Entries tagged with: The Weeknd
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The Weeknd / Schoolboy Q @ Barclays Center - 9/19/14
"In my city, I'm a young god," The Weeknd boasts briefly in his distinct, smooth as silk voice on "Often." One of the few clean lines from his steamy summer release, it's a bold statement that rings true in his home of Toronto, and evidently in New York as well. At Brooklyn' Barclays Center on Friday, the once rather enigmatic artist proved that he's no longer an underground gem but a mainstream favorite.Sexed up R&B crooner The Weeknd began his tour with Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q and weed-loving songstress Jhene Aiko at Brooklyn's huge Barclays Center this past Friday (which he sold out at his own pace). He went through the material from his mixtape trilogy, his official debut Kiss Land, and threw a few covers in too as the crowd went unsurprisingly wild for him. We've got a set of pictures from the night.
After delivering a rapturous and at times chill-inducing performance, Abel Tesfaye left the thousands who attended the first show of his "King of the Fall" tour eager for more. However, fans can rest assured that Friday night was just the start of this king's reign.
..."I gotta say, me and my team--we've been coming to Brooklyn every year, and the venues, they just kept getting bigger and bigger. And in three years, we are playing at the Barclays Center," the usually stony-faced singer said near the end of the night, unable to keep from breaking into a smile. Much to the delight of the crowd, The Weeknd encored with Ty Dolla $ign's "Or Nah" and "Often." It was a weed and pheromone-filled concert that felt satisfying and managed to leave fans longing for more (in perhaps more ways than one). [Swagger New York]
Check out more below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
The Weeknd announced a four-date tour with support from Schoolboy Q and Jhene Aiko that begins in NYC this September. The R&B singer's last time headlining NYC was a 2-night stand at Radio City but he's now making the jump up to an arena for a show on September 19 at Barclays Center. Even with strong support like Schoolboy Q, that's a big jump! Tickets for the show are not on sale yet but should be soon via Ticketmaster. All dates are listed, with a stream of The Weeknd's brand new single "Often," below.
Schoolboy Q was just in NYC last night (6/25) to play Central Park Summerstage. He brought out tons of guests, including his Black Hippy partner Ab-Soul, who played material off his new album These Days..., members of A$AP Mob (including Rocky), Flatbush Zombies and Action Bronson. Did you go to the show? How was it?
The Weeknd's list of dates and new song, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Outkast @ Firefly Fest 2014
We went to the music festival that happened in Delaware over the weekend, and not surprisingly, Outkast was one of the headliners. Pictures from their set are in this post.
Yesterday, Las Vegas music festival Life is Beautiful announced their October 2014 lineup, and not surprisingly, Outkast are one of the headliners.
Check out the full Las Vegas lineup along with more details pictures from Firefly Fest, below...
Justin Timberlake at Barclays Center - 11/16/13 (via @liliana_lgd)
Justin Timberlake just brought his tour through the NYC-area for a few dates with The Weeknd including a show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center last week (11/6). Check out JT's 30+ song setlist and videos of both artists from the show, below.
Justin's tour comes back to NYC for a show on February 19 at MSG, and since we last spoke, he's added a ton of more dates, including another show happening at MSG (2/20) a day later. Tickets for that show go on sale November 18 at 10 AM with Fan Club/Mastercard presales starting today (11/13) at 10 AM and Live Nation/Mobile App/Venue/Facebook presales starting Friday (11/15) at 10 AM. There are some tickets left for the first night, but "not many." No openers for these shows announced yet.
Updated dates are listed, along with videos and setlist from Barclays, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Justin Timberlake at Yankee Stadium in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Justin Timberlake is in a rare position where he's one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, but on (at least the first part of) his new album, he's doing the kind of forward-thinking R&B that usually comes from newer, comparatively smaller artists. So it's a welcome announcement that he's taking one of those smaller artists, The Weeknd, on tour with him. The Weeknd will open this week's NYC-area dates that happen on 11/6 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, 11/7 at XL Center in Hartford, and 11/9 at IZOD Center in NJ. Tickets for all three shows are still available. No opener has been announced for JT's MSG show (2/19) yet.
All dates are listed below...
John Dwyer (of Thee Oh Sees) is streaming the reissue of the debut LP by his old band, Coachwhips, which came out in 2002 and was called Hands On The Controls. You can listen to that HERE. Thee Oh Sees are on tour this year and will be in NYC this October.
The Weeknd plans to release a new album, Kiss Land, this year, and he's just revealed another single ahead of its release, "Live For." It features a guest appearance from Drake, who also has a new album on the way. (And this, of course, is more proof that they're friends again.) Stream the track below.
by Andrew Sacher
Drake at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As you may know, Drake has been dropping a handful of tracks ahead of the release of his new album, Nothing Was the Same (due out 9/17), though it's never been exactly clear which of these will actually end up on the album. His newest, "Hold On We're Going Home," sounds like Drake going Marvin going MJ, and it's sounding pretty dope this morning. Check out a radio rip, along with a stream of his other recent single, "All Me" (feat. 2 Chainz and Big Sean), below.
Drake's previously discussed tour with Miguel and Future hits the NYC-area on 10/26 at XL Center, 10/27 at Prudential Center, and 10/28 at Barclays Center. Tickets for those shows are still available.
Drake just played his annual OVO Fest last night (8/5), and the insane show included Kanye, The Weeknd, J Cole, Miguel, TLC, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean and more coming out to join him and perform their own songs. The setlist and new song streams below...
The Weeknd at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd, whose tour includes two Radio City shows in October (tickets), just released the second single from his upcoming LP, Kiss Land. It's an almost-8 minute track titled "Belong To The World" that prominently samples Portishead's "Machine Gun," which he apparently did without permission.
I think it's a load of bollox. When someone asks to sample you and you refuse they should have the respect as a fellow artist to not use it. We usually give sample clearance to tunes we like. its got fuk all to do with money! As most of them are hiphop artist that are skint.Eventually Geoff ended by saying, "Feels like I'm being used to promote the track now... I'll shut up now." You can watch the video for "Belong To The World" below.
In sort of related news, 90s UK trip hop act Morcheeba (no offense Portishead!) have announced a new album, which like Tricky's latest (which features a member of the Antlers), features some special guests: Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, James Petralli of White Denim, Rizzle Kicks, Ana Tijoux and Nature Boy (not to be confused with Natureboy). Head Up High, their eighth studio album, is due for release on October 14. Morcheeba hop the pond for a couple of California shows in September and then tour Europe later in the fall.
Tricky will also tour behind his new album this fall.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
The Weeknd at MHOW in 2012 (more by Bao Nguyen)
As discussed, R&B singer The Weeknd had been planning a new album this year, and back in May he released the first single/title track, "Kiss Land." The album still has no release date (he's saying "the end of the summer"), but The Weeknd's just announced an extensive international tour in support of it that will go down from September to November (via Pitchfork). The tour includes headlining shows in NYC at Radio City Music Hall on October 7 and 8. Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet, but check Ticketmaster for updates. Banks and Anna Lunoe will provide support on the tour.
All dates are listed, along with the "Kiss Land" video, below...
Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd, who picked up two Juno Awards this year (including R&B Album of the Year for Trilogy), is getting read to release a new album, Kiss Land. There isn't a release date (though 8/27 is rumored) or any other details yet, but you can stream the record's title track, all seven minutes of it, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Three 6 Mafia rapper Juicy J is still kicking, and plans to release his third solo album, Stay Trippy, at some point this year. The album is set to feature last year's party hit, "Bandz A Make Her Dance," his recent chilled out single that he recorded with The Weeknd and Weeknd producer Illangelo, "One of Those Nights," and his other single from January, "Show Out," a collaboration with Big Sean, Young Jeezy, and producer Mike Will Made It, which was just given video treatment. You can watch that new video and stream the other two tracks below.
In support of the album, Juicy J will be heading out on a tour of the US and Canada from late April to early June, and he's taking A$AP Ferg out with him as support. The tour hits NYC on May 14 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale today (3/8) at 10 AM. The release date for Stay Trippy is still TBA but hopefully it will drop before he hits the road.
All tour dates are listed, along with the new video and those song streams, below...
Grimes aboard the SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Names like Grimes, Stars, Woods of Ypres (RIP), Crystal Castles, Metric and Leonard Cohen sit side-by-side with names like Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jebsen, Celine Dion and Drake as part of the 2013 nominees for the Juno Awards, Canada's answer to the Grammys.
"Electronic Album of the Year" nominee Grimes is most likely stoked to be named in the company of some of her favorite artists of 2011 (namely, Beiber & Taylor Swift). Her competition in that category is pretty stiff: Purity Ring, TRUST, Crystal Castles and Daphni. Meanwhile, I'm guessing Justin Bieber is stoked to not be mentioned anywhere near his arch enemy Patrick Carney, even though Carney has backed off a bit and is now known as himself again on Twitter.
The 2013 Juno Awards will be given out on April 21. Nominee list below...
Vampire Weekend in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Vampire Weekend, who already have two excellent albums under their belt, have announced in an interview with Q Magazine that they'll release a third album this spring (via Consequence of Sound). The album was co-produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (who co-wrote Usher's "Climax," co-produced Sky Ferreira's "Everything is Embarrassing," and played bass in Foreign Born) and Vampire Weekend's Rostam Rostam Batmanglij. The band recently performed a new song, "Unbelievers," on Jimmy Kimmel Live. If you missed it, you can watch the video of that performance below.
Speaking of Week(e)nd bands with new album plans, Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd, who commercially released his three 2011 mixtapes as Trilogy in 2012, announced via Twitter that he's got a new album coming this year too. He tweeted a picture of his computer's desktop which has two folders -- one called "2013 untitled album" and another called "2013 art work." That picture is below.
Savages @ BVCMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The 15-name nominee "longlist" is up for the BBC's "Sound of 2013" poll that includes The Weeknd, Savages, HAIM, King Krule, Palma Violets, AlunaGeorge and Angel Haze. Full list is below. If you're wondering how The Weeknd, who have sold out Terminal 5 here in NYC, can be up for something like this, here's some of the criteria:
They must not have had a UK top 20 single or album by 11 November 2012.The nomination/voting panel is made up of " newspaper and magazine editors and critics, producers and presenters from music radio and televison, website editors and bloggers" if you were wondering. Last year's winner was Michael Kiwanuka.
They can be from any musical genre and any country.
They must not already be famous i.e. generally known by the UK public, (e.g. member of a hit band going solo, or soap star). They must not have got through to the quarter, semi or final rounds of UK reality shows such as X Factor in the last 3 years (i.e. 2010 onwards).
They must not have featured in the BBC Sound of list previously (See an alphabetical list of previous nominees here)
"New" means new to the general public. They may have been around for a while if you believe they are ready to step up to the next level of quality & recognition.
Grimes @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Josh Moore, talent buyer at Bowery Presents, is in charge of booking shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, but you'll also find gigs he booked at places like Brooklyn Bowl, Webster Hall and Terminal 5. You can also blame him for both Jam Cruise and Holy Ship. Like his his associate Johnny Beach and ex-Bell House/Union Hall/Rock Shop booker Jack "Skippy" McFadden before him, Josh gave us a list of his favorite albums of 2012. Check it out, along with some related videos, below...
Craig Finn w/ The Hold Steady in NYC in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Listen to the references he makes in his lyrics or read an interview with him and you know that Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) has a wide range of taste, and that isn't lost on his list of the top ten records of 2012, which bounces from underground rapper El-P to folk legend Bill Fay to non-stop rockers Japandroids. Of the list, Craig says, "A lot of my friends made really great records this year. To keep myself sane, I've created a list of my top ten records by people I don't know personally. Compiled quickly, probably with some ommisions." You can check the whole thing out below.
Craig will be taking part of the Soundtrack Series in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge this Friday (11/30) along with Cynthia Kaplan, Jenny Rubin, Daniel Ralston, Steve Zimmer, and host Dana Rossi. The event description reads, "Five artists-writers, comics, actors and musicians-tell the stories they forever connect with songs from their past. There's the song, the story behind the song, and the story inspired by the song. We're the third one." Craig will be doing his on "I Will Dare" by the Replacements. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Meanwhile watch Craig on the Chris Gethard show TONIGHT (11/28).
As mentioned, The Hold Steady will play Wellmont Theatre on New Year's Eve with Lucero. Since we last spoke, comedian Kurt Braunohler has been added to that bill as well. Tickets for the show are still available.
Craig Finn's top 10 albums of 2012 list is below...
The Weeknd @ Terminal 5 - 10/25/12 (via @sajjad_ali)
And with an hour-long set full of fan favorites ("Wicked Games," "High For This," "Next" and encore "Outside") that demand abrupt, full-throttle falsetto, Tesfaye's voice was in fine form, effortlessly leaping across octaves with plenty of room for soulful melisma. He also appeared to have overcome some of the stage fright that kept him largely stationary during some of his first-ever gigs earlier this year at Coachella and New York's Bowery Ballroom, the latter of which found Tesfaye's voice notably strained. [Billboard]The Weeknd (aka the project of Abel Tesfaye) kicked off his 3-night NYC run, the final US dates on his tour, before he returns home to Canada, last night (10/25). Last night's and tonight's shows were/are at Terminal 5 and on Saturday (10/27) he plays the Bronx's Paradise Theater. Like last night, the two upcoming shows are both sold out.
The Weeknd plans to compile his three mixtapes that he dropped in 2011 and release them as Trilogy on November 13 via his new home at Universal Republic. In addition to the material from the mixtapes, the release will also feature three bonus tracks. It won't, however, feature the non-album cut, "Enemy," that he posted to the internet last night after the Terminal 5 show. You can listen to that track and watch a video from the T5 show below.
"That's y!" says Snoop Dogg...
Did Snoop Dogg talk much politics at his Wellmont Theater show last week? That picture above, no not the cats, is his Tweeted list of reasons for voting for Obama, and for not voting Romney.
Kanye West has much less to say, for now. All his amazing tweets have been deleted except for one new one that says "BE BACK SOON". UPDATE: Now there are also three tweets about Steve Jobs.
Bummed to hear that Big Boi, who recently played Chicago's North Coast Music Fest, replaced Little Dragon with Kelly Rowland on the final version of the song he performed live with Little Dragon in Austin.
Creed frontman Scott Stapp says T.I. saved his life.
Missy Elliot may actually release an album this year.
YouTube is streaming Obama's bff (see above)Jay-Z's eighth Barclays Center show Saturday night.
Speaking of, Jay-Z is in a new marriage equality ad.
The Weeknd at MHOW in April (more by Bao Nguyen)
Having sold out two nights in NYC already (10/26 at Terminal 5; 10/27 at the Paradise Theatre in the Bronx) already, The Weeknd has added a third show in the area, which will happen on October 25 at Terminal 5, which makes it the first of the three shows. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 14 at noon.
The Weeknd at MHOW in April (more by Bao Nguyen)
Canadian R&B singer/Drake affiliate The Weeknd went on his first headlining tour earlier this year surrounding his appearance at Coachella which brought him to NYC for sold out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom. Now he's begun revealing more dates for what looks like iwill end up being a full tour surrounding ACL Festival. Two of those dates happen in NYC on October 26 at Terminal 5 and October 27 at Paradise Theater in the Bronx. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (8/17) at noon.
Meanwhile, you can also catch The Weeknd in the NYC area when his tour supporting Florence & the Machine with The Maccabees hits Camden, NJ on September 18 at Susquehanna Bank Center. Florence also hits Jones Beach on September 15 without The Weeknd, but with The Maccabees. Tickets for those shows are still available.
The Weeknd's mixtape trilogy is still available for free download on his website. A stream of "High For This" from his House of Balloons tape and a list of all currently known dates are below.
Drake at Jones Beach - 6/16/12 (via Draii Rynell)
Drake brought his tour with J. Cole, 2 Chainz, Waka Flocka, Meek Mill and French Montana to the NYC area last week for shows at PNC Bank Arts Center (6/12) and Jones Beach (6/16) (and Saratoga, NY show in between - hope you didn't try to get in with your fake ID). The openers on that tour were all in the NYC area earlier this month for Summer Jam, where Drake's Young Money labelmate Nicki Minaj cancelled her headlining performance.
In between the PNC Bank Arts Center and Jones Beach shows, Drake stopped by NYC club W.i.P. at Greenhouse on Wednesday (6/13), where he allegedly got in a fight with Chris Brown over Rihanna, who both singers/rappers have dated. TMZ reports that bottles were thrown, at least 5 people were injured, and the club was left severely damaged. When the NYPD arrived, Chris and Drake had both already left the scene. You may have noticed cover stories the other day on papers like the NY Post. New "victims" are still coming forward (ready to sue).
Meek Mill, who was on tour with Drake, was there too and spoke to XXL about the incident. He said, "Things just happen in the club. I seen girls in there throwing bottles, all types of shit. All types of people. I never seen Chris Brown or Drake throw a bottle and I was there." And when asked if he himself threw a bottle, he responded, "Fuck no."
Game was not there for the fight, but he has collaborated with both Drake and Chris Brown on his 2011 album, The R.E.D. Album, and commented on the fight in an interview with BET:
"That's not a cool beef. They both can stop it now and go about they way, go they separate ways and get they money," he said, adding "If them niggas is rappers, I'm encouraging that shit. But if one of those niggas is an R&B nigga, then y'all need to cut that out. We need some songs to fuck to."NY Post reports that Drake's reps are insisting he did nothing wrong and Drake is refusing to speak to the NYPD. Wall Street Journal also now reports that the club has been shut down by the police.
Meanwhile, at Drake's Jones Beach show on Saturday (6/16), he brought out a number of guests including a Dipset reunion, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Busta Rhymes, and more. Regarding the Dipset reunion, FADER writes, "The evening's biggest surprise was a four-song Dipset reunion, with Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Cam'ron emerging one track at a time to join forces on "' Really Mean It' and 'Salute.'" Check out videos of Drake and his guests below.