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Plus, listen to Pete Rock's new Panda Bear remix
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Talib Kweli at Brooklyn Bowl - 6/24/15 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
On Thursday (6/24), hip hop legend Pete Rock celebrated his new Petestrumentals 2 album with a star-studded release show at Brooklyn Bowl. He brought out advertised guests, including Sean Price (who host Pharaohe Monch also rapped with), Slum VIllage, Large Professor, Das EFX and more. Plus there were some surprises like DJ Premier, who held down the DJ booth for Pete to end the night on the mic, and Talib Kweli, who came out early on to play his hit "Get By."
Talib will be back at Brooklyn Bowl twice in the next week, with live full-band shows on Wednesday (7/1) and Thursday (7/2). Both will be opened by Rapsody, Niko Is and K Valentine. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale now.
Pete Rock also has other NYC appearances coming up, including one TONIGHT (6/26). It's the "Masters of Ceremony" show at Radio City with fellow legends Rakim, The LOX, DMX, Shabba Ranks, Mase, Brand Nubian and Das EFX. Pete's playing as a duo with longtime collaborator CL Smooth. Tickets are still available. After that show, Rakim, The LOX and other surprise guests head to the Blue Note for a 12:30 AM jam with The Soul Rebels, Slick Rick and surprise guests (tickets).
Pete's also one of the five remixers on Panda Bear's upcoming remix EP. Listen to his taken on "Crosswords" and check out the tracklist for the EP, below...
Plus, Robert Glasper, Rakim, The LOX and more playing there this weekend
Jazz musician Kamasi Washington, who's on the new Kendrick Lamar album, the new Thundercat album, and has his own new album out now on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label, has announced a lengthy tour. He'll be in NYC for shows on August 24 & 25 at Blue Note Jazz Club. He plays 8 PM and 10:30 PM sets each night. Tickets for all four are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of hip hop-related shows happening at the Blue Note, pianist Robert Glasper is in the midst of a four-night run there. He plays 8 PM and 10:30 PM sets tonight (6/25) through Saturday (6/27). Tickets are still available.
After his set on Friday, The Soul Rebels are doing a #RebelJam with rap vets Rakim, Slick Rick and The LOX's Styles P & Sheek Louch, Lettuce/Soulive's Eric Krasno, and more surprise guests (tickets). Rakim and The LOX will be coming from Radio City, where they play the 'Masters of Ceremony' show earlier that night with DMX, Shabba Ranks, Mase, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Brand Nubian and Das Efx (tickets).
List of Kamasi Washington dates and a stream of a song from his new album, below...
Hip hop legend Pete Rock, known among other things for his classic 1992 collaboration with CL Smooth, Mecca and the Soul Brother, put out a new instrumental album this week. It's called Petestrumentals 2, and it's the long-awaited sequel to 2001's Petestrumentals. You can stream the whole thing below.
Pete is celebrating the album with a release show at Brooklyn Bowl TONIGHT (6/24), and he's promising a ton of exciting special guest appearances from Smoke DZA, Slum Village, Termanology, Camp Lo, Sean Price, Das EFX, Large Professor and Royal Flush. DJ Natasha Diggs is opening the night, and Pharoahe Monch is hosting. Tickets are available.
Pete's next live appearance is a SummerStage show on July 19 in Queensbridge Park, where he'll be performing alongside a screening of Nas documentary Time Is Illmatic. That goes from 7-9 PM and is totally free.
Petestrumentals 2 album stream below...
photo: Joyce Manor at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Todd Terje, Free Magic @ Verboten
Having made one of last year's best albums, Norwegian analog synth aficionado Todd Terje doesn't tour much, and this show tonight is his only North American date apart from Coachella. He's performing live tonight, not DJing, and advance tickets are sold out -- but you can buy at the door.
Joyce Manor, The Weaks @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Joyce Manor's Never Hungover Again was one of the best punk LPs of 2014, short and to the point, with no room at all for frills. Their live show rips just as hard, as tonight's RSVPed-out show will surely prove.
Dr. Dog, mewithoutYou @ Bowery Ballroom
Dr. Dog are on night 6 of their eight-night NYC run with different openers. This one's the second of two with post-hardcore art rockers mewithoutYou, who are promising a new album for this year.
Sam Smith, George Ezra @ Madison Square Garden
While Sam Smith's solo album isn't as interesting as his Disclosure collaboration, it's certainly more popular. Tonight he headlines a sold-out MSG.
Shilpa Ray, Waltz, Rosy Street @ Baby's All Right
Shilpa Ray is planning a new album for Northern Spy this year, and we'll likely get a chance to hear some of that tonight.
Pop. 1280, Bootblacks, Anasazi @ Saint Vitus
If you like your post-punk on the dark side, and with an emphasis on the "punk" suffix, every band on this bill tonight should be right up your alley.
Mantra Percussion, Ian Williams @ Winter Garden at Brookfield Place
It's the kickoff event for the 2015 Ecstatic Music Festival, a free show with Battles Ian Williams backed by Mantra Percussion in the lovely Winter Garden at Brookfield Place.
Black Sheep, Das EFX @ Brooklyn Bowl
It's a double bill of early-'90s hip hop with Native Tongues affiliates Black Sheep (best known for their hit "The Choice is Yours") and the influential duo Das EFX.
Just Blaze's House Party w/ guests Rae Sremmurd & more @ Webster Hall
You pretty much can't go to a club without hearing Rae Sremmurd's hits "No Flex Zone" and "No Type," and tonight Just Blaze's weekly club night at Webster will have the rap duo performing them in the flesh.
Dead Leaf Echo, The Judas Knife, Soft Silence @ Acheron
NYC shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo wear their influences ('80s 4AD, '90s Creation) on their sleeves but do it very well. The band are about to head into the studio to make their next record with Jorge Elbrecht (who did No Joy's last one), so tonight could be a taste of what's to come.
Emperor X, Surf Rock Is Dead, Hellbirds, Greenfield, Yabad @ Pianos
It's another night of Surf Rock Is Dead's residency at Pianos, and especially of note is headliner Emperor X, who's been mixing lo-fi electronics and folky songwriting since the late '90s.
Mark Beasley and Arto Lindsay @ The Kitchen
According to the venue's description, "for this event, Mark Beasley, curator of Performa, offers a lecture responding to a 2010 performance by artist Regina José Galindo titled Looting." No wave legend Arto Lindsay will be accompanying him with a live original soundtrack. It's free and RSVP is encouraged.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Nas @ Rock the Bells (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
That didn't take long. We just announced the intitial lineup. Check out the almost-full thing below...
Keith Murray, EPMD, and Redman of Hit Squad
Best Buy Theater in Times Square will welcome the return of the Hit Squad on February 24th, the hip hop crew which included EPMD, Redman, Keith Murray, K-Solo, and Das EFX before splintering into the Def Squad after the EPMD break-up. The show will feature all previously-mentioned members (and not Hurricane G or Knucklehedz) including Erick Sermon who has recoverd from his recent heart attack scare:
"I sat on the sofa and I got two sharp pains on my left-hand side," Sermon, 42, told Sway from the hospital where he has been recovering for the past five days.Get some rest Sermon! See you at Best Buy Theater on 2/24. Tickets go on sale Saturday.
The platinum producer didn't think much of the pain, though, and instead of seeking help, just shifted to a better position on the couch and kept watching TV. The next afternoon, Sermon began experiencing the pains in his side again and decided to head to the hospital. "When I got there, as soon as I hit the door, my whole left side cramped up on me and the heart palpitations started going really fast again and I started to get the pains again," he recalled.
The Long Island, New York, rap star seemed to have taken action just in the nick of time. According to Sermon, his blood pressure was "200 over 190," and if he would've waited much longer, things could have gotten far more serious. -[MTVNews]
In related news, Erick Sermon, Redman, and Keith Murray covered the Sugarhill Gang classic "Rapper's Delight" in the late 90s, and now you can catch the pioneering crew with Kurtis Blow, Cold Crush Brothers, Rob Base, Joeski Love, Lovebug Starski and DJ Hollywood on December 23rd at BB King's. Tickets are still available.
Check out some classic Hit Squad (and related) videos below.
Pharoahe Monch @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Pharoahe Monch's latest tongue-twisting LP W.A.R. is out now via Duck Down Records and Monch has a pair of dates scheduled in the coming weeks. He'll head to Santiago, Chile to play a date on May 15th with Heltah Skeltah and Das Efx, and will play Brooklyn Bowl on May 10th with Jean Grae, Boogie Blind, J Period, and DP One. Tickets are on sale.
Pharoahe Monch recently joined Buckshot for a performance at the Comedy Awards of "Jon Cryer Will Fuck You Up" featuring the Two & A Half Men star. Check out video from that comedic performance as well as a recent interview below.
The Hip Hop Legends Series continues at BB King's on June 17th. Tickets are on sale for a show that will feature performances by Naughty By Nature, Nice & Smooth, Black Moon, Smif-N-Wesson, MC Lyte, Raekwon, Show Biz & AG, Lord Finesse, Das Efx and DJ's Funkmaster Flex & Chuck Chillout. Almost everyone on this bill also has shows coming up that are either free in a NYC park, part of the Brooklyn hip hop festival, or at Southpaw.
The Cult will perform "Love" in its entirety at Terminal 5 in NYC on September 11th. Tickets are on AmEx presale.
Vieux Farka Toure, son of Ali Farka, is playing Highline Ballroom on June 20th. Tickets are on sale.
The Roots keep adding shows at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are on sale for dates as far out as November.