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Schoolboy Q at Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Schoolboy Q

Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q, who appears on the new Danny Brown LP (listen), and just released "Banger (MOSHPIT)," the newest single off his own upcoming LP, Oxymoron (release date TBA), has just been announced for a CMJ show happening on October 16 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (10/1) at 10 AM. Q's other upcoming shows include Barclays Center (11/2) with Kendrick Lamar and more. Updated dates are listed below.

Another hip hop show happening during CMJ is the annual Duck Down Music/Javotti Media showcase happening on October 16 at Music Hall of Williamsburg co-headlined by Talib Kweli and Brooklyn hip hop vets Black Moon, who will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1993 debut, Enta da Stage, backed by Phony PPL. The rest of the lineup includes Smif N Wessun Reggae Jam Session, RES, T'Nah Apex, Cory Mo and DJ Meka of 2dopeboyz. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Meanwhile, Talib Kweli will also play NYC, along with Big K.R.I.T., when the two rappers open for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at The Theater at MSG on 11/13, 14, and 15. Tickets for those shows are still available (but "not many left"). Talib also DJs/hosts the album release show for his Idle Warship partner Res at SOB's on 10/9. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Other hip hop CMJ shows include Stalley and Gunplay at Gramercy Theatre on 10/18 (tix), and Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia), Oxymorrons, Illustrate, J. Natural, Kosha Dillz and special guests at Littlefield on October 16 (tix).

Not during CMJ, but some other hip hop shows were just announced too.

Updated Schoolboy Q dates are listed, along with a stream of his new song, below...

Continue reading "Schoolboy Q playing Webster Hall; Talib Kweli, Black Moon & others playing Duck Down showcase ++ more hip hop at CMJ"

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Tickets to see Deerhunter at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at noon. Tickets to their 9/19 show at Webster Hall are still available too.

Tickets to see Jack White, Patti Smith, Colin Meloy, Conor Oberst, Joan Baez, Marcus Mumford, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Punch Brothers, Avett Brothers, Milk Carton Kids, Rhiannon Giddens, and more playing the music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis' at Town Hall go on sale today at noon.

Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T., have added a third NYC date to their tour with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis happening on November 15 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Tickets to that show go on Citi Cardmember presale today at 10 AM, Live Nation/Mobile App presale Thursday (8/22) at 10 AM, Citi Cardmember Preferred Tickets and general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at 10 AM.

The Black Crowes are playing four acoustic shows at Capitol Theatre from October 18-22 and four full band shows at Terminal 5 from October 24-29. Tickets for the Terminal 5 shows go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at noon. Tickets for the Capitol Theatre shows go on sale Friday at noon (no presale).

Eli "Paperboy" Reed" is playing Mercury Lounge on September 23 and October 28. Tickets to those shows go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at noon.

Oh Land is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 20 and Gramercy Theatre on September 24. Tickets to the MHOW show go on AmEx presale sale today at noon, the Gramercy Theatre show go on Live Nation presale Thursday (8/22) at 10 AM, with both shows having general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at noon.

"Remix Artist Collective" RAC are playing Bowery Ballroom on November 14 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 16. Tickets to those shows go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at noon.

Tickets to see blink-182 at Wellmont Theatre go on Live Nation presale today at 10 AM (password: "SUMMER").

Tickets to see RL Grime at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Temples at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at noon.

Tickets to see Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman at Town Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Phantogram at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presage today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/23) at noon.

Tickets for the Alkaline Trio, New Found Glory, and H2O show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Leverage Models, Maria Minerva, and Butterclock at Glasslands are on sale now.

Lorde already announced Webster Hall and Warsaw shows which are now both sold out, and she's added another show happening at Webster Hall on October 1. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.

Johnny Flynn is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 23. Tickets to that show go on sale today at 9 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.

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

Huey Lewis And The News @ Seaside Summer Concerts (FREE)
While it was never really hip to be square, it does seem like a fun evening to catch Huey Lewis & The News performing their mega-platinum 1983 LP, Sports, in its entirety by the beach at Coney Island. For free. Got some extra time on your hands? Get there early and recreate the "If This is It?" video in the sand. 7:30 PM.

Nick Hook, Cakes Da Killa, H.O.M.E. Team, Flash Frequency @ 285 Kent Avenue
The most exciting part of this bill (to us at least) is NYC queer rapper Cakes Da Killa, who isn't too far removed from Mykki Blanco or Le1f. He's sure to have the place going pretty wild.

Xenia Rubinos, Rizzla @ Brooklyn Museum
Eclectic performer Xenia Rubinos released her debut album, Magic Trix, which is out now on Ba Da Bing. See her tonight as part of Brooklyn Museum's "Audiophile" concert series that is free with museum admission.

Metalleg, The Shackeltons, Detroit Rebellion, Bird To Prey @ Cake Shop
While long-running PA band The Shackletons are the best-known name on this bill, you might want to check this show out for Providence, RI duo Detroit Rebellion make loose, groovy blues a la early Beck; or perhaps Metalleg's glammy, punky powerpop. Streams of both are below.

Kid Dynamite, Joyce Manor, Red Hare, Swearin' @ House of Vans
It's the last US show for Kid Dynamite before they officially end their reunion, and that should make things as kids pile on each other to these songs for the last time. The support is great too, coming from raw pop punks Joyce Manor (who play their own Brooklyn show on Saturday), Dischord supergroup Red Hare, and emo-y lo-fi band Swearin' (who also play another show on Saturday, and have even more coming up too).

Tristan Perich, Meehan/Perkins Duo @ MoMa
The MoMA Nights series continues tonight with a show on the contemporary composer side. Regular museum admission applies.

Omar S, Big Strickt, FIT, Turtle Bugg @ Output
Omar S returned this year with an excellent full length album of deep house, Thank You for Letting Me Be Myself. Presumably, you'll be hearing some of those jams as he gets the entire place dancing all night. Stream the album's title track below.

Habibi @ Fulton Stall Market, August 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Habibi, Total Slacker, Grand Resort, Young Boys, Retail, Dead Young Friends @ Pianos
This is Week 1 of Grand Resort's Pianos residency, and they've put together a pretty good line-up of bands for the kickoff show. Close your eyes and you might think you were in Bushwick instead of on Ludlow St.

Har Mar Superstar, Sky White Tiger, Heloise & The Savior Faire @ The Bowery Electric
When he's not going to pretend Replacements practice, Har Mar Superstar has been playing around NYC a lot recently. Catch him tonight on this party-oriented bill at Bowery Electric.

The Phantom Family Halo, Old Baby, Catherine Irwin @ Union Pool
Psychedelic indie rockers Phantom Family Halo and Young Widows-related band Old Baby team up for a Union Pool show tonight, making for a pretty good show at a pretty small venue.

Jose James @ Pier 40
The soul singer recently opened for Shuggie Otis in Central Park and soon will be back for a Bowery Ballroom show, but tonight, you can see him in another outdoors environment on Pier 40.

Laura Jane Grace (of Against Me!), Mina Caputo, Allison Weiss @ Knitting Factory
We're still waiting on that new Against Me! album, but meanwhile singer Laura Jane Grace will be doing some celebrating on the road ahead of time playing its material acoustically. The night's especially interesting because another punk singer who famously came out as transgender, Mina Caputo (formerly Keith Caputo of Life of Agony), will be opening the show. Laura and Mina do it again tomorrow night at Bowery Ballroom too.

KRS-One @ S.O.B.'s
This Bronx hip hop legend headlines a show at SOB's tonight.

Talib Kweli (DJ set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Questlove is taking a night off from his weekly Bowl Train DJ night at Brooklyn Bowl and letting Talib Kweli handle the boards tonight. The party starts at 11 AM.

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

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British folk punk Frank Turner already came to NYC for an intimate show at Bowery Ballroom in March and has two more that size coming up in July at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Off With Their Heads. Both of those shows are sold out, but if you've missed out on getting tickets to any of Frank's smaller shows, it should be much easier to grab some for his just-announced show at Terminal 5 on November 27. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon. General on-sale starts Friday (6/28) at noon.

Talib Kweli, who surprised us when he joined Macklemore on stage at SXSW, and Big K.R.I.T. (who also plays the recently-expanded Rock the Bells) are opening for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on a tour this fall that hits NYC on November 13 and 14 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for those shows go on Citi Cardmember presale today at 10 AM. Live Nation/LN Mobile App presales start Thursday (6/27) at 10 AM, and general on-sale starts Friday (6/28) at 10 AM.

Tickets to see Jessie Ware at Roseland Ballroom go on Citi Cardmember presale today at 10 AM.

Tickets to the The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala shows at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Goblin at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see The Julie Ruin and Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon.

2-Tone ska legends The Selecter play Gramercy Theatre on September 20. Tickets for that show are currently on Music Geeks presale (password is "musicgeeks") and they go on sale to the general public Friday (6/28) at 10 AM.

Tickets to see CHVRCHES at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Chromatics at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Slaughterhouse are playing Highline Ballroom on July 16. Tickets to that show are on sale now.

Phony PPL, who were originally supposed to play Brooklyn Bowl on July 3 and 31, have cancelled both shows and are now instead playing Brooklyn Bowl on August 12. Tickets to the 8/12 show are on sale now. Refunds for the July shows are available at the point of purchase.

Registration is still open for a chance to get an email invite for the Mumford and Sons show at Queen's Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, which is now hosting concerts again. Support comes from The Vaccines and Bear's Den.

Tickets to see Shovels and Rope and Shakey Graves at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Cloud Control at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Dirty Beaches at Bowery Ballroom go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets to his Glasslands show, which happens this Friday (6/28), are still available.

Tickets to see Palma Violets at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see MS MR at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Jimmy Cliff at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Susanne Sundfor at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Gary Clark Jr. at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Langhorne Slim is playing Bowery Ballroom on September 24. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (6/28) at noon.

Scott H. Biram is playing Mercury Lounge on September 28. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (6/28) at noon.

Schoolboy Q at Best Buy Theater - 5/21/13 (via Kellen Dengler)
Schoolboy Q

Thanks to TDE's recent success, Q found himself as the most established performer at the Freshman show. With no one to accompany him on stage, he fared better in the larger crowd as a solo artist, breezing through tracks from Habits & Contradictions and throwback collaborations with A$AP Rocky. At one point, he asked Kendrick Lamar to join him but laughed at the audience members who fell for his joke. Fittingly, he won the crowd back with his charisma by asking them the title of his upcoming album. "Oxymoron!" they screamed back. And this was done four times over. [XXL]
The 2013 XXL Freshman Class, including Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Angel Haze, and more, all came to NYC for a show at Best Buy Theater last night (5/21). You can check out a video of Schoolboy Q playing "My Hatin' Joint" at the show, below.

As mentioned in yesterday's What's Going On? post, Action Bronson made a video for his Harry Fraud-produced song, "Strictly 4 My Jeeps." If you missed it, you can watch that video below. Riff Raff stars in the video, and as discussed, he plays a Scion A/V show in Brooklyn at Coco 66 tonight (5/22) with Stalley and Smoke DZA. Entrance to that show had to be gained through Scion's contest which has since ended.

Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul are both members of the group Black Hippy (which also includes Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock), and that whole group is playing the traveling Rock the Bells Festival which hits the NYC-area on October 4-5 at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ. Tickets for that festival are on sale now. The rest of the lineup includes Big K.R.I.T., Common, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler the Creator, Jhene Aiko, Juicy J, Rakim, Wu-Tang Clan, and many more.

Updated Rock the Bells lineup and videos below...

Continue reading "Schoolboy Q, Action Bronson (who has a new video) & more played the XXL Freshman show; Rock the Bells tix on sale"

Rock the Bells 2013

Happy 10th anniversary to Rock the Bells, who have announced their initial, rotating 2013 lineup featuring hosts Peter Rosenberg & MURS 3:16, as well as names like Bone Thugs N Harmony, Danny Brown, Black Hippy (who just played NYC), Common, E40 & Too Short, Earl Sweatshirt (ditto), Flatbush Zombies, Juicy J (who played a Fader show on Monday and Irving Plaza last night), Rakim, Wu-Tang Clan (who play Summer Jam soon), Tyler the Creator (who just announced an NYC show as part of Odd Future), Eazy E, Ol Dirty Bastard and more. Confused? Yes, I did just say Eazy E and Ol Dirty Bastard, both of which will be "virtual performances" as part of the travelling festival. AllHipHop reports:

Ol Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E's spirits will return to the stage at Rock The Bells this year, AllHipHop has learned.

The pair of Hip-Hop legends will have holograms performing this year at the 10-year anniversary of the rap festival.

Eazy-E will perform virtually with Bone Thugs-In-Harmony and ODB will rock with Wu Tang. Organizers said Eazy never blessed the Rock The Bells stage and ODB only did once.

Also, the "holograms" are approved by Eazy-E's wife Tomica Wright and Ol Dirty's mother, Cherry Jones.

Tupac's Coachella appearance inspired the new virtual performances at Rock The Bells, organizers admitted.

So far only four dates exist for Rock the Bells. They're all listed below. Two of them are on the East Coast and one is in the NYC area at Meadowlands Racetrack in Rutherford, NJ on October 4-5. Tickets go on presale Thursday (10/16) at noon, and regular sale on Saturday.

Initial lineup (at least 15 more artists TBA), dates and some video below.

Continue reading "Rock the Bells 2013 initial lineup (Wu-Tang, Earl Sweatshirt, Juicy J, Tyler the Creator... + hologram ODB & Eazy E)"

by Andrew Sacher

Vampire Weekend at Roseland Ballroom last month (more by Robert Altman)
Vampire Weekend

The new Vampire Weekend album, Modern Vampires of the City, comes out on May 14 via XL, but you can now listen to the whole thing ahead of its release date on iTunes. Similarly to Contra's relationship to their debut, Modern Vampires of the City doesn't drastically different from its predecessor, but it works new subtleties into their sound which make the new record as essential as the first two. There's huge hooks here, great production, and as always, a few eccentricities thrown in too.

Vampire Weekend just played Roseland Ballroom, and their tour has them playing a much larger hometown show on September 20 at Barclays Center (tickets). In the midst of all that they made videos with Steve Buscemi, played Coachella, were just announced for ACL Music Fest, and will be on SNL this week. Streams of three tracks from the new album are below.

Survival / Classixx
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You can also stream the psychedelic alt-metal self titled debut LP from Liturgy's Hunter Hunt-Hendrix's new project, Survival, over at Pitchfork. Their release party for the album happens this Thursday (5/9) at Acheron (tickets).

You can stream the dance-y new Classixx record, Hanging Gardens, over at NPR. Their tour has them opening for The Presets at Terminal 5 on Wednesday (5/8) (tickets), and they'll play their own NYC show in June.

John Grant, who recently played NYC, and returns on tour in July, is giving his new synth-filled album, Pale Green Ghosts, a US release on May 14 via Partisan and you can listen to it now over at Paste.

Talib Kweli's new guest-filled LP, Prisoner of Conscious, came out today (5/7) and it can be streamed in full at Billboard.

Vampire Weekend song streams below...

Continue reading "Vampire Weekend streaming new album (Survival, Classixx, John Grant & Talib Kweli too)"

Talib Kweli

Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli has been working on his new album, Prisoner of Conscious since before the release of 2011's Gutter Rainbows, and after continuously delaying it, he's finally set to release it for real this time. It comes out next week (5/7). The record features contributions from some pretty hot of-the-moment guests, including Miguel ("Come Here") and Kendrick Lamar & Curren$y ("Push Thru"). It's also got a track produced by Harry Fraud ("Upper Echelon"), one produced by RZA with a verse from Busta Rhymes ("Rocket Ships"), and a handful of tracks produced by Oh No. You can stream/watch videos for "Come Here," "Push Thru," "Upper Echelon," "Rocket Ships" and two other cuts from the album below, along with the full tracklist. That's the artwork above.

Talib's next hometown gig is this weekend on Sunday (5/5) at Union Hall, where he'll be providing "music and monologues" followed by improv comedy from Coal, Swag, and Sandino, which will be inspired by Talib's set. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with song streams and the album tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Talib Kweli finally releasing 'Prisoner of Conscious' (Kendrick, Miguel, Curren$y, Busta, RZA & more included), playing shows"

Mobb Deep at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Mobb Deep

NYC rap legends Mobb Deep are celebrating their 20th anniversary as a group this year and will be celebrating by going on a US tour in May and June. That tour wraps up in their home city on June 20 at Best Buy Theater for a show with Waka Flocka Flame and Heems (ex-Das Racist), who just played The Whitney over the weekend. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/10) at 10 AM and an AEG Live presale starting Thursday (4/11) at 10 AM. All dates are listed, along with the flyer for the NYC show, below.

Meanwhile, Mobb Deep member Havoc is releasing his new solo album, 13, on May 7. It features guest appearances by Styles P, Raekwon, Lloyd Banks, Royce Da 5'9", and others. The tracklist, album art, and a stream of its single, "Tell Me To My Face," are below.

Havoc will celebrate that album with a release show in NYC the day it comes out at Highline Ballroom (5/7). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The release show also doubles as the release show for R.A. the Rugged Man, who is also on the bill and releases his new album, Legends Never Die, on April 30. He just released the video for that album's single, "The People's Champ," which you can watch below. Also below, you can stream another album single "Learn Truth," which features Talib Kweli.

In related news, another old-school NYC rap show goes down at Highline Ballroom on July 21 with Big Daddy Kane, M.O.P., Chubb Rock, Grand Puba, and DJ Bent Rock. Tickets for that show are on sale now. You can also see Big Daddy Kane tonight (4/09) at Brooklyn Bowl as part of show called Las Supper and tickets are still available.

All Mobb Deep dates are listed, along with all song streams, below...

Continue reading "Mobb Deep, Havoc, R.A. the Rugged Man, Heems, Big Daddy Kane, M.O.P. & more upcoming hip hop shows/related news"

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Tickets to see Rodriguez at Barclays Center go on presale today at 10 AM (code: "METRO").

Tickets for the Weezer Cruise go on sale today at noon.

Heart is playing Jones Beach on June 27 and PNC Bank Arts Center on July 2 with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (3/22) at 10 AM. A Citi Cardmember presale and Live Nation presale start today at 10 AM for Jones Beach and a Live Nation presale for PNC Bank Arts Center starts today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Peter Frampton and Robert Cray show at Beacon Theatre go on presale today at 11 AM (anyone know the password)? with a general on-sale starting Friday (3/22) at 11 AM. They also play The Paramount (6/23) in Huntington, NY and tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/22) at 10 AM.

Joan Baez is playing Central Park Summerstage on June 17 and New Jersey Performing Arts Center on June 19 with Indigo Girls. Tickets go on presale today at 10 AM (anyone know the passwords?) and tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/22) at 10 AM.

Talib Kweli is playing Soundcheck Live at the Greene Space on April 24. The show will include a live performance and a conversation with host John Schaefer. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

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D'Angelo / Elvis Costello + Princess / Chris Rock & more @ Carnegie Hall
Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013
Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013
Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, March 7, 2013


Amidst a snowy midtown backdrop, Carnegie Hall generated a little heat when the Michael Dorf-produced Prince Tribute opened last night (3/7). Stacked with performers giving props to the man in purple and paisley, the lineup featured some of the same names from the previous evening's "rehearsal" at City Winery, as well as surprise appearances from names like Chris Rock and more. Backed by The Roots with guitarist Wendy Melvion (of Prince's backing band The Revolution), D'Angelo show-closing numbers "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" / "1999" were the clear highlights of the evening, with performances from Bilal (doing "Sister" and channeling Keith Sweat circa 1990s), Bettye LaVette ("Kiss"), Sandra Bernhard ('Little Red Corvette") and Fdeluxe ("High Fashion/Mutiny") also causing impromptu aisle dances. Fun night, and it was great to see people up and out of their seats, wilding out in a buttoned-up place like Carnegie Hall.

More pics from last night including the setlist, The Waterboys, The Roots, Eric Leeds, Diane Birch, the Cardigans' Nina Perrson, DeVotchka, Bhi Bhiman, Kat Edmonson, Blind Boys of Alabama, Citizen Cope & Alice Smith, Talib Kweli, Princess (Gretchen Lieberum & Maya Rudolph) and all iterations there within, are below.

Continue reading "D'Angelo, The Roots, Elvis Costello, Bilal, Chris Rock, Bettye LaVette & more played the Prince tribute @ Carnegie Hall (pics) "

Prince

As mentioned, City Winery founder Michael Dorf is presenting a tribute to Prince at Carnegie Hall on March 7, his next in a long line of tribute shows he's done at the historic Manhattan venue. Since we last spoke, the lineup of great musicians that will be performing at the show has been expanded. It features Elvis Costello, The Waterboys, Talib Kweli, Booker T, DeVotchka, Bettye Lavette, Sandra Bernhard, Bilal, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bhi Bhiman, Amos Lee, Citizen Cope & Alice Smith, Maya Rudolph's Prince tribute group with Gretchen Lieberum, Princess, house band The Roots, and perhaps most excitingly, R&B singer D'Angelo (who we're still waiting on that new album from). Tickets are still available and proceeds will benefit underprivileged youth.

Meanwhile, Prince recently posted a lyric video for a new song, "Screwdriver," to his website and revealed another new track, "Chapter & Verse," which you can stream below. You can buy "Screwdriver" and a remix of that song, AND another new song that came out today called "Breakfast Can Wait" at a mysterious website called 3rd Eye Girl. According to Questlove, "#BreakfastCanWait is WOW." Check it out.

In other related news, Elvis Costello and The Roots, who are both on the lineup for the Prince tribute, are releasing a collaborative album this year according to an interview that Questlove did with Billboard. Questlove says of the album, "We had 13 or 14 songs, but then we said, 'Ooh! Wait a minute! Let's replace four of these songs with four better songs! And now we have the tightest 12-14 song collection out of about 20 songs that we made." No release date, title, or any other info has been revealed yet, but Questlove assures us, "I can just say that it is brilliant."

Elvis Costello also plays a cancer benefit with The Who at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden on February 28.

Stream the new Prince songs below...

Continue reading "Roots & Elvis Costello collaborating, added to Carnegie Hall Tribute to Prince (who released new songs)"

by Bill Pearis

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Lest you think all Interpol's Paul Banks does all day is sit around listening to Joy Division, Scott Walker and The Chameleons while wearing fine suits, he does have other interests. Man is a hip hop fan too, apparently, and has made a mixt tape you can stream or download featuring "some of my friends, including Talib Kweli, El-P Mike G, and Hprizm/High Priest." No he doesn't rap, but his voice can be heard (the "demo excerpts") amongst the beats and movie samples.

The mix is called "Everybody On My Dick Like They Supposed To" and that's the cover art above and you can stream it below....

Continue reading "listen to Paul Banks' hip hop mixtape"

A$AP Ferg at Brooklyn Bowl in December (more by Brook Bobbins)
ASAP Ferg

Talib Kweli, who just played SOB's earlier this week, is playing two nights at Brooklyn Bowl (3/17-18) with a live band this March with Cory Mo. Tickets for night 1, night 2 and both nights are on sale now.

A$AP Ferg and Fat Trel are teaming up for a NYC show on February 12 at SOB's with Da$h & Retch and A$ton Matthews. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Ratking, who play Mercury Lounge on February 1 with Bryant Dope and JeanDeaux (tickets), also play a Brooklyn show on January 27 at Public Assembly with Show Me The Body and Tippwork. Admission for that one is $10 at the door.

Nitty Scott, Dave East, and Panama are playing SOB's on February 7. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Phony PPL play Brooklyn Bowl on February 21. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Dipset are celebrating the tenth anniversary of Diplomatic Immunity at BB King's on March 25. Tickets for that show are still available.

Check out more upcoming hip hop shows in NYC HERE and HERE.

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.

Continue reading "Slick Rick, Roc Marciano, Rockie Fresh, Freddie Gibbs, THEESatisfaction, Smif-N-Wessun & more upcoming rap shows"

The crowd @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 12/18/12
Duck Down party

Pharoahe Monch, formerly of Organized Konfusion and a relatively recent Duck Down signing, showed the crowd how it's done. His brief but powerful set touched upon new songs (joined by the inimitable Jean Grae at one point) and classic material like "Simon Says," including a "Fuck The Police" medley somewhere in the middle. Monch is a consummate performer, but his OG Duck Down labelmates who followed him were up to the task as well. Sean Price took the stage next - the most grizzled, most rotund, and perhaps most fascinating member of the Boot Camp Clik. An animated Grinch parody video began his set. From there, Price simply ripped it, helped out at times by his Heltah Skeltah partner Rock. Price barely moves when he raps, gripping the mic in its stand - and he doesn't need jump around, his presence is engaging enough. [Illiot Gould]
Indie hip hop label Duck Down Music threw a pretty stacked holiday party at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Javotti Media, which BrooklynVegan proudly co-sponsored. The show went down on December 18 with sets from Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Buckshot, Sean Price, Smif-N-Wessun, Flatbush Zombies, Skyzoo, and Dyme-A-Duzin, (of Phony PPL). A few pictures from that show are in this post.

Talib Kweli will play another NYC show next month/year at SOB's on January 20. Tickets for that show, which is a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King and Gil Scott Heron, are still avaialble.

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Talib Kweli and Ryan Leslie, out standing on a roof
Understated

As we've mentioned before, Talib Kweli is headlining the BrooklynVegan-presented Duck Down & Javotti Media's holiday party tonight (12/18) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The night also features Pharoahe Monch, as well as Bootcamp Clik crewmembers Buckshot, Sean Price, and Smif-N-Wessun, plus Flatbush Zombies, Skyzoo, and Dyme-A-Duzin. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free we're giving away two pairs of tickets. Details on how to enter are below. Hope to see you there.

Meanwhile, Talib just released the video for his track "Outstanding," which features Ryan Leslie. You can check it out below and get the MP3 as well via a download widget.

In other news, Flatbush Zombies recently stopped by Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg to talk about their favorite movies and you can watch that below. You can also check out Skyzoo's most recent music video, "JanSport Strings," as well.

If you can't make it tonight, Talib is playing a full band show at SOB's on January 20 which is in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King and Gil Scott Heron. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All upcoming Talib Kweli tour dates are listed, with all the other stuff, below...

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Duck Down

As mentioned, Duck Down Music is throwing a holiday party with Javotti Media in Brooklyn on December 18 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, of which BrooklynVegan is proudly one of the sponsors. When we first mentioned the show, the lineup was not announced, but as hinted, Talib Kweli will be headlining it. And the rest of the lineup is pretty great too. In addition to Talib, it's got some other NYC rap legends on there like Pharoahe Monch, plus Buckshot, Sean Price, and Smif-N-Wessun, all three of who are part of the Boot Camp Clik group. It also features some newcomers like Flatbush Zombies (who play SOB's two days later [12/20]), Skyzoo, and Dyme-A-Duzin of Phony PPL. Tickets for the show are still available. The first 50 fans inside will get a free Sean Price/Rocksmith t-shirt. That's the flyer above.

Sean Price and Buckshot recently teamed up for a show at Santos. You can watch a video from that show spliced with some footage of Buckshot and 9th Wonder on Sway's Morning Show with DJ Premier, below.

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Talib Kweli with Idle Warship at Culture Shock 2012 (more by Kellyann Petry)
Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli has pushed back the release of his new LP due to the dismantling of his Blacksmith imprint. In a recent Power 105 interview, Kweli stated that the new record would see release on (also his label) Javotti Media and would be pushed back to February 2013 due to the dissolution of the label. The whole sordid story is available below in a video of the Power 105 interview.

In the meantime, the Brooklyn representative has roped in a full live band for a show at Brooklyn Bowl on December 2, snagging DJ sets from Jasmine Solano and Mad Sol to round out the evening. Tickets are on sale.

In other Kweli news, the MC had the distinct honor of guest starring on the final episode of the long-running show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. which took place entirely in Brooklyn. For his segment, he and Tony headed to Bushwick to dine at Roberta's new haute cuisine offshoot Blanca. Check out video of that, a list of tour dates and the Power 105 interview below.

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World's Worst Records

Tickets to see Ty Segall at Webster Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see !!! and Sinkane at Music Hall of Williamsburg  go on sale at noon today.

NYC punks H2O are celebrating the 15th anniversary of their album Thicker Than Water by playing it in full at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 27. Tickets are on sale at noon today.

Tickets for both "Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant On Ice" shows at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Matisyahu's "Festival of Light" shows at Terminal 5 and tickets to his show at The Capitol Theatre go on sale today at noon.

Talib Kweli is playing Brooklyn Music School's 100th Anniversary Centennial Celebration on November 1 (126 Saint Felix St.) with Barbara King and Bill Lee. Tickets are on sale now and proceeds benefit the school.

Tickets to see Bear in Heaven at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Peelander-Z at Knitting Factory are on sale now.

Tickets to see My Jerusalem at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets to see Fenster at Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon today.

Tickets to see Hollerado at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Cody ChesnuTT plays Mercury Lounge on November 9 and tickets to that show are on sale at noon.

Tickets to see Keane at Radio City Music Hall are on sale now.

Fun. play Radio City Music Hall on February 2, 2013 and tickets are on sale now.

sign at Death by Audio via @andrewstclair
NO SMOKING

Following 285 Kent's lead, as of October 1, 2012, five-year-old Williamsburg DIY spot Death by Audio is now a NO SMOKING venue. Our clothes thank you.

Speaking of, Great Design says S. 2nd & Kent is "Where Sound is Born." No show at DbA tonight, btw.

Death Grips finally announced a tour! It doesn't include any NYC dates at the moment, but they tweeted, "more tour dates to be announced! (pretty much all the missing spots being mentioned).'

You can also make money off the new Death Grips album.

Willis Earl Beal, who is on tour now, released a "free digital Principles Of A Protagonist soundtrack EP of 5 re-recorded songs from Acousmatic Sorcery" via BitTorrent.

Speaking of BitTorrent and Death Grips, the rap-noise crew are the most downloaded artist on BitTorrent for the first half of 2012, with over 34 million downloads, beating Counting Crows, DJ Shadow, and Pretty Lights.

Generation Records will give you a free ticket to one of the Rev25 shows at Irving Plaza with purchase of a Chain of Strength t-shirt.

Happy Birthday to Talib Kweli (37), Gwen Stefani (43), Tommy Lee (50) and Lindsey Buckingham (61).

We premiered a new Riverboat Gamblers video on BV Austin.

You can stream the new Converge record in full.

Touche Amore do a great cover of The Replacements' "Unsatisfied" for their new split with The Casket Lottery (out now on No Sleep Records). Meanwhile, The Casket Lottery offer their take on Beach House's "Myth." Stream the entire release (both bands offer an original song as well) at the No Sleep Bandcamp.

Legendary black metal crew Von, widely considered to be the first US black metal band, have released a new song (!) in "Jesus Stain" from their upcoming Satanic Blood due on Oct 31. Stream that track below courtesy of Decibel Magazine.

Public Assembly is hosting a hummus cook-off and raffle on October 14 to help raise money for the NYC Coalition Against Hunger in memory of Craig Murphey.

Meanwhile you can catch Silver Apples at Public Assembly.

Then you can catch Silver Apples at 92YTribeca.

Help save the Historic Slave Theater in Bed-Stuy.

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Talib Kweli w/ Idle Warship at Culture Shock 2012 (more by Kellyann Petry)
Idle Warship

As mentioned in What's Going on Friday?, there's an afterparty for tonight's Jay-Z Barclays show (9/28, his first of eight) happening at Free Candy (905 Atlantic Ave) with Jay-Z's DJ, Young Guru as well as a set from Talib Kweli (who's spinning with Questlove and Q-Tip at The Cap earlier in the evening). Talib hits the decks at midnight and tickets are $10.

For Jay-Z's shows on Saturday (9/29) and Sunday (9/30) there will be afterparties at Littlefield featuring not only Young Guru but also Jay-Z's backing band, The Roc Boyz. Promoters are promising "special guests" which could mean all sorts of things, but no names have been announced. Doors are at 10:30 PM with the party kicking in in at 11 and tickets ($10 advance, $15 day of) are still available.

Flyers for both afterparties are below.

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Dirty Projectors @ Capitol Theatre - 9/25/12 (via Citybug)
Dirty Projectors

There were a couple guys in the crowd that were yelling in-between songs "Let's Go! Wooooo!" If this was a reference to a song, frontman Dave Longstreth didn't seem to get it. "Where you want to go?" he asked politely. After more incoherent woooooing, Dave reassured the crowd, "We're going there, man."

And go there, they did. Dave and the band performed most of Swing Lo Magellan just as meticulously arranged and produced as the album is--it happens to be their most accessible to date and translates very well live. [Noisey]

Dirty Projectors have been on the road since the release of their new album, Swing Lo Magellan, and after having already played NYC twice over the summer, they returned for another area show at the newly reopened Capitol Theatre in Port Chester on Tuesday (9/25) with Lavender Diamond (who also played Mercury Lounge the next night [9/26] and will play Glasslands on Sunday [9/29] with Helado Negro). A video of the DPs playing "Wittenberg IV" at the Capitol Theatre show and their setlist is below. Their tour brings them back to NYC for a show at Carnegie Hall on January 11 with yMusic. Tickets for that show are still available.

Capitol Theatre shows continue with David Gray and Foy Vance tonight (9/27). On Friday (9/28), The Roots were scheduled to continue their residency with a show with Talib Kweli, but as they did with their Septembr 14 show, they've cancelled this Friday's show too. In place of that gig, Roots drummer Questlove, Talib Kweli, and Q-Tip will DJ the first-ever "Soul Planetarium" night at the Cap instead. "Having Questlove, Talib, and Q-Tip spin on the same bill would be awesome in a small dark closet," says [Capitol Theatre booker] Peter Shapiro, who helmed the theatre's relaunch this year and produced 'U2 3D,' the first-ever live action film in the digital 3D format. "Having them each spin Friday night in a legendary rock palace-meets-next generation Planetarium should blow minds." Tickets for that show are available.

Q-Tip does his next Offline Party at Irving Plaza on October 19. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Dirty Projectors video and setlist are below.

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Maya Rudolph got pipes
Maya Rudolph

Anyone who has seen Saturday Night Live knows that Bridesmaids star Maya Rudolph is more than just a comedian, but also a talented vocalist who comes from a musical background. (Minnie Riperton is her mom; she was in The Rentals.) So it seems likely she'll do well sitting in as frontwoman for The Roots when they do a set of Prince covers at Brooklyn Bowl Thursday night (9/20). (Sounds like fun, too.) Advanced tickets are gone, but additional tickets will be available at the door for $15 cash.

Newsday is speculating that Maya Rudolph could also join The Roots at their Friday night gig (9/21) at The Capitol Theater in Port Chester (tickets) which, considering the recent littany of guests, is not too much of a stretch to believe either. The Roots announced Bob Weir as special guest for their 9/7 show at the venue, and ended up also roping in Trey Anastasio, Warren Haynes, Grace Potter and Bobby Keys.

Last week's Cap show (9/14) was cancelled but this Friday's (9/21) is scheduled to feature Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. Additionally, The Roots play ATP NY on Saturday (9/22) and they'll also bless the Capitol Theater on 9/28 with Talib Kweli (tickets).

Ben Nichols of Lucero & fans in Austin - 9/10/12 (more by Tim Griffin)
Ben Nichols
Ben Nichols
taco dog

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

Tickets for the Lucero and The Hold Steady NYE show at Wellmont Theatre went on sale today. Did you pick up yours? We just caught Lucero frontman Ben Nichols earlier this week when his acoustic tour came to Austin. Check out pictures at BV Austin. As discussed, Lucero also play two nights at Brooklyn Bowl (12/28-29) before the NYE show. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, September 21 at noon.

The New Yorker Festival and other tickets went on sale today too.

Tickets are still on sale for the upcoming Dr. Dog & Delta Spirit show in Rumsey Playfield, and we're giving away a pair on Facebook.

Alabama Shakes are on a tour now which comes to NYC on October 4 at Terminal 5 (sold out). We just caught their tour stop in Chicago earlier this week, a free "dream" show presented by American Family with fellow Alabama bands The Pollies and Doc Dailey on the bill. Check out pictures of that show at BV Chicago.

The rent is still too damn high. Jimmy McMillan will run for mayor in 2013.

The Walkmen played Conan last night (9/13). Check out a video of them performing "Love Is Luck" and "We Can't Be Beat" from their new album, Heaven, below. Tickets are still on sale for their show coming up at Terminal 5 with the Dum Dum Girls.

Wondering which producers contributed to Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music album, Cruel Summer? Check out the updated tracklist with production credits for each song. In related news, you can check out the extended version of "New God Flow," which features Ghostface Killah, over at Pusha T's website.

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