Entries tagged with: Theophilus London
by Andrew Sacher
As always, NYC has a good amount of upcoming local hip hop shows and tours passing through. Here's a rundown of some of the cool stuff coming up...
NYC kush lover Smoke DZA has a hometown show happening January 25 at The Studio at Webster Hall with support from Manolo Rose, Tray Pizzy, JY, Dave East, Big Bz and Sha Hef. TIckets are on sale now. DZA's latest album was a collaboration with his group R.F.C. (Al-Doe, Bluntsmoker, NYMLo, and 183rd) called The Outsiders, which came out in late November. It features guests spots from A$AP Rocky, Cam'ron, Styles P, Chevy Woods, Dame Dash and Dom Kennedy, and production from Jahlil Beats, Ski Beatz, Lee Bannon and others. Stream it in full below.
The legendary Rakim squeezes in one more NYC show of 2014 before the year ends on December 27 at BB King's. It's a Christmas show presented by Funk Flex, and also featuring Special Ed, B Fats, Sponnie G and DJs Kool DJ Red Alert and DJ Chuck Chillout. Tickets are on sale now.
There's no lack of hip hop holiday celebrations in NYC between that Rakim show, the Run DMC Christmas show at Barclays Center on Friday (12/19) (tickets), the Le1f Kwanzaa show at SOB's on 12/28 (tickets), the Mykki Blanco show at Baby's All Right on New Year's Eve (tickets), and A$AP Ferg's opening set at the Skrillex/Diplo show at MSG on New Year's Eve (tickets).
Theophilus London recently released the new album, Vibes, which was executive produced by Kanye West, and also featured vocals from 'Ye, Blood Orange, Soko and more. He's now announced a tour in support of it for 2015 which hits NYC on February 16 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/19). List of dates and a stream of the track with Blood Orange below.
Theophilus's NYC show is with trippy R&B singer Doja Cat and Atlanta rapper Father, who just performed on stage with Tyler, the Creator, whose tour hits NJ on 12/20 at Starland Ballroom (tickets) and NYC on 12/21 at Terminal 5 (sold out).
Iggy Azalea, who was playing SOB's only two years ago and will soon likely be dominating the Grammys (for better or for worse), is making the step up to Barclays Center (5/7) on her next tour. That tour is with Nick Jonas, who appears to being trying to reinvent himself as an R&B singer, and Tinashe, who's a much more promising R&B singer and played her own NYC show at Highline Ballroom earlier this week. (Anyone catch that?) Tickets for the Barclays Center show go on sale at 9 AM on Friday (12/19). All dates are listed below.
Chicago rapper Lil Durk recently dropped the single "B.O.N." (streaming below), and has plans to tour in 2015 including a NYC show on February 24 at Gramercy Theatre with Villain$ and The Rapper: H. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
YG's tour with Nipsey Hussle was supposed to hit Best Buy Theater in November, but it was rescheduled for January 9. Tickets are still available, and any purchased for the November show will be honored.
To digress from live shows for a second, December is once again a time for last-minute hip hop releases. In addition to the looong-awaited D'Angelo album, Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint and J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive, there's the new Kevin Gates mixtape, Luca Brasi 2, the sequel to his excellent 2013 mixtape, The Luca Brasi Story. Like that mixtape (and Stranger than Fiction and By Any Means, which have come out since), it's got Kevin seamlessly moving back and forth between melodic singing and aggressive rap. Kevin's prolific output can be a little intimidating to approach, but some of his best songs so far -- "Perfect Imperfection" and "Sit Down" are two early standouts -- are on here. Download the tape for free at DatPiff and stream it below.
The lists of Theophilus and Iggy/Tinashe dates, and the Theophilus/Blood Orange, Lil Durk and Smoke DZA song streams, also below...
Production great Shlohmo recently announced that he'd be touring North America this year after his appearance at Coachella, and since we last spoke, that tour has been expanded. It already included a NYC show happening on May 7 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and it now also includes one at Bowery Ballroom (5/8) a day later. Both are with Purple. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon and tickets for the MHOW show (same link) are still available. All dates are listed below.
Shlohmo will also be in Austin for SXSW, where he'll join Jeremih for his set at day 2 (3/13) of FADER Fort. The rest of that lineup includes Chromeo, Theophilus London, Eagulls, Sam Smith, Mas Ysa, Connan Mockaskin, Glass Animals, 100s and Buscabulla. The day 1 lineup includes Little Dragon, YG, London Grammar, Isaiah Rashad, SZA, The Orwells, Temples, and more. RSVP is open.
Shlohmo and Jeremih have an EP coming out soon. You can stream a track from that, along with the list of Shlohmo dates, below...
Anna Calvi, who released her second album, One Breath, last year, is one of many new faces you'll be seeing in GAP's new ad campaign, along with the likes of Theophilus London, Washed Out, actor RJ Mitte (aka Breaking Bad's Walt Jr.) and others. That's Anna's and Walt Jr's ads above.
Meanwhile, Calvi has recorded a live session for British music channel Transmitter and we've got the premiere of "Kiss My Twin" from that. Originally the b-side to single "Eliza," it's a real slow-burner that's a great showcase for both Calvi's impressive guitar skills and her glass-shattering pipes. Watch it below.
Brooklyn's free annual Afro-Punk Festival returned to Commodore Barry Park over the weekend for two days (8/24-25) of punk, rap, and everything in between, plus biking, skating, and more. The first day gave us sets from Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Ninjasonik, M.O.P., Saul Williams, Jean Grae, The Heavy, Theophilus London, Rye Rye, and more. Dead Prez made a "special guest" appearance, and word on the street was that Alicia Keys was supposed to as well, but she was a no show. Pictures of day 1 are in this post, and more are at Facebook and Google+.
Stay tuned for coverage of day 2. More day 1 pics below...
Death @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The 2013 Afro-Punk Festival happens this weekend (August 24 & 25) at Fort Greene's Commodore Barry Park with Danny Brown, Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Big Freedia, Death, Trash Talk, Living Colour, Chuck D of Public Enemy and DJ Lord performing PE's Fear of a Black Planet, Questlove, Jean Grae, Saul Williams, K-os and more. As mentioned, it's all-ages, free and open to the public, but they do require you to RSVP. You can also donate on paypal for "fast pass admission" tickets.
The full weekend schedule has been released, with artists playing on two stages from noon - 9:30 PM or so both Saturday and Sunday. Full schedule is below.
Additionally, there will also be "Afro-Punk After Dark" events happening after the fest at various Brooklyn venues both Saturday and Sunday nights. Over 20 After Dark events are happening, including "pop-up performances, celebrity DJ sets, comedy shows, film screenings, art installations, and Story Slams." Full After Dark listings are at Afro-Punk's website.
2013 Afro-Punk Festival schedule below...
photos by James Richards IV
Nine Inch Nails / Chance the Rapper / the crowd
Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor breaks into the explicit chorus of "Closer" and a spasm of impressionistic dancing breaks out among the fans stretched out to the south end of Butler Field. Has the Man from the Black Hole of '90s Industrial Music turned into a nostalgia act? Despite a set list dusted with vintage material, Reznor sounds like anything but a relic. The exceptional audio quality of the festival's northermost stage underlines not just the oppressive thrust of Reznor's music, but its eerie subtleties and darkly beautiful colorations as well. After a five-year hiatus, Reznor has retooled the band yet again, with a new album on the way. But everything still revolves around the leader and his exacting standards. A new song declares, "I'm just trying to find my way," but he hardly seems lost. - [Chicago Tribune]A somewhat soggy start to Lollapalooza on Friday (8/2), but that didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits at Chicago's Grant Park, where bands played across eight stages. Here's a set of pictures from Friday night, featuring Nine Inch Nails, New Order, Band of Horses, Father John Misty, Chicago's own Chance the Rapper and more. We've got a second set of pics from Friday HERE
Lollapalooza continues today (8/3) with a much better weather forecast and sets from The Postal Service, HAIM, The National, Local Natives, and more. If you're going today, be sure to stop by the Soundwave Tent where BrooklynVegan will be hosting from 1 PM - 3 PM with hosts Chris Gethard and Billy Jones and the following guests:
12:40 p.m. - Local Natives (performance and interview)If you're not in Chicago (or in Chicago but not at Lollapalooza), some of today's performances are being streamed live. Here's today's webcast schedule (in Central Time):
1:00 p.m. - IO Echo (interview)
1:30 p.m. - Smith Westerns (interview)
2:00 p.m. - Drowners (performance and interview)
2:20 p.m. - School of Rock
2:30 p.m. - Heartless Bastards (performance and interview)
2:15PM - BEN HOWARDUPDATE: Day 2 pics (part 1) and day 2 pics (part 2), and day 3 pics (part 1) and day 3 pics (part 2) are up now too.
3:00PM - COURT YARD HOUNDS
4:00PM - LOCAL NATIVES
5:00PM - ELLIE GOULDING
6:00PM - THE NATIONAL
7:15PM - THE LUMINEERS
8:30PM - THE POSTAL SERVICE
10:00PM - MUMFORD & SONS
More pics from Lollapalooza day 1, plus live video of Nine Inch Nails performing new songs, below...
Afro-Punk Fest 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
The Afro-Punk Festival is returning to Fort Greene's Commodore Barry Park from August 24-25 this year. The Brooklyn festival lineup is great as always, and includes some of our favorite newer rappers like Danny Brown, Mykki Blanco, and Le1f; New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia, legendary punks Death, younger punks Trash Talk, Chuck D of Public Enemy and DJ Lord performing Fear of a Black Planet, Questlove, Jean Grae, Saul Williams, K-os and more TBA. The festival is open to all ages, and totally free, but you do have to RSVP. You can also donate on paypal for "fast pass admission" tickets.
Full initial lineup and flyer below...
Sigur Ros at @ Celebrate Brooklyn! 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We've known about a few Celebrate Brooklyn! shows already (Belle & Sebastian / Yo La Tengo, The Roots with Jim James, Beck), but festival has announced their full 2013 schedule which includes Big Boi, Amadou & Miriam, Calexico, Mavis Staples, Cody Chesnutt, Os Mutantes, The Waterboys, Jamie Lidell / Dan Deacon, and They Might Be Giants... all of which are free. Celebrate Brooklyn! kicks off the season with a free show with Patty Griffin on June 5.
The full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule is below.
Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
After it was already confirmed that Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service, The National, The Killers, and Mumford and Sons were playing Lollapalooza 2013, a pretty promising leak came which appeared to potentially reveal the rest of the lineup, and it turns out that leak was real.
In addition to the previously mentioned artists, Lollapalooza will include Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, The Cure, New Order, Baroness, Beach House, Cat Power, Death Grips, Jessie Ware, Father John Misty, DIIV, Wavves, Alt-J, Hot Chip, Disclosure, Baauer, Palma Violets, Angel Haze, Band of Horses, Crystal Castles and many others.
Lollapalooza goes down in Chicago from August 2 - 4 in Grant Park. Single day passes go on sale Wednesday (4/3) at 10 AM.
Full day-by-day lineup below...
We briefly mentioned in our post of bands reuniting at Coachella 2013, LA hip hop collective Jurassic 5 are reuniting after breaking up in 2007 (one year after the release of their fourth album, Feedback). There's no insight yet as to whether or not this reunion will go beyond the Coachella slot but fingers crossed! They play on the Fridays (April 12 and 19).
Another big one on the lineup is Wu-Tang Clan, who play the Sundays of the festival (April 14 and 21). This one's not exactly a "reunion," like Jurassic 5 is, but it's worth noting that while Wu-Tang Clan members play shows a lot, it's not every day that they all join forces on stage.
Other rappers at the festival include Aesop Rock and Earl Sweatshirt on the Fridays, and El-P, Pusha T, Action Bronson, Danny Brown, 2 Chainz, and Theophilus London on the Saturdays. R&B singer Janelle Monae also plays on the Saturdays.
A classic Jurassic 5 video below...
by Andrew Sacher
As expected, there have been lots of (dangerous) rumors floating around about Big Boi's upcoming sophomore solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, which is due out December 11 via Def Jam (pushed back from November 13). He's now revealed what is (fingers crossed!) the official tracklist for the album and the guest spots are pretty exciting. Despite Little Dragon's initial guest spot having gone to Kelly Rowland a while back, the group actually appears on three other album tracks. The album's got plenty of love from the dirty south, like on "Gossip," which features veteran UGK and worthy newcomer Big K.R.I.T.; frequent Outkast/Big Boi collaborator Killer Mike appears on a track with Little Dragon; TI and Ludacris end up on a track together; and Sleepy Brown of Organized Noize, who produced a ton of Outkast back in the day is on one too. In more surprising (and also exciting) news, Wavves and Jai Paul are both on the album. As is A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, Kid Cudi, and others. You can check out the full tracklist below.
In related news, TI also revealed the tracklist for his much-delayed upcoming album, Trouble Man (due out 12/18), and it looks a bit different than the one we initially mentioned. The most striking difference is that the song sampling Gotye and featuring Kendrick Lamar is not listed anymore. But in more positive news, Big Boi's Outkast partner Andre 3000 is there on the song, "Sorry" (the one where he allegedly apologizes to Big Boi). Cee Lo Green, A$AP Rocky, R. Kelly, and more are set to appear too. The full tracklist is below. TI plays NYC on December 18 at Best Buy Theater (tickets).
Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Edie Brickell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, James Taylor, and more are playing the Children's Health Fund 25th Anniversary Concert at Radio City Music Hall on October 4. Tickets for that show are very expensive and on sale now.
Prong is playing Rocks Off cruise during CMJ on October 19 with Eminence and For Sleeping or Jumping. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Sam Sparro plays Webster Hall on November 30. Tickets go on sale at noon.
BAIO (aka Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend) is playing Glasslands on October 26 with Germany Germany. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Iggy Azalea and Havana Brown are opening for Rita Ora at Highline Ballroom on October 30. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Theophilus London is playing Gramercy Theatre on October 20 with Chip Tha Rippa and Phony PPL. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Tickets to the Owen shows at Mercury Lounge and Union Hall go on sale today at noon.
Sam Mickens also plays as a duo with Mike Pride at Death by Audio on October 14 with Aurora and Glockabelle.
Tonight (9/6), the stylish and the lovers of free booze and music will be out in force on the streets of Soho, the Meatpacking District and other parts of NYC for Fashion's Night Out.
We posted a giant list of FNO music happenings yesterday and turns out there's way more including: Yoko Ono reveals her new collection at Swarovski Crystallized;
A$AP Rocky at Adidas Originals SoHo Store (see below); St. Vincent performing at at a speakeasy themed (and Boardwalk Empire-sponsored) party at Rag & Bone; Sonlange Knowles and Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear at The Ace Hotel; Theophilus London will be at The Rose Bar; Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. performs at Bloomingdale's Soho; Wild Belle at Mulberry (update: this is a DJ set); Frankie Rose and Alex Winston at Theory and more.
Basic info on these additional FNO performances/parties is below. Our previous post is here. All events are free and open-to-the-public unless otherwise noted. You can check the FNO website for more info. Some flyers below too.
by Andrew Sacher
In BIg Boi's new video for "She Said OK" ft. Theophilus London and Tre Luce (as in the one that repeats "let me see ya titties"), he splices scenes of himself rapping as he lies on top of a naked woman with scenes of her stripteasing. It's not actually any more NSFW (or interesting) than Chris Isaak's video for "Wicked Games" (especially when we have videos like this), considering she does not, ahem, let him see her titties.
You can watch the video below.
Amadou & Mariam released their new album, Folila, earlier this year with guest vocals from Santigold, TV On The Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone, Bertrand Cantat, Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears, Ebony Bones, Abdallah Oumbadougou, and Theophilus London. The album also features guitar from Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and production from Manu Chao, Damon Albarn, and Marc-Antoine Moreau. If you've yet to hear the album, you can stream it below via a spotify widget.
Amadou & Mariam have a number of upcoming shows and festival appearances scheduled, including Lollapalooza, Osheaga, Outside Lands, and they'll be coming to NYC for a free Central Park Summerstage show this Saturday (8/4) at 3 PM with Folila guest Theophilus London. Maybe he'll make an on-stage appearance during their set?
A list of all dates and the spotify stream below...
Bonde Do Role at Bowery Ballroom in 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Back in June, we mentioned that the Mad Decent Block Parties were returning this summer and then earlier this month, they revealed a list of artists, but didn't say who was playing each city. Now venues have been revealed for all five parties and the lineups for NYC Philly, and Toronto have been announced as well. The FREE NYC party will happen on August 5 at WIlliamsburg Park (in previous years it was at the South Street Seaport) with Major Lazer, Erol Alkan, Bonde Do Role, Lunice, Riff Raff, Mr Muthafuckin' eXquire, Reptar, Zebra Katz, Bosco Delrey, Baauer, Kito, and Paul Devro. The parties are free and all ages but RSVP is required. All announced lineups are listed below.
Speaking of Lunice, his collaborative project with Hudson Mohawke, TNGHT (pronounced "tonight") released their self titled debut EP this week (7/24) via Warp/Lucky Me. If you've yet to hear it, you can stream the entire thing below.
As for Bonde Do Role, the block party will be their first NYC show quite a while. You may remember that their original singer, Marina Ribatski left the band in 2007 and was replaced by two other singers, Ana Bernardino and Laura Taylor, who joined the band by winning an audition done with MTV Brasil. Ana has since left the band too and they are now a 3-piece fronted only by Laura Taylor. The new incarnation of the band put out their first album in five years, Tropical/Bacanal, last month via Mad Decent. The album was co-produced by Diplo and Filip Nikolic of Poolside (who have two NYC shows this week). The album features guest appearances from Caetano Veloso, Das Racist, Cecile, Rizzle Kicks, and The Death Set (who also has a NYC show coming up). The video for album track "Kilo" and a stream of another track, "Bang," which features Kool AD of Das Racist, are below.
Updated Mad Decent Block Parties info, the flier for the NYC party, video and streams are below.
Action Bronson at Red Hook Park in June (more by Eric M. Townsend)
As mentioned, Mad Decent Block Parties are returning this summer, hitting Toronto, Philly, NYC, Chicago, and LA. When we last spoke, lineups had not yet been announced. They still haven't revealed specific lineups by city, but we've now got the full list of artists who will be playing Mad Decent Block Parties this summer and it includes Major Lazer, Action Bronson, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Spaceghostpurrp, Lunice, Jacques Greene, Casey Veggies, BADBADNOTGOOD, Baauer, Jim-E Stack, Bosco Delrey, Flosstradamus, Three Loco (aka Andy Milonakis, Dirt Nasty, and Riff Raff), and many more.
As mentioned, the parties are all ages and free, and RSVP is open.
The full lineup is listed below...
Theophilus London at Beauty Ballroom in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
It must be hard to be noted as both one of the most stylish New Yorkers and one of the 25 best MCs under 25, but Theophilus London can probably weather the storm. See how London fares tonight at Blue Note (6/27) where he'll play and early and late show. Reserved tables to the early show (9PM) are sold out, but standing room walk-up tickets are available; and you can still get table seating for the 11:30 PM performance. If you cant make it tonight, London will also appear in Central Park with Amadou & Mariam on August 4th.
Theophilus London recently teamed up with the great Big Boi, dropping science on the sexy new jam "She Said OK." No word on if the track will appear on Big Boi's forthcoming solo LP Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, which he professed will see the light of day on 11/13.
So far no Big Boi dates in NYC to speak of, but you road-trippers can catch him at some of his other recently announced dates. A listing of those shows and a stream of that collabo is below.
Little Dragon at T5 last year (more by David Andrako)
Little Dragon has a number of international dates in the next few months including a free NYC show on Thursday (5/3) at Le Baron in Chinatown. The show (which will be a short set) is the fifth installment of Encore! Sessions, the first of which Theophilus London played, and his session video was just released yesterday (5/1) (watch it below). Friends also did one last month.
The show is put on by marketing company ‹/FORWAR:D› and sponsored by Absolut
, who will be providing free drinks. You can RSVP on facebook but the event says "the venue reserves the right of admission" and capacity is super limited.
All LD dates and the TL video below...
Amadou & Mariam
As you may remember from the past couple of years, "Summerstage" now encompasses more than just Central Park, but Central Park Summerstage will still always be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the series. Here's the 2012 schedule. Check it out below...
DOWNLOAD: Smoke DZA - "Less Smoking More Rapping" (MP3)
SpaceGhostPurrp and Smoke DZA are teaming up for an NYC show this month at Highline Ballroom on January 23 with support from Joey Bad@$$, Jay Muthafuckin Steez & G.R.A.M.Z. Tickets are on sale now. The show flier is below.
Both Kushed n Purrp have already kicked off the new year with new tracks. DZA dropped "Less Smoking More Rapping," which you can grab above and SpaceGhostPurrp put a stream on YouTube of "Sucka D*$)*#))#(#)cck 4 2012," the "followup" (if you will) to "Suck A Dick 4 2011." Listen to that below.
Smoke DZA released a free EP on Christmas Eve called SweetBabyKushedGod. It features verses by Domo Genesis, ASAP Rocky, Danny Brown, Freeway, Action Bronson, and more, and production by Lex Luger, Flying Lotus, 183rd, Kenny Beats, A-Foe and Maki.
In related news, a video was recently posted of A$AP Rocky working in the studio with Theophilus London (who was previously spotted in the studio with AraabMuzik). Nah Right says that the "track called "Big Spender" which will presumably appear on [Theophilus's] upcoming Lovers Holiday II: Rose Island." Theophilus previewed some of that new material at Lincoln Hall in Chicago over the weekend, and is presumably doing the same now at other shows on his tour that hits Webster Hall on 2/9 (a NYC show that Phony Ppl is now opening).
Action Bronson also has a new track ("CONTEMPORARY MAN" Produced by Party Supplies).
Flier and songs below...
by Andrew Sacher
Theophilus London in the studio w/ AraabMuzik (via AraabMuzik)
Theophilus London is touring the US and Canada in January and February after he plays the SnowGlove Festival in California at the end of this month. His tour will bring him to NYC on February 9 at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Theophilus, who has been tweeting about being in the studio, was just pictured in studio with AraabMuzik, who posted the above picture to his facebook earlier today.
AraabMuzik will be in NYC for New Year's Eve at the Ad Hoc party at 285 Kent with Balam Acab, Laurel Halo, Light Asylum, Run DMT, and a special guest. Tickets for that show are still available and there will be two open bars during the night.
Theophilus London's track, "I Stand Alone," was recently remixed by Skream (listen below) who it was just announced is opening for Skrillex at T5 (which sold right right out today). AraabMuzik also opens one of Skrillex's LA shows. Diplo opens one too. But even though Diplo's playing a Skrillex show and approving of the American kids loving it, he still feels that the "most exciting sound out of 2011" is the more atmospheric bass stuff like Balam Acab (who plays the NYE show in Brooklyn with AraabMuzik).
All Theophilus dates and the Skream remix below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Friendly Fires @ Terminal 5
"By the second song, the soaring, drum-heavy hit "Jump in the Pool," Macfarlane had jumped into the crowd, carrying the handbells he was playing. He was back in the crowd two songs later for "True Love," singing from the middle of the audience, then pushing back to stage.Friendly Fires played their 2nd-to-last tour date with Theophilus London last night (10/26) at Terminal 5 (they finish tonight at Paradise in Boston). More pictures from the NYC show below...
If Macfarlane's antics were reminiscent of a younger Bono, it was no surprise: Some of Friendly Fire's songs clearly echoed U2 - especially "Chimes," with its soaring guitars and two drummers pounding out military beats. They also were incredibly tight.
Other songs were downright disco - "On Board" and "Skeleton Boy" -- again appropriate, with the enrapt crowd essentially becoming the throbbing mass of a rave, jumping and clapping as much as dancing -- by halfway through the set." [Lehigh Valley Music]
photos by Tim Griffin
James Blake / Kanye West
"Light sprinkles ushered in the first day of the tenth annual Austin City Limits Music (ACL) Festival, but it was a welcome reprieve from the humid heat that has been plaguing the area and the state. Music and festival fans came in droves to see their favorite ACL artists, and rumors swirled throughout the day as to who the main headliner of the evening, Kanye West, would share the stage with..." [Pegasus News]Kanye, who was playing opposite Coldplay on Friday night, didn't share the stage with anyone except his dancers. Those who have seen or read about any of Kanye's recent shows know what his set at ACL looked like, complete with multiple acts, ballerinas and big backdrops.
Austin City Limits continues today, Saturday (9/17). You can stream it online. More pictures from Friday below...