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Joey Bada$$ w/ The Soul Rebels @ Voodoo Fest
Voodoo Fest 2015

Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ kicked off his tour in NYC back in September, and now he's about to hit Red Bull Sound Select's 30 Days in LA, Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest, and then Europe with fellow Pro Era members CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, and Nyck Caution.

He doesn't have another NYC date scheduled, but he tacked on nearby NJ and Long Island dates with those same Pro Era openers for after the European run. Those shows happen at Starland Ballroom on December 17 and The Paramount on December 18. Tickets for NJ and LI are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below.

Joey also just did another of his collaborative sets with The Soul Rebels at Voodoo Fest (before the fest was cancelled due to flooding) and pictures of his set are in this post.

His tourmate Kirk Knight just dropped his new album Late Knight Special last week (10/30). Listen to "Brokeland" and "Knight Time" from that album, with more pictures and the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ adds Long Island & NJ dates to tour with Kirk Knight, whose new album is out now (stream 2 tracks)"

photo: Vince Staples @ BV-RBSS @ The Shop (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Vince Staples

photo: The Cribs @ Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
The Cribs

A$AP Rocky, Tyler, The Creator, Danny Brown, Vince Staples @ Theatre at Madison Square Garden
If you're a rap fan, there probably isn't a better place to b in NYC tonight. The increasingly psychedelic A$AP Rocky and Odd Future leader Tyler the Creator co-headline. Before them it's the wacked-out Danny Brown and Long Beach's Vince Staples, who made one of the very best rap albums of this year.

Alcest, Emma Ruth Rundle @ Highline Ballroom
Before the whole "blackgaze" thing really started taking off over here, French band Alcest nailed it perfectly on their first few records. These days, they're more like actual shoegaze, with clean vocals at the forefront. The excellent singer/songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle (of Marriages) makes this a great double bill.

Truly, Ohnomoon @ Mercury Lounge
Featuring original Soundgarden bassist Hiro Yamamoto and ex-Screaming Trees drummer Mark Pickerel, '90s Seattle band Truly was primarily driven by singer/guitarist Robert Roth and together they crafted heavy psych that was tied to grunge but pretty unlike anything else going on at the time. They're touring to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Fast Stories...From Kid Coma.

Stars of the Lid @ St. Agnes Church
Ambient duo Stars of the Lid's shows are pretty rare these days, but they have just two scheduled this month. One is in LA, and the other is right here in NYC tonight. They say new music is on the way, so maybe we'll get a taste of that tonight.

Thurston Moore (book event) @ Rough Trade
The former Sonic Youth frontman will be reading from and talking about his new book of poetry/lyrics, Stereo Sanctity. It's a free event but if you want something signed you need to purchase the book. 7 PM.

Wet Nurse, Big Eyes, Thin Lips, Fleabite @ Silent Barn
It's a pretty great bill all around for melodic indie punk, and especially of note: Wet Nurse are coming up from Florida for this one.

Kirk Knight, Krept & Konan, Chelsea Reject @ SOB's
UK grime duo Krept & Konan make their way to NYC for this 'Hot 97 Who's Next' show which also includes two rising local rappers, Pro Era's Kirk Knight and Chelsea Reject.

Seth Faergolzia (of Dufus), Toby Goodshank, Kung Fu Crime Wave, The Johns @ Palisades
Local anti-folk band Dufus is no more, but frontman Seth Faergolzia still makes music and tonight he plays a solo show.

Jose James (Billie Holiday tribute) @ Blue Note
Billie Holiday would have turned 100 this year. In addition to being an inspiration for the new Lana Del Rey album and the first artist to "play" The Apollo's upcoming hologram concert series, neo-soul Jose James will perform her music at a series of shows at the Blue Note this week. 8 and 10:30 PM sets every night through Sunday.

Air Waves, Mega Bog, Long Beard, Delicate Steve (DJ Sets) @ Baby's All Right
It's been a while (five years) but Air Waves are back with their second album, Parting Glances. Nicole Schneit, who is Air Waves for all intents and purposes, made the album with Woods' Jarvis Taveniere and it features guest appearances from Lower Dens' Jana Hunter, and others. Tonight's the record release show.

Albert Hammond Jr., Prinze George @ Bowery Ballroom
Albert Hammond Jr's new solo album, Momentary Masters, has an almost Foals-like math-iness to some of it, and while still very hooky, it's definitely different territory for the Strokes guitarist.

Party Supplies, Jounce, Valley Lodge @ Brooklyn Bowl
This is an an all-over-the-place lineup -- MPC beatmaker Party Supplies, Dave Hill's rock band Valley Lodge, Jounce which features Danny Tamberelli of The Adventures of Pete & Pete -- but all three bands are fun. Also: the show is free if you show up by 7 PM. seven bucks after.

Ride, The Besnard Lakes @ Irving Plaza
Revived shoegazers Ride return for second visit to NYC and the first of two shows at Irving Plaza. Opening are Montreal's Besnard Lakes making for a great double bill).

The Cribs, Farao @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Having just played Pop Montreal over the weekend, Wakefield, England's finest all-brother trio. With shout-a-long choruses and zero pretense, The Cribs are always fun live.

Cake Shop Comedy @ Cake Shop
If you miss Big Terrific and Hannibal Buress' Sunday night show at Knit, and are looking for a new free, weekly comedy show that happens in a rock club and sometimes has big name talent stop by unexpectedly, "Cake Shop Comedy" might do the trick. (Aziz Ansari  and Louis CK have both stopped by in recent weeks.) 8 PM.

Of Monsters and Men, Oh Land @ Beacon Theatre
Iceland's masters of sweeping "whoa-oh" style folk pop play their first of three Beacon shows tonight.

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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The Underachievers in Central Park - 7/7/15
Steez Day 2015
Steez Day 2015

The Underachievers helped Joey Bada$$ celebrate Steez Day yesterday (7/7) with a show in Central Park and an afterparty at Highline Ballroom. Pictures from their set at the Central Park show are in this post, and pictures of the other acts on that bill are coming soon.

The duo have now announced that their sophomore album, Evermore - The Art of Duality, will come out this fall via RPM MSC and that first single "Take Your Place" is due out Friday (7/10). They also announced a headlining fall tour with support from Pouya & The Buffet Boys, Kirk Knight and Bodega Bamz.

The tour includes a show in their hometown of NYC on October 24 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon.

All dates are listed, with the tour flyer and more pictures from Central Park, below...

Continue reading "The Underachievers played Central Park, announce new LP & tour w/ Buffet Boys, Kirk Knight & Bodega Bamz (pics, dates)"

Duck Down

One of the hip hop shows happening during the 2015 SummerStage season this year is the annual Duck Down BBQ, which takes place June 11 in Betsy Head Park. Like last year, BrooklynVegan is proudly one of the sponsors.

This year's lineup includes Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Sean Price & Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Kirk Knight & CJ Fly of Pro Era, Chelsea Reject, Raz Fresco, Young M.A, DJs Statik Selektah and Mr. Green, and host Peter Rosenberg. It's totally FREE, as is food and gear, and the show goes down from 6-9 PM.

Speaking of SummerStage hip hop shows, tonight (6/2) they ahve Scarface in Red Hook Park.

by Sean O'Connell


During a week where it seems anyone with a guitar is playing a show, the 7th annual CMJ Takeover brought hip hop heads from across the region to bask in a late-night showcase at Highline Ballroom on Thursday (10/23) featuring a different genre's hottest up-and-comers. In true hip hop fashion, the already late show (billed as 11pm) had trouble getting people into the venue, and festivities only began around 12. An otherwise jovial crowd struggled with the Sandman, and after standing in line upwards of three hours to get into the free show, they were hard to rouse. Still, the host Low Key didn't miss a beat during interludes, handing out anything - including weed and half-drunk beer - to get the crowd involved. The usual roll call of boroughs occurred multiple times throughout the night, and Bobby Shmurda viral hits spun between sets were shown more love by the young crowd than Biggie classics.

As for performances, the majority of the crowd was there to see 19-year-old Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew, but that didn't stop the other performers from winning the crowd over. Raz Fresco, another youngblood from Toronto, brought his '90s revival style to the stage, quick-fire rapping over a medley of beats with a lyrical prowess that the crowd certainly appreciated. Sporting an oversized jacket and accompanied by slapping boom bap instrumentals, Raz fit in nicely with the Beast Coast caliber artists that value pure lyricism as he showcased some tracks from his upcoming debut "Pablo Frescobar".

An underwhelming set by Chicago drill rapper SD proved that trap anthems do not translate well to live settings when the crowd doesn't know the lyrics. At one point the ex-GBE rapper even said "I guess New York don't fuck with Chiraq" due to the lackluster response of the already tired crowd. The bass was overpowering on an otherwise crystal clear sound system and the lyrically sparse songs seemed to drag on. The set felt out of place in a lineup of lyrical rappers.

Following was Cozz who was just signed to J Cole's Dreamville label back in May. With his debut Cozz and Effect freshly released, Cozz brought the high energy of a hungry rookie for a short set that was the most refreshing of the night. Even after experiencing technical difficulties with his DJ and slipping up on some lyrics, Cozz remained upbeat, getting the crowd to chant along to "Knock the Hustle", the song that J Cole discovered and later remixed.

Smoke DZA, the self-proclamed "Kushed God" piggybacked Cozz's set with his crowd-friendly smoker anthems that filled the room with smoke within minutes. The towering rapper came out blunt-in-hand and wasted no time tearing through ethereal beats, going off on meandering a capella verses, and saying his catchphrase "Riiiiiiight" about 100 times. It was a communion by shared weed as he threw a lit blunt into the crowd and proclaimed "It's 2 am and I'm high as fuck". Songs of note were his remixes of Schoolboy Q's hit "Hands on the Wheel" and "Hearses", his collab with TDE's Ab-Soul.

It was 3am by the time DJ Statik Selektah took over, immediately putting on the instrumental to Joey Bada$$' "95 til Infinity". Joey and his Pro Era conglomerate had a polished set, with up-and-comers Nyck Caution and CJ Fly each getting their own segment of the show and the burgeoning producer of the crew Kirk Knight joined in for his hard-hitting track "Extortion" with Dyemond Lewis. Nyck Caution hit the crowd with a new track, and overall had the strongest stage presence of the Era. The highlights of the set were Joey's singles from his highly anticipated debut B4.DA.$$. Kirk Knight's gritty production on "Big Dusty" sounded great over the PA, and Joey's Method Man-esque rapping on "Christ Conscious" was theatrical and had the crowd bouncing still at 4am.

Notably absent from the lineup was Vince Staples, who was on the bill and is currently on tour with Joey Bada$$. The B4.DA.$$ tour with Vince Staples, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution comes to NYC's Irving Plaza on November 8 and 11. Tickets for those shows are still available.

A few more pictures from the show below...

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Smoke DZA, Cozz and more played Highline Ballroom during CMJ (review)"

Vince Staples

Vince Staples was initially supposed to release his Def Jam debut, the Hell Can Wait EP, back in September but it was pushed back and will now come out next week (10/7). Since we last spoke, Vince also revealed the artwork which you can see above. The EP will have production from No I.D., Infamous and Hagler, and despite previous associations with big names like Odd Future and Black Hippy, the only guests appearing will be Aston Matthews and Teyana Taylor. "I'm not for the features for the sake of features. I want it to really fit and align well with the project," Vince told XXL. If you haven't heard them yet, stream "Hands Up" and "Blue Suede" from the EP, below.

Vince has been added as an opener to several dates on the previously announced Joey Bada$$ tour, including the NYC shows happening on November 8 & 11 at Irving Plaza. Joey's fellow Pro Era members CJ Fly, Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution will be there too. Tickets for the Irving shows are still available.

Joey also recently put out the video for "Christ Conscious," the second single off his upcoming album B4.DA.$$, which still has no release date. All tour dates are listed, with that video and the Vince Staples streams, below...

Continue reading "Vince Staples reveals more 'Hell Can Wait' details, opening on tour for Joey Bada$$ (who has a new video)"

by Andrew Sacher

World's Fair
World's Fair

As always, there's tons of hip hop shows coming up in NYC and tours passing through here. Here's a roundup of a few of the great ones happening this month...

The next Converse Rubber Tracks Live show happens at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 9 with rapper IAMSU! and rap group Phony PPL. Like all Rubber Tracks shows, the show is FREE but you do need tickets which go on "sale" today (6/4) at noon.

Queens rap crew World's Fair are teaming up with Atlanta rap crew Two-9 for a tour which kicks off in Philly this Sunday (6/8) and hits NYC on June 10 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. World's Fair also just put out a new jam, "Uh Huh," which features Cody B. Ware and Prince Samo, and was produced by Jansport J. Check that out, with the list of dates and tour flyer, below.

50 Cent, who just put out his fifth studio album Animal Ambition this week (6/3), will celebrate that album with a record release show in NYC on June 8 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Just don't ask him to throw any baseballs, and leave your chains at home.

NYC rapper Ka, still going strong of 2013's The Night's Gambit, will play a Noisey-presented hometown show during the Northside Festival on June 13 at Europa. Tickets for that show are on sale now, or you can try to get in using your Northside badge.

CyHi The Prynce recently put out the Hystori: Black History Project mixtape (exectuve produced by Kanye West), and he makes his way to NYC for a show on June 16 at SOB's. Tickets are on sale.


Golden era-inspired NYC rapper Meyhem Lauren teamed up with actual golden era producer Buckwild for a collaborative album, Silk Pyramids, which came out last week (5/27). The album features Action Bronson, Heems, Troy Ave and more, and as you may imagine it sounds straight out of the '90s. Stream the whole thing below and catch Meyhem Lauren & Buckwild celebrating it live in NYC on Saturday (6/7) at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now.

LA duo People Under the Stairs are touring the US which includes a return to NYC on June 11 at LPR and June 12 at Littlefield with local great Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, plus Fresh Daily and DJ Thanksgiving Brown. Tickets for Littlefield and tickets for LPR are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Oddisee plays Glasslands on June 26 with a live band and support from louis logic and E.M.S.. Tickets are on sale now.


Black Moon/Boot Camp Clik member Buckshot teams up with Pro Era member Kirk Knight and production great Statik Selektah for a show on June 26 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall (tickets). That show's the record release for Buckshot & P-Money's new album, BackPack Travels, which comes out two days earlier (6/24) via Duck Down. The album's single "Flute," features two other Pro Era members, Joey Bada$$ and CJ Fly, whose '90s-inspired styles fit right in with Buckshot's classic rhymes. Watch the video for that below.

Both Boot Camp Clik and Pro Era also play free Summerstage shows this month. Pro Era play Red Hook Park on Thursday (6/5) and Boot Camp Clik play Betsy Head Park on June 10.

Other upcoming hip hop shows in NYC include Jay Z / Beyonce (two nights), Deltron 3030, Snoop Dogg, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Kevin Gates, Rakim / Slick Rick, De La Soul, Talib Kweli, and more.

Of course there's plenty of others coming up too. What did we miss? All mentioned streams, videos and lists of dates, below...

Continue reading "hip hop roundup: World's Fair, Meyhem Lauren & Buckwild, Buckshot, Pro Era, 50 Cent, Ka, Iamsu, Mr MFN Exquire, more"

Joey Bada$$ in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Joey Bada$$

Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ doesn't have a full tour scheduled at the moment, but he was just announced for Montreal's Osheaga Festival, the UK's Reading and Leeds festivals, and he also announced a Smokers Club-presented hometown show happening on -- wait for it... 4/20 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Opening the show is young Chicago rapper Lil Bibby who Vibe says will rule 2014, Joey's fellow Pro Era members CJ Fly, Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution, plus Black Dave, Mick Jenkins, Kris Kasanova and Shakespeare. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/14) at noon.

Joey also plays Disclosure's 'Wild Life' show in Chicago this June. A couple of videos and the MHOW show flyer are below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Jacques Renault
Jacques Renault

Pitchfork posted a story yesterday on The New Electronic Brooklyn Underground, where they highlighted the thriving dance parties, labels, and producers that have been coming up in Brooklyn for a few years now and have been experiencing even greater success lately. Some of what they highlighted, like record label UNO and especially their artist Mykki Blanco, have been working their way up so much, they may not even be able to be considered "underground" anymore.

Mykki Blanco is also part of NYC's rising underground rap scene, and along with Angel Haze, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, and The Underachievers, Mykki is being featured in Spit Gold Under An Empire, a new documentary on the NY rap scene directed by Montreal's Emily Kai Bock, who directed Grimes' "Oblivion" video (via FACT). You can watch the trailer video below.

But back to the electronic stuff. UNO is also responsible for putting out releases by other great artists like Jacques Greene, CFCF, Fatima Al Qadiri, Arca, Gobby, and more. Jacques Greene, who resides in Montreal, is on tour of the US now and he'll be in NYC for a show on February 9 at 88 Palace with Dark Disco and Martyn. All Jacques Greene dates are listed below.

Another party highlighted in the Pitchfork article was Let's Play House, which is a party run by Jacques Renault (not to be confused with Jacques Greene) and Nik Mercer. They've got two upcoming events this month -- first they'll do a free one on January 24 at The Woods (48 S 4 St) with Stockholm producer HNNY (who also plays Le Baron on 1/22 while he's in NYC), and then a co-presented party with The Dog & Pony show at Le Poisson Rouge on January 26 with The Revenge (UK), Mark E, Jacques Renault, and Paul Raffaele (tickets). The flyers for those shows are below. Jacques Renault also has a show tonight (1/18) at The Counting Room (44 Berry St) with Miss Sabado and Son of Sound. Admission is $10 at the door or $5 with RSVP to resonate@misssabado.com.

Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin
Mister Saturday Night

The article also highlights the Mister Saturday Night party, which is run by Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin. They have a bunch of parties coming up, and one of the most interesting ones is FaltyDL (who has an album coming out next week) at House of Yes on January 26. More info on that show and a list of all upcoming Mister Saturday NIght events are below.

The article also talks about Aurora Halal's Mutual Dreaming party, which doesn't have any upcoming events at the moment, but you may remember it from the Hieroglyphic Being show at 285 Kent over the summer.

Lists of dates, video, streams, and flyers below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork highlights 'New Brooklyn Electronic Underground' (Mister Saturday Night, UNO, Mykki Blanko & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Joey Badass

17 year old Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ wasn't even born yet when Nas' Illmatic and Biggie's Ready to Die were released, but it's quite clear from his new mixtape, 1999, that records like these are the ones he's been listening to. He's got golden age beats on the album from J Dilla, MF DOOM, Lord Finesse, and Statik Selektah, in addition to in-house beats from his Progressive Era crew (Pro Era for short) that sound about as classic as the borrowed ones. You can stream the entire mixtape and download it for free below.

Joey and his Pro Era comrades Capital STEEZ, Chuck Strangers, CJ Fly, T'nah Apex, and Kirk Knight will be playing a local show in NYC on Thursday (6/28) at SOB's. TIckets for that show are on sale now. The flier for this show is below.

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