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WinWinWin

"arcade fire. scarlett johansson. snl. win." - Paul

"Sometimes SNL shows me great new bands that I cant believe I haven't heard of... Arcade fire is not one of them #bandsthatsuck" - dj tillery

"I think I just became a fan of Arcade Fire." - Gregory

"I'm so confused by Arcade Fire. #SNL" - Vince Mahtani

"nick zinner from the yeah yeah yeahs is adding synth
for arcade fire on snl right now." - Christian Davis

"Could anything get more pretentious than Arcade Fire on SNL tonight? hitler youth haircuts, tron blazers and interpretive dances? Beat it."
- keith buckley of Epitaph-signed band Everytime I Die

"Arcade Fire (plus owen pallett) on SNL ...amazing" - Julie Foster

"Never heard Arcade Fire before.
Hope to never hear them again. Ugh." - Karen Sugarpants

"Regine and Win are so crazy/awesome/cute/spectacular.
Arcade Fire, I love you." - Andrew R

"whoa, arcade fire's snl performance was worse than ashlee simpson's. and the singer's hair was even worse than the performance." lisa cunningham

"Just watched The Arcade Fire on SNL.
Man, I'd love to see that band live." - Nicole Harpel

"Arcade fire is super weird." - Sarah Evans

"Could arcade fire be the worst band to ever grace snl?
Im beginning to think so." - Lauren Burdick

this was someone's ticket to see Arcade Fire on SNL (trishavirga)
Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire made their second appearance on Saturday Night Live last night (11/13/10). Videos from the show, and more below...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire played SNL again (video)"

Ferraby Lionheart
ferraby

today in NYC
* in-store @ Fat Beats
* Whiplash @ UCB
* MNDR, Silk Flowers @ Mercury Lounge
* Ferraby Lionheart, Joemca @ The Rock Shop
* Gold Panda, Pink Skull, Bikini, Wish @ Glasslands
* Black Mountain, The War On Drugs @ Knitting Factory
* The Babies, Unnatural Helpers, Pygmy Shrews @ Shea Stadium
* Jon Batiste, Eldar (Highline Piano Series) @ Highline Ballroom
* The White Ravens, Tony Scherr, Jim Campilongo Electric Trio @ The Living Room

Ferraby Lionheart plays the Rock Shop tonight and Rockwood Music Hall on Wednesday. Ferraby's new video for "Harry And Bess" below...

The private show at Bowery Ballroom tonight is a corporate sponsored show with John Legend and The Roots (the same lineup more publicly coming to Terminal 5 and which is the occasion for the party happening at Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday).

Speaking of the Roots, Questlove has been rehearsing with Yo Gabba Gabba's Brobee for the "first annual Nickelodeon Mega Music Fest! airing Monday, September 6 at 8 p.m. ET/ PT on Nickelodeon". Video below...

What else?

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by BBG

"Edan and Paten Locke last night at The Knitting Factory... the illest rap show I've seen in years..." -junksciencerap

"Edan at knitting factory, so dope." -moesuli

"I felt weird wearing a Mr. Lif shirt when Mr. Lif came on stage. I left as soon as the encore ended. I didn't wanna be #thatguy. #nogroupie" -greenspam

Edan and Mr Lif at Knitting Factory on Tuesday (via & via)
Mr Lif and Edan

" In his finale set, Edan did it accapella, spitting a, what seemed like, infinite rhyming masterpiece without missing a beat or taking a breath. He brings a level of intellectualism to his lyricism and it shows with his fan base, many of who remained after the show ended in small clusters to discuss the performance." [DD172]
Mr. Lif also made an unannounced appearance at Tuesday's Edan show (8/24) at Knitting Factory which doubled as a screening for Edan's film, 'Echo Party'.

And another Edan Brooklyn show has been announced. This time he'll appear as part of a "Bowling for Beats" event at Brooklyn Bowl on 9/26 which will be co-headlined by Pete Rock and Prince Paul, with other sets from J-Zone, and J57 (Brown Bag All-Stars), and Psycho Les (of the Beatnuts). Tickets should be on sale soon.

And while we're "Bowling for Beats", why not get "Lyrics To Go", as DJ Evil Dee, Mr. Walt, the X Factor Boogie Blind, and New Beatminerz will spin at a Labor Day party at Brooklyn Bowl on September 5. Tickets are on sale.

Questlove will spin at Brooklyn Bowl every Thursday in September. On 8/31, he and his crew The Roots will be the focus of a listening party for their upcoming LP Wake Up! with John Legend. The event is free, but the upcoming Roots/John Legend live show at Terminal 5 on 9/23 is NOT. Tickets are on sale Monday (8/30) at noon.

Video of Edan at Knitting Factory is below...

Continue reading "Mr Lif joined Edan @ Knitting Factory, Edan joins Pete Rock & Prince Paul @ Brooklyn Bowl (and other upcoming events)"

photos by Zach Dilgard

These are Powers / Questlove
These Are Powers
Questlove

Three more weeks of "Warm Up" at PS1 to go. This past Saturday's lineup was:

August 14th
?uestlove (DJ set)
These Are Powers / RVNG Intl/ Dead Oceans, New York (live)
Kingdom / Fools Gold/Night Slugs, Brooklyn, New York (DJ set)
Treasure Fingers / Fools Gold, Brooklyn (DJ set)
A set of pictures from it, continues below...

Continue reading "Questlove, Treasure Fingers, These are Powers & Kingdom @ PS1 (pics) "

Delorean @ Glasslands in June (more by Chris Doss)
Delorean

MoMA's annual summer season of parties at PS1 in Long Island City, aka Warm Up, returns on July 3rd and there are lot of familiar names on this year's lineup. That is due in part to this year's curators being Dean Bein of True Panther Records, Jon Galkin from DFA, Kris Chen (XL), Ronan from LPR, writer Brandon Stusoy (Stereogum, etc), and Robin from Tri Angle. Check out the full schedule, directions and more info below...

Continue reading "2010 PS1 Warm Up schedule announced (Delorean, MEN, Big Freedia, Questlove, DFA, Animal Collective DJs & more) "

photos by David Andrako

Fela! party @ Brooklyn Bowl
Fela

"The musical "Memphis" emerged as the early leader in the Tony Awards on Sunday night, while the film actress Scarlett Johansson won the first acting award: best featured actress in a play for her Broadway debut in the revival of Arthur Miller's "View From the Bridge."..

...Two rivals with "Memphis" for the best musical Tony, "Fela!" and "American Idiot," won two Tonys a piece before the telecast -- "Fela!" for costume and sound design, "Idiot" for lighting and scenic design. The "Idiot" winners each profusely praised the director of the show, Michael Mayer, whose lack of a nomination surprised many in the Broadway industry...

...None of the four nominees for best musical, for instance, have been hot sellers at the box office; the one that tied for the most Tony nominations, "Fela!," about the Afrobeat sensation Fela Kuti, has even struggled to cover its weekly running costs." [NY Times]

Fela! unfortunately didn't win Best Musical, but its choreographer Bill T. Jones did take home the Best Choreography award Sunday night at the Tony Awards.

On Monday (6/7), BrooklynVegan co-sponsored a free Fela! Original Cast Recording release party at Brooklyn Bowl. The event was hosted by Fela! stars Sahr Ngaujah & Kevin Mambo and featured various performances including a DJ set by Questlove (who opened for Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu at Roseland that same night).

Jay-Z was rumored to be making an appearance at Brooklyn Bowl, but unlike at the Tonys (which he went to one night after performing at Bonnaroo), he did not show up. Many others did - the free event was "sold out" by around 9pm and went all night. More pictures from that party below...

Continue reading "Fela! didn't win Best Musical, but did get best choreography - here are the pics from the album release party "

Fela!

The previously mentioned BV-co-presented Fela! cast party/album release show is happening at Brooklyn Bowl on June 7th. DJ Questlove, Fela drummer Tony Allen (who also has another show coming up), OP!, Dhundee and cast members from the show will be in the house for the free event. There will even be an invocation, libation, and performance by Yoruban priest Baba Ola Jagun.

The Fela! show continues on Broadway and we have another two tickets to giveaway for that. Details below. The album is the original Broadway cast recording, and can be streamed HERE (it's officially out on June 8th via Knitting Factory Records).

The flyer for the Brooklyn Bowl event with more information and video spotlights on the show's 11 Tony nominations, the soundtrack tracklist, and the contest details, below...

Continue reading "Fela! Broadway Cast Recording release party & album stream (and a chance to win tix to the Broadway show)"

The Roots Picnic 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Roots

The Roots will be hosting two night of "The Jam" back at Highline Ballroom on June 15th (tickets) and June 21st (tickets). If the shows are anything like their residency shows at the venue last year, there will be special guests.

The band's ninth studio album, How I Got Over, comes out June 22nd (one day after the 2nd NYC show) on Def Jam. Guests on the record include Joanna Newsom and Jim James/Monsters of Folk. The latter's contribution is actually a reworked version of a MoF song, dubbed "Dear God 2.0." You can check it out, along with the video for the album's title track, "How I Got Over," below. Questlove also recently tweeted a video of Dirty Projectors members (friends of the Roots) in the studio with the band. That's below too.

The Highline shows are in addition to the other shows the group has lined up for the summer (with more coming most likely). They're hosting their second annual Roots Picnic in Philly on June 5th. They have a free Celebrate Brooklyn show on July 11th with Talib Kweli and others.

Meanwhile, Questlove has extended his Thursday night DJ residency at Brooklyn Bowl through July. Tickets are on sale for all dates. He's also going to be DJing the free and BV co-presented Fela! On Broadway Original Cast Recording Release Party on Monday, June 7th, along with performances by Fela! co-leads Sahr Ngaujah and Kevin Mambo and members of the cast (more on that later). Questlove will be at the rescheduled Erykah Badu/Janelle Monae show at Roseland on June 5th.

More album info (include the "not final" tracklist) and streaming tracks are below...

Continue reading "The Roots add more NYC shows (on sale), releasing an album w/ indie special guests + Questlove DJ dates & more"

Erykah Badu @ Good Units in March (more by Ryan Muir)
Erykah Badu

In case you're wondering why Erykah Badu didn't play Roseland Tuesday night, it's because that show and others on her upcoming tour were rescheduled. The new date for Roseland is June 7th, where she'll play with Janelle Monae and ?uestlove. Tickets were still on sale yesterday, but currently not on sale at all.... which might be because Ticketmaster is confused about the date change (yesterday it said "day of show price"). Janelle Monae travels with Erykah for a good part of that tour, all the dates of which are posted below.

On June 26th, Erykah will be back in NYC to open for Maxwell at MSG (one of two shows he plays at the venue). Tickets are still on sale for that.

Her tour is in support of her new record New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh). All dates (which also include some Lilith Fair dates) are below...

Continue reading "Erykah Badu & Janelle Monae - rescheduled 2010 Tour Dates "

Erykah Badu @ Good Units in March (more by Ryan Muir)
Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu is going on tour in May, June, July, and August...

Named after the closing track of her latest "New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh," Erykah Badu has announced the dates for her 2010 North American tour, "Out My Mind, Just In Time." The trek will make stops at amphitheaters and concert halls beginning May 22 at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, MD, and wrapping up on June 24 at The Pearl Concert Theater in Las Vegas, NV.

Badu will be joined by N.E.R.D., Bilal, Janelle Monae and The Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson.
In addition to "Out My Mind, Just In Time," Badu will also perform during this summer's Lollapalooza festival, Lilith Fair as well as be featured as a special guest at Maxwell's upcoming concerts at Phillips Arena in Atlanta on June 11 and Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 26. [Billboard]

That NYC show is preceded by her own show at Roseland Ballroom on May 25th with Questlove. Tickets are on Fan Club Presale now (password = windowseat) (thanks Eduardo!). More presales start tomorrow and then general sale begins Friday. All dates below...

Continue reading "Erykah Badu - 2010 Tour Dates (Roseland on sale)"

LCD Soundsystem @ Studio B in 2007
LCD Soundsystem @ studio B

tonight in NYC
* Mike Birbiglia @ Caroline's
* Questlove (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Caetano Veloso @ Terminal 5
* "The John Oates Party" @ Canal Room
* Janelle Monae @ Highline Ballroom
* David Garza, Cate Le Bon @ Union Hall
* Midlake, John Grant @ Bowery Ballroom
* Toshimaru Nakamura @ Issue Project Room
* Rocky Votolato, Brooke Waggoner @ City Winery
* LCD Soundsystem @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Zaza @ Webster Hall
* Fixed w/ SonicC, JDH & Dave P @ Santos Party House
* High Places, Soft Circle, Bow Ribbons @ Shea Stadium
* Electric Jellyfish, Mike Wexler, Up Died Sound @ Zebulon
* Florence and the Machine, Holy Hail @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Juiceboxxx, Shams, Bodega Girls, Light Asylum @ North 4th
* Radical Dads, Thunderfakers, Conversion Party @ Union Pool
* Serena Maneesh, The Depreciation Guild @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Weasel Walter, Toby Driver, Charlie Looker, 10 @ Silent Barn
* Mon Khmer, Your Nature, Kordan @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Tim Barry, Red Clay River, Jonny Corndawg @ Knitting Factory
* Morning Fuzz, Finding Fiction, Making Tents, Caves @ Glasslands
* The Bombettes, Deep Sleep, No Friends, Night Birds @ Bruar Falls
* Little Gold, We Are Country Mice, Backwords, Neon Gloworms @ Cake Shop
* Penguin Prison, Solid Gold, Das Racist, Bad Brilliance @ Mercury Lounge
* Libraries On Fire, Doug Gillard, Landlady, Big Troubles @ Death By Audio
* Nashville Pussy, Green Jelly & Psychostick on a Rocks Off Boat

Tonight was supposed to be that Mayhem show at Irving Plaza. The related makeup show of sorts happens at Europa on April 18th.

Tonight Silent Barn hosts a few worthy out-there acts: Weasel Walter's Cellular Chaos, which at a gig earlier this year (on video below) featured Weasel on guitar, Talibam's Kevin Shea on drums and Ceci Moss on bass; Kayo Dot's Toby Driver and Mia Matsumiya as Tartar Lamb; Charlie Looker of Extra Life playing solo; and a band we know nothing about, 10, apparently on tour from S. Korea. - AF

As somewhat hidden in a Jonny Corndawg post which was a Delta Spirit and MG&V post, Tim Barry of Avail is headlining a show at Knitting Factory tonight.

Questlove DJ's every Thursday in April at Brooklyn Bowl.

Quasi performed for KEXP. Check out a video below...

What else?

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Guru

Guru's Statement:
"I am doing fine and I am recovering! I'm weak though. Solar is the only person who has the accurate info on my situation. Any info from anybody else is false! I appreciate your well wishes and all the love!"

i really hope that whoever has guru's ear isn't misrepresenting any information to him. im sure guru means the false rumors of his death ("any info....") and isn't trying to further fan the flames of his longtime feud with dj premiere. i'm sure he's not aware of the love and concern that not only primo has for him and his condition but basically ALL the gangstarr family has for him (us gangstarr fans too)

anywho. i hope they aint 60 before they decide to get it together. [Questlove]

Word started spreading that Guru went into a coma on Sunday night.

The Roots Picnic 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Roots

As Pitchfork reported, The Roots Picnic will be happening again this year at Philadelphia's Festival Pier on Penn's Landing, on Saturday, June 5th. ?uestlove announced part of the lineup via a Twitvideo (which you can see below), and it includes of Mayer Hawthorne, Clipse, the Very Best, Neka, Tune-Yards (a recent Questlove favorite), Das Racist, Bajah & the Dry Eye Crew, Pattern Is Movement, headliner Vampire Weekend and The Roots (with two side-projects, Black Thought's Money Making Jam Boys and ?uestlove with DJ Jazzy Jeff). He also says that the fest will be reuniting a certain black hat/gold chain (and it could be assumed, Adidas)-wearing hip-hop crew.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 5th at 10am.

Mayer Hawthorne headlines Webster Hall Thursday night (3/4).

Picture sets from last year's Picnic are here. Pictures from a 2009 show at Brooklyn Bowl that featured more than a few of the members of this year's lineup are here. See ?uestlove's video for yourself (where he also announces that it's the Roots' one year anniversary on Fallon - congrats!) below...

Continue reading "The Roots Picnic - 2010 date & initial lineup (Vampire Weekend, Clipse, The Very Best, Tune-Yards, Run DMC?)"

Hot Chip @ Pier 3 in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Hot Chip

tonight in NYC
* Aziz Ansari @ Comix
* AA Bondy, Lia Ices @ Union Hall
* Average Girl, Cosmonaut @ Matchless
* K Holes, Golden Triangle @ Union Pool
* Ava Luna, Twin Sister, Data Dog @ The Tank
* J Dilla Foundation benefit w/ Questlove @ the Bell House
* Kayo Dot (plays Coyote) @ The Stone (Late Show)
* Kayo Dot (plays Choirs of the Eye) @ The Stone (Early Show)
* Hot Chip, French Horn Rebellion @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Dinosaur Feathers, Matt Singer, Pearl & The Beard @ Sycamore
* Hot Chip (DJ Set), We Are Wolves @ Brooklyn Bowl (Late Show)
* Cavalier Rose, The Moderate, Bridges and Powerlines @ Pianos
* Anamanaguchi, D/A/D, Movement, Lawrence Grey @ Shea Stadium
* Unsound w/ Groupshow performs Andy Warhol's "Empire" @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Class Actress, The Morning Benders, Blood Orange, Acrylics, Twin Shadow @ Glasslands
* Blood Warrior, Raccoon Fighter @ Pete's Candy Store (BAM's Sounds Like Brooklyn Festival)
* Small Black, Keepaway @ Brooklyn Bowl (BAM's Sounds Like Brooklyn Festival)(Early Show)
* Heavy Trash, Delco Nightingale, Jukebox Jodi And Her 45s, Howlin' Thurstons @ Public Assembly
* Holy Hail, Pony Pants, Edie Sedgwick (and The Brunettes), Love or Perish @ Cake Shop (Late Show)
* King Django Septet, Hub City Stompers, Outernational, Royal City Riot, Wareika Hill @ Knitting Factory
* Care Bears On Fire, Mother Courage, Jack & The Jaywalkers, BYS @ Cake Shop (Benefit for Hope For Haiti Now)
* Shellshag, forgetters, Screaming Females, JEFF The Brotherhood, The Measure, Black Wine, Groucho Marxists @ Bowery Ballroom

'Donuts Are Forever' at The Bell House. Flyer below.

Sunday is the Superbowl. NYC Music venue related options include Mercury Lounge, The Bell House, and Brooklyn Bowl.

Hot Chip played a free show at Highline Ballroom last night, and they play a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (afterparty at Brooklyn Bowl). Check out an 11 minute featurette, "Brothers" about the band below...

Spoon's new video for "Written in Reverse" below...

What else?

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Questlove DJing
Questlove

Friday night's celebrity telethon Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief has so far raised more than $57 million - a record for a disaster relief telethon, said the event's organizers.

In addition the star-studded Hope for Haiti Now album, featuring performances from the evening, is the biggest one-day album pre-order in iTunes history.

The charity event, spearheaded by George Clooney with the support of many of Hollywood's A-listers, featured two hours of musical performances and appeals for donations for earthquake relief. [People]

Friday's Hope for Haiti telethon is still collecting money online.

One of the performers in attendance was Questlove, who backed Mary J Blige and others during the broadcast. Last Thursday, Questlove kicked off a four-week Thursday night DJing residency at Brooklyn Bowl, with guest DJs Talib Kweli and Q-Tip to benefit Haiti. Tickets are on sale for the next three Thursdays (1/28, 2/4, 2/11) (which don't appear to be benefits).

Questlove and The Roots were set to headline Music Hall of Williamsburg's N. 6th for Haiti concert on Wedesday, January 27th. Also on that bill was Kaki King, Eric Krasno & Chapter 2 with John Scofield, very special guest Matisyahu and others, but... that show has been CANCELLED.

Not cancelled: The Haiti benefit happening at The Bell House on Wednesday night, and the fourth and final one at City Winery tonight (1/25). We also had a great one (with over $20,000 raised) at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday.

Hopefully the current messy state of NBC late-night won't affect the Roots and Questlove and their regular stint on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Last week the show paired the Roots with Antibalas and the cast of Fela! (a show Questlove associate produced), which you can catch on Broadway. That video, clips from Friday's Haiti telethon and more Questlove videos are below...

Continue reading "Questlove DJ residency @ Brooklyn Bowl + past, future & CANCELLED Haiti benefits - dates & videos "

Bon Iver in a graveyard in Sept. (more by Darren Kim)
Bon Iver

tonight in NYC
* Kid Cudi @ Irving Plaza
* Spoon & Mahogany @ Mercury Lounge
* Spacecamp, Your Nature @ Coco66
* Akoya Afrobeat @ Knitting Factory
* Questlove (DJ), Q-Tip (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* MNDR, Zambri, Tayisha Busay @ Glasslands
* Vetiver, Avi Buffalo, Inlets @ The Bell House
* Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) & Steve Kimock @ Merkin Concert Hall
* Darlings, Lonnie Walker, Motel Motel, Gunfight @ Union Pool
* Free Energy, Eastern Midwestern, pow wow!, Neighbors @ Pianos
* Signal Break, Sunshower Orphans, Mr. Dream, NT Trio @ Cake Shop
* Langhorne Slim, April Smith & the Great Picture Show @ Maxwell's
* Dub Is a Weapon, Bigga Mention, Rob Symeonn @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Vampire Weekend, Kwame Dawes (author) @ Barnes & Noble Union Square
* Lady GaGa, Jason Derulo, Semi Precious Weapons @ Radio City Music Hall
* Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Supercute, Julia Weldon @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Support Haiti Benefit w/ Lewis Black, Vernon Reid & Corey Glover of Living Colour, Rich Pagano & The Sugarcane Cups, Marshall Crenshaw, David Johansen @ City Winery

Vampire Weekend appear at Barnes & Noble tonight with Kwame Dawes. Expect a line.

Spoon announced that some tickets will be available at the door for tonight's Mercury Lounge show. Expect a line.

Lightspeed Champion is not playing Bowery Ballroom tonight.

Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver appears as part of the NY Guitar Festival tonight. You can catch him in Ohio in April.

Tonight's Cake shop show, put on by Music vs. Hunger, benefits Haiti relief. Questlove and Q-Tip DJ at Brooklyn Bowl for Haiti, too.

Various new videos below.

What else?

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Snowball fight in Times Square - 12/19/09 (Doug Kim)
snow
snow

tonight in NYC
* Danielson @ The Stone
* Questlove (DJ) @ S.O.B.'s
* Chico Mann @ Knitting Factory
* M6 performs Meredith Monk @ The Stone
* Jadakiss, Melanie Fiona, Clipse @ Highline Ballroom
* Christmas Rap party w/ 1000TimesYes @ Bruar Falls
* My Favorite Things, Neoangin, Sugarlife, Misty Roses @ Zebulon
* Rene Lopez, Brooklyn Girls Sound System, Jason Darling @ Mercury Lounge
* Masta Ace & Edo G, Sadat X, Jean Grae, Doitall, Torae w/ DJ E Holla, Sha Stimuli & secret guest @ Southpaw
* Drink Up Buttercup, True Womanhood, The Art of Shooting, Schocholautte, Total Slacker @ Glasslands

Everyone playing the later show at Mercury Lounge tonight is either in, or collaborates with members of, Brazilian Girls.

"S.O.B.'s Presents: 4th Annual Holiday Party w/ DJ QUESTLOVE (of the World Famous Roots Crew)"

"Celestial Soul Portraits"

"The proposed merger of two live music giants, Live Nation Inc and Ticketmaster Inc, was given a huge boost on Tuesday when a British regulatory body dropped its objections and approved the deal." [Reuters]

Chris Weingarten tweets his 1000th review of the year at midnight from Bruar Falls. Flyer below...

Listen to Julian Casablancas' "I wish it was Christmas today", with other videos, below...

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"omfg!!!!! watching tune-yards on stage now. this is some of the GREATEST ish I've seen in a minute!!!!" - Questlove

Tune Yards

tUnE-YaRdS blew away Questlove (and everyone) while he was waiting to join the Dirty Projectors on stage on 11/22. A set of pictures from her opening set at that Bowery Ballroom show are in this post.

Her next show is her only scheduled one that I know about, and it takes place in NYC on December 23rd at The Stone. She goes on at 10pm after an 8pm set by her sister Ruth Garbus ("Formerly of the group Feathers, and currently of Happy Birthday, Ruth Garbus has been spending most of her time making songs in Vermont. She comes south to share her lilting and penetrating music for voice and electric guitar.")

The Bowery show with The Roots was the last show of a tour for tUnE-YaRdS and Dirty Projectors. It was also the fourth of four NYC shows in a row. Two were at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and the first was also at Bowery Ballroom. More pictures from the last, below...

Continue reading "tUnE-YaRdS - QuestLOVE, another show & pics from Bowery"

Questlove, The Roots & Fallon in the Thanksgiving Day Parade (toolsdrummer)
Thanksgiving Parade
Thanksgiving

What else?

by BBG

Antibalas in Philly on 6/6 (more by Tim Griffin)
Antibalas

Much like The Roots, who they shared the stage with at The Roots Picnic in June, have been doing lately, Antibalas will play a NYC residency. Theirs will take place at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn over four Thursdays in December (they exclude Dec 24th), culminating in a New Years Eve show. Tickets are on sale for the 12/3 show, the 12/10, the 12/17 and the New Years Eve show. Antibalas is also scheduled to appear at the Winter's Eve Festival on 11/30 along with Joy Behar. Yes, that one.

Fela!Members of Antibalas are also notably a part of the Broadway musical FELA! based on the life of the Afrobeat legend, and produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith/Jada Pinkett-Smith.

A provocative hybrid of dance and Broadway musical, FELA! features the Afrobeat music of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, a book by Jim Lewis... arrangements by Aaron Johnson and Antibalas with direction and choreography by Tony® Award winner Bill T. Jones...
FELA! uses stirring Afrobeat music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), to tell the story of Kuti's controversial life as artist, political activist and revolutionary musician. Featuring many of Fela Kuti's most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones's visionary staging, FELA! is the most original new musical on Broadway.
Lots of familiar faces on stage during the show which also includes Knitting Factory and Questlove (one of the producers) in its credits. Head on down to catch it at The Eugene O'Neill Theatre, but before you buy, make sure and use Antibalas's discount code FE4NFP9. Questlove (via Okayplayer) is running a promotion too.

Some related videos below...

Continue reading "Antibalas are playing mutliple shows @ Knitting Factory & are in the Fela! musical (for which they offer a coupon)"

Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors completed their tour and four-night NYC run in style on Sunday (11/22). The evening started with a beautiful set of music by Julianna Barwick who was followed by the mind-blowing Tune-Yards. It's been said before, I'll say it again. Merrill Garbus is an extremely talented girl and the crowd went nuts for her as she looped and strummed and drummed and sang. Backed by a bassist, her performance was even more special because her parents were in the crowd. She mentioned them a few times and even thanked them at the end for having her.

I'd been hearing rumors about special guests possibly joining the Dirty Projectors at some point this week, but nothing happened at the first three shows (1 at Bowery and 2 at Music Hall of Williamsburg). Then Sunday the rumors started getting louder, especially the one about The Roots showing up.

The Roots and Dirty Projectors first met when DP were the musical guests at Fallon. Questlove was in love. Some thought that DP were going to join the Roots at a show in Brooklyn a few days after that TV appearance, but it never happened. It did this time though. Three members of the Roots, Questlove included, joined the band on stage for two songs ("Stillness" and "No Intention" I think?). The show was already great before that, but everyone went so wild and was dancing like crazy when the Roots came out. The energy in the room was off the charts, and stayed in the air even after the guests left the stage. The band was supercharged too as they finished their pre-encore set in one of the strongest ways I've ever seen them play.

Dirty Projectors

During the short encore break another microphone was brought to the stage. At that point I knew there was no question that David Byrne would be joining Dirty Projectors once again (it previously happened at least two times - at the Dark Was the Night charity concert and then again at Bonnaroo). Sure enough, Mr. Byrne helped them end the two song encore with a slightly-unrehearsed version of Knotty Pine (the song he and the band wrote together for the Dark Was the Night album).

Amazing night. More pictures of the headliner and guests and the setlist below..

Continue reading "David Byrne & The Roots joined Dirty Projectors @ Bowery Ballroom Sunday night - pics & setlist"

i gots to be the golden child. survived yet another car crash unscathed. the cab however....3:54 AM Oct 4th from mobile web - Questlove

The Roots & friends @ Brooklyn Bowl (10/1) (more by Tim Griffin)
The Roots

There are only two more Roots shows scheduled at Highline Ballroom in NYC, and tickets are on sale for both (November 10 & November 17)

The October 6th, 13th and 27th dates have been canceled, and tickets purchased for those three shows will work at either one of the November shows. According to the venue, Jimmy Fallon's house band also have no more dates planned there (for now?).

The Roots join Common at Terminal 5 TONIGHT (10/7). It's a Hennessey party. Hopefully Questlove's hand is doing better.

Last week The Roots moved the show to Brooklyn for one night. Another video from that show (where they were joined by Mayer Hawthorne), below...

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based on their setup and sound....imma take a wild guess dirty projectors are from BK? -?uestlove

backstage @ the Fallon show - 9/28/09 (Brassland)
Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors were on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night where they premiered a new song called "When the World Comes to an End." Before that, they performed acoustically backstage. That earlier part wasn't aired on TV, but ?uestlove, a member of Jimmy's house band The Roots, was there recording with his iPhone (see above), and posted a video to his Twitter where he wrote, "Man. Dirty Projectors came into our room and demonstrated their awesomeness. How cool is it for them to do this?". He then Tweeted it again with the message, "dirty projectors really became a fav of mine after today" (both of those notes came an hour or two after the Tweet quoted at the very top of this post). Both videos below.

?uestlove, in addition to appearing on Fallon like he does every day, will be playing tonight (9/29) at the free Wizard of Oz show/screening in Central Park (with Jennifer Hudson and others). Then, as you can hear him tell DP in the below video, the Roots play Thursday night (10/1) at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn. Tickets are still on sale

Dirty Projectors are playing, what we now know is a short four-song set, at the New Yorker Fest's "Bands from the County of Kings" show at the Bell House on Friday, October 16th. Also on the bill are House of Ladosha, Jubilee and Liturgy. Tickets are still on sale.

Dirty Projectors then go out on tour from the end of October through most of November. It ends with four full NYC shows on 11/18-11/22 (with no show on the 20th). Recent 4AD signee tUnE yArDs has been added as opener to all of those shows, and to the entire last two weeks of their tour. She (tUnE) also has more gigs before then, including non-NYC shows with Sunset Rubdown and a Brooklyn show on October 6th at Union Hall with Dragons of Zynth.

All videos and tour dates are below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz is being re-released on DVD September 29th. Why should you care? Because that's also the same day a free outdoor event is happening in Central Park to celebrate it (it's also the film's 70th anniversary). At the show (whick kicks off at Rumsey Playfield at 7:30 p.m. ET), ?uestlove (of The Roots), Jennifer Hudson, Julianne Hough, Bilal, "and a band assembled especially for the show" will be performing contemporary interpretations of classic songs from the film. That will be followed by a screening of the flick on a giant inflatable screen (rain location TBA if it rains).

Of course, if you're only interested in the Roots, you can always shell out for the cover at their Highline Ballroom residency (though it should be noted, their Sept. 29th performance has been canceled). If you prefer to never leave Brooklyn, the band is also playing a Thursday, October 1st show at Brooklyn Bowl. It only costs $10. Tickets are on sale.

For the Central Park show, we have a pair of VIP passes (not on sale) and a prize package from Netflix to give away. Details are below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Public Enemy
Public Enemy

"The marquee event [at this year's Roots Picnic - June 6, 2009 in Philly] was Public Enemy's performance of their epochal 1988 album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, performed for only the third - and, they have said, the last - time on American soil, and the first time with a band.

Public Enemy's Chuck D famously called rap music African Americans' CNN, an analogy that bodes ill for the exhumation of a 20-year-old album. But fueled by an expanded Roots lineup that included a horn section from the Brooklyn-based Afrobeat orchestra Antibalas, Nation sounded like anything but old news. Chuck D's stentorian voice has lost none of its power to command, and Flavor Flav washed away years of reality-TV embarrassment, seeming more like a sharp-witted jester than a fool.

Rather than approximating Nation's sonic thicket, the Roots added melody and depth. The prison-riot saga "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" gained a funk guitar riff and blaring horns, with ?uestlove's snare hits ringing out like rifle shots.
[Philadelpha Inquirer]

The also performed the album at the 2008 Pitchfork Festival. More pictures from Saturday's show, below...

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