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Madonna @ Montreal's Bell Centre 9/9/2015
There was a backscreen projection of Nicki Minaj motormouthing through the shuddering bass in Bitch I'm Madonna (rarely has a song title been more perfect for pricey shirts at the merch stand), although the virtual cameo was upstaged by a cyclone of geishas. There was Madonna whipping off her skirt and playfully scolding the gawkers ("I'm up here") as she riffed on a Flying V in an aggressive Burning Up -- boiled down to an elemental form, like most of the set list's vintage pieces.Madonna launched her Rebel Heart Tour on Wednesday night (9/9) at Montreal's Bell Centre. The tour was actually supposed to have started August 29 in Miami, but the first five shows were canceled for more prep time. As you'd expect from Madge, this tour looks pure spectacle, featuring elaborate stage sets, dancers (some of whom are atop flexible poles a la Mad Max: Fury Road), and costumes by (deep breath), Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Alexander Wang, Fausto Puglisi, Jeremy Scott for Moschino, Nicolas Jebran, Miu Miu, Prada and Swarovski. And of course, button-pushing setpieces -- see "stripper nuns" in the quoted review above.
And there were the stripper nuns. Twenty-six years after Like a Prayer's video scandalized the Vatican and parents who relied on MTV as a cheap babysitter, the sight of dancers twisting down steel crucifixes while Madonna snapped "bitch, get off my pole" in Holy Water was hopefully intended to be comical. The Last Supper tableau that played out during a rumbling Vogue was more challenging, as was the dance-off in Devil Pray that seemed to advocate for spirituality as the most powerful drug. - [Montreal Gazette]
There was also no shortage of hits ("Burning Up," "La Isla Bonita," "Like a Virgin", "True Blue," "Holiday" and more) plus a sampling of new album Rebel Heart. Diplo, who is one of the album's producers, opened the show. Setlist, a few more wire images and a Madonna HQ-provided "by the numbers" breakdown of the tour (lights, shoes, giant crucifixes), below.
by Andrew Sacher
The Internet, Odd Future's neo-soul/alt-R&B group, released their new album Ego Death this week, featuring Janelle Monae, Vic Mensa, James Fauntleroy, Kaytranada and Tyler, the Creator. If you haven't heard it yet, check out a Spotify stream of the whole album and the video for the Kaytranada-featuring "Girl," below.
The Internet played three NYC shows in support of it earlier this week, Madiba Harlem on Monday (6/29), Baby's All Right on Tuesday (6/30) and opening for Basement Jaxx in Central Park last night (7/1). They've got one more NYC celebration planned, happening at Baby's East Village sister venue Elvis Guesthouse TONIGHT (7/2) for a late-night 11 PM show. Tickets are on sale. Their only other show announced at the moment is LA later this month with Cut Chemist and Shura.
Other Odd Future members Mike G and Left Brain will be in NYC the following week, playing the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on 7/9 with Speak, Pyramid Vritira, Mind Gone Larry, B.I.C. and HOA Bossman. Tickets are still available.
Tyler, the Creator will be here for the Mad Decent Block Parties in Coney Island's MCU Park on August 8 & 9. He plays day 2, with CL, Grandtheft, Party Favor, What So Not, Jack U (aka Skrillex & Diplo) and new additions iLoveMakonnen, Knife Party and Gorgon City (DJ). Day 1 has Cashmere Cat b2b Trippy Turtle, Die Antwoord, Gent & Jawns, Major Lazer, Vic Mensa, new additions Lunice, Tommy Trash, Yellow Claw, and one more TBA. Two-day passes are sold out, but you can still get single-day tickets for the block parties.
Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt is also touring in support of his excellent I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside, and hitting NYC on August 22 at Best Buy Theater with Remy Banks. Tickets are still available.
"I watched Tyler's interview with Hot 97. Basically, what he meant is that we don't hang out everyday," says Matt. "That's literally what he means. If Earl [Sweatshirt] saw Tyler today, they would give each other the biggest hug."Considering most Odd Future releases have been by the members' individual projects anyway, the news just seems to be -- as Earl Sweatshirt said -- "solidifying the obvious."
Matt insists there are no hard feelings among the members of OFWGKTA, but the producer does acknowledge Odd Future affiliates have broken off into separate camps.
"It's a badge. It's a great thing. Everything has to move on. Everything has to have closure," Matt states. "I think what rose from that is what really matters. A lot of great careers spawned from that, and a lot of great careers will continue to spawn from that."
The Internet video and album stream below...
Madonna's upcoming tour lands in NYC on September 16 & 17 at MSG and 9/19 at Barclays Center, and those three shows just got a pretty sweet opener. The very funny comedian Amy Schumer, who played NYC on her trainwreck tour earlier this week, will support Madonna at the shows. Tickets for all three are available.
Naturally, Amy (whose movie Trainwreck is out in July) has footage of her childhood self singing "Like A Prayer." Watch that, with Amy's recent hilarious "Celebrity Interview" clip from her Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer, below.
Madonna also just put out a new video. It's for her song "Bitch, I'm Madonna" (ft. Nicki Minaj, prod. Diplo & SOPHIE), and it features both Nicki and Diplo, as well as Kanye West, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Chris Rock and more. Watch below.
photo: Mad Decent Block Party 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
The Mad Decent Block Party tour returns this summer, and now initial lineups have been announced. Check the Block Party website for each city's specific lineup, but artists playing include Major Lazer, Diplo, Jack U, Skrillex, iLoveMakonnen, Tyler the Creator, Vic Mensa, T-Pain, Flosstradamus, Cashmere Cat, Die Antwoord, Cut Copy, Riff Raff, RL Grime, XXYYXX and more.
The NYC stops happen August 8 & 9 in Coney Island's MCU Park and have Cashmere Cat b2b Trippy Turtle, Die Antwoord, Gent & Jawns, Major Lazer, Vic Mensa and three more TBA on day 1; and CL, Grandtheft, Jack U, Party Favor, Tyler the Creator and What So Not on day 2.
Tickets for the whole tour are on sale now. All announced artists below.
Tyler the Creator's fourth album (counting Bastard) is out now. It's called Cherry Bomb and features Kanye West, Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Lil Wayne and more. You can listen below.
Once again, Skrillex and Diplo are hopping aboard a train in Canada for their Full Flex Express tour (modeled after the 1970 Festival Express tour), and they're bringing along a pretty cool cast of friends. Skrillz and Dippy are going as their collaborative Jack U project, and they'll be joined by Zeds Dead, A$AP Ferg, Tycho, Kiesza, Hundred Waters and Anna Lunoe x Mija. All stops the tour is making are listed below, and tickets for all dates are on sale.
Diplo and Anna Lunoe also both play Woodstock festival Mysteryland.
The first-ever US installment of electronic music festival Mysteryland took place last year at NY's Bethel Woods Center for the Arts -- the first festival to happen there since the original Woodstock. The festival returns this year on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25 with Diplo, Skream, Matthew Dear, Classixx, Dillon Francis, Empire of the Sun, Giraffage, iLoveMakonnen, Moon Boots, Psychemagik, Sweater Beats, Perseus, Goldroom, Bondax, Anna Lunoe and more. Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.
Meanwhile, Giraffage plays NY much sooner. This week actually, at Output on Thursday (3/19). Tickets are on sale.
Madonna's new album Rebel Heart is out this week, and she's now announced an international tour in support of it. The tour begins in Miami this August and is set to wrap up in Glasgow in late December.
She'll hit NYC for two arena shows -- September 16 at Madison Square Garden and September 19 at Barclays Center -- and will also be nearby for an Atlantic City show on October 3 at Boardwalk Hall. Presales for all dates begin at her website on Tuesday (3/3) at 10 AM local time, which you'll need an Icon Live Pass for (unless you're a Lifetime Legacy Member). Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Monday, March 9 at 10 AM with a Citi cardmember presale starting Wednesday (3/4) at 10 AM.
Rebel Heart features a handful of modern collaborators, including Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, Nicki Minaj, Diplo, Blood Diamonds, Sophie, Ariel Rechtshaid and more. Stream the song with Chance the Rapper, alongside the full list of tour dates, below...
You may have heard that demos of a new Madonna album leaked this week, and that she responded by saying she was "artistically raped" by hackers. Well now the Queen of Pop has officially announced her new album, which is called Rebel Heart and will be out on March 10 via Interscope.
She's also made six of the tracks available right now, including one called "Bitch I'm Madonna" featuring Nicki Minaj (!), and some of those tracks were produced by Kanye West and Diplo, according to Billboard. The album also may feature production from Blood Diamonds, SOPHIE, and not Ariel Pink.
You can purchase those six tracks via iTunes and stream them via Spotify below...
A$AP Ferg in Queens in May (more by Gretchen Robinette)
A$AP Ferg returned this week with a new mixtape, Ferg Forever. It's got production from Big K.R.I.T., Clams Casino, Mike Will Made It and others, with M.I.A., Big Sean, SZA, YG, Wynter Gordon and more making guest appearances. You can stream that in full below and download it for free at DatPiff.
After NYE, Ferg heads out on a tour with YG. That tour doesn't include any NYC dates but there are nearby stops in Connecticut, Boston and Philly. All dates are listed, with the new mixtape stream, below...
Uber and Spotify just announced a hip app partnership that starts going into effect in 10 major cities this Friday (11/21). As a demo video illusrates, Spotify premium users will be be able to choose the music they want to play in their Uber taxi ride in advance. "When your ride arrives, your tunes will be playing on the speakers. You can also change what's playing during your journey right through the Spotify and Uber mobile apps. It's all there - your own music and playlists and well as specially curated Uber playlists."
The ten "global launch cities" are London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney and Toronto. To generate some buzz, "Spotify and Uber are giving fans a chance to connect with some of their favorite artists" in those cities. Exact details haven't been announced yet, but "participating artists include: Andrew W.K., The Sam Willows, Ximena Sariñana, Ansiktet, Professor Green, Diplo, Matt and Kim, Ricki Lee, Kevin Drew and Jake Owen. These special events for Uber and Spotify users - including artist ride-alongs and exclusive live sessions in five of the 10 cities - will take place on Friday, November 21. Stay tuned for additional details."
This actually could be cool, especially for those 2012-like moments when you really just need to hear "Call Me Maybe," but for the sake of your driver, please choose your playlists responsibly, and never, ever call an Uber.... while the streets have been shut down by police in riot gear...
Diplo has a few dates coming up this year, and he'll be ringing in the new year in a big way when he teams up with Skrillex for a New Year's Eve show at Madison Square Garden. The show will include solo sets from each producer, plus a set as their collaborative project Jack U. Tickets are currently on AmEx presale with a Live Nation presale beginning Thursday (9/18) at 10 AM and the general on-sale starting Friday (9/19) at noon. All Diplo dates are listed below.
The pair have also premiered the studio version of their collaboration with pop singer Kiesza, "Take Ü There," on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show. You can stream that below. Maybe Kiesza will show up on NYE? We know for sure she'll play NYC in October though, for the Downtown Music Festival.
List of dates and song stream below...
The Internet has been spreading rumors that Diplo and Skrillex were booed after performances at Burning Man this year. Diplo says not true:
Despite rumors .. I wanna thank robot heart crew for putting together and awesome lineup or surprise guests and attendees that is gettin lost in a really lame false news story.. Although robot heart is anonymous and strictly a deeply quiet crew .. One of the founders .. Jaspn swamy loves this funny moment and is astounded that this is one of the busiest press stories from this years burning man.. Not only me and skrillex popped in but also above and beyond , thievery corp and Seth and many more underground artists.. No one is ever listed or promoted and all the lineups word of mouth .. I have been friends of Jason (who's has booked me outside of bm in other countries) for many years and nothing on hear articles is true .. There was no booing .. No bad vibes ... Nothing about seth troxler was true either... I wanna say one thing... I'm a dj thru and thru .. We did about 8 sets thru our few days at BM.. Ranging from trap dubstep at question mark to uk bass on the opulent temple .. Dub and classic reggae on the dancestranaught car and even deep techno and tribal house on robot heart.. Everyone on stage had a fun moment when we played a few tunes as we were Just killing time while the next dj was setting up.. We weren't kicked off or booed .. Jus wrapped our set up with an inside joke ... And of all the stories to come out after an amazing week... This is pretty tabloidish that's not what burningman is about.. Everything we did there was good fun and all the people that attended knows it.. - DiploBurning Man pictures above via Diplo's Instagram.
photos Chris La Putt
Vic Mensa / fans / where's Molly?
We already posted one set of pictures from Saturday's Mad Decent Block Party in Coney Island's MCU Park (only one of the many Mad Decent Block Parties happening this summer). We've now got one more set of pictures from that, including shots of rapper Vic Mensa, and of course plenty more of everyone who came to party.
Part 1 of the pictures HERE. More of part 2, below...
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
photos by Chris La Putt
UPDATE: PART 2 PICS HERE.
The 2014 Mad Decent Block Parties are underway, having just hit NYC on Saturday (8/9) in Coney Island's MCU Park. The lineup included label boss Diplo plus rapper Vic Mensa who was fresh off a Lollapalooza performance where he covered The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" which he did again at the block party on Saturday. As always, the party -- which also included Dillon Francis, Diplo, Flosstradamus and a bunch of others -- was a wild time with nonstop dancing all day.
UPDATE: PART 2 PICS HERE. More pictures of part 1, below...
Vic Mensa at Lollapalooza last weekend (more by James Richards IV)
Chicago rapper/Chance the Rapper associate Vic Mensa has been on the rise this year, doing pretty cool things like playing "Clint Eastwood" with Damon Albarn, touring with Disclosure, and then making a song that sounds influenced by touring with Disclosure. He now just released a song with another hot electronic producer Kaytranada (who will release an EP on XL and tour later this year). It's called "Wimme Nah" (as in, now that he's getting hyped, all these people are with him now), and you can stream it below.
Video has also surfaced of Vic taking on The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" at his Lollapalooza set this past weekend, and you can watch that below too.
Vic was in NYC last night (8/7) playing the FADER / Goose Island show at Rough Trade. (Anyone catch that?) His tour continues tonight (8/8) in Philly, playing the first of four Mad Decent Block Parties that he was recently added to (in place of his pal Chance the Rapper who dropped off). Vic's also on the one happening in Coney Island's MCU Park this Saturday (8/9) with Big Gigantic, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Dougie F & DJ Fire, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Grandtheft, Walshy Fire and Young Kyle 187.
All of Vic's dates are listed, with the new song stream and video, below...
Dillon Francis at Mad Decent Block Party 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
The dates and venues were recently announced for the 2014 Mad Decent Block Parties, and now the lineups have been announced. Artists playing include Outkast (lucky Denver!), Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, Chance the Rapper, Fatboy Slim and many more.
The NYC stop, happening on August 9 in MCU Park @ Coney Island has Dillon Francis, Diplo, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Grandtheft, Walshy Fire and a headliner who hasn't been announced yet. (Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, and Diplo with Major Lazer all played last year's too.) Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (4/11) at noon with a Ticketmaster presale starting Wednesday (4/9) at 10 AM. There's also an ongoing presale for each date at the Mad Decent Block Party website which includes an exclusive Diplo mix, a Mad Decent Block Party zine (with "no words" because "reading sucks"), Mad Decent x Pizzaslime stickers, a Mad Decent Block party sticker, and a Mad Decent patch.
Flyer with full artist announcement and the list of dates/venues/individual city lineups, below...
Major Lazer at Mad Decent Block Party 2013 in NYC (more by Dylan Johnson)
Mostly-electronic label Mad Decent already do their block parties each year. And now, following in the footsteps of Holy Ship (which just announced its plans to now run two dance concert cruises a year), they're taking their show out to sea with the Mad Decent Boat Party. The cruise sets sail off the coast of Miami on November 12, hits Nassau, the Bahamas, and returns on November 16. It will feature label head Diplo and his Major Lazer project, plus Dillon Francis, Katy B, Riff Raff, Travi$ Scott, Cashmere Cat, Flosstradamus, Lunice and many more. Full initial lineup and flyer below. Pre-sale signups begin February 20 via Mad Decent Boat Party's website.
Regarding Holy Ship, that festival cruise will next sale from January 3-6 and February 25-28 in 2015, also off the coast of Miami. Pre-booking begins in March. Stay tuned for more info.
Mad Decent Boat Party initial lineup and flyer below...
photos by Chris Graham
Arcade Fire / Hives / fans at Big Day Out, 1/19/2014
'Song 2' by Blur plays loudly over the P.A. right before Arcade Fire starts. Woo-hoo! Oh, how we laugh. Their twilight set is masterful. Ten musicians on stage throughout. A diverse range of material plucked from their four albums. Plenty of shiny stage props to look at. To me they've always felt like a band moments away from crashing and burning under the weight of their own pretension but their songs are just too damn good for it to matter. 'Reflektor', in particular, is a monster live: dramatic, immersive, surprising. They're afforded 90 minutes on stage and it's time well-spent, though newie 'We Exist' is pretty dreary. I get the sense that the players love the material as much as the crowd does - which might sound like a weird thing to say. But I find that most bands play to the audience, revelling in the mechanics of the performance itself, rather than playing for the fans and allowing some of that intangible 'magic' to rain down like so much glitter fired from cannons - [The Vine]While we're in the depths of winter in North America, its prime summer festival season in Australia. The Big Day Out is one of Australia's premier music fests, and occurs in five cities over two weeks, kicking off at Gold Coast's Metricon Stadium & Carrara Parklands on January 19, featuring Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam, Snoop Dogg, Deftones, The Hives, Mudhoney, Tame Impala and lots more. We've got a set of pictures from the Gold Coast show in this post.
Diplo w/ Major Lazer at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Electric Zoo was cancelled today (9/1), but those in NYC will still have a chance to see Diplo tonight. He tweeted that he'll be playing Tribeca Grand Hotel (The Studios) (288 Church St) tonight with Cashmere Cat and special guests. He also since tweeted that Ricky Vaughn will be opening too. Doors are at 11 PM and tickets will only be available at the door.
Maybe he'll have a chance at that twerking record after all?
Danny Brown at 2013 Afro Punk Fest (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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...
DOWNLOAD: Bondax - "Giving It All" (MP3)
Modeselektor at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
As mentioned, NYC electronic festival Electric Zoo is returning to the recently restored (after Governors Ball damage) Randall's Island from August 30 to September 1. Though much of the lineup is stuff you probably want to stay away from (like Benny Benassi, Tiesto, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, etc), there's also a handful of people worth seeing, including Four Tet, Moderat, Bondax, A-Trak, Diplo, Baauer, AraabMuzik, Skream, Cyril Hahn, RL Grime, Just Blaze, Joy Orbison, and Scuba. Tickets (3-day passes and single day passes) are on sale now. Full lineup at the festival's site.
There have also been a number of official afterparties announced. There's one at Williamsburg's new danceclub hot spot Output each night of the fest. The two biggest standouts are Modeselektor and Rudimental DJing Best Buy Theater on August 31 with Delta Heavy (tickets), and Chicago house vet Cajmere (who also plays Warm Up that weekend) at Cielo on August 30 (tickets).
Moderat (aka Modeselektor and Apparat) finally released their second album, Moderat II, this month, and you can stream the whole thing via a Spotify widget below.
For UK duo Bondax, Electric Zoo and Chicago's North Coast Festival (which a bunch of other Electric Zoo artists also play) are their only two North American gigs at the moment, after they recently cancelled their appearances at Warm Up and Camp Bisco, which they would have played in July. Check out their recent single, "Giving It All," below, or download it above.
The PMR-signed Cyril Hahn will also return to NYC when his tour with Ryan Hemsworth hits 88 Palace on October 5.
Song streams below...
photos by Dylan Johnson
Major Lazer / the crowd / party's over early for some
The always-wild Mad Decent Block Party happened on Saturday (8/11) at Williamsburg Park, with Major Lazer, Matt & Kim, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, the occasional naked guy, and general debauchery. Once Williamsburg Park closed, the afterparty kept things going at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
More pics from Mad Decent Block Party 2013 (some of which are NSFW) are below.
Speaking of block parties, as discussed, the Mad Decent Block Parties are stopping in Brooklyn for a sold-out show on August 10 at Williamsburg Park with Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, Matt & Kim, Rockie Fresh, and more. Its also just been announced that at night, the "Mad Decent All-Stars" will head to Music Hall of Williamsburg for an afterparty. Tickets for the afterparty go on sale Tuesday (7/30) at noon.
Meanwhile, Dillon Francis recently released a new song with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, which you can listen to below...
Disclosure at MHOW in March (more by Jason Bergman)
Holy Ship!!! is returning in 2014 for its third year (hence the three exclamation points) and will set sail off the coast of Miami on January 9, 2014, returning on January 12. Artists playing this year include Pharrell, Disclosure (DJ), Diplo, A-Trak, Baauer, Flume, RL Grime, Flosstradamus, Just Blaze, Ryan Hemsworth, Jerome LOL, Shlohmo (DJ), and more. Tickets for the cruise are on sale now.
Full lineup below...