Entries tagged with: Drake
A$AP Rocky at FFF Fest 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
A$AP Rocky appeared on BET's "106 & Park" earlier this week (12/3) to reveal his new video for his posse cut, "Fuckin' Problem," which features Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and 2 Chainz. On the show, he also revealed the cover art for his new album, Long.Live.A$AP, and announced that it will be out January 15, after much delay. You can watch the "Fuckin' Problem" video and check out the album art below.
As mentioned, Rocky will be touring with Rihanna and playing NYC on May 4 and 5 at Barclays Center (night 1 sold out, night 2 tickets on sale) but if you'd prefer not to see him opening for a huge pop star in a huge arena, you can catch opening for T.I. at Best Buy Theater on December 18. Rocky appears on TI's upcoming album, Trouble Man (which drops the day of the show), on the track, "Wildside," so maybe he'll come out to perform it with Tip at the show. Tickets for that one are still available.
As mentioned, T.I. recently dropped the Andre 3000-featuring track, "Sorry," off Trouble Man. If you missed it, you can stream that below, along with the A$AP Rocky video, cover art, and a list of updated dates.
Negative Approach earlier this month in Chicago (more by Carmelo Espanola)
Penn Badgley in 'Greetings From Tim Buckley'
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
Did you know that Penn Badgley (aka Dan on Gossip Girl) is playing Jeff Buckley in upcoming biopic, Greetings from Tim Buckley? He's even been doing some stealth secret shows in NYC. Watch the trailer below.
Randy Newman is dreaming of... a white president.
As mentioned before, The Killers show at The Paramount is being webcast tonight, which will be directed by legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog. He also directed a mini Killers documentary, which you can watch below.
Speaking of The Killers, they just announced a tour with Tegan & Sara that will hit Madison Square Garden.
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs has a new video for his single "Your Love" which you can watch below.
You can stream Natural Child's new album, Hard in Heaven, over at Spinner.
A plethora of heavy music live photographs by Carmelo Espanola also went up today on BV Chicago.
A music monitoring firm has determined that Drake is currently the most pirated musician in the United States. If you live in the UK, it can tell you what artist is the most pirated in your neighborhood.
more stuff below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Run DMC / Pearl Jam / Drake at Made in America Fest 9/3/2012
A Run DMC reunion was one of the many highlights of the second day of the Jay-Z presented Made in America Festival which happened in Philadelphia over Labor Day Weekend. Monday's show also featured Pearl Jam, Drake, X, The Hives and others. Jay-Z joined Pearl Jam during their set for a performance of "99 Problems".
Pictures from day 1 are HERE and more pics from day 2 are below (along with Run DMC's setlist).
Gary Clark Jr. at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
As mentioned, Philly's Made In America Festival goes down this weekend (9/1 - 9/2) on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Since we last spoke, the lineup was expanded and now includes Drake (who was rumored but not on the initial lineup announcement), Jill Scott, Chris Cornell, The Hives, and Run DMC, who are all playing the second day (9/2), in addition to blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., who will be on the only performer on the bill playing both days, and others. Day 1 (9/1) will be headlined by festival head Jay-Z, and also includes Skrillex, Passion Pit, D'Angelo, Dirty Projectors, Janelle Monae, and others, and day 2 (9/2) will be headlined by Pearl Jam and also includes Odd Future, X, Santigold, and others. Tickets for the festival are still available.
If you're going to the fest, Philly is only about a two hour drive from NYC and this FAQ should help you find your way over (for directions use the address of Ben Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval in Philadelphia or the Philadelphia Museum of Art). Once you're there, that FAQ will also help you find your way around, parking tips, and more. There will be a free filtered water service at the festival site, but you can't bring glowsticks (sorry Skrillex fans).
A #MadeInAmerica video for Gary Clark Jr. and the lineup for the festival are below.
Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz, who has been making guest appearances for years and has a few mixtapes to his name as well, is set to release his first official album, Based on a T.R.U. Story, this week (8/14) via Def Jam. The album features guest spots from Kanye West, Drake, Nicki MInaj, Lil Wayne, The-Dream, John Legend, Scarface, and more. You can check out some streams and videos from the album and the cover art and tracklist below.
2 Chainz has some upcoming dates in support of the new album. His only live date in the NYC area is Rock the Bells, which he plays on September 1 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, but he'll be in NYC on Thursday (8/16) to sign autographs of the new album at J&R Music and Computer World (23 Park Row) at 6 PM. "Purchase the CD beginning 8/14 & receive a wristband to meet 2 Chainz on 8/16. While supplies last."
That same night (8/16), there will also be an official album release party for Based on a T.R.U. Story at Webster Hall for a Girls Night Out party (ladies free all night). No word on whether or not 2 Chainz will actually be showing up, but if he's in NYC for that autograph signing, it seems likely. The flier for this party is below.
UPDATE: Though Webster Hall is still open Thursday night, the 2 Chainz event is cancelled.
A list of all dates, videos, streams, and more below...
Last month the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, which awards a Canadian album of recorded music each year, revealed their long list and this week the short list was revealed. Cadence Weapon, Cold Specks, Drake, Kathleen Edwards, Feist, Fucked Up, Grimes, Handsome Furs, Japandroids, and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan are the 10 artists vying for this year's Prize, which will be announced at a gala on September 24. Who's gonna win?
Drake at Jones Beach - 6/16/12 (via Draii Rynell)
Drake brought his tour with J. Cole, 2 Chainz, Waka Flocka, Meek Mill and French Montana to the NYC area last week for shows at PNC Bank Arts Center (6/12) and Jones Beach (6/16) (and Saratoga, NY show in between - hope you didn't try to get in with your fake ID). The openers on that tour were all in the NYC area earlier this month for Summer Jam, where Drake's Young Money labelmate Nicki Minaj cancelled her headlining performance.
In between the PNC Bank Arts Center and Jones Beach shows, Drake stopped by NYC club W.i.P. at Greenhouse on Wednesday (6/13), where he allegedly got in a fight with Chris Brown over Rihanna, who both singers/rappers have dated. TMZ reports that bottles were thrown, at least 5 people were injured, and the club was left severely damaged. When the NYPD arrived, Chris and Drake had both already left the scene. You may have noticed cover stories the other day on papers like the NY Post. New "victims" are still coming forward (ready to sue).
Meek Mill, who was on tour with Drake, was there too and spoke to XXL about the incident. He said, "Things just happen in the club. I seen girls in there throwing bottles, all types of shit. All types of people. I never seen Chris Brown or Drake throw a bottle and I was there." And when asked if he himself threw a bottle, he responded, "Fuck no."
Game was not there for the fight, but he has collaborated with both Drake and Chris Brown on his 2011 album, The R.E.D. Album, and commented on the fight in an interview with BET:
"That's not a cool beef. They both can stop it now and go about they way, go they separate ways and get they money," he said, adding "If them niggas is rappers, I'm encouraging that shit. But if one of those niggas is an R&B nigga, then y'all need to cut that out. We need some songs to fuck to."NY Post reports that Drake's reps are insisting he did nothing wrong and Drake is refusing to speak to the NYPD. Wall Street Journal also now reports that the club has been shut down by the police.
Meanwhile, at Drake's Jones Beach show on Saturday (6/16), he brought out a number of guests including a Dipset reunion, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Busta Rhymes, and more. Regarding the Dipset reunion, FADER writes, "The evening's biggest surprise was a four-song Dipset reunion, with Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Cam'ron emerging one track at a time to join forces on "' Really Mean It' and 'Salute.'" Check out videos of Drake and his guests below.
The long list for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been revealed. It includes Leonard Cohen, Cold Specks, Drake, Feist, Fucked Up, Grimes, Japandroids, The Weeknd, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, and more. Check out the full list below. Who's your money on?
Georgia rapper Future released his official debut album, Pluto, on Epic Records last month, following a series of mixtapes, including 2012's Astronaut Status. Pluto features guest spots from R. Kelly, T.I., Drake, Snoop Dogg, Juicy J, and others. Check out videos of "Tony Montana" [Ft. Drake], "Magic (Remix)" [Ft. T.I.], and "Same Damn Time," below.
Future will be embarking on a two month long tour of the US in support of the album, which kicks off later this month with support from Pusha T. The tour hits NYC on June 4 at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on sale today, Friday (5/11) at 10 AM.
All dates and videos below...
DOWNLOAD: Drake feat. The Weeknd "Crew Love" (Star Slinger's Jersey Refix) (MP3)
UK electronic guru Star Slinger is currently finishing up some dates in Australia and is about to kick off a tour of North America with co-headliners The Hood Internet and their Chicago neighbor Chrissy Murderbot. That tour, dubbed the "Hood Slung" tour, will be in NYC next week for a May 9 show at Irving Plaza and tickets are still available. All dates on tare below.
Star Slinger has yet to release a full LP but stays busy if his Soundcloud page is any indication. Most recently, the UK producer remixed Darque E. Freeker's new single "Blueberry" that features ostentatious Detroit rapper Danny Brown. You can stream that below, along with a just-posted reworking of Drake/Weeknd colaboration "Crew Love" which you can also download at the top of this post.
After the Hood Slung wraps up, Star Slinger will continue touring around North America, concluding with an appearance at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 4. All Star Slinger tour dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Drake at Tammany Hall in 2010 (more by Brook Bobbins)
That tour didn't hit the NYC area but Drake has since announced another slew of North American dates which include PNC Bank Arts Center on June 12 in Holmdel, NJ and Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on June 16 in Wantagh, NY. Like the Kendrick/A$AP tour, most of the new dates, including both NYC area shows, are with a list of on-their-way-to-being-huge rappers: J. Cole, 2 Chainz (who last played NYC when he sold out SOBs in January), Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, and French Montana. Tickets for the PNC Bank Arts Center show and the Jones Beach show are on sale now.
All dates and the video for "Headlines" below...
A$AP Rocky at Creators Project in October (more by Ryan Barkan)
A$AP Rocky, who says he never even heard of Aesop Rock until "people started asking him that," is going on a tour in February and March with Drake and Kendrick Lamar. That tour doesn't include any NYC dates but A$AP Rocky will play his own show at Irving Plaza on February 1. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/30) at 10 AM.
In October, A$AP Rocky signed a $3 million record deal with Sony/RCA's Polo Grounds Music, and as Pitchfork points out, that's $1 million more than Drake's deal with Young Money was. He then released his LiveLoveA$AP mixtape which you can grab for free (it was one of Heems' favorite albums of 2011). He's now planning a proper release of the album for early 2012. Check out an interview at HipHopDX for more info on that and lots of other stuff.
All dates and another video interview below...
XXLMag and Hennessy are teaming up to present Kendrick Lamar at S.O.B.'s TONIGHT (12/19). The show will also a feature of showcase of artists from XXLMag's The Break, "the spot where new MCs get to show and prove their skills." The Break showcase will include Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire (who also plays Highline Ballroom with Action Bronson soon), Emilio Rojas, Phile Ade, and King Mez. Doors open at 8 PM and Hennessy is serving free drinks, You must be 21+ to enter, but you might have to be on list. Kendrick, the venue and XXL don't make that 100% clear. The show flier is below.
In February Kendrick is heading out on tour with Drake, who will meanwhile be in NYC (and on TV) on New Year's Eve (you can try to see it live via that link). As previously mentioned, ASAP Rocky was also chosen for Drake's tour (which was originally supposed to happen in the fall). All of those dates and a video of ASAP talking about Drake, Kendrick, Odd Future and other stuff, below...
"This is what happens if you cross the insufferably cute Zooey Deschannel with the Natalie Portman of Black Swan," I wrote in my original review. But that sounds way more interesting than the actuality of this bad modern Disney soundtrack.That was in reference to St. Vincent's new one. Jim's complete list of what he believes are the top 10 turkeys released in 2011, below...
A press release reads:
The much buzzed about rapper A$AP Rocky has signed with Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records, it was announced today by Bryan Leach, President of Polo Grounds Music, Inc. and Peter Edge, Chief Executive Officer, RCA Music Group.Check out the video for "Purple Swag" below...
"I feel great about the new deal; I believe it was destined and with a label like Polo Grounds & RCA behind me I don't see anything stopping us," says A$AP Rocky. "I wanted go with the right partner that can help get a bigger platform to get me and my A$AP crew's music and movement out. I expect to be in the same league as today's most relevant artists, and there are just some things you can't do on your own. The plan is to not only release great music, culture, and style for myself and A$AP worldwide, but to also be the next major artist/exec in the business and make great business men out of my brothers."...
...A$AP Rocky will perform at Vice magazine's Creators Project on Saturday, October 15 and the Fader Fort showcase during the CMJ Festival on Saturday, October 22. A$AP Rocky has also been tapped to join Drake's "Club Paradise" tour this fall.
TV on the Radio advertising Heineken in Aug (more by Ryan Muir)
"MADISON AVENUE claims that the annual Advertising Week in New York is like New York Fashion Week for smart people. The fashionable set counters that Advertising Week is like Fashion Week for ugly people.Music fans claim that both Fashion Week and Advertising Week are more importantly about the parties, and figuring out how to get into them. Drake, B.o.B., Natasha Bedingfield and Far East Movement play the "MySpace AMP'd Up Opening Concert" for Advertising week tonight (10/3). Tuesday is the "SAY Media Battle of the Ad Bands" at Highline Ballroom (where bands compete for the chance to sell out) (or something like that). TV on the Radio play Microsoft Live! at Terminal 5 on Wednesday.
As the eighth annual Advertising Week starts, it seems the organizers are smart in at least one way: They have significantly beefed up the agenda for the event -- which begins on Monday and continues through Friday -- with a lineup of compelling subjects and marquee-name speakers." [NY Times]
Today (9/8/11) is Fashion's Night Out which means tons of free events in stores and late night shopping throughout NYC. We've already mentioned events happening with Real Estate, Memoryhouse, Neon Indian, Andrew WK, Beth Ditto, White Rabbits, Best Coast, and members of MGMT/Chairlift/Violens. There are more.
Drake and Foster the People each make appearances that are sure to draw ridiculous crowds. Tanlines, School of Seven Bells, Sun Airway, Estelle, The Roots, Beach Fossils, Justin Townes Earle and many others also appear at stores tonight (James Murphy DOES NOT). You can browse the FNO website to find stuff, or you can instead check out the handy list we compiled by doing that for you, below....
Toronto PBR&B singer The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye), who came out of nowhere this past March with the dubsessed R&B mixtape House of Balloons, released its followup yesterday (8/18), Thursday. He's still wallowing in rumbling beats but this new tape throws in more than a bit of gentle acoustic guitar too. The whole thing was produced by Canadian producers Doc McKinney (Esthero, Santigold) and Illangelo, who both worked on his first mixtape as well. The rumors that he'd be working with Drake were confirmed true on the track "The Zone," which you can grab above. Download the entire tape above as well, or at The Weeknd's website, and stay tuned for his third release, Echoes of Silence, to drop sometime this fall.
Drake, SBTRKT & Sampha @ Wrongbar - 7/8/2011
As you might know, Drake remixed/rapped over the SBTRKT track "Wildfire" which otherwise features Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano on vocals. Last night (7/8), SBTRKT played a show at Wrongbar in Toronto. As we mentioned, a super special guest was expected in addition to SBTRKT vocalist Sampha. Guess who that was? Videos below.
Kanye West & Big Sean @ Irving Plaza Tuesday (Joshua Laboy)
Maybe it was all the excitement of summer finally arriving, but for whatever reason, NYC shows have been pretty heavy on the special guests lately. Here's a few we know about.
Reggie Watts was the secret guest that joined Glenn Kotche and Buke & Gass during 'Wilco weekend' at NYU for the Jab Abumrad's Radiolab Concert on Saturday (6/18). Reggie was a secret because of the two Summerstage shows he's playing this week including the one in Red Hook Park TONIGHT (6/24).
Reptar was a secret guest at the Thee Oh Sees Brooklyn Bowl show on Saturday (Reptar played Governors Ball earlier that day). And as predicted, Thee Oh Sees themselves were the secret headliner at Death by Audio the previous night (6/17).
Reptar, who also opened for Art Brut at Music Hall last night, will open for Foster the People at Terminal 5 on September 27th. The only mystery here is how Foster the People are big enough to headline Terminal 5 already! Tickets are on sale.
Ted Leo showed up as a special guest at the Eleanor Friedberger show at Europa during Northside. Bradford Cox was in the Audience. Catch Ted again at the free South Street Seaport kickoff party for the 4Knots Festival that Eleanor plays at the South Street Seaport a week later. It was just announced that Eleanor will also open for Deerhunter at their Webster Hall shows in August. (Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox must have really liked her set) Tickets for both Deerhunter shows are still available.
As also recently mentioned both Clams Casino and Neon Indian (DJ) were added as last minute surprises guests to the Northside show at Cameo on Sunday (6/19). The show was one day after Neon Indian played Governors Ball. Monday night Cameo hosted semi-secret DJ sets by YACHT, The Miracles Club & Midnight Magic, all who played MHOW on Sunday.
Kanye West showed up at Big Sean's Irving Plaza show on Tuesday (6/21), the same night Big Sean appeared on the Bon Iver episode of Fallon. Despite two of Kanye's friends being on Fallon on the same night however, Kanye did not make an appearance on the show (not even backstage). Videos from Irving Plaza below.
Justin Vernon did not show up at the S. Carey/David Bazan show at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (6/22), as we hoped he would. S. Carey is a member of Bon Iver's band and played with Justin the two days previous on both Fallon and Colbert.
Speaking of Fallon, Bob Mould (who DJs his Blowoff party at Highline Ballroom tonight) showed up and surprised people by playing a Sugar song backed by the Roots on the show. Mould recently performed live with the Foo Fighters during their set at Sasquatch. Video of that special guest appearance is below.
Lenny Kravtiz's daughter Zoë Kravitz and her band Elevator Fight played Southpaw with J*Davey on Tuesday (6/21). Lenny showed up to watch his daughter, but he wasn't the only crowd member blowing up Twitter. Drake was also in the audience to catch the show. FADER grabbed him outside the Park Slope venue for a quick video interview which you can watch below.
Flying Lotus & Just Blaze @ Music Hall (via the Comedian)
Flying Lotus headlined two Brainfeeder showcases (his label) this week. The first was at Bowery Ballroom on Monday (6/20) and the second at MHOW on Wednesday (6/22). Apparently trippy instrumentals aren't the only thing FlyLo digs when it comes to hip hop producers, because Just Blaze (Jay-Z, T.I.) showed up to play with him at the MHOW show. Flying Lotus also surprised NYC by playing a free late show at Le Poisson Rouge too.
Following in FlyLo's footsteps, Ivan & Alyosha gave NYC a gift in the form of a last-minute free late show at Mercury Lounge.
Crowded House frontman Neil Finn played with Eddie Vedder at Beacon Theatre on his tour with Glen Hansard.
And while opener Glen Hansard (Swell Season, the Frames) helped Vedder recreate "Sleepless Nights," the tender duet the pair shared on "Ukulele Songs," and the crowd found their voices and their feet for several of he night's tunes -- "Porch," "Unthought Known" -- the biggest roar erupted when Vedder invited Crowded House/Split Enz frontman Neil Finn to the stage for an impromptu collaboration Vedder jokingly called an "unrehearsed collision." With longtime friend Finn on organ, the twosome blended delicate harmonies on Hunters And Collectors' "Throw Your Arms Around Me." Finn took up a guitar and sat down next to Vedder to trade verses on Finn's Split Enz hit "I Got You," which found Finn playfully calling out chords to Vedder during the bridge. "It turns out we play that song differently," Vedder quipped, "But since he wrote it, he's right."Neil Finn plays his own show at Bowery Ballroom on 6/26. You can win two tickets on our Facebook.
Decked out in a trio of long white lab coats, Finn (organ) and Hansard (guitar) returned with Vedder for the second encore, the rousing "Big Hard Sun" from "Into The Wild." [Billboard]
As you know, Stephen Colbert was the special guest with The Black Belles on his own show last night (6/23). He performed with the band and also recorded a single with them which is now on sale via Third Man Records. Jack White actually also appeared on the show this time for his third and final appearance during StePhest Colbchella '011 and then appeared with Colbert again today (6/24) at The Lot at the High Line. Jack and the Black Belles were also spotted last night (6/23) bowling at Brooklyn Bowl. According to Questlove (who was DJing the venue), he "has bowling game."
Tonight (6/24) is the another Doveman show at LPR. Lisa Hannigan (who played 3 sold out NYC-area shows this week) and Mike Doughty are billed as openers, but according to Doveman, some secret special guests will be showing up as well (as usual).
Last but not least, as hinted, and confirmed earlier today, Fucked Up are the special guest at 285 Kent Saturday (6/26) with JEFF the Brotherhood and Iceage. Tickets are on sale at Record Grouch. Iceage also played a secret show at 538 Johnson while they were in town for Northside.
Any special appearances we left out?
The masked UK Producer SBTRKT (pronounced 'subtract') is scheduled to play Camp Bisco (7/7) and a PS1 Warm Up event on July 9 with Four Tet, FaltyDL, Matthewdavid, and others. You don't need to head upstate or stand in the sun to see him though because he's also scheduled a Brooklyn show at Glasslands on July 6 with Shigeto and Mux Mool. Exactly what formation SBTRKT will take at the Brooklyn show (DJ, full band, some mix of both, etc) is still TBD, but Glasslands tickets are on sale now. Camp Bisco will be a DJ set and PS1 will be "live set w/guest vocalist". What does "live" look like? It looks like THIS.
His self titled debut LP comes out June 27 in the UK and June 28 in the US via XL's Young Turks imprint, and it's streaming now on Hype Machine. We posted the track "Wildfire" (feat. Little Dragon) earlier this month, which you can grab here. Drake has since remixed the track and contributed some of his own vocals to it. Check that out, along with album tracklist and all tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
"expect absolutely nothing from me..." - The Weeknd
Readers of this site should be very familiar with Weekend, who just played a BrooklynVegan SXSW party and who we just interviewed. Their tour with Wire hits New York this Tuesday (4/5). Tickets are still on sale for the MHOW show, and for Weekend's show at Mercury Lounge the next day.
Weekend is not to be confused with the Canadian hazy electro-R&B artist Abel Tesfaye who records under the moniker The Weeknd (in part because he spells it "Weeknd" and not "Weekend"). He's currently all the rage due to his nine-song mixtape House of Balloons which he released last week for free on his website. Hype wars are only adding to the attention. A Pitchfork Best New Music tag and praise from the Village Voice are in controversy with an article from The Guardian which insists "indie-leaning music critics are once again getting R&B spectacularly wrong." Rolling Stone calls the Weeknd an "Artist To Watch" ("mama if you can hear me... i did it.. i'm a rolling stone now..", The Weeknd Tweeted). NY Mag highlights a funny new "PBR&B" subgenre name people are using on Twitter to describe the "hipster R&B" category that also includes artists like How to Dress Well and Odd Future associate Frank Ocean.
Like recent albums by James Blake and How To Dress Well, The Weeknd's mixtape is constantly crossing the lines between indie and R&B. With two Beach House samples (The Weeknd says their management is "cool as fuck"), a Siouxsie and the Banshees sample, and synthy beats that would feel far more at home at Electric Zoo than on an R. Kelly record, The Weeknd (whether he's ruining R&B or revolutionizing it) is certainly up to something worth listening to.
The Weeknd also has support from fellow Canadian Drake, who tweeted lyrics and linked to a song download before the mixtape was fully released. According to The Boombox who say Drake broke the new artist, it's rumored that The Weeknd, Drake and producer Noah "40" Shebib will be working together in the near future.
House of Balloons is available for free download on The Weeknd's website, but if you want to hear a couple songs first, check out the Beach House sampling "The Party & The After Party" and the album opener which contains the disclaimer, "You wanna be high for this," below...
photos by Brook Bobbins
Fool's Gold held a holiday party at the new Tammany Hall (ex-The Annex) on the LES on Friday night (12/17). DJ sets came from Mannie Fresh, Just Blaze, The Brothers Macklovitch (A-Trak & Dave1), Sammy Bananas, and special guest Drake. More pictures from the event, below...
photos by Chris Gersbeck, words by BBG
"Oh ps we are at radio city for the second night of drake ahows" -thefader
"@thefader SO JEALOUS IM NOT THERE" -bestcoastyy
Just before Small Black took the stage at the sold-out Bowery Ballroom tonight, Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino was Tweeting (what else?) about how she wished she were at the Drake show instead. Sounds about right. She doesn't seem to take her band, or its success, especially seriously. You get the sense that her prolific output in the past two years is less a result of creative urgency than just writing down the first thing that pops into her head...Ouchie. Male Bonding and Small Black supported Cosentino and Best Coast at Bowery Ballroom last night (9/29), one of two NYC shows for Best Coast who do it again tonight at a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg (the same place Bethany's boyfriend's band played less than two weeks earlier).
Given her priorities, it's hard to fault her for giving a lackadaisical performance. She did a grateful little speech about going from disgruntled New School student to Bowery Ballroom headliner, but if Cosentino is otherwise excited about her new place in the world, she didn't show it. There was a lot of staring dead-eyed into the middle distance and laughing at the minor antics of guitarist Bobb Bruno, the hardest-rocking member of Best Coast mostly by virtue of how much hair he has. -[Village Voice]
Of the three bands, Best Coast's tour-mates Male Bonding left the strongest impression on Chris (who took these photos). He says they "knocked people's socks of for 35 minutes". Male Bonding is also on board to play tonight's show, along with Alex Bleeker & the Freaks.
The Drake show last night was the second in a row at Radio City for the pop star. Jay-Z, Birdman, Fabolous, and Trey Songz all made guest appearances, performing songs they recorded with the crooner/MC. TeamYee reports that Baby, J. Cole, Young Jeezy, Tyga, and Mack Maine all showed up the night before. Bethany missed out.
Is it possible to Tweet a sigh of disappointment? If so, look for one later today. More pictures and the setlist from the Bowery Ballroom show, and Drake's setlist from the first night at Radio City, below...
Best Coast @ South Street Seaport in July (more by Chris La Putt)
today in NYC
* Ted Poor @ The Stone
* El Guincho @ Santos Party House
* Drake, Tyga @ Radio City Music Hall
* LCD Soundsystem @ Angel Orensanz
* Mark Olson, Vandaveer @ The Rock Shop
* Loren Stillman and Bad Touch @ The Stone
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Cameo Gallery
* Unearthly Trance, Suma, Pharoah @ Union Pool
* The Clean, Dump, Vermillion Sands @ Maxwell's
* Rogue Wave, Midlake, Peter Wolf Crier @ Webster Hall
* Howard Fishman, Will Holshouser Trio @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Best Coast, Male Bonding, Small Black @ Bowery Ballroom
* Golden Ages, Dinosaur Feathers, Post Post @ Death By Audio
* Shy Child, Your Youth, The Stationary Set, Dead Stars @ Pianos
* The Gay Blades, Chappo, Data Dog @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Juliana Hatfield & Evan Dando, The Shining Twins @ Mercury Lounge
* The Sundelles, Bottle Up And Go, Shark?, The Senors of Marseille @ Glasslands
* Margot & The Nuclear So and So's, The Lonely Forest, Cameron McGill @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Great Valley, Procedure Club, DILIAN, In Buenos Aires, Philip Seymour Hoffman @ Shea Stadium
Drake is in the middle of a run of shows at Radio City Music Hall. Check out the interview Drake gave Nardwuar earlier this year, in the video below...