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Juicy J at Irving Plaza in 2013 (more by Samantha Marble)
Juicy J

Rick Ross is releasing a new album, Mastermind, this year, and he'll celebrate with an album release show in NYC on March 3 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show go on sale Saturday (2/8) at noon.

That's one day before Schoolboy Q brings his tour with Vince Staples and Isaiah Rashad to Best Buy Theater (3/4) (tickets), and not long before the Action Bronson / The Lox show at Best Buy Theater (3/26) (tix on sale Fri, 2/7 at noon).

As discussed, Juicy J's tour with Travi$ Scott and Project Pat hits NYC on March 12 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and if you're in NJ, tickets for his Starland Ballroom show (3/14) go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon.

Juicy J's old Three Six Mafia pals now operate without him (and without Lord Infamous [RIP]) as Da Mafia 6ix, and they'll play NYC on March 18 at Marlin Room at Webster Hall with Twisted Insane, Whitney Peyton, Sozay, and Alan Winkle. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Bun B and Kirko Bangz are teaming up for the "Trillest Tour" this year that hits NYC on April 12 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed, with the tour trailer, below.

Hip hop legend Rakim will be at SOB's on March 27. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Chicago rapper Rockie Fresh returns to NYC when his tour supporting G-Eazy hits Irving Plaza on March 27 with Tory Lanez, Kurt Rockmore, and Ground Up. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Alternative rapper Busdriver will be at Mercury Lounge on March 6 with Milo, Open Mike Eagle and Nocando. Tickets are on sale now.

As discussed, Mobb Deep are reissuing The Infamous with new and previously unreleased material, and going on a tour in support of hit that hits NYC on March 29 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are still available.

Last night's Fabolous show at Stage 48 was moved to tonight (2/6) (tickets).

Kanye's tour has him the NYC-area soon too.

Lastly, Migos, who dominated 2013 with "Versace," just returned with a new single "Just Wait On It" from their upcoming mixtape, No Label 2 (due out 2/25). Does it live up? Check it out below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Rakim at Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Eric Townsend)
Rakim

It's the new year, and like every year, there's a ton of great hip hop shows coming up in NYC, especially a lot this month (and of course a few announced for the months after that). So while you're trying to stay warm during the coldest winter, here's some of those shows you might want to check out:

As discussed, Jay Z brings his Magna Carter World Tour to his stomping grounds of Barclays Center on Sunday (1/12) and Monday (1/13). If you can't make the Brooklyn dates, or just still need more Hov in your life, there's other nearby dates happening at Mohegan Sun (1/17), Nassau Coliseum (1/19), and Prudential Center (1/22). Tickets for those shows are still available.

A bunch of golden-age rappers are joining forces for the Masters of Ceremony show at Radio City Music Hall on January 24 with DMX, EPMD, Rakim, Naughty by Nature, Brand Nubian, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Biz Markie, and Black Sheep. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Another long-running NYC rapper, Talib Kweli will play the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at SOB's on January 19, and this one also honors the late Nelson Mandela. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Also at SOB's on January 27, producer 9th Wonder will celebrate the release of his label Jamla Records' Jamla is the Squad compilation album. Statik Selektah hosts for the night, and the show will also feature ADD-2, Rapsody and the entire Jamla team -- Actual Proof, HaLo, GQ, Heather V and more -- with special guests. Not sure whose those guests will be, but the album features appearances from Jadakiss, Styles P, Talib Kweli, Elzhi, Phonte, and more. Stream a 9th Wonder-produced Rapsody track from the compilation, below. Tickets are on sale now.

Sooner than that, SOB's hosts Le1f/Mykki Blanco collaborator Ian Isiah on Wednesday (1/8). That show also features Benja, Silverbird, Rising Sun Allstars and Quincy Vidal. Tickets are on sale.

And Ty Dolla $ign, who got some internet love for his 2013 mixtape, Beach House 2 (stream below), will play SOB's on January 22 with Black Cobain, Tijon and Gliffics. Tickets are on sale.

Dom Kennedy, who's notably collaborated with Curren$y, Schoolboy Q, Casey Veggies and others, plays NYC on January 28 at Irving Plaza with Skeme. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Another Dom Kennedy collaborator, Nipsey Hussle, plays NYC on January 24 at Highline Ballroom with Erk the Jerk and The Kid Daytona. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Nipsey recently released a new track, "6in Heels," which you can stream below.

Waka Flocka Flame plays NYC on January 27 at BB King's. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

As discussed, J. Cole brings his tour to NYC this month on January 28 at the Theatre at MSG. Tickets are still available.

And 2 Chainz, Pusha T and August Alsina bring their tour to NYC soon after on February 5 at Roseland Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

Other upcoming hip hop shows happening a bit later in the year include Cam'ron at Stage 48 on 2/20 (tickets), Shaggy at Brooklyn Bowl on 2/25 (tickets), and Slaughterhouse at Best Buy Theater on 4/26 (tickets).

And Kanye West just announced a tour.

These are just a few of the upcoming hip hop shows in NYC. What else?

Streams below...

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RTB

Just today we were saying how Schoolboy Q would be in the NYC-area for Rock the Bells in October, but the East Ruthford, NJ Rock the Bells stop has been cancelled. DC is possibly cancelled too. More details as we hear them.

UPDATE: The promoters confirmed & issued a statement.

The NJ festival would have happened on October 4 and 5 at Meadowlands Racetrack with Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Wu-Tang Clan, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown, Joey Bada$$, J. Cole, Rakim, Big Sean and more.

You can still catch Kendrick, Schoolboy Q, and Big Sean in NYC at their Barclays Center show in November.

Meanwhile, Danny Brown, whose new album comes out soon, will open for Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5. Sleigh Bells also just announced a LPR show.

A$AP Rocky & Joey Bada$$ in Austin in July (more by Tim Griffin)
ASAP Rocky

As mentioned a few times, Rock the Bells is returning to a few cities this year, including East Rutherford, NJ's Meadlowlands Racetrack from October 4-5. The two-day hip hop festival has just announced its final additions, including A$AP Rocky (and his A$AP Mob), Joey Bada$$ (and Pro Era), Trinidad Jame$, Logic, Stalley, Young Dirty Bastard, and Odd Future's The Internet.

They join previously announced names like Wu-Tang Clan, Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Juicy J, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown, Rakim, Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, Big Sean and more.

Rock the Bells have also announced the day-by-day lineups and put single day tickets on sale. 2-day passes are still available as well.

A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, and Trinidad Jame$ just swung through the NYC-area when their tour with Wiz Khalifa hit PNC Bank Arts Center on 8/2 and Jones Beach last night (8/6).

Danny Brown and Action Bronson just announced a tour leading up to their Rock the Bells NJ appearances.

We also just mentioned that The Internet play NYC this month.

Full Rock the Bells NJ lineups, day-by-day, are listed below...

Continue reading "Rock the Bells finalizes NJ lineup (A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$ & more added); single day tickets on sale"

Big Sean at Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Big Sean

Hip Hop festival Rock the Bells, which hits a few cities this year, has expanded its lineup once again. The NYC-area stop, which happens in East Rutherford, NJ at the Meadowlands Racetrack from October 4-5 will now also include Big Sean and Chief Keef. Other stops on the tour now include A-Trak (LA, DC) and Iamsu (LA, San Francisco).

They join previously announced names like Wu-Tang Clan, Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Juicy J, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown, Rakim, Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, and more. 2-day passes for the festival are still available.

Updated NJ lineup below...

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Deltron 3030
Deltron 3030

As mentioned, hip hop festival Rock the Bells is returning in 2013 to a few different cities including East Rutherford, NJ at the Meadowlands Racetrack from October 4-5. In addition to previously announced names like Black Hippy (aka Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), Common, Juicy J, Danny Brown, Tyler the Creator, Wu-Tang Clan, Bone Thuz N Harmony, Earl Sweatshirt, Pusha T, Big K.R.I.T., Flatbush Zombies and more, the lineup has been expanded to include even more.

Joining the artists mentioned above will be the reunited Deltron 3030 (though they only play the LA and San Francisco stops), Big Daddy Kane, Action Bronson, J. Cole, Rapsody & 9th Wonder, Freddie Gibbs, Freeway, KRS-One, RIff Raff, Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh, Sean P, Smoke DZA, Wale, YG, and weirdly enough, Girl Talk and Pretty Lights. 2-day passes for the festival are still available.

Updated lineup below...

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Rakim at West 147 in 2011 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Rakim

In addition to the Seaside Summer Concert series, Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz also presents the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series at Wingate Field (Brooklyn Ave between Rutland Rd and Winthrop St), and that series is also returning this summer with free shows every Monday at 7:30 from July 15 to August 19.

Shows this year include Rakim, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, and Chubb Rock (7/22), Gladys Knight with the O'Jays (8/19), and more. Full lineup below...

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Schoolboy Q at Best Buy Theater - 5/21/13 (via Kellen Dengler)
Schoolboy Q

Thanks to TDE's recent success, Q found himself as the most established performer at the Freshman show. With no one to accompany him on stage, he fared better in the larger crowd as a solo artist, breezing through tracks from Habits & Contradictions and throwback collaborations with A$AP Rocky. At one point, he asked Kendrick Lamar to join him but laughed at the audience members who fell for his joke. Fittingly, he won the crowd back with his charisma by asking them the title of his upcoming album. "Oxymoron!" they screamed back. And this was done four times over. [XXL]
The 2013 XXL Freshman Class, including Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Angel Haze, and more, all came to NYC for a show at Best Buy Theater last night (5/21). You can check out a video of Schoolboy Q playing "My Hatin' Joint" at the show, below.

As mentioned in yesterday's What's Going On? post, Action Bronson made a video for his Harry Fraud-produced song, "Strictly 4 My Jeeps." If you missed it, you can watch that video below. Riff Raff stars in the video, and as discussed, he plays a Scion A/V show in Brooklyn at Coco 66 tonight (5/22) with Stalley and Smoke DZA. Entrance to that show had to be gained through Scion's contest which has since ended.

Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul are both members of the group Black Hippy (which also includes Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock), and that whole group is playing the traveling Rock the Bells Festival which hits the NYC-area on October 4-5 at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ. Tickets for that festival are on sale now. The rest of the lineup includes Big K.R.I.T., Common, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler the Creator, Jhene Aiko, Juicy J, Rakim, Wu-Tang Clan, and many more.

Updated Rock the Bells lineup and videos below...

Continue reading "Schoolboy Q, Action Bronson (who has a new video) & more played the XXL Freshman show; Rock the Bells tix on sale"

Rock the Bells 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Underachievers @ BrooklynVegan-SXSW (more by Bruno Simões)
Underachievers

Summerstage presents free shows in parks around NYC each summer. One of those parks is Red Hook Park where 2013 shows will happen on June 4 - 7. Check out the exact schedule below...

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Nemo

Travelers are already finding Nemo a pain in the butt.

The massive nor'easter has caused a wave of flight cancellations as it prepares to smother the city under up to 14 inches of snow.
United Airlines canceled 900 flights in advance of the storm, and Delta Air Lines crossed off 135, plus more regional flights.

As of Thursday, before Nemo even touched down, Newark Airport had the most Friday cancellations nationally, followed by Boston's Logan Airport, and LaGuardia Airport, according to FlightAware.

Most airlines issued so-called "weather waivers," allowing passengers in the storm-affected areas to change their flight date without paying a change fee.
Gov. Cuomo is opening an emergency operations center to help with "coordinating response efforts using all state and local resources," he said in a statement Thursday. [Daily News]

A winter storm is upon us, fashion week is totally fuct, and other NYC show cancellations are already coming in.

Williamsburg club Union Pool reports:

DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, [TONIGHT]'S SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE:
EXPLORER'S CLUB/MINIBOONE/CHEERS ELEPHANT/HARTWELL LITTLEJOHN. WE APOLOGIZE.
Apology accepted. Hartwell Littlejohn adds:
THIS SHOW WILL BE RESCHEDULED. IF YOU WERE PLANNING TO ATTEND, THANK YOU. WE'LL DO IT AGAIN SOON.
Nemo is all about screaming your cancellations in caps.

Also: tonight's show at the Rock Shop in Park Slope with the Lovehowl + Bangladeafy + Hannah Vs the Many + Luminous Flux "has been canceled due to Nemo."

As of 11am, we haven't heard of any other concert or comedy show cancellations yet, but we'll keep updating the site and this post as things get called off, hopefully not Passion Pit at MSG included. If you know of other postponements, please leave them in the comments.

NOON UPDATE:

Tonight's show at Shea Stadium is CANCELLED.

The early show at Cameo is CANCELLED. UPDATE: The late show is cancelled too.

Big Snow Buffalo Lodge can't handle a big snow and has also canceled their early show tonight with Alan Watts.

James T. Cotton (JTC)'s flight was cancelled so can't make it to 285 Kent, but so far the party is still on.

The Wellmont Theater has postponed Lindsey Stirling until May 9.

2PM UPDATE:

Holopaw were scheduled to play Knitting Factory and Permanent Records tonight, but the record store just sent out this note:

"Hi all... sorry to say we just got the word from Holopaw that due to this impending storm they aren't gonna make it to NYC tonight and have had to cancel their scheduled in-store performance with us. Darn! Hopefully we'll be able to reschedule, but for now let's just wish them safety in their travels.

As of now we're still planning to be open with normal hours all weekend so if you were planning to come by tonight, that is still an option! It's warm in here!"

UPDATE: Despite what Permanent Records says about the band making it to NYC, the band and venue are currently saying Knitting Factory is still a go.

SOB's reports that "tonight's Salsa Groove event with La Excelencia is canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date."

3PM UPDATE

All events at 92YTribeca are cancelled, and 92Y announced "Saturday's classes and programs in School of the Arts are canceled."

4PM UPDATE

Atlas Moth report: "Fortunately, we made it to New York with no problem. Unfortunately, the show has been postponed until 2/19. See ya then NYC!" The show they're talking about is with Gojira tonight at Irving Plaza. The new show is one day after the Brooklyn show.

The show at Pianos is cancelled, but the bar is open.

5PM UPDATE

The Heliotropes/Dead Stars show at the Paper Box is cancelled, but Dead Stars will play Muchmore's instead.

Raekwon and Rakim at Stage 48 is postponed.

Dept. of Health, ANASAZI, Blackboot, and A Truth at Saint Vitus is cancelled.

6PM UPDATE

Frankie Knuckles at Cameo is cancelled.

The Darlings show at Death By Audio tonight is cancelled.

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Rakim at Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Rakim

The "invincible microphone fiend" Rakim will team with Wu-Tang staple Raekwon just in time for the holidays, blessing Studio 48 on December 20th. UPDATE (12/11): The show a has been postponed till February 8. Tickets are on sale.

Still no hard date for Rakim's forthcoming LP with Pharrell Williams, thoughh it will reportedly see the light in 2013.

Stage 48 is also where fellow Wu-Tang-er GZA is playing on January 12th. Tickets are still available for that too.

In related news, Raekwon and another Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah recently reminisced on the eight year anniversary of ODB's death (on 11/13) to TMZ. Raekwon's statement was somber:

"Today I just want to have a day of prayer to let my brother know I am thinking about him. This still hits me real hard. I will mourn over him today and think about how much he taught me."
While Ghostface's was more reflective and uplifting:
"I never dwell on the day we lost him, I just celebrate the times I had with him. I pray and thank God on this day because he is my angel ... I spent the day just sitting quietly and praying. Dirt wouldnt want us mourning so I don't."
RIP Ol Dirty.

Fun Fun Fun Fest

After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.

Full FFF Fest lineup is below.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest full lineup (De La Soul, Refused, Fucked Up, Public Image Ltd, Santigold, Sharon Van Etten, Rakim, X, Converge, Japandroids & more)"

photos by Ryan Muir, words by Andrew Sacher

"ASAP Rocky show @ Irving Plaza was CRAZY!!!" - Atiba Newsome

"ASAP ROCKY KILLED IRVING PLAZA!!!!" - Vic Damone

"Shout out to Jim e stack bun b waka flocka and da homie school boy" - AsapTwelvyy

ASAP Rocky

A$AP Rocky brought the A$AP Mob tour to Irving Plaza last night (2/1). He brought out a number of guests like Bun B, Waka Flocka, and ScHoolboy Q, and Danny Brown opened the show, along with Flatbush Zombies and G-Eazy. More pictures and a video from this show are below.

One day earlier, A$AP Rocky appeared on The Angie Martinez Show on Hot 97. He was shocked when during his interview, Rakim, who Rocky's mother named him after, joined Rocky and Martinez on the show. A video of this interview is below too.

The Irving Plaza afterparty went down at The Studio at Webster Hall where a very tall Jim E Stack DJ'd in celebration of his new release. Did any of the advertised special guests show up?

ScHoolboy Q also showed up at the recent Danny Brown show in LA.

More pictures and videos from the NYC show below...

Continue reading "ASAP Rocky played Irving Plaza w/ special guests Danny Brown, Bun B, Waka Flocka & ScHoolboy Q (pics, video)"

Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
Slayer

Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.

The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others

2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.

Slayer also has a NYC performance coming up with Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth as part of the "Big Four" show at Yankee Stadium on 9/14. Tickets are still available.

Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup (Danzig Legazy, Passion Pit, Slayer, Lykke Li, The Damned, Henry Rollins & much more)"

The Roots at Prospect Park in 2010 (more by David Andrako)
The Roots

Although musical options in NYC are limited on the 4th of July, you could head to Philly for the Philly Fourth of July Jam. This year's show, which is being billed as the "largest free concert in America," will feature The Roots and special guests including Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. It runs from 7-10pm at Benjamin Franklin Parkway and will be followed by fireworks (naturally).

Meanwhile you can catch Earth, Wind and Fire in NYC tonight tonight (6/28) and Wednesday (6/29) at Beacon Theatre. It's been forty years since Earth, Wind and Fire first hit the scene, and...

Forty years later, Bailey says Earth, Wind & Fire is still in pursuit of being the best band in the world.

"We're just being the best we can be and seizing the moment we've been given," he says.

"We still practice and we still hone our craft, though we've been playing these songs thousands and thousands of times. We make sure we go back and pay attention to the little details, and our audience appreciates the attention we put into stuff."

Throughout its storied career, Earth, Wind & Fire mixed funk-seared dance jams such as "September," "Boogie Wonderland" and "Serpentine Fire" with Quiet Storm classics such as "Devotion," "Can't Hide Love" and "Keep Your Head to the Sky." Often, the Grammy-winning band stoked its sound with African and Brazilian rhythms on its way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [Calgary Herald]

Earth, Wind and Fire also have shows scheduled in Atlantic City and CT before Philly on the 4th. All dates are listed below.

The Roots have been keeping super busy as usual. In addition to planning the biggest concert in America and collaborating with countless musicians, partially related to then playing Fallon on a daily basis, they played a series of interesting shows in NYC last week. At least Questlove is taking a day off from Brooklyn Bowl.

Most of those shows were part of the ongoing Blue Note Jazz Fest. Two of them, at the Blue Note, were The Roots and Rakim performing Paid in Full in its entirety...

"With an early show and a late show, the band ran through the 10 track of the classic album with funky flawlessness. During the first show, Nelson George asked Rakim and Black Thought questions about the album's legacy and Rakim's career at the beginning and half way points. The second show featured questions from Toure, and both Dave Chappelle and Talib Kweli were in the house who had their turn posing questions as well. Very dope stuff indeed." [Okayplayer]
Check out a video from this performance below. Estelle, also on the 4th of July show, played two shows at the Blue Note last week too.

The Roots also performed at the launch of Rebuild the Dream at Town Hall on Thursday (6/23). Rebuild the Dream is a new movement to bring back the American Dream and help Americans find jobs, go to college, etc. The Town Hall event consisted of a long motivational speech and call to action interspersed with a couple performances by The Roots. Learn more at the movement's website. Video of the entire event, and the other stuff, below.

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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"

photos by Brook Bobbins

Rakim

"One particular event that had people flocking to the upper west side of the city [on 4/20] was the West NYC x Milkcrate Athletics event powered by AMPMNY that paid homage to one of hip hops most respected pioneers of all time, Rakim. The Godly Collaboration features a West and Milkcrate tee collaboration with a Rakim image on it captured by photographer Janette Beckman, she captured the Golden Era of Rakim in his iconic stance in stark black and white quality photo. Aaron LaCrate held down the turntables for the God Emcee, It was a great night with a lot of die hard hip hop fans at West 147 NYC." [Jungle Gym]
In May Rakim is heading over to Europe for a tour. On August 21st he plays a free Central Park Summerstage show with EPMD and Funkmaster Flex in NYC.

A set of pictures and a couple of videos from the West 147 event are in this post, and they continue below...

Continue reading "Rakim played West 147 w/ Aaron LaCrate (pics & video), touring Europe, playing Summerstage"

Summerstage

"SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, presents performances of outstanding artistic quality, free of charge, to serve the diverse communities of New York City. The artists represent a breadth of genres and cultures and perform in an outdoor setting accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. SummerStage strives to develop audiences' deepening appreciation for contemporary, traditional, and emerging artists as well as the communities in which these artists originate."
You might remember that since last year, "Summerstage" now encompasses free (and "benefit") shows in many NYC parks, not just at the "main stage" in Central Park. Free shows this summer include Friendly Fires, Wavves, The Budos Band, Reggie Watts, Fitz & the Tantrums, We Are Scientists, Talib Kweli, Rakim/EPMD, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Jim Gaffigan, Wanda Jackson, Imelda May, Guster, and many more.

The ENTIRE 2011 SUMMERSTAGE SCHEDULE is now posted at Summerstage's site.

Above picture, taken at the St. Vincent show in 2010, by Chris La Putt.

Rakim @ Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Rakim

Talib Kweli is not the only hip hop great scheduled to play a free NYC show as part of Summerstage this summer. The series will host hip hop notables like Special Ed (6/8 in Betsey Head Park), Nice & Smooth with The Awesome Two (6/15 in Von King Park), Slick Rick (7/12 in Crotona Park), Kool Moe Dee (7/19 in Queensbridge Park), The Sugarhill Gang (8/2 in Tappen Park, Staten Island), and The Cold Crush Brothers (8/24 in East River Park), and others.

Funkmaster Flex will host his own set of "Salute to Hip Hop" Summerstage shows, and though most of the performers have yet to be announced, EPMD will perform at the first on 6/7 at Betsy Head Park in Brooklyn. EPMD will return with Rakim to take on Summerstage in Central Park on 9/21, and before that Funkmaster Flex has other shows going on in Soundview Park on 6/28 (performers TBA), in Queensbridge Park on 7/21, a show with Rob Base on 8/9 at Marcus Garvey Park.

More details to the previously mentioned shows, are below.

Continue reading "Summerstage presents free hip hop shows in 2011 (lineups)"

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...

Continue reading "Rakim @ BB King's, Gucci Mane @ a treatment facility, Kanye vs muppets, Slaughterhouse @ Paid Dues & other hip hop news"

photos by Brook Bobbins

Lauryn Hill

Okay, so everyone advertised did perform. But it sure was a nail-biter. Lauryn Hill, the eccentric erstwhile Fugee who has mostly stayed out of sight since her lone solo album, 1998's still-scintillating R&B masterpiece "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," was clearly the lineup's chief curiosity. When it comes to her behavior over the past decade there's been no rumor too bizarre to believe. Sunday's rumor was a doozy, and it was true -- she really was three hours late to the stage because she was getting a manicure-pedicure. Suddenly, the attempt by her former band mate Wyclef Jean to become president of Haiti doesn't seem quite so self-centered.

As her 4:30 start time approached, the elaborate stage plot was ready to go. And then . . . nothing. A 10-minute wait became a half-hour, which became a full hour. Scattered heckles became heavy boos as the stage was broken down at 5:30... Her toenails apparently dry, Lauryn Hill [finally performed later], but she probably shouldn't have bothered. The performance was a messy rush through highlights from "Miseducation," but they were hardly recognizable due to her hoarse voice, speedy delivery and clunky, overstuffed arrangements. Hill wasn't lacking for energy, just focus. The feedback on her microphone was ear-splitting; special guest Nas came out for a 45-second cameo, and his microphone wasn't working for half of it. After 20 minutes she departed to an equal mix of cheers and boos, seemingly oblivious as to why anyone might be upset.

...As headliner Snoop Dogg's stage props were assembled -- that would be a large video screen and a park bench covered in 40s in brown paper bags -- and the clock began ticking toward the venue's 11 p.m. curfew, the chatter started again. As a general rule of thumb, chatter at hip-hop shows is not a good thing. Where's Snoop? He was in New York performing at a Michael Jackson tribute show earlier in the day and at 10:45 p.m. was nowhere to be seen. Boos, again.

He did finally emerge, wearing what seemed to be your grandmother's old kitchen tablecloth and performed a truncated version of his iconic gangsta rap album "Doggystyle."... He mostly stayed true to character, never smiling -- maybe he was too focused reading his lyrics off teleprompters -- but his listless performance gave off the vibe that he'd rather be somewhere else. Like, New York. Snoop drawled over the atomic G-funk of "What's My Name?" as the house lights went on -- the venue's not-so-subtle way of saying, "It's time for you to go now." It's hard to think Snoop minded too much. -[Washington Post]

I was wondering if Snoop's afternoon appearance in Prospect Park was really a good idea. There were significantly less complaints from the Rock the Bells show that happened one day earlier on Governors Island in NYC. Lauryn was only 30 minutes late.

Pictures from Rock the Bells NYC HERE, HERE, and a third set continued (we don't have pictures from DC), below...

Continue reading "Rock the Bells DC didn't go so smooth ++ more pics from NYC"

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Raekwon shows potential groupies his current relationship status
Wu-Tang Clan

What kind of oldies concert draws a huge audience in its 20s? Rock the Bells, the daylong hip-hop festival that came to Governors Island on Saturday. This year's Rock the Bells borrowed an idea from the indie-rock festival All Tomorrow's Parties, booking groups to perform watershed albums in their entirety.

Two headliners, Snoop Dogg and Wu-Tang Clan, largely complied with the assignment. Snoop Dogg brought along most of the guests from his 1993 album, "Doggystyle," made back when he was Snoop Doggy Dogg. The others - A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, Rakim and Slick Rick - went "veering off," as Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest put it, to play additional hits (which no one minded) or to plug more recent projects.

And then there was the wild card: Lauryn Hill, the singer and rapper formerly of the Fugees, appearing half an hour late. She hasn't released a studio album since "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" in 1998, and she has recorded and toured only sporadically since then while raising five children. "I miss you," she told the crowd repeatedly. Partway through the set she pulled guests out of the V.I.P. section and onstage: Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, John Legend. They missed her too.
-[New York Times]

A second set from the NYC edition of Rock The Bells (first is HERE), continue below...

Continue reading "Rock the Bells @ Governors Island - pics (part 2) (Wu-Tang, Street Sweeper Social Club, Yelawolf, Slick Rick & more) "

photos by Eric Townsend, words by BBG

"Can't NOBODY FUCK WITH A TRIBE CALLED QUEST LIVE! ROCK THE BELLS NYC WAS MAGIC!" -Carringtonworld

"#np tribe called quest-steve biko(stir it up)....what yall know about #RocktheBells 2010 live from nyc huh? -"NotoriousDIZZ"

"Some of my rap top 10 will be live on stage: slick rick, lauryn hill, wu tang, rakim, krs one, tribe called quest. nYc represent, represent" -LeRoyLive

A Tribe Called Quest on Governors Island Saturday
A Tribe Called Quest

Linden boulevard represent, represent
Tribe called quest represent, represent
When the mic is in my hand, I'm never hesitant
My favourite jam back in the day was "Eric B. is President"
-[A Tribe Called Quest - "Steve Biko (Stir It Up)"]
Both A Tribe Called Quest, Rakim, and the songs "Steve Biko" AND "Eric B Is President" were showcased at Saturday's Rock The Bells event at Randall's Island as the crews showcased their classic LPs Midnight Marauders and Paid In Full respectively. The two Hip Hop legends were part of a much larger whopper of a show that also showcased Wu-Tang Clan's Enter The 36 Chambers, Snopp Dogg's Doggy Style, Slick Rick's The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, KRS-One performing Criminal-Minded, as well as performances from Lauryn Hill, Jedi Mind Tricks, Brother Ali, Wiz Khalifa, and many many others. On the paparazzi tip, celebs were out in full force to check out the show as well as Jay-Z, Chris Rock, John Legend (who performs at Bowery Ballroom tonight), newlywed couple Alicia Keys/Swizz Beatz, Mary J Blige, and many many others were all spotted at the shindig (some snaps are below).

More pictures (and video) from the show are HERE and below (, and one more set still on the way)...

Continue reading "Rock the Bells @ Governors Island - pics & video (part 1) (A Tribe Called Quest, Lauryn Hill, Snoop Dogg, Rakim & more) "

by BBG

wu Tang

Rock The Bells 2010? Um, awesome.

For the first time in the history of hip-hop entertainment, ROCK THE BELLS is slated to have headliners perform their most influential albums in their entirety. East-coast legends Wu-Tang Clan will perform Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers from beginning to end. Released in 1993, the group's debut album revived the New York rap scene and is widely-regarded as one of the greatest albums in hip-hop history. Considered one of the greatest MC's of all time, Rakim is set to perform 1987's, Paid In Full, his first full-length album with Eric B. Fellow Golden age, east coast rapper, Slick Rick will conquer The Great Adventures of Slick Rick. Released in 1989, this debut album became a certified-platinum classic topping the Billboard's Top R&B/ Hip Hop Albums charts. Highly regarded as the "THE TEACHER", KRS-One is a hip hop culture advocate, music producer, MC and published author. Hailed as one of the best live performers, KRS-One will perform [the Boogie Down Productions classic LP] Criminal Minded. The 1987 trend-setting album sampled music from various genres including rock, reggae and funk.
In addition to that drooler of a hip hop lineup, Rock The Bells will also feature a rotating cast of also-awesomes, depending on where you lay your head. Lineups haven't been solidified by city but look for appearances from Street Sweeper Social Club, Murs and 9th Wonder, Wiz Khalifa, Clipse, Immortal Technique, Jedi Mind Tricks, Brother Ali, DJ Muggs and Ill Bill, Big Sean, Yelawolf, and more TBA (but not Lauryn Hill).

So far only four festival dates have been released, LA (8/21), San Fran (8/22), NYC at Governors Island (8/28), and DC (8/29). Ticket info is forthcoming.

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