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Grimes / Kendrick Lamar / Slowdive
The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival wrapped up yesterday (7/20) after two previous days of fun in Chicago's Union Park. It was an especially diverse day with plenty of hip hop (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Isaiah Rashad), flourishes of heavy offerings (Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy), a highly anticipated reunion from Slowdive, plenty of indie rock/pop (Grimes, Majical Cloudz, DIIV, Real Estate, Dum Dum Girls, Speedy Ortiz) and even more. Here's how the Sunday of Pitchfork Fest went down...
By the time I arrived on Sunday, Speedy Ortiz were well into their set on the Blue stage and playing the fan favorite "Taylor Swift." Speedy's recorded material has always oozed personality and attitude, and their live show does as well. Frontwoman Sadie Dupuis comfortably ad libbed lyrics with various shouts and word extensions throughout their set. The band polished off their live-wire performance with a couple of tunes from their Real Hair EP and their new song "Bigger Party." -ZP
Over on the Green stage, Bandcamp sweethearts Mutual Benefit simultaneously opened up the fest's final day with a few of their sweet, melodic tunes. With an entire live band backing frontman Jordan Lee's soft-spoken, almost falsetto vocal range and feather light lyrics. The crowd was surprisingly full for the early afternoon set, and many closer to the band seemed to know every word off of its debut studio album Love's Crushing Diamond. Highlights included a heartfelt rendition of "Golden Wake" and a take on "Advanced Falconry" perfect for warming people up for the rest of the day. -AG
DIIV kicked off the first show on the Red stage yesterday and played for a fairly large early afternoon crowd, beginning their set with a new song called Follow . The band jangly guitar indie pop made for some excellent summer jams. Keeping with that theme, they played a few tracks that showed hints of surf rock, and the lead singer Zachary Cole Smith wore a colorful flamenco looking shirt that Prince might be proud of. -MM
Syracuse rockers Perfect Pussy drew a huge crowd on Sunday, surprising even lead singer Meredith Graves. Their set was short but powerful, not unusual for a band whose last record, 2014's Say Yes To Love, clocks in at around twenty one minutes. After a lengthy sound check, a rarity for the band, they didn't waste time getting into their set. While they sounded excellent, the real highlight of the show was, as always, Graves' fantastic performance as a vocalist and frontwoman. Her theatrical dancing stood in delicious contrast to the pure energy of each song. The crowd barely got a chance to calm down from one pit before another song crashed down, opening up an even bigger floor. Although the band seemed a bit flustered by the crowd and the midday heat, they never let up, quickly running through hits off of their debut album and demo, touching on fan favorites such as "Interference Fits," "Advance Upon The Real," "I," and "II." -AG
Next up were Deafheaven on the Green stage. The California crew began their set with the glimmering Sunbather opener "Dream House," and proceeded to match the weather with equal parts soaring shoegaze and metal assault. Lead guitarist Kerry McCoy expertly segued the band into "Irresistible," and then to "Sunbather." That block was followed by their spacey new tune "From The Kettle Unto The Coil," which contains a traditional metal breakdown in the middle. George Clark's guttural shrieks glided effortlessly over the riffage, and he's quite the frontman too, thrashing about the stage. Deafheaven closed their incredibly moving performance with "Unrequited" off of 2011's Roads to Judah. Not all "metal" acts are appropriate for a daytime slot, but Deafheaven were damn near a perfect fit. -ZP
After Deafheaven, I headed over to the blue stage to catch a bit of Isaiah Rashad's set. As one of three TDE rappers of the day (along with Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q), Rashad stood out with his southern flow, relaxed vibe, and raspy delivery. He drew a huge crowd, who danced and sang along to "Heavenly Father" and "Menthol" off of this year's Cilvia Demo. You can hear a bit of guys like Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper in Rashad's delivery, and with the amount that the crowd was feeling it, it'll only be a matter of time before he rises up to their level. -ZP
Continuing the hip hop block, next up was Earl Sweatshirt on the red stage. His DJ played a few songs before Earl came out -- Chief Keef's "3Hunna," Tyler the Creator's "Sandwitches," etc. -- and when he finally took the stage, Earl had the crowd sing along to about half of "Don't Stop Believin'" as it played over the PA. When he actually got started, the first song Earl played was "20 Wave," accompanied by Odd Future associate Domo Genesis. Downtempo tunes from Doris hit much harder than I expected them to, and the crowd was hyped on it. He took things to another level by playing the very heavy "Kill" from his debut album Earl. Earl's been touring quite a bit lately and that definitely showed in his live performance -- he's become a showman and has so much control over the audience. Before playing "Molasses," he had the crowd repeat its hook back -- "Ima fuck the freckles off your face, bitch." -ZP
Dum Dum Girls had some minor technical difficulties before starting their set, but once things got going they sounded great. As usual, they were in matching outfits, and played a mix of the old and new. My personal favorite from the set was "Rimbaud Eyes", an excellent single from their recent Too True LP. -MM
One of the most anticipated sets of the day by many was Schoolboy Q's late afternoon performance on the Green stage. The party rapper got things started with his hit "Hands on the Wheel," and then jumped to 2014's Oxymoron for "What They Want" and "Gangsta." He reached back to his debut studio album Setbacks for "Druggys wit Hoes," and the crowd went nuts. Q's a fine addition to any festival, offering hyped-up vibes and heavy beats. -ZP
Craving some shade, I went to check out Jon Hopkins over at the Blue stage. His seemingly dance-focused set was based upon a series of glitchy Immunity tracks, including bits of "We Disappear," "Open Eye Signal," "Breathe This Air," and others. The Blue stage was simultaneously the place for those who wanted to dance and others who'd rather take a seat and nod their heads along. -ZP
I was fortunate to see Majical Cloudz perform as an opener for The Soft Moon a few years ago and it was great seeing how much more confident the duo had become since then. Frontman Devon Welsh sported his never changing plain white tee and black pants and started a few songs with countdowns that the crowd enthusiastically chanted along with. I was hoping Welsh would later join Grimes on stage during her set to play their collaborative "Nightmusic" from Grimes' Visions album, or maybe their recently unearthed demo about an obese cat. Grimes played the former, but Welsh was nowhere in sight. -MM
Shoegaze legends Slowdive played their first U.S. show as a reunited band this Sunday. While the crowd seemed to mostly be waiting for headliner Kendrick Lamar, who was playing on the same stage a few hours later, their true fans did make themselves known, responding enthusiastically to classics off of their unforgettable 1993 release, Souvlaki. Slowdive lived up to the precedent set by fellow reunited UK shoegazers, My Bloody Valentine, playing a loud, intense set. Songs like "When the Sun Hits," gained a heavy, aggressive edge, giving Deafheaven a run for its money in respect to ferocity. Softer tunes like "Alison" lulled the crowd into a collective bliss. -AG
After that on the Blue stage it was DJ Spinn, who was initially going to perform with his collaborator DJ Rashad before Rashad's untimely passing, but decided to stay on the festival and perform his own set which Chicago Tribute called "a thrilling display of the "ghetto house" sound that has thrived in the city's South Side neighborhoods for the better part of two decades."
Canadian pop sensation Grimes was the penultimate performer of Pitchfork 2014, an honor she did not take lightly. In addition to running through classics, Grimes treated the crowd to two relatively new songs and one for which she was still working out the lyrics. She had seemingly boundless energy, dancing feverishly throughout her entire set. She seemed to be having the time of her life, playing with multiple synthesizers and vocal reverb to create the image of DJ set. This was clearly a different Grimes than we have seen in the past - she was confident, loud, and ready to party with the audience. Fans went crazy for Grimes classics such as "Circumambient" and "Oblivion," and stayed dancing even for her lesser-known songs, such as "Be a Body." However, the highlight of the set was undoubtedly the last few songs. After premiering a new song on which she had just completed production to a rousing response from the audience, Grimes treated the crowd to "Phone Sex," a Blood Diamonds song on which she is featured. She then broke out her dance floor-ready hit, "Go," to the delight of the audience. It was clear when the drop hit in "Go" that this was a new, supersized Grimes, ready to take the world's dance clubs by storm and become the next EDM sweetheart. Always the performer, she closed out her set with her biggest hit to date, 2012's "Genesis." -AG
Sunday headliner and festival bookend Kendrick Lamar put on a helluva show with his excellent four-piece band behind him. Lamar began to hold court with the good vibes "Money Trees" and very live "Backseat Freestyle" off of good kid, m.A.A.d city. The pro band managed to handle every little nuance contained in Kendrick's beats, and there are plenty of 'em. Unlike most of his peers, Lamar isn't much for cutting songs halfway through. Almost all tunes, with the exception of "The Art of Peer Pressure," were performed in their entirety. Virtually undisputed party song "Swimming Pools (Drank)" came next, followed by the boom bap of "m.A.A.d city." The last tune I heard before splitting was the chilled out "Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst." Kendrick provided the perfect ending to the day and the entire festival. -ZP
Danny Brown at MHOW in April (more by Dylan Johnson)
Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q and Action Bronson are teaming up to play Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg's third annual PeterPalooza on July 23 at Best Buy Theater in NYC. Tickets for this stacked hip hop show go on sale today (6/27) at noon.
All three rappers are keeping busy in other ways too. Schoolboy Q just played Central Park and announced a tour opening for The Weeknd with Jhene Aiko which hits NYC's Barclays Center on September 19. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, July 11 with Fan Club/Citi presales starting Tuesday, July 8 at 10 AM and Live Nation/Venue/Tickemaster presales starting Thursday, July 10 at 10 AM.
Q was also added to a few dates on 2014's 'Under the Influence of Music' tour including the Holmdel, NJ stop happening August 3 at PNC Bank Arts Center with Wiz KHalifa, Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan and more. Tickets for that show are still available.
Action Bronson also has other dates coming up including the previously discussed big NYC show with Phantogram happening September 13 on Pier 97. Tickets for that show are still available. He also plays upstate NY festival The Hudson Project
And Danny Brown has many other upcoming dates as well (no others in NYC at the moment), including multiple festivals such as Pitchfork Festival, Made In America Philly and Bumbershoot. Those are all listed, with lists of dates for Schoolboy Q and Action Bronson, below...
The Weeknd announced a four-date tour with support from Schoolboy Q and Jhene Aiko that begins in NYC this September. The R&B singer's last time headlining NYC was a 2-night stand at Radio City but he's now making the jump up to an arena for a show on September 19 at Barclays Center. Even with strong support like Schoolboy Q, that's a big jump! Tickets for the show are not on sale yet but should be soon via Ticketmaster. All dates are listed, with a stream of The Weeknd's brand new single "Often," below.
Schoolboy Q was just in NYC last night (6/25) to play Central Park Summerstage. He brought out tons of guests, including his Black Hippy partner Ab-Soul, who played material off his new album These Days..., members of A$AP Mob (including Rocky), Flatbush Zombies and Action Bronson. Did you go to the show? How was it?
The Weeknd's list of dates and new song, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Ab-Soul's been talking about his new album These Days... for a while now, and it finally came out today (6/24) via TDE (not Interscope). Like his fellow Black Hippy members Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar did with their recent albums, you can tell Soulo went all out here and really wanted to make an "album" with multiple interludes, smartly placed guest spots, and well-executed transitions from song to song. Kendrick and Schoolboy Q appear on the LP, as do Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Lupe Fiasco, Jay Rock, SZA, Jhene Aiko and more, plus excellent production from Corin Roddick of Purity Ring, DJ Dahi of Pac Div, J. Cole, Dave Free, Sounwave, and Tae Beast of TDE regulars Digi+Phonics and more.
Ab-Soul's love of drug references and tripped-out sounds are all over the record, but it's not a one tricky pony drug-rap album or anything. Like good kid, m.A.A.d. city and Oxymoron, there are the songs for your headphones, the songs for parties/live shows, and plenty that go both ways. He quotes Drake, mimics Chief Keef, and shouts out a particular trip to New York: "I'm on my way to NYC, last time I was there I swear I sold out SOB's." Presumably he's referring to this show.
Ab-Soul will be on his way back to NYC to headline the 4Knots afterparty on July 12 at Webster Hall with YC the Cynic and Jarren Benton. Tickets for that show are still available. His buddy Schoolboy Q will be in NYC for a Central Park show this week (tix).
Stream These Days... in full below...
Schoolboy Q in Central Park in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Last night (6/19), Nas, Schoolboy Q and Flying Lotus played a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, and after the show there was a shooting in the parking lot, as The Denver Post reports. Three victims were taken to the hospital; all of them are still alive and one has been released as of this post. A tweet from Denver Post reporter Karl Gehring also shows a picture of Schoolboy Q being detained by the police, though he was not arrested. Q has since tweeted, "im str8...... dont trip." They're still looking for the suspect.
Schoolboy Q has more shows coming up, including one in NYC on Wednesday (6/25) at Central Park Summerstage. That show was supposed to be with his TDE labelmate Isaiah Rashad, but Isaiah has since dropped of the bill. Domo Genesis, Tinashe and BlackOutBoyz (aka A$AP Yams and A$AP Jscott) are still playing though. Tickets are still available. Show flyer below.
Schoolboy Q at Central Park Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Schoolboy Q doesn't have a tour scheduled at the moment, but he does have a few upcoming dates including Made In America LA, Bumbershoot, Pitchfork Festival and an outdoor NYC show happening on June 25 at Central Park Summerstage. The NYC show has a stacked lineup of his TDE labelmate Isaiah Rashad, Odd Future's Domo Genesis, Q's "2 On" collaborator Tinashe, and BlackOutBoyz aka A$AP Yams and A$AP Jscott. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All currently known dates are listed below.
Q's Black Hippy pal Ab-Soul, who also plays MIA LA, also recently announced a NYC show, the 4Knots afterparty at Webster Hall on July 12. Tickets for that show are currently on presale (password: 4KNOTSPR).
All Schoolboy Q dates are listed, with a video, below...
As previously mentioned, Jay Z is throwing his Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philly and LA this year, simultaneously on August 30-31. The lineup for Philly has just been announced and includes Kanye West and Kings of Leon as headliners, plus The National, Pharrell, J. Cole, Girl Talk, Spoon, Chromeo, Grimes, De La Soul, Baauer, Danny Brown, YG, Holy Ghost and more. Full lineup below.
UPDATE: The LA lineup was also announced and it includes headliners Imagine Dragons and John Mayer plus Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, Metric, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill, Schoolboy Q, YG, Dr. Dog, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, SZA and more. Full lineup below.
2-day passes for both fests are on sale now.
The annual Bumbershoot Festival returns in 2014 to Seattle's Seattle Center from August 30 to September 1. The lineup was just announced and includes The Replacements, Wu-Tang Clan, Elvis Costello, Schoolboy Q, Afghan Whigs, The Dismemberment Plan, Nada Surf, Bobby Womack, Danny Brown, Mac DeMarco, Twin Shadow, Big Freedia, Jonathan Richman, Mission of Burma, The Dream Syndicate and many more. Full lineup below.
Tickets, including 3-day passes, any-day passes, and single-day passes, are on sale now. Check out the full day-by-day lineup, with the announcement video, below...
The initial Pitchfork Festival lineup was announced last month, and now many new artists have been added, including St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Real Estate, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Cloud Nothings, Hudson Mohawke, Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy, Dum Dum Girls, Jon Hopkins, Majical Cloudz, Mutual Benefit, Speedy Ortiz, Kelela, the Field, SZA, DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, Hundred Waters, FKA Twigs, Isaiah Rashad, Empress Of and Twin Peaks.
They join previously announced artists Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Sun Kil Moon, Slowdive, Grimes, Giorgio Moroder and more. Tickets are still available.
Updated day-by-day lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.
We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.
An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...
After a few years of releasing mixtapes, Compton rapper YG is set to release his debut album, My Krazy Life, on March 18 via Pu$haz Ink/CTE World/Def Jam. He's got some big name guests lined up for it, including Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Drake, plus newer-comers RIch Homie Quan and Ty Dolla $ign. Many of the tracks were produced by frequent collaborator DJ Mustard, who's also behind big tracks for 2 Chainz, Tyga, and others. You can watch the videos for "Left, Right" and "My Nigga" (and its remix featuring Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan, Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj), and stream the Drake-featuring "Why Do You Love?" below.
YG and DJ Mustard will support the new album by going out on a tour together this spring. That tour brings them to NYC on April 27 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/28) at 10 AM, and they're currently on Citi Cardmember/Live Nation/Music Geeks presales. All tour dates haven't been revealed yet, but you can check out the list of currently announced dates below...
Schoolboy Q at Central Park in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
We already knew Schoolboy Q had two NYC appearances planned, and since we last spoke he's added a third. The Black Hippy rapper will give a performance and signing at the Beats by Dre Store in SoHo (67 Green St) TONIGHT (2/18) at 6 PM ahead of his much anticipated new album, Oxymoron, due out next week (2/25). If you pre-order the album at the Beats by Dre store you can get a wristband for tonight's performance/signing starting at 4 PM. For a chance to jump the line, follow Schoolboy Q on Twitter.
Q's other two previously announced NYC appearances are the NPR "First Listen Live" performance at LPR on 2/23 and the Best Buy Theater (3/4) stop on his tour with Isaiah Rashad and Vince Staples. You can still get tickets to the Best Buy Theater show, and follow @NPRHipHop on Twitter for details on how to get into the LPR show. If you're staying home, it streams live on NPR at 8 PM on 2/23.
Updated dates are listed, along with a song from Oxymoron, below...
Schoolboy Q at Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
We're less than two weeks away from Schoolboy Q's much anticipated new album Oxymoron (due out 2/25), but we'll get to hear it just ahead of its release date when Q performs it in full at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on February 23 for NPR's First Listen Live. For details on how to get into the show, follow @NPRHipHop on Twitter, and for the rest of us, it will stream live on NPR at 8 PM on 2/23.
Schoolboy Q returns to NYC when his tour with Isaiah Rashad and Vince Staples hits Best Buy Theater on March 4. Tickets for that show are still available. If you'll be at SXSW, you can also catch all three artists there.
Real Estate is playing NPR's "First Listen Live" too.
Updated dates are listed, along with a song from Oxymoron, below...
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
Those additions include Sam Smith, Schoolboy Q, Little Dragon, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kurt Vile, Mark Kozelek, Chance the Rapper, Bob Mould, Warpaint, Eagulls, Mutual Benefit, Kate Nash, Hundred Waters, Julian Lennon, Isaiah Rashad, Kevin Gates, Weekend, Perfume Genius, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Ab-Soul, THe Fresh and Onlys, Christopher Owens, No Joy, Diane Coffee, Ital, The Pizza Underground and more. More additions are listed below.
SXSW goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 11-16 and includes tons of other previously-announced artists like A$AP Mob, Perfect Pussy, Action Bronson, Ex Hex, La Femme, and many more.
Lineup additions below...
Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q just had to cancel his February show with Janelle Monae (she plays Lehman College tonight, 1/28), but fortunately we'll still get to see him soon. He's just announced a full tour in support of his upcoming Oxymoron LP with support from Odd Future/Black Hippy associate Vince Staples and new TDE-signee Isaiah Rashad. The tour hits NYC on March 4 at Best Buy Theater and NJ on March 5 at Starland Ballroom Tickets for the NYC show and tickets for the NJ show go on sale Friday (1/31) at noon. All
known dates are listed below.
UPDATE: Tour announced in full (including SXSW), all dates below.
The much-anticipated Oxymoron is due out February 25 via Interscope, and more details continue to be revealed. We just saw the album artwork and heard another track, and now XXL Mag points to a purported tracklist. It features previously-released songs "Collard Greens" (ft. Kendrick Lamar), "Man of the Year" and "Break The Bank" (but not "Yay Yay"), and in addition to Kendrick, guests include A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, Ab Soul, 2 Chainz, Tyler the Creator, Raekwon and Suga Free, plus the entire Black Hippy crew appearing on one song. Check out the tracklist and streams of the three singles, plus a clip of another LP cut, "Gangsta," below.
Schoolboy Q also recently performed "Man of the Year" on Fallon, which you can watch a video of below.
Meanwhile, Isaiah Rashad also released his new album, Cilvia Demo, today (1/28), and just released the video for its track "Soliloquy." The album features fellow recent TDE-signee SZA on two songs, plus Schoolboy Q and fellow Black Hippy member Jay Rock on another. You can watch the "Soliloquy" video and stream a few other tracks from the tape below.
All dates are listed, along with streams, videos, and tracklist, below...
Janelle Monae at The Apollo in 2013 (more by Luis Ruiz)
Janelle Monae's upcoming show schedule was set to include three NYC shows: a Super Bowl weekend show, opening night of Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park on June 4, and the Hammerstein Ballroom show on 2/1 with Schoolboy Q, Just Blaze, and others, but unfortunately, the Hammerstein Ballroom show has been cancelled. "Refunds at Point of Purchase only. Internet & Phone orders will automatically be canceled & refunded." Bummer.
In related news, Janelle will be appearing on an episode of Sesame Street. Via Huffington Post:
During the episode, which is scheduled to air during the show's 45th season this September, the multi-talented CoverGirl spokesperson will perform the show's empowerment anthem, "The Power of Yet."You can watch a preview of that below.
"I am so excited to be living one of my dreams, to be here on 'Sesame Street,"' she said while promoting the episode in a behind-the-scenes clip. "I'm here because I am teaching everybody on Sesame Street the importance and the power of 'yet'. Never, ever, ever give up because there's so much power in 'yet'."
And in more related news, Schoolboy Q has revealed more details on his much-anticipated album, Oxymoron, which is due out on February 25 via Interscope. That's the album artwork for the regular version above, and you can check out the artwork for the deluxe version below. The album is also available for preorder on iTunes, where the tracklist reveals it features previously-released singles "Collard Greens" and "Man of the Year," plus new Alchemist-produced single "Break The Bank" which you can stream below.
It's looking like official Festival Lineup Announcement Day with Shaky Knees Fest, Hangout Fest, and Governors Ball giving us their rosters (not to mention Firefly and Coachella in the past week), and now here's another one: Georgia's CounterPoint Festival. It goes down from April 25-27 in Kingston Downs and features Outkast, Janelle Monae, Schoolboy Q, Run the Jewels, Chance the Rapper, Thundercat, Rustie, Sleigh Bells, Matt & Kim, Major Lazer, XXYYXX, J. Cole, Tourist, A-Trak, Flosstradamus, Phantogram, Tycho, YACHT and more.
Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup and flyer below...
TPOBPAH at Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
NYC indie pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have been relatively quiet lately, but it's looking like that's about to change. Frontman Kip Berman has been instagramming guitar pedals lately, which hopefully means they're back in the studio, and Pains have also announced what will be their first hometown show in a while, happening on March 28 at Rough Trade NYC. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/17) at noon.
The band's only other currently announced date is New Orleans festival BUKU Music + Art Project, which happens from March 21-22 and also includes The Flaming Lips, Chromeo, Explosions in the Sky, Tyler the Creator, Pusha T, Schoolboy Q, Baauer b2b RL Grime, Danny Brown, Phantogram, Skream, Wavves, Big Freedia, Thundercat, Cashmere Cat, Blood Diamonds and more. Tickets for that festival are on sale now.
TPOBPAH recently released a belated video for "Belong" off their 2011 LP of the same name, which you can watch below...
Janelle Monae at The Apollo in October (more by Luis Ruiz)
Boundary-pushing soul singer Janelle Monae, who has been seeing her 2013 LP The Electric Lady ending up on some year end lists, has announced a few winter dates for 2014. She starts out on the west coast in early January and then she heads east to play Atlantic City on 1/31 and a Hot 97-presented NYC show on February 1 at Hammerstein Ballroom with an excellent lineup that also includes Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q and veteran hip hop producer-turned-Baauer collaborator Just Blaze. Tickets for that show go on sale today (12/6) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Still no word on the release date of Schoolboy Q's Oxymoron, but he did recently release another new single "Man of the Year." Listen to that, along with the list of Janelle Monae dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Top Dawg Entertainment is the label behind Cali rap group Black Hippy, aka Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock, but as mentioned a few times, TDE recently picked up a couple new artists, including R&B/dream pop singer SZA and Tennessee rapper Isaiah Rashad. SZA first caught our ears with some impressive EPs released prior to the signing, and Isaiah Rashad just won us over at CMJ when he made a guest appearance during Schoolboy's set. Now, the two newest members of the TDE family have teamed up for a song together, "Ronnie Drake," and you can certainly hear some of Kendrick Lamar's style coming through in Isaiah Rashad's delivery on this one. Check it out below.
Kendrick and Schoolboy Q were just in NYC over the weekend for Power 105.1 Powerhouse at Barclays Center.
Isaiah Rashad was also recently joined by Schoolboy Q and Jay Rock on the remix of his song "Shot You Down." You can stream that, along with "Ronnie Drake," below...
Joanna Gruesome photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Joanna Gruesome at Pianos 10/16/2013
We're in the midst of a crazy-as-usual CMJ -- we're on day 3 (10/17) -- and the headaches and lack-of-sleep are already kicking in. But it's all worth it for the many hours of live music. We already talked a bit about seeing Joanna Gruesome yesterday, and here's some more highlights of our Wednesday (10/16) of CMJ...
Bonzie @ Pianos (photo by Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan Instagram)
After I saw Joanna Gruesome downstairs at Pianos, I headed upstairs to catch young Chicago singer/songwriter Bonzie. I was a little skeptical about her potentially being a bit too on the manufactured-pop side, and there is definitely some of that, but she's also got a great voice and is clearly determined to be a memorable performer as well. Bonzie's got the kind of folky pop songs that are very much in style (and successful), but she and her band add some quirks to them that recall early-mid '00s freak folk more than they do Mumford & Sons.
Other than Joanna Gruesome, the best thing I saw at Pianos had to have been Bleeding Rainbow. They mentioned on stage that they're working on a new record (expected to be out February 2014) and were playing a lot of songs from it, and man were these new songs good. Their last record -- this year's Yeah Right -- is mostly poppy shoegaze (not that there's anything wrong with that), and they've always been heavier live than that album would suggest, but these new songs were sounding like some of their most driving, punkiest stuff. They often worked practically-screamed vocals, Sonic Youth-y string bends, and dirty power chords into their set -- not the typical elements of a band tagged as shoegaze and indie pop. - [AS]
Bill here... like ships passing in the night, Andrew left for Webster Hall and I got to Pianos for the night show that was happening in the upstairs. CMJ is about the only time to see full bands up there where's no stage, giving things more of a DIY feeling. I got there just in time to catch Brooklyn's Gross Relations who bang out '90s-style crunchy, keyboard-friendly indie rock a la The Rentals or The Pulsars. They do it really well and if you've never checked them out, their live show is a lot of fun. Their record's good too.
Next up was the band I came to see -- and whom Andrew had just seen downstairs at Pianos -- Joanna Gruesome. Already a big fan of their terrific debut, Weird Sister, I knew they were not going to be your quiet type cardigan-wearing indiepop band live, but they really threw themselves into their performance, and around the room a bit too. They're a no holds barred band -- a bit wild and wooly but holding it together -- and the packed room was fully into it. In addition to album cuts like the "Sugarcrush," "Secret Surprise" and "Madison" they turned Galaxie 500's dreamy "Tugboat Captain" into a killer noise-jam. I haven't seen Hookworms yet but Joanna Gruesome are my CMJ band to beat.
BV photographer Dominick Mastrangelo happened to be there too and was kind enough to send a few JG pictures which are in this post.
From there I headed back to Williamsburg for the NME showcase at Glasslands. Leeds, UK's Eagulls are a band I've been wanting to see for some time. Coming on stage in a long coat, George Mitchell looks like the singer of a British postpunk band, and has the sneery stage presence -- and Northern England drawl -- to back it up. Kicking things off with excellent new single "Nerve Endings," they blasted through their short, fierce set with nary a nod to the audience. They play our BV day party on Friday (10/18).
Courtney Barnett @ Glasslands (via @soundbitesnyc)
Then came Australian singer Courtney Barnett who is my kind of singer-songwriter: funny, charming, unassuming and un-singer-songwritery. With a rhythm section backing her up, sonically she's more in the garage-psych world (in an almost Kinks kinda way) with her almost stream-of-consciousness story style lyrics driving things. She can rock but you leave remembering lyrical phrases as much as the music. And I left smiling with much of both.
You can catch Courtney a bunch this week, including the BV day party on Saturday. -[BP]
Now back to Andrew...
A$AP Rocky and Ferg @ Webster Hall (via @iboTV)
I spent my entire night portion of CMJ Wednesday at the Mass Appeal/Grooveshark showcase at Webster Hall, where we got sets from promising young Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru, punky duo The Bots, A$AP Mob, Casey Veggies and Schoolboy Q. A$AP Mob's set was only billed to feature Twelvy, Ant, and Nast, but A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg came out for the last few songs, including big Ferg songs "Work" and "Shabba" (video below). Ferg and Rocky were pretty much the stars of the night, but before they came out the rest of the Mob proved they could put on a fun show without them too. It wasn't long ago that A$AP Ferg wasn't a well-known solo artist yet, and it doesn't seem out of the question for other A$AP Mob members to start getting recognized for their own careers too.
Schoolboy Q's set included no guest appearances, but he did bring out new TDE signee Isaiah Rashad to do two of his own songs, and it wasn't hard to see what TDE sees in this guy. But back to Q. I don't think the place was sold out but it was pretty packed and Q had the whole crowd going nuts for him. When I saw Schoolboy Q in NYC earlier this year, the penultimate song in his set was his big song "Hands on the Wheel," which he cut off early saying he was tired of that and wanted to move on to new material, so he ended his set with the then-new single "Yay Yay." It was fun (and funny), but almost came off like he was forcing the crowd to be into his new stuff. This time around, he didn't need to do anything of the sort. He played "Hands on the Wheel" in the middle of his set without commenting on it, and ended the set with two of his new singles, "Collard Greens" and "Yay Yay." He not only pulled it off, but the crowd seemed more into those songs than his older stuff. I think we're all ready for that new album, Schoolboy Q. Check out a video from last night below. - [AS]
And back to Bill...
Regal Degal @ Ran Tea House (via @soundbitesnyc)
Yuck headlined the Glasslands show but went on laaaaaate as drummer (and American) Jonny Rogoff announced from the stage that the rest of the band were a bit slow in getting here due to visa issues (they were supposed to be here Tuesday) and airport security and such (but not a blizzard like their first US show).
I didn't stick around -- Yuck (who are all here now) are playing our BV day party on Saturday -- and went a few doors down Kent to Ran Tea House for the Terrible Records show to catch Regal Degal. The trio spent a year in Los Angeles which definitely did them some good, they are much tighter band than before they left. They're still making somewhat obtuse, arty music -- think 154 or The Pop Group with The Fall's repetition repetition repetition -- but it's never indulgently weird. It's naturally weird. And the rhythm section (Jamen Whitelock and Josiah Wolfson) is just killer.
And then I went to bed. - [BP]
CMJ continues today. Check out our list of day shows and night shows. We'll have more pictures from Wednesday's Pianos day parties and more CMJ coverage soon. More pics from Joanna Gruesome's Upstairs Pianos set and the videos from Webster Hall below...
Kendrick Lamar at ACL Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards cypher aired last night (10/15) and featured cyphers from TDE (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and new signee Isaiah Rashad), A$AP Mob (Rocky, Ferg, Twelvy, Nast, and Ant), Lil Kim & Action Bronson, Bone Thugs N Harmony, and more. As you may have heard, Kendrick's verse in the TDE cypher included a much-talked-about diss at Drake. You can read his entire verse (via Complex) and watch videos of the above-mentioned cyphers, below.
Meanwhile, Schoolboy Q and A$AP Mob (Ant, Twelvy, and Nast) are teaming up for a NYC show together TONIGHT (10/16) at Webster Hall as part of CMJ. The show also includes TDE's new signee Isaiah Rashad, in addition to former Odd Future associate Casey Veggies, young Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru (who has opened for more than one Black Hippy member in NYC), and The Bots. Tickets for tonight's show are still available, and you can also try to get in with your CMJ badge.
Videos and Kendrick lyrics below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Hop Along at Saint Vitus in September (more by Vladislav Grach)
Sure, NYC has a lot of great shows almost every night of the week. But CMJ definitely stacks the deck (and the stages) a little more, with some overachieving bands playing upwards of 10 times over the next five days (10/15 - 10/19). With that in mind, here are 30 bands we think are worth catching during CMJ 2013. Clicking on the artist name takes you to their corresponding page on our NYC Show Calendar with a list of all of their upcoming NYC shows. We also made a Spotify playlist featuring songs from all the bands (who are on the streaming service).
Check out our full list and a stream of that Spotify playlist below...
As discussed, Kanye West is going on his first solo headlining tour in five years, and as you may know, Kendrick Lamar is set to open most of it, but no openers were ever announced for the four NYC shows. Now it's finally been announced that Kendrick opens two of them, and the other two are being opened by... legendary Queens crew A Tribe Called Quest! The schedule for NYC looks like this:
November 19 - Barclays Center w/ Kendrick LamarTickets for all four shows are still available.
November 20 - Barclays Center w/ A Tribe Called Quest
November 23 - Madison Square Garden w/ Kendrick Lamar
November 24 - Madison Square Garden w/ A Tribe Called Quest
A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad DJs the RSVPed-out NPR CMJ showcase that Pusha T (whose new album Kanye produced) plays.
Updated Kanye dates are listed below...
Schoolboy Q at Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q, who appears on the new Danny Brown LP (listen), and just released "Banger (MOSHPIT)," the newest single off his own upcoming LP, Oxymoron (release date TBA), has just been announced for a CMJ show happening on October 16 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (10/1) at 10 AM. Q's other upcoming shows include Barclays Center (11/2) with Kendrick Lamar and more. Updated dates are listed below.
Another hip hop show happening during CMJ is the annual Duck Down Music/Javotti Media showcase happening on October 16 at Music Hall of Williamsburg co-headlined by Talib Kweli and Brooklyn hip hop vets Black Moon, who will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1993 debut, Enta da Stage, backed by Phony PPL. The rest of the lineup includes Smif N Wessun Reggae Jam Session, RES, T'Nah Apex, Cory Mo and DJ Meka of 2dopeboyz. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, Talib Kweli will also play NYC, along with Big K.R.I.T., when the two rappers open for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at The Theater at MSG on 11/13, 14, and 15. Tickets for those shows are still available (but "not many left"). Talib also DJs/hosts the album release show for his Idle Warship partner Res at SOB's on 10/9. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Other hip hop CMJ shows include Stalley and Gunplay at Gramercy Theatre on 10/18 (tix), and Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia), Oxymorrons, Illustrate, J. Natural, Kosha Dillz and special guests at Littlefield on October 16 (tix).
Not during CMJ, but some other hip hop shows were just announced too.
Updated Schoolboy Q dates are listed, along with a stream of his new song, below...