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photo: Talib Kweli in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli already released an album this year -- the free-to-download Fuck the Money -- and now he already has another one on the way. It's a collaborative LP with producer 9th Wonder, and it's set to feature Brother Ali, Hi-Tek, Krysis, Bad Lucc, Problem, Rapsody, Planet Asia, Niko, Pharoahe Monch, and Slug from Atmosphere. Release date and title are still TBA.

Talib also has dates coming up. One is with a live band in NYC on October 5 at the Blue Note, and that includes both early (8 PM) and late (10:30 PM) shows. Then he DJs late-night at Webster Hall on October 8, which is presumably part of Just Blaze's weekly House Party at the venue (tickets).

Some of Talib's upcoming Australian dates are as Black Star, his duo with Mos Def. (Why not in the US?!) Though Mos Def is going by Yasiin Bey these days, he recently revived his old moniker for a track with Ski Beatz, "Sensei On The Block." Listen to that, with the list of Talib Kweli and Black Star dates, below...

Continue reading "Talib Kweli announces collab LP w/ 9th Wonder, touring; Black Star playing Australia; Mos Def has a new song"

Meow the Jewels

Meow The Jewels, Run The Jewels' remixed version of RTJ2 "using nothing but cat sounds for music," is out now. (It started as a joke on Kickstarter.) Head HERE to download it for free and pre-order the physical version. All proceeds will be donated to charities that help victims of police brutality.

It includes remixes by Zola Jesus, Just Blaze, Dan the Automator, The Alchemist, Blood Diamonds, Prince Paul, 3D of Massive Attack and more, plus contributions from Snoop Dogg, Lil Bub and more. Tracklist below.

Continue reading "Run the Jewels' 'Meow the Jewels' is out now (free download)"

by Andrew Sacher

Fetty Wap

Ty Dolla $ign is behind of the most undeniable pop-rap hits in recent years and Fetty Wap is behind at least two in the past year alone, so it's good news that they decided to team up for a song together, "When I See Ya." The track will appear on Ty's upcoming album Free TC, which now has a release date of November 13 (pre-order) and also features previous singles "Blase" featuring Future & Rae Sremmurd and "Only Right" featuring YG, Joe Moses & TeeCee 4800. "Blase" just got a new video this week. Watch that, with the "Only Right" video and "When I See Ya" song stream, below.

Ty Dolla $ign will be in NYC TONIGHT (9/17) for this week's edition of Just Blaze's weekly House Party at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now. Ty's only other upcoming appearances at the moment are three shows in California: Sacramento's TBD Fest with Tyler the Creator, RL Grime, Death Grips, Chance the Rapper, Mobb Deep, Dinsaour Jr, Tears For Fears and more; Mountain View's How The West Was Won with Snoop Dogg, Schoolboy Q and more; and Inglewood's Real 92.3 Presents 'The Real Show' with Kendrick Lamar, Future, Jeremih, Fetty Wap, Rae Sremmurd, Rich Homie Quan and Jidenna.

In related news, Fetty Wap also announced the release date for his new album: next week (9/25). Here's the artwork:

Fetty Wap

Fetty just played "679" on Fallon last night (9/16) (his second time on the show this year), backed by The Roots. You can watch that below too.

Continue reading "Ty Dolla $ign playing NYC tonight & other dates, details new LP ft. Future, Rae Sremmurd & Fetty Wap (who played 'Fallon')"

by Zack Baker

Fetty Wap

Even if you haven't heard of New Jersey rapper Fetty Wap, you've probably heard his single "Trap Queen." He's not setting out to be a one hit wonder though, and today dropped a new track with the impressive team of Baauer (who probably wants to escape the one hit wonder thing himself) and Dubbel Dutch called "Promises." The track comes as a result of the Yours Truly/Adidas Songs From Scratch series, which has been responsible for collaborations between Nosaj Thing and Chance The Rapper, Shlohmo and Jeremih and many more. Check out that track below.

Fetty Wap's next show will be this week's House Party at Webster Hall (4/2), which is the weekly party's first anniversary. (He played the party in January too.) He'll be joined by Funk Flex, plus Just Blaze and the other House party regulars. Tickets are on sale.

Fetty Wap also just released a vlog centered on his performance with Kanye West at the Roc City Classic back in February. While built around the show, there's a lot of narration from Fetty about his current status and the rapper seems genuinely humble about his rise. Check it out below.

In related news, Dubbel Dutch is playing a big show at Output on Thursday (4/2) with Mike Simonetti, Peaking Lights Acid Test, and Huerco S. It's free before midnight with RSVP, or you can also buy tickets.

Continue reading "Fetty Wap playing House Party 1-yr anniversary, made a song w/ Baauer & Dubbel Dutch, who's playing w/ Peaking Lights"

by Andrew Sacher


Atlanta rap group Two-9 recently put out their newest mixtape, B4FRVR, on Mike Will Made It's Ear Drummers label. Mike Will also executive produced it and did the beat sfor a handful of the songs, and labelmates Rae Sremmurd appear, as do Ty Dolla $ign and Wiz Khalifa. It's a pretty diverse tape, one that should appeal to fans of Rae Sremmurd's slow rap, Drake's melodic Rap&B, and the harder/faster stuff Two-9's hometown is known for. Stream it in full below.

Two-9 will be in NYC for two shows this week. First they play the 'Hot 97 Who's Next' show at SOB's on Thursday (2/19) with OVO's Mike Zombie (who produced Drake's "Started From the Bottom" and released his own mixtape in December) and Fame School (tickets). Later that night, they'll head to Webster Hall along with Mike Will Made It for Just Blaze's weekly House Party. Funk Flex will be at this week's party too, and tickets are on sale.

In related news, Mike Will Made It produced a handful of tracks on the new Juicy J mixtape, Blue Dream & Lean 2, and Rae Sremmurd feature on that one too. You can download that for free at DatPiff and stream it in full, with the Two-9 tape, below.

Continue reading "Two-9 released a mixtape, playing 2 NYC shows this week; Juicy J's new mixtape out now too (stream)"

Hip Hop

Kanye, Drake / Nas, The LOX and Meek Mill aren't the only hip hop shows happening in NYC in celebration of NBA All-Star Weekend. There's also one at Santos Party House on Thursday (2/12), billed as 'Video Music Box Presents: 4 The Love of Hip Hop,' with a huge lineup that includes M.O.P., Steele (of Smif N Wessun), Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price, Mr. Cheeks (of Lost Boyz), Dres (of Black Sheep), Large Professor, Royal Flush, Nine, Akinyele, King Just and a handful of others. Full lineup on the flyer above, and surprise guests are promised too. Tickets are on sale now.

In related news, the venue's weekly 'Freedom Party' goes down the next night (2/13) with Just Blaze, who does his own party at Webster Hall on Thursday, which is the same night as the 'Love of Hip Hop' show at Santos and also an NBA All-Star Weekend celebration. Tickets for both of those are on sale.

Also on Thursday, Grantland is presenting 'NBA After Dark Live' at Baby's All Right, but that's sold out.

"FUCKING JOEY CAME OUT AT THE PHONY PPL SHOW, fuck my life brooooo fuck my life" - @tayfo_SHO

photos: Rae Sremmurd @ Webster Hall / Joey Bada$$ @ SOB's
Rae Sremmurd

As discussed, Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ releases his debut album B4.DA.$$ next week (1/20), and plays a hometown release show on Monday (1/19) at Rough Trade, which you have to buy the album to get into. It turns out that's actually one of three NYC shows he's playing that week.

The following night, he'll play Williamsburg dance club Verboten (1/20) with his Pro Era pals and special guests, Statik Selektah, Relly Rell, Pow P & Kool, DJ Red Alert, and guest FunkFlex. Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg is hosting. Tickets are on sale.

Then on Thursday (1/22) at Webster Hall, he'll be the guest at Just Blaze's weekly House Party, along with Statik Selektah. Tickets are on sale for that one too.

Just Blaze has been killing it with his guests lately. He had breakout duo Rae Sremmurd last night (1/15). Anyone catch that? That's a picture from the show above, via Webster Hall's Facebook, where you can browse many more pics of last night.

Joey appeared live in NYC last night too, guesting at the Phony PPL show at SOB's. You can see a picture of that above as well (via). Today, he and producer Statik Selektah dropped another new track from his album, "Run Up On Ya," which features Elle Varner and Action Bronson (who has his own new album and upcoming NYC show on the way). Listen below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ released a new song ft. Action Bronson, joined Phony PPL at SOB's, adds 2 NYC shows, including Just Blaze's party (which Rae Sremmurd played)"

Rae Sremmurd

Rap duo Rae Sremmurd, whose hits "No Flex Zone" and "No Type" you may know if you use the internet, listen to the radio, or frequent bars, attend parties or other public places that play music, released their mostly-Mike WiLL Made-It-produced debut album, SremmLife, earlier this month via Interscope and Mike Will's EarDrummers imprint. (Rae Sremmurd spelled backwards is Ear Drummers.) In addition to Mike Will, there's production by Chief Keef associate Young Chop ("My X"), and guest appearances by Nicki Minaj & Young Thug ("Throw Sum Mo"), Big Sean ("Yno"), and Jace of Two-Y ("Unlock the Swag"). If you haven't heard the album, you can listen below via Rdio.

Rae Sremmurd have four NY-area shows coming up this week, including a NYC appearance on Thursday at Webster Hall, where they'll be the guest at this week's edition of Just Blaze's House Party (last week was Fetty Wap). Tickets for that show are on sale now. After that, they play Clinton, NY; Howell, NJ; and Danbury, CT. All dates are listed below.

Waka Flocka Flame, who remixed "No Flex Zone" with his own verses not long ago, also has a Webster Hall show coming up, which happens on 4/20 and has special guests promised. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (1/16).

He has other dates before that too. All are listed, with his remix of "No Flex Zone" and the SremmLife album stream, below...

Continue reading "Rae Sremmurd released their album, guesting at Just Blaze's party at Webster Hall (where Waka Flocka plays on 4/20)"

by Andrew Sacher

Fetty Wap

You may know Paterson, NJ rapper Fetty Wap from his buzzed-about 2014 single "Trap Queen" off his Up Next mixtape. Now, in a new interview with HotNewHipHop (video below), Fetty tells them he's signed a record deal (he won't say with who though) and has a new mixtape on the way. He also uploaded a new track "RGF Island" that makes it pretty clear "Trap Queen" isn't the only hook-filled trick up his sleeve. It's called a snippet but it's over two minutes and already sounds like a complete idea. Check it out below.

As discussed, Fetty is playing an all-New Jersey 'Hot 97 Who's Next' show at SOB's on January 20 with Kazzie, Dougie F and KC Bandz (tickets), but you can catch him in NYC much sooner than that. He's the guest at Just Blaze's weekly house party at Webster Hall tonight (1/8). Tickets for tonight are on sale now.

Also, don't bother asking about his eye.

Tonight's show flyer, a stream of the new song, the interview video, and the "Trap Queen" video, below...

Continue reading "Fetty Wap planning new mixtape, released a new song, playing Just Blaze's Webster Hall party tonight, SOB's later"


Merry Christmas! Not too much is going on tonight but there's a few highlights below, and you can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows.

Just Blaze, Troy Ave, DJ Soul, Electric Punanny, Va$htie, Oscar @ Webster Hall
Just Blaze is keeping his weekly House Party going during the holidays, and for this one he's got hard-hitting NYC rapper Troy Ave on board too.

Bit Funk, Escort (DJ), Friendly Greg (DJ) @ Cameo
This same dancey lineup happens again late night at the soon-to-close Glasslands tomorrow, but if you can't wait til after Christmas you can experience at Cameo tonight too.

The Maccabeats at BB King's
For the Jews with no Christmas plans (or anyone who wants to go), Jewish a cappella group The Maccabeats turn pop songs into Jewish themes at their annual Christmas day show.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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Fool's Gold Records, the hip hop/electronic label run by A-Trak (who played Baby's All Right on Tuesday) and Nick Catchdubs, will be celebrating their 7th anniversary in NYC on November 6 at Webster Hall. The late-night celebration (10 PM start) doubles as one of Just Blaze's weekly House Parties and includes veteran rapper/actor/NBA player/sports agent/writer/producer/director Master P, as well as Rowdy Rebel, Just Blaze, Brenmar, Fame School, Nick Catchdubs, Shash'u, Electric Punanny, Jasmine Solano and Melo-X in the Grand ballroom + Balcony. The Marlin Room will have Va$htie, Oscar, Huggy Bear and Deemehlow. And the party in the Studio will be hosted by Dirty South with special guests. Tickets are on sale now. Flyer above.

If you want to spend the full night at Webster Hall, the 8 PM show in the Studio is Dean Blunt, Gobby, and Loren Connors (tickets), which will also be a good one ...or you could see Shaggy in the Grand Ballroom.

In related news, A-Trak is releasing the Full EP next week (11/4) digitally and on November 25 physically via Fool's Gold. Stream the single "Push," featuring Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow, via Spotify below...

Continue reading "Fool's Gold celebrating 7th anniversary w/ Master P, Just Blaze & others; A-Trak releasing an EP (stream a track)"


Killer Mike and El-P's new Run the Jewels album RTJ2 comes out next week (10/28) via Mass Appeal, but apparently it leaked ahead of time. El-P and Killer Mike found about it, but instead of being bad sports, they each tweeted links to a free download of the album themselves. You can grab it HERE.

The duo are also working with Zola Jesus, Just Blaze, Baauer, Portishead's Geoff Barrow, the Alchemist, Boots, Dan the Automator and more to make a cat-themed remix album called Meow the Jewels. If you're a cat, you can audition to be part of it.

Danny Brown at Pitchfork 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

Danny Brown has a few dates coming up, including three appearances in NYC this week. One is the previously announced show at Sonos Studio on Thursday (10/2) which RSVP is now closed for. Later that night, Danny will appear at Just Blaze's weekly House Party at Webster Hall at 10 PM. Tickets for that party are available. Then on Friday (10/3) he plays a free show at House of Vans. To get into that, you have to RSVP to RSVP@pacsun.com which closes today (10/1). It was still open as of two hours ago.

All DB dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Danny Brown playing shows, including 3 in NYC this week"

by Andrew Sacher


[The name Junglepussy] started out with me loving loving animal prints. I had it on my clothes, curtains, cups--everywhere. I felt like a little jungle animal around all of these animal prints and exotic patterns, and the name "Junglepussy" came up. Females have pussies, so it's the most feminine word ever, and jungle--it could be wild, but it's also beautiful to me. Twitter came out, and I just wanted to have a name that nobody was going to steal. So I was like, I could use Junglepussy... People were like, "Are you a stripper? Are you a porn star? Are you a tranny?" No, I am a natural-born girl. You see my throwback-Thursday pics? I was a baby girl, and I just liked animal prints. I'm not even that wild, but I took the responsibility of it. I didn't run from the name because I felt that in my heart I knew it wasn't anything crazy or degrading. I knew it was everybody else's reaction that was making it what it is, so I decided to stick it out and see what would come from it. [Junglepussy to VICE]
Brooklyn rapper Junglepussy has been getting some buzz lately, including the approval of Erykah Badu. Her debut album, Satisfaction Guaranteed, came out in June and features her spitting over dark, murky beats from Mell Masters and Shy Guy. The latter has also produced for Le1f (who she opened for before) and if you like him, you'll probably dig Junglepussy too. Stream the album (via VICE) below.

JP will play a hometown show this Thursday (7/10) at Webster Hall for the venue's weekly House Party. She plays the '1992 Room' (aka the Marlin Room) with Vashtie, Oscar and Huggy Bear. As usual, Just Blaze and DJ Soul will be in the Grand Ballroom, plus there's music in the Studio and the Balcony Lounge too. Tickets are on sale now. More info at that link and on the show flyer, below.

Continue reading "Junglepussy streaming LP, playing Webster Hall House Party"


The Roots Picnic will return for its seventh year on May 31 at Festival Pier in Philly. This year's lineup is excellent and diverse as always, including Snoop Dogg (who will be backed by The Roots), Janelle Monae, The War on Drugs, AraabMuzik, Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, Jhene Aiko, Biz Markie (DJ), Rudimental, Just Blaze, Emily Wells and more, plus a headlining set by The Roots as usual. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/7).

Full lineup and announcement video below...

Continue reading "Roots Picnic 2014 lineup & tix (Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monae, War on Drugs, Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, Rudimental, more)"

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

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)"

photos by James Richards IV

Deltron 3030 @ House of Blues
Kid Koala, Deltron 3030
Kid Koala, Deltron 3030

"It's not there like it used to be. I'm not mad at that. You've got lots of new movements happening, like the trap movement, and I enjoy that quite a bit. So musically, there's a lot of great stuff. So far as rhyming and stuff goes, there are a lot of kids out there who are really dope, and that encourages me to get doper still. Like, the whole Odd Future camp, and what they're doing over there, that's special, and then in New York you've got Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era. These are kids, but they're done. They've done their homework. And they are taking things that level further. I don't think hip-hop has to be what it used to be." [Del The Funky Homosapien]
Deltron 3030, the 'alternative hip hop supergroup' of Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien and Kid Koala, reappeared with a new album and live dates in 2013, orchestra included. Those dates included NYC shows at Brooklyn Bowl (Oct. 9) and Highline Ballroom (Oct. 14), as well as a Chicago show at House of Blues (Oct 19). The latter is pictured in this post.

On 10/15 Deltron 30/30 appeared on Letterman joined by a 16-piece orchestra and 4-piece band onstage, including special guest, producer Just Blaze on keyboards. Check out the video from that, and more pictures and tour dates (Fun Fun Fun Fest included), below...

Continue reading "Deltron 3030 played Brooklyn Bowl, Highline Ballroom, Letterman, House of Blues... (pics, video, more dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

The Range

We recently discussed some of the hip hop at CMJ, and now here's a breakdown of some of the electronic music.

On Thursday (10/17), Cascine and Driftless Recordings are doing a showcase at Cameo which includes Italians Do It Better co-founder Mike Simonetti, Finnish duo Shine 2009 (stream their new album below), Ejecta (aka the new collaboration of Ford & Lopatin's Joel Ford and Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber -- stream some tracks below), Heavenly Beat, Rush Midnight (aka former Twin Shadow bassist Russ Manning), North Americans, and DJ sets from Korallreven and Bruce Smear. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

That same day, Gorilla vs Bear and Yours Truly are doing an unofficial CMJ party at Glasslands with Joey Bada$$ affiliate Lee Bannon (who just signed to Ninja Tune, will release a new album, Alternative / Endings, on 12/9 via the label, and just released the free Place/Crusher EP that you can stream below), Rhode Island IDM producer The Range (who just released a new LP, Nonfiction, which you can stream below), Cyril Hahn collaborator Shy Girls (who has other dates listed below), Tokyo's Sapphire Slows (whose Allegoria LP comes out on 11/5 via Not Not Fun -- stream a track below), Brooklyn's Tei Shi, Ejecta, and a DJ set from Saint Pepsi. This show is free, and though you do need to RSVP, it doesn't guarantee entry.

Also on Thursday is the AM Only CMJ showcase at Output with Oliver, Treasure Fingers, Just Blaze, Codes and Nick Catchdubs. Tickets for that one are on sale now.

At the same venue on Friday (10/18), Ghostly International hosts an unofficial CMJ party with Com Truise, Joel Ford, Lord Raja, Heathered Pearls, Patrick Russell, Nitemoves, and Contakt. Tickets are available here and here.

Also on Friday at Glasslands, Disclosure's pal Tourist makes his US debut. Since we last spoke, Figgy and Real Magic were added to the bill, and tickets are still available.

Real Magic, who we profiled when he played CMJ 2011, finally released his debut LP this year, and also plays other CMJ shows.

As discussed, psychedelic UK duo Fuck Buttons play LPR on Friday, and since we last spoke Mystery Skulls and Lichens were added. Sold out.

Another Friday show: Brooklyn venue Cameo hosts their official showcase with hip hop production duo Blue Sky Black Death (Nacho Picasso, Deniro Farrar), Sacramento's Sister Crayon, The Range (for whom this is an album release show for the LP mentioned above), and Mutual Dreaming's Aurora Halal. Tickets are available.

And there's a show, which may not actually be part of CMJ, happening on Friday at Steel Drums (35 Beadel St in Brooklyn) with L-Vis 1990 (Night Slugs), rapper Haleek Maul, a DJ set from NYC partystarter Ital, Color Plus, and Prism House. Admission is $12 with RSVP.

On Saturday (10/19), there's a LAZERPOP CMJ party happening at Glasslands with remix duo The Hood Internet, their fellow Chicagoan Chrissy Murderbot, and another remixer E-603. Tickets are on sale now.

Also on Saturday, the second of two unofficial Pitchfork shows goes down at 285 Kent. The first is a rock show happening a day earlier, but this one trades the guitars for synthesizers with cloud-rap/pop producer Ryan Hemsworth, electronic R&B singer Kelela, footwork producer Traxman, The Range, L.I.E.S-signed synth wizard Jahiliyya Fields, Software-signed minimalist Huerco S., and Brooklyn indie pop guy Mas Ysa. Tickets are still available.


Kelela first caught our ears when she sang on the newest Teengirl Fantasy album, and she's since teamed up with producers Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Bok Bok, Jam City, Girl Unit and others for her debut album/mixtape, CUT 4 ME (out now via Fade to Mind), which she just played a release show for this past Saturday (10/12). You can download that LP here and stream it in full below. Kelela was added to the previously discussed True Panther/Terrible Records showcase headlined by Glasser show at MHOW (10/15), which also features Empress Of, Kirin J Callinan, and Lil Jabba (tickets). She and Glasser also both play FADER Fort (details TBA).

All mentioned streams and few others below...

Continue reading "electronic music at CMJ: The Range, Ejecta, Lee Bannon, Just Blaze, Kelela, Com Truise, Blue Sky Black Death & more"

by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

still from Arctic Monkeys' Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?

In the course of a given week, we post a lot of new videos on BrooklynVegan. For example, this week we gave you ones from Krill, Love Inks, Big Dick, Restorations and more. But there are lots more we don't get around to and that's where this post comes in. You can check out Mac DeMarco hosting the new episode of Weird Vibes from the 2013 Pitchfork Fest, plus videos from Anika, Just Blaze & Baauer, Youth Lagoon, StarredCamera Obscura, These New Puritans, and a full live performance from Iceage at a festival in France.

All those can be watched below...

Continue reading "video round-up (Arctic Monkeys, Just Blaze & Baauer, Anika, 'Weird Vibes' w/ Mac DeMarco, Camera Obscura & more) "

DOWNLOAD: Bondax - "Giving It All" (MP3)

Modeselektor at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)

As mentioned, NYC electronic festival Electric Zoo is returning to the recently restored (after Governors Ball damage) Randall's Island from August 30 to September 1. Though much of the lineup is stuff you probably want to stay away from (like Benny Benassi, Tiesto, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, etc), there's also a handful of people worth seeing, including Four Tet, Moderat, Bondax, A-Trak, Diplo, Baauer, AraabMuzik, Skream, Cyril Hahn, RL Grime, Just Blaze, Joy Orbison, and Scuba. Tickets (3-day passes and single day passes) are on sale now. Full lineup at the festival's site.

There have also been a number of official afterparties announced. There's one at Williamsburg's new danceclub hot spot Output each night of the fest. The two biggest standouts are Modeselektor and Rudimental DJing Best Buy Theater on August 31 with Delta Heavy (tickets), and Chicago house vet Cajmere (who also plays Warm Up that weekend) at Cielo on August 30 (tickets).

Moderat (aka Modeselektor and Apparat) finally released their second album, Moderat II, this month, and you can stream the whole thing via a Spotify widget below.

For UK duo Bondax, Electric Zoo and Chicago's North Coast Festival (which a bunch of other Electric Zoo artists also play) are their only two North American gigs at the moment, after they recently cancelled their appearances at Warm Up and Camp Bisco, which they would have played in July. Check out their recent single, "Giving It All," below, or download it above.

The PMR-signed Cyril Hahn will also return to NYC when his tour with Ryan Hemsworth hits 88 Palace on October 5.

Song streams below...

Continue reading "Electric Zoo 2013 full lineup, afterparties, and tickets"

Paul McCartney @ Austin's Erwin Center last month (more by Tim Griffin)
Paul McCartney

Japandroids @ MHOW, June 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Check out our new NYC shows calendar.

Governors Ball continues today on Randall's Island with sets from Japandroids, Kendrick Lamar, Alt-J, Fucked Up, Animal Collective, and more. One of the biggest conflicts of the night is Guns N' Roses vs Nas, who both play at 9:30, but depending on how late GNR end up being, maybe you can catch both. The weather is also looking a lot better today, but  bring rubber boots for that giant mud swamp that will not be drying up anytime soon.

The other big show tonight is Paul McCartney, who will be making his Barclays Center debut tonight (his first of two shows), in the middle of a very solid month of music at The House That Jay-Z Built. (The National and Youth Lagoon played on Wednesday and The Postal Service will play two nights at the venue later this month). Unlike The National, Paul McCartney is not expected to play any intimate or secret shows while in town, but we would love to hear a six-hour version of any of his Beatles songs (okay, maybe "Band On The Run" wouldn't be so bad either).

The weather, apart from a chance of storms early in the afternoon, but if you're looking for Summer Thunder of a more pleasing kind, that's also the name of the free afternoon parties Union Pool will be throwing every Saturday during June, July and August. Today its being presented by BrooklynVegan (hey that's us!) and features Heavy Blanket, the instrumental "psychedelic blues jam" band featuring Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis. Also playing are long-running indie rockers Love as Laughter. The fun starts at 2 PM with Love as Laughter on at 3:30 PM and Heavy Blanket at 5 PM.

If you're in Williamsburg for Summer Thunder, do stop by the annual Crest Hardware Art Show that kicks off today with Crest Fest '13 that has bands playing too. It's just a couple blocks from Union Pool and is free, all-ages and open to the public. 1 PM - 8 PM.

Elsewhere in the neighborhood, Brisk Bodega, an all day hip-hop showcase last seen at SXSW, will be making its NYC debut today with an all-day event in Williamsburg at 50 N. 3rd St. (at Wythe) starting at 2pm, with a slightly more electronic twist than its previous variations, featuring Just BlazeBrenmar, DJ Slink, RoofeeoHD of The Good Kids and more.

Crocodiles at 4Knots 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)

Later tonight at Union Pool it's Crocodiles who you might have seen last night opening for Japandroids at the Governors Ball afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The band's new album, Crimes of Passion, is out in August and is their poppiest and most musically diverse yet. And maybe their best. Opening is drag review Chez Deep which will probably confuse a few people. Tickets are still available.

Haim, who recently won BBC's "Sound of 2013," are be in town for Governor's Ball this weekend. If you want to check them out but don't feel like walking through the mud or paying $100, they will be playing a Governor's Ball afterparty at the dry and indoors Brooklyn Bowl tonight for only $15, with Swedish electropop collective Kate Boy. Advance tickets are sold out but there's "limited admission at the door" so get there early if you wanna go. The show is also one-tenth the price of Guns N' Roses' show at the same venue  Thursday, but features the same chance of a Slash guest appearance.

If you ware looking to stay away from the arena show/major festival scene today, there are also some great smaller shows, most notably Radical Dads (who played Grand Victory last night and are about to go on a Japanese Tour) and poppier buddies The Hairs and Hippy over at Cake Shop tonight.

Or you could check out electro duo ADULT. who are back with their first new album in six years, and they'll be taking their tour in support of it to NYC for a show at 285 Kent tonight (tickets). Support is pretty great too, coming from Black Marble, You, and Eraas, the latter two of who will soon open for Martin Rev of Suicide.

Avant-garde saxist/artist director of Manhattan venue The Stone John Zorn is playing one of his many upcoming Le Poisson Rouge shows tonight. For tonight's show he'll be performing as a trio with Bill Laswell and Milford Graves.

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Disclosure at MHOW in March (more by Jason Bergman)

Holy Ship!!! is returning in 2014 for its third year (hence the three exclamation points) and will set sail off the coast of Miami on January 9, 2014, returning on January 12. Artists playing this year include Pharrell, Disclosure (DJ), Diplo, A-Trak, Baauer, Flume, RL Grime, Flosstradamus, Just Blaze, Ryan Hemsworth, Jerome LOL, Shlohmo (DJ), and more. Tickets for the cruise are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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Andy Stott/Lee "Scratch" Perry
Andy StottLee Scratch Perry

As mentioned, tickets went on sale today for the previously announced Red Bull Music Academy events, which take over NYC from April 28 to May 31. And now that those are on sale, the rest of the lineup has been announced. In addition to the newly-added Flying Lotus show at Terminal 5, the Red Bull Music Academy events now also include...

A Bunker party with Andy Stott, Atom TM, Objekt, Octo Octa, Kloke, Smax, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito at Public Assembly on May 4; Blondes, Mike Simonetti, Rudi Zygadlo, Astroboyz, CABAAL, Ale Hop, Yodashe, Harald Bjork, Alitrec, Mungo Park, Seretan, and Ada Kaleh at Cameo on May 6; and Le1f, Laurel Halo, Venus-X, and a secret guest at Glasslands on May 7.

Still more: Metro Area, Gerd Janson, and Bok Bok b2b L-Vis 1990 at 88 Palace on May 10; 'Drum Majors' with Mannie Fresh, Boi-1da, Young Chop, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Bangaldesh, DJ Mustard, and Drumma Boy at Knitting Factory on May 22; Afrika Bambaataa, Egyptian Lover, DJ Magic Mike, DJ Assault, DJ Funk, Scottie B, DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, Big Freedia, Salva, Drop the Lime, and Branko & Krampfhaft at Santos on May 23; as well as Skream, Mala, and Plasitician & Hatcha on May 24 at Can Factory (232 3rd St in Brooklyn).

And even more: Oneohtrix Point Never, BIll Kouligas, Evian Christ, Kid Simpl, and ANNALOVE at Saint Vitus on May 26; Benji B, FaltyDL, Dorian Concept, Orquesta, and Somepoe at Sullivan Room on May 27; Pantha Du Prince & the Bell Laboratory with Louis Baker and Anya Kuts at West Park Church on May 28; a killer night of dub with legends Lee Perry & Adrian Sherwood, The Congos vs Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, and the Raw Power Band, Peaking Lights In A Dub Style vs Future Times, and DJ Slow at Le Poisson Rouge on May 30.

Tickets for all events are on sale now.

These join the previously announced shows, talks, and other events with James Murphy, Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder, Tony Visconti, Nile Rodgers, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Four Tet, A-Trak, Just Blaze, and more. Flyer with the updated, show-by-show lineup is below...

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James Murphy on SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
James Murphy

LCD Soundsystem/DFA Records man James Murphy is suing Tim Goldsworthy, who he formed DFA with in 2001, but who moved out of New York to the UK three years ago...

In a lawsuit, DFA accuses Goldsworthy of failing to perform services he was paid for, owing outstanding loans, improperly using the company credit card and making unauthorized withdrawals from its bank accounts.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in Manhattan Civil Supreme Court, says that "attempts to amicably resolve this matter were rebuffed" by Goldsworthy. It also accuses the producer of "breach of contract" and "unjust enrichment."

Goldsworthy owes a total of $93,899, according to DFA. The label, which has a studio in Greenwich Village and boasts such acts as Holy Ghost!, also seeks punitive damages and legal fees. [DNA Info]

In related news, tickets for James Murphy's DFA Records 12th anniversary party with DJ sets from him, The Rapture, YACHT, Black DIce, Juan Maclean, and so many more, are on sale now. The event is one of many upcoming Red Bull Music Academy events happening in NYC. Other RBMA events are on sale too, including Brian Eno's "illustrated talk", Four Tet at Webster Hall, A-Trak, Just Blaze, and others at Roseland, Giorgio Moroder, and many more.

Brian Eno

The Red Bull Music Academy is coming to NYC from April 28 to May 31 which will include over 30 events ranging from live concerts and club nights to A/V installations, film screenings and public conversations with big names. Some of those names were recently announced. Details are not complete and tickets to all the shows below go on sale Monday, March 4 at 10 AM.

Perhaps most exciting of these events will be the NYC premiere of Brian Eno's audio-visual installation 77 Million Paintings which is generative software that creates morphing patterns and images. The installation, which be be at Cafe Rouge, will also features an "illustrated talk" on May 6.

James Murphy will head a nine-hour, multiroom show at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn on May 29 as part of DFA's 12th Anniversary celebration. The event will feature 15 live acts and DJs from throughout the label's history. Look for a short documentary, 12 Years of DFA: Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic, to premiere around the same time.

Also part of it will be Four Tet + friends at Webster Hall on May 8. Four Tet, who just released odds-n-sods album 0181 as a free download (stream it below) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his landmark 2003 album, Rounds, this year with a deluxe resissue due out on Domino in May.

Still more. RBMA will also host the first NYC edition of London party Culture Clash on May 9. The "unique celebration of sound system culture" will feature sets by Max Glazer, A-Trak, Nick Catchdubs, Young Guru, Just Blaze, and Que Bajo?!.

There's also "Drone Activity in Progress" which will happen at the Knockdown Center on May 2, featuring Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))), Prurient, Alan Licht, and Body/Head (aka Kim Gordon and Bill Nace).

Other events including electronic music legend Giorgio Moroder in his first NYC DJ appearance; a talk with Bowie producers Tony Visconti and Nile Rodgers (maybe Eno will swing by?); Ryuichi Sakamoto and more to be announced. More info on RBMA is here.

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