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Major Lazer at Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Major Lazer

Diplo's Major Lazer project (which Switch is no longer a part of), who is set to play the Mad Decent Block Parties this summer, have just announced their own NYC show, which goes down on October 27 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon. A full Major Lazer tour has not been announced yet but a few other North American October dates exist, all of which are listed below.

Meanwhile, we recently mentioned that more details for the summer's free Mad Decent Block Parties have been revealed, and that the NYC party will go down on August 5 at Williamsburg Park with Major Lazer, Erol Alkan, Bonde Do Role, Lunice, Riff Raff, Mr Muthafuckin' eXquire, Reptar, Zebra Katz, Bosco Delrey, Baauer, Kito, and Paul Devro. The party is free and all ages but RSVP is required.

Mad Decent has also just announced that they'll throw a Puma-presented official (21+) after party at Music Hall of Williamsburg that night (8/5). The only performers listed as of this post are Erol Alkan (who plays the party in Williamsburg Park) and "guests." Tickets for the party are on sale now.

A list of all currently known Major Lazer dates below...

Continue reading "Major Lazer touring (dates); Mad Decent Block Party official afterparty happening at MHOW"

Holy Ship

Though there may be another release of tickets, the 2nd annual electronic music cruise Holy Ship!! sold out before any acts were announced. Or to be more specific:

Everyone who purchased a pre-book for HOLY SHIP!! will receive a token May 22 with a booking time to reserve a cabin. Only one pre-book is valid per cabin. Cabins can be booked by token holders anytime after the token goes live up until June 20. Token holders who do not book by June 20 are no longer guaranteed a cabin. If any cabins remain after this initial booking period, those who are on the wait list will be contacted.
If the rest of the cabins aren't taken by those on the waiting list, then they'll be released to the general public.

Here's who ticket holders will get to see at the event taking place Friday, January 4 through Monday, January 7, 2013. Complete lineup listed below...

Continue reading "Holy Ship!! 2013 lineup"

MCA

as you can imagine, shit is just fkd up right now. but i wanna say thank you to all our
friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support.
i'm glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him.
thank you.
That picture and message was posted to the Beastie Boys blog by Adam Horovitz on Sunday evening, two days after the band heartbreakingly confirmed MCA's death.

The high profile and on-stage tributes continued on Friday night and throughout the weekend. You saw what Coldplay, BADBADNOTGOOD & Bomb The Music Industry! did, as well as the message that Thom Yorke posted, and tributes by Madison Square Garden, the Mets, Rusko, A-Trak, the Mets and more. Check out even more below...

Continue reading "Ad-Rock posted a 'thank you' on Beastie Boys blog; SNL, Fallon, Social Distortion, Diplo & even Train paid tribute to MCA too"

by BBG

Total Control at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Total Control

Total Control's Henge Beat was a favorite around these parts, and now the band recently released a split 12" with Thee Oh Sees. Check out a video for Total Control's "For Lease" from that split below and order your copy via Castle Face.

Total Control currently have no US dates scheduled. Thee Oh Sees, on the other hand, will spend their summer abroad and have a handful of appearances in the US. The band, who recently played Austin Psych Fest, will play a gang of festival dates including the previously discussed Pitchfork, Outside Lands, Hopscotch, ATP I'll Be Your Mirror and the sold-out Woodsist Festival in Big Sur.

In addition, the band just signed on to be a part of the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle WA, joining names like Neko Case, Major Lazer, Fitz And The Tantrums, Phantogram, The Lumineers, Grimes, Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, Youth Lagoon, Diplo, Cloud Nothings, The Psychic Paramount, Twin Shadow, Dam-Funk and so many more across six-stages and as many city blocks during three days in July (7/20-7/22). Current lineup is below and tickets are on sale.

All tour dates, the Capitol Hill Block Party lineup and that "For Lease" video is below.

Continue reading "Total Control release video from split with Thee Oh Sees; Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party announces lineup"

Nicky Da B at Brooklyn Bowl in January (more by Erik Erikson)
Nicky Da B

New Orleans bounce artist Nicky Da B released his debut album, Please Don't Forget Da B last year. The album is driven by similar rapid fire vocal repetition to other artists in the genre like Big Freedia, who he opened for at Brooklyn Bowl in January. You can stream the entire album at the bottom of this post.

Unlike Freedia, Nicky Da B & DJ Rusy Lazer were down in Austin last month for SXSW, and they have a BUNCH OF NYC shows this week. They'll play Work In Progress tonight (4/2), Beauty Bar in Manhattan on Thursday (4/5) followed by a show at the Morgan on Thursday, after which they'll hit Santos Party House on Friday (4/6) with Kayla Guthrie, and Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (4/7) with SSION, LE1F and Hair Jail. After Brooklyn Bowl it's an afterparty at Public Assembly (with just Rusty and friends), and finally there's an Easter day party at the Morgan too. All dates are listed with more details below.

Nicky Da B is also one of the guests on Diplo's upcoming Express Yourself EP, which drops in May via Mad Decent. Check out the video for the EP's title track which Nicky Da B appears on below.

Big Freedia has upcoming shows, Santos Party House included, too.

All Nicky Da B/Rusy Lazer dates, album stream, and video below...

Continue reading "Nicky Da B & Rusty Lazer touring NYC this week (lots of parties, a Diplo video & album stream)"

flyer

Tickets go on sale today.

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Liturgy
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The above-pictured tweet is courtesy of Diplo who is currently out on the road with Sleigh Bells and Liturgy as opener. Lirtugy's next NYC show is with Zola Jesus and Talk Normal at Webster Hall (where fans will probably not make any weird faces), and their next NJ show will be part of a 2-day Metallica festival in Atlantic City called "Orion" (where they'll probably play so early, no Metallica fans will actually see them anyway).

Speaking of Zola Jesus, her tour just pit the Parish in Austin with Talk Normal and local Austin band Technicolor Hearts. Check out pictures at BV Austin.

Speaking of Diplo, he's on the cover of the new Billboard with Skrillex and A-Trak.

Liturgy's new video for "True Will" and all their curent tour dates are below...

Continue reading "I wonder what face the crowd will make when Liturgy opens for Metallica"

DOWNLOAD: Major Lazer - "Original Don" (Bert On Beats Don Dada Bootleg) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Major Lazer - "Original Don" (Black Cards Remix) (MP3)

Diplo

Diplo is keeping busy as usual. Check out a photo slideshow and dialog from a recent trip to Brazil at Vanity Fair. Speaking of Brazil, you can download Diplo's 2008 documentary on Brazilian Baile Funk on iTunes.

Diplo's set to release a free EP, titled Express Yourself, soon. The EP features collaborations with Datsik, Sabi, Elephant Man, GTA, Excision, Nicky Da B, Lazer Disk, and Billy the Gent. Listen to a sampler and check out the EP's artwork below.

Major Lazer (which Diplo is 1/2 of) released an "Original Don" EP in November and has since released a video for the song. Watch that below. Listen to the Bert On Beats Don Dada bootleg of "Original Don" and a Black Cards remix of the same track above (MP3) and below (stream) too.

Diplo has a few upcoming shows scheduled for the tail end of 2011 before he heads out on the Holy Ship! Cruise in early January. He plays in Philly tonight (12/29) at Union Transfer and then Dallas and then LA on New Year's Eve. In February he goes on tour with Sleigh Bells and Liturgy.

All dates, streams, videos (including Diplo's new Blackberry commercial) and artwork below...

Continue reading "Diplo in another Blackberry commercial, releasing new EP (listen to the sampler, Major Lazer & other stuff)"

by Andrew Sacher

Theophilus London in the studio w/ AraabMuzik (via AraabMuzik)
AraabMuzik and Theophilus

Theophilus London is touring the US and Canada in January and February after he plays the SnowGlove Festival in California at the end of this month. His tour will bring him to NYC on February 9 at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Theophilus, who has been tweeting about being in the studio, was just pictured in studio with AraabMuzik, who posted the above picture to his facebook earlier today.

AraabMuzik will be in NYC for New Year's Eve at the Ad Hoc party at 285 Kent with Balam Acab, Laurel Halo, Light Asylum, Run DMT, and a special guest. Tickets for that show are still available and there will be two open bars during the night.

Theophilus London's track, "I Stand Alone," was recently remixed by Skream (listen below) who it was just announced is opening for Skrillex at T5 (which sold right right out today). AraabMuzik also opens one of Skrillex's LA shows. Diplo opens one too. But even though Diplo's playing a Skrillex show and approving of the American kids loving it, he still feels that the "most exciting sound out of 2011" is the more atmospheric bass stuff like Balam Acab (who plays the NYE show in Brooklyn with AraabMuzik).

Speaking of approving, Balam Acab seems to approve of the track his Tri Angle label-mate Clams Casino produced for The Weeknd on The Weeknd's new mixtape, which you can download for free.

All Theophilus dates and the Skream remix below...

Continue reading "Theophilus London in the studio w/ AraabMuzik, remixed by Skream, going on tour (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Pusha T
Pusha T

Pusha T is playing in NYC TONIGHT (12/22) at Gramercy Theatre with NinjaSonik, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Gilbere Forte, Emilio Rojas, and Jasmine Solano. Tickets are still available.

Earlier this week, Pusha dropped a freestyle over Common's "Sweet" off of his new LP, The Dreamer/The Believer, which came out on Tuesday. The Smoking Section reports that the track is a diss at Drake (who is touring in 2012 with Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky). Stream it below.

Common played Highline Ballroom on Monday (12/19). Nas joined him at the show. You can stream the whole show below, and also check out a video of Nas joining in on "Ghetto Dreams" below.

Pusha T collaborator Wale also plays a show in NYC TONIGHT (12/22). HIs is at Webster Hall and tickets are still available. More dates, including one at Irving Plaza, are listed below.

Speaking of Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Emilio Rojas, they both just played S.O.B.'s with Kendrick Lamar on Monday (12/19). Talib Kweli saw the show, and tweeted, "The ASAP crew did a 20 min walk thru during the set. Classic Harlem lol." Check out a video from the show below.

Maybe Talib should give Diplo a heads up about Kendrick. Diplo recently tweeted "Kendrick lamar sounds like somebody that played for the supersonics in the 90s. Didn't know he was a rapper. What's his best tune?" (Hey Diplo, check out "The Spiteful Chant").

In other news, Kendrick told XXLMag that he and J. Cole are planning a joint album. "We're still trying to formulate it and sit down in a neutral zone, where either one of us is moving and doing shows, interviews and press all the time," he said. Kendrick told HipHopDx that he's lined up Just Blaze and Pete Rock for his next LP.

Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire will play NYC again when he opens for Action Bronson at Highline Ballroom on December 27. Tickets are still available. eXquire and Bronson both made Heems' list of favorite albums released in 2011.

Speaking of Talib Kweli, his group Idle Warship played Southpaw on 12/9. Some videos from that show are below. They'll do it again on January 4 at S.O.B.'s. Tickets are still available.

Dates, videos and stream below...

Continue reading "Pusha T & Wale play shows tonight (and other dates); Kendrick Lamar & Common & guests played recently (videos)"

Sleigh Bells at MHOW in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sleigh Bells

RCRDLBL and Bing are presenting a show at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center on December 15 with Smoke and Mirrors and special guest Diplo. The 21+ show is free but RSVP is required. The flier for this show is below.

Diplo also just announced a Florida tour with Sleigh Bells and Liturgy. The tour, which has been dubbed the 'Paradise Lost' tour, will be in support of the new Sleigh Bells album, Reign of Terror, which is due out on February 14 via Mom + Pop. No music from the album has been released yet (except for the riff-heavy album trailer) and a lot of the track titles share names with other popular songs and/or bands ("Born to Lose," "Leader of the Pack," "Comeback Kid," "Never Say Die," "D.O.A." etc). The album trailer and tracklist are below.

Speaking of Liturgy, they recently recorded their first ever Daytrotter Session, playing songs off of their Aesthetica album, which came out earlier this year. You can listen and download the entire session for free HERE.

All dates, video, fliers, and other stuff below...

Continue reading "Diplo playing free NYC show, going on tour w/ Liturgy & Sleigh Bells (who announced a new album)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Spoon @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
fun fun

Spoon had nothing to promote and no surplus of new songs to unveil. This was just an Austin band -- Austin's biggest indie band ever -- playing an Austin festival for their only major show of 2011 (at least so far). As a live unit, the four-piece that recorded Transmission (augmented here by an additional percussionist) is as precise as Spoon has ever been, cranking out savagely controlled, often slow-building versions of such songs as "Written in Reverse," "Delicate Places" and the instantaneously applauded "I Turn My Camera On." "We got horns!" frontman Britt Daniel proclaimed, bringing out a six-man section for "Cherry Bomb," "The Underdog" and "Jonathan Fisk." By the four-song encore, the crowd had both increased in enthusiasm and decreased in size -- no doubt some people had wandered to another stage to see the Damned, which Daniel himself had said he wished that he could do. [SPIN]
Personally I started at the Damned (who were great) and finished Saturday with about 30 minutes of Spoon which felt like the perfect chill ending to a long first-two-days of the outdoor Austin fest (right after their set I went back to the hotel, skipped all afterparties and crashed for 12 hours straight which made Sunday great).

Our first set of pictures from Saturday, Damned included, are HERE. Our second set continues, more of Spoon included, below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 -- Day 2 pics (part 2) -- Spoon, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Tinariwen, Purity Ring & more"

3 SBTRKT fans on Halloween @ Bowery Ballroom (chelseamae)
SBTRKT

SBTRKT & SBTRKT @ SBTRKT (nicklem)
SBTRKT

Katie Morse & Alex Holz as SBTRKT @ SBTRKT
SBTRKT

Just in case you forgot your costume (which SBTRKT himself never does), SBTRKT brought masks along to Bowery Ballroom last night to make sure every could join in Halloween/SBTRKT fun. Some also brought their own...

Continue reading "people dressed as SBTRKT at SBTRKT"

Deluna fest

Speaking of shows the Shins are playing...

"DeLuna Fest and Five Flags Tourism Group are excited to announce the performance schedule for this year's music festival taking place on the gorgeous sugar-white sands of Pensacola Beach, FL, on October 14th, 15th, and 16th. DeLuna Fest's five stages and waterfront hotels along Pensacola Beach will play host to over 80 bands..... Go to http://lineup.delunafest.com/schedule to see the full schedule for this year's outstanding line up for DeLuna Fest 2011 which includes Linkin Park on their only US Fall date, The Shins, Weezer, Cake, Jane's Addiction, Cut Copy, Big Boi, Matt & Kim, Girl Talk, Wanda Jackson, Bettye LaVette, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and many, many more.

Tickets are on sale now for only $189.95 for all three days, all stages and in/out privileges."
Don't hold Linkin Park against them. We know how hard it is for Florida festivals to sell tickets! Hotel options HERE.

photos by Andrew St. Clair, words by Andrew Sacher

Yelawolf

Fast-talking Alabama rapper Yelawolf was set to release his debut LP Radioactive on September 27 via Ghet-O-Vision/Shady/DGC/Interscope. A recently issued press release announced that the release date has been pushed back to October 25. The album features guest appearances by Big Boi, Eminem, and others. Producers include SupaHotBeats, Justice League, The Audibles, and Diplo. He released the first single from the album, "Hard White (Up in the Club" ft. Lil Jon on August 8. You can stream the track below and purchase it on iTunes. Expect a video soon.

Yelawolf is going on tour in support of the album this September and October with Rittz and DJ Craze. That tour (all dates below) hits NYC the day of the album's new release date, October 25 at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/19) at 10 AM.

Yelawolf recently finished up a run on the Warped Tour. Check out a belated set of pictures from both the Nassau Coliseum & Monmouth Park shows, along with all dates and the song stream below...

Continue reading "Yelawolf releasing 'Radioactive', touring (dates, new song stream & belated Warped Tour pics)"

Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
Slayer

Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.

The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others

2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.

Slayer also has a NYC performance coming up with Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth as part of the "Big Four" show at Yankee Stadium on 9/14. Tickets are still available.

Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup (Danzig Legazy, Passion Pit, Slayer, Lykke Li, The Damned, Henry Rollins & much more)"

"Wake n baked up, on route to NYC for the weekend." - Lunice

Lunice

You may know Lunice from the remix he did with Diplo for Deerhunter's "Helicopter", his insane dance moves, or from his instructional cooking videos (watch/listen to all of it below). We just posted a track he did with ST 2 Lettaz of G-Side (you can also listen to it below). Over a year ago Dazed Digital wrote:

Lunice Fermin Pierre II is many things. The prolific Canadian young gun first found net celebrity with his cult YouTube dance videos, his intergalactic B-Boy stance scored by the beat pack - the discordant wave of club banging hip hop producers that include San Francisco's Lazer Sword, LuckyMe's Mike Slott and LA's Nosaj Thing. Lunice's own 80's inspired, glitchy soul thizzes across official remixes for Big Dada whilst the blog platinum bootlegs of MOP, Lil Mama and Aaliyah keep his ManyBrain.blogspot.com family in check.
That blog has actualy become inactive, but Lunice has been keeping super busy.

He's got some upcoming dates including two this weekend in NYC: July 22 at Bowery Hotel with Pictureplane (DJ), Teengirl Fantasy (DJ), and Cool Places Soundsystem (in case you were wondering where that TBD NYC show on July 22 was going to be). Check out the flyer below, and note that RSVP may be required for the free party. Pictureplane & Teengirl Fantasy play live on July 23 at 285 Kent.

Lunice also plays Warm Up on Saturday, July 23 at PS1 with Gang Gang Dance (DJ), Syd tha Kyd, Miracles Club, and Laurel Halo.

He's also on the bill of Mad Decent Block Parties in Chicago and LA. He's not on the NYC party at South Street Seaport but Gang Gang Dance, who he shares a bill with at PS1 are. More Lunice dates below.

Speaking of Mad Decent Block Parties, Claude VonStroke was added to the NYC show and as hinted at, Curren$y was added to the Chicago date (now that he's done playing Pitchfork). Updated lineups and dates below.

All Lunice dates, videos, stream & updated Mad Decent lineups below...

Continue reading "Lunice is coming (2 NYC dates, 1 w/ Pictureplane), Mad Decent Block Parties update linueps (Lunice included)"

MAd Decent

As promised, Mad Decent are presenting free, all ages Block Parties in NYC, Philly, Chicago, and LA this summer. Each party's lineup is different and will have surprise guest appearances, along with food and carnival games. The first party is in NYC on July 30 at South Street Seaport with Gang Gang Dance, Zeds Dead, Claude VonStroke, BAIO (Vampire Weekend DJ set), The Hood Internet, Bosco Delrey, and PO PO. Artists playing other cities include Diplo, Das Racist, Curren$y, Reptar, Major Lazer, Death Grips and more.

The NYC block party is 9 days after Gang Gang Dance conclude their tour with Nguzunguzu and Total Freedom by headlining Rocks Off Concert Cruise on July 21 (no opener), and a week after they DJ at Warm Up (7/23).

Full Block Party lineups and dates below...

Continue reading "Mad Decent Block Party lineups announced (Gang Gang Dance & many more playing South Street Seaport in NYC)"

Electric Zoo

Giant and very-varied Labor Day Weekend electro festival Electric Zoo returns to Randall's Island on September 2-4 and just announced 14 more artists to its already big lineup which is split across four stages (times three days).

The fest this year features performances by big names like Moby (DJ set), Rusko, MSTRKRFT, Richie Hawtin as Plastikman, Chromeo, Boys Noize, Calvin Harris and Diplo. The lineup also includes smaller but familiar and exciting names like Daedelus, SebastiAn (Live), SBTRKT, Nicolas Jaar (Live), and many more. The whole thing is listed below.

SBTRKT meanwhile has dates coming up in July.

SebastiAn, who has had singles floating around for a few years now, and more recently a film score, finally released his first proper full length Total on May 30 via Ed Banger. The album is 22 songs of Daft Punk-esque aggressive French House and features vocal contributions from Mayer Hawthorne and M.I.A.. Check out a soundcloud stream of the M.I.A.-featured "C.T.F.O." (which stands for chill the fuck out) and the full tracklist also below.

More tour dates for Diplo, Chromeo and Rusko, along with the EZ lineup, and stuff, below...

Continue reading "Electric Zoo expands lineup (SBTRKT, Nicolas Jaar, MSTRKRFT, MANY more), SebastiAn released 'Total' on Ed Banger"

photos by Brook Bobbins

A-Trak @ Terminal 5 on April 30th
A-Trak

HARD Events, Cloud 9 Adventures, and Bowery Presents have announced the first Holy Ship! cruise (which is the new name for "HARD Cruise"). The cruise leaves Ft. Lauderdale on January 6 aboard the MSC Poesia with stops in Port Lucaya, Bahamas and a private island, returning to Ft. Lauderdale on January 9. The lineup includes Fatboy Slim, Diplo, Rusko, A-Trak, Steve Aoki, Skrillex, Destructo and others. Tickets go on sale June 15 via the Holy Ship! website. The full lineup is listed below.

A Pre-Cruise kickoff party will take place at Revolution Live in Florida on January 5. More details and lineup to be announced.

On January 8, 2012 the cruise stops at a private island where Fatboy Slim, Diplo, Buraka Som Sistema, and Dillon Francis play the first ever Holy Ship! Beach Boutique party.

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Fatboy Slim also plays the new Dance.Here.Now Festival which is taking place on the Beach at Governor's Island from July 1st-4th, 2011 (Paul Van Dyk, Benny Benassi, and Victor Calderone are also headliners at the Pacha-presented event). Early Bird tickets are on sale at their website.

A-Trak played a headlining show at Terminal 5 back on April 30th with Clipse and the Gaslamp Killer. More picutres from the show with the full Holy Ship! lineup and flyer, below...

Continue reading "Holy Ship! (not Hard Cruise) lineup ++ Fatboy Slim also playing 'Dance.Here.Now' on Governors Island ++++ live A-Trak pics"

photos by Brook Bobbins

Mad Decent Block Party

Like last year, Mad Decent will host a series of free outdoor dance party/concerts in select cities this summer. The "4th Annual Mad Decent Block Party" tour will bring Diplo and friends to Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and possibly a 5th U.S. city. Without getting too specific, they're promising Rusko, Major Lazer, and many more. Exact dates and lineups TBA.

Last year's NYC event was a crowded one at South Street Seaport on Saturday, August 7th with an advertised lineup of Eli Escobar, Max Glazer, Janka Nabay, Ricky Blaze & Chelly, Maluca, PO PO, Bosco Delrey, DJ Sega, Bathroom Sexx and Paul Devro. And it looked like this...

Continue reading "Mad Decent Block Parties returning this summer. Last year's NYC one was @ the Seaport (here are some pics)"

Miike Snow at Webster Hall (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Miike Snow

Downtown Music, LLC is an independently owned company which operates Downtown Records, Downtown Music Publishing, Downtown Music Services (Licensing Group), RCRDLBL.com and Downtown Recording Studios. Downtown Records is comprised of its Downtown and Mercer Street imprints and joint venture partners Dim Mak, Fool's Gold, and Mad Decent Records.
Downtown Records was founded in 2006 and they'll celebrate their fifth anniversary at Terminal 5 on March 5th by roping in some big names on their labels/imprints. Miike Snow will headline the show and will bring along Major Lazer with Santigold (who now has her own pair of Vans) and Ed Banger DJs Mehdi & So Me. Tickets are currently on AMEX presale and go on regular sale at noon tomorrow (1/28). The show marks four appearances in a row at Terminal 5 for Miike Snow, though the last was a DJ set.

The NYC date is one of two US dates scheduled for Major Lazer. They'll also take on Miami on March 12th as part of the 9 Mile Music Festival along with almost the entire Marley clan (Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Julian Marley, Kymani Marley) along with Inner Circle and many others. More details, including ticketing, can be found at the 9 Mile Music site.

Major Lazer and related tour dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Major Lazer playing Downtown Records birthday w/ Miike Snow & Santigold, 9 Mile Music Fest w/ Marleys"

DOWNLOAD: Sleigh Bells - "Tell Em" Diplo Remix (MP3)

Sleigh Bells in Philly (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Sleigh Bells

The first 300 kids lined up down the street got in. An aside: the only "Skins"-like moment of the night were the high schoolers behind me doing coke while their girlfriends peed on the sidewalk an hour and a half into the two hour freezing cold wait.

If you got in you'd find yourself awash in day-glo, smoke machines and a strange party that was equal parts rave and small town carnival. There was a rave themed moon-bounce and blacklight-face-paint... neat... Think "dance party themed" Bar Mitzvah with a real big budget.

The cast of the show was there too, they'd come down from an upper level, no drinks in hand, answering the pressing question of the night--whether or not the underage cast would be seen partying. Perhaps they left their drinks upstairs.

The entertainment was decent, including Klever, Drop The Lime, and Kill The Noise. The DJs played throughout the night, hunched over laptops, cranking out house and dubstep. A break in the rave came around 12 when Sleigh Bells came on-stage to play possibly the loudest set the human ear can handle. -[Gawker]

Gawker's review comes from the that Skins party (referred to as the "World's Biggest Eight Grade Dance") which featured Sleigh Bells as the headliner. Most people who RSVPed did not get in (the RSVP list reportedly was in the five figures). Some ended up in Brooklyn instead of Manhattan.

If you were left out in the cold (literally) at the Skins launch party, don't fret. After Sleigh Bells return from a stint in Europe at the tail end of February, the duo will hit the US with CSS for a string of tour dates in early May that will include dates at Webster Hall on May 11th and Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 12th. Tickets for both shows (Webster Hall, MHoW) go on AMEX presale on 1/26 at noon and regular sale 48 hours later. Neon Indian will open the dates that CSS won't, and Mr. Dream is on board for a string of dates including Webster Hall (with CSS).

A recent update to Diplo's Mad Decent blog revealed quite a bit about what Derek Miller of Sleigh Bells (ex-Poison The Well) and Diplo have been up to:

"Derek from sleigh bellz and me have matching florida tattoos and we both are from shitty parts of broward county // & their last album was one of the sickest of '10 .. its soo sick, its gave me a stomach ache .. half lyrnyrd skinnard half bangladesh half man half alligator.. . me and derek and alexis are bros and sis for life. in fact i like sleigh bells so much .. me and switch was in studio in nyc tryin to make tracks with derek and beyonce last week after we played her team their album .. dunno if we gonna manage to finish but was good times." - Diplo
A few things we learn from the above paragraph: First of all, Diplo needs a proofreader (like we can talk) and second, keep your fingers crossed because a Beyonce/Diplo/Switch/Derek Miller collabo track could surface (sounds interesting). While we wait, check out another Derek Miller/Diplo creation - a remix for Sleigh Bells's "Tell Em" (the actual reason for Diplo's blog post) which is downloadable above and streaming below, along side all tour dates.

Continue reading "Sleigh Bells (who you probably didn't see at the Skins party) touring w/ CSS & then Neon Indian (2011 dates)"

photos by Andrew St. Clair, words by BBG

Nas

Headlined by Nas and featuring appearances from Cee-Lo (who did perform "Fuck You!"), Pete Rock with surprise guest Dres of Black Sheep, Diplo and "surprise guest" J. Cole, the Heineken Inspire show went down on Saturday (11/13) at Pier 36 under the Manhattan Bridge in Manhattan. With doors at 3pm, it was a long show, and Nas had some technical difficulties but it was free and there was free beer. DJ Kool Herc didn't perform but he came out on stage to say hello.

DJ Premier was not on hand to link up with Pete Rock, even though the duo are working on a new LP together! The album is expected to be completed by year-end, and though hardly any details regarding release have been revealed, it is known that GZA will make an appearance on the album. Preemo and KRS-One also have a collaborative LP in the works, and Nas recently told Premier that he still wants a collaborative album, and he recently announced a label comp entitled Get Used to Us due on December 7th. Premier recently spoke with the Village Voice on the current state of hip hop.

More pictures and some video from the Heineken Inspire event are below.

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Heineken Inspire Encore
Sat. Nov 13, 2010 at 3:00pm EST (-05:00)
2 days away
Venue: It's a Secret!
Check your phone for location details morning of 11.13.10
New York, NY 10001

Ages: 21 and Over
Price: $ 0.00
This is a free event.

I.D. Required. Must be a US resident only.

Saturday, November 13th: 3pm
- Roxy Cottontail
- Pete Rock
- Diplo
- Cee Lo Green
- Nas
- & Surprise Guest

Enjoy Heineken Responsibly.

"Tickets" are now on PRESALE. Password = ENCORENYC (thx hiro). And if that doesn't work, "Tickets go on sale Sat. Nov 13, 2010 at 3:00pm EST (-05:00)"