Entries tagged with: Lauryn Hill
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Lauryn Hill / Death Grips / Suicidal Tendencies @ Afropunk Fest 8/22/2015
Death Grips, on a smaller stage right after Ms. Hill's set, played with a similarly uninterrupted, flow-through feeling, though way more explosive and less legible, and with zero sentimentality. Through five years of confounding moves against record companies and its own listeners (the band announced last year that it would break up, but who knows?), its sound has held steady: A punk-noise-rap hybrid with Zach Hill's assaultive live drums, MC Ride's bellowing warnings and a general air of police-state dread and negativity. But the good feeling of the festival accommodated them too: hundreds of fans near the stage jumped in coordination to the jagged beats; behind that front flank, there was more general pleasure in the audience than I've seen at their shows in the past. - [NY Times]Following Friday's Grace Jones-headlined Fancy Dress Ball, the 2015 Afropunk Fest got underway proper on Saturday (8/22) with performances from Lauryn Hill, Death Grips (who did in fact both show up and play), Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tendencies, Candiria and more. Our photographer was there mainly to shoot the concertgoers and scene, but did get a few shots of Lauryn Hill (who started 40 minutes late and had her set cut short because of it), Death Grips and Suicidal Tendencies. Pics from those acts, plus lots of the 30,000+ crowd continue below...
The lineup for Brooklyn's 2015 Afropunk Festival was already pretty great, and now it got even better. Death Grips, Gary Clark Jr., Kelela, Jessie Boykins III, SZA, Candiria and more were added to the festival, which already included Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tendencies, Kele, Thundercat and more.
This year also marks the first Afropunk Fancy Dress Ball, hosted by Grace Jones, Cakes Da Killa and MikeQ, proceeds from which will go toward the Afropunk Global Initiative. The party goes down August 21 at Commodore Barry Park, just ahead of the festival, which happens August 22-23 in the same park. Tickets for the ball are on sale now, and festival passes are still available.
Afropunk also continues to branch out. They did an Afropunk Paris festival this past May, and will do so again in June 2016, and they're also putting on the inaugural Afropunk Atlanta on October 3 & 4 in the city's Central Park. The lineup for that includes D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Flying Lotus, Santigold, Death Grips, Tyler the Creator, Public Enemy and more. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (7/8).
Speaking of Death Grips, they play NYC twice this week (supposedly, at least).
Full Afropunk Atlanta lineup and updated Brooklyn lineup, below...
photo: Lauryn Hill at Rough Trade in February (more by PSquared)
Nine NYC shows weren't enough for neo-soul singer Lauryn Hill this year. (Not that we're complaining.) She'll play the city again, and this time for free, at the second annual 'Louis Armstrong's Wonderful World' Festival taking place June 20 at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Also on the bill is New Orleans jazz veteran Shannon Powell (and his Traditional All-Star Band), Brooklyn afrobeat group Antibalas, and LA Latin rock/hip hop band Ozomatli. There will also be DJ sets at the Queens Museum, located walking distance from the concert.
Again, the festival is free but space is limited and you do have to register for tickets. There are also not-free options with more perks like t-shirts, CDs, gift bags, and more. The concert is all ages and runs from noon to 8 PM.
Watch a recently-released video of Lauryn Hill playing "Doo Wop (That Thing)" acoustic (via Lauryn's Facebook), below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Lauryn Hill @ Rough Trade - 2/17/2015
Lauryn Hill kicked off her massive nine-show NYC run of her acoustic "Small Axe" tour last night (2/17) at Rough Trade. While she was a little over an hour late to the stage, her two-hour set was a treat. She apologized throughout the set for having continued technical difficulties, but we didn't notice. She sounded great. The night started with a 30-minute short film about colonization in Africa and its evil, which Lauryn narrates. Then a DJ kept the crowd entertained until Ms. Hill came on.
Her NYC run continues at Highline Ballroom on February 20 & 23 (sold out), early and late shows at Blue Note on February 25 (tables sold out, but first-come-first-serve bar seats are available night of show), The Cutting Room on March 14 (tickets), Madiba Harlem on March 20 & 21 (tickets), and City Winery on March 25 (sold out).
More pictures from Rough Trade (including one of the setlist) below...
photo: Lauryn Hill @ Chicago's House of Blues, 2014 (more by Brigid Gallagher)
Lauryn Hill's "Small Axe" acoustic tour starts this weekend in Washington, DC and the bulk of the shows are happening here in NYC. And she's added two more NYC shows: March 14 at The Cutting Room and Madiba Harlem at My Image Studios on March 20. (The 3/21 show at Madiba is sold out.) Tickets to both The Cutting Room and Madiba Harlem are on sale now.
That brings the total to nine NYC shows for Hill. The seven other NYC dates are sold out, though first-come-first-serve bar seats are available night of show for her early and late performances at Blue Note on February 25.
Updated dates are listed below...
photo::: Lauryn Hill @ Chicago's House of Blues, 2014 (more by Brigid Gallagher)
As mentioned, Lauryn Hill is going on an "acoustic performance series" tour, including a bunch of NYC shows: Rough Trade on February 17 (sold out), Highline Ballroom on February 20 & 23 (night 1 sold out, night 2 VIP tix available) and an early and late show at Blue Note on February 25 (tables sold out, but first-come-first-serve bar seats are available night of show).
Since we last posted, Lauryn has added more shows including 2 more in NYC: Blue Note is presenting a show at Madiba Harlem at My Image Studios on March 21. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (1/30) at noon. She'll also play March 25 at City Winery. Tickets for City Winery go on sale Thursday (1/29) at 3 PM for VinoFile members and Friday (1/30) at 3 PM to the general public.
That makes seven upcoming NYC shows as well as new shows in Philly and Boston. All dates are listed below.
photo: Lauryn Hill at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The great Lauryn Hill, who last appeared live in NYC at the recent Bob Marley tribute at The Apollo, has an acoustic tour coming up this February. No word yet if more dates will be announced, but at the moment she's revealed two DC shows and four NYC shows. The NYC shows happen February 17 at Rough Trade, February 20 & 23 at Highline Ballroom and February 25 at Blue Note. Tickets for all four shows go on sale at noon on Saturday (1/10). Head here for Rough Trade/Highline tickets and here for Blue Note tickets.
All dates are listed, with a video of Lauryn on MTV Unplugged, below...
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...
Bob Marley was the center of attention at the Apollo on Saturday night, but Lauryn Hill stole the show, as this Apollo-written recap of the event explains:
This past Saturday, the Apollo Theater celebrated the 35th anniversary of reggae icon Bob Marley's Apollo debut with two big blowout concerts.Check out video below...
The unforgettable evening featured some of reggae music's biggest titans performing Marley's signature numbers including: international reggae star Maxi Priest whose effortless blend of reggae, R&B and dancehall led him to become the first reggae artist to have a number one hit worldwide; Marley's son Ky-Mani Marley who, a star in his own right, is an accomplished musician, singer-songwriter and actor; reggae ambassadors Third World, one of the most legendary reggae bands of all time, most known for their hits "Now That We Found Love" and "Try Jah Love"; The Wailers who together with Bob Marley have sold over 250 million albums worldwide and are considered one of the most successful bands in reggae music history. Additionally, the Apollo audience was treated to a very special surprise guest performance by music superstar Lauryn Hill. The Grammy Award-winning songstress sent the Apollo audience into a frenzy when she joined The Wailers on stage, performing rousing renditions of Marley's "Could This Be Love," "Zimbabwe," "Is This Love," as well as one of her own big hits "Doo Wop." All of the artists came together at the end of each show to perform Marley's seminal classic "One Love."
Lauryn Hill at FPSF 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, Lauryn Hill is going back on a tour which includes a NYC show on July 28 at Brooklyn Bowl. That show has since sold out, but Lauryn's added a second show happening a day earlier (7/27) at the same venue. Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale Friday (7/11) at 10 AM.
Updated dates are listed below...
Lauryn Hill @ Free Press Summer Fest 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Lauryn Hill has stayed active since getting out of prison -- busy scheduling shows, playing some, postponing others. Her whole summer 2014 is booked for the road, including another NYC show, happening July 28 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for that go on sale Friday (6/27) at 10 AM.
All tour dates are listed below
Jack White at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by Brian Mansfield)
As always, legacy acts enjoyed a good showing at the festival. Elton John played the entire first side of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, gave a tribute to the late Casey Kasem, and brought out Ben Folds for a guest spot. Ben had also appeared a day earlier with The Flaming Lips during their set to cover Usher's "Love In This Club" (video below), a set which included Wayne Coyne playfully throwing some shade at Kanye's set from earlier in the festival, asking the crowd "Where's the press?"
Lionel Richie played a set that included everything from his time in the Commodores ("Brick House") to "All Night Long" to his Diana Ross collaboration "Endless Love." More legends graced the Bonnaroo stages when Chaka Khan made a surprise appearance during the Derek Trucks-led SuperJam on Friday and covered Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder. Also in that jam were blues legend Taj Mahal, Anthony Hamilton and once again, Ben Folds. Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones himself appeared at the festival to sit in with bluesman Seasick Steve, which he has done before with Jack White.
Jack White, who we also just caught at Governors Ball, didn't play with John Paul Jones this time, but he did play his own set which included a cover of Zeppelin's "The Lemon Song." It also included calling Rolling Stone a "tabloid," ranting about Johnny Depp and Albert Einstein (watch out Kanye!), and otherwise him rocking out to cuts from his solo albums, Raconteurs, White Stripes, The Dead Weather, and a cover of Dick Dale's "Misirlou." Video and setlist from Jack's set, below.
Damon Albarn w/ De La Soul at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by 97X)
Skrillex led a SuperJam too which involved Janelle Monáe, A$AP Ferg, Warpaint, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, Mystikal, Damian Marley, and Thundercat, among others. The set was closed by none other than Ms. Lauryn Hill, who played "Killing Me Softly" a la Fugees, Bob Marley's "Jamming" (though not with Damian) and more. More old school big guns came out during Damon Albarn's set, which was split between Gorillaz, Blur, The Good the Bad & the Queen and solo material. De La Soul joined him for "Feel Good Inc." and Del The Funkee Homosapien for "Clint Eastwood", Setlist and videos are below, and check out pictures and more from his recent Irving Plaza show.
Elsewhere, Omar Souleyman, who couldn't make it to Northside Festival experienced no travel issues and played a set on Thursday night. James Blake also played and told Billboard while he was there that his new album is halfway done and will include collaborations with Kanye West, Justin Vernon and more. Arctic Monkeys, who were covered twice during the festival (by Sam Smith and MS MR), played their own set too and to a HUGE crowd, heavy on the AM stuff but with a little bit of their other four albums mixed in. What didn't happen, unfortunately, was the set by Broad City's stars that were supposed to perform in the Comedy Theatre but canceled their set.
Of course the huge festival had tons of other highlights too. Did you go? What were yours?
Videos and a few setlists from the fest, below...
Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)
As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.
There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.
Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.
UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.
Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.
Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...
What a (long) night! The Amnesty International show at Barclays Center wrapped up around 1am Wednesday night with a concert-ending performance by The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono. Many more, including Lauryn Hill, Colbie Caillat (I think that's her crotch), Tegan & Sara, Cake, Bob Geldof, Madonna, Susan Sarandon, Blondie and of course Pussy Riot (who were on Colbert one night earlier) also took the stage at the home of the Brooklyn Nets. Those sitting too far away to see could watch what was going on on the big screens, though sometimes that content was a bit questionable. Did you go? What did you think? We'll have more on the whole shebang with pics later.
Meanwhile check out some video below...
We already mentioned the Amnesty International Human Rights Concert would be going down in Brooklyn on February 5 at Barclays Center with The Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Tegan & Sara, and others, and there's just been a very interesting addition:
Members of the Russian art collective Pussy Riot, who were recently freed from prison after 21 months, will participate in Amnesty International's landmark Bringing Human Rights Home concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on February 5, Amnesty International announced Tuesday.Tickets are still available.
"We are happy to support Amnesty International's work on behalf of human rights and political prisoners," said Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, whose imprisonment was the subject of hundreds of thousands of online actions by Amnesty activists after they were jailed for publicly criticizing Putin in a church. "We, more than anyone, understand how important Amnesty's work is in connecting activists to prisoners."
"A month ago we were freed from Russian prison camps. We will never forget what it's like to be in prison after a political conviction. We have vowed to continue helping those who remain behind bars and we hope to see you all at the Amnesty International concert on February 5th in Brooklyn!"
Pussy Riot's Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova and Maria "Masha" Alekhina, who are now working to improve conditions for prisoners in the Russian penal colony system, will address attendees at the concert to raise awareness about prisoners of conscience--people who have chosen a non-violent path yet are jailed for their beliefs, color of skin, gender, or sexual orientation, and whose rights Amnesty has championed throughout its 50-year history. The star-studded lineup includes The Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara, The Fray, Cold War Kids, Colbie Caillat, Cake and more yet to be announced.
"Today, as we work to improve human rights conditions in the United States, we can't abandon the fight for the rights of imperiled individuals around the world," said Amnesty International USA Executive Director Steven W. Hawkins. "When we come together on February 5 in Brooklyn, our voices will be amplified by the presence of Pussy Riot, who continue to demonstrate the power we share when we take a stand against injustice. Join us next month and become a part of the next wave of the human rights movement."
The Flaming Lips in San Francisco on Halloween (more by Chris Tuite)
The Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Tegan & Sara, Cold War Kids and Cake are among the artists announced for the next Amnesty International Human Rights Concert, which takes place this year at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on February 5. The concert also features Colbie Caillat, Imagine Dragons, The Fray, and other special guests. Tickets go on sale Saturday (1/11) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (1/9) at 10 AM and an Internet presale starting Friday (1/10) at 10 AM.
Some background on the Amnesty concerts, via press release:
Twenty-five years after its initial concert series, which featured U2, Sting, Lou Reed and others, Amnesty International is bringing back the concert - with a digital twist - to raise awareness about human rights to a new generation. The Amnesty International Bringing Human Rights Home concert will use technology to connect the music and message in real time from the stage of the Barclays Center to activists across the globe.Watch some recent Flaming Lips and Lauryn Hill videos below...
"The fight for global human rights begins at home," said Steven W. Hawkins, executive director for Amnesty International USA. "This concert is part of an evolving conversation about human rights that grounds the universal struggle for dignity and freedom in the injustices we see every day in our own backyard in the United States. We're bringing back the concerts to show a new generation of activists how to stand up for justice at home and abroad - whether it is fighting for the right to voice dissent peacefully on social networks or in the streets, protecting the rights of women and girls, or standing in solidarity with individuals persecuted for who they are or what they believe."
Lauryn Hill at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lauryn Hill has been on her short homecoming tour, having just played Boston on Wednesday (12/18). But now, like she did with one of her November Bowery Ballroom shows, she's postponed more of the upcoming NYC-area dates. Her Count Basie Theatre show which would have happened on Sunday (12/22) was moved to February 7, and her Capitol Theatre show which would have happened on 12/28 was moved to January 31. Tickets for the new dates at Count Basie and the Capitol are on sale, and all tickets purchased for the original dates will be honored. Her Long Island show, scheduled to happen at The Paramount on
December 26, appears to still be on at the moment but we'll keep you posted if that changes (tickets).
UPDATE: The Paramount show was moved to January 26.
Updated dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Grimes at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Whether it's to criticize her or praise her, it's hard to deny that people like talking about Grimes' musical opinions. Her top 10 albums of 2012 list included the most pop (Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber) AND the least pop (Swans), and she totally meant it too. She's defended Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and pop music in general, and denied accusations of trolling when her Boiler Room set included Taylor Swift, Maria Carey, Ramones, Skrillex, and others.
Grimes has now published a list to her tumblr of her favorite songs of all time. It continues her trend of pulling from pop and experimental music with songs from Burial, Mariah Carey, Joanna Newsom, Beyonce, Mazzy Star, Skrillex, Animal Collective, Butthole Surfers, Paramore and more. It's not only newer stuff though, she's also got Patsy Cline, Prince, and Enya, among others.
Check out her whole list (subject to change), via Exclaim, below...
Lauryn Hill at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, Lauryn Hill has some homecoming shows scheduled, which would have included two (early and late) TONIGHT (11/27) at Bowery Ballroom and a number of December dates. Tonight's early show has been postponed until December 10 "due to weather," but her late show is still on. All tickets for the early show will be honored at the 12/10 show, refunds are available, and they will not be valid at tonight's late show. $100 tickets are still available for the late show.
UPDATE: we also have two pairs of tickets to give away to the late show. If you want a chance of winning them, check out the instructions below.
Updated dates are listed below...
Earlier today, we mentioned that Lauryn Hill added a Long Island show happening at The Paramount on 12/26 (tix on sale 11/22), in addition to her previously announced Bowery Ballroom shows (11/27) (early and late) (tix).
That Paramount show is actually part of a short December tour of the Northeast which also includes NYC-area dates on December 22 at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ and December 28 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. Tickets for the NJ show go on sale Friday (11/22) at noon and tickets for the Port Chester show also go on sale Friday at noon. The Cap show also specifies, "SHOW TIME TO BE DETERMINED."
Updated dates, including stops in DC and Boston, are listed below...
Lauryn Hill at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
If you want to catch Ms. Lauryn Hill for bit less money, and don't mind traveling outside of NYC, she'll also play a Long Island show about a month later on December 26 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. Tickets for that show (starting at $75) go on sale Friday (11/22) at 10 AM.
UPDATE: That Paramount show is actually part of a short December tour that also includes stops in NJ and Port Chester.
Stream her newest single "Consumerism" along with the classic video for "Doo-Wop (That Thing)" below...
Lauryn Hill @ Highline Ballroom, 2012 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Lauryn Hill, who released a new song, "Consumerism," after being released from prison (where she spent time for tax evasion), will play two NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom next Wednesday (11/27), an early (6PM doors) and a late (10:30 PM doors) performance. These are her first known post-prison shows she'll have played. Tickets for those Bowery shows go on sale TODAY (11/18) at noon.
No word on other dates, but TMZ reports she's been granted a postponement from house arrest to tour. Her three-month house arrest will now begin in January.
Lauryn Hill, now out of prison, writes:
"Consumerism is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come in. We did our best to eek out a mix via verbal and emailed direction, thanks to the crew of surrogate ears on the other side. Letters From Exile is material written from a certain space, in a certain place. I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it. I haven't been able to watch the news too much recently, so I'm not hip on everything going on. But inspiration of this sort is a kind of news in and of itself, and often times contains an urgency that precedes what happens. I couldn't imagine it not being relevant. Messages like these I imagine find their audience, or their audience finds them, like water seeking it's level". -Ms. Lauryn HillListen to "Consumerism" below...
Officials tell TMZ ... the former Fugees singer was booked into the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury at 11:15 AM EST.PREVIOUSLY: Lauryn Hill played one of her last (and reportedly one of her best) shows before jail at Music Hall of Williamsburg
We're told the FCI is a "minimum security type facility" where inmates live in "barracks type" housing.
We're also told 38-year-old Hill will not be isolated in the facility -- and will be housed with the general population.
Lauryn Hill at Highline Ballroom (more by Bao Nguyen)
Lauryn Hill's latest single "Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)" is raising some eyebrows with its content. The prison-bound MC is known for being an empowering force to young women, but some are saying the message she is sending out to the LGBT community is anything but uplifting. Some samples:
We're living in a joke time, metaphorical coke timeYou can read the lyrics for song and stream the track below.
commerce and girl men
run the whole world men
bold drunken debauchery....
Quick scam and drag queens
real life's been blasphemed