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photos by Amanda Hatfield
Kendrick Lamar @ Williamsburg Park - 9/10/13
Kendrick Lamar brought his never-ending tour back to NYC last night (9/10) for at least the fifth time this year to headline big outdoor Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park. The rapper (joined by a live band!) played a ton of favorites from his great 2012 album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, in addition to other live show staples like his verse on A$AP Rocky's "Fuckin' Problems." Plus he took a minute or two to address his beef with Meek Mill (who shared a bill with Kendrick's Black Hippy partner Schoolboy Q at Williamsburg Park in July).
Opening the show was the other two Black Hippy members Ab-Soul and Jay Rock, in addition to young upcoming Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru. Pictures from the show are in this post.
More pictures from Williamsburg Park below...
2 Chainz at Made In America 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
2 Chainz was supposed to play a release show for his new album on September 15 at Williamsburg, but that show has been cancelled "due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts." Refunds are available at point of purchase.
Joey Bada$$ at NXNE 2013 (more by David Andrako)
The Smokers Club Tour (which has previously included artists like Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA and more) is returning this year with a new lineup co-headlined by Black Hippy's Ab-Soul and Pro Era's Joey Bada$$. The rest of the Pro Era crew will be on the tour too, as will Joey's Beast Coast tourmates The Underachievers. It also features Chevy Woods, Cashius Green w/ Pheo, June, Minty Burnes, Shortstop, and Uiie P. All dates, including shows in New Haven and Philly, are listed below.
Though the tour doesn't currently include any NYC dates, you can catch The Underachievers in NYC when they play a Couch Sessions show at The Paper Box on Sunday (9/1) with Sango, Kendra Morris and many more. Admission is $5 with RSVP or $10 at the door. More info on that show here.
Ab-Soul will also be in NYC to open for his Black Hippy crewmate Kendrick Lamar when he plays Williamsburg Park on September 10. That show also includes another Black Hippy member, Jay Rock, and young upcoming Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru (who we caught opening for Ab-Soul earlier this year). Tickets for that show are still available.
Joey also just offered his response to Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse with his song "Killuminati Pt. 2." Listen to that, along with the list of all Smokers Club Tour dates, the tour flyer, and other song streams, below...
Danny Brown at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Fool's Gold Records are returning with their free Labor Day (9/2) party, Fool's Gold Day Off again this year. Unlike past years, when it was held in the City Winery backyard, this year it's taking place at big outdoor Brooklyn venue, Williamsburg Park. The lineup includes Danny Brown (who also played last year), Run the Jewels (aka Killer Mike and El-P, who we just caught at Webster Hall), Migos, A$AP Ferg, World's Fair, Action Bronson collaborator Party Supplies, Duck Sauce, Unibros (special DJ set), Grandemarshall, Nick Catchdubs, #BEEN#TRILL, and "special guests." The party runs from 2 PM-10 PM, and though it's free, you do have to RSVP (entry is still first come, first served, though). Show flyer below.
Danny Brown, who just released a new track, can also be seen for free in NYC even sooner at Afro-Punk Festival (8/24-25). After Fool's Gold Day Off, he heads out on a tour with Action Bronson that ends in NJ for Rock the Bells this October.
A$AP Ferg is releasing his new album, Trap Lord, this week (8/20). The album features guest appearances from A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Bone Thugs N Harmony, and more, and it can be streamed in full at Ferg's website.
Fool's Gold Day Off flyer below...
photos by Dylan Johnson
Major Lazer / the crowd / party's over early for some
The always-wild Mad Decent Block Party happened on Saturday (8/11) at Williamsburg Park, with Major Lazer, Matt & Kim, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, the occasional naked guy, and general debauchery. Once Williamsburg Park closed, the afterparty kept things going at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
More pics from Mad Decent Block Party 2013 (some of which are NSFW) are below.
2 Chainz at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Hook rapper 2 Chainz, who we just heard on Drake's new single, is touring this year, and he'll be coming to NYC for a big outdoor show on September 15 at Williamsburg Park, five days after Kendrick Lamar plays the same venue. It's being billed as a release show for his new album, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, which is due out on September 10. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/9) at noon.
In addition to being on Drake's new single, 2 Chainz also recently released his own new single, "Where U Been" (produced by Mike Will Made It), which possibly appears on his upcoming album. You can listen to that song, along with a list of all tour dates, below...
D'Angelo recently in Brooklyn (more by PSquared Photography)
D'Angelo's concert Wednesday at House of Blues was canceled Monday "due to a medical emergency."Get well soon D'angelo, hopefully soon enough for you to play your set this weekend at San Francisco music festival Outside Lands.
A statement from the promoters Live Nation said D'Angelo "expresses his sincere regret due to this unfortunate circumstance."
An agent for the singer said, "It's serious, but he should be OK," according to a House of Blues executive. [Chicago Tribune]
Meanwhile, if you were hoping for a rescheduled date at Williamsburg Park, you can stop hoping. The "postponed" show is officially cancelled. "Ticket refunds are available at point of purchase."
Kendrick Lamar at Firefly 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Remember that Kendrick Lamar was going to play a big outdoor NYC show at Williamsburg Park on September 10, but then cancelled it the day it was going on sale? Well now it's un-cancelled, and will in fact be happening. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (8/2) at noon with a Power 105.1 presale starting Thursady (8/1) at 10 AM and a venue presale starting Thursday (8/1) at noon. Fingers crossed it stays uncancelled this time.
All tour dates, including Rock the Bells, are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
New Order @ Williamsburg Park, 7/24/2013 (via @panenka4x)
Sometimes even the most familiar songs have the ability to transfix. New Order's "Blue Monday" is their most famous song, which remains the biggest-selling 12" single of all time, and has been released in various forms a handfull of times. It is a song I don't think I need to ever hear again and, yet, last night (7/24) at Williamsburg Park, near the end of the song when the arpeggiated guitar lines begin weaving their way in, I heard something new. The perfect weather and good vibes crowd may have had something to do with it, too.
I've seen New Order a few times over the years, including a couple times with the original line-up. While bassist Peter Hook's presence is missed -- his playing style can be emulated, but his rocker look and low-slung bass are nearly as iconic -- it kinda seemed clear that the other members of the band don't feel that way. Despite Bernard Summer playing on a broken leg (no crutches though), they definitely seemed to be having more fun than the couple times I've seen them since they reactivated in 2000 and this was easily the most hit-filled set I've ever seen them do.
Hook's acrimonious departure and Gillian Gilbert's return to the live band (mostly keyboards) also has brought back a little more of the dancier numbers to the setlist. Last night we got "World" from Republic (which doesn't really feature much Hook-style bass, a point of contention at the time), and revamped versions of Power, Corruption & Lies' "5 8 6" and Joy Division's "Isolation," the latter of which was made into a housey dance anthem (which I thought worked pretty well).
There were also classics like "Ceremony," "Age of Consent," "Your Silent Face," "Love Vigilantes," "Bizzare Love Triangle" and more. The three-song encore was all Joy Division, ending with "Love Will Tear Us Apart" that also got a bit of a rework, with the keyboard line downplayed in favor of a more guitar pop arrangement. Personally, I could've done without any Joy Division songs and had more New Order, if it had meant getting maybe "Thieves Like Us," and a couple from Technique which they skipped entirely.
On the downside, for a band that is known for having some of the most amazing sleeve designs of the last 30 years, last night's show featured maybe the worst projections I've ever seen at a concert, some of which looked like '90s-era screensavers. During "Here to Stay" there was a vector graphics image of a keyboard's "CTRL" key floating around and 3-D imaged lyrics on screen. If there's one thing New Order don't need, it's attention called to their lyrics. While the images may have originated from designer Peter Saville (and some of their videos), the execution was a little distracting at times. Of course this is also a band whose singer played in a silver metallic Joy Division shirt. You could always just dance with your eyes closed.
Apart from that, I had a blast and so did the crowd at Williamsburg Park who were singing along through most of it. Which was good, as Sumner forgot the lyrics and came in at the wrong time more than once. Drummer Stephen Morris, however, remains an insanely accurate human drum machine, hammering away 16th notes for most of the show's 100-minute length.
Opening the show, the most packed Williamsburg Park show since the venue opened, were Holy Ghost! who are pretty openly New Order devotees (their video for "I Will Come Back" is basically a shot-for-shot remake of New Order's "Confusion"), especially that '83-'84 period when they were working with Arthur Baker. The band were six strong last night, including one guy whose job seemed to be controlling the massive racks of modular synths they brought with them. A nice lead-in to the evening.
Pictures from the show are coming later. Meanwhile, you can check out New Order's setlist, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Schoolboy Q at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Ridiculously prolific west coast rapper E-40 just dropped a new track, "All My Niggas," and it features his typically rapid fast flow joined by two of the best of-the-moment rappers, Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q. Check out the new song (via Stereogum) below).
As discussed, Schoolboy Q will be in NYC this weekend to open for Odd Future at their big outdoor Williamsburg Park show on Saturday (7/20). That show also includes Meek Mill, who just played the Mac Miller, Chance the Rapper, The Internet, Vince Staples show in NJ (but not the Hammerstein one), Queens crew World's Fair, and legendary DJ Funkmaster Flex. Tickets for Saturday's show are still available. Rain or shine.
In related news, Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator will be going on a tour later this year with Kid Cudi and Big Sean. That tour doesn't include any NYC-area dates, but all three rappers will hit the area in October for Rock the Bells. 2-day passes for Rock the Bells are still available. Logic, who does not play Rock the Bells, is also on that tour.
All Tyler dates are listed, along with the E-40 song, below...
Williamsburg Park earlier this year (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As you may know, outdoor Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park (at Kent Ave and N 12 St) is hosting shows again this summer. This year's series kicked off during Memorial Day Weekend with a show from The Shins and Man Man, and continues this Saturday (6/29) with a free show from the Julliard Jazz Ensemble. It's an afternoon show (4 PM) and open to the public.
On the down side, the Kendrick Lamar show at Williamsburg Park that was supposed to happen in September was just cancelled. But on the plus side, Charles Bradley will be playing there for free that month.
Other Williamsburg Park shows happening this summer: the Odd Future and Meek Mill show on July 20 which Schoolboy Q was just added to; New Order and Holy Ghost! on July 24; D'Angelo on August 1; and the Mad Decent Block Party (Major Lazer, Flosstradamus, Rockie Fresh & more) on August 10.
The Mad Decent Block party is sold out, but tickets are still available to all the other shows.
Full Williamsburg Park schedule (as it stands) below...
Charles Bradley at Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Classic soul devotee Charles Bradley returned this year with his new album, VIctim of Love (out now via Daptone), and already did some touring which included a NYC show at the legendary Apollo Theatre. Now he's got more upcoming dates, including festivals like MusicFestNW, FYF Fest, Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot, and free NYC show happening on September 20 at Williamsburg Park. At that show he'll be backed by Menahan Street Band and support comes from Budos Band and Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens. Doors are at 5:30 PM and the show starts at 7.
Speaking of Williamsburg Park, Kendrick Lamar just canceled his show there.
All upcoming dates are listed, along with a stream of "You Put The Flame On It" from his new LP, below...
Kendrick Lamar at Firefly 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Though their associate Schoolboy Q was just added to a show in Williamsburg Park, Kendrick Lamar and Ab-Soul's Williamsburg Park show scheduled for September 10 has officially been canceled, right as tickets were going on sale too. "Any pre-sale tickets purchased will be refunded at point of purchase."
Kendrick and Ab-Soul are still scheduled to play Rock the Bells though, with all of Black Hippy, Schoolboy Q included.
In related news, it was announced at the end of May that this weekend's Kanrocksas Festival in, you guessed it, Kansas, has been cancelled as well -- this one "due to insufficient ticket sales." Kendrick was scheduled to play that festival along with the unfucwitable lineup of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Passion Pit, MGMT, Miguel, Descendents, Grimes, Danny Brown, and more.
Kendrick Lamar at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Kendrick Lamar has been touring like crazy this year, having already played the NYC-area at Governors Ball, Summer Jam, Downtown Festival, and Roseland Ballroom, not to mention appearing with Ab-Soul at SOB's. He was also just kinda in the area this past weekend at Firefly Music Festival, and his tour schedule includes three more upcoming nearby festivals: Philly's Made In America, Boston's Boston Calling, and NJ's Rock The Bells.
Soon after playing Boston Calling, Kendrick will return to NYC for a headlining show at outdoor Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park on September 10 with support from Ab-Soul. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/28) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, along with a stream of the recent Schoolboy Q featuring Kendrick Lamar single, "Collard Greens," below...
D'Angelo at Brooklyn Bowl in March (more by PSquared Photography)
Reclusive neo-soul singer D'Angelo, who is slowly making his way back into the public eye and is still promising a new album, has a few festival appearances scheduled this year, like Outside Lands and ACL, and now he's scheduled a NYC show happening around then too. It's his largest headlining NYC show since his resurgence and it happens on August 1 at Williamsburg Park. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/14) at noon with a venue presale starting Thursday (6/13) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Shins @ Williamsburg Park
After a fairly miserable start to the Memorial Day weekend, the sun finally came out on Sunday (5/26), just in time for the first show of the season at outdoor venue Williamsburg Park featuring The Shins and openers Man Man. Pictures from that show are in this post. Did you go? How was it? The Shins' current tour also took them to Boston Calling over the weekend as well.
As it stands right now, the next scheduled show at Williamsburg Park isn't till July with Peter Rosenberg's 2nd Annual Birthday Show featuring Odd Future and Meek Mill on 7/20. Tickets for that show are still available.
More Shins/Man Man pictures below...
Tyler, the Creator @ MHOW, March 2013(more by Jason Bergman)
Earl Sweatshirt, who is about to link up with the touring Tyler, the Creator for some Earl Wolf shows in Texas, just played the Downtown Music Festival in NYC over the weekend. And now Odd Future have announced they'll all return to NYC to play a big Brooklyn show at Williamsburg Park on July 20. It's with Meek Mill and doubles as Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg's 2nd Annual Birthday Show. Tickets for that show go on venue presale on Thursday (5/14) at 10 AM with the regular on-sale happening Friday (5/10).
The Brooklyn show comes right before Meek Mill starts touring with Mac Miller and friends, a tour that also includes Earl Sweatshirt and The Internet on some dates.
Meanwhile, Tyler, the Creator is dealing with the controversy around one of the online Mountain Dew ads he helped create along with other members of Odd Future. The online video, one of three, was pulled after Syracuse University professor and social analyst Dr. Boyce Watkins called the spot "arguably the most racist commercial in history." Watkins has since mellowed, saying via Twitter "Studied your music, I have an altered perspective. Still could do without the ad, but I think you were well-intended. #respect." Tyler then spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the ad:
It was just a goat who liked Mountain Dew. He wanted more. The waitress lady got hurt. He got pulled over by the cops, and the lady points out the goat [in the lineup], who obviously attacked her because of the Mountain Dew. And that's it.Tyler may or may not have another online Mountain Dew ad coming. "Defer that question to Mountain Dew," said Tyler to THR.
I guess people are claiming that it's racist, which ... you know, that wasn't even portrayed in that commercial. There's no type of hate being portrayed in that work of art at all -- which I'm confused by. But this older black dude, Dr. Boyce Watkins, I guess he found it racist because I was portraying stereotypes, which is ridiculous because, one, all of those dudes [in the lineup] are my friends. Two, they're all basically in their own clothes. It was originally supposed to be just two dudes, but Garrett from Trash Talk came with his friend and other people had showed up, so I just put all of them in that lineup, if you really wanna know the truth. Three, no [commenters] saw that commercial and said, "This is racist." Everyone either said, "Wow, this is ridiculous. It's a goat talking," or they said, "Wow, this is the dumbest. Why would they even make this?" So for [Watkins] to nitpick and notice that, clearly shows his state of mind is on some other shit that I can't comprehend, for him to actually sit there and for him to notice that it's all blacks [in the lineup]. That wasn't my intention.
Tyler was recently in NYC for a live chat with Elliot Wilson at Highline Ballroom. Watch that in four parts below...
he MDBP 2013 artist Lineups and official event trailer are live! We're rolling through 13 cities this year featuring Major Lazer, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis and RIFF RAFF on select dates + More. Starting July 19th in Calgary and ending September 15th in San Diego, 2013's Mad Decent Block Party will be setting off on its largest festival undertaking to date, bringing a full day of musical performances and tons of fun on-site activitiesLineups and video below...
A limited number of Fanclub tickets go on sale tomorrow, which will also come with a FREE 30 day premium Mad Decent membership to their subscription service at https://drip.fm/mad-decent/. General tickets go on sale Friday & Saturday, VIP will also be offered at that time.
Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Williamsburg Waterfront aka East River State Park, was a hoppin' but short-lived outdoor Brooklyn venue back in 2011 that was replaced by Williamsburg Park right down the street in 2012, but Williamsburg Waterfront
may be making a musical comeback. Mad Decent have double confirmed that their NYC 'Block Party' this year will take place at the "Waterfront" and not the "Park" where they sort of had it last year.
UPDATE: Mad Decent got it wrong. Despite what their announcement said, and what their people double confirmed for me, AEG has just confirmed to us that the Mad Decent Block Party will in fact happen at Williamsburg Park again (and NOT Williamsburg Waterfront).
No word yet on whether this will be a trend of a one-off event in the "Waterfront" space.
Mad Decent Block Party (more by Brook Bobbins)
Tickets to the 13-city Mad Decent Block Party tour are on early bird, $20 presale now if you can get the website to load. And though we still don't know who exactly is performing, venues are now announced. Brooklyn happens
at Williamsburg Waterfront, not to be confused with Williamsburg Park where they tried to have it last year.
UPDATE: Mad Decent's announcement is wrong. The Brooklyn show will in fact be at Williamsburg Park and not Williamsburg Waterfront.
All dates and most venues are listed below...
New Order @ Roseland, Oct. 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The Peter Hook-less New Order just played the first of two Coachella weekends and will be playing other festivals too, like Lollapalooza and Osheaga in August. Before that, they'll play Williamsburg Park on July 24 with openers Holy Ghost!. Tickets go on AEG presale on Thursday (4/18) at 10 AM with the general on-sale happening Friday (4/19) at noon.
New Order were last in NYC in October playing Roseland. This is part of a string of dates for the Manchester synthpop legends and all tour dates are listed below.
The Shins @ Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Brooklyn outdoor venue Williamsburg Park will return for a second season of shows in 2013. No full line-up has been announced but The Shins will play the venue on Sunday, May 26 which is Memorial Day Weekend. Man Man open the show. Tickets go on AmEx and AEG presale on Thursday (3/28) at 10 AM with the general on-sale happening Friday (3/29) at noon.
All current Shins dates are below.
Animal Collective at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Animal Collective were scheduled to bring their tour with Micachu & the Shapes to Williamsburg Park tonight (10/5), but have cancelled. The band writes...
Hey everyone,Damn. Feel better Dave!
We really wish we didn?t have to be writing this right now, but after taking Dave to the doctor this morning it turns out that he has laryngitis and unfortunately we are unable to play the show tonight. We are already in the middle of trying to reschedule NY dates in the next couple of months to make up for this cancellation.
Due to circumstances beyond both our and the promoter's control, we are unable to honor the tickets for tonight's show. Fans that have tickets will be able to get full refunds at the place of purchase, and we will let everyone know as soon as we have new dates scheduled. Again, our sincere apologies to fans anticipating this show. We are always psyched to play NYC and will make it up to you.
Micachu & The Shapes were supposed to open, but you can still catch them Monday at LPR. Micachu also DJs at Cameo tonight.
Animal Collective did play Fallon last night though. You can watch below...
words by Kelly Pratt; photos by Bryan Murray
David Byrne & St. Vincent @ Beacon Theater 9/25/2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
NY, Philly, Bethesda, on to Nashville
Most of the band live in NY so it's great to come back and spend nearly a week on home turf. The Beacon Theatre is an ideal place for the show, partially because of the large number of balcony seats. The audience in the balcony is able to see the choreography more fully than one would in the first few rows. One song in which this is particularly rewarding is The Forest Awakes. The idea is to move freely, lining yourself up with someone or something on the stage. Therefore the movements in this piece are improvised in a completely different way every night. Another unique aspect of the show is the massive amount of samples, programmed primarily by Daniel Mintseris and triggered and played by him and drummer Brian Wolfe. The brass provide the backbone of the band, but the samples give the songs an electronic edge that take the sound firmly out of "brass band" territory.
Williamsburg Park, 2/29/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Williamsburg Park is our biggest show of the tour, and turns out to be our best response yet. In my experience NY crowds are among the iciest around, but this one brings the energy. Maybe it's that everyone is standing the whole time or maybe it's the cheaper ticket price bringing out more youngsters. Regardless we all have a great time, and depart NYC with a little sadness.
Our next show is in Bethesda, MD, a suburb of DC, at a large arts center. We arrive early so I make a few phone calls outside, where there are four large black SUVs in a row. I tend to pace around nervously while on the phone, and I can tell that some of the drivers of the caravan are paying attention to me. A few moments later the front door opens and a little girl walks out surrounded by two buff dudes with earpieces. It's one of the Obama daughters. The secret service escort her into the backseat of one of the vehicles and the caravan peels out. It seems like a lot of trouble for a ten-year old's ballet class. A little later we have the best laugh of the tour yet when Bryan tells us his workout routine. Having attempted running outdoors ("I tried running around Prospect Park, but that sucked!"), he now heads down to his basement and runs in place while watching The West Wing for 45 minutes. Whatever works...
Nashville next. See you soon,
David Byrne and St. Vincent play Atlanta, GA tonight (10/3) at the Cobb Energy Center. The rest of their tour dates are here.
The photos you see above are from other recent BrooklynVegan posts. An original set that accompanies this post, by Bryan Murray, can be seen below
David Byrne & St. Vincent @ Williamsburg Park
David Byrne and St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) played their third of three NYC shows on their tour together in support of their collaborative album, Love This Giant, at Williamsburg Park last night (9/29). The setlist didn't change much from the Beacon Theatre shows (or the rest of the tour), kicking off with Love This Giant singles, "Who" and "Weekend in The Dust;" and including Talking Heads favorites like "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)," "Burning Down The House," and "Road To Nowhere;" St. Vincent favorites like "Cheerleader," "Cruel," "The Party," and others; plus some David Byrne solo cuts and more off of Love This Giant.
The two pop wizards were in their own distinct characters throughout the show, as they were backed by a choreographed eight-piece horn section. (Who, not to mention, added great layers to the newly-worked out versions of Talking Heads/David Byrne/St Vincent songs.) David and Annie were both in admiration of each other during the songs from their respective projects, and though it was David who had the hits and got the crowd going most wild, Annie brought her own flare as well with physical guitar freakouts worked into all of her songs. They also had a shared moment as they "fought" with their hands over a theremin.
Have you been keeping up with Kelly Pratt's (aka main member of Bright Moments and co-musical director/member of David Byrne & St. Vincent's horn section) tour diary of his time on the road with David and Annie?
More pictures, videos, and the setlist from last night's show are below...