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Rapper Danny Brown has been planning the release of his much-anticipated new album, Old, for some time now, and the whole thing can finally be streamed via Spotify. Check it out below.

The album features appearances from Purity Ring, Schoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky, Ab-Soul, Freddie Gibbs, and more, plus production from Rustie, Darq E Freaker, Oh No (who plays NYC tonight [9/30]), A-Trak, and more. It officially comes out on October 8 via Fool's Gold.

Danny is currently wrapping up a tour with Action Bronson and Trash Talk (who played their own show at 285 Kent over the weekend), and he'll play NYC again when he opens for Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 on November 22 with Doldrums. Tickets for that show are still available. Danny also would have played NJ's Rock The Bells this weekend, but that's been cancelled.

Album stream below...

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RTB

Just today we were saying how Schoolboy Q would be in the NYC-area for Rock the Bells in October, but the East Ruthford, NJ Rock the Bells stop has been cancelled. DC is possibly cancelled too. More details as we hear them.

UPDATE: The promoters confirmed & issued a statement.

The NJ festival would have happened on October 4 and 5 at Meadowlands Racetrack with Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Wu-Tang Clan, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown, Joey Bada$$, J. Cole, Rakim, Big Sean and more.

You can still catch Kendrick, Schoolboy Q, and Big Sean in NYC at their Barclays Center show in November.

Meanwhile, Danny Brown, whose new album comes out soon, will open for Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5. Sleigh Bells also just announced a LPR show.

by Andrew Sacher

Schoolboy Q at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Schoolboy Q

There's still no word on when Schoolboy Q's much-anticipated new album, Oxymoron, will be out, but he's just released another track that's expected to make it on the LP, "Banger (MOSHPIT)." It sees Q veering pretty close to gangsta rap, and after the psychedelic Kendrick Lamar collab "Collard Greens" and the party-rap track "Yay Yay," it sounds like Oxymoron is shaping up to be a pretty diverse album. Listen below.

Schoolboy Q also has some shows coming up. Catch him the NYC-area with the whole Black Hippy crew (Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock) at NJ's Rock The Bells on 10/4 (tickets), and again when he and Kendrick team up with Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, and more for 105.1 Powerhouse at Barclays Center on November 2 (tickets). If you're in LA, you can also see him at the Odd Future Festival with Tyler, Earl, Frank Ocean, Flying Lotus, Trash Talk, and more (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Schoolboy Q will appear on an album that we're (kind of) sure will come out this year, Danny Brown's Old. Its September 30 release date was pushed back to October 8, but it's supposed to stream on Spotify on 9/30. Check out that album's full tracklist (guest appearances and production credits included), along with the list of Q dates and the new track stream, below.

Continue reading "Schoolboy Q -- new song stream & updated tour dates"

by Andrew Sacher

the real Vampire Weekend at Barclays Center this week (more by Dylan Johnson)
Vampire Weekend

Last year around the holidays, Adam Horne of Brooklyn's Bear Ceuse (who released an album this year) and Animal New York uploaded an album to Soundcloud called Merry Indie X-Mas, which featured hilarious parodies of what it would sound like if famous indie bands did Christmas covers in their own styles. Now he's back with a new one called Indie Kidz Songs! which does the same thing, but for children's songs. Especially funny ones include Chief Keef's "Old MacDonald," Vampire Weekend's "I'm A Little Teapot," Alt-J's "Row Row Row Your Boat" and Pixies' "B-I-N-G-O." But they're all really funny and if you need to kill 6-ish minutes of your time with some hipster-baiting style laughs, stream the album and watch its commercial below.

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Danny Brown

Danny Brown's Old is one of the most anticipated rap albums of the year, and while holding your breath for a rap release is never a good idea (we've got our fingers crossed for that September 30 release date though), we're feeling one step closer to Old actually seeing the light of day, now that it's officially got album artwork. And pretty great artwork at that. That's it above (via Danny's instagram). It was designed by Sam Chirnside, and the painting is by Leila D'Amato. His newish video for "ODB" is below.

Danny recently made appearances at Afro-Punk Fest, Fool's Gold Day Off, and the NYU Mystery Concert, and he's set to play Rock the Bells NJ in October and open for Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 in November.

Meanwhile, the group Danny is a part of, Bruiser Brigade will be playing NYC without him (he'll be at Rock the Bells in California) on September 15 at Mercury Lounge. The Detroit crew will be joined by some hometown pals like producer Nick Speed (50 Cent, M.O.P., Talib Kweli) and rapper Dusty McFly, in addition to NYC producer Hillie Hill (Nas, Biggie) and A La $ole of Joey Bada$$'s Pro Era crew. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

There's some other good rap shows coming in NYC too, including afro-beat rapper Blitz the Ambassador, who is headlining The Studio at Webster Hall on September 19 with opening sets from Old Money, Boima, and Caktuz. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Eve, who's got a new album out this year, was supposed to play Irving Plaza back in August, but she'll instead play Gramercy Theatre on September 12. Opening the show is Dyme-A-Duzin (of Phony PPL) and Camille Safiya. Tickets are on sale now, and any tickets purchased for Irving Plaza are being honored.

Not exactly rap, but neo-soul singer Bilal, who released his solid new album A Love Surreal earlier this year, will play the New School Alumni Jazz Night at Highline Ballroom on September 18. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Stalley, who plays Rock the Bells NJ, and Gunplay play Gramercy Theatre on October 18 (which is during CMJ). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/6) at noon.

Legendary hip hop duo Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, who played a Central Park show earlier this summer, play BB King's on November 13 with Camp Lo. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Yo Gotti just released his new mixtape, Nov 19th: The Mixtape, and he'll play NYC on November 19 at BB KIng's with Y.G., Ca$h Out, Shy Glizzy, and Zed Zilla. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Drake

On the topic of anticipated rap albums, which we were talking about above, Drake also shed some more light on his new album, Nothing Was The Same, which is due out on September 24. He just revealed the tracklist which features previously released singles "Started From the Bottom" and "Hold On, We're Going Home," and "All Me" appears as a bonus track on the deluxe edition. The only guest rappers are Jay Z and Detail. Check out the full tracklist below, and that's the artwork above.

Both Drake and Jay Z appear on the second installment of Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience, which is due out September 30. Justin returns to NYC to play Barclays Center on November 6. Tickets for that show are still available (though Ticketmaster says "not many left"). Artwork and tracklist for his new LP, below.

Drake also plays Barclays Center (10/28) on his tour with Miguel and Future. Tickets for that show are still available.

Things aren't looking so bright in Miguel's world lately, as he was just charged with two counts of DUI after his August arrest.

A$AP Rocky also just faced some legal charges. TMZ reports that due to an incident that occurred while he was performing at Jay Z's Made In America Festival, Rocky was charged with misdemeanor simple assault for allegedly slapping a woman in the crowd. TMZ writes, "The woman claims A$AP was trying to make his way through a crowd of dancing fans -- with a bunch of girls pulling on his shirt -- when A$AP turned and fired off an open-hand slap, connecting with her face. The woman claims she was injured from the alleged slap -- suffering whiplash from the impact." It's not the first time he was accused of something like this.

A$AP Rocky and Drake's third "Fuckin' Problems" partner, Kendrick Lamar, will be in NYC with his Black Hippy friends Ab-Soul and Jay Rock, plus young Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru, on September 10 at Williamsburg Park. Tickets for that show are still available.

Meanwhile, the man behind the hook on "Fuckin' Problems," 2 Chainz, will NOT be at Williamsburg Park, because despite being scheduled to play five days after Kendrick, he cancelled his show.

What other hip hop shows in NYC are you excited for? And when is Schoolboy Q's album coming out???

Tracklists, video, and more, below...

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Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Sleigh Bells

Abrasive pop duo Sleigh Bells have announced that the followup to 2012's Reign of Terror is called Bitter Rivals, and it will be out on October 8 via Mom + Pop. The album's first single/title track is more of the band's heavy, trashy pop, and you can hear it in the song's video (made in conjunction with The Creators Project), below. The album artwork, tracklist, and a clip of Alexis Krauss talking about the new album on SiriusXMU are below too.

Sleigh Bells will be supporting the new album with a tour of the US and Canada this fall, which brings the band to Terminal 5 on November 22 (a place they've played before). Most of the tour is with Doldrums, but and the Terminal 5 date is also with Danny Brown. Tickets for the T5 show are not on sale yet go on sale Friday (9/6) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

UPDATE: Doldrums are on the T5 date as well.

Meanwhile, Danny Brown, who will release his new album, OLD, on September 30 via Fool's Gold, just played Fool's Gold Day Off in Williamsburg Park yesterday (9/2) with Run the Jewels, Migos, A$AP Ferg, and more. A video with clips of yesterday's show is below. If you're an NYU student, you can also probably catch Danny at the NYU Mystery Concert tonight (9/3).

All Sleigh Bells dates are listed, along with videos, LP artwork and tracklist, below...

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Dr. Dog in Central Park in 2012 (more by Tracy Allison)
Dr Dog

NYU are doing their annual Mystery Concert on September 3 at the Skirball Center this year. Clues have led us to believe that the lineup might look like this: Danny Brown, How to Dress Well, and Speedy Ortiz. What do you think? The show is free with your NYU ID, but you must be a student to enter.

For a minute we thought maybe Dr. Dog was playing too due to a "Reservoir Dogs" clue NYU put out mixed with the last minute, random, small Dr. Dog show at Mercury Lounge happening late the same night, but then we realized "Reservoir Dogs" also leads to Danny Brown.

Dr. Dog's new album, B-Room, is out on ANTI- October 1, and they're heading out on the road with The Lumineers in the fall. All of their dates are listed below.

And meanwhile, we know for a fact that you can catch Danny Brown in NYC for free a day earlier at Fool's Gold Day Off in Williamsburg Park (9/2).

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Danny Brown at 2013 Afro Punk Fest (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Danny Brown

Even though the season doesn't official end until September 21, Labor Day (9/2) is generally seen as the end of summer and the last chance for NYers to get out of town and relax. Mind you some people find a half-empty city just as relaxing as a beach, and for those who will be in town this weekend there are lots of live music options. Head below for our Top 10 Labor Day Weekend music picks...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Chuck D / Death / Danny Brown
Afropunk Festival - Day 2 - 8/25/2013
Afropunk Festival - Day 2 - 8/25/2013
Afropunk Festival - Day 2 - 8/25/2013

Emboldened by a raise in profile from the recent documentary, A Band Called Death, they were more of a classic rock beast. Extended rum solos, odd time changes. They were strong, and the mix was overwhelmingly crunchy. There were even times, like when performing their 1975 song "You're a Prisoner" , when it struck me that you could shift the emphasis slightly, swap out the guitar tones for something more expensive and add some gross 30-piece drum set, and they might be playing a Metallica song! Or at least what Metallica songs I remember from being 12 were like. "You can't run! You can't hide! YOU'RE! LOCKED! INSIDE! (riff riff riff riff riff). I mean, right? [L Mag]
While the VMAs were happening in a different park of Brooklyn, the two-day, free annual Afro-Punk Festival wrapped up in Fort Greene's Commodore Barry Park on Sunday (8/25). The second day gave us sets from legendary punks Death, Chuck D & DJ Lord (performing Public Enemy's Fear of a Black Planet), Danny Brown, Questlove, Trash Talk, Big Freedia, K-Os, Living Colour, The Coup, and more.

Pictures of the second day are in this post, and there's even more at Facebook and Google+. Plus, there's more of Trash Talk HERE and Big Freedia HERE. If you haven't checked out our day 1 pictures yet, those are up too.

Danny Brown, whose new album OLD comes out on 9/30, can be seen for free in NYC again at Williamsburg Park on Labor Day (9/2) for Fool's Gold Day Off, which also includes Run the Jewels, Migos, A$AP Ferg, World's Fair, and more (RSVP).

More Afro-Punk day 2 pictures below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Trash Talk at Afro-Punk Festival 2013
Trash Talk

Sacramento hardcore punks Trash Talk just came to NYC over the weekend for the free free two-day Afro-Punk Festival, which went down in Fort Greene's Commodore Barry Park. A few pictures from their set on Sunday (8/25) are in this post. There's more at Facebook and still more on the way. Meanwhile, day 1 pictures are up now.

Trash Talk were also recently added to Danny Brown and Action Bronson's upcoming tour. That tour doesn't hit NYC, but in the midst of it, Trash Talk will stop in NYC on their own for a headlining show at 285 Kent on September 28. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Danny Brown also played Afro-Punk on Sunday, and he'll play NYC again on Labor Day (9/2) for Fool's Gold Day Off, which happens in Williamsburg Park. Fool's Gold label boss A-Trak just confirmed that Danny's new album, OLD, will be released via the label on September 30.

All Trash Talk dates are listed, along with a few more pics from Afro-Punk, below...

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Death @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Afro Punk

The 2013 Afro-Punk Festival happens this weekend (August 24 & 25) at Fort Greene's Commodore Barry Park with Danny Brown, Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Big Freedia, Death, Trash Talk, Living Colour, Chuck D of Public Enemy and DJ Lord performing PE's Fear of a Black Planet, Questlove, Jean Grae, Saul Williams, K-os and more. As mentioned, it's all-ages, free and open to the public, but they do require you to RSVP. You can also donate on paypal for "fast pass admission" tickets.

The full weekend schedule has been released, with artists playing on two stages from noon - 9:30 PM or so both Saturday and Sunday. Full schedule is below.

Additionally, there will also be "Afro-Punk After Dark" events happening after the fest at various Brooklyn venues both Saturday and Sunday nights. Over 20 After Dark events are happening, including "pop-up performances, celebrity DJ sets, comedy shows, film screenings, art installations, and Story Slams." Full After Dark listings are at Afro-Punk's website.

2013 Afro-Punk Festival schedule below...

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A$AP Ferg at Irving Plaza in May (more by Samantha Marble)
ASAP Ferg

The free Fool's Gold Day Off 2013 is happening this year in Williamsburg Park on Labor Day (9/2) with sets from Danny Brown, Run the Jewels, A$AP Ferg, Migos, Party Supplies, and more. And similarly to the Mad Decent Block Party, which also happened in Williamsburg Park, they've announced the official afterparty, appropriately named Fool's Gold Night Off, and though no artists have been revealed, tickets are already on sale. The party happens a couple blocks down Wythe Ave at Brooklyn Bowl with 10:30 PM doors and an 11 PM start time.

In related news, A$AP Ferg, whose new album, Trap Lord, is out today (8/20) (stream it), is playing a release party for it on Thursday (8/22) at Webster Hall. It's a GIrls & Boys party and also features music by Mister Cee, DJ Spynfo, and DJ Enuff. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Flyer for the A$AP Ferg show and his video for "Shabba" (ft. A$AP Rocky) below...

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Danny Brown at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Danny Brown

Fool's Gold Records are returning with their free Labor Day (9/2) party, Fool's Gold Day Off again this year. Unlike past years, when it was held in the City Winery backyard, this year it's taking place at big outdoor Brooklyn venue, Williamsburg Park. The lineup includes Danny Brown (who also played last year), Run the Jewels (aka Killer Mike and El-P, who we just caught at Webster Hall), Migos, A$AP Ferg, World's Fair, Action Bronson collaborator Party Supplies, Duck Sauce, Unibros (special DJ set), Grandemarshall, Nick Catchdubs, #BEEN#TRILL, and "special guests." The party runs from 2 PM-10 PM, and though it's free, you do have to RSVP (entry is still first come, first served, though). Show flyer below.

Danny Brown, who just released a new track, can also be seen for free in NYC even sooner at Afro-Punk Festival (8/24-25). After Fool's Gold Day Off, he heads out on a tour with Action Bronson that ends in NJ for Rock the Bells this October.

A$AP Ferg is releasing his new album, Trap Lord, this week (8/20). The album features guest appearances from A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Bone Thugs N Harmony, and more, and it can be streamed in full at Ferg's website.

Other upcoming hip hop shows at Williamsburg Park include Kendrick Lamar (9/10) and 2 Chainz (9/15).

Fool's Gold Day Off flyer below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Darq E Freaker
Darq E Freaker

Danny Brown, who has a tour with Action Bronson on the way, is saying he'll release his new album, Old, at some point this October, and he just released a new song (that may or may not appear on the album) produced by London's Darq E Freaker. The song is called "Hand Stand," it's a real banger, and you can stream it below.

Meanwhile, Darq E Freaker will be in NYC this weekend to play Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (8/17) with King Britt (Hyperdub), J. Cole, Bangladesh, World's Fair, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Star Eyes, and Jubilee. Tickets for Warm Up are still available.

Before Warm Up, Darq E Freaker will play a True Panther party in Brooklyn TONIGHT (8/16) at Cameo with Hyetal (who played Warm Up last weekend), Zora Jones and Throwing Shade. Tonight's party runs from 10 PM to 4 AM and admission is $5 at the door.

Then on Saturday after Warm Up, True Panther is hosting an unofficial party at Williamsburg Italian restaurant ISA's upstairs space (348 Wythe, right by Death by Audio) with some of those same names, including Hyetal and Zora Jones (who DJs b2b with Sinjin Hawke), in addition to A$AP's DJ J. Scott and Loric (of Water Borders, who played Warm Up in 2011). That one goes from 10 to 3 and is FREE.

Stream "Hand Stand" below...

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A$AP Rocky & Joey Bada$$ in Austin in July (more by Tim Griffin)
ASAP Rocky

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.

Rock the Bells have also announced the day-by-day lineups and put single day tickets on sale. 2-day passes are still available as well.

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...

Continue reading "Rock the Bells finalizes NJ lineup (A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$ & more added); single day tickets on sale"

Danny Brown at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Danny Brown

Two of the most exciting newer rappers, Danny Brown and Action Bronson (who both appear on A$AP Rocky's "1 Train"), will be heading out on a tour together this year, dubbed the "2 HIGH 2 DIE" Tour. The tour kicks off when both rapper's play California's Rock the Bells in September and wraps up at NJ's Rock the Bells in October. Along the way, it also hits Philadelphia, Boston, and other places that are listed below.

Meanwhile, Action Bronson just played NYC, and Danny Brown will do so this month at the free Afro-Punk Festival (8/24-25).

All dates are listed, along with streams/videos, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Schoolboy Q at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Schoolboy Q

Ridiculously prolific west coast rapper E-40 just dropped a new track, "All My Niggas," and it features his typically rapid fast flow joined by two of the best of-the-moment rappers, Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q. Check out the new song (via Stereogum) below).

As discussed, Schoolboy Q will be in NYC this weekend to open for Odd Future at their big outdoor Williamsburg Park show on Saturday (7/20). That show also includes Meek Mill, who just played the Mac Miller, Chance the Rapper, The Internet, Vince Staples show in NJ (but not the Hammerstein one), Queens crew World's Fair, and legendary DJ Funkmaster Flex. Tickets for Saturday's show are still available. Rain or shine.

In related news, Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator will be going on a tour later this year with Kid Cudi and Big Sean. That tour doesn't include any NYC-area dates, but all three rappers will hit the area in October for Rock the Bells. 2-day passes for Rock the Bells are still available. Logic, who does not play Rock the Bells, is also on that tour.

All Tyler dates are listed, along with the E-40 song, below...

Continue reading "E-40 releases a new song w/ Danny Brown & Schoolboy Q (who plays WIlliamsburg Park this weekend w/ Odd Future)"

Big Sean at Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Big Sean

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...

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Afro-Punk Fest 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Afro-Punk

The Afro-Punk Festival is returning to Fort Greene's Commodore Barry Park from August 24-25 this year. The Brooklyn festival lineup is great as always, and includes some of our favorite newer rappers like Danny Brown, Mykki Blanco, and Le1f; New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia, legendary punks Death, younger punks Trash Talk, Chuck D of Public Enemy and DJ Lord performing Fear of a Black Planet, Questlove, Jean Grae, Saul Williams, K-os and more TBA. The festival is open to all ages, and totally free, but you do have to RSVP. You can also donate on paypal for "fast pass admission" tickets.

Full initial lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "Afro-Punk 2013 lineup & RSVP (Chuck D, Danny Brown, Big Freedia, Death, Trash Talk, Mykki Blanco, Le1f & more)"

Deltron 3030
Deltron 3030

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...

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Schoolboy Q at Best Buy Theater - 5/21/13 (via Kellen Dengler)
Schoolboy Q

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...

Continue reading "Schoolboy Q, Action Bronson (who has a new video) & more played the XXL Freshman show; Rock the Bells tix on sale"

Rock the Bells 2013

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.

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.

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.

Initial lineup (at least 15 more artists TBA), dates and some video below.

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Danny Brown at Knitting Factory (more by Fred Pessaro)
Danny Brown

Kitty Pryde, who is currently on tour with Danny Brown, already commented a bit on the now-infamous oral sex incident, but she goes into high-detail, and gets serious, in a new post on Noisey:

I won't go into detail about the actual events because I was pretty drunk and I don't want to tell the wrong story. I will say that it happened so quickly that nobody I talked to after the show even knew anything had happened (there was only one photo and no video--how rare is that). I will also say that whoever wrote on Reddit that Danny was "walking around the stage getting girls to grab his dick" is 100% false, and to blame someone for their own molestation is a shitty thing to do. Anybody who is exaggerating this tale to climax is also a lying fool, and to call it a blow job is even going a bit far because it was probably the fastest thing I've ever seen. "The Thing" was not a thing that Danny facilitated--it was an actual sexual assault, and somehow nobody gives a fuck about that but me.
Kitty has a lot more to say, which you can read at Noisey. Danny Brown and Kitty Pryde's tour hits NYC on May 7 at Irving Plaza and hopefully there will be a barrier for that one. Tickets are still available.

Danny Brown at Knitting Factory Brooklyn in March (more by Fred Pessaro)
Danny Brown
Kendrick Lamar

Rapper Danny Brown is inspiring retweets and making headlines for an alleged incident that took place while he was on stage in Minneapolis on Friday (4/26), as City Pages reports...

Live performance is an incredibly intimate bond between artists and fans, but that intimacy got busted worse than Danny Brown's front tooth during Friday's show on Minneapolis's West Bank. At minimum, the Detroit rapper led several fans at the sold-out Triple Rock Social Club to believe, and many proclaiming on Twitter, that they saw a female concert-goer in the front row performing oral sex on him. At max, the 18-and-up crowd witnessed something putting Brown's evening put alongside Jim Morrison's "Miami Incident."
Whether it happened or not, at least one Reddit user claims to be traumatized, and Danny's name will probably be attached to the rumor for a while. Read the rest of the article, including tweets from fans (and from Kendrick Lamar), and tourmate Kitty Pryde's take on the matter, at City Pages.

Danny and Kitty's tour hits NYC on May 7 at Irving Plaza. At the very least, we can count on it being unpredictable. Tickets for that one are still available.

Updated tour dates are listed, along with a stream of Danny Brown's "#ExpressYourself," below...

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Squarepusher

Squarepusher is coming to the NYC-area for Camp Bisco, which goes down this year from July 11 to 13 at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, NY with Passion Pit, Animal Collective, Toro y Moi, El-P & Killer Mike, Baauer, Ryan Hemsworth, Dan Deacon, Danny Brown, and more. Right before that though, Squarepusher will play his own show in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on July 9. It's a much more intimate show than his 2012 show at Terminal 5, and tickets for it go on sale Friday (5/3) at 10 AM with a LPR member presale starting Thursday (5/2) at 10 AM.

Tickets for Camp Bisco are still available. Updated lineup, a list of upcoming Squarepusher (mostly festival) dates, and the video for "Dark Steering" from his 2012 LP, Ufabulum, below...

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