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ACTQ reissue party (photo via Maxwell Benson)
A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest reissued their 1990 debut People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm for its 25th anniversary last week (it got a 10 on Pitchfork) and they held two celebrations for that over the weekend. First, they reunited on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon like they said they would. Watch them play "Can I Kick It" with The Roots on that show, below.

Then the next night was their release party at Santos in Manhattan. It was billed as having DJ sets by Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad with appearances by Phife and Jarobi, which got people wondering if they'd perform together there too, but no such luck. It was packed and looked like a total party though. Redman showed up, and a video of that is below.

Phife Dawg also talked to Rolling Stone about the reissue:

You were 19 when People's was released. Is it odd to be looking back at the 25th anniversary?

It's odd in a good way. I never expected it to be this big. I just thought we were going to be celebs in the hood. Like, honestly, within 25 years, when you go to places like Australia and Japan and Amsterdam and London and Germany and these people know [the songs] word-for-word, it's crazy. So it's nothing but a blessing at the end of the day, but I don't remember a lot. It's kind of a blur. Being that I was only on four songs on the album, my focus wasn't completely there yet. I didn't take things too seriously until Low End Theory. I just remember this being the album where, "Okay, Tribe made a dent, so the next album, we've got to kick the door off the hinges."

When asked if he agreed with the decision that their 2013 shows with Kanye West would be their last, Phife said, "I don't agree with it, but it is what it is." He also added that he thinks it's "ludicrous" that they're not performing together and said:
I can't really talk about it, to be honest. Because when I talk, my mouth gets me in trouble. I'm the type of dude that tries to keep it 100 and I always get in trouble for it. But I will say: it's dumb, and I don't agree with it and we're doing the fans a great injustice by not getting together and rocking, and that's all I can really speak on as far as that goes.
You can read the rest of that interview here. And you can also watch a video interview recently done with Jarobi outside of Q-Tip's childhood home, below.

Continue reading "A Tribe Called Quest didn't reunite at Santos, but they did play Fallon (video)"

A Tribe Called Quest

We recently mentioned that all four members of A Tribe Called Quest are set to appear at the NYC release party for the 25th anniversary reissue of their 1990 debut, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. It wasn't clear if they'd be playing together or not -- Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad are billed as DJs and Phife and Jarobi are just set to make "appearances" -- but now it's been revealed that the group will reunite to perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon the night before the Santos show (this Friday, 11/13). That makes a performance at the Santos show seem even more promising (it's now sold out). They said their 2013 shows with Kanye West would be their last.

The reissue includes Pharrell, Cee-Lo and J. Cole remixes. You already heard the first two, but now you can also listen to the J. Cole remix below.

Fallon's house band The Roots also have a Long Island show on 12/26.

Continue reading "A Tribe Called Quest reuniting on 'Fallon' the day before their 'People's Instinctive Travels' reissue party at Santos"

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest's influential debut People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm turned 25 this year, and in honor of that anniversary they're reissuing it on November 13. It's fully remastered and also includes remixes by Cee-Lo, Pharrell and J. Cole. Cee-Lo takes on "Footprints" and Pharrell takes on "Bonita Applebum," both of which you can listen to below. The J. Cole remix ("Can I Kick It?") isn't out yet.

Tribe will celebrate the reissue with a release party in NYC on November 14 at Santos Party House. The party will have DJ sets from Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and appearances by Phife and Jarobi are promised. That means the whole group (who said they're done playing together) is set to be in the house. Tickets are on sale now.

Remixes below...

Continue reading "A Tribe Called Quest reissuing their debut; all four members set to appear at NYC release party"

Duran Duran 2015

Duran Duran will release their 14th album, Paper Gods, in September. The long-running UK band made the album with a bevy of producers, including old pal Nile Rodgers, modern-day hitmaker Mark Ronson, Josh Blair, and Kanye collaborator Mr Hudson, and it features a number of guests, including Janelle Monáe, John Frusciante, Kiesza, and, why not, Lindsay Lohan. Bassist John Taylor says "It really goes back to that strange early Duran mix: the hard-edged pop, coexisting with this dark, weird, experimental side." First single "Pressure Off" is set to pop later this week.

In other news, Nile Rodgers is throwing another festival in Riverhead, NY this summer and Duran Duran will be there. Now named FOLD ("Freak Out, Let's Dance), it will happen August 4 & 5 at Martha Clara Vineyard. In addition to Duran Duran and Rodgers' group Chic, the two day festival will feature a variety of performers:

AUGUST 4: Beck, Pharrell Williams, Keith Urban, Chuck D, Eric B, GTA, Paloma Faith, The Martinez Brothers, Thomas Gold, CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers

AUGUST 5: Duran Duran, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monae, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Q-Tip (DJ Set), Slander, Snoh Aalegra, CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers

Says the press release, "Over two nights, Rodgers will create the ultimate mash-up between each artist's distinctive sound and his own groundbreaking style." Rodgers will also take advantage of the occasion to do some collaborative recording sessions at his studio. Tickets ($137.00 - $999) are on sale now. FOLD Fest poster is below.

Duran Duran are touring as well, though not much in North America for the time being. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Nile Rodgers throwing FOLD Fest in Long Island w/ Beck, Chic & more; Duran Duran releasing new LP, playing, touring"


Long-running UK dance duo The Chemical Brothers will release their new album Born In The Echoes on July 17. The record features guest vocals from Beck, St. Vincent, Cate Le Bon, Q-Tip and more. Tom and Ed have shared the album's opening cut, "Sometimes I Feel So Deserted," which you can stream below, and look for official first single "Go" (featuring Q-Tip) on May 4. Album art and tracklist is below, too.

The Chemical Brothers will be on tour for most of the summer. No shows in NYC yet, but all dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The Chemical Brothers announce new LP 'Born in the Echoes' featuring Beck, St. Vincent, Q-Tip & more (stream a track)"

words by Jeremy Nifras, photos by David James Swanson

Jack White
Jack White

Detroit-raised, Nashville-based guitarist, music enthusiast, vinyl fanatic and baseball star Jack White took the stage at MSG last night (1/30) for his first time headlining as a solo artist (The White Stripes headlined in 2007). He and his band did not disappoint the sold-out crowd, and he brought out a few surprises along the way.

The night began with rap duo Run the Jewels, who brought loads of fun, energy and hype to kickstart the show. Atlanta-based Killer Mike and NYC native El-P blazed though tracks such as "Oh My Darling Don't Cry", "Banana Clipper" and "Get It". Perhaps the biggest highlight was surprise guest Zack De La Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, who came on stage to perform his verse on the track "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)". Watch video of that below.

Shortly after, it was time for Jack White. Quickly bouncing and thrashing around the stage during older fan favorites such as "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground", "Steady as She Goes" and "Hotel Yorba", he instantly reminded us how rich his 15-plus year history has been. Seven White Stripes songs made it into the setlist, including show-closer "Seven Nation Army". They played three by The Raconteurs.

Jack White

Jack also performed songs from his two solo records, such as the fiery instrumental "High Ball Stepper", as well as the tender "Blunderbuss". And much to our surprise, it turned out Run the Jewels weren't the only rappers on stage for the evening. Hip hop icon and A Tribe Called Quest member Q-Tip (who last played MSG during the 'Yeezus' tour, the greatest show Jack's ever seen in his life) appeared to drop a few lines during "That Black Bat Licorice", as well as perform the first verse from the Tribe classic "Excursions" from their second LP The Low End Theory. Video of that can be watched below too.

This concert was also streamed online live though Pandora. If you missed it, you can still listen to the loop through Monday (2/2). Starting Tuesday (2/3), the show will be available to stream by individual track.

Jack's tour continues in Ohio tonight. Remaining tour dates HERE. More pictures and the setlist from Jack's set, and the above-mentioned videos, below...

Continue reading "Jack White & Run the Jewels played MSG with guests Zack De La Rocha & Q-Tip (pics, videos, setlist)"

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

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...

Continue reading "Q-Tip leads Times Sq. Ferguson decision protests; Killer Mike gives impassioned speech ++ other musicians' reactions"


Tickets for most dates of the Jay Z and Beyonce tour go on sale today. On-sale time for the NYC-area show at MetLife Stadium is still TBA.

Tickets for the Elvis Costello shows at Carnegie Hall go on sale today at 11 AM for night 1 and night 2.

Tickets for the De La Soul show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Majical Cloudz show at The Studio at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10 AM. Tickets for their show in the Marlin Room happening about a month earlier (same link) are still available.

Tickets for all Governors Ball Afterparties, including Damon Albarn, Kurt Vile, Washed Out, Earlwolf (aka Earl Sweatshirt & Tyler the Creator) and more go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the newly-added Flume show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Subhumans show at Le Poisson Rouge are on sale now.

Tickets for the Curtis Harding show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets to his Glasslands show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Peter Matthew Bauer (of The Walkmen) show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Ought show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon. Tickets to their Baby's show with Dub Thompson are on sale now. Their Brooklyn Night Bazaar show with Pictureplane and LODRO is free.

Tickets for the Tweens and Amanda X Northside show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Pentimento, Have Mercy and Gates are playing The Studio at Webster Hall on July 18. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

SoKo is playing Le Poisson Rouge on June 18. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Oneida are playing Glasslands on July 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Endless Boogie are playing Union Pool on May 25. No advance tickets.

Frankie Cosmos and Radiator Hospital are playing Silent Barn on May 23. No advance tickets.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo are playing Capitol Theatre on October 10. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Q-Tip's #OFFLINE DJ night has left Output and found a new home in midtown Manhattan at Sankeys. Tickets for that show are on sale now for the upcoming party on May 22.

Glass Animals, Kitty Pryde, Moons, Fascinator, Kitty Cash, and Blondes are playing the Late Bloomers Vol. 1 "Spring" benefit at The Westway on May 15. Tickets for that show are on sale now and all proceeds go to Fountain House.

Bombino, who hits Austin Psych Fest this weekend, plays Brooklyn Bowl on September 7. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Steve Hackett brings his Genesis Extended World Tour to The Space at Westbury on November 15. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

The Budos Band play Bowery Ballroom on June 26. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

Oddissee is playing Glasslands on June 25 with a live band. Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets for the Modest Mouse and Brand New show at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium are still available.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Janelle Monae at The Apollo in 2013 (more by Luis Ruiz)
Janelle Monae

As discussed, Moogfest returns to Asheville, NC from April 23-27, and since we last spoke, more additions to the lineup have been made. Keith Emerson, who was already scheduled to speak during the daytime program, was added as a nighttime performer as well, in addition to Q-Tip, El-P, Saul Williams and more. Nile Rodgers, whose band Chic is performing at night, was added as a daytime speaker, as was Janelle Monae who will be "in conversation with her producers."

Updated flyer and more info on the daytime panel updates, below...

Continue reading "Moogfest 2014 adds Janelle Monae, El-P, Saul Williams, more"

Busta Q

Around the time Busta Rhymes came out as a guest at A Tribe Called Quest's "final" shows (opening for Kanye West at Barclays and MSG), it was announced that Busta and ATCQ's Q-Tip would be releasing a collaborative mixtape. That mixtape is out now, and features guest appearances from Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest, Talib Kweli, Missy Elliot, Raekwon, and others. That's the artwork above, which clearly riffs on ATCQ's The Low End Theory cover art.

Q-Tip's next #Offline DJ party happens on Wednesday (12/18) at Output (tickets).

You can download the mixtape for free at LiveMixtapes and stream it below...

Continue reading "Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip release free collaborative mixtape"

by Andrew Sacher

Kanye @ MSG - 11/24/13 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)

Kanye West just wrapped the 4-night NYC runYeezus tour at MSG last night (11/24) with legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest opening, and billing it as their "final" show. The run also included another show with Tribe last Wednesday (11/20) at Barclays Center and two with Kendrick Lamar -- 11/19 at Barclays and Saturday (11/23) at MSG.

It was Kanye's second live appearance(s) in NYC this year, after having headlined Governors Ball back in June. His GovBall set was an incredibly elaborate affair, with a massive light show and intense on-screen footage that was more about the overall audio/visual experience than it was "a concert." And last night's MSG show was a similar experience, but a totally different delivery. Instead of video clips, Kanye was backed by a giant 3-dimensional pyramid, a "sky" screen above it, and a silent group of "dancers" who looked more like a cult-ish or religious group than dancers. The setlist was super heavy on Yeezus early on, playing most of the older hits towards the end, but it was those dark, abrasive moments of the new album mixed with the ominous stage show that really made it an unforgettable experience. That, and of course, Kanye's nightly rant, which this time was about how "nobody says anything bad about Lenny Kravitz," how terrible the fashion industry is, and about not letting your ego get to your head too much.

During A Tribe Called Quest's set, like he did at Barclays Center, Busta Rhymes came out during "Scenario" which got him and Tribe a standing ovation. Busta and ATCQ's Q-Tip have a collaborative mixtape, The Abstract & The Dragon, coming out on December 12, and they just made a video for its single "Thank You," which features Kanye, in addition to Lil Wayne. A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, and Tristan Wilds make cameos in the video, but aren't on the song. Check it out below.

And in more related news, James Franco and Seth Rogen decided to make their own version of Kanye's "Bound 2" video, which you can watch, along with a couple videos from MSG (including a "rant" video) and Kanye's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Kanye West played 2 shows @ MSG & 2 @ Barclays Center, appears on new Busta Rhymes/Q-Tip track (videos & setlist)"

A Tribe Called Quest at Barclays Center - 11/20/13 (via)

Kanye West's tour currently has him in the midst of his 4-night NYC run, which included stops at Barclays Center with Kendrick Lamar on Tuesday (11/19) and A Tribe Called Quest last night (11/20). The run resumes at MSG on Saturday (11/23) with Kendrick and MSG on Sunday (11/24) with Tribe.

For A Tribe Called Quest, these opening slots are being billed as the legendary group's "final" shows. Regarding their set last night, which had an absolutely killer setlist, OkayPlayer writes:

I feel silly saying they played classics. I mean... "Sucka N*gga," "Find A Way" (Dilla dilla, beats beats) and "Bonita Applebum"... I don't think there is such a thing as a non-classic Tribe tune! For "Bonita," a full bodied Stephanie Santiago painted head to toe in red, black, and green stripes ala the iconic Low End Theory artwork, mesmerized the crowd as she walked to the center of the arena holding a cut-out apple with "38-24-37″ written on the reverse side.
A picture of the full setlist (also via Okayplayer) and a video of them performing "Scenario" with Busta Rhymes last night, below.

Tickets for both Kanye shows at MSG are still available.

Video and setlist below...

Continue reading "A Tribe Called Quest played their first of two "final" shows with Kanye West (setlist & video)"

Disclosure at Central Park in August (more by Robert Altman)

As discussed, UK dance duo Disclosure will be returning to North America on their 2014 winter tour which hits NYC on January 17 and 18 at Terminal 5. Since we last spoke, Disclosure have added a third date happening on January 19 at the same venue. Tickets for the 1/19 show go on sale Friday (9/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/25) at noon. Tickets for the 1/17 are still available (same link), but the 1/18 show is sold out. All three shows, and much of the tour, are being opened by Vic Mensa and Samo Sound Boy. Updated dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Disclosure have been doing some recording sessions with Nile Rodgers (of Chic and the new Daft Punk album), like Nile announced they would be earlier this year. And Nile will be in NYC this week for a couple events with Q-Tip.

First, Nile (performance) and Q-Tip (DJ) will be at Cipriani's 42nd St. on Wednesday (9/25) for a benefit for the We Are Family Foundation co-presented by luxury watchmaker Girard-Perregaux. That same night, there will be an auction and Giard-Perregaux will present two special edition watches. More info here.

Then, for something less fancy, Nile will join Q-Tip at his weekly #Offline DJ night at Output (9/25) later that night (10 PM). The night is billed as "A night celebrating the music of Nile Rodgers - w/ guest of honor Nile Rodgers" and DJ Spinna is on the bill too. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Updated Disclosure dates are listed, along with a video, below...

Continue reading "Disclosure add 3rd Terminal 5 show to tour; Nile Rodgers and Q-Tip doing 2 events in NYC this week (updated dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Hiatus Kaiyote

'70s cult soul artist Shuggie Otis is back in town this week for two shows, both of which are free. On Thursday (8/8) he'll play a lunchtime show (noon) at Metrotech Commons, which is the finale of BAM's 2013 R&B Festival. Then on Sunday (8/11) he'll play Central Park Summerstage with Jose James and Hiatus Kaiyote. That show starts at 7 PM.

Speaking of, Hiatus Kaiyote are from Melbourne, Australia and make laid back, jazzy R&B/soul with maybe just a little trip hop in there too. Questlove and Erykah Badu are fans and the band's new, very listable album, Tawk Tomahawk, is streamable in full, below. The album's final track, "Nakkamara," features Q-Tip and is probably the record's standout cut. Hiatus Kaiyote will also play a headlining show while here on Monday (8/12) at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

And speaking of Q-Tip, his #Offline party happens tonight (8/7) and every Wednesday at Output's Panther Room. The party starts at 10 PM and tickets are $10.

Meanwhile, Jose James (who plays the Summerstage show) also has other dates, including a just-announced NYC show with FaltyDL happening on November 22 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are currently on AmEx presale, and a general on-sale begins Friday (8/9) at noon. All of his dates are listed below.

Flyers for #Offline and Summerstage, plus Hiatus Kaiyote's album stream and tour schedule, below...

Continue reading "Shuggie Otis is here for 2 shows; 1 w/ Hiatus Kaiyote & Jose James (who have other shows); Q-Tip's #Offline now at Output"

Lauryn Hill at MHOW last night (via @gogo6969)
Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill is about to do time for tax evasion, and though her high-priced show at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night with guest DJ Q-Tip (May 14) might have smelled like a last ditch effort to wrangle up some cash, she reportedly didn't perform it like that:

Classic tracks such as "Lost Ones" and "How Many Mics" were delivered with such venom and quick-fire vocal prowess that it almost transformed them into entirely new compositions, nearly unrecognizable from the album versions unless you were paying close attention. The latter was especially ferocious, with Hill bringing the song down to near-silence (she would exercise considerable control over her band as the evening went on, shushing and cajoling them in equal measure depending on her mood) and turning things over to her trio of backup singers, before rousing the band and the crowd into a final, multisyllabic climax... She wasn't performing like someone who was about to go to jail. She wasn't performing like someone who just needed the money. Rather, she was performing like someone who cared so much about her craft and presentation that it bled seamlessly out of her, with near-flawless transitions and an intensity that belied her famous reclusive nature. It wasn't Lauryn Hill, neo-soul rapstress. It was Lauryn Hill laying it all on the line regardless of what would, or will, come next. -[Billboard]
Let's hope that hunger grows in her time away. Godspeed Lauryn Hill.

Check a video from last night  where Lauryn Hill invited her children on stage to perform at the end of the evening, below...

Continue reading "Lauryn Hill played one of her last (and reportedly one of her best) shows before jail at Music Hall of Williamsburg"

Q-Tip with A Tribe Called Quest during SXSW 2013 (more by John Sculli)

Q-Tip has been added on as special guest DJ for tonight's Lauryn Hill show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, possibly her last in NYC for some time. Tickets are still available. If you feel like doubling up on your dosage of The Abstract, head to his residency at Cielo, "Boogie Back Tuesdays," later on. Tickets are still available for that as well.

In addition, Q-Tip has signed on to DJ The American Museum of Natural History's One Step Beyond party on June 7 along with Nickodemus and DJ Eleven. Tickets are still available.

The xx @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
The xx

As you may be aware, Baz Lurhmann's glitzy, big-budget adaptatation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel, The Great Gatzby, is out May 10 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Toby Maguire, and Carey Mulligan. That same week will see the release of its soundtrack which was curated by Jay-Z and features Jack White, The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, Gotye, Lana Del Rey, Beyonce with Andre 3000, and Jay-Z himself.

It's also got a new track by The xx, titled "Together," which was specifically written for the film. You can stream it, and check out the soundtrack art, full tracklist and a trailer for the film, below....

Continue reading "stream The xx's contribution to 'The Great Gatsby' soundtrack"

by Bill Pearis

Penn Badgley in 'Greetings from Tim Buckley'
Greetings from Tim Buckley

As mentioned, the Tribeca Film Festival is about to kick off and runs from April 17 - 28. Tickets to all screenings are currently on sale to AmEx users and downtown residents, and go on sale to the general public Monday (4/15) at 11 AM. Additionally, Tribeca Film Fest screenings are never fully sold out, as limited rush tickets are available before screenings. More details on that can be found here.

Like usual, there are a few music-related films playing at this year's fest. We already told you about Mistaken for Strangers, in which The National's Matt Berringer invites his brother, Tom, to come along on tour with the band and film them. But it's not your typical tour doc. The film opens the festival on Wednesday (4/17) where The National will also perform and then there are two additional screenings: 4/26 at the Village 7 (8:30 PM, only rush tickets left); and 4/27 at School of Visual Arts (9:30 PM, tickets).

Matt Beringer will also participate at one of the Tribeca Talks panel discussions titled "Music + Film" that happens at the SVA on 4/28 (3:30 PM)  also features Q-Tip and director Todd Haynes, who made the unconventional Dylan biopic, I'm Not There, and the pseudo-Bowie biopic, Velvet Goldmine. Free tickets are available.

Then there's Greetings from Tim Buckley where Gossip Girl's Penn Badgely plays Jeff Buckley. Showings are 4/23 at BMCC Tribeca PAC (6 PM, tickets) and 4/25 at the Village 7 (8:30 PM, tickets).

For fans of concert photography, there's Who Shot Rock n' Roll: The Film, featuring interviews with Edward Colver, Henry Diltz, Jill Furmanovsky, Lynn Goldsmith, Bob Gruen, Norman Seeff, Mark Seliger, Guy Webster and more. Tickets are still available for the 4/23 screening at Clearview Chelsea (9:30 PM) and rush tickets are available for 4/20 at the Village 7 (noon), 4/26 at Clearview Chelsea (7 PM), and 4/28 at Tribeca Cinemas (5 PM)

Not music-related but one we're more than a little curious about is Lil Bub & Friendz which looks at the internet's obsession with all things cats. There's a free screening of the film on 4/20 (8 PM) at Tribeca Drive-In (Brookfield Place, World Financial Plaza). Additional ticketed screenings happen on 4/18 at the SVA (9:30), as well as 4/23 (6 PM) and 4/25 (3 PM) at the Village 7 (tickets).

There's lots of other films playing too, obviously, and you can peruse Tribeca Film Festival's 2013 line-up here. Trailers for films mentioned in this post are below.

Continue reading "Tribeca Film Fest starts this week (The National, 'Greetings from Tim Buckley,' Q-Tip, Lil Bub ++ more) "

Art from the classic LP
Bizzarre Ride II The Pharcyde

If bands played nice, it would be a lot less confusing for the rest of us. '90s-era hip hop crew The Pharcyde have split into two factions and both are currently touring around the U.S.  Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde is original Pharcyde members Fatlip and Slimkid3, as well as producers J-Swift and LA Jay. The crew is performing the band's 1992 classic LP of that name, and are even going so far as to publish the setlist ahead of time. Look for BRIITP to perform on Jan 31 at SOB's. Tickets are still available.

Meanwhile,  Bootie Brown and Imani have retained the original The Pharcyde name and while they have no upcoming NYC dates, their current tour schedule is below.

Speaking of crews that can't keep it together, Q-Tip's (of A Tribe Called Quest) next DJ night at Irving Plaza, scheduled for 1/18, has been cancelled, but he has announced one   at the same venue on July 26 with DJ Spinna in honor of Michael Jackson's birthday (now an annual tradition). Ticketing info is on the way. UPDATE: Despite what Live Nation's website says, Q-Tip & Spinna are not currently scheduled to play Irving Plaza on 7/26 (the website relisted the cancelled event from last year as happening this year).

All Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde and, um, Pharcyde tour dates -- plus song streams -- are below.

Continue reading "The Pharcyde is touring and so is Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde (playing their classic LP) (dates)"

Roc Marciano

Roc Marciano's Marcberg was an ode DIY hip hop of yesteryear; dusty, hand-triggered drum samples and the hard-as-nails rhymes tipped their hat to Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang and the godfather of NYC gangsterism himself, Kool G Rap. Now the NYC producer/MC is readying his follow-up, the new LP Reloaded due this week (11/13) via Decon. Stream all of the new LP, which features production by Alchemist, Q-Tip and Marcberg himself, below (via SPIN).

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Obama hugs Bruce Springsteen (pre-election night)
Obama and The Boss

A selection of tweets reacting to Obama's big win last night....

":)" - Grizzly Bear

"YES" - Amanda Palmer

"yeah!!!!" - Laurel Halo


"fuck yeah." - Colin Meloy


continued below...

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Chris Lighty tribute

As rumored, rivals Fat Joe and 50 Cent came together to honor Chris Lighty at the BET Hip Hop Awards last night. Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Diggy Simmons, Phife Dawg, LL Cool J and Funkmaster Flex took part of the 10 minute segment too. Watch it below...

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"Its good to see NYC come out every time i perform. That shit is dope." - Action Bronson

Action Bronson and a bag of weed at MHOW in August (more by Ryan Muir)
Action Bronson

Remember how we just said that Action Bronson continues to give NYC many chances to see him? Well he's keeping that up. After just playing a show with RL Grime last Friday (9/28), Bronson announced that he'll play a free Scion A/V-presented show in the front room of Public Assembly on October 10 with Jonwayne, Party Supplies, and DJ Getlive. The show is free but RSVP is strictly required. The flier for this show is below. Not very surprisingly, it's also been announced that his Highline Ballroom show (10/30) with Cypress Hill is part of a larger tour the two acts will go on together this fall. All dates are listed below.

Action Bronson associate Meyhem Lauren (who he shared a bill with at MHOW in August) has an upcoming Public Assembly show (10/25) too. His is with Lakutis, Big Baby Ghandi, Spit Gemz, Timeless Truth, Gee Dubs, Eff Yoo, and DJ Uneek. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tanya Morgan, who was also on that MHOW show, have a show at Public Assembly (10/23) too, two days before the Meyhem Lauren show. That one's a co-headlining show with rapper/producer Oddisee, who Tanya Morgan has played with before, and who released the album, People Hear What They See over the summer (stream it at SPIN). Support on that show comes from The Doppelgangaz, Mr. Mag, and Gotham Green, along with a DJ set by DJ Tara and it's being hosted by Dee Phunk. Tickets are on sale now. It takes place just after CMJ, which Oddisee is scheduled to play, though no shows have been announced yet as of this post. All Oddisee dates are listed below.

That famed MHOW show was rounded out by Flatbush Zombies, who were joined by A$AP Rocky and in turn joined him at his Roseland Ballroom show last week (9/27). Flatbush Zombies don't have a Public Assembly show coming up, but they do have a Noisey: Acid Alumni CMJ show happening at Santos Party House on October 17 with Children of the Night, Haleek Maul, Bodega Bamz (who also joined Rocky at that Roseland show), and The Underachievers (who will be taking part in Flying Lotus' NYC takeover). That show is free with RSVP. The flier is below.

Roc Marciano - Reloaded

In more related news, Action Bronson/Meyhem Lauren associate Roc Marciano will release his new album, Reloaded, on November 13 via Decon. The album was mostly self-produced, but also includes a few tracks produced by The Alchemist (whose album featured Roc, plus Action Bronson, Meyhem Lauren, and many others), plus tracks produced by Q-Tip, Ray West, The Arch Druids, and guest spots from Ka and Knowledge Pirate. That's the cover art above (via HipHopDX), and you can check out tracklist and stream the tracks "76" and "I Shot The King" (from the deluxe edition) below. He's also in the process of shooting a video for "76."

All lists of dates, song streams and more are below.

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Dirty Projectors @ Capitol Theatre - 9/25/12 (via Citybug)
Dirty Projectors

There were a couple guys in the crowd that were yelling in-between songs "Let's Go! Wooooo!" If this was a reference to a song, frontman Dave Longstreth didn't seem to get it. "Where you want to go?" he asked politely. After more incoherent woooooing, Dave reassured the crowd, "We're going there, man."

And go there, they did. Dave and the band performed most of Swing Lo Magellan just as meticulously arranged and produced as the album is--it happens to be their most accessible to date and translates very well live. [Noisey]

Dirty Projectors have been on the road since the release of their new album, Swing Lo Magellan, and after having already played NYC twice over the summer, they returned for another area show at the newly reopened Capitol Theatre in Port Chester on Tuesday (9/25) with Lavender Diamond (who also played Mercury Lounge the next night [9/26] and will play Glasslands on Sunday [9/29] with Helado Negro). A video of the DPs playing "Wittenberg IV" at the Capitol Theatre show and their setlist is below. Their tour brings them back to NYC for a show at Carnegie Hall on January 11 with yMusic. Tickets for that show are still available.

Capitol Theatre shows continue with David Gray and Foy Vance tonight (9/27). On Friday (9/28), The Roots were scheduled to continue their residency with a show with Talib Kweli, but as they did with their Septembr 14 show, they've cancelled this Friday's show too. In place of that gig, Roots drummer Questlove, Talib Kweli, and Q-Tip will DJ the first-ever "Soul Planetarium" night at the Cap instead. "Having Questlove, Talib, and Q-Tip spin on the same bill would be awesome in a small dark closet," says [Capitol Theatre booker] Peter Shapiro, who helmed the theatre's relaunch this year and produced 'U2 3D,' the first-ever live action film in the digital 3D format. "Having them each spin Friday night in a legendary rock palace-meets-next generation Planetarium should blow minds." Tickets for that show are available.

Q-Tip does his next Offline Party at Irving Plaza on October 19. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Dirty Projectors video and setlist are below.

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DOWNLOAD: Homeboy Sandman - "Watchu Want From Me?" (prod. Oddisee) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nina Sky - Nicole & Natalie (ZIP)

Aesop Rock at McCarren Pool in 2008 (more by Jason Bergman)
Aesop Rock

Homeboy Sandman is set to release his first full length album on Stones Throw, First Of A Living Breed, which is due out on the label on September 18. The first single, "Watchu Want From Me," was produced by Oddisee and you can download it above or stream it below. The cover art and tracklist are below too.

Homeboy Sandman will be supporting the album on a tour with Brother Ali that hits NYC on September 27 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets), but before that both he and Oddisee will play a FREE day show in NYC TODAY (8/2) at Public Assembly with Immortal Technique and Tru Fam for a Last.fm filming. Doors are at 2 PM, the show is completely free and open to the public, no guest list.

If you stick around the Brooklyn venue, there will also be a hip hop DJ dance party at Public Assembly tonight (8/2) with Da Beatminerz and X-Ecutioners. Tickets for tonight's show are available.

In addition to those two Public Assembly shows, there's tons of other good hip hop shows going down in NYC tonight and this weekend. JSpace.com is throwing 'The Ultimate College Bar Mitzvah" at Highline Ballroom tonight (8/2) with sets from Talib Kweli, The Higher Concept, and The Rooks. It's a bit of an unusual show though. Highline's site reads, "This is THE event for all interns and college students in the New York area. Rock your college swag, bust some moves, and come ready to have a great time. From 8-9PM, professionals from large corporations will work the room, looking to meet college students." Tickets for the show are available.

Tonight's Bowl Train at Brooklyn Bowl (8/2), which is usually DJed by Questlove, will instead by DJed by Biz Markie. Tickets are available.

Nina Sky have a new album/mixtape out this week (7/31) called Nicole and Natalie (the actual first names of the twins that make up the duo), which you can download in full above or stream below. The track "Comatose" was produced by Brenmar, who Nina Sky will share a bill with in NYC tonight (8/2) at the Studio at Webster Hall. Chippy Nonstop, Roxy Cottontail, and Ferrari Snowday are on the bill too. TIckets for that show are available.

Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q's tour supporting Wiz Khalifa hits Jones Beach tonight (8/2). Tickets for that are still available. As mentioned, Kendrick will return to NYC on his tour which hits Terminal 5 on September 15 and Schoolboy Q will when his tour with A$AP Rocky and Danny Brown hits NYC on September 27 at Roseland Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/3) at 10 AM.

Aesop Rock, whose new album Skelethon is at least his best since Bazooka Tooth and one of the contenders for rap album of the year, is currently supporting that album on a previously discussed tour with Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, Edison, and Dark Time Sunshine which hits NYC this Friday (8/3) at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available. Dark Time Sunshine also just released a new album, ANX, which features Aesop Rock, P.O.S., Busdriver, and others. You can stream that album in full below.

Also on Friday (8/3), Aesop's Def Jux labelmate RJD2 will be in NYC for a Girls & Boys party at Webster Hall.

Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch are currently touring as Wu-Block and will hit NYC on Wednesday (8/8) at Highline Ballroom with Saigon. Tickets for that show are still available.

Ghostface will play his own show in Clifton Park, NY on September 14 at Upstate Concert Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In other Wu-Tang news, Inspectah Deck will play NYC on August 24 at BB King's with Colt Seavers. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

We also just mentioned that GZA will be touring later this year with Killer Mike, Sweet Valley (aka Nathan from Wavves' new beat project), and Bear Hands. That tour hits NYC on October 18 at Irving Plaza.

Q-Tip's next Offline Party at Irving Plaza happens on August 17. Tickets for that are available.

Beanie Sigel plays S.O.B.'s on August 16 with KA. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Any other good upcoming hip hop shows that we missed?

Streams are below.

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