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Kelela

R&B boundary-pusher Kelela is releasing the Hallucinogen EP on May 5 via Fade to Mind ahead of the release of proper debut LP, due some time this fall. First single "A Message" was co-written with Arca, and you can watch its video (dir. Daniel Sannwald) below.

Kelela will also perform at the MoMA Armory Party benefit (3/4) happening this week with DJ Alexis Taylor, DJ Ezra Koenig and more. Updated list of her dates, below.

Arca, who's also worked with Bjork, Kanye West, and FKA twigs, and is a solo artist on Mute, has announced a hometown show with past visual collaborator Jesse Kanda for April 8 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/6) at noon.

Kelela video and EP tracklist below...

Continue reading "Kelela announces new EP, shares song co-written with Arca, who announced a NYC show"

photo::: Kelela @ MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kelela

Alt-R&B singer Kelela's last visit to NYC was unfortunately canceled but she'll be back next month to headline MoMA's annual benefit / preview party The Armory Show on March 4 at MoMA's Agnes Gund Garden Lobby. The pricey gala also features a two-hour DJ set from Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, plus additional DJ sets from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, plus Business Class (aka Lawrence Abu Hamdan who is also the official commissioned artist for The Armonry Show) and E*vax (Ratatat). Tickets to the party are $175, but VIP and more expensive options (like the $10k Lead Benefactor tickets) get you an early peek at MoMA's Bjork retrospective which doesn't officially open till March 8.

Here's a little more on The Armory Show:

The Armory Show is New York's foremost fair devoted to the most important art of the 20th and 21st centuries. In 2015, the fair will again feature The Armory Show - Modern, a section specializing in modern and secondary market material on Pier 92, while Pier 94 will continue to be a venue to premiere new works by living artists. The opening preview and party for The Armory Show 2015 helps sustain the world-renowned exhibition programming of The Museum of Modern Art.
Kelela's only other announced 2015 dates are SXSW in March and this year's Primavera Sound festival in May.

Primavera

The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer,  Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.

That fake poster wasn't too far off. Tickets are on sale now....and apparently traveling to Europe hasn't been this affordable for Americans in a long time.

Continue reading "Primavera Sound 2015 lineup announced"

photo:::Palma Violets @ Treasure Island Fest (more by Autumn Andel)
Palma Violets

SXSW, which happens March 17-22 in Austin, TX, has announced its third round of 2015 showcasing artists. (Here's round 1 and round 2.) It's a big update, with over 500 new additions, including Amason, Frog Eyes, Palma Violets, Girl Band, Pity Sex, Sheer Mag, Kate Tempest, THEESatisfaction, Viet Cong, Matthew E. White, Best Coast, Dej Loaf, Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane) and loads more.

Full round 3 list below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Future Brown
Future Brown

Back in 2013, electronic producers Fatima Al Qadiri, Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu and Lit City Trax's J-Cush formed the collaborative project Future Brown, and now they're set to release their self-titled debut album on February 24 via Warp. The album features previously released singles "Talkin Bandz" and "Wanna Party," as well as brand new single, "Room 502," the latter two of which feature Chicago rapper/singer Tink. The group's forward thinking production and Tink's vocals are a perfect match, as you can hear for yourself below. The album also features Kelela, Ian Isiah, Sicko Mobb and others. Tracklist below as well.

Tink's been working with other interesting collaborators lately too, including Sleigh Bells on the song "That Did It," and Kitty, Sasha Go Hard and Ryan Hemsworth on the song "Spotless." Stream both of those, with the Future Brown songs and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Future Brown (Fatima Al Qadiri, Nguzunuguz & J-Cush) to release debut LP on Warp (stream 3 tracks, 2 w/ Tink)"

Kelela at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Kelela

R&B singer Kelela was supposed to tour and hit NYC for shows at Bowery Ballroom (12/12) and MHOW (12/13) this month, but all dates have been cancelled. She writes:

Hey everyone...it's Kelela.

I'm sorry to say, but after wrestling with the idea for a while, I have decided to postpone my upcoming U.S. shows until the Spring. In the last year I've tried to write my album in the pockets of time between shows and have finally come to place where the only way to do my best work is to devote all of my time to completing this album. I'm in a crucial time right now and want to be fully present to the magic that is happening with the new material. I can't do that and continue to build the live show at the same time without compromising both of them.

Thanks to all of you that have bought tickets. I promise to come back even harder in the Spring. I'm so so sorry to disappoint right now, but I know in my heart/head the wait will be worth it.

xo

Refunds are available at point of purchase.

Kelela at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Kelela

R&B forward thinker Kelela continues to move up in the world. She recently announced a tour that has her at increasingly larger venues, including two hometown shows in NYC on December 12 at Bowery Ballroom and December 13 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both shows are with A$AP Mob collaborator Chynna. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.

Kelela recently dropped a new collaborative track with Le1f and P. Morris. Stream that, with the list of her dates and a Chynna/A$AP Mob stream, below...

Continue reading "Kelela touring, playing 2 NYC shows w/ Chynna, made a song with Le1f & P Morris (dates & stream)"

FYF Fest

The annual two-day FYF Fest is returning to LA from August 23-24 this year, and the lineup was just announced. It includes The Strokes, Phoenix, the reunited Blood Brothers who haven't played sine 2007 (!), Slowdive, Slint, Flying Lotus, Grimes, Blood Orange, Darkside, Jamie xx, Haim, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Death Grips (we know FYF is a festival they actually play), Ty Segall, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Against Me!, Built to Spill, Murder City Devils, The Bronx, Angel Olsen, Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Joanna Gruesome and many more.

Tickets go on sale May 22 at noon PDT. Full lineup below...

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Kitsuné has been been putting out compilations since 2002 with a wide range of international dancepop artists. Recently they began doing Kitsuné AMERICA comps as well, and the third of those will be out June 3 featuring new cuts from Brenmar, Kelela, Lawrence Rothman, Son Lux, Jerome LOL, Heartsrevolution and more. We've got the premiere of Kitsuné AMERCIA 3's ethereal closing track, "Speak" by Seattle duo NAVVI. You can stream it below.

For those in Los Angeles and at Coachella, Maison Kitsuné has taken over the iconic Roosevelt Hotel with a pop-up store that's open through April 21. Additionaly, Kitsuné has events this weekend at clubs on Hollywood Blvd. Jupiter, Prince Language and Kindness play the Kitsuné Club Night @ Teddy's on Friday (4/18) and then there's a Kitsuné Pool Party @ Tropicana Pool on Sunday afternoon with a DJ set from Kilo Kish, a performance by Eli & Fur and another "Very Special Guest." You can RSVP for those.

Meanwhile, Lawrence Rothman will open for Little Dragon on ten dates of their North American tour, including both shows at NYC's Terminal 5 on June 20 & 21. Tickets for 6/20 are sold out, but you can still get tickets for the 6/21 show. Rothman will be doing something a little different with these shows. From the press release:

In keeping with his haunting psyche and series of thought provoking, Floria Sigismondi-directed videos, Lawrence will supplement his musical offerings with an embodiment of a wholly different character each night.
Rothman, by the way, is Sigismondi's husband and used to front The Living Things. I caught one of his SXSW shows and I don't know if he was doing a character that night but the name that crossed my mind was "Rick Astley," a vastly different show than the one I saw at Glasslands last year. (In both cases, he's got a powerful set of pipes and puts a lot of effort into his performance.) So if you're at one of the Little Dragon shows and wondering what the hell is going on with the opener, now you know.

All Lawrence Rothman dates are listed, along with the NAVVI stream and Kitsuné AMERICA 3 tracklist and pop-up store flyer, below...

Continue reading "'Kitsune AMERICA 3' comp coming in June (stream a track); Lawrence Rothman opening for Little Dragon (dates)"

Real Estate @ Treasure Island Fest 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
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Fat White Family @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Real Estate, Pure X @ Webster Hall
Real Estate's new album, Atlas, is a great spring listen which makes their two sold-out NYC shows this weekend with tourmates Pure X all the more enticing.

Perfect Pussy, Tumul, Green Dreams @ Mercury Lounge
Perfect Pussy's solid debut album is out now, but it's really all about the live show where this intense noise punk band really shines. This is their second of two sold-out NYC shows this weekend.

Holy Ghost! @ Baby's All Right
As a warm up to Coachella, DFA mainstays Holy Ghost! are playing two NYC shows, this being second. Sold out!

Ash, Run River North, Golden Suits, Drop Electric @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Irish trio Ash made some of the hookiest guitar pop of the '90s and -- "Girl From Mars," "Oh Yeah," "Goldfinger" -- and are one of the more underappreciated bands of that era. Here's a great chance to check 'em out...for free!

Porter Ricks, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Miles, Leisure Muffin, Ital & Halal, Le Petit Garcon @ The Wick
Unsound Festival continues tonight with veteran duo Porter Ricks, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (aka drone musician Lichens), Miles (of Demdike Stare), the new collaborative project of Brooklyn regulars Ital & Aurora Halal, and more. Unsound Fest also includes the Rondo show at BAMcinématek tonight.

Dean Wareham, Carsick Cars, The Vacant Lots @ Bowery Ballroom
While mainly associated with the guitar, indie rock vet Dean Wareham brings vintage keyboards to the mix on his new solo album. It works so well we wonder why he didn't dabble in this sooner. Tonight's show is with Bejiing band Carsick Cars and Vermont psych combo The Vacant Lots.

La Misma, Good Throb, Priests, Nuclear Spring, Exit Order @ Death by Audio
If you couldn't get tickets to Perfect Pussy's Mercury Lounge show tonight, but still need your fix of intense punk, DbA is the place to be. (Not that that's the only reason worth going.) This bill is stacked, with political DC punks Priests, their UK tourmates Good Throb, Boston's rapid-fast Exit Order, and two local bands: La Misma and Nuclear Spring, the latter of which is one of NYC's most underrated punk bands at the moment.

Doug Gillard, Casper & The Cookies, Lame Drivers @ Cake Shop
Doug Gillard's CV is impeccable, having logged time in Guided by Voices, Nada Surf, My Dad is Dead to name three. His his forthcoming solo album, Parade On, is an equally impressive array of sparkling powerpop. Georgia's hyperactive Caspar & the Cookies open.

Kastle, Druid Cloak, Figgy, Alex English @ Slake
Kastle's futuristic remix of Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home" was one of the finest remixes of its kind last year, and his original material always impresses as well.

Despise You, Full of Hell, DRAIZE, Chainsaw To The Face, Mother Brain @ Saint Vitus
Tonight's the second of two shows for powerviolence legends Despise You, and it's a doubly good one because the insane Full of Hell are never to miss.

Fat White Family, GOASTT, Jeffrey Lewis, Jon Spencer (DJ) @ The Acheron
After wreaking havoc in NYC a couple weekends ago, the UK rock n' roll twister that is Fat White Family have one show for us before they head home, a Brooklyn iteration of their London party Slide. Sean Lennon's GOASTT and Jeffrey Lewis are on board, and Jon Spencer will be your DJ for the evening. Expect a wild, perhaps nudity-filled, evening.

Miley Cyrus, Icona Pop, Sky Ferreira @ Barclays Center
For better or for worse, Sky Ferreira and Icona Pop have certainly gained some indie cred, which could potentially make it seem strange that they're touring with Miley. But if you live in a universe where "You're Not the One" and "I Love It" sound out of place on a playlist next to "Wrecking Ball," you live in a different universe than us.

Prancing Elites, Kelela, Total Freedom, Dutch E Germ @ Red Bull Studios
R&B singer Kelela just wrapped up two sold-out shows at Rough Trade NYC, and tonight she plays a third show for the DISown party at Red Bull Studios (220 West 18th St). 6 PM start.

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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Kelela at MHOW in 2013 (More by Amanda Hatfield)
Kelela

As previously mentioned, alt-R&B singer Kelela plays Rough Trade NYC tonight (4/3). It's her first of two shows at the venue, including another on Friday (4/4), and though both are sold out, we're giving away two pairs of tickets to each show. Details on how to enter to win are below.

Kelela also has a few upcoming North American festival appearances, including DC's Broccoli City Festival, SUNY Purchase's Culture Shock, Toronto's NXNE, upstate NY's The Hudson Project, and Chicago's Pitchfork Festival. All dates are listed below...

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Speedy Ortiz at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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SUNY Purchase's annual Culture Shock festival returns this year from April 25-26. The day 1 lineup includes Brooklyn rap trio Flatbush Zombies, R&B boundary pusher Kelela (who plays NYC this week), footwork wizard Traxman, indie rapper Milo, comedian Neil Hamburger, jazz trio Dawn of Midi, pop shoegazers Field Mouse, the funky Pluto Moons, and the punky Palberta. Montreal beatmaker Kaytranada plays the afterparty.

Day 2 is headlined by Lil B, and also features indie rockers Speedy Ortiz, the eccentric Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, NYC queer rapper Cakes Da Killa, pop/folk punks Modern Baseball, Mass. art punks Guerilla Toss, Wham City Comedy, New Paltz's Breakfast In Fur, Rochester harpist Mikaela Davis and Brooklyn's Hungry March Band. The festival is technically only open to students, alumni, and their guests.

Full day-by-day lineup below...

Continue reading "SUNY Purchase Culture Shock 2014 lineup (Lil B, Flatbush Zombies, Kelela, Speedy Ortiz, Modern Baseball & more)"

Hudson Project

Upstate, NY has a new music festival debuting this year, the inaugural Hudson Project which goes down from July 11-13 at Winston Farm in Saugerties, NY with four stages set against the Catskill Mountains. The initial lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, Moby (DJ), Atmosphere, Flying Lotus, Bonobo (live), Holy Ghost, Twin Shadow, Cults, AraabMuzik, Gold Panda, Flatbush Zombies, !!!, Isaiah Rashad, Yacht, Jon Hopkins, Kelela, Majical Cloudz, SZA, The Range and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/4) at 11 AM.

In addition to the music, there will be "an art village showcasing interactive art exhibitions, regional arts and crafts and a selection of Hudson Valley-area gourmet food, wine, craft beer and specialty cocktail options will also offer local selections."

Full initial lineup below...

Continue reading "The Hudson Project music festival coming to the Catskills (lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, Flaming Lips & more)"

Pitchfork

The initial Pitchfork Festival lineup was announced last month, and now many new artists have been added, including St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Real Estate, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Cloud Nothings, Hudson Mohawke, Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy, Dum Dum Girls, Jon Hopkins, Majical Cloudz, Mutual Benefit, Speedy Ortiz, Kelela, the Field, SZA, DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, Hundred Waters, FKA Twigs, Isaiah Rashad, Empress Of and Twin Peaks.

They join previously announced artists Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Sun Kil Moon, Slowdive, Grimes, Giorgio Moroder and more. Tickets are still available.

Updated day-by-day lineup below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Festival lineup expanded (St Vincent, Danny Brown, Avey Tare, Cloud Nothings, Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy, more)"

NXNE

NXNE returns to various Toronto venues from June 13-22, and since we last spoke the lineup has expanded. It now includes Spoon, Sleigh Bells, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, A$AP Ferg, Metz, Ryan Hemsworth, Swans, Goat, Oneohtrix Point Never, Fuck Buttons, Low, Tim Hecker, Eagulls, Glasser, Kelela, Ratking, Perfect Pussy, Small Black, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, Swearin', Dan Croll, DJ Jonathan Toubin, Astro, Juan Wauters, Mutual Benefit, Guerilla Toss, Calvin Love, Alvvays, Hunters, Saint Rich and more Those join previously announcd artists like St. Vincent, Speedy Ortiz, Danny Brown, Courtney Barnett, Mac DeMarco and more. Badges and wristbands are still on sale.

by Andrew Sacher

Kelela at MHOW during CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kelela

R&B boundary pusher Kelela just followed her impressive debut album/mixtape CUT 4 ME with a new single, "The High." Like on her mixtape, she eschews typical R&B production in favor of working with producers of the IDM/bass/future garage/etc variety. This one, produced by Gifted & Blessed, is murky, downtempo and hardly melodic, and it serves as an excellent background for the atmospheric crooning Kelela does on the track. Listen to it below.

Kelela plays around NYC a lot, and she'll do so again, as she's just announced two US shows to follow her appearance at SXSW: one in LA and one in NYC happening on April 3 at Rough Trade with "special guests." Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Kelela releases new song "The High," playing shows (dates)"

Nrmal

Festival Nrmal is back again for 2014 and has expanded to now include an all day concert in Mexico City on March 1 in addition to the multi-day fest in Monterrey (March 5 - 9). (That's right before SXSW.) Tickets are on sale now.

The Mexico City concert features Blood Orange, Silver Apples, Destroyer, Anika, Wolf Eyes, Merchandise, Pional and more.

The Monterrey line-up, as it stands, has Death, Pional, Perfect Pussy, Blue Hawaii, Pure X, Kelela, and more -- with more to be announced.

All announced bands and flyers below...

Continue reading "Festival Nrmal returns in 2014, now happening in Monterrey and Mexico City (line-ups)"

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

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Pitchfork

Pitchfork just posted their Honorable Mention Albums of 2013, which they say is "not #51 through #70 in our albums poll, but rather, records we thought were exceptional this year and deserved to be highlighted regardless of where they wound up." It includes a number of albums that did get Best New Music throughout the year (like the Burial EP that got a 9.0 last week), a certain inescapable young New Zealand pop star (who just announced two Roseland Ballroom shows), some metal representation, a couple indie legends, and the raw noise punk demo of Perfect Pussy, who also made Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks.

Check out the full list in alphabetical order below...

Continue reading "Some Albums That Didn't Make Pitchfork's Top 50 of 2013"

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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by Andrew Sacher

FACT

I always look forward to FACT's year-end list, which you can count on to be chock full of (but not limited to) forward-thinking electronic music, pop, R&B and rap, and it's one of the lists where I'm usually guaranteed to find something new. They just put out their 50 Best Albums of 2013 list, and it has all of those things, from one of the biggest name pop stars of the year to some of the most obscure stuff. It's also got one of the least obvious #1s I've seen on lists this year.

Check out the whole thing below...

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by Bill Pearis

#1 LP of 2013 according to 'The Quietus'
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Online UK music mag The Quietus started five years ago and quickly became (I think) one of the best sources for music writing on the web, giving a home to many former NME, Select and Q writers who are still seeking new music but are not so interested in the flavor of the month. The Quietus are not staffed by contrarians, nor sheep. To wit: the site just published its Top 100 LPs list of 2013 and topping it is Glynnaestra, the third album from UK duo Grumbling Fur which came out via Thrill Jockey back in August. From The Quietus' write-up:

Grumbling Fur make me want to take drugs. And I don't mean drugs like a few puffs on a spliff before bedtime or on a lazy Saturday afternoon, or a cheeky dabble at a rave to keep the energy flowing - I mean proper, don't-eat-for-18-hours-beforehand, make-sure-you've-got-a-couple-of-good-people-around-you, psychically prepared voyaging, preferably on a warm and sunny but slightly overcast afternoon in a field somewhere in the West Country, or in a friend's house cluttered to the rafters with fascinating and peculiar objects.
The Quietus' Top 10 also includes some records you might have heard (David Bowie, Nick Cave, Foals, Factory Floor) but probably some others you haven't. And if you haven't heard Glynnaestra (I hadn't) you can stream it in full below.

You can check out The Quietus' entire Best LPs of 2013 list in this post, and they also made a Spotify playlist to accompany it. Their list, along with the Grumbling Fur album stream, is below..

Continue reading "UK online mag The Quietus list their Top 100 LPs of 2013"

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...

Continue reading "SPIN's top 50 albums of 2013"

Chance the Rapper at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
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The BBC Sound of 2014 Longlist is in and includes Banks, Chance the Rapper, FKA twigs, Jungle, Kelela, MNEK, Sam Smith, Sampha, Say Lou Lou (formerly Saint Lou Lou), Chloe Howl and more. You might think some of these artists (like Chance the Rapper) already had their breakout year, but the requirements to be nominated are:

The successful acts cannot already be well-known to the UK public, for example through featuring in the final stages of a TV talent show or having already been a member of a successful band.

They must also not have been the lead artist on a UK top 20 single or album before 4 November 2013 - but guest vocalists are eligible.

The winner will be announced on January 10. Last year's winner was Haim.

Full 2014 longlist, along with a BBC video with clips of all of them, below...

Continue reading "BBC longlists 'Sound of 2014' (Chance the Rapper, FKA twigs, Sam Smith, Sampha, Chloe Howl & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Jhene Aiko

LA R&B singer Jhene Aiko is planning to release her debut LP, Souled Out, next year, but ahead of that she's got an EP, titled Sail Out, which comes out this Tuesday (11/12). The EP features contributions from two of her old Black Hippy pals, Kendrick Lamar on the sprawling, downtempo "Stay Ready (What A Life") and Ab-Soul on the brooding "Wth." Odd Future/Black Hippy collaborator Vince Staples shows up on weed/love song "The Vapors," and Childish Gambino is on "Bed Peace." Early standout single "3:16 AM" is on here too, meshing well with the newer ones for seven tracks of blissful psychedelic R&B. Check out the brand new video for its track "The Worst," over at Noisey, and videos for "3:16 AM" and "Bed Peace," plus streams of the other five tracks, below.

The same day the EP comes out, Jhene appears on Saint Heron, the new compilation from Solange's Saint Records label. In addition to tracks from Jhene and Solange, it features other forward-thinking R&B artists like Cassie, Sampha, Kelela, Petite Noir, Jade De La Fleur, Starchild, BC Kingdom, India Shawn and Iman Omari. Kelela, BC Kingdom, and the just-released Cassie contributions can be streamed below.

Jhene was just in NYC joining Drake when his tour hit Barclays Center (10/28). A video of their collaboration at the Brooklyn arena is below. She appeared on Drake's new album, in addition to recent albums by Big Sean, J. Cole, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q.

Videos and streams below...

Continue reading "Jhene Aiko releasing EP w/ Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & more this week, featured on Solange's new comp (streams & videos)"

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