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Cyril Hahn
Cyril Hahn

Pop-minded producer Cyril Hahn dropped the bass-heavy Voices EP in October on PMR. We posted two of its tracks before that, and now you can listen to the other two, below.

This month, he's going on a short holiday tour, including New Year's Eve in Toronto and a NYC show on December 26 at Output with support from Obey City and Baile. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Cyril's tour closes out on the January Holy Ship cruise, which leaves from the coast of Miami and also features A-Trak, Flume, Boys Noize, RL Grime, Duke Dumont, Rudimental (DJ), Rustie, Odesza, Spank Rock and more. That's the first of two Holy Ships in 2015, and both are sold out.

Boys Noize has tour dates before Holy Ship as well, also including a show at Output on December 28. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates for both Cyril Hahn and Boys Noize, as well as the Cyril Hahn song streams, below...

Continue reading "Cyril Hahn's EP is out now, touring before Holy Ship (Boys Noize is too)"

Ben Watt at Joe's Pub in June (more by Greg Cristman)
Ben Watt

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

Angel Olsen, Lionlimb @ Bowery Ballroom
Angel Olsen's varied 2014 album goes from somber folk to upbeat indie rock and it's rightfully been appearing on a bunch of year-end lists already. Tonight she plays the third of her three NYC shows on this tour.

Common, Jay Electronica @ Irving Plaza
Common's been spitting quality conscious raps for over two decades, and continued to do so on this year's Nobody's Smiling. Tonight he's with much younger rapper Jay Electronica, who we're still patiently waiting on a debut album from.

Ben Watt, Porcelain Raft @ Le Poisson Rouge
Everything But the Girl guitarist Ben Watt released Hendra, his first solo album in 30 years, earlier this year and is returning to NYC for a second time this year, though onetime Suede guitarist Bernard Butler is not accompanying his this go-round. Opener is Italian dreampop artist Porcelain Raft.

Jana Hunter, Zula, Christian Peslak @ Glasslands
Singer of Lower Dens and also an accomplished psych-folk artist on her own, Jana Hunter plays one of the last-ever shows at Williamsburg venue Glasslands tonight. Opening are proggy pop band Zula and Delicate Steve/Saint Rich member Christian Peslak.

Exit Verse, Joel Michael Howard, Leapling @ Knitting Factory
Exit Verse is the new band from Karate frontman Geoff Farina with members of Chisel and more. Their roots in '90s indie rock strongly show on their recently-released debut album, and tonight's openers are a good match.

Matmos (perform Robert Ashley's "Perfect Lives"), HARIBO @ Issue Project Room
Longrunning electronic duo will be performing scnes from the groundbreaking television opera Perfect Lives (which ran from 1978-1983) written by Robert Ashley, who passed away earlier this year. They'll be collaborating with a string ensemble, a video artist and more.

Spank Rock, Amanda Blank, Cunt Mafia, Eli Escobar (DJ Set), Roxy Cottontail (DJ Set), Viki Villainess, Mike Q (DJ Set), Lil Internet (DJ Set), Nelleke (DJ Set), Blu Jemz (DJ Set), Noah (DJ Set) @ Baby's All Right
Spank Rock recently released a new EP, The Upside, which is dark electro rap that sounds more like it came from the UNO scene than something like "Sweet Talk" (listen to it). He celebrates it with this official release party tonight.

Jack and Eliza, Plume Giant, Modern Rivals @ Rough Trade
Jack & Eliza make charming '60s-inspired pop with hints of Ricky Nelson or The Everly Brothers, and it's also a bit like early Slow Club.

bottoms, Skeletonhead, Princess Tiny and the Meats @ Saint Vitus
bottoms share two members with TEETH and describe themselves as "two shitty drag queens, a 303 and a drummer." Their new EP is coming out in January on JD Samson's label and fans of Le Tigre's electroclash would probably dig.

Manchester Orchestra, Chris Staples @ The Bell House
Earlier this year, Manchester Orchestra released Cope, an album filled with big stadium-ready rock riffs, and more recently they put out Hope, which featured the same songs stripped down and with more delicate arrangements. Tonight they'll be in stripped-down mode, and are appropriately playing a much more intimate space than their last NYC show (Terminal 5).

Rathborne, Napoleon, Filmstrip, Oh Oh Ecstasy @ Bowery Electric
Rathborne headlines this show, and if you're going we especially recommend catching Filmstrip, whose recent LP wasn't too far removed from The Men's punkish country rock.

James Blood Ulmer & Marc Ribot @ City Winery
Veteran jazz/funk/blues guitarist James Blood Ulmer and avant-guitar great Marc Ribot share the stage for the first time ever tonight.

"Women of Letters" w/ Kristin Hersh, Meg Wolitzer, Sara Benincasa, Adriene Truscott, Aparna Nancherla, Rachel Antonoff @ Joe's Pub
It's another installment of "Women of Letters," which "involves five or six female writers, performers, actors, politicians, and artists joining together to revive the lost art of letter writing." Among tonight's lineup is Throwing Muses singer Kristin Hersh.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Sleaford Mods / The Rogers Sisters / The Gotobeds
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Sleaford

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

Sleaford Mods, The Rogers Sisters, The Gotobeds @ The Wick
BrooklynVegan is psyched to be presenting this killer line-up featuring the North American live debut of the entertainingly profane, very British duo Sleaford Mods. We're also excited that Pittsburgh's sneery punks The Gotobeds are playing (RIYL Parquet Courts and Protomartyr) are on the bill, as well as reunited '00s-era Brooklyn postpunks The Rogers Sisters. Hope to see you there.

Bob Dylan @ Beacon Theatre
Bob Dylan undeniably changed the worlds of folk music and folk rock, and over half a century after the release of his first album he's still going strong. His 36th album is due out next year and right now he's on a tour which continues his five-night run at Beacon Theater tonight. This is night 2.

Run The Jewels, RatKing, Despot @ Stage 48
El-P's a veteran of New York's underground rap scene, and Killer Mike's a veteran of the Outkast-associated Atlanta scene, but against all odds they've come together as one of the most badass, forward-thinking hip hop duos in recent memory, Run the Jewels. Tonight's their first of two Stage 48 shows on this tour.

Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Exodus @ Wellmont Theatre
The current version of Slayer has Tom Araya and Kerry King joined by their '90s-era drummer Paul Bostaph and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt, but not having their full classic lineup (RIP Jeff Hanneman) won't stop them from bringing three decades of breakneck-speed thrash tonight. And this show is a triple attack of thrash with two other veteran bands, Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus.

Mike Doughty @ City Winery
This is one of Doughty's "Question Jar" shows where audience members can submit questions (guess where) that the former Soul Coughing singer then answers in between songs.

Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Ice Balloons, Moondudes, DJ Alix Brown @ Baby's All Right
After last night's more avant-garde show with his "Weather Warlock" synth, Quintron will be partying it up with Miss Pussycat tonight. Kyp Malone's funky side project Ice Balloons are on the bill too, making for a fun Saturday night option.

Spank Rock, Grandemarshall, Duckwrth, The Kickdrums, Nana B. @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Well it's official gift-giving season and BKNB has loads of local crafts to choose from. Plus: booze, snackys, arcade games, ping pong, mini golf and a full evening of music, tonight headlined Baltimore banger-maker, Spank Rock.

Kepi Ghoulie & Mean Jeans, Hector's Pets, Gozer @ Grand Victory
Kepi Ghoulie, frontman of the now-defunct Lookout! Records punk vets Groovie Ghoulies, will be playing the songs of his old band backed by the newer garage punk rippers Mean Jeans tonight. After that, Mean Jeans play their own set. Sounds like a cool show all around.

R. Stevie Moore, Big Muff Radio, Limited @ Glasslands
It's one of the final shows at Glasslands (only open for about another month), and tonight they've got the godfather of lo-fi home recording himself, R. Stevie Moore. R. Stevie collaborator Big Muff Radio opens.

Phil Lesh @ Capitol Theatre
Another weekend, another 2-night stand of Phil Lesh at The Cap. As any Deadhead can tell you, Phil Lesh plays the favorites and his current band does it well. It's another night of his never-ending residency at The Cap, and these shows are always a good time.

Jimi Hendrix tribute w/ Robby Krieger & more @ BB King's Blues Club
Jimi Hendrix would have turned 72 this year, and tonight his birthday's being celebrated with a tribute show at BB King's. On board for this is another rock guitar innovator, Robby Krieger of The Doors, along with Vince Martel of Vanilla Fudge, Patrick Stanfield Jones who played with Isley Bros, Gary Serkin who played with Billy Cox & Mitch Mitchell, and more.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Boys Noize w/ Skrillex at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Boys Noize

While the "Harlem Shake" meme has worn off, Baauer, the song's producer, is keeping at it. He recently dropped a new single, "Clang," which you can stream below. He's also going on a co-headlining tour with German party starter Boys Noize this fall. Before the tour fully starts though, the two DJs will hit NYC on Sunday, August 10 at Governors Island for an outdoor, all-day dance party that goes from 4 PM to midnight. Good openers on that show too, including Night Slugs' L-Vis 1990, a DJ set from rapper Le1f, one half of DJ Dodger Stadium, Samo Sound Boy, dance-rap partier and Boys Noize collaborator Spank Rock, and Pilo. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and include round-trip ferry transportation.

Show flyer, tour flyer, tour trailer, list of dates and song streams, below...

Continue reading "Baauer & Boys Noize going on co-headlining tour, playing Governors Island w/ L-Vis 1990, Spank Rock, DJ Le1f, more"

Trippy Turtle

Cashmere Cat's pal Trippy Turtle recently teamed up with Mad Decent's Jeffree's imprint to release his first single on the label, "Trippy's Theme." Watch the video for that, with the Spank Rock-featuring remix, below.

He's supporting a couple dates on the Flume tour (but not the three sold-out Terminal 5 shows in NYC which happen this week), is playing a couple of the Mad Decent Block Parties (not the NYC one), and is also doing making some headlining appearances including one in NYC on July 31 at Glasslands. That show is with his and Cashmere Cat's other pal Obey City. Tickets for that one are on sale now.

Speaking of Cashmere Cat, he'll be in NYC soon too for Warm Up.

All Trippy Turtle dates are listed, with that video and remix stream, below...

Continue reading "Trippy Turtle released a single on Mad Decent, touring, playing Glasslands w/ Obey City (dates, video, stream)"

Lower at Chaos In Tejas 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Lower

The Flatmates
Flatmates

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

The Flatmates, My Favorite, The Haywains, Bart and Friends @ Knitting Factory
Night 2 of NYC Popfest features the NYC debut of veteran UK indiepop band The Flatmates, and the first show in a long, long time from cult group My Favorite.

Yann Tiersen @ Highline Ballroom
Best known for his score to Amelie, French musician/composer Yann Tiersen will just released his new album, ∞ (Infinity), via Mute, which falls somewhere between modern composer and outright pop.

Anti-Nowhere League, Cro-Mags, Mephiskapheles, Night Birds, Up For Nothing, DJ the Guvnor @ Irving Plaza
It's a night of classic punk at Irving Plaza with '80s-era UK vets Anti-Nowhere League and NYC crossover thrash vets Cro-Mags. Newer band Night Birds are always worth catching as well.

The Menzingers, PUP, Cayetana, Lemuria @ Webster Hall
There's a stacked bill of melodic punk/indie rock at Webster Hall tonight with headliners The Menzingers who are touring behind their new alt-rock-oriented Rented World. Opening are Canadian rippers PUP, and Philly's Cayetana and Buffalo's Lemuria who both make scrappy indie punk.

Rush Midnight, Nightbox @ Rough Trade
Russ Manning just released his debut album as Rush Midnight which is full of slinky '80s Caribbean/new wave/disco. It's like Sting guest starring on Miami Vice. That's not a bad thing, necessarily. Russ knows his way around a groovy bassline.

Lower, Dark Blue, La Cruor @ The Acheron
Denmark's Lower bring their moody punk to The Acheron tonight for their second of two NYC shows this week. And don't miss Philly trio Dark Blue (mems Clockcleaner, Ceremony, Paint It Black, Purling Hiss) who also make moody punk and just signed to the newly re-activated Jade Tree.

Bambi Kino (mbrs of Nada Surf/Cat Power/GBV), Charles Bissel & Kevin Whelan, Palomar, The Big Bright, White Collar Crime @ The Bell House
Tonight is a benefit for Windsor Terrace's PS154, featuring Charles Bissel and Kevin Whelan of The Wrens, plus high-concept, indie-rock-royalty-filled Beatles tribute act Bambi Kino, Palomar and more.

DJ Marfox, DJ Deeon, DJ Manny B2B RP Boo, Mumdance, J-Cush, UNiiQU3 B2B Tiga, Durban @ The Westway (RBMA)
It's an excellent night for forward-thinking dance music at The Westway for this Lit City Trax party happening as part of the Red Bull Music Academy. Many of the artists playing tonight will also be back in town for Warm Up this summer.

Sage Francis, Metermaids, B. Dolan @ LPR
Providence rapper Sage Francis, a past collaborator of both Bad Religion and Atmosphere, put out a new album, Copper Gone, this year and is currently on tour in support of that.

Hector's Pets, Games, A. Rex and J. Rex, Fletcher C Johnson @ Baby's All Right
NYC garage rockers Hector's Pets are celebrating the release of their new album Pet-O-Feelia. The night's undercard is pretty good, with power-poppers Games, plus A. Rex and J. Rex, and "special guest" Fletcher C Johnson.

Heartsrevolution, NinjaSonik, Demetra, Alyson Greenfield @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight is a lineup of glitchy dancepop, headlined by Heartsrevolution.

Midnight Magic, Hess Is More @ Cameo Gallery
If you like your dance music played by a skilled live band, you're in luck as both bands on this bill fall under that category. Midnight Magic are straight-up disco; Hess is More find more of a krauty groove and tonight play as an eight-piece band.

Forgetters, Bennio Qwerty, The Seth @ Death by Audio
Forgetters, the current band of Jawbreaker frontman Blake Schwarzenbach, will rip up DbA tonight; power trio Bennio Qwerty and The Seth are worth catching too.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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AVAN LAVA at Webster Hall in June (more by Jonathon Bernstein)
AVAN LAVA

We already knew Chicago house producer Moon Boots will be playing New Year's Eve at Glasslands (tickets), and since we last spoke, more danceable NYE options in NYC have been announced.

NYC dance party FIXED is ringing in the new year at Cameo Gallery with AVAN LAVA, Juan Maclean (DJ), Justin Strauss, Evan Michael, Alan + Andrew Blancato, Mondo Indie Dance Party and FIXED regular JDH. Tickets for that party are on sale now.

French disco house producer Para One, who we highlighted earlier this year, is returning to NYC for a NYE party at Slake that also includes Gesaffelstein, Brodinski and many more. Full lineup and more info here.

Electro rapper Spank Rock will celebrate NYE at El Privado (518 W. 27th St.) with Amanda Blank Roxy Cottontail, Good Peoples and DJ Baby Eagle. Tickets are on sale.

NYC DJ team The Rub are throwing their NYE party at their home of The Bell House with DJ Ayres & DJ Eleven, Nick Catchdubs and Prince Klassen. Tickets are on sale.

And lastly, Blkmarket and ReSolute are teaming up with Output for a lengthy NYE party there with a huge lineup that includes Mathew Dekay, Avatism, Jimmy Edgar and many more. Full lineup and tickets here.

UPDATE: Tanlines are also DJing Brooklyn Bowl. Doors and show at 12:30 AM. Tickets are on sale.

Also check out other, non-dancey NYE concert options in NYC.

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Tickets to see Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Rocket From The Crypt at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Free tickets to see Run The Jewels at their Converse Rubber Tracks Live show at MHOW go on "sale" today at noon.

Tickets to see members of Beach House, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen and others perform Gene Clark's No Other at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Afro-Punk is presenting a Red Bull Sound Select show with DJ Sliink, Spank Rock, Body Language, Cakes Da Killa, Pegasus Warning, MikeQ, Larry B, Unique & Mursi Layne at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 17. Admission is $3 with RSVP or $10 without.

Tickets to see Cheap Time at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to the The War On Drugs shows at Bowery ballroom and MHOW go on sale today at 10 AM.

Dusted (Brian Borcherdt of Holy Fuck's softer project) are playing Rockwood Music Hall on December 14 and Brooklyn Bowl on December 15 with Until the Ribbon Breaks after Holy Fuck opens for !!! at a sold out Webster Hall show (12/13). Tickets to the Rockwood show are on sale now, and the Brooklyn Bowl show is free with RSVP.

Emily Kinney is the blonde actress that plays Hershel's daughter Beth Greene on The Walking Dead. She's also a singer-songwriter that plays Gramercy Theatre on December 22. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets to the Exploding In Sound year-end party with Porches, Krill, Roomrunner, Big Ups and more at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

Lady Gaga, who is playing the seven final Roseland shows (all sold out), announced a larger NYC show happening on May 13 at Madison Square Garden. There's a ticket link but no on-sale time yet.

Alex Bleeker & The Freaks are playing Mercury Lounge on December 30. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Nicole Atkins at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Com Truise at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets to his Paper Box show are still available.

The Stepkids are playing a free in-store at Rough Trade NYC on December 9 and a not-free show at Brooklyn Bowl on February 8. Tickets for the latter go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon.

Gambles is playing Mercury Lounge on February 1. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/6) at noon.

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are playing NYC-area shows on April 11 and 12 at The Borgata in Atlantic City, April 24-26 at the Theater at Westbury (tickets), and July 17 and 18 at The Capitol Theatre (tix on sale 12/6 at noon).

We Are Scientists are playing Bowery Ballroom on April 18. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/6) at noon.

Tickets to see Billy Joel at MSG 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.

The Walkmen at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Walkmen

Bassist/organist Peter Bauer of The Walkmen revealed in an interview with the Washington Post that the band is going on an "extreme hiatus" after their upcoming show in Philly this week. He continues...

"We really just have no idea," Bauer says. "I don't think any of us wanted to write another Walkmen record. Maybe that will change down the line, maybe it won't, maybe we'll play shows. I think it's weird to make a hubbub about something if there's nothing to really make a hubbub about. At the same time, I don't think we've been a gang properly for a long time, so there's not much to break up, I guess."

"When we play shows it's a really fun time seeing old friends," Bauer says. "It's not the archetypal rock band where everyone lives in an apartment. We all live in different cities and we call each other occasionally. It's like going to Thanksgiving."

"I think it's cool that we're all still pals and all," Bauer says. "It's nice to be removed from [being a band] and to be friends, or something like that, and to see what happens from there.

"It's been almost 14 years now," Bauer adds. "I think that's enough, you know?"

The band's Philly show happens on Wednesday (12/4) at Union Transfer and is a fundraiser for Rail Park which also features Sun Ra Arkestra, Sharon Van Etten, Spank Rock, Birdie Busch, Light Heat, Chris Ward, Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler. Tickets for what may be the band's final show for a long time are available.

The members will remain active musicians though, and a few have solo albums planned. Frontman Hamilton Leithauser is prepping a solo album which is due out in 2014 and will feature contributions from his Walkmen bandmate Paul Maroon, plus Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Richard Swift (The Shins), and Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes, Cave Singers, Blood Brothers). Peter Bauer is also releasing one called Liberation! under the name Peter Matthew Bauer (and it also features other Walkmen members), and Walter Martin is planning one too.

photos by Chris La Putt

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"Wait why do all the kids know how to twerk Lmao #bigfreedia" - LOW.KEY

"Wtf is this Big Freedia show...blank stares" - Venisha Patterson

"I still cant belive big freedia a girl . She smokeing on sum ." - shamar

"Who tf is Big Freedia??" - Mr. Ohio State

Big Freedia
Big Freedia

Now a record holder and more famous than ever thanks to a show on Fuse, Big Freedia returned to Brooklyn Bowl this weekend for shows on both Friday AND Saturday night and they called it "Freedia Fest". Spank Rock, who headlined the opening night of Brooklyn Night Bazaar earlier in the night, joined the Queen Diva on Friday. Saturday's ass shaking party is pictured in this post. More twerking below...

Continue reading "TV star Big Freedia touring, brought 'Freedia Fest' to Brooklyn Bowl (pics & dates)"

Frankie Rose at Hammerstein Ballroom in October (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Frankie Rose

Brooklyn dream popper Frankie Rose returned this year with a new album, opening for Franz Ferdinand a couple weeks ago. In early 2014, Frankie will hit the road opening for another bigger group, White Lies, who at the very least, are similarly inspired by '80s post-punk. We already mentioned she's touring the UK with them in December, and they've since added North American dates, including one in NYC happening on February 25 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Saturday (11/2) at noon. All dates are listed below.

If you want to see Frankie much sooner, and at a smaller, headlining show, you can catch her on Saturday (11/2) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, which opens in its new permanent Greenpoint location this weekend. Also on Saturday's show are Mahogany, Monogold, Heavenly Beat, and DJ DUST. Like all Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows, it's totally free.

Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar opens tonight (11/1) with performances from two very different Baltimorians: rapper/partier Spank Rock and noise rockers Dope Body. Like we've said before, BNB will be open every Friday and Saturday year-round. Check out the current schedule.

All Frankie Rose dates are listed, along with a video, below...

Continue reading "Frankie Rose touring with White Lies; new Brooklyn Night Bazaar opens with Spank Rock & Dope Body tonight"

by Andrew Sacher

Le1f at The Studio at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Julie Schabel)
Le1f

It's been a little while since we've gotten a show from NYC rapper Le1f, who plays locally a lot, but that will change this Friday (2/8) at Santos Party House, where Le1f will play Frankie Sharp's Friday with DJ Carlos Jadraque, DJ Nita, DICAP, and Joeseph Trotto Junior. It's a late show (11 PM doors) and admission is $10 at the door.

Le1f recently released a new mixtape, Fly Zone, the followup to 2012's tape, Dark York, and like its predecessor, Fly Zone it's got murky beats and Le1f's impressive space age flow. The mixtape's got guest spots from Spank Rock, Haleek Maul, SAFE, Don Jones, Rahel and Kitty (who dropped the "Pryde" from her name, and who plays 285 Kent tonight [2/7]). You can download Fly Zone for free HERE and stream it in full below.

Le1f also appears as a guest on the new Sasha Go Hard mixtape, Round3: The Knockout, on the song "To The Girls." The mixtape also features production from Diplo on a track, and a verse from Kreayshawn on another one. Though Sasha and Le1f work well together, Le1f prefers the futurism of cloud rap, while Sasha's razor sharp flow is rooted in the gangsta rap of yesteryear. You can download that mixtape for free HERE and stream it in full below.

Continue reading "Le1f playing a show, released a free mixtape, appeared on Sasha Go Hard's free mixtape (like Diplo & Kreayshawn)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Das Racist / Spank Rock / skaters
AfroPunk 2012
AfroPunk 2012
AfroPunk 2012

The first day of Afro-Punk 2012 descended upon Commodore Barry Park on Saturday (8/25), bringing with it a day of live musical performance, skateboarding and dancing crowds as far as the eye could see. In addition to this second set of pictures from the Navy Yard in Brooklyn (below), check out the first set of previously posted pictures from Afro-Punk HERE.

More pics of Afro-Punk day 1, including Erykah Badu, Yasiin Bey, Das Racist, Spank Rock, Cerebral Ballzy, Oxymorrons, The Joe Jordan Experiment and more are below.

Continue reading "Afro-Punk 2012 day 1: a second set of pictures"

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Yasiin Bey & Erykah Badu / Cerebral Ballzy at Afropunk Fest 8/25/2012
AfroPunk 2012
AfroPunk 2012

Yasiin Bey joined headliner Erykah Badu on the first day of the 2012 edition of the Afropunk Festival, going down at Commodore Barry Park near the Navy Yard in Brooklyn on Saturday (8/25). The pair were joined on stage when Bey performed Common's verses from their hit collaboration "Love of My Life" on that Saturday evening. Video from that is below.

But of course Badu wasn't the only artist to bless the stages on Saturday, with the festival loaded with appearances from names like Das Racist, Spankrock, Cerebral Ballzy, Oxymorrons and many, many more during the nine hours of stage time. Pictures from the first day at Afropunk 2012 are below along with video of that Badu/Bey collaboration.

Continue reading "Afropunk Festival 2012 in pictures: day 1 with Erykah Badu, Das Racist. Spankrock, Cerbral Ballzy and more "

Rain Machine at BAM in 2010 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Rain Machine

As mentioned, the free Afropunk Festival returns to Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25-26. You can check out the full schedule for the fest at the bottom of this post. On the Saturday (8/25), the Green Stage will be headlined by Erykah Badu and the Red Stage by Das Racist. On the Sunday (8/26), the Green Stage will be headlined by TV on the Radio following sets by Toro y Moi and Reggie Watts and the Red Stage will be headlined by Janelle Monae.

Speaking of TV on the Radio, Kyp Malone's solo project Rain Machine has a NYC show coming up, that will take place soon after Afropunk at Union Pool on September 1 with Soft Location and Slowdance. No other Rain Machine dates to report at the moment.

Sinkane, who also plays Afropunk Fest, continues his residency at Zebulon tonight (8/20).

2012 Afropunk Fest schedule is below.

Continue reading "the Afropunk Festival 2012 schedule & a Rain Machine show"

TV on the Radio at Catalpa 2012 (more by Toby Tenebaum)
TV on the Radio

As mentioned, the free Afro-Punk Festival is returning to Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25-26. Since then, the lineup has been expanded, and now joining the initial announcement of Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Toro y Moi, Das Racist, Reggie Watts, and more is TV on the Radio (who will be headlining), Sinkane, Alice Smith, Flatbush Zombies, Radkey, Joe Jordan Experiment (JJX), and Purple Ferdinand.. Plus, the following DJs have been added: The Supasonics, Grits and Biscuits, DJ Pete Smoke Les, Stack-Aly, Roofeeo and VENUS X GHE20GOTH1K.

There will also be a Bites & Beats Food Truck Festival, an Afro-Punk Spinthrift Market, a motorcycle show, and a Nike Battle For the Streets Skate Competition, hosted by Alex Corporan and Billy Rohan. More details on these are below.

The updated lineup, flier and an Afro-Punk exclusive film, I Am Other, are below.

Continue reading "Afro-Punk Festival expands lineup (TV on the Radio, Sinkane, Alice Smith, food trucks, art vendors, bike show & more)"

The 2012 Afro-Punk Festival is returning to Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25-26 at Commodore Berry Park in Brooklyn. The initial line-up includes Erykah Badu, Gym Class Heroes, Janelle Monae, Das Racist, Skindred, Toro Y Moi, Reggie Watts, Spank Rock, Ninjasonik, The Memorials, Bad Rabbits, Gordon Voidwell, The London Souls, Cerebral Ballzy, Phony People, and Body Language, with more to be announced. The Afropunk Festival is free and open to the public.

Additionally, the fest, now in its eighth year, will also feature "the largest street skate and BMX competition in NYC will return this year with the nation's top amateur skaters and BMX riders in a competition to be judged by top professionals in both sports." Last year's Afro-Punk Fest was cancelled due to Hurricane Irene. Let's hope for better weather this year.

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photos by Bao Nguyen

Karen & Santi
Santigold

Santigold, who is releasing her new album, Master of My Make-Believe, this spring on Downtown/Atlantic, performed material from it at her two sold out MHOW shows which happened last night (1/17) and Monday night (1/16). In a couple of days she leaves on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

At last night's show, Karen O joined her on stage to perform the track "Go," which Karen guests on. It hasn't been confirmed that this song will definitely appear on the new album, but we do know that Karen's Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmate Nick Zinner will be on it. Dave Sitek (of TV on the Radio) is on the album too and was also spotted at last night's MHOW show. Other people, like Q-Tip, were at the show too. NY Times commented on the extravagancies of her show, saying:

Everywhere she went during her performance at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, there they were: a pair of limber, stoical dancers, faces impassive behind sunglasses but with every other body part in constant and impeccable motion. At one point they wore tuxedo dresses; at another, Victorian tops with sharp shoulders paired with ruffled shorts that fluttered beautifully when they shimmied.
But also spoke of an inconsistency in the performance:
Her stage show [...] has been inconsistent in the past. On Monday she was more robust if slightly absent compared with her colleagues: the magnificent dancers, worthy of their own hourlong performance, and her band, outfitted in shimmering tops and matching white headpieces. Often the songs took flight not through Santigold's voice or stage presence, but through what was unfolding around her.
More pictures from the 1/17 show and some videos of new material from the 1/16 show are below.

The new album also features contributions from Switch (of Major Lazer), Greg Kurstin, and Buraka Som Sistema. She just released the video for the album's single, "Big Mouth," which was produced by Switch and Buraka Som Sistema. You can watch that below and grab the track for free at Santigold's website in exchange for your email address.

More pics, including some of opener Spank Rock, and videos below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Skream & Benga
Skream

Dubstep originator Skream recently talked to UK mag the Quietus:

Quietus: A lot of people would say with the Skrillex stuff, that it's damaging to dubstep, it's perverting the sound.

Skream: But what are we gonna do, form a united front against Skrillex? Honestly, it's pathetic, I think, it's ridiculous. Either listen to it or don't listen to it. There's still nights playing the stuff those people want to hear. It's just bitchiness, it really is. You haven't got to like his music, you don't particularly have to like him, but there's no reason you can't like what he's done - he's smashed it. He's up for five Grammys. He must be doing something right, you know what I mean?

I think it hurts a lot of people over here because it's a UK sound, but it's been someone with influences outside the original sound that has made it a lot bigger. The bad side of that is that a lot of people will just say 'dubstep equals Skrillex'.

But in all honesty it genuinely doesn't bother me. I like the music he makes. People will fucking burn me for saying that [laughs]. There'll be effigies out in the fucking street! It just is what it is man, you've just got to keep yourself moving. The fact that dubstep, the word - you know I hate saying the word, I love what it is but I just hear it so much now. But even though it's so big now, that means that everybody else is earning a bit more money. Even if you're playing the deepest deepest sound, you're still earning that little bit more money because you're playing dubstep. Whether you want to admit it or not, you are.

Skream is a little more lenient with the Skrillex type stuff than James Blake who called it a "direct misrepresentation of the sound" and Rusko, who said, "brostep is sort of my fault but now I've started to hate it." Rusko told SPIN that his new album, due out in January, is "completely a reaction to the masculine, dance-floor orientated, distorted mess that is the current state of dubstep." Skream's collaborator Benga is also working on a new album that is "different to what's going on at the minute," but like Skream, he says, "I'm not bothered. I'm happy that a lot of people like the music." Skream does admit that the dubstep going on at the moment is a "fad" though, and wants to make sure that when it "dies out, he's still standing."

Skream probably still will be standing, but until that fad dies out he'll be embracing it in NYC on February 4 at Terminal 5 when he and Benga open for Skrillex, along with Koan Sound and FlyLo associate Tokimonsta . Tickets will probably sell right out Thursday (12/22) at noon. They're on AmEx presale now.

(Speaking of Tokimonsta, she recently remixed Eight and a Half, the new project of Broken Social Scene's Justin Peroff and members of The Stills who play two NYC shows in February - both on sale this week.)

If the Terminal 5 show is exactly the kind of electronic show you don't want to be at (I wouldn't blame you), Tycho, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Beacon play the same day (2/4) at MHOW and tickets just went on sale.

Skrillex, who is also one of the many electro artists playing a cruise ship in January, also plays Roseland Ballroom on 2/3 (one day before Terminal 5) with Zane Lowe and Spank Rock who also recently toured with Ke$ha, Spank Rock has also opened for Bjork, and who toured with Big Freedia and friends this year too. From Iceland to Bushwick to mainstream pop to brostep, everyone loves Spank Rock. UPDATE: Skrillex plays Webster Hall while he's here too.

And speaking of James Blake, his new video for his cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" which stars Rebecca Hall is below.

Also best of luck to James Blake collaborator Bon Iver who is going up against Skrillex for "Best New Artist" in the Grammys (you know, because Bon Iver was a new artist this year), not that Justin Vernon will care if he loses anyway (as he shouldn't).

James Blake video and a ton of Rusko tour dates (including New Year's Eve in Chicago), below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Passion Pit
Fun Fun Fest 2011 - Day 1

It's now Saturday and Fun Fun Fun Fest's second day is already underway and streaming on Pitchfork.

Yesterday, Friday, while BBG was holding down the black stage (which Danzig eventually played), Tim (who ran into Ryan Gosling more than once), was handling most of the other music the Austin fest had to offer. A quick selection of Tim's pictures from Friday continues below...

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Big Freedia at House of Vans last week (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Big Freedia

"In 2006, Franki Chan began a weekly Tuesday party called Check Yo' Ponytail. Teaming with then partners, Love Yourself and White Trash Charms, and with the help of resident DJ, Paparazzi, and visual artist, Demonbabies they went on to make a night that would define the Los Angeles (and in some cases national) music scene for years to come. Initially making its debut at Safari Sam's, it was only a matter of time before the hyper-fun, genre-bending night needed a new home, The Echoplex.

The New Check Yo' Ponytail, as it was then called, continued to book new and eccentric acts that would fill the larger venue to capacity with people looking to dance, drink, and rage. The open-genre, open-format approach to booking shows provided LA with a truly unique audience, breaking down scene walls and allowing for people from all walks to enjoy that which is most important to us, the music.

IHEARTCOMIX, Media Contender, and Paparazzi will be teaming up to resurrect Check Yo' Ponytail, now dubbed CYP2. It will make its return to The Echoplex on varying Tuesday nights each month. CYP2 will remain true to the past, focusing on what's next, while bringing a few tried and true heavyweights every now and again."

The above quote is taken from Check Yo Ponytail's website describing the LA party, which has featured a number of artists in the past including Justice, Boys Noize, Matt & Kim, Diplo, Crystal Castles, Simian Mobile Disco, and others. Check Yo Ponytail are taking their show on the road this fall for their first ever North American tour with Spank Rock, Big Freedia, The Death Set, Pictureplane and Franki Chan on select dates. The tour includes a NYC show on October 29 at Brooklyn Bowl with all five of the aforementioned artists and concludes at Fun Fun Fun Fest with Spank Rock, Big Freedia, Pictureplane, and Franki Chan. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. All dates and a tour flier are below.

You have a few other chances to catch Pictureplane in NYC before the Check Yo Ponytail show including the previously announced shows at Cameo Gallery on September 1 with Autre Ne Veut and DJ Dog Dick, and RockYard (at The Morgan) on September 3 with Wise Blood, White Hills and others TBA (Jelly still has last week's flyer up as of this post). Tickets for the Cameo show are still on sale. More Pictureplane dates are below.

Spank Rock's lats NYC-area was this past Saturday (8/20)... they played Jones Beach with Ke$ha and LMFAO.

All dates and the flier below...

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Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
Slayer

Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.

The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others

2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.

Slayer also has a NYC performance coming up with Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth as part of the "Big Four" show at Yankee Stadium on 9/14. Tickets are still available.

Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.

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by BBG

The Death Set (photo by Brock Fetch)
The Death Set

Pay attention because The Death Set (site NSFW) is going to clue you into a new norm in social interaction. Next time you see your homeboys walking down the street, make sure and give them a "Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap" to let them know what's really good. An instructional video is below, along with a video for the new song of the same name which is available for purchase now via Ninja Tune. "Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap" comes from The Death Set's forthcoming LP Michel Poiccard:

The Death Set's new album, 'Michel Poiccard', comes prefigured by tragedy. For their first record 'Worldwide', the core of the group had been the two Aussie ex-pats who moved together to Baltimore in the early noughties - Beau Velasco and Johnny Siera. Just as the pair were about to embark on writing a new album together, Velasco, who had struggled with drug addiction on and off throughout his life, died of an overdose.

The band were shattered, so much so that Johnny still finds it almost impossible to talk about. It wouldn't have been surprising if the group had decided to call it a day. Instead, Johnny Siera, with long time band members Daniel Walker and Jahphet Landis decided to make the record a celebration of Velasco's life. Relocating to Brooklyn and enlisting long time friend and Baltimore associate XXXchange (Spank Rock, Kele, The Kills) to man the desk, they created 'Michel Poiccard', an album which loses none of the charm of their previous "punk spazz" work but adds considerable depth, both in terms of the punch and bottom end that XXXchange brings to the table, and in terms of a sense of desperate loss or longing, which permeates everything on the record and reaches a considerable pinnacle on 'I Miss You Beau Velasco' and the closer 'Is It The End Again?'

So although the record comes with a heavy heart, The Death Set have vowed to honor their friend by living the everlasting creedo by Dave Chapelle: "It's a celebration, bitches!". "Michel Poiccard" hits the streets on 2/28.

Make sure and study the "Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap" video before you get out to see The Death Set with Spank Rock on March 26th at Music Hall of Williamsburg (16+ to get in). They are headlining this 600+ capacity show, so show some support and get your $10 tickets now!

Videos and all tour dates are below.

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photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Q-TIp with MNDR at Webster Hall last night
Mark Ronson

The stage set up was immaculate along with the male coordinated wardrobes and rotating performances by each guest, like a extravaganza variety in the best way. My personal highlights from the show include Rose Elinor Dougals' rendition of Stop Me, Alex Greenwald's California, Q-Tip and MNDR's performance of Bang Bang Bang and Marsha Ambrosius's closing rendition of Valerie (although nobody can match Winehouse.) I was a little disappointed that Somebody to Love Me was left off of the setlist and to the be honest the first song performed by the Atlanta rapper Pill Introducing the Business was a complete mess. Regardless, last night's epic gig will definitely make it on my list of best shows of the year. -[TLCBlog]
Damn, In addition to the cavalcade of guest stars (Spank Rock, Amanda Werner aka MNDR, Alex Greenwald of Phantom Planet, Pill and Rose Elinor Dougall) that appeared the night before (10/11) at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, Mark Ronson also roped in, like he did for Letterman, the great Q-Tip for the Manhattan show last night (10/12) at Webster Hall.

More pictures and some video from the show below...

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photos by Toby Tenenbaum

a super blonde Mark Ronson at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson and The Business Intl played Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (10/11), the first of two NYC shows for producer/instrumentalist and his band of special guests. Toby says...

"Ronson went on stage at 10:15 PM just as the crowd started to get a little antsy following the almighty storm outside. His band, which included Amanda Werner aka MNDR, Alex Greenwald of Phantom Planet, Spank Rock (Naeem), Pill and Rose Elinor Dougall, all took turns to share duets, lead vocals and center stage under the watchful gaze of the bleach blonde uber-prooducer himself. Featuring a mix of tracks from earlier albums and recent release Record Collection, the Brooklyn crowd shared the band's enjoyment of performing at a venue 'six blocks from where the band recorded the album last year'. A sort of homecoming, and a great show indeed."
Another NYC appearance took place at the Greene Space this afternoon (stay tuned for footage from that to be online), and the next show is at Webster Hall TONIGHT (10/12).

As discussed, Mark also made an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman last night with Q-Tip and MNDR. The video of that with more pictures and the setlist from Music Hall, below...

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