Entries tagged with: The Weeknd
Like their sister magazine Q, the folks at MOJO are fans of Julia Holter's Have You in My Wilderness, naming it 2015's Album of the Year. (It is a fine, fine choice.) For a magazine that usually has a Beatle on the cover twice a year, MOJO's albums list feels pretty contemporary, with Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Sleaford Mods, Sufjan Stevens and Bill Ryder-Jones all making the Top 10. Don't worry, there's room for Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Weller, Boz Scaggs and and other classic artists on the list, too. Check out MOJO's whole Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Weeknd at MSG (via The Weeknd Instagram)
The Weeknd has come a long way since his early days as a "mysterious" artist making hazy mixtapes. Now he's got two #1 hits off his new album ("Can't Feel My Face" and "The Hills") and he's in the midst of a three-night run of arena shows in NYC. (Four if you count the nearby Prudential Center show he played last week.) This week's run kicked off on Monday (11/16) at MSG, and Noisey's review of the show talks about his ascent to fame:
Part of the reason that Tesfaye's been able to make the leap into superstardom while holding onto his indie cred is that while he's made adaptations in order to up his pop appeal, he hasn't compromised his core identity-"that nigga with the hair / singing bout popping pills, fucking bitches, living life so trill," as he puts it on Madness's "Tell Your Friends." That includes ballsy moves like making his big, Max Martin-assisted pop number that represented a real make-or-break moment in his career into a catchy song about cocaine addiction, or getting the line "When I'm fucked up, that's the real me" on the Billboard Top Ten, or releasing a special edition PAX vaporizer as a tour souvenir.That career-spanning set included everything from "High For This" (the first song many of us heard from him) through his cover of Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana" through "Wicked Games" through of course "Can't Feel My Face" and "The Hills," and many more. Check out the full setlist and a view videos below.
...But even Tesfaye's newer and much more mainstream fans seem totally happy to let him be himself. They don't need him to learn complicated choreography or bring along a bunch of backup dancers or tamp down his pyrotechnics-loving headbanger side. If anything, he's bringing them to his own eccentric level. Partway through his set last night he brought out a rendition of "House of Balloons / Glass Table Girls" from his debut mixtape House of Balloons, and on the choruses he had an entire sold-out arena singing along with unrestrained joy to the Siouxsie and the Banshees song it samples. From where I was sitting, it felt like we were all winning.
The run continues at Barclays Center tonight (11/18) and Thursday (11/19). Like at MSG, Travi$ Scott (whose recent debut album features The Weeknd on "Pray 4 Love") and Banks will open. Tickets for both are still available.
He also plays a few of the mostly-lame Jingle Ball fests around the country, including Z100's in NYC at MSG on 12/11 with Fetty Wap and more (sold out). And he plays New Year's Eve on Miami Beach. Updated dates are listed below.
The 2016 lineup for the Alabama's Hangout Music Festival has been released. It features The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine, Alabama Shakes, Haim, Grimes, Jason Isbell, Leon Bridges, Run the Jewels, Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett, Bully and of course many others. The festival takes place in Gulf Shores from May 20-22, and tickets go on sale Thursday (11/19) at 10 AM CST.
Check out the full lineup below.
H. Jon Benjamin, of Bob's Burgers/Archer voice fame, was added to the Sub Pop/Hardly Art CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory happening on October 15 with Protomartyr, Strange Wilds, The Gotobeds, S (Carissa's Wierd singer Jenn Ghetto), and Mass Gothic. Tickets are still available.
RJD2 is playing at Brooklyn Bowl on January 12 & 13. Tickets are currently on sale.
The Weeknd is among the mostly-lame lineup for Z100's Jingle Ball happening December 11 at MSG. Tickets are on Capitol One cardholder presale now. General on-sale begins 10/12 at 10 AM. The Weeknd's tour also hits MSG once and Barclays Center twice in November.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
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.
photo: The Weeknd at Lollapalooza 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
The Weeknd recently announced a massive tour in support of Beauty Behind the Madness which already included three NYC-area dates -- 11/11 at Prudential Center, 11/16 at MSG and 11/18 at Barclays Center -- and now a fourth was added. He'll also play Barclays Center on November 19. Tickets for that show are on VIP/Citi presales now. Artist presale starts Wednesday (9/9) at 10 AM, Facebook presale starts Thursday (9/10) at 10 AM, and the general on-sale starts Saturday (9/12) at 10 AM. His other NYC-area dates are on sale now (same link).
Updated dates are listed below...
Kanye collaborator Travi$ Scott recently said his album Rodeo will finally come out on September 4, and that now appears double confirmed as iTunes has it up for pre-order for that date. We also learn from iTunes that the album will feature 14 songs, including "3500" and "Antidote," which are streaming below.
Travi$ has tour dates coming up, and will play a record release show in NYC on September 9 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/28) at 10 AM with Live Nation/Music Geeks presales starting Wednesday (8/26) at 10 AM.
After that, he's set to open The Weeknd's tour, including all three NYC-area shows: Prudential Center on 11/1, MSG on 11/16 and Barclays Center on 11/18. All three of those include Banks too. Tickets are on Citi/fan presales now (anyone know the password?). Live Nation presale starts Wednesday at 10 AM (password: MADNESS) and general on-sale starts Friday at 10 AM.
All dates are listed below...
photo: The Weeknd at Lollapalooza 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
The Weeknd will be in the NYC-area this, uh, weekend, for the Billboard Hot 100 Festival at Jones Beach (tickets), and he'll be back here on a just-announced fall tour that includes three massive shows in the area.
Abel Tesfaye will play Newark's Prudential Center on November 11, NYC's Madison Square Garden on November 16, and Brooklyn's Barclays Center on November 18. Tickets for the whole tour go on sale August 28 with a presale starting August 26 at 10 AM (password: MADNESS). All dates are listed below.
The Weeknd's second official album, Beauty Behind the Madness, is due out August 28 via XO/Republic. It features the massive hit "Can't Feel My Face" (co-written and co-produced by Max Martin and others) and more. Video for that song, with the list of dates, below...
Lollapalooza 2015 just got underway in Chicago's Grant Park and will be there all weekend with headliners Metallica, Paul McCartney Sam Smith, The Weeknd, and Florence + the Machine. (BrooklynVegan will be there too, in the Toyota Tent.) If you can't make it, Lollapalooza will be broadcasting live each day starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) across three different channels and you can watch it right here.
Sunday's streaming schedule includes Florence + the Machine, Of Monsters and Men, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Lord Huron and more. The whole weekend's stream schedule is listed, along with the Lollapalooza video player, below...
photos by James Richards IV
The Weeknd / The War on Drugs / First Aid Kit @ Lollapalooza 7/31/2015
Nobody saw this coming. Backed by a drummer and a multi-instrumentalist, First Aid Kit pulls off a true surprise and lays into Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" with the heaviness in tact. Well before it's over, any illusion of the charming duo using the cover as a novelty-minded attention grab fades away. Indeed, while First Aid Kit could easily rely on the adorability factor, the Swedish sisters don't need it. They're a rare example of an artist that played the opening time slot at a prior Lollapalooza, seized the moment with a breakout set and graduated to a bigger platform. And compared to their 2012 performance here, Johanna and Klara Soderberg display more poise, confidence and maturity. Not to mention a more diversified palette. Each sister possesses a snow-pure voice capable of whipporwill deliveries. But when they connect on harmonies, they hit gorgeous emotional peaks. - [Chicago Tribune]The 2015 edition of Lollapalooza got underway Friday (7/31) in Chicago's Grant Park with sets from Paul McCartney (who brought out Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard to sing and play guitar on "Get Back"), The Weeknd, The War on Drugs, First Aid Kit, Hot Chip, alt-J, Father John Misty, SZA, Sylvan Esso and more. Pictures from Lollapalooza Day 1 are in this post.
Saturday's Lollapalooza lineup includes Metallica, Death from Above, and Django Django -- all of which you can watch live via Lollapalooza's streaming player which is in this post. Live streaming begins at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern), but they're rebroadcasting Friday's sets as well. Watch below.
If you're going to Lollapalooza, be sure to stop by the Toyota Tent today (8/1) where BrooklynVegan will be hosting performances by Chicago's own Twin Peaks (5 PM Central) and Pell (5:30). We'll have pics from the rest of the weekend too. Meanwhile, check out lots more pics from Lollapalooza Day 1 below.
We already knew some of the collaborators on Disclosure's upcoming sophomore album, Caracal (due 9/25 via PMR/Island), and now they've revealed the full list, including some big names. Miguel, The Weeknd, Lorde and past collaborator Sam Smith are among them. Check out the full tracklist below.
Sam Smith, who was the lead singer on the unstoppable "Latch," sings on new single "Omen." Do you think it lives up to its predecessor? Listen below.
Disclosure's only two upcoming US shows are at NYC's Madison Square Garden and LA's Memorial Sports Arena.
Long Island's Nikon at Jones Beach Theater will play host to pop music festival Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival on August 22-23 (making that a busy weekend with Brooklyn's Afropunk festival). You probably don't care that Justin Bieber is playing, but depending on how much of a poptimist you are, it's potentially interesting that they have The Weeknd, Skrillex, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, iLoveMakonnen, Fetty Wap, Kiesza and Santigold. Plus underground rappers Main Attrakionz and, weirdly enough, indie-dance bands Holy Ghost! and The Faint. Tickets go on sale Thursday (7/16) at 10 AM with a Citi presale starting Monday (7/13) at 9 AM. Full lineup (with one more TBA) below.
The fest is a week before Fetty Wap returns to the venue to open for Chris Brown (sigh), and about a month after Nicki Minaj's big Barclays Center show with Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and DeJ Loaf.
by Andrew Sacher
Plenty of great hip hop shows in NYC are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some recently-announced stuff coming up:
Blog-hyped rapper Father plays SOB's on Monday (7/13) with KeithCharles Spacebar, Slug Christ and Playboi Carti. Tickets are on sale now. His latest release is this year's Who's Gonna Get Fucked First?, but he just made a video for "Cheap Thrills" off last year's Boys & Girls Club EP. You can watch it below.
Remember G-Unit? Lloyd Banks is playing BB King's on August 2 with Kyra Kane and Tay Best. Tickets are on sale now.
You may not hear about them as much these days (their last album was 2006), but former Brooklyn staples Lordz of Brooklyn are playing a NYC show with the great newer Queens rapper Meyhem Lauren and The Wilding Incident (featuring Sacha Jenkins of The White Mandingos). That show happens August 1 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are on sale.
Speaking of, White Mandingos member Murs returned this year with a new LP, Have A Nice Life. He'll come to NYC in support of it on November 7 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Red Pill and King Fantastic. Tickets are on sale. Watch the video for "No More Control" (featuring MNDR) from that album, below.
The OG-est of the OGs, Sugarhill Gang play Kings Theatre on August 15 with freestyle/dance musician Stevie B and disco singer Noel. Tickets are on sale.
The Underachievers recently announced their new album, Evermore - The Art of Duality, and today they released its lead single "Take Your Place." Listen below. Their tour with Pouya & the Buffet Boys, Kirk Knight and Bodega Bamz hits Webster Hall on October 24. Tickets are on sale now.
Other previously-discussed shows include this weekend's Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival with Common, Mobb Deep, Freeway and more; August's Afropunk Festival; Raekwon and Ghostface Killah's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx tour: Earl Sweatshirt; J. Cole / Big Sean / YG / Jeremih; Nicki Minaj / Meek Mill / Rae Sremmurd / Tinashe / DeJ Loaf; A$AP Rocky / Vic Mensa / Bodega Bamz / Remy Banks; Miguel; Jill Scott; and more.
Also, the new Drake video for "Energy" is out now. You can watch it below...
Meek Mill's new album Dreams Worth More Than Money is officially out today (6/29) via Maybach/Atlantic. It features brand new singles "R.I.C.O." (ft. Drake) and "Pullin' Up" (ft. The Weeknd), and 12 other tracks that include guest spots from Nicki Minaj, Swizz Beatz, Jeremih, RIck Ross, Diddy, Future and more. You can pick up the whole album on iTunes and listen to those two new singles below. A Spotify stream is also below.
Meek Mill has an upcoming tour opening for Nicki Minaj with Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and DeJ Loaf. That hits NYC on July 26 at Barclays Center and has other NYC-area shows at PNC Bank Arts Center (7/24) and Susquehanna Bank Center (8/6). Tickets for those are still available.
photos by Gretchen Robinette
The Weeknd @ MoMA Party in the Garden, 6/2/2015
Fresh off his set at Sweetlife Festival this past weekend, The Weeknd came to NYC to play this year's MoMA Party in the Garden, the afterparty to the annual benefit gala which honored artists Richard Serra and Kara Walker, and gave a "special salute" to David Rockefeller on his 100th birthday. Chromeo DJed the show.
Pictures continue below. The Weeknd also recently released a video for new single "The Hills" which you can also watch below...
photos by Mimi Hong
The Weeknd / Vic Mensa / crowd
Sweetlife Festival went down this past weekend at Columbia, MD's Merriweather Post Pavillion. We already posted day 1 pictures of Billy Idol, Kendrick Lamar and more. Now we've got a set of day 2 pictures, including shots of The Weeknd, Vic Mensa, Banks, Phantogram, San Fermin, Charli XCX, Raury and more.
photo: ACL 2014 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
The Austin City Limits festival returns to Zilker Park from October 2-4 and October 9-11, and though the lineup wasn't supposed to be announced until this Tuesday, Austin 360 points out that the festival's website leaked it early. The posting was quickly taken down, but not before 365 Things Austin could screenshot it. It was accurate and the ACL 2015 includes Foo Fighters, Drake, The Strokes, The Weeknd, Disclosure, Deadmau5, Bassnectar, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, Sturgill Simpson, The Decemberists, Brand New, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Billy Idol, Chance the Rapper, Father John Misty, Brandon Flowers, Run the Jewels, Sylvan Esso, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse and more.
Check out the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (5/5) at 10 AM CDT.
photo: The Weeknd at Barclays Center in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
The Museum of Modern Art's Party in the Garden, a benefit event to be held on June 2, will honor artists Richard Serra and Kara Walker, with a special salute to David Rockefeller on his 100th birthday. With over 70 of Serra's works in its collection and three monographic exhibitions, including a career retrospective in 2007 (Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years), the Museum is delighted to celebrate its long and deep relationship with the artist and his work. MoMA is also happy to honor Kara Walker, who was first exhibited at MoMA in the Projects Series in 2000, and has a monumental work currently on view in the Museum's Contemporary Galleries as a part of the exhibition Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection. The evening will also feature a special salute to David Rockefeller, whose guidance and unwavering support have been instrumental to the history of the Museum. Co-chairs of the event are Agnes Gund, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Catie and Donald Marron, and Janet Wallach and Robert B. Menschel. Honorary co-chairs are Marie-Josée Kravis and Jerry I. Speyer.MoMA's 'Party in the Garden' returns on June 2, and this year the performer for the gala afterparty is R&B singer The Weeknd. Tickets for just the afterparty are $225 in advance and $250 at the door. To reserve a tabel to attend the dinner as well ranges from $25,000 to $100,000.
Seattle's 2015 Bumbershoot Festival will happen on Labor Day Weekend (September 5-7). This year's lineup includes Faith No More, The Weeknd, Brand New, Social Distortion, Flying Lotus, Babes in Toyland, The Melvins, Neko Case, Minus the Bear, Chance the Rapper, Atmosphere, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Mikal Cronin, and lots more. Festival passes and single-day tickets are on sale now.
Check out the full 2015 Bumbershoot lineup below...
Kanye & The Weeknd (via Coachella Facebook)
Kanye West wasn't billed for Coachella 2015, but it seemed impossible that he wasn't going to do something. And he did in fact show up. After The Weeknd covered "Heartless" in his set, he brought out Kanye to do four of his songs, "Can't Tell Me Nothing," "Black Skinhead," "Don't Like (Remix)," and "All Day." Watch videos, via Miss Info, below...
The Sweetlife Festival comes to Columbia, MD's Merriweather Post Pavillion on May 30-31 with a lineup of Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Pixies, Billy Idol, Phantogram, Charli XCX, Lucius, Vic Mensa, SZA, Raury, Sinkane, San Fermin, Goldlink, Bishop Nehru and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
Lollapalooza returns to Chicago's Grant Park from July 31 - August 2, and this year's lineup includes Paul McCartney, Metallica, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Brand New, Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death From Above 1979, Django Django and more. Tickets are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale at 10 AM CT.
Full lineup below...
Jimmy Kimmel Live is broadcasting from Austin this week, partaking in all the SXSW craziness. Last night, hometown heroes Spoon stopped by, performing "Rainy Taxi" and "I Just Don't Understand" from last year's They Want My Soul. You can watch both below. Spoon's SXSW shows wrap up on Thursday (3/19) with a big free show at Auditorium Shores.
Appearing on Kimmel's SXSW shows this week: The Weeknd on Thursday and Willie Nelson on Friday (3/20). He's also been offering to make commercials for local Austin businesses, and got Matthew McConaughey to help out for spot for DVD/VHS rental place Vulcan Video. You can watch that below too.
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...
Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.
Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...