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YG

After a few years of releasing mixtapes, Compton rapper YG is set to release his debut album, My Krazy Life, on March 18 via Pu$haz Ink/CTE World/Def Jam. He's got some big name guests lined up for it, including Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Drake, plus newer-comers RIch Homie Quan and Ty Dolla $ign. Many of the tracks were produced by frequent collaborator DJ Mustard, who's also behind big tracks for 2 Chainz, Tyga, and others. You can watch the videos for "Left, Right" and "My Nigga" (and its remix featuring Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan, Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj), and stream the Drake-featuring "Why Do You Love?" below.

YG and DJ Mustard will support the new album by going out on a tour together this spring. That tour brings them to NYC on April 27 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/28) at 10 AM, and they're currently on Citi Cardmember/Live Nation/Music Geeks presales. All tour dates haven't been revealed yet, but you can check out the list of currently announced dates below...

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Kendrick Lamar bowing down to the Queen (via Global Grind)
Kendrick Lamar

Power 105.1's Powerhouse came to Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Saturday (11/2) with a number of rappers, including Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Fabolous and more. During Kendrick's set, he brought out Brooklyn's Queen Bee Lil Kim to do "Get Money" and "All About the Benjamins." Check out a video of that below.

Meek Mill also brought out a surprise guest, Nicki Minaj, to do a few songs with him. You can also watch a video of that (via Vibe) below.

Backstage at the show, Nicki was also interviewed for Power 105.1, where she addressed not being mentioned in Kendrick Lamar's infamous "Control" verse, rapping versus going pop, and more. Video of that is below as well.

Kendrick Lamar will be back at Barclays Center when his tour with Kanye West hits the venue (11/19). Kanye's tour also includes an MSG show with Kendrick (11/23) and two NYC dates with A Tribe Called Quest.

Lil Kim and Fabolous do another NYC-area show together at CT's Foxwoods Resort Casino (12/21) with Mobb Deep, Redman, Method Man, Warren G, and more (tickets).

Videos below...

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Schoolboy Q at #uncapped in NYC - 9/16/13 (via vitaminwater instagram)
Schoolboy Q

Power 105.1's Powerhouse is returning this year, this time happening in Brooklyn on November 2 at Barclays Center with Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Fabolous, Trey Songz, and K. Michelle. Tickets go on sale Saturday (9/21) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale and Internet presale (password: "power") starting today (9/19) at 10 AM.

Kendrick, Schoolboy Q, and Big Sean will be in the NYC-area even sooner for NJ's Rock the Bells in October (tickets).

For Kendrick Lamar, Powerhouse happens in the middle of his tour with Kanye West. Kanye's tour hits NYC on November 19 & 20 at Barclays Center and November 23 & 24 at MSG, but Kendrick hasn't been announced as an opener for those shows (neither has anyone else). Tickets for all four NYC shows are still available. Updated Kendrick dates are listed below.

Schoolboy Q was just in NYC for a vitaminwater #uncapped show on Monday (9/16), during which he brought out Kendrick Lamar to perform their song "Collard Greens." The pair also just performed the song on The Arsenio Hall Show (that's not a typo, he has a talk show again), and you can watch videos of both of those performances below.

Continue reading "Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Fabolous & more playing 105.1 Powerhouse at Barclays Center"

Big Sean & Juicy J @ Terminal 5 - 8/27/13 (via Rick Dange)
Big Sean

Gracing the stage for over an hour, Big Sean turned NYC upside down while performing tracks from the new album like "Toyota Music," "Mona Lisa" and "You Don't Know." The GOOD Music rapper also dipped into his catalog performing tracks like "Ass," "I Don't Like" and "Mercy." The night was dedicated to the fans so Big Sean had a few surprises lined up for the crowd's pleasure. Juicy J who also released his album Stay Trippy yesterday joined the Detroit rapper to perform "Show Out." On top of Juicy J, the Taylor Gang capo Wiz Khalifa joined Sean on stage to perform "Gang Bang" from his Cabin Fever mixtape.

The journey to Hall of Fame has been life changing and adventurous for Big Sean. Various times throughout his performance he broke down the origin of the tracks from on Hall of Fame. Throughout the album he mentions his parents who played a big role in his life and during the performance of his current single "Fire," the rapper embraced his father on stage for the celebratory track. After performing another powerful track from the album, "World Ablaze," the Detroit rapper goes in depth with the crowd, encouraging them regardless of what obstacles come their way they should never give up and to follow their dreams. [The Source]

Detroit rapper Big Sean released his expansive new album, Hall of Fame yesterday (8/27), and to celebrate he stopped in NYC for a last-minute free Terminal 5 show, which the above review is from. In addition to playing material from his new album, he also did some tracks he guests on (like Drake's "All Me"). As mentioned above, Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa came out, as did Meek Mill to do their collaborative track, "Burn."

Juicy J was in town for his own album release party at Finale, which A$AP Rocky showed up to. Did anyone check that out?

Some videos from T5, including Juicy J, Meek Mill, and Wiz's appearances, below...

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Williamsburg Park earlier this year (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Williamsburg Park

As you may know, outdoor Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park (at Kent Ave and N 12 St) is hosting shows again this summer. This year's series kicked off during Memorial Day Weekend with a show from The Shins and Man Man, and continues this Saturday (6/29) with a free show from the Julliard Jazz Ensemble. It's an afternoon show (4 PM) and open to the public.

On the down side, the Kendrick Lamar show at Williamsburg Park that was supposed to happen in September was just cancelled. But on the plus side, Charles Bradley will be playing there for free that month.

Other Williamsburg Park shows happening this summer: the Odd Future and Meek Mill show on July 20 which Schoolboy Q was just added to; New Order and Holy Ghost! on July 24; D'Angelo on August 1; and the Mad Decent Block Party (Major Lazer, Flosstradamus, Rockie Fresh & more) on August 10.

The Mad Decent Block party is sold out, but tickets are still available to all the other shows.

Full Williamsburg Park schedule (as it stands) below...

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As mentioned, Schoolboy Q is currently flying high with his Kendrick Lamar collaboration, "Collard Greens," which you can stream below. Look for the video of that to be released soon, and his new album, Oxymoron, out later this year. Q, who will play Rock the Bells at the Meadowlands in October, was recently added to Peter Rosenberg's 2nd Annual Birthday Show with Odd Future and Meek Mill which happens July 20 at Williamsburg Park. Tickets to that show are still available.

You can also catch Kendrick Lamar with Ab-Soul at Williamsburg Park on September 10. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/28) at noon.

"Collard Greens" stream below...

Continue reading "Schoolboy Q added to Peter Rosenberg's 2nd Annual Birthday Show with Odd Future and Meek Mill at Williamsburg Park"

Vince Staples

Odd Future/Black Hippy collaborator Vince Staples is about to kick off a tour supporting Mac Miller, which also includes Chance the Rapper (who just played two sold-out NYC shows) and Odd Future's The Internet. Ahead of that tour, he's put out a new album, Stolen Youth, which was produced entirely by Mac Miller under his Larry Fisherman moniker, and features guest appearances from Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul. You can stream the new album in its entirety below.

The tour with Mac, Chance, and The Internet hits the NYC-area on July 11 16 at Hammerstein Ballroom and July 14 at Stone Pony Summerstage. Tickets for both of those shows are still available. The Stone Pony show also includes Meek Mill, who opens for Odd Future in NYC at Williamsburg Park (7/20) a few days later (tickets).

Stream Stolen Youth below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Mac Miller and Ab-Soul (via Macklemore's Instagram)
Mac Miller

It's not too out of the ordinary when rappers we don't like collaborate or tour with rappers we do like. We've already seen some of our favorite rappers tour with Childish Gambino and collaborate with Asher Roth, and now a handful of guys we're currently invested in are doing stuff with another non-fave, Mac Miller. First, he did a track, "S.D.S," which was produced by Flying Lotus (and FlyLo fans shared a collective sigh of relief when the instrumental version came out). Then he contributed a guest verse to the new Ab-Soul song, "The End Is Near," which he also produced under the moniker Larry Fisherman. Both versions of "S.D.S." and "The End Is Near" can be streamed below.

Now, Mac has announced that he's going on a US tour from June to August and the openers include Chance the Rapper, Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, The Internet, Vince Staples, Meek Mill and others. That tour hits NYC on July 11 at Hammerstein Ballroom with Chance the Rapper, The Internet, Vince Staples, and The Come-Up; and it hits Asbury Park, NJ on July 14 at Stone Pony Summer Stage with Chance the Rapper, The Internet, Vince Staples, and Meek Mill.

Tickets for both of those shows go on sale Friday (5/10) at 10 AM. Citi/Live Nation/Ticketmaster presales for the Hammerstein show begin Thursday (5/9) at 10 AM and Citi Cardmember/VIP Package presales for the Stone Pony show begin Wednesday (5/8) at 10 AM, with a Live Nation Mobile App presale beginning Thursday (5/9) at 10 AM. All tour dates are listed below.

Earl Sweatshirt won't be on the NYC-area shows, but he will be here as part of Dowtown Music Festival this Friday (5/10) at Element for a show with Ryan Hemsworth and Antwon (tickets).

Action Bronson isn't on any of the NYC-area shows either, but he has other upcoming NYC shows too.

Chance the Rapper - 'Acid Rap'
Chance the Rapper

Perhaps the most exciting part of the NYC-area shows is that they'll be the first in the area for Chance the Rapper since the release of his impressive new mixtape, Acid Rap. Acid Rap wears its influences on its sleeve a bit (Kanye, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Andre 3000), but it's a very cohesive release that plays more like an album than a mixtape, and it's a pretty bold statement for someone who's still early on in their career. He's got a sing-rapping style similar to Drake and Kendrick Lamar, and though it can be a little off-putting at first, it's a grower. You can stream Acid Rap in full below and download it for free at DatPiff.

All Mac Miller dates are listed, along with all streams, below...

Continue reading "Chance the Rapper, Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson & more touring w/ Mac Miller (who collaborated with FlyLo & Ab-Soul)"

by Andrew Sacher

Cassie

Though the attention being paid to futuristic R&B has been more prevalent than ever in the past two years, it's also been interesting to look back on the ways the sound did exist in years prior. And even more exciting to see some of those artists making comebacks. Miguel's Kaleidoscope Dream was one of last year's better albums, but I'd be lying if I said it didn't tempt me to dust off my copy of FutureSex/LoveSounds. And only a few months after doing that? Boom: The 20/20 Experience. Another thing I went back to last year was Cassie's only album -- her 2006 self titled debut -- specifically it's opening track/huge hit, "Me & U." The thick bass and airy vocals of that track are way more similar to the post-Weeknd world of R&B than I remembered, and it more than holds up.

Cassie had been dropping some singles here and there since her '06 album, but almost seven years later, there was still no sign of another full length release. However, like JT did in March, Cassie ended her lengthy absence last week with the release of her free mixtape, RockaByeBaby. It might be "just a mixtape" (whatever that really means at this point anyway), but RockaByeBaby serves as a worthy followup to Cassie, and as a whole release, it might even be better. The album is stacked with guest appearances (Jeremih, Pusha T, Fabolous, Meek Mill, Too $hort, and others) and the producers are no slackers here either (Mike Will Made It, Young Chop, and more), but it's not over-saturated with guests. Even the verses from some of the weaker rappers (Wiz Khalifa) work pretty well here. And some of the samples used are noticeably big songs (Kendrick Lamar's "m.A.A.d City," Tyga's "Do My Dance"), which can be a turnoff, but she uses them well.

Overall, the thing really feels like an album. Too often with mixtapes I find myself filtering through 20-something songs for the 10 good ones, but RockaByeBaby has no fat to trim. Its 13 tracks (12, not including the intro) clock in at 37 minutes, and they're all strong. The collaboration with Jeremih, "Sound of Love," is an early standout, with both singers bouncing off of each other really nicely. A little surprisingly, Fabolous' guest verse on "I Love It" is actually one of the most memorable moments of the album. And the chorus of "Paradise" (with its "pair of dice" pun) is one you'll find yourself humming after the album ends.

Download RockaByeBaby for free over at DatPiff and stream it in its entirety below...

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Jay-Z (right) with Jaz. Note, not a recent picture.
Jay-Z

Jay-Z's bid for a festival, known as Made in America, will return to Philadelphia in 2013, setting aside August 31- September 1 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the second edition. Check out a teaser trailer below, and line-up is forthcoming.

In other Jigga news, the man who REALLY started from the bottom (sorry, Drake- lol) has moved his Roc Nation venture away from Columbia Records and back to Universal:

News comes today from Jay & Roc Nation themselves that they've decided on Universal Music Group as their parent label, departing from multi-year deals that had Roc Nation records, including the most successful release from the company thus far, J. Cole's 2011 debut Cole World: The Sideline Story, releasing on Columbia Records.... Roc Nation's next release, which appears to be J. Cole's oft-delayed, but highly-anticipated sophomore effort Born Sinner, will be released on Roc Nation/Universal Music Group. -[The Source]
Roc Nation currently houses J. Cole, Jay Electronica and others, while managing such names as Rihanna, Meek Mill, Wale, Timbaland, and No I.D.

As mentioned, Jay-Z will join Justin Timberlake for a pair of shows at Yankee Stadium on July 19 & 20. Tickets for both are still available, but probably not for long.

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Tickets to see Beyonce at Izod Center go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for Black and Blue Bowl at Webster Hall, JUDGE reunion included, go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Rush at Jones Beach go on Live Nation/Live Nation Mobile App presale today at 10 AM (anyone know the password? it might be "dazzle").

Tickets to see Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, and The Underachievers at Gramercy Theater go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Iron & Wine with The Secret Sisters at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 11 AM.

Tickets to see Belle and Sebastian and Yo La Tengo at Prospect Park go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Tomahawk at Best Buy Theater go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Blu at Public Assembly with Tiron & Ayomari, Stoop Kids, and Adrian Lau, are on sale now.

Tickets to see Born Ruffians at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Marnie Stern at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to all three of the Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band shows at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Garbage with IO Echo at The Wellmont Theatre go on sale today noon.

Tickets to see Calexico at Tarrytown Music Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Flume at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Feathers at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Glasslands show with Dan Croll are still available.

Tickets to see Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 with Peter Buck at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Disappears and Man Forever at Knitting Factory are on sale now.

Tickets to see Slow Magic at Glasslands are on sale now.

Tickets to see Ab-Soul at SOB's are on sale now.

Meek Mill is playing Roseland Ballroom on April 7. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra are playing The Wellmont Theatre on May 1, The Capitol Theatre on May 9 and 10, and Brooklyn Bowl on May 13 and 14. Tickets for the Wellmont show and the Capitol Theatre and Brooklyn Bowl shows go on sale today at noon.

3421 and Roy Orbit are playing Mercury Lounge on 3/20. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

Northside Festival Badges go on sale today at noon. As do tickets for some of the individual shows, including...

Tickets to see Iceage and Lower at Music Hall of Williamsburg, as part of Northside Festival, go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Bowery Ballroom show with White Lung, Parquet Courts, and Burial are still available.

Tickets for the Son Volt shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW, as part of Northside Festival, go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Swans and Chelsea Wolfe at Warsaw, as part of Northside Festival, go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see the Greg Ginn/Ron Reyes incarnation of Black Flag with The Men, Good For You, and Netherlands at Warsaw, as part of Northside festival, go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Lambchop at Warsaw, as part of Northside Festival, go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Why? at Europa, as part of Northside Festival, go on sale today at noon.

by Andrew Sacher

VIcious Lies and Dangerous Rumors

As expected, there have been lots of (dangerous) rumors floating around about Big Boi's upcoming sophomore solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, which is due out December 11 via Def Jam (pushed back from November 13). He's now revealed what is (fingers crossed!) the official tracklist for the album and the guest spots are pretty exciting. Despite Little Dragon's initial guest spot having gone to Kelly Rowland a while back, the group actually appears on three other album tracks. The album's got plenty of love from the dirty south, like on "Gossip," which features veteran UGK and worthy newcomer Big K.R.I.T.; frequent Outkast/Big Boi collaborator Killer Mike appears on a track with Little Dragon; TI and Ludacris end up on a track together; and Sleepy Brown of Organized Noize, who produced a ton of Outkast back in the day is on one too. In more surprising (and also exciting) news, Wavves and Jai Paul are both on the album. As is A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, Kid Cudi, and others. You can check out the full tracklist below.

In related news, TI also revealed the tracklist for his much-delayed upcoming album, Trouble Man (due out 12/18), and it looks a bit different than the one we initially mentioned. The most striking difference is that the song sampling Gotye and featuring Kendrick Lamar is not listed anymore. But in more positive news, Big Boi's Outkast partner Andre 3000 is there on the song, "Sorry" (the one where he allegedly apologizes to Big Boi). Cee Lo Green, A$AP Rocky, R. Kelly, and more are set to appear too. The full tracklist is below. TI plays NYC on December 18 at Best Buy Theater (tickets).

Speaking of Big Boi and Little Dragon, they were hanging out together a bit before Halloween at a "costume party" (check out their costumes). A video of them together and those tracklists, are below.

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Alt JAlt J

It's that time of year already I guess. NME quizzed a whole bunch of artists about their favorite album of the year. Bat For Lashes chose Alt-J who recently won the Mercury Prize and who chose Polica as their favorite. That and more, if you can understand what they're saying, in the video, below....

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Sigur Ros at Celebrate Brooklyn in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sigur Ros

Tickets for the SIgur Ros tour, MSG show included, go on Fan Club presale (password: "BRENNISTEINN") today at 10 AM.. The MSG show goes on AmEx/MSG presale Thursday (11/15) at 10 AM and general on sale starts Friday (11/16) at 9 AM.

Tickets for the newly-added Purity Ring show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Soundgarden shows at Hammerstein Ballroom go on AmEx/King Animal presale today at 10 AM. Soundgarden played Irving Plaza last night (more about that in a bit).

Flogging Molly are playing Roseland Ballroom on February 2. Tickets for that show go on Citi Cardmember presale today at 10 AM. Live Nation/Live Nation Mobile App presales start Thursday (11/15) at 10 AM and general on-sale starts Friday (11/16) at 10 AM.

Lotus are playing Best Buy Theater on January 26. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM. AEG Live presale starts Thursday (11/15) at 10 AM and general on-sale starts Friday (11/16) at noon.

Rick Ross has added a NYC date to his Maybach Music tour with Meek Mill, Wale, and Machine Gun Kelly. The group will hit Roseland Ballroom on December 16. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets for the They Might Be Giants show in Long Island go on venue presale today at 10 AM (password: "PULSE"). Tickets are also still available for their 12/30 show at MHOW, which is part of a three night run, but the other two are sold out.

Tickets for the Fucked Up show at Warsaw are on sale now.

Tickets for the Cannibal Ox reunion at Knitting Factory Brooklyn are on sale now.

Tickets for the Widowspeak show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Niki and the Dove show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Solange show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Nude Beach show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks are playing Mercury Lounge on December 29 with Prince Rupert Drops. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Rick Ross at Fader Fort, Austin 2012 (more by Angelina Castillo)
Rick Ross

Tension exploded between Rick Ross' MMG crew, Young Jeezy's camp and G-unit in Atlanta this weekend.

During Saturday's (September 29) taping for BET's 2012 Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta, Rozay and the Snowman reportedly got into a shoving match backstage before the scuffle spilled outside into the parking lot. Shots were fired and at least one man was said to be arrested.

That's not all. Multiple sources who witnessed the fray confirmed to MTV News that Ross' protégé Gunplay was also involved in fisticuffs with members of 50 Cent's G-Unit camp. Gun was seen with visible wounds and a witness told us that the Miami MC was put into handcuffs and detained, but a separate source close to Gunplay told us that he was not arrested. -[MTV News]

The BET Awards took place at the Atlanta Civic Center where, in front of the cameras, both Rick Ross and Young Jeezy's individual sets went off without a hitch, along with a tribute to the revered Chris Lighty (RIP) that featured A Tribe Called Quest, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe and 50 Cent (the latter two have well documented beef). Check out some video of the Rick Ross/Young Jeezy scuffle (including a broken mirror... bad luck, guys!) courtesy of TMZ below.

In related news, Rick Ross and his Maybach Music associates Wale and Meek Mill have announced a fall tour, and those dates are also listed below...

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Gary Clark Jr. at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Gary Clark Jr

As mentioned, Philly's Made In America Festival goes down this weekend (9/1 - 9/2) on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Since we last spoke, the lineup was expanded and now includes Drake (who was rumored but not on the initial lineup announcement), Jill Scott, Chris Cornell, The Hives, and Run DMC, who are all playing the second day (9/2), in addition to blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., who will be on the only performer on the bill playing both days, and others. Day 1 (9/1) will be headlined by festival head Jay-Z, and also includes Skrillex, Passion Pit, D'Angelo, Dirty Projectors, Janelle Monae, and others, and day 2 (9/2) will be headlined by Pearl Jam and also includes Odd Future, X, Santigold, and others. Tickets for the festival are still available.

If you're going to the fest, Philly is only about a two hour drive from NYC and this FAQ should help you find your way over (for directions use the address of Ben Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval in Philadelphia or the Philadelphia Museum of Art). Once you're there, that FAQ will also help you find your way around, parking tips, and more. There will be a free filtered water service at the festival site, but you can't bring glowsticks (sorry Skrillex fans).

A #MadeInAmerica video for Gary Clark Jr. and the lineup for the festival are below.

Continue reading "Jay-Z's Made In America Festival is this weekend; Gary Clark Jr. playing both nights (full lineup, directions & more)"

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Tickets for the Fiona Apple shows at Terminal 5 and Wellmont Theatre go on sale today at noon. All three NYC-area shows were recently announced after she played her set at Governors Ball.

Tickets for the Morrissey shows at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon. These shows were added after he sold out Radio City Music Hall.

Tickets for the Wilco show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon. Both shows Wilco is playing in Prospect Park are sold out.

The Queers and Agent Orange are playing a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on August 18. Tickets for that punk rock show on a boat are on sale now.

P.I.P. (aka VIP) Passes for Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (which just announced a third round of artist leaks) are on sale.

Tickets for the Swans show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Justice show at Hammerstein go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Jens Lekman and Taken by Trees show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Calexico and The Dodos show at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Old 97s show at Webster Hall, part of a tour where they'll be playing a classic album in full, go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Squarepusher show at Terminal 5 with Mount Kimbie, Holy Fuck, and Bonobo (DJ) go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Two Door Cinema Club show at Central Park Summerstage go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Presets show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Kool AD (of Das Racist) show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Brother Ali show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Touche Amore show at Terminal 5 supporting Circa Survive go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Bon Iver shows at Radio City went on sale at 10 AM today.

Meek Mill plays Irving Plaza on August 27. Tickets for that show went on sale today at 10 AM.

As mentioned, we're giving away a pair of tickets to the El-P, Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and Despot show at Irving Plaza. Details on how to enter are HERE.

Tickets are still available for the Codeine show at The Bell House tonight (6/29).

Drake at Jones Beach - 6/16/12 (via Draii Rynell)
Drake

Drake brought his tour with J. Cole, 2 Chainz, Waka Flocka, Meek Mill and French Montana to the NYC area last week for shows at PNC Bank Arts Center (6/12) and Jones Beach (6/16) (and Saratoga, NY show in between - hope you didn't try to get in with your fake ID). The openers on that tour were all in the NYC area earlier this month for Summer Jam, where Drake's Young Money labelmate Nicki Minaj cancelled her headlining performance.

In between the PNC Bank Arts Center and Jones Beach shows, Drake stopped by NYC club W.i.P. at Greenhouse on Wednesday (6/13), where he allegedly got in a fight with Chris Brown over Rihanna, who both singers/rappers have dated. TMZ reports that bottles were thrown, at least 5 people were injured, and the club was left severely damaged. When the NYPD arrived, Chris and Drake had both already left the scene. You may have noticed cover stories the other day on papers like the NY Post. New "victims" are still coming forward (ready to sue).

Meek Mill, who was on tour with Drake, was there too and spoke to XXL about the incident. He said, "Things just happen in the club. I seen girls in there throwing bottles, all types of shit. All types of people. I never seen Chris Brown or Drake throw a bottle and I was there." And when asked if he himself threw a bottle, he responded, "Fuck no."

Game was not there for the fight, but he has collaborated with both Drake and Chris Brown on his 2011 album, The R.E.D. Album, and commented on the fight in an interview with BET:

"That's not a cool beef. They both can stop it now and go about they way, go they separate ways and get they money," he said, adding "If them niggas is rappers, I'm encouraging that shit. But if one of those niggas is an R&B nigga, then y'all need to cut that out. We need some songs to fuck to."
NY Post reports that Drake's reps are insisting he did nothing wrong and Drake is refusing to speak to the NYPD. Wall Street Journal also now reports that the club has been shut down by the police.

Meanwhile, at Drake's Jones Beach show on Saturday (6/16), he brought out a number of guests including a Dipset reunion, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Busta Rhymes, and more. Regarding the Dipset reunion, FADER writes, "The evening's biggest surprise was a four-song Dipset reunion, with Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Cam'ron emerging one track at a time to join forces on "' Really Mean It' and 'Salute.'" Check out videos of Drake and his guests below.

Continue reading "Drake's week in NYC: fight w/ Chris Brown, multiple area shows (w/ guests Dipset, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky & more)"

Made in America

The following items are NOT ALLOWED
• Weapons of any kind
• Fireworks or explosives
• Illegal or Illicit substances of any kind
• Outside food & drink (except your factory sealed water)
• Pets (except service animals)
• Flyers, handbills, posters, stickers (no solicitation allowed)
• Chairs
• Glass containers
• Skateboards, motorized vehicles or Scooters
• Coolers
• Professional recording devices or cameras (no-detachable lenses or tripods or other commercial uses)
• Glowsticks
• Laser Pointers
• Items to obstruct other fan's views (kites, flag poles, large signs, etc)
The above list comes from the Philadelphia fest's FAQ page. Many of the above listed artists were leaked yesterday. More artists to be announced. Tickets are in various stages of going on sale.

PREVIOUSLY: Pearl Jam, Passion Pit & Dirty Projectors & others playing Jay-Z's Made in America Fest

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Azealia Banks - Jumanji (MP3)

Azealia Banks at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks, who recently canceled a bunch of summer shows due to "recording commitments," has now added more shows to her summer schedule. Most of those are in Europe, but she was just added to the Hot 97 Summer Jam lineup which goes down in East Rutherford, NJ at MetLife Stadium on June 3. The rest of the lineup includes Nicki MInaj, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Waka Flocka Flame, Young Jeezy, J. Cole, Wale, and more. Tickets for the fest are available. The full lineup is listed below.

UPDATE: She actually plays the Summer Jam pre-show in the parking lot with the even more impressive lineup of Pusha T, Big K.R.I.T., A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, and Fred the Godson. Your Summer Jam ticket gets you into the pre-show.

In addition to her fickle live schedule, Azealia Banks continues to move around her schedule of releases as well. As of right now, she's planning to get her delayed 1991 EP out on May 29 digitally and June 12 physically via Interscope. The cover art for that EP is below. She'll follow it with the Fantastic mixtape, which is due out on July 4, and includes her recently dropped track, "Jumanji," which was produced by Hudson Mohawke and Nick Hook. Grab that track above or stream it below. Finally, her debut full length, Broke With Expensive Taste, which is presumably the album she's been working on with Paul Epworth, is due out in September.

In other news, fresh off her feud with Iggy Azalea (who plays SOBs TONIGHT [5/17]), she's taken a stab at Lil Kim, who refused to collaborate with Azealia because Lil Kim wanted to write her own verse. Azealia had written it for her and insisted, "Everybody knows Lil Kim doesn't write her own raps." We already know that Kim's got beef with Nicki Minaj. Azealia, however, seems down with Nicki and would possibly collaborate with her, but thinks she should ditch the "ugly wigs and ugly costumes." Maybe they'll meet up when they both play Summer Jam next month. On the other hand, Azealia Banks has collaborated with Missy Elliot and Rye Rye on a remix of M.I.A.'s "Bad Girls." Look for that soon.

A list of all dates, Hot 97 Summer Jam lineup, 1991 cover art, and the "Jumanji" stream are below...

Continue reading "Azealia Banks added to Hot 97 Summer Jam lineup, prepping EP, mixtape, and LP"

by Andrew Sacher

Drake at Tammany Hall in 2010 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Drake

Earlier this month, Drake wrapped up a tour with Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky, before the latter two made their way to Austin for SXSW.

That tour didn't hit the NYC area but Drake has since announced another slew of North American dates which include PNC Bank Arts Center on June 12 in Holmdel, NJ and Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on June 16 in Wantagh, NY. Like the Kendrick/A$AP tour, most of the new dates, including both NYC area shows, are with a list of on-their-way-to-being-huge rappers: J. Cole, 2 Chainz (who last played NYC when he sold out SOBs in January), Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, and French Montana. Tickets for the PNC Bank Arts Center show and the Jones Beach show are on sale now.

All dates and the video for "Headlines" below...

Continue reading "Drake anounces more 2012 Tour Dates, shows at PNC Bank ARts Center & Jones Beach (w/ J. Cole, Waka Flocka, more)"

The Weeknd

To quote Pitchfork: "The Weeknd's follow-up to House of Balloons and Thursday is here. Grab the nine-track Echoes of Silence-- featuring a cover of Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana" and production from Clams Casino-- for free over on the-weeknd.com or here,"

House of Balloons, the first mixtape, was #1 on a list of albums that Heems from Das Racist submitted to Pitchfork. Check out Heems' full list of 'Top Albums of 2011' below...

Continue reading "3rd Weeknd mixtape released; Heems likes the 1st one a lot"

photos by Tim Griffin

Talib Kweli @ Mohawk Friday night
Talib Kweli

As previously mentioned, Black Star will return for a pair of dates at Best Buy Theater, and on the same night. Saturday December 3rd will see Yasiin and Talib Kweli perform their only LP in its entirety at an 8:00 show and an 11:30 show. Tickets are on sale for both. Talib Kweli joined Res and band to form Idle Warship, at the BrooklynVegan Day Party on Saturday (10/22) before heading to the Duck Down vs Blacksmith showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg next door. Pictures from the BV party are on the way, but we have a set of pictures in this post from the show Talib Kweli played at the Mohawk one night earlier (yes he was in Texas playing a show after midnight the night before he headlined our show at 5pm in Brooklyn!).

In related news, Wu-Tang Clan (billed as with Method Man, RZA, GZA, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, U-God, Inspectah Deck, and Masta Killa) will also head to Best Buy Theater in the coming months, hitting the venue on December 18th as part of a string of live dates that will also include Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on 12/15 and Northern Lights in Clifton Park, NY on 12/17. Tickets are on sale for all dates.

Inspektah Deck will also HEADLINE his own show at 285 Kent on 11/4, joining Ava Luna, DJ Dog Dick, and a DJ set from WFMU'S Marty McSorley. Tickets are on sale. The show is meant to wave goodbye to Babycastles, a collective of independent gaming designers that built an arcade inside Silent Barn.

In other "hip hop at Best Buy Theater" news, Jadakiss, Lloyd Banks, Juelz Santana, Fabolous, Meek Mills, French Montana, and Red Cafe will team for a Funkmaster Flex Presents event at the venue on 11/24. Tickets are on sale.

J Cole plays there tonight (10/25).

Talib Kweli's show Friday night at the Mohawk in Austin, TX was with G-Eazy and Franchize. More pictures from that 10/21 performance, and Wu Tang dates, below...

Continue reading "Wu-Tang Clan tour dates, Talib Kweli live pics & stuff"

Rakim @ Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Rakim

Pentagram @ Power of the Riff in LA (photos by Adam Murray)
Pentagram

today in NYC
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Dayna Kurtz @ Barbes
* Emily Wells @ Ace Hotel
* Chicago @ Beacon Theatre
* Susana Baca @ City Winery
* IDENTITY Fest @ Jones Beach
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Talib Kweli (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Dom, Sheen Bros & DJs @ Public Assembly
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Leisure, Emil & Friends, Slam Donahue @ Littlefield
* Rakim, EPMD, Funkmaster Flex @ Central Park Summerstage
* Quitzow, Alexander Trust, WKC, Shock Diamond @ Bruar Falls
* Canadian Rifle, Shaved Christ, Foreigh Objects @ The Acheron
* Stephane Wrembel Presents The Django Experiment @ Barbes
* Iceage, Crazy Spirit, Raspberry Bulbs, Perdition @ Secret Project Robot
* Pretty Good Friends w/ Eugene Mirman, David Cross, AD Miles @ the Bell House
* Pentagram, JEFF The Brotherhood, Valient Thorr, ELKS @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Paul Metzger, Neg-Fi, Eleven Twenty-Nine (Silent Barn Benefit) @ Zebulon
* Doldrums, Zorch, Many Mansions, Say No! to Architecture @ Death By Audio
* People's Champs, Nate Hancock & The Declaration, Mariami, Lyonnais @ Mercury Lounge
* Pizza Hi-Five, Archagathus, Violent Gorge, Powercup, Misanthropic Noise @ Acheron
* Christopher Willits, Jozef Van Wissem, Noveller, Loren Dent, Alexander Turnquist @ Littlefield

The IDENTITY Festival comes to Jones Beach today. It looks like this:

KASKADE 10:00 PM / DISCO BISCUITS 8:10 PM / AVICII 6:25 PM / CHUCKIE 5:10 PM / BOOKA SHADE 3:55 PM / MODESELEKTOR 2:40 PM / JESSIE AND THE TOY BOYS 2:05 PM / DATA ROMANCE 1:00 PM

/ ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK x DIM MAK STAGE /
DJ SHADOW 10:15 PM / STEVE AOKI 8:15 PM / NERO 6:50 PM / STEVE LAWLER 5:40 PM / THE CRYSTAL METHOD 4:40 PM / HOLY GHOST! 3:40 PM / HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR 2:40 PM / LE CASTLE VANIA 1:40 PM

Flyer below.

Power 105.1 is hosting a show on Governors Island today with Fabolous, Kelly Rowland, Big Sean, Meek Mill, J. Cole, Estelle, Wale, and Ace Hood. Living Social has tickets for $20 each.

JEFF the Brotherhood, who recently played Rockawaway Beach, play LPR with Pentagram tonight.

DOM, who recently played Pier 54, play Rockaway Beach today plays Public Assembly today instead of Rockaway Beach due to rain..

Today at Pier 54 is the Blues BBQ with:

7:30 Bonerama
6:15 Shakura S'Aida
5:00 Walter Trout
3:45 Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley
2:30 Marquise Knox
Rakim headlines Central Park Summerstage today.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Sunday?"