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Morrissey / Modest Mouse / Run the Jewels / crowd
Firefly Festival
Firefly Festival
Run the Jewels
Firefly Festival

Back in 2012, the seemingly random location of Dover, Delaware got the new Firefly Music Festival, and it was instantly a success. This past weekend it wrapped up its fourth year, and this thing is more massive than ever. I mean for one, they got Paul McCartney to headline the Friday night (more on that here), and there may not be a bigger deal of a headliner on the planet than him. But Paul wasn't even the half of it. The grounds are huge, and they were packed all three days. To get an idea of the size, it sometimes took about 10-15 minutes to get from the Firefly Stage to the Lawn Stage -- the two that always seemed to have the biggest acts. Unfortunately this also meant it was often impossible to see a full set, the worst case for me being Morrissey straight into Modest Mouse straight into Paul on Friday. It meant I missed when Morrissey played "Meat Is Murder" with his graphic on-screen projections, and apparently sent a portion of the crowd away in disgust.

I'm not sure how many other people who missed that happen were bummed out though, because realistically, Morrissey isn't a main draw at a festival like this. The biggest and most hyped crowds I saw were for the EDM acts like White Panda and Zedd, or the current wave of festival-ready bands like Bastille and Walk the Moon. Those bands have this vaguely-alternative pop rock sound that's danceable, easy to digest, and full of a lot of whoa-ohs. It's pretty easy to see why that sort of thing does well on a major festival, but it's not too surprising that their fans don't want to hear angry songs about the meat industry.

Even if Morrissey didn't get the fists pumping though, he sounded great. When he and the band played "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before," his voice sounded as rich as it does on Strangeways, Here We Come. And his stage presence isn't wild or anything, but he still managed to seem larger than life. Whether he was playing recent tunes like "World Peace Is None of Your Business" or classics like "Suedehead," his live show lived up to the expectations I had for someone as legendary as Moz.

Manchester Orchestra
Firefly Festival

Throughout the weekend, there were a few other artists avoiding the festival-pop trends too. Earlier on Friday on the same stage that Moz and Macca would play was Manchester Orchestra. I haven't loved a full album of theirs since the singer/songwriter-y indie rock of 2006's I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child, but in the time since then they've basically transformed into a grunge band and they really pull it off live. In my opinion, the only thing holding back a song like "Top Notch" off last year's Cope is the production, but in a raw live setting those Headbanger's Ball-worthy jams live up to their full potential. And when M.O. do whip out the older ones like "I Can Barely Breathe" and "Where Have You Been?," they sound tighter than ever.

Modest Mouse were fantastic as always too. The only real conflict of the weekend for me was that they were up against Run the Jewels, but having seen RTJ five days earlier, I opted for the Mouse. We got a good amount of their new album, and they worked in old favorites towards the end, giving us a stretch of "Dramamine," "Doin' the Cockroach," "Float On," and "Dark Center of the Universe" all in a row.

Zola Jesus
Zola Jesus

Saturday the highlights were fewer for me, the biggest being Zola Jesus' set. She played at The Forest Stage, which is this cool small stage that's a little out of the way in comparison to the others. It gets its name as it's surrounded by a thick wooded area, which also makes it a nice way to escape the sun. Zola played to less than 100 people (the masses were gathered at the main stage for Matt & Kim), but she and her band brought a much welcome darkness to this festival. It was appropriate to have her on the shady stage. Her band (three men in all black clothing) were all business as Zola belted her powerhouse vocals, lurched around the stage, and at one point came up to the crowd and walked along the barrier. She left the stage abruptly after closing song "Vessel," and had the small but loving crowd yelling for an encore (no such luck).

Sunday had the hardest-rocking afternoon band I saw since Manchester Orchestra, Benjamin Booker. I didn't fully realize from his self-titled 2014 debut how rocking he is, or how he could be opening for Social Distortion and playing the punk/metal stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest later this year. But after seeing him live, I get it. He might smile and laugh a lot on stage, but when he and his band locked in for a feedback-y jam and then Benjamin ripped a string-bending solo, they were no joke.

The only artist I was excited to see that ended up being a disappointment was Snoop Dogg. Even though the guy's got countless songs dating back over 20 years, he spent the majority of his set essentially doing karaoke to other people's songs. Sure, it was fun when he got the huge crowd singing "I Love Rock and Roll" and "Jump Around," but it could've been anyone up there doing it. And a lot of the Snoop songs we did get were cut short. Things should go over better when he plays Doggystyle in full at Riot Fest.

Right after his set, I ended my weekend at The Killers. You might argue they're no better than the Bastille/Walk the Moon-type stuff I was talking about earlier, and sure they have some cheese in their sound. What bothers me about those bands though isn't their poppiness, it's that they all sound so anonymous. But "Mr. Brightside," "Somebody Told Me," "Smile Like You Mean It" and later hits like "When You Were Young" and "Human" are all bangers, and hearing all those songs at Firefly was a blast. Even their more recent, less banging songs pretty much sound like mid-'80s Bruce Springsteen, which was a refreshing change from the interchangeable festival-pop bands.

The Killers also did the Firefly crowd a favor by covering two songs by Kings of Leon, whose Saturday night set was cancelled due to lightning. And any classic rock fans hanging around were treated to a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," which they pulled off surprisingly well. These guys are total rock stars and they clearly know it, but at least they do what they do really well. (Unlike Foster the People who I saw a day earlier with an open mind but just kept thinking ...what are they even doing?)

More Firefly pictures (including some from Thursday night, which I didn't attend) below. Paul McCartney wasn't allowing photos but we did get pics of him in Philly on Sunday.

Continue reading "Firefly Music Festival 2015 pics & review: Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Run the Jewels, Snoop Dogg, Zola Jesus & more"

Mykki Blanco
Mykki Blanco

Mykki Blanco recently announced that he'd no longer be rapping, but that doesn't mean he's not performing at all. Not long ago, he gave a spoken word performance called Baby Steps: How to heal yourself from everyday Psychic Poisons or Repentance for Dummies, and uploaded video along with the following statement:

Most people are familiar with my work in rap music and so may not be aware of my background in theater, acting and writing.

Last summer I participated in a writing residency at Galeria zé dos bois in Lisbon Portugal. Most of my theatrical and spoken performances have been very ephemeral, connected to either larger events or apart of lectures and panel discussions and have not been filmed. But I am happy to share with you here in its entirety my solo performance.

You can watch the performance below. No word yet what exactly Mykki's future performances will be, but he did just schedule a free NYC show happening August 22 at Riis Park Beach Bazaar, the Rockaway Beach location that the Brooklyn Night Bazaar people are now booking. Other artists TBA for that show.

Mykki's old friend from the rap days, Le1f, also announced a new NYC show today. He plays the POP Montreal Northside Festival showcase happening June 14 at Brooklyn Bowl with Princess Nokia and DJ HVAD. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and you can also try to get in with a Northside badge.

Le1f's most recent single is a remix of Nicki Minaj's "Truffle Butter." Listen to that, with the Mykki Blanco videos, below...

Continue reading "Mykki Blanco shares spoken word videos, playing a free NYC show; Le1f playing POP Montreal's Northside showcase"

Hopscotch

Raleigh, NC's annual Hopscotch Music Festival returns this year from September 10-12, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Godflesh, X, TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, Battles, Roky Erickson, Old Man Gloom, Le1f, Eyehategod, Pusha T, Dwight Yoakam, Owen Pallett, Chelsea Wolfe, Sannhet, Mitski, Nots, Tombs, Jessica Pratt, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Sheer Mag, Cakes Da Killa, Jeny Hval, Prurient, and many more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Hopscotch 2015 lineup (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, X, TV on the Radio, Godflesh, Deerhunter, Battles, Pusha T & more)"

photo: Twin Peaks at BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Twin Peaks

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Sufjan Stevens, Moses Sumney @ Kings Theatre
Sufjan's newest album is his most bare-bones release yet, and with its lyrics mostly centered on his mother's death, it's his most depressing too. This is his last of three NYC shows on his current tour.

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Boyfrndz, Your Favorite Enemies @ Le Poisson Rouge
Post-hardcore vets ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead are still going strong, having last released the album IX last year. If you like Trail of Dead, openers Boyfrndz may be up your alley too.

Fishbone, Easy Star All-Stars, The Skints @ Brooklyn Bowl
Still with core members Angelo Moore, Norwood Fisher and Walter Kibby, LA's groundbreaking ska/punk/funk/soul explosion Fishbone released the Intrinsically Intertwined EP this year, their first new material in three years. Of course, live is the optimal Fishbone experience. Today they play an afternoon and a night show.

Spandau Ballet @ Beacon Theatre
Best known for syrupy '80s ballad "True," Spandau Ballet were originally of the artier bands in the UK New Romantic movement. The original lineup -- including brothers Gary & Martin Kemp -- are back together and touring for the first time in ages. Also recommended is Spandau Ballet doc "Soul Boys of the Western World" which is currently showing at IFC Center.


Twin Peaks, White Reaper, Honduras @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Chicago's raucous Twin Peaks tend to whip crowds into a frenzy and tonight will likely be no exception. This is the second night at MHOW in a row for Honduras who last night opened for Blur.

Life of Agony, Heavygrinder @ The Wick
Life of Agony haven't played NYC, let alone Brooklyn, in a very long time, but after returning last year for a NJ show with Mina (formerly Keith) Caputo on vocals, they're finally ready to do it again this week. Tonight's their second show at The Wick this week.

WFMU Record Fair @ Brooklyn Expo Center
Calling all crate-diggers: the annual vinyl fantasia hosted by WFMU moves across the East River this year into the brand new Brooklyn Expo Center. In addition to all the used wax, there are live perforamnces and beer and snacks. You can get two bucks off admission with our coupon.

Turn To Crime, Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk @ Union Pool
Turn to Crime, the current band of Derek Stanton (formerly of Awesome Color), make music that ranges from antsy post-punk to somnambulistic torch songs to something you might call pop. But it all exists in Stanton's particular overcast universe, with his soulful, world-weary vocals pulling you from one song to the next.

Cities Aviv, Sick Feeling, Show Me The Body @ Palisades
It's a very cool multi-genre bill at Palisades with rapper Cities Aviv, hardcore band Sick Feeling, and eccentric rock band Show Me The Body.

Frankie Cosmos, No One & The Somebodies, Outside World, Memorial Gore, Marigolds @ Cake Shop
This is part of Cake Shop's 10th Anniversary Celebration that's happening all month, featuring twee folk singer Frankie Cosmos, Chicago transplants Outside World and more. The venue is promising all sorts of surprises, so be prepared.

Empress Of, A/JUS/TED (DJ Set), Special Guests (DJ Sets) @ Elvis Guesthouse
Empress Of, aka NYC art-pop musician Lorely Rodriguez, will preview music from her forthcoming debut album for XL/Terrible with this five-night stand at Elvis Guesthouse. Tonight's the last night and who knows who the special guest DJs are. Seriously, any guesses?

GHE20G0TH1K w/ Sissy Nobby, Venus X, Ma Nguzu, Mike Q, Divoli S'Vere, Total Freedom @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
As part of Red Bull Music Academy, there's a big GHE20G0TH1K party tonight with the first-ever NYC performance from New Orleans Bounce artist SIssy Nobby, a handful of regulars, special guests, and more.

A Tribe Called Red (7:30pm), Tracie Morris (with Mr. Jerome Harris and Jemman), Camp & Street (4pm), LE1F (4pm), DonChristian (4pm), Rahel (4pm), Junglepussy (4pm) @ Whitney Museum
The Whitney Museum of American Art is throwing a block party welcoming "visitors of all ages with free art and performance, including hands-on activities and participatory events." It's a cool, hip hop-oriented bill.

The Baseball Project, The Gay Blades @ Rough Trade
Spring means baseball and that means The Baseball Project (Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey and half of REM) are playing shows. Even if you only have a passing interest in America's Pastime, they're still a lot of fun. But being a baseball fanatic helps.

Bambi Kino @ Union Hall
Very Special Beatles tribute act Bambi Kino focus on the early years of the Fab Four when they lived in Berlin. The band features Doug Gillard and Nada Surf's Ira Elliot

Kids in the Hall @ Capitol Theatre
Thirty-two Helens agree: this reunion shows for much-loved Canadian comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall will be a lot of fun.

Edan & Paten Locke, 79.5 @ Baby's All Right
Psychedelic rapper Edan teams with past collaborator Paten Locke for this late-night Chances with Wolves party at Baby's All Right.

The Yin Yangs, Friend Roulette, Bootblacks, Slonk Donkerson, Bambara, Heaven's Gate, Jangula, Piers, Haybaby, Wade and Sons, Abhay Singh & Friends, The Semaphore, Semaphore, William Irish @ Silent Barn
This all-day party is called Sam Fest (named after the guy who booked the show) and features a whole bunch of great local bands, including Heaven's Gate, Bambara, Haybaby and lots more. It's only $5 and schedule is here.

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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photo: Paul McCartney in Austin, 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Macca

You may remember that when Firefly Music Fest announced its 2015 lineup, the first headliner was blurred out on the poster. Well, as rumored, it's Paul McCartney, the fest revealed today. Macca will join Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more at the fest which happens June 18-21 at the Woodlands in Dover, DE. Updated lineup below.

General admission passes to Firefly go on sale Monday (3/2) at noon, EST.

McCartney was just in NYC for a surprise Valentine's Day show and an appearance on the SNL 40th Anniversary special. He since spent some time skiing in Vermont, much to the delight of the J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery in Peru.

Continue reading "Paul McCartney confirmed for Firefly Music Fest 2015 lineup"

photo: Le1f at The Whitney in 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
Le1f

Local rappers Le1f and Mykki Blanco are teaming up for a show with electronic musician Kingdom at NYU's Kimmel Center on Thursday (2/19). The show's presented by NYU Program Board and NYU LGBTQ Student Center, and it's free for NYU students and only $5 for the general public. Doors are at 7, show at 8. Tickets will be on sale in person starting noon on Thursday. More ticket info and show flyer below.

Le1f was also just announced for Firefly Music Fest.

Continue reading "Le1f, Mykki Blanco & Kingdom playing $5 NYU show on Thurs"

Firefly Music Festival

Delaware's annual Firefly Music Festival comes back June 18-21 and the lineup's now been released. Kings of Leon, The Killers and a TBA third act rumored to be Paul McCartney (update: it's Paul) sit atop the list, with Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more joining them on the list of performers. Pre-sale passes are sold out, but more general admission and VIP passes will be available soon at the festival's website.

Firefly is Morrissey's first US date since canceling his dates last summer, and no other US dates are announced yet.

Check out Firefly's full lineup below...

Continue reading "Firefly Music Festival 2015 lineup (Kings of Leon, The Killers, Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run the Jewels & more)"

photos by Matt Schiels

Sick Feeling

It wasn't until 2014, Devore says, that Sick Feeling "got really solidified," partly via a summer-long residency at Trans-Pecos, a forward-thinking venue in Queens, where they'd play gigs alongside industrial power-electronic acts one week and stoner metal bands the next. In September, they curated a photography show at a gallery in Manhattan and performed inside a soundproof box for three hours, without breaks, at its opening; Miller-Gordon vomited inside the box about 30 minutes in. With its pummeling guitars, whiplash drums, and cathartic bursts of violent energy, Suburban Myth, their 2015 debut, sounds more like traditional, by-the-books hardcore than their scene-hopping behavior might suggest. [FADER]
NYC hardcore rippers Sick Feeling celebrated the release of their new album, Suburban Myth, at new-ish Greenpoint venue Aviv on Saturday (1/31). It was a very genre-diverse bill, with support from rapper Le1f (who could easily headline the venue), post-punks Dark Blue, and ambient duo On A Clear Day. We've got pictures of Sick Feeling and a bit of Le1f but unfortunately missed the two others. Were you there? How was it?

Sick Feeling's next hometown show is on their upcoming tour with Obliterations, which hits Saint Vitus on February 20. Tickets are still available.

More pictures from Aviv below...

Continue reading "Sick Feeling celebrated their new LP w/ Le1f at Aviv (pics)"

photo: Sick Feeling at BV-RBSS show at Palisades in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)
Sick Feeling

NYC hardcore band Sick Feeling just keep piling on the shows. They played Baby's All Right with Big Ups yesterday (1/14) (anyone go?), and have a tour with Obliterations hitting Saint Vitus on February 20 with Mammal and Raid (tickets).

Now they've got an album release show announced for January 31 at new Greenpoint venue Aviv with a great lineup of NYC rapper Le1f, Philly post-punks Dark Blue (mems Clockcleaner, Paint It Black), On a Clear Day, and DJ sets from Mess Kid and Matt Werth. That starts at 8 PM and tickets are $10 at the door. Show flyer below.

Sick Feeling's debut album, Suburban Myth, comes out next week (1/20) via Geoff Rickly's Collect Records. Stream it in full below...

Continue reading "Sick Feeling played Baby's, add Aviv show with Le1f and Dark Blue (two upcoming NYC shows total)"

by Andrew Sacher

DonChristian

Le1f-associated rapper/singer DonChristian released his album Renzo Piano earlier this year, which features Le1f, fellow avant-rapper Antwon, production from The-Drum's Jeremiah Meece, frequent Le1f collaborator Boody, FACT year-end list maker lsdxoxo and others. If you're into the kind of dark, left-field stuff of Le1f and Antwon, you'll likely dig DonChristian too. You can stream the album and watch the video for its track "Clerk" below, and download it for free here.

DonChristian headlines a NYC show TONIGHT (12/19) at Cameo, which Le1f DJs. Also on the bill is Tigga Calore, Joey Labeija b2b False Witness, Shyboi and Geng. Tickets are still available.

Later this month, he opens Le1f's Kwanzaa show at SOB's on 12/28, which also features singer Rahel (who's on Renzo Piano as well), Boody, Abdu Ali, Juliana Huxtable, Joey Labeija and more special guests. Tickets for that are still available too.

In addition to guesting on Renzo Piano, Rahel also has a song with Jeremiah Meece, and she's featured on that FACT-approved lsdxoxo album, whorecore, which also features another great left-field NYC rapper Cakes Da Killa. You can stream that album below.

Cakes Da Killa also had lsdxoxo produce multiple tracks on this year's Hunger Pangs, and he's got two upcoming local shows too. He was added to the !!! (chk chk chk) / Prince Rama New Year's Eve show at Knitting Factory (tickets), and he's got a show at Baby's All Right on February 20 with UNIIQU3 (tickets).

DonChristian and lsdxoxo album streams below...

Continue reading "DonChristian, Le1f, Rahel, lsdxoxo, Cakes Da Killa & others collaborating (stream), playing shows together & separately"

Le1f at the Whitney in 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
Le1f

NYC rapper Le1f will celebrate the holidays in his hometown this year with a Kwanzaa party on December 28 at SOB's with DonChristian, Rahel, Boody, Abdu Ali, Juliana Huxtable, Joey Labeija and more special guests. The show is being presented by The 2nd Annual Camp & Street, and tickets are on sale now.

The only other appearance Le1f has scheduled at the moment is a DJ set at Cameo on 12/19, also with DonChristian and Joey Labeija, as well as Tigga Calore, False Witness, Shyboi and Geng. Tickets for that show are on sale now too.

Le1f released the Hey EP earlier this year (his first for Terrible/XL). Watch the video for "Sup" from that below...

Continue reading "Le1f playing a Kwanzaa party at SOB's, DJing Cameo first"

FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014

With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:

FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.
If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.

You can still get FFF passes here.

Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Nites lineup announced (Meat Puppets, The Jazz June, TPOBPAH, Power Trip, Single Mothers, Le1f, more)"

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)"

The Presets at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Diana Wong)
The Presets

The Check Yo Ponytail tour returns this year, headlined by Australian synth pop band The Presets and featuring direct support from experimental rappers Antwon and Le1f on select dates. The NYC stop of the tour happens on Halloween at Warsaw with Antwon. Australia's Chela and Check Yo Ponytail alumnus Franki Chan open on all dates as well. Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday (8/22) at 10 AM local time. You can get tickets here for NYC.

All dates, including The Presets' stop at Fun Fun Fun Fest (without the rest of the Check Yo Ponytail tour), are listed below...

Continue reading "The Presets, Antown, Le1f & others going on 2014 Check Yo Ponytail tour, playing NYC on Halloween (dates)"

Boys Noize w/ Skrillex at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Boys Noize

While the "Harlem Shake" meme has worn off, Baauer, the song's producer, is keeping at it. He recently dropped a new single, "Clang," which you can stream below. He's also going on a co-headlining tour with German party starter Boys Noize this fall. Before the tour fully starts though, the two DJs will hit NYC on Sunday, August 10 at Governors Island for an outdoor, all-day dance party that goes from 4 PM to midnight. Good openers on that show too, including Night Slugs' L-Vis 1990, a DJ set from rapper Le1f, one half of DJ Dodger Stadium, Samo Sound Boy, dance-rap partier and Boys Noize collaborator Spank Rock, and Pilo. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and include round-trip ferry transportation.

Show flyer, tour flyer, tour trailer, list of dates and song streams, below...

Continue reading "Baauer & Boys Noize going on co-headlining tour, playing Governors Island w/ L-Vis 1990, Spank Rock, DJ Le1f, more"

Le1f at the Whitney in 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
Le1f

NYC rapper Le1f recently released his new EP, Hey (his first for Terrible Records/XL) and he's now got some upcoming shows too. Two of those shows happen in his hometown, including the Brooklyn Artists Ball Dance Party at Brooklyn Museum on April 16 with Brenmar. That party goes from 10 PM to 1 AM, and also includes an exclusive exhibition preview of Ai Weiwei: According to What?. $100 tickets are on sale now, and proceeds benefit the Brooklyn Museum's special projects and programs. More info here.

Then, Le1f plays a more conventional show on May 29 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/11) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the tour flyer and video for "Boom" from Hey, below...

Continue reading "Le1f playing shows, including Brooklyn Museum benefit and Music Hall of Williamsburg (dates)"

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.

Le1f at the Whitney in 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
Le1f

NYC rapper Le1f already has three great mixtapes out, Tree House, Fly Zone, and Dark York, and he's now signed to Grizzly Bear member Chris Taylor's Terrible Records (Solange, Kirin J Callinan), which recently entered into a joint venture with XL Recordings. Le1f's first release for Terrible/XL will be the Hey EP, due out digitally on March 11 and on vinyl on May 6. Check out its new single, "Boom," below. It also features "Wut."

Regarding the signing, Le1f told Billboard, "I've dreamed of recording for XL since I was like 15 and I'm super excited to be working with all of my Terrible labelmates. I'll be doing the same stuff that I've been doing but on another level. It's an interesting challenge and I like that."

Le1f plays locally a lot, and his next NYC appearance will be a DJ set for the Mardi Gras Party at Glasslands on March 1 which also has DJ sets by MEN's JD Samson and fjtrspa. Tickets are on sale now. He's also got a few festival appearances coming up, including Hangout Fest and Moogfest.

All dates are listed, with the new song and EP artwork/tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Le1f signs to Terrible, releasing a new EP, DJing Glasslands w/ JD Samson (other dates & new song stream)"

Kraftwerk @ MoMA, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Kraftwerk

As mentioned, Moogest 2014 happens April 23 - 27 in Ashville, NC. The festival has just announced its initial line-up which includes: Kraftwerk 3D (playing three concerts), Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Laurie Anderson, Dan Deacon, Darkstar, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Adult, Le1f, Shigeto, Wolf Eyes, Les Sins (Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi), and more. The full list of initial artists is below, with more than 70 more to be announced. There are showcases being put on by the likes of DFA, Fool's Gold, Ghostly Intl, Warp and more.

Laurie Anderson and Giorgio Moroder are also part of Moogfest's previously announced daytime talks and seminars program, that also includes such artists as film composer Cliff Martinez (Drive), Emerson Lake & Palmer keyboardist Keith Emerson, Claire Evans from YACHT, and synthesizer innovators like Roger Linn and Tom Oberheim.

Tickets are on sale now. 2014 Moogfest initial performer list and poster below...

Continue reading "Moogfest 2014 announces initial artist list (Kraftwerk, Chic, Giorgio Moroder, Darkstar, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks & more) "

Le1f at Afro-Punk Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Le1f

As discussed, one of the many New Year's Eve concerts happening in NYC is local rapper Mykki Blanco at Gramercy Theatre, and since we last spoke, guests have been announced for that show. The bill now includes production wizard DJ Rashad, UNO R&B singer Ian Isiah, Boychild, DJ Larry B, T.E.A.M.S., Junglepussy, Princess Nokia, and Michael Magnan. Tickets for that show are still available and if you buy them before 11:59 PM tonight (12/2) you can skip the service fees thanks to the venue's Black Friday-Cyber Monday deal.

A few days earlier, Mykki's friend Le1f plays Brooklyn Bowl (12/28), and guests for that show were recently announced too. They include some of the same names playing Mykki's show, like Ian Isiah, Junglepussy, and Princess Nokia, plus House of Ladosha, Lakutis, and Mess Kid. DonChristian and Boody Rahel are opening, and Juniana Huxtable and Superpusha are hosting. Tickets for that show are still available too.

Le1f at Afro-Punk Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Future-rapper Le1f, who just joined his pal Blood Orange at 285 Kent last week (11/15), will be over in Australia this December for a couple festivals, including Slanted and Enchanted and Meredith Music Fest. But upon returning home, he'll do a NYC show just before the new year at Brooklyn Bowl on December 28. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and special guests TBA. It's his only announced US date at the moment.

Le1f also appears, along with likeminded rapper Mykki Blanco, on UNO-affiliated R&B singer Ian Isiah's new mixtape, The Love Champion. Production on the tape comes from Brenmar, Gobby, Sinjin Hawke, Royal, ShyGuy, and Boody. You can stream it in full below, and download it for free (legally) at Mediafire.

Mykki Blanco also plays a New Year's Eve show in NYC with "friends."

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Blood Orange

Blood Orange has his NYC record release show tonight (11/15) at 285 Kent for his new album Cupid Deluxe, which pretty much sold out instantly. Apart from that he was playing with a full band that included Friends' Samantha Urbani, other details on the show were scant, with promises of "special guests" and little else. But Dev Hynes just revealed the full plan for tonight's show on Facebook:

At tonight's record release show @ 285 Kent, I will be performing CUPID DELUXE with a live band feat. Caroline Polachek, Dave Longstreth & Despot. Le1f will be opening up at 10:30 and then I perform at 11:30. See you there.
Caroline Polachek, Dave Longstreth, and Despot are among those who make guest appearances on Cupid Deluxe. Doors are at 9 PM for tonight's show. Dev just released a video for Cupid Deluxe's closing track "Time Will Tell," which was recorded live (and riffs on "Is What it Is" which is also on the album). You can watch that below.

Continue reading "David Longstreth, Caroline Polachek, Despot & Le1f playing Blood Orange's NYC record release show tonight"

Blood Orange

Blood Orange has his NYC record release show tonight (11/15) at 285 Kent for his new album Cupid Deluxe, which pretty much sold out instantly. Apart from that he was playing with a full band that included Friends' Samantha Urbani, other details on the show were scant, with promises of "special guests" and little else. But Dev Hynes just revealed the full plan for tonight's show on Facebook:

At tonight's record release show @ 285 Kent, I will be performing CUPID DELUXE with a live band feat. Caroline Polachek, Dave Longstreth & Despot. Le1f will be opening up at 10:30 and then I perform at 11:30. See you there.
Caroline Polachek, Dave Longstreth, and Despot are among those who make guest appearances on Cupid Deluxe. Doors are at 9 PM for tonight's show. Dev just released a video for Cupid Deluxe's closing track "Time Will Tell," which was recorded live (and riffs on "Is What it Is" which is also on the album). You can watch that below.

Continue reading "David Longstreth, Caroline Polachek, Despot & Le1f playing Blood Orange's NYC record release show tonight"

Antwon

San Jose rapper Antwon released a new 7", "Dying in the Pussy," earlier this year via Suicide Squeeze, and he's now just given that track the video treatment. It was directed by Cali Dewitt, who did a live video of Iceage's NYC shows in January, and you can watch it below.

Antwon also has some upcoming dates this year, including a previously discussed tour with Le1f and Lakutis which hits NYC on September 27 at Santos (tickets) and after that, a fall run of the west/southwest with White Lung.

All tour dates are listed, along with the new video, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, Theophilus London photos by Chris La Putt

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Afropunk Festival @ Commodore Barry Park - 8/24/2013
Afropunk Festival @ Commodore Barry Park - 8/24/2013

Brooklyn's free annual Afro-Punk Festival returned to Commodore Barry Park over the weekend for two days (8/24-25) of punk, rap, and everything in between, plus biking, skating, and more. The first day gave us sets from Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Ninjasonik, M.O.P., Saul Williams, Jean Grae, The Heavy, Theophilus London, Rye Rye, and more. Dead Prez made a "special guest" appearance, and word on the street was that Alicia Keys was supposed to as well, but she was a no show. Pictures of day 1 are in this post, and more are at Facebook and Google+.

Stay tuned for coverage of day 2. More day 1 pics below...

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