Entries tagged with: Venus X
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"Not every dance party starts -- as did M.I.A.'s show on Friday night at Terminal 5 -- with a live video transmission from Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, urging a sold-out crowd to fight the "military occupation of cyberspace." Mr. Assange called M.I.A. "the most courageous woman working in Western music" and "prescient." He cited lyrics from "The Message," a song M.I.A. released in 2010 with the lines "iPhone connected to the Internet/Connected to the Google/Connected to the government," and added, "It turns out she was right."" [NY Times]Video of Julian's entire speech is below along with more pictures from the show.
But back to the dance party... Big Freedia shows and a zillion Miley Cyrus extended-Halloween costumes weren't the only ways to get your twerk on this weekend. M.I.A. took a moment during Galang to do the dance move of the moment. Many in the engergetic crowd were doing the same.
Venus X and a drummer for Maya and her backup singer, kept things moving at a driving, if slightly repetitive, pace, with the only downtempo break happening during closer Sexodus, Weeknd samples included. It felt a bit strange to end such a high energy, dynamic set on a lower note, but the highs were high enough, so nobody seemed to mind. Sacks of coloredpowder thrown into the dancing audience and a whirling carnival of colorful lights provided the backdrop for M.I.A. and her Versace-clad backup dancers
On Sunday, M.I.A. appeared at/on the new YouTube Video Awards to play "Come Walk With Me". She returns to Terminal 5 on Monday night for a 2nd sold out big NYC show. More pictures from the first, along with M.I.A.'s full setlist and the Julian video, below...
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Volcano Choir (w/ Justin Vernon), Sylvan Esso @ Webster Hall
Bon Iver's been quiet lately, but luckily main man Justin Vernon has been far from it (I don't think he knows how to be anything else). He's collaborated with a ton of artists this year (Kanye, Polica, Blind Boys of Alabama), put out a record with his blues band The Shouting Matches, and now he's got one out with Volcano Choir, his collaborative project with Collections of Colonies of Bees. Their new album is the most similar to Bon Iver of all his side projects, and tonight you can see what their live show has got to offer at Webster Hall. Opening the show is Sylvan Esso, the new duo of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn.
Stay Positive, ITAL (D), Shannon F (DJ), Evan Michael (DJ) @ Glasslands
Stay Positive makes the kind of '90s pop-house that Disclosure helped bring back into style, and tonight the UK producer makes his US debut at this BrooklynVegan co-presented show. Tickets are still available.
Basilica Sound Scape w/ Teengirl Fantasy, Pure X, No Joy, Cass McCombs, DIIV @ Basilica Hudson
It's the second day of Hudson, NY's Basilica Sound Scape festival, and tonight's lineup may not be as diverse as yesterday's, but it's excellent all the same. Tonight they've got psychedelic dance duo Teengirl Fantasy, Montreal shoegazers No Joy, dream pop trio Pure X, prolific songwriter Cass McCombs, some band that just played with blink-182 called DIIV, and more.
Zola Jesus, JG Thirlwell @ Out Lady of Lebanon Cathedral
Having just released Versions, an orchestral reworking of many of her songs. Tonight you can hear it live, with help from arranger JG Thirwell and strings courtesy the Wordless Music Orchestra. A few tickets are still available.
D.O.A., Disaster Strikes, Agitator, Stale Phish @ Europa
Canada has been churning out a ridiculous amount of great punk lately (White Lung, Single Mothers, METZ, Greys, Nu Sensae, etc), but don't forget that's not a new thing. Back in the late '70s/early '80s when bands like Black Flag, The Germs, Minor Threat, The Misfts, etc were shaping a now-classic style of hardcore, Vancouver's D.O.A were doing the same thing, and their early records are essential listening for that era. After 35 years of making music, the band are now on their farewell tour, which hits NYC tonight.
The Dirtbombs @ Shinola Flagship NYC
Detroit garage vets The Dirtbombs are in town to play the block party opening for bike/watch store Shinola's new NYC location. Their new album Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-blooey! is an ode to '60s bubblegum and a lot of fun. Dirtbombs are on at 3 PM.
Alt-J, Royal Canoe @ Hammerstein Ballroom
A year ago, Alt-J were playing Glasslands and Mercury Lounge. Since then, their debut album, An Awesome Wave, won the Mercury Prize and the band have been playing bigger venues every time through. And after a summer of playing big outdoor festivals, they're probably ready for somewhere like Hamerstein.
Majical Cloudz, Moon King @ Mercury Lounge
Montreal's Majical Cloudz make soulful, minimal music that can be a captivating live experience, due mainly to Devon Welsh intense stage presence. This is the first of two NYC shows this weekend, both of which are with Toronto's Moon King who are definitely worth getting there early for.
Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Tenement, Heaven's Gate @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Three Don Giovanni bands, Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, and Tenement, are on a tour together this year and coming to NYC for shows at MHOW tonight and Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday. The tour is a nice celebration for this label, which has been around for ten years but experienced a serious rise in public attention this year, and these should be some great shows.
Ghet20 Gothik DJs, Mike Q, Byrell the Great, Jubilee, $hayne, Venus X @ Output
A number of names on NYC's underground electronic scene come together for an Aaliyah tribute at Output tonight.
Strngrs, Lightning Dust, Louise Burns, Eros and the Eschaton @ Pianos
What started as a Black Mountain side project, duo Lightning Dust now have three albums under their belt, most recently, Fantasy, having been released this summer finds them adding electronics to their psychedelic folk sound.
Phone Home, Psychic Teens, Weird Womb, Slow Warm Death @ Shea Stadium
This whole bill should be great, but two bands of exceptional note are Philly post-punks Psychic Teens, who recently released the very solid Come LP, and Brooklyn garage punks Slow Warm Death. SWD is fronted by John Galm (Snowing, Street Smart Cyclist), but he does a much different style in this band, and does it very well at that.
Kayo Dot, Ahleuchatistas @ The Bowery Electric
Toby Driver's long-running Kayo Dot defy easy categorization, part heavy riffage, part chamber ensemble.
Computer Magic, Heliotropes, Soda Shop @ Glasslands
Tonight's a disparate but nonetheless quality bill of local acts: synthy Computer Magic, the riff-rock of Heliotropes and indiepop stylings of Soda Shop.
NGUZUNGUZU, Dubbel Dutch, J-Cush, Durban @ Coco 66
It's another Lit City Rave at 285 Kent, and as usual they've got a lineup that will keep you dancing all night. It's headlined by LA weirdo-bass duo Nguzunguzu, and also features Dubbel Dutch, and J-Cush and Durban going b2b. UPDATE: this was supposed to happen at 285 Kent but is now happening at Coco 66 in Greenpoint.
Summer Thunder w/ Gentlemen Jets, Martin Crane, Dungeonesse (DJ), D. Jane Gherkin (DJ) @ Union Pool
Union Pool's free backyard Saturday series rolls on through September and this week is brought to you by the folks at Secretly Canadian. We're not sure who Gentlemen Jets are, but we do know that Brazos' singer Martin Crane will perform a solo set. 2PM - 6PM.
Tiger Flowers, Meek Is Murder, Johnny Booth, Hivesmasher, So Hideous @ The Grand Victory
Two killer NYC hardcore bands, Tiger Flowers and Meek Is Murder (who have a split video out), team up to pulverize Grand Victory tonight. If you're going to this sure-to-be-wild show, don't miss local post-metal crew So Hideous either.
Anathema, Alcest @ Gramercy Theater
Once a black metal band, France's Alcest have gotten progressively more shoegaze with each album (their latest being 2012's Les Voyages de l'Ame), and tonight they bring their walls of sound to Gramercy Theater on their tour with Anathema.
Save Domino Party @ The Ides
The Domino Sugar Factory is scheduled to be torn down this month, but the "Save Domino" campaign is still at it, beyond the lit sign on the side of that building. Tonight there's a "Save Domino" party happening -- somewhat ironically -- at the Wythe Hotel's Ides rooftop bar. Dragons of Zynth, Heaven, and See Through will play live and comedian Seth Herzog will be your host for the evening. RSVP for the party by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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by Andrew Sacher
Laurel Halo at Glasslands - 5/7/13 (via Impose)
Earlier this month (5/7), Brooklyn venue Glasslands hosted a great multi-genre bill as part of the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency with sets from rappers Mykki Blanco and Le1f, arty electronic music from Laurel Halo, Crazy Bitch In A Cave, and Papercutz, and DJ sets from Venus X and Spank DJs. Did you go to that show? If so, how was it?
Red Bull Music Academy just posted a video of Mykki Blanco performing "Feeling Special" and Le1f performing "Wut" to their Youtube channel, and you can watch both videos below. You can also stream Venus X's set over at RBMA Radio.
"Feeling Special" appears on Mykki Blanco's new EP, Betty Rubble: The Initiation, which came out this week (5/21) via UNO. If you liked Mykki's debut mixtape, Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss, you'll likely be a fan of the new EP too. You can stream it in full at Pitchfork and listen to two of its tracks below.
Le1f also recently made a video for "Spa Day" off his Fly Zone mixtape. That video, and all other streams and videos below...
Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt will be making his SXSW debut this year (he wasn't there when the rest of his crew first played), and will be doing collaborative sets with Captain Murphy, aka Flying Lotus' rap alter ego (who collaborated with him on "Between Friends"). Those sets include the Life or Death showcase on Wednesday (3/13) at Scoot Inn at midnight, the Green Label Sound showcase on Friday (3/15) at Lucille at 9:30 PM, and FADER Fort on Saturday (3/16) at 6 PM. Flyers for all three of those shows with full lineups are below.
Earl just appeared at Flying Lotus' LA show at Low End Theory last week (3/7) and they performed three tracks off Earl's upcoming album, Doris, "Burgundy" (produced by Pharrell), "Hive," and "Guild." Mac Miller is featured on that last one and he was at the LA show too. You can check it all out in a video from the show, which is below. Also below is the video for previously released Doris track, "Chum," and Earl has another new video on the way too.
UPDATE: Venus X is not playing the Santos show. She tweeted, "PLEASE RT I WILL NOT BE HEADLINING SANTOS THIS FRIDAY. NYC GOTTA WAIT A LITTLE BIT LONGER FOR ME SORRY KIDDOS."
A list of all dates and song streams below.
Fatima Al Qadiri at MoMA PS1 in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
Fatima Al Qadiri (who sometimes goes by Ayshay), Nguzunguzu, Total Freedom, Venus XTC, $hayne, and J-Cush are DJing a pre-Halloween show in NYC on October 27 at Club Hell at Knockdown Center, which is a converted factory in Queens (52-19 Flushing Ave). Hosted by 319 Scholes, UNO NYC are guest curators and it's an all night event running from 11 PM to 6 AM (rave till dawn). $15 early bird tickets are on sale now. When those sell out, tickets will be $15 and it's $20 at the door. The flier for this show is below.
Nguzunguzu, who just played Adventures in Modern Music in Chicago, recently made a mix for SSENSE, which you can stream below.
Fatima Al Qadiri released her Genre-Specific Xperience EP last year via UNO following her Ayshay EP on Tri Angle. You can stream some cuts from Genre-Specific Xperience below.
Rain Machine at BAM in 2010 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
As mentioned, the free Afropunk Festival returns to Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25-26. You can check out the full schedule for the fest at the bottom of this post. On the Saturday (8/25), the Green Stage will be headlined by Erykah Badu and the Red Stage by Das Racist. On the Sunday (8/26), the Green Stage will be headlined by TV on the Radio following sets by Toro y Moi and Reggie Watts and the Red Stage will be headlined by Janelle Monae.
Speaking of TV on the Radio, Kyp Malone's solo project Rain Machine has a NYC show coming up, that will take place soon after Afropunk at Union Pool on September 1 with Soft Location and Slowdance. No other Rain Machine dates to report at the moment.
Sinkane, who also plays Afropunk Fest, continues his residency at Zebulon tonight (8/20).
2012 Afropunk Fest schedule is below.
TV on the Radio at Catalpa 2012 (more by Toby Tenebaum)
As mentioned, the free Afro-Punk Festival is returning to Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 25-26. Since then, the lineup has been expanded, and now joining the initial announcement of Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Toro y Moi, Das Racist, Reggie Watts, and more is TV on the Radio (who will be headlining), Sinkane, Alice Smith, Flatbush Zombies, Radkey, Joe Jordan Experiment (JJX), and Purple Ferdinand.. Plus, the following DJs have been added: The Supasonics, Grits and Biscuits, DJ Pete Smoke Les, Stack-Aly, Roofeeo and VENUS X GHE20GOTH1K.
There will also be a Bites & Beats Food Truck Festival, an Afro-Punk Spinthrift Market, a motorcycle show, and a Nike Battle For the Streets Skate Competition, hosted by Alex Corporan and Billy Rohan. More details on these are below.
The updated lineup, flier and an Afro-Punk exclusive film, I Am Other, are below.
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, the next Shortcuts party goes down at Santos Party House on July 19. Kool A.D. (of Das Racist) was originally scheduled to play but he has since dropped off. (He'll still play Mercury Lounge on July 30 though, and tickets for that show are still available.) The lineup for the Shortcuts party as it currently stands is Angel Haze, Carrie Wilds, King Leo, and DJ sets by Venus X and Covert Kids. Tickets for that show are still available.
For 21 year old NYC rapper Angel Haze, the Shortcuts party doubles as a release party for her new EP, Reservation, which comes out on July 17 via True Panther/Noizy Cricket/Biz 3 Records and as her live NYC debut. You can download two tracks from that EP at the top of this post -- "New York" and the just-revealed "Werkin' Girls." She's got rapid fast flow and a no-bullshit attitude that makes her one of the most compelling rappers to recently hit the scene.
Streams of "New York" and "Werkin' Girls" are below, along with artwork for each track and the flier for the Santos show...
POP Montreal is returning to Montreal this year from September 19 - 23. The initial lineup was revealed and it includes Grizzly Bear, Gang Gang Dance, David Byrne, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter, I Break Horses, Hot Snakes, Dirty Three, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Cate Le Bon, Bertrand Burgulat (!), and more. The full initial lineup is listed below and many more announcements to come. Early Bird tickets are on sale until June 30, when regular sale begins.
Meanwhile, Montreal will be getting the Ohsheaga Festival even sooner.
Initial POP Montreal lineup below...