Entries tagged with: TLC
by Andrew Sacher
Drake at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As you may know, Drake has been dropping a handful of tracks ahead of the release of his new album, Nothing Was the Same (due out 9/17), though it's never been exactly clear which of these will actually end up on the album. His newest, "Hold On We're Going Home," sounds like Drake going Marvin going MJ, and it's sounding pretty dope this morning. Check out a radio rip, along with a stream of his other recent single, "All Me" (feat. 2 Chainz and Big Sean), below.
Drake's previously discussed tour with Miguel and Future hits the NYC-area on 10/26 at XL Center, 10/27 at Prudential Center, and 10/28 at Barclays Center. Tickets for those shows are still available.
Drake just played his annual OVO Fest last night (8/5), and the insane show included Kanye, The Weeknd, J Cole, Miguel, TLC, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean and more coming out to join him and perform their own songs. The setlist and new song streams below...
by Andrew Sacher
J. Cole was a pretty exciting rapper around the time of his Friday Night Lights mixtape, but that excitement died down a bit when his debut album for Roc Nation, Cole World proved to be mostly mediocre. Still, something about Cole makes you want to root for him, and that's stirred the excitement up again for his second official album, Born Sinner (due out June 18). The album's not an instant classic, but it's a much better and more consistent release than its predecessor.
The guest spots feel carefully chosen, the only ones coming from Miguel, Kendrick Lamar, Dirty Projector Amber Coffman, the two surviving members of the recently-reunited TLC, and Justin Timberlake's songwriting partner James Fauntleroy. But even with major names like those, the guest appearances always tend to take a backseat to Cole, who really runs the show (he wrote and produced almost the entire thing himself). Unfortunately, that does cause it to get a little one-dimensional at times, but when Cole is on ("Power Trip" and the title track are early highlights), he's making some pretty impressive music. Stream the album in its entirety, along with the "Power Trip" video, below.
Cole will be celebrating the album with his Dollar & A Dream tour, which begins in Miami tonight (6/11). For that tour, he'll be hitting 11 cities and each show only costs $1 to get in. The catch is that the venue won't be announced until the day of the show via J. Cole's twitter, and there's no advance tickets. You have to pay admission at the door, first come, first serve. The tour hits NYC on June 19.
You'll also be able to catch Cole at a NYC show that you can get advance tickets to when he plays Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on August 17. That show includes other rappers, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and World's Fair, in addition to producers King Britt (Hyperdub), Bangladesh and Darq E Freaker. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the video and album stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Scout Niblett - 'It's Up To Emma'
Grungy folk singer Scout Niblett released her new album, It's Up To Emma, this week via Drag City. It's her first album not produced by Steve Albini, but her ass-kicking PJ Harvey-esque songwriting is just as raw and powerful as ever. It's fitting for a record of this kind that the first single is opening track is simply titled "Gun." You can watch the video for that one, along with her no-bullshit cover of TLC's "No Scrubs" (which appears on the album!) and the tracklist below. That's the artwork above.
Scout will be supporting the new record with an international tour this year, which includes a run with Baltimore noise rockers/Drag City labelmates Dope Body. That run hits NYC at the mostly-metal Brooklyn venue Saint Vitus on September 13. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates.
Dope Body will be in NYC even sooner to play 285 Kent on June 20. No advance tickets for that show at the moment either, and the rest of the lineup is still TBA. This past March, they released the Saturday EP via Drag City, and you can check out the video for its punishing opening track, "Leather Head," below.
All dates for both bands are listed, along with those videos, below...
Scout Niblett in Montreal, October 2010 (more by Rachel Kowal)
Scout Niblett has released the new No More Nasty Scrubs 7" featuring a pair of reworked pop favorites. The A-side features a reworking of "Nasty" by Janet Jackson while the flip features TLC's "No Scrubs" with Emil Amos of Om/Holy Sons/Grails. Stream the latter below and look for a video of "Nasty" in the coming weeks.
In related news, back in August of 2010, Emil Amos said:
I've finally decided to prepare a re-release of My Only Warm Coals next, god knows when it will come out exactly...That day has finally come with the announcement of the Holy Sons release on Important in February 2013. The LP spans tracks from 1995 - 2010, look for it in the new year.
All tour dates and that stream is below.
Emiliana Torrini is playing Highline Ballroom on August 14th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).
America are playing Nokia Theatre on October 16th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).
Satanicide are headlining Bowery Ballroom on July 25th. Tickets are on sale.
Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 7th. Tickets are on sale.
"DAVE STEWART, ARETHA FRANKLIN, WYCLEF JEAN, QUEEN LATIFAH, CARLA BRUNI-SARKOZY, JOSH GROBAN, CYNDI LAUPER, ANGELIQUE KIDJO, BAABA MAAL, JESSE MCCARTNEY, TLC, THE SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR, AND OTHER GUESTS" are celebrating Nelson Madela's 91st birthday at Madison Square Garden on July 18th. Tickets are on sale.
The Black Crowes are playing Central Park Summerstage on September 2nd. Tickets go on sale June 12.
Bruce Springsteen tickets go on sale Monday.
Friday night 'dance' events in The Week In Dance.
No tickets needed for Monday's David Byrne show.
Check out some Emiliana Torrino videos below...