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Ab-Soul in Williamsburg Park in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ab-Soul

There's never a lack of great hip hop shows going on in NYC. Here's a roundup of a few of the good ones coming up, plus a handful of new tracks and videos from artists who will be here soon...

NYC rapper Smoke DZA recently made a video for "Hearses" which features Black Hippy's Ab-Soul and appeared on DZA's recent Dream.Zone.Achieve album. Check that out below. Ab-Soul, who put out his own new album recently, will be here this weekend for the 4Knots afterparty at Webster Hall on Saturday (7/12). Tickets for that show are still available.

Ab-Soul's TDE labelmate SZA, who dropped the track "Moodring" earlier this week, is now back with a Jill Scott collaboration, "Divinity," produced by Channel Orange contributor Om'Mas Keith. Jill's powerhouse soul mixed with SZA's airy indie/R&B tendencies works out really well, as you can hear below. SZA plays the AfroPunk-curated RBSS show at Rough Trade this month with Cakes Da Killa and more ($3 with RSVP). And both Cakes and SZA are playing the free AfroPunk Festival in August with D'Angelo, Body Count, Trash Talk and more.

This weekend is also the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival which includes a show on Saturday (7/12) at 50 Kent with Raekwon, Jay Electronica, CJ Fly, Cyhi The Prynce and more (tickets). Rae just rapped over a remix of Teena Marie's "Ohh La La" yesterday (7/10) for his #TBT series, and you can stream that below. CyHi also just put out a remix of "Good Night" off this year's Hystori: Black History Project mixtape. He brings Scotty ATL, Marian Mereba and Andrew "GC" Fennell along for the remix, which is streaming below.

Speaking of rap shows at 50 Kent, that's where Fool's Gold Day Off happens this year (Labor Day, 9/1) with Danny Brown, French Montana, The LOX and more (tix on sale 7/15). French Montana just put out a new single, "R&B Bitches" featuring Fabolous and Wale which is an unsubtle ode to the female R&B singers they dreamt of sleeping with (Mary J Blige, Miley Cyrus, Ashanti, Kelly Rowland, and Rihanna to name a few). You can stream that one below.

Danny Brown also plays NYC sooner at Peter Rosenberg's birthday party on July 23 at Best Buy Theater with Schoolboy Q and Action Bronson (tickets). Schoolboy Q also plays NYC with The Weeknd and Jhene Aiko on September 19 at Barclays Center. Tickets for that show went on sale earlier today.

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

The Weeknd's pal Drake will also be in NYC when his tour with Lil Wayne hits Queens' Forest Hills Tennis Stadium on August 19 (tickets). Wayne and Drake's collaborative song "Believe Me" was just revamped by Juicy J who released a version with his own verses that you can stream below. This comes a day after Juicy did the same to Drake's song "0 to 100," which you can also stream below. Juicy's tour hits NYC on July 22 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available.

Back to this weekend, the Jay Z / Beyonce tour rolls through the NYC-area for shows at MetLife Stadium tonight (7/11) and Saturday (7/12). Tickets for those shows are still available. Jay also plays Global Citizen Fest. Beyonce and Jay Z will also be filming part of their tour for an HBO special, as Billboard reports.

Another rap/R&B double bill hits MetLife Stadium for a 2-night stand in August when Eminem and Rihanna take over the venue (tickets).

For something much smaller, local rap group Ratking play another hometown show on August 4 at SOB's. Tickets are on sale now.

Krayzie Bone

For something more old school at SOB's, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony member Krayzie Bone will celebrate the release of his new album, Chasing The Devil, there on July 22. Tickets are on sale.

For something even more old school, Biz Markie celebrates the 25th anniversary of "Just A Friend" with a live performance and DJ set on September 12 at BB King's. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Sooner at BB King's, you can catch Fat Joe with Smoove Ski, La Luv and Famous on July 18. Tickets are on sale.

Internet-famous rap group Turquoise Jeep return to NYC on September 18 at Brooklyn Bowl with Oxymorrons and SABA. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

And while we're not sure who will show up, The Soul Rebels play Brooklyn Bowl on August 15 with special guests and a Google search shows Joey Bada$$ was initially announced. Even if it's no longer him, they've collaborated with other rappers including Slick Rick, members of Mobb Depp, The Lox and more, so it should be interesting. Tickets are on sale.

There's plenty of other upcoming hip hop shows in NYC too, including Deltron 3030, Hieroglyphics, De La Soul, and still more. What else?

All streams and videos below...

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treasure island

Treasure Island Music Fest returns for its eighth edition on October 18 & 19 in San Francisco. This year's initial lineup has been announce and includes 2014's festival circuit MVPs Outkast, plus Massive Attack, Alt-J, TV on the Radio, Janelle Monae, The New Pornographers, and many more. Tickets will go on-sale Thursday, June 19th at 10 AM PDT.

Initial lineup below...

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photos by P Squared Photography

Beirut @ 50 Kent - 6/14/14
Beirut

Beirut have international dates coming up this year, but before that they graced their current hometown of Brooklyn with a one-off Northside Festival at 50 Kent this past Saturday (6/14). NYC rap crew Ratking and Gambian Kora player Malang Jobarteh provided contrasting opening sets before Zach Condon and company played a 19-song set full of old favorites and also played a new song. Luckily it didn't rain. Pictures of the show are in this post.

We also just caught ex-Beirut member Kelly Pratt as a member of The Antlers at Rough Trade last night (6/17).

More pictures, with a video of the new song and Beirut's setlist, below...

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The Range opening for CHVRCHES at T5 in May (more by Wei Shi)
The Range

The music portion of Brooklyn's multi-venue Northside Festival is almost here, beginning this Thursday (6/12) and running through Sunday (6/15), and there continue to be updates. For one, all openers for Northside's four big outdoor shows have been announced. We already knew Woods are opening the War On Drugs show Friday at 50 Kent, and we know Julianna Barwick is too. As discussed, Saturday's Thee Oh Sees show in McCarren Park will be opened by The Blind Shake and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard. Saturday's Beirut show at 50 Kent will include a lineup handpicked by the band of Ratking and Malang Jobarteh, and Sunday's CHVRCHES show in McCarren Park will include The Range (who also opened for them at Terminal 5) and Hunters.

The McCarren Park shows are free with RSVP (CHVRCHES closed, Thee Oh Sees still open, and the 50 Kent shows are still on sale. All Northside shows are accessible with a Northside badge though entry is subject to capacity.

Other recently announced Northside shows include the ones at Brooklyn Night Bazaar: Nick Waterhouse, Baths and Watain. Plus the Cameo/Buzz Chips/Pancakces & Whiskey showcase at Cameo on Friday with Nite Jewel, Ejecta, Brothertiger, Psychic Twin and The Great Void (tickets). Check out the festival's full schedule.

And as mentioned, we at BrooklynVegan are presenting the NYC debut of Dan Boeckner's (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) new band Operators at Baby's All Right on Friday (6/13). Openers for that show will be announced very soon.

photos by Amanda Hatfield & Dana (distortion) Yavin

Outkast / Damon Albarn / Grimes / Phoenix
2014 Governors Ball - Day 1
Governors Ball 2014
2014 Governors Ball - Day 1
2014 Governors Ball - Day 1
Governors Ball 2014

NYC music festival Governors Ball kicked off its 2014 edition yesterday (6/6) with sets from the reunited Outkast, Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, Grimes, TV on the Radio, Phoenix, Neko Case, La Roux, Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis, Washed Out, Janelle Monae, Kurt Vile, Run the Jewels (Killer Mike + El-P) and still more.

Outkast's much-anticipated set (like many of their other festival sets this year) started with both Big Boi and Andre 3000 on stage for tons of favorites right off the bat including "B.O.B.," "Gasoline Dreams, "ATLiens," "Rosa Parks," "Aquemini," "Ms. Jackson," and more. Then Big Boi did three songs alone, Andre did three alone (including "Hey Ya!" for which Janelle Monae came on stage to dance), and then another Outkast set. The second set ended with "The Whole World," for which they brought out Killer Mike to rap his verse. Pictures of all artists mentioned (and more), plus Outkast's setlist and a video of "Hey Ya!" are in this post.

GovBall continues today (6/7) with Diarrhea Planet taking the stage in about two hours (12:45 PM), and other sets include Jack White, Spoon, The Strokes, Disclosure, Broken Bells, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven and more.

More pictures from day 1 below...

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Phoenix @ Barclays Center, 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Phoenix

As you may know, the 2014 Governors Ball happens at Randall's Island from June 6-8. Individual day line-ups have been announced with Outkast, Phoenix and TV on the Radio headlining Friday (6/6), Jack White, The Strokes and Skrillex headlining Saturday (6/7), and Vampire Weekend and Axwell ^ Ingrosso headining Sunday (6/8). You can check each day's full line-up (though set times are still TBA) below.

Additionally, individual day tickets go on sale this Friday (4/4) at noon, with a limited Citi cardmember presale beginning Wednesday (4/2) at 10 AM.

Daily Governors Ball 2014 lineups below...

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Lolla

Lollapalooza 2014, which goes down from August 1-3 in Chicago, announced its 2014 lineup. Artists include Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monekys, Skrilex, Broken Bells and tons more. 3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.

Full lineup below...

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NXNE

NXNE returns to various Toronto venues from June 13-22, and since we last spoke the lineup has expanded. It now includes Spoon, Sleigh Bells, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, A$AP Ferg, Metz, Ryan Hemsworth, Swans, Goat, Oneohtrix Point Never, Fuck Buttons, Low, Tim Hecker, Eagulls, Glasser, Kelela, Ratking, Perfect Pussy, Small Black, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, Swearin', Dan Croll, DJ Jonathan Toubin, Astro, Juan Wauters, Mutual Benefit, Guerilla Toss, Calvin Love, Alvvays, Hunters, Saint Rich and more Those join previously announcd artists like St. Vincent, Speedy Ortiz, Danny Brown, Courtney Barnett, Mac DeMarco and more. Badges and wristbands are still on sale.

Hop Along at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hop Along

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Hop Along, Swearin', Great Thunder @ Saint Vitus (BV/Shiner-presents)
We're thrilled to team up with Shiner and Transmission Events to present this show with three exciting bands currently from (or at one point tied to) the Philly indie rock scene. The always-fun Hop Along headline, preceded by Swearin' who do justice to '90s-style indie rock, and Great Thunder, the side project of Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee) and Keith Spencer (Swearin'). It was free with RSVP (which is now closed), but if you got tickets, hope to see you there! UPDATE: RSVP IS BACK OPEN.

Sebadoh, Octagrape @ Mercury Lounge
Though Lou Barlow is often busy playing bass Dinosaur Jr. these days, he still leaves plenty of time for the band he fronts, Sebadoh, who made some of the best indie rock of the '90s. This is their first of two NYC shows this week, both sold out.

MV & EE @ Baby's All Right
Psychedelic duo MV & EE wrap up their residency at Baby's All Right tonight with two sets, both FREE, and both with special guests.

Ask Me Another w/ Mike Birbligia @ The Bell House
For tonight's edition of the NPR/WNYC-presented 'Ask Me Another' show, the "rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music," which tapes live at The Bell House, they've got the very funny Mike Birbiglia as their VIP guest. Sold out.

Ratking, Infinity Shred, Hefna Gwap @ Glasslands
NYC alt-rap trio Ratking just opened Earl Sweatshirt's two sold out NYC shows this past week, and tonight you can see them headline their own show in a smaller venue.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Counterpoint

It's looking like official Festival Lineup Announcement Day with Shaky Knees Fest, Hangout Fest, and Governors Ball giving us their rosters (not to mention Firefly and Coachella in the past week), and now here's another one: Georgia's CounterPoint Festival. It goes down from April 25-27 in Kingston Downs and features Outkast, Janelle Monae, Schoolboy Q, Run the Jewels, Chance the Rapper, Thundercat, Rustie, Sleigh Bells, Matt & Kim, Major Lazer, XXYYXX, J. Cole, Tourist, A-Trak, Flosstradamus, Phantogram, Tycho, YACHT and more.

Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup and flyer below...

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Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
GovBall

We already knew that Outkast would be headlining this year's Governors Ball music festival, which goes down on NYC's Randall's Island from June 6-8, and now, one day after the lineup of Firefly Fest was announced, and a few days after we found out who was playing Coachella, the full lineup has been announced. It includes Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Interpol, TV on the Radio, Julian Casablancas, Disclosure, Spoon, Broken Bells, Damon Albarn, James Blake, Neko Case, The Kills, Grimes, Janelle Monae, Tyler the Creator, Washed Out, Earl Sweatshirt, Kurt Vile, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Run the Jewels and many more.

UPDATE: The Strokes are playing too!

Tickets go on sale today (1/15) at 3 PM. Full lineup and flyer below...

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The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Wyatt Marshall

Dev Hynes / DIIV / Potty Mouth @ Baby's All Right 12/31/2013
Dev Hynes
DIIV
Potty Mouth

Attending a show might not be the worst way to spend New Year's Eve in NYC, but there's no escaping wasted revelers. The New Years Eve DIIV, Nothing, Ratking, Potty Mouth and LODRO show at Baby's All Right was packed to the brim with party people by the time DIIV took the stage to countdown to midnight (with bubbly), and subsequently delivered an hour-long set which was peppered with new material as well as a cover of Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone."

I didn't catch LORDO's set that kicked off the night, but Potty Mouth sounded good with their indie/punk jams and, as usual, Nothing was loud as hell. (Perfect Pussy were also originally supposed to play but ended up playing at Acheron instead.) It's a shame most people dipped out before Manhattan rap trio Ratking took the stage at 1AM, because those three teenagers packed a serious punch with their angry, energetic performance. The place filled back up at 2AM, though, for a surprise performance from Blood Orange's Dev Hynes who played a set  exclusively made up of songs left over from his Cupid Deluxe sessions. Pictures from the whole night are in this post.

How did you spend your New Year's Eve? More pics from Baby's All Right below...

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by Doug Moore

Perfect Pussy at NYU, 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

We mentioned a few weeks ago that Syracuse-based noise punkers Perfect Pussy were slated to play a New Year's Eve party at Baby's All Right, along with DIIV, Nothing, Potty Mouth and Ratking. For reasons unknown (the band hasn't issued a statement), they've dropped off the Baby's bill, and instead hopped aboard the lineup for the previously mentioned NYE party at Acheron, which features No Statik, Nomad, Grudges, La Misma and Creeping Dose. Perfect Pussy took a lineup hit as part of the switch; they're billed fourth to last at the Acheron as opposed to second to last at Baby's All Right, but they arguably fit into Ach's lineup a little better.

Tickets for both the No Statik/Perfect Pussy show at the Acheron and the DIIV/Nothing show at Baby's All Right are on sale.

photos by Lukas Hodge; words by Bill Pearis

King Krule @ Webster Hall, 12/4/2013
King Krule

Gangly and dressed like he just came from church, King Krule is an unlikely heartthrob, but there was definitely swooning going on at last night's show at a very packed Webster Hall (12/4), part of his current tour. Archy Marshall is still only 19 but comes off like a person floating out of time, with an appealingly croaky voice that sounds 20 years his elder, and a style that seems equal parts folk troubadour and hip hop MC (with a love of acid jazz), with an impenetrable South London accent straight out of a Ken Loach or Mike Leigh film. It shouldn't work, but it does, probably because he's not thinking about it too much -- for me, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon is one of this year's most appealing debuts. Live, King Krule is a four-piece and Marshall has a talented band (a very good drummer) capable of pulling off the album's lopey swagger. Folks were hanging on every marble-mouthed word.

Opening last night's show was rap trio Ratking, a pairing that isn't as odd as it might seem on record. Pictures and KK's setlist from Webster Hall are in this post.

More below...

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Washed Out at MHOW - 11/18/13 (via Ahnmin Lee)
Washed Out

Washed Out is currently on a tour which brought Ernest Greene & co. back to NYC for a Converse Rubber Tracks Live show at Music Hall of Williamsburg earlier this week (11/18), a much more intimate appearance than his last Terminal 5 show. His next NYC appearance will be when he DJs the J Roddy Walston show at Gramercy Theatre (12/14) (tickets). All upcoming Washed Out dates are listed below.

Speaking of Converse Rubber Tracks, they're launching a new project at the Brooklyn recording studio, CONS Project: BKN, which offers creative workshops for kids. Their "goal is push creativity forward by inspiring kids with creative ambition to unleash their creative spirit through engaging and edifying events." The workshops happen during three weekends, Nov. 23 & 24, Dec. 8 & 9, and Jan. 11 & 12. Select artists will be there, including El-P, Ryan Hemsworth, and more. Plus, El-P will headline an exclusive concert on January 24, following the workshops' final weekend. Registration is open now. More details below.

And speaking of Converse, they just made a behind-the-scenes video on the Ratking/Black Dice collaboration, which you can watch below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Slayer

Walkmen
Slayer surfer

More pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE, Slayer included....

Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.

After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]

The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.

We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.

Eyehategod @ Housecore Horror Fest (more by Trent Maxwell)

Cat Power @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Cat Power

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Xeno & Oaklander, Eraas, Azar Swan, Soviet Soviet @ 285 Kent Avenue
This is the first of two NYC shows for Brooklyn post-punks Eraas and Italian post-punks Soviet Soviet this week. The whole lineup tonight is great though, also including Brooklyn minimal synth mainstays Xeno & Oaklander, who have just teamed up with Ghostly International for their new single "Par Avion" (streaming below), and local goth-pop duo Azar Swan.

Cat Power, Nico Turner @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple (2 shows)
No offense to the recent Cat Power stuff, all of which has been excellent, but sometimes we miss the intimacy of the early slowcore days, and tonight we'll get a chance to revisit that kind of intimacy when Chan Marshall plays two solo shows at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple (6 PM and 10:30 PM). The early show is sold out but you can still get tickets to the late one.

Smith Westerns @ Baby's All Right
Having just headlined Webster Hall, Smith Westerns sneak in a tiny show at new Williamsburg club Baby's All Right at the end of their tour. It's a midnight show and tickets are still available.

Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Chat Logs, Beech Creeps, IYEZ @ Death By Audio
Portland's Wooden Indian Burial make psychedelic garage rock, with a healthy dose of b-movie sci-fi -- there could be theremins in effect tonight. Check out their self-titled LP from 2012 below.

Man Tear, Marlene, Vaz, Kissey, Axel Boman @ Baby's All Right
You may already know that Sweden makes music (ABBA, The Cardigans, The Hives, etc) but let's be reminded tonight with a party called "Sweden Makes Music" featuring house producer Axel Boman, his DFA-signed duo Man Tear and some commercial-minded pop groups.

Kim Gordon, Jutta Koether, I.U.D. @ Issue Project Room
The second of the two-night IPR benefit honoring Kim Gordon features Kim performing two sets, each with different collaborators. One is with her Her Noise collaborator Jutta Kother, and the other is a trio set with I.U.D. (aka Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance and Sadie Laska of Growing).

Wooden Shjips, Cave Woodsman @ Knitting Factory
Long-running San Francisco psych band Wooden Shjips just released their new album,Back to Land, this week and play a their second NYC show this week with likeminded tourmakes Cave.

Active Child, JMSN @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The synthy Active Child is on the road supporting his new Ropor EP, and that tour brings him to NYC for two shows this week withJMSN, who did a lot of vocals on Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city. This is night 2.

Violent Femmes @ Roseland Ballroom
What can you say about Violent Femmes' 1983 debut album? "Kiss Off," "Add it Up" and "Gone Daddy Gone" -- and basically every song on it -- are bonafide teen-angst classics. You may not listen to it so much anymore but go to the show and just try not to sing along.

Eyehategod, Mutilation Rites, The Communion @ Saint Vitus
Sludge metal greats Eyehategod have had tough year with the passing of original drummer Joey LaCaze, and now after a brieft stint with Dale Crover of Melvins filling in, they've announced that Joey's permanent replacement is Aaron Hill (Missing Monuments, Mountain of Wizard). Tonight they return to NYC for their first of two shows here this week. If you're going tonight, Mutilation Rites rip too, so show up early.

Soft Black, Bully, Beat Radio, Juan Wauters @ Shea Stadium
Synthpop band Soft Black headline tonight but for those going to this show, do get there early for The Beets' Juan Wauters who'll have a new solo album out on Captured Tracks in the new year.

Chromeo @ Webster Hall
An amalgam of early-'80s electro-R&B (Cameo, Rockwell, various Jacksons), Chromeo are not afraid to embrace the cheese. And if you aren't either, it's a fun time. Expect songs from their forthcoming album White Women, which features guest appearances from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Toro Y Moi, and Solange.

Chromeo (DJ Set), Brenmar @ Slake
If you wanna keep the party going, Chrome will be DJing their own afterparty at Westside club Slake.

Eli Paperboy Reed @ Union Pool
With a new album out soon, Eli Paperboy Reed will be premiering a lot of fresh material at two intimate shows at Union Pool, tonight being the first.

Black Dice, Ratking, DJ Pizza Party @ 285 Kent
This multi-genre bill brings the noise of Black Dice together with the indie rap of Ratking, for what should make for a pretty unique night. And maybe there will even be some collaborations, because as weird as this matchup is, Ratking and Eric Copeland of Black Dice have an upcoming collaborative EP CONS EP VOL. 1. coming out, which you can stream a track from below.

John Fogerty @ Beacon Theatre
This is the third night at Beacon for John Fogerty and it's a little different than the previous two -- he'll be performing Credence Clearwater Revival's Cosmo's Factory and Bayou Country in full. Tickets are still available.

Alison Moyet @ Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center
The powerhouse voice behind Yaz, Alison Moyet has returned to her electropop roots with her new album, The Minutes, but you can expect "Situation" and "Don't Go" too. Former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke will DJ beforehand.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T. @ Theater at MSG
We're not super into the headliner, but the openers on this tour, which hits the Theatre at MSG for three consecutive nights this week, are always worth seeing. Talib really needs no introduction, having been a mainstay in NYC rap since the '90s, and Big K.R.I.T. is one of the finest newer rappers keeping the dirty south alive and dirty. This is night 2.

Catz 'N Dogz, Orchard Lounge, Tone of Arc, Connie @ Output
It's Output's weekly INPUT party tonight, and these four DJs/beatmakers should have you dancing til the early morn'.

Gary Clark Jr., Alice Smith @ Apollo Theater
Gary Clark Jr. plays the kind of blues guitar that even your dad can get down with, and he'll be bringing his licks to NYC for two shows this week (both sold out). Tonight he's at the legendary Apollo and on Saturday, he'll be at the big Terminal 5.

Weekend Nachos @ ABC No Rio & No Fun Club
Chicago's Weekend Nachos whip up a storm of hardcore fury, adding bits of crust, powerviolence, and sludge to the mix, and making for some surprisingly accessible stuff. Today they play two NYC-area shows, a matinee at ABC No Rio in the LES and a night show at No Fun Club in Island Park.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Black Dice at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Black Dice

Brooklyn noise trio Black Dice were supposed to play 285 Kent with Teengirl Fantasy back in September, but unfortunately had to cancel at the last minute due to a family emergency. That show has since been rescheduled and will now happen this Saturday (11/2) at 285 Kent. Teengirl Fantasy aren't on the new date, but indie rap trio Ratking and DJ Pizza Party are. Tickets for the new date are on sale now. Flyer below.

You can also catch Ratking later in the month at their previously discussed SOB's show (11/21) with Queens crew World's Fair. Tickets for that show are still available.

Black Dice show flyer, along with some streams/videos, below...

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World's Fair at MHOW in August (more by Maclyn Bean)
World's Fair

As always, there's a number of good hip hop shows coming up in NYC, and here's a few of those...

Maybe not exactly hip hop, but as discussed, M.I.A. is doing a few shows this year, including two in NYC happening on November 1 and 4 at Terminal 5 (three if you count the YouTube Music Awards). Tickets for the 11/1 date are still on sale, and the 11/4 date is sold out but we're giving away a pair of tickets to that one. Contest details below.

Sooner than that, you can catch fast-rising Chicago rapper Chance the Rapper at his second of two nights at SOB's TONIGHT (10/30). He's doing two shows tonight (8 PM and 11 PM), both sold out. And if you're going, don't miss footwork wizard DJ Rashad, who's opening.

Another upcoming Chicago rapper, Tree, is playing NYC on November 19 at Glasslands with Illmind. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

An upcoming group of rappers, this time from NYC, World's Fair, are playing a Hot 97 Who's Next show at SOB's on November 21 with Ratking, The Incomparable, Shakespeare and G4SHI. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A more veteran NYC rapper, Jim Jones (of Dipset), will be teaming up with Skibeatz & the Senseis for a hometown show on November 3 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A bunch of veteran NYC hip hop DJs, including Afrika Bambaataa, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and many more, will be at the 40th Anniversary of the Universal Zulu Nation at SOB's on November 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now. More info and full lineup here.

Mobb Deep w/ TNGHT at Central Park in August (more by Robert Altman)
Mobb Deep

Some big name veterans will be just outside of NYC in Mashantucket, CT for Hip Hop Reunion II in the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino on December 21 with Lil Kim, Fabolous, Mobb Deep, Warren G, Method Man, Redman, and more. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/1) at 10 AM and are on "special hip hop fan presale" now.

Meanwhile, Redman is also playing NYC TONIGHT (10/30) at Best Buy Theater as an opener on the previously discussed Cypress Hill Halloween show. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

More vets, this time from the west coast, Blackalicious (aka Gift of Gab and Cheif Xcel) are playing Brooklyn Bowl on December 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

For something much different, you can catch Kosha Dillz (who often opens for Turquoise Jeep) at The Studio at Webster Hall on November 4 with Kyle Rapps, Stan Ipcus, G.R.A.M.Z., Shamon Cassette and SFTTM. TIckets for that show are on sale now.

Stones Throw-signed rapper Homeboy Sandman is teaming up with YC the Cynic (who recently released his GNK LP), I Am Many, Open Mike Eagle and Tone Tank for a show on January 18 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are available.

A pretty big rap show that just happened in NYC was Drake's Barclays Center show on Monday (10/28) as part of his tour with Miguel and Future. On stage, he was joined by Busta Rhymes, Future, Jhene Aiko, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky, and other A$AP Mob members. Check out the full setlist and a video of him playing a new song, "Trophies," below.

Speaking of A$AP Ferg, his previously discussed tour includes a NYC show happening on December 6 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.

Other upcoming hip hop shows in NYC include Flatbush Zombies, Kanye with Kendrick, Kanye with Tribe, Jay Z, MellowHigh, Danny Brown, Lupe Fiasco, Kendrick with Schoolboy Q, and more. Browse our Hip Hop category for even more.

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NOTE: We've also announced our Friday & Saturday BV shows

Jacco Gardner @ Mercury Lounge in March (more by PSquared Photography)
Jacco

One of the best parts about CMJ is the day shows that are often free and give you a chance to see live music and grab a bev on your lunch break (or call in sick). To give you a chance to plan your early afternoon ahead of time, we're giving you tomorrow's (Thursday's) daytime picks today (Wednesday). You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all shows, and here are some highlights...

The Bots, TV Girl, Gems, The Preatures, Wild Club, Holychild, The Everywheres, School of Night, J Fernandez, The Range @ Pianos
Fellow music blog I Guess I'm Floating is back with its Floatingfest CMJ party on both floors of Pianos. A good chance to check out Australian CMJ buzz-band The Preatures and LA's TV Girl (one of our CMJ picks).

Satellite, The Darcys, Keren Ann, Mood Rings, Kan Wakan @ Ace Hotel (FREE)
If you like your day parties somewhere a bit fancier, you can catch Atlanta's atmospheric Mood Rings, Canadians The Darcys, Keren Ann and more for free in the lobby of the posh Ace Hotel. Music starts early here (11 AM).

Caged Animals, Echo Friendly, School of Night, Julia Weldon, Bent Shapes, The Moondoggies, J Fernandez, Slow Down Molasses @ Cake Shop (FREE)
This is NYC Taper's annual day party and he's always got a lot of good bands playing, including Boston's Bent Shapes and locals Caged Animals. Can't make the show? He'll have downloadable recordings sometime after.

Ski Lodge, Au Revoir Simone, Saint Rich, Wild Club @ Judson Memorial Church (FREE)
Broadcasting from Judson Memorial Church (part of CMJ Fest HQ), KEXP brings in some of the week's biggest bands for live on-air performances that you can attend too.

Half Moon Run, Ghost Wave, Traumahelikopter, Birth of Joy, Prata Vetra, Instrumenti @ Knitting Factory (FREE)
Filter Magazine brings its Culture Collide festival to NYC in day party form with a pretty good line-up, including Montreal's Half Moon Run and New Zealand's Ghost Wave who are better than their name may have led to to believe.

Jacco Gardner, Ghost Wave, Tweens, Doug Keith, Casual Sex, John Murry, Ski Lodge @ Mission Sound Recording (FREE)
This is a pretty killer line-up, playing at Williamsburg recording studio Mission Sound Recording. Jacco Gardner and Tweens both made our list of 30 Artists to Check Out and we dig Ski Lodge and Ghost Wave as well.

Ratking, Ava Luna, Jamaican Queens, Krill, Calvin Love, Crispy Hexx, Young Oprah Winfrey @ Muchmore's (FREE)
This free My Social List day party features indie rappers Ratking, funk-punk collective Ava Luna, nasally indie rockers Krill, lo-fi pop dude Calvin Love and more. Noon-6.

Kirin J Callinan, TOPS, Pegasus Warning, Shy Hunters, Weeknight @ Bowery Electric ($5)
Sam Mickens is throwing this $5 day party at Bowery Electric (or free with CMJ badge), that's being headlined at 5 PM by crazy weird one-man band Kirin J Callinan, who is sure to put the "party" in "day party." Arbutus-signed Montreal band TOPS is on right before him at 4:15 and they're worth catching too.

Psychic Twin, Diamond Bones, Manicanparty, Palehound, Dark North, Clementine and the Galaxy, And the Kids
The band we most want to see at this one is Palehound, who is about to release her Bent Nail EP (stream it on Stereogum) on Exploding In Sound Records (the former home of her friends Speedy Ortiz). It's an excellent EP, pulling equally from quiet anti-folk and abrasive noise rock. She's on at 4 PM.

For all NYC shows, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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CMJ 2013

The 2013 CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 15 - 19 at clubs all over New York City. As we've been tweeting about at @BVCMJ, tonight (8/27), the CMJ folks held an announcement party at Bowery Electric with live performances from Weekend and Magic Man.

They also announced their initial line-up for this year's fest, which includes Kevin Drew, The Long Winters, Real Estate, Obits, The Dismemberment Plan (Terminal 5), Pelican (who are playing both of our Invisible Oranges showcases at Saint Vitus), Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, the Pendu Sound showcase, and many more.

We'll have a set of pics from Weekend and Magic Man soon, but for now peruse the full initial CMJ 2013 line-up below.

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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...

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Eve
Eve

Veteran rapper Slick Rick is performing with a live band, The Lifted, in NYC on July 31 at Stage 48 with Don Dada. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Underground hip hop duo Cannibal Ox, who are back in action, are playing a hometown show on August 3 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Prop Anon, Meyhem Lauren, Rasheed Chappel and AKIR.

Eve, who is back with a hungry new album this year, is playing Irving Plaza on August 28. Tickets for that show go on sale today (7/26) at noon.

Bronx rap vet KRS-One is playing SOB's on August 15 with DJ Predator Prime. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Cloud rap duo Main Attrakionz are playing Knitting Factory on August 31 with a huge lineup that includes Cashclick, M.U.V.I., Handjob Academy, Buddy Fly High, and more. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

NYC rap duo The Doppelgangaz, who are having a great year thanks to a solid new album, play another hometown show on September 13 at Knitting Factory with Boldy James and Sneakas. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

YouTube rappers Turquoise Jeep will smang it at BB King's on August 25 with Kosha Dillz. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Oakland duo Zion I play Mercury Lounge on September 9. Tickets for that show go on sale today (7/26) at noon.

Chicago drill rapper/King Louie associate Katie Got Bandz is playing a Scion A/V show with Mike G of Odd Future on August 14 at Knitting Factory. You have to enter Scion's contest to gain admission.

Indie rap trio Ratking is playing The Studio at Webster Hall on August 8 with Kinetics & One Love, Adrian Lau/Alpsko, G4SHi, and Trap Ciudad. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Eminem associate Obie Trice, Young HD, and more TBA are playing SOB's on July 29. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

360 and Dyme A Duzin are playing SOB's on August 20. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Push!, Danse of Bklyn Stickup, Winkloc, Maffew Ragazino Sr., and more TBA are playing SOB's on July 31. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Phony PPL play Brooklyn Bowl on August 12 with The Skins. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
Pete Rock

The Rock Steady Crew is celebrating its 36th anniversary with a free concert at Central Park Summerstage that features quite the lineup: Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Brand Nubian, Special Ed, Craig G, Q-Unique, Homebody Sandman, and Torae. Show starts at 3 PM.

Another hip hop legend coming to Central Park: DJ Kool Herc will be there for free day shows on August 10 (3 PM) and August 11 (5 PM).

Other hip hop related events in Central Park include the hip hop themed theater adaptation of "King Kong" on August 5 and a screening of hip hop film "Wild Style" on August 26 for its 30th anniversary, along with live performances by Lee, Lady Pink, Busy Bee, and more.

Other previously announced upcoming hip hop shows in NYC include Goodie Mob, Cakes Da Killa, The Underachievers, Big Boi, Killer Mike & El-P, and Rock the Bells.

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