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Ferraby Lionheart

today in NYC
* in-store @ Fat Beats
* Whiplash @ UCB
* MNDR, Silk Flowers @ Mercury Lounge
* Ferraby Lionheart, Joemca @ The Rock Shop
* Gold Panda, Pink Skull, Bikini, Wish @ Glasslands
* Black Mountain, The War On Drugs @ Knitting Factory
* The Babies, Unnatural Helpers, Pygmy Shrews @ Shea Stadium
* Jon Batiste, Eldar (Highline Piano Series) @ Highline Ballroom
* The White Ravens, Tony Scherr, Jim Campilongo Electric Trio @ The Living Room

Ferraby Lionheart plays the Rock Shop tonight and Rockwood Music Hall on Wednesday. Ferraby's new video for "Harry And Bess" below...

The private show at Bowery Ballroom tonight is a corporate sponsored show with John Legend and The Roots (the same lineup more publicly coming to Terminal 5 and which is the occasion for the party happening at Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday).

Speaking of the Roots, Questlove has been rehearsing with Yo Gabba Gabba's Brobee for the "first annual Nickelodeon Mega Music Fest! airing Monday, September 6 at 8 p.m. ET/ PT on Nickelodeon". Video below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Monday?"

by BBG

"Edan and Paten Locke last night at The Knitting Factory... the illest rap show I've seen in years..." -junksciencerap

"Edan at knitting factory, so dope." -moesuli

"I felt weird wearing a Mr. Lif shirt when Mr. Lif came on stage. I left as soon as the encore ended. I didn't wanna be #thatguy. #nogroupie" -greenspam

Edan and Mr Lif at Knitting Factory on Tuesday (via & via)
Mr Lif and Edan

" In his finale set, Edan did it accapella, spitting a, what seemed like, infinite rhyming masterpiece without missing a beat or taking a breath. He brings a level of intellectualism to his lyricism and it shows with his fan base, many of who remained after the show ended in small clusters to discuss the performance." [DD172]
Mr. Lif also made an unannounced appearance at Tuesday's Edan show (8/24) at Knitting Factory which doubled as a screening for Edan's film, 'Echo Party'.

And another Edan Brooklyn show has been announced. This time he'll appear as part of a "Bowling for Beats" event at Brooklyn Bowl on 9/26 which will be co-headlined by Pete Rock and Prince Paul, with other sets from J-Zone, and J57 (Brown Bag All-Stars), and Psycho Les (of the Beatnuts). Tickets should be on sale soon.

And while we're "Bowling for Beats", why not get "Lyrics To Go", as DJ Evil Dee, Mr. Walt, the X Factor Boogie Blind, and New Beatminerz will spin at a Labor Day party at Brooklyn Bowl on September 5. Tickets are on sale.

Questlove will spin at Brooklyn Bowl every Thursday in September. On 8/31, he and his crew The Roots will be the focus of a listening party for their upcoming LP Wake Up! with John Legend. The event is free, but the upcoming Roots/John Legend live show at Terminal 5 on 9/23 is NOT. Tickets are on sale Monday (8/30) at noon.

Video of Edan at Knitting Factory is below...

Continue reading "Mr Lif joined Edan @ Knitting Factory, Edan joins Pete Rock & Prince Paul @ Brooklyn Bowl (and other upcoming events)"

Sleigh Bells @ Governors Island in July (more by Matthew Eisman)
Sleigh Bells

Though it wasn't clear from the initial announcement, Sleigh Bells will in fact be opening for LCD Soundsystem at Wellmont Theatre. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Tickets are on sale now for the Omar Souleyman show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the Peter Hook "Unknown Pleasures" show at Webster Hall.

Tickets are on sale for six separate Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival events happening at the Bell House (including Yo La Tengo, David Cross, Mike Birbiglia, John Wesley Harding & more).

Like they did at Brooklyn Bowl, John Legend and The Roots will team up for a NYC show, but this time at Terminal 5 on September 23rd. Tickets are on AmEx presale now and go on general sale Monday at noon.

Tickets are still on sale for the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at MHOW, a show that will include a live set by Yuck.

Tickets are on sale for the Black Milk show at Southpaw.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the El Guincho show at Mercury Lounge.

Three Old 97's shows are on sale at noon today.

Two Clinic shows are on sale at noon today.

Two Los Campesinos! shows are on sale now.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the Phosphorescent show at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale for the 2010 Brooklyn Soul Festival.

Big Freedia plays 2 shows in NYC this Saturday (no advanced tickets)

photos by David Andrako


"New York's most eager faces and earthy races paraded the liberal grounds of Park Slope via Prospect park on Sunday. They aligned from the realist regions of every borough and bridge for a complimentary concert hosted by Talib Kweli, The Roots and many others entitled "Okay Africa". Inescapably, most of the vicinity was bombarded by a sea of blankets, beer bottles and wine drinkers who arrived bracing themselves to 'rough it up' for a free show. Every path eventually occupied its self by mellow scenesters, Brooklyn heads, hipsters, their families and even a few local celebs that were all in gear for a naturalist's side to life. Ethnic forces ruled by a long-shot with some well-intended culture clashing. Negativity failed to align for the most part, thanks to everyone and their arousal of cool Summer spirit. Good times were clearly in fine perspective." [A Triumphant Discovery]
More from last Sunday's packed show in Prospect Park, below...

Continue reading "The Roots & friends (OkayAfrica) @ Prospect Park - pics "

guy w/ vuvuzela @ the concert in Prospect Park - 7/11/2010 (koopstakov)

"The Roots headline the OkayAfrica World Cup 2010 Finals party to celebrate the first time in its 80-year history the tournament will take place on African soil. With a kick-off by Sahr Ngaujah, the star of the hit Broadway musical Fela!, the show features performances by artists from all corners of the Diaspora, including host Talib Kweli (Brooklyn), Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew (Sierra Leone), Blitz the Ambassador (Ghana), and many others to be announced. Musically omnivorous hip-hop icons The Roots honor the fresh music of Africa jamming throughout the day with surprise guests and capping it all off with a closing set."
[the official description of Sunday night's show in Prospect Park]
More about Sunday night's Celebrate Brooklyn show coming soon, but in the meantime, check out the size of the crowd in the video below...

Continue reading "It was really crowded in Prospect Park tonight. "

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Tickets are now on presale for Rock the Bells at Governors Island (password = CLASSIC)

Tickets are on sale now for a show John Legend and The Roots are playing at Brooklyn Bowl on June 17th (6 days from now). They'll be performing songs from their upcoming album Wake Up!.

Tickets are still on sale for the show The Roots are playing at Highline Ballroom on June 15th (June 21st is sold out).

John Legend was one of the performers at the World Cup kickoff concert.

A whole bunch of other tickets went on sale today too.

The Roots Picnic 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Roots

The Roots will be hosting two night of "The Jam" back at Highline Ballroom on June 15th (tickets) and June 21st (tickets). If the shows are anything like their residency shows at the venue last year, there will be special guests.

The band's ninth studio album, How I Got Over, comes out June 22nd (one day after the 2nd NYC show) on Def Jam. Guests on the record include Joanna Newsom and Jim James/Monsters of Folk. The latter's contribution is actually a reworked version of a MoF song, dubbed "Dear God 2.0." You can check it out, along with the video for the album's title track, "How I Got Over," below. Questlove also recently tweeted a video of Dirty Projectors members (friends of the Roots) in the studio with the band. That's below too.

The Highline shows are in addition to the other shows the group has lined up for the summer (with more coming most likely). They're hosting their second annual Roots Picnic in Philly on June 5th. They have a free Celebrate Brooklyn show on July 11th with Talib Kweli and others.

Meanwhile, Questlove has extended his Thursday night DJ residency at Brooklyn Bowl through July. Tickets are on sale for all dates. He's also going to be DJing the free and BV co-presented Fela! On Broadway Original Cast Recording Release Party on Monday, June 7th, along with performances by Fela! co-leads Sahr Ngaujah and Kevin Mambo and members of the cast (more on that later). Questlove will be at the rescheduled Erykah Badu/Janelle Monae show at Roseland on June 5th.

More album info (include the "not final" tracklist) and streaming tracks are below...

Continue reading "The Roots add more NYC shows (on sale), releasing an album w/ indie special guests + Questlove DJ dates & more"

Celebrate Brooklyn '09 (more by Chris La Putt)
Celebrate Brooklyn

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...

Continue reading "Celebrate Brooklyn's 2010 Prospect Park concert lineup"

Erykah Badu @ Good Units in March (more by Ryan Muir)
Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu is going on tour in May, June, July, and August...

Named after the closing track of her latest "New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh," Erykah Badu has announced the dates for her 2010 North American tour, "Out My Mind, Just In Time." The trek will make stops at amphitheaters and concert halls beginning May 22 at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, MD, and wrapping up on June 24 at The Pearl Concert Theater in Las Vegas, NV.

Badu will be joined by N.E.R.D., Bilal, Janelle Monae and The Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson.
In addition to "Out My Mind, Just In Time," Badu will also perform during this summer's Lollapalooza festival, Lilith Fair as well as be featured as a special guest at Maxwell's upcoming concerts at Phillips Arena in Atlanta on June 11 and Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 26. [Billboard]

That NYC show is preceded by her own show at Roseland Ballroom on May 25th with Questlove. Tickets are on Fan Club Presale now (password = windowseat) (thanks Eduardo!). More presales start tomorrow and then general sale begins Friday. All dates below...

Continue reading "Erykah Badu - 2010 Tour Dates (Roseland on sale)"

Run for Water

Live Earth and Dow have partnered to create the largest solutions based global initiative in history aimed at solving the water crisis. The efforts are to increase awareness of the global water crisis and it solutions, inspire and engage individuals to join the cause, and raise funds to support the project efforts. All event locations including Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY will be implementing Live Earth Green Event guidelines.

On April 18, 2010, more than 100 countries will be participating in a series of 6km races will take place over the course of 24 hours in support of the global water crisis. Through a cross-platform global fundraising effort all donations raised by the Dow Live Earth Run for Water will be used to fund sustainable and scalable water programs. Through a cross-platform global fundraising effort, all donations raised by the Dow Live Earth Run for Water will be disseminated to fund sustainable and scalable water programs. A growing global network of NGO partners including Global Water Challenge, A Child's Right, Akvo, Fondo Para La Paz, Indonesia Water Partnership, Lien Ad, Pump Aid, Wildlands Conservation Trust and many others who will successfully implement water and conservation projects around the world. For the comprehensive list of Live Earth's NGO partners around the world, please visit http://liveearth.org/runforwater/partners.

NYC's event will take place in Prospect Park. John Legend and The Roots will perform after the 6K run/walk. The price is $40 and you can register now. More information in a video below...

Continue reading "Dow Live Earth 'Run For Water' 2010 happens on April 18th - NYC event in Prospect Park w/ The Roots & John Legend"

The Roots Picnic 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Roots

As Pitchfork reported, The Roots Picnic will be happening again this year at Philadelphia's Festival Pier on Penn's Landing, on Saturday, June 5th. ?uestlove announced part of the lineup via a Twitvideo (which you can see below), and it includes of Mayer Hawthorne, Clipse, the Very Best, Neka, Tune-Yards (a recent Questlove favorite), Das Racist, Bajah & the Dry Eye Crew, Pattern Is Movement, headliner Vampire Weekend and The Roots (with two side-projects, Black Thought's Money Making Jam Boys and ?uestlove with DJ Jazzy Jeff). He also says that the fest will be reuniting a certain black hat/gold chain (and it could be assumed, Adidas)-wearing hip-hop crew.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 5th at 10am.

Mayer Hawthorne headlines Webster Hall Thursday night (3/4).

Picture sets from last year's Picnic are here. Pictures from a 2009 show at Brooklyn Bowl that featured more than a few of the members of this year's lineup are here. See ?uestlove's video for yourself (where he also announces that it's the Roots' one year anniversary on Fallon - congrats!) below...

Continue reading "The Roots Picnic - 2010 date & initial lineup (Vampire Weekend, Clipse, The Very Best, Tune-Yards, Run DMC?)"

photos by Vincent Cornelli

Hot Chip @ Highline Ballroom
Hot Chip
Hot Chip

Hot Chip could make things easy on itself. The band knows how to get a crowd of New York indie-rock fans, like the ones at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night, dancing and waving their arms. It simply deploys a four-on-the-floor dance-club thump under bouncing, pinging synthesizer parts and pop choruses.

...Dance music depends on the joy of repetition, and Hot Chip clings to that. Every so often it would start a song with a hand-played introduction on guitar or piano, only to draw cheers from the audience when the drum machine kicked in soon afterward. "Happiness is what we all want," Mr. Taylor sang in the band's opening song ("Thieves in the Night," which also starts the new album), and for Hot Chip and many of its fans, the most direct route to happiness is via the visceral pleasure of beat and hook. When the band turned to a ballad among its encores -- the knowingly titled "Slush" -- quite a few people headed for the exit. [NY Times]

Hot Chip played two shows last weekend (and one post-gig DJ set). The first show was a free MySpace Secret Show at Highline Ballroom on Friday, February 5th. The second was a Saturday night show (2/6) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Free Energy (who will be touring with Foreign Born soon) opened the first, while French Horn Rebellion (who DJ at Glasslands on V-Day) opened the second. Following the Saturday show, Hot Chip DJed its afterparty at Brooklyn Bowl.

The band also played on the Jimmy Fallon show while they were here. Joined by the Roots, "One Life Stand" is what they played on TV. "Take It In" was taped just for the website. You can watch video of the latter below (the video of what actually appeared on TV has been removed from YouTube and doesn't seem to be on NBC's site).

After a European tour, Hot Chip will be back in April to play shows that include Coachella and two nights at Terminal 5 (one supported by the xx and the other by Gang Gang Dance). Their new record, "One Life Stand," is out Tuesday (2/9) on Astralwerks.

More pictures from Highline and all upcoming tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Hot Chip played Highline Ballroom, MHOW & Jimmy Fallon - pics & video"

Questlove DJing

Friday night's celebrity telethon Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief has so far raised more than $57 million - a record for a disaster relief telethon, said the event's organizers.

In addition the star-studded Hope for Haiti Now album, featuring performances from the evening, is the biggest one-day album pre-order in iTunes history.

The charity event, spearheaded by George Clooney with the support of many of Hollywood's A-listers, featured two hours of musical performances and appeals for donations for earthquake relief. [People]

Friday's Hope for Haiti telethon is still collecting money online.

One of the performers in attendance was Questlove, who backed Mary J Blige and others during the broadcast. Last Thursday, Questlove kicked off a four-week Thursday night DJing residency at Brooklyn Bowl, with guest DJs Talib Kweli and Q-Tip to benefit Haiti. Tickets are on sale for the next three Thursdays (1/28, 2/4, 2/11) (which don't appear to be benefits).

Questlove and The Roots were set to headline Music Hall of Williamsburg's N. 6th for Haiti concert on Wedesday, January 27th. Also on that bill was Kaki King, Eric Krasno & Chapter 2 with John Scofield, very special guest Matisyahu and others, but... that show has been CANCELLED.

Not cancelled: The Haiti benefit happening at The Bell House on Wednesday night, and the fourth and final one at City Winery tonight (1/25). We also had a great one (with over $20,000 raised) at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday.

Hopefully the current messy state of NBC late-night won't affect the Roots and Questlove and their regular stint on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Last week the show paired the Roots with Antibalas and the cast of Fela! (a show Questlove associate produced), which you can catch on Broadway. That video, clips from Friday's Haiti telethon and more Questlove videos are below...

Continue reading "Questlove DJ residency @ Brooklyn Bowl + past, future & CANCELLED Haiti benefits - dates & videos "

photos by Tim Griffin

TV on the Radio

Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.

TV on the Radio played the 2009 Roots Picnic in Philly in June Pictures from their set are continued below...

Continue reading "TV on the Radio @ the 2009 Roots Picnic in Philly - pics "

photos by Tim Griffin


Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.

Santigold played the 2009 Roots Picnic in Philly in June Pictures from her set are continued below...

Continue reading "Santigold @ the 2009 Roots Picnic in Philly - pics "

photos by Tim Griffin

Black Keys

Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.

The Black Keys played the 2009 Roots Picnic in Philly in June Pictures from their set are continued below...

Continue reading "The Black Keys @ the 2009 Roots Picnic - pics "


The Muppets' version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" took the Internet by storm earlier this year. On Christmas Eve Eve, The Muppets made an appearance on the Jimmy Fallon show. Along with Jimmy and The Roots, they performed "12 Day of Christmas". Both of those videos and more below...

Continue reading "Bohemian Rhapsody & Muppets Christmas videos w/ Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, John Denver, Andrea Bocelli & more"

Dirty Projectors & Roots @ Bowery Ballroom (more)
Dirty roots

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...

Continue reading "Dirty Projector girls played w/ Mos Def & Talib Kweli & The Roots on Fallon (video)"

Questlove, The Roots & Fallon in the Thanksgiving Day Parade (toolsdrummer)
Thanksgiving Parade

What else?

Screaming Females @ Above the Auto Parts Store in October (more by Leia Jospe)
Screaming Females
Screaming Females

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.

Sonic Youth, Meat Puppets, and Pixies (twice) all play tonight.

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 Roots recently performed with Dirty Projectors at Bowery Ballroom.

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).

A new video from Polvo, "Right The Relation" off their new record, is posted below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday? (Thanksgiving-eve) "

Devendra Banhart @ Town Hall on Nov. 22nd 2009 (via)
Devendra Barnhart

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...

Continue reading "Yo Gabba Gabba played NYC - guests included Dinosaur Jr (video), Roots & Devendra Banhart (who played Town Hall) "

by BBG

Antibalas in Philly on 6/6 (more by Tim Griffin)

Much like The Roots, who they shared the stage with at The Roots Picnic in June, have been doing lately, Antibalas will play a NYC residency. Theirs will take place at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn over four Thursdays in December (they exclude Dec 24th), culminating in a New Years Eve show. Tickets are on sale for the 12/3 show, the 12/10, the 12/17 and the New Years Eve show. Antibalas is also scheduled to appear at the Winter's Eve Festival on 11/30 along with Joy Behar. Yes, that one.

Fela!Members of Antibalas are also notably a part of the Broadway musical FELA! based on the life of the Afrobeat legend, and produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith/Jada Pinkett-Smith.

A provocative hybrid of dance and Broadway musical, FELA! features the Afrobeat music of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, a book by Jim Lewis... arrangements by Aaron Johnson and Antibalas with direction and choreography by Tony® Award winner Bill T. Jones...
FELA! uses stirring Afrobeat music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), to tell the story of Kuti's controversial life as artist, political activist and revolutionary musician. Featuring many of Fela Kuti's most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones's visionary staging, FELA! is the most original new musical on Broadway.
Lots of familiar faces on stage during the show which also includes Knitting Factory and Questlove (one of the producers) in its credits. Head on down to catch it at The Eugene O'Neill Theatre, but before you buy, make sure and use Antibalas's discount code FE4NFP9. Questlove (via Okayplayer) is running a promotion too.

Some related videos below...

Continue reading "Antibalas are playing mutliple shows @ Knitting Factory & are in the Fela! musical (for which they offer a coupon)"

Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors completed their tour and four-night NYC run in style on Sunday (11/22). The evening started with a beautiful set of music by Julianna Barwick who was followed by the mind-blowing Tune-Yards. It's been said before, I'll say it again. Merrill Garbus is an extremely talented girl and the crowd went nuts for her as she looped and strummed and drummed and sang. Backed by a bassist, her performance was even more special because her parents were in the crowd. She mentioned them a few times and even thanked them at the end for having her.

I'd been hearing rumors about special guests possibly joining the Dirty Projectors at some point this week, but nothing happened at the first three shows (1 at Bowery and 2 at Music Hall of Williamsburg). Then Sunday the rumors started getting louder, especially the one about The Roots showing up.

The Roots and Dirty Projectors first met when DP were the musical guests at Fallon. Questlove was in love. Some thought that DP were going to join the Roots at a show in Brooklyn a few days after that TV appearance, but it never happened. It did this time though. Three members of the Roots, Questlove included, joined the band on stage for two songs ("Stillness" and "No Intention" I think?). The show was already great before that, but everyone went so wild and was dancing like crazy when the Roots came out. The energy in the room was off the charts, and stayed in the air even after the guests left the stage. The band was supercharged too as they finished their pre-encore set in one of the strongest ways I've ever seen them play.

Dirty Projectors

During the short encore break another microphone was brought to the stage. At that point I knew there was no question that David Byrne would be joining Dirty Projectors once again (it previously happened at least two times - at the Dark Was the Night charity concert and then again at Bonnaroo). Sure enough, Mr. Byrne helped them end the two song encore with a slightly-unrehearsed version of Knotty Pine (the song he and the band wrote together for the Dark Was the Night album).

Amazing night. More pictures of the headliner and guests and the setlist below..

Continue reading "David Byrne & The Roots joined Dirty Projectors @ Bowery Ballroom Sunday night - pics & setlist"

Goodie Mob on Fallon

So in one way, at least, it was 1995 again at B. B. King Blues Club & Grill on Friday night, when Goodie Mob arrived, following several years of fracture, as part of its reunion tour. Around 1:45 a.m., the 1980s New York hip-hop standout and nostalgia exploiter Slick Rick left the stage after his opening set; with him went about half the crowd.

And just as in 1995, all of those people missed out. Dressed in grays and silvers, with a female D.J. in a reflective tinsel wig and matching unitard, the Goodie Mob -- Cee-Lo, Big Gipp, T-Mo and Khujo -- were exuberant and comfortable, happily taking their rightful place as oft-overlooked pioneers. [NY Times]

Goodie Mob's Friday night setlist included Cee-Lo performing his Gnarls Barkley hit "Crazy". One night earlier the group performed "Soul Food" on Fallon (backed by Fallon house band The Roots). Videos from both nights below...

Continue reading "Goodie Mob played BB King's & Jimmy Fallon (videos) "

photos by Eric Townsend

Q-Tip and Common
Hennessy Artistry

"The Hennessy Artistry concert series ended with it's grand finale in Hip-Hop's birthplace last night in a true celebration of Hip Hop Music. As The Roots band backed Common, New York City erupted with energy unmatched even at a certain "fest" that took place last weekend. With only Common and The Roots on the bill, special guests Bilal,Don Omar, Consequence, Karen Wheeler of Soul II Soul, Q-Tip, and Queen Latifah made it night to remember. Seriously, watching Queen Latifah perform "Unity" live gave me chills." [MissInfo.TV]
Pictures and videos from the night (10/7), below...

Continue reading "Common, Q-Tip, Queen Latifah, The Roots, Consequence & friends @ Terminal 5 (Hennessy Artistry) - pics & video"