Entries tagged with: Common
Earlier this year rappers RZA (who is starring in a porn star biopic) and Azealia Banks (who is naked in a recent issue of Playboy) both appeared in a BrooklynVegan post about pornography. Together again, now we find out that RZA and Azealia are working on a different movie, together. Azealia's publicist says:
Today Azealia Banks confirmed that she will be starring in a new Lionsgate/Codeblack Films motion picture film titled "Coco."According to IMDB, the movie is called "Spoken Word", but maybe that is wrong. Deadline adds that "she stars with Common, Jill Scott, Lucien Laviscount, Lorraine Toussaint and Hana Mae Lee. It has a script from Nicole Jefferson Asher and will be produced by Paul Hall. "
Directed by Wu Tang Clan's RZA from a screenplay by Nicole Jefferson Asher, "Coco" will be produced by Paul Hall and has already starting filming in the U.S.
"I'm extremely excited and vigorously inspired to be working with Azealia Banks in my new directorial installment," director Rza continues "producer Paul Hall and I have assembled a cool and eclectic cast to surround Azealia. Our story, which is set in today's contemporary youth culture, will bring a new voice to cinema that needs to be heard."
Banks will play a fiery 20-something female rapper named Coco. Set in Brooklyn, the film documents her struggles in pursuing a career in hip-hop, while also attempting to fulfill her parent's expectations of finishing college. Having returned to school, Coco soon discovers the vivid world and ultimate power of the spoken word, where she finds her one true voice and an unlikely love in the classroom.
Azealia Banks played a show at Irving Plaza earlier this month, and before that Coachella (where the above photo by Samantha Saturday is from). Check out a video from the NYC show with her international tour dates listed, below.
Brooklyn Bodega's annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival returns to various BK venues from July 8-11 this year. The 2015 headliner is long-running Chicago great Common, who plays 'The Big Show' on Saturday, 7/11 at 50 Kent. Full lineup for that show and more details TBA.
Tickets for the fest are on sale now. All currently announced events, below.
Common was initially rumored in a Medium.com article to be playing one of Samsung's SXSW shows, though that hasn't been confirmed, and a newer Mashable article on the shows that came out today only mentions that Iggy Azalea, A$AP Rocky and Hot Chip are headlining the shows. They play March 18, 19, and 20, respectively, at a TBA location.
La Colombe photos by P Squared Photography
barista Win Butler serving up his new Haitian coffee blend
Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler had a busy weekend in NYC. His eventful three days began on Friday when he played the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at MSG. His team, The West, beat The East (which Common and others were on) 59-51. Win had eight points and 12 boards. You can watch a video of him doing a layup, below.
He was wearing his Kanye West-designed Nike Red Octobers (not to be confused with Kanye's new Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost shoe that he debuted last week). Win's brother/bandmate Will tweeted "Kanye, you have to fix this #MVP thing. They have to respect the artistry" after Kevin Hart (who returns to MSG in July) got MVP.
After the game, Win headed to Bowery Ballroom where he was one of several DJs at the Rock On Foundation benefit, as DJ Windows 98. The Hold Steady headlined. Other DJs included members of Vampire Weekend, Das Racist and Caveman. That's him at Bowery pictured above.
Then Saturday afternoon Win headed to La Colombe cafe in Hudson Square where he acted as a barista, serving his new blend of RaRa Haitian Coffee that he created in partnership with La Colombe. The blend was partially to benefit Haiti, with proceeds going to Partners In Health and Haiti Coffee Academy. We stopped by the cafe to see barista Win in action, and while we were there he jumped on a table to give a speech about how the coffee is for a good cause. He then gave out sample cups to the crowd, took pictures with fans, and signed stuff. Some pictures of that are in this post.
That night, he was back under his DJ Windows 98 guise to get a late-night party at Baby's All Right going. Anyone catch that? UPDATE: Win now uploaded a mashup of Kanye West's "Jesus Walks" and Beck's "Loser" which (according to a commenter below) he played back to back at Baby's. Listen below.
Finally, on Sunday Win headed to SNL's 40th anniversary to introduce Miley Cyrus. Some people were not happy about this decision. Here are some tweets:
Talented: Win Butler, Jack White. Not talented: Miley Cyrus, Kanye West. Understood SNL? #SNL40— AbsoluteQuinn (@AbsoluteLunati6) February 16, 2015
In a personal affront to musical talent, SNL just made Win Butler introduce Miley Cyrus.— Bethany Biron (@bethanybiron) February 16, 2015
Having Win Butler introduce a performance by Miley Cyrus, and not the other way around, is emblematic of everything wrong with SNL today.— Thomas Pashko (@thomaspashko) February 16, 2015
are you kidding me...having Win Butler introduce Miley Cyrus?? log off, SNL— Mike Smith© (@TheMikes_) February 16, 2015
Actually sat through SNL just to have Jack White appear for 3 seconds, Win Butler introduce Miley Cyrus, and Fiona Apple not appear at all— Hannah (@spooketti) February 16, 2015
SNL: *includes Arcade Fire in list of guests* SNL: *Has Win Butler introduce Miley Cyrus*— Sara (@Saraa26) February 16, 2015
More pictures of Win's weekend, including shots of him as a barista, a basketball player and a DJ, below...
photo: Win at Pop Montreal's 2012 Pop Vs. Jock game (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Win Butler is returning to Madison Square Garden next week (2/13) -- not with Arcade Fire, but to play basketball on the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. He'll join Common, Kevin Hart, Nick Cannon, Michael Rapaport, Anthony Anderson and other stars of stage and screen. Win is becoming almost as known for his court skills as his musicianship. Almost. The two All-Star Celebrity teams will be coached by Spike Lee & New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, and ESPN Radio's Mike Golic & Mike Greenberg. It's sold out but you can watch it live on ESPN on Friday, February 13 at 7 PM.
That is part of the NBA's All-Star Weekend that includes the All-Star Saturday Night at Barclays on February 14 and the actual NBA All-Star Game on February 15.
Sprite, one of the All-Star sponsors, is also throwing a private Drake and Nas concert on February 13 at Irving Plaza, as Gawker detailed a few days ago. Sprite's Slam Dunk Contest, part of the Barclays 2/14 event, happens right after the Taco Bell Skills Test and the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, if you were wondering.
That same weekend, Win DJs NYC twice as DJ Windows 98. His first gig is The Hold Steady's Bowery Ballroom show on February 13 (which seems impossible since the game is that night, unless he DJs really late), and then he does it again at Baby's All Right on Valentine's Day.
You probably know by now that Kanye West and Paul McCartney have teamed up not only once but twice this year, most recently for the Rihanna collaboration, "FourFiveSeconds" (also featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth). They've now given that song a video, directed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and you can check it out below.
It's also been announced that Paul, Kanye and Rihanna will all perform together at the Grammy Awards Ceremony this Sunday. Other performers include Madonna, AC/DC, John Legend & Common, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Gwen Stefani & Adam Levine, Pharrell, Usher, maybe Beyonce and definitely not Taylor Swift.
Kanye and Paul will also be on SNL 40 the following Sunday. "FourFiveSeconds" video below...
The 87th Annual Academy Award nominations are out and Alejandro G. Iñárritu's flashy Birdman leads the charge with nine nominations, followed by WWII drama The Imitation Game (8), Clint Eastwood's American Sniper (7) and Richard Linklater's Boyhood (6). Whiplash, the intense drama about a young jazz drummer who falls under the tutelage of a demanding teacher, got five nominations.
The Best Song category includes "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from documentary Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me; "Everything is Awesome" (performed by The Lonely Island and Tegan & Sara) from The LEGO Movie (which got snubbed in the Best Animated Film category); music industry comedy Begin Again's "Lost Stars" which was co-written by Greg Kurstin (The Bird & the Bee) and former child actress Danielle Brisebois; "Grateful" (written by vet Diane Warren) from Beyond the Lights; and "Glory" from Selma (performed by John Legend and Common) which won the Golden Globe for Best Song last weekend. The Best Score nominees include onetime 4AD and Fatcat signee Jóhann Jóhannsson's work on The Imitation Game which won the Golden Globe.
Find out who wins February 22 when Neil Patrick Harris hosts the 87th Annual Academy Awards, live on ABC. Full list of 2015 Oscar nominations are below...
It's awards season and this morning the 2015 The Golden Globes nominations were released and there are a few familiar names in the two music categories:
Lana Del Rey: "Big Eyes" (Big Eyes)And Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, working again with David Fincher this time for Gone Girl, is among the nominees in the Best Original Score category:
John Legend, Common: "Glory" (Selma)
Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye: "Mercy Is" (Noah)
Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck: "Opportunity" (Annie)
Lorde: "Yellow Flicker Beat" (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1)
Alexandre Desplat: The Imitation GameAmong the non-music nominees, Iñárritu's Birdman led with seven nominations, and HBO's True Detective and FX's Fargo (both in the mini-series category) led in television with four and five nominations, respectively. The enigmatic Hollywood Foreign Press Association will hand out the Golden Globes to winners on January 11 at the televised ceremony hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Jóhann Jóhannsson: The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross: Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez: Birdman
Hans Zimmer: Interstellar
Stream all five Golden Globe nominees for Best Original Song Motion Picture and check out the full list of 2015 nominations, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Royce da 5'9", who maybe you recently heard with a bunch of other Detroit rappers on Eminem's "Detroit vs Everybody," teamed up with legendary producer DJ Premier for a collaborative project called PRhyme and the duo released their self-titled album this week. Royce and Premo are on their A games, and impressive guests including Killer Mike, Schoolboy Q, Common, Jay Electronica and Ab Soul join them for this tightly packed 9-track album. The production is terrifically dark, and Royce's rhymes are aggressive from start to finish. Whine rap this is not. Listen to the whole album over at NPR and check out two videos from it below.
PRhyme is supporting the album on a tour in 2015 that hits NYC on February 22 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon today (12/10).
All dates are listed, with those videos, 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.
Veteran rapper Common, who put out the new album Nobody's Smiling earlier this year and recently brought out Jay Electronica and Vince Staples in Chicago for the remix of the new LP's track "Kingdom" (which is out now and can be streamed below), will be teaming up with Jay Electronica once again for a US tour later this year. That tour brings the two rappers to NYC on December 9 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are currently on Citi, Live Nation and Ticketmaster presales (password: greatseats) and the general on-sale begins Friday (10/10) at 10 AM.
This month, Common is touring Australia with Maxwell. Vince Staples will on tour with Joey Bada$$ soon. All Common's dates are listed, with the "Kingdom" remix stream, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
De La Soul @ Irving Plaza 7/16/2014
De La Soul are celebrating their 25 years together this year, and Wednesday (7/16), Pos, Dave and Maseo threw a party at NYC's Irving Plaza. There were a few special guests -- Q-Tip came out for their classic track together, "Buddy," with Common as well, and Dres from Black Sheep made an appearance too. Opening the night were Dillon Cooper, and Billy Ray who is on Maseo's label. Pictures from the night are in this post.
As mentioned, Common is playing a free show on Monday (7/21) at The Gramercy Theatre which celebrates his new album Nobody's Smiling. Wristbands are available at the Gramercy starting at 10 AM.
More pics from De La Soul's Irving Plaza show below...
NYC! Common is coming to the Gramercy Theatre on Monday, July 21st, for a FREE concert to celebrate the release of his 10th studio album, Nobody's Smiling!Nobody Smiling is Common's tenth studio album, and features guest appearances from Lil Herb, Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, Snoh Aalegra, Dreezy, Elijah Blake, Vince Staples and Cocaine 80s.
We'll be handing out wristbands for free entry during the following times:
10AM EST on Friday July 18th
And again at 10AM EST on Monday July 21st.
Pick-Up Location: The Gramercy Theatre on 23rd Street & Park Avenue
Space is limited and wristbands are first come first served.
Can't make the show? Be sure to catch the live broadcast courtesy of Yahoo! & LiveNation starting at 9PM EST on https://screen.yahoo.com/live/event/common
Watch the video for "Kingdom: (ft. Vince Staples) and listen to "Diamonds" (ft. Big Sean), below...
As promised, the official Game of Thrones hip-hop mixtape, Catch the Throne, was released this morning. Featuring such rappers as Big Boi, Bodega Bamz, Common, and Wale, the tracks were made from samples from the insanely popular HBO fantasy series. You can stream it below.
by Bill Pearis
HBO's fantasy megahit Game of Thrones will return for Season 4 on Sunday, April 6 and hype is ramping up...and expanding into new areas. On Friday (3/7) they're releasing an ice-and-fire-themed mixtape titled Catch the Throne, featuring Big Boi, Common, Wale, Bodega Bamz, and more. The mixtape features beats made out of music from the show, plus dialogue samples. Says Common in a promo video, "Game of Thrones centers around battles for power, and rap is definitely a battle for power." You can get a preview of the mixtape via that promo video below.
While the nature of the series doesn't allow for as much modern pop to be used in it as, say, True Detective, Game of Thrones does still work it in where applicable. Songs exist within the world of George RR Martin's novels that the show is based on, and The National and The Hold Steady have recorded versions of Westeros' two biggest hits, "The Rains of Castamere" and "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," respectively. And there have been cameos: Will Champion of Coldplay was in the "Red Wedding" band, and Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody was in S3 as well. Sigur Ros' Jónsi, Georg Hólm, and Orri Páll Dýrason will all cameo in S4.
Meanwhile, the new trailer for Season 4 (which is based on the second half of Martin's action-packed A Storm of Swords) uses The Everlove's cover of Siouxsie & the Banshees' "Cities and Dust" and you can watch that below as well...
by Andrew Sacher
Jazz/hip hop pianist Robert Glasper is set to release the followup to his excellent 2012 album, Black Radio with a sequel, Black Radio 2, on October 29 via Blue Note. Like its predecessor, the new album has an all-star cast of guests including Common, Marsha Ambrosius, Jill Scott, Brandy, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Emeli Sande, Norah Jones, Faith Evans, Bilal, Jean Grae, Macy Gray, and more. Its lead single is the track "Calls," which features the cooing neo-soul vocals of Jill Scott. That can be streamed, along with the album tracklist, below. That's the artwork above.
UPDATE: Robert released another single from the album, "I Stand Alone," which features Common and Patrick Stump. That can also be streamed (via Rolling Stone) below.
In celebration of the new album, Robert and two of its guests, Common and Marsha Ambrosius, will be doing some shows around the time of its release. One of those happens in NYC the day the record comes out at Best Buy Theater (10/29). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/27) at noon.
Robert is also making some festival appearances ahead of the album's release, including Austin City Limits on October 5 and NJ's New Brunswick Jazz Festival on October 6. Tickets for the jazz festival are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream, artwork and tracklist, below...
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Pere Ubu, Gagarin @ Bowery Ballroom
Pere Ubu may have been forced to make a few adjustments to their lineup, but it's still a treat to catch these art punk legends while you still can. And their newest album, this year's Lady From Shanghai, ain't too shabby for a band over three decades into their career.
Spirit of Danger, Paper Fleet, The Planes, Casual Friday, @ Cake Shop
Brooklyn's Spirit of Danger have a sound that hearkens back to the heavy psychedelia and swagger rock that would retroactively be coined proto-punk or proto-metal. Tonight they headline a bill with three other local rock bands at Cake Shop.
Violent Femmes @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
This legendary band is down one Violent Femme and up one Dresden Doll, so it might not be exactly the same band you could have seen in 1983 (or at this year's Coachella), but it's still a night of classic tunes played by two of the three guys who wrote/recorded them.
Cuntz, Pop. 1280, Black Black Black, Cyanide Tooth @ Death By Audio
Cuntz are over from Australia to bless the US with their rackety rock n' roll for the first time ever. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows this week, and if you're going, be sure to catch Brooklyn goths Pop. 1280 as well.
Houses, Jamaican Queens, Candide @ Glasslands
Two indie pop bands, Houses and Jamaican Queens, are on the road together and today they play their first of two NYC shows together at Glasslands. Mercury Lounge tomorrow.
Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth & The Catapult @ Irving Plaza
Montreal's pop violinist Kishi Bashi, still touring off last year's 151a, hits Irving Plaza tonight for a dose of his folky, baroque, very catchy music.
Marc Ribot, Matana Roberts, Cian Nugent @ Issue Project Room
Experimental guitarist Marc Ribot plays the ongoing IPR tenth anniversary tonight joined by avant-jazz saxist Matana Roberts and Irish folk guitarist Cian Nugent.
The Rosebuds, Dark Rooms @ Mercury Lounge
Did you know The Rosebuds covered Sade's Love Deluxe in its entirety? They did and you can stream it below. You can also go see them perform it live tonight. Tickets are still available.
Kastle, Sweater Beats, Druid Cloak, Jaw Jam, Lindsay Lowend @ Output
Kastle makes a kind of dancey future bass not too far removed from fast-rising producer XXYYXX, so if dancing and staying up late is your thing, you might wanna head to Ouput for their weekly INPUT party tonight.
Mike Servito, Honey Dijon, Nicolas Matar, Anthony Parasole, Wrecked @ The Panther Room
While that Kastle show is going down in Output's main room, The Bunker's Mike Servito does this other party in the venue's Panther Room.
The KDMS, Arthur's Landing, Darshan Jesrani, Metro Area, Artur8 (DJ Set) @ Le Poisson Rouge
Though Arthur Russell died in 1992 you can hear his dance-oriented songs recreated live via tribute act Arthur's Landing. Tonight's show also features UK/Polish duo The KDMS, Morgan Geist's Metro Area and more.
Hard Skin at Acheron, August 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Hard Skin, La Misma, Vanity @ Acheron
Featuring the profanely articulate talents of frontman Fat Bob (who is a longtime employee of London's Rough Trade record store), tongue-in-cheek UK oi band Hard Skin bring the party anthems. You don't wanna miss.
O'Brother, Native, Daylight @ Santos Party House
Fans of heavy rock might enjoy this whole show, but we're most excited to see Native, whose mix of post-hardcore and math rock is great on record, but begging to be seen in a live show environment.
Shovels and Rope, Shakey Graves @ Webster Hall
Country folk duo Shovels and Rope released their second album, O' Be Joyful, and continue to grow in popularity. Tonight they play with Shakey Graves, who should appeal to fans of The Tallest Man on Earth.
Twin Sister, DJ Soul @ Brooklyn Bowl
Tonight is a party for new FOX sitcom Brooklyn Nine Nine (starring Andy Samberg) and you can catch an early screening of the first episode which debuts next week. Then stick around for a performance from Twin Sister. It's free, you just need to RSVP (which is still open)
Taking Back Sunday, Bad Rabbits @ Starland Ballroom
Last year, Taking Back Sunday went on a tour performing Tell All Your Friends in its entirety, a record that left a pretty big impact on a whole generation of kids when it came out. If you missed your chance at seeing them play that record, or just need to see it again, you're in luck because they're doing TAYF again tonight at Starland Ballroom before heading to Chicago for Riot Fest.
Eve, Dyme-A-Duzin, Camille Safiya @ Gramercy Theatre
Eve is back in action this year, and tonight she plays Gramercy Theatre (rescheduled from August's cancelled Irving Plaza date). If you're going, it's worth getting there early to catch Dyme-A-Duzin (of Phony PPL).
Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Brian Posehn @ The Town Hall
This Globochem-sponsored tour features Mr. Show alumnus Bob Odenkirk, David Cross and Brian Posehn and play two shows tonight. The 7:30 show is sold out but you can still get tickets to the 10:30. By the way, did you hear AMC is moving forward with Odenkirk's Saul Goodman show?
Remembering John Lennon w/ Bettye LaVette & Special Guests Bob Gruen, Jack Douglas and Dennis Elsas @ City Winery
Tonight is being billed as "an evening of memories and music with those who knew and worked with John Lennon," including singer Bettye LaVette, photographer Bob Gruen and Double Fantasy producer Jack Douglas.
Common, Yahzarah @ Galapagos Art Space
Conscious rap veteran Common plays The ALT Scholarship Foundation's annual summer fundraiser, which benefits the foundation's scholarship program. It's mostly sold out but the $75 option still has a few tickets available.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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A$AP Rocky & Joey Bada$$ in Austin in July (more by Tim Griffin)
As mentioned a few times, Rock the Bells is returning to a few cities this year, including East Rutherford, NJ's Meadlowlands Racetrack from October 4-5. The two-day hip hop festival has just announced its final additions, including A$AP Rocky (and his A$AP Mob), Joey Bada$$ (and Pro Era), Trinidad Jame$, Logic, Stalley, Young Dirty Bastard, and Odd Future's The Internet.
They join previously announced names like Wu-Tang Clan, Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Juicy J, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown, Rakim, Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, Big Sean and more.
A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, and Trinidad Jame$ just swung through the NYC-area when their tour with Wiz Khalifa hit PNC Bank Arts Center on 8/2 and Jones Beach last night (8/6).
Danny Brown and Action Bronson just announced a tour leading up to their Rock the Bells NJ appearances.
We also just mentioned that The Internet play NYC this month.
Full Rock the Bells NJ lineups, day-by-day, are listed below...
Big Sean at Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Hip Hop festival Rock the Bells, which hits a few cities this year, has expanded its lineup once again. The NYC-area stop, which happens in East Rutherford, NJ at the Meadowlands Racetrack from October 4-5 will now also include Big Sean and Chief Keef. Other stops on the tour now include A-Trak (LA, DC) and Iamsu (LA, San Francisco).
They join previously announced names like Wu-Tang Clan, Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Juicy J, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown, Rakim, Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, and more. 2-day passes for the festival are still available.
Updated NJ lineup below...
photos by Sachyn Mital
Femi Kuti / Common @ Central Park Summerstage, 6/23/2013
Over the course of the nearly two hour performance, Kuti and his backing band The Positive Force engaged the capacity crowd with his political and jazzy music. The band included a brass ensemble and a trio of dancers, while Kuti himself swapped between keyboards and saxophone at times. The songs included tracks off the new album and some classics, with lyrics generally addressing corruption and oppression in Nigeria. These are hardly messages that comfortable New Yorkers can relate to, when their days are marred by the placement of Citibike racks or the once possible ban on soda sizes, but the diverse crowd moved along to the music. - [Popmatters]Afrobeat superstar Femi Kuti performed at a free Summerstage show with his band Positive Force on June 23. Kuti fan Common watched much of the show from the sidelines and joined him for a freestyle rap at one point.
The hot, afternoon show show was opened Sinkane and DJ King Britt who we missed. Pictures from Kuti's Summerstage performance are in this post.
As mentioned, hip hop festival Rock the Bells is returning in 2013 to a few different cities including East Rutherford, NJ at the Meadowlands Racetrack from October 4-5. In addition to previously announced names like Black Hippy (aka Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), Common, Juicy J, Danny Brown, Tyler the Creator, Wu-Tang Clan, Bone Thuz N Harmony, Earl Sweatshirt, Pusha T, Big K.R.I.T., Flatbush Zombies and more, the lineup has been expanded to include even more.
Joining the artists mentioned above will be the reunited Deltron 3030 (though they only play the LA and San Francisco stops), Big Daddy Kane, Action Bronson, J. Cole, Rapsody & 9th Wonder, Freddie Gibbs, Freeway, KRS-One, RIff Raff, Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh, Sean P, Smoke DZA, Wale, YG, and weirdly enough, Girl Talk and Pretty Lights. 2-day passes for the festival are still available.
Updated lineup below...
Schoolboy Q at Best Buy Theater - 5/21/13 (via Kellen Dengler)
Thanks to TDE's recent success, Q found himself as the most established performer at the Freshman show. With no one to accompany him on stage, he fared better in the larger crowd as a solo artist, breezing through tracks from Habits & Contradictions and throwback collaborations with A$AP Rocky. At one point, he asked Kendrick Lamar to join him but laughed at the audience members who fell for his joke. Fittingly, he won the crowd back with his charisma by asking them the title of his upcoming album. "Oxymoron!" they screamed back. And this was done four times over. [XXL]The 2013 XXL Freshman Class, including Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Angel Haze, and more, all came to NYC for a show at Best Buy Theater last night (5/21). You can check out a video of Schoolboy Q playing "My Hatin' Joint" at the show, below.
As mentioned in yesterday's What's Going On? post, Action Bronson made a video for his Harry Fraud-produced song, "Strictly 4 My Jeeps." If you missed it, you can watch that video below. Riff Raff stars in the video, and as discussed, he plays a Scion A/V show in Brooklyn at Coco 66 tonight (5/22) with Stalley and Smoke DZA. Entrance to that show had to be gained through Scion's contest which has since ended.
Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul are both members of the group Black Hippy (which also includes Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock), and that whole group is playing the traveling Rock the Bells Festival which hits the NYC-area on October 4-5 at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ. Tickets for that festival are on sale now. The rest of the lineup includes Big K.R.I.T., Common, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler the Creator, Jhene Aiko, Juicy J, Rakim, Wu-Tang Clan, and many more.
Updated Rock the Bells lineup and videos below...
Happy 10th anniversary to Rock the Bells, who have announced their initial, rotating 2013 lineup featuring hosts Peter Rosenberg & MURS 3:16, as well as names like Bone Thugs N Harmony, Danny Brown, Black Hippy (who just played NYC), Common, E40 & Too Short, Earl Sweatshirt (ditto), Flatbush Zombies, Juicy J (who played a Fader show on Monday and Irving Plaza last night), Rakim, Wu-Tang Clan (who play Summer Jam soon), Tyler the Creator (who just announced an NYC show as part of Odd Future), Eazy E, Ol Dirty Bastard and more. Confused? Yes, I did just say Eazy E and Ol Dirty Bastard, both of which will be "virtual performances" as part of the travelling festival. AllHipHop reports:
Ol Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E's spirits will return to the stage at Rock The Bells this year, AllHipHop has learned.So far only four dates exist for Rock the Bells. They're all listed below. Two of them are on the East Coast and one is in the NYC area at Meadowlands Racetrack in Rutherford, NJ on October 4-5. Tickets go on presale Thursday (10/16) at noon, and regular sale on Saturday.
The pair of Hip-Hop legends will have holograms performing this year at the 10-year anniversary of the rap festival.
Eazy-E will perform virtually with Bone Thugs-In-Harmony and ODB will rock with Wu Tang. Organizers said Eazy never blessed the Rock The Bells stage and ODB only did once.
Also, the "holograms" are approved by Eazy-E's wife Tomica Wright and Ol Dirty's mother, Cherry Jones.
Tupac's Coachella appearance inspired the new virtual performances at Rock The Bells, organizers admitted.
Initial lineup (at least 15 more artists TBA), dates and some video below.
This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:
We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to fairpayforartists.com for more information on their point of view..
Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.
Pandora's principal asset is the music.
Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.
The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.
by Andrew Sacher
After much delay, rumors proved true and false, and some uncertain info, Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music compilation album, Cruel Summer, is fully confirmed and will be out this Tuesday (9/18). Many of its tracks -- "Clique," "Mercy," "New God Flow," "Cold" (previously titled "Theraflu"), and his guest-filled remix of Chief Keef's "I Don't Like" -- have been floating around the internet for some time now. You can stream all of those and snippets of every album track below.
Though Kanye only actually raps on about half the album, his presence is felt throughout and Cruel Summer succeeds at playing from start to finish with an album flow, despite it technically being a compilation. It opens as huge as you expect any Kanye related release to open, addressing the album not just to his fans, friends or family, but of course, "To The World." The track brings together beat master Hudson Mohawke (who's been having a great year as one half of TNGHT) with R. Kelly and Ye. It immediately follows with the album's strongest track, "Clique," which features one of the best Jay-Z verses in recent years and a towering beat from Hit-Boy, who is also behind Cruel Summer tracks "Cold," "Higher," and of course you may know him as the guy behind "Niggas In Paris."
After it continues colossally with previously released singles "Mercy" and "New God Flow," we get the first track on the album without Kanye's voice, "The Morning." However, there's no lack of all-star rappers on the track. We get killer verses from vets Pusha T, Common, and Raekwon, and if guys like Kid Cudi and 2 Chainz are your thing, well they're there too. Cudi, though not the strongest of Kanye associates, does have a shining moment on the album though. Over a clattering beat in "Creepers," he delivers a solo vocal performance making for a rare standout personal moment from not-Kanye in the midst of Ye's encapsulating ego. That's followed by "Bliss," which sees the return of Hudson Mohawke to the boards and is the album's sole track with all singing, no rapping. A distinct contrast to the hanging out and freestyling feel of the closing "I Don't Like" remix.
Streams and tracklist are below.
We just posted about Austra who's coming back to North America (including 9/19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg) after a tour of Europe. She's also one of many artists playing the 2012 Osheaga Festival in Montreal which happens August 3 - 5. Tickets are still available for the three-day event.
In addition to Austra, Osheaga plays host to The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Justice, Metric (who play Radio City Music Hall soon), Sigur Ros (who play Prospect Park and are streaming their new LP), Florence & The Machine (who plays Jones Beach this summer), The Weeknd, Passion Pit (who play Governor's Ball soon), The Jesus & Mary Chain, MGMT, Santigold (who just played Irving), Zola Jesus (who just played the Guggenheim) and many many more.
Full Osheaga lineup is below.