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by Andrew Sacher

Your Old Droog @ The Studio at Webster Hall (photo by Seher Sikanda)
Droog

New York rapper Your Old Droog started picking up some buzz earlier this year when he dropped his self-titled EP on Soundcloud and was immediately met with reactions saying he sounded like another NY rapper, Nas. So much so, that rumors actually arose that Young Old Droog was the legendary MC himself. Those rumors quickly inspired a Complex writer to clarify, "I met Your Old Droog before and he's not Nas," and they were entirely silenced when Droog made his debut performance at The Studio at Webster Hall in September. A few weeks after the show, MTV brought up the rumors to Nas in an interview, and he'd never heard of Droog but clarified he would never release a secret EP. "I want you to know it's me when I drop."

Through Your Old Droog may not be the man behind Illmatic, he's still a promising young rapper himself. (Perhaps not as promising as Nas was as a young rapper, but that's not really a reasonable expectation.) He followed the EP with a self-titled LP in late November (which included all 9 songs from the EP), and here's what NPR had to say about it:

The songs are short and sharp, and all the hoopla around Your Old Droog has turned out to be decidedly beside the point. [...] He's so virtuosic it's funny, so insouciant I'm embarrassed to use that word, indifferent to what he calls "social events." Really, really smart. The music he chooses to pair with his words is melodic like we forget it can be; it feels good like Bobbito asking what you're supposed to say at the end of records.
You can catch Droog in his hometown tonight (12/12) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with opener Dave East. Tickets are available.

Stream the EP below...

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Q-Tip leading protests in Times Square last night (photo via @alphajada)
Q-Tip

Last night it was announced that the grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson, MO police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting and death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Protests sprung up all over the country. In NYC, Q-Tip lead protests in Times Square chanting "Whose streets? Our Streets!" and "Don't shoot! Hands Up!" Instagram videos of him in Times Square can be watched below.

Meanwhile, much much closer to the center of the story, Run the Jewels were performing in St. Louis, Missouri. Killer Mike, who sang about the police "terrorizing whoever, but mostly black boys" in his hyper-political song "Reagan," gave a moving, tearful speech during their set. "I knew it was coming...I knew it wasn't going to be good, but you motherfuckers got me today. You kicked me on my ass today, because I have a 20-year-old son, I have a 12-year-old son and I'm so afraid for them." You can watch it below.

Macklemore also took part in a protest in Ferguson, which Seattle King5 News has a clip of here.

Lots of other musicians expressed their feelings on social media. "I'm heartbroken over the news of no indictment in Ferguson. Let's all pray for peace," Pharrell Williams tweeted. Talib Kweli tweeted, "I feel really bad for the family of Mike Brown. To my brothers & sisters in Ferguson my heart is with you & I will join you soon."

A few more:

Azealia Banks also went on a long Twitter rant about it, saying, "What makes it even worse is the fact that I sleep with white men..... LOL" and "I might have to kill one of these crackers in their sleep !!" but then "Lol, I'm joking." She also got more serious and said things like, "But something seriously has to be done about this shit. I don't want to hear about another unarmed black kid being shot by the damn cops. It's so discouraging, just as a young black person, to know that people like me can be murdered and have there be no real justice." Read many more of her tweets here.

Not every musician was against the ruling. Gun expert Ted Nugent tweeted, "DarrenWilson did good MichaelBrown did bad justice is served."

Video of Killer Mike's speech in St. Louis and Q-Tip in Times Square, below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

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Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.

Now we've got pics of the whole three days on BV Austin. Check out day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE and day 3 HERE.

words by Andrew Sacher, photos via BV Austin Instagram


#kingdiamond at @funfunfunfest #funfunfunfest

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Fun Fun Fun Fest continued in Austin's Auditorium Shores on Saturday (11/8) with another amazing and eclectic lineup (and hopefully better lines). I started my day at the Black Stage for Fat White Family. The crazed psych band was a little calmer than they tend to be in a small venue, but even for a festival set so early on in the day, the Fat Whites brought it.

The energy on the Black Stage quickly rose significantly as Glassjaw followed, quenching the same early 2000s post-hardcore thirst that The Blood Brothers did a day earlier (not to mention they had a shared love for tight tees and theatrical stage moves). They leaned heavy on the early material and really put on a classic Glassjaw set, looking and sounding like no time had passed since 2002. The crowd followed suit, with a pit open and endless stage divers the whole time.

I hung around the Black Stage for a bit of METZ's wild-as-always set, and then headed to the Orange Stage where Courtney Barnett was playing. I hadn't seen Courtney in about a year since she played CMJ 2013, and not that I doubted her but after Saturday's set I'm sure of it that her rise to bigger stages is well deserved. One person said of her recent Webster Hall show, "Courtney Barnett's ramshackle gigs are now serious fucking rock shows" and that's exactly how I felt seeing her at FFF.

The Orange Stage continued to be the place to be as The Pains of Being Pure at Heart took the stage followed by their tourmates The New Pornographers. Pains, who have been on the road with their killer new lineup this year, brought it once again with a lot of the new album, a good mix of the first two, and another of the high energy shows this new lineup is becoming known for. Then the New Pornographers, Dan Bejar and Neko Case included, followed with another excellent set that kicked off with the title track from this year's Brill Bruisers and went on to include plenty more from that album. They apparently had some technical difficulties that they didn't mention until after they were fixed, but you wouldn't have known it. New Pornographers sounded flawless.


#sickofitall at @funfunfunfest #funfunfunfest

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Over at the Black Stage, NYHC legends Sick of It All were playing a set pulling from Blood, Sweat and No Tears and Scratch the Surface. SOIA definitely partied like it was 1989, started a wall of death ("a game we used to play before all the metal bands and ska bands took the idea"), and though they talked on stage about not getting too sucked into nostalgia (they mentioned they have a new album out but couldn't play anything off of it because of "contractual obligations"), they clearly had a lot of fun with those old songs.

Another nostalgia set then went down on the Blue Stage, where Nas played all of the unfuckwithable Illmatic. His DJ came out, played "The Genesis" over the PA, and then once he dropped that beat to "NY State of Mind," Nas finally took the stage and was on fire the whole time. Not to throw shade at his other albums, but as good as a Nas set usually is, previous times I've seen him don't compare at all to seeing Illmatic in full. It's no secret that it's a timeless album, but he really made it feel like it was on Saturday. Unlike Sick of It All's set, this didn't feel like nostalgia. There's a handful of good rappers on FFF's lineup, but Nas playing his 1994 album still sounded ahead of all of them.

Wrapping up the day on the Black Stage was the face-painted metal legend King Diamond. Like the other shows on his current US tour, he and his band had a haunted house-like stage set up with staircases, a fence in front of them, light-up crosses, a guest dressed up as a spooky old man, and more props. The operatic singer ran through a set of his songs and a few by Mercyful Fate, all while being a character in the stage show himself.


#modestmouse at @funfunfunfest #funfunfunfest

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I split the end of my night catching half of King Diamond's set, and then catching half of Modest Mouse over at the Orange Stage. Though it's still been years since Modest Mouse put out anything new (they did just put out a couple reissues though), Modest Mouse have been having an incredible year on tour. They packed the end of their set with favorites -- "Float On," "A Different City," "Out Of Gas," "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" -- and played them with this genuine energy that was a great reminder that they were once one of the most consistently great indie rock bands around. It might seem boring or obvious to say these things about Modest Mouse in 2014, but their recent live shows deserve it.

Day 1 recap HERE. We'll have a recap of the rest off FFF Fest 2014 (as well as full picture sets from all three days) soon. Meanwhile, you can check out lots more pics on the @BVAustin Instagram.

UPDATE: Day 3 is up.

Radiohead

"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[
NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...

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photos by James Richards IV

Outkast / Kate Nash / Nas / Parquet Courts
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Besides Eminem on Friday, Saturday was heavy on hip-hop heavyweights. First up was Nas, who dedicated the first half of his set to his 1994 debut album "Illmatic" from start to finish. Unlike Eminem, and other EDM-based acts this weekend, Nas commandeered the massive stage on his own, accompanied by only a DJ. "All I need is one mic, two turntables and you," he said. True enough, those songs remain poignant, especially the funk saga "N.Y. State of Mind," the jazz-fused street scenes of "It Ain't Hard to Tell" and "One Love," a universal shout-out to incarcerated friends. The personal imagery in those songs, combined with his solitary presence onstage, summoned the sense of a testimonial before God, his peers, a lover, his family -- It was all packed in there ready for unpacking. - [Chicago Sun Times]
Day Two at Lollapalooza 2014 seemed mostly smooth sailing, seeing performances by hip hop icons Outkast and Nas, indie rock from Parquet Courts and Spoon, not to mention Kate Nash, Vic Mensa, Phosphorescent, Duke Dumont and lots more. Pictures from Saturday (8/2) are in this post.

Lollapalooza Day Three is just getting underway in Chicago's Grant Park, with performances today by Darkside, Chromeo, The Avett Brothers and more. They are also streaming some of the performances live today starting at 3 PM EST. If you're there, be sure to stop by the Toyota Soundwave Tent where BrooklynVegan will be hosting live performances, artist Q&As and more.

Pics from Lollapalooza Day One are HERE and more from Day Two, below...

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Schoolboy Q in Central Park in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Schoolboy Q

Last night (6/19), Nas, Schoolboy Q and Flying Lotus played a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, and after the show there was a shooting in the parking lot, as The Denver Post reports. Three victims were taken to the hospital; all of them are still alive and one has been released as of this post. A tweet from Denver Post reporter Karl Gehring also shows a picture of Schoolboy Q being detained by the police, though he was not arrested. Q has since tweeted, "im str8...... dont trip." They're still looking for the suspect.

Schoolboy Q has more shows coming up, including one in NYC on Wednesday (6/25) at Central Park Summerstage. That show was supposed to be with his TDE labelmate Isaiah Rashad, but Isaiah has since dropped of the bill. Domo Genesis, Tinashe and BlackOutBoyz (aka A$AP Yams and A$AP Jscott) are still playing though. Tickets are still available. Show flyer below.

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Dave Chappelle

Tickets are on sale for the June 23rd show, which they're calling the ninth and "final" Radio City show. This one is with Nas. The previous eight are either just Dave or Dave and other musicians.

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The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....

Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.

This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.

Ditto for emo vets Mineral

So much more greatness listed below....

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by Ian Chainey

DJ Premier

DJ Premier, one of hip hop's greatest and most influential guiding hands, is staying busier than a bee with a pollen monopoly. The Houston-born, Brooklyn-raised producer and DJ has a number of irons in the fire; as you'd expect from a guy with Discogs credits exceeding 1,300. On the production/collabo docket? Well, lots. (The man's blog refreshes more frequently than Guy Pearce in Memento checking his Twitter feed.) Yet, as always, Premo is full of surprises. He took a seat with Life + Times and let slip two biggies.

First off, there's the mysterious tease. Premier is putting the finishing touches on an LP for an as-yet-unknown performer. He avoided the name, but didn't skimp on the details:

It's a really unique project. It's a project where I sample only one artist and only used their samples for the entire album. I strictly just use that one person - took all their samples, broke it into pieces and made my own beats out of it, and scratched it - the whole album. It was gonna be an EP, but it turned into a whole album. It's gonna have nine tracks on it. It's a really cool project.
The record contains guest turns from Ab-Soul, Mac Miller, Slaughterhouse, and possibly others. It's apparently coming soon, but his KRS-One team-up, Return of the Boom Bip, has also been coming soon. . .for years. Its Facebook page is liked by tumbleweeds. So, we'll see.

However, in the year of Illmatic's 20th anniversary, Premo dropped this Nas news nugget:

This is what Nas told me recently and every time that we talk this is what he tells me; he says, "Look, I got another new album I got to do on Def Jam and then my contract is over. I'd rather do your album...that's because we can do whatever we want. There's no strings. We can just rock out." Everybody's like, "When are ya'll gonna do an album?" I'm not rushing it and I have other things to do. I don't even take it personal when he's like, "Yo, I'm working this first." Whenever he says that he's ready, I'm going in. So, that was always my way of looking at it. I never looked at it no other way. I ain't trippin.'
Whoa. Of course, Nas and Premier are no strangers, having worked together often. But, a full album of the two? Money: how do I give it to you? Details are surely forthcoming unless this quote is courtesy of one of his Multiplicity clones. Hey, it's the only way to explain how he accomplishes so much.

A clip from Scratch, the DJ documentary featuring DJ Premier, along with -- for kicks -- a classic WBLS broadcast from 1994 (complete with commercials!), below...

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The Replacements at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Replacements

The spring edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival is a month away (May 23-25), and they've already announced the fall edition which goes down in Boston's City Hall Plaza from September 5-7. The September lineup, which is listed in full below, includes The National, The Replacements, Nas x The Roots, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Volcano Choir, The War on Drugs, The Hold Steady, White Denim, Sky Ferreira, Future Islands, San Fermin, S. Carey, Lorde, Childish Gambino and more. 3-day passes go on sale Monday (4/28) at 10 AM.

Tickets (3-day, 2-day and single day passes) for the May festival, which includes Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Brand New, Kurt Vile, Phosphorescent and more, are still available.

Full September lineup, flyer, and announcement video, and video of Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong joining the 'Mats at Coachella, below...

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Pharrell / Future Islands / Ty Segall / mean girls
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Coachella 2014 - Day 2
Coachella 2014 - Day 2
Coachella 2014 - Day 2

Watching Ty Segall at the Outdoor Theatre to kick off my Saturday drove home a 2014 Coachella reality: the relative lack of noisy, guitar-driven bands. While the bill is loaded with synthy, electronic-leaning indie types, traditional rock acts are few and far between this year. As if to illustrate the point, late in his gloriously loud and raucous set, Segall covered "Mötörhead" by Mötörhead, one of a handful of truly heavy bands at the fest.

...I arrived 20 minutes early Saturday night [for the Pixies], just in case, but while the Mojave eventually filled and then some, things never got ugly. As for the set itself, I doubt I'll ever adjust to seeing Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering on a stage without Kim Deal, but the new-look Pixies produced a quality set nonetheless, bashing out extra-ferocious versions of "Gouge Away," "Nimrod's Son," "Crackity Jones" and more. [Las Vegas Weekly]

Coachella 2014 recently wrapped up its first of two weekends. You already saw pictures of day 1, and we've got a set of day 2 pics in this post, including shots of Pet Shop Boys, Pharrell, Queens of the Stone Age, Pixies, Fatboy Slim, Lorde, Future Islands, Warpaint, Julian Casablancas, Ty Segall, Graveyard, Foxygen, Laura Mvula and more.

Of course there's too much to catch everything, but many other great artists played the second day too, including Solange whose sister Beyonce came on stage to dance with her (video below), Nas whose frenemy Jay Z joined him for "Dead Presidents II" and "Where I'm From" and Diddy (I mean Puff Daddy) joined him for "Hate Me Now" (full set video below), indie legends The Dismemberment Plan, post-rock vets Mogwai, plus sets from MGMT, Washed Out, Bombay Bicycle Club, Holy Ghost and many more.

One of the big talks of the day was Pharrell (and his hat), who brought out loads of guests who reminded the crowd that Pharrell wasn't a nobody before "Happy," "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" (all three of which he played). He produced or co-produced huge hits for Snoop Dogg ("Drop It Like It's Hot"), Gwen Stefani ("Hollaback Girl"), Busta Rhymes ("Pass the Courvoisier") and Nelly ("Hot in Herre"), all of who joined him for said songs. A few videos from his set below.

Day 1 pics here. Day 3 pics here. More day 2 pictures, Blake Anderson of Workaholics moshing to Ty Segall included, and videos below...

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Action Bronson at Irving Plaza in January (more by Lukas Hodge)
Action Bronson

One-day NYC-area hip hop festival Hot 97 Summer Jam returns to East Rutherford, NJ's MetLife Stadium on June 1 this year. The two-stage lineup was just announced and the main stage includes 50 Cent, Nas, The Roots, Wiz Khalifa, DJ Mustard w/ YG & Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz, Action Bronson, Troy Ave and more, plus Nicki Minaj (joining Lil Wayne and Young Money), following her guest appearance at last year's Summer Jam, which followed her canceling her set at 2012's. Meanwhile, the Festival Stage includes Childish Gambino, Iggy Azalea, Jhene Aiko, Nipsey Hussle and more.

Tickets are currently on presale (password: "SJ2014"), and they go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/4) at noon. Full lineup below.

MetLife Stadium is also where you can catch the Eminem / Rihanna tour in August. We also just posted many other hip hop shows in NYC earlier today too.

Full Summer Jam lineup and flyer below...

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Nas

Nas' groundbreaking debut, Illmatic, turns 20 this year and the making of that album is the subject of a new documentary, Time is Illmatic. The film will be the opening night presentation at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, screening April 16 at The Beacon Theatre which will be followed by a perfomance by Nas himself. Tickets are on sale now for American Express cardmembers and go on sale to the general public on April 1 at 11 AM.

Additional screenings of Time is Illmatic are April 18 at Loews Village 7 @ 6 PM (tickets not on sale) and April 25 at Loews Village 7 @ 4 PM (nor these).

Nas is also playing Coachella and Lollapalooza. Meanwhile, Bjork's got a documentary at TriBeca Film Fest too.

Watch a clip from Time is Illmatic below...

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Lolla

Lollapalooza 2014, which goes down from August 1-3 in Chicago, announced its 2014 lineup. Artists include Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monekys, Skrilex, Broken Bells and tons more. 3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.

Full lineup below...

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Nas and Rick Ross
Rick Ross

Legendary Queens rapper Nas has been making some live appearances this year like Bonnaroo, Governors Ball, and Citi Field, and now he's got what appears to be a one-off happening on November 1 at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Tickets for this rap show in a casino go on sale Friday (9/20) at 9 AM, and are currently on presale.

Another rapper playing that venue is Rick Ross (who also played Gramercy last night [9/17]) on November 16 (tix go on AEG presale Thursday [9/19] at 10 AM). It's part of his tour which also includes a NYC happening at another slightly unconventional venue for hip hop, Beacon Theatre on November 15. This isn't the first rap show to happen at Beacon Theatre but it's nevertheless a left turn from Beacon's usual bookings. TIckets for that show go on sale Friday (9/20) at 11 AM and Internet/VIP Experience presales begin Thursday (9/19) at 11 AM (password: "HUSTLIN"). All tour dates are listed below.

The previously discussed Kid Cudi/Big Sean tour also hits the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino on 9/29 (tickets).

Both Nas and Rick Ross appear on the new Jay Z album Magna Carta Holy Grail, which he's supporting on a tour that hits NYC in January at Barclays Center, which Jay Z is selling his stake in.

All Rick Ross dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Big Sean

Since his radio-ready debut, rapper Big Sean has released an evolutionary mixtape and has had some memorable guest verses ("Mercy," "Burn," "Show Out," "All Me"), that have set the anticipation pretty high for his sophomore album, Hall of Fame (the one that doesn't feature Kendrick Lamar's murderous verse). Much of the album is void of club hits and instead indebted to the introverted emotional rap of Drake or latter-day Kanye, especially on the recent Jhene Aiko-featuring single, "Beware." It also features guest appearances from Miguel, Nas, Kid Cudi, Young Jeezy, Nicki Minaj, Juicy J, and others.

Hall of Fame isn't due out until next week (8/27), but it sprung a leak yesterday (8/19), and now websites, including Fist In The Air and BLKDMNDS are hosting streams of the leak.

Big Sean is also touring this year, including a run with Tyler, the Creator and Kid Cudi, and a NYC-area appearance in October for Rock the Bells NJ, which also includes Black Hippy, A$AP Mob, Jhene Aiko, Juicy J, J Cole, and more (tickets). Sean and Jhene AIko recently performed "Beware" together on Jimmy Kimmel Live, so maybe there's a chance that will happen again at Rock the Bells? Video of them on Kimmel, below.

He was also supposed to be in NYC this Thursday (8/22) for a conversation at Gramercy Theatre, but that has been canceled.

All upcoming dates are listed, along with the 'Kimmel' video and two music videos from the new album, below...

Continue reading "Big Sean's new LP leaked, sites streaming it; tour announced"

Nas @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z @ Yankee Stadium
JT and Jay Z (not Jay-Z) both have boundary-pushing new albums under their belts, and tonight they join forces for their first of two shows at the gigantic Yankee Stadium. Setlists on this tour have been pretty fucking epic.

Nas @ Citi Field (post-Mets game show)
Meanwhile...Nasir Jones returns to his borough to bless the post-Mets crowd with songs from across his spotty catalog of super-smash hits and misses. Let's hope he sticks to the singles and Illmatic for the evening. Considering their past history, isn't it funny that Nas is at Citi Field on the same night that Jigga is at Yankee Stadium?

The Waterboys, Alasdair Roberts @ Prospect Park Bandshell (Free)
"Celtic rock" often conjures up cliched images of bagpipes, kilts or worse, but The Waterboys' This is the Sea and Fisherman's blues will forever justify the genre's legitimacy. And songs like "Whole of The Moon" were just made to be heard under an open sky. Free.

Xeno & Oaklander, DUST, Void Vision, Silent Em @ 285 Kent Avenue
It's a night of darkwave, minimal synth and electronic body music, headlined by neo-luddite duo Xeno & Oaklander. Lets just hope their old-school tech doesn't melt in this heat.

Roomrunner, Greys, Weird Womb, Heeney @ Shea Stadium
The most notable part of this all around great bill is that Toronto noise punks Greys will be returning to NYC for it, but though the other bands play around here more often, that doesn't make them less exciting. The show is being headlined by Baltimore grunge revivalists Roomrunner, and it's rounded out by two opening Brooklyn garage punk bands -- Weird Womb and Heeney (who Titus Andronicus just handpicked to open their last-ever Maxwell's show).

The Draft, Cheap Girls, Luther @ Saint Vitus
Hot Water Music have been back in action for a few years, and now their short-lived side project The Draft (which 3/4 of the members formed when Chuck Ragan went solo) are back too. Their material is pretty on par with much of the stuff Chuck Wollard sang in latter-day Hot Water Music, and tonight you can see them at small Brooklyn club Saint Vitus. Michigan's Cheap Girls, who owe a bit of their very catchy sound to Smoking Popes, are not to miss either.

Kisses, Rush Midnight @ Mercury Lounge
It's an '80s-leaning double bill here, both of whom are on the Cascine roster: Kisses lean more towards sounds pulled from John Hughes soundtracks; Rush Midnight owe more to Miami Vice. Both do it quite well.

OM @ Metropolitan Museum of Art
Trance-inducing stoner crew Om will perform "At Giza" in front of Egyptian ruins... Sounds like something out of a movie, but its true! Should be a beyond epic experience and possibly the first show by Om that isn't completely filled with surreptitious weed smoke. That's the hope anyway... this is a museum, people!

Vattnet Viskar @ Acheron
Expansive, epic New England black metal band Vattnet Viskar will make you forget about wanting to go to the beach, BBQ and wear tank tops with their icy odes to the Norwegian godfathers.

Skaters, Drowners, The Denzels @ Bowery Ballrooom
We aren't much into the headliners but, if you're going to this show, the opening acts are worth showing up early for. Drowners take their name from a Suede song, and their single "Long Hair" is catchier than some want to admit; The Denzels too, in a post-Strokes kind of way.

Pterodactyl, Dan Friel, PC Worship, Patchy Drizzle @ Death By Audio
Brooklyn noise rockers Pterodactyl played "one of their last shows" back in April, and this one is reportedly will be their last. Solid likeminded support too.

Bosnian Rainbows @ Maxwell's
With the At the Drive-In reunion having come to an end, and The Mars Volta broken up now too, guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is now fully focusing on his band, Bosnian Rainbows (whose lineup also includes Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes), and they wrap up their NYC-area stay at the soon-to-close Maxwell's tonight.

Cro-Mags @ MHOW
UPDATE: This show got rescheduled for October 20. Any tickets purchased for tonight's show will be honored.

Big Dipper @ The Studio at Webster Hall
For anyone thinking this might be the '80s era college rockers, it is not. This Big Dipper is "a bear of a rapper from Chicago" who "makes everyone wanna shake their ass and bounce their dicks."

The Monkees @ NYCB Theatre At Westbury
Though minus Davy Jones (who died last year), the rest of The Monkees -- Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith and Mickey Dolenz, who all wrote and sang too, y'know -- will take a tour through their '60s career in chronological order tonight.

Lil Wayne, T.I., 2 Chainz @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Lil Wayne brings his headlining tour to Jones Beach tonight, and support comes from the still-hungry T.I. (who has played his own smaller shows in NYC lately) and hook rapper 2 Chainz.

Monkey: Journey to the West @ Lincoln Center
Damon Albarn, Chen Shi-Zheng, and Jamie Hewlett's musical take on one of China's most famous tales is part opera, part Cirque du Soleil.

Les Sans Culottes @ South Street Seaport (FREE)
Brooklyn's finest fake French band play South Street Seaport's Sea/Change stage on Fulton St. Beret and striped shirt are optional. Free.

Week At The Creek with Christian Finnegan and Nick Turner @ The Creek (FREE)
The Creek & the Cave hosts "Week At The Creek," a standup series where one comedian performs at the Long Island City venue every night for a week. This week, hilarious standups Christian Finnegan and Nick Turner are stepping up to the plate. And it's FREE.

Pitchfork Festival begins in Chicago today too. Check out our Friday preview of the fest.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Bjork / Empire of the Sun @ Bonnaroo, 6/15/2013
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 3
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 3

There's no shortage of kooky costumed folk at Bonnaroo, but it's usually the antendees who are eccentrically attired. On Saturday (6/15), though, the main stage gave them a run for their money. Ever fashion forward, Bjork wore a headdress that either made her look like a dandelion or an extra from Hellraiser. (She wore it at the Hollywood Bowl too.) Australia's Empire of the Sun was a close runner up with their over-the-top headlining set that could've been from Flash Gordon. Mumford & Sons had to cancel (replaced by shoe-phobic folkie Jack Johnson), but Saturday also main stage sets from Billy Idol, R. Kelly, Nas, Cat Power, Matt & Kim, Portugal. The Man, The Lumineers and more. Pictures from those sets are in this post.

Elsewhere at Bonnaroo on Saturday, Mac DeMarco, JEFF the Brotherhood, Lord Huron and others on the smaller stages, a live episode of Scott Aukerman's Comedy Bang Bang, and in the Cinema Tent, Police Academy's sound effects wiz Michael Winslow (who played with Animal Collective the night before) did a one man show.

Pictures from Thursday are HERE and Friday are HERE, with Sunday still to come. More pictures from Saturday below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2013 day 3 in pics: Bjork, Cat Power, Nas, Empire of the Sun, Billy Idol, R. Kelly & more"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Nas / Kendrick Lamar / people in mud
Governors Ball
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

Governors Ball continued on Saturday (6/8) for its second of three days. The weather was much better than day 1, but Friday's storm kept the entire place a mud swamp. Of course, that made for some interesting things like the muddy mosh pit during Fucked Up's set, but it also made walking from stage to stage kind of a drag. That said, it really wasn't that bad, and it was a whole lot more enjoyable to watch the music in the sun than in Friday's rain.

I got there just as Japandroids were going on (or, as they jokingly referred to themselves throughout their entire set, Guns N' Roses). They're an excellent festival band and were a great start to my day, though it was hard to get their usual crowd energy going on the large Governors Ball main stage. I'm sure that wasn't a problem at their afterparty at MHOW though, which I sadly missed. Did anyone catch that?

Maybe the most surprising thing I saw on Saturday was the size of Alt-J's crowd. I knew they were getting bigger, but I must not have fully realized to what extent. It was one of the largest crowds for a non-headliner I saw that day, and pretty impossible to move through it too. And it wasn't even people trying to get a good spot for Kendrick Lamar, who was on next, because a lot of them cleared out after Alt-J. Of course, Kendrick did bring his own huge crowd, and if I had to say, Kendrick worked a festival crowd better than any other act I saw this weekend.

For the Saturday night headliner, it was between Guns N' Roses on the Governors Ball Stage and Nas on the Honda Stage. I chose Nas. It was an excellent set from the legendary rapper, which included a good amount of Illmatic, some highlights of his new album (like "Daughters"), and backing by a killer live band. If you chose GNR, how were they?

Pictures of day 1 are HERE and HERE. Videos and setlist of Kanye's day 3 set are HERE, and more coverage is still on the way. More pictures of day 2 below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball day 2 in pics: Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Japandroids, Alt-J, Dirty Projectors, Azealia Banks & more"

Grizzly Bear in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
Grizzly Bear

As we realized/mentioned today in our Cut Copy post and our Feist post, single day tickets for Governors Ball are back on sale.

The festival goes down on Randall's Island this weekend (6/7-9). We also just made a Spotify playlist of many of the artists we're excited to see this weekend. Listen to that below or on Spotify. Full Governors Ball schedule is also below...

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Kanye West in Sweden in 2011 (more)
Kanye West

NYC festival Governors Ball is totally sold out of regular tickets, but if you weren't able to get yours and still want to go, there are still a few options. From now until Monday (5/27) at 11:59 PM, you can enter the Governors Ball Ticket Lottery. Entering the lottery gives you a chance to be selected to purchase either a 3-day pass or a single day ticket. More details on how the lottery works below.

DoNYC is also giving away VIP passes and tickets to every after party, so you can also head to their site to enter that contest too.

Ticket lottery details and festival set times below...

Continue reading "sold-out Governors Ball offers last chance on tickets via lottery"

Deerhunter at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Deerhunter

Governors Ball is less than a month away, and the fest has now released the daily schedule. They've done a pretty good job with not too many giant conflicts -- though there's a few like Grizzly Bear vs Beirut, Bloc Party vs The xx, Erykah Badu vs Beach House, and Nas vs Guns N Roses. Check out the daily line-ups across their four stages below.

Continue reading "Governors Ball announces set times"

Kendrick Lamar

Amid all the noise that is SXSW, Yahoo! announced that Kendrick Lamar, fun., the Lumineers, J. Cole, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Imagine Dragons and more would be a part of a travelling festival called "Yahoo! on the Road" that kicks with a show in NYC on May 3. No word on exact line-up or venue just yet but the new media conglomerate promises details soon.

The tour concludes the three-day Wireless Festival in London (July 12 - 14) that will also feature Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake (who just added a second Yankee Stadium show), Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Ke$ha, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, A$AP Rocky and more. All Yahoo on the Road dates are listed below.

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