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

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

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

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

ShowYouSuck
ShowYouSuck

As mentioned, Chicago rapper ShowYouSuck is making his way over to NYC this weekend and will play Knitting Factory TONIGHT (5/3) with killer Bronx crew Bitches Is Crazy, in addition to Goldie Glo, D Stunna, and Hipster Rogers. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

After that show, he'll stick around to play in Brooklyn on Saturday (5/4) at The Paper Box. That show is with Ninjasonik, Unstoppable Death Machines, Filthy Savage, and DJ Fake Money. Tickets for that show are on sale now. ShowYouSuck's only other announced date that we're currently aware of is a hometown show later this month. You can stream his recent single, "Rap Game Karate," below.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn's Ninjasonik have other hometown shows this month, including a Cinco De Mayo party at The Flat (308 Hooper St in Brooklyn) and a video premiere party at The Studio at Webster Hall on May 13 with The Skins and special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale. Flyer for the Cinco De Mayo party below.

Speaking of Chicago rappers, the Windy City's hip hop scene has been having a pretty good week with the release of two anticipated mixtapes, Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap and Rockie Fresh's The Birthday Tape. Both free (click the links to download). You can catch Rockie Fresh in the NYC-area this August on his tour with A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, and others, and for the Mad Decent Block Party in Williamsburg Park (8/10) with Major Lazer, Flosstradamus, and others (tickets).

ShowYouSuck song stream and Ninjasonik flyer below...

Continue reading "ShowYouSuck and Ninjasonik playing shows (one together)"

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Tickets for the Beck Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park go on Beck Fan Club, Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn, and Live Nation/LN Mobile App presales today at 11 AM ("BECK2013" is the password for the fan club presale). General on-sale starts Friday, May 10 at 11 AM.

As mentioned, Beck also opens the Bob Dylan/Wilco show that My Morning Jacket aren't on, and tickets are going on sale at 10 AM for those.

Jimmy Eat World are playing Central Park Summerstage on August 7. Tickets go on Summerstage Member, Jimmy Eat World Fan Club, and Live Nation/LN Mobile App presales today at 11 AM (Fan Club password: "DAMAGE"). General on-sale starts Friday, May 10 at noon.

Head HERE to see other Summerstage shows happening this summer.

Tickets for the Giraffage and Mister Lies show at 285 Kent are on sale now. You can stream a new Giraffage track below.

Total Slacker, Eat Skull, Vaz, and Call of the Wild are playing 285 Kent on May 22. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Ninjasonik are playing a video premier party The Studio at Webster Hall on May 13 with The Skins and special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Ladyhawke is DJing the PopGun Northside party on June 15 at Glasslands. Flying Horse DJs too. Tickets for that party are on sale now.

Giraffage song stream below...

Continue reading "tix on sale: Beck, Giraffage, Mister Lies, Jimmy Eat World, Total Slacker, Eat Skull, Ninjasonik and more"

Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire

Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire is set to release the Power & Passion EP on November 6 via his new home at Universal Republic Records. That EP includes lead single, "Telephuck," which features El-P (who eXquire recently toured with) on the beat and Gucci Mane with a guest verse. You can stream that track below. The EP also features production by SpaceGhostPurrp, Harry Fraud, and others.

Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire will be playing some local shows during CMJ including the previously discussed Leaders of the New Cool CMJ party at SOB's on October 18 with Casey Veggies and others (tickets). That same day (10/18), he'll play an MTV-presented show at The Studio at Webster Hall with Big K.R.I.T., LE1F, and special guests. And on October 20, he'll play the Tumblr CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory with Doldrums, Troy Ave, Prince Rama, and The So So Glos. Tickets for the Studio show and the Knitting Factory show are on sale now.

eXquire also plays a free Mass Appeal party at Gramercy Theater on October 19 with The Alchemist, Prodigy, Roc Marciano, Ninjasonik, Bodega Bamz, Angel Haze, and more. You can get in with your CMJ badge or if you don't have one, just RSVP to rsvp@massappeal.com. The flier for this show is below.

As mentioned, Big K.R.I.T. also plays the Cinematic Music Group, Ecko Unltd & XXL Mag showcase at SOB's (10/18), the night of the Studio show, with Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Smoke DZA, Fat Trel, and others. K.R.I.T. also produced and is featured on the new Big SANT song, "Say That Shit," which you can stream below.

All lists of dates and song streams are below.

Continue reading "Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire releasing new EP, playing CMJ shows (1 w/ Big K.R.I.T.) (dates & streams)"

DOWNLOAD: Yelawolf & Travis Barker - "Push Em" (feat. Tim Armstrong) (MP3)

Ninjasonik at Bowery Ballroom in July (more by Leia Jospe)
Ninjasonik

Brooklyn bands/friends/collaborators Japanther and Ninjasonik have a local show coming up together which happens on November 27 at Cameo Gallery. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In addition to that show together, both groups also have other upcoming shows in the area. Ninjasonik will play a CMJ show at The Studio at Webster Hall on October 18 with Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids, Vault Boys (Heroes & Villains), MopTop, Chase N Cashe, ASAP TyY, GDP, Vyle, Blvckalfred, and Curtains. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Meanwhile, Japanther will open for the current incarnation of The Misfits at their annual Halloween show, which happens at Highline Ballroom (10/31) with Attack and Heart of the Matter. Tickets for that show are still available. After that, they'll head out on a tour supporting The Coup which hits NYC on December 6 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public Friday (10/5) at noon. All dates on that tour are listed below.

Chuck Inglish & Travis Barker
Chuck and Travis

Speaking of Chuck Inglish, yesterday (10/2) he revealed on twitter that he's working on an instrumental album with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. That's the two of them pictured above in the studio together. Travis, who has a longtime interest/involvement in hip hop, is also releasing an EP with rapper Yelawolf, titled Psycho White, which is due out on November 13 via Shady/Ghet-O-Vision/Interscope Records. The EP features two collaborations with Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong, and you can download one of those, "Push Em," at the top of this post or stream it below, if you dare.

That stream and a list of all dates below.

Continue reading "Ninjasonik & Japanther playing shows (together & separately); Chuck Inglish releasing album w/ Travis Barker"

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Tickets for the James Blake show at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Divine Fits and Cold Cave show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the recently added Swans shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW with Devendra Banhart go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for their less recently announced Bowery Ballroom show with A Hawk and a Hacksaw, which happens about two weeks before the new ones, are still available.

Tickets for the Saint Etienne show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Meat Loaf is playing Beacon Theatre on November 1. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale and Internet presale (password: "MAD") now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (9/7) at 10 AM.

David Wax Museum will be in NYC this month to play Housing Works on September 18. Tickets for that show are on sale now. They'll return to play Mercury Lounge on November 30. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon and go on sale to the general public on Friday (9/7) at noon.

The Death Set and Ninjasonik are playing a free Barback Games-presented show with games, giveaways, and surprises at Webster Hall on September 24. Admission is free with RSVP.

Martha Wainwright is playing Littlefield on October 10 and Le Poisson Rouge on October 11. Tickets for the Littlefield show and tickets for the LPR show go on sale Friday (9/7) at noon.

The schedule for Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest was posted and single day tickets are now on sale.

Ray Lamontagne is playing Wellmont Theatre on November 19 and Carnegie Hall on November 26. Wellmont tickets go on sale Friday, September 14 at noon and Carnegie Hall tickets go on sale Friday, September 14 at 11 AM.

Tickets for the Ash 20th anniversary show at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for their Knitting Factory show go on sale Saturday (9/8) at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Deftones show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the newly added Michael Kiwanuka show at MHOW, which Foy Vance and Marcus Foster are opening, go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Craft Spells, Ice Choir, and Ski Lodge show at Glasslands are on sale now.

Tickets for the Bleeding Rainbow, Royal Baths, SISU, and Punks on Mars show at Glasslands are on sale now.

Avicii, who has two upcoming Radio City shows, has been tapped by Madonna to open her Yankee Stadium shows, which happen this Thursday (9/6) and Saturday (9/8). Tickets for those shows are still available.

Esperanza Spalding is playing The Apollo on October 26 and 27. Tickets for the 10/26 show are on sale now and tickets for the 10/27 show are on AmEx presale now with a Ticketmaster/A List presale starting Monday (9/10) at 10 AM and a general on-sale starting Thursday, September 13 at 10 AM.

Austra are DJing Glasslands (9/19) the night of their MHOW show. Admission to that show is free with RSVP.

Rain Machine at BAM in 2010 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Rain Machine

As mentioned, the free Afropunk Festival returns to Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25-26. You can check out the full schedule for the fest at the bottom of this post. On the Saturday (8/25), the Green Stage will be headlined by Erykah Badu and the Red Stage by Das Racist. On the Sunday (8/26), the Green Stage will be headlined by TV on the Radio following sets by Toro y Moi and Reggie Watts and the Red Stage will be headlined by Janelle Monae.

Speaking of TV on the Radio, Kyp Malone's solo project Rain Machine has a NYC show coming up, that will take place soon after Afropunk at Union Pool on September 1 with Soft Location and Slowdance. No other Rain Machine dates to report at the moment.

Sinkane, who also plays Afropunk Fest, continues his residency at Zebulon tonight (8/20).

2012 Afropunk Fest schedule is below.

Continue reading "the Afropunk Festival 2012 schedule & a Rain Machine show"

TV on the Radio at Catalpa 2012 (more by Toby Tenebaum)
TV on the Radio

As mentioned, the free Afro-Punk Festival is returning to Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25-26. Since then, the lineup has been expanded, and now joining the initial announcement of Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Toro y Moi, Das Racist, Reggie Watts, and more is TV on the Radio (who will be headlining), Sinkane, Alice Smith, Flatbush Zombies, Radkey, Joe Jordan Experiment (JJX), and Purple Ferdinand.. Plus, the following DJs have been added: The Supasonics, Grits and Biscuits, DJ Pete Smoke Les, Stack-Aly, Roofeeo and VENUS X GHE20GOTH1K.

There will also be a Bites & Beats Food Truck Festival, an Afro-Punk Spinthrift Market, a motorcycle show, and a Nike Battle For the Streets Skate Competition, hosted by Alex Corporan and Billy Rohan. More details on these are below.

The updated lineup, flier and an Afro-Punk exclusive film, I Am Other, are below.

Continue reading "Afro-Punk Festival expands lineup (TV on the Radio, Sinkane, Alice Smith, food trucks, art vendors, bike show & more)"

photos by Leia Jospe

Anamanaguchi w/ Peelander-Yellow at Bowery Ballroom - 7/31/12
Anamanaguchi

Four NYC party-starters -- The Death Set, Ninjasonik, Hussle Club and Anamanaguchi -- teamed up for a show at Bowery Ballroom last week (7/31) before the latter headed over to Chicago for Lollapalooza. Anamanaguchi, who got some help from Peelander-Yellow at Bowery, played a new song at the show, a video of which you can watch below, along with more pictures of all three bands (FIGO were on the bill too but we missed them).

Continue reading "Anamanaguchi, The Death Set and Ninjasonik played Bowery Ballroom (pics, video)"

Anamanaguchi at Bamboozle 2012 (more by Leia Jospe)
Anamanaguchi

Anamanaguchi are soon to be on their way to Chicago for Lollapalooza, but before they leave NYC, they'll play a local show TONIGHT (7/31) at Bowery Ballroom with The Death Set and Ninjasonik. Hussle Club and FIGO are also on the bill. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

Meanwhile, Death Set/Ninjasonik associate Cerebral Ballzy will be opening for the Jello Biafra-less Dead Kennedys at Santos tonight (7/31). Tickets for that show are still available.

All Anamanaguchi dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Anamanaguchi touring to Lollapalooza after NYC show tonight"

The 2012 Afro-Punk Festival is returning to Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25-26 at Commodore Berry Park in Brooklyn. The initial line-up includes Erykah Badu, Gym Class Heroes, Janelle Monae, Das Racist, Skindred, Toro Y Moi, Reggie Watts, Spank Rock, Ninjasonik, The Memorials, Bad Rabbits, Gordon Voidwell, The London Souls, Cerebral Ballzy, Phony People, and Body Language, with more to be announced. The Afropunk Festival is free and open to the public.

Additionally, the fest, now in its eighth year, will also feature "the largest street skate and BMX competition in NYC will return this year with the nation's top amateur skaters and BMX riders in a competition to be judged by top professionals in both sports." Last year's Afro-Punk Fest was cancelled due to Hurricane Irene. Let's hope for better weather this year.

Continue reading "Afro-Punk Fest 2012 line-up announced: Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Das Racist, Toro Y Moi, Reggie Watts and more"

The Death Set at Williamsburg Waterfront, 2010 (more by Leia Jospe)
Death Set

While not on a full tour, The Death Set are playing select dates this summer, including a visit to the NXNE in Toronto and Osheaga in Montreal as well as two NYC shows: XPO 929 on June 28 with Team Spirit, Bosco Delrey and Eula, and Bowery Ballroom on July 31 with Ninjasonik and Hussle Club. Tickets to the XPO show are already on sale, and Bowery tickets go on sale Friday (6/8) at noon. All listed Death Set tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

The band recently released a new video for their song "Is it the End Again?" which is the "ballad" from last year's Michel Poiccard LP. It's a little NSFW, and you can watch it below.

Continue reading "The Death Set playing XPO 929 and Bowery Ballroom"

Freshkills at #HotelVegan (more by Tim Griffin)
Freshkills

Freshkills have commissioned Blockhead to lay his touches upon "New Folk Songs For New Buildings", a track from their recent LP out now. You can stream it below.

Freshkills are playing this Saturday (5/26) at Grand Victory with The Unstoppable Death Machines, Violent Bullshit, Filthy Savage and DJs Jah Jah (NinjaSonik) and Maxwell 57. Tickets are still available. They'll also be playing the Northside Festival next month, though date and venue are still TBA.

Continue reading "Freshkills playing Grand Victory, got remixed by Blockhead (stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

Pusha T
Pusha T

Pusha T is playing in NYC TONIGHT (12/22) at Gramercy Theatre with NinjaSonik, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Gilbere Forte, Emilio Rojas, and Jasmine Solano. Tickets are still available.

Earlier this week, Pusha dropped a freestyle over Common's "Sweet" off of his new LP, The Dreamer/The Believer, which came out on Tuesday. The Smoking Section reports that the track is a diss at Drake (who is touring in 2012 with Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky). Stream it below.

Common played Highline Ballroom on Monday (12/19). Nas joined him at the show. You can stream the whole show below, and also check out a video of Nas joining in on "Ghetto Dreams" below.

Pusha T collaborator Wale also plays a show in NYC TONIGHT (12/22). HIs is at Webster Hall and tickets are still available. More dates, including one at Irving Plaza, are listed below.

Speaking of Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Emilio Rojas, they both just played S.O.B.'s with Kendrick Lamar on Monday (12/19). Talib Kweli saw the show, and tweeted, "The ASAP crew did a 20 min walk thru during the set. Classic Harlem lol." Check out a video from the show below.

Maybe Talib should give Diplo a heads up about Kendrick. Diplo recently tweeted "Kendrick lamar sounds like somebody that played for the supersonics in the 90s. Didn't know he was a rapper. What's his best tune?" (Hey Diplo, check out "The Spiteful Chant").

In other news, Kendrick told XXLMag that he and J. Cole are planning a joint album. "We're still trying to formulate it and sit down in a neutral zone, where either one of us is moving and doing shows, interviews and press all the time," he said. Kendrick told HipHopDx that he's lined up Just Blaze and Pete Rock for his next LP.

Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire will play NYC again when he opens for Action Bronson at Highline Ballroom on December 27. Tickets are still available. eXquire and Bronson both made Heems' list of favorite albums released in 2011.

Speaking of Talib Kweli, his group Idle Warship played Southpaw on 12/9. Some videos from that show are below. They'll do it again on January 4 at S.O.B.'s. Tickets are still available.

Dates, videos and stream below...

Continue reading "Pusha T & Wale play shows tonight (and other dates); Kendrick Lamar & Common & guests played recently (videos)"

Death at Purchase Fall Fest (more by Kellyann Petry)
Death

While the Duck Down vs Blacksmith showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg is indicating that hip hop is alive and well, Afro-Punk is declaring the opposite with a show at the venue just 4 days prior. Billed as "DEATH to Hip-Hop", protopunk pioneers Death will join Cerebral Ballzy, Ninjasonik, and Jersey Klan with Stack-Aly between sets as part of a CMJ event on 10/18 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on sale on 9/22 at noon, or try to get in with your CMJ badge. No other Death dates to report at the moment.

In between the birth and death of hip hop, Music Hall of Williamsburg will feature another two CMJ showcases. 10/20 will see Metronomy team with Class Actress (tickets) while 10/21 is the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase with BRAIDS, Active Child, Weekend, Pepper Rabbit, and Blue Hawaii. Tickets are on sale for our CMJ show, or be one of the people to get in with your badge.

That leaves only one hole in MHOW's CMJ schedule. Nothing has been announced there for Wed., 10/19 yet. I can't say what will happen that night, but I can say that it will be interesting (and NOT affiliated with CMJ).

Janelle at Afro-Punk 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Janelle Monae

Afro-Punk 2011 will take place in Fort Greene's Commodore Barry Park on August 27 and 28. This year's crazy lineup consists of Cee Lo Green, Janelle Monae (who played the fest in 09), Fishbone, Santigold, Jay Electronica, Toro y Moi, Reggie Watts and more. The festival will also a hold a Skate and BMX competition, and other related events. Admission is free to the general public.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Afro-Punk 2011 -- free Fort Greene fest lineup (Cee Lo, Janelle Monae, Toro y Moi, Santigold, Fishbone, Reggie Watts, more)"

Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco is currently in Australia as part of the Big Day Out Festival, touring with names like Iggy Pop, Deftones, Grinderman, and countless others. After returning back to the states, he'll get ready to welcome his new LP Lasers into this world, due on March 8th. The Chicago MC will celebrate the release with a date at Webster Hall the night before it hits the streets and tickets go on sale at noon today (1/28). Lupe recently released the first single from the LP, the Modest Mouse-sampling "The Show Must Go On" via iTunes.

Tickets also go on sale at noon for Rick Ross at Best Buy Theater on March 4th, and fortunately if you can't make that show you can make it out to see him support Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj at Nassau Coliseum on March 27th as part of the I Am Music II tour. Ticket info for that show hasn't been released yet. All dates below.

Those of you who want to see Lil Wayne but might prefer to see him in a much (much) different setting than the third of three hip hop acts (instead with Motley Crue, Waka Flocka Flame, Insane Clown Posse & Bruno Mars?) can catch the recently freed MC at Bamboozle 2011 in New Jersey. Tickets are still available for the festival in multi-day, and single day pass increments.

And lets say, for some godforsaken reason you felt like a double dose of Insane Clown Posse.... that can be arranged. Insane Clown Posse has taken time off of their busy wrestling schedule to shower New York City with Faygo on April 29th at Gramercy Theater. Tickets are still available all of you Juggalos and Juggalettes!

Full Bamboozle lineup and all Lil Wayne tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Lupe Fiasco adds record release show, Rick Ross playing NY before tour w/ Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne (who plays Bamboozle w/ Insane Clown Posse) -- lineups & dates"

Talib & Res
Talib Res

Tickets are still available for the next 5 Questlove DJ gigs at Brooklyn Bowl.

Tickets are also on sale for a Talib Kweli show happening at Brooklyn Bowl on February 1st with J-Live, K-Salaam, and Mad Sol Desar.

You can also catch Talib on February 10th when he teams up with Res (and Graph Nobel?) to form Idle Warship at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Dead Prez, Ninjasonik (who also play the same venue on 3/26), The Wellington Papers and "Special Surprise Performances." Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

That same night, 2/10, is when Black Milk is at SOB's with a full band.

That same venue, MHOW, is where Raekwon is playing on March 8th. Tickets are now on AmEx presale.

Raekwon's same night, 3/8, is when Yelawolf is going to play Highline Ballroom with Cyhi Da Prynce. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

Murs also has a show coming up at MHOW, and that show is still on sale.

Last but not least (unless you mean the price), Chiddy Bang is playing a free show at Irving Plaza on January 29th. The catch? You need to go to either NYU, Rutgers, CUNY, Fordham or Columbia to attend. Actually that's not true, you can just pretend you do I think, since it also says "Students at other NY area schools also eligible. Text closest school to claim tickets." The show is part of a "Textbooks & Tickets Tour" that is also giving away free tickets to a Big Boi show in Atlanta and has other performers in a few other cities.

Jeff The Brotherhood at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Jeff The Brotherhood

Like last year, Jeff the Brotherhood are heading down to Texas for SXSW this year, but not before they finish a European tour that is underway now. After Austin, the duo will scoot up the Northeast, hitting Princeton University with Screaming Females, The Meat Locker in Montclair and NYC along the way. The NYC show is at Santos Party House on March 31 with Ninjasonik, Juiceboxxx, Teen Witch, and DJ Thanksgiving Brown. Tickets are on sale, and full tour dates are below.

Jeff's partners in crime Heavy Cream are also planning a tour around SXSW this year including a string of dates with Ty Segall. The two groups will play Death By Audio on March 10th. Ty Segall is also scheduled to play NYC two days earlier at Mercury Lounge (on March 8th) with Devin Therriault (tickets still on sale).

Ty Segall has announced two shows at SXSW so far, 3/18 as part of the Goner Showcase at Beerland and 3/19 as part of the Panache showcase. All other Ty Segall dates, Heavy Cream dates and Jeff dates, below...

Continue reading "Jeff the Brotherhood, Heavy Cream & Ty Segall are playing shows (updated 2011 tour dates)"

photos by Leia Jospe

JEFF the Brotherhood show

"Memphis' JEFF The Brotherhood closed the night by splitting it wide open. This duo incorporates channel splitters (to fill out the entire tonal spectrum, and to avoid paying a bass player) through a Jucifer-inspired pile of amps, speakers, and doodads. It was big, bad, and beautiful, and with just two players on stage handling guitar and drums, it was dynamic, fantastic, and raw." [a review from Rochester]
As you know, JEFF the Brotherhood headlined a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday night (10/28). Support came from Ninjasonik, Liquor Store and ELKS.

JEFF, who have a new album on the way, were then supposed to open for The Zeroes at Maxwell's last night, but they got stuck in traffic and never made it to the show. They hopefully won't have similar problems before their next show which is at Union Pool tonight (10/30). More pictures from Music Hall, below...

Continue reading "JEFF the Brotherhood played Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Ninjasonik, Liquor Store & ELKS (pics), didn't play Maxwell's"

photos by Tim Griffin

Austin City Limits

Night fell down on Austin Town and it figured it'd be a busy night. And with The xx and Temper Trap setting the table for LCD Soundsystem, Gogol Bordello, Monsters of Folk, Deadmau5, Matt & Kim, MIA and Muse, Saturday did indeed set it self up to be remembered as ACL 2010's strongest.

Except for the part where MIA screwed things up during her set...

...M.I.A.'s set saw plenty of anticipation on the west end of the fairgrounds, but little payoff: The first song saw didn't even see Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam on stage, and, though she came out for the second, that first song worked as a fitting metaphor for her entire mumbled performance.

Here's the thing about performing in festivals, especially on a main stage: Very few people actually see the performers; they rely on the accompanying video screens to share the visual side of the performance. But rather than the performer (or any of her five packing dancers or DJ) , M.I.A.'s screen showed illustrations. M.I.A., meanwhile, spent minimal time in her set's early going on stage, instead opting to interact o the grass in front of her closest fans. An admirable offering, perhaps, but it left the rest of her crowd in the dark, straining their necks to see her dancers or maybe just the neon "Maya" sign that served as her backdrop.

Her vocals weren't helping matters, either. They were already mixed too low, and Maya, for the most part, mumbled her way through the proceedings. Audiences thinned out--only to be pulled back in once the video screens finally--mercifully--showed the performer stalking the stage, and performing her biggest hit, "Paper Planes." [Dallas Observer]

Friday pictures HERE. Lucero HERE. The xx HERE. Mayer Hawthorne HERE, and the rest of the Saturday (10/9) pictures continue, with some setlists, below...

Continue reading "ACL 2010 Day 2 in pics (Monsters of Folk, M.I.A., LCD Soundsystem, Broken Bells, deadmau5, Muse & more)"

Previously unannounced, the lineup for today's free Rock Yard show is listed on the flyer below (it's going to be a party)....

Continue reading "Bikes in the Kitchen take over the Rock Yard today"

DOWNLOAD: Elks - "Destined For The Sun" (MP3)

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Heavy Suzan Cream

The Suzan

Liquor Store will team up with Heavy Cream, Grooms, and Hunters for a show at Death By Audio TONIGHT (9/7). It's one of a few shows that Heavy Cream have/had scheduled in the NYC area. They played Union Pool and Cake Shop last week and Rock Shop last night. Pics from the Cake Shop show, which featured a headlining set from Unnatural Helpers (who played a bunch of shows in town too) and support from The Suzan (ditto), are in this post.

Heavy Cream are on the road surpporing their new LP Danny which was just released on Infinity Cat Recordings. Dig on what's left of their tour sked below.

Meanwhile, the headliners at Death by Audio tonight, Liquor Store, will also play Music Hall of Wiliiamsburg on 10/28, alongside Elks, Ninjasonik, and "hosts" Jeff The Brotherhood (who are very good friends of Heavy Cream). Tickets are still on sale.

Elks also played Rock Shop last night with Heavy Cream, and are prepping to release their new six-song EP Elks In Space produced by Brendan Tobin of Made Out of Babies. No word on when/who will release the effort, but until then, download one of the tracks above.

More pictures from the Cake Shop show (which doubled as Heavy Cream guitarist Mimi's 23rd birthday party), and UH's setlist, and tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Heavy Cream played Cake Shop w/ Unnatural Helpers & the Suzan (pics), play DbA tonight w/ Liquor Store & other dates"

photos by Andrew St. Clair

MIA
MIA

"The [Saturday night Governors Island HARD FEST] set started with "Steppin Up," with M.I.A. backed by about a dozen power drills as part of the rhythm track: noise triumphant. But M.I.A.'s vocals were often so buried in echo, and the bass so bloated, that her lyrics just became more of the din, and the songs that she segued together like a disc-jockey set were barely distinguishable. Instead of a barrage, it was a morass.

Her set was cut short by thunder and lightning, which she attributed to God and answered with a last defiant gesture: rapping "Born Free," which vows to speak her mind, a cappella as her backup group shut down. But an exodus from her set had begun well before the downpour." [NY Times]

I was there and I have to agree about the sound. M.I.A. agrees too, and not surprisingly, has taken to Twitter to deal with the accusations, and the rain. About the sound she wrote, "money doesnt buy u shit! i thought more money means better sound guys in america/\/\/\! i was wrong, the higher u go , they turn u lower!", and "fuck technology! even the stage broke + parts of it fell off in the storm". And about the rain, well, check out the Twitter screenshot above! Don't have a Hard Fest ticket? Don't worry because Maya also promises that "if u do me a lil dance , ill let u in too!" We'll make sure to keep you posted when and if more details emerge.

In related news, the rained-on Modest Mouse show that happened one night earlier has been rescheduled, and the rained-on Williamsburg Waterfront show that happened one day later went on as planned, but later and in a different venue.

OK, so if you're following along, you saw: "Die Antwoord steal the show while topless girl dances (video), M.I.A. spits on a photographer (pics), rain, lasers & more... (HARD NYC in review - part 1)" which was followed by "Die Antwoord played MHOW & Governors Island (pics, video)" which was followed by "HARD FEST NYC in pics (part 2.5) (Ninjasonik, Rye Rye, Theophilus London, MIA & more)". That makes this post PART THREE, and it includes photos from the same artists as well as more crowd pics and Skream + Benga who played too. Those pictures, which include a shot of M.I.A,'s planned setlist, continue below...

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photos by Matthew Eisman

Ninjasonik / HARD FESTival goers
Ninjasonik
Theophilus London

"Hard provided a music experience for those New Yorkers who love to rave, get down and dirty with thousands of strangers and weren't afraid to show some skin. (Looks like some attendees took notes from our Summer Music Fest trend report!)

Also, depending on how much you felt like raging, you could choose the "Hard" stage or "Harder" stage. (Which to me, is almost as character defining as choosing between "fire" and "ice" on the Dueling Dragons ride at Universal Studios.) Guests who didn't want to be bothered with making such a life-altering decision set up camp where ever and proceeded with their very own impromptu dance party.

The culmination of the evening came with M.I.A.'s much anticipated performance. Unfortunately, she wasn't properly miked, her voice was drowned out by her mashed up beats, and the only time she was heard was when she was yelling at the sound team...Thankfully mother nature was on her side, and it began to downpour, cutting her set short. At the end of the day the only press she received was spitting in a photographer's face, but all wasn't lost! She brought the noise, and really, isn't that what music festivals are all about?" [Guest of a Guest]

Saturday's NYC HARD FEST on Governors Island wasn't all just M.I.A., Die Antwoord and Sleigh Bells (and more Die Antwoord), it was a 2-stage extravaganza that fit up to 15,000 concert-goers (not sure how many tickets actually sold, but it was far from empty looking) in a large field just a short ferry ride away from South Street Seaport (Pier 11 actually). Destructo, Ninjasonik, Rye Rye, and Theophilus London were also among those on the bill. More pictures from those sets (and the big three), below....

Continue reading "HARD FEST NYC in pics (part 2.5) (Ninjasonik, Rye Rye, Theophilus London, MIA & more) "

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