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Trash Talk / Earl and friends / outside Palisades
Trash Talk
Trash Talk
Trash Talk

Trash Talk brought their free tour with Odd Future pal Left Brain to NYC for a show at new-ish Bushwick venue Palisades this week (6/17) for what was a packed, sweaty, and very insane show. Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt came to hang out and made a surprise appearance as well. And local rapper Cities Aviv opened. Pictures of the craziness are in this post.

More, with a video of Earl, below...

Continue reading "Trash Talk, Earl Sweatshirt, Left Brain & Cities Aviv played a very sweaty show at Palisades (pics & video)"

Damon Albarn at SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Damon Albarn

Governors Ball hit's NYC's Randall's Island from June 6-8, and like in past years, a few of the artists playing will play afterparties in various NYC venues. This year's afterparties include:

Kurt Vile and the Violators on June 5 at Brooklyn Bowl.

Tourist on June 5 at Westway.

Washed Out at Brooklyn Bowl on June 6.

Earlwolf (aka Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler the Creator) at Irving Plaza on June 7.

Classixx at Brooklyn Bowl on June 7.

The Chain Gang of 1974 with Black Taxi at Knitting Factory on June 7.

Caycuas with Little Comets at Glasslands on June 7.

Diarrhea Planet with Total Slacker and LVL UP on June 8.

Damon Albarn at Irving Plaza on June 8.

Tickets for all afterparties go on sale Friday (5/2) with a presale beginning Tuesday (4/29) at 10 AM (password: govballnyc). The Kurt Vile, Washed Out, and Damon Albarn shows are especially intimate and will likely go pretty fast.

Check out the day-by-day GovBall lineups HERE.

Afterparties flyer below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball afterparties announced (Damon Albarn, Kurt Vile, Washed Out, Earlwolf, Classixx, Diarrhea Planet, more)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Tyler the Creator w/ BadBadNotGood @ Red 7 - 3/13/2014
BrooklynVegan's Thurday Day Show @ Red 7 - 3/13/2014

Odd Future rapper Tyler the Creator had quite a week at SXSW, filled with ups and downs and no shortage of drama -- some of which was from his own hands. Things got off to a bad start as the tragic events that went down Wednesday night outside of Mohawk (aka 'House of Vans' for the week) reportedly involved people on line to see him at 12:30...

His next event, which he did play was a short set at our Thursday free day party at Red 7 where he came out for an impromptu set of songs with highly-skilled jazz/funk trio BadBadNotGood, who he's collaborated with before (pictures in this post). He didn't say anything about the night before on stage, though he did let everyone know he had to play a short set because he had another show to be at soon...

It was only hours later that he was playing the Converse x Thrasher Death Match party at Scoot Inn, where he encouraged the people online outside of that show to break down the fence and come in. SPIN writes:

Does Tyler, the Creator thrive on chaos, or does he thrive on subjecting other people to it? There's a difference. One tendency you tend to associate with artists, the other masochists. To wit: During his headlining spot at the Converse/Thrasher "Death Match" at the Scoot Inn Thursday afternoon, Tyler incited hundreds of people outside the already-packed venue to break down the gates, nearly causing a riot just hours after two people were killed and 23 injured outside his scheduled show at the Mohawk. SXSW came dangerously close to another tragedy.

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"All you guys back there that can't get in," he said -- then implored the mob to bust down the gates. There was a split second when it seemed like the crowd wasn't going to do it, a possibility Tyler extinguished as he led the audience in a chant of "PUSH, PUSH, PUSH!"

And just like that, hundreds of people came rushing through the gates. I happened to be directly in their path when they did, and it felt like being hit with a wave: I pinged off this person and that person before stabilizing myself and catching my breath. I noticed the futile attempts of the security guards: a shit-kicker Joe Arpaio-type at the door tackled someone; another, meeker dude tried a clothesline that didn't work. It was of little use: the handful of guards were pushed aside like twigs in a flood. Someone came rushing to the sound booth where I'd moored myself and yelled at the sound guy to turn the music off. He did. I looked behind me and, to my horror, saw that they were locking the gates.

The show did eventually start again, and the SPIN report said that it seemed like even more of a riot would have ensued if it didn't.

A video of what went down at Scoot Inn was posted by TMZ and can be watched below.

The amount of rioting that did ensue though, resulted in Tyler getting arrested at the airport as he was leaving town, as Austinist reported. A police statement which since surfaced stated that Tyler was charged with a class A Misdemeanor, with a bond set at $25,000. They also posted his mugshot, which you can see below.

More pictures of Tyler with BadBadNotGood from our day party, with his mugshot and that video, below...

Continue reading "Tyler the Creator went to SXSW, played some shows, incited a riot at Scoot Inn (after a BV party), got arrested"

photos by Amanda Hatfield & Tim Griffin

Little Dragon salutes the crowd (by Tim Griffin)
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7
Trash Talk (by Amanda Hatfield)
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

Though everyone was shaken up from the previous night's tragic events (which happened not far from and during the official BrooklynVegan showcase on Wednesday night), SXSW moved forward on Thursday morning, when we began our first of three day parties at Red 7.

Our day shows took place on the indoor and outdoor stages of Red 7, with the indoor stage on Thursday staying (mostly) on the folkier/quieter side with San Fermin, Sylvan Esso, Rhett Miller of the Old 97s, Torres, Nicole Atkins, Cate Le Bon and Basia Bulat. Meanwhile, the outside that day was crazier and a little more random with Little Dragon, Roosevelt, BadBadNotGood (joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator), Nothing, Trash Talk, Overdoz, Cities Aviv and Calvin Love.

Basia Bulat was a nice start to the day where she performed solo with an autoharp, ukulele, and keyboard. Cate Le Bon did a fine job following with her full band who got pretty intense at the end. Then it was singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins who played songs from her new Slow Phaser (catch her on tour with Nick Cave), followed by the grungy folk of Torres (who previewed some new material), followed by Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller who had a ton of fun with the show and did a bunch of covers like Tom Petty's "American Girl" and Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation." After Rhett, Sylvan Esso, the duo of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn, had the indoor crowd moving more than anyone else that day with their synthy pop and Amelia's dance moves. And San Fermin wrapped things up with their orchestral pop.

Rhett Miller (by Amanda Hatfield)
BrooklynVegan SXSW Thursday Day Party - Red 7

Outside, Calvin Love and his band woke everyone up with their indie rock, which was followed by the noise rap of Cities Aviv and the weed-obsessed rap of Overdoz. Then things got kicked up ten notches for Trash Talk, who opened up the entire floor outside at Red 7 for a circle pit and kept egging on the crowd, Damian of Fucked Up included, the whole set. Nothing followed, keeping the heavy vibe in tact, but in more atmospheric ways. Then the vibe totally changed as jazz hop trio BadBadNotGood played (including a Flying Lotus cover). Their set was instrumental... until the last two songs when they were joined by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator (who's collaborated with them before). Tyler and BBNG really got the crowd going, and though many filtered out after their set, a new batch of people quickly filled it back up for Roosevelt and the Swedish electro party that was Little Dragon.

Thanks to Life or Death for helping make things happen, and to all our sponsors. We served complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson, and had Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, Frito pies courtesy of HomeState, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you could win headphones every hour on the hour if you tagged your Instagrams #BVMarshall.

Yukimi poses for Indiegogo -- photo by Daniel Christiansen
Little Dragon

Nokia MixRadio was on site educating us about their free music service and playing the BrooklynVegan MixRadio SXSW playlist between bands. Indiegogo was there with free earplugs and conversation. Songboard, a new "music destination that offers artists and bands essential services and unique capabilities to maximize potential" was there too and with free thumb drives and education. We let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.

Special thanks to all of our bands and everyone who helped make it all possible, including you. Thanks everyone who made it out, and sorry to everyone who waited on line but didn't get in (the fire marshals were cracking down on venues more than ever this year.).

One set of pictures from this party is posted over at BV Austin. Check out more pictures from the whole day (by Amanda Hatfield except where specified), below...

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BBNG

Jazz hop trio BADBADNOTGOOD have announced they'll release a new album, III, on May 6 via their new label home, Innovative Leisure (Bass Drum of Death, Classixx). You can get a taste of the new album with first single, "Can't Leave the Night," which is streaming below.

The trio first caught our ears partially because of their covers of Odd Future, James Blake, My Bloody Valentine and more, in addition to collaborations with Odd Future. Those collaborations haven't stopped (they produced a track on Earl Sweatshirt's 2013 album, Doris), and they'll be joined by Tyler, the Creator as a special guest when they play the BrooklynVegan SXSW day party at Red 7 on Thursday, March 18. BBNG have other SXSW shows too, and their whole schedule is below. Stay tuned for BrooklynVegan's full SXSW day party lineups.

Continue reading "BADBADNOTGOOD releasing a new LP on Innovative Leisure, playing BV-SXSW w/ Tyler, the Creator & other shows"

Earl Sweatshirt

Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt is still flying high off his Doris LP which landed on a ton of best of 2013 lists, and he'll continue to support that album with a 2+ month-long international tour this year, dubbed the "Wearld Tour." His last North American tour brought him to NYC's Bowery Ballroom, which he sold out, and this time around he'll be headlining the larger Webster Hall on February 20, in addition to Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 22. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, January 17 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday, January 15 at noon.

All dates are listed, along with a video, below...

Continue reading "Earl Sweatshirt announces 'Wearld Tour' (dates)"

MellowHigh

Odd Future's MellowHigh (aka Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis and Left Brain, not to be confused with MellowHype which is just Hodgy and Left Brain) are set to release their debut album on Halloween (10/31) via Odd Future Records, and they've just released the video for its first single, "Yu." You can watch that below, and that's the album artwork above.

MellowHigh will also be heading out on a tour of the US and Canada which includes LA's Odd Future Festival and a NYC show happening on December 3 at The Lounge at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketmaster for updates.

All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer and video, below...

Continue reading "Odd Future's MellowHigh releasing LP, touring (dates, video)"

Earl Sweatshirt

Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt released his new album, Doris, this year and now he's announced a tour in support of it. The tour brings him to three of the four Rock the Bells festivals, including the NJ one on October 4, and soon after that he plays a NYC show on October 7 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The tour ends with Earl's appearance at Odd Future's second annual Camp Flog Gnaw Festival which happens on November 9 at LA Coliseum with Tyler, the Creator, Frank Ocean, Flying Lotus, Schoolboy Q, Mellowhigh, Trash Talk, and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now. Check out the flyer, along with the list of all Earl dates, below...

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Earl Sweatshirt

Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt has been talking about his Doris album for a long time, and last month he finally announced it'd be out on August 20. Now, a few days ahead of that release, Odd Future have made it available to stream, via their tumblr. Head there to check it out.

Earl is also featured on the new Adult Swim Single Series track from Captain Murphy, aka the rap alter-ego of Flying Lotus. The song is called "Between Villains" and also features MF DOOM's alter-ego, Viktor Vaughn and frequent FlyLo collaborator Thundercat. Stream that track below too (via Pitchfork).

Earl will be in the NYC-area this October for Rock the Bells NJ. All tour dates are listed, along with that song stream and the Doris tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Earl Sweatshirt streaming new album, featured on a new Captain Murphy track w/ Viktor Vaughn and Thundercat"

by Andrew Sacher

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

Ridiculously prolific west coast rapper E-40 just dropped a new track, "All My Niggas," and it features his typically rapid fast flow joined by two of the best of-the-moment rappers, Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q. Check out the new song (via Stereogum) below).

As discussed, Schoolboy Q will be in NYC this weekend to open for Odd Future at their big outdoor Williamsburg Park show on Saturday (7/20). That show also includes Meek Mill, who just played the Mac Miller, Chance the Rapper, The Internet, Vince Staples show in NJ (but not the Hammerstein one), Queens crew World's Fair, and legendary DJ Funkmaster Flex. Tickets for Saturday's show are still available. Rain or shine.

In related news, Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator will be going on a tour later this year with Kid Cudi and Big Sean. That tour doesn't include any NYC-area dates, but all three rappers will hit the area in October for Rock the Bells. 2-day passes for Rock the Bells are still available. Logic, who does not play Rock the Bells, is also on that tour.

All Tyler dates are listed, along with the E-40 song, below...

Continue reading "E-40 releases a new song w/ Danny Brown & Schoolboy Q (who plays WIlliamsburg Park this weekend w/ Odd Future)"

Mac Miller and Earl Sweatshirt in NYC - 7/15/13 (via By Any Means)
Earl Sweatshirt

Earl Sweatshirt came to NYC last night for a secret show presented by FADER and Vitamin Water. He played older material like "Drop," newer material like "Guild" off his upcoming album, Doris (which Mac Miller joined him on), and freestyled over an audience member beatboxing. That's Earl and Mac from last night pictured above. Check out videos of those three songs below (via Complex).

Earl recently revealed the album artwork and tracklist for Doris, and announced that it will be out on August 20. It features "Guild," along with other previously released tracks, "Chum" and "Whoa." And now, Earl just released a fourth track from the album, "Hive," which features contributions from Vince Staples and Casey Veggies. You can check out the video for that track, along with the album artwork and tracklist for Doris, below.

Meanwhile, Mac Miller was in NYC for Earl's show last night after his tour with Vince Staples, Chance the Rapper and The Internet hit NJ a day earlier (7/14) and was taking a day off before hitting NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom tonight (7/16) (sold out). Earl himself is set to join that tour later this month, but maybe since he's in the area too, he'll be stopping by Hammerstein tonight?

All videos, artwork, and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Earl Sweatshirt played a secret NYC show, released a new song; Mac Miller, Vince Staples & more playing NYC tonight"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Collard Greens" stream below...

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

Vince Staples

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

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

Stream Stolen Youth below...

Continue reading "stream Vince Staples' new LP (feat. Schoolboy Q & Ab-Soul), see him on tour w/ Chance the Rapper and Mac Miller"

Tomahawk at FFF Fest 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
Tomahawk

today in NYC
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Secret Chiefs 3 @ The Stone
* Stephane Wrembel @ Barbes
* Vegan Cookoff @ The Bell House
* Bob Jones/Jon Sholle Duo @ Barbes
* Hot 97 Summer Jam @ MetLife Stadium
* Jesse Woods, Scott Rudd @ Ace Hotel
* Weird Al Yankovic @ The Capitol Theatre
* Natur, Dirty Fences, Balam @ Union Pool
* Tomahawk, Buke and Gase @ Best Buy Theater
* Steve Lemme, Kevin Heffernan @ The Bell House
* Mother Falcon, Tony Trischka & Territory @ Joe's Pub
* Grouper, Jessica Pratt, Raajmahal @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Revere, Mark McQueen, Jeremy Grinacoff @ Pianos
* Eamon Harkin (DJ), Justin Carter (DJ) @ Gowanus Grove
* King Tuff, Nude Beach, Hector's Pets @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Ginger Wildheart Band, Chris Catalyst @ Mercury Lounge
* Black Pus, Mounds, Yvette, Baby Asprin DVD @ Death By Audio
* The Flatliners, The Holy Mess, Astpai, Lugosi @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Holly Miranda, Timmy Mislock, William Carl Jr., Joseph Reuben @ Glasslands
* Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars, Morning Sun, The Essentials @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Leverage Models, Chez Deep, Potpurri & Pearls, Felix and The Future @ Cake Shop
* Mikhael Paskalev, Chamber Band, Squeezerock, The Great & Terrible @ Knitting Factory
* The Waldos, Rama Amoeba, The Achitects , Walter Lure, Curtis Suburban @ Bowery Electric
* W. Kamau Bell, Ron Funches, Joe Mande, Gary Gulman, Sara Schaefer, Seth Herzog, Nick Turner @ Union Hall
* Close Lobsters, The Wolfhounds, French Films, The Secret History, Alpaca Sports, The Orange Peels, My Teenage Stride, Ski Lodge, Startropics @ Littlefield
* Wild Yaks, Las Rosas, Call Of The Wild, Grand Resort, Cardboard, Dead Sexy Sheila, Bloom, Ben Robey (DJ), Dian's Coffee, Big Volcano @ St. Nicholas and Jefferson Streets
* Little Women, Greg Saunier (of Deerhoof), Sara Magenheimer, Brian Chase, Vaudeville, Larkin Grimm, Rachel Mason, Sam Mickens, Erika Spring, Vorhees, Jessica Pavone, Sophia Knapp @ Brooklyn Fireproof

NYC Popfest continues today with a Littlefield show that features My Teenage Stride, Ski Lodge, Alpaca Sports, French Films, The Close Lobsters, and more, plus a DJ set from Kip of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

Joey Bada$$, who plays Summer Jam today on the side stage with Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, and others (the main stage features Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Miguel, Wu-Tang and others), made a video for "Like Water" from the Pro Era mixtape, PEEP: The aPROcalypse, which pays tribute to Capital STEEZ, who passed away last year. Check out that video below. Joey also plays a release show for his upcoming project, Summer Knights, soon.

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The new Hodgy Beats EP came out yesterday (6/1). It can be streamed in its entirety below and downloaded for free at Odd Future's site.

What else?

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by Andrew Sacher

Hodgy Beats

We already got a new Tyler, the Creator album this year, we're supposedly getting one from Earl Sweatshirt too, and now another Odd Future (and MellowHype) member Hodgy Beats will be releasing a new EP, Untitled 2, this weekend (6/1). He just revealed the first taste of that EP, "Years," a darker track than he's been known for with some clever rhymes that sound more Black Hippy/A$AP Mob than the typical OFWGKTA style. Check it out below.

As mentioned, the full Odd Future crew will be in NYC for a big outdoor show on July 20 at Williamsburg Park with support from Meek Mill. Tickets for that show are still available.

Song stream below...

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by Andrew Sacher

cigarettes on cigarettes, my mama think I stank
Chance the Rapper

As mentioned, Chance the Rapper, whose solid Acid Rap mixtape is out now and free, will be coming to NYC during the Northside Festival. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that his show will happen on June 15 at Europa. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and you can also try to get in with your Northside badge. The rest of the lineup is TBA.

As mentioned, you can also see Chance in the NYC-area this July opening for Mac Miller if you're into that sort of thing.

Mac is also featured on "Guild," the new track from another of his tourmates, Earl Sweatshirt, which you can stream below (via Fader). The track is set to appear on Earl's upcoming album, Doris, which still has no release date.

Updated Chance the Rapper dates are listed, along with a stream of his mixtape and the Earl song, below...

Continue reading "Chance the Rapper Northside show announced (tix on sale); Earl Sweatshirt has a new song (listen)"

Rock the Bells 2013

Happy 10th anniversary to Rock the Bells, who have announced their initial, rotating 2013 lineup featuring hosts Peter Rosenberg & MURS 3:16, as well as names like Bone Thugs N Harmony, Danny Brown, Black Hippy (who just played NYC), Common, E40 & Too Short, Earl Sweatshirt (ditto), Flatbush Zombies, Juicy J (who played a Fader show on Monday and Irving Plaza last night), Rakim, Wu-Tang Clan (who play Summer Jam soon), Tyler the Creator (who just announced an NYC show as part of Odd Future), Eazy E, Ol Dirty Bastard and more. Confused? Yes, I did just say Eazy E and Ol Dirty Bastard, both of which will be "virtual performances" as part of the travelling festival. AllHipHop reports:

Ol Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E's spirits will return to the stage at Rock The Bells this year, AllHipHop has learned.

The pair of Hip-Hop legends will have holograms performing this year at the 10-year anniversary of the rap festival.

Eazy-E will perform virtually with Bone Thugs-In-Harmony and ODB will rock with Wu Tang. Organizers said Eazy never blessed the Rock The Bells stage and ODB only did once.

Also, the "holograms" are approved by Eazy-E's wife Tomica Wright and Ol Dirty's mother, Cherry Jones.

Tupac's Coachella appearance inspired the new virtual performances at Rock The Bells, organizers admitted.

So far only four dates exist for Rock the Bells. They're all listed below. Two of them are on the East Coast and one is in the NYC area at Meadowlands Racetrack in Rutherford, NJ on October 4-5. Tickets go on presale Thursday (10/16) at noon, and regular sale on Saturday.

Initial lineup (at least 15 more artists TBA), dates and some video below.

Continue reading "Rock the Bells 2013 initial lineup (Wu-Tang, Earl Sweatshirt, Juicy J, Tyler the Creator... + hologram ODB & Eazy E)"

Tyler, the Creator @ MHOW, March 2013(more by Jason Bergman)
Tyler the Creator

Earl Sweatshirt, who is about to link up with the touring Tyler, the Creator for some Earl Wolf shows in Texas, just played the Downtown Music Festival in NYC over the weekend. And now Odd Future have announced they'll all return to NYC to play a big Brooklyn show at Williamsburg Park on July 20. It's with Meek Mill and doubles as Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg's 2nd Annual Birthday Show. Tickets for that show go on venue presale on Thursday (5/14) at 10 AM with the regular on-sale happening Friday (5/10).

The Brooklyn show comes right before Meek Mill starts touring with Mac Miller and friends, a tour that also includes Earl Sweatshirt and The Internet on some dates.

Meanwhile, Tyler, the Creator is dealing with the controversy around one of the online Mountain Dew ads he helped create along with other members of Odd Future. The online video, one of three, was pulled after Syracuse University professor and social analyst Dr. Boyce Watkins called the spot "arguably the most racist commercial in history." Watkins has since mellowed, saying via Twitter "Studied your music, I have an altered perspective. Still could do without the ad, but I think you were well-intended. #respect." Tyler then spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the ad:

It was just a goat who liked Mountain Dew. He wanted more. The waitress lady got hurt. He got pulled over by the cops, and the lady points out the goat [in the lineup], who obviously attacked her because of the Mountain Dew. And that's it.

I guess people are claiming that it's racist, which ... you know, that wasn't even portrayed in that commercial. There's no type of hate being portrayed in that work of art at all -- which I'm confused by. But this older black dude, Dr. Boyce Watkins, I guess he found it racist because I was portraying stereotypes, which is ridiculous because, one, all of those dudes [in the lineup] are my friends. Two, they're all basically in their own clothes. It was originally supposed to be just two dudes, but Garrett from Trash Talk came with his friend and other people had showed up, so I just put all of them in that lineup, if you really wanna know the truth. Three, no [commenters] saw that commercial and said, "This is racist." Everyone either said, "Wow, this is ridiculous. It's a goat talking," or they said, "Wow, this is the dumbest. Why would they even make this?" So for [Watkins] to nitpick and notice that, clearly shows his state of mind is on some other shit that I can't comprehend, for him to actually sit there and for him to notice that it's all blacks [in the lineup]. That wasn't my intention.

Tyler may or may not have another online Mountain Dew ad coming. "Defer that question to Mountain Dew," said Tyler to THR.

Tyler was recently in NYC for a live chat with Elliot Wilson at Highline Ballroom. Watch that in four parts below...

Continue reading "Odd Future playing Williamsburg Park with Meek Mill, still debating controversial Mountain Dew ads +++ watch that live Tyler the Creator interview"

by Andrew Sacher

Black Hippy at Downtown Music Festival in NYC (via @me_acosta)
Black Hippy

The Downtown Music Festival, which is coming to multiple North American cities this year, kicked off its first one in NYC on Friday (5/10) across various LES venues.

The biggest highlight of the artists I saw was the Black Hippy crew, who went on at Capitale at around 1:30 AM. All four guys, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock, came out together for a few posse cuts to start the show, and then Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, and Kendrick each did their own mini-sets to follow that. They had a ton of fun with it, focusing on crowd pleasers, and taking it a little less seriously than when the members play their own gigs (in a good way). We've seen them make appearances at each other's shows, but getting a chance to see each rapper in the group sampling their own stuff and no one member taking the limelight over another is an entirely different appeal. It showed how diverse each rapper really is (Kendrick has the introspective songs, Q has the party bangers, and Ab-Soul has the tripped out ones -- and PS, we want to hear more from Jay Rock!), and like I said, it was a super fun show.

Houston rapper Fat Tony opened that show with a solid set, which he used much of to promote his new album, Smart Ass Black Boy, which comes out June 11 via Young One. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream that album's single, "Hood Party," which features Kool A.D. and Despot, below. Tony will be back in NYC for the free 4Knots Music Festival in June.

Earl Sweatshirt at Downtown Music Festival in NYC (via Liz Una Kim)
Earl Sweatshirt

Another standout of the festival for me was Earl Sweatshirt, who played Element at around 11 PM with Syd tha Kyd as his DJ. Odd Future supporters have turned on the group a bit (or at least the way it was when Tyler and Hodgy Beats were basically running it) and Tyler's so-so new album Wolf didn't help that, but Earl's been hailed as something of a saving grace for the group. It's obviously too soon to tell if Earl's gonna pull it off (though his recent singles have been promising), but whether intentionally or not, his show on Friday worked by being good for very different reasons than the ones that initially gained Odd Future attention. He didn't talk much between songs, didn't have any "punk" stage antics of a large group of hypemen, and OF's shock-factor-turned-predictable-offensiveness was almost never to be found. Instead, Earl focused on classic-style rhymes and proving himself as an adept emcee. There's still no release date for his upcoming album, Doris, but once it does come out, it should be pretty interesting to see where he goes with it.

More Downtown Music Fest coverage to come. Meanwhile, a video of Earl playing a new song at Element, Kendrick playing "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" at Capitale, and that Fat Tony stream below...

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Tyler, The Creator @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Jason Bergman)
Tyler

Odd Future's most popular character, Tyler, The Creator, who recently dropped his new album Wolf and played Music Hall of Williamsburg on the first leg of the LP-supporting tour, will return to NYC for another show SOON, but not one where he'll be playing music. Tickets go on sale at noon for a live coversation between critic Elliot Wilson and Tyler. It happens at Highline Ballroom on Tuesday, April 23rd (10:30pm doors).

From there Tyler will head to Arizona to kick off the 2nd leg of his "Wolf" tour which includes three big shows in Texas with Earl Sweatshirt where they're being billed as "Earl Wolf". All dates are listed in the poster below...

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photos by Jason Bergman

Tyler, the Creator at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 3/23/13
Tyler the Creator

On the new material previewed during the show, flashes of introspection shone brightest. He opened one track berating his father for still not picking up the phone, and later placed his bank account flexing in context: "You'd think all this money would make a happier me, but I'm about as lonely as crackers and skinny models be."

Tyler's production is more progressive and exploratory this time around, digging even deeper into the kick drums and colorful chords of his idol/mentor Pharrell. The upcoming single "Bimmer," a playful love-letter about sharing Slurpies with a girl he thinks is "chill," accented with harmonies from Frank Ocean, felt especially precious between the snarls and growls that dominated his set. [Rolling Stone]

Tyler, the Creator brought his tour to NYC on Saturday (3/23) for a packed show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which he used to preview material from his upcoming album, Wolf (due out 4/2 via Odd Future Records). He brought out a number of fellow Odd Future members, including Taco, Jasper, Mike G, and most notably, Earl Sweatshirt, who has been in the spotlight for his own upcoming album lately.

A portion of the set was spent with just Tyler and Earl on stage, during which they played "Whoa" off Earl's new album (which Tyler is featured on), in addition to earlier tracks the two rappers recorded together. When Tyler wasn't previewing Wolf material, he reached back his early albums, Bastard and Yonkers, and also the early Odd Future mixtapes, like when he brought out former OF member Casey Veggies to do "Odd Toddlers" from 2008's The Odd Future Tape.

More pictures and some videos from Saturday's show below...

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Tyler the Creator

Tyler, the Creator said he would release his new album, Wolf, back in 2012 but didn't, and now he's saying it will come out on April 2 via Odd Future Records, and the first video from the album will premiere tonight at midnight EST on Odd Future's site. The cover art above is one of three covers for the album, including one designed by Mark Ryden. The other two are below.

Tyler also just announced a tour which hits NYC on March 23 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and as is always the case for Odd Future shows, tickets are already on sale, so act quick.

UPDATE: The video is out now. Watch it below.

A list of all dates and the other two album covers below...

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Sirius

Hard to believe, but our BrooklynVegan "Blog Radio" show has been airing weekly on satellite radio for over 6.5 years. It started on Sirius which then merged with XM and became SiriusXM. The station, which was originally "Left of Center" on Sirius, is now called SiriusXMU (on SiriusXM). You can currently hear the two hour show on the "indie/college" station every Wednesday at noon EST and again at midnight that night (which is technically Thursday morning in Eastern Standard Time).

At some point years ago I brought on like-minded music lover Dominic (Nick) Masi to be my co-host, and to cover when I couldn't make it. Now, though I still may pop in occasionally (my New Year's resolution!), Nick has taken over completely, hosting the show week to week with a selection of music you'll find on BrooklynVegan.com and on his own iPod. Recently Nick also started hosting a show called "Cover Me" (all cover songs) on Bruce Springsteen's E Street Radio, and other programs on the network too.

In his spare time, Nick now tour manages members of Odd Future - a job which was an offshoot of his huge passion for hip hop (and traveling around the continent in a van).

What were Nick's favorite records and songs in 2012? We asked him and he gave us a list of his top 10 albums and "top 15 hip hop songs of the year that don't feature 2Chainz, Kanye, Drake, Rick Ross or (fill in the blank with your favorite rapper you've seen on every remix this year)."

You can check out both of Nick's lists, along with videos or streams for each song on his hip hop list (Odd Future songs included), below...

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by Bill Pearis

Pitchfork Top Tracks

Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?

You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.

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