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How to Dress Well @ The Slipper Room in June (more by Chris La Putt)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

How to Dress Well, Porcelain Raft, Heems (DJ) @ Glasslands
How to Dress Well continues to progress from his lo-fi R&B beginnings into a real-deal songwriter with much higher production, and this year's "What Is This Heart?" is his best example of that yet. Tonight's his first of two NYC appearances in NYC this week (though tomorrow's will be a less conventional show), and this is one of the last-ever shows at the soon-to-close venue. Sold out.

Reflection Eternal, Black Moon, Smif N Wessun, Chelsea Reject, Niko Is @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
It's Duck Down's annual holiday party, headlined by Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek's duo Reflection Eternal, who haven't played since 2010. Fellow Duck Down vets Black Moon and Smif N Wessun are on there too, along two newer artists. BrooklynVegan is proudly co-sponsoring this one.

Yelawolf @ Gramercy Theatre
Fast-talking southern rapper Yelawolf returns to NYC to headline Gramercy Theatre tonight. He's got a new album in the works for 2015. Maybe he'll play some of that tonight.

Frenchkiss Holiday Party @ Baby's All Right
Record label Frenchkiss is celebrating the holidays at Baby's tonight and a special guest is promised. Any idea who it'll be?

Rhett Miller, Jen Kirkman, Dave Hill, Wyatt Cenac @ City Winery
It's Rhett Miller's annual holiday show with a variety of music and comedy performers (Dave Hill is kinda both).

Gross Relations, Total Girlfriend Experience, Hounds Basket, Dahl Haus @ Knitting Factory
Recalling the fuzzy/synthy indie rock of bands like The Rentals, Brooklyn band Gross Relations make easily digestible pop of their own. They headline this local lineup tonight.

Dan St. Germain's "Christmas Spooktacular" @ Union Hall
Famed bearded New York comic Dan St. Germain is bringing his stand up to Union Hall tonight. He's truly redefined the comedy hustle, performing at every venue from The Stand to Conan in the past few months. Now, he's showcasing his talents in his home turf and bringing some talented friends along with him. Joining the "Spooktacular" is none other than Brooks Wheelan (SNL), Jared Logan (Comedy Central), Kevin Barnett (Sleepwalk With Me), Jacqueline Novak (fresh off her new album "Quality Notions"), and comedy duo Team Submarine (Chicago Sketchfest, NPR, UCB).

Slonk Donkerson, Dances, Heliotropes, Jangula @ Rough Trade
Here's a very solid lineup of Brooklyn indie, including the straight-up guitar pop of Slonk Donkerson and the heavy riffage of Heliotropes.

Estelle @ BB King's Blues Club
UK R&B and soul star Estelle (best known in the U.S for her 2008 hit "American Boy" with Kanye West) will be back with her fourth album, True Romance, early next year. Get an early taste at this intimate show tonight.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Tickets for Savages' third round of shows at Mercury Lounge, St. Vitus and Baby's All Right go on artist presale at 10AM (password: INEEDSOMETHINGNEW) and there's an AmEx presale for Mercury Lounge today starting at noon.

Tickets for The Gaslight Anthem show at Terminal 5 go on BrooklynVegan presale today at noon. PASSWORD HERE.

Tickets for the Hurray for the Riff Raff shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Estelle is playing B.B. King Blues Club on December 16. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Perfume Genius show at Stage 48 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the recently added U2 shows at MSG go on U2 Subscriber and VIP presale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Twerps show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band show at Le Poisson Rouge with Dads and Field Mouse go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the two BrooklynVegan-presented This Will Destroy You shows at Saint Vitus (Thursday and Friday) are on sale now.

Tickets for the Tobias Jesso Jr. show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Clark / Nosaj Thing show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Jessie Ware show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale tomorrow at noon.

Tickets for the recently added Sleater-Kinney shows go on presale today at 10AM.

San Cisco are playing Mercury Lounge on March 23. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on sale date Friday (December 12).

Phox are playing MHOW on February 15. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday at noon.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Grammys

Check out the entire list of 2013 Grammy Nominations below...

Continue reading "2013 Grammy Nominations announced (full list)"

Rakim @ Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
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Pentagram @ Power of the Riff in LA (photos by Adam Murray)
Pentagram

today in NYC
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Dayna Kurtz @ Barbes
* Emily Wells @ Ace Hotel
* Chicago @ Beacon Theatre
* Susana Baca @ City Winery
* IDENTITY Fest @ Jones Beach
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Talib Kweli (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Dom, Sheen Bros & DJs @ Public Assembly
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Leisure, Emil & Friends, Slam Donahue @ Littlefield
* Rakim, EPMD, Funkmaster Flex @ Central Park Summerstage
* Quitzow, Alexander Trust, WKC, Shock Diamond @ Bruar Falls
* Canadian Rifle, Shaved Christ, Foreigh Objects @ The Acheron
* Stephane Wrembel Presents The Django Experiment @ Barbes
* Iceage, Crazy Spirit, Raspberry Bulbs, Perdition @ Secret Project Robot
* Pretty Good Friends w/ Eugene Mirman, David Cross, AD Miles @ the Bell House
* Pentagram, JEFF The Brotherhood, Valient Thorr, ELKS @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Paul Metzger, Neg-Fi, Eleven Twenty-Nine (Silent Barn Benefit) @ Zebulon
* Doldrums, Zorch, Many Mansions, Say No! to Architecture @ Death By Audio
* People's Champs, Nate Hancock & The Declaration, Mariami, Lyonnais @ Mercury Lounge
* Pizza Hi-Five, Archagathus, Violent Gorge, Powercup, Misanthropic Noise @ Acheron
* Christopher Willits, Jozef Van Wissem, Noveller, Loren Dent, Alexander Turnquist @ Littlefield

The IDENTITY Festival comes to Jones Beach today. It looks like this:

KASKADE 10:00 PM / DISCO BISCUITS 8:10 PM / AVICII 6:25 PM / CHUCKIE 5:10 PM / BOOKA SHADE 3:55 PM / MODESELEKTOR 2:40 PM / JESSIE AND THE TOY BOYS 2:05 PM / DATA ROMANCE 1:00 PM

/ ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK x DIM MAK STAGE /
DJ SHADOW 10:15 PM / STEVE AOKI 8:15 PM / NERO 6:50 PM / STEVE LAWLER 5:40 PM / THE CRYSTAL METHOD 4:40 PM / HOLY GHOST! 3:40 PM / HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR 2:40 PM / LE CASTLE VANIA 1:40 PM

Flyer below.

Power 105.1 is hosting a show on Governors Island today with Fabolous, Kelly Rowland, Big Sean, Meek Mill, J. Cole, Estelle, Wale, and Ace Hood. Living Social has tickets for $20 each.

JEFF the Brotherhood, who recently played Rockawaway Beach, play LPR with Pentagram tonight.

DOM, who recently played Pier 54, play Rockaway Beach today plays Public Assembly today instead of Rockaway Beach due to rain..

Today at Pier 54 is the Blues BBQ with:

7:30 Bonerama
6:15 Shakura S'Aida
5:00 Walter Trout
3:45 Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley
2:30 Marquise Knox
Rakim headlines Central Park Summerstage today.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Sunday?"

photos by Colin Kerrigan

Earth, Wind & Fire help Philly celebrate Independence Day
The Roots 4th of July Summer Jam - Philadelphia

A little after 1 p.m., the Parkway was already jammed with people who had come from near and far for the Fourth of July celebration in Philadelphia - and it stayed that way well into the night as the Roots repeatedly rocked the stage, and Earth, Wind & Fire's Philip Bailey hit some stratospheric high notes.

Many came in red, white, and blue attire, with their children, their spouses, and their dogs.

Courtney Beckett, 22, a medical assistant from West Chester, even brought her six-foot boa constrictor, Sampson.

"They're cold-blooded, so they need heat," she explained as her cousin, Zhabree Jacobs, 8, let the reptile curl around her shoulders.

And, boy, did that snake get grilled.

Temperatures pushed 90 most of the day at the Wawa Welcome America celebration Monday, as people ate gyros and cheesesteaks, swayed to music, and reunited with friends and family to party Philadelphia-style.

Organizers had no official crowd count, although Mayor Nutter said, "This might be the largest Fourth of July event ever." The event has been known to draw a million or more people.

With a pink-and-orange sunset in the background and Sara Bareilles and the Roots performing. [Philly.com]

The Roots hosted and performed at their Fourth of July Jam in Philly with Earth Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Boyz II Men and others. The concert, which was billed as "the largest free concert in America," lived up to its title, though as expected at a concert that big, not everyone has a positive experience. According to Anthony Sbarro, "Way too many people at the Roots Fourth Of July on the Parkway concert. Good luck to whomever is going! I'd recommend against it." Tamika Chandler posted a video to her YouTube account of what she dubbed the "4th of July Jam Fiasco." The video description and tags read:
People arguing & fighting. I wanted to enjoy the concert but because so many people were trying to budge in front of those who were smart enough to be early and sitting down in their own seats, I ended up filming the entertaining arguments/fights that arose from this.

Parkway, Philadelphia, Philly, Jam, Concert, Fourth, 4th, of, July, Fireworks, Fights, Beer, Drunk, Arguing, Arguments, yelling, crowded, crowds, kids, pot, marijuana, smoking, wild, fiasco, rude, the roots, earth, wind, fire, &, and, PA, pennsylvania, city, mayor, nutter, police, popo, smh, penn's landing, downtown, city, delaware river, wawa, michael mcdonald, sarah bareilles

Check out her video work, and a video of Estelle and Michael McDonald performing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" together, below.

In other Roots news, Black Thought plays Brooklyn Bowl tonight (7/5) with J. Period, Mr. Mecca, Skotch Davis, Boogie Blind and DJ Suga Ray. Questlove DJs the same venue every Thursday. This Thursday is a "special free edition".

More pictures and videos from the 4th of July Jam below...

Continue reading "The Roots celebrated 4th of July in Philly w/ Earth, Wind & Fire, Estelle, Michael McDonald & more (pics & video)"

The Roots at Prospect Park in 2010 (more by David Andrako)
The Roots

Although musical options in NYC are limited on the 4th of July, you could head to Philly for the Philly Fourth of July Jam. This year's show, which is being billed as the "largest free concert in America," will feature The Roots and special guests including Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. It runs from 7-10pm at Benjamin Franklin Parkway and will be followed by fireworks (naturally).

Meanwhile you can catch Earth, Wind and Fire in NYC tonight tonight (6/28) and Wednesday (6/29) at Beacon Theatre. It's been forty years since Earth, Wind and Fire first hit the scene, and...

Forty years later, Bailey says Earth, Wind & Fire is still in pursuit of being the best band in the world.

"We're just being the best we can be and seizing the moment we've been given," he says.

"We still practice and we still hone our craft, though we've been playing these songs thousands and thousands of times. We make sure we go back and pay attention to the little details, and our audience appreciates the attention we put into stuff."

Throughout its storied career, Earth, Wind & Fire mixed funk-seared dance jams such as "September," "Boogie Wonderland" and "Serpentine Fire" with Quiet Storm classics such as "Devotion," "Can't Hide Love" and "Keep Your Head to the Sky." Often, the Grammy-winning band stoked its sound with African and Brazilian rhythms on its way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [Calgary Herald]

Earth, Wind and Fire also have shows scheduled in Atlantic City and CT before Philly on the 4th. All dates are listed below.

The Roots have been keeping super busy as usual. In addition to planning the biggest concert in America and collaborating with countless musicians, partially related to then playing Fallon on a daily basis, they played a series of interesting shows in NYC last week. At least Questlove is taking a day off from Brooklyn Bowl.

Most of those shows were part of the ongoing Blue Note Jazz Fest. Two of them, at the Blue Note, were The Roots and Rakim performing Paid in Full in its entirety...

"With an early show and a late show, the band ran through the 10 track of the classic album with funky flawlessness. During the first show, Nelson George asked Rakim and Black Thought questions about the album's legacy and Rakim's career at the beginning and half way points. The second show featured questions from Toure, and both Dave Chappelle and Talib Kweli were in the house who had their turn posing questions as well. Very dope stuff indeed." [Okayplayer]
Check out a video from this performance below. Estelle, also on the 4th of July show, played two shows at the Blue Note last week too.

The Roots also performed at the launch of Rebuild the Dream at Town Hall on Thursday (6/23). Rebuild the Dream is a new movement to bring back the American Dream and help Americans find jobs, go to college, etc. The Town Hall event consisted of a long motivational speech and call to action interspersed with a couple performances by The Roots. Learn more at the movement's website. Video of the entire event, and the other stuff, below.

Continue reading "The Roots played w/ Rakim, hosting giant 4th of July show in Philly w/ Estelle & Earth, Wind & Fire (who are on tour now)"

Blue Note

Brian Wilson played the Highline Ballroom [Sunday] night as part of its sister club's month-long Blue Note Jazz Festival, and though the two-set show featured his entire current Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin album of Gershwin standards, it wasn't jazz, really, but no less demanding--and rewarding.

The Beach Boys' beloved creative genius brought a 12-piece band of multi-instrumentalists/vocalists--and a local female string section--and all lived up to his contention that it's one of his best bands ever.

The Gershwin album, which was conceived under the aegis of his hero George Gershwin's estate, led off the second set--the first being a breathtaking recreation of Beach Boys classics ranging from the ultra-romantic 1963 ballad "Surfer Girl," his first composition, to the symphonic "Heroes And Villains" of 1967. While Wilson's ability to sing his signature falsetto vocal leads and harmonies is long gone, guitarist Jeff Foskett was downright spooky in mimicking it on hits like "Don't Worry Baby" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice." [Examiner]

As mentioned in that review, Brian Wilson's three shows at Highline Ballroom this week are part of the ongoing and inaugural Blue Note Jazz Festival, a month-long celebration of Blue Note's 30th Anniversary. The fest includes a ton of shows including the recent Aloe Blacc, Idle Warship, and Larry Graham gigs. Brian finished his run Tuesday night, while, Dave Brubeck (who just turned 90) and George Wein & the Newport All-Stars each began their own three-night run at Blue Note Jazz Club. Advanced tickets to the Dave Brubeck shows are sold out, but you can line up to sit be at the bar on a first come, first served basis (if you're 21+). Tickets are still on sale for George Wein.

Blue NoteThe festival also includes many other shows we've mentioned before including the Jimmy Scott shows at The Blue Note on June 23. Tickets are still on sale.

The recently mentioned Bjorkestra show at Highline Ballroom on June 14 is also part of the festival. As discussed, tickets are on sale and can be purchased with a 50% discount by using the access code "BIGBAND."

The Chaka Khan shows at BB King's on June 18 are also part of the festival. Tickets are still on sale.

The festival also includes the Roy Ayers and Pete Rock show at Highline Ballroom on June 22. Tickets are still on sale.

Bootsy Collins
Bootsy

Bootsy Collins, who just played Bonnaroo, brings his previously announced Blue Note festival show to BB King's on June 26....

"Bootsy Collins was just one more band on our to-do list -- we didn't expect him to nearly steal the whole festival. After an annoying hour-plus wait that had the crowd chanting "bullshit," Collins instantly won the fans back in his favor by bringing THA FUNK. Everything was on the one after that. Lead guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight melted minds, while original P-Funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell provided the ballast. A special mid-set run found the band tackling classics by P-Funk, Jimi Hendrix, and Sly and The Family Stone." [American Songwriter]
Tickets are still available for the NYC show.

Tickets are also still on sale for the two Roberta Flack shows at BB King's on June 24.

Questlove is presenting Mo' Meta Blues I at The Blue Note on June 20 and 21. Both days consist of an early show and a late show. Mo' Meta Blues I features Questlove on drums/electronics, Booker T on organ/keyboards/vocals, Eric Krasno on guitar, and Christian McBridge on bass. Tickets are on sale.

The following night (6/23), The Roots will present Mo' Meta Blues II - Paid In Full 25th Anniversary featuring Black Thought and Rakim at The Blue Note. There will also be an early and a late show. Advance tickets for table reservations are sold out, but you can still get in at the bar on a first come, first served basis (if you're 21+).

English R&B singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer Estelle plays two shows at Blue Note on June 24, her only upcoming appearances. Tickets are still on sale.

Al Kooper & Organ-asm play BB King's on June 29. Tickets are on sale.

"The Music of Stax Records" featuring Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Eddie Floyd and Lester Snell is happening on June 26 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are on sale.

Last but not least, we want to highlight the Dances of Vice presentred Powerhouse Stomp II: a musical tribute to the classic cartoons of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s on June 29 at Highline Ballroom featuring Brian Carpenter's Ghost Train Orchestra. Sounds fun and tickets are on sale.

Check the Blue Note Jazz Festival's website for the full schedule. A selection of related videos below..

Continue reading "Blue Note Jazz Fest continues -- Brian Wilson, Dave Brubeck, Bootsy Collins, The Roots, Roberta Flack, Estelle & more"

7th St in Park Slope last night (by Jon)
Park Slope

today in NYC
* Lyre Bird @ Barbes
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
* The Bad Plus @ Village Vanguard
* The Bouncing Souls @ The Stone Pony
* Lauryn Hill @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Disco Biscuits, Holy Ghost! @ Terminal 5
* Clutch & Kylesa @ Northern Lights (Clifton Park, NY)
* Surprise Me Mr. Davis, Diamond Doves @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The White Panda, Hoodie Allen, G-Riot @ Highline Ballroom
* Assembly Of Dust, Jason Crosby & Dark Loft @ Bowery Ballroom
* Sweet Bulbs, Indian Rebound, The Micks, The Ne're Do Wells @ The Showpaper 42nd Street Gallery
* Annual End Of Year Improv Benefit w/ Raz Mesinai, Ikue Mori, Sylvie Courvoisier, Ned Rothenberg & more @ The Stone

Estelle's show at Best Buy Theater is cancelled, but I think it was cancelled before it snowed.

Tonight's Jaguar Stone show at SOB's has been postponed.

Almost everything that was supposed to happen yesterday was cancelled, so call ahead to make sure tonight's show is happening.

The Bouncing Souls are supposed to be playing their third show in a row tonight at the Stone Pony, but they haven't even played one yet, and as of 11am they're still not sure if tonight's will happen either:

As of this moment (11am) the streets surrounding the Stone Pony remain unplowed.. We have hired private plow people to come dig out the area.. And are therefore hopeful the show will go on.. But it is too early to call as of yet. Please stay posted... As for our grandiose extracurricular activities...we are not able to have any of the afternoon fun today :( Cookman Avenue is a mess and we don't want to add to it. The movie at The Showroom ("Repoman") is postponed to Thursday at 4pm...Lenny Lashley will now play at the afterparty at the Asbury Lanes on Wednesday... Photos with Santa will still happen at the Wednesday afterparty but not at the art gallery today... And the special "Ghost Tour" is canceled but they offer them all year round at the Paranormal Bookstore so you should go next time you are in our fair city... Fingers crossed, I'm going over to the pony soon to start digging!!!

Some good news...P.E.D. is replacing A.O.D. on the rescheduled Thrusday show!

-K8 (aka The Blizzard Wizzard)

UPDATE: Bouncing Souls is cancelled.

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper was supposed to play Rockwood Music Hall tonight, but has cancelled due to illness.

What else?

by BBG

Kanye West at The Box last night
Kanye West

Kanye West popped into the 200 capacity club The Box on the LES last night for a 1:30 AM surprise set:

An e-mail went out to a select group late Thursday evening, alerting recipients that West and John Legend would be holding a function. If not quite a black-tie affair, the invite asked guests to be suited and booted. No exceptions. Also noted in the message was a phone number to call to learn the address of the venue, which was Manhattan's Chrystie Street club, the Box. The stage set-up was pretty simple: a baby grand piano at which Legend sat, two microphones (one just for Auto-Tune), an 808 beat machine and a keyboard. -[MTV]
The fully-suited Mr. West crooned through favorites like "Homecoming", "Flashing Lights", "Heard 'Em Say", "Love Lockdown", "Power," "Good Life", and "Can't Tell Me Nothing" and even ventured into new territory like "Moma's Boyfriend", an unheard Billy-Joel's-"Moving Out"-sampling track viewable in the video below. Besides John Legend, who contributed with his hit "Ordinary People", Estelle was in the house (and joined him for a rendition of "American Boy") as well as A-Trak, Consequence, and his "latest signing to G.O.O.D. Music" Pusha T (of Clipse).

Some video from the show (which was also an afterparty for Rihanna's MSG show), is below...

Continue reading "Kanye West & John Legend played a swanky show @ the Box "

Here's Andrew from MGMT jumping on bass during Tame Impala's last song at Coco66 tonight. Congratulations. (amrit singh)
Tame Imala

Australia's Tame Impala, who are in town for shows at Pianos and Glasslands, played an invite-only (sort of) show at Coco66 last night (6/23). As you can see above, Andrew from MGMT sat in with band. If you're looking for a connection, the band's just finished a three-week tour together. All current Tame Impala dates below.

Also last night, the Rapture played a semi-secret show at Union Pool, where they debuted a pair of new songs. They play Friday in Philly and Saturday at NYC"s Milk Studios.

In Manhattan, UK singer Estelle, who performs in Miami tonight, stopped by Talib Kweli's show at S.O.B.'s and performed her single "American Boy." Estelle sings on the new Reflection Eternal (Talib and Hi-Tek) track "Midnight Hour". You can listen to that song below.

Some grainy tweet pics of both Estelle and the Rapture are also below. There's also an unrelated video of someone asking MGMT & Tame Impala for directions as an excuse to talk to them on the street before a show posted below...

Continue reading "The Rapture played Union Pool last night, Estelle joined Talib @ SOB's, Andrew MGMT helped out Tame Impala @ Coco66"

The Apollo Theater's Spring benefit is taking place at The Apollo on June 14th. "The benefit includes special appearances by ANGELA BASSETT, DANNY GLOVER and CHRIS TUCKER and performances by SHARON JONES, ESTELLE, LESLIE UGGAMS, DONNIE MCCLURKIN, MARSHA AMBROSIUS of Floetry and Amateur Night winner CLARK KING. Music Director for the evening is RAY CHEW." Tickets range from $100 to $250 to way more.

N.E.R.D. are playing a free show at Brooklyn Bowl on June 16th. RSVP is Necessary.

Lee Scratch Perry returns to Highline Ballroom on August 17th. Tickets are on sale.

ZZ Top are playing the Beacon Theatre on September 12th. Tickets are currently on Internet Presale (password = HETOP). General sale starts Saturday at 10am.

Freddie Gibbs @ SXSW (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Freddie Gibbs

Roc Nation signee J. Cole's Tuesday (3/30) show at SOB's had a few special appearances (not Jay-Z).

Surprise guests Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek joined Cole on stage for "Just to Get By," but the highlight of the night was when Cole brought out Young Gunz rapper Young Chris. "We don't wear the same chain, but, I gotta give respects to those that came before me, from Beanie to Young Gunz," J. Cole told the audience before bringing out the former Roc-A-Fella artist, who was received with shouts of excitement from the throng of people. [Billboard]
Last night (3/31), K'Naan & Wale's show at Irving Plaza featured a surprise appearance by Nas and Damian Marley, who performed their album's first single "As We Enter" (Nas and K'naan did "NY State of Mind" too). Videos are below. Nas & Damian Marley's tour this summer includes a show at Williamsburg Waterfront.

At Highline Ballroom last night (3/31), Freddie Gibbs and others from XXL's Freshman Class performed. Cam'ron wasn't quite a special guest - his appearance as the headliner was announced the day before.

One of the more hyped Freshmen, thanks to his imposing style and intelligent rhyming, Indiana's Freddie Gibbs represents a bit of a stylistic change from the other performers. Everything about him--from his physical appearance to his deep, gritty vocals--commands respect. The turning point in his set came when he took his shirt off and upped his intensity (the crowd went crazy).

Donnis was probably the biggest surprise of the night. Besides his smooth, succinct Southern delivery, he brought out two surprise guests of note--Brit soul sensation Estelle and the up-and-coming Ryan Leslie. Estelle, with her scintillating vocals, came out for a quick verse on a new Donnis single, while Leslie played the keys for the track "Gone." [Time Out NY]

Doug E. Fresh also made an appearance before Cam'ron's set. A bunch of videos below...

Continue reading "J. Cole, K'naan, Freddie Gibbs, Cam'ron & others played guest-filled shows w/ Nas, Damian Marley, Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek, more"

photos by Ryan Muir

Estelle
Estelle

MoMA held their 41st Annual Party in the Garden last night (5/26). The fundraiser started with cocktails at 7:00 followed by a dinner at 8:00 which was followed by a party that featured music by DJ Cassidy and a live performance by Estelle, "American Boy" included. Last year the performer was M.I.A. More pictures from this year's party below...

Continue reading "Estelle played the 2009 MoMA Party in the Garden - pics "

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The MoMA is throwing its annual Garden Party benefit on Tuesday, May 26th. You may remember the Party in the Garden from last year's black-tie event with MIA and LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and Pat Mahoney.

This year the party will feature a performance by Kanye-collaborator Estelle. Tickets are on sale for the event. Packages range from $100 for a single advanced ticket to $100,000 for a "Sponsor lounge for ten".

Looking for something cheaper? One Monday each month, the MoMA is open late (till 8:45pm). "MoMA Monday Nights" are in connection with Mondern Mondays, the "Museum's weekly series of screenings and discussions with contemporary filmmakers." The next MoMA Monday Night will be on May 4th. That night also features a set by Scott Herren, aka Prefuse 73. The next one after that is June 8th.

Also in June, the MoMa launches a new music-related exhibit...

Looking at Music, Part 2
June 17, 2009-November 30, 2009

The Yoshiko and Akio Morita Media Gallery, second floor

In the mid-1970s, right on the heels of Conceptual art and Minimalism, many visual artists turned to making raw, hard-edged work that addressed urban blight and bad economies. With an ear set to punk, these artists worked in the netherworld between music and media, often forming their own short-lived bands. Their rough, do-it-yourself projects pushed the envelope of interdisciplinary experimentation, which soon spread to underground venues from New York to London, Düsseldorf, and Krakow. This exhibition features music videos, super-8 films, drawings, photographs, and zines from MoMA's collection that explore the melding of music, media, and visual art in the final decades leading up to the twenty-first century.

Party in the Garden flyer, with Estelle videos, below...

Continue reading "Estelle playing MoMA's Garden Pary ++ Monday Nights & "Looking at Music, Part 2" also at the museum"

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'War Child: Heroes' is an unprecedented collaboration between music's most heralded legends and the finest current artists.

We asked 15 ultimate icons to select a favourite song from their classic back catalogue and to nominate the new act they most trust to create a unique interpretation of that hand-picked track.

This album is the result: 15 exclusive and breath-taking cover versions.

Beck (Bob Dylan - "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat")
The Kooks (The Kinks - "Victoria")
The Hold Steady (Bruce Springsteen - "Atlantic City")
Hot Chip (Joy Division - "Transmission")
Lily Allen feat. Mick Jones (The Clash - "Straight To Hell")
Yeah Yeah Yeahs (The Ramones - "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker")
Franz Ferdinand (Blondie - "Call Me")
Duffy (Paul McCartney - "Live And Let Die")
Estelle (Stevie Wonder - "Superstition")
Rufus Wainwright (Brian Wilson -" Wonderful & Song For Children")
Scissor Sisters (Roxy Music - "Do The Strand")
Peaches (Iggy Pop - "Search And Destroy")
Adam Cohen (Leonard Cohen - "Take This Waltz")
Elbow (U2 - "Running To Stand Still")
The Like (Elvis Costello - "You Belong To Me")
TV On The Radio (David Bowie - "Heroes")

Though not out until February 24th here in the United States, "War Child: Heroes" was released in the UK on Monday (and it comes out March 3rd in Canada).

"Dark Was The Night" on the other hand, is out now everywhere. Full tracklist HERE. Rumor of an upcoming show at Radio City Music Hall HERE.

Listen to Lily Allen and Mick Jones cover the Clash, and other videos, below...

Continue reading "War Child: Heroes vs. Dark Was The Night (get both now!)"

Burial

And this year's nominees are:

Adele - 19
British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
Burial - Untrue
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
Estelle - Shine
Laura Marling - Alas, I Cannot Swim
Neon Neon - Stainless Style
Portico Quartet - Knee Deep In The North Sea
Rachel Unthank - The Bairns
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement
Which album "album from the United Kingdom or Ireland" did they miss this year? Last year the award went to Klaxons and the year before that it went to Arctic Monkeys who were also nominated last year which makes Alex Turner 3 for 3.

Laura Marling was just here in NYC last month. Estelle played a show in Brooklyn last night. Pulp won in 1996. Jarvis Cocker also played a show in Brooklyn last night. Maybe Adele was there.

Will Burial win it this year? Roni Size won in 1997. He beat Ok Computer that year. In fact, Radiohead has never won. This year is the fourth time they're nominated. Maybe they'll finally give it to them.

the same 2 people @ Joe's Pub (more by Ryan Muir)
Joes Pub

oh well. "Mystery Night" is not Prince. Not even close. John Legend and Estelle play the free show in Wingate Field in Brooklyn tonight (July 21, 2008).

DOWNLOAD: Calamity Magnet - Baby, You Forgot (MP3)

Seun Kuti @ Central Park Summerstage, NYC - July 6, 2008 (by Jen Mazer)
Sean Kuti

today in NYC
* FREE STUFF
* The Coast @ Rehab
* Williamsburg Block Party
* Sissy Wish @ Knitting Factory
* Palms Out @ Santos Party House
* Calamity Magnet & The Besties @ Knitting Factory
* George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ BB King's
* Crystal Antlers, Chairlift & Religious Knives @ Mercury Lounge

Cocorosie in the NY Times Magazine.

It's American Brandstand: Marketers Underwrite Performers

Sara Radle quit The Rentals to be in Calamity Magnet full time. They play with The Besties at Knitting Factory tonight. Check out some live Besties video Joly took. Check out a CM MP3 above.

Estelle's new video for "No Substitute Love" below...

What else?

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Sam Sparro

Sam Sparro seems to be everyone's new (Soul, dance, electrofunk, R&B, House) guilty pleasure. I'm guilty of listening to the new self-titled CD as we speak.

I thought he (Sam himself aka "Vocals, Keytar, Guitar, Synths, Programmin") was from the UK until I finally just looked at his MySpace and found out his home is LA (moved there from Australia when he was 10). That means traveling to NYC to play Santos Party House in August shouldn't be as big of a deal for him as I originally thought. TICKETS ARE ON SALE.

Sparro's first single, Cottonmouth, was released in 2007. His second single, Black and Gold, debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 23 on March 24 2008, and then climbed 19 places to number four on March 31 due to heavy download sales. On 13 April, it rose to number 2. It peaked at number two on the UK iTunes chart. Black and Gold was also used in a commercial for the British TV show Skins. It also reached number 5 in the Irish Singles Chart. His debut album Sam Sparro was released in the UK on 28 April 2008.

In April 2008 he performed "Black and Gold" on networked chart show, hit40uk and also in Jo Whiley's Live Lounge on BBC Radio 1, where he also covered "American Boy" by Estelle. On 18th April 2008, he appeared as the musical guest on The Friday Night Project, where he performed "Black and Gold". [Wikipedia]

The record hs since gone gold in the UK and the single "Black and Gold" hit #1. Check out the videos and all tour dates (only two of which are in this country) below....

Continue reading "SAM SPARRO - videos, tour dates, a NYC SHOW @ Santos"

Erykah Badu

The 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series performances are held Monday nights 7:30 pm at Wingate Field, entrances on Brooklyn Avenue (Rutland Road and Winthrop Street.)

2008, Wingate Field, Brooklyn, NY
July 14 - sweet summer soul w/ The O'Jays and The Manhattans with Gerald Alston & Blue Lovett
July 21 - "mystery night" - "a legend performs in Brooklyn"
July 28 - annual gospel night w/ Mary Mary, Tye Tribbett and Greater Anointing, and Ricky Dillard & New Generation
Aug 04 - an evening w/ Erykah Badu
Aug 11 - Jill Scott & Estelle
Aug 18 - Caribbean night w/ Beres Hammond, The Mighty Sparrow, and Bunji Garlin & Asylum
Aug 25 - an evening with Patti LaBelle
These FREE shows are in Brooklyn, NY (map below).

Lauryn Hill played Wingate Field last summer.

Jill Scott is playing Summerstage one day later. Estelle recently played Highline Ballroom.

Erykah Badu recently played Radio City Music Hall. All Erykah tour dates below.....

Continue reading "2008 Martin Luther King concert series lineup (Erykah Badu)"

DOWNLOAD: Estelle & Kanye West - American Boy (LAZRtag remix) (MP3)

Hiding in Hip Hop

Terrance Dean, a former executive at music channel MTV, has penned a memoir of his life and times in the hip hop industry as a gay man. It is an explosive exposé of a thriving gay subculture in an aggressively male business, where anti-gay lyrics and public homophobia are common.

Perhaps not surprisingly, many in the industry are nervous about the book's publication this week, fearing that it will expose some of the top black names in music and Hollywood as secretly gay.
[The Guardian]

Estelle

"For more than hour, Estelle proved herself to be the real deal." [Newsday was @ Highline Ballroom]

Video of her David Letterman performance below.....

Continue reading "Estelle played Highline Ballroom & Letterman (video)"

Estelle @ Joe's Pub in February (more by Ryan Muir)
Estelle @ Joes Pub

the Verve @ Coachella 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
The Verve

Josh Ritter / Music Hall of Williamsburg (by spreetaper)
Music Hall of Williamsburg

tonight in NYC
* Crowded House @ Irving Plaza (reduced in price)
* the Verve @ WaMu Theater @ MSG (reduced in price)
* Calvin Harris @ Bowery Ballroom
* Estelle (and special guests) @ Highline Ballroom
* 120 Days @ Mercury Lounge w/ School of Seven Bells
* Josh Ritter & Langhorne Slim @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Coldplay announed a free show at MSG.

Josh Ritter is playing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in June.

Langhorne Slim is also playing Mercury Lounge Wednesday.

Prince covered Radiohead at Coachella this weekend. It was a performance that came right after Portishead's (which you can download).

Dan Deacon & Les Savy Fav played the festival too.

Video of the Verve performing at Coachella below.

What else?

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American BoyAmerican Boy

British R&B newcomer Estelle crashed onto the U.K. chart at No. 1 yesterday (March 23) with her single featuring Kanye West, "American Boy" (Homeschool/Atlantic). It's the 28-year-old's first domestic top 10 hit. Meanwhile, Duffy's "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal) started a third week as Britain's best-selling album. [Billboard]
Estelle is playing Highline Ballroom in NYC on April 28th. Tickets are on sale. Estelle's last NYC show was at Joe's Pub (and John Legend showed up). The #1 song in question can be heard in the video below.....

Continue reading "Estelle is #1 and playing Highline Ballroom in NYC"

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