Entries tagged with: Talib Kweli
"SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, presents performances of outstanding artistic quality, free of charge, to serve the diverse communities of New York City. The artists represent a breadth of genres and cultures and perform in an outdoor setting accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. SummerStage strives to develop audiences' deepening appreciation for contemporary, traditional, and emerging artists as well as the communities in which these artists originate."You might remember that since last year, "Summerstage" now encompasses free (and "benefit") shows in many NYC parks, not just at the "main stage" in Central Park. Free shows this summer include Friendly Fires, Wavves, The Budos Band, Reggie Watts, Fitz & the Tantrums, We Are Scientists, Talib Kweli, Rakim/EPMD, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Jim Gaffigan, Wanda Jackson, Imelda May, Guster, and many more.
Above picture, taken at the St. Vincent show in 2010, by Chris La Putt.
Rakim @ Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Talib Kweli is not the only hip hop great scheduled to play a free NYC show as part of Summerstage this summer. The series will host hip hop notables like Special Ed (6/8 in Betsey Head Park), Nice & Smooth with The Awesome Two (6/15 in Von King Park), Slick Rick (7/12 in Crotona Park), Kool Moe Dee (7/19 in Queensbridge Park), The Sugarhill Gang (8/2 in Tappen Park, Staten Island), and The Cold Crush Brothers (8/24 in East River Park), and others.
Funkmaster Flex will host his own set of "Salute to Hip Hop" Summerstage shows, and though most of the performers have yet to be announced, EPMD will perform at the first on 6/7 at Betsy Head Park in Brooklyn. EPMD will return with Rakim to take on Summerstage in Central Park on 9/21, and before that Funkmaster Flex has other shows going on in Soundview Park on 6/28 (performers TBA), in Queensbridge Park on 7/21, a show with Rob Base on 8/9 at Marcus Garvey Park.
More details to the previously mentioned shows, are below.
Talib Kweli at Emo's during SXSW (more by BBG)
Talib Kweli is currently on the road in support of his new LP Gutter Rainbows, blessing Milwaukee tonight on his way toward the tour conclusion in Orlando inMay. Along the way he'll hit home base on April 28th by tagging both Other Music (to sign copies of Gutter Rainbows starting at 6PM) and SOB's later that night (tickets are still available). There he'll be joined by Fred The Godson and Jean Grae, the latter of which will also appear at Brooklyn Bowl with Pharoahe Monch on May 10th (tickets).
Kweli is also scheduled to play the previously mentioned free show in Red Hook Park on June 21st as part of the City Parks Foundation's Summerstage series. All tour dates below...
Tons of hip hop shows on the way, from the classic to the new! First up, Curren$y will headline Irving Plaza on June 6th as part of a string of US dates that he has scheduled in May & June (dates are below). Tickets are currently on Live Nation presale, and go on regular sale at 10AM tomorrow (4/6). Curren$y is currently preparing to release his new and entirely Alchemist-produced EP Covert Coup on April 20th and for FREE.
Raekwon will headline BB King's on April 17th, alongside Ultramagnetic MC's (billed as an exclusive reunion show, I assume that means that Kool Keith is on board much like at ATP New Jersey), MC Eiht, Bushwick Bill (Geto Boys), Chip Fu (Fu-Schnickens), Da Bushbabees, Tanya Morgan, Tony Touch, and many many more including "special invited VIP surprise guests" and the host D-Stroy (Arsonists). Tickets are on sale. The show takes place just four days before Raekwon will team with The Lox, EPMD, Brand Nubian, and Nice and Smooth as part of a Salute to Hip Hop at Best Buy Theater on April 13th. Tickets are still available.
Keith Murray will similarly team with a gang of 90's hip hop stars at Santos on April 14th. He'll be joined by Lords of the Underground, Group Home, Real Live, Nine, Shabaam Sahdeeq, and DJs Evil D, Eclipse, Kon & Amir, Ralph McDaniels, and many others. Tickets are still available.
Slick Rick is returning to BB King's, as he'll play the venue on May 29th. Tickets are still available.
Talib Kweli will play a FREE show in Red Hook Park on June 21st as part of the City Parks Foundation's Summerstage series. Tons more Summerstage events (and undoubtedly a large number of hip hop ones) are also slated to be announced, we'll keep you informed. Kweli recently played SXSW and released Gutter Rainbows earlier this year.
And last but certainly not least, 9th Wonder and Phonte (aka 2/3 of Little Brother) will join Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg at 92Y Tribeca Wednesday (4/6) night as part of the Noisemakers series, where Rosenberg interviews his guests. Tickets are on sale.
All tour dates and some video is below.
Heavy music fans! If TONIGHT (3/26) in NYC isn't reserved for Hull/Horseback/Batillus/Caltrop at The Studio at Webster Hall (tickets), Sick Of It All/Snapcase at a sold-out Webster Hall, or Nunslaughter/Disma at Acheron, then you're more than likely heading out to see Off! with Trash Talk at Santos Party House. Tickets are still available.
Off! & Trash Talk both appeared at the Vans SXSW showcase at Emo's on 3/16, alongside Bad Brains, Talib Kweli, and Black Lips. Meanwhile on the other stage, Housecore Records was leading a southern metal charge with appearances from Arson Anthem (with Mike of Eyehategod, Phil of Down/Pantera, but no Hank III), Haarp (who were incredible), Warbeast, Skrew, and others. Pictures from both stages are in this post and continue below...
Kid Cudi announced that this summer he will release a Dot Da Genius-produced rock album, entitled Wizard and for his rap fans, a mixtape titled, A Man Named Scott.No word on whether the "rock" Cudi or the hip hop one will be the focus of the forthcoming show at Roseland on April 20th. Tickets go on 92.3 and Live Nation presales on Wednesday at 10am, and then general sale Friday.
"Pushing for a summer release of the Wizard album. I produce and play guitar on everything with my main man Dot Da Genius. He's learning bass," The Cudder wrote. "Wizard is a rock album, no raps, just singing. Brand new thing. Flavor. 'Dose of Dopeness,' however, will be on the Wizard album as a bonus jam. 'Bout f---in' time aye. I've been wearing the same jeans for months and I feel good about that dedication."
"Oh I forgot the best news ever ... new mixtape A Man Named Scott," he continued. "That's this summer. For all those who f---s with my raps, this is for you since I'mma be all rocked out with the Wizard sh--. Also, it's free! Yes!"-[MTV News]
Tickets are still on sale for Theophilus London's Music Hall of Williamsburg show (with Popo and New Look), and you can still get tickets for Talib Kweli's Idle Warship MHOW show which comes one night after Idle Warship's two Blue Note gigs which happen one night after Mos Def's two Blue Note gigs (which are tonight).
Speaking of Talib Kweli, his new album Gutter Rainbows (pictured) was released at the end of January. The Beastie Boys-sampling track "I'm On One" also appears in remixed format on an upcoming mixtape that Talib & DJ Smallz are releasing called "Northern Lights x Southern Smoke", and with a verse by Cyhi Da Prynce. Download the remix HERE. Listen to the original on the bottom of this post.
Black Milk and band are at SOB's the same night Idle Warship is at MHOW which is the same night DJ Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito reunite at Le Poisson Rouge (Thursday)
Funkmaster Flex meanwhile is out on bail after being arrested for assaulting his wife.
Tonight's Slaughterhouse show at Highline Ballroom is sold out but if you get there early you might be able to pick one up at the door.
Odd Future will play DC one day before their now-sold out Santos Party House show which is one day before they play Fallon with help from the Roots. "Tyler, The Creator and Hodgy Beats of Odd Future are set to raid network TV with the help of The Roots on Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon on 2/16." They play Philly one day after that, and they're also on the bill of Coachella. All dates are listed below.
Mos Def on stage w/ Gorillaz @ MSG (more by Bao Nguyen)
Blue Note added some last minute shows happening in just a couple of days. Mos Def plays on February 8th at 9:00PM and 11:30PM, and his friend Talib Kweli plays as part of Idle Warship with Res on February 9th at 9:00PM and 11:30PM. Tickets are on sale for each show - just click the links. Tickets are also still on sale for the show Idle Warship is playing at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 10th with Dead Prez.
Waka Flocka Flame, who is on the April 30th lineup of this year's Bamboozle Festival, can also be found at House of Blues Atlantic City on February 25th (tickets) and B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in NYC on 3/23 (on sale Tuesday at 3PM).
Talib & Res
Tickets are still available for the next 5 Questlove DJ gigs at Brooklyn Bowl.
Tickets are also on sale for a Talib Kweli show happening at Brooklyn Bowl on February 1st with J-Live, K-Salaam, and Mad Sol Desar.
You can also catch Talib on February 10th when he teams up with Res (and Graph Nobel?) to form Idle Warship at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Dead Prez, Ninjasonik (who also play the same venue on 3/26), The Wellington Papers and "Special Surprise Performances." Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
That same night, 2/10, is when Black Milk is at SOB's with a full band.
Raekwon's same night, 3/8, is when Yelawolf is going to play Highline Ballroom with Cyhi Da Prynce. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Last but not least (unless you mean the price), Chiddy Bang is playing a free show at Irving Plaza on January 29th. The catch? You need to go to either NYU, Rutgers, CUNY, Fordham or Columbia to attend. Actually that's not true, you can just pretend you do I think, since it also says "Students at other NY area schools also eligible. Text closest school to claim tickets." The show is part of a "Textbooks & Tickets Tour" that is also giving away free tickets to a Big Boi show in Atlanta and has other performers in a few other cities.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 12/27/2010 (Jason Persse)
Sunday night's Bouncing Souls show was postponed. Tonight/Monday's is cancelled. Stay tuned for the status of the rest of the "Home for the Holidays" week.
BB King's has cancelled tonight's Sublime cover band show.
Lincoln Center says "Performances are continuing as scheduled as of now."
BAM is open and running.
Fontana's is open and offering free coffee to anyone that stops in today.
The Disco Biscuits will still play their show at Terminal 5 despite the snow, and despite their drummer being in the hospital.
Union Hall confirms that Mike Birbiglia will go on as planned tonight. The Living Room and Brooklyn Bowl also promise that they are having their scheduled shows (though Brooklyn Bowl's kitchen is closed).
UPDATE: After both Union Hall and Mike Birbiglia publicly said the show will go on tonight, they have now announced that it is postponed until Wednesday.
UPDATE: The jazz show at Mercury Lounge tonight is cancelled.
UPDATE: Tonight's Fantasia show at the Beacon Theater is cancelled.
UPDATE: Whiplash & all shows at UCB are cancelled tonight.
UPDATE: Both acts at Pianos tonight have postponed.
UPDATE: The show at Cake Shop tonight is postponed.
UPDATE: Tonights show at Party Xpo in Brooklyn has been cancelled according to one of the bands who was supposed to play.
UPDATE: "We regret to say that the Tank office is closed today due to the snow storm in New York City. As a result, Rob Gorden's "True Stories" show for tonight is postponed until January 31, 2011 at 7pm "
UPDATE: Coco66 is open with a DJ all night, and Rockwood Music Hall appears to be open and running with a full lineup of live music.
Make sure to check with venues before you trek out to a show, though with Lauryn Hill at Highline Ballroom tonight, you're probably screwed either way (kidding!) (sort of).
UPDATE: Highline Ballroom released an update about the Lauryn Hill show. It reads: "***PLEASE NOTE DOORS AND SHOW TIMES HAVE BEEN PUSHED BACK ON THIS SHOW DUE TO THE WEATHER. KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR MORE DETAILS.***"
UPDATE: ***PLEASE NOTE LAURYN HILL HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR FEB 1ST. ALL TIX HONORED. REFUNDS AVAILABLE AT POINT OF PURCHASE.***
Speaking of Highline Ballroom, last night's Talib Kweli/SAS/Jean Grae show was postponed until January 3rd. All tickets will be honored or you can get a refund.
Gwar braved the snow and slaughtered humans at Best Buy Theater in NYC last night, but our photographer had to cancel, and Gwar couldn't make it to their Vermont show tonight.
If you know of any snow-related cancellations or postponements, please leave them in the comments.
DOWNLOAD: Redman - "Lite 1 Witcha Boi" featuring Method Man & Bun B (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ghostface Killah - "Together Baby" (MP3)
Brooklyn Bowl will welcome Houston hip hop don and half of the much lamented UGK (Pimp C RIP) on 12/22, as Bun B will play the venue with Homeboy Sandman and K-Salaam. Tickets are on sale. Bun B released Trill OG earlier this year, and recently appeared on a Redman song from his upcoming LP Reggie. Dig on "Lite 1 Witcha Boi" featuring Bun B and Method Man above from Reggie (due 12/7) and the record's art/tracklisting below.
The Bun B show will be presented by Talib Kweli, and he'll probably make a brief appearance. But Kweli will headline Highline Ballroom proper on 12/26 (tickets) alongside Strong Arm Steady, Jean Grae, Red Cafe, Shawn Pen (aka Little Shawn), Joell Ortiz, Mickey Factz, & Naturally Amazing.
Speaking of icons from the south, I have a pair of tickets to giveaway for the upcoming Big Boi show at Terminal 5 on 12/22. Tickets are still available, or you can try your luck at winning a pair! Details on how to win are below.
In related news, Redman and Ghostface Killah were both supposed to make appearances at this weekend's Sneaker Pimps event, but cancelled prior to the show. Rick Ross and Diggy Simmons were added in their stead. Video of Rawse at Sneaker Pimps is below.
Ghostface's new LP, Apollo Kids is out in
eight days (12/14) fifteen days (12/21). Dig on the new song "Together Baby" above, and check out the tracklisting and cover art below.
Ghostface Killah at Rock The Bells (more by Andrew St. Clair)
CMJ is almost here, and as usual hip hop is well represented with appearances from the greats as well as those on the upswing. Ghostdini (aka Ghostface Killah) obviously is one of the former, and he'll headline BB Kings on 10/22 with Sheek Louch (of D-Block), and Frank Dukes. Tickets are on sale, or you can get in with your CMJ badge.
Audible Treats have announced their 2010 showcase at Sullivan Hall in NYC, and once again it's chock full of interesting indie hip hop. Veterans Black Sheep will join Nottz, Diamond District, Big Pooh (ex-Little Brother), Chip Fu (of Fu-Schnickens), Rah Digga, Von Pea, Moe Green, DaVinci, and The Left (Apollo Brown, DJSoko, Journalist103). The show goes down on 10/21 and tickets are on sale.
Von Pea of Tanya Morgan will play two shows at SOBs in the coming months, with the first happening on 9/29 when he supports Pac Div along with STS and Beyond Belief (tickets). Then less than two weeks later, Von Pea will play the venue again with J-Live in tow to celebrate the release of his new record Pea's Gotta Have It. Tickets are on sale.
And while we're on the subject of former members of Little Brother, Foreign Exchange (aka ex-Little Brother member Phonte and producer Nicolay) will play a CMJ how at BB King's on 10/23 with Darien Brockington, Zo! and a live band in tow. Tickets are on sale. Darien Brockington, who also contributes to Foriegn Exchange, will also be at SOBs in the coming weeks as part of a collaborative show with R&B singer Yahzarah on 10/14. Tickets are on sale.
Duck Down will team up with Blacksmith Music (Kweli's label) for the Duck Down vs Blacksmith CMJ Showcase with appearances from Jean Grae, Pete Rock, Strong Arm Steady, Pharoahe Monch, Skyzoo & !llmind, Marco Polo with Torae & Ruste Juxx, Team Facelift and Boot Camp Clik (Sean Price, Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Heltah Skeltah & 9th Wonder). Sounds amazing. Tickets are on sale for the 10/19 show at LPR.
The Duck Down CMJ show is part of a "15 Year Anniversary" tour for the label. All dates below.
And speaking of Pete Rock, BB King's will host a night curated by the year 1992, as Pete Rock & CL Smooth will team with Brand Nubian and Das EFX for a show at BB King's on 10/20. Tickets are on sale. Pete Rock & CL Smooth reunited at Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest earlier this year.
Joell Ortiz of recent Slaughterhouse fame will play SOBs on 11/9. Tickets are on sale.
Statik Selektah & Termanology's new collaborative LP, 1982, gets an album release party on October 25th at SOBs. Tickets are on sale for the show, which will feature support from REKS & more special guests TBA. Dig on the recent video by 1982 featuring Bun B & Masspike Miles, "You Should Go Home", below.
Some videos and tour dates below...
Bouncing Souls @ Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Bushwick Block Party (secret guest = Talib Kweli)
* Brooklyn Book Fest
* Todd P's Acoustic BBQ
* Justin Bond @ Joe's Pub
* ZZ Top @ Beacon Theatre
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Jason Darling @ Knitting Factory
* Robert Plant @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Strokes @ The Metropolitan Opera House
* Elliott Sharp (Flexagons) @ The Stone
* Marcus Gilmore, Lionel Loueke @ The Stone
* Up Died Sound, Black Crown, Hubble @ Zebulon
* Mountains, Lymbyc Systym & a bunch of authors @ Littlefield
* Junk Culture, Wish, La Big Vic @ Death By Audio
* The Alarm, The Funky Knights @ Highline Ballroom
* The Shining Twins, Grand Rapids, Papa @ Cameo Gallery
* Bad Brilliance, The Pendulum Swings, Tayisha Busay @ Coco 66
* Kim Thompson, Maria Chavez, My Gold Mask, Kiran Gandhi @ Cake Shop
* Penguin Prison, Gobble Gobble, Elite Gymnastics, Gold Zebra @ Glasslands
* Strapping Fieldhands, The Doozer, The Mad Scene, U.S. Girls @ Bruar Falls
* The Shalitas, Little Victory, Colin Schiller and The Reactions @ Knitting Factory
* The Bouncing Souls, Defiance Ohio, The Great Explainer @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Kurt Braunholder, Hannibal Buress, Mike Lawrence, Morgan Murphy & more comedy @ Union Hall
* The Flanks, Alex Battles, Dock Oscar, Kristin Andreassen, Brooklyn Jugs, The Roulette Sisters (Brooklyn Country Music Festival) @ Southpaw
Hannibal Buress performs his free comedy set at Knitting Factory tonight, but also appears in a show hosted by Kurt Braunholder at Union Hall.
Talib Kweli is the special guest at the Bushwick Block Party today. Other bands playing include Team Robespierre, Electric Tickle Machine, Shark?, Sweet Bulbs, Hunters, The Netherlands, Git Real, and Knifeshow.
Stay tuned to Todd P's site for the status of today's Unamplified BBQ. If it happens (which he says it is), you can see sets by Loud Objects, The Beets, Highlife, The Blow, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Frankie Rose & The Outs, Aa, Oberhofer, My Teenage Stride, Real Estate, Tom Van Buskirk (of Javelin), Starring, Nine 11 Thesaurus, Fergus & Geronimo, PC Worship, The So So Glos, Dream Diary, Cassie Ramone, Family Portrait, The Girls at Dawn, Night Manager, Phonetag, Red Romans, Run DMT, Yellow Ostrich, La Big Vic, Blissed Out, Skeletons, Le Sphinxx, and more.
Jay-Z and Eminem play their first of two shows at Yankee Stadium on Monday.
Here's Andrew from MGMT jumping on bass during Tame Impala's last song at Coco66 tonight. Congratulations. (amrit singh)
Australia's Tame Impala, who are in town for shows at Pianos and Glasslands, played an invite-only (sort of) show at Coco66 last night (6/23). As you can see above, Andrew from MGMT sat in with band. If you're looking for a connection, the band's just finished a three-week tour together. All current Tame Impala dates below.
In Manhattan, UK singer Estelle, who performs in Miami tonight, stopped by Talib Kweli's show at S.O.B.'s and performed her single "American Boy." Estelle sings on the new Reflection Eternal (Talib and Hi-Tek) track "Midnight Hour". You can listen to that song below.
Some grainy tweet pics of both Estelle and the Rapture are also below. There's also an unrelated video of someone asking MGMT & Tame Impala for directions as an excuse to talk to them on the street before a show posted below...
Celebrate Brooklyn '09 (more by Chris La Putt)
The Celebrate Brooklyn series' 2010 schedule is out. Check out the free (or $3 suggested donation) shows that will be happening at Prospect Park this summer below.
There's the previously mentioned shows with Norah Jones, Konono No. 1, Sonic Youth (who have Talk Normal and Grass Widow opening for them), Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings with Budos Band, Swell Season and the Low Anthem, Metric, The Roots and Allen Toussaint, all for free. The ticketed benefit shows are Rufus Wainwright on July 20th, Dead Weather on August 3rd, and already-sold-out shows with Passion Pit and The National.
The full schedule is below...
Freddie Gibbs @ SXSW (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Roc Nation signee J. Cole's Tuesday (3/30) show at SOB's had a few special appearances (not Jay-Z).
Surprise guests Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek joined Cole on stage for "Just to Get By," but the highlight of the night was when Cole brought out Young Gunz rapper Young Chris. "We don't wear the same chain, but, I gotta give respects to those that came before me, from Beanie to Young Gunz," J. Cole told the audience before bringing out the former Roc-A-Fella artist, who was received with shouts of excitement from the throng of people. [Billboard]Last night (3/31), K'Naan & Wale's show at Irving Plaza featured a surprise appearance by Nas and Damian Marley, who performed their album's first single "As We Enter" (Nas and K'naan did "NY State of Mind" too). Videos are below. Nas & Damian Marley's tour this summer includes a show at Williamsburg Waterfront.
At Highline Ballroom last night (3/31), Freddie Gibbs and others from XXL's Freshman Class performed. Cam'ron wasn't quite a special guest - his appearance as the headliner was announced the day before.
One of the more hyped Freshmen, thanks to his imposing style and intelligent rhyming, Indiana's Freddie Gibbs represents a bit of a stylistic change from the other performers. Everything about him--from his physical appearance to his deep, gritty vocals--commands respect. The turning point in his set came when he took his shirt off and upped his intensity (the crowd went crazy).Doug E. Fresh also made an appearance before Cam'ron's set. A bunch of videos below...
Donnis was probably the biggest surprise of the night. Besides his smooth, succinct Southern delivery, he brought out two surprise guests of note--Brit soul sensation Estelle and the up-and-coming Ryan Leslie. Estelle, with her scintillating vocals, came out for a quick verse on a new Donnis single, while Leslie played the keys for the track "Gone." [Time Out NY]
DOWNLOAD: Gil Scott-Heron - Me and the Devil (MP3)
Gil Scott-Heron recording his album at NYC's Clinton Studios...
Gil Scott-Heron's latest album, I'm New Here, is to be remixed by Jamie Smith of the xx. The London trio's beat-maker, bass-rumbler and synth-player has been commissioned to rebuild the poet's celebrated LP, using just Scott-Heron's vocal track rather than the original music.The gig they're referencing was at Bowery Ballroom in NYC in November.
Although billed as a remix by the xx, singer/guitarist Romy Madley Croft wanted to "set the record straight" in an interview this week with BBC 6 Music. "The remixing side of things is very much Jamie," she said. "He's known as Jamie xx so people just write the xx, but I can't take credit for all the work that he does. But I have heard some of [the I'm New Here remix], and it sounds brilliant."
[Gil Scott-Heron] appeared at an xx gig with the idea of performing "an impromptu song in the middle of our set", Smith said. "It never happened for various reasons, but still it was really good to meet him."..."They just gave me the parts and let me do whatever I want, so I've been doing it on my laptop on tour," Smith said. "I'm am only using [Gil's] vocals, I'm not using any of the original music from it, which is very freeing." [Guardian UK]
Gil Scott-Heron played two nights at the Blue Note in NYC ealier this month. His next NYC show will be at Littlefield on Friday, March 26th where he'll be performing along with Talib Kweli and saxophone player Gary Bartz in conjunction with the Tenth National Black Writers Conference at CUNY's Medgar Evers College the same week. Tickets are on sale.
His other upcoming shows include San Francisco tonight (3/17) and Coachella, where the xx are also playing. All dates, a Blue Note review, info on the above-mentioned conference, a show flyer and video from a February Gil Scott-Heron show are below...
words & photos by Benjamin Lozovsky
The old Knitting Factory used to be a bastion for independent hip hop in New York City. The new incarnation just took a big step at continuing that legacy, as it hosted one of the most historic hip hop concerts in recent memory.
On Wednesday night (1/20), An astounding array of legends and rising stars rocked the stage to honor everyone's favorite five-footer, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest. The event, Mind Body Soul, was a benefit to raise awareness for diabetes (Phife just received a kidney transplant related to his trials with the disease). And while diabetes was often on the mind and tongues of the performers, the show was really more of a demonstration of the persisting camaraderie and mutual adoration within a genre too often beleaguered with battles and conflict.
After quick opening sets by Hook, Jasmine Solano, Scotch Davis, and Monica Rush, the venue went from a displaced chill to full on engagement as Talib Kweli lead off the roster of A-listers. Having just arrived at the venue and already sent out to perform, Kweli showed his undying humility and his utmost flexibility though microphone heroics on a short notice set. Greg Nice (of obscure but beloved group Nice and Smooth) then burst out with a virulent spirit, with the mohawked, larger-than-life OG launching himself straight into the audience to parlay with the youngsters up front.
Jeru Tha Damaja was glib and full of grimy charm; he laid down classic tracks and told stories from the tombs of Brooklyn Hip Hop lore. A soft-spoken Dres (from Black Sheep) smoothly enticed with new material to go with that little ditty about train derailment you might have heard.
Compared to the illustrious resumes of many performers preceding and following him, up-and-comer Jay Electronica might have felt a bit overwhelmed. But Jay's heartfelt thanks to his peers was the most touching moment of the night, and his outrageous performance - with help from Mos Def, Hi Tek, and Kweli (all of whom recently cancelled performances at Highline Ballroom) - resonated with the youthful segments of the crowd and proved his position as the brightest star on the hip hop horizon.
Jay might have been the showstopper if he wasn't followed by hip hop ambassador (and its greatest living performer) KRS-One. Accompanied by hype man BusyBee (of the original Zulu Nation crew), KRS got metaphysical with beyond-cerebral freestyles. But still being the most humble braggadocio around, he bumped out covers of Biggie and Tribe to continue the showing of utmost respect and brotherhood that categorized the night.
There were some awkward and antagonizing moments throughout: posse upon posse swelling to the width of the stage and getting shooed away numerous times by Heavy Sound (the presenter) organizers, strange interactions between host Michael Rapaport and house turntablist DJ D-Lyfe, not to mention an off-performance by a sheepish Mr. Cheeks (of The Lost Boyz).
But it wouldn't really be a memorable hip hop conglomeration if it wasn't just the slightest bit disorganized or sporadically contentious. Even without a single piece of original vinyl brandished throughout the laptop-swapping spree behind the DJ table, the event still felt like a storied Bronx block party or an impromptu Brooklyn corner concert or a Queens Native Tongue poetry slam.
As Consequence dragged Phife on stage, followed by Ali Shaheed Muhameed and then Q-Tip to perform the final set of the night as a united Quest, on display was a vivid demonstration of the greatest hope for the future of hip hop: its ability to nurture its own existence through such reciprocal love. It might take a village to raise a child, but on this night, it only took one Tribe to raise up hip hop.
Ghostface was on the bill, but didn't show. More pictures from the night below...
Tonight's show at Highline Ballroom (which was reportedly close to selling out in advance) has been cancelled. Refunds available.
by Benjamin Lozovsky
Former Blackstar bandmates and continuing collaborators Talib Kweli and Mos Def are keeping up the busy pace they each set in 2009 with even more tour dates and releases to come in the new year.
After performing a spattering of shows with long-time producer Hi-Tek as a reunited Reflection Eternal last year, the much beloved pair is coming back to the New York area with a late show at Highline Ballroom on Friday, January 22nd (tickets are on sale). This date comes in the support of The Re:Union Mixtape, the fantastic new free compilation of fresh and unreleased Reflection Eternal cuts (with some classic Kweli and Hi-Tek jams throw in as well) mixed, mastered, and co-produced by Statik Selektah. If the new tracks are any indication, Kweli and Hi-Tek are poised to make a splashing return to form on their upcoming full-length LP Revolutions Per Minute, which has a tentative release date of March 2010.
Before that gig, Talib has two more scheduled local appearances. The first is this Sunday, January 17th, when he'll perform at Pyramid for an End Of The Weak party with special guest Webbafied.
The second, and definitely more eye-popping event is Mind Body Soul: A Concert Event To Raise Awareness For Diabetes. Organized by Heavy Sound and taking place at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Wednesday, January 20th, the benefit concert will feature hosts Michael Rapaport, Okayplayer (perhaps ?uestlove), and Phife Dawg, and performances by Kweli, Ghostface Killah, Jay Electronica (whom Talib just collaborated with for killer Re:Union track 'Just Begun'), and Consequence. Tribe Called Quest member Phife, a long-time diabetic, was first diagnosed with the disease back in 1990, and is making his first appearance in the public spotlight after recently receiving a much needed kidney transplant. Other performers are promised as well (an earlier flyer for the event had Blakroc listed, although that has now vanished from the more updated version...let's hope they might be one of the special guests). Email RSVP@heavysounds.com to get in for free before 11:00pm.
Meanwhile, Mos Def will be back to perform tracks from his Grammy-nominated album The Ecstatic this Sunday, January 17th, at The Highline Ballroom. The show is a rescheduled appearance from December 20th of last year, which was canceled due to weather ($45 tickets). Later in the month, the Mighty Mos performs two more times. First it's at the Apollo Theater for IMAN Presents: Special Edition of Community Café, on Saturday, January 23rd. He'll be there along side Daily Show correspondent and comedian Aasif Mandvi as well as other guests ($20 tickets). Then you can catch Mos when he opens for DOOM at Nokia Theatre on January 30th ($40 tickets)
Event flyers below:
Blue Night Events is hosting a New Years Eve party at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W 18th St) with DJ Mel DeBarge and a short, post-ball-drop set from Talib Kweli. You can even see who's going... Tickets are on sale.
As previously noted, Talib also performs even sooner with his Blacksmith imprint at Highline Ballroom on Wednesday (12/23) with Jean Grae, Strong Arm Steady and Pete Rock. There are still tickets left.
Jean Grae also appears on a bill with a "special guest" at Southpaw tonight (12/22)
Highline Ballroom also hosts a hip hop show tonight, but with Jadakiss and Clipse.
Q-Tip is DJing Brooklyn Bowl on New Years Eve.
Dirty Projectors & Roots @ Bowery Ballroom (more)
The collaboration continues. It all started when the Dirty Projectors appeared on Fallon and impressed the Roots who then showed up to play some songs with the band at Bowery Ballroom last week. Now, Amber and Haley (no Angel) from the Dirty Projectors helped the Roots (who were on a float with Fallon in the Thanksgiving Day Parade today) fill out the backing band for Mos Def (his song) and Talib Kweli on Fallon last night (11/25). Video below...
Screaming Females @ Above the Auto Parts Store in October (more by Leia Jospe)
tonight in NYC
* Louis CK @ Caroline's
* Robin Williams @ Town Hall
* Bebel Gilberto @ Hiro Ballroom
* Pixies @ Hammerstein Ballroom (late show)
* Sherlock's Daughter, Marit Bergman @ Pianos
* Pixies, Rain Machine @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Darcy James Argue's Secret Society @ Iridium
* Julian Plenti (Paul Banks), I'm In You @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Strangers Family Band, Lord Jeff, MV & EE @ Glasslands
* Sonic Youth, Jemina Pearl @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gordon Voidwell, BILLLL$, Das Racist @ Public Assembly
* Meat Puppets, Earl Greyhound, Kirkwood Dellinger @ Bowery Ballroom
* Screaming Females, The So So Glos, Bad Blood Revival @ The Bell House
* Holmes, The Black Hollies, Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears @ Maxwell's
* Nicole Atkins & The Sea, River City Extension, Atlantic Atlantic @ Stone Pony
Supervegan has a list of places to eat vegan Thanksgiving meals in NYC.
The Pixies performed on Fallon last night. Mos Def and Talib Kweli (not billed as Black Star) are performing on Jimmy Fallon tonight. Elvis Costello was on recently and played with the house band (aka The Roots). Video from that below.
Talib Kweli plays Southpaw on Saturday night.
Mos Def recently showed up and performed at a Knyfe Hyts / Javelin show.
The Bell House hosts Screaming Females, The So So Glos and Bad Blood Revival. Screaming Females play Terminal 5 with Arctic Monkeys for two nights in December.
Julian Plenti (Paul Banks) and I'm In You play Brooklyn Bowl. Last night they appeared at Bowery Ballroom (and yes, they did cover the Pixies).
Devendra Banhart @ Town Hall on Nov. 22nd 2009 (via)
Devendra Banhart and his band The Grogs played last night (11/22) at Town Hall - their first stop on their tour's two date NYC run. Tonight (11/23) they'll be at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Little Joy open both - with the roles from Little Joy's headlining show at Webster Hall on October 2nd switched.
Barnhart is supporting his new record, What Will We Be, which came out October 27th on Warner Brothers. He appeared as one of the special guests at Yo Gabba Gabba's three-performance day at Beacon Theatre on November 21st.
In addition to running through Gabba song classics like "Don't Be Afraid," "Get the Sillies Out," and "Party In My Tummy (So Yummy)," the 11 a.m. show also featured a live performance by Devendra Banhart, who's sweet, acoustic "Little Yellow Spider" brought smiles to moms and dads' faces, even if it was a bit slow for the hyped-up kiddie mob, as well as a Dancey Dance from Brooklyn hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, who showed us how to do the Peanut Butter Squish. But the real treat was Biz Markie, who brought the show's beatboxing "Biz's Beat of the Day" seg to the Beacon, passing the mic to youngsters in the crowd so they could rock funky beats for the enthusiastic audience.[EW.com]He wasn't the only guest at the program's three live shows. The second show's music guest was Dinosaur Jr. who played Terminal 5 with Sonic Youth later that night. The third's was The Roots who, like some of the other guests, appear on the new soundtrack for the show. Darryl "DMC" from Run DMC also appeared as the dance guest. Devo, who were in town that night didn't show up (though Mark Mothersbaugh does frequent music for the show).
The Roots played guest again one day later at Bowery Ballroom with the Dirty Projectors.
Yo Gabba Gabba Beacon videos with Devendra's Town Hall encore from Nov. 22nd, a picture of the setlist for an earlier date on the tour, and two videos of "Little Yellow Spider" (including one of him playing it for kids in Seattle in 2004) below...
DOWNLOAD: Idle Warship - Party Robot (Usershare link to ZIP)
Talib Kweli and his Blacksmith Music imprint are scheduled to celebrate the holidays the right way, with two turntables and a microphone! "The Night Before The Night Before Christmas" at Highline Ballroom on 12/23 will feature Jean Grae, Strong Arm Steady, and Soul Brother #1 Pete Rock. Tickets are on sale.
It's one of three shows that Kweli has lined up in the coming month, with the second being with his Idle Warship project at Southpaw on 11/28. Trezure The Empress, Jah C + The Antidote, and Niles get credited with the assist. Tickets are still available. Idle Warship recently dropped a new mixtape blessed by the great Mick Boogie. Download a copy of the mixtape, Party Robot, above in one of two mixtape covers. The first is above, the second is available at MySpace.
On the same day as the Highline show (12/23), just across town, BB King's will host the Hip Hop Legends show with Method Man, EPMD, Doug E Fresh, Large Professor, Onyx, AG (of Show & AG) and many more. Helluva old school lineup! Tickets are on sale. Rakim probably should be on that lineup, but instead he'll headline a show of his own at BB King's on 11/19 along with Rhymefest. Tickets here.
More imminently, Cee-Lo is taking some time away from Gnarls Barkley to return to his great (and somewhat unsung) Southern hip hop crew Goodie Mob, who are scheduled to play their reunion show at BB Kings on FRIDAY 11/13 with The Ruler Slick Rick (who'll have a live backing band!). Tickets are still available, and I have a PAIR OF TICKETS FOR GIVEAWAY. Details on how to win below with some videos, including a live video of Idle Warship from SOB's, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Animal Collective - Summertime Clothes (Dam-Funk Remix) MP3
DOWNLOAD: Dam-Funk - Toeachizown (MP3)
Stones Throw's Dam-Funk will be headlining a free show tonight (10/27) at Brooklyn Bowl presented by Fader to celebrate his new record and appearance on the cover of the mag. Also on the bill are Cubic Zirconia and DJ sets from Duane Harriott & Master Khan, Snack N Cmish and special guests. It's the first in a new monthly series, dubbed Fader Bowl, from the mag.
Dam's 2xCD Toeachizown came out earlier this week (on 10/20) through the Stones Throw label, which also has a 5 LP version of the record scheduled for a Dec-Jan release (because of production issues). You can catch the album's instrumental title track, loaded with gorgeous retro synths, above.
In addition to his new Reflection Eternal material with DJ Hi-Tek and Black Star shows with Mos Def, Talib also guests on the new Madlib-produced record by Strong Arm Steady (ex-Death Row-ers Krondon, Phil Da Agony and Mitchy Slick) called Stoney Jackson (release date TBA on Stones Throw) (also with guest spots by Guilty Simpson, Little Brother's Phonte, Planet Asia and "a host of underground Los Angeles's emerging rap talent"). Talib gets the first verse on the first single, up for free on iTunes. Maybe that has something to with Talib's Blacksmith label set up to release Strong Arm Steady's debut Arms & Hammers in 2010. The release was delayed when Warner split with Blacksmith in '08. There's also a Dam-Funk mixtape at the iTunes link.
A flyer for the Fader show, a Dam-Funk interview, two Strong Arm Steady/Madlib tracks (definitely harder-sounding than Madlib's usual work) and a Reflection Eternal video are below...