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photos by James Richards IV
As far as their live show, whether it's quirky dance moves, getting the crowd to do silly shit, or damn-near inciting a riot, these guys put on a clinic as far as what a live hip-hop show is supposed to be. What helps that even more is how live their songs are, which are perfect for the live show, spinning classes, or both at the same damn time.El-P and Killer Mike, aka Run the Jewels, recently wrapped up their tour with Ratking, which included a "Suck My Dick Sun Kil Moon!" chant at Fun Fun Fun Fest, an impassioned speech in St. Louis, two NYC shows, two Chicago shows and more. The pictures in this post are from one of the Chicago shows.
Despite both artists having a more-than-solid body of solo work to their name, they never stray from their RTJ material. Don't expect "Deep Space 9mm" or anything off the I Pledge Allegiance series. El-P and Killer Mike came strictly to run the jewels and after an hour-plus of one of the best live shows I've seen, it's safe to say the jewels got run. [Profile Wild]
Run the Jewels have been making a bunch of Best of 2014 album lists, and coming in at #1 on a few like Pitchfork, Stereogum, and the recently posted Complex list. Complex also didn't hesitate to throw 2014's big December releases on there that were left out of a lot of lists that came out already, including Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, D'Angelo and Charli XCX. You can browse their top 50 here.
More pictures from Chicago below...
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...
PC Music's Hannah Diamond
Gorilla vs Bear posted their lists of their favorite albums (35) and songs (100) of 2014. Though the albums list does have some of the stuff you always see (like The War On Drugs), it's mostly got a lot of unique choices like Recycle Culture, Korallreven, Yumi Zouma, Beverly, Panda Bear's EP and more, and the #1 is pretty unique too. FKA twigs doesn't crack the albums list but she's on the tracks list twice, along with tracks by Tinashe, iLoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Grouper, a Recyle Culture remix of Taylor Swift, and plenty of PC Music representation.
Check out his full lists below...
The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.
Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...
SPIN returned with their Top Albums of 2014 list today. It's got a lot of the indie albums that usually show up on these lists (Caribou, Future Islands, FKA twigs, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, How to Dress Well, Swans, St. Vincent, Real Estate, etc), a handful of rap albums (YG, Young Thug, Shabazz Palaces, Run the Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, etc), metal (Pallbearer), punk (Against Me!, Joyce Manor), mainstream pop (Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert), and a couple headscratchers (Betty Who at #11?). You-know-who scores the #1 slot once again here. Check it out for yourself below.
This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.
UPDATE: Full list of nominations (
except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.
UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.
The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.
by Andrew Sacher
The Best Albums of 2014 lists keep coming, and now Rolling Stone's is out. It's hard to imagine anyone else picking the #1 and #2 they did, but that's Rolling Stone for you. It's also hard to imagine a list placing the new albums from Weezer and the Foo Fighters so high, but smacking buzz band Ought right in between them. And it seems random that YOB comes in at #50 when no other metal album makes the list, not even the critically acclaimed one by Pallbearer or any of the hugely acclaimed returns from veteran bands like At the Gates, Godflesh and Electric Wizard. Also, don't tell Jack White how much higher The Black Keys placed than him.
Check out their top 50 picks for yourself, below...
by Bill Pearis
After getting a nice profile boost on Daft Punk's smash 2013 album, electronic dance music pioneer Giorgio Moroder is fully back in action and will release a new album via Sony Music next year. The record is packed with guests, including Britney Spears, Sia, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue, Mikky Ekko, Foxes, Matthew Koma, and more to be announced. Moroder says:
Dance music doesn't care where you live. It doesn't care who your friends are. It doesn't care how much money you make. It doesn't care if your 74 or if you are 24 because... 74 is the new 24!Strangely enough, "74 is the new 24" is also the title of the first single from the record, the video for which just premiered via The Creator's Project. Directed by Jai Lewis, it makes cool use of CGI rotoscope animation. As for the song itself, not unlike "Moroder's Theme" which was released as an Adult Swim single this summer, it is reminiscent of his Midnight Express soundtrack with a little Daft Punk disco thrown in as well.
Watch the video at The Creator's Project.
Ducktails are playing Baby's All Right on September 11. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
Charli XCX, Elliphant and Femme are playing Webster Hall on October 7. Tickets for that 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Forecastle Festival returns to Waterfront Park in Louisville, KY from July 18-20 with a lineup of Outkast, Jack White, Beck, The Replacements, Slint (their first US reunion date so far!), Spoon, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Jenny Lewis, tUnE-yArDs, Action Bronson, Against Me!, Sun Kil Moon, Sharon Van Etten, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Waxahatchee, Young & Sick and more. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon.
Full lineup below...
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
photos by Ryan Muir
Superchunk / Danny Brown
SPIN put together a pretty killer lineup for their annual 'Year in Music' show this year. Taking place at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on 12/10, the bill included rising pop star Charli XCX (whose set included the hit song that not many people realize she wrote for Icona Pop), indie legends Superchunk (who recently made a new video), and one of 2013's greatest and most fun rap stars Danny Brown (who Charli XCX also joined on stage towards the end of the night). It was a well rounded night that delivered from start to finish, even without the complimentary drinks that were flowing in the balcony. Comedian Hannibal Buress hosted the festivities and told the jokes.
The show was free and packed, but also guestlist only. We gave away ten pairs of tix here at BrooklynVegan.
Pictures from the show, which featured two of the artists on SPIN's Favorite Albums of 2013 list, are here and continue below....
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
When Superchunk were in NYC for a couple Bowery Ballroom shows and a Fallon performance earlier this year, they headed to Brooklyn DIY spot Shea Stadium to film the video for I Hate Music track "Void." In addition to the band themselves, the video features comedian/actors Jon Glaser and Jon Benjamin, plus members of multiple local bands including Ava Luna, Heliotropes, Aye Nako, Lost Boy?, Weird Womb, and others. Were you in it? Check out the new video below.
Superchunk also have a number of dates coming up, including SPIN's Year In Music Event which happens in NYC on December 10 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Danny Brown and Charli XCX. It's a semi-private show, but we're giving away a few pairs of tickets via Twitter. Details on how to enter the contest along with all tour dates and the video, below...
Danny Brown at Rough Trade NYC - 11/26/13 (via Taylor Sprow)
Danny Brown, fresh off two big shows with Sleigh Bells, did something more intimate yesterday (11/26) at the new Rough Trade NYC, where he played a free in-store. Like the in-store sets are, his set was brief, but included a number of Old standouts like "Smokin & Drinkin," "Dope Song," "Handstand," and "Dip," plus some non-album tracks like the especially great "Molly Ringwald" from the Loosies comp. You can watch a video of his full set below.
Danny Brown's next NYC show is SPIN's Year In Music Event which happens on December 10 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with a multi-genre lineup that also includes Superchunk and Charli XCX, plus comedian host Hannibal Buress. It's an invite-only show, but we're giving away a few pairs of tickets via Twitter. Details on how to enter the contest are below.
a Haim striking a pose (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Steven Hyden at Grantland writes:
...we're witnessing the death rattle of the current version of alternative, "indie." In the past month, there's been a series of releases -- including Haim's Days Are Gone, Chvrches' The Bones of What You Believe, Lorde's Pure Heroine, Icona Pop's This Is ... Icona Pop, and the 1975's self-titled debut -- that have been slotted as "indie pop," ostensibly because they're positioned outside "regular" pop just as Pearl Jam once was placed outside regular rock music. But the "indie" modifier is instantly extraneous once you've actually heard these records -- in sound and form, there's nothing that's weird, experimental, or potentially off-putting about them. (The same can be said of indie-favored pop records released earlier in the year, including Charli XCX's True Romance, AlunaGeorge's Body Music, and Ariana Grande's Yours Truly.) They're well produced, catchy, immediately likable, and fashioned in the mold of successful trends. They are simply pop pop records. [Grantland]
Supersuckers, who play The Bell House on Saturday (9/7), are playing another NYC show at The Studio at Webster Hall on September 23. Tickets to that show are on sale now. Tickets for their Bell House show are still available too.
Charli XCX was supposed to play Gramercy Theatre in September, but after having to postpone her North American tour to open for Paramore in the UK, she's announced rescheduled North American dates. The NYC show now happens at Irving Plaza on November 13. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Charli XCX at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)
Charli XCX was to have started her North American tour next week -- including shows next month at Gramercy Theater in NYC and the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park --but that has been postponed until the end of October/November. (Details to come.) Charli fessed up as to why on Facebook:
I'm going to be completely honest with you, the reason the tour has been postponed is because I have been offered to support Paramore throughout their UK tour, which is a really big deal for me as I haven't ever really toured in the UK outside of London before. It's scary and it's quite weird but it's also super exciting for me to finally be able to play shows in the country that I'm from.Ok, Charli. You have fun with Paramore. Canceled North American tour dates are listed, along with her new UK dates, below.
I always feel so welcome in the USA and all of you guys have always been so cool and amazing to play too... So I am really so sad that I'm letting you down like this. But this is a big opportunity for me, one that people around me won't let me decline. I am seriously so sorry to everyone I have let down, and I really do hope that you will be able to make the rescheduled dates (I'm figuring them out right now) and that you will enjoy the new music that is coming very very very soon. All I can promise you is that when I come back to the USA later on this year, the tour will be bigger and better... There's going to be a lot of changes made and lots of new, exciting things.
Please don't be too angry at me. I really do hate to let everyone down like this. I promise I'm going to make it up to you all. Xxxxxx
UK electropop artist Charli XCX, who doesn't regret giving a little song she wrote called "I Love It" to Icona Pop, is heading out on a North American tour at the end of August. It starts on the west coast around Bumbershoot, visits Chicago before getting to Michigan for the Laneway Festival, comes east for shows that include Asbury Park & NYC, stops in Texas for three shows and then ends in Orlando which makes sense considering Charli's love of Disney. She went there while she was in the States in May and June, as you can see in some of the footage her videographer/boyfriend Ryan spliced together to create a new promo video, that you can watch for the first time below...
photos by Jamie Goodsell, additional photos by Katharine Hansen
DIIV / Charli XCX / DJ Jazzy Jeff @ Bonnaroo 6/14/2013
Bonnaroo's inaugural hip hop Superjam--an R&B/rap counterpart to the festival's long-running, rock-dominated all-star jam sessions--was an uninhibited, messy rager for still-partying night owls at the Tennessee music fest. Paul McCartney might have been the Friday night highlight, but if you wanted to dance, this was the show to see.Bonnaroo 2013 is definitely in the record books already, and we've posted a set of pictures from Day 2 (6/14) big names Paul McCartney, The Wu-Tang Clan, Wilco, and Jim James. But there was other stuff going on that Friday as well, including sets from Calexico, Big K.R.I.T, Charli XCX, Glen Hansard, DIIV, Amadou & Mariam, and the hip hop "Superjam" featuring RZA, Jazzy Jeff, Schoolboy Q, Solange, Chad Hugo (Neptunes/NERD) and more. Photos from those acts are in this post.
The slickest and sickest set came from Solange, who enraptured the crowd with a funky, lovely cover of the Fugees' version of "Killing Me Softly." She also sang the hook on surprise guest Ghostface Killah's Supreme Clientele single "Cherchez La Ghost" and covered "Umi Says," an uplifting jam from Mos Def's solo debut. - [Fuse]
Charli XCX at SXSW 2013 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Charli XCX recently released her electropop debut album, True Romance, and supported it with some dates, including three in NYC this past May. Now she's set to go on another North American tour from late August into early October, which brings her to larger venues like Asbury Park's The Wonder Bar on September 20 and NYC's Gramercy Theatre on September 21 with Kitten and Little Daylight.
Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (6/21) at 10 AM with Live Nation presales starting Thursday (6/20) at 10 AM. There's also a Music Geeks presale for the Gramercy show Thursday at 10 (password is "musicgeeks").
All dates are listed, along with a video, below...
Savages at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
As mentioned, Savages are going on a tour this summer, which includes a NYC show happening at Webster Hall on July 11 (sold out). The band is coming back to North America in September to play Detroit's Laneway Festival and will be stopping in NYC on the way there for their biggest show here yet: Terminal 5 on September 12. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/14) at noon.
This is the inaugural Detroit Laneway Festival (which has happened in other cites since 2004) which will take place at Meadow Brook in Rochester Hills, Michigan. The line-up also includes The National, Sigur Ros, Alunageorge, Charli XCX, Chet Faker, Chvrches, Deerhunter, The Dismemberment Plan, Flume, Frightened Rabbit, Haerts, Icona Pop, My Brightest Diamond, Phosphorescent, Run The Jewels (El-P + Killer Mike), Solange, Warpaint, Washed Out, and Youth Lagoon. Tickets for the are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed, along with the videos of Savages performing two songs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, below...
Comedy rappers The Lonely Island are sitting down with Rob Bennington for a taping of 'Unmasked' at 12:30 PM on May 31 at Sirius XM in midtown Manhattan. Tickets to that show can be specially requested today at 12:30 PM.
Stereophonics are playing Terminal 5 on September 21. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (5/31) at noon.
Emeli Sande and Rudimental are playing Rumsey Playfield on August 28. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon. Ticketmaster presale starts Thursday (5/30) at 10 AM, and general on-sale starts Friday (5/31) at noon.
Wolvhammer @ Union Pool, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
YACHT @ T5, 2012 (more by Diana Wong)
today in NYC
* Lemuria @ Maxwell's
* Lettuce @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Fierce Bad Rabbit @ Joe's Pub
* Canellakis-Brown Duo @ Barbes
* Mariah Carey @ Rumsey Playfield
* Rob Curto's Forro All Star @ Barbes
* fun. @ Seaside Heights Boardwalk
* Skream, Mala, Plastician, Hatcha @ SRB
* Glorior Belli, Wolvhammer @ Union Pool
* The Westerlies Play Horvitz @ The Stone
* Pass This On: Robyn Gets Weird @ The Bell House
* Journalism, Ocean View, Weird Womb @ Cake Shop
* Napoleon, Grand Resort, Night Dogs @ Cameo Gallery
* Seasick Mama, I Am Lightyear, Loveskills @ Glasslands
* Trabajo, Wei Zhongle, NUD, Shenzhen @ Ran Tea House
* Laura Stevenson, Owen, Field Mouse @ Bowery Ballroom
* Historics, The Heaven's Jail Band, 1-800-BAND @ The Flat
* Butter The Children, Big Muff, Roses, Ceramics @ Big Snow
* DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, Soulja Man, Durban, TCJ @ 285 Kent
* Elijah Ocean, North of Nashville, Juniper Rising @ Union Hall
* Alkaline Trio, Bayside, Off With Their Heads @ Best Buy Theater
* Sage Francis, Prolyphic, B. Dolan, Metermaids @ Knitting Factory
* Deformity, Thee Nodes, Missionary, Nerv, Sucia @ Death By Audio
* Fresh Daily, Gizmo, Mariami, C-Sick, Elevation Theory @ Paper Box
* Gesaffeistein, Brodinski, LOUISAHHH!!!, Alex English @ Webster Hall
* The Vandelles, Secret Colours, Bird Call, Companion, Hikashu @ Pianos
* Yacht, Prinzhorn Dance School, Larry Gus, DFA Kris (DJ) @ Shea Stadium
* Macronympha, Oscillating Innards, Kilt, Long Distance Poison @ Silent Barn
* Wayne Horvitz and the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble @ The Stone
* Frances Cone, The Score, Jake Lewis and The Clergy @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Paper Route, Sugar Glyder, Minnie Dee, John Bell @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Richard Lloyd (of Television), 2 Teens Kill 4, Steve Almaas @ The Bowery Electric
* The Living Kills, Twin Guns, Madam Robot and The Lust Brigade @ Mercury Lounge
* New Atlantic Youth, Incorporated Village of Ghost, Clownface, Dead Guy @ The Rock Shop
* Escort, Lady Miss Kier, Tippy Toes, Leverage Models, JKriv (DJ) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders, Damon & Naomi, Brother Danielson, Eugene Mimran @ City Winery
* Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa, Aye Aye Rabbit, Many Mansions, The Drunken Foreigner Band @ Secret Project Robot
* Sons of an Illustrious Father, The Great American Novel, The Harmonica Lewinskies, The Jean Jackets, The Gradients @ Muchmore's
UK duo Prinzhorn Dance School make their U.S. live debut at Shea Stadium tonight, opening for YACHT. Tickets are still available. They'll both play tomorrow at the sold out DFA Records 12th Anniversary Party.
Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of the summer movie season, and this week's blockbusters include Fast & Furious 6, The Hangover Part III and animated flick, Epic. On the smaller side, there's Before Midnight, the third in Richard Linklater's indie romance series with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy; and Greta Gerwig in Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha.
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Charlie XCX just released the video for True Romance single "Take My Hand" and you can watch that below. You can also see her for free in NYC on May 30 at Urban Outfitters on Broadway. Maybe she'll cover the Backstreet Boys.
Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!
Bumbershoot is returning to Seattle this year from August 31 to September 2 at Seattle Center. This year's lineup was just announced, and it includes Death Cab for Cutie performing Transatlanticism (in case The Postal Service reuniting wasn't enough Ben Gibbard nostalgia for you), Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, The Breeders, The Zombies, Alt-J, Deerhunter, Baroness, Crystal Castles, Gary Numan, Joey Bada$$, Eric Burdon, Bob Mould, David Bazan, Charli XCX, Redd Kross, The Men and more.
Tickets (3-day passes, 2-day passes, and single day tickets) for the festival are on sale now.
Full lineup below...