Entries tagged with: Robert Glasper
by Andrew Sacher
Dr. Dre has always had a way of finding a relative unknown to feature on his albums, who ends up getting a lot bigger in their own right a year later (you know, like Snoop Dogg). When he released Compton last year, it seemed like the breakout star of the album was going to be Anderson .Paak (who has a major presence on six of its tracks), so it's very satisfying to know that Anderson's first post-Compton album is here and it's fantastic. It's called Malibu and it's out today (order yours), and you can listen to it via Spotify below.
Dre's not on the album but it's very much in the same world as Compton, and even more accurately, it's in the same world as Compton contributor Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly. Guest appearances come from Rapsody, who's got a standout verse on TPAB, and she shows up with just as much fire here. Kendrick's Black Hippy groupmate Schoolboy Q is his usual crazed self on early single "Am I Wrong." Compton guest BJ the Chicago Kid surfaces again here on "The Waters," a track with keys by TPAB contributor Robert Glasper. And there's The Game, whose own career got a major push from Dre a decade ago and who sounded in great form on Compton, as he does here. (Other notable guests include Talib Kweli and producers 9th Wonder, Madlib, Kaytranada and Hi-Tek.) It's also got a similar approach to To Pimp A Butterfly in the way it fuses modern hip hop with old soul and funk, and like that album, it sounds alive. The basslines are legitimately funky, the drums are hopping, and Anderson himself sounds unpredictable and off-the-cuff much in the way Kendrick does. With his delivery that's usually somewhere between singing and rapping, he also often recalls Chance the Rapper.
Malibu has 16 songs that clock in at just over an hour and it doesn't have one bad track, but an especially great one is the most recent single "Come Down." Hi-Tek samples "Hatikvah" for it, which is an unlikely yet very successful source for a funk/rap hybrid, and Anderson's shouted "I might never come down!" is Malibu's most instantly-sticky hook. I'd recommend just diving into the album start to finish, but if you want a quick taste of it, start here.
The album comes out right on the heels of last month's Link Up & Suede, the debut EP from NxWorries, Anderson's duo with Kxwledge (who's also on To Pimp A Butterfly). Anderson also has some shows coming up, including Coachella and NYC on January 25 at SOB's (tickets). All dates are listed, with the Malibu stream, below.
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been announced. Album of the Year nominees include Alabama Shakes for Sound & Color, Kendrick Lamar for To Pimp A Butterfly, Chris Stapleton for Traveller, Taylor Swift for 1989 and The Weeknd for Beauty Behind The Madness. Record of the Year also includes Taylor ("Blank Space") and The Weeknd ("Can't Feel My Face"), plus D'Angelo ("Really Love"), Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars ("Uptown Funk") and Ed Sheeran ("Thinking Out Loud"). Song of the Year has those same Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran songs against Kendrick's "Alright," Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," and Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth's "See You Again."
Alabama Shakes' album is also up for Best Alternative Music Album, along with Bjork, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala and Wilco. Kendrick's album is also up for Best Rap Album, along with J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Drake and Nicki Minaj.
Other nominees include Courtney Barnett (up for Best New Artist), Florence + the Machine, Bob Dylan, The Chemical Brothers, Flying Lotus, Skrillex & Diplo, Caribou, Disclosure, Jamie xx, Bill Frisell, Ghost, Death Cab For Cutie (Best Rock Album), Jeremih, Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel, The Internet, Kehlani, Leon Bridges, Fetty Wap, Kanye West, Big Sean, Common, Jidenna, Kacey Musgraves, Robert Glasper, Punch Brothers, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Jason Isbell, Buddy Guy, Bettye LaVette, Glen Hansard, Patti Smith, Amy Poehler, Wyatt Cenac, Louis C.K., the Hamilton soundtrack, David Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Presley, Father John Misty, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Decemberists, Joni Mitchell, The Bird and The Bee, Blake Mills (Producer of The Year for Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color), A$AP Rocky, The Dead Weather, Pharrell Williams, Amy Winehouse doc Amy, and many more.
Kendrick Lamar picked up 11 total nominations, and The Weeknd picked up seven. The ceremony will happen February 15 at the Staples Center in LA, and air live on CBS.
Check out a fuller list of nominees below and the whole thing here.
The Floetry reunion came to the Pageant Friday night for a sold-out show with Marsha Ambrosius (the singer) and Natalie Stewart (the poet).British neo-soul/hip hop duo Floetry broke up after their 2005 sophomore album, Flo'Ology, and Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart (aka The Floacist) embarked on separate solo careers. Earlier this year, they finally got back together and have been on a reunion tour that sounds like it's going over pretty well (that's a review of the St. Louis stop above).
The women didn't address why they broke up or why they've been gone so long, only that "we're here for you," which seemed good enough for the fans.
...Whatever happened to kill the group's vibe a decade ago, the magic was still there as the harmonious duo brilliantly played off of each other's strengths (while mostly not standing side by side).
Floetry's main formula -- Ambrosius either singing behind Stewart's poems delivered in a raplike cadence or Stewart providing spoken breaks to Ambrosius' often impressive wailing -- was intact.
"If you know these songs, you need to sing along," Stewart said early on as Floetry and the four-piece band delivered on "Big Ben," "Ms. Stress," "Headache" and "Mr. Messed Up." [STL Today]
The tour hits NYC on July 19 & 20 at BB King's, the former of which will be opened by Janine & the Mixtape. The day before that, they'll be right outside of NYC opening for R. Kelly at Newark's Prudential Center (7/18). Tickets for all three of those shows are available. All dates are listed below.
In related news, Floacist collaborator and fellow Roots/Robert Glasper/Bilal/etc collaborator Musiq Soulchild is also touring this year, and playing two nights at that same NYC venue. Musiq hits BB King's on October 21 & 22. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
Musiq also teams up with Common, Slum VIllage and more for the 10th annual DC Loves Dilla tribute/fundraiser in honor of the late J Dilla which happens in DC this Friday (7/10) (tickets). The next day, Common headlines the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.
All of Musiq's dates and Floetry's dates are listed, with some videos, below...
Plus, Robert Glasper, Rakim, The LOX and more playing there this weekend
Jazz musician Kamasi Washington, who's on the new Kendrick Lamar album, the new Thundercat album, and has his own new album out now on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label, has announced a lengthy tour. He'll be in NYC for shows on August 24 & 25 at Blue Note Jazz Club. He plays 8 PM and 10:30 PM sets each night. Tickets for all four are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of hip hop-related shows happening at the Blue Note, pianist Robert Glasper is in the midst of a four-night run there. He plays 8 PM and 10:30 PM sets tonight (6/25) through Saturday (6/27). Tickets are still available.
After his set on Friday, The Soul Rebels are doing a #RebelJam with rap vets Rakim, Slick Rick and The LOX's Styles P & Sheek Louch, Lettuce/Soulive's Eric Krasno, and more surprise guests (tickets). Rakim and The LOX will be coming from Radio City, where they play the 'Masters of Ceremony' show earlier that night with DMX, Shabba Ranks, Mase, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Brand Nubian and Das Efx (tickets).
List of Kamasi Washington dates and a stream of a song from his new album, below...
The Blue Note Jazz Festival is back for its 5th year in NYC, taking over venues across the city throughout the month of June. The festival brings a wide array of music to the city, not just strictly jazz.
A few of this year's highlights include:
Ginger Baker with Pee Wee Ellis, Alec Dankworth and Abass Doodoo at B.B. King Blues Club on June 17 & 18 (tickets)There's plenty of other artists playing the festival including Hot Lips Morant performing the music of Louis Armstrong, Abdullah Ibrahim, Savion Glover, Bebel Gilberto, Al Di Meola, The Bad Plus, Natalie Cole, and many more. Full schedule and information for the festival can be found here.
Robert Glasper Trio at Blue Note Jazz Club on June 24-27 (tickets)
Buddy Guy at B.B. King Blues Club on June 9 & 10 (tickets)
Meshell Ndegeocello, Roy Hargrove and Gabriel Garzon-Montano for a free show Central Park Summerstage on June 6
Kathleen Battle at Blue Note Jazz Club on June 11 (tickets)
Blue Note Jazz Fest is also presenting its 7th annual Gary U.S. Bonds Birthday Bash with special guests at B.B. King Blues Club on June 16. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.
UPDATE: Full list of nominations (
except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.
UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.
The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.
The Fourth of July falls on a Friday this year and for those not using Independence Day Weekend to get away from the city -- or for those who will be visiting from out of town -- there's never a shortage of things to do. We've got a bunch of mostly musical suggestions for you.
If you wanna start your weekend off early, Thursday (7/3) has a few good options: The Black Lips and Night Birds will play a free show at House of Vans with "special guest" (RSVP is full); You could also go see Au Revoir Simone at MoMa Nights (free with museum entry); and Erasure/Depeche Mode's Vince Clark will be DJing with Mute Records founder Daniel Miller at Bowery Ballroom (tickets)
Macy's annual 4th of July fireworks extravaganza moves back to the East River (where they belong!) so Brooklyn can enjoy them again. Once again, they're also being broadcast on NBC that also features live performances from Lionel Richie, Enrique Iglesias, and Ariana Grande. Here are best spots to see them.
Though it looked like they might not get a permit, Coney Island will be having its own fireworks this year on the Fourth. You could make a day of it, with the Nathan's hot dog eating contest, the beach, take in a Cyclones game, ride the Cyclone rollercoaster, see some freaks, and end the night with fireworks.
There's not a whole lot in the way of shows on the 4th (with Maxwell's closing, so goes The Feelies annual shows), but there are a couple options for those in need. Brooklyn Night Bazaar will have old-timey folk band Spirit Family Reunion, with Odetta Hartman and Gunfight. That's free and you can RSVP to skip the line.
There was supposed to be a rooftop edition of Q-Tip's #OFFLINE party earlier that day at Output, but that has been canceled. In it's place Joey Anderson, GE-OLOGY, and Turtle Bugg will be DJing on the roof from 3 PM - 10 PM. It's free with RSVP bound to be a great place to watch the fireworks.
Speaking of 90s hip hop group musicians turned DJs, Questlove of the Roots has been DJing at Brooklyn Bowl for 5 years now. It's a long weekend, maybe his 11pm set on Thursday (73) is your chance to finally check 'Bowl Train' out. Head back to Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday (7/5) for food, beer and the World Cup quarter finals followed by some Guns N' Roses tribute bands and, late night, LCD/Juan Maclean cohort Nancy Whang DJing.
You'd never risk being seen in a strip club, so head to the classier wine-themed music venue City Winery after the fireworks on July 4th for a special late WASABASSCO burlesque show starring Amber Ray, BooBess, Doc Wasabassco, Dolly Debutante, Medianoche, Mischief Molly, Nasty Canasta, Penny Wren, Sydni Deveraux and more. 10:45 doors, 11 PM show, $20 to get in.
There's also Lincoln Center's "Midsummer Night's Swing" which on the 4th features Puerto Rico's Willie Rosario y Su Orquesta Salsa. And if you can't mambo or otherwise, dance lessons are given before the main event. Tickets are still available.
Another option that includes two shows on the fourth and others throughout the week is Ascetic House's long Independence Day weekend in NYC. It begins with a Destruction Unit show at The Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday (tickets). Then on the fourth, D Unit's Jes Aurelius will bring his Marshstepper project to Palisades with a bunch of other experimental musicians, and late that night D Unit hits Silent Barn. The psych punk crew's shows are always intense, but this intimate Silent Barn one should get real wild (and hot). There's multiple other shows over the next few days including D Unit drummer Andrew Flores' Jock Club project at Bossa Nova Civic Club on 7/6 (free late show) and an 8 PM show at Baby's All Right on 7/7 with a band called Lucifers Stoned Disciples who don't appear to be an actual band. Any idea who it might be? (PS, D Unit's new Adult Swim Single is out now and can be streamed below.)
UPDATE: Destruction Unit's July 4 show at Silent Barn also includes Tomboy (the other band of Ali from Potty Mouth), Emily Reo, Cuddle Formation, Arm Candy, Alice and "Mute Benny" who may or may not be a band whose name rhymes with Schmutual Schmenefit. Starts at 2 PM.
Another all-day July 4 option is the big DIY show at The Ho_se with Mitski, Hello Shark, Attic Abasement, Small Wonder, Told Slant, Crying, Old Table, Pill Friends and High Pop. 3 PM start.
If you're looking to get (not too far) away for the Fourth, you can head to Montauk where Philly shoegaze rippers Nothing are among a lineup of bands playing Red Bull Sound Select's 'A Weekend In Montauk.
A closer beach option is Rockaway, where at Rippers you can see Heliotropes, Wild Yaks and Friend Roulette. Bands start at 5:30 PM, it's free and more info here.
Further into the weekend, Union Pool's Saturday afternoon series "Summer Thunder" is a good one this week (7/5) with Widowspeak and Zachary Cale. It's free, outside, with drink specials and the taco truck in the backyard (that actually serves brunch stuff), and a pretty fun way to spend your day. Later that night in UP's performance space it's Long Island punks Iron Chic with Great Thunder and more.
Another Saturday afternoon option is the ever-popular Warm Up series at MoMA PS1. The 7/5 edition features UK garage titan DJ EZ, plus Todd Edwards, Maxmillion Dunbar, Ramona Lisa (aka Chairlift's Caroline Polachek), and J-CUSH (tickets). Later that night, DJ EZ will play Output's Panther Room with Kissy Sell Out. Jamie Jones and David Berrie will be in the main room. Tickets are available now.
For an even artier Saturday, the Knockdown Center is throwing a closing reception for its Anxious Spaces installation, with performances by Dutch E Germ, Bubbles, Brian Chase (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Trabajo, VenessWolfChild, Rul de Nieves, Cloud Becomes Your Head and more. Entrance is $7-15 sliding scale.
For those who like things heavy, Saturday also offers two chances to catch Thou and The Body who are currently tourmates. There's a matinee at ABC No Rio, then a late night show at Palisades (doors at midnight).
And if neither heavy nor arty are your jam (okay maybe a little arty), the great avant-pop band Hundred Waters brings their tour to Glasslands on Saturday with Mas Ysa for their first show here since the release of their new album. You can still get tickets.
Another Saturday option that won't cost you anything is heading to Prospect Park for the ongoing Celebrate Brooklyn series which hosts a great, diverse lineup of jazz/hip hop collective The Robert Glasper Experiment who will be joined on stage by veteran rap great Talib Kweli. Percussionist/composer Glenn Kotche and Brooklyn poet Aja Monet open. Doors open at 6, music at 7.
Fourth of July Weekend is also your last chance to check out the Kara Walker exhibit at Domino Sugar Factory.
Whatever you do, enjoy your weekend! Stream that new Destruction Unit song below...
Bilal at Prince tribute in March (more by Fred Pessaro)
The annual Winter Jazz Fest is returning in 2014 for its 10th anniversary, happening from January 7 - 11. Artists playing include John Medeski, Nels Cline, Robert Glasper, Bilal, Ravi Coltrane, Ceramic Dog, Eliott Sharp, Keren Ann, Mother Falcon, Roomful of Teeth, and many more, across multiple venues including Le Poisson Rouge, Judson Church, NYU Lounge, Sullivan Hall, Zinc Bar, Bitter End, Subculture, and The Bowery Electric. Early bird festival passes are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale Saturday (11/16).
Tentative lineup and partial schedule below...
by Andrew Sacher
Jazz/hip hop pianist Robert Glasper is set to release the followup to his excellent 2012 album, Black Radio with a sequel, Black Radio 2, on October 29 via Blue Note. Like its predecessor, the new album has an all-star cast of guests including Common, Marsha Ambrosius, Jill Scott, Brandy, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Emeli Sande, Norah Jones, Faith Evans, Bilal, Jean Grae, Macy Gray, and more. Its lead single is the track "Calls," which features the cooing neo-soul vocals of Jill Scott. That can be streamed, along with the album tracklist, below. That's the artwork above.
UPDATE: Robert released another single from the album, "I Stand Alone," which features Common and Patrick Stump. That can also be streamed (via Rolling Stone) below.
In celebration of the new album, Robert and two of its guests, Common and Marsha Ambrosius, will be doing some shows around the time of its release. One of those happens in NYC the day the record comes out at Best Buy Theater (10/29). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/27) at noon.
Robert is also making some festival appearances ahead of the album's release, including Austin City Limits on October 5 and NJ's New Brunswick Jazz Festival on October 6. Tickets for the jazz festival are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream, artwork and tracklist, below...
Black Milk at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Throwback rapper Black Milk is set to release his newest album, No Poison, No Paradise, on October 15 via his own Computer Ugly label. The album features guest appearances from Black Thought (of The Roots), Robert Glasper, and more. You can check out the album's jazzy single, "Perfected On Puritan Ave," along with the album artwork, below.
Black Milk will also be touring around the time of the album's release, and that tour brings him to NYC for a Noisey-presented show at Santos Party House on October 9. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/16) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, along with the new song and album artwork, below...
Robert Glasper at 'Round Robin Duets' earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
Jazz/hip hop pianist Robert Glasper, who released the solid Black Radio LP last year, has a few dates coming up, including his appearance at The Roots Picnic (6/1) in Philly this weekend with Grimes, Solange, Joey Bada$$, How to Dress Well, and more (sold out). After that, he will head to NYC for a show on Monday (6/3) at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for the Gramercy show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Robert was last in NYC for the 'Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets,' which took place earlier this month at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple as part of Red Bull Music Academy. At that show, Robert performed with Vijay Iyer and then with DJ Spinna. Check out a video of the latter, along with the list of upcoming tour dates, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
"A night of Round Robin improvs and Julia Holter just adjusted her sheet music??? #undeadjazz #redmusicacademy" - Bill Bragin
"James Chance. You too with the sheet music?" - Bill Bragin
Andrew Bird & Joe Lavano / Kim Gordon / Julia Holter & Thundercat
The Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency continued last night (5/1) with the sold-out Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets, which went down at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. The night featured a ton of incredible performers, including (in order of appearance) Jameszoo, Questlove, Matana Roberts, Mary Halvorson, Thundercat, Julia Holter, Kim Gordon, Dosh, Roy Hargrove, James Chance, Kim Gordon, Andrew WK, Bernie Worrell, Glenn Gotche, Erik Friedlander, Vijay Iyer, Robert Glasper, DJ Spinna, Don Byron, Andrew Bird, and Joe Lovano. Pictures from that night are in this post.
Many of the performers have other upcoming Red Bull Music Academy events (or non-RBMA shows) in NYC too. Kim Gordon plays tonight (5/2) at Knockdown Center in Queens as one half of the duo Body/Head with Bill Nace. Other artists on the bill include Stephen O'Malley, Prurient, Vatican Shadow, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Noveller, Mick Barr, Pharmakon, Pete Swanson and many more. That show
appears sold out is back on sale.
The "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" also doubled as part of the Undead Music Festival, which includes another Andrew Bird and Martin Dosh show on Saturday (5/4) at Shapeshifter Lab, where he'll be playing as a duo with Martin Dosh. The rest of that bill includes Jeremy Ylvisaker and Todd Sickafoose. Tickets for that are still available.
More pictures from the "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" below...
The Red Bull Music Academy already announced a huge NYC residency which includes a number of great shows at multiple venues, and this thing just keeps getting bigger and better. RBMA has now announced some new shows and updates to previously-announced ones. For example, the "Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets" that's happening on May 1 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple has added Andrew Bird, Robert Glasper, Vijay Iyer and Roy Hargrove to the mix that already included Questlove, Andrew WK, James Chance, Julia Holter, Kim Gordon, Thundercat, and others. Tickets for that show are still available. The full lineup is below.
UK DFA-signed dance trio Factory Floor will be joining their labelmates at the massive 12 Years of DFA Records, which takes place at Brooklyn's dazzling Grand Prospect Hall on May 25 (tickets). They were also added as DJs to the recently discussed Evian Christ and Oneohtrix Point Never show happening at Saint Vitus on May 26 (tickets).
Rapper Mykki Blanco, who just headlined Bowery Ballroom, and who was recently announced for this weekend's (4/5-7) Blues for Smoke festival at the Whitney Museum with Le1f, has also been added to Le1f's RBMA show. That show happens on May 7 at Glasslands with Laurel Halo, Venus X, Spank DJs, and others (tickets).
And UK bass/house producer Mosca and Mathew Jonson have been added to the closing night party on May 31 at 74 Wythe Ave that also features L.I.E.S. feat. Legowelt, Beautiful Swimmers, Marcos Cabral, Willie Burns, Bookworms, Professor Genius, Jahiliyya Fields, Shawn O'Sullivan + Kerri Chandler, and Red Bull Music Academy Allstars. Tickets are still available.
Updated Red Bull Music Academy schedule HERE. The full list of lineup additions for the residency and the full lineup for the "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" show below...
Frank Ocean performing at 2013 Grammys
The 2013 Grammys went down last night (2/10), and here's a quick recap of some of the winners and videos of performances.
The big ones: Gotye took home Record of the Year for "Somebody That I Used To Know" (beating The Black Keys, Kelly Clarkson, fun., Frank Ocean, and Taylor Swift), Mumford & Sons won Album of the Year (beating The Black Keys, fun., Frank Ocean, and Jack White), and fun. took Song of the Year and Best New Artist (totally robbing Miguel's "Adorn" and "Call Me Maybe," and Frank Ocean (!), respectively). Other wins included Skrillex for Best Dance Recording (sorry Al Walser), The Black Keys for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album, Gotye for Best Alternative Music Album (beating Fiona Apple, Bjork, M83, and Tom Waits), Usher's "Climax" for Best R&B Performance, Beyonce's "Love On Top" for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Miguel's "Adorn" for Best R&B Song, Frank Ocean for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Robert Glasper Experiment for Best R&B Album, Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Niggas In Paris" for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song and their song, "No Church In The Wild" (feat. Frank Ocean and The-Dream) for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Drake's Take Care for Best Rap Album, Dr. John's Dan Auerbach-produced Locked Down for Best Blues Album, Jimmy Cliff's Tim Armstrong-produced Rebirth for Best Reggae Album, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross' The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo score for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, Bjork's Biophilia for Best Recording Package, The Beach Boys' long-awaited The Smile Sessions for Best Historical Album, Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, and Mumford and Sons' "Big Easy Express" for Best Long Form Music Video. There were many other categories too and you can check out the full list of winners HERE.
And of course, during the Awards Ceremony a number of artists gave performances, which you can watch videos of below. You can see Miguel and Wiz Khalifa doing "Adorn," Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z doing "Suit and Tie" and then JT doing "Pusher Love Girl," The Black Keys, Dr. John, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band doing "Lonely Boy," Jack White doing "Freedom At 21" with his all-guy band (he also played "Love Interruption" with his all-girl band but no video of that at the moment), Frank Ocean doing "Forrest Gump" with a thematically appropriate visual backdrop, a big tribute to Levon Helm with Elton John, Mavis Staples, members of Mumford and Sons, Alabama Shakes, and others, and finally, LL Cool J, Chuck D, Z-Trip, Tom Morello, and Travis Barker doing "Whaddup" with a small piece of Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Til Brooklyn."
The Roots are putting on their 6th Annual Roots Picnic in Philly on June 1 at Penns Landing with a pretty great lineup of Grimes, Solange, Joey Bada$$, How to Dress Well, Hit-Boy, Araabmuzik, DJ Premier, Naughty By Nature (backed by The Roots), Robert Glasper, Gary Clark Jr., Lushlife, and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
I get the feeling Reggie Watts just loves performing and will play anywhere. He's headlined Webster Hall but will show up at Cameo and do a whole set too. He's got a few tour dates this month including an NYC show at Glasslands on 1/13 with with Shining Mirrors and Baby Alpaca. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Later in the month, he'll be hosting a "Reggidency" at SF Sketchfest from Jan. 27 - 29, which includes an evening where his unique musical skills will be paired with dancer/choreographer Amy O'Neal; one that's a collaborative effort with Grammy-nominated Robert Glasper; and, perhaps, most excitingly, a "Sound Effects Summit" with Michael Winslow (of the Police Academy films). That would be something to witness.
All Reggie Watts tour dates are listed below...
Curren$y has a few shows scheduled this January, including one in NYC happening on January 3 at SOB's. No openers for this show have been announced at the moment. Tickets are on sale now. All Curren$y dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, four days earlier, Curren$y collaborator/Smokers Club tourmate Smoke DZA will be at the same venue. You can catch DZA at SOB's on December 30 with Vinny Cha$e, Slim Dollars and Kris Kasanova. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, you can catch Vinny Cha$e in NYC this week when he plays Santos Party House on Thursday (12/20) with Chief Keef collaborator Lil Reese, The Underachievers, and Asaad. Meka (2DBZ) and OG Cha$e B are Djing. No advance tickets for this one but doors are at 10 PM and admission is $15.
Another (potentially more) solid hip hop show you can catch on Thursday is Sean Price, Meyhem Lauren, Dyme-A-Duzin, Spit Gemz, and Statik Selektah at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Speaking of upcoming SOB's shows, Robert Glasper & friends are playing two shows at the venue (early and late) on January 10. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.
In more hip hop news, Ratking are playing Mercury Lounge on February 1. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Wale is playing Bowery Ballroom on January 7. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Naughty by Nature are playing Gramercy Theatre on February 24 with Master Shortie. Tickets for that show go on Hot 97 presale today at 10 AM with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/21) at 10 AM.
Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch are playing a Sneaker Pimps NYC party at Webster Hall tonight (12/19). Tickets for tonight's show are available.
A stream of Smoke DZA and Curren$y's track, "Baleedat," off DZA's recent Rugby Thompson EP and a list of all Curren$y dates, below...
Jazz/hip hop/soul/etc artist Robert Glasper released the impressive Black Radio LP earlier this year and he'll follow that with an EP of remixes from the album, Black Radio Recovered - The Remix EP, this Tuesday (10/9) via Blue Note Records. The EP features remixes by 9th Wonder, Pete Rock, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Questlove, and one by Robert Glasper himself, along with Jewels. Starting this week, he's been revealing the remixes at his facebook and twitter as they premiere around the web.
Okayplayer has the 9th Wonder (featuring Phonte) remix of "Afro Blue" (ft. Erykah Badu), Complex has Pete Rock remix of "Black Radio" (ft. Yasiin Bey fka Mos Def), and Afropunk just posted the Georgia Anne Muldrow remix of "The Consequences of Jealousy." You can stream all three of those remixes below and stay tuned for the rest.
Robert Glasper is also on tour now and he'll hit NYC this month for a CMJ show, which happens on October 16 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are on sale now. He'll also return to NYC a couple months later to play Harlem Stage on December 13 and 14. He'll do two shows each night (one at 7:30 and one at 10:00). Tickets for all four of those shows are on sale now.
Speaking of 9th Wonder, he plays a Rapsody party at SOB's TONIGHT (10/3) with Josh Baze, Peter Rose, and host Peter Rosenberg (of Hot 97). Tickets for tonight's show are available.
A list of all dates and those remix streams are below.
The full list of artists confirmed for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon so far is below...
by Andrew Sacher
Jazz pianist/producer Robert Glasper released his fifth studio album, Black Radio, earlier this year on Blue Note Records. Recorded with his new band, Robert Glasper Experiment, it features an impressive array of guests, including Erykah Badu, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Lupe Fiasco, Bilal, Musiq Soulchild, Chrisette Michele, and more.
In addition to a number of originals, the album includes some heavily re-arranged covers including Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," David Bowie's "Letter to Hermoine," Sade's "Cherish the Day," and Afro-Cuban standard "Afro Blue." The album effortlessly brings together jazz, hip hop, soul and R&B, more so than most others that attempt similar feats. Check out some videos from the album and a live video of the Robert Glasper Experiment playing John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" below, along with a spotify stream of Black Radio.
As mentioned, Robert Glasper will be in NYC tonight (6/21) for an in-store at Apple Store West 14th Street. He'll return with the full Robert Glasper Experiment in tow along with some special guests for a free Summerstage show at Marcus Garvey Park on August 7, where Sidi Toure plays one day earlier (8/6).
A list of all dates, videos and album stream below...
Big K.R.I.T. at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
June is Black Music Month, and Apple is celebrating with a series of intimate live shows at Apple Stores across the country. And for the fan who wants to get closer, we'll also be hosting Meet the Musician events -- your opportunity to ask questions and speak with select artists right in our store.* Browse store locations on the right to see who's appearing in your neighborhood. To hear more from this amazing and diverse groupAs quoted above, Apple Stores nationwide are hosting in-stores in celebration of Black Music Month this month and NYC will be getting theirs at Apple Store SoHo, Apple Store Upper West Side, and Apple Store West 14th Street. The first one is TONIGHT (6/5) at the SoHo location with Apollo the Great, Freeway, and Sean Price. Others include Beanie Sigel in the SoHo store on 6/19, Ziggy Marley in the Upper West Side store on 6/18, and the West 14th Street store will get Big K.R.I.T. on Thursday (6/7), Robert Glasper on 6/21 and Slaughterhouse on 6/30.
of artists, visit Black Music Month Live on iTunes today.
Some of the events, including tonight's show, the Beanie Sigel show, and the Big K.R.I.T. show require wristbands. "Pick up yours early on the day of the event, as space is limited and wristbands are given out on a first-come, first-served basis at the host Apple Store." The full schedule of in-stores is below.
Speaking of Big K.R.I.T., he finally released his first official album after a long onslaught of mixtapes. It's called Live From the Underground, and its out today (6/5) via Def Jam. It features guest appearances from Bun B, Devin the Dude, Big Sant, B.B. King, 2 Chainz, and others. Stream it in full at NPR.
The flyer for tonight's in-store and the entire Apple Store Black Music Month schedule are below.
Yasiin Bey on stage with Black Star (more by Zach Pollach)
I hope everyone will have a great 2012! Alot of things to look forward too. Especially when BlackStar will be getting out their album/Mixtape out and a new G.O.O.D music compilation album coming out spring. Let it be a Yasiin Bey year!One of the world's most influential muslims Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) will start the Yasiin Bey year by helping pay tribute to the late Gil-Scott Heron as part of the Indelible Festival which goes down at Highline Ballroom in NYC on 1/6...
INDELIBLE FESTIVAL is dedicated to Gil Scott-Heron and Gordon Parks, with a tribute to Living Legend Jimmy Scott.The great jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott will also be performing at the show, alongside ?uestlove, Bilal, Robert Glasper, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Tickets are still available.
Indelible is dedicated to those who inspire and influence young people and, by their example, make a difference in the world. Jill Newman Productions created the Indelible Series two years ago, presented by the New York Public Library.
Reminder: ?uestlove ALSO DJs SOBs tonight (1/3).
Bey recently introduced the cast of Fela! the musical in San Francisco. Video of that is below.