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photos: Tamaryn @ Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)
Tamaryn at Levitation fest 2015

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Tamaryn, Samantha Urbani @ Le Poisson Rouge
Tamaryn went from gothy shoegaze to gothy, shoegazy pop (there's a difference) on her new terrific album, Cranekiss. Tonight's the record release show with onetime Friends singer Samantha Urbani opening.

Deradoorian, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Image Man @ Trans-Pecos
Deradoorian's new album is a wild ride. It pulls sounds from all over the globe, it's part psych, part prog, and always strangely accessible. Tonight's her first of two NYC shows this weekend.

So Hideous, Set and Setting, North, Bereft, Sangharsha @ Saint Vitus
So Hideous' upcoming album puts screamo, post-rock, and atmospheric black metal in a blender, and adds a noticeable modern classical influence courtesy of a 30-piece orchestra. Their tour with the similarly heavy/atmospheric Set and Setting hits NYC tonight.

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Andrew Combs @ Bowery Ballroom
For fans of country that shies away from top 40's slick sounds but remains accessible, both artists on this bill are worth catching.

Raven, Fate Breaks Dawn, METALFIER, Moniasin, Oblivion, Unholy Dispute @ Nihil Gallery
NWOBHM vets Raven have been going strong since dropping their debut single 35 years ago, and this year returned with their thirteenth album, ExtermiNation. Their last show here was loaded with classics.

Heems, Chris Rose (host), Seaton Smith, Dan Soder @ Livestream Public
Das Racist may be over but Heems is still making quality music on his own, most recently releasing the 2015 album Eat, Pray, Thug. Tonight he'll be interviewed (and he'll perform) at music-comedy "Late Night Basement" show taking place at this multi-use Bushwick events space.

Machinedrum, Dave Q, Alex English, Hiyawatha @ Slake
Production wiz Machinedrum is moving from NYC to Los Angeles. Come dance the night away at his farewell party.

Cold Fronts @ Fulton Stall Market
South Street Seaport's multi-use Fulton Stall Market is hosting free shows on Friday. The space is nice, there's bar and a secluded courtyard...worse ways to spend a couple hours after work on a Friday. Tonight's performers are Philly band Cold Fronts.

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

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Heems at Baby's All Right, 8/25/2015 (photo via @jcohen008)

Would you like to see a sitcom about Heems? It may happen:

When someone asked if this was for real he replied "yes for real. Gotta write the pilot now and pitch networks but fox on board to produce." Heems is a funny guy, and if there could be a show about the "Shit My Dad Says" twitter account, why not this?. Watch his video for "Damn Girl" (from this year's Eat Pray Thug) below.

Heems just played Baby's All Right on Tuesday. Anyone go to that show?

Continue reading "Heems is developing sitcom about his life (20th Century Fox bought the rights)"

by Andrew Sacher

Illmind & Joell Ortiz
Joell Ortiz

Plenty of great hip hop shows in NYC are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some recently-announced stuff coming up:

Joell Ortiz and Illmind celebrated their very good new collaborative album Human in NYC a few weeks ago, and they'll play another show here on August 26 at Santos Party House. Tickets are on sale now.

Among other things, A$ton Matthews makes an appearance on one of the year's best debut albums, Vince Staples' Summertime '06. He'll play NYC on August 19 at Santos Party House with Sha Hef. Tickets are on sale now.

Legendary MC Rakim played a free NYC show earlier this week, and he'll play again this month on August 19 at BB King's with Mr. Cheeks and Dres. This one's not free, and tickets are on sale now.

Common is taking part in the "Legacy of Hope Concert In Support of The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital" which happens August 26 at Barclays Center (tickets). He also plays the afterparty at Good Room. The lineup for both also includes Robin Thicke, Jonathan Butler and Miri Ben-Ari.

Long-running Southern rap group Nappy Roots are still at it and released 40Akerz Project earlier this year. They play NYC on November 3 at SOB's with CyHi The Prynce, 40 Akerz and special guests. Tickets are on sale.

Wale plays Webster Hall on September 23. Tickets are on sale.

New York vets Non Phixion broke up in 2006, but now they're reunited and celebrating their 20th anniversary on Saturday (8/15) at Highline Ballroom (tickets).

Former Das Racist member Heems will continue to support his new solo album Eat, Pray, Thug on August 25 at Baby's All Right with Sandunes and Big Baby Gandhi. Tickets are on sale.

Indie rap fans may also want to know about Busdriver, Elucid, Tanya Morgan and Jesucifer at that same venue, Baby's All RIght on September 19. Tickets are on sale.

We recently talked about experimental rapper Abdu Ali ahead of his set at last week's Impose Fest, and he has more NYC shows coming up too. He'll open for Lower Dens when their tour hits Bowery Ballroom on September 28 (tickets). But sooner than that, he'll play his own show at Baby's All Right on August 18 with Leverage Models, ZGRT and Stash Marina. Tickets for Baby's are on sale.

Underground Brooklyn staple Jean Grae plays another hometown show on August 22 at Union Hall with Heben Nigatu & Tracy Clayton and Donwill. Tickets are available.

YouTube rap sensations Turquoise Jeep return to NYC on November 18 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale today (8/14) at noon.

Cypress Hill play their annual Halloween-time NYC show on October 30 at Best Buy Theater. This year's is also with Immortal Technique. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

Other previously-discussed hip hop shows coming up in NYC include the Sean Price memorial show, Raekwon's Purple Tape show, Blackalicious with Kool Keith, A$AP Rocky / Tyler the Creator / Danny Brown / Vince Staples, Chance the Rapper, Mick Jenkins, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Young Thug with RL Grime, Fool's Gold Day Off, Billboard Hot 100 Fest, Murs / Red Pill, The Underachievers, Afropunk, and more.

Georgia Anne Muldrow

In other news, she doesn't have any shows announced yet but Georgia Anne Muldrow released her first rap album this year, A Thoughiverse Unmarred, on Mello Music Group. She's usually making R&B/soul, but it turns out she's just as good at making a straight rap record. The album features frequent collaborator and husband Dudley Perkins (aka Declaime) who also put out his own album this year, Southside Story, which Georgia features on. Both are recommended and can be streamed in full below.

Continue reading "Joell Ortiz, Aston Matthews, Rakim, Common, Heems, Cypress Hill & more NYC rap shows +++ new Georgia Anne Muldrow"

Riot Fest Chicago 2015

Following the Riot Fest Toronto lineup additions, the 2015 Riot Fest Chicago lineup has now been expanded. Additions include System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie and Chef'Special.

They join Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, BIlly Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix(, Drive Like Jehu, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, The Damned, Death, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, and more.

Riot Fest Chicago goes down September 11-13 in Douglas Park. Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below.

Update: Denver additions announced too.

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago 2015 adds System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie & more to lineup"

UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

First Toronto, then Denver, now the Riot Fest Chicago 2015 lineup is announced. It includes Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix), Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, Thrice, The Lawrence Arms, The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts and Pussy), Jimmy Cliff, The Damned, Against Me!, Living Colour, Fishbone, Death, Hum, GWAR, Civ, The Thurston Moore Band, Echo & the Bunnymen, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, FIDLAR, Andrew WK, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang, Tommy Stinson and many more, plus a few more TBA.

Tickets are on sale now. This year happens at the new location of Douglas Park from September 11-13. All currently announced artists are listed below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago 2015: Faith No More, Billy Idol, Lifetime, Hum, Desaparecidos, Civ, Ice Cube, Merle Haggard & more"

photo: Against Me! at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Against Me!

We already knew that one of the 2015 Northside Festival shows would have Against Me! but the venue for that remained unannounced for over a month. Now we know they're playing one of the free shows in McCarren Park that happen this year all four days of Northside, June 11-14.

Against Me! play June 13, and one day prior it's The Very Best and Heems (6/12). Stay tuned for the 6/11 and 6/14 lineups. The shows are free, but RSVP is required, and you can RSVP for Very Best/Heems HERE and for Against Me! HERE. Even with RSVP, admission is first come, first served, but you're guaranteed entry if you have a Premium or Music Badge.

Against Me! also have several other tour dates this year, and Laura Jane Grace plays a couple solo shows, including one in NYC.

Heems plays another free NYC show on May 1 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Michael Christmas, Pills, ZZZs and Iyez.


And a few other Northside updates:

Girl Band were added to both Viet Cong shows. Sannhet are on night 2 as well. Both are sold out.

The legendary DJ Premier is playing a live full-band show at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13. Tickets are on sale.

Self Defense Family, Wildhoney and Somerset Thrower play the Iron Pier showcase at Acheron on June 13 (tickets).

Holly Miranda plays Knitting Factory on June 13 (tickets).

Shigeto, Michna and Lord Raja play Knitting Factory on June 13 later that night (tix).

Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Guerilla Toss and PC Worship play Palisades on June 11 (tickets).

Ryan Hemsworth and Tommy Kruise play a midnight show at Palisades on June 12 (tickets).

Sun Ra Arkestra and PC Worship play the Northern Spy showcase on June 14 at Rough Trade (tickets).

You can browse our "Northside Festival" tag for even more shows, including Blonde Redhead, Zola Jesus, Built to Spill, Run the Jewels, Neko Case, and more.

photo: Heems at Santos - 3/10/15 (via Christina Gregory)

Earlier this week (3/10), former Das Racist member Heems put out his first official solo album, Eat, Pray Thug, and celebrated it that same day at Santos Party House. Anyone go? How was it?

If you missed it, or just need another dose of Heems, he'll play NYC again on 4/20 at Baby's All Right. That show's also with Weekend Money, Topaz Jones, Kahli Abdu and VHS Safari. Tickets are on sale now. His only other announced dates are NXNE, two official SXSW showcases, and the Action Bronson SXSW show.

In other news, the Queens native recently left NYC to move in with his parents at their Long Island home. Gothamist interviewed him about it:

You're living in Hicksville now, right? Why did you choose to move back home... to leave Williamsburg and all that "white drama" you talk about on Eat Pray Thug? My lease ended at the end of April and I just didn't want to sublet or get an apartment again, which I had to do for like years. So I think since around May of last year I've been living on Long Island.

So how's living with the parents? Oh, I love it. It just so happens that my sister and her husband were also living there. I'm on my way back to them right now. [Last night] I had a show at [Aicon Gallery] where I have my art. I had a performance there with the Kominas and Riz MC, they're like this Pakistani punk band and this Pakistani grime artist.

...So then what was it like when you lived in Williamsburg for a while? I liked it at the time. I mean a lot of friends, we were all in bands and it was good to be around your peers. It was a good vibe. But eventually I was like, "This is not the New York I know, the New York I grew up with, that I cherish." That New York's Long Island now.

You can read the rest of that here.

Listen to the Blood Orange collab from Heems' new album, below...

Continue reading "Heems moved back in with his parents on Long Island, playing 4/20 show at Baby's"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Das Racist at AfroPunk Fest 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Das Racist

Fool's Gold Records co-founder Nick Catchdubs has never actually put out a full-length solo album, but that will change on April 28 when he releases Smoke Machine. First single "Full House" features two regulars of NYC's rap scene, Troy Ave and ex-Das Racist member Heems. Troy sounds even more like 50 Cent than he usually does (not in a bad way), and Heems pulls one of his characteristically wacked-out verses. IAMSU!, Jay Ant, and B.I.C. (Bitches Is Crazy) appear on the album too. Listen to "Full House" below.

As previously mentioned, Heems has a debut album of his own coming out on March 10. His release show at Santos Party House also happens that day with Sandunes and Rizzla. Tickets are still available.

Heems' former Das Racist groupmate Kool A.D. also recently announced a Santos show. His is April 30 with Lakutis opening. Tickets are on sale now. His only other date as of now is a few days later in Philly at Kung Fu Necktie (5/3) (tickets).

Stream Kool A.D.'s latest release, 2014's Word O.K., with the new Nick Catchdubs song, below...

Continue reading "Nick Catchdubs announces debut LP, shares single ft. Heems and Troy Ave; Kool AD playing shows"

by Andrew Sacher


Heems is a few weeks away from releasing his new album, Eat, Pray, Thug (due 3/10 via Megaforce), and he's now put out its second single, "Home." It features vocals from Blood Orange main man Dev Hynes, adventurous production, and it's hardly something you'd call a rap song. Listen, along with another new song that didn't make the record (via Rolling Stone) below.

Heems plays a release show for the album on March 10 at Santos Party House. Since we last spoke, Sandunes and Rizzla were added. Tickets are still available.

In related news, past Heems collaborator and fellow NYC rapper Action Bronson put out a new song this week from his upcoming album, Mr. Wonderful (due 3/24 via Vice/Atlantic). You can stream that below too. He also has a release show scheduled, March 24 at Terminal 5. Tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Heems releases Blood Orange collab from new LP (new Action Bronson out now too)"


Former Das Racist member Heems will release his first official solo album, Eat, Pray, Thug, on March 10 via Megaforce, and he's now announced that he'll celebrate it in NYC on release day (3/10) at Santos Party House. Tickets are on sale now. It's his only announced date at the moment.

Listen to the album's lead single "Sometimes" below...

Continue reading "Heems playing album release show at Santos Party House"

by Andrew Sacher


Some may say 2014 was a slow year for rap, but it doesn't look like anyone's gonna be saying that about 2015. We already got recent announcements of a new Action Bronson album (hear a new song) and a new Joey Bada$$ album (hear a new song ft. Kiesza), and now Heems has announced that he'll release Eat, Pray, Thug on March 10 via Megaforce. (Not to mention we're likely getting albums from Kanye, Kendrick, Chance and A$AP Rocky this year.)

Heems has stayed active since Das Racist broke up, releasing mixtapes and other things, but this will be his first official solo album. The album features guitar from Blood Orange and Rafiq Bhatia, plus production from Blood Orange as well as Gordon Voidwell, Harry Fraud, Boody B and more. Gordon produced the first single, "Sometimes," which is a banger and can be streamed below.

Continue reading "Heems announces debut solo LP ft. Blood Orange & others, shares new single "Sometimes" (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher

Riz & Heems
Swet Shop Boys

Former Das Racist member Heems teamed up with British rapper/actor Riz MC (aka Riz Ahmed) and the duo released their Swet Shop EP on Heems' Greedhead label earlier this year. It's got production from Lushline, Lynas, Ryan Hemsworth and DADRAS, and it's more proof that Heems has pretty much been on fire this year (his verse on the Meyhem Luaren & Buckwild album is A+). Listen below.

Swet Shop Boys are playing a show in Heems' hometown of NYC this Monday (12/8) at Baby's All Right, which is being opened by fellow NYC indie rapper Wiki of Ratking. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Ratking, who last played NYC with Run the Jewels a week ago, do so next on December 19 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Show Me the Body, Young Gutted and '86. Like most BKNB shows, that's free.

Swet Shop Boys EP stream below...

Continue reading "Swet Shop Boys (Heems + Riz MC) released an EP, playing Baby's w/ Wiki; Ratking playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar"

Charanjit Singh @ Lincoln Center Out of Doors (photo by @chayyray)

Indian electronic music pioneer Charanjit Singh just played three NYC shows (his first ever here), including Lincoln Center Out of Doors and MoMA PS1 Warm Up. At all three shows, he played tracks from his influential 1982 album Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat, using the same basic vintage gear with which he made the record. Did you check any of those out? How was he? If you missed those three shows or just need to see him again, you're in luck: Singh will play one final NYC show on Wednesday (8/6) at Baby's All Right with Heems and The Kominas. Heems and Singh will be doing separate sets, but expect a little collaboration too. They're calling the show "Ten Ragas to a Rap Beat" and tickets are on sale now.

by Andrew Sacher

World's Fair
World's Fair

As always, there's tons of hip hop shows coming up in NYC and tours passing through here. Here's a roundup of a few of the great ones happening this month...

The next Converse Rubber Tracks Live show happens at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 9 with rapper IAMSU! and rap group Phony PPL. Like all Rubber Tracks shows, the show is FREE but you do need tickets which go on "sale" today (6/4) at noon.

Queens rap crew World's Fair are teaming up with Atlanta rap crew Two-9 for a tour which kicks off in Philly this Sunday (6/8) and hits NYC on June 10 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. World's Fair also just put out a new jam, "Uh Huh," which features Cody B. Ware and Prince Samo, and was produced by Jansport J. Check that out, with the list of dates and tour flyer, below.

50 Cent, who just put out his fifth studio album Animal Ambition this week (6/3), will celebrate that album with a record release show in NYC on June 8 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Just don't ask him to throw any baseballs, and leave your chains at home.

NYC rapper Ka, still going strong of 2013's The Night's Gambit, will play a Noisey-presented hometown show during the Northside Festival on June 13 at Europa. Tickets for that show are on sale now, or you can try to get in using your Northside badge.

CyHi The Prynce recently put out the Hystori: Black History Project mixtape (exectuve produced by Kanye West), and he makes his way to NYC for a show on June 16 at SOB's. Tickets are on sale.


Golden era-inspired NYC rapper Meyhem Lauren teamed up with actual golden era producer Buckwild for a collaborative album, Silk Pyramids, which came out last week (5/27). The album features Action Bronson, Heems, Troy Ave and more, and as you may imagine it sounds straight out of the '90s. Stream the whole thing below and catch Meyhem Lauren & Buckwild celebrating it live in NYC on Saturday (6/7) at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now.

LA duo People Under the Stairs are touring the US which includes a return to NYC on June 11 at LPR and June 12 at Littlefield with local great Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, plus Fresh Daily and DJ Thanksgiving Brown. Tickets for Littlefield and tickets for LPR are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Oddisee plays Glasslands on June 26 with a live band and support from louis logic and E.M.S.. Tickets are on sale now.


Black Moon/Boot Camp Clik member Buckshot teams up with Pro Era member Kirk Knight and production great Statik Selektah for a show on June 26 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall (tickets). That show's the record release for Buckshot & P-Money's new album, BackPack Travels, which comes out two days earlier (6/24) via Duck Down. The album's single "Flute," features two other Pro Era members, Joey Bada$$ and CJ Fly, whose '90s-inspired styles fit right in with Buckshot's classic rhymes. Watch the video for that below.

Both Boot Camp Clik and Pro Era also play free Summerstage shows this month. Pro Era play Red Hook Park on Thursday (6/5) and Boot Camp Clik play Betsy Head Park on June 10.

Other upcoming hip hop shows in NYC include Jay Z / Beyonce (two nights), Deltron 3030, Snoop Dogg, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Kevin Gates, Rakim / Slick Rick, De La Soul, Talib Kweli, and more.

Of course there's plenty of others coming up too. What did we miss? All mentioned streams, videos and lists of dates, below...

Continue reading "hip hop roundup: World's Fair, Meyhem Lauren & Buckwild, Buckshot, Pro Era, 50 Cent, Ka, Iamsu, Mr MFN Exquire, more"

Heems w/ Das Racist in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Heems, Zulu P., Girls In Uniform @ Baby's All Right
There's never a lack of chances to catch former Das Racist member Heems in NYC, and especially since there aren't many show options tonight, this could be a good chance.

OFF!, Cerebral Ballzy, NASA Space Universe @ Asbury Lanes
Another thing you could do with not many options in NYC is head to NJ to catch hardcore supergroup OFF! (ex-Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Hot Snakes, Rocket from the Crypt, Redd Kross, etc) whose tour hits Asbury Lanes tonight. They'll be in NYC on Saturday (5/17).

Dirty Fences w/ "Special Surprise Co-Headliner," Hector's Pets, Games @ Grand Victory
It's a night of garage rock at The Grand Victory tonight and a "special surprise guest co-headliner" is promised. Who could it be?

Keren Ann @ Joe's Pub
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Keren Ann was just out on a mini-tour, and tonight she's back in NYC to wrap it up at Joe's Pub.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show continues tonight with guests Mike Vecchione, Kara Klenk, Hugh Moore, Calvin Cato and more.

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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Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Austin's Mohawk in Feb. (more by Tim Griffin)

Eleanor Friedberger @ MHOW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bass Drum of Death @ South Street Seaport (FREE)
It seems like this year's Seaport Music Festival just got started but here we are at the last free show of the 2013 season. It's a good one too: Portland's Unknown Mortal Orchestra are custom made for breezy outdoor listening. Mississippi's Bass Drum of Death open, making for a great lead-in to tomorrow's 4Knots Festival. 7PM.

Os Mutantes, Tuff Sunshine @ Maxwell's
Legendary psychedelic Brazilian band Os Mutantes are wrapping up their North American tour in NYC this weekend with a big, free Celebrate Brooklyn! show tomorrow, but tonight you can catch them at the soon-to-close Hoboken indie rock mecca. Tickets are still available.

Eleanor Friedberger, TEEN @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Eleanor's new album, Personal Record, is perfect summer listening and she's always an engaging live performer. Show up early tonight for a screening of the extended-form music video for "She's a Mirror" that features Eleanor playing multiple roles. TEEN and Cassandra Jenkins provide support and tickets are still available.

Dirty Beaches, Heathered Pearls, Eola, Porcelain Raft @ Glasslands
Dirty Beaches released his new experimental double album, Drifters/Love is the Devil, and after having played a solo set of mainly Drifters material at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (6/26), the one-man band will tonight be joined by Heathered Pearls (aka Jakub Alexander) and Eola (aka Ed from TONSTARTSSBANDHT)) for a collaborative set of the Love is the Devil portion of the album. According to Alex, "you might not recognize any of the songs for this night" because of the rearrangements the trio will be doing. Should be interesting to see what they have in store. Porcelain Raft (who has his own new album on the way) opens the show.

Come, Jennifer O'Connor @ Bowery Ballroom
Reunited '90s-era Boston indie rockers Come reissued their debut album on Matador earlier this year, and tonight they bring their tour in support of the reissue to Bowery Ballroom. Support comes from their labelmate Jennifer O'Connor.

Dax Riggs, Spires @ Mercury Lounge
Electric bluesman Dax Riggs will show his dark side (his favorite side, it seems) at Mercury Lounge tonight. The Louisiana-bred songwriter will pull from his considerable catalog of solo material for the outing, just dont expect any Acid Bath covers. Openers Spires make jangly psych-pop and are worth getting there early for. Tickets are still on sale.

Old 97's, Wormburner @ Brooklyn Bowl
Old 97's continue their run of full-album performances, tonight's being 1995's Wreck Your Life, plus another set as well. Tickets are still available. Note that Tommy Stinson was originally supposed to open this show but has been subbed-out by Wormburner. Maybe Tommy is busy with Replacements practice?

Har Mar Superstar, Born Cages @ Knitting Factory
Speaking of, Har Mar Superstar -- who is not the Replacements new guitarist -- plays tonight with Born Cages. Despite tricking us, we admit he always puts on a fun show. Tickets are still available and only five bucks.

Courtney Love, Starred @ Stone Pony Summerstage
Courtney and Starred are on night 3 of 4 of their NYC-area run at NJ's Stone Pony Summerstage tonight.

Rinsed w/ Sepalcure @ secret Brooklyn venue
Braille has a Cameo show tomorrow (6/29), but you can catch him NYC sooner than that because his duo with Machinedrum, Sepalcure, is playing a free Rinsed party at a secret Brooklyn venue tonight. Tonight's show is sold out but you can enter Rinsed's contest to win 2 tickets for tonights show.

Heems @ Grove Alley Night Market (FREE)
Former Das Racist member Heems will open for Riff Raff at Highline Ballroom next month, but tonight you can see him play his own show, and for free, at Grove Place Alley. Also on the bill is The Toothaches, Trouble City All-Stars, and DJ Joro Boro. Show goes from 5 PM to 11 PM. RSVP and more info here. Flyer below.

For more on-the-cheap fun, check out our NYC Free Shows calendar.

Cough @ The Bell House, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Martyrdoom @ Paper Box
Cough joins names like ExecrationMorbosidadThe Flight of Sleipnir and Grave Ritual as part of a two stage bill at Paper Box, the first official night of Martyrdoom II. Is it too hot to wear a studded leather jacket or a denim vest covered in patches? We'll find out later.

Locrian @ Saint Vitus
Dark ambient gods Locrian will make a rare appearance at Saint Vitus tonight, roping in support from the venerable Sannhet for the evening. Expect spookiness, fog, and and an excellent live show.

Dropdead, Iron Reagan, Agitator, Nuclear Santa Claust @ Acheron
Animal liberation and politics arent the only thing that Dropdead is preaching about. Most importantly, the longstanding Rhode Island quartet cares about brutal, honest and in your face hardcore, which will be in spades at Acheron tonight. Municipal Waste side project Iron Reagan supports Dropdead, and will be filming a video at the venue.

Pleasure Leftists @ 70 N. 6th
Cleveland's Pleasure Leftists were in NYC last night for a show at Acheron, and tonight you can catch the post-punk band in an even more intimate location: the 70 N 6 St loft (above Public Assembly). It's a late show (10PM-4AM) and admission is only $2 at the door.

Wayne Shorter @ Town Hall
Jazz sax legend Wayne Shorter celebrates his 80th birthday tonight at Town Hall with help from Allen Carrington Spalding + Sound Prints, Dave Douglas & Joe Lovano Quintet and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Jill Scott, BJ the Chicago Kid @ Oakdale Theatre (CT)
It's about an hour-plus drive out of NYC, but tonight's Oakdale Theatre show in Wallingford, CT is the only headlining NYC-area date on neo-soul great Jill Scott's tour. Plus, support comes from likeminded newcomer BJ the Chicago Kid, who has contributed his vocals to multiple Black Hippy projects, Big K.R.I.T., Freddie Gibbs, and more.

Krill @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
Boston indie rockers Krill released their new album, Lucky Leaves, and they're celebrating with a record release show in Brooklyn tonight at Big Snow (89 Varet St) with The Doozies, Cool Memories, and Bueno. Krill's album is filled with nasal-voiced college rock hooks and quirks, and the whole thing can be streamed (via Noisey) below.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat, The Hussy, Barkley's Barnyard Critters, Shark Muffin @ Death by Audio
Floor tom/bass guitar post-punk duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat will be touring with Ceremony later this summer, making for some great double bills (or triple bills if you head to the CT show with Joyce Manor), but you can catch them headlining a gig before that tonight at Death by Audio. The bill also includes Lightning Bolt side project Barkley's Barnyard Critters, in addition to The Hussy and Shark Muffin.

Guns N Hoses @ The Rock Shop
The real Guns N Roses (well...) were just in NYC for Governors Ball and an intimate Brooklyn Bowl show, and tonight all-girl Guns N' Roses tribute band, Guns N Hoses, will play an even more intimate show at The Rock Shop.

Jim Gaffigan & more @ Littlefield
Tonight Littlefield hosts a fundraiser for the Woodstock Comedy Festival, featuring sets from Jim Gaffigan, Adam Conover, Eddie Brill, and Lizz WinsteadTickets are still available.

John Waters @ City Winery
Lover of kitch, director of filth (in the best way), Baltimore legend and filmmaker John Waters is doing a one-man-show tonight and tomorrow at City Winery. Tickets for tonight are still available.

Heart of Darkness: Jaguar Paw w/ Dave Hill, Cocoon Central, Matt Kilmer @ The Bell House
After joining BrooklynVegan in our tent this year at Firefly Music Festival, comedian Dave Hill will be taking part in the comedy/variety show Heart of Darkness at The Bell House tonight. Matt Kilmer is tonight's musical guest.

For more funny stuff, check out our check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

Monty Luke, Mike Simonetti @ Cameo
Cameo's hosting a late-night dance party (11:59 doors) headlined by Detroit techno DJ Monty Luke, and also featuring a set by Mike Simonetti, who runs Italians Do It Better with Johnny Jewel (Chromatics, Glass Candy, Desire). To get an idea of what tonight might be like, stream a recent Monty Luke mix below.

Du Tonc, Mighty Mouse, JDH & Dave P @ Glasslands
Another good late-night dance option is the FIXED party (11:30 doors) with a live set from Du Tonc, who will be making their NYC debut at the show. DuTonc is the new duo comprised of Mat Van Schie from Australia synth pop band Van She and producer Mighty Mouse (who opens the show with a solo set). FIXED regulars JDH & Dave P are on the bill too.

NYC Pride Rally @ Hudson River Park's Pier 26 (FREE)
It's NYC Pride Weekend and tonight's official party, The Rally, features performances by Pan Am and Vicci Martinez. 7 - 10 PM. Free.

Blowoff DJ set @ Gramercy Theatre
One of the unofficial NYC Pride events going on tonight is Bob Mould and Rich Morel who are bringing their Blowoff party to Gramercy Theatre, spinning their "signature mix of indie rock, electro and house." Sold out.

Hugh Masekela @ Jazz Standard
The legendary horn player continues his four-night stand at Jazz Standard tonight.

In addition to the bigger shows, it's also a pretty good night to check out some local stuff. Mercury Lounge hosts Firehorse and Baby Alpaca; Brooklyn venues Silent Barn and Shea Stadium both have good shows tonight, with Darlings, Juniper Rising, A. Rex & J. Rex, and King Prom at the former; and Sham-poo, Le Rug, Lost Boy?, and Slonk Donkerson at the latter; LES venue Pianos is hosting NJ garage rockers The Everymen, along with The Vontons, The Great American Novel, and Tex And The Girls.

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


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Pentagram @ Power of the Riff East (more by Greg Cristman)

Sean Price @ Duck Down Holiday party, 2012 (more)

today in NYC
* Pentagram @ Saint Vitus
* Amy Speace @ Joe's Pub
* Slobber Pup @ The Stone
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Ben Holmes Quartet @ Barbes
* Furthur @ The Capitol Theatre
* Olafur Arnalds @ SoHo Apple Store
* B.B. King, Boogie Long @ B.B. King's
* METZ, Odonis Odonis @ Shea Stadium
* The Red Paintings, Lewis Lazar @ Pianos
* They Might Be Giants @ Academy Records
* Muse, Biffy Clyro @ Madison Square Garden
* El Topo, Les Yeux, Friend Roulette @ Pianos
* Brazos, Snowblink, The Loom @ Cameo Gallery
* Mindless Self Indulgence, Death Spells @ Irving Plaza
* Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band @ Barclays Center
* Morgan Karr, Janelle Kroll, DJ Fromage @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Wilder Maker, Water Liars, Nathan Xander @ Cake Shop
* Born Ruffians, Moon King, Ski Lodge @ Bowery Ballroom
* Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Wale, Ciara @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Clementine & the Galaxy, Cold Blood Club @ Mercury Lounge
* Low Fat Getting High, Left & Right, Bloom, Ravenous @ Big Snow
* Fitz and the Tantrums, Hunter Hunted @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Safe, Le1f, HEEMS, BLKKATHY, Doe Paoro, DJ Dapwell @ 285 Kent
* Woodsman, Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk, White Bike @ Death By Audio
* Danielson Famile, Jeffrey Lewis, Welcome Wagon @ The Knitting Factory
* Christina Courtin, Margaret Glaspy, Julia Easterlin @ Rockwood Music Hall
* William Tyler (Silver Jews / Lambchop), Zachary Cale @ The Mercury Lounge
* Black River Quartet, Sound Rabbit, Tanner Walle, Cherokee Red, Isaiah Panther @ Bowery Electric
* Sean Price, Bishop Nehru, F. Stokes, Children of the Night, Rawbeatz (DJ), Sucio Smash @ Glasslands

Toronto's Odonis Odonis open for METZ tonight at Shea Stadium. Toronto's Moon King open for Born Ruffians at Bowery Ballroom. Moon King's Maddy Wilde sometimes plays with Odonis Odonis. Maybe there will be a guest appearance tonight?

Meanwhile, Moon King also play on Friday (4/19) at Big Snow with Caged Animals, Leapling, and Sexy Merlin.

Brooklyn's Low Fat Getting High, who play Big Snow tonight, are releasing a new EP, Bad Yoga, in May via Dead Broke Rekerds (who has put out releases for Nude Beach, Tenement, and others) and Money Fire Records. Stream a track from that EP, "Better Better Worse," below. They have other upcoming local shows on Friday (4/19) at Don Pedro's and Sunday (4/21) at The Bowery Electric.

SAFE is playing a record release show at 285 Kent tonight with a great lineup of Le1f, Heems, Doe Paoro, BLKKATHY and DJ Dapwell. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. Le1f and Dapwell also both just played the Whitney over the weekend.

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Veronica Falls made a video for the title track of their most recent album, Waiting for Something to Happen and you can watch that below.

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Mobb Deep at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Mobb Deep

NYC rap legends Mobb Deep are celebrating their 20th anniversary as a group this year and will be celebrating by going on a US tour in May and June. That tour wraps up in their home city on June 20 at Best Buy Theater for a show with Waka Flocka Flame and Heems (ex-Das Racist), who just played The Whitney over the weekend. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/10) at 10 AM and an AEG Live presale starting Thursday (4/11) at 10 AM. All dates are listed, along with the flyer for the NYC show, below.

Meanwhile, Mobb Deep member Havoc is releasing his new solo album, 13, on May 7. It features guest appearances by Styles P, Raekwon, Lloyd Banks, Royce Da 5'9", and others. The tracklist, album art, and a stream of its single, "Tell Me To My Face," are below.

Havoc will celebrate that album with a release show in NYC the day it comes out at Highline Ballroom (5/7). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The release show also doubles as the release show for R.A. the Rugged Man, who is also on the bill and releases his new album, Legends Never Die, on April 30. He just released the video for that album's single, "The People's Champ," which you can watch below. Also below, you can stream another album single "Learn Truth," which features Talib Kweli.

In related news, another old-school NYC rap show goes down at Highline Ballroom on July 21 with Big Daddy Kane, M.O.P., Chubb Rock, Grand Puba, and DJ Bent Rock. Tickets for that show are on sale now. You can also see Big Daddy Kane tonight (4/09) at Brooklyn Bowl as part of show called Las Supper and tickets are still available.

All Mobb Deep dates are listed, along with all song streams, below...

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Le1f (photo by Siobhan Bledsoe)

The Whitney Museum is currently hosting the Blues for Smoke exhibition, which will be up through April 28. The exhibition "explores a wide range of contemporary art through the lens of the blues and blues aesthetics." In conjunction with that exhibition, they are also presenting a festival this weekend with performances and events. On Friday (4/5), former Das Racist member Kool A.D. will team up with Mykki Blanco for a show at 6 PM. Then on Sunday (4/7) between 1 and 4 PM, the other two former Das Racist members Dapwell and Heems, will play with another rapper, Le1f, and psych freaks Prince Rama.

In addition to the two hip hop oriented shows, there will be a show on Saturday from Brooklyn soul ensemble King Holiday. The performances on all three days will be spread out into small, unconventional spaces rather than in a concert space, and will be accompanied by projections. All performances are free with museum admission.

Mykki Blanco recently played the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase, and his tour brings him to Bowery Ballroom tonight (4/2) for a show with DJ MikeQ, Rizzla, and Ian Isiah. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Meanwhile, Le1f has another hometown show coming up as part of the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency. His show takes place on May 7 at Glasslands with Laurel Halo, Venus X, Spank DJs, The Peronists, Crazy Bitch In A Cave, :PAPERCUTZ, and a "very special guest." Tickets for that show are still available.

Stream Mykki's 2012 mixtape, Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss, and Le1f's recent mixtape, Fly Zone, below...

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Dysrhythmia @ Public Assembly, 11/17/2012 (more by Jonathan McPHail)

today in NYC
* Mondo! NYC @ Cameo
* Hard Mix @ Glasslands
* Noche Flamenca @ Joe's Pub
* Nature Boy Explorer @ Barbes
* Steel Train @ Bowery Ballroom
* Kingsley Flood @ Mercury Lounge
* The Bad Plus @ Village Vanguard
* HEEMS, Lez Zeppelin @ Brooklyn Museum
* The Micks @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Ches Smith Trio, Mat Maneri @ The Stone
* Banda Sinaloense de Los Muertos @ Barbes
* Ikebe Shakedown, The Jay Vons @ Cameo Gallery
* Aspects of War, Negligence, Kantuta @ XPO 929
* Brad and Doug Balliett and friends @ The Stone
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ McKittrick Hotel
* Dinowalrus, Life Size Maps, Visuals @ Glasslands
* Andrew Morgan, Tom Noble, Terekke, Moon B @ 285 Kent
* Bridges and Powerlines, Fan-Tan, Crazy Pills @ Union Hall
* Wei Zhongle, Hazel Rah, Jessica Pavone, Pat Hull @ The LAB
* The Indencent, EULA, Black on Brown, Sham-Poo @ Shea Stadium
* Family Curse, Sleepies, Tournament, Dead Stars, Heaven's Gate @ Dead Herring
* Dysrhythmia, Wreck and Reference, Soren, Planning For Burial @ Saint Vitus Bar
* Alien Whale, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Fox Crane Bear, Heat Identity @ Silent Barn
* Opponents, Compactor, Cloud Dweller, Long Distance Poison, Shingles @ Death by Audio
* Tom Toye & Devin Brain Make Beautiful Noise, Beach Arabs, Spewing Cum, What Next? @ Cake Shop
* Machinedrum (Berliner Set), Allies For Everyone (DJ Set), Evan Michael, Dan Wender, Sheepshead @ Tammany Hall

It's the first Saturday of January which means it's First Saturdays at Brooklyn Museum with a full day of free events, capped by performances by ex-Das Racist member HEEMS and Lez Zeppelin. Doors are at 5 PM, HEEMS is on at 9 PM.

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SPIN top 50 2012

SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.

The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.

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Das Racist at Afro-Punk 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Das Racist

The individual members of NYC rap trio Das Racist have been playing a handful of solo shows lately and it looks like we'll be seeing more of that, as the group have decided to call it quits. Pitchfork reports that Das Racist were supposed to perform at Munich festival On3 on Saturday (12/1), but instead Heems did a solo show, and announced from the stage, "You guys wanna know the secret? Alright, so I'm going to do some Das Racist songs, but Das Racist is breaking up and we're not a band anymore."

Kool AD also tweeted, "for the record i quit das racist 2 months ago and was asked by our manager not to announce it yet. apparently @himanshu wanted to do it tho" and Heems replied, "hah dag, my bad dont even remember saying that shit."

What ended up being Das Racist's final hometown show happened at Irving Plaza in October. You can check out some videos from that show below.

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by Klaus Kinski and Joe Mande

Joe Mande

Joe Mande is a comedian and writer. He's been seen on Conan, Comedy Central, and VH1 Best Week Ever. He's also a writer for Parks and Recreation, Delocated, and the upcoming Kroll Show. He's also the brains behind the pitch-perfect project Look At This Fucking Hipster. When you're as brilliantly hilarious as Joe Mande, it's only a matter of time before you get sucked into Olde Man Los Angeles' bosom and have to leave NYC, which is precisely what he did recently much to the dismay of many people who love him, myself included.

I have been an avid fan of Mande since he was knee-high to a grasshopper and getting his start in the NYC comedy scene. There was a time where it seemed like you could catch him on a stage somewhere in this city at least 9-10 times a week. It is his simplest flourishes that kill me the most; for example, his twitter feed is the best. Among other tweet-skillz, he has a knack for re-tweeting the absolutely vapid and pointless horse-shit that a celebrity's pea-brain managed to fart out into cyberspace. And where else can you see a picture like this? I asked Joe for a Top Ten of 2012 list. The results, with accompanying YouTube videos, are below.

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The Flat

Since opening in March, the Flat has been a haven for edgy music and affordable drinks. "It's amazing how many people we know live within blocks away," said Max Brennan, the owner. A decade ago, he founded Lit, a bar, gallery and performance space on Second Avenue in Manhattan. "It's sort of how Lit used to be before all the 'shirts' invaded the East Village," he said." - [NY Times]
The Flat, owned by Lit's Max Brennan and The Deathset's Johnny Sierra, opened this spring at 308 Hooper St, just off the Hewes St stop on the J/M line. While it's mainly a bar they do hold the occasional show, like Azar Swan's live debut which happens Saturday night (11/10) and is the official afterparty to the Tamaryn show at Knitting Factory earlier that night (Tamaryn's tour meanwhile hits Mercury Lounge tonight).

On Wednesday (11/14) The Flat is hosting a show presented by Self-Titled, Mishka and Greedhead Music, with HEEMS, LE1F, Big Baby Gandhi, and Meyhem Lauren. It's early (7 - 9 PM) and is FREE. Flyer is below.

The day before that (Tuesday, 11/13) they've got the release party for Fat Tony's "BKNY" music video with DJ sets from the man himself, plus Tom Cruz, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, DJ Sicksentz, Kitty Pryde, Lakutis, Cities Aviv, and Dapwell from Das Racist. Also free, 9 PM start.

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by Andrew Sacher

Main Attrakionz at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Main Attrakionz

Earlier this month, we mentioned that iPhone/Android app Mobli was throwing a CMJ party with Heems, Sasha Go Hard, Kitty Pryde, Weekend Money, SAFE, The Underachievers, and Party Supplies. That party was supposed to happen today at Delinquency but that venue has since been shut down so the whole lineup (minus The Underachievers and Party Supplies) is merging with the Young One Records showcase, which happens tonight (10/17) at 285 Kent. That showcase, in addition to including the names mentioned above, will have Main Attrakionz, Kool AD, Deniro Farrar, Supreme Cuts, Cities Aviv, Bryant Dope, Ryan Hemsworth, and CBG. SAFE and Ryan Hemsworth are DJing between sets, the rest of the acts are playing live. The show flier and set times are below.

That 285 Kent show is a pretty stacked bill for hip hop, and if you're into stacked hip hop shows like that one, you'll also probably want to check out the Mass Appeal party at Gramercy on Friday (10/19) with Asher Roth, Prodigy (of Mobb Deep), The Alchemist, Large Professor, Mr. Muthafuckin' exquire, Roc Marciano, Boldy James, Ninja Sonik, Bodega Bamz, Alexander Spit, Angel Haze and Timeless Youth. That one's free with RSVP to RSVP@massappeal.com but entry is based on capacity. The flier for this show is below.

As mentioned, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire also plays SOB's on Thursday (10/18) and an MTV Studio at Webster Hall the same day. That studio show is with Big K.R.I.T. and LE1F, and when we first mentioned it, a "special guest" was billed who has since been revealed as Killer Mike. Tickets for that one are still available.

That MTV show is an early show (5:30 doors) and after that there's a late show with Chuck Inglish (of The Cool Kids), Ninjasonik, ASAP TyY, Blvckalfred, Vault Boys, MopTop, Chase N Cashe, GDP, Vyle, and Curtains. Tickets for that one are still available.

Cities Aviv, in addition to the Young One show, has other CMJ shows, including the Flowerbooking CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory on Friday (10/19) with Unicorn Kid, Ki:Theory, Devin, Ghost Wave, and Talk Normal (tickets) and the Bond Music Group/PopGun show at Cameo Gallery on Friday (10/19) (late show) with Steven A. Clark, Lushlife, Dark Sister, and Pegasus Warning (tickets).

He also plays the free BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20) with The Orwells, Eternal Summers, and the rest of the lineup coming soon!

While we're talking about good hip hop shows during CMJ, don't forget the Converse Rubber Tracks/Fool's Gold 5th anniversary show at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg on Saturday (10/20) with Ghostface Killah, A-Trak, Flosstradamus, Donnis, Nick Catchdubs, World's Fair, Troy Ave, and special guests. That one's totally free, first come, first served.

Showcase flier and set times for the Young One/Mobli show are below.

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