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photo: Sam w/ Future Islands at FFF 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Sam Hering

Milkwaukee indie rapper milo released two albums this year: one under his usual milo moniker called so the flies don't come and another under his Scallops Hotel moniker called Plain Speaking. He has two NYC shows this week, one under each moniker.

First, Scallops Hotel plays Shea Stadium tonight (12/10) with Ceschi, Mega Ran, Mr Miranda and F.Virtue (tickets); and then milo plays Friday (12/11) at C'mon Everybody (325 Franklin Ave in Brooklyn) with Hemlock Ernst and Chris Misch-Bloxdorf Dectet (tickets). They're his last two shows of the year.

Hemlock Ernst, who's featured on both the milo and the Scallops Hotel albums, is the rap alter-ego of Future Islands (and The Snails) frontman Samuel T. Herring. And those milo albums aren't the only collaborations he's been doing lately. Hemlock Ernst is on the new Busdriver album, Thumbs, as is milo (and Del the Funky Homosapien, Kool AD, Jeremiah Jae, Anderson .Paak and more). He's also on two songs on Open Mike Eagle and Serengeti's new collaborative album as Cavanaugh, Time & Materials. One is "Typecast," which also features P.O.S. and Busdriver, and the other is album closer "Lemons." And he's on the recent Curse Ov Dialect single, "Twisted Strangers," which the long-running Australian group will feature on their new album due out in 2016, their first since 2009. Watch the video for that, and stream the Busdriver and Cavanaugh albums, below.

Lastly, not as Hemlock Ernst but still as a rapper, Sam teamed up with the great producer Madlib for the collaborative project Trouble Knows Me. They have a 6-song self-titled EP out now, and you can stream the title track below.

Continue reading "milo/Scallops Hotel playing 2 NYC shows this week, one with Hemlock Ernst (aka Sam from Future Islands' rap alter-ego)"

by Andrew Sacher

Illmind & Joell Ortiz
Joell Ortiz

Plenty of great hip hop shows in NYC are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some recently-announced stuff coming up:

Joell Ortiz and Illmind celebrated their very good new collaborative album Human in NYC a few weeks ago, and they'll play another show here on August 26 at Santos Party House. Tickets are on sale now.

Among other things, A$ton Matthews makes an appearance on one of the year's best debut albums, Vince Staples' Summertime '06. He'll play NYC on August 19 at Santos Party House with Sha Hef. Tickets are on sale now.

Legendary MC Rakim played a free NYC show earlier this week, and he'll play again this month on August 19 at BB King's with Mr. Cheeks and Dres. This one's not free, and tickets are on sale now.

Common is taking part in the "Legacy of Hope Concert In Support of The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital" which happens August 26 at Barclays Center (tickets). He also plays the afterparty at Good Room. The lineup for both also includes Robin Thicke, Jonathan Butler and Miri Ben-Ari.

Long-running Southern rap group Nappy Roots are still at it and released 40Akerz Project earlier this year. They play NYC on November 3 at SOB's with CyHi The Prynce, 40 Akerz and special guests. Tickets are on sale.

Wale plays Webster Hall on September 23. Tickets are on sale.

New York vets Non Phixion broke up in 2006, but now they're reunited and celebrating their 20th anniversary on Saturday (8/15) at Highline Ballroom (tickets).

Former Das Racist member Heems will continue to support his new solo album Eat, Pray, Thug on August 25 at Baby's All Right with Sandunes and Big Baby Gandhi. Tickets are on sale.

Indie rap fans may also want to know about Busdriver, Elucid, Tanya Morgan and Jesucifer at that same venue, Baby's All RIght on September 19. Tickets are on sale.

We recently talked about experimental rapper Abdu Ali ahead of his set at last week's Impose Fest, and he has more NYC shows coming up too. He'll open for Lower Dens when their tour hits Bowery Ballroom on September 28 (tickets). But sooner than that, he'll play his own show at Baby's All Right on August 18 with Leverage Models, ZGRT and Stash Marina. Tickets for Baby's are on sale.

Underground Brooklyn staple Jean Grae plays another hometown show on August 22 at Union Hall with Heben Nigatu & Tracy Clayton and Donwill. Tickets are available.

YouTube rap sensations Turquoise Jeep return to NYC on November 18 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale today (8/14) at noon.

Cypress Hill play their annual Halloween-time NYC show on October 30 at Best Buy Theater. This year's is also with Immortal Technique. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

Other previously-discussed hip hop shows coming up in NYC include the Sean Price memorial show, Raekwon's Purple Tape show, Blackalicious with Kool Keith, A$AP Rocky / Tyler the Creator / Danny Brown / Vince Staples, Chance the Rapper, Mick Jenkins, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Young Thug with RL Grime, Fool's Gold Day Off, Billboard Hot 100 Fest, Murs / Red Pill, The Underachievers, Afropunk, and more.

Georgia Anne Muldrow

In other news, she doesn't have any shows announced yet but Georgia Anne Muldrow released her first rap album this year, A Thoughiverse Unmarred, on Mello Music Group. She's usually making R&B/soul, but it turns out she's just as good at making a straight rap record. The album features frequent collaborator and husband Dudley Perkins (aka Declaime) who also put out his own album this year, Southside Story, which Georgia features on. Both are recommended and can be streamed in full below.

Continue reading "Joell Ortiz, Aston Matthews, Rakim, Common, Heems, Cypress Hill & more NYC rap shows +++ new Georgia Anne Muldrow"

(photo via @killcrocodiles)

If you pre-ordered the TV on the Radio album, you can get tickets to their shows at The Apollo and MHOW today at 10 AM. A BrooklynVegan presale starts tomorrow.

Tickets for the Wanda Jackson show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Run The Jewels show at Stage 48 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Gogol Bordello shows at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the No Joy show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon. Their MHOW show is sold out.

Tickets for the Jenny Lewis show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Restorations and Smith Street Band show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Lo-Fang is playing Mercury Lounge on November 1 and Glasslands on November 2. Tickets for the Glasslands show go on sale today at noon. Tickets for the Merc show go on sale Friday (9/5) at noon.

Shy Girls is playing Mercury Lounge on October 12. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale beginning Friday (9/5) at noon.

Tiny Ruins are playing Mercury Lounge on October 5. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale beginning Friday (9/5) at noon.

Busdriver and Milo are playing Mercury Lounge on October 18. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale beginning Friday (9/5) at noon.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

by Andrew Sacher


LA rapper Nocando, who hosts the Low End Theory hip hop night and founded the Hellfyre Club label, is releasing a new album, Jimmy the Burnout, on March 18 via his own label, and he's just released a single from it, "Lucid Dream." The track sees Nocando impressively flowing over a funky Dam-Funk beat, and singer Piatra Hawkins flirts with indie-R&B on the airy chorus. It's a solid track, and can be streamed below.

Nocando is currently on the road for the Hellfyre Club-presented 'Dorner vs Tookie' tour which also includes Busdriver, Open Mike Eagle and Milo. That tour hits NYC on March 6 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are available. List of all dates and tour flyer below.

Dam-Funk has a few upcoming dates too, including a free NYC show happening on March 7 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Maya Vik, Gordon Voidwell and DJ Thanksgiving Brown. Like all BKNB shows, it's no cost to enter and watch the music, and there's also tons of not-free food, drinks, shopping, and games. All of his dates are listed below too.

Listen to "Lucid Dream," with both lists of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Nocando touring w/ Busdriver & others, released a new song w/ Dam-Funk who's also touring (dates & stream)"

Juicy J at Irving Plaza in 2013 (more by Samantha Marble)
Juicy J

Rick Ross is releasing a new album, Mastermind, this year, and he'll celebrate with an album release show in NYC on March 3 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show go on sale Saturday (2/8) at noon.

That's one day before Schoolboy Q brings his tour with Vince Staples and Isaiah Rashad to Best Buy Theater (3/4) (tickets), and not long before the Action Bronson / The Lox show at Best Buy Theater (3/26) (tix on sale Fri, 2/7 at noon).

As discussed, Juicy J's tour with Travi$ Scott and Project Pat hits NYC on March 12 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and if you're in NJ, tickets for his Starland Ballroom show (3/14) go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon.

Juicy J's old Three Six Mafia pals now operate without him (and without Lord Infamous [RIP]) as Da Mafia 6ix, and they'll play NYC on March 18 at Marlin Room at Webster Hall with Twisted Insane, Whitney Peyton, Sozay, and Alan Winkle. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Bun B and Kirko Bangz are teaming up for the "Trillest Tour" this year that hits NYC on April 12 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed, with the tour trailer, below.

Hip hop legend Rakim will be at SOB's on March 27. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Chicago rapper Rockie Fresh returns to NYC when his tour supporting G-Eazy hits Irving Plaza on March 27 with Tory Lanez, Kurt Rockmore, and Ground Up. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Alternative rapper Busdriver will be at Mercury Lounge on March 6 with Milo, Open Mike Eagle and Nocando. Tickets are on sale now.

As discussed, Mobb Deep are reissuing The Infamous with new and previously unreleased material, and going on a tour in support of hit that hits NYC on March 29 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are still available.

Last night's Fabolous show at Stage 48 was moved to tonight (2/6) (tickets).

Kanye's tour has him the NYC-area soon too.

Lastly, Migos, who dominated 2013 with "Versace," just returned with a new single "Just Wait On It" from their upcoming mixtape, No Label 2 (due out 2/25). Does it live up? Check it out below...

Continue reading "hip hop roundup: Rick Ross, Bun B, Kirko Bangz, Juicy J, Da Mafia 6ix, Schoolboy Q, Rakim, Rockie Fresh, Migos & more"

by Andrew Sacher


Deltron 3030 aren't the only alternative hip hop group making a long-awaited comeback this year. Bay Area duo Latyrx (aka Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker) are planning to release the followup to their sole album, 1997's The Album, on November 5. The album, appropriately titled The Second Album, features guest appearances by Zion I, Busdriver, The GIft of Gab, Corey Glover (of Living Colour), and more, in addition to production by tUnE-yArDs, Chris Funk (of The Decemberists), Jel (of Anticon), and more.

The album's newest single is the laid back cut "Exclamation Point" (produced by and featuring Forrest Day), which is out today and makes its premiere in this post. Check it out, along with the video for another track "Gorgeous Spirits (Aye, Let's Go!)," album artwork, tracklist and list of tour dates (none in NYC), below...

Continue reading "Latyrx releasing long-awaited second album w/ production from tUnE-yArDs, Chris Funk & more, release new song (listen)"

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"

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)"

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)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - Chopped and Scrooged (ZIP)

Kitty Pryde at BV-CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kitty Pryde

If you noticed back in September that Kitty Pryde made a facebook status saying, "just finished my christmas song for sufjan stevens....................(:" and you were like, "WTF does that sound like?!" now you can find out! Sufjan's free Christmas rap mixtape, Chopped and Scrooged (yeah, we did just say "Sufjan's free Christmas rap mixtape"), is out now and can be downloaded above or streamed below. Other contributors to the album include the now-defunct Das Racist, Busdriver, Nicky Da B, Son Lux, John Dietrich (of Deerhoof), Fol Chen, and more.

This release is in addition to Sufjan's massive Christmas box set which is out now. And as mentioned he brings his Christmas tour to NYC on December 21 and 22 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both shows go on sale Wednesday, December 19 at noon.

Mixtape stream below...

Continue reading "Kitty Pryde, Das Racist & more featured on Sufjan Stevens' free Christmas rap mixtape (download/stream)"


As recently mentioned, Modeselektor will be back this summer as part of the Identity Festival that hits both Jones Beach and PNC Bank Arts Center. According to the listed lineup, they will be playing "live" at those dates. Their most recent trip to North America also had them DJing. A full list of dates is below.

In October, we get a new album: "Monkeytown (most likely a ten-track album) features collaborations with a slew of special guests, including Thom Yorke on two songs, Busdriver, PVT, Anti Pop Consortium, and Miss Platnum. It will be released on September 30th in Germany, October 3rd in the UK, and October 4th in the USA. There will be no album pre-singles, however, there will be 3 or 4 singles following the album."

"Monkeytown" is also the name of Modeselektor's record label which has been releasing Siriusmo albums including a new one that collects 42 tracks that were released individually between 2000-2010. Siriusmo was also just here with Modeselektor when they played Mutek and Webster Hall as part of their "Modeselektion" nights. Modeselektion is also the name of a compilation series they're releasing on the label.

Speaking of Thom Yorke,

"The Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke played a secret DJ set after the band's surprise appearance at the Glastonbury Festival at the weekend.

The singer hit the decks alongside the band's long-time producer Nigel Godrich in the Shangri-La area of the festival site at Worthy Farm, Somerset.

Songs in their set included Major Lazer's 'Pon Da Floor' and 'Undoing The Laces' by Nathan Fake - you can see the rest below courtesy of Yorke." [Gigwise]

Thom also played "Kill Bill Vol. 4" by Modeselektor. Full list below...

Continue reading "Modeselektor announces new album w/ Thom Yorke on 2 songs, Thom Yorke played Modeselektor @ Glastonbury"

Daedelus at LPR (more by Chris Doss)

South by Southwest isn't the only major music fest that goes down in March. Ultra Music Festival happens a few days later in Maimi, and the now-sold out, three-day party features a giant lineup of electro acts, many who hit NYC right before or after.

Their lineup includes Duran Duran (who is also playing SXSW), Crystal Castles (who have a show coming up at Terminal 5), The Klaxons, (who play Webster Hall), Trentemoller (who plays MHoW soon), Cut Copy (who plays T5 in triplicate), Royksopp (who plays MHOW and Webster Hall), ... the list goes on and on and includes Daedelus.

Los Angeles DJ and producer Daedelus will play a Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 2nd. Tickets are currently on AmEx presale, and go on regular sale Friday at noon (3/10). Daedelus is also playing SXSW and many other places as part of the 'Magical Properties 3 Tour'. The full list of his dates and openers is below.

Daedelus's new LP Bespoke is due in North America on April 26th via Ninja Tune Records and includes guest appearances by Baths, Busdriver and many others. RCRD LBL has the track with Bilal. Check out the tracklisting, some videos and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Daedelus releasing guest-filled LP, touring (playing Brooklyn, SXSW, Ultra Music Festival, other dates)"

DOWNLOAD: Greg Saunier vs. WOOM - Quetzalcoatl's Ship (MP3)

Greg on stage with Deerhoof (more by Chris Gersbeck)

We already knew that we could catch the very talented Greg Saunier of Deerhoof at one of two upcoming NYC shows (Ridgewood Masonic Temple on 2/8 with Buke & Gass and Le Poisson Rouge on 3/14-tickets), but we can also see the Deerhoof trapsman extraordinaire THIS FRIDAY, 2/17, at Bruar Falls. It doesn't look like Saunier will be behind the kit though, but he will be manning the drums... on a drum machine if the billing of the show is correct. Bruar Falls lists it as "SARA MAGENHEIMER (WOOM) AND GREG SAUNIER (DEERHOOF) DRUM MACHINE IMPROV DUO. The show kicks off at 8PM and will also feature sets by The Psyched and Antimagic. WOOM won't play the show, but they do have dates coming up elsewhere which are listed below. All Deerhoof dates are in a previous post.

This is not the first time Woom and Deerhoof will have collaborated either...

Last July the duo WOOM released their debut album, Muu's Way. Since then, word of mouth has been spreading about the chaotic, tender, startlingly original world the album creates. The band's reputation has grown slowly but persistently at the edge of visibility, like a slime mold spreading across the parking lot of modern independent pop music. So who is it listening to WOOM? Well, take for example some of their biggest fans: the musicians featured on this new release, Muu's Way Remixed.

Deerhoof's Greg Saunier takes on the underwater pop splash "Quetzalcoatl's Ship". Adding stuttering distorted drums, his version rolls the song like an over-ripe melon down a rocky hill in the hot sun. His longtime collaborators, Xiu Xiu, have a remarkably different take on the same song, chopping and looping to create a moody piece of midnight electro-minimalist doom.

BJ Warshaw (Parts and Labor, Shooting Spires) turns "The Hunt" (human-breath-based dance beat) into a psychedelic trash-can rave-up. Lucky Dragons ease the album's political-sleeper-love-song "Judith" into a pastoral latin-bumping cloud of rain. Talk Normal flip folk-concrete "Backwards Beach" into a no-wave sing-a-long. Meanwhile, Japanther get mellow with "Salt" and Butchy Fuego (Pit er Pat, The Boredoms) invents a new genre ("Woombia") for "Back In."

Listen to the whole EP on Soundcloud. Download Greg Saunier's take on "Quetzalcoatl's Ship" above. Full tracklist, and WOOM's new video for "The Hunt", is below.

BusdriverIn related news, the "driver" half of Deerhoof's "Hoofdriver" project (that 7" is out now) will play two nights at Southpaw as part of "Search And Restore & Manhattan New Music presents...4 nights of Kneebody". Kneebody's four night residency will feature two sets from the band each night, and will take place on 1/26 -1/29 with Wayne Krantz on the first night (tickets), Busdriver on board for the second night (tickets), Busdriver & Mark Guiliana on the third (tickets), and Daedelus on the final night (tickets).

It's not the first time that Kneebody and Busdriver have collaborated for a show or on stage; in fact, the pair were in NYC in February for Kneebody's four day residency at Bleecker St Theater. Videos of the two artists playing together are below.

If you can't make it to catch Daedelus at Southpaw, you can still catch him support Lotus with Tobacco at Terminal 5 on February 5th. Tickets are on sale. Lotus is also on board to play Mercury Lounge the night before, and tickets to that show are currently on sale as a package with the Terminal 5 tickets.

Full tour dates and everything else below...

Continue reading "Deerhoof's Greg Saunier playing w/ WOOM's Sara, Kneebody playing w/ Busdriver & Daedelus (who opens for Lotus too)"

DOWNLOAD: Deerhoof - "The Merry Barracks" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Physical Forms - "On The Brink" (MP3)

photos by Benjamin Lozovsky

Deerhoof at Paramount Theatre in Boston on October 10th

"Drummer/mastermind Greg Saunier -- in purple pants and bright green sneakers -- bashed at his tiny drum kit as though he were swatting bees (whether there was a song in progress or not), and vocalist/bassist Satomi Matsuzaki busted out callisthenic dance moves between her polyglot chirps. Guitarists John Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez were appropriately centered, braiding jagged melodies together in errant knots that ultimately held each song tight." [Boston.com]
Deerhoof play Le Poisson Rouge TONIGHT (10/13) with Father Murphy and TALIBAM!. The NYC show is the close of a larger tour that was mostly with Xiu Xiu. Deerhoof's only remaining show after tonight at ATP's Nightmare Before Christmas in Minehead, UK (with Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Throbbing Gristle, Neurosis, and others). Tickets to the LPR show are still available. ATP in Minehead is sold out.

Da 'hoof currently has two releases on deck for the coming months. The first is the Deerhoof/Physical Forms - Hoofdriver split 7" due on 11/6, which features Busdriver singing over a Deerhoof instrumental while the flip features him backed by members of The Mae Shi as Physical Forms. Preorder that split and check out "On The Brink" by Physical Forms above.

Deerhoof will also release their new album Deerhoof vs. Evil on January 25th! The new record will see release on LP/CD (preorder via Polyvinyl) and limited cassette (500 copies with digital download on Joyful Noise) formats. Dig on "The Merry Barracks" above.

Most dates Deerhoof played in October have been with Father Murphy and Xiu Xiu, one of which was at the Paramount Theatre in Boston on October 10th.

"If you're wondering how the sound is at the restored Paramount Theatre: It's amazing. You hear everything. During Sunday evening's inaugural rock show for the theater, when I went to jot down a line from Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart -- "thinking of her dream makes her feel like it's stupid,'' from "Dr. Troll'' -- the click of my pen echoed like I'd dropped a phonebook." [Boston.com]
Pictures from that show adorn this post.

Xiu Xiu and Deerhoof played their last show together last night, 10/12, at Daniel Street in Connecticut, and though Xiu Xiu does not play the NY show tonight, Xiu Xiu will play their own show at Maxwell's in Hoboken on Friday (10/15), and many other dates after that. Tickets for Maxwell's are still available.

Xiu Xiu played NYC in late September with the great Merzbow. Xiu Xiu played NYC with Deerhoof in July.

All dates and more pictures from Boston below...

Continue reading "Deerhoof is here, releasing new stuff (MP3s), played the restored Paramount in Boston & other dates w/ Xiu Xiu (pics) "

David Byrne dancers @ Wellmont Theater last week (more by Tim Griffin)
David Byrne dancers

tonight in NYC
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Stars Like Fleas @ MoMA
* Burlesque @ Public Assembly
* Mat Menari, Benefit Band @ The Stone
* Gabriel Kahane @ Rockwood Music Hall
* David Byrne @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Amadou & Miriam, Piers Faccini @ Webster Hall
* Busdriver, Tim Fite, Nosaj Thing @ Mercury Lounge
* The Hold Steady, Right on Dynamite @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Naked Hearts, Knight School @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Precious Metal w/ Wizardry, Animals Killing People @ Lit
* James Blackshaw, Koen Holtkamp (from Mountains) @ Issue Project Room

Like Public Enemy, Busdriver was one of those on the bill of the Roots Picnic in Philly over the weekend. Catch him tonight with Tim Fite at Mercury Lounge.

The weather report for tonight is not as bad as it was before.

Amadou & Miriam are playing Bonnaroo this weekend and touring with Coldplay in July. The duo headlines tonight at Webster Hall. Tickets are still on sale.

Trust funds are in trouble.

Tonight is the first of four sold-out NYC Hold Steady shows. Those without tickets can try their luck with a Northside Badge at the fourth and final show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday.

The Northside Fest then continues at Music Hall of Williamsburg through Sunday, four more shows, the BrooklynVegan showcase, and BrooklynVegan photo show included.

Did you get a ticket for tomorrow's Sonic Youth show?

Pennsylvania: Support Bill to Stop Cruel Pigeon Shoots

James Blackshaw, at the Issue Project Room tonight, plays tomorrow at the Mercury Lounge with Marissa Nadler.

Seasick Steve is coming.

Thighs Wide Shut makes up his own Phish setlist.

In August, Rys Chatham will attempt to bring 200 guitars together for one piece of music. The opposite of that -- 100 different songs on one guitar -- video below...

Sexy NEW Basement Jaxx video below...

Continue reading "What's going on Monday?"

by Andrew Frisicano

The Roots

The Roots announced the line-up for their 2nd annual "Roots Picnic" in Philly...

The Roots (2 sets), TV on the Radio, The Black Keys, Public Enemy (who will perform It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, backed by Antibalas and The Roots), Antibalas, Santigold, Busdriver, and Dirty Magazine featuring Zoe Kravitz.

On the second stage: Asher Roth, Writtenhouse, Back to Basics - King Britt & Dozia, Dave P. (of Making Time, etc), Kid Cudi and more.

Saturday, June 6th, 2pm
@ The Festival Pier, Penns Landing
Philadelphia, PA

Questlove-founded site Okayplayer is running a pre-sale with $5 off tickets (using password 'EARLYBIRD') until Thursday (3/19) at 10pm. Then the general sale starts Friday (3/20) at 10 am.

Last year's event featured Gnarls Barkley, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Santogold, Deerhoof, J*Davey, Diplo, Esperanza and The Cool Kids.

In addition to being the new band for "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," The Roots play at Highline Ballroom tonight (3/19) as part of the band's ongoing series of gigs at the venue. Beginning next week Questlove will host his own Thursday night residency at LPR through May 28th. More information on those and other shows in our previous Roots rundown.

Down at SXSW, half of The Black Keys (a.k.a. Dan Auerbach) played last night (3/18) - you can still catch him at Bill's Place on Friday, March 20th and at The Mean Eyed Cat for a Saturday (3/21) afternoon show.

Full press release and poster, plus Public Enemy with The Roots and Antibalas playing "Bring The Noise" on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" below...

Continue reading "Philly's Roots Picnic - 2009 lineup, presale ++ Fallon video"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Modeselektor - The White Flash (Ft. Thom Yorke) (MP3)

Ellen Allien

Last week Squarepusher made me really happy. He is the king of electronic music for me....And Mr. Squarepusher is so gorgeous! And fat sound! I was thinking about our sick military world, the omnipresent consumption, the insanity of humanity.. But out of this, I started becoming creative. I got ideas for my new project BE, colors and designs for ellen allien fashion where whirling through my head. Music enables my creativity and brings charm into my life. In the last months I spent too much time with pushing my label BPitch Control, instead of doing music. But now the path is ready for doing music on my own, finally. :)

See you on the dance floor. :) -[Ellen Allien on her site]

Ellen Allien's BPitch Control label is releasing the self-titled debut LP by Moderat, a combo group of Modeselektor and Apparat, on April 21st. Moderat will play a Saturday, May 30th NYC show at Webster Hall, as part of a brief end-of-May US tour. All dates below.

Ellen Allien toured with Modeselektor in '08 (w/ a Studio B-turned Highline Ballroom date), and collaborated with Apparat on the Orchestra of Bubbles LP in 2006. Modeselektor was last here in January when they played Bowery Ballroom.

The Moderat LP was to feature a guest spot by L.A. rapper Busdriver on the song "BeatsWaySick," but, the press release says, "due to legal issues at the time of manufacturing, [the track] will be released as an exclusive download in the near future." Busdriver is playing SXSW on Thursday, March 19 at The Independent and Friday, March 20 at Back Alley Social, with other Austin dates below.

Ellen Allien's "10 Years of BPitch" tour is set to next visit NYC on Friday, March 27th at Studio B where she'll share a bill with Thomas Muller and Gui Boratto). The night is presented by FIXED, the parties-hosting team of JDH (Josh Houtkin) and Dave P (David Pianka). Tickets are available for the show, with the option to buy a 3-day package that includes March 26th's Ladyhawke with Heartsrevolution show and March 28th's The Twelves & Yuksek (dj set) gig, both also at Studio B.

The three-day ticket and 10-years-of-Bpitch also coincide with FIXED's fourth birthday.

The FIXED party was conceptualized around 2003 after JDH took the amazing 2ManyDJ lads to one of Dave P's Making Time parties in Philadelphia. After JDH and Dave realized that they were spinning the same events together and both had mutual admiration for the music they were DJing out at parties, the idea for FIXED was born.

"We just seemed to play a lot together as we liked similar music," admits JDH. "We started booking gigs around the US, Canada and Europe, and we would both go, and they would end up saying, 'Well, why don't we just book you two together as DJs?' and that's pretty much how we play now... as one set."

Establishing their first home base at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, FIXED went on to host a number of legendary and groundbreaking performances from a number of critically-acclaimed acts, including 2ManyDJs, Hot Chip, The Rapture, Mylo, and Erol Alkan.

"We always say that our biggest influence for FIXED was the Trash party [UK DJ Erol Alkan's legendary weekly party], which sadly, doesn't go on anymore," says JDH. "We wanted to do a big club night for the average person who likes good music."

The status of Studio B as a venue has been in question for a while, but not to worry...
The venue has now re-opened under new management, and [JDH and Dave P] will be expanding their vision of exciting music bookings, while also revitalizing New York's nightlife scene with a top-notch and diverse team of live music bookers and promoters. Starting this March, expect a fresh mix of dance music, hip-hop parties, live shows, curated special events, and more.
Little Boots played Studio B on February 6. All future FIXED dates, tour dates, the Moderat tracklist, and Ellen Allien videos below...

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Puffy Areolas

Tyvek just played three NYC shows, three nights in a row (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). And I just realized that Damon from Tyvek (who apparently didn't actually play with Tyvek at any of those shows) is now here with his other band Puffy Areolas, who played Cake Shop last night (1/12), are on WFMU today (1/13) ("For the uninitiated, Toldeo, Ohio's Puffy Areolas bring to mind the blasted, parental hope one would get from combining the DNA of The Germs, Hawkwind, Drunks With Guns, and Brainbombs. Tune in to Brian today to hear the Areolas sew some serious lysergic oats, and have a glimpse at what kinda world we'd live in if Dame Edna was in charge of putting DMT into the water supply."), and play again in Brooklyn tonight with Drunkdriver, Golden Error, Predator Vision, and a mysterious "Chinese Restaurants" ("Loy's band. "We'll bring the ugly. All Doors covers." - LOY HQ")...


:: Golden Error
:::: Puffy Areolas
:::::: Drunkdriver
:::::::: Predator Vision
:::::::::: Chinese Restaurants

:: dj Kevin Failure --------- from Pink Reason

128 River St @ Metropolitan Ave | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 9:30pm | all ages | $7



Pics from Tyvek's show at Less Artists More Condos, HERE.

by Black Bubblegum

Busdriver posing w/ Dizzee
busdriver and dizzee rascal

Last time I saw Busdriver, he was second on a bill that included Kidz In The Hall, El-P (with Aesop Rock), and Dizzee Rascal. Next week, the abstract rhymer will lace a pair of shows both as support (at the sold-out Bowery Ballroom with Flobots on 8/5), and as headliner (at Union Hall in Brooklyn on 8/6, tickets are on sale). The Brooklyn show is also the afterparty for Union Hall's night 'at the bridge'.

West-coast cratediggers People Under The Stairs are also on that Flobots bill and have lined up a headlining show of their own on 8/6, at Southpaw with Iller Than Theirs and Junk Science. Tickets are still available. All dates below...

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El-P @ NYU in April (more by Bao Nguyen)
El-P @ NYU

Aesop Rock @ Coachella 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Aesop Rock @ Coachella

The May 10th Webster Hall show keeps getting bigger and bigger. The lineup now reads "El-P with DJ Mr. Dibbs and The Mighty Quinn / Dizzee Rascal with special guest dj Aaron LaCrate / Busdriver / Kidz in the Hall / Special Guest Aesop Rock". Tickets are still available. All El-P tour dates below....

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Busdriver (born Regan J Farquhar) is a hip-hop artist from Los Angeles. He is known for his staccato, jazzy, free-association rap, and the eccentric personality he expresses through it. He is currently signed to Epitaph Records. [Wikipedia]
* BB King is playing BB King
* Figure out where you're going with the new venue map
* Watch a whole bunch of weird Radiohead videos
* Cass McCombs & Ariel Pink play Bowery Ballroom
* Kathryn Calder is the new girl in the New Pornographers
* Kathryn Calder is A.C. Newman's niece
* Kathryn Calder is in Immaculate Machine
* Immaculate Machine are playing Cake Shop
* Duran Duran is playing Roseland instead of Broadway
* The Pipettes are playing Gramercy Theatre (finally)
* Busdriver, Beans, Daedelus, & Antimc are @ Mercury Lounge

The third person to email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: busdriver) right now will win a pair of tickets to night's show at Mercury Lounge. Include your first and last name. More Busdriver & Deadelus tour dates below. What else?

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