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Jay-Z w/ orchesta, Alicia Keys & Nas @ Carnegie Hall - 2/6
Jayz

Fans of disposable income -- earning it, spending it, rapping about it, listening to someone rap about it -- had much to cheer about during this concert, the highest-profile hip-hop show ever at Carnegie Hall.

And there was also the matter of the income disposal, or in this case, donation: this concert was the first of a pair (the second is Tuesday night) benefitting the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, the charity founded by Jay-Z and whose president and chief executive is his mother, Gloria Carter. Most tickets cost several hundred dollars; on the resale market, some were listed for more than $1,000. [NY Times]

Jay was backed by an orchestra "conducted by Jeri Lynne Johnson (of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra), and also the Illadelphonics, an ensemble featuring Questlove of the Roots and the singer Bilal among others." Alicia Keys & Nas both both special guests. Beyonce was in the audience, but didn't perform.

Last night's show was the first of two. It happens again tonight (2/7). Yesterday the shows weren't sold out, but now it says "Limited Availability" for tonight's show at Carnegie Hall's site.

Some video clips and a pictures of the set list from last night (2/6), below...

Continue reading "Jay-Z played Carnegie Hall (does again tonight) -- setlist/video"

Dr John

Tickets just went on sale for a few different BAM shows including the previously mentioned series that Questlove is doing called "Shuffle Culture", and a bunch of shows with Dr. John: "Dr. John: Insides Out: A Louis Armstrong Tribute", "Dr. John: Insides Out: Locked Down", and "Insides Out: Funky But It's Nu Awlins." "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," the National thing, doesn't go on sale until March.

Roger Waters tickets go on sale at 10am.

Jay-Z tickets go on sale at 11am.

Pete and Pete tickets go on sale at noon.

The National at Beacon Theatre in 2011 (more by Toby Tenebaum)
The National

Bryce and Aaron Dessner (of The National) are curating 'Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,' a music festival taking place in BAM's spaces from May 3 - 5. Each night will include a variety of NYC artists, film screenings, accompanying scores, and a late-night dance party. Lineup announcement coming soon and tickets go on sale in March.

Questlove is curating April 19 & 20 at the same Brooklyn venue:

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, the charismatic drummer and producer of the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group The Roots, comes to BAM with an immersive musical experience. Enlisting a stellar lineup of artists, Questlove and musicians perform a free-flowing playlist--a kinetic mix of songs and sounds from unexpected musical bedfellows--that celebrates and reflects our current shuffle culture.
That full lineup is also coming soon. Tickets will start at $25.

Jeff Mangum plays BAM this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

War on Drugs

The War On Drugs played Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (1/10), their TV debut. They performed "Baby Missiles" off of their 2011 LP, Slave Ambient, which was one of our favorite records of 2011. ?uestlove, who DJs Brooklyn Bowl tonight (1/12) joined the band on drums, playing in unison with the band's actual drummer. Check out the video of their performance below.

The War On Drugs will head out on a tour soon, which brings them to NYC on April 6 at MHOW. Tickets are still available. The tour includes some dates with White Rabbits, who just announced their own tour, which hits NYC on April 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale and go on sale to the general public Friday (1/13) at noon.

Their tour also includes many dates with Sharon Van Etten who also just played Fallon and has a MHOW show of her own coming up as well (but one at Mercury Lounge even sooner).

Questlove DJs Brooklyn Bowl tonight (1/12).

TWOD video below...

Continue reading "The War on Drugs played Fallon w/ help from Questlove (video)"

Yasiin Bey on stage with Black Star (more by Zach Pollach)
Black Star

Yasiin says:

I hope everyone will have a great 2012! Alot of things to look forward too. Especially when BlackStar will be getting out their album/Mixtape out and a new G.O.O.D music compilation album coming out spring. Let it be a Yasiin Bey year!
One of the world's most influential muslims Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) will start the Yasiin Bey year by helping pay tribute to the late Gil-Scott Heron as part of the Indelible Festival which goes down at Highline Ballroom in NYC on 1/6...
INDELIBLE FESTIVAL is dedicated to Gil Scott-Heron and Gordon Parks, with a tribute to Living Legend Jimmy Scott.

Indelible is dedicated to those who inspire and influence young people and, by their example, make a difference in the world. Jill Newman Productions created the Indelible Series two years ago, presented by the New York Public Library.

The great jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott will also be performing at the show, alongside ?uestlove, Bilal, Robert Glasper, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Tickets are still available.

Reminder: ?uestlove ALSO DJs SOBs tonight (1/3).

Bey recently introduced the cast of Fela! the musical in San Francisco. Video of that is below.

Continue reading "Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Questlove & more playing Gil-Scott Heron, Gordon Parks & Jimmy Scott party @ Highline"

photos by Eric M. Townsend

Santa Questlove
Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Rahzel + Shaggy tearing it up, free apple cider shots for the ENTIRE club from our main man + Brooklyn Bowl owner Pete Shapiro, and Big Freedia and her "Azz Everywhere" - you know, just another legendary Okayplayer Holiday Jam with The Roots. What else was amazing? Free dranks thanks to Heineken, aerialists doing the splits above The Roots, and opening DJ sets from OKP Editor at large, Eddie "STATS" and OKA's own Chief Boima, along with LargeUp's own DJ Gravy and so much more. Warming up the stage, the Music Unites Youth Choir opened the show, followed by Black Thought co-signees The Wurx who brought fresh Philly-style raps.

Next up, godfathers The Roots took the stage for an extended jam with a laundry list of Okay family and friends. Throughout the night special guests included Gary Clark Jr. who graced the stage and flexed his guitar chops, Big Daddy Kane who spit classics alongside Black Thought, and Rahzel who showed why he's the human beat box extraordinaire. Angelique Kidjo and Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew tore it up, repping Okayafrica all the way. And LargeUp kept shit bombastic with Shaggy and Patra the Dancehall Queen, along with Mr. Eazy, Red Fox, and Rayvon. We also got some instrumental goodness thanks to Ray Angry and Robert Glasper on keys, repping for Revivalist. And after all that, DJ ?uestlove brought it home on the 1s and 2s with a Bowl Train after-party. [OkayAfrica]

The Roots played their 5th annual Okayplayer Holiday Jam at Brooklyn Bowl on 12/15. As quoted above, there were tons of special guests, including Big Freedia who will return to the Brooklyn venue for her own show on 1/21.

Gary Clark Jr., who also guested at the show, played his own show at Mercury Lounge two days earlier (12/13). You can check out a review of that show on Bowery's website.

Questlove DJs Brooklyn Bowl again tonight (12/22). He tweeted, "Tonight at @brooklynbowl. We celebrate the 5th Anniversary of James Brown's exodus. All James All Jams. #BowlTrain." Tickets are still avilable. He also gives Manhattan some love and DJs at S.O.B.'s on January 3. Tickets are available for that too.

More pictures and a video from the Okayplayer show below...

Continue reading "Okayplayer Holiday Party pics (Roots, Big Daddy Kane, Shaggy, Big Freedia, Gary Clark Jr, Angelique Kidjo & many more)"

The Roots on the Intrepid (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Roots

The Roots and "special surprise guests" will celebrate the holdays at their 5th Annual Okayplayer Holiday Jam, which goes down at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday (12/15), followed by the usual Questlove DJ stint shortly thereafter. The show is private, but you (and a guest) can win a special invite by signing up for the Okayplayer newsletter. Further details are at the Okayplayer site.

The Roots will also celebrate legendary delta blues musician Robert Johnson's 100th birthday at the Apollo on March 6th, joining a lineup that includes Shemika Copeland, Bettye LaVette, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Sam Moore, Todd Rundgren and more TBA. Tickets are on sale, and the show will double as a benefit for the construction of the Blues Hall of Fame by the Blues Foundation in Memphis.

The Roots recently celebrated the release of their new LP Undun and inddirectly called Michelle Bachmann a "Lyin' Ass Bitch" (and will no longer have carte blanche on the songs they play as a result).

Video of Questlove and Black Thought from Power 105 this morning discussing the Michelle Bachmann incident, as well as the concept behind Undun is below...

Continue reading "Roots playing Okayplayer holiday party & Robert Johnson's birthday (but not whatever they want on Fallon anymore)"

The Roots on the Intrepid (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Roots

The Roots have unveiled undun, the band's latest LP due via Island/Def Jam on Dec 6th. undun is, as described by the band, "an existential re-telling of the short life of one Redford Stephens (1974-1999) that plays in reverse, retelling the intersection of free will and prescribed destiny as it plays out on the corner." Sounds heavy, and you can check out the lead track to surface, "Make My" featuring Big K.R.I.T. which is streaming below.

You can obviously catch The Roots virtually every night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, or you can see them in person at Highline Ballroom on Nov. 29th & 30th and Dec. 5th as they celebrate undun. Ticketing info is forthcoming, but we're guessing they'll be late shows based on the currently full calendar on those dates (Corey Glover, Basya Schechter's Songs of Wonder, and Corey Taylor of Slipknot respectively). Meanwhile those with a CMJ badge (or a ticket to the sold out show) can head to Highline Ballroom to see Alice Smith & Gary Clark Jr tonight (10/18).

The Roots recently played a live show aboard the Intrepid with The Hold Steady. Questlove has since opened for Little Dragon at Terminal 5, and CMJ badgeholders can see him DJ for free at Brooklyn Bowl this Thursday (10/20).

Check out "Make My" featuring Big K.R.I.T. below.

Continue reading "The Roots announce concept album, shows at Highline Ballroom (listen to a new song ft. Big K.R.I.T.)"

photos by David Andrako

Little Dragon

Hot, packed and dancing on Friday, New York's Terminal 5 was a scene rarely seen, in which nearly everyone in attendance was engaged and enthusiastic, their pretensions left at the curb. With Fredrik Källgren Wallin and Håkan Wirenstrand making melodies on either side of the stage and Erik Bodin hemmed in behind the raised drum kit, the job of crowd engagement rested squarely with Yukimi Nagano, and she carried its weight effortlessly. Barefoot and at ease onstage, flitting between impassioned and lackadaisical, Nagano is less charismatic than instructional, a how-to on letting go, or just never needing to, like a Sesame Street moral come to life. Her face has a sleepy, calming contour that's easily stared-at, and her dancing is carefree and natural, punctuated by timed punches to an immaculately choreographed and deceptively gigantic light show. Nagano's voice has a full, wavy heft that's remarkable to witness, strained at times and mathematically precise when required.- [Rolling Stone]
Little Dragon headlined Terminal 5 on Friday (10/14), joined by Javelin, Donn T and a DJ set by Brooklyn Bowl regular Questlove (he plays this Thursday!). Pictures from the big show are in this post.

Little Dragon's appearance was part of a larger stretch of US dates that extends until the end of October, and included a DJ set the following night (10/15) at Yotel with Free Magic and Faso. Many of Lil Dragon's upcoming dates are with Tycho who played his own NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg over the weekend.

All dates, more pictures from Terminal 5 and the setlist, below....

Continue reading "Little Dragon played Terminal 5 w/ Javelin, Donn T & Questlove (pics & setlist)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

The Roots
Hold Steady

The Roots & The Hold Steady played a free party on the Intrepid back on 9/29. Here are some pictures.

Upcoming DJ sets by Roots member Questlove include this Thursday at Brooklyn Bowl and 10/14 at Terminal 5 with Little Dragon. Of course you can also see the Roots 5 nights a week on Fallon. Tonight's show also includes an appearance by Portishead.

The Hold Steady's Tad Kubler is scheduled to appear at Petty Fest which begins at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (10/5) and continues to Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (10/6).

More pictures from the Intrepid below...

Continue reading "The Roots & The Hold Steady played the Intrepid (pics)"

DOWNLOAD: Tycho - "Dive" (MP3)

Tycho

San Francisco IDM artist Tycho (aka Scott Hansen) will release his new album, Dive, on November 15 via Ghostly. Check out the album's atmospheric single, "Hours," which you can download above. The album is available for preorder on iTunes now. The artwork and tracklist is below.

Tycho was supposed to be here for CMJ, but cancelled his CMJ plans because he's been added as an opener to Little Dragon's tour. He is not playing their show on October 14 at Terminal 5 though (tickets). Questlove (DJ), Javelin, and Donn T are. He will however play his own NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 16. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Tycho will also perform at Decibel Festival in Seattle, WA today (9/30).

All dates, artwork and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Tycho releasing an LP, touring w/ Little Dragon, headlining his own Brooklyn show (MP3 & dates)"

Yuck at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Tamara Porras)
Yuck

As previously mentioned, POPPED! Music Festival is coming to Philly's FDR Park September 23 and 24. The festival will headlined by The Shins, Cage the Elephant, Girl Talk, and Pretty Lights. It also features performances by Titus Andronicus, Panda Bear, The Hold Steady, The Vaccines, Kreayshawn, and many others. Tennis, who are touring with the Vaccines, were just added to the lineup as were Yuck and Philly hero Questlove 2 Day Passes are on sale now and single day tickets go on sale Friday (7/8) at 10 AM.

Yuck is on tour for much of this summer, though they don't have any NYC dates scheduled at the moment. We wouldn't be surprised if they add a show in September though. All of their current dates and their recently released NSFW video are below.

Full POPPED! lineup and flier below too...

Continue reading "updated POPPED! lineup, Yuck tour dates"

photos by Colin Kerrigan

Earth, Wind & Fire help Philly celebrate Independence Day
The Roots 4th of July Summer Jam - Philadelphia

A little after 1 p.m., the Parkway was already jammed with people who had come from near and far for the Fourth of July celebration in Philadelphia - and it stayed that way well into the night as the Roots repeatedly rocked the stage, and Earth, Wind & Fire's Philip Bailey hit some stratospheric high notes.

Many came in red, white, and blue attire, with their children, their spouses, and their dogs.

Courtney Beckett, 22, a medical assistant from West Chester, even brought her six-foot boa constrictor, Sampson.

"They're cold-blooded, so they need heat," she explained as her cousin, Zhabree Jacobs, 8, let the reptile curl around her shoulders.

And, boy, did that snake get grilled.

Temperatures pushed 90 most of the day at the Wawa Welcome America celebration Monday, as people ate gyros and cheesesteaks, swayed to music, and reunited with friends and family to party Philadelphia-style.

Organizers had no official crowd count, although Mayor Nutter said, "This might be the largest Fourth of July event ever." The event has been known to draw a million or more people.

With a pink-and-orange sunset in the background and Sara Bareilles and the Roots performing. [Philly.com]

The Roots hosted and performed at their Fourth of July Jam in Philly with Earth Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Boyz II Men and others. The concert, which was billed as "the largest free concert in America," lived up to its title, though as expected at a concert that big, not everyone has a positive experience. According to Anthony Sbarro, "Way too many people at the Roots Fourth Of July on the Parkway concert. Good luck to whomever is going! I'd recommend against it." Tamika Chandler posted a video to her YouTube account of what she dubbed the "4th of July Jam Fiasco." The video description and tags read:
People arguing & fighting. I wanted to enjoy the concert but because so many people were trying to budge in front of those who were smart enough to be early and sitting down in their own seats, I ended up filming the entertaining arguments/fights that arose from this.

Parkway, Philadelphia, Philly, Jam, Concert, Fourth, 4th, of, July, Fireworks, Fights, Beer, Drunk, Arguing, Arguments, yelling, crowded, crowds, kids, pot, marijuana, smoking, wild, fiasco, rude, the roots, earth, wind, fire, &, and, PA, pennsylvania, city, mayor, nutter, police, popo, smh, penn's landing, downtown, city, delaware river, wawa, michael mcdonald, sarah bareilles

Check out her video work, and a video of Estelle and Michael McDonald performing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" together, below.

In other Roots news, Black Thought plays Brooklyn Bowl tonight (7/5) with J. Period, Mr. Mecca, Skotch Davis, Boogie Blind and DJ Suga Ray. Questlove DJs the same venue every Thursday. This Thursday is a "special free edition".

More pictures and videos from the 4th of July Jam below...

Continue reading "The Roots celebrated 4th of July in Philly w/ Earth, Wind & Fire, Estelle, Michael McDonald & more (pics & video)"

Blue Note

Brian Wilson played the Highline Ballroom [Sunday] night as part of its sister club's month-long Blue Note Jazz Festival, and though the two-set show featured his entire current Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin album of Gershwin standards, it wasn't jazz, really, but no less demanding--and rewarding.

The Beach Boys' beloved creative genius brought a 12-piece band of multi-instrumentalists/vocalists--and a local female string section--and all lived up to his contention that it's one of his best bands ever.

The Gershwin album, which was conceived under the aegis of his hero George Gershwin's estate, led off the second set--the first being a breathtaking recreation of Beach Boys classics ranging from the ultra-romantic 1963 ballad "Surfer Girl," his first composition, to the symphonic "Heroes And Villains" of 1967. While Wilson's ability to sing his signature falsetto vocal leads and harmonies is long gone, guitarist Jeff Foskett was downright spooky in mimicking it on hits like "Don't Worry Baby" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice." [Examiner]

As mentioned in that review, Brian Wilson's three shows at Highline Ballroom this week are part of the ongoing and inaugural Blue Note Jazz Festival, a month-long celebration of Blue Note's 30th Anniversary. The fest includes a ton of shows including the recent Aloe Blacc, Idle Warship, and Larry Graham gigs. Brian finished his run Tuesday night, while, Dave Brubeck (who just turned 90) and George Wein & the Newport All-Stars each began their own three-night run at Blue Note Jazz Club. Advanced tickets to the Dave Brubeck shows are sold out, but you can line up to sit be at the bar on a first come, first served basis (if you're 21+). Tickets are still on sale for George Wein.

Blue NoteThe festival also includes many other shows we've mentioned before including the Jimmy Scott shows at The Blue Note on June 23. Tickets are still on sale.

The recently mentioned Bjorkestra show at Highline Ballroom on June 14 is also part of the festival. As discussed, tickets are on sale and can be purchased with a 50% discount by using the access code "BIGBAND."

The Chaka Khan shows at BB King's on June 18 are also part of the festival. Tickets are still on sale.

The festival also includes the Roy Ayers and Pete Rock show at Highline Ballroom on June 22. Tickets are still on sale.

Bootsy Collins
Bootsy

Bootsy Collins, who just played Bonnaroo, brings his previously announced Blue Note festival show to BB King's on June 26....

"Bootsy Collins was just one more band on our to-do list -- we didn't expect him to nearly steal the whole festival. After an annoying hour-plus wait that had the crowd chanting "bullshit," Collins instantly won the fans back in his favor by bringing THA FUNK. Everything was on the one after that. Lead guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight melted minds, while original P-Funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell provided the ballast. A special mid-set run found the band tackling classics by P-Funk, Jimi Hendrix, and Sly and The Family Stone." [American Songwriter]
Tickets are still available for the NYC show.

Tickets are also still on sale for the two Roberta Flack shows at BB King's on June 24.

Questlove is presenting Mo' Meta Blues I at The Blue Note on June 20 and 21. Both days consist of an early show and a late show. Mo' Meta Blues I features Questlove on drums/electronics, Booker T on organ/keyboards/vocals, Eric Krasno on guitar, and Christian McBridge on bass. Tickets are on sale.

The following night (6/23), The Roots will present Mo' Meta Blues II - Paid In Full 25th Anniversary featuring Black Thought and Rakim at The Blue Note. There will also be an early and a late show. Advance tickets for table reservations are sold out, but you can still get in at the bar on a first come, first served basis (if you're 21+).

English R&B singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer Estelle plays two shows at Blue Note on June 24, her only upcoming appearances. Tickets are still on sale.

Al Kooper & Organ-asm play BB King's on June 29. Tickets are on sale.

"The Music of Stax Records" featuring Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Eddie Floyd and Lester Snell is happening on June 26 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are on sale.

Last but not least, we want to highlight the Dances of Vice presentred Powerhouse Stomp II: a musical tribute to the classic cartoons of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s on June 29 at Highline Ballroom featuring Brian Carpenter's Ghost Train Orchestra. Sounds fun and tickets are on sale.

Check the Blue Note Jazz Festival's website for the full schedule. A selection of related videos below..

Continue reading "Blue Note Jazz Fest continues -- Brian Wilson, Dave Brubeck, Bootsy Collins, The Roots, Roberta Flack, Estelle & more"

by Andrew Sacher

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes appeared on Fallon on Friday (5/20) playing "Sim Sala Bim" off their incredible new album Helplessness Blues. Watch it below. They'll finish up their tour at the end of this month overseas in Europe.

As mentioned, Bon Iver plays the late night show tonight (5/23) in support of his long awaited sophomore album Bon Iver (out 6/21 via Jagjaguwar). The album, though crafted in a much different manner from the raw loneliness of For Emma, Forever Ago, is easily as compelling. While not abandoning the folksy quality of the debut, Bon Iver adds art pop sensibilities that are, at times, not too unlike the Bon Iver-covering Peter Gabriel. Read all the new lyrics at BonIver.org.

What will Justin play on Fallon tonight? Well, according to a tweet it will be a cover (or covers), and some "good old fashioned 'medley'" with Phil Cook of Megafaun. Questlove adds that he "got Bon Iver/Justin realrealreal good for his walkon song on [Late Night] tonight #musicactsgettingcouchtime!!!!" I think that means Justin is being interviewed too. Stay tuned.

Like Fleet Foxes just did, Bon Iver plays United Palace Theater on August 9. Tickets are now sold out for that and his Prospect Park show. All dates HERE.

Fleet Foxes Fallon video below...

Continue reading "Fleet Foxes played Fallon, Justin Vernon does tonight (performance and interview?) +++ "Bon Iver" lyrics & more"

"And Frank Ocean Is Here........" - Tyler, the Creator

"NYC Odd Future crowd was terrible, total amateur hipster shit. I don't blame Tyler and Hodgy for being pissed. Frank Ocean rocked though." - Ari Shahdadi

"NY Was Cool. My Voice Is Completely Gone." - Tyler, the Creator

"The wolf gang is the truth." - Q-Tip

"Man. Hip hop aint been this edgy in a minute.
Enjoyed the Odd Future show tonight" - Questlove

?uestlove in a Tyler mask @ Highline Ballroom Friday night
Tyler

The above audio clip of Frank Ocean was posted to Funkmaster Flex's website from the Friday night Highline Ballroom show. The below message was posted to Tegan & Sara's website earlier in the day:

When will misogynistic and homophobic ranting and raving result in meaningful repercussions in the entertainment industry? When will they be treated with the same seriousness as racist and anti-Semitic offenses? While an artist who can barely get a sentence fragment out without using homophobic slurs is celebrated on the cover of every magazine, blog and newspaper, I'm disheartened that any self-respecting human being could stand in support with a message so vile.

As journalists and colleagues defend, excuse and congratulate 'Tyler, the Creator,' I find it impossible not to comment. In any other industry would I be expected to tolerate, overlook and find deeper meaning in this kid's sickening rhetoric? Why should I care about this music or its "brilliance" when the message is so repulsive and irresponsible? There is much that upsets me in this world, and this certainly isn't the first time I've drafted an open letter or complaint, but in the past I've found an opinion - some like-minded commentary - that let me rest assured that my outrage, my voice, had been accounted for. Not this time.

If any of the bands whose records are held in similar esteem as Goblin had lyrics littered with rape fantasies and slurs, would they be labeled hate mongers? I realize I could ask that question of DOZENS of other artists, but is Tyler exempt because people are afraid of the backlash? The inevitable claim that detractors are being racist, or the brush-off that not "getting it" would indicate that you're "old" (or a faggot)? Because, the more I think about it, the more I think people don't actually want to go up against this particular bully because he's popular. Who sticks up for women and gay people now? It seems entirely uncool to do so in the indie rock world, and I'll argue that point with ANYONE.

No genre is without its controversial and offensive characters- I'm not naive. I've asked myself a thousand times why this is pushing me over the edge. Maybe it's the access to him (his grotesque twitter, etc). Maybe it's because I'm a human being, both a girl and a lesbian. Maybe it's because my mom has spent her whole adult life working with teenage girls who were victims of sexual assault. Maybe it's because in this case I don't think race or class actually has anything to do with his hateful message but has EVERYTHING to do with why everyone refuses to admonish him for that message.

It is not without great hesitation and hand wringing that I enter into the discourse about Tyler, the media who glorifies and excuses misogyny and homophobia, and the community of artists that doesn't seem remotely bothered by it. I can only hope that someone reading this might be inspired to speak out. At the very least, I will know that my voice is on record. - skq

PREVIOUSLY: 'Is hip-hop homophobia at a tipping point?' ('Goblin' out Tues.)

photos and video by Brook Bobbins, words by BBG

Odd Future
Odd Future

Before Tyler, The Creator lost his shoe and played Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Odd Future headlined at Santos on 2/15 to a sold out crowd of bouncy fans. The packed house saw the LA crew take their Gravediggaz/early Def Jux/Fondle 'Em sound to the stage, the show floor, on top of monitors, and behind wigs as they kicked out joints like "Yonkers" and "Sandwitches".

Check out the full set of pictures (below) from Santos of the band on-stage and off right next to a set of the crew backstage at Jimmy Fallon (?uestlove and Mos Def alert).

In addition, below you'll find some videos including an incredible one of Odd Future watching their Fallon performance played back to them for the first time

UPDATE: Powers from above have asked us to remove any pictures and videos taken inside Fallon's place. Sorry!. The rest is still below though...

Continue reading "Odd Future on stage at Santos, backstage, in the crowd, at Fallon, WATCHING Fallon & more (pics & video)"

"Prince calls for Kim Kardashian to dance.....
kicks her offstage for lack of know how." - Questlove


Prince

TOMEEBOY'S HIGHLIGHTS:

CEELO playing full version of "When U Were Mine"

LAYDOWN OPENING

DEDICATING NOTHING COMPARES 2u TO Bobby Z Prince said
" A lot of people helped me along the way, Bobby was one of them Recover soon Bobby"

Medley portion...Prince was very into the crowd. Unlike last time...Prince teases us with the songs but actually responded to the crowds reaction and played the ones that got the big reaction...He:
Sang one full verse of Sign of the Times
One full verse of Alphabet Street
Two full verses of I would Die 4U
Two Full verses of Pop Life
First verse of When Doves Cry
Started Forever in My Life...but stopped (didnt get strong reaction)
Played "Single Ladies by Beyonce for two minutes while some guy picked from the crowd made a fool of himself dancing...Prince got a kick out of him.

MOUNTAINS...full version with Shake Your Body Down too the Ground

Most importantly he said the following:" DONT WORRY NEW YORK, WE'LL BE BACK SOON...I LOVE IT HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[Tomeeboy]
After cancelling his Super Bowl-related Dallas charity show over the weekend, and then not showing up to a scheduled press conference at 5pm on Monday, Prince played the final show of his NJ & NYC "Welcome 2 America" tour at Madison Square Garden Monday night (2/7). Cee-Lo Green opened the show. Prince's setlist and video of the Kim Kardashian part is below...

Continue reading "Prince played Madison Square Garden w/ Cee-Lo (setlist)"

by Ryan Barkan

Ozzy and Justin Bieber

Super Bowl XLV (45): Dallas Cowboys vs...oh wait....The Green Bay Packers vs the Pittsburgh Steelers in Dallas' brand new, state of the art, big ass stadium. The Packers won, bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to small town America and less sales back to Wiz Khalifa. I wonder if Jerry Jones was faking all of those smiles? Enough of the sports talk. This feature is the return of the long lost "Week In Music Licensing" post.

The real winner tonight - Detroit. A town that has been down on its luck, due for something inspiring to happen. Well here you go. Laura R. Charron tweeted that "#Detroit area agrees that #Chrysler200 had THE BEST commercial." Decide for yourself:

Continue reading "music & commercials of Super Bowl XLV (Eminem, Jon Spencer, Ozzy, Bieber, Bowie, RAC, Kenny G & more)"

"i can't win... Prince apparently at Darby. i'm in BK at Bk Bowl. maceo parker consolation prize? and i turned down Darby... #EPICFAIL" - chinisha

"Can someone explain why #Prince and Maceo Parker were serenading Leighton Meester onstage at MSG tonight? #SoWrongForSoManyReasons" -Miguel Gonzalez

Prince, Maceo & Leighton Meester @ MSG - Jan 18, 2011 (photo by NPG 2011)
Prince

Did Prince pull the ultimate con? Maceo (who played with Prince again at Madison Square Garden last night) and Questlove (who was at the Prince show at MSG again last night, tweeting pictures of his co-worker Jimmy Fallon dancing on stage with Prince) were both on the bill of a late-night show at Brooklyn Bowl last night. The Brooklyn Bowl show was set to run later than Prince's MSG show and rumors spread that Prince would play the Brooklyn Bowl show too (the bill even said "very special guests"). Prince is known for playing late-night shows after his main shows. The rumor not only made sense, it worked. Brooklyn Bowl was packed with Prince fans still waiting after 1am for the purple one to appear on stage.

Apparently it even said "Maybe Prince?" on Maceo's setlist. Maybe Maceo didn't even know if he would show up, or maybe he was in on it. Either way, by 1:15am word started to spread that Prince couldn't be playing at Brooklyn Bowl because he had arrived at the (groupie-free?) real afterparty at the Darby on 14th St in Manhattan. Those who ended up seeing Brooklyn Bowl headliner and jam band Lettuce and Dr. John instead of Prince can at least take solace in the fact that Prince didn't actually perform at Darby, though MSG opener Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings did (and of course Questlove was there to see that too).

Sharon Jones on stage w/ Prince @ MSG - Jan 18, 2011 (by Questlove)
Prince

You have another chance to see Prince at MSG in February. A picture of the 1/18 MSG setlist, another pic of Prince, Maceo & Leighton, a rough list of what he actually played, and some videos, below...

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Gucci Mane at the last (?) Pool Party (more by Chris Doss)
Gucci Mane

Rapper Gucci Mane has been ordered to undergo psychiatric tests, following an Atlanta court appearance on a charge he violated terms of his probation. Radric Davis, the rapper's real name, appeared before Fulton County Superior Court Judge John Goger on Monday. Davis' attorney, Michael Holmes, filed a special plea of mental incompetency on behalf of Davis, who has battled drug problems in the past. The rapper was sent to Anchor Hospital, a 111-bed psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment facility in Atlanta. Records show Davis has been in the Fulton County Jail at least five times since 2005 on drug, aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges. His court appearance stemmed from a November altercation. [AP]
It also hasn't been the greatest of days for Gucci Mane's protege Wacka Flocka Flame, who surrendered to the police in connection with drugs and weapons charges. Wacka Flocka Flame's "No Hands" currently sits at #4 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip Hop Chart.

As previously mentioned, Questlove never rests, and in addition to all of his upcoming DJ gigs we just posted, you can also catch him this Friday, 1/7, at BB King's with special guest Rakim.

Also coming up at BB King's: Ice Cube.

SOB's hosts Joe Budden on on January 23rd.

Those on the West Coast can catch Joe, along with Crooked I, Joell Ortiz and Royce Da 5'9" on Saturday, April 2, 2011, as Slaughterhouse have been added to the the sixth annual Paid Dues Festival along with Black Star, Immortal Technique and Murs. Slaughterhouse will drop a six song EP on E1 next month.

And last but not least, two humourous Kanye West-related videos are making the rounds, and you can watch both of them, below...

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Roots

According to (de)vices, "For New Years Eve 2010, The Roots played 3 sets from 11:00PM to 4:00AM, with DJ'd interludes by ?uestlove. This man just doesn't quit." It's true (the man doesn't quit) and you can see the Prince fan and friend DJ again at Brooklyn Bowl on January 6th, January 13th, January 20th, January 27th, February 3rd, February 10th, February 17th, and February 24th (and probably after that too). Tickets are on sale for all of the dates. He'll also honor Martin Luther King with a show at Cielo on January 16th.

The Roots play live again on January 15th at Showcase Live in Foxboro, MA (and constantly on Fallon).

At midnight on New Year's Eve, the band literally came marching in. Watch the videos below...

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Prince

My only complaint about the December 18th Prince show at Madison Square Garden was how short it felt. It was under two hours. I would have gladly taken three. I thought for sure we'd get a nice chunk of extra songs in the 2nd encore, but instead we only got a nice chunk of extra celebrities. Not that watching Sherri Sheppard of the View, Whoopi Goldberg (also on the View), opener Sinbad, Spike Lee, Spike Lee's son, Jamie Foxx, Naomi Campbell, Alicia Keys, Professor Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, opener Larry Graham (who also had his bass), Questlove (who also drummed) (and whose afro and tweeting were unmissable from where I was sitting before he left his seat to get on stage), Busta Rhymes, John Leguizamo (who I also saw on the will call line when I walked in), Sheila E (who was already up there performing), Prince's amazing band and backup singers and others dancing around on the love symbol-shaped stage wasn't fun, but I would have gladly traded it for a few more songs.

And speaking of Larry Graham whose band Graham Central Station opened, he was very worth getting there early for. Graham was the bass player for Sly & the Family Stone, and he paid that band tribute with a five-song medly that Prince himself came out to play on. For an opener, the energy in the half-packed room was huge.

Sheila E's appearance during Prince's set, especially her performance of her hit song The Glamorous Life was another serious highlight, though unlike as advertised, it wasn't the only show on the "tour" she showed up for. She didn't play at the 12/15 Izod Center show, but she did play during the second of three encores (yes, they got three) at the 12/17 Izod show, and it has been announced she will play with Prince again at MSG tonight (12/29). The full lineup for tonight's show is: 7:30 - Mint Condition, 8:15 - Janelle Monae, 9:00 - PRINCE (w/ Sheila E). UPDATE: She didn't actually play with Prince on 12/29.

If you miss tonight's show, you still have one more chance on 1/18. Tickets are still on sale for that one (no openers have been announced yet though, that I know of). Janelle Monae and Prince were both spotted at Lauryn Hill last night, and will probably collaborate on stage tonight.

A few more mostly-encore pictures from the 12/18 MSG show, and some videos and the setlists from the last 2 shows, below...

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Yelawolf crowd @ Terminal 5 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Yelawolf

Tickets go on general sale at noon for the December 30th Drive-By Truckers show at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets are still on sale for their New Years Eve show at Terminal 5 too.

Tickets for the Roots at B Bowl on New Years Eve are sold out, but you can still buy your way in to Questlove's DJ set taking place one night earlier after the Drive-By show..

The Pietasters play Brooklyn Bowl on February 12th. $5.00 Tickets are on sale.

The Funky Meters, which is the continuation of The Meters, Art Neville and George Porter included, will play three nights at Brooklyn Bowl in February. Tickets go on sale at noon for February 15th, February 16th and February 17th.

Yelawolf just played as part of a big Thanksgiving weekend bill at the big Terminal 5. You can catch him in a more intimate and headlining setting when he plays SOB's on December 22nd for just $10.

Nicki Minaj played a huge NYC show on Thanksgiving. She plays another one ON CHRISTMAS, but this time up at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx. Tickets are on sale.

Levon Helm just played two big shows at Beacon Theater in NYC. He and his band return to the area to play The Wellmont Theater in Montclair on February 11th. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon for the Bright Eyes show at Radio City Music Hall.

Tickets are on presale for the upcoming Allman Brothers shows at Beacon Theater.

"Great show. Though, totally unnecessary 3+ hour wait to get in." - Anonymous

Nicki Minaj & Kanye West @ Bowery Ballroom (photo by Questlove)
Kanye West

Kanye West played his entire new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy from start to finish, followed by a four song encore Tuesday night at the intimate Bowery Ballroom in NYC where Kanye literally brought in "all of the lights" (there were lots of lights). The show started with people who weren't Diddy (he walked right in) waiting on a long line. The show ended with Kanye going on a rant about racism, George Bush, Taylor Swift, the Today Show, etc. Audio of that final portion can be streamed below.

Album guest stars Kid Cudi, Raekwon, Jay-Z and RZA were nowhere to be found, but Terena Taylor, Bon Iver aka Justin Vernon (who might appear again with Kanye in the Thanksgiving Day Parade), Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj (who plays Hammerstein Ballroom on Thanksgiving), Pusha T, Prynce Cy Hi, Swizz Beatz, and John Legend (whose friend Questlove was in the balcony taking pictures) all performed at the show that started around 12:40am and was was over by around 2:15. Full setlist, videos and that audio below...

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