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photos by Amanda Hatfield
Body Count / Bad Brains / hula hoopers
After weeks of will-he-or-won't-he speculation, enigmatic R&B recluse D'Angelo made good on his promise to headline the 2014 Afropunk festival in Brooklyn on Sunday night. But not without keeping people guessing until the moment he stepped on stage.The free 2014 Afropunk Festival went down over the weekend in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on Saturday (8/23) and Sunday (8/24). The festival included a large variety of music from D'Angelo to Body Count to Fishbone to Shabazz Palaces to Sharon Jones to King Britt to Trash Talk and still plenty more. There was also a set from Bad Brains (sans HR), and as we spectulated, Cro-Mags singer John Joseph joined them (Cro-Mags played their own set as well), as did Living Colour's Corey Glover, rapper Murs (who's in White Mandingos with Darryl of Bad Brains), and Jesse Royal. Plus, mayor Bill de Blasio's metal-loving daughter Chiara introduced the Bad Brains' set (Bill was there too). Cold Specks was supposed to play too but unfortunately couldn't make it due to visa issues. Hopefully things will turn out better for her fall tour.
It was announced with much fanfare in June that he would headline the two-day music event devoted to black rock, punk, soul, art and skate culture, but in the weeks leading up to the event - which draws thousands each year - D'Angelo's name had disappeared from promotional material. Instead, the audience was promised only a "special guest" headliner. Until he appeared on stage an hour late, backed by members of the Roots, there were concerns in the crowd that D'Angelo would not show at all.
...Sunday's songs were mostly unfamiliar to the crowd who, if they came expecting hits, may have been disappointed. Even the covers he performed were relative deep cuts: one highlight was his take on Sly and the Family Stone's 1973 Thankful n' Thoughtful, in which D'Angelo played a funky clavinet over Roots bassist Mark Kelley's deep-in-the-pocket thump.
"Sunday morning, I forgot my prayer/ I should have been happy, to still be there," Sly sang then, lyrics all the more poignant coming from a man prone to silence and sabbaticals. The crowd was thankful to have him, too. [The Guardian]
More pictures and videos from Afropunk (though unfortunately we weren't able to get pics of D'Angelo or Bad Brains' guests) below...
Bad Brains at DeLuna Fest 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, the free 2014 AfroPunk Festival is going down in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park from August 23-24 with D'Angelo, Body Count, Trash Talk, Shabazz Palaces, Fishbone, and more. Since we last spoke, more artists have been added to the lineup including Bad Brains (with special guest handling vocal duties), Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Cro-Mags, King Britt, The Bots, a tribute to DJ Rashad (featuring Teklife's DJ Deeon, RP Boo, J-Cush, The Era dancers and more guests) and more. Like we said, it's free, but if you'd like to skip the line you can buy tickets.
We're not sure yet who will be singing with Bad Brains (though it's not HR), but maybe with Cro-Mags on the lineup John Joseph will sing like he's done before. Both Bad Brains and Cro-Mags play the festival's punk stage, which is curated by Sacha Jenkins, who's in The White Mandingos with Darryl of Bad Brains and Murs. Other punk bands on the bill include Trash Talk, Body Count, and Fishbone.
Updated lineup below...
Arctic Monkeys @ Firefly Fest 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The 2014 Voodoo Music Experience fest happens in New Orleans from October 31 - November 2 and the lineup includes Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Action Bronson, Slayer, DFA 1979, The Melvins, Gogol Bordello, Fishbone, Peelander Z and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup is listed below....
Agalloch at MHOW in 2012 (more by Wyatt Marshall)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Agalloch, Jex Thoth @ Irving Plaza
Portland, OR atmospheric metal greats Agalloch returned with their fifth album this year, The Serpent & the Sphere, another gem and a heavier and more metallic effort than its predecessor. Doom traditionalists Jex Thoth open this Invisible Oranges-presented show, and their set should not be missed.
Beck @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Beck put out his twelfth album this year, Morning Phase, which is his first in six years and he considers it the "companion piece" to 2002's Sea Change. His tour in support of it hits NYC for his first of two shows this week, tonight.
Radioactivity, Bad Sports, Nancy @ Baby's All Right
The Marked Men were here not long ago for some rare shows of their killer garage punk. It remains to be seen when they'll return, but related band Radioactivity (or, The Novice) keep up their style pretty well. Their tourmates Bad Sports (fronted by OBN IIIs singer Orville Neely) are not to miss either.
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Alix Brown (DJ Set) @ Baby's All Right
Travel back to 1967 with Australian psych band King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard who squeeze in this one last NYC show (they've already played about 349053954) before they head home. Don't fret too much about them leaving though, they're already scheduled to return in October.
The Disfunction, Born Cages, Video Video, The Green Seed, Not Tonight Josephine @ Pianos
For folks who think the '90s was Golden Age of hip hop, Birmingham, Alabama group The Green Seed recalls the days of De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest, Black Star and more. Check out their video for "Jude Law" below.
Beat Connection, Zella Day, Tomboy, The TonTons @ Brooklyn Bowl
Now on Mondays, the It's a School Night series brings Pacific Northwest dance duo Beat Connection and Houston's The TonTons in (which a couple other bands as well) for a night of free music -- with RSVP of course.
Tilts, States & Kingdoms, The Brought Low @ Cake Shop
It's a great night for "members of" bands at Cake Shop tonight with the Torche-related Tilts (who are not far removed from Torche's stoner pop) and Thursday/Rival Schools-related State & Kingdoms.
Counting Crows, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Daniel and the Lion @ Central Park Summerstage
'90s nostalgia is all the rage, and you can get yours on tonight with Counting Crows and Toad the Wet Sprocket at Central Park Summerstage.
Cult of Fire, Sargeist, Icon of Phobos, Witchblood, Sein Und Zelt @ Saint Vitus
Martyrdoom III, the third annual five-day metal festival at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus, is on day 4 with excellent international black metal from Cult of Fire and Sargeist, and more.
Donovan Wolfington, Infinity Girl, Pope, Washer @ Shea Stadium
Donovan Wolfington make scrappy punk/indie with shoutalong parts ready-made for college basement shows. While Shea isn't exactly that, the all-ages DIY space is still the kind of room you'll want to see this band in.
Movement @ The Westway
Australia's Movement are another group tackling the whole "indie-R&B" thing, and appropriately they've worked with Weeknd collaborator Illangelo on their EP which is out now. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows on their current US tour.
Night Train with guest Seaton Smith @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac's weekly Night Train comedy show continues tonight with guest host Seaton Smith. Among tonight's guests is the very funny and also musically inclined Dave Hill, as well as Mike Lawrence, Michelle Buteau, Nate Fernald and Chris Thayer.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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D'Angelo at Brooklyn Bowl in 2013 (more by PSquared)
We already know Shabazz Palaces and clipping. would be playing Brooklyn's free AfroPunk Festival in Commodore Barry Park (8/23-24) and now many more artists have been announced. D'Angelo, Lianne La Havas, Body Count, Trash Talk, Meshell Ndegeocello, SZA, The Internet, Fishbone, Valerie June, Cold Specks, Cakes Da Killa, Gordon Voidwell, DJ Sliink, MikeQ, UNiiQU3, THEESatisfaction (DJ) and more are scheduled to play. Full lineup is listed below.
Like we said, the festival is totally FREE but if you don't want to wait on line, you can purchase tickets for fast pass admission.
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.
photos by Chris La Putt
Robert Ellis / Technicolor Hearts/ Shakey Graves
BV Austin, in partnership with The Convoy Group, Regressive Records, Eye in the Sky Collective, Tito's Handmade Vodka, and Mercy hangover prevention, presented a CMJ showcase of Texas bands on Thursday night at Rebel NYC. Here are some pictures from the shindig. They continue below...
DOWNLOAD: Grandfather Child - Waiting For You / Dog Water (ZIP)
Technicolor Hearts at The Parish in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
We're happy to report that there have been a couple additions to our previously-announced Texas Takeover Party which happens on Thursday (10/18) at Rebel NYC (251 W. 30th St.) as part of next week's CMJ Festival.
Headlining the night (1 AM) will be Houston's Grandfather Child. The band, who are signed to New West Records, count Robert Ellis as a member. He, who has appeared on BV many times, just happens to be playing a solo set right before them too. You can download both sides of Grandfather Child's "Waiting For You" single at the top of this post.
Grandfather Child are also playing a day party at Lulu's in Greenpoint on Friday (10/19) afternoon, and, later that night, the New West showcase at The Living Room (11:30 PM) with Sydney Wayser, Kalen Nash, White Violet, Ponderosa, and Wolf Ram Heart. All Grandfather Child dates, including a December run that brings them back to NYC, are listed below.
Additionally, Austin's Technicolor Hearts will now open the party at 6 PM (get ready for a long night!). The band will also play Pete's Candy Store later that same night (10 PM). You can stream their most recent EP below, and check out lots of live pictures of them on BV Austin.
The Full line-up for The Texas Takeover Party is:
6:00pm Technicolor HeartsThis is an official CMJ show and also FREE to the public with RSVP. Doors open at 5 PM, and we'll have complimentary Tito's Handmade Vodka while it lasts, and we'll be giving out Mercy hangover prevention drinks all night.
7:00pm Shakey Graves
8:00pm Josiah Hall
9:00pm New York City Queens
10:00pm The Tontons
11:00pm Wild Child
12:00am Robert Ellis
1:00am Grandfather Child
The folks at Mercy are also giving away CMJ badges, exclusive access to CMJ shows, a week's worth of Mercy hangover prevention beverage and a chance to be Mercy's CMJ Reporter. To enter, visit their Facebook. Hope to see you there!
Meanwhile, for all things Texas, head to BV Austin.
Robert Ellis at Summerstage, June 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Shakey Graves in Austin - 8/11/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
The 2012 CMJ Festival is less than a month away and you can expect a bunch of announcements soon as to what BrooklynVegan has planned this year. Meanwhile here's one that involves our BV Austin site. The Convoy Group, Regressive Records, Eye in the Sky Collective, and BV Austin presents, along with Tito's Handmade Vodka, The Texas Takeover Party, which is an official and FREE CMJ event (with free Tito's until it runs out).
The party happens on Thursday, October 18 at Rebel NYC (251 W. 30th St.) and features an all-Texas line-up: Houston's Robert Ellis, Austin's Wild Child, Houston's The TonTons, Texas' Shakey Graves, Houston's Josiah Hall and Houston's New York City Queens.
The fun starts at 6 PM and CMJ badgeholders can just walk right in. Everyone else who wants to come should RSVP here.
For the Ton Tons, the show is part of a tour that also includes a CMJ show at Bowery Electric. A video by them and some from other artists on the bill, along with the Texas Takeover flyer, below...