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by Andrew Sacher


Canadian alt-rapper Shad will follow 2013's Flying Colours LP with the free Boarding Pass EP on December 1. Shad recorded the EP with longtime touring partner DJ T.Lo. We've got the premiere of first single "Hang On," which has a real golden era hip hop vibe. Here's what Shad and T.Lo had to say about it:

Shad states, "It's pretty straight-forward. Given the 'hang on' sample, I just knew I wanted to do something uplifting that reflected how I feel about these times." T.Lo adds, "The beat came together pretty quickly after a visit to Vancouver. As soon as I finished it, I knew it would be perfect for Shad."
Check that out below.

Shad also has a NYC one-off scheduled happening soon after the EP's release on December 4 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Kahli Abdu and Jay Wirth. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Show flyer, with the new song stream, below...

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(photo via @klaus_kinski)

Tickets for the Bob Dylan shows at Beacon Theatre are on sale now.

Nina Persson (of The Cardigans) is playing Marlin Room at Webster Hall on October 15. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Shad is playing The Studio at Webster Hall on December 4. Tickets are on sale now.

A Gramercy Theater "4-Show Metal Warrior Pack" goes on sale today at 10 AM. It gets you into four of the venue's upcoming metal shows, including Accept, Prong, Fozzy and Doro.

Tickets for the Pentagram, Radio Moscow, Blood Ceremony and Kings Destroy show at Gramercy Theater go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Patti Smith shows at Webster Hall go on BrooklynVegan presale today at 10 AM. PASSWORD HERE.

Tickets for the Trentemoller show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Raury show at The Studio at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10 AM.

Gorgon City is playing Highline Ballroom on October 15. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Junglepussy, Celeste and Princess Nokia are playing Acheron on September 13. 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.


The short list for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Drake, Mac DeMarco, Chromeo, Owen Pallett, Tim Hecker, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Timber Timbre, Tanya Tagaq, Shad, Jessy Lanza and Basia Bulat.

The winner will be announced at a gala on September 22. Who do you think it will be? Who should win? Last year it was Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Full list below...

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Field Trip

Toronto's Field Trip Festival began last year as a celebration of label Arts & Crafts' 10th anniversary. It's returning again this year, happening June 7 & 8 at Fort York & Garrison Common with Broken Social Scene headlining once again, but will expand beyond the Arts & Crafts roster. Interpol, The Kills, the reunited Constantines, CHVRCHES, Fucked Up, Washed Out, Lord Huron, Austra are among the other bands playing the 2014 edition. Tickets, in a variety of packages, are on sale now.

Full announced line-up is below.

Continue reading "BSS, Interpol, The Kills , Constantines, Fucked Up playing 2014 Field Trip Fest in Toronto (line-up)"


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

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Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.

Initial lineup below...

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Says the PR

On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The
, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
Woot. 2013 Lineup below...

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by BBG

Q-Tip at Rock The Bells (more by Eric Townsend)

This week is devoted to hip hop and specifically Brooklyn hip hop, with the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival ongoing and a "Salute To The DJ" event slated for TONIGHT at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Juice Crew mastermind Marley Marl will be on hand the headline the event, bringing along Grand Wizzard Theodore, Mista Sinista, Chairman Mao, Roli Rho (5th Platoon), Twilite Tone, and Getlive, all hosted by Duck Down representative Torae. Tickets are still available. We also have a pair you can win. Details and set times below.

Friday (7/15) will mean the Bodega Recognition Awards at Sheraton Brooklyn, which will "recognize and celebrate positive contributions to Hip Hop Music and Culture", but Saturday is the big celebration. Over two stages and during two events, BHHF will see performances from Lords of The Underground, Q-Tip, K-Salaam, MOP, Shad, Diamond District, Random Axe, and many more from noon until 9PM. That's split into the Family Day celebration (12 - 3) and the subsequent show at Brooklyn Bridge Park (6- 9). Full festival details are below, and tickets to the Main Stage performances are still available.

Shad's appearance is one of a few scheduled for the coming weeks, as he'll skip around the US and Canada in the coming months. Full tour schedule is below.

Though it isnt part of the BHHF, Company Flow is decidedly hip hop AND from Brooklyn. The crew plays with The Juggaknots at a sold-out Santos on Saturday.

All Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival details, Shad tour dates, and some videos below.

Continue reading "Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest is underway, Shad is on tour (dates)"

Clipse photos by Brook Bobbins

Nas & Damian Marley at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Samantha Marble)
Nas & Damian Marley

Distant Relatives Nas & Damian Marley will team up for a summer show in NYC this year just like last. They'll hit Central Park Summerstage on August 11th. Tickets go on web presale at 10AM on Thursday (5/19) with regular sale hitting Friday. One difference from from last year though, they're calling this one their "grand finale," so don't sleep if you've been wanting to catch the pair together. THAT SAID, they were also just announced on the lineup of ACL which is happening a month later.

Wiz Khalifa also has a Summerstage show coming up.

In other hip hop news, Q-Tip will DJ The Fort Greene Festival kick off party on May 28th at Sanders Studio (525 Waverly Avenue in Brooklyn), a benefit to raise money for the forthcoming annual event. Tickets are $10 or $15 at the door.

As previously mentioned, Q-Tip will perform at the annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival on July 16th where he'll be joined by new additions Homeboy Sandman, Eternia, Shad, Nitty Scott and Kid Glyde. Get your tickets.

Rock the Bells is going to announce some news from a "launch party" at House of Blues in LA on May 24th.

Talib Kweli will link back up with his side project Idle Warship to play BB Kings on June 10th. Tickets are on sale. And don't forget Kweli will also play a free show in Red Hook Park on 6/21.

Edan plays Southpaw on May 25th.

Clipse @ Terminal 5 in April

Clipse made a NYC appearance at Terminal 5 on April 30th. They opened for A-Trak, and pictures from their set are in this post. More of them below.

Ghostface & Raekwon supported Mobb Deep at recent show at Best Buy Theater. Pictures from that show are HERE. Some upcoming UK Wu-Tang dates are below.

The previously announced "Salute to Hip Hop" show that was supposed to take place at Best Buy Theater in Times Square in April has been rescheduled. You can now catch The Lox, EPMD, and Brand Nubian at the NYC venue on June 30th. Tickets are on sale.

The previously announced Curren$y show happening at Irving Plaza in June is still happening, but now so are many more tour dates around it including the Pitchfork Festival. They are listed below.

And finally, Beastie Boys have no tour dates in support of their Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 yet, but you can catch Ad-Rock hosting/DJing as part of a day long Children's Museum of Art benefit. Tickets for both events at Webster Hall on 5/22 are on sale. Meanwhle check out "The Greatest Beastie Boys Lyrical References To New York, In Order."

A recent video by Nas & Damian Marley for "Nah Mean," those Clipse pics, and tour dates, below.

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Evan Dando at The Bell House (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Evan Dando

Evan Dando & The Lemonheads have a few random upcoming dates scheduled. The Lemonheads will share a bill with The Canon Logic on April 28th at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Tickets are still available. You can also catch Josh Lattanzi of The Lemonheads at Bowery Ballroom on May 26 & 27 as part of the Bob Dylan tribute that will also include members of the Strokes, Hold Steady, etc, etc.

All other upcoming Evan Dando dates are in other countries at the moment, including a June 16th Evan & Juliana Hatfield show in Toronto for the NXNE festival which, like Brooklyn's own multi-venue festival Northside, recently expanded its lineup. Some of the other bands playing are in the title of this post. The rest are listed below.

All Dando-related dates and some videos below too...

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Shad @ Pianos - BV-CMJ 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)

Canadian rapper Shad did pretty alright by getting two albums in a row nominated for Canada's Polaris Prize. Impressive, despite his 2010 record TSOL not winning - that honor went to Montreal's French-singing Karkwa.

Shad will be on tour this October along with fellow Canuck K-OS. That includes an October 28th NYC show at Highline Ballroom (with Astronautalis too). Tickets for the show are on sale. All tour dates are below.

TSOL, Shad's third LP, came out in May in Canada - it just came out October 5th in the US on Decon. Check out three of its tunes, a Rick Rubin-style hard-rock-rap song "We, Myself & I," the soulful "Rose Garden" (which features BSS collaborator Lisa Lobsinger) and the record's first single "Yaa I Get It" all below...

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The Besnard Lakes @ Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Andrew St Clair)
Besnard Lakes

The short list for the 2010 Polaris Prize has been announced. The ten nominees are below...

Continue reading "2010 Polaris Music Prize short list announced (includes Caribou who will DJ Glasslands after the Governors Island show) "

DOWNLOAD: Shad - I Don't Like To (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Shad - I Get Down (MP3)

Shad @ Pianos in CMJ 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)


This is Shad's FIRST headlining show in the birthplace of Hip Hop Culture. If you're in the city, come hang. If you know people who are in the city, let'em know.

Canadian rapper/musician Shad (aka Shadrach Kabango) will in fact play his first headlining NYC show (the birthplace referenced above) on Wednesday, November 4th at Pianos. Tickets are on sale.

At last year's CMJ, Shad made his first NYC appearance (the second, a day later, was a Brooklyn Vegan showcase). At the BV gig (a major highlight of the day), Shad came equipped with a guitar and a DJ - alternately, he sometimes plays backed by a band. He was also nominated for 2008's Polaris Prize for his record The Old Prince.

Check out Shad's laid-back, old-school-inspired style for yourself in the videos below...

Continue reading "Shad is coming back to NYC - MP3, videos & dates"

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

DOWNLOAD: Shad - I Don't Like To (MP3)

"...Shad's a far better rapper than Kanye West." [OkayPlayer]


A last minute addition to the BrooklynVegan party at Pianos during CMJ 2008, rapper Shad was one of that hazy day's highlights and a definite crowd pleaser. He played solo, backed by his DJ, and even sang some songs with a guitar (and I've read he sometimes plays with a full band too). One night before Pianos, Shad played his first NYC show at Arlene's Grocery. Northern Touch was there, and writes...

After a warm Canadian welcome from a CBC radio host Shad took to the stage for the first time performing in NYC to a packed crowd. After introducing his band, a DJ and bassist, Shad got the crowd jumping right away, with a bouncy track, backed by a heavy bass, and precise cuts. Not soon after Shad brought out an acoustic guitar to accompany his spoken word like delivery before slowing adding the band back in the mix to keep the show live and diverse.
Shad has been compared to fellow Canadian emcee K-OS, and Windy City's native son Common, all good company, and fair comparison. But what sets Shad K apart from his piers is his honest, positive easy conversational type flow.
Although Shad hasn't made his mark in the United States yet, the Canadian has already gained some acclaim in his own country where, among other things, he went up against Caribou, Holy Fuck, Plants and Animals, Stars, Basia Bulat, Black Mountain and the Weakerthans for the 2008 Polaris prize. Check out the track above for a taste of why.
"I Tunes, eye-patch
I'm in the same boat where the pirates be
Tell'em I'm down with that pirate stee
They don't buy it, I say don't buy it - pirate me
If it's I'll, it'll spread virally"
Now it's time for him to become known in the US (where he has yet to release his record). Shad will make, what I think will be his second trip to our country this March for at least three appearances at SXSW, and then he'll be back for a much longer stay over the summer when he plays all 45 dates of the Warped Tour. No new NYC dates at the moment unless you count the NYC-area Warped shows which I realize you don't (for more than one reason). All dates, and more CMJ pictures, below...

Continue reading "Shad - MP3, 2009 tour dates (SXSW & Warped Tour) & pics "

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DOWNLOAD: Twi the Humble Feather - higher than the end (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: James Jackson Toth - Nothing Hides (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: James Jackson Toth - Doreen (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Muslims - Beside Myself (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Shad - I Get Down (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Japanese Motors - Spendin Days (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Japanese Motors - Single Fins & Safety Pins (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Peasant - Exposure (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sharon Van Etten - It's Not Like (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sebastien Grainger - American Names (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wye Oak - Warning (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Phosphorescent - A Picture Of Our Torn Up Praise (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Friendly Fires - Jump in the Pool (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Crystal Antlers - A Thousand Eyes (MP3)


ABOVE: You can download at least one MP3 from every artist playing the BrooklynVegan party at Pianos today (Oct 23, 2008). Which one do you like best?

Phosphorescent's video for "At Death, A Proclamation" below...

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A few tracks into Shad's Polaris Music Prize-nominated album The Old Prince makes it clear Common is a massive influence. From the soul samples and jazz interludes to introspective spoken-word intros and lyrics that tackle everyday issues with perspective and humour, the disc recalls early Common albums such as Resurrection.

"Common is my biggest influence -- he was the one guy that I liked best, because he's the best," said Shad. "He's always at the next level --with the lyrics, the way he says things -- on all levels. From his level of depth of insight and honesty to his straight lyrical skill." [Metro]

@ Pianos in NYC, full club, Thursday, October 23, 2008, FREE. The lineup is:
time (PM), band, stage
12:00 Pretty & Nice (downstairs)
12:15 Twi the Humble Feather (upstairs)
12:45 Eagle Seagull (downstairs)
01:00 James Jackson Toth (upstairs)
01:30 The Muslims (downstairs)
01:45 Shad (upstairs)
02:15 Japanese Motors (downstairs)
02:30 Peasant (upstairs)
03:00 Friendly Fires (downstairs)
03:15 Sharon Van Etten (upstairs)
03:45 Crystal Antlers (downstairs)
04:00 Pwrfl POWER (upstairs)
04:30 Sebastien Grainger (downstairs)
04:45 Wye Oak (upstairs)
05:30 Phosphorescent (upstairs)
Shad played his official CMJ showcase at Arlene's Grocery on Wednesday night. Thursday is the Canadian's only other NYC show. Check out a video below...

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by BrooklynVegan Mike

Polaris Music Prize

The time has arrived to crown another Polaris Music Prize winner. Last year's Canadian award was met with mixed response as relative unknowns (outside of Canada) Patrick Watson beat Arcade Fire, Feist (my pick to win), and seven others for the top spot.

This is the most open field in the brief history of the award. There are no big acts, though Stars certainly has a large following. Most of the artists on the shortlist have been playing since the beginning of the decade or longer. Coincidently or otherwise, the two youngest artists on the shortlist, Shad (27) and Basia Bulat (24), are two of the favorites this year. With that said, there will be no real "upsets." I can see any of the nominees walking away with the prize. It seems the award has positioned itself more to elevate someone then legitimize a popular artist's success (past losers include the aforementioned Arcade Fire along with Broken Social Scene, and Wolf Parade).

Like last year, I will go over the ten nominees in order of who I think has the best chance of picking up the prize on the 29th. We start with who I think has the least chance...

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