Exo with a record release show in Brooklyn at Public Assembly on July 27. Thunder Horse FX will be doing visuals for their set and the bill also includes Total Freedom, James Ferraro, Yen Tech and Arca. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The show flier and Exo cover art/tracklist are below.

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