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by Andrew Sacher

Saul Williams

Saul Williams returned this past Friday (1/29) with the new album MartyrLoserKing on the FADER label. It was produced entirely by She Wants Revenge frontman Justin Warfield, and knowing that, you can definitely tell it's him. Saul's distinct mix of spoken word, rapping and singing is a lot more arresting than the Interpol aping of Justin's band though. There's two guest spots: Warpaint's Emily Kokal and Haleek Maul. Check out the song with Emily of Warpaint and listen to the rest via Spotify, below.

Saul is going on a tour that's mostly overseas, but he does play a show at Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday (2/2). Doors are at 6:30 PM and the show starts at 7, and you have to buy a copy of the record at Rough Trade to get in. He'll be signing copies too.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Saul Williams released 'MartyrLoserKing,' touring (dates)"

photo: Talib Kweli in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Talib Kweli

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

Talib Kweli, K'Valentine, Chaz Van Queen, Yummy Bingham, MK Asante, special guests @ SOB's
NYC rap veteran Talib Kweli is constantly busy, and this winter is no different. He's got nine local shows coming up between now and early March, this being the first. It doubles as a celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and special guests are promised.

The Casual Dots, Molly Shnick, No Motion @ Union Pool
The Casual Dots were a supergroup of sorts consisting of singer-guitarist Christina Billotte (Slant 6/ Quix*o*tic), guitarist Kathi Wilcox (Bikini Kill) and drummer Steve Dore (Deep Lust). Despite the punk background, The Casual Dots were more early-'80s shambly/twee postpunk in sound, with Billotte's vocals taking on a sweet, winsome quality. They called it quits shortly after releasing their 2004 debut, but have reunited for a few East Coast shows.

Winter Jazzfest
Winter Jazzfest wraps up tonight, including a John Coltrane tribute at LPR with Nels Cline, Zeena Parkins, Nate Wooley, Ikue Mori and more. More info here.

Saul Williams, Mariachi Flor de Toloache @ Rockwood Music Hall
Paradigm/Windish throw another APAP showcase tonight, this time with rapper/spoken word artist Saul Williams and mariachi band Mariachi Flor de Toloache (who just toured with The Arcs).

Globalfest 2016 @ Webster Hall
The annual NYC world music festival takes over all three of Webster Hall's stages, featuring Astrid Hadad, Debauche,Ginkgoa, Simon Shaheen, Somi, and lots more.

Horse Meat Disco, Sean B., Will Automagic, Mike Servito, DJ Ron Like Hell @ Output
This London-based four-man DJ collective are known for finding pearls in bins of forgotten disco 12", having released a series of acclaimed compilations. Their real expertise comes into play at their DJ gigs, though. Just trust their taste...and the beat.

Blind Boys of Alabama, Heritage Blues Orchestra, Cherry Poppin' Daddies @ BB King's
Gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama have been going strong since the 1940s, and they likely gained more fans in the indie rock world after their 2013 album that was produced by Justin Vernon and featured tUnE-yArDs, My Brightest Diamond, Sam Amidon and more. Weirdly enough, tonight's show is with Cherry Poppin' Daddies, who apparently still exist.

Buckwheat Zydeco, Marcia Ball, Jack Broadbent @ Highline Ballroom
Another APAP showcase, this one featuring accordion king Buckweat Zydeco, and blues singer Marcia Ball.

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

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by Bill Pearis


Santigold will soon be back with a new album titled 99¢, her first since 2012's Master of My Make-Believe. It's out January 22 via Atlantic. New single "Can't Get Enough Of Myself" premiered today on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show. Produced by Patrik Berger (whose credits include Robyn's "Dancing on My Own" and Icona Pop "I Love It") it's a very likeable, reggae-tinged bit of upbeat dancepop and you can stream it, along with her Zane Lowe interview, below.

Of the album's title, Santi told Lowe, "Everything is a product these days, including people, relationships...it's all about marketing products. Also everything's undervalued, you know? I'm a product too. So 99¢ seemed like a good price for me and my life and all my hard work." You can watch a satirical ad for the album below. In addition to Berger, production work on LP was done by a variety of producers, including Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, Hit-Boy, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, Justin Raisen, Sam Dew, John Hill, and Doc McKinney.

Santigold just played the rainy second (final) day of New Orleans' Voodoo Fest and you can check out pictures here. She'll be the special guest at Antibalas' show at Brooklyn Bowl on November 11, along with Superhuman Happiness. That's part of Antibalas' monthlong BB Wednesdays residency that began last week and continues tonight (11/4) with special guest Saul Williams and EMEFE. That wraps up November 18 with special guests Lee Fields & Will Holland (Quantic) and also Raja Kassis's HUMANBEING. Tickets to all three Antibalas Brooklyn Bowl residency shows are on sale now.

Continue reading "Santigold readies new LP '99¢' & shares single "Can't Get Enough of Myself," playing Antibalas Brooklyn Bowl residency"


The lineup for Brooklyn's 2015 Afropunk Festival was already pretty great, and now it got even better. Death Grips, Gary Clark Jr., Kelela, Jessie Boykins III, SZA, Candiria and more were added to the festival, which already included Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tendencies, Kele, Thundercat and more.

This year also marks the first Afropunk Fancy Dress Ball, hosted by Grace Jones, Cakes Da Killa and MikeQ, proceeds from which will go toward the Afropunk Global Initiative. The party goes down August 21 at Commodore Barry Park, just ahead of the festival, which happens August 22-23 in the same park. Tickets for the ball are on sale now, and festival passes are still available.

Afropunk also continues to branch out. They did an Afropunk Paris festival this past May, and will do so again in June 2016, and they're also putting on the inaugural Afropunk Atlanta on October 3 & 4 in the city's Central Park. The lineup for that includes D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Flying Lotus, Santigold, Death Grips, Tyler the Creator, Public Enemy and more. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (7/8).

Speaking of Death Grips, they play NYC twice this week (supposedly, at least).

Full Afropunk Atlanta lineup and updated Brooklyn lineup, below...

Continue reading "Afropunk adds Death Grips, Gary Clark Jr, Kelela, Candiria and more to NYC lineup, announces Atlanta festival"

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Tickets for the Modest Mouse shows at Webster Hall go on sale at 9 AM. Tickets for their Prospect Park show go on sale at noon.

If you missed out on the BV presale, you can get tickets for the Buzzcocks shows at Irving Plaza and Stone Pony today at 10 AM.

If you missed out on the presale, you can gets tickets for the BV-presented Pixies, TV on the Radio and John Grant show at Stone Pony Summerstage today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the 'Gentlemen of the Road' stopover in Seaside Heights, NJ with Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, The Vaccines, Jenny Lewis, JEFF the Brotherhood and more go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for The Sea & Cake's Sam Prekop & Archer Prewitt show at The Wick go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Jenny Hval show at Alphaville go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Cavalera Conspiracy, Death Angel, Corrosion of Conformity Blind and Lody Kong show at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

Saul Williams and Sons Of An Illustrious Father are playing Brooklyn Bowl on May 7. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM.

TVOTR, Purity Ring, Joey Bada$$, Trail of Dead, Pianos Become the Teeth, Chastity Belt, Crocodiles & more NYC shows go on sale today too.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Saul Williams

On Sunday, January 18th, SOB's celebrates The 13th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. day. Due to the current climate of the nation, acknowledging this year's celebration is as important as it has ever been before. SOB's is privileged to announce that singer-songwriter, poet and actor Saul Williams will be taking the reigns of this incomparable ceremony. Historically, MLK day at SOB's has only been hosted by Talib Kweli (past 2 years) and the legendary Gil Scott-Heron; to who's memory SOB's has dedicate this show. NYC prepare yourself for a very special program as Saul Williams promises to present new music live on stage!!!
Tickets for the 13th annual MLK Day celebration at SOB's with Saul Williams are on sale now. Watch a video of Saul below...

Continue reading "Saul Williams playing 2015 MLK Day celebration at SOB's"

Sonny and the Sunsets in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)

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

Sonny and the Sunsets, Cassie Ramone, The Whips @ Death by Audio
Sonny Smith is putting the finishing touches his and The Sunsets' new album which should be out early next year. In the meantime, he and the new line-up of The Sunsets (with Shayde from Fresh & Onlys on bass) are on tour. A real charmer, any opportunity to catch Sonny should be seized.

Mineral, Into It. Over It. @ Bowery Ballroom
One of the most beloved bands of emo's late '90s period, Mineral, are back for their first tour in 17 years, and the first tour since the release of their slowcore-leaning classic swan song, EndSerenading. Tonight's the second of four sold-out NYC shows, all of which are opened by newer emo band Into It. Over It.

Mike Birbiglia @ BAM
Comedian, actor, and master of self-deprecating storytelling, Mike Birbiglia is no stranger to BAM, having recently appeared in This American Life: One Night Only at BAM (which actually ended up having two nights). Tonight he debuts his new show, "Thank God For Jokes."

Modern Baseball, Beach Slang, Chumped, Crow Bait @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
If you're not going to Mineral, but still want something to emo tonight (or are looking for plans after -- BK Bazaar is open til 1 AM), this free show has your fix. There's the youthful and super lyrical Modern Baseball, the Jawbreaker-meets-Replacements and endlessly quotable Beach Slang, poppy punks Chumped, and alt-country punks Crow Bait. Good night all around.

Papercuts, Olson, Rydholm and Forester, Michael Nau @ Baby's All Right
If you dig rainy day baroque pop, Papercuts (the moniker of San Francisco's Jason Quever) do it very well and their new record, Life Among the Savages, is quite good. Opening are Ladybug Transistor offshoot Olson, Rydholm and Forester.

DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, Edan, Paten Locke @ Irving Plaza
Two veteran hip hop DJs and collaborators DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are currently on the road for a tour where they're DJing exclusively from Afrika Bambaataa's personal vinyl collection. Tonight's the second of two shows at Irving Plaza this week, with strong support coming from psych rapper Edan and his collaborator Paten Locke.

Total Slacker, PAWS, Flashlights @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This whole bill is good, but we especially recommend catching Scottish trio PAWS while they're in town. Their brand of Japandroids-style pop punk/indie rock works especially well and they put on fun shows.

Part Time, Sea Lions, ONWE @ Cake Shop
San Francisco's Part Time walk a similar line to Ariel Pink, taking soft rock and synth pop, twisting it and making it their own. Their new tour single, "My Jamey," is ridiculously catchy. It is disappointing that scheduled tourmates Gap Dream pulled out before the trek began, but they got a good replacement in Oxnard, CA's charmingly shambolic The Sea Lions. This should be a fun show.

Mount Sharp, Sunset Hearts, The Van Burens, Moon Furies @ Pianos
Brooklyn trio Mount Sharp are refreshingly gimmick free, with singer Sarah Wood's strong songwriting and appealing vocals setting their fuzzy guitar pop apart from the pack.

Twisted Sister, Adrenaline Mob @ Best Buy Theater
Skintight pants, moussed up hair, and anthems about not taking it and wanting to rock still your bag? Best Buy Theater's the place to be then.

Rudimental, Redlight, My Nu Leng @ Terminal 5
Rudimental's style of UK dancepop may not be as heady as say, Disclosure's or SBTRKT's, but it's certainly made for some on-stage spectacles at their live shows.

Saul Williams, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards, Patrice, Koku Gonza @ Le Poisson Rouge
Part of the multicultural Aputumpu Fall Festival series, this show is headlined by singer, musician, poet, writer, and actor Saul Williams.

Dither, Andrea Parkins & Brian Chase (of YYYs), Cleric, DJ Rupture, Lee Ranaldo, Tigue, Brandon Seabrook & more at St. Ann & the Holo Trinity Church
It's the fifth annual Dither Extravangza, a new music event led by electric guitar quartet Dither, and it has a great lineup including members of Sonic Youth, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more.

Champagne Jerry, Lil Freckles @ Union Pool
Tongue-in-cheek Brooklyn rapper -- and Ad-Rock collaborator -- Champagne Jerry plays somewhere that's not Joe's Pub for once. Maybe Jerry will pull Bridget Everett and Carmine Covelli along with him for this show?

Social Distortion, The Whigs, Jonny Two Bags @ The Paramount
Veteran punk rockers Social Distortion don't hit NYC on their current tour, but they'll be nearby for tonight's Long Island show, their second in the area.

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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Mad Decent Block Party, which Dillon Francis just played (more by Chris La Putt)
Dillon Francis

Dillon Francis is playing Barclays Center on January 16. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Ani DiFranco and Jenny Scheinman are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 14. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

The BrooklynVegan-presented Hard Girls, Jeff Rosenstock (Bomb the Music Industry), Broadcaster and Chumped show at Death by Audio happens this Sunday (8/17). Admission is $8 at the door.

The Hood Internet are playing Le Poisson Rouge on August 21 with Body Language (DJ) and Skinny Friedman. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Le Poisson Rouge with host some veteran hip hop and soul on August 28 with Souls of Mischief, Adrian Younge, Venice Dawn and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Tickets are on sale now.

Saul Williams is playing Le Poisson Rouge on September 5 with Osekre and the Lucky Bastards, Patrice and Koku Gonza, as part of the Aputumpu Fall Series/Festival. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

photos by David Andrako

Saul Williams & Mivos Quartet

The Ecstatic Music Festival continued at Merkin Concert Hall last night (2/26), offering another unique mix of genres. Last night it was poet/spoken word artist Saul Williams joined by string quartet Mivos Quartet. First, they teamed up for four collaborations (music by Mivos, words by Saul), and then it was the US premiere of Saul Williams' collaboration with Thomas Kessler, "NGH WHT," which was originally written for the Arditti Quartet. Pictures of the night are in this post.

Ecstatic Music Fest continues through the end of March. The next show is Saturday (3/1) with Mirah and Susie Ibarra (tickets).

More pictures and the setlist from last night, below...

Continue reading "Saul Williams & Mivos Quartet played the Ecstatic Music Festival (pics & setlist)"

Janelle Monae at The Apollo in 2013 (more by Luis Ruiz)
Janelle Monae

As discussed, Moogfest returns to Asheville, NC from April 23-27, and since we last spoke, more additions to the lineup have been made. Keith Emerson, who was already scheduled to speak during the daytime program, was added as a nighttime performer as well, in addition to Q-Tip, El-P, Saul Williams and more. Nile Rodgers, whose band Chic is performing at night, was added as a daytime speaker, as was Janelle Monae who will be "in conversation with her producers."

Updated flyer and more info on the daytime panel updates, below...

Continue reading "Moogfest 2014 adds Janelle Monae, El-P, Saul Williams, more"

Tinariwen at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

Malian band Tinariwen have announced that they'll release a new album, Emmaar, on February 11 via ANTI-, who also released their last album, 2011's Tassili. Like Tassili, which featured contributions from Nels Cline, members of TV on the Radio, and others, Emmaar will feature popular-music guests including Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Zwan), Saul Williams and others. It's being produced by Vance Powell, who often works with Jack White. You can watch a video for "Toumast Tincha" off the upcoming album, below.

Following the album's release, Tinariwen will head out on a US tour that brings them to SXSW for their first time and NYC for two shows at Brooklyn Bowl on 3/23 & 3/24. Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates.

UPDATE: Tinariwen also added another NYC show happening on February 3 at Rough Trade (tickets).

All dates are listed, along with the video, below...

Continue reading "Tinariwen releasing a new LP, touring (SXSW & 2 NYC shows)"

Hospitality at Glasslands in October (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

The annual Ecstatic Music Festival is returning to its usual location, the Merkin Concert Hall (except for the kickoff show at The Green Space, and one show happening at Carnegie Hall) in 2014 from January 31 to March 29.

Like in previous years, the shows will include multiple indie/classical collaborations including Hospitality with Face the Music; Saul Williams with Mivos Quartet; Mirah with Susie Ibarra; The Bang on a Can All Stars with Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Alvin Lucier and Daniel Wohl; Colin Stetson with Brooklyn Youth Chorus; So Percussion with Buke & Gase; Man Forever with William Basinski; and more.

Festival passes and individual tickets are on sale now.

Full schedule, along with a trailer video, below...

Continue reading "Ecstatic Music Festival 2014 lineup & tix (Hospitality, Mirah, William Basinski, Buke & Gase, Colin Stetson, and more)"

Potty Mouth at 285 Kent earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Potty Mouth

As discussed, FADER Fort is returning to CMJ this year, and it happens at Williamsburg's performance space / recording studio Converse Rubber Tracks from October 17 & 18 and at the Eventi Hotel in Chelsea (851 6th Ave) on October 19. RSVP for these free shows has since closed, so hopefully you already did that, but the full lineups and schedules have now been announced. Artists playing include Potty Mouth, Kelela, The Internet and more on Thursday; Vince Staples, Bear Mountain, Hookworms and more on Friday; Travi$ Scott, SZA, Drowners and more on Saturday; plus there's an afterparty Saturday night.

Check out the flyer with the full lineup and schedule below...

Continue reading "FADER Fort lineup & schedule announced (Potty Mouth, Bear Mountain, Vince Staples, SZA, The Internet & more)"

by Bill Pearis


Toronto's Weaves are a pretty new band -- they formed this year -- though singer Jasmyn Burke fronted Rattail who toured a lot with bands like Makeout Videotape (Mac Demarco), Phedre, and Hooded Fang. This new venture is with Morgan Waters (who was a child actor on the CBC) and have released two singles so far -- "Motorcycle" earlier this year and "Take A Dip," the video of which we're premiering in this post. The song crashes into existence with a big rock riff, but then settles into a groove were Burke's vocals take command. As for the video, there seems to be some sort of religious sacrament going on, I'll leave it to you to interpret.

Weaves will be in NYC next week for CMJ. They're playing the Force Field showcase at Baby's All Right on Tuesday (10/15) with Joanna Gruesome, The History of Apple Pie, Free Time, Body Parts and Celestial Shore; and they'll also play Santos Party House on next Friday (10/18) with fellow Torontonians Odonis Odonis and HSY, plus Saul Williams w/ Dragons of Zynth, Rey Pila and Victory (tickets).

Video and a couple other streams/videos below...

Continue reading "Toronto band Weaves released a new single/video, playing CMJ (dates & streams)"

photos by Kirstie Shanley

Gwar / Danzig
Riot Fest - 2013 - Day 1
Riot Fest - 2013 - Day 1

Not long after [Andrew W.K.'s set], on the Roots Stage, part-time UCLA professor and full-time punk rocker Greg Graffin joined his band Bad Religion. The great thing about the California punk veterans is that the majority of their songs (in true punk rock fashion) rarely pass the two-minute mark. We were treated to a nice variety of songs from their 30+ year career, including classics like "I Want to Conquer the World," "We're Only Gonna Die," and "Infected." They also performed a few tunes from this year's True North, such as "Fuck You," "Dharma and the Bomb," and the LP's title track. The members threw around some self-depreciating humor, poking fun at their age. "We've been around since the 80s!" said Graffin, now fully greyed. Their songs are timeless, and some are even more relevant now than ever. Just go re-listen to "21st Century Digital Boy." [BV Chicago]
Chicago's Riot Fest (the second of three Riot Fests this year) is currently underway. It's on its third and final day (9/15) as we speak (set times). The festival began this past Friday (9/13), and on the first day we caught sets by Danzig, Joan Jett, Bad Religion, Gwar, Atmosphere, Andrew WK, Smoking Popes, Saul Williams, Dessa, and more. Pictures from that day are in this post, and there's more pictures, plus a review, over at BV Chicago.

Update: Day 2 pictures are now posted here and here. Day 3 pictures are here and here.

More day 1 pics below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago day 1 in pics (Danzig, Joan Jett, Gwar, Bad Religion, Andrew WK, Smoking Popes, Atmosphere & more)"

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.

Continue reading "CMJ 2013 initial line-up released"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, Theophilus London photos by Chris La Putt

Afropunk Festival @ Commodore Barry Park - 8/24/2013
Afropunk Festival @ Commodore Barry Park - 8/24/2013

Brooklyn's free annual Afro-Punk Festival returned to Commodore Barry Park over the weekend for two days (8/24-25) of punk, rap, and everything in between, plus biking, skating, and more. The first day gave us sets from Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Ninjasonik, M.O.P., Saul Williams, Jean Grae, The Heavy, Theophilus London, Rye Rye, and more. Dead Prez made a "special guest" appearance, and word on the street was that Alicia Keys was supposed to as well, but she was a no show. Pictures of day 1 are in this post, and more are at Facebook and Google+.

Stay tuned for coverage of day 2. More day 1 pics below...

Continue reading "Afro-Punk Fest 2013 day 1 in pics: Mykki Blanco, Le1f, M.O.P., Ninjasonik, Saul Williams, Theophilus London, The Heavy, more"

Death @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Afro Punk

The 2013 Afro-Punk Festival happens this weekend (August 24 & 25) at Fort Greene's Commodore Barry Park with Danny Brown, Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Big Freedia, Death, Trash Talk, Living Colour, Chuck D of Public Enemy and DJ Lord performing PE's Fear of a Black Planet, Questlove, Jean Grae, Saul Williams, K-os and more. As mentioned, it's all-ages, free and open to the public, but they do require you to RSVP. You can also donate on paypal for "fast pass admission" tickets.

The full weekend schedule has been released, with artists playing on two stages from noon - 9:30 PM or so both Saturday and Sunday. Full schedule is below.

Additionally, there will also be "Afro-Punk After Dark" events happening after the fest at various Brooklyn venues both Saturday and Sunday nights. Over 20 After Dark events are happening, including "pop-up performances, celebrity DJ sets, comedy shows, film screenings, art installations, and Story Slams." Full After Dark listings are at Afro-Punk's website.

2013 Afro-Punk Festival schedule below...

Continue reading "Afro-Punk Fest announces 2013 daily schedule ++ "Afro-Punk After Dark" events"

J. Cole at Warm Up - 8/17/13 (via @kahdijah)
J Cole

The already packed crowd somehow found room to move even closer to the stage as Jermaine came on for the shortest set of the concert. While his DJ and keyboardist were having a blast with "Can't Get Enough," "It In The Morning," and "Nobody's Perfect," girls mindlessly screamed and guys shouted the lyrics along with Cole. It was sort of a homecoming for J.Cole as he showed love back to the city that supported him early in his career. He even tested the diehard fans by pulling out "Lights Please." Of course there were the few fans who threw up the Roc, but by in large J.Cole had come into his own as an artist and not so much the rapper who Jay Z signed. [The Source]
Warm Up at MoMA PS1 continued on Saturday (8/17) with sets from Hyperdub DJ King Britt (who brought out Saul Williams), Danny Brown collaborator Darq E Freaker, Brooklyn rapper Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Queens rap crew World's Fair, and more. It also included the man behind one of this summer's best rap jams ("Power Trip"), J. Cole, who had one of the biggest crowds of the day. The above review is of his set, and you can check out a video of him performing "Can't Get Enough" and "Chris Tucker" at Saturday's show, below.

Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire also just played Webster Hall (pictures HERE and HERE) with Run the Jewels (aka Killer Mike & El-P), who were just announced on a free show happening at Williamsburg Park on Labor Day (9/2) with Danny Brown and others (RSVP).

Warm Up continues this Saturday (8/24) with Caribou (DJ), Museum of Love (DJ), Pional, Empress Of, Terreke, and SFV Acid. Tickets are still available.

Video below...

Continue reading "J. Cole played Warm Up (video) w/ King Britt, Saul Williams, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire & more"

Afro-Punk Fest 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)

The Afro-Punk Festival is returning to Fort Greene's Commodore Barry Park from August 24-25 this year. The Brooklyn festival lineup is great as always, and includes some of our favorite newer rappers like Danny Brown, Mykki Blanco, and Le1f; New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia, legendary punks Death, younger punks Trash Talk, Chuck D of Public Enemy and DJ Lord performing Fear of a Black Planet, Questlove, Jean Grae, Saul Williams, K-os and more TBA. The festival is open to all ages, and totally free, but you do have to RSVP. You can also donate on paypal for "fast pass admission" tickets.

Full initial lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "Afro-Punk 2013 lineup & RSVP (Chuck D, Danny Brown, Big Freedia, Death, Trash Talk, Mykki Blanco, Le1f & more)"

Wayne Shorter

The 2013 Blue Note Jazz Festival starts today in NYC and runs the entire month of June at various venues around the city. Now in its third year, the fest includes a wide range of music, not just strictly jazz. Tonight's kickoff (6/1) events include The Dizzie Gilespie All-Star Big Band at the festival's namesake club (tickets).

Other events at the fest: Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars on Sunday (6/2) at Brooklyn Bowl (tickets); Saul Williams at Highline Ballroom on June 11 (tickets); WyClef Jean at B.B. King Blues Club on June 19 (tickets); a free show with Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def) at Central Park Summerstage on June 24; and Wayne Shorter's 80th Birthday Celebration at Town Hall on June 28 (tickets).

For full schedule, visit the Blue Note Jazz Festival's website.

Fun Fun Fun Fest

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

Full FFF Fest lineup is below.

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

Saul Williams at Afro Punk Fest 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Saul Williams

Saul Williams will be going on a spoken word tour later this summer and into fall, which he's dubbing the CHORUS (which is also the name of his new book) tour. The tour hasn't been announced in full yet, but we know that two of the dates are in NYC, and they happen on September 2 and 3 at Joe's Pub. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.

Saul Williams shot a live video outdoors in Toronto during Canadian Music Week earlier this year for "DNA" and "Coded Language." Check out that video, along with a list of all currently known dates, below...

Continue reading "Saul Williams going on spoken word tour (dates)"

Saul Williams at Afro Punk Fest in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Saul Williams

Saul Williams released his most recent LP, Volcanic Sunlight, earlier this year and will tour in support of it this February and March. The tour kicks off in Brooklyn on February 17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and also includes a show at Maxwell's on February 20. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale today at noon and tickets for the Maxwell's show are on sale now.

All dates and two videos from Volcanic Sunlight below...

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DOWNLOAD: Wiz Kalifa - Flight School Mixtape (Yousendit, Zipped MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Souls of Mischief - "LaLaLa" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Souls of Mischief - "Tour Stories" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tanya Morgan - "So Damn Down" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tanya Morgan - "Bang N Boogie" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: KRS-One & Buckshot - "Survival Skills" (MP3)

Saul Williams at Afropunk 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Saul Williams

NYC invented HIP HOP, so CMJ would be nowhere if it didn't rep the art form to the fullest. Over five packed days, our fair city will be set ablaze by the likes of Raekwon, Saul Williams, Souls of Mischief, and a host of others, as well as smaller, buzzier names that you can look forward to name checking in the future. So with all these great events going down, we figured we'd make it easy for you with the BV Guide to Hip Hop at CMJ 2009!

Speaking of Souls of Mischief, we have A PAIR OF TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR GIVEAWAY for that Audible Treats showcase that will feature them along side Tanya Morgan, Trinity, Finale and many more. Details on how to win those at the bottom of this post.

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