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by BBG

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

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
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"

i gots to be the golden child. survived yet another car crash unscathed. the cab however....3:54 AM Oct 4th from mobile web - Questlove

The Roots & friends @ Brooklyn Bowl (10/1) (more by Tim Griffin)
The Roots

There are only two more Roots shows scheduled at Highline Ballroom in NYC, and tickets are on sale for both (November 10 & November 17)

The October 6th, 13th and 27th dates have been canceled, and tickets purchased for those three shows will work at either one of the November shows. According to the venue, Jimmy Fallon's house band also have no more dates planned there (for now?).

The Roots join Common at Terminal 5 TONIGHT (10/7). It's a Hennessey party. Hopefully Questlove's hand is doing better.

Last week The Roots moved the show to Brooklyn for one night. Another video from that show (where they were joined by Mayer Hawthorne), below...

Continue reading "The Roots Highline residency ending? ++ Terminal 5 tonight"

photos by Tim Griffin

Pattern Is Movement
Pattern Is Movement

Their new friends Dirty Projectors didn't jam with them, but plenty of others joined the Roots at their $10 show on October 1st at Brooklyn Bowl. Pictures and video below...

Continue reading "The Roots played Brooklyn Bowl w/ Talib Kweli, Pattern is Movement, Mayer Hawthrone & special guests - pics & video "

DOWNLOAD: Of Montreal - Brush Brush Brush (MP3)

Yo Gabba Gabba

Fresh on the heels of the release of the first Yo Gabba Gabba! CD release Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is Awesome!, hitting the shelves nationwide on October 20, W!LDBRAIN and S2BN Entertainment present Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! There's A Party In My City, the first live U.S. touring show. A one-of-a-kind live event, the tour will kick off on November 14th, and will feature music, animation, games, singing, dancing, and special musical guests. Favorites such as "Party in My Tummy" "Hold Still" and "Get the Sillies Out" will be featured in the show. Special guests will also join the party on stage rocking their favorite 'Dancey Dance' moves. Presented using state of the art production elements, Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! There's A Party In My City will offer audience members of all ages an unparalleled experience.
Yo Gabba Gabba!'s live tour plans to make stops in L.A., Chicago and NYC. The New York show happens Saturday, November 21st at Beacon Theatre, where there'll be 11am and 2pm sets. Tickets are currently on AmEx presale. There's a "Gabba Mail" presale (their mailing list) starting October 6th at 10am. Then general public sale starts October 9th at 10am.

The album Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is Awesome! comes out October 20th on Filter US Recordings. The show is pretty well known for its musical guests (Mark Mothersbaugh from Devo, Biz Markie, Chromeo, I'm From Barcelona, Mark Kozelek) and the fact that its co-creator, Christian Jacobs, is MC Bat Commander from The Aquabats. Those guests are respresented on the album, as is Of Montreal, with the song "Brush Brush Brush" (about brushing your teeth) posted above.

Tracklist, album art, tour dates and musical clips from the show are posted below...

Continue reading "Yo Gabba Gabba! - live show dates, new CD, Of Montreal MP3"

based on their setup and sound....imma take a wild guess dirty projectors are from BK? -?uestlove

backstage @ the Fallon show - 9/28/09 (Brassland)
Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors were on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night where they premiered a new song called "When the World Comes to an End." Before that, they performed acoustically backstage. That earlier part wasn't aired on TV, but ?uestlove, a member of Jimmy's house band The Roots, was there recording with his iPhone (see above), and posted a video to his Twitter where he wrote, "Man. Dirty Projectors came into our room and demonstrated their awesomeness. How cool is it for them to do this?". He then Tweeted it again with the message, "dirty projectors really became a fav of mine after today" (both of those notes came an hour or two after the Tweet quoted at the very top of this post). Both videos below.

?uestlove, in addition to appearing on Fallon like he does every day, will be playing tonight (9/29) at the free Wizard of Oz show/screening in Central Park (with Jennifer Hudson and others). Then, as you can hear him tell DP in the below video, the Roots play Thursday night (10/1) at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn. Tickets are still on sale

Dirty Projectors are playing, what we now know is a short four-song set, at the New Yorker Fest's "Bands from the County of Kings" show at the Bell House on Friday, October 16th. Also on the bill are House of Ladosha, Jubilee and Liturgy. Tickets are still on sale.

Dirty Projectors then go out on tour from the end of October through most of November. It ends with four full NYC shows on 11/18-11/22 (with no show on the 20th). Recent 4AD signee tUnE yArDs has been added as opener to all of those shows, and to the entire last two weeks of their tour. She (tUnE) also has more gigs before then, including non-NYC shows with Sunset Rubdown and a Brooklyn show on October 6th at Union Hall with Dragons of Zynth.

All videos and tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Dirty Projectors played a new song on Fallon, performed backstage for ?uestlove (both videos), tUnE yArDs & stuff "

by Andrew Frisicano

Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz is being re-released on DVD September 29th. Why should you care? Because that's also the same day a free outdoor event is happening in Central Park to celebrate it (it's also the film's 70th anniversary). At the show (whick kicks off at Rumsey Playfield at 7:30 p.m. ET), ?uestlove (of The Roots), Jennifer Hudson, Julianne Hough, Bilal, "and a band assembled especially for the show" will be performing contemporary interpretations of classic songs from the film. That will be followed by a screening of the flick on a giant inflatable screen (rain location TBA if it rains).

Of course, if you're only interested in the Roots, you can always shell out for the cover at their Highline Ballroom residency (though it should be noted, their Sept. 29th performance has been canceled). If you prefer to never leave Brooklyn, the band is also playing a Thursday, October 1st show at Brooklyn Bowl. It only costs $10. Tickets are on sale.

For the Central Park show, we have a pair of VIP passes (not on sale) and a prize package from Netflix to give away. Details are below...

Continue reading "?uestlove & others playing w/ Wizard of Oz screening in Central Park (win VIP tix), Roots playing Brooklyn Bowl"

Ornette Coleman

[Ornette] Coleman calls his approach harmolodics: "a theory, not a style." But it's not even a theory, really, it's more of a philosophy, emphasizing equality of voices, freedom, spontaneity and participation -- not just for the musicians, for the audience, too.

Though Coleman's doors are always open, not everyone is inclined to walk in. In the beginning, his music was called noise. The radical turn jazz took in the '60s, inspired largely by Coleman's innovations, chafed beboppers and swing devotees alike. Throughout his career, frequent changes in his sound, from quasi-bop to total freedom to chamber music to symphony to electric double quartet, have made it hard for him to build a wide following. His relations with record labels have been brief and stormy, so there have been long spells with no "product." [LA Weekly, 1996]

Tickets are on sale for a Saturday, Sepember 26th Ornette Coleman show at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater.

The gig is part of Jazz at Lincoln Center's upcoming schedule, which has some other notable gigs as well, like pianist Monty Alexander on October 2nd and 3rd and of course plenty of Wynton.

Ornette appeared on stage with the Roots at their show at London's Royal Festival Hall in June. Video from that gig, with other clips, below...

Continue reading "Ornette Coleman - Lincoln Center (tix) & The Roots (videos) "

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: The Los Angeles Leakers - Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta Mixtape, hosted by MURS (ZShare, Zipped MP3)

MURS

Nick Carter has scheduled a single NYC show for September 10th at Highline Ballroom, tickets are on sale. No, not the Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys (don't ask how I know who he is)...

Nick Carter, professionally known as MURS is an American rapper. His pseudonym is an acronym that stands for "Making Underground Raw Shit." He is signed to the independent label Record Collection and is a member of the hip hop groups Living Legends, Felt, and the 3 Melancholy Gypsys - [Wiki]
Making Underground Raw Shit recently hosted the latest mixtape by The Los Angeles Leakers entitled Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta, presumably after the ill Geto Boys track from the Office Space soundtrack. The mix features classic West Coast burners by Ice Cube, MC Eiht, WC, Kam, Mack 10, and many others and is available for download above.

In other hip hop @ Highline Ballroom news, Rakim has a show coming up, and the Roots play there on a regular basis with special guests like Pumpkinhead who joined them on stage at their July 28th gig. Video from that below...

Continue reading "MURS - LA Leakers mixtape (download), a NYC show (tickets)"

photos by Bao Nguyen

The Roots @ Webster Hall - 7/30/09
Diesel Party

"Hennessy announces the fourth annual edition of the acclaimed Hennessy Artistry series, curated and headlined by hip-hop impresario Common, with The Roots also appearing as the house band.

Hosted exclusively by Hennessy, each show will feature a unique blend of performers and collaborators ranging from up-and-coming talent to cameos by iconic special guests.

Says Common: "Hennessy is the master of blending, and Artistry, is all about artistic blends of music genre, culture and style. The lineup is coming together nicely. The Roots and I are really collaborating to create a musical blend of talent that will do Artistry justice. We are planning some surprises as well, it should be quite an experience and I am thrilled to be a part of it.""

Four Hennessey dates have been announced, one of which will take place at Terminal 5 in NYC on October 7th. I'm not sure how you get tickets at the moment, but it will probably involve doing something at Hennessey's website.

You can also catch The Roots as house band each weeknight on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (which Arctic Monkeys play tonight - 8/4), and on a regular basis with special guests at the Highline Ballroom.

Last week (7/30) The Roots played a Diesel-sponsored show where they were joined on the Webster Hall stage by Lykke Li (who played All Points West on Sunday). All Hennessey dates, a Hennessey trailer, and the rest of the Roots pics from Webster Hall, below....

Continue reading "The Roots playing Hennessy shows w/ Common & guests (Terminal 5), played Diesel show @ Webster Hall (pics)"

photo by Bao Nguyen

Kanye West & Clipse @ Webster Hall - July 30, 2009
Diesel

As predicted, Kanye West came out and performed one song with The Clipse (who replaced Drake) at the Diesel party at Webster Hall last night. After Clipse came The Roots who played a bunch of songs with Lykke Li. Earlier in the evening there were sets by Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Heartsrevolution, The Noisettes, Theopholis London, Cobra Starship and Passion Pit. More about all of them after some sleep, but in the meantime, here are a few pictures and some video...

Continue reading "Kanye West played w/ Clipse, Lykke Li w/ The Roots - some pics & video from the Diesel Party @ Webster Hall in NYC"

Throwed - "Houston slang, for being wasted, high, or both"

Questove vs Jarvis

The above tweet comes to us from Questlove of the Roots live from Jarvis Cocker's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon taping. The episode will air tonight, after Jarvis is finished playing Music Hall of Williamsburg and around the time The Roots are playing Webster Hall. What is Questlove talking about? Video below...

Continue reading "Questlove says Jarvis Cocker looks wasted on Fallon, fighting urge to get revenge for Michael Jackson"

Clipse and Kanye

The big Diesel show happens at Webster Hall in NYC tonight (7/30). Hopefully you already have a ticket or wristband. Special guests at the show will in fact be Lykke Li (who is here to play All Points West and will probably perform a song at Webster Hall with The Roots) and Clipse (who will probably perform a song at Webster Hall with Kanye West) (remember, Diesel likes live mash ups). There's a Jay-Z rumor going around, but all I've heard is "not true". For Passion Pit the Diesel show will be their second with the Roots in two nights. Last night it was on the Jimmy Fallon show. Video from that below...

Continue reading "Clipse & Lykke Li (and Kanye West?) are playing the Diesel show w/ The Roots & Passion Pit (who played Fallon)"

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Joseph Xu

DOWNLOAD: Pharoah Monch vs the Black Lips - "Drop I Mayor" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Lips - Drop I Hold featuring GZA (MP3)

Pharoahe Monch @ the 2009 Pitchfork Fest
Pharoahe Monch

Though APW's addition of Jay-Z is rather notable (just a tad), it's the reunion of Organized Konfusion that sets the stage for a big hip hop weekend at APW. Organized Konfusion originally stepped away from the mic in 1997, flirting with a return as recently as 2004, but APW marks their first show back.

Since 1997, both Prince Po and Pharoahe Monch of Organized Konfusion have been busy as solo artists, with Monch recently logging time at the 2009 Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest (pics here) and Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. Pics from Pitchfork in this post, along with fellow hip hop luminary (who didn't send a decoy?) Doom. Chicagoist dug Monch, but Doom... not so much.

After that was Pharoahe Monch, who's hip hop set was everything Doom's Saturday set wasn't: intense, ferocious, and with a level of personality the masked wonder couldn't summon on Saturday. Drawing from the crowd, Monch gave props to those such as Rakim, Mos Def, and Michael Jackson. He was the act we knew least about going into the weekend and coming out he's left us only wanting to hear more.
Speaking of Mos Def, the routing for The Ecstatic Tour is solidifying more and more. Details are below. Tickets are still available for his show at The Beach at Governor's Island on 9/12.

Mos Def's partner in the recently reunited Black Star, Talib Kweli, is making his way back to the stage with Reflection Eternal at BB Kings on August 28th, a little more than a month after Rock The Bells. Tickets are now on sale.

Styles P, who provided direct support for Pharoahe Monch at Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest, will headline the first night of the Rock The Block Fest at Southpaw (Aug 6, tix here), with Freeway taking over for the second (Aug 7, tix here). Tickets are also available bundled together (here).

DJ STV SLV (of The Hood Internet) recently remixed Pharoah Monch's "Mayor" with The Black Lips "The Drop I Hold". Hilarity ensues. Download that above. Black Lips' collaboration with GZA is is up there too.

The previously mentioned Ghostface, Redman/Method Man jumpoff at Nokia Theater on July 30th is sold out. We're still waiting for Diesel to announce who the special guests will be at the Roots Webster Hall show happening the same night. Speaking of the Roots, their Highline Ballroom residency has now been extended through November 24th. Tickets are on sale.

In other hip hop news, Q-Tip is paying tribute to Michael Jackson at Nokia Theatre, Jedi Mind Tricks and Brother Ali have announced tours, and The Cool Kids are playing SOB's less than a month after All Points West.

More Pitchfork pics, the Rock the Block flyer, and all Mos Def tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Pharoahe Monch (and DOOM) played P4K (pics), (Organized Konfusion) playing APW ++ tix on sale, Mos Def dates & more"

Passion Pit (more by Tim Griffin)
Passion Put

Not quite on the scale of their last NYC music event (that I know about), but Diesel Jeans's U:Music tour will visit NYC for a show at Webster Hall on Thursday, July 30th. The lineup for that includes The Roots (with a special guest), Drake, Cobra Starship (huh?), Passion Pit, Theophilus London, and contest winners (two bands won a contest to get on the bill) The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! (as seen HERE and HERE) and Heartsrevolution. "To get in, one has to appear at the store's participating NYC locations wearing a pair of Diesel jeans, though tickets are limited."

All Diesel fans will have a chance to witness this private event with a limited amount of invitations to be given away at participating Diesel stores. One must show up to participating stores in a pair of Diesel jeans to qualify...
The rest of the info below...

Continue reading "Diesel throwing shows @ Webster Hall (Passion Pit, Roots, more), in their store & in their store window..."

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: The Metermaids - Nightlife in Illinoise Mixtape (Zipped MP3s)
DOWNLOAD: Hezekiah - Cure For THe Common $oul Mixtape (ZShare Link)

Styles P and Black Thought (The Roots) @ BHHF (more here)
Styles P

Though daily tickets are now sold out, you can still buy tickets for both nights of The Rock The Block Fest going down at Southpaw on August 6th & 7th. The curiously Thursday-Friday festival scheduled the mighty Styles P (my favorite performer at Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest) for Aug 6th, with State Property mainstay and recent Cash Money signee Freeway filling the slot for Aug 7th. Metermaids and NSR as well as Hezekiah and Kimberly Nicole get the assist for days one and two respectively.

The Metermaids released their Nightlife in Illinoise mixtape in the tail end of last year (download that above), featuring material sampled from Sufjan Stevens's Illinoise LP mixed with their Nightlife LP. The crew recently released the Live At Arlene's Grocery EP in the pay-what-you-want format and are scheduled to play Arlene's Grocery again on July 23rd with Prayers For Atheists.

Illadelphian and Roots cohort Hezekiah released his Cure For The Common $oul Mixtape (downloadable above). Featuring appearances by Freeway, Reef The Lost Cauze (Army Of The Pharoahs), and many others, Hezekiah rhymes and remixes tracks by Jay-Z, Kanye West, Will I Am, Zap Mama, and many others.

The Roots are scheduled to take on Highline Ballroom for the umpteenth time on July 8th (tonight), tickets are still available.

Styles P tour dates as well as a live video of "Come Through" at BHHF 2009 below...

Continue reading "Rock The Block hip hop fest @ Southpaw in August (Styles P, Freeway, Metermaids & more) "

photos by Tim Griffin

The Roots

Philadelphia's City Hall just announced that the Roots are playing the Fourth of July! The hometown band has been added to the bill with Sheryl Crow for the city's massive free concert on the Ben Franklin Parkway, Saturday, July 4th, beginning 8:30 p.m. It's the largest free concert in the country. The Roots play first; then Sheryl Crow for Philadelphia's "Life, Liberty & You" concert. A huge fireworks show will follow the concert.
That'll be the second big outdoor Philly show this year for the Roots -- the band hosted the Roots Picnic on June 6th at the city's Penn's Landing. That daylong fest included a headlining set by Public Enemy (with the Roots and Antibalas guesting). It wasn't their only performance of the night...
The Roots opened the entire concert with a mini-set. How sick are these dudes that they even open up for... THEMSELVES?!?

The Roots picnic is a tremendous bellwether for so many things. Asher Roth, Kid Cudi, and Santigold are that next-next shit. I think all three of them will be in the business of making music for a good long time.

The Roots picnic also gave me a chance to see Philadelphia again in a new and different light. That city is once again rebuilding itself with a signature sound played by musicians who have dedicated their lives to their craft. [XXL]

The band shows no signs of slowing down this summer and beyond. They continue to impress as the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, often collaborating with the show's musical guests. Their Highline Ballroom residency has been extended into November. And they're scheduled to be at most of the Rock the Bells shows, including stops Chicago, Baltimore, Boston, L.A., San Francisco and NY's Jones Beach Theater.

More pictures from the Roots Picnic & all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "The Roots - free 4th of July show in Philly, more Highline shows, Rock the Bells (all dates) & the Roots Picnic (pics) "

Tonight = Black Bety's last night (lachance)
Black Betty

Bud Schmeling and Sandy Glover, owners of Black Betty, announce the long-time Williamsburg boite and eatery will close its doors, effectively Monday, June 15th 2009, with Rev. Vince Anderson and his Live Choir taking the stage at 10:30pm featuring a special appearance from TV on the Radio's Jaleel Bunton.

According to Schmeling and Glover, the Metropolitan Avenue in Brooklyn, NY lease was renewed for 10 years at the end of April 2009, however the lease was also offered to other perspective candidates under more lucrative terms. At the end of the battle, Schmeling and Glover conceded and agreed to close by mid June. "We are saddened and heart-broken that this is the end of the Black Betty era," said Glover. "But at this time we're focusing on what a fantastic place Betty means to Brooklyn bands, DJs and of course all of our amazing patrons and friends" she added.

The kitchen and bar, offering North African and Mediterranean dishes and extended happy hours, will be in full swing until close.

A bit of history on the bar, with videos of Rev. Vince sitting in with The Roots at their Highline residency in April, below...

Continue reading "Williamsburg bar/club Black Betty closes tonight (June 15th)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Public Enemy
Public Enemy

"The marquee event [at this year's Roots Picnic - June 6, 2009 in Philly] was Public Enemy's performance of their epochal 1988 album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, performed for only the third - and, they have said, the last - time on American soil, and the first time with a band.

Public Enemy's Chuck D famously called rap music African Americans' CNN, an analogy that bodes ill for the exhumation of a 20-year-old album. But fueled by an expanded Roots lineup that included a horn section from the Brooklyn-based Afrobeat orchestra Antibalas, Nation sounded like anything but old news. Chuck D's stentorian voice has lost none of its power to command, and Flavor Flav washed away years of reality-TV embarrassment, seeming more like a sharp-witted jester than a fool.

Rather than approximating Nation's sonic thicket, the Roots added melody and depth. The prison-riot saga "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" gained a funk guitar riff and blaring horns, with ?uestlove's snare hits ringing out like rifle shots.
[Philadelpha Inquirer]

The also performed the album at the 2008 Pitchfork Festival. More pictures from Saturday's show, below...

Continue reading "Public Enemy performed 'It Takes a Million' w/ Antibalas & The Roots @ the Roots Picnic in Philly - pics"

The Roots @ Highline Ballroom (photo by Nathan Miller)
The Roots

tonight in NYC
* Phish @ Jones Beach Theater
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* Mandy Moore @ Highline Ballroom
* Neil Innes of the Rutles @ BB King's
* Isis, Pelican, Tombs @ Irving Plaza
* Sessions at Santa's w/ Skint, Light Asylum (DJ) @ Santos
* Emilie Simon, Holiday Shores @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Love Is All, Real Estate, The King Left @ Maxwell's
* Rock Plaza Central, Suckers, John Reichmann @ The Bell House
* Art Brut, Murder Mystery, Les Sans Culottes @ Mercury Lounge
* Bushwick Book Club: Watchmen w/ Franz Nicolay, etc @ Goodbye Blue Monday
* Afrobeat Fest w/ BLK JKS, Geko Jones, Uproot Andy, Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew, Blue Nefertiti's Paris@Night, Yacouba Diabate, Mamodou Konate, Afrobeat Radio DJs @ Knitting Factory

Mandy Moore is playing a free early show at the Highline Ballroom tonight for those who buy her new album, Amanda Leigh, from Best Buy. Entry is first come first served. Reviews of the album aren't all horrible so far.

Tonight is the first show of former Tonic owner Melissa Caruso Scott's curating run at The Stone.

Pearl Jam was Conan's first Tonight Show musical guest. They played "Got Some" off their forthcoming record Backspacer -- video below. (Tonight is Green Day). Jimmy Fallon has Steve Martin and Paul Simon.

The Hold Steady's Franz Nicolay will be at tonight's edition of the Bushwick Book Club at Goodbye Blue Monday. This month book is Watchmen, which means Franz and the rest of the night's performers will be playing songs they've written about the comic specifically for the occassion. Check out a poster for the gig, below.

The Grates played SXSW all the way back in March, but they just posted some video diaries from their trip now. Watch below...

Cheetah Chrome and The Blackhearts played Europa in May. A video from that show below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday?"

Good Housekeeping recordS

Tickets are still on sale for the July 16th Dead Weather show at Terminal 5. Tickets are on presale and AmEx presale for the July 17th Dead Weather show at the same venue.

The Hip Hop Legends Series continues at BB King's on June 17th. Tickets are on sale for a show that will feature performances by Naughty By Nature, Nice & Smooth, Black Moon, Smif-N-Wesson, MC Lyte, Raekwon, Show Biz & AG, Lord Finesse, Das Efx and DJ's Funkmaster Flex & Chuck Chillout. Almost everyone on this bill also has shows coming up that are either free in a NYC park, part of the Brooklyn hip hop festival, or at Southpaw.

KRS One DJ Kool Herc (and friends) are playing Santos Party House on May 30th. Tickets are on sale. KRS One has a free show coming up too.

The Cult will perform "Love" in its entirety at Terminal 5 in NYC on September 11th. Tickets are on AmEx presale.

Vieux Farka Toure, son of Ali Farka, is playing Highline Ballroom on June 20th. Tickets are on sale.

The Roots keep adding shows at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are on sale for dates as far out as November.

Dredg and RX Bandits are touring and playing Irving Plaza on July 30th (tickets) and Bowery Ballroom on July 31st (tickets)

The Kiss Off changed their name to Arpline, and they're also on the bill with Crocodiles at Mercury Lounge on June 20th. Tickets are now on sale. Crocodiles' video for 'Neon Jesus' below...

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Saturday, April 18, 2009 @ 12:00pm
Sayre Field

April 18th (tomorrow), gates open at 12pm, Sayre Field House, FREE ADMISSION
Featuring: The Roots, The Thermals, Divine Rhyme, and The Lars Danko

Sundaze takes place at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA - right over the border from NJ (thx Carly

This weekend is also Culture Shock at SUNY Purchase, and Vampire Weekend/Talib Kweli at Columbia.

The Thermals also have 3 NYC shows coming up, and other tour dates.

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Nas @ Rock The Bells 2008 in Jones Beach (more by villageslum.com)
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OK, so it's not as much a big bang as last year (A Tribe Called Quest reunion) or the one before (Rage Against The Machine reunion), but Rock The Bells 2009 does have some interesting artists on the lineup. Besides a welcome reunion (Reflection Eternal) (Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek), one suspect one (House of Pain) and some great repeat offenders (Nas, RZA, Raekwon, MOP, Sage Francis, Slum Village), this year's Rock The Bells also boasts an Outkast (Big Boi), a windy city fave (Common), and a true sicko (Necro). The full lineup is:

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