Entries tagged with: Curren$y
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.
Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli has been working on his new album, Prisoner of Conscious since before the release of 2011's Gutter Rainbows, and after continuously delaying it, he's finally set to release it for real this time. It comes out next week (5/7). The record features contributions from some pretty hot of-the-moment guests, including Miguel ("Come Here") and Kendrick Lamar & Curren$y ("Push Thru"). It's also got a track produced by Harry Fraud ("Upper Echelon"), one produced by RZA with a verse from Busta Rhymes ("Rocket Ships"), and a handful of tracks produced by Oh No. You can stream/watch videos for "Come Here," "Push Thru," "Upper Echelon," "Rocket Ships" and two other cuts from the album below, along with the full tracklist. That's the artwork above.
Talib's next hometown gig is this weekend on Sunday (5/5) at Union Hall, where he'll be providing "music and monologues" followed by improv comedy from Coal, Swag, and Sandino, which will be inspired by Talib's set. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with song streams and the album tracklist, below...
A$AP Rocky at Public Assembly in February (more by Dylan Johnson)
A$AP Rocky is currently on his arena tour with Rihanna which hits the NYC area on April 28 at Prudential Center and May 4 and 5 at Barclays Center, and after recently scheduling a smaller Highline Ballroom show during it which he quickly cancelled, Rocky has announced another huge tour to go down this summer. It's a co-headlining tour with Wiz Khalifa and support comes from Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era, Rockie Fresh, Trinidad Jame$, B.o.B. and Berner. Smoke DZA opens some dates in select cities (but not the NYC-area dates) too.
That tour, dubbed the "Under the Influence of Music Tour" hits the NYC area for big amiphitheater shows at PNC Bank Arts Center on August 2 in Holmdel, NJ, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on August 6 in Wantagh, NY and Comcast Theatre on August 8 in Hartford, CT. Those shows happen about a month before A$AP Rocky plays the Jay-Z curated Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philly. Tickets for all shows on the tour go on sale Saturday (4/27) at 10 AM. Citi Cardmember presales start on Tuesday (4/23) at 10 AM and Live Nation presales start Friday (4/26) at 10 AM for the Jones Beach and Comcast Theatre shows. A four-ticket promotional offer for the PNC Bank Arts Center show starts Monday, April 29 at 10 AM.
Meanwhile, Joey Bada$$ just brought his tour with Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers through NYC for shows at Highline Ballroom (4/18) at Gramercy Theater (4/20), and he also has upcoming dates at The Roots Picnic (6/1) in Philly (tickets) and Hot 97 Summer Jam's Festival Village (6/2) in NJ (tickets). Check out a video of Joey rapping his verse on A$AP Rocky's "1 Train" at yesterday's Gramercy Theater show.
Wiz Khalifa's new live EP with Curren$y is also available on iTunes now.
All dates are listed, along with the tour trailer video, tour flyer, and A$AP Rocky's video for "Fuckin' Problems," below...
Fabolous plans to release his first album since 2009, Loso's Way 2: Rise to Power, at some point this year, and he's got a NYC show coming up on April 26 at BB King's with Pusha T. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/22) at noon. Towards the end of last year, Fabolous and Pusha T collaborated on the track "Life Is So Exciting," which you can watch the video for below. Pusha also recently dropped a free mixtape, Wrath of Caine.
That Fabolous/Pusha T track is from Fabolous' 2012 mixtape, which also featured fellow NYC/NJ area rapper Joe Budden, and Budden has an upcoming show too. He plays with a live band on April 30 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show (including a VIP meet & greet) are on sale now.
Another long-running NYC-area rapper, Styles P, is playing a show on April 15 at BB King's with special guests. That show is a record release party for his new album, Float, which was produced entirely by Scram Jones and is due out April 20.
Much weirder NYC rapper Beans (who is no longer in Anti-Pop Consortium) plays The Bowery Electric on April 18 with Bryant K., Uumans, and Mike Pride's from Bacteria to Boys. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A huge '90s Hip Hop Revival' show is going down on Friday (3/22) at Public Assembly with a number of classic NYC groups and rappers like The Beatnuts, Jeru the Damaja, Rah Digga, Nature, King Just, Lord Digga, and many more. Full lineup and more info HERE.
Let's shift our focus to the West Coast for a bit to mention that Too $hort is playing NYC on May 2 at Stage 48 with Greedy, Reggie Mills, and We Are NJ. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Andre Nickatina is playing Santos Party House on May 22 with Roach Gigz and Mumbls. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Curren$y at SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Florida rapper SpaceGhostPurrp and the Raider Klan play Santos Party House on Monday (3/25). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Killer Mike plays previously discussed shows at Public Assembly on Wednesday (3/20) (you can only get into that one through Scion A/V's contest), NYU on March 27 with Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Cakes da Killa, and has an upcoming tour with Big Boi which hits NYC on Brooklyn Bowl on April 24 (general admission sold out, but $100 VIP tickets still available) and June 20 at Prospect Park. He was on Letterman last night (3/18) with El-P and Scar to perform "Untitled" from his 2012 LP, R.A.P. Music. Check out a video of that performance below.
And lastly, Hot 97 Summer Jam is returning to MetLife Stadium on June 2. Lineup is TBA but tickets are on presale now (password: "ACCESS") and general on-sale starts April 12 at 10 AM.
Savoir Adore at Knitting Factory in 2012 (more by Sachyn Mital)
today in NYC
* Hag @ The Stone
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Fukimaki Miura @ Barbes
* Gael Rouillhac @ Barbes
* Justin Veloso @ The Stone
* Sophia Knapp @ Ace Hotel
* Black Guard, Valor @ Saint Vitus
* Creaghead & Company @ Union Hall
* Milo Greene, Savoir Adore @ Maxwell's
* Hannibal Buress @ The Knitting Factory
* Joey Arias, Kristian Hoffman @ Joe's Pub
* Polyenso, Author, Walking Tree @ Paper Box
* Deftones, Periphery @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Kestrels, Soccer Mom, Relations @ Cake Shop
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel @ Mercury Lounge
* Wooden Wand, Steve Gunn, Zachary Cale @ Union Pool
* Girls Names, Lazyeyes, Sapphire Mansions @ Cameo Gallery
* Cigarette, Cloud Become Your Hand, Richie Quake @ Silent Barn
* His Clancyness, Tweens, LODRO, Basement Batman @ Glasslands
* Horrible Present, Juan Wauters (of the Beets), Brothers In Law, Missing Doucments @ Death By Audio
There's a few good foreign bands playing NYC tonight on their way to SXSW. Belfast's Girls Names are at Cameo, Italy's His Clancyness are at Glasslands, and another Italian band, Brothers In Law, is at Death by Audio.
If you're going to the Milo Greene show at Maxwell's tonight, get there early for Savoir Adore.
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Hip hop producer Harry Fraud put out a new mixtape, Adrift, which features tracks with Action Bronson, Juicy J, Smoke DZA, A$AP Twelvyy, Curren$y, Pusha T, Troy Ave, Danny Brown, and more. Stream it below and download it for free at DatPiff.
Curren$y has a few shows scheduled this January, including one in NYC happening on January 3 at SOB's. No openers for this show have been announced at the moment. Tickets are on sale now. All Curren$y dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, four days earlier, Curren$y collaborator/Smokers Club tourmate Smoke DZA will be at the same venue. You can catch DZA at SOB's on December 30 with Vinny Cha$e, Slim Dollars and Kris Kasanova. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, you can catch Vinny Cha$e in NYC this week when he plays Santos Party House on Thursday (12/20) with Chief Keef collaborator Lil Reese, The Underachievers, and Asaad. Meka (2DBZ) and OG Cha$e B are Djing. No advance tickets for this one but doors are at 10 PM and admission is $15.
Another (potentially more) solid hip hop show you can catch on Thursday is Sean Price, Meyhem Lauren, Dyme-A-Duzin, Spit Gemz, and Statik Selektah at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Speaking of upcoming SOB's shows, Robert Glasper & friends are playing two shows at the venue (early and late) on January 10. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.
In more hip hop news, Ratking are playing Mercury Lounge on February 1. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Wale is playing Bowery Ballroom on January 7. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Naughty by Nature are playing Gramercy Theatre on February 24 with Master Shortie. Tickets for that show go on Hot 97 presale today at 10 AM with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/21) at 10 AM.
Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch are playing a Sneaker Pimps NYC party at Webster Hall tonight (12/19). Tickets for tonight's show are available.
A stream of Smoke DZA and Curren$y's track, "Baleedat," off DZA's recent Rugby Thompson EP and a list of all Curren$y dates, below...
by Klaus Kinski and Joe Mande
Joe Mande is a comedian and writer. He's been seen on Conan, Comedy Central, and VH1 Best Week Ever. He's also a writer for Parks and Recreation, Delocated, and the upcoming Kroll Show. He's also the brains behind the pitch-perfect project Look At This Fucking Hipster. When you're as brilliantly hilarious as Joe Mande, it's only a matter of time before you get sucked into Olde Man Los Angeles' bosom and have to leave NYC, which is precisely what he did recently much to the dismay of many people who love him, myself included.
I have been an avid fan of Mande since he was knee-high to a grasshopper and getting his start in the NYC comedy scene. There was a time where it seemed like you could catch him on a stage somewhere in this city at least 9-10 times a week. It is his simplest flourishes that kill me the most; for example, his twitter feed is the best. Among other tweet-skillz, he has a knack for re-tweeting the absolutely vapid and pointless horse-shit that a celebrity's pea-brain managed to fart out into cyberspace. And where else can you see a picture like this? I asked Joe for a Top Ten of 2012 list. The results, with accompanying YouTube videos, are below.
Scion is hosting a free-with-RSVP "Open Mic" show at Public Assembly on Wednesday, 11/7 with DJ Getlive!, Action Bronson, and Harry Fraud. Harry Fraud and friends will be performing the complete Cigarette Boats EP. Unclear if one of those "friends" will be Curren$y who is a crucial piece of that EP and who plays Best Buy Theater with Mimosa two days later.
Due to complications from Hurricane Sandy, Haunted Hill will be POSTPONED. Hang on to your tickets, as a new date will be announced very shortly.Updated Cypress Hill dates are listed below...
The in-store meet and greet at Gotham Smoke Shop in Huntington Station, NY on October 30th will also be rescheduled for a later date. More to follow soon.
by Andrew Sacher
A$AP Mob at Roseland Ballroom in September (more by Brook Bobbins)
A$AP Twelvy is currently on tour with Rocky and the rest of the A$AP Mob, but upon returning home, he'll headline his show in NYC on November 22 at HIghline Ballroom, billed as "A$AP Twelvy & Friends." Tickets for that show go on sale today (10/12) at noon.
Meanwhile, that tour had a short break this week during which soccer video game commercial star A$AP Rocky briefly returned home to NYC, and while he was here, he and Gucci Mane came out as guests at Waka Flocka Flame's Irving Plaza show, which went down this past Tuesday (10/9). You can check out a video of that below. Rocky comes out around 6:03 and in typical Rocky-making-a-surprise-appearance fashion, pretty much blows up the stage at that point.
The short break in the A$AP tour ended last night (10/11) when the mob (and Schoolboy Q and Danny Brown) hit Chicago's Congress Theater and it continues tonight (10/12) in Milwaukee. Pics from the NYC stop at Roseland Ballroom are HERE.
It's too bad that Rocky will be too busy in Salt Lake City to make another trip home for the Flatbush Zombies show at Santos (10/17) during CMJ.
Speaking of hip hop shows at the Highline, Curren$y's Jet Life crew is doing a record release party for Jet Life World Order 2 at Highline Ballroom on November 20, two days before the A$AP Twelvy show. The exact lineup of who will be performing at this show has not been announced yet, other than "special invited guests." Tickets for the show go on sale today (10/12) at noon. Jet Life World Order 2 drops the same day as the release show (11/20) via iHipHop Distribution/Jets International and you can stream the first single, "No Sleep" (feat. feat. Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy & Curren$y), below. The album will also feature Smoke DZA and others. That's the cover art above.
by Andrew Sacher
MiMOSA, who veers a bit towards the brostep/Camp Bisco scene, is going on what he's dubbed the Future Trill Tour in support of his upcoming album, Future Trill Vol. 1. The tour was announced a couple weeks ago but it's recently been expanded to include a NYC show and it was announced that Curren$y will join him on at least a few of the dates, including the ones in Boston, NYC, and Silver Spring, MD. The NYC show happens on November 9 at Best Buy Theater and tickets go on sale Friday (9/7) at noon. It isn't clear if he'll be added to more dates on the tour at the moment.
Curren$y, who has released countless albums/mixtapes/EPs since 2009, put out his first major label album, The Stoned Immaculate, this past June via Warner Bros. You can check out the official lyric video for that album's closing track, "Jet Life," which features Big K.R.I.T. and Wiz Khalifa. Curren$y also recently played the San Bernardino, CA Rock the Bells stop and uploaded a video to his YouTube page splicing together live and behind the scenes footage. You can watch that video below.
Those videos and a list of all dates are below.
Talib Kweli @ SXSW 2011 (more by BBG)
As part of "The Prisoner of Conscious Tour", he'll headline Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on May 28th with guests J. Pinder and Bajah and The Dry Eye Crew. Tickets for the show are on sale. All currently announced dates, including Black Star at Bonnaroo (where Kenny Rogers is also playing), are listed below, along with a video for a song from Talib's new album...
"Slated for a Summer 2012 release, Kweli's new album, Prisoner of Conscious (Blacksmith/EMI), features appearances from RZA, Busta Rhymes, Curren$y, Kendrick Lamar, Melanie Fiona and more. The video for the album's lead single, the Oh No-produced "Distractions", can be seen below."The video has actually been out for a while. You may have seen it - it's the one that features footage from Occupy Wall Street (which is about to be active again in honor of May Day).
Watch the Idle Warship video, the Talib video, and a trailer for a documentary about Res, with all tour dates, below...
Have you been keeping up with all the mixtapes/albums/EPs that Curren$y has been releasing lately? So far in 2012 he's released the free Here EP, a live instrument album with Sean O'Connell called Muscle Car Chronicles, and just last week he dropped a free mixtape with Styles P, #The1st28. He also plans to release a new full length, The Stoned Immaculate, this spring (did I miss anything?).
In support of #The1st28, Curren$y will be taking Styles P on his 'Jet Life Tour 2012... Direct Flight.' That tour includes an extensive amount of North American dates and hits NYC's Webster Hall on May 31. The full lineup for that show is Curren$y, The Jets, Styles P, Smoke DZA, Fiend 4 Da Money, Corner Boy P, Trademark, and Young Roddy (subject to change). Tickets for the NYC show go on sale today (3/14) at noon.
All dates including SXSW this week and tour flier below...
After releasing the 24 Hour Karate School parts I and II mixtapes, hip hop producer Ski Beatz released the album, 24 Hour Karate School Presents: Twilight, on February 14 via DD172. The album features contributions from Curren$y, Smoke DZA, Murs, Stalley (who played Dominion last night), Tademark Da Skydiver, Nicole Wray, Mikey Rocks, and others. Check out the video for the Stalley-featuring track "Gentleman's Quarterly" below, along with the album art and tracklist.
Ski Beatz is celebrating the release of the album with a NYC show TONIGHT (2/22) at Le Poisson Rouge with the Senseis, CPlus, Rugz D.Bweler, Da$h, McKenzie Eddy, Sean O'COnnell, and more. The show will be hosted by Bluroc Magazine and tickets are available.
Videos, album art and tracklist below...
by Andrew Sacher
Curren$y and fellow Jet Life members Trademark Da Skydiver and Young Roddy are releasing the joint mixtape Jet World Order on November 29. That's the album art above. You can stream the track "1st Place" below and preorder the mixtape on iTunes.
The Jet Life crew is having a release party for the mixtape at Highline Ballroom on November 28 with performances by Trademark Da Skydiver and Young Roddy. Curren$y is on the bill too, but he's listed as "host". Marz Lovejoy is also appearing as a special guest. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
Curren$y is currently on the Smokers Club Tour with Method Man, Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA and others. That tour hit NYC on October 14 at Best Buy Theater, but due to breaking his foot at Rock the Bells LA, Curren$y performed with a couch on stage and assistance from others on the tour. Check out a video of DZA giving him a hand during a song at the Best Buy Theater show, with all dates and the new song, below...
Curren$y never made it to the San Francisco Rock The Bells stop over the weekend due to an injury sustained at the LA version of the fest one week earlier. Video documentation below...
"The Smokers Club" tour is returning this October and November. This year's tour is being headlined by Curren$y and Method Man with support from Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA, Fiend, The Pricks, and Corner Boy P. The tour kicks off on October 12 at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT, hits House of Blues in Atlantic City, NJ the next night (10/13), NYC on October 14 at Best Buy Theater, and Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ the following night (10/15), before hotboxing venues across the US and Canada. All dates are listed below.
The NYC show includes Curren$y, Method Man, Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA, and The Pricks. Tickets for the NYC show and the Starland show go on sale Friday (8/12) at noon with an AmEx pre-sale starting Wednesday (8/10) at 10 AM.
Curren$y followed his Alchemist-produced EP Covert Coup, released earlier this year, with his sixth full length album Weekend at Burnie's, which dropped at the end of June. The album was mostly produced by Monsta Beatz and features guest spots by Fiend, Trademark, and Young Roddy. Check out the video for "She Don't Want a Man" off the album below.
Big K.R.I.T. is following his incredible Return of 4Eva mixtape, released earlier this year, with the Last King 2 mixtape on August 18. You can grab lead track "Happy Birthday Hip Hop," which features fellow Southern rapper Yelawolf at K.R.I.T.'s website while you wait for the tape to drop. Album art and a video for "Dreamin'" off Return of 4Eva below.
Smoke DZA will release the follow-up to his free mixtape The Hustler's Club (THC) with his album Rolling Stoned on August 30. You can pre-order the album from iTunes now. It features guest appearances by fellow Smokers Club tourmates Big K.R.I.T., Curren$y, and Fiend, in addition to Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy, Bun B, and others. Check out a stream of the track "On the Corner" with Bun B and Big K.R.I.T. below, along with the album art and tracklist. Also check out a video of "Gotta Get Paid" (feat. Big K.R.I.T.) off the THC mixtape below. DZA also recently collaborated with The Pricks, who are also on the Smokers Club tour, for their song "Ghettoblaster" with B-Real. Video for that below too.
Fiend recently released the free mixtape Cool Is In Session, which you can grab at his website. The mixtape features guest appearances from DZA and Corner Boy P. Check out a video below of "Type of Cat" feat. Big Sant and Smoke DZA off the Life Behind Limo Glass mixtape, which dropped in May.
All dates, videos, tour flier and album info below...
"Wake n baked up, on route to NYC for the weekend." - Lunice
You may know Lunice from the remix he did with Diplo for Deerhunter's "Helicopter", his insane dance moves, or from his instructional cooking videos (watch/listen to all of it below). We just posted a track he did with ST 2 Lettaz of G-Side (you can also listen to it below). Over a year ago Dazed Digital wrote:
Lunice Fermin Pierre II is many things. The prolific Canadian young gun first found net celebrity with his cult YouTube dance videos, his intergalactic B-Boy stance scored by the beat pack - the discordant wave of club banging hip hop producers that include San Francisco's Lazer Sword, LuckyMe's Mike Slott and LA's Nosaj Thing. Lunice's own 80's inspired, glitchy soul thizzes across official remixes for Big Dada whilst the blog platinum bootlegs of MOP, Lil Mama and Aaliyah keep his ManyBrain.blogspot.com family in check.That blog has actualy become inactive, but Lunice has been keeping super busy.
He's got some upcoming dates including two this weekend in NYC: July 22 at Bowery Hotel with Pictureplane (DJ), Teengirl Fantasy (DJ), and Cool Places Soundsystem (in case you were wondering where that TBD NYC show on July 22 was going to be). Check out the flyer below, and note that RSVP may be required for the free party. Pictureplane & Teengirl Fantasy play live on July 23 at 285 Kent.
Lunice also plays Warm Up on Saturday, July 23 at PS1 with Gang Gang Dance (DJ), Syd tha Kyd, Miracles Club, and Laurel Halo.
He's also on the bill of Mad Decent Block Parties in Chicago and LA. He's not on the NYC party at South Street Seaport but Gang Gang Dance, who he shares a bill with at PS1 are. More Lunice dates below.
Speaking of Mad Decent Block Parties, Claude VonStroke was added to the NYC show and as hinted at, Curren$y was added to the Chicago date (now that he's done playing Pitchfork). Updated lineups and dates below.
All Lunice dates, videos, stream & updated Mad Decent lineups below...
As promised, Mad Decent are presenting free, all ages Block Parties in NYC, Philly, Chicago, and LA this summer. Each party's lineup is different and will have surprise guest appearances, along with food and carnival games. The first party is in NYC on July 30 at South Street Seaport with Gang Gang Dance, Zeds Dead, Claude VonStroke, BAIO (Vampire Weekend DJ set), The Hood Internet, Bosco Delrey, and PO PO. Artists playing other cities include Diplo, Das Racist, Curren$y, Reptar, Major Lazer, Death Grips and more.
The NYC block party is 9 days after Gang Gang Dance conclude their tour with Nguzunguzu and Total Freedom by headlining Rocks Off Concert Cruise on July 21 (no opener), and a week after they DJ at Warm Up (7/23).
Full Block Party lineups and dates below...
Béla Fleck and The Flecktones @ Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
today in NYC
* Midsummer Night Swing
* Dom Kennedy @ SOB's
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Rickie Lee Jones @ City Winery
* Tell Your Friends @ Lolita Bar
* Styx, Yes @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* Diego Garcia @ Apple Store (Soho)
* Lossing / Belogenis / Wollesen @ The Stone
* Portraits in Dramatic Time @ Lincoln Center
* Mazes, Beige, Country Mice, The Hairs @ Glasslands
* Angelica Sanchez, Wadada Leo Smith Duo @ The Stone
* Béla Fleck and The Flecktones @ Apple Store (UWS)
* Slutever, Mannequin Pussy, Soft Spot, Teardrops @ Death By Audio
* The Holmes Brothers (Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival) @ City Winery
* Phantom Power, Porches, Nelsonvillains, Turbosleaze @ The Delancey
* Black Thought, J. Period, Mr. Mecca, Skotch Davis, Boogie Blind, DJ Suga Ray @ Brooklyn Bowl
Hope you had a great weekend. Relatively slow start to the post-holiday week today.
Two free Apple Store shows, one with Béla Fleck and The Flecktones.
"When you think Manchester, England you may think Stone Roses and The Smiths, but in the case of Mazes, it's more Sebadoh and Soul Asylum. Not unlike Yuck, this trio owe lots to '90s indie rock as can be heard on their debut album A Thousand Heys which came out in April." [Bill]--
Dom Kennedy, who appears on Curren$y's album Pilot Talk II and who released a new album called II - From the Westside, With Love, plays SOB's tonight. Curren$y also just released a new album, called Weekend at Burnie's, and you can watch the new video for "Still" from that one, below...
Havoc of Mobb Deep @ the kick-off in LA (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
In addition to initially announced Rock The Bells lineup (Nas playing Illmatic? Mobb Deep on The Infamous detail? wow), the festival has made some interesting additions like Erykah Badu performing all of Baduism (on select dates), Common performing all of Be (on select dates), Killah Priest performing all of Heavy Mental, Slaughterhouse, and DOOM. More lineup details are below.
The NYC show on 9/3 at Governor's Island gets the Erykah Badu appearance, and tickets are on presale, password is "ILLMATIC". General sale begins Saturday, 6/11, at 10:00 AM.
In other Hip Hop festival news, Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest's lineup has expanded too adding MOP (!), Torae, Random Axe (Sean Price + Black Milk + Guilty Simpson), eLZhi, Marley Marl, Roli Rho (5th Platoon), Grand Wizzard Theodore and Twilite Tone. Tickets are on sale for all Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival events, including an after-party at Southpaw on July 16th which proclaims to have "special guests invited including the entire BHF '11 lineup".
Full Rock The Bells details, alongside some videos, below...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
Cypress Hill @ House of Blues - Sunset Strip - 5/24/2011
The line-up for the ROCK THE BELLS 2011 FESTIVAL SERIES--presented by Boost Mobile in association with GUERILLA UNION and powered by BlackBerry--will feature an array of seminal and up-and-coming hip-hop artists on three stages. Headliners include Ms. Lauryn Hill, Nas,Erykah Baduand Cypress Hill. See the current line-up below and look for more performers to be announced soon.The Guerilla Union pre-sale for the ROCK THE BELLS 2011 FESTIVAL SERIES will go from June 3 at 10am PST - 10pm PST. The general on-sale starts on June 4.
This year's festival will head to four major North American markets. Kicking off in the Los Angeles-area on August 20 at the San Manuel Amphitheater, ROCK THE BELLS will then head to San Francisco on August 27 at Shoreline Amphitheatre. The festival moves to the east coast for a show in New York on September 3 at Governor's Island (co-promoted with Bowery Presents, Highline, Mad Dog Presents) before wrapping in [a TBA venue in] Boston on September 10.
ROCK THE BELLS featured a number of headliners performing their most influential albums in their entirety for the first time in the history of hip-hop entertainment last summer. The tradition continues this year with Ms. Lauryn Hill performing her landmark, multi-platinum selling, multi-GRAMMY winning album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill and Nas performing his breakthrough debut album Illmatic with special guests AZ, Pete Rock and DJ Premier. Nas says about performing Illmatic this summer, "For years people have been asking me to do Illmatic in so many ways, from stage plays to movies to books, but the time wasn't right. Where music is going now, the time is right. This will be my biggest production and it only makes sense to do it on the best rap tour which also happens to be a brand I've built and am a partner in. Can't wait to kill it with my comrades AZ, Premo & Pete Rock!"
Full album sets can also be expected from: Cypress Hill performing their 1993 multi-platinum album Black Sunday, featuring modern rock radio mainstay "Insane In The Membrane"; Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star performing their 1998 self-titled debut album; Raekwon & Ghostface teaming up for critically acclaimed, platinum selling Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and more.
"I am excited that this year's Rock The Bells will continue its rich history and tradition by presenting the best and most ambitious festival programming in Hip Hop," says festival co-founder and Guerilla Union head Chang Weisberg. "The bar has been set high and this year's line-up will certainly stake its claim. With ten of the biggest records in the history of the genre and the freshest new talent bubbling from the underground, this summer's Rock The Bells is another dream come true."
ROCK THE BELLS will feature three main stages this year. The two returning stages are the ROCK THE BELLS STAGE and the PAID DUES STAGE, which will feature independent hip-hop acts that performed at the Paid Dues Festival this past April in San Bernardino and new artists-on-the-rise. Paid Dues Festival creator Murs says, "I am excited that I once again have the privilege of hosting the Paid Dues Stage. We will have the honor of showcasing some of the best talent in independent hip hop as part of the worlds largest and longest running hip hop festival... the Paid Dues stage is gonna be the one to watch this year."
The 36 CHAMBERS STAGE is a new addition to the festival and will primarily feature members of the Wu-Tang Clan as well as artists selected by stage curator and Wu-Tang Clan mainstay RZA. A fourth stage that will also be added to most markets is the GRINDTIME NOW STAGE, which will feature battle-style performances.
The lineup was announced last night at a show at House of Blues in LA. Mobb Deep, Souls of Mischief and Cypress Hill all played and pictures to prove it are in this post. More of them below.
The full lineup is also below...
Clipse photos by Brook Bobbins
Nas & Damian Marley at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Samantha Marble)
Distant Relatives Nas & Damian Marley will team up for a summer show in NYC this year just like last. They'll hit Central Park Summerstage on August 11th. Tickets go on web presale at 10AM on Thursday (5/19) with regular sale hitting Friday. One difference from from last year though, they're calling this one their "grand finale," so don't sleep if you've been wanting to catch the pair together. THAT SAID, they were also just announced on the lineup of ACL which is happening a month later.
Wiz Khalifa also has a Summerstage show coming up.
In other hip hop news, Q-Tip will DJ The Fort Greene Festival kick off party on May 28th at Sanders Studio (525 Waverly Avenue in Brooklyn), a benefit to raise money for the forthcoming annual event. Tickets are $10 or $15 at the door.
As previously mentioned, Q-Tip will perform at the annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival on July 16th where he'll be joined by new additions Homeboy Sandman, Eternia, Shad, Nitty Scott and Kid Glyde. Get your tickets.
Rock the Bells is going to announce some news from a "launch party" at House of Blues in LA on May 24th.
Clipse @ Terminal 5 in April
Clipse made a NYC appearance at Terminal 5 on April 30th. They opened for A-Trak, and pictures from their set are in this post. More of them below.
Ghostface & Raekwon supported Mobb Deep at recent show at Best Buy Theater. Pictures from that show are HERE. Some upcoming UK Wu-Tang dates are below.
The previously announced "Salute to Hip Hop" show that was supposed to take place at Best Buy Theater in Times Square in April has been rescheduled. You can now catch The Lox, EPMD, and Brand Nubian at the NYC venue on June 30th. Tickets are on sale.
The previously announced Curren$y show happening at Irving Plaza in June is still happening, but now so are many more tour dates around it including the Pitchfork Festival. They are listed below.
And finally, Beastie Boys have no tour dates in support of their Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 yet, but you can catch Ad-Rock hosting/DJing as part of a day long Children's Museum of Art benefit. Tickets for both events at Webster Hall on 5/22 are on sale. Meanwhle check out "The Greatest Beastie Boys Lyrical References To New York, In Order."
A recent video by Nas & Damian Marley for "Nah Mean," those Clipse pics, and tour dates, below.
Tons of hip hop shows on the way, from the classic to the new! First up, Curren$y will headline Irving Plaza on June 6th as part of a string of US dates that he has scheduled in May & June (dates are below). Tickets are currently on Live Nation presale, and go on regular sale at 10AM tomorrow (4/6). Curren$y is currently preparing to release his new and entirely Alchemist-produced EP Covert Coup on April 20th and for FREE.
Raekwon will headline BB King's on April 17th, alongside Ultramagnetic MC's (billed as an exclusive reunion show, I assume that means that Kool Keith is on board much like at ATP New Jersey), MC Eiht, Bushwick Bill (Geto Boys), Chip Fu (Fu-Schnickens), Da Bushbabees, Tanya Morgan, Tony Touch, and many many more including "special invited VIP surprise guests" and the host D-Stroy (Arsonists). Tickets are on sale. The show takes place just four days before Raekwon will team with The Lox, EPMD, Brand Nubian, and Nice and Smooth as part of a Salute to Hip Hop at Best Buy Theater on April 13th. Tickets are still available.
Keith Murray will similarly team with a gang of 90's hip hop stars at Santos on April 14th. He'll be joined by Lords of the Underground, Group Home, Real Live, Nine, Shabaam Sahdeeq, and DJs Evil D, Eclipse, Kon & Amir, Ralph McDaniels, and many others. Tickets are still available.
Slick Rick is returning to BB King's, as he'll play the venue on May 29th. Tickets are still available.
Talib Kweli will play a FREE show in Red Hook Park on June 21st as part of the City Parks Foundation's Summerstage series. Tons more Summerstage events (and undoubtedly a large number of hip hop ones) are also slated to be announced, we'll keep you informed. Kweli recently played SXSW and released Gutter Rainbows earlier this year.
And last but certainly not least, 9th Wonder and Phonte (aka 2/3 of Little Brother) will join Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg at 92Y Tribeca Wednesday (4/6) night as part of the Noisemakers series, where Rosenberg interviews his guests. Tickets are on sale.
All tour dates and some video is below.
Guided by Voices @ Irving Plaza, New Year's Eve (more by Chris Gersbeck)
"As previously announced, the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival will be taking place on Friday, July 15th through Sunday, July 17th at Chicago's Union Park! Tickets went on sale on March 4th, and, as predicted, three-day passes sold out in a record time of 24 hours! That said, eager prospective festival goers should fear not, as single-day passes are still available for the totally reasonable price of $45.Guided by Voices are also playing the sold out Sasquatch Fest. Full Pitchfork lineup by day below...
And now, without further ado, the newest additions to the 2011 Pitchfork Festival lineup! Friday will see the addition of Guided By Voices and Neko Case; Saturday's lineup will feature No Age, Gang Gang Dance, G-Side, and Chrissy Murderbot; Sunday's stellar lineup now includes The Fresh & Onlys, Radio Dept., HEALTH, Shabazz Palaces, Baths, How To Dress Well, Kurt Vile, and Twin Sister. Stay tuned for more bands still to be announced in the coming weeks!"
"the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival will be taking place on Friday, July 15th through Sunday, July 17th! Tickets will officially be on sale today at 12 PM CST, with single-day tickets for $45 and three-day passes for $110! If last year was any indicator, three-day passes will sell out in under a week (last year they sold out in FIVE DAYS!), so be sure to get your tickets ASAP!"The full lineup so far is below...