Entries tagged with: Theophilus London
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...
Today (9/8/11) is Fashion's Night Out which means tons of free events in stores and late night shopping throughout NYC. We've already mentioned events happening with Real Estate, Memoryhouse, Neon Indian, Andrew WK, Beth Ditto, White Rabbits, Best Coast, and members of MGMT/Chairlift/Violens. There are more.
Drake and Foster the People each make appearances that are sure to draw ridiculous crowds. Tanlines, School of Seven Bells, Sun Airway, Estelle, The Roots, Beach Fossils, Justin Townes Earle and many others also appear at stores tonight (James Murphy DOES NOT). You can browse the FNO website to find stuff, or you can instead check out the handy list we compiled by doing that for you, below....
by Andrew Sacher
Action Bronson @ Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest 2011 (more by Brook Bobbins)
If you don't end up there, underground Queens rapper Action Bronson will play Saturday (7/23) at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are available. Action Bronson recently dropped his debut Dr. Lecter, which you can purchase at his website. His style is pretty much lifted from 90s boom bap, but Action can get away with that, especially since 90s heroes Wu-Tang Clan have him featured on their upcoming compilation Legendary Weapons, which will be released on Tuesday (7/26) via E1 Music. Check out the track with him, Ghostface Killah, and Termanology below. Also check out a video of the Dr. Lecter track "Get Off My P.P."
On Sunday (7/24), noise rapper Death Grips, who just played the Gang Gang Dance afterparty at Santos, will play a Jelly RockBeach show with Bass Drum of Death, The Miracles Club, and Night Manager. As commenters have discussed, Death Grips played the Santos show with Zach Hill on drums. Hopefully we can count on Zach sticking around for the Rock Beach show (Death Grips also play a secret show LATE Friday night, Saturday morning, somewhere in Brooklyn).
The extraordinarily prolific Tech N9ne will stop by Starland Ballroom on Sunday (7/24) in Sayreville, NJ as part of his tour. The tour includes other artists on Tech's own Strange Music label including Krizz Kaliko, Big Scoob, Kutt Calhoun, Jay Rock, ¡Mayday!, and others. Tickets for the NJ show are on sale now. The tour is in support of Tech's recently released LP All 6's and 7's, which you can purchase at the Strange Music webstore.
All tour dates and some videos below...
Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn (1698 Bergen Street) is hosting a 'Garden Party every Saturday in July. The free shows will open at 4pm, except the first one on July 2nd which opens at 2pm. Pharoahe Monch (who plays a few shows in July) and Baolji play that Emancipation Day Celebration.
Theophilus London (whose last NYC show was at Music Hall of Williamsburg during the Northside Festival) plays the Garden Party on July 23 with Phony PPL (who also opened for Theophilus at Brooklyn Museum). The free show is two days after Theophilus plays a not-free show at Bowery Ballroom on July 21. Tickets for the Bowery show are still on sale.
Theophilus' debut LP Timez Are Weird These Days comes out July 19 on Warner Brothers and features contributions from Holly Miranda and Sara Quin.
Full Garden Party lineup below...
The 10th Anniversary ACL Festival line-up is on the books. Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Nas & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley and Cee Lo top the bill of the over 130 bands. Bright Eyes, Social Distortion, Empire of the Sun, Santigold, Pretty Lights, TV On The Radio, Skrillex, Big Boi and Randy Newman are also on tap to rock September 16-18.3-Day passes are sold out. 1-Day passes go on sale at 10am. Full lineup below...
Theophilus London will headline the "Official Northside Festival Opening Party" at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, June 16th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then general sale Friday at noon. You can also try to get in with a Northside Festival badge.
The hip hop artist is one of 65+ new artists being officially added to the lineup of this year's Northside Festival (June 16-19 in various venues across Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY). Here's the full list:
DOWNLOAD: New Villager - "Lighthouse" (Punches Remix) (MP3)
MNDR at Terminal 5 (more by Brook Bobbins)
The L Magazine kicks off a three-date monthly series called Audiophile at Brooklyn Museum on Friday (4/15). The inaugural date will feature appearancess by MNDR and New Villager at the museum starting at 7PM, with a round of free "cocktails compliments of Brooklyn Republic Vodka" until 8PM. The show is FREE with admission to the museum.
Brooklyn's own Punches recently dressed up the New Villager track "Lighthouse" for a remix which premieres in this post. Download it above. Stream it below. The New Villager LP, due via IAMSOUND, drops on 8/16. Check out the remix, as well as the original video for "Lighthouse" and a recent video for Theophilus London's "Why Even Try", below.
Theophilus London at Bowery Ballroom (more by Brook Bobbins)
Theophilus London is one busy MC during SXSW 2011, playing nine shows in Austin during his trip, and he's added a NYC show happening not long after he gets back at The Studio at Webster Hall on 3/21. Tickets are on sale. The show is part of the MTV Live in NYC series that also featured The National earlier this year.
A full list of Theophilus London's Austin shows and a video is below.
photos by Brook Bobbins
Miami New Times: The third Little Dragon album is half-done, right? How far along is the writing and recording?Ritual Union won't be here in April and May but Little Dragon will be back in NYC tonight (1/24) to play their 3rd sold out show in a row. The guitarless band played Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (1/20) and Bowery Ballroom on Friday (1/21) after an appearance on East Village Radio.
Yukimi Nagano: All the songs are there. It's just waiting to be mastered. We want release it this spring and we can't wait! It will be called Ritual Union.
In the past, you've said, "We're a strictly no-guitar band." Does that mean Little Dragon is totally anti-guitar?
Yukimi Nagano: None of us plays guitar very well, so that's one reason. I guess we just feel like there are so many guitar bands out there. And we haven't felt inspired to have any guitars on any songs. The third album has no guitars. One day after a lot practice, maybe we'll make some kind of a guitar jam. Who knows? We try to stay open-minded!
Theophilus London joined the Swedes for both shows and will join them for the third time tonight. He also
promises a "big headline" date to be announced "soon" is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 14th (tickets will be on sale soon). Theophilus will release a new EP, Lovers Holiday, on February 8th.
Brook Bobbins followed Little Dragon from Bowery soundcheck to East Village Radio and back to Bowery. His pictures of the whole day and some videos are below...
Little Dragon's previously mentioned NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom (1/21) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (1/20) have almost sold out, so they added a third at Bowery Ballroom (1/24). Tickets for the new one will go on sale soon. All three shows are being opened by Theophilus London.
Little Dragon's new album, Ritual Union, will see the light of day in April or May. Their last album, Machine Dreams, was released all the way back in 2009, but they have a new video for a song from that album. The song is "My Step", and you can watch the video, with all tour dates, below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
"The [Saturday night Governors Island HARD FEST] set started with "Steppin Up," with M.I.A. backed by about a dozen power drills as part of the rhythm track: noise triumphant. But M.I.A.'s vocals were often so buried in echo, and the bass so bloated, that her lyrics just became more of the din, and the songs that she segued together like a disc-jockey set were barely distinguishable. Instead of a barrage, it was a morass.I was there and I have to agree about the sound. M.I.A. agrees too, and not surprisingly, has taken to Twitter to deal with the accusations, and the rain. About the sound she wrote, "money doesnt buy u shit! i thought more money means better sound guys in america/\/\/\! i was wrong, the higher u go , they turn u lower!", and "fuck technology! even the stage broke + parts of it fell off in the storm". And about the rain, well, check out the Twitter screenshot above! Don't have a Hard Fest ticket? Don't worry because Maya also promises that "if u do me a lil dance , ill let u in too!" We'll make sure to keep you posted when and if more details emerge.
Her set was cut short by thunder and lightning, which she attributed to God and answered with a last defiant gesture: rapping "Born Free," which vows to speak her mind, a cappella as her backup group shut down. But an exodus from her set had begun well before the downpour." [NY Times]
In related news, the rained-on Modest Mouse show that happened one night earlier has been rescheduled, and the rained-on Williamsburg Waterfront show that happened one day later went on as planned, but later and in a different venue.
OK, so if you're following along, you saw: "Die Antwoord steal the show while topless girl dances (video), M.I.A. spits on a photographer (pics), rain, lasers & more... (HARD NYC in review - part 1)" which was followed by "Die Antwoord played MHOW & Governors Island (pics, video)" which was followed by "HARD FEST NYC in pics (part 2.5) (Ninjasonik, Rye Rye, Theophilus London, MIA & more)". That makes this post PART THREE, and it includes photos from the same artists as well as more crowd pics and Skream + Benga who played too. Those pictures, which include a shot of M.I.A,'s planned setlist, continue below...
photos by Matthew Eisman
Ninjasonik / HARD FESTival goers
"Hard provided a music experience for those New Yorkers who love to rave, get down and dirty with thousands of strangers and weren't afraid to show some skin. (Looks like some attendees took notes from our Summer Music Fest trend report!)
Also, depending on how much you felt like raging, you could choose the "Hard" stage or "Harder" stage. (Which to me, is almost as character defining as choosing between "fire" and "ice" on the Dueling Dragons ride at Universal Studios.) Guests who didn't want to be bothered with making such a life-altering decision set up camp where ever and proceeded with their very own impromptu dance party.
The culmination of the evening came with M.I.A.'s much anticipated performance. Unfortunately, she wasn't properly miked, her voice was drowned out by her mashed up beats, and the only time she was heard was when she was yelling at the sound team...Thankfully mother nature was on her side, and it began to downpour, cutting her set short. At the end of the day the only press she received was spitting in a photographer's face, but all wasn't lost! She brought the noise, and really, isn't that what music festivals are all about?" [Guest of a Guest]
Saturday's NYC HARD FEST on Governors Island wasn't all just M.I.A., Die Antwoord and Sleigh Bells (and more Die Antwoord), it was a 2-stage extravaganza that fit up to 15,000 concert-goers (not sure how many tickets actually sold, but it was far from empty looking) in a large field just a short ferry ride away from South Street Seaport (Pier 11 actually). Destructo, Ninjasonik, Rye Rye, and Theophilus London were also among those on the bill. More pictures from those sets (and the big three), below....
"What began as a spontaneous event for friends and neighbors outside the label's Philadelphia headquarters and grew in 2 short years to the largest block party in city, the MAD DECENT BLOCK PARTY is nothing short of a legend. Now in the event's 3rd summer, Mad Decent has teamed with Diesel and JELLY to bring the MAD DECENT BLOCK PARTY magic across the country! Starting in Philadelphia and traveling to New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago over 4 consecutive Saturdays from July 31st to August 21st, the MAD DECENT BLOCK PARTY promises banging music, carnival games, yummy food, super secret guests and all for FREE!"The NYC show will take place at South Street Seaport. More details below...
photos by dailybeatz, words by Andrew Frisicano
Hopefully all goes well with the HARD NYC show at Governors Island's South Island Field this Saturday (7/24). The show, which still has tickets on sale, will be happening despite the cancellation of its sister HARD LA show. The disappointing HARD LA cancellation came right after the disappointing lukewarm critical reaction to Maya (though Metacritic rates it as 69/100, so not so bad overall actually).
A full list of who's at HARD NYC, with set times, and more pictures and some palpably sweaty videos of Sleigh Bells at the Pitchfork Festival (on the stage and in the crowd) are below...
interview by Billy Jones, top photo by Michael Lavine
TV on the Radio guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer David Andrew Sitek has announced his new project Maximum Balloon. Not surprisingly, the TVOTR / Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Liars / Dragons of Zynth / Holly Miranda / Scarlett Johansson producer worked with a host of guest artists on the project, which will see the light of day in the form of a self-titled album on August 24th via DGC/Interscope Records.
"...Then Aku (Dragons of Zynth) called and said he was in town and asked what I was up to and I said, "Making a song that you have to come and fix!" So he came by the studio and he laid the vocals down. We pretty much started Maximum Balloon on that day."Other guest artists on the album will include Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone from TVOTR, Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon, Holly Miranda, Theophilus London and more. David Byrne is rumored. Aku from Dragons of Zynth is featured on "Tiger," the first track to be released off the album. "Tiger" will be available on iTunes and all digital partners on June 15th, but you can also hear it in a video below, or today at www.MaximumBalloon.com. In addition to "Tiger", Maximum Balloon will be regularly releasing a series of digital singles in the weeks leading up to the release of the album.
Billy Jones of new musical project New Moods, who last conducted an interview for this site in 2006, called up Dave on Friday to discuss the making of Maximum Balloon, barbershop quartets, Cyndi Lauper, the future of TVOTR and more. Their chat starts here....
Billy: Hey Dave, Can you hear me?
Billy: I rigged this to be on the speakerphone of my Blackberry to be recording through GarageBand, a slightly complicated setup...
Dave: Awesome, put me through The Crystalizer...
Billy: I actually have you through Long Panning Ping Pong Delay right now...
Dave: I can't wait for Soundtoys to come out with an iPhone app.
"Damn, I love Die Antwoord. It's like we've taken all the Disney Princesses at Stereotypes R Us, pulled off their wigs, forced their little legs together, and rammed them down the throats of the American purveyors of pop culture dreck, the soulless marketers who make millions every year by selling ersatz imperial myths to the rest of the world.That video, along with the updated lineup of HARD NYC @ Governers Island below....
Okay, perhaps Die Antwoord aren't achieving quite that level of utter cultural domination, but allow me our little victories. The sight of Americans taking Yo-Landi and Ninja seriously is so delicious, I can almost forgive some of the excesses of the music. There's a 20 minute interview with Die Antwoord on Boing Boing, around their debut at the Coachella music festival in California, and it's a marvellous exercise in satire." [CHRIS ROPER | JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA]
The Very Best @ Santos Party House in November (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
The Very Best will be playing shows in North America leading up to SXSW, where the group has sets scheduled including the Pitchfork official showcase at The Scoot Inn on March 20th, and additional shows around Sasquatch in May (and the Roots Picnic in June). Those dates, the full Pitchfork party lineup, and videos are below...
IFC is creating a cuisine-oriented programming block to air Tuesday nights.Ten artists will be appearing on the new season, among them Murder City Devils who will be here taping the show during the trip that also brings them to Nokia Theatre (NYC) and Theatre of Living Arts (Philly). Tickets for those (three) shows are still on sale. The full list of 2010 'Dinner With the Band' artists (which you have a chance to be in the audience for), and a video of Les Savy Fav performing on the preview season, is below...
After a successful six-episode run of "Dinner With the Band" that began in November, Rainbow cabler is ramping up its episode order to 10 and teaming it with "Food Party" as an hourlong block.
"Band" teams chef Sam Mason and an indie band, which performs on the show, at a Brooklyn loft. Conversation ensues about life on the road and the food the musicians eat while touring.... Programming block will air from at 10 p.m. beginning April 27. [Variety]
photos by Vincent Cornelli
Chromeo was one of the bands that played the free Green Label Sound show at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday night (10/23). Theophilus London, Amazing Baby, Solid Gold, and Holy Ghost were also on the bill. Green Label Sound is a Mountain Dew-run website that gives away tracks by various bands including all of the artists who played the show. For Chromeo you can get "Night By Night" and two remixes of the same song. More pictures from the show (well, of Chromeo anyway) below...
DOWNLOAD: Wiz Kalifa - Flight School Mixtape (Yousendit, Zipped MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Souls of Mischief - "LaLaLa" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Souls of Mischief - "Tour Stories" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tanya Morgan - "So Damn Down" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tanya Morgan - "Bang N Boogie" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: KRS-One & Buckshot - "Survival Skills" (MP3)
Saul Williams at Afropunk 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
NYC invented HIP HOP, so CMJ would be nowhere if it didn't rep the art form to the fullest. Over five packed days, our fair city will be set ablaze by the likes of Raekwon, Saul Williams, Souls of Mischief, and a host of others, as well as smaller, buzzier names that you can look forward to name checking in the future. So with all these great events going down, we figured we'd make it easy for you with the BV Guide to Hip Hop at CMJ 2009!
Speaking of Souls of Mischief, we have A PAIR OF TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR GIVEAWAY for that Audible Treats showcase that will feature them along side Tanya Morgan, Trinity, Finale and many more. Details on how to win those at the bottom of this post.
Chromeo, Theophilus London, Amazing Baby and Solid Gold are performing at a free not-CMJ, Green Label Sound sponsored show at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday night, October 23rd. Holy Ghost! is DJing. You need to RSVP. Flyer below..
DOWNLOAD: Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit - The Very Best Mixtape (ZIP)
DOWNLOAD: The Very Best - Warm Heart Of Africa (w/ Ezra Koenig) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Very Best - Warm Heart of Africa (Metronomy remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Very Best - Warm Heart of Africa (Architecture in Helsinki rmx) (MP3)
The Very Best @ Supreme Trading in July (more by Ryan Muir)
The Very Best ("European production duo Radioclit and Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya") are holding a remix contest for their song "Julia." It's the seventh track on their debut full-length, Warm Heart of Africa, which is out now digitally and out on CD October 6th on Green Owl Records. The raw files are hosted HERE and you can send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. Brooklyn's Javelin remixed the song, and you can check out their version on Green Owl's site.
The Very Best will play Green Owl's CMJ showcase on October 21st at (Le) Poisson Rouge. They share a bill with Theophilus London, Violens, Grandchildren, Ninjasonik and Nat Geo Music. Tickets are on sale, or you can try and get in with your CMJ badge.
Violens are also playing a CMJ showcase at Bowery Ballroom on October 24th.
Following their CMJ show, The Very Best has a short string of dates around North America. Album art, tracklist and all tour dates are below...
photos by Sara Skolnick
DOWNLOAD: Foolcast 002 - Congorock - "The Furious Years" (MP3)
Treasure Fingers & A-Trak
Jack Beats (from the UK), Treasure Fingers, Theophilus London, and A-Trak performed at Webster Hall in NYC on Friday night (7/31). It was the NYC stop on the "10,000LB Hamburger Tour", and in their own words, was "an extra-special one [because it was] basically the Fool's Gold 'hometown' show". Treasure Fingers joined the Fool's Gold team in January 2008. A-Trak is co-founder of the label (along with Nick Catchdubs).
Despite the crazy rain earlier in the evening, Webster Hall was packed by midnight, with a line winding around the corner on eleventh street and the crowd inside was fully charged. Sara also says that, "all of the acts presented masterful production skills and classy, energetic sets, Theophilus London had a good number of fans leaning against the barricade - he jumped down from the stage at one point to embrace some lady adorers, and A-Trak took to the stage with grace and grandeur, surrounded by a backdrop of bursting neon lights."
Theophilus London also played Webster Hall one night eariler, as did A-Trak's buddy Kanye West.
The above Fool's Gold podcast contains tracks by Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, and more. Full tracklist and more pictures from Friday, below...
Justice is DJing at Webster Hall on Thursday, October 29th. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 31st at noon. The NYC gig is one day before the French duo DJ the Voodoo Experience Music Festival in New Orleans.
Justice is on Ed Banger Records, which is headed by Busy P (Pedro Winter). Busy P will be in NYC with DJ Mehdi (also on the label) for Electric Zoo Fest, which is taking place September 5th and 6th on Randall's Island. Other artists playing Electric Zoo include Frankie Knuckles, Lindstrom, and Special Disco Version. That event is also one of Andy Butler's DJing appearances -- he also has scheduled a pair of Hercules & Love Affair shows in NYC on August 14th and 15th.
While A-Trak isn't on a the Ed Banger label or playing HARD in NYC, he IS spinning with Theophilus London and Treasure Fingers this Friday (June 31st) at Webster Hall. Tickets are still on sale.
is also used to be the manager of Daft Punk, who, as you may have heard, are scoring the new film Tron Legacy. The trailer for that movie is now online. Check it out below, along with the flyer for the A-Track show this Friday and all tour dates...
Passion Pit (more by Tim Griffin)
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...