Entries tagged with: Denitia and Sene
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Body Count / Bad Brains / hula hoopers
After weeks of will-he-or-won't-he speculation, enigmatic R&B recluse D'Angelo made good on his promise to headline the 2014 Afropunk festival in Brooklyn on Sunday night. But not without keeping people guessing until the moment he stepped on stage.The free 2014 Afropunk Festival went down over the weekend in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on Saturday (8/23) and Sunday (8/24). The festival included a large variety of music from D'Angelo to Body Count to Fishbone to Shabazz Palaces to Sharon Jones to King Britt to Trash Talk and still plenty more. There was also a set from Bad Brains (sans HR), and as we spectulated, Cro-Mags singer John Joseph joined them (Cro-Mags played their own set as well), as did Living Colour's Corey Glover, rapper Murs (who's in White Mandingos with Darryl of Bad Brains), and Jesse Royal. Plus, mayor Bill de Blasio's metal-loving daughter Chiara introduced the Bad Brains' set (Bill was there too). Cold Specks was supposed to play too but unfortunately couldn't make it due to visa issues. Hopefully things will turn out better for her fall tour.
It was announced with much fanfare in June that he would headline the two-day music event devoted to black rock, punk, soul, art and skate culture, but in the weeks leading up to the event - which draws thousands each year - D'Angelo's name had disappeared from promotional material. Instead, the audience was promised only a "special guest" headliner. Until he appeared on stage an hour late, backed by members of the Roots, there were concerns in the crowd that D'Angelo would not show at all.
...Sunday's songs were mostly unfamiliar to the crowd who, if they came expecting hits, may have been disappointed. Even the covers he performed were relative deep cuts: one highlight was his take on Sly and the Family Stone's 1973 Thankful n' Thoughtful, in which D'Angelo played a funky clavinet over Roots bassist Mark Kelley's deep-in-the-pocket thump.
"Sunday morning, I forgot my prayer/ I should have been happy, to still be there," Sly sang then, lyrics all the more poignant coming from a man prone to silence and sabbaticals. The crowd was thankful to have him, too. [The Guardian]
More pictures and videos from Afropunk (though unfortunately we weren't able to get pics of D'Angelo or Bad Brains' guests) below...
by Andrew Sacher
This month's Red Bull Sound Select show in NYC is curated by AfroPunk and features TDE-signed R&B singer SZA, NYC queer rapper Cakes Da Killa, pop duo Denitia and Sene, Mykki Blanco collaborator Princess Nokia (aka Wavy Spice) and H09909 (who opened the recent Body Count show). The show takes place on July 15 at Rough Trade NYC and like most RBSS shows, admission is $3 with RSVP.
The entire lineup minus Princess Nokia is also on board for this year's free AfroPunk Festival happening August 23-24 in Commodore Barry Park with D'Angelo, Body Count, Trash Talk and more.
Cakes Da Killa's most recent mixtape, Hunger Pangs, came out at the end of June and followed 2013's The Eulogy. With excellent production from Wildkatz, LSDXOXO and others backing Cakes' spastic rhymes, it should appeal to any fans of his last release (or Mykki Blanco or Danny Brown). You can download it for free HERE and stream it below.
SZA also just put out a new song, "Moodring" (produced by frequent collaborator Felix Snow), which appears on DJ Kitty Cash's upcoming Love The Free II mixtape (due out 7/22). It's more of her atmospheric R&B/indie pop blend, and can also be streamed below.
D'Angelo at Brooklyn Bowl in 2013 (more by PSquared)
We already know Shabazz Palaces and clipping. would be playing Brooklyn's free AfroPunk Festival in Commodore Barry Park (8/23-24) and now many more artists have been announced. D'Angelo, Lianne La Havas, Body Count, Trash Talk, Meshell Ndegeocello, SZA, The Internet, Fishbone, Valerie June, Cold Specks, Cakes Da Killa, Gordon Voidwell, DJ Sliink, MikeQ, UNiiQU3, THEESatisfaction (DJ) and more are scheduled to play. Full lineup is listed below.
Like we said, the festival is totally FREE but if you don't want to wait on line, you can purchase tickets for fast pass admission.
by Wyatt Marshall
photo by Fabrizio Del Rincon
Brooklyn's Bowmont recently released the single "Just Cause You're Right," a dreamy electropop number that's grounded with dance-ready beats. The song's off a forthcoming EP, Hovering, due out this month, and the band is celebrating the occasion with a show at the Highline Ballroom on February 19th with Dragons of Zynth, Denitia & Sene and Pajama People as part of a Den Entertainment showcase. Tickets are available. For Boston people, you can catch Bowmont with Dinoczar and Vital Sign on February 17th at The Middle East.
Stream "Just Cause You're Right" below...
The Red Bull Sound Select series of NYC shows continues this month with a Brooklyn Bodega-curated show on August 13 at Paper Box (17 Meadow St). The show includes sets by Odd Future production duo The Internet (who just wrapped up a tour with Mac Miller, Chance the Rapper, and Vince Staples), and opening sets from three locals, including rapper Dyme-A-Duzin (who just played Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, which Brooklyn Bodega is one oft he presenters of), pop duo Denitia and Sene, and indie R&B singer Jade <3 (who's playing with Blind Benny).
Like all RBSS shows, admission is $3 at the door (8:30 start, and this one becomes $10 after 10 PM). Flyer and some streams/videos below...
Computer Magic @ Bowery Ballroom, 9/8/12 (more by Erik Erikson)
The Aputumpu Festival is a musical showcase featuring more than two dozen rising Brooklyn-based bands comprising the backbone of the burgeoning Brooklyn music scene.The Brooklyn music-centric Aputumpu Festival (started by the video blog of the same name) is back and the three-day fest happens at five venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan, beginning tonight (3/28) at Cameo for a night of indie electronics, featuring live sets from Dickpic, Psychic Twin, Vensaire, Silent Drape Runners, Stranger Cat, St Lenox and Brother Tiger, with a DJ set by Chrome Canyon.
For New York City, Aputumpu is a celebration of the best new talent in the city, an amalgam of creative and artistic forces which seem to be as much a part of the air as the weather. In a city overflowing with musical talent, these bands rise above with distinctive sounds and unforgettable performances.
Friday (3/29) is the big night for Aputumpu with a folk/world show at Joe's Pub with Azania, Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfege and more; Computer Magic, Friend Roulette and more at Studio at Webster Hall; and both stages at Public Assembly, with EDM in the front (Rubber Ross, iBeat, more), and punk in the back room (KNTRLR, Religious Girls, Cinema Cinema, more).
The festival closes out on Saturday (3/30) at Ran Tea House, with Eula, Speedy Ortiz, Bambara and more.
Aputumpu Festival passes are $30 and tickets to individual shows are $10. Passes and tickest to Cameo, Public Assembly and Ran Tea House can be purchased here, Joe's Pub tickets are here and Studio @ Webster Hall here.
Festival flyer and full line-ups for all Aputumpu shows below...
DOWNLOAD: TEEN - Ambient (MP3)
TEEN @ Webster Hall, Sept. 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn's TEEN are going on the road this month, and part of that trip will be spent opening on Memory Tapes' tour, including the previously-announced Glasslands show on February 6 to which tickets are still available. (Denitia and Sene have been added to that show as well.) They'll then do a few dates on their own before heading back to the NYC area to open The Thermals show at Maxwell's on March 9 . Tickets are still available for that show as well. All TEEN tour dates are listed below.
To hype you up for their upcoming jaunt, TEEN have let loose a previously-unreleased instrumental, "Ambient," which you can download above or stream below.
The Allman Brothers are playing ten shows at Beacon Theatre between March 1 to March 16. Tickets for all ten nights are on Fan Club presale now, go on AmEx presale today at noon, and general sale starts January 11 at 10 AM.
The Black Crowes are playing four nights in the NYC area this Apirl, with shows at The Capitol Theatre on April 2 and 3 and Terminal 5 on April 5 and 6. Tickets for the Capitol Theatre shows and the T5 shows go on sale January 11 at 10 AM.
The Big Pink are playing an Encore! Session at Le Baron Chinatown on January 7.
Zs, Mick Barr, Hubble, Kid Millions/Jim Sauter Duo, and DJ Ripley are playing Public Assembly on Sunday (1/6). No advance tickets, more details at the facebook event.
Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, Lux Perpetua, and Scott & Charlene's Wedding are playing Death by Audio on January 19. Admission is $7 at the door.