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Florida is getting its biggest-ever camping music festival this year in Lake Okeechobee with the arrival of the inaugural Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival on March 4-6. The festival, which is produced by some of the makers of Bonnaroo, has a varied lineup, including headliners Mumford & Sons, Hall & Oates, Kendrick Lamar and Skrillex, along with Robert Plant, Big Grams, Fetty Wap, Four Tet, Future, Jason Isbell, Joey Bada$$, Miguel, Odesza, Shabazz Palaces, Ween and many more. It's also one of the last-ever US shows for Youth Lagoon.
Like Bonnaroo does, they're having a big superjam thing too. Theirs is called "PoWoW! A Live Superstar Mashup," and it's led by Miguel and Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler. The jam sesh also includes Hall & Oates' John Oates, jazz breakout Kamasi Washingon, two members of pioneering funk band The Meters (George Porter Jr and Zigaboo Modeliste), the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, DJ Chris Karns, and Soulive members Eric Krasno and Neal Evans. Special guests are promised too.
3 and 4-day weekend passes are available now, along with VIP packages. Full lineup below...
After the lineup leak that happened last week, the official 2016 Bonnaroo lineup has been announced, featuring Pearl Jam, Dead & Co, LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole, Tame Impala, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Ween, Haim, Miguel, Chris Stapleton, Big Grams, Father John Misty, and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/22) at noon.
Full 2016 Bonnaroo lineup below...
Last night, the Bonnaroo 2016 lineup briefly leaked on the Bonnaroo app (part of it at least), and it was quickly taken down but not before someone could grab it put it on Reddit. A commenter suggests it's just the first wave, and the artists listed as headliners -- (Grateful) Dead & Co., LCD Soundsystem and Pearl Jam -- are just speculated headliners. (The poster also has misspellings like "Fidler.") The rest is listed in alphabetical order, and includes Big Grams, Blood Orange, Bully, Clutch, Death Cab for Cutie, Dungen, Father John Misty, Jason Isbell, Kamasi Washingotn, Kurt Vile, Lamb of God, Leon Bridges, M83, Mavis Staples, Miguel, Purity Ring, Shamir, Tame Impala, Vince Staples, Waxahatchee, Ween and more.
The lineup will officially be announced on Tuesday, January 19 on an episode of Conan, airing at 11 PM EST on TBS. The fest happens June 9-12 this year in its usual home of Manchester, TN. It's the festival's 15th anniversary, and in honor of that they're introducing some new improvements:
For the first time, Great State Park, home of Bonnaroo, will now feature its own permanent water line, allowing for the installation of more than 400 permanent toilets (38% of the total toilets onsite will be flushable), hundreds of permanent shower stalls (35% of the total shower stalls onsite), and a large number of water filling stations newly installed throughout the site.More improvements for the 2017 festival are being planned too.
Tickets go on sale January 22 at noon EST.
The Governors Ball Music Festival, which happens June 3-5 at Randall's Island Park in NYC, has announced it's 2016 lineup which includes headliners Kanye West, the Strokes, and The Killers, plus Beck, Robyn, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Haim, Chvrches, Father John Misty, Eagles of Death Metal, Purity Ring, Courtney Barnett, Jamie xx, Miike Snow, Bloc Party, Miguel, Big Grams, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, De La Soul, Vince Staples, Against Me!, Bat for Lashes, Thundercat, Torres, Bully and more. Full lineup is listed below.
That'll make the second time that both The Strokes and Kanye West headline Governors Ball. Last time Kanye headlined, he debuted about half of his then-still-unreleased Yeezus, and he's got a new album on the way this year too. The Strokes have also said they're in the studio (though a new Strokes album is probably a lot less exciting than a new Kanye album).
Tickets are on sale now.
Like they usually do, The Guardian rolled out their 40 Best Albums of 2015 list over a two-week period, and the whole thing is now here. The top 10 has nine US/UK list regulars and last year's Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers (who seem to be more loved in the UK). This year's Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine also just makes the list, coming in at #40. There's veteran representation from New Order, Dr. Dre, Janet Jackson, Iron Maiden, and Sparks if you count FFS. And there's interesting outliers like Fantasma, the South African band featuring the Sub Pop-signed Spoek Mathambo.
Stream that one and check out the full Top 40 below...
You saw their songs and their honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2015 list is here. Like with the song list, "records released this year and records that made their greatest impact in 2015 were eligible," which allows for things like D'Angelo's late 2014 release.
As usual, you can't just guess what the list is going to be by looking at what got Best New Music this year. Some of those albums became honorable mentions, and some were left off the year-end lists entirely (like Baroness, Nao, and Aphex Twin). The scores don't necessarily dictate it either. Deafheaven was one of a few albums to get a 9.0 or higher, but it dropped to #26 while the others all cracked the top 10. And then there's Carly Rae Jepsen, whose hype Pitchfork seemed to react against by giving her a less-than positive review, but they ended up throwing her on their year-end list just like everybody else. What should surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can read their commentary here and check out the full list below...
Pitchfork have published their 100 Best Tracks of 2015 list. The criteria was "any track that was released in 2015 or had its greatest impact in the U.S. during this year was eligible," which allows for stuff like 2014 releases from Fetty Wap and D'Angelo to count. Including guest appearances, Kendrick Lamar shows up four times, two of which are in the top five. Drake, Grimes, Jamie xx and Future all show up three times each. It includes a few singles off 2016 albums, like David Bowie's "Blackstar," ANOHNI's "4 Degrees" and Savages' "The Answer," one-off collaborations like WOKE (aka Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces), last-minute 2015 releases like Jeremih's "Oui," and surprise comeback singles like Missy Elliott's "WTF (Where They From)." If you were wondering, Adele's "Hello" is here (ranked very high), and yes, so is Justin Bieber. There's also some representation from less commercial stuff like the hardcore band G.L.O.S.S..
Check out the whole list below...
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been announced. Album of the Year nominees include Alabama Shakes for Sound & Color, Kendrick Lamar for To Pimp A Butterfly, Chris Stapleton for Traveller, Taylor Swift for 1989 and The Weeknd for Beauty Behind The Madness. Record of the Year also includes Taylor ("Blank Space") and The Weeknd ("Can't Feel My Face"), plus D'Angelo ("Really Love"), Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars ("Uptown Funk") and Ed Sheeran ("Thinking Out Loud"). Song of the Year has those same Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran songs against Kendrick's "Alright," Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," and Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth's "See You Again."
Alabama Shakes' album is also up for Best Alternative Music Album, along with Bjork, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala and Wilco. Kendrick's album is also up for Best Rap Album, along with J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Drake and Nicki Minaj.
Other nominees include Courtney Barnett (up for Best New Artist), Florence + the Machine, Bob Dylan, The Chemical Brothers, Flying Lotus, Skrillex & Diplo, Caribou, Disclosure, Jamie xx, Bill Frisell, Ghost, Death Cab For Cutie (Best Rock Album), Jeremih, Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel, The Internet, Kehlani, Leon Bridges, Fetty Wap, Kanye West, Big Sean, Common, Jidenna, Kacey Musgraves, Robert Glasper, Punch Brothers, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Jason Isbell, Buddy Guy, Bettye LaVette, Glen Hansard, Patti Smith, Amy Poehler, Wyatt Cenac, Louis C.K., the Hamilton soundtrack, David Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Presley, Father John Misty, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Decemberists, Joni Mitchell, The Bird and The Bee, Blake Mills (Producer of The Year for Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color), A$AP Rocky, The Dead Weather, Pharrell Williams, Amy Winehouse doc Amy, and many more.
Kendrick Lamar picked up 11 total nominations, and The Weeknd picked up seven. The ceremony will happen February 15 at the Staples Center in LA, and air live on CBS.
Check out a fuller list of nominees below and the whole thing here.
Illustration by Ryan Casey
We already saw Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2015, and now they unveiled their top 50 songs too. It's got a lot of the songs you couldn't avoid this year even if you wanted to: "Hello," "Hotline Bling," "Trap Queen," plenty of The Weeknd, one appearance by Justin Bieber. There's also indie rock anthems like Titus Andronicus' "Dimed Out," "Kurt Vile's "Pretty Pimpin," Courtney Barnett's "Pedestrian at Best"and Tame Impala's "Let It Happen," a nod towards raw DIY with Sheer Mag's "Fan the Flames," and a lot more. Check the whole thing out below.
Rolling Stone has published their list of the Top 50 Albums of 2015. As always, it has older artists who don't seem to pop up on many other lists (Madonna, Darlene Love, Mark Knopfler, Boz Scaggs, Keith Richards, James Taylor, Don Henley) (did you even know Don Henley released an album this year?). There's also two major rap albums in the top 3 (with Adele sandwiched in between), a good amount of country (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Ashley Monroe), smaller indie rock bands (Hop Along, Car Seat Headrest), mainstream pop (Selena Gomez, Carly Rae Jepsen), alt-rock giants (Muse, Marilyn Manson), and a lot more. And they're counting D'Angelo's December 2014 release for this list (it cracks the top 5).
Read their commentary here and check out the whole list below...
Happy December! SPIN are celebrating the first day of the last month of the year by putting out their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list. It's a diverse list, with the top 10 ranging from DIY-indie (Alex G) to mainstream country (Kacey Musgraves) to leftfield major label rap (Vince Staples and Kendrick Lamar). The list also has metal from Deafheaven and Krallice, electronic from RP Boo, Rabit, Oneohtrix Point Never and SOPHIE, R&B veteran Janet Jackson, and plenty more. Check out the whole thing below.
They also put out their 101 Best Songs of 2015 list, which is topped by Justin Bieber.
The new issue of UK music mag Uncut is out now, and it includes their Top 75 Albums of 2015 list. Like fellow UK mags MOJO and Q, they've got a lot of love for Julia Holter. They also have Sleaford Mods pretty high, lots of the 2015 year-end regulars in the top 10 (Kendrick, Sufjan, Father John Misty, Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett), and lots of older musicians throughout the list (Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Nick Cave, Killing Joke, PiL, Paul Weller, Robert Forster, etc). Check out the full list below.
British music mag Q just put out their latest issue which has Coldplay on the cover and also includes their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list (not including the new Coldplay album, which isn't out yet). It's got a lot of the bands that the UK press tends to favor more than the American press (Palma Violets, Wolf Alice, Years & Years, Slaves, Everything Everything), tons of the stuff we'll probably see on most lists (Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett), and a few surprises.
Check out the full list below...
We're happy to announce that BrooklynVegan is part of Spotify's "In Residence" series where we'll not only curate a monthly playlist, but premium users can hear us talk about it too. Head to Spotify HERE now and click "follow" to make sure you never miss an episode.
For our first show, BV editors Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Dave sat down to talk about some of our favorite music of 2015 so far, and other digressions. We taped the show in late July, so keep that in mind if any of it sounds slightly dated. (A segment where Bill bets Dave a million dollars that Lush will never ever reform was cut.)
Anyone can listen, though you will need to be a Spotify Premium subscriber to hear our lovely speaking voices.
Other Spotify In Residence shows/hosts include former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, dance act Jungle, and UK grime artist Big Narstie.
Stay tuned for a brand new BrooklynVegan episode in December. Meanwhile, listen to November's...
photo: Martin Courtney/ Real Estate at Radio City in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Skream @ Verboten
Dubstep OG Skream takes over Verboten tonight from open to close. Doors are at 10.
Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Steve Gunn, Martin Courtney, Will Epstein & Jesse Lauter, King Cyst @ Brooklyn Bowl
Alex Bleeker and The Freaks are the jammiest of all the Real Estate-related projects (Alex is the Deadhead in the group) and they've got a new album called Country Agenda that they'll be celebrating tonight. The bill is loaded with special guests: ace guitarist Steve Gunn, Alex's Real Estate Martin Courtney (who has his own great solo record out now), Darkside collaborator Will Epstein playing with Elvis Perkins collaborator Jesse Lauter, and the Ducktails/Big Troubles-related King Cyst.
Jeezy @ Highline Ballroom
Jeezy will release his eighth album this week, Church in These Streets, and recently revealed a Janelle Monae-featuring single from it. Before we get to hear the whole thing though, he'll play NYC tonight.
NY Comedy Festival
The NYCF continues tonight and Thursday highlights include: Nathan "For You" Fielder at the Skirball Center; Bridget Everett and The Tender Moments at Gramercy Theatre; and David Cross guests at "Ask Me Another" at The Bell House.
King Khan & BBQ Show, Milk Lines, The Mystery Lights @ Knitting Factory
King Khan & BBQ Show released Bad News Boys, their first album together in half a decade, back at the start of the year. They play together tonight, with great support from local garage band The Mystery Lights.
Elysian Fields @ The Owl
Venerable NYC band Elysian Fields are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a run of shows where they're performing their entire catalog live. Tonight it's 2014's Dreams That Breathe Your Name.
Vivid Low Sky, Jef Brown @ Cake Shop
Vivid Low Sky is the mostly solo, mostly post-rock (and entirely instrumental) project of David Koslowski, whose debut, 2000's Music for Movies Unmade, featured Miyuki Furtado (Rogers Sisters), Shirlé Hale (from another Koslowski band, Gerty), Thomas Moore (Plow) and J. Robbins (Jawbox/Burning Airlines). The band are back, with Robbins behind the boards this time, to make II, which will be out in March. But you can see them live tonight.
Future Punx, Parlor Walls, Dead Waves, Clean Girls, Heavy Birds @ Shea Stadium
Parlor Walls, the new project from EULA's Alyse Lamb, celebrate the release of their new Cut EP tonight. New Wave revivalists Future Punx headline.
Skinny Puppy, Youth Code @ The Paramount
Long-running Canadian electro-industrial outfit Skinny Puppy come designed to shock...and to dance. Their live shows are usually something else. Their pals Youth Code open.
Anna von Hausswolff, Shana Falana @ Saint Vitus
Swedish singer/church organist Anna Von Hausswolff has a new album coming out this week that she recorded on one of the largest pipe organs in Scandinavia. It's ethereal, haunting stuff. Tonight's the NYC release party, and local openers Shana Falana are well-matched and worth showing up for.
Beacon, Glass Gang, DJ Internet Explorer, DJ David Rafael @ Cameo Gallery
Cameo closes this month, and they're on their final stretch of shows. Tonight they've got a lineup of electronic pop.
Futurebirds, Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, SUSTO @ Bowery Ballroom
Athens, GA alt-country band Futurebirds headline this show, and if you're going it's also worth catching the experimental jammers Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band.
Odesza, Bonobo (DJ Set), Jai Wolf @ Terminal 5
Seattle dance duo Odesza seriously blew up. It was just over a year ago you could see them at places like Santos Party House and Knitting Factory, and tonight they kick off a 3-night run at the huge Terminal 5 and the whole thing is sold out. Openers vary each night, and tonight it's the aways-fun Bonobo on DJ duties and local producer Jai Wolf.
Bonobo (DJ Set), Joe90 @ Output
Keep the party going after the Odesza show by following Bonobo over to Williamsburg, where he'll DJ the Output club.
VH1 'You Oughta Know' concert w/ Hozier, Ella Henderson, George Ezra, Tori Kelly, James Bay, Nate Ruess, Rachel Platten, Elle King, Miguel, X Ambassadors @ The Armory Foundation
You probably want to avoid this show (and we wouldn't blame you), but while it's mostly lame, it's still a chance to see Miguel whose great new album Wildheart only gets better.
Seal @ Irving Plaza
Get a little crazy tonight, and sing along loudly to "Kiss From a Rose" with '90s megastar Seal.
Beach Fossils, Sunflower Bean @ LDS Center - Stony Brook University
Beach Fossils remain one of Brooklyn's most energetic, fun live bands. This Stonybrook show pairs them with Sunflower Bean who just wrapped up their tour with DIIV.
Local H, Ultra Major @ Mercury Lounge
Midwest rockers Local H have gone pretty strong since their 1995 debut, and now 20 years later they've got a new album out, Hey, Killer.
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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Talib Kweli music is just falling from the sky this summer. He released Train of Thought: Lost Lyrics, Rare Releases & Beautiful B-Sides Vol.1 last month, and over the weekend he surprise-released a FREE album, Fuck The Money. It includes contributions from Miguel, Ab-Soul, Kaytranada, Styles P, The Alchemist and more. Download it here and stream it below.
We already knew some of the collaborators on Disclosure's upcoming sophomore album, Caracal (due 9/25 via PMR/Island), and now they've revealed the full list, including some big names. Miguel, The Weeknd, Lorde and past collaborator Sam Smith are among them. Check out the full tracklist below.
Sam Smith, who was the lead singer on the unstoppable "Latch," sings on new single "Omen." Do you think it lives up to its predecessor? Listen below.
Disclosure's only two upcoming US shows are at NYC's Madison Square Garden and LA's Memorial Sports Arena.
photo: Miguel at Best Buy Theater in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Miguel is currently on tour, and will hit NYC this Sunday (8/2) for a big show at Terminal 5. T5 is now sold out, but luckily Miguel added a second show here. It's also a much smaller one: Bowery Ballroom on August 5. Tickets go on sale Thursday (7/30) at noon, and they'll probably go fast. Miguel's tour also hits New Haven, Long Island, Atlantic City and more. Updated dates are listed below.
The tour is in support of his great new album Wildheart, which he put out two videos from this week. One is for "NWA" and the other is for "...goingtohell." Check out both, with the list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Miguel is a week away from releasing Wildheart, his followup to 2012's great Kaleidoscope Dream, and it's now streaming in full. Like his last album, it's sultry R&B with bits of psychedelia and rock guitar, and once again it's that fantastic voice that sets him apart from other people doing similar things. You can listen to the whole thing at NPR.
Miguel will play a much tinier NYC show before than that, on June 30 at Le Poisson Rouge. It's an NPR First Listen Live show, which means it streams live on NPR (at 9 PM EST). The show is FREE with RSVP, which opens Friday (6/26) at noon via the NPR R&B, NPR Music, and Miguel twitters. More info here.
Video for Wildheart standout "Coffee" below...
photo: Miguel at Best Buy Theater in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Since then, he announced a tour, including a few shows in the NYC-area. He plays NYC proper on August 2 at Terminal 5, Sayreville, NJ on August 5 at Starland Ballroom, and Long Island on August 7 at The Space at Westbury. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/19) at noon. Those shows, and the whole tour, will be opened by Dorothy.
All dates (including other nearby shows in New Haven and Atlantic City) are listed, with the video for "Coffee," below...
R&B singer Miguel's anticipated followup to 2012's Kaleidoscope Dream, Wildheart, is due June 29 via ByStorm/RCA. Like he did for the last album, he's been revealing songs from it in batches. He released an EP in December with the songs "NWA," "Coffee," and "Hollywood Dreams," and today he dropped three more: "FLESH," "...goingtohell," and "face the sun," which features Lenny Kravitz. Listen below.
Miguel has some shows coming up, but none in NYC. Lenny Kravitz plays here in August for Afropunk Fest.
UPDATE: The video for "Coffee" is out now too, and also below...
A$AP Rocky's new album, At.Long.Last.A$AP (A.L.L.A.) had a release date of June 2, but in true 2015 rap fashion, Rocky "surprise" released the whole thing early. It has appearances from Kanye West, Schoolboy Q, Mos Def, M.I.A., Juicy J, UGK, Miguel, Danger Mouse, newcomer Joe Fox and more. Pick yours up at iTunes.
Check out the full tracklist and listen to the whole thing via Spotify below...
photos courtesy of Vans
Hudson Mohawke at Mohawk during SXSW 2015
Hudson Mohawke is releasing a new album called Lantern on June 16 via Warp which includes collaborations with a handful of big names, including Antony, Miguel and Jhene Aiko. The first single is a collaboration with a smaller name, Irfane who sang on Breakbot's "Baby I'm Yours." It's called "Very First Breath" and can be streamed, with the tracklist, below.
HudMo just played SXSW last week (photo above from his show at House of Vans at the Mohawk, two more below), and he's now announced more dates, including a NYC show. He comes here on May 28 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/27) at 10 AM with Live Nation, LN Mobile App, and Music Geeks presales starting Wednesday (3/25) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Big Sean - 'Dark Sky Paradise'
We've already gotten a few tastes of Big Sean's new album, Dark Sky Paradise (due next week, 2/24, via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam), and now he's just given us two more songs. One is "One Man Can Change The World," a piano ballad with guest sung vocals from Kanye West (who's also on the great "Blessings" with Drake and the "All Your Fault" clip) and John Legend, as well as the downtempo rap of "Win Some, Lose Some" which features past collaborator Jhene Aiko. Listen to both below, along with a mix of snippets from the album.
UPDATE: Big Sean announced a few dates, including a NYC-area show happening April 22 at Starland Ballroom in NJ. Tickets for that go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon with a presale starting Thursday (2/19) at 9 AM. All currently known dates (more TBA?) are below.
In related news, Kanye collaborator Cashmere Cat (who co-produced Ye's new single "Wolves" that he just debuted at his fashion show and then performed on SNL 40) also just co-produced (with Stargate) the new single for another Kanye collaborator, Ty Dolla $ign. It's called "Drop That Kitty" and has an all-star cast of guest appearances from Charli XCX and Tinashe. They all bring their own personalities to the song: Ty in auto-tuned sung-rap mode, shouty/sassy Charli, and soulful Tinashe. Check it out below.
Cashmere Cat will be on tour soon supporting Ariana Grande, including her MSG shows on 3/20 & 3/21, and headlining his own NYC show on March 21 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
Tinashe is also supporting a bigger star (and Ariana Grande collaborator) on an arena tour, Iggy Azalea, including her Barclays Center show on May 7.
And Charli XCX will return to NYC for Governors Ball, which just announced its daily lineups.
In more related news, Big Sean recently put out his own verse for "Used To" from the new Drake mixtape (and from Lil Wayne's mixtape). You can listen to that below too. Like Kanye and Big Sean, Drake was in NYC this past weekend for a surprise show at Irving Plaza, which he brought Kanye out during. Video of that below.
And speaking of Kanye collaborators, producer Hudson Mohawke tweeted yesterday that he's in the studio with Miguel, so that's something to look forward to.
Song streams below...
by Andrew Sacher
Miguel hasn't released an album since 2012's Kaleidoscope Dream, but he's stayed active, working with Jessie Ware, Janelle Monae, Beyonce and others. And now he's uploaded a surprise 3-song EP to his Soundcloud, which is pretty thirst-quenching for anyone that's longing for a Kaleidoscope Dream followup.
The first song is called "NWA" and features Kurupt. Stream all three below...