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photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack & Milos Markicevic

The Flaming Lips / Afghan Whigs / mohawks
Riot Fest 2014
Riot Fest 2014
Riot Fest 2014

Riot Fest Chicago kicked off this past Friday (9/12) in Humboldt Park and continued the following day with Samhain (playing Initium), The National, The Flaming Lips, Descendents (playing Milo Goes to College), The Get Up Kids (playing Something to Write Home About), The Afghan Whigs, Television, Buzzcocks, Samiam, Wavves and many more. Pictures of the second day, and Milos and Zach's reviews, are in this post.

I skipped the rainy first day of Riot Fest and waded through the muddy aftermath to The Dandy Warhols perform at the Riot Stage. Getting there early I used the extra time attempting (and failing) to clean my sneakers, which had accumulated enough mud under the soles to make them look like brown platform shoes. The Dandys hit the stage on time and managed to squeeze in a good variety of their hits in the short 45 minute set time, including "I Love You," "We Used To Be Friends," "Bohemian Like You," and "Boys Better." The sound was a bit off the first couple of songs, possibly having something to do with Courtney Taylor's dual mic setup. But overall the set was excellent and managed to distract me from the sinking feeling under my shoes. The band seemed to enjoy themselves, especially keyboardist Zia McCabe who danced like a hippy while playing her Korg synth and tambourine. I spotted her again later in the day rocking out among the audience during the Die Antwoord set. Overall my only complaint was that Dandy's set felt criminally short and left me craving more. --MM

I started off day 2 of the festival by catching NYC punk legends Television's late afternoon set on the Rise Stage. They delivered almost all of their classic Marquee Moon (3/4 of their current lineup recorded the LP), complete with its signature paranoid feel and fantastic interlocking guitar work. Though they don't play all that many shows these days, the band were way on at the fest and came off sounding just as powerful as their recordings. After watching a large part of their set, I headed over to the Riot Stage for something very different: Die Antwoord.

The South African rave rappers began their performance by piping a highly-effected "DJ Hi-Tek Rulez" over the sound system, which includes the hook "DJ Hi-Tek will fuck you in the ass." Their subsequent set followed suit, with more ridiculous and highly danceable songs. During what I stuck around for, rapper Ninja mooned the crowd multiple times and did some serious stage hopping with Yo-Landi Vi$$er. We then broke for food prior to The Afghan Whigs' set on the nearby Roots Stage. --ZP

The crowd waiting for the Whigs couldn't have been more different than the one we had left. Older and somber, they occasionally took furrowed glances at Die Antwoord's stage in manner similar to a disgruntled parent. The Afghan Whigs finally hit the stage at 4:15 sharp and the crowd erupted with a mix of excitement and relief. Greg Dulli and the band were dressed in the debonair style that they're known for and reached deep into their back log, pulling out favorites like "Debonair" from their classic Gentleman album (which they're reissuing this year). The band flat out rocked and Duli even slammed his own drum near the end of the set. It was a real pleasure seeing these guys fully back in action. --MM

After Afghan Whigs, we headed to the smaller Revolt Stage to catch Buffalo, NY punk pop trio Lemuria. The three-piece delivered a mix of tunes from last year's The Distance Is So Big and its predecessors with a ton of energy. The humble crowd they gathered seemed to eat it up too. Highlights included the driving "Clay Baby" and grungy "Brilliant Dancer." After a handful of songs from Lemuria, we headed over to the already-packed Roots Stage where Wu-Tang Clan would soon be playing.

The Wu entered with their classic party-starter "Bring Da Ruckus," followed by the majority of 36 Chambers. Standout moments from their overall fun set included the RZA-led "The Mystery Of Chessboxin'," "Protect Ya Neck," and the classic "C.R.E.A.M." RZA also gave Syl Johnson a big shout out while talking about influential Chicago artists. --ZP

The Flaming Lips were our next mark, who were to take the Roots Stage after Wu-Tang. Wayne Coyne and co. began their sprawling trip-out with "The Abandoned Hospital Ship" followed by "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1." The band had an elaborate, hanging fiber-optic setup and a stage-spanning screen with visuals behind them. When combined (most often with a tunnel-looking rainbow video), the backgrounds and fiber-optics worked extremely well together. There were also various blowup mascots on stage throughout their set, like a sun, mushrooms, a creepy butterfly, etc. with people inside animating them. While attempting a confetti cannon shot during "The Abandoned Hospital Ship," The Flaming Lips blew the power on the Roots Stage. The confetti still shot off, and it was a bit sad for a few minutes while they assessed the situation. They did manage to come back strong, yet Coyne still seemed understandably deflated. This didn't stop him from putting on a great show though, and he channeled some of that weirdness into an excellent performance of The Terror standout "Look...The Sun Is Rising." The uplifting "Do You Realize??" came next, followed by their incredibly warped cover of The Beatles classic "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." The verses remain fairly intact, but the chorus is shopped with doom-ridden explosions throughout. It's a really interesting take on the song, and I'm curious to see what the recording will be like. --ZP

The National were a bit delayed due to a border crossing mishap in Ottawa, so The Flaming Lips were given a bit more time. When they did arrive, Matt Berninger first joked that he was busy checking his email before actually explaining what happened. The National proceeded to give us a mostly late-period headlining set that featured songs from Trouble Will Find Me and High Violet. That's not to say their older material was completely ignored. " They capped off their characteristically great show with "Fake Empire" into "Mr. November," and finished with "Terrible Love." --ZP

Day 1 pics and review HERE. Day 3 HERE. More pictures of most of the above-reviewed artists and a handful of others from day 2, below...

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by Ian Chainey

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Wu-Tang Clan have released a new single from oft-delayed A Better Tomorrow. This one is called "Ron O'Neal" and you can listen to it below. The Wu performed the song yesterday (August 6) on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which featured an interview where Raekwon and RZA appeared to be on better terms after a recent spat. The interview appears below. Stewart mentioned that A Better Tomorrow will be out in November, but no formal release date has been announced. The record is currently available for preorder with, as Pitchfork pointed out, the ominous note of, "The long awaited 20th anniversary album by Wu-Tang Clan is in the works and almost ready to ship." Pitchfork caught that in March.

Wu-Tang will be playing shows starting mid-August. They'll stop in to Brooklyn on September 20 at the Barclays Center with Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony (more on them in a second), Lil Kim (ditto), The Diplomats (who kinda put out a new single this year with Cam'ron and Juelz Santana appearing on "Dipshits" in March), Currren$y (who just wrapped up a tour as Spitta Andretti), and Dom Kennedy (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Since it made headlines, not much has been said about the Wu's other work, the one-of-a-kind The Wu -- Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. After purposefully letting slip a 51-second snippet to Forbes in May that maybe had Cher on the outro, things have been quiet, beyond RZA saying they received a five million dollar bid. Of course, that presented five million reasons for other groups to take notice. So Bone Thugs-N-Harmony got in on the action, reforming to release literally one last album before hanging it up. Titled E.1999 Legends, the two disc set will consist of one album of pure Bone Thugs, one album of guest spots that, according to Krayzie Bone in an XXL interview, include Mariah Carey, Phil Collins, Wiz Khalifa, Drake, A$AP Mob, and Kendrick Lamar. (Phil Collins, of course, is referred to as the "sixth Bone" by no one.) The album will be "released" in 2015 and, per Krayzie to HipHopDX, there's already a million dollar bid on the table. Bone Thugs are currently on the road, playing select eastern dates. They have two NYC shows lined up, at S.O.B.'s on August 11 (tickets) and the aforementioned September 20 stop at Barclays Center. Maybe there they'll all have a bid measuring contest. (*sad face* - Christ Bearer) The full list of dates appears below.

Speaking of Lil Kim, she recently dropped two diss tracks aimed at Nicki Minaj after the latter released her "Flawless" remix with Beyonce. You can hear Kim's take on "Flawless" below and "Identity Theft" is available through Twitmusic. Minaj released "Anaconda" this week which references Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back." When Mix-A-Lot was interviewed by MTV News, he said of the song's proactive cover, "Wooooh! When I saw the cover, I almost forgot about the song. I looked at that for about an hour." High praise.

Finally, how about something that won't set you back a bajillion bucks? De La Soul will be recording a mixtape with DJ Premier and Pete Rock. De La Soul's Dave told XXL, "The guys have been sending us beats. No real idea of what the theme is gonna be, the theme behind the title, what that's gonna be, if it's gonna be skits, if it's gonna be songs, remakes, whatever it is. Right now we've just been accumulating beats and waiting for Premier to handle some stuff as well. So it's still in its early stages, but we actually plan on recording through the month of September for it, so we're getting on it." Primo and Pete Rock will be battling again at NYC's B.B. King's on September 26. Tickets are available now.

All of the dates along with streams from Wu-Tang and Lil Kim and the Daily Show Wu-Tang interview appear below.

Continue reading "Wu-Tang released a song, touring, playing Barclays w/ Bone Thugs (who have other dates), Dipset, Lil Kim, Curren$y, more"

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Veteran Staten Island hip hop crew Wu-Tang Clan are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year with a few different projects. First up is a story that would sound like an early April fools joke if it was from anyone else -- The Wu - Once Upon A Time In Shaolin is a new 31-track album recorded in secret over the last couple years. Your chance at hearing it, though, is only slightly better than your odds of scoring a reservation at Rao's.

Forbes reports that only one copy of the album is being produced which will be kept in a handcrafted engraved silver-and-nickel box and will then be toured in museums. It is there that the public may pay to listen to the album via headphones after a thorough screening process to keep pirates at bay. After the museum tour, the album will be put up for sale "in the millions," says RZA. He's got more to say about the record:

We're about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before. We're about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music. We're making a single-sale collector's item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.
For a Wu-Tang Clan album you will be able to purchase, the group -- who are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year -- will release A Better Tomorrow this summer. Maybe. Dissent within the group -- mainly between RZA and everyone else -- might make this A Better Tomorrow (Or The Month After That). Says Raekwon in a recent (and mammoth) feature on Grantland:
It's like getting the United Nations to all agree on one fucking thing. Italy ain't having it. Japan is on some shit. You know what I mean? Now, here it is, the 20-year anniversary that's so decoratedly respected that we might not even be on time for this shit.
Whether the album is done or not, you can stream a track from it, "Keep Watch," below.

Continue reading "Wu-Tang Clan celebrating 20th anniversary with two new LPs, one you might never hear (but stream a track from the other)"

by Wyatt Marshall

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Clothier, dorm room furnisher,  vinyl outlet and soon-to-be-Williamsburg-retailer (maybe with a liquor licence), Urban Outfitters recently released a pair of hand painted leather jackets that have been raising some eyebrows around the Internet. The jackets, a Crass-Sex Pistols-Clash mashup and a Dio-Megadeth-W.A.S.P. disaster, are selling for $375, here and here respectively. For that amount, you could buy two of The Clash's massive $175 Sound System, but you can't wear a box set of complete remastered works.  Mind you UO's website says they're genuine vintage and only have one of each. They've been available for a while -- who would pull the trigger on these babies?

In the spirit of all things apparel, a preview of metal and hip hop themed holiday sweaters that you might actually think about wearing, below...

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De La Soul

Rap legends De La Soul are returning with a new album, You're Welcome, this fall, and they've released a track from it, "Get Away (feat. The Spirit of the Wu)." Regarding the interesting "guest spot," De La's Posdnuos told Rolling Stone:

I've always loved the 'Intro' on Disc Two of Wu-Tang Forever - this erie sample with no beat, that they only talked over. I stumbled on the original sample while crate digging one day, took it straight to the lab and added drums. The feel is definitely gritty, hard and sounds like a Wu record, so out of inspirational respect, we included featuring 'The Spirit of the Wu' in the song title.
You can listen to that song below.

As mentioned, De La Soul are heading out on a tour this year with Brad Paisley collaborator LL Cool J (w/ DJ Z-Trip), Public Enemy, Ice Cube, and Doug E. Fresh. That tour hits the NYC area on June 18 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center and June 20 at Roseland Ballroom. TIckets for those shows are still available. De La also play The Great GoogaMooga which happens from May 17 to 19 at Prospect Park with Father John Misty, Sharon Van Etten, and others. Registration for that festival is closed.

Song stream below...

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Ghostface (center) with Wu-Tang Clan at Coachella (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Ghostface Killah will headline a FREE show (with RSVP) at The DL on April 24 (95 Delancey in Manhattan), part of a celebration of new MMA site Fightland. RSVP is still open.

The show is one of two NYC dates for the Wu-Tang MC, who will also play Gramercy Theater on May 13 (tickets) as part of a tour in celebration of his new LP Twelve Reasons to Die, a collaboration with Adrian Younge (stream it). All dates are listed, along with the giallo-inspired video for "Rise of the Ghostface Killah."

Continue reading "Ghostface Killah adds free show before Gramercy Theater appearance"

Rockie Fresh @ SXSW 2013 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
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Heliotropes @ MHOW, February 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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today in NYC
* Tribeca Film Fest
* Ideal Bread @ Barbes
* Rhye @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Furthur @ The Capitol Theatre
* Burning Genitals @ The Stone
* Sky White Tiger @ Manhattan Inn
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* TNGHT, Roc Marciano @ Webster Hall
* Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
* Martha Wainwright, Doveman @ City Winery
Jerry Seinfeld, Colin Quinn @ The Theater at MSG
* Hunter Hunted, Canon Logic, Silas Fermoy @ Maxwell's
* Esben and The Witch, Heliotropes, Dead Stars @ Europa
* METZ, Odonis Odonis, The Soupcans @ Bowery Ballroom
* Rasa Rasa, Futurist, I'll Be John Brown, Dorsia @ Spike Hill
* Gerald Fletcher Memorial Grindcore Explosion @ The Stone
* Acid Mothers Temple, Tjutjuna, Eric Colin @ Knitting Factory
* Rockie Fresh, World's Fair, Julian Malone@ Public Assembly
* Lil Kids, Desert Lips, Sofa Club, Hand Job Academy @ Big Snow
* Eleven Pond, Ice Choir, Tiers, Frankie Teardrop (DJ) @ Glasslands
* New Myths, Cultfever, Black Light Dinner Party, AM to AM @ Pianos
* The Joy Formidable, Blood Red Shoes @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* "Special Guest," Sleep Over, Prince Rama, Teams, Splash @ 285 Kent
* Neg Fi, Lea Bertucci, Love Layers, This is My Condition @ Silent Barn
* Luke Rathborne, Indian Rebound, Water Liars, Mainland @ Shea Stadium
* CX Kidtronik, Moonbounce, VHVL, Josh Hey, Fresh Daily @ Cameo Gallery
* Dru Cutler and the Heart & Hand Band, Modest Mida, Donna Missal @ Cake Shop
* The Hebrew Ladies, The New York Fowl Harmonic, The Othermen, Jan @ Bowery Electric
* Madison LST, Najee the 1 & Ski Beatz, Quincy Vidal, NatNaiel, Wati Heru, Carl Sherron, Bagir Ba @ Mercury Lounge

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Ghostface Killah, who just performed with the Wu-Tang Clan at Coachella, released a new video for "Rise of the Ghostface Killah." It's from his new album, Twelve Reasons To Die, and the clip's got a definite Italian horror/giallo vibe to it and you can watch it below.

What else?

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Primavera 2013

Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...

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Raekwon

The day is finally here, Raekwon fans. The Wu-Tang Clan spitter returns tonight with his latest project, Lost Jewlry, which boasts 12 brand-new tracks from the legendary lyricist. He's brought along some choice guests on here, including Freddie Gibbs and Maino, while the likes of Buckwild and Scram Jones provide the production.

You can consider this an appetizer to the full course meal that will be his upcoming full-length, F.I.L.A. (Fly International Luxurious Art). So go ahead, click the links below to download Lost Jewlry and enjoy another killer project from the Chef. [Complex]

You can download via Sharebeast, or stream the Soundcloud and check out the tracklist below.

Speaking of Freddie Gibbs, he has a big NYC show coming up, a bunch of just-announced openers included. Raekwon plays a NYC show with Rakim in February.

Continue reading "Raekwon releases free EP"

Rakim at Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Brook Bobbins)
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The "invincible microphone fiend" Rakim will team with Wu-Tang staple Raekwon just in time for the holidays, blessing Studio 48 on December 20th. UPDATE (12/11): The show a has been postponed till February 8. Tickets are on sale.

Still no hard date for Rakim's forthcoming LP with Pharrell Williams, thoughh it will reportedly see the light in 2013.

Stage 48 is also where fellow Wu-Tang-er GZA is playing on January 12th. Tickets are still available for that too.

In related news, Raekwon and another Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah recently reminisced on the eight year anniversary of ODB's death (on 11/13) to TMZ. Raekwon's statement was somber:

"Today I just want to have a day of prayer to let my brother know I am thinking about him. This still hits me real hard. I will mourn over him today and think about how much he taught me."
While Ghostface's was more reflective and uplifting:
"I never dwell on the day we lost him, I just celebrate the times I had with him. I pray and thank God on this day because he is my angel ... I spent the day just sitting quietly and praying. Dirt wouldnt want us mourning so I don't."
RIP Ol Dirty.

photos by Gretchen Robinette

"If you aren't already at the Williamsbsurg Music Hall for the free Fool's Gold show, don't bother now. You will never get in. 500+ line up" - Brian Doc Holidae

Fools Gold 5 Year Anniversary
Fools Gold 5 Year Anniversary
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A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs' label Fool's Gold turned five and they decided to celebrate, with the help of Converse Rubber Tracks, in a big but but small way on Saturday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg (a Brooklyn venue much smaller than ones A-Trak has charged people to see him in). The free, first-come, first served, during-CMJ show ended up going something this:

09:00 - Ryan Hemsworth
10:00 - Nick Catchdubs
10:45 - Troy Ave (bringing out Chase N Cashe)
11:15 - World's Fair (bringing out Tanboyz + Flatbush Zombies)
12:00 - Donnis
12:30 - Ghostface Killah
01:00 - A-Trak (Chromeo hanging out)
02:00 - Flosstradamus
Those who got on line early experienced this...

Continue reading "Fool's Gold celebrated 5 years in fashion (A-Trak, Ghostface, Flosstradamus, Donnis & more) --- pics & video"

Ghostface at Prospect Park in June (more by Ryan Muir)
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Wu-Block, the project of Wu-Tang members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon and D-Block/The LOX members Sheek Louch, Jadakiss, and Styles P, recently went on a tour in support of the new project, having hit NYC's Highline Ballroom earlier this month (8/2), and they'll play Rock the Bells at Holmdel, NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center this weekend (9/1). The tour only included Ghostface and Sheek Louch, but the whole crew is reported to show up at Rock the Bells.

Ghostface and Sheek Louch will be taking Wu-Block on another tour this Spetember, and like their last one, Saigon will support. That tour hits NYC on September 17 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Saigon is set to release his next album, The Greatest Story Never Told 2: Bread & Circuses, on November 6 via Suburban Noize/RED (pushed back from its original 9/11 release date). The album will feature guest spots from Styles P, Killer Mike, Chamillionaire, and others, with production from Just Blaze and others. It follows his much delayed 2011 debut album, The Greatest Story Never Told.

All listed Wu-Block dates are below.

Continue reading "Wu-Block touring after Rock the Bells w/ Saigon, who is releasing a new album (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Homeboy Sandman - "Watchu Want From Me?" (prod. Oddisee) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nina Sky - Nicole & Natalie (ZIP)

Aesop Rock at McCarren Pool in 2008 (more by Jason Bergman)
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Homeboy Sandman is set to release his first full length album on Stones Throw, First Of A Living Breed, which is due out on the label on September 18. The first single, "Watchu Want From Me," was produced by Oddisee and you can download it above or stream it below. The cover art and tracklist are below too.

Homeboy Sandman will be supporting the album on a tour with Brother Ali that hits NYC on September 27 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets), but before that both he and Oddisee will play a FREE day show in NYC TODAY (8/2) at Public Assembly with Immortal Technique and Tru Fam for a Last.fm filming. Doors are at 2 PM, the show is completely free and open to the public, no guest list.

If you stick around the Brooklyn venue, there will also be a hip hop DJ dance party at Public Assembly tonight (8/2) with Da Beatminerz and X-Ecutioners. Tickets for tonight's show are available.

In addition to those two Public Assembly shows, there's tons of other good hip hop shows going down in NYC tonight and this weekend. JSpace.com is throwing 'The Ultimate College Bar Mitzvah" at Highline Ballroom tonight (8/2) with sets from Talib Kweli, The Higher Concept, and The Rooks. It's a bit of an unusual show though. Highline's site reads, "This is THE event for all interns and college students in the New York area. Rock your college swag, bust some moves, and come ready to have a great time. From 8-9PM, professionals from large corporations will work the room, looking to meet college students." Tickets for the show are available.

Tonight's Bowl Train at Brooklyn Bowl (8/2), which is usually DJed by Questlove, will instead by DJed by Biz Markie. Tickets are available.

Nina Sky have a new album/mixtape out this week (7/31) called Nicole and Natalie (the actual first names of the twins that make up the duo), which you can download in full above or stream below. The track "Comatose" was produced by Brenmar, who Nina Sky will share a bill with in NYC tonight (8/2) at the Studio at Webster Hall. Chippy Nonstop, Roxy Cottontail, and Ferrari Snowday are on the bill too. TIckets for that show are available.

Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q's tour supporting Wiz Khalifa hits Jones Beach tonight (8/2). Tickets for that are still available. As mentioned, Kendrick will return to NYC on his tour which hits Terminal 5 on September 15 and Schoolboy Q will when his tour with A$AP Rocky and Danny Brown hits NYC on September 27 at Roseland Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/3) at 10 AM.

Aesop Rock, whose new album Skelethon is at least his best since Bazooka Tooth and one of the contenders for rap album of the year, is currently supporting that album on a previously discussed tour with Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, Edison, and Dark Time Sunshine which hits NYC this Friday (8/3) at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available. Dark Time Sunshine also just released a new album, ANX, which features Aesop Rock, P.O.S., Busdriver, and others. You can stream that album in full below.

Also on Friday (8/3), Aesop's Def Jux labelmate RJD2 will be in NYC for a Girls & Boys party at Webster Hall.

Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch are currently touring as Wu-Block and will hit NYC on Wednesday (8/8) at Highline Ballroom with Saigon. Tickets for that show are still available.

Ghostface will play his own show in Clifton Park, NY on September 14 at Upstate Concert Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In other Wu-Tang news, Inspectah Deck will play NYC on August 24 at BB King's with Colt Seavers. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

We also just mentioned that GZA will be touring later this year with Killer Mike, Sweet Valley (aka Nathan from Wavves' new beat project), and Bear Hands. That tour hits NYC on October 18 at Irving Plaza.

Q-Tip's next Offline Party at Irving Plaza happens on August 17. Tickets for that are available.

Beanie Sigel plays S.O.B.'s on August 16 with KA. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Any other good upcoming hip hop shows that we missed?

Streams are below.

Continue reading "this week in hip hop (Aesop Rock, Talib Kweli, RJD2, Nina Sky, Homeboy Sandman, Oddisee, Biz Markie, Wu-Block & more)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Talib Kweli @ Mohawk Friday night
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As previously mentioned, Black Star will return for a pair of dates at Best Buy Theater, and on the same night. Saturday December 3rd will see Yasiin and Talib Kweli perform their only LP in its entirety at an 8:00 show and an 11:30 show. Tickets are on sale for both. Talib Kweli joined Res and band to form Idle Warship, at the BrooklynVegan Day Party on Saturday (10/22) before heading to the Duck Down vs Blacksmith showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg next door. Pictures from the BV party are on the way, but we have a set of pictures in this post from the show Talib Kweli played at the Mohawk one night earlier (yes he was in Texas playing a show after midnight the night before he headlined our show at 5pm in Brooklyn!).

In related news, Wu-Tang Clan (billed as with Method Man, RZA, GZA, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, U-God, Inspectah Deck, and Masta Killa) will also head to Best Buy Theater in the coming months, hitting the venue on December 18th as part of a string of live dates that will also include Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on 12/15 and Northern Lights in Clifton Park, NY on 12/17. Tickets are on sale for all dates.

Inspektah Deck will also HEADLINE his own show at 285 Kent on 11/4, joining Ava Luna, DJ Dog Dick, and a DJ set from WFMU'S Marty McSorley. Tickets are on sale. The show is meant to wave goodbye to Babycastles, a collective of independent gaming designers that built an arcade inside Silent Barn.

In other "hip hop at Best Buy Theater" news, Jadakiss, Lloyd Banks, Juelz Santana, Fabolous, Meek Mills, French Montana, and Red Cafe will team for a Funkmaster Flex Presents event at the venue on 11/24. Tickets are on sale.

J Cole plays there tonight (10/25).

Talib Kweli's show Friday night at the Mohawk in Austin, TX was with G-Eazy and Franchize. More pictures from that 10/21 performance, and Wu Tang dates, below...

Continue reading "Wu-Tang Clan tour dates, Talib Kweli live pics & stuff"

Clipse photos by Brook Bobbins

Nas & Damian Marley at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Samantha Marble)
Nas & Damian Marley

Distant Relatives Nas & Damian Marley will team up for a summer show in NYC this year just like last. They'll hit Central Park Summerstage on August 11th. Tickets go on web presale at 10AM on Thursday (5/19) with regular sale hitting Friday. One difference from from last year though, they're calling this one their "grand finale," so don't sleep if you've been wanting to catch the pair together. THAT SAID, they were also just announced on the lineup of ACL which is happening a month later.

Wiz Khalifa also has a Summerstage show coming up.

In other hip hop news, Q-Tip will DJ The Fort Greene Festival kick off party on May 28th at Sanders Studio (525 Waverly Avenue in Brooklyn), a benefit to raise money for the forthcoming annual event. Tickets are $10 or $15 at the door.

As previously mentioned, Q-Tip will perform at the annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival on July 16th where he'll be joined by new additions Homeboy Sandman, Eternia, Shad, Nitty Scott and Kid Glyde. Get your tickets.

Rock the Bells is going to announce some news from a "launch party" at House of Blues in LA on May 24th.

Talib Kweli will link back up with his side project Idle Warship to play BB Kings on June 10th. Tickets are on sale. And don't forget Kweli will also play a free show in Red Hook Park on 6/21.

Edan plays Southpaw on May 25th.

Clipse @ Terminal 5 in April
Clipse

Clipse made a NYC appearance at Terminal 5 on April 30th. They opened for A-Trak, and pictures from their set are in this post. More of them below.

Ghostface & Raekwon supported Mobb Deep at recent show at Best Buy Theater. Pictures from that show are HERE. Some upcoming UK Wu-Tang dates are below.

The previously announced "Salute to Hip Hop" show that was supposed to take place at Best Buy Theater in Times Square in April has been rescheduled. You can now catch The Lox, EPMD, and Brand Nubian at the NYC venue on June 30th. Tickets are on sale.

The previously announced Curren$y show happening at Irving Plaza in June is still happening, but now so are many more tour dates around it including the Pitchfork Festival. They are listed below.

And finally, Beastie Boys have no tour dates in support of their Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 yet, but you can catch Ad-Rock hosting/DJing as part of a day long Children's Museum of Art benefit. Tickets for both events at Webster Hall on 5/22 are on sale. Meanwhle check out "The Greatest Beastie Boys Lyrical References To New York, In Order."

A recent video by Nas & Damian Marley for "Nah Mean," those Clipse pics, and tour dates, below.

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Wu-Tang Clan @ Rock the Bells over the summer (more by Brook Bobbins)
Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan are touring in December. That includes two NYC-area shows around Christmas and New Years. They hit Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on December 23rd (one day after Big Boi plays Terminal 5), and Best Buy Theater in NYC on December 29th. Tickets for both of those shows go on sale Friday at noon.

Their California dates are at the beginning of December. Between NJ and NYC they hit Toad's Place in CT on 12/26 which is one day before Raekwon opens a show at Terminal 5. They end the month with a New Years Eve show at Mr. Smalls Theater in Millvale, PA (population 4028) (it's close to Pittsburgh) (Cloud Cult plays there this Tuesday night).

Wu-Tang last played as a group on the summer's Rock the Bells tour, but both GZA and Ghostface played shows in NYC during CMJ. Raekwon showed up to assist Ghostface at BB King's on 10/22. One of the GZA shows was a surprise appearance at Brooklyn Bowl with Kanye "penis on the Internet" West and many others.

Some videos from CMJ and all dates below...

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DOWNLOAD: Guilty Simpson & Madlib - "Coroner's Music" (MP3)

'Coroner's Music' off O.J. Simpson
OJ Simpson

Before we go any further, no, Mr. Bloody Glove has not released a solo record. Yet. (More on that below). BUT, Jedi Mind Tricks frontman Vinnie Paz is prepping his. Vinnie Paz recently dropped the early-Wu-tastic single "Drag You To Hell" which is currently streamable here and available via iTunes here. The track comes from his upcoming solo LP The Assassin's Creed, which features appearances from Beanie Sigel, Clipse, and Freeway as well as production by Madlib, Lil Fame (M.O.P.), Da Beatminerz, and 4th Disciple (Wu-Tang) among others.

Jedi Mind Tricks will hit the road in mid August for a west-midwest-east tour with Esoteric (of 7L & Esoteric) and Reef the Lost Cauze that includes an NYC show at Highline Ballroom on 9/13 and a show on L.I. at Crazy Donkey the night before. Tickets for Highline are on sale.

Speaking of Madlib, the Beat Konducta has announced his collaboration with Guilty Simpson for an album named, er, OJ Simpson (Madlib's real name is Otis Jackson). The new track "Coroner's Music" (available above) comes from an LP due on the mighty Stones Throw this fall (and a 12" that is out now), and features Strong Arm Steady, Elzhi (of the recently reunited Slum Village who played Rock the Bells at Jones Beach on July 19th), as well as cuts from the great J.Rocc.

Speaking of Rock the Bells (and Wu-Tang),

Between the end of Wu's set and the beginning of Slaughterhouse's, Method Man and Joe Budden were seen walking together in the parking lot. The two took their time quashing the beef.

When Slaughterhouse, which also includes Royce da 5'9", Joell Ortiz and Crooked I, took the stage, they publicly announced the end of the short-term feud.

"It will never be a beef with Wu-Tang clan," Royce said. He then revealed the convo between Meth and Budden, saying the situation was "squashed." [MTV]

Ghostface, Redman & Method Man play Nokia Theatre in NYC on July 30th.

Brother AliAnnnnnd while we're on the subject, Evidence (who performed At Jones Beach with The Alchemist as Step Brothers) will hit the road this coming fall with Brother Ali, BK One and Toki Wright for a US tour in celebration of Brother Ali's new LP on Rhymesayers, US. Evidence recently signed with Rhymesayers, and will release Cats & Dogs via the label in 2010. The Alchemist's new album, Chemical Warfare, is out NOW and features appearances from Kool G Rap, Eminem, Prodigy (of Mobb Deep - recorded before he hit the lock-up I'm assuming) and many others.

The NYC Brother Ali date is November 7th at Irving Plaza. Tickets for the whole tour are now on presale. All dates below.

Founders of the Rhymesayers crew, Atmosphere are on tour, and hit Webster Hall in NYC TONIGHT (7/27).

Stones Throw badass Peanut Butter Wolf is scheduled to perform at All Points West this weekend (July 31 - Aug 2). Jay-Z, KOOL Keith, Q-Tip, Pharcyde, Organized Konfusion, The Cool Kids and others will also be part of the Jersey City festivities.

Esoteric of 7L & Esoteric will release his solo debut Saving Seamus Ryan on 9/22 featuring appearances by Masta Ace and DJ Premier.

Video of Step Brothers @ Rock The Bells, as well as all tour dates are below...

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watch out squirrel, it's a killer bee (CRED)
Killer Bee

Tickets go on sale Friday for a Wu Tang Clan show at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC on January 12th, 2008. It's the show that was rescheduled from this week. They've also played there before. Ghostface plays Nokia on November 16th.

a guy & Ghostface Killah's current tour bus (CRED)
Ghostface

Wu Tang"Reunited rap group Wu-Tang Clan has announced a list of locations for a fall/winter tour behind "8 Diagrams," the hip-hop collective's first new album since 2001.

Preliminary scheduling for the tour has the outfit kicking off Oct. 20 in Miami, FL, and hitting a total of 26 cities through late November. Specific venues--and, in some cases, specific cities--are still unconfirmed." [Live Daily]

UPDATE: Wu-Tang cancelled their tour, and Ghostface added more dates...

Also, don't forget GZA is playing two special shows. All dates below....

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