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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...

Continue reading "David Andrako's favorite Live Music Photos (that he took) and favorite songs of 2013"

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...

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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...

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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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HAIM at Halloween '93 (via)
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Saturday Night Live is back this week (11/2) with host Kerry Washington and musical guest Eminem (just ahead of the release of The Marshall Mathers LP 2). The show then takes two weekends off, returning November 16 with Lady Gaga, whose new album ARTPOP is out next week, and she'll pull double duty as both host and musical guest.

Both Eminem and Lady Gaga also play the YouTube Music Awards in NYC this month.

Then on November 23, Haim (who posted the old Halloween pic above on their Facebook yesterday) will be the musical guest and Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson will be the host. Earlier this month HAIM will play the soon-to-close Roseland Ballroom on November 11 as part of a VH1 event called "You Oughta Know In Concert" that also features Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé, Matt Nathanson, Lorde and The Lumineers. No tickets were sold -- it's being taped for a special that that will air 11/23 -- but you can watch it live online on 11/11 as it's being filmed, if that's how you want to spend your time. Details TBA. HAIM continue to tour like mad, and all dates are listed below.

Last weekend (10/26) Janelle Monáe was the musical guest (Ed Norton hosted) and if you missed her performances, you can watch them below, she was pretty terrific. You can also check out the spot-on Wes Anderson horror parody, The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders, below too.

Continue reading "Haim, Eminem & Lady Gaga on upcoming SNLs; Janelle Monae played last week (video)"

photos by Luis Ruiz

"Well, Janelle Monae at the Apollo was one of the best concerts I've ever seen." - Isaac Butler

"Janelle Monáe tore it up Apollo Theater - What a fantastic Concert! She is definitely the #1 #ElectricLady" - Tracy Iglesias

"Words can't express everything that truly happened in Harlem @ The Apollo Theatre last night. Thank you from the heart." - Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae @ The Apollo
Janelle Monae @ The Apollo

While many of us were caught up in the craziness that is CMJ this past week, there were some other big NYC shows going on too, like Janelle Monae's tour stop at legendary Harlem theatre The Apollo on Friday (10/18). The forward-thinking funk/R&B singer is out supporting her new album, The Electric Lady, the worthy followup to her imaginative debut, The ArchAndroid. Pictures from the Apollo show, including opener Roman Gianarthur, are in this post.

This weekend (10/26), Janelle will be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live with host Edward Norton. The week after that (11/2), Eminem will appear with Scandal star Kerry Washington. Eminem recently released a new song, "Rap God," from his upcoming MMLP2, and also announced he'd be touring Australia with Kendrick Lamar (who tours North America with Kanye West).

More pics from Janelle's Apollo performance below...

Continue reading "Janelle Monae played The Apollo Theatre (pics), performing on 'SNL' this week"

AMWeeknd

Arctic Monkeys, who play Webster Hall soon, are streaming their new beat-oriented (but still riff-heavy) album, AM, via iTunes.

The Weeknd, who plays two Radio City shows in October, is streaming his new futuristic R&B album, Kiss Land, via NPR.

Janelle Monae, who plays The Apollo soon, is streaming the ambitious followup to her acclaimed 2010 debut, The Electric Lady, via VH1. Listen below.

King Khan & the Shrines' long-awaited new album, Idle No More, is out this week on Merge. You can stream that below and look for them live in NYC in October.

Body/Head, the current focus of Kim Gordon's post-Sonic Youth career, who play Union Pool soon, are streaming their noisy, experimental new album, Coming Apart, via Pitchfork.

Virginia psychedelic doom band Windhand are streaming their expansive sophomore album, Soma, via Pitchfork.

UK dance trio Factory Floor are streaming their long-awaited self titled debut LP (due out on DFA), via NPR.

Another dancey DFA band, Holy Ghost!, are streaming their new album, Dynamics, via Pitchfork.

Yet another dancey band (but not signed to DFA), Delorean, are streaming Apar, the followup to their 2010 breakthrough, Subiza, via Pitchfork.

Willis Earl Beal made a splash on the scene with his bluesy 2012 debut LP, Acousmatic Sorcery, and he's now streaming that album's followup, Nobody Knows, via NPR.

John Dwyer (of Thee Oh Sees) is streaming the reissue of the debut LP by his old band, Coachwhips, which came out in 2002 and was called Hands On The Controls. You can listen to that HERE. Thee Oh Sees are on tour this year and will be in NYC this October.

Northampton, MA punk-minded indie rockers Potty Mouth are streaming their debut album, Hell Bent, via NPR. They return to NYC on October 5 at 285 Kent. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Continue reading "stream new albums from Arctic Monkeys, Janelle Monae, The Weeknd, Body/Head, Windhand, Factory Floor & more"

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae was doing the forward-thinking R&B thing a couple years before it blew up, and now her new album The Electric Lady is set to drop in the midst of all the rage. (September 10 via Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy Records, to be specific). It includes tracks with Erykah Badu, Miguel, Prince, Solange, Big Boi, Cee-Lo Green, and Esperanza Spalding.

Janelle recently announced an extensive tour in support of the album which previously didn't include a NYC date, but now one's been added: October 18 at The Apollo. Tickets for her show at the legendary venue go on Live Nation/Ticketmaster/Apollo A-List presales today (8/29) at 10 AM (password for Live Nation presale is "summer," for Ticketmaster presale is "electriclady," and for Apollo A-List presale is "apollo") and the general on-sale begins Thursday, September 5 at noon.

All dates are listed, along with streams of two tracks from her new album and the tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Janelle Monae touring, playing The Apollo (dates & streams)"

"Prince and company blew the roof off tonight with #npg #shelbyJ @ City Winery " - David Magdael

"Ninety minutes of Prince at City Winery tonight. Great set. Shorter than usual, but that new song "Big City" was SO GOOD. VMAs weekend." - Erik Sutch

"Back from a secret Prince-New Power Generation reunion at City Winery. My funk levels have been recharged for the year. That man is God." - Chris McCoy

Prince & NPG @ City Winery

Prince & NPG @ City Winery - 8/22/2013

New Power Generation, Prince's sometimes backing band, are in the midst of their "Purple Week" residency at City Winery, for which they've been promising "special celebrity guests nightly." The first night included Alice Smith at the early show and no guests at the late show, but at last night's (8/22) late show, Prince himself showed up.

The venue announced a little before 11:30 that Prince would be appearing at the midnight show, and admission would be cash at the door. A recap from the Prince message boards reads:

Just got in from City Winery.....Let me just say that History was made in NYC this morning. First NYC show with NPG and 3RDEYE Girl together....well sought of.....night started with Shelby and amazing horns of the NPG....then Liz performed a song.....then a great new talent Luke James performed a great new song........then something purple happened....drummer leaves and hear comes Hanna....then Donna takes her position .....then Ida and finally the man of the hour......Staring with Musicology..with eleven piece horns,,,,,,,AMAZING without being complete and in no particular order.....Musicology, Something in the Water Does not Compute, All the Critics Love You in New York, Brown Skin, Don't Stop Till You Get Enough/Cool (with Doug E Fresh), Nothing Compares 2 U and Big City......crowd was capacity of 500 and show started 1235 am...Prince enters stage 1:30 am....show was over at 3:00 AM
Pictures from the show are in this post, but... UPDATE: none of Prince .

In addition to releasing his own new singles lately, Prince also appears on the new Janelle Monae album. Janelle's not playing this year, but she's a multi-year veteran of Brooklyn's Afro-Punk Festival, which goes down this weekend.

NPG's residency continues with a late show tonight (8/23) and then the final (and most expensive) one is a late show on Sunday (8/25), which doubles as a VMAs after party. No word yet on whether or not Prince will be appearing at that show, or the VMAs.

More pictures and videos below...

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Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Tame Impala

We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.

If you wanna see if you agree with Rolling Stone's assertions, you can catch some of the artists who made their list in NYC soon, like Tame Impala, Fiona Apple, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, and more.

Check out the full list below...

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Total Control @ FFF Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
TOTAL CONTROL

Chain & the Gang @ Secret Project Robot 2011 (more by Harriet Roberts)

today in NYC
* Anciients, Family @ Saint Vitus
* Sua, Advaeta @ Cameo Gallery
* Will McEvoy's Mutsam @ Barbes
* Joshua Radin @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Amaan & Ayaan Ali Khan @ Joe's Pub
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* The Westerlies Play Horvitz @ The Stone
* Lydia Ainsworth, Solar Year @ Cake Shop
* Brother Tiger, pacificUV @ The Rock Shop
* Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
* So So Glos, Pedico @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Stalley, Riff Raff, Smoke DZA, DJ Getlive @ Coco 66
* Korn, Device, Love and Death @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Rotten Sound, Hellshock, Kromosom, Nomad @ Acheron
* yMusic, Amanda Holley, Dan Mills @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Of Montreal, The Wild Moccasins @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Royal Bangs, We Are The Wilderness, Blue & Red @ Glasslands
* Grand Resort, BOYTOY, Orca Orca, HOUNDSds @ Shea Stadium
* Eat Skull, PC Worship, Vaz, Call Of The Wild, LODRO @ 285 Kent
* Total Control, Pop. 1280. Night Sins, Sleepies @ Mercury Lounge
* Lindsey Luff, Mariko, Natural Stranger, DJ Nick Louis @ Spike Hill
* Big Ups, Low Fat Getting High, Radical Dads, Miniboone @ Big Snow
* The Johns, Turner Cody, Prewar Yardsale, Little Cobweb @ Muchmore's
* Phone Home, Slander, The Can't Tells, Relations, Josh Lewin @ Pianos
* Wayne Horvitz and the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble @ The Stone
* Andre Nickatina, Roach Gigz, Mumbls, DJ Thanksgiving Brown @ Santos Party House
Morrissey Birthday Celebrations w/ The Sons & Heirs, DJ Matt Heart Spade @ The Bell House
* The Stepkids, King Holliday, Every Flavor Weather Machine, Massively Epic, AK 47 @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Mick Barr, Deblase, Kwartowitz Trio, Pet Bottle Ningen, Detrop, Brown Wing Overdrive @ Silent Barn
* Dizzy Wright, Nitty Scott, Tijon, Rayshawn Bedell, Andy Pop, Baghdad Flow @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
* NOTHING CHANGES w/ Craow, Outmode, Haves & Thirds @ Home Sweet Home
* Chain and the Gang, Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa, Calvin Johnson, Erin Earthling @ Ran Tea House
* Mannie Fresh, Boi-1da, Young Chop. J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, Bangladesh, DJ Mustard, Drumma Boy @ Knitting Factory
* Stones Fest w/ Norah Jones, Patrick Carney (of The Black Keys), Jason Isbell, Butch Walker & Black Widows, Delta Spirit, Cory Chisel, Johnny T, Adam Green @ Bowery Ballroom

Today is Morrissey's birthday and the former Smiths singer turns 54. NYC can celebrate tonight at The Bell House who has skilled tribute band The Sons & Heirs playing. Happy Birthday, Moz! Stream a thematically appropriate Smiths song below.

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Goodie Mob released a new song, "Special Education," which features fellow Dungeon Family member Janelle Monae. Check it out below. Goodie Mob (and Cee-Lo solo) will be playing Barclays Center this month and they have a new album on the way.

Giorgio Moroder recently did his first-ever DJ gig, spinning tunes at Output as part of the month-long NYC Red Bull Music Academy extravaganza. You can stream his set in full below.

Retox, whose ongoing tour recently hit NYC, are streaming their new album, YPLL, a week ahead of its May 28 release date. Listen to it at BV Austin.

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photos by Wei Shi, words by Andrew Sacher

Janelle @ Coachella
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 2

Janelle Monae recently wrapped up two weekends at Coachella 2013, having played both Saturdays of the festival. We missed her the first weekend, but caught her set during the second one, and pictures from that are in this post. Janelle stuck mainly to material from her excellent 2010 debut LP, The ArchAndroid, save for a track off of her first EP and a cover of The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," which you can watch a video of below.

Janelle's debut is one of those arty R&B albums that just predated the explosion of the genre. While it still holds up, it had been feeling like high time that she gets on releasing that followup, and after Coachella ended, she did just that. Janelle announced that her new album is called The Electric Lady (release date TBA) and revealed its very good first single, "Q.U.E.E.N.," which features guest vocals form Erykah Badu.

Check out that song, along with more pictures, the setlist and that video from her Coachella set, below...

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Spiritualized @ Emo's East in Austin, June 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Spiritualized

Flume
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Mykki Blanco @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Amannda Hatfield)
Mykki Blanco

today in NYC
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Mat Shipp Trio @ The Stone
Here Lies Love @ Public Theatre
* Spiritualized @ Secret Project Robot
* Doug Benson @ The Gramercy Theatre
* Ryan Keberle and Catharsis @ Joe's Pub
* The Black Crowes @ The Capitol Theatre
* Andy Grammar, Parachute @ Irving Plaza
* Sarah Wolfson and Mischa Bouvier @ Barbes
* Spacehog @ Housing Works Cafe & Bookstore
* Flume, Eprom, JDH @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Rhett Miller (of Old 97's), Joe Pernice @ City Winery
* Superhumanoids, We Barbarians @ Mercury Lounge
* Haerts, Gentleman Hall, Future Screens @ Cameo Gallery
* Justin Miller, Future Classics DJs, JDH (DJs) @ Glasslands
* Mykki Blanco, DJ MikeQ, Rizzla, Ian Isiah @ Bowery Ballroom
* Loma Prieta, Goodtime Boys, Descender, Crushed @ Saint Vitus
* Historics, Light Heat, Geprgoa, Matt Werth (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
* Elephant Stone, Data Romance, Spirit Animal, Desert Stars @ Pianos
* Kings, Flashpoint, Sarah Goldfeather, Lily Henley @ Pete's Candy Store
* The Fleeting Ends, Leslie Diamond, Cleveland Jones @ The Living Room
* Theologian, Compactor, Explosive Improvised Device, Lussuria @ Silent Barn
* Deb Oh and The Cavaliers, The Old Ghost, I Am Lightyear, DJ Pumpkin Patch @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Yo-Yo Ma, Lil Buck, Brooklyn Rider, Cristina Pato, Marcus Printup, John Hadfield, Ron Myles @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Jessi Klein (of SNL), Alex Karpovski (of Girls), Jake and Amir (of College Humor), Savoir Adore (musical guest) @ UCB East

The new musical of Here Lies Love, which explores the life of former Filipino First Lady Imelda Marcos, with concept and lyrics by David Byrne and music by Byrne and Fatboy Slim, receives its world premiere at the Public Theater in New York City tonight. Performances of the piece, directed by Alex Timbers of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Peter and the Starcatcher fame, will take place at the Public's LuEsther Theater and, originally scheduled to run to May 5, have been extended through May 19. The original run of Here Lies Love is a co-production of the Public Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, which gave preview performances of the production last spring.
Tonight's premiere of Here Lies Love, and the rest of its initial Public Theatre run, is sold out but tickets are still available for the May 6 - 19 extended dates.

Flume's show at Music Hall of Willliamsburg is sold out, but you can still get tickets to the afterparty which happens at Glasslands with DJ sets from Justin Miller, Future Classics, and JDH. Doors at midnight.

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There were many years there when people just couldnt even figure out what drummer Alex Van Halen was playing at the beginning of the Van Halen classic "Hot for Teacher." Leave it to some random six-year old kid on the internet to figure it out. Video is below.

Janelle Monáe was on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night and performed a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" with the Roots. You can watch that below.

Cold Cave is on a roll with new tracks. The latest is "God Made the World", available for stream below.

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Jurassic 5
Jurassic 5

We briefly mentioned in our post of bands reuniting at Coachella 2013, LA hip hop collective Jurassic 5 are reuniting after breaking up in 2007 (one year after the release of their fourth album, Feedback). There's no insight yet as to whether or not this reunion will go beyond the Coachella slot but fingers crossed! They play on the Fridays (April 12 and 19).

Another big one on the lineup is Wu-Tang Clan, who play the Sundays of the festival (April 14 and 21). This one's not exactly a "reunion," like Jurassic 5 is, but it's worth noting that while Wu-Tang Clan members play shows a lot, it's not every day that they all join forces on stage.

Other rappers at the festival include Aesop Rock and Earl Sweatshirt on the Fridays, and El-P, Pusha T, Action Bronson, Danny Brown, 2 Chainz, and Theophilus London on the Saturdays. R&B singer Janelle Monae also plays on the Saturdays.

A classic Jurassic 5 video below...

Continue reading "Hip Hop at Coachella 2013 (not much)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Fools Gold Anniversary at MHoW
Gretchen Robinette's top 10 of 2012

Gretchen Robinette has contritued her thoughts on favorite photos that she took in 2012, leaving us with shots of Ghostface, Janelle Monae, The Walkmen and more. Check out more shots from the uber-talented Robinette below.

Her set of favorite contributions joins fellow photographers Caroline Harrison, Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya, Fred Pessaro // BBG, Chris La Putt and Ryan Muir.

More photos are below.

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Grammys

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

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Pandora
Pandora

This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:

We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.

Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.

Pandora's principal asset is the music.

Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.

Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to fairpayforartists.com for more information on their point of view..

The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.

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Obama hugs Bruce Springsteen (pre-election night)
Obama and The Boss

A selection of tweets reacting to Obama's big win last night....

":)" - Grizzly Bear

"YES" - Amanda Palmer

"yeah!!!!" - Laurel Halo

"FUCK YES" - HEALTH

"fuck yeah." - Colin Meloy

"FUCK YEAH AMERICA!!! #OBAMA" - King Tuff

continued below...

Continue reading "Artists react to Obama's win"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Jay-Z & Kanye / Passion Pit / D'Angelo at Made in America 9/2/2012
Made in America Festival - 2012 - Day 1 in Pictures
Made in America Festival - 2012 - Day 1 in Pictures
Made in America Festival - 2012 - Day 1 in Pictures

Closing out the first day of Made in America was rap legend and festival organizer Jay-Z's behemoth set. "Allow me to re-introduce myself," Jay rapped as he entered the stage, a screaming crowd of thousands joining him in every word and making clear that no introductions were necessary. Breaking the day's tradition of rappers surrounded by hype men, Jay-Z struck a dramatic pose alone on stage.

His set's first surprise was a video from President Obama, who voiced his support of Made in America's patriotic vision and urged concertgoers to register to vote, a call to action greeted with cheers.

Backed by a live band and celebrating his recent NBA partnership by sporting a Brooklyn Nets hat, Jay-Z flew through a sampler of his most beloved hits, from early hit Izzo (H.O.V.A.) to crowd favorite Big Pimpin. He gave plenty of love to his new material as well, performing an ode to his hometown of New York City with a euphoric rendition of Empire State of Mind and leading the crowd in singing Run This Town, before playing the hard-driving On to the Next One...

...Jay-Z's turn at Made In America wasn't complete without a few high-profile guests. As the show neared its end, Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music posse stormed the stage. West, joined by Pusha T, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Common, showcased new tracks Mercy and New God Flow with his crew before splitting off to perform several songs solo. With the crowd in near pandemonium, Jay and Ye closed the night with collaboration N----- in Paris.- [USA Today]

Jay-Z's inaugural Made in America Festival happened Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia and the first day (9/2) featured a wide variety of acts, including Janelle Monae, Passion Pit, Rick Ross, Dirty Projectors (who have a show coming up at Carnegie Hall) and J himself (and a few of his friends). More pictures from Sunday are below, along with Jay-Z's setlist...

Continue reading "Made in America Fest: day 1 in pics (Jay-Z, Dirty Projectors, D'Angelo, Janelle Monae, Passion Pit and more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Flatbush Zombies / flips / Gordon Voidwell
AfroPunk 2012
AfroPunk 2012
AfroPunk 2012

Hardcore punk rockers Cerebal Ballsy performed Saturday with a ferocity that commanded the seemingly peaceful crowd into a mosh pit. Later in the evening, the atmosphere switched into a groovy hipster paradise for all to enjoy as Erykah Badu jammed. The next day, Janelle Monae put on a performance with enough energy to power Manhattan. The performers were awesome - all of them - but they were merely a reflection of the movement known as Afropunk and the people of it.

The crowd was multi-everything - multi-cultural, multi-colored, multi-faceted, and multi-fashioned. - [Allhiphip.com]

Here's another set of photos from Day 2 of the 2012 Afro Punk Fest which featured a ton of great music -- all for free -- not to mention skateboarding and BMX competitions.

Our first set of Day 2 pictures is here, and you can see pics from Day 1 here and here. More pics from Day 2 are below.

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photos by Gretchen Robinette

Janelle Monáe / TV on the Radio / Pharrell at Afro-Punk Fest 8/26/2012
AfroPunk 2012
AfroPunk 2012
AfroPunk 2012

Slamming together categories -- and, when appropriate, bodies -- is the ever-expanding mission of the annual Afro-Punk Festival, which returned last weekend to Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

It was an event summed up in action by one of its returning headliners, Janelle Monáe. She's an indefatigable song-and-dance bandleader who gleefully draws on African-American showmen like Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown and even Cab Calloway as her lyrics dip into science fiction. Her finale, "Come Alive (War of the Roses)," had a jitterbug-ready beat while Ms. Monáe crowd-surfed like a punk-rocker: off the stage, into the audience and back onstage for a few more snappy steps. - [NY Times]

Day 2 (8/26) of the 2012 Afro-Punk Fest was an incredibly stacked line-up, with TV on the Radio, Janelle Monáe (who was introduced by Pharrell Williams), Reggie Watts and Toro Y Moi just to name a few. Pictures from Sunday are in this post. Pictures of Day 1 (8/25) are here and here.

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Gary Clark Jr. at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Gary Clark Jr

As mentioned, Philly's Made In America Festival goes down this weekend (9/1 - 9/2) on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Since we last spoke, the lineup was expanded and now includes Drake (who was rumored but not on the initial lineup announcement), Jill Scott, Chris Cornell, The Hives, and Run DMC, who are all playing the second day (9/2), in addition to blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., who will be on the only performer on the bill playing both days, and others. Day 1 (9/1) will be headlined by festival head Jay-Z, and also includes Skrillex, Passion Pit, D'Angelo, Dirty Projectors, Janelle Monae, and others, and day 2 (9/2) will be headlined by Pearl Jam and also includes Odd Future, X, Santigold, and others. Tickets for the festival are still available.

If you're going to the fest, Philly is only about a two hour drive from NYC and this FAQ should help you find your way over (for directions use the address of Ben Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval in Philadelphia or the Philadelphia Museum of Art). Once you're there, that FAQ will also help you find your way around, parking tips, and more. There will be a free filtered water service at the festival site, but you can't bring glowsticks (sorry Skrillex fans).

A #MadeInAmerica video for Gary Clark Jr. and the lineup for the festival are below.

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