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Snoop Dogg @ The Wellmont Theatre 9/27/2012
Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg (not Lion!) played two area dates at The Paramount in Long Island on September 26 and Wellmont Theater in Montclair on September 27. Pictures from the latter, including billows of smoke, moshpits (?), well-endowed dog costumes (??) and all adorn this post. NSFW?

In other news, it seems that Snoop's weed influence is going much further than fans and his son. Congrats go out to Snoop for being appointed to Obama's post as "Staff Chief of Joints" in the wake of his legalization of pot (not really). What are we talking about? The whole story is below in video form, along with more pictures from Wellmont Theater.

Continue reading "Snoop Dogg played The Wellmont Theatre (pics)"

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50 Cent50 Cent

50 Cent wants you to stop masturbating, and he's taken to Twitter to tell you how to do it:

Step 1. To avoid the urge to masturbate stop going to porn sites.
Step 2. Make a conscious decision not to turn your head after people walk by you.
Step 3. Do not go to strip clubs
Step 4. Do not look at lust filled magazines
And there you have it. In related news, 50 may share the stage with his rival Fat Joe for for a Chris Lighty Tribute at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

Snoop Dogg on Teen Son's Pot Use: 'He's Learning From The Master'. Catch Snoop Lion at Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ tonight. He goes on at 10 (or when he feels like it). Tickets seem to still be available.

We premiered a new Strife song today.

Head to the BrooklynVegan Facebook for a chance to win tickets to that Questlove/Talib Kweli/Q-Tip DJ gig at the Capitol Theater where Fiona Apple also has a show coming up.

Speaking of Fiona, she told the crowd at her recent New Orleans show that she is sorry about the whole drug arrest mess.

More importantly, we're pretty sure your cat wants this for his or her birthday:

Cat Unicorn
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Conor Oberst played a 19 song solo show in Austin, with help from Daniel Johnston and Ben Kweller.

Ben and Conor will again team up at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate park this October.

Obama and marriage equality supporters The National are currently in the studio (hopefully crafting the follow-up to 2010's High Violet), and have posted a six-second clip, titled "Jazz Brunch," to their new Soundcloud account. You can have yourself a "Jazz Brunch" HERE.

Steve Earle is playing an Obama fundraiser at Brooklyn Bowl.

When in doubt, do like Andre Williams says, and "Blame it on Obama."

26 years ago today, heavy metal lost one its greatest bassists and heroes to a tragic bus accident. His recordings are among some of the greatest albums ever produced in metal. Cliff Burton, you are missed.

Metallica's Kirk Hammett will be signing his new horror memorabilia book on 10/11 in New York, NY @ Barnes & Noble, 10/13 in New York, NY @ Comic Con, 10/25 in Los Angeles, CA @ Barnes & Noble, 10/26 in Burbank, CA @ Monsterpalooza, 10/27 in New York, NY @ Chiller Theater, and on 11/20 in San Francisco, CA @ Books Inc.

Kirk is also one of the many guests appearing on that new Joey Ramone DVD we mentioned. We posted the new video that goes with that release, in "What's Going On" today.

Speaking of the Ramones, a young Morrissey did not like them, at least the first time around.

Tumbull, CT tried to throw a Michael Bolton concert, lost lots of money in the process.

More stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: 50 Cent not a wanker; Snoop Dogg on son's pot use; Steve Earle, the National, Metallica, Chelsea Wolfe & more"

Snoop Dogg / Lion in 'Reincarnated'
Snoop Lion

Snoop Dogg, who now goes by Snoop Lion, plans to release his first album under the new moniker later this year via Vice. The album is called Reincarnated, it's reggae based, and was produced by Major Lazer. Reincarnated was influenced by Snoop's trip to Jamaica, regarding which he said:

"I didn't want to be Snoop Dogg on a reggae track...I wanted to bury Snoop Dogg and become Snoop Lion, but I didn't know that until I went to the temple and received the name Snoop Lion from the Nyabingi priest." "From that moment on, I started to understand why I was there and was able to create something magical in this [Reincarnated] project...something I haven't done before in my career."
A documentary, also titled Reincarnated, about Snoop's time in Jamaica which delves into his time with Rastafarian elders and recording the album with Diplo in a Jamaican studio is also in the works. It will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, which happens on September 6 - 16. Check out the trailer for that documentary and his new Snoop Lion single, "La La La," below.

Snoop recently debuted the song live at Osheaga in Montreal, which went down from August 3-5. If you haven't been keeping up with our Osheaga coverage, pictures of day 1 are HERE, pics of day 2 are HERE, and pics of day 3 are HERE. A video of him playing "La La La" at Osheaga is below.

Though he wants to "bury Snoop Dogg," he hasn't forgotten totally about his past. He performed his classic debut LP, Doggystyle, which turns 20 next year, in full at NYC's Catalpa Festival, which went down late last month (pics from that fest are HERE). Some videos of Snoop's Catalpa performance are below. He also mentioned in an interview with Metro, that he's got other 20th anniversary plans for the album too: "I got sumthin on tha back burner but u gotta stay tuned in to see what that is. Be on da lookout for sumthin real special to keep ya knockin for anutha 20, ya dig?!?"

Snoop Dogg/Lion will going on tour this year which hits the NYC area on September 26 at The Paramount in Long Island and September 27 at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Tickets for the Paramount show go on sale Friday (8/17) at 10 AM with a venue presale starting today (8/16) at 10 AM. Tickets for the Wellmont show go on sale Friday (8/17) at noon.

A list of all currently known dates, videos, and song stream are below.

Continue reading "Snoop Dogg (or is it Snoop Lion?) releasing LP & doc, touring, celebrating 20 years of 'Doggystyle' (dates, videos & stream)"

Catalpa Fest

The inaugural Catalpa NYC Music Festival hits Randall's Island on July 28 and 29, with performances by The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, TV On The Radio, The Big Pink, A$AP Rocky, Matt and Kim, Zola Jesus and more. Tickets are still available and schedule and set times for both days are below.

In addition to the main stage bands, Catalpa features such added attractions as The High Times Magazine Reggae Stage, The Inflatable Church of Sham Marriages, a silent disco, food from some of New York City's "unique and top quality eateries" and more.

If you'd like to go for free, we are giving away a pair of weekend general admission passes to the fest. Details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post.

Continue reading "Catalpa Music Festival coming soon - check out the schedule (and win a pair of tickets!)"

Osheaga

We just posted about Austra who's coming back to North America (including 9/19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg) after a tour of Europe. She's also one of many artists playing the 2012 Osheaga Festival in Montreal which happens August 3 - 5Tickets are still available for the three-day event.

In addition to Austra, Osheaga plays host to The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Justice, Metric (who play Radio City Music Hall soon), Sigur Ros (who play Prospect Park and are streaming their new LP), Florence & The Machine (who plays Jones Beach this summer), The WeekndPassion Pit (who play Governor's Ball soon), The Jesus & Mary Chain, MGMTSantigold (who just played Irving), Zola Jesus (who just played the Guggenheim) and many many more.

Full Osheaga lineup is below.

Continue reading "Justice, Metric, The Black Keys, Sigur Ros and more playing Montreal's Osheaga Festival in August "

Pluto

Georgia rapper Future released his official debut album, Pluto, on Epic Records last month, following a series of mixtapes, including 2012's Astronaut Status. Pluto features guest spots from R. Kelly, T.I., Drake, Snoop Dogg, Juicy J, and others. Check out videos of "Tony Montana" [Ft. Drake], "Magic (Remix)" [Ft. T.I.], and "Same Damn Time," below.

Future will be embarking on a two month long tour of the US in support of the album, which kicks off later this month with support from Pusha T. The tour hits NYC on June 4 at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on sale today, Friday (5/11) at 10 AM.

All dates and videos below...

Continue reading "Future announces dates with Pusha T (dates & videos)"

Girl Talk fans @ Governors Ball 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Girl Talk

The first-ever Catalpa Fest, taking place July 28th and 29th on Randall's Island, has added Girl Talk, Matt & Kim, Cold War Kids, Hercules And Love Affair, Matisyahu, Dirty Heads, The Sheepdogs and Hook N' Sling to the lineup that already included The Black Keys, TV On The Radio, Umphreys McGee, AraabMUZIK, and Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle with Warren G, Kurupt, Lady of Rage, Daz Dilinger and other guests). "Full Line Up To Be Announced Shortly." Tickets and more info at the fest's site.

photos by David Andrako

Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 3

"The biggest difference between Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's headlining set tonight and last Sunday was that everyone knew about the Tupac Shakur hologram [or is it?] and had their smartphones and cameras ready to capture the hologram for "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted."

Beyond that, the hip-hop legends delivered a parade of hip-hop stars again, including Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar and Tony Yayo.
Kurupt didn't make the trip this week, though.

That being said, while the set list was just like last week, it still delivered in an epic way and was a fitting end to the most epic Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival yet, one that saw the ever-popular taste-making pop culture event expand to two weekends with identical lineups." [PE]

Dre & Snoop once again closed down as weekend of Coachella 2012 last night (4/22), but this time for good. It also may be the last time we ever see hologram Tupac, according to Dre (though he doesn't seem that convincing). Watch him talk about it along with more pictures from (the first three songs of) their Sunday night festival set, below...

Continue reading "Dre & Snoop played Coachella with hologram Tupac again (possibly for the last time though) -- pics"

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today in NYC
* Marley
* Unsound
* Earth Day
* Tribeca Film Fest
* Woodstock '12 @ UCB East
* Lambchop @ The Bell House
* Chilly Gonzales @ The Bell House
* Graham Parker, The Figgs @ City Winery
* Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Radio City Music Hall
* The Greyboy Allstars, Wyllys @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Deer Tick, Turbo Fruits @ Stone Pony (NJ)
* Sun Araw, Pole, Inner Tube @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Kevin Hufnagel, Smother Party, Vaura @ The Stone
* MiniBoone, Lost Gloves, Tough/Luck @ The Rock Shop
* Shpongle, EOTO, Phutureprimitive @ Roseland Ballroom
* Fang Island, Woods, Mmoss, The Big Sleep @ Maxwell's
* Lucero, J-Roddy Walston & The Business @ Webster Hall
* Across Tundras, Mt. Olympus, With Knives @ Union Pool
* Lagos Disco Inferno, Frank Gossner, Nass Gnawa @ Zebulon
* Negura Bunget, Haethen, Din Brad @ Cameo Gallery
* Bosco Delrey, Terry Malts, Xray Eyeballs @ Mercury Lounge
* Portugal. The Man, The Lonely Forest @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Yeasayer (DJ), Beacon (DJ), Suckers (DJ) @ Cameo
* Bonobo, DJ Nickodemus, Nappy G @ American Museum of Natural History
* Andrew Jackson Jihad, Joyce Manor, Treasure Fleet @ Knitting Factory
* DJ Dog Dick, The Dreebs, Hume, Haribo, Jazz Massagers @ Death By Audio
* Hull, Caltrop, Family, UV Pop, Lost Tribe, Plastic Flowers @ Saint Vitus
* Protest the Hero, Periphery, Today I Caught the Plague @ Gramercy Theatre
* The Giraffes, The Live Ones, 1-800-BAND, Atom Strange, Fire Club @ Trash Bar
* Puerto Rico Flowers, Rosenkopf, Anasazi, York Factory Complaint @ The Acheron
* Monolake, Demdike Stare, Hieroglyphic Being, Laurel Halo, Ital, Zemi17 @ Warsaw
* Cindy Lou Gooden, Lost Boy, Due Diligence, Speedy Ortiz @ Big Snow Buffalo Ldge
* Mega Bone, Slam Donahue, Side A Side B, Hey Guy, Peter Smolik, Jake Brown @ Shea Stadium
* Necrotic Disgorgement, Coathanger Abortion, Meathook, Death Sick, Parasitic Extirpation @ Cake Shop
* Gary Wilson, The Immaculates, Moonmen On The Moon, Man, Slowdance, Mr. Fahrenheit, Bluetech, Random Rab, Skytree @ Glasslands
* Questlove, Jeremy Ellis, D.D. Jackson, Reggie Watts, Rahzel, Kenny Muhammad, Deerhoof, Gray, Willis Earl Beal, Metropolis Ensemble @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Gaspar Claus, Bryce Dessner, Jessie Stein, Mauro Remiddi, David Moore, Remi Alexandre, Ben Greenberg, Andy LaPlant & Jessica Larrabee, Pedro Soler, Emil Bogdan @ Littlefield

Tomorrow is Record Store Day.

Check out Evillive for more metal.

Terry Malts plays Mercury Lounge tonight with Bosco Delrey and Xray Eyeballs.

Questlove's Shuffle Culture Fest concludes tonight. Read about last night.

Coachella is happening again, though it's not streaming this weekend.

A Willie Nelson statue is going up in Austin at 4:20 local time there. Head to Willie's site to hear a new collaboration with Snoop Dogg in honor of today's holiday.

The Bob Marley documentary is also opening today on 4/20.

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Sun Araw, here for Unsound, appear at their first of three events this weekend.

In honor of Levon Helm who passed away yesterday, Bon Iver covered "Ophelia" last night in San Francisco. Watch below...

Deer Tick, who were supposed to open for Levon Helm at Wellmont recently, play Asbury Park tonight.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Friday?"

Tupac

"The "resurrection" of rapper Tupac Shakur wowed audiences at the Coachella music festival. But the illusion isn't a hologram, as some have reported -- it's actually a 2-dimensional video cleverly projected using technology based on an old theatre trick." [Roxanne Palmer @ IBTimes]
Not-hologram Tupac performed with Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre at Coachella over the weekend (and presumably will again at Coachella this coming weekend). Watch the video HERE.

And check out more pictures from Coachella HERE, HERE and HERE.

Continue reading "Hologram Tupac is not a hologram"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Snoop smokes a spliff @ Coachella
snoop and dre

You saw the setlist and a few pictures from throughout the Sunday night Coachella headlining set by Snoop Dogg, Dre & friends. Here are more pictures (of the first three songs from the photo pit), and a video of the whole hologram Tupac segment. Watch that and a couple of other clips from the show (Eminem included), with the pics, below...

Continue reading "watch hologram Tupac play with Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre @ Coachella (video & more pics)"

Dre & Snoop @ Coachella - Sunday, 4/15/2012
Dre Snoop

Coachella is over. The Sunday headliner setlist, and a few more pictures (all first seen on the BrooklynVegan Instagram) (more pictures coming later HERE), beow...

Continue reading "Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg @ Coachella setlist & pics (hologram Tupac, Eminem, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar & more included)"

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According to their website:

The inaugural Catalpa Festival is coming to New York City on July 28th + 29th 2012 from 1pm to 11pm and is lining up to be the year's most unique and original music and lifestyle event. Taking place on the remarkable Randall's Island, just to the Eastern side of Manhattan, the festival is set beautifully to the backdrop of the world's most famous skyline.

Catalpa is about creating a truly authentic, fresh and unique musical .experience featuring over 50 artists that traverse many styles and genres from rock and indie to hip-hop, reggae and the world of electronic music.

For Frisky as event producers, creating an enhanced setting and original event experience far beyond the standard is the basis of how we operate. We strive to provide not only the very best of the basic elements but also .to create a visual and aesthetic overload that further enhances this already stunning setting by developing thought provoking art installations, bespoke event structures and enough unique elements to transform people out of the city and into a world more fantastic.

.This is Catalpa, a festival experience that music fans can appreciate for its genuine diversity, uniqueness and style.

Hmmm. The initial lineup has been announced and looks like this:
THE BLACK KEYS
SNOOP DOGG PLAYING DOGGY STYLE
TV ON THE RADIO • UMPHREY'S MCGEE
CITY AND COLOUR • THE BIG PINK
AraabMUZIK • FELIX DA HOUSECAT
FORT ATLANTIC
"Full lineup announcement coming shortly." Early bird tickets are on sale now.

Governors Ball, with the recently added Fiona Apple, happpens on Randall's Island a month earlier. Electric Zoo happens on Randall's Island a little over a month after Catalpa (during Labor Day Weekend).

Meanwhile the Black Keys have shows coming up at MSG in NYC TONIGHT (3/22) and at the new Revel Resorts in Atlantic City (5/19).

Snoop Dogg just played SXSW in a giant Doritos vending machine.

Black Sabbath (more by Tim Griffin)
Black Sabbath

A birdie reports that the re-reunited Black Sabbath was actually supposed to be headlining one of the (two) days of Coachella this year, but that the band was forced to cancel today due to the sad revelation that Tony Iommi has cancer. Goldenvoice scrambled last minute to find a replacement and Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg (or maybe it was the Black Keys) is what they came up with. Full 2012 lineup HERE. Poster below...

Continue reading "was Black Sabbath supposed to be playing Coachella?"

Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Radiohead
Coachella

Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2012 lineup announced (two weekends worth)"

by BBG

Wiz Khalifa orders vaporizer balloons on stage (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Wiz Khalifa

I'm predicting that December 5th at Terminal 5 will be partly cloudy. I seriously can't imagine any other forecast considering the teaming of two of the biggest consumers of the sticky-icky in one place, Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Terminal 5 is one of a few cities selected as part of a round of dates to promote the soundtrack to Mac and Devin Go To High School. The collaborative LP is the companion to the film of the the same name which features Wiz as a valedictorian who is taught the ways of the world by a ladies man (Snoop). I am guessing the film is fictional. The LP drops on 12/13 with the first single "Young, Wild & Free" with Bruno Mars which you can listen to alongside the list of tour dates below.

In related news, Snoop Dogg has also recorded the theme song for new show "Weed Wars", which is about medical marijuana. The series premieres on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 10PM on the Discovery Channel.

And, also below, you can catch up on the latest news in the latest edition of the Double G News Network, hosted by anchor Nemo Hoes. In this edition they discuss Siri on the Apple 4S ("You ask a question, and the bitch comes up and gives you answers"), and ask the all important question "Siri, can I put my meat on your grill".

Continue reading "Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa touring in support of soundtrack"

Snoop

If you look close at the above flyer for the show Snoop Dogg is playing at Webster Hall tonight (3/28), you'll see it says "Dress code sexy & chic, collared shirts. Mandatory for Gents. Heels for Ladies. Bottle service." Sounds like a blast. Tickets are still on sale. Snoop's new album "Doggumentary" is in stores on Tuesday, 3/29, which is the same night Snoop will be DJing a release party at NYC's Gramercy Theatre.

Snoop, who recently helped pay tribute to his fallen brother Nate Dogg at SXSW, was also originally scheduled to play a NJ show this week, but that show has been pushed back to April.

Snoop & Kurupt at Brooklyn Bowl (more by Tim Griffin)
Snoop Dogg

it was expected that during a weekend of music and festivities that Nate Dogg's legacy would be highlighted at some of the events of this past weekend's SXSW music festival in Austin.

Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Daz Dillinger and Kurupt all took the stage at Venue 222 during the "Respect The West" showcase and properly memorialized their fallen friend this past Saturday (March 19). MTV News captured some of the celebratory tribute on video which was a huge contrast to the somber tweets and condolences from those who knew Nate Dogg well.

Snoop Dogg and the rest of the D.P.G.C. seemed to put all of their energy into their performances, including a touching moment of silence - capped with Snoop inhaling a certain substance during the pause to show his respects.

Although the show was festive, Warren G admitted to MTV News that while he and his west coast brethren gave their best that the crew deeply misses their long-time colleague. "It means a lot, you know, because this is something that's being done for a person that we really love. It's deeper than music, that's a brother to us, to me and Kurupt and Snoop and Daz ... it's really deeper than that." -[MTV News]

Venue 222 was also known as "VIBE House" for the week, and you can watch videos from the tribute-filled final night below.

What other Nate Dogg tributes did you catch at SXSW? !!! did a cover at our Saturday BrooklynVegan Day Party at Barbarella (more info on that coming in a review of the whole show).

In other Snoop Dogg news, his previously announced March 26th show at Wellmont Theater has been pushed back to April 28th. All purchased tickets will be honored, and tickets are still available.

SXSW videos, Diddy included, below...

Continue reading "Snoop Dogg changes NJ show date, paid tribute to Nate Dogg @ SXSW (w/ Warren G, Diddy, Kurupt & more)"

by BBG

Aloe Blacc

While we wait for his impending reunion with Exile as Emanon (more in the video below), Aloe Blacc's tour schedule is busting at the seams. Tickets are currently on presale for a new batch of US shows scheduled for late May/early June. East Coast dates are limited, but NYC gets the look at Highline Ballroom on June 3rd. That show goes on general sale at noon on Friday (2/25).

In other Stones Throw news, space funk madman Dam-Funk teamed up with Snoop Dogg on 2/17 for an impromptu performance at HVW8 Gallery in LA. Check out some pictures from that performance at the Stones Throw site. Dam-Funk isn't scheduled to play the NYC area in the near future, but Snoop Dogg is; he'll be at Wellmont Theater on March 26th. Tickets are currently on AMEX presale and go on sale at noon on Friday (2/25). Snoop releases his new LP Doggumentary on March 29th.

All tour dates and some video is below.

Continue reading "Aloe Blacc going on tour --- 2011 dates (and presale now)"

Elvis

Seats at the previously announced spinning songbook shows with Elvis Costello & The Imposters at Beacon Theater are almost all filled so Costello has added a third show at the same venue. Tickets for the new date, May 25th at Beacon Theater, just went on AmEx presale. They go on general sale on Saturday, 2/26, at 10am.

The May 18th Elvis Costello NJ show at Wellmont Theater is completely sold out, but tickets go on sale Friday at noon for a March 26th Snoop Dogg show at the same venue (AmEx presale happening now).

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...

Continue reading "Rock the Bells DC didn't go so smooth ++ more pics from NYC"

photos by Winnie Cheung

a dancer in Prospect Park Sunday
Michael Jackson

"It wasn't just another day in the park for Snoop Dogg, who showed up to Spike Lee's 2nd Annual Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson Birthday Celebration in Brooklyn's Prospect Park to pay tribute to the King of Pop on what would have been his 52nd birthday. Snoop performed his hits remixed with MJ's classics and was given a sparkly glove, which he plans to take back to Cali.

"His music, his spirit represented love and peace around the whole world and it influenced me and what I do, so for me to come through, it's just showing love and respect and paying homage to a great artist who meant so much to music in general and the people," the rapper told the New York Daily News." [Rap-up]

For Snoop Dogg it was his 2nd NYC appearance in two days. One night earlier he headlined Rock the Bells on Governors Island. Videos of Snoop Dogg (who also headlined Rock the Bells in DC later that night) and other scenes from the Prospect Park party, along with more pictures from the Brooklyn event (we already posted a first set), below...

Continue reading "more photos & video (Snoop Dogg included) of Spike Lee's Michael Jackson Birthday Party in Prospect Park "

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) "

photos by Eric Townsend, words by BBG

"Can't NOBODY FUCK WITH A TRIBE CALLED QUEST LIVE! ROCK THE BELLS NYC WAS MAGIC!" -Carringtonworld

"#np tribe called quest-steve biko(stir it up)....what yall know about #RocktheBells 2010 live from nyc huh? -"NotoriousDIZZ"

"Some of my rap top 10 will be live on stage: slick rick, lauryn hill, wu tang, rakim, krs one, tribe called quest. nYc represent, represent" -LeRoyLive

A Tribe Called Quest on Governors Island Saturday
A Tribe Called Quest

Linden boulevard represent, represent
Tribe called quest represent, represent
When the mic is in my hand, I'm never hesitant
My favourite jam back in the day was "Eric B. is President"
-[A Tribe Called Quest - "Steve Biko (Stir It Up)"]
Both A Tribe Called Quest, Rakim, and the songs "Steve Biko" AND "Eric B Is President" were showcased at Saturday's Rock The Bells event at Randall's Island as the crews showcased their classic LPs Midnight Marauders and Paid In Full respectively. The two Hip Hop legends were part of a much larger whopper of a show that also showcased Wu-Tang Clan's Enter The 36 Chambers, Snopp Dogg's Doggy Style, Slick Rick's The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, KRS-One performing Criminal-Minded, as well as performances from Lauryn Hill, Jedi Mind Tricks, Brother Ali, Wiz Khalifa, and many many others. On the paparazzi tip, celebs were out in full force to check out the show as well as Jay-Z, Chris Rock, John Legend (who performs at Bowery Ballroom tonight), newlywed couple Alicia Keys/Swizz Beatz, Mary J Blige, and many many others were all spotted at the shindig (some snaps are below).

More pictures (and video) from the show are HERE and below (, and one more set still on the way)...

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photos by Dayane Ohira

"Later today / video of spike lee, snoop dogg, the ((((orb))), and myself at prospect park Michael Jackson day!" - Pharoahe Monch

Michael Jackson

"Michael Jackson's birthday is being remembered around the country, but unanswered questions about his death shadow the celebration of his life. [August 29th] would have marked the King of Pop's 52nd birthday, had he not passed away last June, at age 50. Recent developments in the music icon's murder trial may call for the exhuming of his remains. The controversy makes it difficult to celebrate Michael Jackson's birthday, when he may have to be laid to rest yet again." [AC]
Spike Lee, DJ Spinna Pharoahe, Snoop, and many others didn't have trouble celebrating Michael Jackson's birthday in Prospect Park on Sunday. More about Pharoahe/Snoop along with two more sets of pictures coming later. For now, this first set of pictures continues, below...

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