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Puff Daddy

There's always a good amount of hip hop shows happening in and around NYC, but we don't get a chance to post about all of it. Here's a roundup of some cool stuff coming up that we haven't talked about yet, new music, and more:

Hot 97 is throwing a holiday show at Newark's Prudential Center on December 5 that's pretty stacked with both the old and the new: Busta Rhymes, Mary J. Blige, Puff Daddy, Lil Wayne, French Montana, Sean Paul, Jeremih and Fetty Wap. Tickets are available.

Speaking of, Puff Daddy is planning a sequel to his hits-filled 1997 debut No Way Out (called No Way Out 2), but in the meantime he just released the MMM mixtape ("Money Making Mitch") which features Jadakiss, Styles P, Pusha T, Lil Kim, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Travi$ Scott, Ty Dolla $ign and more; and co-production from Young Chop, Mike Will Made It, Hit-Boy, Harry Fraud and more. You can stream the whole thing below.

For another stacked Newark show: the recurring 'Masters of Ceremony' concert, that brings a number of influential old school heads together, happens again on November 27 at NJPAC with KRS-One, The LOX, Ja Rule, Rakim, Mad Lion, Lords of the Underground and Black Moon. Tickets are available.

You can catch the legendary Rakim much sooner than that though. He plays TONIGHT (11/11) at SOB's in Manhattan in with Ceez, JSwiss and Lyricks. Tickets for tonight's show are available.

For more old school rap in NYC tonight, GZA, Afrika Bambaataa, Doug E. Fresh, Rhymefest, Ma Dukes and more are being honored at the Hip-Hop Education Center's first annual Extra Credit Awards at NYU's Kimmel Center from 6 to 9 PM.

Coincidentally (?) the same night as the 'Masters of Ceremony' show, Ja Rule's collaborator Ashanti plays a NYC show at BB King's (11/27). Tickets are available.


Another guy who was shaping the sound of mainstream hip hop around the same time as Puff Daddy, Timbaland, has a new memoir called The Emperor of Sound coming out November 17. The next day, he'll come to NYC for an interview/book launch at Highline Ballroom (11/18) (tickets).

Timbaland's also been putting out some new songs lately. He recently dropped "Them Jeans" featuring Migos and "UFO" featuring Future and Tink. Listen to both below. He's also teasing a new track with Pusha T.

Rap Tees

Speaking of rap books, DJ Ross One just released Rap Tees: A Collection of Hip-Hop T-Shirts 1980-1999. The description reads:

Beginning with the earliest rap concert shirts from the Sugar Hill Gang and New York Fresh Fest, circa 1980-84, and spanning the next two decades, Rap Tees includes rare shirts from a wide selection of the who's-who of the business including: Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Beastie Boys, Eric B and Rakim, Wu Tang Clan, Jay Z, Nas, EMPD, and many, many more. Rap Tees bookends the golden age of rap with unique street-corner memorial shirts commemorating the deaths of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.
There's a sample of three of the shirts above, via MIke Nouveau's Instagram.

That Timbaland/Tink collab isn't the only new Future song. He just put one out called "Last Breath," produced by Metro Boomin and Ludwig Goransson, that will appear on the soundtrack to the upcoming Rocky spinoff Creed. Listen below.

The busiest band in rap, The Roots, can always be found as Fallon's house band and you can always catch Questlove's mostly-weekly DJ night at Brooklyn Bowl, and they'll play a Long Island show the Saturday after Christmas at The Paramount (12/26). Tickets are available.

Roots member Black Thought is on the brand new Freddie GIbbs song, "Extradite." That's one of two songs that Gibbs put out today, the other being "Packages," and both will appear on his Shadow of a Doubt mixtape due 11/20 via ESGN. Listen below.

A few other upcoming NYC shows: Key! plays SOB's on November 17 (tickets).

Loaf Muzik, who BV had open our recent Vince Staples show, play The Studio at Webster Hall on November 14 with Young M.A (tickets).

We're not crazy about G-Eazy, but we do want to let you know that A$AP Ferg is opening his Terminal 5 show on January 24. Tickets are on AmEx presale now, general on-sale starts Friday (11/13) at noon.

Oxymorrons play the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on 11/18 with Turquoise Jeep, Pants Velour and Kosha Dillz; and Knitting Factory on 12/9 (tickets).

We already mentioned the Curren$y show happening December 3 at Irving Plaza, and since we last spoke Bodega Bamz was added. Tickets are still available.

And a few more new songs: Ty Dolla $ign released "LA" (featuring Kendrick Lamar, Brandy & James Fauntleroy) off his new album Free TC, due out next week. Lil Durk & DeJ Loaf released "My Beyonce"; Atmosphere, Aesop Rock and Blueprint teamed up for "This Lonely Rose"; and Erykah Badu (who plays Brooklyn in December) released "Phone Down" off her upcoming But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape. Listen to all of those below.

Other previously-discussed shows coming up in and around NYC: Lupe Fiasco, Azealia Banks (NYC is her only not-cancelled tour date), Jay Rock, Joey Bada$$, the A Tribe Called Quest reissue party, Action Bronson, Angel Haze, Vince Staples, Kevin Gates, and more.

What else?

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photos by Chad Wadsworth, Clair Taus, Dave Mead, Greg Giannukos, Jackie Young, Pooneh Ghana, Reagan Hackleman, & Roger Ho

Grimes / Neon Indian / Wu-Tang Clan / Fuzz / Fucked Up @ FFF 11/7/2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015

That joy carried over to the Black Stage, where I caught epic Toronto hardcore act Fucked Up. Word was that this would be one of Fucked Up's last shows for a while, and they had one of the biggest crowds I had seen yet at the Black Stage join them. Damian Abraham later confirmed that they were taking it easy for a while, since he just had his third kid and needed to "be responsible" for a while, which added further excitement to the show. The thing about Fucked Up is that they're a hardcore band that deals in righteous celebration, and their shows are giant parties, where Damian works the crowd by becoming part of it. This was no exception, as he walked around hugging the crowd, smiling at fans, letting them sing and take part. The set was rightfully heavy on David Comes to Life material, and while the complexity of that epic work may not have come across as clearly while Damian had a mic in his mouth as he hula hooped with a fan, it made for a particularly fitting send off. The band seemed overjoyed to have the opportunity to make one of their last shows before their break be at FFF, shouting out Transmission booker Graham Williams for being "the only festival booker who once roadied for Hatebreed" as well as Torchy's, where Damian had been commanded to go by his wife in order to smuggle their hot sauce back to Canada. - [Ovrld]
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest continued on Saturday (11/7) with some rain and tons of great sets. In addition to Head Wound City and Shamir, Saturday saw Grimes, Fucked Up (who are "slowing down" as frontman Damian Abraham just had his third kid), Wu-Tang Clan, Gogol Bordello, Neon Indian, La Dispute, Ty Segall's Fuzz, The Charlatans, Archers of Loaf (who replaced Desaparecidos) and more. There were also comedians (Doug Benson and Tig Notaro performed on Saturday), plus extreme sports and more.

Pictures from FFF Fest day one are HERE and more from day 2 continue below...

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Tokyo Police Club

Canadian band Tokyo Police Club are popping down to NYC this CMJ week to play a Pandora-presented Taco Bell "Feed The Beat" show at Rough Trade on Wednesday (10/14) with The Kickback. Free tickets are now available though Eventbrite (a ticket system we're guessing Pandora won't be using for much longer).

Tokyo Police Club's only other 2015 date is the San Antonio stop of Texas' traveling Untapped Festival on November 21 with Metric, GZA and more. TPC frontman Dave Monks put out a solo EP early this year.

photo: Joey Bada$$ in Central Park in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Joey Bada$$

Ghostface Killah has had quite the busy year. He has collaborative albums out with Adrian Younge and BADBADNOTGOOD and recently wrapped up a tour with Raekwon in support of the 20th anniversary of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Now he's teaming up with another fellow Wu-Tang member, GZA, for a free collaborative show in NYC on September 3 at House of Vans. Making it a very good double bill, Joey Bada$$ will open. RSVP is open now. Flyer below.

For Joey, that's the first date of a lengthy tour that hits Connecticut, Philly, Australia, the UK and more. All dates are listed below...

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photo: Iggy Pop in Austin in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Iggy Pop

The full Riot Fest Denver and Chicago lineups were already announced, and more recently the day-by-day lineups were revealed. Check those out below.

You can still get tickets to Denver and Chicago, and now Groupon is also offering an exclusive presale on single-day tickets for Chicago.

Continue reading "Riot Fest Denver & Chicago daily lineups & Chicago Groupon"


Ghostface Killah is having quite the prolific year. He already released a collaborative album with BADBADNOTGOOD, and this Friday (7/10) he releases a collaborative album with Adrian Younge, Twelve Reasons to Die II. (It's the followup/sequel to 2013's Twelve Reasons to Die.) The album features Ghostface's fellow Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and RZA, neo-soul singer Bilal, the quickly-rising Vince Staples and more. You can stream the whole thing over at the NY Times. The song with Vince is also streaming below.


Ghostface isn't the only Wu-Tang member working with interesting collaborators lately. Inspectah Deck's collaborative project with underground Boston duo 7L & Esoteric, aka Czarface, released their second album this past June. It's called Every Hero Needs a Villain and features Wu-Tang pals Method Man and GZA, plus DOOM (who's also on the Ghostface/Badbadnotgood LP), Large Professor, R.A. the Rugged Man and Juju of The Beatnuts. It follows their 2013 self-titled debut, and to quote HipHopDx, it's "one of the rare sequels that matches the original in quality." You can listen to an Rdio stream of the whole album, and a Soundcloud stream of the DOOM-featuring single "Ka-Bang!" below.

Ghostface and Raekwon are kicking off a tour this week, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Rae's immortal Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. That hits NYC on July 20 & 21 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for both are still available. Ghost is also playing Slipknot's festival, and Wu-Tang are playing Riot Fest Toronto and Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest.

Continue reading "Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge streaming new album; new Czarface (Inspectah Deck + 7L & Esoteric) album out now too"

photo: Death Grips at FYF Fest 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Death Grips

First Toronto, then Chicago, now here's the 2015 Riot Fest Denver additions: System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie, Chef'Special, Input & Broken, and... Death Grips whose current tour surprisingly includes actual shows being played!

The additions join Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Ice Cube (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Iggy Pop, Run DMC, Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in The Sky, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, Testament, The Damned, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, The Get Up Kids, The Vandals, American Nightmare, Joyce Manor, 7 Seconds and more.

Riot Fest Denver happens August 28-30 at the Western Rodeo Complex. Tickets are still available. Updated poster and lineup below...

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UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

We just posted the Riot Fest Toronto lineup, and here's the Riot Fest Denver 2015 lineup: Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Iggy Pop, Tenacious D, Ice Cube & special guests (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Run DMC, Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in the Sky, Cypress Hill, Alkaline Trio, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, The Damned, Eagles of Death Metal, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Testament, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, Andrew WK, GWAR, The Black Lips, The Dead Milkmen, The Get Up Kids, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, The Vandals, 7 Seconds, Joyce Manor, OFF!, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang and many more. A few more bands, including two headliners, TBA.

Tickets are on early bird sale now. This year, the fest happens at the new location of Western Rodeo Complex from August 28-30.

UPDATE: Chicago announced too.

All currently announced Denver bands are listed below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Denver 2015: Modest Mouse, Pixies, Iggy Pop, Run DMC, L7, Snoop Dogg, American Nightmare, 7Seconds, more"

Cannibal Ox

Harlem hip hop duo Cannibal Ox have been planning the long-awaited followup to their essential El-P-produced debut for a while now, and it's finally officially been announced. It's called Blade of the Ronin and is due out on March 3 via IGC/iHipHop. When talking about the new album to Pitchfork, they said, "There's a lot of good, innovative stuff coming out. But on the real, Blade of the Ronin is gonna shut everything down." They recently put out the MF Doom-featuring single "Iron Rose," which you can check out below.

Can Ox have a few dates scheduled too, including a release show in their hometown at The Studio at Webster Hall on March 2 with killer support from GZA, Freeway and G-Jet. Tickets for that show are available now.

Meanwhile, El-P is in the studio with Killer Mike and Massive Attack.

All dates are listed, with the song stream, below...

Continue reading "Cannibal Ox finally releasing new album, playing shows, NYC with GZA & Freeway (dates & song stream ft. MF Doom)"


Coolio's PornHub collaboration is so last year. This week, the worlds of music and porn can't stop finding new ways to collide:

Wu-Tang Clan member, and no stranger to acting, RZA will be appearing in the upcoming biopic on the "World's First Latina adult film star" Vanessa del Rio (titled Vanessa del Rio). It also stars Zulay Henao as the lead, with Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos), Taryn Manning (Orange is the New Black), and others. In the director's chair is metal music video guy Thomas Mignone (Type O Negative, Megadeth), and Datari Turner produced. RZA "portrays a character who works the doors at the burlesque club Vanessa dances at. After hours, he secretly uses the club's audio gear to pursue his true passion of music, laying down tracks and rhymes in the new hip hop and rap genres being explored at the time."

In other news, though it was initially announced that Miley Cyrus would be showing her "Tongue Tied" video (made with filmmaker Quentin Jones) at the previously-mentioned, upcoming NYC Porn Festival at Secret Project Robot, the video will not actually be part of it. Why not? NY Post says "The festival's organizer lied when he said Cyrus had personally submitted the film." Huh.

Luckily for those who still want to see the video, you can watch it below. It might not be the safest thing for work, but it's not really any more risqué than her "Wrecking Ball" video that's all over cable TV. Unlike her participation in the "Free the Nipple" campaign, there's no actual nudity.

Meanwhile, the fest otherwise goes down as planned at Brooklyn's Secret Project Robot from February 27 through March 1 and tickets for individual screenings can be purchased at the festival's website. Unlike Miley, musician James Franco will be there, and like Miley, he was nominated for but did not win a Grammy this past weekend.

Azealia Banks almost nude
Azealia Banks

In still more music/porn news, it's been announced that rapper Azealia Banks will pose nude for Playboy. The editors say it's "sure to break the Internet." Kim Kardashian's palms are already sweating. This may be Azealia's first nude photo shoot for mainstream media, but it's not like she hasn't come close before.

And in one last bit of news related (but not to porn) to RZA, his fellow Wu-Tang Clan member GZA is saying he's finally going to release that new album Dark Matter this fall. Ahead of that, he's released a non-album single, "The Mexican" (based on Babe Ruth's 1972 song of the same name) which features Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello on guitar, Hanni El Khatib, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson (whose band just announced a tour). Listen below.

Continue reading "This week in music/porn: RZA in Vanessa del Rio biopic; Miley no longer in NYC Porn Fest; Azealia Banks posing for Playboy"

La Femme at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
La Femme

France's La Femme have an addictive sound pulling from psychedelic pop, surf rock, ye-ye and more, and as good as their recorded music is, their live shows are crazy on another level. So lucky for us, they've announced that they'll be returning to the US this fall where they have three shows announced so far -- NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on October 16, LA's Echoplex on October 23, and San Francisco's Beach Goth Party on 10/25 with The Growlers, The Drums, DIIV, GZA, Cherry Glazerr, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Chelsea Wolfe, The Spits, Atlas Sound and more. CMJ is right in the middle of that gap, so it doesn't seem impossible that they'll play some shows during that as well. Tickets for LPR go on sale today (8/15) at noon.

All dates are listed, with a couple videos, below...

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Pabst Blue Ribbon, or PBR if you prefer, is throwing their first-ever music festival this year in various Portland, OR venues from September 26-28. The fest, dubbed Project Pabst, will feature Modest Mouse, Tears for Fears, Guided by Voices, Rocket from the Crypt, Violent Femmes, Constantines, GZA (performing Liquid Swords), High on Fire, Red Fang, Shabazz Palaces, Phosphorescent, Menomena, The Thermals, Speedy Ortiz and more, Tickets, including single-day passes, weekend passes, and individual show tickets, are on sale now. More info at the fest's site.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "PBR throwing a music fest in Portland w/ Modest Mouse, Tears for Fears, GBV, Constantines, Rocket from the Crypt, more"


Tickets to see Rhye at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Blood Orange at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see The Hold Steady at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Warpaint at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to the BV-presented Metronomy show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Dum Dum Girls and Blouse at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tokyo Police Club are playing Webster Hall on May 15. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/13) at noon.

Tickets to see Nick Waterhouse at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

San Fermin are playing Bowery Ballroom on February 7. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/13) at noon.

Tickets to see Public Service Broadcasting at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see CHVRCHES at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

GZA is playing Best Buy Theater on January 18 with Datsik. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

MEN, the post-Le Tigre project of JD Samson, are playing Knitting Factory on Saturday (12/14) (moved from Rough Trade) with Tippy Toes and Colin Self. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Connan Mockasin's show that would have been at Rough Trade (1/10) has been moved to Glasslands. Arp is also opening and tickets are on sale now. Tickets for his Mercury Lounge show are still available.

Tickets to the Eagulls shows at Rough Trade and Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Lost In The Trees and All Tiny Creatures at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Typhoon at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Maria Minerva and Co La are playing 285 Kent on December 19. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Destruction Unit show at Saint Vitus (moved from 1/11 to 1/10) are on sale now.

Crazy Spirit, Glue, CREEM, and Chain Rank are playing Acheron on December 23. Tickets for this punk show are on sale now.

X-Ray Eyeballs, Battletorn, Concrete Cross, and Call of the Wild are playing Acheron on February 8. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Andrew Cedermark, Tape Deck Mountain, and Tiger Dare are playing Glasslands on January 24. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

R. Stevie Moore, Gary Wilson, and DJ Dubious Luxury play Glasslands on January 25. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tiga is playing Output on December 26. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Neon Indian DJs Cameo on January 3 along with DJ sets from Joel Ford (Ford & Lopatin, Ejecta, Airbird) and Heathered Pearls. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

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GZA at MHOW in 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)

In honor of the 12 universities and 60,000+ college students in Downtown Brooklyn, Northside/L Mag is teaming up with Dwntwn Brklyn to present a free with RSVP show at MetroTech Commons on Thursday (10/3) for those students (and also the general public). The show is being co-headlined by Wu-Tang member GZA and synth pop duo Tanlines, with opening sets from Kitty (Pryde) and Mas Ysa. The show goes from 5-9 PM, and if you've never been to MetroTech Commons, here's directions.

In related news, Kitty Pryde collaborator Hot Sugar released an EP, Made Man, this week which Kitty appears on, along with Antwon, Lakutis, Kool AD, Chippy Nonstop, Heems, Big Baby Gandhi, and more. You can download it (name your price) at bandcamp and stream it below. You can catch Hot Sugar live at Silent Barn on Saturday (10/5) with Logan Takahasi (of Teengirl Fantasy), Title TK, and Ogg Myst; and at 285 Kent on November 21 with Chrome Sparks and Infinity Shred (tickets).

Continue reading "GZA, Tanlines, Kitty Pryde & Mas Ysa playing a free Brooklyn show this week; Hot Sugar released an EP"

Rakim at Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Brook Bobbins)

The "invincible microphone fiend" Rakim will team with Wu-Tang staple Raekwon just in time for the holidays, blessing Studio 48 on December 20th. UPDATE (12/11): The show a has been postponed till February 8. Tickets are on sale.

Still no hard date for Rakim's forthcoming LP with Pharrell Williams, thoughh it will reportedly see the light in 2013.

Stage 48 is also where fellow Wu-Tang-er GZA is playing on January 12th. Tickets are still available for that too.

In related news, Raekwon and another Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah recently reminisced on the eight year anniversary of ODB's death (on 11/13) to TMZ. Raekwon's statement was somber:

"Today I just want to have a day of prayer to let my brother know I am thinking about him. This still hits me real hard. I will mourn over him today and think about how much he taught me."
While Ghostface's was more reflective and uplifting:
"I never dwell on the day we lost him, I just celebrate the times I had with him. I pray and thank God on this day because he is my angel ... I spent the day just sitting quietly and praying. Dirt wouldnt want us mourning so I don't."
RIP Ol Dirty.

GZA at MHoW, June 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)

GZA has always been one to think outside of the box. From his pairing with Grupo Fantasma to his on-stage collaborations with Black Lips and on and on, dude is not afraid of branching outside of the traditional comfort zone for an MC.

That said, it is still somewhat of a surprise to see him team with the cello-driven Rasputina, blues/jazz guitarist Robben Ford, Doomtree-affiliated MC Dessa and the Mediterreannan stylings of Pavlo for a show at Stage 48 (605 w.48th St) in Manhattan on January 12. Tickets are on sale for this mindblowingly diverse lineup.

In Wu-related news, a reminder for those obsessed with the kung-fu aesthetic of Wu-Tang: RZA's new film The Man with The Iron Fist is in theaters now.

Flatbush Zombies at Santos - 10/17/12 (via Frankie Castillo)
Flatbush Zombies

Flatbush Zombies packed Santos last night for the Noisey showcase with Children of the Night, The Underachievers, Bodega Bamz, and more. The show was a mad house and the line to get in was wrapped around the block. If you were there, how was it?

Since that show happened, the hip hop crew have been revealed as the special guest at tonight's MTV showcase at The Studio at Webster Hall (10/18) with Big K.R.IT., Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Le1f, and Killer Mike. Doors are 5:30 for what is sure to be a great show and tickets are still available. You can also try to get in with your CMJ badge. Set times are below.

For Killer Mike, this is an early show that he tacked on before he heads to Irving Plaza where his tour with GZA (performing Liquid Swords), Sweet Valley (Nathan of Wavves' beat project), and Bear Hands hits tonight. Since we last posted about it, that show's lineup has been expanded to include Haleek Maul (who also played the Santos show with Flatbush Zombies last night) and The Color Film. Tickets for that show are still available, or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge, or try to win a pair from us. Contest details are below. The show starts at 7 PM.

The Studio show is the first of two shows for Big K.R.I.T. tonight, who also plays the Cinematic/Ecko/XXL showcase at SOB's later on with Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Smoke DZA, Fat Trel, and others.

Contest details for the Irving show and set times for the Studio show are below.

Continue reading "Flatbush Zombies played Santos, playing the Studio tonight; GZA & Killer Mike's Irving Plaza show is tonight (win tix!)"


The full list of artists confirmed for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon so far is below...

Continue reading "CMJ 2012 initial lineup announced"

Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)

Moogfest, which is becoming one of the most intriguing US music festivals, is returning to Asheville, NC this year on October 26 and 27. Like in past years, the festival includes some legends like Thomas Dolby and GZA performing Liquid Swords (like he is in NYC and other cities), some of our favorite newcomers like Julia Holter, Trust, and Disclosure, electronic heavy hitters like Orbital, Four Tet, Squarepusher, Richie Hawtin, Mouse on Mars, and Prefuse 73 with Teebs, in addition to a diverse list of other artists like Killer Mike, El-P, The Magnetic Fields, Explosions in the Sky, Primus, Santigold, Divine Fits, Actress, Pantha Du Prince, Bear in Heaven, and more. Tickets for this year's fest go on sale Friday (8/10) at noon. The initial lineup is listed below.

Orbital, who released their new album, Wonky, this year, which featured a track with Zola Jesus, have a few other North American dates this year (still none in NYC though).

For Divine Fits, the new band featuring Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs), and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks), who recently made their live debut in Austin, Moogfest is one of the few shows they've got scheduled this year, including the Chicago show they played last night (8/5) and an upcoming NYC show.

Moogfest 2012 lineup is listed below.

Continue reading "Moogfest 2012 lineup (GZA, Magnetic Fields, Explosions in the Sky, Primus, Santigold, Julia Holter, Disclosure, Orbital, Four Tet, Divine Fits, Killer Mike & more)"

Kendrick Lamar's shoes at Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Kendrick Lamar

Tickets for the Kendrick Lamar show at Terminal 5 with fellow Black Hippy crewmates Ab-Soul and Jay Rock have been posted and go on sale Wednesday (8/8) at noon.

The fourth Black Hippy member, Schoolboy Q will be in NYC soon after that for his show at Roseland Ballroom with A$AP Rocky and Danny Brown. Tickets for that show went on sale today at 10 AM and are still available.

Meanwhile, the similarly named (but much older) rapper Aesop Rock (who A$AP Rocky insists he'd never heard of) plays NYC TONIGHT (8/3) at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.

As mentioned, GZA, Killer Mike, Sweet Valley, and Bear Hands are touring together this year and hitting NYC on October 18 Irving Plaza. Since we first mentioned that tour, it's been announced that GZA will be performing Liquid Swords at the show. Tickets have also since been posted, and they go on sale on Saturday (8/4) at 10 AM.

Talib Kweli, who just played a college student/intern event at Highline Ballroom last night (8/2) will play a more traditional show in NYC on Tuesday (8/7) at Brooklyn Bowl. It's a live full band show with support from DJ Jasmine Solano and DJ Mad Sol. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

DOWNLOAD: Sweet Valley - "Suzuka 9 Hours" (MP3)

GZA at MHOW in June (more by Ryan Barkan)

Wu-Tang Clan member GZA, who recently performed his album Liquid Swords in NYC, has just put together a pretty amazing tour. He's taking out underdog rapper of the year Killer Mike, Sweet Valley (aka the new beat project by main Wavves dude Nathan Williams and his brother Joel [aka Kynan]), and Bear Hands (who are currently on a tour with Fort Lean which hit NYC last week).

That tour kicks off in Buffalo this September and ends with a NYC show on October 18 at Irving Plaza, which is part of CMJ. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check Livenation for updates. All dates on the tour are listed below.

For Nathan and Joel Williams' Sweet Valley project, the tour will double as a support run for their debut beat tape, Stay Calm, which is due out on August 7 via Fool's Gold. You can stream two tracks from that release, "Malibu Games" and "Suzuka 9 Hours," below, the latter of which you can also download above. Nathan Williams will also be joining GZA on stage at the shows, and you may remember that it won't be the first time that Nathan and GZA unite.

A list of all dates and streams below...

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photos by Ryan Barkan

"in case y'all were wondering: the gza fucking killed the music hall of williamsburg tonight." - William Ruben Helms

GZA at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 6/14/12

GZA came to Music Hall of Williamsburg for two shows on Thursday (6/14) as part of Northside Festival, both of which were full performances of his classic album Liquid Swords, played with backing band Grupo Fantasma.

Spaceghostpurrp, who played his own show two days earlier in celebration of his new album, Mysterious Phonk, showed up as a surprise guest during GZA's early show and it was then that he was announced as the opener for the late show. Brownout (aka Grupo Fantasma's "psychedelic funk alter-ego") opened the early show.

More pictures and some videos from MHOW are below.

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by Bill Pearis

Eternal Summers
Eternal Summers

So as you may have heard, I think we posted about it once, the Northside Festival kicks off today, Thursday (6/14), all over Williamsburg and Greenpoint which means slightly more music and definitely more Heineken in the neighborhood than normal. You can still buy festival badges that will get you into get you into all shows, theoretically, but depends on the venue and capacity. Many shows have advance tickets, like tonight's GZA's shows (early and late, both sold out) at MHoW or the Cold Cave at Europa (almost sold out I hear) to name two, or you can try your luck buying at the door.  Basically, if you are relying on buying at the door or using your badge, get there early. Small places like Cameo reach badge capacity early.

Tonight there's the BBG/BV Presents showcase at St. Vitus with Dragged into Sunlight, The Year is One, and Make. Also tonight, though not part of Northside, is the BBG presented show at Acheron with Secretarian Violence, The Love Below, Poison Planet, and Pharaoh which means BBG will be one tired dude tomorrow (and Evillive will be late posting).

I also recommend the Kanine Records show tonight at Knit, as Virginia's Eternal Summers have made one of my favorite albums of 2012 so far, Correct Behavior, which isn't out till next month but I know for a fact will be sold at the merch table tonight. (Check out their new video for "Wonder" below.) They're great live too. Also on the bill: Class Actress, Bleeding Rainbow (now a rocking quartet), Zambri, the controversially-named (but pretty good) Beach Day, and Air Waves. Something else to consider that I just discovered: Knitting Factory's has a no-fee ATM.

Also tonight: the Chaos in Tejas/FFF showcase at Warsaw with Ceremony, Citizens Arrest, Royal Headache, and Magrudergrind. I caught Australia's Royal Headache's super-packed, sweaty show at Cake Shop last night and all I can say is wow. They are the real deal and singer Shogun belted it out, hit every note and is, I'm pretty sure, the best singing I've ever heard at Cake Shop and probably ever will? I mean usually the vocals are so low there but his were booming out. If you have a badge and a free spot in your night, try to make it there -- Royal Headache are on at 9PM.

There's also the Other Music Recording Co. showcase at Union Pool who just revealed that the "???" headliner tonight is Widowspeak who will play alongside OMRC artists as Ex Cops and Nude Beach both of which are favorites here at the BVHQ plus The Everymen who I've been meaning to check out. (This might be my first stop of the night.) Flyer for the show is below.

I also want to see Daughn Gibson at Cameo (again go early if you want in to this one); Kool Keith at Brooklyn Bowl would be, uh, cool... there's a lot to do tonight and you can see the full Northside Schedule here.

Other Music and Kanine Records flyers and Eternal Summers video are below.

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Ultramagnetic MCs at ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Ultramagnetic MCs

As mentioned in What's going on? last night, Prodigy's upcoming "Queens Day" show at Irving Plaza, which was supposed to happen next week (6/19) has been cancelled. Though he did play a private Rock the Bells kickoff show at Santos Party House last night (6/13) with (according to the flyer) Ghostface Killah, DMX, Jadakiss, and Hit Squad

Q-Tip's "Offline" party (a DJ gig), also scheduled at Irving Plaza, is still set to happen this Friday (6/15) at the Manhattan venue.

Ghostface Killah's other upcoming shows include the free Prospect Park show on 6/23, a Wu-Block party at Highline Ballroom (8/8) (tickets on sale 6/15), and Rock the Bells with Wu-Block. The Highline show is only with Ghostface and Sheek Louch, but for Rock the Bells, the whole crew will be there (Ghostface, Raekwon, Sheek Louch, Jadakiss, and Styles P).

Meanwhile, Raekwon will be in NYC for the previously discussed Best Buy Theater show (7/26) with Tyler, the Creator, and Earl Sweatshirt. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/15) at noon.

Ghostface and Raekwon play a free show together, and much sooner, in Toronto as part of NXNE on Sunday (6/17). Action Bronson, who plays a free show in Red Hook Park (6/19), will be at the Toronto fest too. The entire music portion of NXNE kicked off yesterday (6/13) and runs through the weekend.

Killer Mike will be at NXNE too, and his tour with El-P, Despot, and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire kicks off on Tuesday (6/19) in Atlanta. It hits NYC on July 13 at Irving Plaza. Ticketsplayed SOB's with Spaceghostpurrp in celebration of Purrp's new album, Mysterious Phonk. Purrp's also got a couple Shortcuts parties under his belt. Speaking of, one of those (sans Purrp) goes down at Santos TONIGHT (6/14) with Fat Tony and Fat Trel (tickets).

While NXNE is going on in Toronto, Brooklyn will be getting its own multi-venue music festival with Northside Festival, which also happens this weekend.

As mentioned, Kool Keith plays a Northside show at Brooklyn Bowl TONIGHT (6/14) with Lushlife. Lushlife recently dropped a remix of "She's a Buddhist, I'm a Cubist" with Angel Deradoorian, Cities Aviv, G-Side, Big Baby Gandhi, Deniro Farrar, and KDz Kenny Dennis. You can stream that below Tickets are still available for the Brooklyn Bowl show and we're also giving away a pair. Contest details are below.

As usual, Questlove will DJ the Brooklyn venue after that show (tickets).

Kool Keith also plays as part of Ultramagnetic MCs at a Northside show at MHOW on Sunday (6/17) with Phony PPL. Tickets for that show are still available. Phony PPL also play SOB's on July 24 with Blackbear. Tickets for that show are on sale.

GZA & Grupo Fantasma @ Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

And speaking of hip hop Northside shows at MHOW, GZA (backed by Grupo Fantasmo like he was a Bonnaroo) plays two (early and late) shows at the venue TONIGHT (6/14). Both are sold out, but you can try and get in with your Northside badge.

Aside from Kid Sister at Sugarland on Saturday (6/16), not much more hip hop is happening at Northside, but there are other good hip hop shows tonight and this weekend.

Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) plays the previously discussed show at the Apollo Theater TONIGHT (6/14) as part of Blue Note Jazz Festival. Tickets for that show are still available FOR THE SHOW THAT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 28th.

Blue Note Jazz Fest also gives us a free Central Park Summerstage show on Sunday (6/17) with Groove Theory, Soulive, Riq and Rah with Strings (Black Thought + Rahzel), and DJ Questlove.

EPMD and DJ Scratch play a free show at Herbert Von King Park TONIGHT (6/14). They also team up for a NYC show at BB King's on July 18 with Marley Mari and Big Daddy Kane. (tickets)

Hip hop producer RJD2 DJs a party for the ongoing 'One Step Beyond' series at the American Museum of Natural History on Friday (6/15) with Cosmo Baker, Import/Export, and visuals by Glowing Pictures with special guest Shantell Martin. Tickets for that are available.

You can also catch Tech N9ne and Machine Gun Kelly on the Hostile Takeover Tour which takes over the NYC area on Saturday (6/16) at Starland Ballroom in NJ (tickets) and Sunday (6/17) at HIghline Ballroom (tickets). Be careful during Machine Gun Kelly's set though; TMZ reports that he was just sued $15,000 for slicing open a bouncer's finger. Ouch.

Apple Stores are hosting hip hop in-stores all month.

Once all the Northside craziness ends, you can catch Ab-Soul at his previously discussed NYC show on Thursday, June 21 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are still available.

In other hip hop news, you can stream Black Milk's Live at Third Man Records in its entirety and J-Dilla's posthumous Rebirth of Detroit in its entirety below, along with other song streams and contest details for tonight's Kool Keith show.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Das Racist / Battles... get a leg up
Bonnaroo Day 3
Bonnaroo Day 3

While Bonnaroo's roots come from the jamband scene, the festival's outlook has grown each year. The Red Hot Chili Peppers set provided a nod from the festival's past without losing the band's foothold in the present day. In various combinations, members Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer along with touring percussionist Mauro Refosco improvised their way before returning to the next number on the setlist... Earlier in the day, HR of Bad Brains looked and acted nowhere near the part of a hardcore hero. His bandmates kept the music's mix of powerful, fast numbers with an occasional reggae cooldown. The latter style was necessary after a dust cloud erupted from the crowd moshing and bodysurfing. A pleased Flea of the Chili Peppers watched from the side of the stage. -[Jambands]
Bonnaroo 2012's third day (on June 9th) featured a trio of  headline performances including Alice Cooper, Spectrum Road (which featured John Medeski, Jack Bruce, Vernon Reid and Cindy Blackman Santana), and a "Superjam" put on by Questlove of The Roots that featured  Mr. Brown Sugar himself, D'Angelo, in his first US appearance in over ten years. The "Superjam" also featured appearances from members of The Time and Parliament-Funkadelic, who covered somgs by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Hendrix and more across the 90 minute set. Setlist and video from that set is below.

More photos from Day 3, including Bad Brains, Das Racist, Battles, Santigold (who plays a free show in Chicago Thursday), Gary Clarke Jr., Mogwai (who performs in NYC twice this week), Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, Skrillex, Danzig Legacy (who went on an anti-photo tirade), GZA with Grupo Fantasma (who perform together in Brooklyn twice this week) and more are below. If you missed it, check out photos from Bonnaroo's first day HERE and second day HERE.

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