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

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

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

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

More pictures from day 1 below...

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

Outside Lands

Outside Lands Festival returns to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from August 8 - 10. This year's lineup was just announced and includes Kanye West, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Haim, Lykke Li, and more.

Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM PDT. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Outside Lands 2014 lineup: Kanye, Tom Petty, Arctic Monkeys, Flaming Lips, Disclosure, Spoon, Death Cab & more"

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Though the 2013 Sled Island Festival got flooded out, it returns to Calgary, AB this year from June 18 - 22. The full line-up will be announced on April 29, but artists appearing include St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt (who play NYC tonight), Rhye, Touche Amore, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, The Julie Ruin, Killer Mike, White Lung, and more. Festival passes are on sale now, with tickets to individual shows going on sale April 11.

Full initial line-up of Sled Island 2014 artists, and a teaser video, below...

Continue reading "Sled Island 2014 initial line-up: St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt, Touche Amore, Rhye & more"

Flume

Australian beatmaker Flume recently announced some dates surrounding appearances at Coachella and the South American Lollapaloozas, including a NYC show happening on April 14 at Highline Ballroom. That show quickly sold out, but Flume's since expanded his tour and added another big NYC show happening on July 18 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/21) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/19) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

Flume is also giving the deluxe edition of his 2012 self-titled debut a vinyl release on April 15. The deluxe edition features collaborations with Freddie Gibbs, Ghostface Killah, Autre Ne Veut, Killer Mike, Twin Shadow, How To Dress Well, Stalley, and more, and Flume's just made a video for "Space Cadet" which features Ghostface and Autre Ne Veut. The animated video was directed by Jay Howell (Bob's Burgers) and Jim Dirschberger, who works with Jay on the Nickelodeon cartoon Sanjay and Craig. You can watch that video, with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Flume expands tour, playing Terminal 5, made a video with Autre Ne Veut & Ghostface Killah (updated dates)"

Run the Jewels at Webster Hall in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Run the Jewels

El-P and Killer Mike are each about to wrap up another great year, having both been active on their own and as their collaborative duo Run the Jewels. RTJ appeared in NYC a few times, including their big headlining Webster Hall show and a slot at Fool's Gold Day Off, but before 2013 comes to a close, they'll do another headlining gig in NYC at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg on December 13 with White Mandingos (ft. Murs and a member of Bad Brains) and Phony PPL. It's a Converse Rubber Tracks Live show which means it's free but do you need to get tickets, which go on "sale" Wednesday (12/4) at noon. Their only other US date scheduled for this year at the moment is New Year's Eve in Raleigh, NC.

In related news, Stereogum points to an instagram from El-P with a picture of a handwritten note of what you should not ask Run the Jewels in interviews. El-P specifies, "Do Not Ask: How we met, What we think about the state of hip hop, How we feel about other artists," then ends it with "Thank You + Good Luck!"

In more related news, El-P and Killer Mike are promising a second Run the Jewels album for 2014. In the meantime, check out their video for "Banana Clipper" (feat. Big Boi) from their self titled 2013 LP, below...

Continue reading "Run the Jewels playing free Converse Rubber Tracks Live show in NYC & New Year's Eve in Raleigh, promising LP #2"

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

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

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

Killer Mike at Webster Hall in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Killer Mike

As discussed, Big Boi had to cancel his tour with Killer Mike, but since rescheduled it and is set to return to NYC on October 1 at Brooklyn Bowl. At the time, Killer Mike wasn't scheduled for that show, and he's since been in NYC when he and El-P (as Run the Jewels) played Webster Hall and Fool's Gold Day Off, but since we last spoke Killer Mike has officially been added to the Brooklyn Bowl show, along with Nyzzy Nyce. Tickets for that show are still available.

Big Boi recently made a video for his song "Thom Pettie" with Little Dragon (also touring) and Killer Mike. Check it out, along with the updated list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Big Boi on tour, Killer Mike opening all shows (updated dates)"

Danny Brown at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Danny Brown

Fool's Gold Records are returning with their free Labor Day (9/2) party, Fool's Gold Day Off again this year. Unlike past years, when it was held in the City Winery backyard, this year it's taking place at big outdoor Brooklyn venue, Williamsburg Park. The lineup includes Danny Brown (who also played last year), Run the Jewels (aka Killer Mike and El-P, who we just caught at Webster Hall), Migos, A$AP Ferg, World's Fair, Action Bronson collaborator Party Supplies, Duck Sauce, Unibros (special DJ set), Grandemarshall, Nick Catchdubs, #BEEN#TRILL, and "special guests." The party runs from 2 PM-10 PM, and though it's free, you do have to RSVP (entry is still first come, first served, though). Show flyer below.

Danny Brown, who just released a new track, can also be seen for free in NYC even sooner at Afro-Punk Festival (8/24-25). After Fool's Gold Day Off, he heads out on a tour with Action Bronson that ends in NJ for Rock the Bells this October.

A$AP Ferg is releasing his new album, Trap Lord, this week (8/20). The album features guest appearances from A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Bone Thugs N Harmony, and more, and it can be streamed in full at Ferg's website.

Other upcoming hip hop shows at Williamsburg Park include Kendrick Lamar (9/10) and 2 Chainz (9/15).

Fool's Gold Day Off flyer below...

Continue reading "Fool's Gold Day Off 2013 happening in Williamsburg Park (Danny Brown, Run the Jewels, A$AP Ferg, Migos & more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Run the Jewels
Run The Jewels, El-P, Killer Mike, Despot, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Kool AD @ Webster Hall - 8/15/2013

Killer Mike and El-P wrapped up their Run the Jewels tour in NYC earlier this week with a Webster Hall show (8/14) that also included sets from Kool AD, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and Despot. We already posted a set of pictures from that show, and we've got another set in this post.

You can also catch eXquire at Warm Up on Saturday (8/17), where he plays with King Britt, J. Cole, World's Fair, Danny Brown collaborator Darq E Freaker, and more (tickets).

More pictures below...

Continue reading "more pics from Killer Mike & El-P's Run the Jewels show at Webster Hall with Kool AD, eXquire & Despot"

photos by Vladislav Grach

El-P & Killer Mike / Despot aerobics @ Webster Hall, 8/14/2013
Run the Jewels - Webster Hall, NYC - August 14th, 2013
Despot - Webster Hall, NYC - August 14th, 2013

Performing their free album in just about its entirety, taking one break in the middle to perform 2012's "Tougher Colder Killer" with Despot, it stands a strong argument for how great the album's sequencing is--it translated perfectly to a live setting. While after five weeks there were a few signs of wear-and-tear in the sound of Mike and El's voices by the end of the night, this fatigue at no point showed in their energy and effort on-stage. Their set also had the added bonus of surprise guests in the form of Company Flow DJ Mr. Len contributing cuts to "Get It" and Prince Paul reprising his Chest Rockwell character for "Twin Hype Back."

El-P's been performing in New York for about two decades now. He loves this city, and by now knows exactly how to get it to love him back. He's also known how to evolve his own live set over the years and assemble a line-up that, despite the complexities of the music itself, performs at such a high rate that it's perhaps even more accessible than its recorded output. As a result, Webster Hall collectively lost itself while being whipped into an absolute frenzy. In nine years of attending New York hip-hop shows on a regular basis, crowds like last night's are rare. But perhaps, that's because so are the performers. - [Village Voice]

Run the Jewels (aka Killer Mike & El-P) wrapped up their tour last night (8/14) at Webster Hall. It was a packed house, even for the openers, and in addition to performing their free Run the Jewels album (which featured an appearance by Prince Paul as "Chest Rockwell," El-P and Killer Mike both performed solo sets. The night also featured Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Despot (who brought out the whole tour posse for aerobics), and former Das Racist MC, Kool A.D. Pictures from the whole hip hop show are in this post.

Run the Jewels, who we also recently caught at Pitchfork Fest, have their own flavor of Goose Island beer. I don't think that particular flavor was available at the show last night, but free Goose Island was flowing in the balcony where BrooklynVegan was co-hosting a party with DoNYC, El-P and Mike in honor of the collaboration. Related note: today was kind of rough.

If you missed the Webster Hall show (or can't remember it), Mr. MFN eXquire will be at Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (8/17) with King Britt, J. Cole, Bangladesh, Darq E Freaker, World's Fair, Star Eyes and JubileeTickets for Warm Up are still available.

In related news, an interviewer asked El-P and Killer Mike what they thought of the infamous new Kendrick Lamar verse, and naturally their response was great. Watch/listen to what they said with the rest of the Webster Hall pictures below...

Continue reading "Killer Mike & El-P brought Run the Jewels & friends to Webster Hall (pics), commented on Kendrick's "Control" verse (video)"

Killer Mike at Pitchfork Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Killer Mike

As discussed, Killer Mike and collaborator El-P have teamed up as the duo Run the Jewels, the name under which they released a free album back in June. That duo are also on a tour this year that hits NYC on Wednesday (8/14) at Webster Hall with Despot and Kool AD. Since we last spoke, Brooklyn rapper Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire (who has opened for them before) has been added to the show as well. Tickets for the Webster Hall show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. You can enter our contest on Facebook for a chance to win.

Exquire also plays NYC even sooner when he plays Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on August 17 with King Britt, J. Cole, Bangladesh, Darq E Freaker, World's Fair, Star Eyes, and Jubilee. Tickets for Warm Up are still available.

Updated dates are listed, along with a download widget for the Run the Jewels album, below...

Continue reading "Mr. MFN eXquire added to El-P/Killer Mike show (win tix!)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Lil B / Foxygen / Yo La Tengo
Pitchfork Festival - Day 3 - 7/21/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 3 - 7/21/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 3 - 7/21/2013

After entering with a robed choir behind him, R. Kelly starts stringing together his hits, medley style. A verse, a chorus, and then on to the next. Songs about "getting freaky in the club," the kitchen, the car, wherever. Kelly was the subject of a years-long investigation over child-pornography charges, but was eventually acquitted in 2008. None of that appears to matter to anyone left in the park tonight, as one of the largest crowds in Pitchfork history flocks to check out the dominant R&B performer of the last two decades. The Union Park crowd reaction isn't quite as over-the-top as that of his typical audience, but the dancing continues to escalate until the set peaks with "When a Woman's Fed Up" and the stepping songs "Happy People" and "Step in the Name of Love," accompanied by white balloons. Kelly saves "I Believe I Can Fly" for the encore, and this time white-dove balloons fill the sky. [Chicago Tribune]
Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 wrapped up on Sunday (7/21) with its most hip hop heavy day, including sets from rappers El-P, Killer Mike, Lil B, and Tree, plus rap producers TNGHT and Evian Christ (who both happen to be Kanye collaborators). And not exactly rap, but in that real there were also sets from MIA and obscure up-and-comer R. Kelly. It wasn't all hip hop though. Sunday also gave us sets from Foxygen (whose singer, Sam France, continued his streak of climbing at festivals), Yo La Tengo, Waxahatchee, Autre Ne Veut, Glass Candy, and more. Pictures of the final day of the festival are in this post.

If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage of Pitchfork festival, day 1 pictures and review are HERE, and more pictures are HERE and HERE. Day 2 pictures and review are HERE and more pictures are HERE. Day 3 pictures continue below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest 2013 day 3 pics: R. Kelly, El-P, Killer Mike, MIA, Foxygen, Evian Christ, Yo La Tengo, Waxahatchee & more"

Killer Mike at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Killer Mike

Killer Mike and El-P teamed up as Run the Jewels this year and announced that they would release a free album under that name this June. The album is out now (and features guest spots from Big Boi, Until the Ribbon Breaks, and Prince Paul) and can be downloaded in exchange for your email address below. You can also purchase the physical version and a number of deluxe formats at the Fool's Gold site.

Run The Jewels are supporting the new album with a tour that hits NYC on August 14 at Webster Hall for a show with Despot and Kool AD. Tickets for that show are still available.

Big Boi also just rescheduled tour dates that he had to cancel due to injury. The new dates include a NYC happening on October 1 at Brooklyn Bowl with "special guests." Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (6/27) at 10 AM.

Download the Run the Jewels album below...

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Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Pitchfork

As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.

3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Pitchfork Festival announces full 2013 schedule"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Japandroids / Father John Misty
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 1
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 1

Despite a few mishaps, Bonnaroo successfully kicked off in Tennessee yesterday (6/13) with sets from Japandroids, Father John Misty, Alt-J, Killer Mike, Django Django, Haim, The Vaccines, and more. Pictures of those bands are in this post.

DIIV would've played yesterday too, but they had to reschedule for today. If you're not at the festival, the live stream begins today too.

Django Django play a free Central Park SummerStage show on Saturday (6/15) with headliners The Zombies, as well as Adam Green & Binky Shapiro. DD will also play the Surf Lodge in Montauk on Sunday (6/16) which is also free.

UPDATE: Pictures of day 2 are HERE

Stay tuned for more coverage. More pictures of day 1 below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2013 day 1 in pics: Japandroids, Father John Misty, Alt-J, Killer Mike, Django Django & more"

Big Boi

As mentioned, Big Boi was on a tour with Killer Mike this year which already hit NYC and was going to bring Big Boi back for a free Prospect Park show (without Killer Mike) in June. But unfortunately, that Prospect Park show and the rest of the Killer Mike tour have been cancelled due to Big Boi's knee injury which will take 6 weeks to heal. Killer Mike tweeted that the shows will be moved to September. Big Boi also instagrammed the above picture with the hashtag #backoutcheain6weeks. Updated Big Boi dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, as mentioned, Killer Mike and El-P have a free album on the way under the name Run the Jewels, and that project will also be going on a tour which hits NYC on August 14 at Webster Hall. Support at that show comes from Despot and Kool A.D.. Tickets for it are still available.

This unfortunate news about Big Boi comes just after learning his OutKast partner Andre 3000's mother passed away this week.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Big Boi cancels shows due to injury (Prospect Park included)"

by Bill Pearis

when-saints

Danish quartet When the Saints Go Machine have been around since the mid-'00s, making eerie, soulful dance music, distinguished in no small part by Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild's vocals which lie somewhere between Arthur Russell and Antony. The group's third album, Infinity Pool, is out next week (5/28) via !K7. You can watch videos for "Iodine" and first single "Love and Respect" (featuring Killer Mike), as well as stream a couple remixes of the latter, below. The whole album is streaming over at Pitchfork.

When Saints Go Machine are doing the European Summer Festival circuit (including Aarhus, DE's Northside Festival that weirdly happens the same weekend as Brooklyn's Northside festival). Then, the band will jet our way next month for their first-ever U.S. show which happens in NYC at Glasslands on June 24. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's their only announced North American show.

UPDATE: They also play Pianos the next day (6/25). Tickets are on sale now.

All WSGM dates are listed, along with those videos and stream, below.

Continue reading "Denmark's When Saints Go Machine releasing 'Infinity Pool,' making US live debut next month in NYC (dates, streams)"

Squarepusher

Squarepusher is coming to the NYC-area for Camp Bisco, which goes down this year from July 11 to 13 at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, NY with Passion Pit, Animal Collective, Toro y Moi, El-P & Killer Mike, Baauer, Ryan Hemsworth, Dan Deacon, Danny Brown, and more. Right before that though, Squarepusher will play his own show in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on July 9. It's a much more intimate show than his 2012 show at Terminal 5, and tickets for it go on sale Friday (5/3) at 10 AM with a LPR member presale starting Thursday (5/2) at 10 AM.

Tickets for Camp Bisco are still available. Updated lineup, a list of upcoming Squarepusher (mostly festival) dates, and the video for "Dark Steering" from his 2012 LP, Ufabulum, below...

Continue reading "Squarepusher playing Le Poisson Rouge before Camp Bisco (dates & updated lineup)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Run the Jewels - "Get It" (MP3)

El-P in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
El-P

As mentioned, Killer Mike and El-P, who previously teamed up with El-P produced Killer Mike's 2012 album R.A.P. Music and when Mike rapped a verse on El-P's Cancer for Cure, are teaming up again this year under the name Run the Jewels. The duo will release a "free album and limited edition items" this June via Fool's Gold. The first song from the album, "Get It," should appeal to anyone who liked "Butane (Champions Anthem)" or "Tougher Colder Killer", and the way they're quickly trading verses here sounds like they're having even more fun than before. You can download that one above or stream it below.

Killer Mike is currently on tour with Big Boi (and he just brought out El-P at their Brooklyn Bowl show), but when that tour ends, Run the Jewels will go on their own tour. Support on that tour comes from El-P and Killer Mike's past tourmate Despot and ex-Das Racist member Kool AD. It culminates in NYC with a show on August 14 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but you can check ticketmaster for updates.

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

Continue reading "El-P & Killer Mike's Run the Jewels project releasing free album, touring with Despot & Kool AD (dates & MP3)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Big Boi & Killer Mike - "In the A" (Shoes For Running Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Big Boi & Killer Mike - Shoes For Running Mixtape (ZIP)

Big Boi at Brooklyn Bowl - 4/24/13 (via @therealbigboi)
Big Boi

"That's what we call the appetizer portion of the set. We just gettin' started," said Big Boi at Brooklyn Bowl last night (4/24) after playing huge OutKast hits like "Rosa Parks," "ATLiens," his own big one, "Shutterbug," and a ton of others. It's the kind of material a different artist might have saved for the encore, but Big Boi doesn't waste any time getting the party started. He kept the whole show on that level for the entirety of the (approximately) hour and a half set, and with 20 years of quality material, Big Boi can do that kind of thing. The place was totally packed with people cheering, singing, and dancing all night. And the crowd's spirits were as high as everyone's on stage, Big Boi's excellent live band included. They played a ton of other OutKast favorites throughout the set too, including "Bombs Over Bagdad," "Ms. Jackson," "So Fresh So Clean," standouts from his 2010 solo LP ("General Patton, "Fo Yo Sorrows"), standouts from his 2012 LP ("Apple of My Eye," "Lines"), and of course, the sort-of solo cut, "The Way You Move."

Big Boi brought out tourmate/frequent collaborator/fellow Dungeon Family member Killer Mike a few times during the set, including during the song that put Killer Mike in the public consciousness, "The Whole World." (A video of that one is below.) He didn't, however, come out during "In The A," which the two rappers just released a remix of as part of their tour mixtape, which features every track where both Big Boi and Killer Mike appear (download above, stream below). On that mixtape, Killer Mike says he and Big Boi have an album in the works.

Killer Mike's opening set was short but all-killer, kicking off with "Big Beast," the riotous opening track off last year's R.A.P. Music. It quickly got the crowd going... but not enough for Killer Mike's standards, because it wasn't until he encouraged everyone to move in and go wild that the place really set off. And whipping out his Bone Crusher/T.I. collab, "Never Scared," didn't hurt either. Mike's set included other highlights from R.A.P. Music too, like the highly political "Reagan," which he performs a cappella. And though he usually prefaces it with a speech about the government, his mic got cut off right when he started (conspiracy theories abound!). He also brought out El-P, who produced all of R.A.P. Music, to rap his verse on "Butane (Champions Anthem)." Killer Mike and El-P are currently working on a new collaborative project called Run the Jewels (Big Boi's reportedly involved too). You can stream a snippet of a new song from that below.

All song streams, video, and another instagram picture of last night's show, below...

Continue reading "Big Boi & Killer Mike (joined by El-P) played Brooklyn Bowl, released a free tour mixtape (video, streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

Pictureplane at BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Pictureplane

As mentioned, Pictureplane is going on a US tour this spring with Crystal Castles, but first will be in New Haven, CT at Toad's Place tonight (4/12) for a show with Mykki Blanco, Beat Culture and Oberhofer (who has upcoming NYC shows).

After returning home from that tour, he'll play show at Santos Party House on May 16 with another rapper, Antwon, whose album End of Earth features some production by Pictureplane. Tickets for what should be a pretty great show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.

Pictureplane also just released a new track, "Pure War." In his words, "the song is really about waging a war. a pure war against the war that is waged on us everyday.
reclaiming yourself." It's one of the heaviest tracks Pictureplane has ever done, with dark, booming synths that will translate really well on the dancefloor. And while tracks like "Real Is A Feeling" have already proved Pictureplane as a strong vocalist, there's a newfound conviction in his vocals in this song that arguably tops anything he's done to date.

The track will apear on the video game soundtrack for Injustice: Gods Among Us, along with tracks from Killer Mike (listen below), Minus the Bear (listen below), Depeche Mode, The Faint, and others.

All Pictureplane dates are listed, along with all song streams below...

Continue reading "listen to Pictureplane's new song "Pure War," see him with Antwon after Crystal Castles tour (and in New Haven tonight)"

Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Pitchfork Festival

The final Pitchfork Festival lineup has now been announced, and in addition to previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, and Swans, it now includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.

Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.

In other Chicago music festival news, Lollapalooza early bird passes went on sale today, sold out, and then regular 3-day passes went on sale and sold out. Single day tickets go on sale April 9.

Full Pitchfork Festival lineup and schedule below...

Continue reading "M.I.A., Solange, Wire, Savages, Phosphorescent, Julia Holter, Waxahatchee, KEN Mode & more added to Pitchfork Festival"

by Andrew Sacher

The Eulogy

Earlier this year, rapper Cakes Da Killa put out his full length debut, The Eulogy, which you can stream below and download for free at the Mishka bandcamp. He hails from the same NYC queer rap scene as Mykki Blanco and Le1f (who had their breakout moments last year), and while it's not necessarily fair or accurate to blindly group those rappers together, they do have musical similarities and as Cakes says in an interview with Pitchfork, "We're all cunty, we're all gay, and we're all really out" (referring to Le1f and Antonio of House of Ladosha, though he does say he's a big Mykki Blanco fan too).

(check out pics from LE1f's recent Knitting Factory show)

Like Mykki, Cakes' got don't-give-a-fuck bragging and relentless flow and waits only two lines on The Eulogy to show that off when he spits "Niggas pay my loans just to finger fuck my asshole." Lines like that (which appear all over the album) have earned Cakes descriptions like "pottymouthed," but is it really more pottymouthed than what a ton of heterosexual rappers talk about? Either way, Cakes does what any good rapper should do best. He talks about what he knows, he doesn't censor himself, he's funny, angry, and confident, and so far that all resulted in a hell of a record.

(check out pics from Mykki Blanco's recent BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase)

Cakes plays a previously discussed NYC show this Wednesday (3/27) at NYU's E&L Auditorium with a great lineup of Killer Mike and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire. Tickets are $2 for NYU students and $4 for the general public at the NYU box office, and they go on sale today (3/26) at noon.

Stream The Eulogy below...

Continue reading "get Cakes Da Killa's free mixtape & tix for his NYU show w/ Killer Mike & Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire"

Pusha T
Pusha T

Fabolous plans to release his first album since 2009, Loso's Way 2: Rise to Power, at some point this year, and he's got a NYC show coming up on April 26 at BB King's with Pusha T. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/22) at noon. Towards the end of last year, Fabolous and Pusha T collaborated on the track "Life Is So Exciting," which you can watch the video for below. Pusha also recently dropped a free mixtape, Wrath of Caine.

That Fabolous/Pusha T track is from Fabolous' 2012 mixtape, which also featured fellow NYC/NJ area rapper Joe Budden, and Budden has an upcoming show too. He plays with a live band on April 30 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show (including a VIP meet & greet) are on sale now.

Another long-running NYC-area rapper, Styles P, is playing a show on April 15 at BB King's with special guests. That show is a record release party for his new album, Float, which was produced entirely by Scram Jones and is due out April 20.

Much weirder NYC rapper Beans (who is no longer in Anti-Pop Consortium) plays The Bowery Electric on April 18 with Bryant K., Uumans, and Mike Pride's from Bacteria to Boys. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A huge '90s Hip Hop Revival' show is going down on Friday (3/22) at Public Assembly with a number of classic NYC groups and rappers like The Beatnuts, Jeru the Damaja, Rah Digga, Nature, King Just, Lord Digga, and many more. Full lineup and more info HERE.

Let's shift our focus to the West Coast for a bit to mention that Too $hort is playing NYC on May 2 at Stage 48 with Greedy, Reggie Mills, and We Are NJ. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Andre Nickatina is playing Santos Party House on May 22 with Roach Gigz and Mumbls. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Curren$y at SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Curren$y

Now onto Southern rappers. Curren$y plays NYC on May 10 at BB King's. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Curren$y recently released the free mixtape, New Jet City.

Florida rapper SpaceGhostPurrp and the Raider Klan play Santos Party House on Monday (3/25). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Killer Mike plays previously discussed shows at Public Assembly on Wednesday (3/20) (you can only get into that one through Scion A/V's contest), NYU on March 27 with Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Cakes da Killa, and has an upcoming tour with Big Boi which hits NYC on Brooklyn Bowl on April 24 (general admission sold out, but $100 VIP tickets still available) and June 20 at Prospect Park. He was on Letterman last night (3/18) with El-P and Scar to perform "Untitled" from his 2012 LP, R.A.P. Music. Check out a video of that performance below.

And lastly, Hot 97 Summer Jam is returning to MetLife Stadium on June 2. Lineup is TBA but tickets are on presale now (password: "ACCESS") and general on-sale starts April 12 at 10 AM.

Videos below...

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Killer Mike in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Killer Mike

As mentioned, Killer Mike will be in NYC next week (3/20) playing a Scion party at Public Assembly. (He's currently in Austin for you-know-what.) You can still win tickets to that show (the only way to get in) via contests on Twitter and Instagram -- deadline for entry is Friday (3/15).

This will not, however, be you only shot at seeing the Atlanta rapper in the near future. Killer Mike will play NYU's E&L Auditorium on March 27 with Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Cakes da Killa. The show is $2 for NYU students and $4 for non-NYU. Tickets are not on sale yet but should be very soon at the NYU ticket central box office. Flyer for the show is below.

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