Entries tagged with: Le1f

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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)
Le1f

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."

Continue reading "Le1f on new Ian Isiah mixtape w/ Mykki Blanco & more (stream & download), playing year-end show at Brooklyn Bowl"

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...

Continue reading "Antwon made a new video ++ updated tour dates"

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

Le1f
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...

Continue reading "Afro-Punk Fest 2013 day 1 in pics: Mykki Blanco, Le1f, M.O.P., Ninjasonik, Saul Williams, Theophilus London, The Heavy, more"

DOWNLOAD: Le1f - "Damn Son" (MP3)

Le1f at The Whitney in April (more by Ryan Muir)
Le1f

In the past year or so, NYC rapper Le1f released two mixtapes, Dark York and Fly Zone, and now he's set to release a third, Tree House, on September 10. The first single, "Damn Son" (produced by Shy Guy and featuring backing vocals from Rahel), is out now and can be downloaded above or streamed below.

Le1f will also be kicking off a tour a couple weeks after that release which includes a hometown show on September 27 at Santos Party House. That show, and almost every other date on the tour, is with two other rappers: Pictureplane associate and White Lung's pal Antwon and Das Racist cohort Lakutis (who previously toured with Le1f when they both were support acts for Das Racist). Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.

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

Continue reading "Le1f releasing a new mixtape, touring w/ Antwon & Lakutis (dates & new song stream)"

Death @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Afro Punk

The 2013 Afro-Punk Festival happens this weekend (August 24 & 25) at Fort Greene's Commodore Barry Park with Danny Brown, Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Big Freedia, Death, Trash Talk, Living Colour, Chuck D of Public Enemy and DJ Lord performing PE's Fear of a Black Planet, Questlove, Jean Grae, Saul Williams, K-os and more. As mentioned, it's all-ages, free and open to the public, but they do require you to RSVP. You can also donate on paypal for "fast pass admission" tickets.

The full weekend schedule has been released, with artists playing on two stages from noon - 9:30 PM or so both Saturday and Sunday. Full schedule is below.

Additionally, there will also be "Afro-Punk After Dark" events happening after the fest at various Brooklyn venues both Saturday and Sunday nights. Over 20 After Dark events are happening, including "pop-up performances, celebrity DJ sets, comedy shows, film screenings, art installations, and Story Slams." Full After Dark listings are at Afro-Punk's website.

2013 Afro-Punk Festival schedule below...

Continue reading "Afro-Punk Fest announces 2013 daily schedule ++ "Afro-Punk After Dark" events"

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

NYC's W Hotels have been doing a free live music series this summer at their various locations called W Gangs of New York, which has mostly consisted of artists DJing but there's a few live shows going on too. The series began on July 10 and continues every Sunday through August 25. The next show happens at their Midtown location on 7/21 with DJ sets from Dirty Projectors' David Longstreth and The Drums' Johnny Pierce. That's followed by a DJ set from Todd Terry (not to be confused with Todd Terje) and a live set from rapper Le1f on 7/28 at the Times Square location. And then it's DJ sets from Kidnap Kid and Shuttle (ex-Passion Pit) on 8/4 at the Union Square location. The rest of the lineup is TBA, but you can check W's site for updates. All shows are free, but RSVP to WGANGSNY@WHOTELS.COM is required.

Trailer video for the series below...

Continue reading "NYC's W Hotels hosting free shows and parties (Le1f, David Longstreth, Johnny Pierce & more)"

Afro-Punk Fest 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Afro-Punk

The Afro-Punk Festival is returning to Fort Greene's Commodore Barry Park from August 24-25 this year. The Brooklyn festival lineup is great as always, and includes some of our favorite newer rappers like Danny Brown, Mykki Blanco, and Le1f; New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia, legendary punks Death, younger punks Trash Talk, Chuck D of Public Enemy and DJ Lord performing Fear of a Black Planet, Questlove, Jean Grae, Saul Williams, K-os and more TBA. The festival is open to all ages, and totally free, but you do have to RSVP. You can also donate on paypal for "fast pass admission" tickets.

Full initial lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "Afro-Punk 2013 lineup & RSVP (Chuck D, Danny Brown, Big Freedia, Death, Trash Talk, Mykki Blanco, Le1f & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Laurel Halo at Glasslands - 5/7/13 (via Impose)
Laurel Halo

Earlier this month (5/7), Brooklyn venue Glasslands hosted a great multi-genre bill as part of the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency with sets from rappers Mykki Blanco and Le1f, arty electronic music from Laurel Halo, Crazy Bitch In A Cave, and Papercutz, and DJ sets from Venus X and Spank DJs. Did you go to that show? If so, how was it?

Red Bull Music Academy just posted a video of Mykki Blanco performing "Feeling Special" and Le1f performing "Wut" to their Youtube channel, and you can watch both videos below. You can also stream Venus X's set over at RBMA Radio.

"Feeling Special" appears on Mykki Blanco's new EP, Betty Rubble: The Initiation, which came out this week (5/21) via UNO. If you liked Mykki's debut mixtape, Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss, you'll likely be a fan of the new EP too. You can stream it in full at Pitchfork and listen to two of its tracks below.

Le1f also recently made a video for "Spa Day" off his Fly Zone mixtape. That video, and all other streams and videos below...

Continue reading "Mykki Blanco released a new EP, played Glasslands w/ Le1f, Laurel Halo & others (videos & EP stream)"

Pentagram @ Power of the Riff East (more by Greg Cristman)
Pentagram

Sean Price @ Duck Down Holiday party, 2012 (more)

today in NYC
* Pentagram @ Saint Vitus
* Amy Speace @ Joe's Pub
* Slobber Pup @ The Stone
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Ben Holmes Quartet @ Barbes
* Furthur @ The Capitol Theatre
* Olafur Arnalds @ SoHo Apple Store
* B.B. King, Boogie Long @ B.B. King's
* METZ, Odonis Odonis @ Shea Stadium
* The Red Paintings, Lewis Lazar @ Pianos
* They Might Be Giants @ Academy Records
* Muse, Biffy Clyro @ Madison Square Garden
* El Topo, Les Yeux, Friend Roulette @ Pianos
* Brazos, Snowblink, The Loom @ Cameo Gallery
* Mindless Self Indulgence, Death Spells @ Irving Plaza
* Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band @ Barclays Center
* Morgan Karr, Janelle Kroll, DJ Fromage @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Wilder Maker, Water Liars, Nathan Xander @ Cake Shop
* Born Ruffians, Moon King, Ski Lodge @ Bowery Ballroom
* Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Wale, Ciara @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Clementine & the Galaxy, Cold Blood Club @ Mercury Lounge
* Low Fat Getting High, Left & Right, Bloom, Ravenous @ Big Snow
* Fitz and the Tantrums, Hunter Hunted @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Safe, Le1f, HEEMS, BLKKATHY, Doe Paoro, DJ Dapwell @ 285 Kent
* Woodsman, Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk, White Bike @ Death By Audio
* Danielson Famile, Jeffrey Lewis, Welcome Wagon @ The Knitting Factory
* Christina Courtin, Margaret Glaspy, Julia Easterlin @ Rockwood Music Hall
* William Tyler (Silver Jews / Lambchop), Zachary Cale @ The Mercury Lounge
* Black River Quartet, Sound Rabbit, Tanner Walle, Cherokee Red, Isaiah Panther @ Bowery Electric
* Sean Price, Bishop Nehru, F. Stokes, Children of the Night, Rawbeatz (DJ), Sucio Smash @ Glasslands

Toronto's Odonis Odonis open for METZ tonight at Shea Stadium. Toronto's Moon King open for Born Ruffians at Bowery Ballroom. Moon King's Maddy Wilde sometimes plays with Odonis Odonis. Maybe there will be a guest appearance tonight?

Meanwhile, Moon King also play on Friday (4/19) at Big Snow with Caged Animals, Leapling, and Sexy Merlin.

Brooklyn's Low Fat Getting High, who play Big Snow tonight, are releasing a new EP, Bad Yoga, in May via Dead Broke Rekerds (who has put out releases for Nude Beach, Tenement, and others) and Money Fire Records. Stream a track from that EP, "Better Better Worse," below. They have other upcoming local shows on Friday (4/19) at Don Pedro's and Sunday (4/21) at The Bowery Electric.

SAFE is playing a record release show at 285 Kent tonight with a great lineup of Le1f, Heems, Doe Paoro, BLKKATHY and DJ Dapwell. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. Le1f and Dapwell also both just played the Whitney over the weekend.

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Veronica Falls made a video for the title track of their most recent album, Waiting for Something to Happen and you can watch that below.

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photos by Ryan Muir

Le1f / Prince Rama @ the Whitney Museum - 4/7/13
Le1f
Prince Rama

NYC rapper Le1f plays locally a lot, and this past weekend (Sunday, 4/7) he did a more unconventional show in the city than usual at The Whitney Museum for the music portion of their Blues for Smoke exhibition. Known for eccentric costumes/outfits, Le1f did this one in some sort of silvery body paint, and used a dimly lit couch as a prop. Also at that show, Dapwell brought out guests for his 'Chillin Island' radio show, and Prince Rama did a live set with some trippy projections and a motorcycle. Pictures from that show are in this post.

Le1f has other shows coming up in the area, including the previously discussed Red Bull Music Academy show at Glasslands on May 7 with Mykki Blanco (who played The Whitney two days before LE1f), Laurel Halo, Venus X, Spank DJs, and more. That show has since sold out.

Before that, he plays two college shows this weekend. TONIGHT (4/12), he'll be at Barnard College for a WBAR & Columbia Music Festival show with Children of the Night (who also play a Red Bull show), Morri$ and Earnest Blount. Tonight's show is free, all ages, and open to the public. Doors are at 5 PM. The next day, he plays SUNY Purchase Culture Shock with White Lung, METZ, Marnie Stern, Shigeto, Iceage, Iggy Azelea, and more. But that festival, which is only open to students and their guests, will be even tighter on security this year, because it's being held indoors.

Also speaking of WBAR, as discussed, their annual free WBAR-B-Q goes down on April 27 with Waxahatchee (who plays Glasslands the same day), Twin Sister, Roomrunner (who open for Pissed Jeans on 4/13), Swearin' (who have plenty of other shows), Speedy Ortiz, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, and more.

More pictures from the Whitney below...

Continue reading "Le1f played the Whitney Museum w/ Prince Rama & Dapwell's 'Chillin Island' (pics), playing more shows, Barnard tonight"

Le1f (photo by Siobhan Bledsoe)
Le1f

The Whitney Museum is currently hosting the Blues for Smoke exhibition, which will be up through April 28. The exhibition "explores a wide range of contemporary art through the lens of the blues and blues aesthetics." In conjunction with that exhibition, they are also presenting a festival this weekend with performances and events. On Friday (4/5), former Das Racist member Kool A.D. will team up with Mykki Blanco for a show at 6 PM. Then on Sunday (4/7) between 1 and 4 PM, the other two former Das Racist members Dapwell and Heems, will play with another rapper, Le1f, and psych freaks Prince Rama.

In addition to the two hip hop oriented shows, there will be a show on Saturday from Brooklyn soul ensemble King Holiday. The performances on all three days will be spread out into small, unconventional spaces rather than in a concert space, and will be accompanied by projections. All performances are free with museum admission.

Mykki Blanco recently played the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase, and his tour brings him to Bowery Ballroom tonight (4/2) for a show with DJ MikeQ, Rizzla, and Ian Isiah. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Meanwhile, Le1f has another hometown show coming up as part of the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency. His show takes place on May 7 at Glasslands with Laurel Halo, Venus X, Spank DJs, The Peronists, Crazy Bitch In A Cave, :PAPERCUTZ, and a "very special guest." Tickets for that show are still available.

Stream Mykki's 2012 mixtape, Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss, and Le1f's recent mixtape, Fly Zone, below...

Continue reading "Le1f, Mykki Blanco, Prince Rama & members of Das Racist playing the Whitney during 'Blues For Smoke' exhibition"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Danny Brown / Le1f @ Knitting Factory 3/21/2012
Danny Brown
Leif

Knitting Factory was heaving with bouncing hip hop fans at last night's Red Bull's Sound Select show that was curated by the Afropunk folks, with Danny BrownLe1f, The Skins and Oxymorrons. With a zillion RSVPs clamoring for $3 tickets it was quite a scene as I rolled up to the venue 30 minutes before doors.

After a brief introduction from host Telli Gramz of Ninjasonik, Oxymorrons opened the show with a bouncy, energetic take on 90s style hip hop with added bonus of live drums. Fun and very different from the second band of the night, The Skins, a Rock/R&B crew with great vocals and singer that slithers around the room. Le1f followed, dropping bouncy, electronic influenced hip hop beats and whirlwind-swinging his platinum blonde braids like a member of viking metal band. All the sets featured projections that were being hand-drawn by someone in the sound booth. It was kinda like live graffiti, pretty cool. DJ CX Kidtronik played the music between sets.

The main event for most, though, was Danny Brown's playful and bouncy hip hop set, which caused stagedives (most of which were quite unsuccessful - sorry guys) and a dancing room. Brown's rock star persona really shines through live, and in a genre of music (hip hop in general) where the stage show is usually less than impressive, Brown knows how to get that room turnt the fuck up.

The Thursday night show was the 2nd in a 12-part Red Bull Sound Select series in NYC (not to be confused with RBSS in Austin). The 1st NYC show, featuring Hunters & Heliotropes, was curated by East Village Radio and went down at Bowery Electric in February. The next 10 shows are coming in the next 10 months and three of them will be curated by BrooklynVegan (and three will be curated by Brooklyn Bodega). Stay tuned.

More pictures from Knitting Factory are below.

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