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House of Independents

Asbury Park is getting a new venue this week called House of Independents, located at 572 Cookman Ave. Opening night is Tuesday (11/24) with a show from Fishbone and Murphy's Law (tickets). App.com talked to Fishbone's Norwood Fisher about the show:

"There are two things in a club's life that have significance beyond a normal show, and that's the opening and the closing," Fisher said. "We've done a little bit of both and there's great honor in both."

..."The main thing is we want is to bring the most intense party we can muster up," Fisher said. "We want to make it an unbelievable impression so people will think about the moment the club opened and they'll say they couldn't have done it any better."

Another article on the same site mentions that in addition to music, the venue will host theater, dance, film, comedy, cabaret and more. It can be used as a standing-room only venue with a capacity of 500, or a venue with seating for 275. There's a downstairs lounge, a balcony bar, and a restaurant.

Other upcoming shows include A John Waters Christmas on 12/7 (tickets), The Lone Bellow on 12/10 (tickets), Henry Rollins spoken word on 12/11 & 12/12 (sold out), Puddles Pity Party on 1/9 (tickets), and more. Check out the full schedule at the venue's site.

For Fishbone, that show is part of a tour that includes another NYC-area date on Wednesday (11/25) at the Capitol Theater. It's the second annual Phunksgiving with Dumpastaphunk, special guest Cyril Neville, and The Dust Rays ft. Capt. Kirk Douglas & Mark Kelley (The Roots) + Ricc Sheridan (Earl Greyhound). Tickets are available for that too. All Fishbone dates are listed below.

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ACTQ reissue party (photo via Maxwell Benson)
A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest reissued their 1990 debut People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm for its 25th anniversary last week (it got a 10 on Pitchfork) and they held two celebrations for that over the weekend. First, they reunited on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon like they said they would. Watch them play "Can I Kick It" with The Roots on that show, below.

Then the next night was their release party at Santos in Manhattan. It was billed as having DJ sets by Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad with appearances by Phife and Jarobi, which got people wondering if they'd perform together there too, but no such luck. It was packed and looked like a total party though. Redman showed up, and a video of that is below.

Phife Dawg also talked to Rolling Stone about the reissue:

You were 19 when People's was released. Is it odd to be looking back at the 25th anniversary?

It's odd in a good way. I never expected it to be this big. I just thought we were going to be celebs in the hood. Like, honestly, within 25 years, when you go to places like Australia and Japan and Amsterdam and London and Germany and these people know [the songs] word-for-word, it's crazy. So it's nothing but a blessing at the end of the day, but I don't remember a lot. It's kind of a blur. Being that I was only on four songs on the album, my focus wasn't completely there yet. I didn't take things too seriously until Low End Theory. I just remember this being the album where, "Okay, Tribe made a dent, so the next album, we've got to kick the door off the hinges."

When asked if he agreed with the decision that their 2013 shows with Kanye West would be their last, Phife said, "I don't agree with it, but it is what it is." He also added that he thinks it's "ludicrous" that they're not performing together and said:
I can't really talk about it, to be honest. Because when I talk, my mouth gets me in trouble. I'm the type of dude that tries to keep it 100 and I always get in trouble for it. But I will say: it's dumb, and I don't agree with it and we're doing the fans a great injustice by not getting together and rocking, and that's all I can really speak on as far as that goes.
You can read the rest of that interview here. And you can also watch a video interview recently done with Jarobi outside of Q-Tip's childhood home, below.

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John Lennon

John Lennon would have turned 75 this December, and that of course means many tribute concerts. We already mentioned one happening at Symphony Space with Bettye LaVette, Joseph Arthur and more, and now a much bigger one has been announced.

It happens December 5 at the Theater at MSG with Aloe Blacc, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Brandon Flowers, Peter Frampton, JUANES, Kris Kristofferson, Pat Monahan (of Train), Tom Morello, Willie Nelson, The Roots, Chris Stapleton, Steven Tyler and still more TBA. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (11/17) at 9 AM with a Chase presale starting today (11/13) at noon and a local presale starting Monday (11/16) at noon.

It will also be televised on AMC on December 19 at 9 PM EST.

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

dylan books

Vulture recently talked to a bunch of musicians who compiled a list comprised of their favorite music memoirs. Many of the musicians, like Questlove, Paul Stanley, and Nikki Sixx interviewed have written memoirs themselves.

It's a varied list that covers a fair amount of ground and provides some interesting nuggets about what the different musicians like in their music writing. Anthrax's Scott Ian likes Gregg Allman's memoir because "From the murder of his father to his brother trying to hang him from a tree when they were kids to the insane levels of rock-and-roll excess, this book has it all." Bethany Cosentino is a fan of Storms: My Life With Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac because "There is also an intense amount of emotional shit you go through while you're touring and living your life in the public eye. I think this book does a really good job of reminding people of that."

Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis recommends Will Hermes' Love Goes To Buildings On Fire, which is not a memoir in any way but is still a pretty great music book. And Questlove directs us towards Carrie Brownstein's new book Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl, which we just talked to her about. That was an easy one for Questlove, as he just talked to her about the book at at Saint Vitus.

Books that got multiple mentions:  Jewel and Aerosmith's Joe Perry like Bob Dylan's Chronicles; Def Leppard's Phil Collen and The Zombies' Colin Blunstone both rep Keith Richards' Life, and Michael Stipe and Garbage's Shirley Manson both recommend Patti Smith's Just Kids (not a surprise, Michael).

There's been a deluge of music memoirs lately, from Carrie's book to new tomes by Chrissie Hynde, Kim Gordon, Grace Jones, John Fogerty, Elvis Costello and Travis Barker. And there's more exciting stuff on the way from Tom Petty, Laura Jane Grace, John Doe and Carly Simon, just to name a few.

Check out the whole list at Vulture.

Puff Daddy

There's always a good amount of hip hop shows happening in and around NYC, but we don't get a chance to post about all of it. Here's a roundup of some cool stuff coming up that we haven't talked about yet, new music, and more:

Hot 97 is throwing a holiday show at Newark's Prudential Center on December 5 that's pretty stacked with both the old and the new: Busta Rhymes, Mary J. Blige, Puff Daddy, Lil Wayne, French Montana, Sean Paul, Jeremih and Fetty Wap. Tickets are available.

Speaking of, Puff Daddy is planning a sequel to his hits-filled 1997 debut No Way Out (called No Way Out 2), but in the meantime he just released the MMM mixtape ("Money Making Mitch") which features Jadakiss, Styles P, Pusha T, Lil Kim, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Travi$ Scott, Ty Dolla $ign and more; and co-production from Young Chop, Mike Will Made It, Hit-Boy, Harry Fraud and more. You can stream the whole thing below.

For another stacked Newark show: the recurring 'Masters of Ceremony' concert, that brings a number of influential old school heads together, happens again on November 27 at NJPAC with KRS-One, The LOX, Ja Rule, Rakim, Mad Lion, Lords of the Underground and Black Moon. Tickets are available.

You can catch the legendary Rakim much sooner than that though. He plays TONIGHT (11/11) at SOB's in Manhattan in with Ceez, JSwiss and Lyricks. Tickets for tonight's show are available.

For more old school rap in NYC tonight, GZA, Afrika Bambaataa, Doug E. Fresh, Rhymefest, Ma Dukes and more are being honored at the Hip-Hop Education Center's first annual Extra Credit Awards at NYU's Kimmel Center from 6 to 9 PM.

Coincidentally (?) the same night as the 'Masters of Ceremony' show, Ja Rule's collaborator Ashanti plays a NYC show at BB King's (11/27). Tickets are available.


Another guy who was shaping the sound of mainstream hip hop around the same time as Puff Daddy, Timbaland, has a new memoir called The Emperor of Sound coming out November 17. The next day, he'll come to NYC for an interview/book launch at Highline Ballroom (11/18) (tickets).

Timbaland's also been putting out some new songs lately. He recently dropped "Them Jeans" featuring Migos and "UFO" featuring Future and Tink. Listen to both below. He's also teasing a new track with Pusha T.

Rap Tees

Speaking of rap books, DJ Ross One just released Rap Tees: A Collection of Hip-Hop T-Shirts 1980-1999. The description reads:

Beginning with the earliest rap concert shirts from the Sugar Hill Gang and New York Fresh Fest, circa 1980-84, and spanning the next two decades, Rap Tees includes rare shirts from a wide selection of the who's-who of the business including: Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Beastie Boys, Eric B and Rakim, Wu Tang Clan, Jay Z, Nas, EMPD, and many, many more. Rap Tees bookends the golden age of rap with unique street-corner memorial shirts commemorating the deaths of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.
There's a sample of three of the shirts above, via MIke Nouveau's Instagram.

That Timbaland/Tink collab isn't the only new Future song. He just put one out called "Last Breath," produced by Metro Boomin and Ludwig Goransson, that will appear on the soundtrack to the upcoming Rocky spinoff Creed. Listen below.

The busiest band in rap, The Roots, can always be found as Fallon's house band and you can always catch Questlove's mostly-weekly DJ night at Brooklyn Bowl, and they'll play a Long Island show the Saturday after Christmas at The Paramount (12/26). Tickets are available.

Roots member Black Thought is on the brand new Freddie GIbbs song, "Extradite." That's one of two songs that Gibbs put out today, the other being "Packages," and both will appear on his Shadow of a Doubt mixtape due 11/20 via ESGN. Listen below.

A few other upcoming NYC shows: Key! plays SOB's on November 17 (tickets).

Loaf Muzik, who BV had open our recent Vince Staples show, play The Studio at Webster Hall on November 14 with Young M.A (tickets).

We're not crazy about G-Eazy, but we do want to let you know that A$AP Ferg is opening his Terminal 5 show on January 24. Tickets are on AmEx presale now, general on-sale starts Friday (11/13) at noon.

Oxymorrons play the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on 11/18 with Turquoise Jeep, Pants Velour and Kosha Dillz; and Knitting Factory on 12/9 (tickets).

We already mentioned the Curren$y show happening December 3 at Irving Plaza, and since we last spoke Bodega Bamz was added. Tickets are still available.

And a few more new songs: Ty Dolla $ign released "LA" (featuring Kendrick Lamar, Brandy & James Fauntleroy) off his new album Free TC, due out next week. Lil Durk & DeJ Loaf released "My Beyonce"; Atmosphere, Aesop Rock and Blueprint teamed up for "This Lonely Rose"; and Erykah Badu (who plays Brooklyn in December) released "Phone Down" off her upcoming But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape. Listen to all of those below.

Other previously-discussed shows coming up in and around NYC: Lupe Fiasco, Azealia Banks (NYC is her only not-cancelled tour date), Jay Rock, Joey Bada$$, the A Tribe Called Quest reissue party, Action Bronson, Angel Haze, Vince Staples, Kevin Gates, and more.

What else?

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Black Simon & Garfunkel

Last night (9/30) on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Questlove and Kirk Douglas of house band The Roots reprised their role as "Black Simon & Garfunkel" to sing The Weeknd's huge hit "Can't Feel My Face." It would've been great either way, but it got even better when they were joined by... the actual Art Garfunkel.

Watch below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Fetty Wap

Ty Dolla $ign is behind of the most undeniable pop-rap hits in recent years and Fetty Wap is behind at least two in the past year alone, so it's good news that they decided to team up for a song together, "When I See Ya." The track will appear on Ty's upcoming album Free TC, which now has a release date of November 13 (pre-order) and also features previous singles "Blase" featuring Future & Rae Sremmurd and "Only Right" featuring YG, Joe Moses & TeeCee 4800. "Blase" just got a new video this week. Watch that, with the "Only Right" video and "When I See Ya" song stream, below.

Ty Dolla $ign will be in NYC TONIGHT (9/17) for this week's edition of Just Blaze's weekly House Party at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now. Ty's only other upcoming appearances at the moment are three shows in California: Sacramento's TBD Fest with Tyler the Creator, RL Grime, Death Grips, Chance the Rapper, Mobb Deep, Dinsaour Jr, Tears For Fears and more; Mountain View's How The West Was Won with Snoop Dogg, Schoolboy Q and more; and Inglewood's Real 92.3 Presents 'The Real Show' with Kendrick Lamar, Future, Jeremih, Fetty Wap, Rae Sremmurd, Rich Homie Quan and Jidenna.

In related news, Fetty Wap also announced the release date for his new album: next week (9/25). Here's the artwork:

Fetty Wap

Fetty just played "679" on Fallon last night (9/16) (his second time on the show this year), backed by The Roots. You can watch that below too.

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The Roots

The Roots have announced they'll be playing Central Park Summerstage on October 8 which will be the last show of the 2015 season. It's with Marsha Ambrosius (of the recently reunited Floetry), Bilal and also Talib Kweli on DJ duty. It's a free show but is being held exclusively for Capital One cardmembers. To get tickets, you'll have to go to the Capital One Café on 3rd Avenue / 58th Street on Thursday, September 17 from 4pm - 7pm and show your Capital One Bank card (two tickets per cardmember). Flyer for the show is below.

Marsha Ambrosius is also on the new Dr. Dre album as is Kendrick Lamar, whose new album features Bilal.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Vince Staples at BV-RBSS in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Vince Staples

The final Warm Up at MoMA PS1 happens this Saturday (9/5). The lineup had been listed as "TBA" for a while but it's announced now and it's pretty awesome. Rising rapper of the year Vince Staples headlines, and he'll be joined by Detroit techno originator Derrick May, Canadian bass master Egyptrixx, UK IDM wiz Clark, DFA's Dan Bodan (ft. Draveng), and Ratking's Sporting Life. Tickets for this stacked show are on sale now.

It'll be the second NYC show of the weekend for Clark, whose tour also hits Good Room on Friday (9/4) with Heathered Pearls, Lord Raja, Logan Takahashi (of Teengirl Fantasy) and Safer At Night. Tickets for that show are still available.

Teengirl Fantasy also teams with Dan Bodan + Draveng for a midnight show at Palisades after Warm Up. Also on that bill is UMFANG and Sasha Jan Rezzie. Tickets are on sale.

After this show, Vince Staples heads out on tour with A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator and Danny Brown. That tour includes NYC's Theater at MSG on 9/22 (tickets). Earlier this week, Vince played the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with Jhene Aiko and The Roots. Watch them perform "Lemme Know," with Vince's list of tour dates, below.

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Bruce Springsteen w/ U2 @ MSG 7/31/2015 (via u2.com)
Bruce Springsteen u2 MSG

U2 played a massive eight shows at NYC's Madison Square Garden as part of their "INNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE" tour and it wrapped up on Friday night (7/31). Bruce Springsteen was brought out for the encore to play on "Where The Streets Have No Names" and a cover of Ben E. King's "Stand by Me." Video of that is below.

There were lots of special guests across the eight shows, all of which began with "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)." Night 3 (7/22) had Jimmy Fallon joining U2 for "Desire" and The Roots for "Angel Of Harlem"; Night 5 (7/26) had Lady Gaga joining them on piano and vocals for "Ordinary Love"; Night 7 (7/30) had Paul Simon come out for "Mother And Child Reunion" and also featured a Lou Reed tribute with U2 covering "Satellite of Love" for the first time live since 1993. There were famous people in the audience, too, including a few 2016 Presidential hopefuls: Rick Santorum was there for Night 3 (7/22) and Hillary Clinton and hubby Bill were there for the final show with Bruce.

In addition to the Paul Simon appearance, Night 7 also had the run's most awkward moment, when Bono introduced the woman who called 911 after his Central Park bike crash last year. It started with cheer but then Bono passed the mike to her and she recounted the incident, saying "obviously I had to stop and help because I'm not from New York, I'm from Virginia, where people are nice." Cue massive booing. Video of that is below too.

While in NYC, Bono and The Edge appeared at Ellis Island with Yoko Ono for the unveiling of a "Yellow Submarine tapestry honoring John Lennon. At the event, Bono said of Lennon, "Let's claim him. In fact, let's claim all the Beatles not as immigrants but as Irish," which irked some. That tapestry will be on display at Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration through August 16.

You can check out pictures from Night 1 here and we've got all eight setlists (via u2setlists.com) below...

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The Floetry reunion came to the Pageant Friday night for a sold-out show with Marsha Ambrosius (the singer) and Natalie Stewart (the poet).

The women didn't address why they broke up or why they've been gone so long, only that "we're here for you," which seemed good enough for the fans.

...Whatever happened to kill the group's vibe a decade ago, the magic was still there as the harmonious duo brilliantly played off of each other's strengths (while mostly not standing side by side).

Floetry's main formula -- Ambrosius either singing behind Stewart's poems delivered in a raplike cadence or Stewart providing spoken breaks to Ambrosius' often impressive wailing -- was intact.

"If you know these songs, you need to sing along," Stewart said early on as Floetry and the four-piece band delivered on "Big Ben," "Ms. Stress," "Headache" and "Mr. Messed Up." [STL Today]

British neo-soul/hip hop duo Floetry broke up after their 2005 sophomore album, Flo'Ology, and Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart (aka The Floacist) embarked on separate solo careers. Earlier this year, they finally got back together and have been on a reunion tour that sounds like it's going over pretty well (that's a review of the St. Louis stop above).

The tour hits NYC on July 19 & 20 at BB King's, the former of which will be opened by Janine & the Mixtape. The day before that, they'll be right outside of NYC opening for R. Kelly at Newark's Prudential Center (7/18). Tickets for all three of those shows are available. All dates are listed below.

In related news, Floacist collaborator and fellow Roots/Robert Glasper/Bilal/etc collaborator Musiq Soulchild is also touring this year, and playing two nights at that same NYC venue. Musiq hits BB King's on October 21 & 22. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.

Musiq also teams up with Common, Slum VIllage and more for the 10th annual DC Loves Dilla tribute/fundraiser in honor of the late J Dilla which happens in DC this Friday (7/10) (tickets). The next day, Common headlines the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.

All of Musiq's dates and Floetry's dates are listed, with some videos, below...

Continue reading "Floetry reunited, playing 3 NYC-area shows on tour (one with R. Kelly); Musiq Soulchild touring too (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

David Byrne (via @estee_p)
Alexis Krauss (via @iambrianscottk)
Sharon Jones & Davied (via @sharonjones)

Last night was the David Byrne tribute show at Carnegie Hall which brought out a host of cool musicians to perform songs by Talking Heads and other Byrne songs. This was the 11th annual tribute show at Carnegie, which are produced by City Winery's Michael Dorf and benefit NYC music education programs. The show was over two and a half hours long and ended with the man himself marching down the aisles with a marching band, covering Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk." If you thought that Carnegie Hall might be the one place you'd never hear that song, you were wrong (video below), and it was a joyous capper to a very fun night.

The night opened with the Little Kids Rock band (one of the charities these shows fund) covering "Stay Up Late" which was appropriate for this School Night and they brought endless enthusiasm to the Little Creatures song. For such dance-friendly music as Byrne's, Carnegie Hall is maybe not the best venue (percussion/low end suffers in that room), but we all made do and there were some great performances. Esperanza Spalding took on another Little Creatures song, "Road to Nowhere," and brought some New Orleans funk and soul to the chorus; Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top gave "Houses in Motion" boogie and twang (not to mention endless cool), and he also added a mean guitar solo to Steve Earle's take on "A Million Miles Away."

Amanda Palmer w/ Alexis Krauss, Glen Hansard, Antibalas

"I didn't think about being eight months pregnant when I agreed to do this song," admitted a very showing Amanda Palmer, adding "The lyrics take on new meaning." Palmer, with help from Jherek Bischoff, took on "Once in a Lifetime" and she brought her cranked-to-11 personality and stage presence to that. She also brought Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells for Don't Look Back style cue-carding and Glen Hansard on backing vocals. Krauss did a fine job handing "Life During Wartime" (and talked a little about being a NYC schoolteacher) and Hansard performed a stripped down version of "Girlfriend is Better."

It wasn't until late in the show that the crowd all finally jumped to its feet, thanks to Sharon Jones who delivered a knockout performance of "Psycho Killer." The crowd stayed up for Santigold, backed by her flygirl dancers, who did "Burning Down the House." Then Cee-Lo, maybe a weird choice for this, came out for "Take Me to the River," taking out the Talking Heads jitteriness and putting back some of the smooth Al Green. (In a velvet garb, he also looked a giant Shar-Pei.) Then the marching band (which seems to be Byrne's new obsession) hit. Full performer/setlist rundown and pictures from Carnegie Hall are in this post.

The party kept going later that night at City Winery (where they had rehearsals the night before) which featured Malian band Songhoy Blues whose amazing energy definitely primed the crowd for the fun and very loose set by Antibalas who were the backing band at the tribute show. (The free wine and beer added a lot to the looseness of everyone onstage or off.) They performed a few of the songs that were done earlier in the night, including an extended version of "Crosseyed and Painless," but the highlight was an improvised number by Sharon Jones that was a little like "Land of a Thousand Dances" but in her own style, and she also battled on the congas with Antibalas frontman Amayo. As much fun as the tribute was, that will be the moment I remember from the night. A short instagram video of that, plus more pics, video and the setlist from Carnegie, below.

Continue reading "David Byrne covered 'Uptown Funk,' honored at Carnegie Hall tribute w/ Sharon Jones, Amanda Palmer, Steve Earle & more (pics, video, setlist)"

"Last night #DAngelo performed from the top of his head, to his pinky toe!!! This man is a amazing performer." - Sureme Laster Bey

"It was soul. It was funk. It was rock. It was church. #dangelo #blackmessiah @ Best Buy Theater" - Still Weavens

"My brother #D'Angelo doin' work! @ Best Buy Theater" - Christian McBride


photo: D'Angelo at Best Buy Theater - 3/11/15 (via Andrew Klein)

Neo-soul great D'Angelo played his second NYC show since the long-awaited release of Black Messiah at Best Buy Theater last night (3/11). The $80 show was sold out, and had D'Angelo and his band The Vanguard playing a 16-song, 2-encore set with favorites from all three records and a few covers too. Full setlist and a couple video clips below.

A few of those video clips are from the Instagram of Questlove, D'Angelo's friend, fan and past collaborator who was not surprisingly in attendance. Questo's band The Roots have their annual Roots Picnic coming up in Philly, and tickets are on presale for that now. Password: PICNIC.

D'Angelo video clips and setlist below...

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The annual Roots Picnic will return to Philly's Festival Pier on May 30 and this year's lineup was announced today, via Billboard. In addition to The Roots' own set, they'll back Erykah Badu for her set, and it also includes The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, Rae Sremmurd, Afrika Bambaataa, Hudson Mohawke, DJ Windows 98 (aka Arcade Fire's Win Butler), Bishop Nehru, Raury, DJ Mustard and more.

Tickets fo on sale Friday (3/13) at noon. Full lineup below...

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photo: Sharon Jones at The Apollo in 2014 (more by PSquared)

As discussed, Michael Dorf's annual charity tribute concert at Carnegie Hall (3/23) honors Talking Heads / David Byrne this year, and since we last spoke, more artists have been announced. Cee-Lo Green, Sharon Jones and Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff have been added to the lineup that already includes Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss, Beth Orton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Cibo Matto & Nels Cline, Glen Hansard, Perry Farrell, Rufus Wainwright, Steve Earle, The Roots and more.

Antibalas are the house band. Tickets (benefiting music education for underprivileged youth) are still available. Updated lineup below.

UPDATE: Santigold, Thievery Corporation and Pete Molinari were added too.

David Byrne also just announced a big project with St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Dev Hynes, How to Dress Well and more happening at Barclays Center.

Continue reading "Sharon Jones, Cee-Lo Green, and Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff added to Talking Heads tribute at Carnegie Hall"

Steve Earle in Austin, 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Steve Earle

We reported before that Michael Dorf's annual charity tribute concert at Carnegie Hall (on 3/23) will feature the music of Talking Heads and David Byrne, and that Bebel Gilberto would be among the performers. The initial lneup has now been announced and also includes Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells, Perry Farrell, The Roots, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Rufus Wainwright , Steve Earle and more. The full list is below, and stay tuned for the rest to be announced (David Byrne, if he's going to make an appearance, will never officially be listed). Tickets, including $10,000 "fantasy" tickets that give you the "ability to join entire ensemble for encore on the stage at Carnegie Hall, Backstage Access throughout the concert, full access to rehearsal day at City Winery, and customized encounters with artists" are on sale now and proceeds go to fund music education.

Speaking of rehearsals at City Winery, they usually put tickets on sale for the show part of that too, but we don't see anything up there yet.

Initial lineup of the Carnegie tribute below...

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Dej Loaf

Dej Loaf, who may or may not be the future of hip hop, has scheduled a NYC show happening at SOB's on Monday (12/8). It's the next edition of Hot 97's "Who's Next?" series and also features Boldy James, Kiyanne and Spank Jus Bizness. Tickets are on sale now.

Dej recently played her single "Try Me" on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon with The Roots, which you can watch below. was also one of the many Detroit rappers featured on Eminem's song "Detroit vs Everybody" from his new Shady Records compilation, Shady XV. Also on the song is Danny Brown, Big Sean, Royce da 5'9" and Trick Trick. You can listen to that below too.

That's the same compilation where Eminem threatened to rape Iggy Azalea in a song: "So what's it gon' be? Put that shit away Iggy. You don't wanna blow that rape whistle on me. Scream! I love it. 'Fore I get lost with the gettin' off." That song came out not long after Em said he'd punch Lana Del Rey in the face in a freestyle. Keepin' it classy, Marshall.

Speaking of Iggy, Azealia Banks took to Twitter once again to fire a slew of angry tweets at her. This time it was to say she doesn't care about black people. She wrote, "its funny to see people Like Igloo Australia silent when these things happen... Black Culture is cool, but black issues sure aren't huh?" and "Don't just be down to ride Black Dick..... If you with us you WITH US!!!!" She also tweeted a "Christmas Carol" which was deleted but Buzzfeed still has up: "I'mmmm Dreeeeaaming Of a Whiiiiiiteee Racisttttt !!!" Iggy's response: "we've all read the script 49584068408540 billion times now, find a new game plan." She then suggested to her followers that they sign petitions, protest or donate and provided some productive ways you can help.

Meanwhile, both Iggy AND Eminem (and Macklemore) better step back, says J. Cole.

Dej Loaf video and song stream below...

Continue reading "Dej Loaf playing SOB's, collabed w/ Eminem who threatened to rape Iggy Azalea who Azealia Banks slammed (again)"

The Roots @ Brooklyn Bowl, 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The Roots

After four years of being closed, The Rainbow Room, located on 30 Rock's 65th floor, is set to reopen next month with dining, dancing and entertainment -- all with one of the most famous views in Manhattan. As to the latter, the space is known for cabaret-type performers but will host big names in a series called First Mondays:

First Mondays will feature an intimate concert with top name entertainment from rock to opera the first Monday of each month. The following Mondays will be reserved for dinner and dancing on the revolving dance floor which overlooks New York City.
The first First Monday (October 6) will be with The Roots who'll probably be in the building already as part of The Tonight Show's house band. To go you'll need to make dinner reservations ("only be accepted at 5:30pm and 6:00pm to ensure everyone has completed eating prior to the performance which will start at 8pm") and keep in mind the Rainbow Room's pre-fix menu is "$200 per person and will vary based on entertainment. Alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity are not included in this price." Call 212.632.5000.

November's "First Mondays" show (11/3) is a little more typical Rainbow Room fare: Broadway star Christine Ebersole. There will be entertainment every Monday, though, and current Rainbow Room performance schedule is below.

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Guitar Center

Guitar Center will be opening a new location in Times Square on Thursday, August 7 at 7 PM. That'll give NYC's tourist mecca 28,000 square feet of new axes to choose from and to show off those new licks you learned when you try 'em out (remember, no Stairway). In celebration of that, The Roots will play next door at the free show at Best Buy Theater that day. Even though it's free, you still need a ticket to go, and there's a few places to pick one up on August 5 (details HERE). We also have two pairs to giveaway. One of those pairs also COMES WITH A LUDWIG DRUMSET (Questlove's signature 'Breakbeats' line), courtesy of Guitar Center. Here's what it looks like when Questlove plays it:

Guitar Center

Details on how to enter the contest, below...

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Jay Z at Barclays Center in January (more by PSquared)
Jay Z

The Global Citizen Festival (formerly just Global Festival) returns this year with another concert on Central Park's Great Lawn on September 27. The giant, free ticketed event's goal is to raise money and its giant lineup that the masses should have no problem with includes Jay Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., The Roots and Tiesto.

The festival is part of the Global Citizen movement, which "is an initiative of Global Poverty Project, an international education and advocacy organization working to catalyze the movement to end extreme poverty by 2030." Head to the festival's site to earn free tickets or guarantee yourself a spot with VIP tickets ($100-$675) which are on sale now.

Meanwhile, Jay Z's tour with Beyonce hits MetLife Stadium on Friday (7/11) and Saturday (7/12). Tickets are still available.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

The Roots
The Roots
The Roots

The Roots are a band of many things. In addition to being Elvis Costello collaborators, festival throwers, Fallon's house band, and plenty more, they're also cereal lovers. They appeared at a Kellog's event in NYC this past Wednesday (6/25) to help promote the cereal company and its many products. Along with their regular instruments, The Roots played bowls and spoons on stage during their set which consisted of some originals and at least one cover ("Jungle Boogie"). One attendee said they were grrrrrreeeeat. Pictures of the event, part of your complete breakfast, and an Ad Age video report, are in this post.

The Roots have some festival appearances coming up this year, including the September Boston Calling backing Nas, Essence Festival, Life Is Beautiful Festival, and Squamish Festival.

Questlove also continues his Bowl Train DJ nights at Brooklyn Bowl. His next one is this Thursday (7/3), and the following Thursday (7/10) doubles as Bowl Train's 5th anniversary party. Tickets for upcoming Bowl Trains are available here.

More pictures and video of the Kellogg's event below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Outkast @ Firefly Fest 2014
2014 Firefly Festival

We went to the music festival that happened in Delaware over the weekend, and not surprisingly, Outkast was one of the headliners. Pictures from their set are in this post.

Yesterday, Las Vegas music festival Life is Beautiful announced their October 2014 lineup, and not surprisingly, Outkast are one of the headliners.

Check out the full Las Vegas lineup along with more details pictures from Firefly Fest, below...

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Outkast, who has now sold out three Atalanta shows, added yet another festival to the growing list of festivals they're playing this year. They'll be at Charlotte, NC's Funk Fest 2014 which goes down on September 12 & 13. Also on that festival is funk/soul/R&B legends War, the busiest band in rap The Roots, '80s-era Minneapolis band Morris Day & The Time, a few hip hop vets including Doug E Fresh, LL Cool J and Salt N Pepa, and more TBA. Tickets for the fest are on sale now.

Flyer below...

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Dave Chappelle

As previously discussed, Dave Chappelle is playing Radio City Music Hall in June, and since we last spoke his June 19 show was expanded to a 5-night run (6/18-22) which are all sold out.

In addition to those comedy shows, Chappelle will also do three more shows at the venue from June 24-26 that include different musical guests each night. On 6/24 it's The Roots, followed by Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier (who's up to other stuff too) and Janelle Monae on 6/25, and finally Erykah Badu on 6/26. Each one will also feature a full orchestra. Tickets for all three shows go on sale Monday (6/2) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (5/29) at 10 AM and a local presale starting Saturday (5/31) at 10 AM.


With their gig as Jimmy Fallon's musical accompaniment, you might forget The Roots are an actual band that make their own music and release records. And continue to do so. In fact The Roots will release their new album on May 19. Titled ...and then you shoot your cousin, it's a concept album. Black thought said in HipHopDX:

It's satire, but in that satire it's an analysis of some of the stereotypes perpetuated in not only the Hip Hop community, but in the community. I don't know if that makes any sense.
Or for a headier description there's this promotional copy:
a satirical look at the Dionysian impulse in contemporary hip-hop as told through a series of characters who have found themselves trapped in the permanent underclass. Lost in history's shuffle, broken, yet self-aware, they see their lives both from within and from without. Self-possessed, they're ever ready to scale the fourth wall
You can stream two tracks from the album below.

Folks in NYC can experience ...and then you shoot your cousin live at two special events at The Public Theatre's 260 seat Anspacher Theater on May 13 & 14. The record release shows double as a fundraiser for Public Theatre and tickets ($200) are 100% tax-deductible. There are a few left.

The Roots last album was Wise Up Ghost, a collaboration with Elvis Costello. Tracklist and artwork for the new album, plus video for "When the People Cheer" and stream of "Tomorrow," below...

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