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Mos Def w/ Black Star at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Mos Def

Like many, Mos Def, I mean Yasiin Bey, is none too happy with all this Barclays Center business taking over his hometown. Last week, he slammed the arena in a poem called "On center.stadium.status," which you can read in full below. Now, in an interview with Vulture, he explains the poem and his stance on the venue:

Where'd you write "On.center.stadium.status."?

Yasiin Bey: I wrote that in New Orleans, on the day they were having the opening for Barclays. People were calling me and asking, "Are you gonna be there, are you gonna be there?" And it just kind of came to me, rather quickly. I have been what some people might call an opponent to the stadium. I think the word opponent has many meanings. I was concerned about what the stadium's presence in the community might do. I was concerned.

About what, exactly?

Yasiin Bey: I saw one thing that was kind of a telling sign. I was on DeKalb Avenue and Flatbush, probably two months ago, and at the intersection I saw these not-quite-so-young men, in standing traffic, trying to sell bootleg Rolling Stones T-shirts. [Laughs] I thought, "This is the trickle-down economic effect of Barclays in the neighborhood?" I didn't think of it as a positive.

In the interview, the emcee also made it clear that he didn't mean any of this as an attack on Jay-Z:
In the world of hip-hop and certain parts of the media, you take a statement and you turn it into Wrestlemania, you make the Himalayas out of molehills. I wasn't interested in that. I respect Jay. I have great respect for him. I'm a fan. I'm not a fan of everything [he does] but I don't think you have to be a fan of everything that someone does to have respect for them. And you know, I'm from the town too. I'm from the same neighborhood, the same projects. My grandmothers, my moms, my uncles -- my first five years in life were at Marcy Projects. If I can't have an opinion, who can? So to quote Jay: "I'm bigging up my borough. I'm big enough to do it."
Grammy Award winners Mumford and Sons just played the Brooklyn arena earlier this month (2/6) and will again tonight (2/12) (sold out). Jay-Z's (also Grammy Award winning) wife Beyonce recently sold out her upcoming show (8/3) at the venue, and added a second one (8/4). Tickets for the 8/4 show go on MasterCard presale Wednesday (2/13) at 10 AM, Live Nation presale Thursday (2/14) at 10 AM, and general on-sale Friday (2/15) at 10 AM.

Mos Def will be next door to Barclays Center in June for his show at BAM with Erykah Badu. Read his poem below...

Continue reading "Mos Def voices issues with Barclays Center (no offense Jay-Z)"

Frank Ocean performing at 2013 Grammys
Frank Ocean

The 2013 Grammys went down last night (2/10), and here's a quick recap of some of the winners and videos of performances.

The big ones: Gotye took home Record of the Year for "Somebody That I Used To Know" (beating The Black Keys, Kelly Clarkson, fun., Frank Ocean, and Taylor Swift), Mumford & Sons won Album of the Year (beating The Black Keys, fun., Frank Ocean, and Jack White), and fun. took Song of the Year and Best New Artist (totally robbing Miguel's "Adorn" and "Call Me Maybe," and Frank Ocean (!), respectively). Other wins included Skrillex for Best Dance Recording (sorry Al Walser), The Black Keys for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album, Gotye for Best Alternative Music Album (beating Fiona Apple, Bjork, M83, and Tom Waits), Usher's "Climax" for Best R&B Performance, Beyonce's "Love On Top" for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Miguel's "Adorn" for Best R&B Song, Frank Ocean for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Robert Glasper Experiment for Best R&B Album, Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Niggas In Paris" for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song and their song, "No Church In The Wild" (feat. Frank Ocean and The-Dream) for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Drake's Take Care for Best Rap Album, Dr. John's Dan Auerbach-produced Locked Down for Best Blues Album, Jimmy Cliff's Tim Armstrong-produced Rebirth for Best Reggae Album, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross' The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo score for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, Bjork's Biophilia for Best Recording Package, The Beach Boys' long-awaited The Smile Sessions for Best Historical Album, Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, and Mumford and Sons' "Big Easy Express" for Best Long Form Music Video. There were many other categories too and you can check out the full list of winners HERE.

And of course, during the Awards Ceremony a number of artists gave performances, which you can watch videos of below. You can see Miguel and Wiz Khalifa doing "Adorn," Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z doing "Suit and Tie" and then JT doing "Pusher Love Girl," The Black Keys, Dr. John, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band doing "Lonely Boy," Jack White doing "Freedom At 21" with his all-guy band (he also played "Love Interruption" with his all-girl band but no video of that at the moment), Frank Ocean doing "Forrest Gump" with a thematically appropriate visual backdrop, a big tribute to Levon Helm with Elton John, Mavis Staples, members of Mumford and Sons, Alabama Shakes, and others, and finally, LL Cool J, Chuck D, Z-Trip, Tom Morello, and Travis Barker doing "Whaddup" with a small piece of Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Til Brooklyn."

Continue reading "Frank Ocean, Miguel, Bjork, Mumford, Black Keys, Jack White & more win & perform at Grammys (videos)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Beyoncè signaled the illuminati to shut down all lights -Ma-Ty-Is

missed beyonce. on the illuminati symbolism scale (1 being vague pyramid shapes, 10 being flaming eyes and baphomet horns) how'd it rank? -El-P

Beyonce @ Superbowl XLVII (via Kayla)
Beyonce

Beyonce used all manner of explosions, smoke machines, fire, LEDs, back-up dancers, not to mention her old bandmates, Destiny's Child, to add zazz to her bombastic Super Bowl XLVII Halftime show (2/3). You can watch the entire performance below. Look closely for Beyonce's alleged flash of the Illuminati symbol (above) that's causing all the rage on twitter, though those that don't believe in conspiracy theories will probably just tell you that her husband Jay-Z throws that up to symbolize Roc-A-Fella, like on his The Dynasty: Roc La Familia LP art, the cover of his Fade to Black movie, and in countless videos and live shows.

Superfans who missed the show are in luck, though. Beyonce has announced a massive set of dates called the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour that will kick off in Serbia and head back to North America during a second leg this summer. The tour comes to a close in Brooklyn on August 3 at Barclays Center. Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb 11 at 10 AM. Maybe this is a sign that her new album will be announced soon?

A list of all tour dates, the video of the half-time show, and the damning signs of the Illuminati during the Destiny's Child performance are below...

Continue reading "Beyonce & Destiny's Child played the Super Bowl Halftime show (and saluted the Illuminati?); World Tour Announced"

Bradford Cox w/ Deerhunter at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Bradford Cox

today in NYC
* Joey Arias @ Joe's Pub
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Tim Noyes @ The Ace Hotel
* Shawn Colvin @ City Winery
* Imperial Topaz @ The Stone
* Stephane Wrembel @ Barbes
* Franzisca Seehausen @ Barbes
* Hex Breaker Quartet @ The Stone
* Casey Shea @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Once Upon A Time in NYC @ Joe's Pub
* Hooray For Earth, Reputante @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Bradford Cox (of Deerhunter), DIIV @ MoMA PS1
* Local Natives, We Barbarians @ Bowery Ballroom
* Walking Shapes, DRGN King, Nicos Gun @ Glasslands
* Andrew W.K., MC Todd, Aleister X @ Santos Party House
* Feed Me, Mord Fustang, Alex English DJ set @ Webster Hall
* Fair Marie, Larkin Grimm, Yes William, Phoebe Novak @ Cake Shop
* Sharkmuffin, Butter the Children, Liz Hogg, Turnip King @ Pianos
* Tiger Waves, Sport of Kings, Oscar Albis Rodriguez @ Mercury Lounge
* Oberhofer, Total Slacker, Shadow Walker, Night Visions @ Shea Stadium
* The Hairs, What Next?, The Rebel Kind, Juan Wauters (of The Beets) @ Silent Barn
* Bad Boys, Electric People, Secret Lover, Mr. Frank, White Crime @ Death By Audio

Super Bowl XLVII is tonight, and you can watch it a bunch of places, including Brooklyn Bowl, The Bell House, and Knitting Factory.

Beyonce will be performing during the halftime show and is bringing out the reunited Destiny's Child during her set.

Justin Timberlake made his live return after a five-year absence from the stage at a DirecTV party in New Orleans last night (2/2) and brought out Jay-Z for his verse on JT's new single, "Suit and Tie." You can watch a video of that below. Since Justin's in New Orleans, it's looking like there's a chance that he too will come on stage with Beyonce tonight? If he does, hopefully things go better than last time JT played the Super Bowl.

Also look for The Flaming Lips' Hyundai commercial during the game.

You can also catch Andrew WK doing his own halftime show at Santos.

And all Super Bowl excitement aside, have you listened to the new My Bloody Valentine album? If not, you can stream each track below.

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Father John Misty at SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Father John Misty

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Colin Quinn @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chica Libre @ Barbes
* Gabriel Kahane @ Joe's Pub
* Leroy Justice @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Four Bags w/ Stew @ Barbes
* Nellie McKay @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Debo Band, The Relatives @ Joe's Pub
* Har Mar Superstar (DJ Set) @ Ace Hotel
* Wynter Gordon, The Black Black @ Pianos
* Jake Bugg, Valerie June @ Bowery Ballroom
* Father John Misty, Magic Trick @ Webster Hall
* The Neighbourhood, The Doorbells @ Glasslands
* Decline of Western Civilization II (screening) @ Videology
* The Wives, The Toothaches, Jungles @ Arlene's Grocery
* Yo La Tengo, Dana Spiotta @ Barnes & Noble Union Square
* Wyatt Cenac, Jackie Kashian, Mike Lawrence @ Littlefield
* Pagan Girls, Big Quiet, The Coward Flowers, The Burnhearts @ Cake Shop
* The Duhks, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Solas, McAuley Horan & O'Caoimh @ Highline Ballroom
* The Henry Millers, Hey Anna, Their Planes Will Block Out The Sun, Hawks & Doves @ Mercury Lounge
* Daniel Higgs, Arrington de Dionyso, Kid Millions (of Oneida), Fat History Month, Patriots @ Death By Audio

R&B singer Wynter Gordon plays a small show at Pianos tonight, which advance tickets are sold out for, but you can try your luck at the door. You can stream the single, "Stimela," off her 2012 EP, Doleo (her first in a series of four solo EPs), below.

Tonight's edition of Music Mondays at Videology in Williamsburg is showing Penelope Spheeris classic 1988 documentary Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years. You can watch a clip from it below. Screening is at 8 PM and is free.

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Last week, Justin Timberlake revealed that he's ready to release new music, and last night he announced that he will put out a new album this year called The 20/20 Experience. He also revealed the single, "Suit & Tie," which was produced by Timbaland and features a verse from Jay-Z. You can listen to that song below.

What else?

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Barclays Center, the night Rush was there (more by Fred Pessaro)
Barclays Center

Speaking of the rusty Barclays Center (where we caught Neil Young and Patti Smith last night), Jay-Z just posted a 25 minute documentary about the new home of the Nets, entitled "Where I'm From: JAY Z Barclays Center Documentary" to YouTube. You can watch it, footage of Jay in the subway included, below...

Continue reading "Jay-Z posts short Barclays Center documentary (video)"

Kanye at MoMA in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Kanye West

Kanye West came to Atlantic City's Revel Ovation Hall for two sold out shows this past July and he must have had a good time, because he plans to return to the venue for three nights right before New Year's Eve: December 28, 29, and 30. Tickets for all three nights go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 30 at noon with a Citi cardmember presale starting Tuesday (11/27) at 10 AM, and Revel and TIcketmaster presales starting Thursday, November 29 at 10 AM.

Kanye also plays the huge Sandy benefit at MSG on 12/12/12 and UR1 Festival in Miami this month (UPDATE: UR1 Festival is postponed). All upcoming dates are listed below.

Being that Kanye only plays the three days leading up to New Year's Eve, it means that Jay-Z will potentially be available all three of the dates and Kanye will be free when Jay plays Brooklyn at Barclays Center on NYE (12/31) with Coldplay. Tickets for that show are still available.

A list of all Kanye dates and a stream of his recent track, "White Dress," from RZA's The Man With The Iron Fists soundtrack, below.

Continue reading "Kanye West playing 3 nights in Atlantic City before NYE"

Chris Martin & Jay-Z (via)
Chris Martin & Jay-Z

Coldplay, who release a DVD/live album called "Coldplay Live 2012" on 11/19, have announced three end-of-the-year shows, all in the in the NYC area, two of which are at the new Barclays Center, one of which is on New Year's Eve with Jay-Z (who already played there eight times this year). It looks like this:

Coldplay Tour Dates
29 December 2012: Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena w/ w/Naturally 7
30 December 2012: Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center w/ w/Naturally 7
31 December 2012: Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center w/ w/Jay-Z
Tickets for both Brooklyn shows go on sale Saturday (11/17). CT is on sale one day earlier.

All other dates, part of a current Australian tour, are listed along with the trailer for their new DVD, below...

Continue reading "Coldplay announce 3 shows, 2 at Barclays Center, 1 on New Year's Eve with Jay-Z (dates)"

Obama, Bruce Sprinsteen & Jay-Z

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UPDATE: Watch Jay-Z perform at the rally in Ohio below...

Continue reading "Obama, Bruce Springsteen & Jay-Z walk into a bar..."

Bruce Springsteen

On Monday (11/5), the day before Election day, Barack Obama will wrap up his campaign with a couple rallies, for which he'll be joined by Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen in Columbus, OH. Both artists will perform and Jay will introduce Obama before his speech. Bruce will also perform at Obama's final rally in Des Moines, Iowa (via Washington Post).

As mentioned, Bruce played the Rochester Blue Cross Arena on Wednesday (10/31) (postponed from Tuesday due to Hurricane Sandy), and while on stage he dedicated "My City of Ruins" to Asbury Park (his hometown) due to the damage it faced during the hurricane. You can check out the setlist from that show (which also included a cover of "Monster Mash," since it was Halloween after all) and videos of Bruce giving a speech about Hurricane Sandy before playing "My City of Ruins" and the "Monster Mash" cover. You can also read about the show at this Notes From The Road post on Bruce's website.

Bruce also performs for the Hurricane Sandy NBC telethon tonight (11/2) at 8 PM.

Continue reading "Bruce Springsteen performing at Obama rally w/ Jay-Z, played Rochester on Halloween (setlist, videos, Sandy speech)"

by Andrew Sacher

Hit-Boy

Producer/rapper Hit-Boy (aka Chauncey Hollis), who had a breakout moment when he produced Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Niggas In Paris," has really been pushing forward since then. He released his debut mixtape, HITstory, which you can download for free at his website, earlier this year. And he then produced a few tracks on Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music album, Cruel Summer, including the excellent Kanye/Jay-Z/Big Sean cut, "Clique," which is easily on par with the best moments of Watch the Throne. His own material has yet to reach the heights that he achieved on singles like "Clique" and "Niggas in Paris" but his mixtape does show a promising start, and it's a recommended listen.

Hit-Boy will be celebrating the mixtape with an eight-day HITstory tour this November, which hits NYC on November 7 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A list of all dates, the tour flier, and some song streams are below.

Continue reading "Hit-Boy announces HITstory tour (dates & streams)"

Jay-Z

Whoever told you that jaded New Yorkers act cool around celebrties, lied. Watch the YouTube video of Jay-Z commuting from Manhattan to his final Barclays Center show on Saturday, below...

Continue reading "VIDEO: Jay-Z takes the subway to Brooklyn, chaos ensues"

Jay-Z
Jay-Z
Jay-Z

Were you at Barclays Center, or were you one of the 50,000+ people streaming Saturday night's Jay-Z show on YouTube? If you answered 'yes' to either, or maybe because you already looked at Twitter, then you know that Jay, who kept special guests to a super minimum over the course of eight Brooklyn shows, brought out Beyonce to help end it in style. Literally - she played with him earlier in the show (Nets advertisement on her head included), and then returned to sing "Young Forever" with him to end the encore.

The setlists were very similar each night. You can look at night one's HERE, and compare that to Saturday night's setlist, along with some videos from the show, below...

Continue reading "Jay-Z closes out Barclays Center run with help from Beyonce (night 8 setlist & video)"

JayZ

Jay-Z has announced that pre-orders are now being taken for a Live in Brooklyn "optic EP". That picture of Jay in the new "Carter" Nets jersey from one of his eight Barclays Center shows is apparently the cover art. And though iTunes is accepting $9.99, so far it only lists eight unnamed tracks and videos. Meanwhile. Jay plays his eighth Barclays show tonight (10/6), and as previously mentioned, you can stream it online.

UPDATE: The show happened

Also streaming tonight: Virgin FreeFest from Maryland, Jack White included.

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P.S. unrelated, but a friend's black chihuahua named Myrtle went missing today in Greenpoint. If you've seen the dog, get in touch HERE (there's a $1000 reward too)

Jay-Z @ Barclay's Center, 10/4/2012 (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)

Jay-Z, who kicked the eight-night run off back on 9/28, played his sixth show at the new Barclays Center last night (10/4, which we Instagrammed a bit, like the one above) and he'll play there again tonight (10/5) and Saturday (10/6). If you couldn't get tickets (or don't live near NYC) you can stream Jay-Z's final show (10/6) live via his new YouTube Channel at 9:30 PM EDT.

Continue reading "Jay-Z streaming Saturday's Barclays Center show from new YouTube "

Jay-Z at Barclays Center - 9/29/12 (via Alyonka Larionov)
Jay-Z

Jay-Z kicked off his first of eight sold-out shows at Brooklyn's new Barclays Center on Friday (9/28) and has since played his second (9/29) and third (9/30) nights over the weekend. Though Jay said there would be no guests at these shows, he's still been sneaking a few in. As mentioned, Big Daddy Kane was there on night one. Memphis Bleek showed up on Saturday to join him on "Can't Knock the Hustle," "Money Ain't A Thang," "La La La," "Excuse Me Miss," and "You Me, Him & Her." (No guests on night three though.) The setlist was otherwise pretty similar to night one, including a large span of material; everything from Cruel Summer standout "Clique," to his earliest cuts like "Dead Presidents" and huge hits like "Dirt Off Your Shoulder," "99 Problems," "H to the Izzo," "Hard Knock Life," and more.

The run continues tonight (10/1). Videos from Saturday's show are below.

Continue reading "Jay-Z played nights 2 & 3 at Barclays Center (videos)"

Jay-Z

Jay-Z, trying to prove that Brooklyn is far from finished, just finished his first of eight sold out shows at the brand new Barclays Center (that, concerts aside, he has a huge economic stake in).

The first night at the new home of the Nets was mostly just Jay. He kept the special guests to a minimum apart from an encore appearance by Big Daddy Kane and a video tribute to Notorious B.I.G. earlier on. Check out the actual printed setlist from the Friday show, below...

Continue reading "Jay-Z opened the Barclays Center (night 1 setlist) "

this is the picture people are saying is hologram Biggie (via highacez)
Biggie Smalls

Despite what is quickly spreading FAST across the internet, thanks in part to some tweets by Russell Simmons (that lead to a page on his site GlobalGrind that say it was a hologram), it does not appear that there was an actual hologram of Biggie tonight. Just some high tech video.

Hologram Tupac is still the only hologram until we hear otherwise (the show is still underway as we type this) UPDATE: show over. No hologram. Check out the setlist.

The real Big Daddy Kane, however, in the flesh, was a guest at the show

Stay tuned for more later, though you can hear Jay perform a new (Nets themed?) verse, before 99 Problems, at the show, below...

Continue reading "Jay-Z brings out hologram Biggie Smalls @ Barclays Center?"

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BK mags

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

With the opening of the Barclays Center (follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter for some scenes from the chaos), both New York and Time Out ponder the changing landscape of Brooklyn in this week's issues.

Speaking of the new venue, Lady Gaga's MSG (2/22) & Barclays Center (3/6) shows sold out today, so she added one more at each venue. The new dates are 2/23 @ MSG and 3/7 @ Barclays. Both go on sale Friday, October 5th at 10am.

Other NYC shows that went on sale today include JEFF the Brotherhood, Field Report, Diamond Rings, Anais Mitchell, Kelly Hogan, Callers and Petty Fest.

And regarding that Staten Island politician talking shit about her, Lady Gaga thanked him.

As mentioned, Soundgarden is releasing a new album, their first in 15 years, on 11/13. Now you can hear the first song which is streaming at the bottom of this post.

In other bands who were good in the '90s Barclays Center news and, Smashing Pumpkins warmed up for their arena tour with an intimate, two-and-a-half-hour show at Stubb's in Austin last night. The tour hits the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Halloween.

Listen to the title track from Bad Brains' forthcoming new album.

Apple knows its maps app sucks.

Trevor Dunn, who is currently on tour as a member of Melvins Lite, took to his tour diary to comment on Green Day frontman BIlie Joe Armstrong's recent freakout: "That guy's main problem is that he doesn't realize that he is Justin Bieber."

Do you love the blown-out, pixelated artork on MIA albums? You may want to buy here coffee table book then.

On a somewhat similar publishing tip, Diplo "and photographer Shane McCauley are launching the zine series Blow Your Head. Each volume will explore a different country and musical genre.

Tour diaries are hot these days. (Have you read ours with Kelly Pratt whose touring with David Byrne and St. Vincent)? Diamond Rings and Stars writing about their adventures on the road for The Huffington Post. Those adventures included a show at Webster Hall this week.

Winter is coming for everyone, it seems. Neko Case tweeted today: "Dude. I'm just gonna admit to being balls-deep in Game of Thrones on CD."

While on the subject of rock star confessions, a recent quote from Pete Townshend: "What I remember of the size of Mick Jagger's penis - I remember it as being huge and extremely tasty."

If you need more, maybe you'd like to read some Phil Collins erotic fan fiction?

Speaking of St. Vincent, today is Annie Clark's 30th birthday. Happy Birthday, Annie! We always liked this picture of her, by Chris La Putt, from her days as a member of the Polyphonic Spree:

ST VINCENT

Catch St Vincent and David Byrne in Williamsburg Park on Saturday. How was their second Beacon show? Check out pictures from the first (also by Chris La Putt).

It's also Les Claypool of Primus' birthday, who turn 49. Catch Primus on tour this fall.

Not that surprising, but awesome -Austin just became the first Texas city to endorse marriage equality.

Austin music venue Scoot Inn, a popular place to be during SXSW, has a new owner.

Kreayshawn's new album flopped.

Mumford & Sons' new album probably won't.

more stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: new Soundgarden & Bad Brains songs; MIA art book; Diplo's new zine; Phil Collins erotic fan fiction; Apple maps & more"

Snoop
Snoop

The Illuminator, whose mission is "to smash the myths of the information industry and shine a light on the urgent issues of our time", and whose projections have been seen everywhere from the Russian Consulate in Manhattan ("Free Pussy Riot") to Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn "99% Occupy", lit up the rusty facade of the new Barclays Center the other night, as you can see in the pictures above and at the website of Develop Don't Destroy.

Protests continue tonight outside the venue as Jay-Z takes the stage inside (Talib Kweli spins the afterparty).

Talib Kweli w/ Idle Warship at Culture Shock 2012 (more by Kellyann Petry)
Idle Warship

As mentioned in What's Going on Friday?, there's an afterparty for tonight's Jay-Z Barclays show (9/28, his first of eight) happening at Free Candy (905 Atlantic Ave) with Jay-Z's DJ, Young Guru as well as a set from Talib Kweli (who's spinning with Questlove and Q-Tip at The Cap earlier in the evening). Talib hits the decks at midnight and tickets are $10.

For Jay-Z's shows on Saturday (9/29) and Sunday (9/30) there will be afterparties at Littlefield featuring not only Young Guru but also Jay-Z's backing band, The Roc Boyz. Promoters are promising "special guests" which could mean all sorts of things, but no names have been announced. Doors are at 10:30 PM with the party kicking in in at 11 and tickets ($10 advance, $15 day of) are still available.

Flyers for both afterparties are below.

Continue reading "Talib Kweli, Young Guru, The Roc Boyz and "special guests" will be at Jay-Z afterparties this weekend in Brooklyn"

Battle for Brooklyn poster
Battle for Brooklyn poster

While the opening of Barclays Center was a happy moment for some, for others... not so much. In fact, the trials and tribulations of one man who fought the development is the subject of a film:

BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN follows the story of reluctant activist Daniel Goldstein as he struggles to save his home and community from being demolished to make way for a professional basketball arena and the densest real estate development in U.S. history. Along the way, he falls in love, gets married and starts a family while living in a vacated building located at the heart of the project site. Over the course of seven years, Daniel spearheads the movement against the development plan as he and the community fight tenaciously in the courts, the streets, and the media to stop the abuse of eminent domain and reveal the corruption at the heart of the plan.
Upcoming screenings of the film in the NYC area include 9/25 at Indiescreen (Kent/S 2nd in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, tickets), 9/26 at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (53 Prospect Park West), 9/27 at Maysles Cinema with a Q&A from director Michael Galinsky (343 Lenox Ave in Harlem, tickets), and last but surely not least, a free screening on 9/28 at Dean Street Playground Ball Field (Dean between 6th & Carlton Aves) which is "steps" from the arena and takes place on the opening night of Barclays Center during the concert by director Jay-Z. In fact, it will be an eventful day for protesters all around:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 (arena opening day)
11AM: Press conference @ Barclays Center, in front of the Pacific Bears Community Garden, opposite the arena, at triangle tip where Flatbush and Pacific meet (details to follow).

12PM - 4PM: Popup actions all around the Barclays Center

5PM: Virtual rally--tweet #BarclaysCenter and @AYCrimeScene for housing and jobs now.

6PM: OWSGuitarmy's Teach-in in Response to Jay-Z Comments

8PM: Free outdoor screening of Battle For Brooklyn (battleforbrooklyn.com)
@ Dean Playground Ball Field, just half a block from the arena
(Dean St. between 6th Ave. and Carlton Ave. MAP)

Head below for a full list of screenings and the film's trailer.

Continue reading "'Battle for Brooklyn' documentary screens this week to coincide with Barclays Center opening / protests"

photos by Sachyn Mital

"Every team has a grand plan, and we're moving slowly, step by step, because it's easy to make a strong team, but it's very difficult to make a championship team. So we are on the right way and I'm expecting our championship within three years now," Prokhorov told reporters Friday morning after participating in a ribbon-cutting with partner Bruce Ratner and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, marking the ceremonial opening of the $1 billion Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn.

Mikhail Prokhorov has a grand plan for the Nets, who open their new arena in their first season in Brooklyn Nov. 1 against the rival Knicks. "I'm really thirsting for the first of November," he said.

When Prokhorov bought the team in 2010, he said the Nets would capture the NBA title within five years, meaning his plan remains on schedule. -[ESPN]

You could draw a lot of parallels between Brooklyn Nets and the rusty-new Barclays Center, which, before the sports move in, opens to the public with multiple shows by director Jay-Z. Big names like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Green Day/Best Coast, The Who, and Rush and maybe even the Rolling Stones, are also on the concert venue's initial schedule.

The first step towards familiarity is getting the public acquainted with the space, a feat that Barclays Center attempted when they opened their doors to the press on Friday (9/21). With protesters outside, Mayor Bloomberg and Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov welcomed in photographers, including Sachyn Mital whose pictures continue below...

Continue reading "A look inside the new Barclays Center (pics)"

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Jay Z Beyonce Obama

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

Jay-Z & Beyonce raised a cool $4M for Barack Obama at their benefit last night ("Beyonce could not be a better role model for my girls," Obama said,). Go on and brush your shoulders off, Jigga.

If you bought a ticket to that fundraiser, may we interest you in a live entertainment company?

Meanwhile, the President was on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, chatting about the Mitt Romney "47%" video and other things. Watch it below.

In other money news, Amanda Palmer is now going to pay those previously-volunteer musicians and her new LP debuted at #10 on Billboard.

If you were wondering the #1 album is, it's Dave Matthews Band's Away from the World which beat out Bob Dylan. The xx's Coexist came in at #5, not too bad!

Check out what David Byrne & St. Vincent played last night in Chicago.

Look at pictures from our Jon Spencer Blues Explosion record release party that was last night.

Hope to see you at our Rafiq Batia record release party that Anti-Pop Consortium is also playing.

Check out an excellent profile piece on the legendary Neil Young that appeared in the NY Times Magazine.

Sinead O'Connor wrote to Russian president Vladmir Putin, demanding Pussy Riot's release. Is that helping or hurting?

Deftones are back with "Leathers", the new song from their upcoming Koi No Yokan due on 11/13. Check out that song below in a video stream and/or down load your copy at their site.

more stuff below...

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As the NY Post says:

Jay-Z and wife Beyoncé will host a fund-raiser for President Obama at the "Watch the Throne" rapper's 40/40 Club on Sept. 18. We hear the event will be intimate and capped at 100 guests who will shell out $40,000 per ticket to dine with the commander-in-chief and hip-hop royal. Earlier the same day, Obama is scheduled to attend a reception where families can pose for a photo with him for a $12,500 contribution. A rep for Jay-Z's West 25th Street club had no comment. We're told the campaign stop will be Obama's last in New York before the election. But does this mean the president will miss Jay's concerts at Brooklyn's new Barclays Center at the end of September?
I wonder if Jay's old friend Russell Simmons will buy a ticket, and if so if they'll use the occasion to talk Occupy Wall Street. Jay's 8-show run at the Barclays Center, which Occupy plan to have a presence at, starts 10 days later.

In related news, Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music album 'Cruel Summer' is out next week.