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by Andrew Sacher
Plenty of great hip hop shows in NYC are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some recently-announced stuff coming up:
Veteran underground duo Cannibal Ox finally released the followup to their El-P-produced 2001 debut this year. They'll play their hometown again in support of it on October 22 at The Studio at Webster Hall. It's part of a tour with Liam Tracy. Tickets go on sale today (7/17) at noon. Watch their recently-released video for "Harlem Knights" (dir. Steven Tapia) off the new album, their first video in 14 years, below.
Warren G will release Regulate...G Funk Era Part II EP, the sequel to his 1994 debut album Regulate... G Funk Era, on August 6. The first single is "My House," a previously unreleased collaboration with the late Nate Dogg. Listen below. Warren G celebrates the new EP with a release show on August 9 at Highline Ballroom with EPMD. Tickets are on sale.
Kanye collaborator Travi$ Scott has apparently confirmed the release of his upcoming Rodeo album for September 4. While you wait for that, you can see him in NYC on Saturday (7/18) at 50 Kent for the 'Greatest Day Ever' show with Trippy Turtle, Shift K3Y and more. Tickets are still available.
Future, who has gotten a lot of hype for his recent mixtapes, has now put out his new album DS2. You can check out the Drake-featuring single "Where Ya At" and a Spotify stream of the whole record below. He's got a Newark show coming up in August (tickets).
Legendary duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth play their hometown on September 20 at BB King's. Tickets are on sale now. Pete also plays the screening of Nas documentary Time Is Illmatic on Sunday (7/19) in Queensbridge Park. That's a free SummerStage show.
Young Thug, who was recently arrested on drug and weapon charges but then released from jail and also accused of conspiring to kill Lil Wayne, released the new single "Pacifier" off his upcoming album Hy!£UN35. His next NYC show is September 17 at Central Park SummerStage, opening for RL Grime. Tickets are still available. You can listen to his new single below.
Browse our 'Hip Hop' section for more. What else?
Canada's Polaris Prize has just announced it's 2015 Shortlist and these are the 10 records vying for it this year:
Viet Cong - S/TThe winner will be announced on September 21 at a gala in Toronto. Who do you think will take home the $50,000 Prize?
Buffy Sainte-Marie - Power in the Blood
The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
Jennifer Castle - Pink City
Caribou - Our Love
Braids - Deep in the Iris
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul
Alvvays - S/T
by Andrew Sacher
Plenty of great hip hop shows in NYC are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some recently-announced stuff coming up:
Blog-hyped rapper Father plays SOB's on Monday (7/13) with KeithCharles Spacebar, Slug Christ and Playboi Carti. Tickets are on sale now. His latest release is this year's Who's Gonna Get Fucked First?, but he just made a video for "Cheap Thrills" off last year's Boys & Girls Club EP. You can watch it below.
Remember G-Unit? Lloyd Banks is playing BB King's on August 2 with Kyra Kane and Tay Best. Tickets are on sale now.
You may not hear about them as much these days (their last album was 2006), but former Brooklyn staples Lordz of Brooklyn are playing a NYC show with the great newer Queens rapper Meyhem Lauren and The Wilding Incident (featuring Sacha Jenkins of The White Mandingos). That show happens August 1 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are on sale.
Speaking of, White Mandingos member Murs returned this year with a new LP, Have A Nice Life. He'll come to NYC in support of it on November 7 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Red Pill and King Fantastic. Tickets are on sale. Watch the video for "No More Control" (featuring MNDR) from that album, below.
The OG-est of the OGs, Sugarhill Gang play Kings Theatre on August 15 with freestyle/dance musician Stevie B and disco singer Noel. Tickets are on sale.
The Underachievers recently announced their new album, Evermore - The Art of Duality, and today they released its lead single "Take Your Place." Listen below. Their tour with Pouya & the Buffet Boys, Kirk Knight and Bodega Bamz hits Webster Hall on October 24. Tickets are on sale now.
Other previously-discussed shows include this weekend's Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival with Common, Mobb Deep, Freeway and more; August's Afropunk Festival; Raekwon and Ghostface Killah's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx tour: Earl Sweatshirt; J. Cole / Big Sean / YG / Jeremih; Nicki Minaj / Meek Mill / Rae Sremmurd / Tinashe / DeJ Loaf; A$AP Rocky / Vic Mensa / Bodega Bamz / Remy Banks; Miguel; Jill Scott; and more.
Also, the new Drake video for "Energy" is out now. You can watch it below...
Meek Mill's new album Dreams Worth More Than Money is officially out today (6/29) via Maybach/Atlantic. It features brand new singles "R.I.C.O." (ft. Drake) and "Pullin' Up" (ft. The Weeknd), and 12 other tracks that include guest spots from Nicki Minaj, Swizz Beatz, Jeremih, RIck Ross, Diddy, Future and more. You can pick up the whole album on iTunes and listen to those two new singles below. A Spotify stream is also below.
Meek Mill has an upcoming tour opening for Nicki Minaj with Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and DeJ Loaf. That hits NYC on July 26 at Barclays Center and has other NYC-area shows at PNC Bank Arts Center (7/24) and Susquehanna Bank Center (8/6). Tickets for those are still available.
The long list for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been announced. It includes Drake, The New Pornographers, Death From Above 1979, Caribou, Alvvays, White Lung, Viet Cong, METZ, Cold Specks, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld, Patrick Watson, Absolutely Free, Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah, Braids, Tobias Jesso Jr and more.
The shortlist will be announced July 16, and the winner will be announced September 21. Check out the full longlist below.
photos by P Squared Photography
Florence and the Machine were the first act to put on a show worthy of a headliner. Drenched in warm golden light, Florence hopped around on one leg as she led the crowd in sing-alongs of hits such as What the Water Gave Me and Shake It Out. Her performance felt quite reserved compared to that of St Vincent, who brought out a pink Aztex-style pyramid and two backing dancers in chrome jumpsuits before putting on the performance of the day. Tracks like Marrow felt hugely aided by her band's saturated, chunky and almost shoddy-sounding synths, while St Vincent danced in sync with her troupe, who tottered around like Daryl Hannah's dying replicant in Blade Runner. The crowd were addressed as "citizens of New York city" and she stopped proceedings for a Thomas Pynchon-esque short story about an imagined storm in New York in which you grab an Arthur Russell record and Susan Sontag's diaries and hide out in a cupboard. [The Guardian]Annual NYC music festival Governors Ball went down this past weekend on Randall's Island. Day 1, Friday (6/5), had Drake's hits-filled set, Ezra Koenig's guest appearance during Chromeo's set, an unfortunate Rae Sremmurd injury, St. Vincent, The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Florence + the Machine, Ratatat, Death From Above 1979, Odesza, Rudimental and more.
photo: Drake @ Governors Ball (by laufik)
"On June 5, day one of the three-day gathering -- the east coast's answer to Coachella -- many wondered whether [Drake] would shine during his headlining set, memories of his lukewarm California performances still fresh in peoples' minds. Fortunately for fans who trekked out to New York's Randall's Island, Drake has something to prove. And did he ever.Drake's full setlist and some Instagrams from his set can be perused below. We'll have a full set of pictures from day one coming soon including St. Vincent, My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, and Chromeo who brought out Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig during their set.
Drake took the stage with "Legend," the opening to his latest mixtape, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, launching into a 90-minute set that blazed through much of his catalog, including the tracks "Over," "Started From the Bottom," "Worst Behavior" and "0 to 100 / The Catch Up")." [Billboard]
Earlier in the day, another hip hop set didn't go as well and Rae Sremmurd's Slim Jimmy left the fest in an ambulance.
Some of the sets will be broadcast on SiriusXM.
If you're going, Sharon Van Etten has some tips.
photo: ACL 2014 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
The Austin City Limits festival returns to Zilker Park from October 2-4 and October 9-11, and though the lineup wasn't supposed to be announced until this Tuesday, Austin 360 points out that the festival's website leaked it early. The posting was quickly taken down, but not before 365 Things Austin could screenshot it. It was accurate and the ACL 2015 includes Foo Fighters, Drake, The Strokes, The Weeknd, Disclosure, Deadmau5, Bassnectar, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, Sturgill Simpson, The Decemberists, Brand New, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Billy Idol, Chance the Rapper, Father John Misty, Brandon Flowers, Run the Jewels, Sylvan Esso, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse and more.
Check out the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (5/5) at 10 AM CDT.
photos by Samantha Saturday
Drake / St. Vincent / Jenny Lewis
Remember punk? The supposed sound of youth and clarity? I don't know about that. Every kind of music has the age it is and the age it wants to be. At Coachella, electronic dance music wants to be young, electro-soul wants to be late-20s and early 30s, and punk, regardless of the age of the people playing it, wants to be middle-aged or older, with mixed feelings. It's the sound of probity, disappointment, disapproval.Coachella 2015 day 3 had the most amount of punk bands of the three days, a genre that was surprisingly well-represented this year, despite the bands' much smaller crowds compared to the increased interest in EDM acts. Day 3 had Brand New, Conor Oberst's recently-reformed Desaparecidos, OFF!, Touche Amore and Joyce Manor, as well as somewhat-related bands like Conor's old Saddle Creek pal Jenny Lewis and Brand New/Desaparecidos' sideshow mate Built to Spill. According to Ian Cohen at Pitchfork, those punk bands "tore through tight and triumphant sets--the difference between bands that had to win over kids instead of critics over the years instead of vice versa was abundantly clear."
The visual clichés of Coachella are sunglasses and dyed blond hair and gym-rats with neon tank tops. The punk shows I've seen so far -- there are a few of them here and there, with small crowds, like secret meetings -- are where the sundresses and tank tops are not. The obstructing monolith disappears; suddenly a different festival reveals itself. Whatever the music might give you, the sight is a relieving contrast. [NY Times]
It was also the day that Drake headlined (and, uh, made out with Madonna on stage), Florence + the Machine played (and sadly, Florence broke her foot after her set), and we got sets from Ryan Adams, St. Vincent, Jamie xx, Mac DeMarco, Panda Bear, Charles Bradley, Philip Selway, Angel Olsen, John Talabot, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs and more.
by Andrew Sacher
Atlanta rap group Two-9 recently put out their newest mixtape, B4FRVR, on Mike Will Made It's Ear Drummers label. Mike Will also executive produced it and did the beat sfor a handful of the songs, and labelmates Rae Sremmurd appear, as do Ty Dolla $ign and Wiz Khalifa. It's a pretty diverse tape, one that should appeal to fans of Rae Sremmurd's slow rap, Drake's melodic Rap&B, and the harder/faster stuff Two-9's hometown is known for. Stream it in full below.
Two-9 will be in NYC for two shows this week. First they play the 'Hot 97 Who's Next' show at SOB's on Thursday (2/19) with OVO's Mike Zombie (who produced Drake's "Started From the Bottom" and released his own mixtape in December) and Fame School (tickets). Later that night, they'll head to Webster Hall along with Mike Will Made It for Just Blaze's weekly House Party. Funk Flex will be at this week's party too, and tickets are on sale.
In related news, Mike Will Made It produced a handful of tracks on the new Juicy J mixtape, Blue Dream & Lean 2, and Rae Sremmurd feature on that one too. You can download that for free at DatPiff and stream it in full, with the Two-9 tape, below.
Drake said he'd be releasing an album this year called Views from the 6, and it's unclear if this in instead of or in addition to that, but he just dropped a new 17-song release called If You're Reading This It's Too Late. It's available on iTunes now and it's an official Cash Money release. It features his Lil Wayne collaboration "Used To" from Wayne's recent mixtape, and the previously released single "6 God." Travi$ Scott and Partynextdoor are on it too, and Partynextdoor, 40, Boi-1da and others produced.
A full album stream was up on OVO's Soundcloud, but then taken down. Now there's one via livemixtapes that you can stream below (for now at least), with the 14-minute short film "Jungle" that he put out earlier today.
Drake will also be in NYC for an NBA All-Star Weekend show with Nas at Irving Plaza on Friday.
photo via Adidas
So far this year, Kanye West has released the Paul McCartney collaboration "Only One," the Macca/Rihanna collab, "FourFiveSeconds," and earlier today at the fashion show for his new Adidas shoe (part of the ongoing NY Fashion Week) he debuted another new song, "Wolves," featuring Sia, Vic Mensa and production by Cashmere Cat and Sinjin Hawke. It's said to be the first track on his upcoming album. Watch a video of the debut, below.
UPDATE: The full official video of the show is out now, and watchable below. "Wolves" starts at the 8:19 mark.
Kanye also appears on Big Sean"s new song, "All Your Fault," which a 30-second clip of was just released. Kanye produced it, along with Travi$ Scott (who recently expanded his tour with Young Thug). The song will appear on Big Sean's upcoming new album, Dark Sky Paradise, which is out on February 24 via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam. Kanye (and Drake) also appear on previous single "Blessings." Listen to that, and the "All Your Fault" clip, below.
photo: Win at Pop Montreal's 2012 Pop Vs. Jock game (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Win Butler is returning to Madison Square Garden next week (2/13) -- not with Arcade Fire, but to play basketball on the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. He'll join Common, Kevin Hart, Nick Cannon, Michael Rapaport, Anthony Anderson and other stars of stage and screen. Win is becoming almost as known for his court skills as his musicianship. Almost. The two All-Star Celebrity teams will be coached by Spike Lee & New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, and ESPN Radio's Mike Golic & Mike Greenberg. It's sold out but you can watch it live on ESPN on Friday, February 13 at 7 PM.
That is part of the NBA's All-Star Weekend that includes the All-Star Saturday Night at Barclays on February 14 and the actual NBA All-Star Game on February 15.
Sprite, one of the All-Star sponsors, is also throwing a private Drake and Nas concert on February 13 at Irving Plaza, as Gawker detailed a few days ago. Sprite's Slam Dunk Contest, part of the Barclays 2/14 event, happens right after the Taco Bell Skills Test and the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, if you were wondering.
That same weekend, Win DJs NYC twice as DJ Windows 98. His first gig is The Hold Steady's Bowery Ballroom show on February 13 (which seems impossible since the game is that night, unless he DJs really late), and then he does it again at Baby's All Right on Valentine's Day.
Yesterday was Coachella, and today another spring 2015 festival lineup is announced: Governors Ball. The fest takes place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 5-7 and includes Drake, Bjork, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Ratatat, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Weird Al Yankovic, The War on Drugs, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, SBTRKT, Conor Oberst, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten, DIIV, Rustie, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Florence + the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chromeo, Flume, Sturgill Simpson, Kiesza, Strand of Oaks, Bishop Nehru, Kate Tempest and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.
Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...
PC Music's Hannah Diamond
Gorilla vs Bear posted their lists of their favorite albums (35) and songs (100) of 2014. Though the albums list does have some of the stuff you always see (like The War On Drugs), it's mostly got a lot of unique choices like Recycle Culture, Korallreven, Yumi Zouma, Beverly, Panda Bear's EP and more, and the #1 is pretty unique too. FKA twigs doesn't crack the albums list but she's on the tracks list twice, along with tracks by Tinashe, iLoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Grouper, a Recyle Culture remix of Taylor Swift, and plenty of PC Music representation.
Check out his full lists below...
The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.
Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...
This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.
UPDATE: Full list of nominations (
except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.
UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.
The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.
One of the many Drake co-signees, PARTYNEXTDOOR (whose last NYC show Drake appeared at), has announced a world tour for 2015. That tour brings him back to NYC on March 1 at Irving Plaza. No openers or guests announced yet. Tickets for Irving go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (12/5). All dates are listed below.
PND also just dropped four new songs, one with Travi$ Scott and one with Ca$h Out. You can listen to those below too.
Drake @ SOB's (via)
Though Drake didn't make an appearance with his friend iLoveMakonnen at SOB's on Tuesday (maybe he could have broke up the fight), he did show up last night at the same club to make a CMJ guest appearance with his other friend Partynextdoor. Video below.
iLoveMakonnen plays CMJ again at Fader Fort.
Speaking of not-so surprising CMJ guest appearances and Fader Fort, Dev Hynes joined his friend and collaborator Kindness on stage at Fader Fort late last night. Rapper DeJ Loaf (who brought out Remy Ma and her mom at Santos Tuesday) also joined rappers Rae Sremmurd (who played SOB's Tuesday before iLoveMakonnen who also joined Rae Sremmurd on stage).
Last night was also the late Joey Bada$$ and Vince Staples show at Highline Ballroomm, but more about that one later.
The day parties at Baby's All Right TODAY (10/24) AND TOMORROW are our BrooklynVegan ones. Hope to see you there.
Fader Fort continues tonight. Watch a video of FADER spending the day with Vince Staples before his recent SOB's show, with the Drake video, below...
In addition to Cam'ron, Remy Ma and A$AP Mob, one of the artists A-Trak brought out during his set at Fool's Gold Day Off this past Monday (9/1) was iLoveMakonnen, the newest signee to Drake's OVO Sound label, whose self-titled EP is out now and can be downloaded for free. It includes the sorta-viral single "Club Going Up On A Tuesday," which Drake released a version of not long ago with his own verse added. You can stream the Drake remix and watch a video of Makonnen playing "Tuesday" at Fool's Gold Day Off, below.
Makonnen also has two NYC shows coming up. First he plays Gramercy Theatre on September 12 (tickets). Then, he plays a smaller show at Baby's All Right on September 25, which is the first edition of Pigeons & Planes' new 'No Ceilings' show series and also features Pell, Daye Jack, Daytrip and Constant. Tickets for the Baby's show go on sale Friday (9/5) at noon. Worth noting that neither show is on a Tuesday.
Song stream and video below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
It's not just you: Over the last five years, there's been a seismic shift in the way we engage with music. We tweet, tumbl, stream, and share our favorite songs; we scour dead links and navigate obtrusive pop-ups for the newest mixtapes; we watch our music videos on Youtube and Vevo. We watched the explosion of EDM, the birth of drill, the rise and fall of chillwave. We debated how to pronounce FKA twigs, whether the album was dead, and where Bobby Shmurda's hat went. We met Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Grimes, Jessie Ware, Disclosure, Miguel, and Charli XCX. We saw LCD Soundsystem break up, Neutral Milk Hotel reunite, and My Bloody Valentine release a new album--a shooting star if there ever was one. [Pitchfork]By the end of this year it will be halfway through the current decade, and to mark that, Pitchfork is posting lists of the best tracks, albums, and videos of the decade so far, this week. Today, they put out their list of the top 200 tracks. Like most of Pitchfork's 'top tracks' lists, it ranges from big names to underdogs in indie, electronic, hip hop and more, plus a few huge radio-pop songs sprinkled in. Can you guess what made #1?
Check out the full list HERE and browse the top 20, below...
The short list for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Drake, Mac DeMarco, Chromeo, Owen Pallett, Tim Hecker, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Timber Timbre, Tanya Tagaq, Shad, Jessy Lanza and Basia Bulat.
The winner will be announced at a gala on September 22. Who do you think it will be? Who should win? Last year it was Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Full list below...