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iLoveMakonnen at MoMA PS1 in September (more by PSquared)
Makonnen

iLoveMakonnen played a CMJ show at SOB's on Tuesday (10/21) and while he was playing his hit "Tuesday," a crowd member tried to attack him. XXL writes:

The fan was in front of the stage while Makonnen was performing "Tuesday." He reached out for a dap and Makonnen gladly reciprocated in showing love back. The fan would then grab Makonnen, pull him down, and land a punch in before being taken away and escorted. No word on why the assault took place. Nonetheless, everyone continued to turn up, despite the skirmish.
You can watch a video of that below. Rae Sremmurd also played SOB's that night, and video of them playing "No Type" and "No Flex Zone" at that show is also below.

Makonnen plays FADER Fort on Saturday (10/25).

Continue reading "iLoveMakonnen attacked on stage at SOB's on a Tuesday"

Raekwon at NXNE 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Raekwon

We were recently talking about hip hop shows at CMJ like Schoolboy Q, Talib Kweli, Black Moon, and more, and since then another big one was announced. Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon will headline the AllHipHop.com 15 Year Anniversary party at SOB's on October 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Rae recently remixed Drake and Jay Z's "Pound Cake" from Nothing Was the Same, and you can stream that below.

SOB's is hosting some other good hip hop showcases this year too. One of those happens on October 15 with Deniro Farrar, The Doppelgangaz, Dillon Cooper, Hefna Gwap, Rod Rhaspy, Greg Grease and Sean Falyon. Tickets for that one are on sale now.

There's also one on October 17, which is especially notable because legendary NYC hip duo Black Sheep (aka Dres and Mista Lawnge) is on the lineup. But also, Sisqo is headlining, if you're into that sort of thong. I mean thing. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Stream that Raekwon remix below...

Continue reading "Raekwon playing CMJ at SOB's ++ Deniro Farrar, Black Sheep, Doppelgangaz & more playing there too"

flyer for the SOB's show when the shooting occured
Fat Trel

On September 11 (technically early 9/12), a gunman opened fire in South Village club SOB's during a release party for Fat Trel's SDMG mixtape, wounding four people. It happened before Fat Trel even took the stage.

The owners of SOB's have since issued a statement on the shooting:

Dear Friends and Loyal Patrons,

For 32 years, we here at SOB's have prided ourselves on creating a safe and fun environment for visitors to enjoy good food and some of the best live music in New York and the world over. It has been a labor of love and devotion, as this intimate dinner club has allowed us the opportunity to share in the creative process and to be a part of the experiment of music. Sharing the gift of music has been our greatest joy.

SOB's has hosted some of the finest talent (of established fame and rising stars) from all genres of music, attracting a myriad of different cultures under one harmonious roof. The SOB's family, along with its internationally acclaimed artists and devoted fans, has peacefully and gratefully celebrated diverse cultures and the music that unites us through its transcendent language for many years.

As you may have heard, an unknown individual recently engaged in violent behavior on our premises during a live music concert. On behalf of the SOB's staff, our thoughts and prayers go out to all who were affected. This incident was unprecedented in the long history of SOB's. We are assisting the police in every way possible to bring this person to justice. For nothing is more important to SOB's than the safety and well being of our customers.

This is a home of peace, respect and positive vibes and we here at SOB's vow to keep it that way.

We sincerely appreciate all of your continued support for SOB's over the years. It is you our impassioned fans of great live music and lovingly prepared tropical cuisinewho make the SOB's experience possible. You have our pledge that we will continue to provide an unparalleled and culturally enriching blend of fine cuisine and live entertainment.

Please join us for future shows and honor the positive language of music.

Respectfully and Sincerely, Robbin & Larry Gold,
Owners of SOB's
And the entire SOB's Team

SOB's is open for business, tonight hosting Haitian band Karizma.

it's 3D...
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Chicago rapper Rockie Fresh began releasing mixtapes while he was still in high school. After a steady stream of solid tapes from 2009 - 2012 (Rockie's Modern Life, The Otherside, The Otherside Redux, Driving 88), Maybach Music picked the young rapper up this summer. They'll be releasing his new tape, Electric Highway, on January 21 and his as-yet untitled debut LP later this year. Check out the video for Electric Highway's lead single "Nobody" at the bottom of this post. You can also download "Nobody" via a widget (in exchange for your email address) below.

Rockie Fresh will be playing a pair of select Electric Highway release shows. One of two takes place at SOB's on January 23 with support from Lunice, and the other happens in his native Chicago on February 2. Tickets for his SOB's show are on sale now.

All known tour dates, the video for "Nobody," and a widget for "Nobody" are below...

Continue reading "Rockie Fresh releasing 'Electric Highway,' playing release shows, including NYC with Lunice (dates, streams)"

photos by Kellyann Petry, words by Andrew Sacher

Joey Bada$$ @ SUNY Purchase - 10/27/12
Joey Bada$$

One of the most exciting young artists that played this year's CMJ that I personally regret missing is Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$. He brings Illmatic style rhymes over MF DOOM, Madlib, and Lord Finesse beats, plus in-house beats from his crew, Pro Era, with a feel as genuinely boom bap as the ones they borrowed. So after missing them at CMJ, I caught Joey and Pro Era at SUNY Purchase's Fall Fest on Saturday (10/27), where they mobbed the stage and had the whole place dancing.

Pro Era took the stage for a few songs without Joey Bada$$ to hype the crowd, getting them waving their arms and yelling along to call and response choruses. Then they finally brought Joey out, who took over with "World Domination," and continued to lead his group and the crowd for the rest of the set. When he's up there, it's noticeable that he's the leader but really all of Pro Era is very communal. They've got way more members than mics but they trade off a lot and the vibe stays at the same height throughout. Like Odd Future or A$AP Mob, they bring a thousand people going reckless on stage, and jumping into the crowd. But while those guys are pretty forward thinking musically, Joey and Pro Era deliver more like Action Bronson -- they aren't just influenced by the golden age era, they're convinced it never ended. Pictures from their set at SUNY Purchase's Fall Fest are in this post.

Joey Bada$$ will play Wesleyan University on November 9 and then is headed to Europe for a tour there. Upon returning to the US, he'll play a hometown show at SOB's on November 20. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check ticketweb for updates.

A list of all upcoming dates and more pics from Fall Fest are below.

Continue reading "Joey Bada$$ played SUNY Purchase's Fall Fest, playing more shows (pics & dates)"

photos by Julie Schabel

"SOBs a zoo. When does the @despotroast rap? Im too sleepy from Bonnaroo and Fat Tony last night. After the Zomby before the Purrp." - Himanshu

Spaceghostpurrp at SOB's - 6/12/12
Spaceghostpurp

...There exists a stigma against new performers of all ages and stripes, the question of, "Well, can this impressive act pull his schtick off live?" As of now, SGP cannot. Though his wall of compatriots meant to signify power, the most it did was subtly acknowledge Purrp's shortcomings.

However, SpaceGhostPurrp has never been a lyrics-first guy. He traffics in fight chants and nothing more, lyrics that present themselves once and get out of the way for the beats to do the legwork. His cavernous instrumentals sounded great coming out of industrial-strength speakers, and for some, that is enough. [Non Stop Sound]

Spaceghostpurrp celebrated the release of his 4AD debut, Mysterious Phonk, with a performance at SOB's on Tuesday (6/12) with Vinny Chase and Despot. Did you go? Was Spaceghostpurrp's instrumentals coming out of industrial-strength speakers enough for you? More pictures from the evening are below, along with a live video from the show. And if you haven't heard Mysterious Phonk, you can stream that below as well.

Maybe you saw Spaceghostpurrp last moth at the Shortcuts party at Santos? That party happens again TONIGHT with Fat Tony, Fat Trel and more. Tickets are still available and the flyer for the show is below.

As for opener Despot, he's heading out on tour with EL-P. Killer Mike, and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, a tour that hits Irving Plaza on July 13 and tickets for that show are still available.

More pictures and video from the SOB's show are below, as well as the flyer for tonight's Shortcuts party and the Mysterious Phonk album stream.

Continue reading "Spaceghostpurrp welcomed 'Mysterious Phonk' at SOB's w/ Despot & Vinny Chase (pics, video)"

by Andrew Sacher

2012

Statik Selektah & Termanology (aka 1982) released their second album together this week (5/22) via Showoff/ST. Records. It's the followup to their 2010 LP, which was simply titled 1982, and this one's aptly titled 2012. The album features guest spots from Bun B, Freddie Gibbs, Havoc (of Mobb Deep), Roc Marciano, Lil Fame (of M.O.P.), and more. Statik Selektah's been on a roll with collaborative albums lately (just last year he dropped joint releases with Freddie Gibbs, Action Bronson, Freeway, and Bumpy Knuckles to name a few) and this one's no different. Termanology's conscious raps feel right at home on top of Statik Selektah's beats, which as always, are well grounded in a long history of underground hip hop with an eye on the future. Stream the entire album below, along with the brand new video for "Too Long."

Statik Selektah and Termanology will be celebrating the album with a few release shows, including one in NYC on May 29 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Meanwhile, Bun B (who is featured on the album) will be throwing a listening party for the album in NYC at Tammany Hall TONIGHT (5/23). The party features music by Statik Selektah and Sammy Needlz, surprise guest performances, and open vodka bar until midnight. Admission is free but RSVP (SHOWOFFRSVP@GMAIL.COM) is required. Doors are at 11 PM. The flier for this show is below.

Album stream, video, show flier, and a list of all dates below...

Continue reading "Statik Selektah & Termanology released '2012' (stream), playing shows; listening party in NYC tonight + new video"

photos by Julie Schabel

Iggy Azalea @ SOB's
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"I wasn't dropped by Interscope," Iggy told XXL moments after her performance in front of a sold-out crowd at SOBs in New York City on Thursday night (May 17). "I'm still managed by [Interscope], but when T.I. came on board and it became a Grand Hustle thing. We were working on restructuring and we worked down to the final deal. There's things that change when other people get involved. For me, I choose my involvement with Tip because that's my family over other things, so I'm thankful that I have him and he can kinda get me out of that situation; now it's just strictly Grand Hustle."

Her statement was corroborated by Interscope's Vice President of Publicity, Yvette Gayle, who told XXL that despite the news of Iggy's alleged deal in January, that Azalea never officially signed on with the imprint.

"Iggy decided not to sign with Interscope, but she is still managed by Interscope Management," Gayle explained in a statement sent to XXL.

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea stopped in NYC to play a sold out show at SOB's on Thursday (5/17) before continuing on to play Bamboozle in NJ. We actually do have some pics from the NJ show as well, but while we wait for those, where are some from the NY one. More of them with videos and the setlist from SOB's, below...

Continue reading "Iggy Azalea clarifies label status, played SOB's before Bamboozle (pics, video, setlist)"

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Is there anything more confusing than two up and coming, feuding female hip hop stars, both with the name "Azalea" (like the flower), but one is a last name and one is a first name spelled "Azealia"?

The latter just played her first two shows ever at Coachella and is now on her way back to NYC (the 212) to work with Missy Elliot (and she is very proud of that). Earlier today she was tweeting at T.I. (see above) for calling her feud with his Australian Grand Hustle signee Iggy Azalea "bitch shit," or some sexist shit like that.

Iggy Azalea is playing SOB's in NYC on May 17, right before she plays Bamboozle in NJ. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale.

Continue reading "Iggy Azalea continues fued with Azealia Banks, playing SOB's"

photos by Julie Schabel

Shabazz Palaces

The free construction and dub production of Shabazz Palace's music might make them seem like a headphones-only proposition. Not remotely so. The duo didn't give themselves much space to move--Maraire stood behind a pair of congas and at one point played a large thumb piano, as Lazaro switched between mike-stand effects box, waist-high laptop, and a couple other machines...

But the group had a nice little repertoire of choreographed moves (the best one was a high-five-on-the-backhand-side), and generated a lot of compressed energy, something the room returned in kind. The space filled up fast--zero to sixty in the 45 minutes between my 10:15 arrival and the headliners going on...

The show finished with "Recollections of the Wraith," whose chorus goes, "Clear some space out so we can space out," and by that point it was hard to move around at all--which, of course, isn't the same as the music being hard to move to. That was no issue at all. -[Capital NY]

That review, and the pictures in this post. come from Shabazz Palaces' headlining appearance at SOBs on April 13th (did you get in with your SOB's pass?), where the crew teamed up with Lavish and Malitia Malimob one day before Shabazz Palaces played a sold out Brooklyn Bowl to complete their two night run in the city.

Make sure to head out for Record Store Day on 4/21 to pick up your copy of the new Shabazz Palaces Live at KEXP 12". Culled from a live session on KEXP (no doy), the limited-to-2000 release comes on purple vinyl.

More pictures from SOB's are below.

Continue reading "Shabazz Palaces played BB & SOB's (pics), releasing RSD 12""

photos by Julie Schabel

"Always a good time at @SOBs. Schoolboy Q show was ill." - Robby Rav

"At sobs watching schoolboy q go the fuck in." - Curtis Williams

Schoolboy Q

Schoolboy Q stopped by NYC for a sold out show at SOB's Wednesday night (4/11) ahead of his tour with Ab-Soul. While on stage at SOB's, he called Kendrick Lamar and put him on speakerphone. Here's what Complex had to say about it:

The night's coolest, if not most awkward, moment came when Q telephoned his Black Hippy teammate Kendrick Lamar and put him on speakerphone. A major proving ground for new talents, S.O.B.'s has a way of demanding a little extra star power. Though Lamar couldn't be present physically--he's currently bunkered down recording his debut album--he did the next best thing. Q asked him what he should perform next. Lamar suggested "A.D.H.D," a fan favorite.
More pictures and videos from the show are below.

Schoolboy Q will return to NYC in June to play Central Park Summerstage on June 25 and Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell on June 26 with Danny Brown and Childish Gambino. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

The SOB's show was opened by Nemo Achida, Iron Solomon, and Curtains, though Julie missed the first one because she was at the Lil B NYU lecture which was the same night.

More pics and videos from SOB's and dates below...

Continue reading "Schoolboy Q played SOB's (pics & video), playing Summerstage & Celebrate Brooklyn (with Childish Gambino & Danny Brown)"

Stalley @ SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Stalley

For the month of April, NYC venue SOBs will be presenting 'I Love SOBs Music Fest.' A $100 badge will grant you access to every single show the venue puts on during April. The flier for the fest is below.

The shows include Obie Trice and friends on 4/3, Stalley and friends on 4/4 (also Stalley's album release party), Schoolboy Q on 4/11, Shabazz Palaces on 4/13, Casey Veggies on 4/25, and more. Individual tickets for all of these shows are on sale too.

Meanwhile, for Shabazz Palaces, the SOBs show (4/13) is one of two NYC shows on their upcoming tour which hits Brooklyn Bowl the next day (4/14). Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl show are still available.

Stalley, like MANY rappers this year, was just down at SXSW where he played with Rick Ross at Fader Fort and was on the huge Warner Sound bill with T.I., Curren$y, B.o.B., and many others.

'I Love SOBs Music Fest' flier below...

Continue reading "SOB's offering pass to all April shows (Stalley, Shabazz Palaces, Schoolboy Q, Casey Veggies & more)"

Schoolboy Q
Schoolboy Q

Rapper Schoolboy Q is playing SOB's in NYC on 4/11, right before he kicks off a tour with fellow Black Hippy member Ab-Soul. That tour doesn't currently include any NYC dates, but it does hit New Haven, CT on 5/2. and Chicago where Q will return in July for Pitchfork Fest. All Schoolboy Q dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Schoolboy Q playing SOB's, Pitchfork Fest & other dates"

The-Dream

R&B singer/songwriter/producer The-Dream (aka Terius Nash), who planned to release the album The Love, IV (Diary of a Mad Man) last year, has been delaying the release of it and he recently changed the name to just Love IV MMXII. He's also announced that the album's first single, "Roc," will be released on iTunes on March 6 (watch the video for that song below) and just revealed another new track called "Kill the Lights," which is a collaboration with Casha, who he previously collaborated with on last year's "internet album" 1977. You can stream that track and read the lyrics at RadioKillaRecords.

The-Dream will kick off a tour in March, after the "Roc" single drops on iTunes, which hits NYC on March 11 and 12 at SOB's. Tickets for the 3/11 show are on sale now and though the 3/12 show is listed on SOB's site, no ticket link is currently available. His tour also hits SXSW and it was recently announced that he has been added to Pitchfork's showcase which also includes Fiona Apple, Grimes, Purity Ring, Nicolas Jaar, and Charli XCX.

Pitchfork official SXSW showcase
8:00 p.m. Fiona Apple
9:15 p.m. Charli XCX
10:00 p.m. Purity Ring
10:45 p.m. Grimes
11:45 p.m. Nicolas Jaar
12:45 a.m. The-Dream
All Dream dates and video below...

Continue reading "The-Dream announces tour, 2 NYC show, SXSW showcase"

Spoek Mathambo

When we first announced that rapper/DJ Spoek Mathambo will release his sophomore LP, Father Crepper, on March 13 via Sub Pop, we mentioned that he had dates including SXSW and NYC. A few of those dates, including a NYC show happening on March 22 at S.O.B.'s have since been announced. Tickets for the S.O.B.'s show are on sale now.

You can pre-order his album at the Sub Pop webstore and grab the single, "Let Them Talk," HERE. The album trailer along with all dates is below...

Continue reading "Spoek Mathambo playing SOB's after SXSW (and other dates)"

DOWNLOAD: Thundercat - "Daylight" (MP3)

Thundercat

Flying Lotus collaborator/Suicidal Tendencies member (2002-present)/jazz bass wizard Thundercat (aka Stephen Bruner), who made his NYC debut at LPR in November, will be returning to NYC for a show happening on February 1 at S.O.B.'s with special guest Deathrow Tull. Tickets are on sale now. A flier for the show is below.

The S.O.B.'s show is Thundercat's only currently scheduled show besides a couple of announced festival appearances: Coachella and SnowBall Music Fest.

Thundercat's excellent debut LP, The Golden Age of Apocalypse, came out last year. You can buy it on eMusic and grab the track "Daylight" from the album above and stream it below. Pitchfork ranked the track "For Love (I Come Your Friend)" as the 100th best track of 2011.

All dates, flier and stream below...

Continue reading "Thundercat playing Coachella, Snowball & SOB's (dates)"

Kendrick Lamar

XXLMag and Hennessy are teaming up to present Kendrick Lamar at S.O.B.'s TONIGHT (12/19). The show will also a feature of showcase of artists from XXLMag's The Break, "the spot where new MCs get to show and prove their skills." The Break showcase will include Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire (who also plays Highline Ballroom with Action Bronson soon), Emilio Rojas, Phile Ade, and King Mez. Doors open at 8 PM and Hennessy is serving free drinks, You must be 21+ to enter, but you might have to be on list. Kendrick, the venue and XXL don't make that 100% clear. The show flier is below.

In February Kendrick is heading out on tour with Drake, who will meanwhile be in NYC (and on TV) on New Year's Eve (you can try to see it live via that link). As previously mentioned, ASAP Rocky was also chosen for Drake's tour (which was originally supposed to happen in the fall). All of those dates and a video of ASAP talking about Drake, Kendrick, Odd Future and other stuff, below...

Continue reading "Kendrick Lamar in NYC for Hennessy event, going on tour w/ Drake & A$AP Rocky (dates)"

by BBG

Chuck Brown

Anyone who has spent any significant amount of time in Washington, DC is familiar with the rhythmic conga/bongo cadence of the regional music phenomenon called Go-Go. One of the godfathers of the Go-Go movement is Chuck Brown.

Brown's musical career began in the 1960s playing guitar with Jerry Butler and The Earls of Rhythm, joining Los Latinos in 1965. He still performs music today and is commonly known in the Washington, DC area. Brown's early hits include "I Need Some Money" and "Bustin' Loose"... [the latter of which was] interpolated by Nelly for his 2002 number one hit "Hot in Herre." Brown also recorded go-go covers of early jazz and blues songs, such as "Go-Go Swing" Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing If Ain't Got That Swing", "Moody's Mood for Love", Johnny Mercer's "Midnight Sun", Louis Jordan's "Run Joe", and T-Bone Walker's "Stormy Monday"..

He has influenced other go-go bands such as Big G and The Backyard Band, Rare Essence, Experience Unlimited (EU) [yes, the E.U. responsible for doin' "Da Butt"], Little Benny and the Masters, and Trouble Funk. ..Brown is considered a local legend in Washington, D.C., and has appeared in television advertisements for the Washington Post and other area companies. -[Wiki]

For some of you beatheads/sample nerds, you may also recognize Chuck Brown's work from the highly sampled "Ashley's Roachclip" from the Soul Searchers' Salt of the Earth LP, which was sampled by everyone from Duran Duran to Eric B & Rakim (audio below, head to 3:30).

Chuck Brown has a few upcoming shows scheduled and makes a stop in NYC to play two gigs on July 30th, a free Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park with Dr. John and the Lower 911 & Red Baraat, and a later show at SOB's. SOB's tickets are on sale.

All tour dates and some video below.

Continue reading "Chuck Brown is playing shows (two NYC dates included)"

Busta Rhymes at Knitting Factory in 2008, a venue he WON'T be performing at this week (more by Zach Stern)
Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhymes has announced that he will join Slaughterhouse member Joell Ortiz for a show at SOB's on Thursday, 12/23. Tickets are still available. Whether intentional or not, the show is in direct competition with a show that he-probably-could-but-is-not-making-an-appearance-at, Leaders of The New School at Knitting Factory. Tickets are still available for that too. As you may know, Busta Rhymes was a member of Leaders of the New School before splitting to release his own solo material. - BBG

A flyer for the Knitting Factory show is below...

Continue reading "Busta Rhymes confirms appearance at a different 12/23 show"

Justice @ SXSW 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Justice

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Surf City show coming up at Mercury Lounge.

As previously mentioned, there's a Haiti benefit at SOB's tonight (1/28) with Styles P, Immortal Technique, Mickey Factz, Cormega, ChinahBlac, Eprhyme, and more. Tickets are still on sale.

Speaking of SOB's, Lord Finesse is celebrating a birthday there with "The Legendary Rakim" on February 18th. Tickets are on sale.

Tanya Morgan (a hip hop group that has nobody named Tanya in it) plays SOB's on February 22nd. Tickets are on sale.

Roxy Cottontail hosts a Dim Mak-presented show at Santos on February 11th "featuring Ninjasonik, Japanther, Fashen, Team Facelift, The Auctioneers, Jonny Famous, Gina Turner & (Not So) Secret European Guests". Dim Mak band The Willowz play Pianos (with Delta Spirit) the same night, but they are from California. Tickets are on sale. Oh, also I think the guest is a DJ or DJs...

Ed Banger celebrates their 7th Anniversary at Terminal 5 on February 12th (Justice (DJ Set), Breakbot / DJ Mehdi / Busy P. / and Friends). Tickets are sold out.

Ed Banger will follow the Terminal 5 show with an afterparty at Webster Hall ("GIRLS&BOYS w/ED BANGER RECORDS AFTER PARTY , SEBASTIAN, SO-ME & More!"). Tickets are on sale. Flyer and new FAKE Justice track below...

Continue reading "Styles P, '(Not So) Secret European Guests', Ed Banger, Fake Justice, Japanther, Surf City, Tanya Morgan & other tickets"

Diblo Dibala

African guitar god Diblo Dibala makes a rare appearance at SOB's in NYC tonight (12/23). Tickets are still available. Get ready to dance. Learn some moves in the videos below...

Continue reading "Diblo Dibala is here! (SOB's tonight) (check out these videos) "

DOWNLOAD: BLK JKS - Molalatladi (MP3)

BLK JKS @ Sasquatch Festival (more by Chris Graham)
Blk Jks

When the South African four-piece rock band BLK JKS headed to the United States to record their first full-length album last January, they left the blazing Johannesburg summertime for the depths of winter in Bloomington, Indiana.

Unused to the cold but eager to record, the band borrowed sweaters and spent 10 hours a day pounding out live takes until an album materialized.

"I saw it as an exorcism," guitarist Mpumi Mcata says. "We've been growing in the five years we've been together up to this point, and recording was like trying to remember our past. We needed to get something out of us quickly."

The nine-track debut draws from a wide array of styles, from the danceable tribal chants of "Molalatladi" to the moody guitar rock of "Cursor." The album's genre-hopping is founded on an appreciation of African-influenced arrangements, a trend that recently has been highlighted by indie acts like Vampire Weekend and the Dirty Projectors.

"The way people pick up different African styles has been happening for a long time, from African church songs influencing jazz in the 1920s," drummer Tshepang Ramoba says. "It's interesting to see them now coming to the forefront a little." [Billboard]

BLK JKS will be playing S.O.B.'s in NYC tonight (9/8) at their release party for After Robots, their debut full-length out today on Secretly Canadian. Also on the bill are HIGHLIFE and Janka Nabay. Tickets are still on sale.

The song "Molalatladi" off the new record is posted above. The album's currently streaming in full at JamBase, and, for a different take on the songs, check out what happened when the band recently visited Daytrotter.

Speaking of release parties happening tonight, Yo La Tengo is having one too. And so is Raekwon (who also has a show coming up at SOB's).

BLK JKS have a series of North American shows scheduled for the fall. Those dates and the album art and tracklist are below...

Continue reading "BLK JKS - CD release show (tonight), MP3 & 2009 Tour Dates "

Raekwon

On September 9, Raekwon The Chef of the Wu-Tang Clan is dropping the much-awaited sequel to his 1995 classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... a triumph of storytelling, technically proficient rhymes and gritty Shaolin-style production. Granted, he has kept to this formula since his debut with the Clan, but Part II will be his greatest triumph of the decade, with production by RZA as well as Dr. Dre, J. Dilla, Pete Rock, Marly Marl, Necro, The Alchemist and Allah Mathematics, with rhymes contributed by Slick Rick, Busta Rhymes, The Lox. Ghostface Killah will reprise his role as the secondary rapper on the album, and there will be also be multiple appearances by Wu-Tang stalwarts Method Man, GZA and Inspectah Deck.

At 8pm on the release date, Santos Party House will be holding the concert and celebration, which promises to be flat out the best real hip-hop event the city has seen in a long time.

The amazing lineup for the Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II release party at Santos on September 8th includes (of course) Raekwon, as well as key collaborator Ghostface. Joining them at the Diddy-hosted show will be the likes of Beanie Sigel, Bustah Rhymes, Talib Kweli, Slick Rick, Lyfe Jennings and more. The full cast is below with the flyer. No word on tickets yet.

Two nights later, S.O.B.'s hosts its own Raekwon release show with Raekwon & Ghostface Killah. If there will be more special guests at that show too, they aren't announced. Tickets for the September 10th show are on sale.

Ghostface's own new record, The Wizard of Poetry, is due on September 29th on Def Jam. He's got his own show coming up at BB King's in November. "Baby," the first video from that new disc, is posted below.

Raekwon appeared on the bill of this year's Rock the Bells tour. Videos from his Boston and Jones Beach appearances are below...

Continue reading "Raekwon celebrating new album w/ 2 NYC shows - guests include Ghostface, Talib, Beanie Sigel, Slick Rick, more..."

The Cool Kids @ Highline Ballroom (more by Leia Jospe)
The Cool Kids

The Cool Kids will be at APW next weekend (along with Organized Konfusion, Q-Tip (who just played Summerstage), Pharcyde, Kool Keith, and Jay-Z, but sadly NOT Beastie Boys) and they have already scheduled their NYC return.... 29 days later. They are scheduled to play SOB's on August 30, tickets are on sale. -Black Bubblegum

Hard Fest

"Hard Fest" will bring a special summer electro-lineup to L.A. on August 8th. Tickets for that night, which features Underworld, Chromeo, Crystal Castles, Crookers and many others, are on sale now.

Some of that lineup (but not much of it) will be coming for Hard Fest NYC when the party visits Terminal 5 on Saturday, October 10th. The bill for that includes Crookers, Major Lazer (Soundsystem), Rusko, Jack Beats and Destructo. Tickets are on sale.

Other dance-themed festivals (if you can call this a festival) happening in NYC this summer include the Brooklyn Electronic Music Fest, and Electric Zoo on Randall's Island.

Major Lazer (Diplo + Switch) were just in NYC in June for a show at SOB's, which was accompanied by an in-store (to promote their debut) and a video shoot at Studio B.

A video clip from their SOB's gig, with a Hard Fest NYC flyer and the full L.A. lineup, below...

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