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by Dominick Mastrangelo

Outkast / Janelle Monae / Blood Orange
2014 Flow Festival
2014 Flow Festival
2014 Flow Festival
2014 Flow Festival

Earlier this month, we sent longtime BrooklynVegan contributor Dominick Mastrangelo to the three-day 2014 Flow Festival in Helsinki, Finland. Here's his report and photos from Day 3...

The final day of Flow began with a lunchtime party for those of us in the press corps, hosted by Radio Helsinki at their offices a short walk away from the festival grounds. The party was co-hosted by Nordic Playlist and Music Finland. (Nordic Playlist offers weekly curated playlists by artists and tastemakers covering Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland. Here are a couple of playlists including the Flow playlist by Flow Festival artistic director, Tuomas Kallio.) There was easy conversation over fish hot dogs and sparkling white wine, as people recounted afterparty adventures, shared highlights of the festival and tipped their selections for Day 3.

It was another pristine summer day in Helsinki and things kicked off a littler earlier with the catchy/swooning pop of Iisa, lead singer of Finnish band Regina, over at the Main Stage. Then it was on to Finnish electro-pop duo Sin Cos Tan, comprised of Jori Hulkkonen and Juho Paalosmaa (whose voice is a dead ringer for the Cure's Robert Smith), at the Black Tent.

After a little bit of downtime, I headed over to the Blue Tent for Blood Orange. Dev Hynes hobbled out on a crutch, his left knee secured in a black brace following the alleged assault on him and girlfriend, Samantha Urbani, at Lollapalooza the weekend before. Hynes apologized for not being as mobile as he usually is before the band started their set.

I stuck around for a few minutes before dashing over to catch a little bit of the UK's Jungle in the Black Tent. But my time there was short as well because I didn't want to miss any of Janelle Monáe on the Main Stage. I approached the photo pit just as a straight jacket-clad Monáe was being delivered via dolly front and center. This was the soul singer's second time at Flow - she graced the Blue Tent back in 2011 - but it was my first time seeing her and I was won over in the first couple minutes. Monáe is the consummate performer and her energy was so damn infectious. She tireless worked the stage, the crowd, danced with her band, who were all effortlessly cool. If she had been the headliner on the Main Stage instead of OutKast, I'm not sure anyone would have minded.

With Janelle Monáe looking on André 3000 and Big Boi came out to a bass so thumping loud for "B.O.B." my shirt was fluttering from my body. Except for a clever/not clever refrain of "What the Helllllllsinki," that grew tiresome between almost every song, their set was one big party. They rolled through hits like "Ms. Jackson," "Roses" and "The Way You Move." Girls were called for and duly took the stage to dance along to "Hey Ya!" which was always going to be the highlight of the set. Was anybody not singing or dancing? If so, I didn't see them.

Slowdive
2014 Flow Festival

I stuck around for a couple more songs and then made my way to the Black Tent for my final band of the festival - Slowdive. I just saw the English shoegazers at Pitchfork Festival a few weeks ago, but seeing them inside the tent at night (where there was more of a club show vibe) as opposed to the piercing late-afternoon Chicago sun, made it seem more epic. And indeed, as the band crescendoed through the five-minute outro of Golden Hair with lights flashing all over the stage and out into the crowd to cap a brilliant set, I couldn't think of a better way to end the festival.

In the end, there were a little over 57,000 people who attended the three days of Flow and it's easily the best outdoor music festival I've attended. There's really nothing like it in the States. From the setting, to the city, to the curation and social responsibility... And I didn't even talk about how chill pretty much most of the festival attendees were. No douchebaggery and drunkenness was at a minimum. And except for my frustration at people talking during Bill Callahan's set on Saturday, the crowds were entirely warm, enthusiastic and respectful. If we could get just one festival like Flow over here I'd be there in a heartbeat. As it is, I'll just have to wait another year to return to Helsinki.

Pictures from Flow Festival Day 1 are HERE and Day 2 are HERE. More from Day 3 below...

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Jack White at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by Brian Mansfield)
Jack White

Bonnaroo went down over this past weekend with sets from Ice Cube, Kanye West, Sam Smith and so much more.

As always, legacy acts enjoyed a good showing at the festival. Elton John played the entire first side of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, gave a tribute to the late Casey Kasem, and brought out Ben Folds for a guest spot. Ben had also appeared a day earlier with The Flaming Lips during their set to cover Usher's "Love In This Club" (video below), a set which included Wayne Coyne playfully throwing some shade at Kanye's set from earlier in the festival, asking the crowd "Where's the press?"

Lionel Richie played a set that included everything from his time in the Commodores ("Brick House") to "All Night Long" to his Diana Ross collaboration "Endless Love." More legends graced the Bonnaroo stages when Chaka Khan made a surprise appearance during the Derek Trucks-led SuperJam on Friday and covered Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder. Also in that jam were blues legend Taj Mahal, Anthony Hamilton and once again, Ben Folds. Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones himself appeared at the festival to sit in with bluesman Seasick Steve, which he has done before with Jack White.

Jack White, who we also just caught at Governors Ball, didn't play with John Paul Jones this time, but he did play his own set which included a cover of Zeppelin's "The Lemon Song." It also included calling Rolling Stone a "tabloid," ranting about Johnny Depp and Albert Einstein (watch out Kanye!), and otherwise him rocking out to cuts from his solo albums, Raconteurs, White Stripes, The Dead Weather, and a cover of Dick Dale's "Misirlou." Video and setlist from Jack's set, below.

Damon Albarn w/ De La Soul at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by 97X)
Damon

Skrillex led a SuperJam too which involved Janelle Monáe, A$AP Ferg, Warpaint, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, Mystikal, Damian Marley, and Thundercat, among others. The set was closed by none other than Ms. Lauryn Hill, who played "Killing Me Softly" a la Fugees, Bob Marley's "Jamming" (though not with Damian) and more. More old school big guns came out during Damon Albarn's set, which was split between Gorillaz, Blur, The Good the Bad & the Queen and solo material. De La Soul joined him for "Feel Good Inc." and Del The Funkee Homosapien for "Clint Eastwood", Setlist and videos are below, and check out pictures and more from his recent Irving Plaza show.

Elsewhere, Omar Souleyman, who couldn't make it to Northside Festival experienced no travel issues and played a set on Thursday night. James Blake also played and told Billboard while he was there that his new album is halfway done and will include collaborations with Kanye West, Justin Vernon and more. Arctic Monkeys, who were covered twice during the festival (by Sam Smith and MS MR), played their own set too and to a HUGE crowd, heavy on the AM stuff but with a little bit of their other four albums mixed in. What didn't happen, unfortunately, was the set by Broad City's stars that were supposed to perform in the Comedy Theatre but canceled their set.

Of course the huge festival had tons of other highlights too. Did you go? What were yours?

Videos and a few setlists from the fest, below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2014 happened w/ Damon Albarn + Del & De La, Chaka Khan, Jack White, Zeppelin/Doors members, more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield & Dana (distortion) Yavin

Outkast / Damon Albarn / Grimes / Phoenix
2014 Governors Ball - Day 1
Governors Ball 2014
2014 Governors Ball - Day 1
2014 Governors Ball - Day 1
Governors Ball 2014

NYC music festival Governors Ball kicked off its 2014 edition yesterday (6/6) with sets from the reunited Outkast, Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, Grimes, TV on the Radio, Phoenix, Neko Case, La Roux, Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis, Washed Out, Janelle Monae, Kurt Vile, Run the Jewels (Killer Mike + El-P) and still more.

Outkast's much-anticipated set (like many of their other festival sets this year) started with both Big Boi and Andre 3000 on stage for tons of favorites right off the bat including "B.O.B.," "Gasoline Dreams, "ATLiens," "Rosa Parks," "Aquemini," "Ms. Jackson," and more. Then Big Boi did three songs alone, Andre did three alone (including "Hey Ya!" for which Janelle Monae came on stage to dance), and then another Outkast set. The second set ended with "The Whole World," for which they brought out Killer Mike to rap his verse. Pictures of all artists mentioned (and more), plus Outkast's setlist and a video of "Hey Ya!" are in this post.

GovBall continues today (6/7) with Diarrhea Planet taking the stage in about two hours (12:45 PM), and other sets include Jack White, Spoon, The Strokes, Disclosure, Broken Bells, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven and more.

More pictures from day 1 below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2014 day 1 pics (Outkast, Damon Albarn, TV on the Radio, Grimes, Phoenix, Neko Case, Kurt Vile, more)"

photos by David Andrako

Janelle Monae
Janelle Monae
Janelle Monae

Celebrate Brooklyn kicked off their 2014 season in Prospect Park last night with a free show by Janelle Monae (6/4). I stopped by and couldn't believe the size of the lines that were wrapped around in every direction before the show, and as early as 5pm. There were tons of people inside and outside the gate watching and listening to the show. The bandshell entrances are around 9th Street and 11th Street along Prospect Park West which ends at 15th Street. Lines were wrapped around that corner and far down Prospect Park Southwest. Did you get in? If so, how was the show? Did you say hello to a DeBlasio?

Celebrate Brooklyn continues Saturday (6/7) with the sounds of Louisiana. The next one we're really excited about is "CELEBRATE ORNETTE: THE MUSIC OF ORNETTE COLEMAN" on June 12 with Laurie Anderson, David Murray, Flea, Patti Smith, Bill Laswell and many more

Pictures from Janelle Monae in this post. They continue below...

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Dave Chappelle

As previously discussed, Dave Chappelle is playing Radio City Music Hall in June, and since we last spoke his June 19 show was expanded to a 5-night run (6/18-22) which are all sold out.

In addition to those comedy shows, Chappelle will also do three more shows at the venue from June 24-26 that include different musical guests each night. On 6/24 it's The Roots, followed by Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier (who's up to other stuff too) and Janelle Monae on 6/25, and finally Erykah Badu on 6/26. Each one will also feature a full orchestra. Tickets for all three shows go on sale Monday (6/2) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (5/29) at 10 AM and a local presale starting Saturday (5/31) at 10 AM.

St. Vincent in Chicago earlier this month (more by James Richards IV)
STV

A few of the paid Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park have already been announced, including The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, plus the free Janelle Monae show, and now BRIC has announced the full lineup for the 2014 season.

The full lineup is listed below. Some highlights of the FREE shows include:

Dum Dum Girls, Hospitality and TEEN on June 21.

Warpaint and Yellowbirds on June 26.

Shovels & Rope, Valerie June and Shakey Graves on June 27.

Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Talib Kweli, Glenn Kotche and Aja Monet on July 5.

Deltron 3030 and Nomadic Massive on July 19.

Nickel Creek on July 24.

Kes the Band and Kuenta I Tambu (KiT) on August 2.

St. Vincent and San Fermin on August 9.

All of the above-mentioned shows are FREE, all ages, and open to the public. Most start at 7 or 7:30 PM. Check out the full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Outkast
Outkast

After a high-energy day on the main stage at Coachella that also included performances from Ellie Goulding, Chromeo and Girl Talk, Andre 3000 and Big Boi emerged from the center of a hollow cube that remained propped up onstage throughout their set. The duo fulfilled every promise of an Outkast reunion in the set's first third, starting with "B.O.B." and jumping from "Gasoline Dreams" to "ATLiens" to a run of "Aquemini" songs, including "Skew It On The Bar-B," "Rosa Parks" and the title track. With material that strong, details like the stage show, live band and the duo's vocal delivery could be waved off as fairly inconsequential. But those aspects were on-point too, with the giant cube flashing some neat graphics when it wasn't transparent, the brass section adding pop to "Spottieottiedopaliscious" and Andrew and Big palling around like old times (or that's how it seemed, at least). With Three-Stacks wearing overalls and a hoodie and Big Boi rocking a massive gold chain, Outkast came out looking fresh and sounding reinvigorated, as they proceeded to check off some of their classic songs. - [The Hollywood Reporter]
Hip hop duo Outkast played their first show in years last night (4/11) as headliners of the first day of Coachella 2014 (Weekend 1). Opening with "B.O.B." André 3000 and Big Boi gave the crowd hits and deep cuts, and each had a solo set. Big Boi brought out Janelle Monae during his to do "Tightrope." When they both returned for the closing Outkast set, they brought out Atlanta rapper Future for three songs.

The night finished with "Ms Jackson," "So Fresh So Clean," "I Like the Way You Move" and "Hey Ya!" A planned collaboration with Killer Mike was aborted as the 1 AM curfew hit. They'll do it again -- and maybe fit everything in before curfew -- this Friday (4/18) for Coachella's second weekend. You can watch Outkast's whole Coachella performance, and check out the setlist, below.

Coachella day 2 (with headliners Muse) is underway as we speak and you can watch online via their YouTube channel. More Outkast Coachella pics, their performance video and setlist below...

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Phoenix @ Barclays Center, 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Phoenix

As you may know, the 2014 Governors Ball happens at Randall's Island from June 6-8. Individual day line-ups have been announced with Outkast, Phoenix and TV on the Radio headlining Friday (6/6), Jack White, The Strokes and Skrillex headlining Saturday (6/7), and Vampire Weekend and Axwell ^ Ingrosso headining Sunday (6/8). You can check each day's full line-up (though set times are still TBA) below.

Additionally, individual day tickets go on sale this Friday (4/4) at noon, with a limited Citi cardmember presale beginning Wednesday (4/2) at 10 AM.

Daily Governors Ball 2014 lineups below...

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Janelle Monae at The Apollo in 2013 (more by Luis Ruiz)
Janelle Monae

As discussed, Moogfest returns to Asheville, NC from April 23-27, and since we last spoke, more additions to the lineup have been made. Keith Emerson, who was already scheduled to speak during the daytime program, was added as a nighttime performer as well, in addition to Q-Tip, El-P, Saul Williams and more. Nile Rodgers, whose band Chic is performing at night, was added as a daytime speaker, as was Janelle Monae who will be "in conversation with her producers."

Updated flyer and more info on the daytime panel updates, below...

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Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)

As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.

There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.

Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.

UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.

Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.

Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...

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Janelle Monae at The Apollo in 2013 (more by Luis Ruiz)
Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae's upcoming show schedule was set to include three NYC shows: a Super Bowl weekend show, opening night of Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park on June 4, and the Hammerstein Ballroom show on 2/1 with Schoolboy Q, Just Blaze, and others, but unfortunately, the Hammerstein Ballroom show has been cancelled. "Refunds at Point of Purchase only. Internet & Phone orders will automatically be canceled & refunded." Bummer.

In related news, Janelle will be appearing on an episode of Sesame Street. Via Huffington Post:

During the episode, which is scheduled to air during the show's 45th season this September, the multi-talented CoverGirl spokesperson will perform the show's empowerment anthem, "The Power of Yet."

"I am so excited to be living one of my dreams, to be here on 'Sesame Street,"' she said while promoting the episode in a behind-the-scenes clip. "I'm here because I am teaching everybody on Sesame Street the importance and the power of 'yet'. Never, ever, ever give up because there's so much power in 'yet'."

You can watch a preview of that below.

Schoolboy Q

And in more related news, Schoolboy Q has revealed more details on his much-anticipated album, Oxymoron, which is due out on February 25 via Interscope. That's the album artwork for the regular version above, and you can check out the artwork for the deluxe version below. The album is also available for preorder on iTunes, where the tracklist reveals it features previously-released singles "Collard Greens" and "Man of the Year," plus new Alchemist-produced single "Break The Bank" which you can stream below.

Continue reading "Janelle Monae & Schoolboy Q cancel show; Janelle appearing on Sesame Street; Q reveals more LP details & new song"

Janelle Monae at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Janelle Monae

The Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park are returning this summer, and the first free show of the season has been announced. On opening night, June 4, R&B/soul great Janelle Monae will kick off the season with a headlining show at the venue. Show starts at 8, and again, it's totally free.

That's the second confirmed Prospect Park show of the summer, including Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (7/26) (tickets).

Meanwhile, Janelle Monae will be in NYC much sooner, first to play a Super Bowl weekend show at Lehman College (1/28), and then to play Hammerstein Ballroom on 2/1 with Schoolboy Q, Just Blaze, Mack Wilds, #Been#Trill, and D.J. Cassidy. Tickets for the Hammerstein show are still available.

All upcoming Janelle dates are listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

Pazz & Jopp

The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll was published this week, surveying a whole mess of music writers and tallying up the vote. As with anything where it's a collective list, the winners won't be surprising to anyone who's perused 2013 Best Of lists. Kanye West, Vampire Weekend and Daft Punk top the LPs list; Daft Punk, Haim and Kanye have the top three singles. The late deadline for voting did, however, allow for the inclusion of Beyoncé's self-titled LP, which came in at #4.

You can check out the Top 20 LPs and Tracks in this post and peruse the whole lists at the Village Voice. You can also check out individual ballots and read essays on Kanye, Miley, R Kelly, the emo revival, and others, not to mention loads of pithy blurbs and pie charts.

Pazz & Jop Top 20 LP & Singles lists below..

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Counterpoint

It's looking like official Festival Lineup Announcement Day with Shaky Knees Fest, Hangout Fest, and Governors Ball giving us their rosters (not to mention Firefly and Coachella in the past week), and now here's another one: Georgia's CounterPoint Festival. It goes down from April 25-27 in Kingston Downs and features Outkast, Janelle Monae, Schoolboy Q, Run the Jewels, Chance the Rapper, Thundercat, Rustie, Sleigh Bells, Matt & Kim, Major Lazer, XXYYXX, J. Cole, Tourist, A-Trak, Flosstradamus, Phantogram, Tycho, YACHT and more.

Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup and flyer below...

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Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
GovBall

We already knew that Outkast would be headlining this year's Governors Ball music festival, which goes down on NYC's Randall's Island from June 6-8, and now, one day after the lineup of Firefly Fest was announced, and a few days after we found out who was playing Coachella, the full lineup has been announced. It includes Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Interpol, TV on the Radio, Julian Casablancas, Disclosure, Spoon, Broken Bells, Damon Albarn, James Blake, Neko Case, The Kills, Grimes, Janelle Monae, Tyler the Creator, Washed Out, Earl Sweatshirt, Kurt Vile, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Run the Jewels and many more.

UPDATE: The Strokes are playing too!

Tickets go on sale today (1/15) at 3 PM. Full lineup and flyer below...

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Janelle Monae at The Apollo in 2013 (more by Luis Ruiz)
Janelle Monae

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses, and The Roots are already among the artists playing Super Bowl weekend concerts, and since we last spoke, even more were announced.

VH1 is presenting the Super Bowl Blitz Concert Series which features J. Cole at Queens College on 1/27 followed by Janelle Monae at Lehman College on 1/28, and then TLC at Beacon Theatre on 1/30, in addition to concerts by Fall Out Boy, Goo Goo Dolls, and Gavin DeGraw. Tickets for the J. Cole show go on sale today (1/10) at noon. Ticket info for the Janelle Monae and TLC shows TBA, so stay tuned. Full schedule for the concert series below.

The J. Cole show happens one day before his previously announced tour hits the Theatre at MSG (1/28), which now appears sold out.

There's also another Super Bowl concert presented by Time Warner Cable Studios happening at the Highline Stages from January 27 to February 1. Those include Fox Sports 1's Thursday Night Super Bash with Kings of Leon on 1/30 and one hosted by Diddy's Revolt TV on 2/1 with Drake and Diddy. Head here for more information and a chance to gain entry to these shows.

After that show, Kings of Leon bring their tour with Gary Clark Jr. to MSG on 2/14 (tickets).

VH1 concert series schedule below...

Continue reading "Janelle Monae, TLC, J. Cole, Drake, Kings of Leon & more playing Super Bowl weekend concerts in NYC"

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British newspaper The Guardian just finished publishing its Best Albums of 2013 list, after having rolled it out over the past couple weeks. It's got a lot of the albums most likely to show up on British lists, like These New Puritans, John Grant, Hookworms, and Arctic Monkeys, but its #1 is more in common with the US publications. Find out what it is, along with their other 39 picks, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

Pitchfork is back with its much-anticipated Top 50 Albums of 2013 list. The list has many of the albums you'd expect to see on Pitchfork's list, though there's still some surprises. If you thought M.I.A got snubbed, you'll be happy to see her here, and if you thought James Blake deserved the Best New Music he didn't get, you'll be happy to see how high he ranks. The biggest surprise to me is that Majical Cloudz makes the top 10, and for those keeping score, Yeezus is NOT #1. Can you guess what is?

Head here to see individual writers' lists, and head below to see Pitchfork's full Top 50 Albums of 2013 list...

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by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?

Check out the full top 100 below...

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Dan Deacon @ Horseshoe Tavern/NXNE Toronto 6/13/2013
Dan Deacon

Longtime BV photographer David Andrako shot quite a few shows for us this year and, while 2013 isn't over yet, he was nice enough to submit his 10 favorites...so far. We may have to update come January 1, but for now check out the rest of what he chose (with links to the full sets above each picture) -- plus his favorite songs of the year -- below...

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Janelle Monae at The Apollo in October (more by Luis Ruiz)
Janelle

Boundary-pushing soul singer Janelle Monae, who has been seeing her 2013 LP The Electric Lady ending up on some year end lists, has announced a few winter dates for 2014. She starts out on the west coast in early January and then she heads east to play Atlantic City on 1/31 and a Hot 97-presented NYC show on February 1 at Hammerstein Ballroom with an excellent lineup that also includes Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q and veteran hip hop producer-turned-Baauer collaborator Just Blaze. Tickets for that show go on sale today (12/6) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Janelle also performs at the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in DC today (12/6) with Aretha Franklin, Barack & Michelle Obama, and more. It streams live online at 4:30 PM.

Still no word on the release date of Schoolboy Q's Oxymoron, but he did recently release another new single "Man of the Year." Listen to that, along with the list of Janelle Monae dates, below...

Continue reading "Janelle Monae playing shows, including Hammerstein Ballroom with Schoolboy Q and Just Blaze (dates)"

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It's been a transitional year for A.V. Club. The print version of The Onion ceased publication, and much of AVC's senior staff jumped ship for Pitchfork's new film site, The Dissolve. And then they got a redesign which is still a little kink-y. But they're still one of the best all-around arts and entertainment sites as far as I'm concerned. Like just about everyone else, they dropped their Best Albums of Year list this week. Due to a few ties, A.V. Club ended up with a 23 album list, topped by Kanye West's Yeezus, which has been hovering around the Top 5s on many lists this list season. Haim's Days are Gone is at #2 and you can check out the whole list below...

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Aretha

Like she's done in past winters, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will come to NYC this winter for a 2-night stand at the historic Radio City Music Hall on January 17 and 18. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (12/6) at 11 AM. Her only other announced date at the moment is a show in her hometown of Detroit this month (12/21).

Besides those two shows, Aretha will be appearing in public even sooner at this year's National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in DC, which takes place on Friday (12/6) at The Ellipse, not far from the White House. Both Barack and Michelle Obama will be there, and other performers include Janelle Monae, The Avett Brothers, and more. The ceremony will stream live online at 4:30 PM.

All upcoming dates are listed, along with a video from her 2012 Radio City show, below...

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Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Phosphorescent

We just got Q, Mojo and SPIN, and now we get another year-end music list for 2013 from Paste. The #1 slot went to Phosphorescent for their album Muchacho. Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "Paste Magazine's Top 50 LPs of 2013 (Phosphorescent is #1)"

by Andrew Sacher

SPIN

It's the first work week of December and the year-end music lists for 2013 keep piling in. We just saw album lists from Q and Mojo, and now we get a list from a US publication, SPIN. There's not too many surprises on this one. Like last year, it shares its #1 with the highest Pitchfork-rated album of the year, and in general it features many of the albums we expect to see on these kinds of lists, including a lot of the year's big-name comebacks like My Bloody Valentine, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Queens of The Stone Age, Boards of Canada and Nine Inch Nails, plus big breakouts like Haim and Disclosure. There are a few interesting omissions though, like Savages.

Check out their full list below...

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