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The 2016 Treefort Music Fest goes on March 23-27 in Boise, Idaho in venues all over the city. (It's kinda like Boise's SXSW.) This year's lineup includes Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Thee Oh Sees, Youth Lagoon, Aesop Rock, Chelsea Wolfe, White Denim, Oddisee, Hinds, French Horn Rebellion, Quilt, Alex G, Wax Idols, Built To Spill, La Luz, All Dogs, Porches, Oddisee (who plays a BV show in NYC on Tuesday) and more.
Tickets are on sale now, and the 2016 lineup, as it stands, is listed below.
The Governors Ball Music Festival, which happens June 3-5 at Randall's Island Park in NYC, has announced it's 2016 lineup which includes headliners Kanye West, the Strokes, and The Killers, plus Beck, Robyn, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Haim, Chvrches, Father John Misty, Eagles of Death Metal, Purity Ring, Courtney Barnett, Jamie xx, Miike Snow, Bloc Party, Miguel, Big Grams, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, De La Soul, Vince Staples, Against Me!, Bat for Lashes, Thundercat, Torres, Bully and more. Full lineup is listed below.
That'll make the second time that both The Strokes and Kanye West headline Governors Ball. Last time Kanye headlined, he debuted about half of his then-still-unreleased Yeezus, and he's got a new album on the way this year too. The Strokes have also said they're in the studio (though a new Strokes album is probably a lot less exciting than a new Kanye album).
Tickets are on sale now.
You saw their songs and their honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2015 list is here. Like with the song list, "records released this year and records that made their greatest impact in 2015 were eligible," which allows for things like D'Angelo's late 2014 release.
As usual, you can't just guess what the list is going to be by looking at what got Best New Music this year. Some of those albums became honorable mentions, and some were left off the year-end lists entirely (like Baroness, Nao, and Aphex Twin). The scores don't necessarily dictate it either. Deafheaven was one of a few albums to get a 9.0 or higher, but it dropped to #26 while the others all cracked the top 10. And then there's Carly Rae Jepsen, whose hype Pitchfork seemed to react against by giving her a less-than positive review, but they ended up throwing her on their year-end list just like everybody else. What should surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can read their commentary here and check out the full list below...
Pitchfork have published their 100 Best Tracks of 2015 list. The criteria was "any track that was released in 2015 or had its greatest impact in the U.S. during this year was eligible," which allows for stuff like 2014 releases from Fetty Wap and D'Angelo to count. Including guest appearances, Kendrick Lamar shows up four times, two of which are in the top five. Drake, Grimes, Jamie xx and Future all show up three times each. It includes a few singles off 2016 albums, like David Bowie's "Blackstar," ANOHNI's "4 Degrees" and Savages' "The Answer," one-off collaborations like WOKE (aka Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces), last-minute 2015 releases like Jeremih's "Oui," and surprise comeback singles like Missy Elliott's "WTF (Where They From)." If you were wondering, Adele's "Hello" is here (ranked very high), and yes, so is Justin Bieber. There's also some representation from less commercial stuff like the hardcore band G.L.O.S.S..
Check out the whole list below...
Like last year, The FADER have listed their favorite tracks of the year. They picked 107, "because 100 just wasn't enough." It's got two Drake songs in the top 10, and a Skepta song cracks it too (grime in general is pretty well-represented). A certain former bubblegum pop singer who's becoming a popular choice for #1 is #1 here too. Mixed into the mostly rap/R&B/electronic pop list is Adele, some country representation from Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, lo-fi DIY from Sheer Mag and Girlpool, and a few other outliers. Check out the whole list, and a Spotify playlist of it, below.
photo: P-Funk at The Paramount in July (more by Greg Cristman)
The legendary George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic are about to begin a new tour this Friday (10/2), with dates extending through early December. The tour includes a NYC show on November 24 at BB King's (tickets) and it will also be nearby for a NJ show on December 5 at Starland Ballroom with Garden State Line, Midnight Mosaic and Underground Logic (tickets). All dates are listed below.
As you may know, George Clinton contributed to the debut single by WOKE, the new supergroup started by Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces. FlyLo recently talked to Pitchfork about George's involvement:
Pitchfork: Does that mean you don't have any plans to release an album?Flying Lotus also recently released a trailer for the short film FUCKKKYOUUU, which he scored and Eddie Alcazar directed. The film premiered earlier this year at Sundance's NEXT Fest. You can watch that trailer below.
FL: There's nothing set in stone. We have a bunch of ideas. There's about like nine songs kind of floating around. There's more stuff with George [Clinton], too. We've done a lot of recording over this year. I want to make sure that all the stuff that we do is in the same room together. I'm not trying to do e-mail shit; I really want it to be organic and a true collaboration.
Pitchfork: How did you involve George Clinton in the project?
FL: George--he kind of naturally started floating around too, man. He and I had been in touch earlier this year, and he joined me at Glastonbury. When he comes out to Los Angeles, he comes to the studio and we lay out some ideas. He happened to be around when we were working on the song, so it was perfect that it worked out that way. George is amazing. He's so sharp and he's got so many ideas still. It's such a crazy thing witnessing him and his process.
by Andrew Sacher
Flying Lotus is no stranger to Shabazz Palaces and of course no stranger to frequent collaborator Thundercat, but it's exciting to learn that all three artists have teamed up for a supergroup of sorts called WOKE. All of them are known to push genres boundaries, and their first song features another boundary-pusher who surely influenced all three of them (and who FlyLo and Thundercat collaborated with on "Wesley's Theory" off the new Kendrick Lamar album), George Clinton. The song, called "The Lavishments Of Light Looking," is as awesome as you'd expect it to be. Listen below and download it for free from Adult Swim.
photo: Chance the Rapper at Pitchfork 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
The FADER and vitaminwater have been doing their series of #uncapped shows for five years now, and they're celebrating that anniversary with a week of shows in NYC. It goes from September 29 to October 3 and they've got some pretty cool stuff lined up: Fetty Wap (whose debut album is here) is playing with former child-star JoJo (you remember) who's currently trying to reinvent herself by working with Drake's producer. They've got a couple fresh faces of R&B playing, including Alessia Cara and Kehlani, the latter of which is playing with bass wiz Thundercat. There's also pop duo Matt and Kim, new father Chance the Rapper (who also has two Terminal 5 shows coming up) who's playing with Will Smith's daughter/SZA collaborator Willow Smith, and more.
RSVP is open (no venues announced yet). Full lineup below...
Kamasi Washington @ Blue Note (photo by Ryan Fitch)
For his New York debut as a bandleader, Washington brought along some of the friends. "I met Terrace when I was 13," Washington told the crowd when introducing Terrace Martin, alto saxophonist and heavyweight hip-hop producer for the likes of Snoop Dogg, "and he was bad way back then." Martin brought the bandleader on board for Kendrick Lamar's similarly epic album To Pimp A Butterfly, where he worked alongside fellow hometown hero bassist Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner - who also joined the band at the Blue Note.Jazz musician Kamasi Washington just wrapped up a two-night, four-show stand at the Blue Note in NYC on his ongoing tour. He had a massive band, including frequent collaborator Thundercat, as The Guardian's review quoted above points out. You can read the rest of that here and check out more some pictures below.
Opening with Askim, the band laid down grooves so deep they threatened to run through the stage. "The rhythm is thick up in here," Washington said, alluding to the two drum sets and two bassists (one upright, one electric) onstage who seamlessly took the song through everything from a retro-sounding shuffle, to a modified reggae beat, to one that was almost samba-like. The crowd were moving in their seats, naturally.
...aesthetically the sound was a hearty mix of soul jazz and contemporary composition, the group's welcoming attitude was a tribute to jazz's occasionally messy, brash and party-ready beginnings. A wah-wah pedal for a bowed upright bass solo? An onstage drum-off? It all fits with Washington at the helm. [The Guardian]
We recently mentioned his tour would have him back in NYC for CMJ show on October 15 at BRIC House (tickets), and he since added another NYC show. This one's at Le Poisson Rouge (10/16) the following day. Tickets are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below.
The lineup for Brooklyn's 2015 Afropunk Festival was already pretty great, and now it got even better. Death Grips, Gary Clark Jr., Kelela, Jessie Boykins III, SZA, Candiria and more were added to the festival, which already included Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tendencies, Kele, Thundercat and more.
This year also marks the first Afropunk Fancy Dress Ball, hosted by Grace Jones, Cakes Da Killa and MikeQ, proceeds from which will go toward the Afropunk Global Initiative. The party goes down August 21 at Commodore Barry Park, just ahead of the festival, which happens August 22-23 in the same park. Tickets for the ball are on sale now, and festival passes are still available.
Afropunk also continues to branch out. They did an Afropunk Paris festival this past May, and will do so again in June 2016, and they're also putting on the inaugural Afropunk Atlanta on October 3 & 4 in the city's Central Park. The lineup for that includes D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Flying Lotus, Santigold, Death Grips, Tyler the Creator, Public Enemy and more. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (7/8).
Speaking of Death Grips, they play NYC twice this week (supposedly, at least).
Full Afropunk Atlanta lineup and updated Brooklyn lineup, below...
photo: Thundercat in Philly in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)
Thundercat (aka Stephen Bruner) will follow 2013's Apocalypse with a new mini-album, The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam. Flying Lotus co-produced half of it and is releasing it on his Brainfeeder label this Monday (6/22). One of those tracks with FlyLo is the first single, the funky "Them Changes," which features jazz musician Kamasi Washington whose own new album Thundercat contributed to. The album also features contributions from Herbie Hancock and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Artwork, tracklist, and a stream of the first single, below.
Thundercat has a few dates coming up as well, including Brooklyn's Afropunk Festival, which happens August 22-23 in Commodore Barry Park with Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tenencies, Kele, and more. Tickets are still available.
All of his dates are listed below...
The annual Afropunk Festival returns to NYC in 2015 from August 22-23 in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park. The lineup includes Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tendencies, Kele, Thundercat, Cakes Da Killa, Goldlink, Raury, Petite Noir, Curtis Harding, Kaytranada and more. Full lineup below. The fest is also throwing the first annual Afropunk Fancy Dress Ball the day before the fest (8/21) in Commodore Barry Park to raise funds for their Afropunk Global Initiative. Grace Jones, Cakes Da Killa and MikeQ with Special Guest will perform at that.
The fest used to be free, but this year you have to buy a ticket to get in. And they're also introducing a more affordable earned ticket program, which "will work closely with partners to provide low barrier volunteer activities and projects for youth to complete in exchange for a ticket to the festival. The volunteer program will create awareness for organizations in need, provide access to an engaged pool of valuable resources and help deliver a sustainable impact to communities. Sample projects include landscaping (beautification, painting), packing supplies (meal prep, serving) and advocacy via social promotion." Tickets go on sale Wednesday (6/3).
UPDATE: As a commenter points out, you can get tickets on presale now using the password = 2015.
There's also a TBA Afropunk Fest in Atlanta's Central Park happening this year on October 3 and 4.
Full Afropunk Brooklyn lineup below...
Jazz saxophonist/composer Kamasi Washington has been at it for over a decade -- early works include Young Jazz Giants, his quartet with Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat and others, who released a self-titled album in 2004 -- but he's been in the spotlight recently thanks to his contributions to Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly and his debut album as a bandleader, The Epic, which came out earlier this month on Flying Lotus' label Brainfeeder. (Thundercat appears on this too.) Pitchfork gave the album Best New Music and wrote:
It's something of a gobsmacking paradox to discover what a hip-hop-free zone The Epic is, and how enamored of jazz's past it turns out to be. This triple-album set is an extravagant love letter to (among other things): soul jazz, John Coltrane (various periods), and 1970s fusion leaders like Miles Davis and Weather Report. The Epic's Disc 1 opener, "Change of the Guard", might as well be titled "We Love All Kinds of 'Trane". Its ringing opening piano chords sound almost entirely lifted from the playbook of McCoy Tyner, the pianist in Coltrane's so-called "Classic Quartet." (That's the group responsible for A Love Supreme.) The opening theme in the saxes is something that could only have been written after "Impressions". And the harmonious writing for Washington's string section recalls posthumous Coltrane releases like Infinity--tracks from which featured orchestral overdubs supervised by Alice Coltrane (who is, as you may have read, Flying Lotus's aunt).He performed the album live at the Regent Theater in LA the day before it came out, and tonight (5/27) at 9 PM EST, NPR will broadcast it for all to hear. HIs band at that show included Thundercat once again, arranger Miguel Atwood-Ferguson leading the orchestra and choir, and many more (LA Times has a good review). His only two upcoming dates at the moment are in LA and DC, but let's hope he makes it to NYC soon too.
Stream a track from the album and browse his tour schedule below...
Earlier this month, Kendrick Lamar took us by surprise when he revealed that his highly-anticipated followup to good kid, m.A.A.d city would be out in less than three weeks (3/23), but it turns out he's surprised us once again: It's out now!
The album's called To Pimp A Butterfly and it features contributions from George Clinton, Thundercat, Snoop Dogg, Ronald Isley, Bilal, James Fauntleroy, Rapsody and Anna Wise, with production from Flying Lotus, Pharrell Williams, Boi-1da and more. "Hood Politics" samples Sufjan Stevens' "All For Myself" and "How Much A Dollar Cost" appears to be sampling Radiohead's "Pyramid Song." That's the artwork above.
Download yours on iTunes, and stream it via Spotify below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.
photos by Greg Cristman
Flying Lotus / Thundercat @ T5 - 10/15/14
Flying Lotus brought his tour in support of his jazzy new LP You're Dead to Terminal 5 last night (10/15) for his first of two NYC shows here this week. It was packed, the visuals were stunning, the sound was extremely loud, and you could feel the bass physically shaking you. Anybody in the front last night must still be vibrating and have ringing ears.
FlyLo's tourmate/collaborator Thundercat opened with his maniacal bass playing and sweet vocals. There was also a surprise opening set from comedian Hannibal Buress (who will help celebrate Knitting Factory's 5th year in Brooklyn soon), and DJ Peabody kept the crowd warmed up between sets. Pictures of the whole show are in this post.
FlyLo and Thundercat hit MHOW tonight (10/16), which is sold out. Will they have another surprise guest tonight?
More pictures from T5 below...
Flying Lotus has a previously discussed tour with his collaborator/bass wizard Thundercat coming up which includes a NYC show happening October 15 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available, and they've also now added a second NYC show happening a day later at the much smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg (10/16). Tickets for that show (same link) go on sale Friday (9/26) at noon. We're also giving away a pair to the T5 show. Details on how to enter to win, with the list of updated tour dates and a song from FlyLo's upcoming LP, below...
Electronic mastermind Flying Lotus has announced that he'll release his fifth full length album, You're Dead!, which follows 2012's Until the Quiet Comes, on October 7 via Warp. No music from that yet but stay tuned.
FlyLo's also announced a tour with his pal/collaborator Thundercat which brings him back to NYC's Terminal 5 on October 15. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon with a Ticketmaster presale starting Wednesday (7/23) at 10 AM and an AmEx presale starting Wed at noon.
All dates are listed below...
Jack White at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by Brian Mansfield)
As always, legacy acts enjoyed a good showing at the festival. Elton John played the entire first side of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, gave a tribute to the late Casey Kasem, and brought out Ben Folds for a guest spot. Ben had also appeared a day earlier with The Flaming Lips during their set to cover Usher's "Love In This Club" (video below), a set which included Wayne Coyne playfully throwing some shade at Kanye's set from earlier in the festival, asking the crowd "Where's the press?"
Lionel Richie played a set that included everything from his time in the Commodores ("Brick House") to "All Night Long" to his Diana Ross collaboration "Endless Love." More legends graced the Bonnaroo stages when Chaka Khan made a surprise appearance during the Derek Trucks-led SuperJam on Friday and covered Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder. Also in that jam were blues legend Taj Mahal, Anthony Hamilton and once again, Ben Folds. Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones himself appeared at the festival to sit in with bluesman Seasick Steve, which he has done before with Jack White.
Jack White, who we also just caught at Governors Ball, didn't play with John Paul Jones this time, but he did play his own set which included a cover of Zeppelin's "The Lemon Song." It also included calling Rolling Stone a "tabloid," ranting about Johnny Depp and Albert Einstein (watch out Kanye!), and otherwise him rocking out to cuts from his solo albums, Raconteurs, White Stripes, The Dead Weather, and a cover of Dick Dale's "Misirlou." Video and setlist from Jack's set, below.
Damon Albarn w/ De La Soul at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by 97X)
Skrillex led a SuperJam too which involved Janelle Monáe, A$AP Ferg, Warpaint, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, Mystikal, Damian Marley, and Thundercat, among others. The set was closed by none other than Ms. Lauryn Hill, who played "Killing Me Softly" a la Fugees, Bob Marley's "Jamming" (though not with Damian) and more. More old school big guns came out during Damon Albarn's set, which was split between Gorillaz, Blur, The Good the Bad & the Queen and solo material. De La Soul joined him for "Feel Good Inc." and Del The Funkee Homosapien for "Clint Eastwood", Setlist and videos are below, and check out pictures and more from his recent Irving Plaza show.
Elsewhere, Omar Souleyman, who couldn't make it to Northside Festival experienced no travel issues and played a set on Thursday night. James Blake also played and told Billboard while he was there that his new album is halfway done and will include collaborations with Kanye West, Justin Vernon and more. Arctic Monkeys, who were covered twice during the festival (by Sam Smith and MS MR), played their own set too and to a HUGE crowd, heavy on the AM stuff but with a little bit of their other four albums mixed in. What didn't happen, unfortunately, was the set by Broad City's stars that were supposed to perform in the Comedy Theatre but canceled their set.
Of course the huge festival had tons of other highlights too. Did you go? What were yours?
Videos and a few setlists from the fest, below...
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....
The annual two-day FYF Fest is returning to LA from August 23-24 this year, and the lineup was just announced. It includes The Strokes, Phoenix, the reunited Blood Brothers who haven't played sine 2007 (!), Slowdive, Slint, Flying Lotus, Grimes, Blood Orange, Darkside, Jamie xx, Haim, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Death Grips (we know FYF is a festival they actually play), Ty Segall, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Against Me!, Built to Spill, Murder City Devils, The Bronx, Angel Olsen, Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Joanna Gruesome and many more.
Tickets go on sale May 22 at noon PDT. Full lineup below...
The 2014 edition of Portland's MusicFestNW happens August 16 & 17 at the city's Waterfront Park. This year's line-up has been revealed and includes Spoon, Fucked Up, Future Islands, Haim, Phantogram, The Antlers, Girl Talk, tUnE-yArDs, EMA and more. No word on tickets yet but check out the two-day lineup below.
photos by Ryan Muir
Thundercat at RBSS in Philly
Bass wizard Stephen Bruner, better known as Thundercat, just made a video for his songs "Evangelion" and "We'll Die," both of which appear on his 2013 LP, Apocalypse. The video was directed by B+, who designed the artwork for Apocalypse, and it can be watched (via Myspace) below.
As discussed, Thundercat plays the next Red Bull Sound Select NYC show which happens on February 19 at Le Poisson Rouge, curated by Giant Step. That show is with Tondrae Kemp, and since we last spoke, ASTR was added as well. Like most RBSS shows, admission is $3 with RSVP and $10 without. He also plays this month's RBSS show in San Francisco. Updated dates are listed, along with the flyer for the LPR show below.
Thundercat's no stranger to Red Bull shows. He took part in last year's Red Bull Music Academy in NYC, and is now being featured in What Difference Does It Make?, RBMA's documentary on the series. As mentioned, the film premieres worldwide on February 17, and you can catch a screening in NYC at Sunshine Cinema at 8 PM with Chairman Mao and others.
Thundercat also played the Little Giant Media-curated Red Bull Sound Select show in Philly this past November with Ebony Joi, STS and Son Little. We've got a belated set of pictures from that show in this post. You can check out more of those, along with the new video, LPR flyer, and list of tour dates, below...
The next NYC installment of the Red Bull Sound Select Series happens on February 19 at Le Poisson Rouge with bass wizard Thundercat headlining, curated by Giant Step. The only opener announced at the moment is Tondrae and more are TBA. Like most RBSS shows, admission is $3 with RSVP and $10 without.
It appears to be Thundercat's only upcoming show besides a few festival appearances, all of which are listed, along with a video, below...
It's looking like official Festival Lineup Announcement Day with Shaky Knees Fest, Hangout Fest, and Governors Ball giving us their rosters (not to mention Firefly and Coachella in the past week), and now here's another one: Georgia's CounterPoint Festival. It goes down from April 25-27 in Kingston Downs and features Outkast, Janelle Monae, Schoolboy Q, Run the Jewels, Chance the Rapper, Thundercat, Rustie, Sleigh Bells, Matt & Kim, Major Lazer, XXYYXX, J. Cole, Tourist, A-Trak, Flosstradamus, Phantogram, Tycho, YACHT and more.
Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup and flyer below...