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photo: Hop Along at Baby's All Right in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hop Along

We just mentioned how a lot of music websites (like NPR) use this year midpoint to post their favorite albums of the year so far. Pitchfork isn't one of them, but they do post their Overlooked Records of the year. They write, "None of these releases received a Best New Music designation and not all were rated above an 8.0 but all are records worth revisiting." They've got a couple metal albums (Bell Witch, Sannhet), that ambient Jeff Bridges album, and the no-longer-overlooked indie rockers Hop Along (who also made best-of-2015-so-far lists from Rolling Stone, AV Club, Stereogum, Paste, Flavorwire, Noisey, and NPR's song list).

The list is also interestingly heavy on relatively underground electronic records, including Lakker, Mbongwana Star, Mumdance & Logos, Anthony Naples, Pearson Sound and Smurphy. Check out the whole list below, and read their commentary here.

Sicko Mobb

In terms of rap, it has Joey Bada$$ (who plays NYC this week), and Chicago duo Sicko Mobb. Sicko Mobb will make their way over to NYC on July 25 for Warm Up with Baauer, Skepta and more (tickets); and a late show at Palisades that night with Taso, Ricky Eat Acid and Tripletrain (tickets).

Sicko Mobb made the list for their Super Saiyan Vol 2 mixtape, which you can download for free at DatPiff and stream below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Dawn Richard

R&B singer Dawn Richard's last album was 2013's Goldenheart, and she's since revealed that it is the first in a planned album trilogy. The second intallment, Blackheart, is coming on January 15, 2015, two years to the date after its predecessor. Its first single, "Blow," is out now. The production here dives a little deeper into heavy electronics than her last album, and similarly to that one, it's not really "indie R&B" but it's not exactly standard radio fare either. You can watch the video (dir. Monty Marsh) for the single and check out the album artwork below.

Dawn also has two shows scheduled following the release of the album, one in NYC and one in California. The NYC show happens January 22 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Full tour schedule, with the video and LP artwork, below...

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Pride

Happy NYC Pride 2013! Events and festivities are already underway, and culminates on Sunday (6/30) with the annual Dance on the Pier featuring live performances from Cher and Deborah Cox (sold out). That happens immediately after The March, whose Grand Marshals this year are Edie Windsor, Harry Belafonte and Earl Fowlke. The March kicks off at 36th St. & Fifth Ave at noon and ends at Christopher & Greenwich. Sunday is also the Pridefest street festival which happens on Hudson St. between Abingdon Sq. and W. 14th St.

Friday night (6/28) is The Rally, a free event happening at Hudson River Park's Pier 26 from 7 PM - 10 PM with performances by Pan Am and Vicci Martinez.

On Saturday (2/29) there's "Rapture on the River," an afternoon dance party that is the only official women's event of NYC Pride. It also happens at Hudson River Park's Pier 26 and is from 3 PM - 10 PMTickets are on sale now. That night, there is a VIP Rooftop party at Hudson Terrace (tickets), or you could head to Hammerstein Ballroom for an unofficial party hosted by TV's Wendy Williams and featuring performances by Dawn Richard (tickets). There's loads of other unofficial events going on all weekend, too.

For more details on the oficial pride events, visit the official NYCPride.org.

by Andrew Sacher

Dawn Richard
Dawn Richard

R&B singer Dawn Richard, who released the solid GoldenHeart earlier this year, is playing a few shows in the Northeast this spring/summer including two in NYC. The first is a headlining gig on May 28 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that one are on sale now. Then, she'll do a "special performance" at a 2013 NYC Pride event, which talk show host Wendy Williams is hosting, on June 29 at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets for that are on sale now too.

Dawn recently released the official remix for GoldenHeart track "Northern Lights." The remix features a new guest verse from Eve, and you can stream it below. Eve hasn't released an album in over ten years, but she's set to change that this month with Lip Lock, which is due out on May 14. Dawn will repay the favor by contributing vocals to a track on that album (which Missy Elliot, Snoop Dogg, Juicy J, Pusha T, and others also feature on). Eve just went H.A.M. on a new single from that album, "EVE," for which a video just came out this week. You can watch it below.

All Dawn Richard dates are listed, along with that song stream and video, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Dawn Richard

R&B singer Dawn Richard was formerly a member the mid-2000s Bad Boy Records-signed all-female group Danity Kane, after which she joined Diddy Dirty Money and then began a solo career in 2011 which led to 2012's Armor On, one of the most overlooked but great EPs of last year. The EP harnessed dark multi-layered production that pulled from Afro-centric polyrhythms, minimal late night sensuality, and radio appeal, and showed Dawn growing as an increasingly versatile singer. If you haven't yet, you can watch the video for EP track, "Bombs," below.

Dawn followed that EP last month (December) with the Whiteout EP and is now set to release a full length, GoldenHeart on January 15. Dawn just revealed snippets from the new album and you can stream those and check out the tracklist below. That's the cover art above. The album features production from Druski (who worked on Armor On), Fisticuffs (who worked with Miguel on his great Kaleidoscope Dream), and Denote. You can pre-order it now.

Dawn has a few dates scheduled (and is promising more) including one in NYC two days after the album release, January 17 at SOB's with Bridget Kelly and Aaron Camper. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A list of all dates, snippets and tracklist from the new album, and the video for "Bombs," below...

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