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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.

Now we've got pics of the whole three days on BV Austin. Check out day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE and day 3 HERE.

photos by Greg Cristman

Flying Lotus / Thundercat @ T5 - 10/15/14
Flying Lotus
Flying Lotus
Thundercat

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...

Continue reading "Flying Lotus played Terminal 5 w/ Thundercat and Hannibal Buress (pics), playing MHOW tonight"

FlyLo

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...

Continue reading "Flying Lotus & Thundercat add MHOW to tour (updated dates ++ win tix to Terminal 5!)"

FlyLo

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...

Continue reading "Flying Lotus announces new album, 'You're Dead!' & tour with Thundercat (dates)"

Jack White at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by Brian Mansfield)
Jack White

Bonnaroo went down over this past weekend with sets from Ice Cube, Kanye West, Sam Smith and so much more.

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)
Damon

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...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2014 happened w/ Damon Albarn + Del & De La, Chaka Khan, Jack White, Zeppelin/Doors members, more"

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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....

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 lineup! (Judas Priest, Nas, Death Cab, Neutralk Milk Hotel, King Diamond, Failure & much more)"

FYF Fest

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...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2014 lineup announced (Strokes, Blood Brothers, Phoenix, Slint, Slowdive, Death Grips, Grimes & many more!)"

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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.

Continue reading " MusicFestNW 2014 lineup announced (Spoon, Future Islands, Phantogram, Haim, Run the Jewels, Fucked Up & more)"

photos by Ryan Muir

Thundercat at RBSS in Philly
Thundercat

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...

Continue reading "Thundercat made a new video; ASTR added to his NYC Red Bull Sound Select show +++ belated pics from his Philly one"

Thundercat

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...

Continue reading "Thundercat playing the next RBSS show in NYC + more dates"

Counterpoint

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...

Continue reading "Counterpoint Festival 2014 lineup & tix (Outkast, Schoolboy Q, Janelle Monae, Run the Jewels, Chance the Rapper & more)"

TPOBPAH at Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
TPOBPAH

NYC indie pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have been relatively quiet lately, but it's looking like that's about to change. Frontman Kip Berman has been instagramming guitar pedals lately, which hopefully means they're back in the studio, and Pains have also announced what will be their first hometown show in a while, happening on March 28 at Rough Trade NYC. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/17) at noon.

The band's only other currently announced date is New Orleans festival BUKU Music + Art Project, which happens from March 21-22 and also includes The Flaming Lips, Chromeo, Explosions in the Sky, Tyler the Creator, Pusha T, Schoolboy Q, Baauer b2b RL Grime, Danny Brown, Phantogram, Skream, Wavves, Big Freedia, Thundercat, Cashmere Cat, Blood Diamonds and more. Tickets for that festival are on sale now.

There's also been some changes to Pains' lineup. Keyboardist Peggy Wang recently announced that she left the band in order to focus on her job as a writer at Buzzfeed.

TPOBPAH recently released a belated video for "Belong" off their 2011 LP of the same name, which you can watch below...

Continue reading "The Pains of Being Pure at Heart playing Rough Trade NYC after BUKU Fest (lineup)"

Pitchfork

Pitchfork just posted their Honorable Mention Albums of 2013, which they say is "not #51 through #70 in our albums poll, but rather, records we thought were exceptional this year and deserved to be highlighted regardless of where they wound up." It includes a number of albums that did get Best New Music throughout the year (like the Burial EP that got a 9.0 last week), a certain inescapable young New Zealand pop star (who just announced two Roseland Ballroom shows), some metal representation, a couple indie legends, and the raw noise punk demo of Perfect Pussy, who also made Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks.

Check out the full list in alphabetical order below...

Continue reading "Some Albums That Didn't Make Pitchfork's Top 50 of 2013"

by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?

Check out the full top 100 below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks of 2013"

by Andrew Marinaccio

Thundercat @ MHOW - 11/25/13 (via Austin Stillwell)
Thundercat

Stephen Bruner, more famously known by his superbassist alter-ego Thundercat (or as a onetime member of Suicidal Tendencies), keeps down to earth even when his music's whizzing past the stratosphere. Like his space-bound cohort Flying Lotus, Bruner's astral funk recalls the cosmic freedom of Sun Ra and the proggy busywork of any given tune from Sonic the Hedgehog, the latter's DNA equally ingrained in his music and lyrics. Bruner will be the first to admit as much. Walking on stage at Music Hall of Williamsburg Monday night (11/25) in a wide-brimmed suede hat, tasseled red scarf, and necklace adorned with three large discs emblazoned with the Thundercats cartoon logo, he looked like himself: nerdy hobbyist and spiritual guru. He proceeded to reveal both those sides of himself with unrelenting passion and fretwork.

From his airy rendition of George Duke's "For Love I Come" to the glitched-out funk shuffle of "Daylight," Bruner and his band (including drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., also a former Suicidal Tendencies member, who matched his brother's virtuosity at every turn) bounced between worlds and off his infinitely elastic basslines, morphing album cuts into mile-a-minute jams that changed before one could pin them as mere noodling. While "Heartbreaks + Setbacks" and the retro-futuristic cool of "Tron Song" erupted into soulful arpeggiated infernos, songs like "Evangelion" and FlyLo collaboration "DMT Song" kept the set cool and meditative. Amid all the burbling bass runs and freewheeling synthetic jazz, there were plenty of slower hooks for the audience to sing along with, proving Bruner has found plenty of fellow stargazers to groove with him through his solo career.

Even with the death of Austin Peralta marking Thundercat's latest work - Bruner made shout-outs to his departed bandmate and friend in the quieter spaces of his set - his music and presence remain committedly light-hearted and magnanimous. His spirit was undeniable on closer "Oh Shit It's X," the impossibly bass-laden disco blazer where Bruner, in his glowing falsetto, recounts the dance floor antics of a high clubber. Naturally, the crowd honored his request to sing the song's central realization: "Oh shit. I'm fucked up."

While Thundercat was in NYC he also recorded a WNYC Soundcheck Session. His tour wrapped up in DC the next day, but he's got a couple one-offs left before the year ends, which are listed, along with a stream of that session, below...

Continue reading "Thundercat was funky (but cool) at Music Hall of Williamsburg"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

YT//ST / Foxxtrott @ Arlene's Grocery 10/29/2013
CMJ M for Montreal - Arlene's Grocery
CMJ M for Montreal - Arlene's Grocery

The 2013 M for Montreal happens at various clubs across its namesake city from November 20 - 23. Like last year, in addition to it's industry conference/showcase side earlier in the week, the Friday and Saturday shows are part of M Fest which like a smaller scale CMJ or Pop Montreal with over 75 bands playing over those two days. This year's bands include Mac DeMarco, Born Ruffians, The Dears' Murray Lightburn, Thundercat, Thus:Owls, Laura Mvula, Young Galaxy, Pat Jordache, A Wilhelm Scream, Grand Analog, High Dials, Damien Robitaille, The Damn Truth, Kandle and more.

After partnering with the M folks at CMJ, SXSW and other festivals, BrooklynVegan will be co-presenting (with CMJ) our first show at the actual M for Montreal with We Are Wolves, Duchess Says (who've played M/BV shows at CMJ and SXSW) and Solids (who we've written about) at Cabaret Underworld on November 22. This will be the first time in ages that We Are Wolves and Duchess Says shared a bill together in Montreal. Tickets are on sale now, and the poster for that show is below.

You can check out the full M for Montreal line-up below and tickets for some of the other shows are on sale too. We'll be there the whole week so look for coverage then.

Some of the artists playing this year's fest were down for CMJ a couple weeks ago, playing the official M for Montreal showcase which happened at Arlene's Grocery on October 18. Our photographer was there for Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (who played our party earlier in the day), and A K U A, plus Kandle (who played last year's M) and Foxtrott (who we've written about), both of whom will play M for Montreal. Pictures from their sets are in this post. Later in the night there were sets from Pat Jordache and related soft rock project CAMP, and others.

Full list of M for Montreal 2013 peformers, the flyer for the BV presented show, and more pics from the M4M CMJ showcase, below...

Continue reading "M For Montreal did CMJ (pics), announces 2013 Montreal fest lineup (BV presented show included)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Thundercat - "Bowzer's Ballad" (MP3)

Thundercat at Brooklyn Masonic Temple in May (More by Greg Cristman)
Thundercat

Bass master Thundercat returned earlier this year with his new album, Apocalypse, and he's now followed that with a new song "Bowzer's Ballad." It's a tribute to Nintendo boss Hiroshi Yamauchi, who passed away last week (9/19), and it sounds like what you might expect a combination of Thundercat's signature nu-jazz and video game music to sound like. Download it above or stream it below.

Thundercat also just announced a fall tour which brings him to NYC on November 25 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/27) at noon. He'll be in NYC even sooner, however, to perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with The Roots tonight (9/26).

All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Thundercat released a song in honor of the late Nintendo boss, announced a tour (dates & MP3)"

Wavves at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Wavves

Earlier today, we mentioned that a bunch of punkish bands were added to Jay Z's Made In America festival, which goes down at Philly's Benjamin Franklin Parkway (8/31-9/1) this weekend. Since posting, one more band that fits that description has been added: Wavves. They play the Liberty Stage at 2:30 PM on Sunday. Full schedule here and tickets here.

Wavves will be in NYC when their tour with King Tuff and Jacuzzi Boys hits Irving Plaza on October 3. Tickets for that show are still available.

Meanwhile, Nathan Williams and Stephen Pope of Wavves were also revealed (in an interview with Rolling Stone) as two of the radio hosts on the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V game that Rockstar Games is putting out on September 17. You can watch the trailer for GTA5 that came out today that features a song by Chain Gang of 1974 (Remember them? They're still a band.) below.

The game also includes a station hosted by Flying Lotus which will play much of his own music, along with tracks from Tyler the Creator, Outkast, Aphex Twin, Machinedrum, DJ Rashad, Thundercat, Clams Casino, Dabrye, Kingdom and Shadow Child.

Other hosts include Pam Grier, Bootsy Collins, Kenny Loggins and dancing outlaw Jesco White (!). And additionally, the game's score is being done by Tangerine Dream, The Alchemist, Oh No, and Woody Jackson (Red Dead Redemption, LA Noire).

Updated Wavves dates are listed, along with a video, below...

Continue reading "Wavves expand tour, added to Made In America Festival, in 'Grand Theft Auto V' w/ Flying Lotus & more (dates)"

Earl Sweatshirt

Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt has been talking about his Doris album for a long time, and last month he finally announced it'd be out on August 20. Now, a few days ahead of that release, Odd Future have made it available to stream, via their tumblr. Head there to check it out.

Earl is also featured on the new Adult Swim Single Series track from Captain Murphy, aka the rap alter-ego of Flying Lotus. The song is called "Between Villains" and also features MF DOOM's alter-ego, Viktor Vaughn and frequent FlyLo collaborator Thundercat. Stream that track below too (via Pitchfork).

Earl will be in the NYC-area this October for Rock the Bells NJ. All tour dates are listed, along with that song stream and the Doris tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Earl Sweatshirt streaming new album, featured on a new Captain Murphy track w/ Viktor Vaughn and Thundercat"

Danny Brown at Knitting Factory in March (more by Fred Pessaro)
Danny Brown

Peter Murphy @ The Belmont in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
Peter Murphy

today in NYC
* Q-Tip @ Cielo
* Snakeoil @ The Stone
* Owen Cohen @ Pianos
* The Tony Show @ UCB East
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Sinkane (DJ) @ Union Pool
* John Hodgman @ Union Hall
* Ronnie Spector @ City Winery
* Danny Brown, Kitty @ Irving Plaza
* James Blake, FaltyDL @ Terminal 5
* The Veils, Lantern @ Bowery Ballroom
* L.A. Guns, Splinter @ Bowery Electric
* Rihanna, A$AP Rocky @ Barclays Center
* Jadakiss, AZ, Smif N Wessun @ Stage 48
* Lazurite, Picastro, Max Alper @ Big Snow
* Spin Doctors, James Maddock @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Brazos, Companion, Cat Martino @ Cameo Gallery
* Japanther, Tweens, Grand Rapids @ Shea Stadium
* Implodes, The Phantom Family Halo @ Death By Audio
* Arum Mae, The Binary Sea, Celine Du Terte @ Maxwell's
* Boris, Stephen Brodsky, Amen Dunes @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Peter Murphy plays Bauhaus, Ours, Loudboy @ Webster Hall
* Nat Osborne Band, Rocket and the Ghost @ Mercury Lounge
* The Nepotist, Katie Buchanan, Roofer's Union @ Cake Shop
* Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch, Noveller @ Mercury Lounge
* Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan, David Huntsberger @ The Bell House
* Little Boots, Avan Lava, Feathers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* "Beginnings" w/ Sam Seder, JJ Sedelmaier, Parquet Courts, Dan Friel @ UCB East
* Wakey! Wakey!, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Mia Dyson @ Rockwood Music Hall
* R.A. the The Rugged Man, Havoc (of Mobb Deep), Julian Rhine @ Highline Ballroom
* Belle Mare, Andy Schuman & Darkhorse, Idgy Dean, Precious Bones, Colleen Sturtevant @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Mykki Blanco, LE1F, Laurel Halo, Venus X, Spank DJs, The Peronists, Crazy Bitch In A Cave, papercutz @ Glasslands

Tonight at UCB East is a live taping of the "Beginnings" podcast where comedians and musicians talk about how they got their start. Appearing tonight are Sam Seder (Bob's Burgers), J.J. Sedelmaier (Beavis & Butthead) Parquet Courts and musical guest Dan Friel.

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Kirin J Callinan just released a video for his new track "Embracism," which leads you through his morning routine. You can watch the NSFW clip below.

Thundercat released another song from his upcoming LP, Apocalypse, called "Oh Sheit It's X," which was co-produced by Flying Lotus. FlyLo and Thundercat both just played Terminal 5 last night (5/6) and the night before that. Listen to the new song below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday?"

photos by Greg Cristman

"A night of Round Robin improvs and Julia Holter just adjusted her sheet music??? #undeadjazz #redmusicacademy" - Bill Bragin

"James Chance. You too with the sheet music?" - Bill Bragin

Andrew Bird & Joe Lavano / Kim Gordon / Julia Holter & Thundercat
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets

The Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency continued last night (5/1) with the sold-out Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets, which went down at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. The night featured a ton of incredible performers, including (in order of appearance) Jameszoo, Questlove, Matana Roberts, Mary Halvorson, Thundercat, Julia Holter, Kim Gordon, Dosh, Roy Hargrove, James Chance, Kim Gordon, Andrew WK, Bernie Worrell, Glenn Gotche, Erik Friedlander, Vijay Iyer, Robert Glasper, DJ Spinna, Don Byron, Andrew Bird, and Joe Lovano. Pictures from that night are in this post.

Many of the performers have other upcoming Red Bull Music Academy events (or non-RBMA shows) in NYC too. Kim Gordon plays tonight (5/2) at Knockdown Center in Queens as one half of the duo Body/Head with Bill Nace. Other artists on the bill include Stephen O'Malley, Prurient, Vatican Shadow, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Noveller, Mick Barr, Pharmakon, Pete Swanson and many more. That show appears sold out is back on sale.

Thundercat, who has a new album on the way, plays with Flying Lotus on May 5 and 6 at Terminal 5. Tickets for both nights are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to each night.

After the RBMA residency is over, Julia Holter plays Le Poisson Rouge on July 12 with Jessica Pratt. Tickets for that show are still available.

The "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" also doubled as part of the Undead Music Festival, which includes another Andrew Bird and Martin Dosh show on Saturday (5/4) at Shapeshifter Lab, where he'll be playing as a duo with Martin Dosh. The rest of that bill includes Jeremy Ylvisaker and Todd Sickafoose. Tickets for that are still available.

Andrew WK is touring as a the singer of Marky Ramone's band, and that tour hits NYC on Friday (5/3) at Santos (tickets) and October 3 at Irving (tickets).

More pictures from the "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" below...

Continue reading "Andrew Bird, Questlove, Thundercat, Kim Gordon and others played the 'Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets' (pics)"

Flying Lotus at SXSW 2013 (more by Kevin Figueroa)
Flying Lotus

The Red Bull Music Academy began their huge NYC residency (details HERE and HERE) last night (4/28) with a party by FIXED DJs and TURBOTAX DJs. It was the first of many events that happen in NYC through May 31.

Like last night, many of these shows are shows are sold out at this point, but there's still some great ones that you can grab tickets for. On May 2, the 'Drone Activity In Progress' show goes down at the Knockdown Center in Queens with sets from Stephen O'Malley, Body/Head (aka Kim Gordon and Bill Nace), Prurient, Vatican Shadow, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Noveller, Mick Barr, Pharmakon, Pete Swanson, and many others. Tickets for that one are still available.

Brian Eno is doing his '77 Million Paintings' piece at Cafe Rouge on May 4, and though the first four shows of the night are sold out, if you're willing to stay up late (or wake up early), you can still grab tickets to the 4 AM show.

Tickets are still available for The Bunker party at Public Assembly on May 4 with Andy Stott, Objekt, Octo Octa, and more.

Tickets are still available to see Blondes, Rudi Zygadlo, Mike Simonetii, and others at Cameo on May 7.

You can still get tickets to see the especially interesting lineup of Big Freedia, Drop the Lime, DJ Spinn & DJ Rashad, Salva, Afrika Baambata, Egyptian Lover, and more on May 23 at Santos Party House.

Another great one is Oneohtrix Point Never, Factory Floor, Evian Christ, Bill Kouligas, and others at Saint Vitus on May 26. Tickets for that one are still on sale.

There's also the 'Pass the Gates: NYC In Dub' show at Le Poisson Rouge on May 30 which sees dub/reggae legends teaming up with younger, modern groups. The lineup includes Lee "Scratch" Perry with Subtaomic Sound System vs Adrian Sherwood, The Congos vs Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras and the Raw Power Band, and Peaking Lights In A Dub Style vs Future Times (aka Maxmillion Dunbar and Protect-U). Tickets are on sale.

And of course, there's Flying Lotus, who brings his tour with Thundercat to Terminal 5 on May 5 and 6. Nigel Godrich's band Ultraista are on both dates. En2ak opens the first and DJ Rafik opens the second. Tickets for both nights are still on sale and we're also giving a pair to each night.

And as mentioned, Flying Lotus will be making his NYC debut under his Captain Murphy monker, during RBMA as well, at the sold-out Brainfeeder session at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (4/30) that also features a DJ set from Erykah Badu, plus performances from The Underachievers, Teebs, Azizi Gibson, and PBDY.

Details on how to enter to win FlyLo tickets are below.

Continue reading "Red Bull Music Academy begins, win tix to Flying Lotus"

by Andrew Sacher

Thundercat

Thundercat (aka bass freak Stephen Bruner) is set to release the followup to his 2011 debut, The Golden Age of Apocalypse, this year. The new album is called Apocalypse and it was executive produced by Brainfeeder label head/frequent Thundercat collaborator Flying Lotus. The album will be out via Brainfeeder on July 9. Check out the first single, "Heartbreaks + Setbacks," whose melody is seriously reminding me of "Yeah" by Usher, below.

As mentioned, Thundercat and Flying Lotus are also touring together this year, which will bring them to NYC for Red Bull Music Academy shows on May 5 and 6 at Terminal 5. Nigel Godrich's band, Ultraista, are also on both of those shows. Tickets for both are still available. While Thundercat is in NYC, he's also doing Red Bull Music Academy's Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets, which happens on May 1 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple with Andrew Bird, Questlove, James Chance, Julia Holter, Kim Gordon, Andrew WK, and many others (sold out).

All dates are listed, along with the song stream and Apocalypse tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Thundercat announces new LP, on tour soon w/ Flying Lotus"

Mykki Blanco at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mykki Blanco
Andrew Bird w/ Yo La Tengo on Hanukkah 2012 (more by PSquared Photography)
Andrew Bird

The Red Bull Music Academy already announced a huge NYC residency which includes a number of great shows at multiple venues, and this thing just keeps getting bigger and better. RBMA has now announced some new shows and updates to previously-announced ones. For example, the "Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets" that's happening on May 1 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple has added Andrew Bird, Robert Glasper, Vijay Iyer and Roy Hargrove to the mix that already included Questlove, Andrew WK, James Chance, Julia Holter, Kim Gordon, Thundercat, and others. Tickets for that show are still available. The full lineup is below.

UK DFA-signed dance trio Factory Floor will be joining their labelmates at the massive 12 Years of DFA Records, which takes place at Brooklyn's dazzling Grand Prospect Hall on May 25 (tickets). They were also added as DJs to the recently discussed Evian Christ and Oneohtrix Point Never show happening at Saint Vitus on May 26 (tickets).

Rapper Mykki Blanco, who just headlined Bowery Ballroom, and who was recently announced for this weekend's (4/5-7) Blues for Smoke festival at the Whitney Museum with Le1f, has also been added to Le1f's RBMA show. That show happens on May 7 at Glasslands with Laurel Halo, Venus X, Spank DJs, and others (tickets).

And UK bass/house producer Mosca and Mathew Jonson have been added to the closing night party on May 31 at 74 Wythe Ave that also features L.I.E.S. feat. Legowelt, Beautiful Swimmers, Marcos Cabral, Willie Burns, Bookworms, Professor Genius, Jahiliyya Fields, Shawn O'Sullivan + Kerri Chandler, and Red Bull Music Academy Allstars. Tickets are still available.

Updated Red Bull Music Academy schedule HERE. The full list of lineup additions for the residency and the full lineup for the "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" show below...

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Flying Lotus & Herbie Hancock
Flying Lotus

As mentioned, Flying Lotus is going on a tour this year which comes to NYC on May 5 at Terminal 5 for a show with Nigel Godrich's band, Ultraista, Thundercat (with live band), and En2ak. Tickets for that show are still available, but perhaps that won't be true for long because FlyLo has added another date happening at Terminal 5 on May 6. That one's also with Ultraista and Thundercat, and DJ Rafik opens. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/29) at noon.

In related news, FACT just pointed to a Vine clip that FlyLo tweeted which shows him in the studio with Thundercat and Herbie Hancock. No other info has been revealed on that, but stay tuned.

Updated dates are listed, along with the new Captain Murphy video (aka FlyLo's rap alter ego) for "The Killing Joke," below...

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