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The LOX at Best Buy Theater in 2011 (more by Brook Bobbins)
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Cypress Hill are playing their mostly annual NYC Halloween show this year on October 30 at Best Buy Theater, and they've got La Coka Nostra, Immortal Technique and Vinnie Paz joining them for the occasion. Tickets for that show go on sale today (8/8) at noon. Their only other date that we're currently aware of is Made In America LA.

Other NYC hip hop shows were recently announced too, like the previously discussed ones from Black Milk, Wu-Tang w/ Bone Thugs, Diplomats, Lil Kim & more and the recently-expanded AfroPunk Festival. Here's more...

Two days after the legendary Rakim plays Studio 48 (10/2) with Slick Rick, he plays 'The Bbg Presents The Noge 50th Year Benefit Concert' at NYC's Apollo Theater (10/4) with Big Daddy Kane (tickets). Both Rakim and Big Daddy Kane are also billed for the 'Hip Hop Hall Of Fame Jam: Legends of The Fall' happening at Long Island's NYCB Theatre at Westbury (10/4) the same day as the Apollo show, so it's not entirely clear how (or if) that will work out. Also on the Westbury show is Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Biz Markie and Pep & the Soul Explosion Band (tickets).

Veteran New York trio The LOX (Styles P, Sheek Louch, Jadakiss) are on board for this year's Fool's Gold Day Off on Labor Day, and exactly a month later they'll play NYC again at BB King's on October 1. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Sooner at BB King's another NYC rapper, Fabolous, takes over the venue on August 23. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Statik Selektah

Long-running DJ Statik Selektah releases his new album, What Goes Around, on August 19 via Duck Down. It features tons of killer collaborations from Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Talib Kweli, Ab-Soul, Sheek Louch, Styles P, Snoop Dogg, Dilated Peoples, Royce Da 5'9, Black Thought, Bun B, POS of De La Soul, Sean Price, Pharoahe Monch, Freddie Gibbs and more. Get a taste of it from three tracks, "Alarm Clock" (ft. Ab-Soul, Jon Connor, Logic), "The Imperial" (ft. Action Bronson, Royce Da 5'9, Black Thought), and "Carry On" (ft. Joey Bada$$, Freddie Gibbs), along with the tracklist, below. Statik Selektah celebrates the new LP with a release show the day before it comes out at SOB's (8/18). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

There's a '90s vs Naughts party happening on the Luxury Infinity Yacht which loads in on August 16 at 10:30 PM on Pier 40 (353 West St) and sets sail at midnight. NYC hip hop vets Smif N Wessun and Buckshot will perform a brief live set, and music will otherwise be provided by DJs including Stretch Armstrong, DJ Moma, Young Guru, Meka, DJ Soul and DJ Tara. Tickets are on sale now and you can also RSVP for VIP. Flyer with more info, below.

Those are just a few hip hop shows coming up in NYC. You can also browse our 'Hip Hop' tab for more. What else?

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Rakim

Rakim, the legend that he is, can get away with a lot, maybe even a love for Linkin Park. He... ain't no joke:

Rakim's work with Linkin Park on the group's "Guilty All The Same" track may come as a surprise to some of his listeners, but the New York emcee says it's a natural collaboration for him.

"I got a lot of respect for Linkin Park," Rakim says in an interview with XXL. "I've been a fan since they came out."

Rakim, who says he discovered Linkin Park with his children, says he likes "all" of the band's songs.

"I get a vibe off of it and I know exactly what they speaking on and the feeling they bringing across," he says. "I respect them for that." [HipHop DX]

To each his own. I just hope he got... paid in full.

Rakim's upcoming dates include a just-announced headlining Linkin-Park-less NYC show at Studio 48 on Oct 2 (tickets). Sooner, catch him as part of 'SUPER FRESH HIP-HOP FEST' in Chicago on June 20, as part of the 'Golden Era Hip Hop Tour' in Charlotte, NC on June 21 and at the "Masters of Ceremony - Hip Hop Reunion" show in LA on July 18. Each of those last three pair him with the likes of DMX, EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Doug E Fresh, Biz Markie, Naughty By Nature and more (check each show for specific lineups and more info. He also plays a 4th of July concert in Toronto (not very patriotic I suppose).

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Action Bronson royalty portrait (by Amar Stewart)
Action Bronson

This Saturday (3/1) from 7 PM to 11 PM, Williamsburg gallery Cotton Candy Machine (S 1st St) will hold its first artist residency with painter Amar Stewart, whose series, "Hip-Hop Royalty," includes 17th century royalty style portraits of rappers like Action Bronson (pictured above), Jay Z, Biggie, Eminem, Tupac, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and more. Preview more of the portraits at Bedford & Bowery.

As mentioned, you can also catch the actual Action Bronson in NYC soon with The Lox at Best Buy Theater on March 26. Tickets for that show are still available.

There's also been some more recently announced hip hop shows in NYC, including Odd Future's The Internet, who play SOB's on March 16. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Bronx crew B.I.C. (Bitches Is Crazy), who released the free 4/20 album Influence last year, play SOB's on March 20 with CJ Fly of Pro Era, Quincy Vidal and S.I.T.H. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Long-running Brooklyn rapper Sean Price plays SOB's on April 24 with special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Slick Rick celebrates the 25th anniversary of his 1988 debut, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, at BB King's on May 7 with a live backing band. Tickets are on sale now.

Iggy Azalea plays Irving Plaza on May 5. Tickets for that show go on sale today (2/28) at 10 AM.

The YG and DJ Mustard show at Irving Plaza also goes on sale today at 10 AM.

Other previously discussed upcoming hip hop shows in NYC include Schoolboy Q, A-Trak & Cam'ron, Danny Brown, The Underachievers, Freddie Gibbs & Madlid, Juicy J, Mobb Deep and more.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

De La Soul's Posdnuos @ Bud Light Hotel 1/31/2014
Bud Light Hotel

De La Soul's groundbreaking debut album, 1989's 3 Feet High and Rising, turns 25 this year. To celebrate, the Long Island trio are offerning up their entire catalog as a free download (320kbs MP3s) for 25 hours on the group's website starting today at 11 AM EST. MC Posdnuos told Rolling Stone:

It's about allowing our fans who have been looking and trying to get a hold of our music to have access to it. It's been too long where our fans haven't had access to everything. This is our way of showing them how much we love them.
De La Soul were among the classic hip hop acts who played one of the Bud Light Hotel cruises (1/31) that happened during Super Bowl mania here in NYC. The Roots, Run DMC, Naughty by Nature, Busta Rhymes, Slick Rick & Doug E Fresh, were among the other performers and a belated set of pictures from that are in this post.

Meanwhile, Maseo of De La Soul will be DJing at East Village club Fat Buddha on Monday (2/17) with DJ Mike Loe & Chosun. Doors are at 8PM and it's free.

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Rakim at Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Eric Townsend)
Rakim

It's the new year, and like every year, there's a ton of great hip hop shows coming up in NYC, especially a lot this month (and of course a few announced for the months after that). So while you're trying to stay warm during the coldest winter, here's some of those shows you might want to check out:

As discussed, Jay Z brings his Magna Carter World Tour to his stomping grounds of Barclays Center on Sunday (1/12) and Monday (1/13). If you can't make the Brooklyn dates, or just still need more Hov in your life, there's other nearby dates happening at Mohegan Sun (1/17), Nassau Coliseum (1/19), and Prudential Center (1/22). Tickets for those shows are still available.

A bunch of golden-age rappers are joining forces for the Masters of Ceremony show at Radio City Music Hall on January 24 with DMX, EPMD, Rakim, Naughty by Nature, Brand Nubian, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Biz Markie, and Black Sheep. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Another long-running NYC rapper, Talib Kweli will play the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at SOB's on January 19, and this one also honors the late Nelson Mandela. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Also at SOB's on January 27, producer 9th Wonder will celebrate the release of his label Jamla Records' Jamla is the Squad compilation album. Statik Selektah hosts for the night, and the show will also feature ADD-2, Rapsody and the entire Jamla team -- Actual Proof, HaLo, GQ, Heather V and more -- with special guests. Not sure whose those guests will be, but the album features appearances from Jadakiss, Styles P, Talib Kweli, Elzhi, Phonte, and more. Stream a 9th Wonder-produced Rapsody track from the compilation, below. Tickets are on sale now.

Sooner than that, SOB's hosts Le1f/Mykki Blanco collaborator Ian Isiah on Wednesday (1/8). That show also features Benja, Silverbird, Rising Sun Allstars and Quincy Vidal. Tickets are on sale.

And Ty Dolla $ign, who got some internet love for his 2013 mixtape, Beach House 2 (stream below), will play SOB's on January 22 with Black Cobain, Tijon and Gliffics. Tickets are on sale.

Dom Kennedy, who's notably collaborated with Curren$y, Schoolboy Q, Casey Veggies and others, plays NYC on January 28 at Irving Plaza with Skeme. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Another Dom Kennedy collaborator, Nipsey Hussle, plays NYC on January 24 at Highline Ballroom with Erk the Jerk and The Kid Daytona. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Nipsey recently released a new track, "6in Heels," which you can stream below.

Waka Flocka Flame plays NYC on January 27 at BB King's. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

As discussed, J. Cole brings his tour to NYC this month on January 28 at the Theatre at MSG. Tickets are still available.

And 2 Chainz, Pusha T and August Alsina bring their tour to NYC soon after on February 5 at Roseland Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

Other upcoming hip hop shows happening a bit later in the year include Cam'ron at Stage 48 on 2/20 (tickets), Shaggy at Brooklyn Bowl on 2/25 (tickets), and Slaughterhouse at Best Buy Theater on 4/26 (tickets).

And Kanye West just announced a tour.

These are just a few of the upcoming hip hop shows in NYC. What else?

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Thanksgiving

The World/Inferno Friendship Society are playing Bowery Ballroom on February 8. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.

Light Asylum are playing Glasslands on December 20. Tickets to that show are on sale now.

Tickets to see The Casket Girls at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to the TOY shows at Mercury Lounge and Glasslands are on sale now.

Tickets for the newly-added Factory Floor show at 285 Kent are on sale now.

Tickets to see Pissed Jeans, Purling Hiss and Pampers at Knitting Factory are on sale now.

Yvette, Christines, and Future Punx are playing Glasslands on January 3. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Yvette have other upcoming shows before then too.

Mister Lies is playing Cameo on December 5 with Beat Culture and Saint Pepsi. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Slick Rick is playing Brooklyn Bowl on January 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A number of weirdo rappers, Nacho Picasso, GDP (w/ Space Jesus), Lakutis, DVS, Perrion, and Rosegold, are playing 285 Kent on December 18. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Alt-J are playing a SiriusXM show at The Studio At Webster Hall on December 13. If you're a SiriusXM subscriber, you can enter their contest to win and gain admission to the show.

Chvrches are also playing a SiriusXM show at McKittrick Hotel on December 10. You can enter their contest to get in.

Tickets for the seventh Lady Gaga show at Roseland Ballroom go on Citi Cardmember presale today at 10 AM.

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.

A$AP Rocky & Joey Bada$$ in Austin in July (more by Tim Griffin)
ASAP Rocky

As mentioned a few times, Rock the Bells is returning to a few cities this year, including East Rutherford, NJ's Meadlowlands Racetrack from October 4-5. The two-day hip hop festival has just announced its final additions, including A$AP Rocky (and his A$AP Mob), Joey Bada$$ (and Pro Era), Trinidad Jame$, Logic, Stalley, Young Dirty Bastard, and Odd Future's The Internet.

They join previously announced names like Wu-Tang Clan, Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Juicy J, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown, Rakim, Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, Big Sean and more.

Rock the Bells have also announced the day-by-day lineups and put single day tickets on sale. 2-day passes are still available as well.

A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, and Trinidad Jame$ just swung through the NYC-area when their tour with Wiz Khalifa hit PNC Bank Arts Center on 8/2 and Jones Beach last night (8/6).

Danny Brown and Action Bronson just announced a tour leading up to their Rock the Bells NJ appearances.

We also just mentioned that The Internet play NYC this month.

Full Rock the Bells NJ lineups, day-by-day, are listed below...

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Baroness at Chaos in Tejas in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Baroness

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Melvins, Baroness, Honky @ House of Vans
The free shows at House of Vans continue tonight with sets from sludge veterans Melvins and the just as great, but more contemporary torchbearers, Baroness (for whom this will be their first NYC show following last year's bus accident). This one should get pretty crazy. RSVP closed a while ago, but even if you did RSVP, remember that it's first come, first served. Doors are at 7 PM.

Maxwell's Block Party w/ The Bongos, The Individuals, "a" @ Maxwell's (FREE)
And so it ends: After 35 years, Hoboken rock club Maxwell's will shut its doors after tonight. Before that happens, though, a block party (starting at 4 PM) and, later, performances from three bands from the early days of the club. Free.

M. Ward, The Kami Lyle Trio with Joey Spampinato & Tad Price @ Union Pool
Forget about She & Him. M Ward is an amazing songwriter on his own with ripping guitar skills to boot, and in the tiny Union Pool those skills will be on full display. It's a rare intimate appearance for such an amazing talent.

Summerscreen w/ Hector's Pets, The Numerators, Juniper Rising @ McCarren Park (FREE)
Tonight's Summerscreen film is '80s kids adventure classic The Goonies. Which of the three bands playing before the movie will bite the apple and cover Cyndi Lauper's theme song? Bands at 6 PM with the movie starting around sunset. Free.

The Love Language, Eternal Summers @ Mercury Lounge
North Carolina's The Love Language just released their new album, Ruby Red, on Merge; tourmates Eternal Summers, meanwhile, are putting the finishing touches on their new one which is out soon. Go out and here some new tunes.

Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls, Off With Their Heads, Ben Marwood @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Night 2 of Frank Turner's intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg shows. Like last night, this one's sold out, but Frank will return in the fall for a much larger show at Terminal 5.

Jherek Bischoff, Jen Goma (of People Get Ready), Greg Saunier (of Deerhoof), Contemporaneous @ Le Poisson Rouge
Amanda Palmer/Parenthetical Girls collaborator Jherek Bischoff, who just performed with the Kronos Quartet during Lincoln Center Out of Doors, is playing his own show at Le Poisson Rouge tonight. He's be joined by some nice support too, including members of People Get Ready and Deerhoof.

Beyonce @ Izod Center
Beyonce has four Barclays Center shows coming up (three next week, one in December), but before that she'll be in NJ tonight for a show at Izod Center. In addition to the hits, it's looking pretty fair to expect some new songs too. A totally elaborate stage show seems possible too.

Beth Orton @ The Bell House
Fresh off the Newport Folk Fest, UK singer Beth Orton plays her second of two shows in NYC. Tickets are still available.

Aziz Ansari @ Secret Venue
TREAT YO-SELF. The Parks & Rec star's demographically-focused comedy set at a secret venue will undoubtedly be interesting, if not utterly side-splitting.

Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Tonight's Big Terrific is a little different in format than usual. Max Silvestri turns the hosting duties over to Nick Turner with sets from Jon Daly and Nate Bargatze. Max, meanwhile, will perform a full hour set. Free.

For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar.

Mike Doughty @ City Winery
The former Soul Coughing singer has two shows at City Winery tonight: the early show features songs from Skittish, Rockity Roll, Haughty Melodic, and The Flip Is Another Honey; the late show features songs from Golden Delicious, Sad Man Happy Man, and Yes And Also Yes. (Did you know he had so many solo records?) Both will also feature a few Soul Coughing Numbers, too.

Dead Stars, The Hairs, The Teen Age, Honduras @ Glasslands
Here's a quality bill of indie rock, with '90s-leaning Dead Stars, the adenoidal angst of The Hairs, and The Teen Age whose music is much better than their name. Honduras play too.

Lost Tribe, Anasazi @ Home Sweet Home
It's punk night at the predominantly goth party Nothing Changes, where Lost Tribe will team with Anasazi for night at the fog-engulfed venue. The pair of bands together promises to be worth a wiped out Thursday.

Slick Rick (w/ Lifted) @ Stage 48
Born in London but raised in The Bronx, Slick Rick's flow is as distinctive as his signature eyepatch, and old-school classics like "La Di Da Di" and "Children's Story" still get the party going.

David Neff, Run-On Sunshine, Jenn Kelly, Preston Spurlock @ Cake Shop
If you like your pop twee and nasally (and some do), head to Cake Shop tonight for two likeminded artists from Arizona: David Neff and Run-On Sunshine.

Erin McKeown, Lake Street Dive @ Madison Square Park (FREE)
Folk pop artist Erin McKeown performs at tonight's installment of Madison Square Park's free concert series. 6PM

Yes @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Sure its a bit of the bummer that they can't get the old band together, but the early Yes material, the focus of this tour, will be divine.

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

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Eve

Veteran rapper Slick Rick is performing with a live band, The Lifted, in NYC on July 31 at Stage 48 with Don Dada. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Underground hip hop duo Cannibal Ox, who are back in action, are playing a hometown show on August 3 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Prop Anon, Meyhem Lauren, Rasheed Chappel and AKIR.

Eve, who is back with a hungry new album this year, is playing Irving Plaza on August 28. Tickets for that show go on sale today (7/26) at noon.

Bronx rap vet KRS-One is playing SOB's on August 15 with DJ Predator Prime. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Cloud rap duo Main Attrakionz are playing Knitting Factory on August 31 with a huge lineup that includes Cashclick, M.U.V.I., Handjob Academy, Buddy Fly High, and more. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

NYC rap duo The Doppelgangaz, who are having a great year thanks to a solid new album, play another hometown show on September 13 at Knitting Factory with Boldy James and Sneakas. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

YouTube rappers Turquoise Jeep will smang it at BB King's on August 25 with Kosha Dillz. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Oakland duo Zion I play Mercury Lounge on September 9. Tickets for that show go on sale today (7/26) at noon.

Chicago drill rapper/King Louie associate Katie Got Bandz is playing a Scion A/V show with Mike G of Odd Future on August 14 at Knitting Factory. You have to enter Scion's contest to gain admission.

Indie rap trio Ratking is playing The Studio at Webster Hall on August 8 with Kinetics & One Love, Adrian Lau/Alpsko, G4SHi, and Trap Ciudad. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Eminem associate Obie Trice, Young HD, and more TBA are playing SOB's on July 29. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

360 and Dyme A Duzin are playing SOB's on August 20. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Push!, Danse of Bklyn Stickup, Winkloc, Maffew Ragazino Sr., and more TBA are playing SOB's on July 31. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Phony PPL play Brooklyn Bowl on August 12 with The Skins. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
Pete Rock

The Rock Steady Crew is celebrating its 36th anniversary with a free concert at Central Park Summerstage that features quite the lineup: Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Brand Nubian, Special Ed, Craig G, Q-Unique, Homebody Sandman, and Torae. Show starts at 3 PM.

Another hip hop legend coming to Central Park: DJ Kool Herc will be there for free day shows on August 10 (3 PM) and August 11 (5 PM).

Other hip hop related events in Central Park include the hip hop themed theater adaptation of "King Kong" on August 5 and a screening of hip hop film "Wild Style" on August 26 for its 30th anniversary, along with live performances by Lee, Lady Pink, Busy Bee, and more.

Other previously announced upcoming hip hop shows in NYC include Goodie Mob, Cakes Da Killa, The Underachievers, Big Boi, Killer Mike & El-P, and Rock the Bells.

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Big Sean at Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Big Sean

Hip Hop festival Rock the Bells, which hits a few cities this year, has expanded its lineup once again. The NYC-area stop, which happens in East Rutherford, NJ at the Meadowlands Racetrack from October 4-5 will now also include Big Sean and Chief Keef. Other stops on the tour now include A-Trak (LA, DC) and Iamsu (LA, San Francisco).

They join previously announced names like Wu-Tang Clan, Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Juicy J, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown, Rakim, Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, and more. 2-day passes for the festival are still available.

Updated NJ lineup below...

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Deltron 3030
Deltron 3030

As mentioned, hip hop festival Rock the Bells is returning in 2013 to a few different cities including East Rutherford, NJ at the Meadowlands Racetrack from October 4-5. In addition to previously announced names like Black Hippy (aka Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), Common, Juicy J, Danny Brown, Tyler the Creator, Wu-Tang Clan, Bone Thuz N Harmony, Earl Sweatshirt, Pusha T, Big K.R.I.T., Flatbush Zombies and more, the lineup has been expanded to include even more.

Joining the artists mentioned above will be the reunited Deltron 3030 (though they only play the LA and San Francisco stops), Big Daddy Kane, Action Bronson, J. Cole, Rapsody & 9th Wonder, Freddie Gibbs, Freeway, KRS-One, RIff Raff, Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh, Sean P, Smoke DZA, Wale, YG, and weirdly enough, Girl Talk and Pretty Lights. 2-day passes for the festival are still available.

Updated lineup below...

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Smif-N-Wessun at MHOW in 2012 (more)
Smif-N-Wessun

Slick Rick is playing Brooklyn Bowl on January 11 with F. Stokes. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Big Daddy Kane is playing with a live band at BB King's on January 24. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

M.O.P., Smif-N-Wessun, and Ka are playing Highline Ballroom on February 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A stacked Lo-End Theory show with Sean Price, Roc Marciano, Buckshot, Meyhem Lauren, and more is going down at Highline Ballroom on January 20. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Rockie Fresh, who hails from the fertile Chicago scene is making his way to NYC for a show at SOB's on January 23 with production great Lunice. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Freddie Gibbs is playing Santos Party House on January 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Trinidad James and Vinny Cha$e are playing SOB's on January 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Shabazz Palaces collaborators THEESatisfaction are playing SOB's on January 31 with Njena Redd Foxx (who we heard on the track "Ima Read" with Zebra Katz). Tickets for that show are on sale.

Tickets for the Talib Kweli show at SOB's are on sale now.

Tickets for the Aesop Rock show at Irving Plaza are on sale now.

As mentioned, Wale is playing Bowery Ballroom on Monday (1/7). Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.

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Twin Sister at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Twin Sister

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
* John Hodgman @ The Creek & Cave
* Blood Orange @ Sony Style
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* Ask Me Another @ The Bell House
* Ali Shaheed Muhammad @ Le Bain
* Linfinity, Free Blood, Waking Lights @ Mercury Lounge (cancelled)
* Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, Havana Brown @ Highland Ballroom
* Lydia Lunch, Thurston Moore, John Moloney @ The Bowery Electric
* Belle Mare, Elephant Wrecking Ball, Four Visions, Wilsen @ Cameo
* Juggernut, Ken South Rock, Filthy Savage, Jah Jah of Ninasonik (DJ set) @ Pyramid Club
* Chairlift, Twin Sister, Empress Of, Slowdance, Jason McMahon, Ice Choir DJ set @ Glasslands
* Ben Taylor, Menahan Street Band, Ki:Theory, Sinkane DJ set, In Transit DJ set @ The Bowery Hotel
* Caribbean Music Festival w/ Machel Montano, Alison Hinds, Mr. Vegas, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh @ Barclays Center

ZZZs were supposed to play Pyramid Club tonight but had to drop off the show. However, you can catch them tomorrow at Death by Audio (12/18) with Dead Til Tuesday, Negfi, and Human Crush.

The Caribbean Fever Music Festival, which was supposed to take place on November 2 but was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy, goes down at the Barclays Center tonight with Machel Montano, Alison Hinds, Mr. Vegas, Slick Rick, and Doug E. Fresh. Tickets are still available.

For more old school hip hop in NYC tonight, you can also head to The Standard at Le Bain to catch Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest) DJing.

T.I., who plays a sold out show at Best Buy Theater with A$AP Rocky on Tuesday, has landed in NYC ahead of that show. He'll be taping a performance in midtown this afternoon and will head to Fuse Studios after that for a performance at 9 PM, which will stream live at the Fuse YouTube channel. His new album, Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, drops tomorrow and since we last spoke, he revealed two more songs: "Hello" feat. Cee Lo Green and "Wildside" feat. A$AP Rocky. You can stream them both below.

And for even more hip hop, don't forget that the Duck Down Music and Javotti Media holiday party, which BrooklynVegan is co-sponsoring, is tomorrow (12/18) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Buckshot, Sean Price, Smif-N-Wessun, Flatbush Zombies, Skyzoo, and Dyme-A-Duzin. Tickets for that show are still available.

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It's about that time of the year when the Christmas songs start piling. We just heard Ex Cops take on Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime", and now The xx have revealed a cover of Wham's "Last Christmas" on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge this morning. Check it out below.

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Busta Ryhmes @ Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest
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Busta Rhymes headlined the closing night of the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival on Saturday (7/14) with a set which saw him reunited with Leaders of the New School -- the group which launched his career -- marking the first time Busta's performed with them since the mid-'90s (despite the group reuniting without him back in 2010). Though it had been hinted at, Raekwon and Rakim did not appear as guests at the show, but A Tribe Called Quest members Q-Tip and Phife Dawg, among others, did show up.

HipHopDX was at the show, and here's what they had to say about it:

With Spliff Star by his side, Bussa Bus rattled through a gaggle of hits from his illustrious, 20-plus year career - including anthems "Woo Ha!," "Pass The Courvoisier," "Party Goin' On Over Here," "Look At Me Now," "Everybody Rise," and others. The Brooklyn-native also brought Lil Fame and Slick Rick to the stage for performances of "Ante Up Remix" and "Children's Story," respectively, as well as Reek Da Villain, and BHF regulars, Buckshot and Smif-N-Wessun of Boot Camp Clik. In a classy display of skill, Busta Rhymes continued leading the audience in his rendition of "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See" even after the sound was cut because the show went past the park's 8PM curfew. Those in attendance loved it, waving their hands to Rhymes impromptu, pantomime performance, leaving on an upbeat note despite a day of noticeable challenges.
A NewYorkMusicNews video, which you can watch below, reports that Busta's set was cut off due to time constraints and though they turned off his mic, he stayed on stage and got the crowd swaying their arms and cheering. The video's also got a clip of Busta doing one of those mile-a-minute freestyles that he does so well.

Speaking of turning off mics, and as a lot of the internet is reporting, the same thing happened to Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and Tom Morello in London this weekend.

"Bruce Springsteen had been waiting for this moment for a long time. "I gotta tell you," he said to the 76,000-strong crowd, "I've been trying to do this for 50 years." For the finale of his headline slot in London's Hyde Park on Saturday, he'd arranged a very special treat: An onstage collaboration with Beatles legend Paul McCartney. But the rock megastar hadn't banked on the local London council deciding to show him who was boss." [CNN]
Check out the video below.

You can catch Q-Tip again this Friday (7/20) at Irving Plaza where he'll be djing the second edition of his "Offline" party, but note: "There will be a strict door policy. No single guys will be admitted unless there are ladies in your group. Dress To Impress. We love style and we know you do too, so please dress smart. Management reserves the right to refuse admission." Sounds fun.

Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest and Springsteen/McCartney videos below...

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Inspektah Deck with Method Man at Best Buy (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Wu-Tang Clan

Summertime and old-school/golden age hip hop go hand in hand. As such there are a plaethora of upcoming shows that will showcase all of your favorite MCs.

Tonight (6/6), SOB's will host Wu-Tang member Inspektah Deck with Queens' king of nonsensical rhymes N.O.R.E.. Tickets are still available. Deck recently shared "American Way" from his upcoming "mix album" Cynthia's Son which is streamable below. Deck is also onboard as part of Czarface with Boston duo 7L & Esoteric. The trio's collaboration will reportedly feature appearances from Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Roc Marciano, Action Bronson, Large Professor and DJ Premier.

SOB's will also host upcoming shows with Elzhi (ex-Slum Village) on July 19th (tickets), as well as Beanie Siegel on July 25th (tickets), the latter of which will appear at the Apple Store in the near future.

Slick Rick seemingly has a new NYC show on the calendar at all times, and his latest will team him with the great Biz Markie. Look for the duo to hit Gramercy Theater on July 28. Tickets are on sale. Meanwhile, a few of Biz's Juice Crew affiliates (namely Marley Marl and Big Daddy Kane) will link up with EPMD, Chubb Rock, and DJ Scratch for a show at BB King's on July 18th. Tickets are still available.

More shows: Prodigy of Mobb Deep and The Beatnuts will celebrate Queens Day at Irving Plaza on June 19; the shows in Betsy Head Park this weekend (Boot Camp Clik takes over 6/7); Lyricist Lounge with Ghostface on June 23; and GZA's performance of Liquid Swords during the Northside Festival (6/14).

Continue reading "Inspektah Deck, Noreaga, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane and more hip hop shows on the horizon"

Rakim @ Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Rakim

Talib Kweli is not the only hip hop great scheduled to play a free NYC show as part of Summerstage this summer. The series will host hip hop notables like Special Ed (6/8 in Betsey Head Park), Nice & Smooth with The Awesome Two (6/15 in Von King Park), Slick Rick (7/12 in Crotona Park), Kool Moe Dee (7/19 in Queensbridge Park), The Sugarhill Gang (8/2 in Tappen Park, Staten Island), and The Cold Crush Brothers (8/24 in East River Park), and others.

Funkmaster Flex will host his own set of "Salute to Hip Hop" Summerstage shows, and though most of the performers have yet to be announced, EPMD will perform at the first on 6/7 at Betsy Head Park in Brooklyn. EPMD will return with Rakim to take on Summerstage in Central Park on 9/21, and before that Funkmaster Flex has other shows going on in Soundview Park on 6/28 (performers TBA), in Queensbridge Park on 7/21, a show with Rob Base on 8/9 at Marcus Garvey Park.

More details to the previously mentioned shows, are below.

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Passion Pit @ Wellmont Theater - 12/30/10 (el_jong)
Passion Pit

Man Man have replaced Slick Rick as the Passion Pit opener at Wellmont Theater tonight (New Years Eve). Titus Andronicus opened the show for Passion Pit at the same venue last night, and will headline their own New Years Eve show tonight, but not at Ridgewood Masonic Temple:

====| NEW YEARS EVE @ 285 KENT AVE |====

:: TITUS ANDRONICUS
:::: REAL ESTATE
:::::: Andrew Cedermark
:::::::: Julian Lynch

| 285 KENT AVE | -------- note: NEW VENUE!
285 Kent Ave @ S 1st St | Williamsburg, Brooklyn L-Bedford, JM-Marcy | 8pm | all ages | $15 adv, $16 @ door | no phone

ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW - just a few left!
@ DESERT ISLAND BOOKS
UPDATE: Sold out
540 Metropolitan Ave @ Union Ave | 718.388.5087 Mon-Sat 12-9pm, Sun 12-7pm | $1 service charge

Man Man also open for Gogol Bordello at Terminal 5 on New Years Day. Julian Lynch also headlines Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 7th.

A shaky video from last night's Passion Pit show, below...

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Devin Therriault plays his own show with no openers at 7pm at Mercury Lounge today (12/21)

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper continues her NYC run at the Rock Shop tonight.

Chairlift & Acrylics are playing a free show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Wednesday (12/22) (RSVP required).

Also coming up at Knitting Factory: A New Year's Eve Felabration! with the FELA! Band (featuring members of Antibalas), Sahr Ngaujah (FELA) and the FELA! Dancers. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of FELA!, you don't have many more chances to see the Broadway play (it closes January 2nd).

Noah & the Whale aren't nearly as big as their Grammy-nominated friends in Mumford & Sons, but they did just add a 2nd Bowery Ballroom show after the first one became close to sold out. Tickets for the 3/21 show go on sale Wednesday at noon.

Slick Rick is opening for Passion Pit on New Years Eve at Wellmont Theater (tickets), and he's headlining Brooklyn Bowl on 1/14. Tickets are on sale for the latter.

Tickets are also still on sale for the 12/30 Passion Pit show with Titus Andronicus, and for Titus's New Years Eve show with Real Estate.

Tickets are now on sale for the Lauryn Hill show at Wellmont Theater.

Tickets are still on sale for Mr. Brownstone at The Rock Shop on New Years Eve.

Tickets are still on sale for the benefit show with The Drums at the Studio at Webster Hall.

Tickets are on sale for the Broken Records show at the Rock Shop.

Titus Andronicus @ Webster Hall (more by kolored)
Titus Andronicus

NEW YEARS EVE @ RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLE

:: TITUS ANDRONICUS
:::: REAL ESTATE
:::::: Andrew Cedermark
:::::::: Julian Lynch

| RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLE |
1054 Bushwick Ave @ Gates | Bushwick, Brooklyn J-Gates | 8pm | all ages | $15 | no phone

For Real Estate, that makes three upcoming shows, all of which are in NYC. The other two are at Union Hall and Brooklyn Bowl.

For Titus Andronicus that makes four upcoming NYC-area shows and even more elsewhere now that they've been added as the opener on the upcoming Pogues tour. Passion Pit play Wellmont Theatre on New Years Eve with Slick Rick, and one night earlier with Titus. All dates below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Big Freedia
Fun Fun Fun Fest

The 2010 edition of Fun Fun Fun Fest is now complete. You saw pictures from the first night. We have lots of possitive things to say coming up, but for now here is a part two of our photos - all from day two aka Saturday (11/6). They continue below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 - Day Two in pics (part 1) - Big Freedia, Antlers, Wavves, Devin the Dude, Os Mutantes & more) "

photos by Brook Bobbins

Lauryn Hill

Okay, so everyone advertised did perform. But it sure was a nail-biter. Lauryn Hill, the eccentric erstwhile Fugee who has mostly stayed out of sight since her lone solo album, 1998's still-scintillating R&B masterpiece "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," was clearly the lineup's chief curiosity. When it comes to her behavior over the past decade there's been no rumor too bizarre to believe. Sunday's rumor was a doozy, and it was true -- she really was three hours late to the stage because she was getting a manicure-pedicure. Suddenly, the attempt by her former band mate Wyclef Jean to become president of Haiti doesn't seem quite so self-centered.

As her 4:30 start time approached, the elaborate stage plot was ready to go. And then . . . nothing. A 10-minute wait became a half-hour, which became a full hour. Scattered heckles became heavy boos as the stage was broken down at 5:30... Her toenails apparently dry, Lauryn Hill [finally performed later], but she probably shouldn't have bothered. The performance was a messy rush through highlights from "Miseducation," but they were hardly recognizable due to her hoarse voice, speedy delivery and clunky, overstuffed arrangements. Hill wasn't lacking for energy, just focus. The feedback on her microphone was ear-splitting; special guest Nas came out for a 45-second cameo, and his microphone wasn't working for half of it. After 20 minutes she departed to an equal mix of cheers and boos, seemingly oblivious as to why anyone might be upset.

...As headliner Snoop Dogg's stage props were assembled -- that would be a large video screen and a park bench covered in 40s in brown paper bags -- and the clock began ticking toward the venue's 11 p.m. curfew, the chatter started again. As a general rule of thumb, chatter at hip-hop shows is not a good thing. Where's Snoop? He was in New York performing at a Michael Jackson tribute show earlier in the day and at 10:45 p.m. was nowhere to be seen. Boos, again.

He did finally emerge, wearing what seemed to be your grandmother's old kitchen tablecloth and performed a truncated version of his iconic gangsta rap album "Doggystyle."... He mostly stayed true to character, never smiling -- maybe he was too focused reading his lyrics off teleprompters -- but his listless performance gave off the vibe that he'd rather be somewhere else. Like, New York. Snoop drawled over the atomic G-funk of "What's My Name?" as the house lights went on -- the venue's not-so-subtle way of saying, "It's time for you to go now." It's hard to think Snoop minded too much. -[Washington Post]

I was wondering if Snoop's afternoon appearance in Prospect Park was really a good idea. There were significantly less complaints from the Rock the Bells show that happened one day earlier on Governors Island in NYC. Lauryn was only 30 minutes late.

Pictures from Rock the Bells NYC HERE, HERE, and a third set continued (we don't have pictures from DC), below...

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photos by Andrew St. Clair

Raekwon shows potential groupies his current relationship status
Wu-Tang Clan

What kind of oldies concert draws a huge audience in its 20s? Rock the Bells, the daylong hip-hop festival that came to Governors Island on Saturday. This year's Rock the Bells borrowed an idea from the indie-rock festival All Tomorrow's Parties, booking groups to perform watershed albums in their entirety.

Two headliners, Snoop Dogg and Wu-Tang Clan, largely complied with the assignment. Snoop Dogg brought along most of the guests from his 1993 album, "Doggystyle," made back when he was Snoop Doggy Dogg. The others - A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, Rakim and Slick Rick - went "veering off," as Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest put it, to play additional hits (which no one minded) or to plug more recent projects.

And then there was the wild card: Lauryn Hill, the singer and rapper formerly of the Fugees, appearing half an hour late. She hasn't released a studio album since "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" in 1998, and she has recorded and toured only sporadically since then while raising five children. "I miss you," she told the crowd repeatedly. Partway through the set she pulled guests out of the V.I.P. section and onstage: Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, John Legend. They missed her too.
-[New York Times]

A second set from the NYC edition of Rock The Bells (first is HERE), continue below...

Continue reading "Rock the Bells @ Governors Island - pics (part 2) (Wu-Tang, Street Sweeper Social Club, Yelawolf, Slick Rick & more) "

by BBG

Off! (photo by Lindsey Byrnes)
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Whether or not the band name Off! is a not-so-subtle reference to another band that featured the great Keith Morris and dealt destruction to the insect populi, one thing is certain, they rule. Besides the incredible vocalist for Circle Jerks/Black Flag, punk supergroup Off! also features a killer lineup including Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless/Hot Snakes/Rocket From the Crypt) and Steven McDonald (Redd Kross) and the foursome have announced their debut material to be released with Vice Records!

Off!, who you may have caught at SXSW this year, will release the accurately titled First EP via limited edition 7" inch on October 12th. Featuring art and an exclusive poster courtesy of Raymond Pettibon, aka the evil genius behind Black Flag's iconic album covers, the release is the first of four 7"s to be compiled on the First Four EPs (another Black Flag nod) due on November 23rd - a collection of 16 songs which will each feature its own Pettibon sleeve art.

As the tour dates indicate below, Off!, in addition to playing FYFFest and Riot Fest this year, has announced their involvement in Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest (happening November 6th and 7th). For those of you counting at home, that brings the list of confirmed FFFFest bands to Woven Bones, Suicidal Tendencies, Slick Rick, Best Coast, Dirty Projectors, Cap'n Jazz, The Gories, Yelle, Snapcase, The Dwarves, High On Fire, and The Hold Steady! Stay tuned for more lineup announcements for the great Texas festival.

Meanwhile, Mario Rubalcaba was NOT part of the recent (and impromptu) Hot Snakes reunion that took place on July 29th at an Obits/Night Marchers show in San Diego, CA (the bands were on tour together).

You can view video of the three Hot Snakes songs from that set, as well as all Off! tour dates & a video from their first show in LA, below...

Continue reading "Off! signs to Vice, Fun Fun Fun Fest announces part of the lineup, Hot Snakes reunited (sort of) "

Salt n pepa

The full schedules for this year's Asser Levy/Seaside concerts and MLK Wingate Field shows are posted below. The Seaside series in Coney Island will go on despite the debate over the bandshell's renovations. There's still one TBA on the Seaside schedule (which we have some hints about).

Full schedules for both are below...

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